The Mac Observer's Daily Observations

The Mac Observer's Daily Observations

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iOS Update PSAs, John’s Mac Pro
Dec 11 • 28 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss some new features in the latest iOS update, and John’s Mac Pro.
Mac Pro and iMac Pro, Apple Card Bonuses
Dec 10 • 28 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the new bonuses with the Apple Card and Bryan’s impending Mac purchase.
Mail.app Alternates, John’s Future Mac
Dec 9 • 31 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss alternate email apps on macOS and iOS, and John’s Mac Pro successor.
Premier League Streaming, TMO Gift Guides
Dec 6 • 21 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Amazon’s foray into streaming sports, and the latest TMO Holiday Gift Guide.
Apple Tech Transitions, Port-Free Prediction
Dec 5 • 30 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s technology evolution, and the latest in iPhone speculation.
Location Data, Background Mode
Dec 4 • 23 min
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss sending location data to Apple (or not), and John’s new Background Mode.
Apple Awards, Intercontinental Payment Systems
Dec 3 • 27 min
Dave Hamilton and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s 2019 Best Of Awards, and payment systems in the US and UK.
With A Rusty Spork
Dec 2 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest “predictions” about Apple products, and tracking holiday packages.
Apple’s App Behavior, Black Friday Gift Guide
Nov 27 • 21 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s apps behavior vs third party apps, and the Black Friday gift guide.
Apple Arcade, New Holiday Ad
Nov 26 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss cancelling Apple Arcade subscriptions, and Apple’s new holiday ad.
Apple’s Latest Service, Black Friday Deals
Nov 25 • 24 min
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s new Music For Business service and upcoming Black Friday deals.
Apple’s OS Release Approach
Nov 22 • 24 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s recent iOS and macOS releases and improving user experience.
TV+ Features, Morning Show Reviews
Nov 21 • 23 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss streaming interface options, and The Morning Show’s tepid reviews.
Apple’s New Austin Facility, 100cameras and iPhone
Nov 20 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s Austin expansion and 100cameras using iPhones to teach photography.
Dr Mac and the New Logitech Mouse
Nov 19 • 30 min
Bryan Chaffin and Doctor Mac join host Kelly Guimont to discuss their deep abiding love for Logitech mice, including the new MX Master 3.
Apple and Customer Feedback, Holiday Shopping
Nov 18 • 30 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple listening to customer feedback and gearing up for gift-giving season.
Subscriber Numbers, iOS and Security Keys
Nov 15 • 24 min
Charlotte Henry joins Kelly Guimont to discuss subscriber stats for Disney+ vs Apple services, bundles, and iOS using hardware security keys.
Apple’s Research App, Health Studies
Nov 14 • 28 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s new Research app for iOS and the studies announced today.
Hello MacBook Pro
Nov 13 • 23 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the specs and the features of the new MacBook Pro model announced today.
Microsoft Opts in to CCPA, Streaming Services Old & New
Nov 12 • 22 min
Andrew Orr & John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Microsoft following CCPA nationwide, and new vs nostalgic streaming content.
Deirdre O’Brien Interview, Apple and Veterans
Nov 11 • 26 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a new Deirdre O’Brien interview and Apple showcasing apps for Veterans Day.
Spotting Fake News, MacBook Complaints
Nov 8 • 27 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about finding misinformation in your news, and Apple’s laptop situation.
Google Malware Scanners, Apple Family Leave
Nov 7 • 25 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Google announcing better malware scans and Apple’s updated family leave.
Google’s Secure Enclave, Saving Streaming Subscribers
Nov 6 • 26 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Google’s secure enclave, and how streaming services can retain subscribers.
Photoshop for iOS, Apple’s Real Estate Venture
Nov 5 • 24 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Photoshop’s official iOS release and Apple’s new Bay Area real estate venture.
TV+ First Look Reviews
Nov 4 • 25 min
Today John Martellaro, Bryan Chaffin, and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Apple TV+ shows they watched on the weekend.
