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Michael is a productivity guy – he’s the founder and CEO of Nozbe, where they have two productivity apps, Nozbe Teams – an uber-functional to-do app for small and medium teams and Nozbe – a project management and collaboration tool for busy professionals. Both Nozbe Teams and Nozbe are web-based tools with apps for all the major platforms. Michael is also a speaker, author of a few best-selling books, a podcaster and a blogger. He is happily married to his wife Ewelina and they have three daughters.
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Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:04
Hello personal productivity enthusiasts and community Welcome to Anything But Idle, the productivity news podcast. Today’s show is brought to you by co working space by personal productivity club. And I’m Ray Sidney-Smith.
Augusto Pinaud 0:18
And I am Augusto Pinaud
Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:18
And we’re your hosts are Anything But Idle. Today we are doing a special show. This is Episode 55. And it’s a commentary on the apple event that Apple special events spring loaded. That happened yesterday on April 20 2021. Today is of course, April 21 2021. And, of course to talk about Apple’s spring loaded event, we have the pleasure of having Michael Sliwinski, who is the CEO of Nozbe. Michael is a productivity guy. He’s the founder of He’s the founder and CEO of Nozbe, where they have two productivity apps, those B teams and Uber functional to do app for small and medium teams. And then Nozbe, which is a project management and collaboration tool for busy professionals. Both knows B teams and knows B are web based tools with apps for all the major platforms. Basically, everywhere you think you need to work is where knows these at Michael’s also a speaker. He’s an author of a few best selling books, a podcaster and a blogger. He’s also happily married to his wife, Evelina, and their three children. And so welcome to the show, Michael. Hi. Great
Michael Sliwinski 1:22
to have you. Good to have you here. Great to have that you have me here. Again, as I warming up. So as the as the local fo commentator and Apple geek at Apple fanboy.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 1:35
Yeah, I’m always delighted to have both you and gousto together so that I can actually have Apple fanboys. Oh, yeah, he helped me feel better about Apple. And, you know, I’ve adopted fairly a number of Apple technologies over the over time because of you guys. So I appreciate that. What we’re going to do today is cover the apple event. And they actually announced quite a number of new things. It was loaded.
Augusto Pinaud 2:03
It was not only that it is the first It’s been a while I can remember when was the last event that I went in, I was really with low expectations. And I was they really make it to build the excitement at the end of the show.
Hmm, yep. So let’s get so
Raymond Sidney-Smith 2:22
let’s get started. Where do we want to start? Let’s start with podcasts, Apple podcasts. They have changed Apple podcasts and, and brought kind of a new, a new application basically, to the fore? What did you think about the changes to Apple podcasts and what they’re doing there?
Michael Sliwinski 2:40
So the podcast I at Apple has been a great advocate for podcasts. I mean, they created podcast, basically because there was for the iPod, right. And they were great because they completely neglected it. So there was it was just working. And it was open. And it was just glorious. I am concerned about this, because the more they are interested in podcasts, the more they can screw this up. And I don’t want them to screw this up. Because already Shopify is doing it by doing like exclusives and all that stuff. And then, you know, Spotify is, sorry, Spotify. Now, of course, that’s
Raymond Sidney-Smith 3:15
like, Alpha Phi is doing this. That’s amazing.
Michael Sliwinski 3:18
So Spotify and Stitcher as well, they have some stuff. So the more exclusivity we get here and kind of platform wars, I don’t like it for the podcast. We love the fact that they’re open. So I would you know, I’m a bit afraid about this.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 3:32
I’m in the same camp as you podcasts are an open platform. The RSS feed is what allows a podcast to exist without a dominant player, commanding and controlling it. I always I always joke that like, while Apple has champion podcasts, Apple podcasts or not podcasts, you know, in the sense that they don’t you know, it’s not a they don’t control because they have the directory doesn’t mean they control, I can have a podcast and if five people listened to me, who cares? that’s those are the people who listened to me. And they don’t need Apple involved in order to be able to access my content. And I’m absolutely right with you. I think that the the, the overtime, dilution of the importance of the RSS feed will ultimately become the death knell of the platform. And so I just don’t ever want that to go away. In this particular case, I don’t I don’t really think Apple’s doing much in the way of of ruining the podcast generally. I think there is enough diversity also in the ecosystem, that we still have a strong footing here. I think podcasts over time will lose kind of their, you know, we’re in a Renaissance, right, you know, everybody is talking about podcasts, and you know, like, Hey 2011 I was podcasting and nobody was talking about podcasts back then, you know, and I had quite a number of listeners back then, you know, my my pod pod podcast still gets 20,000 downloads a month you know, it’s Wow. And, and I don’t publish anything on the podcast. I will for those of you who are watching, I listening. I’ll start, I’ll start publishing again soon. But you know, like, that’s the kind of thing where the algorithm and the way in which podcasts are designed can really benefit you. Because the the system is designed to be kind of iterative. But podcast is brought here, new landing pages. So what they noticed was that show pages and episode pages are getting kind of this refresh, where they’re showing, you know, nice episode cover, and also show cover, and then some details about it. I’m really curious whether or not they’re going to surface more of the metadata that’s coming from the RSS feeds, because you have a lot of meta data meta fields that you can insert into a podcast feed. I’ll be curious to see what that looks like. They’re adding channels. And they’re adding something they’re called podcast subscriptions, which are basically either exclusive, it sounds like and ad free listening experience. So that’s what Apple podcast is bringing, like I said, Did you have some thoughts there?
Augusto Pinaud 5:56
You know, I know I agree with you guys. Um, but I but I am going to be the hopeful here that it’s not going to be messed up that there is enough in and out of podcasting, even as we agree, Apple was the creator of this. But now it’s a pretty even power wise market, you know, Apple doesn’t control this market on, I don’t think they are the strongest one either. So between Google and others, I think they will be able to bring some improvements, but hopefully not messed it up.
Michael Sliwinski 6:37
So they, I think they want to also help podcasters monetize their podcasts, because, for example, I’m an a big listener of ATP, FM, and they have the membership program. So when you join their membership program, you can have the ad free version of the feed. And, and when you don’t just listen to the ads that they have, they have three ads over the span of the whole episode. And so here, I think their play is the same, like instead of you doing your own membership program as podcaster, you can just, you know, push two feeds to one with there are two files, you know, the one with the ads and the one without the ads, and then one will be on the open, you know, directory, and then the other will be the subscriptions. And then you might get a percentage of your listening or whatever. So I think they’re just using this, you know, this, this, also this dynamic of 3070, split and all that stuff. So we’ll see how it develops,
Augusto Pinaud 7:30
we’ll be curious. And I wonder if this is in part, a response to anchor because anchor, I know has been pulling a lot of new podcast, basically, because the platform is super easy to get build a podcast on it. But also, their marketing is you can monetize from day one we are willing to you know, you can talk about anchoring we’re willing to pay you from day one. So
Raymond Sidney-Smith 7:53
I’m curious. And it’s free. It’s free podcast host.
