Vector with Rene Ritchie

Vector with Rene Ritchie

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VECTOR is Rene Ritchie’s (almost) daily podcast focused on Apple and personal technology.


iPhone 11 Review: One Month Later
Oct 11 • 15 min
A month ago today, Apple announced the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and all the camera features that come with them, from the improved wide angle to the new ultra wide, from Dark Mode to the currently-in-beta Deep Fusion. Now, before the event even…
macOS Catalina Review
Oct 8 • 24 min
I’ve already done the deep technical dive on macOS Catalina (10.15). You can find 11 thousand words and a full hour of video on that linked below. What I want to do here, now, is talk about the implementation and the experience. Not how it works, which is…
What Apple Could Learn From Microsoft Surface
Oct 3 • 13 min
I’ve said it innumerable times already: The history of human technology is the history of foldables. From books to wallets, flip phones to laptops. We just love taking big, wide things and folding them smaller if thicker to carry around. Eventually,…
The Truth About Switching From Android to iPhone in 2019
Oct 3 • 9 min
So, you want to switch from Android to iPhone but you have some concerns. Some stress points. Some… things that are just slowing you down or holding you back. There are a lot of totally valid reasons someone may want to make that change. Yes, still,…
Apple October 2019 Event Preview
Oct 1 • 10 min
You all know by now that Apple doesn’t always host an event in October. Thanks to the iPhone, the September event is lock, but October…. it’s much more like a… likely. Some years, it’s brand new Macs and iPads for everyone. Others… press…
Is Your iPhone Hacked? checkm8 Explained!
Oct 1 • 12 min
Checkm8 is a bootrom-level security exploit that can be used against every iPhone from the 4S to the X. It was announced late last week by axi0mX and ever since we’ve seen everything from fear, uncertainty, and doubt, to supremely good reporting on…
Apple Watch 3 Review in 2019
Sep 29 • 12 min
Earlier this month, the 2019 Apple Watch Series 5 debuted with its new, always-on display, starting at $399 for the regular model and $499 for the cellular version. In my review, link in the description, I called it the world’s best health and…
iPhone 8 Review in 2019: Should Anyone Buy It?!
Sep 26 • 11 min
The iPhone 8, the end of the original design era, at the end of 2019. If you’d bought one when it launched two years ago and were asking me if you were still good to keep going with it today, and for another year or two, I’d say sure. With…
Which iPhone should you buy? iPhone 11 Pro vs. iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8
Sep 24 • 8 min
The iPhone 11 has launched. It’s here. And while I was at the launch at Apple’s brand new, redesigned, reimagined, 2.0 version of the 5th Ave. Store, I started thinking about, if I was there… if I was lined up, if I was looking over all the…
Night Mode FIGHT: iPhone 11 vs Pixel 3 vs Galaxy S10 vs P3 Pro
Sep 21 • 10 min
Apple wasn’t first to computationally enhanced low light photography, just like they weren’t first to multiple cameras or depth effects, or even phones at all. But, now that they’re all-in, they’re doing it in typical Apple style: Night Mode on…
Apple Watch 5 Review: Finally the Best Watch. Period.
Sep 18 • 17 min
Apple Watch Series 5 takes the world’s best health and fitness tracker and motivator, connected communications and emergency contact band, and wearable computer platform, and brings it all back full circle — into just what might be the world’s best…
iPhone 11 Pro Review: The New Night King
Sep 17 • 35 min
Once upon a time, the iPhone was the best camera you had with you. Now, Apple flat out wants to make it the best camera, period. What they can’t do physically with enormous lenses and sensors, they’re doing computationally with ridiculously…
iPhone 11 Review
Sep 17 • 29 min
With the added ultra wide camera and Night Mode, improved selfies, industry-leading A13 Bionic chipset, Gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi 6, and iOS 13 operating system, all starting at $699 — less if you have a trade-in — iPhone 11 is the most compelling…
Apple Arcade Hands-On: Why People Will Pay to Play in 2019!
Sep 16 • 10 min
Last week, I got to go hands-on with a score of Apple Arcade launch titles and chat with almost a dozen developers about their collective goals, experiences, and dreams for the platform. SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/vector and get 20% off…
Why Doesn’t the iPhone 11 have 5G in 2019?!
Sep 15 • 5 min
Breaking: Apple’s new iPhone 11 doesn’t have 5G. Not low-band. Not sub-6, not millimeter wave. not nothing. And that’s got some pundits super salty. But why though? SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/vector and get 20% off their annual Premium…
Apple Watch 5: Hands-On With Always-On
Sep 13 • 7 min
It’s here, Apple Watch Series 5 — was there ever really any doubt? Always-on display, W3 chip with international emergency calling, S5 SiP with compass, Apple Watch Studio, titanium and ceramic finishes, Black Hermes, new bands, and more! SPONSOR:…
iPhone 11 Hands-On: More than XR — for less!
Sep 12 • 6 min
So, the successor to last year’s breakout best-selling iPhone XR is… the iPhone 11. And I like this so much better. The iPhone — the normal iPhone, just the iPhone, not the Plus, not the anything else — has often hovered around the $649 price…
I Touched the iPhone 11 Pro and It Changed Everything!
Sep 11 • 9 min
Phone has gone Pro — iPhone 11 Pro more specifically! — and I went hands-on with it to bring you back a first look and first impressions. SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/vector and get 20% off their annual Premium subscription! LINKS: …
Android 10 vs. iOS 13 — From the Android Expert! [Android Q]
Sep 8 • 17 min
Android 10 — alas, no more desert names need apply, has begun rolling out, starting first with Google’s own Pixel phones. iOS 13 should be rolling out in about two weeks, just before Apple launches its next batch of iPhones. And as much as…
Everyone is WRONG about Apple’s iPhone 11 Event
Sep 5 • 10 min
I know some people are doom and gloom cynical, and all pre-bored about the iPhone 11 and all, and I’ve already done a whole video about why I think they’re wrong and how the new camera features alone have me pretty excited. But, there’s another…
How To Get iPhone 11 for CHEAP
Sep 3 • 7 min
iPhone prices — hell, flagship phone prices in general — have never been higher. At the same time, the carrier subsidies that used to cover up the costs have gone away and so the amped up prices are all amped up in our faces. Still, I know some…
How iPhone Users Were Attacked — By Google’s Project Zero
Sep 3 • 9 min
When does a team dedicated to ferreting out bugs, exploits, and vulnerabilities turn into its own form of malware attack? For Google’s Project Zero, the answer just may have been this week. SPONSOR: Eero Get $100 off a package that includes an eero…
Apple TV+ vs. Disney+
Aug 30 • 9 min
Disney just held their annual D23 event, jam-packed with new programming and information about their upcoming Disney+ streaming service and Apple has released more trailers for the shows set to debut on their upcoming TV+ streaming service. But… one…
Apple Makes Right on Indy iPhone Repair
Aug 29 • 5 min
Apple is expanding repair support for out-of-warranty iPhones beyond AppleCare, beyond Apple Stores, beyond even Apple Authorized Service Providers. Right now, today, they’re launching a brand new program for Independent Repair Providers and…
Everyone is WRONG About the iPhone 11 Pro
Aug 28 • 14 min
We’ve had a ton of leaks, a ton of spoilers, a bunch of renders on twitter and grafs in business pubs. But Apple hasn’t announced the iPhone 11 yet. Tim Cook hasn’t shown it off on stage. Phil Schiller hasn’t gone over all its feature slides….
Every iPhone Ranked — Best to Worst!
Aug 27 • 12 min
What’s the absolute best iPhone of all time? With the iPhone 11 on the horizon, I wanted to find out. So, I asked all of you. And you voted by the thousands. Here is your ultimate pick, and your complete iPhone rankings from worst to best — and best…
Apple Card Review
Aug 23 • 21 min
Apple has partnered with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard to roll out the Apple Card to iPhone owners in the U.S. It’s been available to Apple employees to test out for a few months, invitation-only to customers for a few weeks, and has now gone wide…
Enterprise Preview: iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina
Aug 22 • 7 min
Wait, no, don’t hard quit the podcast! Don’t you do it! Yes, it’s enterprise. I know. But, just hold on a hot damn second. These new features for iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina in enterprise are cool. Mostly because I kinda love what they…
Apple 2019 September Event Preview
Aug 21 • 10 min
The music plays. The Apple logo dances something clever across the big screen. Then, the lights go down. Tim Cook takes the stage. Good morning. Good morning. And the September 2019 event is on. But… what’s on, exactly? SPONSOR: Eero Get $100 off…
Will There Be an Apple Watch Series 5?
Aug 20 • 9 min
Apple Watch Series 5. There’s been so little news about it this year, some people have started wondering out loud if there’d even be a new Apple Watch this year. But, well.. Series 4 was such a leap forward, the speculation is going, that Series 5…
How Apple Can Make the iPhone 11 ‘PRO’
Aug 15 • 13 min
Mac Pro. MacBook Pro. iPad Pro. iMac Pro. Powerbeats Pro… iPhone Pro? There’s a rumor going around that Apple might just call one or more of this fall’s iPhones… the iPhone Pro. Or maybe the iPhone 11 Pro. It’s unclear. Also…
What Apple Said About iPhone Battery Locks, FAA MBP Battery Bans Busted
Aug 14 • 8 min
Apple sent me a statement on the whole iPhone battery locking controversy and the FAA has added some thirsty, thirsty MacBook Pro battery coverage to the mix. SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/vector and get 20% off their annual Premium…
Apple’s new $1 MILLION Bug Bounty Program
Aug 12 • 8 min
Broader bounties. Million-dollar payouts. Beta bonuses. Info-Sec-Fuzed iPhones. And more. Apple’s Head of Security Engineering and Architecture, Ivan Krstić, has just dropped some bombshell announcements at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas and…
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Features Apple Should STEAL For iPhone 11
Aug 11 • 8 min
The Galaxy Note 10 is here. I spoke all about it with Daniel Bader from Android Central, so be sure to check that video out if you haven’t already. Now, I want to talk about the feature from the Note 10 I’d love to see Apple bring to the iPhone…
Is Apple Locking iPhone Batteries to Discourage Repair? Also: Foldable iPads!
Aug 11 • 9 min
Yeah, I’m just gonna lean right into Bettridge’s Law with this video title. Right on in. So, the story is this: A couple of days ago, Justin from TheArtofRepair YouTube channel discovered that, all of a sudden, swapping out the battery on an…
Galaxy Note 10 vs. iPhone 11— From the Android Expert
Aug 8 • 16 min
It’s Samsung’s big Galaxy Note 10 day today and so I’ve got Daniel Bader, Managing Editor of Android Central, on the line with me to tell us all about it. Who is the Galaxy Note 10 for? Does it still cater to power users and nerds, even without…
Apple’s Post-iPhone Future
Aug 7 • 20 min
Despite the usual doom and gloom reporting that we got leading up to Apple’s Q3 2019 financial results — or stock manipulation depending on your point of view — the company managed to largely beat expectations. But not escape the doom and gloom….
iPhone 13 Touch ID, iPhone 12 AR Camera, iPhone 11 Tariffs
Aug 6 • 9 min
It’s a Kuo Ming-Chi-a-palooza! iPhone 13 rumors, already, yeah, yikes. The possible return of Touch ID-like fingerprint authentication if not Touch ID itself. iPhone 12 and time of flight sensors for the ultimate augmented reality thrill ride. And…
Apple Cancels Siri Grading, Samsung Cancels Headphone Jack
Aug 3 • 8 min
Apple and Google suspend manual voice reviews and Samsung suspends the headphone jack on Galaxy Note 10 SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to http://brilliant.org/vector and 20% off their annual Premium subscription! LINKS: (Don’t) hold the phone: new…
How Pixel 4 is Copying Face ID
Aug 1 • 12 min
I was going to try and cram in Apple earnings analysis today but I think I’ll save it for tomorrow after all the headlines and hindsights hot takes have had time to cool down. Instead, let’s talk about Google’s big Pixel 4 leak-nouncement. Yeah,…
iPhone 5G x3, MacBook Pro $3K, Siri Scandal Redux
Jul 30 • 11 min
Another huge milestone for us and what we’re all building here together — This channel just hit 20 million views. Almost 250 videos and 122 thousand subscribers since we started, it’s humbling to think this little idea for an optimistic, deeply…
Why People Are Freaking Out Over Siri Privacy
Jul 28 • 27 min
Humans listen to segments of our voices captured by Siri, Google, and Alexa to help train the natural language engines. It’s always been done this way but it’s never gotten much attention. Not until Bloomberg reported on it all back in April, focusing…
Samsung re-Fold, iPhone 11 Smart Frame, Facebook’s $5b Fine, iOS Migration
Jul 26 • 12 min
It’s Friday and once again I’m taking three stories from around the web that are important but that either wouldn’t fill a full video or I just plain missed out on covering during the week. I’m planning on doing these more often going forward…
Apple’s 5G Future
Jul 25 • 20 min
There have been rumors of Apple working on their own cellular modems for years. Those are the radios that phones and other gear use to connect to carrier networks like AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Vodafone, and all the rest. They’re mainly LTE right…
Apple Watch ECG App — 6 Months Later
Jul 22 • 10 min
Back in September for 2018 — and wow but does that already seem like a technology lifetime ago! — Apple’s chief operating officer and head of Watch and Health products — took to the stage at the companies annual September event to announce…
Bored with iPhone
Jul 20 • 12 min
There’s a feeling among some people in the tech community that the next iPhone looks too much like the last iPhone, which looked pretty much exactly like the iPhone before that. Apple’s design has become stale, they say. Iterative. Boring….
iPadOS Safari: Desktop-Class Browsing is Here!
