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Rene Ritchie and Lory Gil are joined by Russell Holly for iPhone 11 rumors, and a recent statement by Apple about third-party battery replacements. They also chat gaming and controller support in iOS 13, and the ridiculousness of green bubbles vs. blue bubbles.

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Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, and Rene Ritchie discuss pros and cons of Apple Card and talk about the many uses (besides making purchases) of the titanium card. They also clarify the facts behind third-party iPhone battery repairs and discuss the vast expansion to Apple's bug bounty program.

The gang lust over the "Aura Glow" color option for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10 while wishing for Apple Pencil Support on iPhone. Finally, they follow up on privacy issues surrounding Apple contractors reviewing Siri recordings.

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Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, and an adorable little Ewok/dog have plenty of news to share from the Appleverse! Apple found enough money in their couch cushions to buy the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business. Additionally, The ECG functionality of Apple Watch is now available to users in Canada, and Apple Card may launch in August.

Paving the way for new phones, iOS 12.4 brings a direct device data migration feature. And rumors continue to percolate about a 16-inch MacBook Pro with scissor keyboard switches.

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In this diabolical episode, we say goodbye to Mikah Sargent as he embarks on a new journey as host and producer for TWiT. We also take on the controversy behind FaceApp.

In happier news, there are new emoji coming this fall, and a teaser trailer for the Apple TV+ series Snoopy in Space is here.

Mikah, we all love you and will miss you having you as part of the iMore team. You are a star and we know you're going to do great things in Petaluma!

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Lory Gil, Georgia Dow, and Mikah Sargent sit by the proverbial campfire and have a chat about updates to MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and the discontinuation of the 12-inch MacBook. They also discuss the decision to temporarily disable the Walkie Talkie feature on Apple Watch due to an eavesdropping bug. In another example of Apple taking steps to ensure customer privacy, the gang look at the new 'Sign in with Apple ID' feature that's coming with iOS13.

There was also a serious security vulnerability in the Zoom video conferencing software, prompting Apple to push a fix to macOS users.

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Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, and Lory Gil are here with rumors about a new keyboard deign for future MacBooks. They also debate the merits of a new FaceTime feature in iOS 13 for maintaining eye contact when video chatting. Lastly, are Apple execs giving notes on shows for the Apple TV+ service?

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Public betas are here already! Lory Gil and Rene Ritchie have all the details, including why you probably don't want to try them out just yet. But if you do, they're here to help you do it the smart way. They have an exclusive scoop on Apple Card.

The big bombshell this week is that Jony Ive is leaving Apple later this year to form his own design studio. Apple will become one of his primary clients, but how much of his influence will we continue to see in Apple's products going forward?

Finally, Lory and Rene talk about Wizards Unite and how different (and more complex) it is compared to Pokémon Go.

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Public beta stuff: - iOS 13 public beta: The ultimate guide | iMore - iPadOS 13 public beta: The ultimate guide | iMore - macOS Catalina public beta: The ultimate guide | iMore tvOS 13 public beta: The ultimate guide | iMore - Apple increases its self-driving department

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Georgia Dow and Mikah Sargent talk about Apple's battery recall for some mid-2015 15" MacBook Pro models. If you own one of these machines, they'll help you figure out if your computer is affected. They also discuss the prospect of moving iPhone production out of China to Taiwan — a strategy recommended by Foxconn founder Terry Gou.

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Your watch, TV, Mac, iPhone, and iPad are all getting extreme makeovers this fall! Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Rene Ritchie look at some of the coolest new features that are on the way.

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Lory Gil and Rene Ritchie are live from WWDC 2019 in San Jose, CA to geek out over some of their favorite announcements from the conference. Apple's software platforms got a lot of love this week. There are loads of new features for macOS Catalina, iOS 13, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. And now we also have iPadOS, which will make your iPad even more capable than before!

There's so much to talk about, we had to save Mac Pro and macOS for our show next week. So excite!

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The new iPod touch may not be for everyone, but Lory Gil, Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, and Mikah Sargent have a litany of use cases for it as a relatively inexpensive iOS device. They're also really, really hoping for a Mac Pro and 6K Pro display to be announced next week! They've got rumors to share along with some naming ideas for the new versions of Mac OS and iOS.

Apple has responded to anti-competitive claims regarding the App Store, and Rene made a video about 50 people to follow on Twitter during WWDC. Finally, the crew talk about what they know so far regarding Pokemon Sleep and Pokemon Home.

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Snapchat employees abused user data, and Google tracks your purchase history. Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Rene Ritchie are neither surprised, nor amused. The crew also talk about the new MacBook Pro models and additional changes Apple has made to the keyboard. Even if they have ameliorated key malfunctions once and for all, public perception of their butterfly switches is toxic. Don't expect this design to last another generation.

WWDC is just around the corner, so rumors and leaks are running red hot. Finally, check out some cool new apps: Vignette and GIFwrapped!

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Rene Ritchie, Mikah Sargent, and Lory Gil dish out the iPhone 11 XR (or whatever it will be called) rumors like a buffet in Vegas! They also look at the Apple TV app update and wish for a more "everything ever" video experience similar to music streaming services.

There are also new Pride watch faces, some interesting patents that contain both Face ID and Touch ID tech, and a discussion around the importance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. They round out the episode with gaming news — Minecraft Earth is an upcoming AR experience, and Steam Link is now available on iOS.

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Lory Gil and Rene Ritchie do whatever they want, and no one can stop them! They talk about their plans for Star Wars Day and mourn the loss of Peter Mayhew, the 7'3" actor who portrayed Chewbacca.

