Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #239: Requiem for the iPod

Apple has discontinued the last iPod, the iPod touch. We discuss some of the history of the iPod, and look at 17 reasons who you should use an iPod touch. We also look at the new FIDO initiative, which allows your phone to replace passwords, and we discuss AirTag false alarms.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #238: Apple AirTags: One Year On

Apple has provided some clarification to its plan to remove old and in the way apps from the App Store. Microsoft has been working on a VPN that isn’t a VPN it works a little differently from Apple’s VPN that isn’t a VPN. And its been a year since Apple released Air Tags… It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, but if third-party accessories are an indication, Air Tags are doing pretty well.

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17 Reasons Why You Should Use an iPod touch in 2022

With a wide range of iPhone and iPad models to choose from, why would you use an iPod touch today? Apple isn’t trying to sell it; they have hidden the device. You won’t find the iPod touch on any of its main pages; you have to search for it if you want one. When you get there, you see that you can have “Fun at full speed.” This is the slogan Apple used the last time they updated the iPod touch, back in May 2019. The 7th generation device sports an A10 Fusion chip, and was updated from the previous 2015 model, which had an A8 processor.

That update did more than just increment the processor, which moved from 2 cores to 4 cores and nearly doubled the clock speed. It increased the RAM from 1 GB to 2 GB; it includes a better graphics chip; and it has four cores instead of two. It also ensured that the device runs with more recent versions of iOS. The 6th generation iPod touch is limited to iOS 12; the 7th generation runs the current iOS 15.

Starting at $199, it is the cheapest iOS device. It comes with 32 GB storage, and you can increase it to 128 GB ($299) or 256 GB ($399). For comparison, the low-end iPhone SE (2nd generation) costs $429 with 64GB and the 256 GB model costs $579. So if you want a portable device with a lot of storage, the iPod touch is the cheapest.

But why use the iPod touch today? Here are 17 reasons you might want to use this device.

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Apple’s AirTags: One Year On

It has been one year since Apple released AirTags, the small tracking devices that leverage the vast network of iPhones and iPads. Designed to help you find your keys, track your luggage, and keep tabs on your backpack, these devices have also been used for stalking and theft. Here’s an overview of the first year of AirTags.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #237: Get Ready to Repair Your Own iPhone!

Apple is making the tools and documents needed for iPhone repairs available to users in the US. Are you ready to repair your own iPhone? Removing outdated apps is now a trend as Apple joins Google and begins removing older software from the app store. Apple may be forced by EU regulators to open up iMessage. And we’ll discuss understanding USB-C and Thunderbolt ports and cables for Macs and iPads.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #236: Install macOS Monterey on a 15-Year Old Mac

Josh has a 15-year old iMac that he wanted to be up to date with security updates, but it doesn’t support macOS Monterey. So he found a way to finagle the operating system on his old Mac. We also discuss how sharing your Netflix account might be dangerous, and how fake reviews will soon be illegal in the UK, and whether it can be enforced.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #235: Everything About Your Apple ID

DuckDuckGo is beta testing a privacy-focused browser; Google is deprecating old apps in its Play Store; activation-locked AirPods are wreaking havoc on refurb companies. And we take a deep dive into managing your Apple ID, the key to all Apple services.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #234: Apple’s Security Approach Endangers Users of macOS Big Sur & Catalina

Apple has issued new updates, but hasn’t patched two serious vulnerability for Big Sur and Catalina. We also look at a serious MailChimp data breach, and how AirTags are being used more for stalking.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #233: Universal Control Comes to macOS Monterey

New malware, a new Chrome zero-day vulnerability, and why iOS auto-updates take so long to update. We discuss Apple’s potential iPhone hardware subscriptions and discuss the new Universal Control feature in macOS Monterey.

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