All posts tagged: The MacRumors Show

The MacRumors Show: Apple Shortcuts and iOS 18 ft. Matthew Cassinelli

The MacRumors Show: Apple Shortcuts and iOS 18 ft. Matthew Cassinelli

Matthew Cassinelli, one of the minds behind Workflow, joins us on this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show to talk Apple Shortcuts and potential improvements and AI features coming to the app in iOS 18. Workflow was a unique iOS app that allowed users to create macros for executing specific sequential tasks on their device. In 2017, Apple acquired Workflow and, the following year, it was rebranded as “Shortcuts.” Shortcuts have since become a key part of Apple’s ecosystem and can be used for a huge range of powerful, automated actions. Matthew was present at Workflow throughout its transition to Apple and now offers his own library of complex Shortcuts, which you can access over on his website. Last year, a report from The Information claimed that ‌iOS 18‌ will introduce some major AI features to Siri and the Shortcuts app. Apple apparently wants ‌‌Siri‌‌ to be able to help users automate complex, multi-step tasks with voice-based commands and have much deeper integration with Shortcuts, such as by potentially helping users build them. We break …

The MacRumors Show: WWDC Announced and the Latest iOS 18 Rumors

The MacRumors Show: WWDC Announced and the Latest iOS 18 Rumors

On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss all of the rumors surrounding WWDC 2024 and iOS 18. Earlier this week, Apple announced that its 2024 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place between June 10 and June 14. The event is almost certain to see the introduction of ‌iOS 18‌ and all of Apple’s other major upcoming software updates. ‌iOS 18‌ is expected to focus on artificial intelligence features, likely powered by Google’s Gemini. New AI capabilities are rumored to come to Siri, Messages, Shortcuts, Spotlight, Health, Apple Music, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, but the company is expected to stop short of offering a full-fledged AI chatbot. Beyond AI, ‌iOS 18‌ will reportedly bring more flexible Home Screen customization, custom routes and topographic maps in the Maps app, “scenes” in the Freeform app, RCS support, new accessibility features such as a hearing aid mode for the AirPods Pro, and potentially a slight redesign inspired by visionOS. The MacRumors Show is now on its own YouTube channel, so make sure you’re subscribed to …

The MacRumors Show: Apple’s Four Upcoming AirPods Models

The MacRumors Show: Apple’s Four Upcoming AirPods Models

On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss Apple’s rumored plan to refresh the entire AirPods lineup with a series of new models. The fourth-generation AirPods will reportedly feature a new design with a better fit, improved sound quality, and an updated charging case with a USB-C port. For the first time ever, Apple is also apparently planning to offer a higher-end version of the AirPods with active noise cancelation and a speaker in the charging case to play a sound for easy location via Find My. The second-generation AirPods Max are expected to be a minor refresh, simply swapping the Lightning port of the current model for USB-C and adding Bluetooth 5.3 support. New color options are also a possibility, but it looks like Apple’s most premium audio device will continue to miss out on the H2 chip, Adaptive Audio, improved Active Noise Cancellation, skin-detect sensors, sweat and water resistance, the ultra wideband chip, Precision Finding, and support for additional charging methods. Both the fourth-generation AirPods and the second-generation ‌AirPods Max‌ are …

The MacRumors Show: Will the New iPad Air Be a Big Enough Upgrade?

The MacRumors Show: Will the New iPad Air Be a Big Enough Upgrade?

On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss Apple’s upcoming iPad Air models, which are expected to be announced in just a matter of weeks. The sixth-generation ‌iPad Air‌ is rumored to feature the M2 chip, a redesigned rear camera, and specification upgrades like Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E. Most significantly, the ‌iPad Air‌ is expected to come in two sizes for the first time, just like the Apple Watch, iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. One of the size options will be the same as the previous two generations at 10.9-inches, while the new addition to the lineup will mirror the ‌iPad Pro‌’s 12.9-inch model. The new devices should be announced alongside new ‌iPad Pro‌ models in late March or April. We also discuss iPad workflows, the new ‌MacBook Air‌, and the positioning of each of the models in the current ‌iPad‌ lineup. The MacRumors Show is now on its own YouTube channel, so make sure you’re subscribed to keep up with new episodes and clips going forward: You can also …

The MacRumors Show: RIP Apple Car

The MacRumors Show: RIP Apple Car

On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss Apple’s decision to cancel its long-rumored electric vehicle project. Despite Apple’s reputation for innovation, the company struggled to achieve the breakthroughs necessary to offer a viable self-driving car. The project’s ambitious scope and shifting focus led to repeated setbacks. Earlier this week, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman broke the news that Apple has officially canceled its plans to launch a car, informing approximately 2,000 employees working on the project of the decision. Many of the staff working on the car will apparently move to Apple’s artificial intelligence division. The company apparently spent over $10 billion on the project over the period of a decade. We discuss the multifaceted reasons behind the Apple car’s cancelation and its implications for the future of the company and the wider automotive industry. We talk through the strategic missteps and missed opportunities that characterized the vehicle’s development, such as Apple’s failure to secure a partnership with an established automaker or to acquire a company like Tesla. Our conversation also touches on the …

The MacRumors Show: Brian Tong Talks Vision Pro and Apple Sports

The MacRumors Show: Brian Tong Talks Vision Pro and Apple Sports

YouTuber Brian Tong joins us on this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show to talk about the Vision Pro, the new Apple Sports app, enhanced iMessage security, and more. Brian shares his in-depth thoughts on the Apple Vision Pro headset, including travel scenarios, where it fits in with his other devices, and his favorite features. We take a look at the newly announced Apple Sports app, reflecting on its usefulness, design and future features that could further enrich the user experience, such as integrated play recaps, highlights, and news related to followed teams. We also reflect on the possibility of a “mini”-sized Pro iPhone, support for post-quantum cryptographic security in iMessage, Apple’s venture into electric vehicles, and new enhancements to Apple CarPlay in the instrument cluster. See more of Brian’s work over on his YouTube channel or follow him on X @briantong. The MacRumors Show is now on its own YouTube channel, so make sure you’re subscribed to keep up with new episodes and clips going forward: You can also listen to ‌The MacRumors Show‌ …

The MacRumors Show: iPhone 16 Pro’s Rumored Features and Improvements

The MacRumors Show: iPhone 16 Pro’s Rumored Features and Improvements

On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we talk through all of the major features and improvements rumored for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 16 Pro models. With the iPhone 16 lineup likely just seven months away and after over a year of rumors, we discuss the tentpole features expected on the upcoming devices, such as a 5x tetraprism telephoto camera, an all-new “Capture” button, a new thermal design, exclusive AI features, and larger displays, as well as denser, larger batteries and faster charging. For a full breakdown of all of the differences the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max are expected to bring to the table compared to the current models, see our detailed guide: What do you think about how the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ is shaping up according to rumors? Let us know in the comments. The MacRumors Show is now on its own YouTube channel, so make sure you’re subscribed to keep up with new episodes and clips going forward: You can also listen to ‌The MacRumors Show‌ on Apple Podcasts, …

The MacRumors Show: One Week With Apple Vision Pro ft. Quinn Nelson

The MacRumors Show: One Week With Apple Vision Pro ft. Quinn Nelson

On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, Snazzy Labs‘ Quinn Nelson joins us to talk about the first week using Apple’s long-awaited Vision Pro headset. Now that they each have one, Quinn and Dan discuss whether the Vision Pro meets their expectations. A significant portion of our dialogue is dedicated to the technical aspects of the Vision Pro, including its display quality, brightness, and the challenges users might face with hand gestures and text selection. The conversation progresses to evaluate the device’s text sharpness, its implications for productivity, and how comfortable it feels with the two headband options. An interesting part of our discussion compares the Vision Pro with other VR headsets in the market. We highlight the distinct features of the Vision Pro that set it apart, especially its distortion correction capabilities and suitability for productivity tasks, contrasting it with the Meta Quest’s gaming prowess. We also explore the potential for third-party headbands, future customization, and design possibilities, emphasizing Apple’s unique position in the VR landscape and its differing approach from rivals. We …

The MacRumors Show: March Apple Event Rumors and iOS 18’s ‘Biggest’ Ever Update

The MacRumors Show: March Apple Event Rumors and iOS 18’s ‘Biggest’ Ever Update

On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss Apple’s potential March event to unveil new iPad and Mac models, iOS 18 as the “biggest” ever iPhone software update, and the first reviews of the Vision Pro headset. We explore the major products Apple is expected to unveil in March, including a new 12.9-inch iPad Air model, redesigned iPad Pros with OLED displays, and refreshed MacBook Air models featuring the M3 chip, as well as some of the rumored accessories due to arrive at the same time, such as an all-new, “laptop-like” Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro. We consider whether Apple will opt for a fully fledged event, or a simple series of press releases to announce these updates. We also discuss ‌iOS 18‌, musing about some of the potential redesigns and improvements that could be in store for the software update. Following the release of the first reviews of Apple’s Vision Pro headset, we dissect the varying reactions to the device, examining its form factor, user experience, and the unique approach Apple …

The MacRumors Show: The Mac’s 40th Birthday, Vision Pro Apps, and Apple Car Rumors

The MacRumors Show: The Mac’s 40th Birthday, Vision Pro Apps, and Apple Car Rumors

On this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss the 40th anniversary of the Macintosh, some of the latest controversy surrounding apps for the Vision Pro headset, and the news of Apple’s vehicle project yet again being scaled back. The original Macintosh, unveiled by Steve Jobs, was a game-changer with its graphical user interface and the introduction of the mouse. We explore how the Macintosh’s ease of use and innovative design principles, such as a desktop with icons and the ability to use multiple programs in windows, revolutionized personal computing. Reflecting on the Mac’s journey, we delve into the evolution of macOS and its remarkable consistency over the years, and point out some of our personal experiences with the platform. Shifting gears, we discuss the imminent launch of Apple’s Vision Pro headset, examining some of the potential challenges it may face and the reasons behind the absence of certain streaming apps like Netflix. We ponder whether this absence is due to genuine technical hurdles or strategic decisions by these companies. We then turn to …