00:01:10 ◼ ► Yeah, I know. I am very confident that you have good reasons for it and have good uses for it,
00:01:21 ◼ ► It's very nice of Apple to do that, because a very classic Apple move would be like, "Yeah, it's gone. Forget it."
00:02:04 ◼ ► So when I would go away from my screen, I would just type command space, lock, return, and walk away.
00:02:30 ◼ ► although Apple just changed their name to Quick Actions and gave them logos and put them on the touch bar.
00:02:34 ◼ ► So in Mojave, they got a little brush up, which means they're slightly less random than they were before.
00:02:40 ◼ ► I use those all the time. We were talking before we started recording about how there are all these things that are like,
00:02:45 ◼ ► "Oh, you can do this terminal command that is really convenient to process a file for a podcast."
00:02:50 ◼ ► And I think to myself, "Well, I don't want to do that. I don't want to launch the terminal every time I want to process a file."
00:02:56 ◼ ► And so I wrote a little Automator thing with a script in it that basically runs that terminal command
00:03:02 ◼ ► when I select a file and choose Services submenu, right-click on it, choose the Services submenu,
00:03:12 ◼ ► And then the other thing that seems kind of random that I use is I have my dock on the right,
00:03:17 ◼ ► which, you know, Apple wants everybody to have the dock on the bottom, but they do let you put the dock on the right.
00:03:23 ◼ ► I used to pin the dock to the top as well, so it was top right, but you can't do that anymore.
00:03:33 ◼ ► - It's the driving side. In the UK, you dock on the left. In the US, you dock on the right. It makes sense.
00:03:39 ◼ ► - I do use a hot corner, the top right hot corner. When I drag my mouse up to the top right-hand corner,
00:03:45 ◼ ► it turns on a screensaver on my iMac. It's the only way a screensaver is turned on on my iMac is by that.
00:03:52 ◼ ► - You know, I have my cursor movement cranked up so high, and one of the things that I've always done,
00:04:02 ◼ ► very large gestures to move my mouse around my screen. And one of the side effects of that is that
00:04:08 ◼ ► you fling your cursor into the corner a lot. And so I did a lot of accidental triggers, and I don't like that.
00:04:14 ◼ ► - Do you have it turned up high sensitivity or low sensitivity to move your cursor then? Which one do you mean?
00:04:27 ◼ ► - Yeah. - Okay. Okay. So you're, like, you know, probably, I assume, keeping your finger mostly in the same place,
00:04:34 ◼ ► in, like, the middle of the trackpad or whatever. - In the middle of the trackpad, right.
00:04:37 ◼ ► But if I want to, on this 27 inch screen, especially if I want to get somewhere, you know, I'll fling, I do this, I do a grand gesture.
00:04:43 ◼ ► I always figured that this was one reason that I didn't have RSI issues with my pointing device, was like when I use the trackball especially, because that had a pleasant, you know, you kind of roll the ball and it keeps rolling.
00:04:54 ◼ ► It's all very big gesture instead of like little detailed fine movements. I always feel like I'm doing a lot of, when I'm doing big movement, I'm not going move, move, move, move, move, move, move, move. I'm going, and it just kind of flings it over there.
00:05:14 ◼ ► But anyway, that's my method of pointing is not very conducive to hot corners because I fling my cursor into the hot corners all the time and it's a bad idea.
00:05:28 ◼ ► If people don't know about it, like there's a at least small collection of things that you can set off by putting your, by parking your cursor in the corner of the screen.
00:05:49 ◼ ► You can put the display to sleep, which seems like an awkward one to have to deal with.
00:05:54 ◼ ► But, well, that's, but that's like the, um, yeah, that's, that's kind of like locking the screen, but yeah.
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00:06:13 ◼ ► So we spoke a lot about TVs last week and, um, up to that point, it was unknown how many more manufacturers would join, um, LG and Samsung, uh, with the, uh, with, with adding airplay and homekit to the television sets Sony.
00:06:49 ◼ ► I actually have a hot corner, uh, configured on my Mac that I didn't even remember, but it's, it's the it's it doesn't do anything.
00:07:06 ◼ ► So if I am like doing something where I don't want the screensaver to come on, like, uh, you know, just like keep the UI visible.
00:07:15 ◼ ► I'm going to go away, but I don't want the screensaver to kick in and the computer to lock.
00:07:22 ◼ ► So in the, I can move my cursor to the upper left corner and then the screensaver doesn't engage, which is, you can see why I didn't even think about that because it's not kicking anything off.
00:07:42 ◼ ► I think it was, well, we definitely are still waiting for the other shoe to drop with this to kind of understand what this is all going to look like.
00:07:48 ◼ ► Um, you know, like is Samsung going to be the only manufacturer with direct ties into the apps?
00:07:58 ◼ ► Um, yeah, I'm, I'm, I'm intrigued to see how, how this is all going to shake out over the coming months.
00:08:08 ◼ ► We're moving into upstream now, slight, ever so slightly one foot in the upstream, uh, segment bucket, but a spring, I think we're going to see something in the spring from Apple about the TV service.
00:08:29 ◼ ► I think, I feel like sooner rather than later, I think they maybe want to get out in front of the Disney service, which is supposed to come.
00:08:34 ◼ ► And the Warner media service, both of which are supposed to come, I think, toward the last half of the year.
00:08:43 ◼ ► This was a, we were originally going to talk about this topic last week, but we moved it for obvious reasons, but it still warrants discussion.
00:08:50 ◼ ► Netflix have removed in-app subscriptions on iOS, so you can no longer sign up for a Netflix plan in the Netflix iOS app.
00:09:02 ◼ ► Um, and I really liked, uh, John Gruber wrote an article about this during fireball where he kind of like took a look at the page and all that was there was just the login and a help button.
00:09:17 ◼ ► I love the idea of, of John Gruber doing some acting as he speaks to the Netflix support person.
00:09:36 ◼ ► This could cost Apple about $256 million a year with the lot, with the cut, with the loss of their cart of Netflix's revenue coming from iOS.
00:09:45 ◼ ► Um, it is worth remembering that Netflix at least had a lot of customers that were being charged 15%, not 30%, because the app store cuts this in half a year after subscription, right?
00:09:59 ◼ ► So if you subscribe to a year, no matter who you are, if you have an in-app subscription, no matter what developer you are, after one year, Apple cuts their cut down to 15% for those customers.
00:10:09 ◼ ► However, it has been long rumored that Netflix never paid that 30% and that they were always paying 15%.
00:10:24 ◼ ► And what do you think about Apple's kind of position and stance with this type of thing specifically?
00:10:36 ◼ ► I get the idea that Apple doesn't want the app store to become filled with kind of sleazy stuff where they're taking you off to their own web service and asking for your credit card.
00:11:24 ◼ ► So, I mean, I suppose, you know, they could, they could leak your credit card, but it's less likely than random company could leak your credit.
00:11:31 ◼ ► I mean, I, I, my feeling on that is it hasn't happened yet and I'm assuming people were trying to break into Apple's credit card database many, many times a day.
00:11:40 ◼ ► So I feel like at this point they are one of the, probably the safest places to have your credit card information.
00:11:49 ◼ ► If you've got a system that has face ID or touch ID, if you can't, you know, it's, it's got all of this stuff going for it.
00:11:56 ◼ ► So from a user perspective, having every payment go through Apple, um, I get why it's easier that way.
00:12:03 ◼ ► And then this comes back to the thing that you and I have definitely talked about more than once, usually about Amazon, but Netflix is a good example too, which is at the same time, there are a lot of businesses that are reluctant to give away a big percentage to Apple or, or can't because of margins.
00:12:19 ◼ ► And I think about like Kindle books and things like that, where like the whole margin would be gone.
00:12:23 ◼ ► And then some, if you gave Apple their cut, where there's gotta be a carve out and that that's, I, and I get like, I, when we talk about this, we get a lot of feedback from people who are like, well, if Apple does that, they have to do it for everyone.
00:12:40 ◼ ► So like, I would, I would say that, you know, what I would like to see is Apple for again, to make it as easy as possible for users, uh, to let companies like Amazon and Netflix put their, uh, you know, put their, their regular signup form in their app, even if it's just a web.
00:13:02 ◼ ► Um, at the very least, it would be nice if they could actually say, you need to sign up for this on the web and kick it out to a Safari page.
00:13:10 ◼ ► My frustration is that Apple, I think motivated by the fact, and this is the part that isn't motivated by the fact that it's better for users.
00:13:25 ◼ ► So like the Kindle app can't point you at the, at the, uh, at the place to go, that comicsology gap can't open a web view or kick you out to Safari in order to buy stuff.
00:13:40 ◼ ► That's bad for the users because, uh, it's Apple saying, well, if you're not going to use our system and let us skim 15% off the top, then you just have to pretend that, uh, your website doesn't exist.
00:13:55 ◼ ► So I, so I get like, I get Apple's point, which is they want to use their leverage of, of using their easy to use payment system to get a cut from your business.
00:14:07 ◼ ► But I also understand that there's some businesses for whom that is, they just can't, they're there.
00:14:19 ◼ ► I mean, the only way it could be worse, I guess, is that if they said, if you don't use our system, you can't be on our platform, but that's not going to happen because Apple's not going to kick Netflix off and they're not going to kick Amazon off.
00:14:33 ◼ ► I get that Apple is, uh, going to miss, you know, $250 million a year of their cut from Netflix.
00:14:45 ◼ ► I'm giving my, and having been in this, uh, working for a media company, it's not just that, but I'm giving away my customer data.
00:14:54 ◼ ► They're Apple customers and I get some money back, but they're, they're Apple customers.
00:14:58 ◼ ► And, um, you know, even if I wasn't reselling people's data and all that, it's like, I don't know who they are anymore.
00:15:08 ◼ ► I can't, uh, you know, there's a limit to what I can, I can individually profile them by a code, but that's not quite the same thing.
00:15:16 ◼ ► So it's one of those things where for the user's sake, I think Apple needs to open this up more.
00:15:20 ◼ ► Um, I don't think Apple needs to give away their payment system, but I would really like Apple to loosen the restrictions on this stuff so that it's a better experience for the users.
00:15:28 ◼ ► You shouldn't have to launch Netflix and, and have it be like, I can't help you here, you know, figure out what to do.
00:15:43 ◼ ► You know, that all said, um, I don't really, uh, like the, the advantage of doing it Apple's way before was that, um, you could sign up for Netflix within Apple's world and manage it through your
00:16:06 ◼ ► Like, why would I, you know, because, but I know that Apple's taking a cut for nothing other than using the in-app purchases.
00:16:19 ◼ ► Like, I mean, I used to buy my comics on Comixology when they were available in app purchase.
00:16:24 ◼ ► I still bought them on the web because I thought, why am I giving Apple a cut of this transaction?
00:16:33 ◼ ► So it's, you know, I would say don't, uh, the other thing that happens sometimes is some, some people have experimented with the idea that it costs more inside the in-app purchase than it does on the outside.
00:16:43 ◼ ► And they're basically like, you're paying Apple for the convenience of it, which I don't love either.
00:16:48 ◼ ► Um, but I can totally see Netflix saying, this doesn't make sense for us to channel our people through your system because what's the point in that?
00:17:04 ◼ ► Like they were trying to make it cheaper if you subscribed outside of, uh, the app store and then there were no Spotify updates for a long time.
00:17:23 ◼ ► Like when a lot of their competitors had done this a long time ago, Netflix still kept it around, you know, they, they do a pretty good job of it, of adapting to new platforms and, you know, being on the Apple TV and all that kind of stuff.
00:17:36 ◼ ► And I was wondering, Jason, do you think that maybe the business relationship has changed now that Apple is about to start competing with them?
00:17:59 ◼ ► I mean, who can tell what the, what the, uh, corporate culture is inside of Netflix, especially my feelings, like if they were questioning it, like if they're on the fence about whether they wanted to keep doing this, that would definitely be a part of like, all right.
00:18:23 ◼ ► It's like, why are we allowing our competition to, to, to filter our, our money, take a cut and then pass it on to us?