Michael Sliwinski 7:57
That’s it because anchor is has been bought by Spotify. So this article actually pays for pays all the bills. That’s Yeah, that’s a good trip.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 8:05
Yeah. And I think again, this is I think what you’re noting here, Michael is is something that’s happening across the ecosystem. You know, we have newsletters now with substack and review trying to monetize, you have Patreon and member full and other programs. All of this is trying to figure out what the future of the web looks like in terms of being able to remunerate creators, you know, we’re publishing content, how do you pay us and and they’re trying to make that easier. Twitter owns review. So you know, they’re going to be able to start creating this ability for you to pay for tweets on Twitter, for example, you know, not, not your general tweets, but basically an exclusive set of, of tweets, along with a review application, which is a subscription to email newsletters and kind of a portal where people can interact and engage. I think the new age of monetization of content needs to be figured out. And if you’re building an audience, you need to be able to figure out how to monetize that. For those who want to want to make that a career. And yeah, so we’re gonna see a whole bunch of new of programs like this, I think Apple’s making their way into that space as well. Alright, let’s move to the first product announcement of physical product announcement of the show, which was the iPhone 12 and 12. Mini in purple.
Michael Sliwinski 9:13
I want one I know my name is Michael Slowinski students key in Polish to translate it will be plum ski, so plum is violet purple and fruit. So actually this is my color. You know
Raymond Sidney-Smith 9:31
you’re on brand,
Michael Sliwinski 9:32
very on brand and the problem is I already have the black Mini, the black iPhone 12 Mini but now I’m actually looking
Augusto Pinaud 9:42
girl in that house that will happily take that that phone out of your hands and I’m not talking about your wife so she if you offer that if you are looking for excuse you know your daughter will happily take that iPhone 12 you
Michael Sliwinski 9:55
will talk about my daughter son about because she’s helping out about some different Apple devices. from me, but but yes, of course, she would be happy to get the phone. She just has the Apple Watch. And that’s it. Now, I would love this one. I think it’s very, very nice color. And I’m really happy that they are just and we will see with the IMAX did they just finally are getting into colors again. Because of course we can check switch colors by having covers and you know, and all that stuff and cases. But it’s actually fun to have. Not the boring font like me the black one, but just something colorful. So
Augusto Pinaud 10:32
yes, my wife who has quit on the iPad, I understand that certain issues in this house, but she quit on the adventure said she only wants to shoot her phone. She thinks this well that is true. It’s so powerful that she can only watch it only want to use the iPhone has one device simplify. And when that came, she was like, okay, when can I get mine? I was like you were not getting one? No, no, when can I get mine? So I asked Michael knows this is his fault there another first iPad Mini came into my house because of his his his fault will be his fault forever. And it’s documented in a book. But this case here I think is going to be similar to that the purple is coming.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 11:14
Yeah, I love I love the fact that Tim Cook walked up and he had I’m not sure what kind of plant that is, you know, I don’t think it’s a lilac bush or anything like that. But, you know, he walked by and he sees the purple flowers, you know, they purposefully put him and made him walk past that in order to be able to bring that up. I mean, they did a really good job of, you know, preparing people for that the announcement the Purple’s beautiful. Otherwise, there’s nothing really different about the 12 or the 12. Mini in terms of specs. It’s just color. And yeah, so I think that’s great. And so they noted that that’s going to be preorder available on Friday, and then available for launch on April 30. And that seems to be the consistent kind of, you know, throughout the show. Hey, available April 30. Seems like the general availability for those things. Alright. So from purple iPhones on to the air tags, Apple announced to finally
Michael Sliwinski 12:13
the binary with a big F with a capital F. There were rumors for thick for like two years now, I think.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 12:20
Yeah, it’s been it’s been a long time. So these are using the find my platform within the apple ecosystem, in order to be able to have a personalizable precise or precision finding as they’re calling it precision finding device akin to if you know what the title is, the title is a device that you can basically attach to or put in your luggage or attach to any other physical object. And it will help you find that thing locates it, geo locates it, and you can find it. Now, of course, the ultimate problem with all of this is, is the idea of being able to geo locate something in both one dimension that has two dimensions as well as three dimensions. So you know, finding something on a plane is easy. finding something with typography involves is different. And this whole concept of the air tag is supposed to help solve for granular finding things in wherever that item might be. And it looks like you know, at least from the video, they’ve done a really phenomenal job with putting in this precision finding technology. It has visual haptic and audible feedback mechanisms within the application as you’re trying to find the devices. And it seems like they’ve done the work to be able to make this a really skilled ecosystem, both with the air tag along with the actual application ecosystem.
Augusto Pinaud 13:43
Not only that, I think they’ve the ability to connect to Android and iPhones. Okay, and get there enough so that way, you don’t lose that connection with a Bluetooth and then well, yeah, fine. You know, I started early on was one of these devices that I had years ago was this, you know, my wife, we were driving back from Chicago, and then my wife suddenly says, I don’t know where my keys are. And suddenly, we’ll open the thing and say, Oh, well, they’re back in Chicago, let’s right back. So it was instead of four hour six, but or seven. But the cool thing is that we were hoping that was where they stay. This now will have the ability to connect to other devices and update and I think that will be really, really powerful.
Michael Sliwinski 14:33
Yeah, to show you this is my backpack. And there is the tile pro attached to my keys and the backpack it’s as such, so this way I can really find my backpack easily. And so I’m a big fan of tiles already. But in tile ecosystem was also trying to do the same thing that when there is another tile next to it, you know, it will tell you where it is. But of course with the article And, and, you know, find my network and billion devices, there is a chance that if you drop your keys somewhere in the city, there will be an iPhone passing by at some point, you know, so it’s going to be much more easier to find these things.
Augusto Pinaud 15:15
And the iPhone and Android, that was what surprised me, he will recognize the didn’t need to be an iPhone, he will be able to connect with Android and send the signal to
Michael Sliwinski 15:24
a really. So um, people, when when people were talking about our tech side, on some blogs, they they they said that they don’t see, they don’t see a good use case for for our tags apart from you know, when you lose lose something, you know where to find it, which is like a kind of, you know, depressing use use case because, you know, you just lost it, right? So it’s, you know, so to use it to have to you have to lose it right? So I’m going to give a good positive example. So, um, real life situation, my wife come back from work, right. And she does go to work at some, I mean, not every day, but she does commute to work. And then I want to use her car, right? And then I’m like, baby, where are the keys to the car, and she’s like, in my purse, and my wife has 30 purses. So I’m, of course, like, I’m opening the, you know, the closet, and I see 30 persons? And I’m like, Yeah, right. And I do remember which purse she was having today, right? No, so I just opened my phone, I tap on the title app. And then suddenly, one of the persons starts, you know, your new name buzzing. So now I know which one. So this is a very good use case, I didn’t lose the keys, I just, I’m refusing to open all the persons to find it. That’s the that’s the use case.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 16:39
Yeah, I see this in a wide variety of opportunities here. One is in the elder care population, where you have a parent or a family member who might just be someone who wanders off. And so you can you can put a title on them, you know, with their permission, if they’re Cognizant to be able to do so. But if you know, you have a family member who’s lost their, you know, their faculties to be able to kind of know where they are, you can put a basically an air tag on them, you know, slip it on there slipping on their belt, you can you can basically attach it to them. And then wherever they are, your child goes on vacation, and you want to just be able to know where he or she is if they’re traveling in a foreign country, you know, when my my baby sister, she did a study abroad. And so she was gone for for some period of time in Rome. Well, you know, a young woman in Rome for that period of time, you know, I wanted to know where she was at all times, you know, I’m a bit of a, you know, a tiger brother. So, I’m not a tiger mom, but I’m a tiger brother, I’m, I’m very involved. And so I want to know where she is, I would have loved to have been like, girl, you’re not leaving the house, you know, the apartment in Rome without an air tag on you, right? And I guess you could do that with her phone. But you know, say that she gets her phone stolen, the air tag is that someone’s not going to want to steal. And so it would be on her at all times. Right? So it’s like these kinds of things your dog, right, like I have a blind dog. And so his whereabouts are actually really important to me. And so I want to know where he is at all times. And to make sure that he’s safe right like if I see him in the middle of the pool, that’s a problem he’s jumped into the pool and we need to get him out of it. Right so like they’re there I think there are so there are myriad ways in which this air tag can really be utilized in functions that are not necessarily like I’ve lost it as as you noted Michael, you want you want proactive and non negative reasons for being able to have it I think this could be a really great way to do that.
Augusto Pinaud 18:37
And I think and I think is I agree with Todd Yes. Can you find like in anything in life all the negative cases for the airtec Yes, you can but I believe there is a lot of positive ones Okay, I want to know I might get wrong most likely we’ll get one for the back back of the school. Okay, why because it’s useful for me to have the backpack because we have come to Oh, where is my backpack and stuff like that sorry their kids they do these things and there are other things you know that that I want to be able to do you know, and I believe there is as there are many you know, cases in which always for when I lost it there are many positive cases for for the for these things there are things that you share Hey, you know, drop their tag in there share it with somebody and when you come later and see where is that thing I now know where who have it because he’s on trial and so house
Michael Sliwinski 19:38
yet there is only this thing with about the tax privacy. So we’ll see in the real world how it works that when the attack is no longer with the owner, so like it’s out of the range, and then it you know, kind of buzzes and stuff. So we have to see how this works, you know, so how long can an arc really be out of the range of the phone and also what is the range? Because like in for tile, there is a simple tile and there’s the tile Pro. And I have, I have both I have to tell pro for like more important things and tile, not pro for the less important things. Because the tile pro gives me like if in theory 300 meter range. So I’m there I didn’t, I didn’t find before the show any data on the range of these are tags. And another thing I wanted to also mention is that what I like about Apple is using the standard cr 2032 batteries, because they’re just really easy to get everywhere. In the case of tile, only the tile pros have this battery detail. Normal tiles have the CR 1632, which is just harder to get. This battery is just really standard, like any shop anywhere you can find this battery, so 20 3032. So this is good, because you know, the moment you run out of battery under attack, you can just replace it quickly. So that’s good.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 20:56
Yep, I’ve got a pile of them sitting in a drawer. Keep them on hand because they’re Yes. as well. Absolutely. So I what I understood was that they actually connected privately to any, any device that had the find my app, was that correct. So if I come into proximity not to the owner of the of the, the air tag, so I decouple it from the phone, it’s still geo locating it by virtue of other people who are in the find my network, and therefore re relocating it by virtue of that. So it’s a little bit of a mishmash, but it still gives you connectivity by virtue of connecting to various
Michael Sliwinski 21:37
AI devices in the world. So so I think that’s just really phenomenal and it gives a greater you know, efficacy to being able to find things and so that they open source, I opened the find my not open source but opened the I find my network that any other like builders, and hackers can actually build devices for this because this might be really useful. Like, you know, having all these beacons all these, you know, 1 billion devices there is just so much better than having been relying on just proprietary and you know, tile network or some other network.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 22:09
Absolutely. And so these are coming in at $29 USD per air tag. And then you can buy a four pack for $99 USD preorder starts on Friday of this week and then is available April 30. So
Michael Sliwinski 22:24
something something to make jokes about is that actually the the hanger thing is so so to hang it on somewhere or 35 bucks, which is like the cost more than the architects themselves. And the one from from RMS Don’t get me started $500 for you know, hunger thinking for an attack. The great thing is I don’t care man. Anyway, the good thing is Belkin has like stuff cheaper like $12 hanger thing is, but anyway, it’s it’s ridiculous that Apple is saying for 29 the air attack and then 35 that thing,
Augusto Pinaud 23:03
just wait for the Do It Yourself community who figured out where you need to drill but what I what I was sharing according to to Apple when you put the tag next to any phone, Android or iPhone who has who is NFC capable, and if the aerotek is on loss mode, then it will give a browser notification to the person telling them how to contact that owner. So that’s going to be really powerful because if I found you know some keys and I have this I will get close to my phone and it will give me on the screen on the phone. let the user know that this tag is here. And I think I don’t know again if dial can do that or not. But I think that will be incredibly powerful.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 23:56
Alright, so next up we move along to the Apple TV. This was for me the least interesting part of the of the event but they did a couple of really interesting things here. So the Apple TV is has been updated and they brought a few new features to the Siri remote. What did you think about the new Apple TV and what does that make you want to do? Does it make you want to buy a new Apple TV? Does it make you think twice about utilizing Apple TV in your home in different places? What What did it What did it do that that color balance feature also which I thought was quite interesting.
Augusto Pinaud 24:33
The Color Balance feature I think was exciting. Suddenly, I am not a TV guy I read I do other things. I don’t watch a lot of TV. And actually my wife asked me about it. And it took me a second to think out of the TVs on our house. We don’t have a 4k TV a 1080 p we have Have a 4k TV because we really the most consume of TV in this house is this my channel, and it’s done by my kids. And apparently I turned like my dad who gave us a black and white TV when I was a kid, because what the kids don’t leave color, okay to watch dB, apparently, I’m doing the same just the 21st version of that the 2021 version of that.
Michael Sliwinski 25:30
So in my case, I use Apple TVs a lot, because a, I don’t trust the the Samsung and other TV manufacturers to connect to my network, I don’t like that I don’t know what they’re tracking how they’re tracking. So I prefer just to use. So for example, I have this Philips ambilight. tv. So actually I was and this one is a 4k TV, which cost like 300 bucks. So it’s really very cheap,
Augusto Pinaud 25:58
is not that good.
