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VECTOR is Rene Ritchie's (almost) daily podcast focused on Apple and personal technology.

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VECTOR is Rene Ritchie's (almost) daily podcast focused on Apple and personal technology.

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Rene knows Apple - pure and simple.

By Obstructed_View - Oct 11 2019
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Follow Rene if you want real insight into the world of Apple.

Great info

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Good stuff but I’m confused - is this supposed to be video? My iPhone thinks only audio

iTunes Ratings

337 Ratings
Average Ratings
275
30
9
7
16

Rene knows Apple - pure and simple.

By Obstructed_View - Oct 11 2019
Read more
Follow Rene if you want real insight into the world of Apple.

Great info

By MKimG - Jun 20 2019
Read more
Good stuff but I’m confused - is this supposed to be video? My iPhone thinks only audio
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Vector with Rene Ritchie

Latest release on Jan 24, 2020

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VECTOR is Rene Ritchie's (almost) daily podcast focused on Apple and personal technology.

Rank #1: 088: HomePod One Month Later

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HomePod shipped a month ago. How’s it holding up? Dave Mark from The Loop shares his experience with the device.

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Mar 15 2018

54mins

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Rank #2: 187: The Mac, with Apple's Tom Boger

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Tom Boger is Sr. Director of Mac Product Marketing at Apple. He's worked on projects including the original iMac. Earlier this week, he took to the Apple keynote stage to introduce the new Mac mini. The following day he sat down with me to talk about that new Mac mini as well as the new MacBook Air and Apple's complete current line-up of Macs: What the design goals are, how to choose the right Mac for you, and how Apple sees the Mac now and into the future.

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Nov 02 2018

36mins

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Rank #3: Apple TV+ vs. Disney+ — One Season Later (No Spoilers)

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Both Apple and Disney announced new streaming video services this year and they couldn’t have been more different.

Apple promised a few old favorites, like Peanuts and Oprah, but mostly all-new originals with huge names like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Mamoa attached, budgets the would take us into the future and, through alternate timelines, the moon again, and with some astronomical, aspirations attached, because there was absolutely no catalog content to fall back on.

Disney was all about the franchises, including new Star Wars and Marvel shows, and returns to High School musicals, but also less-expected originals like Imagineers and Jeff Goldblum, and with a back catalog that conservatively includes, when you add in Disney proper, Pixar, Muppets, Fox, and National Geographic, about 85% of all of our childhoods.

Now, both of them have launched and are just finishing up the first 8-episode seasons of their first originals and, no spoilers, but it’s enough to figure out where they are and where they’re likely going.

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Dec 27 2019

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Rank #4: 203: MacBook vs. Air vs. Pro: The one you should get!

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The old Steve Jobs product grid is gone. The old grid is dead. But I’d argue there’s a new, almost as simple grid that’s taken its place and can help you whittle down to your ideal MacBook pretty quick.

With the new Air and old, the low end and high end 12-inch, and the 13-inch no Touch Bar to 15-inch Vega MacBook Pro, with lots of room to fuss with exact processor, memory, and storage options in between, there's a lot of choice in Apple's current notebook lineup.

Which is why grids only ever really took us so far. So, let’s try something better...

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Dec 11 2018

9mins

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Rank #5: iPhone Fold, Pro mini, iBook, iPad Studio, HomeBar, TV Stick: Where Are Apple's Missing Devices?

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Over the last 18-months we’ve gotten new iPads Pro, new iPhones Pro, and new Apple Watches with always-on displays. By any metric, this is Apple’s best lineup of product ever.

But, as slam dunk as some of these products are — they’re still not all the products. Even now, at the end of the decade, there are still some pretty big gaps across the iPhone, iPad, iPod — yeah, I said it — HomePod, Apple Watch, and Apple TV lineups.

So, since I covered the missing Macs in one of last week’s videos, I’m going to strap on my destiny prognostication engine, Escaflowne style, and cover all the missing iOS and iOS-offshoot devices in this video.

