The Committed: A Fortnightly Tech Podcast

The Committed: A Fortnightly Tech Podcast
A weekly tech podcast covering a wide variety of topics, including personal productivity, media, and consumer technology. Hosted by Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths, and Kirk McElhearn.

271: “The Smoking Jacket of Computing Devices”
Feb 5 • 50 min
Kirk and Ian talk about Sonos, Apple’s Average Sale Price (ASP) and how it has and will continue to change. Then we talk about how the iPad has (and hasn’t) changed the computing world since it was introduced ten years ago.
270: “Insert Title Here”
Jan 24 • 53 min
We talk about productivity hacks, “Disliking” Apple Music, Sonos’s decision to EOL certain models, and then talk about backup strategies and tactics.
269: “This is Going to Go in the Shredder”
Jan 10 • 51 min
In our first episode of 2020, we talk about HomePod vs. Sonos, modding your AirPods Pro, and the current firehose of episodic content available.
268: “It’s Just a Click”
Dec 19, 2019 • 65 min
In the final episode of 2019, we talk about Apple News+, AirPods Pro availability, a new standard for smart devices, and Rob’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Then we take a look at significant releases of 2019, what we’re going to do to improve ourselves…
267: “Previously Damp”
Dec 8, 2019 • 47 min
We talk about chains of trust, whether or not Apple actually believes the iPad Pro will replace your PC, and Apple’s apparently new strategy for testing prerelease software. Then we do our annual holiday gift guide!
266: “It’s Slappy”
Nov 20, 2019 • 59 min
We cover a wide variety this time… New MacBook Pro, Google’s creepy Project Nightingale, Apple Music Replay, AirPods Pro, and Yacht Rock. Then Ian and Kirk lament the lack of “One Information Repository that Rules them All” while Rob ignores us.
265: “Where’s the Car?”
Nov 6, 2019 • 53 min
We talk about the problems with Electron apps, Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, how Mac portable keyboards suck, and the Apple TV app on Amazon Fire TV products. We then discuss Apple’s success in non-computer products.
264: “Gather ‘Round the Fire”
Oct 24, 2019 • 52 min
We talk about Kirk’s new book and how to navigate the changes between iTunes and the new uni-task apps in macOS Catalina.
263: “I Wasn’t Aware of an Actual Fiasco”
Oct 10, 2019 • 50 min
262: “Front Pocket Wallet Guy”
Sep 25, 2019 • 57 min
We cover our favorite (and most irksome) features of the iPhone 11, iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and the new Apple Watch.
261: “Boom. Sandwich.”
Sep 11, 2019 • 47 min
We cover the new products Apple announced in this week’s special event.
260: “It’s the Hotel California of Audio”
Aug 28, 2019 • 52 min
We talk about Apple Card, audio inputs on Macs, music listening, and then we dive deep into Kirk’s recent coverage of the HomePod.
259: “I’m the Mayor of Joe’s House Now”
Aug 15, 2019 • 51 min
We talk about the last Blockbuster, the Apple Card, AppleCare, cryptography, the new Kindle Oasis, and back to school time for Rob and Ian.
258: “How Many Billions”
Aug 1, 2019 • 39 min
We talk about Apple’s earnings, software pricing structures, and a selective history of macOS/Mac OS X/OS X releases.
257: “We Cannot Be a Two-Phone Species”
Jul 17, 2019 • 43 min
With summer in full swing, we talk about ways to declutter physical and digital spaces to increase productivity. But first, we talk about the App Store, MacBooks, Zoom, and tiny iPhones.
256: “Exacerbation of International Unhappiness”
Jul 4, 2019 • 41 min
We talk about the iPhone SE, GoodNotes going Catalyst, and the departure of Jony Ive from Apple.
255: “Doing the Crazy Eddy Thing”
Jun 19, 2019 • 42 min
Returning to our fortnightly summer schedule, we talk about iTunes, the new Kindle Oasis, Dropbox’s new enterprise focus, and some thoughts on iPadOS.
254: “Everything’s a Beta”
Jun 4, 2019 • 15 min
We talk about the wide variety of announcements from WWDC 2019, including iPadOS, the Mac Pro, and get Kirk’s take on iTunes.
253: “Marzipan Mouth Feel”
May 29, 2019 • 43 min
We continue our Road to WWDC series, this time allowing Rob to get really spun up to complain about Touch Bar, Marzipan, and anything else in his way.
