296: You Wouldn't Believe The Stuff I Know


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00:00:08   From Real AFM, this is Upgrade Episode 296. Today's show is brought to you by Squarespace, Linode, and KiwiCo.

00:00:16   My name is Myke Hurley and I am joined by Jason Snow. Hi, Jason Snow.

00:00:20   Hi, Myke Hurley. How are you?

00:00:21   Good. Big show today. New Apple products. We're speaking to Mark Gurman later on. We've got loads of stuff.

00:00:26   Lots of stuff.

00:00:27   But that doesn't mean we won't break from tradition. I have a #snowtalk question. Carlos wants to know, Jason.

00:00:33   Still or sparkling?

00:00:34   Oh boy.

00:00:35   Like you can take this question however you want, really.

00:00:38   Isn't this what they used to do when you went to a... what's the word I'm looking for? Restaurant?

00:00:44   Well, I don't know what you're talking about.

00:00:46   No.

00:00:46   Is there like a rest stop? Like, is that what you mean?

00:00:48   Yeah, yeah. The answer is... this is funny. So at a restaurant, I'm cheap.

00:00:56   I will always just get like tap water. I don't want fancy bottle water.

00:01:01   At home, I think it's probably fair to say that I drink more sparkling water than still water only because we have cans of, you know, La Croix basically or store brand, off brand, whatever, but like seltzer in cans.

00:01:18   And I interleave that with my caffeine soda. But I also will just drink tap water and that's fine too.

00:01:26   So I guess in a restaurant context, please bring me the tap water. In a cans in the refrigerator context, I will have your fizzy water.

00:01:35   So I guess still is really the one that's out of the equation for you then.

00:01:38   I don't see any purpose of buying a bottle of still water. That is... I'm not a believer in the kind...

00:01:47   Oh, it tastes... Oh, this is water. This water came from Fiji. It's... it is still water. I'm just not one of those people.

00:01:54   So that's what still means. It's still just water.

00:01:56   Mm-hmm. Still is. I like that. That's good.

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00:02:08   I want to do a quick piece of follow-up for iOS and Apple regards to Coronavirus COVID-19.

00:02:16   iOS 13.5, the beta came out last week. This was previously 13.4.5. This is like beta 3 of that release,

00:02:26   but is now being referred to as 13.5. And many people are calling it the COVID-19 iOS release,

00:02:33   because it is effectively completely focused on that, as well as I'm sure some other bug fixes.

00:02:38   But it includes the Exposure Notification API for developers to be able to write their apps to,

00:02:45   which we knew was coming, but also two fixes, amendments to iOS that clearly address

00:02:53   some frustrations that people are having using their iPhones in different ways because of COVID-19.

00:03:00   One is Face ID Mask Detection. So if you have a Face ID device and you're wearing a mask,

00:03:06   the device will detect that you're wearing a mask. And then instead of trying to get you to,

00:03:12   like, instead of trying to authenticate you a couple of times to Face ID,

00:03:15   it will immediately show you the passcode on the first failed scan, which is great.

00:03:20   I'm happy about that. That'll make that stuff faster. And in group FaceTime,

00:03:26   when you have group conversations, the order of the group, like they're all in these little

00:03:33   bubbles, basically, square bubbles, they move around and resize depending on who's talking,

00:03:38   which seems like probably quite a nice demo, but most people found it very frustrating

00:03:43   in additional use and additional focus on having FaceTimes in groups. So there's now an option to

00:03:49   turn this off in 13.5. Yes.

00:03:52   So I'm happy to see Apple doing this stuff, right? Like responding quickly to real life

00:04:00   issues that are being caused because of the new world that we find ourselves in at the moment.

00:04:07   Yep. Yep. I like to see that they prioritize this stuff and are trying to get it out fast.

00:04:12   Yeah. Yeah, definitely. All right. I want to do a bit of follow out if you allow me,

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00:06:33   Relay.fm/backstage to learn more. You were busy a couple of days ago.

00:06:41   - Yeah. - Because it was Apple's Q2 results.

00:06:44   - Yes, on a Thursday. Why? I don't know. Yes, Apple's results were out and it was weird because

00:06:52   they had China things early and then China kind of came up late, but then the rest of the world

00:06:58   shut down and there's a lot going on there. Revenue was up year over year, but this is the beginning.

00:07:05   The way they put it was we had the first part of the quarter where everything looked great and we

00:07:10   were gonna set records and beat our expectations. And then China shut down and then the rest of the

00:07:19   world shut down and they've gotten their product pipeline kind of back up and running, but they're

00:07:24   working at home and they gave no guidance for next quarter. And I think that's the big, actually,

00:07:30   top line story here is that Apple has like $90 billion in cash. It's not hurting. It can go for

00:07:38   a very long time. But in the short term, they said they can't even predict what their results will be

00:07:44   for next quarter because nobody really knows how this is gonna go over the next few months. And so

00:07:52   they are supremely confident in the long term and in the short term, they are not confident in their

00:08:00   ability to predict how it's gonna go. So that's the short version of the results. It is a good

00:08:06   time to be Apple and have $90 billion in a couch cushion somewhere. Yeah, because this was supposed

00:08:13   to be, was originally gonna be like a really massive quarter, right? And then obviously,

00:08:18   Apple had to change the guidance on it for good reason because they had no idea what was gonna

00:08:23   happen, right? Like it was a surprise to everyone. But they still ended up beating in revenue.

00:08:30   Services and wearables, of course, were up. iPhone, iPad, Mac, all down. But one of the things that

00:08:37   was mentioned on the call, which you wrote about in a Macworld article, is they are actually

00:08:43   expecting iPad and Mac sales to be up in Q3 because of remote working. So that's probably

00:08:48   their champions of the next quarter for good reason. Yeah, they figure that people are settling

00:08:54   into their remote lifestyle and realizing they need to upgrade their stuff and so Mac and iPad

00:09:00   are seeing a boost. Whereas iPhone and Apple Watch, not so much. So that's one of the things

00:09:08   they're looking at. As well as sort of, you know, Tim Cook says the supply chain is up in

00:09:14   force, right? That they're rolling again on making things. I thought that it was interesting. He

00:09:19   talks about people's perceptions of Apple's supply chain. And somebody basically said,

00:09:27   "Boy, having your factories in China really bit you," in kinder words than that. But what Tim Cook

00:09:34   said is, "It's not really fair to view Apple as a company that just makes everything in one place.

00:09:40   Our supply chain is global. We're sourcing from all over. We assemble in China and a few things

00:09:45   in the U.S. But we are sourcing this stuff and the fact is it's up and running. So it's pretty

00:09:51   resilient." And then he said, "That said, of course, we are always looking at ways we can improve,"

00:09:57   which is a classic line from him. I choose to read that as, you know, "Maybe we ought to have

00:10:03   two places we can do a lot of key things in case there's a natural disaster or whatever in one of

00:10:10   those places." But, you know, he's pointing out that this was a pretty severe situation and their

00:10:15   global supply chain is actually up and running. So I think he's not in agreement with the people

00:10:23   who think this shows that Apple's decisions are questionable because of, you know, this situation

00:10:30   kind of getting them in the weeds a little bit. I don't think he feels that that actually happened.

00:10:34   Yeah, I get that point about stuff being made all over the world,

00:10:39   but the most important part is the manufacturing and that's by and large all done in China,

00:10:46   right? And I think that that is a important thing that Apple need to, and they know they do now,

00:10:53   they know they need to think about it, right? Like, yeah, I think that's what why I said,

00:10:57   like, I chose to read into the "We always are going to contemplate ways we could do this better"

00:11:05   as them not wanting to make any announcements. But, like, I mean, let's be serious here.

00:11:09   You still have the issue of if you only have one provider, if you only have one location that you

00:11:15   can build an iPhone, that if something happens at that location or to that provider, you're kind of

00:11:20   out of luck. And Apple doesn't like being put in situations like that. Like, you know, we talk

00:11:25   about Apple wanting to control its own destiny, but in terms of making an iPhone, they don't

00:11:31   control their own destiny in the sense that they haven't kind of hedged against the assembly in

00:11:35   China. So I would imagine they will continue to try to find other alternatives for that.

00:11:41   Like that said, there are certain kinds of natural disasters and things like this pandemic

00:11:45   that nobody can, you know, necessarily reinforce their systems to withstand. But their confidence

00:11:54   surprised me a little bit. I expected them to be a little bit more hesitant, but Tim Cook was,

00:11:59   he was acting really, like, vindicated about how great their logistics is, which it's his baby. I

00:12:05   can see why he would feel that way. - Yeah, like if they are actually at a point where they're

00:12:10   making stuff again, I mean, they're releasing new products that are definitely making stuff,

00:12:13   he's got to feel good about that, right? Like that's his thing, you know? - Yeah. Oh, I mean,

00:12:19   he was in his element. There was a question about component prices in the long run. And like,

00:12:23   if some prices were going to be volatile or if they were going to go down, and if that was an

00:12:26   opportunity for Apple, there was a very in the weeds question that I felt was certainly going

00:12:31   to be answered by Luca Maestri, who is the CFO. And Tim Cook answered it. He was like, yeah, well,

00:12:36   NAND prices are, you know, are going to be flat and this other component's prices are going to be,

00:12:41   are going to be down a little bit. And he was going into the details. And then I thought,

00:12:45   it is Tim Cook. Like, this is his stuff. This is what he is great at, is this part of the

00:12:53   business. So of course, he's paying attention to that part. - All right, we're going to take our

00:12:59   first break. And then after this, we're going to be joined by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg,

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00:14:16   and all of Relay FM. All right, so we had the pleasure now of being joined by Mark Gurman. I

00:14:20   was thinking before what I was preparing for the show today, like what kind of introduction,

00:14:25   but you know like that it's that often used phrase of like you need no introduction because

00:14:30   we whenever you write anything we talk about it on this show, so I think upgrade listeners are

00:14:36   very familiar with you. So Mark, thank you so much for joining us today. No, thank you so much for

00:14:40   having me. It's a pleasure. I listen to you guys from time to time, and I have a few close friends

00:14:47   who are very religious listeners, and they tell me that you know Myke and Jason are you know always

00:14:54   talking about my story, so you know maybe you should go on there and you know maybe talk about

00:14:57   them. It's time to get it from the source. Yeah, it's after you pretty much Ming-Chi Kuo is our

00:15:03   only other frequently mentioned person to get on, so that's funny. We're halfway there. 50 percent.

00:15:09   You should try to get them. Yeah, and this is an interesting time. I mean I think this is one of

00:15:14   the good reasons to talk to you right now because it's not only is this typically an interesting

00:15:19   time of the year, and I'm sure that you know we're going to see from you I expect at some point soon

00:15:24   a lot more about iOS 14. It tends to be your way of doing things, but I'll leave that surprise for

00:15:30   you later on, but even more so than it typically being an interesting time of the year, it is an

00:15:36   incredibly interesting time for everything right now including Apple, and I was wondering from your

00:15:43   perspective right now, what do you think are some of the biggest products or initiatives that Apple

00:15:49   have on the horizon for the next year? Because I know you've reported on a bunch of things that

00:15:53   could be coming, but stuff's changed, so what do you think is like some of the most important,

00:15:58   some of the things that they will be focusing the most on maybe over the next six to 12 months?

00:16:02   Yeah, I mean that's a good question. I mean I know this is an obvious one, but you know all hands are

00:16:09   on deck to get the iPhone out the door by you know late October, early November at this point.

00:16:15   It's an incredibly challenging situation. It was already hard, and I don't think a lot of people

00:16:22   realize this, before the the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Apple was already racing against the clock

00:16:28   to get this phone out the door because of the entire 5G modem situation. Obviously these

00:16:34   devices are in development for years on end, and they only really struck the deal with Qualcomm to

00:16:41   get the modems working in this year's iPhones with 5G, so I think about a year ago, and that already

00:16:48   makes it difficult integrating you know a custom antenna to go with the Qualcomm 5G modem, having

00:16:54   different types of modems for different devices, standard 5G versus millimeter wave, so that whole

00:17:00   situation was already going to be difficult. And then you throw COVID-19 in the middle and that's

00:17:05   just another wrench in the in this situation. So I think they'll be on track to get the phones out by

00:17:10   October, November, which is typically their normal time period, right? Usually they

00:17:16   announce the phones in September, but you've seen the XR, you've seen the iPhone X released sort of

00:17:22   late October, early November in the last few years or so, so I think they'll still hit it. But getting

00:17:28   these phones out the door is certainly going to be a challenge they haven't faced in the past.

