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iPad Air 4 and iPad 8 (2020) — Explained!

Pad Air 4 has a scalding fast A14 processor, a new, modern design, Touch ID in the top button — because the Home button is gone! — and Apple Pencil 2 and Magic Keyboard support.

iPad 8 has been bumped up to the A12, last year’s Air chip, so for the same $329 you now get even better, faster, stronger performance.

And I’m going to explain both!

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iOS 14 Review (with John Gruber)

I wanted to do this a little differently. I’ve already posted an iOS 14 explainer video and an iOS 14 Preview video where I break down all the new features and the technology behind how they all work.

Now, after using iOS 14 on my primary iPhone since literally the day it was announced back in June, I want to give you some personal opinions on how well it all works.

Mine, and John Gruber’s, of Daring Fireball and The Talk Show fame, who’s been gracious enough to join me.

And I’ll preface this by saying iOS 14 is good. I mean really good. Great even. So much better in iOS 13 in so many ways. But it’s also bringing some huge changes to the core iPhone experience. Some of which I think are right, some of which I think are just right now, but all of which we’re going to just nitpick the hell out of. Because this stuff is important, and they’ve nailed the basics well enough it’s worth being critical, maybe even Siracusa-style hyper-critical about.

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Apple Watch Series 6 — Explained!

Apple Watch Series 6 is the latest, greatest new wearable tech with features like blood oxygen level, brighter always-on display, faster charging, and new colors from blue to red to graphite.

Apple Watch SE is a almost all of the best for quite a bit less. It has the new design, features like fall detection and emergency calling, but no blood oxygen, no ECG, and no always-on display.

Apple Watch 3 is even sticking around as the ultimate entry-level. And Family Setup will let you add your kids and elderly parents, and stay connected, how and when you need to.

It’s what’s new in Apple Watch 2020 and I’m going to explain it all to you!

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Fake iPhone 12 Leaks — Just Stop

Look, there have always been my phone leaks. Even before there was an iPhone to leak. Like an iPod with a rotary dial leaks. And then there were phones left in bars and on servers… But, every year it just got earlier and more. In 2020, this just rancid trash fire of a year… iPhone 12 leaks have been every bit as much of a trash fire.

And now I have to try and Tier List this stuff, like Tier Zoo, like Charlie with raid boss Karens, just to try and help you all sort the signal from the noise.

But that’s the job, so let’s do this.

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Apple September 2020 Event Expectation — No iPhone 12!

The website is live. The YouTube stream is prepped. The invitations, virtual as they may be, have gone out. That’s right. This is not a drill. This is. Finally. For really real.

Apple’s September 2020 Event has been set. For next week. Yeah. And I’m going to tell you all about it in my weekly column at iMore:

https://www.imore.com/apple-september-2020-event-expectations

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What the Internet is Getting Wrong About the Apple September 2020 Event

The Apple calendar says the September 15 event is going to be 2 hours. How can Apple have a 2-hour event and only talk about the Apple Watch and iPad Air? That’s like 10 mins of event at best!

How can Apple have a September event and not include the iPhone? It’s a September event! Just because leakers say it doesn’t make it true!

How can they release the Apple Watch before the iPhone when they’ve always released them together before?

How can Apple announced an A13 iPad Air when the iPad Pro is still on A12Z? How can they have a faster Air than Pro?

All this and more!

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Wrong About iPhone 12 — 5G, 120Hz, No Charger!

There are iPhone 12 leaks and rumors and then there are iPhone 12 leaks and rumors. You know what I’m talking about — not the fun ones that get everyone talking but the controversial ones that get everyone hot taking.

And with so many, so hot takes being hot-taken right now, especially on 5G, 120Hz refresh rates, and whether or not there will be EarPods and chargers in the box, I figured it was worth diving into them to find out what’s real, what’s sensational, and what’s… kinda both.

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Apple Silicon — Reacting to New 12-inch MacBook, iMac GPU Leak Bomb!

Last video I opened up the latest Apple product rumors and just started talking. But there was a problem… I skipped the Apple Silicon Mac rumors.

That’s everything the China Times had to say about a new Apple Silicon 12-inch MacBook and the GPU coming to the Apple Silicon iMac.

Same deal. I didn’t read anything in advance. I just opened up the report, started reading, and recording my honest reactions.

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How Apple Can Fix the App Store — And What It Will Cost

Apple's App Store is under attack. They're being sued by Spotify in the EU and Epic in the US. Some developers, big and small, are beyond salty over a host of gripes, new and institutional, real and imagined. Gamers are pissed over the lack of Xbox streaming. And regulators have them in their sights as well, breaking out all the old favorites: Monopoly abuse. Anti-competitiveness. Anti-trust. And they… well, they don't operate with lasers. They operate with hammers. Giant, gottendarung Mjolnir-like hammers.

So, what can Apple do? More to the point, what should Apple do? Add side-loading and alternate app stores? Cut the 30% and offer alternate payment options?

Well, each one of those comes with some postives and some negatives, some risks along with potential rewards...

Read the rest in my weekly column at iMore:

https://www.imore.com/how-apple-can-fix-app-store-and-what-it-would-cost

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Apple September Event — Reacting to All The Leaks

I turned on the camera. I opened the latest rumor leaks from around the web. And I just started talking.

So, these are my first, immediate reactions and market analysis for the iPhone 12, iPad Air 4, Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch “SE”, AirTags, and more. All fresh out of Final Cut Pro X!

Also: A special thank you for the 120K subs and 7 million views. You're awesome!