August 4, 2020
This week we cover Apple's newest iMacs, Phil Schiller's job transition, some formerly secret Apple emails, and Apple's surprisingly strong financial results. Also, Jason launches his new "20 Macs for 2020" project.
July 27, 2020
This week Stephen joins the show to help Myke and Jason evaluate the best and worst new icons in macOS Big Sur.
July 20, 2020
This week is an audio extravaganza about a major new change in macOS Big Sur. Plus: Apple News adds audio features (but won't save journalism), and Jason test drives Peacock Premium.
July 13, 2020
This week we assemble a list of apps that fail to support important OS features, and discuss our favorite parts of the iOS and iPadOS Public Betas.
July 6, 2020
This week services are in the spotlight, as Apple TV+ adds material, Apple News gets some bad news, Apple Arcade redefines its ideal game, and we watch "Hamilton" on Disney+.
June 29, 2020
This week we talk with Apple's Bob Borchers and Ronak Shah about macOS Big Sur! Plus, so much WWDC follow-up, including our speculation about what might be different about new Macs running on Apple silicon.
June 22, 2020
Myke and Jason break down the WWDC 2020 keynote, which featured changes to the Mac both expected and unexpected and some long-wanted updates for iOS. Did the iPad updates let us down? Are we ready for the Apple Watch to track our sleep?
June 15, 2020
It's time for the 2020 WWDC Keynote draft! Jason and Myke pick items both obvious and obscure, in the hopes of predicting what Apple will do on next week's keynote livestream. Also, we announce Upgrade+ – really!
June 8, 2020
With WWDC two weeks away, Myke and Jason share their wishes for iPadOS updates. They also analyze why they love certain kinds of games but are repelled by others and discuss Apple's inevitable move into streaming live sports.
June 8, 2020
With WWDC two weeks away, Myke and Jason share their wishes for iPadOS updates. They also analyze why they love certain kinds of games but are repelled by others and discuss Apple's inevitable move into streaming live sports.
June 1, 2020
It's episode 300! This week Myke and Jason draft stories from the next hundred episodes of Upgrade, and we answer all of your questions about the podcast.
May 25, 2020
This week we talk Apple's commitment to its video streaming service, Spotify and the future of podcasting, and then Myke at the Movies skips school to watch "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." #saveferris
May 18, 2020
Apple Stores are reopening in many parts of the world, but should you go? Also, TSMC plans to build a factory in the U.S., TV shows are being produced remotely during the lockdown, and Apple News+ turns to audio in an attempt to improve its service.
May 11, 2020
This week Jason and Myke ponder the mysteries of the 13-inch MacBook Pro(s), an online-only WWDC, BBC job titles, IKEA orders, and their least-favorite Apple products ever.
May 4, 2020
This week Mark Gurman joins us to discuss how Apple is handling its product plans during the pandemic! Then Myke and Jason discuss the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Jason finally gets to tell his tale of Drobo devastation.
April 27, 2020
Our hosts are the target audience for Apple's new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, and we've got their full review. Then we ponder the balance of power between governments and tech giants over COVID-19 Bluetooth tracking.
April 20, 2020
Apple tweaks the Mac's battery settings, a new iPhone SE arrives, the first reviews of the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro are in, and Apple's over-ear AirPods seem to be creeping closer.
April 13, 2020
Apple and Google join up to trace virus contacts, a bunch of TV shows are available for free, and Bloomberg adds a bit of normalcy by reporting about the next generation of iPhones. Finally, Myke at the Movies voyages to "Star Trek IV."
April 6, 2020
How will COVID-19 change the future of consumer technology? Why is Zoom the videoconferencing tool of the moment, and why has it had so many security and privacy issues? We also discuss Amazon's ability to sell and rent movies on iOS.
March 30, 2020
This week Myke got a new iPad Pro, so he and Jason compare notes. Then we enter the Conspiracy Room™ for talk about that iPad, pro iPad apps, and ARM Macs. Plus: Whimsical iPad cursors and ol' Tim "Contingency" Cook!
March 24, 2020
Jason's got the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro, so it's time to dig in. But we're also excited about the new iPad Magic Keyboard, iPad cursors, and... the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar?
