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TDO 2017-03-29: Debunking iPhone 8 Touch ID Button Rumor
Mar 29th, 2017 1:56 PM

John Martellaro joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Accessibility features on macOS, the new iMac, and what John’s been watching lately.

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.


Hosted by Charlotte Henry from The Mac Observer.


Charlotte Henry and her guests bring focus — and a little something extra — to discussions about digital media in today's world.

Podcast Archives

  1. Mar. 29th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Debunking iPhone 8 Touch ID Switch Rumor – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-29

    There's a new report claiming Apple is moving the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the back of the iPhone 8. Kelly Guimont and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about why they think the report is wrong, plus they have some thoughts on Samsung selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

  2. Mar. 28th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s New APFS File System, Developers Respond to App Store Reviews – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-28

    Say hello to APFS, Apple's new file system for macOS and iOS that rolled out as part of yesterday's operating system updates. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what APFS is and how it impacts users, along with why we don't need to be afraid of the change. They also offer up their thoughts on Apple finally letting developers respond to App Store reviews.

  3. Mar. 27th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Microsoft Chief Creative Architect Ben Rudolph

    Ben Rudolph is a Microsoft Chief Creative Architect. That means he's responsible for consumer, retail marketing. In Ben's words, "his team ... builds the experience that turns shoppers ... into fans of Microsoft. That involves everything about how the Microsoft brand shows up to consumers in the retail environment." That may not have been of interest to Apple fans just a few years ago, but the arrival of CEO Satya Nadella has changed all that. Ben and I chatted about his early career interest in being a physician and the path that led him, instead to Microsoft. Then we got into the Microsoft's Surface Studio that sent shock waves through the Apple community last year. We also discussed the refreshing new corporate mission of Microsoft under Mr. Nadella. This interview will take Apple fans where they've never gone before.

  4. Mar. 27th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    UK Anti-encryption Push, Woz at Startup World Cup – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-27

    There's a new government call to for tech companies to let law enforcement bypass our security and encryption, but this time it's from the United Kingdom. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at the ramifications if the U.K. forces the issue, plus Bryan fills us in on Steve Wozniak's presentation at Startup World Cup.

  5. Mar. 26th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Are You Secure with Your Security? – Mac Geek Gab 650

    Security is on the brain this week! Learn how to secure your iCloud account and also learn how to secure your entire home network from your ISP's prying eyes! Dave and John also help you determine what devices and processes are using your network, and what the difference is between WPA2 Personal and Enterprise. All of this and more in this week's Mac Geek Gab. Press play and enjoy!

  6. Mar. 24th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    App Store Quality Issues, Change Your iCloud Password – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-24

    Apple's App Store has loads of apps, but that doesn't mean they're all great or easy to find. Dave Hamilton and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to discuss the quality issues they're seeing on the App Store, plus they explain why changing your iCloud password right now is a good idea.

  7. Mar. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Buys Workflow, iTunes First-run Movie Rentals – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-23

    Apple just bought the iPhone and iPad automation app Workflow. Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what the Workflow purchase means for iOS, plus they look at Apple's push to offer rentals for movies that are still showing in theaters.

  8. Mar. 22nd, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Loves Outdated Tech and Gives up on Social Media, Plus Electrified LEGO – ACM 403

    Apple appears to be increasingly comfy offering yesterday's technology at today's prices, and Bryan and Jeff are all cranky about it. They also talk about Brixo, chrome-plated and electrified LEGO bricks, and Apple's new Clips app and what it means for social media. Oh, and Jeff had to edit out an F-bomb because Bryan got all ranty.

  9. Mar. 22nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s New iPad, Extortionists Threaten iCloud – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-22

    Apple introduced a new iPad and updated the iPhone SE yesterday, and today is dealing with hackers threatening to trash millions of iCloud accounts. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's latest gear and lament the slow demise of the iPad mini, and to talk about how trying to extort money out of the company is a pretty bad idea.

  10. Mar. 21st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Introducing the Apple Market Forum Conference- TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-21

    There's a new conference coming this summer for Apple device users called Apple Market Forum. Event organizers Dave Hamilton and Paul Kent join Jeff Gamet to talk about the conference, share why they're starting the event, and explain who it's for.