They also have some updates on right to repair legislation, and loads of rumors about what to expect at WWDC next month. May The Fourth Be With You!

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Georgia Dow and Lory Gil are joined by TWiT's Megan Morrone for some AirPod 3 rumors and a deep look at Apple News+ one month into the service. They also discuss the delayed release of Galaxy Fold and iFixit's teardown (and subsequent removal from their website) of the new device.

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Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent ditch Rene and Georgia this week for a one-on-one conversation about the failure of several Samsung Galaxy Fold review units. They also talk about Apple and Qualcomm's settlement in the midst of their ongoing legal battle as Intel exits the 5G smartphone modem business.

WWDC will be here before you know it! The Wonder Twins of tech go through a laundry list of rumored and wishlist features. Finally, Apple has released their 2019 Environmental Responsibility report, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite begins beta testing in New Zealand.

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Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent share a mix of rumors and bonafide news on this week's show! First up, Apple maintains their perfect score on the LGBTQ equality index for the 17th year in a row. PowerBeats Pro have been announced and will be shipping next month. They're a potentially more comfortable alternative to AirPods, while being more conducive to use during fitness activity.

There are some many rumors about the next generation of iPhones it can be hard to keep track of them all. An especially juicy one has to do with an increase in the number of cameras and the square placement of them on the back of the phone.

Netflix is killing AirPlay support — they say it's because they can no longer guarantee a high quality experience due to Apple expanding AirPlay for use on third party video streaming boxes. And a final rumor for the episode. Apple is planning to break up iTunes into smaller app silos specific to the type of content they offer. Is the behemoth finally being cut down to size?

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Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Rene Ritchie break down every announcement from Apple's March 2019 event. And there's SOOOOO much to talk about! They discuss: News+, TV+, Apple Card, and Apple Arcade. Plus, in some late breaking news, Apple confirmed that AirPower has been canceled. Pour one out for the multi-device wireless charger that will never be.

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Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, and Lory Gil recount this week's deluge of Apple announcements and look forward to the event on Monday, March 25!

There's a new iPad mini and iPad Air 3, and spec bumped iMacs. Apple also announced AirPods 2, which add a wireless charging case and battery life improvements. Missing in action (for now?) were AirPower and a 7th generation iPod touch.

The March 25 event will likely focus exclusively on new services. We're expecting news and TV subscriptions, with the rumors percolating about a gaming service. There's also the Goldman Sachs partnership that could result in an Apple credit card.

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Winter is leaving, but WWDC is coming! We have not one, but two Apple events that were announced this week, bringing anticipation for shiny new software and services (and maybe some hardware) to a fever pitch. Lory Gil, Georgia Dow, Mikah Sargent, and Rene Ritchie have great insight into what Apple's new streaming video service could and should be.

They also talk about Spotify's suit against Apple in the EU, and the message behind an otherwise whimsical commercial about privacy and iPhone.

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Mikah Coffee, Lory Punk Rock, and Rene Vector have this week's dose of Apple news and rumors! The fruit company is celebrating Women's History Month and Lory has a mapping app to share called AccessNow that is completely awesome for locating accessibility features in locations around the globe.

They also discuss instances when data encryption isn't the right thing to do, Apple allowing repairs for iPhones with aftermarket batteries, next-generation iPad rumors, and the memetacular 'Tim Apple'.

The crew also geek out on Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland opening later this year, plus PS4 gaming on iPhone. Yes!

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Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, Rene Ritchie, and Mikah Sargent open the episode with a topic that doesn't suck: Microsuction tape! This handy stuff will keep your tech attached to your desk exactly where you want it without messy adhesives.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg this week. The crew have rumors about a partnership between Apple and Goldman Sachs for a credit card. In the hardware realm, Apple is supposedly developing a 6K display to accompany the new Mac Pro. There might be a new 16" MacBook Pro in the works as well.

They also have a friendly debate about 'right to repair' legislation. And as a special bonus, Georgia shares her pro tip about Apple Watch bands!

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The band is back together with a ton of news and rumors for Apple fans! Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, Rene Ritchie, and Mikah Sargent talk all about an Apple Event that may be taking place on March 25th. There's also a cool new AR experience from Lego, and Amazon has bought popular Wi-Fi company Eero.

Apple's long-awaited wireless charging solution, AirPower, may be coming this Spring. Or maybe not! Finally, what in blazes was that weird dot on the Apple Notes tweet from the US Press Secretary?!?!

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This week's show begins with some follow up: The FaceTime bug has been zapped with iOS 12.1.4 and some companies are still skeezy! Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, and Mikah Sargent have plenty of news to share as well. Apple's retail head Angela Ahrendts is leaving in April and will be replaced by 30-year company veteran Deirdre O'Brien.

The Unicode Consortium has approved 230 new emoji for release in 2019. The new update increases the variety of skin tones available for some emoji, and adds depictions of people with various disabilities. There are also new animals, food items, and other objects.

Finally, the gang bring it home with their picks of the week. Tune in!

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Lory Gil, Georgia Dow, and Mikah Sargent provide the nitty gritty on a series of unfortunate events. Facebook and Google have been abusing user data in some unusual ways. They got caught — leading Apple to revoke (and subsequently restore) the enterprise distribution certificates that enable internally utilized iOS apps.

Also, Apple has temporarily disabled Group FaceTime until a fix can be released. A not-so-tricky trick could be exploited to listen in on audio from another user before they've accepted your call.

It's not all bad news this week. Rumor has it Apple is developing 3D camera tech for iPhones to be released later year. If true, this could further advance the augmented reality capabilities of our favorite pocket supercomputers. Check it out!

