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The CultCast covers each week’s best Apple stories, news, and accessories for your iDevices and Mac—but more importantly—we do it with pizzaz. Why listen to another dreary tech program? Tune in to the CultCast each week for a healthy dose of Apple, jokes gone sour, and plenty of tangents.

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#434 - The return of iPhone SE!
01:12:01

This week: iPhone SE.... 2! Let's talk about it... Plus: Apple is “scrambling” to prevent iPhone 12 delays; and we wrap up with an all new What We’re Into, Quarantine Edition! We’ll tell you about the shows, game videos, and stuff we’re doing with our extra "free" time.

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This week's stories

WSJ: Apple ‘scrambling’ to prevent iPhone delays amid COVID-19 pandemic

  • Over the last several weeks, various reports have detailed how Apple is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the supply chain and product development. Now, a report from The Wall Street Journal adds more detail to the ongoing situation.

Foxconn confident it can deliver iPhone 12 this fall

  • Foxconn’s previous guidance suggested that it would be back up and running at its normal levels by late March. Last week, the manufacturer said that it had hired enough workers at its major Chinese plants to meet seasonal demand for iPhone manufacturing.

Apple supposedly pencils in April 15 launch for iPhone 9

  • Apple has supposedly penciled in an April 15 launch date for its low-cost iPhone 9.

What we're Into (quarantine edition!)

Webcam darts

Pennyworth

Animal crossing: New Horizons

Tiger King

Westworld, season 3

The Wire

Colony

Relic radio vintage radio podcasts

Apr 03, 2020
#433 - iPad Pro got SUPERCHARGED
45:59

This week: forget the A12Z and LIDAR camera, it’s iPadOS and the new Magic Keyboard that just super charged the iPad Pro—we discuss!

Plus, we’ll tell you the best new features in iOS 13.4. And the Cookie uses Apple’s massive supply chain prowess to deliver hugely-needed supplies for medical workers—we got the story for ya right here!

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This week's stories

2020 iPad Pro review roundup: Still stellar, but little reason to upgrade

  • Apple’s newest iPad Pro will begin landing on customers’ doorsteps today, Wednesday, March 25. Will it be worth their hard-earned cash? Let’s find out from reviewers who already have their hands on one. And from LK!

iPadOS and iOS 13.4 finally arrive, bringing tons of big changes [Updated]

  • iPad and iPhone both just received important software updates, with iPadOS 13.4 and iOS 13.4 bringing a range of new features. Apple’s tablets now enjoy robust mouse/trackpad support. iPhones and iPads both gain iCloud Drive folder sharing.

Apple donating 9 million N95 masks for coronavirus fight

  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday that Apple has donated nine million N95 respirator masks to help hospitals and medical workers deal with the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Apple TV+ misses out on big COVID-19 surge in streaming demand

  • It’s a surprise to no one that video streaming services are seeing big surges in demand while everyone is stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it seems Apple TV+ is missing out.
Mar 27, 2020
#432 - Let’s talk about Apple’s new hardware!
01:07:46

This week: our reactions to Apple’s new hardware! Plus, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the new Mac mini, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and Magic Keyboard.

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This week's stories

Surprise iPad Pro refresh brings LiDAR Scanner, Ultra Wide camera, trackpad support

  • Apple on Wednesday surprised us with a brand-new iPad Pro that packs a LiDAR Scanner, Ultra Wide camera, and studio-quality microphones. It’s powered by an improved A12Z Bionic chip that makes it faster than many laptops.

New MacBook Air announced with $999 starting price, Magic Keyboard and 6K display support

  • Apple updated its MacBook Air lineup Wednesday with a re-designed scissor-switch Magic Keyboard, twice the storage, a reported two times faster CPU performance, and a lower price tag starting at $999.

Apple doubles SSD storage capacity for Mac mini

  • Apple announced Wednesday an update of its entire Mac mini line, offering double the SSD storage capacity at the regular price.

5 reasons why iPad Pro’s new Magic Keyboard blows our minds

  • Apple’s exciting new Magic Keyboard is going to make working on iPad Pro better than ever when the accessory debuts in May. It’s a huge improvement over the Smart Keyboard Folio in so many ways.

Movies Anywhere tests letting users loan out iTunes movies

  • Movies Anywhere combines films bought through iTunes, Google Play, etc. into one service. And now it’s testing a new feature called Screen Pass that enables loaning your movies to other people.

 

Hardware notes
 
Mac Mini
  • Now comes with double the storage capacity on the standard configurations.
  • $799 now gets you 256GB instead of 128GB, and $1099 gets you 512GB instead of 256GB.
  • Still using the same 6th-gen 4-year-old intel processor.
 
MacBook Air
  • $100 price cut.
  • Standard storage has been doubled too.  
  • You get 256GB for $999 now, and 512GB for $1299.
  • Features the same scissor-mech keyboard as the new 16-inch MBP.
  • Using Intel's newest 10th gen chip, Quad Core 1.2GHz i7, Apple claims speeds are about twice as fast as previous gen. Probably cause last gen was dual-core. 
  • GPU performance increase of up to 80%.
 
iPad Pro
  • Now with triple lenses, kind of.
  • Still the same 11" and 12.9" sizes.
  • A12Z Bionic chip which supports a 8-core GPU.
  • Apple says this setup is faster than most PC laptops.
  • Apple says you can edit 4K videos with the iPad Pro.
  • Pro Motion 120hz display
  • Five-studio quality microphones, just like Apple packed into the 16-inch MBP
  • Now features a 10MP ultrawide camera
  • Also includes a 12PM main camera, which is probably the same one found in the iPhone 11/11 Pro
  • Brand new LiDAR so depth sensing.  LiDAR is the same technology that self-driving cars use for depth sensing and object tracking.  It's what the Mars Rover uses too.
  • How will iPad Pro use it?  Definitely for Virtual Reality, but who knows what else.
  • Now supports WiFi 6.
  • 60% faster gigabit LTE for LTE models.
  • Size is about the same, but slightly thicker and heavier.
  • Price is the same, but now the base level of storage has been upgraded from 64GB to 128GB.
  • Upgrading to 256GB of storage is $50, so $1200 instead of $1250.
  • 1TB is $1300 instead of $1350.
 
New Magic Keyboard 
  • Coming in May.  
  • Features passthrough charging to the iPad via its own USB-C port on the hinge.
  • Features a full-size Magic Keyboard with backlighting, scissor keyboard switches, and trackpad with multi-gesture support.
  • iOS 13.4 will feature cursor support.  Works with both the older and new ipad 11" Pro for $300.
  • Or $350 for the 12.9" keyboard....
Mar 20, 2020
#431 - iOS 14 leaks!
48:17

This week: iOS 14 leaks! We’ll run through the best new features. Plus: Corona has hit Apple hard, and will mean delays for some of your most anticipated tech. Is Apple’s March event going to be canceled too? We’ll tell you what we know.

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This week's stories

Game over for E3 2020: COVID-19 takes out gaming’s biggest event

  • E3 2020 is the latest major event to be scrapped amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The game industry’s biggest trade show was scheduled to kick off in Los Angeles on June 9. It will no longer go ahead this year.

With iPhone SE 2 delayed indefinitely, source confirms Apple nixes rumored March event

  • Apple decided to postpone a March product launch event after continuing delays in the production of an expected successor to the iPhone SE, a source at Apple confirmed to Cult of Mac.

iOS 14 could bring brand-new Home screen layout with list view

  • iOS 14 will ship with a brand-new Home screen layout that allows users to arrange icons in a list, according to a new report. The view is expected to be customizable and will incorporate Siri Suggestions for making your most frequently used apps easier to access.

Apple tests iMessage mentions, retractions and more for iOS 14

  • Apple is reportedly testing a number of new iMessage features that could debut with iOS 14 later this year. They include the ability to retract messages after they’re sent, and to tag other people in group chats. We could also get the option to mark messages as unread.

Apple’s HomeKit may add Night Shift to smart lights

  • Apple’s HomeKit home-automation system will reportedly get a version of Night Shift to reduce the amount of blue in smart light bulbs as each day nears its end. This feature, allegedly coming with iOS 14 in the fall, is supposed to help people sleep better.
Mar 13, 2020
#430 - Apple’s prepping an all-new 14” MacBook Pro AND iMac
56:54

This week: Apple is prepping a new 14.1” MacBook Pro with an all-new mini-LED display, plus a new iMac and iMac mini! We’ll tell you what you need to know. And in the wake of Corona virus, will Apple need to cancel WWDC? We discuss. And stay tuned for the best ways to disinfect your iPhone, iPad, keyboard, and more.

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This week's stories

Apple preps 14.1-inch MacBook Pro with mini-LED display

  • Apple plans to make an aggressive push adding mini-LED displays to its products in 2020, according to one of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game.

What to expect from this month’s new iMac

  • This week, serial rumor-tweeter CoinX predicted the imminent release of a new iMac and a new Mac mini. But what does that mean exactly? A giant, 30-inch iMac that looks like the Pro Display XDR? Apple’s first ARM-based Mac? Probably not. So what changes can we expect?

Apple’s biggest manufacturer says production will return to normal by end of March

  • Apple manufacturer Foxconn hopes to resume regular production in China by the end of March.

COVID-19 virus means tough decisions about WWDC and rumored Apple keynote

  • Apple faces mounting pressure to decide whether to cancel, delay or change the format of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, typically held in June. The same holds true, although to a lesser extent, for Apple’s rumored March product keynote.

How to disinfect your Mac, iPhone, mouse, trackpad, keyboard and cases

Mar 06, 2020
#429 - Here comes Apple's ARM Mac (and AirTags!)
46:49

This week: Apple’s first ARM-based Mac is headed our way—we’ll tell you what we know.

Plus, Apple’s new AirTags tracking tiles will be unlike anything we’ve seen, and way more powerful than we thought. We discuss! And stay tuned—we’ll tell you the weird rule Apple makes big movies follow if they want to put iPhones or Macs on the silver screen.

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This week's stories

Apple’s first Mac with a custom chip expected in early 2021

  • This would be Apple’s first computer powered by a custom Arm chipset. It would also be the first brand-new Mac to launch without an Intel CPU since Apple made the switch from PowerPC processors back in 2006.

AirTags Said to Be 'Completely Waterproof' and Use Magnetic Charging Like Apple Watch

  • In a report touching on several topics today, Japanese site Mac Otakara claims that Apple's Tile-like "AirTags" item trackers will be "completely waterproof" and use similar magnetic wireless charging to that seen on the Apple Watch.

Apple should steal this iPad multitasking concept right now

  • This amazing mockup/concept was executed by design student Tommy Rutherling using the Principle app to create the interactive animations.

Director Rian Johnson Breaks Down a Scene from 'Knives Out'

  • Write and director Rian Johnson talks about making his new movie Knives Out, but in the process reveals a insider tidbit about using Apple products in movies
Feb 28, 2020
#428 - New iPads, AirPods, and AirTags, INCOMING
01:29:55

This week: new iPads Pros, new AirPods, and AirTags are incoming, but Apple warns coronavirus could mean big manufacturing delays. Plus: from cut and paste, to Newton, and more—we remember the inventions of tech folk hero Larry Tesler. And stick around for an all new Under Review, where Leander pitches some of the more bizarre shows on TV.

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This week's stories

iPad Pro refresh expected this March, but supplies could be limited

  • Apple is expected to deliver a big iPad Pro refresh this March, and that’s still on track despite the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, according to a new report. Supplies could be limited at launch, however, with production likely to be slow to ramp up until after April.

Apple warns of iPhone 'supply shortages' due to coronavirus outbreak

  • The consequences of the coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected for Apple. The tech firm has warned that global iPhone supply will be "temporarily constrained" while it resumes production.

Wait for ‘AirPods Pro Lite’ will drag on as production is reportedly delayed

  • We could be waiting longer for the mysterious “AirPods Pro Lite” headphones Apple is rumored to be developing. A new report claims production will not begin during the second half of 2020 as originally planned.

MacBooks may be in short supply after March

  • Now might be the best time to buy that MacBook you’ve been considering. Factory shutdowns in China because of the coronavirus outbreak will reportedly lead to shortages of components needed to make laptops.

AirTags on the radar for roll out in the second half of 2020

  • Apple’s fall product launch will include a tiny gadget with a big responsibility: knowing the whereabouts of your devices when you lose them.

What We're Into Picks

Feb 21, 2020
#427 - iPhone SE 2: the low cost powerhouse!
51:58

This week: Apple is prepping iPhone SE 2, but trouble in China could mean massive delays across the entire tech industry. Plus: masOS leaks hint at BIG CPU upgrades on the way; and a famous celebrity calls out Mac’s troubled keyboards.

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This week's stories

iPhone SE 2 could cost $399 just like the first-gen iPhone SE

  • Apple is ramping up production on the new iPhone SE 2, a report published by Fast Companyover the weekend claims.

Apple manufacturer reopens factory — but fewer than 10% of employees turn up

  • Key iPhone manufacturer Foxconn continues to feel the effects of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China. The company recently reopened its factory in the eastern central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, but fewer than 10% of its workforce returned to work, according to Reuters.

Big macOS leak hints at future switch to AMD chips

  • Could Apple be preparing to make a surprise switch to AMD processors in a future Mac? References to a number of new AMD APUs have been spotted in the latest macOS 10.15.4 beta, which rolled out to developers on Wednesday.

Apple brings Swift Playgrounds to the Mac

  • Apple’s educational coding app, Swift Playgrounds, has finally made its way to the Mac.

Jojo Rabbit screenwriter vents about ‘horrendous’ MacBook keyboard

  • Actors love to have some political message to impart to viewers at award shows. At last night’s Oscars, Taika Waititi, winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, voiced his own passionate plea — for Apple to change its MacBook keyboards.
Feb 14, 2020
#426 - iOS 13 beta just leaked ALL SORTS of stuff…
46:09

This week: the new iOS 13.4 beta just leaked new hardware, new iPhone features, and MORE. We’ll share aaaaall the juicy details. Plus: how your iPhone might soon replace your car keys; Apple Maps just got a massive update; and Microsoft quietly stole Apple’s secret recipe…

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This week's stories

iOS 13.4 beta code hints at new Apple TV device

  • An updated Apple TV 4K could soon roll out of Apple’s product pipeline, based on references to an unreleased product discovered in the latest iOS beta.

Apple’s universal purchases will change how you buy and use apps

  • Apple is laying the groundwork to make it easier for developers to distribute their apps across all of Apple’s platforms.

CarKey feature buried in iOS beta might let iPhones replace car keys

  • Apple reportedly added code to iPhone and Apple Watch to let these devices function as car keys, giving users one less thing to constantly carry around.

Apple debuts redesigned Maps with major U.S. improvements

  • Apple today made its major Maps redesign with big improvements available to all users in the United States.

Microsoft is merging its Windows and hardware teams

  • Panos Panay, Microsoft's hardware head honcho and the creator of Surface, is set to oversee the Windows team too. The company will reportedly roll the product and Windows groups into a single unit called Windows + Devices later this month with Panay at the helm. The move, which is part of a broader reorganization, is a strong indicator that Microsoft is eager to tie Windows and hardware more closely together.
Feb 07, 2020
#425 - New Apple hardware, incoming!
49:08

This week: A huge lineup of new Apple products is coming our way. We’ll tell you what we know... Plus: how is Apple doing under Tim Cook’s leadership? We dare to ask the question. And if you thought AppleTV+ felt a little dry on content, Apple’s got a plan for that—buying one of the industries biggest movie studios. WE DISCUSS.

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This week's stories

The biggest surprises from Apple’s shockingly good earnings report

  • The first Apple earnings report of 2020 was a smashing success that shattered most of Apple’s previous records. Thanks to shockingly strong iPhone sales and a surging wearables business that is bigger than the Mac and the iPad, Apple managed to surpass even the most optimistic expectations.

AirPods Pro supply problems couldn’t stop Apple’s surging wearables business

  • When Apple reported an all-time record for quarterly revenue Tuesday, it got a big boost from one of its smallest products: the AirPods Pro.

Kuo: Huge 2020 lineup of new Apple products brings AirPower alternative

  • A new report says major new hardware products are headed our way, including a 4.7-inch LCD iPhone, iPad Pro, MacBook Pro/Air, smaller wireless charging mat, UWB tag, and a high-end Bluetooth headphones.

DoubleTake is a video app that lets you shoot with 2 cameras

  • A new iOS app lets users simultaneously record video using multiple iPhone cameras. DoubleTake is created by the makers of popular camera app Filmic Pro.

Buying MGM could prove crucial to Apple TV+ growth

  • Apple is reportedly in talks to buy MGM, which would bring a catalogue of classic and modern movies to the iPhone maker’s streaming video service.
Jan 31, 2020
#424 - Why everyone's upset about AirPods Pro
01:09:20

This week: it’s not your imagination, Apple changed AirPods Pro and it made them worse—we’ll tell you what’s going on… Plus: a new report says Apple caved to FBI pressure to keep your iCloud backups less safe. And stay tuned to hear about about Tim Cook’s favorite new… shower tech? Rub a dub dub yaaaaaaaall!

And stick around for our favorite new Netflix shows and crack pipes in an all-new What We're Into.

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This week's stories

Apple reportedly dropped iCloud encryption plans amid FBI pressure

  • Apple ditched plans to let users fully encrypt backups of their devices using iCloud, a new report by Reuters claims. Apple reportedly made the decision after the FBI complained that this would make it harder to carry out future investigations.

AirPods Pro noise cancellation spoiled by firmware updates, users say

  • A growing number of users say their buds aren’t blocking out background noise as effectively as they once did. And testing confirms that to be the case.

Now you can shower like Tim Cook without getting soaked

  • Nebia, the eco-friendly shower head company adored by Tim Cook, unveiled a new version of its shower system today. Unlike the previous two-generations, this one is priced to sell.

What We're Into!

Messiah

Mind Hunter

Doomsday Preppers

Another Life

Pax 3 vaporizer crack pipe

Jan 24, 2020
#423 - MacBook Pro is about to get PRO-ER
55:51

This week: Apple is working on a way to make your existing MacBook Pro far more powerful—we’ll tell you everything we know. Plus: get your wallet ready! Apple is getting ready to release the portable MacBook Pro you’ve been waiting for. And we’ll tell you why Apple may soon be forced ditch Lighting in their iPhones and iPads.

And stick around for our spoiler-free review of the full first season of SEE!

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This week's stories

Unreleased ‘Pro Mode’ may bring performance boost to MacBooks

  • Apple is working on a new software feature for macOS that can crank Macs’ processing powers into overdrive.

Mystery MacBook spilled in new filing ahead of release

  • Apple has filed for approval of a new MacBook ahead of its official debut. A listing in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database reveals a model number of “A2289.” Its description confirms it is a portable Mac.

EU Parliament debates forcing Apple to kill the Lightning port

  • The European Parliament will soon vote on whether to require all phones, tablets and other mobile devices to use a single type of charger. If passed, this could force Apple to abandon its proprietary Lighting port in future iPhones.

US Attorney General demands Apple unlock Pensacola shooter’s iPhones

  • Apple could be headed for another collision course with U.S. federal law enforcement, similar to the spat it had with the FBI over creating backdoors into iOS.

Dave Bautista battles onto next season of See

  • Jason Momoa was the big star of the first season of See on Apple TV+, but he’s reportedly being joined by Dave Bautista, perhaps best known for playing Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy series.
Jan 17, 2020
#422 - Best and worst tech of CES 2020!
01:10:56

This week: Tim Cook strikes back! Ricky Gervais tore Apple a new one live at the Golden Globes, but TC always gets the last laugh... we discuss.

Plus: we round up the coolest, weirdest, and whackiest gadgets announced at the 2020 Consumer Electronics show.

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This week's stories

Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais: Apple ‘runs sweatshops in China’

  • * Apple’s first night at the Golden Globes didn’t go exactly as Tim Cook may have hoped — with none of the nominations for Apple TV+ show The Morning Show resulting in award wins. Adding insult to injury, returning host Ricky Gervais quipped that Apple used sweatshops to make its products. And even drew parallels to terrorist group ISIS.

Why Samsung will probably get away with ‘borrowing’ Face ID icon

  • * Eagle-eyed viewers spotted something oddly familiar during Samsung’s CES keynote Monday. On a slide regarding Samsung Pass, its new biometric “identity management as-a-service” product, Samsung included a logo that looks (to be polite) “borrowed” from Apple’s Face ID.

Crock-Pot's latest slow cooker comes with Alexa voice control

  • * Belkin has quietly unveiled a 6 quart Crock-Pot slow cooker with a new twist: you can control it with Amazon Alexa.

Segway’s S-Pod looks weird, but it’s a lot of fun to drive

  • * Segway’s newest self-balancing vehicle is a strange egg-shaped S-Pod wheelchair.

PiBo is a robotic companion for single people

  • * It can get lonely living on your own, especially when you've got a landlord that doesn't allow pets or roommates. That’s where PIBO comes in, a cute robotic companion robot from Korean developer, Circulus

Don’t worry: Impossible Foods is already working on fake bacon

  • * Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown has revealed that his company is working on a plant-based version of bacon.
Jan 10, 2020
#421 - Apple preps a super-charged GAMING Mac!
55:47

This week: According to a new report, Apple is prepping a new super-charged GAMING Mac for WWDC! We discuss... Plus: full-screen TouchID will be replacing FaceID in a notch-less 2020 iPhone, at least according to a new rumor. And stick around for the second half where we reveal all our favorite apps of 2019!

 

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This week's stories

Apple could eliminate iPhone’s notch and Face ID for 2020 flagship

  • Apple could deliver a flagship iPhone without a notch in 2020, according to a new report.
  • The device is expected to feature a new Touch ID fingerprint scanner integrated into its display — rather than Face ID. Its front-facing camera will also be hidden away behind its screen.
  • Analysts at Credit Swiss believe Apple will release a high-end iPhone with Touch ID embedded within its screen in 2020. The technology will replace Face ID, allowing Apple to do away with the handset’s notch.

Why I’m not holding my breath for Apple’s rumored gaming Mac [Opinion]

  • Apple is reportedly working on a new “gaming-focused” Mac that it will unveil at WWDC, a sketchy new rumor claims.
  • This machine would cost up to $5,000 and be a Mac rival to gaming PCs. It would take aim at the fast growing “e-sports” market, which Apple has not previously catered to. Could such a machine turn Apple into a gaming powerhouse?

My 5 most-used apps this year

  • For my job at Cult of Mac, I test a lot of apps. But of course, I also use a lot of apps, for work, for recreation, and for making music. I thought I’d make a short list of my most-used apps this year.

Our favorite apps of 2019!

Jan 02, 2020
#420 - Apple enters the SPACE GAME 🚀
01:08:24

This week: Apple is entering the space game with their own fleet of satellites... but why? Plus, we wrap up 2019 with our final picks for Best of the Year!

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Apple exploring satellite network to beam data directly to iPhones

  • Apple is building a larger research group to investigate ways to transmit data directly to iPhones and other devices, Bloomberg reported Friday.
  • According to the report, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly made the project a company priority.
  • Apple is said to be hiring software, hardware, and aerospace engineers to find new methods of data transfer for the iPhone and other products. The goal is to reduce the dependence on traditional wireless carriers.
Dec 27, 2019
#419 - All the best stuff of 2019!
01:06:46

This week on The CultCast: From the hottest gift of 2019, to our favorite tech and travel locations, it's more of our picks for Best of the Year!

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This week's stories

AirPods to hit quarterly sales of $4B, surpassing peak iPod sales

  • AirPods is has grown into a massive business. How big?
  • Last year, in Q4 2018, Apple Watch surpassed $4B quarterly in revenue in, overtaking the revenue earned during the best quarter of peak iPod sales, and now it looks like it may be AirPods‘ turn.
  • Asymco published a research note this week estimates that AirPods could overtake the peak iPod revenue of $4 billion next quarter.
  • Asymco also believes Apple will see over 50% growth year over year for Wearables.
  • The research note also predicts a 51% increase y/y for Wearables and 24% growth in Watch. This results in a Watch revenues of about $5.2 billion.

This is your best shot at snagging AirPods Pro today

  • Even though AirPods Pro are basically sold out everywhere, there’s still a chance you could snag a pair today. And with a simple Siri trick, Apple makes it easy for you to snag 2019’s hottest gift.
  • If you absolutely want to get AirPods Pro by Christmas, and don’t want to pay a reseller a premium, here’s your best shot for finding a pair ASAP.

Apple joins rivals to create open standard for smart home devices

  • Apple is teaming up with Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance to create a new open and royalty-free standard for smart home devices.
  • Project “Connected Home over IP” aims to increase compatibility among smart home gadgets and make development easier for device manufacturers. It should also simplify smart technology for consumers
  • This means it shouldn’t matter which smart home platform you’ve chosen to adopt; any and all smart home devices (in the future, at least) should work together seamlessly.

Get ahold of the hot new Cult of Mac book, V2.0!

Dec 20, 2019
#418 - Whoa, Mac Pro is a MONSTER
01:04:33

This week on The CultCast: The new Mac Pro proves Apple’s still got it! We cover our first impressions, plus discuss some of the insane upgrades available for Apple’s new powerhouse Mac.

Plus, we reveal more of our favorite tech, shows, movies, and more in our Best of the Year, part 2!

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This week's stories

The Cult of Mac book giveaway!

Apple’s powerful Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR arrive at last

It costs $400 to add wheels to your new Mac Pro

  • By default the Mac Pro ships with stainless steel feet. And that’s what you should stick with if your machine is going to be stationary most of the time. They look a lot better.
  • But for a meager sum of just $400, Apple will install four wheels on the bottom of your Mac Pro that make it easier to cart around.

Apple doesn’t want you defiling Pro Display XDR’s special glass with a regular cloth

  • Apple sure likes having its own proprietary version of things it doesn’t deem quite good enough.
  • The same is true of the new Pro Display XDR with nano-texture glass for the Mac Pro. No, we’re not talking about the screen itself; but rather Apple’s insistence that you clean it using a special Apple-approved cleaning cloth. But there’s a good reason for it.

Best of the year, part 2!

Dec 13, 2019
#417 - Big change coming to MacBook Pro (and iPad!)
01:03:01

This week: Apple is readying a new display technology that could be huge change for MacBook Pro and iPad; our favorite Black Friday hauls; and it’s time for our favorite Gear of the Year!  Plus our favorite movies, TV shows, and all the other stuff we loved most in 2019.  It’s a party and you’re invited.  

 

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  • According the Ming Chi Kuo, Apple’s long interest in Mini LED technology could come to fruition in late 2020. He says both a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro with this new type of screen are in development.
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    Best of the year picks!

     
      Dec 06, 2019
      #416 - The wild but true stories from The Cult of Mac
      59:19

      This week: on the cusp of its release, authors Leander Kahney and David Pierini regale us with stories from their new book, The Cult of Mac 2.0, and we hear of the strange and often unbelievable lengths fans go through to celebrate their love of all things Apple.

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      This week's stories

      Steve Jobs, the opera 

      Kansas fest, the world's largest gathering of nerds celebrating Apple, and swapping old software, hardware, and copies of Nibble magazine. 

      The story of Alex Jason, a teen who used lawn-mowing money to build one of the most rare and impressive collections of Apple devices in existence.

      Dmitry Lischina, a man who built a career pimping out the iPhones of the rich and fabulous 

      Simon Pierro, a magician who weaved his iPad into his mesmerizering act

      Nov 29, 2019
      #415 - Surprise! Let’s talk Apple’s Dec. 2 event.
      45:10

      This week: another Apple event is coming December 2! We’ll tell you what to expect. Plus: the benchmarks prove it—the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is the powerful update we’ve all been waiting for. And, finally, it’s hard to admit, but Apple’s new Mac shows there may be some advantages to a post-Ive era. We discuss.

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      This week's stories

      Apple to host surprise event for apps and games on December 2

      • Members of the press received surprise invitations from Apple this morning to attend a first-of-its-kind event to honor 2019’s top apps and games on December 2 in New York City.

      16-inch MacBook Pro beats predecessors by overcoming thermal throttling

      • The higher tier MBP has the same i9-9880H process as previous model.
      • In a 30 minute stress test, Dave 2D measured the CPU average speed at 3.1Ghz where previous model was at 2.7GHz.
      • Other stress tests show a similar result, the same CPU is about 10% faster in the 16-inch MBP.

      13-inch MacBook Pro dropping horrible Butterfly keyboard

      • The smaller MacBook Pro will reportedly be upgraded next year with a keyboard that users can trust, just as the new 16-inch version recently was.
      • If true, it means the current 13-inch MacBook Pro will be the last with the infamous Butterfly keyboard.
      • This improved version is supposedly scheduled for the first half of 2020.

      How a Magic Keyboard made it into the new 16-inch MacBook Pro

      • In a new interview, Apple marketing SVP Phil Schiller talked about redesigning Apple’s notebook keyboard. And whether or not the non-butterfly keyboard will make it to other Apple laptops anytime soon.

      16-inch MacBook Pro shows the advantages of a post-Jony Ive Apple [Opinion]

      • Now that Jonny’s stepping away, will Apple tempter the enthusiasm of the design team make their products more practical?
      Nov 22, 2019
      #414 - 16-inch MacBook Pro first impressions!
      01:06:34

      This week on The CultCast: everything you need to know about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro!  Plus our first impressions of this hot new machine...

      And we discuss Disney+, and why it may beat Netflix and Amazon as the best streaming service available.

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      This week's stories

      16-inch MacBook Pro: MacBook is finally PRO again!

      16-inch MacBook Pro wows writers in first hands-on reviews

      • Apple finally unleashed its long-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro on the world this morning, and according to some lucky people who got to play with it early, it was well worth the wait.

      16-inch MacBook Pro surprises: No Wi-Fi 6, 720p webcam, 96W charger

      • There are some interesting surprises with the 16-inch MacBook Pro that you won’t find in Apple’s press release. So we’ve rounded up the big ones here so you don’t miss anything before buying.

      Top 40 tips that make you love the Touch Bar

      • Once you get in touch with your Touch Bar, it turns out to have some genuinely useful time-saving features. Especially if you use apps that support it, like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. Here are 40 top Touch Bar tips.

      Disney+ races past 10 million sign-ups in first day

      • After launching on November 12, the Mickey Mouse company revealed this morning that it has already surpassed 10 million sign-ups, making the “millions” Apple TV+ pulled in during its first week look pretty weak.
      • Demand for Disney+ exceeded even Disney’s highest expectations. Technical problems plagued the service on launch day as customers flooded servers to watch new shows like The Mandolorian, or old classics from Disney’s huge vault of content. Disney shares are up more than 3% on the news.
      Nov 15, 2019
      #413 - Our AppleTV+ shows spoiler-free reviews!
      01:01:16

      This week on The CultCast: SEE, Morning Show, For all Mankind—here are our reviews of Apple’s new TV shows—spoiler free! Plus: the one part of AppleTV+ that needs a total overhaul; and Apple’s new HomePod update includes a new hidden talent.

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      This week's stories

      Apple TV+ blesses us with highest-quality 4K streams

      • Apple’s new service streams the highest-quality 4K content yet. Better than all the rest.
      • That’s according to new tests that measure the bitrate of video streams. They reveal See has the highest bitrate so far, closely following by The Elephant Queen.
      • See’s average bitrate of 29 Mbps, which can peak to 41 Mbps, is the highest measured so far. The Elephant Queen averages around 26 Mbps, while Dickinson peaks at around 24 Mbps.

      Opinion: The worst part of Apple TV+ is the TV app

      • The idea of the TV app, introduced in 2016, was to combine all the TV shows and movies from all of the apps and unify the viewing experience into a single interface, with a combined Up Next queue.

      How to play relaxing, ambient sounds with your HomePod

      • How about a nice, relaxing rainstorm to help you fall asleep? Or some white noise to fill the space left by your grownup children when they left you behind to start their own lives? If you have a HomePod running iOS 13.2 or later, your smart speaker stands ready to help blank out the soul-bleeding silence of your empty life. You just need to ask.

       

      Nov 08, 2019
      #412 - AirPod Pros — a whole lot to like!
      01:07:49

      This week on The CultCast: AirPod Pros! You want them, we got them. We’ll tell you what’s new, what’s good, what’s not, and how they compare to the regular AirPods. We've got LOTS to say… Plus: the first AppleTV+ reviews are trickling in, and, well… they’re not great.

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      Unboxing the floating DeLorean from Back To the Future 2!

      AirPods Pro — EVEN BETTER than I hoped! (unboxing, first impressions, sound test REACTION)

      Apple’s new AirPods Pro with noise cancellation are already here

      • Apple has unleashed AirPods Pro with an all-new design and active noise cancellation, but are they worth the premium price tag?

      First damning Apple TV+ reviews indicate an alarming lack of vision [Opinion]

      • The first Apple TV+ reviews are out — and, broadly speaking, they’re not great. Critics generally slammed the marquee shows on the Apple TV+ slate. Anyone wanting to pull together a movie poster with positive pull-quotes would need to do some serious wading through bile to emerge with choice excerpts.
      • For example, The Morning Show — Apple’s pricey, A-list newsroom drama — got slammed in one review as a “painful belly flop.”
      • The Telegraph, meanwhile, slams See, Apple’s answer to Game of Thrones, as “likely to collapse under the weight of its own self-importance.” TVLinedescribes a “largely incoherent story” filled with “goofy confidence
      • Variety writer Daniel D’Addario had this to say:
        • “None of the shows, to my eye, are truly successful because each feels in its own way curated to death, overworked with an eye on transmitting quality rather than actually allowing it to spontaneously happen.

       

      Nov 01, 2019
      #411 - New MacBook Pro LEAKS
      01:01:48

      This week on The CultCast: The new 16-inch MacBook Pro just leaked, but its "new design" has a lot people disappointed. Plus, we'll tell you why 2020 could deliver Apple's impressive hardware in years. And stick around for our favorite new router, mouse, keyboard, and iPhone 11 case in an all-new Under Review!

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      This week's story links

      Here’s your first glimpse of that 16-inch MacBook Pro. Or not.

      • Behold, we have appeared to have images of the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro. All pulled form a macOS Catalina beta.
      • A French blog this week published what it called a rendering for a new Mac laptop that was discovered hidden in a macOS Catalina beta.
      • Skeptics, from Twitter to tech news sites, quickly tamped down any excitement by pointing out the icon’s similarities to the current 15-inch model.

      2020 will deliver Apple’s ‘most impressive hardware’ in years

      • 2020 will be the year Apple unveils its “most impressive hardware in some time,” according to a new report.
      • Alongside big upgrades for iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac, Cupertino also is expected to deliver its first augmented reality glasses.
      • It’s been two years since Apple introduced a major iPhone redesign. The Apple Watch hasn’t changed significantly since its debut.
      • But 2020 could change all that. Bloomberg expects Apple to blow everyone away next year with huge upgrades and brand-new product lines.

      Under Review!

      TP-Link M9 Plus mesh routers

      Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse

      Logitech Keys

      Grovemade iPhone cases

       

      Oct 25, 2019
      #410 - The next iPhone SE will be WORTHY!
      47:53

      This week on The CultCast: iPhone SE 2 is almost here! And its specs and price are SURPRISING... Plus: finally! Long awaited camera upgrades are coming to iOS 13; Apple TV+ is coming to a TV near you, and to Roku, and to other platforms. It’s gonna be everywhere. And AMC's new movie streaming is going to take on Apple Movies with a genius feature Apple can’t possibly match.

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      iPhone SE 2 will be Apple’s most affordable smartphone to date

      • iPhone 6 is not supported by Apple’s newest iOS 13 update. That means the iPhone 6 won’t work with services like Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. But Apple has a plan to boost upgrades.
      • The upcoming device, which is expected to look like iPhone 8 and be powered by Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, is expected to cost less than $400 when it goes on sale in early 2020.

      iOS 13.2 finally brings frame rate, resolution settings to Camera app

      • An iOS developer exploring iOS 13.2 beta 2 said the Camera app will allow video shooters to adjust frame rates and resolution without going into the Settings app.

      Apple TV+ is coming to Roku

      • Apple TV+ will be available on Roku boxes when it launches next month.
      • Roku revealed this morning that the Apple TV app will be available on its platform starting today, allowing users to access their iTunes video library as well as subscribe to Apple TV channels right from their Roku devices.
      • Even though Apple and Roku compete against each other making streaming devices for TVs, Apple has embraced third-party platforms for its own streaming service. In addition to putting the Apple TV app on Roku, you’ll also be able to get it on smart TVs made by Samsung, LG and Vizio.

      Finding Apple TV+ trailers and show details just got way simpler

      • Apple just launched a website with details about all its upcoming Apple TV+ shows. The site is supposed to be for journalists, but serves as a one-stop shop for everyone to learn more about all the original programs available soon — many are scheduled for next month.
      • Th site is dubbed “Apple TV+ Press,” and it includes details of 15 shows that will launch soon from this streaming video service. For the initial offerings that will debut November 1, there are also trailers and images, as well a lists of cast and crew.

      AMC Theaters will launch its own service for renting and buying digital films

      • AMC Theaters, the largest movie theater chain in the US, is launching an on-demand video service, according to The New York Times. The service will let customers rent or buy movies, much in the same way Apple’s iTunes Store and Amazon’s Prime Video have operated for years.

       

      Oct 18, 2019
      LEANDER'S GOT A BUS PLAN (CultCast extra)
      01:55

      Leander's got his bus ride to the Who concert all worked out

      Oct 17, 2019
      #409 -  AR Glasses are ALMOST here
      46:51

      This week: Apple’s AR glasses are about to be announced! At least according to one very reliable analyst…. we discuss. Plus: Mac OS Catalina is out, but you probably shouldn’t install it—we'll tell you why. And Final Cut Pro just got a massively faster in a new update, and a long awaited iOS 13 feature FINALLY goes live.

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      This week's story links

      macOS Catalina is out with new apps, Apple Arcade, Sidecar and more

      • Apple’s big update for Macs, macOS Catalina, is finally out today bringing with it a host of new features, apps, privacy improvements, and much more.
      • But if you have lots of Adobe plugins, or older apps that aren't 64-bit, you should hold off.

      Apple’s first AR glasses could arrive in second quarter of 2020

      • Kuo reports in a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, that Apple’s first AR glasses will enter mass-production as soon as the fourth quarter of this year. They could arrive in early 2020.
      • The device will be marketed as an iPhone accessory, and will rely on an Apple handset for computing, networking, and the sensors required for augmented reality.

      Apple Prime? Giant bundle of entertainment services under consideration

      • Currently, its biggest fans have to sign up separately for Apple Music ($9.99 a month), Apple TV+ ($4.99 a month), Apple News+ ($9.99 a month) and Apple Arcade ($4.99 a month). A bundle would allow people to get all of these as a single subscription — presumably at a lower cost.
      • Apple is reportedly mulling offering all its entertainment services in one giant bundle as a sort of “Apple Prime.” If true, then a single subscription would include the company’s music, video, and gaming services
      • It’s that last part that’s supposedly the sticking point with people in the music industry, according to Financial Times. These executives are concerned that reducing the amount subscribers pay would mean less money going to music producers.

      Final Cut Pro X gets new Metal engine for big performance boost

      • The latest version of Final Cut Pro X is out now with a new Metal engine that promises a big performance boost. It also make optimizations for the all-new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.
      • Apple also brought the same Metal engine to Motion and Compressor, too.
      • The new Metal engine in Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks like rendering, real-time effects, and exporting on compatible machines.
      • Apple says you will enjoy performance that is up to 20% faster on the newest 15-inch MacBook Pro, and 35% faster on the iMac Pro. And that’s not all you get in this update.
      • Sidecar support lets you extend Final Cut Pro X onto an iPad in macOS Catalina. You can then use the second screen, connected wired or wirelessly, as the browser or viewer, Apple says.
      • You can now also select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing.

