Mac Observer Podcasts

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Mac Pro Made in USA, Oprah's Book Club Returns
Sep 23rd, 2019 1:52 PM

Bryan Chaffin and Doctor Mac join host Kelly Guimont to discuss their deep abiding love for Logitech mice, including the new MX Master 3.

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer.

Apple Context Machine

Apple Context Machine is a weekly in-depth look at Apple and the tech world from Bryan Chaffin, editor-in-chief of The Mac Observer with special guests from the tech world.

Background Mode Podcast

Hosted by John Martellaro from The Mac Observer.

Background Mode

Join The Mac Observer's John Martellaro every week for fascinating interviews with tech industry pros and luminaries. It's more than a show about what they do; it's about who they are.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

Mac Geek Gab

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to answer your question and discuss things of interest to Apple and Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that's both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 23rd, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mac Pro Made in USA, Oprah’s Book Club Returns – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-23

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Mac Pro's US-based manufacturing, and Oprah's book club selection (don't call it a comeback).

  2. Sep. 23rd, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Answers and Tips for iCloud, iOS 13, iPhone 11, macOS, and More – Mac Geek Gab 781

    Lots of new stuff from Apple this week... and lots of technical landmines to navigate. Thankfully, you've been sending your questions into John and Dave, and they've been doing the research to get you answers. Listen to the answers to your questions – and everyone else's, too! Press play, and enjoy learning at least five new things... one that might even save your bacon this week!

  3. Sep. 20th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Bionic Chip Deep Dive; Happy Phonemas – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-20

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a closer look at the A13 Bionic chip, and the iPhone and iOS releases.

  4. Sep. 19th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s EU Tax Case, Charlotte’s New iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-19

    Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's EU tax case as well as tips and apps for Charlotte's new iPhone.

  5. Sep. 18th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Legislation and Tech Conflicts, iPhone Battery Life – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-18

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss tech and legislation colliding in unfortunate ways, and iPhone battery life.

  6. Sep. 17th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple TV+ Subscribers vs Users, Calculus of Success – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-17

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple's eventual reporting of TV+ users, and what success looks like.

  7. Sep. 16th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Journalist & TMO Contributor Charlotte Henry (#2) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Charlotte is a London-based technical journalist. A self described media junkie, she writes about Apple—and now for the Mac Observer as well. She has also written for City A.M. (London’s daily business tabloid,) Computer Business Review, and the Independent on Sunday. Her new book is: Not Buying It. In this special edition of BGM, Charlotte chats about her reactions to Apple's September 10 iPhone event. She noted how Apple is in a new balancing act, promoting hardware to sell services—and vice versa. Charlotte told me about how pleased she is with the new iPad and plans to buy one. Then we took a closer look at the value proposition comparing the iPhone Xr to the iPhone 11. Charlotte also filled us in on her experience watching the event in the Apple London flagship store.

  8. Sep. 16th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Iger Leaves Apple Board, Revolutionary iPhone Chip – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-16

    Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Bob Iger's board departure, and the iPhone 11 chip Apple didn't discuss.

  9. Sep. 16th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Subscription vs. Private Cloud, Archiving Data, Geek Challenges Galore – Mac Geek Gab 780

    Many Dropbox users are going to experience a device-limit issue with new iPhones coming this week. Listen as John and Dave talk through how to use your Synology DiskStation to solve this problem. That's not all, though: Mac Geek Gab always aims to have everyone learn at least five new things. Your two favorite geeks answer questions about managing email, archiving your backups, mesh networks, iOS upgrade strategies, and more. Press play and enjoy!

  10. Sep. 13th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone Order Fever, Accessory Picks – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-13

    Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iPhone ordering and ship times, and offer some picks for iPhone treats.

  11. Sep. 12th, 2019
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 522

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet reunite to discuss Apple's new product announcements, including iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple's trade-in program, midnight green, glass...it's Bryan and Jeff, so of course they spin out of control on various and sundry side rails. Buckle up!

  12. Sep. 12th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Former Apple Senior Director Michael Gartenberg (#7) – Background Mode Interview

    Michael Gartenberg spent three years as Apple’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to Senior VP Phil Schiller. In his seventh appearance on Background Mode, Michael and I analyze Apple’s September 10, 2019 iPhone event: "By Innovation Only." We started with a discussion of the overall content and tenor of the event. Was the scripting more evident than usual? Is the format wearing thin? Why were there no success numbers touted as is customary? In the second segment, we looked at some of the new products announced. Michael and I also pondered whether some of the traditional inspirational and aspirational elements were in too short supply. And, crucially, why was Phil Schiller's shirt tucked in? Michael is well versed in Apple marketing strategies and is always a delight to have on the show.

  13. Sep. 12th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Card 3% Club, NSA in NYT – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-12

    Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest 3% back offers on Apple Card, & a letter from the NSA in the NYT.

  14. Sep. 11th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TV+ Details, New iPad Decisions – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-11

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the new details of the Apple TV+ rollout and iPad comparisons.

  15. Sep. 10th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Apple Event Reactions with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus – Mac Geek Gab 779

    Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus joins John and Dave today for a quick take on Apple's latest announcements and event. Press play... and enjoy. Now in stereo for your listening pleasure.

  16. Sep. 10th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Media Event Reactions – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-10

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Apple Media Event and share their reactions to the announcements.

  17. Sep. 9th, 2019
    Background Mode Podcast
    Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers (#5) – TMO Background Mode Interview

    Josh Centers is the Managing Editor of Tidbits.com and has published many Take Control (TC) books. He's the author of Take Control of Apple TV and Take Control of Home Automation. He's been writing the Take Control books for iOS since version 8, and his latest book is Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. In his fifth appearance on the show, Josh and I explored his latest article (Aug. 30) at Tidbits that explores a controversial user interface issue in iOS 13. Josh is blunt about Apple's questionable use of the ellipsis. We then took a 30,000 ft. view of the current disarray in the area of IoT, home automation and security. As an aside, Josh and I hypothesize about a new Apple product. We finished with a discussion of what sets iPadOS 13 apart from iOS 13.

  18. Sep. 9th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Weaponizing security flaws, Apple Watch Slow Burn – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-09

    Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iOS vulnerabilities as weapons, and the slow success of  Watch.

  19. Sep. 9th, 2019
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Optimizing Storage, Migration, Snapshots, and Combo Updates – Mac Geek Gab 778

    This isn't the one after 9/9, it's the one on 9/9! And that means it's time to answer your questions and share your tips about optimizing your iPhone storage, managing your snapshots, ejecting pesky drives, finding a service better than Gazelle, and much more. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things right alongside John and Dave!

  20. Sep. 6th, 2019
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Music on the Web, Voice Assistant Perspectives – TMO Daily Observations 2019-09-06

    Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the latest web interface from Apple, and voice assistant points of view.