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Rene Ritchie, Mikah Sargent, and Lory Gil deliver a heaping bowl of hot news and rumors to Apple fans this week! First, Rene talks about the secret history of iPhone — two essentially competing teams at Apple working to help the company enter the mobile phone market.

From there, Lory professes her undying love for the 4" iPhone form factor. iPhone SE has been available once again at clearance pricing, but she advocates for a new version with updated internals. #iPhoineSEUnite

The gang also debate the idea of Apple removing Google as the default search engine on their products. Apple News is coming to Canada — earning a fully justifiable "finally"!

There's also rumors and wish lists percolating for an iPad mini 5, and some weird gaming of Spotify listens. Finally, HP has released a laptop wrapped in leather. For real.

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Rene Ritchie, Mikah Sargent, and Lory Gil are joined by Russell Holly to chat about some of the biggest news in the Appleverse. First up, the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case is here to keep you up and running all day, and then some, when you're on the go. Next, an op-ed by Tim Cook appeared in Time magazine as he continues to advocate for privacy and disclosure in how customer data is used by tech companies.

Rene brings his ideas for a more powerful and flexible iOS 13 to the table. Plus, Mikah shares his experience with data collection and his Ember mug, and Russell talks about a cool new 360º video camera at CES.

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Georgia Dow, Rene Ritchie, Mikah Sargent, and Lory Gil are here with all the CES 2019 news that's relevant to Apple users. They talk about AirPlay 2 and/or iTunes coming to TVs from a variety of manufacturers and the emergence of HomeKit-enabled products. Other topics include Impossible Burger 2.0, Focals smart glasses, and invasions of privacy by Ring and other companies.

Finally, they discuss how a female-founded sex tech company was given a CES 2019 Innovation Award – only to have that award subsequently revoked.

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There was some bad news in Cupertino this week. In case you haven't heard by now, Apple has lowered Q1 2019 revenue projections by up to 9 billion dollars. That's due primarily to poor performance in mainland China. That's an 8% difference — Yikes!

But in the grand scheme of things, what does it mean for Apple's profitability and viability? That's why the gang is here to take a deeper look beyond the headlines. They also talk about other news in the Apple world this week, and share pro tips for surviving in Las Vegas. Oh, and then there's that time Georgia tased herself at CES!

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Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, Rene Ritchie, and Georgia Dow have hope and dreams about stuff and things! For our final episode of 2018, the crew prognosticate about what they'd like to see happen with Apple and the world of tech in 2019.

They discuss everything from turning Siri around to improving Apple Maps, HomeKit, transparency from tech companies about how they use your data, mouse cuddles, and more!

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Every year, to end the year, I put together lists of what I think Apple did best and worst for the last 12 months. I’ve already posted the list of the worst so, now, I’m going to spend a got minute focusing on the positive. What Apple did right and how I’d like to see Apple keep building on it for next year.

Not because I’m a fanboy or apologist or any other dismissive term those who have tribal fury but lack the articulation to form any factual, cohesive arguments to the contrary, but because if you don’t recognize the good along with the bad, the jobs well done amongst those still left to be done, them you fail to promote the direction you want to see continue and focus you want to see carried on.

So, what made this year’s list?

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Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Rene Ritchie are here with a look at highlights from 2018. But it's not just gadgets. It's about their favorite stories and themes that took shape during the year in technology. We love the new and shiny as much as anyone (maybe more!) — but the rubber meets the road when tech actually improves our lives. Take a listen and let us about a few of your favorite things from 2018!

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Apple is so doomed, they're spending a billion dollars on expanding their campus in Austin, TX. Lory Gil, Rene Ritchie, and Georgia Dow are here with all the news on iPhone demand, Apple's plans for Austin, plus a ton more!

They also talk about Apple's Hour of Code, more inexcusable blunders from Facebook, and an update on the alleged Super Micro hack. Spoiler: They weren't. And whatever happened to iPhone SE 2?

Plus, the crew have Holiday gift suggestions for the geeks in your life!

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The gang's all here! Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent dig deep into the ECG functionality now available on Apple Watch Series 4. They also talk about Apple's new clear case to show off the colorful bling of iPhone XR.

Finally, learn how to give your Memoji a Santa or Elf hat for the Holidays! Put one on your Memoji, belt out a chorus of Jingle Bells, and share it with us by using hashtag #imorecarols!!!

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Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent are the stars of the show this week with a variety of different tech stories. First, Instagram is making it possible to share your stories with only your closest friends. They've also improved the accessibility of the platform by allowing users to provide text descriptions of the images they post. This is similar to a feature Twitter has previously implemented to benefit the visually impaired.

There's huge news in the re-kindled (pun not intended) relationship between Amazon and Apple. Available later this December, Echo devices will support Apple Music.

In less happy news, Marriott says records from 500 million Starwood guests were stolen in a massive data breach. The extent of the information leaked in the breach is still being determined.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is giving the keynote address at the Anti-Defamation League's anti-Semitism and anti-hate summit in New York on December 3rd.

Finally, Mikah and Lory share their gadget picks of the week! Come on in, it's getting cold outside!

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Black Friday is no longer a single day — it's practically an entire month of discounts on Holiday gifts. This week, Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Rene Ritchie are joined in the first half of the show by Jared DiPane from our sister site Thrifter to talk about all the amazing bargains to be had.

The discussion turns to various bits and bobs of Apple news, including the (PRODUCT)RED Sport Loop for Apple Watch, Rene's thoughts on the inevitability of Mac transition to ARM processors, and using Poké Ball Plus with Pokémon GO.

The crew also have a lengthy conversation about the FUD behind Apple's T2 security chip, repairability of tech products, and the merits of wanton device destruction vs. vivisection in the name of science and education. Dive in!