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Dec 26 2019

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Rank #6: 115: WWDC preview part 1, with Ben Bajarin

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Industry Analyst Ben Bajarin shares his thoughts on what Apple should announce from a software perspective at WWDC in June.

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May 19 2018

54mins

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Rank #7: 104: Moving, with Andy Ihnatko and Georgia Dow

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Andy Ihnatko, Rene Ritchie, and Georgia Dow talk about how moving to a new home is pretty much the same as preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

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Apr 23 2018

54mins

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Rank #8: 106: Why Apple is Killing AirPort

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Apple has just cancelled it's AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, and AirPort Time Capsule line of Wi-Fi routers.

"We're discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last."

That's the statement Apple gave me but, as you might expect, there's a lot more to this story.

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Apr 26 2018

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Rank #9: 228: Bonus — Storytelling, Gaming, and Beyond with ARKit

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Rene gets together with AR/VR expert, Russell Holly, to talk about the current state of augmented reality and the possibilities for the future.

Recorded live in Florida at MoNaCon2019 — Mobile Nation's internal company gathering.

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Feb 05 2019

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Rank #10: iPhone 11 Pro Review: The New Night King

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Once upon a time, the iPhone was the best camera you had with you. Now, Apple flat out wants to make it the best camera, period. What they can’t do physically with enormous lenses and sensors, they’re doing computationally with ridiculously optimized silicon and machine learning. And not just by taking the iPhone to 11, but by truly making it pro: The iPhone 11 Pro.

Everything that’s already packed into the 6.1-inch iPhone 11 is here as well, but escalated significantly: 5.8- and 6.5-inch higher-density, higher contrast, higher brightness, and extreme dynamic range OLED displays; a triple imaging system with ultra wide-angle, wide-angle, and telephoto cameras; 4x4 MIMO LTE; a full 4 meters of water resistance; up to 512 GB of storage; textured finishes that look more like metal than glass; and battery life that’s boosted by a jaw-dropping 4 and 5 hours respectively.

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Sep 17 2019

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Rank #11: 188: iPad Pro (2018) Review

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Hear that? That was the sound of Apple snapping its fingers and killing half the bezels in its product universe. iPhone went first. Then Apple Watch. Then MacBook Air. Now, iPad Pro. (Somewhere out there, iMac is whispering, “I don’t feel so go…”)

Edge-to-curved-edge Liquid Retina display in 12.5- or 11-inches, Face ID and True Depth Camera, A12X Bionic notebook-crushing processor, new Apple Pencil, and new Smart Keyboard Folio — this is the new iPad Pro.

But is it any good?

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Nov 05 2018

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Rank #12: 066: Understanding HomePod

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HomePod. It isn’t an Amazon Echo or Google Home competitor. It was never intended to be. Where AirPods were designed to be the best way to take music and audio with you, HomePod was designed to be the best way to enjoy it where you live. One yin. One yang. All that, and your questions answered.

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Jan 26 2018

38mins

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Rank #13: 068: HomePod 2.0

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HomePod. It isn’t an Amazon Echo or Google Home competitor. It was never intended to be. Where AirPods were designed to be the best way to take music and audio with you, HomePod was designed to be the best way to enjoy it where you live. One yin. One yang. All that, and your questions answered.

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Jan 29 2018

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Rank #14: 161: iPhone Xs + Xs Max HANDS ON: 5 BIG differences!

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Hands-on first impressions of the brand new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max!

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Sep 13 2018

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Rank #15: iOS 13: The Breakdown

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Every year, just after the latest major version of iOS goes public, something else happens deep inside Apple: In addition to any features that simply couldn't be completed in time, or had to be pushed back for any reason, along with all the new features marketing thinks are essential to keep selling iPhones and iPads, and all the features engineers are pitching as transformative or just plain awesome get put in a big pile. And then they're sorted through, prioritized, approved, and rejected, until it starts to take shape: The next major version of iOS.

And, this year, that's all going to culminate on June 3, at WWDC 2019, with the debut of iOS 13.

