Podcast 526: macOS Sierra, now in mullet case

macOS Sierra is out, our review is live, and we like pretty much everything about it, starting with the new mullet-case name. (Party in back!) We also discuss how hard it is to buy an iPhone these days, Apple's rules about what can be purchased with Apple Pay in Safari, and if we trust iCloud to just start moving files around for us (spoiler: oh honey, no).

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Podcast 525: Yay iOS 10, boo iPhone Upgrade Program

This week, Susie returns from her hiatus writing about the Apple event, in order to discuss, duh—the Apple event. iOS 10 is out, and our review is live. We're eagerly awaiting our chance to review the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and glad we didn't try to order them through the iPhone Upgrade Program, which temporarily put loyal customers willing to buy an iPhone every year at the back of the line.

Since we recorded this, Apple has announced that it was trying to get iPhones assigned to the Upgrade Program customers, but the result is that Apple stores won't have any iPhone 7 Plus units, nor jet-black iPhone 7 units, for walk-in customers on launch day. This seems like the right thing to do: take care of the loyal customers first.

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Podcast 524: A black that’s blacker than black

The new iPhones have lost a jack, for sure, but they’ve gained jet black: a black that’s apparently so black, it’s darker than black. Senior contributor Glenn Fleishman is joined by podcasting veteran John Moltz to cover the news of today’s Apple announcements. We talk iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Watch Series 2, watchOS 3, Pokémon Go on the Watch, Mario in iOS, and…real-time collaboration in iWork?

Glenn can’t keep EarPods and AirPods straight, already.

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Podcast 523: Nothing is certain but new iPhones and taxes

OK, now we're getting somewhere. Apple confirmed its next press event, where we expect Tim Cook and Friends to formally unveil the next iPhone (iPhone 7, iPhone 6SE, iPhone Super Pro All Star, whatever it's called), and possibly-hopefully-dare-we-say-probably a new Apple Watch. We're stoked.

In less rah-rah news, Apple has also found itself in hot water with the European Commission over the peanuts it pays in corporate taxes in Ireland. Apple of course vigorously denies the charges, but we don't find its explanations so reassuring. This story isn't going anywhere, so we'll keep an eye on it.

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Podcast 522: Headphone jack interrupted

We're almost through what's basically Tech Advent, week after week of quietly preparing ourselves to receive actual confirmed details about the next iPhone. Today, Glenn and Susie begin working through our grief about the next phone's alleged lack of a headphone jack, and wonder how waterproof it'll be versus how waterproof Apple will publicly say it is.

Elsewhere, Barbra Strei-SAND is making a difference, and we love her for it. The Apple Store has a new name, or just a lower-case S. AT&T and T-Mobile are messing with their plan offerings again, and if you can sort out the details, you could save hundreds per year—like Glenn is. And Apple Music could get some new competition, from a cheaper Amazon offering for students and/or a rebranded version of Rdio from its new owners Pandora.

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Podcast 521: iPhone 7 rumor-palooza

The iPhone 7 isn't announced yet, but we can't wait! This week we tear into the latest rumors about its camera system and lack of headphone jack, along with a rumor about another size of iPad Pro.

Elsewhere, Facebook is blocking ad-blockers, so the ad-blockers are blocking the ad-blocker-blocker. Makes sense! CVS Pay could get awkward in Target. And Tim Cook gives good interview—hey, Tim, you should guest on the podcast sometime!

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Podcast 520: Coming up next on Apple TV

Glenn and Susie could talk about TV all day, well, all week if we're allowed to mix in quotes from The Simpsons. So this week, we sink our teeth into Apple TV news. Apple's new Apple TV Remote app is pretty great, but the volume controls might not work if you aren't using HDMI-CEC. Apple still hasn't been able to close the deals for its long-rumored streaming service, and the company is reportedly pivoting to a TV Guide-like app to at least make the fragmented world of Apple TV apps a little easier to channel-surf. Speaking of apps, no more free Hulu—but is it worth paying for?

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