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English, Technology, 1 season, 66 episodes, 19 hours, 21 minutes
Apple news, commentary, and analysis in short, digestible episodes. Join host John Sherrod as he breaks down the latest information about the Mac, iPhone, Apple TV, etc. Support this podcast:
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Is Now The Right Time To Buy A New Mac?

With all of the big changes coming to the Mac later this year, particularly the transition away from Intel to Apple silicon, should you buy a new Mac now? Or wait until next year? Also, Microsoft is shuttering its retail stores, a high-end watch publication just became an Apple Watch authorized retailer, and why your next iPhone may not come with earbuds or a charger. --- Support this podcast:
7/4/202029 minutes, 22 seconds
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Breaking Down All Of Apple’s HUGE Announcements This Week At WWDC 2020

This week Apple held it’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) where it announced the new features coming this fall to macOS, iOS, watchOS, iPadOS, and tvOS. The Mac got the biggest redesign in 20 years, and Apple officially announced that it’s going to transition the Mac away from Intel chips to its own in-house designed Apple Silicon processors. I break all this down plus give my thoughts on the questions that seemingly will not die: Will Apple merge macOS and iOS? And will the Mac get a touch screen? Listen for all that and more. --- Support this podcast:
6/26/202046 minutes, 18 seconds
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20 years on the Mac, transitioning the Mac to ARM processors, and Apple’s upcoming film release

This month marks 20 years since I bought my first Macintosh computer. I look back on those 20 years of Apple fandom and the two things that made me fall in love with Apple and changed the course of my life. Also in this episode I discuss the rumored upcoming transition away from Intel chips in the Mac and over to ARM-based chips. I have three important questions about how this will affect users and developers. And finally, we now know when and how Apple will be bringing Greyhound (the new WWII naval drama from Tom Hanks) to Apple TV+. --- Support this podcast:
6/12/202024 minutes, 10 seconds
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Reviewing Apple’s Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

In this week’s episode John provides a review of the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. The design, keyboard, trackpad, price, and some discussion of Apple’s strategic thinking around the iPad both now and across its ten year history. Also, Apple is beginning to re-open its Apple retail stores, and John lets you know what you need to know before you plan your visit since there are some COVID-19 precautions that Apple is taking. --- Support this podcast:
6/5/202027 minutes, 48 seconds
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WWDC Dates Announced, New 13-Inch MacBook Pro, And More On Apple’s Fight Against COVID-19.

This week Apple announced when it will be holding it’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (June 22), announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, and updated us all on it’s latest efforts in the fight against COVID-19. --- Support this podcast:
5/8/202016 minutes, 42 seconds
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Breaking Down Apple’s Surprising Quarterly Earnings Numbers

Other topics - hardware issues with my AirPods Pro, tracking how COVID-19 has affected requests for directions in Apple Maps, how to find COVID-19 testing centers in Apple Maps, and why the new iPhone SE might be the perfect iPhone for the current times we’re living through. --- Support this podcast:
5/1/202025 minutes, 15 seconds
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iPhone SE, Magic Keyboard, and ARM Macs

This week saw the arrival of reviews of the new iPhone SE, plus customers began getting their Magic Keyboards for the iPad Pro, and Bloomberg released a big article about Apple’s plans to transition the Mac away from Intel processors to ARM chips. --- Support this podcast:
4/24/202020 minutes, 50 seconds
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Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade - What You Need To Know | Pricing, Release Dates, and Content Announced!

Apple held its annual Fall iPhone event this week, but also took time to announce updates to several other products as well. In this video, I want to focus on Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, the two services announcements from Apple. What content can you expect, how it will work, when you can start playing/watching, and what these services will cost. Take a look! --- Support this podcast:
9/12/201910 minutes, 39 seconds
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Rant: Is THIS What Apple TV+ Will Cost???

We know a lot about the content that Apple will be showcasing on its Apple TV+ streaming service later this Fall, but we don’t actually know yet what it will COST to watch this content. But based on reporting from Bloomberg, it might be higher than you might think. --- Support this podcast:
9/2/20196 minutes, 30 seconds
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Apple Reverses Course On Siri Privacy - Will No Longer Listen To Siri Interactions Without Consent

Apple caught some much deserved flak recently when it came to light that they were using contractors to “grade” Siri by having them listen in to randomized Siri interactions. This was intended to make Siri more accurate, and the testing process made sense... except that users weren’t aware that their Siri interactions were being monitored. Oops! The Apple community and press held Apple’s feet to the fire on this one, and today they apologized and announced changes to how they handle Siri interactions. In this video I break it all down. --- Support this podcast:
8/29/20195 minutes
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Jony Ive Leaves Apple; Diving Into iPadOS