252: “A Really Nice-Looking QR Code”
May 15, 2019 • 40 min
We talk about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow class-action lawsuits against Apple’s App Store business practices, iPhone upgrades, and what we’d like to see in an Apple “concierge” at retail.
251: “Now With 20% Fewer Features”
May 8, 2019 • 45 min
We talk about CarPlay and the Apple Watch, ripping CDs and vinyl, MDM and VPN, and the fire and fury of multiple displays.
250: “Imagine if Fredo Had a Cell Phone”
May 2, 2019 • 53 min
In addition to continuing our Road to WWDC discussion, we talk about Apple Pay, 5Ge, MDM and VPN for family monitoring, Apple News+, and folding Macs??
249: “It Won’t Be Me”
Apr 24, 2019 • 54 min
In the run-up to WWDC, we talk about things we’d like to see in iOS and macOS. But first, we talk folding phones, traveling with a MacBook, and dark mode.
248: “Bathrob-y at the Top”
Apr 10, 2019 • 51 min
We talk about swollen Apple Watch batteries, Apple’s services strategy and branding, the HomePod, troubles using Google accounts in macOS Mail after the 10.14.4 update, and more.
247: “Burn my Pants Pocket”
Apr 3, 2019 • 53 min
We talk about Apple News+, the new AirPod wireless charging case, the new iPad mini 5, and the new iMacs.
246: “A Billion Pockets”
Mar 25, 2019 • 46 min
We cover select items from this week’s Apple Media Event.
245: “A Picture of Words”
Mar 13, 2019 • 45 min
We talk about note taking on the iPad in Apple Books, the stealth new feature in Mail Drop for OmniFocus, sleep tracking with the Apple Watch, and the upcoming Apple Event.
244: “Let-Me-Just Syndrome”
Mar 7, 2019 • 52 min
We talk about Apple Watch sales, then launch into a conversation about digital vs. analog, specifically related to doing tasks for work and life.
243: “I’ve Turned Off Lots of Settings”
Feb 27, 2019 • 52 min
We cover a variety of news items, including iOS 12 adoption numbers, Goldman Sachs’s rumored relationship with Apple, Amazon counterfeiting, and apps that send your data to Facebook.
242: “Stockholm Syndroming”
Feb 20, 2019 • 51 min
We cover a variety of topics, including Amazon’s Eero purchase, the rumored upcoming Apple News event, the “Marzipanning” of macOS, and the fact that it’s been five years since the last Macworld Expo.
241: “We Don’t Know Anything”
Feb 6, 2019 • 43 min
We talk about the continued misunderstanding of what the iPad is, and how that misunderstanding is often fueled by Apple’s messaging, then we talk about selling iPhone on eBay, the iPhone XR, Facebook’s hot water situation with Apple, and Angela…
240: “A Metric Lot”
Jan 30, 2019 • 54 min
In an all-news episode, we talk Mojave’s Dark Mode, minimal iPhone home screens, the Mac Pro, the FaceTime bug, Apple’s Q1 results, and a lot of other stuff.
239: “All in on Dark Mode”
Jan 22, 2019 • 49 min
Ian welcomes Jeff Porten back to the show to discuss the role CES has in the tech world, and how it compares to the old days of Macworld Expo.
238: “Mastering Knife Kills”
Jan 17, 2019 • 44 min
We talk about the iPhone Smart Battery Cases, then launch into a discussion about changing up the tools and methods we use to get things done.
237: “It’s All About the Lens”
Jan 9, 2019 • 38 min
We cover the news that Apple services will be available on non-Apple devices, including TVs from the major manufacturers, the kerfuffle of bending iPads, and what we hope to see from Apple in 2019.
236: “Kinda Like a Sorting Hat”
Dec 20, 2018 • 42 min
In our final show of 2018, we talk about Kirk’s new car, Apple Maps, the death of Apple Connect, and Mac App Store analytics before briefly touching on several remarkable tech topics of the year.
235: “Universal Reversible”
Dec 5, 2018 • 38 min
We talk briefly about subscription models for software and universal Lightning/Micro USB cables, then cover a small selection of frustratingly non-intuitive features in iOS and macOS.
234: “Holiday Gift Guide”
Nov 29, 2018 • 44 min
We run through our favorite gifts from geeks like us to normal, everyday, well-adjusted human beings.
