The MacRumors Show

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Join MacRumors' Dan Barbera and Hartley Charlton for discussion about all of the latest news and rumors from the world of Apple. Whether you’re wondering what’s next for the iPhone, looking for insights into the rumor mill, or just have an interest in the latest gadgets, we’ll be bringing you everything you need to know about the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and more. read less
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90: RIP Apple Car
Hace 2 días
90: RIP Apple Car
On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss Apple’s decision to cancel its long-rumored electric vehicle project.  Despite Apple’s reputation for innovation, the company struggled to achieve the breakthroughs necessary to offer a viable self-driving car. The project’s ambitious scope and shifting focus led to repeated setbacks. Earlier this week, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman broke the news that Apple has officially canceled its plans to launch a car, informing approximately 2,000 employees working on the project of the decision. Many of the staff working on the car will apparently move to Apple’s artificial intelligence division. The company apparently spent over $10 billion on the project over the period of a decade. We discuss the multifaceted reasons behind the Apple car’s cancelation and its implications for the future of the company and the wider automotive industry. We talk through the strategic missteps and missed opportunities that characterized the vehicle’s development, such as Apple’s failure to secure a partnership with an established automaker or to acquire a company like Tesla. Our conversation also touches on the competitive dynamics of the automotive industry, such as the reluctance of some automakers to adopt the next-generation CarPlay experience. Despite these challenges, the project’s cancelation opens new avenues for Apple to reallocate its resources toward improving its existing product lineup and emerging technologies such as generative AI.
87: One Week With Apple Vision Pro ft. Quinn Nelson (Snazzy Labs)
09-02-2024
87: One Week With Apple Vision Pro ft. Quinn Nelson (Snazzy Labs)
On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, Snazzy Labs’ Quinn Nelson joins us to talk about the first week using Apple’s long-awaited Vision Pro headset. Now that they each have one, Quinn and Dan discuss whether the Vision Pro meets their expectations. A significant portion of our dialogue is dedicated to the technical aspects of the Vision Pro, including its display quality, brightness, and the challenges users might face with hand gestures and text selection. The conversation progresses to evaluate the device’s text sharpness, its implications for productivity, and how comfortable it feels with the two headband options. An interesting part of our discussion compares the Vision Pro with other VR headsets in the market. We highlight the distinct features of the Vision Pro that set it apart, especially its distortion correction capabilities and suitability for productivity tasks, contrasting it with the Meta Quest’s gaming prowess. We also explore the potential for third-party headbands, future customization, and design possibilities, emphasizing Apple’s unique position in the VR landscape and its differing approach from rivals. We ponder the coexistence of Apple and Meta within the VR space, acknowledging the competition but also recognizing the distinctive strengths and target audiences each company caters to. This leads to a broader discussion about the challenges current VR headsets face, such as eye strain, and the optimistic outlook for technological improvements over time that could mitigate these issues. A considerable part of our discussion tackles the technicalities and challenges surrounding Personas and face scanning with the Vision Pro, including the influence of factors like face shape, hair, and lighting conditions on the accuracy of these features. Quinn also shares insights on the integration of iPad apps with the Vision Pro, highlighting how this has transformed his workflow in certain instances and the potential it unlocks for productivity. Despite the mix of frustrations and amazement the Vision Pro has brought, we come to a consensus acknowledging the exciting possibilities the device offers for the future of VR and productivity, considering whether or not we would recommend Apple’s headset to others. See more of Quinn’s work over on his YouTube channel, Snazzy Labs, and follow him on X @SnazzyLabs.
