May 30, 2015 — Bryan Chaffin and Kirk McElhearn

We feature Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer. The bill of fare includes Jonathan Ive’s new job as Chief Design Officer. Is this the promotion it seems, or a way for him to quietly disengage from Apple? You’ll also hear about Apple’s ongoing problems with the antitrust compliance monitor in the eBook price fixing case, Apple’s new same-day delivery system that started in San Francisco, and ongoing problems with Apple’s OS updates.

You’ll also hear from Kirk McElhearn, who is also known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” who will tell you about his experiences selling used stuff on Amazon and eBay. He’ll also talk about what might be forthcoming in the next Apple TV set-top box, and he and Gene will discuss their different tastes in TV programs. Hint: Kirk isn’t a fan of shows about comic book heroes.

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May 23, 2015 — Josh Centers and Rob Pegoraro

We feature Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of “Take Control of Apple TV” and other titles, who will talk about  the use case for Apple Watch, and whether he would have kept his had he not been a tech editor. He’ll also talk about the prospects for the next Apple TV and whether Apple will add support for 4K TV. Do people even care about 4K and other fancy TV features? Josh will also discuss his one month as an AOL member.

You’ll also hear from tech columnist Rob Pegoraro, of USA Today and Yahoo Tech, who will cover what may be the beginning of the end for AOL, which is being acquired by Verizon. He’ll also talk about cable cord cutting, Comcast’s efforts to make the company more likable to customers, prospects for an Apple branded TV subscription service, the fight over the Patriot Act and NSA surveillance, and the arrival of EMV security on credit cards in the U.S.

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May 16, 2015 — Peter Cohen and Kirk McElhearn

We present Peter Cohen, Mac Managing Editor for iMore, who covers a number of topics, including the 30th anniversary of Apple’s database program, FileMaker Pro. He’ll also discuss the curious saga of MacKeeper, which advertises itself as an app that enhances OS X, the ongoing problems with OS X Yosemite, speculation about the next Apple TV and cable cord-cutting.

You’ll also hear from Kirk McElhearn, who is also known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” who recounts his experiences in setting up and using his new Apple Watch. He’ll also discuss suggestions that Apple may want to consider rebranding OS X in 2016, when iOS 10 is expected to appear. What about returning to Mac OS?

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May 9, 2015 — Susie Ochs and Jeff Gamet

On this week’s all-star episode, you’ll hear from Susie Ochs, Executive Editor of Macworld, who covers speculation about the next Apple TV set-top box. What features is Apple going to add? Siri support, a touch-based remote, and what about the new higher-resolution TV format, 4K (Ultra HD)? Susie also talks about her experiences as owner of an Apple Watch, and how it’s become an important part of her digital lifestyle.

You’ll also hear from Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer. The topics of discussion include expectations for the next Apple TV, and the key issue of cutting the cable cord. How are existing cable and satellite providers reacting to the new TV landscape, and would some sort of a la carte scheme, where you only subscribe to the channels you want, present the best solution? Jeff will also talk about the Apple Watch, and what Apple might reveal at the next WWDC, to be held from June 8-12, 2015 in San Francisco. What about the next versions of iOS and OS X?

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May 2, 2015 — Kyle Wiens, Andrew Goldberg, Adam Engst and Bryan Chaffin

We again offer extensive coverage about the Apple Watch, this time focusing on its usability and potential for success. We also present information on the famous iFixit teardown, featuring Kyle Wiens and Andrew Goldberg, and how the company sent its reps to Australia to get some of the first shipping units to test how easy it is to replace the battery and do other repairs.

Author and publisher Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, is a runner and one of the key uses for his Apple Watch is fitness tracking. Just how well does Apple’s smartwatch fill that purpose?

You’ll also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who will focus his discussions on Apple Watch prospects, and some takeaways from Apple’s record March quarter financials. Can something be done to boost flagging iPad sales? Will more customers come once they get around to replacing the ones they have?

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