Michael Sliwinski 26:00
It’s and but but the thing is that there is a big big difference between HD and 4k, it’s really like like, especially with Netflix and Disney plastic, the content is already there with this resolution, and it’s just amazing. So what I do is I have this Philips, whatever television is so cheap also, because doesn’t have Android TV, which I don’t care about, because I don’t connect this TV at all to the internet, I don’t use any of the, you know, smarts of this TV, I just plug it to Apple TV through HDMI cable. So I have everything locked in on Apple TV. So I prefer to use Apple TV, actually. So in my case, I’m actually going to buy one to my house in Poland, because finally, we will be able to go to travel to Poland this summer. After almost two years of not being there. So um, so the thing is that I am going to, to to to get to get I mean to get one, one here for my house and then use the old one from here to the other one. So um, so yeah, I use Apple TV a lot. And for me, it’s great, but, and the remote is much better. The old remote was complete
Raymond Sidney-Smith 27:10
crap, it was really bad trying to show I’m trying to show the remote on screen. I’m not having very good success with that. But you can you can kind of see it, it keeps jumping in and out. But those of you who are listening after it, you’re not worried about
Michael Sliwinski 27:22
you, you know, it’s so much better.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 27:24
Yeah, it looks like it has that the outer rim of the of the remote has kind of a, you can run your finger clockwise or counterclockwise around it to be able to scrub to a different point in the in your video. And there’s some there’s like a rocker on the right hand side. I’m not sure what is that volume or something like that. But you have some some different options that you didn’t have before on the remote, which is kind of nice.
Michael Sliwinski 27:49
The most important thing is the design is like this that you know exactly which part is the top and which one is the bottom, the other remote was symmetrical. And it was like I took it in my hands the other way around so many times like it’s so it’s just way better than the remote.
Augusto Pinaud 28:06
Yeah, it seems more kids proof than this version.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 28:12
Yeah, I have an Android shield. So with the with the Android or Google TV or whatever it’s called Android TV. The the notion with that remote is that there’s a center panel that is touch sensitive, and you can slide up and down to change the volume on the remote. And for the longest time it really you just accidentally touch that and then all of a sudden, the soundbar would shoot the volume up to really really high so having any anything where you can accidentally push against things I’m generally nervous about so I’m really curious about on the side of that Siri remote whether or not that rocker is going to become a problem because that’s one of those things where you you know it falls into the side of the couch or you know, your lap and your leg touches it and then you know you kind of push against one of those things and all of a sudden no volume or really loud volume. So we’ll see what happens with regard to the Apple TV how that comes together but 179 for the 32 gigabyte version 199 USD for the 64 gigabyte version, you can order that April 30 and then it will be available they said sometime in May is what I heard them say so yeah. All righty. Now I guess is this the biggest news of the show? I’m not sure but we have the announcement of the iMac m ones. So let’s talk about it. What did the iMac m ones say to you do for you in terms of being new products.
Michael Sliwinski 29:43
So I I’m still like when I’m talking to you right now I’m hooked up to my camera and my microphone are hooked up to and 2014 iMac 5k and two, it’s great. It works fantastically apart from the fact that sometimes just it takes Do you know it spins up because you know, heating, and I was dreaming of moments to be able to switch it to Mmm, one iMac. And I like the fact that it’s colorful, and it’s really nice and really thin and all that stuff. But I don’t want it. I don’t want this iMac.
Michael Sliwinski 30:26
Because it’s four and a half k. And so it’s a smaller screens 24 inch, I have 27 inch. So I don’t want to, you know, have a downgrade of screen real estate, basically, because basically, what I do is I work on my iPad and have this giant screen as my canvas, you know, so I don’t have a smaller Canvas just because it’s thin and sexy. So that’s one thing. Second thing, I don’t know why they put the M one chip, and they don’t put face ID on the iMac. I mean, come on, like you unlock it with your face. Like you’re just standing in front of it like how, like, really, this should be this is how it’s done. And what you do you put you give me an apple keyboard with Touch ID instead. Now I didn’t like this idea at all.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 31:14
But you don’t have to have something to announce in 24 months, right?
Augusto Pinaud 31:18
Something for the 27 inch, Id
Raymond Sidney-Smith 31:21
Augusto Pinaud 31:22
face to face. And and you know, you will see it the iMac pro now 27. And you will happily pay $300 more for the face. Id. This tells you what’s
Michael Sliwinski 31:36
going on right now I’m just scared that the iMac pro which will be will be set one to seven but 30 something inch, which is great I when I want a bigger screen, they can can give me but because it will be pro the price start will start like five grand or something. So
Augusto Pinaud 31:51
that’s what you want face ID otherwise Put your finger with a smile. You know,
Raymond Sidney-Smith 31:58
but this tells us a lot about Apple’s approach to things. And they’ve been doing this for a long time. And I think a lot of manufacturers have, which is this incremental ism that when they are trying to get ahead of their own releases, they may have a larger project that they’re working on to release and in between, they want to basically increment up. And so yeah, they could have easily put face ID into the iMac no questions asked. But they chose not to because they’re going to need a few release cycles in order to be able to get to their next big jump. I don’t know what that next big jump is, whether that’s finally a touchscreen MacBook or you know, something like that, you know, they need they need some time. And so they’re basically giving us little bits here to kind of get to that next step. And I can see that in a lot of these product releases. They could have done a better job, but they chose to limit the product, do it really well here. And then give the next step, give the next step and then voila, they come up with the next big product launch. And I don’t think that was the case here with air tag. I mean, this is just something that they they wanted to launch for some time and they finally got around to getting all the parts to work. Maybe it was just a critical mass of users globally, that might have been an issue as well to be able to do so. iMac has the one chip. My favorite feature is that it has the emoji keyboard key. Yeah. Like the colors are fine it comes in seven colors only when you step up so it’s is it five colors for the iMac that is at one version of the iMac well
Michael Sliwinski 33:32
I forget what is the base version, the base, the 1099 version is five colors. And then in 1299 sold like so and more expensive version has has more colors and 12 that nine version has more two more USB ports and then it also has the Gigabit Ethernet Ethernet so you can connect to our like normal network
Raymond Sidney-Smith 33:53
cable and it’s built into the adapter or is that in the interface itself?
Michael Sliwinski 33:58
adapter? No. In this you know, power brick
they the power brick Yeah, yeah.
Augusto Pinaud 34:06
Yeah, what but but I’m going to say there was a couple of things. You know, I like the idea of the colors remind me of Steve Jobs. And yeah. I really liked that I liked the fact that they went into the detail of modify their keyboards so you could buy, you know, your orange, your orange note, tangerine. That’s what he’s used to be called. The tangerine iMac with a tangerine keyboard was a tangerine mows. And I love that they with the touch ID as much as we can complain about that. They finally make it so you can get a smaller login. So if I put my finger on if somebody else is logging or nobody’s looking, he will come to my profile, but if my wife does it, it will go to hers. And I think that was a great idea and a great thing to show. So I was happy about that.
