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Daily news analysis and insight into the cultural and personal impact of Apple and related technologies, with weekly bonus reviews and deep-dives into the products and stories that matter most.

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Daily news analysis and insight into the cultural and personal impact of Apple and related technologies, with weekly bonus reviews and deep-dives into the products and stories that matter most.

    Apple HAD to Kill the iPod

    Apple HAD to Kill the iPod

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    I want to talk about the iPod. Why it became a cultural phenomenon, helped to save Apple and give birth to the iPhone… but also… why it absolutely had to die. 




    And I want to focus on three very specific decisions that Apple made, decisions that led to the iPod’s incredible success, but also… it’s inevitable destruction.

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    Google vs Apple — Great Artists Steal

    Google vs Apple — Great Artists Steal

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    The Google I/O keynote had just finished and my timeline and messages are filled up with snark and snarls over all the features Android is copying from iOS, from 2021’s digital IDs to 2014’s Continuity, and pretty much every hardware feature from Apple to AirPods Pro for the Pixel Watch and Pixel Buds Pro… And you know what? I don’t care. Here's why!

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    Apple. Doomed. Finally.

    Apple. Doomed. Finally.

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    Depending on who you listen to, Apple is either in the fight of their lives to preserve the company culture, the culture that created everything from the iMac to the iPod to the iPhone to… you get the idea




    Or, they’re busy screwing up return-to-work so badly that there may soon be no company left to culture, at least in any meaningful way




    As usual, a ton of the coverage is sensationalized, because absolutely everyone is compelled to have an opinion on absolutely everything, loudly and immediately. Like me, obviously. But let's see if we can’t just add a slice of nuance to this discussion

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    Apple's Lost Soul — 'After Steve' Review

    Apple's Lost Soul — 'After Steve' Review

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    There’s this new book out with the YouTube click-bait-worthy title of 'After Steve, How Apple Became a Trillion Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul'. Basically, casting Tim as a neglectful father who never gave Jony the support or protection he needed, and Jony as a spoiled and detached diva, who fell increasingly out of touch with Apple, customers, and regular humans… But is any of that true? Some of it? I’ve had a review copy for a couple of weeks. I’ve read it twice. I’ve spoken to Tim and Jony — and Tripp! — In the past. And as someone who’s covered Apple day-in, day-out for almost 15 years, I’m going to tell you just exactly what I think!

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    Why iPhone 14 PRO Needs USB-C

    Why iPhone 14 PRO Needs USB-C

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    The iPhone 14 needs USB-C. It’s not even a maybe. You know it. I know it. Apple knows it. So, why aren’t they doing it?

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    iPhone 14 — WTF No A16?

    iPhone 14 — WTF No A16?

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    For the last decade and a bit, nothing and no one has crushed it harder than Apple’s iPhone silicon team. New iPhone. New silicon. Each year. Every year. But this year…




    "Only two Pro models would upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 & 14 Max will remain the A15"




    This year…




    "sources confirm that there will be two new iPhone 14 models based on the A15 chip, while two others will have a brand new chip."




    That might all…




    "the Pro models will get Apple’s new A16 chip, while the standard models are likely to stick to the A15 from last year or a variant of it"




    Come crashing down…




    So, why? Or more appropriately, what the...?




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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

rolnthdr ,

A learning experience

I watch Rene on YouTube, however this is my first time listening to the podcasts and was amazed how awesome Rene teaches in his podcasts.

Rene has moved to the top of my Podcasts.

Jimmyjimmz ,

The best  tech (and sprinkles of other tech) podcast!

Love love love this podcast. I’ve been following Rene Ritchie since the early Tipb days (former iMore) and he is my go to source for any tech advice and anything  related. Rene is eloquent, unbiased, precise and to the point with a little sprinkle of humor. Proud to see how much Rene Ritchie has grown since becoming an independent tech journalist. Will always follow where ever this channel goes - you can count on that!

Thank you Rene for providing my daily dosage of tech news!!! - when in doubt about my next tech venture, I always ask “what does Rene Ritchie have to say about this?” - I can trust that I’ll find something in your extensive library of topics that will guide me based on your past experiences, opinions and honest feedback. Even my partner has grown a soft spot for your tech updates as I constantly play your podcast on my HomePod on full blast LOL. It’s either that or the YouTube app on my 65in TV with the Bose soundbar on full blast 😅 (you could already imagine when it’s time for some Rene Ritchie updates... it is TIME! The neighbors even know about it 🤣)

Continue being you Rene! 5 Stars!! (And this is only because I can’t rate higher if not this would be 6 stars) 😅😁👏🏼👏🏼 looking forward to the next updates. Woop woop!

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Timaaa ,

Good stuff lately, but….

You are allowed to do more than a 5-7 minute podcast… I know, go pay somewhere else for more extended content, but I am tuning in here, now.
Maybe you will take advantage of new apple $ and drop more syllables here.

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