March 16, 2020
This week your WFH hosts offer advice to newly homebound workers, discuss how the global pandemic has affected all corners of Apple's business, and leave a little time for speculation about future Apple product releases.
March 9, 2020
COVID-19 continues to upend tech industry plans, a report suggests new Apple devices with new display tech, and we get excited about the possibility of a proper mouse cursor in iPadOS 14.
March 2, 2020
So is Apple really releasing a Smart Keyboard with a built-in trackpad? That's the latest report, and Jason and Myke have a lot of questions about it. And in Upstream, Disney+ gets its "expensive NBC" moment on Instagram.
February 24, 2020
Clearing up controversies about pockets and malware, the coronavirus affects Apple's business, and news reports surface involving ARM Macs and default apps on iOS.
February 17, 2020
Myke met the people for whom the Mac Pro was made, and reports back with details. Jason tries to combat confusion about whether the Mac is really being attacked by malware and explains what Apple is doing to stop it.
February 10, 2020
Why did Apple release surprising new beta features this month? We discuss what it might mean for the future of Mac app development, iPad Pro accessories, and the processors powering future Macs. And can someone get Taika Waititi a 16-inch MacBook Pro?
February 3, 2020
It's time for our annual dive into the Six Colors Apple Report Card, as Jason and Myke interpret the scores and comments of 65 Apple-watchers and add their own views on where the company is succeeding--and where it's not.
January 27, 2020
It's the 10th anniversary of the announcement of the iPad! Myke and Jason discuss why the seeds of the iPad's success were visible on day one, the changes in the iPad's life cycle over time, and how the iPad fits in our daily lives today.
January 21, 2020
We close the book on the 2010s with a special draft of Apple keynotes and media events from the past decade, joined by special guest Stephen Hackett. And in Upstream news, it's a busy season of announcements for both Apple TV+ and Peacock.
January 13, 2020
Myke's gone (to) Hollywood: We cover Netflix's record Oscar nominations, Apple's first TV award and critic press tour, and why Apple execs can't stop talking about Services and Wearables. Plus we've got updates on our home-office upgrades.
January 6, 2020
Jason's got predictions for 2020, including many iPhones and an unusual Apple laptop. Plus the new Brydge iPad keyboard with trackpad and a lot of streaming and smart-home news.
December 30, 2019
It's time for the Upgradies! Myke and Jason discuss their favorites of 2019, take the input of 1500 Upgradians, and hand out awards in numerous categories! Only the finest will walk away with the most coveted of titles: Upgradies Winner.
December 23, 2019
This week we try to solve a technology mystery. What if there was a murder, but no body? What if there were victims, but no crime? We all want answers: Who killed the butterfly keyboard, and why?
December 16, 2019
How is Apple TV+ like a bicycle? Is the Mac Pro made in the USA? Why can you play Apple Podcasts from the Amazon Echo? This week Jason and Myke answer these questions, and ponder the negative reaction from some pro users to the price of the Mac Pro.
December 9, 2019
How would an iPhone without any ports even work? Also, Apple gets Golden Globe nominations and Jason explains why you don't need a Mac Pro.
December 2, 2019
This week we get caught up on Apple services (Apple Pay, Apple News+, Apple Arcade), Jason gives Myke a tour of CarPlay in iOS 13, and we feed the tech podcast ecosystem with discussions of office lighting and weather stations.
November 25, 2019
This week we discuss Tim Cook's political high-wire act, Apple's attempts to reduce bugs in future iOS releases, and Jason's wishes for iOS 14. Finally, just in time for the holidays, Myke at the Movies returns with 1988's "Die Hard."
November 18, 2019
A week later, we're pondering the 16-inch MacBook Pro and what it means about how Apple listens to customers and criticism. We also wonder where Apple will take touchscreen devices and whether we're uncomfortable about Apple's interest in AR.
November 13, 2019
The butterfly keyboard era is over! Apple announces the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, featuring a new keyboard and a lot more. And Jason has an exclusive interview with the MacBook Pro product manager, Shruti Haldea.
November 4, 2019
Apple TV+ has finally arrived, so this week we talk about the first round of shows (and the disappointing TV app) Also: Our review of the new AirPods Pro and Apple's quarterly results show that down is up.
