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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.




192: The Lost Episode: Hands-on Supercut

So here's the thing. We weren't able to publish audio versions of our hands-on videos that were made following Apple's event on October 30, 2018. These three videos about the 2018 versions of iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini represent Rene's initial impressions of the devices. Full reviews have since been published — but in the interest of making the Vector audio podcast a complete chronicle of happenings in the Apple-verse, we present them now. Enjoy! SPONSOR:


191: Black Friday Tips: Score deals on Apple iPhone, iTunes Cards, Amazon, more!

You can save $100 on a HomePod. And 20% on iTunes Cards. And get $300 back on an iPhone. And... Now, it’s no secret Apple gear is priced at a premium. And that can make it expensive to get what you want, especially everything you want. But, the Black Friday and Holiday Sales can give you a very real break. So, if you’ve been looking to get a new iPhone or Mac or Home automation, to save some cash on games or movies or a new subscription, now’s the time to do it, and all you and I need to...


190: Mac mini (2018) Review

Maybe Apple always intended to update the Mac mini but got distracted by more urgent projects? Maybe Apple was waiting to do something... different with the mini, but it was taking too long? Or maybe Apple never meant to update the mini at all but changed its mind after seeing just how much its customers missed the littlest Mac? I don’t know. But I do know this: After four long, fallow years, Apple has finally updated the Mac mini. So, is this the Mac mini we’ve all been waiting for? Yes...


189: MacBook Air (2018) Review

“Just slap a Retina display in the MacBook Air and ship it!” is what a lot of people have been clamoring for Apple to do for a long, long time. This isn't that. On one extreme, you have the 12-inch MacBook for those who want ultimate portability and are willing to pay a premium for it. On the other extreme, the MacBook Pro for those who want ultimate power and are likely willing to pay for it. In the middle, the broad middle, you have the new Air for those who want a balance of portability...


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...


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 AppleMacBook...


186: Apple October Event: Last-Minute Predictions

The invitations have gone out — 370 odd unique invitations, actually, as it seems like Apple has sent custom art out to everyone invited. In a myriad of styles, from abstract to pop — and the event date is set: October 30, 2018, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House. So, what does art and music have to do with iPads and Macs? New iPads Pro, maybe a new iPad mini, new Mac mini, new entry-level MacBook Air replacement, maybe new AirPods and... AirPower. It's all coming...


185: iPhone XR vs. XS Display: OLED Worth an Extra $250?

iPhone XR starts at $749. That's $250 less than XS and $350 less than XS Max. And one of the biggest reasons for the difference is the 326ppi LCD display instead of the 458ppi OLED.. So, is that worth the $250 or $350 — or more, depending on the storage — price tag difference? The bottom line for me is this: Once you dive deep into display nerdery, things like “1080p in 2018” just sound utterly uninformed. It’s a factor, sure, but it’s not even close to the top of the list of what makes...


184: iPhone XR vs. XS Camera: Is this difference worth $250+?

iPhone XR starts at $749. That's $250 less than XS and $350 less than XS Max. And one of the biggest reasons for the difference is the camera system. The front-facing TrueDepth camera is the same but the back facing camera on iPhone XS and XS Max is a dual system with one wide angle and one telephoto. XR only has the wide angle. So, does that worth the $250 or $350 — or more, depending on the storage — price tag difference? I asked professional photographer and YouTuber Tyler Stalman to...


183: iPhone XR Review

If you want a next-as-in-X-generation iPhone but you don't want to pay a thousand or more bucks for it, you want an XR. iPhone XR — never mind what the R means, it's just a new letter for Apple, one before S, "racing" if you're into cars, "reflex" if you're into cameras, cool-sounding either way. It's everything you need in a next-as-in-X-generation iPhone, minus some bells and whistles... and the higher price tag. LCD instead of OLED display. Single instead of dual camera system. Haptic...


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...