      Spotify update brings Siri support in iOS 13, new Apple TV app

      • One of the many changes and new features in iOS 13 is a SiriKit API that lets third-party music streaming services take advantage of Apple’s virtual assistant for the first time.
      • Well this week the Spotify update we’ve been waiting for since the launch of iOS 13 has landed. The latest version of the app finally adds Siri support, so you can ask the virtual assistant to play artists, tracks, and more.
      • You can ask Siri to play artists, albums, tracks, and playlists after updating to the latest version of the app. Simply remember to add “with Spotify” to the end of your Siri requests.

       

      Oct 11, 2019
      #408 - Let’s talk about Apple's October hardware event…

      This week: Mac Pro, AirPods 3, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro—let’s talk about all the hardware we expect Apple to unveil at their unannounced October event. Plus Microsoft unveiled their newest gadgets and they’re actually pretty cool! We discuss...

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      What to expect at an Apple October event

      Revamped AirPods with noise cancellation spilled by iOS 13.2

      Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds are unbelievably fugly

      Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Neo is a vision of the future

      Microsoft’s sleek Surface Pro X hits iPad Pro where it hurts [Updated]

       

      Oct 04, 2019
      #408 - Let’s talk about Apple's October hardware event…
      01:09:37

      This week: Mac Pro, AirPods 3, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro—let’s talk about all the hardware we expect Apple to unveil at their unannounced October event. Plus Microsoft unveiled their newest gadgets and they’re actually pretty cool! We discuss...

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      This week's story links

      What to expect at an Apple October event

      Revamped AirPods with noise cancellation spilled by iOS 13.2

      Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds are unbelievably fugly

      Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Neo is a vision of the future

      Microsoft’s sleek Surface Pro X hits iPad Pro where it hurts [Updated]

       

      Oct 04, 2019
      #407 - iPhone 11 Pro—even better than we hoped!
      53:26

      This week: we just completed our first week with iPhone 11 Pro, and it's even better than we hoped. We'll dive into all the features we love most. Plus: details are emerging about iPhone 12, and we like what we're seeing! And is Apple Watch series 5 worth the upgrade? We discuss...

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      The iPhone 11 Pro unboxing you MUST SEE before buying (Space Grey First Impressions)

      Here’s why the iPhone 11 Pro camera is UNBEATABLE

      iPhone 11 Pro Max review: the best gets better

      • This thing is a beauty. The first thing you notice is the glass back. The frosted matte finish makes it semi-translucent, giving it a weirdly illusory depth. It looks great. Not even the controversial, compound-eye camera bump can spoil its good looks. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best-looking iPhone to date, and I love it.

      2020 iPhone design could take notes from the classic iPhone 4 look

      • Apple could go back to one of its most beloved iPhone designs with next year’s iPhone refresh. According to a new report from seasoned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s 2020 iPhone redesign will resemble the iPhone 4.

      Apple Watch Series 5 teardown confirms it’s a tweaked Series 4

       

      • Disassembling the latest Apple Watch doesn’t find very much that’s different from last year’s model. That doesn’t mean there aren’t improvements in the new Series 5; they’re just not visible in a teardown, even one done by the experts at iFixit.

       

       

      Sep 27, 2019
      #406 - iPhone 11 Pro - A leap forward!
      49:13

      This week: iPhone 11 Pro’s cameras are the largest leap forward yet. We’ll tell why the cameras alone make iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro worth the upgrade. Plus: iPhone 11 Pro may have dual wireless charging built in after all; and it looks like Apple Watch Series 5 is just an upgraded series 4. We’ll tell you what you need to know.

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      First iPhone 11 Pro Max teardown shows off gigantic new battery

      • One of the specs Apple refuses to reveal about the iPhone 11 Pro Max has been revealed by a teardown of this new model: it includes a 3,969 mAh battery, significantly larger than the one in the XS Max.
      • That's hugely larger than the 3,174 mAh power cell in last year’s iPhone XS Max.
      • And of course Apple is reporting the 11 Pro features 4 hours of extra battery life, while the iPhone 5 clock 5 extra hours.

      iPhone 11 Pro review roundup: Big battery, camera, display upgrades

      • There’s no question about it: the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are two of the best iPhones Apple has ever built — and arguably the best handsets in the world right now.
      • Verge says it has the best camera in a phone.
        • “[T]he iPhone 11 Pro cameras are an enormous improvement over the XS, and they beat the Pixel and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus in most of our side-by-side comparisons. In fact, I think the iPhone 11 Pro is the best smartphone camera on the market right now.”
      • Tom’s Guide loved the screen
        • "iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display vastly outshined the Galaxy Note 10 Plus”
      • What about speed you ask. Hold on to your butts. Wired had this to say:
        • “The phones are fast. Downloading apps is fast. Switching between apps is fast. Processing and editing photos is fast. Apple Pay is faster on this phone; Face ID feels slightly faster. FaceID supports more face angles too “

      iPhone 11 supposedly capable of two-way wireless charging

      • One feature we expected but didn’t get from the iPhone 11 lineup is two-way wireless charging. But Apple could surprise us with it later.
      • Two-way or bilateral wireless charging would allow you to charge certain devices — including other smartphones — by placing them down on the back of your iPhone.
      • Tipster Sonny Dickson, citing “reliable sources,” reports that iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max do feature the hardware required for two-way wireless charging. It’s just that Apple hasn’t enabled it yet.
      • "Reliable sources are saying iPhone 11 and 11 Pro do include the hardware for bilateral charging, but that it is software disabled. Uncertain whether this was removed prior to final production run.”
      • It’s not clear why or when two-way wireless charging may have been deactivated. Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently suggested the “efficiency may not meet Apple’s requirements.”
      • Bizarre that Apple would not have at least MENTIONED this feature and announced an anticipated release date.

      Apple Watch Series 5 has same CPU as Series 4

      • The insides of the Apple Watch Series 5 aren’t all that different from last year’s Series 4 upgrade.
      • Other than the new always-on display, the only other internal changes Apple promoted were the new compass and increased storage. The latest build of Xcode reveals that those are basically the only changes, as the Series 5 uses the same CPU and GPU found in Apple Watch Series 4.

       

      Sep 20, 2019
      #405 - iPhone 11/Pro - What you need to know!
      55:39

      This week: everything you need to know about iPhone 11 and 11 Pro! We dive deep into the coolest features buried in Apple's newest iPhones.

      Plus: our reactions to everything announced at the iPhone 11 event...

      And it's all but confirmed: we'll tell you why there's almost definitely a October hardware event coming our way, and what gadgets Apple will be unveiling in their next big keynote.

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      This week's story links

      Erfon's YouTube channel!

      If this is iPhone 11 camera’s Night mode, we can’t wait

      iPhone 11 vs. Pro vs. Pro Max: Which one should you buy?

      Why Apple Watch Series 5 is a welcome surprise

      Lower iPhone 11 price shows Apple got the message [Opinion]

      Ex-Netflix exec thinks Apple TV+ will have no problem competing

      Leaked iPhone 11 specs show upgraded RAM and battery

      Apple Watch Series 5 vs. Series 3: Which one should you buy?

      3D Touch disappears, and that’s great for people who love it [Opinion]

       

      Sep 13, 2019
      #404 - Get ready for ONE MORE THING...
      49:01

      This week: a noted leaker says the September 10th Apple event will include a mythical One More Thing... But what could it be??

      Plus: more leaks shine a light on next week's iPhone announcements; a new turbocharged Apple TV is on the way; and Apple Watch will finally get a long-awaited feature.

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      Phone 11 Lineup Tipped to Have Familiar Rollout: September 13 Pre-Orders, September 20 Launch

      • A tipster who claims to work at a major carrier has since provided MacRumors with internal communication that suggests the rumored iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models will be available to pre-order Friday, September 13 ahead of deliveries to customers and in-store availability starting Friday, September 20.
      • iPhone XR will become iPhone 11, iPhone XS will be the iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone XS Max will be the iPhone 11 Pro.

      Faster Apple TV hardware might turbocharge Apple Arcade

      • The first Apple TV update in two years is reportedly coming soon. The update Apple TV will supposedly be powered by the same chip that’s in the iPhone XS series, potentially making it a better way to play Apple Arcade games than its predecessors.
      • The current Apple TV runs the A10X Fusion CPU from several years ago, and while it's perfectly capable of handling a streaming video service, Apple Arcade games that will undoubtedly benefit from the extra horsepower in the A12X chip.

      Respected leaker CoinX tweets “One more thing…”

      Apple’s first AR headset spilled by iOS 13

      • Apple is still developing its own augmented reality headset, according to code discovered in iOS 13. The mythical headset is apparently codenamed “garta"

      Sleep-tracking could come to Apple Watch this year

      • Apple will introduce sleep tracking to Apple Watch, a new report claims.
      • The new feature will reportedly not require any additional hardware, but rather be software-based. It’s not clear whether it will be limited only to the upcoming Apple Watch Series 5, however.

       

      Sep 06, 2019
      #403 - 🔥 Our September 10th event hardware predications 🔥
      53:09

      This week: Confirmed! Apple’s September 10th has just been announced—don’t miss our hardware and software predictions! Plus: comparing Disney’s new streaming service to Apple TV Plus; Steve Jobs is spotted in Egypt; and one of Earth’s greatest Steve Jobs artifacts hits the auction block.

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      Apple’s Sept. 10 event invitation might hint at iPhone 11 colors

      • Apple just sent out invitations to a press event to be held on Sept. 10, 10am, at Steve Jobs Theater. This is widely expected to be launch of three new iOS handsets, among them the first “iPhone Pro” models.
      • The invite has an Apple logo divided up into green, blue, yellow, red and purple sections. While clearly an homage to the multi-colored logo the company used for many years, there are differences.

      A first look at Disney+

      • This week, Disney again showcased its upcoming streaming service at the D23 Expo in California, offering new details on what exactly the $6.99 per month price tag will get you.
      • As detailed by Engadget, that $7 per month Disney+ tier will include up to four simultaneous streams, as well as 4K quality at no extra cost. You’ll also be able to create up to seven different user profiles with a single Disney+ subscription.

      Steve Jobs look-alike blows internet’s mind

      Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far

      • A total of 31 shows and movies are in production.
      • Apple is also planning to make six small-budget, award-worthy films every year, with an eye on generating buzz for the service and nabbing some Academy Award nominations along the way.
      • Rumored 9.99 price tag

      Steve Jobs autograph takes Toy Story poster to $25,000 … and beyond!

      • A movie poster for Toy Story featuring Steve Jobs’ signature will hit the auction block in Los Angeles on Thursday.
      • Jobs, the legendary founder of Apple, ran Pixar Animations Studios when its first blockbuster, Toy Story, hit silver screens in 1995. Considered one of the all-time best animated movies, Tory Story earned $373.6 million at the box office and garnered three Oscar nominations.
      • Starting bid: $25,000.
      • The starting bid might seem high. But experts don’t consider the price exorbitant when it comes Jobs. The late Apple co-founder signed his name in all lowercase letters — but rarely gave out his signature.
      • The auction house says fewer than 10 Jobs-autographed items exist.

       

       

      Aug 30, 2019
      #402- NEW Macs. NEW iPhones. INCOMING…
      44:11

      This week: the stage is set… NEW iPhones. NEW Macs… Apple Watches galore. New leaks paint a picture of a MASSIVE hoard of Apple hardware heading our way, and we even have a date. Plus: a new report shares more details than ever on iPhone 11.

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      iOS 13 beta asset suggests iPhone 11 Apple event on September 10th

      • Apple has released the latest beta of iOS 13 to developers, and in it is a piece of evidence that may have accidentally outed the date of the upcoming hardware event./li>
      • Buried deep in the code, is an asset called “holdforrelease”. The image is an iOS screenshot, and show shows the date of Tuesday, the 10. Aka, september 10.

      Database exposes loads of incoming Apple products

      • Multiple new MacBook, Apple Watch, iPod touch and iPhone models are coming this fall, according to a database that’s so far been very accurate about upcoming products. It belongs to the Eurasian Economic Commission, which become a gold mine for information on Apple computers that are right around the corner.
      • The database lists 11 products that are described as “portable personal computers,” that run macOS Catalina.
      • Four of these models are new, and the rest are updated versions of computers already registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission.
      • The Eurasian Economic Commission lists twelve model numbers of wearables running watchOS 6. These are clearly the Apple Watch Series 5 devices that could launch next month.
      • The EEC database also indicates we’ll receiving two new “media players” which run iOS 13, most likely meaning new iPod Touches.
      • Two dozen smartphone models!
      • In the past, devices have generally debuted a few months after appearing on this agency’s website, so all these newly-listed Apple computer models should be out well before the end of the year

      2019 iPhone to bring tougher glass, even better Face ID

      • We weren’t expecting much from the 2019 iPhone lineup. The rumors led us to believe they would be very similar to existing models, but with faster chips and improved cameras.
      • But Reliable Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman today reveals that we can also look forward to a more robust design for high-end models that uses unspecified “shatter-resistance technology.”

      <New ‘iPhone 11 Pro’ cases make way for … Apple Pencil? ul>

      • Accessory makers are already preparing cases for Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup, including an “iPhone 11 Pro” that will support a brand new Apple Pencil.
      • We’ve heard whispers of Apple Pencil support for the iPhone 11. One analyst promised the upgrade back in July. But this is the first time we’ve seen what might be considered real evidence.
      • A new case from case maker Olixar features a spot in the back to hold an Apple Pencil, but not the version we currently have...
      • “This goes someway to confirming recent rumours that suggest the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be compatible with a new version of the Apple Pencil,” says MobileFun, which obtained these images.
      • Sure, it’s only a case from a third-party accessory maker. But Olixar’s predictions have been right on the money in the past.

       

      Apple Arcade’s cheap price will attract even non-gamers

      • Buried in an API used by the iOS app store is a promotional message that says an Arcade subscription will cost $4.99 a month. A one-month free trial service will also be offered.
      • That’s much lower that predictions. HSBC analysts estimated it will be $12.99. Google’s Stadia Pro service will cost $9.99 a month when it debuts in November.
      Aug 23, 2019
      #401 - iPhone 11: the biggest leaks yet!
      48:16

      This week: a Foxconn insider spills BIG iPhone 11 secrets. Plus: the Pros and Con of Apple Card, Apple’s new maps start rolling out across the country, and a strange twist in the MoviePass story unveils the unbelievable shenanigans they pulled to stayed in business, and they are far worse than we ever imagined!

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      Apparent Foxconn insider spills big iPhone 11 secrets

      • Some huge new details about this year’s iPhone 11 refresh have been spilled by an apparent Foxconn insider.

      Apple Card Unboxing & Impressions!

      • It's a digital card that lives in the wallet app, and it is also a physical card (that you use when the vendor doesn't.
      • 2% cash-back on all purchases when you pay with Apple Pay, 1% cash-back when you pay using the physical card, and 3% cash-back on purchases made directly from AppleApp is the most beautiful financial app out there. Digital card changes colors as you use it.
      • App also categorizes all your purchases, shows you maps of where they were made, and helps you understand how much interest you'll pay when you don't pay off your balance.
      • Cash back daily.
      • No fees, not even late fees.
      • High approval rates. Even subprime borrowers are being approved.

      Cons

      • Offers pretty much the same spending insights as other apps, like Mint.
      • 2% cash back only available for Apple Pay. 1% for card and non-apple pay purchases isn’t great.
      • 3% cash back for Apple purchases is only 1-2% more than other cashback cards.
      • Card number is not on the card, so if you need it you have to go get your phone, open the app, and find it.
      • You can’t add authorized users, meaning you can’t share a card with your spouse. Only one card per person per Apple ID.
      • No price protection.
      • No extended warranty.

      Revamped Apple Maps Now Available in Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi

      • Last year, Apple announced plans to rebuild its Maps app with its own first-party data. The overall look and feel of Apple Maps is similar, but zooming and panning reveals more details like grass, trees, sports fields, and parking lots. Apple is also focused on making search results more relevant.

      The definitive story of how a controversial Florida businessman blew up MoviePass and burned hundreds of millions

      • The MoviePass shenanigans are way worse than we ever thought....

       

      Aug 16, 2019
      #400 - Apple ASRM, and iPhone vs. Galaxy 10
      51:34

      This week: Apple enters the ASMR business! Plus: first impressions of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10, and the features iPhone should steal; how to mute and decline calls on your iPhone; and finally, when the internet is following you… strange stories of your digital life showing up in your real life.

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      Apple’s soothing ASMR iPhone videos will put you to sleep

      • Apple is jumping on the ASMR trend for its latest series of shot on iPhone ads that were created to help you relax no matter where you are.
      • ASMR — short for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response” — it's a psycho-physiological response to quiet sounds, and it spawned a popular community on YouTube that makes videos designed to make the back of your neck tingle. In its first ASMR effort, Apple has unleashed 30 minutes worth of soothing sounds accompanied by gorgeous videos all recorded on the iPhone. The four videos take you threw hiking trails, a woodshop, ghost forest and more.

      Samsung Galaxy Note 10/10+ Impressions: A Great Duo!

      • Note 10 = $949
      • Note 10 Plus $1099
      • Both come with a base of 256GB RAM
      • Edge to edge OLED screens with virtually zero bezel
      • No notch, just a tiny camera hole
      • Interesting iridescent rainbow color
      • They REMOVED the headphone jack...

      Apple is shipping $1000 phones with 64gb base storage while Samsung base storage starts at 256GB

      • So I decided to tune in on Samsungs new Note 10 launch. I won't lie I was super salty when I saw Samsung base storage is 256GB with the note 10 at $950. Kinda feels bad considering I paid $999 for my XS with 64GB. I am hoping Apple bumps their base storages across all their products.
      • Edit: Idid not expect this to make it to the front page. But I'm glad the general consensus is 64GB on a $1000 phone and 128GB (non-upgradable) on a $1200 laptop is not enough. Overtime everything is starting to take more storage so it'd be nice for Apple to step it up and give us a little more for our money.

      How to decline and mute calls with iPhone

      • Muting a call is easy, just click the sleep/wake button once, or depending on the iPhone you have, you can probably just hit the volume button once too. Muting a call silences the ringer or vibration, but lets the caller hear 4 rings before sending them to voicemail.

       

      Aug 09, 2019
      #399 - Apple’s working on something BIG...
      52:36

      This week: Apple’s working on something BIG, and their massive increase in R&D spending proves it. Plus: we discuss all the surprises Apple unveiled in their recent earnings report, and it was another record breaker. And if you think your conversations with Siri are private, think again! Apple’s been caught reviewing your most personal sound bytes. We’ll give you the details. And finally, a new Moviepass competitor has emerged with a very interesting offer, but is it worth the price?

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      The key surprises from Apple’s upbeat earnings report

      • iPhone is no longer king
      • Mac Pro could make an American comeback
      • Apple Card is coming in August
      • R&D is at an all-time high

      Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings Workers hear drug deals, medical details and people having sex, says whistleblower

      • Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

      Regal offers a new unlimited movie viewing plan, but there are plenty of catches

      • The plan comes in three tiers: Regal Unlimited for $18 a month for unlimited movies at more than 200 theaters; Regal Unlimited Plus for $21 a month for unlimited movies at more than 400 theaters; and Regal Unlimited All Access for $23.50 a month for unlimited movies at any Regal theater.

       

      Aug 02, 2019
      #398 - 16-inch MacBook Pro details and the Apple Car LIVES!
      01:05:41

      This week: the all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro—a new report gives us a price tag and release date. Then: a new hire signals that the Apple Car is far from dead; and there’s finally a way to get podcasts recommendations tailored just for you. Plus stayed tuned for our favorite shows and comic con trailer in an all-new What We’re Into!

       

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      Rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro might start at $3,000

      • Anyone eager to get their hands on the much-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro better be saving their pennies. It could cost as much as $3000, if an unconfirmed report coming out of Asia is correct.
      • The Chinese-language Economic Daily News predicts this will be Apple’s most expensive laptop ever. The starting price could be over $2,975, or even as much as $3,300
      • The EDN report goes on to say that the 16-inch macOS laptop will have a 3072 by 1920 LCD screen, in line with earlier rumors.
      • The largest MacBook in years will supposedly debut in October. New 13.3-inch versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will allegedly launch at the same time.

      BMW will charge outrageous annual fee for CarPlay

      • BMW has decided that it will charge customers an annual fee if they want to enjoy CarPlay in its newest vehicles.
      • It is the first car-maker to turn Apple’s platform into a subscription service. Most now include CarPlay as standard, or as an optional feature that lasts as long as the vehicle.
      • It took BMW longer than most automakers to support CarPlay, and it doesn’t come cheap. The company charges $300 to add the platform to existing vehicles with a built-in navigation system.
      • If you want CarPlay in a 2019 BMW, you can forget that one-time fee. In fact, you’ll get to enjoy the first year for free. But every year of CarPlay access after that will cost you $80.

      Overcast adds fantastic new podcast recommendations feature

      • Overcast, the podcast app of choice for lovers of good design, just added a brand-new recommendations feature.
      • Previously, Overcast used a Twitter-based recommendation engine. But developer Marco Arment says almost nobody used it. Now, he’s replaced it with recommendations based on users’ personal listening habits, and the result is amazing.
      • Other notable features include Smart Speed (which cuts out silences) and Voice Boost (which pumps up spoken audio). Overcast also works great with the Apple Watch.

      Apple hires the engineer who led the design of Tesla's car interiors

       

      What we’re into!

      Jablinski Games

      2019 Tour de France

      Peaky Blinders

      Star Trek: Picard

       

      Jul 26, 2019
      #397 - Face-aging app goes viral, and... return of the rainbow Apple logo?
      52:04

      This week: FaceApp, the mega viral app that ages your face, might also be stealing your data! Plus: why your next iPhone or Mac may feature Apple’s rainbow logo; Apple might soon make a big move into original podcasts; and we’ll tell you about the wild lengths some Apple factory works go through to smuggle out top secret tech.

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      This week's stories

      Apple’s retro rainbow logo might make a comeback

      • There have been some clues earlier this year that Apple might be ready to embrace its old logo again. Apple renewed its trademark on the logo last year. Jony Ive also meticulously created a rainbow stage at Apple Park that used the rainbow Apple logo’s design. Although Ive was a fan of minimalist design, even he seemed to want to bring the rainbow Apple logo back.
      • “There is the resonance with the rainbow logo that’s been part of our identity for many years,” Jony Ive recently explained.

      Is viral FaceApp stealing your photos? Not all of them

      • FaceApp has become incredibly popular in recent weeks. It’s gone viral. You’ve probably see the pictures everywhere. But there’s concern over what happens to your photos when you use the app, particularly since the devs are… THE RUSSIANS!

      Apple might soon feature original and exclusive podcasts

      • Apple’s growing services business will soon feature original podcasts, according to a report that, if true, amps up the tech giant’s battle with rival Spotify.
      • Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, reported Apple executives are in preliminary discussions with media companies to buy the rights to podcasts.
      • Spotify has spent millions of dollars positioning itself to be the go-to podcast app. It has acquired three podcast companies, including Gimlet Media, in the last two years to build up premium content.
      • The Apple Podcasts app comes with iPhones and is considered the go-to platform for listening to podcasts. However, Apple Podcasts is merely a directory of links for users to download podcasts from other platforms.

      Apple Once Caught Factory Workers 'Digging a Small Tunnel in a Corner' in Attempt to Smuggle iPhone Parts

      • After photos of the colorful iPhone 5c leaked in 2013, the report claims Apple created a "New Product Security" team to monitor security at its most sensitive suppliers in China. At one point, the team reportedly topped more than 30.
      • The security team is said to have uncovered workers going to extreme lengths to smuggle valuable components out of factories over the years, with some attempting to hide parts in crawl spaces, tissue boxes, shoes, belt buckles, bras, used mop water, under discarded metal shavings, and beyond.

       

      Jul 19, 2019
      #396 - Big Mac updates!
      43:45

      This week: Big Mac updates! But not like a Big Mac. We're talking computers. Never mind, look—Apple just updated the MacBook Air, dropped the price, and supercharged the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Plus: a new report says Apple will finally update the butterfly with the design we were all hoping for. And we wrap with a true story that could save you thousands: how neglecting the batteries in your tech could cost you BIG.

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      This week's stories

      Apple may be gearing up to replace controversial MacBook keyboard

      • According to a new research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is set to replace them with a whole new keyboard switch mechanism. According to big Ming, this will debut with the 2019 MacBook Air (more on that in a second)
      • This would be a return to the previous keyboard design, but with an Apple twist.
      • Kuo says the switches in the new scissor keyboards will be made from glass-filled nylon, and material that is stronger than plastic, so it allows Apple to make the internal components stronger and thinner.
      • This is the same material used in the switches of the 2015 butterfly keyboard mechanisms.

      Latest MacBooks still use Apple’s flawed butterfly keyboard

      • Big Ming got it wrong: Apple's newest MacBooks use the same 3rd-gen keybaord as the 2019 MacBook Pro, and are already included in the extended keyboard repair warranty.
      • The new keyboard will likely debut in the 16" MacBook Pro.

      Apple brings True Tone to MacBook Air, faster chips to MacBook Pro

      • Apple has updated the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro for the back-to-school season. And they’re now more affordable.
      • The revised MacBook Air, now starts at $1,099 (down from $1,199) or $999 for college students, and has been updated with True Tone.
      • The biggest improvements, however, are to the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

      Apple officially ditches the 12-inch MacBook

      • Apple has dropped the 12-inch MacBook after introducing an improved MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.
      • The previous MacBook Air without a Retina display, which was Apple’s most affordable notebook, has also been ditched.

       

      Jul 12, 2019
      #395 - Why Jony Ive quit: troubling details emerge…
      53:41

      This week: A new report details why Jony Ive is departing Apple, and it paints a troubling picture. Plus, Leander tells us about the “fiddle factor,” the unique quality that made Jony Ive our time’s greatest designer.

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      This week's stories

      Jony Ive’s absence from Apple caused iPhone X headaches

      • A new report from the WSJ paints a bleak picture of Jony’s Ive’s departure, saying he’s been drifting away from the company for years, and it’s because they increasingly are not taking design seriously.

      Tim Cook slams alleged rift with Jony Ive as ‘absurd’

      Why Apple will miss Jony Ive’s fabulous ‘fiddle factor’

      • The fiddle factor cuts to the heart of Jony Ive’s design genius. In a career spanning 30 years, no designer has been more successful at making computers friendly and approachable, largely by adding tactile elements to his designs.
      • As a design student back in the 1980s, a teenage Jony Ive spent a semester with a design agency in London, the Roberts Weaver Group. One of his first projects was designing a new pen for Japan’s Zebra Co. Ltd., a pen-maker based in Tokyo.

       

      Jul 05, 2019
      #394 - Reacting to the departure of Jony Ive
      53:47

      This week: we knew it was coming, but now it’s official, Jony Ive is leaving Apple. Plus: 16-inch MacBook Pro could arrive sooner than you think; Apple just poached one of the world’s premiere ARM CPU architects; and we’ll tell you about the huge Apple scam going around that you need to watch out for!

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      This week's stories

      Jony Ive is leaving Apple

      • Apple long-time design boss Jony Ive revealed today in an interview that he is leaving the company. After helping create some of the most iconic consumer products of all-time for Apple, Ive says he is going to strike out on his to create a new creative business called LoveFrom.
      • “After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,”
      • Instead of naming a new head of design that reports to Cook, Apple’s two design leaders — Evans Hankey and Alan Dye — will report to COO Jeff Williams.

      16-inch MacBook Pro could arrive sooner than you think

      • A new 16-inch MacBook Pro is coming this fall, according to analysts at IHS Markit.
      • They claim that Apple will unleash the new laptop at the company’s September media event, alongside the new iPhone.
      • The new laptop will supposedly include a 3072 × 1920 resolution, up from the 2880 × 1800 display in Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro
      • It will continue using an LCD display, rather than switching to OLED.

      Apple just poached one of the world’s premiere ARM CPU architects

      • One of the top CPU architects in the world has joined Apple’s chip team.
      • Mike Filippo, who created some of ARMs most impressive CPUs over the last few years, was hired last month by Apple, signifying the company could be gearing up to switch to ARM CPUs on the Mac.
      • Filippo spent 5 years at Intel. 8 Years at AMD. Then 10 years at ARM as the lead architect creating the chips that have been competing with Apple’s.

      Apple warning customers that App Store gift cards can't pay income taxes

      • Apple is now warning customers up front that iTunes gift cards, in fact, cannot be used to pay taxes as number of fraud calls ramp up.

       

      Jun 28, 2019
      #393 - BIG changes coming to iPhone
      50:41

      This week: new iPhone rumors point to some BIG changes… Plus: Leander gives his take on the new betas; two long-awaited features are finally coming to tvOS; and scientists say iPhone is making teenagers too... horny

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      This week's stories

      2020 iPhone XS Max will get bigger display

      • Ming Chi-Kuo sent a note to investors claiming Apple will put out three different iPhone models in 2020. The 2020 iPhone XR equivalent will be upgraded to a 6.1-inch OLED display but it won’t get 5G. The 2020 iPhone XS Max successor will be upgraded from a 6.5-inch display to a slightly larger 6.7-inch screen.
      • The 2020 iPhone XS successor will have a 5.45-inch screen, a slight downgrade from the current 5.8-inch display currently in use. Like the larger model, it will also have 5G.

      iOS 13 uses iPhone to perfectly sync wireless audio on Apple TV

      • Nothing ruins a good movie like sound that’s completely out of sync. But thanks to iOS 13 and tvOS 13, you will no longer have to suffer that when watching video on your Apple TV.
      • When iOS 13 and tvOS 13 roll out to everyone this fall, you’ll be able to use your iPhone or iPad to fix unsynchronized audio on Apple TV.
      • It works by using your iOS device to listen to tones played through your speakers. The feature calculates the time it takes for the audio to be heard after your Apple TV plays it, then adjusts your settings accordingly.

      Apple TV finally gains picture-in-picture support

      • One of the best media features for iPad is finally coming to Apple TV.
      • With the new tvOS 13 beta released this morning, Apple added picture-in-picture support to Apple TV, allowing users to watch a show while searching for the next thing to watch.
      • Apple never mentioned the new picture-in-picture feature during the Apple TV segment of the WWDC 2019 keynote.
      • Works just like it does on the iPad. You can minimize the picture to a corner of the screen then keep browsing content while it plays.

      Phone overuse makes millennials grow spikes on their skulls

      • Doctors have noted a change in the shape of many millennials’ skulls: spikes are growing just above the neck, and researchers into the phenomenon blame it on too much cell phone use.
      • However, this apparently isn’t some bizarre radiation-induced mutation, but is instead the skeleton adapting to the bent-over posture phone users typically adopt.
      • The scientists were examining the growing prevalence on young adults skulls of enthesophytes — growths where tendons or ligaments attach. These typically become more common with age, but not a specific example at the base of the skull, a condition they call enlarged external occipital protuberance (EEOP). These are more likely to show up in 18- to 30-year-olds than in people decades older. By examining X-rays, the pair found 41 percent of patients aged 18 to 30 had these skull horns.

       

      Jun 21, 2019
      The day we met (CC Off Topic with Aaron Hughes)
      01:00:29

      Two friends discuss fatherhood, and meeting their kids for the first time

      Jun 18, 2019
      #392 - iOS 13’s best hidden features plus our favorite gadgets 🤖🔥
      01:05:45

      This week: the super useful iOS 13 features you haven’t heard about! Plus: we discuss the best new features in iPadOS. And we’ll tell you about our favorite new gadgets in an all-new Under Review.

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      This week's stories

      iOS 13 now shows a map of where apps have been tracking you when requesting permission

      • iOS 13 now presents a popup notification when an app is using your location in the background, and the notification shows a map of the location data a specific app has tracked.

      iOS 13 Apple Maps: Share your live route ETA with a friend

      • In iOS 13, integrated right into Apple Maps, you can share your journey status with your contacts in a feature called Share ETA.

      NFC gets a lot more powerful in iOS 13

      • NFC — the technology that helps power Apple Pay as well other clever features for iOS apps like Launch Center Pro’s tappable stickers — is getting a big upgrade with the launch of iOS 13

      iOS 13’s NFC triggers bring Shortcuts to the real world

      • The iOS 13 Shortcuts app has been updated to support automatic scheduled and location-based shortcuts
      • But it also includes NFC triggers. So if you have a compatible iPhone, you can combine NFC tags with Shortcuts.
      • That is, you can run any shortcut just by tapping your iPhone onto an NFC sticker.

      Under Review!

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      Jun 14, 2019
      Let's talk about games! CC Off Topic #2, with the AMAZING Aaron Hughes
      53:40

      Two life-long playas talk about their favorite games, and which future titles they're most excited for.

      Jun 09, 2019
      #391 - We react to Apple’s LEGENDARY WWDC keynote
      01:01:50

      This week: Our WWDC reactions! Apple keynotes don’t get more legendary than this one. Plus: the crazy cryptographic tech powering Apple’s new Find My app, and our favorite features of iOS 13, macOS Catalina, tvOS and watchOS.

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      This week's stories

      How new Mac Pro borrows from Apple’s best designs

      • Aside from looks, there are many similarities to the G5, plus a couple of ideas from other older Apple machines. Here are some of the clearest design influences on the new Mac Pro

      Apple prods devs to give ‘Sign in with Apple’ top billing

      • Not only will Apple require all apps that use third-party login services like Facebook to also support Apple’s privacy-focused login service, but it is also asking that the button be placed above competitors’ options.

      THE CLEVER CRYPTOGRAPHY BEHIND APPLE'S 'FIND MY’ FEATURE

      How to use a PS4 or Xbox One controller with iOS 13 and iPadOS

      • iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 will allow you to play games with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller.

      Everything Apple showed off at WWDC 2019 in under 8 minutes [Video]

       

      Jun 07, 2019
      The pros and cons of a Hackintosh, with Peter Paul Chato (CC 2nd Hour)
      44:16

      Is the power of a Hackintosh worth the hassle of building and maintaining one?  Big daddy Erf gets the answers with YouTube creator and Hacktintosh expert Peter Paul Chato.

      Jun 02, 2019
      #390 - New Mac Pro debuting at WWDC?
      49:16

      Apple may be prepping the Mac Pro for its big reveal...don’t miss our WWDC 2019 hardware expectations.

      This week: Apple may be prepping the Mac Pro for its big reveal... don’t miss our WWDC 2019 hardware expectations! Plus: the pros and cons of the 2019 MacBook Pro... we discuss. And did you know all the best Get a Mac ads never actually aired? We’ll tell you the odd reason why... All that and SO MUCH MORE.

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      This week's stories

      Latest MacBook Pro blows away its predecessors

      • The top-tier new MacBook Pro employs a Intel 9th-generation Core i9 processor, which just debuted. It’s clocked at 2.4GHz with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz. This is Apple’s first 8-core laptop, and the promotional materials promises “40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro.”
      • Geekbench benchmark scores are now confirming that this macOS laptop is around 30 percent speedier depending the the tests look at.
      • The multi-core score for this device is around 29180. Last year’s speediest 6-core version of the MacBook Pro topped out at 22620, indicating that its predecessor is 29 percent faster.
      • The single-core score for the new model is around 5900, up from about 5350 in the 2018 version. That’s almost a 10% improvement.
      • One YouTuber reported the new MacBook Pro is beating his base iMac Pro in some tests!

      2019 MacBook Pro teardown reveals minimal keyboard changes

      • Keyboard seems largely the same, though iFixit has confirmed Apple has changed some of the material used in the dome switch mechanism and keyboard condom.

      Steve Jobs didn’t want the ‘Get a Mac’ ads to be too funny

      • Justin Long was recently on a episode of People Magazine’s TV show called Couch Surfing reciting why all the best Get a Mac ads never aired.
      • Though 66 ads aired, apparently they filmed over 300!
      • According to Long, it was Steve Jobs who kept the best ads off the air because they were just too funny.
      • “One, in particular, I remember Zach Galifianakis played a drunken Santa Claus and I was dying to see this one,” Long said on the episode, which aired on Sunday. “Basically, Steve Jobs preferred when they weren’t super funny. It’s because he thought that would detract from the point of the commercial. He thought if people were too focused on humor, they would lose sight of the product.”
      • But the commercials worked!
      • Apple experienced a sales increase of 200,000 Macs after the first month of the campaign in May 2006. By July, Apple sold 1.3 million and at the end of the fiscal year, there was a 39 percent increase from the previous year’s Mac sales
      May 31, 2019
      #389 - Apple unveils the 8-core MacBook Pro!
      51:13

      This week: Apple releases the MacBook Pro we never thought possible, packed with Intel’s newest 8-core chip! But can a machine this slim handle the heat? Plus: WWDC 2019 is officially on! We talk our keynote predictions. And even more good news, Apple announces two new warranty repair programs to fix MacBook’s most troubling issues… for FREE.

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      This week's stories

      Apple’s wacky unicorn invites press to June 3 WWDC keynote

      • Invitations to the keynote address for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference just went out. The design features a unicorn whose brain is exploding with ideas.
      • You can catch Episode #387 for our rundown of all features expected to be announced for iOS 13, macOS 10.5, watchOS, all the OSs

      iOS 13

      • But Apple is expected to unveil a whole bunch of new and upgraded apps for iOS, a Dark Mode, possibly a new swipe keyboard. They’re adding new features to the Health, Books, Maps, and Messages
      • Apple is also planning to let the HomePod respond to different users’ voices, creating a multiuser mode.
      • iPad is getting some loving', including an updated home screen, updates to multi-tasking, and the ability to use two instances of the same apps.

      watchOS

      • New apps for the Apple watch that will make it more independent from the iPhone, health tracking enhancements, and an Apple Watch store so you can download apps on the go.
      • Marzipan is set to be unveiled for the Mac, meaning developers can bring their iPad apps to the Mac. This should be interesting.
      • Apple will be bringing the Podcast app to the Mac, along with Find my Friends, Find my iPhone, and Screen Time.
      • New voice memos app so you can record notes from your wrist.
      • New watch faces (from Bloomberg:
      • A “Gradient” face that makes a gradient look out of a color the user chooses, at least two new “X-Large” faces that show jumbo numbers in different fonts and colors, a “California” dial that looks like a classic watch face and mixes Roman numerals with Arabic numerals, a redesigned “Solar Analog” watch face that looks like a sundial, and a new “Infograph Subdial” one that includes larger complication views like a stock market chart or the weather.
      • Apple is also adding more complications

      Hardware

      • There’s a chance we could see new hardware, like the new Mac Pro, or Bloomberg says there’s a possibility we’ll see a new Apple Display featuring HDR.

      Apple unleashes its fastest ever MacBook Pro

      • Apple just brought Intel’s latest eighth- and ninth-generation chips to the MacBook Pro, making it the company’s fastest ever laptop.
      • The newest 8-core models deliver up to twice the performance of a quad-core MacBook Pro, and up to 40% more than a 6-core model. They also promise powerful graphics, a T2 Security Chip, super-fast SSDs, and “all-day” battery life.
      • Apple also addressed problems with the Butterly keyboard, noting that these new models use different materials in the keyboards which will supposedly reduce the well-publicized issues with keys sticking.
      • According to Apple:
        • You’ll get to enjoy up to twice as many Alchemy plugins in Logic Pro X. You’ll render 3D scenes up to twice as fast in Maya Arnold. You’ll get to apply complex edits and filters up to 75% faster in Photoshop. And you’ll compile code up to 65% faster in Xcode.
        • What’s more, video editors now have the ability to edit up to 11 simultaneous multicam steams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X. And you don’t just get new chips.

