Anticipating WWDC 2023
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
Apple has announced dates and details for WWDC 2023. TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts joins Ken to talk over the remoteness of the conference and what the world can expect. Plus – Glitches with Apple Pay and (maybe) Apple Podcasts. AND – Ken and Jeff give first impressions of Apple Music Classical. Apple Announces Remote WWDC 2023 TMO Looks at WWDC23 Expectations Apple Pay Takes a Midday Nap Apple Music Classical Is (Finally) Released ..read more
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Changes for Developer Betas and Indie Podcasts
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
Apple’s making it harder for non-developers to get developer betas of its latest software. TMO writer Nick deCourville joins Ken with the story. Plus – Ken is worried that changes in Apple Podcasts are reducing independent podcast discoverability. He mixes up the terms “network” and “channels,” though the questions are still sound. Apple Cracks Down on iPhone Users Getting iOS 17 Developer Beta for Free Changes to Podcasts in iOS 16.4 ..read more
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Cook, China, and the Latest Round of Updates
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
Travelin’ Tim’s taking his time in China. TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts joins Ken to talk over a meeting between China’s commerce minister and Apple’s CEO. Also, Jeff has a look at the lates OS updates from Apple. Apple CEO Meets with China’s Commerce Minister iPhone 13s Top-Three Sellers in China in 2022 Apple Rolls Out iOS, iPadOS 16.4, macOS Ventura 13.3, More ..read more
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Mixed Feelings on Apple's MR Headset
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
Both the New York Times and Bloomberg say there are certain misgivings around Apple’s mixed reality headset inside Apple. TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts joins Ken to talk over the latest chatter. Plus China, the Steve Jobs audio chatbot, and soccer pour out of the mailbag. NYT: Dissent Inside Apple on the Way to Mixed-Reality Bloomberg: Apple's Top 100 Execs Take In MR Headset Demo Wesley Hilliard’s tweet Tim Cook Speaks at China Development Forum ..read more
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Spring OS Updates Without a Product Event?
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
Word is Apple is getting serious about having people back in the office three days a week. TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts and Ken puzzle over the report. Plus – Jeff thinks Apple will release its next OS updates next week. So, no spring product thing then? Apple Reportedly Leaning on Employees to… Show Up for Work Apple Delays Bonuses for Some and Limits Hiring in Latest Cost-Cutting Effort Apple Seeds Release Candidate Versions of iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 to Developers [Update: Public RC Available] References to New AirPods and AirPods Case Spotted in iOS 16.4 RC References to Beats Studio B ..read more
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Making Apple TV+ a Superstation?
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
Changes to “Friday Night Baseball” on Apple TV make Ken wonder whether Apple is trying to turn Apple TV+ into a superstation. He and TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts bat the idea around. Plus – They talk over the random playlists that are turning up for some Apple Music users. “Friday Night Baseball” Goes Behind Apple TV+ Paywall TechCrunch: Comparing “Friday Night Baseball” Year-to-Year Report: Unexpected Playlists Showing Up for Some Apple Music Users ..read more
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IPhone 14 Plus Fails at Failing
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
Since its introduction, most in the tech press have deemed iPhone 14 Plus a failure. New numbers indicate otherwise, leaving most in the tech press to question how Apple got it so wrong? No. That doesn’t make sense. TMO writer Nick deCourville and Ken will discuss it. Plus – Google Bard goes bigger and a very convincing Steve Jobs chatbot. Report Suggests iPhone 14 Plus More Popular Than iPhone 13 Mini iPhone 14 Plus sales are too small for Apple, but it’s not an iPhone 13 mini-sized dud ChatGPT watch out: You can now chat to Google Bard Steve Jobs returns from grave as a chatty AI Hear the J ..read more
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Counting and Ditching iPhones
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
Counterpoint Research has some staggering data on premium smartphones and iPhone. TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts and Ken work those numbers. Plus – Is “iPhone” the generic name for “smartphone” in Russia? Counterpoint: Premium Smartphones Owned 2022 (and Apple Owned Premium Smartphones) Samsung Sold More Foldables Last Year Than Other Brands Combined Apple Statistics (2023) from the Site Business of Apps Kremlin tells officials to stop using iPhones - Kommersant newspaper ..read more
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Ted Lasso Goes to Washington
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
Most of the cast of “Ted Lasso” is headed to the White House to talk mental health. TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts and Ken talk about some of the great stories on Apple TV+. Plus – the “Steve Jobs” auction revisited, and a quick dip into Mailbag Monday. “Ted Lasso” Cast Members Head to White House for Mental Health Awareness RR Auctions - Disclosed Prices for “Steve Jobs and the Apple Computer Revolution” Sales TSMC Founder: Globalization and Free-Trade Are Dead in the Chip Industry ..read more
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Sobering Thoughts from TSMC's Founder
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by Ken Ray
2M ago
The founder of Apple’s chipmaking partner TSMC struck a worrying note this week when assessing US/Taiwanese relations. TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts joins Ken to talk about that. Plus – Adventures in Sleep in the Apple Health app. Protect your online activity TODAY with the VPN rated #1 by Business Insider. Visit our exclusive link ExpressVPN.com/tdo and you can get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package. TSMC Founder: Globalization and Free-Trade Are Dead in the Chip Industry Investopedia Explains Free Trade CNBC Explains "Friend-Shoring" Keep Better Track of Your Sleep With watchOS 9 ..read more
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