Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference and HDR Televisions | #182
Keeping up with the pace of technological advances is no easy feat; thankfully our expert hosts, Jason Masters and Mike Etchart, are up to the challenge! We begin the hour with an analysis of the 2018 Apple World Wide Developers Conference which placed a significant emphasis on software upgrades. Notably, iOS 12 will continue to work on legacy devices, FaceTime can now accommodate up to 32 simultaneous users per session with an added Animoji filter option, and new devices will support Dolby Atmos for next-level surround sound. With sweet tunes top of mind, we learn how Apple Music will stack up against competing for streaming applications such as Spotify. Changing focus, The Wire Cutter’s Geoff Morrison delves into the evolution of television technology. While most modern TVs are offered in HDR, your viewing experience will vary greatly depending on the set’s resolution. Geoff also goes in depth describing the differences between 2K, 4K, and 8K TVs. Lastly, Geoff tells us about the newest broadcasting standard that will be here by winter of 2020; ATSC 3.0 will deliver Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos over the air for free, and will most likely have a box that you integrate into your current entertainment system. If your home is in need of a technology update, we have the information you need to make the best decision.
·[00:00:00] TV Prices Race to the Bottom
·[00:08:00] Apple Lover vs. Android Fanboy
·[00:12:31] Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
·[00:19:52] Apple TV/ Spectrum Skinny Bundle
·[00:29:07] Hear the Difference with Dolby Atmos
·[00:35:53] Apple Music Raises Bar for Streaming
·[00:42:13] High Dynamic Range (HDR) Basics
·[00:49:51] How to Get a True HDR Experience
·[00:54:44] Comparing HDR10 and Dolby Vision
·[01:02:05] Should You Upgrade to an 8K TV?
·[01:08:39] Beginner’s Guide to Better HDR
·[01:18:09] New TV Broadcasting Standards for 2020
[00:00:00] TV Prices Race to the Bottom
Is it time to upgrade your viewing experience? Jason and Mike open up the show by discussing the evolution of televisions before touching on the Apple World Wide Developers Conference. While Jason is surprised Apple hasn’t manufactured their own TV, Mike believes they’re wary to enter the ‘race to the bottom’ in terms of slim profit margins. Many companies are making quality products for shockingly affordable prices, and consumers are reaping the benefits. It’s not unusual to find a quality 55” TV for under $1,000. Is it time for a new television? Find out.
[00:08:00] Apple Lover vs. Android Fanboy
Is your home outfitted from wall to wall with Apple products? As a proud brand advocate, Mike has fully adopted the Apple eco-system while Jason’s smart devices are a mix of Android and Apple. The stark differences between the two leading platforms are beginning to fade as technology improves, but key features like camera quality and battery life continue to influence buying decisions of consumers. Have you chosen a side?
[00:12:31] Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
New hardware rumors were put to bed at the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, but there are still exciting developments to come. Apple has upgraded FaceTime to include up to 32 people per video call. Jason points out that FaceTime users are increasingly taking advantage of the Animoji filters. Could this forecast a new trend? Apple users can also look forward to an iOS 12 update that will work with new and legacy devices. What will Apple think of next?
[00:19:52] Apple TV/ Spectrum Skinny Bundle
‘Skinny bundles’ are increasing in popularity, but do any options stand apart from the pack? At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, it was revealed that Apple may create a skinny bundle in partnership with Spectrum for an affordable price (around $20/month). There is also talk that Apple will be creating custom own content, and a close relationship with Disney could lend to some fantastic entertainment. Would you let go of your favorite streaming provider for an Apple experience?
[00:29:07] Hear the Difference with Dolby Atmos
The sound of your movie can dramatically alter the experience if it lacks from what it was produced to be. At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, they recently announced that they will now be supporting Dolby Atmos. This sound gives you the ability to really make the movies or music move all around you. Many production companies and record companies are doing all their music in Atmos and it makes a big difference when you hear it. Apple continues to keep up with their high-quality moto and the Dolby Atmos falls into their platform perfectly. The Atmos system has speakers that face upwards towards the ceiling making the sound cascade around you. Is your Apple friendly home ready for the best sound out there?
