This episode also features the World's Shortest Reviewcast by John Nemerovski. John reviews the i-dSp Headphone Digital Sound Processor. If you are interested in purchasing this item, following John's review, you will also need to purchase Apple's Lightning to USB adapter. John also recommends the SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, and Mobile Devices for use with the i-dSp. The i-dSp will perform extremely well with any other high quality headphone. For the review John referenced, please go to: Head-Fi.
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AppleCare: We discuss AppleCare and what it actually covers. Tom offers us a wealth of knowledge, but you will just have to listen in order to find out more information. Needless to say, you will be surprised at what AppleCare does cover and you may look more seriously at AppleCare the next time you purchase some new equipment. Let us know if you buy AppleCare and what you think of it? As Mark tends to buy entry level equipment, he ponders if the expense of AppleCare if suitable for him and the roundtable weigh in with their thoughts. It is a riveting conversation that details why some of us buy extended warranties, and others don't. We also consider the price of repairs outside of AppleCare and the general warranty offered by Apple.
Optical Drive MacBook Pro And SuperDrive Compatibility With The New MacBook: We discuss if the 13-inch MacBook Pro, with optical drive, is still selling and who the target market for that Mac is. Tom also ponders if the external SuperDrive is compatible with the new MacBook. If you have experience with the SuperDrive and the new MacBook, let us know in the comments. We would love to know if it works and how well.
Apple Music: Mark discusses Jim Dalrymple's recent issues with Apple Music and that ultimately leads into the following discussion on backing up your content.
Backing Up Your Data: Mark asks the roundtable how they backup and some of the methods mentioned include: Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, Backblaze, Crashplan, OneDrive, Dropbox, and iCloud Drive. For music, Mike uses Amazon Prime and also discusses Google Play. Peter still uses optical media as a backup option while Tom details the ways to check the status of Time Machine to ensure that your backups are successfully backing up. Tom also mentions The MacGuys+ SafeGuard Alerts as a possible option for Mac users wanting an early warning system for possible Mac problems. More information is available via this PDF. What method do you use to backup your data? Before you let us know your backup strategy, make sure your backups are running. Right now! Go on, pause the show, we'll wait.
Windows On The Mac: The roundtable discuss Windows in general and how it performs for them on their Macs. If you use Windows, or are thinking of using Windows on your Mac, then you will likely find some excellent examples of real-world usage including our thoughts on the current Windows lineup. Tom mentions that he runs Bootcamp, but also Parallels Desktop. Although, Bootcamp no longer supports Windows 7, only Windows 8. That is surprising, especially given the fact that Windows 7 is, as Tom mentioned, the most popular build of the Windows platform. The roundtable also talks about the Metro interface and how functionality on the Mac, such as Notifications, compare.
iOS 9 Beta: Apple removes the ability for people to leave App reviews when they are signed up to the iOS Beta. This is a fantastic move for developers, but Mark asks if Apple should be providing the average user with access to a public Beta. What are your thoughts? Would you agree? Do you use the public Betas? Let us know in the comments. Certainly Mike and Tom believe that the public betas should continue. Tom believes it is about securing the foundation and certainly we have seen Apple do this with iWork, Photos, and Final Cut Pro for example. In these cases, Apple has radically changed the applications and then added certain features back in at a later date. Whilst I personally don't agree with this process, I understand what they are trying to achieve. In saying that, it does make it difficult if the changes significantly alter your workflow.