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Vector is a daily podcast by focusing on Apple and personal technology by Rene Ritchie.

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Vector is a daily podcast by focusing on Apple and personal technology by Rene Ritchie.




182: New Mac mini (2018) Preview

Apple's last event of the year is set for October 30, 2018, in Brooklyn New York, and one of the biggest — er, smallest! — rumors is the return of the Mac mini! The Mac mini was the original switcher machine. It was announced back in 2005 as a small, inexpensive way for you to swap out a Windows PC for a Mac. But now the switchers have switched and the Mac mini appeals more to pros who want to rack mount it in server rooms or hook it up to media centers or production pipelines. So, what...


181: Even Linus doesn't care about his iPhone XS review?

I wasn't going to post a show today. I've been traveling — three cities in three days — and I'm under the weather, and I'm working on a big video for tomorrow, but then I saw Linus... And it looked like he needed help to better understand and enjoy his iPhone XS. Since helping people understand and enjoy their technology, primarily Apple technology, is literally what I do, I dove in and tried to provide the absolute best answers, and sometimes sympathy, I could to his questions and concerns.


180: Apple Watch Controlled AI Selfie Drone!

Drones are good. Drones are great. Drones are fantastic. But they have one huge problem: Humans. Humans that crash their drones so goddam always. Especially on YouTube. Now, if only there was a way around that. A way to get all the good, great, and fantastic without having to worry about humans getting in the way. Well, now there is. And all you need is a Skydio R1, an Apple Watch, and a dream. The Skydio R1 , which the company refers to as a self-driving camera, isn’t new. It’s been...


179: Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XS: Which is *really* the Best Google Phone?

If you want to, you can legitimately turn the iPhone into one of the best Google phones in the world. Especially if your definition of “best” includes a heavy focus on privacy and security. Android is all about choice and, because of that, not using Android has to be a valid choice as well. Not for everyone, of course, but for those of you who were either so disappointed in the latest Pixels or so concerned with Google’s current direction that you want to explore a...


178: Siri Shortcuts: From the Experts!

Shortcuts is the most important addition to iOS since Extensibility in 8. With it, you can not only set up convenient voice commands to perform any action, you can create actions that are combined into powerful workflows without sacrificing any of that convenience. Thanks to a bunch of product launches — and some controversies — I haven't had as much time to deep dive into Shortcuts as I'd like so, for this video, I asked some friends to help me out! Chris Connelly, who you should...


177: iPad Pro X (2018) Preview

The minute we saw iPhone X kick bezels and home buttons to the curb, iPad was put on notice. It had a year, maybe more or maybe less, before Apple’s new “modern” design language came looking for it. Now, based on all the rumors to date, modern has come, modern has found it, and a lot more has come with it. SPONSOR: Brilliant MORE:


176: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 Review

There’s a whole new Apple Watch Series 4, and that means a whole new Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4. So, is it worth running to? SPONSOR: Brilliant LINKS: Apple Watch 4 Review: Two weeks later! MORE: SUBSCRIBE: Apple PodcastsOvercastPocket CastsCastroRSSYouTube


175: Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XS: Three things Apple should steal from Google

Google has just announced the brand new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL and here are 3 features I'd love Apple to steal from Google for the next iPhone! SPONSOR: Brilliant LINKS: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL hands-on preview: Screens worth staring atMrMobileResponding to the iPhone XS Max Problems MORE: SUBSCRIBE: Apple PodcastsOvercastPocket...


174: Apple vs. Bloomberg: Did China 'Big Hack' all the hardware?

In 10 years of covering Apple, I've never seen anything like this. Bloomberg Businessweek has dropped a bombshell: Chinese intelligence — agents of the People’s Liberation Army — forced factories in China to add tiny spy chips to server boards being manufactured for industry-leading Super Micro, to be sold to industry giants like Apple and Amazon. Their boards and servers literally provide the hearts and minds for many of the world’s data centers, large and small. And, the report says,...


173: Apple 2018 October Event Preview

Apple doesn’t always host October events. But, when Apple wants to show off new designs and highlight new technology — when it wants to go into the holidays with an extra bang — it’s with an October event. So, assuming there is an October Event, and not just a PR drop or bevy of briefings, what could we see? If past is prolog, new iPads Pro and bunch of new Macs. Let's take a look! SPONSOR: Skillshare...


