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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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WE ANSWER YOUR MOST PRESSING QUESTIONS (CCOT #13!)

7/20/202443 minutes, 3 seconds
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New HomePod! New public betas! New iPhone 16 Pro leaks! (CultCast #656)

This week, there’s a BRAND NEW HOMEPOD — is it too good to be true? Yes. Also, more iPhone 16 Pro leaks, public betas are out, and an all-new Under Review! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com 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. The Bilt Mastercard® is the first card to offer points on rent with no transaction fee. Earn points by paying rent right now when you go to joinbilt.com/CULTCAST This week’s stories: HomePod mini goes to the dark side Apple replaced the Space Gray color of the HomePod mini smart speaker with a new Midnight color. How to download the iOS 18 Public Beta Public betas of iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia and watchOS 11 are now out. iOS 18’s Photos app will help recover corrupted pictures and videos iOS 18’s redesigned Photos app will gain a Recovered album to help you restore damaged photos or videos. It will show up when the app detects corrupted media not in your photo library. Rumor: iPhone 16 Pro to use iPhone 15 Pro Max’s 5x telephoto camera The upcoming iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max will seemingly use the same 5x tetraprism camera as the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple takes back title as world’s most valuable company With a market capitalization above $3.6 trillion, Apple regained the title of world’s most valuable publicly traded company. Under Review: OWC Thunderbay 4 The ThunderBay 4 by Otherworld Computing is the best option if you want modular, high-speed external storage.
7/19/202452 minutes, 20 seconds
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Bad week for Apple Watch — HUGE news for HomePod (CultCast #655)

This week, we’re talking potentially huge news for the iPhone 17, the latest changes in iOS 18, disappointing news for the Apple Watch — but the latest evidence the HomePod with a screen is real! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. This week’s stories: iPhone 17 may get cutting-edge 2nm chip from TSMC after all Apple’s chip-maker TSMC will begin trial production of 2 nanometer processors next week. Apple Watch Series 10 could lack advanced new health features The upcoming Apple Watch Series 10 could sport a thinner design with a bigger display, but it sounds like new health sensors won’t arrive this year. How to customize Apple Watch widgets for easy access to your favorite apps Code for HomePod with large touchscreen found in tvOS 18 A bit of the user interface for a rumored HomePod smart speaker with a large touchscreen reportedly turned up in the latest beta for tvOS 18. How to stop Siri from randomly activating all the damn time iOS 18 beta 3: All the new features and changes The third beta of iOS 18 is here, almost a month after Apple dropped the first developer build. Catch a scary glimpse of Severance season 2, coming in January Word of a season 2 air date arrived Wednesday, along with a spooky teaser trailer. Under Review: Wombat Willow Pro The Willow Wombat Pro is a low-profile backlit mechanical keyboard that packs a full set of keys in a compact layout. Griffin’s Model F keyboard
7/12/202456 minutes, 42 seconds
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Proof our listeners are smarter than us + we answer your questions! (CCOT #12)

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7/4/202432 minutes, 11 seconds
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Weird new AirPods features + more details on the Vision Air (CultCast #654)

This week, next-gen AirPods Pro with IR cameras that’ll do… what, exactly? We also have more details on the cheaper Vision Pro, a hidden feature in your iPad Magic Keyboard and an all-new Under Review! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com 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. This week’s stories: Future AirPods could use IR cameras for in-air gesture control Apple could equip a future AirPods variant with camera modules. The earbuds may incorporate an IR camera, like the one Apple uses for iPhone’s Face ID. Vision Pro: Vision Pro might not get Apple Intelligence until 2025 MacRumors: Apple Likely Planning to Use Bigger, Lower Resolution Displays for Cheaper Vision Headset Apple will get a board observer seat at OpenAI later this year Apple Inc. will get an observer role on OpenAI’s board as part of a landmark agreement announced last month, further tightening ties between the once-unlikely partners. How to find the iPad Magic Keyboard’s hidden backlight Some people complain that the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad doesn’t have a backlight for the keyboard. Turns out it actually does have one, but the controls aren’t where you might expect. Apple Watch can detect leading cause of heart attacks, doctor says The Apple Watch can detect a leading cause of heart attacks — an unadvertised capability that could have big implications for health monitoring — according to a Dutch doctor. The 8 weirdest unreleased Apple products Apple only shows off its finished products, which makes the company’s secret prototypes and early concepts all the more fascinating. Even if you’re well-versed in Apple history, these alternate-history unreleased Apple products will intrigue and confuse. Under Review: Soundpeats Air4 Pro Nintendo Switch OLED Model
7/4/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 55 seconds
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Cheaper Vision Pro leaks + why Europe WILL NOT get Apple Intelligence (CultCast #653)

This week, details on the cheaper Apple Vision Pro, leaked Apple Watch Series 10, more new features in iOS 18, and why Apple Intelligence isn’t coming to the European Union! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: Leaked Apple Watch Series 10 renders reveal bigger display Alleged CAD renders of the Apple Watch Series 10 have leaked online, revealing its 2-inch display. Apple’s cheaper Vision headset might require a tethered iPhone or Mac The company’s engineers are struggling to reduce costs without affecting the headset’s key features. iOS 18 beta 2: All the new features and changes Following a two-week gap since the first iOS 18 beta release, Apple seeded the second developer beta of the OS. The new build packs many more features missing from the initial release. YouTube: How to Make a Great Custom Home Screen MacRumors: iOS 18 to Bring These 5 New Features to AirPods Pro iOS 18 promises to make your AirPods Pro experience better with a handful of sophisticated new capabilities that draw from machine learning improvements and AI enhancements. Your iPhone will soon work better with third-party displays and batteries Apple will improve support for third-party iPhone displays and batteries later this year. Bloomberg: Apple Won’t Roll Out Apple Intelligence to EU Over Regulatory Concerns Apple Inc. is withholding a raft of new technologies from hundreds of millions of consumers in the European Union, citing concerns posed by the bloc’s regulatory attempts to rein in Big Tech.
6/28/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Wilhelm Scream - Hollywood's secret sound effect! (CCOT #11)

6/23/202416 minutes, 58 seconds
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Apple prepping new Vision Air, thinner Apple Watch, and more M4 Macs! (CultCast #652)

This week, rumors are swirling of a cheaper Vision Air, a thinner Apple Watch and faster M4 Macs! Also, we’ll dive deep into the iOS 18 Developer Beta so you don’t have to. This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com 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. The Bilt Mastercard® is the first card to offer points on rent with no transaction fee. Earn points by paying rent right now when you go to joinbilt.com/CULTCAST This week’s stories: Cheaper Apple Vision AR headset might launch next year A cheaper version of Apple’s Vision augmented reality headset has reportedly been fast-tracked. The goal is supposedly to have the scaled-back device on the market by next year. Apple Watch Series 10 could get larger but thinner The Apple Watch Series 10 might adopt a thinner design with a bigger display. Reportedly, Apple will bump the chassis size from 41mm and 45mm to 45mm and 49mm. M4 MacBook Pro could launch before 2024 ends Apple could refresh its MacBook Pro lineup with M4 chips as soon as Q4 2024. Based on supply-chain checks, panel shipments for the 14-inch and 16-inch models will start in Q3 2024. Hands-on with iOS 18: Impressive but incomplete After spending a few days trying out all the new features in iOS 18, I think it really is one of the biggest updates in a long time. However, hands-on testing shows there’s a lot that needs cleaned up before September, when it’s expected to ship. 11 hidden iOS 18 features Apple did not tell you about Here’s a roundup of all the little changes and useful features in iOS 18. MoviePass, MovieCrash MoviePass, MovieCrash chronicles the visionary mission of its cofounders, its impressive early success as an innovative movie ticketing model, and its precipitous downfall caused by mismanagement and corporate greed.
6/21/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 59 seconds
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Apple nailed it! Our reactions to Apple Intelligence & the WWDC24 announcements (CultCast #651)

What a show — this week, our reactions to Apple Intelligence, iOS 18 and ALL the WWDC announcements! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. This week’s stories: Apple Intelligence: AI-powered Siri is the new face of Apple Intelligence Image Playground and Genmoji bring AI images to iMessage and more Platforms State of the Union explains Apple Intelligence and new OS features Major iOS 18 update packs cool iPhone customization features “iOS 18 is a big release that delivers more ways to customize your iPhone, stay connected and relive special moments,” said Craig Federighi. Messages app gets satellite connectivity in iOS 18, plus emoji Tapbacks Customizing iPhone and iPad Home Screen just got much easier iOS 18’s Control Center gets a lot more customizable and powerful Safari surfaces web page highlights, summaries and video control AirPods Pro will let you answer calls by nodding your head Passwords app turns iCloud Keychain into a full-fledged password manager Apple’s Calculator app finally comes to iPad The official Apple Calculator application is headed for iPad. It’s a feature missing from the tablet since its launch in 2010 but iPadOS 18 will include one. macOS Sequoia brings iPhone and Mac closer than ever iPhone mirroring enables you to wirelessly mirror your iPhone’s display on your Mac with just a tap. visionOS 2 brings Spatial Photos, bigger Mac Virtual Display and other niceties visionOS 2, the first major update to the Vision platform, will bring Spatial Photos, a rearrangeable Home View, a bigger Mac Virtual Display, new gestures and other nice quality-of-life improvements. The CultCast WWDC24 Predictions Congratulations to listeners Ryan Peterson and AL for their top audience scores of 17.
6/13/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 28 seconds
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Our WWDC 2024 Keynote predictions! (CultCast #650)

This week, $NVDA has overtaken $AAPL, iPhone 16 Pro could have some crazy new display tech, last minute iOS 18 rumors, and we lay out our WWDC predictions! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co 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. This week’s stories: Marvel’s What If…? shows off the promise of spatial gaming Marvel Studios’ new What If…? An Immersive Story is a free app for Apple’s Vision Pro headset that combines interactivity with storytelling in a brand-new way. iOS 18 leaks: Expect Settings revamp, Control Center tweaks in iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS 15 iMessage could let you animate words in texts in iOS 18 ‘I’m a Mac’ actor returns with lamest PC ad yet In the new Qualcomm ad, which promotes the company’s new Snapdragon X Elite chips, Long works on his MacBook at a kitchen table. Notifications keep popping up all around his head. He swats them away with irritation. Then he types in a Google search: “Where can I find a Snapdragon-powered PC?” Watch the ad on YouTube Fight over blood oxygen feature cuts into Apple Watch sales Apple Watch shipments dropped almost 20% year over year in the first quarter of 2024. Market analysts blame some of the decline on Apple being temporarily forced to halt sales. iPhone 16 Pro’s display could sport seriously small bezels The iPhone 16 Pro could sport the world’s slimmest bezels on a smartphone. Its borders will apparently measure just 1.2mm, with the iPhone 16 Pro Max having even slimmer bezels at 1.15mm. Apple’s market cap passes $3 trillion … but so does Nvidia’s Apple, which spent years as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, is now in third place. The CultCast WWDC24 Predictions Submit your own predictions here
6/7/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 10 seconds
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VS Movie Edition - Part 3! (CCOT #10)

6/6/202418 minutes, 36 seconds
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Erf & Lew review: Fallout on Amazon Prime - part 2 & no spoilers! (CCOT #9)

6/6/202416 minutes, 4 seconds
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Apple’s secret iPhone testing labs + iOS 18’s WEIRD new features + What We're Into! (CultCast #649)

This week, details on WEIRD new features in iOS 18, exciting news for the iPad mini, a peek at Apple’s secret iPhone testing lab, and an all-new What We’re Into! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: iOS 18 could bring new Home Screen personalization options iOS 18 reportedly will let iPhone users change app icon colors on the Home Screen. Plus, they would be able to put the icons anywhere they want. iOS 18 could feature generative AI-powered custom emoji tool Apple might use generative AI in iOS 18 to allow iPhone users to create custom emojis, letting them express themselves just the way they want. Slim new Find My tracking card recharges via MagSafe The slim new Nomad Tracking Card works with Apple’s Find My app on your devices and recharges via MagSafe to help you keep tabs on your wallet, purse or other valuables, Nomad said Tuesday. Give your Mac a makeover with custom icons A great way to personalize your Mac is with custom Mac folder icons. In fact, you can change any icon on your Mac to customize it to your taste. Soaked! Take a peek at how Apple tests iPhone water resistance. Marques Brownlee recently visited Apple product durability testing labs that try to make sure products like iPhone can resist water ingress and take a few bumps and shakes, among other mild tortures. What We’re Into Griffin: Alice Merton on Apple Music and Spotify , a relatively unknown musician with a distinctive style and excellent live performances. La Regola Dell'amico , a bizarre and incredibly catchy Italian pop song from, like, 20 years ago. Lewis: The Righteous Gemstones , a show about the horrible televangelists running a megachurch. Erfon: Toast of London and What We Do In The Shadows , comedies starring Matt Berry that are really funny, if the viral clips on TikTok are to be believed.
5/31/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 50 seconds
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Erf & Lew review: Fallout on Amazon Prime - part 1 & no spoilers! (CCOT #8)

Good, great, or garbage?  Lewis and Erfon discuss what they like and don't about the new Fallout series on Amazon Prime. No spoilers!
5/30/202415 minutes, 31 seconds
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NEW iPhone 16 leaks + M4 iPad Pro deep dive! (CultCast #648)