      All MacBooks with butterfly keyboards are now eligible for free repairs

      • Apple updated its Keyboard Service Program today to also include support for the 2018 MacBook Pro and 2018 MacBook Air.
      • The news comes on the heels of Apple’s unveiling of new MacBook Pros this morning with 8-core processors and butterfly keyboards with new materials. With the updated program, any MacBook with a butterfly keyboard is now eligible for service free of charge.
      • Theory: It seems like Apple has no plans to ditch the butterfly keyboards…

      Apple Launches New Backlight Service Program for 2016 13-Inch MacBook Pro Display to Address 'Flexgate’ Issues

      • Alongside the launch of new MacBook Pro models, Apple today introduced a new Backlight Service Program for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
      • Strangely, this is the only model Apple will fix even though there have been reports of the 15” also having the stagelight issue

       

      May 24, 2019
      #388 - iPhone 11 leaks!
      55:37

      This week: new leaks give us our best look yet at iPhone XI and XIR. Plus: new US tariffs could skyrocket the prices of your next iPhone and iPad. And a new US Supreme Court ruling could break Apple’s iron control of the app store, making even alternate app stores a real possibility.

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      This week's stories

      New 2019 iPhone leak hints at extra camera lenses (again)

      • Mark Gurman has posted molds of the iPhone XI, XI Max, and XR2, and not everyone is happy with how they look.

      Apple's Tariff Tradeoff: Raise Phone Prices or Suffer Margin Hit

      • A new round of tariffs proposed by the U.S. on Monday includes mobile phones, meaning the iPhone.
      • If these tariffs take effect, iPhone could be hit with a with a 25% import levy.

      Supreme Court sides against Apple in big antitrust case

      • A lawsuit targeting Apple and the App Store will be allowed to proceed, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided.
      • The case involves whether or customers technically buy apps from Apple, or whether Apple is a middleman connecting app developers with consumers. The Supreme Court ruled against Apple on Monday by 5 votes to 4.
      • The Apple Inc. v. Robert Pepper case dates back to 2011. The broad argument is that Apple has artificially driven up the price of apps by virtue of its monopolistic control over the App Store. By passing the cost of Apple’s 30% cut onto consumers, iPhone users argue that it is an unfair use of monopoly power. Apple, meanwhile, argued that only app developers — and not users — should be able to bring this lawsuit against Apple.

       

      May 17, 2019
      #387 - WWDC 2019, revealed!
      53:49

      This week: WWDC 2019 is right around the corner, and a new report sheds light on everything Apple's prepping to reveal. We discuss! Plus: the magic of Corning glass, and how making your iPhone just slightly thicker would make it indestructible. And we reveal how and why Jony Ive and team created the massive mystery rainbow structure now present at the heart of Apple Park.

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      This week's stories

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      Apple to Reveal New Home-Grown Apps, Software Features at WWDC

      • Apple Inc. is planning to unleash a slew of new apps, features and development tools at its annual software conference next month.

      How (and why) Jony Ive built the mysterious rainbow Apple Stage

      • It’s the latest creation by Jony Ive’s team — and it’s just as thoughtfully and intricately designed as you might imagine.

      Apple Park: The Inner Spaceship Stage - May 2019

       

      May 10, 2019
      #386 - What's Apple's next HUGE product?
      56:23

      This week: will it be a car, glasses, or a full frame camera? iPhones aren’t selling like they used to, and Apple’s looking for their next huge hit! We discuss... Plus: even with iPhone sales way down, Apple managed to have another MASSIVE quarter, and you won’t believe how they pulled it off. And stay tuned for our favorite shows and games in an all-new What We’re Into 🔥

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      This week's stories

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      Apple’s wearables is now the size of a Fortune 200 company

      • Sales of the Apple Watch grew 50% compared to the same quarter last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Apple’s Q2 2019 quarterly analyst call on Tuesday.
      • If Apple’s wearables business — which includes the Apple Watch and the popular AirPod earbuds — were a stand-alone company, it would be in the Fortune 200, Cook said.
      • Apple’s wearables business also includes its home and accessories category. Together, sales in the March quarter hit a record $5.1 billion in revenue, up from $3.94 billion in the year-ago quarter.
      • Wearables now almost as big as the Mac business (5.5B last quarter).
      • Services business is now more than twice as big as the Mac business!

      Apple Shipped an Estimated 36.4 Million iPhones Worldwide in Q1 2019, a 30% Year-Over-Year Decline

      • Apple shipped an estimated 36.4 million iPhones worldwide during the first calendar quarter of 2019, which corresponds to Apple's second fiscal quarter, according to new estimates shared today by IDC.
      • Apple's worldwide smartphone shipments were down 30.2 percent from 52.2 million iPhones shipped in the first quarter of 2018. The decline in sales led to Apple losing the number two worldwide smartphone vendor spot to Huawei. In Q1 2019, Huawei shipped an estimated 59.1 million smartphones.

      Our Under Review picks!

      The Man in the High Castle

      Borderlands 3 official gameplay trailer

       

      May 03, 2019
      #385 - Industrial Design Team shakeup!
      57:50

      This week: some major changes are in store for Apple’s legendary industrial design team… we discuss. Plus: Apple commits to fixing all MacBook keyboard issues in just ONE day. This is huge. And it looks like not one but TWO new versions of the AirPods are in development, with one being released this year. We’ll fill you in. And the new Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones are almost here, and they look like the higher quality AirPods we’ve always wanted.

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      This week's stories

      Order Leander's new book, signed!

      Apple sets 24-hour turnaround time for MacBook keyboard repairs

      • Apple has ordered that sticky MacBook keys be repaired fast enough that, whenever possible, the owner can get their computer back the next day.
      • An internal Apple memo said this:
        • “Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume. These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time.”
      • Keyboard issues were previously being sent out for repairs, which could take a full week.
      • Apple is now prioritizing repairs and they will be done in store whenever possible. The goal is to get your laptop back to you in 24 hours.
      • My source says they see rarely see issues with the 3rd get butterfly keyboard He works at one of the busiest stores on the the west coast.
      • They see 2017 and 2016 MBP keyboard issues all the time...
      • When they do see issues, it’s usually with someone who does a lot of typing
      • For 2016 2017 models, he said most issues are from debris under the keys.
      • They use a special tool to remove the key, blow it out with canned air, and wipe it out with alcohol, then it’s “good as new”

      Renowned Apple analyst thinks 2 new AirPod models are on the way

      • Ming-Chi Kuo says Cupertino plans to release two new models of AirPods, either at the end of this year or the start of 2020.
      • The two models Kuo mentions will include a more expensive and a cheaper option. This would make the AirPods product lineup similar to how Apple has been dividing the iPhone since 2013’s iPhone 5c and 5s. Kuo says the pricier AirPods option will include a redesigned form factor. The cheaper models, meanwhile, will retain the same design and pricing as the current model.

      Third-gen AirPods may be on the way before end of 2019

      • We may only just be getting used to our second-gen AirPods, but Apple is reportedly gearing up to release its third generation AirPods.
      • According to a new Digitimes report, the AirPods 3 headphones will go on sale by the end of 2019. The main selling point of the new AirPods will be their smart noise-cancelling tech.
      • AirPods are reportedly Apple’s second-best-selling new product of all time.

      Powerbeats Pro will only be available in black at launch

      • Apple revealed the Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds earlier this month with black, ivory, moss and navy color options. The ivory ones look especially sleek, but it appears that only the black ones will be available at launch.
      • Black launch mid May, others available this summer.
      • The new Powerbeats Pro are the first truly wireless earbuds to come out of the Beats by Dre labratory. They’re pretty much the same as the new AirPods, only they have better sweat and water resistance. Longer battery life is one of the other standout features and they have the same H1 wireless chip you’ll find in the updated AirPods that came out last month.

      Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch

      • Samsung is hitting the brakes on the launch of its folding smartphone, the Galaxy Fold and have recalled all the review units.
      • Galaxy Fold units were supposed to start shipping to customers on April 26th with units costing $1980 a piece.
      • Samsung is now saying they’ll be reinforcing the screen, and announcing another new release date "in the coming weeks."
      • If you don’t know the screens were having all sorts of issues.
      • Rewiewers were unknowably removing the plastic screen protector which was causing failures.
      • One reviewer found that something got behind the bend of the display and caused a bulge.
      • There’s was a weirdly visible crease in on the screen where it folds. The Verge highlighted that.
      Apr 26, 2019
      #384 - Are we too critical of Apple?
      50:45

      This week: is the CultCast crew too critical of Apple? Some say yes. We discuss! Plus, we talk about the pros and cons of Apple’s reported modular Mac Pro. And we’ll look at why Samsung’s new folding phone is already breaking! And this fatal flaw might mean its demise...

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      Modular Mac Pro - Apple’s next flop?

      Samsung Galaxy Fold vs Flagship Smartphones

      Samsung’s folding smartphones break on Day 1

      • Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold smartphone has a serious problem with its folding display.
      • Multiple early reviewers are reporting that the display has broken after just one or two days of use. It appears that the hinge on some units is defective, causing the screen to be unusable.
      • The Verge, Bloomberg, and other high profile reviewers have had the screens on their units break

       

      Apr 19, 2019
      #383 - All-new MacBook Pro, return of Magsafe, & inside Apple's megafactories
      57:28

      This week: Apple’s readying a totally redesigned MacBook Pro with next gen display! We discuss. Plus: Apple’s working on the next generation of Magsafe! And we take a fascinating look at the unbelievable scale and size of Apple’s megafactories from a bonus chapter of Leander’s new book, Tim Cook: The genius who took Apple to the next level.

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      This week's stories

      Pre-Order Leander's new book, signed!

      9 months with stereo HomePods! The good, bad, & the UGLY!

      Apple cuts price of HomePod in U.S. and other countries

      • Apple permanently slashed the price of HomePod in the United States and a number of other countries. The company’s first smart speaker now lists for $299 — a full $50 less than its original price.
      • Some might assume the HomePod discount is a result of lackluster sales. But Apple says it is simply passing on savings achieved by manufacturing at scale, according to AppleInsider. (It’s a shame the company doesn’t do that with all its products.)

      Biggest MacBook in years could debut in 2021

      • Ming Chi Kuo says Apple is working on a MacBook Pro that’s bigger than any released in years. The downside is this model won’t be out until 2021.
      • This device, as well as a new iPad and an external display, will all supposedly use a new type of display: microLED.microLED is the next generation of screen technology. It’s brings the strength the strengths of OLED, perfect black levels, incredible color saturation and accuracy, without the negatives, E.G. degrading performance and brightness over time, and burn in.
      • Multiple companies are currently working to figure out how to manufacture the technology, but it’s hard, because the LEDS have to be perfectly placed or the screen brightness looks wonky.
      • The MacBook that will be between 15 and 17 inched. but he’s now saying this will be out in the first half of 2021.
      • This is the same machine Kuo implied would be a major redesign...

      Apple’s beloved MagSafe connector could make a comeback

      • Apple is exploring charging cables that attach to its devices with magnets.
      • Apple just received a patent for “Smart Charging Systems for Portable Electronic Devices.” This describes using magnets in cables to prevent damage if they get yanked on.
      • Apple envisions the system taking an active part in disconnecting itself if an accident occurs. “The connector can be disconnected from the portable electronic device by the charging component before the jolting event occurs.”
      • MagSafe was only for MacBooks, but the new version might have a much wider reach. The patent says this magnetized charging system could be used with “a smart phone, wearable device, smart watch, tablet, personal computer, and the like.”
      • That said, this is only a patent application, not a product announcement. It’s possible this research might not ever become a product.

      Inside Apple’s factories [Cook book outtakes]

      • Apple’s capital expenditure, or CapEx, is mindboggling. To get an idea of how big it is, take Apple’s new spaceship campus in Cupertino – which is the fourth most expensive building in the world. It cost the company an estimated $5 billion to construct.
      • Apple spends a similar amount every six months on manufacturing equipment

       

      Apr 12, 2019
      #382 - Death of AirPower: what no one's talking about!
      57:51

      This week: AirPower—the real problem no one else is talking about… Plus: 2019 iPhone rumors point to some wildly useful new features; more evidence the 2018 MacBook, Air and Pro keyboards are STILL having issues. And we wrap up with a review of Leander’s favorite wireless charging mat, Lewis’ take on the new AirPods 2, and Erfon’s got a favorite new podcasting gadget on an all-new Under Review

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      What went wrong with Apple’s doomed AirPower charging mat?

      • AirPower is officially dead. It’s the first time in Apple’s history that they canceled an announced, but unreleased product.
      • It’s been about 1.5 years since Apple titillated fans by revealing a wireless charging mat that supposedly would charge not one, not two, but three Apple devices at the same time.
      • Overheating problems reportedly posed the biggest hurdle for bringing AirPower to market. We heard rumors and rumblings for more than a year that Apple faced serious technical hurdles as it tried to make AirPower a reality.
      • Most wireless charging mats have only one power-generating coil. Some specialized chargers offer two coils, placed far apart. Apple tried to put three or more charging coils into one pad so you could place your device anywhere and it would start charging.
      • One of John Gruber’s sources said the design would never work; it violated the laws of physics.
      • But here’s the real AirPower problem no one’s talking about…

      Two-way charging and bigger batteries rumored for 2019 iPhones

      • According to a new report from Mind Chi Kuo, Apple is reportedly planning to add two-way charging that will allow it to recharge your Apple Watch, AirPods and even other iPhones.
      • Now if this feature sounds familiar, it may be because Samsung included on the Galaxy S10+...
      • Kuo also claims battery capacity will increase between 10 percent and 25 percent on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors. The iPhone XS successor will get the biggest gains, while the iPhone XR successor is expected to get minimal battery gains
      • Other rumored features for the 2019 iPhone lineup includes a three-lens camera on the back, improved Face ID sensors, a more powerful A13 processor and possibly support for Apple Pencil

      The MacBook keyboard fiasco is way worse than Apple thinks

      • David Heinemeier Hansson. Founder of Basecamp. Creator of Ruby on Rails.
      • Apple keep insisting that only a “small number of customers have problems” with the MacBook keyboards. That’s bollocks. This is a huge issue, it’s getting worse not better, and Apple is missing the forest for the trees.
      • So here’s some anecdata for Apple. I sampled the people at Basecamp. Out of the 47 people using MacBooks at the company, a staggering 30% are dealing with keyboard issues right now!! And that’s just the people dealing with current keyboard issues. If you include all the people who used to have issues, but went through a repair or replacement process, the number would be even higher.
      • Worth noting here is that the 3rd generation membrane keyboard did nothing to fix the issues. Six out of thirteen – nearly half!! – of the 2018+ MacBooks we have at the company have a failed keyboard.
      • He did a Twitter poll that currently has over 7300 responses.
        • 37% have no keyboard issues.
        • 11% had issues that were fixed by Apple
        • 52% have issues now that they’re just living with.
        • He’s calling for Apple to do a Total Recall….

       

      Apr 05, 2019
      #381 -  TV+,  Card,  Arcade,  News+ - We React!
      01:09:25

      This week:  News+,  TV+,  Arcade,  Card, we react to it ALL. Plus we'll fill in all the details on Apple’s new services. And just when you thought it was safe to type, Apple apologizes for MORE ongoing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro keyboard issues.

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      Apple apologizes for continuing problems with MacBook keyboard

      • MacBooks made after 2015 have had keyboard issues. Apple tweaked the design of this critical component last year, and there was great optimism that the problem had been fixed in the latest macOS computers.
      • Nope.
      • After months of use, owners of the 2018 MacBook Pro or MacBook Air are reporting keys that stick, either so they become unresponsive or repeat letters.
      • This was highlighted today by Joanna Stern in a Wall Street Journal editorial written on a MacBook Pro with the E and R keys failing. “To sha th pain of using an Appl laptop kyboad that’s faild aft fou months, I could only think of on ida: tak all th bokn ltts out of my column,” wrote Stern. The WSJ article has toggles to make the missing letters reappear.
      • Apple responded to Stern’s article by saying “We are aware that a small number of users are having issues with their third-generation butterfly keyboard and for that we are sorry. The vast majority of Mac notebook customers are having a positive experience with the new keyboard.”
      • But they still have not offered the same extended keyboard warranty they have given to 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro owners...

      These are the ‘low rates’ currently available for Apple Card

      With Apple TV+, Tim Cook peddles an antidote to toxic TV [Opinion]

      • At a time when critically acclaimed TV shows serve up a steady stream of sex and violence, the upcoming Apple TV+ service proffers an unusual prescription for success: optimism, inclusion, creativity and inspiration.

      These are all the games coming to Apple Arcade

      • Apple showed off a smattering of games for its upcoming Apple Arcade subscription service at yesterday’s event. But, presumably because reeling off a list of 100 titles would’ve slowed the event to a crawl, it didn’t reveal exactly which games would be available.

       

      Mar 29, 2019
      #380 - New Macs! New iPads! New AirPods! We REACT
      55:12

      This week: Apple just released so much new hardware, they had to do it over 3 full days. We break it all down, and react to all the new gear. Plus, the saga of MoviePass continues with yet another new wild announcement… but is their new unlimited plan too good to be true?

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      Why this week’s Apple PR blitz is brilliant [Opinion]

      • Apple is reaching Hannukah levels of gifting this week with significant new hardware releases on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

       

      MONDAY

      On Monday Apple released a new iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 5

      iPad Air 3

      • The new iPad Air has a 10.5-inch Retain display, A12 Bionic chip, and first-generation Apple Pencil support.
      • Performance-wise, it’s just as fast as the iPhone XS.
      • This iPad replaces the older 10.5-inch iPad Pro that Apple’s been selling for $650 up until now
      • $500 for the 64GB model

      iPad Mini 5

      • iPad mini now delivers three times the performance and nine times faster graphics.
      • Improved Retina display with True Tone, wide color support, is 25 percent brighter than before.
      • A12 Bionic processor
      • first-generation Apple Pencil support
      • Headphone jack!
      • the same $399 price tag as the previous model.

       

      TUESDAY

      On Tuesday Apple gave some much needed spec bumps to the iMac, added better RAM and GPU options to the iMac Pro, and even dropped the prices on some of their high-end MacBook Pros! iMac

      • iMac lineup has been updated with Intel's latest 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core processors, including a six-core 8th-gen Core i7 with Turbo Boost, and a monster eight-core 9th-gen Core i9 with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz (for the 27-inch 5K iMac).
      • Apple says the new i7 brings a 60% performance increase for the 21.5-inch iMac, and up to a 240% for the for new i9 iMac.
      • Radeon Pro Vega graphics options are now available across the new iMac lineup, including Vega 20 for 21.5-inch models and Vega 48 for 27-inch models. Apple advertises up to 80 percent faster graphics performance compared to the previous iMac lineup.
      • New RAM and storage options are also available.
      • Base iMac STILL include a 5400RPM mechanical hard drive…

      Mac Pro now available with Vega 64X graphics and 256GB RAM

      • Those with a need for speed can now equip the iMac Pro with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics card and up to 256GB of RAM for the first time. But be prepared to break the bank

      Apple drops prices on some high-end MacBook Pros

      • There’s good news for MacBook Pro buyers looking for a lot of storage: Apple has lowered the costs of its most-expensive SSD options.
      • When upgrading your SSD, you can save $200 for the 2TB option, and $400 for the 4TB option.
      • The bad news is that Apple didn’t change prices on any MacBook Pro SSDs that are 1TB or smaller. Putting a 1TB drive in a high-end 15-inch MacBook is still an extra $400 over the cost of a 512GB one, for example.
      • The total package, with 256GB of RAM and everything else as standard, is $10,199. If you add every possible upgrade to the iMac Pro, not including software or a VESA Mount Adapter, it costs $15,699.

       

      WEDNESDAY

      New AirPods deliver hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and better battery life

      • Apple’s newest wireless buds are here with a brand new H1 chip that allows for hands-free “Hey Siri.” They also promise better battery life in between charges, and even faster connectivity.
      • An optional Wireless Charging Case is also available, but it’s not cheap.
      • AirPods 2 have the same $159 price tag, or $200 with the wireless charging case. The wireless case a la cart is $79.

       

      With New Unlimited Plan, MoviePass Swears It's Got Its Shit Together

      • Thanks to MacDonald Ted for this glorious story.
      • On Monday, MoviePass announced the new plan, which it is calling “Uncapped.” Under the Uncapped plan, subscribers can watch one 2D film a day, for $19.95 per month. A “limited time” offer gets you that same deal for just $9.95 per month with a one-year commitment.
      • But can we trust MoviePass?
      • Of course they’re playing games in their terms of service. A line in their user agreement gives MoviePass the right to throttle a user’s filmgoing options in the event that an individual’s use of the service has an adverse impact on “MoviePass’s system-wide capacity or the availability of the Service for other subscribers.”

       

      Mar 22, 2019
      #379 | Our Apple Showtime event predictions!
      50:17

      This week: Apple’s Showtime event is just around the corner, and this is the first event ever that focuses purely on services. Is Apple’s streaming TV service going to suck? We’ll tell you what we expect! Plus: Leander unveils the details on his new Tim Cook book, out April 16th!

       

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      Apple reveals WWDC 2019 set for June 3 – 7

      • This morning, Apple revealed that it will host WWDC 2019 in San Jose, California, from June 3 to 7.
      • Registered developers can apply for tickets now through March 20 at 5 p.m. Pacific on the WWDC website. Tickets cost $1,599 per person and are issued through a random selection process.
      • iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6 and tvOS 13 are all expected to be previewed during the WWDC 2019 keynote

       

      It’s show time! Apple confirms March 25 event at Steve Jobs Theater

      • Apple will hold its next special event on Monday, March 25, in the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino.

       

      What to expect from Apple’s ‘show time’ event on March 25

      • The first Apple event of 2019 is nearly here. Tim Cook and friends are set to take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater on March 25 to unveil the company’s newest goodies, only instead of unveiling some shiny new gadgets you can buy, Apple is supposedly going to bust out some services you can subscribe to.
      • Apple’s “It’s show time” event is expected to be the first one ever where services and software play the starring roles.

      TV streaming service

      • Instead of trying to be just like Netflix, Apple’s new TV service is expected to pull in content from other sources like Hulu, Showtime and HBO.
      • As for Apple’s own TV shows, don’t expect them to be available at launch. The company allegedly will show a few previews at the event, giving us our first glimpse of the TV series it’s been working on. Some of the shows likely will come out later in the year, but Apple has so many projects in the works that most won’t come out until later.

      Apple News service

      • Details about what, exactly, the new news service will look like remai murky. Rumors indicate it will cost about $9.99 per month, giving readers access to unlimited articles from sites that usually put their content behind a paywall. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other publishers have all been approached to join the service. Some of those companies reportedly chafed at Apple’s proposed 50/50 revenue split

      Magazine Service

      • Apple bought texture last year, a service that let users browse hundreds of magazine in digital format for $10 a month.
      • Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has uncovered evidence of the new magazine service built in to the Apple News app. So we know that’s coming too.

       

      Apple rushes to add HBO and Showtime to streaming service

      • According to Bloombooger, Apple is hammering out the final details of agreements to add movies and TV shows from HBO, Showtime, Starz and others
      • The negotiations allegedly would result in these shows appearing side-by-side with Apple’s own content, with the Showtime etc. getting a share of watchers’ subscription fees.
      • Apparently 3rd party content is badly needed for the streaming app as Apple’s content is still in development and won’t be ready till the end of the year.

       

      Apple News magazine service details revealed by latest macOS beta

      • After digging into the latest macOS 10.14.4 beta, developer Steve Troughton-Smith found some new references that confirm the magazine subscription service is on the way. Even better, Apple’s code provides some new details about it that we didn’t know. Leander’s gotta talk about The Tim Cook Boo

       

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      Mar 15, 2019
      CultCast #378 - Is Apple prepping a folding iPhone?
      47:24

      This week: Samsung has been sending Apple foldable screens… is a folding iPhone on the horizon? Plus: Apple may have quietly fixed MacBook Pro’s ‘stage light’ flaw; Apple prepping products that will “blow you away”; and Tim Cook receives a brand new nick name from none other than Donald J. Trump, and his reaction is legendary.

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      Samsung sends foldable screen samples to Apple

      • Samsung was one of the first out of the gate with a folding smartphone. Now it is trying to entice its competitors, including Apple, to join the foldable future.
      • Samsung, which debuted the Galaxy Fold at its “Unpacked” event on Feb. 20, has reportedly sent some foldable display panel samples to Cupertino in hopes of attracting Apple as a client.
      • Plastic screens the the ones Samsung is producing won’t the only option forever. Corning is working on flexible glass panels that could be used in future phones.
      • There are currently two folding phones on the market, and the prices of both are reeediculous
      • The Galaxy Fold is currently the cheapest at $1,980. Huawei’s Mate X $2,600

      Apple may have quietly fixed MacBook Pro’s ‘stage light’ flaw

      • Apple’s latest MacBook Pro lineup may be immune to the “stage light” flaw that iFixit claims all MacBook Pros made after 2016 are susceptible.
      • The “stage light” flaw, which others have dubbed “Flexgate,” is caused by the MacBook Pro’s delicate display cables wearing out over time. The cables wrap around the machine’s logic board and bend every time the lid is opened and closed.
      • When the cable starts to have issues, it creates a weird stage light effect on your MacBook’s screen, and the repair is $600 dollars.
      • Well it seems like the problem may have been quietly addressed in 2018 MBPs.
      • On 2018 models, iFixit is reporting that Apple has increased the length of the display cable so it doesn’t come into contact with the logic board.
      • HOPEFULLY, this resolves the issue. But we’ll know in the next 9 months as it seems the display cables start having issues right at the year mark. Right when your warranty expires.

      Apple ‘rolling the dice’ on its upcoming products

      • Apple CEO Tim Cook is very upbeat about where his company is going. He told investors today that upcoming products will “blow you away.”
      • Cook also indicated that these aren’t going to be just more of the same. Apple is branching out.
      • Cook said he’d “never been more optimistic” about Apple’s future.
      • Ol’ TC also says they’ve made lowering the cost of the latest MacBook Air a goal.

      Apple publishes its 13th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report

      • The report shows encouraging progress in making supply chain better for workers and the environment.
      • Apple has almost completely eradicated child labor bonded labor. Only one incidence of child labor was found. A 15-year old faked some ID to get a job. And there were only two cases of bonded labor affecting 287 employees. Bonded labor is where workers pay factories or recruiters to secure a job. Just six years ago Apple found tens of thousands of cases of bonded labor.
      • Apple really stated to crack down on bonded and child labor in 2013, when it axed a supplier for 74 underage labor violations. That year, Apple found about 170 cases of child labor at 11 facilities. Bonded labor was also a big problem: that year Apple made suppliers pay back more than $6.4 million to affected workers — which is equivalent to about 22,000 entry-level Foxconn employees.
      • The majority labor violations were related to working hours and paying of wages and benefits. But overtime is a tricky situation, because a lot of workers report that they want to work maximum overtime.
      • Improving labor practices has been a priority for Cook, and he seems to be delivering. Apple has got a lot of criticism for its offshore supply chain, which was rife with abuse, but this latest report shows that Apple is really making progress in reform — although, of course, this is all self-reported, so we have to take Apple's word for it. Plus, really big reforms like unionizing workers seem a long way away.
      • On the environmental front, Apple’s making big progress too. It announced that all of its final assembly plants for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod are now certified Zero Waste to Landfill, which is pretty cool.
      • Greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by more than 466,000 annualized metric tons — the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off the road for one year.
      • 30 suppliers have made commitments to 100 percent renewable energy for Apple production — up from a handful earlier last year. This is a big deal. Apple’s already 100 percent green energy worldwide, but the supply chain, which accounts for 3/4 of its cartoon footprint is lagging. Apple’s committees to helping the supply chain also move to 100 percent green energy, and getting 30 more suppliers onboard is another big step.

      The president just called the CEO of Apple ‘Tim Apple’

      • At an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting today, the President Donald Trump pretty unmistakably called Tim Cook “Tim Apple.”
      • "We’re going to be opening up the labor forces because we have to. We have so many companies coming in,” Trump says. “People like Tim — you’re expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to do right from the beginning. I used to say, ‘Tim, you gotta start doing it here,’ and you really have you’ve really put a big investment in our country. We really appreciate it very much, Tim Apple."

       

      Mar 08, 2019
      CultCast #377 - Apple axes the Apple car
      53:21

      This week: Apple axes another 190 employees from their self-driving car division—is the Apple car dead? Plus: sleep tracking is coming to the Apple Watch; Apple is “rethinking” their high prices; and we wrap with the story of Apple's first legendary CEO, and you won’t believe who it was...

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      Apple axes 190 employees from self-driving car division

      • Apple’s self-driving car project may be nearing the end of the road.
      • Project Titan was reportedly greenlit toward the end of 2014. Apple hired hundreds of engineers setting out to design and build its own self-driving car. Numerous roadblocks hit the struggling project and the company reportedly changed the focus toward just making the underlying autonomous driving technology instead of a complete car.
      • After rumors surfaced last month that the company slashed its workforce for Project Titan, Apple confirmed today that 190 employees in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale have been released from the self-driving car project.
      • Details of Apple’s self-driving car project were just posted by the company last week. Apple’s cars needed a driver to take over about once every 1.1 miles. By comparison, Google’s Waymo division only had a disengagement every 11,017 miles.
      • It’s unclear what the future holds for Apple’s automotive ambitions from here. Tim Cook has said self-driving cars is the mother of all AI problems. With iPhone sales dropping though, the company appears to be tightening its focus by jettisoning projects that aren’t as promising.

      Apple developing its own sleep-tracking tech for Apple Watch

      • Apple Watch could soon add sleep-tracking tech that makes it an even more capable health monitor.
      • Apple has been testing the new sleep-tracking technology at secret sites around Cupertino, a new report claims. And if it lives up to its promise, it could ship as part of the Apple Watch by 2020.
      • The Health app for iOS has included sleep-tracking since 2014. However, it simply pulls in information from the Clock app’s alarm function, although third-party devices and apps can bolster the data.
      • Apple acquired Finnish company Beddit, which makes a sleep-tracking sensor strip, in May 2017. At the end of last year, a new Beddit sleep monitor launched. This was the first version since Apple acquired the company.

      Apple ‘very aware’ of concerns over iPhone’s high prices

      • “It’s something we’re very aware of,” Williams said during a question and answer session at Elon University on February 22. “We do not want to be an elitist company … We want to be an egalitarian company, and we’ve got a lot of work going on in developing markets.”
      • Apple COO Jeff Williams says the company is “very aware” of concerns over the rising cost of the iPhone and Mac computers.
      • Apple CEO Tim Cook has already admitted that the company will “rethink” its prices, particularly those for the iPhone
      • Williams goes on to say: “The stories that come out about the cost of our products [have been] the bane of my existence from the beginning of time, including our early days,” he said. “Analysts don’t really understand the cost of what we do and how much care we put into making our products.”
      • Williams described how Apple has built its very own physiology lab, with 40 licensed nurses, and enlisted over 10,000 study participants to develop some of Apple Watch’s most important features.

      Today in Apple history: Massive layoffs clear out Apple’s ‘bozo explosion’

      • February 25, 1981: Apple CEO Michael Scott oversees a mass firing of employees, then holds a massive party.
      • At the time, Apple was growing incredibly quickly. With almost 2,000 people on the payroll, Scott thought the company had simply grown too big, too fast. The expansion led to what he called a “bozo explosion,” with Apple employing people he did not consider A-players.
      • The event went on to be know as Black Wedneday.
      • Former Apple programmer Andy Hertzfeld remembers it as bizarre event: “Black Wednesday was one of a number of shakeups which took place at Apple when things were going great. Sales were doubling almost every month, so that was a little unusual I would say.”
      • “I used to say that when being CEO at Apple wasn’t fun anymore, I’d quit,” he tells a crowd of Apple staffers. “But now I’ve changed my mind — when being CEO isn’t fun anymore, I’ll just fire people until it is fun again.” For many people at Apple, the day is the worst in company history — and an early sign that the fun startup culture of the early days are gone forever.

       

      Mar 01, 2019
      CultCast #376 - Apple's about to update EVERYTHING
      54:46

      This week: a totally new 16” MacBook Pro; a new 6K cinema display; new Mac Pro; new AirPods; new iPads and iPhones; even a new iPod Touch… according to a new report, Apple’s about to make huge updates to their ENTIRE product line.

       

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      Here’s what Apple’s (apparently) got in store for 2019

      • Ming-Chi Kuo’s new research report runs down some of his hardware expectations for the coming year, and my nips have been at 105% of capacity since reading it.
      • We’re talking redesigned MacBook Pro, iPads, a new Apple cinema display, AirPods, even a new iPOD... this could be a year to remember.
      • Kuo predicts 2019 will see the release of Apple’s biggest MacBook since 2012. The new MacBook Pro will boast a screen between 16 inches and 16.5 inches in size. This would be the largest MacBook notebook screen since the end of the 17-inch models seven years ago.
      • It will be a total redesign!
      • Kuo says the 13” will possibly get an option for 32GB of RAM.
      • Dave Lee theory - the new design will have to address thermal issues.
      • Current MBP design is too thin for modern chips. It can’t keep them cool, like with the current i9 throttling. Now intel has a new 9th-gen 8 core chip, and there’s no way the current design could handle it.

      Apple Said to Release 31.6-Inch 6K Display With Mini LED-Like Backlight Design in 2019

      • Apple will release a 31.6-inch 6K display with a Mini LED-like backlight design in 2019, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
      • Apple left the display market back in 2016 with the discontinuation of the outdated Thunderbolt Display. Apple did, however, say they were working on a new screen alongside the new Mac Pro

      AirPower and New AirPods Said to Ship in First Half of 2019, New iPod Touch With Faster Processor Also Expected

      • Apple's long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat and a new version of AirPods with wireless charging support and upgraded Bluetooth connectivity will start shipping in the first half of 2019,
      • Kuo also expects a new iPod touch with a faster processor to launch in 2019.

      Two New iPad Pro Models, 10.2-Inch iPad, and iPad Mini 5 Said to Launch in 2019

      • According to Kuo, Apple plans to release two new iPad Pro models, a 10.2-inch iPad, and a refreshed iPad mini, each equipped with an upgraded processor, later this year.
      • The 9.7-inch iPad is getting upgraded to 10.2 inches. No news on if it’s going full screen with FaceID.

      Don’t expect a major redesign for this year’s iPad mini 5

      • The iPad mini hasn’t gotten a sequel since 2015. However, if you’re expecting this year’s rumored refresh to be a massive leap forward, you might want to think again.
      • At least, that’s based on an alleged CAD render shared by noted leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, a.k.a. @OnLeaks. While he hasn’t shared the image, he suggests that there are no external major design changes — and only a spec bump update.

      Apple may finally give fans a first look at its revamped Mac Pro at WWDC 2019

      • Apple may finally give fans a first look at its revamped Mac Pro at WWDC 2019.
      • Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has “internally weighed” the possibility of previewing the new Mac Pro alongside updates to macOS and iOS at this year’s WWDC, which is expected to take place between June 3 and June 7 in San Jose.
      • Apple has also put together a "Pro Workflow Team" to tailor the Mac Pro and other Apple products to its professional users.
      • The timing seems right. Speaking about the Mac Pro in 2017, Phil Schiller said this:
        • With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.
        • As part of doing a new Mac Pro — it is, by definition, a modular system — we will be doing a pro display as well. Now you won’t see any of those products this year; we’re in the process of that. We think it’s really important to create something great for our pro customers who want a Mac Pro modular system, and that’ll take longer than this year to do.

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      Feb 22, 2019
      CultCast #375 - March Apple Event, incoming!
      47:48

      This week: it's all but confirmed--Apple's holding a March media event to make some special announcements. We'll tell you what we know. Plus: Apple's all-time best-selling products may surprise you; and is it worth buying a 2018 MacBook Pro, or should you wait? We'll tell you what we think.

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      Hollywood stars tapped to attend Apple’s March event

      • Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are coming to Silicon Valley for Apple’s first big event of 2019.
      • Apple is rumored to be planning a late March keynote where a slew of new services will be unveiled. To help with its pitch to customers, Apple has asked some of the stars from its original TV shows to join the festivities.
      • Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and director JJ Abrams have reportedly been invited by Apple to attend its March 25 event. All four of them have at least one project in development at Apple. Witherspoon’s production company actually had two shows picked up by the company.
      • Apple’s TV streaming service will reportedly offer original content for free. There are dozens of shows in various stages of development right now. The service will also sell subscriptions to other channels like Starz, Showtime and maybe even HBO.
      • Initially all of Apple’s content will be free, but they plan to launch a paid tier of content by this summer.
      • The March event will also see Apple unveil its news subscription service too. Publishers are reportedly still negotiating revenue split deals for that service. Apple was allegedly asking for a 50/50 split on revenues. Customers would pay $10 per month for unlimited access to articles from some of the biggest names in news.
      • With the event more than a month away there are still tons of details that could change.

      AirPods are Apple’s second-fastest selling new product of all time

      • Apple’s AirPods are the company’s second best-selling new product of all time, a new report by Above Avalon analyst Neil Cybart suggests.
      • Cybart estimates that Apple is on track to sell 40 million pairs of AirPods in 2019. That represents almost 90 percent year-over-year growth.
      • “There are already at least 25 million people wearing AirPods. This total will likely exceed 50 million people later this year. These are massive sales and adoption figures for a two-year old product that has never received an update and rarely goes on sale for less than its $159 selling price.”
      • The most popular Apple product out of the gate?

       

      Feb 15, 2019
      CultCast #374 - Painful truths about MacBook Pro
      52:00

      This week: The 2018 MacBook Pro is a beautiful machine, but it has some odd and painful flaws! Then: Quit or canned? Why is Angela Ahrendts leaving Apple? Plus: The saga of Gil Amelio, the CEO that saved Apple.

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      Quit or canned? Why is Angela Ahrendts leaving Apple? [Opinion]

      • When Apple fires an executive, the company is rarely straightforward about the situation. Apple never puts out a press release stating plainly that the executive was canned. So Tuesday’s unexpected announcement that Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s head of retail, is leaving in April led many to suspect she was fired.
      • Most of the news stories about Ahrendts’ departure point out that it’s happening during the first-ever iPhone sales slump; The subtext is that she’s underperforming and has to go.
      • Ryan Jones, an app developer with a popular Apple-centric Twitter feed, argues that Apple fired Ahrendts. His reasons: the timing of the announcement, coded language in the press release, and a claim that she was just four months from vesting stock.
      • “Angela turned Apple Stores into a frustrating mess,” he wrote. “Service and buying are both slow and maddening.”
      • No ‘gardening leave’ for Angela Ahrendts
      • As noted by John Gruber, Vogue Business reporter Suzy Menke, who profiled Ahrendts just last week in a positive piece, quoted Ahrendts on Instagram saying the departing Apple leader misses her grown-up kids, who live in London. Ahrendts was based in the U.K. capital while CEO of Burberry and clearly misses the city

      The saga of Gil Amelio: the CEO that saved Apple

      • Gil Amelio was Apple’s CEO for only 500 days, and in that time he rescued Apple from the brink of destruction.
      • February 2, 1996: With disappointing Mac sales, the disastrous “clone Mac” strategy, and a failed Sun Microsystems merger to his name, Apple CEO Michael Spindler is asked to resign by the Apple board.
      • Apple needs needs a miracle. In the last 4 years, they’ve lost over $230 million dollars.
      • They turn to resurrection artist Gil Amelio, without whose leadership, Apple would probably not exist today.

      Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS

      • Microsoft is gearing up to release a software development kit (SDK) that will allow Android and iOS developers to integrate Xbox Live features into their games.
      • The SDK will be officially confirmed by Microsoft next month, will also be available to Nintendo Switch developers.
      • Microsoft’s SDK comes after Epic Games broke boundaries with cross-platform play inside Fortnite.
      • The battle royale behemoth is the first title that allows players on all systems — including Xbox, Switch, mobile, and now even PlayStation — to play together. It also allows users to log in to a single account and sync progress between different devices.

       

      Feb 08, 2019
      CultCast #373 - What’s next for iPhone 🔥 Plus: our favorite gadgets!
      01:23:54

      This week: a new report details what next for Apple’s 2019 AND 2020 iPhones… Plus: Apple plans Netflix-for-games subscription service (with Alex E Heath!); it’s not just you, everyone got way more spam calls in 2018; and we talk a new wireless charging brick for iPhone, a smart outlet with HomeKit support, and the super smart HomeKit thermostat you’ve never heard of, in all-new Under Review.

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      Here’s how crazy spam calls went in 2018

      • A new report from call identification and blocking company HIYA shows just how bad these spam calls have gotten.
      • Released today, the “State of the Phone Call” report is based on data from 11 billion calls analyzed monthly. The report includes breakdowns of the types of calls made or received, how often phone calls were answered, and the average duration.
      • The biggest takeaway from the report: an out of control trend in robocalls, citing a 46% increase in 2018 for a total of 26.3 billion in the year.

      Apple Is Planning 3-D Cameras for New iPhones in AR Push 

      • 2020
        • Apple plans to launch iPhones with a more-powerful 3D camera. These will give a significant boost in augmented reality capability
        • Other features will include a third, more advanced camera, and a more powerful chip
      • 2019
        • Gurman confirms Apple is working on updates to the XR and XS, but only the XS Max will include 3 cameras…
        • All models will include an upgraded Apple processor and use an updated Face ID sensor
      • Other tidbits
        • Apple is testing USB C on iPhone, indicating they may eventually lose lightning
        • "Apple’s next operating system update, iOS 13, will include a dark mode option for easier nighttime viewing and improvements to CarPlay, the company’s in-vehicle software. There will also be iPad-specific upgrades like a new home screen, the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app like pages in a web browser, and improve-ments to file management. The company will also integrate two new services, including a magazine subscription service and its original video content efforts, via iOS updates this year."

      Apple plans Netflix-for-games subscription service

      • Accordingly execrable Alex E Heath, Apple allegedly wants to tap into the booming gaming industry to boost its growing Services business. The company is reportedly planning to create a new subscription service for games
      • This is Alex E Heath’s first big Apple scoop, and he he’s claiming he’s got five sources confirming this story.
      • We have the exclusive interview.

       

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      Feb 01, 2019
      CultCast #372 - Health-tracking AirPods, Death of 3D Touch, and Moviepass LIVES!
      50:11

      This week: why iPhone’s 3D touch is probably dead; new reports say AirPods packed with health sensors are coming in 2019; the MacBook Pro “stage light” flaw affects all models built after 2016, and could cost you $600 to fix; and the wild saga of Moviepass… continues!

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      3D Touch is probably dead

      • iPhone’s ability to tell how hard someone is pressing on the display won‘t be a part of the 2019 models, according to multiple sources.
      • It will apparently be a victim of Apple’s attempts to lower the price tag of future models.
      • A recent Wall Street Journal article compiled several rumors about the next iPhone said Apple is considering trimming functions from its 2019 iPhones to cut costs That includes the force-touch module.
      • And last year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that no iPhone coming in 2019 will have this feature.
      • His assertion was then echoed months later by an analyst from Barclays.

      Health-tracking AirPods rumored for first half of 2019

      • Updated AirPods are supposedly on their way in the first half of 2019, according to a new report from Digitimes. They may have some impressive new features, too — including new health-monitoring functions that are “expected to receive enthusiastic market responses.”
      • If Apple does include health-tracking features in its near AirPods, it will be interesting to see what they are capable of. A previous patent filed by Apple with the United States Patent and Trademark Office covers wireless earbuds with build-in sensors for performing heart rate monitoring and taking body temperature measurements. AirPods have been a huge hit for Apple.
      • Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks Apple sold 16 million AirPods units in 2017, the first full year they were available. He also predicts sales will grow to more than 100 million by 2021, and suggested suggested a full-on redesign could take place in 2020.

      MacBook Pro ‘stage light’ flaw could hit you with a $600 repair

      • According to iFixit, every MacBook Pro since 2016 has a design flaw that will inevitably require an expensive repair
      • The problem supposedly lies in “delicate” ribbon cables that connect the screen with the display controller inside the main body of the laptop. Opening and closing the clamshell causes these to wear out and begin to tear.
      • Taylor Dixon from iFixit explains it this way:
        • “The current generation of MacBook Pro laptops (2016–present) uses flexible ribbon cables to connect the display to a display controller board beneath the Touch Bar. These cables wrap over the board, where they’re secured by a pair of spring-loaded covers — and they’re subjected to the stress of bending with every opening and closure of the laptop. Within a seemingly short time, those cables are starting to fatigue and tear.”
      • The first to fail is usually the backlight cable causing the “stage light” effect at the bottom of the screen
      • Apparently the new MacBook Air has the same design and may be prone to the same problem
      • These thin ribbon cables are part of the screen. When they wear out the only way to fix the issue is to replace the entire display, “effectively turning a $6 problem into a $600 disaster,” according to Dixon.
      • A petition on Change.org by Louis Rossmann asks Apple “to launch an extended warranty program addressed to this issue as soon as possible.” For a lot of folks the problem seems to appear just when the year warranty runs out...

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      MoviePass Explores Reintroducing Unlimited Plan as It Tries a Relaunch

      • Moviepass believes it has finally found a business model that will allow it to improve its service and continue to operate.
      • This month, they've introduced a new series of plans, which vary in price depending on location.
      • Next week, Itum said MoviePass plans to reintroduce some sort of unlimited program that would enable users to see as many movies as they wanted each month. He did not reveal pricing for that plan.

       

      Jan 25, 2019
      CultCast #371 - iPhone 11 leaks, and iOS-controlled Back-To-The-Future shoes
      01:18:31

      This week: the Wall Street Journal leaks details about iPhone 11; Apple's new Smart Cases come with wireless charging; Nike unveils the self-lacing Back-To-The-Future shoes you’ve always wanted; and we pitch you our favorite apps, movies, cook books, and exotic alcohols in an all-new What We’re Into!

       

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      WSJ: High-end ‘iPhone 11’ will feature triple rear camera, XR successor gets dual lenses

      • The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple’s iPhone 2019 lineup will feature three models, including 2 OLED and 1 LCD. They’re basically just upgrading the XS, Tennis Match, and XR.
      • But get this, the high-end iPhone 11, probably called the iPhone 11 Max, will feature a triple rear camera system. Triple!
      • The iPhone 5.8-inch iPhone 11 will stick with a dual lens system.
      • The successor to the iPhone XR will have an LCD screen panel, and will be upgraded to a dual-camera system.
      • The report says that Apple may drop the LCD option in 2020, moving to an OLED only lineup late next year. It also alludes to the removal of the pressure sensitive component that enables 3D Touch, in order to reduce components costs. It doesn’t say that 3D Touch is certainly going away necessarily as the feature may be achieved through other hardware changes.

      Apple unleashes new Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR

      • Apple’s new Smart Battery Cases are now available iPhone XS, XS Max and XR
      • Along with adding some extra protection to your device, Apple’s new cases promise to deliver 37 hours more hours of talk time, Internet use up to 20 hours
      • The cases also support wireless charging.
      • Only cost a mere $129!
      • And it seems that the XS case will work with the iPhone X, but it does block some of the mics and speakers since it’s not made to fit the X

      Nike kills shoelaces with new iPhone-controlled sneakers

      • The back to the future shoes you’ve always wanted are finally a reality.
      • Nike’s new Adapt BB self-lacing shoes pack wireless connectivity, and a custom motor and gear train, to give athletes a perfect fit without having to fuss with retying their laces.
      • The Adapt BB shoes can be tightened and loosened using the buttons on the side of the shoe or via an app (both iOS and Android). This could be really valuable to basketball players, whose feet can expand half a size during the rigors of a game.
      • Getting a taste of the future won’t come cheap. Nike will charge $350 for a pair of Adapt BBs when they launch next month.

      Netflix hikes prices for U.S. subscribers

      • Netflix has confirmed another price hike for subscribers in the United States — its biggest increase since it launched 12 years ago.
      • The most affordable Netflix plan, which was priced at $8 a month, now costs $9 a month. The most popular plan has risen from $11 a month to $13 a month. The premium plan that offers 4K content is has gone from $14 a month to $16 a month.
      • The new prices will be applied to new Netflix subscribers immediately, while existing customers will see the increase during the next three months
      • It costs a lost of money to make that content. Netflix spent a staggering $3 billion last year, and expects to do so again in 2019. In an effort to cut down on its borrowing, it will charge more for its service.

      Our Under Review Picks

      Tik Tok is the wild west of social media

      They’re making a sequel to last year’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle reboot

      • Variety reports that Danny Glover is joining the cast of the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel in a role that is being kept under wraps, much like the still-secret storyline.
      • Charcutería: The Soul of Spain
      • This news is on the heels that Danny Devito is onboard
      • The original cast, director, and script writers are also all on board

      They’re making Ghostbusters 3. It will continue the story from Ghostbuster’s 2

      • The movie will be directed by Jason Reitman, who is the filmmaker son of Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the original 1984 comedic hit "Ghostbusters" with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.
      • In an interview with EW.com, Reitman said he would divert from director Paul Feig's 2016 reboot of "Ghostbusters" that featured an all-women cast that included Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones. Reitman will go back to the original universe his father created in the present day story.
      • The movie is expected to release in 2020, and we don’t yet know if any of the original cast will be involved.

      Charcutería: The Soul of Spain

      Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen

      Jan 18, 2019
      CultCast #370 - Finally! Apple's bringing HomeKit to your favorite TVs and gadgets
      57:44

       

      This week: Smart curtains, smart plugs, smart lights, smart locks, and now... the best televisions on the market— Apple just revealed big moves to bring HomeKit to all your favorite gadgets, and they're just getting started. In 2019, the smart HomeKit devices we've always wanted finallay arrive. Plus: Tim Cook just let it slip--Apple's got new services lined up for release this year, but what could they be? We think we might just know...

       

      And stick around for a CultCast United updated, and the saga of FartGate, the most insidious sports scandal you never heard about.

       

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      2019 - The year of HomeKit

      • Until the release of iOS 11.3 in March, anyone who wanted to make HomeKit devices had to plan and pay to build in Apple’s authentication co-processor.
      • With iOS 11.3, Apple changed the game, and allowed devices makers to add HomeKit with simple software integration.

      Apple promotes HomeKit at CES with press event to highlight new smart home accessories coming in 2019

      • Apple is pushing HomeKit hard at CES this year. It coordinated with manufacturers to demo key new HomeKit smart home announcements to the tech press
      • TechCrunch says Apple spotlighted announcements from Belkin Wemo, Eve, ConnectSense, Kwikset locks, Nanoleaf lights, and a Netatmo HomeKit connected doorbell.
      • We also got an announcement that Netgear is bringing HomeKit support to their Arlo Pro 2 cameras and their new 4K camera.
      • And… a bunch of TVs

      Here are all of the TVs getting AirPlay 2 in 2019

      • Apple announced that it will bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit compatibility to a bunch of TVs in 2019, spanning models from manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio.
      • A small list of 2018 models will also receive Airplay 2 support.
      • Samsung TVs will be getting the iTunes Movies and TV apps.
      • Sony will be adding HomeKit and AirPlay 2 to it beautiful TVs powered by the horrendous and slow Android TV.

      Tim Cook: New services coming to Apple in 2019

      • Tim Cook teased new services that will be coming to Apple users this year. Responding to questions about falling iPhone sales during a CNBC interview, Cook stressed the way that Apple’s Services division has grown significantly in the past several years.
      • “The services are on a tear,” Cook said. “On services, you will see us announce new services this year. There will more things coming.”
      • First and foremost is Apple’s original TV content, which the company has supposedly spent more than $1 billion on, but not yet formally announced.
      • Second is Apple’s rumored magazine subscription service. Based on Texture, the $9.99 a month magazine service Apple purchased back in March last year, this would be a paid magazine and newspaper subscription service, which will serve as a premium part of the existing Apple News app
      • On iPhone XR not selling well: I call bologna on that. Let me tell you how I view this. Here’s the truth, what the facts are. Since we began shipping the iPhone XR, it has been the most-popular iPhone every day.
      • On Wearables,: it’s mainly the Apple Watch and AirPods. If you look at this on a trailing basis – I’m not projecting – revenue for wearables is already more than 50% more than iPod was at its peak.

       

      Jan 11, 2019
      CultCast #369 - Our must-have Mac & iOS app mega-list! (with guest Adam Christianson)
      01:29:53

      This week: Our huge mega-list of must-have favorite iOS and Mac apps! Special guest Adam Christianson from the Maccast!  Plus, a very special announcement

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      Apple warns investors that iPhone sales are weak https://www.cultofmac.com/598692/apple-revenues-iphone-sales-tim-cook/

      • Tim Cook warned investors today that weak iPhone sales could translate into revenue shortfalls in the billions of dollars.
      • He went on blames the expected revenue drop on fewer-than-expected iPhone upgrades and weakened demand in China.
      • “While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China,” Cook wrote in a letter published on Business Wire. “In fact, most of our revenue shortfall to our guidance, and over 100 percent of our year-over-year worldwide revenue decline occurred in Greater China across iPhone, Mac, and iPad.”
      • “As we exit a challenging quarter, we are as confident as ever in the fundamental strength of our business,” he said. “We manage Apple for the long term, and Apple has always used periods of adversity to re-examine our approach, to take advantage of our culture of flexibility, adaptability, and creativity, and to emerge better as a result.

       

      Apple shares plummet following Tim Cook letter https://www.cultofmac.com/598726/apple-shares-plummet-following-tim-cook-letter/

      • AAPL shares fell steeply in after-hours trading on Wednesday, after Tim Cook acknowledged that Apple’s earnings would underperform
      • Shares fell by more than 7.4 percent, declining as low as $146.22. That’s the lowest that Apple has hit since July 12, 2017. It means that Apple has lost a massive 35.5 percent of its value in just three months.

       

      Tim Cook will host meeting for all Apple employees to talk iPhone https://www.cultofmac.com/598744/tim-cook-will-host-meeting-for-all-apple-employees-to-talk-iphone/#more-598744

      • Tim Cook is reportedly hosting an all-hands meeting with every Apple employee today about the revelations regarding stalling iPhone sales.

       

      Our favorite must-have apps, with Adam Christianson, aka Maccast!

      Mac

      • Audio Hijack Pro let's you record and reroute sound on your Mac
      • Setapp is a Mac app subscription packed full of great software
      • TryCa.st, let's you record high-fidelity audio, alone or with guests
      • Bartender clears up your menu bar icons
      • Trip Mode, your Mac's mobile data saver
      • Ulysseys, the ultimate writing app for Mac
      • iStat Menus, advanced Mac system monitor for your menubar
      • iThoughtX is a mindmapping tool for the Mac  
      • Marked, a previewer for Markdown files
      • PDF Pen, powerful PDF editing for your Mac
      • Busy Cal, one of the best calendar apps for Mac
      • iMazing, transfer anything fomr any iPhone, iPad, or iPod to a computer
      • Loopback, cable-free audio routing for Mac
      • Farrago, robust, rapid-fire soundboards
      • Reeder, RSS reader for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad
      • Text Expander, instantly insert snippets of text from a repository of emails, boilerplate and other content

       

      iOS

      • Ferrite, award-winning audio editing app for iOS
      • Gif Keyboard, the perfect gifs, right at your finger tips.
      • Hearthstone, Blizzard’s award-winning card battle game.
      • Slickdeals, the largest deal-sharing community on the Web
      • Strong, workout tracker and gym log.
      • Deliveries, package tracker
      • Libby, Library ebooks and audiobooks
      • Calcbot, one of iOS' best calculators
      • Carrot Fit, snarky 7-minute workouts
      • Carrot Weather, crazy powerful weather app

       

      Jan 04, 2019
      CultCast #368 - The best (and most disappointing!) Apple tech of 2018!
      54:46

      This week: it’s our list of the best—and most disappointing—Apple tech of 2018! And stay tuned for all our most favorite news, movies, food, gear, video games, and drug paraphernalia of the year. This one gets real weird...

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      Ranking all the major hardware Apple released in 2018 [Year in Review] https://www.cultofmac.com/596754/ranking-2018-apple-hardware/

      Our favorite What We’re Intos of 2018!

      MoviePass

      Annihilation

      Super Mario Odyssey

      Captain Jean-luc Picard will helm a new Star Trek series  

      Boosted Board Mini X

      Finger Bang

      Pizza Dillas

      Pack Rafts

       

      Dec 28, 2018
      CultCast #367: How Mac clones almost destroyed Apple, and our favorite movies of 2018!
      01:21:20

      This week: In December of 1994, Apple began allowing PC manufacturs to license their OS, building their own versions of the “Mac”, and it almost destroyed them. Leander Kahney was a young reporter on the scene in those days, and regales us with the tale.

      Plus, we have a very special announcement we'd like to make, about a very special annoumcement we're going ot be making next week. And if you stay tuned, and you definitely should, we're going to wrap up with our favorite movies of 2018, and it’s a long list.

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      Apple Music Connect is shutting down, suffering Same Fate as iTunes Ping - lewis https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/13/apple-music-connect-shutting-down/

      • Apple today announced that its Apple Music Connect social platform for artists is in the process of shutting down, suffering the same fate as Ping, the company's previous social network for music removed from iTunes in October 2012.
      • The only band that ever posted anything was ColdPlay.

      Apple Sending Unsolicited Notifications for New Carpool Karaoke Episodes and Apple Music Echo Support -erfon https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/18/apple-unsolicited-notifications/

      • Apple has recently been sending out unsolicited notifications to iOS users, promoting Carpool Karaoke episodes and the availability of Apple Music on Amazon Echo devices.
      • Apple doesn't appear to be sending these push notifications to all users, so it's not clear what criteria the company is using to determine who to send content to
      • Why did Apple just send me a notification about an all new carpool karaoke, something I've never watched and have absolutely no interest in?

      Today in Apple history: Apple signs ‘clone Mac’ deal https://www.cultofmac.com/458490/clone-mac-era-tiah/

      • This week, in 1994: Apple Computer inks a licensing deal with Power Computing, allowing the company to produce Macintosh-compatible computers.
      • With falling market share, and longtime rival Microsoft steaming ahead thanks to its software-licensing strategy, Apple executives think the only way to compete is for Apple to hand over its operating system for third-party Macs.
      • The “clone Mac” era turned out to be a disaster for Apple. Rather than spurring Mac sales, it just meant cheaper “Macs.”
      • As a result, Apple took a massive hit in the amount it earned per unit. Apple CFO Fred Anderson later worked out that the strategy actually cost the company money. The $50 fee Apple got for every clone Mac sold didn’t come close to recouping the money lost from people choosing to buy third-party Macs instead of more-expensive official ones.
      • In order to get out of the deal and top the licensing, Apple ended up buying Power Computing’s entire Mac business for $100 million in 1997. Best movies of 2018! Buster Incredibles 2 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3606756 Sicario: Day of the Soldado https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052474

      BlacKkKlansman

      Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

      Annihilation 

      Avengers: Infinity War 

      Black Panther 

      A Quiet Place 

      Hereditary 

      The Ballad of Buster Scuggs

      Missions: Impossible - Fallout 

      Red Sparrow

       

      Dec 21, 2018
      CultCast #366 - Our favorite gadgets of 2018!
      01:10:38

      This week: it’s all our favorite gadgets of 2018! Well, not all, but lots of them. We didn’t have time to get through them all but we tried real hard. Plus: Apple is finally gearing up to overhaul the AMD GPUs in their Mac lineup; and the legit way to purchase a base iMac Pro for just $3800.

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      Mojave update hints at new AMD Vega GPUs coming to Mac https://www.cultofmac.com/595740/mojave-new-amd-vega-gpu-mac/

      • Apple’s most recent macOS Mojave update suggests we’ll soon see new AMD Vega GPUs coming to the Mac.
      • Apple just updated the GPUs in the Macbook Pro with Vega 16 and Vega 20 options, and now they look to be planning similar upgrades for other Macs in its lineup.

      Sonos Beam Sonos

      One Simply Safe security system

      See Sense Icon 2 bike lights

      Nintendo Switch

      Cal Digit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 dock

      Apple Pencil 2

      Apple Watch 4

      "Refurbished" iMac Pro on eBay

      Dec 14, 2018
      CultCast #365: The 10% Apple store discount you shouldn't use, plus our favorite shows of 2018!
      01:16:20
      This week: Apple’s new online store includes a 10% discount on ALL products, but there’s a catch…. Plus: redesigned AirPods are on the way; Tim Cook promises more Apple censorship; and we wrap up with our favorite shows of 2018!
       
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      Plot twist: Erfon's 2018 MacBook Pro story update takes a unexpected turn...

      Apple store adds 10% discount for vets and military

      • I think this may be one of the biggest stories of the year, but no one seems to be talking about it.
      • Apple revealed this week that it has launched a new website that gives a 10% discount to vets and active military members that the company says is an expression of its gratitude for service.
      • It's just like the education store, but it provides a flat discount of 10% across ALL products.
      • This is the biggest, most broad discount, possibly ever.
      • When I first heard about this, I didn't think much of it.  But then I found out that, just like the education store, the military and vets site doesn’t ask for verification so it’s all based on the honor system.  You just click into it, and poof, all prices drop 10%...
      • Base iPhone 10s Max, usually $1100, is $989 (only sim-free iPhones are discounted)
      • Base 11" iPad Pro, normally $799, is $719.  256GB is down to $854 from $949.
       

      Updated AirPods will supposedly land in early 2019

      • Upgraded AirPods are on the way in early 2019, with a total redesign scheduled for 2020. At least, that’s according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
      • Our boy big Ming claims that the big improvement for next year’s AirPods will be the addition of wireless charging support.
      • He doesn’t, however, elaborate on what the major 2020 redesign is likely to mean for the AirPods.
      • He did say that the AirPods are Apple’s most popular accessory of all time, and suggests that the number of units sold will likely rise from 16 million in 2017 to more than 100 million by 2021.

       

      Tim Cook promises Apple to those that "push hate, division, or violence"

      • During his acceptance speech for the Anti-Defamation League’s first ever “Courage Against Hate” award today, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that his company won’t shy away from taking moral positions.
      • “We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division or violence: You have no place on our platforms,” Cook said.
      • He went on to say “At Apple, we are not afraid to say that our values drive our curation decisions. And why should we be? Doing what’s right, creating experiences [free] from violence and hate, experiences that empower creativity and new ideas is what our customers want us to do,”
      • Cook pointed out that Apple has always banned music that espouses white supremacy from iTunes and Apple Music “because it’s the right thing to do.”
      • But what about all the other music that is filled with violence, hatred, and mysogyny.  It's not like Apple Music is full of only country music. 
       
       
      Our favorite shows of 2018!
       
      Barry
       
      Homeland
       
      American Horror Story
       
      Arrested Development 
       
      Killing Eve
       
      Rest in Power
      Dec 07, 2018
      CultCast #364 - Why an Apple Camera would be unstoppable!
      52:33
      This week: we’ll tell you how iPhone’s Smart HDR takes pics better than cameras costing thousands, and how a proper Apple Camera positively unstoppable.  Plus: the Supreme court may force Apple to allow competing app stores; proposed tariffs on the iPhone could send prices sky high; and Apple says the XR is one of their best selling iPhones ever.  
       
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      Reminder: Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement program ends December 31
      • Apple has been running a reduced cost battery replacement program in response to customer complaints about battery gate, but this offer ends on December 31, 2018. After that, replacing an iPhone battery will cost you $49 for the iPhone 8 and older, or $69 for the iPhone X, iPhone XS family, and iPhone XR
      • The price until Dec. 31st is just $29.
       
      App Store antitrust suit might make Supreme Court
      • Apple’s legal team could soon be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court to face an anti-trust case being levied against the company.
      • U.S. Supreme Court justices heard an hour of arguments for an anti-trust lawsuit against Appletoday. The nine justices appeared to be open to letting the lawsuit move up to the highest court in the U.S. and it could bring huge changes to the App Store if Apple loses.
      • Apple is being accused of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the way applications are installed on the iPhone. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Apple’s 30% cut on all sales in the App Store are causing consumers to overpay.
      • Lead plaintiff Robert Pepper of Chicago argued that Apple’s App Store monopoly leads to inflated prices because developers have to account for Apple’s 30% fee. The plaintiffs want Apple to open up iOS so apps can be installed from sources other than the App Store.
       
      Trump ready to levy 10 percent import tariff on iPhone, MacBook
      • Pres. Trump  told the Wall Street Journal, that he’s prepared to put tariffs on all products being shipped from China that don’t already have them. And he’s also ready to raise the import fees on items already taxed from 10 percent to 25 percent.
      • When the WSJ asked if that includes handsets like the iPhone as well as notebook computers, he said “Depends on what the rate is, I can make it 10%, and people could stand that very easily.”
       
      iPhone XR isn’t a dud; It’s Apple’s best selling model
      • A company VP says the iPhone XR has outsold the iPhone XS series since the cheaper device came out last month.
      • Greg Joswiak, Apple VP of iOS, iPad and iPhone Product Marketing, told CNET that the XR has “been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available.”
      • The situation is quite similar to what happened a year ago, when analysts mistakenly believedthe iPhone X was a flop when it was actually Apple’s best selling handset.
       
      Ten reasons I chose iPhone XR over the XS/XS Max
       
      Even cameras costing thousands can’t do pics like Smart HDR
      Nov 30, 2018
      CultCast #363 - Apple’s super secret exchange policy
      46:55
      This week: Did you know about Apple’s super secret 90-day return and exchange policy?  We’ll tell you what it is, and how to use it if you’re unhappy with your Apple purchase, but outside of your 14-day return window.  Plus: quest to trade up-the story of three MacBook Pro owners trying to get Apple trade in their newly purchased 2018 MacBook Pros for models with the brand new—smoking fast—Vega 20 GPUs.  
       
      And finally, and most importantly:  🦃 🦃 YAAA’AALL!  It’s our most and least favorite Thanksgiving meal picks.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone, we love ya.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Apple reportedly cuts both iPhone XR and XS orders
      • According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has reduced its orders for both the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.
      • Apple’s stock is not at $177 as of this writing, down from an October high of $232!  That’s a drop of almost 25%
      • But it’s not just Apple stock that’s dropping, the DOW is also way down.
      • Amazon is down 25% too.  $1500 down from $2000.
       
      Is Vega 20 Worth it for 15" MacBook Pro? Benchmarks & Thermals
      • In Max Yuryev’s tests, the new Vega 20 GPU was 25-35% faster than the 560X GPU in various benchmarks.
      • We’re waiting for Final Cut Pro tests, but I get they’ll be even faster there.
      • In Dave 2D’s premier render tests, the Vega 20 is almost twice as fast as the 560X
      Nov 23, 2018
      CultCast #362 - Black Friday steals, MacBook Pro’s new GPU, and Steve Jobs stories
      49:27
      This week: 
      • How to get the best Black Friday deals most shoppers miss!
      • The New MacBook Pro GPUs are a huge upgrade for a meager cost
      • Erfon's quest to get Apple to upgrade his two-month-old MBP!
      • We have to talk about iPhone XR.  Everyone thinks it’s failing but the only thing tanking is Apple’s stock.
      • And we’ll wrap up with a Steve Jobs story so mundane, the internet is fascinated with it
       
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      Apple adds beefy Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro
      • Apple’s done it.  A mere 4 months, almost to the day.
      • The 15-inch MacBook Pro got a big performance boost this morning with the new option to add Radeon Pro Vega graphics to the top-of-the-line model.
      • New Radeon Pro Vega graphics cards with up to 60% faster performance in GPU intensive tasks, like VIDEO EDITING, are now available as new options.
      • The Vega 16 is only a $250 upgrade.
      • Vega 20 is a $350 upgrade.
      • Apple quietly mentioned the update after its October 30th event where it revealed the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro.
      • A maxed out 15-inch MacBook Pro is a whopping $7,049
      • I’m attempting to get Apple take back my machine and let me pay to upgrade to the new one.
      • I think everyone who’s purchased a 2018 MBP should have the same option.
       
      The best Black Friday deals in tech [Live blog]
      • Anyone going for any Black Friday deals?
      • Mention Slick deals.
      • My experience with Greentoe.
       
      Optimistic analyst gets gloomy about iPhone XR
      • Ming-Chi Kuo just lowered his estimates for the number of iPhone XR units that will sell over the next year. That’s a real turnaround, as this analyst had previously been bullish on Apple’s latest handset.
      • Goldman sachs is also concerned  writing a note to investors saying “We are concerned that end demand for new iPhone models is deteriorating,”
      • Kuo is worried the growing trade war between China and the US could affect sales.
      • But he also says the price is still too high for a non-flagship phone.
      • Galaxy S9 with 64GB is like $30 cheaper.
      • 64GB Pixel 3 is $50 more expensive
      • Whatever it is, Apple’s stock has TANKED.
      • In the last 3 weeks, Apple’s stock has dropped $45 a share, from 232 to 187.
      • That a drop of 19%!
       
      Steve Jobs stood in the lunch line like a regular Joe
      • in 2016, someone on the website Quora asked a question about Steve Jobs, and the person who answered was someone he wasn’t expecting, and the mundane fact he shared is still being upvoted to this very day.
      • The question: “What are some lesser-known facts about Steve Jobs?”
      • Brett Bilbrey, who joined Apple in 2002 and retired in 2014 as its head of technology, responded.
      • Steve Jobs, it turns out, used to wait in the lunch line just like everybody else.  
      • Steve would somehow end up in line behind Brett Bilbrey on a regular occasion
        • "he would often ask me to hold his place while he went to check other food stations,” Bilbrey wrote. “Once when this happened, another employee got in line behind me, and I turned around and told him, ‘Just so you know, I’m saving that spot for Steve.’ He laughed and thought I was kidding. ‘Yeah, right. Like Steve is going to show up and cut in line.’ While he was saying that, Steve had returned and was behind him, and heard his comment. Steve said, ‘I’m not going to cut in, he was holding my spot for me.’ The guy turned around and saw Steve, and the employee’s face actually turned white, and he started shaking. Instead of just making room for Steve, he kind of just slinked away.
        • “Steve nodded to me and said ‘Thanks.’ Then he pulled out his phone and started checking email while we waited.”
      Nov 16, 2018
      CultCast #361 - The big problem with iPad Pro
      01:04:51
      This week: we love the new iPad Pro, but it has one glaring problem Apple needs to fix!  We discuss.  Plus: what the reviewers are saying about the new MacBook Air; the totally ridiculous iPad accessory we kind of really want; and two weeks with iPhone XR—we’ll tell you how it’s better and worse than iPhone XS and Tennis Match.
       
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      On the show this week
       
       
      2018 iPad Pro review roundup: The best tablet money can buy
      • Everyone is drooling all over the new iPad Pro
      Verge
      • “Nothing is ever slow, and it always feels like there’s more headroom to work with. We were able to import several minutes of 4K footage into Adobe Premiere Rush, edit them, and export without breaking a sweat.”
      Pocket lint
      • The new iPad Pro is “pretty much a laptop in terms of performance thanks to the new 7nm processor,”  “Side-by-side with an iPad Pro 10.5 we have noticed a considerable difference in app loading times, certainly on processor intense apps like iMovie, Affinity Photo, Procreate, and games like Fortnite or Asphalt 9: Legends.”
      Wired
      • “No apps or games I’ve used have been able to make the Pro break a sweat at all and benchmark numbers have been impressive,” adds Jeffrey van Camp of Wired. “By every measure I can think of, these are the best, most powerful, most capable iPads I’ve ever used.
      • “It would be a total waste of $999 (or more) to use the iPad Pro 12.9 just for bingeing Netflix, but damn does this screen look good,”
      • Wired also noted the new Liquid Retina screens are “gorgeous and packed with pixels.” “Color is vibrant and precise enough for Photoshopping and minute color tweaking if needed.”
      Verge
      • Nilay Patel on lack of storage support:  Like everything about the new iPad Pro, that USB-C connector is both remarkably powerful and incredibly frustrating,” writes Patel. “With one huge exception, most normal stuff you’d plug into a USB-C port works without fuss, and a bunch of other things work if you have an app that supports it … But one extremely important category of devices will definitely not work: iOS does not support external storage
      iOS 12 now the iPad's limiting feature.
       
       
      First USB-C hub for iPad Pro boasts ports for video, headphones, more
      • Just when I thought I’d seen it all, there is now a USB C hub that plugs right into the bottom of the iPad Pro
      • Accessory-maker Hyper just unveiled a six-port USB-C hub for the new iPad Pro.
      • 4K HDMI Port
      • USB A Port
      • SD and Micro SD card readers
      • And an additional USB-C port so you can plug in an charge other USB C accessories
       
       
      2018 MacBook Air review roundup: A beautifully big improvement
      Verge
      • “This laptop feels a lot nicer than the old MacBook Air,”  “It fits the same size screen in a smaller body, but it’s not as thin or as light as the thinnest and lightest of laptops you can get today. When the first Air came out, it amazed everybody. This one, though very well-built, does not stand out from the pack when it comes to size or weight.”
      • “This new MacBook Air is faster than the old MacBook Air, but not by the kind of margin you’d expect after three years,”
      TechCrunch
      • “I once bought and returned the smaller MacBook, because it comes with a less powerful processor that slugged when I had too many browser tabs and apps open. The MacBook Air doesn’t have that issue,” says Haselton.
      CNBC
      • “I appreciate the speed, but I wish Apple included its Face ID technology above the screen instead,” says Haselton. “I’m used to it on my iPhone XS Max, and there seems to be plenty of room above the display to fit the cameras required. Touch ID feels outdated

       

      • There’s one big thing reviewers don’t like about the MacBook Air’s new look, though, and that’s the lack of connectivity. Just like the MacBook and MacBook Pro, the new Air does away with MagSafe, USB-A ports, and an SD card reader and replaces them with just two USB-C ports.
      • Battery life on the new Air is 9.5 hours, about an hour less than the old MacBook Air.
      • Confusing
        • MacBook Air is slightly more powerful than the MacBook, but $100 less.  
        • MacBook is three quarters of a pound lighter than the MacBook Air.  
        • Both the MacBook and Air both get about 9.5 hours of battery life.  
        • The MacBook is thinner than the Air at it’s thickest point.
       
      Everything you can plug in to the new iPad Pro
      Nov 09, 2018
      CultCast #360 - Our More in the Making hardware reactions!
      01:08:57
      This week: Apple’s More in the Making hardware keynote was an action-packed ride stuffed with one hardware update after another!  We’ll tell you what we like (and what we don’t) about Apple’s newest product updates.  Plus: Apple quietly offers a big screw you to 2018 MacBook Pro owners… prepare for a rant.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Everything you need to know about Apple’s Q4 2018 earnings call
       
      USB-C for iPad Pro: Everything you need to know
       
      All the ways the 2018 iPad Pro blows away its predecessors
       
      iPad Pro
      • Super sexy new design.
      • Already sold out for 1-2 weeks!
      • Thinner, and even smaller.  12.9” now the size of a sheet of paper.
      • No headphone jack...
      • Big performance increases, big price increases. Start price is now about 20% higher.
        • 11-inch models start at $799 (Wi-Fi) and $949 (Wi-Fi + Cellular), while 12.9-inch models start at $999
      • iPad Pro comes with Apple's next-generation Neural Engine for advanced machine learning 
      • This is the first gadget besides iPhone that will include FaceID.  
      • Powered by the new A12X Bionic chip
        • A12X Bionic has eight cores (four performance cores and four efficiency cores) and per Apple provide up to 35 percent faster single-core performance. 
      • Seven-core GPU to deliver up to twice the graphics performance.  They say it’s now as powerful as an Xbox One S console.
      • USB-C connector is replacing the Lightning connector,
        • Allows iPad to charge your iphone
        • What can connect to the iPad?  USB Hubs?  Hard Drives?  Printers?  Even Apple said they weren’t sure when The Verge asked them.
        • Connect to external displays up to 5K… but why?
        • Still no file system.
        • No mouse support.
        • Apple is trying to position this as a laptop, but it’s not a laptop.
      • Apple Pencil 2 gets magnetic connection and charging, better iOS integration, and a 30% higher price tag (now $130)
      • BTW: Previous 10.5” iPad is still available, and still for the same 64GB base price of $649.  256 and 512 models are also still available.  
       
       
      Macbook Air - a confusing product
      • Newest gen Amberlake 8th gen dual core CPU
      • Complete overhaul
      • Retina Display
      • New 3rd get butterly keyboard
      • TouchID
      • Larger Force Touch track pad
      • Made from 100% garbage
      • Also gets a 20% increase in price for the base model with 128GB, now $1200.
      • Previous model is still available for the same $1000 price tag.
      • Maxed out model with 16GB of RAM and 1.5TB - $2600
      • MacBook is now more expensive than the Air, starting at $1,299 and it has a slower processor, a smaller screen and it has fewer upgrade options.
      • MBA now just $100 than the 13” MacBook Pro with faster processor and Intel Iris graphics.
       
      Mac Mini
      • Full overhaul
      • Space Gray finish
      • HDMI 2.0
      • two USB 3 ports
      • four Thunderbolt 3 ports
      • a headphone jack 
      • and — for an extra $100 — a 10-gigabit ethernet port. With the Thunderbolt 3 ports
      • A new cooling system doubles the airflow, allowing the machine to run at a maximum sustained power that is 70 percent higher than before
      • According to Geekbench 4 scores, the base 4-core CPU has close to the same performance of the base 2017 5K iMac.
      • $799 base model comes with 128GB of SSD, a  quad core 8th gen coffeecake i3 CPU with no turbo boost or hyper threading, and 8GB of ram.
      • The maxed out with 64GB of RAM, 2TB SSD, and 6-core i7 CPU is a mere $4200.
      • But the huge omission here is the Intel UHD Graphics 630.  There is no option to upgrade.
       
       
      MacBook Pro 
       
      New MacBook Pros with updated graphics are coming next month
      • Apple has screwed us, their loyal pro users.
      • Just about 3 months ago, on July 12, 2018, Apple introduced refreshed MacBook Pro models aimed at professional users, with the long awaited 6-core Coffee lake processors, up to 32GB of RAM, and slightly better GPUs.  Apple positioned these as video editing dream machines.
      • It had been years since a compeling MBP update, so people were excited and scooped them up when they went on sale.
      • But the graphics cards on these new MBPs were only minor spec bumps. The 560X was just a spec bumped 560, which was itself only a spec bump’d 460.
      • Fast forward to this week, Apple has announced they will be offering a massive upgrade option to the Radeon Pro Vega GPUs, the same ones offered in the iMac Pro.  These new graphics options offer up to 60 perfect faster graphics performance in video editing, 3D design, and rendering workloads…  you know, the exact things people are BUYING THIS FCKING MBP FOR.
      • Clearly, Apple knew they were going to offer this upgrade, but they didn’t tell us.  
      • Why?  Because they knew many of us might wait to buy, and they wanted our money.
       