00:17:32   In terms of longer term initiatives, right now 2020 is a really key period for development of

00:17:40   products that's going to hit in 2022, 2023, so what you might see are some delays to future products

00:17:48   that are not going to be released for you know for several years or several months on end, and the

00:17:53   question is going to be is Apple going to be able to make up that lost time once they do return to work

00:17:59   probably at this point in mid-June. Yeah, I was gonna go down that path with you a little bit.

00:18:05   Last week Tim Cook said on the analyst call lots of positive things about their supply chain and

00:18:11   how it's global and how they they feel like they're doing pretty well, but you you gotta think that

00:18:17   that something has taken a hit. Is it too early to get a read on what might be the products that are

00:18:25   or projects that are slowed by the virus's impact on the supply chain and also by the people at

00:18:31   Apple who work on these products who are all at home now? Do you have a read on that or is it

00:18:36   too early to tell? You know I think it's too early, but you know speculating probably any hardware

00:18:42   product that was due to be released in the later half of 2021, anything in 2022, 2022 and beyond,

00:18:49   I mean obviously I would say that it probably took a three four month development hit and the

00:18:54   question is what does a three to four month development hit translate to in terms of release

00:18:59   timing? Is that you know an equivalent if you lose three months of development time is that three

00:19:04   months delay for a product launch or is it six months or is it a year right or does it really not

00:19:09   have an impact? So you know it's still too early to tell but in terms of machining, prototyping,

00:19:16   collaborative designing, those are all you know much more difficult in this environment.

00:19:22   If you think about Apple's push into audio right so the smaller HomePod for later this year,

00:19:27   the over your headphones, the next AirPods, those are probably all okay but the amount of time and

00:19:34   effort that goes into the testing of those products in anechoic chambers and all that,

00:19:40   that's a very you know intensive process so it's probably you're probably seeing a little delay on

00:19:45   you know future iteration to those products. You know what about the iPhones in future years right

00:19:51   the idea that you need to test those things in antenna labs for a long period of time right?

00:19:58   So there is some sort of delay that's very possible but on the other hand we don't know

00:20:03   what kind of overtime Apple's going to work to sort of make this up. Sort of like if your flight

00:20:08   gets delayed the pilots like to say okay we're going to make this up in the air and we'll get

00:20:12   you there right at the same time right? So you know I think it's very difficult to bet against

00:20:18   Apple being able to do that so I wouldn't put a firm impact you know percentage of impact on this

00:20:27   at this point. Every single day all of the websites that I read like the typical high volume Apple

00:20:35   websites they have a different delay period for the iPhone right? Like every iPhone is delayed by

00:20:42   a different period sometimes it's better sometimes it's worse. You mentioned about like October

00:20:47   November do you expect that to be the entire line like what is your read on that right now?

00:20:52   Do you think all iPhones will be delayed some do you think they will be staggered anyway?

00:20:57   Yeah that's a good question I think there's going to be some staggering in between the low end and

00:21:03   the high end so the 12 versus the 12 Pro but the reason you're seeing different you know

00:21:08   indications of how long a potential delay is going to be is because there's two things at play right?

00:21:14   There's when is Apple going to announce it and when is Apple going to actually ship it which as

00:21:19   we know are two different things right? They could announce a phone in September and ship it in

00:21:23   November. The other factor in addition to those two is not taking into account what a production

00:21:31   delay means right? If Apple pushes production back for a device for let's say a month does that mean

00:21:38   they're going to you know release it a month later or does that mean they're going to release it at

00:21:43   the normal period but in smaller quantities and sort of ramp up to their normal set of quantity?

00:21:49   So there's you know a lot of factors that come into play here and it just comes down to which

00:21:54   decision is Apple going to make? I've seen both happen right? For the iPhone 10 they you know

00:22:02   started producing it quite a bit later and then they released it you know about a month later

00:22:06   than usual I remember the early November release in 2017 for the 10 but there's been other

00:22:11   situations where they've actually released products in small quantities and ramped up.

00:22:17   I remember there were iPhones in the past one that comes to mind is the iPhone I think 6 plus

00:22:22   this is already six or seven years ago but that phone you know it was very very hard to get it

00:22:28   for one to two months but what they did do is they released it at the same time as the regular

00:22:34   iPhone 6. So they've shown both ways of doing things and it's just about which one they choose

00:22:39   and I don't think those decisions are made until a lot closer. I mean remember we're still in May

00:22:44   and so we're about four to five months away from any of those decisions. It doesn't feel like it's

00:22:48   that far but it is very far still. It is quite a bit far and it actually does from a feeling

00:22:54   perspective it does feel earlier and earlier each time right? I mean as soon as one iPhone is out

00:22:59   the door the next one is already you know deep into development these things are finalized.

00:23:03   Like the iPhone 12 they've finished development of that thing probably four or five months ago

00:23:09   already. Yeah. Fully finalized and so it's just about a production thing and we're pretty much

00:23:14   we're pretty close to these phones actually going into small scale production. It could have already

00:23:18   happened for all we know. I wonder also about the not only just the supply chain but the delivery

00:23:24   to customers aspect and how that will we don't know what Apple stores are going to look like

00:23:28   in the fall and even if they're reopened around the world is Apple going to want people lining

00:23:35   up at Apple stores to get iPhones or are they going to because you know traditionally it's been

00:23:43   if you don't get your order online is going to be pushed out you can often go to a store and get one

00:23:48   but I wonder you know will they rejigger that whole thing will they try to have everybody order

00:23:53   online so they can just ship them direct rather than having them in in stores and we don't really

00:23:58   know what stores are going to look like in the fall. No that's a very good question and I think

00:24:02   it's too early even for the world to know or for Apple to know. I mean the very scary thing is I'm

00:24:06   reading all these articles and following obviously like everyone else this Covid situation very

00:24:11   closely and there's lots of fears of these second and third waves what what happens when you know

00:24:17   at this point I would say the assumption is that Apple would have all Apple retail stores sitting

00:24:22   here today reopened by end of June globally all 500 plus stores opened by end of June there's going

00:24:28   to be a ton of them probably hundreds opening between now and the end of this month in fact

00:24:33   Austria opens it opens tomorrow if you hadn't seen that and Australia will be I believe later next

00:24:39   week and so what happens if a second wave hits in you know September, October, November right

00:24:45   they have to close all the stores again you're back to where we were two months ago right so I

00:24:50   think it's an extremely fluid situation and to Jason's point I think that could be a reason for

00:24:56   sort of ramping up in the online retail focus maybe for this year they say if you want to get

00:25:00   one of these phones you have to you have to you know push towards you know online retail when

00:25:05   when Angela Ahrendts was in charge of retail up until the beginning of last year she had this

00:25:10   really big push to the appointment only experience coming in when the phone is ready for pickup they

00:25:14   text you when to come in and what the new retail chief Deidre O'Brien was sort of wanted to do was

00:25:20   push back to some of the old school approaches bringing back lines bringing up hype not having

00:25:25   to have an appointment to pick up a phone which you know in my personal opinion I think that

00:25:31   approach is much smarter from a marketing perspective it's better for Apple and quite

00:25:35   frankly I think the consumer likes that too they don't want to have to come in at a specific time

00:25:39   they want to be able to show up and buy the phone when they want to buy the phone they want to line

00:25:43   up etc etc but because of the coronavirus I to you know both of your points I think that's going to

00:25:49   have to be you know held back probably for another year or so. How would they do a line now? It would

00:25:55   go through the whole shopping mall down the street. All the lines across the globe would start

00:26:00   intersecting at some point. Yeah I mean six feet you know and I'm no health professional but you

00:26:06   know six feet is not much you know. Yeah those lines seem like a bygone era now a little bit.

00:26:12   Mark I have to ask you this question which is what is the deal with air tags like seriously like you

00:26:18   look at the U1 chip in the phones last fall and this persistent rumor about air tags as a product

00:26:26   and it seems like a very strong suggestion that this product does exist we saw a mistake in a

00:26:33   screenshot in a beta where they mentioned the product name and you know it's been almost ready

00:26:40   to ship it seems in our minds for a long time now and it just hasn't happened you know where are they?

00:26:47   Yeah so the air tags you're definitely a product this is probably one of the most discussed Apple

00:26:55   products in recent memory that hasn't been released and it's to the point like you said where

00:26:59   I feel like some people at Apple think that it already came out given the Apple

00:27:04   support video from a few weeks ago but my belief is that they were delayed they were supposed to

00:27:11   launch last year probably alongside the iPhone 11 line right that's integrating with the U1 chip and

00:27:18   all that but they should be coming this year it should be a little bit later this year and I wrote

00:27:24   it was recently that these things are going to be like all other Apple stuff you know it doesn't

00:27:28   take a genius to tell you these are going to be high priced and premium and they'll be coming in

00:27:33   like these little leather pouches they're primarily for keys but I think that they have a lot of good

00:27:40   use cases is it really going to impact Tile? I think that's the big question I think to some

00:27:45   extent yes but you know Tile has you know the subscription pricing I think at this point they

00:27:51   have you can buy a stack of them for a pretty good price whereas these Apple ones are probably going

00:27:55   to be more expensive I'm curious what do you guys think how do you think they're going to do it you

00:27:59   think they're going to charge you know individually do you think they're going to do three five-packs

00:28:04   what would you pay for one of them? We had a question about this a couple weeks ago where

00:28:11   somebody was asking about it as a service and I thought I don't think it's going to be a service

00:28:14   I think you're going to be able to pay but I do think it's going to be you know my rule of thumb

00:28:19   is always what would you like to pay now increase that and now round it up and that's what it's

00:28:24   actually going to cost the double increase so I kept saying like I don't know this is a three-pack

00:28:30   for 50 or 75 or something like that I don't think it's going to be cheap but I think Apple's going

00:28:34   to say but our system is better and you know their system is better assuming these things

00:28:39   as we've read about the the COVID-19 stuff like they built a system where every Apple device in

00:28:45   existence that's of a current OS generation will be able to find these things it should be an

00:28:50   incredibly powerful system and they'll promote that and they'll say this is why you want to get

00:28:55   our tracker and it'll have presumably ultra wideband in it so that it'll have the precision

00:29:00   locations and I don't know I think you know expensive but probably not a service is my guess.

