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Apple dropped some major news during its WWDC virtual keynote, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman joins the show as we talk about all of the announcements. Mark currently works for Bloomberg, and has been reporting on Apple since he was 15 years old, breaking major news since the very beginning of his career. We talk about his biggest scoops, the business of breaking news, Apple’s AR & VR headset plans, and of course all the news coming out of WWDC - macOS 11, iOS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7.

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Gallery: Apple Changes the Mac Forever, iOS 14, and more w/ Guest Mark Gurman!


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iOS 14 shortcuts

This week Matt Cassinelli joins the show to talk to us about the power of the Shortcuts app on iPhone and iPad. Matt is who we consider to be the master of Shortcuts, and is able to bend the iPhone to his will more than anyone else we know. We also talk about the Playstation 5 reveal event, Apple’s rumored transition to ARM processors in Mac computers, and more!

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Gallery: The Hidden iPhone Superpower w/ Guest Matt Cassinelli


Apple augmented reality glasses AR

This week Jacques Slade joins the show as we take a deep dive into how Apple can use augmented reality and the rumored AR glasses to change the future of personal computing and mobile technology. We also chat about sneakers and sneakerhead culture, how Jacques got into the YouTube game, Microsoft’s latest Surface Go and Surface Book 3, and the greatness that is the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard!

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Gallery: Geared Up: How Apple AR Glasses Could Change the Future w/ Guest Jacques Slade!


Switch to iPhone from Android

This week Jon Prosser joins us to talk about scoring major Apple leaks and the balance between reporting news and protecting sources. We also have news on what we can epect for the Apple Watch with watchOS 7, a new Apple TV, WWDC thoughts, a look at the risk of being a journalist who covers major leaks, and much more!

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Gallery: Geared Up: Hot New Apple Watch Features Coming to watchOS 7 & More Apple Rumors w/ Guest Jon Prosser


AirPods Pro review

iMore's Rene Ritchie joins the show! Apple dropped AirPods Pro last week, a higher-end version of the best-selling headphones in the world. We tell you all about what's new, along with our thoughts on if Apple has another hit on its hands. We also talk about the heavily-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro that many expected to be released in October, the expectation of privacy when using products and services, the best Apple Keynote moments, and more.

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Gallery: Geared Up: AirPods Pro & The Mystery of the 16” MacBook Pro w/ Special Guest Rene Ritchie


Hands on with iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro

In this episode, we go over all the big announcements from Apple’s iPhone 11 launch event. Andru was in Cupertino for the event and gives his hands-on impressions of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and we discuss the meaning of the “Pro” naming scheme for the iPhone and tech products in general.

There’s also a new Apple Watch Series 5 (finally sporting an always-on display!) and a couple of new finishes, and Apple has seemingly set up Apple TV+ to become the number one streaming video service in the world in the next 12 months - we show you the math!

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Gallery: Geared Up: Hands-on with iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro, but What Does Pro Mean?


This week Apple announced a slew of new hardware products with the return of the iPad Air, an update to the iPad mini, new AirPods, and spec bumps for the iMac. In addition, Google revealed their vision for the future of gaming - it's cloud-based, and it's called Stadia.

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Gallery: Geared Up: Apple’s big week of hardware releases, and Google’s vision for the future of gaming


Amazon Fire TV Cube review

Amazon is trying to get its Alexa voice assistant into as many homes as possible. Its latest offering: The Fire TV Cube, which essentially turns any TV into a smart TV with Alexa voice control. We try it out live on this episode. The integration with certain apps, like Netflix and Hulu, is pretty cool. Simply saying "Alexa, play Stranger Things," opened the Netflix app and started playing right where we left off. Using voice control to fast forward, switch TV inputs and open apps also works well. But for other apps that aren't integrated, like Sling TV, the experience isn't quite so smooth. The box also doesn't work with over-the-air cable TV, as some reports said it would. In other news, Oculus announced a new virtual reality TV app this week, and some people are unimpressed. We also dive into a report that points to a new line of AirPods coming before the end of the year, including higher-end over-the-ear headphones.

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Gallery: Amazon Fire TV Cube hands-on review, new AirPods 2 coming soon - Geared Up!


watchOS 5

During it's WWDC 2018, Apple announced watchOS 5, it's next generation software for the Apple Watch. Here's what's new!

HEALTH AND FITNESS

  • In watchOS 5, you can challenge any friend to a seven day Activity challenge. You get shown where you stand in the competition, and earn awards in the Activity app.
  • There is now a new workout type for yoga. You can more accurately track yoga sessions.
  • Hiking gets a new workout type.
  • You can now track your rolling mile pace when running, along with steps per minute data.
  • Automatic Workout Detection where the watch will offer to start a workout with a notification when it senses a workout has started, and give you credit retroactively. watchOS will also auto-recognize when you end a workout if you forget.

CONNECTED FEATURES

  • watchOS 5 will have a Walkie-Talkie feature. You just press to talk, and the person on the other end can hear you immediately. You have to specifically enable the feature on a per-contact basis.

SIRI WATCH FACE

  • Siri watch face will integrate sports data, Siri shortcuts
  • Siri watch face will support third-party apps on watchOS 5
  • You no longer need to say "Hey Siri" when you raise your wrist to speak to the Watch

NOTIFICATIONS

  • Interactive notifications are now in watchOS 5. You can Apple Pay, check in, leave reviews, etc right from a notification.
  • watchOS 5 includes WebKit to see web content right on the Watch from an email or message.

PODCASTS

  • Apple Podcasts app will be available on watchOS 5, with full account syncing and Siri support.

APPS

  • Apps can include interactive controls right in an app. Do things like extend parking, order food, etc.
  • Background audio for third-party apps
  • Add your student ID card to Wallet on your Watch

ACCESSORIES

  • New Pride watchband, with a new Pride watch face

That's watchOS 12!

Gallery: WWDC 2018: Apple announces watchOS 5


On our Geared Up podcast, we cover all the breaking tech and gadget news of the week. But on this episode, we take a step back and put the spotlight on two technologies that Co-hosts Andru Edwards and Todd Bishop have been trying out in their day-to-day lives.

Andru has been using two devices from Nokia Health, the Nokia Steel HR smart watch and the Nokia Body smart scale. He says the devices themselves are just fine, but they show just how much an impact smart health devices can have on our behavior.

Todd has been spending a lot of time with his new Lenovo ThinkPad X1, which is his first Windows computer in a decade. He tells us how the device lured him back into the Microsoft world after a long stint as a dedicated MacBook Pro user.

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Editor's note:†Nokia's technology comes from its acquisition of Withings. After this episode was recorded, Nokia announced it is selling its health division back to Withings co-founder†…ric Carreel.

Gallery: Tech spotlight on Nokia Health and the ThinkPad X1


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