233: “MacBook iPad Air Pro”
Nov 8, 2018 • 52 min
We talk about Apple’s earnings as well as their technologies that are running out of time, then we quickly cover the new iPad Pro and MacBook Air.
232: “Norman F-ing Rockwell”
Oct 30, 2018 • 40 min
We cover today’s Apple Event, including MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro announcements.
231: “This Mall Has Everything!”
Oct 25, 2018 • 48 min
We talk about the ever-annoying “Do Not Disturb” warning in iOS, the iPhone XS Max, and Apple Stores. We then talk about what we’d like to see out of next week’s Apple Event.
230: “Slumming”
Oct 17, 2018 • 48 min
We talk about bagel emoji, Photoshop on the iPad, and a collection of tips from our own Kirk McElhearn.
229: “Two Hundred Words to Say No”
Oct 10, 2018 • 45 min
We talk iCloud- and iTunes-based iOS backups, Apple Watch faces, and some current headlines related to security and privacy.
228: “The Marzipan Wars”
Oct 6, 2018 • 57 min
We talk about Apple Watch Series 4 complications, then launch into a discussion about Mojave and its oddities with permissions. Then we devolve into a global thermonuclear war about Marzipan apps on macOS.
227: “Mind the Horns”
Sep 26, 2018 • 42 min
We talk about our first impressions with the iPhone XS and the Apple Watch Series 4, including how Ian’s wearing the Sport Loop wrong.
226: “It’s Not a Collector’s Item if You Can Buy it Refurbished”
Sep 19, 2018 • 48 min
We talk about the good, the bad, and the horribly terrible features in iOS 12.
225: “Tennis Match is the New Aluminium”
Sep 15, 2018 • 42 min
We cover the new announcements from Apple’s September event, as Rob gloats about how much money the notch is saving him.
224: “There’s Too Much Invested in Bands”
Sep 5, 2018 • 50 min
On the eve of the September 12 Apple event, we talk about stories that have captured our interest over the summer. Oh, and we return to a weekly schedule.
223: “It’s Chicken-S”
Aug 22, 2018 • 55 min
In the run-up to the fall Apple event, we talk about what we’d like to see, what we’re still waiting to see, and what we probably won’t see.
222: “Just Read”
Aug 9, 2018 • 60 min
The summer is half over, unbelievably. We talk about how, what, and why we’re reading this summer.
221: “Sit and Do Nothing!”
Jul 25, 2018 • 77 min
Ian welcomes Jeff Porten back to the show for a special one-on-one discussion about productivity tools and methodology.
220: “Five Days of Wassailing”
Jul 12, 2018 • 68 min
We welcome Jeff Porten to the show to talk about his new book, Take Control of Your Productivity.
219: “A Tale of Two Nerds”
Jun 28, 2018 • 42 min
We talk about iOS and macOS public betas, and lament the dearth of new Mac hardware.
218: “Microsoft 366”
Jun 14, 2018 • 63 min
We welcome Jeff Carlson back to the show to talk about his new podcast with our own Kirk McElhearn: The PhotoActive Podcast!
217: “One Watt Too Weak”
Jun 6, 2018 • 41 min
We cover our favorite announcements of WWDC 2018, round robin-style!
216: “The Apple School of Tiering”
Jun 2, 2018 • 47 min
We cover a buffet of topics, including iOS 11.4, AirPlay 2, the Apple Watch update trick, smart door locks, and Apple data dumps.
215: “Back to my List”
May 23, 2018 • 45 min
We explore a different way of moving icons around on an iPad in iOS 11, then we talk about things we’d like to see from Apple at WWDC 2018 in a couple of weeks.
214: “One Big Qi Charger”
May 15, 2018 • 45 min
We talk a bit more about the iMac’s 20th anniversary, then talk a lot about CarPlay’s past, present, and future.
213: “If it’s Over 80, I Don’t Wear Pants”
May 8, 2018 • 41 min
We talk about the 20th anniversary of the iMac: Where it came from, what it meant, and what it’s become.
212: “Wi-Fi the Whole Time”
May 2, 2018 • 47 min
We talk about Apple Watch updates, Kindle Whispersync with Audible, DirecTV NOW, and the coming demise of support for 32-bit apps on macOS.
211: “Hard Core Calendaring”
Apr 24, 2018 • 41 min
We talk about Amazon’s announcement of reaching 100 million Prime members, then launch into a discussion about whether or not the Apple Watch should be its own “island” or continue to be an iPhone accessory.