00:29:06   What if they did both so what if they charged I don't know 29 or 39 or 49 per puck

00:29:13   and then they you know made find my service where they're going to charge you I don't know

00:29:18   $2.99 a month to use it I think it's possible. It's possible for sure. What do you think they

00:29:25   would add like for that like if it was a service what would be different? That's a good question

00:29:31   maybe you can use one for free but you're going to have to pay if you want to track multiple devices

00:29:36   maybe. Yeah I also wonder they could also do something where if you're on a higher iCloud

00:29:41   tier I've been waiting for them to do some of this where and actually I think the secure video

00:29:46   feature is like this already the idea that if you're in a higher iCloud tier you get it and

00:29:50   otherwise you got to pay some amount to have it. Oh that's a really good point okay so maybe they

00:29:56   do that maybe they tie it to the iCloud account and this gets to the other thing you guys asked

00:30:01   for like some bigger initiatives that they've been working on I mean this whole idea of bundling their

00:30:06   services together is something that they were thinking of doing as early as this year so iCloud

00:30:12   music Apple news you know tv plus all of those together but the other thing is I know Jason

00:30:17   follows the the earnings calls very closely with his transcripts but Tim Cook's comment about how

00:30:22   they're going to allow purchases other than the iPhone other Apple hardware purchases to be spread

00:30:27   over your Apple card monthly payments. Right. So that's going to be that's going to be quite

00:30:33   interesting. Speaking of which we should talk about the the MacBook Pro did you or I'm sure

00:30:40   you guys are going to hit that in your. Yeah I mean we're gonna we're gonna talk about it later if

00:30:43   you've got anything you want to talk about we can talk about it now we're gonna go into detail

00:30:46   later on. Yeah I mean I found it interesting that they went with 13 inch versus 14 inch for this

00:30:53   iteration. Do you have a rate on that because I feel like it seemed like it was obvious it was

00:30:58   going to be 14. See I don't know I look at this and I think well this is an this is an interim

00:31:03   step this is literally just how quickly can we get that old keyboard out of the line and in fact they

00:31:10   barely did anything on the low end of those laptops but you know so that that's that's what

00:31:15   it struck me I mean the MacBook Air is the same way it's it's largely the same computer with a

00:31:20   different keyboard instead of it being like a whole brand new computer. Yeah that's exactly my

00:31:26   read Jason that there is going to be a 14 inch a bigger redesign with what there's no wi-fi 5 on

00:31:33   this one right and they're missing some of the the bigger features some of the features that even the

00:31:38   16 inch MacBook Pro got it. Correct me if I'm wrong I don't know if this one even has the higher end

00:31:42   speakers. I don't see that mentioned anywhere which means it probably doesn't because Apple

00:31:48   really like to talk about those. Yeah that's true and the microphones right I'm not entirely sure

00:31:55   that it has any of that stuff so yeah I think this is a very minor keyboard swap type of update

00:32:01   and you'll see the 14 inch maybe end of year maybe early next year. Do you think that that could be

00:32:07   I mean there's been a lot of talk about mini led do you think that they may wait to put that

00:32:11   technology in this product do you think it's too early for that technology? No mini led is coming

00:32:17   it's just a matter of when that could be something that's interrupted by COVID because anytime they

00:32:22   make some you know massive supply chain transformation obviously that's that's a big

00:32:27   deal I think that if they needed to push some stuff back they'd be pushing back some of the

00:32:32   Mac stuff and prioritize the iOS device stuff for later this year speaking like of the iPhone and

00:32:39   the accessories which is their biggest you know one of their biggest growth markets right now

00:32:43   so you know mini led probably a next year thing that's obviously a across the line type of deal

00:32:51   I think you'll see the next iPad get that too iPad Pro I don't believe there's going to be another

00:32:57   iPad Pro this year I think that's also a next year thing so those will probably get mini led as well.

00:33:03   Going back to the the call last week because yeah I absolutely do you know every now and then they

00:33:11   put tidbits in there it's worth it's worth digging through it to find little things that they're

00:33:15   willing to disclose and one of the things that I thought was fascinating was Tim Cook saying

00:33:20   Apple shifting to an entirely work at home environment that some jobs and some groups are

00:33:27   doing better than normal that like being remote has actually improved their productivity which

00:33:33   I thought was fascinating and I immediately asked myself are you gonna insist that they all move to

00:33:38   Silicon Valley and going forward or you might be more open to remote workers but he said some

00:33:43   groups are not as productive and it's a mixed bag I'm just you know based on what you know I'm

00:33:51   curious how is it working for the people working at Apple right now because they're all at home

00:33:57   you know and I'm sure that there are tasks that are completely capable of being done remotely but

00:34:04   there have got to be other tasks that are very hard and they've got a lot of secrecy stuff I

00:34:08   would imagine there's a bunch of stuff that you're not supposed to ever see if you're not on campus

00:34:12   that now people off campus have to see and that can be a security problem for them I just you know

00:34:18   what's your what's your feeling about how they're handling you know not being in the building

00:34:23   yeah that caught my ear as well in terms of stuff being productive and stuff being less productive

00:34:30   that seems more like you know unplanned slip up they never say say stuff like that as you guys

00:34:35   know in terms of more productive I'd bet you know marketing software engineering to some perspective

00:34:42   all those types of things that you know you can really just hunker down in your room and

00:34:46   you know get done on your computer in terms of less productive that takes you down to hardware

00:34:51   now hardware is really split into and this is a really rudimentary way of explaining it but split

00:34:57   into two parts right there's the the actual hardware perspective that requires you know

00:35:02   hands-on work with screwdrivers and playing with things and you know building stuff with your hands

00:35:07   and testing and labs and antenna work and all that and then there's the underlying

00:35:12   CAD drawing software engineering component that goes into hardware right a huge part of chip

00:35:19   development right is is software based right the software programming that goes into the chips

00:35:24   that are you know you know embedded in the actual processors that go into the devices so

00:35:28   I'd imagine the software component of hardware engineering CAD drawing analysis is going well

00:35:35   there is so much stuff at Apple that really requires you to be in the lab be in a room be in a group

00:35:39   that's just simply not happening that takes us back to the point in which you know why this work from

00:35:45   home situation is so difficult for for so many companies and is this going to be stuff that Apple

00:35:50   is going to be able to make up in the air and you know my perspective is yes right but at the same

00:35:56   time if there's other additional waves that keep hitting you know who knows what's going to happen

00:36:02   and another tidbit on this is that they they have had people working at you know the Apple offices

00:36:09   right there are you know these I don't know if these qualify as essential workers in the

00:36:14   terminology that that local governments use in terms of what's allowed to be open and not

00:36:18   allowed to be open but there's people that need to be there to do some testing right this is a

00:36:22   trillion dollar corporation and this is a global pandemic and it's a horrific situation obviously

00:36:29   to say the least I don't need to to say more but they have a responsibility to keep going in some

00:36:34   respects so those things are going to keep happening certain amounts of testing you have

00:36:40   operations that need to keep going data centers etc etc that need to have humans there to keep

00:36:45   these things up and running I think there's many companies that still have people going into the

00:36:50   office maybe just a few people with strict social distancing and I don't think Apple's any different

00:36:54   from that one on that note do you have any sense for what WWDC is going to look like

00:37:00   yeah no that's a good question in terms of announcements I'll hold off on talking about

00:37:07   anything I haven't written about but there was a an accessibility seminar a few weeks ago online

00:37:15   they did it over the course of I think April in India they did a few of them in India they did one

00:37:21   in the US I think two weeks ago or so where you were able to sort of send in questions and stuff

00:37:26   like that so I think that's really what it's going to be I think there's going to be live

00:37:30   integration with the viewer and this is in terms of the individual sessions I think you'll see

00:37:37   you'll see lots of resources to be able to interact with online I don't know precisely how

00:37:42   it's going to work my big question is how is the keynote going to go are they going to do a live

00:37:48   streamed keynote that looks like any normal keynote and stream it with just no one in the

00:37:52   audience are they going to do something a little bit more unique where they they pre-roll a bunch

00:37:57   of videos are they going to do a full normal keynote but shoot it in advance and edit it

00:38:01   I think it's going to be very fascinating to see it's sort of unprecedented for them and

00:38:07   but personally I'm excited to see how it shakes out yeah they got a chance to reinvent it a little

00:38:12   bit if they want to I mean they have to but it's also an opportunity to say why don't we do it

00:38:17   this new way instead of just going through the motions of what we always do that's my fear with

00:38:23   this is they may get some ideas that like like more than having these live like oh if we just

00:38:28   edit this there can be no mistakes right I think that's what you're probably going to see I think

00:38:35   you're going to see a mix of both I mean I think it's a resource thing right like getting these

00:38:39   operating systems done and all that from home it's a very you know it takes a toll on all of

00:38:44   these software engineers there's a lot of them who have been complaining about this and just like any

00:38:48   other environment right you it's hard to do your best work when you're in a situation where you

00:38:54   know with your family at home some of them have kids etc etc so it's definitely not easy for anyone

00:39:00   but I think we'll get it done and my big question is when in June is this happening I think they

00:39:05   were pretty specific and really only saying June versus a specific date because it's a little bit

00:39:10   more fluid and because you're not having a physical location I think you have the right

00:39:15   to be a little bit more fluid so I wouldn't be shocked if this was later in June than earlier

00:39:20   and you know it's possible that WWDC is still like almost two months away right like we're in the

00:39:25   beginning of May right now usually we're talking like the first week of June it's like a month away

00:39:29   but you know very early May very late June that's about two months so we could a little we could be

00:39:35   a little far off from this thing for sure we'll see though. I want to shift gears a little bit and

00:39:40   talk about talk about you and your job and you made that you made the big move from 9to5Mac to

00:39:47   go to working at Bloomberg and Bloomberg is a very large news organization I know a bunch of people

00:39:53   who work at Bloomberg it's unlike a lot of other journalism outfits too because of the financial

00:40:00   background and the terminal and all these things that if people don't know like Bloomberg is a

00:40:03   different kind of place and you're working at 9to5Mac before doing these reports I think while

00:40:10   you were going to school so what how has your job changed being a part of this large business and

00:40:21   financially oriented news organization at Bloomberg are you obviously your bylines you are often

00:40:26   sharing bylines now so I imagine there's a lot of collaboration going on that maybe wasn't there

00:40:31   before have they challenged you you know I just it's a big open-ended question like how is your

00:40:37   how is your process and your work changed working for Bloomberg? Yeah no that's a that's a good

00:40:44   point I actually do know at least I won't get into personal names or anything I do know at least one

00:40:47   of your friends there and he's very cool but Bloomberg for me it's like you said it's a big

00:40:52   news organization it's a fantastic news organization the the resources are immense

00:40:59   being able to you know travel and go to events the name has been very helpful you know for getting in

00:41:06   the door with certain meetings and such but in terms of the news what I do specifically

00:41:11   nothing has really changed to be honest with you I mean there's a lot of things that I don't

00:41:18   immediately report like maybe very small minor things sometimes I'll you know save a couple

00:41:24   things and bundle it into a story for example I had a story a few weeks ago that had details about

00:41:32   the iPhone 12 the the timing the smaller home pod and the air tags instead of breaking that up into

00:41:39   you know three four five stories where I may have done that in the nine to five Mac days that was

00:41:44   one story about it all bundled together so that that is one change given being at a you know bigger

00:41:51   news organization with the bar being much higher but in terms of you know the seriousness of these

00:41:57   things I think I always took it pretty seriously in terms of accuracy and reliability so not a ton

00:42:03   has changed from there it's a great organization and like you said there's lots of people that I

00:42:08   get to collaborate with you know Debbie Wu who works in our Asia supply chain she's awesome

00:42:15   and it's a big help to be able to have both perspectives on things right from the supply

00:42:21   chain perspective but also from the you know the Apple corporate perspective and sort of blending

00:42:26   it together and you know double checking things on both sides I think that's a really good way to get

00:42:30   as much information into a story as possible we have people who you know focus on you know chips

00:42:36   and processors and you know Intel understanding the Intel perspective of this big Apple transition

00:42:42   is going to be you know important part of understanding the next you know six months a year

00:42:47   of the Mac for Apple so you know it's important to have all these experts not that I you know I

00:42:52   don't particularly know these things and I'm an expert in these things myself but it does it does

00:42:57   help a bit to have you know additional people in the room who are like-minded and understanding of

00:43:02   these topics and you know pulling it all together and it's a great team that I'm lucky to work with

00:43:08   but you know long story short nothing has changed you know in terms of my process or anything like

00:43:13   that and it's exciting to still you know work on this stuff I think that the difference is

00:43:19   the audience is very financial oriented and it has been a balance trying to strike the you know

00:43:26   writing for a financial audience but also for retaining that sort of online and Twitter audience

00:43:32   I think early on I focused you know there was a lot of focus on the financial side but I think that

00:43:38   we've really struck the the right balance I've been doing this for you know four years now

00:43:42   and so I think it's great yeah I'm happy with it. Do you feel like especially with your access to

00:43:48   people in in different industries Debbie Wu being a obviously a key collaborator of yours Debbie's

00:43:55   you typically share buy lines and stories do you feel like it's changed your accuracy for reporting?

