Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie

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Daily news analysis and insight into the cultural and personal impact of Apple and related technologies, with weekly bonus reviews and deep-dives into the products and stories that matter most.


New iMac (2020) Review — 24 hrs!
Aug 7 • 19 min
The first 1000 of you who go to https://skl.sh/reneritchie0820 will get 2 months of Skillshare Premium for free! The new 27-inch iMac (2020) is here — 10-core Comet Lake with Radeon Pro 5700XT and T2 — and I’ve spent the last 24-hours hammering on it.…
macOS Big Sur Preview — Public Beta!
Aug 6 • 20 min
The first 1000 of you who go to http://skl.sh/reneritchie2 will get 2 months of Skillshare Premium for free! macOS Big Sur has just gone into Public Beta. So, if you’re considering a test-drive before the general release later this fall, then wow but is…
New iMac (2020) is Here!
Aug 4 • 13 min
The first 1000 of you who go to http://skl.sh/reneritchie2 will get 2 months of Skillshare Premium for free! The new iMac (2020) is here and I’m going to react to it live-to-camera!
iPhone 12 — The 5G Mess!
Aug 3 • 12 min
The first 1000 of you who go to http://skl.sh/reneritchie2 will get 2 months of Skillshare Premium for free! Rumor has it the upcoming iPhone 12 will finally — markdown double asterisk finally — have 5G radios. Sub 6, maybe even Sub 9 on the mini and…
iPhone SE Now vs iPhone 12 ‘mini’ Later — FIGHT!
Jul 31 • 11 min
Get a 15-day free trial for unlimited backup at Backblaze! http://backblaze.com/reneritchie If you need a new iPhone now, should you get the iPhone SE right now, or should you try and hold out for the rumored smaller iPhone 12 coming later this fall? And……
Why YouTube is Still Broken on iOS 14
Jul 29 • 12 min
Go to https://www.brilliant.org/reneritchie and sign up for FREE. The first 200 of you will also get 20% your annual Brilliant subscription! Last week, I made a video about 4K YouTube finally coming to the Apple TV… and the iPhone and iPad as well. Kinda.…
iPhone 12 — Qualcomm 5G?!
Jul 28 • 12 min
Get a 15-day free trial for unlimited backup at Backblaze! http://backblaze.com/reneritchie The lawsuits are over. The drama has ended. It’s 2020 and Apple and Qualcomm have finally buried their legal hatchets — at least enough to work together on…
Apple Silicon MacBook Air — The Ultimate Ultra-light?!
Jul 27 • 10 min
Get a 15-day free trial for unlimited backup at Backblaze! http://backblaze.com/reneritchie The first Apple Silicon Mac system will be coming this year. And… while it may or may not be a new 12-inch MacBook Air… I kinda all shades of want it to be a new…
iPad Pro 5 — Mini-LED & More!
Jul 24 • 11 min
Go to https://www.brilliant.org/reneritchie and sign up for FREE. The first 200 of you will also get 20% your annual Brilliant subscription! With the next-generation iPad Air rumored to be getting the same design and even display as the iPad Pro… Just…
4K YouTube on Apple TV! — But iPhone and iPad?!
Jul 22 • 10 min
Go to https://www.brilliant.org/reneritchie and sign up for FREE. The first 200 of you will also get 20% your annual Brilliant subscription! The feud is over. The codec war… has ended. It’s 2020 and me, you, we — all of us! — can finally watch 4K YouTube…
iPhone 12 — No 120Hz High Refresh Rate?
