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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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#414 - 16-inch MacBook Pro first impressions!

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. 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. Cult of Mac's watch store is full of beautiful straps that cost way less than Apple's. See the full curated collection at Store.Cultofmac.com CultCloth will keep your iPhone XS, 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. On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace 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.

1hr 6mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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CultCast #221 - Great Kilt Action

This week: rumors point to an insanely thin iPhone 7, but is that what we want?  Plus: our list of top, most-wanted iPhone 7 features; why only some of us are excited for iPhone SE; why the new iPad could have a killer new camera; and if want to hear Leander complain about Mariah Carey and Maroon 5, stay tuned for Leander Loves Pop!This episode supported byBuild a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful. Freshbooks, the easy-to-use invoicing software designed to help small business owners get organized, save time invoicing and get paid faster.  And I can vouch for this from experience, it also makes tax time a cinch.  Get started with a free trial at Freshbooks.com/cultcast, and please enter “CultCast” in the “How did you hear about us?” section!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 / @lkahneyIntro - They finally figured out a way to make PCs easy to use!https://youtu.be/lGCK1-79jik Is this Drake??http://imgur.com/Fcdq9jK Whitney Houston was a national treasure!https://youtu.be/N_lCmBvYMRs?t=1m2s Rosanne Bar… wellhttps://youtu.be/ls1YVhcLD2c?t=6s This is basically Buster Heine’s theme songhttps://youtu.be/eH3giaIzONA?t=43s Check out Rob Roy for some great “kilt action"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114287/Apple event for iPhone SE, new iPad to take place March 21http://www.cultofmac.com/414893/apple-event-for-iphone-se-new-ipad-to-take-place-march-21/iPhone 7 will be as slim as an iPod touchhttp://www.cultofmac.com/415264/iphone-7-will-be-as-slim-as-an-ipod-touch/New iPad may pack better camera than iPad Prohttp://www.cultofmac.com/415209/new-ipad-may-pack-a-better-camera-than-ipad-pro/

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4 Mar 2016

Rank #2

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CultCast #248 - iPhone 7 event reactions!

This episode: our iPhone 7 event reactions! iPhone 7, AirPods, the new Apple Watch—we’ll cover everything Apple announced this week, and tell you what we like, what we don’t, and what we’ll be spending our own hard-earned monies on.  Plus: Nintendo's big move into iOS, and how to lock down the exact iPhone you want when the pre-orders go live..   This episode supported by   TunnelBear, the simple privacy app that makes it easy to browse privately and enjoy a more open internet. Visit GetTunnelBear.com to get your free TunnelBear today.   And our thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   Shot on iPhone - Tim Cook’s exquisite football photo http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/8/10934804/tim-cook-blurry-super-bowl-photo

1hr 2mins

8 Sep 2016

Rank #3

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CultCast #200!

This week: we're celebrating CultCast 200, yaaa’aaaaall!  And just in time for the party—it’s the iPhone 6s scandal we all knew would someday come... #CHIPGATE. We’ll tell why the internet is nerd-raging over this newest iPhone scandal, and why it might just be diminishing your iPhone 6s' battery life.  Plus: the new Jobs movie is generating Oscar buzz.  Seriously!  And since he’s seen it—twice—Alex E Heath is here to give us his review. And stay tuned till the end for our favorite memories of CultCast’s past.  It’s CultCast 200!!!! Join us for our CultCast 200 live hangout and AMA!  Fun starts Friday, October 9th, 12pm PST at live.thecultcast.comOur thanks to Harry’s for supporting this episode. Harry’s super-sharp, German-made razors ship free right to your door and for way less than the drugstore razors. Learn more at Harrys.com and save $5 off your first order with code CultCast.And Softlayer.  Your business, applications, and compute workloads are different from everyone else's, so you deserve cloud resources that meet your unique needs.  Get $500 of cloud infrastructure by visiting softlayer.com/Podcast. We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a huge thanks for all the music you hear in today's show. On the show this week@erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney / @alexeheathApple denies Chipgate means iPhone 6s battery woeshttp://www.cultofmac.com/391635/apple-denies-chipgate-means-iphone-6s-battery-woes/#more-391635 Samsung may be ruining your iPhone 6s’ battery lifehttp://www.cultofmac.com/391476/samsung-may-be-ruining-your-iphone-6s-battery-life/Why I'm canceling my Apple Music subscriptionhttp://www.techinsider.io/why-im-cancelling-apple-music-2015-9Steve Jobs' widow tried to kill Aaron Sorkin's movie about the Apple co-founderhttp://www.techinsider.io/laurene-powell-jobs-on-steve-jobs-movie-2015-10 Steve Jobs director says Apple has ‘terrifying’ amount of powerhttp://www.cultofmac.com/391392/steve-jobs-director-says-apple-has-terrifying-amount-of-power/