This week, we’re talking all the nitty gritty details on the iPad Pro, the AI features coming in iOS 18 — what’s coming and what’s missing — and the weird iPhone rumors. And what did Apple pick as the best album of all time? This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. This week’s stories: Take a deep dive into the best parts of M4 iPad Pro [Review] What stands out most about Apple’s new tablet is that it’s noticeably lighter and visibly thinner than its predecessors without compromising any of the other features. The screen looks better, the performance has improved, and battery life is unaffected. It really is amazing. All the AI features headed for iPhone, Mac and iPad Artificial intelligence-powered features are likely to make iOS 18, macOS 15 and iPadOS 18 the biggest upgrades to Apple’s platforms in many years. Siri could get a more conversational voice in iOS 18 Apple reportedly will make Siri’s voice more conversational in iOS 18. Plus, the voice assistant will gain several “proactive intelligence” features that will help in daily life. Apple leaker floats iPhone 16 and 16 Pro color predictions This year’s iPhone 16 Pro models could trade the blue for a new rose titanium shade, which should resemble pink, while retaining the other colors. As for the iPhone 16 and its Plus sibling, Kuo predicts they will launch in black, green, pink, blue and white. Future iPhone might go super slim Apple reportedly found ways to “significantly” slim down the iPhone. The result will reportedly be part of the iPhone 17 series when it reaches customers next year, according to The Information. WTF??? Apple chose this as the best album of all time? Apple Music’s 100 Best Albums is a 21st-century ranking of the greatest records ever made, crafted by Apple Music’s team of experts alongside a select group of artists, songwriters, producers and other industry professionals. Sign up for Cult of Mac Today at newsletters.cultofmac.com Under Review: Griffin: MagEasy Magnetic Wireless Car Charger Erfon: TuneBlade
5/24/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 36 seconds
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What’s coming to iOS 18 + Siri’s ChatGPT overhaul! (CultCast #647)

This week, we have over two years of rumors — Apple’s plans for Siri and AI, what’s coming in iOS 18, the new lineup of the iPhone 17, the first folding iPhone and MacBook, and who will be the next Apple CEO! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com 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. The Bilt Mastercard® is the first card to offer points on rent with no transaction fee. Earn points by paying rent right now when you go to joinbilt.com/CULTCAST This week’s stories: Apple using AI to make Siri more useful Siri supposedly won’t become a general-purpose chatbot. It’ll be focused on better handling the sort of tasks iPhone users need. New York Times: Apple Will Revamp Siri to Catch Up to Its Chatbot Competitors iOS 17.5 helps detect unwanted Bluetooth tracking tags iOS 17.5 was released on Monday this week. It features Bluetooth tracker detection for third-party devices, a new daily word game in Apple News+ and the new Pride Lock screen. Apple showcases amazing new accessibility features like Eye Tracking In a press release on Wednesday, Apple showcased some remarkable new accessibility features for people with disabilities that are coming in iOS 18. Could John Ternus equal Tim Cook and Steve Jobs as Apple CEO? John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, reportedly sits at the top of the list to step into Tim Cook’s shoes when the current Apple CEO steps down. iPhone 17 lineup might feature ‘more complex’ designs, smaller Dynamic Island Apple reportedly plans some big design changes for next year’s iPhone 17 lineup. The changes include an iPhone 17 Slim, a smaller Dynamic Island and a “more complex” aluminum design. First folding iPhone could launch in 2026 Jeff Pu also says the first iPhone with a folding screen will go into production in 2026. This is the second such report in recent months, and could be a sign that Apple is really ready to move ahead with the product. MacBook with 20-inch folding display could launch as early as 2025 According to Jeff Pu from Haitong International Securities, a 20.3-inch foldable MacBook will go into production near the end of 2025.
5/17/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 51 seconds
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Everything you want to know about the new iPads (CultCast #646)

This week, you know what’s up — it’s ALL about the new iPads! The surprises, the disappointments, the questions answered. But most importantly… who won the prediction game? This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. The Bilt Mastercard® is the first card to offer points on rent with no transaction fee. Earn points by paying rent right now when you go to joinbilt.com/CULTCAST This week’s stories: Apple supersizes iPad Air with 13-inch model The new iPad Air is available with a gigantic 13-inch display for the first time. The new iPad Airs run on the M2 processor, which Apple says is 50% faster than the M1 chip in the 2022 iPad Air and three times faster than the fourth-gen iPad Air with the A14 Bionic chip. iPad Pro upgraded with beautiful OLED display, M4 chip The 2024 iPad Pro is the first with an OLED screen and — shocking! — it runs on the Apple M4 processor. Yes, the iPad Pro beat the Mac to Apple's latest chip! First M4 iPad Pro benchmarks show 21% performance increase over M3 Steve Troughton-Smith on Mastodon Apple’s ‘Crush!’ ad touting new iPad Pro draws ire Apple Pencil Pro adds ‘squeeze’ gesture, haptic feedback, Find My and more New Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro features a bigger glass trackpad with haptic feedback iPad 10 gets a much-deserved price cut Alongside the M4 iPad Pros and M2 iPad Air, Apple announced a price drop for the 10th-generation iPad. The tablet now costs $349, making it $100 cheaper than before. Updated Pro apps: Final Cut Pro adds live multi-camera recording Logic Pro updates bring powerful new tools for music-makers “Let Loose” Prediction Results
5/10/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 46 seconds
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A loosely Apple-related conversation with Sam Henri-Gold (CultCast Off Topic #8)

D. Griffin Jones and special guest Sam Henri-Gold attempt to talk about the upcoming “Let Loose” Apple event.
5/6/202424 minutes, 4 seconds
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Apple’s May 7th “Let Loose” event — our predictions! (CultCast #645)

This week, our predictions for the “Let Loose” iPad keynote on Tuesday! Also, some last-minute rumors of an M4 chip, alternate app stores are officially coming to iPad too, and new iOS 18 features! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . Backblaze offers unlimited cloud backups for Macs, PCs and businesses for just $99 a year. Access your data from anywhere in the world. Get a fully-featured no-risk free trial at Backblaze.com/CultCast . CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: Upcoming OLED iPad Pro might feature next-gen M4 chip Apple’s upcoming OLED iPad Pro reportedly will begin the company’s shift into AI hardware. The new tablets could sport the next-gen M4 chip to power all the AI features. EU labeling iPad a ‘gatekeeper’ will bring major changes to iPadOS The iPad joined the European Union’s list of “gatekeeper” platforms Monday. The designation requires Apple to make the same sorts of sweeping changes to iPadOS that the company already made to iPhone, including allowing sideloading of applications. iOS 18 might revamp many built-in iPhone apps Apple could upgrade many of iPhone’s built-in apps with iOS 18 later this year. Reportedly, this includes Notes, Mail, Photos, and Fitness. AppleInsider: Apple's iOS 18 to streamline task management with unified events and reminders iPhone charger with built-in battery pack looks totally sci-fi How many times have you rushed out the door with a battery pack for your iPhone, only to discover the battery is dead as a doornail? SwitchEasy’s 2-in-1 Portal solves that. This stylish MagSafe battery pack stand includes a portable power pack that is always charged and ready to go. The CultCast ‘Let Loose’ Predictions For the first time in 2024, The CultCast prediction game is here as we lay down our judgements on next week’s “Let Loose” iPad event. Listener score sheet
5/3/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 40 seconds
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Apple’s surprise May 7th event — here’s what’s coming! (CultCast #644)

This week, surprise! iPads are finally coming with an Apple Event — we have all the details! Also, big news for iOS 18, capacitive buttons are making a comeback on the iPhone, and the huge Apple Watch redesign we’re all dreaming for! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . This week’s stories: Surprise! Apple sets May 7 event to launch new iPad Pro and iPad Air Apple just invited the world to a May 7 product-launch event with the theme “Let Loose.” What new features to expect in Apple Pencil 3 Say goodbye to hopes for mini-LED iPad Air Get 2 Free Months of Apple TV+ Watch live MLB games every Friday, plus award-winning Apple Originals on Apple TV+. Code expires on September 27, 2024. iOS 18 AI features could run entirely on-device Apple’s large language model that will power iOS 18’s AI features could run entirely locally. This would prioritize user privacy and offer faster response times. Calculator app for iPad might finally launch in iPadOS 18 In a long-overdue move, Apple reportedly will integrate a Calculator app into the iPad operating system. Why iPhone 16 might dump physical buttons for capacitive ones The upcoming iPhone 16 series will have no traditional buttons at all, according to information leaking out of the company that will supply the capacitive buttons that will supposedly replace them. Apple Watch Series X concept will make you want it now Apple Watch Series X is expected to bring a redesign, new sensors and other changes later this year. A designer created images of a concept device to showcase the leaked/rumored features.
4/26/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 5 seconds
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THEME PARKS.... (CultCast Off Topic #7)

Lewis, Griffin and Papa E discuss the state of theme parks and what's going with Disney.
4/24/202421 minutes, 48 seconds
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What’s new for iPhone 16 cameras + Emulators arrive in the App Store! (CultCast #643)

This week, game emulators and alternate app stores are HERE! Also, the new camera features coming to iPhone 16, and a roundup of new Apple TV+ shows. This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . 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. Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. This week’s stories: First third-party app store goes live in EU The first third-party app marketplace, AltStore PAL, launched in the European Union Wednesday. Delta all-in-one retro game emulator now out for iPhone The Delta retro game emulator is now on the iPhone App Store. Not only can it handle ROMs originally for the classic Game Boy handheld console, but it also emulates NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS. Delta on the App Store 9to5Mac: iPhone 16 Pro: Four new camera features coming this year We’re expecting multiple noticeable improvements to the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max camera hardware. Here are four things to look forward to this year… Apple could finally fix iPhone’s longstanding camera flare problem Apple could finally eliminate lens flare, a longtime problem with the iPhone camera, with a new lens coating technology on the iPhone 16 Pro. 5 essential Mac settings you should change If you’ve been using the Mac for a long time, you’re probably used to the way things work on your particular computer. But changing a setting that you’ve had set one way for a long time can make your Mac feel completely different! Video on YouTube Apple TV+ Roundup: Slow Horses author brings new thriller to Apple TV+ Apple TV+ brings huge Hollywood scam to the screen Silo star drops major hints about sci-fi hit’s future on Apple TV+ Apple TV+ renews For All Mankind, spins off Star City
4/19/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 17 seconds
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New M4 Macs are already incoming! (CultCast #642)

This week, M4 Macs are already incoming! Also: Apple’s next big thing, the AI tools that could turbocharge iOS 18, the disastrous Humane AI Pin, and an all-new What We’re Into! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . Factor Meals. Treat yourself to Factor’s delicious, high-quality, ready-to-eat meals delivered right to your door. Head over to FactorMeals.com/CultCast50 and use offer code CultCast50 to get 50% off. This week’s stories: Macs with AI-focused M4 chip launching this year Mac users won’t have to wait until 2025 for the Apple M4 processor, according to a reputable Apple tipster. The replacement for the current M3 will put an emphasis on AI, and will start appearing in Macs this autumn. Apple Is Rebooting Its Search for a New Next Big Thing Apple’s business remains heavily reliant on the iPhone, which accounts for more than half its revenue. And sales in that market have stagnated. That’s made it all the more important for the company to find a major new product category. Apple’s Ferret-UI helps AI use your iPhone Apple’s new Ferret-UI multimodal large language model could help artificial intelligence systems understand your iPhone’s screen, according to a research paper released Tuesday. Humane AI Pin The Verge: Humane AI Pin Review: Not even close Inverse: Humane’s Ai Pin Isn't Ready to Replace Your Phone, But One Day It Might What We’re Into: Doctor Who (1963 – 1989) on archive.org Constellation on Apple TV+ Fallout on Amazon Prime Video
4/12/20241 hour, 25 minutes, 59 seconds
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VS Movie Edition (Part 2!) - CultCast Off Topic #6

It's Movie VS Movie in an all-new VS!
4/9/202424 minutes, 41 seconds
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House Robots are Apple’s NEXT big thing! (CultCast #641)

This week: Forget a car — Apple thinks personal home robots are their next big thing. Plus: iPhone 16 leaks, what comes next for the M3, a big new feature lands on Vision Pro, and our solar eclipse stories and photo tips! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . And if you would like to leave The CultClub, you can do so at unfork.thecultcast.com . 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. Backblaze offers unlimited cloud backups for Macs, PCs and businesses for just $99 a year. Access your data from anywhere in the world. Get a fully-featured no-risk free trial at Backblaze.com/CultCast . This week’s stories: With car junked, Apple robots could be Cupertino’s next moonshot Teams in Cupertino are working on Apple personal home robotic devices, including a mobile robot and a table-top device with a moving display, according to a new report. iPhone 16 ‘dummy’ units give us glimpse of upcoming changes Images of iPhone 16 “dummy” units have been published by a tipster with an established record. They show the redesigned camera hump reportedly coming to the two non-Pro models and other changes. New iPads won’t arrive until May and we can’t stop crying No new iPad models came out in 2023 at all, and the tablet drought continues. That’s why there’s so much excitement about the upcoming Pro and Air models. Redesign could give Apple M3 Ultra processor wicked performance boost Apple's in the process of restructuring their Apple Silicon lineup. M3 Max no longer comes with the UltraFusion interconnect. This means that the M3 Ultra chip will be redesigned as its own standalone chip, no longer being made up of 2x Max dies. Free-floating Spatial Personas arrive in visionOS 1.1 for Vision Pro Apple has made Spatial Personas, a more lifelike enhancement of the Persona feature for the Vision Pro mixed-reality headset, available in the visionOS 1.1 update which came Tuesday. How to take solar eclipse photos with iPhone Photographing the solar eclipse is hard without the right tools. Here’s how you can get prepared. YouTube video
4/5/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 22 seconds
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WWDC 2024 announced + hackers find serious flaw in Apple silicon! (CultCast #640)

