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Upgrade

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Upgrade looks at how technology shapes our lives, from the devices in our hands and pockets to the streaming music and video services that keep us entertained. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Jason Snell.


275: Remove All of the Holes
Dec 9 • 85 min
How would an iPhone without any ports even work? Also, Apple gets Golden Globe nominations and Jason explains why you don’t need a Mac Pro.
274: More Clunky!
Dec 2 • 90 min
This week we get caught up on Apple services (Apple Pay, Apple News+, Apple Arcade), Jason gives Myke a tour of CarPlay in iOS 13, and we feed the tech podcast ecosystem with discussions of office lighting and weather stations.
273: Sideways the Game
Nov 25 • 123 min
This week we discuss Tim Cook’s political high-wire act, Apple’s attempts to reduce bugs in future iOS releases, and Jason’s wishes for iOS 14. Finally, just in time for the holidays, Myke at the Movies returns with 1988’s “Die Hard.”
272: Double Secret Vice President of Keyboards
Nov 18 • 93 min
A week later, we’re pondering the 16-inch MacBook Pro and what it means about how Apple listens to customers and criticism. We also wonder where Apple will take touchscreen devices and whether we’re uncomfortable about Apple’s interest in AR.
271: The 16-inch MacBook Pro
Nov 13 • 122 min
The butterfly keyboard era is over! Apple announces the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, featuring a new keyboard and a lot more. And Jason has an exclusive interview with the MacBook Pro product manager, Shruti Haldea.
270: The Toughest Compare
Nov 4 • 91 min
Apple TV+ has finally arrived, so this week we talk about the first round of shows (and the disappointing TV app) Also: Our review of the new AirPods Pro and Apple’s quarterly results show that down is up.
269: A Beep Beep from Far Away
Oct 29 • 78 min
Jason has no power or Internet, so this week Myke gives him the details about the new AirPods Pro, the first reviews of Apple TV+ shows, iOS 13.2 and a perplexing HomePod software update, and Apple’s rumored reboot of its smart-home initiative.
268: Featchas in the Beatas
Oct 21 • 87 min
Everything’s new for Myke, who’s back with a “new” Mac running a “new” macOS. Apple TV+ launches next week, so there’s an enormous collection of Upstream news. And we ponder what products Apple might release this fall, with or without a special event.
267: The Quiet Death of the Newton
Oct 14 • 96 min
James Thomson joins Jason to discuss Catalyst, the end of DragThing, and Apple’s complex relationship with China.
266: Two iPads in a Sandwich
Oct 7 • 105 min
macOS Catalina has arrived and Jason’s got his full review, plus we dig into the new multi-screened mobile device announcements from Microsoft (and what they might mean for Apple), and put on our sweaters to talk about Deep Fusion photography.
265: Nothing But Canned Answers
Sep 30 • 85 min
Jason finished his iPhone 11 review nearly two weeks after the fact, Myke is back in the Apple Watch game with a new Series 5 model, and we hear from a bunch of Apple Store employees.
264: Beautiful Breakable Glass Objects
Sep 23 • 82 min
We’ve got the new iPhones and it’s time for our first hands-on impressions. How has Apple improved the upgrade experience? Could the Apple Store pick-up experience use a little more attention? We break it all down.
263: Extra Professional
Sep 16 • 91 min
Upgrade turns five and we’re waiting for our new Apple hardware. But there’s still time to reflect on last week’s announcements, deal with a flood of Apple TV+ news, ponder Apple’s fragmented OS release schedule, and prepare for the arrival of iOS 13.
262: The Skyscrapers of Camera Bump City
Sep 10 • 101 min
Jason has returned from Cupertino, where he watched Apple unveil the new iPhone 11 models, a new Apple Watch that adds a feature we had given up hope of ever seeing, and details about when we’ll see Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.
261: The 2019 iPhone Event Draft
Sep 2 • 87 min
It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater next week! They draft 10 different things they expect will happen—or not happen—next Tuesday.
260: It’s Not Just a Desk
Aug 26 • 91 min
Jason and Myke can’t agree on the definition of “lemonade” but they’re together in Jason’s office this week to discuss the impending iPhone event and reflect on nearly five years of independence and Upgrade.
259: Get Ripped with Pro Max
Aug 19 • 88 min
Special guest Stephen Hackett joins us to discuss the current state of the Mac in both hardware and software. We also ponder Apple’s choices in naming the new iPhones, and Jason wonders if the Apple Watch even needs an upgrade this fall.
258: Ten Hours Is Not All Day
Aug 12 • 90 min
This week we check in on our beta OS experiences, discuss why Apple’s move to ARM MacBooks seems inevitable, and ponder how Apple will respond to Disney’s low-priced streaming service bundle.
257: The Amount of Money Available on the Planet
Aug 6 • 86 min
Money is in the air! Apple’s making more of it on wearables and services and less on the iPhone, and its credit card is starting to roll out. We also have some follow up on Siri surveillance and Catalina security, and make a very long-term bet.
256: The Billion Dollar Show
Jul 29 • 85 min
Humans listening to Siri audio, macOS Catalina’s aggressive security features, and a possibly pricey 16-inch MacBook Pro—where did the Summer of Fun go? Relax: Upstream’s got news about Hobbits and superheroes, and we’ve got a special summer #askupgrade!
255: Peacock Plus
Jul 22 • 91 min
Apple may make premium podcasts, Netflix loses subscribers just as it’s about to face tough competition, and Myke and Jason draft the most appealing video streaming services of 2020!
254: Downgrade
Jul 15 • 76 min
Normal episode’s this. #askupgrade, Apple laptops and retail changes, Warner Media’s HBO Max, and #snelltalk. Back are @imyke and @jsnell! Listen!
253: Steal The Ball
Jul 8 • 98 min
Guest Marco Arment joins Jason and Myke to discuss the possibility of new Apple laptop keyboards at last, his Overcast priorities over the next year, and the future of podcasting. Plus: Jony Ive cold takes, streaming-video wars, and cappuccino.
252: The Hippie Gets a Haircut
Jul 1 • 92 min
The Summer of Fun goes old school, as two of Jason’s colleagues from back in the 1990s compare Apple’s many transitions over the years to the ones Apple faces today. Also, if movies and TV shows aren’t available via streaming, do they even exist?
251: And Then You Eat the Ice Cream
Jun 24 • 114 min
It’s Public Beta time! This week we get Jason’s review of the macOS Catalina beta. Also Upstream returns (half a billion for JJ Abrams?) and Myke at the Movies calls on “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”
250: Building a Home Screen Together
Jun 17 • 69 min
Jason and Myke kick off the The Upgrade Summer of Fun by building the official Upgrade iPhone home screen. 28 apps will be picked! Four will win coveted spaces in the dock! Rules will be invented on the fly! Also, we explain what a draft is.
249: A Bridge to the Future
Jun 10 • 94 min
This week we get over our WWDC hangover with a discussion of our favorite new iPadOS 13 features, then we take a look at Catalyst and SwiftUI, featuring an exclusive interview with Apple’s Wiley Hodges and Josh Shaffer.
248: Seven Layer Burrito of Innovation
Jun 3 • 96 min
The WWDC 2019 keynote was packed full with new announcements. Now, live from San Jose, Jason and Myke come together to talk about iOS 13, macOS Catalina, the introduction of iPadOS, and the new Mac Pro.
247: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2019
May 27 • 86 min
Jason and Myke compete in predicting what will happen during the WWDC keynote next week. Will there be new hardware? What will macOS be called? How many times will we see Tim Cook? This week we guess, but next week reality will be our judge
246: You Can’t Fight the Magnets
May 20 • 79 min
With the WWDC draft a week away, Jason and Myke engage in a flight of fancy, discussing all their wishes for iOS and macOS developments that probably won’t happen. Also, Jason has to retrieve his iPad.
245: Get Ready for the Sensor Square
May 13 • 95 min
Busy week this week: using old software, how third-party apps respond to Apple’s app updates, a Supreme Court ruling, continued Apple Retail issues, new iPhone rumors, and iPad Pro keyboard reviews!
244: Push All the Sales Buttons
May 6 • 85 min
Apple’s financial results lead us to discuss a new focus on iPhone sales and Apple throwing Intel under the bus. Then @markgurman of Bloomberg swoops in with a huge collection of macOS, iOS, and watchOS rumors for us to dissect.
243: Fiddling Around With Folders
Apr 29 • 76 min
Jason struggles between the Mac’s insistence on file management and iOS’s lack of it, Podcasts take a step toward going viral with some help from Overcast, and we prepare for the Upgrade Summer of Fun with a new arrival from Dongletown.
