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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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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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My go to podcast for the last six years. Might even be “the best a man can get”.

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I wait for this each week, funny, not your typical boring tech podcast.

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Greatest podcast ever

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My go to podcast for the last six years. Might even be “the best a man can get”.

Best Apple podcast

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I wait for this each week, funny, not your typical boring tech podcast.

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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.

#411 - New MacBook Pro LEAKS

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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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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

1hr 1min

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CultCast #371 - iPhone 11 leaks, and iOS-controlled Back-To-The-Future shoes

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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

1hr 18mins

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CultCast #220 - Before and after

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This week: with the FBI vs. Apple battle heating up, some lawyers say Tim Cook could land in jail; why Siri in the next version of OS X may point to redesigned MacBooks;  and, just how much would you pay for a box of Steve Job’s old crap?  Plus we pitch you our favorite tech and apps in an all-new Faves 'N Raves!
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This week’s intro: you need a family computer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3c7jiij6oY
Steve Jobs’s smelly old sandals just sold at auction

http://www.cultofmac.com/413496/steve-jobss-smelly-old-sandals-just-sold-at-auction/
Siri-ously? Apple’s virtual assistant finally coming to Mac
http://www.cultofmac.com/414143/siri-ously-apples-virtual-assistant-finally-coming-to-mac/
Apple Faces U.S. Demand to Unlock 9 More iPhones
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/24/technology/justice-department-wants-apple-to-unlock-nine-more-iphones.html
From Fines To Jail Time: How Apple Could Be Punished For Defying FBI

http://www.fastcompany.com/3057045/how-apple-could-be-punished-for-defying-fbi-encryption-order
Congressional ‘Crypto Commission’ may tackle Apple vs FBI debate - buster
http://www.cultofmac.com/414213/congressional-crypto-commission-could-tackle-apple-vs-fbi-debate/
Apple believes Congress should decide iPhone privacy case
http://www.cultofmac.com/414081/apple-believes-congress-should-decide-iphone-privacy-case/
Apple Is Said to Be Trying to Make It Harder to Hack iPhones

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/technology/apple-is-said-to-be-working-on-an-iphone-even-it-cant-hack.html?_r=1

Feb 26 2016

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CultCast #373 - What’s next for iPhone 🔥 Plus: our favorite gadgets!

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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.

Erfon goes hands-on with the Mysa smart thermostat

iPhone XS Max vs Hollywood Movie Cameras Red & Arri

Under Review!

Mysa smart thermostat for electric heaters

Mophie Charge Stream Power Station

Connect Sense Smart Outlet 2

Feb 01 2019

1hr 23mins

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CultCast #370 - Finally! Apple's bringing HomeKit to your favorite TVs and gadgets

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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

57mins

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CultCast #197 - TL;DR

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This week:  we review the new and notable features of iOS 9, and some lesser-known features you should definitely be using.  Plus: why you probably should’ve gotten the 128GB iPhone; a legit way to save 20% off your next Apple purchase; and what we love and don’t about iCloud storage.
 
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This week’s links
OS 9 review: It’s all about speed
http://www.cultofmac.com/388770/ios-9-review-all-about-speed/
17 secret iOS 9 tricks everyone should know
http://www.cultofmac.com/389110/tiny-ios-9-tricks/
Critical bug delays watchOS 2 release

http://www.cultofmac.com/389111/critical-bug-delays-watchos-2-release/
Tim Cook on Colbert 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuY0hXkqTWA
 
Louis CK wants you to stop filming your kids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpAwhSSe7F0
 
iMore’s EXHAUSTIVE iOS 9 review
http://www.imore.com/ios-9-review?utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=navigation&utm_source=im
 
Ira Glass on creativity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loxJ3FtCJJA
 
Learn more about Gareth Coker

http://gareth-coker.net

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#381 -  TV+,  Card,  Arcade,  News+ - We React!

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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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Erfon has a moment of eros reviewing Logitech's most premium keyboard

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

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CultCast #374 - Painful truths about MacBook Pro

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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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@erfon / @lewiswallace / @lkahney

7 Painful Truths about the 2018 MacBook Pro

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

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CultCast #145 - Death of a Classic

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The reviews are in! We’ll tell you what people love and don’t about the iPhone 6...  Then, RIP, iPod Classic.  We remember the humble beginnings of the device that built the new Apple.  And finally, Apple announced a base price of $349 for the Apple Watch, sure, but the prices for the other editions might make even Rolex envious.  All that plus the lesser known features of iOS 8; how to get U2 out of your iTunes; and a new social video app has us taking more selfies than ever. Thanks to Squarespace for supporting  this episode!  Need a beautiful website that’ll look good on any device that visits?  Try Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website, portfolio, and online store. For a free trial and 10% off, visit Squarespace.com and enter offer code “CultCast" at checkout.  