Jul 18 • 17 min
Our long, browser nightmare is over. Google web apps like GSuite now work as expected in Safari. So do Square Space and Wordpress. It’s a modern mobile miracle. But it’s also more than that: A download manager, a ton of keyboard shortcuts with…
MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro 2019
Jul 14 • 13 min
So you want to buy a new MacBook, maybe for school, maybe for work, maybe to create something that lets you change how and why you work. Whatever. You need it, you want it… but you’re just not sure which new MacBook to get. At least not yet….
iPadOS Files & USB Drive Preview
Jul 11 • 13 min
With iPadOS — and, yes, an iPhone and even an iPod touch running iOS 13 — you can finally access external files, not just photos, not just videos, but honest-to-unix external documents, assets, and anything else, just by plugging in a USB drive,…
Why Apple Killed the 12-inch MacBook — Air and Pro Updated
Jul 9 • 7 min
The 12-inch MacBook is dead. So is the quote unquote “MacBook Escape”. In place of the MacBook is now just the MacBook Air, newly updated with a True Tone display. In place of the Escape is Touch Bars, Touch ID, and T2 chips all the way down. But…
Jony Ive Drama Explained
Jul 8 • 27 min
A week ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article that alleged a high level of disfunction in Apple’s design department, from Tim Cook’s relationship with Jony Ive, to how Jony Ive ran — or didn’t run — the design organization, and…
Is Apple Killing the Butterfly Keyboards on MacBooks?
Jul 5 • 8 min
Kuo Ming-Chi, supply chain exfiltrator extraordinaire, in a report issued earlier today. Text via MacRumors: “There have been successful developments in the new scissor keyboard. The new keyboard could improve the typing experience by offering longer…
Everything REALLY Wrong With Lightning Cables
Jul 3 • 16 min
I’ve been meaning to do a video about Apple’s Lightning port for a while now. The story is super interesting but other stuff kept coming up. Then, just this morning, I watched a video Tech Insider put up and… Yeah. Now, I’m fully behind Apple…
Why Everyone is Wrong About Jony Ive and Design at Apple
Jul 2 • 28 min
There have been a lot of… questionable takes surrounding the news of Jony Ive leaving Apple, what caused it, how it happened, and what it means for Apple’s design culture going forward. Rather than perpetuate another one of my own, I decided to find…
What Jony Ive Leaving Means For Apple with John Gruber
Jun 28 • 30 min
John Gruber of Daring Fireball and The Talk Show joins me to follow up on Jony Ive leaving Apple, starting LoveFrom with Marc Newson, being hired by Apple, Evans Hankey and Alan Dye reporting into Jeff Williams, Sabih Khan becoming SVP of Operations,…
Why Jony Ive is Leaving Apple
Jun 28 • 10 min
Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he…
The Ultimate iPhone (2019)
Jun 26 • 13 min
I’ve been wanting to do a video about what my dream iPhone would be for a while now. You know, if I got to be or work with Jony or Phil Schiller, or Joz for a cycle and do everything I’ve always wanted to do with and for the iPhone. Now, I’ve…
How macOS Catalina changes EVERYTHING
Jun 25 • 61 min
macOS Catalina is bringing with it a feature set that edges on the audacious. Catalyst aims to let the vast catalog of iPad apps move more easily to the Mac, while SwiftUI teases a future where developers can build them that way to begin with. iTunes,…
Mac Pro vs. Mac mini — On a Budget!
Jun 22 • 14 min
Apple’s got a new Mac Pro and it’s almost everything everyone who loves the Mac Pro wanted. It’s got a bunch of PCIe slots for expansion, all wrapped up in a mini tower case that can grate cheese in more dimensions than ever. If you want to, you…
Why Google is Killing the Pixel Slate
Jun 21 • 16 min
Google is killing off its Pixel line of homespun tablet hardware. Now, just to be 100% crystal clear, Google is still going to be making Pixel Phones and Pixel Laptops, Home Max and Chromecast Ultra, Nest Thermostats and Nest Cams. But the Pixel Slate…
iPhone 12: Rumor Analysis
Jun 20 • 10 min
Yes, this is utterly, completely, totally, add any three words that all mean the same thing, ridiculous. iPhone 11 is still 3 months away and not only are we already getting iPhone 12 rumors, we’ve been getting them basically forever already. So,…
OMG! Facebook’s New Libra Cryptocurrency is…!
Jun 19 • 13 min
Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has just announced Libra, his attempt to revolutionize not just payments, but money itself, on a global scale, and Calibra, Facebook’s wallet app for Libra. But what is Libra more exactly and why, after the terrible,…
Can iPad Pro Replace Your Laptop Now?
Jun 14 • 13 min
When I first reviewed the iPad Pro last November, I focused on the seriously amped up hardware design. I figured the iOS 12 software story hadn’t changed so there was no point revisiting it. Many of you all, of course, allowed yourselves to retort….
iOS 13 Siri Shortcuts: Automation Unleashed!
Jun 13 • 12 min
Siri and Apple’s voice and assistive technologies in general are getting some major love in iOS 13, including a synthetic yet more natural sound, new intents so developers can add Siri support to Maps apps like Waze and audio apps like Overcast,…
watchOS 6: This Changes EVERYTHING!
Jun 13 • 10 min
Apple has announced their plans for watchOS 6, and here’s 5… no, let’s make that an even 6, things you need to know about it! SPONSOR: Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this show! The first 500 of you will get 2 months of premium courses for…
tvOS 13: Apple TV’s Update for 2019
Jun 10 • 6 min
One of the big questions following the announcement of the new TV app and it’s availability on smart TVs and streaming boxes was — what place did that leave for Apple TV 4K, which could now come off as expensive at best and superfluous at worst….
Why iPadOS Changes EVERYTHING
Jun 6 • 11 min
Back in early 2015 I asked Apple and the world a question: “What if the iPad ran iPadOS?” At the time, iPad may not have been quote-unquote just a big iPod touch, but it wasn’t much more than an iPod touch gone IMAX. Then, slowly, every couple…
Live from WWDC: Privacy and Apple
Jun 5 • 24 min
In this second audio special from WWDC, Rene speaks with Bud Tribble. Tribble is a long-time Apple employee, a member of the original Macintosh design team, and currently Vice President of Software Technology. They discuss the new ‘Sign in with Apple’…
Live from WWDC: Accessibility and Apple
Jun 4 • 26 min
In this audio special from WWDC, Rene speaks with Sarah Herrlinger, Director, Global Accessibility Policy & initiatives at Apple about new software features that help make computing accessible for everyone. MORE: March: https://standard.tv/vector…
New MAC PRO (2019) and PRO DISPLAY XDR - First Look!
Jun 4 • 10 min
We’ve just gotten our first sneak peek at the all-new Mac Pro and Pro Display and I’m going to go through their top 5 highlights. SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to http://brilliant.org/vector and 20% off their annual Premium subscription! LINKS: What’s…
Is Apple Really Killing iTunes?
Jun 2 • 6 min
Apple isn’t killing iTunes on Monday. Tim Cook isn’t coming to your house and deleting all the music and movies you’ve bought and downloaded over the years. There will be no Thanos snap live on stage. No decimation around the world. None of that…
WWDC 2019 — 50 People to Follow!
Jun 1 • 9 min
It’s that time of year again. Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote kicks off on Monday, June 3, at 10 Pacific, 1pm Eastern, and I’m going to be there to bring you back all the action, not just for the morning but for the whole day and the entire week….
WWDC 2019 — 50 People to Follow!
May 31 • 10 min
About 3 months ago, just before Apple’s March 2019 event, I put together a list of YouTubers, bloggers, podcasters, journalists, and analysts who were worth following for their takes on the show. I did it because, after having been a blogger and…
Does Google Need the Pixel Phone? (Feat. Dieter Bohn)
May 30 • 23 min
I’ve been wanting to do a video about Google’s Pixel phones for a while now. Ever since the company announced kinda lackluster sales for the premium Pixel 3 but then turned right around and launched the much more budget friendly Pixel 3a. Then,…
iPod touch 7 (2019) is Here — Should You Buy?
May 28 • 3 min
Apple has just announced a refreshed iPod touch that offers updated internals and support for several of its best new features. This time around, the iPod touch features Apple’s A10 Fusion chip, internal storage of up to 256GB, and can now participate…
Apple Pro Display (Feat. MKBHD)
May 28 • 10 min
For years, Apple made some of the best — and most expensive — displays in the business. Not only did they have great design and terrific panels, they had those Apple logos right up front for people who wanted that look and that experience beyond…
WWDC 2019 Preview (Feat. Gui Rambo)
May 25 • 22 min
The music fades. The lights go down. A video plays. Developers. Apps. Apple. The community. We’re all together again. And when the lights come back up, Tim Cook is walking onto the stage. “Thank you. Thank you. Good morning. And welcome to…
iPod touch 7 (2019): The Breakdown
May 23 • 8 min
The original iPod touch launched just a few months after the original iPhone, way back in September of 2007. And for a few years, while the iPod touch never quite matched the feature set of the iPhone, it at least received updates of its own, up to…
Huawei Ban & Apple Retaliation: The Deep Dive
May 22 • 21 min
Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain. It’s long and I’ll link it and everything else relevant in the description, but the gist is he…
8-Core MacBook Pro 2019 Update is Here!
May 21 • 7 min
Apple just right now announcing some new MacBook Pros for 2019. I had the chance to chat with them briefly about the updates and, while I’m still waiting on all the exact details, there are a couple big things worth covering right now. (And, of…
AirPort 2019: Why Apple Should Get Back Into the Home
May 18 • 10 min
Rumor has it Apple just may be introducing their own, Tile-like tags later this year. Ones that we’ll be able to use to locate things like our keys, wallets, and bags, as easily as we find our friends and devices today. In the exact same,…
iPhone 11 R: The Breakdown
May 17 • 8 min
You know the iPhone XR? The one biz pubs like the Wall Street Journal insisted on calling “struggling” but then turned out to be best-sellers for reasons obvious to pretty much everyone else on the planet? Yeah, that one. Well, big surprise, it…
Apple: Accessibility is a Human Right
May 16 • 13 min
“When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI.” That’s one of my favorite Tim Cook quotes ever, because it’s fiery and passionate and filled with righteous indignation. It’s not a side of…
Apple’s NEW TV app: The deep dive!
May 13 • 15 min
Apple has a whole new TV app coming today and I managed to get a sneak preview of it up and running on Apple TV, iPad, Samsung TV, and over AirPlay 2 to some other TVs, and get a feel for not just how but, how well, it all works. Yeah, sure, TV+ has…
iPhone 11 Camera: The Breakdown
May 12 • 10 min
I’ve already done a video on all the iPhone 11 rumors that have been floating around since… well, roughly 42 nanoseconds after the iPhone XS was introduced. But this year, perhaps more than any other, the iPhone 11 rumors just keep coming and…
MacBook Pro 2019: The Breakdown… and the Fix!
May 10 • 17 min
Like I said on Michael Fisher’s channel last week, when I first reviewed the new MacBook Pro back at the end of 2016, I called it the love/hate future of laptops. Love, because we finally had a new design, terrific wide-gamut displays, Touch ID, and…
Powerbeats Pro Review: 24 Hours Later
May 8 • 11 min
Powerbeats Pro in black are available for order now and shipping this month. The other colors — yes, unlike AirPods, they also come in navy blue, moss green, and ivory white, though sadly not Product red, at least not yet — will be available later…
watchOS 6: The Breakdown
May 7 • 9 min
I started working on a watchOS 6 video a couple of weeks ago but, absent any real rumors, it was as more of a wishlist or, like some of my other early-days videos, a list of missing features I think would help round out a product. Then, Mark Gurman…
Facebook’s Fake Pivot, Apple Wrong on Repair, Q2 2019 Aftermath
May 5 • 9 min
It’s Friday and once again I’m taking three stories from around the web that are important but that either wouldn’t fill a full video or I just plain missed out on covering during the week. It’s code-named the Wrap, because Capstone was taken,…
Linus Says Macs Are SLOWER Than PCs. Why?
May 2 • 11 min
I learn a lot of Linus Tech Tips. His opinions are often very different than my own but he’s incredibly knowledgable and passionate and, whether I ultimately end up agreeing with him or not, the process forces me to evaluate, re-evaluate, and learn….
iOS 13: The Nerdy Stuff
May 2 • 8 min
Just when you think it’s safe to hit pub on your iOS 13 breakdown, that Gui Rambo from 9to5Mac goes and spills another full set of spoilers. This one is a little different, though. A little nerdier. A little geekier. A little more from the developer…
macOS 10.15: The Breakdown
May 1 • 9 min
Yes, Apple still cares about the Mac. It’s the kind of care you have for your older kid who’s graduated college and gotten a job and settled down, and doesn’t demand the same kind of attention as your younger kid, whose basically Taylor Swift…
Why Apple Cracked Down on ‘iPhone Addiction’ Apps
Apr 30 • 17 min
Apple cracks down on apps that fight iPhone addiction. That’s not the Onion. That’s not Saturday Night Live. That’s an actual headline from the New York Times, the Gray Lady, the paper of record. The Times could also, easily, have used a…
Can You Trust Rene Ritchie?