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Lory Gil, Georgia Dow, and Rene Ritchie have reviews and fully-baked takes galore of Apple's tasty new trio. They look at MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and Mac mini. Plus, they opine over the design improvements found in Apple Pencil 2. Yum!

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

"When you murder a bezel, the home button is collateral damage" — Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie and Lory Gil bring all the details from Apple's impressive product announcements this week, including Mac mini, MacBook Air, and two new iPads Pro. And, of course, the new Apple Pencil 2 with wireless charging and pairing.

And as soon you're done listening to iMore show, be sure to check out Rene's awesome interview on the Vector podcast with Tom Boger, Sr. Director of Mac Product Marketing at Apple.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

What happens when a squid, an alien, a pirate, and the living embodiment of iPhone XR walk into a podcast??? You have a special Halloween episode, of course!

Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent look forward to Apple's event on October 30th with some speculation and educated guesses on what updates will come to the iPad and Mac product lines.

They also discuss iPhone XR, an upcoming fix for the bug that spawned #BeautyGate, and Tim Cook's thoughts on federal privacy laws. Trick or Treat!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

t's happening! Apple has sent out invitations to an event on October 30th in Brooklyn, NY. Lory Gil and Rene Ritchie are here to wander and wonder about the features coming to new iPad Pros and a possible update to Mac mini. They also discuss new additions to Apple's privacy site, and CEO Tim Cook has called for Bloomberg to retract an article about alleged hardware hacks on servers used by the company.

iPhone XR preorders are now available! It may not generate the same amount of frenzy as its more expensive siblings, but Rene and Lory talk about how it is anything but an entry-level phone — and why it's probably the best choice for most users.

Finally, Adobe is bringing Photoshop to iPad in 2019. They say it is "real" Photoshop, but, as Rene explains, that doesn't necessarily mean "full" Photoshop.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

Right now, in our very own galaxy, a small band of freedom fighters are here to deliver the not-so-secret Apple news of the week.* Rene Ritchie, Georgia Dow, and Mikah Sargent give a sneak peek at Rene's awesome new Siri Shortcuts video, and they follow up on the alleged Chinese hack of Supermicro server hardware.

Rene reviews the Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 and explains why it's the aluminum Apple Watch to get — as long as you don't want the gold color option. In addition, Google announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL this week. There are a couple good features Apple should consider "borrowing" for future iPhones.

Finally, the crew gaze into the crystal ball of iPad Pro rumors as they try to devine what capabilities it may include.

*No Bothans died to make this episode, but Lory "General Grevious" Gil lost her voice and had to sit this one out.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Steve Jobs passed away seven years ago — the iMore show begins on a somber note as the team reflect on his contributions to the world as a technology and creative visionary.

Rene Ritchie, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent put on their tin foil hats for a discussion about Bloomberg's bombshell article about chips being secretly placed into servers sold to companies like Apple and Amazon. Both companies have refuted claims made in the article, so what's the truth? The coverup can be worse than the crime. They also talk about Tim Cook's recent statements regarding Apple privacy policies and the lengths they go to protect user data.

Will Apple host an event in October to unveil new iPad and Macs, or will the products receive a simple press release? Finally, Lory and Mikah 'Muricasplain the United States national alert system to Rene. Tune in!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

Behold The Beard! Jim Dalrymple of The Loop joins Mikah Sargent, Georgia Dow, Lory Gil, and Rene Ritchie for a jam packed episode. What's up with iPhone XS skin smoothing for portraits? The consensus is there's definitely something going on with the processing. Additionally, the XS speakers seem to have improved stereo imaging compared to previous iPhones.

And among other things, they discuss Qualcomm vs. Intel modem performance, Facebook's data breach, and why the screen on iPhone XR isn't 1080p (and why that doesn't matter). Rock on!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

Lory Gil, Georgia Dow, Rene Ritchie, and Mikah Sargent are celebrating new iPhone and Apple Watch day with special guest Matthew Cassinelli. Matthew is a former Workflow and Apple employee who is a true expert when it comes to the killer feature of iOS 12 — Siri Shortcuts!

They dig into how Shortcuts can make you more productive and efficient while Mikah and Lory wait patiently(?) for the delivery person to drop off their new goodies. They also discuss takeaways and expectations from the recent product announcements.

In addition, the crew geek out as Matthew provides a live unboxing his shiny, new Apple Watch Series 4!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Mikah Sargent, Georgia Dow, and Lory Gil are here to talk about all the new hotness from Cupertino! Apple Watch Series 4 has the potential to save lives, but the technology it contains could feed into health anxiety for some people. iPhone XS and XS Max build on the technology from last year's iPhone X, while the XR joins the fray with a more affordable price and some lucious color options.

The gang talk about what they've ordered and what they're still thinking about. Finally, pour one out for Lory's little buddy, iPhone SE!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

Rene Ritchie, Lory Gil, and Georgia Dow get Plussy with new iPhone names in advance of Apple's event on September 12th. At least Apple Watch Series 4 will have a name that's easy enough to grok. They also look ahead to new AirPods and the AirPower charging surface.

Finally, will the upcoming event include iPads and Macs as one more thing(s), or will there be a separate event for those later this fall? Jump into the iHole with us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

The cat's out of the bag! Apple has officially announced a presentation on September 12th for new product announcements, so Rene Ritchie, Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Georgia Dow are here with a preview of what rumors are likely to become reality. They also cover AirPlay 2 support of the venerable AirPort Express, along with Siri Shortcuts on HomePod and Apple Watch.