October 29, 2019
Jason has no power or Internet, so this week Myke gives him the details about the new AirPods Pro, the first reviews of Apple TV+ shows, iOS 13.2 and a perplexing HomePod software update, and Apple’s rumored reboot of its smart-home initiative.
October 21, 2019
Everything's new for Myke, who's back with a "new" Mac running a "new" macOS. Apple TV+ launches next week, so there's an enormous collection of Upstream news. And we ponder what products Apple might release this fall, with or without a special event.
October 14, 2019
James Thomson joins Jason to discuss Catalyst, the end of DragThing, and Apple's complex relationship with China.
October 7, 2019
macOS Catalina has arrived and Jason's got his full review, plus we dig into the new multi-screened mobile device announcements from Microsoft (and what they might mean for Apple), and put on our sweaters to talk about Deep Fusion photography.
September 30, 2019
Jason finished his iPhone 11 review nearly two weeks after the fact, Myke is back in the Apple Watch game with a new Series 5 model, and we hear from a bunch of Apple Store employees.
September 23, 2019
We've got the new iPhones and it's time for our first hands-on impressions. How has Apple improved the upgrade experience? Could the Apple Store pick-up experience use a little more attention? We break it all down.
September 16, 2019
Upgrade turns five and we're waiting for our new Apple hardware. But there's still time to reflect on last week's announcements, deal with a flood of Apple TV+ news, ponder Apple's fragmented OS release schedule, and prepare for the arrival of iOS 13.
September 11, 2019
Jason has returned from Cupertino, where he watched Apple unveil the new iPhone 11 models, a new Apple Watch that adds a feature we had given up hope of ever seeing, and details about when we'll see Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.
September 2, 2019
It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the Steve Jobs Theater next week! They draft 10 different things they expect will happen--or not happen--next Tuesday.
August 26, 2019
Jason and Myke can't agree on the definition of "lemonade" but they're together in Jason's office this week to discuss the impending iPhone event and reflect on nearly five years of independence and Upgrade.
August 19, 2019
Special guest Stephen Hackett joins us to discuss the current state of the Mac in both hardware and software. We also ponder Apple's choices in naming the new iPhones, and Jason wonders if the Apple Watch even needs an upgrade this fall.
August 12, 2019
This week we check in on our beta OS experiences, discuss why Apple's move to ARM MacBooks seems inevitable, and ponder how Apple will respond to Disney's low-priced streaming service bundle.
August 6, 2019
Money is in the air! Apple's making more of it on wearables and services and less on the iPhone, and its credit card is starting to roll out. We also have some follow up on Siri surveillance and Catalina security, and make a very long-term bet.
July 29, 2019
Humans listening to Siri audio, macOS Catalina's aggressive security features, and a possibly pricey 16-inch MacBook Pro--where did the Summer of Fun go? Relax: Upstream's got news about Hobbits and superheroes, and we've got a special summer #askupgrade!
July 22, 2019
Apple may make premium podcasts, Netflix loses subscribers just as it's about to face tough competition, and Myke and Jason draft the most appealing video streaming services of 2020!
July 15, 2019
Normal episode's this. #askupgrade, Apple laptops and retail changes, Warner Media's HBO Max, and #snelltalk. Back are @imyke and @jsnell! Listen!
July 8, 2019
Guest Marco Arment joins Jason and Myke to discuss the possibility of new Apple laptop keyboards at last, his Overcast priorities over the next year, and the future of podcasting. Plus: Jony Ive cold takes, streaming-video wars, and cappuccino.
July 1, 2019
The Summer of Fun goes old school, as two of Jason's colleagues from back in the 1990s compare Apple's many transitions over the years to the ones Apple faces today. Also, if movies and TV shows aren't available via streaming, do they even exist?
June 24, 2019
It's Public Beta time! This week we get Jason's review of the macOS Catalina beta. Also Upstream returns (half a billion for JJ Abrams?) and Myke at the Movies calls on "Kiki's Delivery Service."
June 17, 2019
Jason and Myke kick off the The Upgrade Summer of Fun by building the official Upgrade iPhone home screen. 28 apps will be picked! Four will win coveted spaces in the dock! Rules will be invented on the fly! Also, we explain what a draft is.
