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A weekly podcast discussing the latest in Apple and technology. Hosted by 9to5Mac's Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall.

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A weekly podcast discussing the latest in Apple and technology. Hosted by 9to5Mac's Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall.

    Paramount+ premieres, Find My Items, iPhone rumor roadmap

    Paramount+ premieres, Find My Items, iPhone rumor roadmap

    This week join 9to5Mac's Zac Hall and Benjamin Mayo to discuss Apple TV+ shows and movies, the launch of Paramount+, what's new in the recent batches of betas, loads of rumors that cover the next few years of iPhones releases, and more.
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    Apple’s space ambitions, MacBook Pro ports, MagSafe battery pack

    Apple’s space ambitions, MacBook Pro ports, MagSafe battery pack

    This week join 9to5Mac's Zac Hall and Benjamin Mayo to discuss Apple in space, what ports might we see on the upcoming MacBook Pros refresh, where is Apple's MagSafe battery case, Benjamin's love/hate relationship with Apple Music Radio, and more.
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    Zac Hall: Hey, man, how's it going? 
    [00:00:01] Benjamin Mayo: It's going good. How are you? 
    [00:00:03] Zac Hall: Not bad. Did you see the other week Apple lost an employee to a rocket company?
    [00:00:14] Yeah, it really it's really crossed my, my two interests and Apple in space. And I'm very familiar with the company Astra that poached this employee from Apple who apparently was. Was on the Apple car team. That's that's according to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg just based on their public information, they were, you know, on basically what's the R and D side of it.
    [00:00:35] Benjamin Mayo: It's higher included like special director of special projects group. So 
    [00:00:40] Zac Hall: yeah. So something to drive, if 
    [00:00:42] Benjamin Mayo: you're in the special projects group, you're either in AI or you're in car, 
    [00:00:46] Zac Hall: right? Yeah. So this has Benjamin Lyon. And no, if he's gone from, from working on the Apple car team, as like you said, a senior director of special projects group, it seems pretty serious to to working for this company, Astra, which is.
    [00:01:06] I think they're based in California, but they, they launch rockets out of Kodiak, Alaska, and they, they almost reach orbit for the first time in their last launch attempt. So, which was, it was a very big milestone for them. They, they got into. Into into space, but didn't re didn't quite reach orbit. But they're in the early stages of developing this rocket that they call rocket, which is a fairy, Apple only thing to do.
    [00:01:29]I think the version of that almost restart, but it's called rocket rocket 3.2, because it's the third iteration of the, of, of this rocket. So 0.2. But, but yeah, you know, it was an interesting way of crossing over the streams and And it's, it's also, I mean, it's, I think it means the less for Apple, of course, because of the car team.
    [00:01:46] We'll, we'll go on one person isn't going to make or break the car team at Apple. You know, it's, it's a, it's a very lively project all on its own. But it, but it does, it does probably mean a lot more for the company Astra and having this person be, I think like their hardware chief going forward chief engineer at Astra.
    [00:02:04] So. It just kind of cool for me that there is someone in, in this, from this space world who's now, you know, for one will be much more accessible because they're not at Apple. And then for another, there they're involved in, you know, going from designing, you know, working on, on iPhones and that type of hardware to the eventual car project to literal rockets and things that got to space.
    [00:02:29] So I really enjoyed this story. 
    [00:02:31] Benjamin Mayo: Yeah, I'll tell you what I found funny about this thing is that like, they made a big deal out of it. I did a press release. Yeah. Like a press release, like some A…

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Ads in Apple software, iOS 14.5 changes, Apple Music shareable lyrics

    Ads in Apple software, iOS 14.5 changes, Apple Music shareable lyrics

    This week, Benjamin and Chance discuss the latest changes in iOS 14.5 beta 2 including shareable lyrics in Apple Music, as well as ponder the fate of the iPhone 12 mini and assess how much Apple services advertising and marketing is hurting the Apple software experience.
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    Benjamin Mayo: Okay. So Zach is out this week and in his place, you've got me as noise. Yeah. And we got a very special guest with, from nine to five Mac. We have chance Miller. Hi John. Hey Michelle, how's it going? It's going good. Now people may know you from the non-home Mac daily podcast, right? Where you did daily news update.
    [00:00:19] It's very good. You can go and subscribe to that. Uh, but I think this is your first time on happy hour. Is that correct? 
    [00:00:25] Chance Miller: This is my first time on the modern version of happy hour. Yes. Back in the old days, when we did the round tables with like 10 people, I was on a feed 
    [00:00:33] Benjamin Mayo: though, just Mark. And they were a mess.
    [00:00:35] Holy moly. They're still on YouTube. If 
    [00:00:37] Chance Miller: you want to go find 
    [00:00:38] Benjamin Mayo: him, I think, yeah. You can see me from my like university dorm room seven years ago. It's kind of crazy. Uh, but let's, let's jump in. We got some, we got some good stories too about this week. Firstly, something that we didn't quite catch. Uh, in last week's episode was about the iPhone 12 mini situation.
    [00:00:54] There was a story that we covered, um, from counterpoint research that basically said that the iPhone 12 mini, uh, made up about 5% of total iPhone, 12 sales to date, at least here in, uh, during the January timeframe, uh, which suggests a weaker than expected demand for the iPhone 12 mini. Uh, this isn't the only report we've had to.
    [00:01:14] This has been some supply chain reports. It says app has been adjusting, uh, it's kind of production orders, um, tailoring more towards the iPhone 12 pro. And I've been to a prime max motos with seemingly getting slightly stronger than, than they predicted. And the many orders getting carpet. Uh, the question really is, is like, you know, this is the iPhone 12, many of their most popular orphans.
    [00:01:36] Well, obviously not right. Like you can just, I mean, Apple doesn't even market as such, like you'd expect the most program from 12 to be the iPhone 12, uh, the, you know, the, the standard run of the mill one, uh, the mini is there, uh, as a. No more price conscious option. But I guess the question that I even had and means that's talked about before, you know, before the phones were even officially announced, was, is the mini gonna get squeezed out too much?
    [00:01:58] Like, are people going to be interested in a screen that is 5.4 inches on mass? Like every single time there's a new iPhone motto. You hear the people that are like, all I want is a small one. Just give me the same processor in a smaller size. But I think time and time again, we've seen the. That's more like the vocal minority than right.
    [00:02:18] A large group of people, like w you know, historically Apple hasn't…