242: Myke and the Modems
Apr 23 • 87 min
This week we’re all about Guilherme Rambo’s reporting about the future of Apple’s platforms, from Find My Friends to new support for external displays and pointing devices, to the complicated future of automation on macOS. Plus Kindles, 5G, and YouTube!
241: The Tweaky Features
Apr 15 • 97 min
Disney unveils Disney+ (and what game does Apple thinks it’s playing?), we get a sneak peek at iOS 13 features courtesy of @_inside, and coping with the major changes due for the Mac this fall with the departure of iTunes and the arrival of Marzipan.
240: Dance on the Grave of iTunes
Apr 9 • 119 min
John Siracusa joins Jason to discuss how 2019 is potentially an enormous year for the Mac in both hardware and software. Also, we make time to swap TiVo stories and generate John’s Hierarchy of Mac Pro Needs.
239: Fighting Against the Laws of Physics
Apr 1 • 88 min
This week we say goodbye to AirPower, ponder the place of the new iPad Mini, speculate a bit about Apple Arcade, and take a hard look at Apple News+. Also, Jason literally sits in the iMac Pro Gap.
238: The Future of TV Was Apps
Mar 25 • 111 min
This week we break down Apple’s star-studded services event! Apple TV+! A credit card! A games subscription service! And can Apple News+ make an impact? Plus, the results of our event draft!
237: New iMacs, iPads, and the 2019 March Event Draft
Mar 19 • 130 min
The new iMacs are here, and Jason has an exclusive interview with the iMac product manager. We also discuss the new iPads, and then Jason and Myke draft what they think will happen at next week’s Apple Event!
236: Whatever Keyboard Pleases Me
Mar 11 • 83 min
Disney opens the vault for its streaming service, we rank our own MacBook Hierarchy of Needs, and Jason goes against Myke’s advice and records some podcasts using only an iPad.
235: Don’t Be So Mean
Mar 4 • 80 min
This week, Upgrade gets controversial! Face ID vs. Touch ID! Apple execs tinkering with TV content! iOS apps invading the Mac! Netflix - threat or menace? The British TV licence! And a laser explosion!
234: The Ideological Folding Wars
Feb 25 • 82 min
This week Myke is excited about Samsung and Huawei’s folding phones and Jason wonders if this is technology consumers actually want. Plus we take some time to contemplate the planned roll-out of Marzipan for macOS.
233: Let’s Start a Rumor
Feb 18 • 74 min
A 16-inch MacBook Pro and a 6K display are among the latest Apple 2019 hardware rumors, so this week Myke and Jason take turns dissecting them and our speculation engine goes way off the rails.
232: De-emphasis on Trees
Feb 11 • 82 min
How will the iPad’s home screen evolve in 2019? Myke and Jason make a wish list, and also discuss Apple Retail, Spotify’s investment in podcasting, and more streaming-media news.
231: The Upgrade Cycle Is Extending
Feb 4 • 104 min
Apple’s quarterly results hint at iPhone sales and prices, Apple reaches a fork in the road for its keyboard designs, and it’s the official opening of 2020 iPhone Rumor Season.
230: The General Drift of Sentiment
Jan 28 • 93 min
It’s time for Jason’s annual poll of 55 Apple watchers, to see how they judge the company’s performance in 2018. Plus, we discuss Apple’s possible new game subscription service!
229: A More Intentional Folding
Jan 22 • 75 min
This week we imagine how Apple might make an iPhone with a foldable OLED screen, discuss Apple’s fancy new iPad Pro videos, and Jason tries to explain NBC’s confusing new streaming service to Myke.
228: The Proof is In the Dust Tray
Jan 14 • 77 min
2019 iPhone rumor season is officially open! Will Apple add cameras to the phones of #maxclub members? And why did Jason add a HomeKit lock and a Roomba to his collection of smart-home devices this Christmas?
227: Twenty Nine TeeVee
Jan 7 • 98 min
It’s a new year and the news is huge: Apple missed its iPhone sales forecast and announced surprising partnerships with TV makers. Also Jason got to try the forthcoming Brydge keyboard for his iPad Pro.
226: The 2018 Upgradies
Dec 31, 2018 • 129 min
It’s time for the Fifth Annual Upgradies! Myke and Jason take the input of more than a thousand Upgradians, and hand out awards in numerous categories! Only the finest will walk away with the most coveted of titles: Upgradies Winner.
225: An Upgrade Christmas Carol
Dec 24, 2018 • 99 min
Then it was, as Myke and Jason began their preparations for the Christmas holiday, that they were visited by three ghosts, representing the spirit of Apple past, present, and future.
224: A Bearded Man Is The Hero
Dec 17, 2018 • 104 min
This week we try to understand Apple’s plans to build a “Netflix for magazines” inside of Apple News, Jason confesses his love for the new Apple Pencil, and we celebrate the season with a special Myke at the Movies about “Miracle on 34th Street”.
223: Impressive and Stupid
Dec 10, 2018 • 92 min
Are the old rules giving way to a whole new set of Apple strategies? This week we discuss Apple’s recent aggressive promotional deals, and Jason connects Shortcuts with ancient Web APIs.
222: That’s Not a Plan
Dec 3, 2018 • 108 min
John Siracusa joins Jason to discuss the future of Apple’s ARM processors, Apple Music comes to the Amazon Echo, the future of Apple’s forthcoming TV service, and the prospects for an Apple-built external touchscreen display.
221: Dongleton-on-Sea
Nov 26, 2018 • 102 min
Where does iOS go from here? This week Myke and Jason discuss the top 10 iPad features for iOS 13 they’d like to see. Also, Myke at the Movies returns, as Myke watches “My Neighbor Totoro” for the first time.
220: Mr. Apple Pencil
Nov 19, 2018 • 83 min
This week we follow up on our iPad Pro reviews, as Jason integrates the new iPad Pro into his writing set-up and starts using the Apple Pencil for more than just drawing doodles. Plus there’s more about keyboards and Apple’s dream of Academy Awards.
219: The Chicken Just Laid an Egg
Nov 12, 2018 • 121 min
After a week with the new iPad Pro, it’s time for our in-depth review of what we like and don’t like about Apple’s latest tablet. Which size is the best? Does the new Apple Pencil pass Myke’s tests? And why is Jason so angry about Apple’s pro apps?
218: Previously, on Apple Laptops
Nov 6, 2018 • 98 min
It’s review time! Hear Jason’s thoughts on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini. How do they fit in to Apple’s product line? Who are these machines for? Also: The iPhone XR – is it a ‘budget’ iPhone, or is it the right iPhone for most people?
217: People in Dongletown Want to Dance
Oct 30, 2018 • 98 min
Live from New York, it’s Jason – reporting in after Apple’s big event with first impressions about the new iPad Pros, Mac Mini, and MacBook Air. Plus: Our draft winner is revealed!
216: The 2018 October Event Draft - LIVE in Chicago
Oct 22, 2018 • 94 min
It’s time for your Upgrade hosts to go for glory and risk the agony of defeat—all in view of a studio audience in Chicago, Illinois.
215: The Future of TV is the TV App
Oct 15, 2018 • 74 min
Why are we so grumpy about the state of faces on the Apple Watch? It’s complicated. Also: Real Photoshop for the iPad, and “free” Apple streaming TV shows?
214: Nobody Seems to Know Anything
Oct 9, 2018 • 83 min
What’s going on with the Apple-Businessweek kerfuffle? Is the iPad Pro going to make us all take an excursion to Dongletown? And Myke and Jason ponder a get-rich-quick scheme in which Upgrade becomes a series of epic fantasy novels.
213: The California Environment
Oct 1, 2018 • 85 min
Where will the iPad Pro go next? Did the Apple Store come through where Apple’s online ordering system failed? And pull up a chair, because it’s time for Jason to tell you the story of his summer-long battle with IKEA. #frösönquest
212: The Chocolate Phone Is No Good
Sep 24, 2018 • 112 min
The iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 are here, and Myke and Jason offer their first impressions of all the new devices. Plus macOS Mojave arrives and Apple sets some interesting standards for its forthcoming video service.
211: You Will Pay
Sep 17, 2018 • 95 min
This week Myke and Jason welcome their favorite features of iOS 12, await their latest Apple purchases, and discuss the fallout from Apple’s decision to focus on larger and more expensive phones this time around.
210: Tennis Macs
Sep 12, 2018 • 87 min
Jason’s back from the Apple event to discuss today’s events with Myke. A new watch! New phones with confusing names! Surprises and reveals! And of course, the results of the 2018 Apple iPhone Event Draft!
209: The 2018 iPhone Event Draft
Sep 3, 2018 • 91 min
It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater next week! They draft 10 different things they expect will happen—or _not_ happen—next Wednesday.
