Mac Observer Podcasts

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.

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TDO 2017-04-26: Apple's Slow iPad Evolution 1:55 PM Apr. 26th, 2017

Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple’s job footprint report, and the latest news in the EU tax case.

Podcast Archives

  1. Apr. 26th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPads, Robots and the Future of Tablet Computing – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-26

    Future iPads are going to be designed in part based on changes in society, according to TMO's own John Martellaro. John, along with Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet look at what's coming for the iPad, and whether or not it's evolving fast enough.

  2. Apr. 25th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Uber iPhone Tracking, Carpool Karaoke Delay – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-25

    Uber tried to pull one over on Apple by tracking iPhones in violation of App Store guidelines. Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin dive into what Uber did with Jeff Gamet, plus they share their thoughts on Apple postponing Carpool Karaoke's premiere again.

  3. Apr. 24th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with The Verge Senior Editor Lauren Goode

    Lauren Goode is both a Senior Editor at The Verge and the co-host of the podcast Too Embarrassed to Ask. Lauren didn't start out as a technical person. In high school, she was into competitive basketball and volleyball. But the seeds were evident as she became an expert with a camcorder. Her interest in basketball and English led her to Clark University. There, she developed her passion for writing and soon after she was working in media via cable TV. That's where her passion for video technology flourished. Later, at the WSJ and AllThingsD Walt Mossberg was her mentor. Today, Lauren writes for The Verge, and we discussed her specialties: wearables, smartphones and apps, and laptop technology. Recently, she's become involved with an interesting new series about cars, "Screen Drive," that you'll very much enjoy.

  4. Apr. 24th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone 8 Delays, Apple’s Satellite Pros – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-24

    Word on the street says the iPhone 8 won't ship until October or November. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on potential iPhone 8 production issues, plus they dive into Apple's satellite expert hires from Google.

  5. Apr. 23rd, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Never Check Your NSA Email Over an Insecure Connection – Mac Geek Gab 654

    Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found and LOTS of questions. Sleeping Mac? No problem. VIP Mail help? No problem. Building a home? No problem. Want to know about VPNs? Well, now... just kidding. No problem! Mac Geek Gab answers your questions and shares your tips so everyone can learn at least four new things each week!

  6. Apr. 21st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Unplanned Augmented Reality Leak – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-21

    Apple's employee injury reports are giving us a clue into the company's augmented reality plans. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Apple's augmented reality plans may be, and how wearable technology may play in.

  7. Apr. 20th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Society – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-20

    Artificial Intelligence research is racing forward and loads of companies want in on the game. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss the impact artificial intelligence could have on society and how the AI choices we make now could have big repercussions in the future.

  8. Apr. 19th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Touch Screen Macs, iPhone’s Name, and Star Wars – ACM 407

    Would Apple ever make a touch screen Mac? Bryan and Jeff chew over recent rumors about Apple making an iMac for creative pros that would compete with Microsoft's Surface Studio. They also talk about iPhone's name and Disney's management of the Star Wars franchise.

  9. Apr. 19th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Facebook, Apple, and Augmented Reality – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-19

    Facebook just announced its augmented reality platform and Apple has already said it's very interested in AR. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Facebook's augmented reality plans, what Apple may be working on, and how apps today are preparing us for an augmented reality future.

  10. Apr. 18th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    What We Want in Apple’s Pro iMac – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-18

    Apple says an iMac with pro features is coming later this year, but didn't elaborate on exactly what that entails. Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they'd like to see in the new model. Spoiler: they were able to distill that down to two words.

  11. Apr. 17th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Computerworld Apple Holic Jonny Evans

    Jonny Evans is a self-admitted Apple Holic who lives in the UK and writes terrific analysis of Apple for Computerworld. He has a lot to say, and so he also has his own blog called Apple Must. Jonny is one of the most insightful technical journalists to cover Apple. His articles are always compelling and well researched. Amazingly, Jonny started off as road crew for rock & rolls bands. Pretty soon he was organizing and promoting events. The leaflets got more and more sophisticated, and that led him to realize his passion for writing. One day, a writing job opening at Macworld UK appeared, and he landed the gig. In the second segment we covered everything Apple, and Jonny's informed perspectives really came out. You'll want to hear what he has to say.

  12. Apr. 17th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Project Titan on Open Roads, Predicting Tech Companies Demise – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-17

    We know Project Titan isn't dead because Apple has a permit to test self driving cars on public roads in California. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the status of Apple's car plans, plus John wants us to pick a tech company to be gone in 50 years.

  13. Apr. 16th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    NAS, MDM, DGC and Other Fun Initials – Mac Geek Gab 653

    Sometimes you have to get geeky. No worries, Dave and John will talk you through understanding what NAS and MDM mean and why you might want to use them. Don’t worry, fellow geeks, there’s stuff in here for you, too. After all, that’s how Mac Geek Gab rolls! Listen, enjoy, learn, and prosper at the same time!

  14. Apr. 14th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple and Robots, Latest iPhone 8 Leak – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-14

    Robots are finding their way into our homes, and John Martellaro thinks Apple needs to set the bar for quality and security. John, along with Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's place in the personal robot market, plus they look at today's iPhone 8 leak showing the Touch ID sensor embedded in the display.

  15. Apr. 13th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Leaked iPhone 8 Schematic, Apple’s Diabetes Blood Sensor – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-13

    If the schematic that leaked today is real, Apple is putting the Touch ID sensor on the back of the iPhone 8. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on rear-facing smartphone fingerprint sensors, plus they look at a report claiming Apple designed a blood glucose sensor that doesn't require a finger prick.

  16. Apr. 12th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Making iPhones, Internet Myths, Mac Pro Wishes – ACM 406

    Jeff and Bryan talk about making iPhones, factories in China, and manufacturing in the U.S. relating to a first hand report from a Pegatron factory. They also talk about internet myth and Snopes, as well as some of the cool Mac Pro mockups that are circulating.

  17. Apr. 12th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Swatch Lawsuit, NVIDIA’s New macOS Drivers – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-12

    It's trademark lawsuit time again because Apple thinks Swatch's "Tick Different" campaign is too similar to "Think Different." Jeff Butts and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's latest trademark fight, plus they dive into NVIDIA's new macOS video card drivers and the hackintosh scene.

  18. Apr. 11th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Music Nails It, Dumping Dialog Semiconductor – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-11

    Bryan Chaffin says Apple pretty much nailed it with Apple Music. Bryan and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's streaming music service, plus they dive into the company's tactics to bring more chip design in house.

  19. Apr. 10th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with KGW TV Anchor & Digital Trends Host Stephanie Stricklen

    Stephanie Stricklen has been a career-long KGW TV Portland, OR News Anchor. She tells the story about how when she was younger, it wasn't her plan to be in front of a camera. "It just worked out that way." But the seeds were there. She became the EIC of her high school's newspaper and decided on print journalism as a career. In college, via internships, she discovered the "adrenalin inducing" experience of TV news. Stephanie has covered the Olympics for KGW, and that took her to Salt Lake City, Greece, Italy, China, Canada and Russia. A tech nerd and Apple fan, she's also into aviation and has flown with the Navy's Blue Angels. Today, she works with Digital Trends as a host and still anchors with KGW. Amidst all that? Raising a daughter with her husband.

  20. Apr. 10th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    No 32-bit Apps in iOS 11, Apple Designing its Own GPUs – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-10

    The writing is on the wall: iPhone and iPad 32-bit apps are on the way out. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about 32-bit apps and what their coming demise in iOS 11 means, plus they look at Apple's plans for its own mobile device GPUs.