1hr 10mins

9 Oct 2015

Rank #4

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CultCast #223 - iPad Pro Mini Air… 3?

This week:  will we see new Macs?  Will there a One More Thing??  These are our March 21st Apple event predictions and expectations…  Plus: how Instagram is about to be ruined; reports of an Apple Car price and ship date surface; why pirates are excited for the AyeCar; and some new iPhone 7 leaks echo familiar rumors...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.Harry’s super-sharp, German-made razors ship free right to your door and for way less than the drugstore razors. Learn more at Harrys.com and save $5 off your first order with code CultCast.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 Intro - Maybe people won’t get along in the future, but our Macs willhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1zYt8aoiTM50,000 users want Instagram to turn back timehttp://www.cultofmac.com/418058/50000-users-want-instagram-to-turn-back-time/Apple Car may ship in 2021, with a price tag of $75,000http://www.cultofmac.com/417734/apple-car-will-make-apple-watch-edition-look-like-a-bargain/Major iPhone 7 changes revealed by leaked casehttp://www.cultofmac.com/418232/major-iphone-7-changes-revealed-by-leaked-case/iPhone 7’s redesigned antenna band revealed in leaked photohttp://www.cultofmac.com/417970/iphone-7s-redesigned-antenna-band-revealed-in-leaked-photo/This could be our first look at the iPhone 7http://www.cultofmac.com/417776/iphone-7-leak-smart-connector/Everything Apple will announce at its March 21 keynotehttp://www.cultofmac.com/417308/everything-apple-will-announce-at-its-march-21-event/

56mins

18 Mar 2016

Rank #5

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CultCast #178 - The Dangler

For years Apple has been reportedly working their magic on the worst device in every home—the remote control. And now, with a rumored new Apple TV on the the horizon, we’ll tell you why an Apple-hewn controller could be its flagship feature.  Plus: how to create your own Apple Watch band; how to share your digital heartbeat with other lonely Apple Watch wearers; and we vote on our favorite new gadgets on an all-new Faves ’N Raves. And stick around for CultCast 2nd hour with our guest, award-winning graphic designer and professor, Sean Adams. Sean shares his insights, tools, and tips for breaking into the design industry, building a name for yourself, and why everyone needs to care about design. We have three great sponsors this episode: Lynda.com has over 3000 courses for you to choose fro. Learn to run your business better, become a photoshop ninja, learn how to create music with your iPad, and so much more.  Learn all you want for free for 10 days, just head to lynda.com/cultcast to start your free trial. Harry’s super-sharp, German-made razors ship free right to your door and for way less than the drugstore razors.  Learn more at Harrys.com and save $5 off your first order with code CultCast. Freshbooks, the easy-to-use invoicing software designed to help small business owners get organized, save time invoicing and get paid faster.  And I can vouch for this from experience, it also makes tax time a cinch.  Get started with a free trial at Freshbooks.com/cultcast, and please enter “CultCast” in the “How did you hear about us?” section! We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a huge thanks for the great music you hear in today's show. This week’s links Lonely Apple Watch buyers turn to the Internet to share their heartbeatsRead more at http://www.cultofmac.com/321618/lonely-apple-watch-buyers-turn-to-the-internet-to-share-their-heartbeats/#aboVz29u4K8PAuTS.99 How to add your own custom band to Apple WatchRead more at http://www.cultofmac.com/321556/how-to-add-your-own-custom-band-to-apple-watch/#Ivbgo0IzCsI3UDAQ.99 How third-party bands are allowed to work with Apple WatchRead more at http://www.cultofmac.com/321601/how-third-party-bands-are-allowed-to-work-with-apple-watch/#lJjpFKGJb1YkI8R1.99Apple’s aggressive music ambitions draw DOJ scrutinyRead more at http://www.cultofmac.com/321512/apples-aggressive-music-ambitions-draw-doj-scrutiny/#5GzQvcoTGIyGwQ6J.99 Patents suggest Apple TV wand full of Cupertino magicRead more at http://www.cultofmac.com/321683/patents-suggest-apple-tv-wand-full-of-cupertino-magic/#1pJCCHBRZ3kdQhGB.99 Apple is planning to launch its new TV box this summerRead more at http://www.cultofmac.com/321592/apple-tv-remote-is-getting-a-trackpad-this-summer/#5uzkVdaFRr8qlser.99 Help us pick this week’s Faves N Raves winner at Facebook.com/thecultcast  Leander - HiRise for Apple Watch - $49 Buster - Capture Pro camera clip from peak designs - $80 Erfon - Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT tripod - $150 Get some inspiration from Sean Adam’s Design blog burningsettlerscabin.com