208: The Villain of the Macintosh
Aug 27, 2018 • 93 min
As Apple’s much-rumored fall product launches get closer, Jason and Myke consider what the future holds for Macs and iPhones. And the Summer of Fun surfs into the sunset while hanging ten off of our favorite boards—keyboards, that is.
207: Max Rebate
Aug 20, 2018 • 72 min
Is it finally time for the iPhone to support an Apple Pencil? Myke and Jason discuss the possibilities. And then the Summer of Fun rolls on with a mega-sized #askupgrade!
206: The Rings in a Tree
Aug 13, 2018 • 105 min
This week Myke breaks his iPad, Jason visits the Microsoft Store and leaves with an Xbox, and we pick our favorite video games of all time.
205: Monolithic Entertainment Console
Aug 6, 2018 • 113 min
It was a huge week: Apple broke a trillion dollars in market cap and Jason bought a new TV. And since money is on everyone’s minds, Myke and Jason take Apple’s $243B and go on a corporate shopping spree as a part of the ongoing Upgrade Summer of Fun.
204: Tap-to-Click Truther
Jul 30, 2018 • 91 min
Myke’s back from his honeymoon, and the Summer of Fun continues! We discuss our dream iOS devices, YouTube’s attempt to get into premium streaming, Adobe bringing Photoshop to the iPad, and the MacBook Pro performance scandal that turned out to be a bug.
203: I Have Felt the Power of the Snell Zone
Jul 23, 2018 • 106 min
Federico Viticci and Serenity Caldwell join Jason and Myke to dive deep into how we use our iPads for business as well as creative pursuits, including writing and illustration.
202: I’m Going to Counter Your Jaguar
Jul 16, 2018 • 94 min
Guest co-host Stephen Hackett joins Jason to discuss the new MacBook Pros and what they mean for Apple’s product line at large, adventures with the macOS Mojave beta, and the new Sonos AirPlay 2 update, and then we draft Mac OS X versions.
201: Full English Breakfast
Jul 10, 2018 • 82 min
The Summer of Fun continues with discussion of the Shortcuts app in the iOS 12 beta, potential colorful new iPhones, and AT&T’s plans to make HBO more like Netflix. Then at the very end, it’s time for the official wedding recap with Myke at the Matrimony.
200: The Podcasting and Anniversary Episode
Jul 2, 2018 • 137 min
To welcome the Summer of Fun and to celebrate hitting episode 200, Jason and Myke take a deep dive in to the history of Upgrade, and provide the Upgradians with all their knowledge on the hows, whys, and whats of podcasting.
199: Puppet Series
Jun 25, 2018 • 83 min
We take a deep dive into Apple’s forthcoming video service, as Jason and Myke make predictions about what it will cost and how Apple’s billion-dollar content purchases will roll out. Also, Instagram gets into TV, and Google gets back into podcasting.
198: The Mac Is Dead, Long Live the Mac
Jun 18, 2018 • 88 min
Apple has said that it’s not merging iOS and macOS, but that sneak peek of iOS apps coming to macOS opens up a lot of questions. Jason’s optimistic, but Mac users may be in for the biggest changes to the platform since the introduction of Mac OS X.
197: Banana Royale
Jun 11, 2018 • 98 min
Jason and Myke are joined by special guest developer James Thomson. We discuss our first impressions of the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas, the future of Mac apps in and out of the Mac App Store, and what features are at the top of James’s priority list.
196: Workflow Siren
Jun 4, 2018 • 84 min
Live from WWDC, Jason and Myke break down the major announcements for iOS, macos, and watchOS, including a close result in the Upgrade Keynote Draft, the emergence of user automation on iOS via Siri, and potentially big changes to the Mac App Store
195: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2018
May 28, 2018 • 100 min
It’s time for our third annual predictions of what will happen on stage at Apple’s developer conference keynote! Jason and Myke compete for points by drafting picking 20 different items they expect will get a mention next week.
194: Game of Jenga with Drivers
May 21, 2018 • 86 min
Myke just built a gaming PC, which prompts us to discuss the current state of the art of Windows and macOS, as well as a broader discussion of living a multi-ecosystem lifestyle.
193: This is Stephen Hackett’s Fault
May 14, 2018 • 91 min
The 25th anniversary of BBEdit and a visit with a friend lead Jason to take a deep dive into Mac history, Google shows a disappointing lack of forethought in its AI demo, and the future of TV is apparently Apple’s TV app.
192: People Like Colors and Fun
May 7, 2018 • 90 min
The 20th anniversary of the iMac prompts a discussion of how it changed Apple and continues to define how Apple designs products, and Jason has a theory about why so many people thought iPhone X sales were crashing when they weren’t.
191: Alien Spacecraft Sitting on an End Table
Apr 30, 2018 • 115 min
This week the Grim Reaper comes for AirPort, we imagine a future Apple AR/VR headset, and at the very end it’s time for Myke at the Movies to take on “Avengers: Infinity War.”
190: Redefine It Upward
Apr 23, 2018 • 88 min
Tim Cook totally has an Mac on his desk and an iPad at home, but how can Apple advance both its platforms while allowing them to retain their individuality? Also, Amazon Prime has a big number and Apple puts a chill into leakers.
189: Obsolescence Isn’t What It Used to Be
Apr 16, 2018 • 96 min
Special Guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to discuss the weather, old speakers, Apple’s latest TV acquisition, the long slow fade of 32-bit Mac apps, and the arrival of a new version of his favorite iOS writing app.
188: An Elephant on the Bridge
Apr 9, 2018 • 90 min
What is the future of the Mac? This week we connect the future of the Mac Pro, the possibility of Apple abandoning Intel processors, and the rumored unification of Mac and iOS development. Also, Jason reviews the new sixth-generation iPad.
187: Whiz-Bang Wonderfulness
Apr 2, 2018 • 84 min
This week Jason steps up to the baseball plate and takes a second swing at the meaning of Apple’s education event, while Myke defends the viability of pen and paper. We also discuss what’s new in Apple’s latest software updates.
186: Black Market Crayons
Mar 27, 2018 • 83 min
Jason attended Apple’s education event and reports live and direct from Chicago to discuss the new sixth-generation iPad, Apple’s place in the education market, the relevance of the Apple Pencil for education, and the whole scene at Lane Tech High School.
185: The March 2018 Apple Event Draft
Mar 19, 2018 • 85 min
Apple’s holding a media event at a school in Chicago, and next week Jason will be there to report back about what got announced. But in the meantime, it’s time for another draft, as Myke and Jason attempt to predict what will be shown on stage in Chicago.
184: The Claim Chowder Secret Society
Mar 12, 2018 • 76 min
What are our top five Apple products of the past five years? Jason and Myke list their choices in something that is almost, but not quite, a draft. Also: Did Jason accurately predict the extended survival of the MacBook Air?
183: It’s Dumb Until We Do It
Mar 5, 2018 • 109 min
Would Apple really update the MacBook Air at this late date? We break down the possibilities, plus Jason finally finishes his HomePod review, Netflix and Apple keep investing in original video content, and then Myke at the Movies revisits 1986’s “Aliens.”
182: March of Minor Products
Feb 26, 2018 • 86 min
This week we discuss rumors about new AirPods and this fall’s iPhones, speculate about what makes a good Apple TV app, revisit the idea of ARM Macs in the context of Windows 10’s ARM limitations, and save a moment to praise Alto’s Odyssey.
181: Banana Slug Bookshelf
Feb 19, 2018 • 87 min
What does the death of Twitter for Mac say about the future of Mac software? Is Apple making big changes to how it releases software, and how will it impact the quality of the Apple product experience?
180: Too Much Speaker
Feb 12, 2018 • 111 min
After a weekend with the HomePod, it’s time for Myke and Jason to discuss what they like and dislike about Apple’s new connected speaker. Is it so loud that Myke is angering his neighbors? How does the HomePod match up with Jason’s other products?
179: Somewhere Between One and a Gabillion
Feb 5, 2018 • 97 min
Apple reaches a record high in revenue and profit, but what’s up with the iPhone and Mac sales figures? This week we break down Apple’s huge holiday quarter, including the calendar quirk that has cut Apple both ways.
178: On a Dark Desert Highway
Jan 29, 2018 • 98 min
Jason and Myke break down the annual Six Colors Apple Report Card. Also, the HomePod gets pre-orders, and a new set of listening parties for journalists. You can check out of the Apple Store any time you like, but you can never leave.
177: Stuck in the Mud
Jan 22, 2018 • 104 min
The iPhone product line may see more changes in 2018, but do the rumors of two new models make sense? Is Apple missing its shot in the voice-assistant market? And if you want to get Myke’s reaction to seeing “Hamilton”, it’s coming at the end of the show.
176: Final Cat Pro
Jan 16, 2018 • 86 min
What are Jason and Myke’s hopes and dreams for iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad in 2018? Also: Apple buys more TV shows, a podcast tip, and the visual-effects industry tests Jason.
