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An avid lifetime Apple and technology enthusiast President of the Alaskan Apple User Group. Show host of Glacier Rock on KEUL 88.9 FM Girdwood, Alaska and Assistant Station Engineer. An Air Force veteran and Rotary International member.

Episode 77, Apple announces virtual WWDC; Apple Watch Pride Edition and Nike Sport bands; OS software updates; and stores begin to reopen

In this episode, we will discuss the recent Apple announcement of a virtual WWDC, Apple Watch Pride Edition and Nike Sport bands, iPadOS and iOS 13.5 software updates; and stores begin to reopen. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The Apple Watch Nike Sport Band is reimagined with the colors of the rainbow.
The new Apple Watch Pride Edition Sport Band includes a distinctive vertical-stripe rainbow edition.

Episode 76: Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with features: Magic Keyboard, double the storage, and faster performance

In this episode we will discuss Apple’s announcement  Monday about their updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, featuring the new Magic Keyboard and doubling the storage across all standard configurations. The new lineup also offers 10th-generation processors for up to 80 percent faster graphics performance and makes 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory standard on select configurations. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The 13-inch MacBook Pro features a brilliant Retina display with more than 4 million pixels and millions of colors, 500 nits of brightness, and support for the P3 wide color gamut.
Magic Keyboard on the 13-inch MacBook Pro features a physical Escape key, Touch ID for easy login and secure online purchases, and Touch Bar with dynamic and contextual controls.


A short, weekly podcast featuring Apple hardware and software tips, with product reviews and my recommendation of great applications. None of the fluff, just what you need to work smarter, not harder. Invest 10 minutes to learn more about Apple and the tech that supports it. Hosted by Alaskan resident, Jon Scudder, an Apple enthusiast.

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Episode 75, Digital music delivery in an Analog World: Music quality and why it matters

In this episode we will answer a question from a listener asking about music quality, how it’s measured and why it matters.  We will go into the technical background of the differences between streaming quality, downloadable music files and those which you might find on a commercial artist CD. (Photo by Jon Scudder)

Consumer Electronics Show 2020 at Las Vegas, NV in January.


Episode 74, New Apple iPad Pro Magic Keyboard is an admirable accessory

In this episode, we will discuss the new Apple iPad Pro Magic Keyboard which offers a unique floating design, backlit keyboard and trackpad now available for purchase. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Magic Keyboard takes full advantage of the distinct experience of iPadOS. Trackpad support is designed to work great with apps.
The Magic Keyboard trackpad complements the touch-first design of iPad for fluid navigation, easy cursor control, and precise adjustments.

Episode 73, Apple’s launches new iPhone SE with a 4.7-inch screen, Touch ID, and A13 Bionic Chip

In this episode we will discuss the Apple’s launch Wed, March 15th of their new smartphone, the iPhone SE.  The new iPhone features a 4.7-inch screen, Touch ID, and the same A13 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series. A single camera sports a 12-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture wide camera. You can take advantage of Portrait mode, all six Portrait Lighting effects and Depth Control. It takes up to 4k 60fps video. The iPhone SE is available for pre-order on Friday, March 17th and will be available a week later on Friday, April 24th. There are three different colors available: black, white and red. (Graphic courtesy of Apple Inc.)

iPhone SE comes in three beautiful colors, black, white and (PRODUCT)RED, and is designed to withstand the elements with dust and water resistance.

Episode 72, The Apple Store is closed. Try the Apple Support Application to solve your tech issues; Apple updates iOS and iPadOS software

In this episode many of us have been without an open Apple Store due to the COVID-19 virus.  If you need help, the Apple Support Application is your personalized guide to the best options from Apple.  You can find answers with articles tailored to your products and questions.  You can also call, chat or email with an expert right away or schedule a callback when its convenient.  The application is free, available in the app store, to help you during these difficult times. Additionally, Apple released April 8th iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1 to take care of a few bugs.  (Graphic courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The Apple Support Application is available in the Apple App Store.

Episode 71, Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website based on CDC guidance. Tools Offer Up-to-Date Guidance and Information for People Across the US

In this episode, Apple released Saturday, March 28, a new screening tool and set of resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread of COVID-19, based on the latest CDC guidance. We also offer some advice on finding healthcare using the Apple Application store at  (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The Apple Covid-19 icon from the Apple Application Store.
The new Covid-19 application and website provide the latest information and guidance from the CDC for users across the U.S.
If you need medical care but can’t reach a provider, here is a link to the Telehealth apps. The link is

Episode 70, Apple releases new MacBook Air, iPad Pro; and updates Mac-Mini

In Episode 70, Apple released several new products this week starting with a new MacBook Air, iPad Pro and an updated Mac Mini.  We will be looking at each of the new products and the features.  (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple unveils new iPad Pro with breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and brings trackpad support to iPadOS.
MacBook Air now features the new Magic Keyboard, delivers up to two times faster performance and starts at a new lower price of $999.

Episode 69, Sanitizing your iPhone using the PhoneSoap device and common cleaners

In Episode 69, with the Coronavirus sweeping the world, I thought I would review a device I have had for quite some time and helps eliminate germs that exist on your iPhone.  The device I have is called PhoneSoap. The device uses U/V light and is quite effective. They have different models which can be found at We will also covering Apple’s recent guidance that was released on how to clean your device in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo courtesy of PhoneSoap)

PhoneSoap 3, Smartphone UV Sanitizer come in 8 colors. You can’t wash your phone, but you can sanitize it with PhoneSoap. PhoneSoap neutralizes the bacteria that other phone cleaners can’t kill. Sanitize & charge your phone with PhoneSoap.