1hr 28mins

8 May 2015

Rank #6

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CultCast #199 - So Much Drivel

This week:  we’ve spent seven full days with iPhone 6s and we’re ready to report what we love and what we don’t.  Plus: El Capitan just made your Mac a lot better!  We’ll cover the cool tricks your Mac just learned.  And stay tuned for our dive into the world of fake Apple Watch bands… how does  $9 for an Apple Watch Sport band sound? How about $28 for a Leather Loop?  Sure, the fakes are 1/5 the price of genuine Apple bands, but are they any good?  We’ve been testing two fakes to find out, and the results might surprise you.Our thanks to Lynda for supporting this episode.  Lynda is like the Apple Music of online education, with over 3000 expert-taught video courses you can stream straight to computer or mobile device. Learn how to use Logic’s new super powerful Alchemy synth, ordevelop Mac apps for OS X—learn all you want for free for 10 days at lynda.com/cultcast. And Softlayer.  Your business, applications, and compute workloads are different from everyone else's, so you deserve cloud resources that meet your unique needs.  Get $500 of cloud infrastructure by visiting softlayer.com/Podcast.We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a huge thanks for all the great music you hear in today's show.On the show this week@erfon / @bst3r / @lkahneyThis week’s links Erfon’s $27 Leather Loopshttp://www.ebay.com/itm/191676686820? And his $10 Silicone Sport bandhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/131557248730 13 awesome tricks your Mac just learned with El Capitanhttp://www.cultofmac.com/390769/13-awesome-tricks-your-mac-just-learned-with-el-capitan/The magic that makes iPhone 6s so water-resistanthttp://www.cultofmac.com/390735/the-magic-that-makes-iphone-6s-so-water-resistant/#more-390735

1hr 19mins

2 Oct 2015

Rank #7

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CultCast #353 - Our Gather Round event reactions!

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

1hr 5mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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CultCast #177 - A week with Apple Watch

t’s been a week now that we’ve been living with the Apple Watch affixed upon our wrists, and in that time, we’ve curated a list of what we love, what we don’t, and our overall impressions of Apple’s newest trinket.   And while some of us are smitten, not all of us are sold. Our thanks to Automatic for supporting this episode.  Plug Automatic into your car's data port, and with their beatiful app, you'll be able to find your parked car, learn how to save fuel with tips based on your actual driving, and even diagnose and turn off your car's check engine light.  See it out in action and save 20% off your new Automatic now at Automatic.com/cultcast. And CultCloth!  Let’s face it, CultCloth isn’t for everyone.  But if you’re obsessive about keeping your iPhone, iPad, Mac, DSLR, glasses, and other gadgets in sparkling clean condition, you’ll love ‘em.  Check them out now at CultCloth.co, and use code “CultCast” as checkout to score a free 8x8 CleanCloth! We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a huge thanks for the great music you hear in today's show.Join the twitter and Periscope party:@bst3r / @erfon / @alexeheath / @lkahney This week’s linksIntro courtesy of the iToilet: Your interactive toiletthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMcSiTL9yAU&spfreload=10Confused about the Apple Watch UI? Memorize this cheat sheet http://www.cultofmac.com/319198/apple-watch-ui-cheat-sheet/ Discover will support Apple Pay starting this fallhttp://www.cultofmac.com/320751/discover-will-support-apple-pay-starting-this-fall/#HlkhhaLryG92ZrYL.99 Apple doesn’t want Watch apps that tell timeRead more at http://www.cultofmac.com/320953/apple-doesnt-want-watch-apps-that-tell-time/#T5ua46xXdd039QV5.99Tattoos might make Apple Watch malfunction http://www.cultofmac.com/320924/key-apple-watch-features-may-not-work-for-users-with-tattoos/