      5 things we didn’t get at Apple’s ‘More in the Making’ event
      Nov 02, 2018
      CultCast #359 - 10 reasons iPhone XR is the one to buy!
      01:03:34
      This week: with iPhone XR finally here, we’ll tell you 10 reasons why it’s the best iPhone you can get.  Plus: how iOS 12.1 solves beautygate; new Macs leak ahead of Apple’s big October hardware event; Ming Chi Kuo says new iPad Minis, AirPods, and the AirPower mat are on the way; and we wrap up with our favorite new gadgets in an all-new Under Review 💪🏼
       
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      On the show this week
       
      iOS 12.1 will improve selfies on iPhone XS and XR
      • You may remember that people were complaining that the iPhone XS/MAX cam were making them look too good.  Ugly people everywhere were very offended and prefer to remain ugly in their photos.
      • Issue was causing people to have “unnaturally” smooth skin times and reduces blemishes.  Sometimes it did look unatural, but that’s always what HDR has done.
      • Nilay Patel spoke to Apple about the problem and here’s what they told him the issue was actually a bug
        • “iOS 12.1 will fix a bug in its Smart HDR camera system that resulted in smoother-looking photos taken by the front camera on the iPhone XS and XR,”
        • What causes the Beautygate issue, Patel explains, is the Smart HDR system choosing the wrong base frame for HDR processing when a selfie is snapped. Rather than choosing a frame with a short shutter speed to preserve detail, it is choosing a frame with a longer shutter speed.  “This should all be fixed in iOS 12.1, which will pick the sharpest base frame for the HDR merge when taking selfies,”
       
      New Macs spill in online database
      • The Eurasian Economic Competition database may have just confirmed more than one Mac will be unveiled at Apple’s upcoming more in the making hardware event
      • The online database has been updated with three new filings for desktop computers running macOS 10.14. These most likely refer to rumored upgrades of the iMac, Mac mini, and the new lower cost MacBook Air replacement Ming Chi Kuo has been talking about for the last 6 months.
       
      The iPad mini might not be dead after all
      • The iPad mini hasn’t been updated since March 2017, but TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors today that an iPad Mini is in the works, though he doesn’t think it’ll launch on Oct. 30th.
      • He thinks AirPods could get updated during Q4 this year or during Q1 of next year, and claim AirPower could finally come out during the same period.
       
      Standing in line now the only option to get an iPhone XR on Friday
      • If you haven’t already pre-ordered an iPhone XR, the only way to get one on its release date is to head to a nearby Apple Store and hope they have one in stock.
      • Pre-orders are now shipping around Nov 7th.
       
      Under Review
       
      CalDigit TS3+ Thunderbolt 3 Dock
       
      AERZ - AIRPODS & APPLE EARBUDS SKINS
       
      THE VEIL XT - IPHONE XS MAX Case
       
      THE SHEATH - IPHONE XS MAX Case
      Oct 26, 2018
      CultCast #358 - Our "More In The Making” hardware event predictions 👳🏻‍♂️🔮
      01:06:07
      This week:  New AirPods?  AirPower Mat?  Don’t you dare miss our “More in the Making” hardware event predictions.  Then: 17 reasons the iPhone XR should be your next phone; the world’s largest Mac collection could be yours for free; and we pitch your our favorite games, shows, and scooters in an all-new What We’re Into!
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Apple sets ‘More in the Making’ event for Oct. 30
      • The second Apple event everyone has been expecting just became official. Looks like new tablets, laptops, and desktops could be unveiled October 30.
      • What makes this unusual is it won’t be at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, but at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
      • Keynote is at 10am EASTERN 😩
       
      YouTubers get early access to iPhone XR, and it looks positively delicious
       
      Time to pre-order your iPhone XR
      • Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo thinks the iPhone XR is going to be such a huge hit, he’s increased his esimtate for XR shipments in the fourth quarter by 10 perfect.
      • Pre-orders start Friday the 19th at 12:01am, so tonight! Will begin shipping on the 26th
      • XR features all the same powerful internals as the XS series.
      • The same faster FaceID and Truth depth camera system
      • The same A12 Bionic chip
      • Same 8-core neural engine
      • It features True Tone and a wide color gamut
      • It has dual sim
      • Same 25% louder speakers
      • Same wide angle rear camera with Smart HDR capabilities!
      • Computational portrait mode with wide angle lens
      • Battery life that is up to 25% longer than the XS.  It even bests or matches the XS Max in battery performance. 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 plus.
      • Starts at just $749
      • 64GB ($749), 128GB ($799), 256GB ($899)
       
       
      World’s largest Mac collection goes up for sale
      • Roland Borsky has one of the largest and most comprehensive Mac collections in the world, but the costs of storing the collection is forcing him to sell it.
      • Borsky began repairing Apple computers back in the 1980s, and collecting them at the same time, to the point where his collection has grown to over thousand items. And there’s also printers, monitors, and more.
      • Most of the Macs are in a warehouse where Borsky owes €20,000 to €30,000 ($23,000-35,000) in back rent. He’s hoping someone will take the collection in exchange for paying off what he owes.
      • He warns that if he can’t find a buyer all the computers are going to be “shredded".
       
      What we’re INTO
       
      Super Nintendo Classic
       
      Barry HBO Show / Bill Hader / Henry Winkler
       
      Super Mario Odyssey
       
      San Francisco electric scooter rentals
      No links cause it’s a scooter rental
      Oct 19, 2018
      CultCast #357 - Major Mac updates in October?
      01:19:42
      This week:
      • Why Apple’s October event could be totally insane!
      • Something very strange is going on with the Mac…  we’ll talk about it.
      • MacBook Pro Touch Bar: our brutally honest opinions
      • Surprise!  Apple’s planning to give away its $1 billion TV shows
      • And stay tuned for an all-new CultCast 2nd Hour: Siri Shortcuts, explained!
       
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      Mac sales declined in Q3, despite new MacBook Pros
      • The third quarter of this year wasn’t a particularly good one for Apple, with Mac sales dropping a significant amount, even though the new MacBook Pros debuted this summer.
      • Apple shipped 4.9 million laptops and desktops in the July-to-September period, according to preliminary figures from market-research firm Gartner. That’s an 8.5 percent decline from the same quarter of last year.
      • But Q3 is supposed to bring fairly strong sales, as it includes the back-to-school shopping season. Not so much this year. At least not for Apple. Its three biggest rivals all saw increases in laptop/desktop shipments.
       
      Apple plans to give away its $1 billion TV shows
      • Apple’s new TV streaming service will allegedly debut in early 2019
      • Some have suggested the company would bundle it in with Apple Music for an extra fee or that it would create it as a separate subscription option like Netflix.
      • But according to a recent report, Despite planning to spend more than $1 billion on original content this year, Apple will supposedly give away its original content to customers that already own an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.
      • Because Apple is giving the shows away for free it’s aiming to create “PG” quality content that has wide audience appeal. Apple is currently making TV shows that are free from gratuitous sex, profanity or violence, although some shows may break this standard.
       
       
      How to create your first Siri Shortcut
       
      This Siri shortcut keeps an eye on police during a traffic stop
       
      Siri Shortcuts can now control your HomeKit devices
       
      Use Siri Shortcuts to quickly send photos to your family
       
      Use Shortcuts to download YouTube Videos
       
      How to run Siri Shortcuts from Reminder alerts
       
      Oct 12, 2018
      CultCast #356 - What you need to know about #ChargeGate!
      01:22:01
      This week:
      • How Chinese spy chips may be stealing secret data from Apple’s own servers!
      • Another week, another gate-we’ll you about #ChargeGate, the huge iPhone XS problem that ended before it even began.
      • Tim Cook reveals why Apple really banned Alex Jones, but can't explain why Siri still sucks
      • We’ve got another epic MoviePass update for you, and this is the weirdest one yet!
      • And we’ll pitch you a hot new electric skateboard, an uber premium keyboard for your Mac, a super portable keyboard for your iPad, and a an AI-powered bicycle light in an all-new Under Review!
      • And, in honor and remembrance of Steve Jobs, we conclude with one of his greatest keynotes.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      The Governor’s Lounge awaits you, in The CultClub
       
      iOS 12.1 beta fixes reported iPhone charging problems
      • What is charge gate?
        • Well, some, but not all, iOS 12 users have complained that their iPhone or iPad won’t begin charging if it’s in sleep mode when a Lightning cable is plugged in.
        • The charging issue doesn’t occur if the device is awake when the cable is plugged in. It only crops up when a phone or tablet’s screen is off.
      • Well this blew up this week when Tim Cook’s arch nemesis Lewis Hilsenteger, aka Unbox Therapy popularized the issue with a new video on his Youtube channel, titled: “iPhone XS has a serious problem”
      • But it turns out, the problem seems to be not so serious, as Apple has already introduced a new beta of iOS 12.1 that appears to fix the issue.
      • So if you’re experiencing the issue and want to solve it right now, install iOS 12.1 beta 2. Otherwise you could be waiting weeks until this 12.1 gets a final release.
      • “Gates’ should be limited to hardware issues!
       
      Tim Cook talks privacy, Alex Jones and China in new interview
      • Appearing on VICE News Tonight on HBO, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked if Apple’s stance on privacy is hurting Siri from becoming more competitive with Alexa. Cook pushed back saying any company that says they need all of your data to make their service better is telling you a “bunch of bunk.”
      • About booting Alex Jones
        • “We think that what the user wants is someone that does review these apps, someone that does review the podcasts, someone that on like Apple news, where a human is selecting the top stories. And that’s what we do,” Cook told VICE. “We don’t take a political stand."
       
      MoviePass is forcing some former customers to re-enroll unless they opt out (MiMeQu)
      • In an email sent to a select group of previous customers, MoviePass said: "Because we really hope you begin enjoying your MoviePass subscription again, we have chosen you to be a part of a select test group, who beginning Friday, October 5th will be restored to unlimited movies.”
      • "To be clear, unless you opt out, your unlimited subscription will be restored and you will begin enjoying unlimited movies again ...  at $9.95 per month, and your credit card on file will be charged on a monthly basis beginning Friday, October 5th, 2018,”
      • When Business Insider reached out to MoviePass about the bizarre move, MoviePass doubled down!  Saying it was a  "a terrific one-time promotional offer.”  "If [previous users] are interested in returning to their original unlimited subscription, they can. If they are not, they simply click the link below and opt out," the statement read.
      • Now I thought MoviePass would be out of business by now, the vultures are circling.  But they just announced about 65 million in new funding!  Someone believe’s they’ve got a future.
       
      Under Review! 
       
      Ace bike light by see,sense
       
      Logictech Craft Keyboard
       
      Logitech Keys-to-go
       
       Doto iPad Case
       
      Boosted Mini X Battery-powered keyboard
      Oct 05, 2018
      CultCast #355 - #BeautyGate—the very serious iPhone XS FLAW you need to know about…
      55:19
      This week: BeautyGate—what it is, and why it’s undoubtedly the dumbest “gate” in the history of iPhone.  Plus: how have we liked our one week with Apple Watch 4 and iPhone XS?  WE’LL TELL YOU.  And the shockingly low production price of the XS Max proves the deadbeats at Apple owe us more storage space!
       
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      A club, if you will.  A Cult Club.
       
      iPhone XS Max: A condensed review
       
      iPhone XS Max is fast, fast, fast
       
      • Everything is very fast and responsive. Apps spring right open. Photos scroll without delay. Maps render without a hiccup. Everything is basically instantaneous, and it’s a joy.
      • It’s all thanks to the A12 Bionic chip. Apple is so far ahead in mobile chips, it’s head-spinning. One benchmark shows the iPhone XS is faster than the new iMac Pro, a $5,000-plus pro workstation!
       
      It’s definitely not too big
      • For such big phone, it doesn’t feel too big. Having used an X all last year, and liking it, I thought the Max would be too big. But it doesn’t feel as big as the old Plus iPhones used to
      • iPhone XS Max camera
       
      The camera is excellent 
      • Especially the new Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control. The Max is less a phone, and more an advanced, near-DSLR camera with a cellular connection.
       
      The big screen is amazing
      • The screen is so big and clear, there’s no need to take your laptop or iPad on flights any more. The Max will do nicely.
       
      It deserves to be caseless
      • Despite dropping my old iPhone X numerous times, it has just a few scuffs and no cracked screen (it was, however, often in a case). But this time, because the Max is so thin, I’m going to try it caseless for a while. I’d like to enjoy Apple’s design for a change, without a bulky wrapping. (I know; I may regret this later.)
       
      iPhone XS selfie cam is so beautiful it spawned an ugly conspiracy theory
      • The iPhone XS and its front-facing camera are supposed to help its owners make better self-portraits. However, some think their iPhone selfies look better than they should
      • Lewis Helsenteger, aka Unboxing Therapy, is calling it beautygate
      • Users are taking to internet forums like Reddit to question whether Apple added an undisclosed beauty filter to the front-facing camera on the iPhone XS and XS Max. Some are even posting side-by-side selfies taken with an XS and older handset to make a case that the newest iPhone has more than deeper pixels and an improved portrait mode going for it.
       
      iPhone XS Max production cost is shockingly low
      • Analysis firm TechInsights did a teardown of the an iPhone XS Max with 256GB of storage. That’s reportedly the most popular version of Apple’s best selling handset.
      • As part of its teardown, TechInsights estimated the cost for each component. The total? $443
      • Compared to the $1249 price tag for the product. So just 35 percent of the purchase price goes to pay for the actual hardware.
      • Of course, the remaining $806 isn’t pure profit. The bill of materials (BoM) doesn’t cover Apple’s employee salaries, advertising, and other costs. Also, the BoM doesn’t include software, and iPhone and iPad sales have to cover the cost of developing iOS and its bundled software.
      Sep 28, 2018
      CultCast #354 - Is iPhone XS Apple’s worst “S” phone?
      56:18
      This week: is iPhone Xs the worst Apple "s" phone of all time?  We’ll compare Xs to Apple’s other “s” releases.  Plus: we’ll run through what the early reviewers are saying about iPhone Xs and Apple Watch 4, and which one Apple Watch feature is giving people a serious case of FOMO. 
      And a leaked detail in iOS 12.1 all but confirms a new iPad event this fall—we’ll tell you what we know.
       
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      iPhone 3GS = drastically faster data
      iPhone 4S = Siri
      iPhone 5S = Touch ID
      iPhone 6S = 3D Touch
      iPhone 10s = ?
       
       
      First iPhone XS and XS Max reviews: Great phone, but not revolutionary
      • Early reviews for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have already come in and while most of the people that have tested the new device are impresssed, this years models aren’t as big a leap as the iPhone X.
       
      FaceID
      • Panzarino for Techrunch: “As far as Face ID goes, there has been no perceivable difference for me in speed or number of positives… There is also supposed to be improvements in off-angle recognition of your face, say when lying down or when your phone is flat on a desk. I tried a lot of different positions here and could never really definitively say that iPhone XS was better in this regardit… it very likely takes training time to get it near the confidence levels that my iPhone X has stored away.”
       
      Battery Life
      • Nilay Patel for The Verge: "I got a full 12 hours of battery life out of the XS Max without low power mode, and that’s even under my heavy daily use.   The smaller XS is rated to get 30 minutes more than the X, which has run for about 8 hours for me this past year. It’s solid."
       
      XS Max Screen is glorious
      • NYT: "The XS Max screen was so good-looking that I wanted to keep reading articles and looking at photos on Instagram. When I used Apple’s new Screen Time feature to monitor my use of each device, I discovered that I spent an average of roughly five and a half hours a day on the XS Max, two hours more than on the XS.”
       
      LTE is noticeably faster
      • “On the test Verizon account I used, iPhone XS delivers. I got download speeds of 250 Mbps in New Jersey, versus 170 Mbps using the same SIM in the iPhone X.
       
      The camera has some impressive improvements
      • In his comprehensive review of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, John Gruber reveals that Apple made the camera sensor 32% larger. After noticing that the wide-angle lens on the iPhone XS is 2mm wider than the one on the iPhone X, Gruber also discovered the lens is longer too.
      • A bigger sensor and longer lens don’t sound like a big deal, but it required some crafty design work to pull it off without making the iPhone a bloated
      • Another impressive feature on the iPhone XS camera is its ability to adapt to low-light on the fly. If you’re shooting video at 30FPS, there’s an option to enable “Auto Low Light FPS.” The feature will drop the framerate to 24 FPS when it detects that there’s not enough light to get a good exposure
       
      Marques Brownlee
      • It’s definitely a nice phone, but if you have an X, it’s not worth upgrading
       
       
      Apple Watch Series 4 reviews: The watch of the future is here today
      • The indedpent called the series 4 watch “Astonishingly good”!
      • The Verge and the NYT both raved about how great the new larger display looked.  Particularly with the rounded corners, and made it much more apt to looking at photos and using apps.
      • The Watch felt snappier than the gen 3, but The Verge noted that the imrpovement wasn’t as drastic as Gen 2 to Gen 3.
       
      Battery life remains unchanged, so you should only have to charge it at night.
       
      Heart Rate Sensor
      • Wired's Rosenfield came away impressed by the accuracy of the watch's new optical heart-rate sensor as well as the automatic workout detection, while noting that "runners will love the new rolling mile measurement, cadence, and target pace notifications.”
      • Both The Verge and iMore commented about how much louder the speaker is, saying it was much easier to hear calls.  Callers also noted they couldn’t really tell they were being rung from an Apple Watch.
      • No one has been able to test the ECG feature yet since it won’t be enabled until later this year.
       
      Digital Crown
      • TechCrunch's Heater took particular liking to the watch's new haptic Digital Crown, which "feels like turning a mechanical dial."
       
      The general consensus of the reviews seems to be that the Apple Watch Series 4 is much better than earliest versions.
      Wired: “If you have the original Watch, the Series 1, or the Series 2 — or if you’ve been thinking about buying your very first Apple Watch — you should pull the trigger. The Series 4 is a significant step up from early watch models in every meaningful way.
       
      It took Apple 4 versions to get it really polished, but this Watch looks absolutely beautiful.
       
      Hot new Apple Watch feature gives wearers a serious dose of FOMO
      • FOMO: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
      • The new Walkie-Talkie app is being lauded by Apple Watch owners as the best new feature that came out as part of watchOS 5. But for some wearers there’s a serious problem: they can’t find anyone to talk to.  
      • Walkie-Talkie gives wearers the ability to turn their wrist into a sort of digital two-way radio transceiver with other Apple Watch wearers. It’s a super-convenient way to have short bursts of conversation when you don’t want to talk on the phone. If you don’t have any friends with an Apple WAtch though then there’s no way to get in on the action.
       
       
      iOS 12.1 confirms new iPads are on the way
      • Apple released the first beta of iOS 12.1 today. Developer Guilherme Rambo went digging around in the code and turned up a mention of “iPad2018Fall.” Sometimes references to upcoming devices hidden in iOS betas are obscure, but not this time
      • He also found a glyph of the iPad that showed it will have FaceId, but will not have a notch.
      • While digging into the simulator for iOS 12.1, Steve Troughton-Smith discovered that Apple has added support for virtualized 4K external displays. That’s a big deal for two reasons: 1) It means you’re going to be able to hook up iPads to 4K monitors, 2) It’s not currently possible to do that through the Lightning HDMI adapter
      Sep 21, 2018
      CultCast #353 - Our Gather Round event reactions!
      01:05:16
      This week: hot off the heels of Apple’s keynote, it’s our unfiltered Gather Round event reactions!  We'll tell you what we think about iPhone Xs, Xs Max, iPhone Xr, and the new Apple Watch 4. Plus: is it worth upgrading from X to Xs?  We discuss that and all the products that were noticeably missing from today’s festivities.  
       
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      Sep 13, 2018
      CC 2ndHour: The magic of Penny Arcade Expo and the state of video games (with Aaron Hughes)
      53:48

      With over a hundred thousand attendees, the Penny Arcade Expo is one of the largest video game conventions in the world, and it all started in Seattle, Washington.

      Hot off the heels of PAX 2018, Erfon sits across his good friend, The Amazing Aaron Hughes, to discuss the state of Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo, their favorite games and spectacles from the event, and how FORNITE and PUBG have changed the face of gaming.  

      Sep 10, 2018
      CultCast #352 - Say hello to the iPhone MAX (Extreme Edition)
      49:59
      This week: get ready for the iPhone MAX!  Plus: rumors indicate Apple’s new iPhones will receive a serious price cut; Apple is working on the one feature the  Watch desperately needs; and Leander reveals Apple’s secret sauce—the design and creative processes Cupertino has developed over the years that have helped them create some of the world’s most iconic products.  
       
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      Possible new name for the 6.5-inch iPhone takes it to the Max
      • Apple’s marketing team has reportedly been considering losing the Plus suffix that has been used on the largest models since the iPhone 6 Plus came out in 2014
      • We’ve already head reports that Apple is going to ditch the “Plus” description for its larger iPhones. Now there’s word that the replacement term could be “Max.”
      • If true, this means that the company will announce a week from today the iPhone Xs with a 5.8-inch display and the iPhone Xs Max with a 6.5-inch one.
       
      2018 iPhones could cost just the same as the 2017 models
      • With most of the specifications of the 2018 iPhones already known, the largest remaining question is price.
      • A report from the German website Macerkoff, who starts by pointing out that the iPhone 8 costs €799, the iPhone 8 Plus sells for €909, and the iPhone X is €1149.
      • Citing two different sources, the site says the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone expected to be announced next week will cost €799, the 5.8-inch replacement for the iPhone X will be €909, and the 6.5-inch OLED device sell for €1149.
      • If that assumption is correct, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will be $699,  the speed-bumped 5.8-inch iPhone X will be $799, and the the 6.5-inch OLED model will be $999.
       
      Apple Watch could get always-on display mode
      • Apple is developing an always-on display mode for Apple Watch, a new patent application reveals.
      • The feature would give users the ability to see the time — and possibly other information — without having to raise their wrist every time. But Apple wants to make sure OLED burn-in doesn’t become a problem.
      • There are several reasons for that, such as its impact on battery life and the risk that the feature could ruin Apple Watch’s OLED display.
       
      The Iconic Pillow Collection by Throwboy
       
       
      New book shows how Apple makes great software [Review]
      • When Steve Jobs died in 2011, pundits wondered how the company would continue to make great products without him.
      • The question is partly answered by programmer Ken Kocienda’s new book, Creative Selection, which describes his 15 years working at Apple helping to develop the original iPhone, iPad and Safari web browser.
       
      The Apple design process of demos, decisions and feedback with Ken Kocienda [Apple Chat podcast]
      Sep 07, 2018
      CultCast #351 - iPhone and Apple Watch leak BIG
      56:04
      This week: hours after Apple sends out their iPhone event invites, a BIG leak reveals what they have in store.  Plus: all our hardware expectations for Apple’s upcoming keynote; Erfon’s first impressions of his new 2018 MacBook Pro, how to get the best discounts, and how to score a free extended warranty.
       
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      Confirmed: Apple sends out invites for Sept. 12 iPhone event
      • The "Gather Round" event invites have been sent out.  
      • Apple’s big fall event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park on September 12.
      • The keynote will start at 10 a.m. PT, during which we expect to see the new iPhone lineup, an Apple Watch Series 4, major improvements to iPad Pro, and more.
       
      Apple Watch Series 4 revealed — massive display, dense watch face, more
       
      This is ‘iPhone XS’ — design, larger version, and gold colors confirmed
       
      Aug 31, 2018
      CultCast #350 - Just Lewis and Leander!
      36:06

      Better late than never!  With Erfon and Buster out, Lewis and Leander take the reigns of their very first CultCast to discuss the week's best Apple stories!  Ladies and gentlemen, this is one for the record books.

      This is last week's episode come late.  We'll have another new episode out this week.

      Aug 30, 2018
      CultCast #349 - Apple’s TRUE car plans and our most loved tech!
      01:06:11
      This week: Alex Jones and free speech, part 2.  Plus: Ming-Chi Kuo says the Apple car is real, and you can drive it off the lot 2023.  And stay tuned for our most loved tech!  We’ll discuss the gadgets and apps we can’t be without.
       
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      Kuo: Apple to Launch Apple Car in 2023 to 2025
      • According to Kuo, Apple will launch an Apple Car sometime between 2023 and 2025.  He said this is a recent note to investors:
      • "We expect that Apple Car, which will likely be launched in 2023–2025, will be the next star product. The reasons for this are as follows: (1) Potentially huge replacement demands are emerging in the auto sector because it is being redefined by new technologies. (2) Apple’s leading technology advantages (like AR) would redefine cars and differentiate Apple Car from peers’ products (3) Apple’s service will grow significantly by entering the huge car finance market via Apple Car, and (4) Apple can do a better integration of hardware, software, and service than current competitors
       
       
      We may finally know AirPower Mat price
      • The long-awaited launch of Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad may coincide with the launch of the 2018 iPhone lineup.
      • Based on a new report out of Asia, Apple engineers are in the debugging phase of the AirPower rollout. The product may not launch on the exact same day as the 2018 iPhones, but a Chinese site claims to know the planned price. And it’s not going to be cheap.
      • Though a previous rumor claimed the price could hit $200, Apple will reportedly charge $149 for the AirPower charging mat, according to Chongdiantou.
      • Overheating issues have allegedly caused delays with the Apple charging pad
       
      Our most-loved gadgets!
       
      Anker Powerhouse
       
      Parrot Zik 3 headphones 
       
      Lose It!  App
       
      Sound Devices MixPre-6
       
      Fuji X-T1
       
      Specialized Tarmac
       
      Ultimate Ears Megaboom
       
      Moment iPhone X lenses
      Aug 17, 2018
      CultCast #348 - Apple enters the censorship game
      01:17:40
      This week: Apple wipes the Infowars podcast from iTunes, but should they be getting involved in the censorship game?  Plus: we look at the new gadgets announced at Samsung’s unpacked event; and we discuss some of the biggest TV news of the decade in an all-new Under Review!
       
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      EU may force iPhone to switch from Lightning to USB
      • EU regulators are considering whether they need to force a common standard for phone chargers.
      • The idea is to cut down on the 51,000 tons of old chargers and cables thrown away each year.
      • Way back in 2009, the European Commission pressured Apple and 13 other companies to work toward a common charging standard by 2011. All the other signatories gave up their proprietary plugs and switched to USB.  Apple switched to lightning, their own proprietary port.
      • Accordingly to Reuters, that didn't satisfy that EU Commissioner of Competition, and now the commission is launching an impact assessment study to evaluate costs and benefits of different other options, the other option being forcing Apple to adopt USB on the devices.
       
       
      Apple removes InfoWars and Alex Jones podcasts
      • Apple has removed the entire back catalog for five InfoWars’ six podcasts on iTunes and its Podcasts app. One of these shows is the daily “War Room” show hosted by owner and radio host Alex Jones.
      • Shortly thereafter, Facebook removed InfoWars page, YouTube removed their channel, Pinterest pin boards, Linked In removed the InfoWars page, Mail Chimp refuses to send their emails, and website comment host Disqus has given them the boot.
      • "Consistent with our existing policies, we take action against accounts that repeatedly save content that could lead to harm," a Pinterest spokesperson said in an email statement.
       
       
      Samsung preps rivals for Apple Watch and HomePod
       
      What we’re into!
       
      The Orville
       
      Mission Impossible Fallout
       
      Captain Jean-luc Picard will helm a new Star Trek series
      Aug 10, 2018
      CultCast #347 - i9 MacBook Pro - a total ripoff?
      01:00:42
      This week:  Is the i9 MacBook Pro a total ripoff?  One YouTube reviewer says yes, and his tests are convincing.  We’ll fill you in.  Plus: the journey to a trillion!  How did Apple become the most valuable company on earth?  We discuss, and remember the company's troubled history. And stay tuned for the sad decline of MoviePass.  Is the troubled movie service still worth it?
       
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      i9 Macbook Pro - Apple's biggest RIPOFF! - erfon
      • YouTuber Max Yuryev pitted the 2.2Ghz and 2.6Ghz i7 MacBook Pros against the the 2.9GHz i9, and the results aren’t great.  These are the tests I’ve been waiting for.
      • in his Cinebench test, he found the i9 beat the i7 by only 2 percent, averaging only 3.15Ghz, while both the 2.2Ghz and 2.6Ghz i7’s both averaged 3.05 Ghz.
      • And in test after test, he showed that the i9 rarely performs better than the 2.6Ghz i7.
      • Why?  It seems like it comes down to heat.  Even with the patch, the MBP struggles to keep the i9 cool enough to keep it in turbo mode, and sometimes it’s even not cool enough to run at base clock.
      • For example: In his Red Raven 4.5K Raw rendering test, he noticed that the 2.2Ghz i7 ran about 500Mhz over base clock speed, the 2.7 ran about 200Mhz over base, and the 2.9 ran about 500Mhz below base clock.
      • He noted that the GPU and CPU use the same cooler, so if you’re pushing the GPU, like many rendering apps do, the CPU won’t be cooled as well, so can end up throttling more than you’d want.
      • So what does all these mean?  
        • It doesn’t seem to make sense to pay extra for the i9.  It matches or barely beats the 2.6Ghz in many tests, and sometimes can’t even beat the 2.2Ghz i7.
        • A better value, and bigger a bottle neck in the 2018 MBP isn’t the CPU, it’s the GPU.
        • The base MBP comes with a 555X Radeon GPU, whereas the premium 2.7Ghz i7 and 2.9Ghz i9 models come with a Radeon 560X, and that’s what made the biggest difference in his tests.
        • My thoughts, go with the 2.7Ghz i7, the 560X GPU, and use the i9 money you save for extra SSD space.
       
       
      The biggest takeaways from Apple’s dominant Q3 earnings results
      • Apple beat Wall Street’s expectations today with its Q3 2018 earnings report, shooting its stock price just below the $204 price needed to mint it as the world’s first TRILLION dollar company. 
      • iPhone sales were up slightly year-over-year. Revenue was up big time. The ASP (average selling price) was also up big time. Even Apple’s EPS (earnings per share) was higher than some of the biggest Apple believers expected.
      • When the iPhone X launched last year it was panned as too expensive by far too many critics, but Phone revenue was up 20% YOY.
      • Wearable sales are up 60% year-over-year
      • AirPods and Beats are also selling well. Combined with Apple Watch they’ve generated more than $10 billion in revenue in just the last year.
      • TimCook also commented on Apple’s TV deal with Oprah, saying he “couldn’t be happier” that she’s on board.
      • He also said there’d be “dramatic changes speeding up in the content industry,” and went on to say “We’re really happy to be working on something. We’re just not ready to talk about it in-depth today.”
      • Apple sold only 3.72 Macs in its third quarter, less than any single quart since it’s Q3 of 2010.  This may be because it’s entire Mac line was ancient until just weeks ago, in Q4, when MBP was updated.
      • iPhone and iPad now make up 65% of Apple’s yearly revenue.
       
      The sad decline of MoviePass. Is it still worth it?
      • It was a year ago, in august of 2017, that MoviePass dropped their price to $9.95 a month. In the following two days, more than 150,000 new users signed up, crashing their website and app.
      • Though AMC said MoviePass’s model could never work, they essentially created their own version of the service to compete. It’s $20 a month and their service includes digital reservations, iMax and 3D, and let’s you see the same movie more than once.
      • Sinemia is another competitor that’s popped up.  They offer a 2 movie a month plan for $10 a month that works with any theater, offers advanced ticket options, and works on 3D movies, IMAX, 4DX, and more.  
      Aug 03, 2018
      CultCast #346 - 2018 MacBook Pro performance — after the patch?
      38:57
      This week:  Apple has issued a patch that significantly increases performance for all 2018 MacBook Pros, but there's one glaring problem it doesn't fix...  Plus, we talk new HomePod features from iOS 12 beta, and we wrap up with your emails!
       
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      Consumer Reports says MacBook Pro thermal throttling is a feature not a bug
      • Consumer Reports came to the Apple's defense this week. The consumer-testing organization points out that other laptops with top-tier processors are also subject to thermal throttling.
      • “Most processors have had this capability built in for years,” says Richard Fisco, an electronics testing program leader at Consumer Reports. “I would rather have the system throttle and take a lot longer to do things than just let itself get fried.”
      • They recommend a desktop
      • “If you absolutely need bleeding-fast speed — perhaps you’re a programmer who regularly compiles large applications or someone who edits huge amounts of high-resolution video — a high-end desktop may be a better bet than a souped-up laptop,” wrote Consumer Reports.
       
       
      Apple issues thermal throttling fix for 2018 MacBook Pros
      • Apple saw Dave Lee’s video, and worked with him to figure out what was going on.
      • Turns out, a major part of the problem was actually a big in the firmware, which was preventing the fans from coming as often or as high as they should.
      • “Following extensive performance testing under numerous workloads, we’ve identified that there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro. A bug fix is included in today’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update and is recommended"
      • Apple went on to say this should result in better performance for every version of the new MacBook Pro, even i7 models.
       
      Core i9 MacBook Pro - After the Patch
      • Dave confirmed that now, MBP fans actually come on, which increased performance on the i9 to the save level achieved with the MBP in the freezer.
      • In his tests, the 2018 i9 model is now 30-35% faster than the 2017 i7 model.
      • It seems like the patch kicks affects fan activation and speed, but also keeps the chip from throttling itself down all the time.
      • But, even patched, this i9 chip still doesn’t hit the clock speed that it COULD hit.
      • This is the same i9 that is used in larger gaming laptops, where it can hit 4.5 or 5GHz and stay there comfortably.  In the MBP, its base clock is 2.9Ghz, and it can only boost up to 4.8 in some circumstances.
      • In YouTuber Max Yuryyex’s Cinebench encoding tests, his i9 ran at about 3.2Ghz
      • MacBook Pro is thin, light, and quiet, but its thermal design inhibits the potential of this high-end high performance chip.  That’s the cost of thin and light.
       
       
      HomePod OS 12 Beta Software Said to Support Multiple Timers, New Phone Call Features, and More
      • French tech blog iGeneration reports that a beta version of the software currently in internal testing enables users to make calls and answer them from the HomePod, ask Siri to Find My iPhone, and set multiple timers on the device.
      • The report also mentions that users may also be able to listen to their voicemails, and search their call history over the speaker.  
      • Would be cool to allow HomePod to control other devices in your household.
      • Add alarms or reminders to your or your family members iPads and iPhones
      Jul 27, 2018
      CultCast #345 - 2018 MacBook Pro: The good, the great, the UGLY.
      01:14:23
      This week:
      • The 2018 MacBook Pro is both a beauty AND a beast.  In fact, it's one of the most exciting MBP refreshes in years.  The benchmarks are in and they’re impressive. 
      • A popular tech reviewer warns that the i9 processor upgrade in the MBP has a major flaw, and his video proof is compelling.  We’ll fill you in.
      • We also bring back Matthew Taylor, creator of the very popular butterfly keyboard recall petition, now with over 32,000 signatures,  to have a frank discussion on the state of the 2018 MBP keyboard.  Has Apple fixed the issues plaguing their butterfly key design?  
      • And stay tuned for a strange new HomeKit controller and the best insulated water bottle on the market in an all-new Under Review!
       
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      2018 MacBook Pro performance shows dramatic improvement
      • The 15- and 13-inch MacBook Pro models launching this week boast significantly faster processors. Tests with the Geekbench benchmarking tool show speed increases as high as 86 percent.
      • The improvements come from faster Turbo Burst frequencies and more processor cores.
      • “For the 15-inch models, single-core performance is up 12-15%, and multi-core performance is up 39-46%
      • “For the 13-inch models, single-core performance is up 3%-11%, and multi-core performance is up 81%-86%
       
      2018 MacBook Pro review roundup: Apple unleashes a speed demon
      • Majorly faster CPU
      • Much faster SSDs
      • Faster DD4 RAM
      • CPU:
        • John Poole from Geekbench: “The 2018 MacBook Pro is the most substantial upgrade (at least regarding performance) since the introduction of the quad-core processors in 2011 MacBook Pro,” 
        • Photography Austin Mann did to covert a 4K Mavic Pro video file to 1080p H.265 (HEVC) using QuickTime Player. 
          • 2013 MBP with 16GB RAM = 33 minutes
          • Maxed out 2016 MBP = 99 seconds
          • Maxed out 2018 MBP = 24 seconds
      • SSD
        • Laptop Mag: “It’s rare that I don’t believe the results coming out of our lab, but in this case I had to do a double take,” explains Mark. It took the system just 2 seconds to duplicate 4.97GB worth of files, which translates to 2,519 megabytes per second
      • TrueTone:
      • TechCrunch: “I have two 15-inch MacBooks in front of me right now (that’s just how I roll), and it’s like night and day. You’ve got no idea how blue the screen you’ve been staring at is until you see it up against another True Tone-enabled display.”
      • The most expensive laps Apple’s ever made.
       
       
      Teardown reveals MacBook Pro keyboard is redesigned to prevent keys sticking
      • Apple made potential buyers of the new MacBook Pro models very nervous when it said no effort had been made to fix the problems plaguing the keyboards in earlier versions.
      • They even told the Verge that, though it made the Keyboard quieter, the keyboard was constructed to address the myriad issues they say are affecting only “a tiny" fraction of users.
      • But, IFIXIT took apart they keyboard of the new 2018 MacBook Pro, and discovered  “Apple has cocooned their butterfly switches in a thin, silicone barrier”
      • And as it turns out, Apple has a patent for just this kind of debris cover...
       
       
      Beware serious thermal throttling with new Core i9 MacBook Pro
      • No good deed goes unpunished
      • Early tests have revealed that the i9 chip in Apple’s new MBP suffers severe thermal throttling under heavy loads, which dramatically reduces its clock speed and performance.
      • Dave Lee from Youtube has tests illustrating the issue.
      • He did a render in Adobe Premiere that took the MBP 39 minutes to complete.  In that test he monitored the CPU speed temp and saw that the chip was being throttled to BELOW base clock speed just to stay cool.
      • In his tests, Lee found that it averaged at around 2.2GHz with a temperature of 90°C.
      • So he tried the test again, this time with his MacBook Pro in... the freezer.
      • This time, the same test, which took 39 minutes before, took only 27 minutes.  That’s a 44% improvement…
      • Not just Apple’s fault
        • There are other laptops on the market that use this chip, and they snuggle to keep the chip cooled as well.  But most of these machines are beefier with better ventilation.
       
       
      Apple won’t give your older MacBook an improved keyboard
      • Unfortunately for existing MacBook and MacBook Pro owners, Apple won’t fit its newer 3rd gen butterfly keyboard into older machines — not even if yours is in need of repair.
      • Earlier machines will be repaired with the same keyboard components they originally shipped with. Apple does not offer the option to upgrade for a fee, either. Only the 2018 MacBook Pro will get the new design if a repair is required.
       
       
      Apple: Recall MacBook Pro w/ Defective Keyboard, Replace with DIFFERENT Working Keyboard
       
       
      Under Review!
       
      Nanoleaf Remote
       
      Camelbak Chute 
      Jul 20, 2018
      CultCast #344 - The MacBook Pros we’ve been waiting for!
      01:05:16
      This week: it’s the best update in YEARS.  We’ll tell you everything you need to know about Apple’s very powerful new MacBook Pros. Plus: new Mac Minis are on the way; Ming-Chi Kuo confirms Apple’s about to update their entire product line; how Coke-heads use Apple watch to maximize their high; and we talk Killer Whale attacks, port wines, and the story of Saturday Night Live's world renowned sax player on an all-new Under Review.
       