June 10, 2019
This week we get over our WWDC hangover with a discussion of our favorite new iPadOS 13 features, then we take a look at Catalyst and SwiftUI, featuring an exclusive interview with Apple's Wiley Hodges and Josh Shaffer.
June 3, 2019
The WWDC 2019 keynote was packed full with new announcements. Now, live from San Jose, Jason and Myke come together to talk about iOS 13, macOS Catalina, the introduction of iPadOS, and the new Mac Pro.
May 27, 2019
Jason and Myke compete in predicting what will happen during the WWDC keynote next week. Will there be new hardware? What will macOS be called? How many times will we see Tim Cook? This week we guess, but next week reality will be our judge
May 20, 2019
With the WWDC draft a week away, Jason and Myke engage in a flight of fancy, discussing all their wishes for iOS and macOS developments that probably won't happen. Also, Jason has to retrieve his iPad.
May 13, 2019
Busy week this week: using old software, how third-party apps respond to Apple's app updates, a Supreme Court ruling, continued Apple Retail issues, new iPhone rumors, and iPad Pro keyboard reviews!
May 6, 2019
Apple's financial results lead us to discuss a new focus on iPhone sales and Apple throwing Intel under the bus. Then @markgurman of Bloomberg swoops in with a huge collection of macOS, iOS, and watchOS rumors for us to dissect.
April 29, 2019
Jason struggles between the Mac's insistence on file management and iOS's lack of it, Podcasts take a step toward going viral with some help from Overcast, and we prepare for the Upgrade Summer of Fun with a new arrival from Dongletown.
April 23, 2019
This week we're all about Guilherme Rambo's reporting about the future of Apple's platforms, from Find My Friends to new support for external displays and pointing devices, to the complicated future of automation on macOS. Plus Kindles, 5G, and YouTube!
April 15, 2019
Disney unveils Disney+ (and what game does Apple thinks it's playing?), we get a sneak peek at iOS 13 features courtesy of @_inside, and coping with the major changes due for the Mac this fall with the departure of iTunes and the arrival of Marzipan.
April 9, 2019
John Siracusa joins Jason to discuss how 2019 is potentially an enormous year for the Mac in both hardware and software. Also, we make time to swap TiVo stories and generate John's Hierarchy of Mac Pro Needs.
April 1, 2019
This week we say goodbye to AirPower, ponder the place of the new iPad Mini, speculate a bit about Apple Arcade, and take a hard look at Apple News+. Also, Jason literally sits in the iMac Pro Gap.
March 26, 2019
This week we break down Apple's star-studded services event! Apple TV+! A credit card! A games subscription service! And can Apple News+ make an impact? Plus, the results of our event draft!
March 19, 2019
The new iMacs are here, and Jason has an exclusive interview with the iMac product manager. We also discuss the new iPads, and then Jason and Myke draft what they think will happen at next week’s Apple Event!
March 11, 2019
Disney opens the vault for its streaming service, we rank our own MacBook Hierarchy of Needs, and Jason goes against Myke's advice and records some podcasts using only an iPad.
March 4, 2019
This week, Upgrade gets controversial! Face ID vs. Touch ID! Apple execs tinkering with TV content! iOS apps invading the Mac! Netflix - threat or menace? The British TV licence! And a laser explosion!
February 25, 2019
This week Myke is excited about Samsung and Huawei's folding phones and Jason wonders if this is technology consumers actually want. Plus we take some time to contemplate the planned roll-out of Marzipan for macOS.
February 18, 2019
A 16-inch MacBook Pro and a 6K display are among the latest Apple 2019 hardware rumors, so this week Myke and Jason take turns dissecting them and our speculation engine goes way off the rails.
February 11, 2019
How will the iPad's home screen evolve in 2019? Myke and Jason make a wish list, and also discuss Apple Retail, Spotify's investment in podcasting, and more streaming-media news.
February 4, 2019
Apple's quarterly results hint at iPhone sales and prices, Apple reaches a fork in the road for its keyboard designs, and it's the official opening of 2020 iPhone Rumor Season.