1hr 10mins

1 May 2015

Rank #9

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CultCast #332 - Goodbye Apple leaks?

This week:  Apple threatens employees to quit leaking, or go to jail! Apple’s building new tools to help you know just how addicted you are to that iPhone of yours.  We’ll fill you in. It looks like a new iPhone SE will be landing real soon.  We’ll tell you what we know. And we reveal all the cool stuff we’re currently into in an all-new What We’re Into!   This episode supported by   Easily create a website by yourself, at Squarespace.com/cultcast.  Use offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.   Casper’s American-made mattresses have just the right amount of memory foam and latex, and people everywhere love them.  Learn why and get $50 towards any mattress at Casper.com/cultcast.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r      Tim Cook won’t compromise Mac and iPad by combining them https://www.cultofmac.com/542885/mac-and-ipad-merge-combine-tim-cook-macbook/ With Apple planning to move Macs to Arm chips, and the rumored unification of iOS and macOS apps, you might be anxious Apple might just go ahead and combine your iPhone and Mac into some God forsake combo device. Tim Cook recently stated that merging the Mac and iPad lines would be bad for both. He told a reporter from The Sydney Morning Herald, “We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two … you begin to make trade offs and compromises.”   Leaked Apple memo details efforts to stop leaks https://www.cultofmac.com/541563/leaked-apple-memo-details-efforts-to-stop-leaks/ In a leaked memo detailing Apple’s efforts to stop leaks, the company says it caught 29 leakers in 2017. Of those caught, 12 were arrested. Apple told employees they are “getting played” by journalists and bloggers that approach them with flattery in exchange for information.   Apple should battle smartphone addiction, iPod creator says https://www.cultofmac.com/541947/apple-should-battle-smartphone-addiction-ipod-creator-says/ Former Apple executive, father of the iPod and current Nest CEO Tony Fadell wants Apple to do more to battle smartphone addiction. In a newly published op-ed, Fadell argues that it would be “easy” for Apple to create a deep dashboard that could reveal exactly how much time we spend on different apps. Fadell suggests that users could receive a regular itemized list like a credit card bill, complete with detailed information about how long they spent on each app, or even what they were doing inside each app. It turns out Apple agrees, and has said that it plans to incorporate smartphone-monitoring features into the next version of iOS.   Apple plans to launch the Apple Music of magazines https://www.cultofmac.com/542245/apple-mag-subscription-service/ Apple is planning to launch its own premium subscription magazine service as part of the Apple News app, a new report claims. Earlier this year, the company acquired magazine app Texture. Texture offers more than 200 magazines for a rolling price of $9.99 per month. Since acquiring Texture, Apple has reportedly parted ways with 20 of Texture’s 100 employees. The remaining ones are now being integrated into the Apple News team. An app combining Apple News and Texture is expected to launch sometime in the next year. When the iPad first launched in 2010, one of the apps Steve Jobs was most excited about was The Daily, a short-lived, iPad-exclusive newspaper that was the first subscription app Apple offered.   Apple filings hint a bunch of new iPhone models are coming soon https://www.cultofmac.com/542451/apple-filings-hint-a-bunch-of-new-iphone-models-are-coming-soon/ The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) — which has previously leaked the iPhone 7, AirPods, and new MacBooks early — has now spilled the beans on a bunch of new handsets Apple is planning to release this year. Given that the iPhone X and iPhone 8 launched just six months ago, they will almost certainly be new versions of iPhone SE. Apple’s newest iPhone SE launched last March with increased storage, but the rest of the device has remained unchanged since March 2016. Current models still pack an aging A9 processor that first made its debut inside the iPhone 6 in 2014. A new version of the iPhone SE will probably offer the same physical design, again with a 4-inch Retina display, but with more recent internals. Apple could give the device a more powerful A10 chip alongside improved cameras.

