When Apple announced new M2-based Macs, a new HomePod, and the launch of Advanced Data Protection with little more than a press release and video on their site, we were caught a little off guard. Whilst we’re not a news show, per se, we wanted to chat about the impact these new systems, particularly the M2 Pro-powered Mac Mini would have on the Apple ecosystem.
Returning guest, Jeff Butts of The Mac Observer, was kind enough to join us for a discussion of not only the new products, but also a few detours into gaming on the Mac, some of Apple’s new HomeKit features, and a few thoughts on the state of the Apple Silicon transition.
Are you going to be buying any of the new M2-based systems, maybe as your first Apple Silicon Mac? Are you as happy as we are to see the HomePod return? We’d love to hear from you, so please send a note over to [email protected], leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion over on our Discord server.
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- Jeff Butts on Mastodon
- The Mac Observer
- Apple introduces new Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro (Apple Newsroom)
- Apple unveils MacBook Pro featuring M2 Pro and M2 Max (Apple Newsroom)
- 2nd Generation HomePod
- How To Use Your HomePod’s Temperature and Humidity Sensors (The Mac Observer)
- Apple advances user security with powerful new data protections (Apple Newsroom)
- Jeff’s previous appearance ‘Green Bubbles’
- Our chat with Noah about the Steam Deck
- 00:00:04: Introductions
- 00:03:47: Apple’s Change of Announcement Style
- 00:11:37: More M2 Chips
- 00:11:57: Mac Mini
- 00:22:44: Mini Goes Pro
- 00:26:17: Gaming on the Mac
- 00:31:58: Mini Size Changes?
- 00:33:07: MacBook Pros
- 00:41:27: New HomePod
- 00:47:48: Sound Recognition for Smoke Alarms
- 00:52:43: The Benefits of the Apple Ecosystem
- 00:54:32: Advanced Data Protection
- 01:06:26: How Are Apple Looking for 2023?
Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW