Apple Bitz XL w/ Brian Tong

By Brian Tong

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Apple Bitz XL is everything good and bad inside the world of Apple from tech host Brian Tong. He gives his raw honest take while having fun after covering and working for Apple for over 15 years. Support the show!

Episode Date
Will The Note 9 End Up Being Better Than The Next IPhone? (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 22)
The Galaxy Note 9 is the best phone of 2018…so far. No matter what feature they throw at us, the power of the ecosystem still keeps iPhone users inside the Apple family. Plus, The 2018 MacBook Pro's speakers are crackling and popping for some users. Like me.
Aug 11, 2018
New iPad Pro Details And The iPhone X Is Still Apple's Best Seller (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 21)
Apple’s just crushed it with their best financial 3rd quarter ever. The iPhone X is still the best-selling iPhone. The iPad Pro could lose the headphone jack and Apple wants all of their devices to wireless charge each other. Plus, here’s the link to B-Teezy’s Apple Satisfaction Survey. Or ASS…for short.
Aug 02, 2018
Apple Releases Throttling Fix For 2018 MacBook Pros. Does It Actually Work? (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 20)
Apple acts quickly and says they’ve identified a bug that caused the MacBook Pro to throttle and has released a software update. Apple’s trailing behind Samsung and Google in Internet speeds performance, and what is Apple’s actual vision these days?
Jul 25, 2018
Is Apple Already Throttling The 2018 MacBook Pro's Core i9 Processor (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 18)
Tech Reporter Rich DeMuro joins us for the show. Reviews for the new MacBook Pro are in and most of them are extremely positive. On the flip side, YouTuber Dave Lee has found that power users may be getting a MacBook Pro that can't handle the heat of the new i9 and is throttling its speed. New iPhone leaks as usual, and if you're single, you might want to get an iPhone.
Jul 18, 2018
Apple Release New MacBook Pros! Mac Mini's Next (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 17)
Apple drops a surprise on us with new 2018 MacBook Pros that still have that horrible Touch Bar. The Mac mini is finally getting updated after nearly 4 years. The 6.1 inch LCD iPhone will be getting an edge-to-edge display like the OLED iPhone X thanks to a new chip. Sonos gets AirPlay 2 functionality for the first time ever and now there’s really no reason to get a HomePod. Plus, I know what the color orange looks like.
Jul 12, 2018
Apple Maps Is Being Completely Rebuilt For IOS 12 (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 17)
Lance Ulanoff joins the show to talk about Apple's move away from Lightning, rebuilding Apple Maps from the ground up, and how much would you pay for Apple's all-in-one content service?
Jul 02, 2018
Apple's Working On New AirPods, HomePod And Headphones For 2019 (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 16)
It’s the latest details for Apple’s next-gem AirPods, HomePod and over-ear headphones. What’s going on with the AirPower mat? Apple’s looking to build a subscription service of their own and they are finally repairing MacBook butterfly keyboard issues.
Jun 29, 2018
Did Apple Already Scrap The iPhone SE 2? (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 15)
Multiple reports claim Apple has killed the iPhone SE 2 for 2018 and will focus on a three iPhone X-like lineup. Walkie Talkie finds its way onto the Apple Watch and nobody is using smart speakers for the smart home.
Jun 20, 2018
Will Apple really kill the iPhone X's Lightning connector for USB-C? (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 14)
Reports say the 2019 iPhone will replace lightning with USB-C and there are plenty of reasons why the will or won’t. iOS 12 reveals the exact size of the iPhone X 'Plus' and the Amazon Fire TV Cube is the Apple TV I wanted…and I haven’t even used it yet.
Jun 15, 2018
iOS 12 reveals new changes for the iPad Pro (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 13)
It’s a bonus episode this week! There’s always new juicy tidbits that come out after WWDC 2018 when Apple releases their developer betas. iOS 12 reveals more about the new iPad Pro and new tweaks to the iPhone, while watchOS 5 was completely pulled from the site because its bricking Apple Watches.
Jun 08, 2018
