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Mac Power Users

1,296 episodes - English - Latest episode: 13 days ago - ★★★★★ - 1.3K ratings

Learn about getting the most from your Apple technology with focused topics and workflow guests. Creating Mac Power Users since 2009, one conversation at a time. Hosted by David Sparks and Stephen Hackett.

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744: Apple’s “Let Loose” iPad Event

May 08, 2024 19:45 - 1 hour - 90.7 MB

This week, Apple unveiled new iPad Pro and iPad Air models. Stephen and David talk through the news and discuss why hardware isn't at the heart of the iPad's struggles. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. ExpressVPN: High-Speed, Secure & Anonymous VPN Service. Get an extra three months free. NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Indeed: Join more than 3.5 million businesses worldwide using Indeed t...

743: The Current AI Moment

May 05, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 80.8 MB

AI is suddenly everywhere, from online services and software to bespoke hardware products. This week, David takes Stephen on a journey to talk about the tools he has found useful, as well as what's not ready for prime time yet. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Tailscale: Secure remote access to shared resources. Sign up today. Links and ...

742: All About Mimestream, with Neil Jhaveri

April 28, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 97.2 MB

Neil Jhaveri founded Mimestream, a macOS email app for Gmail users. Stephen and David talk to Neil about his time at Apple, Mimestream's roadmap (including an iOS version and supporting non-Google services), and email's place in today's world. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Indeed: Join more than 3.5 million businesses worldwide using Indeed to hire great talent fast. Ecamm: P...

741: In the Apple Trust Zone

April 21, 2024 21:15 - 1 hour - 68.6 MB

On this feedback episode, the guys catch up on listener feedback, share some unique uses for Freeform, discuss some good Apple Watch apps, and talk about the Mac's startup sound. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Zocdoc: Find the right doctor, right now with Zocdoc. Sign up for free. Sanebox: Stop drowning in email! Links and Show Notes: Sign up for the MP...

740: “From The Beatles to The Libertines,” with Lee Garrett

April 14, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 87.8 MB

Lee Garret is the new owner of ScreenCastsOnline. He joins Stephen and David to discuss his background in technology, his Apple gear, and how clear communication and processes are key to any successful endeavor. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Indeed: Join more than 3.5 million businesses worldwide using Indeed to hire great talent fast...

739: Checking in on Freeform

April 07, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 63.2 MB

David and Stephen revisit Freeform and discuss how it's improved since its launch and what Apple could do next with the application. They also share how they use the app and how it shines in visionOS. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Links and Show Notes: Sign up for the MPU email newsletter and join the MPU forums. More Power Users: Ad-free episodes with ...

738: Apple Collecting 101

March 31, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 65.2 MB

Stephen walks David through the ins and outs of collecting old Apple gear, and the pair take the wraps off an MPU redesign. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Sanebox: Stop drowning in email! AdBlock Pro: Block ads in Safari on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Vision Pro. Links and Show Notes: Sign up for the MPU email newsletter and join the MPU forums. More Power Users: Ad-free ep...

737: Scoring a Movie, with David Metzger

March 24, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 83 MB

David Metzger is a composer, arranger, and orchestrator with a celebrated career that has earned him Academy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. He joins the guys to talk about how the music for some of the most beloved films and shows of our time is made. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Download NetSuite’s popular KPI Checklist, designed to give you consistently excellent performance. Zocdoc: Find the right d...

736: Maintaining & Caring For Your Apple Hardware

March 17, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 72.9 MB

Stephen and David offer advice on how to best care for Macs, iPhones, iPads, and more, from cleaning to battery management and beyond. Then, the guys reflect on recent news, including the new MacBook Air and the death of the company's car project. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Ecamm: Powerful live streaming platform for Mac. Try it for free today. Links and Show Notes: Sign up for the MPU email newsletter and join th...

735: Catching up with Ryan JA Murphy

March 10, 2024 21:00 - 1 hour - 73.6 MB

Ryan Murphy returns to the Mac Power Users to discuss systems design principles when choosing software and workflows, intelligent use of AI tools, Obsidian, and using technology as a parent. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Download NetSuite’s popular KPI Checklist, designed to give you consistently excellent performance. Indeed: Join more than 3.5 million bu...

734: I Got to Be the Hero

March 03, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 77.3 MB

On this feedback episode, Stephen and David check in with the Vision Pro, discuss plumbing super powers, the mysteries of AppleCare, and more. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Parallels Desktop: Run Windows on Mac with a virtual machine. Get 15% off with code POWER15. Links and Show Notes: Sign up for the MPU email newsletter and join ...

