Cup of Tech

Cup of Tech
This podcast is (usually) a casual conversation about tech, Apple, programming, and sometimes unrelated topics and a good excuse to drink another cup of coffee.

98: “Tech Podcast”
May 21 • 111 min
This week we chat about interesting cultural differences and play a “coin guessing” game (which is more fun than it sounds), where we slowly uncover that Zach might not actually be Australian… For the later half of the show, we chat about some more tech…
97: 3rd Party Dependency Wave of Doom
May 11 • 90 min
This week we chat about Zach’s MacBook Pro order. The recent Facebook SDK crash triggers a discussion about things to consider when adding 3rd party code to an app. We are, of course, also talking about Apple’s WWDC20 announcement.
96: One ARM Tied Behind My Back
May 5 • 85 min
This week we chat some more about exposure notifications, the government, and compare an iPad notebook to an ARM MacBook.
95: First Come, First Access To Engineer
Apr 27 • 60 min
This week we start off chatting about the five year anniversary of the Apple Watch. We move over to talking about Apple’s Accessibility Webinar and how this might inspire the digital version of WWDC, potential conference formats, the cost of a ticket and…
94: Better, Odd, Best
Apr 20 • 98 min
This week, the release of the new iPhone SE (2nd generation) inspired us to chat about the future of the iPhone lineup, Apple’s future in home audio and potential new products. Malin and Kai also give a quick update on the progress of their app, Orbit and…
93: Contact Tracing
Apr 13 • 83 min
This week, we chat about Face ID, Touch ID, digital meetups, and the  + Google contact tracing approach.
92: The Olden Days
Apr 8 • 83 min
This week we’re chatting about online community events, Apple’s acquisition of Dark Sky, in-app purchases and iOS screenshot automation.
91: One Hockey Stick Distance
Mar 30 • 81 min
Keeping hockey stick distance away from other humans, guessing what 2020 will look like for Apple hardware and software, and our work-from-home suggestions.
90: Sneak Peek at WWDC
Mar 23 • 80 min
This week we’re chatting (a lot!) about the future of iPad and some of Apple’s other announcements from last week.
89: We’ll Get Through This
Mar 18 • 76 min
Zach’s back to talk about the state of the world, what it means for local community events, we speculate some more about what an online WWDC20 could mean, and we (somewhat randomly) chat about the updated App Store review guidelines.
88: Open to Interruption
Mar 12 • 56 min
This week we’re talking about COVID-19 news, US health care (🤷‍♂️), and all the iOS 14 and watchOS 7 leaks.
87: Digital WWDC
Mar 4 • 64 min
This week we’re talking about tech conferences and designing a fully digital WWDC for Apple.
86: Bleeding Edge of Bug Fixes
Feb 24 • 89 min
Burgers, burgers, and more burgers! With a little bit of tech talk thrown in.
85: Crunch of the Crunch
Feb 20 • 33 min
This week we’re giving a quick update on our Mac app, talking about distributing betas for macOS apps, and the upcoming Apple Event.
84: Unicorn Version of Xcode
Feb 11 • 70 min
This week we talk about the Xcode 11.4 beta, SwiftUI, Universal Purchases and the potential of Xcode on the iPad.
83: Compounding Mistakes
Feb 5 • 70 min
This week we’re talking about ad blocking, iPad’s 10 year anniversary, and the fundamental problems with universal apps.
82: Coffee Budget
Jan 27 • 36 min
This week we’re giving a quick update on project “Mission Control”, talking about the challenges of designing for macOS, and planning our back-end deployment.
81: Emotional Rollercoaster
Jan 20 • 72 min
This week’s episode is more development focused than usual, we chat about SwiftUI and server-side development using Vapor and give an update on our projects, Project Mission Control and Petty.
80: IKEA on Super Hard Mode
Jan 14 • 68 min
This week we start off chatting about WWDC 2020, we then talk about different business models and creative ways of marketing a product.
79: Why Ice Cream is Bad
Jan 7 • 28 min
78: Things of the Year 2019
Dec 30, 2019 • 113 min
We start off chatting a bit more about Vapor, then we get into our main event of choosing our favourite iOS, iPad, macOS, and watchOS apps from 2019 as the year draws to a close.
77: We Shipped, Kinda
Dec 23, 2019 • 73 min
This week we’re chatting some more about Server Side Swift & looking back at Apple’s software releases in 2019.
76: Happy New Mac Pro Week
Dec 17, 2019 • 70 min
This week, we are configuring our Fantasy Mac Pros, the iMac, and Kai and Malin have a quick update on their macOS app.
75: Very Bleeding Edge
Dec 9, 2019 • 63 min
This week we talk about our Kai’s and Malin’s Mac App status, using new tech to build products, Vapor and other back-end development options, and Apple’s Best of 2019.
74: At Least It Works
Dec 2, 2019 • 71 min
This week we talk about our December event expectations, “Apple’s” “new” Mac Pro plant, the 16” MacBook Pro, and the Stadia launch.
73: Fun, Exclamation Mark
Nov 25, 2019 • 44 min
This week we chat about non-intrusive CGM, SwiftUI and shipping projects.
72: Alternative Universe MacBook
Nov 18, 2019 • 63 min
This week we talk about AirPods Pro, the new 16” MacBook Pro, and Apple TV+ apps.
71: A Thousand Yeses For Every No
Nov 4, 2019 • 55 min
This week we’re talking about Twitter APIs, developer health, and NFC triggered shortcuts.
70: Squeeze for Assistant
Oct 28, 2019 • 75 min
This week we’re talking about the imminent launch of Apple TV+, Stadia, and the Made by Google event.
69: A Product for Humans
Oct 21, 2019 • 76 min
This week begins with some follow-up, before discussing the new Announcing Messages with Siri feature, and a scratched iPhone 11 Pro. Our main topics include using SwiftUI for a new macOS project, a leaked 16” MacBook Pro icon, Meetup pricing changes (and…
68: It’s Absolutely Useless
Oct 15, 2019 • 61 min
This week we’re talking about new hardware rumours (AirPods, MacBook, Apple TV, Tag), our macOS Catalina impressions, and macOS Catalyst apps.
67: Change is Good
Oct 7, 2019 • 82 min
This week we’re talking about Google killing Macs, iPhone 11 Pro, touchID, when to release features, and Microsoft’s Surface Event.
66: It Would Be Better With Micro-Transactions
Sep 30, 2019 • 141 min
We chat a bit more about iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, and iOS 13. We also talk about the future of AR, SwiftUI and development for macOS. The latter half of the show is an Apple Arcade special segment where we chat with Adam Shaw about our first…
65: Happy New iPhone Weekend
Sep 24, 2019 • 89 min
This week we’re talking about our first impressions of iPhone 11 Pro & Apple Watch Series 5, Apple’s software release roadmap, and Apple Arcade.
64: Please! Just Get a New Phone
Sep 16, 2019 • 97 min
This week we’re talking about which shiny new devices we preordered, the results of our predictions episode, and all our hot takes™ from the September Apple Special Event.
63: Augmenting Your Reality
Sep 9, 2019 • 88 min
This week we have a jam-packed episode talking about getting our apps ready for iOS 13/macOS 10.15, Zach’s /dev/world talk, last-minute Apple Event predictions like UWB and Apple AR Hardware, Apple Music Web Beta, iOS 13.1, and Things of the Week!
62: Thinking About Accessibility
Sep 2, 2019 • 49 min
This week we discuss Apple Card and planning for /dev/world. We also spent some time talking about the importance of accessibility and why it should matter to all of us.
61: Not A Draft, September 2019
Aug 26, 2019 • 59 min
This is our Not A Draft episode for Apple’s Fall 2019 iPhone event.
60: iPhone 11 Pro Max
Aug 19, 2019 • 68 min
In this week’s episode, we predict naming of the upcoming iPhones, we chat about push notification best-practices, email validation implementations, Apple betas, and WeWork.
59: Blurrier Than Before
Aug 12, 2019 • 66 min
This week we mostly talk about iOS 13, the state of the betas, and Zach’s /dev/world/2019 talk preparations.
