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

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.




How Apple Can Make the iPhone 11 'PRO'

Mac Pro. MacBook Pro. iPad Pro. iMac Pro. Powerbeats Pro… iPhone Pro? There’s a rumor going around that Apple might just call one or more of this fall’s iPhones… the iPhone Pro. Or maybe the iPhone 11 Pro. It’s unclear. Also unclear: What, beyond just adding the label, Apple could do to make the iPhone really, truly worthy of the name ‘Pro’. That is, if the name ‘Pro” even means anything any more. Curious, I asked all of you on Twitter what you thought… and wow did you...


What Apple Said About iPhone Battery Locks, FAA MBP Battery Bans Busted

Apple sent me a statement on the whole iPhone battery locking controversy and the FAA has added some thirsty, thirsty MacBook Pro battery coverage to the mix. SPONSOR: LINKS: Rene Ritchie on Twitter: "Here’s Apple’s statement on third-party battery repairs and the battery health feature:… "APPLE'S CONCERN IS YOUR SAFETY. - YouTube U.S. Regulator Bans Recalled Apple Laptops From Flights - Bloomberg...


Apple's new $1 MILLION Bug Bounty Program

Broader bounties. Million-dollar payouts. Beta bonuses. Info-Sec-Fuzed iPhones. And more. Apple’s Head of Security Engineering and Architecture, Ivan Krstić, has just dropped some bombshell announcements at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas and we’re going to talk about them. SPONSOR: MORE: Nations...


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Features Apple Should STEAL For iPhone 11

The Galaxy Note 10 is here. I spoke all about it with Daniel Bader from Android Central, so be sure to check that video out if you haven’t already. Now, I want to talk about the feature from the Note 10 I’d love to see Apple bring to the iPhone 11… or iPhone 12 if they’re already locked and loaded for September. SPONSOR: CuriosityStream - Stay


Is Apple Locking iPhone Batteries to Discourage Repair? Also: Foldable iPads!

Yeah, I’m just gonna lean right into Bettridge’s Law with this video title. Right on in. So, the story is this: A couple of days ago, Justin from TheArtofRepair YouTube channel discovered that, all of a sudden, swapping out the battery on an iPhone resulted in the newish battery health monitoring system turning off and popping up: "Important battery message: Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery" Since then, we’ve seen...


Galaxy Note 10 vs. iPhone 11— From the Android Expert

It’s Samsung’s big Galaxy Note 10 day today and so I’ve got Daniel Bader, Managing Editor of Android Central, on the line with me to tell us all about it. Who is the Galaxy Note 10 for? Does it still cater to power users and nerds, even without a headphone jack? How does the camera compare to Huawei? How do the features compare to $500 and under phones? How will the Galaxy Note 10 hold up to the upcoming Apple iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4? And do you even need to think about 5G...


Apple's Post-iPhone Future

Despite the usual doom and gloom reporting that we got leading up to Apple’s Q3 2019 financial results — or stock manipulation depending on your point of view — the company managed to largely beat expectations. But not escape the doom and gloom. Not entirely. SPONSOR: CuriosityStream - Stay LINKS: Neil Cybart (@neilcybart) | TwitterAbove Avalon Apple Reports Third Quarter Results - AppleTranscript: Apple CEO Tim Cook on the company's 2019 Q3 earnings |...


iPhone 13 Touch ID, iPhone 12 AR Camera, iPhone 11 Tariffs

It's a Kuo Ming-Chi-a-palooza! iPhone 13 rumors, already, yeah, yikes. The possible return of Touch ID-like fingerprint authentication if not Touch ID itself. iPhone 12 and time of flight sensors for the ultimate augmented reality thrill ride. And iPhone 11, the potential tariffs it might well face, and how Apple may have to deal with them. SPONSOR: CuriosityStream - Stay LINKS: Why 'Touch ID' will come back to iPhone - YouTube Kuo: 2021 iPhone Will...


Apple Cancels Siri Grading, Samsung Cancels Headphone Jack

Apple and Google suspend manual voice reviews and Samsung suspends the headphone jack on Galaxy Note 10 SPONSOR: Brilliant LINKS: (Don’t) hold the phone: new features coming to Pixel 4 Pixel 4 Face Unlock vs. Apple Face ID: How they're different and how Google's might be better | Android Central MORE: Nations...