172: iPhone XS #BeautyGate is doing something weird...

Spoiler Alert: Apple isn’t applying a beauty filter to your iPhone XS selfies. I’ve covered this in both my initial review and my 3-weeks-later review, but that particularly bad bit of intel just keeps making the rounds, so I wanted to do proper video and a real explainer to lay it to rest once and for all. BeautyGate or #SmoothSelfieGate began as most quote-unquote gates do: A combination of people with legitimate questions and concerns and those who are super eager to amplify anything...


171: iPhone XS + Max Review: 3 Weeks Later

I’ve been using an iPhone XS going on 3 weeks now. Ever since just after the Apple Event at the Steve Jobs Theater. In that time I used to as my main driver. For communication, photography, videography, travel, reading, listening, watching, writing… pretty much everything I do everyday. For the first week, that was all on the 5.8-inch iPhone XS proper. For the last two weeks, I’ve been alternating between the XS and the 6.5-inch XS Max. It’s a big phone. But, wow, is it a big phone. So,...


170: Apple Watch 4 Review: Two weeks later!

I’ve now been wearing and using Apple Watch Series 4 for about 2 weeks, since just after the September 12 event at the Steve Jobs theater. I did my initial, deep dive review after a week of fairly frenzied testing. I’m revisiting it now after a second week of somewhat more typical usage — travel, transactions, tracking workouts and tasks, keeping up to speed with my life and staying connected. Let’s take a second look! SPONSOR: Brilliant LINKS: Apple Watch...


169: iPhone XS LTE + Wi-Fi... FAIL?!

People are complaining about the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max cellular and Wi-Fi radios. Some are getting fewer bars in less places. Others aren't getting on their 5GHz networks. So, what's going on? SPONSOR: Brilliant LINKS: iPhone XS + Max Review: The best damn product Apple's ever made, take 2 MORE: SUBSCRIBE: Apple...


168: Trust Score: Is Apple SPYING on our calls and messages?

Apple recently updated iTunes and some of the language contained in the new policy, revolving around a Trust Score generated by the data on your iPhone or iPad, sent a part of the internet into sensationalize-first, ask questions later mode. You know, like normal. So, what exactly is going on here? SPONSOR: Brilliant MORE: SUBSCRIBE: Apple...


167: OMG the iPhone XR Display is...?!

So, there’s been some confusion over the last few days about iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR specs. Part of that is Apple’s fault because, unlike screen density and storage capacity, they don’t list RAM and battery capacity. And part of it is the fault of broken-internet, which, like broken telephone, passes along information often without context or clarity, resulting in it getting warped and distorted in a way that’s significantly less than helpful. Let's clear that...


166: iPhone XS + Max Review

iPhone XS isn't an all-new iPhone. It's a new iPhone X. So, what does that mean? I don't think Apple intends iPhone X owners to rush out and upgrade to iPhone XS, industry insiders, tech enthusiasts, and those on yearly programs, will of course do just that. Rather, I think Apple intends these new models to appeal to those who didn't yet make the leap to an all-new iPhone. Those who always avoid rev. A boards, or who stuck with Android or with the Home button, or who were simply waiting on...


165: Apple Watch Series 4 Review

Apple Watch is the most important product Apple has ever made and Series 4 is the most important Apple Watch to date. Is Apple Watch Series 4 perfect? No, of course not. It's still missing core features like always-on time, sleep tracking, and a way for me to make a damn Super-Man Photo face with enough complications to actually be useful. It also starts at $399 — or $499 if you want it with cellular networking — which is still a good chunk of change for what for most people remains a...


164: iPhone Screen Repairs Have Just Been Changed Forever

Starting today, Apple is swapping out the old, hardware based iPhone screen calibration system for an all-new software system. "Beginning September 17, 3D Touch Calibration Fixtures will no longer be required to complete display repairs for iPhone 6S and later. We have optimized the calibration process using software. This means we can now calibrate a repaired iPhone by simply connecting the device to [redacted] running our calibration and diagnostics, without the need to run it through a...


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: Skillshare MORE: SUBSCRIBE: Apple...