AirPods Pro, Other True Wireless Earbuds
Nov 1 • 28 min
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Bryan’s new AirPods Pro, and some features of true wireless earbuds.
Earnings Call Observations
Oct 31 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss to discuss what we heard and think we heard on Apple’s earnings call.
iPhone Camera Evolution, The Internet At 50
Oct 30 • 25 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest iPhone camera software and hardware, and the internet at fifty.
Update PSAs, Restaurant Payment Systems
Oct 29 • 25 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss system updates to iPhones and HomePods, and the evolution of payment tech.
Encryption (Stance) Evolution, AirPods Pro
Oct 28 • 27 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss former FBI counsel Jim Baker’s stance on encryption and new AirPods Pro.
Happy Birthday iPod!
Oct 25 • 26 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPod turning 18, and how Apple and its events have changed since 2001.
Subscription Management and Deals
Oct 24 • 25 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss managing subscriptions on macOS, and the future of paid vs free users.
CASE Act, Dolby Vision on Netflix
Oct 23 • 26 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the CASE Act passing the House, and John explains Dolby Vison on Netflix.
AirPods Pro or Airpod Pros?
Oct 22 • 25 min
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss speculation about new AirPods, their features, and earning the “pro” name.
Current Apple = Old Linux, iPad Buying Tips
Oct 21 • 25 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s Linux similarities, and how to decide which iPad to buy.
Apple iOS Releases, macOS Upgrade Warning - TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-18
Oct 18 • 26 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro are back with guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss the seemingly dizzying array of iOS updates Apple has released in the last few weeks. They also talk about the special case needs of macOS Catalina and whether Apple…
FitBit’s Health Play, EU Apple Play Probe - TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-17
Oct 17 • 21 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss FitBit’s efforts to claw back some space from Apple Watch with a heart-monitoring feature. They also discuss the EU’s weird antitrust concern about Apple Pay.
Breaking Up Big Tech, Apple as Media Company
Oct 16 • 29 min
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss breaking up “big tech” companies, and Apple as a media company.
Tencent Update, Catalina with Dr Mac
Oct 15 • 31 min
Charlotte Henry and Bob “Dr Mac” LeVitus join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s statement on Tencent, and Bob’s take on the latest macOS (he literally wrote the book, after all).
Safari Browsing Data, iPhone Present/Future
Oct 14 • 26 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss where Apple is routing browser data, iPhone 11 sales, and the SE 2.
Apple vs China Over Hong Kong
Oct 11 • 26 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s recent decision to pull an app used by Hong Kong protestors.
Mac Memory, Catalina’s Potential
Oct 10 • 27 min
Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the right amount of RAM in a Mac, and Catalina’s place in macOS history.
NYC And Cellebrite, Lightning Cables
Oct 9 • 22 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Cellebrite’s new partnership and other iPhone hacks like Lightning cables.
Credit Where Credit is Due
Oct 8 • 24 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple history and how Tim Cook may or may not be credited with change.
Apple News+ in UK, Bundle Pricing
Oct 7 • 24 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss experiences with News+, Andrew’s cancellation, and Apple offering bundles.
Tim Cook’s Cryptocurrency Comments
Oct 4 • 26 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Tim Cook’s comments about Libra and the IMF’s statement on cryptocurrency.
Tech vs Governments, Siri Learning and Unlearning
Oct 3 • 24 min
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss apps vanishing from App Stores, and how Siri can now use third party apps.
Sign In With Apple, Managing Logins
Oct 2 • 18 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss updates to Sign In With Apple, and how to use and manage those logins.
Today in Data Breaches, “Think Different” Reminiscing
Oct 1 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Zynga breach and look back at the 1997 Think Different ad campaign.
Quick iOS 13 Messages Tips; Beginning Catalina Prep
Sep 30 • 21 min
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss some hints for iMessage in iOS 13, and we start talking Catalina prep.
