Episode 16 is a fairly iPhone-centric affair. We start out with a review of the new software releases from Apple over the past week, with iOS 9 landing on schedule last week and WatchOS 2 arriving a few days late. We discuss some of our favorite built-in features, and also the relatively small number of apps that seem to be taking advantage of the new features in both operating systems.
Our Question of the Week this week is about the hot topic of the moment – content blockers in iOS 9. This discussion starts at around 23:35 in the episode, and we review the context and the technical details behind Apple’s implementation of content blocker extensions in Safari, the worries some people have about the implications of these content blockers, and an evaluation of the likely impact over time.
Our final topic is the new iPhones, and this section of the episode starts at around 41:40. Neither of us has our hands on these devices yet, but we discuss the reviews and what they reveal about reviewers, as well as our take on the preorder process and early numbers from Apple and what (if anything) they might signify.
As usual, we wrap up with our Weekly Pick, which this time around is a band Aaron recommends. The SoundCloud player is below as usual, with links to relevant content and other material beneath that.
We invite listeners to submit questions for subsequent weeks in the comments below, on Twitter (@jandawson, @aaronmiller), or via email (jan at jackdawresearch dot com). We also now have a dedicated Podcast Twitter handle at @BDPcast.
Here are some useful links relating to this week’s episode:
- WWDC sessions on Safari extensions and Safari View Controller
- Jan’s Techpinions post on iOS 9 adoption (paywall) and Beyond Devices post on Apple’s numbers vs. Mixpanel’s numbers.
- The National Parks (band), Aaron’s Weekly Pick – their music on iTunes. They also offer a number of their songs through SoundCloud players on their website including Monsters of the North, which Aaron recommended.
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