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Apple launches site to help you remove U2’s free album forever

http://www.cultofmac.com/295975/apple-launches-site-help-people-remove-u2s-shitty-free-album/#U2z0xVlLHli6WyP7.99

A sad day for the people of 4Chan - Apple’s two-factor authentication now protects iCloud backups

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/09/apples-two-factor-authentication-now-protects-icloud-backups/

Apple confirms iPhone 6 NFC chip is only for Apple Pay at launch

http://www.cultofmac.com/296093/apple-confirms-iphone-6-nfc-apple-pay/#xoYOeFJkifiIY8T5.99

Apple will make 15 cents for every $100 spent on Apple Pay

http://www.cultofmac.com/296086/apple-will-make-15-cents-every-100-spent-apple-pay/#sfu9GDJdpOOZtSGi.99

An illustrated history of the iPod and its massive impact

http://www.cultofmac.com/124565/an-illustrated-history-of-the-ipod-and-its-massive-impact-ipod-10th-anniversary/#GZ5TRFJhQwUSRFVX.99

Gruber takes a stab at future  Watch Pricing

http://daringfireball.net/2014/09/apple_watch?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews 

Sep 18 2014

1hr 11mins

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CultCast #308 - iPhone X: The Good, the bad, the ugly

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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.   This episode supported by Build a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.   CultCloth will keep your iPhone 7, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can use code CULTCAST to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.   The Cult of Mac watch store has the best straps in the biz!  Save 20% off any order with code CultCast at checkout.   Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   Siri, before Siri https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1bmZLePhCs   Massive iPhone X lines form at Apple Stores worldwide https://www.cultofmac.com/511715/iphone-x-attracts-apple-store-lines-around-world/
  • 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 https://www.cultofmac.com/511357/apple-strategy-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 https://www.cultofmac.com/511193/iphone-x-meta-review-setting-apple-next-10-years/   Face ID Unlocks an iPhone More Slowly Than Touch ID, but is Faster in Day-to-Day Usage https://www.macrumors.com/2017/11/01/face-id-touch-id-iphone-unlocking-comparison/
  • 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 https://www.cultofmac.com/511559/face-id-slower-touch-id-can-make-faster/
  • 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 http://twitch.tv/drdisrespectlive

Nov 03 2017

59mins

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CultCast #361 - The big problem with iPad Pro

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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.   This episode supported by   The National Security Agency plays a big part in protecting our country from cyber-attacks, and if you work in computer science, networking, programming or electrical engineering, YOU can help keep our country safe.  Learn more about careers at the National Security Agency today at IntelligenceCareers.gov/NSA   Gantri offers over 30 unique 3D-printed lights created by independent designers from all over the world, and unlike typical 3D-printed things you see, Gantri’s 3D-printed lights superbly nightlights and beautiful to behold.  Check them out in AR at gantri.com/cultcast, and use code CultCast at checkout for $20 off.   CultCloth will keep your iPhone X, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.   Opsgenie empowers Dev & Ops teams to plan for service disruptions and stay in control during incidents.  It also gives teams the power to respond quickly and efficiently to unplanned issues. Visit Opsgenie.com to sign up to get a FREE company account and add up to 5 team members.   Thanks to Kevin McLeodfor the music you hear on today’s episode.     On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace     2018 iPad Pro review roundup: The best tablet money can buy https://www.cultofmac.com/588070/2018-ipad-pro-review-roundup/
  • 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 https://www.cultofmac.com/588024/ipad-pro-usb-c-hub-hyperdrive-video-headphone-sd/
  • 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 https://www.cultofmac.com/588456/2018-macbook-air-review-roundup/ 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 https://youtu.be/LykS0TRSHLY?t=285

Nov 09 2018

1hr 4mins

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CultCast #119 - Macworld, Day Zero

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We’ve descended upon San Francisco for Macworld 2014!  Join us for our show expectations, plus plenty of news, rumors, and discussion on: why 2014 might be the year for Retina Macbook Airs; Apple’s plans for a streaming TV service with Comcast; Office coming to iPad; the problem with emojis; and why iTunes needs to be more like Spotify. Thanks to Sanebox for sponsoring this episode!  Do you get too much email? Then SaneBox is for you. It moves unimportant emails out of the Inbox into a separate folder and summarizes them in a digest. Try it out for free at http://sanebox.com/cultcast And Lynda.com! With over 2,000 high quality video courses taught by industry-leading experts, Lynda.com will help you master virtually any application, all on your own time and at your own pace.  Learn all you want for free for 7 days with a free trial.  Try it now at Lynda.com/CultCast 