They also share insight into a report showing that Android devices collect a lot more of your data than iPhone. 10x more!!!

Finally, they share their favorite product announcements from the IFA trade show in Berlin. Join us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

Georgia Dow, Rene Ritchie, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent are here with your weekly dose of iMore for your ear holes! They talk about Tim Cook's 7-year anniversary as CEO of Apple. Cook has been a huge advocate for consumer privacy — that ties in perfectly with a discussion about the best ways to protect your privacy online and gain a better understanding of how companies use your information.

They also look at the latest Mac Mini rumors, 512 Pixel's amazing Aqua screenshot library, and alternatives to Back To My Mac, which is being removed in macOS Mojave. Don't miss it!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Having escaped the spice mines of Kessel, Georgia Dow makes her triumphant return to the iMore show as she joins Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Rene Ritchie to speculate and pontificate on the next round of Apple product releases. The crew share their hopes, dreams, and potentially more realistic expectations for a presumed event in September, which may include fresh iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac models along with a trio of new iPhones.

They also talk about the role of App developers and our own personal responsibility when it comes to protecting private data. Additionally, Group FaceTime features have been pulled from the initial releases of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, but they'll likely be added in a future update.

Finally, they take a look at adorable iPhone pillows and new MoviePass restrictions. Check it out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

This week, Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent are joined by iMore's own Luke Filipowicz to cover all the hot Apple topics (with a little Nintendo too)! They explore iPhone battery myths and Tim Cook's memo to employees about the company's stock market cap valuation.

The crew also dig into a monetization feature added to mini-podcast platform, Anchor, the shut down of Newton Mail, and Logitech's new wireless phone charger.

Last, but certainly not least, we get a sneak peak at the myriad characters in the upcoming fighting game for Switch — Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Mikah Sargent and Rene Ritchie discuss Apple's decision to end the App Store affiliate program. This seems like a cold move, especially given their excellent Q3 2018 earnings results. Speaking of money, Apple's market cap has exceeded one trillion dollars. Is this a big deal for most people? Nope, but it's an interesting milestone for publicly traded companies.

Mikah and Rene also take the time to answer a whole bunch of YOUR questions!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

Team #imore4lyfe are joined for the first segment of the show by Michael Simmons of Flexibits to talk about Fantastical 2.5 for Mac. From there, Rene, Mikah, and Lory dig in to new features in the MacBook Pro 2018 models — everything from True Tone display technology, quad-core chips in the 13" model to quench the insatiable thirst of Final Cut Pro X, to performance of the Intel i9 processor option available on the 15" model.

Plus, the team go around the horn and share their favorite news picks from the week. Check it out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent are joined for the first half of the show by Ryan Cash. He's the founder of Snowman — the independent software development studio responsible for wildly popular games like Alto's Adventure, Alto's Odyssey, and Circles. They talk about the past, present, and future of his company and the enormous impact iPhone and the App Store have had on the world.

From there, Mikah and Lory talk about their mutual love, admiration, and respect for Serenity Caldwell. It was recently announced that Serenity has left iMore for a position with Apple's communication team. Although no one can truly replace Serenity, Lory has been promoted to managing editor of iMore.

They also chat about Instagram's new Q&A feature, and Lory has the scoop on Gorilla Glass 6.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

On this very special episode of iMore show, Mikah Sargent and Lory Gil speak with Brian Mueller, founder of Carrot apps. Brian gives the low down on the inspiration behind Carrot's signature snark and the various apps within the Carrot Cinematic Universe: To-Do, Alarm, Fit, Hunger, and, of course, Weather!

From there, Lory and Serenity Caldwell go one-on-one as Serenity delivers a field report while on a cross-country road trip! They talk about photographing national parks, shopping with AR, and Apple's brand new MacBook Pros!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

We've got rumors by the dozen on this week's episode, as Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Serenity Caldwell talk about everything from the possibility of new iPhone colors to Face ID on next generation iPads.

Plus, hear about performance enhancements to devices like iPhone SE thanks to iOS 12, the Siri Shortcuts beta, an overhaul of Apple Maps, and new pricing tiers for Netflix. Turn it up, man! It's iMore show!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

Mikah Sargent, and Lory Gil are joined by Nanoleaf CEO, Gimmy Chu, to talk about their new Nanoleaf Remote. Nanoleaf Remote is a unique, dodecahedron shaped controller for their lighting products, but it can also be used to control HomeKit devices.

Additionally, all the Apple OS things are now available in public beta! If you're brave and have backups, you can try out the new features in iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and tvOS 12. Plus, Apple has acknowledged issues some users have experienced with keyboards on MacBook and MacBook Pro, and they now have a repair process to address the problem for those affected.

Finally, Pokémon Quest is here and Lory has all the details! Check it out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

Serenity Caldwell, Mikah Sargent, and Lory Gil talk about their favorite features in watchOS and iOS developer beta 2, including the hottest new tech of the 21st century: Walkie-Talkie! They also discuss the previously announced but still unreleased AirPower wireless charging device, and Instagram's new video hub, IGTV. Keep it locked to this frequency!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent are joined by Werner Jainek of Cultured Code to talk about Things — their task manager app for iOS and Mac. Werner shares plenty tips, tricks, and the thought process behind the software. Even if you don't own it already, listen in because you'll definitely want to check this awesome app out!

They also talk about the recent announcements at WWDC and how they will benefit developers and end users alike. Join us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

NextDoor is a developer conference that ran concurrently, and literally next door, to WWDC 2018 in San Jose, California. Serenity Caldwell and Rene Ritchie were invited to speak to attendees about the most significant advancements in iOS, WatchOS, and macOS.