00:18:30 ◼ ► Like if you start looking at it, okay, so they brought a billion dollars together, right?
00:18:42 ◼ ► Like if I was in charge of Netflix, I would kind of, at that point, be like, well, they don't do anything for us, right?
00:18:51 ◼ ► That's what I was going to say is think of it this way, which is Apple's in-app purchase and subscription program is a convenience that makes it easier for users and easier for, um, app makers and service makers, especially on smaller, smaller ones, right?
00:19:09 ◼ ► It's, it's the ones, it's the little independent developers, especially, but it is a convenience to make it a better experience for users and a, a streamlined experience for the vendors.
00:19:36 ◼ ► It just makes things weirder and, and they're working at a scale where it's enormous sums of money that they're throwing in for some arguable, but small, uh, user benefit.
00:19:59 ◼ ► Uh, and also this is a lot of these decisions are made for kind of like smaller vendors.
00:20:14 ◼ ► This is not a system built for selling comic books at very low margins through Comixology.
00:20:21 ◼ ► And so I, I keep thinking that the ideal thing for Apple to do is to work with these vendors and say, all right, this is obviously not going to work.
00:20:33 ◼ ► The problem with something like Netflix is it obviously did sort of work because there was a lot of, a lot of stuff that that is still going through.
00:20:50 ◼ ► If, uh, Netflix walks away at the same time, you know, Netflix walking away, like there's an opportunity missed there for Apple.
00:20:58 ◼ ► Is there, is there some other approach that Apple could take to them and for Amazon in general?
00:21:02 ◼ ► Cause this comes, for me, it keeps coming back to like the Kindle books and comics and stuff too, which is like, it's just a bad user experience.
00:21:08 ◼ ► And Apple is going to insist on it being a bad user experience, even though it's impossible for Amazon to make any, you know, they'll lose money on everything they sell if they, if they do it that way.
00:21:20 ◼ ► And so what it, we're kind of at an impasse and I just think that it's a bad user experience and Apple should do something to correct it.
00:21:31 ◼ ► All of this stuff is counted as services revenue, all of that, uh, Netflix money that comes in and then Apple kicks, uh, you know, 85% of it back out.
00:21:46 ◼ ► So yeah, uh, I, I see why Apple is motivated here, but it's just frustrating because it's a system built for a different business model than the one that they're enforcing on Netflix and Amazon.
00:22:03 ◼ ► They are the makers of the hardware solution that turns your iPad into a wireless display for your Mac, meaning you'll have a second display that is incredibly portable with basically zero lag and beautiful image quality.
00:22:24 ◼ ► But let's imagine that you have, well, I have your laptop with you and your iPad with you and you're traveling here, maybe you're in a hotel room, maybe you're on a plane or something.
00:22:32 ◼ ► I don't know, no matter where you are and you want to be able to have these two screens available to you, you can also plug in via USB as well.
00:22:39 ◼ ► Super simple to set up and you'll get that extra screen real estate whenever and wherever you want.
00:22:44 ◼ ► So for example, you could be sitting in front of your iMac like I am right now and you could have Luna Display set up with a screen on the side.
00:22:54 ◼ ► Or maybe like, you know, when I think Stephen Hackett does this, when he's recording a show, he has audio hijack on Luna Display on his iPad to the side.
00:23:04 ◼ ► For me, Luna Display has turned Mac OS into an app on my iPad, which I love so much because I have my Luna Display plugged into my Mac Mini.
00:23:14 ◼ ► And now whenever I'm at home and I need to jump onto the Mac for something, because maybe a website's acting up or I need to go in and do something, maybe I need to do some like Dropbox file administration or whatever for stuff that I don't...
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00:24:18 ◼ ► The Wall Street Journal has published a report saying that Apple plans to introduce three new iPhones again in September of this year.
00:24:32 ◼ ► And pretty much the only real big detail that the Wall Street Journal has in this article is the idea that there's going to be some camera changes.
00:24:40 ◼ ► So let's say the iPhone 11, so what will replace the XS, no changes for the amount of lenses that it's getting.
00:24:49 ◼ ► Of course, those lenses will be updated in some way, but that's going to be a dual lens on the back phone.
00:24:56 ◼ ► The 11R will get two lenses, so it's going to get an extra lens from the XR to the 11R.
00:25:07 ◼ ► It is not stated at all in this article what that third camera could be used for, just that there's three of them.
00:25:15 ◼ ► And the thing is, it is until there's any more information or until like any more rumors or until Apple shows it off, it could be anything,
00:25:29 ◼ ► On some phones, that third lens is basically unusable by the user, but it's used to collect more data for portrait mode and stuff like that.
00:25:57 ◼ ► So like they seem to focus on the literal amount of cameras being some kind of key selling point of phones.
00:26:04 ◼ ► They say that they are lagging behind phones that have multiple phones, lenses, including the Galaxy A9, which I think is from their budget line and Samsung,
00:26:17 ◼ ► And the Mate 20, which has three, and the Mate 20 is a Huawei phone, which is, if you are aware, that's the one that is the phone that won MKBHD's blind camera test to everybody's surprise, which was really funny.
00:26:30 ◼ ► But for some reason, the Wall Street Journal seems to think that the amount of lenses somehow makes the phone just better.
00:26:52 ◼ ► And you look at companies adding four cameras on the back and you say to yourself, like, who are they fooling here?
00:27:02 ◼ ► That's either fooling, who would be a big enough sucker to believe that that was relevant?
00:27:07 ◼ ► The part that got me is they had this whole thing about how Apple needs to catch up with the competition.
00:27:11 ◼ ► And then they mentioned these completely random phones instead of the Pixel 3, which is the consensus among tech reviewers' best smartphone camera.
00:27:25 ◼ ► Like, you know, it might add some stuff, but just adding a third lens to this phone, we now we can't just all walk away and be like, great, it's now going to be like the Pixel.
00:27:43 ◼ ► So having three, I'm sure that Apple is not putting a third lens on there for check marks on a specs list, right?
00:28:04 ◼ ► It's like a super bump that's got three cameras and the flash and a microphone on the back.
