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The Apple Context Machine is Mac, iPhone, and iPod news and analysis that puts the facts in perspective, brought to you with a sense of humor. Hosts Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer put the Apple world into context.

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iPad Pro Mac, Apple TV Games, iPhone Driver's License - ACM 483

Oct. 10th, 2018 - 5:27 PM | 01:05:51

In this episode, Bryan Chaffin ask if Apple’s rumored next iPad Pro is the Mac replacement long predicted. They also discuss what went wrong with Apple TV gaming, and the pros and cons and cons and cons of iPhone driver’s licenses. They sneak some Anki...

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  1. Oct. 10th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    iPad Pro vs. Mac, Apple TV Games, iPhone Driver’s License – ACM 483

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin ask if Apple's rumored next iPad Pro is the Mac replacement long predicted. They also discuss what went wrong with Apple TV gaming, and the pros and cons and cons and cons of iPhone driver's licenses. They sneak some Anki Vector love in there, too.

  2. Oct. 3rd, 2018
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    Pictar Pro, Netflix Narnia, Apple’s October Surprise – ACM 482

    The Pictar Pro marries old school camera goodness to modern iPhone convenience, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet weigh the pros and cons. They also talk about Netflix's plans to make new movies and TV series (both) out of The Chronicles of Narnia books. Lastly, they talk about what to expect if Apple does an October media event.

  3. Sep. 27th, 2018
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    AWS4 Love, Design Meets Science, Apple’s PG TV Dreams – ACM 481

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet can't get enough of Apple Watch Series 4, even though Jeff is wrong about the Infograph Watch Face. They also find it interesting that a designer got recognized by the world of science, and they weigh whether or not Apple's plan to avoid sex, violence, and politics with its original TV shows will hurt its streaming service.

  4. Sep. 19th, 2018
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    Memoji Fun, Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions, Password Ease – ACM 480

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the fun they're having with Memoji in iOS 12. They also talk about Siri Shortcuts and Siri Suggestions, and just how cool it is that iOS 12 can integrate y our password manager at the system level.

  5. Sep. 13th, 2018
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    The iPhone ‘S’ Year, Headphone Jacks, Siri Shortcuts – ACM 479

    Reminder: this was an "s" year for the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this means, and how iPhone XS is a solid "nuts and bolts" update. They also look at some listener feedback about headphone jacks, and discuss whether or not Siri Shortcuts will be a thing.

  6. Sep. 5th, 2018
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    Apple/Amazon Trillions, 5 Eyes Magic, iPhone Battery Replacement Reminder – ACM 478

    Amazon was briefly the second company—after Apple—to be valued at US$1 trillion. Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to discuss what makes the two companies, and their valuations, different. They also examine the recent 5 Eyes statement attacking encryption, and then remind everyone to take advantage of Apple's iPhone batter replacement program while they can.

  7. Aug. 29th, 2018
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    Killing the Lighting Port, Buying into Apple Watch Series 4 – ACM 477

    What would it take for Apple to ditch the Lightning port on iPhones? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explore the possibilities, and Bryan ends up convincing himself to buy Apple's not-shipping-yet AirPower charging pad. They also ask themselves what it would take for them to want Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone Xs, new iPad Pros, and new MacBooks. Their conclusion? It's going to be an expensive fall.

  8. Aug. 22nd, 2018
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    Verizon’s $2, Apple’s Newest Football, Netflix’s Rebellion – ACM 476

    Verizon recently throttled a fire department's command and control vehicle in a pursuit of $2, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have some thoughts about the propriety of such an action. They also wonder whether rumors of a new iMac mean we can start trusting Apple to update its Macs again, or if Lucy will just yank the ball away instead. They cap the show with a look at Netflix's baby steps towards rebellion against Apple's App Store cut for subscriptions.

  9. Aug. 16th, 2018
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    Twitter Absurdity, iPhone Pencils, Cyborg Vision – ACM 475

    Twitter killed some key APIs third party apps used to make their apps useful because Twitter hates influencers and power users. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet drop a few f-bombs. They also talk about the latest rumor that Apple will bring support for Apple Pencil to some new iPhone models. The cap the show by dipping into our cyborg future of enhanced vision.