210: “Life’s a Spreadsheet”
Apr 18, 2018 • 62 min
We welcome Adam Engst back to the show to talk about the recent redesign of TidBITS.
209: “It’s a Hobby”
Apr 3, 2018 • 43 min
We cover business card scanning, MDM possibilities, and Apple’s rumored move to in-house chips. We also cover Apple’s new education-focused products and services.
208: “iMac mini”
Mar 20, 2018 • 42 min
We talk about Texture, Zinio, Readly, and Magzter and how they differ and how we think Apple can help solve the problem of getting access to niche magazines. Ian also fixed his iMac and iPhone, with little-known troubleshooting techniques for both iOS and…
207: “You Save on the Second Person”
Mar 13, 2018 • 38 min
We talk about Apple’s acquisition of Texture, Adobe tech support, Ian’s phishing problem, and then conclude our discussion of the road ahead for 2018 and Apple. LINKS Apple is buying Texture, the digital magazine distributor rbdigital Apple Music hits 38…
206: “That All the Robs Hate”
Mar 6, 2018
We talk a bit about how we listen to music vs. how we used to, and how Apple Music and the HomePod change that. Then we start a discussion about where some of Apple’s main product categories can go.
205: “Music Sommelier”
Feb 20, 2018 • 42 min
We talk about iCloud Drive Desktop & Documents synching, then discuss our further impressions of the HomePod, including sound variances. And of course, we discuss the “ring” issue.
204: “Don’t Squeeze it too Hard, or You’ll Need AppleCare”
Feb 13, 2018 • 52 min
We jump right into talking about our experiences with the HomePod: what we like, what we don’t like, and what we don’t understand.
203: “Those Big Chunky Watches”
Feb 7, 2018 • 47 min
We talk about Apple Music’s current subscriber numbers, the concept of an “Apple Prime” bundle of services, then dive into some of the Apple Q1 2018 earnings results.
202: “50,000 Feet is Not Where Airplanes Fly”
Jan 30, 2018 • 44 min
We talk about the HomePod, the Sonos One, iOS 11.3, and then launch into a discussion of device sleep, Power Nap, and how all of it frustrates us.
201: “Everything’s by the Sink”
Jan 23, 2018 • 38 min
We discuss listener feedback about Amazon Alexa usage, the HomePod’s impending release, the iPhone X, Ian’s T-Mobile customer service experience, and Def Leppard.
200: “You’ll Go Feral”
Jan 16, 2018 • 49 min
We celebrate 200 episodes of our little podcast by talking about 5th anniversary of the death of Macworld Expo and the 10th anniversary of the birth of both the MacBook Air and the iOS App Store. We also talk about connected home speakers and try to make…
199: “I’m Still Writing 199 On All My Checks”
Jan 9, 2018 • 49 min
We talk about the demise of Transmit iOS, the affect social media and smartphones have on our brains, and the current state of the Kindle ecosystem.
198: “I’m Not a Big Enough Fan of Anything”
Jan 3, 2018 • 44 min
We kick off 2018 with a discussion of Apple’s iPhone battery controversy, then go on a bit of a tangent talking about sports (yikes!), and then probably make our British listeners hurt themselves while shaking their heads.
197: “It Sounds Bad Because It’s KISS”
Dec 19, 2017 • 42 min
In the final episode of 2017, we talk about music videos, the iMac Pro as a “halo” product, and the fundamental problem with the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.
196: “Not Your Family’s iMac”
Dec 12, 2017 • 43 min
We discuss Apple’s acquisition of Shazam and what that can mean for the service. Then we talk about Apple’s new iMac Pro and who we think it’s for.
195: “System Preferences U2 Album”
Dec 6, 2017 • 48 min
We discuss Apple’s recent software bugs and botched updates. Again.
194: “Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Free Range Eggs Edition”
Nov 29, 2017 • 32 min
It’s time for our annual gift guide, and we continue the tradition of picking items in a variety of price categories: Under $20, $20 to $100, and Over $100.
193: “Thankful”
Nov 21, 2017 • 38 min
We discuss things in technology we’re thankful for, including some great Thanksgiving-table arguments.
192: “The Phone in Craig’s House”
Nov 14, 2017 • 43 min
We talk about fixing odd Apple Music problems using methods that just weren’t possible a couple of years go, then discuss Ian’s experiences with the iPhone X.