How Pixel 4 is Copying Face ID

I was going to try and cram in Apple earnings analysis today but I think I’ll save it for tomorrow after all the headlines and hindsights hot takes have had time to cool down. Instead, let’s talk about Google’s big Pixel 4 leak-nouncement. Yeah, another one. Basically, it’s Face ID. But is it a cutting edge reinvention or just a lame retread? SPONSOR: Brilliant LINKS: (Don’t) hold the phone: new features coming to Pixel 4 Pixel 4 Face Unlock vs. Apple Face ID:...


iPhone 5G x3, MacBook Pro $3K, Siri Scandal Redux

Another huge milestone for us and what we’re all building here together — This channel just hit 20 million views. Almost 250 videos and 122 thousand subscribers since we started, it’s humbling to think this little idea for an optimistic, deeply researched, steak-over-sizzle, facts-over-flex, punching up and never down conversation about technology and culture we started just over a year ago has found an audience as smart and savvy and frankly as magnificent as all of you. I know we’re not...


Why People Are Freaking Out Over Siri Privacy

Humans listen to segments of our voices captured by Siri, Google, and Alexa to help train the natural language engines. It's always been done this way but it's never gotten much attention. Not until Bloomberg reported on it all back in April, focusing on Alexa. But the VRT NWS piece on Google and now The Guardian’s piece on Siri have really caught fire. Especially the latter. Maybe because, unlike the others, it front-loaded the part about sex, crime, medicine, and business. Or maybe just...


Samsung re-Fold, iPhone 11 Smart Frame, Facebook's $5b Fine, iOS Migration

It’s Friday and once again I’m taking three stories from around the web that are important but that either wouldn’t fill a full video or I just plain missed out on covering during the week. I’m planning on doing these more often going forward too, so if you have stories you want to see covered next week, just drop them in the comments or hit me up on Twitter. Then hit subscribe and dropkick that little bell dingus so you don’t miss them when they land. On deck for today are some privacy...


Apple's 5G Future

There have been rumors of Apple working on their own cellular modems for years. Those are the radios that phones and other gear use to connect to carrier networks like AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Vodafone, and all the rest. They’re mainly LTE right now but 5G is on the horizon and they’re already speccing out 6G beyond that. So, it’s a critical part of the hardware we all use every day and Apple likes to control all of those parts. The rumors picked up recently when Apple settled with Qualcomm,...


Apple Watch ECG App — 6 Months Later

Back in September for 2018 — and wow but does that already seem like a technology lifetime ago! — Apple’s chief operating officer and head of Watch and Health products — took to the stage at the companies annual September event to announce Apple Watch Series 4 and its bold new edge-to-edge display. But he also announced something else: Irregular heartbeat notifications and, for the first time ever in a direct-to-consumer device, the ability to take an electrocardiogram. In a watch. On your...


Bored with iPhone

There’s a feeling among some people in the tech community that the next iPhone looks too much like the last iPhone, which looked pretty much exactly like the iPhone before that. Apple’s design has become stale, they say. Iterative. Boring. SPONSOR: MORE: Nations Affiliate Link Policy SUBSCRIBE: Apple...


iPadOS Safari: Desktop-Class Browsing is Here!

Our long, browser nightmare is over. Google web apps like GSuite now work as expected in Safari. So do Square Space and Wordpress. It’s a modern mobile miracle. But it’s also more than that: A download manager, a ton of keyboard shortcuts with modifiers, the ability to save and open tab sets, per site settings, text size controls, the whole WebKiit and caboodle. Apple is calling it Desktop Class Safari for iPad. The full-on web finally optimized for iPad or the iPad finally fully optimized...


MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro 2019

So you want to buy a new MacBook, maybe for school, maybe for work, maybe to create something that lets you change how and why you work. Whatever. You need it, you want it… but you’re just not sure which new MacBook to get. At least not yet. SPONSOR: LINKS: Buy 13-inch MacBook Air - Apple Buy MacBook Pro - Apple...


iPadOS Files & USB Drive Preview

With iPadOS — and, yes, an iPhone and even an iPod touch running iOS 13 — you can finally access external files, not just photos, not just videos, but honest-to-unix external documents, assets, and anything else, just by plugging in a USB drive, stick, even SD or Compact Flash card. You can even open photos and video directly in editing apps and access SMB shares right in the Files app. With some caveats, limitations, and, of course, adapters. Hey, this is still iOS we’re talking about...


Why Apple Killed the 12-inch MacBook — Air and Pro Updated

The 12-inch MacBook is dead. So is the quote unquote “MacBook Escape”. In place of the MacBook is now just the MacBook Air, newly updated with a True Tone display. In place of the Escape is Touch Bars, Touch ID, and T2 chips all the way down. But does that make things simpler or even more complicated? SPONSOR: Simple LINKS: Buy 13-inch MacBook Air - Apple Buy MacBook Pro - Apple...