Michael Sliwinski 35:00
Yeah, yeah, well, I don’t, you know, I’m kind of torn about the design. I mean, I love it. It’s beautiful. And then I like the fact that Apple is so crazy about thinness. And that’s why I love my iPad product. It’s so thin, it’s great. But, I mean, does the iMac really have to be that thin? Like, wouldn’t it be just better to have the computer behind the screen and make it a bit thicker? And then not have this chin? You know, I’m not a big fan of the chin, I thought they would drop the chin because they terror theoretically can. But maybe they don’t want to put the computer behind the screen for some other other other reasons, you know. But, but, you know, everybody thought and me included that they would actually, you know, put the computer still behind the screen, make it a little bit thicker, but still, you know, then the front is just nicer because it will be just bezel and that’s it. And now it’s
Raymond Sidney-Smith 35:58
certain. It’s weird, because they’re doing that with the iPad there, you know, and the iPad Pro? Yeah, right there. Right? Right, they could easily have done this with just maybe a little bit larger of a bezel around the rest of it. And then that way they could kind of compensate for that if they needed to. I mean, with with the iPad, you do have a lower chin, because it has that, you know, your your fingerprint, or at least on on my model, you know, you have the fingerprint sensor for those that have face ID you don’t have that on there. Is that you have a little bit yeah, so you can even work that around. Who knows why they made that choice. I don’t understand the fineness. But I guess it’s kind of sticking to the design aesthetic, right? Like if the iPad is popular, and its design aesthetic is something that’s appealing to consumers, then of course, having the iMac match that design fits in the design language that Apple is trying to push forward. And so yeah, I I wanted to just quickly run through the couple, they didn’t go with kind of the former colors that they were professing. But so they have blue, green, and then they have pink, and silver. And that’s in the apple m one eight core and seven core 1299 item that comes with a magic keyboard. Then they have blue, green, pink, I guess that is silver, yellow, yellow. Yep, you got an orange, and purple in the next one. And that one is also 24 the 24 inch that comes with a two Thunderbolt and, and USB port. So it has four ports as well. And so Oh, I’m sorry, it says three USB ports and two, Thunderbolt four, four ports of two. Is that seven? No,
Michael Sliwinski 37:47
no. So, so the base model, so 12 910, nine, nine to 1299. Sorry, of course it’s more expensive. So anyway, 12.9. This is just two Thunderbolt ports. So two USBC Thunderbolt ports, and then the 1499. The bigger one. I mean, the bigger but the beefier one, it has two Thunderbolt USB four ports and two additional USB three ports. It’s four. Yes,
Raymond Sidney-Smith 38:16
I’m sorry, I miss reading.
Michael Sliwinski 38:17
Yes. Three. Got you confused? Yes. Yes, yes. Perfect.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 38:20
Yeah, that’s what I was. That’s what I was clarifying. So you have a total of four ports, two Thunderbolt, USB fours, and then two USB threes. Whoo, man, that got me. And then you get the Gigabit Ethernet item. And again, as you said, that’s built into the power brick. So that’s built into the power adapter itself. And with that model, you get the magic keyboard and touch ID with Touch ID and then the the highest model. And this is also 24 inch model that you can upgrade. Where’s the 27 inch model? Or is this not in this
Michael Sliwinski 38:50
larger spec? No, no, no, it’s
Raymond Sidney-Smith 38:52
not. Okay, that’s what it was misunderstand on from the show. Yeah, so this is also 24 inch, again, same level of models, but you get the higher level of storage, so you get half a half a terabyte of storage on that and that’s at 699 USD. So that’s the that’s the IMAX that have come out that comes in the those you know the two upper level ones come in the seven colors and then the base model comes in only those four colors. So just something to keep in mind terms of pulling them out. Anything else that stood out for you and oh has a 1080 p cam camera. Did it not have one and the iMac before it was
Michael Sliwinski 39:27
720 men? Yes. Oh no,
Raymond Sidney-Smith 39:31
I’m sorry not to laugh. But yeah, I’m glad I’m glad to see them step it up with a 10 ADP camera here. Finally, I think that’s a really good upgrade because you know really why would you Why would you in this day and age have a
Augusto Pinaud 39:44
seven I was gonna show I was listening to some commentaries yesterday when they said this is the best camera we have have ever been somebody on the show replay. Well, the bar was really low.
Michael Sliwinski 39:56
Exactly. And just to give you an idea right now I have I’m looking at you with two through Logitech Brio webcam, which is 4k. So I’m sure they could have done 4k, but they have to have their margins. So they they just, you know, seven done tonight up, it’s great. But I’m happy that they did it because it’s gonna be better like we do video calls all the time. So really good that it’s no good it’s better.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 40:25
Absolutely. All right on with the show.
Augusto Pinaud 40:28
Yes. And then we get to the last byte of the of the show of the presentation of the spring, the iPad Pro. So let’s just start with the Mission Impossible introduction. And there was I was really excited about what they were trying to do. But I don’t know if the Mission Impossible was needed.
Michael Sliwinski 40:58
It was fun, but that does Tim Cook really need to do all that to get to his own like, you know, company. Yeah, tricks. For me funny. So anyways,
Augusto Pinaud 41:12
they announced the iPad and a new iPad Pro 11 inch and new iPad Pro 12.9. What excites me about it is I was suspecting that the rumors already need you we knew the iPads were coming. What was not sure on any rumor as if we were going to get an EIGHT and a 15 a 16. Whatever was the number that that that’s or what we got that is an M one. And m one is the same chipset that you will find on the MacBook Air on the iMac with your stock they are on the iBook Pro. So processor wise now the iPad is par with the laptop for for the first time, they are saying we are going to have the same processor on these two things. And because I am the helpful guy in here, the two people who are with me on the show, we’re not so hopeful about it. Again, I hope that means that Apple, we are going to end this get me a MacBook with touchscreen or give me now you know what we are going to be able to run universal apps. So if the theme or feature is available to the Mac, it will come available to your iPad. This is my wishful thinking and you are going to get a question.
If we can pick
Augusto Pinaud 42:37
you know pick pick your poison you like laptop style, the center of gravity on the bottom or you like iPad style, and the center of gravity in the back of the thing. That’s what I’m wishing to see. It may not be on iOS 15. But I hoping that that’s what Apple is pushing the cart that said they made a distinction between the 1100 12.9 on the screen was a meanie LED and an incredible, incredible screen for the who they put you know xDr display. I mean, the display on that thing on the 12.9 is simply incredible.
Michael Sliwinski 43:23
Yeah, and that’s the that’s the problem with this. Because now.