47mins

20 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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CultCast #119 - Macworld, Day Zero

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 

54mins

27 Mar 2014

Rank #11

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CultCast #118 - The Secret Sauce

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. 

54mins

21 Mar 2014

Rank #12

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CultCast #228 - Little red corvette, y’aaaall!

This week: why the new iPad Pro screen is “practically perfect”; stories from the "Cult of Mac"; our most anticipated WWDC 2016 announcements; a look at Apple’s newly updated MacBooks; Apple’s secret plan to create hit TV shows; and have you ever wondered how rich you’d be if you invested in Apple’s IPO instead of buying their computers?  We break down the numbers.This episode supported byFreshbooks, the easy-to-use invoicing software designed to help small business owners get organized, save time invoicing and get paid faster.  And I can vouch for this from experience, it also makes tax time a cinch.  Get started with a free trial at Freshbooks.com/cultcast, and please enter “CultCast” in the “How did you hear about us?” section! TunnelBear, the simple privacy app that makes it easy to browse privately and enjoy a more open internet. Visit GetTunnelBear.com to get your free TunnelBear today.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 / @lkahney9.7-inch iPad Pro’s display is practically perfecthttp://www.cultofmac.com/423730/9-7-inch-ipad-pros-display-is-practically-perfect/Siri reveals WWDC 2016 dateshttp://www.cultofmac.com/423694/wwdc-2016-dates-siri-knows/Apple unleashes improved MacBooks, now in rose goldhttp://www.cultofmac.com/423876/apple-unleashes-improved-macbooks-now-in-rose-gold/Apple is secretly planning to take over Hollywood http://www.cultofmac.com/423780/apple-is-secretly-planning-to-takeover-hollywood/What a $1,000 investment in Apple in 1996 looks like todayhttp://www.cultofmac.com/424259/what-a-1000-investment-in-apple-in-1996-looks-like-today/What are you most excited to see Apple unveil at WWDC 2016?https://www.reddit.com/r/TheCultCast/comments/4fiygt/what_are_you_most_excited_to_see_apple_unveil_at/ Greg Packer, professional Apple line squatterhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjC5jGMPrk4

50mins

22 Apr 2016

Rank #13

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CultCast #232 - Techno-Utopian Baloney

This week: Apple makes a curious investment in China’s version of Uber; iPhones that charge wirelessly in your pocket; Siri is coming to a Mac near you; more weird and wacky stories from the Cult of Mac; and we tell you what we like (and what we don’t) about the gadgets we’re currently testing in an all-new Under Review.   This episode supported by   Freshbooks, the easy-to-use invoicing software designed to help small business owners get organized, save time invoicing and get paid faster.  And I can vouch for this from experience, it also makes tax time a cinch.  Get started with a free trial at Freshbooks.com/cultcast, and please enter “CultCast” in the “How did you hear about us?” section!   TunnelBear, the simple privacy app that makes it easy to browse privately and enjoy a more open internet. Visit GetTunnelBear.com to get your free TunnelBear today.   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   Intro: Your future computer, The Knowledge Navigator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bjve67p33E   Apple invests $1 billion in Chinese Uber rival http://www.cultofmac.com/428251/apple-invests-1-billion-in-chinese-uber-rival/ Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing Tim Cook says the deal “reflects our excitement about their growing business … and also our continued confidence in the long term in China’s economy.” Cook told Reuters: “We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market,”  Jack Kent of tech analytical firm IHS Technology said partnering with Chinese companies is a common way for international companies to get into the massive Asian market.   Apple’s new hires point to iPhone wireless charging http://www.cultofmac.com/428817/apples-new-hires-point-to-iphone-wireless-charging/ In the last four months Apple has hired two former uBeam engineers with expertise in wireless charging and ultrasonic technology The Verge did some investigating, and discovered that in fact the in the last two years Apple has hired more than a dozen staffers with expertise in wireless charging. Earlier this year Bloomberg reported that Apple was hoping to add wireless charging to the new iPhone it releases in 2017. According to Bloomberg's sources, Apple wants to implement a much more advanced technology that would allow you to walk around a room and have your phone charging the entire time. Is the smart dock a stop gap?   Siri for Mac icons leak ahead of WWDC http://www.cultofmac.com/428990/siri-for-mac-icons-leak-ahead-of-wwdc/ Apple’s digital assistant Siri is expected to finally arrive on Macs later this year with the next OS X update Cool icon in dock, plus accessible via the menu bar and Hey Siri option   Buster’s reviewing the Garmin Phoenix 3 http://amzn.to/1WG1xKB   Leander’s been listening to the Moshi Avanti on-ear headphones http://www.moshi.com/audio-headphones-avanti   Erfon’s lighting his house with the illumi smart bulbs http://amzn.to/1U3QQet     The three Apples that changed the world, featuring Jimmy Page and Fiona Apple

