Spotlight on iOS 5

Having thoroughly analyzed the iPhone 4S, the Macworld Podcast turns its attention to Apple's other big mobile product unveiling for October—iOS 5. Senior associate editor Dan Moren wrote the super-sized review of this super-sized iOS update, and he's joined in this episode by editorial director Jason Snell and staff writer Lex Friedman to give you a detailed account of what to expect from iOS 5.

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Speaking of the iPhone 4S

We’re now free to talk openly about the iPhone 4S. Our own Jason Snell has had the iPhone for a week and has a lot to say about its performance, the improved camera, and Siri. Is the iPhone 4S for you? Listen and learn.

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iPhone event preview

As you’ve likely heard, Apple is holding an event next week that focuses on the iPhone. I’m joined by Macworld’s Jason Snell, Dan Frakes, and Dan Moren to discuss the implications and expectations of this event. During that discussion we touch on not only the iPhone but also iOS 5, iCloud, and all varieties of iPod.

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Windows 8, Apple, and the Future

Microsoft has finally unveiled its answer to the iPad, and it’s… Windows? At the company’s Build conference last week, it showed off Windows 8, the next version of its PC operating system and its next-generation tablet interface. So Microsoft’s answer to the iPad is also Microsoft’s answer to Lion?

Why do Apple and Microsoft view the world so differently? And are they headed in opposite directions? Joining me to discuss these matters is Harry McCracken, founder of the Technologizer blog, columnist for and Cnet, and former counterpart of mine at PCWorld.

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iCal (and other) annoyances

Long-time Mac users are familiar with the OS Acceptance Cycle: Apple announces a new version of OS X, everyone gets excited about its new features, the upgrade ships, early adopters either laud or loathe the thing, and then the bulk of the Mac world eventually gives it a shot and responds with a more realistic reaction.

We’re now in the last stage of the cycle where we have a better idea of what Lion is and isn’t good for. With that in mind, Kirk McElhearn joins me to talk about some of Lion’s annoyances—specifically, where iCal falls down. Later in the discussion we talk generally about Lion’s features and, in a complete change of subject, how Kirk is dealing with ripping and cataloging a massive Grateful Dead release.

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