86: March Apple Event Rumors and iOS 18's 'Biggest' Ever Update
02-02-2024
86: March Apple Event Rumors and iOS 18's 'Biggest' Ever Update
This episode is sponsored by Notion. Try Notion for free by visiting https://www.notion.com/macrumors On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss Apple's potential March event to unveil new iPad and Mac models, iOS 18 as the "biggest" ever iPhone software update, and the first reviews of the Vision Pro headset. We explore the major products Apple is expected to unveil in March, including a new 12.9-inch iPad Air model, redesigned iPad Pros with OLED displays, and refreshed MacBook Air models featuring the M3 chip, as well as some of the rumored accessories due to arrive at the same time, such as an all-new, "laptop-like" Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro. We consider whether Apple will opt for a fully fledged event, or a simple series of press releases to announce these updates. We also discuss ‌iOS 18‌, musing about some of the potential redesigns and improvements that could be in store for the software update. Following the release of the first reviews of Apple's Vision Pro headset, we dissect the varying reactions to the device, examining its form factor, user experience, and the unique approach Apple has taken to mitigate the traditionally insular experience of VR/AR headsets. We address some of the limitations currently faced by headsets, such as the absence of a direct touch experience, the market's apparent skepticism towards the device, and where it could go next. Follow The MacRumors Show on: 𝕏: https://twitter.com/macrumorsshow Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themacrumorsshow TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@themacrumorsshow
85: The Mac’s 40th Birthday and Apple Car Scaled Back AGAIN!?
26-01-2024
85: The Mac’s 40th Birthday and Apple Car Scaled Back AGAIN!?
Use code THEMACRUMORS at the link below to get an exclusive 60% off an annual Incogni plan: https://incogni.com/themacrumors On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss the 40th anniversary of the Macintosh, some of the latest controversy surrounding apps for the Vision Pro headset, and the news of Apple’s vehicle project yet again being scaled back.  The original Macintosh, unveiled by Steve Jobs, was a game-changer with its graphical user interface and the introduction of the mouse. We explore how the Macintosh’s ease of use and innovative design principles, such as a desktop with icons and the ability to use multiple programs in windows, revolutionized personal computing. Reflecting on the Mac’s journey, we delve into the evolution of macOS and its remarkable consistency over the years, and point out some of our personal experiences with the machine.  Shifting gears, we discuss the imminent launch of Apple’s Vision Pro headset, examining some of the potential challenges it may face and the reasons behind the absence of certain streaming apps like Netflix. We ponder whether this absence is due to genuine technical hurdles or strategic decisions by these companies.  We then turn to the latest updates and challenges surrounding Apple’s electric vehicle project, looking at how the company has reportedly pivoted from its initial ambition for a driverless car to developing an vehicle with more conventional and basic driver-assistance features. As we wrap up, we dive into the broader context of electric vehicles, discussing our wish for Apple’s car to offer a fresh perspective, moving beyond Tesla’s design approach to introduce more variety to the market.
83: Everything to Expect From Apple in 2024
05-01-2024
83: Everything to Expect From Apple in 2024
This episode is sponsored by Notion. Try Notion for free by visiting https://www.notion.com/macrumors This episode is sponsored by Masterclass. Visit https://www.masterclass.com/mac for an additional 15% off an annual membership On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we take a look forward at everything Apple is expected to announce in 2024. 2024 is shaping up to be a very busy year for Apple, likely kicking off with the launch of the Vision Pro headset around February. Redesigned iPad Pro models with larger display and OLED technology, the M3 chip, and new accessories are expected to follow in March, as well as next-generation iPad Air models with a new, 12.9-inch size option. watchOS 11, iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15, visionOS 2, and tvOS 18 will likely be previewed in June at WWDC, potentially alongside the M3 Ultra Mac Studio. A refreshed Apple TV 4K with a faster chip could also launch in the first half of the year. September will likely see the introduction of the iPhone 16, featuring Spatial Video capture and the Action Button, and the iPhone 16 Pro, touting larger displays, a 48-megapixel Ultra Wide camera, and a new “Capture Button.” The “Apple Watch X,” fourth-generation AirPods, refreshed AirPods Max with USB-C are also expected to emerge in September.Apple could close out the year with the seventh-generation iPad mini, the 11th-generation iPad, and a new Mac mini with the M3 and M3 Pro chips. We could also see new MacBook Pros with M4 series chips, but the timing of these devices is more unclear.
