Podcast 536: Made in America

The days are getting shorter, the Thanksgiving leftovers are dwindling, and we still aren't able to buy AirPods, but one of these days we will be. Until then, we have a holiday potpourri of topics for you.

First up? Calendar spam, calendar spam, doing the things a calendar can. Then a video that will crash your iPhone (and no, it's not worth it), a new streaming service from AT&T, and the Apple Store doing right by customers with wonky iPhone 6s batteries or dead SSDs. Later, could Apple really make iPhones in America? And what's the best way to make Twitter less awful?

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Podcast 535: So long to AirPort?

There’s plenty to be thankful for in the Mac world, even if the rumor about Apple getting out of the AirPort game turns out to be true. Apple is lowering the rates for streaming video apps, which should help flesh out the TV.app we’re anticipating this December.

But it wouldn’t be a podcast if we didn’t find things to complain about, or freaky security stories. This week has both, from a tale of Safari malware to iCloud syncing call history on the sly, to a proof-of-concept hack that’s basically the dongle of death.

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Podcast 534: The Mac book that isn't a computer

In the week since we last spoke, Susie reviewed the MacBook Pro models with the new Touch Bar. She finds the Touch Bar very useful, a refreshing change in how we use our Macs, and perfectly in line with technology's recent focus on putting the stuff you need in front of you when you need it.

Then Apple announced a vanity project that really stretches the word vanity: _Designed by Apple in California_, a coffee table book slash wordless design manual that could be a cool idea if the proceeds were going to any number of charities. (Spoiler: They are not.) So we share our feelings about that, and then extend the discussion to Apple's attitude overall lately. Let us know your thoughts, too.

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Podcast 533: The Mac of today, the Mac of tomorrow

The new MacBook Pro has been reviewed. Oh wait, that's the kind-of-new MacBook Pro, the 13-inch model with two Thunderbolt ports and no Touch Bar. So you'll forgive Susie if she's not champing at the bit to spend $1500 on it, not when the more exciting Touch Bar models will be reviewed very soon.

Until then, there's plenty else to talk about, like the confusion over what is supported by the new Macs' Thunderbolt 3 ports. Glenn did a wonderful explainer for TidBITS, linked to below, so he's the man to set everyone straight. Be sure to double-check compatibility when you're shopping for cables and adapters, and buy from trusted sellers with good return policies.

Then we spend some time fretting over the future of the Mac, just for fun. Good. Times.

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Podcast 532: I want my TV app (only better)

We’re still unpacking the “Hello again” event, with plenty of opinions on the TV app that’s coming in December, but Susie got to demo a little in the hands-on area. Then we dig into the MacBook Pro, discussing the reason behind its 16GB RAM ceiling, the awkward transition to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, and Susie’s hands-on experience in which her hands were moving just too quickly for QuickType to keep up.

Next week we’ll be able to discuss our full review of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys, and our reviews of the Touch Bar models should come out just after the podcast. Stay tuned!

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Podcast 531: The new MacBook Pro is here

After Apple's "Hello again" event on Thursday, you might have been digging out your credit card, or humming the classic song, "Is That All There Is?" The new MacBook Pro lineup has a cool new Touch Bar to offload contextual buttons and commands from the screen to the keyboard, as well as four Thunderbolt 3 ports to connect all the dongles you can imagine. Will that be enough for Pro customers? For all of us who who will never get to buy a new MacBook Air? For you? Join Glenn and Macworld Senior Editor Roman Loyola as they discuss what happened and what's next.

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Podcast 530: Project Titan may not be an Apple Car

If a tree falls in the woods and no one's around, does it make a sound? And if an Apple Car is parked before it ever drives, was it even a car? Project Titan could be shifting gears, but in a world where artificial intelligence and augmented reality grow more and more important, maybe the car isn't the most interesting problem Apple can solve.

Oh, just a note: We recorded this on Tuesday, October 18, one day before Apple invited journalists to its October 27 "Hello Again" event (presumably to announce new Macs). So that's why we muse about how late the invitations are—they were!—but now the event is confirmed, and we'll unpack all the announcements for you next week, probably Friday but maybe late Thursday if we can get it done quickly. Talk to you then!

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