The Checked Shirt

The Checked Shirt
A look at freelance life by Jason Kneen and Ben Dodson

35. Dentistry, 3D Printing, and a WWDC 2019 roundup (Mac Pro, Catalina, iOS 13, iPadOS, WatchOS, tvOS, and much more)
Jun 11 • 99 min
In our thirty-fifth show cover all of Dub Dub 2019 (ugh) including the new Mac Pro and it’s stand, macOS Catalina, iOS 13 and Dark Mode, iPadOS, WatchOS, tvOS, HomePod, SwiftUI, and Sign in with Apple.
34. Babies, iPad Hardware, MacBook keyboards, Samsung Galaxy Fold, AirPower, Oura Ring, Apple TV, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Marzipan, and our WWDC software and hardware predictions!
May 8 • 101 min
In our thirty-fourth show we return from the wilderness of childbirth to discuss the (fairly) recent iPad hardware releases, the ongoing MacBook keyboard debacle, the hilarious Samsung Galaxy Fold, the cancellation of AirPower, a whole host of other Apple…
33. Dictation, charging the iPhone XS, Bloomberg, Bagel Emoji, Twitter, transferring cellular on Apple Watch, Photos, and the iPhone XR
Oct 18, 2018 • 63 min
In our thirty-third show we talk about how dictation used to work, why the iPhone XS doesn’t charge properly, the crazy Bloomberg story about tiny microchips, the Bagel Emoji controversy, our use of Twitter, transferring cellular plans to a new Apple…
32. Mojave, Refurbished iMac, Apple Watch Series 4, Siri’s voice, AppleCare, iPhone XS / XS Max, Photography, and thoughts on the 2019 iPhone
Sep 27, 2018 • 116 min
In our thirty-second show we talk about upgrading to Mojave and the new “Dark Mode”, our pre-order experience, Jason’s refurbished iMac, and a lot of detail on the Apple Watch Series 4 and iPhone XS now we’ve had a chance to play with them. We also wonder…
31. Thoughts on the ‘Gather Round’ event with Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Sep 14, 2018 • 142 min
In our thirty-first show we chat about Apple’s very recent ‘Gather Round’ event which unveiled the Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. We talk about Tim’s tweet, Jeff’s sullen tones, Kevin’s warping, and the inevitably…
30. Travelling with kids, GoPro Fusion, MacBook Pro charging, cellular plans on Apple Watch, product launch secrecy, and our predictions on new iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches!
Aug 30, 2018 • 112 min
In our thirtieth show we chat about the difficulties of travelling with children and tech, the GoPro Fusion, issues charging the MacBook Pro with Mojave, how cellular works on the Apple Watch, and the secrecy around new product launches. We also talk…
29. macOS Mojave, iOS 12, the original iPad, new iPad rumours, FaceID, TouchArcade, affiliate links, freelance whales, working with agencies, and dealing with difficult clients.
Aug 3, 2018 • 66 min
In our twenty-ninth show we chat about the macOS Mojave and iOS 12 betas, the very first iPad, rumours of the upcoming iPad and FaceID, and then look at the affiliate links issue affecting TouchArcade. We then talk actual freelance stuff with whale…
28. Remote work, MacBook Pro 2018, power throttling, SSDs, macOS migration, backups, iOS 12 beta, Shortcuts, Screen Time, AirPlay 2, eGPUs, and LEGO James Bond
Jul 25, 2018 • 105 min
In our twenty-eight show we chat about remote working, the new MacBook Pro (along with power throttling and SSDs), migrating macOS to a new machine, our backup strategies, the iOS 12 beta, Shortcuts app, Screen Time, AirPlay 2 with Sonos, eGPUs, and the…
27. WWDC 2018, iOS 12, WatchOS 5, Siri, ARKit 2, Siri Shortcuts, iOS apps on macOS, dark modes, and Memoji.
Jul 9, 2018 • 82 min
In our twenty-seventh show we chat about all the announcements at WWDC 2018 including iOS 12 and watchOS 5. We also discuss Ben’s Landrover, how to use Siri correctly, using machine learning with ARKit 2, Siri Shortcuts, iOS apps on macOS, Memoji, and how…
26. Dyson Pure Cool, HomeKit, Ring, Toys in the ’80s, Mesh networking, Hue lighting, Home app, WWDC 2018, UIKit for macOS, Skeumorphism, and Google IO.
May 9, 2018 • 102 min
In our twenty-sixth show we discuss the Dyson Pure Cool, HomeKit, installing a Ring Floodlight Cam, how toys were made in the ’80s, mesh networks, why Apple’s “Home” app sucks, rumours about WWDC 2018, running iOS apps on the Mac, and Google IO. Ben also…
25. Bluetooth, broadband speeds, Apple TV 4K, Facebook, iOS 11.3 battery, iMac Pro repairs, 2019 Mac Pro, ARM CPUs, Leaks, NDAs, and the LEGO UCS Y-Wing.