This week: Apple just announced WWDC24, a big change coming to iOS 18, hackers found an exploit in M-series chips and more of the bizarre claims of the DOJ against Apple! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . Manscaped. This season, make sure to groom your carpets AND the drapes with the leaders in below-the-waist grooming. Get 20% off and free shipping with the code CULTCAST at Manscaped.com . Factor Meals. Treat yourself to Factor’s delicious, high-quality, ready-to-eat meals delivered right to your door. Head over to FactorMeals.com/CultCast50 and use offer code CultCast50 to get 50% off. This week’s stories: Apple sets WWDC24 kickoff date for June 10 WWDC24, this year’s big Apple developer conference, will start with a live-streamed event on June 10, the company said Tuesday. During the keynote, Apple undoubtedly will reveal its plans for iOS and its other computing platforms, with a rumored focus on AI. Griffin’s coverage of WWDC22 iOS 18 could introduce more customizable iPhone Home Screen Apple will allow for greater iPhone Home Screen customization in iOS 18, including the ability to place app icons anywhere on the screen, according to a new report. Hackers can exploit flaw in Apple M-series processors Security researchers have found a serious exploit in all Apple M-series processors. The flaw exposes precious encryption keys, and it’s baked into the hardware — so it can’t easily be patched without a performance penalty. ‘Presto,’ your new iPhone comes out of box with fresh software update The next time you buy a new iPhone, it could come out of the box with a fresh iOS software update. A new proprietary system called “Presto” will update it right in the packaging before you buy it at an Apple Store. iMore: DOJ lawsuit says failure of Amazon Fire Phone, end of Windows Phone, and HTC’s demise all Apple’s fault The DOJ states that Microsoft, HTC, and LG all exited the smartphone market because of Apple.
3/29/202441 minutes, 16 seconds
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BIG AirPods updates incoming + BREAKING: US Justice Dept. SUES Apple (CultCast #639)

This week, breaking news! The US launches huge lawsuit against Apple. Also, Apple AI might be powered by Google Gemini, all the details on AirPods 4, Epic’s new game store, and a MUCH cheaper Vision headset! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . 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. BetterHelp. Just fill out a brief questionnaire to get matched with a licensed therapist, entirely online. Visit BetterHelp.com/CultCast to get 10% off your first month. Backblaze offers unlimited cloud backups for Macs, PCs and businesses for just $99 a year. Access your data from anywhere in the world. Get a fully-featured no-risk free trial at Backblaze.com/CultCast . This week’s stories: Get ready for ‘the biggest AirPods launch to date’ Apple could launch the AirPods 4 in two flavors later this year: one with ANC and another without. Alongside updated internals, the new earbuds purportedly will sport a sleeker new design. Blockbuster US antitrust lawsuit targets Apple’s ‘iPhone monopoly’ The Department of Justice and 16 state attorneys general filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday aimed at forcing Apple to open up many aspects of its ecosystem, from the App Store to Apple Watch. Extra Ordinary: Apple’s Platform Advantage iOS 18’s generative AI features might use Google Gemini Apple could use Google Gemini to power the generative AI features reportedly coming this year in iOS 18. Apple and Google are reportedly in “active negotiations” about the possibility, but have not yet finalized a deal. iPhone 17’s display could get a big anti-reflective upgrade A new rumor says that the 2025 iPhone might feature a “super-hard anti-reflective layer,” which is also more scratch-resistant. MacRumors: Epic Games to Charge 12% Fee for App Sales From Alternative iPhone Store Epic Games in February said that it would launch an Epic Games Store on the iPhone in the European Union. For games distributed through the Epic Games Store, Epic will collect a 12 percent share of revenue, which is the same fee that it charges on Windows and Mac machines. Tomsguide: Apple reportedly ‘accelerating’ entry-level Vision Pro — and it could cost $2,000 less Apple is aiming to cut the cost of the Apple Vision Pro from $3,500 down to as low as $1,500, according to a new report. How? Apple’s apparently going back to the drawing board when it comes to one of the headset's most expensive components: its two 4K micro-OLED displays.
3/22/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Return of VS - movie edition! (Off Topic #5)

The Return of VS - the segment where we pit one movie against another then argue over which is best - all while building our list of the greatest movies ever made!
3/21/202419 minutes, 24 seconds
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The new M3 MacBook Air is ALMOST perfect (CultCast #638)

This week: The new M3 MacBook Air is only missing ONE thing¦ Plus: Big changes coming to apps thanks to new EU regulations, why you better act fast on the new 11-inch iPad Pro, what's coming next for CarPlay, and how to pay with an Apple Cash card number! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . Factor Meals. Treat yourself to Factor's delicious, high-quality, ready-to-eat meals delivered right to your door. Head over to FactorMeals.com/CultCast50 and use offer code CultCast50 to get 50% off. Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. This week's stories: Entry-level M3 MacBook Air uses significantly faster SSD Apple fixed the slow storage speed that plagued M2 Macs on the M3 MacBook Air. Early testing indicates the entry-level M3 MacBook Air delivers significantly faster read/write speeds than its predecessor. No App Store needed: EU iPhone users can install apps directly from websites Initially, Apple's plan for compliance required iPhone apps to be on alternative app marketplaces, not directly available for download. That requirement, which brought complaints from developers, has now been rescinded. 11.1-inch iPad Pro supply shortage might push back launch Apple will soon debut the M3 iPad Pros with OLED screens, but perhaps not as soon as many had hoped. And a new leak indicates the smaller 11.1-inch model could be in short supply at launch. MacRumors: Here's Everything We Know About Apple's Next-Generation CarPlay It has been nearly two years since Apple first previewed next-generation CarPlay at WWDC 2022, and it has still yet to become available in any vehicles. Below, we recap the latest information about the upcoming software system. Tim Cook cameo in Porsche event How to pay with an Apple Cash card number You can get a temporary debit card number to pay with Apple Cash online in case you want to pay with your balance on a site that doesn't accept Apple Pay. If you have a lot of money sitting in your Apple Cash account, this can be a convenient way to pay without using your other cards. Apple acquires fundamental AI smarts by buying DarwinAI Apple reportedly purchased DarwinAI, a small startup previously based in Waterloo, Ontario. The company developed software that might make artificial intelligence systems running on an iPhone or other computers more efficient.
3/15/20241 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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New M3 MacBook Air — What you need to know + OLED iPads are INCOMING! (CultCast #637)

This week, Apple dropped the M3 MacBook Air, and the specs look good! But where’s the iPad? Also, we have details on the CRAZY canceled Apple car prototypes and a folding MacBook that’s still in development, Apple’s $2 BILLION dollar legal fight with Spotify, and new features you’ll get in iOS 17.4! This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . 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. Backblaze offers unlimited cloud backups for Macs, PCs and businesses for just $99 a year. Access your data from anywhere in the world. Get a fully-featured no-risk free trial at Backblaze.com/CultCast . This week’s stories: New M3 MacBook Air gets big specs boost with same awesome battery life The 2024 MacBook Air lineup launched Monday by Apple runs on the company’s M3 chip, bringing a significant performance boost to the laptop. Early benchmarks show M3 chip gives MacBook Air hefty performance boost Early benchmark scores found by mysmartprice show that the new Air scored 12,020 on the Geekbench multicore test. That’s 25% better than the M2-based MacBook Air earned on the same test, and 45% better than the M1 version from 2020. MacBook with 20-inch folding screen still on track for release The product has been on the drawing board for quite some time, but isn’t scheduled for release until 2027. The (cancelled) Microsoft Surface Neo How indecision and hubris killed the Apple car The history of the Apple car is littered with wild prototypes, astonishing hubris and a deadly dose of crippling indecision, according to a damning report that offers the best picture yet of the secretive Project Titan. Get ready for new MacBooks and iPads at Apple March event Another product we can expect in the pipeline is the OLED iPad Pro and the first 12.9-inch iPad Air. EU fines Apple 1.8 billion euros over ‘abusive’ treatment of Spotify The European Commission fined Apple more than 1.8 billion euros Monday for “abusing its dominant position on the market for the distribution of music streaming apps.†Apple calls Epic Games ‘untrustworthy,’ blocks Fortnite rerelease in EU Try these exciting iOS 17.4 features on your iPhone now Apple just dropped iOS 17.4, bringing a plethora of new features — some of which fundamentally change how the iPhone works. Monarch: Budget and track money
3/8/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 21 seconds
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All About Mac Gaming, with Guest Allison McDaniel (CultCast Off Topic #4)

D. Griffin Jones is joined by Allison McDaniel to talk more about Mac gaming, what games she's playing, what gear we use and the Stardew Valley speedrunning scene. Remember that you can support The CultCast at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com and you can employ Allison McDaniel as a writer and digital marketing specialist. Links: Allison McDaniel on LinkedIn Allison's writing on The Punished Backlog Stardew Valley on Steam The Sims 4 for Mac The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog on Steam Mini Motorways on Apple Arcade Pocket Card Jockey on Apple Arcade Stray on Mac App Store Resident Evil Village on Mac App Store Lies of P on Mac App Store Baldur's Gate 3 on Steam Asphalt 8: Airborne on Apple Arcade 8BitDo controllers Onn gaming mouse Satechi X3 Slim keyboard
3/6/202413 minutes, 36 seconds
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It's the end of the road for the Apple car! (CultCast #636)

After 10 years and 10 billion dollars, Apple finally calls it quits on the Apple car. What happened!? Plus: Apple's FineWoven cases are aging like milk, how to set up the best Mac screen saver, the future for Apple Arcade, and what comes next for Vision Pro. This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. This week's stories: Apple car crashes to a halt In a somewhat shocking development, Apple reportedly completely canceled all development on its self-driving car program on Tuesday. The company is shifting its emphasis to artificial intelligence, instead. Lewis Wallace: Killing the Apple car is depressing and sad The New York Times: Behind Apple's Doomed Car Project: False Starts and Wrong Turns D. Griffin Jones: Canceling the Apple car is a sensible move we should celebrate MacRumors: Not-So-FineWoven iPhone Case 'Browning Like a Rotten Banana' Apple's $59 FineWoven cases for iPhone 15 took heavy flak when they were released last September for being subpar compared to the leather Apple cases they replaced. Now, The Wall Street Journal columnist Joanna Stern has distilled customers' ire by sharing her own experience with the case after five months of use. Poll by John Gruber Apple Arcade's future: Kids win, but devs fear ‘smell of death' Apple Arcade now focuses so heavily on family-friendly titles from well-known franchises that some indie game developers feel abandoned, according to a new report. How to set up the best Mac screensaver, Aerial Screensavers fell out of fashion a long time ago, but Apple's Aerial screensaver looks so beautiful, it just might make you reconsider. In fact, with its stunning visuals, it might just be the best Mac screensaver around. Don't expect Vision Pro 2 or Vision Air before 2027 Vision Pro may be Apple's only AR headset until 2027. The company has yet to start work on Vision Pro 2 or Vision Air, according to a trusted analyst. Vision Pro returns aren't as bad as we feared
3/1/20241 hour, 32 minutes, 2 seconds
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Our current list of must-play video games! (CultCast Off Topic #3)

Griffin and papa ERF list the games they're currently playing and which ones they like best.
2/29/202428 minutes, 51 seconds
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Surprising new designs of iPhone 16 and here come the new iPad Pros! (CultCast #635)

This week, surprising new designs for the iPhone 16 AND incoming iPad Pros!  Plus: a new iPhone security issue steals your face to drain your bank account! We’ll tell you what you need to know, and we wrap with our review of a new mic we’re using on UNDER REVIEW. This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com. BetterHelp. Just fill out a brief questionnaire to get matched with a licensed therapist, entirely online. Visit BetterHelp.com/CultCast to get 10% off your first month. This week’s stories: First-ever iOS trojan steals your face to break your bank For the first time, an iOS trojan has been spotted in the wild. It steals an iPhone user’s facial recognition data to go after money in banking and other financial apps. Original Post by Bleeping Computer Apple fortifies iMessage to foil hackers of the future An iMessage upgrade with post-quantum cryptography will make Apple’s instant messaging platform ready to fend off future hackers. Today’s encryption methods likely won’t be able to stand up, which is why Apple is bringing in the cutting-edge protocol. New Apple Sports app gives fans scores and stats for free The new Apple Sports app for iPhone gives fans access to real-time scores, stats and more for their favorite teams across a wide range of sports leagues. Apple Sports on the App Store Woah! Is this the new iPhone 16 Pro camera? The latest iPhone 16 Pro camera rumor comes with an image that shows a radically redesigned lens module. MacRumors: Apple's Upcoming OLED iPad Pro Models Rumored to Be Much Thinner Such a slimmed down body suggests a notable design change, which is enabled by an even more significant update — OLED display technology. Alongside the iPad Pro, Apple is expected to introduce two new iPad Air models, including a larger 12.9-inch version for the first time. D. Griffin Jones: Why I don’t want to return my Vision Pro The two-week return window for my Vision Pro is fast approaching, so I need to make my keep it/toss it decision in a matter of days. And I desperately want to keep it. Under Review: RØDE Wireless Pro The RØDE Wireless Pro is a whole set of microphones you can use for recording videos with high-quality audio on the go.
2/23/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 31 seconds
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How to get BIG discounts on your favorite tech and online purchases! (CultCast Off Topic #2)