Jul 21 • 12 min
Go to https://www.brilliant.org/reneritchie and sign up for FREE. The first 200 of you will also get 20% your annual Brilliant subscription! Some tech nerds in some comment sections just keep saying if Apple doesn’t bring a high refresh display to the…
Intel Mac — Why Apple is Still Making Them
Jul 20 • 9 min
Get a FREE month of CuriosityStream *and* Nebula (my streaming platform) by going to https://curiositystream.com/reneritchie/ and using the code “reneritchie” when you sign up! At the exact same time Tim Cook announced that the first Apple Silicon Mac…
Why Apple Silicon Will Make Better Macs
Jul 17 • 18 min
Get a FREE month of CuriosityStream *and* Nebula (my streaming platform) by going to https://curiositystream.com/reneritchie/ and using the code “reneritchie” when you sign up! When Tim Cook announced the Mac was transitioning from Intel to Apple Silicon,…
Wrong About the Apple Silicon Mac
Jul 15 • 15 min
Get a FREE month of CuriosityStream *and* Nebula (my streaming platform) by going to https://curiositystream.com/reneritchie/ and using the code “reneritchie” when you sign up! Apple isn’t moving the Mac from Intel to ARM. Not exactly. And it isn’t about…
iOS 14 Siri Shortcuts — Explained!
Jul 14 • 11 min
Get a FREE month of CuriosityStream *and* Nebula (my streaming platform) by going to https://curiositystream.com/reneritchie/ and using the code “reneritchie” when you sign up! Siri Shortcuts. One of the biggest, nerdiest, and most awesome updates to iOS…
iPadOS 14 In-Depth Preview — Public Beta!
Jul 13 • 17 min
Lower your monthly phone bill and get a $25 credit at https://rene.ting.com iPadOS14 has just gone into Public Beta. So, if you’re even thinking about giving it a test-drive before it goes into general release this fall, then this video for you.
iPhone 12 — No Lightning?!
Jul 10 • 10 min
Lower your monthly phone bill and get a $25 credit at https://rene.ting.com There are rumors going around — because there are always rumors going around — that Apple is going to kill the Lightning port on the iPhone. Not to replace it with USB-C, no, but…
iOS 14 In-Depth Preview — Public Beta is LIVE!
Jul 9 • 23 min
Lower your monthly phone bill and get a $25 credit at rene.ting.com The iOS14 public beta is live now so if you’re interested in test-driving Apple’s next-generation software for the #iPhone, strap yourself in. Also, I’ll be doing separate previews for…
iPhone 11 Now vs. iPhone 12 Later — FIGHT!
Jul 7 • 9 min
New Store! New Merch! Free month of Nebula! http://standard.tv/reneritchie Should you get an iPhone 11 now or wait and get an iPhone 12 later this year? It’s a fair question, especially if the iPhone12 comes out later than normal this year. Want vs. need.…
Wrong About Touch Screen Macs
Jul 6 • 11 min
Almost two years ago, on the old channel I worked for, I did a video about how Apple could add multitouch to the Mac — the benefits, the costs, the challenges, all of it. Because, in the age of the iPad, for a lot of people, a screen without multitouch…
iOS 14 Widgets for iPhone — Explained!
Jul 3 • 14 min
iOS14 borrows a page from Apple Watch complications to totally reboot widgets on the iPhone, the iPad, even the Mac. James Thomson, the developer behind PCalc, who once shoved an entire calculator into an iOS 8 widget, joins me to discuss how the new…
Intel Mac Now vs. Apple Silicon Mac Later — FIGHT!
Jul 2 • 11 min
So, if you’re in the market for a new #Mac, do you buy now and get the Intel you know, or do you wait and get the #AppleSilicon that’s next?
iPhone 12 — No Charger?!
Jul 1 • 8 min
Rumor has it the #iPhone12 might ship without Apple’s EarPods headphones or AC power adapter. If true, what are the possible cost savings, environmental impact, and potential for a port-less iPhone future?
Apple Talks: iOS 14 & Privacy (WWDC 2020)
Jun 30 • 28 min
Apple’s Cecilia Dantas, from iOS Product Marketing, and Katie Skinner, user privacy software manager (who you may recall from last week’s keynote) join me for some post #WWDC20 chat. We talk #iOS14’s new home screen experience, including widgets and the…
What Apple Didn’t Answer! (WWDC 2020)
Jun 29 • 15 min
Even after 5 videos in 5 days, you still had so many questions, so many about everything Apple announced at WWDC 2020 and about everything they left unsaid. And… that’s just exactly why this channel exists. Here are your #WWDC2020 questions, answered.