175: $4,999, Cheap!
Jan 9, 2018 • 94 min
Jason reviews his new base-model iMac Pro, we speculate about the unified (or not) future of Apple’s software-development platforms, and there’s an awful lot of news from the world of streaming media.
174: The 2017 Upgradies
Jan 1, 2018 • 133 min
Presenting the Fourth Annual Upgradies! In this episode Myke and Jason discuss their favorites of 2017 across many categories, with important input provided by you, the Upgradians! Only the finest will walk away with the title of Upgradies Award Winner.
173: The 2017 Upgrade Holiday Special
Dec 25, 2017 • 127 min
Just in time for Christmas, Jason and Myke look back at 2017 and reveal their 2018 wish lists. Then it’s time for special guests to join us for a round of very special #askupgrade, the first-ever Upgrade Secret Santa, and Myke at the Movies.
172: My Brain Was Slowly Expanding
Dec 18, 2017 • 107 min
Has Disney changed the future of streaming TV with its purchase of Fox? Has Jason bought himself an iMac Pro? Have Myke and Jason watched “The Last Jedi”? Yes to all of the above. (We save Star Wars until the end and fire off the Spoiler Horn.)
171: Really Weird Chess Game
Dec 11, 2017 • 82 min
What do Amazon’s battles with Google and Apple say about the strategies of the tech giants? Also, Jony Ive returns to the White Room, and Jason and Myke meet the hosts of their favorite podcasts in person for the first time.
170: The Rat King of Cables
Dec 4, 2017 • 110 min
All the Apple operating-system bugs in the world can’t stop us from discussing Jason’s office clean-out, holiday decorations, the new Kindle Oasis, and podcasting tools and techniques. And yes, in the end we have to discuss Apple’s terrible week.
169: Discontinue All Other Products
Nov 27, 2017 • 80 min
Myke returns from his trip to catch up on everything Jason and John did on last week’s show. We also discuss Myke’s travels with the iPhone X, a possible update to the iPhone SE, and whether or not Apple should one day make a laptop that runs iOS.
168: Hail Hydrant
Nov 20, 2017 • 97 min
The possibilities of an iMac with an A10 processor inside, the delay of the HomePod, Apple’s understanding of professional Mac users, the return of Twitterrific for the Mac, and the proper way to refer to keyboard shortcuts.
167: The White Room of My Mind
Nov 13, 2017 • 96 min
Myke and Jason discuss the future of the iPad Pro and what in the world Apple is thinking as it develops an augmented-reality headset. We’ve also got updates on Apple’s TV venture, the future and influence of the iPhone X, and Apple Pay for iMessage.
166: The Machine That Makes Money
Nov 6, 2017 • 96 min
Myke abandons the #plusclub for an iPhone X, and compares notes with Jason after a week of using Apple’s new phone. We also discuss Apple’s latest quarterly results, which show great news and the promise of a record-setting holiday quarter to come.
165: The iPhone X Review
Oct 31, 2017 • 93 min
This week is all about the iPhone X, which Jason reviewed and now has in his hands to answer Myke’s—and your—questions.
164: The Lost Phone for Nerds
Oct 23, 2017 • 86 min
What if Jason went to a tech conference with a new iPhone and nobody cared? We discuss the curious case of the iPhone 8, the challenges of trying to launch video streaming services, and the future of the Mac as viewed through the inbox of Apple execs.
163: Kindle Bubbles
Oct 16, 2017 • 90 min
This week there’s a bunch of news from the world of entertainment. Apple’s new TV execs made their first big deal in Hollywood, which brings up lots of questions about what Apple’s video service will be and when it will arrive.
162: The Spider Is a Metaphor
Oct 9, 2017 • 78 min
Jason’s iMac gets a unwelcome visitor and he ponders an upgrade—but is the iMac Pro overkill, or a wise investment? Also, an influx of new emoji are coming to iOS and macOS in the near future, which is more important than you’d think.
161: I Look at My Phone and the Money Leaves
Oct 2, 2017 • 100 min
Myke and Jason have taken delivery of the Apple TV 4K and have some initial thoughts, Apple gives us a deeper dive into how Face ID works, and Amazon introduces many Echos. Plus, this entire description now fits in a tweet… if you’re special.
160: A Helipad on Your Table
Sep 25, 2017 • 126 min
Jason and Myke discuss the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular, plus there’s a little bit about macOS High Sierra. And then Myke at the Movies is back with “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
159: Retcon Incident
Sep 18, 2017 • 100 min
Our wallets much lighter than last week, we discuss what new Apple products we’ve ordered and what we’re still waiting for. We also spend a lot more time dissecting the iPhone X and Face ID, and leave room for plenty of follow-up and #askupgrade
158: New Theater Smell
Sep 12, 2017 • 131 min
Apple unveiled three new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, a 4K Apple TV, and the new Steve Jobs Theater at its September event. Jason was there and returned home just in time to join with Myke in recapping and analyzing everything that went on at Apple Park.
157: The 2017 iPhone Event Draft
Sep 6, 2017 • 98 min
It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the iPhone launch event next week! They draft 12 different things they expect (or hope) to happen at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino next week.
156: The Silly Season
Aug 28, 2017 • 94 min
Special guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to talk about Apple event rumors, why we care about Apple kremlinology, our approaches to keeping and deleting files in our digital libraries, and Jason’s recent 11-day road trip to the total eclipse.
155: Apple Hardware Draft
Aug 21, 2017 • 134 min
A draft of favorite Apple hardware; Myke at the Movies tackles “Blade Runner - The Final Cut.”
154: Masters of Automation
Aug 14, 2017 • 82 min
Why automation—on macOS and iOS—is important.
153: Three Ficuses
Aug 7, 2017 • 74 min
Myke reports in from New York as we discuss a grab bag of Apple news, including a possible cellular Apple Watch, even more details from the HomePod firmware leak, the strength of iPad sales in Apple’s quarterly results, and next year’s crop of emoji.
152: August State of Mind
Jul 31, 2017 • 102 min
A HomePod firmware leak may have given us our best look yet at the features of the next iPhone, including face detection. Photos of Apple Park’s aggressively open-plan workspaces lead us to the most spirited discussion of space planning you may ever hear.
151: Caulk and Spackle
Jul 24, 2017 • 86 min
Does the Mac mini have a place in the Mac line-up, or should it fade into the sunset? Which Mac laptop—MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Escape—is the best choice for a new college student?
150: I Worry About You, Jason
Jul 18, 2017 • 99 min
This week Jason is making some big changes in his life, including trying out a to-do app and using his iPad Pro extensively via a cellular network. Plus we discuss emoji, AirPods, and at the end of the show, “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
149: The Taste of Danger
Jul 10, 2017 • 87 min
Is Apple taking a risk in potentially releasing a high-end, high-cost iPhone model in addition to the regular models this fall, as is rumored? Jason also talks about inviting the Amazon Echo Show and its touchscreen into his kitchen.
148: I Think I Think What You Think
Jul 3, 2017 • 97 min
Jason convinces Myke to upgrade to iOS 11 so they can both talk about using it on their iPads. Also, Jason announces his enormous strategic partnerships and sends the stock market on an adventure! Finally, Jason breaks down Photos on macOS High Sierra.
147: Outside the Zone of Secrecy
Jun 26, 2017 • 88 min
An Apple secrecy presentation is leaked to the press? Jason and Myke break down an exclusive from The Outline, before moving on to discuss Scott Forstall’s emergence from Broadway to talk about 10 years of iPhone.
146: It’s About the Journey
Jun 19, 2017 • 86 min
The new iPad Pros have arrived! We give our reactions to the new displays, detail what’s new with previous versions, get excited about one day using iOS 11, and offer advice about which iPad Pro model is the right one to buy.
145: Wandered into the Unicorn Grove
Jun 12, 2017 • 98 min
Jason and Myke pick up many threads from WWDC 2017, including San Jose’s suitability as an event host, the first reviews of the iPad Pro, a bunch of news we didn’t know about last week, and Jason’s close encounter with a functioning HomePod speaker.
144: Don’t Call It the Finder
Jun 5, 2017 • 82 min
Live from San Jose, in the immediate aftermath of the WWDC 2017 Keynote, Jason and Myke break down the entire event. We’ve got new Macs, new iPads, new versions of all of Apple’s operating systems, and the official results of our keynote draft.
143: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2017
May 29, 2017 • 94 min
It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the WWDC 2017 keynote! They draft 20 different things they expect to see featured on stage in San Jose. Who will emerge with this year’s prediction crown?
