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
No AirPods, AirPower or iPads at Apple News/Video March 25th Keynote (Apple Bitz XL, Ep 53)
Apple's first keynote of 2019 will be held March 25th but don't expect new AirPods, AirPower, iPad Mini 5 or 10-inch iPad. New details leak about the purported new AirPods 2 and new iPad Mini 5.
Feb 15, 2019
The Apple TV Strategy Is Coming Together For Spring (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 52)
Apple is ok with the iPhone showing AT&T's fake 5G network icon. All-new emoji's are revealed for iOS in 2019 and Apple's TV service is starting to really come together.
Feb 07, 2019
The FaceTime Bug: How Big Of A Deal Is It? w/ Joe Cieplinski (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 51)
Joe Cieplinski from Release Notes joins the podcast to talk about Apple's FaceTime bug and how big of a deal it really is. They've disabled it for now, but after all their mishaps in the past year is it time for Apple to take a more humble approach instead of acting like they're still an invincible company. You can support this show and my independent work at THANK YOU! Call in to the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or email
Jan 30, 2019
Your Dreams Of An Apple Car Are Dead (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 50)
Any dreams you had of driving an Apple Car day have been effectively crushed after Apple lays off 200 people from Project Titan. Apple hires a Samsung Battery Executive, and yes there is a joke in there. Plus the latest AirPods, AirPower and iPhone rumors. You can support this show and my independent work at THANK YOU! Call in to the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or email
Jan 25, 2019
Use your AirPods/iPhone as a listening device with 'Listen Live' (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 49)
Apple's AirPods and iPhone can combine to be a listening device, and it actually works. The Apple Watch is trying to detect early signs of a stroke. Plus, the latest iPhone and iPad rumors. You can support this show and my independent work at THANK YOU! Call in to the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or email
Jan 18, 2019
.Apple embraces the TV industry at CES 2019 because they have to (Apple Bit XL, Ep. 48)
Apple's presence at CES 2019 was more than its ever been, because they have to be. HomeKit is trailing big time too. Plus, new iPhone XI and iPad Mini 5 leaks. You can support this show and my independent work at THANK YOU! Call in to the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or email
Jan 11, 2019
BONUS: Apple is putting iTunes on Samsung Smart TVs (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 47)
Here's a quick BONUS episode! Apple is bringing iTunes movies and TV shows to Samsung TVs. Apple is getting serious about its service business with this pre-CES 2019 announcement. It's a big shift for them so what does it mean? You can help support this show and my independent content at THANK YOU! Call in to the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or email
Jan 07, 2019
The Apple TV 4K and Home Theater w/ Techno Dad (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 46)
Techno Dad joins the podcast to talk about the Apple TV 4K and what the future of Home Theater looks like for Apple and what we might see at CES 2019 for the home theater space. You can help support this show and my independent content at THANK YOU! Call in to the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or email
Jan 03, 2019
The Good and Bad Apples of 2018 (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 45)
It's the end of the year wrap up where we include your calls, and your Good and Bad Apples alongside of mine! What was your Good Apple or Bad Apple for 2018? You can support this show and my independent work at THANK YOU! Call in to the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or email
Dec 26, 2018
BONUS: Apple says slightly bent 2018 iPad Pros are normal...Seriously. (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 44)
It's a new Quick Bitz edition of the show that I'm trying out. Apple confirms that slightly bent iPad Pro’s right out of the box are normal. This feels like a new low for the company who used to pride itself on its precise engineering and design? Plus, Siri might not technically be as dumb as you think she is. You can help support this show and my independent content at THANK YOU! Call in to the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or email
Dec 21, 2018
What Apple Needs To Do Better in 2019 w/ Lance Ulanoff (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 43)
Lance Ulanoff joins the show for a fun back and forth about what we think Apple needs to do better in 2019. There are plenty of things they did right in 2018, but plenty of things that need real work. What do YOU want think they can do? Call in to the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or email You can help support this show and ll my independent content at THANK YOU!
Dec 20, 2018
An iPhone Ban in China Is Causing Trouble For Apple (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 42)
Qualcomm is trying to force Apple to settle as an iPhone ban puts pressure on the Big A before their iPhones are taken off the shelves. Intel drops their new 'Sunny Cove' processors for the next-gen Macs and the ugly AF iPhone battery case is coming for the XS, XS Max and XR. You can call into the show at 833-888-ABXL(2295) or send an email to You can also support this independent Podcast for an Ad-Free version at THANK YOU!
Dec 14, 2018
No 5G iPhone before 2020, New AirPods in 2020? Plus, ECG comes to Apple Watch(Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 41)
Apple drops a whole bunch of software updates from iOS 12.1.1 that fixes the FaceTime flip screen button mess, and expands eSIM support. Apple’s ECG feature finally arrives on the Apple Watch and new reports claim the all-new AirPods won’t be coming until 2020, but we’ll get wireless charging in early 2019. But what about AirPower? And the iPhone looks to get 5G by the earliest.
Dec 06, 2018
Apple Says iPhone XR Is The Top Selling iPhone Since Launch (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 40)
Apple comes out to defend its iPhone sales after multiple media reports claim they are slowing down. Greg Joswiak says the iPhone XR has been their top selling iPhone since launch, but what about phone sales in general? Oh yeah, you guys won't tell us that anymore. Microsoft surpasses Apple to become the most valuable U.S. Company, and what are your future tech predictions?
Nov 29, 2018
Interview: iPad Pro/Apple Pencil w/ Artist Rob Generette III aka RobZilla (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 39)
It's an interview with Apple's poster child for the iPad Pro, Rob Generette III aka RobZilla. Take a peek at his amazing artwork with the NBA, NHL, MLB and more before you listen to this interview at and enjoy us talking about how an artist at the highest level uses the iPad Pro. Call into the show at 1-833-888-2295 or email questions to You can support the Podcast for an AD-FREE version and all my content at THANK YOU!