Apple Films in Theaters, iPhone Adoration
Sep 27 • 27 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a security PSA, Apple content in theaters, and Charlotte’s iOS conversion.
Corporations vs Governments, Always-On Watch Display
Sep 26 • 27 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss regulating tech companies, and Bryan’s watch display adventure.
Sharing Locationless Photos, Apple Security Flaws
Sep 25 • 21 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss sharing photos (but not their location data), and Apple’s OS security.
Google Play Pass, Apple Arcade Picks
Sep 24 • 25 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to compare Google Play Pass to Apple Arcade, and include a few Apple Arcade picks.
Mac Pro Made in USA, Oprah’s Book Club Returns
Sep 23 • 20 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Mac Pro’s US-based manufacturing, and Oprah’s book club selection (don’t call it a comeback).
Bionic Chip Deep Dive; Happy Phonemas
Sep 20 • 27 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a closer look at the A13 Bionic chip, and the iPhone and iOS releases.
Apple’s EU Tax Case, Charlotte’s New iPhone
Sep 19 • 29 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s EU tax case as well as tips and apps for Charlotte’s new iPhone.
Legislation and Tech Conflicts, iPhone Battery Life
Sep 18 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss tech and legislation colliding in unfortunate ways, and iPhone battery life.
Apple TV+ Subscribers vs Users, Calculus of Success
Sep 17 • 29 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s eventual reporting of TV+ users, and what success looks like.
Iger Leaves Apple Board, Revolutionary iPhone Chip
Sep 16 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Bob Iger’s board departure, and the iPhone 11 chip Apple didn’t discuss.
iPhone Order Fever, Accessory Picks
Sep 13 • 33 min
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iPhone ordering and ship times, and offer some picks for iPhone treats.
Apple Card 3% Club, NSA in NYT
Sep 12 • 31 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest 3% back offers on Apple Card, & a letter from the NSA in the NYT.
TV+ Details, New iPad Decisions
Sep 11 • 27 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the new details of the Apple TV+ rollout and iPad comparisons.
Apple Media Event Reactions
Sep 10 • 31 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Apple Media Event and share their reactions to the announcements.
Weaponizing security flaws, Apple Watch Slow Burn
Sep 9 • 27 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iOS vulnerabilities as weapons, and the slow success of  Watch.
Apple Music on the Web, Voice Assistant Perspectives
Sep 6 • 33 min
Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the latest web interface from Apple, and voice assistant points of view.
Apple and Cryptocurrency, iPhone Eavesdropping
Sep 5 • 21 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s cryptocurrency comments and if your iPhone is dropping eaves or not.
New iPhone Speculation, Catalina Features
Sep 4 • 30 min
Charlotte Henry and Bob “Dr Mac” LeVitus join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the new wave of iPhone SE speculation and Catalina features.
Botnet Takedown, Apple’s AR Plans
Sep 3 • 25 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest botnet takedown and the new wave of Apple “headset” speculation.
iPhone Hacks, Python, Particle Debris
Aug 30 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss an iOS vulnerability, the future of Python on macOS, and Particle Debris.
Apple Repair Program Expansion, iPhone Event Invites
Aug 29 • 25 min
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s expansion of iPhone repair programs, and iPhone event invites.
Mid-Range iPhone, Apple’s Media Moves
Aug 28 • 25 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss iPhone model (perceived) gaps and Apple’s recent streaming ramp up.
Apple Card Privacy, App Store Download Stats
Aug 27 • 27 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple Card’s relative privacy and App Store download statistics.
Apple September Event Speculation
Aug 26 • 23 min
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the September Apple Event and what they hope to see besides iPhones.
Tim Cook, Taylor Swift, and Cleaning Apple Cards
Aug 23 • 26 min
Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Tim Cook’s diplomacy, Taylor Swift’s remix session, and Apple Card care.
