September 12, 2012


Mac Roundtable 2012.09.12 Episode #116

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 11:06 pm

Katie Floyd: Mac Power Users @katiefloyd
Chuck Joiner: The MacVoices Group at @chuckjoiner
Allison Sheridan: NosillaCast at @podfeet

Hardware Engineering

  • Glass and Aluminum < --oddly excited about the anodized aluminum back
  • Thinner and Lighter
  • 4′ Display
  • 16×9
  • one more row of Apps
  • Tech Specs

  • 802.11n (5 GHz) Dual Channel!
  • A6
  • 2x CPU
  • 2x Graphics
  • 22% Smaller
  • Camera- Even better

  • Panorama – goodbye apps
  • 28MB photo
  • Audio

  • 3 Micorphones for Better Audio Quality
  • Noise cancelling ear piece
  • Wide Band Audio – natural sounding voice (requires carrier support – no US carriers mentioned in Keynote)
  • Lightning Connector

  • All Digital, Adaptive, More Durable (Reversable)
  • Adapters Available
  • Does not support Audio Pass Through
  • But Phil specifically mentioned Speakers and use in the Car and listening to Music?
  • JP Morgan says the iPhone 5 colid measurably move the needle on the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • iOS 6

  • Not much new here
  • Really looking forward to Siri
  • iTunes

  • Cleaner interface
  • new stores for iOS devices
  • iCloud Sync for location – what info are they taking about my movies?
  • Available October
  • iPod Nano

  • No Clip
  • Bluetooth but no Wi-Fi
  • Video is Back
  • No Apps (yet)
  • The Podcast Problem
  • iPod Touch

  • Larger Screen
  • A5 Chip
  • No 3G/LTE
  • Better Camera with LED Flash
  • iPod touch Loop – WTF?’
  • AirPlay
  • Siri
  • Colors< -- Is it just me or does this scream "Teeny Bopper"?
  • Older iPod Touch Still Available
  • “Engineered for Maximum Funness” – Are you trying to piss off the English Teachers?
  • HeadPhones:

  • Earpods – Seriously, what’s with these names
  • General Thoughts:

  • What’s up with Doubling Down on Secrecy
  • Were there any surprises?
  • Thought Price Points for iPod Touch was High
  • What does Price Point of iPod touch mean for iPad Mini?
  • iPod Classic Still around – still ignored
  • Play

    September 4, 2012


    Mac Roundtable 2012.09.04 Episode #115

    Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 4:46 am

    This episode is hosted by –

    Apple v Samsung

    Al – I know it’s been talked to death but I haven’t gotten to talk about it yet so I’d love to…
    Maybe we could talk the FUD angle? What was REALLY in the case and what wasn’t?

    Definitive list of the patents

    The REAL source of the problem is neither Apple nor Samsung, both have feduciary duties to their shareholders. The real problem is the US Patent System:
    1) patents are given too easily
    2) patents are given for ideas
    3) patents last too long for the fast-moving tech industry

    Software idea patents are utterly un-necessary and they really stifle innovation. Trade dress and copyright law already prevent copying of code and of look and feel. If software idea patents had been around all along we’d not have Keynote because Micrsoft would own the idea of a presentation app! Europe does not allow software idea patents BTW.

    Mini iPad Rumours

    Looks fairly certain now… where do we see it fitting in?
    Does a new Kindle Fire matter?
    Many people want this form factor – some people have pockets?
    Physical Books – not what they’re cracked up to be (personal opinion/experience)

    Java Exploit

    Bart was irritated that it was broadcast as a Mac problem (even CNET)
    Java Zero-Day vulnerability surfaces – via US CERT
    Links on podfeet on how to disable Java in your browsers: