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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Podcast 473: Hey Siri, let's talk iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, and Apple TV

Apple announced a passel of new products and updates today, and while Susie is busy editing, Glenn tapped John Moltz, a Macworld senior contributor and proprietor of Very Nice Web Site to chat about developers. We discuss watchOS 2, the new finishes and bands, who the iPad Pro is for (we don't know, but it must be a big audience), the Apple TV, and the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including all the new options for service plans.

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Podcast 472: There's a new smartwatch in town

The event is official, and we are officially stoked. This week's news is all about what Apple is getting ready to reveal: a new iPhone or two, the new Apple TV, and release dates for the new OSes. We've been enjoying the new proactive features in iOS 9 that predict which apps you'll want to use at which times and places, and that's one reason we like Nuzzel, a service that predicts what you'll want to read based on what your friends are sharing. Glenn has an interview with Jonathan Abrams, the CEO, about designing a social news app for every device.

Our final discussion is about Android Wear on iOS. Susie's testing it out, and while it can't hold a candle to the deep, OS-wide integration of the Apple Watch, Android Wear on iOS does a few things right. On-device curation of notifications is huge, and knowing when your watch will be fully charged is a nice touch too. Here's hoping Apple takes a little inspiration from Android Wear's more mature platform for future watchOS releases.

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