00:44:01   Not no not really I don't think anything has really changed in terms of accuracy no I mean

00:44:09   obviously when you're writing for Bloomberg you want an increased comfort level and you want an

00:44:13   increased amount of people you talk to but before putting a story out because you know about the

00:44:17   the financial impact. So you might corroborate a little bit more as such behind the scenes?

00:44:23   Yeah not to get you know into deep into about the how the sausage is made but yeah the the standard

00:44:29   to answer you know the first question the difference between 9 to 5 and Bloomberg the

00:44:33   standard might you know the standard was always very high at 9 to 5 Mac but we would never put

00:44:37   anything out that we weren't comfortable with or on very solid footing with so but the difference

00:44:44   is is that the responsibility to the financial readership is it's a lot higher as you can imagine

00:44:49   out of Bloomberg versus a 9 to 5 Mac so yeah yes you want to be as comfortable as possible and the

00:44:54   more corroborations you get the better but I don't think the accuracy itself has changed.

00:44:58   I think we're still doing pretty good yeah. I wonder about just being higher profile I mean

00:45:03   you mentioned your your audience is different I've definitely noticed that you your stories have to

00:45:08   put the information in a context that obviously 9 to 5 Mac I think your readers knew the context

00:45:14   and in Bloomberg I can I can definitely see the effort going into placing the new information in

00:45:19   the bigger story of Apple in a way that you didn't have to do before but I'm just curious being being

00:45:25   at such a high profile place how has that in terms of your access in terms of your information that

00:45:32   you get has it helped or hurt to be part of such a big brand? I think it's held tremendously right

00:45:40   the Bloomberg news brand is you know synonymous with the financial industry right and it's

00:45:47   extraordinarily well respected and well regarded I think there's a long tradition of being

00:45:53   you know accurate and having a good understanding of the atmosphere and I think people really

00:45:59   respect it and it makes it easier to you know get in the room with you know companies whether

00:46:04   that's Apple or Google or Amazon and such to to really get their perspectives about what's going

00:46:10   on to help inform your stories and find out about stuff early to be able to you know have stories

00:46:15   prepared so I think it's been a huge boost and you know I really am grateful to work there and

00:46:21   I appreciate the audience and you know the most pleasant thing to me was I think there was sort

00:46:25   of this fear when I made the transition four years ago now that I may lose some of the you know the

00:46:30   online audience and the people following along on Twitter and all that but that really has not been

00:46:36   the case at all I think people really like you know Bloomberg and I hope that I've you know at

00:46:41   least brought some of my you know former audience along to Bloomberg to understand you know all the

00:46:46   great stuff we're doing not to sound like an ad or anything like that but you know I'm just you know

00:46:51   I'm ecstatic about the work we're doing and you know it's very exciting every day to wake up in

00:46:55   the morning and do this stuff and I also feel very grateful to be doing this right I mean I'm sure

00:47:00   you guys are in the same boat but being able to you know write about technology talk about

00:47:04   technology Apple for a living is is tremendous right I grew up as someone who was you know a

00:47:10   massive you know Apple fanboy right I don't want to speak for you guys but I know you guys it's

00:47:15   like Apple as well yeah so it's like being able to make that transition to someone who's really

00:47:20   you know really interested and fascinated about a company and be able to turn that into sort of

00:47:27   a job and on top of that I mean this community of people is tremendous right some of the people you

00:47:34   see tweeting or you talk to on podcasts or comments and stuff people that email you

00:47:40   the people who really follow this Apple stuff are some of the the smartest understanding kindest

00:47:46   people and so being able to you know interact on Twitter and with with this community I think is

00:47:52   uh it's it's been tremendous I wanted to ask again like without we're not looking for specifics here

00:47:59   I understand that like the difficulties to some of this stuff with what you do

00:48:02   I wonder if like do you do you feel like there's a lot of pressure with the information that you

00:48:09   receive like I assume there are a lot of steps that you need to go to to keep stuff close to your

00:48:14   chest is that like do you find that high stress have you do you deal with that a lot better now

00:48:20   like has it like grown over time as more there's more kind of focus on you like I'm just intrigued

00:48:27   in in what it's like to have access to the kind of information that you do and how it feels

00:48:31   you wouldn't believe the stuff I know right now that I haven't reported now I'm just

00:48:37   so well I mean am I joking I'm not joking I'm sort of joking I don't know you'll see

00:48:43   early on it was very the line of work was very stressful you know looking back at it I don't

00:48:51   try not to look back too much but it was the balance that was really challenging right being

00:48:56   able to do this in high school right being able to do it in college while managing school work

00:49:02   and and all that I think that might have been the most challenging part and difficult part

00:49:07   I think that contributed to along with the you know the lot of the late nights early

00:49:11   mornings sleepless nights etc etc worrying about not only you know this stuff but school work and

00:49:17   all that whereas now I have a I guess before coronavirus you know the the singular thing

00:49:22   I was able to think about was this now this is sort of you know messed with everyone a little bit

00:49:27   uh made everyone a little stir crazy but you know other than that it's been much better is it

00:49:32   stressful is it high pressure not gonna lie yes I think that if it was easier there'd be a lot more

00:49:40   you know people doing it I think there's so many people who've tried to get into the space and

00:49:44   obviously everyone tries to carve a different niche in sort of the you know the Apple news

00:49:50   game right like Jason with with Macworld for so many years you know that was that was you know

00:49:55   your thing with with reviews and running that organization and now with six colors your analysis

00:50:01   and reviews and all that that's your thing keep scratching my chin that's what I do a lot of

00:50:06   nodding and thinking and that's what I know that's my job now that's great you know Jason has his

00:50:12   area right Myke with the whole podcast situation and you know you know obviously you guys know my

00:50:18   area so I think everyone is just trying to do the best they can in their own individual area right

00:50:23   I'll never be at the point in terms of you know analysis that Jason might be I'm not going to have

00:50:28   a podcast organization like Myke right but I have my thing so you know everyone is just trying to

00:50:34   do their best and I'm sure you know your environments are high pressure high stress as

00:50:38   well for for your in particular the angles that you hit I gotta say I always I mean so the legacy

00:50:45   at Macworld was that we didn't we didn't do a lot of um a rumor coverage a lot of trying to get

00:50:51   sources to give us information about what was to come historically that was because Mac week

00:50:55   existed for a long time and that was their bread and butter and that was how back in the I'm gonna

00:51:00   go way back here back in the old days that was the firewall that they tried to create between

00:51:05   at Ziff Davis between the people who were breaking stories and the people who had NDAs with Apple is

00:51:11   Mac user had the NDAs and Mac week broke stories and we and and the two groups were not even in the

00:51:16   same city for the longest time they kept them separate so that they could do both and I think

00:51:22   that that even at Macworld because the Mac we came over as a part of the merger we we definitely had

00:51:29   between that and especially when we were more magazine focused and less online focused it was

00:51:33   just something that we didn't do and I remember thinking that's great because that's not a job I

00:51:40   wanted so I have always appreciated people who do the job that you do because that's a lot of work

00:51:45   and you gotta and actually there is a question here that I wanted to ask you which is something

00:51:49   we talk about on this podcast a lot which is when when information comes over the transom or it's

00:51:55   somebody that you're talking to as a source about something that's going on what I always say is

00:52:02   ask yourself why they're leaking the information because oftentimes leaks will happen because

00:52:09   somebody's motivated or somebody's mad that their project got killed or something like that like

00:52:14   when the verge did that that Microsoft project that was the the the I can't remember the name

00:52:21   of it now or is there fancy yeah yeah courier that was very clearly somebody whose project got killed

00:52:26   and they were really angry and they gave them all the stuff like it was very clear sometimes it's

00:52:29   not so clear and this is my question for you I mean I imagine that a lot of your sources are

00:52:34   people that you know you know very well and and the information is clear and why they would know

00:52:39   it is clear but I would also imagine that you get people coming kind of out of the woodwork and you

00:52:44   know how do you apply your your own skepticism to information you're receiving because you have your

00:52:52   name is on it when it gets reported in Bloomberg so right so what what is your without going in you

00:52:56   know I'm not going to say who are your sources tell me your sources more like how do you apply

00:53:01   skepticism to what you hear and what you decide is you're confident enough into report

00:53:08   yeah I mean that's a good question I mean listen it's been 10 11 years now so you know there's been

00:53:14   hundreds if not thousands of stories and news items over this period and you know everything

00:53:20   is always different right so things have changed over over the years you know some stories come out

00:53:27   for certain reasons other stories for other reasons and I to be honest I try not to get into

00:53:32   the you know the machinations of why and all that and just focus on the actual news itself I think

00:53:38   that Apple is one of the most discussed companies one of the most invested companies one of the most

00:53:44   important companies do you get information though from sources where you're like I don't know if I

00:53:48   I don't know if I believe this I don't know if I you know that level of it where you're like yeah

00:53:52   this doesn't sound right and then I guess you have to cross check it with other people and say is this

00:53:55   a real thing or is this made up because you don't want to go out with something that's from a source

00:53:59   that that is you know okay or has provided okay information in the past but like that that you

00:54:05   are not you know they tell you something you're like I don't know that doesn't really track yeah

00:54:10   I mean I'll give you one example several months ago I got a tip about the magic keyboard for the

00:54:17   iPad and trackpad support across iPadOS and my first reaction was like okay there is no way this

00:54:25   is true like in what world is Apple going to turn the iPad into a you know into a laptop with the

00:54:32   trackpad support and all that and obviously the standards for putting information out like let's

00:54:38   say if that came from someone who I've worked with in the past you know I would understand that it's

00:54:42   reliable okay let's do this right but if something like that came from you know a brand new source my

00:54:47   first reaction was like okay wait there's no there's no way this is true unfortunately was not

00:54:51   able to get enough corroboration in time before the you know the keyboard was announced and the

00:54:56   news came out about that but yeah that is an example and I think that shows that you know how

00:55:03   you know how high the level is right we're not going to just run something because someone says

00:55:06   it it has to be something that you're corroborating with with multiple people and sometimes you're

00:55:11   going to take the hit anyway because you're reporting about things that are coming down

00:55:14   the road and sometimes they do the sands shift right sometimes you're reporting on plans is

00:55:19   there this is the thing that kills me is when people are like aha you got that wrong and it's

00:55:23   like I don't know plans do change sometimes you report on something that is the plan and then

00:55:28   it changes and that that it's like oh well that that happens too yeah I mean I always include that

00:55:34   line in there saying you know the plans could change blah blah blah and people like to say

00:55:39   yeah and then like people say sometimes oh that's just a throwaway like it's a cover your know what

00:55:44   line right but like it's actually true right there's plenty of situations where things do

00:55:48   change whether that's timelines whether that's feature set there's a number of things that

00:55:54   really can't change right but you know at the end of the day like apple could be having a keynote

00:56:00   tomorrow the iphone could have this feature and tim cook could wake up and be like all right we're

00:56:05   not including this feature in the iphone due to be announced tomorrow right and nothing stops them

00:56:10   from just stripping it out of the keno and then you know removing it in a software update or

00:56:14   delaying the shipping you know for a few months so I like to say literally anything is possible

00:56:20   so I wanted just to wrap up you you mentioned uh hundreds to thousands of stories right that

00:56:27   you must have published over time are there any that stand out specifically to you as favorites

00:56:34   or things that were like particularly exciting like are there any when you think back of the

00:56:39   stuff that you've published over the years that you that you remember specifically for a certain

00:56:44   reason ooh um some good ones over the years was the uh ios switching from google maps to to apple

00:56:54   maps this was back in 2012 that's old school yeah the 12-inch macbook in 2015 we had a quite detailed

00:57:02   story on that um what other ones okay this was a good one the iphone 10 story we had a few weeks

00:57:10   before the phone launched in 2017 or was announced 2017 sort of how the interface was going to change

00:57:16   the more gesture focused interface the uh the the 12-inch macbook one stands out to me specifically

00:57:22   as like a very very detailed incredibly accurate out of nowhere report like it was just like

00:57:29   i remember that one that was i think you were a nine to five mac then i think that was a nine