These are the strategies I use to get huge discounts on tech and most of my other online purchases! CultCast Off Topic is our new podcast that's ad-free and free for all thanks to your support!  If you like us and want to support our future content, fork over $5 a month at support.thecultcast.com !
2/19/202429 minutes, 39 seconds
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Everyone's talking about Vision Pro returns - are we keeping ours? + Leander returns! (CultCast #634)

This week, we have Leander Kahney! It's our second-week thoughts on Vision Pro — after cooking, working out, typing tests and more, we've done it all. Are we keeping or returning ours? This episode supported by: Listeners like you. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast of bonus content available for everyone; and your $5 helps us secure the future of the podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Support The CultCast at support.thecultcast.com — OR at CultOf9to5MacRumors.com . Factor Meals. Treat yourself to Factor's delicious, high-quality, ready-to-eat meals delivered right to your door. Head over to FactorMeals.com/CultCast50 and use offer code CultCast50 to get 50% off. This week's stories: People are returning Vision Pro in droves … or are they? Many early adopters seem set on returning their Apple Vision Pro headsets. As the 14-day return window approaches for people who bought the device on launch day, an avalanche of posts on X and other social media channels point to a wave of Vision Pro returns. Mark Zuckerberg says Quest 3 is better than Vision Pro Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company's mixed-reality headset beats Vision Pro in almost every way, despite the fact that it costs far less than Apple's device. In a short video posted Tuesday on Instagram, Zuckerberg called the Meta Quest headset the “better product, period.†Tweet by Azad Balabanian Griffin's Vision Pro tests What's it like working out wearing a Vision Pro? What's it really like to cook with Vision Pro? Typing on Vision Pro: A scientific test with surprising results MacRumors: iOS 17's AirPlay Feature for Hotel Room TVs Rolling Out ‘This Spring' Starting with iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3, you can wirelessly stream content from your iPhone or iPad to a compatible hotel room TV via AirPlay, and we have now learned that the feature should begin rolling out at hotels over the coming months. They Are Coming! If you want the Fujifilm X100VI, I make a recommendation that I can't remember I've ever done in 12 years of blogging: pre-order it instantly.
2/16/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 25 seconds
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Wearing Vision Pro for 24 hours straight! Is this the future? (CultCast Off Topic #1 w/MaxTech!)

CultCast Off Topic is ad free and free for all thanks to you!  Please help us with $5 a month and get access to our exclusive CultClub Discord and maybe even end up on the show!  support.thecultcast.com
2/13/202446 minutes, 11 seconds
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Pros and Cons — Our honest hands-on reviews of Vision Pro! (CultCast #633)

These are our hands-on reviews of Vision Pro — everything that’s good, everything that’s great, and then the parts you won’t like. We are RELAUNCHING CultCast Off Topic, a new ad-free weekly podcast covering our favorite weekly topics!  First new episode is coming soon. We're also relaunching The CultClub, a way for listeners to support your friends at The CultCast. Your support helps us fund CultCast Off-Topic, a new weekly podcast available for everyone, and it helps us secure our future as a podcast. You also get access to The CultClub Discord, where you can chat with us all week long, give us show topics, and even end up on the show. Your support also gives us back our creative freedom, freedom to make new experimental content in the style that you know but outside of our regular Apple topics.  Join us for just $5 a month at support.thecultcast.com. This week’s BIG story: Our Vision Pro Hands-on reviews.   Plus: Apple Vision Pro: In the wild! Can you get real work done inside Vision Pro? Vision Pro teardown finds pixels smaller than a red blood cell Win a rugged and waterproof Apple Watch sport band [Cult of Mac giveaway] You might win a super-cool and rugged new Lululook Waterproof FKM Sport Band. We’re giving away one orange band and one blue one, and anyone in the world can enter to win.
2/9/20241 hour, 29 minutes, 42 seconds
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Vision Pro Reviews: The good, the bad and the UGLY… (CultCast #632)

This week we’re talking Vision Pro reviews, the good, the bad and the ugly! Also, we have some details on iOS 17.4 — and did Vanity Fair leak an image of the new iPad? 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. If you like fresh tech, check out Scott Hanselman’s Hanselminutes wherever you get your podcasts! Scott finds fresh tech and fresh faces and shares them with you, like clockwork, every week. It’s like NPR’s Fresh Air for the tech set. CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: Vision Pro review roundup: ‘Magic’ and ‘a revolution,’ but definitely unfinished The first reviews of Apple’s Vision Pro gush compliments on the augmented-reality headset, with one reviewer calling it “mind-blowing” and another “stunning.”However, there’s also plenty of criticism for the high price, weight and slim collection of software available when the product launches later this week.Vanity Fair: Why Tim Cook Is Going All In on the Apple Vision ProApple Vision Pro’s biggest problem: It’s highly addictive! Win a rugged and waterproof Apple Watch sport band [Cult of Mac giveaway] You might win a super-cool and rugged new Lululook Waterproof FKM Sport Band. We’re giving away one orange band and one blue one, and anyone in the world can enter to win. iOS 17.4 beta 1: All the new features and changes The first beta of iOS 17.4 is here, and it packs several big changes. The beta build arrived just days after Apple released iOS 17.3 to the public.Auto-generated transcripts coming to Apple Podcasts Is this an unannounced iPad in a press photo? Some people think the first picture of Tim Cook wearing a Vision Pro also has a surprise: an iPad that Apple hasn’t released yet. But no. The tablet looks a bit odd, but that’s not because it’s a future one with a new design.Post by John SiracusaEdited image by David Schaub
2/2/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 40 seconds
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Vision Pro CHAOS, sideloading is OFFICIAL + Apple Car is back on the menu! (CultCast #631)

This week: Vision Pro sells out in mere moments and its insane scalping prices, new Apple hardware coming this spring, and yes, the Apple Car is back on the menu! Plus: BREAKING NEWS on App Store sideloading and game streaming on iOS. What a week! This episode supported by: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Just fill out a brief questionnaire to get matched with a licensed therapist, entirely online. Visit BetterHelp.com/CultCast to get 10% off your first month. 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. Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. This week’s stories: Too late: Apple Vision Pro preorders sell out fast Seven months after its announcement at WWDC23, Apple started accepting preorders for its Vision Pro headset Friday morning — and quickly sold out. Shipping dates for the company’s first AR headset slipped within minutes of preorders opening. More Vision Pro headsets sold on launch weekend than you might expect 9to5Mac: Vision Pro scalpers used bots to place thousands of pre-orders; face check no barrier Win a portable magnetic 3-in-1 wireless charger [Cult of Mac giveaway] Kuxiu X55 3-in-1 Foldable Magnetic Wireless Charger and Stand gives you a compact, lightweight way to keep your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wireless charging case charged up pretty much anywhere. New Apple sideloading rules require pre-approval for iPhone apps Apple gave EU developers the guidelines and access to the tools needed for sideloading — installing applications that don’t go through the App Store. iPhone App Store change allows streaming games and mini apps Apple will allow alternative browser defaults and engines in EU Apple opens iPhone tap-to-pay to third parties in EU MacRumors: New iPad Air, iPad Pro, and MacBook Air Models Likely to Launch in March or April Finally, Apple car coming in 2028 Apple still plans to put a car on the road, but the release date for the Apple car is sometime in 2028, according to a new report. And designers had to slam the brakes on hopes for full self driving. The electric vehicle will allegedly offer some driver-assistance capabilities but these will fall far short of full autonomy.
1/26/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 40 seconds
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Vision Pro last-minute details, and big changes coming to Apple Watch! (CultCast #630)

This week: The Supreme Court is forcing big changes on the App Store, we have Apple’s Plan B to keep selling Apple Watches, last-minute Vision Pro details (are we ordering one?) and finally, 9 cool things you can do with an old iPhone! This episode supported by: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Just fill out a brief questionnaire to get matched with a licensed therapist, entirely online. Visit BetterHelp.com/CultCast to get 10% off your first month. Songfinch creates a totally original song inspired by your story, written and recorded by a professional artist. Go to songfinch.com/CULTCAST to get your song added to Spotify Streaming for free, a $50 value, with your purchase. If you like fresh tech, check out Scott Hanselman’s Hanselminutes wherever you get your podcasts! Scott finds fresh tech and fresh faces and shares them with you, like clockwork, every week. It’s like NPR’s Fresh Air for the tech set. This week’s stories: Supreme Court decision means major iPhone app change is on the way The U.S. Supreme Court effectively upheld a lower court’s ruling that Apple must allow third-party iPhone app developers to point customers to their websites when making purchases. This means the company is forced to drop its “anti-steering” rule for such applications — a major change. AppleInsider: Apple bills Epic Games $73 million in legal costs Following the end of the Epic Games vs Apple case, the "Fortnite" developer will be required to pay Apple over $73 million in legal fees. Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 without blood oxygen feature go on sale in US Apple is not making any hardware tweaks to the wearables. Instead, it will turn off the blood oxygen sensor feature through software. Win a Pitaka iPhone 15 case that’s colorful, thin and incredibly durable [Cult of Mac giveaway] Time's running out on our latest giveaway: We're giving away four iPhone 15 cases from Pitaka. Winners will get either a Sunset or Moonrise case. Apple Vision Pro’s Lengthy Sales Pitch Will Include 25-Minute Demo Apple Inc. is facing one of the toughest marketing challenges in its history: pitching customers on a $3,499 headset with limited battery life, an unwieldy design and no killer app. MacRumors: Kuo: Apple Will Only Produce Up to 80,000 Vision Pro Headsets for Launch, Sellout Likely Gurman on Vision Pro Keyboard Apple Vision Pro’s killer feature might be neck pain 9 cool things you can do with an old iPhone YouTube Video There are a lot of things you can do with old iPhones. In fact, it might be worth keeping them around rather than trading them in. There are all kinds of things you can use an old iPhone for.
1/19/20241 hour, 27 minutes, 7 seconds
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Vision Pro is almost here — we have the last minute details! (CultCast #629)

Vision Pro goes on sale NEXT WEEK — we have all the last-minute details! We’re also talking about the strange new AI hardware from CES, AI-powered Siri coming at WWDC, and finally, is it worth it to buy expensive phone cables? This episode supported by: Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: Apple Vision Pro launches February 2, preorders start January 19 [Updated] Apple’s Vision Pro headset finally has a release date. Apple will accept preorders for Vision Pro in the United States starting Friday, January 19, at 5 a.m. Pacific, the company said Monday. Steven Troughton-Smith on Mastodon First Vision Pro ad harks back to classic iPhone Hello advert Apple’s fun new Get Ready video for the upcoming Vision Pro headset is clearly intended to ratchet up the hype for the spatial computing device scheduled for release in early February. MacRumors: Apple 'Carefully Orchestrating' Vision Pro Reviews With Multiple Meetings Apple has a detailed plan for Apple Vision Pro reviews, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. YouTubers and members of the media selected for reviews will meet with Apple on January 16 for a hands-on experience, with a follow-up meeting to take place on January 23 to go over the device's features a second time. Win a Pitaka iPhone 15 case that’s colorful, thin and incredibly durable We're giving away four iPhone 15 cases from Pitaka. Winners will get one of these: Sunset or Moonrise. Ask AI-powered Rabbit R1 for anything (without touching an app) You can ask the new AI-powered Rabbit R1 gadget to do pretty much anything you’d normally do with some combination of apps on your smartphone, according to Rabbit’s fascinating keynote at CES 2024. Wave of Apple Generative AI Tools on Track for WWDC Debut In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman reaffirmed and expanded upon previous comments related to Apple's plans to announce a series of new tools based on generative AI at WWDC as part of iOS 18, including a revamped version of Siri. Cheap or Pricey: Which Charging Cables Last Longest? How many times have you left your phone plugged in overnight just to wake up and find that it hasn’t charged at all? It seems like a trivial thing, but when a charging cable fails, it can ruin your day.
1/12/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 15 seconds
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The biggest update yet — Apple Watch X! (CultCast #628)

