Podcast 551: Knocking the Air out of the iPad lineup

Yay, new hardware! Apple skipped the event this time around, and unveiled a new iPad to replace the iPad Air 2, a red iPhone 7, more storage for the iPad mini 4 and iPhone SE, new Apple Watch bands, and a new iOS app that combines elements of Vine and Snapchat. Whew!

We'll have a review of the iPad when it ships, but don't worry that this is all there is. Apple still has the iPad Pro to refresh, and of course Tim Cook promised us pro Macs this year. The vigil continues...

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Podcast 550: Accessibility and superpowers

The iPad rumors are flying, with the latest being a tease of four new models coming as soon as next week. We wish! Elsewhere, go ahead and disable auto-play (we won't judge), don't worry that Signal was hacked because it wasn't, and marvel at the amazing accessibility features in iOS.

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Podcast 548: Ride the Lightning

Let’s face the facts: Open standards like USB-C are better for consumers than proprietary ones like Lightning, which Apple controls. Having one set of chargers, cables, and peripherals for your laptop, phone, and tablet would be convenient. The USB-C ecosystem would explode if Apple went all-in. But getting there will be beyond painful. Glenn and Susie unpack the rumor that the next iPhone will have USB-C instead of Lightning, even though Apple keeps releasing Lightning accessories, like, well... like it’s going out of style.

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Podcast 547: WWDC heads south to San Jose

Do you know the way to San Jose? It’s super easy, you just head south on the 101 or the 280 (or the 680 or 880 if you’re in the East Bay), and just between us, the airport there is way better than SFO anyway. Oh, and it’s where Apple is having WWDC 2017 starting June 5. That’s confirmed, but before we get that far, rumor has it we might get an Apple event in March, to announce new iPads, an iPhone SE with more storage, and maybe even a cherry red iPhone 7. Which would be nice.

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Podcast 546: Would you AR in the car?

We won’t be shopping for new iPhones for a while yet, but it’s a good time to shop for a new cellular plan, with Verizon and T-Mobile lowering their prices while getting more generous with the data. And come new iPhone time, rumor has it Apple might produce a special 10th-anniversary iPhone—could it command a higher price tag due to Apple Watch Edition-like materials? And when Tim Cook talks about his love of AR, is he hinting at the future of the iPhone, or the car?

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Podcast 545: Assault on batteries

Batteries. No one's ever really happy with them, but everything has one now and they all need charging. With the help of Macworld senior editor Roman Loyola, Gordon Ung of PCWorld went deep in testing the MacBook Pro's battery recently, and found it to be pretty darn good, typically besting the much larger battery in the last generation. And speaking of batteries, we have an extended public service announcement about never ever using a device that's bulging, because that means the battery is downright unsafe.

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