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Upgrade looks at how technology shapes our lives, from the devices in our hands and pockets to the streaming services that keep us entertained. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Jason Snell.

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    • Jan 23, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
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    443: Core Variations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 96:10

    Jason's spent most of the last week with an M2 Max MacBook Pro, so it's time for his full review. We also discuss the M2 Mac mini and the second-generation HomePod. This naturally leads into a discussion of Apple's future home products and what form the M3 processor might take.

    442: Zombie Arms and Toaster Fridge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 95:49

    Does the report that Apple may build a touchscreen Mac laptop mean that the futures of the Mac and iPad are about to converge--or is nothing much really going to change? Then Jason and Myke then pour one out for third-party Twitter apps. It was a good run.

    441: Qi2: Qi Harder

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 89:44

    As the new year begins, reports about Apple's forthcoming headset product arrive to confuse and perplex us. We also discuss a potentially quiet year for the rest of Apple's product line, the fundamental dignity of a circular pizza, and a handful of things we cared about at CES 2023.

    440: Apple Bricked My House!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 98:40

    It's a new year, and Jason has made his fearless predictions about what will happen in 2023! (Myke has questions.) We also consider the fate of the iPhone Plus, discuss Apple pausing its HomeKit architecture roll-out, and pour one out for Dark Sky.

    439: The 2022 Upgradies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 125:29

    As the year comes to an end, it's time for the Ninth Annual Upgradies! Myke and Jason discuss their favorites of 2022, take the input of many Upgradians, and hand out awards in numerous categories! Only the finest will walk away with the most coveted of titles: Upgradies Winner.

    438: Holiday Antitrust Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 121:26

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, but the news doesn't stop! We discuss next year's Mac lineup, the end of Apple's NFL Sunday Ticket negotiations, and reports that Apple is planning to open up the iOS app ecosystem in response to new rules from the European Union. But before we're done, we also take a little time out to re-tell our Apple origin stories. Happy holidays to all Upgradians!

    437: Luxury Car for Nerds

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 90:14

    Myke has returned, and so have the Apple Car rumors. But before we try to figure those out, we've got to consider Apple's encryption announcements, Tim Cook's appearance at a chip factory in Arizona, and John Siracusa's appearance in our shared show document.

    436: I Bend So Many Spoons

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 138:29

    John Siracusa returns to the show to chat about Jason's recent visit to his house, Mac app development, Apple's brain drain, TSMC breaking ground in Arizona, the problems with AI training models, the current state of macOS, and what makes a Good Product.

    435: OS 8, Not So Great

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 144:43

    John Gruber joins Jason on Upgrade for the first time. Topics include eWorld, Apple's iPhone production problems in China, FIFA and Qatar and the World Cup, the reasons behind Apple's sports ambitions, BBEdit, regular expressions, Perl and Python, MarsEdit, nanotexture displays, webcams, and the state of the art in ADB-to-USB adapters. Happy Cyber Monday to all those who celebrate!

    434: Bob to Bob to Bob

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 85:22

    There's some huge news from the world of streaming, as Disney switches bosses and Apple plans its next wave of sports-streaming products. Meanwhile, Myke's busy building out his smart home while Jason has been reminded of the fragility of smart-home networking.

    433: The Lava Lamp is Not Responding

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 80:18

    Let's get real about the Apple VR headset. Is it really coming next year? What's it going to look like? What features should it have? What lessons can Apple learn from Meta's foray into VR products? We break it all down. Also, we've got home automation on our minds in various ways, as a smart switch fails Jason, Myke seeks advice, and it's beginning to look a lot like expensive fairy-light season.

    432: Upgrade (With Special Offers)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 84:52

    The strong dollar is helping to drive up Apple's prices around the world, but is it teaching the company that high prices don't matter? Also, Apple downgrades our favorite tvOS feature, Apple gets into the TV ad game, and iPhone production grinds to a halt.

    431: Charty Charty Money Charts

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 92:10

    Apple and the Mac had another record quarter, but there are some serious questions about slowing growth in services and what it means for Apple's future strategies. This leads naturally into a discussion of Apple sticking ads all over the App Store and changing its App Store guidelines again. And Myke has taken Stage Manager for a spin on macOS Ventura.