MacOS Big Sur — Details & Secrets (WWDC 2020)
Jun 26 • 15 min
macOS Big Sur has a brand new design, updated apps, faster than fast — and tracker blocking — Safari, and the ability to run on the Apple Silicon #Mac! Here’s what Apple announced at #WWDC2020… and more! SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/reneritchie…
watchOS 7 for Apple Watch — HOT TAKE!
Jun 25 • 10 min
watchOS 7 bring sleep tracking, face sharing, dance workouts, hand washing, and more to the #AppleWatch Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5. Here’s what Apple announced at #WWDC2020… and more! SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/reneritchie and sign up…
iPadOS 14 — Details & Secrets (WWDC 2020)
Jun 25 • 11 min
iPadOS14 gives the iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Pro most of what #iOS14 gives the iPhone — and some unique capabilities all its own. Here’s what Apple announced at #WWDC2020… and more! SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/reneritchie and sign up for free.…
Apple Dumps Intel — Explained!
Jun 23 • 17 min
During the #WWDC20 keynote, Tim Cook announced that, just like Apple had previously transitioned the #Mac from PowerPC to Intel processors, they’d now be transitioning it from Intel to Apple silicon. So, while there are still a few more Intel Macs that…
iOS 14 — Details & Secrets (WWDC 2020)
Jun 23 • 11 min
WWDC2020 has kicked off with the first-ever all-online keynote and first up is #iOS14 for iPhone. Here are all the biggest features — not just what they are but how they work! SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/reneritchie and sign up for free. The…
macOS 16 — What the Mac Needs Next!
Jun 18 • 12 min
I’m even more conflicted about the future of #macOS the #Mac than I am the future of the iPad and for almost exactly the opposite reasons. Here’s why… SPONSOR: CuriosityStream Get a free month of both CuriosityStream and Nebula (my streaming platform) by…
Folding iPhone 12 Controversy! (Analysis)
Jun 17 • 9 min
There’ve been rumors about Apple prototyping folding iPhones for almost a decade. I first heard about them around the time of the iPhone 4 or 4s. This week the idea of a folding iPhone is back in the news — and with more than a little controversy. So,…
Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Review: 2 Months Later
Jun 15 • 17 min
Three months ago, alongside the 2020 iPad Pro and cursor support for iPadOS, Apple announced the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro. Two months ago, Apple began shipping it and early reviews were mostly positive. Mostly. For some it was… transformative,…
iPadOS 14 — What the iPad (Pro) Needs Next
Jun 12 • 11 min
I’m… really conflicted when it comes to the future of the iPad. See, part of me wants what everyone on Tech Twitter and Tech YouTube wants: For the iPad, especially the iPad Pro, to gain every feature still missing when compared to the Mac, so that real…
All-New iMac Design — Finally?!
Jun 10 • 9 min
We just got hit by a rumor saying there’ll be a new iMac at WWDC 2020, Apple’s annual world wide developers conference, set to kick off online in just under 2 weeks. Now, while #WWDC is always software focused, there have also been some pretty big…
iOS 14 — What the iPhone Needs Next
Jun 9 • 12 min
WWDC 2020, Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference, is less than two weeks away. And that means our first look at iOS 14, Apple’s next-generation operating system for the iPhone, is also less than two weeks away. There have already been some…
iPhone 12 — Touch ID?!
Jun 8 • 8 min
Back in 2017, Apple deleted Touch ID and replaced it with Face ID. They didn’t keep both. They didn’t add Face ID to Touch ID. They went to the brave new world of biometrics and burned the old one down behind them. But, the ashes had barely even settled…
iPad Air 4 — Going ‘Pro’?