[00:35:53] Apple Music Raises Bar for Streaming
[00:42:13] High Dynamic Range (HDR) Basics
We can’t help but ask – why should we care about High Dynamic Range (HDR)? We talk with freelance writer for The Wirecutter, Geoff Morrison, who explains why it’s important to know what kind of TV you are buying for the best viewing experience. HDR means that colors are brighter and darks are darker offering a more realistic image overall. In order to access the HDR capabilities of movies and TV shows, you’ll need an HDR TV. Luckily, a mid-range TV costing $500-$1,000 will come equipped with HDR. Geoff warns that although cheaper TVs may claim to be HDR compatible, they don’t necessarily have the software necessary to read and decode the image for a true HRD display. How important is your viewing experience?
[00:49:51] How to Get a True HDR Experience
Are you getting the most out of your HDR viewing experience? It can be difficult for home viewers to ascertain if a television offers true HDR quality; that’s why the Wirecutter’s Geoff Morrison recommends you consult the pros and for trustworthy product reviews. We discover how source content, software, and local dimming play a role in overall image quality.
[00:54:44] Comparing HDR10 and Dolby Vision
Many streaming platforms are beginning to offer Ultra HD options and converting popular movies to 4K. If you want to experience your favorite TV shows and films the way they were intended, you better get yourself a television with HDR. One small problem, there are two HDR formats available and they aren’t created equally. While the open format HDR10 will work with almost every streaming platform, it pales in comparison to the stunning look of Dolby Vision. Unfortunately, DV comes at a high cost for television manufacturers which limits widespread availability. Wirecutter tech writer, Geoff Morrison, breaks down the differences between HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
[01:02:05] Should You Upgrade to an 8K TV?
Staying current with the evolution of technology is a costly endeavor. How necessary it is to upgrade to an 8K television when they start hitting store shelves? At this time, many movies are shot in 2K with a few blockbusters making the switch to 4K. Don’t sink your hard-earned cash into a TV with more pixels; a set boasting an increased dynamic range and color gamete will give you more bang for your buck until filmmakers start shooting in higher resolutions. Geoff Morrison, Tech Writer for Wirecutter, discusses the downside of 8K resolution in 2018.
[01:08:39] Beginner’s Guide to Better HDR
Now that you’ve got your HDR TV, how will you watch HDR movies? Wirecutter’s Geoff Morrison says Ultra HD DVDs and Blueray discs are still your best bet even though most streaming services like Voodoo, Amazon, and Netflix have limited HD options. In general, you’ll be watching your favorite flicks in HDR10 unless you’ve shelled out cash for a top-of-the-line HDR TV with Dolby Vision or a Samsung with HDR10+. From top devices to content sources, Geoff offers his expert guide to premier TV viewing.
[01:18:09] New TV Broadcasting Standards for 2020
ATSC 1.0 is the inaugural set of standards for over-the-air digital television transmissions developed in the early 1990s. Three decades later, we are anxiously awaiting the rollout of ATSC 3.0, predicted to be available through a special streaming box by Christmas 2020. This standard will offer over-the-air Ultra HD as well as an object-based surround sound similar to Dolby Atmos. Most new TVs will be able to decode ATSC 3.0, but it is also backwards compatible with ATSC 1.0 so consumers won’t be forced to upgrade. Wirecutter tech writer, Geoff Morrison, explains what the new standards will mean for the future of in-home entertainment.
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CreditsProgram Host: Mike Etchart
Program Host: Jason Masters
Producer: Jason Masters
Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
Audio Engineer: Jason Masters
Copy Editor: Jessica Baumgardner
Guest: Geoff Morrison