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      Apple updates MacBook Pros with 8th gen Intel Coffee Lake CPUs and ”quieter” keyboards
      • 13” gets 4 cores
      • 15” get six cores with options
      • i7s on both machines with faster i9 chip available on 15”
      • Apple says that the 15-inch model will have a 70 percent performance increase, and the 13-inch model should double in speed.
      • Keyboards have been made quieter, but Apple told The Verge that this 3rd gen keyboard has not been designed to alleviate the issues they say are only affecting a “tiny portion” of buyers
      • 32GB RAM and 4TB SSD option now available on 15” model for a mere $6700
      • Both models come with True Tone displays, which allows the screen to change its color temperature based on the color temperature of the room.
      • Interestingly, the Touch Bar will also support True Tone
      • These will also be Apple’s first laptops to support “Hey Siri”
       
      New Mac mini and cheaper MacBook might finally land this fall
      • Ming Chi Kuo has basically just confirmed what I’ve been saying the last couple of weeks: Apple is about to drop an orgasmic amount of updated hardware products on us.
      • Yes, according to Kuo’s new report, Apple is getting ready to update almost their entire hardware line.  
      • iPhone - There are three iPhones in the works, two OLED models in 5.8 and 6.5-inch sizes and one lower-cost LED model that will be available in a 6.1-inch size. All three will feature Face ID and upgraded A12 processors. While the two OLED models will have dual-lens cameras, the lower-cost model will feature a single-lens camera.
      • iPad Pro - Apple is working on two new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models that are equipped with a full-screen design similar to the iPhone X and no Home button, with Apple to replace Touch ID with Face ID.
      • Mac mini - Kuo didn't have a lot of information to share on this one, but he did say a processor upgrade is expected.  He did not say if additional upgrades would be included, like as a redesigned body.
      • It’s been over 3 and a half years since the Mac Mini was updated, and they’re still charging full price for it.
      • MacBook - Processor upgrades expected.
      • New Low-Priced Notebook - Ming Chi believes Apple is designing a new low-priced notebook fo some kind. He originally said it would be part in the MacBook Air family, but now he seems to not be so sure.   We’ll soon know.
      • iMac - Kuo says he expect a significant display performance upgrade, and a processor refresh.
      • Apple Watch - Apple is working on two new Apple Watch models for 2018 that will have bigger displays and enhanced heart rate detection features. The two Apple Watch models will measure in at 1.57 inches (39.9mm) and 1.78 inches (45.2mm), roughly 15 percent bigger than in the current models. Rumors have not been clear on whether the Apple Watch itself will be larger or if the bigger display will come from a reduction in bezels.
       
       
      Doctors worry that cocaine users rely on Apple Watch as a lifesaver
      • According to a new report, medical experts are concerned that some drug users, particularly people taking cocaine, are using their Apple Watches and other wearables to monitor their heart rate while imbibing.
      • From the users’ perspective, the idea is that doing this could alert them to dangerously high heart rates while taking drugs such as cocaine. However, doctors point out that the technology does not protect people against the dangers of drug use.
      • The article details the story of several semi-regular cocaine users. One describes monitoring drug use as the only reason they wear a heart rate-tracking wearable. “I want an early warning system for when my heart’s going to explode,” one person wrote in a thread on Reddit.
      • “If someone says, ‘Let’s do a line,’ I’ll look at my watch,” says one of the people interviewed. “If I see I’m at [heart rates of] 150 or 160, I’ll say, ‘I’m good.’
       
      What we’re INTO
       
      Kahney Klan Vs. KILLER SHARK!
       
      Repair anything with Bondic plastic weld
       
      The great woodsman, Lenny Picket (Clinic 1 of 5)
       
      The browner the better!  The rich history of port wine
      Jul 13, 2018
      CultCast #343 - Mac refresh, incoming!
      48:30
      This week:
      • New evidence just today that Apple has a big Mac refresh right around the corner.
      • MacBook Pro is about to get the new feature we’ve all been wanting.
      • Apple is rebuilding their maps app from the ground up, and it looks magnificent.
      • Erfon visited Apple’s new Seattle flagship store it was STUNNING.
      • We pitch a wood-wrapped iPhone case, waterproof camping lights, and a great new reading app an all-new Under Review!
       
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      Apple paves the way for new iPads and Macs to arrive in Europe
      Apple has this week registered new iPads and Macs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).  The filings hint that a big refresh could be just around the corner.
      Five new Macs with the model numbers has been registered with the commission.  
      Looking at the model numbers it looks like three of the machines will be MBPs, and then one will be a MBA and A MB.
      There are five iPad model numbers, too, meaning we’ll likely be seeing an iPad Pro refresh very soon.
      What’s particularly interesting about the filings is that the Apple lists macOS 10.13 and iOS 11 as the software for these devices, which suggests it might be planning to launch them before macOS Mojave and iOS 12 
       
      ‘Coffee Lake’ chips could give 2018 MacBook Pro a jolt
      Apple may soon be planning to upgrade the MacBook Pro line to the latest generation of Intel processors. Benchmarks for a macOS laptop running a “Coffee Lake” chip showed up on Geekbench.
      Why’s that exciting?  More cores and a huge 40-50% increase in multitasking performance.
      If this isn’t a fake, what’s interesting is the machine tested was likely a 13” MBP, but its processor had 4 cores (8 with hyper threading) instead of just two (what current 13” MBPs have)
      This would probably also mean the 15 would have SIX cores.
       
      Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up
       
      Apple Maps getting revamped to suck less
      For the last 4 years, Apple has been working on totally rebuilding Apple Maps, in an effort to make it the best maps app in the world. They now have hundreds of map editors working furiously, and thousands of employees.
      Talking to TechCrunch, Eddie Cue, now heading up the project, said they realized maps was at the heart of everything; people use their phones for navigation, apps use GPS to location information, so Apple needed to take ownership of it, and they’re doing it in two ways:
       
      Our Under Review picks
       
      Rustek Inlay iPhone case
       
      Libby reading app
       
      Luminoodle Camping lights
      Jul 06, 2018
      CultCast #342 - New AirPods! New iPhones! New HomePod!
      40:44
      This week: Apple plans new, improved AirPods, HomePod and over-ear headphones; Apple finally acknowledges its new MacBook keyboards suck, and they’re going to make it right; a top Apple analyst drops a bunch of details on Apple’s 2018 product pipeline; and Apple is tries to solve a fascinating issue with autonomous vehicles.
       
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      Apple finally acknowledges its new MacBook keyboards suck
      • The butterfly keyboards on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro are officially defective.
      • After months of outcry from angry customers, Apple has finally acknowledged that the new keyboards have some serious problems. The company says the issues are limited to a small percentage of MacBooks, but its offering free repairs.
       
      Apple plans new, improved AirPods, HomePod and over-ear headphones
      • Bloomberg has a new report out that says we could have some exciting new Apple audio products in 2019.
       
      Top Apple analyst drops a ton of details on Apple’s 2018 product pipeline
      • First: Ming still expects three new iPhones in 2018: a second-generation iPhone X, a massive 6.5-inch version dubbed the iPhone X Plus, and a 6.1-inch version that will essentially be a budget iPhone X.
       
      Apple is trying to solve a very interest problem with autonomous vehicles, and they’ve hired a fascinating guy to help solve it.
      Engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober Working on Anti-Motion Sickness VR Technology for Use in Autonomous Vehicles
      • Engineer and popular YouTuber Mark Rober is, accordingly Variety, working for Apple as an engineer in their special projects group.
      • More specifically, Rober has been working on Apple's virtual reality projects, including "using VR as on-board entertainment for self-driving cars.”
      • His most recent patent addresses an interesting problem:
        • "Many passengers in vehicles may experience motion sickness. Typically, this is not the case for the driver. However, with the arrival of autonomous vehicles, the driver becomes a passenger, and thus may want to occupy themselves while, for example, riding to work. Passengers in conventional or autonomous vehicles may, for example, want to read a book, or work on their notebook computer.
       
      Meet Mark Rober, the creative dynamo working on Apple’s autonomous car project
       
      Jon Olsson is a young rich guy with a great YouTube channel
       
      Dr. DisRespect is the most dominating streamer in the online gaming community
      Jun 29, 2018
      CultCast #341 - The SAD state of the Mac
      54:05
      This week:
      • It’s been over a year since Apple has updated virtually any of their Macs.  Just what in the heck in going on?  
      • Why all your online purchases will soon be taxed
      • Instagram takes on YouTube with new IGTV app
      • MoviePass is about to change for the worse.  AGAIN.
      • America’s largest theater chain just put the final nails in the MoviePass coffin
      • And things get weird in an all-new what we’re into!
       
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      Supreme Court Kills Quill, Gives States More Authority To Collect Sales Tax
      • It’s a sad day for US.  It’s the end of an era.  The end of tax-free shopping online.  
      • In 1992 the supreme court that a state couldn’t force an online retailer to collect sales tax for them if the retailer didn’t have a physical presence in that state.  
      • Today, they reversed that decision
      • What does that mean?
      • Well, it means that you state will undoubtedly begin forcing online retailers to charge you sales tax on all your online orders.  
      • If you have a big purchase to make, I’d do it this summer.  
       
      On The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware
      • Rogue Amoeba developer Quentin Carnicelli posted this week on the company’s blog about his frustration with Apple’s continued neglect of the Mac.
      • "At the time of the writing, with the exception of the $5,000 iMac Pro, no Macintosh has been updated at all in the past year.”
       
      Instagram takes on YouTube with new IGTV app
      • The photo-sharing social network revealed its new standalone app today called IGTV that’s dedicated to long-form video.
      • IGTV was revealed at an event today this morning where the company also shared that it now has 1 billion monthly active users.
       
      MoviePass is going to introduce surge pricing on popular movies by July
      • By the end of the summer, you'll see some major changes to your MoviePass subscription — and you're not going to like them all.
      • MoviePass told Business Insider that by August members of the service would be able to add a friend when buying tickets through the app and would have the option, at an added price, to order tickets to Imax and Real 3D movies.
      • The first change to the service will happen in the coming weeks, when MoviePass will start charging members what CEO Mitch Lowe calls "high demand" pricing.
      • CEO Mitch Lowe: "At certain times for certain films — on opening weekend — there could be an additional charge for films"
      • The added charge will start at $2 for titles the app deems very popular with MoviePass subscribers
       
      AMC is launching a MoviePass-like subscription service
      • The largest theater chain in America has announced that it will now offer a subscription service that allows patrons to watch up to three movies a week for $19.95 a month.
      • Called AMC Stubs A-List the online and smartphone-based subscription will allow members to watch multiple movies a day and let you see movies more than once.
      • There will be no online ticketing fees, and it will offer a discount on food and drinks at the concession stand. Plus Stubs A-List will be redeemable toward formats like IMAX and 3D and will also include special AMC locations such as Dine-Ins.
      • The service will allow you to make up to three movie reservations at once in advance without having to physically be at the theater
      Jun 22, 2018
      CultCast #340 - iOS 12’s best hidden features
      46:05
      This week:  the hidden iOS 12 features you need to know about!  Plus, in an all-new Under Review, we’ll tell you about one hecka good portable mouse, a pair of earphones that give you supersonic hearing, the king of all power banks, and a beautiful new wireless charger you’ll be proud to set your phone upon.  
       
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      iOS 12 UI tweaks let you interact with apps as they’re opening - buster
      • Your phone is always available to answer to your input.  No more waiting for animations to finish.  
      • You can launch an app and start scrolling within the app even before it fills the screen.
      • You can launch an app and then dismiss it even before the app has fully opened.
      • You can close and app and instantly open another app from the home screen before the closing animation has finished,
       
      The best iOS 12 features Apple didn’t mention
      • Police across the country are purchasing a tool called GrayKey. When hooked to an iPhone’s Lightning port, this swiftly enters thousands of passcodes until the correct one is reached.
      • But just-released beta of iOS 12 can be set to partially deactivate the Lightning port after an iPhone hasn’t been used for an hour.
       
      iOS 12 makes iPhones immune to ‘brute force’ unlocking
       
      Under Review
       
      Logitech MX Anywhere 2S wireless mouse
       
      Spigen Essential F306W
       
      Anker Powerhouse
       
      Nuheara IQ Buds Boost
      Jun 15, 2018
      CultCast #339 - WWDC 2018 Reactions! (And our best-of-show picks)
      01:05:13
      This week: It’s our WWDC 2018 reactions! Plus—our picks for the best new features announced at the keynote.
       
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      All the important new stuff Apple revealed at WWDC 2018
       
      Speed through the WWDC 2018 keynote with sketchnotes
      • It is always exciting to capture the WWDC keynote in sketchnotes, and this year we filled up four pages with drawings showcasing the biggest new features coming in iOS 12, macOS Mojave and watchOS 5.
       
      iOS 12 definitely speeds up your iPhone
      • Side-by-side comparisons between iOS 12 beta 1 and version 11.4 show clear speed improvements.
       
      Apple’s Craig Federighi explains how iOS apps will work on macOS
       
      How iOS 12’s smartest features put users firmly back in control
      • If any other company had introduced Screen Time, the new system-wide toolset for limiting phone distractions, then it would (rightly) be dismissed as a gimmick, a sop to the increasing worries about phone addiction. But as is typical of Apple, Screen Time looks like it took a lot of work to get just right.
       
      iOS 12 makes iPhones immune to ‘brute force’ unlocking
      • The just-released beta of iOS 12 can be set to partially deactivate the Lightning port after an iPhone hasn’t been used for an hour. This is a clear attempt to make useless the unlocking tools employed by law enforcement (or thieves).
       
      Face ID in iOS 12 recognizes two different faces
      • The first iOS 12 developer beta debuted after today’s WWDC keynote. Intrepid souls who’ve already installed this early version on their iPhone X noticed that Face ID can be trained to recognize more than one person.
      Jun 08, 2018
      CultCast #338 - iOS 12! New Macs! It’s our WWDC 2018 predictions!
      46:35
      This week:  It’s been a tight ship over there at Apple, so for the first time in a long time, we know almost nothing about what will be announced at an Apple Keynote.  
       
      But we think there’s a good case for new hardware come Monday, and we’ll tell you why.  Plus, we’ll tell you everything we think we know about iOS 12.  And stick around for our ears-on, gaping-jaw review of two HomePods in stereo mode.
       
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      Apple delays big new iOS features to focus on stability in 2018
      • “Apple has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues,” reporter Ina Fried writes for Axios.
       
      Cheaper HomePod, smarter Siri predicted for WWDC
      • Apple will introduce a Beat-branded $250 HomePod smart speaker at WWDC, predicts Apple analyst Gene Munster.
      • “The knock on HomePod is its $349 price is about 2-3x the price of a typical smart speaker,” Munster writes. “We believe Apple can advance its digital assistant ambitions with a $250 Beats-branded option that does not compromise HomePod’s $349 price point.”
       
      iOS 11.4 Launches Today With AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud, HomePod Gets Multi-Room Audio, Stereo Pairing
       
      iOS 11.4 finally brings HomePod stereo pairs and AirPlay 2
      • iOS 11.4 is finally here, bringing AirPlay 2’s multi-room audio capabilities as well as the long-awaited ability to use two HomePods in stereo.
      • Apple also said the HomePod will arrive in Canada, France and Germany by June 18. The speaker is currently available in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
      • Using HomePod as TV speakers
       
      Ears-on review: Stereo HomePods will blow you away
       
      How to use iOS 11.4’s Messages in iCloud
      • The iOS 11.4 update finally brings iCloud support for Messages, which means messages will sync across all devices, and can even be deleted from an iPhone or iPad that’s short on space. But they will remain accessible from the cloud
      • Why use Messages in iCloud sync?
        • Any messages you send or receive on your iPhone will be almost instantly synced to your Mac and iPad. But it has limits. One is that, if you set up a new device, then you will not see any of your old messages or conversations.
        • Also, each one of your devices currently backs up its entire Message library, which is a waste of space on your iCloud drive.
        • You can also remove old messages from a device, but still have access to them in future, saving a ton of space on your iPhone. Or you could choose to automatically delete old messages from your iPhone, but keep the full history on your Mac.
        • Link to how to turn it on in the show notes. You can also manage and delete the messages you have stored in the cloud.
      Jun 01, 2018
      CultCast #337 - It’s true—Apple’s building a BUS
      58:11
      This week:  
      • The press passes are out, the WWDC keynote is around the corner.  We gotta talk about it and we’ll tell a new way you can watch it live.
      • New details out this week show the Apple car has taken yet another sad and disappointing turn.  We’ll you where it’s at now.
      • It’s the 12 year anniversary of one of Apple’s best creations—we remember Apple’s incredible Get a Mac ads.
      • And thoroughly embarrass our ourselves in an all-new Get To Know Ur Cultist.
       
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      Apple confirms WWDC 2018 keynote livestream
      • Press invites for the June 4 keynote were sent out today. And guess what?
      • Cult of Mac is on this year’s guest list, so we’ll be live blogging all of the action from ground zero at the San Jose convention center.
      • For the rest of you shlubs, Apple will give you a front row seat to the keynote on June 4th.
      • WWDC 2018 is expected to include the unveiling of iOS 12, macOS 10.14, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5. Other rumors have suggested that Apple may unveil new hardware such as new MacBook Pros, or possibly an iPhone SE 2.
       
      WWDC livestream will support Chrome and Firefox this year
      • As always, you’ll be able to watch it using Apple’s Safari browser, the WWDC app or Apple TV. However, for the first time Apple is also supporting Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
      • But does this mean you’ll be able to watch the stream on PC?  Unsure.
       
      Apple teams with VW for self-driving bus project
      • Apple originally began its car project — known internally as Titan and T172 — in 2014. At the time, Apple planned to build a single vehicle that would upend society and industry, in what would be the automotive version of the iPhone. The company set to work on an electric driverless car with a lush interior reminiscent of a lounge or living room, where passengers face each other instead of the road, according to two early employees of the project.
      • But Apple soon learned that making a car is really hard, so they tried to partner with BMW and Mercedes.  But as Apple always does, they made things difficult by insisting on controlling the car experience and customer relationship, so the
      • Now?  Well, they’re making an Apple Park shuttle bus.  with VW.
      • Apple has inked a deal with Volkswagen that will allow the iPhone-maker to turn some of its T6 vans into self-driving shuttles for employees.
      • Apple’s self-driving shuttle bus is behind schedule, thought, according to The New York Times. Nearly all of Cupertino’s car team is working just on the VW vans project, but the 2018 deadline will be missed.
      • And what happens after the shuttle bus? No one knows.
       
      Today in Apple history: Apple’s ‘Get a Mac’ campaign comes to an end
      • May 21, 2010: Apple quietly ends its long-running, award-winning “Get a Mac” marketing campaign.
      • Debuting in 2006, the ads starred actor Justin Long as the cool, youthful Mac. Comedian John Hodgman portrayed the stuffy, awkward PC. Alongside the “Think Different” and the iPod “Silhouette” campaigns, “Get a Mac” will become one of the most fondly remembered extended ad campaigns in Apple history.
      • The U.S. ads ran for the next few years, with 66 television spots in total. The campaign also spread to other markets, with alternate actors playing the Mac and PC roles.
      • Apple aired the last “Get a Mac” TV ad in October 2009, marking the beginning of the end for the campaign.
      • But the clever marketing continued on Apple’s website. On May 21, 2010, Apple finally replaced its “Get a Mac” page with a “Why You’ll Love a Mac” page.
      May 25, 2018
      CultCast #336 - Don’t buy a MacBook Pro until you hear this episode
      01:00:41
      Don’t buy any new MacBook Pro until you hear this episode—seriously.  
       
      There are growing reports, tons of complaints, and a new petition claiming the butterfly keyboard in the new MacBook Pro has a critical design flaw that can’t be fixed.  This episode we explore the issue with Matthew Taylor, creator of the keyboard recall petition, who tells us what’s going wrong with Apple’s butterfly keyboard, why it can’t be fixed, and why almost 30,000 people are demanding it be recalled.
       
      And stick around for a innovative new iPhone gimbal, a very cool throwback iPhone case, and the perfect green screen for your Twitch or Youtube streams in an all-new Under Review.
       
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      MacBook butterfly keyboard problems spawn recall petition [Update]
      • The butterfly keyboard in recent MacBooks draws frequent complaints. And these have now escalated to the point where an online petition is requesting that Apple recall every MacBook Pro released since 2016.
      • The “butterfly” name comes from the shape of each key’s internal mechanism. In the 2015 MacBook, Apple replaced the old scissor design with one reminiscent of a butterfly.
      • It’s supposed to more evenly distribute the pressure from tapping on the keys. As mentioned, it’s also 40 percent thinner.
       
      Jason Snell:
      • “Apple’s relative silence on this issue for existing customers is deafening. If these problems are remotely as common as they seem to be, this is an altogether defective product that should be recalled.”
       
      John Gruber:
      • “This keyboard has to be one of the biggest design screwups in Apple history. Everyone who buys a MacBook depends upon the keyboard and this keyboard is undependable.”
       
      Marco Arment:
      • “Butterfly keyswitches are a design failure…. they are fatally unreliable.”
       
      Casey Neistat:
      • Pic on twitter with caption: what am i supposed to do when the space bar stops working. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING WITH THIS FCKING KEYBOARD
       
       
      Apple’s ‘butterfly’ MacBook keyboard problems bring class action lawsuit
      • A lawsuit filed in federal court claims that the keyboard used in all the MacBook Pros and MacBooks made for several years is defective. The plaintiffs request that this be made into a class action lawsuit, and that Apple be required to replace all the affected keyboards at no cost to users.
      • The lawsuit also requests punitive damages because, as they claim, Apple continued to build and sell laptops with the “butterfly” keyboard even though the company knew it was defective.
       
      Keyboard petition on Change.org
       
      Spiffy new iPhone X cases look like original iMac and iPhone
       
       
      Under Review!
       
      FreeFly Movi iPhone gimbal
       
      Classic C1: iPhone X case inspired by iMac G3
       
      Elgato Green Screen
       
      Tiny Tower Laptop Stand
      May 18, 2018
      CultCast #335 - Apple’s secret TV empire
      01:08:36
      This week:
      • Apple is secretly building a TV empire
      • Google’s new AI assistant has a feature you have to see to believe
      • Financial filings show MoviePass’s time is running out
      • Our favorite lesser-known iOS and Mac apps
      • And… why do men have nipples?  We answer your most burning questions in an all-new CultCast QnA 🔥
       
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      All the important stuff revealed at Google I/O
      • An updated version of Google Maps aims to keep you in-the-know about what’s going on around you. There’s a new tab called “For You” that’s designed to tell you about events in neighborhoods you care about.
      • You can now hold your phone up to the world in front of you and Maps will overlay walking directions that make finding your way around a new city easier.
      • A very human-sounding Google Assistant made a call on behalf of it’s owner to book a haircut, and the result was was magical as it was creepy. The most impressive thing was that the person on the receiving end of the call didn’t seem to suspect they were talking to an AI
       
      Every single TV series Apple is currently making
      • After going on a spending spree in Hollywood the last eight months, Apple appears to be poised to make a huge push into original content.
      • Apple has 13 shows in development.
       
      Today’s SEC filing suggests MoviePass’ time is running out
      • The future doesn’t look promising for MovePass
      • According to a recent financial filing, the company has spent an average of $21.7 million per month for the stretch between October 2017 through April 2018, but as of April 30th, MoviePass has just $15.5 million in cash
       
      Apple ‘cash machine’ puts profits ahead of innovation
      • Apple to many seems to have lost its mojo for innovation. But it knows how to build a pile of cash.
      • This is the impression of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, who told CNBC Wednesday:
        • “I think Apple is a productive cash machine,”  “Is it a font of innovation? Unclear, trending to probably"
      May 11, 2018
      CultCast #334 - The Death of 3D Touch?
      56:11
      This week’s very HOT stories: 
      • Analysts were wrong—iPhone X is a massive hit
      • The death of 3D Touch starts with 2018 iPhone
      • The world’s most famous Apple analyst may no longer be reporting on Apple
      • Apple’s AirPort router lineup is officially dead
      • And we pitch you our favorite shows, movies, and vodka in an all-new Under Review!
       
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      Apple’s AirPort router lineup is officially dead
      • Apple introduced the AirPort lineup back in 2003 when it was starting to ride the high from the original iPod
      • Apple decided to finally put the nail in the coffin for its lineup of AirPort routers that haven’t been updated in years.
      • Statement: “We’re discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last.”
       
      Analysts were wrong: iPhone X is a massive hit
      • Apple blew analysts’ expectations out of the water this afternoon with its historic Q2 2018 earnings report that saw the company post the most revenue ever in the March quarter.
      • Tim Cook and Apple CFO Luca Maestri were giddy during Tuesday's call with investors. Everyone expected the iPhone X to be a bust, but even Apple was surprised by its success as it still dominates the iPhone sales charts.
       
      Death of 3D Touch starts with 2018 iPhone
      • A very reliable analyst predicts one of the iPhones coming in autumn won’t have this pressure-sensitive technology, and none of the 2019 devices will.
      • Ming-Chi Kuo says it’s all because Apple is changing the components of its displays to make them lighter and less likely to break.
      • The analyst says sources in Apple’s supply chain told him that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, expected this fall, will use a CGS (Cover Glass Sensor) process. This means the touch sensor will no longer integrated with the actual display, but will instead be part of the cover that protects the LCD underneath.
      • The CGS displays weigh less than the current ones, and are more shock-resistant, according to Kuo. But they also cost more. To save money, Apple is going to leave out the 3D Touch sensor.
      • The KGI analyst says all 2019 models will use the CGS process, even the OLED ones, and therefore they won’t have 3D Touch.
       
      World’s most famous Apple analyst may no longer be reporting on Apple
      • it seems that Kuo is moving on to greener pastures for a job with another firm. Unfortunately for Apple fans, this may mean focusing on non-Apple companies instead.
      • According to Kuo’s LinkedIn profile, he joined KGI in January 2012.
      • While Kuo is well known, he keeps a low profile and doesn’t do interviews. Very few pictures of him can be found online
       
      Update: Unlimited MoviePass is back, but now it sucks
       
      What we’re INTO
       
      Red Paddle Co Inflatable Paddle Board
       
      Santa Clarita Diet
       
      A Quiet Place
       
      St. George’s Green Chili Vodka
      May 04, 2018
      CultCast #333 - How Steve Jobs saved Pixar, then stole all their stock
      56:04
      This week: 
      • How Steve Jobs saved Pixar, then stole all their stock
      • iPhone SE will steal one of iPhone X’s best features
      • Told ya!  MoviePass ends its unlimited movie option
      • Gal Gadot promotes Huawei on twitter… from her iPhone
      • What the heck happened to the AirPower Mat?
      • And we wrap with the best iPhone camera lenses, wireless security system, and the most powerful flashlight on EARTH in an all-new under review.
       
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      Gal Gadot: I didn't cheat on Huawei Mate 10 Pro with iPhone
      • Gal Gadot, best known for the lead role in the Wonder Woman movie, became a ‘brand ambassador’ for Huawei earlier this year. In that role, she yesterday tweeted a glowing video about her new Huawei Mate 10 – with just one small problem
      • Marques Brownlee spotted, the tweet was sent from Twitter for iPhone.
      • Gadot’s publicist told CNET there was a perfectly innocent explanation.
        • “Some people have asked about my recent post with my new Huawei smartphone, and think I am using an iPhone,” Gadot said through her publicist. “That’s simply not the case. I love my Huawei P20 and Mate10Pro. They are lifelines wherever I am in the world.”
       
      New iPhone SE will steal one of iPhone X’s best features
      • iPhone SE is looking to be a real beauty.  
      • Reliable leaker Benjamin Geskin claims the new iPhone SE, codenamed Jaguar, will feature wireless charging just like iPhone X. To make that possible, Apple is expected to scrap the handset’s aluminum unibody first introduced with iPhone 5 in favor of a shiny glass back panel.
      • Hopefully it’s waterproof and gets Touch ID 2.
      • The new iPhone SE, with a faster A10 Fusion processor, will likely make its official debut next month, according to recent reports.
       
      What happened to the AirPower Mat?
      • At its September 2017 event, Apple said AirPower would appear some time in 2018, but since then we've barely heard a peep about about it.
      • AirPower will charge multiple devices at the same time, and while other mats out there can do that too, Apple says AirPower can help devices communicate with each other to manage power consumption.
      • It’s been 7 months now and we haven’t heard a peep.
      • Will the WDDC keynote on June 4th be the day?
       
       
      Today in Apple history: Pixar gets out of the computer game
      • April 25, 1990: Steve Jobs shuts down Pixar’s hardware division (yes, it used to have one!), ending production of the pricey Pixar Image Computers immediately.
      • Pixar was Jobs’ “rebound” company after his departure from Apple in 1985. In early 1986, he bought a majority interest in Pixar from  George Lucas for just $5 million bucks.
      • When Lucas owned the company, he led the development of the Pixar Image Computer. George found existing computers too weak to handle the graphics needed to produce Pixar’s work (or to meet the demands of Hollywood studios that hired the company).
      • However, the computers sold poorly — and to a relatively small number of buyers.
      • When Pixar’s five-person Animation Group won an Oscar for its short film Tin Toy in 1989, Jobs’ interests switched to that team, which he previously planned to kill off due to its inability to turn a profit. The hardware division got canned instead.  
      • But then the story gets a strange twist.
       
      Moment iPhone X lenses
       
      Imalent DX80
       
      Simpli Safe
       
      Buster’s Instagram
       
      Apr 27, 2018
      CultCast #332 - Goodbye Apple leaks?
      47:21
      This week: 
      • Apple threatens employees to quit leaking, or go to jail!
      • Apple’s building new tools to help you know just how addicted you are to that iPhone of yours.  We’ll fill you in.
      • It looks like a new iPhone SE will be landing real soon.  We’ll tell you what we know.
      • And we reveal all the cool stuff we’re currently into in an all-new What We’re Into!
       
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      Tim Cook won’t compromise Mac and iPad by combining them
      • With Apple planning to move Macs to Arm chips, and the rumored unification of iOS and macOS apps, you might be anxious Apple might just go ahead and combine your iPhone and Mac into some God forsake combo device.
      • Tim Cook recently stated that merging the Mac and iPad lines would be bad for both. He told a reporter from The Sydney Morning Herald, “We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two … you begin to make trade offs and compromises.”
       
      Leaked Apple memo details efforts to stop leaks
      • In a leaked memo detailing Apple’s efforts to stop leaks, the company says it caught 29 leakers in 2017. Of those caught, 12 were arrested. Apple told employees they are “getting played” by journalists and bloggers that approach them with flattery in exchange for information.
       
      Apple should battle smartphone addiction, iPod creator says
      • Former Apple executive, father of the iPod and current Nest CEO Tony Fadell wants Apple to do more to battle smartphone addiction.
      • In a newly published op-ed, Fadell argues that it would be “easy” for Apple to create a deep dashboard that could reveal exactly how much time we spend on different apps.
      • Fadell suggests that users could receive a regular itemized list like a credit card bill, complete with detailed information about how long they spent on each app, or even what they were doing inside each app.
      • It turns out Apple agrees, and has said that it plans to incorporate smartphone-monitoring features into the next version of iOS.
       
      Apple plans to launch the Apple Music of magazines
      • Apple is planning to launch its own premium subscription magazine service as part of the Apple News app, a new report claims.
      • Earlier this year, the company acquired magazine app Texture. Texture offers more than 200 magazines for a rolling price of $9.99 per month.
      • Since acquiring Texture, Apple has reportedly parted ways with 20 of Texture’s 100 employees. The remaining ones are now being integrated into the Apple News team. An app combining Apple News and Texture is expected to launch sometime in the next year.
      • When the iPad first launched in 2010, one of the apps Steve Jobs was most excited about was The Daily, a short-lived, iPad-exclusive newspaper that was the first subscription app Apple offered.
       
      Apple filings hint a bunch of new iPhone models are coming soon
      • The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) — which has previously leaked the iPhone 7, AirPods, and new MacBooks early — has now spilled the beans on a bunch of new handsets Apple is planning to release this year.
      • Given that the iPhone X and iPhone 8 launched just six months ago, they will almost certainly be new versions of iPhone SE.
      • Apple’s newest iPhone SE launched last March with increased storage, but the rest of the device has remained unchanged since March 2016. Current models still pack an aging A9 processor that first made its debut inside the iPhone 6 in 2014.
      • A new version of the iPhone SE will probably offer the same physical design, again with a 4-inch Retina display, but with more recent internals. Apple could give the device a more powerful A10 chip alongside improved cameras.
      Apr 20, 2018
      CultCast #331 - Is HomePod already doomed?
      01:06:58
      This week: 
      • HomePod is already stumbling in sales—is it doomed?  
      • Apple Is the richest company on earth, so where are all its billionaires?
      • Face ID could replace passwords on your favorite websites
      • The death of Touch ID scheduled for this fall
      • And stay tuned for Under Review, where we go hands on with an $80 tech-packed coffee cup, a beautiful new HomeKit smart lock, and the all-new Mavic Air drone.

       

      This week: 
      • HomePod is already stumbling in sales—is it doomed?  
      • Apple Is the richest company on earth, so where are all its billionaires?
      • Face ID could replace passwords on your favorite websites
      • The death of Touch ID scheduled for this fall
      • And stay tuned for Under Review, where we go hands on with an $80 tech-packed coffee cup, a beautiful new HomeKit smart lock, and the all-new Mavic Air drone.
       
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      New RED iPhone 8
      So beautiful. So red.
       
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      Erfon’s YouTube review of the tech-packed Ember Ceramic mug
       
      Apple's Stumbling HomePod Isn't the Hot Seller Company Wanted
      • Is the HomePod toast?
      • According to some Apple store workers, inventories are piling up and Apple has cut orders with their manufacturer.
      • "At first, it looked like the HomePod might be a hit. Pre-orders were strong, and in the last week of January the device grabbed about a third of the U.S. smart speaker market in unit sales, according to data provided to Bloomberg by Slice Intelligence. But by the time HomePods arrived in stores, sales were tanking, says Slice principal analyst Ken Cassar. “Even when people had the ability to hear these things,” he says, “it still didn’t give Apple another spike.””
      • According to Slice Intelligence: During the HomePod’s first 10 weeks of sales, it eked out 10 percent of the smart speaker market, compared with 73 percent for Amazon’s Echo devices and 14 percent for the Google Home
      • Why aren’t people buying HomePods?
       
       
      Apple Is the Richest Company, So Where Are the Billionaires?
      • Did you know it wasn’t Apple that made Steve Jobs a billionaire? It was Pixar selling to Disney.  
      • Well it seems, as the world’s richest company, Apple would have many billionaires in its ranks.  Turns out it doesn’t, and two astute reporters at Bloomberg wondering why.
      • Apple Chairman Art Levinson is the only insider billionaire at Apple, and his Apple stock only accounts for $200 of his fortune.
      • It’s estimated that Tim Cook is only worth 600 million dollars.
      • Steve Jobs sold all but one of his shares when he was ousted from the company.
      • One theory is that large stockholders sold off their shares in 1997 when Apple was on the brink of bankruptcy.
      • Apple is smart with their executive pay, tying significant parts of compensation to company performance.
      • Only corporate insiders or shareholders with stakes exceeding 5 percent are required to report their interests, so it’s possible there are billionaires around.
       
      Face ID could replace passwords on your favorite websites
      • Face ID could become even more useful thanks to a newly launched Web Authentication standard, which could replace regular web passcodes with biometric identification. This is via an API created by the FIDO Alliance and W3C. It allows users to access any online service in a browser through password-free FIDO Authentication.
      • While Apple already allows Face ID to autofill usernames and passcodes on iOS, this could go one step further by replacing the passcode altogether. This would make it a more secure option.
      • The biometric services covered by the API include fingerprint readers, cameras and USB keys.
      • At present, the feature can be used in Mozilla’s Firefox browser, with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge integration set to follow in the coming months. Opera integration is in the works, too, although sadly there’s no mention of Apple adopting this for Safari.
       
      Death of Touch ID scheduled for this fall
      • All of the 2018 iPhone models will have Face ID, according to an industry analyst.
      • The analyst also indicated that two of the three models coming this fall will have OLED displays. There will be one medium-size and two bigger iPhones, both larger than any before.
      • He’s also expecting a price drop on the iPhone X to $899, with the X Plus costing $999.
      • Could that mean a move to FaceID on the Mac?
       
      Under Review!
       
       
       
      Apr 13, 2018
      CultCast #330 - 💥 Apple ditches Intel 💥
      41:48
      This week: 
      • Whoa!  Apple just stole Google’s head of A.I. to make Siri smarter
      • Apple plans to ditch Intel processors on the Mac 
      • You won’t believe the massive cash being pay to silicon valley’s A.I. talent
      • Future iPhones could boast curved displays and touch-free controls
      • iOS 11.4 public beta arrives with AirPlay 2, but it won’t work with your HomePod
      • And a Leander gives us the scoop on his new Tim Cook book!
       
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      Apple steals Google’s A.I. wiz to make Siri smarter
      • John Giannandrea used to be in charge of Google’s search and artificial intelligence, but now he works for Apple.  He’s leading the drive to make the company’s Siri voice assistant smarter, a goal many would agree is overdue.
      • NYT: Apple said on Tuesday that Mr. Giannandrea will run Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” and become one of 16 executives who report directly to Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook.
      • This is the most high-profile move yet in a ongoing drive to hire more talent for the Siri team.
      • Mr. Giannandrea came to Google in 2010, where he helped make AI and machine learning part of all the company’s products, from search to Gmail. And now he’s doing that for Apple.
      • Apple is also looking to hire  to hire 142 more people for Siri-related jobs, almost twice as many as this time last year.
       
      Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent
      • Fun fact: Engineers with A.I. expertise are some of the most sought-after people in Silicon Valley, with salaries sometimes exceeding eight figures.
      • Tech’s biggest companies are placing huge bets on artificial intelligence, banking on things ranging from face-scanning smartphones and conversational coffee-table gadgets to computerized health care and autonomous vehicles.
      • Typical A.I. specialists, including both Ph.D.s fresh out of school and people with less education and just a few years of experience, can be paid from $300,000 to $500,000 a year or more in salary and company stock
      • In a court filing this year, Google revealed that one of the leaders of its self-driving-car division, Anthony Levandowski, a longtime employee who started with Google in 2007, took home over $120 million in incentives before joining Uber last year
      • In the entire world, fewer than 10,000 people have the skills necessary to tackle serious artificial intelligence research, according to Element AI, an independent lab in Montreal.
      • Not enough teachers because they all get lured into making their fortunes
      • Over the last several years, four of the best-known A.I. researchers in academia have left or taken leave from their professorships at Stanford University. At the University of Washington, six of 20 artificial intelligence professors are now on leave or partial leave and working for outside companies.
      • Nonprofits like Fast.ai and companies like Deeplearning.ai, founded by a former Stanford professor who helped create the Google Brain lab, offer online courses.
       