In this week’s episode I share my thoughts on Jony Ive’s departure from Apple and what it means for the company going forward. I also go into a lot of detail about why iPadOS is a big deal and how it’s re-energized my love for the iPad in general. And finally I introduce a new segment focusing on what I’ve been watching on Apple TV this week. Give it a listen and share your feedback on Twitter: @jwsherrod. --- Support this podcast:
6/29/201945 minutes, 16 seconds
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Should You Install The Betas? iOS 13, iPadOS, tvOS, macOS

This week Apple released public betas for macOS Catalina, iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and tvOS 13. That means that curious users can begin running early versions of these operating systems TODAY and test out the new features Apple announced a few weeks back at WWDC. But SHOULD you do this? In this episode, we break that down. What is beta software, who is this for, and what will your experience be if you do install any of these. --- Support this podcast:
6/26/20198 minutes, 48 seconds
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MacBook Pro Battery Recall - What You Need To Know

Apple announced a voluntary recall of certain 15” MacBook Pro models due to potential safety issues related to the battery in those units. In this video I talk about how to find out if your MacBook Pro is one of the computers that falls under this recall and if so what to do about it. Link to Apple’s Press Release: Link to Apple’s Support page where you can plugin your serial number: --- Support this podcast:
6/21/20195 minutes, 56 seconds
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New iPadOS! - Why This Is A Major Turning Point For iPad

Apple took to the stage at WWDC to announce all the new features coming to the Mac, iPhone, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and yes, iPad. And the announcement of iPadOS was one of the biggest announcements Apple has made in years. I really believe that years from now we’ll look back to this announcement as a turning point in the iPad as a product. In this video, I do a deep dive look at all of the major new features coming to iPad this Fall in iPadOS. Apple really surprised with just how many features they’re adding this year to the iPad. --- Support this podcast:
6/19/201920 minutes, 56 seconds
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tvOS 13 - These Features Are Coming To Your Apple TV This Year

Last week at WWDC Apple announced a whole bunch of new features for tvOS 13. So what can you expect later this year when your Apple TV gets this update? John Sherrod breaks it all down in this episode, including Xbox and Playstation game controller support, a new Apple Music lyrics view, multi-user support, and more! --- Support this podcast:
6/12/20194 minutes, 4 seconds
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New MacBook Pro! What You Need To Know

Apple introduced new MacBook Pro models Tuesday, bringing 8-core processing to a Mac portable for the first time. They also made improvements to the MacBook Pro's much maligned "butterfly" keyboard. All this plus what it all means for the Mac's present and future in this episode. --- Support this podcast:
5/23/20199 minutes, 3 seconds
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Apple TV+ Pricing News! Tim Cook Comments

Tim Cook made some interesting comments about the pricing of Apple TV+. Let's dig into his words and see what we can take away from them. Listen and subscribe! --- Support this podcast:
5/22/201910 minutes, 6 seconds
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iPad To Get Mouse Support?

A new rumor suggests that Apple may be bringing mouse support to the iPad soon, but not for the reason you might be thinking. Let's break this rumor down and discuss the implications. LINK: --- Support this podcast:
4/24/20195 minutes, 49 seconds
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Apple To Merge Find My Friends And Find My iPhone Apps And Introduce Tile-Like Tracking Product

A new report says that Apple is planning to merge its Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps into a single, unified app as well as release a Tile-like tracking device that would let you track non-Apple devices using this app as well. John Sherrod breaks it all down here. LINK: --- Support this podcast:
4/18/20195 minutes, 5 seconds
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iOS 13 Leaks! These New Features Are Coming Soon

iOS 13 leaks are here with just a month and a half before its official announcement at WWDC. 9to5Mac has the details (link below) and John Sherrod is breaking it all down in this episode of Your Apple Update. Dark mode is coming and lots of other other new features too. LINK: --- Support this podcast:
4/17/201910 minutes, 44 seconds
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How Disney Succeeded Where Apple Failed

Apple and Disney are both coming out with their own streaming TV services this Fall. Both services have + in the name. Both will have original shows and movies. Both have held events announcing their services to the world and previewing some of the exclusive shows they'll be debuting. But Disney's event was wildly successful whereas Apple's was mostly a dud. Let's break down why. --- Support this podcast:
4/13/20199 minutes, 47 seconds
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The End Of iTunes?

