The BirchTree Podcast

All the things I love but are not fit to print on BirchTree (not that that's a bad thing!).
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Mar 17, 2018

The iPhone 7 Plus may have looked similar to the 2 generations of iPhones that came before it, but the tech inside was really something else, and it stands in my memory as the best iPhone upgrade in recent years (besides the X, of course).

Mar 16, 2018

The 10.5" iPad Pro is a marvelous computer, and is just so damn good. It's the best iPad I think Apple has ever released, and in some ways the best personal computer they've ever made.

Mar 15, 2018

The Apple Watch hit what I would consider the threshold where it was finally "good enough" for almost everyone. It's fast and new wireless capabilities made it more independent from your iPhone. It's a great product, and one that I'm happy to be wearing on my wrist today.

Mar 14, 2018

The iPhone X was released in November 2017 and has been Apple's best-selling phone ever since. That's pretty impressive for a $1,000 phone, and even though I don't personally own one, my experience as well as what I've heard from friends who have one has convinced me this is one of the best products Apple has released in recent years.

Mar 13, 2018

It's time to gush a little bit about the best products Apple has released in the last couple years. Today we're talking AirPods.

Mar 12, 2018

When I was 21 I didn't have to grapple with opportunity cost. If anyone wanted me to do anything, I'd do it. 10 years later I have found myself in a different place and I have to weigh the pros and cons of everything I choose to do, because doing one thing inherently means not doing something else.

Feb 26, 2018

I reviewed the Google Pixel Buds for BirchTree and took to the microphone to rant a little about them. There's a lot of progress to be made here and I hope Google is listening to the feedback from not only me, but most other critics.

Feb 20, 2018

Does anyone know what they're doing with their desk? I feel like I'm always just winging it and have no grand plan to "optimize my work flow" or anything like that. Either there is something I'm missing, or we're all just guessing our way through.

Feb 12, 2018

HomePod is here and I've been using mine for a couple days now. It's a very good speaker with some challenges when it comes to other aspects. If you literally just want something that sounds good, then this likely will fit the bill for you. But if you want a little more, or something that just keeps up with the other wireless speakers on the market, this has a few challenges that it needs to overcome.


Feb 5, 2018

Apple Music is on pace to overtake Spotify in the US in 2018. This got me thinking about whether Apple is too late to overtake the likes of Hulu and Netflix in the video arena. They have an uphill battle, but giving the success of Apple Music, I'm reassessing how likely their odds are here.

Jan 31, 2018

Apparently the Nintendo Switch has just about hit 15 million sales worldwide, months ahead of other big gam console launches like the Wii and PS4. Nintendo has a hit on their hands, and I'm just enjoying the ride.

Jan 26, 2018

We're t-minus 8 hours from HomePod pre-orders and I did an impromptu episode of the show to get some of my thoughts about how odd this release is for Apple. I still have so many questions about it that are not answered and I can't remember the last time I felt this in the dark about an Apple product at its release.

Jan 22, 2018

The iPad has helped me a ton with some minir RSI issues I’ve had recently. It may not be true for everyone, but for me it’s an absolute godsend.

Jan 16, 2018

I discuss the unique challenge of coming up with new features for a product that doesn’t really have anyone to steal ideas from. iOS can look to Android for things to improve, and macOS can look to Windows, but watchOS really has no peers at this point in time. Android Wear is on life support, and companies like Fitbit aren’t making comparable products.

Jan 8, 2018

We often forget that people make different choices on what computing platforms to use. This leads to heated, sometimes angry debates about why the other person is clearly making a bad decision and they should change. That is not a helpful way to talk about this stuff.

Dec 18, 2017

I have 100% more iPad in my life this week than last week so you know I have to talk about it! Today I’m just talking hardware, not software just yet.

Dec 11, 2017

It comes down to 3 main things for me:

  1. Third party software
  2. General look and feel
  3. Sync with my Mac
Dec 7, 2017

I put my SIM card back in the iPhone!

Nov 28, 2017

My updated thoughts on the Pixel 2 camera and why I am actually pulling out the Pixel before my iPhone when it's time to take a picture.

Nov 13, 2017

It's still terrible, even through the operating system itself has gotten better over the years. Here's the list I mention in the episode of apps I have not been able to replace yet.

  • Apple News

  • Files

  • Reddit

  • OmniFocus

  • HomeKit

  • Ulysses

  • Mic

  • Scanbot

  • Television Time

  • Tweetbot

  • Deliveries

  • Annotable

  • Workflow

  • Transmit

  • Feedbin Notifier

  • Ferrite

Nov 6, 2017

I don't have an iPhone X yet, but I've been talking to a lot of people who do and had to take today's episode to talk about Face ID, how our habits change, and what I expect we'll see in Face ID 2.0.

Oct 24, 2017

In an off-the-cuff episode, I talk about third party services and why iOS has a fundamental advantage over Android in this area.

Oct 23, 2017

Consider this: if you were hired by Apple or Google tomorrow as a social media specialist who's job it is to report only the good news about their company and only the bad news about their rival, would the things you share online change at all? Are you already doing their job for them?

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