00:57:33   to five back report and i remember like it was so much detail about something nobody had spoken

00:57:38   about before like i remember that one specifically thank you yeah that was that was a good one that

00:57:44   was an interesting one yeah well before we let you go i want to uh make a request if i could

00:57:49   which is please uh break as much news as possible on monday mornings because we love it when you

00:57:54   give us stuff to talk about before anybody else gets a chance i'll keep that in mind no and i

00:57:59   i really yeah i really love your podcast and all the work you guys do i mean i read six colors all

00:58:04   the time i follow some of mike's podcast so uh this was really great and you guys have an amazing

00:58:10   community following along too so that's what's really important and fun and i appreciate i really

00:58:15   appreciate it so thanks we appreciate the work you do you definitely like you know there's often

00:58:20   people out there with skepticism like oh mark irman and the rumors and all that like these are

00:58:24   really reports not rumors like he's talking to people who know and he's really accurate so like

00:58:30   i appreciate the hard work you do to like i said i thought about doing stuff like that and i was

00:58:35   like wow that's not a job that i want to do it's hard work uh it's kind of on a on a tightrope a

00:58:41   little bit sometimes you got to get it right and you know i basically people probably don't say

00:58:46   this as much but i appreciate the work you do and thank you for doing it no thank you thank you guys

00:58:51   really appreciate it so i guess uh at mark german is probably the best place to follow along with

00:58:56   the stuff that you're doing right you would link to everything that you're writing and stuff like

00:58:59   that and one of the things that i like about following you on twitter is there's sometimes

00:59:02   some additional little details so it's definitely worth yeah getting that little extra that's the

00:59:08   cutting room floor yes it you know what sometimes it is the cutting room floor that's a that's a

00:59:13   good way to yeah i definitely notice it i'm like oh that's a tidbit that i could see why that didn't

00:59:17   fit in the story but i i totally you know but for us we're like aha that's a tidbit that's a really

00:59:22   nice little bit well thanks for being here yeah thanks for having me i'll see you guys this episode

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01:01:04   of relay fm squarespace make your next move make your next website all right so new macbook pro

01:01:13   it is a new macbook pro it's not the macbook pro that we were expecting uh we spoke you know we

01:01:19   kind of mentioned this a moment ago with uh with mark but let's kind of i want to give a very brief

01:01:24   overview of what this computer has and then we can dig into it a little bit so sure it has the

01:01:29   new magic keyboard so the butterfly keyboard is no longer sold on any of apple's laptops so it's gone

01:01:34   technically the butterfly keyboard exists in these smart covers for the ipad pro but it that works

01:01:41   great because it's a covered mechanism it's fine so no more laptops are sold at a butterfly keyboard

01:01:46   they're all the new magic keyboard this uh revision to the 13 inch includes the option for 10th gen

01:01:54   intel processors the base model is 8th gen you're looking at 80 faster graphics 256 gigabyte ssd is

01:02:01   standard you can go all the way up to 32 gigabytes of ram which is the first time on the smaller

01:02:07   macbook pro and a four terabyte ssd which is wild if you pull all of that one of these things

01:02:13   don't think it would take off um it is still the 13 inch no visual changes so it's not got a larger

01:02:20   screen it doesn't look any different there are no internal changes from an architectural perspective

01:02:26   i believe that the 16 inch had a new thermal architecture this one doesn't have that so

01:02:32   what do you think jason i i think this is very clearly an interim step i mean i feel like there

01:02:40   were so many rumors about a 14 inch macro pro you kind of got to put them out of your mind because

01:02:43   those were rumors it was unclear they were really unclear about when they were going to happen we

01:02:48   saw some conflicting things about a 13 and a 14 i think clearly even if they're doing something

01:02:53   like that that is a that is a new product later they they this is a quick revision of the 13

01:03:00   to get it to be um a more current design so the butterfly keyboard being out closer to the macbook

01:03:07   air really isn't it than it is to the other macbook pro i wouldn't say that i wouldn't say that um so

01:03:12   there are some substantial differences there first off i want to be clear there are two models here

01:03:17   essentially just as there were the last time there is the low end model with two thunderbolt

01:03:23   three ports and the high end model with four thunderbolt three ports so if you think about

01:03:28   it back when we had the macbook escape that was a 13 inch macbook pro but it didn't have the touch

01:03:34   bar they in the last revision they all got the touch bar but it was still like a low-end model

01:03:41   and a high-end model and the high-end model costs a lot more than the low-end model and that is

01:03:46   still the case they basically didn't change the processor and the low-end model the low-end model's

01:03:50   difference is really a couple of things the keyboard is different and there's more base

01:03:58   ram and there's more base storage so it went from 8 to 16 and from 128 to 256.

01:04:04   price also went up to 1299 but i think that that is an effect where they are lifting the pro above

01:04:10   the macbook air now because they can that there was a vestige there of the fact the macbook escape

01:04:15   was kind of also a macbook air replacement just like the the uh 12 inch macbook was sort of trying

01:04:21   to be a macbook air replacement now we have a macbook air so i feel like they're they're now

01:04:26   kind of lifting this up but they're still keeping it at 1299 like this is still a uh price conscious

01:04:34   pro laptop and that's why it's got the eighth generation processors that said even though the

01:04:42   air has a 10th generation intel processor it is of a lower uh performance type so these are going

01:04:51   to be faster than the macbook when i said more like the air i meant more in what they changed

01:04:56   than like oh yeah sure right then closer to it like you're right they've actually thankfully

01:05:02   pushed them further away from each other like the macbook air it is a small update but they

01:05:07   but they're definitely also trying to pull these two away from each other and the air and my point

01:05:12   about the air's processor is just it's really easy to say oh well this is a 10th generation processor

01:05:17   this is an 8th generation processor the 10th is better but um i think the class of the processor

01:05:24   matters and so uh even though the air is using a 10th generation processor it's using a low power

01:05:30   version and then this is the much more powerful version that's in these i don't love that they

01:05:34   didn't touch this processor um it feels very much like this 13-inch macbook pro is a is still like

01:05:43   living the life of the low end lowest of the low end it's living the life of the macbook escape

01:05:50   but that's you know the fact is if you wish that the 13-inch macbook pro was more you know modern

01:05:58   and had more stuff it is also that right the top two models are four port and have the 10th

01:06:05   generation processor and so you you know it's interesting that apple has decided they want a

01:06:11   cheaper option in the 13 because there are people who don't want to buy a macbook air they want to

01:06:17   buy a macbook pro and they need to make something available that sort of fills the gap between the

01:06:23   air and the higher end 13 and so this is this product but it is definitely a mostly old tech

01:06:31   product with some souped up defaults and the keyboard and you know again i think clearly the

01:06:37   message here is we we got to get the keyboard out of there everybody like that's the number one thing

01:06:42   the high-end one is updated and uh but it's an interesting story there so they've got the 10th

01:06:48   generation processors um but if you go from a ninth generation processor to a like like the

01:06:55   the high end has ninth generation processors if you go uh from the old processor to the new

01:07:00   processor intel didn't really change the cpu power so it seems like you know you know the suggestion

01:07:08   i've got having not tested this is that these new uh high-end 13s are going to be about the same

01:07:16   cpu speed as the old models it's not a even though they're going to 10th generation processors the cpu

01:07:22   power itself is going to be comparable but um the big thing that intel put in the ice lake generation

01:07:31   of processors is graphics so the integrated graphics should be a lot faster i think apple's

01:07:37   playing something like 80 right so that and the memory is faster and the um and then along with

01:07:44   that they're you know are offering up to 32 gigs of memory for the first time so like there are

01:07:50   there are some other benefits that come along with that uh uh pro display xdr support in the high-end

01:07:56   model is a part of that it is worth noting as well just like because there is low-end and high-end

01:08:00   but there's two configurations of each so it's like if you go to apple's website low-end model

01:08:06   is the both of the 1.4 gigahertz quad cores and the high-end model is the two two gigahertz quad

01:08:14   core processes but they sell them in like different configurations and it's 1299 1499 1799 and 1999

01:08:22   and the and so it's when i talk about like the legacy of the macbook escape this is part of it

01:08:27   it's really two computers right the 13-inch macbook pro is two computers and that it's not

01:08:33   it's not one computer with four variations it's literally two different computers with two base

01:08:39   model variations uh you because you normally apple wouldn't have one computer with four variations

01:08:45   right but it doesn't really these are these are 13-inch macbook pro it's really two different

01:08:50   computers the good news is that even the cheaper one has the keyboard change but it it doesn't have

01:08:58   a lot more than that it's got upgraded specs i mean everybody's going to agree more ram more

01:09:02   storage on the base model yes 128 gig storage on the base model it's not really acceptable

01:09:08   i'm glad they boosted that i know that they boosted the price by 100 but you're getting

01:09:11   more ram and more storage for that but really that is you know for those who remember that's the

01:09:17   old macbook escape except now it actually does have a touch bar and they all have escape keys

01:09:21   now because this has got the new layout because it's the magic keyboard it's got the inverted t

01:09:25   for the arrow keys it's got the physical escape key it's got the separated power key next to the

01:09:31   touch bar on the other side and it's still got the touch bar so this is not a revolutionary update it

01:09:36   really is a for one of them an almost you know impossible to see update other than the keyboard

01:09:45   and then on the other end it is a bit of what we i think we would call traditionally a speed bump

01:09:51   although most of the speed bump is going to happen in memory and in gpu but at least it is a new

01:09:59   processor kind of thing but we we all know bottom line is going to be that it's about the keyboard

01:10:05   and that really i think i look at this announcement i think this is all about apple doing what everybody

01:10:11   i would say everybody said since the 16 inch got announced which is they got to get that keyboard

01:10:16   out of every other laptop they sell and if that was their priority was we could either ship a fancy

01:10:23   new laptop in the 13 slot but it's going to take us another six months or in may we can get it out

01:10:29   with this uh new keyboard and ship that first and then work on the next thing i i would choose get

01:10:36   it out of the get the keyboard out like first thing you do get that keyboard out of there and

01:10:42   and they have done that and that clearly was their priority they also you look at the 16 we talked

01:10:46   about it remember when i went to new york and all of that they had the speaker upgrade the microphone

01:10:50   upgrade none of that is in here either like it still feels to me like they could take this product

01:10:55   and do what they did to the 16 or they did to the 15 and making it the 16 and that is a rumor and

01:11:01   that product may yet happen but this isn't that this is just a uh i'd say welcome little update

01:11:11   that gets the keyboard right after you know the dark times before and so now if you want a macbook

01:11:17   pro with that with a keyboard and you did not want the 16 you're holding out um this product will get

01:11:24   you that i think the fact that the things like the speakers and the microphones not being in this

01:11:32   machine i think is a pretty clear indication that there is another one coming at some point in the

01:11:37   future who knows when purely because like the macbook air has improved uh speakers and microphones

01:11:45   right like because that was like a new design so they put that new tech in there and apple seemed

01:11:49   really proud of what they did for the laptops with that stuff so even something that seems on the face

01:11:55   of it may be quite simple that is more of a tell to me than the screen because they could keep they

01:12:01   could redesign this product and keep the screen at 13 inches right like we don't know that the

01:12:06   screen has to get bigger like they may may choose to keep it at 13 and make it a little bit smaller

01:12:11   who knows right like if and when they do change this computer but there's just like a few like

01:12:16   telltale things to me like that i was like okay uh that's not here suggests that there might be

01:12:24   something more i do wonder i mean and there i'm sure there's a simple answer for this because

01:12:30   and the answer being like because why not but it is interesting to me that they they they revised

01:12:36   that 15 inch so aggressively like really did a lot to it and made it like a vastly better computer in

01:12:42   so many ways i wonder why they did that then if they weren't going to do it to the smaller one for

01:12:49   a while like that is just intriguing to me as a thing to do like i wonder if it was the original

01:12:55   plan i would assume so because i can't you know i'm sure there may be some people like oh you know