1hr 5mins

20 May 2016

Rank #14

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CultCast #229 - Alex’s Apple Orchard

Thisweek: Apple’s 13-year record revenue streak isbroken;  our best picture yet of iPhone 7features; rumors point to afaster, untethered Apple Watch 2; Apple has a hugeincrease in R&D spending, but where’s the money going? And stick around for more stories from the Cult of Mac. This week: a 15-year-old mows lawns, then uses the money tobuild one of the world’s best Apple collections.This episode supported byFreshbooks, the easy-to-use invoicing software designedto help small business owners get organized, save time invoicingand get paid faster.  And I can vouch for this fromexperience, it also makes tax time a cinch.  Get startedwith a free trial at Freshbooks.com/cultcast, andplease enter “CultCast” in the “How did you hearabout us?” section! TunnelBear, the simple privacy app that makes it easy tobrowse privately and enjoy a more open internet. VisitGetTunnelBear.com to getyour free TunnelBear today.We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for thegreat music you hear on today's show.On the show this week@erfon / @bst3r / @lkahneySubmit your CultCast intro, win some CultCloth!https://www.reddit.com/r/TheCultCast/comments/4fsumv/cult_caster_intros_listener_made/ Intro - Hamilton Morris loves his iPod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE6G2TICSJQ8 optimistic takeaways from Apple’s slumptastic earningscallhttp://www.cultofmac.com/425131/apple-earnings-call-q2-2016-takeaways/ R&D spending at Apple increased by $1.1 billion dollarscompared to the same six month period last year, according to a newSEC filing The tech giant is fighting itself here, being forced tocompare thisyear’s numbers to the killer iPhone 6 sales that drove2015’s overwhelming revenue Apple’s tablets are doing fine, really, selling 10.3 millionunits this quarter. But in general, tablets are stinking up theplace. Apple surprised by SE demand andcan’t keep up Apple Watch made $1.5 billion more than Rolex last yearhttp://www.cultofmac.com/425038/apple-watch-made-1-5-billion-more-than-rolex-last-year/ The Apple Watch, which celebratedits first birthday this week, is just such a product. Howmuch of an impact did the Apple Watch make in its debut year?Enough to bring in $1.5 billion more than Rolex did in 2015. While Apple has yet to make its Watch sales public knowledge,according to a recent WallStreet Journal article, the debut Apple wearable likelybrought in around $6 billion in its first year. That’s considerablymore than Rolex’s $4.5 billion in total revenue for theequivalent time frame. Apple Watch also outsold the iPhone in both products’respective first years by a margin of 2-to-1. Apple Watch 2 Rumored to Include Cellular Connectivity AmidPush for iPhone Independencyhttp://www.macrumors.com/2016/04/25/apple-watch-2-cellular-connectivity/ The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is working onincluding cellular network connectivity and a faster processor inthe so-called Apple Watch2. LTE would undoubtedly require an additional data plan, on topof one they might already have for both the iPhone and iPad,benefits like using GPS, making phone calls, andstreaming AppleMusic without an iPhone nearby could outweigh the cons forsome users.  iPhone 7 may make bigger splash than expectedhttp://www.cultofmac.com/424854/iphone-7-may-make-bigger-splash-than-expected/ Apple will supposedly make its next iPhone both waterproof anddustproof Digitimes claims the device will also have a newtouch-sensitive home button that sits flush with the rest of thescreen Other features Apple is rumored to be adding include a newSmart Connecter, dual lens camera, bigger battery, wirelesscharging, no headphone jack, and a cleaner rear shell design withminimal antenna lines. Design will be pretty much thesame as the 6 and 6s.

57mins

29 Apr 2016

Rank #15

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CultCast #160 - Grandpa Clown

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... Thanks to lynda.com for supporting this episode. Learn to run your business better, become a photoshop ninja, learn how to create music with your iPad, and so much more.  lynda now has over 4500 courses for you to choose from, and now they’re offering our listeners a 10 day free trial.  Learn all you want for free for 10 days, head on over to lynda.com/cultcast 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 - @erfonhttp://twitter.com/erfon // http://instagram.com/erfon Leander on twitter/instagram - @lkahneyhttp://twitter.com/lkahney // http://instagram.com/lkahney Buster on twitter/instagram - @bst3rhttp://twitter.com/bst3r // http://instagram.com/bst3r This week's introhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULifDary70E&spfreload=10 iOS dev pays off his parents’ mortgage for Christmashttp://www.cultofmac.com/307244/ios-dev-pays-off-parents-mortgage-christmas/#7LJyIJzj0Pouk60F.99iPhone 6 drives App Store to new download recordhttp://www.cultofmac.com/307449/iphone-6-drives-app-store-new-download-record/#sLkaHAmEeWjOL61b.99 Apple Pay comes to gas pumps in 2015http://www.cultofmac.com/307349/apple-pay-comes-gas-pumps-2015/#ExhEu8foakt4AFpE.99 How Jobs helped shape the new Disneyhttp://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/B00NF6ZGY6David 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

1hr 31mins

2 Jan 2015

Rank #16

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CultCast #170 - Too Many Dongles

This week: we break down all that we know and still don’t about the Apple Watch, and Leander says why the $10,000 gold editions are totally opposite Steve Jobs’ vision for the company he co-founded.  Plus: Apple quietly kills their iconic glowing logo; what we love and don’t about the new Macbook, and why some are not thrilled with its new “butterfly” keyboard; and with HBO Now coming exclusively to Apple… could big AppleTV changes be on the horizon?Our thanks for Freshbooks for supporting this episode.  FreshBooks is the easy-to-use invoicing software designed to help small business owners get organized, save time invoicing and get paid faster.  And I can vouch for this from experience, it also makes tax time a cinch.  Get started with a free trial at Freshbooks.com/cultcast, and please enter “CultCast” in the “How did you hear about us?” section!And Squarespace!  Squarespace Seven doesn’t just have a redesigned interface, integrations with Getty Images and Google Apps, and new templates, they give you a bunch of tools to update your website on the go and view your metrics right on your iPhone. Try the new Squarespace free for two weeks Squarespace.com, and enter offer code CultCast at checkout to save 10% off any order. 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 linksErfon on twitter/instagram - @erfonhttp://twitter.com/erfon // http://instagram.com/erfonLeander on twitter/instagram - @lkahneyhttp://twitter.com/lkahney // http://instagram.com/lkahney Buster on twitter/instagram - @bst3rhttp://twitter.com/bst3r // http://instagram.com/bst3r  Watch Sizing Guidehttp://store.apple.com/Catalog/regional/amr/pdf/static/pdf/content/Watch_Sizing_Guide.pdfApple quietly killed its glowing logo todayhttp://www.cultofmac.com/314952/apple-quietly-killed-glowing-logo-today/#0L58UWZERAzELIXY.99Why the $10,000 gold Apple Watch really winds me uphttp://www.cultofmac.com/314922/10000-gold-apple-watch-really-winds/#3xdqbMavg87dBPph.99The new MacBook isn’t for you, it’s for the futurehttp://www.cultofmac.com/315094/new-macbook-isnt-future/#QxuD0TUJCxQpQakI.99  HBO Now will be an Apple exclusive for three monthshttp://www.cultofmac.com/314933/hbo-now-will-apple-exclusive-three-months/#Rb9RBRghqiPXosJV.99