142: You Want Applause
May 22, 2017 • 96 min
Jason and Myke discuss more potential hardware announcements at WWDC. We also discuss a little bit about Google IO, including announcements about Google Photos and emoji, and get a little misty while thinking about Steve Jobs’ last product, Apple Park.
141: I Export My Voice
May 15, 2017 • 99 min
With WWDC only three weeks away, Jason and Myke delve into the latest rumors about what might be announced at the conference, and then discuss Apple’s billion-dollar initiative to invest in American business—and the potential motives behind it.
140: Disappointed Dad Tim Cook
May 8, 2017 • 98 min
Apple’s latest financial statements give Jason and Myke a jumping-off point for analyzing where Apple’s going with the iPad and iPhone, the massive growth in Apple’s services business, and the company’s problems in China and possibilities in India.
139: Make Money from the Money
May 2, 2017 • 71 min
If there are two things Myke knows a lot about, it’s banking and stickers. And so this week he helps Jason understand why banks might not love Apple’s new attempt to expand Apple Pay and why he covers his pristine Apple devices with loads of stickers.
138: Bad for the Person, Great for the Wizard
Apr 25, 2017 • 114 min
Jason and Myke discuss the trouble with free services that take your data and re-sell it to others, changes to Apple’s affiliate program, Apple’s approval to make self-driving cars, and “Blade Runner.”
137: iTunes on a Shelf
Apr 17, 2017 • 91 min
Serenity Caldwell joins Jason to discuss the possible disassembly of iTunes, the rise of the iPad Pro, and the teaser trailer for “The Last Jedi”.
136: My Screen, My Stuff
Apr 10, 2017 • 79 min
Together again in Ireland, Jason and Myke discuss their current approaches to travel tech. We also revisit the new Mac Pro and answer your questions.
135: Trashed The Can
Apr 4, 2017 • 109 min
What do Apple’s announcements about the future of professional desktop hardware mean? How might this have changed the way Apple announces future products? Myke & Jason break it down, and then discuss “Alien” in the latest instalment of Myke at the Movies.
134: Steal Its Bezel Thunder
Mar 27, 2017 • 96 min
The revival of the iPad name leads us to speculate about a new phase in Apple’s product approach. We also discuss where the iPad Pro might go next, and what Apple’s acquisition of Workflow means about the company’s approach to iOS for professionals.
133: You’re an Empty Row Person
Mar 20, 2017 • 99 min
Apple’s been a leader in podcasting since the early days, but is there a new era coming soon? Jason and Myke have some theories. Plus, we carefully analyze each other’s iPhone and iPad home screens, marvel at Apple’s stock price, and answer your questions
132: Extra Lasers
Mar 13, 2017 • 90 min
Would Apple ever make iOS devices larger than the the 12.9-inch iPad Pro? And what does Apple need to do to make iOS excel at multitasking and large screen sizes? And Jason and Myke answer your questions in a mega-sized version of #askupgrade.
131: It’s Fine, Dude
Mar 6, 2017 • 74 min
We parse through the rumors about what kind of connector the new iPhone might offer—Lightning or USB-C?—and whether Apple and its customers are ready for another transition. Also, will YouTube’s new cord-cutting TV service be a splash hit?
130: Ron Has a Pretty Sweet Job
Feb 27, 2017 • 96 min
Apple Park nears completion, The Nintendo Switch arrives, Silicon Valley culture fails its workers, and pineapple on pizza creates an international incident.
129: Disneyland for Developers
Feb 20, 2017 • 126 min
How will Apple’s WWDC be different now that it’s moving back to San Jose from San Francisco? Why is The Iconfactory kickstarting a new version of Twitterrific for Mac? And in this episode, Myke at the Movies travels in time to 1984 for “The Terminator.”
128: Is It Any Weirder than Dashboard?
Feb 13, 2017 • 79 min
Jason and Myke deal with a mountain of follow-up from last week’s episode about the present and future of the iPad, and then ponder what Apple’s long-term strategy for the Mac might be.
127: Congratulations, You’re an Analyst
Feb 6, 2017 • 84 min
This week Myke runs the numbers and shows why the decline of the iPad is overhyped and why it’s a more popular computing device than the Mac. Plus we break down Apple’s latest financial results and define what a quarter means.
126: Spinny Propellery Guy
Jan 30, 2017 • 90 min
This week Jason and Myke try out a bunch of new Apple betas, Apple makes big changes in App review, Jason finds his favorite iPad Pro keyboard, and we get prepared for Apple’s quarterly financial report.
125: A Bear Did it For Me
Jan 23, 2017 • 91 min
This week Jason makes the case for a new size of iPad Pro and an external Touch Bar and Touch ID sensor. We also discuss Samsung’s explanation for the exploding Galaxy Note 7 and Apple’s updates to Logic and GarageBand.
124: There Are Always Gates
Jan 16, 2017 • 99 min
Jason and Myke break down the second annual Six Colors Apple Report Card, as three dozen Apple watchers grade how the company did in 2016—and Myke chimes in with his own votes.
123: Sheer Gadget Magnetism
Jan 9, 2017 • 96 min
Jason and Myke return from their well-deserved holiday to discuss the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Jason’s reactions to the iPhone back in the day. Then we tell the tale of the day San Diego got Ahoy Telephoned.
122: The 2016 Upgradies
Jan 2, 2017 • 125 min
Once again, Myke and Jason pick their favorite products of the year! But this year, they are aided in their pursuit of excellent by the votes of you, the loyal Upgradians.
121: All Talk and No Trousers
Dec 26, 2016 • 98 min
This week it’s all about the Mac, as Jason and Myke discuss Tim Cook’s attempts to reassure the concerned Mac user base, Bloomberg’s report about Apple’s Mac product-release struggles, and if the Mac is really a truck at all.
120: Time Is a Better Indicator of Time
Dec 19, 2016 • 116 min
This week, Jason reviews the AirPods while Myke waits for his to arrive. We also discuss Apple’s removal of the battery indicator from MacBooks, and at the very end of the show do a special Myke at the Movies review of “Rogue One.”
119: Make the Chart Bigger
Dec 12, 2016 • 141 min
Myke’s got a new office! Also, we follow up on our conversation about ARM Macs and try to explain Single Sign On for Apple TV. Finally, after 25 years, Jason has watched “Home Alone” and will discuss it on a new Myke at the Movies.
118: Missed That by 100%
Dec 5, 2016 • 79 min
Will Apple move the Mac to ARM processors? Myke thinks it’s inevitable, and Jason thinks it’s well within Apple’s power—but thinks it won’t happen. We also discuss Apple possibly moving some iPhone manufacturing to the United States.
117: Sugar Christmas
Nov 28, 2016 • 114 min
Is Apple a big business trapped in the body of a startup? Myke and Jason discuss that issue, say lots of things that might be quoted out of context later, and then settle in to watch 1984’s “Gremlins.”
116: Design Team Yearbook
Nov 21, 2016 • 81 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss the death of the AirPort router, the disbanding of the Mac automation team, and the release of a photo book highlighting Apple’s hardware designs.
115: Rubber Chicken Scenario
Nov 14, 2016 • 87 min
After spending the last week with the new MacBook Pro, Jason reviews the Touch Bar and breaks down the approach Apple took in creating an entirely new way to interact with a Mac.
114: Get On Down to Dongle Town
Nov 7, 2016 • 87 min
Fresh off of Jason’s 10-day travel odyssey with the new MacBook Pro, we debate where Apple’s taking the Mac, the high price of Retina displays, Apple’s tough decisions about who its Mac customers are, and the case for and against the Mac Pro.
113: It’s An Honour and a Privilege to Defeat You
Nov 1, 2016 • 72 min
Myke and Jason are together again, and this time back in Ireland, to discuss Apple’s big week. We cover Jason’s time with the new MacBook Pro, Myke’s excitement over the Touch Bar, Apple’s quarterly results, and much more.
112: What I’ve Got Going for Me is Apple
Oct 24, 2016 • 79 min
With Apple’s next event just around the corner, Myke and Jason make their picks for what we’ll see. The winner will be crowned Upgrade Draft Champion for 2016. Either way, we’re both excited about the prospect of new Macs.
111: I Keep Moving the Goalposts
Oct 17, 2016 • 71 min
This week Myke visits Apple’s latest flagship store, Jason takes a trip with both a Mac and an iPad, and Apple scales back its automotive ambitions.
110: Never, Not Ever, Not Once
Oct 10, 2016 • 90 min
This week we discuss perhaps Apple’s biggest move of 2017: relocating thousands of employees to Campus 2, moving other teams into Infinite Loop, and what it means for Apple’s cloud services and the productivity and morale of Apple employees.
109: YouTube Killed the Podcast Star
Oct 3, 2016 • 79 min
This week Myke starts a YouTube channel, Jason raises his hopes for new Macs in October, and we praise the new features of Messages while quibbling with the usability of its interface.
