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Episode 2 – WWDC 2015 announcements, part 1

In the second episode of our podcast, we review some of the key announcements from Apple’s WWDC keynote, focusing particularly on the iOS, OS X, and watchOS news. Also this episode, we introduce a new weekly feature called “Question of the Week”, in which we’ll do a deep dive into answering a question that may be on listeners’ minds. Given that the open sourcing of the Swift programming language got the biggest applause from the audience at WWDC, we thought we’d start by explaining what it means and why it’s significant. Special thanks to Farshad Nayeri, who helped us in our research into this question.

Next week, we’ll follow up with more analysis of the WWDC news, with a special focus on the content announcements including Apple Music and the News app. Our Question of the Week will be looking at the DJs for Apple’s Beats 1 radio station and what makes them unique. 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).

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Episode 1 – WWDC 2015 Preview

This is the first episode of the Beyond Devices Podcast, featuring Jan Dawson and Aaron Miller. In this episode, we look forward to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week, and discuss some of what we’re expecting, and some of what we’d like to see Apple announce. Next week, we’ll be looking back on and digesting the news from WWDC.

At the beginning of the episode, we also introduce ourselves as co-contributors to the podcast. Jan is the author of the Beyond Devices blog and the founder and Chief Analyst at Jackdaw Research, a research and advisory firm focused on the consumer technology market. Aaron is a business school professor who has authored several books in the iMovie: The Missing Manual series with David Pogue, and continues to keep a close eye on Apple.

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Show notes:

We refer to several posts and other items in the conversation this week – here are some links:

Please leave us a comment or get in touch via Twitter to give us feedback. We’d love to hear from you – this is very much a work in progress and we look forward to getting better over time!

Welcome to the podcast

The Beyond Devices podcast is brought to you by Jan Dawson and Aaron Miller. Jan is the author of the Beyond Devices blog, as well as the owner and Chief Analyst at Jackdaw Research, a research and advisory firm focused on the consumer electronics market. Aaron is a business school professor, but in a past life ran one of the most popular iMovie blogs and co-authored several books in the iMovie: the Missing Manual series with David Pogue, and remains an avid follower of all things Apple.

In March 2017, starting with Week 87, we changed up our format and split the podcast into two parts, each comprising what used to be a segment in our original format:

  • Question of the Week (QotW) – in these episodes, we do a deep dive around a topical question, with either one of us or a guest answering questions based on their expertise and/or research on the topic. Our intention is to publish these episodes on Wednesday or Thursday each week.
  • News Roundup – in these episodes, we briefly discuss several news items from the week, pulled from Jan’s Tech Narratives service, which provides short commentary on the week’s tech news and puts it in context.

You might like to see our full listing of past episodes, our past Questions of the Week, or our Weekly Picks.

Jan can be found on Twitter at @jandawson, while Aaron is @aaronmiller. We welcome your feedback on any of our episodes or the podcast in general.

Here’s the link to our SoundCloud profile, and here is the podcast on iTunes. You can also add us on Overcast. In any other podcast app, you should be able to add the podcast with a search for Beyond Devices Podcast.