Episode 3 – WWDC 2015 announcements – part 2

Last week was the first part of our review of the announcements from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which focused on the operating system announcements around iOS, OS X, and watchOS. This week, we follow up on that episode with a discussion focused on the content-centric announcements from WWDC, principally Apple Music and the News app.

Our Question of the Week discussion this episode focuses on the DJs Apple has hired away from Radio 1, Hot97, and Rinse FM to host its new Beats 1 radio service. We did some research on the background of these three very different DJs, their strengths, why Apple hired them, and what they’re likely to do for Apple. This discussion starts around 20:25 in to the episode.

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).

As ever, you can also find the podcast on iTunes, in the Overcast app, or your own favorite podcast app. Here is the RSS feed for the app if you want to add it manually.

Show notes:

Here are some useful links relating to this week’s episode:

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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).

As ever, you can also find the podcast on iTunes, in the Overcast app, or your own favorite podcast app. Here is the RSS feed for the app if you want to add it manually.

Show notes:

Here are some useful links relating to this week’s episode:

Please leave us a comment or get in touch via Twitter to give us feedback. We’d love to hear from you.

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.

You can also find the podcast on iTunes.

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.

Our usual format goes something like this:

  • News Roundup – first 10-15 minutes, covering roughly three timely topics from the news
  • Question of the Week – our middle segment, which runs 15-30 minutes, and seeks to answer a question about tech. We take it in turns to answer these questions each week, with one of us doing research and the other asking the questions during the episode
  • Third segment – we usually pick another topic that’s been in the news recently and do a deeper dive in our third segment, which can run from 10-20 minutes
  • Weekly Pick – we take it in turns to recommend something we’ve been using and enjoying that we think our listeners might enjoy. You can find a full listing of past Weekly Picks here.

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.