Apr 26 • 8 min
Over 100 thousand subscribers. Over 15 million views. Close to 200 videos. Of Vector. But wait… what is Vector? It’s a question I’ve gotten a few times about this channel specifically and about my work in general. What’s the intention behind…
AirPods 3: What’s Coming Next
Apr 26 • 9 min
Back in March, Apple released their second generation AirPods with the H1 chip, voice activated Siri built-in, longer talk time, and an optional inductive charging case. They made an already great product better, but it’s also fair to say they took…
Natural Disasters: Phone, App, and Tech Tips to Help You Survive
Apr 25 • 7 min
It used to be that some kinds of natural disasters were seasonal. Snow melting in the spring. Hurricane’s picking up in the summer. Some of that hasn’t changed. Some has. The point being, you’re better off preparing in advance, when everything…
iPhone XS Review — 7 Months Later
Apr 22 • 15 min
I’ve been using the iPhone XS since Apple introduced it back in September of 2018, some seven months ago. Here’s how the Max version, the camera, and the durability have held up over that time. SPONSOR: CuriosityStream - Stay curious Go to…
iOS 13: The Breakdown
Apr 19 • 10 min
Every year, just after the latest major version of iOS goes public, something else happens deep inside Apple: In addition to any features that simply couldn’t be completed in time, or had to be pushed back for any reason, along with all the new…
Has the Samsung Galaxy Fold Failed?
Apr 18 • 12 min
Right now. Right this very minute, there are only a dozen or several Samsung Galaxy Folds in the wild, and all of them in the hands of reviewers. Of that very small number, four of them have already failed. Or, at least, the screens have. Two of the…
OMG! Apple vs. Qualcomm: Settlement & Fallout
Apr 17 • 12 min
Picture this: Opening arguments for Apple vs. Qualcomm are underway in the Southern District of San Diego. US District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel first disallows, then reverses and allows live tweeting. So we all get to read along. Allegations are…
Apple Watch Series 4 Review: 6 Months Later
Apr 16 • 16 min
Ok. Here’s the thing. I’m a little late. It’s closer to 7 months now than 6, but after reviewing the aluminum at launch, checking out the gold steel and Nike+ a couple of weeks in, and following up with the Hermès some 2 months after, I got…
iPad vs. Air vs. mini vs. Pro: Which should you buy?
Apr 15 • 10 min
Back in 2010 you could get any iPad you wanted, provided you wanted the only 9.7-inch iPad Apple made… But, over the years, Apple has expanded the lineup to include the 7.9-inch iPad mini and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Just recently, they’ve even…
CBC vs. Apple: iPhone Data Recovery Fact Check
Apr 10 • 14 min
“Apple is misleading customers about data recovery. They’re lying! They ban accounts. It really pisses people off!” That’s the focus and fallout of a CBC report about a couple from Newfoundland who were trying to save their vacation photos…
Where is FaceTime for Android?
Apr 10 • 13 min
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Has the iPhone Camera Failed?
Apr 9 • 16 min
I’m reading Vlad Savov’s piece on the Verge about how the iPhone camera used to be a selling point but is now a settling point. I like Vlad’s writing a lot. Mostly because his point of view is often so different than my own. It forces me to think, to…
AirPods 2 (2019) Review: 10 Days Later!
Apr 5 • 12 min
I’ve been using AirPods (2nd Generation) since just after Apple’s March event. In that time, I’ve flown across the continent, driven for hours, listened to podcasts, recorded podcasts, edited videos — including this one! — made calls, and tested…
Powerbeats Pro vs. AirPods 2: Which Should You Buy?
Apr 4 • 7 min
You know the one about AirPods 2 not having iPhone-style water-resistance, Apple Pencil 2-style soft touch texture, Bose-style noise cancelation, or fitting those outside the 80% curve of Apple’s earbuds? Well, Apple’s Beats by Dre subsidiary is…
Huawei P30 vs. iPhone XS — From the Android Expert
Apr 3 • 11 min
Huawei’s got hot new 2019 P30 and P30 Pros on the market, yeah fresh from Paris and overflowing with Eifel Tower selfies and croissant shots, and I’m dying to put them head-to-head, or phone-to-phone rather against Apple’s 2018 iPhone XS and…
Why Apple Arcade Could Change Mobile Gaming For the Better
Apr 1 • 8 min
I’m live in Cupertino California fresh out of Apple’s Show Time media event at the Steve Jobs theater — scratch that, I was live in Cupertino but it’s taken me a bit longer than I hoped to get to this video, but I’ve also managed to learn a…
Why Apple Killed AirPower
Mar 30 • 12 min
Apple has canceled AirPower. That’s not an April Fool’s joke. It’s not a typo. It’s not a glitch in the matrix. AirPower is dead, and here’s the statement Apple sent me about it on behalf senior Vice President of hardware engineering, Dan…
iPad Air 3 (2019) Review — In the Air!
Mar 29 • 15 min
The last time Apple introduced a new iPad Air was 2014. Since then, there have been iPad Pros with more premium features and price tags, and even a resurrected original Air with the lowest entry-level price ever. But as the Pros got more expensive and…
iPhone Photography #ProTips (Feat. Austin Mann)
Mar 27 • 26 min
Austin Mann isn’t just one of the best photographers in the business he also happens to be one of the best iPhone photographers. Every year when Apple puts out a new iPhone, Austin takes it somewhere jaw-dropping to test out the camera, like Iceland…
AirPods (2nd Gen) Unboxing & Hands-On
Mar 26 • 7 min
You can call them AirPods 1 S. You can call them AirPods 1.5. You can even call them half-a-year late for, well, not dinner, don’t be obvious, but for a second anniversary, iPhone-timed release. And that’s fine. That’s fair. I’m not going to…
Apple TV+: The Stars, the Shows, Still No Price
Mar 26 • 7 min
I’m live at Apple’s March Event — Show Time — at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, where we’ve just gotten the very first details about Apple’s new video service, Apple TV+. You know, the one they’ve been working on for a couple…
Apple Credit Card – Best of the Worst?
Mar 26 • 6 min
Apple is positioning Apple Card as a credit card by a company that doesn’t just want to get you hooked to the interest needle and drain you… not dry… but to the edge of a very long, very draining life. To that end, it’s partnering not with any…
50 People to Follow at Apple’s March Event (2019)
Mar 22 • 12 min
Apple’s March 25 event is just around the corner and that means there’ll not only be a lot to cover but a lot of people covering it. And… it’s weird. I’ve blogged and done podcasts for a long time, and YouTube much more recently. And even…
iPad mini 5 (2019) Review (w/ iPad Air 3 Impressions)
Mar 21 • 14 min
Apple created iPad, then iPad mini. Then Apple destroyed iPad and created iPad Air, only to destroy iPad Air and create iPad Pro. Twice. Thrice. Fice? Whatever. Now, Apple has recreated iPad and, finally, iPad mini and iPad Air as well. So, what we…
macOS 10.15 Major Fixes Needed for the Future
Mar 20 • 8 min
macOS is old. Like NeXTStep old. Steve Jobs introduced it in 2001 and, updated it years until 2004, then every two years until 2012, and now, every year again, ever since. Presumably this year as well, with macOS 10.15… I don’t know… what’s…
New iMac (2019): This is it!
Mar 19 • 9 min
Apple’s just announced new iMacs for 2019. Well, newly updated iMacs. Up front, they’re spec bumped versions of the previous models. Beyond that, though, I got to spend some time with Apple in New York looking at the specific updates and hearing…
Apple AR Glasses: The Breakdown
Mar 18 • 13 min
What’s next? iPhone is doomed. What’s next? Peak iPad. What’s Next? Been 5 years since Apple Watch. What’s next? AirPods, seriously? What. The Fuck. Is Next. Yeah, it’s super annoying. Especially as the things that transform us move from…
WOW! Model Y, Facebook Hell Week, Apple WWDC 2019
Mar 17 • 10 min
It’s Friday, and that means I’m taking three stories that are important but that either wouldn’t fill a full video or I just dropped the ball on and didn’t manage to fit in during the week. It’s code-named The Wrap, because Smart YouTube…
Why Spotify is Suing Apple — Kinda Victimy
Mar 15 • 17 min
“Spotify has filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), the regulatory body responsible for keeping competition fair and nondiscriminatory. That’s how Daniel EK, billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Spotify, announcement his…
Why Elizabeth Warren Wants to Break Up Apple… and Facebook, Amazon, & Google (Feat. Nilay Patel)
Mar 13 • 20 min
(Apologies for the audio, had some issues on my end. Fixed for next time!) “It’s time to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook” That’s how U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren began her explosive big tech takedown proposal on Medium on March 8….
New Mac Pro 2019 (Feat. MKBHD & Marco Arment)
Mar 11 • 11 min
There’s a new Mac Pro coming, hopefully as soon as this year. We could see a preview of it as soon as WWDC 2019 in June. But, a preview of… what exactly? That Apple has even been talking about it before any kind of official introduction is…
Holes vs. Notches, Facebook 2FA, Right to Repair
Mar 9 • 9 min
On deck for today we’ve got Apple’s AR Glasses… wait, no, I think I’ll save those for a full video next week. Let me know in the comments if you want that ASAP. OK, so, rewind, we’ve got Facebook again, because of course we’ve got Facebook…
246: Huawei Sues USA —The Fight for Phones, 5G, and the Future!
Mar 8 • 19 min
Huawei is suing the U.S. government. Huawei, which makes everything from phones, like the just-announced Mate X, yeah the one that stole some of Samsung’s folding thunder, to the communications equipment that connects all phones, including the…
245: 4 Products Apple will NEVER* Ship
Mar 6 • 9 min
*Because reverse psychology totally works, right? Apple makes a ton of stuff. Compared to when Steve Jobs returned and drew that grid with notebooks and desktops, consumer and professional, and, yeah, of course, some accessories and ancillaries, Apple…
244: iPad 7 (2019): The Breakdown
Mar 4 • 9 min
First, it was a new product category that fit somewhere between iPhone and MacBook. That despite, of course, a decade of Tablet PC that had come before it. Then, it was the intersection of technology and the liberal arts. Most recently, it was the…
243: NOT FaceTime, New Siri Shortcuts, EFF #FixItAlready
Mar 3 • 7 min
I’m doing something fresh on Fridays. Picking up three stories that are important but either wouldn’t fill an entire video on their own, or I simply dropped the ball on and didn’t manage to fit in during the week. It’s code-named The Wrap,…
242: iPhone Apps on Mac?! WWDC 2019 and the Future!
Mar 1 • 12 min
Marzipan is the code name for Apple’s multi-year project to bring UIKit apps to the macOS. In other words, apps made in the newfangled iPad way, rather than the traditional AppKit way for the Mac. We saw the awkward early stages last year at WWDC…
241: Samsung Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X — FIGHT!
Feb 27 • 7 min
Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Fold. Hawaii the Mate X. Oppo… another Mate X? That Xiami tease. LG… whatever the hell this is. And, never mind the Royole FlexPai. Just, flashy thing me already. It’s foldapalooza 2019, but is any of it any good…
240: These Apps Are Stealing Your Most Private Data — And it Needs to Stop
Feb 25 • 8 min
It’s disappointing if no longer surprising that Facebook and Google siphoning off your most private, personal data isn’t expressly illegal everywhere. Data theft is still theft and this type of stuff happens so frequently, even with policies, even…
239: Wow! Apple Credit Card, Right to Repair, Galaxy Fold
Feb 24 • 9 min
I’m trying something new on Fridays. Picking up three stories that are important but either wouldn’t fill an entire video all its own, or I just dropped the ball on and didn’t manage to fit in. I’m code-naming it The Wrap, because everyone…
238: 3 Things iPhone 11 Should STEAL from Galaxy S10
Feb 22 • 7 min
Whenever a new phone comes out, I do two things: Chew gum and figure out which of its features I’d love Apple to implement in the iPhone. No, not really. What I do is figure out which features I’d love to see Apple implement, and then figure out…
237: Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS — From the Android Expert!
Feb 21 • 10 min
Pop quiz hot takers: You gotta put Samsung’s new 2019 Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus head-to-head, phono-a-phono with Apple’s 2018 iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, but Samsung didn’t give you any early access to the hardware. So what do you do?…
236: Apple 2019 Product Breakdown [Updated!]
Feb 20 • 11 min
Kuo Ming-Chi, financial analyst and supply chain exfiltrator extraordinaire — that is to say, the one person who’s somehow been most able to pry information out of all the companies assembling all the components and products for Apple — got a…
235: URGENT: How To Set Up Multiple 2FA Accounts On One iPhone
Feb 19 • 4 min
Starting February 27, 2019, Apple is going to require developers to enable two-factor authentication — 2FA — on existing developer accounts. That’s left a lot of developers scrambling to get themselves set up in time. Because… Connect wants…
234: AirPods: The Future of Ear Computing
Feb 18 • 7 min
I can imagine, certainly not today or tomorrow, but one day, AirPods that contain a W5 or some other alphanumeric chipset, that slip into your ears and, through a combination of gestures and Siri — or better yet, SiriOS — can stream music,…
233: Apple March 2019 Event Preview
Feb 15 • 10 min
Apple is planning a special event for the week of March 25, 2019, reportedly for their new subscription news and video services. The pubs will be there. The stars will be there. Less certain: iPads, AirPods, and any other hardware. So, what does that…
232: iMessage for Android — I was WRONG
Feb 13 • 9 min
Confession: I’ve been saying for years that Apple would never make iMessage for Android because it would hurt the overall value of iPhone and, for the last decade, iPhone is where the vast majority of Apple’s money has come from. But, with the…
231: Amazon Buys Eero — Why People are SO ANGRY
Feb 12 • 10 min
Amazon is buying eero. And, if my Twitter feed is any indication, a lot of you are hella mad about it. Here’s why, how it all goes back to Apple, and whether or not AirPort should consider not just a comeback, but become a full suite of Apple Home…
230: Why Angela Ahrendts Left Apple
Feb 9 • 12 min
When news broke that Angela Ahrendts was leaving Apple, things got hectic. There’d been almost no advanced word and so it caught almost everyone by surprise. And then it caught fire. What followed was a fascinating — and somewhat grotesque —…
229: iPhone 11 (2019): The Breakdown
Feb 6 • 9 min
Look. I know new iPhones are still like 8 months away. You know that I know that. But it’s not about me and it’s not about you. It’s about the rumors. Apparently, nobody bothered to tell the damn rumors. So, here we are, more than half a year…
228: Bonus — Storytelling, Gaming, and Beyond with ARKit
Feb 5 • 24 min
Rene gets together with AR/VR expert, Russell Holly, to talk about the current state of augmented reality and the possibilities for the future. Recorded live in Florida at MoNaCon2019 — Mobile Nation’s internal company gathering. LINKS: AR…
227: Foldable Phones are the Future*
Feb 4 • 8 min
* Kinda. It’s complicated. Just hit play… Many years ago, longer than ago than most people would think, I heard that Apple was already experimenting with folding phones. It makes sense. They were experimenting with bigger phones back in the iPhone 4…
226: Was iPhone XS priced too high?