  11. Mar. 20th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Astronomer & Science Communicator Dr. Phil Plait

    Dr. Phil Plait is an astronomer and a very popular science communicator. His blog, Bad Astronomy, "covers the entire universe, from subatomic particles to the Big Bang itself, astronomy, space exploration, and the effect of politics on science." Like many young astronomers, Phil's interest in astronomy ignited when he first saw Saturn and its rings through a telescope. He earned his Ph.D. working on the study of supernovae with the Hubble Space Telescope. We chatted about his career, his enduring work in amateur astronomy with his telescope, his love for science communication, why people who don't believe in the Apollo moon landings are wrong, the study of a potentially dangerous asteroid or comet collision with Earth, how climate change is affecting us, and the recent discovery of a nearby solar system with Earth-like planets.

  12. Mar. 20th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Goes Tax-free in New Zealand – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-20

    Apple is a master of making profits, and an expert and keeping its money out of government hands. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to offer their thoughts on Apple's tax practices in New Zealand and other countries.

  13. Mar. 19th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Web Pages as Apps, Equipment Insurance, and Photos! – Mac Geek Gab 649

    Have a webpage you use all the time? Why not make that its own, separate app? Need to create Symbolic Links (symlinks) but don't want to use the Terminal? How about if you want to get an equipment warranty for that new Synology NAS you just bought? That's just a sampling of the things you'll learn in the first segment of this week's episode. There's more, folks. Lots more! Press play and enjoy!

  14. Mar. 17th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Google Home’s Ad Responses, McDonald’s and Mobile Ordering – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-17

    Google Home owners are angry because yesterday they got an ad to go along with their morning schedule request. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Google doing what it always does, plus they have some opinions on McDonald's offering mobile app food ordering.

  15. Mar. 16th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple and Politics, Apple Watch Stand Out Features – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-16

    Apple didn't sign the amicus brief opposing the second travel ban executive order, but that doesn't mean the company supports it. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's political versus business positions, plus they look at the features that keep them using their Apple Watch.

  16. Mar. 15th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Android Insecurity, Messaging Anachronisms, and Legacy Apple Auctions – ACM 402

    Bryan and Jeff try and wrap their heads around a world where malware is being installed on Android devices in the supply chain, before customers even get the devices. They also take a trip into the anachronistic world of sealing wax and sealing wax stamps, as well as the fascinating world where 40 year-old Apple I computers are auctioned for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  17. Mar. 15th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Big Security Hire, Twitter and Two-factor Authentication – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-15

    It's security time on TMO's Daily Observations. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple hiring security specialist Jonathan Zdziarski, plus they talk about why two-factor authentication is so important. They also talk about what an awesome asset Tom Negrino has been to the Apple community.

  18. Mar. 14th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Finding the 10.5-inch iPad’s Target Market – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-14

    Apple may unveil its rumored 10.5-inch iPad in April at the new Apple Park Steve Jobs Theater. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out who Apple is targeting with the new iPad size, plus John offers some insight into management productivity inside the company.

  19. Mar. 13th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Encore: Former Apple Senior Director Michael Gartenberg

    Michael Gartenberg is currently the analyst in residence for Before that, he spent three years as Apple's Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to Senior VP Phil Schiller. In his second appearance on Background Mode, we caught up on the latest news and things we couldn't get to last summer. Michael told me about the nuances of being an Apple marketing manager and Apple's different marketing groups. He explained how one just has to already know what to do as an Apple employee. Then he discussed his fondness for the iPhone SE and delved into its sales numbers and merits. Finally, we moved on Apple's October 2016 "Hello Again" event, explored the new MacBook Pro, computer touch philosophy and the Microsoft Surface Studio impact. Michael tells a joke.

  20. Mar. 13th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Why iOS 10.3 Isn’t Going to Trash Your iPhone’s Data – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-13

    Is iOS 10.3 going to destroy all the data on your iPhone? Spoiler: No, it isn't. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what's really going on with the transition to APFS in iOS 10.3, plus Jeff goes out on a limb and says the iPhone 8 will have a flat display with curved edges, just like the iPhone 7.