00:28:14 ◼ ► But I do wonder, like, if you put three cameras in a kind of a V configuration, it gives you more parallax to work with in terms of detecting depth.
00:28:29 ◼ ► Yeah, I'm sure that that's if this is the case, if it kind of looks like this, at least.
00:28:37 ◼ ► I don't know if it would look like that design-wise with this kind of round rack just stuck to the back of the phone, but who knows?
00:28:50 ◼ ► You know, there may also be like smart HDR things where with the multiple cameras, they have tricks that they, you know, my guess is that their camera group and their photography group pushed for this camera configuration if it's real.
00:29:10 ◼ ► You extra millimeter as a separation between these lenses can give us this amount of difference, right?
00:29:21 ◼ ► Is it better low light performance because one of the cameras is going to be better in low light?
00:29:27 ◼ ► But my guess is that Apple is, you know, Apple doesn't do stuff like this backward like that.
00:29:39 ◼ ► Um, I think it's interesting that these rumors are about the back the back cameras, right?
00:29:44 ◼ ► Because the front camera is the other thought, like the idea of having the, you know, a wide angle selfie mode on doing more interesting things with the with the front.
00:29:57 ◼ ► The true frontier of smartphone feature wars is the camera because it's the most important feature.
00:30:12 ◼ ► Because this is the thing that I carry around with me and take all of my pictures like that.
00:30:20 ◼ ► Apple Apple always focuses on their on their camera and the functionality of the camera.
00:30:25 ◼ ► So it's really interesting to see them potentially go down this path where they've got this whole camera thing on the back with all of these different sensors because it suggests that they think that they've got some very clever things that can do with it that are not described in the Wall Street Journal article, which is too busy just counting lenses.
00:30:42 ◼ ► What do you think about the idea of going back to differentiating iPhone features based on hardware size?
00:30:49 ◼ ► Well, you know, as a person who likes the small phones and not the large phones, I don't like it because it means that I'm gonna be left out of the new stuff on the bigger phone.
00:31:12 ◼ ► I think that's not unreasonable to do that because you're paying more for what you get.
00:31:20 ◼ ► Is that you're paying more for size and that's really it because there are no more features.
00:31:33 ◼ ► Yeah, because that's all it is like the battery is great, but it's still not even that much more like it's not.
00:31:43 ◼ ► The 11R is apparently going to still feature an LCD display with the plan to shift to OLED in 2020.
00:31:58 ◼ ► I mean, they would move it to OLED as soon as they can would be my expectation, but I would think it would, you know, it's just like cost prohibitive.
00:32:05 ◼ ► Apparently, Apple is also investigating if it's possible to cut any features from the line to reduce overall cost.
00:32:13 ◼ ► With 3D touch being on the table, I have no doubt that they are looking to do this stuff.
00:32:17 ◼ ► I mean, the article even kind of states the fact that like there kind of isn't really anything that they can do to these phones.
00:32:37 ◼ ► You know, like whether it's like innovation or another thing that makes this article so terrible, by the way, is that the end.
00:32:48 ◼ ► The end of this article, they back up the idea that consumers are being kept away of price and features by getting a quote from a random customer in Shanghai who left an Apple store without buying a new phone.
00:33:16 ◼ ► Did you speak to the customers that actually left the store phone and find out why they wanted them?
00:33:33 ◼ ► So we we ding we ding Bloomberg for this sometimes where they take Mark Germin's information and it's, you know, three lines and then they build a whole narrative around it.
00:33:42 ◼ ► And this is this is definitely that where they're they had they had a scoop and then they built a whole story around it.
00:34:03 ◼ ► I think I think Apple generally does controlled leaks when there's, like, some thing in the water that is not right or that isn't spun right for them and that they want to counter it.
00:34:14 ◼ ► And I mean, I suppose, like, fire up the rumor mill is a great way to take the heat off of them for what's going on now with the iPhone.
00:34:29 ◼ ► Like we turn into January and then all of a sudden the 2019 iPhone rumor story start appearing.
00:34:48 ◼ ► I the at least in the Mac rumor story, I noticed somebody saying, which is basically a summary of the Wall Street Journal story, the idea that it doesn't mean that 3D touch is necessarily going away.
00:34:59 ◼ ► But that the existing 3D touch hardware is expensive to implement and that they might take it out.
00:35:04 ◼ ► And that there's some interesting thoughts there about, like, would they try to re implement 3D touch in a different way using new technology that allows them to sense pressure in a different way that's cheaper?
00:35:15 ◼ ► And I don't know whether that's possible or not, or whether they would just kind of like push the haptic touch stuff and say, we're moving on from from 3D touch and and off to the haptic touch stuff, which is basically touch and hold with a vibration.
00:35:29 ◼ ► But interesting to to see if they're if they've got something else up their sleeve for that.
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00:37:56 ◼ ► And I want to talk to you about this because smart locks kind of feel similar to me, like electric cars or self-driving car technology as a thing that we can kind of see is the future.
00:38:08 ◼ ► But a lot of people are a little bit hesitant of or like a little bit scared of, you know, like if I get a smart lock, can someone hack into my house or if I get a smart lock, can I be locked out forever?
00:38:21 ◼ ► So I'd kind of like to understand some of the thinking and then talk about, you know, kind of your general uses.
00:38:38 ◼ ► Am I just am I just doing a stupid nerdy thing that my whole family's going to hate me for?
00:38:43 ◼ ► And quite honestly, it's like a one too many times we ended up like driving away from our house and saying, did anyone lock the door?
00:39:15 ◼ ► And by the time we, we, you know, got back in the car at the end, I had already purchased this lock.
00:39:26 ◼ ► Also, I liked, I kind of liked the idea of, uh, with the kids, um, coming and going that they, uh, like my son didn't, sometimes he had his key.
00:39:39 ◼ ► So sometimes I was like letting them in or they would have to go around and, uh, like not having to carry a key and being able to get back in the house was kind of nice.
00:39:48 ◼ ► So there were other benefits that I could, I kind of saw, but the number one was I liked the idea that I could check on my phone and basically see, yeah, the door is closed and locked and just it's done.
00:40:03 ◼ ► And I learned after writing the story that, you know, everybody's got a different situation.
00:40:06 ◼ ► We in, in Europe, as somebody pointed out, a lot of the front doors, you open the door with the key, like the key actually turns the latch.
00:40:15 ◼ ► Whereas at least in lots of parts of the United States, you have a door knob or a door latch that you push that set that is not on a lock.
00:40:25 ◼ ► It may have a lock, but it's not, um, the only way, uh, you know, you can, you can just push it if it's unlocked.
00:40:32 ◼ ► I will say so in our apartment building, um, the, the kind of the locks that are on all the doors, they have to be manually locked.
00:40:42 ◼ ► The first thing we did when we bought this place was put in a second lock that will lock, right?
00:40:47 ◼ ► Like, because that we own this place so we can do what we want with it, but there are other people that are renting that they have to remember to lock their doors.
00:40:56 ◼ ► Well, so this is what I was going to say is that, is that this didn't used to be a problem before we got our new door as a part of our renovation that we did of our house, like six, seven years ago.
00:41:05 ◼ ► Um, the, uh, the old door had a doorknob and a deadbolt and the doorknob had a lock in it and then the deadbolt had a lock.
00:41:14 ◼ ► And so if you had the doorknob set to be locked and it was turnable, there's a little thing on the back of it.
00:41:25 ◼ ► If you had, if you had a turn to unlock and our side door is still like this, um, then you would step outside and close the door and you could just turn the handle and come back in.
00:41:43 ◼ ► And what that means is every time you leave and you want to lock the door, you have to remember to put the key in the lock and lock the door.
00:42:04 ◼ ► And, um, and I will, I'll do a little sidebar here to say, um, you know, how important it is to lock your front door.
00:42:13 ◼ ► Uh, I think there are people who potentially go around and check to see if a door is open and then walk in.
00:42:29 ◼ ► It's not a perfect system, but, uh, I like the idea that our door is not going to swing open.
00:42:34 ◼ ► Somebody who is like the right level of desperate, you know, they're going to check doors that are on that will open before they'll break into something, you know, it's best to have it locked.
00:42:47 ◼ ► Cause I'm going to get, you know, we're going to get those notes of like, well, you know, it's not secure because you need a system and you need a lock.
00:42:53 ◼ ► You need lasers and dogs and sharks with lasers on their heads and all of those things.
00:43:01 ◼ ► You've got the eyes, the ears, you know, so, uh, so anyway, that, that was, that was a big part of it.
00:43:07 ◼ ► Um, and I should mention that one of the features of this is you can set it to auto lock.
00:43:11 ◼ ► So actually, and you can set the amount of time, but if the door is closed and not locked, you set a time and I think the default is two minutes and it just locks.
00:43:19 ◼ ► So my, my kids sometimes will leave and not lock the door and I'll be like, like my daughter has left for a sleepover and not lock the door and we'll be going to bed and I'll be in bed and I'll be like, wait a second.
00:43:34 ◼ ► So with this, if they, if anybody kind of comes and goes and leaves the door unlocked after two minutes, it just locks itself.
00:43:47 ◼ ► Um, it's got a little, you know, it's actually got a little module where you plug in a smart home something.
00:43:58 ◼ ► Uh, plug area and it comes, the package I bought comes with the little thing that you plug in there, uh, on the inside.
00:44:09 ◼ ► And then it has a little, uh, plug that looks like a, uh, looks like an iPhone charger brick, except all it is, it just plugs into the wall.
00:44:24 ◼ ► Uh, and if you want it on your home network for remote access and home kit and all of that, you add this little.
00:44:53 ◼ ► It's got the, the whole, uh, smart stuff package that comes along with it and it's all in a bundle and it's very easy to install it.
00:45:07 ◼ ► You can also walk up to the door and put in a code and yes, you can generate codes and you can generate and revoke codes and you can set codes for certain times.
00:45:15 ◼ ► So if you have a plumber who needs to come to the house and you're not there, this is the example they always give.
00:45:21 ◼ ► You can give them a code that'll let them in, but only on the one day, only in a period of time.
00:45:25 ◼ ► Or if you have a house cleaner who comes only on a certain day, you can give them a code.
00:45:29 ◼ ► Um, I always think those are funny cause it's like, we trust you in our house randomly or non randomly, but we don't trust you in our house randomly.
00:45:38 ◼ ► You can give a houseguest a code and it's all just punching the number on the little, uh, glass, uh, touch pad on the front.
00:45:54 ◼ ► Um, but the, the clever thing for, um, for smartphone users, uh, is there's an app, you connect it to the device and, and, uh, you authenticate and all of these things and you can turn on auto unlock.
00:46:06 ◼ ► And the way that works is when you leave your vicinity of your house and you have to leave the area.
00:46:13 ◼ ► Otherwise, every time you walk past the front door, it'll unlock, you know, it's like, oh, I see that phone on Bluetooth.
00:46:24 ◼ ► They do location services and they wait until you're out of a radius you can define of your house.
00:46:39 ◼ ► And it, you know, I wouldn't say it works a hundred percent of the time, but I would say it works 90% of the time, maybe where I come back home and either the door's already unlocked or I'm walking up and I hear the door unlock.
00:46:53 ◼ ► Or I get to the door and it, and I pushed down the handle and it hasn't unlocked and then it goes and then it unlocks.
00:47:07 ◼ ► In fact, that happens when I'm here working in my office with the door closed and the kids are coming home from school.
00:47:12 ◼ ► Um, uh, or even on the weekend, my wife's going out to go shopping or something like that.
00:47:25 ◼ ► So I'll get a little thing that says door was open, door was unlocked, door was locked.
00:47:28 ◼ ► Uh, as my, uh, and I'll say to myself, Oh, you know, my daughter's home, my son's home.
00:47:37 ◼ ► So I've also heard, I haven't tried this out yet, but I heard from, uh, I can't remember who that was.
00:47:43 ◼ ► Somebody, uh, no, was it Dave Nanian maybe who does, um, a super duper said that, uh, he actually finds that the HomeKit stuff is more, uh, rapid to respond.