Jan 31 • 15 min
Costs. Subsidies. Exchange rates. Margins. Ultimately, none of that matters. Even if iPhone price increases were in line with inflation and the increases in quality and diversity of components and new features, and we factored out exchange, and we…
225: Serious FaceTime Bug: Apple shut it down and is fixing it but…
Jan 29 • 3 min
A serious bug has been discovered in FaceTime’s new Group Calling feature that can be exploited to allow instant access to your microphone and, potentially, your front-facing camera. I asked Apple about the bug and they provided me with the…
224: Apple Car: Project Titan Disassembled
Jan 29 • 13 min
There were rumors for years that Apple was working on a phone but Purple, the iPhone project, never really leaked. There were rumors for years that Apple was working on a watch but Gizmo, the Apple Watch project, never really leaked. At least nothing…
223: iPad mini 5 (2019): The Breakdown
Jan 25 • 9 min
iPad mini has the shortest turn around of any iOS device ever, at least up until that time. Apple went from not making one to scheduling one to ship on a dime. Luckily, the software teams discovered that the existing 9.7-inch iPad interface, shrunk…
222: Should Apple BAN Google… and Give Up $BILLIONS?
Jan 24 • 9 min
I’ve gone over Facebook’s year of scandals, Google and Amazon’s struggles with ethics and abuses, and Apple’s calls for privacy regulations. That last one has caused some pushback. What about Apple and Google Search? What about Apple and…
221: The Secret History of iPhone
Jan 22 • 15 min
Twelve years Steve Jobs announced a wide-screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet device. But it wasn’t three products. It was one product. Yeah, we got it, Steve. It was the iPhone. And here’s how it…
220: iPhone XS Smart Battery Case Review
Jan 18 • 6 min
The new Smart Battery cases are here. I repeat, the new Smart Battery Cases are here! This is not a drill. The new Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max — and yes, you can even use it on iPhone X! — are here! So, let’s take a…
219: Tim Cook: That’s my information that you’re selling, and I didn’t consent.
Jan 17 • 7 min
“In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours. Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing…
218: iOS 13 Major Changes Needed for the Future
Jan 16 • 13 min
iOS is no longer the simple, mainstream operating system Steve Jobs first showed off in January of 2007 with the original iPhone. But, it’s also not yet the sophisticated, pro-centric operating system geeks have been lusting for since Steve Jobs…
217: Right To Remain Private
Jan 13 • 10 min
I’m going to use this video to propose something so controversial I’m not even sure I fully agree with it, at least not yet. This is complex, nuanced, life, death, and the future of our society stuff, and the absolute last thing I’m going to do…
216: Apple 2019 Product Preview
Jan 8 • 10 min
If you like Apple products or you’re simply a proper tech head who delights in everything cool and novel, then the minute that big ball drops on New Year, you start thinking about just which products exactly Apple is getting ready to drop in the New…
215: Best of HomeKit at CES 2019
Jan 7 • 6 min
Here’s a question: Will Samsung phones get AirPlay 2 now as well? About a month ago I got to go to New York and preview a bunch of HomeKit accessories scheduled to be announced at CES 2019. Since CES 2019 is just kicking off, and not all of the…
214: Why Apple is putting iTunes on Samsung TV — Wait, what?!
Jan 6 • 6 min
Here’s a question: Will Samsung phones get AirPlay 2 now as well? Now, all of this may come as a bit of a surprise. But it shouldn’t really. Apple is getting ready to ramp up its original TV content. The video version of Apple Music. And Apple…
213: Fixing HomePod for 2019
Jan 5 • 11 min
Apple brought an expensive speaker to a commodity assistant war. That was pretty much the narrative around HomePod in 2018. It nailed the computational audio model and AirPlay 2, when that part finally arrived, but a lot of people were too busy…
212: Why Apple is DOOMED. Finally*
Jan 4 • 13 min
But is it really? Apple has done something almost unprecedented: In a letter to investors, CEO Tim Cook announced Apple is revising its guidance for Q1 2019, lowering revenue projections from the previously stated 89 to 93 billion, down to 84…
211: 9 Features Apple should STEAL for iPhone (2019)
Jan 3 • 11 min
“Great artists steal”. The fuller phrase is “good artists copy, great artists steal”. It’s one of the most commonly used — and misunderstood — Steve Jobs quotes in tech. I’ll link the etymology below, but the gist is this: Copying by…
210: VECTOR (2018) Review
Jan 2 • 9 min
As I’m shooting this we’re just over 125 videos, 73 thousand subs, and 9 million views in the 10 months since this channel went live, and while I know that’s still tiny by some YouTube standards, it’s a lot for me, and it means a lot to me,…
209: AirPods (2019) Preview
Dec 28, 2018 • 11 min
In 2016, Apple deleted the 3.5mm headphone jack. Those jerks. But Apple also introduced AirPods. Making them magnificent jerks. Essentially EarPods with the cords cut off and the stems and buds crammed full of sensors and custom silicon, they looked…
208: Best of Apple 2018
Dec 27, 2018 • 14 min
Every year, to end the year, I put together lists of what I think Apple did best and worst for the last 12 months. I’ve already posted the list of the worst so, now, I’m going to spend a got minute focusing on the positive. What Apple did right…
207: iPhone XS Smart Battery Case Preview!
Dec 19, 2018 • 6 min
First, Guilherme Rambo found an icon in the watchOS beta. Then, he found an image. Now, Apple Premium Reseller Accessory Merchandising Guidelines and another image. We could be about to see the second coming of the Smart Battery Case. A modern Smart…
206: Biggest Apple MISSES of 2018
Dec 18, 2018 • 14 min
Every year, to end the year, I put together lists of what I think Apple did best and worst for the last 12 months. I’ll have the best list up in a couple of days but, for now, I’m going to spend a cold minute focusing on the negative: What Apple…
Bonus: Conversations with AI, featuring Brian Roemmele
Dec 15, 2018 • 86 min
Voice-first advocate Brian Roemmele returns for a chat with Rene Ritchie about the current status of Siri at Apple, and its place among other voice assistants. In January of this year, he told Rene the company’s reluctance to let the Siri feature…
205: iPhone SE 2
Dec 14, 2018 • 12 min
When Apple introduced the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, the original iPhone SE had to die. But there have been rumors Apple was making a new, entry-level iPhone SE for first-time buyers and emerging markets, something that was essentially…
204: Best FREE Apple stuff: #HourOfCode Edition!
Dec 12, 2018 • 6 min
Google gets a lot of attention and even affection for giving away free services in exchange for our personal, private data. Apple doesn’t want any of that. When you buy something from Apple, just like stickers and cables come in the box, hundreds of…
203: MacBook vs. Air vs. Pro: The one you should get!
Dec 11, 2018 • 9 min
The old Steve Jobs product grid is gone. The old grid is dead. But I’d argue there’s a new, almost as simple grid that’s taken its place and can help you whittle down to your ideal MacBook pretty quick. With the new Air and old, the low end and…
Bonus: Running an Elephant in a Steeplechase w/ Don Melton
Dec 10, 2018 • 66 min
Gramps may not beta, but he does return to Vector for a Holiday chat with Rene! They talk about the Microsoft Edge transition to Chromium, and taking the blame (and earning praise) for decisions at Apple. They also discuss Marvel shows getting canceled by…
202: iPhone XR Review: One month later
Dec 6, 2018 • 12 min
iPhone XR has been out for just over a month, and I’ve been using it, sometimes side by side with an iPhone XS, often times on its own, and for the last few days side by side with an iPhone 6s. Why a 6s? Because I wanted to get a sense not just of…
Bonus: James Cuda and Procreate
Dec 3, 2018 • 46 min
James Cuda, is the creator of Procreate along with being the co-founder and CEO of its development studio, Savage Interactive. It’s an astonishing tool that allows artists to sketch, paint, and create richly detailed illustrations. It’s a killer app of…
201: Apple Watch 4 Review: 2 Months Later (Hermès)
Nov 28, 2018 • 11 min
I’ve been wearing an Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5 for just over 10 weeks now, including a couple weeks with the aluminum, gold steel, Nike+, and now, for the last month, Hermès. So, over 2 months later and almost 4 years in, which new…
200: Where is AirPower?
Nov 28, 2018 • 10 min
AirPower was announced alongside the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X at Apple’s September event… in 2017. It was a preview, not a release, and Apple said it would only be available in 2018. Since then, the iPhone X has come and gone and another…
199: The Touch Screen Mac
Nov 27, 2018 • 17 min
It’s 2018. Why don’t we have multitouch screen Macs? The company line is that it’s not ergonomic — that having to reach up and across to touch the screen of a Mac to get things done is inefficient and that trying to make the Mac interface work…
198: Trackpad Mode and more iPhone & iPad keyboard tips
Nov 24, 2018 • 9 min
Just this last week where, following the launch of the iPad Pro, even basic typing tricks like trackpad mode and cursor movement spread through Twitter with viral shock and delight. Years old, many people still simply didn’t know. Well, let’s fix…
Bonus: Pro work on iPad Pro, with artist Rob McCallum
Nov 24, 2018 • 44 min
Toronto-based concept art and storyboard artist Rob McCallum has been using iPad Pro for all of his work since 2015. And his body of work is extraordinarily impressive, with a resumé that includes: Pacific Rim, RoboCop, Total Recall, It, Suicide Squad,…
197: The Apple TV… Dongle?!
Nov 24, 2018 • 6 min
I’ve been thinking about an Apple TV streaming stick for the last couple years but now it looks like the next couple of years could make it a reality. Currently, Apple’s only answer to television is a starting at $179 box that runs apps and plays…
196: Black Friday 2018: What I’m Getting… and Giving!
Nov 21, 2018 • 7 min
These are the actual gifts I’m giving this year. And I can’t think of a higher personal recommendation than that. You can’t escape holiday gift giving — and receiving — at least entirely. So, when I shop for others and myself, I try really…
195: iPad Pro (2018) Review: Two weeks later!
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
I received a lot of great feedback on my iPad Pro (2018) review and I appreciate it. But, I also got some criticism and I think it was valid and fair. I didn’t have as many negatives on my list as some other reviewers because I reviewed the new…
194: The MacBook ARM
Nov 16, 2018 • 19 min
Rumors have been percolating for years already about a third great Apple silicon transition, this time to ARM. By many accounts, Apple has had MacBooks on ARM, running both iOS and macOS since, well, there was any ARM to run them on. As Apple’s…
193: NEW Final Cut Pro X: Features and first-impressions!
Nov 15, 2018 • 5 min
Apple is releasing Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4, Motion 5.4.2, and Compressor 4.42. So, what’s new? SPONSOR: Audible: Go to http://audible.com/vector or text VECTOR to 500-500 to start your 30-day trial and get your first audiobook for free! LINKS: …
192: The Lost Episode: Hands-on Supercut
Nov 14, 2018 • 15 min
So here’s the thing. We weren’t able to publish audio versions of our hands-on videos that were made following Apple’s event on October 30, 2018. These three videos about the 2018 versions of iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini represent Rene’s…
191: Black Friday Tips: Score deals on Apple iPhone, iTunes Cards, Amazon, more!
Nov 13, 2018 • 9 min
You can save $100 on a HomePod. And 20% on iTunes Cards. And get $300 back on an iPhone. And… Now, it’s no secret Apple gear is priced at a premium. And that can make it expensive to get what you want, especially everything you want. But, the…
190: Mac mini (2018) Review
Nov 8, 2018 • 11 min
Maybe Apple always intended to update the Mac mini but got distracted by more urgent projects? Maybe Apple was waiting to do something… different with the mini, but it was taking too long? Or maybe Apple never meant to update the mini at all but…
189: MacBook Air (2018) Review
Nov 7, 2018 • 19 min
“Just slap a Retina display in the MacBook Air and ship it!” is what a lot of people have been clamoring for Apple to do for a long, long time. This isn’t that. On one extreme, you have the 12-inch MacBook for those who want ultimate portability…
188: iPad Pro (2018) Review
Nov 5, 2018 • 28 min
Hear that? That was the sound of Apple snapping its fingers and killing half the bezels in its product universe. iPhone went first. Then Apple Watch. Then MacBook Air. Now, iPad Pro. (Somewhere out there, iMac is whispering, “I don’t feel so…
187: The Mac, with Apple’s Tom Boger
Nov 2, 2018 • 36 min
Tom Boger is Sr. Director of Mac Product Marketing at Apple. He’s worked on projects including the original iMac. Earlier this week, he took to the Apple keynote stage to introduce the new Mac mini. The following day he sat down with me to talk…
186: Apple October Event: Last-Minute Predictions
Oct 29, 2018 • 11 min
The invitations have gone out — 370 odd unique invitations, actually, as it seems like Apple has sent custom art out to everyone invited. In a myriad of styles, from abstract to pop — and the event date is set: October 30, 2018, at the Brooklyn…
185: iPhone XR vs. XS Display: OLED Worth an Extra $250?
