Episodes
The Apple news cycle continues apace this week, with the company launching a brand new app, Sports, for sports scores. The iPhone 15 battery is now rated for twice as many charge cycles, along with a redesigned Battery UI in iOS 17.4. Apple is reportedly planning new AI features for both Spotlight search and Xcode code completion, and the EU readies a $500 million fine for Apple’s anticompetitive behavior in music streaming market. Benjamin and Chance break down all that and more in this...
Published 02/22/24
Published 02/22/24
Benjamin and Chance discuss the tantalizing references to a HomePod with some kind of screen found in iOS 17.4 beta 3, the App Store Review process has an embarrassing week, and The Information reports Apple is still working on foldable iPhone prototypes. Chance also bought the developer strap for the Apple Vision Pro, while some other launch day buyers opt to return their units within the two-week window. Sponsored by We Got Your Mac: This episode is brought to you by ‘We Got Your...
Published 02/16/24
Chance has had his Apple Vision Pro for about one week, and we all have a lot of thoughts about Apple’s brand new platform. A truly new Apple product doesn’t come along very often, and this is a particularly special one. We go deep on the Vision Pro hardware, comfort, what it’s like using Vision Pro for media and productivity, Personas, FaceTime, real-world battery life, and so much more. Sponsored by PureVPN: Secure, reliable, and Lightning-fast VPN service. Use PureVPN on tvOS 17 to...
Published 02/08/24
Benjamin and Chance deep dive into all the App Store changes announced in response to the EU Digital Markets Act, and debate whether anyone is incentivized to make the leap. Also, the first Apple Vision Pro reviews have dropped ahead of its Friday release, and iOS 17.4 brings some fun new features and code references look ahead to iOS 18's AI integration. Sponsored by PureVPN: Secure, reliable, and Lightning-fast VPN service. Use PureVPN on tvOS 17 to access your favorite content from...
Published 02/01/24
Benjamin and Chance talk about all the latest Apple news from this week, including some new iPhone 16 rumors on tech specs and capabilities of the new Capture Button, incentives for artists to produce Spatial Audio music, and the latest installment in the Apple Watch ban saga. Plus, Ford has some CarPlay announcements in the same week that Apple’s ambitions for Project Titan have been scaled back significantly, as the company now looks to launch its own electric vehicle in 2028. Sponsored...
Published 01/25/24
Chance talks about his second time going hands-on with the Apple Vision Pro, including trying the newly announced Disney+ experiences. We also discuss the preorder process, and the newly released tech specs and accessories for Apple’s upcoming headset. There’s also an ongoing debacle about exactly what third party apps, if any, will be available on visionOS at launch. Sponsored by Incogni: Limit public access to your private information, mitigate the risks of identity theft, and keep your...
Published 01/20/24
Benjamin and Chance discuss Apple’s announcement of Vision Pro pre-orders and launch dates, and dive into what we still don’t know. Also, Ming-Chi Kuo has some details on future iPhone camera upgrades, Apple’s anti-trust concerns continue, and the latest Apple TV+ news.  Sponsored by HelloFresh: Use code happyhourfree for FREE breakfast for life! HelloFresh is America’s #1 meal kit. Sponsored by Kolide: Kolide ensures that if a device isn’t secure, it can’t access your cloud apps. It’s...
Published 01/11/24
Benjamin and Chance are back from the holidays. Chance retells his experience using CarPlay and EV routing in Apple Maps, the Apple Watch is (temporarily?) back on shelves, Apple is reportedly in talks with news publishers about licensing content for its AI systems, and all signs point to an impending Vision Pro release. Sponsored by Zocdoc: Go to Zocdoc.com/happyhour and download the Zocdoc app to sign up for free and book a top-rated doctor. Many are available as soon as...
Published 01/04/24
Benjamin and Chance look back on the year in Apple news, assessing the state of the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and the rest of Apple’s product lineup in light of the 2023 releases, and what is rumored to come in 2024.  Sponsored by Pillow: Pillow is an all-in-one sleep-tracking solution to help you get a better night’s sleep. Use code HAPPYHOUR23 to unlock a 30% discount for PIllow Premium. Download it from the App Store today. Hosts Chance Miller @ChanceHMiller on...
Published 12/28/23
Benjamin and Chance discuss the wild situation of the Apple Watch sales ban in the US as part of an ongoing patent dispute with Masimo over blood oxygen sensor patents. Also, Apple has finally shared details of the first vehicles featuring next-generation CarPlay, Apple News+ adds The Athletic, and we round out the year with some #Ask9to5Mac questions. Sponsored by Setapp: Check out Setapp by MacPaw, the first subscription-based platform offering a carefully curated collection of over 240...
Published 12/21/23
iOS 17.2 is finally here, and Benjamin and Chance break down all the new features. iOS 17.3 introduces new opt-in measures to protect against shoulder surfing thieves. Also, Apple blocks Beeper Mini, launches a USB-C case for AirPods Pro 2, and plans to start offering incentives for artists to make their songs available in Spatial Audio on Apple Music. Sponsored by 1Password: 1Password makes managing one-time passwords effortless. For a safe and secure holiday, 1Password is offering...
Published 12/14/23
iOS 17.2 beta release candidate is here with a few surprise changes in store, while Apple formally retires the iTunes TV Shows and Movies apps in tvOS. An impressive new app called Beeper brings iMessage to Android in the right way. There’s also talk of an Apple-Paramount streaming bundle, and the M3 MacBook Air might be released sooner than we thought. Benjamin and Chance discuss it all. Sponsored by Zocdoc: Go to Zocdoc.com/happyhour and download the Zocdoc app to sign up for free and...