733: Our Favorite iPhone Apps

February 25, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 73.7 MB

David and Stephen battle it out in naming their favorite iOS apps. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: Zocdoc: Find the right doctor, right now with Zocdoc. Sign up for free. NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Download NetSuite’s popular KPI Checklist, designed to give you consistently excellent performance. Indeed: Join more than 3.5 million businesses worldwide using Indeed to hire great talent fast. Links and Show Notes: Sign up fo...

732: Catching up with Mike Vardy

February 18, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 78.1 MB

Mike Vardy drops by the show to talk about the journey behind his upcoming book, his love of the Freewrite family of products, and how he runs his growing online business. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Ecamm: Powerful live streaming platform for Mac. Try it for free today. Guest Starring: Mike Vardy Links and Show Notes: Sign up ...

731: “Tears Rolled Down My Light Seal”

February 11, 2024 22:00 - 2 hours - 116 MB

Subtitle: Our Apple Vision Pro Impressions Apple Vision Pro is here. David and Stephen share their initial thoughts on Apple's first new platform in ten years, talk about how it performs in entertainment and productivity and then answer some listener questions about the device. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Download NetSuite’s popular KPI Checklist, design...

730: “Treat it as an Intern,” with Jeff Richardson

February 04, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 85.7 MB

Jeff Richardson returns to the show to talk about how AI has changed how he works with documents and how technologies like spatial computing and Standby can impact day-to-day workflows. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Ecamm: Powerful live streaming platform for Mac. Try it for free today. We Got Your Mac: Your guide to Mac adoption at s...

729: Don't Hear What We Aren't Saying

January 28, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 94.9 MB

On this feedback episode: more about AppleCare and the Vision Pro, then some listener feedback and more proof Stephen and David spend too much time together. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: Zocdoc: Find the right doctor, right now with Zocdoc. Sign up for free. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Ecamm: Powerful live streaming platform for Mac. Try it for free today. We Got Your Mac: Your guide to Mac adoption a...

728: All About AppleCare

January 21, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 70.6 MB

Apple has several variations of its warranty offerings. This week, Stephen and David detail the differences between various AppleCare products and discuss their value to customers. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Download NetSuite’s popular KPI Checklist, designed to give you consistently excellent performance. Links and Show Notes: Sign up for the MPU ema...

727: The Productivity Field Guide

January 14, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 63.3 MB

After years of thought and work, David has launched The Productivity Field Guide. In this episode, he speaks with Stephen about some of the elements of the guide, what went into it and what comes next. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Indeed: Join more than 3.5 million businesses worldwide using Indeed to hire great talent fast. Links an...

726: Journaling Update: Apple’s New App, Day One Updates & More

January 07, 2024 22:00 - 1 hour - 70.7 MB

Stephen and David explore Apple's new Journal app and discuss the technology that powers it, which is being leveraged by other journaling apps, including Day One. The guys also retell the history of Sherlocking. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Download NetSuite’s popular KPI Checklist, designed to give you consistently excellent performance. Links and Show N...

725: Tech that Worked in 2023

December 31, 2023 22:00 - 56 minutes - 52.1 MB

To wind down 2023, David and Stephen reflect on the tech that has served them well over the last 12 months. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: TextExpander: Get 20% off with this link and type more with less effort! Expand short abbreviations into longer bits of text, even fill-ins, with TextExpander. Links and Show Notes: Sign up for the MPU email newsletter and join the MPU forums. More Power Users: Ad-free episodes with regular bonus segments Submit Feedback...

724: Catching up with Mikah Sargent

December 24, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 91.1 MB

Mikah Sargent returns to the show to update the guys on his Apple hardware, talk about how he prepares for his various audio and video podcasts and help explain what's going on with the Matter smart home standard. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Things: Now updated for Apple’s new operating systems. Try it today. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Guest Starring: Mikah...

723: State of the Platforms (December 2023)

December 17, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 94.5 MB

2023 proved to be very busy for Apple, with updated hardware and software shipping. This week, David and Stephen take a survey of the company's year. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: TextExpander: Get 20% off with this link and type more with less effort! Expand short abbreviations into longer bits of text, even fill-ins, with TextExpander. Electric: Unbury yourself from IT tasks. Get a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones when you schedule a meeting. Net...

722: Bringing Devices Together

December 10, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 97.7 MB

On this feedback episode, the guys revisit Apple Notes, talk about Name Drop and David shares the good news about a new battery pack. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. MasterClass: Give one annual Membership and get one free. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Tailscale: Secure remote access to shared resources. Sign up today. Links and Show Notes: Sign up for the MPU e...

