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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Podcast 476: Please don’t squeeze the iPhone

Jason Snell, proprietor of Six Colors, joins Glenn this week to talk about the release of El Capitan and the two new iPhones, all of which Jason tested over a very, very busy couple of weeks and published reviews of earlier this week. El Capitan is ready for business in a way that we can't remember many or any other OS X releases being. We recommend upgrading for all Yosemite users.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have significant hardware changes that translate into a great new set of experiences. 3D Touch is a winner, in Jason's estimation, while 4K video, faster Touch ID, and overall performance all add up to make both models seem very different from their predecessors, even as they look almost identical.

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Podcast 475: Kids and technology go together like PB&J

Another special guest on the podcast this week: Lisa Schmeiser, who writes [the Generations column here at Macworld, and you probably also know her from The Incomparable podcasts, her amazing So What, Who Cares? newsletter—by day she runs the SuperSite for Windows but we won't hold that against her. Lisa joins us to talk about kids and technology: how to manage screen time, teach kids to be good digital citizens, and help them establish and control their online identity.

There's also plenty of news to discuss this week, including the first round of iPhone 6s reviews, this XcodeGhost malware problem, the fashionably late arrival of watchOS 2, and a little bit on content blockers before we run out of steam and pull the podcast equivalent of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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Podcast 474: A new iOS update is now available

This week we welcome Brianna Wu, head of development at Giant Spacekat and friend of Macworld, to discuss making games for the Apple TV. Turns out, Apple's restrictions make the most sense if you're developing games Apple's way, but that's obviously not how every game studio works.

We also discuss iOS 9 and our confidence in its stability—as well as our annoyance at those incessant popups urging beta testers to skip right ahead to iOS 9.1. The iPad Pro still has us a bit baffled, so we toss around theories as to what role it will ultimately fill in Apple's lineup and the lives of its eventual users.

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