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Upgrade

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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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1:41:13 | Sep 11th

Jason has returned from Cupertino, where he watched Apple unveil the new iPhone 11 models, a new Apple Watch that adds a feature we had given up hope of ever seeing, and details about when we'll see Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.

1:31:03 | Aug 26th

Jason and Myke can't agree on the definition of "lemonade" but they're together in Jason's office this week to discuss the impending iPhone event and reflect on nearly five years of independence and Upgrade.

1:31:22 | Jul 22nd

Apple may make premium podcasts, Netflix loses subscribers just as it's about to face tough competition, and Myke and Jason draft the most appealing video streaming services of 2020!

1:32:56 | Jul 1st

The Summer of Fun goes old school, as two of Jason's colleagues from back in the 1990s compare Apple's many transitions over the years to the ones Apple faces today. Also, if movies and TV shows aren't available via streaming, do they even exist?

1:54:01 | Jun 24th

It's Public Beta time! This week we get Jason's review of the macOS Catalina beta. Also Upstream returns (half a billion for JJ Abrams?) and Myke at the Movies calls on "Kiki's Delivery Service."

1:09:29 | Jun 17th

Jason and Myke kick off the The Upgrade Summer of Fun by building the official Upgrade iPhone home screen. 28 apps will be picked! Four will win coveted spaces in the dock! Rules will be invented on the fly! Also, we explain what a draft is.

1:34:37 | Jun 10th

This week we get over our WWDC hangover with a discussion of our favorite new iPadOS 13 features, then we take a look at Catalyst and SwiftUI, featuring an exclusive interview with Apple's Wiley Hodges and Josh Shaffer.

1:36:20 | Jun 3rd

The WWDC 2019 keynote was packed full with new announcements. Now, live from San Jose, Jason and Myke come together to talk about iOS 13, macOS Catalina, the introduction of iPadOS, and the new Mac Pro.

1:26:03 | May 27th

Jason and Myke compete in predicting what will happen during the WWDC keynote next week. Will there be new hardware? What will macOS be called? How many times will we see Tim Cook? This week we guess, but next week reality will be our judge

1:16:55 | Apr 29th

Jason struggles between the Mac's insistence on file management and iOS's lack of it, Podcasts take a step toward going viral with some help from Overcast, and we prepare for the Upgrade Summer of Fun with a new arrival from Dongletown.

1:27:20 | Apr 23rd

This week we're all about Guilherme Rambo's reporting about the future of Apple's platforms, from Find My Friends to new support for external displays and pointing devices, to the complicated future of automation on macOS. Plus Kindles, 5G, and YouTu...Show More

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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!

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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

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

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.

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.

2:14:57 | Aug 21st, 2017

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

1:22:20 | Aug 14th, 2017

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

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.

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

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?

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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.”

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".

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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 1984 for “The Terminato...Show More

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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 Movies.

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 States.

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."

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.

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.

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 the Mac Pro.

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.

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.

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.

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 Apple employees.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 into a laptop.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 the way the industry w...Show More

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Watch band review of his...Show More

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.

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 announced.

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.

1:45:23 | Mar 7th, 2016

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

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 some #askupgrade questi...Show More

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”—that’s how it works.

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 least favorite) words.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 10,000 characters.

1:19:52 | Jan 4th, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 at the Movies.

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 Smart Keyboard.

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 follow up on week t...Show More

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.

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 #askupgrade.

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."

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 Magic Trackpad 2.

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.

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.

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 negativity with Apple News.

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 more.

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.

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.

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 pens.

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."

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.

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.

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 geography quiz.

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 nano and iPod shuffle.

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.

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.

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.

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...".

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.

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.

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.

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 devices.

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.

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 “Raiders of the Lost Ark."

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."

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 Library.

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.

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."

55:24 | Apr 9th, 2015

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

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.

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 Right.

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.

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.