721: “Technological Empathy,” with Kourosh Dini

December 03, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 81.7 MB

Dr. Kourosh Dini is an author, musician and psychiatrist who uses Apple gear to improve the lives of those he works with. This week, David and Stephen speak with him about his tools, including DEVONthink, OmniFocus and more. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Zocdoc: Find the right doctor, right now with Zocdoc. Sign up for free. Indeed: Join more than 3.5 million businesses worldwide using Indeed to hire great talent fast....

720: The 2023 Developer Roundtable

November 26, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 109 MB

Subtitle: Buckets Full of LEGO Stephen and David are joined by David Smith, Malin Sundberg and Ken Case to talk about developing for Apple's platforms here in 2023. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. TextExpander: Get 20% off with this link and type more with less effort! Expand short abbreviations into longer bits of text, even fill-ins, with TextExpander. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or doma...

719: The 2023 MPU Gift Guide

November 19, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 99.7 MB

Subtitle: The Year of the USB-C Cable It's that time again! This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. CleanMyMac X: Your Mac. As good as new. Get 5% off today. Indeed: Join more than three million businesses worldwide using Indeed to hire great talent fast. NetSuite: The leading integrated cloud business software suite. Download NetSuite’s popular KPI Checklist, designed to give you consistently excellent performance. Links and...

718: Workflows with Dan Provost

November 12, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 91.4 MB

Dan Provost is one of the folks behind Studio Neat. This week, the guys talk to him about Dan's role in the company and its products, his tools to get his work done and some of his favorite apps and services. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: TextExpander: Get 20% off with this link and type more with less effort! Expand short abbreviations into longer bits of text, even fill-ins, with TextExpander. MasterClass: Get unlimited access to EVERY Class and get 15% off ...

717: The Apple Notes Deep Dive

November 05, 2023 22:00 - 1 hour - 91.4 MB

Subtitle: Gone Are the Marker Felt Days While it had humble beginnings, Apple Notes has grown into a true competitor over the years. On this episode, David and Stephen explore its history, features and what Apple should take it next. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Electric: Unbury yourself from IT tasks. Get a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones when you schedule a meeting. Zocdoc: Find the right doctor, right...

716: Workflows with Chris Upchurch

October 29, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 77.2 MB

Chris Upchurch leads two lives; he is a developer but also a river guide. This week, he joins Stephen and David to discuss the tech he uses both at his desk and on the water. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Backblaze: Unlimited cloud backup for Macs and PCs for just $9/month. CleanMyMac X: Your Mac. As good as new. Get 5% off today. Indeed: Join more than three million businesses worldwide using Indeed to hire great ta...

715: To Gridfinity and Beyond

October 22, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 93.9 MB

It's feedback time, and Stephen surprises David with a secret project after the guys wade through some follow-up. David then returns the favor by booking Stephen's 3D printer for the foreseeable future. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: TextExpander: Get 20% off with this link and type more with less effort! Expand short abbreviations into longer bits of text, even fill-ins, with TextExpander. CleanMyMac X: Your Mac. As good as new. Get 5% off today. Indeed: Join ...

714: Catching up with John Siracusa

October 15, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 96.8 MB

John Siracusa returns to the program to discuss his iPhone usage, window management philosophies, best practices for troubleshooting and a lot more. This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by: 1Password: Never forget a password again. Squarespace: Save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code MPU. Tailscale: Secure remote access to shared resources. Sign up today. Guest Starring: John Siracusa Links and Show Notes: Sign up for the MPU email newsle...

713: Photography with Tyler Stalman

October 08, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 83 MB

Tyler Stalman joins to share the details on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro camera systems. Tyler also shares some of his favorite tips for better iPhone photography and videography.

712: macOS Sonoma

October 01, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 90 MB

macOS Sonoma brings with it Desktop widgets, a new screen saver and desktop experience, more powerful video conferencing tools and updates to Safari, Messages, Notes, Reminders and more.

711: Getting Some Wisdom with Merlin Mann

September 24, 2023 21:00 - 2 hours - 121 MB

Merlin Mann comes back to the Mac Power Users to talk about task management, iOS 17 improvements, and wisdom.

710: Apple's Wonderlust Event

September 13, 2023 01:15 - 1 hour - 87.2 MB

Mere hours after Apple's iPhone 15 event, Stephen and David break down the news surrounding the iPhone 15 line, the Apple Watch Series 9 and the updated Apple Watch Ultra.

709: Save Your Shift Key

September 10, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 95.3 MB

On this feedback episode, David and Stephen talk a bit more about window managers and backup utilities, while also answering listener questions and David's modern typewriter, Stephen's new Plex server and a lot more.

