Lots of talk from Capital Hill in regards to those naughty big tech companies. Congress wants them to play by the same rules as the average person. As if the average person could create a big tech company…or that they could either. Oddly enough, Apple is probably in less of a fix as the other four by these bills definition.
There are several standards in regards to home automation. Reaching back into the Jurassic age there was X-10 which made it possible to connect several devices to a home security monitored (by someone else) system. However it wasn’t very interactive once set up. Coming into the modern age besides Apple’s Homekit there’s Belkin’s Wemo (now discontinued), SmartThings, Ankuoo, D-Link, and TP-Link amongst others.
Guy has returned from Walton country ablaze with success after bagging multiple Mooses…meece, mice? LOT’S of plural Moose. So no matter what he says after this, he’s obviously lying. WWDC 21 starts on Monday which is probably when most people will hear this podcast. So there’s no real point in speculating much about what it’ll all be about. So a few randoms things will be thrown in instead.
Today Guy is in Walton country apparently he’s decided that he and his his family are going to spend time together and have no electrical equipment so they all have to call out goodnight to each other. Though before they reach their destination we did try to connect with Guy but couldn’t.
We are about 2 weeks away from WWDC 2021 and expectations are high! As in, anyone making predictions and claiming to have any accuracy is probably on illegal medication. That won’t stop the GMen from making predictions though because they’re naturally high…on LIFE!
WWDC is coming up in less than a month so we’re bound to hear about all the great changes in Apple’s various operating systems for developers. Except there’s one that rules above all the others. Be advised there’s no after show this week due to some technical issues with the recording software. The whole second part of the show would have been lost except we had the video recording that we were able to pull from. Sorry about that.
The first products from Apple’s last event are starting to show up, but we figured everyone is tired of talking about that OLD stuff. So let’s talk about what might (by might we mean eventually) be showing up at a slickly produced and kept at about an hour or so Apple event near you soon.
Don’t you just LOVE how analysts and tech guessers spend SO much time in trying to tell us exactly what Apple is coming out with next thereby spoiling the surprise from everyone else. Oh and the added benefit of doing Apple’s detective work for them to fire leakers when something is reported that only one or two suspects were told about? Well there’s an apparent Apple event next month and rumours are flying! So let’s talk about that….which verifies and justifies the time spent on stupid rumour stories to get podcasters to talk about it, however it doesn’t count for us since we’re doing it IRONICALLY!
Several US states are trying to advance laws meant to let developers distribute and sell apps outside of Apple’s iOS App Store. North Dakota, Minnesota, and Arizona all have bills in the works to prevent Apple from retaliating against developers that use other means to distribute their apps.
Loving that free subscription to AppleTV+ that you have with your purchase of an Apple thingy? Or is it part of your Apple One subscription? OR maybe you’re leeching it off from someone else along with Netflix. Well however you’ve gotten it, is there enough content for you to keep you coming back? No? There might be based on Apple’s trailers just released for their 2021 lineup.
Apple’s car business which doesn’t exist in public other than CarPlay, 14 million blogs and podcasts, and analysts saying it does, took another step toward not being a fantasy which it still is, by poaching Porsche execs and denying everything by saying nothing at all about it. Which means it’s DEFINITELY going to happen…maybe…or maybe not. And you can take that to the bank because you got the straight scoop from the GMen!
Wow! Just ONE show away from our 550th! Quite an achievement if 550 of anything meant…well…anything. We bring it up here because if we did it on the actual 550th show it wouldn’t be nearly as funny. Also sorry about no show last week, you can totally blame Guy and his second COVID shot though as per usual he denies all responsibility.
When you have a conference that’s usually in Las Vegas, one of the least distraction-free cities anywhere in the world, is it still as much fun if it goes virtual? Some think yes as you can get right down to business, others say NOOOOOOO, I want my lights and glimmer! Also the GMen talk more about the NFL and make a few game prediction (some were wrong).
For the first show of the year, the Men get very silly with weird digital masks that you can view if you watch the show over on YouTube. Also, It’s the start of a brand new year but the same old GMen so don’t believe for one instant that 2020 doesn’t still have some punishment for you…in fact, you should probably STILL be mad at 2010 which is when we started.
VERY much a different kind of show this week as Simon Parnell, of the Essential Mac Podcast joins Gaz and Guy to celebrate the season. As if THAT wasn’t enough, they are also joined by Mark Chappell, Nick Riley, Donny Yankello, James Ormiston, and Steve Durbin.
Somehow even with not that much going on, the GMen serve up an extra long show. Guy retires his 2017 iMac from active duty while Gaz sells both his Intel Mac minis in preparation for an M1 Mini. Then they go down the list of a lot of what Apple does and make some predictions as to what MIGHT be down the pike-pipe.
In the same week as the announcement of M1-based Macs, Big Sur has also been released for the general public and it goes to 11! Well the new MacOS version does anyway and with that update comes general compatibility issues and major questions about if the M1 processor is all that and a bag of crisps (or chips depending on where you’re listening to this).
Dell S2721QS 27-inch IPS 4K monitor. About $400 though I got it at a local Microcenter for $300 on sale. 2 HDMI ports/ 1 DisplayPort, 3840 x 2160 resolution, 350 nits brightness (by comparison, my 2017 27-inch iMac has 500 nits).
Sigh…sure there just HAD to be another event this year to announce the new Apple Silicon-based Macs. Why? Because obviously they didn’t already have their plans made or designs locked down before LAST month’s only 1 hour pre-recorded event. No video last week because eCamm’s Call Recorder (which is getting harder and harder to use) can’t handle more than one person at a time.
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who use HomeKit and those that just don’t understand it…like the GMen for example. Pssst! They’re in the “don’t understand it” camp. Fortunately Karl Madden from the Mac and Forth Podcast is here to explain so that even Guy MIGHT understand it…maybe.