Jun 7 • 10 min
Roll-of-the-dice accurate Mac Otakara dropped some rumor bombs this week about a new 4th generation iPad Air. When you combine them with previous rumors from supply chain exfiltrator extraordinaire, Kuo Ming-Chi, and the sometimes lucid LOvetodream…
iPhone 12 — Deleting the Notch
Jun 5 • 10 min
It’s been three generations and almost as many years, and not only hasn’t the notch gone away, it hasn’t gotten any narrower or shallower. Not one bit. And some people, well, they still hate its breathing guts. If you’re one of them, throw a like down…
How To Protect Your iPhone Privacy and Security
Jun 3 • 6 min
Out of the box, your iPhone tries to strike a balance between security and safety, privacy and convenience. If you have location on, especially for social apps and photos, they can be used to find you and others in case of emergency. But they can also be…
Apple Watch 6 — Biggest Rumors!
Jun 1 • 13 min
Some of the rumors swirling around the next version of #watchOS7 this June or the next #AppleWatch6 this fall — or both! — concern mental health. So, I asked one of the smartest people I know, who also happens to be a licensed psychotherapist, Georgia…
iPhone 12 — Mega Anamorphic Zoom?!
May 30 • 9 min
Rumors are making the rounds that the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 — one of the upcoming iPhones — will finally increase the megapixel count on the camera system to a number greater than 12. With 64 being the flavor of the week. Now, megapixels are all about…
iPad mini 6 — Not Going Pro?
May 28 • 10 min
It may seem like the gap the original iPad mini filled so well has narrowed considerably over the years. I mean, when the mini first launched, the iPhone had just gone 4-inches. But, in short order, Apple went to 4.7 and 5.5-inch Plus displays. Now, 6.5…
Apple Glasses — No Apps?!
May 26 • 10 min
Over the last couple of videos I’ve talked about why Apple would make Glasses, basically a face-mounted computational display — and what could actually get people like you and me to buy a pair. One thing I haven’t talked about yet, though, is the…
Apple Glasses — CONTROVERSY!
May 25 • 11 min
Get access to my first Nebula Original on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for FREE, when you sign up at CuriosityStream.com/reneritchie After a few years and a steady stream of reports, noted supply-chain exfiltrator extraordinaire, Kuo Ming-Chi, updated his,…
iPhone 12 — Why No USB-C?
May 23 • 15 min
Will the upcoming iPhone 12 finally, finally see Apple ditch the Lightning connector like it’s a headphone jack and go all-in on USB-C? Apple started switching the Mac over with the 12-inch MacBook in 2015. They only gave it one port but… but… that one…
iPhone 12 and Apple Glass — But Why?!
May 20 • 11 min
In 2014, Tim Cook introduced the big and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and followed them up with one more thing… the Apple Watch. In 2019, could Tim Cook announce a smaller and bigger iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and follow them up with one more…
iPhone 12 Isn’t Good Enough
May 19 • 11 min
I’ve seen a lot of discussion lately about the iPhone — or just phones in general — being quote-unquote “good enough”. That most of them already do most of the things most of the people need most of the time, and Apple, Samsung, Google, and everyone else…
13” MacBook Pro vs 16” MacBook Pro — FIGHT!
May 18 • 9 min
Just when I thought I was out… You pulled me back in! Yeah, I did pretty much every single MacBook Pro comparison I could think of. Hit subscribe to see them all. But I didn’t do 16-inch vs. 13-inch, because I figured anyone who wanted the 16-inch would…
iPhone 12 ‘ProMotion XDR’ Display — Explained!
