AirPods Max Sport, AirPods Pro 2, M2 MacBook Air and New Mac mini are all covered (and the death of the iPod)

AirPods Max Sport, AirPods Pro 2, M2 MacBook Air and New Mac mini are all covered (and the death of the iPod)

The next-generation “M2” microprocessor, according to developer “@Dylandkt,” will be released in the first half of 2022. If this is correct, a revamped MacBook Air — maybe in numerous colours — will most likely be the first product to include Apple’s new silicon. The “M2” will be distinct from the predicted “M1X,” which is expected to power Apple’s high-end MacBook Pro and iMac Pro devices.

On this week’s edition of the AppleInsider podcast, we discuss rumours of a “M2” MacBook Air, Facebook’s research on iPhone and Android default applications, our current macOS utilities, and respond to listener concerns.

Highlights

  • Speaking of apps, though, we next round up some of our favorite Mac utilities including the macOS menu bar manager, Bartender. All users with numerous app icons in the menu bar would benefit from the customization tools available in third party utilities. Plus we review the Elgato Stream Deck product and why it appeals to live streamers and power users alike.

  • In the meantime, Facebook commissioned a study to investigate third-party app usage from Apple and Android users, then leaked portions of the report to The Verge. Being generous, you can say that the criteria for this study has been unclear and less than robust. But it reportedly lists the top 20 most used apps on iOS and Android. Facebook says this proves that first-party apps occupying most of the top spots in this study show anti-competitive behavior, but we discuss the holes in their argument.

 

Finishing the show we answer listener questions, including recommended headphones for editing video, creating Shortcuts to access Settings panes on iOS, and Apple’s longstanding mission of privacy.