MacBreak Weekly 343: Full of Schmidt

Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, Mike Elgan, and I talk about wether or not there will there be an iPhone 5s coming in June, Google Now stuck in App Store, and more.

I was also fortunate enough to join Tom Merrit, Sarah Lane, Iyaz Akhtar, and Will Harris on TNT to discuss T-Mobile simplifies stuff, BlackBerry teases new phone, Evernote cozies up to the Germans, and more. Check it out below.

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EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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MacBreak Weekly 343: Full of Schmidt


I'm done with MacBreak Weekly; it is a sham. Yesterday's show felt like three on one in terms of those three who just don't like Apple and Rene who does and who offers by far the most informed positions of the group. Just to be clear: I want good info and if someone offers an opinion, I want it backed up with facts not spin. I don't need pro Apple punditry; I certainly don't appreciate anti Apple punditry on a show for Apple enthusiasts.

My last gasp was thinking I would just tune into the picks of the week at the end. No luck even there: Andy offered the Roku. Why? Because it was better than Apple TV. Which is fine. Just inappropriate to the program I thought I was getting. Of course this is the guy who recently gave everyone the finger saying that anyone who is an Apple fan is nuts. Andy was followed by a hallelujah Google from Leo, who really is a Google nut.

Rene, run don't walk from TWiT. These guys have completely forgotten who made TWiT successful. Fans. Set up an audio podcast for along the lines of iMore's approach. Good info. Real research. Nuanced opinion.

Agree 100%!!!

It was so painful to see those Apple enthusiasts smashing Apple like that in an Apple show. I recently watched an Android show from Twit to see if the hosts were smashing Android or Google like Andy or Leo did to Apple. Surprisingly good show without smashing either Android or Apple camp.

I don't mind the hosts pointing out mistakes or bad things that Apple did. However, they are just smashing Apple in a crazy way that thinking every Apple fans is buts. If no Apple fans, no Twit. Period.

If I were Apple, I wouldn't send any of them an invitation to any Apple Keynotes or hardware preview especially Andy (since he is actually nuts, not Apple fans). Not because Apple should only love pro Apple reviewers, but a fair one with good reasons. Not like those clowns smashing Apple just because Google has a copycat of it.

I remember Leo praised Microsoft Surface as the only computer that human should need. The next show he admitted he was wrong about Surface and thought it was a piece of junk but that statement were not repeated and said it in a very low voice. Come on, you praised it with a loud voice and admitted wrong in such a low tone? It is a Mac show, not Microsoft show!

I don't get the discussion on SLAM. Google Maps has inside mapping already so the "this is new" tone seemed so weird to me.

More to the point, these so-called Mac commentators on MBW have signed their names in blood to Google. Thereby they have no credible argument concerning the _potential_ threat to privacy they perceive that Apple might represent. Such blatant hypocrites!

And there was plenty of discussion of Google-Plus and Google Now -- on an Apple Macintosh podcast, mind you -- and still narry a mention of Google dropping Reader -- why does Google get a pass?

I am disappointed yet AGAIN. This was horrible. If you want to make opinions, base them on facts. Rene, I love what you do and what you stand for. These hacks are dragging you down. Please stop going on these "Macbreaks."

Wow, emotions running high. Was it that bad, or merely a case of Apple fans unable to set aside the Kool Aid. I shall listen and attempt to discern. Perhaps I need to reassess. On a more general note, I think Rene is a great addition to MBW and getting better all the time at swimming with those sharp (and entertaining) old sharks. Go Rene.