Hey folks, I just wanted to wish everyone a great holiday season. Dave and I really appreciate all the support you’ve shown us this year on the Web site and podcast—it truly means a lot to us. Please be safe over the holidays, we want to see you all back here next year.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Dave and I talked how Amazon destroys its competition and partners. We also looked at Ted Lasso, and a quick take of the AirPods Max, and the new Beatles movie.
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Did you know that Siri can make animal sounds? With a new update, the voice assistant can help you with that. Dave and I also talk about the latest information on the AirPods Max, as well as Facebook spewing garbage about Apple and privacy.
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Universal Audio released version 9.13 of its software supporting macOS Big Sur. It’s important to note that it’s still not qualified for use on Apple Silicon. You can read the full release notes and download the software from the company’s Web site.
Apple released the AirPods Max this week, a set of over the ear headphones with a lot of technology packed in. Dave and I give our thoughts on the new product. We also talked about what we’ll be looking for with the release of Fitness+ on Monday, and we answer a listener question on how to mic a piano.
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Monoliths are popping up everywhere, but apparently not in my backyard. I made a mistake when I published my HomePod mini review, so Dave and I took a few minutes to talk about what happened. Discovery Network announced its new streaming service this week—we take a look at the pricing and the channels that are coming on January 4, 2021.
We’ve all seen stories about how Apple Watch has saved a life. This week Dave tells a story about how it happened to one of his friends. We also talk about the M1 MacBook Air. Dave and I both bought one and talk about our experiences.
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Dave and I really appreciate your support throughout the year for the words written on these pages and the podcast. It’s been a tough year, but we’re all doing our best to make it through. Please be safe during the holiday.
I published my HomePod mini review on November 12, 2020, giving readers a view on how I use the devices, how and where I set them up, and how I felt about them. However, despite my best efforts to be thorough in my testing, I did make a mistake. I felt it was fair to correct that.
I don’t know how people think they will get away with massive theft these days, but some Amazon employees thought they could. We talk about the new M1 Macs speed, battery, and Dave’s explanation of “instant turn-on.” We also touched on Apple cutting App Store commissions in half.
Today SuperMegaUltraGroovy announced a major update to Capo, the award-winning app for macOS and iOS that helps musicians learn to play songs by ear. This update introduces all-new Structure and Chords song views, and includes SuperMegaUltraGroovy’s latest 4th-generation chord detection technology.
“By adding new song views to Capo, we unlock new ways to interact with and learn songs,” says Chris Liscio, the company’s founder and primary developer. “The new song views in this release help you map out arrangements, and produce chord charts that you can play along with.”
I am a longtime user and big fan of Capo. If you need an app to help you learn songs on the guitar, look no further.
BBEdit has been released on the Mac App Store with updates for Apple Silicon and macOS Big Sur. BBEdit is an HTML and text editor for macOS and one of the most versatile apps I’ve ever used. You can get it from the company’s Web site or the Mac App Store.
Fantastical, an app that I use daily, has just been updated for Big Sur, added support for Apple Silicon, and added a ton of there features and fixes. Watch the video to get a look at the latest release.
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“As Apple refined the design of macOS, we took the opportunity to modernize and revise Daylite to feel right at home on Big Sur. We hope that all the little details – refreshed icons, more readable fonts, clearer toolbar layout, beautiful dark mode – add up to a more delightful and productive experience for our customers.”
If you collaborate with projects, you probably already know about Daylite, but it is a fantastic app. Now, with support for Apple Silicon, it’s going to even faster.
I published my HomePod mini review this week, so Dave and I talked about some of the features I like, how I set mine up in the house and a few things I’m doing with them. We also talked about Apple’s new M1-powered Macs released earlier this week.
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macOS Big Sur, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available to Mac users as a free software update. Big Sur introduces a beautiful redesign and is packed with new enhancements for key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps, as well as new privacy features. And Big Sur has been engineered, down to its core, to take full advantage of all the power of the M1 chip to make the macOS experience even better for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini. The combination of Big Sur and M1 truly takes the Mac to a whole new level with incredible capabilities, efficiency, and more apps than ever before, while maintaining everything users love about macOS.
It’s here and it’s a big update. I’ve been using the developer versions on my MacBook Pro for months and really like it.
When HomePod mini was first introduced in October, I was excited about the possibilities. It was small, gave me access to Siri, multi-room audio, and, most importantly, I could play music anywhere in the house. My expectations for HomePod mini were high, and in the couple of weeks I’ve been using the two HomePod minis, it didn’t disappoint.
MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular Mac and the world’s best-selling 13-inch notebook. With the M1 chip, MacBook Air speeds through everything from editing family photos to exporting videos for the web. The powerful 8-core CPU performs up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation. With up to an 8-core GPU, graphics are up to 5x faster, the biggest leap ever for MacBook Air, so immersive, graphics-intensive games run at significantly higher frame rates. ML workloads are up to 9x faster, so apps that use ML-based features like face recognition or object detection can do so in a fraction of the time. The M1 chip’s storage controller and latest flash technology deliver up to 2x faster SSD performance, so previewing massive images or importing large files is faster than ever. And in MacBook Air, M1 is faster than the chips in 98 percent of PC laptops sold in the past year.
Take a look at the performance information and then realize this is all in a MacBook Air. This laptop was once released as a travel companion to do simple tasks, now it’s a powerhouse of computing.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is Apple’s most popular pro notebook. Students use it to power through college, and pros use it to channel their creativity. With the M1 chip and Big Sur, the 13-inch MacBook Pro becomes even more powerful and even more pro. The 8-core CPU, when paired with the MacBook Pro’s active cooling system, is up to 2.8x faster than the previous generation, delivering game-changing performance when compiling code, transcoding video, editing high-resolution photos, and more. The 8-core GPU is up to 5x faster, allowing users to enjoy super smooth graphics performance whether they are designing a graphics-intensive game or a new product. And with M1, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is up to 3x faster than the best-selling Windows laptop in its class. ML is up to 11x faster, and for on-device ML tasks that use the Neural Engine, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is now the world’s fastest compact pro notebook. With up to 17 hours of wireless web browsing and up to a staggering 20 hours of video playback, MacBook Pro delivers up to twice the battery life of the previous generation and the longest battery life ever on a Mac.
Not only power, but the battery life is probably longer than most of us work on our computer during a normal day without having it plugged in at some point.
Mac mini is Apple’s most versatile computer, and now with M1, it packs a staggering amount of performance and incredible new features in such a compact design. M1 brings an 8-core CPU with up to 3x faster performance than the previous generation, dramatically accelerating demanding workloads, from compiling a million lines of code to building enormous multitrack music projects. An 8-core GPU delivers up to a massive 6x increase in graphics performance, allowing Mac mini to tackle performance-intensive tasks like complex 3D rendering with ease. ML workloads also take a quantum leap forward with up to 15x faster performance over the previous generation. And when compared to the best-selling Windows desktop in its price range, the Mac mini is just one-tenth the size, yet delivers up to 5x faster performance.
I’ll admit, I never expected a Mac mini. However, at $699 it makes perfect sense to start the transition with a Mac mini.
Apple today announced M1, the most powerful chip it has ever created and the first chip designed specifically for the Mac. M1 is optimized for Mac systems in which small size and power efficiency are critically important. As a system on a chip (SoC), M1 combines numerous powerful technologies into a single chip, and features a unified memory architecture for dramatically improved performance and efficiency. M1 is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with an astounding 16 billion transistors, the most Apple has ever put into a chip. It features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and breakthrough machine learning performance with the Apple Neural Engine. As a result, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs. With its profound increase in performance and efficiency, M1 delivers the biggest leap ever for the Mac.
This is so much better than I expected. The M1 puts the Mac in a class of its own in CPU, GPU, battery, and every other aspect of computing.
Dave and I took some time to talk about Apple’s Mac event happening virtually next week from Cupertino. The new Macs will be the first with Apple Silicon. We also talked about the release of Apple One, the services bundle the company released last week.
Apple on Monday announced a special event that will take place virtually from its Cupertino, California Headquarters on November 10. The event will start at 10:00 am PST.
Dave and I have our favorite Apple TV+ shows. This week we talk about some of the new shows scheduled to come out and which ones we are looking forward to seeing. We also took a sudden turn and started talking about Springsteen and my favorite album of his featuring acoustic music.
Apple on Thursday reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter ending September 26, 2020. In addition to reporting record revenue, the company also posted all-time records for Macs and Services. […]
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I’ve been using the new iPad Air for about a week now and Dave and I talk about my review of the device. We also looked at the early reviews of the iPhone 12 and how those people felt about the new iPhones. We finished off the show with some thoughts on MagSafe accessories, as well as some thoughts on the Apple TV+ show, Ted Lasso.
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I have been using an iPad since the product was first introduced ten years ago. Over time it has gone from a device I use when I put away my Mac to becoming a full-time work computer that can handle any job I throw at it. The release of the powerful iPad Air solidifies its place in my daily workflow.
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It was a day of love the HomePod and newly announced HomePod mini as Dave and I review the announcements from Apple’s event. We also talked about the new iPhone 12, of course, looking at the similarities of each model and which iPhone might be right for you.