Two sources have stated that this year will finally bring us the end of iTunes, at least as we know it. It appears that macOS 10.15, which should ship later this year, will give us separate apps, iOS-style, for Apple TV, Apple Music, and Podcasts. John Sherrod breaks down how Apple will do it, and how this will affect users of old Apple devices and Windows users. LINK: --- Support this podcast:
4/11/20196 minutes, 43 seconds
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Will Apple Make A Splashy Acquisition Soon?

Apple just promoted one of its leaders to a vice president of mergers & acquisitions and even added him to its main leadership page. So... is Apple planning to make Wall Street happy and make a big, splashy acquisition in the near future? This move certainly makes it more possible than ever. So let's speculate: what kind of company MIGHT Apple buy, and what company might I LIKE to see them buy? LINK: --- Support this podcast:
4/5/201911 minutes, 40 seconds
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Apple TV - Still Necessary?

Apple TV... Do you still need one? Is Apple even interested in making a hardware streaming device long term? With recent news that Apple is releasing the Apple TV app on Roku, Amazon Fire, and several brands of smart TVs, it's becoming a real question. So what's the present and the future of Apple TV? I break all that down and provide my thoughts on my favorite little Apple device... Apple TV. --- Support this podcast:
4/3/201914 minutes, 53 seconds
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AirPower Canceled! Why Apple Did It

Apple announced today that it is canceling its AirPower charging mat saying that it "will not achieve our high standards." It's hugely unprecedented for Apple to announce a product live on stage and then never ship it. In this video John Sherrod breaks down why Apple did this, what the big picture implications are, and what this DOESN'T mean. Here's a link to the Techcrunch article that broke the news this afternoon: --- Support this podcast:
3/30/20198 minutes, 31 seconds
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Recapping Apple’s Services Event

Apple hosted an event focused on its services efforts on Monday, March 25 where they announced new products including Apple Card, Apple News+, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. Join host John Sherrod as he provides his first impressions and analysis of the event, and tells you why he thinks it may have been the least interesting event in years. --- Support this podcast:
3/26/201917 minutes, 33 seconds
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New AirPods Are Here - What You Need To Know

At long last Apple has released new AirPods! In this episode, John Sherrod breaks down all the new features. If you haven’t bought AirPods yet, is now the time to buy? If you already have them, should you upgrade to the new ones? All that plus what didn’t make it in this update in this episode of Your Apple Update. --- Support this podcast:
3/22/201910 minutes, 43 seconds
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Everything You Need To Know About The New iPad Air And iPad mini

Today Apple announced new iPad mini and iPad Air models, and in this episode of Your Apple Update, John Sherrod walks you through what you need to know about these new models. Have you been waiting to buy a new iPad because you were worried that as soon as you did Apple would have a new one out? You’ve waited long enough. Find out what these new models have to offer and why they were worth the wait. --- Support this podcast:
3/19/20199 minutes, 27 seconds
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AirPods 2 - What They’ll Be Like

Apple is hosting an event on March 25, and there’s a good chance we’ll finally see AirPods 2, the next generation of Apple’s popular wireless ear buds. Join John Sherrod to learn what features we’re likely to see in the new version of this product. --- Support this podcast:
3/15/201911 minutes, 10 seconds
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What To Expect From Apple's March 2019 Event

Apple is hosting an event on March 25, 2019. Will we finally get details on Apple's upcoming streaming video service? Will Apple announce AirPods 2? All this and more in this episode. --- Support this podcast:
3/13/201913 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 42 - The State of the Apple TV

It's been a year since the release of the Apple TV 4K, so let's talk about where that product stands. How has it inproved and where can it get better. --- Support this podcast:
10/10/201815 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 41 - Which New iPhone Should You Buy?

Now that Apple has updated the iPhone line for 2018, which model is rigjt for you? Let's talk about it. --- Support this podcast:
10/1/201812 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 40 - Is It Still Wise To Buy Movies From iTunes?

