iOS

Podcast: iOS 9 will reportedly teach old devices new tricks

How many old iPhones and iPads are in your drawers, or enjoying their hand-me-down second lives with friends and family? You might not have to warn those friends and family not to upgrade the OS, if the latest iOS 9 rumor proves true: Apple is reportedly preparing special stripped-down versions of iOS 9 to run on older hardware. Even if your old iPhone or iPad doesn't get every iOS 9 feature, running a new OS will keep you more secure, and help Apple grow its already-huge iOS ecosystem just a little bit more. We're all for it.

Elsewhere, Jony Ive got a promotion, and Marco Arment didn't like his MacBook. (But we liked his take on it.) Product reviews have never been more plentiful, and while that means there isn't a definitive version we can point to, you can develop trusted relationships with reviewers who think like you—or just look to the 3-star cluster on Amazon.

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iOS

Podcast: The app economy is amazing and terrible

If you live in a big city (like Caitlin in New York, Roman in San Francisco, and Susie in Oakland), you can get pretty much anything your heart desires delivered to your door, and thanks to a host of apps, you don't even have to talk to a person until the doorbell rings—and sometimes not even then. But is the app economy creating a shut-in culture? We discuss our experiences.

Elsewhere, a teaser trailer for the Steve Jobs movie is out, and rumors about a big Apple Watch update as well as a new Apple TV have us intrigued. Samsung and Apple are still battling in court, but we wonder if it might be time for them both to just give it up.

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Podcast: Beta think twice, it's all right

It’s been a pretty slow news week in the Mac world. (Unless you’re excited about Verizon plunking down $4.4 billion for AOL—yes, that AOL.) New betas are out for Yosemite as well as iOS 8.4, so we discuss how to get an early peek at the next iterations of Apple’s operating systems—and if you’re better off waiting for the final versions.

Glenn wrote a great piece about living with the new single-port 12-inch MacBook, and his quest to find the best adapter mix for the most people. (Don’t worry—you won’t have to try as many as he did!) He’s been leaning on the MacBook a ton, actually, because his other computers have been giving him huge amounts of trouble, so get the popcorn ready for his sad tales of endless troubleshooting.

Since we legally can’t podcast without mentioning the Apple Watch, we also go over Susie’s ranked list of every single built-in app, and discuss how third-party developers are heading back to the drawing board now that they actually have watches, to design interfaces that make better sense. Have any Apple Watch apps rocked your world just yet? Let us know in the comments!

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