Published 12/07/23
Chance has some more thoughts about his new MacBook Pro, then he and Benjamin dive into the changes in iOS 17.2 beta 4, Apple services debut their Year-in-Review press, Apple seems to be on the edge of ditching Goldman Sachs for the Apple Card, and there are even more hints about when we can expect the Vision Pro to actually go on sale. Sponsored by Askey Computer Corp: Check out Askey Computer Corp. featuring state-of-the-art WiFi 6E technology, taking your wireless experience to new...
Published 11/30/23
Benjamin and Chance react to the shocking news that Apple is adopting RCS for iPhone messaging, likely with iOS 18 next year, and its implications on the ecosystem at large. We also answer your begging questions in #Ask9to5Mac, on this special holiday episode. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate! Sponsored by Roborock: Check out Roborock’s 2023 Black Friday Sale with big discounts on the company’s lineup of intelligent robot vacuums. Hosts Chance Miller...
Published 11/21/23
Benjamin and Chance discuss the latest features in iOS 17.2, Mark Gurman teases a major ‘ambitious’ iOS 18 update, Ming-Chi Kuo provides a 2024 roadmap for what to expect from iPad hardware, and Apple gives some press a hands-on demo of spatial videos viewed through Apple Vision Pro. Sponsored by Pillow: Pillow is an all-in-one sleep-tracking solution to help you get a better night’s sleep. Use code HAPPYHOUR23 to unlock a 30% discount for PIllow Premium. Download it from the App Store...
Published 11/16/23
Following the review embargo lifting for the M3 iMac and MacBook Pro lineup this week, Chance talks about his hands-on experience with the new MacBook Pro. Benjamin and Chance also discuss the uncharacteristic Apple PR statement about the future of the iMac roadmap, the disappointing outlook for the AirPods Max, and all the new features coming in iOS 17.2. Sponsored by SimpleMDM: Check out SimpleMDM, the ultimate Apple device management solution designed to simplify the lives of MacAdmins....
Published 11/10/23
Benjamin and Chance discuss everything Apple announced at its October Halloween-themed event, including all the nuances of the M3 Apple Silicon generation, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the (somewhat) updated iMac. Sponsored by HelloFresh: Use code happyhourfree for FREE breakfast for life! HelloFresh is America’s #1 meal kit. Sponsored by SimpleMDM: Check out SimpleMDM the ultimate Apple device management solution designed to simplify the lives of MacAdmins. Join the...
Published 11/03/23
Benjamin and Chance are thrilled to see Apple switching it up a bit for this end-of-month video event streaming, for the first time, in the evening. They talk about what they expect to see at the start of the M3 Apple Silicon Mac generation. iOS 17.1 has shipped with some cool new additions to Apple Music, meanwhile Apple is said to be hard at work integrating AI features into all parts of iOS 18. Plus, TV+ price rises and the rumored 2024 roadmap for new AirPods models. Sponsored by...
Published 10/27/23
Benjamin and Chance analyze the good and (mostly) bad of the Apple Pencil lineup, following the announcement of the new USB-C model this week. Also, there are details about what Apple will cut from a cheaper Vision Pro model; how critical is EyeSight to the product, really? Listeners back up Chance’s poor CarPlay GPS experiences, more iPhone camera testing at ACL, and Apple TV+'s new film strategy begins today. Sponsored by Urban Armor Gear: Elevated Rugged Tech Protection. Elevate Your...
Published 10/20/23
Chance discusses his experience using the iPhone 15 Pro Max to take photos and videos at a concert, and how the Camera app leaves much to be desired for these use cases. Also, CarPlay troubles, the knock-on impact of Benjamin’s phone number changeover, and the iPhone 12 radiation remedy to appease the French government.  Sponsored by Urban Armor Gear: Elevated Rugged Tech Protection. Elevate Your iPhone 15 Protection with UAG’s Latest Rugged Cases. Enter to win an iPhone 15 from UAG and...
Published 10/13/23
Benjamin and Chance go hands-on with Apple Watch Double Tap and all the changes in the latest iOS 17.1 beta, wrap up the iPhone 15 #overheatinggate fiasco, dive deep into the ongoing Google trial that is revealing all sorts of details about the Apple search deal, and discuss why Formula 1 is a good target for Apple’s sports streaming ambitions.  Sponsored by Hello Fresh: America’s #1 Meal Kit. Go to hellofresh.com/50happyhour and use code 50happyhour for 50% off plus free...
Published 10/06/23
Benjamin and Chance share their hands-on experiences with Apple’s latest hardware: the Apple Watch Series 9 and iPhone 15 Pro. Plus, macOS Sonoma brings some cool new features to the Mac, and the first iOS 17.1 developer seed is released, kicking off a whole new beta cycle. Sponsored by Opener: Opener allows you to open links from the web in apps instead! Download it on the App Store today. Sponsored by Urban Armor Gear: Elevated Rugged Tech Protection. Elevate Your iPhone 15...
Published 09/29/23
Benjamin and Chance discuss their Apple Store ordering experiences, and assess the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch reviews that dropped this week. Chance has received his FineWoven case .. and has thoughts. They also talk about their favorite features in iOS 17 and the other Apple OS updates released this week. Sponsored by Things: The award-winning to-do app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, now with full suport for iOS 17, watchOS 10, and iPadOS 17. Sponsored by Zocdoc: Go...
Published 09/22/23
Benjamin and Chance break down all the announcements from Apple’s September event, including reactions to the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro and Apple Watch Series 9, Apple Watch Ultra 2, and their latest carbon-neutral environmental initiatives. Chance also retells his experience of his first time at Steve Jobs Theater. Sponsored by Decluttr: Trade-in your iPhone or other devices with a 28 day price lock and get an extra 10%* cash back with code 9TO5MAC23 (*$30 cap). Sponsored by Ladder: Go...
Published 09/15/23