00:47:54 ◼ ► And that if you set a, I think what he said is if you said it that like, when you return home, uh, turn on a, like a light switch or a smart switch somewhere, and then have it be whenever that smart switch turns on the lock unlocks.
00:48:11 ◼ ► He, he, in his experience that actually worked faster that you, that like HomeKit was even more robust at detecting your return home and, uh, and doing it.
00:48:24 ◼ ► You set up like a geofence thing in HomeKit to be like, when I get home, turn on this light and then the thing is watching for when that light turns on unlock the door.
00:48:49 ◼ ► I'm not sure I want to do it that way, um, because this is, seems reliable enough, but that's an interesting little twist.
00:48:57 ◼ ► Um, and I think it is vastly increased peace of mind and there is something kind of cool and futuristic about walking up to your front door and having it unlock before you open it because it knows your home.
00:49:19 ◼ ► One was the actual issue of the perceived convenience of being able to speak to a voice assistant, like the home pod or the Amazon echo to ask it to lock and unlock the door, which is a feature of these that someone could just shout really loudly.
00:50:00 ◼ ► And I think, um, I think it said with a code, with a security code or something like that.
00:50:09 ◼ ► And the reason is, if you think about it, it really makes a lot of sense, which is if you have smart assistance in places that are.
00:50:17 ◼ ► Close to the front door, especially like if you leave a window open, but even if the window is closed, if they can hear outside and somebody stands at your window and shouts, Hey lady, unlock the front door.
00:50:33 ◼ ► Um, and I haven't because I, at that point, most of the time, uh, it's just going to auto unlock and I can also just really quickly open up home kit and notification center and, or in control center and unlock the door.
00:50:47 ◼ ► And I've always wondered, like, what do you do if everything fails, like the technology fails you.
00:50:58 ◼ ► If the batteries, cause it's a, it's like a double A batteries are in it, which lasts a long time, they say.
00:51:10 ◼ ► There's a little space on the bottom that's completely hidden, but if you plug a nine volt battery in there, it just turns on and then you can put in the code and get in the house.
00:51:17 ◼ ► It's a little bit silly, but like if you've got a place where you hide a key or something like that, you can just hide the battery there and plug the battery in and put in the code.
00:51:32 ◼ ► And then they do highly recommend that you have an alternate, you know, an alternate way in, and we do have other doors into the house from other places that are much less convenient to go and to, to get to and to get to where the key is and to all of
00:51:51 ◼ ► Um, but, uh, but yeah, so this is that they, they quite rightly realized that somebody was going to say, well, what if the battery dies while I'm on vacation and then I can't get into my house?
00:52:01 ◼ ► And they said, well, we have the nine volt battery bypass, so keep that in your car or in your hide a key spot or somewhere and just use that if the battery dies, it's in case of emergency.
00:52:24 ◼ ► The inside is a little bit larger than the deadbolt was because it's got more hardware in it.
00:52:30 ◼ ► It's got the, the kind of other computer hardware of the deadbolt, but, um, it, you know, I think it looks nice and it's, uh, um, and it was super easy to install.
00:52:43 ◼ ► Um, and you may not be somebody, you may be somebody who always leaves your house via your garage or, uh, or is in Europe and does not have this concept of a latch that opens without a key.
00:52:54 ◼ ► But, um, you know, for me, I was actually, I think the perfect person for this because I have a non locking latch, which is very frustrating and a deadbolt.
00:53:07 ◼ ► And in about half an hour, I had some frustration at one point where it wasn't quite working right.
00:53:17 ◼ ► So, uh, yeah, so maybe I was the perfect person for it, but as a, as a skeptic of smart locks for a very long time, I, yeah, I, I like, I get it.
00:53:41 ◼ ► But yeah, I got a room, but I have been monitoring the prices on Roombas for like a year thinking I'm not going to get this until there's a major price discount.
00:53:53 ◼ ► And finally in November, uh, there was a, uh, the lowest price ever seen on these Roomba models.
00:54:07 ◼ ► I got the six 90, which is a perfectly nice middle of the road robot that now lives in my house.
00:54:13 ◼ ► And, uh, and I've been using it and it's been, it's been cleaning the floors in my house.
00:54:28 ◼ ► That all an average, the first time you run it, you're like, okay, is this a stupid thing or is it actually picking things up?
00:54:35 ◼ ► And it ran for an hour and then I opened the tray and I thought, Oh my God, it was full of dust and lint and hair.
00:54:49 ◼ ► Uh, so that was, that was a relief because, you know, is this a silly toy that is not particularly useful or is it actually gonna work on our combination of some rugs and hardwood floors and a few carpets?
00:55:03 ◼ ► So, you know, these things, uh, they, they don't eliminate all vacuuming in your home, but it does the majority of it.
00:55:11 ◼ ► Like you still need to go and do some little bits here and there, but it reduces the amount that you need to manually do, which is really great.
00:55:20 ◼ ► Uh, I will ask, I wanted to know, do you, did you, do you find the Roomba incredibly cute?
00:55:42 ◼ ► So, uh, every now and then I, uh, when I first started out, I was not quite sure about like what areas of my house it was going to stumble on.
00:55:50 ◼ ► And so I had a moment where I had sent it off and I had been doing other things and then it, I got the push notification that said that it is stuck.
00:56:04 ◼ ► If you got stuck on a ledge yet, that's funny to me because there are no ledges in my home.
00:56:19 ◼ ► And so it's like, I'm gonna, I'm gonna either clean this up or I'm going to put the, close the door so it can't go in there and we'll handle with that.
00:56:29 ◼ ► So one time I came out into the kitchen and the robot darted by me, trailing a napkin, like it had hooked onto a napkin and the napkin was like it's superhero Cape trailing behind it.
00:56:43 ◼ ► And another time I came into our bedroom and I found the robot in there right at the foot of the bed on the floor with a pair of shorts.
00:56:51 ◼ ► And the little drawstring on the pair of shorts had wrapped around its little flippy brush thing.
00:56:57 ◼ ► And so it was, it was kind of trapped with these, with these shorts and it couldn't go and it was spinning.