    430: Other Kickstands Are Available

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 130:20

    Jason's got new reviews of macOS Ventura, the tenth-generation iPad, and the M2 iPad Pro. We discuss Stage Manager, System Settings, the Magic Keyboard Folio, and the curious pace and nature of iPad innovations.

    429: Freedom Doors

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 87:20

    This week we praise trackpad gestures, condemn Google's Matter strategy, ponder whether looks matter when it comes to VR headsets, and think big thoughts about the AirPods Pro 2. Then it's time for some final prognosticating about what products Apple might be introducing in the next few weeks.

    428: (2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 99:04

    What's in a name? Myke and Jason wrestle with what to call a rumored new Apple display and whether "laptop" is better than "notebook." Also, Matter is almost here to save us from our smart homes, the USB-C iPhone approaches, and Jason tries to keep mini magic alive.

    427: He Renounced Lederhosen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 80:15

    It's pretty late in the game, but Stage Manager on iPadOS keeps changing--most lately adding support for older iPad Pros while temporarily dropping support for external displays. What's going on, and where does it go from here? Meanwhile, Apple execs take a European tour, allowing us to marvel at Eddy Cue's energy and wonder at the surprising company Tim keeps.

    426: Splash Hit!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 112:05

    Jason reviews the iPhone 14, we speculate about how Apple could make an October Mac event worth having, Myke solves his iPhone migration problems, and we answer your Dynamic Island questions!

    425: This Intelligent Blob

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 101:01

    After reviewing the iPhone 14 Pro and discussing the pros and cons of the Dynamic Island and the new 48MP camera, Jason and Myke discuss the current pace of upgrades and innovation across all of Apple's product lines.

    424: Das Pro Plus Max Ultra

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 98:19

    Five days later, we take stock of last week's Apple announcements, disclose our pre-orders, ponder future changes to the iPhone product line, and discuss our favorite features of iOS 16.

    423: Ultra Wednesday

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 93:36

    Apple has unveiled four new iPhones, new Apple Watches (including the new Apple Watch Ultra), and a new generation of AirPods Pro. Jason reports straight from the event--and still on the Apple Park campus!--as we break down all the details.

    422: The 2022 September Event Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 76:33

    Jason and Myke predict what will happen at next week's Apple media event. What new features will the new iPhones have--and will they be more expensive? Will the Apple Watch expand? And what other surprises might propel one of us to a decisive draft victory?

    421: Summer of Automation

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 120:57

    Before the sun sets on the Summer of Fun, Jason has rounded up three Apple automation experts--Federico Viticci, Rosemary Orchard, and Matthew Cassinelli--to discuss the present and future of user automation on Apple's platforms. Also, Myke and Jason debate the iOS 16 music scrubber.

    420: I Don't Want Your Jolly Ranchers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 92:49

    What bothers Jason more, bad candy or App Store ads? Tough call. We also discuss some possible iPhone price hikes, Jason's HomeKit (sort of) cameras, a return to macOS Ventura, and the pronunciation of Apple silicon.

    419: Modemtown

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 80:42

    Thanks to the M2 MacBook Air, Myke has decided to live a two-laptop lifestyle. We ponder the rumored delay of iPadOS 16, whether it's a good or bad thing, and what form a new iPad Pro might take.

    418: Cocktail of Headwinds

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 91:48

    This week Jason and Myke take a closer look at Apple's weird quarterly results, which reassured Wall Street while not being altogether reassuring. Then automotive expert Sam Abuelsamid joins Jason to talk about what Apple's WWDC 2022 announcement of a new integrated CarPlay might actually mean if and when it arrives late next year.

    417: The Verticals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 113:26

    In this special Summer of Fun episode, Jason and Myke welcome three special guests to discuss how development, accessibility, and widgets have been affected by Apple's latest operating-system cycle.

    416: Shout-out to Bridget Knight

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 88:49

    Myke and Jason both have new M2 MacBook Airs, so it's time for our full review. Jason opens the Stocks app for the first time in ages. Jony Ive's long fade-out from Apple is completed. And in honor of World Emoji Day, we select our favorite emojis in seven categories.

