Nati is podcasting from his shadeless office absorbing the morning sun, while Greg sits in an overly illuminated office which is out of his iPhone XS control.
But all of this doesn’t stop us from talking about Google’s decision to start charging Android manufacturers for using the Play Store and bundled apps in the EU, Speculate about the performance of the iPhone XR (which Nati can’t stop calling ex - ar) sale performance as the device’s pre-orders begin, and ding into the rumour mill about the new iPad Pro devices, as Apple finally sends invitations to a 2nd fall event.
In addition, we followed-up on the Apple vs Bloomberg, Chinese spy story, and the Google Pixel 3 screen corner radius which is being adjusted via software.
This week we talked about Google's Hardware event in which they unveiled the Pixel: Phone and slate and also the Google Home Hub.
We went diving into Google's strategy with the Pixel phones, how come they are not given for free, the move from a commodity Nexus device into a Pixel premium device, why the Pixel devices don't matter, and why giving users the option to hide the (HUGE) notch is a non-design choice.
Also, we discussed about Android's failure outside of the smartphone market which brings Google to push Chrome OS on PC's and tablets, why there is no cellular option for the Pixel Slate, the baffling configuration options, the camera-less Google Home Hub, and will Apple also showcase a home device with a screen.
Nati managed to persuade Greg to install iOS 12.1 beta 2, luring him with new Emoji but also solving the iPhone XS charging issue. Also, we talked about messaging services, and why Nati secretly hoped for iMessage to win over WhatsApp, why Telegram cannot overtake WhatsApp and iOS 12's super fast adoption rate - surpassing iOS 11, already.
In addition, we dived into conspiracies of Chinese spies planting super Sci-Fi chips in servers, why Apple reacted so strongly to the Bloomberg report and the crossfire Apple and tech companies are feeling from the US-China "Cold war".
Also, Microsoft's new Surface line-up going with Matte Black all the things, and how Microsoft has fully embraced Android ans the mobile OS companion to Windows.
Greg refuses to admit he is back from his vacation, in which everyone (not Greg) around him was on their mobile phones. Also, Greg comes back to logging workouts on his newApple Watch, which makes us ponder what should be credited as workouts and what not.
BUT... the main focus is on all of the shiny new things Greg got, so we dive into the iPhone XS, the new GATES surrounding it, and why Nati is not going to upgrade to the iPhone XS. We also talk about the Apple Watch Series 4 and why Israel is not a 1st world country.
In addition, we talk Shortcuts and why it makes total sense to ship the iPhone XR later on.
We talked about the things that we found interesting in the Apple September event in the usual BYOD style, but not before we update on the status of Greg’s mobile devices and talk about the most important thing that happened in the last week - Google killing off Inbox 😂