May 15 • 11 min
There’s been a ton of chatter about the iPhone 12 lately. That’s thanks to the deluge rumors from the likes of Jon Prosser, Kuo Ming-Chi, Mark Gurman, Max Weinbach, and others. I’ve covered some of it before, so hit subscribe and check it out. But, this…
The TRUTH About Switching from Android to iPhone in 2020
May 14 • 14 min
The era of switching from Android to iPhone is over… But is it though? Apple recently released a new iPhone SE that has all the power of an iPhone 11, a camera that can beat out the iPhone XR, Touch ID, and, yeah, a forehead and chin straight out of 2017,…
13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) Review
May 12 • 21 min
This is Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro. The higher-end version. There are actually two new 13-inch MacBook Pros and, while that might sound confusing, it’s really nothing new. We just tend to forget that Apple has had both lower and higher end models on…
Personal Technology (Feat. Walt Mossberg — FULL)
May 11 • 46 min
Walt Mossberg isn’t just a titan of journalism, he’s every bit as iconic and transformative as many of the products he’s reviewed. From 1991 to 2013, he was the personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Alongside Kara Swisher, Walt also…
iPad Pro vs MacBook Pro — FIGHT!
May 8 • 14 min
This week, Apple announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Last month, Apple announced a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard dock. Sure, there’s a new 16-inch MacBook Pro and an 11-inch iPad Pro, but since this is a comparison I’m sticking with what’s…
Where is Apple Watch for Android… and iPad?
May 7 • 8 min
Apple announced their second quarter, 2020 financial results last week and despite everything else going on right now, they still managed to rake in over $58 billion dollars. What’s more, wearables revenue, which includes Apple Watch, set a quarterly…
WWDC 2020 Apple Event Preview!
May 6 • 10 min
Apple has just announced that their 31st annual, world wide developers conference, WWDC, will kick off — virtually — on Monday, June 22, 2020. And yeah, that’s three weeks later than usual, but what’s usual this year anyway? If you’re not familiar with…
MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro — 13-inch FIGHT!
May 5 • 9 min
Two months ago, Apple launched an updated MacBook Air. This week, Apple launched an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro. Hit subscribe to see my takes on both of them, but one of the questions I got quickest and hardest was this — which one should you get?…
New 13” MacBook Pro (2020) is Here!
May 4 • 8 min
Apple has just launched a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. And, at first glance, it seems a little confusing. But, here’s what you have to understand right up front — There are really two new 13-inch MacBook Pros out now: 🚶‍♀️- A 2-port low-end that’s pretty much…
iPhone & Apple Watch EXTREME (Feat. Ray Zahab — FULL)
May 4 • 33 min
Ray Zahab… is extreme. Explorer-in-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, he’s not content to simply run marathons or ultra-marathons. To bike trails or mountains. No, Ray wants to run and bike continents. Put foot and wheel to the world.…
iPhone 12: The Breakdown
May 1 • 13 min
I’ve done a bunch of videos recently about the iPhone SE. Subscribe and you won’t miss any of them. But there’s another new iPhone coming this year on the exact opposite end of the spectrum. Kinda. I’m talking about the iPhone 12 — or whatever Apple…
The MacBook ARM
Apr 30 • 17 min
It feels like every year now, new rumors pop up about Apple switching the Mac from Intel processors to custom, Apple-made processors based on ARM. The same type of processors that currently run everything from the iPhone to iPad to Apple TV. Now,…
iPhone SE vs. iPhone 8 — The TRUTH!