Reactions To WWDC 2018 w/ Jon Rettinger From TechnoBuffalo (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 12)
The only way to recap WWDC 2018 is to talk about it. Jon Rettinger, the head Buffalo at TechnoBuffalo joins the podcast, drops an EXCLUSIVE on his new project and has called my liberation “free Tonging”. It’s everything we liked, and what we didn’t like from WWDC 2018.
Jun 05, 2018
Everything You Can Expect At WWDC 2018 (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 11)
All indications say WWDC 2018 is going to be a software heavy event with little to no hardware showing up this year. iOS looks to bring Digital Health, ARKit 2.0 and new Animojis, but its going to be a year of refinements and stability improvements. Maybe we'll get surprised with new Macs, but be prepared, it's all about software.
May 31, 2018
The IPhone's A12 Chip Has Started Production (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 10)
WWDC 2018 invites are out, you can now download a copy of all the data Apple knows about you and Apple's A12 chip for the iPhone has started production.
May 24, 2018
IOS 11.4 Beta Brings AirPlay 2, Messages In ICloud & HomePod Stereo Support Closer (ABXL, Ep. 9)
The sixth beta for iOS 11.4 tells us the official release is coming soon. HomePods only made up 6% of smart speaker sales with Alibaba topping them. I didn't even know Alibaba had a smart speaker! Plus, Apple vs. Samsung is the $1 billion case that won't go away.
May 17, 2018
Siri Isn't Just Behind, Its Light Years Behind The Google Assistant (Apple Bitz XL, Ep.8)
If you're an Apple fan, its time to wake up. Google just released their latest innovations with the Google Assistant at Google I/O. Siri isn't just behind anymore, its light years behind. We could still see a round face Apple Watch and it's the 20th Anniversary for the iMac G3.
May 11, 2018
Apple Earnings Debunk Rumors Of An IPhone Slowdown (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 7)
Apple iPhone sales are doing just fine after a record earnings report. Reports say Apple is working on their own standalone VR headset but they're already behind. Plus, the iPad is making a comeback...kind of.
May 03, 2018
AirPort Wireless Routers Have Been Discontinued By Apple (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 6)
Apple is no longer in the AirPort Wireless router business. New photos claim to be the new iPhone SE 2, Samsung says its OLED panel demand is down and pointing to Apple. Plus, Kanye wants to sit down with Tim Cook.
Apr 27, 2018
Dear Apple, just blow up Siri and start over (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 5)
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg joins the show to talk about declining iPhone sales, will Apple finally bring us a MacBook/iPad hybrid in the next 5 years? And why Apple should just blow up Siri and start over.
Apr 25, 2018
Your iPhone's 4-Digit Passcode Can Be Cracked In 6.5 Minutes By GrayKey (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 4)
A new iPhone cracking tool can unlock an iPhone's 4-digit passcode in 6.5 minutes and a 6-digit passcode in 11 hours with the GrayKey box. The next iPhone could be getting dual SIM support, Greenpeace isn't too happy about the Apple's new disassembly robot Daisy and stop snoring with your Apple Watch.
Apr 19, 2018
Apple's HomePod Sales Aren't Very Good (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 3)
Apple can't be thrilled with HomePod sales. Consumers aren't thrilled with what it can do for $349. So make a better product. The (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are on sale, a cheaper HomePod could be coming this year and Apple Music hits 40 million subscribers. Plus, Brian's first parody of the year. HomePod Apple Style!
Apr 13, 2018
Apple's New Mac Pro Is Coming In 2019 (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 2)
Apple official announces the new modular Mac Pro is coming in 2019. Intel's latest Coffee Lake processors could bring us a six-core 15-inch Mac Book Pro, but Bloomberg reports Apple is planning to use its own chips in Macs in 2020, replacing Intel. Plus, Apple snags Google’s AI Chief.
Apr 05, 2018
Is The New 9.7-inch iPad Really For Education? (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 1)
Reactions to Apple's Education Event and the new sixth generation 9.7-inch iPad. Can Brian resist the Apple Watch Series 4? Support the show at
Mar 30, 2018