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19: SwiftUI and Native Apps with Steve Streza
Aug 21 • 138 min
Episode 19: SwiftUI and Native Apps with Steve Streza Well, I do declare. For our nineteenth regular show, we are joined by special guest Steve Streza to to take a developer’s eye look at SwiftUI. We talk about Apple Q3 results, is Siri listening?…
Macinography 1: The Mac LC II
Aug 14 • 21 min
Join us for the first episode of Macinography, where we take an in-depth look at the Macintosh LC II, a popular early nineties Mac that found its way into schools across the globe. Featuring an Apple IIe emulation option and a cute pizza box design,…
18: The Apple II Family
Aug 7 • 118 min
Episode 18: The Apple II Family Integrating the Woz Machine For our eighteenth regular show, we have fire up the wayback machine again for a look back to where it all arguably started: the Apple II family. We talk about the recent changes to the…
17: Apple Watch for Health and Fitness with Ian Blackburn
Jul 24 • 107 min
Episode 17: Apple Watch for Health and Fitness w/ Ian Blackburn Watch what happens next! For our seventeenth regular show, we have another very special guest with us! Apple WAthc Triathlete Ian Blackburn joins us to take a deep dive into all aspects…
16: The New HomeKit Workshop with Clark Goble
Jul 10 • 113 min
Episode 16: The New HomeKit Workshop Hey Shmorby, do me a favor—open the door, and let ‘em in. For our sixteenth regular show, we have a major new development—a special guest! Ars forums user ClarkGoble joins us as our first-ever guest host on the…
15: WWDC In-Depth Postmortem
Jun 26 • 78 min
Episode 15: WWDC In-Depth Postmortem We do the same thing we do every year, Pinky—Try to take over the Worldwide Developer Conference! For our fifteenth regular show, we forego the usual order of things and take a look at all the things we saw at…
14: Pirates of Silicon Valley, Twenty Years Later
Jun 12 • 109 min
Episode 14: Pirates of Silicon Valley, 20 Years Later Everybody Wants to Rule the World For our fourteenth regular show, we bask in the post-WWDC hangover with a couple of mini-reviews. Dan takes a look at the SteamLink app and compares it to the…
Bonus Episode 2: WWDC 2019 Keynote Special
Jun 5 • 117 min
Bonus Episode 2: WWDC 2019 Keynote Special It’s Dubba Dubba Dee Cee Time! For this special edition of the Icon Garden, we spend some time discussing and pontificating on the 2019 WWDC Keynote presentation held on June 3, 2019. We talk about the…
13: A Head in the Clouds
May 29 • 135 min
Episode 13: A Head in the Clouds Cloud goes up, cloud goes down. For our thirteenth regular show, we take a look at the highlights of the fortnightly news, starting off as all good podcasts do, with news of the EU starting an Apple/Spotify probe, BMW…
12: I Tune, You Tune, We All Tune For iTunes
May 15 • 132 min
Episode 12: I Tune, You Tune, We All Tune for iTunes They just don’t write ‘em like that anymore. For our twelfth regular show, first we look back at the news of the fortnight, including Apples second quarter earnings report, iOS 13 and MacOS…
11: The First iPhone
May 1 • 112 min
Episode 11: The First iPhone My phone is so smart, S-M-R-T For our eleventh regular show, first we look back at the news of the fortnight, including Netflix shenanigans on iOS with Airplay, new iMac performance, potential Apple Store overreach in…
10: Visiting the Fruit Stand
Apr 17 • 143 min
For our tenth regular show, first we look back at the news of the fortnight, including preliminary reports that the Apple Card will not support joint accounts, new OS versions: iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, WatchOS 5.2, and MacOS 10.14.4, the departure of chip arc
9: What’s Eating the Mac Pro?
Apr 3 • 89 min
For our ninth regular show, first we look back at an exciting fortnight, including the escalating spat between Apple and Spotify, a date has been set for WWDC, and more. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we take a deep dive into the IKEA Tradfri lighting system…
Bonus Episode 1: “It’s Show Time” Media Event
Mar 27 • 110 min
For this special edition of the Icon Garden, we spend some time discussing and pontificating on the Apple Services Event held on March 25, 2019. We talk about the product launches that occurred leading up the the event and talk about the announcements…
8: Peripheral Paraphernalia
Mar 20 • 126 min
For our eighth regular show, first we look at a few items of Apple news, including the annual Apple shareholder meeting. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we talk about the cornerstone of most HomeKit setups and dig into all things lights. In our main topic, we…
7: Clone High
Mar 6 • 100 min
Apple news, including an Apple event scheduled for March 25, the ongoing enterprise certificate kerfluffle, and more. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we talk about a promising hire at Apple, and dig into garage door openers as a segue into the world of…
6: That New Mac Smell
Feb 20 • 88 min
For our sixth regular show, first we look at a few items of Apple news, including crazy FaceTime bugs, privacy shenanigans from Facebook and Google, Apple Q1 results, and more. In the HomeKit Chronicles, we take a look at baby cameras, and HomeKit cameras…
5: Revisiting The Mac Game Hall of Fame
Feb 6 • 102 min
For our fifth regular show, first we look at a few items of Apple news, HomeKit updates form CES, and iTunes and Airplay coming soon to a TV near you. We then begin a new segment on the “HomeKit Chronicles” and in our main topic we fire up the way-back…
4: Driving with CarPlay
Jan 23 • 116 min
For our fourth regular show, first we look at a few items of Apple news, including bent iPad Pro (iPads Pro?) and the end of in-app subscriptions for Netflix on iOS. Then we go for a virtual road trip as we take an in-depth look at CarPlay, as implemented…
3: The 2018 iPad Pro
Jan 9 • 105 min
For our third regular show, first we look at a few items of Apple news, including new servers and a major campus upgrade in Austin. Then we take an in-depth look at the 2018 iPad Pro, its ecosystem and accessories, talk a lot about whether USB-C is the…
2: The Evolution of the PowerBook
Dec 26, 2018 • 105 min
For our second regular show, we break out the Icon Garden Time Machine and take a trip back to the bygone days of 1991, as we take a semi-exhaustive retrospective look at the history of the PowerBook line of Apple laptops, the groundbreaking line that…
1: The 2018 Mac Mini. Is it the xMac? Does it do xMac things?? Let’s find out!
Dec 10, 2018 • 80 min
For our first regular show, we come out of the gate strong and tackle the not-at-all controversial topic of the fabled xMac. Specifically, what is the xMac and does the new 2018 make a case for itself as a contender in the xMac challenge.
0: Welcome to the Garden
Dec 5, 2018 • 62 min
Welcome to Episode Zero of the Icon Garden, in which we discuss the history of the Garden, look back at our history in the Mac Ach, look even further back at our history with technology and Apple in particular, and offer a preview of things to come.