Apple Context Machine Podcast

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.

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iPhone 11/Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 522

Sep. 12th, 2019 - 11:48 PM | 00:00:00

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....

Podcast Archives

  1. Dec. 13th, 2017
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    Apple’s Quality Control Problems, iMac Pro – ACM 441

    In this episode, Bryan and Jeff chew over Apple's burgeoning quality control issues, as well as the company's bizarre decision to release a pro desktop that's sealed. The cap the discussion by examining some of the topics in the Apple Context Machine Facebook group.

  2. Dec. 6th, 2017
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    Mr. Cook Goes to China, Sonos Meets Ikea, Apple Buys Pop Up Archive – ACM 440

    Tim Cook took a recent trip to China, and some have accused him of endorsing Chinese censorship. Bryan and Jeff talk about how complicated doing business in China is. They also look at why Sonos and IKEA have announced a partnership, and what Apple's purchase of Pop Up Archive might mean. Then they fall down the rabbit hole of TextArc.

  3. Nov. 29th, 2017
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    Apple Root Password Bug, Ajit Pai’s Net Neutrality Fight, Listener Topics – ACM 349

    Apple fixed its root access flaw in macOS High Sierra, but the whole incident is a corporate black eye for a company known for executing. Bryan and Jeff also talk about Ajit Pai's latest embarrassing comments defending his plan to gut net neutrality. They also talk about some of the topics suggested by the Apple Context Machine Facebook Group.

  4. Nov. 22nd, 2017
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    Frothy Rants about Encryption and Net Neutrality, Plus Apple’s AR Goggles – ACM 348

    A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on Net Neutrality. They cap the show with the observation that Apple's AR goggle project appears to be back on.

  5. Nov. 15th, 2017
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    Wearable Market Breakdown, Harry Potter AR, iPhone X Camera – ACM 437

    Bryan and Jeff argue that the wearables market is breaking down into three competitors, Apple, Xiaomi, and Fitbit. All others are lolwannabes. They also think Harry Potter Wizards Unite will be way bigger than Pokémon Go, and talk about just how good the camera is on iPhone X.

  6. Nov. 8th, 2017
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    Encryption Debate, Apple’s Paradise Papers, iPhone X – ACM 436

    The false dichotomy that we must choose between privacy and safety when it comes to encryption has once again reared its ugly head, and Bryan and Jeff discuss why that's so dangerous. They also look at how Apple was affected by the so-called Paradise Papers, and discuss Jeff's initial impressions of the iPhone X. For added fun, Jeff mocks Bryan for not having his iPhone X yet.

  7. Nov. 1st, 2017
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    Bryan’s HomeKit Problems, HomePod’s SiriKit, Apple’s Product Improvements – ACM 435

    Bryan and Jeff explore the good points and less-than-good points of Apple's HomeKit, and the news that HomePod is going to need your iPhone to do some things. They also look at mounting evidence that Apple is back in gear for regular updates across its product line.

  8. Oct. 25th, 2017
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    Amazon’s Key to Your Home, HomeKit Lights, Port-Free iPhones – ACM 434

    Amazon Key will let delivery people into your home when you aren't there, and Bryan and Jeff discuss the pros and cons. Jeff also gives Bryan a primer on starting off with HomeKit devices that don't need a third party hub. They cap the show with the idea that Apple could be working towards a completely-sealed iPhone.

  9. Oct. 18th, 2017
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    Society and iPhone Addiction, Apple and GE, iPhone X Paradigms – ACM 433

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by special guest Jeff Butts to go deep on societal implications of iPhone and smartphone addiction. They also talk about the big announcement from Apple and GE for Industrial IoT devices, as well as the new paradigms in Apple's iPhone X.

  10. Oct. 11th, 2017
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    Dow Jones Fake News, Cook’s Barnstorm Tour, iOS 11 Control Center – ACM 432

    Tim Cook continues to raise his profile, tweeting more publicity photos of his visits to lots of places, including a Normandy war cemetery. Bryan and Jeff reexamine the idea that Mr. Cook may be thinking of political office. They also talk about Dow Jones's brief flirtation with publishing fake news about Apple, and how Apple has changed the way on/off buttons work in iOS.