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Apr 19 2019

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Rank #16: 129: iOS 12: The Deep Dive

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iOS 12 has just gone into public beta. This is a preview. But since it's my preview, we're going to do it my style: By going deep into not just what Apple's latest mobile operating system does — but how it does and what it means for you.

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Jun 25 2018

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Rank #17: 204: Best FREE Apple stuff: #HourOfCode Edition!

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Google gets a lot of attention and even affection for giving away free services in exchange for our personal, private data. Apple doesn’t want any of that. When you buy something from Apple, just like stickers and cables come in the box, hundreds of millions of dollars of educational programing and probably billions in free apps and services, everything you need to start exploring code and photography and video and music and much, much, more also comes invisibly in that box.

If you think Apple products are two expensive, this is where some of that money goes, so you should absolutely go, get in on all the free classes and training, and take that money back. Even if you’ve never bought an Apple product you can still take all of it, all for free.

It’s not just one of Apple’s biggest products, it’s one of the least know and least taken advantage of, especially when it comes to things like Field Trips for schools and Apple Camp for kids, so make sure you let your friends know, let your schools know, let everyone know. Pick some classes, get some people together, and go, go go.

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Dec 12 2018

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Rank #18: 065: Understanding Apple Watch and human motivation

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Rene speaks with a licensed psychologist about Apple Watch and what motivates people to achieve their goals.

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Jan 25 2018

32mins

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Rank #19: 150: ARM Mac mini... or MacBook Air? #AskRene

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You've got questions, I've got answers!

  • Will Marzipan lead to the death of the Mac?
  • What's your favorite comfort food?
  • Should the first arm Mac be the mini?
  • Why can't Apple do social media?
  • Which Android feature should come to iOS?
  • What's up with the leaked Google "The Selfish Ledger" video?
  • Which Constitution-class Starship is better, the original or the refit?

Special thanks to Georgia Dow for the question reads! http://www.anxiety-videos.com

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Aug 21 2018

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Rank #20: 108: The cost of Sprint and T-Mobile, with Sascha Segan

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WhatsApp CEO is done with Facebook. Scuttlebutt on Apple’s new, cross-platform UI project. Sascha Segan joins the show to talk about the proposed Spring and T-Mobile merger. And your questions on MacBook Pro recalls, Sirius XM buyouts, and multi-user FaceID.

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May 02 2018

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Why You STILL Can’t Watch 4K YouTube on Apple

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It’s 2020 and I still can’t watch 4K YouTube on almost any of my Apple stuff.

I can watch 4K almost everything else, from iTunes to Netflix to Disney+ to Vimeo, just not YouTube. And I can watch 4K YouTube on almost everything else, from Roku to Amazon to ChromeCast, just not my Apple stuff.

So, why, and more importantly, when’s it all just going to be fixed?

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Jan 24 2020

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Did Apple Kill iCloud Backup Encryption for the FBI?

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Reuters detonated a huge controversy in the Apple and security spaces yesterday with this headline — Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources.

So, let's dive into it.

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Jan 23 2020

22mins

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The Evil Cult of Apple

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Is Apple evil?

Yes. Of course. 100%.

But in a far more dangerous way than the cliched, cartoonish, contorted new Evil List article in Slate suggests.

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Jan 21 2020

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Cinematic Color Grading RAW in Final Cut Pro X

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Late last year, I upgraded the main camera I use for filming these videos to the Canon C200. A cinema camera, which means one built specifically for shooting video. Not a still camera that also shoots video.

There were a bunch of reasons for this, which I can get into in another video if you’re interested, but the biggest for me was the ability to run XLR mics straight into the camera instead of having to use intermediary interfaces and recorders, and the ability to get a picture that looks pretty close to an Arri system but for like one tenth the price.

At first, I just stuck with my usual workflow. I’m a big believer in first learn walk, then learn fly. So, I recorded standard MP4 to an SD card, color corrected it, and that was pretty much it.

But, one of the best things about the C200 is that it can shoot in RAW. Which, just like RAW in photography, captures a ton more information so you not only get a better quality recording, you preserve a ton more options for color correction and grading.

