Podcast 555: Imagining the iPhone 8 and a Mac Pro that works

Yep, we're still discussing iPhone rumors. And since one of the rumors is that the new OLED iPhone might be delayed...this topic isn't going away anytime soon. So strap in and get comfortable, as we unpack the latest. Elsewhere, Marco Arment wrote a great piece on why the Mac Pro didn't meet the needs of nearly anyone who would want to use it. All eyes turn to the upcoming iMac Pro, since that's the design that seems to make the most sense. (Or they could bring back the cheese grater!)

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Podcast 554: The cheaper iPad is gold, baby, gold

Susie reviewed the $329 iPad and she’s totally fangirling out over it, you guys. Sure, it doesn’t have some of the iPad Pro’s tip-top features, but how often do you need the Smart Connector or the Pencil anyway? The “good enough” factor is what keeps people from upgrading older iPads to begin with, so having a good-enough iPad to upgrade to is a boon to families, schools, businesses, and maybe you too.

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Podcast 553: The future of the Mac Pro

Apple showed its hand. The company hasn't forgotten its pro users (hasn't forgotten how annoyed they are, anyway), but it doesn't have anything to give them today. The Mac Pro got a configuration adjustment, and a new model will come, but not this year. Which could mean next year...or it might not. Apple also gave up some interesting stats on what makes a "pro" Mac user, and what Macs those users buy the most. So this isn't all bad news, but it's not really much to get excited about, either.

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Podcast 552: Working on my Night Shift

On Monday, Apple released iOS 10.3, a major and minor release which adds a lot of little features, and macOS 10.12.4, which brings Night Shift to the Mac. Glenn Fleishman and Leah Yamshon talk about new features, follow-up security and conflict minerals stories, and explain how an iCloud breach is almost certainly not that on this week’s episode.

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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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