  11. Oct. 4th, 2017
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    Apple’s iTunes Decisions, Apple Music Plans, the Need for LTE, More – ACM 431

    In Episode 431, Bryan and Jeff dig into four topics, and they didn't even run late. They discuss Apple's App Store-ectomy from iTunes, Jimmy Iovine's plans for Apple Music, FM radios in our iPhones, and whether or not Jeff is going to regret not getting LTE in his new Apple Watch Series 3.

  12. Sep. 27th, 2017
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    High Sierra in the Wild, Apple Watch Apps, Tech-palooza – ACM 430

    Jeff Butts joins Jeff while Bryan is out of town to share macOS High Sierra experiences so far, talk about the state of Apple Watch apps, plus nerd out on Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

  13. Sep. 20th, 2017
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    iOS 11, Siri, APFS Backups, and T-Mobile’s Band 71 – ACM 429

    Apple tech podcaster and blogger Peter Cohen is here while Bryan is out of town to chat with Jeff about iOS 11 and the iPad, Siri, APFS and backing up your files, T-Mobile's band 71 and the iPhone, and more.

  14. Sep. 13th, 2017
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    The Steve Jobs Theater, iTunes Rant, iPhone X, and Apple Watch Series 3 – ACM 428

    Apple's new Steve Jobs Theater had its debut, and Bryan and Jeff talk about some of the amazing things we saw. They also spew some vitriol all over Apple's decision to pull the App Store from iTunes, and discuss their favorite aspects of Apple Watch Series 3 and iPhone X.

  15. Sep. 6th, 2017
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    iOS 11 Favorite Features, Apple’s Entertainment Plans, Apple Watch Cheaters – ACM 427

    iOS 11 is coming, and Bryan and Jeff discuss some of what they're looking forward to. They also talk about Apple's big plans in making movies and TV shows, and why it's important for Apple to do so. The cap the show with a look at Apple Watch being involved with a baseball cheating scheme.

  16. Aug. 30th, 2017
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    Tim Cook’s Political Junket and Amazon’s Master Plan for Alexa – ACM 426

    Is Tim Cook running for President? Bryan and Jeff take a look at his recent higher public profile and the political junket he seemed to take through the midwest. They also talk about Amazon's recent improvements to Alexa and how they fit in with the company's master plan for the platform.

  17. Aug. 23rd, 2017
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    Lava Lamp Love, Eclipse Disaster Preparedness, and the Bitcoin Fork – ACM 423

    Lava Lamps are the bee's knees. It is known. And in this episode, Bryan and Jeff discuss how they make the perfect random number generator. They also look at how eclipse watching is an excellent window into what would happen in a disaster, and discuss the Bitcoin fork that resulted in Bitcoin Cash being created.

  18. Aug. 16th, 2017
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    Eclipse Tips, AR Needs Eyeware, and No Apple Television Set – ACM 424

    The eclipse is coming, and Bryan and Jeff have some tips for viewing it. They also explore practical limitations on augmented reality (AR) without the help of specialized eyeware. For a bookend, they deconstruct a new rumor about a supposed Apple television set. Spoiler, it ain't happening.

  19. Aug. 9th, 2017
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    The Silofication of Movies and TV, LOL Fitbit, and Fooling Self-Driving Cars – ACM 423

    Disney said it's pulling its huge portfolio from Netflix in 2019, and Bryan and Jeff are concerned that the silofication of more and more content will be bad for consumers. They also chat about Fitbit's plans for a smartwatch...ah, we're just kidding. LOL Fitbit. Oh, and it turns out it's pretty easy to fool a self-driving car.

  20. Aug. 2nd, 2017
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    AAPL Conference Call Quirks and Can Apple Be the Microsoft of Cars? – ACM 422

    Could Apple be the Microsoft of cars? Bryan and Jeff dig deep into this idea, as well as some of the quirkier aspects of Apple's quarterly conference call with analysts. They also chat about the importance of Apple Park.