82: Apple’s 2023 Year in Review
29-12-2023
82: Apple’s 2023 Year in Review
In the final episode of The MacRumors Show for 2023, we take a look back and evaluate Apple’s year as a whole. The year kicked off in January with an unusual array of hardware releases consisting of the relaunch of the HomePod alongside the release of the M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pros, as well as the M2 and M2 Pro Mac mini. In May, Apple announced Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad, extending its own professional-grade creative tools to its tablet users for the first time. June was particularly eventful with the announcement of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, tvOS 17, and macOS Sonoma at WWDC. Apple simultaneously unveiled the Vision Pro mixed-reality headset, a new 15-inch MacBook Air model, and updates to the Mac Studio and Mac Pro lines with the M2 Ultra chip. September marked the official release of the new operating systems and the debut of the iPhone 15 series, Apple Watch Series 9, and Apple Watch Ultra 2, alongside the introduction of FineWoven as a new material for accessories, and the launch of AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C. In October, Apple continued by introducing the Apple Pencil with USB-C, and somewhat unexpectedly announced the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max MacBook Pros, as well as the M3 iMac at the end of the month. November saw Apple announce support for Rich Communication Services (RCS). The year concluded with the release of iOS 17.2, Aston Martin and Porsche previewing the next-generation CarPlay, and a notable legal development where sales of the ‌Apple Watch Series 9‌ and ‌Apple Watch Ultra 2‌ were briefly banned in the United States. How do you think 2023 was for Apple? Let us know in the comments. ‌The MacRumors Show‌ is also now on X @MacRumorsShow, so be sure to give us a follow to keep up with the podcast.
80: Apple vs. Beeper: The Battle for iMessage
15-12-2023
80: Apple vs. Beeper: The Battle for iMessage
This episode of the MacRumors Show is sponsored by: Magic Lasso Ad Block- Visit https://www.magiclasso.co/macrumors for a free month trial! Notion - Visit www.notion.com/macrumors to try the powerful, easy-to-use Notion AI today! Masterclass - Give one Annual Membership and get one FREE by visiting www.masterclass.com/mac. Offer terms apply! On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss the recent controversy around Android apps that seek to enable iMessage functionality.Several companies have been vying to offer solutions for Android users who wish to send and receive iMessages for some time. Most recently, “Beeper Mini” offered a way to do so with no need to sign in with an Apple ID. The app’s developers used reverse-engineered iMessage protocols to register Android phone numbers with Apple’s servers, allowing Android users to send blue bubble messages to iPhoneusers with support for all iMessage functionality, including read receipts, typing indicators, and reactions.Apple ended up blocking Beeper Mini last week, with the company confirming that it took steps to shut down the app since it apparently posed risks to the security and privacy of iMessage users.In a blog post, the Beeper Mini team said that the app had the “fastest growing paid Android application in history,” with more than 100,000 downloads. This was said to be evidence that Android and ‌iPhone‌ customers “desperately want to be able to chat together” with all of the features available on iMessage. Earlier this week, the app’s functionality returned, but now with the requirement to sign in with an ‌Apple ID‌ and receive messages via an email address rather than a phone number. Beeper Mini’s developers say that despite reaching out to Apple, they have not heard back. It is unlikely that Apple will give in and allow Beeper Mini to function as it did, and Apple may shut down further functionality as well if it can. Apple does have plans to bring a range of iMessage-like features to chats between ‌iPhone‌ users and Android users through RCS, a protocol that Apple will add to iPhones next year. ‌RCS‌ will bring support for high quality video and images, emoji reactions, typing indicators, read receipts, and more, all features that Beeper Mini says that Android and ‌iPhone‌ users are desperate to have in cross-platform chats. What do you think about Android apps that enable iMessage functionality? Let us know in the comments.