Augusto Pinaud 43:28
So for listeners who don’t know, my I have a 12.9. And I love my 12.9 and Michael try a 12.9. And he returned it because he was too big. And it didn’t allow him to go quickly from non iPad style to iPad style. So before the show was joking with him that he what are the things he quote on that post on his site is that his hands are too small. And I was joking before we start recording that he needs to start doing some exercise to start getting the
Michael Sliwinski 44:05
I’m already practicing. Yeah, so um, so before we go to this, so they did update everything else on both iPads so that I mean, the MMR the 5g, you know, and they didn’t talk about 5g all that much, which is good. Anyway, they did everything that they should have done anyway on the iPad because it was kind of lagging behind already. So that’s great. So So the 11 inches still equates by because read is created on 11 inches. Fantastic. I have an 11 inch and it’s really good. But it’s tempting to get the 12.9 inch The problem is that I had the tree fall and as you mentioned, but the older generations it was even bigger now it’s a bit smaller, but it’s still big. And I’m not sure I want it and and the situation in my household is very complicated because I have a line of people counting on me upgrading you know, so My I have three daughters and and the wife my wife already has my previous iPad Pro as her iPad and then my daughter has an iPad 2018 and my smaller daughters they have mini the mini four and the mini two. So now they’re just they’re just lined up behind me they’re like daddy please get the new iPad Mila eldest will get my iPad Pro then the younger one will get me like this iPad Mini four so they are just they lined up perfectly just to inherit you know the iPads right now and they are counting on me buying something and I’m not sure I’m going to thing is that even though they updated everything and it’s really good it’s really a great iPad. my iPad from last year is still very good I’m not complaining about it speed are complaining about networking speed. I’m not complaining about anything about it. So it’s like I don’t see the point and for somebody who has the last year I but I
Augusto Pinaud 46:01
have the solution for you. You bought the new 11 inch directly to millennials keep yourself in the path they will everybody will be happy that or buy a two Evelina give Evelina stimulant and downstairs and you don’t you skip that it’s completely
Michael Sliwinski 46:16
obvious that there is a rule in our household Michael gets the newest toys full stop. That’s that that’s the rule man like this cannot take this is the law you know, like you know so. So now
Augusto Pinaud 46:31
she’s your you’re looking at a problem to every solution I bring you here.
Michael Sliwinski 46:36
But tell me Agusta because you are you’re using the 12.9 inch but but it’s a desktop iPad for you, right? You never carry it around you do you
Augusto Pinaud 46:45
know, I have a meanie. And when I’m going away, I’m going on my mini and I actually testing the there is a company called britch that do incredible high quality keyboards, and they just release 10.2 people that that size wise is perfect for portability. And I’m waiting for that thing to be delivered to test it. So I can write on the iPad Mini when I’m out and about just now that we’re close into get out and about and if not that will be on the living room. And I can use my iPad Mini on portrait mode. That’s one thing that I would love to have on, on the iPad, even even the 12 inch is to be able to write on portrait mode when I’m out and about.
Michael Sliwinski 47:39
Yeah, so the problem is that then the iPads 12.9 inch together with a magic keyboard today, they announced that there is a white one even coming so we’ll talk about that. But the with the magic keyboard m it’s two times 700 grams. So in total, it’s like almost 1.4 kilograms. So it’s it’s, it’s heavier than the MacBook Air and it’s slightly slightly lighter than the MacBook Pro 13 inch or so. So it’s so together with the magic keyboard, the new iPad, the big iPad, and this big iPad with this new screen actually increased its its weight by 40 grams. So it’s just a bulky thing, you know, I’m already at my iPad Mini iPad 11 iPad Pro 11 with the magic keyboard is more than one kilogram. But you know, having basically, you know, 40% 30% more weight is a lot.
Augusto Pinaud 48:35
Yeah, but I that’s, that’s, you know, my the 12.9 for me is the main iPad, and I take it if I’m going to work somewhere I don’t I work from home, so I don’t go many places to work, but the way to come on we istar when they when the little light laptops, you know, we’re 30 pounds, or something like that, you know, I remember I had I had a hp with a battery that could last me around the whole day. We’re talking about 15 years ago, and that battery was heavier than the laptop. Okay, it was a lot when you put them together but still not heavy enough I carry, I actually with my 12.91 of the things that I really like is I have different keyboards. So I have this the apple Mark keyboard, and I have this bridge keyboard. And I really like to change the keyboard. And really it’s like changing the machine. And that’s something I’m looking forward to this now get this you know, magic keyboard and then maybe get another bridge because it really is like having two or three machines. So for the people like me who gets bored of working on the same machine, I can now swap the keyboards, the insights gets the same but the experience changed and I’ve really enjoyed that. The other thing I agree with you is I have a Mac Book Air an old MacBook Air next to me and I have never upgraded because I don’t use it enough. But once in a while I go and try to do something in there and my first reaction is touch that screen and it really gets into my nerves, I get it that the thing never came with that I will never do. But I like the touchscreen, I like that much more than the mouse, I even had a Magic Mouse to use with my iPad Pro. And I don’t turn that thing is, you know, unless I’m working with Excel, that’s the only one of the few things that I’m getting really that mouse out. Other than that, I don’t need it. So that the weight of this a new iPad Pro 12.9, that’s not the argument, the beauty of the screen that on all the other things, I will I will be most likely getting that iPad, as you know, as soon as April 30, I’m getting the appointment in the Apple store in local Apple Store,
Michael Sliwinski 51:02
after this thing, you know shows there to just get the feel for it. So I will try to you know, convince myself to get it in the most you know, like spending lots of time in the Apple Store. Of course, now I do because of the COVID restrictions, they will have to shower me almost before I get in and check my temperature. And they will not let me play with it for so long. So, um, so we’ll see. But um, you know, we’ll see, we’ll see, I’m excited that they updated the iPad pros, but I’m not sure, like, in my case that if it’s if it’s worth upgrading from from last year’s iPad Pro. But, you know, we’ll see, we’ll see.
Augusto Pinaud 51:42
I don’t know, I, you know, as I was mentioning to you before the show is start one of my hopes and is that we are going to get that they are going to really push that one. And that is also going to push developers into some of the apps that don’t work today on on the iPad don’t work for me on the iPad, you know, I and that will be that the ability to simplify the access of storage and certain things and the speed that I think will make that machine for me at least a really, really good thing to add to my array,
Michael Sliwinski 52:23
there is a there is actually a distinction in the iPads you don’t, it’s hard to see. But the storage options, if you go for under one terabyte, you get eight gigabytes of RAM. But if you go for one terabyte or two terabyte storage, then you get 16 gigabytes of RAM. So you get more RAM on your iPad with the bigger storage. And then the one terabyte 12.9 inch is two grand. And as you as your show right now, the 11 inch is is one and a half grant. So um yeah, there is so there’s so they actually are mentioning RAM, which they haven’t before, like we had to discover how much RAM you know, the iPads had. So the ram issue can be also one of the differences. You know, differentiators for me to get the new iPad, just because I I use iPad a lot. So, you know, not killing the apps and having the apps in the background, you know, would be awesome, because iOS is very aggressive about killing the apps and many apps are still even the Apple’s apps are still not good citizens there, they just you know, completely reset. So and they don’t come back to the same position where they were even though Apple pushes on developers they like whenever we do a review and they are doing review of our apps, they push us so that we that we comply with this and that we that our app when it crushes it comes back to the same place. Please do it with Apple Music. It forgets whatever you were playing it forgets everything. So so so and this is Apple Music This is you know, this their services as well. So an Apple Apple Music subscriber. So just yeah, so that’s why Moran is good because then this way you’re the apps will be killed so aggressively in the background. So you will be able to, you know, shuffle the apps much more.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 54:21
Fantastic. And so we also know that it’s coming in future colors. I think White is coming. It’s currently available in silver and Space Gray. And then they talked about more colors.
Michael Sliwinski 54:33
No, they they just No no, it’s a pro device pro device has to be boring. So it’s only space gray and you know, silver, and the keyboard is white. So they they introduce the white keyboard, which will get so dirty so fast. If you use the 3d then that you know good luck getting it.
Augusto Pinaud 54:56
I know that was exactly my thought when I saw While I was looking like, why, why that’s going to get dirty, just working in the office, it’s going to kill
Michael Sliwinski 55:08
by looking at it, it will just get dirty like it’s, you know,
Raymond Sidney-Smith 55:14
there was an iPad, there was an iPod Touch at one point that had a white background. I think the iPhone also had a white background. Correct. And so I thought they were going to bring something similar to that to the to the to the line of pros, but I guess not.
Michael Sliwinski 55:27
No, I guess the pros have to be boring. And I think this is the difference between the 11 inch, for example, iPad error, which comes in colors. So if you want to get colors, iPad, there is the choice.
Augusto Pinaud 55:36
But that’s fine. I mean, that’s a good way to distinguish, you know, the pros versus the non pros, if you cared more for the color than the speed. And let’s clarify that they if we look into that one, if you look into the iPad Air, really, unless you do certain specific things, that machine is so capable that you need to do, I don’t know what you need to do to really make the iPad Air choke that I buy, therefore, you know, that it comes in colors and all that it’s not, it’s not exactly lack of power on that machine.
Michael Sliwinski 56:18
I was just showing that, you know, this one solution is to get the iPad less boring. And I’m still boring because I have just one sticker but but there are more stickers lined up that I’m gonna use on my iPad Pro So, so so if you have a boring iPad Pro, just lots of stickers on the back of it, and it’s fine. With iPad Air, I just don’t like Touch ID I want to have face Id like face ID is just really good. And that’s why I get the Oh yeah, much better. So um, so face ID is that’s why I like the pro line because I have face ID and and with iOS 14.5 the face ID will work when you have Apple Watch and mask on on the iPhone, which is really good and really useful. I’ve had the beta for quite a few weeks now. And it works. Almost always. So it’s really good. It’s so much difference when you’re wearing a mask on about.
Yeah, that will be really nice, huh?
Michael Sliwinski 57:13
Yeah, so the iPad Pro, really, I’m happy that it’s updated. I’m happy, it’s there. I’m still struggling, which one to get? You know, and I’ll probably get something because my girls won’t let me just not to end. But, you know, it’s a hard stuff not to crack. Oh, I’ll keep you posted.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 57:34
Yeah, I think I’m gonna stick with my current iPad I it’s doing its job. And I don’t particularly have a problem, I use it mostly as a hotspot and for note taking and both hand writing as well as it but it’s not a power device for me like it is for you guys. And so I’m just going to continue using mine, I really, I wanted to see something that set it really apart from what I was currently doing. And I didn’t really see a huge differentiator between what I’m currently doing and what it can do for me in the future, I am still considering buying a new iPad MacBook Air that I use when I’m on the road. Of course, for the past, you know, your year and a half now, almost, I have not been on the road. So it’s not been a use for me. And so I’m thinking about what will be my next device, whether I’m going to go with a Microsoft Surface laptop, or whether I would go with some kind of MacBook, you know, and what that would look like and yeah, so then launching the IMAX didn’t help me, then the iPad Pro just doesn’t seem like it will fit my I don’t want a tablet to work on. When I’m on the road, I actually want a laptop for a number of different reasons. And so now it’s kind of just now that I’m back in that waiting game, because I was hoping that we’re gonna announce new MacBooks for for, you know, just like maybe an updated version of it. That didn’t happen. And so we’ll see what happens. I don’t think the M one MacBook Pro is actually even for me. So we’ll see what happens as I’m as I’m looking forward because I really do want something that can basically be a desktop powered device. When I’m on the road, I can’t have something that’s going to have poor camera, I can’t have something that’s going to be less powered than my desk systems.
Michael Sliwinski 59:17
Yeah, speaking of camera, what I also like about the new iPad Pro, the front facing camera got better, because it had a bit it has a bigger field view so that the angles are better. And then it has this center stage thing that you can do such a
Raymond Sidney-Smith 59:31
happy feature. Yeah,
Michael Sliwinski 59:33
yes. So it’s, it’s really good. I really like this improvement. Because I’m using actually, on my iPad Pro I have this application so there is no project for you. And this application called teleprompter. And when I’m recording some kind of, you know, a video to my team or a video of to my team productivity show on my blog. I use a teleprompter. So I basically look at the you know at the camera of Have the iPad. And there is like it’s recording me while it’s showing me what I have to say. And because I speak very fast, the teleprompter prompts me to speak slower to read read carefully read slow, just like Michael always should, but never does. So that’s. So that’s actually a good feature. So I’m excited that they did improve this kind of camera for the for the iPad Pro.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 1:00:28
Yeah, so for those who are not aware centrestage is basically what they’re doing is they’re doing a wild wild white field angle on the camera, it’s taking this almost panoramic video feed. And as you move around in front of the camera, it centers the subject in the field of view, so that it’s always keeping you in field of view. And if someone else enters the image, it then will widen or move the the image to basically stabilize you both in the center of the screen. And this is available in a lot of different technologies. First, notably, within I think the Xbox had some some technology like this, and now they’re bringing it to the iPad Pro, which is pretty phenomenal. Hopefully, it comes down in the other iPads as time goes on. But obviously right now and the iPad Pro, because it has those, those cameras in it. So very cool technology, and I hope I hope more people kind of pick up on that, because it’s a really great feature to be able to do, like, especially if you’re doing like a cooking show, or you’re just in the kitchen with your with your family and you’re doing stuff around the house and you want to be able to, you know, keep you centered and focus, you know, I have to pick up I’m constantly doing that picking up the device and moving it and adjusting it for the right angle so that I’m not out of view because many times you know, I’m I’m doing something and I want to still continue to have the conversation but you know, I’m not going to pick up the, the the tablet every five seconds and move it and adjust it and that seems to be solving for that unique problem. So Alright, gentlemen, any final thoughts? any final comments on Apple’s spring loaded event?
Augusto Pinaud 1:02:02
No, but it was it was really it was really, I was terrified in the spring loaded. ones have been a little weak. This one was really loaded. It was a really good show. It was I it’s interesting. Now it’s, it’s it’s back into making WWDC really interesting. Because now the hard word is there. The question is, okay, now what are you going to bring me in iOS? 50?
