The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

Join Jeff Gamet each weekday as he assembles a panel of TMO staffers and contributors to talk through the stories and news of the day. Quick, informative, and entertaining. Make Daily Observations a part of your day!

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Apple's New APFS File System, Developers Respond to App Store Reviews - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-28 1:51 PM Feb. 10th, 2017

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...

Podcast Archives

  1. Feb. 10th, 2017
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    iPhone Iris Scanner, Smart TV Privacy Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-10

    Reports say the next iPhone will include an iris scanner for authentication, much like the current Touch ID sensor. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's authentication technology plans (spoiler: Jeff thinks it isn't iris scanning), plus John has some tips on protecting our privacy from smart TVs.

  2. Feb. 9th, 2017
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    Apple’s Expensive Anniversary iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-09

    Are you ready to drop $1,000 on a new iPhone because it sounds like Apple is hoping you are. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the report of a $1,000 special edition 10th anniversary iPhone, plus John dives into the philosophy of math and Apple product sales estimates.

  3. Feb. 8th, 2017
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    Apple TV’s New Marketing Boss – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-08

    Apple may have some new plans for Apple TV now that they hired away Amazon's Fire TV boss. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Timothy Twerdahl's now job as Apple TV's vice president for product marketing, plus they look at what could be in store for the next Apple TV refresh.

  4. Feb. 7th, 2017
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    Vizio’s Spying TVs, UAC iPhone Connectors – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-07

    Vizio just settled an FTC lawsuit for using their smart TVs to spy on customers. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Vizio collecting viewing data on users without permission and the settlement with the FTC. They also look at the UAC connector that's going to let headphones connect to Lightning and USB-C.

  5. Feb. 6th, 2017
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    Apple and the Broken FaceTime Lawsuit – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-06

    Apple is facing a class action lawsuit over claims it intentionally broke FaceTime to force users to upgrade to iOS 7. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the case and decide whether or not they think it has any merit.

  6. Feb. 3rd, 2017
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    Tim Cook’s Newseum Free Expression Award – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-03

    Apple CEO Time Cook is receiving a Newseum Free Expression Award for free speech. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on CEOs speaking out on social and political topics.

  7. Feb. 2nd, 2017
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    Ebook Sales Take a Hit, Apple Watch Battery Band Patent – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-02

    Ebook sales are down, tablet and ebook reader sales are down, and there may be a correlation. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of ebook sales, plus they weigh in on an Apple patent for an Apple Watch battery wristband.

  8. Feb. 1st, 2017
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    The iPhone’s Future, Prince and Streaming Music – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-01

    Apple made truck loads of money during its first fiscal quarter for 2017, but that wasn't the only news from yesterday's earning report. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Tim Cook saying the iPhone hasn't reached maturity yet, plus they look at the news that Prince's music is coming to Apple Music.

  9. Jan. 31st, 2017
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    Apple and Worker Visas, HomeKit Falls Behind in the Smarthome Game – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-31

    Work Visas for the tech industry may be changing thanks to an executive order that's said to be coming from the White House. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the draft order and the impact it could have on Apple and other Silicon Valley companies. They also have some thoughts on the rapidly changing smart home market and Apple's apparent lagging position.

  10. Jan. 30th, 2017
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    Goodbye iPhone Activation Lock Checker, Presidential Immigration Ban and Apple – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-30

    Apple shut down its iPhone Activation Lock Status checker without any explanation, which raises a few questions. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what may be behind Apple's decision, plus they look at what impact the presidentail executive order banning immigration from certain countries could have on Silicon Valley companies such as Apple.

  11. Jan. 27th, 2017
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    Apple’s Clean Energy Efforts, Partnership on AI – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-27

    Apple is expanding its solar farms, and that's a good sign for clean energy in the United States, according to John Martellaro. He joins Jeff Gamet to explain how Apple is setting an example for other companies, plus they look at Apple's just announced involvement in the Partnership on AI.

  12. Jan. 26th, 2017
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    Making iPhones in the US, APFS Comes to iOS 10.3 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-26

    There's pressure for Apple to bring iPhone production into the United States, but is it practical? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what it would take for Apple to set up an iPhone factory in the states, plus they dive into Apple's APFS system that's coming to iOS 10.3 and eventually macOS, too.

  13. Jan. 25th, 2017
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    2016 Mac Sales, Developers and App Store Reviews – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-25

    Mac sales were down in 2016, and John Martellaro has some perspective on those numbers. John, along with Kelly Guimont, joins Jeff Gamet to look at Mac sales from last year, plus they have some thoughts on Apple finally letting developers respond to App Store comments.

  14. Jan. 24th, 2017
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    iPhone 8 and Contactless Charging – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-24

    It's looking like Apple is moving away from plug-it-in-to-charge for the iPhone 8. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what technology Apple could use for that, and they dive into benefits and safety concerns of wire-free radio wave charging options from Energous.

  15. Jan. 23rd, 2017
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    Sprint’s Tidal Purchase, Apple Watch as a Medical Sensor – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-23

    Sprint now owns 33% of Tidal, and its cell service subscribers are going to get some exclusive content out of the deal. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out what the deal means, plus John explains how our Apple Watches could eventually become our personal medical monitors.

  16. Jan. 20th, 2017
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    Apple’s OS Strategy, Netflix on the TV App – TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-20

    It's time for Apple to rethink it's operating system strategy, according to TMO's own John Martellaro. John, along with Dave Hamilton, join Jeff Gamet today to talk about how Apple could look at its mobile and desktop operating systems in the future, plus they share their thoughts on Netflix's feeble showing in the TV app.