So, I talked to a ton of experts, I watched a ton of videos, and got ready to make the switch and start recording RAW to CFast cards.

But, a lot of the workflows I’d heard and found involved Adobe Premiere or, even more frequently, DaVinci Resolve and I… I just don’t like either of their interfaces. I use, like and really wanted to stay inside Final Cut Pro X.

So, I adapted, I tested, I tweaked, I iterated, and I shared a lot of work in progress on Twitter and Insta, where a lot of you were kind of enough to give me feedback. And also ask a lot of questions about the workflow I was putting together.

Questions I couldn’t really answer until I had something I felt was at least a little consistent. Until now.

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Jan 20 2020

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iPadOS 14 — What Comes Next [Wishlist]

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This time last year we had new, incredibly powerful iPad Pro hardware, but what we didn’t have was the iOS software to truly unlock all of its potential.

iOS 12 had been, in large part, a performance and stability release, and I loved that. Loved it so much I’m going to repeat the need to repeat it every year basically ad nauseam Infinitum until it happens.

But, we were missing things. Especially things that would let the iPad be the iPad. I’d been asking for an iPadOS for like 5 years. Something that would keep the iOS underpinnings but let the experience be as unique, the way the watch and TV had been treated basically since launch.

And… just when I’d all but given up hope, Apple gave it to us. iPadOS. Along with many of the features many of us had been asking for since Steve Jobs had first sat down with it in that big comfy chair.

Most of the features… but not all of them, and not all the way.

Just the other day I made a video about the return to focus on reliability and performance enhancements, and a few new features I’d love to see in iOS 14 for the iPhone.

Now, I’m going to roll right into the iPad.

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Jan 17 2020

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Why They're WRONG About iPhone 9

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Recently, there have been a few more spoilers around Apple’s next less expensive iPhone. What’s previously been referred to as the iPhone SE 2 or, more recently, the iPhone 9.

And… even though I’ve already done a whole video explaining what I think it’ll be and why, there still seems to be some confusion out there around both of those things.

So, I’m going to try again… but different. Instead of rehashing the rumors, I’m going to go through what I think the actual announcements will be. And, hopefully, that’ll cut down on the expectational debt and make things just a little clearer.

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Jan 15 2020

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iOS 14 Major Changes for the Future of iPhone [Wishlist]

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This time last year, we were coming off one of the biggest performance and stability releases in Apple’s history with iOS 12. It was so stable and performant, the betas felt better than some previous shipping versions.

But, hardware like the iPhone XS and especially the iPad Pro made it clear Apple needed to amp up the functionally and fill in many of the still-missing features.

Enter iOS 13 and its offshoot, iPadOS 13, which brought a ton of exactly that functionality and those feature fills. But it came at the price of stability, resulting in a beta worse than some internal builds and a release that wasn’t even a fully baked beta.

So, rather than do my usual wish list for iOS 14, I’m going to do exactly what I’ve asked Apple to do — make iOS 12 the new normal. Split focus between paying down the technical debt and adding a restrained amount of new features.

That means I’m going to be just as restrained in my pull list, and request only those new features and functions that I think will make a real difference this year… but without too much disruption.

And I’m going to start with the iPhone.

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Jan 14 2020

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FBI vs. Apple — The Privacy Fight

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Law enforcement agencies across the globe make requests for data from Apple and other tech companies all the time. So “all the time”, there are processes in place to handle them. They are… routine.

But, every once in awhile, specific cases still show up in the papers. They’re the most sensational, horrible, heart-breaking, flag-waving cases, and the papers lap them up, few questions asked, and the people who then read the stories get all riled up.

Which is, I think, is the entire point of getting those stories into the papers to begin with.

And we're starting to see it again now.

Apple already fought the FBI over encryption and back doors once, a few years ago. The FBI folded. But are they gearing up to go after encryption again?

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Jan 11 2020

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Ultimate iPhone Camera Concept

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Last year, I asked for three main things when it came to iPhone 11 photography: An ultra-wide camera, a Night Mode, and Portrait Video. And, yeah, to fix the weird skin tones and textures in Smart HDR.