58: Bigger Than Before
Aug 5, 2019 • 75 min
This week we chat about iPhone and Apple Watch hardware, Apple’s September event dates, and Apple’s response to Siri grading.
57: My Hot Take
Jul 29, 2019 • 64 min
This week we talk about contractors listening to Siri recordings, follow up on some public transport things we got wrong, and wallets and credit cards.
56: No One Can Do Software Updates
Jul 22, 2019 • 85 min
This week we talk about beta updates, Neuralink, Bean There updates, watchOS phone independence, and some Apple service woes.
55: The Waste of Time Podcast
Jul 15, 2019 • 71 min
Zach is back from his trip to Japan. We play a fun game where Zach and Kai have to guess if a news headline is a real headline or something that Malin made up. This is followed by a quick chat about the MacBook lineup and as usual the “Things of the Week”…
54: I’m Doing Fine
Jul 8, 2019 • 52 min
This week we talk about Malin quitting her job, founding Triple Glazed Studios with Kai as well as Catalyst Bundle IDs, Vexillology, and SwiftUI.
53: LoveFrom
Jul 1, 2019 • 60 min
This week we talk about iOS & macOS public betas, Apple Stores, and Jony’s departure from Apple.
52: Thrill Seeker
Jun 24, 2019 • 68 min
We discuss the joy (cough, woe, cough) of running beta software, our development priorities now that WWDC is over, and much more!
51: Dark Stuff
Jun 16, 2019 • 77 min
This week we record in person (again) to talk about all the new things Apple and our decision processes for buying new devices.
50: WWDC19 Spectacular
Jun 8, 2019 • 52 min
Join us from the Apple Podcasts Studio at WWDC19 where we discuss the conference, the changes announced for developers, and the results of our WWDC prediction episode.
49: WWDC19 Predictions
May 27, 2019 • 78 min
We discuss our WWDC plans, the new MacBook Pro’s, a Facebook product that Kai and Malin actually like, followed by famous predictions (but not a draft) ahead of WWDC19.
48: Tough Year for Intel
May 20, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode we chat about cross-platform mobile development, AppKit replacements, beta software and Intel ZombieLoad. We end the episode talking about our weekly picks.
47: Google I/O Spectacular
May 13, 2019 • 69 min
Our Google I/O spectacular! Pixel 3a and 3a XL, the importance of accessibility, our thoughts on “free” vs privacy, and a bit about the importance of AI and ML going forward. We also talk a little about the Mark Gurman WWDC rumour report.
46: Clip Show
May 6, 2019 • 65 min
In this weeks episode, we chat about the App Store review process, universal apps, the future of macOS apps, podcast sharing and our weekly picks.
45: News of the Year
Apr 30, 2019 • 80 min
Join us as we discuss what is rumoured to be coming in macOS 10.15, cloud storage, VPNs, 3rd party SDKs and Apple Developer services.
44: The System Failed Me
Apr 23, 2019 • 72 min
It was the week of leaks. Join us as we discuss what is rumoured to be coming in iOS 13.
43: I Can Parse That
Apr 16, 2019 • 91 min
This week we chat about immigration to Canada, breaking up iTunes, Marzipan apps, and we judge each other’s docks.
42: Back to Glorious Days
Apr 9, 2019 • 86 min
This week we discuss accents, our first podcasts, and saying “um” too much. We also re-evaluate the scores from last week’s prediction round, discuss some follow-up about the new AirPods, before getting into tech policy in Australia, and tech regulation…
41: Doomed for Life
Apr 2, 2019 • 113 min
Join us this week to talk about Apple’s March Event, our prediction results, the AirPower cancelation, and new AirPods.
40: What is a Petabyte Dollar?
Mar 24, 2019 • 73 min
Join us this week to talk about Apple’s busy annoucement week, WWDC, an update on our prediction score sheet, Google’s “future of gaming”, and the price of Facebook updates.
39: March Event Prediction Episode
Mar 19, 2019 • 59 min
Join us this week for our special March 2019 “Apple Special Event” prediction (Not A Draft™) episode.
