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VECTOR is an (almost) daily podcast focused on Apple and personal technology.

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088: HomePod One Month Later

HomePod shipped a month ago. How’s it holding up? Dave Mark from The Loop shares his experience with the device. Links: The Loop Dave Mark on Twitter Jim Dalrymple on Twitter August Smart Lock Sponsors: Audible — Go to audible.com/vector or text VECTOR to 500-500 to start your 30-day trial and get your first audiobook for free! Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube Follow on: Web Twitter Instagram Facebook

54mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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187: The Mac, with Apple's Tom Boger

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. Links Mac mini at Apple MacBook Air at Apple VECTOR on YouTube is here — Subscribe now! VECTOR on YouTube Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on: Web Twitter Instagram Facebook

36mins

2 Nov 2018

Rank #2

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

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... SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to http://brilliant.org/vector and sign up for free. First 200 people get 20% off the premium course! MORE: Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

9mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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160: iPhone Xs Event: Last minute predictions!

Apple's iPhone Xs Event is tomorrow, September 12, 2018. But what are we absolutely, definitively going to see? And what are we... not? What are the new iPhones going to be called? What are the last minute features they'll be including... and missing? Any new features coming to Apple Watch? Will AirPower finally be released? And will new iPad Pros and MacBooks be announced as well, or will we be waiting until October? All that and more and the clock ticks down to the big event! SPONSOR: Go to Skillshare to get your first 2 months of Skillshare — and unlimited learning! — for free! LINKS: Kuo: USB-C on 2018 iPad Pro, Touch ID on 2018 MacBook, EKG and Ceramic Backs on All Apple Watch Series 4 Models, More Apple to Kick Off Product Blitz With iPhone Xs Line, New Watches MORE: Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

7mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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115: WWDC preview part 1, with Ben Bajarin

Industry Analyst Ben Bajarin shares his thoughts on what Apple should announce from a software perspective at WWDC in June. Links: @benbajarin on Twitter Tech.pinions Sponsors: Go to wix.com/go/vector and build your perfect, professional, limitlessly personalized website today! Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube Follow on: Web Twitter Instagram Facebook

54mins

19 May 2018

Rank #5

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162: Apple Watch Series 4 Hands-on

Apple Watch Series 4 is here and I went hands-on with the new aluminum, stainless steel — including gold finish! — Nike+ and Hermès! SPONSOR: Go to Skillshare to get your first 2 months of Skillshare — and unlimited learning! — for free! MORE: Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

5mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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104: Moving, with Andy Ihnatko and Georgia Dow

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. Links: @Ihnatko on Twitter @Georgia_Dow on Twitter [Anxiety Videos](http://www.anxiety-videos.com Sponsors: Wix: It all starts with your stunning web site. Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube Follow on: Web Twitter Instagram Facebook

54mins

23 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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106: Why Apple is Killing AirPort

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. Links: RIP AirPort Base Stations: Why Apple is existing the Wi-Fi router business Best Wi-Fi Router in 2018 Sponsors: Go to wix.com/go/vector to craft your professional website today! Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube Follow on: Web Twitter Instagram Facebook

7mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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iPhone 11 Pro Review: The New Night King

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. SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/vector and get 20% off their annual Premium subscription! LINKS: iPhone 11 Pro Review | iMore iPhone 11 Pro - Apple MORE: Merch: https://standard.tv/vector Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie Mobile Nations Affiliate Link Policy SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

35mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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228: Bonus — Storytelling, Gaming, and Beyond with ARKit

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. LINKS: AR Apps for iOS @RussellHolly on Twitter MORE: Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

24mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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163: iPhone XR Hands-on

Apple has just announced the iPhone XR, which offers much of the same user experience of the iPhone X, but with some notable departures. The phone is larger than the iPhone X, with a 6.1-inch LCD display. It retains the TrueDepth camera that first launched on the 2017 iPhone X, and says goodbye to the Home button. SPONSOR: Go to Skillshare to get your first 2 months of Skillshare — and unlimited learning! — for free! MORE: Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

3mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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188: iPad Pro (2018) Review

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? SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to http://brilliant.org/vector and sign up for free. First 200 people get 20% off the premium course! LINKS: iPad Pro (2018) Review MORE: Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

28mins

5 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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204: Best FREE Apple stuff: #HourOfCode Edition!

