Podcast 512: At WWDC 2016, it's all coming together

Well, another WWDC keynote is in the books, and boy are Susie’s thumbs tired. (Yeah, due to spotty Wi-Fi and a tethering fail, she wound up live-blogging about 45 minutes of the two-hour keynote from her iPhone, using the shockingly helpful QuickType keyboard.) This week Susie and Glenn are joined by Caitlin McGarry, Macworld’s East Coast staff writer who came to San Francisco for the week, because who can stay away from all this excitement?

And the keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium certainly was exciting, with so many announcements, it was hard to digest them as they were happening. So on the podcast today, we discuss developers as the glue, the maturing of Apple’s newest platforms, Apple’s approach to AI, and some of the features we are most excited about. There will surely be more to unpack in the weeks ahead, and we’d love to hear your thoughts too.

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Podcast 511: WWDC predictions, Apple TV love, and free pizza

We’re just days away from the WWDC 2016 keynote, and it’s time to talk (and talk, and talk) about what might be announced, what probably won’t be announced, and what we really want Apple to announce, however unlikely. Be sure to join us for the live blog Monday morning—the keynote starts at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.

Elsewhere, Glenn made a Mac 911 FAQ because it turns out about half the questions he gets are the same handful of questions. We’re both loving the Apple TV more than ever, as articulated by Jason Snell in a recent column. Instagram is finally using the real iOS Share sheet, so we also pause to praise how great the Share sheet is at linking up apps. Then speaking of awesome apps, Glenn has written two books about Slack, which is one of those apps it’s easy to love but so powerful that it’s hard to take full advantage of. Oh, and speaking of taking advantage, T-Mobile wants you to eat Domino’s every Tuesday forever—for free.

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Podcast 509: Apple and Google and AI and the future

Ah, the heady days after Google I/O but before WWDC. It’s a fun time of looking over what Google announced, wondering what Apple will unveil, and trying to connect the dots to understand what it all means. And we’re here to help unpack it all, starting with an excellent essay by Marco Arment about what happens to Apple if we go from mobile-first to AI-first.

Elsewhere, Google wants to learn how we talk to our friends, which is going to stink when brands start mimicking us in ads. iPhone 7 rumors are flying fast, along with rumors for next year’s iPhone, yes, already. Glenn uncovered the reason your iPhone and iPad ask for your passcode in the morning. And Apple got a new store in Macworld’s hometown, with a public plaza and a really cool fountain from the 70s that matches the messy, complicated, intricate, patchwork aesthetic of San Francisco far more than it resembles anything Jony Ive would choose.

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Podcast 507: The day the iCloud Music Library died

So a person wrote a blog post about an iCloud Music Library snafu that wiped out a bunch of his collection. That would be very upsetting for anyone, whether it's from a random software glitch, or it was your fault because of confusing dialogs in iTunes. Our own iTunes Guy, Kirk McElhearn, has a good explanation of what probably happened, but since the original poster is no longer discussing the problem, we can't be 100 percent sure.

Elsewhere, we talk about smartphone security and the government again, but it has nothing to do with encryption or the FBI. The FCC and FTC are inquiring with smartphone makers about how often they issue security updates, especially for phones that are no longer brand-new. Speaking of mobile, Netflix is making it easier for you to control how much data you use, and Opera has a free and unlimited VPN—that doesn't work with Netflix.

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Podcast 506: Doomed! Doomed, I tells ya!

While Susie Ochs is off on assignment in the fens around Boston, regular host Glenn Fleishman is joined by frequent Macworld contributor John Moltz, who also writes at his web site, Very Nice Web Site, and co-hosts The Rebound tech podcast and Turning This Car Around dadcast.

Glenn and John talk about the last week’s reception to Apple’s earnings, walk through Tim Cook’s appearance on Jim Cramer’s show, and explain that the company is doomed. Doomed, we tells ya! Or, more accurately, how Apple is navigating the aftermath of one great year while growth tapers and the Chinese economy shudders.

John has an iPhone SE and he loves it. Courts can order you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint, so perhaps you need to re-consider Touch ID. And Dish Networks will come to your house and fix your iPhone—you might even want this!

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Podcast 505: MacBook and Apple Watch backlash blues

The new MacBook is here, and it's been reviewed against its predecessor, the other portable Macs, and even the iPad Pro. Bottom line is that it's a great machine—and how cool is it that the choice between iPad and laptop has basically come down to personal preference—but it's still taking heat from people who didn't think Apple went far enough.

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Podcast 504: New MacBooks and WWDC 2016 dates

Sometimes new Apple products are announced with fanfare at a fancy event. Sometimes they just get a new processor and a press release. The first MacBook got an event, and on Tuesday Apple put out a press release about the second MacBook revision, with a processor bump, a new rose gold color, and an extra hour of battery life. Glenn and Susie are a bit underwhelmed by this underwhelming development, but Glenn’s still really enjoying the first-gen MacBook he’s used all year.

Elsewhere, Apple’s encryption tussle with the government has moved to New York, and Apple filed a briefing last week pointing out the weakness of the government’s appeal. And WWDC dates were announced: June 13 to 17 in San Francisco. A lottery is on now for tickets, and hotel rooms are already expensive, so our pro tip is to consider staying in beautiful downtown Oakland and riding BART to San Francisco instead. Can’t wait!

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