Podcast 483: Putting the iPad Pro to work

The iPad Pro has arrived, and it's time to get to work. Susie is joined by Dan Benjamin of the 5by5 network, fresh off a trip to San Francisco where he got to sample the iPad Pro's abilities when he wasn't downing tiki drinks or hanging with Weird Al. From the sadly scarce and curiously round Pencil to how the expansive screen affects travelability, the iPad Pro gives us plenty to talk about.

Elsewhere, Susie and Glenn recap Apple's embarrassing Mac App Store security certificate fail, the rumor about person-to-person payments over Apple Pay, and the upcoming end of Beats Music.

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Podcast 482: Who does the iPad Pro work for?

The iPad Pro: (huh, good god, y'all) who is it good for? Absolutely everyone? Absolutely no one? Or somewhere in between? Glenn and Susie discuss the upcoming mega-tablet, and how it was probably inevitable even though it's not going to *halt the sale of computers,* no matter what kind of jive Tim Cook manages to say with a straight face. (There's a weird little nugget of potentially bad news buried in that same interview, actually, that got totally overshadowed by the hyperbole, which is a shame.)

Elsewhere, we discuss some proof-of-concept ransomware for the Mac (that's bad), the cool-sounding new HDR app from Macphun (that's good), and some awesome tips for the new Apple TV, which got its first update this week, which reminded us all—hey, you can't back this thing up, can you? Aw geez, here we go again. (Also, Glenn still has fiber internet. Shocker.)

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Podcast 481: Binge-watching the new Apple TV

Nothing spoils a fun activity like watching TV like dissecting it endlessly in a review and then on a podcast, but that’s exactly what we did, because it’s our jobs and because we love you. In other words, the Apple TV is out, and Glenn and Susie have a lot to talk about, from our text-input frustrations to our favorite apps, and how we chose which size to buy.

Of course, Glenn just has to tell us more about his fiber Internet, and how it’s affecting his choice of cloud backup services. Everyone loves a good backup story. Enjoy!

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Podcast 480: Stay tuned for Apple TV

The Apple TV is on sale, and Glenn is even more excited than Susie, now that he has gigabit fiber internet right inside his house. Find out more about that whole journey on this week's podcast! Well, before the fire drill anyway.

Elsewhere, Facebook claimed to fix its battery problem, but it turns out you don't even need Facebook's main app on your phone—or Messenger, while we're deleting things—to have a complete Facebook experience. Whatever apps and data you do have on your phone, Apple still refuses to help the authorities hack it, even if a court wants them to. MacKeeper's settlement is being split among more people than anticipated (and you can still get in on it), and Chase Pay is CurrentC all over again but at least uses credit cards.

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Podcast 479: The Magic is here...I guess

The new Magic accessories are out—or "meh-gic" if you're not blown away. They're nice and all, but you can get better keyboards and mice for the same money, and the trackpad's addition of Force Touch just isn't crucial enough, until there's more in OS X that makes Force Touch worthwhile. Check out our reviews for more.

Elsewhere, it's an Apple-scented potpourri of topics, from iWork updates to removing yourself from the beta cycle, to patent lawsuits, to accessibility features everyone could benefit from. Tim Cook also gave us our next date to look forward to: October 26 is the start of Apple TV preorders.

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Podcast 478: How to buy an iPhone

Susie bought a new iPhone 6s in an Apple Store, but couldn't get the subsidized price she wanted since she wasn't buying from AT&T, who would only ship it to her house, where she wasn't going to be. Glenn bought his iPhone 6s at an Apple Store as well, after stalking the reservations system for days since you can only get the new iPhone Upgrade Plan if you buy in person, not online (yet, anyway).

What the heck is going on?!

To help us sort through this madness—not to mention all the deals carriers are dangling in an effort to get you to switch—we talk to Dan Frakes, senior editor at The Wirecutter, and of course still-beloved former Macworld staffer. Dan helped pen a really useful, amazingly comprehensive article about how to buy an iPhone, because these days it just isn’t as easy as it used to be.

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Podcast 477: Hello iPhone, good-bye Watch

Susie just got back from vacation, with tired arms and a rose gold iPhone 6s. Glenn sold his Apple Watch and is in the process of upgrading his iPhone the old fashioned way—by selling it and buying a new one for full price. Buying iPhones got more confusing this time around than ever, and we can't help talking about it, even in advance of Dan Frakes's visit planned for next time.

Obviously, that's not all we talked about: Microsoft dropped the ball right off the top of El Capitan, and Amazon got tough on which streaming box will be sold in its online superstore. (No spoilers! Ha.) Plus, if ad blockers charge you to block ads, and advertisers to remain unblocked, isn't everyone losing but the ad blocker?

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