108: It’s a Great Feature When It Works
Sep 26, 2016 • 100 min
The beta version of the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait mode is here, and Jason and Myke both took it for a spin. Then Jason recounts his favorite and least favorite features of macOS Sierra.
107: The Upgrade Programme
Sep 19, 2016 • 107 min
Myke and Jason have taken delivery of new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models, so it’s time to detail the experience of buying, upgrading, restoring, and using the latest iPhone models.
106: I’ve Reached Acceptance
Sep 11, 2016 • 86 min
Live from Portland, Jason and Myke are joined by Stephen Hackett to cover a lot of follow-up from last week’s Apple announcements.
105: The Illusion of Clicking
Sep 7, 2016 • 112 min
Jason returns from the Apple Sept. 7 media event and is immediately questioned by Myke about the new iPhone 7, Apple Watch series 2, EarPods and AirPods, and all the other announcements.
104: I Really Do Want to Win
Aug 29, 2016 • 69 min
An Apple event is happening next week! So it’s time for Jason and Myke to make their predictions for the announcements in the most competitive way possible—by drafting the top 20 announcements they think we’ll see.
103: Significant Figures
Aug 22, 2016 • 100 min
Special guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to talk about reviews, ratings, using numbers to quantify the unquantifiable, when it’s appropriate to show grown-up media to kids, and a whole lot more.
102: Cautionary Tale of Laptops
Aug 16, 2016 • 102 min
This week’s episode was recorded with Jason and Myke in the same room! Before they high five, they discuss iPad keyboards, MacBook Pro upgrades, Castro 2 and podcast innovation, and Tim Cook getting chatty with the press.
101: It Works Great in California
Aug 8, 2016 • 103 min
This week we discuss Fast Company’s visit to the Apple cafeteria, Mark Gurman’s reappearance as an Apple rumor expert, and Recode’s Apple TV guide rumors, plus Myke reviews the new version of Pocket Casts.
100: The Least Less
Aug 1, 2016 • 108 min
In our hundredth episode, Jason and Myke break down Apple’s quarterly results, ponder its TV strategy, and Myke reluctantly views one of Jason’s favorite movies for an all-new Myke at the Movies.
99: Disciplined Cash Machine
Jul 25, 2016 • 86 min
Scrivener for iOS and a new mechanical keyboard for iPad arrived at Jason’s house this week. We discuss using a specialized writing tool for longform work and the challenges of building an iPad keyboard that doesn’t turn the iPad into a laptop.
98: Accidental Comics Podcast 🤓
Jul 18, 2016 • 83 min
In celebration of World Emoji Day and Comic-Con, Jason and Myke discuss how we use emojis and why they’re a valuable addition to online dialogue, and then break down the best options for digital comic-book reading.
97: We Used Our Power For Pizza
Jul 11, 2016 • 80 min
Listeners suggest naming schemes for Myke’s devices, Jason and Myke adapt to Apple’s new public betas, we discuss the future of iPad software updates, and Jason gets frustrated by the lack of updates to iCloud Family Sharing.
96: Two Ports is One More Port than One Port
Jul 4, 2016 • 91 min
In this episode there’s a bunch of headphone-jack followup, then we discuss Apple’s relationships with Spotify and Tidal, before Myke asks Jason about his own independence on Independence Day.
95: Don’t Bring the Pain without the Benefit
Jun 27, 2016 • 93 min
Apple ditches the Thunderbolt Display, Jason takes macOS Sierra for a spin, and we debate the merits of Apple removing old technology from its products.
94: Users Use Computers
Jun 20, 2016 • 78 min
Jason and Myke are back in their usual offices this week, and they discuss their feelings about watchOS 3, the lack of Apple hardware announcements, and what the buzz was during WWDC week.
93: The Emoji Judgers
Jun 13, 2016 • 84 min
Straight out of the WWDC keynote, Jason joins Myke live to talk about watchOS 3, tvOS 10, macOS Sierra, iOS 10, Apple Music and Messages.
92: WWDC 2016 Draft
Jun 7, 2016 • 99 min
Jason and Myke predict the contents of WWDC 2016 in the first annual Upgrade Keynote Draft. How many of our picks are based on deep knowledge of the industry, and how many are wish fulfillment? Next week will tell the tale.
91: iMac Special
May 30, 2016 • 86 min
In this special holiday episode, Stephen Hackett joins Myke and Jason to discuss the product that changed Apple’s fortunes: the original iMac.
90: Nobody Should be a Siri Power User
May 23, 2016 • 90 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss the future of Siri on the Mac and elsewhere, and ponder Apple’s new Apple Store design. Plus we’ve got some talk about Google I/O and final (for now) thoughts about the business of podcasting.
89: Can We Use a Tracking Pixel?
May 16, 2016 • 82 min
By popular demand, Jason and Myke talk a bit more about the business of podcasting, as they’re joined by podcaster and podcast ad sales executive Lex Friedman.
88: Happy Apple Watch Users
May 9, 2016 • 81 min
A year later, Jason and Myke are still using their Apple Watches. Amid high-profile users abandoning Apple’s new wearable, why do we still enjoy it? Also, we rage about a NYT story about high-profile podcasters trying to change the way the industry works.
87: Unchartable Tidbits
May 2, 2016 • 96 min
Jason and Myke are joined by follow-up guest Scott McNulty to review the Kindle Oasis (including its Kindle hump), then switch gears to break down the complexities of Apple’s quarterly results.
86: The Cloud With the Question Mark
Apr 25, 2016 • 79 min
Myke’s back just in time to discuss the minor changes to the new MacBook and attempt to figure out why the Apple Car might exist.
85: Talk to this Cylinder
Apr 18, 2016 • 82 min
With Myke away, Scott McNulty and Dan Moren join Jason to talk about two different Amazon hardware products, Kindle and Echo.
84: Peek it, But Don’t Pop it!
Apr 11, 2016 • 83 min
Jason and Myke discuss the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s True Tone display and the trouble with 3D Touch.
83: I Love Infuriating You
Apr 4, 2016 • 80 min
Jason tried out the shrunken-down Smart Keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and you’ll never believe what happened next! Myke returns from vacation to break down Jason’s reviews of Apple’s latest products and provide an Apple Watch band review of his own.
82: Baby Pro
Mar 28, 2016 • 85 min
Extra special guest star Serenity Caldwell joins Jason to talk about the new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, the drowning of a MacBook Air, and much more.
81: Live From Interstate 280
Mar 21, 2016 • 105 min
Myke catches up with Jason fresh from Apple’s March 21 event in Cupertino and keeps him company on his long drive home up Interstate 280. From the new smaller iPad Pro to the interesting iPhone SE, we break down everything Apple announced.
80: I Can Hear Your Future Screams
Mar 14, 2016 • 92 min
Myke is back to defend the iPad as a TV, before he and Jason discuss the expectations of Apple’s March 21st event, and why @AppleSupport exists. They go on to talk about Oculus, and address some more thoughts about Firewatch.
79: Turkey Dinner Pizza
Mar 7, 2016 • 105 min
Guest John Siracusa joins Jason to talk about HDTV, the future of the Mac, and pizza.
78: Rename Everything
Feb 29, 2016 • 74 min
Rumors of a new size of iPad Pro lead Myke and Jason to discuss how Apple chooses to name its products, and whether iPads would benefit from being named more like MacBooks. They also tackle rumors of Siri coming to the Mac and some #askupgrade questions.
77: I Don’t Know Why You’d Call Them Friends
Feb 22, 2016 • 89 min
Jason and Myke lightly cover Apple’s beef with the FBI, Myke gets excited by new phones at Mobile World Congress, Jason grapples with making his home smarter. And of course there’s follow-up about pizza and “Back to the Future”—that’s how it works.
76: You’re Part of My System
Feb 15, 2016 • 70 min
Myke probes Jason about his personal organization system, or lack of one. Then we speculate on Apple’s future as a TV producer, following the news that it’s creating a series starring Dr. Dre. Finally, we discuss favorite (and least favorite) words.
75: You Are Terrible to Sick People
Feb 8, 2016 • 90 min
This week, with Myke on sick leave, Jason is joined by Stephen Hackett to talk about Apple’s first-party apps, the future of the Mac and VR pizza.
74: Tablet Incorporated
Feb 1, 2016 • 78 min
This week we use Apple’s quarterly results as a jumping-off point to discuss Apple’s product philosophy, the overall strength of the iPhone, and Apple’s missed opportunities with the iPad.
73: Put on your Rumor Pants
Jan 25, 2016 • 70 min
It’s the official start of Rumo(u)r season, as Jason and Myke discuss the first suggestions of what Apple might release this spring and in the fall. How full does an Apple Event need to be in order for it to be worth calling?