  10. Aug. 8th, 2018
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    Online Voting, the Corporate Public Square, Picard’s Return to Star Trek – ACM 474

    What will it take to make online or app-based voting safe, secure, and reliable? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet are joined by John Kheit to discuss the future of voting. They also explore the idea of corporate platforms (i.e. private platforms) becoming so big that they become synonymous with the public square and subject to the First Amendment. Then Bryan goes off on a weird tangent about how cool Patrick Stewart's new episode of Star Trek could be if Jean-Luc Picard was a broken and bitter man. Good times!

  11. Aug. 2nd, 2018
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    iPad Refresh, Mac Sales, and App Store Affiliate Program – ACM 473

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet take a look at the new iPad icons uncovered in iOS 12. They also discuss the 14% drop in Mac unit sales and wonder why Apple doesn't use that one weird trick of making new Macs to goose Mac sales. They cap the show with a look at why Apple would cancel the App Store Affiliate Program.

  12. Jul. 26th, 2018
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    AI Limitations, iMac Pro Kernel Panic Problem, Bryan’s HomePod Experiment – ACM 472

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the current limitations of AI, and what real AI in the future might be like. They also talk about Apple's T2 kernel panic issue and follow up on Bryan's dual-HomePod TV experiment.

  13. Jul. 18th, 2018
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    Apple Interface Consistency, Storage Permutations, Walmart Streaming Video – ACM 471

    In this age of different devices and platforms, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the lack of consistency in Apple's interfaces compared to the days when "Apple" meant "Mac." They also go over some listener feedback (read criticism) about their rant last week on Apple's storage pricing for new MacBook Pro models. Lastly, they discuss whether not Walmart can make a go in the streaming video market, and how that might actually work.

  14. Jul. 12th, 2018
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    New MacBook Pro Love (Mostly) and FCC Reaches for New Low – ACM 470

    Apple announced new MacBook Pros, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about what they like (processors and RAM) and what they don't like (pricing on storage). They also dig into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's efforts to reach for a new low.

  15. Jun. 28th, 2018
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    Facebook’s Spy Patent, Apple Music Shows, Samsung Patent Fight Ends – ACM 468

    Facebook has a scary new patent application that Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet say "is so Zuck." They also talk about how Apple might position and price its streaming original content, and there are a lot of possibilities. Plus, Apple's long-running patent fight with Samsung is over. What does that really mean?

  16. Jun. 21st, 2018
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    The iPhone Car Key and the Mythical Apple App Store Monopoly – ACM 467

    What would using your iPhone as your car key look like in practice? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet run through the possibilities. They also look at the on-again, off-again case where plaintiffs accuse the company with a minority share of the smartphone business of having an App Store "monopoly."

  17. Jun. 13th, 2018
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    The AR Demo and the Benefits of Surveillance Capitalism – ACM 466

    If you've been wondering what all the fuss was about augmented reality, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have an AR Demo for you to see. They also take time out from ranting about being the product to talk frankly about the benefits of surveillance capitalism.

  18. Jun. 6th, 2018
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    Siri Shortcuts and Huge AR Baby Steps – ACM 465

    Siri Shortcuts were the thing Apple announced at WWDC that caught both Bryan Chaffin's and Jeff Gamet's imagination. They also talk about how cool ARKit 2 is, and how we are still in early, early days for AR. As awesome as AR on iOS is, Apple is still taking huge baby steps.

  19. May. 30th, 2018
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    Apple at Cannes, Essential Reality, 2nd HomePod and AirPlay 2 vs. Soundbar – ACM 464

    Apple Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts is going to be interviewed at Cannes Lions, but the person interviewing her is an Apple employee. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet think that's a little weird. In hindsight, they also think it's weird that Andy Rubin thought he could make money making Android hardware, an Essential(ly) bad idea. In the third segment, Jeff helps Bryan spend money when picking between a 2nd HomePod and a soundbar now that AirPlay 2 is here.

  20. May. 23rd, 2018
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    Twitter Insanity, Apple’s AI Showdown, FBI Exaggeration, Apple’s HQ Hunt – ACM 463

    Twitter has lost its corporate mind, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet argue in this episode of ACM. They also weigh the importance of WWDC 2018 in terms of Siri, and discuss whether or not Apple has to announce significant improvements to remain competitive in AI. Then there's the revelation that the FBI exaggerated the number of locked iPhones it couldn't get into, and they squeeze in a fourth topic, too: Apple's hunt for a new campus, and how it contrasts with Amazon.