01:13:00   maybe because of covid 19 like that no no you have to do some real work to to get the new keyboard to

01:13:06   fit in there it's not like they can just pop it out and swap it in again right like that's gonna

01:13:11   gonna take some work this wasn't a thing that just came about a month ago because they they couldn't

01:13:15   make the new one yep but it is just intriguing to me do you know what i'm saying they really have

01:13:22   made a gap but in this line between those two products from a functionality perspective which is

01:13:28   interesting but that is what that's where they are i you know whenever i'm able to go back to

01:13:37   my studio i've said this before like i want to have a laptop right and and we recording from

01:13:42   that laptop using the same one to travel i i have no idea what i'm gonna get out of this or the

01:13:49   macbook air like there are there are benefits and uh disadvantages to both in my mind like i really

01:13:58   i have the time to think about it but i'm gonna spend that time thinking about it because as i

01:14:03   mentioned about the 16 inch i've really liked the touch bar i think that's a cool thing but i also

01:14:08   really loved the speakers and how great they were um and yeah i thought it would be an easy decision

01:14:14   for me because the macbook pro would get bigger and i didn't want bigger but that didn't happen

01:14:19   so now i'm back in in unsure territory again but i think the key thing here the key message to take

01:14:27   away is they changed the keyboard and they've done it and i think that's great like if there is a an

01:14:33   update to the 13 inch maybe you know apple knew that they wanted to do something else with that

01:14:38   they wanted to do something more with that and that was going to come later i'm pleased that

01:14:42   they didn't wait before they updated this computer because the butterfly keyboard was a mistake

01:14:49   apple knows it was a mistake now um i'm sure they had good intentions but it didn't pan out

01:14:56   sometimes things don't pan out and replacing it finally like and now having all of the laptops

01:15:02   have a much better hopefully more reliable keyboard like that needed to be done and i am

01:15:08   really pleased that they have done it right like that's the good story here yeah yeah for sure

01:15:12   jason you have had a tale you have wanted to tell for many weeks now and we kept bumping it we kept

01:15:18   bumping it and we decided in fact i made a promise to you last week that no matter what happened

01:15:24   today and what has happened is we had an interview and apple released a new laptop but i said no

01:15:29   matter what happens you're going to get to tell your story this week so jason please tell your

01:15:34   story oh boy no pressure the upgrade ends god i want to tell the story it just so what really

01:15:39   made me laugh is i had this happen to me and then in in uh atp episode 372 a few weeks ago casey lis

01:15:45   um had the same or a very similar thing happened to him um which is that we were recording episode

01:15:56   290 so i guess you can place that at six weeks ago so the early days of the lockdown and as we're

01:16:06   talking um dropbox starts listing every folder that i have that's shared and saying i've deleted

01:16:14   this folder and and fortunately this was in the episode where you were talking about your 16-inch

01:16:22   macbook pro yeah and so i could just not pay attention and wonder why all my files were

01:16:31   being deleted uh for a while which was great otherwise i would have had to stop the show

01:16:35   be like wait wait wait wait wait so i don't really know why this happened it seems that my

01:16:39   what happened on my server which was also on my dropbox account is that my um my giant hard drive

01:16:47   which is a drobo 5d died it died and so it was no longer mounted and i don't know why dropbox would

01:16:57   do this but since the drop dropbox file was on that server it decided to interpret that as me

01:17:05   deleting all of my files which doesn't make any sense so i good news is i can rewind my dropbox

01:17:13   and i got all those files back and it wasn't that big a deal eventually i figured it out

01:17:17   however my drobo died and i have like 10 terabytes of data on it it's gone

01:17:26   i use that to store my podcast archives my works in progress things that i don't need to edit

01:17:34   immediately but i do need to work on my whole plex library is on there my time machine backups are on

01:17:41   there and when i try to figure it out what what i would do is i turn it on and it would do this

01:17:48   thing where it lights up and it shows all the drives and then it has a little progress bar at

01:17:52   the bottom and it kind of goes across and then it lights up and shows all the drives and then it has

01:17:59   a progress bar that goes across and i thought oh no like it seemed like it was trapped in kind of

01:18:06   a boot loop where it was trying to start up but it was failing so this is terrifying i ended up

01:18:15   contacting drobo's support and they gave me some tips for free which was nice i didn't have to pay

01:18:22   for uh i was going to pay for a service you know ticket but it turns out that they figured out what

01:18:28   was going on and and and turned actually refunded my money i was gonna i already had paid them but

01:18:34   they said okay reboot take all your drives out and reboot and then run this diagnostic and send us

01:18:40   the files and the good news good in quotes that they came back with was your drives are probably

01:18:48   fine but the drobo hardware is is bad something bad happened to it and i've had this for you know

01:18:54   i don't know seven years something like that it's a long time okay so this is not good because even

01:19:01   if i even if my disk disks are fine i can't get to them um i did have a backup the um i have a

01:19:14   backblaze backup and that was intact so um about seven terabytes of data which is what i considered

01:19:24   my essential files um i didn't have things like my plex library on there because the way i figured

01:19:30   it and my rationale was why would i back up a movie that i ripped from a dvd that i have

01:19:36   in my house so i could just rip it again um it also and i didn't realize that this at the time

01:19:42   the uh i think by default backblaze doesn't do things like disk images so i had some like virtual

01:19:48   machines for old versions of mac os and stuff that were also not backed up but um but it was

01:19:55   seven that's fine you know stevens yeah it's 7.2 terabytes or something of data that i did back up

01:20:03   to back backblaze and for those who don't know backblaze has this feature which i'd never used

01:20:07   before which is you can order a usb drive with your backup on it and have it sent to you in the

01:20:15   mail and then actually if you then wipe the drive and send it back to them they'll refund your money

01:20:20   or most of your money so uh turns out there's a seven terabyte limit because it's an eight terabyte

01:20:25   drive in there so i had to uncheck a few things and not restore those using the hard drive although

01:20:32   that's fine because it was a few hundred uh gigs i could i could probably download that if i really

01:20:37   wanted to but i i loaded it up with about seven terabytes worth of of my data and i pressed the

01:20:42   button and what it does is it start sort of like does a backblaze restore um of seven terabytes to

01:20:51   the hard drive and as you might imagine especially if you used backblaze and done a restore of any

01:20:55   kind like that takes a while and i get the sense that it took days for that to actually like process

01:21:03   so it was a while before i even got the note that said we've we're going to ship you your drive but

01:21:08   i started that process i said please restore this because i i know that you've got this data i'm not

01:21:13   going to download seven terabytes of data please put it on a drive and ship it to me also this is

01:21:17   in the earliest days of the lockdown so there's this feeling of like you know when yeah let's do

01:21:23   it now to see if they will give it to me will they even be working who knows um i have a second

01:21:28   backup though which is really great i use arc which if people don't know is a it's basically

01:21:34   a third-party backup utility and then you can point it at a data source where you want to save

01:21:39   your backups and in my case since i have two terabytes of dropbox space at the time i actually

01:21:44   had three i went down a plan on my dropbox i actually use a big chunk of that for an arc

01:21:50   backup so it's files that i don't see i've turned them off on my uh on my mac so it doesn't sync

01:21:56   them at all and arc just saves the backup stuff to dropbox and that was for my works in progress

01:22:04   because what i wanted is i wanted a second backup like if i'm working on a project

01:22:09   and it's not done it's more important than the archive project the archive projects are important

01:22:13   but the ones that i i'm still working on and need to be done soon are more uh important so

01:22:21   good news is um and and if i'm being honest i kind of forgot what the arc backup was doing

01:22:30   or that i had it and then i was like don't wait a second don't i have another and i opened arc

01:22:34   and it was like would you like to restore and i'm like oh yeah right great great i found i found

01:22:40   that backup that i had forgotten i was even doing so thank you past me um however there was one

01:22:48   project so that meant i could get those right off of dropbox immediately it was great i restored

01:22:52   them to my mac and i had them fantastic um but one project i did that sunday before the monday

01:23:01   where it died overnight um and it turns out that i i figured out when it when the the drive died

01:23:08   because i had arc set to back up my works in progress folder at 11 p.m every day

01:23:17   and the sunday project didn't get backed up ah okay so it died before 11 p.m

01:23:23   and so that was a file that i i still had like some dropbox links from files people had sent me

01:23:30   and i had some zoom files for this podcast project so i could kind of like reconstruct

01:23:35   most of it although not all of it enough to do it enough to do the project but i was missing

01:23:41   that project because it fell through the cracks so that was a bummer

01:23:46   so now i'm sitting here and i'm like okay i've got i've got backblaze sending me a drive

01:23:50   sometime from somewhere it's still kind of a mystery i've got my arc backup of a couple of

01:23:58   things my work in progress folder less one project and a couple other folders on the server that i

01:24:03   was able to restore the robot or not folder was there you'll be happy to know so i was able to

01:24:08   continue my work producing robot or not um but now i've got a bunch of drives with data on them

01:24:17   but only in drobo format and i did drobo 5d what do i do like and i decided first off

01:24:28   that even though i said remember what i said earlier about how it's fine i don't need those

01:24:34   movie files i'll just re-rip my entire movie collection from the discs again i decided i did

01:24:42   not want to do that so i went on ebay and i found a drobo 5d and i bid on it um and there was another

01:24:54   drobo 5d that was buy it now and so i put the buy it now price on the one that was on an auction and

01:25:02   like a day later i got outbid for it and i just bought the other one i was just like no forget it

01:25:07   just buy it now and it was a buy it now link and it was from a company that um it was uh free

01:25:13   returns up to 30 days and i thought well maybe what i'll do is i'll buy it put the discs in

01:25:18   to get the data off of it and return it and then get something else yeah and i felt a little bit

01:25:23   guilty but yeah well i decided i didn't want i didn't want a used drobo because i figure it's

01:25:29   probably gonna die because they're all of the same vintage more or less this model i see okay this

01:25:34   this shows because i don't do any of this stuff and honestly listening to casey stories and your

01:25:38   stories i'm pleased that i don't manage one of these things but you the drives that you had you

01:25:44   they had to go back into another drobo 5d for you to get the data right airy raid like technology

01:25:51   so you have to stick them in the same model basically or it won't they might have another

01:25:56   model but like i just wanted to get the drobo 5d and read those read that data and get all my data

01:26:01   back off it was if it was truly intact like they thought it was so i felt a little guilty about

01:26:05   buying it from the place that said free returns because i thought i'm kind of abusing the return

01:26:09   policy here i'm basically renting a drobo um although i would be paying shipping and i actually

01:26:14   offered them like stuff that they didn't provide me when at the end of the story i'll tell you what

01:26:20   happened there but um but i i ended up buying that so now i've got that part of it but i think i'm

01:26:26   thinking to myself i don't want to buy a new drobo um drobo has a reputation i've actually been really

01:26:33   well taken care of by my my drobo it lasted a while when a drive died i could pop it out

01:26:39   put in a new drive it worked really well i was it was a five disk array so like i had a huge amount

01:26:43   of storage and if one drive died all the other drives still had the data so you pop in a new

01:26:48   drive it brings it up and you didn't lose anything and that worked i had like three or four drive

01:26:53   failures over the course of the time i had it it always worked perfectly at the same time i thought

01:26:57   to myself maybe what maybe what i should do this time this is an older piece of hardware is maybe

01:27:03   i should just buy a a disk array of my own maybe i should just buy a raid and some raid you know

01:27:10   raid hardware or raid software and just do it that way can i ask why that would be better

01:27:16   why than a drobo drobo's super proprietary and also the older drobos are going to have a limit

01:27:26   on the size of the drives i believe you can stick in them and there are bigger drives that are made

01:27:29   now and i guess if you made your own if you've got an enclosure and then used software on the mag

01:27:37   if this kind of thing happened again you wouldn't have to jump through the hoops that you had to

01:27:42   jump through because nothing's proprietary right in in theory or at least the the software would

01:27:47   be proprietary but i could get another enclosure and probably still read the data but you're

01:27:51   controlling the software though yeah also it's cheaper also it's cheaper because the drobo