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Mikah Sargent and Lory Gil talk about all the new awesomeness coming in iOS 12, WatchOS 5, and macOS Mojave. They share some favorite features demoed at WWDC and their experiences using the first developer beta.

Don't try this at home, kids! Public betas will be available later this summer. When the time comes, proceed at your own risk — ESPECIALLY on your primary devices! In the meantime, leave it to these daredevils to take the plunge. There are so many great new features and performances tweaks coming soon. Don't miss it!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Rene Ritchie and Serenity Caldwell speak with the creators of Agenda — a WWDC 2018 Apple Design Award winning note taking app for Mac. They discuss Agenda as well as this year's major announcements from a developer and end user perspective.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

Lory Gil, Serenity Caldwell, and Mikah Sargent are gearing up for all of next week's WWDC madness. Lory and Serenity will be in attendance along with Rene Ritchie, so they share how they pack for the event. The crew also discuss iPhone SE 2 rumors and the release of AirPlay 2, which enables stereo audio from a pair of HomePods.

Finally, there are two Pokémon games coming to Nintendo Switch, AND a special controller called Poké Ball Plus. Join us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:19pm EDT

Lory Gil, Serenity Caldwell, and Mikah Sargent are joined by special guest Michael Fey of Agilebits to discuss 1Password 7 for Mac. He shares a lot of great information about this particular release, and how developers work to create excitement around new software.

The crew also chat about Podcast player apps, including the brand new Castro 3. From there, they dive into wish lists for WWDC announcements on June 4th. Finally, a quick chat about Apple's new privacy portal and GDPR compliance. Tune in!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent talk about why iPhone probably won't go USB-C, and the possibility of an iPhone SE 2 with Face ID. They also discuss the revamped Google News and the replacement for YouTube Red: YouTube Premium. In addition, Twitter has announced API details that will make life very difficult for third party Twitter clients. But in more positive news, there's a new hope as the U.S. Senate votes to restore Net Neutrality.

Lastly, they chat about the internet's hottest new controversy: Laurel vs. Yanny, and a decades old "banned" video game coming to Nintendo Switch.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent share their impressions of Oculus Go. Even though it doesn't quite compete with high end VR devices like HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, it has proven to be addictively fun.

Lory also supplies a boots on the ground report from Google I/O 2018. One highlight at the conference was a demo of Google Duplex. In the technology preview, an AI places a telephone call to make appointments for the user — carrying on an interactive, natural sounding conversation with the person on the other end of the line. It's a little strange, and maybe a little scary, but amazing nonetheless!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT

Mikah Sargent and Lory Gil deliver the skinny on the brand new Oculus Go, a standalone VR device. For maximum iPhoneography, they also talk about Olloclip's Lens Kit for iPhone X.

In other news, T-Moblie and Sprint are now BFFs, thanks to a $26.5 billion dollar merger. What's the deal with "Marzipan", Apple's secret software project, plus the latest MacBook Air rumors. Finally, WhatsApp's founder peaces out after their acquisition by Facebook.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

Serenity Caldwell, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent begin this week's show by chatting about video editing on iPad. Serenity says it feels so good to work in a more tactile way with footage, but the tools can be buggy and aren't as advanced as they could be. The crew also discuss a jailbreak for Nintendo Switch, as well as Nintendo's new Labo project kits.

In addition, SmugMug has purchased Flickr from Yahoo. Longtime users hope this will breathe life into the photo sharing platform. Lory has been checking out Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a role-playing game set in the magical world of our favorite school-age wizards. The game relies on a free-to-play model with in-app purchases. The jury is still out on how much enjoyment you can get from it before raiding your account at Gringotts. All that, and a lot more. Join us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

The dynamic duo of Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent talk all about the week's news in the Appleverse, including a leak about leaks, how to repair or replace an Apple Watch, and rumors about new Series 4 models.

Speaking of rumors, they also discuss next generation iPhones and speculate about a possible new gold color. Finally, you no longer need expensive AR hardware (or the Millennium Falcon) to play 'Star Wars' holochess. Just your iOS device! Raaaawwwrrrrr!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

The U.S.S. iMore has a stowaway this week — Captain Rene Ritchie! He joins Serenity Caldwell, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent to talk about iPhone 8 PRODUCT(RED), and the 64-bit Mac app transition.

They also chat about Mark Zuckerberg's testimony in Washington, and the not-so-little white lies from multiple Android OEMs about security patches. All that, plus Serenity shows off her fancy, and very British, Kaweco pen sleeve GRIP for Apple Pencil. All aboard!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

Mikah Sargent and Lory Gil hold down the fort and chat all about the week’s news for Apple users. Final Cut Pro X is being updated to 10.4.1, adding support for a new lossless codec, ProRes RAW, and built-in closed captioning support.

Additionally, Facebook is starting to make good on its promise of easier control over your data by allowing deletion of multiple third-party app permissions at once. Apple has hired Google’s former chief of search and AI. To wrap things up, Lory and Mikah share two of their favorite apps. Join us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

The band is back together for our 600th episode! Rene Ritchie and the elusive, enigmatic Georgia Dow join Mikah Sargent, Serenity Caldwell, and Lory Gil to reflect on their iMore origins.

They dive deep into Apple’s recent education event, which focused heavily on curriculum and device management along with introducing the 6th generation iPad. Finally, the crew discuss Apple’s privacy policies. Come party with us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

Mikah Sargent, Serenity Caldwell, and Lory Gil are joined by special guests Russell Holly and Luke Filipowicz for a game-centric spectacular! Lory and Russell are live from San Francisco where GDC is taking place as they report on all the latest news in AR/VR. Plus, Luke Filipowicz gives us the skinny on two of the hottest games to arrive on mobile: PUBG and Fortnite.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t address the latest Facebook scandal. Cambridge Analytica took the creepiness factor to entirely new heights. Zuck says he’s sorry, but has Facebook ever earned our trust?

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

Apple has announced WWDC 2018, with the big keynote taking place June 4th. And, unbeknownst to us at the time of recording, will also be hosting an event in Chicago on March 27th.

Serenity Caldwell, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent pontificate on what hardware and software treats might be coming this year, even if their timelines turn out to be a bit off. They also talk about the Fitbit Versa, Apple’s acquisition of Texture, a new Battle Royale, and much more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

Serenity Caldwell, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent talk about Apple’s activity challenge to celebrate International Women’s Day. They also cover a variety of privacy topics regarding Facebook, Amazon, and Google Clips.

You’ll get a taste of rumors about over-the-ear headphones coming from Apple, the gang’s favorite new tech of the week, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT

Lory Gil and Serenity Caldwell discuss rumors surrounding a possible Apple event in March, including new iPads, iPhone SE 2, and AirPower wireless charging. Rene Ritchie also joins the fun to chat about iCloud in China and his time using the entry-level iMac Pro.

Additionally, Serenity and Lory look at upcoming ClassKit functionality, ski and snowboarding fitness tracking, their favorite things of the week, and a ton more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Serenity Caldwell mourn the deprecation of the official Twitter client for Mac and offer some alternatives. They also talk about the visual and sonic marvels within Alto’s Odyssey, a brand new game for iOS and Apple TV. Plus, rumors are circulating about a new version of AirPods that are said to offer a hands free Siri experience. Join us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Serenity Caldwell talk about the HomePod staining some wood finishes, how to avoid it, and why Apple missed this (or at least warning customers of the possibility) in the first place. They also discuss fixes for the Telugu character bug. On a happier note, Lory espouses the joy of using Airplay to send audio from her Apple TV to HomePod for a better home theater experience.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

Serenity Caldwell, Rene Ritchie, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent are all in for HomePod’s release day! They answer a ton of listener questions and talk about comparisons to other smart speakers. Rene also demonstrates some of Siri’s capabilities on HomePod and plays a few example tracks. Check it out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent team up to chat about the latest news from the Apple-verse, including word from Nintendo that Mario Kart is coming to smartphones! They also talk about the latest additions to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, plus rumors about the iPhone X supply chain and a possible iPhone SE 2. Check it out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Mikah Sargent, Lory Gil, and Rene Ritchie talk all about Apple’s new HomePod, which is now available to pre-order in some countries. They also preview some of the new features coming in iOS 11.3, and discuss changes to MacOS Server. All that, plus Mikah shows off Farrago — Rogue Amoeba’s new soundboard for Mac!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent are joined by Russell Holly to talk about Labo – Nintendo’s new cardboard toys and project accessories for the Switch. They also discuss the iMessage ‘text bomb’, an iOS update that will let users disable #iPhoneSlow throttling, and changes to App Store web listings.

Additionally, the gang shares some of their favorite new Apps. Join us!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Serenity Caldwell, Lory Gil, and Mikah Sargent talk about some of the most interesting gadgets announced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, NV, including new HomeKit enabled tech, Philips’ “Friends of Hue” initiative, and smart appliances from companies like Kohler.

They also discuss how Qi has become the de facto wireless charging standard, Apple’s patches for the Spectre vulnerability, and the 11th anniversary of iPhone. Check it out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT

We ring in the new year with a cavalcade of iMore stars! The gang of usual rabble-rousers, Lory Gil, Serenity Caldwell, Mikah Sargent, and Rene Ritchie, are joined by Joe Keller and Luke Filipowicz.

Not only do they talk about what they’re most excited for in 2018, but they also share their favorite tech purchases from 2017. Don’t miss it!

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Favorite tech purchases of 2017:

Serenity Caldwell: FluidStance Plane Scandi

Mikah Sargent: Philips Hue dimmer switch

Lory Gil: BioLite CampStove

Joe Keller: Sony A7R II mirrorless camera

Luke Filipowicz: Nintendo Switch & August EP650 bluetooth headphones

Rene Ritchie: LG C7P OLED 4K HDR TV

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT

This week, Serenity Caldwell and Lory Gill are joined by Cella Lao Rousseau to talk about iMore’s ’12 Days of Tech Tips’ series of articles, and tips for taking better winter photos. They also share information about some of the gifts they received for Christmas, including 4K TVs, Instax cameras, and the Playstation VR headset!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

Mikah Sargent and Lory Gil are joined by Russell Holly of VRHeads to talk about the new AR features in Pokémon Go, lots of other cool AR apps, Apple throttling phones with worn down batteries, Apple TV is now available for purchase on Amazon, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

This week, Serenity Caldwell celebrates her birthday along with Mikah Sargent, Lory Gil, and a host of surprise guests as they get ready for Star Wars: The Last Jedi! They also talk about the Net Neutrality repeal and Apple’s deliciously Space Gray iMac Pro. All that, plus crazy Apple Music Store rumors, and some brand new apps!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

In this episode, Lory Gil, Mikah Sargent, and Serenity Caldwell check out some great HomeKit gift ideas and discuss Apple’s recent software bugs. They also talk about how to use Apple Pay Cash in iOS 11.2, lots of brand new apps, and answer YOUR questions!

