Mac Observer Podcasts

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TDO 2017-06-23: Swift Playgrounds
Jun 23rd, 2017 1:05 PM

Andrew Orr and Jeff Butts join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news, Safari updates, and the latest feature of Apple Watch.

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 questions 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.

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.

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.

Podcast Archives

  1. Jun. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Big Swift Playgrounds Show – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-23

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet take a look at the state of Swift Playgrounds, how it fits into the whole coding environment, and if it qualifies as real programming.

  2. Jun. 22nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Music and the Record Labels, Macs in Education – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-22

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet Apple working to renegotiate how much money it pays to record labels for Apple Music, plus they dive into the state of Macs in education.

  3. Jun. 21st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Scott Forstall’s Computer History Museum Fireside Chat – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-21

    Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to discuss Scott Forstall's fireside chat at the Computer History Museum last night and how it would be nice to see someone with his charisma on stage at Apple events.

  4. Jun. 20th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    iOS 11 and AR, iBooks in Apple Stores, Listener Email – ACM 416

    Where's Apple going with ARKit in iOS 11? Bryan and Jeff weigh the pros and cons of mobile-device AR versus goggle/glasses AR. They also talk about Bryan's cockamamie idea for iBooks inside Apple Stores, and go deep on some listener email on HomePod and Apple Car.

  5. Jun. 20th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s War on Product Leaks, Teaming Up with Health Gorilla – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-20

    Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's ongoing fight to stop product leaks, plus they take a look at Apple's partnership with Health Gorilla for unified medical record management and tracking.

  6. Jun. 19th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Other World Computing Founder Larry O’Connor

    Larry O'Connor is the founder and CEO of Other World Computing. Also known as MacSales, it's one of the most respected suppliers of Apple product upgrades and accessories. OWC started when Larry was in high school. Frustrated with the high prices of Apple II memory expansion, he found his own source and started selling on-line. His small company just kept growing. As growth continued, Larry resisted controlling partners or buyouts and stayed true to his vision: create a profitable, fun place to work for his employees, and take great care of his customers. I asked Larry about the challenges of managing a modern company with hundreds of employees. We also chatted about his concern that Apple has steered away from easily upgradable Macs. If you've thought about starting your own company, this episode is a must.

  7. Jun. 19th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    EU Encryption Proposal, Colorado Bill Blocking Smartphone Sales to Kids – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-19

    The European Union seems to be taking a very different stance on digital encryption than the United States, so Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to shear their thoughts, plus they look at a proposed Colorado law blocking kids from buying smartphones.

  8. Jun. 18th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Curios Aren’t Just for Breakfast Anymore – Mac Geek Gab 662

    Alternative AirPlay Receivers, iMac Upgrades, Troubleshooting in Console, and AirPods controls are just the first four things your two favorite geeks discuss today. Then it’s on to solving the issue of stale Contacts on your iPhone, MailDrop woes, and the Preppers approach to backups. All this and more in this week’s Mac Geek Gab podcast. You’re guaranteed to learn at least four new things.

  9. Jun. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Music’s New TV Show Bosses, iPad in Education – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-16

    John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet today to talk about Apple Music's new executives in charge of original TV content, plus they look at how the iPad is holding up in the education market.

  10. Jun. 15th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook’s Take on a Siri Smart Home Controller – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-15

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on Apple CEO Tim Cook saying we don't need a Siri smart home controller because we already have the iPhone and Apple Watch.

  11. Jun. 14th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Silicon Valley Company Towns and Going Deep on Tim Cook’s Plans for Apple Car – ACM 414

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have made a major donation to a group helping teachers buy homes near Facebook's headquarters. Bryan and Jeff think Silicon Valley may need to think even bigger and build some company towns. They also dive deep into Tim Cook's Apple Car plans, including his three vectors of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and ride sharing services.

  12. Jun. 14th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Who Needs the New iPad Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-14

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss who the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are best suited for, plus they look at where the iMac Pro fits in Apple's product matrix.

  13. Jun. 13th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Tim Cook Confirms Project Titan, eero’s New WiFi Mesh Network Gear – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-13

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming the Project Titan car program is a real thing, plus the look at eero and WiFi mesh network performance.

  14. Jun. 12th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with iOS & Android Indie Developer Graham Dawson

    Graham Dawson is an iOS and Android indie developer who specializes in meteorological and astronomical reference apps. He's the founder and director of Ajnaware Pty, Ltd in Australia and publishes apps under the name ozPDA. Graham holds a B.Sc. in physics and meteorology, and a Ph.D. in oceanography. Graham told me about his early interest in weather thanks to extreme conditions, especially snow. That's because, in his youth, he was skiing in Switzerland. Soon he had a weather observation station in his backyard, and he could think of nothing else as he entered his undergraduate years. Today, he publishes a wide range of apps related to the sun, moon, wind, weather and time. Some feature augmented reality. Thanks to his academic background, these apps have rock solid computational credentials. Graham told me how it all came to be.

  15. Jun. 12th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    No Gigabit Download iPhones, Camera Phone 20th Anniversary – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-12

    Apple isn't supporting gigabit cellular download speeds with this year's iPhone refresh, so Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to explain why that's not a big deal. They also look at the 20th anniversary of the first camera phone photo.

  16. Jun. 11th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    The Boys of Summer are Back in Town – Mac Geek Gab 661

    Quick Tips to start (no hints!), and then it’s time for some new Mac advice, which is a fitting question to get on the heels of Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcements. Then it’s time to discuss backups, and how much you should worry (hint: a LOT… that’s the point of backing up!). Add in some Wi-Fi chaos and that’s the foundation of a good Mac Geek Gab episode.

  17. Jun. 9th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Big HomePod FAQ Show – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-09

    Today Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive deep into what we know about Apple's HomePod and get you up to speed on what it does—and doesn't—do.

  18. Jun. 8th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iMac and iMac Pro Under the Hood – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-08

    There's a lot going on with Apple's new iMac lineup, so Jeff Gamet dives under the hood with Jeff Butts and TekRevue's Jim Tanous.

  19. Jun. 7th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Gruber’s Talk Show Live, iMac Pro, and HomePod – ACM 414

    Bryan and Jeff share their takeaways from John Gruber's Talk Show Live interview with Apple senior VPs Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi. They also discuss Apple's newly announced iMac Pro and HomePod and explore how they'll fit into our professional and personal lives.

  20. Jun. 7th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Pay Cash, Planet of the Apps – TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-07

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join jeff Gamet to look at Apple Pay Cash, plus they share their first impressions on Apple's Planet of the Apps premiere.