An iTunes customer got a rude awakening this week when he discovered that three of his purchased movies were gone. So is it still wise to buy movies in iTunes? Let's break it down. --- Support this podcast:
9/17/201813 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 39 - Why The New Apple Watch Is A Game Changer

Join John as he provides initial inpressions of al of Apple's big announcements at its 2018 iPhone/Apple Watch event. --- Support this podcast:
9/12/201816 minutes
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Episode 38 - Previewing Apple’s Fall 2019 Event

John breaks down the latest rumors about what new products Apple will be announcing at this Wednesday’s Apple event. Tune in! --- Support this podcast:
9/10/201820 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 37 - Let’s Talk About The New MacBook Pro

Apple has just updated the MacBook Pro with some stellar updates for 2018. I break down all the new features and provide analysis in this episode of QuickTake. --- Support this podcast:
7/16/201820 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 36 - Celebrating 10 Years of the App Store

Looking back at 10 years of the App Store, Siri gets a new project leader at Apple, and an interesting story about Apple adopting 1Password internally along woth runors Apple might lirchase the app's parent company. --- Support this podcast:
7/12/201819 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 35 - Apple Maps Is Getting A Complete Overhaul

Late last week, Matthew Panzarino published a bombshell article at TechCrunch where he went into great detail about Apple's efforts to completely overhaul Apple Maps and build its own maps data. Listen for more details an my analysis. Article link: --- Support this podcast:
7/2/201820 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 34 - Apple May Soon Release Updated AirPods

A new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg details what Apple’s plans may be for a new generation of AirPods, new over-ear headphones, and a new HomePod model. --- Support this podcast:
6/28/201820 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 33 - Apple Responds To “Keyboardgate”

Since the MacBook Pro was redesigned nearly two years ago, there have been concerns over the quality and dependability of the keyboards in those models. Apple addressed those concerns for the first time the other day. Listen for more info. --- Support this podcast:
6/25/201813 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 32 - Pushing Back Against The Mac Naysayers

A recent blog post from software developer entitled “On The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware has been making the rounds on social media. While it makes some valid pints it’s also rife with “sky is falling” melodrama. I push back in this week’s episode. Link: --- Support this podcast:
6/22/201823 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 31 - Enhance Your Summer Travel With Apple Tech

I just got back from a summer vacation and wanted to share exactly how I use Apple products and services to enhance my travel. --- Support this podcast:
6/18/201823 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 30 - Cutting Through The Snark

I’ve seen a few people mocking Apple’s emphatic “No! We’re not merging iOS and macOS.” I think some of the snark I’ve seen really misses the point Apple was trying to make and in this episode I share my thoughts on that. --- Support this podcast:
6/7/201812 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 29 - Recapping WWDC 2018

Tim Cook and other Apple execs took the stage today to kick of Apple’s annual developer-focused conference and spent over two hours going over lots of new features coming later this year to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. John Sherrod breaks down all of today’s most important announcements. --- Support this podcast:
6/5/201835 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 28 - WWDC 2018 Preview

What will Apple announce next week at its annual WWDC event? I dive into that, plus some additional thoughts on my new AirPods and a couple of long awaited features that finally shipped this week in iOS 11.4. --- Support this podcast:
5/31/201821 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 27 - Mac OS X Hits A Major Milestone

As of today OS X had existed for the same length of time as the classic Mac OS did up until the release of OS X. John Sherrod reflects on that plus has some follow up about AirPods. --- Support this podcast:
5/24/201816 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 26 - AirPods vs BeatsX

Which is right for you? I’ve owned both the AirPods and the BeatsX and have some thoughts on the pros and cons of each. --- Support this podcast:
5/21/201826 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 25 - Jony Ive Talks Apple Watch

Ben Clymer of Hodinkee recently sat down with Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive to discuss Apple Watch. I talk about the article and my two big tale-always from it. --- Support this podcast:
5/11/201811 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 24 - The iMac Turns 20!

In this episode I look back at the introduction of the iMac, how it’s evolved over two decades, and how it’s largely responsible for the career I’ve had. --- Support this podcast:
5/7/201815 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 23 - RIP AirPort

Apple. Ales it official and announces that it will no longer produce its line of AirPort WiFi hardware. Some thoughts. --- Support this podcast:
4/26/20189 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 22 - Three Things I Want To Hear About From Apple

In this episode I talk about the three things I’m most anxious to hear Apple talk about in the near term. --- Support this podcast:
4/23/201811 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 21 - This App Can Get You Back Into Reading Books

I discuss an app I recently discovered called Leio which has become one of my favorite apps. It helps you track your progress in books and does so in a really simple, elegant way. is the web address. --- Support this podcast:
4/17/20188 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 20 - Is HomePod Already A Failure?