38: NASA Approved Plants
Mar 12, 2019 • 91 min
Kai Coffee, Malin Podcast, and Zach Petty join forces to talk about working environments and home offices, and Zach learns a thing or two about the climate in Vancouver. Our main topic happened to be pondering what the future of ARKit could be, especially…
37: You’re Not Eating Your Code
Mar 5, 2019 • 95 min
This week we’re talking about product focus in tech discussions, Apple ID woes, forming good habits by building streaks, and motivating work environments.
36: Ming-Chi Kuo Edition
Feb 26, 2019 • 86 min
The Ming-Chi Kuo Apple report, 2019 AirPods, Apple “pro” products, iPhone and Ultra-Wide Band connectivity, and foldable phones (or not).
35: I Follow You on Twitter
Feb 19, 2019 • 120 min
Join us this week to discuss dark mode, always-on displays, Apple Watch features, competition in tech, and analytics & privacy.
34: Head of the People
Feb 12, 2019 • 106 min
Join us this week to discuss designing UI & icons, public transport, Apple retail, and Spotify’s push into podcasting.
33: Small Phones, Large Computers
Feb 5, 2019 • 103 min
Join us this week to discuss fancy doorbells, the FaceTime bug, public perception of bugs, the importance of critical feedback, and some more about Apple products we’re expecting in 2019.
32: Music Critic
Jan 29, 2019 • 100 min
Join us this week for Very Good™ follow-up, an update on Malin’s meetup talk preparation, MS Office and the Mac App Store, all things Slack, beta software, our thoughts on the state of Xcode, and electric scooters for city transport.
31: I Had Too Much Fun
Jan 22, 2019 • 99 min
This week we touch on a lot of different topics, starting out with CarPlay followed by talking about critical technologies that sometimes fails us. We then chat about starting meetups, giving technical talks with demos, and our admiration for people who…
30: Sounds Like a March Event
Jan 15, 2019 • 98 min
This week we’re talking about Wallabies, AirPower, Apple’s entire event and product lineup for 2019, and cultural differences in Europe, North America, and Australia.
29: We Are Living in Strange Times
Jan 8, 2019 • 46 min
This week Zach is on a mission and Malin and Kai talk about CES, Apple’s earnings revision, doing meaningful work, and the future.
28: We’re Not the Good Idea Podcast
Jan 1, 2019 • 102 min
Our first episode of the year has us talking about using tech products near and in water, ordering food in North America, fitness routines for the New Year, motivation for working on side projects, and discussion around goal setting and themes.
27: You Actually Meet Santa
Dec 25, 2018 • 113 min
The holiday season is here and we get nostalgic looking at the year that passed. Each of us talks about our favourite iOS and macOS apps of the year and we give a shout-out to all the hardware tech product that we have enjoyed this year. To round the…
26: I Don’t Ask Questions
Dec 18, 2018 • 81 min
We discuss volume control with Apple Watch, Pinecast, Vapor and Vapor Cloud, online programming communities, and Things - a to-do app!
25: Core Backdoor
Dec 11, 2018 • 127 min
App review prompts, Canadian Internet, Kai got a new mouse, and the Apple Watch can finally take ECG readings (if you’re in the U.S.). Our main topics this week are Australia’s Assistance and Access Bill 2018 (RIP encryption), and what makes a good meetup…
24: Moron Levels
Dec 4, 2018 • 93 min
Our main topic is our podcast setup. We talk about the hardware, software, and everything in between that we use to publish each episode of the show!
23: None of It Matters
Nov 27, 2018 • 114 min
Our main topic this week is Twitter - is every Tweet just a shout into the void?
22: Backup Your Family
Nov 20, 2018 • 145 min
Our main topic this week is all about our data backup solutions. We also learn what an “Instagram Menu” is, discuss tipping culture and sales tax, give an exciting emoji update, and talk about do not disturb and how we think it could be improved as a…
21: Don’t Fool Yourself
Nov 13, 2018 • 127 min
Kai has a number of new computers in front of him, we discuss bad Australian Internet, mobile roaming, take a crash course in cricket pitch curation, test our coffee-identification ability, and finally discuss the all-important topic of productivity on…
20: My Week Has Been Tough
Nov 6, 2018 • 122 min
Join us for the final results of our second not-a-draft and discussions about nit-picky iOS 12 and macOS Mojave observations, TV shows, iMac purchase decision making, and our new “The Stuff We Like List Thing” segment.