We didn’t get Portrait Video but 3 out of 4 wasn’t just not bad, it was enough to convince all the doomsayers, boreds now, and must-skippers out there that the iPhone 11 and its cameras were far closer to must have.

You know, something anyone watching this channel had known long before they were even announced.

But time and expectations are relentless, and while it sounds like what we’re getting this year with the iPhone 12 will be the time-of-flight sensor and augmented reality camera — basically True Depth on the back — I’ve been hearing about and looking forward to seeing for a few years now, there are still lots of other things Apple could do to improve and round out iPhone photographer, even if it’s in years to come.

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Jan 10 2020

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Galaxy S10 Lite, Note 10 Lite, S20 Ultra, Fold 2 — Everything Samsung 2020

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We’re not even a week into 2020 and Samsung has not only announced a couple of new phones already, but an event to announce even more new phones.

And… its worth taking a look at, both from a Samsung and an Apple point of view.

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Jan 07 2020

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Fixing Apple's HomeKit for 2020

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CES — formerly known as the consumer electronics show — is kicking off this week in Las Vegas. On display and behind closed doors will be everything every manufacturer and store thinks we’re going to want to buy come the big holiday shopping season at the end of the year.

iMore, Windows Central, Android Central, Cord Cutters, MrMobile — all my colleagues are there covering it right now, so keep it locked to all their links-in-the-description for the best, worst, and just plain weirdest of the show.

Last year, I did a while video on what I thought was going to be the coolest new HomeKit… kit of the year. But, some of the stuff I was most looking forward to still seems MIA. So, rather than rinse and repeat that this year, especially in light of some recent announcements, I figured I should step back and take a bigger, more pictured look at where HomeKit is and where I think it needs to be in 2020.

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Jan 06 2020

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iPhone 12, Apple Watch 6, mini-LED Pro — Everything Apple for 2020

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2019 is over. Everything that would ship did ship. And now it’s time to let the past die. Kill it if you have to. It's the only way for all of us to get what comes next.

Wait, no, that sounds so nihilistic. And I’m, like, so totally optimistic about what this year could bring.

So, let’s go over it all.

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Jan 03 2020

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Future of iPhone: Apple's Next Ten Years

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When Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone in 2007, the first big leap forward, it was made possible by the confluence of several rapidly emerging technologies — capacitive multitouch, ubiquitous mobile data networks, and miniaturized computing.

All of these technologies existed prior to the iPhone but they’d never been brought together before in anything as polished or approachable as the iPhone.

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Jan 02 2020

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iPad Pro (2020) Rumor Analysis

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Back in October of 2018, Apple introduced a totally new, totally redesigned iPad Pro. It deleted a lot of the bezels, making the 12.9-inch model smaller and letting the 10.5-inch model expand to 11-inches.

They lost the headphone jack, which sucked, but also swapped out Lightning for USB-C, which was terrific. And they topped it all off with the monstrous A12X processor, which pretty much made any machine with an Intel Core M just break down and cry.

But, that was then, this is now. Apple went all of 2019 without an iPad Pro update. So, what does that leave — and what does that mean — for 2020?

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Dec 30 2019

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Apple TV+ vs. Disney+ — One Season Later (No Spoilers)

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Both Apple and Disney announced new streaming video services this year and they couldn’t have been more different.

Apple promised a few old favorites, like Peanuts and Oprah, but mostly all-new originals with huge names like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Mamoa attached, budgets the would take us into the future and, through alternate timelines, the moon again, and with some astronomical, aspirations attached, because there was absolutely no catalog content to fall back on.

Disney was all about the franchises, including new Star Wars and Marvel shows, and returns to High School musicals, but also less-expected originals like Imagineers and Jeff Goldblum, and with a back catalog that conservatively includes, when you add in Disney proper, Pixar, Muppets, Fox, and National Geographic, about 85% of all of our childhoods.

