Episode 35: An iMac for dinosaurs

We looked at CES as a lens of what is going on in the tech scene, trying to separate the real trends from the concepts that will never ship.

Also, we tried to predict how 2018 will be for Apple in various topics ranging from improving the software game, pricing and how will the lineup will look like.

Topics

  • Predictions
    • Greg Predictions
      • Workflow improvements
      • Plus-sized iPhone X
        • New look iPhones range
      • Price stalling
        • Low-end iPhones and MacBook
      • No change in Apple Watch design
    • Nati’s Predictions
      • iPhone SE V2
      • Siri V2
        • HomePod related
        • HomeKit related
      • Mac lineup continues to get updated regularly
      • Software improvement

Episode 34: I’m not playing by your rules anymore

This week we talked about how the HomePod will be graded on the Echo/ Google Home curve, which explains it being late. Also, should tech companies be involved in global politics? and new year resolutions: meditation, improving our workflows, consuming content and using our devices less.

Follow up

  • Nati sent his iPhone 6s to get the battery replaced, as it was eligible for the battery replacement program.

Topics

Episode 33: It's a feature, not a bug

Merry Christmas ya’ll!

Can a skin fix the iPhone X’s Space Grey color by turning it to Black, or fix a phone scratch OCD? Well, we don’t know.

What we do know is that battery life on iPhones become a huge scandal, as Apple addressed the iPhone - battery - performance thing. Did Apple do the right thing? What’s wrong with Apple’s communication these days, and how did Apple address such issues in the past (Hint: Antenna-Gate).

Also, we discuss the rumors about Apple unifying iOS and macOS development, and which platform would benefit the most, and the AirPods being out of stock for the holidays

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Extra

  • Windows 10 is not that bad
    • Windows market is like the wild west

Episode 32: I said serious, not Siri

We sidetrack into movie land due to The Last Jedi release, but quickly return to the tech track, with Apple breaking security on HomeKit and fixing it rather quickly. And diving into security and privacy in the current day and age.

Also, Windows PC on SnapDragon chips, the iMac Pro, Jony Ive returns from this Architecture leave to design actual Apple products, and the interesting and surprising acquisition of Shazam.

Episode 31: Surviving the Apple-pocalypse

We discuss how Apple survived the iOS/ macOS bugs apocalypse and mainly the overblown reaction to it, before diving into the Smart Home market which is led by smart speakers, concluding it's far from being a fad.

Also, Greg might get an Apple TV due to Amazon's tvOS app (finally) launch, and Nati falls out of grace with Qualcomm, while Apple is developing more and more hardware/ chip components in-house.

Shoutout to MDM Deals: Fantastic deals on fantastic apps & movies  

Episode 30: Something to complain about

Greg is sick of the Watch bossing him around even when feeling ill, as we dive into Apple's 2017 hardware line-up, discussing what we like and what could be improved, without forgetting the subjective aspects of ranting about products.

Shoutout to MDM Deals: Fantastic deals on fantastic apps & movies 

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 Extras

Episode 29: Democratisation of firmware spelunking with special guest Guilherme Rambo

This week we have a special guest - Guilherme Rambo (AKA Mr. Rambo), which reveals the ludicrous prices of Apple products in Brazil. Also, Gui joins Nati as they both share their impressions of the iPhone X, before diving deep into some nerdy talk about BridgeOS and the iMac Pro which will come with an A10 SoC.

Then we continue to talk about the HomePod and whether Apple's software game has taken a hit in recent years.

Episode 28: It looks like this turkey is taking a selfie

We talk about Greg’s new Dutch 27” iMac 5k and why IKEA is so awesome, and continue about Qualcomm rejecting Broadcom’s acquisition offer, and the reality that most people don’t give a damn about internet speeds.

Then we dive into some more thoughts about the iPhone X, while shipping time improves before the 2nd launch wave which includes Israel. Discuss the improved wireless charging iOS 11.2 brings among other stuff and give our opinions about the 2018 iPhone line rumors.

Episode 27: The most amount of bezels possible with special guest Matt Birchler

This week we have a special guest - Matt Birchler, which joins us to talk about the his impressions of the Pixel 2 - Matt’s annual Android experiment, the experience of  using an Android device with an Apple Watch, and the Pixel 2’s shortages that come up only when using the device (hint: the camera).

Also, we continue with the world’s longest follow-up about Qualcomm and talk about the iPhone X, and the Watch Series 3.

Special Guest: Matt Birchler

  

Follow up

Topics

  • iPhone X
    • Developing for iPhone X - how long do we think it will take for apps to update. 
    • Now easy was it to update Today’s Forecast?

Episode 26: On a scale of one to X

Greg shares his initial thoughts about the iPhone X, and his overall experience from the Apple Store pick up, unboxing to the device itself.