    • 1 hr 18 min
    iOS 14.5 Maps, Apple Glasses rumors, first TV+ AR app

    iOS 14.5 Maps, Apple Glasses rumors, first TV+ AR app

    This week Zac and Benjamin discuss Apple’s updated offer on the Developer Transition Kit, the stalled state of Apple Car talks, new features coming in iOS 14.5, Dan Riccio’s not so secret project at Apple, Apple’s first AR app for Apple TV+ shows, and more.
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    Default music player can be set to Spotify in iOS 14.5 beta
    Bloomberg: Dan Riccio's secret 'new project' is AR/VR headsets, Srouji expands role
    iPhone 12 mini sales continue to lag in early 2021, new data suggests
    Older Apple TV losing CBS All Access channel next month, AirPlay suggested
    CBS and Showtime bundle no longer available through Apple TV app, ahead of Paramount+ launch
    Apple offering free battery replacement for 2016/2017 MacBook Pro that won't charge past 1%
    Apple Glasses displays to use micro OLED; in trial production
    Apple Maps adding new Waze-like features for speed traps, accidents, and other road hazards
    Apple TV+ acquires movie rights to 'Dolly' starring Florence Pugh
    Fraudulent Website Warning gets privacy boost in iOS 14.5
    Apple increases Apple Silicon DTK return credit from $200 to $500
    For All Mankind S2: Come for the alternative space timeline, stay for the character drama [Interview]
    Hyundai and Kia confirm they are no longer in talks with Apple regarding Apple Car production



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    Developer Transition Kit update
    Zac Hall: [00:00:00] This week on 9to5Mac Happy Hour. We're going to talk a little bit about Apple car. A lot about IO is 14.5 features and some Apple glasses streamers. And then some Apple TV plus stuff has come up this week. So let's start out with the developer transition kit update. We spoke last time. Yeah. I mean, I broke the news to you about how like, you know, halfhearted the deal was, and, and then you broke the story to me on, on how they fixed it.
    So what, what, what are the details there? Yeah. 
    Ben Mayo: [00:00:47] Like. There was a very muted response, I think, to DTK thing. And, and look, we, you know, we're privileged people to even get the development of first place, so to be able to afford it right. But everyone was based on the precedent of what they did for the Intel to for the past PC to Intel position where, when the DTK went back, what got replaced was an iMac of equivalent value.
    And then this. Pregnant comes along. Obviously they never promised it. Right. So you can't get too mad. Right? They, you said that the, the, the, the transaction was stated, you pay $500, you get to use this thing, and then we want it back done. But there was like, you know, is that what they're going to offer us a nice little bonus.
    And I sit with, thank you. And what we got slapped with last week was a $200 credit that you had to use by the end of may. Which just feels terrible, like, especially as a, not me. Cause I didn't actually get any M one compatible stuff out yet, but a lot of the developers that do get that kit, they're the most dedicated people in the community they're rushing to support, you know, Apple's latest platforms on day one, often with the bad quality apps as well, right.
    Just the bad, you know, just the bad quality developers or the people getting that care. And they're like, You coming off Aqua's biggest quarter ever. And…