Mar 27 2014

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CultCast #118 - The Secret Sauce

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Secret sauce—it’s the reason Apple keeps winning where others fail, and on our newest CultCast, we discuss the recipe that keeps Apple ahead of the pack. Plus, iOS 8 rumors detail some powerful new features; whispers of an impossibly thin iPhone 6; A-list musicians praise Pono as the digital music player for audiophiles; iPad 4 makes a comeback; and we reveal our favorite Cult movies on a all-new Get To Know Your Cultist! FreshBooks, the simple online accounting solution built for small business owners – just like you – who want to skip the headache of tax time. For a limited time, try FreshBooks free 60 days. To get started, visit getfreshbooks.com now and enter CultCast in the “How Did You Hear About Us” section. 

Mar 21 2014

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CultCast #314 - Shakeup! Jony Ive takes back the design team

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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!
  This episode supported by Build a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.   If you want the fastest WiFi everywhere in our home, check out an award winning Orbi WiFi System from Netgear, at http://netgear.com/orbi.   CultCloth will keep your iPhone 7, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can use code CULTCAST to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney / @lewiswallace   Jony Ive is once again leading Apple’s design team https://www.cultofmac.com/518077/jony-ive-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 https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/7jleyf/apple_makes_144476_per_second/   Apple’s ridiculously powerful iMac Pro is coming this week https://www.cultofmac.com/518429/imac-pro-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 https://www.cultofmac.com/518511/imac-pro-impresses-first-hands-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

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CultCast #353 - Our Gather Round event reactions!

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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.     This episode supported by   Easily create a beautiful website all by yourself, at Squarespace.com/cultcast. Use offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.   CultCloth will keep your iPhone X, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.   Thanks to Kevin McLeodfor the music you hear on today’s episode.   On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace / @bst3r

Sep 13 2018

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CultCast #224 - No more dongles!

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This week:  Apple’s new iPhone SE in an insane value; the significant differences between the big and small iPad Pros; more evidence affirms major Macbook Pro redesigns in June;  future keynotes need more Yak; and the cool features in the new tvOS 9.2 update.
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On the show this week
@erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney
Intro: Macs do more and cost less!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqI4-oJFQh8
 
New ultra-thin MacBooks rumored to arrive in June
http://www.cultofmac.com/419111/new-ultra-thin-macbooks-rumored-to-arrive-in-june/
What Apple product launches say about Tim Cook’s leadership
http://www.cultofmac.com/418958/apple-product-launches-tim-cook-leadership/
Apple Special Event in 90 Seconds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ3EEUYW5Vk
New iPad Pro is slower than 12.9-inch model
http://www.cultofmac.com/419127/new-ipad-pro-is-slower-than-12-9-inch-model/

Mar 25 2016

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CultCast #216 - iPhone 7 Plus… PLUS?

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This week:  a souped-up iPad Air 3 coming in March; iPhone 5se is a terrible name for a 4-inch iPhone; the iPhone 7 Plus PLUS is for those who demand only the best mobile camera; and why Apple is pumping the brakes on their electric car.
 
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We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.
On the show this week
@erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney / @lewiswallace
This week’s intro - Give your kids the universe!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwEpgMTn48k
The 5 biggest takeaways from Apple’s biggest quarter ever

http://www.cultofmac.com/409099/5-biggest-takeaways-apples-biggest-quarter/
Apple might unveil Pencil-ready iPad Air 3 in March
http://www.cultofmac.com/409343/apple-might-unveil-pencil-ready-ipad-air-3-in-march/
iPhone 5se may have been finished and ready to ship for months
http://www.cultofmac.com/409498/iphone-5se-development-has-been-finished-and-ready-to-ship-for-months/
Apple may release special iPhone 7 Plus aimed at pro photographers
http://www.cultofmac.com/409203/apple-may-release-special-iphone-7-plus-aimed-at-pro-photographers/
Apple puts the brakes on struggling electric car project
http://www.cultofmac.com/408826/apple-puts-the-brakes-on-struggling-electric-car-project/

Jan 29 2016

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CultCast #378 - Is Apple prepping a folding iPhone?