01:27:56   hardware is expensive and drobo got sold and i don't you know like i don't i i'm not a believer

01:28:01   in that in that company to be honest i like i kind of just don't want to be in that space anymore that

01:28:06   it served me well i don't have an anchor toward robo that a lot of people have but i don't want

01:28:09   to be like i only ever hear about Synology anymore like i don't hear about drobo anymore so here so

01:28:14   here's the thing and i don't play in that world because i have a mac mini server i'm not interested

01:28:19   in a nas a network attached storage a server not interested in it i want a big drive on my mac mini

01:28:25   my mac mini is my server i already have a server so drobo makes uh nas and they also make or at

01:28:31   least made attached storage which is what the 5d is the d stands for disk it's a disk it's not a

01:28:35   server like the 5s um i don't want a Synology i don't want a Unix server i have a mac mini i bought

01:28:42   a new mac mini a couple years ago that's my server not interested i i am comfortable with a mac having

01:28:48   a mac as a server can do a lot of unix unixy things and it can be a mac that i attach to from

01:28:54   my ipad when i want to so um so what i ended up doing is i bought a thunder bay which is a four

01:29:00   disk enclosure from other world computing um i had i had a couple of drives that i had not even opened

01:29:11   that were backup drives for the drobo that i just was keeping by in case a drive died i ordered a

01:29:18   couple more drives um and then i set that up so i actually and it comes the thunder bay came with

01:29:28   a soft raid license so i it's which is max software very straightforward it does it does

01:29:34   raid with redundancy so that if one of the drives dies i can pop it out and pop in another drive

01:29:38   it's the same idea it will rebuild it so you give up some space on each drive but if one of the

01:29:42   drives dies one of the physical drives dies you just pull it out and pop a new one in plus i it

01:29:48   gives me actually a little more control i feel like than than drobo did in terms of my different

01:29:52   disk volumes and all of that so i got that set up so now i have a big disk with not a lot on it

01:29:56   because i haven't gotten my my drobo back but i get the drobo from ebay oh there was a lot that

01:30:02   happened this is why i want to tell the story before i forgot it i have a drobo from ebay

01:30:07   um i plug it in it's like the moment of truth i put all the drives in you got to keep them in the

01:30:11   right order put them all in in the right order turn it on this drobo didn't even have a power

01:30:17   cord but i have my power cord for my other one plug it in it mounts all my data is there oh great

01:30:26   by the way the day before this my drive and back place showed up yeah so i copied all that onto the

01:30:33   thunder bay raid and then i got this and i thought well do i want to copy it all again um and i did i

01:30:40   had to like find software to like compare so i could make sure that i got everything off the

01:30:45   drobo before i wiped it how'd you do that um the software yeah what is that dan wrote about i don't

01:30:55   have that in front of me okay if dan wrote about it i'll find it put it Dan wrote about one piece

01:30:59   of software that's kind of ugly but uh it was like a file comparison tool and i used that for the most

01:31:05   part i used two different ones both of which were kind of unsatisfying but did enough of a job for

01:31:10   me to figure out what files were missing beyond compare beyond compare is one of them what a great

01:31:15   name right um and i think i also used chrono sync and both of them were frustrating but also helpful

01:31:25   um beyond compare feels like very much a unix like or like an open source tool that was ported

01:31:30   to the mac in the 2000s but like you know for the for the job that you're wanting to perform what

01:31:35   else to expect yeah it wasn't it's not super slick it feels it just it feels like a very first decade

01:31:40   of mac os 10 kind of uh kind of app but uh so i i did all that uh and then and then i had it right

01:31:48   then i've got and i've got the thunder bay set up and then i've got this drobo that's still got all

01:31:53   my data and i think well what do i do now thunder bay makes me laugh every time you say it i know

01:31:57   right well it's a it's uh ontario thunder bay ontario it's a it's a city in canada it's where

01:32:03   paul shafer is from um so what do i do with the drobo and i decided i was i i like i said earlier

01:32:11   i didn't want to be in the drobo business anymore i don't want to use the drobo as a backup for the

01:32:14   thunder bay or the thunder bay for a backup for the drobo i just didn't want it anymore

01:32:18   so i ejected all the disks and i packaged up the thing and it's actually kind of funny i went to

01:32:26   the people who returned it who said we'll take free returns and i i said i would like to return

01:32:30   it they sent an email saying sorry you can't return it it was sold as is and i reply back and

01:32:35   i say well no actually if you look at this listing it was like an auto reply i said if you look at

01:32:39   this listing you'll see that it was not sold as is it was sold with free 30-day buyer pays shipping

01:32:46   i would like to ship it back to you and and i said i'll sweeten the offer i have the little front

01:32:52   plate for it that you don't have and i have the power cord for it that you don't have i'll throw

01:32:57   those in and you can just resell it and you'll you'll you'll make out you sell it for more and

01:33:02   they say and their reply so i'm waiting to see what they say and i did not expect their reply

01:33:07   because their reply was what if we refund a hundred dollars and you just keep it

01:33:15   what literally they're like if you don't return it was like 350 i want to say that's bananas so

01:33:24   they give you a 30 back if you just keep it they really didn't want it back and i was already

01:33:31   feeling a little guilty about playing the i'm gonna buy it use it and return it game and so i

01:33:35   was like okay fine fine give me your hundred dollars because i know what drobos cost on ebay

01:33:42   now and i've got the faceplate and the power cable so i'm just gonna put those up on ebay

01:33:51   and i'm gonna put them up for uh an amount that i think i will get and i actually put i'm i said

01:33:57   a buy it now price and the buy it now price was basically um it would fund the entire thing

01:34:03   completely start to finish i would end up ahead slightly actually if somebody pressed the buy it

01:34:10   now button and i put that up and it's ebay you're selling things on ebay it's like you don't know

01:34:14   how that's gonna go um and i thought is anybody gonna want this but i just lost an auction for

01:34:20   one and then did a buy it now on another one and mine is better because it's the totally functions

01:34:26   because i just used it that i got from these other people plus the power cable which they didn't sell

01:34:30   plus the little magnetic faceplate that they weren't selling so mine's a better product than

01:34:34   their product because it's got all the accessories right out of the box but you never know

01:34:40   so i put it up on ebay it's like the fifth thing i've ever sold on ebay mike i'm expecting a week

01:34:48   of torment as people bid on my my this drobo that i just bought that people gave me a hundred dollars

01:34:53   not to send back to them in two hours somebody just did the buy it now and i made a profit on

01:35:00   the whole thing i don't understand i mean i do have this vision that there's one drobo and it

01:35:08   just goes from person to person to get their drive to get their files off of it and it gets new

01:35:13   things loses new things gets new things i keep thinking that what what drobo should do is they

01:35:20   should have loaner ones that they charge you 100 bucks for plus shipping or something to take to

01:35:25   offload your data but they don't do that so ebay is where that happens so anyway yeah i ended up

01:35:30   making a profit on buying a drobo using it to copy my data off and then immediately selling it

01:35:37   again and and then i've got my old one that's broken here and it'll go to the electronics

01:35:42   recycling oh by the way um there's a little door underneath the drobo that has an ssd in it that

01:35:48   is used as a speed cache and i bought that like a year ago so i then bought a little enclosure on

01:35:53   amazon a usb-c aluminum enclosure and now i have a 256 gig usb-c ssd attached to my that's actually

01:36:03   backing up my boot drive on my mac mini now because why not what are you doing with the old drives

01:36:09   so here's here's what happened uh the next thing i did is i bought a i bought a two disc enclosure

01:36:17   old one it's actually got like e sata on it and and is it it's usb it's just usb 3 i think so

01:36:27   it's an old model but it was cheap from other world computing two disc array and i just put

01:36:33   i put the two big discs that were the same size two big discs that were in the drobo in there

01:36:41   and i just made that a straight up um straight up array of those two discs added together

01:36:49   and i'm using that as my periodic it's not plugged in all the time but like my weekly

01:36:55   backup of the entire raid that i've got okay so i because those two discs are big enough

01:37:05   and they're not redundant they're they're just purely kind of just summed in terms of data

01:37:11   that i can use those and always know that i've got like another drive that's got all my old

01:37:16   and comparable files on it or whatever and all my movie files um and i also updated the

01:37:24   arc backup to back up every like four hours to dropbox instead of every day to reduce the chance

01:37:31   that i'm going to lose something that's a work in progress and a failure um and so yeah i basically

01:37:39   didn't lose any data but i could have so it made it taught me a lesson that i do actually need to

01:37:45   back up that plex library because i don't want to rip every episode of buffy the vampire slayer

01:37:49   again i don't want to do it every hd movie on blu-ray i don't want to do it i i want to keep

01:37:56   those around in some way i was happy it turns out to pay a couple hundred dollars that i didn't end

01:38:01   up having to pay because of making a profit on the drobo i was happy to pay that so i didn't have to

01:38:06   sit here over the course of weeks feeding disc after disc after disc into my dvd player and

01:38:12   ripping those in order to rebuild my plex library i was happy to just pay money to get it back so

01:38:18   i'm glad i was able to do that turns out that was a decision i made that um that was wrong

01:38:23   i don't need to cloud back up that stuff but i do want to like have a physical backup

01:38:27   and basically i i it was almost like a smoke test for my um backup strategy where in doing this in

01:38:35   the end i didn't lose any data but i did see all of the holes in my strategy and now i have that

01:38:41   extra you know it cost me it did cost me because i had to buy a new raid and new drives but it

01:38:46   didn't cost me as much as i thought i didn't lose any data i now have more data available for backup

01:38:53   on my server than i used to and i was really happy that i used arc and if you're not doing

01:39:00   this consider it if you've got extra cloud storage space on google or or on one drive or on dropbox

01:39:06   and you've got key files it is an extra place to back things up and um i that saved my bacon

01:39:14   for a bunch of stuff to have that arc backup available immediately on dropbox so plus i had

01:39:19   i backblaze and i had stuff that i backed up on backplace and i could get it that way too so i

01:39:24   but i was happy to have both of those options so yeah it was it was harrowing is what i'm saying

01:39:29   i can't believe i made a profit on ebay i didn't lose any of my files in the end and now i have

01:39:36   a new four disc monstrosity that is thunderbolt 3 as opposed to my old thunderbolt 2 five disc

01:39:46   monstrosity from drobo so in the end that's my story i made money on ebay because they they paid

01:39:54   me to not send the to drive back to the best bit i will say again like i will state again i am so

01:40:01   pleased that i do not have something like this in my life to have to well the reason i do it is

01:40:09   because i have i i need to store like 12 terabytes and i i've seen the argument on atp was why don't

01:40:16   you just store that across um some a few drives i used to have a big stack of hard drives attached

01:40:21   to my server and i hated it what i like about it is the redundancy which is instead of having like

01:40:26   a big drive with my movies on it and a big drive with my podcast files on it and then another big

01:40:30   drive that's the backup of the podcast files i mean that's essentially what i've got by having

01:40:34   the raid is that i've got if one of those drives fails i've got redundancy and i i really like that

01:40:40   because that's happened to me multiple times where a drive has failed and i haven't lost any data i

01:40:44   like that and i like having a huge um just a huge giant pit in which i can pour files and i always

01:40:54   hated it when i was like well i've got a terabyte here and a terabyte there and another terabyte

01:40:57   there but now i have to move things around and split things up and i don't like that and with

01:41:01   this approach i don't need to do that i just have a giant server full of files you see if i did have

01:41:08   12 terabytes of data i would do something like what you and casey are doing my point is i just

01:41:15   don't have it um i don't keep stuff like especially project files there's only one show that i keep

01:41:23   uh logic projects for but i just keep them in dropbox and on time machine and a backblaze like

01:41:30   that's it um i don't keep the logic projects on my other shows more than a couple of weeks

01:41:36   because in 10 years i've never needed one so i delete i have a little hazel actions written

01:41:43   uh and set up that actually do delete a bunch of shows after a while but some of my stuff is

01:41:53   stuff i keep because i have gone back to it like the incomparable i absolutely do go back to those