Now, both of them have launched and are just finishing up the first 8-episode seasons of their first originals and, no spoilers, but it’s enough to figure out where they are and where they’re likely going.

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Dec 27 2019

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iPhone Fold, Pro mini, iBook, iPad Studio, HomeBar, TV Stick: Where Are Apple's Missing Devices?

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Over the last 18-months we’ve gotten new iPads Pro, new iPhones Pro, and new Apple Watches with always-on displays. By any metric, this is Apple’s best lineup of product ever.

But, as slam dunk as some of these products are — they’re still not all the products. Even now, at the end of the decade, there are still some pretty big gaps across the iPhone, iPad, iPod — yeah, I said it — HomePod, Apple Watch, and Apple TV lineups.

So, since I covered the missing Macs in one of last week’s videos, I’m going to strap on my destiny prognostication engine, Escaflowne style, and cover all the missing iOS and iOS-offshoot devices in this video.

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Dec 26 2019

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Apple Watch — Which One Should You Buy?

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The Apple Watch is different. There’s no Air version or Pro version. No mini and no Max. Not really. You don’t spec one based on storage size or memory size, number of cameras or cores. There are simply two display sizes, small and large, and a variety of different materials, from aluminum to ceramic, steel to titanium. And, if an Apple Watch Series 5 is just too much for you, there’s an Apple Watch Series 3 to get you started.

So, you choose your size, you choose your material, and then you’re off and pairing with your bands. Right? Well, yeah, but there’s still a lot to unpack even in those simple sounding choices.

So, whether you’re still waiting to pick up your first or next Apple Watch, or you’ve just gotten a new one and you’re wondering if you should exchange it for a different model, let’s just break it all down.

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Dec 24 2019

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Why MacBook Pro Beats Mac Pro (for me) — One Month Later Review

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I’ve been using the 16-inch MacBook Pro since Apple announced them roughly one month ago this week. In that time, I’ve also significantly updated how I make these videos. Not only have I re-arranged that wall behind me so I have more room to store all the gear I’ve gone back to, but I’ve upgraded the lighting as well, so it’s more balanced and flexible.

I switched from the Panasonic GH-5 to the Canon C200 a while ago and I’ve recently started shooting in c-long, which provides slightly more dynamic range but requires color grading to go from flat to phat. Even flirting with RAW lite, which has all the dynamic range but requires far more in terms of resources to process.

That’s where the 16-inch MacBook Pro comes in. Yeah, not the new Mac Pro. I looked. I longed. I FOMO YOLO’d. But, in the cold hard light of workloads and budgets, I ended up sticking with the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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Dec 23 2019

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Apple Watch 5 Review: Three Months Later

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I’ve been using the Apple Watch Series 5 since just after Apple introduced it back in September of this year. In that time, I’ve used it awake and asleep, at home and while traveling, for movie tickets and boarding passes, to track physical activity and hydration, to control my home and stay in touch with the people I love, and to demonstrate its safety features probably more often than I should.

And, I’ve come to a few conclusions in that time.

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Dec 22 2019

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All the Macs Apple is STILL Missing

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Apple’s really been bringing the fire over the last couple of years. A lot of products that had fallen off the radar, or simply fallen off, have been brought back. Some with swagger. Some, with a vengeance.

We got a new big iPhone with Max, and updated MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPad Air, iPad mini — basically, all the airs and minis — and, most recently, a new MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and Pro Display. Yeah, all the Pros too.

But, big and badass as some of these products are — they’re not all the products. Even now, at the end of the decade, there are still some gaps in Apple’s lineup. Some holes. Some products just plain missing in action.

So, since I’m me, I figure I’m going to list them all out all video like and let you know which, if any, I think we might actually have a chance of seeing in the next year or few. Starting with the Mac.

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Dec 18 2019

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Rene knows Apple - pure and simple.

By Obstructed_View - Oct 11 2019
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Follow Rene if you want real insight into the world of Apple.

Great info

By MKimG - Jun 20 2019
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Good stuff but I’m confused - is this supposed to be video? My iPhone thinks only audio