00:57:06 ◼ ► And the best part was that standing on the edge of the bed, looking down on the scene was my cat.
00:57:19 ◼ ► It was, it's so several interesting interactions with the, uh, the, the dog and the cat and the robot.
00:57:29 ◼ ► And, uh, they just sort of watch it as it bops around and every now and then, like, my cat was sitting on our couch and the Roomba, you know, barreled into one of the legs of the couch and the cat like got up and was like, what, what, what, what's happening?
00:57:46 ◼ ► Like, so every time I talk about Roomba, uh, I, I get this feedback and it just find like that there are other companies that do this stuff and those other companies have different pricing.
00:58:04 ◼ ► I saw the wire cutter pick for a different brand and what they said was it's, uh, harder to repair and replace parts, but it was cheaper.
00:58:17 ◼ ► I've also, I mean, that is the truth of it is that I've had this dream of like one of these days I'm going to get a room, but for so long now that it's very hard to not get a Roomba.
00:58:26 ◼ ► It was like, I really want a Roomba one day and like, it's, I don't, you know, it's funny really that, um, so in the UK we call vacuum and hoovering, right?
00:58:49 ◼ ► Like even if you don't have one, we just all collectively know what Roomba is and that even if you do have the UFI robo vac, I'm sure most people probably just call it a Roomba.
00:59:07 ◼ ► So I will say as much as I'm enjoying the Roomba, I am starting to rethink my wisdom in buying the one that does the random walk.
00:59:14 ◼ ► I'm actually kind of fascinated by the random walk, fascinated by this algorithm that it has where it bumps into something and it turns a seemingly random angle and then attempts to go forward again.
00:59:32 ◼ ► That said, there is a part of me, the control freak part of me that thinks, you know, it's probably missing things.
00:59:43 ◼ ► And I know that they make those other robots that do more kind of like home mapping and so that they try to be more vigilant about it.
00:59:50 ◼ ► I'm not entirely convinced that the home mapping isn't kind of a placebo to just make you feel better about the robot and where it's going.
01:00:04 ◼ ► That's also pretty great that it's got this little charger with its presumably little infrared beacon on it that it spots and goes, "Aha, now I can go home."
01:00:13 ◼ ► And yes, by all accounts, by what's in that tray, it is doing its job, which is the most important thing.
01:00:27 ◼ ► Oh, don't worry about the fact that you feel like that there might be one that you want differently because I do, too.
01:00:33 ◼ ► Like I got the, I think the 960, which was, I think it was kind of like one of the top ones at the time because it had like smart home stuff.
01:00:43 ◼ ► And it, it does room mapping in the sense that like, again, as you say, like it tries to understand where it's got to clean and it shows you a map at the end to show you where it cleaned.
01:00:51 ◼ ► But then the one feature that I wanted got added to the brand new expensive ones where you can say like, "Hey Roomba, go clean the kitchen."
01:01:05 ◼ ► So I am pleased they added this because whenever we do upgrade our Roomba in the future, right?
01:01:15 ◼ ► Cause we'll probably get like the second or third iteration that does the mapping stuff.
01:01:23 ◼ ► Like if I dropped a bunch of rice in the kitchen, I, if I want the Roomba to clean it now, I kind of have to do this thing where I stand in the Roomba's way until I've like, like kind of like a mat to do it.
01:01:39 ◼ ► Cause that's something that we've actually used now, which is you, you pick up the Roomba and you carry it to, in our case, in front of the cat's litter box.
01:01:49 ◼ ► You put it at a place where you want it to clean and you press the little target button on the top and it makes a spiral and it spirals out from that location.
01:02:04 ◼ ► And it's like a, it's like a spot clean where you can, you can make it clean an area so you could take it into the kitchen and press that button.
01:02:31 ◼ ► That one doesn't excite me so much because it's like, you just have to empty it less because you still have to empty that thing.
01:03:12 ◼ ► Cause that's like the, isn't like Roomba one of the defining principles of robot or not?
01:03:22 ◼ ► Although the robotic pool cleaner that follows some similar rules to the Roomba is also, I think in that category of it's autonomous.
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01:06:04 ◼ ► Kapila wants to know, do you think Apple will make an Android app for their video content?
01:06:19 ◼ ► I'm going to say probably not their priority because I think Apple's priority is getting it on TV sets and viewable on their devices.
01:06:40 ◼ ► I think it's almost a coin flip, but my gut feeling would be that their priority is TVs and so they're going to start there.
01:07:06 ◼ ► But maybe they would do it because I would see the things there aren't a lot of Android tablets, right?
01:07:21 ◼ ► So I could see it getting left off, but it would surprise me in the long term if they didn't have an app because they have people building Apple Music for Android.
01:07:38 ◼ ► So, you know, I also wouldn't be surprised if they just bundled music and TV up into one Android app, right?
01:07:48 ◼ ► Chris wants to know, do you ever imagine Apple bringing iMessage to other platforms, even if they ask for people to pay for it?
01:07:54 ◼ ► Yeah, that's that was going to be my answer here, which is I can't imagine Apple bringing iMessage for free to other platforms.
01:08:03 ◼ ► I do wonder sometimes if part of Apple's prime, whatever that they might do, a subscription service might include access to iMessage on other platforms.
01:08:21 ◼ ► It is a, it is one of those cases where, um, it really does help their ecosystem and their lock in to have it without it being particularly detrimental to the rest of their business.
01:08:33 ◼ ► But if they do move it to other platforms, they would need to have a real motivator for that.
01:08:37 ◼ ► And maybe people giving them money and having to be, you know, extending the footprint of Apple for their existing customers who happen to have, you know, they're not all on Apple's platforms, you know, making it an argument for that.
01:08:49 ◼ ► I could see, but I wouldn't, I feel like the default is very easy, which is just to not do it.
01:08:58 ◼ ► I think that that is like a break glass in case of emergency, we need more services revenue type move.
01:09:05 ◼ ► Uh, because it really, I think iMessage is a, is a really good platform incentive for Apple.
01:09:17 ◼ ► I think iMessage is more likely to get somebody to buy an iPhone than they would necessarily be to be like, I'm Android and I want iMessage.