72: I Spent Four Months Not Buying It
Jan 18, 2016 • 69 min
Jason and Myke discuss what iOS 9.3 might mean for the future of Apple’s OS update strategy, Jason buys a clicky keyboard, new Mac audio tools arrive, and we close the books on Muffingate.
71: Muffingate
Jan 11, 2016 • 65 min
Will Apple remove the headphone jack when it releases the iPhone 7? Myke thinks it’s inevitable, while Jason is skeptical. Your hosts also revisit baked goods in the British Empire, and discuss Twitter’s possible expansion to 10,000 characters.
70: I Could Call My iPhone a Muffin
Jan 4, 2016 • 79 min
Myke and Jason ring in the new year with discussions about CES, Twitter, awards, mailbags, and last year.
69: The 2015 Upgradies
Dec 28, 2015 • 86 min
With a little help from their Relay FM co-hosts, Myke and Jason present awards to the best (and worst) of the year in the second annual Upgradies.
68: The Cryogenic Chamber of Topics
Dec 21, 2015 • 124 min
This week Myke and Jason talk about Amazon drones, Christmas traditions, and Apple’s product-release strategy. And at the end of the episode, we discuss “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in a special Myke at the Movies installment.
67: Part Spite, Part Strategy
Dec 14, 2015 • 82 min
This week Jason and Myke discover who’s using LaunchPad, dissect Jason’s purchase of an iPad Pro, discuss a new podcast-recording service that works in a browser, and answer your questions.
66: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good Apps?
Dec 7, 2015 • 88 min
Myke returns from his trip to New York to the bad news that Dropbox has killed Mailbox and that Sketch has abandoned the Mac App Store. But he’s cheered up by Jason’s news that he might be keeping the iPad Pro after all.
65: Holiday Firewall
Nov 29, 2015 • 130 min
Special guest host Merlin Mann joins Jason to talk about the holidays, Apple TV, iPad Pro, and how to recommend Apple products.
64: The Law of the Large
Nov 23, 2015 • 126 min
This week Serenity Caldwell re-joins Myke so that they can talk about their first Apple Pencil experiences. Then Myke quizzes Jason about his iPad Pro review and the new Six Colors subscription drive. Finally, we return to Myke at the Movies.
63: Crying about the Peripherals
Nov 16, 2015 • 106 min
The iPad Pro has arrived, and Myke and Jason are joined by special guest Serenity Caldwell to discuss our first impressions of the new product, our iPad workflows, and the frustrating lack of availability of the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
62: I Am Nerd Face Guy
Nov 9, 2015 • 75 min
This week we extoll the virtues of emoji and how it could be better, and Myke finds his perfect emoji at last 🤓. We also preview the iPad Pro, talk about how we’re using our iPads today, revisit Myke’s external storage needs, and follow up on week two of
61: Accidental Trek Podcast
Nov 2, 2015 • 99 min
Special guest Joe Rosensteel joins Jason and Myke to talk about our first weekend with the new Apple TV. We cover setup hassles, the design of the new remote, the power of integrated voice search, and much more.
60: Very Nice Button
Oct 27, 2015 • 73 min
It’s an exciting week: Myke gets a new Retina iMac and all the Magic peripherals, and both Jason and Myke buy “Star Wars” tickets and the new Apple TV! Plus we do some Force Touch follow-up and answer your questions in #askupgrade.
59: You Need Faster Fingers
Oct 19, 2015 • 116 min
Revisiting some of the design decisions in Apple’s new “Magic” peripherals, why 3D Touch soars while Force Touch seems to lag behind, iWork gets a much needed update, and Myke and Jason watch “Back to the Future Part II.”
58: What’s Magic About That Keyboard?
Oct 13, 2015 • 85 min
Apple announces a bunch of new iMacs, including a 21.5-inch 4K model, and Jason’s got his full review. Also, Jason provides an inside look at the new input devices Apple has released, namely the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2.
57: Complex Feelings
Oct 5, 2015 • 82 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss OS X El Capitan, and Amazon’s curious practice of removing AppleTV from stock.
56: The Migration Experience
Sep 28, 2015 • 88 min
This week Jason and Myke share their iPhone 6S/6S Plus upgrade experiences, and give their first impressions of the new iPhone 6S features.
55: Your Watch is Full
Sep 21, 2015 • 100 min
Myke works out his frustrations with his iPhone and futilely attempts to upgrade to watchOS 2. We attempt to lighten the mood by talking about all the things Jason likes about iOS 9 and watchOS 2, only to stray back into negativity with Apple News.
54: Put a Pen on It
Sep 14, 2015 • 98 min
Live from Portland, we go deep with more thought about the Apple event, the iPad pro, possibilities for Apple’s product releases for the rest of 2015, what we pre-ordered Apple, the prospects for gaming on the new Apple TV, and more.
53: Everything is Off The Charts
Sep 9, 2015 • 99 min
Just hours after Apple’s September event, Jason is joined by Stephen Hackett to talk about updates to the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as the new iPad Pro, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
52: Click to Click
Aug 31, 2015 • 85 min
This week we look forward to the Sept. 9 Apple media event, which Jason will be attending. What will it take for a new Apple TV to be a success? Also, a Wii U game wins over a party of eleven-year-old boys in a mouseless house.
51: Fight Against the Fiddly Bits
Aug 24, 2015 • 80 min
This week we break down what adding Force Touch to iOS might mean, highlighting the difficult design and marketing choices Apple has to make when it rolls out new products. Also, Jason shocks Myke by saying something nice about pens.
50: Bing Bong
Aug 17, 2015 • 136 min
This week Jason cleans off his desk and we follow up on Google’s new Alphabet. Then it’s time for Myke to go back to the movies with 1983’s “WarGames” and as a special bonus, Pixar’s “Inside Out.”
49: Huge Engine of Money
Aug 11, 2015 • 85 min
Jason returns from his 2,000-mile car trip just in time to discuss the meaning behind Google’s transformation into Alphabet and the future of Twitter. And as always, they answer some of your questions.
48: The Watercooler
Aug 3, 2015 • 95 min
Our hosts show off their age gap by comparing how they watch television as a part of a larger discussion about the role of the Apple TV in Apple’s product line. Then Myke and Jason discuss the future of Twitter.
47: Trust Us, It’s Doing Well
Jul 27, 2015 • 99 min
Jason and Myke discuss Apple’s enthusiastically vague approach to Apple Watch sales figures, Myke’s fear that content blockers could wreck people’s livelihoods, and classic iPods and iPod Classics. Plus, Jason takes a European geography quiz.
46: The S Could Stand for Snell
Jul 20, 2015 • 84 min
Myke and Jason party like it’s 2005 and spend a lot of time talking about the iPod, including what the new iPod touch might mean for the future of the iPhone product line, and the mystery of the continued existence of the iPod nano and iPod shuffle.
45: Grandpa’s Superhero
Jul 13, 2015 • 101 min
Jason and Myke dive into the iOS 9 and El Capitan public betas, then divert to both Pluto and San Diego to talk space exploration and Comic-Con.
44: Tap the Ellipses
Jul 6, 2015 • 92 min
The pros and cons of Apple’s relationship with the web development community, our first week with Apple Music and Beats 1, Jason doesn’t go to Comic-Con, and the first Upgrade Baby is born.
43: Haptic Skeptic
Jun 29, 2015 • 87 min
It’s a big week, so Jason and Myke spend a lot of time discussing the launch of Apple Music and Beats One and the ugliness of music industry negotiations.
42: Shuttlecraft Wallet
Jun 22, 2015 • 129 min
Jason and Myke discuss the tough decision facing Apple when it comes to marketing a rumored iPad Pro and recap the Taylor Swift/Apple Music kerfuffle. Finally, “Myke Watches a Movie” returns with the 1989 classic, “Say Anything…”.
41: Emoji Fragmentation
Jun 15, 2015 • 87 min
Jason and Myke revisit WWDC 2015 with a week’s perspective, and also discuss iOS 9 emoji support, gaming on OS X, Apple’s new system typography, and Microsoft’s Xbox One compatibility announcement.
40: Emotion Palette
Jun 8, 2015 • 97 min
Live from San Francisco and fresh from Apple’s WWDC Keynote, Jason and Myke dissect everything from new OS X and iOS versions to native watch apps to the new Apple Music service.
39: Developers do a Lot of Running
Jun 1, 2015 • 100 min
We prepare for WWDC by discussing Jason’s coverage preparation and the future of OS X, and then Myke forces Jason to make WWDC predictions. Plus lots of Google follow-up, and we answer more of your questions.
38: Titles Are Not Jobs
May 26, 2015 • 94 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss Jonathan Ive’s new title and what it means for Apple’s Chief Design Officer and the company as a whole, and in advance of Google I/O, talk about how and why we use Google’s services on our Apple devices.
37: I Don’t Have a Production Staff
May 18, 2015 • 77 min
This week Jason and Myke talk about different podcast production styles, the apps they are using on their Apple Watches, and answer a selection of #askupgrade questions.
36: Menu Bar at the Top
May 11, 2015 • 133 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss what a new Apple TV remote might look like, the dangers of cloud syncing, Apple Watch intimacy, and Jason’s new TV. And then it’s time for the latest Myke Watches a Movie segment, featuring “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
35: Where The Fluoroelastomer Meets the Road
May 4, 2015 • 101 min
After living with the Apple Watch for another week, Jason and Myke discuss what they’ve noticed so far. Then they discuss the peculiar Amazon Echo and give a mini review of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
34: The 1.0 Experience
Apr 27, 2015 • 85 min
Jason and Myke recount their first weekends with the Apple Watch, answer your Apple Watch questions, talk about Jason’s trip to the Yosemite by CocoaConf conference, and do a little follow-up about Photos for Mac and iCloud Photo Library.
33: Personal Electronic Notebooks
Apr 20, 2015 • 75 min
Stephen Hackett joins Jason to talk about John Siracusa’s semi-retirement, online shopping, the future of the OS X brand name, Photos for Mac, and Myke’s trip to Atlanta.
32: Uncompatible
Apr 13, 2015 • 116 min
Jason and Myke talk about their Apple Watch try-on experiences and take a look at some of the new PR tactics Apple is employing. Then Jason makes Myke watch “This is Spinal Tap.”
31: MacBook Review Special
Apr 9, 2015 • 55 min
On this special episode Jason is quizzed by Myke and the listeners about his review of the new MacBook.
30: Boarding a Sinking Ship
Apr 6, 2015 • 87 min
Jason and special guest John Siracusa discuss the iPhone 6 Plus, reactions to “Becoming Steve Jobs,” Apple’s lost decade, and what lessons can be learned by business successes and failures.
29: Velcro Ball
Mar 30, 2015 • 80 min
Live from the Úll conference in Ireland, Jason and Myke discuss ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’, and how this book addresses Apple in the early days, the value of being able to meet people in person and finally address whether Myke Was Right.
28: Two Men in a Very Tiny Room
Mar 23, 2015 • 79 min
This week Jason and Myke are live and in person in London! They discuss the rumours of the Apple TV, what tech makes the cut for travelling, and whether Jason might be joining the iPhone 6 Plus club.
27: The Batman of Cheese
Mar 16, 2015 • 87 min
With an extra week’s perspective, Jason and Myke discuss the new MacBook, the Apple Watch, and what makes Apple different from its competitors.
26: Ambushed on a Podcast
Mar 9, 2015 • 111 min
Jason and Myke get a little help in discussing Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ event, including the new MacBook, HBO on Apple TV, and more on the Apple Watch.
25: I Don’t Need a Saturday Box
Mar 2, 2015 • 85 min
This week Jason and Myke are joined by David Sparks. They spend some time discussing David’s recent jump to the indie life, expectations of next week’s Apple event, the Pebble Time Kickstarter and why people may want to share secrets.
24: Because… Luxury
Feb 23, 2015 • 86 min
This week Jason and Myke trade more thoughts on Apple Car rumors, dive in to some more details on the Apple Watch, consider why working within barriers can be a good thing and discuss transparency in editorial practices at Apple.
23: The Church of The Coverflow
Feb 16, 2015 • 96 min
The possibility of Apple building a car, why being critical is both important and difficult, using a secondary Mac, and Jason and Myke answer your questions.
22: I Didn’t Hate This Movie
Feb 9, 2015 • 132 min
Apple’s new Photos app for the Mac has appeared, and Jason and Myke discuss what this could mean for iTunes and the future of Mac development. They also discuss some Apple Watch expectations, how Apple deals with change, and Myke watches ‘Real Genius.’
21: You Rolled 38
Feb 2, 2015 • 126 min
This week Jason and Myke get a grasp on how the iPhone’s runaway success affects Apple’s decisions, including the development of the Apple Watch. Plus, lots of feedback about how people take notes, and we inaugurate our ‘Myke Watches a movie’ vertical.
20: You Cannot Win an Effort War
Jan 26, 2015 • 93 min
Jason and Myke debate the utility of a stylus for the iPad, Jason falls through a time warp into the ’90s to convert some VHS tapes to digital format, and we follow up on items from various podcasts… not all of them this one.
19: Marco Marketing
Jan 19, 2015 • 105 min
Jason and Myke tackle upgrading versus sticking with what you know, take Apple’s CarPlay for a powerslide, judge the financial success of Apps in the App Store, and cover more on battery life and the 12” Air. Plus they answer your burning questions!
18: Special Interface Snowflake
Jan 12, 2015 • 97 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss the rumored 12” MacBook Air, how Apple approaches battery life on iOS devices, Apple software quality, uses of scripting and automation, Siracusa-style window management, and the first time Jason ever picked up an iPhone.
17: Somewhere on The Monorail
Jan 5, 2015 • 101 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss Apple’s software quality issues and the difficulty in diagnosing problems from outside an organization, why Family Sharing is a problematic feature, and what’s good and bad about CES.
16: The 2014 Upgradies
Dec 29, 2014 • 142 min
This episode of Upgrade plays host to the first ever ‘Upgradies’ awards! Jason and Myke talk about some of their favourite gadgets, games and podcasts of the year, amongst many other categories.
15: Upgradians of the Galaxy
Dec 23, 2014 • 63 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss workstation ergonomics, traveling with technology, and how they deal with online security, then debate how to collectively name the listeners of the show.
14: The Marvel of the Buttermilk Biscuit
Dec 15, 2014 • 84 min
This week Myke and Jason discuss the etiquette of digital gifts, compare how they use their iOS devices compared to their Macs, and decide on a collective name for listeners of the show.
13: #AskUpgrade
Dec 8, 2014 • 86 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss the varying ways that you can support yourself financially when undertaking a creative endeavour and why it’s important to consider their positive and negative effects.
12: Plant and Analyze
Dec 2, 2014 • 97 min
This week Jason and Myke address some holiday follow up, before talking about democratising podcasting and conducting a (very slow) lightning round.
11: Drifting Shower Schedule
Nov 24, 2014 • 97 min
This week Jason and Myke are joined by Greg Knauss. They talk about whether web comments are a good thing and what it’s really like to work for yourself. Greg and Jason also quiz Myke on Thanksgiving.
10: Podcasting, It’s Great!
Nov 17, 2014 • 71 min
This week Jason and Myke address more important Taylor Swift follow-up, discuss why podcasting is back (again), and take on App Store pricing in the wake of Monument Valley and Space Age.
9: A Brain and a Drill
Nov 10, 2014 • 86 min
This time Jason and Myke discuss their current working environments and how they feel about the suggestion that we’re in a new ‘podcasting revolution’.
8: With Special Offers
Nov 4, 2014 • 78 min
Special guest Scott McNulty joins Jason and Myke to talk about the new Kindle Voyage and why we use Kindles. Plus follow-up about TestFlight, annoying things people do in the Apple Store, and the introduction of our new cheese vertical.
7: Hot Dog Allergy
Oct 27, 2014 • 82 min
This week Jason and Myke tackle a host of Apple Pay follow up, before addressing Gamergate and the Retina iMac.
6: The Enemy Discount
Oct 20, 2014 • 76 min
This week Jason tells Myke about his experiences at an Apple event as an independent writer, before going on to discuss the new products announced and day-one impressions of Apple Pay.
5: Macworld Cosplay
Oct 14, 2014 • 90 min
This week Jason and Myke talk about Çingleton and the rise and fall of Mac conferences, the Mac App Store and the pains of App Review, the upcoming Apple event and a new name for summoning your digital assistant.
4: I Regret My Endorsement of You
Oct 6, 2014 • 75 min
This week Jason and Myke start off the show with a discussion about terrible social networks, before attacking follow-up on Dropbox replacements, data security and streaming services. Other topics this week include Apple Pay and the Pebble.
3: I Think You’ll Find It’s Bazqux
Sep 29, 2014 • 68 min
This week Jason and Myke discuss the perils of online streaming services and the uniquely modern problem of having 1TB of Dropbox storage.
2: You Start From Zero
Sep 22, 2014 • 82 min
This week Jason gets to address a bunch of iPhone follow-up (which he is *super* excited about) and Myke quizzes him about his first week of writing at Six Colors.
1: Fly Casual
Sep 16, 2014 • 96 min
Jason and Myke dive into what everyone wants to hear about—the new iPhones! Jason has been using the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for the last week, and he’s got a full report.