Michael Sliwinski 1:02:32
Yeah. And so whenever we have a show like this, and we have new, new iPad pros, everybody is always getting back to the situation can iPad be used for work, and it’s just a tablet? Who cares? It’s an over powered tablet that nobody uses as a main machine. So you know, some people do use it as a main machine. And this is so this brings me back to your commentary right about the what which computers are you care about and which computers I care about, as you’ve noticed, I’m struggling to find reasons not to upgrade to the into this latest and the greatest because iPad is my main computer, I really use it all the time. And my iMac even though it’s so big and and you know, and then the new one is just so fast. I don’t really care. As you can see, I care about the 27 inch screen of my old iMac of my 2014 iMac. Because it has more screen estate because this is it’s like a glorified desktop, you know, Canvas for me and that’s it. And for that I don’t need that much power. Okay as the fan spin on every now and then. But apart from that, I just have glorious screen, close retina screen, which I can just put stuff there and have reference material for what I’m doing on the iPad actually. So so it’s you know, it’s curious for people that that when they see my desk and they have they see the iMac and the iPad, they don’t get it that the main device is the smart one, then the auxiliary device is the big one.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 1:04:01
What is the feature called where you can pair your Apple devices together just to see screen side by side? I know there’s a feature sidecar. Yes, is are you able to do that with the iPad to bring like extend the screen to your iMac from the iPad.
Michael Sliwinski 1:04:17
Now this feature doesn’t work like that. This is this is just it extends the iMac screen to the additional screen on the iPad, which I don’t want. And why do they do? Yeah, but what I do is and that’s why I’m I’m seriously thinking about getting a different display, instead of what I have right now. Because with this new iPad Pro and the Thunderbolt Thunderbolt screen, I can hook it up to really a big screen, you know, and and have an additional screen there. So that’s that’s one thing. And second thing you can use this kind of video in. It’s from Elgato the video. I don’t remember how it’s called. But anyway, you put it up through USB and you connect to the iPad. So we can actually, you know, kind of put the screen of the iPad on the, you know, mirror the screen on the iPad on the big one. So yeah, there are many, many things like that you can do. And also, just to mention that zoom, the main video conferencing software that we normally use is has improved, you know, because of the COVID has improved a lot. And now you can have zoom calls and two notes taking on the iPad at the same time. Before that it was it was impossible you there was either two people will see you, or you will take notes. Now you can do both, and which is really good. So that’s why again, I’m prompted to have the bigger screen because then I have to can have the zoom call and the note notes side by side and have you know both big.
Augusto Pinaud 1:05:44
So you, sir, are going to share something so you laugh since our kids are not watching this or your kids are not watching this episode, maybe maybe they are my kid discover with that feature that he could have split the screen watch his teacher and playing Minecraft on the other half.
I thought he was
Augusto Pinaud 1:06:05
rested on the note part not as interested
Raymond Sidney-Smith 1:06:08
on the Minecraft board. Oh, now I’m very interested in that. I mean, I normally have zoom up on my desktop, and I’m taking notes, you know, in a secondary device. And I just find that to be much more useful for me in terms of being able to take handwritten notes, if I if I’m feeling like it, or if I’m typing notes into my secondary device, whether that be many devices that I take notes into. But on the iPad, specifically, you know, I have the secondary keyboard, secondary, you know, I have the iPad set up and taking notes. But there are times when I just want to be able to have the zoom call and the notes at the same time. And if you could do that in this in and on the same device. That’s really cool.
Michael Sliwinski 1:06:46
And another pro tip, when we’re talking about this, just a few I’m sorry for extending this show, but I recently discovered the power of hiding yourself. So hide self Do not hide the video, the video is still on so people can see me but I’m hiding self view. So I don’t see myself, which is both good for your psyche, because you’re not looking at the mirror all the time. And also, again, for the splits. If you have just one on one conversation with somebody over zoom, you see like just them, you see them. And then you see that then you have the notes. So it’s like they are bigger, because it’s just them. And then it gets it just makes more sense. So yeah,
Raymond Sidney-Smith 1:07:21
try hiding, having self view is always good. Like I turn it on to begin with when I’m in the zoom call to make sure that something isn’t wrong. But then I just go ahead and turn it off after a while, of course, also recognizing that I have a background that is very right now and just very plain, I’m not worried about anybody walking behind me naked, or in their underwear. Or, you know, having something strange walk behind you, it is actually good to have your camera on if you’re worried about that kind of situation. So for those of you who might be in an environment where you’re working from home right now, that’s an issue. But if you’re not worried about that, yeah, just turn off the cell view. It just reduces it’s one additional stressor that you can reduce any time like this, it’s really helpful to be able to do so. Okay, so you’re gonna say and then we’ll close out? No, we’re good. We’re good. All right. Well, then, with that, that is the apple spring loaded event commentary show for us in the bag. Thank you, Michael, for joining us.
Michael Sliwinski 1:08:14
Thank you so much for having me. It was as always join and geek out about these things.
Raymond Sidney-Smith 1:08:19
We always appreciate you. And that’s Michael solinsky from nosb and knows B teams. And so thanks again for joining us here on this show. Already gousto. Another one’s in the bag. I was done. Yes. Thanks so much for all the work you do to make Anything But Idle happen. It’s always My pleasure. All right, everybody. Today’s show is done. If you have a comment on what we talked about regarding the apple spring loaded event, you can feel free to head over to Anything But Idle. And there there’s a contact page, click on contact. You can also tweet us tweet at us at Anything But Idle. And let us know if you have a comment or a question based on what we discussed during the show while you’re on Anything But Idle if you’re there on the episode page for today, Episode 55. So Anything But Idle comm forward slash 055. There you’ll find the show notes. Those are links to all of the various pieces will actually embed the apple show if we’re able to add any other commentary pieces that we talked about. We’ll also include a transcript both a PDF version that you can download but also one if you click on read more, you can expand the the transcripts and read while you’re listening or watching along with the show. If this is your first time watching us on the live stream, feel free to click the subscribe button that will go ahead and have you notified when we do our regular shows. This is a special episode where we’re recording it, you know after the apple event, but we typically go live weekly and so you’ll be notified when we go ahead and do that. If you are listening to this in audio in some way, shape or form. Feel free to go ahead and subscribe to us or follow us in your favorite podcast app if you’re in the apple podcasts world Now note that follow and subscribe are different because follow allows you to do Follow the podcast meaning that you’ll be notified when we have new episodes, subscribe, we’ll download it. And that’s a little bit different than the new Apple podcasts subscription model, whatever they’re doing there. So just know that follow and subscribe really mean very similar things, but they are different in the apple ecosystem now. Alright, with that, thank you all for listening and watching Anything But Idle. We’ll see you next time on Anything But Idle here’s to your productive life.