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

This week, Lory Gil and Mikah Sargent sing and talk about the latest news in the Apple universe, including the ‘root’ security bug in macOS High Sierra and the upcoming Hour of Code. They also get you ready for the holiday content in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and discuss the brand new photo editor for Mac: Pixelmator Pro. Don’t miss it!

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:17pm EDT

This week, Lory Gil, Serenity Caldwell, and Rene Ritchie talk about some happy topics, as well as some not so happy topics. First up, they each share their favorite Holiday shopping deals. Next, the conversation pivots to Portrait Mode and depth effect on iPhone X compared to Google’s Pixel 2 XL.

Lory shares her enthusiasm for Nintendo’s newest game for iOS and Android — Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. It’s based on a freemium model with in-app purchases. But, as Lory attests, you can enjoy many hours of the soothing game with very little or no cash outlay.

Leaving the happy world of Animal Crossing behind, the topic turns to Uber and yet another scandal. This time, the company discloses a hack in 2016 that compromised 57 million accounts — paying hackers $100,000 in the process to keep it quiet.

Finally, the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. legislators are preparing for a vote that threatens to undo existing to net neutrality regulations. The group discuss why net neutrality is critical to ensuring a free and open future for all citizens on the internet.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

To kick things off, Dan DeSilva of Thrifter drops by to tell us about their upcoming Black Friday live blog of amazing deals! Next on the agenda, Mikah, Lory and, Serenity dive into their hot takes on Apple’s delay of the HomePod and the opportunities it creates for Amazon and Sonos.

Lory talks about Skyrim on Nintendo Switch and her favorite Switch accessory — socks!

Finally, the gang share their favorite new apps for iPhone and iPad. Don’t miss this jam-packed episode!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

Most people go on a honeymoon immediately after their wedding — but not Serenity Caldwell! Instead, she traveled to Philadelphia to compete in a roller derby championship. Along with her skates, Serenity had an iPhone X so she could test its photo and video capabilities in a fast moving situation. She shares her experience in the photo pit, and Lory talks about using her new iPhone X on a weekend trip to Disneyland.

 

The gang’s all here in this episode. Rene, Georgia, Mikah, Serenity, and Lory also talk about Animoji Karaoke and answer a ton of listener questions. Finally, they must choose between a donut, Xbox One X, or an iPhone X.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT

iPhone X launch weekend has come and gone—Rene, Lory, and Mikah are here to bring us their impressions of the new shiny. They talk about all the major aspects of the phone, including: the “horns”, OLED display, new gestures to accommodate the lack of a home button, FaceID performance, and battery life.

 

Additionally, the team is joined by Dan DeSilva from our sister site, thrifter.com, to talk about about some great deals on gadgets and other items before Black Friday hits.

 

Be sure to listen carefully for The Four Pillars of Humanity… at least according to Rene!

 

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iPhone X review: The best damn product Apple has ever made

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

Stephen Fry wasn't available. Neither was James Earl Jones.

 

On iPhone X eve, Rene Ritchie sits down by the virtual fireplace to provide a dramatic reading of his iPhone X review. He dives deep into the technology found in this new device. More importantly, though, Rene shares insight about how iPhone X feels to use every day—focusing on the feel and interaction it provides.

 

While there are a few nitpicks to address, found out why he thinks iPhone X is the best damn product Apple has ever made!

 

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iPhone X review: The best damn product Apple has ever made

Direct download: imoreshow578.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

In this year’s Halloween special, Gandalf (aka Mikah), Gilligan (aka Lory), and a Pokémon Trainer (aka Rene) embark on a 54 minute tour aboard the S.S. iMore to talk about their experiences pre-ordering iPhone X.

They also discuss privacy, FUD, ‘gates, and the most terrifying aspect of iPhone ownership: accidental damage!


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Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

This week’s special guest, Michael Simmons, has ruined Rene’s life! Don’t worry, though. It’s in the best possible way with his Fantastical app as well as the brand new contacts app: Cardhop for Mac.

 

Rene, Mikah, and Lory sit down with the co-founder of Flexibits to talk about Cardhop, developing for the “horns” of iPhone X, MacBook keyboard reliability, and the importance of surprising and delighting your customers. All that and more!

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week, Rene, Georgia, Lory, and Mikah gather ‘round the virtual table to talk about two new movie services—MoviePass and Movies Anywhere. MoviePass is advertised as all-you-can-eat trips to the cinema for a flat fee of $9.99 per month. Enjoy it while you can if you’re in the United States, because the team predicts this company won’t last long.

 

What’s much more enticing is Movies Anywhere. Disney has partnered with other major studios, excluding Paramount (at least for now), to offer a service that lets you more freely access movies you’ve purchased from multiple platforms.

 

Then, it’s Ask iMore Q&A all the way down as the team answers YOUR questions about Apple TV 4K, tips for preordering iPhone X, AirPods losing signal, and much more!

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

The Super Friends of tech have gathered at the Hall of Gadgets to squee with excitement about all the new Emoji coming in iOS 11.1. Rene, Georgia, Lory, Mikah, and Serenity give us the lowdown on Apple Watch Series 3, including battery life, LTE performance, the red dot controversy, and more.

 

Finally, the team wraps up the show by giving their personal choices between iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT

iMore show is back! This week, Rene Ritchie and Mikah Sargent recap Rene’s visit to Apple Park and take a detailed look at all that makes the new iPhones, well, new! Along the way, they explore ARKit, answer YOUR questions, and discuss the privacy protections built into Face ID.


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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Rene Ritchie flies solo this week—navigating an asteroid field of rumors and expectations for Apple’s upcoming event on September 12. iMore’s captain talks about new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 3, 4K and HDR coming to Apple TV, and more. Never tell him the odds!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT