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Upgrade looks at how technology shapes our lives, from the devices in our hands and pockets to the streaming music and video services that keep us entertained. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Jason Snell.

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Upgrade 241: The Tweaky Features

1:37:11 | Apr 15th

Disney unveils Disney+ (and what game does Apple thinks it's playing?), we get a sneak peek at iOS 13 features courtesy of @_inside, and coping with the major changes due for the Mac this fall with the departure of iTunes and the arrival of Marzipan.

Upgrade 240: Dance on the Grave of iTunes

1:59:55 | Apr 9th

John Siracusa joins Jason to discuss how 2019 is potentially an enormous year for the Mac in both hardware and software. Also, we make time to swap TiVo stories and generate John's Hierarchy of Mac Pro Needs.

Upgrade 238: The Future of TV Was Apps

1:51:14 | Mar 26th

This week we break down Apple's star-studded services event! Apple TV+! A credit card! A games subscription service! And can Apple News+ make an impact? Plus, the results of our event draft!

Upgrade 237: New iMacs, iPads, and the 2019 March Event Draft

2:10:31 | Mar 19th

The new iMacs are here, and Jason has an exclusive interview with the iMac product manager. We also discuss the new iPads, and then Jason and Myke draft what they think will happen at next week’s Apple Event!

Upgrade 236: Whatever Keyboard Pleases Me

1:23:21 | Mar 11th

Disney opens the vault for its streaming service, we rank our own MacBook Hierarchy of Needs, and Jason goes against Myke's advice and records some podcasts using only an iPad.

Upgrade 234: The Ideological Folding Wars

1:22:11 | Feb 25th

This week Myke is excited about Samsung and Huawei's folding phones and Jason wonders if this is technology consumers actually want. Plus we take some time to contemplate the planned roll-out of Marzipan for macOS.

Upgrade 232: De-emphasis on Trees

1:22:49 | Feb 11th

How will the iPad's home screen evolve in 2019? Myke and Jason make a wish list, and also discuss Apple Retail, Spotify's investment in podcasting, and more streaming-media news.

Upgrade 231: The Upgrade Cycle Is Extending

1:44:01 | Feb 4th

Apple's quarterly results hint at iPhone sales and prices, Apple reaches a fork in the road for its keyboard designs, and it's the official opening of 2020 iPhone Rumor Season.

Upgrade 230: The General Drift of Sentiment

1:33:56 | Jan 28th

It's time for Jason's annual poll of 55 Apple watchers, to see how they judge the company's performance in 2018. Plus, we discuss Apple's possible new game subscription service!

Upgrade 229: A More Intentional Folding

1:15:48 | Jan 22nd

This week we imagine how Apple might make an iPhone with a foldable OLED screen, discuss Apple's fancy new iPad Pro videos, and Jason tries to explain NBC's confusing new streaming service to Myke.

Upgrade 228: The Proof is In the Dust Tray

1:17:33 | Jan 14th

2019 iPhone rumor season is officially open! Will Apple add cameras to the phones of #maxclub members? And why did Jason add a HomeKit lock and a Roomba to his collection of smart-home devices this Christmas?

Upgrade 227: Twenty Nine TeeVee

1:38:06 | Jan 7th

It's a new year and the news is huge: Apple missed its iPhone sales forecast and announced surprising partnerships with TV makers. Also Jason got to try the forthcoming Brydge keyboard for his iPad Pro.

Upgrade 226: The 2018 Upgradies

2:09:58 | Dec 31st, 2018

It’s time for the Fifth Annual Upgradies! Myke and Jason take the input of more than a thousand Upgradians, and hand out awards in numerous categories! Only the finest will walk away with the most coveted of titles: Upgradies Winner.

Upgrade 225: An Upgrade Christmas Carol

1:39:17 | Dec 24th, 2018

Then it was, as Myke and Jason began their preparations for the Christmas holiday, that they were visited by three ghosts, representing the spirit of Apple past, present, and future.

Upgrade 224: A Bearded Man Is The Hero

1:44:33 | Dec 17th, 2018

This week we try to understand Apple's plans to build a "Netflix for magazines" inside of Apple News, Jason confesses his love for the new Apple Pencil, and we celebrate the season with a special Myke at the Movies about "Miracle on 34th Street".

Upgrade 223: Impressive and Stupid

1:32:43 | Dec 10th, 2018

Are the old rules giving way to a whole new set of Apple strategies? This week we discuss Apple's recent aggressive promotional deals, and Jason connects Shortcuts with ancient Web APIs.

Upgrade 222: That's Not a Plan

1:48:32 | Dec 3rd, 2018

John Siracusa joins Jason to discuss the future of Apple's ARM processors, Apple Music comes to the Amazon Echo, the future of Apple's forthcoming TV service, and the prospects for an Apple-built external touchscreen display.

Upgrade 221: Dongleton-on-Sea

1:42:33 | Nov 26th, 2018

Where does iOS go from here? This week Myke and Jason discuss the top 10 iPad features for iOS 13 they'd like to see. Also, Myke at the Movies returns, as Myke watches "My Neighbor Totoro" for the first time.

Upgrade 220: Mr. Apple Pencil

1:23:24 | Nov 19th, 2018

This week we follow up on our iPad Pro reviews, as Jason integrates the new iPad Pro into his writing set-up and starts using the Apple Pencil for more than just drawing doodles. Plus there's more about keyboards and Apple's dream of Academy Awards.

Upgrade 219: The Chicken Just Laid an Egg

2:01:36 | Nov 12th, 2018

After a week with the new iPad Pro, it's time for our in-depth review of what we like and don't like about Apple's latest tablet. Which size is the best? Does the new Apple Pencil pass Myke's tests? And why is Jason so angry about Apple's pro apps?

Upgrade 218: Previously, on Apple Laptops

1:38:36 | Nov 6th, 2018

It's review time! Hear Jason's thoughts on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini. How do they fit in to Apple's product line? Who are these machines for? Also: The iPhone XR – is it a 'budget' iPhone, or is it the right iPhone for most people?

Upgrade 217: People in Dongletown Want to Dance

1:38:18 | Oct 30th, 2018

Live from New York, it's Jason – reporting in after Apple's big event with first impressions about the new iPad Pros, Mac Mini, and MacBook Air. Plus: Our draft winner is revealed!

Upgrade 215: The Future of TV is the TV App

1:14:30 | Oct 15th, 2018

Why are we so grumpy about the state of faces on the Apple Watch? It's complicated. Also: Real Photoshop for the iPad, and "free" Apple streaming TV shows?

Upgrade 213: The California Environment

1:25:53 | Oct 1st, 2018

Where will the iPad Pro go next? Did the Apple Store come through where Apple's online ordering system failed? And pull up a chair, because it's time for Jason to tell you the story of his summer-long battle with IKEA. #frösönquest

Upgrade 212: The Chocolate Phone Is No Good

1:52:16 | Sep 24th, 2018

The iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 are here, and Myke and Jason offer their first impressions of all the new devices. Plus macOS Mojave arrives and Apple sets some interesting standards for its forthcoming video service.

Upgrade 211: You Will Pay

1:35:56 | Sep 17th, 2018

This week Myke and Jason welcome their favorite features of iOS 12, await their latest Apple purchases, and discuss the fallout from Apple's decision to focus on larger and more expensive phones this time around.

Upgrade 209: The 2018 iPhone Event Draft

1:31:25 | Sep 3rd, 2018

It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater next week! They draft 10 different things they expect will happen--or _not_ happen--next Wednesday.

Upgrade 208: The Villain of the Macintosh

1:33:01 | Aug 27th, 2018

As Apple's much-rumored fall product launches get closer, Jason and Myke consider what the future holds for Macs and iPhones. And the Summer of Fun surfs into the sunset while hanging ten off of our favorite boards--keyboards, that is.

Upgrade 207: Max Rebate

1:12:33 | Aug 20th, 2018

Is it finally time for the iPhone to support an Apple Pencil? Myke and Jason discuss the possibilities. And then the Summer of Fun rolls on with a mega-sized #askupgrade!

Upgrade 206: The Rings in a Tree

1:45:08 | Aug 13th, 2018

This week Myke breaks his iPad, Jason visits the Microsoft Store and leaves with an Xbox, and we pick our favorite video games of all time.

Upgrade 205: Monolithic Entertainment Console

1:53:00 | Aug 6th, 2018

It was a huge week: Apple broke a trillion dollars in market cap and Jason bought a new TV. And since money is on everyone's minds, Myke and Jason take Apple's $243B and go on a corporate shopping spree as a part of the ongoing Upgrade Summer of Fun.

Upgrade 204: Tap-to-Click Truther

1:31:51 | Jul 30th, 2018

Myke's back from his honeymoon, and the Summer of Fun continues! We discuss our dream iOS devices, YouTube's attempt to get into premium streaming, Adobe bringing Photoshop to the iPad, and the MacBook Pro performance scandal that turned out to be a ...Show More

Upgrade 203: I Have Felt the Power of the Snell Zone

1:46:32 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Federico Viticci and Serenity Caldwell join Jason and Myke to dive deep into how we use our iPads for business as well as creative pursuits, including writing and illustration.

Upgrade 202: I’m Going to Counter Your Jaguar

1:34:10 | Jul 16th, 2018

Guest co-host Stephen Hackett joins Jason to discuss the new MacBook Pros and what they mean for Apple's product line at large, adventures with the macOS Mojave beta, and the new Sonos AirPlay 2 update, and then we draft Mac OS X versions.

Upgrade 201: Full English Breakfast

1:22:54 | Jul 10th, 2018

The Summer of Fun continues with discussion of the Shortcuts app in the iOS 12 beta, potential colorful new iPhones, and AT&T’s plans to make HBO more like Netflix. Then at the very end, it’s time for the official wedding recap with Myke at the Matri...Show More

Upgrade 200: The Podcasting and Anniversary Episode

2:17:48 | Jul 2nd, 2018

To welcome the Summer of Fun and to celebrate hitting episode 200, Jason and Myke take a deep dive in to the history of Upgrade, and provide the Upgradians with all their knowledge on the hows, whys, and whats of podcasting.

Upgrade 199: Puppet Series

1:23:47 | Jun 25th, 2018

We take a deep dive into Apple’s forthcoming video service, as Jason and Myke make predictions about what it will cost and how Apple’s billion-dollar content purchases will roll out. Also, Instagram gets into TV, and Google gets back into podcasting.

Upgrade 198: The Mac Is Dead, Long Live the Mac

1:28:17 | Jun 18th, 2018

Apple has said that it’s not merging iOS and macOS, but that sneak peek of iOS apps coming to macOS opens up a lot of questions. Jason’s optimistic, but Mac users may be in for the biggest changes to the platform since the introduction of Mac OS X.

Upgrade 197: Banana Royale

1:38:16 | Jun 11th, 2018

Jason and Myke are joined by special guest developer James Thomson. We discuss our first impressions of the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas, the future of Mac apps in and out of the Mac App Store, and what features are at the top of James’s priority li...Show More

Upgrade 196: Workflow Siren

1:24:58 | Jun 4th, 2018

Live from WWDC, Jason and Myke break down the major announcements for iOS, macos, and watchOS, including a close result in the Upgrade Keynote Draft, the emergence of user automation on iOS via Siri, and potentially big changes to the Mac App Store

Upgrade 195: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2018

1:40:54 | May 28th, 2018

It’s time for our third annual predictions of what will happen on stage at Apple’s developer conference keynote! Jason and Myke compete for points by drafting picking 20 different items they expect will get a mention next week.

Upgrade 194: Game of Jenga with Drivers

1:26:55 | May 21st, 2018

Myke just built a gaming PC, which prompts us to discuss the current state of the art of Windows and macOS, as well as a broader discussion of living a multi-ecosystem lifestyle.

Upgrade 193: This is Stephen Hackett’s Fault

1:31:39 | May 14th, 2018

The 25th anniversary of BBEdit and a visit with a friend lead Jason to take a deep dive into Mac history, Google shows a disappointing lack of forethought in its AI demo, and the future of TV is apparently Apple’s TV app.

Upgrade 192: People Like Colors and Fun

1:30:09 | May 7th, 2018

The 20th anniversary of the iMac prompts a discussion of how it changed Apple and continues to define how Apple designs products, and Jason has a theory about why so many people thought iPhone X sales were crashing when they weren't.

Upgrade 191: Alien Spacecraft Sitting on an End Table

1:55:13 | Apr 30th, 2018

This week the Grim Reaper comes for AirPort, we imagine a future Apple AR/VR headset, and at the very end it’s time for Myke at the Movies to take on “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Upgrade 190: Redefine It Upward

1:28:28 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Tim Cook totally has an Mac on his desk and an iPad at home, but how can Apple advance both its platforms while allowing them to retain their individuality? Also, Amazon Prime has a big number and Apple puts a chill into leakers.

Upgrade 189: Obsolescence Isn’t What It Used to Be

1:36:22 | Apr 16th, 2018

Special Guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to discuss the weather, old speakers, Apple's latest TV acquisition, the long slow fade of 32-bit Mac apps, and the arrival of a new version of his favorite iOS writing app.

Upgrade 188: An Elephant on the Bridge

1:30:27 | Apr 9th, 2018

What is the future of the Mac? This week we connect the future of the Mac Pro, the possibility of Apple abandoning Intel processors, and the rumored unification of Mac and iOS development. Also, Jason reviews the new sixth-generation iPad.

Upgrade 187: Whiz-Bang Wonderfulness

1:24:21 | Apr 2nd, 2018

This week Jason steps up to the baseball plate and takes a second swing at the meaning of Apple’s education event, while Myke defends the viability of pen and paper. We also discuss what’s new in Apple’s latest software updates.

Upgrade 186: Black Market Crayons

1:23:04 | Mar 27th, 2018

Jason attended Apple's education event and reports live and direct from Chicago to discuss the new sixth-generation iPad, Apple's place in the education market, the relevance of the Apple Pencil for education, and the whole scene at Lane Tech High Sc...Show More

Upgrade 185: The March 2018 Apple Event Draft

1:25:36 | Mar 19th, 2018

Apple’s holding a media event at a school in Chicago, and next week Jason will be there to report back about what got announced. But in the meantime, it’s time for another draft, as Myke and Jason attempt to predict what will be shown on stage in Chi...Show More

Upgrade 184: The Claim Chowder Secret Society

1:16:01 | Mar 12th, 2018

What are our top five Apple products of the past five years? Jason and Myke list their choices in something that is almost, but not quite, a draft. Also: Did Jason accurately predict the extended survival of the MacBook Air?

Upgrade 183: It’s Dumb Until We Do It

1:49:18 | Mar 5th, 2018

Would Apple really update the MacBook Air at this late date? We break down the possibilities, plus Jason finally finishes his HomePod review, Netflix and Apple keep investing in original video content, and then Myke at the Movies revisits 1986's “Ali...Show More

Upgrade 182: March of Minor Products

1:26:49 | Feb 26th, 2018

This week we discuss rumors about new AirPods and this fall’s iPhones, speculate about what makes a good Apple TV app, revisit the idea of ARM Macs in the context of Windows 10's ARM limitations, and save a moment to praise Alto’s Odyssey.

Upgrade 181: Banana Slug Bookshelf

1:27:45 | Feb 19th, 2018

What does the death of Twitter for Mac say about the future of Mac software? Is Apple making big changes to how it releases software, and how will it impact the quality of the Apple product experience?

Upgrade 180: Too Much Speaker

1:51:46 | Feb 12th, 2018

After a weekend with the HomePod, it’s time for Myke and Jason to discuss what they like and dislike about Apple’s new connected speaker. Is it so loud that Myke is angering his neighbors? How does the HomePod match up with Jason's other products?

Upgrade 179: Somewhere Between One and a Gabillion

1:37:46 | Feb 5th, 2018

Apple reaches a record high in revenue and profit, but what’s up with the iPhone and Mac sales figures? This week we break down Apple’s huge holiday quarter, including the calendar quirk that has cut Apple both ways.

Upgrade 178: On a Dark Desert Highway

1:38:36 | Jan 29th, 2018

Jason and Myke break down the annual Six Colors Apple Report Card. Also, the HomePod gets pre-orders, and a new set of listening parties for journalists. You can check out of the Apple Store any time you like, but you can never leave.

Upgrade 177: Stuck in the Mud

1:44:37 | Jan 22nd, 2018

The iPhone product line may see more changes in 2018, but do the rumors of two new models make sense? Is Apple missing its shot in the voice-assistant market? And if you want to get Myke’s reaction to seeing “Hamilton”, it’s coming at the end of the ...Show More

Upgrade 176: Final Cat Pro

1:26:54 | Jan 16th, 2018

What are Jason and Myke’s hopes and dreams for iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad in 2018? Also: Apple buys more TV shows, a podcast tip, and the visual-effects industry tests Jason.

Upgrade 175: $4,999, Cheap!

1:34:39 | Jan 9th, 2018

Jason reviews his new base-model iMac Pro, we speculate about the unified (or not) future of Apple's software-development platforms, and there's an awful lot of news from the world of streaming media.

Upgrade 174: The 2017 Upgradies

2:13:12 | Jan 1st, 2018

Presenting the Fourth Annual Upgradies! In this episode Myke and Jason discuss their favorites of 2017 across many categories, with important input provided by you, the Upgradians! Only the finest will walk away with the title of Upgradies Award Winn...Show More

Upgrade 173: The 2017 Upgrade Holiday Special

2:07:24 | Dec 25th, 2017

Just in time for Christmas, Jason and Myke look back at 2017 and reveal their 2018 wish lists. Then it's time for special guests to join us for a round of very special #askupgrade, the first-ever Upgrade Secret Santa, and Myke at the Movies.

Upgrade 172: My Brain Was Slowly Expanding

1:47:16 | Dec 18th, 2017

Has Disney changed the future of streaming TV with its purchase of Fox? Has Jason bought himself an iMac Pro? Have Myke and Jason watched “The Last Jedi”? Yes to all of the above. (We save Star Wars until the end and fire off the Spoiler Horn.)

Upgrade 171: Really Weird Chess Game

1:22:49 | Dec 11th, 2017

What do Amazon's battles with Google and Apple say about the strategies of the tech giants? Also, Jony Ive returns to the White Room, and Jason and Myke meet the hosts of their favorite podcasts in person for the first time.

Upgrade 168: Hail Hydrant

1:37:39 | Nov 20th, 2017

The possibilities of an iMac with an A10 processor inside, the delay of the HomePod, Apple's understanding of professional Mac users, the return of Twitterrific for the Mac, and the proper way to refer to keyboard shortcuts.

Upgrade 167: The White Room of My Mind

1:36:35 | Nov 13th, 2017

Myke and Jason discuss the future of the iPad Pro and what in the world Apple is thinking as it develops an augmented-reality headset. We’ve also got updates on Apple’s TV venture, the future and influence of the iPhone X, and Apple Pay for iMessage.

Upgrade 166: The Machine That Makes Money

1:36:52 | Nov 6th, 2017

Myke abandons the #plusclub for an iPhone X, and compares notes with Jason after a week of using Apple’s new phone. We also discuss Apple’s latest quarterly results, which show great news and the promise of a record-setting holiday quarter to come.

Upgrade 165: The iPhone X Review

1:33:13 | Oct 31st, 2017

This week is all about the iPhone X, which Jason reviewed and now has in his hands to answer Myke's—and your—questions.

Upgrade 164: The Lost Phone for Nerds

1:26:03 | Oct 23rd, 2017

What if Jason went to a tech conference with a new iPhone and nobody cared? We discuss the curious case of the iPhone 8, the challenges of trying to launch video streaming services, and the future of the Mac as viewed through the inbox of Apple execs...Show More

Upgrade 163: Kindle Bubbles

1:30:15 | Oct 16th, 2017

This week there's a bunch of news from the world of entertainment. Apple's new TV execs made their first big deal in Hollywood, which brings up lots of questions about what Apple's video service will be and when it will arrive.

Upgrade 162: The Spider Is a Metaphor

1:18:22 | Oct 9th, 2017

Jason’s iMac gets a unwelcome visitor and he ponders an upgrade--but is the iMac Pro overkill, or a wise investment? Also, an influx of new emoji are coming to iOS and macOS in the near future, which is more important than you’d think.

Upgrade 161: I Look at My Phone and the Money Leaves

1:40:33 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Myke and Jason have taken delivery of the Apple TV 4K and have some initial thoughts, Apple gives us a deeper dive into how Face ID works, and Amazon introduces many Echos. Plus, this entire description now fits in a tweet... if you’re special.

Upgrade 160: A Helipad on Your Table

2:06:10 | Sep 25th, 2017

Jason and Myke discuss the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular, plus there’s a little bit about macOS High Sierra. And then Myke at the Movies is back with “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

Upgrade 159: Retcon Incident

1:40:58 | Sep 18th, 2017

Our wallets much lighter than last week, we discuss what new Apple products we’ve ordered and what we’re still waiting for. We also spend a lot more time dissecting the iPhone X and Face ID, and leave room for plenty of follow-up and #askupgrade

Upgrade 158: New Theater Smell

2:11:41 | Sep 13th, 2017

Apple unveiled three new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, a 4K Apple TV, and the new Steve Jobs Theater at its September event. Jason was there and returned home just in time to join with Myke in recapping and analyzing everything that went on at Apple Pa...Show More

Upgrade 157: The 2017 iPhone Event Draft

1:38:51 | Sep 6th, 2017

It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the iPhone launch event next week! They draft 12 different things they expect (or hope) to happen at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino next week.

Upgrade 156: The Silly Season

1:34:29 | Aug 28th, 2017

Special guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to talk about Apple event rumors, why we care about Apple kremlinology, our approaches to keeping and deleting files in our digital libraries, and Jason's recent 11-day road trip to the total eclipse.

Upgrade 155: Apple Hardware Draft

2:14:57 | Aug 21st, 2017

A draft of favorite Apple hardware; Myke at the Movies tackles "Blade Runner - The Final Cut."

Upgrade 154: Masters of Automation

1:22:20 | Aug 14th, 2017

Why automation--on macOS and iOS--is important.

Upgrade 153: Three Ficuses

1:14:49 | Aug 8th, 2017

Myke reports in from New York as we discuss a grab bag of Apple news, including a possible cellular Apple Watch, even more details from the HomePod firmware leak, the strength of iPad sales in Apple’s quarterly results, and next year’s crop of emoji.

Upgrade 152: August State of Mind

1:42:02 | Jul 31st, 2017

A HomePod firmware leak may have given us our best look yet at the features of the next iPhone, including face detection. Photos of Apple Park’s aggressively open-plan workspaces lead us to the most spirited discussion of space planning you may ever ...Show More

Upgrade 151: Caulk and Spackle

1:26:34 | Jul 24th, 2017

Does the Mac mini have a place in the Mac line-up, or should it fade into the sunset? Which Mac laptop--MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Escape--is the best choice for a new college student?

Upgrade 150: I Worry About You, Jason

1:39:01 | Jul 18th, 2017

This week Jason is making some big changes in his life, including trying out a to-do app and using his iPad Pro extensively via a cellular network. Plus we discuss emoji, AirPods, and at the end of the show, “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Upgrade 149: The Taste of Danger

1:27:31 | Jul 10th, 2017

Is Apple taking a risk in potentially releasing a high-end, high-cost iPhone model in addition to the regular models this fall, as is rumored? Jason also talks about inviting the Amazon Echo Show and its touchscreen into his kitchen.

Upgrade 148: I Think I Think What You Think

1:37:54 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Jason convinces Myke to upgrade to iOS 11 so they can both talk about using it on their iPads. Also, Jason announces his enormous strategic partnerships and sends the stock market on an adventure! Finally, Jason breaks down Photos on macOS High Sierr...Show More

Upgrade 147: Outside the Zone of Secrecy

1:28:42 | Jun 26th, 2017

An Apple secrecy presentation is leaked to the press? Jason and Myke break down an exclusive from The Outline, before moving on to discuss Scott Forstall's emergence from Broadway to talk about 10 years of iPhone.

Upgrade 146: It's About the Journey

1:26:47 | Jun 19th, 2017

The new iPad Pros have arrived! We give our reactions to the new displays, detail what’s new with previous versions, get excited about one day using iOS 11, and offer advice about which iPad Pro model is the right one to buy.

Upgrade 145: Wandered into the Unicorn Grove

1:38:54 | Jun 12th, 2017

Jason and Myke pick up many threads from WWDC 2017, including San Jose’s suitability as an event host, the first reviews of the iPad Pro, a bunch of news we didn’t know about last week, and Jason’s close encounter with a functioning HomePod speaker.

Upgrade 144: Don't Call It the Finder

1:22:29 | Jun 5th, 2017

Live from San Jose, in the immediate aftermath of the WWDC 2017 Keynote, Jason and Myke break down the entire event. We've got new Macs, new iPads, new versions of all of Apple's operating systems, and the official results of our keynote draft.

Upgrade 143: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2017

1:34:12 | May 29th, 2017

It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the WWDC 2017 keynote! They draft 20 different things they expect to see featured on stage in San Jose. Who will emerge with this year’s prediction crown?

Upgrade 142: You Want Applause

1:36:12 | May 22nd, 2017

Jason and Myke discuss more potential hardware announcements at WWDC. We also discuss a little bit about Google IO, including announcements about Google Photos and emoji, and get a little misty while thinking about Steve Jobs’ last product, Apple Par...Show More

Upgrade 141: I Export My Voice

1:39:54 | May 15th, 2017

With WWDC only three weeks away, Jason and Myke delve into the latest rumors about what might be announced at the conference, and then discuss Apple's billion-dollar initiative to invest in American business--and the potential motives behind it.

Upgrade 140: Disappointed Dad Tim Cook

1:38:55 | May 8th, 2017

Apple’s latest financial statements give Jason and Myke a jumping-off point for analyzing where Apple’s going with the iPad and iPhone, the massive growth in Apple’s services business, and the company’s problems in China and possibilities in India.

Upgrade 139: Make Money from the Money

1:11:45 | May 2nd, 2017

If there are two things Myke knows a lot about, it’s banking and stickers. And so this week he helps Jason understand why banks might not love Apple’s new attempt to expand Apple Pay and why he covers his pristine Apple devices with loads of stickers...Show More

Upgrade 138: Bad for the Person, Great for the Wizard

1:54:21 | Apr 25th, 2017

Jason and Myke discuss the trouble with free services that take your data and re-sell it to others, changes to Apple’s affiliate program, Apple’s approval to make self-driving cars, and “Blade Runner.”

Upgrade 137: iTunes on a Shelf

1:31:06 | Apr 17th, 2017

Serenity Caldwell joins Jason to discuss the possible disassembly of iTunes, the rise of the iPad Pro, and the teaser trailer for "The Last Jedi".

Upgrade 136: My Screen, My Stuff

1:19:55 | Apr 10th, 2017

Together again in Ireland, Jason and Myke discuss their current approaches to travel tech. We also revisit the new Mac Pro and answer your questions.

Upgrade 135: Trashed The Can

1:49:03 | Apr 4th, 2017

What do Apple’s announcements about the future of professional desktop hardware mean? How might this have changed the way Apple announces future products? Myke & Jason break it down, and then discuss “Alien” in the latest instalment of Myke at the Mo...Show More

Upgrade 134: Steal Its Bezel Thunder

1:36:14 | Mar 27th, 2017

The revival of the iPad name leads us to speculate about a new phase in Apple’s product approach. We also discuss where the iPad Pro might go next, and what Apple’s acquisition of Workflow means about the company’s approach to iOS for professionals.

Upgrade 133: You're an Empty Row Person

1:39:44 | Mar 20th, 2017

Apple’s been a leader in podcasting since the early days, but is there a new era coming soon? Jason and Myke have some theories. Plus, we carefully analyze each other’s iPhone and iPad home screens, marvel at Apple’s stock price, and answer your ques...Show More

Upgrade 132: Extra Lasers

1:30:01 | Mar 13th, 2017

Would Apple ever make iOS devices larger than the the 12.9-inch iPad Pro? And what does Apple need to do to make iOS excel at multitasking and large screen sizes? And Jason and Myke answer your questions in a mega-sized version of #askupgrade.

Upgrade 131: It's Fine, Dude

1:14:24 | Mar 6th, 2017

We parse through the rumors about what kind of connector the new iPhone might offer—Lightning or USB-C?--and whether Apple and its customers are ready for another transition. Also, will YouTube’s new cord-cutting TV service be a splash hit?

Upgrade 130: Ron Has a Pretty Sweet Job

1:36:13 | Feb 27th, 2017

Apple Park nears completion, The Nintendo Switch arrives, Silicon Valley culture fails its workers, and pineapple on pizza creates an international incident.

Upgrade 129: Disneyland for Developers

2:06:55 | Feb 20th, 2017

How will Apple’s WWDC be different now that it’s moving back to San Jose from San Francisco? Why is The Iconfactory kickstarting a new version of Twitterrific for Mac? And in this episode, Myke at the Movies travels in time to 19…

Upgrade 128: Is It Any Weirder than Dashboard?

1:19:48 | Feb 13th, 2017

Jason and Myke deal with a mountain of follow-up from last week’s episode about the present and future of the iPad, and then ponder what Apple’s long-term strategy for the Mac might be.

Upgrade 127: Congratulations, You're an Analyst

1:24:15 | Feb 6th, 2017

This week Myke runs the numbers and shows why the decline of the iPad is overhyped and why it’s a more popular computing device than the Mac. Plus we break down Apple’s latest financial results and define what a quarter means.

Upgrade 126: Spinny Propellery Guy

1:30:08 | Jan 30th, 2017

This week Jason and Myke try out a bunch of new Apple betas, Apple makes big changes in App review, Jason finds his favorite iPad Pro keyboard, and we get prepared for Apple’s quarterly financial report.

Upgrade 125: A Bear Did it For Me

1:31:41 | Jan 23rd, 2017

This week Jason makes the case for a new size of iPad Pro and an external Touch Bar and Touch ID sensor. We also discuss Samsung's explanation for the exploding Galaxy Note 7 and Apple's updates to Logic and GarageBand.

Upgrade 124: There Are Always Gates

1:39:20 | Jan 16th, 2017

Jason and Myke break down the second annual Six Colors Apple Report Card, as three dozen Apple watchers grade how the company did in 2016—and Myke chimes in with his own votes.

Upgrade 123: Sheer Gadget Magnetism

1:36:43 | Jan 9th, 2017

Jason and Myke return from their well-deserved holiday to discuss the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Jason’s reactions to the iPhone back in the day. Then we tell the tale of the day San Diego got Ahoy Telephoned.

Upgrade 122: The 2016 Upgradies

2:05:20 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Once again, Myke and Jason pick their favorite products of the year! But this year, they are aided in their pursuit of excellent by the votes of you, the loyal Upgradians.

Upgrade 121: All Talk and No Trousers

1:38:24 | Dec 26th, 2016

This week it’s all about the Mac, as Jason and Myke discuss Tim Cook’s attempts to reassure the concerned Mac user base, Bloomberg’s report about Apple’s Mac product-release struggles, and if the Mac is really a truck at all.

Upgrade 120: Time Is a Better Indicator of Time

1:56:38 | Dec 19th, 2016

This week, Jason reviews the AirPods while Myke waits for his to arrive. We also discuss Apple’s removal of the battery indicator from MacBooks, and at the very end of the show do a special Myke at the Movies review of “Rogue One…

Upgrade 119: Make the Chart Bigger

2:21:29 | Dec 12th, 2016

Myke's got a new office! Also, we follow up on our conversation about ARM Macs and try to explain Single Sign On for Apple TV. Finally, after 25 years, Jason has watched "Home Alone" and will discuss it on a new Myke at the Movi…

Upgrade 118: Missed That by 100%

1:19:39 | Dec 5th, 2016

Will Apple move the Mac to ARM processors? Myke thinks it’s inevitable, and Jason thinks it’s well within Apple’s power—but thinks it won’t happen. We also discuss Apple possibly moving some iPhone manufacturing to the United Sta…

Upgrade 117: Sugar Christmas

1:54:22 | Nov 28th, 2016

Is Apple a big business trapped in the body of a startup? Myke and Jason discuss that issue, say lots of things that might be quoted out of context later, and then settle in to watch 1984's "Gremlins."

Upgrade 116: Design Team Yearbook

1:21:59 | Nov 21st, 2016

This week Jason and Myke discuss the death of the AirPort router, the disbanding of the Mac automation team, and the release of a photo book highlighting Apple’s hardware designs.

Upgrade 115: Rubber Chicken Scenario

1:27:41 | Nov 14th, 2016

After spending the last week with the new MacBook Pro, Jason reviews the Touch Bar and breaks down the approach Apple took in creating an entirely new way to interact with a Mac.

Upgrade 114: Get On Down to Dongle Town

1:27:41 | Nov 7th, 2016

Fresh off of Jason's 10-day travel odyssey with the new MacBook Pro, we debate where Apple’s taking the Mac, the high price of Retina displays, Apple’s tough decisions about who its Mac customers are, and the case for and against…

Upgrade 113: It's An Honour and a Privilege to Defeat You

1:12:05 | Nov 1st, 2016

Myke and Jason are together again, and this time back in Ireland, to discuss Apple's big week. We cover Jason's time with the new MacBook Pro, Myke's excitement over the Touch Bar, Apple's quarterly results, and much more.

Upgrade 112: What I've Got Going for Me is Apple

1:19:05 | Oct 24th, 2016

With Apple’s next event just around the corner, Myke and Jason make their picks for what we’ll see. The winner will be crowned Upgrade Draft Champion for 2016. Either way, we’re both excited about the prospect of new Macs.

Upgrade 111: I Keep Moving the Goalposts

1:11:49 | Oct 17th, 2016

This week Myke visits Apple’s latest flagship store, Jason takes a trip with both a Mac and an iPad, and Apple scales back its automotive ambitions.

Upgrade 110: Never, Not Ever, Not Once

1:30:49 | Oct 10th, 2016

This week we discuss perhaps Apple’s biggest move of 2017: relocating thousands of employees to Campus 2, moving other teams into Infinite Loop, and what it means for Apple’s cloud services and the productivity and morale of Appl…

Upgrade 109: YouTube Killed the Podcast Star

1:19:22 | Oct 3rd, 2016

This week Myke starts a YouTube channel, Jason raises his hopes for new Macs in October, and we praise the new features of Messages while quibbling with the usability of its interface.

Upgrade 108: It's a Great Feature When It Works

1:40:57 | Sep 26th, 2016

The beta version of the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait mode is here, and Jason and Myke both took it for a spin. Then Jason recounts his favorite and least favorite features of macOS Sierra.

Upgrade 107: The Upgrade Programme

1:47:44 | Sep 19th, 2016

Myke and Jason have taken delivery of new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models, so it’s time to detail the experience of buying, upgrading, restoring, and using the latest iPhone models.

Upgrade 106: I've Reached Acceptance

1:26:32 | Sep 11th, 2016

Live from Portland, Jason and Myke are joined by Stephen Hackett to cover a lot of follow-up from last week's Apple announcements.

Upgrade 105: The Illusion of Clicking

1:52:16 | Sep 7th, 2016

Jason returns from the Apple Sept. 7 media event and is immediately questioned by Myke about the new iPhone 7, Apple Watch series 2, EarPods and AirPods, and all the other announcements.

Upgrade 104: I Really Do Want to Win

1:09:11 | Aug 29th, 2016

An Apple event is happening next week! So it’s time for Jason and Myke to make their predictions for the announcements in the most competitive way possible—by drafting the top 20 announcements they think we’ll see.

Upgrade 103: Significant Figures

1:40:38 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Special guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to talk about reviews, ratings, using numbers to quantify the unquantifiable, when it's appropriate to show grown-up media to kids, and a whole lot more.

Upgrade 102: Cautionary Tale of Laptops

1:42:25 | Aug 16th, 2016

This week's episode was recorded with Jason and Myke in the same room! Before they high five, they discuss iPad keyboards, MacBook Pro upgrades, Castro 2 and podcast innovation, and Tim Cook getting chatty with the press.

Upgrade 101: It Works Great in California

1:43:42 | Aug 8th, 2016

This week we discuss Fast Company’s visit to the Apple cafeteria, Mark Gurman’s reappearance as an Apple rumor expert, and Recode’s Apple TV guide rumors, plus Myke reviews the new version of Pocket Casts.

Upgrade 100: The Least Less

1:48:49 | Aug 1st, 2016

In our hundredth episode, Jason and Myke break down Apple’s quarterly results, ponder its TV strategy, and Myke reluctantly views one of Jason’s favorite movies for an all-new Myke at the Movies.

Upgrade 99: Disciplined Cash Machine

1:26:28 | Jul 25th, 2016

Scrivener for iOS and a new mechanical keyboard for iPad arrived at Jason’s house this week. We discuss using a specialized writing tool for longform work and the challenges of building an iPad keyboard that doesn’t turn the iPad…

Upgrade 98: Accidental Comics Podcast 🤓

1:23:57 | Jul 18th, 2016

In celebration of World Emoji Day and Comic-Con, Jason and Myke discuss how we use emojis and why they’re a valuable addition to online dialogue, and then break down the best options for digital comic-book reading.

Upgrade 97: We Used Our Power For Pizza

1:20:53 | Jul 11th, 2016

Listeners suggest naming schemes for Myke’s devices, Jason and Myke adapt to Apple’s new public betas, we discuss the future of iPad software updates, and Jason gets frustrated by the lack of updates to iCloud Family Sharing.

Upgrade 96: Two Ports is One More Port than One Port

1:31:00 | Jul 4th, 2016

In this episode there’s a bunch of headphone-jack followup, then we discuss Apple’s relationships with Spotify and Tidal, before Myke asks Jason about his own independence on Independence Day.

Upgrade 95: Don't Bring the Pain without the Benefit

1:33:25 | Jun 27th, 2016

Apple ditches the Thunderbolt Display, Jason takes macOS Sierra for a spin, and we debate the merits of Apple removing old technology from its products.

Upgrade 94: Users Use Computers

1:18:08 | Jun 20th, 2016

Jason and Myke are back in their usual offices this week, and they discuss their feelings about watchOS 3, the lack of Apple hardware announcements, and what the buzz was during WWDC week.

Upgrade 93: The Emoji Judgers

1:24:59 | Jun 13th, 2016

Straight out of the WWDC keynote, Jason joins Myke live to talk about watchOS 3, tvOS 10, macOS Sierra, iOS 10, Apple Music and Messages.

Upgrade 92: WWDC 2016 Draft

1:39:45 | Jun 7th, 2016

Jason and Myke predict the contents of WWDC 2016 in the first annual Upgrade Keynote Draft. How many of our picks are based on deep knowledge of the industry, and how many are wish fulfillment? Next week will tell the tale.

Upgrade 91: iMac Special

1:26:38 | May 30th, 2016

In this special holiday episode, Stephen Hackett joins Myke and Jason to discuss the product that changed Apple's fortunes: the original iMac.

Upgrade 90: Nobody Should be a Siri Power User

1:30:21 | May 23rd, 2016

This week Jason and Myke discuss the future of Siri on the Mac and elsewhere, and ponder Apple's new Apple Store design. Plus we've got some talk about Google I/O and final (for now) thoughts about the business of podcasting.

Upgrade 89: Can We Use a Tracking Pixel?

1:22:59 | May 16th, 2016

By popular demand, Jason and Myke talk a bit more about the business of podcasting, as they’re joined by podcaster and podcast ad sales executive Lex Friedman.

Upgrade 88: Happy Apple Watch Users

1:21:58 | May 9th, 2016

A year later, Jason and Myke are still using their Apple Watches. Amid high-profile users abandoning Apple’s new wearable, why do we still enjoy it? Also, we rage about a NYT story about high-profile podcasters trying to change t…

Upgrade 87: Unchartable Tidbits

1:36:40 | May 2nd, 2016

Jason and Myke are joined by follow-up guest Scott McNulty to review the Kindle Oasis (including its Kindle hump), then switch gears to break down the complexities of Apple’s quarterly results.

Upgrade 86: The Cloud With the Question Mark

1:19:31 | Apr 25th, 2016

Myke’s back just in time to discuss the minor changes to the new MacBook and attempt to figure out why the Apple Car might exist.

Upgrade 85: Talk to this Cylinder

1:22:05 | Apr 18th, 2016

With Myke away, Scott McNulty and Dan Moren join Jason to talk about two different Amazon hardware products, Kindle and Echo.

Upgrade 84: Peek it, But Don't Pop it!

1:23:28 | Apr 11th, 2016

Jason and Myke discuss the 9.7-inch iPad Pro's True Tone display and the trouble with 3D Touch.

Upgrade 83: I Love Infuriating You

1:20:31 | Apr 4th, 2016

Jason tried out the shrunken-down Smart Keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and you'll never believe what happened next! Myke returns from vacation to break down Jason's reviews of Apple’s latest products and provide an Apple Wat…

Upgrade 82: Baby Pro

1:25:58 | Mar 28th, 2016

Extra special guest star Serenity Caldwell joins Jason to talk about the new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, the drowning of a MacBook Air, and much more.

Upgrade 81: Live From Interstate 280

1:45:20 | Mar 21st, 2016

Myke catches up with Jason fresh from Apple’s March 21 event in Cupertino and keeps him company on his long drive home up Interstate 280. From the new smaller iPad Pro to the interesting iPhone SE, we break down everything Apple …

Upgrade 80: I Can Hear Your Future Screams

1:32:40 | Mar 14th, 2016

Myke is back to defend the iPad as a TV, before he and Jason discuss the expectations of Apple's March 21st event, and why @AppleSupport exists. They go on to talk about Oculus, and address some more thoughts about Firewatch.

Upgrade 79: Turkey Dinner Pizza

1:45:23 | Mar 7th, 2016

Guest John Siracusa joins Jason to talk about HDTV, the future of the Mac, and pizza.

Upgrade 78: Rename Everything

1:14:27 | Feb 29th, 2016

Rumors of a new size of iPad Pro lead Myke and Jason to discuss how Apple chooses to name its products, and whether iPads would benefit from being named more like MacBooks. They also tackle rumors of Siri coming to the Mac and so…

Upgrade 77: I Don't Know Why You'd Call Them Friends

1:29:39 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Jason and Myke lightly cover Apple’s beef with the FBI, Myke gets excited by new phones at Mobile World Congress, Jason grapples with making his home smarter. And of course there’s follow-up about pizza and “Back to the Future”—t…

Upgrade 76: You're Part of My System

1:10:15 | Feb 15th, 2016

Myke probes Jason about his personal organization system, or lack of one. Then we speculate on Apple’s future as a TV producer, following the news that it’s creating a series starring Dr. Dre. Finally, we discuss favorite (and le…

Upgrade 75: You Are Terrible to Sick People

1:30:04 | Feb 8th, 2016

This week, with Myke on sick leave, Jason is joined by Stephen Hackett to talk about Apple's first-party apps, the future of the Mac and VR pizza.

Upgrade 74: Tablet Incorporated

1:18:01 | Feb 1st, 2016

This week we use Apple’s quarterly results as a jumping-off point to discuss Apple’s product philosophy, the overall strength of the iPhone, and Apple’s missed opportunities with the iPad.

Upgrade 73: Put on your Rumor Pants

1:10:50 | Jan 25th, 2016

It’s the official start of Rumo(u)r season, as Jason and Myke discuss the first suggestions of what Apple might release this spring and in the fall. How full does an Apple Event need to be in order for it to be worth calling?

Upgrade 72: I Spent Four Months Not Buying It

1:09:26 | Jan 18th, 2016

Jason and Myke discuss what iOS 9.3 might mean for the future of Apple’s OS update strategy, Jason buys a clicky keyboard, new Mac audio tools arrive, and we close the books on Muffingate.

Upgrade 71: Muffingate

1:05:51 | Jan 11th, 2016

Will Apple remove the headphone jack when it releases the iPhone 7? Myke thinks it’s inevitable, while Jason is skeptical. Your hosts also revisit baked goods in the British Empire, and discuss Twitter’s possible expansion to 10,…

Upgrade 70: I Could Call My iPhone a Muffin

1:19:52 | Jan 4th, 2016

Myke and Jason ring in the new year with discussions about CES, Twitter, awards, mailbags, and last year.

Upgrade 69: The 2015 Upgradies

1:26:48 | Dec 28th, 2015

With a little help from their Relay FM co-hosts, Myke and Jason present awards to the best (and worst) of the year in the second annual Upgradies.

Upgrade 68: The Cryogenic Chamber of Topics

2:04:02 | Dec 21st, 2015

This week Myke and Jason talk about Amazon drones, Christmas traditions, and Apple’s product-release strategy. And at the end of the episode, we discuss “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in a special Myke at the Movies installment.

Upgrade 67: Part Spite, Part Strategy

1:22:26 | Dec 14th, 2015

This week Jason and Myke discover who’s using LaunchPad, dissect Jason’s purchase of an iPad Pro, discuss a new podcast-recording service that works in a browser, and answer your questions.

Upgrade 66: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good Apps?

1:28:23 | Dec 7th, 2015

Myke returns from his trip to New York to the bad news that Dropbox has killed Mailbox and that Sketch has abandoned the Mac App Store. But he’s cheered up by Jason’s news that he might be keeping the iPad Pro after all.

Upgrade 65: Holiday Firewall

2:10:24 | Nov 30th, 2015

Special guest host Merlin Mann joins Jason to talk about the holidays, Apple TV, iPad Pro, and how to recommend Apple products.

Upgrade 64: The Law of the Large

2:06:13 | Nov 23rd, 2015

This week Serenity Caldwell re-joins Myke so that they can talk about their first Apple Pencil experiences. Then Myke quizzes Jason about his iPad Pro review and the new Six Colors subscription drive. Finally, we return to Myke a…

Upgrade 63: Crying about the Peripherals

1:46:59 | Nov 16th, 2015

The iPad Pro has arrived, and Myke and Jason are joined by special guest Serenity Caldwell to discuss our first impressions of the new product, our iPad workflows, and the frustrating lack of availability of the Apple Pencil and …

Upgrade 62: I Am Nerd Face Guy

1:15:42 | Nov 9th, 2015

This week we extoll the virtues of emoji and how it could be better, and Myke finds his perfect emoji at last 🤓. We also preview the iPad Pro, talk about how we’re using our iPads today, revisit Myke’s external storage needs, and…

Upgrade 61: Accidental Trek Podcast

1:39:01 | Nov 2nd, 2015

Special guest Joe Rosensteel joins Jason and Myke to talk about our first weekend with the new Apple TV. We cover setup hassles, the design of the new remote, the power of integrated voice search, and much more.

Upgrade 60: Very Nice Button

1:13:35 | Oct 27th, 2015

It’s an exciting week: Myke gets a new Retina iMac and all the Magic peripherals, and both Jason and Myke buy "Star Wars" tickets and the new Apple TV! Plus we do some Force Touch follow-up and answer your questions in #askupgrad…

Upgrade 59: You Need Faster Fingers

1:56:53 | Oct 19th, 2015

Revisiting some of the design decisions in Apple’s new “Magic” peripherals, why 3D Touch soars while Force Touch seems to lag behind, iWork gets a much needed update, and Myke and Jason watch “Back to the Future Part II."

Upgrade 58: What’s Magic About That Keyboard?

1:25:32 | Oct 13th, 2015

Apple announces a bunch of new iMacs, including a 21.5-inch 4K model, and Jason’s got his full review. Also, Jason provides an inside look at the new input devices Apple has released, namely the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and…

Upgrade 57: Complex Feelings

1:22:06 | Oct 5th, 2015

This week Jason and Myke discuss OS X El Capitan, and Amazon's curious practice of removing AppleTV from stock.

Upgrade 56: The Migration Experience

1:28:06 | Sep 28th, 2015

This week Jason and Myke share their iPhone 6S/6S Plus upgrade experiences, and give their first impressions of the new iPhone 6S features.

Upgrade 55: Your Watch is Full

1:40:06 | Sep 21st, 2015

Myke works out his frustrations with his iPhone and futilely attempts to upgrade to watchOS 2. We attempt to lighten the mood by talking about all the things Jason likes about iOS 9 and watchOS 2, only to stray back into negativi…

Upgrade 54: Put a Pen on It

1:38:30 | Sep 14th, 2015

Live from Portland, we go deep with more thought about the Apple event, the iPad pro, possibilities for Apple's product releases for the rest of 2015, what we pre-ordered Apple, the prospects for gaming on the new Apple TV, and m…

Upgrade 53: Everything is Off The Charts

1:39:35 | Sep 10th, 2015

Just hours after Apple's September event, Jason is joined by Stephen Hackett to talk about updates to the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as the new iPad Pro, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

Upgrade 52: Click to Click

1:25:43 | Aug 31st, 2015

This week we look forward to the Sept. 9 Apple media event, which Jason will be attending. What will it take for a new Apple TV to be a success? Also, a Wii U game wins over a party of eleven-year-old boys in a mouseless house.

Upgrade 51: Fight Against the Fiddly Bits

1:20:40 | Aug 24th, 2015

This week we break down what adding Force Touch to iOS might mean, highlighting the difficult design and marketing choices Apple has to make when it rolls out new products. Also, Jason shocks Myke by saying something nice about p…

Upgrade 50: Bing Bong

2:16:13 | Aug 17th, 2015

This week Jason cleans off his desk and we follow up on Google’s new Alphabet. Then it’s time for Myke to go back to the movies with 1983’s “WarGames” and as a special bonus, Pixar’s “Inside Out."

Upgrade 49: Huge Engine of Money

1:25:18 | Aug 11th, 2015

Jason returns from his 2,000-mile car trip just in time to discuss the meaning behind Google’s transformation into Alphabet and the future of Twitter. And as always, they answer some of your questions.

Upgrade 48: The Watercooler

1:35:38 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Our hosts show off their age gap by comparing how they watch television as a part of a larger discussion about the role of the Apple TV in Apple’s product line. Then Myke and Jason discuss the future of Twitter.

Upgrade 47: Trust Us, It's Doing Well

1:39:05 | Jul 27th, 2015

Jason and Myke discuss Apple’s enthusiastically vague approach to Apple Watch sales figures, Myke’s fear that content blockers could wreck people’s livelihoods, and classic iPods and iPod Classics. Plus, Jason takes a European ge…

Upgrade 46: The S Could Stand for Snell

1:24:23 | Jul 20th, 2015

Myke and Jason party like it’s 2005 and spend a lot of time talking about the iPod, including what the new iPod touch might mean for the future of the iPhone product line, and the mystery of the continued existence of the iPod na…

Upgrade 45: Grandpa's Superhero

1:41:03 | Jul 13th, 2015

Jason and Myke dive into the iOS 9 and El Capitan public betas, then divert to both Pluto and San Diego to talk space exploration and Comic-Con.

Upgrade 44: Tap the Ellipses

1:32:03 | Jul 6th, 2015

The pros and cons of Apple’s relationship with the web development community, our first week with Apple Music and Beats 1, Jason doesn’t go to Comic-Con, and the first Upgrade Baby is born.

Upgrade 43: Haptic Skeptic

1:27:23 | Jun 29th, 2015

It’s a big week, so Jason and Myke spend a lot of time discussing the launch of Apple Music and Beats One and the ugliness of music industry negotiations.

Upgrade 42: Shuttlecraft Wallet

2:09:37 | Jun 22nd, 2015

Jason and Myke discuss the tough decision facing Apple when it comes to marketing a rumored iPad Pro and recap the Taylor Swift/Apple Music kerfuffle. Finally, "Myke Watches a Movie" returns with the 1989 classic, "Say Anything..…

Upgrade 41: Emoji Fragmentation

1:27:48 | Jun 15th, 2015

Jason and Myke revisit WWDC 2015 with a week’s perspective, and also discuss iOS 9 emoji support, gaming on OS X, Apple’s new system typography, and Microsoft’s Xbox One compatibility announcement.

Upgrade 40: Emotion Palette

1:37:55 | Jun 8th, 2015

Live from San Francisco and fresh from Apple's WWDC Keynote, Jason and Myke dissect everything from new OS X and iOS versions to native watch apps to the new Apple Music service.

Upgrade 39: Developers do a Lot of Running

1:40:04 | Jun 1st, 2015

We prepare for WWDC by discussing Jason’s coverage preparation and the future of OS X, and then Myke forces Jason to make WWDC predictions. Plus lots of Google follow-up, and we answer more of your questions.

Upgrade 38: Titles Are Not Jobs

1:34:04 | May 26th, 2015

This week Jason and Myke discuss Jonathan Ive's new title and what it means for Apple's Chief Design Officer and the company as a whole, and in advance of Google I/O, talk about how and why we use Google's services on our Apple d…

Upgrade 37: I Don't Have a Production Staff

1:17:54 | May 18th, 2015

This week Jason and Myke talk about different podcast production styles, the apps they are using on their Apple Watches, and answer a selection of #askupgrade questions.

Upgrade 36: Menu Bar at the Top

2:13:31 | May 11th, 2015

This week Jason and Myke discuss what a new Apple TV remote might look like, the dangers of cloud syncing, Apple Watch intimacy, and Jason’s new TV. And then it’s time for the latest Myke Watches a Movie segment, featuring “Raid…

Upgrade 35: Where The Fluoroelastomer Meets the Road

1:41:46 | May 4th, 2015

After living with the Apple Watch for another week, Jason and Myke discuss what they’ve noticed so far. Then they discuss the peculiar Amazon Echo and give a mini review of "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Upgrade 34: The 1.0 Experience

1:25:18 | Apr 27th, 2015

Jason and Myke recount their first weekends with the Apple Watch, answer your Apple Watch questions, talk about Jason’s trip to the Yosemite by CocoaConf conference, and do a little follow-up about Photos for Mac and iCloud Photo…

Upgrade 33: Personal Electronic Notebooks

1:15:17 | Apr 20th, 2015

Stephen Hackett joins Jason to talk about John Siracusa's semi-retirement, online shopping, the future of the OS X brand name, Photos for Mac, and Myke's trip to Atlanta.

Upgrade 32: Uncompatible

1:56:59 | Apr 13th, 2015

Jason and Myke talk about their Apple Watch try-on experiences and take a look at some of the new PR tactics Apple is employing. Then Jason makes Myke watch "This is Spinal Tap."

Upgrade 31: MacBook Review Special

55:24 | Apr 9th, 2015

On this special episode Jason is quizzed by Myke and the listeners about his review of the new MacBook.

Upgrade 30: Boarding a Sinking Ship

1:27:57 | Apr 7th, 2015

Jason and special guest John Siracusa discuss the iPhone 6 Plus, reactions to "Becoming Steve Jobs," Apple's lost decade, and what lessons can be learned by business successes and failures.

Upgrade 29: Velcro Ball

1:20:36 | Mar 30th, 2015

Live from the Úll conference in Ireland, Jason and Myke discuss 'Becoming Steve Jobs', and how this book addresses Apple in the early days, the value of being able to meet people in person and finally address whether Myke Was Rig…

Upgrade 28: Two Men in a Very Tiny Room

1:19:25 | Mar 23rd, 2015

This week Jason and Myke are live and in person in London! They discuss the rumours of the Apple TV, what tech makes the cut for travelling, and whether Jason might be joining the iPhone 6 Plus club.

Upgrade 27: The Batman of Cheese

1:27:42 | Mar 16th, 2015

With an extra week’s perspective, Jason and Myke discuss the new MacBook, the Apple Watch, and what makes Apple different from its competitors.

Upgrade 26: Ambushed on a Podcast

1:51:45 | Mar 9th, 2015

Jason and Myke get a little help in discussing Apple's 'Spring Forward' event, including the new MacBook, HBO on Apple TV, and more on the Apple Watch.

Upgrade 25: I Don't Need a Saturday Box

1:25:09 | Mar 2nd, 2015

This week Jason and Myke are joined by David Sparks. They spend some time discussing David's recent jump to the indie life, expectations of next week's Apple event, the Pebble Time Kickstarter and why people may want to share sec…

Upgrade 24: Because... Luxury

1:26:29 | Feb 23rd, 2015

This week Jason and Myke trade more thoughts on Apple Car rumors, dive in to some more details on the Apple Watch, consider why working within barriers can be a good thing and discuss transparency in editorial practices at Apple.

Upgrade 23: The Church of The Coverflow

1:36:40 | Feb 16th, 2015

The possibility of Apple building a car, why being critical is both important and difficult, using a secondary Mac, and Jason and Myke answer your questions.

Upgrade 22: I Didn't Hate This Movie

2:12:50 | Feb 9th, 2015

Apple's new Photos app for the Mac has appeared, and Jason and Myke discuss what this could mean for iTunes and the future of Mac development. They also discuss some Apple Watch expectations, how Apple deals with change, and Myke…

Upgrade 21: You Rolled 38

2:06:02 | Feb 2nd, 2015

This week Jason and Myke get a grasp on how the iPhone's runaway success affects Apple's decisions, including the development of the Apple Watch. Plus, lots of feedback about how people take notes, and we inaugurate our 'Myke Wat…

Upgrade 20: You Cannot Win an Effort War

1:33:14 | Jan 26th, 2015

Jason and Myke debate the utility of a stylus for the iPad, Jason falls through a time warp into the '90s to convert some VHS tapes to digital format, and we follow up on items from various podcasts... not all of them this one.

Upgrade 19: Marco Marketing

1:45:41 | Jan 19th, 2015

Jason and Myke tackle upgrading versus sticking with what you know, take Apple's CarPlay for a powerslide, judge the financial success of Apps in the App Store, and cover more on battery life and the 12" Air. Plus they answer yo…

Upgrade 18: Special Interface Snowflake

1:37:25 | Jan 12th, 2015

This week Jason and Myke discuss the rumored 12" MacBook Air, how Apple approaches battery life on iOS devices, Apple software quality, uses of scripting and automation, Siracusa-style window management, and the first time Jason…

Upgrade 17: Somewhere on The Monorail

1:41:02 | Jan 5th, 2015

This week Jason and Myke discuss Apple's software quality issues and the difficulty in diagnosing problems from outside an organization, why Family Sharing is a problematic feature, and what's good and bad about CES.

Upgrade 16: The 2014 Upgradies

2:22:55 | Dec 29th, 2014

This episode of Upgrade plays host to the first ever 'Upgradies' awards! Jason and Myke talk about some of their favourite gadgets, games and podcasts of the year, amongst many other categories.

Upgrade 15: Upgradians of the Galaxy

1:03:53 | Dec 23rd, 2014

This week Jason and Myke discuss workstation ergonomics, traveling with technology, and how they deal with online security, then debate how to collectively name the listeners of the show.

Upgrade 14: The Marvel of the Buttermilk Biscuit

1:24:33 | Dec 15th, 2014

This week Myke and Jason discuss the etiquette of digital gifts, compare how they use their iOS devices compared to their Macs, and decide on a collective name for listeners of the show.

Upgrade 13: #AskUpgrade

1:26:28 | Dec 8th, 2014

This week Jason and Myke discuss the varying ways that you can support yourself financially when undertaking a creative endeavour and why it's important to consider their positive and negative effects.

Upgrade 12: Plant and Analyze

1:37:56 | Dec 2nd, 2014

This week Jason and Myke address some holiday follow up, before talking about democratising podcasting and conducting a (very slow) lightning round.

Upgrade 11: Drifting Shower Schedule

1:37:21 | Nov 24th, 2014

This week Jason and Myke are joined by Greg Knauss. They talk about whether web comments are a good thing and what it's really like to work for yourself. Greg and Jason also quiz Myke on Thanksgiving.

Upgrade 10: Podcasting, It’s Great!

1:11:03 | Nov 17th, 2014

This week Jason and Myke address more important Taylor Swift follow-up, discuss why podcasting is back (again), and take on App Store pricing in the wake of Monument Valley and Space Age.

Upgrade 9: A Brain and a Drill

1:26:20 | Nov 10th, 2014

This time Jason and Myke discuss their current working environments and how they feel about the suggestion that we're in a new 'podcasting revolution'.

Upgrade 8: With Special Offers

1:18:50 | Nov 4th, 2014

Special guest Scott McNulty joins Jason and Myke to talk about the new Kindle Voyage and why we use Kindles. Plus follow-up about TestFlight, annoying things people do in the Apple Store, and the introduction of our new cheese ve…

Upgrade 7: Hot Dog Allergy

1:22:19 | Oct 27th, 2014

This week Jason and Myke tackle a host of Apple Pay follow up, before addressing Gamergate and the Retina iMac.

Upgrade 6: The Enemy Discount

1:16:18 | Oct 20th, 2014

This week Jason tells Myke about his experiences at an Apple event as an independent writer, before going on to discuss the new products announced and day-one impressions of Apple Pay.

Upgrade 5: Macworld Cosplay

1:30:50 | Oct 14th, 2014

This week Jason and Myke talk about Çingleton and the rise and fall of Mac conferences, the Mac App Store and the pains of App Review, the upcoming Apple event and a new name for summoning your digital assistant.

Upgrade 4: I Regret My Endorsement of You

1:15:27 | Oct 6th, 2014

This week Jason and Myke start off the show with a discussion about terrible social networks, before attacking follow-up on Dropbox replacements, data security and streaming services. Other topics this week include Apple Pay and …

Upgrade 3: I Think You'll Find It's Bazqux

1:08:52 | Sep 29th, 2014

This week Jason and Myke discuss the perils of online streaming services and the uniquely modern problem of having 1TB of Dropbox storage.

Upgrade 2: You Start From Zero

1:22:17 | Sep 22nd, 2014

This week Jason gets to address a bunch of iPhone follow-up (which he is *super* excited about) and Myke quizzes him about his first week of writing at Six Colors.

Upgrade 1: Fly Casual

1:36:28 | Sep 17th, 2014

Jason and Myke dive into what everyone wants to hear about--the new iPhones! Jason has been using the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for the last week, and he's got a full report.