    415: My Body Is My Studio, My Exercises Are My Canvas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 105:40

    Apple's iOS, macOS, and iPadOS betas have gone public and we have our first impressions! Also, the M2 MacBook Air has gone on sale, the new "extreme sports" Apple Watch is coming into focus, and for the Summer of Fun we're drafting favorite app icons.

    414: The Meat Seems Questionable

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 109:37

    This July 4 Jason spends some time away from the grill to discuss charity shops, stroopwafels, and the differences between the U.S. and the UK. Meanwhile, Myke has been inspired to build his own iPad-based status board. Vive la différence, as they say in yet another country.

    413: Tall Is Small

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 92:08

    For the Summer of Fun, Jason and Myke compare their iPhones--one's Max, one's Mini, but which one has the most apps and which one has the most photos? Also, Mark Gurman's got our next 75 episodes plotted out thanks to his detailed dump of future Apple product announcements, Jason is unenthusiastic about the M2 MacBook Pro, and Justin did it.

    412: Justin, Don't Do It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 79:41

    This week we consider Stage Manager and how it works, as well as how Apple has chosen to communicate its decision-making. Also, Apple makes a surprising deal with Major League Soccer, Myke decides that an iPad Studio and MacBook Studio sound like great new products, and we dare to ask the question: what if they made a laptop entirely out of legacy nodes?

    411: 180% Different for Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 117:22

    It's the aftermath of a WWDC like no other, so in this very special episode Myke and Jason kick off the Summer of Fun with an episode recorded live in the California sun. The breeze is blowing, the questions about the M2 processor and Stage Manager are flowing, and we're trying to get our heads around what last week's announcements mean for the future of Apple's platforms.

    410: Apple Park Vibe Check

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 107:09

    Live from Apple Park, Jason has a first-hand report from the WWDC Keynote. (Myke was nearby, but that's a whole other story.) Together they discuss groundbreaking iPad news, the new M2 Macbook Air, some familiar iPhone lock screen customization features, and a whole lot more.

    409: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 96:43

    It's time for our seventh annual competition regarding what will happen at Apple's WWDC keynote! In a surprise development, Jason and Myke are attending in person--but beyond that, they're totally in the dark. Will it be inside or outside? Will it be live, or recorded? Will there be new hardware announced? It's time to let our imaginations run wild.

    408: Upgrade VR

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 98:24

    The much-rumored Apple AR/VR headset appears to be on the horizon, so Myke and Jason break down several reports about its development and debate what approach Apple should take. And as WWDC approaches, there are also rumblings about a new HomePod, Apple Watch design changes, and more Apple displays.

    407: Inexplicable Billboards

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 89:09

    Is Apple ready to embrace USB-C across its entire product line? Jason loves his Playdate, but is frustrated by Apple Music playing songs he dislikes. And the music may go on, but the iPod won't be coming along for the ride.

    406: Are You Phishing Me Right Now?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 83:01

    An unlikely alliance of tech giants beckons us toward our passwordless future, but in the meantime there's a new version of 1Password. We also discuss Apple Car rumors, hope for the future of AirPods Max, our disassembly of a Magic Keyboard, and more!

    405: Too Many Numbers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 103:19

    This week we check in on Studio Display firmware, ponder what form the iPhone 14 might take and whether it's different enough from the iPhone 13, and break down the results of Apple's record fiscal quarter--including some trepidation about the future. Also, Myke finally got his Playdate!

    404: Convert Your Nostalgia to Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 91:42

    Jason added a (working) Studio Display and a Playdate to his house last week, and Myke's a little upset. Also CNN+ died, Netflix went into crisis, and Apple kept making sports streaming deals. We also discuss the parking situation at Apple Park, accept the passing of the iPhone mini, and envision a new use for the HomePod name.

    403: This Episode is Forbidden

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 81:12

    This week we're imagining the right and wrong improvements for the Apple Watch, speculating about the first wave of M2 Macs, lamenting Apple's process for replacing a defective product, and buzzing (in a bad way) about CNN+.

    402: Very Important Developers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 92:58

    Baseball season is here and Jason has a detailed critique of Apple's first Friday Night Baseball broadcasts. But it's not all home runs and calls to the bullpen, as Myke goes home to Dongletown and we ponder just what might be announced at WWDC 2022.

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