01:41:59   i have a clip show every year that i do and um i will sometimes have to reach way back in the

01:42:05   archive and i've got most of other than the first like 70 or so episodes i've got all the files for

01:42:09   those to a part of kill is the same way so those are the ones where i just have i'm going to keep

01:42:14   those files and that's i could store those somewhere but those two shows together are

01:42:21   about three and a half terabytes of archived material so i'm not going to put that on a

01:42:26   like regular cloud service provider but i i totally get your point which is um if you don't

01:42:32   store those files you don't you don't need that approach and then that leaves aside the whatever

01:42:37   six terabytes seven terabytes of video files that i have on my plex server which again are replicable

01:42:43   but i don't want to replicate them so what i will say though this is this is my addendum to this my

01:42:49   asterisk i don't have any media files nor do i have any physical media right just don't just

01:42:56   don't have any blu-rays i have a few like barely any blu-rays yep and i don't have a plex server

01:43:02   or anything like that no you're you're you barely have any possessions at all yes i'm like i'm like

01:43:07   steve jobs in that room you know with sitting on the floor with another i spent two days this week

01:43:11   without any internet my wi-fi was down oh yeah how'd that go we couldn't watch anything yeah so

01:43:19   that is like the this is the only thing where i'm thinking that like maybe there needs to be an

01:43:25   introduction of something like into my life but i but i don't know what it is yet um of media in

01:43:32   some description because also where we live lte isn't that good like you can watch youtube videos

01:43:40   but we couldn't watch any disney plus stuff like that just would not work because we're trying to

01:43:45   watch any apple tv right like i don't think the apple tv has any sense of uh not playing at full

01:43:52   resolution i just don't think it could even comprehend such a thing because i could watch

01:43:58   the same content on my phone but if i tried to watch it on the apple tv it would we just would

01:44:03   not work so that made me realize that like maybe i need something but i don't know what it what it

01:44:11   is right because like adina was like why don't you just watch some of the stuff you've bought

01:44:15   and it's like well but i don't have it saved anywhere yeah right like it's just i bought

01:44:21   it on itunes and it's it's up in the cloud what i do oftentimes is on my iphone and on my ipad

01:44:28   i will occasionally just download something using either plex or using the tv app just to have like

01:44:35   usually it happens when i'm on a going on a trip i'll download some movies for that for the

01:44:41   airplane and then i will just keep them on there and then if i'm in a no connectivity situation

01:44:48   those are still there and it's sometimes a delightful surprise like what did i download

01:44:51   eight months ago my smaller ipad which is the one that i use when i'm when i'm traveling has some

01:44:58   movies on it but like it's most it's like stuff i've seen like it it still isn't like that is not

01:45:03   a solution which is long term or whatever like i need a if i want to do this it needs to be a

01:45:10   little bit more considered than that which is just like a random crap shoot it's like yeah but

01:45:14   you know if we had no internet for a week we would have turned to that but for two days we just played

01:45:18   animal crossing like whatever um but it did make me realize i don't have anything which was just

01:45:23   like an interesting thought but i will just say i'm happy that i don't save tons and tons and tons

01:45:28   of data yeah well i i went through that a while ago where i took like i used to have everything of

01:45:36   shows that were ephemeral um and those are all now you know is it's been 60 days or 30 days or

01:45:44   something and it just deletes them um and with the shows that i'm keeping it actually goes through

01:45:48   and it it archives them it like compresses them and saves them off um just to it takes up less

01:45:55   space that way but still they're they're they're there because i do go back and uh and pull that

01:46:02   stuff out and we end up being uncomfortable they're like recurring jokes and things that happen and i

01:46:06   just want to keep those those i want to keep around i i've found that i've regretted losing

01:46:11   the most of the first 75 episodes so i'm just not going to do that now are you happy that you got to

01:46:19   tell your story i feel like you know if just for me now i've gotten it while i still remember the

01:46:25   story it's still near and dear to me um with enough remove that some of the real pain of

01:46:30   worrying if i lost you have those moments right you have that moment where you're like oh no right

01:46:35   like and no is not what i said uh and so it's good uh to have a little removed from it it's all

01:46:42   worked out um i would have been okay if the drives had been dead because i could have just re-ripped

01:46:49   my plex library and that would have been annoying but i could have done it it taught me some lessons

01:46:54   about holes in my backup strategy i i think raids with redundant discs are fun and awesome and i

01:47:02   recommend them but also discs are enormous now and you could just buy a couple of enormous discs and

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01:49:15   and do you still buy music downloads or physical media apple music and no nothing

01:49:24   occasionally there'll be an artist who i like who does like a kickstarter or has a rarities thing

01:49:33   and i will buy that from them directly like something on bandcamp or something like that

01:49:40   otherwise no i don't buy music anymore uh i subscribe to apple music and spotify

01:49:45   my spotify subscription is like legacy at this point um it's still in i don't like i have like

01:49:54   a few family members that use the login um and then also for me now like there's there is a

01:50:00   podcast that i do listen to on spotify i remember that show the besties that i mentioned that went

01:50:06   that was like a video game show that i like that went to spotify right i listen to it on spotify

01:50:11   now like i thought i wouldn't and i have started it and now i listen every week um the way i get

01:50:18   around this by the way like is like how do i remember i have an email newsletter which they

01:50:24   post every time an episode comes out so i just leave that email in my saying later folder in my

01:50:28   email and then i'll just when i when i listen to it i get rid of it and that's how i remember

01:50:33   to go there because like i wouldn't remember otherwise so that's that um i do i don't buy

01:50:39   music similar to you i don't like if if apple music's where i do my listening if i find an

01:50:45   album that i like i don't buy it but there is still music that i buy for similar reasons like

01:50:49   somebody who's not on streaming services but they have bandcamp or whatever right like then i'll buy

01:50:55   it that way um like you know i have a couple of independent musicians that i like for for music

01:51:00   and stuff for like that i work to louis zong is my favorite person i'll put a link to their bandcamp

01:51:05   um in in the show notes because i know people will ask uh and so they they sell a bunch of music

01:51:11   there and i'll just i buy it i buy that right like that's because they don't they have a few things

01:51:16   on apple music but nowhere near their full catalog but that's the only reason that i will buy uh

01:51:21   music these days either you know the occasional vinyl will find its way into my collection but

01:51:27   that's rare james asked this is probably mostly for me jason but if you have any thoughts you can

01:51:32   share them too of course i'd like to hear your take on the nhs's decision to not adopt the apple

01:51:38   google contact tracing exposure notification uh option yeah so the nhs after previously saying

01:51:44   that they would uh are now saying like lol no we're just gonna make our own contact tracing

01:51:50   thing i'm really disappointed about this um you know there's there's more governments like i saw

01:51:55   that like after everybody thought france was going to get on board and then they decided again like

01:52:01   no we're not gonna like we're gonna do it ourselves even after praising apple's method

01:52:04   the praise of apple's method made everybody think that they were gonna do it but they're just like

01:52:08   nah don't worry about it uh i i find it just it's ridiculous i think that that it's very clear that

01:52:16   apple and google's method is the best baseline to build upon because it integrates cross-platform

01:52:24   it has deeper tie-ins with the system um i think it's honestly yeah i find it quite

01:52:30   quite disappointing um and i hope that when it becomes more integrated into the system later

01:52:38   down the line that a lot of these countries will will change their minds but i think honestly most

01:52:44   governments want the data honestly that's what they want it for and so i mean when when the nhs

01:52:52   launches their app like i i probably will go for it and even though i am opposed to their their

01:53:00   thinking because i think it's important but i'm conflicted right like i'm i'm more conflicted now

01:53:11   because i want the privacy that that google and apple were going to give but at the same time

01:53:17   i also want to know if i'm coming into contact with people so i don't know but the jury's still

01:53:24   out for me a little bit but like i am disappointed i think it's i think it's really ridiculous

01:53:28   uh and and i wished that politics weren't getting in the way of this but they are stupid ask uk

01:53:37   upgrade stephan asks uh i want to use my ipad and macbook pro at the same desk with the same keyboard

01:53:45   at different times of the day so i'm looking for a keyboard that can switch between them easily what

01:53:49   would you recommend do you have any recommendations i found one oh what do you what did you find the

01:53:55   logitech craft uh i know that both john voorhees and david sparks use this uh it's a logitech

01:54:01   keyboard i think federico uses it too actually it's a logitech keyboard which apparently is

01:54:06   pretty nice uh but and it has multiple uh bluetooth uh profiles built into it with

01:54:13   with dedicated buttons that you can tap and it will switch to different uh devices and i know

01:54:19   logitech make good stuff logitech make good stuff and this one has this little wheel on it that

01:54:23   people seem to like to it looks like a nice keyboard i don't own one but uh i know multiple

01:54:27   people that do and they're happy with it yeah i haven't used one of these kind of keyboards in a

01:54:33   very long time i used to rely on the logitech uh easy switch keyboard logitech has been making

01:54:38   multiple bluetooth uh keyboards for a while now they know how to do it right like that yeah exactly

01:54:45   uh if you want a mechanical keyboard that does that you get one of the keychron keyboards my

01:54:50   key crimes on the way jason my keychron k6 that i backed on on kickstarter it's on the way yeah i

01:54:56   have the i i have the two and the four i want to say i i but i've got uh i've got two keychron

01:55:02   keyboards and although i prefer my um vortex race 3 keyboard and that's the one i use on my desk

01:55:07   every day i have a keychron bluetooth mechanical keyboard that i use with my ipad and it's great

01:55:13   and it's got a shortcut that lets you switch between multiple bluetooth modes so you can

01:55:17   switch between devices um and there's even a um i got i got sent by a friend a wacky um

01:55:25   there's there's this wacky bluetooth adapter that like will attach to any usb keyboard and turn it

01:55:32   into a bluetooth uh keyboard and i think it's got a toggle but anyway yeah the simple answer is

01:55:37   logitech makes some very nice keyboards that have switchable uh bluetooth things so check those out

01:55:42   and jonathan asks if you could magic wand one feature into ios 14 what would it be

01:55:51   i added not audio related into this because we always pick the same thing

01:55:57   audio hijack or like more audio support for me there's an easy one which i've found more and

01:56:03   more recently which is the ability to create my own custom keyboard shortcuts in ipad os so i

01:56:10   could you know i could have a keyboard shortcut for this or that right like one to pull down uh

01:56:16   one to like i don't know open this in split view on the left side or this one to like just you know

01:56:21   hit the escape key just to take me to home right like that kind of stuff that's that's what i would

01:56:26   want um it's something that i genuinely hope and kind of think they might do um it seems more

01:56:35   likely now than ever ever i would say like the more keyboard shortcuts stuff and customization

01:56:41   and i also well you could you could see how um and we talked about this when the magic keyboard

01:56:47   came out that you could if you added some features for things like media controls you don't need to

01:56:52   have that function row if i can map um a different key combination to play pause or next track or

01:56:59   previous tracker brightness up or brightness down if i if i care then it's solved right like it just

01:57:06   throw in things like executing a shortcut when you use a keyboard or uh it would be even better

01:57:15   if you could do a prep it's certainly system-wide keyboard shortcuts would be good so i'm with you

01:57:19   there i'm going to throw in another ipad feature here for my magic wand which is um full-on

01:57:24   external display support so like if you plug in an external monitor it's a second screen like it is

01:57:29   on the mac and you can use your mouse or trackpad and keyboard right now it's all just kind of

01:57:36   mirrored it would seem now that we've got this full cursor support on the ipad the next step

01:57:41   is to let people plug it in to a big display and use it like you would a laptop

01:57:46   i again these are two things that feel possible like more and more possible now and i really hope

01:57:55   that we see those in ipad os 14 which we could be four weeks away uh or as mark said like eight

01:58:02   weeks away uh so that's that's actually a good uh time to thank mark german again for joining the

01:58:10   show i was really really pleased to have that discussion with him it was fascinating and i

01:58:15   really appreciated having him on the show so thanks again mark and thanks to you for listening

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