Apr 19, 2018 • 110 min
In our twenty-fifth show we discuss the bluetooth, our broadband updates, Ben’s Apple TV 4K, the Facebook senate hearings, iOS 11.3 battery issues, Linus’ iMac Pro repair, our hopes for the 2019 Mac Pro, ARM CPUs in Macs, Apple Leaks, and the LEGO UCS…
24. Apple education event, iPad, Designed by Apple in California, Ember mug, 4K/5K monitors, Duet Display, AirPlay, and Virgin Media WiFi.
Mar 14, 2018 • 77 min
In our twenty-fourth show we discuss the recent education event by Apple, the new iPad vs iPad Mini 4, Jonny Ive’s “Designed by Apple in California” book, the Ember mug, and a whole host of stuff regarding monitors, Duet Display, and AirPlay. We may also…
23. Skype, Client Contact, Upwork, NDAs, and Value Pricing.
Mar 8, 2018 • 83 min
In our twenty-third show we actually stick to the point of the podcast and talk about freelance life including the terrible UI of Skype, how we stay in contact with our clients, the horror that is Upwork, NDAs and when to sign them, and our experiments in…
22. Alto’s Odyssey, iOS game controls, Nintendo Switch, Xbox streaming, Eero, HomePod, Siri, Philips Hue, and Sonos Setup
Feb 22, 2018 • 91 min
In our twenty-second show we talk about Alto’s Odyssey, touch controls for iOS games, the Nintendo Switch, streaming an Xbox game to macOS, Eero networks, the Philips Hue app, and getting set up with Sonos. We also talk about our HomePod experience and…
21. Pre-ordering HomePod, Sonos surround sound, Fortnite, Mavic Air, Landrover Discovery, App Store rejections, Native vs Web, and Homebridge
Feb 8, 2018 • 85 min
In our twenty-first show we talk about HomePod pre-orders, adding Sonos Play:1 to a Sonos Playbar, Fortnite on Xbox One, the Mavic Air, Landrover Discovery, App Store Rejections, Homebridge, and how apps are going to be destroyed by progressive websites…
20. Batteries, Parental Controls, iOS apps on macOS, HomePod, Echo, Ring, and Beats
Jan 25, 2018 • 128 min
In our twentieth show (after an extended Christmas break), we catch up on Ben’s broken iPhone X screen, the saga of the iPhone batteries, parental controls, Circle by Disney, running iOS apps on a mac, the iMac Pro, the upcoming HomePod, and our recent…
19. Updating macOS, iOS 11 date bug, macOS root exploit, HomePod, Xbox One X, Oculus Rift, and VR
Dec 8, 2017 • 67 min
In our nineteenth show, we take a look at some of the recent high profile bugs to come out of Apple, the delay of the HomePod, the recent release of the Xbox One X, and Ben’s purchase of an Oculus Rift. We gently gloss over Ben’s unfortunate iPhone X…
18. The Notch, maintaining old projects, maps, wireless power, iPhone X charging, phone cases, Face ID, and taxation
Nov 15, 2017 • 101 min
In our eighteenth show, we review the iPhone X with a large number of tangents into physical maps, true wireless power, phone cases, and the murky world of corporate taxation.
17. iPhone X Pre-Order, Apple’s Press Strategy, Pixel 2 XL Problems, Razer Phone, iPad Multitasking, Dongles, and AstroPad Camera Button
Nov 2, 2017 • 83 min
In our seventeenth show, we discuss Apple’s press stategy around the iPhone X reviews, our iPhone X pre-orders, problems with the Pixel 2 XL OLED screen, the newly announced Razer phone, multitasking on the iPad, USB-C dongles, and the AstroPad app…
16. Twitter, iPhone X Supply & Pre-Orders, FM Radios, Pixel 2, Wireless Charging, Sonos One, and Alexa
Oct 19, 2017 • 102 min
In our sixteenth show, we discuss Twitter, enabling FM Radios in the iPhone, the Google Pixel 2, Wireless Charging, the Sonos One, and the new Echo devices announced by Amazon. Ben also has a rumour regarding iPhone X supply…
15. South West Trains, Taxes, Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8 / X, Design Mockups, “The Notch”, TrueTone, Supply Chain, and iOS 11 setup process
Sep 27, 2017 • 86 min
In our fifteenth show, we discuss Jason’s failed journeys to the Big Smoke, death by taxes, our experience of the cellular Apple Watch, our usage of the iPhone 8, anticipation for the iPhone X, critical design around “The Notch”, and the setup process…
14. iOS 11 GM Leak and all the announcements from Apple’s first event at the Steve Jobs Theatre
Sep 13, 2017 • 91 min
In our fourteenth show, we discuss the leaked iOS 11 GM beta before diving into yesterdays Apple presentation at the Steve Jobs Theatre including the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, iPhone 8, and iPhone X.
13. Mobile Prototyping and Design, UCS Millennium Falcon, iPhone 8 Event, Apple Watch bands, In-App Purchases with kids
Sep 1, 2017 • 81 min
In our thirteenth show, we discuss our approach to prototyping and designing for iOS / Android, the LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon, the upcoming “iPhone 8” event, Apple Watch bands, and the dangers of in-app purchases when your family account isn’t working…
12. LEGO Millennium Falcon, The Rock vs Siri ‘Movie’, HomePod firmware leaks, iPhone Pro, LTE Apple Watch, and the Apple SIM
Aug 23, 2017 • 89 min
In our twelth show, we discuss the soon to be announced LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon and ‘The Rock vs Siri’ adverts before diving into the treasure trove of tidbits from the HomePod firmware leak including our thoughts on the iPhone Pro and its status bar…
11. Doctor Who, Nike & the iPhone 3GS, multi-tasking with iOS 11 on iPad, DJI Spark, and collecting LEGO
Jul 20, 2017 • 79 min
In our eleventh show, we discuss the BBC license fee, the new Doctor Who, running on a treadmill with the Apple Watch, multi-tasking on iOS 11 with the iPad, the DJI Spark drone, and our growing collections of LEGO. Ben also sings the Airwolf theme tune…
10. New iPad Pro, iOS 11, ARKit, and connected devices we’ve been tinkering with
Jun 27, 2017 • 99 min
In our tenth show, we discuss chiropractors, the 10.5” iPad Pro, ProMotion, ARKit, LaMetric Time, and Nanoleaf Aurora whilst still finding time to wax lyrical about the Ring Video Doorbell.
09. Vibram Furoshiki, Virgin Media, and a leaky tent. Oh, and WWDC (obvs)
Jun 7, 2017 • 124 min
In our ninth show, we catchup about what we’ve been doing over the past month before leaping into the announcements from WWDC including iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, the new 10.5” iPad, iMac Pro, and the HomePod.
08. Headphones, Sonos, Amazon Echo Look & View, Siri, Alexa, Apple Store repairs and our origin stories
May 11, 2017 • 135 min
In our eighth show, we discuss how we got into the freelance app business. We also discuss working with headphones, Sonos, the new Amazon Echo Look and View, Siri, Alexa, and the repair service from the Apple Store.
07. Holidays, Drones, Mac Pro, PC Tinkering, Star Wars Episode VIII, Trailers, and the 2017 General Election
Apr 20, 2017 • 116 min
In our seventh show, we discuss Jason’s holiday and his almost barbarically slow internet. We also discuss drones (both the Mavic Pro, Bebop, and Hover Camera Passport), the Mac Pro, tinkering with PC optimisations, the Star Wars Episode VIII trailer, and…
06. Mac Pro, iMacs, Apple Monitors, Samsung Galaxy S8, The Nokia Game, WiFi Woes, and the Ring Video Doorbell
Apr 5, 2017 • 111 min
In our sixth show, we discuss the recent announcement from Apple that the Mac Pro isn’t dead. We also discuss upcoming iMacs and Apple monitors, the Samsung Galaxy S8, The Nokia Game, and Jason’s recent issues with WiFi.
05. Apple’s Press Release Products and speculation of an April Event
Mar 22, 2017 • 117 min
In our fifth show, we discuss our VPN usage, WiFi vs HomePlug, and Sonos speakers before moving onto the new products that Apple announced via press release yesterday. We also speculate about a possible Mac event in April and discuss how Apple names its…
04. Nintendo Switch, Video Plus+, Old Technology, and Apple Photos
Mar 8, 2017 • 110 min
In our fourth show, we discuss the Nintendo Switch before ending up on a 1.5 hour tangent about old technology we could never explain to kids. Join us on a walk down memory lane as we reminisce about VCR rewinding, Video Plus+, Minidiscs, APS camera…
03. Dying iMacs, Random Sewing Machine delivery, and the Nintendo Switch
Feb 22, 2017 • 110 min
In the third show we talk about iMacs, the BeatsX headphones, Delivery services, Wifi Calling and Spam Calls, Lego Dimensions, TitanFall 2, The new Nintendo Switch and more!
02. Taxes, Apple Earnings, Freelance Prospects, Apple Watch, and VR/AR Rumours
Feb 8, 2017 • 130 min
In the second show we talk about business taxes, saving, spending plus Apple financial results, and rumors of Apple entering VR and AR.
01. Lost AirPods, iOS 10.3 beta, AppStore changes and Invoicing
Jan 25, 2017 • 128 min
In the first show we talk lost AirPods, the W1 chip, Touchbar keyboards, and more.