Nov 21, 2018
The New iPad Pro May Be Prone To Bending (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 38)
Some early accounts show the iPad Pro might be prone to having bending issues. Sure you can bend anything if you really try, but we'll see if this is an actual widespread issue or not. Spotify's Apple Watch App is officially out and Apple is recruiting people from Qualcomm to help them build their own wireless modem.
Nov 16, 2018
Reviews Are In For The iPad Pro MacBook Air & Mac Mini (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 37)
It's all the latest reviews and impressions for the iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini. Plus, what do you think about Samsung's foldable phone? And Apple's working on over the ear headphones with HomePod tech inside them. Call into the show at 1-833-888-2295 or email questions to You can support the Podcast for an AD-FREE version and all my content at THANK YOU!
Nov 09, 2018
BONUS: Apple's iPad Pro/MacBook Pro/Mac Mini with Rich De Muro (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 36)
Rich De Muro joins the show to talk about Apple's Event that he was in attendance for. We get his take on the Mac Mini, the iPad Pro, the future of USB-C and has Apple completely forgotten about their Pro users? You can check out more of Rich's work at You can call into the show at 1-833-888-2295 or email questions to Thanks!
Nov 02, 2018
Reactions To The iPad Pro, MacBook Air And Mac Mini (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 35)
It's a breakdown of all the Apple announcements for the new iPad Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iOS 12.1. Plus, is Apple getting carried away with their entry level pricing for everything from iPhones to iPad and Macs now? You can call in to the show at 1-833-888-2295 or email questions to Thanks! This week’s selection is Neil Gaiman’s Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. An amazing companion guide to the famous scific/trippy novel of the same name. Go to and add the book to your shopping cart. And don’t forget to use promo code APPLEBITZ at checkout to receive 60% off your ebook order.
Nov 02, 2018
iPhone XR Reviews Are Out...and It's Real Good (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 34)
The iPhone XR Review are in but the 'R' in XR means nothing. New Macs are revealed less than a week before Apple's October 30th keynote, and the iPod is 17 years old! You can call into the show at 833-888-2295 or email questions to Thanks!
Oct 26, 2018
Apple's IPad Event Is Officially On October 30th (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 33)
Apple sends out the official October event invitations for the rumored iPad and Mac Event. The iPhone XR goes on pre-order and the Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Beats headphones are atrocious looking. You can call into the show at 1-833-888-2295 or email questions to Thanks!
Oct 20, 2018
The Latest 2018 IPad Pro Details. Apple Pencil 2 To Sync Like AirPods (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 32)
Look for the new Apple Pencil 2 to sync like AirPods to the 2018 iPad Pro. A report says Apple is going to give its users free access to their new streaming service and Apple wants to put a real-time green screen studio in your phone. Call in at 833-888-2295 or email questions to
Oct 12, 2018
It's All About The Apple 'Gates': ChargeGate, BeautyGate & ConnectionGate (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 31)
We remember the passing of Steve Jobs 7 years ago, because we're all a part of this in many ways, because of him. Plus, we talk about the latest updates to ChargeGate, BeautyGate and ConnectionGate. And what is the meaning of life? Call in at 833-888-2295 or email questions to
Oct 06, 2018
The iPhone XS Max Has The Best Display Ever, But It Also Has LTE/WiFi Issues (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 30)
All the new things we've found out about the iPhone XS/XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4. The iPhone XS Max has the best display in a smartphone ever...but its also having LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity issues. Plus, Apple and Qualcomm continue their longstanding battle.
Sep 27, 2018
The Reviews Are In For IPhone XS/XS Max And Apple Watch Series 4 (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 29)
New hints about the iPad Pro drop from the iOS 12.1 beta. The iPhone XS/XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 reviews are in. Not everyone thinks the Apple Watch Series 4 ECG is a good idea. Plus is Group FaceTime coming back sooner than we thought.
Sep 21, 2018
Reactions To The IPhone XS/XS Max/XR And The Apple Watch Series 4 (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 28)
It's a recap with the latest updates after Apple's September keynote where we saw new iPhones (which put us to sleep at times) and a new Apple Watch Series 4 (which was damn exciting), but no sight of the AirPods 2 or the AirPower.
Sep 14, 2018
Preview To Apple's iPhone XS/Apple Watch Series 4 Event w/Mark Gurman (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 26)
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman returns to the show to talk about everything we can expect to see at the Apple Keynote and the specific order in which we'll see it. Is Apple really adding Max to the iPhone XS name...because its horrible.
Sep 07, 2018
The iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 leak...from Apple (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 25)
New reports from 9to5Mac claim the two OLED iPhones will be called the 'iPhone XS' and they also reveal what they say is an official Apple Watch Series 4 with new details. Apple addresses the MacBook Pro sound popping issues and the AirPort Express gets an update for AirPlay 2 support!
Aug 30, 2018
IPhone Pre-Order September 14th? New MacBook Air/Mac Mini This Fall! (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 24)
Bloomberg reports new Macs are coming this fall. A low cost MacBook Air with a 13-inch Retina display and Apple’s working on a Mac mini for professionals. Plus, 2018 iPhone rumors point to a September 14th pre-order and Apple Watch Series 4 is weeks away.
Aug 23, 2018
Report: The 2018 IPhones Will Support Apple Pencil (Apple Bitz XL, Ep. 23)
Do you finally want an iPhone with a stylus?...I mean Apple Pencil? Add another delay to the list for Apple. This time it's Group FaceTime for iOS 12.Plus new patents reveal virtual keyboards for MacBook Pros and the HomePod should be getting smarter.
Aug 16, 2018
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