Oct 26, 2018 • 14 min
iPhone XR starts at $749. That’s $250 less than XS and $350 less than XS Max. And one of the biggest reasons for the difference is the 326ppi LCD display instead of the 458ppi OLED.. So, is that worth the $250 or $350 — or more, depending on the…
184: iPhone XR vs. XS Camera: Is this difference worth $250+?
Oct 24, 2018 • 14 min
iPhone XR starts at $749. That’s $250 less than XS and $350 less than XS Max. And one of the biggest reasons for the difference is the camera system. The front-facing TrueDepth camera is the same but the back facing camera on iPhone XS and XS Max is a…
183: iPhone XR Review
Oct 23, 2018 • 27 min
If you want a next-as-in-X-generation iPhone but you don’t want to pay a thousand or more bucks for it, you want an XR. iPhone XR — never mind what the R means, it’s just a new letter for Apple, one before S, “racing” if you’re into cars, “reflex”…
182: New Mac mini (2018) Preview
Oct 19, 2018 • 8 min
Apple’s last event of the year is set for October 30, 2018, in Brooklyn New York, and one of the biggest — er, smallest! — rumors is the return of the Mac mini! The Mac mini was the original switcher machine. It was announced back in 2005 as a…
181: Even Linus doesn’t care about his iPhone XS review?
Oct 18, 2018 • 14 min
I wasn’t going to post a show today. I’ve been traveling — three cities in three days — and I’m under the weather, and I’m working on a big video for tomorrow, but then I saw Linus… And it looked like he needed help to better understand and…
180: Apple Watch Controlled AI Selfie Drone!
Oct 17, 2018 • 4 min
Drones are good. Drones are great. Drones are fantastic. But they have one huge problem: Humans. Humans that crash their drones so goddam always. Especially on YouTube. Now, if only there was a way around that. A way to get all the good, great, and…
179: Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XS: Which is *really* the Best Google Phone?
Oct 16, 2018 • 7 min
If you want to, you can legitimately turn the iPhone into one of the best Google phones in the world. Especially if your definition of “best” includes a heavy focus on privacy and security. Android is all about choice and, because of that, not…
178: Siri Shortcuts: From the Experts!
Oct 12, 2018 • 13 min
Shortcuts is the most important addition to iOS since Extensibility in 8. With it, you can not only set up convenient voice commands to perform any action, you can create actions that are combined into powerful workflows without sacrificing any of…
177: iPad Pro X (2018) Preview
Oct 11, 2018 • 13 min
The minute we saw iPhone X kick bezels and home buttons to the curb, iPad was put on notice. It had a year, maybe more or maybe less, before Apple’s new “modern” design language came looking for it. Now, based on all the rumors to date, modern…
176: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 Review
Oct 10, 2018 • 8 min
There’s a whole new Apple Watch Series 4, and that means a whole new Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4. So, is it worth running to? SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to http://brilliant.org/vector and sign up for free. First 200 people get 20% off the premium course!…
175: Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XS: Three things Apple should steal from Google
Oct 9, 2018 • 8 min
Google has just announced the brand new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL and here are 3 features I’d love Apple to steal from Google for the next iPhone! SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to http://brilliant.org/vector and sign up for free. First 200 people get 20% off…
174: Apple vs. Bloomberg: Did China ‘Big Hack’ all the hardware?
Oct 5, 2018 • 15 min
In 10 years of covering Apple, I’ve never seen anything like this. Bloomberg Businessweek has dropped a bombshell: Chinese intelligence — agents of the People’s Liberation Army — forced factories in China to add tiny spy chips to server boards…
173: Apple 2018 October Event Preview
Oct 4, 2018 • 8 min
Apple doesn’t always host October events. But, when Apple wants to show off new designs and highlight new technology — when it wants to go into the holidays with an extra bang — it’s with an October event. So, assuming there is an October…
172: iPhone XS #BeautyGate is doing something weird…
Oct 2, 2018 • 10 min
Spoiler Alert: Apple isn’t applying a beauty filter to your iPhone XS selfies. I’ve covered this in both my initial review and my 3-weeks-later review, but that particularly bad bit of intel just keeps making the rounds, so I wanted to do proper…
171: iPhone XS + Max Review: 3 Weeks Later
Oct 1, 2018 • 9 min
I’ve been using an iPhone XS going on 3 weeks now. Ever since just after the Apple Event at the Steve Jobs Theater. In that time I used to as my main driver. For communication, photography, videography, travel, reading, listening, watching,…
170: Apple Watch 4 Review: Two weeks later!
Sep 28, 2018 • 8 min
I’ve now been wearing and using Apple Watch Series 4 for about 2 weeks, since just after the September 12 event at the Steve Jobs theater. I did my initial, deep dive review after a week of fairly frenzied testing. I’m revisiting it now after a…
169: iPhone XS LTE + Wi-Fi… FAIL?!
Sep 27, 2018 • 7 min
People are complaining about the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max cellular and Wi-Fi radios. Some are getting fewer bars in less places. Others aren’t getting on their 5GHz networks. So, what’s going on? SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to…
168: Trust Score: Is Apple SPYING on our calls and messages?
Sep 26, 2018 • 6 min
Apple recently updated iTunes and some of the language contained in the new policy, revolving around a Trust Score generated by the data on your iPhone or iPad, sent a part of the internet into sensationalize-first, ask questions later mode. You know,…
167: OMG the iPhone XR Display is…?!
Sep 25, 2018 • 12 min
So, there’s been some confusion over the last few days about iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR specs. Part of that is Apple’s fault because, unlike screen density and storage capacity, they don’t list RAM and battery capacity. And part of…
166: iPhone XS + Max Review
Sep 21, 2018 • 26 min
iPhone XS isn’t an all-new iPhone. It’s a new iPhone X. So, what does that mean? I don’t think Apple intends iPhone X owners to rush out and upgrade to iPhone XS, industry insiders, tech enthusiasts, and those on yearly programs, will of course do…
165: Apple Watch Series 4 Review
Sep 19, 2018 • 23 min
Apple Watch is the most important product Apple has ever made and Series 4 is the most important Apple Watch to date. Is Apple Watch Series 4 perfect? No, of course not. It’s still missing core features like always-on time, sleep tracking, and a way…
164: iPhone Screen Repairs Have Just Been Changed Forever
Sep 17, 2018 • 7 min
Starting today, Apple is swapping out the old, hardware based iPhone screen calibration system for an all-new software system. “Beginning September 17, 3D Touch Calibration Fixtures will no longer be required to complete display repairs for iPhone 6S…
163: iPhone XR Hands-on
Sep 13, 2018 • 3 min
Apple has just announced the iPhone XR, which offers much of the same user experience of the iPhone X, but with some notable departures. The phone is larger than the iPhone X, with a 6.1-inch LCD display. It retains the TrueDepth camera that first…
162: Apple Watch Series 4 Hands-on
Sep 13, 2018 • 5 min
Apple Watch Series 4 is here and I went hands-on with the new aluminum, stainless steel — including gold finish! — Nike+ and Hermès! SPONSOR: Go to Skillshare to get your first 2 months of Skillshare — and unlimited learning! — for free! …
161: iPhone Xs + Xs Max HANDS ON: 5 BIG differences!
Sep 12, 2018 • 5 min
Hands-on first impressions of the brand new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max! SPONSOR: Go to Skillshare to get your first 2 months of Skillshare — and unlimited learning! — for free! MORE: Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast:…
160: iPhone Xs Event: Last minute predictions!
Sep 11, 2018 • 7 min
Apple’s iPhone Xs Event is tomorrow, September 12, 2018. But what are we absolutely, definitively going to see? And what are we… not? What are the new iPhones going to be called? What are the last minute features they’ll be including… and missing?…
159: iPhone SECURITY TIPS You Need to Know!
Sep 7, 2018 • 8 min
Security, like privacy, is always at war with convenience. You want to be able to get to all of your stuff, all the time, as quickly and easily as possible, but you don’t want anyone else to get to any of it, at all ever. If you have a real or…
158: Apple Watch Series 4 Preview
Sep 5, 2018 • 12 min
With Apple Watch Series 4, that big, black ring around the bezel will finally be filled and the display will go edge-to-edge, iPhone X style. But that simply scratches the surface of Apple’s next-generation watch. There’ll be a new System-in-Package…
157: Creative Selection, with Ken Kocienda
Sep 4, 2018 • 54 min
Ken Kocienda is former Principal Engineer of iPhone software at Apple. For over fifteen years, he was deeply involved with development of the user interfaces for Safari, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and many others. His book, Creative Selection, is a…
156: What is 5G? Tech, Lies, and Video Streams!
Sep 3, 2018 • 12 min
5G is being touted as the latest wireless technology to revolutionize the world. But that’s what they said about ‘fake’ 4G and even ‘real’ LTE… So, to find out what’s really going on with millimeter waves, small cells, massive MIMO, beam-forming,…
155: Android Sucks 10x More Data Than iPhone — Why?
Aug 31, 2018 • 13 min
If you’re being given free drinks, it’s because somebody wants you drunk. Wait, what? A week or so ago, a paper was published outlining just how much — and how frequently — Google collects our personal data through devices running Android and…
154: Why you should NEVER* encrypt your backups
Aug 29, 2018 • 8 min
What concerns you more, a drive failing or the contents of that drive getting out? If someone broke into your house, are the physical items and files they could steal more valuable and sensitive than what’s on your computer? If someone got a hold of…
153: iPhone (2018) Preview
Aug 28, 2018 • 17 min
A big and bigger OLED flagship with AR camera, and a new mid-range with LCD and Apple-chromatic colors. These are rumored to be the 2018 iPhones. What will the next iPhone be called? When will it be announced? When will it ship? What features will it…
152: NEW MacBook Air (2018) Preview
Aug 25, 2018 • 14 min
There are rumors of a new, entry-level MacBook coming this fall. But what does that mean? A modernized MacBook Air? A larger 14-inch MacBook? A discounted 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar… or something entirely new? SPONSOR: Audible: Go to…
151: iPhone PRIVACY TIPS You Need to Know!
Aug 23, 2018 • 10 min
Privacy today is like security just before Windows XP. No one was talking about it and then everyone was talking about it. SPONSOR: Audible: Go to http://audible.com/vector or text VECTOR to 500-500 to start your 30-day trial and get your first…
150: ARM Mac mini… or MacBook Air? #AskRene
Aug 21, 2018 • 12 min
You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers! Will Marzipan lead to the death of the Mac? What’s your favorite comfort food? Should the first arm Mac be the mini? Why can’t Apple do social media? Which Android feature should come to iOS? What’s up with the…
149: Apple 2018 iPhone Event Preview
Aug 20, 2018 • 12 min
What to expect from Apple’s September 2018 iPhone, iPad, and Mac Special Event! Every September, all the attention in the tech world tractor-beams into the Bay Area of California for Apple’s annual iPhone event. That means, unless Apple decides to…
148: Is Apple LYING about PRIVACY?
Aug 16, 2018 • 11 min
“Is Apple Really Your Privacy Hero: The world’s most valuable company is seen as a champion for your data. It should be doing more.” Facebook is crashing, Google is back in hot water, but who does Bloomberg think we need to worry about? Who do we…
147: Breaker, with Leah Culver
Aug 15, 2018 • 39 min
Software developer Leah Culver talks about her passion for program languages and co-founding Breaker — A podcast listening app that’s focused on discovery and social sharing tools. SPONSOR: Get your Vector pin and other merch now:…
146: Apple Reality Glasses are the Next Big Thing #AskRene
Aug 13, 2018 • 7 min
You have questions, I have answers! Could you go iOS only? What’s the next big thing from Apple? Which movie Batman win? Does Apple’s R&D budget matter? 20th Century Fox being bought good or… Age of Disney bad? Would you ever do a product…
145: What iPhone X Plus Should STEAL from Galaxy Note 9
Aug 10, 2018 • 5 min
Today’s show all about what iPhone X Plus could learn from Galaxy Note 9. Yeah, you read that right. Apple has made the iPhone Plus line its own with features like multi-column layouts in landscape mode. But that was then, this is now, and there are…
144: How to Fix iPhone Battery Life
Aug 9, 2018 • 9 min
Buh-bye Facebook. Buh-bye Snapchat. Buh-by Pokémon Go… What, I’m not supposed to force quit a bunch of apps, I’m just supposed to let the system manage all that? Well, yes and no. Whether you’re not getting the battery life you should or you…
143: Apple vs. Infowars: Why Alex Jones got deleted
Aug 7, 2018 • 8 min
Apple Podcasts, one of the largest and most popular podcast directory service on the planet, has de-listed four out of five of Alex Jones’s Infowars shows — not just specific episodes but the entire shows — for violating the terms of service…
142: Keys to Becoming a Successful Blogger / Podcaster #askrene
Aug 7, 2018 • 11 min
You have questions, I have answers! How do you prevent notification overload? Kirk or Picard? Why Google won’t let me use Assistant What are the best fighting styles to learn and when? MacBook Air or 12-inch MacBook for high school? Montreal vs. New…
141: Why Apple Canceled the App Store Affiliate Program
Aug 3, 2018 • 8 min
On Tuesday, Apple announced its best June quarter ever, with services revenue of $9.55 billion — up 31% year over year. And a large part of that is App Store revenue. On Wednesday, Apple announced an end to its App Store affiliate program, which…
140: 12 Safari Secrets You Need to Know!