Apr 28 • 12 min
Apple’s got a brand new iPhone SE and it starts at just $399. I’ve already compared it to the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, because I figured that’s what most potential customers would do. But, a bunch of you asked me to also put the iPhone SE head-to-head…
Editing on the iPad Pro (Feat. iJustine — FULL)
Apr 28 • 42 min
Justine Ezarik — iJustine — and I talk about getting started in this business, how she current works on the iPad, what we still want to see from the iPhone, and tangent — our mutual passion for Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and the incident that got to her to…
WRONG iPhone SE?! (Size & Design)
Apr 25 • 11 min
Apple just released the new iPhone SE. It’s based on the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 platform, home button, Touch ID, and all. And, while that’s fine for many people… for others… not so much. See, some really, really want a return of the original, iconic 4-inch…
Apple Watch Review: 5 Years Later
Apr 24 • 15 min
5 years ago today, I was standing with Jim Dalrymple of the Loop at the Palo Alto Apple Store when the Apple Watch first went on sale. There was a crowd of people at the door, lined up for hours and around the block. Most of them had seen the original…
iPhone SE (2020) Review
Apr 22 • 20 min
Apple has a brand new iPhone for 2020. A $399 U.S. brand new iPhone SE, which is the least expensive we’ve seen since… well, since the original iPhone SE back in 2016. Like the original, it features a classic design, including the Home button and Touch…
iPhone Working From Home Tips — From the Experts
Apr 21 • 13 min
If you’re working from home, either because you always do or right now it’s something you have to do, there’s a huge variety of ways you can use your iPhone to help you get that work done better. And, to help me get this video done better, I asked some of…
iPhone SE vs. iPhone 12 (Feat. Brian Tong — FULL)
Apr 20 • 43 min
For early access to future episodes of this podcast, join https://www.patreon.com/reneritchie or sign up for https://watchnebula.com/reneritchie Brian Tong and I talk about leaving big media jobs and going indie, how to make a living as a YouTuber, the…
iPhone SE vs iPhone XR vs iPhone 11 — FIGHT!
Apr 16 • 12 min
Apple’s got a brand new iPhone SE and it starts at just $399. That’s way less than any of the current flagships, including the iPhone 11 at $699, and even the previous generation iPhone XR at $599. But, as anyone who watches this channel knows, price…
The New iPhone SE is HERE!
Apr 15 • 8 min
The new iPhone SE is here. That’s right. Not iPhone 9. Just iPhone SE, the second generation. New and improved for 2020. It’s replacing the iPhone 8 in Apple’s lineup, though not completely the iPhone 8 Plus yet. And I’m not just going to tell you what it…
iPhone 9 SE but… AirTags!
Apr 14 • 11 min
New iPhones are cool. The iPhone 9 SE is cool, the upcoming iPhone 12: Cool. But sometimes it’s what comes with new iPhones that ends up being really cool. Like the iPhone 7 and AirPods. And… I think it’s about to happen again. With AirTags. SPONSOR:…
MacBook Air (2020) Review: One Month Later
Apr 12 • 16 min
Ian Cutress of AnandTech joins me to talk MacBook Air thermals! The new MacBook Air, an update the the 2018 redesign, got pretty good reviews when it came out a month ago. People liked the new keyboard, the new chipsets, and the lower price. But, there…
New iPhone 12 Home Screen…
Apr 9 • 8 min
Yesterday, I talked about an iPhone 12 diagram supposedly ripped from a leaked internal iOS 14 build. Well, there were also a couple other diagrams leaked as well, one of which shows a new iPhone Home screen. Or, at least that’s how many people ran with…
iPhone 12: The Secret Weapon
Apr 8 • 9 min
Over the last week or so, a diagram has been making its way across the pillars of the social cross — twitter, Insta, blogs, YouTube. It’s purportedly from that internal December iOS 14 build, the one that everyone and their Animal Crossing pals now…
iPhone SE vs. iPhone 9 — and Why?
Apr 7 • 8 min
Last Thursday, Zack Hall from 9to5Mac reported that the long-rumored and widely anticipated next-generation entry-level iPhone would be called the iPhone SE, would come in red, white, and black, with up to 256 GB of storage, and most importantly, the…
iPhone 11 Review: 6 Months Later
Apr 5 • 21 min
The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro were really well-reviewed when they first came out, especially the cameras, battery life, and the lower price on the base model 11. There were some criticisms though. Namely, the lack of faster charging options and…
I’m Rene Ritchie and This… Is My New Channel!
Mar 30 • 2 min
Yeah, new channel. Let me explain: I’m fascinated by Apple. I’ve been covering the company since the launch of the original iPhone, and they’ve come to touch just so many aspects of our culture, our relationships, our lives. They’ve become the lens…