01:09:28 ◼ ► Of Apple's devices, uh, and would be more beneficial to them in the long term that way than it would be to get some small hike in services revenue, you know, like the actual difference it can make in the long term.
01:09:43 ◼ ► It's very memeable in the same way that AirPods are memeable, you know, it's a meme over the holiday season of like having a AirPods and no home button was like, that was what you wanted.
01:09:56 ◼ ► Because if you didn't have, if you had your cable or a home button, then you weren't with the times like that.
01:10:05 ◼ ► Austin asks, do you think the 2018 9.7 inch iPad will be the last newly introduced iOS device with a home button?
01:10:22 ◼ ► And I think if they do another iPad mini, it's not actually going to change form factor at all.
01:10:32 ◼ ► The only question would be if they just keep the 2018 iPad around for a long time and never update it.
01:10:39 ◼ ► But I feel like there's more, it's just seems a lot less likely that those lower cost iPads are going to get face ID, right?
01:10:55 ◼ ► Would they, would they just not update it for three years and then replace it with a face ID model later?
01:10:59 ◼ ► And the same would go for something like on the iPhones, like are all the new iPhones going to be this?
01:11:14 ◼ ► That's, that's, that's why this is a hard question is Apple may just kind of like keep selling these old models for a long time, but all the new models would not.
01:11:24 ◼ ► I would, I would go on the side of, there'll probably be something that's updated that still has a home button.
01:11:33 ◼ ► Gareth asks, gaming has never been Apple's focus, but, but the growing use of GPU acceleration and professional and research applications.
01:11:40 ◼ ► Will we ever see a Mac with a powerful, powerful, enthusiast or professional grade GPU built right in something like, you know, the Nvidia GTX or RTX lines?
01:11:55 ◼ ► So I'm probably, I mean, I'm happy, I'm confident in believing that this is going to be a part of the Mac pro, right?
01:12:02 ◼ ► Like that there will either be more powerful options or the ability to use kind of more powerful cards that you can just buy, right?
01:12:11 ◼ ► Like there will be cards on the market that are used in other machines that you could put in the new Mac pro.
01:12:22 ◼ ► If you then want to use it for gaming, it still requires developers to enable their kind of high profile, triple A games to run on Mac OS.
01:12:29 ◼ ► And if these games require the high powered GPUs and the Mac pro is the only option for that, it doesn't feel any more likely to happen for gaming specifically.
01:12:42 ◼ ► Um, I could imagine Apple allowing for more powerful GPUs to be added to their machines in general for creative professional focuses.
01:12:49 ◼ ► But I honestly, like, I think if the Mac pro remains the only one that can, can get with like the times on this stuff, the scope of it is going to continue to be pretty limited.
01:13:07 ◼ ► Like it just doesn't seem like a thing that's going to be, cause you can't swap them in, right?
01:13:12 ◼ ► So like what you're going to do buy a new machine every time you want to have a more powerful card.
01:13:18 ◼ ► My, my feeling here is that Apple will care about this for the Mac pro maybe somewhat and that for everybody else, it's going to just do what it has been doing and say, if you want more, get an eGPU and then just walk away.
01:13:34 ◼ ► Cause really what Apple should be building with the Mac pro is a machine that is intended for somebody to buy and keep for a long time.
01:13:57 ◼ ► And the, the reason they can do this is because you could just up update the parts on your own.
01:14:02 ◼ ► Is it a little wish casting for me because this is what I want them to make, uh, for my own purposes.
01:14:08 ◼ ► But I would be, I would be, I think, along with a lot of people, if all of this stuff really surprised, if that wasn't what they made.
01:14:16 ◼ ► Like if they, they didn't make something that could be user upgradeable with a lot of different parts that are kind of a little bit more readily accessible on the market.
01:14:28 ◼ ► And finally today, Jonathan asks, I'm looking for a Mac that I can store my entire library on some photo and video editing work maybe.
01:14:46 ◼ ► The, you know, you could get, you could get an iMac, but really, um, yeah, the Mac mini is made for this.
01:14:59 ◼ ► Because you can have it running without there needing to be a monitor on and stuff like that.
01:15:11 ◼ ► I think that, uh, the internal storage is very, very expensive and external SSDs are readily available and small and quiet.
01:15:21 ◼ ► And if you need enormous amounts of storage, you can also throw up, you know, a big disc or a big array on, uh, and do it that way.
01:15:30 ◼ ► So, uh, I think even the, even the base would be powerful, but if you upgraded a little bit and a little more Ram and use the i5 processor and all that, like a photo and video editing, you know?
01:15:48 ◼ ► And if you want to know more about the Mac mini, uh, episode four, six, five Mac power users, um, the second episode with Steven is all about the my iMac mini.
01:16:02 ◼ ► I love my little Mac mini just sitting there being all professional and it's space gray.
01:16:05 ◼ ► It feels so professional just sitting there doing this thing all the time, being ready to be used as an app on my iPad at a moment's notice.
01:16:17 ◼ ► If you want to find a show notes for this week's episode, relays.fm/upgrades/228 is the place on the web to go, but it should be in your podcast app.
01:16:26 ◼ ► If you would like to send in a question for us to answer at the end of the show, #askupgrade, please continue sending those in.
01:16:33 ◼ ► Love working through those every week and hope that we continue to provide entertainment and information for you on a weekly basis.
01:16:39 ◼ ► Um, if you want to find Jason online, sixcolors.com is the place to go for his writing, uh, about Apple and other related technology.
01:16:47 ◼ ► But both me and Jason hosts, hosts many shows over here at relay FM, relay.fm/shows where you can find this and many more.
01:16:56 ◼ ► And if you're looking for some pop culture in your life, go to the incomparable.com where you can find more of Jason's work and of many other wonderful creative people who make shows over on the incomparable.
01:17:07 ◼ ► Thanks again to our sponsors this week, PDF pen from smile express VPN and Luna display.
01:17:16 ◼ ► Jason is Jason now, JSN E double L I'm I Myke, I am YKE and we'll be back next time until then say goodbye.