5G and T-Mobile, iPhone Rumor Roundup
Aug 22 • 23 min
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about 5G and T-Mobile’s plans, as well as a breakdown of iPhone 11 rumors.
Sign In With Apple, Health Team Unrest
Aug 21 • 23 min
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the first Sign In With Apple sightings and strife on the Health team.
TV+ Pricing, Microsoft’s AI Hire
Aug 20 • 26 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the leaked TV+ Pricing and the latest AI hire at Microsoft.
iMacs of History, The Morning Show Trailer
Aug 19 • 26 min
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iMac in a historical context, and ‘The Morning Show’ full trailer.
Apple’s Job Footprint, EU Tax Case
Aug 16 • 28 min
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Apple’s job footprint report, and the latest news in the EU tax case.
Tumblr vs Facebook, Naming iPhones
Aug 15 • 26 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Tumblr (under Automattic) taking on Facebook, and iPhone nomenclature.
Battery/Email PSAs, Siri Spotify Teamup
Aug 14 • 25 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about a couple of PSAs for Apple folks and how Siri and Spotify might team up.
Salmon Gold, Gift Card Shenanigans
Aug 13 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about RESOLVE and Salmon Gold, and when gift cards go wrong.
Foldable iPad Rumor, Affordable College Products
Aug 12 • 22 min
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Martellaro and Andrew Orr to discuss rumors of a foldable iPad, including the question of what problem foldable devices solve. Andrew also has some recommendations for some affordable products for college students.
Streaming Service Pricing, Touchscreen MacBook
Aug 9 • 23 min
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Disney’s new streaming bundle and “adding” a touchscreen to a MacBook.
Apple Card Obtained!
Aug 8 • 25 min
Today John F Braun of Mac Geek Gab fame joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss the process of getting and managing Apple’s shiny new credit card.
Apple Laptop Ports, Bug Bounty Program
Aug 7 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about port differentials on MacBook models and Apple’s macOS bug bounty.
Apple Card Rollout, Claris Returns
Aug 6 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the rollout of the Apple Card, and Claris making a comeback.
MacBook Pro Changes, iPhone Design Leaks
Aug 5 • 28 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about changes to the MacBook Pro lineup, and iPhone designs vs Nexus leaks.
Suspending Siri Grading, MacBook Saga Ends
Aug 2 • 23 min
John Martellaro and Adam Christianson join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Siri’s grading program and the end of John’s MacBook repair saga.
CBS vs DirecTV, Microsoft Ad Deconstruction
Aug 1 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the evolution of the CBS/DirecTV standoff, and a new ad from Microsoft.
Stock Market School, Data Transfer Project
Jul 31 • 20 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about yesterday’s earnings report, and Apple joining the Data Transfer Project.
Capital One Breach, Interactionless iOS Bugs
Jul 30 • 21 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to talk about what you can do about the Capital One data breach, and iOS bugs.
Navigation HUDs and iPhone, 16” MacBook Pro Rumor Roundup – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-29
Jul 29 • 23 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss the future of car navigation, HUDs, and iPhone. They also parse the latest rumors of a 16-inch MacBook Pro that’s supposed to hit this fall.
MacBook Saga, DirecTV and CBS Squabble
Jul 26 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the latest in John’s MacBook saga, and the CBS/DirecTV kerfuffle.
Older iOS Software Updates, TMO Picks
Jul 25 • 22 min
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to talk about the upcoming GPS update for older devices, and some picks for listeners.
Apple Headset Patent, Google Buying Facial Data
Jul 24 • 24 min
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of an Apple “headset” patent and Google’s offer to buy facial data.
Intel Selling Modem Biz, USB Hubs
Jul 23 • 25 min
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to theorize about Intel selling their modem business to Apple, and USB/USB-C hubs.
Apple Display Tech, Entry-Level iPhones
Jul 22 • 29 min
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about display technology in Apple devices, and an “entry level” iPhone.