19: A Dream World of iMacs
Nov 1, 2018 • 110 min
Join us for a discussion about Apple’s October special event. New computers, product marketing vs engineering, Lana Del Rey, swearing on stage, and the all-important result of the draft-not-a-draft!
18: Legit but Brutal
Oct 23, 2018 • 82 min
Join us this week for our predictions ahead of the 2018 Apple October Special Event.
17: Fried Monkey
Oct 16, 2018 • 69 min
This week we talk about cloud storage, Google’s “Made By Google 2018” event, Elon Musk, and some podcast housekeeping.
16: Mixed Feelings About Shortcuts
Oct 10, 2018 • 119 min
This week we talk about our social media habits, and go in-depth on Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12.
15: Are You Sure You’re Not Imagining That?
Oct 4, 2018 • 63 min
Some of us updated to macOS Mojave, Kai’s got a working Apple Watch Series 4, and we talk for a while about “Marzipan” (or project sneak-peak) apps and the future of software on the Mac.
14: Naming Stuff Is Hard
Sep 25, 2018 • 92 min
We’ve all taken delivery of a new Apple Watch, so we discuss that for a while, followed by the first impressions of iPhone XS.
13: I’m Broken
Sep 14, 2018 • 134 min
Apple Special Event (September 12, 2018) post-event discussion.
12: Not a Draft
Sep 11, 2018 • 65 min
Join us ahead of the 2018 September Apple Special Event for our predictions about all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and maybe some other things.
11: Aluminium
Sep 6, 2018 • 66 min
Invites have been sent out for the Apple Event on 12th September (or the 13th if you live on the other side of the world). Join us to discuss the leaked pictures of the iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4.
10: Don’t Talk to Them
Aug 29, 2018 • 130 min
Join us this week to talk about Apple hardware and software delays, a Mastodon 101, and our podcast listening habits.
9: Bar Analogy
Aug 22, 2018 • 75 min
This week begins with some follow-up about Zach’s talk at Cocoaheads. Minimal homework was also completed as we tried Twist and Microsoft Teams. Zach is horrified to learn that Kai and Malin store git repositories in online sync systems, and we speculate…
8: Existential Crisis
Aug 14, 2018 • 138 min
This week’s extremely short show begins with Zach having realised it’s likely that the iPhone will again grow in 2018, and then we move into an exploration of different podcast clients. Our main topics this week are talking at meetups and conferences,…
7: Mars Event
Aug 12, 2018 • 53 min
We’ve got a few mini-topics this week - an emoji update, a story about f.lux, and Google Docs autocorrect. We’ve got two main topics: our expectations for Apple’s September event, followed by a discussion about the removal of the App Store affiliate…
6: I Call It Homework
Aug 3, 2018 • 54 min
Kai has finally installed the iOS 12 beta, the new MacBook Pros no longer throttles under load, Atlassian and Slack are sitting in a tree, and apparantly Kai likes lists.
5: I Don’t Think It’s Cheating the System
Jul 30, 2018 • 55 min
This week we talk about everything from buying a new Mac, to what cloud storage to use, a whole bunch about emoji, Apple Watch move streaks, and finally MacBook Pro thermal throttling.
4: App Store 10th Anniversary
Jul 27, 2018 • 53 min
Join us this week to talk about the newly announced 2018 update to the MacBook Pro line, as well as discussion about the 10th anniversary of the App Store.
3: Home Automation
Jul 26, 2018 • 44 min
Today’s main “So” is Home Automation. Zach just got some Phillips Hue bulbs, but Malin and Kai are already home automation experts. A brief detour is taken to discuss the Australian launch of Amazon Prime, followed by a comparison of smart home speakers…
2: iOS 12 & watchOS 5 betas
Jul 25, 2018 • 27 min
Join us this week to talk about the iOS 12 and watchOS 5 betas.
1: We’re Making a Podcast
Jul 20, 2018 • 36 min
This is the first episode of So Cast. We’re in the Apple Podcast Studio at WWDC 2018 and talk about podcasting & our WWDC experience.