Recent reports indicate that Apple may already be cutting orders to suppliers for its HomePod smart speaker. While we can’t know for certain this is true, we can speculate about why this might be happening and what Apple can do to right the ship. --- Support this podcast:
4/13/201817 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 19 - Apple Tells Us When The Mac Pro Will Ship

Apple provided Tech Crunch journalist Matthew Panzarino with an exclusive interview on the state of Apple's efforts to serve the creative pro market, including letting us know when the Mac Pro will ship. I break it all down and explain why you have ever reason to be very excited by today's news. Link: --- Support this podcast:
4/6/201821 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 18 - A New Report Says Apple Is Leaving Intel

A new report from Bloomberg says that Apple is planning to replace Intel chips in its Macintosh line with chips design in-house. This would be a major shift in the PC landscape. Listen in for my thoughts on this potentially huge news. Link to the original report: --- Support this podcast:
4/4/201814 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 17 - Movies Anywhere and 4K: What To Know

Movies Anywhere is a great free service that lets you sync your digital movies library between iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Amazon Prime. But there is a catch, and it has to do with 4K in iTunes. --- Support this podcast:
3/26/201811 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 16 - How to Find Deals on Movies in iTunes

Wanna buy movies on iTunes without paying full price? I've got tips on how to keep track of discounts on movies in iTunes. Listen in! Also, here's a link to a blog post I wrote on this topic: --- Support this podcast:
3/20/201817 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 15 - Making the Apple TV a Better Gaming Platform

One of my biggest dreams for Apple TV has finally come true - Square-Enix has finally brought one of their classic RPGs to tvOS (Chrono Trigger) and this has gotten me thinking about how Apple can make Apple TV a killer gaming platform. Listen in for the history of gaming on Apple TV, how Apple initially painted itself into a corner with gaming on tvOS, and what they can do to improve things going forward. --- Support this podcast:
3/12/201815 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 14 - Android Embraces the Notch and Alexa Gets Creepy

Several new Android phones have recently been announced, and several of them have notches at the top of their displays. I'm not one that usually cares about who was first with a new feature or who is copying whom, but I think there are couple of interesting points to make in light of this new development. Also, is Amazon's Alexa randomly giving people creepy laughs? I discuss that story with a focus on the user privacy implications. Here's the article I discuss: --- Support this podcast:
3/8/201814 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 13 - The Touch Bar After A Year And A Half... Worth It?

It's been about a year and a half since Apple introduced the Touch Bar to the MacBook Pro and it's been... controversial. So looking back at it now after all these months, was it the right thing for Apple to bring to the MacBook Pro line? Let's discuss! --- Support this podcast:
3/5/201820 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 12 - Reboot

I’m back! Maybe... In this episode I explain the concept and vision behind QuickTake, what sets it apart from other Apple podcasts, and why I chose to record this episode now. --- Support this podcast:
2/23/20189 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 11 - Can An iPad Really Replace Your Laptop?

Apple made big leaps forward with iPad between new iPad Pro hardware and iPad-specific features announced for iOS 11. But can you really replace your laptop with an iPad Pro? That's the topic of this week's episode. --- Support this podcast:
6/28/201745 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 10 - Tim Cook Comments On Apple's Autonomous Vehicle Project!

Apple's Tim Cook spoke openly this week with Bloomberg about the company's work with autonomous vehicles. Plus, I got to play with Apple's new iPad Pros and had a HomeKit-compatible thermostat installed! Also discussed is Apple's latest version of iWork which finally brings clip art to the suite, and I rant about the way non-Apple fans talk about new Apple features. Check it out! --- Support this podcast:
6/15/201728 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 9 - Recapping WWDC 2017

Wow! This is a long one, but that's what happens when you try to discuss the major announcements Apple made at WWDC this week. From new versions of macOS and iOS, to new Mac and iPad hardware, to Apple's intriguing and possibly risky new HomePod smart speaker, we cover the big news of the week! --- Support this podcast:
6/8/201742 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 8 - Previewing WWDC

QuickTake is back! After a six-month hiatus, the show is back to a regular weekly schedule. This week we're previewing WWDC, Apple's annual event for developers. What hardware and software changes does Apple have in store for the world next week? Join host John Sherrod as he discusses what we might see next week. (Plus what we definitely won't see.) --- Support this podcast:
5/31/201736 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 7 - Should Apple Make A Television Set? I'm Starting To Think The Answer Is Yes

Is it finally time for Apple to build a TV set? Having just went through the process of purchasing a new TV, I'm starting to think the answer is yes. Also discussed: Tim Cook's comments about desktop Macs, AirPods available to buy at last, Super Mario Run in the App Store, and an Apple TV app from Amazon. --- Support this podcast:
12/20/201626 minutes, 3 seconds