Aug 1, 2018 • 6 min
There’s a new book coming out called Creative Selection about how Apple makes insanely great products. Now, this isn’t a promo. Ken’s not a sponsor. I got a review copy of the book early and I’ve read it twice already. It’s just that damn…
139: Apple Q3 2018: Three KEY Takeaways
Aug 1, 2018 • 6 min
Apple just finished its Q3 2018 financial results call and, while much of it is pro forma, there’s always at least a few interesting things that slip in. This quarter was no exception. SPONSOR: Brilliant — Go to http://brilliant.org/vector and sign…
138: iPad X (2018) Rumors: Headphone jacked and… portrait keyboard?!
Aug 1, 2018 • 6 min
Basically, that the next iPad Pro, which is expected to ship this fall, will delete the headphone jack and move the smart keyboard to a vertical orientation. Sorry, I’m laughing because it hurts. SPONSOR: Setapp — Over 120 of the best Mac apps…
137: 24me, with Liat and Gilad
Jul 27, 2018 • 44 min
Liat and Gilad are partners in life, and in the creation of 24me — an astonishingly feature-rich personal assistant app for iOS and Android. They speak with Rene about how being so busy served as inspiration for the app, building their own business,…
136: Minimum Time to Awesome with Bridger and May-Li
Jul 25, 2018 • 56 min
May-Li Khoe and Bridger Maxwell have a shared past on Apple’s development team. Now they’ve teamed up to make Scribble — a gorgeous whiteboard app for iOS. They share an incredible amount of insight into prototyping and building tools that empower…
135: Understanding i9, with Ian Cutress
Jul 23, 2018 • 55 min
The 2018 15” MacBook Pro offers a configure-to-order option with a 6-core Intel Core i9 processor. It’s a pricey upgrade from the 6-core i7 that comes standard, and early reports show that Apple’s thermal design may not be able to fully leverage the…
134: Intel vs Apple Silicon with Ashraf Eassa
Jul 19, 2018 • 52 min
Ashraf Eassa is a technology specialist for The Motley Fool and an expert in semiconductor chip technology. He dives deep into the Intel roadmap and how it presents challenges (as well as opportunities) for Apple and other companies. Links: …
133: MacBook Pro 2018
Jul 12, 2018 • 8 min
The new MacBooks Pro are here and I’m super excited about them, especially the new 15-inch model (which I promised to not even jokingly refer to as an iMacBook Pro!) I got to spend a couple of hours talking to real pro photographers, scientists,…
132: What everyone got wrong about the App Store
Jul 10, 2018 • 10 min
10 years ago today, Apple launched the App Store, and it’s not hyperbole to say, since then, nothing has been the same. Not for apps, which went from being scarce, niche products to part of popular culture like movies and music. And not for app…
131: Why Apple is rebooting Maps
Jul 3, 2018 • 7 min
Apple is hitting restart in Maps, starting this week in the California Bay Area. The new Maps will be better detailed, more accurate, more relevant, and eventually more feature rich. At least that’s the promise… The data for the new Apple Maps is…
130: macOS Mojave: The DEEP DIVE!
Jun 29, 2018 • 28 min
macOS Mojave has just gone into public beta. This is my preview, where I go over all the new features, how they’re holding up, and how they fit into the bigger picture. There’s a new Dark Mode, new dynamic desktop and stacks to keep it neat and tidy,…
129: iOS 12: The Deep Dive
Jun 25, 2018 • 43 min
iOS 12 has just gone into public beta. This is a preview. But since it’s my preview, we’re going to do it my style: By going deep into not just what Apple’s latest mobile operating system does — but how it does and what it means for you. Links:…
128: Brian Roemmele on Siri Shortcuts
Jun 21, 2018 • 73 min
In a couple years, not having a Siri Shortcuts -enabled app will be like not having an API for your web service or an app in the App Store. Get in early, get in big, or get left out. Voice-first advocate Brian Roemmele returns to discuss the future…
127: Triton Sponge
Jun 19, 2018 • 34 min
Gauss Surgical Founder and CEO, Siddarth Satish, talks about Triton Sponge — his company’s incredible iPad app that is revolutionizing blood loss monitoring in obstetrics and operating room environments. Links: Gauss Surgical Triton Sponge for iPad…
126: Dark Marzipan, with Guilherme Rambo and Marc Edwards
Jun 16, 2018 • 52 min
Apple’s upcoming iOS 12 and macOS Mojave offer a ‘sneak peak’ at a universal framework API, with a fully realized implementation for developers coming 2019. Gui Rambo and Marc Edwards share their perspective on the potential benefits of this API….
125: Siri Shortcuts, with Matthew Cassinelli
Jun 14, 2018 • 44 min
Former Workflow app employee, Matthew Cassinelli, worked in marketing for the company until it was acquired by Apple. After assisting in the transition, he chose to venture out on his own. As a workflow (lower case “w”) expert, he envisions many…
124: WWDC Reflections at NextDoor
Jun 14, 2018 • 56 min
NextDoor is a developer conference that ran concurrently, and literally next door, to WWDC 2018 in San Jose, California. Serenity Caldwell and Rene Ritchie were invited to speak to attendees about the most significant advancements in iOS, WatchOS, and…
123: WWDC 2018 Aftermath: The year of FINALLY and why!
Jun 8, 2018 • 13 min
Finally! That’s what I found myself almost yelling out — over and over again during WWDC 2018. It was one of those years where it felt like Apple worked its way down my wishlist, crossing things off one after the other. Better third-party Siri…
122: WWDC 2018 Keynote reaction, with the creators of Agenda
Jun 5, 2018 • 47 min
Rene Ritchie and Serenity Caldwell speak with the creators of Agenda — a WWDC 2018 Apple Design Award winning note taking app for Mac. They discuss Agenda as well as this year’s major announcements from a developer and end user perspective. Links: …
121: Surfacing Microsoft, with Brian Hall
Jun 1, 2018 • 46 min
Brian Hall, former CVP of Surface and devices at Microsoft, talks about creating the Surface devices and their position within the market. Links: @IsForAt on Twitter Sponsors: Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this show! Get all-you-can-learn…
120: Obscura, with Ben McCarthy
May 30, 2018 • 46 min
Designer, photographer, and software developer, Ben McCarthy, talks about the inspiration behind the new version of his camera app: Obscura 2. Links: @BenRiceM on Twitter Obsura web site Obscura 2 Sponsors: Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this…
119: Managing Teams, with Bethany Bongiorno
May 29, 2018 • 50 min
Former Apple SW Engineering Director, Bethany Bongiorno, talks about managing teams, the importance of empathy, and having the flexibility to adapt your communication style for different situations. Links: @bella_bongiorno on Twitter Sponsors: …
118: WWDC preview part 2, with Carolina Milanesi
May 26, 2018 • 31 min
Industry analyst Carolina Milanesi shares her thoughts on what she’d like to see most at WWDC, including an emphasis of quality over quantity. Links: @caro_milanesi on Twitter Tech.pinions WWDC rumors Sponsors: Dashlane Never forget another…
117: Chat Heading, with Adam Bell
May 25, 2018 • 49 min
Indie developer Adam Bell talks about his roots in the Jailbreak community, being “discovered” by a big company, and advancements in the frameworks available for app creation. Links: @b3ll Adam Bell on Twitter adambell.ca Sponsors: Dashlane Never…
116: Old Man Gramps, with Don Melton
May 23, 2018 • 66 min
Ultimate friend of the show, Don Melton, stops by talk about getting old, keyboard woes, software innovation, recent films and TV, and his desire for fast hardware to support his video transcoding habits. Links: @donmelton on Twitter Video…
115: WWDC preview part 1, with Ben Bajarin
May 18, 2018 • 54 min
Industry Analyst Ben Bajarin shares his thoughts on what Apple should announce from a software perspective at WWDC in June. Links: @benbajarin on Twitter Tech.pinions Sponsors: Go to wix.com/go/vector and build your perfect, professional,…
114: Highland 2, with John August
May 17, 2018 • 48 min
You may know John August from movies such as Go and Big Fish. You may know him from his podcast, Script Notes. Today, John joins the show to talk about his other life — that of software developer. Highland 2 is his company’s latest app. It was,…
113: Creamy AF Photography, with Myriam Joire
May 14, 2018 • 67 min
Myriam Joire has been covering mobile phones for more than fifteen years — she has seen, used, and reviewed all the flagship smartphones. Companies like Huawei, Samsung, and Apple are pushing the boundaries of “computational photography”, often with…
112: Deconstructing Google Duplex, with Brian Roemmele
May 11, 2018 • 69 min
Apple Watch is more important that iPhone, Apple is helping make aluminum green, and voice-first advocate Brian Roemmele returns to the show to discuss all the Google Assistant news coming out of Google IO, including and especially Google Duplex and…
111: Inventing Olloclip, with Patrick O’Neill
May 9, 2018 • 41 min
The keynote at Google I/O 2018 was a fascinating look at what’s to come in AI and mobile computing. Olloclip inventor Patrick O’Neill shares his origin story as an entrepreneur and his lifelong love of photography. Links: @patrickdoneill on Twitter…
110: Oculus Go, with Russell Holly
May 7, 2018 • 48 min
Twitter may have exposed passwords, Gassée thinks Apple pundits have lot their fragile minds, and Russell Holly is having a blast with Oculus Go. Links: @russellholly on Twitter iPhone 9 / iPhone XI rumors: Release date, specs, price, and features! …
109: Apple Q2 2018, with Neil Cybart
May 4, 2018 • 56 min
Above Avalon founder, Neil Cybart, is one of the most accurate analysts covering Apple. He looks at the company’s performance in Q2 2018 and what the future may bring. Links: @neilcybart on Twitter Above Avalon Sponsors: Thanks to Skillshare for…
108: The cost of Sprint and T-Mobile, with Sascha Segan
May 2, 2018 • 45 min
WhatsApp CEO is done with Facebook. Scuttlebutt on Apple’s new, cross-platform UI project. Sascha Segan joins the show to talk about the proposed Spring and T-Mobile merger. And your questions on MacBook Pro recalls, Sirius XM buyouts, and…
107: Subscription App Roundtable
Apr 30, 2018 • 55 min
An all-star cast of developers discuss the pros and cons of utilizing a subscription model for apps on iOS and Mac. On the program are: Greg Pierce (Drafts), Dave Teare (1Password), and James Thomson (PCalc). Links: Greg Pierce on Twitter Drafts…
106: Why Apple is Killing AirPort
Apr 26, 2018 • 7 min
Apple has just cancelled it’s AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and AirPort Time Capsule line of Wi-Fi routers. “We’re discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple…
105: The Art of Education
Apr 24, 2018 • 23 min
Apple’s new Everyone Can Create curriculum is not just more of the same. It goes beyond just selling cheap products into the education. It may not be a viable solution for all schools, but it’s a unique and important step. Links: …
104: Moving, with Andy Ihnatko and Georgia Dow
Apr 23, 2018 • 54 min
Andy Ihnatko, Rene Ritchie, and Georgia Dow talk about how moving to a new home is pretty much the same as preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Links: @Ihnatko on Twitter @Georgia_Dow on Twitter [Anxiety Videos](http://www.anxiety-videos.com …
103: Why AI will keep humans as PETS — with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Apr 20, 2018 • 10 min
Neil deGrasses Tyson on his first Mac, cybernetics, and how AI will domesticate us through food, shelter, and sex. Wait… what?! Links: https://www.youtube.com/startalk Sponsors: Dashlane: Never misplaced. Never forgotten. Dashlane securely…
102: On Home Screens, with Chris Lacy
Apr 18, 2018 • 34 min
oftware developer Chris Lacy is the creator of Action Launcher for Android. He offers great insight into what can make home screens more helpful to users. Links: @chrismlacy on Twitter Action Launcher Sponsors: Dashlane: Never misplaced. Never…
101: Exynos Inefficiencies, with John Poole
Apr 13, 2018 • 45 min
Samsung’s Exynos 9810 chipset is fast. Really fast. Depending on where you live, it’s the chip used in the Galaxy S9. Here’s the thing — It’s also highly inefficient compared to its counterpart, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. Primate Labs founder and…
100: Apple and the Pro Market, with Anthony Casella
Apr 13, 2018 • 32 min
Administration of Mac-based professional environments is evolving. It’s time to look at the strengths and weaknesses of what’s available, and the right tools for the job. Giveaway: iMore’s Apple swag giveaway Links: Anthony Casella on Twitter …
099: Energy Green, Product Red
Apr 10, 2018 • 29 min
Apple is now powered by 100% renewable energy, worldwide, and nine more Apple suppliers have also committed to 100% clean production. Product RED comes to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Will Apple move to three cameras in 2019? Giveaway: iMore’s Apple swag…
098: Apple Pay, AI, and Mac Pro
Apr 6, 2018 • 30 min
A trio of topics — Media, like medicine, should strive to help rather than harm. An Apple as serious about AI as it is about silicon could be a powerful force for the future of computing. Apple’s new Mac Pro will arrive sometime in 2019 and has…
097: Hardware is Hard
Apr 4, 2018 • 24 min
When done wrong, higher performance hurts power efficiency. When done right, power efficiency enables higher performance. Links: Samsung Galaxy S9 battery life problems and what it means for Apple Heart of the Machine Sponsors: Thanks to…
096: iPad 6: Half the Pro for half the price
Apr 3, 2018 • 20 min
iPad 2018 (6th gen) is the linear successor of last year’s iPad 2017 (5th gen). It takes what was the best value in tablets, adds the Apple A10 Fusion chipset, faster LTE (if you go with the LTE model), a more coppery gold finish (if you go with the…
095: Apple’s Love Letter to Education
Mar 30, 2018 • 35 min
‘Let’s take a field trip’ was one of Apple’s freshest events in years — even if there’s a lot of schoolwork left to be done. Links: Apple’s love note to education Apple Renews its Love for Education not the Education Market Why Apple’s education…
094: Preventing Brain Hacks
Mar 28, 2018 • 37 min
Therapist Georgia Dow gives tips on how to be more aware of manipulation that takes place on the web and in social media — and how to avoid it. Links: Facebook, Privacy, and You: The Ultimate Guide @georgia_dow Sponsors: Thanks to Skillshare for…
093: CLOUD Act and Apple: What you need to know
Mar 26, 2018 • 24 min
What is CLOUD Act, what does it mean for Apple and Apple’s customers, and how does it affect your data and your right to privacy both in the U.S. and around the world? Links: CLOUD Act and Apple: What you need to know Sponsors: Thanks to Skillshare…
092: No. 2 Pencil, with Carolina Milanesi
Mar 23, 2018 • 41 min
Apple’s education-focused event is just around the corner on March 27th. Industry analyst Carolina Milanesi identifies three areas that would help Apple grow marketshare in education: hardware pricing, improved productivity/collaboration suite, and…
091: Delete Your Facebook
Mar 21, 2018 • 9 min
The only way to win the social game is not to play. Facebook has been caught allowing the personal data of fifty million users — 50,000,000 — get siphoned off by political data company Cambrige Analytica and hiding it until it knew the story would…