191: “Who Moved My Qi?”
Nov 1, 2017 • 47 min
We talk about activating an Apple Watch Series 3, cheap data plans for iPads, Dropbox Professional with Smart Sync, Amazon One-Day pickup, and the new (to us) world of Qi charging pads.
190: “All it Did Was Hide My Movies”
Oct 26, 2017 • 43 min
We talk about sharing Apple IDs, the new Kindle Oasis, the iPhone Upgrade Program (and how it lets you jump the line for the iPhone X), then launch into a discussion about Apple’s entrance into digital video. Then we talk about the unexplained phenomenon…
189: “Firm Air Quotes”
Oct 17, 2017 • 44 min
We talk about the ho-hum nature of macOS High Sierra, then spend some time covering the changes in the Photos app, including Rob’s migration from iPhoto and its similarities to the dead and lamented Aperture. This episode is brought to you by Econ…
188: “The End of the Fork”
Oct 11, 2017 • 44 min
Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza
187: “Be Kind, Rewind”
Oct 3, 2017 • 50 min
We welcome Peter Cohen back to the show to talk about old technology (and how long you should reasonably expect it to keep working, the Apple TV 4K, the criticism of Apple’s design decisions, and the Apple Watch Series 3. This episode is brought to you by…
186: “The Soap Opera Effect”
Sep 27, 2017 • 45 min
We talk about Exchange support in iOS 11, the shortcomings of the Files app, the Apple TV 4K, and the iPhone 8 Plus.
185: “Gravity Will Just Pull Harder”
Sep 21, 2017 • 43 min
We talk about the societal dangers with Face ID, then run through significant new features in iOS 11.
184: “Full Dalrymple in a Day”
Sep 12, 2017 • 49 min
On the heels of the Apple Special event, we talk Apple TV 4K, Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8, and the iPhone X.
183: “I Can’t Click Buttons”
Sep 5, 2017 • 35 min
We cover Ian’s inability to properly administer SSL certificates, APFS in High Sierra, Microsoft’s support, and why tech support should be considered the best marketing efforts you can do.
182: “I Welcome Our APFS Overlords”
Aug 30, 2017 • 34 min
We talk briefly about Apple’s new APFS file system, then talk about iOS 11’s new features and how they take the iPad to a new level for pro users.
181: “Fetishizing Vinyl”
Aug 23, 2017 • 50 min
Kirk and Ian talk about 2-factor authentication in Amazon, the Like/Dislike features in Apple News and Apple Music, then explore Ian’s recent fascination with vinyl records.
180: “All the Places”
Aug 8, 2017 • 41 min
We welcome Chris Field from Yoti to the show to talk about an new way to authenticate that seriously has the potential to disrupt the “convenience/security” balancing act.
179: “High Tea Requires High-Quality Biscuits”
Jul 25, 2017 • 48 min
We cover an update to the Circle Go service, the new Rock x Siri Apple ad, subscription pricing for apps, and the looming death of Flash Professional.
178: “That’s a Head”
Jul 18, 2017 • 48 min
We discuss the black magic behind the Circle Go service, the mess that’s been made by two-factor authentication, and the potential cause of Ian’s wonky iPhone home button. We also lament how trashy Amazon’s Prime Day has become.
177: “Password Masters”
Jul 12, 2017 • 46 min
Rob and Ian discuss photo exporting, native Apple features like Reading List, and the lack of general security with the SMS protocol.
176: “Camera Hernia”
Jun 27, 2017 • 59 min
We talk about photo management, then reminisce about the 10-year history of the iPhone, and where mobile computing might be ten years from now.
175: “She Can’t Have Nice Things”
Jun 20, 2017 • 49 min
We talk briefly about photography again, then give our impressions of the new 12.9” and 10.5” iPad and which one Ian thinks is the best one for the market (hint: it’s not the one you think). We then open a broad discussion about Apple repair options.
174: “This Guy Named Ansel”
Jun 12, 2017 • 58 min
After some post-WWDC followup, we talk about the new iPad Pro models, then launch into a discussion about photography and the current state of tools and techniques.
173: “WWDC Extended Edition”
Jun 5, 2017 • 54 min
In the wake of the 2017 WWDC keynote, we cover a small collection of announcements.
172: “There Are Things Wolverine Does With His Claws”
May 31, 2017 • 55 min
We welcome Dan Moren to the show to talk about the process of creating his novel, The Caledonian Gambit.