January 28, 2019
It's time for Jason's annual poll of 55 Apple watchers, to see how they judge the company's performance in 2018. Plus, we discuss Apple's possible new game subscription service!
January 22, 2019
This week we imagine how Apple might make an iPhone with a foldable OLED screen, discuss Apple's fancy new iPad Pro videos, and Jason tries to explain NBC's confusing new streaming service to Myke.
January 14, 2019
2019 iPhone rumor season is officially open! Will Apple add cameras to the phones of #maxclub members? And why did Jason add a HomeKit lock and a Roomba to his collection of smart-home devices this Christmas?
January 7, 2019
It's a new year and the news is huge: Apple missed its iPhone sales forecast and announced surprising partnerships with TV makers. Also Jason got to try the forthcoming Brydge keyboard for his iPad Pro.
December 31, 2018
It’s time for the Fifth Annual Upgradies! Myke and Jason take the input of more than a thousand Upgradians, and hand out awards in numerous categories! Only the finest will walk away with the most coveted of titles: Upgradies Winner.
December 24, 2018
Then it was, as Myke and Jason began their preparations for the Christmas holiday, that they were visited by three ghosts, representing the spirit of Apple past, present, and future.
December 17, 2018
This week we try to understand Apple's plans to build a "Netflix for magazines" inside of Apple News, Jason confesses his love for the new Apple Pencil, and we celebrate the season with a special Myke at the Movies about "Miracle on 34th Street".
December 10, 2018
Are the old rules giving way to a whole new set of Apple strategies? This week we discuss Apple's recent aggressive promotional deals, and Jason connects Shortcuts with ancient Web APIs.
December 3, 2018
John Siracusa joins Jason to discuss the future of Apple's ARM processors, Apple Music comes to the Amazon Echo, the future of Apple's forthcoming TV service, and the prospects for an Apple-built external touchscreen display.
November 26, 2018
Where does iOS go from here? This week Myke and Jason discuss the top 10 iPad features for iOS 13 they'd like to see. Also, Myke at the Movies returns, as Myke watches "My Neighbor Totoro" for the first time.
November 19, 2018
This week we follow up on our iPad Pro reviews, as Jason integrates the new iPad Pro into his writing set-up and starts using the Apple Pencil for more than just drawing doodles. Plus there's more about keyboards and Apple's dream of Academy Awards.
November 12, 2018
After a week with the new iPad Pro, it's time for our in-depth review of what we like and don't like about Apple's latest tablet. Which size is the best? Does the new Apple Pencil pass Myke's tests? And why is Jason so angry about Apple's pro apps?
November 6, 2018
It's review time! Hear Jason's thoughts on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini. How do they fit in to Apple's product line? Who are these machines for? Also: The iPhone XR – is it a 'budget' iPhone, or is it the right iPhone for most people?
October 30, 2018
Live from New York, it's Jason – reporting in after Apple's big event with first impressions about the new iPad Pros, Mac Mini, and MacBook Air. Plus: Our draft winner is revealed!
October 23, 2018
It's time for your Upgrade hosts to go for glory and risk the agony of defeat--all in view of a studio audience in Chicago, Illinois.
October 15, 2018
Why are we so grumpy about the state of faces on the Apple Watch? It's complicated. Also: Real Photoshop for the iPad, and "free" Apple streaming TV shows?
October 9, 2018
What's going on with the Apple-Businessweek kerfuffle? Is the iPad Pro going to make us all take an excursion to Dongletown? And Myke and Jason ponder a get-rich-quick scheme in which Upgrade becomes a series of epic fantasy novels.
October 1, 2018
Where will the iPad Pro go next? Did the Apple Store come through where Apple's online ordering system failed? And pull up a chair, because it's time for Jason to tell you the story of his summer-long battle with IKEA. #frösönquest
September 24, 2018
The iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 are here, and Myke and Jason offer their first impressions of all the new devices. Plus macOS Mojave arrives and Apple sets some interesting standards for its forthcoming video service.
September 17, 2018
This week Myke and Jason welcome their favorite features of iOS 12, await their latest Apple purchases, and discuss the fallout from Apple's decision to focus on larger and more expensive phones this time around.
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