1hr 8mins

13 Mar 2015

Rank #17

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CultCast #183 - #NoPantsFridays

This week: we’re on the ground for WWDC and AltConf!  We’ll tell you what it’s like.  Plus: our favorite features announced at the WWDC keynote; why we have high hopes for Beats 1 radio on Apple Music; Phil Schiller discusses some of Apple’s more controversial product decisions in a surprising new interview; and, though it’s all cheers for consumers, we’ll tell you why some developers dread Apple’s yearly WWDC announcements.Our thanks to Harry’s for supporting this episode. Harry’s super-sharp, German-made razors ship free right to your door and for way less than the drugstore razors.  Learn more at Harrys.com and save $5 off your first order with code CultCast.And Squarespace.  Start building your website today at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code [CultCast] at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.This week’s linksYou should rewatch this WWDC opening with Bill Haderhttp://www.cultofmac.com/326092/apples-pre-keynote-wwdc-vid-skewers-hollywood-apple-itself/ iOS 9 s awesome two finger trackpad gesture is coming to iPhonehttp://www.cultofmac.com/326041/ios-9s-awesome-two-finger-keyboard-gesture-is-also-coming-to-iphone/ At WWDC, clues that Apple is adding a stylus to the iPad aboundhttp://www.cultofmac.com/325989/at-wwdc-clues-that-apple-is-adding-a-stylus-to-the-ipad/Apple’s new ‘Move to iOS’ app helps Android users switch to iPhone - busterhttp://www.cultofmac.com/325558/apples-new-move-to-ios-app-helps-android-users-switch-to-iphone/All the awesome features coming to your Apple Watch this fallhttp://www.cultofmac.com/325366/all-the-awesome-features-coming-to-your-apple-watch-this-fall/All the awesome features coming to your Apple Watch this fallhttp://www.cultofmac.com/325366/all-the-awesome-features-coming-to-your-apple-watch-this-fall/Gruber’s Interview with Phil Schillerhttp://www.cultofmac.com/325819/phil-schiller-explains-16gb-iphones-macbooks-with-one-usb-port-design-vs-battery-life/

1hr 22mins

12 Jun 2015

Rank #18

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

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. This episode supported by Our thanks to Linked In for supporting this episode. A business is only as strong as its people, and every hire matters… head to LinkedIn.com/cultcast and get a $50 credit toward your first job post. 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. Cult of Mac's watch store is full of beautiful straps that cost way less than Apple's. See the full curated collection at Store.Cultofmac.com CultCloth will keep your iPhone XS, 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. On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's story links Erfon's YouTube channel! If this is iPhone 11 camera’s Night mode, we can’t wait iPhone 11 vs. Pro vs. Pro Max: Which one should you buy? Why Apple Watch Series 5 is a welcome surprise Lower iPhone 11 price shows Apple got the message [Opinion] Ex-Netflix exec thinks Apple TV+ will have no problem competing Leaked iPhone 11 specs show upgraded RAM and battery Apple Watch Series 5 vs. Series 3: Which one should you buy? 3D Touch disappears, and that’s great for people who love it [Opinion]

55mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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#395 - Why Jony Ive quit: troubling details emerge…

This week: A new report details why Jony Ive is departing Apple, and it paints a troubling picture. Plus, Leander tells us about the “fiddle factor,” the unique quality that made Jony Ive our time’s greatest designer. 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. On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney This week's stories Jony Ive’s absence from Apple caused iPhone X headaches A new report from the WSJ paints a bleak picture of Jony’s Ive’s departure, saying he’s been drifting away from the company for years, and it’s because they increasingly are not taking design seriously. Tim Cook slams alleged rift with Jony Ive as ‘absurd’ Why Apple will miss Jony Ive’s fabulous ‘fiddle factor’ The fiddle factor cuts to the heart of Jony Ive’s design genius. In a career spanning 30 years, no designer has been more successful at making computers friendly and approachable, largely by adding tactile elements to his designs. As a design student back in the 1980s, a teenage Jony Ive spent a semester with a design agency in London, the Roberts Weaver Group. One of his first projects was designing a new pen for Japan’s Zebra Co. Ltd., a pen-maker based in Tokyo.

53mins

5 Jul 2019

Rank #20