       
      Future iPhones could boast curved displays and touch-free controls
      • According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on touchless gesture controls and curved screens for future iPhones
      • The touchless control feature would be a bit like the Air Gestures feature Samsung introduced several years back. This allows users to accept calls and navigate through web pages by waving their hands across the screen.
      • The other new technology is for a curved display more noticeable than the slight curve seen on the iPhone X’s OLED screen. Unlike Samsung’s curved handsets, which curve down at the edges, Apple’s approach reportedly curves “inward gradually from top to bottom.”
       
      iOS 11.4 public beta arrives with AirPlay 2, but it won’t work with your HomePod just yet
       
       
      Apple plans to ditch Intel processors on the Mac 
      • Apple is pushing forward with plans to ditch Intel’s processors in favor of its own chips, according to a new report that claims the transition away from Intel CPUs will likely take multiple steps.
      • Bloomberg says that Apple executives have already approved the project to make the Mac run on ARM-based processors by 2020.
      • Moving to its own chips inside Macs would let Apple release new models on its own timelines, instead of relying on Intel’s processor roadmap.
      • Making the move to ARM chips won’t be easy though. All software would basically have to be rewritten for the new processors, which certainly won’t make developers happy.
      • Pluses
        •  Intel chips have stalled in major progress, leaving little reason for many to update from older computers.
        • The A11 bionic chip inside the iPhone X beats meets or beats Geekbench scores of the fastest 2017 13” MacBook Pro
        • No more waiting on Intel!  More regular releases of Macs with updated hardware.
        • Even tighter integration of your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and other  devices
      • Concerns
        • Machines not capable with doing pro work.  Sure the X beats a 13” MBP, but what about a desktop  4-core or 6-core chip with hyper threading?
        • is this going to mean Macs that are more like phones and iPads? (efficient but not very powerful)
        • Even more of a walled-garden as Apple fine-tunes it’s machines to work best with it’s own software, but 3rd party apps may not follow
      Apr 06, 2018
      CultCast #329 - The new iPad EXCITES us 🤜🏼💥🤛🏼
      01:03:29
      This week: Apple has powered up the new iPad so much, it’s hard to resist!  Plus: what you need to know about iOS 11.3; everything Apple revealed at its “field trip” event; report says  Watch Plus is incoming; and you asked, we answer—from the best Home apps, to our Mac Mini predictions, to Commando Vs. Predator—we answer your most burning questions.
       
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      Apple is finally selling a space gray keyboard and mouse
      • Mac fans that love the look of the new space gray iMac Pro — but don’t want to plop down four grand — can finally buy the computer’s coveted accessories separately. 
      • The space srey keyboard costs $149. That’s $20 more than the normal silver keyboard Buying a space gray 
      • Magic Mouse will set you back $99, while the normal version costs just $79. The black Lightning cable that comes with the iMac Pro is still exclusively available to iMac Pro owners, though.
       
      New in iOS 11.3
      • New Animoji
      • Battery tools
      • Privacy popups
      • HomePod update 
       
       
      Everything Apple revealed at its ‘field trip’ event
      • New 9.7inch iPad
      • Updates to iWork
      • Updated Classroom and new Schoolwork Cloud Apps
      • ClassKitAPI
      • More iCloud storage for students and teachers
       
      iPad vs. iPad Pro: Which is right for you?
      • According to early benchmarks, the new iPad is the fastest Apple device behind the iPad Pro and the latest iPhone lineup. It also outperforms both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.
      • $329 for 32GB, $429 for $429
      • Three times faster than iPad Air, and almost twice as fast a as the Air 2.  Almost 80% faster than the 2017 iPad.
       
       
      Mar 30, 2018
      CultCast #328 - New Hardware at Apple's Education Event! 🔥
      48:10
      This week: 
      • Apple’s surprise education event could showcase new, cheaper hardware 🔥
      • A huge upgrade is may be coming to the screens of Apple products
      • Why 2018’s iPhone X refresh could cost less than last year’s model
      • Fortnite streamers are striking it rich, and the iOS version will totally blow your mind
       
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      Apple’s surprise education event could showcase new, cheaper hardware
      • Apple issued invites last Friday for an education-themed event in Chicago on March 27.
      • The invite promises “creative new ideas for teachers and students.” That could indicate the arrival of more-affordable Apple devices — like the new MacBook Air and iPad we’ve been hearing about.
      • Apple is hosting the event in a high school, rather than on its Cupertino campus or at a convention center in the San Francisco Bay Area.
      • KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously claimed Apple has a more-affordable MacBook Air in the pipeline. The lightweight laptop, which has been looking a little long in the tooth for a while now, might get a Retina display and updated internals.
      • Reports indicate the new MacBook Air could cost as little as $799. The 9.7-inch iPad could drop to $259. If so, the devices’ lower price tags would make them ideal for students and schools on a budget.
      • Caligragphy on invitation--I’m guessing the new cheaper iPad will support the Apple Pencil, currently only supported on the iPad Pro models.
       
       
      Apple developing its own ‘MicroLED’ displays for future devices (A huge upgrade coming to the screens of Apple products)
      • What is microLED?  Before we get to that, we need to talk about current screen technology.
        • Most of the screens you see today are LCD, Liquid Crystal Display illuminated with  backlight (usually LEDs).
          • LCDs are easy to manufacture, cheap, and perform well over a long period of time.  
          • But because they have a back light, colors can look washed out, especially blacks
        • The iPhone X has an OLED display. Each OLED pixel can self illuminate when exposed to electrical current, so there’s no need for back light.  This results is much better contrast ratios, more saturated colors, and the best black levels you can get.
        • But OLED suffers from burn in, aka image retention, and they’re not very bright.  Plus their brightness degrades over time.
      • microLED is kind of the best of both worlds. It has a longer life span.  Absolute blacks, and it’s about 30x brighter than OLED. it can also illuminate at the pixel level without a backlight.
       
      iPhone X spells doom for pricey smartphones
      • iPhone X enjoyed a positive start as hardcore Apple fans busted open their savings and skipped rent to be the first to get their hands on the company’s best smartphone yet. But now that the early adopters have been served, iPhone X just isn’t selling.
      • Analysts have been reporting for several months that iPhone X demand is significantly weaker than expected — and falling further by the day. They say holiday sales were poor, and they don’t expect the situation to improve before Apple introduces new models this fall.
      • Analysts are warning that the market “may not tolerate” rising smartphone prices.
       
       
      2018’s iPhone X refresh could cost less than last year’s model
      • The iPhone X’s $1,000 price point has been hard to swallow for a lot of customers, which may help explain why sales have supposedly been a bit disappointing.
      • According to a new report, Apple has managed to reduce its manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) for this year’s iPhone X-sized handset to a level much lower than that of its present flagship.
      • The report suggests that Apple’s manufacturing cost for the new iPhone could be more than 10 percent lower than the $400+ dollars it pays for each iPhone X model.
      • Apple will allegedly launch two new OLED iPhones this year, including a 5.85-inch (the same size as the iPhone X) and 6.45-inch OLED model, as well as a 6.1-inch LCD model. A plan to produce a 5.85-inch LCD iPhone has reportedly been suspended since mid-February, and could be cancelled altogether.
      • Theory: Plus-sized phone price will probably be that of iPhone X with 5.85-inch phone being price of today’s 8 Plus.  LCD version of the phone will take on iPhone 8 pricing.
       
      Fortnite on iOS will totally blow your mind 
      • Fortnite is a free-to-play battle royale game that has become hugely popular, thanks to its unique gameplay, colorful graphics, and weekly content updates. It throws you into a massive map against 99 others with just one mission: Be the last one to survive.
      • On iPhone and iPad, you get exactly the same 100-player game you’re used to playing on consoles. You battle it out on the same map with all of the same content.
       
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      Mar 23, 2018
      CultCast #327 - Our WWDC ’18 hardware predictions!
      57:26
      This week: 
      • Leander goes to the Spaceship campus and he’s back to tell us all about it.
      • Siri sucks, Apple knows it, and they’re not sure how to fix it.
      • Our 2018 WWDC hardware expectations!
      • And you asked, we answer:  Has Tesla become more innovative than Apple? Plus our very honest opinions about the price, features, and value of the MacBook Pro with Touch bar.
       
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      WWDC 2018 returns to San Jose, runs June 4 to 8
      • Apple will kick off its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference on MondayJune 4. keynote at 10am?
      • The week-long event, which will offer the first previews of Apple’s next big software updates, will again be held in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.
       
      Alt-conf!
       
      New improved MacBook Air and 9.7-inch iPad could debut at WWDC
      • According to a new Digitimes report and also Apple Analyst Ming Chi Kuo, Apple is prepping a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook that will debut in the second quarter of 2018.  The price?  A mere $999.
      • One other interesting tidbit in today’s report is that Apple’s upstream supply chain has supposedly started shipping components for a new iPad Pro upgrade and cheaper 9.7-inch iPad. The 9.7-inch iPad is reportedly set to be released in the second quarter of this year (making WWDC a likely candidate for its debut), while the refreshed iPad Pro will come some time in the second half of 2018.
      • I’ve seen a ton of sales on the 9.7", and also the iPad Pro more recently.
      • June is the 6th month in the year, so technically all these products could be unveiled at WWDC.
      • If you remember the 10.5” iPad was announced at the last WWDC.
       
       
      Apple might give Siri a total makeover
      • Under the veil of anonymity, some current and former Apple employees are admitting Siri sucks, and Apple knows it.
      • Apple’s AI assistant is way behind the competition, and a new report indicates that Cupertino’s coders can’t agree on how to fix Siri — or even if it should be fixed.
      • Siri had so much promise… How did we get here?
        • Bugs and infighting
        • Multiple sources told The Information that Apple "rushed Siri into the iPhone 4s before the technology was fully baked,"
        • According to The Information, the problem is so severe that Apple can’t decide “whether to continue patching up a flawed build or to rip it up and start from scratch.”
        • Bugs and other problems reportedly began almost from the time Apple acquired the voice system back in 2010. Part of the problem was Siri’s instant popularity. The backend servers weren’t prepared for the demand coming from millions of iPhone users. The company has struggled ever since to make Siri’s code more efficient.
      • Lack of vision
        • Well, like so many things, it’s due to a total lack of vision for what Siri should be.
        • Steve Jobs spearheaded the acquisition of Siri and the integration of the technology into iOS.
        • Siri was unveiled as the signature feature of the iPhone 4s in 2011. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died the very next day
        • “When Steve died the day after Siri launched, they lost the vision,” one of The Information’s sources said. “They didn’t have a big picture.”
        • Since that time, multiple project managers have come and gone, none with Jobs’ vision. There’s allegedly an internal debate over whether Siri should be a system for answering short questions and following simple commands, or a more full-featured digital assistant capable of handling more complex queries.
      Mar 16, 2018
      CultCast #326 - The End of iTunes?
      01:04:35
      This week: 
      • A new cheaper HomePod is likely on the way
      • A leaked apple email harkens the end of iTunes
      • It looks like changing the battery in your older iOS devices can bring some surprising performance increases
      • MoviePass is tracking iOS users every move, and privacy experts are madder than a beehive
      • And we wrap up with a What We’re Into, with our reviews Black Panther, Annihilation, Daredevil, The Punisher, and the first security camera for your car!
       
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      Cheaper HomePod might lead Apple’s push for lower prices
      • A version between $150 and $200 will change that, if a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News is correct.
      • This unconfirmed report doesn’t say what features will change to lower the cost that significantly. However, a separate research note from Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang says the upcoming cheaper HomePod will be smaller.
      • This isn’t expected to be a replacement for the current HomePod. It would be a lower-priced alternative that’s within the grasp of a far wider potential audience, enabling Apple to better compete with the Amazon Echo and Dot smart speakers.
       
       
      Leaked Apple email hints at the possible end of iTunes 
      • Apple could kill off iTunes in the near future, a new report suggests.
      • It cites an email that Apple reportedly wrote to people in the music industry recently, announcing the “end of iTunes LPs.” The iTunes LP format was first introduced in 2009 and let publishers add interactive artwork, along with assorted iTunes Extras, with their content.
      • The LP format never achieved great popularity. However, the fact that Apple plans to ditch iTunes LPs in 2018 potentially hints at the possibility that Apple may stop selling iTunes music downloads in the near future.
      • According to a previous report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple Music is currently growing at a rate of around 5 percent each month.
       
       
      Here’s how much a new iPhone battery boosts performance
      • A new video posted online by Bennett Sorbo compares an iPhone 6s with depleted battery against one with a fresh battery.
      • The two iPhones are then put head to head as they run through a variety of CPU-intensive tasks, including opening apps, using the internet, playing games and videos, and more.
       
      MoviePass says it’s ‘exploring’ gathering location data on users, but it won’t sell it
      • MoviePass responded late this evening to a number of reports calling into question the company’s privacy policy after CEO Mitch Lowe publicly claimed the theater subscription service tracks its users’ locations.
       
      Apple’s new HomePod commercial is a work of art
       
      Mar 09, 2018
      CultCast #325 - AirPods Pro!
      01:03:04
      This week: 
      • Reliable sources say Apple is working on an“audiophile” grade set of headphones with built-in AirPods magic.  SIGN US UP. 
      • Wow Apple plans to revolutionize healthcare
      • The cool, weird, and whacky HealthKit gadgets you’ve never heard of
      • And we wrap up with Pro whistling, rock accordion, and arguments over which actors have the hands-down best filmography on an all-new Get to Know Ur Cultist.
       
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      Apple audiophile headphones tipped with AirPods magic
      • Apple is aiming to pivot its AirPods success into a set of Apple-branded over-the-ear headphones, reports suggest, effectively competing with its own Beats range.
      • KGI analyst and accurate Apple psychic Ming-Chi Kuo is says a new pair of Apple-branded over-the-hear audiophile-grade headphones is coming our way.
      • Kuo’s prediction went on to say we shouldn’t expect to see the new Apple headphones until Q4 2018 at the very earliest
      • In the meantime expect a new version of the AirPods to hit the market, with always-on "Hey Siri" functionality so a simple, and a new case with wireless charging capability
       
      Apple wellness clinics will offer ‘world’s best healthcare’
      • Apple plans to launch new wellness clinics that will offer employees and their families “the world’s best healthcare.”
      • AC Wellness will be independently operated, according to its official website — but job listings suggest it is a wholly Apple-owned subsidiary. One of its clinics will be situated inside Apple Park, the Cupertino company’s brand new headquarters.
      • Apple has started recruiting for two AC Wellness clinics in Santa Clara, California — one of which will be located at Apple Park. They will initially serve Apple employees and their families when they open this spring, but Apple has much bigger plans, according to CNBC.
      • “Aside from the typical roles involved with a primary care clinic, Apple is also looking to hire “designers” who will help implement a program focused on preventing disease and promoting healthy behavior,” reads the report, which cites people familiar with the plan.
      • “Sources said the company will leverage its medical clinics as a way to test out its growing range of health services and products, which it is starting to roll out to consumers at large.”
       
      iPhone sweeps Consumer Reports’ best camera list
      • The camera is a major feature of any smartphone, and Consumer Reports says Apple makes the best. All three of top models in the magazine’s latest ranking of top phone cameras are iPhones, as are six of the top ten.
      • At the top of the list is the iPhone X, which boasts a 12 megapixel wide-angle camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture, and a separate 12MP telephoto camera with ƒ/2.4 and 2x optical zoom.
      • Consumer Reports ranked the iPhone 8 next. It sports a single 12MP camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture.
      • in third place is the iPhone 8 Plus, another dual camera device. One is a 12MP wide-angle with ƒ/1.8, and the second a telephoto with ƒ/2.8.
      • The sole non-Apple device in the top five is the Samsung Galaxy S8+. This has a single 12MP camera with ƒ/1.7 aperture.
      • No Google Pixel in the list.
      • This is the same org that said Google Max defeats HomePod in sound.
       
      Cool new HealthKit gadgets can measure practically anything
       
       
      Them Darn Accordions with Weird All Yankovic and Drew Carrieat the 1998 Music Awards! 
      Mar 02, 2018
      CultCast #324 - A new Apple gaming console?
      01:03:49
      What a show this week!  We talk: a new gaming console from Apple?  Some new evidence says yes. Plus: some of HomePods best features get delayed; why Leander switched from 1Password to Dashlane; how to get a heckuva great deal on a new iPad; and we wrap up with the smart bike helmet you haven’t heard of, a rugged charge-it-all solar-powered battery back, and an updated version of one of our favorite products on an all-new Under Review.
       
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      On the show this week
       
       
      Is AppleTV about to become a gaming console?
      • Apple has updated their Apple TV logo trademark by adding all things related to gaming.
      • Apple's Trademark filing 87801324 filed last Friday and published today by USPTO was filed solely under international class 028 which specifically covers the following:
      • "video game consoles; controllers for game consoles; video output games, namely, video output game machines for use with televisions; apparatus for electronic games adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor.”
      • This is a significant update that has to be taken seriously. Bringing a whole new level of gaming to Apple TV could be another twist coming to Apple TV in addition to a video content service driven by Apple Worldwide Video.
       
      Looks like multi-room AirPlay just got further away
      • One of the best features for Apple’s new HomePod appears to be facing some big delays.
      • AirPlay 2.0 promises to give HomePod users the ability to stream the same song to different devices in different rooms from a single iPhone. But with the release of iOS 11.3 beta 3 this morning, Apple has decided to pull the feature from testing.
      • The functionality of AirPlay 2.0 was pretty buggy in the first two beta builds of iOS 11.3. Apple removed it in the latest betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 that just came out.
      • Until AirPlay 2.0 comes out, you also won’t be able to pair two of Apple’s new smart speakers together so they play stereo sound or multi-room audio.
       
      Why I switched from 1Password to Dashlane [Review]
      • Our thoughts on apps with subscription fees
       
       
      Apple gets go-ahead for two new iPads
      • Apple has been given the go-ahead for two new iPads, hinting at an imminent refresh.
      • The company filed for approval with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), and both devices were granted permission this week. Apple has also been given approval to bring several iPhone and iPad “samples” into the region.
      • The filings don’t tell us much about these devices. But it does suggest that an Apple announcement is imminent.
      • Apple is dumping 9.7” models.  128GB versions are selling for $280-$350 (regular price $430)
      • Apple Files Major Apple TV Logo Trademark Update Focused on All-Things related to Gaming, Including a Video Game Console
       
      Under Review!
       
      Lumos Smart Bike Helmet with wireless turn signal remote
       
      Arlo Pro 2 wireless security cameras
       
      Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Power Pack
       
      Kwikset Premis
      Feb 23, 2018
      CultCast #323 - HomePod: one of Apple’s greatest products!
      01:05:03
      This week: friends, HomePod is even better than the hype, it’s one of the best products Apple's ever made. Plus: HomePod vs. the rivals; the big HomePod flaw you need to know about (and the one Apple is trying to downplay); how Apple plans to revamp their future software; and is another new Apple product on the horizon?  We think so, and we’ll tell you what it is.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Consumer Reports says HomePod doesn’t sound as good as its rivals
      • One of the most reputable tech review sites isn’t that impressed with the HomePod’s superb sound.
      • While most reviewers have noted the HomePod as the best sounding speaker they’ve ever listened too, Consumer Reports claims Google Home Max and Sonos One sound better.
      • “The HomePod will serve many music fans well, but CR testers did hear some flaws. The HomePod’s bass was a bit boomy and overemphasized,” wrote Consumer Reports. “And the midrange tones were somewhat hazy, meaning that some of the nuance in vocals, guitars, and horns was lost
       
      Audiophile Review: HomePod 'Sounds Better' Than $999 KEF X300A Digital Hi-Fi Speakers
      • Reddit user WinterCharm posted exhaustive audio performance testing results for HomePod to the Reddit audiophile community.
      • Using specialized equipment and a controlled testing environment, the review features in-depth analysis of the smart speaker's output when compared to a pair of $999 KEF X300Adigital hi-fi monitors, representing a "meticulously set up audiophile grade speaker versus a tiny little HomePod that claims to do room correction on its own”.
        • "I am speechless. The HomePod actually sounds better than the KEF X300A. If you're new to the Audiophile world, KEF is a very well respected and much loved speaker company. I actually deleted my very first measurements and re-checked everything because they were so good, I thought I'd made an error. Apple has managed to extract peak performance from a pint sized speaker, a feat that deserves a standing ovation. The HomePod is 100% an Audiophile grade Speaker."
       
      Siri on HomePod Correctly Answered 52.3% of Queries in New AI Test
      • Our ol’ pal Genie Munster, in a new test shared today by Loup Ventures, HomePod was put through a bunch of Siri AI tests
      • When asked a series of questions, here’s how it performed vs. other smart speakers
      • Google Home answered 81 percent correctly, Amazon's Alexa answered 64 percent correctly, and Microsoft's Cortana answered 57 percent correctly.
       
      HomePod leaves ugly white rings on wood tables
      • HomePods are already making their mark in new homes across the country — but not in a good way.
      • Apple customers started noticing that HomePod can damage wood furniture by leaving a white ring after resting on a table for just a few minutes or days.
      • Apple confirmed the problem today, saying “the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface.” Apple also suggested owners “try cleaning the surface with the [table] manufacturer’s suggested oiling method.”If the white rings don’t disappear, Apple says you can just refinish the furniture.
      • Apple also recommends putting the HomePod on a coaster if you’re worried about the speaker damaging your table.

       

      Erfon listens to HomePod for the first time... 

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Lz7dxfNXL8

       
      How Apple Plans to Root Out Bugs, Revamp iPhone Software - leander
      • Apple will start focusing on the next two years of updates for its iPhone and iPad operating system, according to people familiar with the change. The company will continue to update its software annually, but internally engineers will have more discretion to push back features that aren't as polished to the following year.
      • Software chief Craig Federighi laid out the new strategy to his army of engineers last month, according to a person familiar with the discussion. His team will have more time to work on new features and focus on under-the-hood refinements without being tied to a list of new features annually simply so the company can tout a massive year-over-year leap, people familiar with the situation say. The renewed focus on quality is designed to make sure the company can fulfill promises made each the summer at the annual developers conference and that new features work reliably and as advertised.
      • The decision to give engineers more time to perfect software is a major cultural shift.
      • At Google, teams update apps on their own schedule and aren’t tied to the annual Android release. At Apple, all new features are tied to a big release in the fall, when Apple rolls out its splashiest new software, and a more modest update in the spring
       
      Apple hiring spree means something big is on the way - leander
      • Apple has been busy hiring a record number of engineers over the last few months. The move comes after the company also went on a designer hiring spree, indicating a major new product or two could be in the works.
      • Job openings for engineering jobs at Apple rose 80% from the period starting in September until just last week. The company’s listings went from 665 open hardware engineering positions to 1,198 last week.
        • What exactly Apple is working on is anyone’s best guess right now, but check out these job listings:Analog Layout Designer, Advanced Material Scientist (Electrolyte Development), 3D Perception/Computer Vision Algorithm Engineer, Sensor Design Engineer, Motion Sensing Hardware Engineer: Magnetics, and even a Flexible Display Technologist.
      • Leander had an epiphany last show of what all these jobs have in common
      Feb 16, 2018
      CultCast #322 - What you need to know about HomePod
      52:12
      This week: the HomePod reviews are coming out hot and heavy, and they’re surprising.  We’ll tell you what people like, love, and hate about Apple’s new speaker. Plus: something strange is happening at Apple HQ… we’ll tell you more. 
       
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      HomePod meta review: Superb sound, stupid Siri
      Apple seeded a few review units to major outlets ahead of this Friday’s HomePod launch. The embargo lifted Tuesday morning, and the early reviews reveal a few surprising tidbits about the HomePod.
       
      HomePod sound quality is amazing
      • TechCrunch: “Apple’s HomePod is easily the best sounding mainstream smart speaker ever. It’s got better separation and bass response than anything else in its size and boasts a nuance and subtlety of sound that pays off the 7 years Apple has been working on it.”
       
      HomePod sounds better than expensive speakers
      • WSJ: “The HomePod sounds noticeably richer and fuller than almost every other speaker we’ve testedApple’s audio engineering team did something really clever and new with the HomePod, and it really works. I’m not sure there’s anything out there that sounds better for the price, or even several times the price.
       
      HomePod sucks at music recommendations
      • Apple frames the ability to tell Siri to play your favorite music, and immediately hear soothing tones blasted out of the speaker, as one of the HomePod’s main draws. Cupertino promises that Siri will learn your musical tastes over time, but based on The New York Times’ review, that’s not what actually happens.
       
      HomePod only syncs with one iCloud account
      • That sucks if you don’t live alone.
       
      Not a very good assistant
      • Siri is limited and doesn’t compete with Alexa or Google intelligence.
        • TechCrunch: Siri doesn’t do a lot of “other” stuff that isn’t about audio content. Apple says this is because the vast majority of people use these speakers for basic commands like playing music and setting timers. But it does offer best-in-class voice recognition, vastly outstripping the ability of other smart speakers to hear you trying to trigger a command at a distance or while music is playing, but its overall flexibility is stymied by the limited command sets that the Siri protocol offers.
      • Siri can’t even set more than one timer
      • Siri can’t recognize multiple voices (someone could ask it to read your texts, or even send an iMessage)
       
      You can use Spotify via AirPlay, but you can’t control it with your voice
       
      The smarts are in the music tech
      • When plugged in, HomePod goes through a series of aural exercises you first plug it in to determine how best to structure its sound.
      • It also includes an accelerometer, so if you move the speaker, it will retune itself.
      • Eddie Cue revealed recently that HomePod will adjust how it sounds to each song you play based on Apple’s analytics.
       
      Redheads and superheroes included in 150+ new emojis for 2018
      • The Unicode Consortium has approved more than 150 new emoji characters that will likely be headed to iOS and macOS later this year.
      • The Unicode Consortium has approved more than 150 new emoji characters that will likely be headed to iOS and macOS later this year.
       
      Apple hiring spree means something big is on the way
      • Apple has been busy hiring a record number of engineers over the last few months. The move comes after the company also went on a designer hiring spree, indicating a major new product or two could be in the works.
      • Job openings for engineering jobs at Apple rose 80% from the period starting in September until just last week. The company’s listings went from 665 open hardware engineering positions to 1,198 last week.
      • What exactly Apple is working on is anyone’s best guess right now, but check out these job listings:
        • Analog Layout Designer, Advanced Material Scientist (Electrolyte Development), 3D Perception/Computer Vision Algorithm Engineer, Sensor Design Engineer, Motion Sensing Hardware Engineer: Magnetics, and even a Flexible Display Technologist.
      • There are hundreds of other titles up for grabs though so probably only a few people at Apple really know the full picture
       
      What we’re INTO
       
      Poke-Bowls
       
      The Shape of Water
       
      iPhone X and its incredible camera
      Feb 09, 2018
      CultCast #321 - Apple’s big plans for iOS 12
      54:36
      This week: Apple delays big new iOS features to focus on stability, and what it means for iOS 12.  Plus: New details tell us more about 2018’s iPhone X Plus Nintendo announces one of its most legendary games is coming to iOS; Apple works to bring iPad apps to Mac; and we’ll tell you what we like and don’t about the gadge we’re reviewing in an all-new Under Review ☝🏼✋🏼
       
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      Mario Kart is officially coming to iOS
      • Nintendo just announced that a mobile version of Mario Kart is under development. The company says the game will be released sometime in the next 13 months, but left it at that.
      • "The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019.”
       
      Apple delays big new iOS features to focus on stability in 2018
      • Apple is changing up its plans for this year’s mobile software
      • According to Ina Fried in a report for Axios, “Apple has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues"
       
      Apple works to bring iPad apps to Mac in 2018
      • Apple’s primary focus for its software updates this year is on improving performance and stability. But there’s a big new feature that the company is still working to bring to macOS, according to a new report. That’s the ability to run iPad apps.
      • Apple has delayed big new features for iOS to focus on ironing out the kinks this year, according to a report from Axios’ Ina Fried. Software chief Craig Federighi is said to have announced the plans to Apple employees at a meeting earlier this month.
      • But one key feature remains on the roadmap for 2018: The ability for Macs to run iPad apps,” reads the latest report.
       
      Apple’s value drops $46 billion amid falling iPhone X demand
      • A growing number of analysts and news outlets have claimed that Apple is cutting production due to weaker-than-expected demand for its flagship device. The Wall Street Journal is the latest to corroborate the claims.
      • The Wall Street Journal is the latest to pipe up. It claimed on Monday that Apple has significantly reduced component orders for iPhone X — by as much as 60 percent in some cases. “They always do this when things aren’t selling well,” one source said.
       
      New details tell us more about 2018’s iPhone X Plus
      • In a weekend report to investors, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities reiterates that Apple is planning two OLED iPhones and one LCD model for this year. The two OLED models, he says, be 5.8- and 6.5-inches in size, while the LCD model will be 6.1-inches.
       
       
      Under Review
       
      Elgato Stream Deck
       
      Azio Retro Classic Luxury Bluetooth Keyboards
       
      Juuk Velo Apple Watch Band
      Feb 02, 2018
      CultCast #320 - Why Apple’s new HomePod is poised to bomb 💣
      50:34
      This week: HomePod pre-sale has begun!  But... we’ll tell you why Apple’s new smart speaker may be a huge flop.  Plus: audiophiles are comparing HomePod’s tech to speakers that cost $85,000; Apple adds some long-awaited features to iOS 11; how to backup your iCloud photo library to your PC (and why you should); and wrap with another episode of Drone Chat!  This time, we’ll tell you why DJI's Mavic Air is the perfect drone for almost everyone.
       
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      HomePod pre-orders begin Friday ahead of Feb. 9 launch
      • Apple today Wednesday that it will release its $349 HomePod on February 9.
      • Pre-orders start this Friday!
      • That technology includes a seven-tweeter array and a 4-inch woofer — plus spatial awareness capabilities. These allow HomePod to “read” its environment and tailor audio output for the best results, though this functionality won’t be available until later this year.
      • In large rooms, you can even pair multiple HomePods for bigger sound.
       
      Why Apple’s HomePod is poised to bomb
      • HomePod, the first new Apple product of 2018, is about to arrive. And as a huge Apple fanboy, I couldn’t care less.
      • Thanks to Siri, HomePod is great at the things you want to know, and do, in your home. Set timers. Convert measurements. Get translations. And get live news, sports, weather, and traffic. You can also create lists that anyone can add to.
      • Will it replace an iPad or AppleTV as as HomeKit hub?
      • It’s too damn expensive
      • Siri sucks
      • You’re stuck with Apple Music
        • Will Spotify work at all?
      • HomePod is not even finished yet!
        • No stereo or multi-room support till alter this year
       
      Audiophiles on Reddit are comparing HomePod’s tech to speakers costing 85,000
       
      iOS 11.3 beta 1 is out with iCloud Messages, new Animoji and more
      • Apple gave the public a preview of the new features coming in iOS 11.3 Wednesday.
      • iOS 11.3 beta 1 contains a number of notable improvements, including iCloud Messages. Apple also added the ability to view your battery’s health and choose between increased performance or better battery life. The new feature is in response to criticism Apple received from customers after it was discovered that Apple throttles CPU speeds on iPhones with older batteries.
       
      Messages on iCloud is almost ready — and you’re going to love it
      • Messages on iCloud were first previewed at WWDC 2017. Apple pulled it from later beta builds though as it wasn’t ready for wider use
      • Well it’s finally entering the beta testing phase among developers.
      • Once iMessage on iCloud rolls out to the public you’ll be able to delete iMessage conversations to save space on your device. Conversations will still be accessible on your other Apple devices though and on 
       
      DJI unveils impossibly tiny new Mavic Air drone
      • The most popular consumer drone on the market just got a huge upgrade that gives it even more mass appeal for budding droners and video creators.
      • DJI unveiled its new folding drone, the Mavic Air, today. A blend of the company’s two most popular drones, the Mavic Pro and the Spark, it also packs new features you won’t find on DJI’s other drones.
       
       
      Jan 26, 2018
      CultCast #319 - How Apple’s going to spend its MASSIVE fortune 💰🎉
      57:12
      This week: Tim Cook is THRILLED with the US’ new tax overhaul, and has some exciting plans to spend Apple’s massive fortune.  Plus: forget other smart speakers—we’re tell you why we’re now even more excited for HomePod.  And stick around for our favorite movies, shows, and sausages in an all-new very weird What We’re Into!  
       
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      You’ll soon be able to disable Apple’s iPhone throttling feature
      • Tim Cook has revealed that a future iOS 11 update will let users disable the feature that was causing their iPhone to throttle performance.
      • He says that this forthcoming update will give users the option to disable performance throttling if they would rather be at risk of unexpected shutdowns but maintain full CPU and GPU performance.
       
      Apple says it will add $350 billion to U.S. economy
      • Apple’s big tax break is about to unleash an big beautiful avalanche of spending from the iPhone-maker.
      • In its last earnings report, Apple said it held $252 billion in cash overseas. It appears, given the new corporate tax rate of 15.5  percent, that it is returning a majority of this to the United States.  This low rate is a one-time deal for corporations to repatriate their overseas cash hordes
      • Apple revealed its plans to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years now that the fee for repatriating its mountain of overseas cash has been significantly lowered.
      • Even though construction on Apple’s new spaceship campus just finished, the company says its already looking to build a new one. Plans (including the location) for the third Apple HQ will be revealed later this year. The building will initially house new team specializing in technical support for customers.
      • The company also says it plans to increase the size of its advanced manufacturing fund from $1 billion to $5 billion. The fund is used to invest in U.S. manufacturing companies and suppliers.
      • Apple says it will add over 20,000 new jobs in the next five years by hiring for new jobs at its existing campuses and the new one. $30 billion will be spent on capital expenditures in the US over next 5 years with $10 billion of that going to data centers.
      • With the new tax law in effect, Apple expects it will only pay $38 billion to bring its money home. That would still be the largest ever payment to the IRS.
       
      Apple employees get big bonus thanks to Trump
      • Apple told employees Wednesday that it plans to give all of them $2,500 worth of restricted stock, thanks to the revised tax law that goes into effect this year.
      • Trump applauded Apple’s moves on Twitter, saying “Great to see Apple follow through as a result of TAX CUTS. Huge win for American workers and the USA!”
      • Tim also announced a very generous new charity match:
        • I’m happy to announce that starting immediately and running through the end of 2018, Apple will match all employee charitable donations, up to $10,000 annually, at a rate of two to one.
       
      First HomePod shipments are on the way to Apple ahead of launch
      • Apple suppliers have begun shipping the first HomePod units ahead of the smart speaker’s much-anticipated launch. Just 1 million devices are on the way initially. However, Apple is expected to receive as many as 12 million by the end of this year.
      • HomePod was supposed to launch ahead of the holidays but Apple delayed it because it wasn’t ready. When it finally goes on sale this year, HomePod will give Apple fans an alternative to Amazon Echo and Google Home.
      • Meanwhile, smart speakers were ubiquitous at CES, and Amazon’s Alexa is now being built into everything from thermostats to toilets.
      • Apple still hasn’t provided us with a proper HomePod release date yet
       
      What we’re into!
       
      Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
       
      Toast Made gadget wraps
       
      Soyrizo spicy fake meat sauges
       
      Black Mirror season 4
      Jan 19, 2018
      CultCast #318 - The weirdest, whackiest, & wonderfullest gadgets of CES 2018!
      01:09:43
      This week: our list of the weirdest, whackiest, and wonderfullest gadgets of CES 2018!  Plus: Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, and hanging with Andy Dick—we remember our favorite stories from CES's of years past.
       
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      Major power outage hits CES
      • Power in the North and Central halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, which hosts CES annually, was out for nearly two hours on Wednesday.
      • The outage impacted hundreds of companies, including giants like LG, Samsung, and Sony, as well as many small startups that paid thousands of dollars to have a presence on the massive show floor.
      • This year’s CES seems to be marked by more chaos than usual, including unprecedented rain that flooded streets and shut down Google’s giant funhouse booth for a day.
       
      Hue lights’ new iOS and Mac app will customize lighting for any occasion
      • Outdoor products on the way
      • Updated Hue app with complete redesign
      • Partnership with Razer
      • Philips Hue Sync
      • Hue Sync will analyze anything displayed on your monitor in real-time and create light scripts to compliment your content
       
      DJI’s new Osmo 2 gimbal makes smooth iPhone footage cheap
      • Capturing super-smooth video on your iPhone is about to get a lot easier (AND cheaper) thanks to the folks at DJI.
      • DJI unveiled its newest handheld smartphone gimbal today called the Osmo 2. The new gimbal packs simplified controls to allow anyone to record shake-free video from their iPhone, and it’s got some new tricks you won’t find on its predecessor.
       
      How to reopen a recently closed tab in Safari on iOS
      • You’ve closed a tab in Safari and instantly realized that it was the wrong one.
      • This trick works on both the Mac and on iOS devices. All you need to do is long-press (or long-click on the Mac) the + icon, aka the New Tab icon. Do that, and up will pop a panel with a list of the tabs you closed since the last Safari relaunch. If you force-quit Safari for any reason, this list will be wiped
      • Even easier, just hit command-z on the Mac to instantly reopen the closed tab.
       
       
      Smart toothbrush will use ResearchKit to give you a better clean
      • the Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 with Artificial Intelligence uses AI to provide real-time feedback to users as they clean their pearly whites. It also uses Apple’s ResearchKit platform integration to crowdsource toothbrushing data from other users. The more people clean, the smarter the brush gets!
      • The brush contains real-time motion sensors, designed to capture brushing efficiency and effectiveness in 16 different zones of the mouth. It also uses Bluetooth connectivity and sonic vibrating technology,
       
      Somnox’s robotic pillow is designed to snuggle
      One group of researchers in the Netherlands believes thinks the reason you’re not sleeping well is because you’re not cuddling enough.
       
      Vortx blows air at your face while you're gaming and it's great
      • Vortx is absolutely ridiculous, totally frivolous, and that’s exactly why you’ll love it.
      • It's a cube that sits on your desk, and it blows hot or cold air in your face, depending on what's happening on your screen.
      Jan 12, 2018
      CultCast #317 - The $400 butt cleaner 🤔
      55:05
       
      This week on a very fun, educational, and addictive CultCast:
      • Everything you want to know about Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement program, and why you should absolutely use it.
      • We’ll tell you about Steve Job’s new fashion line soon to be sweeping the runways of a Costco near you
      • We break down just how much money Tim Cook earned each week and each day in 2017. Spoiler: He’a rich yaaa’aaall!.
      • A high-tech butt cleaner, a $400 cooler, and a powerhouse network attached storage — Faves N Raves is back baby. We’ll pitch you our favorite tech then vote on which is best.
       
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      Apple apologizes with $29 iPhone battery replacements
      • Apple confirmed last week that it lowers CPU performance. But they say they do it because as batteries age they can’t meet peak CPU draw demands, especially when the battery is low. When this happens it causes the device to restart, so Apple added an algorithm that curves CPU demands as batteries age.
      • STATEMENT: 
        • “First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” the company says on its website. “Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”
      • Apple also says it will come out with an iOS update in early 2018 that will give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery. Third-party apps like coconutBattery can also be used to check an iPhone’s battery status.
      • Devices affected by the throttling include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. Apple notified customers today that it will reduce the price on out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements by $50, putting the cost at just $29.
      • There was a rumor going around that Apple would only replace batteries for phones that didn’t pass a battery diagnostic test, but an internal Apple memo apprehend by French Tech Blog iGeneration states that the Genius bar should allow battery replacements for all who ask
      • If you’re wondering if you should replace your battery, Apple can run a diagnostic on your phone's battery remotely – you don't need to visit an Apple Store.  Just contact their customer service via chat or email.
       
       
      ‘Steve Jobs’ could be Italy’s hottest new fashion line
      • An Italian clothing company going by the name of “Steve Jobs” has won its long-standing legal battle with Apple for the right to sell jeans with Jobs’ name on them.
      • The company — founded by brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato — was created back in 2012 when the two noticed that Apple hadn’t filed for a trademark on the name Steve Jobs. They decided the tech icon’s name would be perfect for their new fashion brand and slapped it on their first line of jeans.
      • Apple quickly filed a lawsuit against the Steve Jobs fashion company which uses a stylized J with an apple leaf at the top and a bite mark on the right side. According to la Repubblica Napoli, Apple lost its case because it unsuccessfully attacked the company’s logo itself, not Jobs’ name.
      • The Italian court ruled that because the letter “J” isn’t edible the mark on the side can’t be considered a bite, therefore it’s not ripping off Apple’s own logo.
       