This week, it’ll be the biggest update since the original — here comes Apple Watch X… Plus, app sideloading might be coming to the US next and we pitch our favorite shows, movies and stuff in an all-new What We’re Into! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: What to expect from Apple Watch in 2024: Series X 2024 looks like a big year for Apple Watch. The world’s most popular wearable could get the biggest redesign in its 10-year history in the form of a device potentially called “Apple Watch Series X” or simply “Apple Watch X.” Everything (else) Apple Will Announce in 2024 9to5Mac: US antitrust case against Apple’s App Store exclusivity is ‘firing on all cylinders’ The US antitrust case against Apple’s App Store exclusivity is “firing on all cylinders” according to the head of the Department of Justice unit responsible for policing breaches of competition law. Inside Apple’s massive push to transform the Mac into a gaming paradise Gaming on the Mac in the 1990s until 2020, when Apple made a big shift to its own custom silicon, could be boiled down to this: Apple was in a hardware arms race with the PC that it couldn’t win. “Apple silicon has changed all that,” Keppel tells Inverse. D. Griffin Jones on Extra Ordinary: The Weird, Cyclical State of Mac Gaming What We’re Into Griffin: Sausage with bell peppers and onions Erfon: Fujifilm X100V rumored successor
1/5/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 32 seconds
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Our FINAL picks for the best (and worst!) of 2023! (CultCast #627)

This week, the Apple Watch is back on sale already — but for how long? Jony Ive is pawning some BIG designers from Apple to work on a secret new AI project. And we close with the rest of our picks for the Best (and Worst) of 2023. This episode supported by: Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. PDF Editor ,PDF Book Reader is your do-it-all PDF app, perfect for reading, creating, editing, signing, and scanning PDFs. And CultCast listeners can get a year of all pro features totally free. Here's how: First, download the app on your device (iPhone, iPad or Mac) Next, click on this link Enter the code CULTOFMAC You'll unlock a free year of pro features Code has limited uses so don't wait CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: Federal court temporarily un-pauses Apple Watch ban During the temporary stay on the ban, the court will review Apple’s request. Now the ITC has until January 10 to respond to Apple’s request for a stay. Another Apple Designer Joins Jony Ive to Work on Hardware for OpenAI Apple's vice president of product design Tang Tan is set to join Sir Jony Ive's LoveFrom to design hardware products for OpenAI. At Apple, Tang Tan is vice president of product design and reports to senior vice president of hardware engineering John Ternus. Tan is responsible for the design of the iPhone, Apple Watch, accessories, and acoustic devices like AirPods. Best of 2023 Round 1: Griffin: 404 Media is a journalist-run independent media company with excellent investigative reporting on the hottest tech news. Lewis: Anker 3-in-1 Cube with MagSafe is a great night stand charger for your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch. Erfon: Xbox Game pass is like the Netflix of video games, and with its ever-expanding library of indie, and now, big titles from major studios, it’s finally worth its monthly price. Best of 2023 Round 2: Griffin: Mastodon is an open-source social media platform that cuts out garbage ads, tracking and algorithms; cutting straight to the high-quality discussions with people you care about. Lewis: TRIGGERnometry Erfon: Juscant is a PC game with a beautiful aesthetic, intuitive climbing mechanics, and mysterious plot. Worst of 2023 Round 1: Griffin: Michael Darius is a former Apple employee who is selling his meager experience from nearly twenty years ago as some design guru and personal protégé of Steve Jobs. Lewis: Apple service price hikes Erfon: The state of streaming in 2023 is a huge mess. It’s like cable TV all over again. Worst of 2023 Round 2: Griffin: The feeling of being trusted to drive a stranger's car alone after you only met them earlier that same evening is a bizarre experience I hope to never repeat. Lewis: San Francisco Erfon: Amazon Prime keeps getting more expensive while offering fewer benefits.
12/29/20231 hour, 59 minutes, 13 seconds
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It happened — Apple Watch is BANNED! (CultCast #626)

This week, the Apple Watch is BANNED in the US! We’re also talking bad news about next year’s models and the future of CarPlay that was just announced, followed by new picks for the Best of 2023! 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. Songfinch creates a totally original song inspired by your story, written and recorded by a professional artist. Go to songfinch.com/CULTCAST to get your song added to Spotify Streaming for free, a $50 value, with your purchase. CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: It’s the last day to buy Apple Watch from Apple.com before US sales ban [Updated] U.S. sales of Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 from Apple’s website stopped on December 21. Your Apple Watch Bands May Not Work With Next Year's Model Next-generation Apple Watch models will feature a completely redesigned band connector, rendering them incompatible with all current bands, according to the Apple leaker and prototype collector known as “Kosutami.” Enter to win an iPhone 15 case and screen protector bundle from MagEasy Two winners will receive a MagEasy iPhone 15 case of their choice, along with a screen protector. Enter now for your chance to win! Porsche and Aston Martin preview gorgeous next-gen Apple CarPlay Now we have our first looks at what next-gen Carplay will look like thanks to Porsche and Aston Martin. Best of 2023: Erfon: Silo. In a ruined and toxic future, thousands live in a giant silo deep underground. After its sheriff breaks a cardinal rule and residents die mysteriously, engineer Juliette starts to uncover shocking secrets and the truth about the silo. Lewis: Slow Horses. This quick-witted spy drama follows a dysfunctional team of MI5 agents—and their obnoxious boss, the notorious Jackson Lamb—as they navigate the espionage world’s smoke and mirrors to defend England from sinister forces. Griffin: U.S. Interstate 77 is possibly the greatest highway on the planet, offering two lanes of 70 mph speeds with regular stops, little congestion or traffic, scenic views and a world-class interchange with Interstate 70 — it’s the fastest way to leave Cleveland.
12/22/202354 minutes, 49 seconds
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The best and worst gear of 2023 — Part 2! (CultCast #625)

This week: Apple just made it harder for the Gov to spy on your phone, iOS 17.3 makes your iPhone a lot harder to steal, and our picks for best (& worst!) gear (& stuff!) of 2023! This episode supported by: Factor Foods. Treat yourself to high-quality, delicious meals over the holidays. Head over to FactorMeals.com/CultCast50 and use offer code CultCast50 to get 50% off. Notion AI can now give you instant answers to your questions, using information from across your wiki, projects, docs and meeting notes. Go to notion.com/cultcast to try the powerful Notion AI today. CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: You can now buy stand-alone USB-C case for AirPods Pro 2… for $99! In September, Apple introduced a tweaked version of AirPods Pro 2 that comes with a charging case with a USB-C port. The MagSafe Charging Case (USB‑C) for AirPods Pro (2nd generation) joined the online Apple store Wednesday. Apple makes ‘push notification spying’ more difficult Governments will find push notification spying harder to do now that they no longer enjoy easy access to records of push notifications sent to iPhone users. Apple changed its policy so that law enforcement and other government agencies need a court order to obtain this data. How Apple plans to ramp up iOS security for stolen iPhones The just-released iOS 17.3 beta 1 includes a surprise feature: Stolen Device Protection. The option makes it harder to reset the passcode on a stolen device if the thief already knows the current passcode. There are also new password protections. Why Google Play courtroom loss could hurt Apple, too Epic Games convinced a federal jury that the Google Play store for Android applications is an illegal monopoly. The decision might have wide repercussions. Apple reportedly offers to open iPhone NFC to other payment systems The days of the iPhone’s NFC capabilities being limited to just Apple Pay could be coming to an end. Apple is reportedly open to allowing other systems to use the wireless payment system. Best of 2023: Erfon: Matter is the best new smart home technology that brings all your devices together seamlessly. Lewis: The Last of Us is a show on Max about a hardened survivor (Pedro Pascal) taking care of a 14-year-old girl (Bella Ramsey) who may be humanity’s last hope. Griffin: Music, a great way to experience art in the form of rhythmic sounds, vocalizations and instruments. The Roland Cube 30X was designed for listening to music. Worst of 2023: Griffin: The KUXIU X55 is a garbage cheap plastic version of my favorite 3-in-1 charger, the KUXIU X40. Lewis: Apple predictive text makes confusing and erratic changes as you type. Erfon: The second-generation HomePod fails to live up to the premium listening experience of the original.
12/15/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 31 seconds
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Overhauled iPad Pros and another new Mac are incoming! (CultCast #624)

This week: new rumors say updated iPad Pros are right around the corner, along with the new M3 MacBook Air! Plus: the iPhone 16’s Action button is getting supercharged, and our first picks for the Best of 2023! 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. Songfinch creates a totally original song inspired by your story, written and recorded by a professional artist. Go to songfinch.com/CULTCAST to get your song added to Spotify Streaming for free, a $50 value, with your purchase. CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: Entire iPhone 16 lineup could feature force-sensitive Action button Apple reportedly will bring the iPhone 15 Pro’s Action button to the entire iPhone 16 lineup next year. It will seemingly be a capacitive button and pack a lot of additional functionality. How Apple muffed the iPhone 15 Pro’s new Action button by Leander Kahney MacRumors: ‘All-Screen’ iPhone Under-Display Camera Enters Development According to The Elec, LG Innotek has entered the preliminary development of the UDC, which sits under the display and does not result in a visible hole in the panel when the camera is not in use. Win a 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger from mophie [Cult of Mac Giveaway] This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway prize is a mophie 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger that retails for $149.95. The compact charger is perfect for anyone with a busy schedule who’s on the go. You can charge multiple devices simultaneously at maximum speed with this great fold-up Apple accessory. MacBook Air gets speedy M3 chip in spring 2024 The Apple M3 processor will make its way to the MacBook Air line in March 2024, according to a trusted source of insider info. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the laptop will receive the chip upgrade. 12.9-inch iPad Air, OLED iPad Pro pegged for March release March 2024 will bring a bonanza, according to a report Wednesday from Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. A 12.9-inch iPad Air is supposedly on the docket. An updated 10.9-inch version will also be released. Apple confirms ‘push notification spying’ by government agencies Some governments are spying on push notifications sent to iPhone users, Apple confirmed Wednesday. By examining logs of push notifications sent by various apps, authorities can piece together surprisingly detailed information about smartphone users and their activities. Under Review: Griffin: Stray, by Annapurna Interactive Lewis: Apple Watch Ultra 2 Erfon: Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn on Apple TV+
12/8/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 14 seconds
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Cool new iOS 17.2 features & Apple canceling Apple Card?!? (CultCast #623)

This week: Apple’s falling out with Goldman Sachs could mean the end of Apple Card - we’ll fill you in. We’ll also give you the real deal on how NameDrop works and run through the top podcasts of 2023. And finally — could multiple cheaper Apple Vision headsets be in the works? This episode supported by: Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a private tutor - or fooling yourself with language apps that are little more than games - Babbel’s quick 10-minute lessons are designed by over 150 language experts to help you start speaking a new language in as little as 3-weeks. Get 55% off at babbel.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week’s stories: Apple reportedly ending Apple Card partnership with Goldman Sachs Apple’s partnership with Goldman Sachs for the Apple Card is reportedly coming to an end. The Wall Street Journal says Apple sent a proposal to the bank to exit from the agreement in the next 12 to 15 months. MacRumors: Interesting new features in iOS 17.2 Beta 4 Under Sounds & Haptics, there's a new "Default Alerts" section that allows you to choose the sound used for all incoming notifications aside from texts, mail alerts, and calendar alerts, which already had customization options. With the iPhone 15 Pro models, ProRes video can be recorded directly to an external device. iOS 17.2 appears to include a new pop up message that lets users know that external recording is not working because of a USB-C cable that is too slow. Arm ain’t happy about how little Apple pays for its chip tech All Apple computers run on chips based on technology licensed from Arm. And it turns out the licensing fee is surprisingly low. Pennies per device. New deal means fully American-made Apple silicon chips Apple silicon processors that TSMC makes at its Arizona plant will be packaged by Amkor at a nearby facility. Why iPhone NameDrop feature is not a security risk Parents are mistakenly being warned that they need to quickly deactivate iOS 17’s NameDrop feature on their children’s iPhones. The warnings claim that it’s causing the devices to broadcast their contact information to anyone nearby. This simply isn’t true. MacRumors: Work on Multiple Next-Gen Vision Pro Headsets Ongoing, Including Cheaper Model DigiTimes claims that there are a total of four different second-generation Vision Pro headsets in development, including a direct successor to the first-generation model and a more affordable model. The nature of the other two second-generation models is unclear.
12/1/202353 minutes, 56 seconds
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Sonos AirPods Max competitors + Tim Cook's plans to leave Apple (CultCast #622)

GOBBLE GOBBLE YAAALL! This week: iPads are going OLED! More HUGE legislation is coming out of the EU, Sonos is taking on Apple and Tim Cook talks about his succession plan. And we wrap up another all-new Under Review! This episode supported by: Notion combines your notes, documents, and task or project management into one space that’s simple and beautifully designed, with the power of AI built right inside. Try Notion AI for free when you go to notion.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week‘s stories: iPad Air and iPad mini with OLED screens pegged for 2026 release Add iPad Air and iPad mini to the list of Apple tablets getting OLED screens. At least, that’s what an unconfirmed report coming out of Asia says. And the mini will supposedly get a boost in display size. EU’s proposed right to repair law incentivizes repairs, bans parts pairing The European Parliament has voted to approve a strong Right to Repair proposal. It aims to make consumer electronic goods more repairable, with companies required to prioritize repairability over replacement. The EU’s draft law prevents parts pairing. Apple notoriously uses this software block to discourage iPhone users from getting their devices repaired by third-party shops. Enter to win a super-protective iPad case from Zugu [Cult of Mac Giveaway] We teamed up with Zugu to give five lucky winners the chance to win one of these fantastic iPad cases, which come with a great adjustable kickstand and a built-in Apple Pencil holder. MacRumors: Sonos to Launch $400+ Headphones and Set-Top Box, Competing with Apple Devices Popular speaker company Sonos is planning to enter several new product markets that will see it competing with Apple devices, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Apple CEO Succession Plans 'Very Detailed', Says Tim Cook In a 45-minute interview for the BBC Sounds podcast Dua Lipa: At Your Service hosted by singer Dua Lipa, Cook admitted that he does not know how long he will remain at Apple. Tim said, “I would say that my job is to prepare several people for the ability to succeed, and I really want the person to come from within Apple, the next CEO. So that's my role: That there's several for the board to pick from.” Under Review: The Apple II Age: How The Computer Became Personal by Laine Nooney 100W Right Angle USB C to USB C Cable, 2 Pack by SOOPII X-Air Duffel by Waterfield
11/23/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 24 seconds
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Showdown! M3 Max Macbook Pro 14” Vs. 16” + New iOS 17.2 features (CultCast #621)

This week, performance showdown! It's the 14 Vs. the 16-inch M3 Max MacBook Pros - can the 14-inch keep up?! Plus: is 8 GB of memory enough for the base MacBook Pro; new features coming to iOS 17.2, iOS 18 and RCS finally coming to iMessage; and the huge iPad Air coming early next year! This episode supported by: Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. Notion combines your notes, documents, and task or project management into one space that’s simple and beautifully designed, with the power of AI built right inside. Try Notion AI for free when you go to notion.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week‘s stories: 14" vs 16" M3 Max MacBook Pro: Major OVERHEATING Issues! M3 MacBook Pro 8GB vs 16GB RAM - How BAD is base model? YouTube videos by MaxTech   New features coming in iOS 17.2 iOS 17.2 adds a Translate Action button shortcut, the Journal app and spatial video recording from the camera. Spatial video playing on Meta Quest   Enter to win a super-protective iPad case from Zugu [Cult of Mac giveaway] The prize in this week’s giveaway is every iPad owner’s dream: an iPad case from Zugu with a built-in Apple Pencil holder. We teamed up with Zugu to give five lucky winners the chance to win one of these fantastic iPad cases.   Shocker: Apple commits to RCS for better texting with Android users In what is apparently an enormous change of direction, Apple reportedly plans to add support for Rich Communication Services (RCS) to the iPhone Messages app in 2024. This will enable iPhones and Androids to communicate more securely.   ​​iPhone 16 Likely to Get Exclusive AI Features in iOS 18 Apple at WWDC 2024 will reveal a turbo-charged version of Siri powered by large language models (LLMs) that will debut in iOS 18, but some new cutting-edge generative AI features could be exclusive to iPhone 16 models.   12.9-inch iPad Air could launch in early 2024 Apple could overhaul its tablet lineup in 2024, delivering the first 12.9-inch iPad Air and upgrading iPad Pro models to OLED displays and the company’s fast new M3 chip.   Shop a refurbished Mac Studio Some M1 Ultra Mac Studios are available for steep discounts on the Apple Refurbished Store — while supplies last!  
11/17/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 31 seconds
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M3/Pro/Max MacBook Pros - nothing but the cold hard truth! (CultCast #620)

This week: we’re looking at the cold hard truth of M3/Pro/Max MacBook Pros vs M2 and M1 generation — and there are some surprises. We also have rumors for iOS 18 and Apple is prepping a cutting-edge battery technology that will power your devices by 2025! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week‘s stories: Apple’s new M3 iMac and MacBook Pros hit store shelves Apple’s new M3 iMac and MacBook Pros are now officially on sale in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and select other countries. If you live in one of those locations, you can pick up the latest iMac or M3-powered MacBook Pro from your nearest Apple Store. The new M3 Max MacBook Pro will go on sale later in November.   All M3 MacBook pros reviewed: Same cars, better engines Geekbench 6 benchmark results for the new MacBook Pro models already leaked last week. The results showed that the M3 chip is up to 20% faster than the M2 chip, the M3 Pro is up to 6% faster than the M2 Pro, and the M3 Max is up to 50% faster than the M2 Max and roughly on par with the M2 Ultra chip.   MacRumors: Apple Silicon Buyer's Guide: Which Chip Should You Choose? Choosing a new Mac often involves consideration of the many Apple silicon chips now on offer, so our comprehensive guide covers their generations, variations, and performance benchmarks to help you decide which is best for you.   Apple pauses iOS 18 and macOS 15 development to root out bugs After reaching Milestone 1, Apple developers reportedly stopped adding new features to Milestone 2 for a week because the code had too many bugs.   Apple gets ready to make much better batteries Apple is developing greatly improved batteries for its future devices, according to a new report. It appears the iPhone-maker wants to create a custom process in-house and own it — rather than outsourcing — just like it did with Apple silicon chips.   This one simple change would make every USB-C cable better Simple labeling is a big help when you need a certain cable for, say, fast data transfer, but none of your cables comes right out and IDs itself as the right one for the specific job. Does it support fast data transfer? How about fast charging?  
11/10/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds
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Reacting to all the new “Scary Fast” M3 Macs! (CultCast #619)

This week: the pros and cons - it's our reactions to the new M3 MacBook Pros and iMac! Plus: a long-rumored health feature will finally debut in the next Apple Watch, and we find out the winner of last week's Scary Fast event predictions! This episode supported by: Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a private tutor - or fooling yourself with language apps that are little more than games - Babbel’s quick 10-minute lessons are designed by over 150 language experts to help you start speaking a new language in as little as 3-weeks. Get 55% off at babbel.com/cultcast. PDF Editor ,PDF Book Reader is your do-it-all PDF app, perfect for reading, creating, editing, signing, and scanning PDFs. And CultCast listeners can get a year of all pro features totally free. Here's how: First, download the app on your device (iPhone, iPad or Mac) Next, click on this link Enter the code CULTOFMAC You'll unlock a free year of pro features Code expires on Dec 1, 2023 or after 10,000 uses!   This week‘s stories: Apple M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max boost Mac performance up to 50% The M2 was a fairly modest improvement over the original version, but the M3 brings more of a boost. Much of that come from a switch from a 5nm production process to a 3nm one. Shrinking the chip’s components allows them to work faster while generating less waste heat. 3 new M3 MacBook Pro models promise blazing speed The basic new MacBook Pro is a 14-inch model with the M3 chip. “Perfect for aspiring creatives, students, and entrepreneurs, it now starts at $1,599,” Apple said. Orders start Monday for all the new laptops, with shipping starting November 7, Apple said. The base M3 MacBook Pro at $1,599 ($1,499 for education). M3 Pro starts at $1,999 ($1,849 for education). M3 Max starts at $2,499 ($2,299 for education). Good riddance: 13-inch MacBook Pro discontinued Apple has discontinued the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It was the last MacBook in the company’s lineup with a Touch Bar, a thin, customizable OLED strip at the top of the keyboard that replaced the usual row of function keys. M1 vs. M3 24-inch iMac comparison: What’s changed? The biggest upgrade between the 2021 and 2023 24-inch iMac is the switch to the faster M3 chip. Apple claims its newest iMac delivers 2x faster performance. Fail: No USB-C update for Magic Mouse or Keyboard With the latest iPhones dropping the Lightning port in favor of USB-C, there was speculation (and hope) that Apple would release new versions of the Magic Mouse, Trackpad and Keyboard that also reject the Lightning port. Nope. How Apple’s ‘Scary Fast’ event was shot on iPhone [Updated] Apple shared a big surprise at the end of the scary fast event - the entire presentation was recorded using an iPhone. This is the first time Apple has used only one of its handsets to film an entire product launch event. Next-gen Apple Watch could offer limited blood pressure monitoring The 2024 edition of Apple Watch might finally include a feature that been a bit of a holy grail for the wearable: blood pressure monitoring. But a new report says the feature will be limited at first. The CultCast “Scary Fast” Predictions results Results from the prediction game we played on the show last week!
11/3/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 3 seconds
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Let’s talk Apple’s “Scary Fast” Mac event expectations! (CultCast #618)

Next week’s “Scary Fast” event came out of nowhere, a total surprise! And now we know... Apple’s preparing a BARRAGE of new Macs. Get your wallets ready — you’re going to like what’s coming next! This episode supported by: Notion combines your notes, documents, and task or project management into one space that’s simple and beautifully designed, with the power of AI built right inside. Try Notion AI for free when you go to notion.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co This week‘s stories: Apple plans ‘Scary Fast’ event for Halloween eve It’s official, a second Apple product-release event of autumn takes place the evening before Halloween — Monday, October 30 at 5 p.m. PT. Most folks expect some new Macs to shamble forth. Apple drops big hint October event will be Mac focused Apple invited the world to a product-launch event on October 30. And the invitation strongly suggests that new Macs will be on the agenda. Mark Gurman’s tweets: “Apple’s iMacs and MacBook Pros are in extremely short supply” “Apple has been testing M3 Max and M3 Pro 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros” “Apple has been planning an M3 iMac for a while […] No other major changes other than the chip” “Inventory of existing high-end 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros — as well as the all-in-one iMac desktop — has dwindled at Apple stores as well as retailers” Monday’s ‘Scary Fast’ Macs could sport M3 chips after all After Apple invited the world to its Scary Fast product event Monday, speculation turned more seriously to the idea that newly announced Macs might sport faster new M3 chips rather than versions of the current M2 series chips. MacRumors: OLED iPad and MacBook Rumored to Feature Specialized Display Materials Apple has apparently collaborated with LG Display to integrate new OLED material sets in some of its future devices, including forthcoming iPad Pro and MacBook models. AirPods 4 could deliver active noise cancellation AirPods 2 and AirPods 3 will get the axe in 2024 to be replaced with a fourth generation that will come in two versions, according to an unconfirmed report from Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. One AirPods 4 model will offer ANC and have a charging case that supports the Find My app. A cheaper version will not have either feature. Apple raises rates for Apple TV+ and other services by up to 40% The cost of watching Apple TV+ series and movies just went up 40%. […] The price for Apple Arcade, Apple News+ and Apple One also increased. But the cost of other services, like Apple Music, remains the same. Extra Ordinary: The CultCast ‘Scary Fast’ Predictions For (probably) the last time this year, Erfon, Lewis and I will be putting down our predictions for a surprise event on Monday.
10/27/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 24 seconds
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Apple prepping 32-inch iMac and FOLDing iPad! (CultCast #617)

This week: Apple's prepping a 32-inch iMac Pro - and this could be the iMac Pro replacement we've been waiting for... Plus: Apple's first foldable will be an iPad, and everything we know about the next iPad Pro, including it's whopping new price tag. ​ This episode supported by: Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. ​ 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co ​ This week‘s stories: ​ Griffin: Wait for new 32-inch iMac could stretch out to 2025 The much-anticipated 32-inch iMac is a couple of years away, according to an industry analyst who’s a reliable source of Apple predictions.   Erfon: Foldable iPad might launch in 2024 Apple’s first computer with a foldable display will reportedly be an iPad   Erfon: 2024 iPad Pro: 12 Rumors About What to Expect Griffin: Get ready to grab the first budget Apple Pencil Apple just took the wraps off a lower-price version of its iPad stylus. The new Apple Pencil uses a USB-C port for charging so it’s a better fit for use with the budget iPad   Griffin: No, fast charging doesn’t hurt your iPhone battery Does it hurt your battery by charging an iPhone with a fast charger?  
10/20/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 5 seconds
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Uh oh — BAD news for the new Macs and the next Apple Watch (CultCast #616)

This week: a super useful new iPhone 15 feature is coming to iOS 17.1! Plus: Why the next Apple Watch might not be too great; rumors say no new MacBooks before 2024, and the big problem with Vision Pro that no one's talking about. Then, we pitch our favorite gadgets in an all-new Under Review! ​ This episode supported by: ​ Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. Notion combines your notes, documents, and task or project management into one space that’s simple and beautifully designed, with the power of AI built right inside. Try Notion AI for free when you go to notion.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co ​ This week‘s stories: iOS 17.1 will add pocket-detection mode for iPhone 15 Pro’s Action button To avoid accidentally activating the action button, Apple plans to add a pocket-detection feature in iOS 17.1 (as spotted by MacRumors in the latest beta). This will ensure that pressing the Action button while the iPhone 15 Pro is in your pocket won’t activate the camera, flashlight or any other action that does not make sense. ​ 2024 Apple Watch 'Unlikely' to Have 'Significant' Innovation The 2024 Apple Watch is "unlikely" to offer "significant innovative experiences," according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. ​ M3 MacBooks unlikely to launch before 2024 A DigiTimes report corroborates an earlier prediction from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple will not launch new M3-powered MacBooks this year. ​ Enter to win a protective and stylish iPhone 15 bundle from Laut [Cult of Mac giveaway] Three lucky winners can choose either a Laut Revive Prop or a Laut Prestige iPhone 15 case. (This week’s winners get to choose which type and size of case they want.) Both offer 10.5-foot drop protection. ​ Apple’s Challenge for the Next Vision Pro: Making It Easier to Wear A key focus for Apple is making its device more comfortable to wear — with a smaller and lighter design. The company’s first headset, the Vision Pro, has caused neck strain in testing due to its size and weight. ​ Under Review: Anker 3-in-1 Cube with MagSafe Fujifilm X-S20 Sony Mavica FD-73: Example Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3
10/13/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 30 seconds
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New Macs are incoming! + iPhone 15 Pro #WarmGate aftermath! (CultCast #615)

This week: get your wallets ready... cause a whole slew of new Macs are just around the corner! We'll tell you what to expect. Plus: more iPhone 15 Pro issues, Apple's prepping to unveil their next-gen display tech, and 12 years later - we remember Steve Jobs! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co. This week's stories GRIFFIN: New MacBook Pros with mini-LED, new iMac and new MacBook Air could all launch this year “Apple is expected to ship new models of 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro devices in the fourth quarter of 2023,” Digitimes reported today.   LEWIS: Apple rushes out fix for ‘warmer than expected’ iPhones Our incredibly brief, slightly warmer than anticipated, international iPhone nightmare is over. iOS 17.0.3 just launched, and Apple promises it “addresses an issue that may cause iPhone to run warmer than expected.”   LEWIS: Enter to win a protective and stylish iPhone 15 bundle from Laut [Cult of Mac giveaway] Three lucky winners can choose either a Laut Revive Prop or a Laut Prestige iPhone 15 case. (This week’s winners get to choose which type and size of case they want.)   Erfon: The iPhone 15 Pro has a weird USB-C charging problem Tried charging your new iPhone 15 from a power bank but came back to a dead iPhone? You're not alone! Here's what's going on.   Griffin: How Apple muffed the iPhone 15 Pro’s new Action button I’ve been using my new iPhone 15 Pro for a couple of weeks now, but I still haven’t gotten used to the new Action button.   LEWIS: How to stop macOS Sonoma from flashing your desktop, aka, How to disable the coolest new feature in macOS Sonoma! This is the new “Click wallpaper to reveal desktop” feature in the new Mac operating system. If you find this functionality annoying, here’s how to turn it off. That way, you can safely click your Mac’s desktop again.   Erfon: Next Major Apple Watch Ultra Upgrade Rumored to Be MicroLED Display Technology MicroLED display technology will be the next major upgrade coming to the Apple Watch Ultra, according to a Weibo leaker with a proven track record for disclosing accurate information about Apple's plans.  
10/6/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 21 seconds
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Nothing but the truth! One week w/iPhone 15 Pro Max, Apple Watch Ultra 2, & Apple Watch 9 (CultCast #614)

This week: new iPhone, new gate! Nerds on the internet are mad that the iPhone 15 Pros titanium finish has a big problem with finger oils - we discuss! Plus: we review the reviews for iPhone 15 Pro, cover some of its new hidden features, and we'll highlight the best new features in iOS 17! And we NEED to talk about Apple's new Finewoven cases… This episode supported by Notion Notion combines your notes, documents, and task or project management into one space that’s simple and beautifully designed, with the power of AI built right inside. Try Notion AI for free when you go to notion.com/cultcast. Babbel Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a private tutor - or fooling yourself with language apps that are little more than games - Babbel’s quick 10-minute lessons are designed by over 150 language experts to help you start speaking a new language in as little as 3-weeks. Get 55% off at babbel.com/cultcast. Squarespace 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. CoM Store 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 CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co. This week's stories GRIFFIN: Apple Watch Series 9 Review How to fix your Apple Watch weather complications Apple on Tuesday offered two potential fixes for the recently reported Apple Watch issue where watch face Weather complications fail to load data.   Erfon: iPhone 15 Pro overheating may arise from Apple ‘compromises’ Widespread reports of iPhone 15 Pro handsets overheating probably don’t stem from the new 3nm manufacturing process for the A17 Pro chip but from shortcuts Apple may have taken with the thermal system, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Tuesday.   Griffin: Next year’s standard iPhone won’t get a hand-me-down chip Rather than holding over iPhone 15 Pro’s A17 Pro chip for iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus, the full upcoming iPhone 16 lineup will carry A18 and A18 Pro chips running on an updated TSMC 3nm production process, according to an analyst.   Griffin: The 36 best macOS Sonoma features you should try after you update macOS Sonoma may not have the same buzz as iOS, but there are loads of new features this year to try out on your Mac. You can get beautiful Apple TV-style aerial screensavers, widgets on your desktop, powerful enhancements to Safari and more.   Lewis: Kuo: Low-Cost Apple Vision Pro Might Be Canceled Apple may have canceled plans to produce a lower-cost version of the Apple Vision Pro headset, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. There were multiple rumors of a lower-cost model coming out sometime around 2025, but that may not happen.   Lewis: Kuo: Development of Apple Car Has 'Lost All Visibility' Apple's work on the Apple Car has "lost all visibility" at the current time, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He says that if Apple does not adopt some kind of acquisition strategy to make inroads in the automotive market, it is unlikely that the Apple Car will be able to go into mass production "within the next years."  
9/29/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 11 seconds
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iPhone 15 Pro reviews + we talk “print gate” & hidden features! (CultCast #613)

This week: new iPhone, new gate! Nerds on the internet are mad that the iPhone 15 Pros titanium finish has a big problem with finger oils - we discuss! Plus: we review the reviews for iPhone 15 Pro, cover some of its new hidden features, and we'll highlight the best new features in iOS 17! And we NEED to talk about Apple's new Finewoven cases… This episode supported by Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co. iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter Ad Read for BackBeat Media URL: https://www.iphonelife.com/dailytips This week's stories LEWIS: iPhone 15 Pro demand overwhelms Apple [Updated] Anyone who even slightly delayed ordering the new iPhone 15 Pro models when they went on sale Friday morning faces a lengthy wait for their devices to be delivered. The delays extend into November for some handsets and configurations.   GRIFFIN: iPhone 15 Pro Max reviews Lewis: Replacing iPhone 15 Pro’s broken glass back won’t burn a hole in your wallet Apple first switched to a more repair-friendly internal design with the iPhone 14 in 2022.   The best cases for your iPhone 15/Pro The best screen protectors for your iPhone 15/Pro GRIFFIN: The new FineWoven iPhone cases are very bad “Folks, what you’ve heard so far is true. Apple’s new FineWoven iPhone cases and accessories are bad. Like, really bad. Seven days later, I still can’t make sense of them”   ERF: iPhone 15 displays how many times its battery has been charged Li-ion batteries inevitably wear out. Each one comes with a limited number of times it can be charged and discharged. A very approximate range to expect is 300 to 500 charge cycles.   ERF: iPhone 15 Models Feature New Setting to Strictly Prevent Charging Beyond 80% All of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models feature a new battery health setting that prevents the devices from charging beyond 80% at all times when enabled, as confirmed by The Verge's Allison Johnson during a Q&A session today.   ERF: PSA: An iPhone 15 Can Charge Another iPhone Apple's iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models use a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port for charging and data transfer purposes, and the new port allows the iPhones to charge a wide range of USB-C devices, including another iPhone.   GRIFFIN: The 50 best iOS 17 features you should try after you update Convert a list in Reminders into a groceries list. From any list, tap ⋯ and tap Show List Info and set List Type to Groceries. This will automatically sort the items into their common store categories, like Produce, Meat, Bakery, Frozen Foods, Household Items, Pet Care, etc.   LEWIS: These iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 features won’t arrive till later this year Apple has finally released iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 to the public. The latest OSes are packed with new features and enhancements.   Erfon: tvOS 17 brings FaceTime to Apple TV 4K Apple TV 4K became a more versatile living room device with Monday’s launch of FaceTime on tvOS 17, Apple said, referring to it as “a powerful integration of hardware and software.”  
9/22/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 35 seconds
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Our reactions to iPhone 15 Pro, Max, Ultra 2, AirPods Pro 2 & ALL Wonderlust announcements! (CultCast #612)

This week: we're reacting and deep-diving into everything Apple announced at this week's Wonderlust event, including iPhone 15 Pro and Max, Apple Watch Ultra 2, Apple Watch Series 9, AirPods Pro 2 and more! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 15 Pro, guitars, glasses and lenses sparkling clean! For a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a two free CarryCloths with any order $20+ at CultCloth.co. iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter Ad Read for BackBeat Media URL: https://www.iphonelife.com/dailytips This week's stories GRIFFIN: iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max pack new features, but only 1 higher price tag Predictions that both iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max would see price increases turned out to be partly true. iPhone 15 Pro remains at $999, like like iPhone 14 Pro. But iPhone 15 Max, with its major camera upgrades, goes up from to $1,099 to $1,199.   LEWIS: Apple Watch Series 9 gets big power boost and new double tap gesture Apple Watch Series 9 brings a faster S9 chip that the company says will boost performance, make Siri more usable, and enable an entirely new “double tap” gesture.   Erfon: Apple Watch Ultra 2 is here with a brighter display, faster S9 SiP The front is dominated by a 1.92-inch LTPO OLED panel that now gets brighter than before. It can now reach a peak brightness of 3,000 nits, an increase of 1,000 nits from the first-gen Ultra.   LEWIS: Enter to win a carbon fiber case and band for Apple Watch [Cult of Mac giveaway] Erfon: iPhone 15 adds Dynamic Island and 48MP camera, dumps Lightning port Gets some features trickled down from last year’s iPhone 14 Pro   GRIFFIN: Apple updates AirPods Pro 2 and EarPods with USB-C Small tweaks to the AirPods Pro 2 include USB C, an improved IP54 rating for improved dust resistance and lossless audio if you pair the earbuds to an Apple Vision Pro (which Apple confirmed is shipping early next year).   Lewis: iPhone 15's USB-C Port Can Charge Your Apple Watch and AirPods You'll need an appropriate cable to charge with an iPhone, such as a USB-C to USB-C cable for the new AirPods Pro 2 USB-C Charging Case, or a USB-C Apple Watch charging puck (which will probably come in the box with those products)   Erfon: All iPhone 15 Models Support DisplayPort for Up to 4K HDR Video Output The new iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max all support DisplayPort for up to 4K HDR video mirroring and video output to an external display or TV, according to Apple's tech specs for the devices.   Erfon: Apple’s new FineWoven material for watch bands and iPhone cases makes leather obsolete To make its products more eco-friendly, Apple introduced a new material it calls “FineWoven” today. This material, which Apple says has a “suedelike” feel, will replace the company’s existing leather accessories for the iPhone and Apple Watch.   Erfon: iCloud+ storage capacities expand to 12TB Previously, the storage options were 50GB, 200GB and 2TB. The monthly cost for these is $0.99, $2.99 and $10.99, respectively.   GRIFFIN: “Wonderlust” prediction results
9/15/20231 hour, 41 minutes, 34 seconds
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Last-minute iPhone 15 leaks + our predictions for next week's Wonderlust iPhone event! (CultCast #611)

This week: we've got some new last-minute leaks on iPhone 15/Pro/Max cameras! Plus: Apple's working on the "low cost" MacBook they said they'd never make, and our predictions for next week's Wonderlust event! This episode supported by Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. Notion combines your notes, documents, and task or project management into one space that’s simple and beautifully designed, with the power of AI built right inside. Try Notion AI for free when you go to notion.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter Ad Read for BackBeat Media URL: https://www.iphonelife.com/dailytips This week's stories ERFON: Leak details iPhone 15 Pro’s camera specs MacRumors report claims the primary camera on the iPhone 15 Pro models will remain the same as its predecessor. The phones will retain the 48MP Sony IMX803 sensor. So, any image-quality improvements will come from a faster image signal processor. Previous rumors indicated Apple might use a breakthrough new Sony sensor, but that’s seemingly not the case.    LEWIS: Enter to win a carbon fiber case and band for Apple Watch [Cult of Mac giveaway] In this week’s giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a Carbon Fiber Apple Watch Band and an Apple Watch Carbon Fiber Case, both from Lululook.   LEW-WHEEZY: Low-cost MacBook aimed at students supposedly in development Apple is reportedly working on a MacBook with a price low enough to compete with Chromebooks in the education market.   GRIFFIN: Wonderlust event predictions!
9/8/20231 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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Apple’s “Wonderlust” iPhone 15 event - let’s talk! (CultCast #610)