    • 1 hr 9 min
    iOS 14.5 beta features, Apple Car dealmaking, Ted Lasso award season

    iOS 14.5 beta features, Apple Car dealmaking, Ted Lasso award season

    This week 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall explain the fate of Apple’s Developer Transition Kit program, iOS 14.5 beta features, iPhone 13 hardware rumors, Apple Car developments, and much more.
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    Apple asking developers to return DTK Mac mini, offers $200 credit for buying M1 Macs
    AirPods Max ear cushions now available to order separately for $69
    Hands-on: Unboxing and first look at standalone AirPods Max ear cushion sets
    Limited-edition Black Unity Apple Watch Series 6 and Sport Band now available to order
    Hands-on with Apple's new Black Unity sport band
    Apple releases first beta of iOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4, and more to developers
    What's new in iOS 14.5? Podcasts app redesign, Reminders sorting features, more
    iOS 14.5 adds support for unlocking your iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask
    iOS 14.5 beta brings support for casting Apple Fitness+ workouts with AirPlay 2
    Apple giving out Apple TV+ credits to paying customers as free trials extended
    Apple working on 'Apple Card Family' for multi-users
    iOS 14.5 beta enables worldwide dual-SIM 5G support
    iOS 14.5 beta suggests new financial health features coming to the Wallet app
    Apple releases macOS Big Sur 11.2 with fixes for Bluetooth, external display issues, more
    How to use the new 'Unlock with Apple Watch' iPhone feature
    Apple TV+ platform tops viewership record with debut of original movie 'Palmer'
    iPadOS 14.5 brings emoji search and new landscape boot screen to the iPad
    Apple looks to spur News+ growth with new affiliate program
    Apple releases first macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta for developers
    macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta brings new Support menu with details on warranty coverage and AppleCare
    Apple adding support for stereo-paired HomePods as default sound output with macOS 11.3 beta
    Hands-on: macOS 11.3 beta 1 changes and features [Video]
    Bloomberg: Apple testing in-screen Touch ID for 2021 iPhone, AirTags coming this year
    WSJ report corroborates that the 2021 iPhones could feature in-screen Touch ID and Face ID
    Apple mixed-reality headset: Two 8K displays, $3,000 price tag
    Apple Car specs? 160 mph, 300-mile range, 18-minute charge
    CNBC: Apple and Hyundai nearing Apple Car deal, first version will ‘not be designed to have a driver’
    Apple rumored to sign $3.6 billion deal with Kia Motors for Apple Car partnership
    Second report says that Apple Car production would be in the US; Hyundai nervous
    Apple taps Porsche's VP of Chassis Development as 'Project Titan' car production rumor heats up
    Older Apple TV will require AirPlay for YouTube video playback starting next month
    Apple TV+ acquires hot Sundance film 'CODA', in record-setting $25m deal
    Apple TV+ receives four Golden Globes nominations for ‘Ted Lasso’ and more
    ‘Ted Lasso’ receives three WGA Award nominations as season 2 production continues



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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Premium MacBook Air, iOS 14.4 release, AAPL earnings

    Premium MacBook Air, iOS 14.4 release, AAPL earnings

    9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall unpack the newest MacBook Air rumors about a thinner and lighter model with higher performance, iOS 14.4 and Apple’s latest software updates and new features, Dan Riccio’s mysterious new role at Apple, and the company’s big earnings results.
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    Bloomberg: Apple to launch ‘higher end’ MacBook Air with thinner bezels as soon as later this year, brings back MagSafe charging
    Face ID for Mac ‘developed’ by Apple but not coming soon; 5G same
    iOS 14.4 now available with Apple Watch Unity face support, bug fixes, and more
    iOS 14.4: How to label Bluetooth devices as a speaker, headphones, hearing aids, more
    Apple says iOS 14.4 patches 3 security flaws that ‘may have been actively exploited’
    watchOS 7.3 now available with new Unity watch faces, ECG in more countries, more
    Apple officially launches new ‘Time to Walk’ feature for Apple Watch and Fitness+
    Apple unveils limited-edition Apple Watch Series 6 and more for Black History Month
    Apple releases HomePod Software Version 14.4 with new Handoff experience, more
    macOS Big Sur 11.2 RC now available with Bluetooth improvements, M1 Mac fixes, more
    macOS Big Sur 11.2 RC 2 now available as a public release nears
    Apple engineering SVP Dan Riccio transitioning to oversee ‘new project,’ John Ternus takes lead of hardware team


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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
585 Ratings

585 Ratings

PJTG ,

Constant listener...

... but why is it taking so long for the weekly podcast to get online on Apple podcasts. It’s not even there by Friday morning, but recorded well before that. Or do I have that wrong? Otherwise 5 stars +
In any case, as a sidelight, been pretty cool over the past 4 years or so to tag along with the two guys as they progress through young adulthood!

Movieguy43 ,

Poor audio

I like the content and conversation, but one of the hosts (the American) sounds like he’s locked in a bathroom and we’re listening from the other side of the door. A little annoying, so I don't listen on a regular basis.

coffeehuman455555 ,

3 Year Listener

This used to be my favorite Apple Product podcast. It was nice to hear from relatable lay users of Apple products. But I’m considering stop listening this podcast.
But honestly, I’ve been having a hard time relating to the host Zac. As someone else said it, looks like his focus is now on Space Explored - which I have no interest. Ben is great, has a genuine interest in Apple and the use of the device, instead of cycling through them for no reason. I feel bad to say this, but it might be time to replace Zac with someone else. I moved on to listen to other Apple relates podcasts — AppleInsider has a pretty good one.

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