      Tim Cook will take home $102 million this year
      • Apple has had a great year, and CEO Tim Cook is being rewarded accordingly. According to a new report, Cook will take home a massive $102 million this year, composed of both his $3.06 million salary and an equity award of $89.2 million.
      • For security reasons, the Apple board now stipulates that Cook use private planes for all business and personal travel. His personal security costs in 2017 were calculated at $224,216, while he ran up a $93,109 bill for traveling on private planes for non-business trips.
      • Apple’s latest filing reveals that Cook’s top five lieutenants — including Luca Maestri, Angela Ahrendts, Johny Srouji, Dan Riccio, and Bruce Sewell — each received bonuses of $3.11 million. Including salary and stock options, this meant they earned around $24.2 million each, depending on if they stay at Apple long enough for all of their awarded stock options to vest.
      • Apple does not reveal how much it paid to Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, who recently returned to his job running Apple’s design team after two years working on the Apple Park headquarters project.
      • Tim Cook has previously said that he will donate his fortune (which currently stands at close to $1 billion) to charity — after paying for his 12-year-old nephew’s college education.
       
      iMac Pro’s space gray accessories fetch silly money on eBay
      • The iMac Pro is the same size and shape as any other iMac. But to differentiate it from its more affordable siblings, Apple gives it an exclusive space gray paint job — and throws in space gray accessories to match.
      • Adopters get a space gray Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, a Magic Mouse 2, a Magic Trackpad 2, and a Lightning cable. If you buy these separately from Apple, they’re only available in white.
      • The combo is going for 500-$650 on eBay.
      • If you forget to buy one of the accessories during checkout, you can’t buy it separately.
       
      Faves N Raves!
       
      The $400 Toto Washlet C200 butt cleaner
       
      Parrot Zik 3 headphones 
       
      Synology 418Play NAS 
       
      Otterbox Venture 45 cooler 
      Jan 05, 2018
      CultCast #316 - The BEST Apple Gadgets of 2017!
      47:34
      This week: our picks for the BEST Apple Gadge of 2017 💪🏼  Plus: Apple admits they are indeed slowing down older iPhones and Mac, but there’s more to the story than you’ve heard. We’ll tell you how to check if you’re affected, how to check your battery health, and how to prevent getting throttled.
       
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      How old batteries are slowing down your iPhone and Mac
      • It all started with a post on Reddit (TeckFire):
        • My iPhone 6S has been very slow these past few weeks, and even after updating multiple times, it was still slow. Couldn’t figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still awful to me. Then I used my brother’s iPhone 6 Plus and his was faster than mine? This is when I knew something was wrong. So, I did some research, and decided to replace my battery. I did a Geekbench score before the battery change, and found I was getting 1466 Single and 2512 Multi. After changing my battery, I did another test, and this time it was 2526 for Single and 4456 for Multi. From what I can tell, Apple slows down phones when the battery gets too low.
       
      Apple hit with two lawsuits over slowing down iPhones
      • Apple has admitted to purposely throttling the performance of aging iPhones, but they say it’s not to shorten your device’s life, but to lengthen it.
      • Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
      • Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”
       
      A bad battery will result in a slowed Mac too
       
      Slow iPhone? Here’s how to check the health of your battery - leander
      • coconutBattery is a FREE Mac app that performs a single task — it checks the status of the battery in your Mac, or the battery of any iDevices connected to that Mac.
      • It shows you the state of your battery health, charge cycle, and the current capacity vs. the designed capacity
      • iStat menus also works for battery health and charge cycle plus a ton of other super useful information
       
      Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs loses ‘Man of the Year’ award to the PC
      • Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” issue hit newsstands on December 26, 1983, and Steve Jobs fully expected to be on the cover.
      • The award represented just how far personal computers had come in just a few years, not just technologically but also as a world-changing industry. Apple, only five years old at the time, had not yet released the Macintosh. However, the Apple II was phenomenally successful. Apple was also on the verge of launching the Lisa, its first machine to offer a graphical user interface and mouse.
      • But when Steve received his issue of Time, it was not himself on the but a PC.  It was the first time the magazine had featured a non-human on the cover.
      • Steve Jobs 27 years old.  And when we ready to article, he was so upset, he actually cried.
      Dec 29, 2017
      CultCast #315 - Best TV of 2017!
      01:06:02
      Ho Ho Hooo! This week on a very merry CultCast:
      • Next-day delivery of iPhone X is a sprinkling of Christmas magic
      • Updated AirPods are supposedly coming in 2018
      • How the iPhone almost never was
      • HOT Tips:
        • How to listen to Youtube videos when your iPad or iPhone screens are off
        • How to picture-in-picture Youtube videos on your iPad
        • And how to keep those pesky ads out of your Youtube videos for free
      • And we wrap up with our favorite shows of 2017!
      • To all our Cult friends, meeeeerry Christmas, happy (belated) Hanukkah
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Next-day delivery of iPhone X is a sprinkling of Christmas magic
      • It’s a Christmas Miracle!
      • All models are available in the U.S. Apple Store, marking something of a Christmas miracle for Apple — when you consider that the majority of pre-release reports suggested that the iPhone X wouldn’t be shipping to most customers until some time in 2018.
       
      Listen up: Updated AirPods are supposedly coming in 2018
      • Did you know AirPods are among the most beloved new products that Apple has launched in years, with around 98 percent of customers describing themselves as either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with Apple’s wireless buds.
      • Apple is planning to release an updated version of its AirPods wireless earbuds in the second half of 2018, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a new note to clients.
      • While he doesn’t share too many details about what the new AirPods will do differently, he does suggest that they will adopt a smaller quartz component — quite possibly making them even smaller than the first-gen model currently available.
       
      Today in Apple history: iPhone may have to seek new name
      • The original iPhone wasn’t an iPhone at all. 
      • Back in 1998, a company called InfoGear showed off an “iPhone” at CES. Costing $499, with extra charges for internet access, the device made very early use of touch technology, visual voicemail, basic apps and more.
      • Even though it got good reviews, it didn’t sell well, but it peaked Cisco’s interest, and they bought InforGear and the iPhone trademark in 2000.
      • Fast forward to 2007. Apple announces their iPhone, and they did it knowing that Cisco owned the trademark.
      • Steve Jobs wasn’t going to let something silly like the law stop him from using the name he wanted for Apple’s new device.
      • Despite Cisco owning the name, Apple nonetheless went ahead and introduced the iPhone in January 2007. The following day, Cisco filed suit against Apple. As Adam Lashinsky revealed in his book Inside Apple:
        • “[Charles Giancarlo, a Cisco executive at the time] fielded a call directly from Steve Jobs. ‘Steve called in and said that he wanted it,’ Giancarlo recalled. ‘He didn’t offer us anything for it. It was just like a promise he’d be our best friend. And we said, ‘No, we’re planning on using it.’’ Shortly after that, Apple’s legal department called to say they thought Cisco had ‘abandoned the brand,’ meaning that in Apple’s legal opinion Cisco hadn’t adequately defended its intellectual property rights by promoting the name
        • The negotiation displayed some classic Steve Jobs negotiating tactics. Giancarlo said Jobs called him at home at dinnertime on Valentine’s Day, as the two sides were haggling. Jobs talked for a while, Giancarlo related. ‘And then he said to me, ‘Can you get email at home?’ Giancarlo was taken aback. This was 2007, after all, when broadband Internet was ubiquitous in homes in the US, let alone that of a Silicon Valley executive who had worked for years on advanced Internet technology. ‘And he’s asking me if I’m able to get email at home. You know he’s just trying to press my buttons — in the nicest possible way.’ Cisco gave up the fight shortly after that.”
      • Apple later repeated this somewhat underhanded move by borrowing another trademark owned by Cisco — the name “IOS” (which Cisco used for “Internet Operating System”). As a make-good, Apple and Cisco announced that they were teaming up to “explore opportunities for interoperability,” although this never happened.
       
      Best TV of 2017!
       
      Leander
       
      The Deuce
       
      The Leftovers 
       
      Silicon Valley
       
      The Detectorists
       
      The Crown
       
       
      Erfon
       
      Walking Dead!
       
      AVDChina
       
      Joe Rogan Experience
       
       
      Dec 22, 2017
      CultCast #314 - Shakeup! Jony Ive takes back the design team
      01:04:58
      This week:
      • In a surprising turn of events, Jony Ive has taken back the reigns of Apple’s design team.
      • The new iMac is out, and the reviews are coming in.  We’ll tell you what’s new about this beastly machine with a MONSTER price tag
      • By the numbers: how much dough Apple earns every single second will help you realize what plebeians we all are
      • And we wrap with how Apple got it right 2017, and what they need to do better in 2018!
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Jony Ive is once again leading Apple’s design team
      • Jony Ive is reportedly returning to hands-on design duties at Apple, two years after being promoted to the role of Chief Design Officer.
      • According to an Apple spokesperson, “With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design.”
      • Why Ive would be returning to his old role isn’t immediately clear — nor what this means for Dye and Howarth. Ironically, at the time that Ive was given his new job in 2015, some pundits suggested it meant Jony was on his way out of Apple, and this was a way of carrying out the transition. Now that he is “demoted” to his old position, no doubt many people will take it as signaling much the same thing.
       
      Apple’s insane earning power
       
      Apple’s ridiculously powerful iMac Pro is coming this week
      • By the time you hear this, the iMac Pro will be ready for you to come 'n git it
      • Comes wtih an 
        • 8, 10, or 18 core Intel Xeon Chip
        • 32, 64, or 128 GB of DDR4
      • A new thermal design means the iMac Pro runs 80 percent cooler than a regular iMac
      • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports for powering two 5K displays or four 4K displays at once, a 10-gigabit Ethernet port, four USB-A 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. That makes it Apple’s most port-friendly Mac in years.
      • Hermetically sealed. Not upgradeable in any way, not even RAM.
       
      iMac Pro impresses in first hands-on reviews
      • A few lucky tech reviewers have already gotten their hands on the slick new iMac Pro with
        • 10 core 3GHZ Intel Xeon chip, only the mid-tier chip (8, 10, 18 core)
        • 128GB DDR4 RAM
        • AMD Vega Pro with 64GB of RAM
      • Black Magic Speed Disk test: 3000 MB/s read/write SSD speeds….
      • Photographer Vincent Laforet got to incorporate the iMac Pro into his workflow for a few days and says
      • “I’ve seldom seen a jump this dramatic before on any new generation of Macs – 20%-30% speed increases are the norm … NOT 200%-300% increases.
      • Marques Brownlee has been using the machine for a week and did a quick overview video of it.  His reaction was more tempered but you could tell he was impressed with it’s FCP performance, especially since he films raw 8K and previews his cuts with color grading applied.
      • Makes the argument that for the price it’s a good value since you’re getting cutting-edge components that purchased separately would cost about the same price of the machine.
      Dec 15, 2017
      CultCast #313 - All the best gadgets of 2017!
      01:18:33
      This week:
      • Everything you need to know about Apple Pay Cash.
      • One of the best, most anticipated Apple TV apps fo 2017 is FINALLY available.  We’ll talk about that.
      • Why are we so hard on Apple?  We recently received some harsh email from a critic asking that very question.  
      • We wrap up with our huge list of the best gadgets of 2017!!
       
       
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      On the show this week
       
      iPhone X delivery times fall to within one week in US
      • All iPhone X models up for sale on Apple's online store are showing delivery in a week, down from 2-3 weeks two weeks ago.
      • KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said supply chain improvements were to thank for Apple's improved iPhone X ship times, specifically a diversification of LCP LTE antenna orders and higher yields of iPhone's TrueDepth dot projector.
       
      Everything you need to know about Apple Pay Cash 
      • Used to pay people via the Messages app, though you can also use your Apple Pay Cash card to make Apple Pay payments if you have money on the card (card lives in your Apple Wallet)
      • You can add cash to your card by receiving payments, or adding cash in the wallet app (minimum $10).  This is one in the Wallet app.  Just select the card then press the little “i” at the bottom right of the screen
      • Money paid to you will live on your Apple Pay Cash card until you use it or transfer it to your bank.
      • Debit cards let you send money for free, while credit cards cost 3%
      • You can send money via Siri to people in your contacts
      • You can send/receive a minimum of $1-$3,000 in a transaction, and can send/receive up to $10,000 in any 7 day period.
       
      Amazon Prime Video is finally available for your Apple TV
      • Apple has finally delivered on its WWDC promise to bring Amazon Prime Video to Apple TV, with just a few weeks to spare before Apple hit its own end-of-the-year deadline.
      • The tvOS version of the app is available to download on Apple TV 3rd generation devices or above by searching “Amazon Prime Video” on your set-top box. It brings an end to the days of having to use AirPlay to play Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV, via another device.
       
      Ditch your old router, Eero is the new king of Wi-Fi routers [Review]
       
      AmpliFi HD’s blazing-fast Wi-Fi will spoil you rotten [Reviews]
       
      I made my own smart HomePod speaker, and it’s awesome
       
      Listener email: Why are we “so hard” on Apple?
       
       
      Best gadgets of 2017!
       
      Leander
       
      Apple Wifi connected to a Amazon Echo dot
       
      Sonos Playbase tv speaker
       
      Amazon Echo Show
       
      See sense bicycle lights
       
      Wahoo Element GPS bicycle computer
       
      Nokia Body Plus smart scale
       
      Erfon
       
      Hunter Symphony Homkit Fan
       
      Fender GT 200 iOS controlled smart guitar amp
       
      Fender GT 100
       
      Fender GT 40
       
      Rhinoshield Crashguard bumper case for iPhone X
       
      For iPhone 8
       
      Arlo Pro 2 smart security cameras
       
      Arlo Q indoor camera
       
      My 2013 MacBook Pro!
       
      Lewis
       
      Amplify HD mesh router
       
      Koogeek Homekit smart bulb
       
      Koogeek Homekit smart plug
       
      Omna 180 smart homekit camera
       
      Litter Robot 3 executive cat bathroom
       
      Buster
       
      DJI Mavic Pro Drone
       
      One Wheel plus scooter board for clowns
      Dec 08, 2017
      CultCast #312 - Our favorite movies of 2017! (also, the Apple news)
      01:04:12
      This week:
      • The bigs ones.  The bangers.  It’s our favorite movies of 2017!
      • The useful iPhone X gestures you haven’t heard about.
      • Apple’s new Youtube channel and it’s actually pretty cool.
      • The data for the LTE Apple watch is way more than we originally were told
      • It’s the end of an era.  Jailbreaking is dead.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Heads up: Apple Watch data is significantly more expensive than carriers will tell you
      • Just a heads up: Got my first AT&T bill with my Apple Watch LTE added on. Taxes on the $10 data plan add-on come to $7.69 meaning the cellular plan for the watch is actually $17.69/month or $212.28 for a year of service. That's insane and totally not worth it. Just wanted to make people aware of the fact that AT&T conveniently neglects to mention how expensive the plan will actually be.
       
      Big Cydia sources shut down as jailbreaking dies out
      • Jailbreaking was once a necessity to millions of iPhone owners, is just about dead, at least according to Cydia store creator Jay Freeman
      • Many of the features that made jailbreaking so popular — like video recording, useful settings toggles, custom ringtones, and enhanced multitasking — are now baked into iOS. So jailbreaking is no longer required for many iPhone and iPad users.
      • It was the only way to obtain native apps during the handset’s first year on the market. But even after the launch of the App Store, users turned to jailbreaking to get their hands on software Apple wouldn’t allow.
      • Two of Cydia’s largest repositories have been shutdown as jailbreaking dies out. ModMy and ZodTTD are no longer available, leaving BigBoss as the only major source still available to those who want apps and tweaks you can’t find in the App Store.
       
      Apple’s new YouTube channel teaches iOS tips
      • Apple wants to help you make the most of your iPhone and iPad with a brand new YouTube channel. It offers a collection of how-to videos that teach you how to take screenshots, send attachments in Mail, print on the go, and more.
      • The channel, which launched on Monday evening, currently hosts ten how-to videos. They’ll teach you how to do things like change your wallpaper, mute or leave a group conversation in iMessage, delete call logs and photos, and more.
      • Each video is under two minutes in length. It provides step-by-step instructions for each how-to, with useful bullet points that make the directions easier to follow. English captions are also available if required.
       
      The iPhone X gestures you didn’t know about
      • Swipe up and over to the right for app switching, or swipe up and to the right
      • Swipe up the down for reachability.
      • You can then access control center from the top of the lowered screen
      • Close apps by swiping them up (instead of using the lame minus icon)
      • Volume up. Volume Down.  Power button hold to restart/shutdown
       
      You think your photos are safe in the cloud, but something that happened to me this week has me questioning that.
       
      Our favorite movies of 2017!
       
      Buster
      Baby Driver
       
      Logan Lucky
       
      Leander
      The Lure
       
      It Follows
       
      Devil in a Blue Dress
       
      Lady Bird
       
      Get Out
       
      Erfon
      Blade Runner 2049
       
      Thor Ragnarok
       
      The Doors: when you’re strange
       
      Andy and Me: The Great Beyond
      Dec 01, 2017
      CultCast #311 - The rocky history of HomePod
      01:12:20
      This week:
      • HomePod’s been delayed, we’ll talk about that, but Bloomberg put out an interesting piece on the history of the HomePod, and it gives previously undisclosed details of the device you may find very interesting.
      • We gotta talk about net neutrality
      • How Tesla just out Apple’d, Apple
      • Is there still a point to Apple TV?  
      • Tactics to get the best prices on all the Black Friday stuff you want
      • Oh yeah, and 🦃 Gobble gobble yaaa’aaall! 🦃
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Net neutrality is almost dead, but we can still save it
      • FCC is about to kill Net Neutrality, and they’re calling it the Restoring internet freedom order
      • They’re currently taking our feedback into account, but the official vote for the order will be on Dec. 14th
      • Details of the new plan will were released today.  The plan completely removes restrictions on throttling or prioritizing content, and explicitly allows paid prioritization of content
      • Go to Battleforthenet.com.  It will help you take action. If will connect you to your congress person via phone and even provide you a script of what to say.
       
      Tesla out-Apples Apple with the new Roadster “one more thing"
       
      Apple’s HomePod smart speaker won’t be home for Christmas - buster
      • Apple’s new Siri-powered smart speaker won’t be one of the hottest gifts of the 2017 holiday season after all.
      • The HomePod was set to launch in December 2017, but the company released a statement today saying it needs more time to make the smart speaker ready for customers.
      • “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018
      • When it does launch, HomePod will cost $349, making it a lot more pricey than rival smart speakers from Amazon and Google
       
      Apple's HomePod project actually predates the Amazon Echo, but has been canceled and restarted numerous times, and has undergone radical design changes
      • HomePod has been in development since 2012, and it’s not like the Echo.
      • The engineers and designers wanted to build a really great speaker that  "sounded better than the ones sold by the likes of Bose, JBL and Harman Kardon”
      • Prototypes ranged from a flat panel with a mesh screen to one measuring some three feet tall with dozens of speakers
      • In 2014, the project went from prototyping into an official endeavor
      • In that same year, Amazon released their Echo, and it reportedly blind-sided Apple’s engineers. They joked with each other that there must be mole working amongst them.
       
      Is there still a point for Apple TV?
      Smart TVs now have pretty great navigation and menu systems built in.  Many have Google cast built int.
       
      The Best Black Friday deals of 2017
       
      Moviepass now has a deal for 6.95 a month 
      Nov 24, 2017
      CultCast #310 - Two weeks with the X 🔥
      01:08:35
      This week: 
      • Two weeks with the X.  We’ll tell you what we like and what still sucks.
      • Some very exciting new rumors about the next international of iPhone X
      • Two big features coming you to in iOS 11.2 which is now in its 3rd beta
      • What we tell you what we like and don’t about our favorite gadgets in a all-new under review 🤜🏼💥🤛🏼
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Apple may launch 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus in 2018 
      • One of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game is predicting big things for the iPhone X design in 2018.
      • According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release an iPhone X Plus next year with the biggest smartphone screen the company has ever made.
      • Kuo says Apple will release three iPhones in 2018 with a notch design. There will supposedly be a 5.8-inch (updated X) and a 6.5-inch model, both with OLED displays.
      • The third iPhone will supposedly have a 6.1-inch LCD display but come with the same bezel-free design as the iPhone X.
      • The 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will have a display with 480 to 500 pixels per inch, possibly making it more pixel dense than the iPhone X. The 6.1-inch LCD version will only have a display with 320 to 330 PPI.
       
      iPhone will get rear-facing 3D sensors in 2019
      • According to a Bloomberg, Apple is working on a new rear-mounted “3D sensor” for its 2019 iPhone, which will help further the company’s augmented reality ambitions.
      • The new system will work using lasers and measuring the amount of time it takes for them to bounce back to create a depth map. This is reportedly different to the TrueDepth sensor system used on the front of the iPhone X, which uses a pattern of 30,000 laser dots to measure depth information for features like Face ID.
       
      Two big features coming to your iPhone 8 and X with the release of iOS 11.2
      • Apple Pay cash, which will work on the iPad.
      • Apple has added support for faster 7.5W wireless charging in its latest iOS 11.2 beta. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all support the increased charging speed. You’ll need a compatible wireless charging mat to take advantage of it, however.
       
      2018 iPad Pro could get 8-core A11X Bionic chip
      • Apple supposedly plans to slap an octa-core processor in next year’s iPad Pro, making them the most powerful tablets Apple’s ever made.
      • For the iPhone X and iPhone 8, Apple created the A11 Bionic chip that comes with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores.
      • This is the same chip that is currently faster than the chips in 2012 iMacs and my 2013 MacBook Pro.
      • My machine is 33% in multicore tests, but image if they add another 2 high performance cores to the iPad.
       
       
      Under Review
       
      Eve Degree
       
      Eve Room
       
      Eve Weather
       
      Chocolate Hub
       
      Ecobee 4
       
      Juuk  Watch Bands
       
      Patagonia Micropuff Jacket
      Nov 17, 2017
      CultCast #309 - iPhone X: Our top likes, our top dislikes!
      01:03:38
      This week: the iPhone X may be Apple’s best phone, but it’s not perfect.  Catch our first week impressions to hear what we love (and what we don’t!) about Apple’s very spicy new iPhone. Plus: our top reasons to NOT buy an iPhone X; how to use Apple Pay cash to pay your friends an fam; and catch our list of X-rated tips, aka the really useful iPhone X tips and tricks you haven’t heard about.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Apple, the most personal computer
       
      iPhone X setup shows Apple’s core brilliance
      • Automatic Setup signs you into iCloud, Keychain, iTunes, the App Store, iMessage and FaceTime using your Apple ID, according to Apple. It also takes care of device settings like language, region, network, keyboard preferences, Siri and Home and health data.
      • The setup is reminiscent of setting up a new Apple Watch, but even easier.
       
      DisplayMate: iPhone X Has the 'Most Innovative and High Performance' Smartphone Display Ever Tested
      • Displaymate:  iPhone X's display resolution provides "significantly higher image sharpness" than can be analyzed by a person with normal 20/20 vision at a 12-inch viewing distance. DisplayMate said this means that it's now "absolutely pointless" to increase the display resolution and pixels per inch of the iPhone any further, since there would be "no visual benefit" for users
      • "highest absolute color accuracy of any display we have ever tested," with a display that is "visually indistinguishable from perfect.”
       
      iPhone X could be Apple’s most fragile handset ever
      • Stress tests by SquareTrade Labs used a range of scientific robots to drop, bend, tumble, and dunk their new iPhone X to see how it managed to hold up to “everyday” damage.
      • They’re calling the X the most breakable, highest priced, most expensive to repair iPhone ever.
       
      How to use Apple Pay Cash to send money to friends
      • Apple’s new peer-to-peer payments system called Apple Pay Cash is finally rolling out to public beta testers today with the release of the public beta for iOS 11.2 beta 2 and watchOS 4.2 beta 2, giving iPhone and iPad users the ability to send money to each other electronically.
      • It lets you send money to each other using iMessage.
      • You can send up to $3,000 and the transaction is free if you use a debit card registered in your Apple Wallet.
      • Have a credit or debit card registered in your Apple Wallet
      • Be in the United States
      • Have two-factor authentication activated on your Apple ID
      • Use an iPhone 6 or newer
      • Both you and the receiver must be running iOS 11.2
      • If you meet the above requirements, a new app will show up in the iMessage Dock
      • Once you hit $500 in Apple Pay Cash transactions, you must verify your identity. To do so, you need to take a picture of your driver’s license or official state ID card, and provide some personal information (Social Security number and so on).
       
      iPhone X keeps your notifications secret from people who aren’t you
      • Thanks to Face ID, the iPhone X knows when its owner is looking at it, and can hide the content of your notifications until you do so. Now, if somebody else picks up your iPhone X and takes a peek at your incoming alerts, it will only see a list of the apps that have notifications for you.
       
       
      X-rated Tips
       
      How to teach FaceID to work more accurately
      If Face ID doesn’t recognize your face, don’t reposition your face so it will accept it. Instead, type in the passcode so it will ad that position of your face to the accepted data set.
       
      Activating multitasking
      The smallest swipe of the home bar will register that you want to command the home bar to either go home or multitask. Moment you stop moving you will begin multitasking.
       
      Scroll to the top
      To quickly scroll to the top in any app, just double tap anywhere at the top of the screen (under the notch, or side of notch both work)
       
      Adjust your notification privacy settings 
      iPhone X has them hidden by default if your phone is locked.  You can go to Settings>Notifications>Show Previews to make them visible when locked.
      Nov 10, 2017
      CultCast #308 - iPhone X: The Good, the bad, the ugly
      59:45
      This week: iPhone X—the good, the bad… the ugly.  The reviews are in, we’ll tell you what people love and don’t about Apple’s newest iPhone.  
       
      Plus: how to speed up Face ID we’ll tell you about the clever new strategy Apple used to build massive hype for the iPhone X launch, and why it really pissed a lot of folks off.  And stick around for a very weird What We’re Into, where we reveal the stuff we’ve been dong in our lives that you should try too.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Siri, before Siri
       
      Massive iPhone X lines form at Apple Stores worldwide
      • Fans have begun lining up outside Apple Stores around the world to get their hands on iPhone X.
      • The X makes its official debut on November 3. Apple has promised that units will be available for walk-in customers, but just like pre-orders, they’re expected to disappear quickly.
      • Some lines have already turned chaotic, while latecomers are offering money for precious spots near the front.
      • Scumbags camping just to sell their spots!
       
      Why Apple short-circuited the media machine for iPhone X reviews
      • Anybody who thinks Apple can’t innovate should look in awe at the fecal hurricane whipped up by the company’s unorthodox iPhone X marketing plan.
      • By giving popular YouTubers early access to the next-gen iPhone, and allowing them to “scoop” the old-school journalists traditionally granted such preferential treatment, Cupertino upended the typical review cycle.
      • Apple apparently bruised a few fragile egos in the process. Frankly, it’s hilarious watching the ensuing media meltdown.
       
      iPhone X meta review: Setting Apple up for the next 10 years
       
      Face ID Unlocks an iPhone More Slowly Than Touch ID, but is Faster in Day-to-Day Usage
      • Mark Spoonauer of Toms Hardware compared Face ID and Touch ID unlocking times with a stopwatch.
      • When using Raise to Wake and swiping up on the display as the iPhone is recognizing a face (as Face ID is meant to be used), unlocking took 1.16, but touchID stock only .91 seconds to accomplish the same job.
      • TechCruch said that while Face ID is slower when placed head to head with Touch ID, it's "much more fluid and faster to actually 'do things, ‘“ like opening notification takes fewer steps with faceID.
      • In the Verge’s review, Nilay Patel said that he had trouble getting FaceID to work in bright environments. He postulated it was became the bright light interfered with the dot projector or infrared camera.
      • Hidden benefit of FaceID, can be used with gloves on
       
      Face ID can be slower than Touch ID, but you can speed it up
      • There are some things you can do to make Face ID faster, though. The first is to ensure the Raise to Wake feature is enabled in Settings. This shaves off precious time by eliminating the need to swipe or tap the iPhone X’s display before you unlock it.
      • Another thing you can do is disable attention detection. This means Face ID won’t wait until your eyes and face are looking directly at the display before unlocking your iPhone. But be warned: It does make Face ID a little less secure.
       
      DrDisRespect is the most good-looking, the most ruthless Twitch streamer in the entire gaming community
       
       
      Nov 03, 2017
      CultCast #307 - The best iPhone X deals & our fave gadgets 🔥🚨🚒
      54:20
      This week:
      • How to get the best deal on your iPhone X, save yourself some serious buckets
      • Why Woz says the iPhone X will be the first iPhone he won’t buy day one
      • Would you let your delivery man enter your house when you’re not home? We discuss Amazon key!
      • Plus we’ll tell what we like and don’t about the gadgets we’re reviewing in an all-new Under Review
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Woz: iPhone X will be the first iPhone I haven’t bought on day one
      • Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the iPhone X is the first iPhone he doesn’t plan to buy on “day one.”
      • “I’d rather wait and watch that one,” Wozniak said during an interview at the Money 20/20 conference. “I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me. " will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.”
       
      How to get the best deal on the iPhone X
      • $500 off with Xfinity Triple Play
      • $350 off at Sprint
      • Up to $300 off on Verizon
      • T-Mobile gives $300 off
      • Nothing yet at 
       
      iPhone X will be available to walk-in customers on launch day
      • Apple has promised that iPhone X will be available to walk-in customers on launch day.
      • You will also be able to purchase iPhone X from Apple Stores beginning Friday, November 3 at 8 a.m. local time. “Stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early,” Apple says.
       
      Amazon Key opens your home for indoor deliveries
      • Would you be cool with your delivery person opening your front door when you’re away to drop off your package?
      • Amazon Key, uses a smart lock and connected camera. When a delivery is made the courier scans the package's barcode which sends an access request to Amazon's cloud. When it grants permission, the camera starts recording, the courier swipes a prompt on their app and then your door unlocks. They leave the package by the door and relock it on their way out. You'll get a notification that the delivery has been made, along with a video of the drop-off to reassure you everything was done above board.
      • Amazon has designed the service with deliveries in mind, but Key has a bunch of other uses, too. For example, you can use it to give permanent access to people you trust or temporary access to visitors such as dog-walkers, cleaners or guests (this could be especially helpful for Airbnbhosts).
       
      How to use the iPhone’s one-handed keyboard in iOS 11
      • Did you know iOS 11 had a one-handed keyboard built right in?
      • Anytime the keyboard is on screen, you can just long-press the little globe icon to bring up the keyboard selection popover. This is the same globe icon you use to select the emoji keyboard, to cycle between any keyboards you have active on your iPhone
      • The keyboard-switching globe icon only appears if you have more than one keyboard active on your iPhone.
      • Long-pressing the globe icon brings up the familiar popover, only in iOS 11 it now has an extra row of keyboard glyphs at the bottom.
      • Just select the one-handed keyboard you want, and poof, a keyboard you can type on with just one hand

       

      Leander's $10,000 BatBike!
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      Under Review
       
      JLAB Epic Ear waterproof earphones
       
      Schlage Sense HomeKit-enabled smart lock
       
      Light and Motion Bicycle lights
       
       
      Oct 27, 2017
      CultCast #306 - The iPhone X pre-order strategies you need to know about!
      58:39
      This week: you’ll have mere seconds to lock down your iPhone X pre-order on October 27th, and if you’re not ready, you’ll be waiting months!  We’ve got the strategies you’ll need to employ to have your order placed seconds after the X goes live.  
       
      Plus: Steve Wozniak just launched his first new product in years, and it’s actually pretty cool; the really dumb Mac accessory you’ll definitely want; Apple taps one of Hollywood’s best for a new TV series; and stick around for Leander’s new $10,000 bike, Buster’s new affordable action camera, and a new movie service you’ve GOT to try in an all-new Under Review.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Foxconn is reportedly pumping out iPhone X’s on schedule
      • According to a new report, Foxconn has sent out 46,500 units from its facilities in Zhengzhou and Shanghai, headed for the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates
      • After running into multiple problems building its next-gen iPhone X, Apple’s suppliers have reportedly achieved more stable yield rates for troublesome components.
      • Foxconn has managed to ramp up its output of the iPhone X from 100,000 to 400,000 units a week
      • Digitimes says "shipments of the device have increased gradually and will meet Apple’s demand ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the sources indicated.”
      • But even though production has ramped up, no one is quite sure how big demand will be. Will this be the most popular iPhone ever?
      • KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhone X preorders could exceed 40 million, and may even hit 50 million. However, Kuo has also noted right from the start that supply of the new device is likely to be constrained through the first half of 2018
       
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      The candle that makes your house smell like a Mac is back
      • Mac and iPhone accessory maker TwelveSouth is bringing back its Mac-scented candle that flew off store shelves last year. The all-new Inspire candle still smells like a new Mac but comes with some big updates to its design that are sure to delight Apple fans.
      • TwelveSouth updated the Inspire candle this year with a new fragrance formula that’s supposed to remind you of opening up a new Mac. The scent is created by blending bergamot and armoise with hints of lemon, tarragon, amber and musk.
       
      Steve Wozniak announces tech education platform Woz U
      • Steve Wozniak, the Apple co-founder who changed the world alongside Steve Jobs, has today announced the launch of Woz U.
      • Woz U will start as an online learning platform focused on both students and companies that will eventually hire those students. Woz U is based out of Arizona, and hopes to launch physical locations for learning in more than 30 cities across the globe.
      • At launch, the curriculum will center around computer support specialists and software developers, with courses on data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity coming in the future.
      • Alongside the education platform, Woz U will also offer platforms for tech companies to recruit, train and retain their workforce through on-site customized programs and subscription-based curricula
      • No work on pricing yet
       
      Apple taps Steven Spielberg for original sci-fi show
      • Apple is set to make its biggest push into original content yet by inking a deal with one of the biggest directors in Hollywood history.
      • Steven Spielberg and Apple reportedly will create new episodes of Amazing Stories. The science fiction anthology series originally ran in the 1980s on NBC, but will be relaunched with all-new episodes.
      • A reported 10 episodes of the new show have been ordered by Apple to start. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the budget for Amazing Stories will be more than $5 million an episode.
       
      Our What We're Into picks
       
      Apple HiFi (yes, really)
       
      Specialized Tarmac bicycle
       
      Yi 4K Plus action cam
       
      Movie Pass
       
      GO SEE Blade Runner 2049
       
      Oct 20, 2017
      CultCast #305 - How HomeKit got SUPERCHARGED in iOS 11 💪🏼
      01:05:23
      This week: live in the home of the future, today!  We’ll tell you how with iOS 11’s huge improvements in the Home app and HomeKit.  Plus: there’s a new Apple ID phishing scam you need to know about; there’s been a disappointing development with Apple’s AR glasses; we have to talk about the hundreds of new emoji coming at you in iOS 11.1; and we’ve got a svelte iPhone 8 case, a MacBook Pro sleeve made from real sheep, and a new power brick that’ll charge your MacBook, iPhone, Nintendo Switch—EVERYTHING—in an all new under review.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      9 beautifully minimalist cases for your iPhone 8 & 8 Plus (and 7/7Plus)
       
      Why you shouldn’t trust Apple ID prompts in third-party apps
      • A savvy developer named Felix Krause has discovered it is shockingly easy for an iOS app developer to phish your Apple ID and password with a  fake authentication prompt that looks exactly the a real one.
      • He posted pictures of a real and fake prompt this week and they look identical.
      • Worse, developers can add this code after their app has been approved by Apple.
      • How to tell the difference:
        • The app will close and the popup will disappear with it. This means it was a phishing attempt.
        • The app and popup remain on screen. This means it is a genuine system dialog and can be trusted.
       
      Apple is now selling its latest MacBook Pro at a discount
      • Apple has updated its online Apple store to start offering refurbished 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar, marking the first time this year’s Touch Bar-equipped models have been available to buy refurbished.
      • Apple typically sells refurbished models for around 15 percent off the full retail price
       
      Apple CEO Tim Cook: Technology Doesn't Exist to do AR Smart Glasses 'In a Quality Way’ 
      • Apple CEO Tim Cook recently sat down for a wide ranging interview with The Independent
      • When questioned about the topic, he said the technology to create a pair of augmented reality smart glasses "in a quality way" does not exist today.
      • "But today I can tell you the technology itself doesn't exist to do that in a quality way. The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face - there's huge challenges with that.
      • "The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it's not there yet.”
      • "We want to be the best and give people a great experience," he said. "But now anything you would see on the market any time soon would not be something any of us would be satisfied with. Nor do I think the vast majority of people would be satisfied.”
       
      Apple drops iOS 11.1 beta 2 with dozens new emoji
      • Apple unleashed hundreds of new emoji on developers today with the release of iOS 11.1 beta 2.
      • The new emoji also have new faces, clothes, sports, food, dinosaurs and other mystical characters.
      • Monocle face
      • Mind blow face
      • Mer-people
      • Wizards
      • Draculas
      • Chinese food takeout container
      • Elves, fairies, genie
      • Dinosaurs
       
      Inside iOS 11: HomeKit gains multi-person geofencing, conditional triggers
      • HomeKit and the Home app will boggle your gourd.  They’re WAY more powerful now that in iOS 10.
      • Multi-person geofencing.  Actions can be triggered when one person comes or goes, or when a group of people in the same HomeKit group does.
        • Turn on lights when first person gets home
        • Turn off heat when last person leaves
      • Support for conditional triggers
        • Lighting will come on with someone comes home, but only after sunset
        • AC will turn on when someone comes home, but only if the temperature is above a threshold that you set.
      • Airplay 2 speakers are now supported, so you could set your speakers to start playing music in the morning or when you get home.
      • Time-based event triggers (i.e. turn the lights off at 5:30, or turn them on 30 minutes after sunrise)
      • Day of the week reoccurrence, so you can set things differently for different days of the way, or on the weekends
      • Home occupancy gate (i.e. only run something if you’re at home)
      • Timers (auto off after 1-60 minutes)
       
      Now you can control sprinklers, faucets, and Airplay 2 speakers in addition to:
      • security devices
      • garage doors
      • fans
      • lights
      • outlets
      • air purifiers
      • locks
      • humidifiers
      • doorbells
      • cameras
      • air conditioners
      • window shades
      • and thermostats
      • Finally, Apple is really pushing for better adoption of HomeKit; manufacturers can now add HomeKit compatibility to their non-HomeKit accessories due to Apple’s relaxed licensing terms.  Vendors are no longer required to use a dedicated encryption chip—all HomeKit authorization can go through software, which means Nest could add HomeKit compatibility with a software update.
       
      Under review
       
      Woolnut laptop sleeve
       
      Mophie Powerstation USB-C XXL
       
      Spigen Liquid Air Armor iPhone 8 Plus
      Oct 13, 2017
      CultCast #304 - Steve Job’s greatest product
      01:16:20
      This week: a company unlike any other, some say Steve Job’s greatest product was Apple itself, but how have they fared in the 6 years since his passing?  Leander shares the cold hard facts.  Plus: Leander’s long soliloquy about his new love, the 4K Apple TV; an iOS 11 software trick doubles your iPhone storage; and we’ll wrap up our favorite minimalist cases for your iPhone 7, 8, and X.
       
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      On the show this week
       
      Photos and videos shot in iOS 11's HEIF/HEVC format are literally now half the size they were in iOS10’s JPG/H.264 formats