Podcast 467: Apple earnings, Apple Pay, and shadenfreude

Apple makes a lot of money every quarter, but Wall Street is never satisfied—what's up with that? And will the iPad ever break out of its sales slump? And how many Apple Watches did Apple sell? And how great is Tim Cook at throwing shade?!?! Glenn and Susie tackle all these questions and more in our discussion of the most recent earnings call.

We also discuss mobile payments again, in the face of some maybe-sort-of-news about CurrentC. Best Buy and Apple seem to be getting tighter, event though their retail experiences couldn't be more different. But regardless, with Apple Pay's momentum and Square's reader, it's an interesting time for mobile payments.

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Podcast 466: Baby you can park my iPod

Remember Knight Rider? Remember how KITT, the awesome talking Trans-Am, could travel independently of our hero Michael Knight? Glenn came to San Francisco recently, and tested a few valet parking services that let you hand off your car in one place, go about your day fighting crime or whatever, and have your car brought to you in another place. (Michael Knight even had an Apple Watch prototype, if you think about it.)

When not freaking out about how very, very *Knight Rider* this whole thing is, Glenn and Susie discuss the sweet new iPod touch that Apple just released: Who's it for, what are its strengths, and could it hold any clues to the next low-end iPhone. The Apple Watch has been out almost three months, and still doesn't need Facebook (please, really, no Facebook), so we talk about what kinds of impacts it's made on us so far—if we're still wearing it, that is.

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Podcast 465: O El Capitan, my Capitan

The new phone books are here! Wait, no they aren't. But the new operating systems are. Last week, Apple unleashed public betas of both OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and iOS 9. We downloaded and installed them and started kicking the tires, and now it's time to discuss our experiences on the podcast. Joining us is Macworld's former editorial director, More Color columnist, and all-around best pal Jason Snell.

Jason wrote a hands-on with El Capitan that went live as the betas did, and he's most excited about much-needed improvements to Photos, as well as the little Spotlight features that are making a big difference. Glenn's got his eye on security as always, recapping the changes to Apple's two-step authentication process as well as the System Integration Protection feature. We also touch on iOS 9's beta, which brings major multitasking upgrades to certain iPads, but plenty of goodies for all the other devices too.

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Podcast 464: Hacking compatibility

It's been a weird week. The Hacking Team got hacked, revealing its beyond-shady activities—not to mention the best argument yet for not jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad. Glenn explains why. We also unpack Nolan Lawson's pair of blog posts about Apple not adding the latest, greatest APIs to Safari.

Closer to home, we discuss Jason Snell's latest More Color column, on how layers of complexity added by hardware becoming connected, and software trending toward services, results in ridiculous scenarios like only being able to play *some* music on your expensive speaker system, but not *all* the music. (Remember when music traveled through wires and everything worked everywhere? That was nice, huh?) Oh, and Home Sharing is gone, or renamed at best. Note to Apple: Putting "iCloud" and "Library" in something's name doesn't inspire the greatest of confidence...

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Podcast 463: Apple Music launch and security updates galore

Streaming music might be new to Apple, but it isn't new to Susie, and she's got some strong opinions on how Apple Music is both soaring and stumbling right out of the gate. Navigation is glitchy, it's not always obvious what you can tap on, and it's missing some key features and menu items the other streaming services all have. But what's here is pretty great so far, so it's worth exploring, and we have some tips to make your experience a little smoother.

Our resident security expert Glenn was only a little behind on Apple Music because he spent all day Tuesday reporting on the insanely huge amount of security patches that Apple crammed into iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4. Seriously, it's a lot. But discoveryd is finally ddeadd, so if you'd been suffering from that pesky "Wi-Fi, what Wi-Fi?" problem, you're probably dancing in the street right now. (Just not to Prince, who isn't on Apple Music. Now we'll never know what it sounds like when doves cry.)

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Podcast 462: The most interesting OS in the world

El Capitan is fun to say, but that's not the best thing about it, not by a long shot. The next version of OS X might not have hundreds of new features, but the improvments it does have could make a pretty big difference in the quality of your digital life. Easier muting of autoplay videos? Easier ways to create new Calendar events and Contacts cards from inside Mail? Natural language Spotlight queries? Sign us up for all of that.

But what would OS X be without the Mac? We also discuss the recent, uh, indecent proposals in the Wall Street Journal that Apple should stop making the Mac. Besides just making all of us *very* sad pandas, it's just a bad idea. A better idea? Keeping abreast of security situations like the XARA exploits and the LastPass breach, so Glenn will tell us what we need to know about those.

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Podcast: Extra, extra, hear all about the News app

What’s the news about the new News app? First, Newsstand is dead, but standalone news apps remain alive. Second, there’s so much unknown about whether the iOS 9 News app, announced at WWDC, will affect consumption of news and how publications produce it.

Joining Glenn Fleishman on this podcast are Jason Snell, proprietor of Six Colors and former editorial director at IDG, who knows from news sites big and small, and Tom Standage, deputy editor of the Economist, where he heads up the periodical’s digital strategy. The *Economist* was a launch partner in the News app. (Tom’s also the author of several fine books.)

We talk mostly about the publishing side of the equation: will this add voices to the mix of news people read, provide a new and viable business model, and exactly *how* will Apple choose what news feeds—and even what stories—wind up in the app?

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