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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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@erfon / @lewiswallace / @lkahney

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

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CultCast #160 - Grandpa Clown

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This week, on our maiden episode of 2015: The story of an iOS developer who gave a gift so generous, it went totally viral; Discovering new apps and podcasts on iTunes is an awful experience, but we know how to fix it; plus, how Steve Jobs contributions helped build the new Disney...
 
And stay tuned for an all-new CultCast 2nd Hour!  Pro photographer David Hobby shares his favorite gear for travel pics, his tips and tactics for taking great travel photos, plus his street photography advice will help you not get punched...
 
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We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a huge thanks for all the great music you hear in today's show.
 
This week’s links
 
Erfon on twitter/instagram - @erfon
http://twitter.com/erfon // http://instagram.com/erfon
 
Leander on twitter/instagram - @lkahney
http://twitter.com/lkahney // http://instagram.com/lkahney
 
Buster on twitter/instagram - @bst3r
http://twitter.com/bst3r // http://instagram.com/bst3r
 
This week's intro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULifDary70E&spfreload=10
 
iOS dev pays off his parents’ mortgage for Christmas
http://www.cultofmac.com/307244/ios-dev-pays-off-parents-mortgage-christmas/#7LJyIJzj0Pouk60F.99
iPhone 6 drives App Store to new download record
http://www.cultofmac.com/307449/iphone-6-drives-app-store-new-download-record/#sLkaHAmEeWjOL61b.99
 
Apple Pay comes to gas pumps in 2015

http://www.cultofmac.com/307349/apple-pay-comes-gas-pumps-2015/#ExhEu8foakt4AFpE.99
 
How Jobs helped shape the new Disney
http://fortune.com/2014/12/29/disney-ceo-bob-iger-empire-of-tech/
2nd Hour Links
 
David Hobby on twitter: 
twitter.com/strobist
 
Learn how to light on his Strobist site: 
http://www.strobist.blogspot.com
 
His favorite travel camera is the Fuji X100S:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HK8ZBE0
 
The Fuji X100T is the newer version of the X100S: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NF6ZGY6
David loves the book The Passionate Photographer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321719891
 
David’s lynda catalog of courses (please use lynda.com/cultcast to sign up):
http://www.lynda.com/David-Hobby/2042130-1.html

Jan 02 2015

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CultCast #79 - Have a nice trip!

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This time on The CultCast: Why iPhone 5S may have two flashes; the iOS game controller could change everything; new Thunderbolt displays on the way;  guy who sold the iPhone 4 prototype recounts the tale on reddit;  iOS 7 gets shinier in beta 2; and Tim Cook gets a back massage with Erfon after brunch.

All that an more on our newest CultCast!

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Jun 28 2013

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#417 - Big change coming to MacBook Pro (and iPad!)

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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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New screen tech might make upcoming MacBook and iPad most beautiful yet
  • 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.
  • Best of the year picks!

    Dec 06 2019

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    #416 - The wild but true stories from The Cult of Mac

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    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

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    #415 - Surprise! Let’s talk Apple’s Dec. 2 event.

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    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

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    #414 - 16-inch MacBook Pro first impressions!

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    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

    1hr 6mins

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    #413 - Our AppleTV+ shows spoiler-free reviews!

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    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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    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

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    #412 - AirPod Pros — a whole lot to like!

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    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

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    #411 - New MacBook Pro LEAKS

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    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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    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

    1hr 1min

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    #410 - The next iPhone SE will be WORTHY!

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    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

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    LEANDER'S GOT A BUS PLAN (CultCast extra)

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

    Oct 17 2019

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    #409 -  AR Glasses are ALMOST here

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    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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    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

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    #408 - Let’s talk about Apple's October hardware event…

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    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

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    #407 - iPhone 11 Pro—even better than we hoped!

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    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

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    #406 - iPhone 11 Pro - A leap forward!

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    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

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    #405 - iPhone 11/Pro - What you need to know!

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    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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    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

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    #404 - Get ready for ONE MORE THING...

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    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

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    #403 - 🔥 Our September 10th event hardware predications 🔥

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    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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    This week's stories

    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

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    #402- NEW Macs. NEW iPhones. INCOMING…

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    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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    This week's stories

    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.”

    • 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

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    #401 - iPhone 11: the biggest leaks yet!

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    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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    This week's stories

    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

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    #400 - Apple ASRM, and iPhone vs. Galaxy 10

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    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

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    #399 - Apple’s working on something BIG...

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    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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    This week's stories

    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

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