We also talk about the device itself, where the iPhone line might be heading, and how it effects the competition.

iPhone X

  • Collection experience
  • Unboxing
    • nothing special, I expected a little bit more but I’m not sure what
  • Look and feel
    • heavier than I thought
    • Looks amazing
    • Fingerprints all over in seconds!
    • so many people asked me about it Friday night it was crazy
    • Lots of interest
    • Most people I spoke to wanted the phone but it was too expensive or out of stock
  • Samsung's anti-iPhone X ad
  • Using the new form factor
  • Camera
    • Honestly, I’m a little disappointed
    • focus takes a long time
    • OIS on the zoom lens doesn’t make much of a difference in my opinion.

Episode 25: Thank god there are two of them (AirPods)

 iPhone X is about to arrive, so we talk about the early hands-on and why Apple's PR change with "Youtubers you never heard of" was a great move, instead of doing the same thing with the "traditional" tech review scene, and in general how reviews are being mostly consumed today. We also touch about Touch ID's tech, Apple's supply channel in regards to Samsung and Qualcomm. Also, we had a live quarterly earning information for Apple's amazing Q4 2016 results.

Episode 24: Let’s do a squeazy phone instead

Nati shares his amazement about Watch Series 3 speed and somehow gets Greg into an experiment with Watch orientation.

We continue with Google's hardware hurdles with the Pixel 2 and Home mini devices, and share our thoughts about the fate of Essential before diving into MacBook keyboard issues and Apple's bad Mac decisions in recent years. 

Finally, we conclude with iPhone X thoughts, pre-orders, and supply that might not be as tight as we all think.

Episode 23: Have a strong word with yourself

Nati shares his great FaceTime experience,  which pulls us to rant about the state of Twitter, and why Greg lost his motivation to talk about tech.

Then we follow-up on Apple Watch series 3, weekly iOS 11 releases for bug fixes, and the all of the Emoji that iOS 11.1 will bring. The main course is the Made By (Rick Osterloh) Google event and all of the new hardware Google showed on stage.

 

Follow up

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Episode 21: Hashtag embrace the notch

We managed to overcome personal family health issues, and Jewish holidays to record this episode, in which Greg reveals his Apple purchases which bring him one step closer to his Tim Cook badge.

Also, we discuss Apple's silicon power with the A11 Bionic, The iPhone X's notch iconic meaning, the iPhone 8/Plus reviews and who are those devices for, and we finish off with Google acqui-hiring HTC's 2000 engineers.

Episode 20: It’s Eddy Cue, he might be on drugs

Now that the iPhone event is past us, we talk about the leaks leading to the event and break down the event's interesting (for us) topics and themes in our iPhone event Bingo kind of way.

We also share our opinions about the products, and whether or not we will get them, and why.

Episode 19: You’ve triggered Cortana!

It's now only a week away from the iPhone event. Nathan is excited, but Greg has had enough of the leaks. We talk about the heating up assistant wars, and its effect on Android OEMs as well as Apple moving Siri to a new leader.

Most exciting of all, we start iPhone event Bingo - making the most outlandish predictions for the launch event as we can. Join along at home and see if you win!

Episode 18: A headphone jack for a bitcoin with special guest Ben Basche

This week we have a special guest - Ben Basche - which joins us in discussing about the Apple's TV messy strategy, Android Oreo's launch and how it reflects about Google's Android strategy and relationships with Android OEMs. Also we talk about Essential and where it fits, iOS 11 beta 7 and how the iOS UI is evolving, iPhone 8's pricing - the value of the smartphone - and who did it first. And we finish with the app subscription models through the Ulysses blunder, and ARKit in a future where Apple makes glasses/ facial wearables.

Special Guest: Ben Basche

Topics

  • HTC is kinda for sell
    • Googel's Android/ mobile AI strategy
    • What is the USP of the Pixel phone
    • Pixel is a rebranded Nexus

Episode 17: I do not care about icons

This week we discover that Greg has more stickers than Nati does and that's a shame that MacOS messages doesn't have stickers. Then we follow-up on How the firmware gods are preventing Greg from installing the latest watchOS beta, the LTE Apple Watch rumors, and the interactive Home button that the iPhone 8/Pro could have. Also we discuss the new iOS 11 betas and icons, question whether the iPhone SE won't be a one-off and give our 2 dime thoughts about Apple's content endeavors and why it might be a push in the wrong direction.

16: You don’t sound like an Air, You sound like a Pro

We talked about Nati's new MacBook Pro (Escape) configuration choice and Greg's new Beats Solo 3's and why the W1 chip is a breakthrough technology. We continued with more information discovered in the HomePod firmware: A cellular Apple Watch (Bloomberg is falling behind in Apple news, integrated SIM or an Apple SIM?) A 4K Apple TV (What is a TV these day?) and the iPhone 8/X/Pro's rumored colors (plus a short Greg rant about leaks & prototype) and new fancy camera tech. Finally we talked about OLED and how Apple is pushing the industry (mainly LG) from LCD to OLED.