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. SPONSOR: Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this show! Get all-you-can-learn access to over 20,000 courses for 2 months for free! LINKS: Today at Apple Budge Studios MORE: Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

6mins

12 Dec 2018

Rank #13

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Fixing Apple's HomeKit for 2020

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. SPONSOR: CuriosityStream Watch thousands of documentaries for free for 31 days AND get a free Nebula account by signing up at curiositystream.com/vector and using the promo code ‘vector’! LINKS: Why Apple Should Replace Google and Amazon in the Home - YouTube MORE: Merch: https://standard.tv/vector Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie Mobile Nations Affiliate Link Policy SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

8mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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066: Understanding HomePod

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. Sponsors: Casper: Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting http://casper.com/vector and using VECTOR at checkout. Terms and conditions apply. Links: HomePod YouTube coming soon. Subscribe now! Vector on YouTube Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on: Web Twitter Instagram Facebook

38mins

26 Jan 2018

Rank #15

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Apple Watch 5 Review: Finally the Best Watch. Period.

Apple Watch Series 5 takes the world's best health and fitness tracker and motivator, connected communications and emergency contact band, and wearable computer platform, and brings it all back full circle — into just what might be the world's best watch. SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/vector and get 20% off their annual Premium subscription! LINKS: Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Now the world's best watch. Period. | iMore MORE: Merch: https://standard.tv/vector Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie Mobile Nations Affiliate Link Policy SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

17mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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

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 SPONSOR: Audible: Go to http://audible.com/vector or text VECTOR to 500-500 to start your 30-day trial and get your first audiobook for free! LINKS: The Selfish Ledger Mr. Mobile MORE: Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

12mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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16-inch MacBook Pro vs. 13-inch Pro vs. Air — Which Should You Get?

Last year, the MacBook lineup was far more complicated, the differences far more nuanced, and the choice… far more difficult. Now, Apple has updated, cleaned up, and improved almost everything and the result is the cleanest lineup in half a decade. Maybe more. So… If you just want a Mac you can take pretty much anywhere and do pretty much anything with, and portability and price are your priorities, then you've got the new baseline, the new MacBook Air. If you want a good mix of portability and power, and you’re willing to pay a little more for it, then you have the entry-level and higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro. If you need power more than portability, and you're willing to pay a lot more — maybe even a lot more, depending on how much power you need — then you’ve got the brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Now, simple as that is, there are some important things, and a bunch of options, you should know about each of those systems before you decide to make any of them your own. So, let’s break them all down. SPONSOR: CuriosityStream Watch thousands of documentaries for free for 31 days AND get a free Nebula account by signing up at curiositystream.com/vector and using the promo code ‘vector’! LINKS: MacBook Air (2018) Review - YouTube Why Apple Killed the 12-inch MacBook — Air and Pro Updated - YouTube 16-inch MacBook Pro — 24-Hour Review - YouTube BUY: Buy 13-inch MacBook Air - Apple Buy 13-inch MacBook Pro - Apple Buy 16-inch MacBook Pro - Apple MORE: Merch: https://standard.tv/vector Gear: https://kit.com/reneritchie Podcast: http://applepodcasts.com/vector Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie Mobile Nations Affiliate Link Policy SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube

12mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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068: HomePod 2.0

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. Sponsors: BackBlaze: Get a fully featured 15-day free trial at Backblaze.com/vector. Go there, play with it, start protecting yourself from potential bad times! Start Today! Links: Five things I want to see in HomePod 2 YouTube coming soon. Subscribe now! Vector on YouTube Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS Follow on: Web Twitter Instagram Facebook

21mins

29 Jan 2018

Rank #19

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129: iOS 12: The Deep Dive

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. Links: iOS 12 Preview: Audacious new proactivity meets fierce new privacy Sponsors: Brilliant Math and science done right — Brilliant helps you learn more effectively than lectures through interactive, problem solving based courses. Sign up free, and the first 200 listeners to go premium will save 20%. Subscribe via: Apple Podcasts Overcast Pocket Casts Castro RSS YouTube Follow on: Web Twitter Instagram Facebook

43mins

25 Jun 2018

Rank #20