708: The Obsidian Field Guide

September 03, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 75.4 MB

David has launched a new Field Guide, designed to take everyone's Obsidian usage to the next level.

707: Workflows with Ryan Irelan

August 27, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 97.5 MB

Ryan Irelan joins this week to talk about the current state of web development, digital training tools, and his expanding HomeKit rig.

706: Media Management with Casey Liss

August 20, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 92.3 MB

Casey Liss rejoins the program to discuss his new app Callsheet and to give David and Stephen a tour of the apps and services he uses to manage his media.

705: macOS Window Management

August 13, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 81.8 MB

Since the dawn of multitasking, users have needed to juggle things on their screens. Apple has taken several swings at building good window management tools into macOS, but better solutions can be found in a long list of third-party apps. Stephen and David have tried just about all of them for this episode.

704: “The Details Matter,” with Shahid Kamal Ahmad

August 06, 2023 21:00 - 2 hours - 125 MB

Video game industry veteran Shahid Kamal Ahmad rejoins the program to catch David and Stephen up on his work and evolving setup, and then the gang dives into gaming on visionOS, the current state of Android and a lot more.

703: The Portable HomePod Mini Lifestyle

July 30, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 97.2 MB

On this feedback episode, David and Stephen check out some additional Safari extensions, answer some listener questions, discuss the Studio Display and address a recent controversy about the sailing workout type on the Apple Watch.

702: Unbridled Enthusiasm, with Chuck Joiner

July 23, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 91.1 MB

Chuck Joiner has been covering Apple since 2000 and has been a user longer than that. He joins David and Stephen to talk about what makes the Apple community special, how the company's tools enable its users and some of his favorite apps and services.

701: The Safari Extension Roundup

July 16, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 82.2 MB

This week, David and Stephen grab their lassos and gather up some of the best Safari extensions out on the free and open range of the App Store.

700: Our Workflows

July 09, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 90.4 MB

To celebrate 700 episodes of the show, David and Stephen talk through how they work, including how MPU gets made each week, how they approach their blogs, other podcasts, videos and more.

699: Catching Up with TJ Luoma

July 02, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 84.5 MB

This week, everyone's favorite nerdy pastor TJ Luoma rejoins the show to update David and Stephen on his tech, how he's learned to take time away from work and some of his new favorite apps and services.

698: The 80/20 Split, with Malin Sundberg

June 25, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 101 MB

Malin Sundberg is one of the developers behind the apps Mercury Weather and Orbit. This week, she joins Stephen and David to discuss her background and work, as well as her hands-on time with the Apple Vision Pro at WWDC.

697: A Niche of a Niche

June 18, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 107 MB

On this feedback episode, David and Stephen keep unpacking WWDC, talk about their time with the new betas and work through some listener feedback.

696: App Subscription Check-In

June 11, 2023 21:00 - 1 hour - 100 MB

Subscriptions aren't just the future of software anymore, but they are how many developers are running their businesses today. David and Stephen open up their App Store accounts to discuss what they're paying for and why.

695: Live from WWDC23

June 07, 2023 21:30 - 1 hour - 62 MB

Recorded live at Apple Park, Stephen and David talk about some of the big announcements from WWDC23.

Guests

Federico Viticci
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Brett Terpstra
6 Episodes
Stephen Hackett
6 Episodes
Merlin Mann
5 Episodes
Jason Snell
4 Episodes
Jean MacDonald
4 Episodes
John Voorhees
4 Episodes
Myke Hurley
4 Episodes
Rene Ritchie
4 Episodes
Casey Liss
3 Episodes
Clayton Morris
3 Episodes
Don McAllister
3 Episodes
John Siracusa
3 Episodes
TJ Luoma
3 Episodes
Adam Lisagor
2 Episodes
Alex Lindsay
2 Episodes
Andy Ihnatko
2 Episodes
Austin Mann
2 Episodes
Charles Perry
2 Episodes
Christina Warren
2 Episodes
David Allen
2 Episodes
Jim Dalrymple
2 Episodes
Lex Friedman
2 Episodes
Manton Reece
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Marco Arment
2 Episodes
Michael Hyatt
2 Episodes
Mike Rohde
2 Episodes
Mike Vardy
2 Episodes
Serenity Caldwell
2 Episodes
Shawn Blanc
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Shelly Brisbin
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Tom Merritt
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Ben Thompson
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Christa Mrgan
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Craig Hockenberry
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Glenn Fleishman
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Guy English
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Horace Dediu
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Jocelyn Glei
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Sara Dietschy
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Sean McCabe
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