090: The State of Apple in Education, with Bradley Chambers
Mar 19, 2018 • 42 min
Education IT expert Bradley Chambers feels that Apple needs to do more than just offer less expensive iPads and Macs to education customers. Not all of the challenges are Apple’s fault, but it is their problem. Links: @BradleyChambers on Twitter…
089: The Past and Future Siri
Mar 16, 2018 • 85 min
Brian Roemmele believes the next undiscovered continent for voice-first computing is the ability to carry on complete dialogues between device and user. Looking beyond the recent soap opera, Siri is full of potential. But Apple needs to take it in the…
088: HomePod One Month Later
Mar 15, 2018 • 54 min
HomePod shipped a month ago. How’s it holding up? Dave Mark from The Loop shares his experience with the device. Links: The Loop Dave Mark on Twitter Jim Dalrymple on Twitter August Smart Lock Sponsors: Audible — Go to audible.com/vector or…
087: Why Apple Just Bought Texture
Mar 14, 2018 • 15 min
Apple just bought Texture, the all-you-can-read magazine app. But what does that mean for current Texture users (including on Android) and for Apple News? In the age of fake news, extremist click-bait, bots, and bubbles, will anyone really care about…
086: The Industrial Age of Apps
Mar 9, 2018 • 18 min
It’s not all roses in the walled garden, especially for independent developers. But there is hope. Sponsors: Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this show, the first 500 of you who use the promo link http://skl.sh/vector will get your first 2…
085: iPhone SDK turns 10
Mar 9, 2018 • 17 min
The ability to create native apps for iPhone was the turning point that changed the industry — and the entire world. Sponsors: Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this video, the first 500 of you who use the promo link http://skl.sh/vector will get…
084: Fixing ‘Siri Sucks’ in 5 Painful Steps
Mar 6, 2018 • 15 min
SiriOS is the platform of the future but how does Apple get there? From today’s criticism to tomorrow’s Siri operating system, Apple is best positioned make AI deeply personal, deeply integrated, incredibly consistent, fully mesh networked, and —…
083: Designers vs. weather apps, with Brad and Clarko
Mar 2, 2018 • 41 min
Take two of the world’s best designers — Brad Ellis and Clarko — give them three of the world’s most popular weather apps, and this is what you get. Links: @BradEllis on Twitter @Clarko on Twitter Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts…
082: Apple March Event Analyst Preview, with Ben Bajarin
Mar 1, 2018 • 43 min
Rumor has it, Apple will be holding a March Event again this year. Industry analyst Ben Bejarin returns to the show to discuss what we might see and when, from iPads, to iPhones, to Macs, and more. Links: @benbajarin on Twitter Tech.pinions Apple…
081: China vs. Apple and iCloud
Feb 27, 2018 • 17 min
Next week, Apple will begin moving Chinese iCloud accounts to Chinese servers owned by a Chinese company. It’s Chinese law. But it’s also hugely controversial, especially among those who consider it a betrayal of Apple’s longstanding devotion to…
080: Apple’s next big software thing, with Christina Warren
Feb 23, 2018 • 24 min
Confession: After the Life and Death of Twitter episode, the recorders kept rolling and all the big brains shared their thoughts on the rumored “Marzipan” iOS and macOS cross-development platform. Christina Warren of Microsoft joins to add context to…
079: The life and death of Twitter for Mac, with John Gruber
Feb 21, 2018 • 25 min
Twitter for Mac is dead. Starved to death, really. John Gruber of Daring Fireball and some surprise guests chat about how it all got started, what went wrong, and where we go from here. Links: John Gruber on Twitter Daring Fireball Subscribe via: …
078: iPhone in the RAW, with Sebastiaan de With
Feb 20, 2018 • 23 min
iPhone photography took a huge leap forward when iOS gained the ability to shoot in RAW. Sebastiaan de With, the designer of the iPhone camera app, Halide, explains how to shoot in RAW and make it look great. Links: Sebastiaan De With on Twitter Ben…
077: Apple Problems: Explained
Feb 16, 2018 • 16 min
Rings around the HomePod. Crashing all the messaging apps. Another week, another set of problems. Are things worse now than ever before or has the volume simply grown with the product line? The greatest challenge Apple has ever faced is scale — and…
076: Going all-in on iPad Pro, with Clayton Morris
Feb 14, 2018 • 27 min
Many of you may know Clayton Morris from his time as a technology reporter and anchor for Fox News. He retired from television at age 40 to focus on helping people build passive income through real estate investing. Rene speaks with Clayton about the…
075: Understanding Screen Addiction, with Georgia Dow
Feb 13, 2018 • 26 min
Apple is under pressure from activist groups to improve Parental Controls and combat screen addiction. But what’s real, what’s sensationalism, and what’s an abdication of personal responsibility? Therapist, educator, and mother Georgia Dow joins me to…
074: What kind of Q1 it’s been, with Michael Gartenberg
Feb 9, 2018 • 45 min
Rene is joined by analyst and former Apple employee, Michael Gartenberg, to talk about Apple, AI, and HomePod in the early months of 2018. Links: HomePod in the age of Artificial Intelligence @Gartenberg on Twitter VECTOR on YouTube is here —…
073: HomePod AMA
Feb 7, 2018 • 25 min
Turns out, our listeners have a lot of questions about HomePod. Rene is here to answer them! Links: HomePod: Retina for your ears Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on: Web Twitter Instagram Facebook
072: HomePod Not Review
Feb 6, 2018 • 40 min
Apple’s new smart speaker, HomePod, was designed to be the simplest and best way to listen to Apple Music and AirPlay, and control HomeKit in your house. Links: HomePod: Retina for your ears Sponsors: Blackblaze: Get a fully featured 15-day free…
071: Could Apple take iMessage to iCloud… and Android?
Feb 2, 2018 • 24 min
Rene speculates on the likelihood of Apple bringing iMessage to Android. He also answers some recent listener questions. Links: Could Apple take iMessage to iCloud… and Android? Sponsors: Blackblaze: Get a fully featured 15-day free trial at…
070: Levels of Hell
Feb 1, 2018 • 27 min
They say perception is reality. It’s also highly subjective. Links: I had an Apple Store experience from hell — and it’s clear there are larger problems with Apple’s retail presence Your iPhone Slowed Down. Here’s What to Do When the…
069: Manipulations and Reliability
Jan 31, 2018 • 23 min
Rene talks about rumors and outright lies that are spread to manipulate stock valuation of Apple and other companies. He also discusses Apple’s plans to prioritize performance and reliability improvements over new features in 2018. Links: YouTube…
068: HomePod 2.0
Jan 29, 2018 • 21 min
HomePod. It isn’t an Amazon Echo or Google Home competitor. It was never intended to be. Where AirPods were designed to be the best way to take music and audio with you, HomePod was designed to be the best way to enjoy it where you live. One yin….
067: Product Marketing at Apple, with Matt Drance
Jan 27, 2018 • 66 min
A timeless classic from the original Vector archives: Former Apple Evangelist, Matt Drance, talks to Rene about the role of Product Marketing at Apple and how different it is from most other tech companies. Links: Matt Drance @Drance on Twitter …
066: Understanding HomePod
Jan 25, 2018 • 38 min
HomePod. It isn’t an Amazon Echo or Google Home competitor. It was never intended to be. Where AirPods were designed to be the best way to take music and audio with you, HomePod was designed to be the best way to enjoy it where you live. One yin….
065: Understanding Apple Watch and human motivation
Jan 24, 2018 • 32 min
Rene speaks with a licensed psychologist about Apple Watch and what motivates people to achieve their goals. Sponsors: Casper: Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting http://casper.com/vector and using VECTOR at checkout. Terms and…
064: iPhone to iPad, with Nitin Ganatra
Jan 23, 2018 • 109 min
While Rene gets settled into his new crib, here’s another classic from the Debug archive. Rene and Guy English speak with former Apple employee, Nitin Ganatra, about the transition from iPhone’s success to the birth of iPad. Sponsors: Casper: Get…
063: Understanding Apple and its huge pile of cash
Jan 22, 2018 • 22 min
Apple is one of the most successful and profitable companies in the history of companies. Rene dissects and elaborates on an excellent analysis by Asymco’s Horace Dediu. Links: Understanding Apple and its huge pile of cash Sponsors: Thrifter:…
062: Apple Originals
Jan 18, 2018 • 22 min
As Apple invests heavily in creating original video content, Rene ruminates on the broad lineup of programming that has been announced. Links: Apple TV Shows: What’s New, Release Dates, Actors, and More Sponsors: Thrifter: All the best deals from…
061: What Happened to BlackBerry, with Kevin Michaluk
Jan 17, 2018 • 82 min
In this classic from the original Vector archives, Rene talks with Kevin Michaluk about the glory days and eventual decline of BlackBerry. Links: Kevin Michaluk on Twitter CrackBerry.com Sponsors: Thrifter: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy,…
060: Happy Birthday, MacBook Air!
Jan 16, 2018 • 24 min
Rene looks back at the introduction of MacBook Air 10 years ago and discusses the shift it caused in the industry towards lighter, thinner, more portable computers. Links: MacBook Air 10 Year Birthday Sponsors: Thrifter: All the best deals from…
059: Security flaws and software bugs, with Don Melton
Jan 15, 2018 • 54 min
Don Melton, father of Safari and WebKit, speaks with Rene about recent hardware security flaws and software bugs. He also answers listener questions about video transcoding tools and techniques. Links: Don Melton on Twitter Video Transcoding tools on…
058: Why Siri needs to be a platform, with Brian Roemmele
Jan 12, 2018 • 87 min
For Brian Roemmele, the future is undeniably voice-first. He sees Apple as best positioned to take advantage of the revolution-in-progress but for one thing — the company’s reluctance to let the Siri feature become the SiriOS platform. Links: …
057: Project Purple, with Nitin Ganatra
Jan 12, 2018 • 81 min
While Rene is away moving, we journey back into the Debug vaults for one of the all-time classic episodes. Before there was iPhone it was the Purple Experience Project. Nitin Ganatra was there from the beginning. And here’s how it happened. …
056: Marzipan with Guilherme Rambo
Jan 10, 2018 • 33 min
Apple is rumored to be planning unified development of iOS and Mac apps to create a single user experience. Rene is joined by developer Guilherme Rambo to discuss some of the possibilities. Links: Marzipan Apple Plans Combined iPhone, iPad & Mac…
055: Eleven
Jan 9, 2018 • 29 min
Eleven years ago today Steve Jobs announced a wide-screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet device. But it wasn’t three products. It was one product. And we got it, Steve. We got iPhone. …
054: Classic: Workflow
Jan 8, 2018 • 71 min
Moving. Jury duty. These things get in the way of new shows. So, a classic! From the Debug archives: Back before they joined Apple, the Workflow team sat down to chat… with a surprise guest. Links: Workflow on the App Store …
053: The fix is in
Jan 5, 2018 • 30 min
Intel now claims to be “immune” to Meltdown and Spectre. Meanwhile, Apple has patched Meltdown. Ish. And is working on Spectre. Here’s the update you need to listen to. Links: ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ FAQ About speculative execution vulnerabilities…
052: ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’
Jan 4, 2018 • 22 min
Meltdown ”melts security boundaries which are normally enforced by the hardware”. Spectre exploits how “speculative execution” is handled in almost all modern CPU. This is what you need to know Links: ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ FAQ Sponsors: …
051: Apple 2018 hardware wishlist
Jan 3, 2018 • 34 min
Rene provides a wish list of what “could be” for Apple hardware releases in 2018. Links: What I’d like to see from iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, and Mac in 2018 Sponsors: Thrifter: All the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and more, fussily curated…
050: FanWagon, with Dexter Talbert
Jan 2, 2018 • 52 min
Rene speaks with FanWagon founder, Dexter Talbert, about hardware considerations in the Mac ecosystem for software development, including GPU performance, eGPU support, and the yet-to-be-unveiled next-gen Mac Pro. Links: Dexter Talbert on Twitter …
049: #iPhoneSlow mid-mortem
Jan 1, 2018 • 50 min
Apple has provided additional technical information and rationale for intentional CPU throttling based on battery health and thermal performance. The issue is far from over, but Rene provides a mid-mortem analysis. Links: Samsung, HTC, LG comment…
048: Biggest problems facing Apple in 2018
Dec 29, 2017 • 19 min
Apple has problems. Every company does. These are the ones Rene considers most critical to the company’s long-term success — the ones they need to start aggressively addressing in 2018. Links: Biggest problems facing Apple in 2018 Sponsors: …
047: 5G, with Daniel Bader
Dec 28, 2017 • 49 min
Daniel Bader, managing editor of Android Central, went to Hawaii to learn all about Qualcomm’s next generation Snapdragon platform and 5G wireless technology. Links: @journeydan on Twitter Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 5G gets closer to…
046: What kind of year it’s been, with Michael Gartenberg
Dec 27, 2017 • 64 min
2017 was a strong year for Apple, but not without some significant bumps. Michael and Rene look back at the good, the bad, the ugly, and the insanely great. Links: @gartenberg on Twitter Sponsors: MintSIM: Voice, data, and text for…
045: Fixing iOS notifications roundtable
Dec 26, 2017 • 52 min
Dieter Bohn, Brad Ellis, and Christina Warren join Rene to discuss what’s wrong with iOS notifications, what’s right about them, and what they’d like to see in the future. Links: @film_girl on Twitter @backlon on Twitter @bradellis on Twitter …
044: Ferrite Recording Studio with Canis and Jason Snell
Dec 25, 2017 • 59 min
044: Ferrite Recording Studio with Canis and Jason Snell Who said you can’t edit podcasts on iOS? Ferrite Recording Studio developer Canis and power user Jason discuss the app’s origins, iOS limitations, workflows, tips and tricks, and what…
043: Bonus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Dec 23, 2017 • 114 min
043: Bonus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi It’s a Christmas special! Guy English, Matt Drance, Don Melton, and Lia Napolitano chat about the characters, themes, music, effects, and impact of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Links: @gte on…
042: iMac Pro with Marques Brownlee
Dec 22, 2017 • 27 min
MKBHD has been using the new iMac Pro for two weeks and put it through his demanding 8K workflow. Here are his thoughts. Links: MKBHD on Twitter MKBHD on YouTube iMac Pro: 1 Week Impressions! iMac Pro: Beauty of a Beast …
041: iPhone battery life vs. performance roundtable
Dec 21, 2017 • 61 min
041: iPhone battery life vs. performance roundtable Apple is sacrificing performance on old, cold iPhone batteries to prevent unexpected shutdowns. The company has been doing it for almost a year but this week it’s making headlines….
040: Reverse engineering with Guilherme Rambo
Dec 20, 2017 • 55 min
Gui Rambo makes iOS apps, both for a company and for himself. He also reverse engineers iOS frameworks. (Maybe you saw his Animoji Studio?) Here’s how he got started and how he works. Links: @_inside on Twitter ChibiStudio on the App…
039: Apple Glasses with Neil Cybart
Dec 19, 2017 • 38 min
039: Apple Glasses with Neil Cybart Former sell-side analyst Neil Cybart dives deep into Apple’s augmented reality efforts, including ARKit, and how Apple Glasses could be the next big thing. Links: @neilcybart on Twitter …
038: iPhone 8 — Three months later
Dec 18, 2017 • 41 min
At launch, many people didn’t give Apple’s iPhone 8 atomic-level redesign the consideration it deserved. Three months later, Rene takes another look. Links: iPhone 8 review Sponsors: MintSIM: Voice, data, and text for less. Get free first-class…
037: MarsEdit, with Daniel Jalkut and John Gruber
Dec 15, 2017 • 76 min
Rene speaks with MarsEdit developer, Daniel Jalkut, and John Gruber of Daring Fireball about the history and release of MarsEdit 4, blogging tools, the Mac App Store, and more. Links: MarsEdit 4 first look on iMore Red Sweater Software Daring…
036: iMac Pro: Beauty of a Beast
Dec 14, 2017 • 26 min
Xeon W. Radeon Pro Vega. T5, Space gray. It’s Apple’s new iMac Pro and here are some first impressions. Links: iMac Pro first impressions: Beauty of a beast Should you upgrade to the new iMac Pro? Sponsors: MintSIM: Voice, data, and text for…
035: Ambient Computing, with Ben Bajarin
Dec 13, 2017 • 33 min
035: Ambient Computing, with Ben Bajarin Previously, on Vector: There is no home assistant market. Industry analyst Ben Bajarin: Allow me to retort. So he did. And then he hung around to chat about differential privacy vs. making assistants…
034: Behind the Scenes, with Jim Metzendorf
Dec 12, 2017 • 40 min
Everyone starts somewhere. Even us. From first podcast to how Vector gets made, podcaster and editor extraordinaire Jim Metzendorf takes us behind the scenes. Links: Jim Metzendorf: Twitter Audio Podcast Guide Call Recorder for Skype…
033: Drafts, with Greg Pierce and Merlin Mann
Dec 11, 2017 • 43 min
Drafts is developed by Greg Pierce and used the hell out of by Merlin Mann. They sit down together to talk direction, workflows, and what’s coming next. Links: Drafts Merlin Mann Greg Pierce (@agiletortoise) on Twitter Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies) on…
032: Storyboarding on iPad Pro, with Rob McCallum
Dec 8, 2017 • 53 min
Pacific Rim. IT. Luke Cage. Star Trek: Discovery. Some of the greatest action sequences in modern TV and movies have been storyboarded by Rob McCallum… on an iPad Pro. Links: Rob McCallum: Twitter, IMDB, Web. Procreate …
031: Developing for AR Roundtable
Dec 7, 2017 • 65 min
Michelle Hessel, James Thomson, and Russell Holy talk augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality, ARKit, ARKCore, and the future of the technology. Links: Michelle Hessel: Twitter, Web. James Thomson: Twitter, Web….
030: Pivot to Video & Messenger for Kids, with Christina Warren
Dec 6, 2017 • 27 min
Modern media companies have been “pivoting to video” but not all of them have been successful. Christina Warren, formerly of Mashable and Gizmodo, discusses why. Also: Facebook Messenger for kids. Seriously. Links: Christina…
029: iOS 11 Security Horror Story
Dec 5, 2017 • 14 min
iOS 11 allows your passcode to reset your iTunes Backup and even Apple ID passwords. Some call it a horror story. It’s really a balancing act. Links: iOS 11 horror story: The rise and fall of iOS security iOS security isn’t a…
028: Phones vs. DSLR w/Carolina Milanesi
Dec 4, 2017 • 37 min
Phone vs. DSLR. A few years ago that would have sounded ridiculous. Then came computational photography. Now, Analyst Carolina Milanesi shares how the pros feel about their camera phones. Links: Carolina Milanesi (@caro_milanesi) on Twitter DSLR…
027: Bonus Episode — Thor: Ragnarok
Dec 2, 2017 • 82 min
The motley crew from ‘Review’ podcast — Rene Ritchie, Don Melton, Matt Drance, and Guy English get together for a chat about Marvel’s 2017 hit, Thor: Ragnarok.
026: That Springboard Crash Bug
Dec 2, 2017 • 11 min
On December 02, 2017, iOS 11 started crashing. It involved the time system, local notifications, and springboard. Here’s what happened and how to fix it. Links: iPhone crashing on Dec. 2? Here’s the fix! How to download and install iOS 11.2 on…
025: What kind of fall its been
Dec 1, 2017 • 72 min
Michael Gartenberg talks with Rene about Apple and the tech landscape in fall 2017. Links: Why 2018 is going to be a huge inflection point for the mobile world Michael Gartenberg on Twitter @gartenberg Subscribe via: ⁃Apple Podcasts…
024: Bugs, damn bugs, and fixes, with Jonathan Deustch
Nov 30, 2017 • 65 min
Apple has apologized for and fixed the root vulnerability in macOS High Sierra. But why do bugs ship and how can Apple prevent this from happening again? With former Apple engineering manager and current Tumult Hype developer Jonathan Deutsch. …
023: AirPods: One year later
Nov 29, 2017 • 28 min
AirPods were billed as the future of wireless headphones. Announced in September of 2016, shipped in December of 2016, and scarcely available until well into 2017, this is how well AirPods have lived up to their hype — one year later. …
022: macOS High Sierra Root Vulnerability
Nov 28, 2017 • 9 min
A critical flaw has been discovered in macOS High Sierra that lets an attacker log in as ‘root’ by leaving the password field blank and trying multiple times in a row. Listen to this and “fix” it right now. Links: macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security…
021: Evangelizing iPhone, with Matt Drance
Nov 28, 2017 • 37 min
There was a day before iPhone was introduced. And a day after. Matt Drance was there for both — and he had to evangelize it. Links: Matt Drance on Twitter @drance Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on: …
020: The Most Divisive MacBook Ever
Nov 27, 2017 • 34 min
Some love it. Some hate its living breath. It’s the new MacBook Pro and it’s the most divisive MacBook Pro ever. Links: Marco Arment: Fixing the MacBook Pro The Touch Bar Makes the Mac More Accessible to Me Making the Mac multitouch. A bit. …
019: Complications and Authentications
Nov 24, 2017 • 20 min
Lock screen complications would give iOS greater convenience and privacy. Ambient, persistent biometrics would give iPhone all but invisible security. Links: I’d love lock screen complications in iOS 12 Dreaming of persistent, ambient authentication…
018: Don’t Believe The Assistant Hype, with Jan Dawson
Nov 23, 2017 • 46 min
HomePod is going to miss the holidays. But how can Apple be late to a market that doesn’t really exist yet? With Jan Dawson. Links: Jan Dawson on Twitter Jan’s Web Site Subscribe via: ⁃Apple Podcasts ⁃Overcast ⁃Pocket Casts ⁃Castro ⁃RSS…
017: Planning for iOS 12, with Don Melton
Nov 22, 2017 • 71 min
Don Melton, former director of WebKit and Safari, talks 4K and HDR, and how Apple plans new versions of iOS. Links: Don Melton on Twitter Don Melton on GitHub Apple TV 4K review Belkin Ultra High Speed 4K HDMI Cable Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts…
016: Surviving Black Friday, with Dan DeSilva
Nov 21, 2017 • 35 min
Dan DeSilva on how he got into deals, into blogging, brought them both together, helped create Thrifter, and how to survive Black Friday. Links: Follow Dan DeSilva on Twitter Follow Thrifter on Twitter Thrifter’s Black Friday Collection Subscribe…
015: Let iPad Be iPad
Nov 20, 2017 • 20 min
iPad has grown significantly in performance and functionality, but it’s time to challenge our perception of what a computer is. Links: Apple’s new iPad Pro spot asks ‘what’s a computer?’ Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro…
014: Halt and catch HomePod
Nov 19, 2017 • 19 min
Apple missed a deadline that will cost them the Holiday shopping season, but it’s better to get it right. Links: HomePod: This is Apple’s Siri Speaker Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on: Web Twitter…
013: 1Password, with Michael Fey and Matt Davey
Nov 17, 2017 • 64 min
Increasing security and speed to usability with Matt Davey and Michael Fey of AgileBits. Transcript: 1Password 7: The Interview Guests & Links Michael Fey: Twitter Matt Davey: Twitter 1Password: Twitter, Website Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts…
012: The Animoji explainer. Seriously.
Nov 16, 2017 • 14 min
Animoji is a beginning to what’s possible, not an ending.
011: Face ID, round 2
Nov 15, 2017 • 21 min
Spoofing isn’t hacking. What you need to know about Face ID. Take two.
010: Designing for iPhone X Roundtable
Nov 14, 2017 • 61 min
Sebastiaan de With, Linda Dong, Marc Edwards, and Brad Ellis talk “horns”, aspect ratio, safe area, color space, OLED, HDR, and more! Links Sebastiaan de With: Twitter, Webite, Halide Linda Dong: Twitter, Lyft Marc Edwards: Twitter, Website,…
009: Fixing iPhone X Usability
Nov 14, 2017 • 17 min
iPhone X may be the best damn product Apple’s ever made, but these five fixes would make it even better. Links Five ways Apple could improve iPhone X usability Subscribe via Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on Web Twitter…
008: Computational Videography
Nov 14, 2017 • 18 min
Apple’s new Clips app and Portrait Backgrounds — called Scenes — gives a look at computational videography today. Links Star Wars and ‘Scenes’ Portrait Backgrounds come to Clips 2.0 Subscribe via Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro…
007: On Watches and Glasses
Nov 14, 2017 • 17 min
Apple Watch is getting close to surpassing iPod at its peak. AirPods are augmented audio reality now. And Apple Glass could be the next small thing. Links It’s long past time to admit Apple Watch is a huge success Apple Glass Subscribe via Apple…
006: Apple Pay Gets Personal
Nov 14, 2017 • 15 min
Person-to-person Apple Pay is going to make transaction easier and iMessage even more valuable. And that seems to have really pissed off Walmart. Links Person-to-Person Apple Pay is about to make iMessage even more valuable Walmart threatens to…
005: Dark Themes & Smart Battery Cases
Nov 14, 2017 • 16 min
iPhone X shipped without a night mode or a battery case. It needs both. Links I’d still love a dark theme in iOS 12 Why I’d love a Smart Battery Case for iPhone X Subscribe via Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on Web Twitter…
004: The Limits of Face ID
Nov 14, 2017 • 16 min
Face ID feels almost effortless. But it has several major limitations you need to know about. Links Face ID: Why you shouldn’t be worried about iPhone X unlock The limitations of Face ID: What you need to know No, siblings aren’t ‘fooling’ Face ID…
003: Apple TV 4K review
Nov 14, 2017 • 19 min
Apple might call its new TV box 4K, but it’s HDR that makes the real difference. Links Apple TV 4K review Subscribe via Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on Web Twitter Instagram Facebook
002: iPhone X #AMA
Nov 14, 2017 • 30 min
Twitter had so many questions about iPhone X. Here are the answers. Links iPhone X AMA thread Subscribe to Vector Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on Web Twitter Instagram Facebook
001: iPhone X review
Nov 14, 2017 • 60 min
iPhone X is the best damn product Apple has ever made. But it’s not perfect. Links iPhone X review Subscribe to Vector Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on Web Twitter Instagram Facebook