This week: we decipher Apple’s “Wonderlust” event invitation and talk iPhone 15 colors and expectations! 🧙‍♂️🔥 This episode supported by Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a private tutor - or fooling yourself with language apps that are little more than games - Babbel’s quick 10-minute lessons are designed by over 150 language experts to help you start speaking a new language in as little as 3-weeks. Get 55% off at babbel.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter Ad Read for BackBeat Media URL: https://www.iphonelife.com/dailytips This week's stories ERFON: Apple sets ‘Wonderlust’ iPhone 15 event for September 12 Apple sent out invites Tuesday to its annual September product launch event, which will happen September 12. The tagline is “Wonderlust,” so Apple is apparently hoping we’ll all be feeling both wonder and lust when it unveils the iPhone 15 series.   Here's the Apple invitation animation GRIFFIN: What could the ‘Wonderlust’ event invite mean? Apple’s “Wonderlust” event invite features the Apple logo in a windswept, sandy visage. How could the artwork relate to the expected announcements of the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch Series 9 coming during the Apple event on September 12?   LEWIS: Take an early look at the likely iPhone 15 color options Apple reportedly will produce the iPhone 15 in an array of mostly muted colors. Yes, unfortunately, it sounds like the regular iPhone might be coming down with a case of the iPhone Pro blues -- boring colors!   LEWIS: Giveaway - Package deal: Apple Watch Carbon Fiber Case and Carbon Fiber Band with Magnetic Clasp for Apple Watch from Lululook GRIFFIN: Apple tests 3D printing that could revolutionize manufacturing Apple is testing a 3D-printer-based manufacturing process for some of its upcoming Apple Watches that could radically change how it manufactures products generally, a new Bloomberg report by Mark Gurman.   ERFON: AirPods with USB-C might launch at Apple’s September event After nearly a decade of dragging its feet, Apple is finally switching iPhone to USB-C. The transition away from Lightning is being forced by the European Union, and this fall’s iPhone 15 series will almost certainly be the first with USB-C.  
9/1/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 51 seconds
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iPhone 15 + Vision Pro - the Good and Bad! + a special surprise guest! (CultCast #609)

This week: the good, the bad, the UGLY! We're talking what we like and don't about iPhone 15 and Vision Pro. Plus... a VERY special guest... This episode supported by Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter Ad Read for BackBeat Media URL: https://www.iphonelife.com/dailytips This week's stories Leander: Apple backs California’s Right to Repair Act After years of Apple fighting and delaying the Repair bill in various US states, Apple sent Senator Sustan Talamantes Eggman a letter endorsing the Right to Repair Act in California.   Lewis: Apple’s iPhone 15 cables could be limited to sluggish data transfers Reports say the USB-C port in the iPhone 15 is much faster, as we talked about last week, however, the cables that will ship with the iPhone 15 series will allegedly support only USB 2.0. If true, that will limit data transfers to a relatively poky 480 Mbit/s.   Leander: Meet an Unsung Apple Hero in this free e-book Interface designer Bas Ording is one of those little-known Apple employees who has had a huge influence on our digital lives.   Lewis: Clean your filthy Apple Watch bands, people Your Apple Watch band could be a breeding ground for potentially dangerous pathogens, according to a new study. Scientists found that 95% of the watchbands they tested were contaminated with “bacteria of public health importance.”   Griffin: 6 useful apps hiding in your Mac If you work on a Mac, these six useful apps can help you get that work done faster.  
8/25/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 15 seconds
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New iPhone 15/Pro features leak + Apple’s new 'Watch X'! (CultCast #608)

This week: we’ve got more leaked iPhone 15 features, Apple’s plans for their new “Watch X” Apple watch redesign, Face ID coming to Macs, and this week’s other best Apple news! This episode supported by Notion combines your notes, documents, and task or project management into one space that’s simple and beautifully designed, with the power of AI built right inside. Try Notion AI for free when you go to notion.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter Ad Read for BackBeat Media URL: https://www.iphonelife.com/dailytips This week's stories Erfon: New evidence points to high-speed Thunderbolt connector in iPhone 15 A new leak adds weight to a previous report that the iPhone 15 series will support Thunderbolt. If true, this will allow their USB-C ports to transfer files, updates and other data at up to 40 Gbps.   Erfon: iPhone 15 could support faster 35W charging speeds A report based on industry sources claims the iPhone 15 will support peak charging speeds of 35W. The rumored switch from Lightning to USB-C on 2023 iPhones might have a role to play in this upgrade. iPhone 14 Pro users complain of major drops in battery health and capacity after less than a year   Apple’s MagSafe fuels new Qi2 wireless charging standard   Apple ‘Watch X’ with new design might arrive in 2024 In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman spills the beans on the Apple Watch X. He thinks the revamped smartwatch could launch in 2024 or 2025. It reportedly will feature a thinner watch casing.   Apple hasn’t given up on Face ID for MacBooks Apple just received a patent that covers building Face ID into a MacBook.   Clean your filthy Apple Watch bands, people
8/19/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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Apple's September iPhone 15 event - here we go! (CultCast #607)

This week: we're talking expectations for Apple's September iPhone 15 event! Plus aaaaall the new M3 Macs Apple is working on.... 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter Ad Read for BackBeat Media URL: https://www.iphonelife.com/dailytips This week's stories iPhone 15 launch event reportedly will happen on September 13 ... or 12! Apple could unveil the iPhone 15 lineup on September 12 or 13, with a staggered launch after that to avoid supply chain and logistics problems.   Here are all the M3 Macs in development Apple is working on a slew of M3-powered Macs for late 2023 and 2024, and the latest mystery machine spotted on developers’ logs appears to be a new Mac mini.   Apple’s M3 Max chip spotted with 16-core CPU and 40-core GPU For comparison, the M2 Max ships with a 12-core CPU and a 38-core GPU. So, even if everything else remains constant, the additional CPU and GPU cores on the M3 Max alone should enable significant performance improvements. Apple will likely use newer CPU and GPU cores on the M3 for further performance gains.   Limited-edition iPhone case takes you back to 1969 moon landing [Cult of Mac giveaway] We joined forces with Pitaka this week for an exciting giveaway that will take you over the moon.   LEWIS: iPhone 15 Pro’s A17 Bionic chip might sport a 6-core GPU, 6GB RAM Leaker @URedditor, who previously shared some accurate Apple-related leaks, provided more details about the company’s next A-series chip Wednesday on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. While the A17 Bionic apparently will possess the same number of CPU cores as the A16 Bionic, Apple will bump its clock speed.   College students, you don’t need a MacBook Air Old conventional wisdom was that beyond the basics, you needed a MacBook Pro, but that’s just not true anymore Apple TV 4K can play Dolby Atmos sound to two pairs of AirPods in tvOS 17 One of the best features of the Apple TV 4K is its support for spatial audio, but this feature is limited to only one pair of Apple headphones in tvOS 16. That looks to be changing though, according to a feature that FlatpanelsHD spotted in the beta for tvOS 17.  
8/11/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 59 seconds
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NEW "AR" AirTags and Apple Watch 2.0 Ultra are incoming! (CultCast #606)

This week: AirTags 2.0 are incoming with a strange new feature, and we've details on what to expect for Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2.0! This episode supported by Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a private tutor - or fooling yourself with language apps that are little more than games - Babbel’s quick 10-minute lessons are designed by over 150 language experts to help you start speaking a new language in as little as 3-weeks. Get 55% off at babbel.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter Ad Read for BackBeat Media URL: https://www.iphonelife.com/dailytips This week's stories ERFON: Apple preps second-generation AirTag tracker with AR capabilities The Apple AirTag item tracker sells well enough that an updated version is in early development, according to a reputable analyst. And it might include the AR capabilities that were rumored years ago. The tiny tracker has reportedly been selling by the millions since the product launch in 2021.   LEWIS: Would you buy Apple Watch 9 or Ultra 2 in these new colors? Reliable leaker ShrimpApplePro tweeted Tuesday about the possible new pink aluminum color for Apple Watch Series 9 and a black titanium case for Apple Watch Ultra 2.   GRIFFIN: 1 billion subscribers push Apple’s services revenue to all-time high Apple announced one billion people now subscribe to Apple services, although total revenue decreased slightly during the June quarter, the third time that’s happened in a row. And the money coming in from all Apple’s hardware groups is down   ERFON: Tim Cook calls AI ‘absolutely critical’ to Apple products Apple has been quiet about its plans for artificial intelligence, but CEO Tim Cook set out in a conference call with analysts and major investors on Thursday to make it clear that his company isn’t behind the curve on AI.   LEWIS: Win a posh leather iPad Pro sleeve from Harber London [Cult of Mac giveaway] For this week’s giveaway, we partnered with Harber London to offer you an opportunity to win an exquisite, handmade Magnetic Envelope Sleeve for iPad Pro valued at $118.   The cheapest and easiest way to add wireless CarPlay to any vehicle The vast majority of new cars sold today are compatible with CarPlay and/or Android Auto. surveys found that for more than 80% of new car buyers, CarPlay is an essential feature.   GRIFFIN: Here’s what I use my Apple Newton for in 2023 Apple Newton celebrated its 30th birthday just earlier this week  
8/4/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 25 seconds
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Big iPhone 15 leaks + price hikes + 8 reasons to ditch Spotify for Apple Music! (CultCast #605)

This week: we got more big iPhone 15 leaks, + Apple is considering big price hikes, + we argue over Spotify vs Apple Music... again! This episode supported by Notion combines your notes, documents, and task or project management into one space that’s simple and beautifully designed, with the power of AI built right inside. Try Notion AI for free when you go to notion.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter Ad Read for BackBeat Media URL: https://www.iphonelife.com/dailytips This week's stories   Apple reportedly considers hiking iPhone 15 Pro prices Apple is mulling raising prices for the iPhone 15 Pro and its Pro Max sibling in the United States. The company has yet to make a final decision on the matter, though.   iPhone 15 Pro Max price might increase $200 The iPhone 15 Pro Max could go up by as much as $200, according to an industry analyst.   iPhone 15 Pro Action Button Options Potentially Revealed in iOS 17 Code: Flashlight, Shortcuts, Voice Memos, and More Remember that bright-orange Action Button on Apple Watch Ultra? The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max might come with something similar.   Apple’s 48MP camera heads for more affordable iPhone 15 models The 48 megapixel camera that debuted in the iPhone 14 Pro models is making its way to the “standard” iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, according to a trusted analyst.   Protect your iPad from bumps and scratches -- and look good doing it! Apple lends Vision Pro AR headset to devs on a very short leash A fortunate few will soon get their hands on the Apple Vision Pro. Developers can now apply to get a prerelease loaner unit with which to test the applications they’re creating for the upcoming AR headset.   Get the time without even looking at your Apple Watch You can read the time without even looking at your Apple Watch using a little-known feature called Taptic Time. Hold two fingers on the screen and you’ll feel it tap the time out on your wrist.   8 reasons you should ditch Spotify for Apple Music Apple Music is in a distant second place to Spotify in paying subscribers (except in the US!), but in my opinion, Apple Music is the better service. It has more advanced features like live lyrics, karaoke, lossless and spatial audio.  
7/28/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 18 seconds
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Big changes coming to iPhone + 6 must-know Continuity features! (CultCast #604)

This week: Big battery and camera improvements are coming to iPhone! Plus: the Continuity features every Apple user MUST know; Apple preps their own version of ChatGPT; This episode supported by Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Stacked batteries could let iPhone 15 go longer between charges Apple will put batteries that could last up to 10% longer in the upcoming iPhone 15 series, according to an unconfirmed report. These will be stacked batteries rather than wound ones.   2024 iPhone could get 12× telephoto zoom lens While this year’s model reportedly will introduce a new periscope lens, the iPhone 16 Pro Max could come with an ultra-long telephoto periscope lens capable of 12× optical zoom.   6 mind-blowing Continuity features every Apple user should know Nothing illustrates the power of Apple’s ecosystem like the Continuity features that help your Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch work seamlessly together.   Apple gets ready to take on ChatGPT with ‘Apple GPT’ Apple reportedly developed its own generative AI chatbot that’s very similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. While it might never be released, the underlying tech is already going into the company’s applications and services.   The Mac Pro we all want is 6 years away — at least Similar to how the M1 Ultra was comprised of two M1 Max chips interposed together for double the power, when the tipster talks about “the quad chip,” he or she is referring to the rumored M1 Extreme that would have been comprised of four M1 Max chips.   Enter to win a leather MacBook folio from Harber London [Cult of Mac giveaway] Giving away one Slim Leather Folio Laptop Case No. 7 from Harber London!   Apple Card contributes to another $667 million loss for Goldman Sachs: ‘We did not execute well’ The exact amount of losses Goldman Sachs has seen with its Apple partnership isn’t quite clear, but since 2020 it’s somewhere in the ballpark of $1-3 billion.  
7/21/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 32 seconds
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iPhone 15 is INCOMING - here’s what to expect! (CultCast #603)

This week: Here's what to expect for the iPhone 15 and its big redesign! Plus: we go hands-on with the iOS 17 and watchOS 10 public betas, Jony Ive is back making new hardware, and we pitch our favorite gadgets in an all-new Under Review! This episode supported by Hello Fresh is America's #1 food kit! Go to HelloFresh.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 for 50% off plus free shipping! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories What to expect from the redesigned, faster iPhone 15 Apple has used the same basic iPhone chassis design for three years, and the company’s previous practices indicate it’s time for a change. A tipster says we can expect rounded edges in place of the current square ones. Still, early renders show the iPhone 15 series will look much like its predecessors.   Griffin: Think twice before installing iOS 17 public beta (or watchOS 10!) Apple just gave the general public access to the latest iOS 17 beta, but before you put it on your iPhone, the Cult of Mac staff has some warnings. We’ve used the betas for weeks, and while it’s gone well for some people, it’s been a dumpster fire for others.   Much-anticipated 32-inch iMac is still over a year away The iMac is Apple’s desktop PC with a built-in screen. This long-running product line was significantly revamped in 2021 with a slim design and M1 processor. Currently, the only version has a 24-inch screen, but there have been numerous calls for a larger variant.   Jony Ive returns to hardware design with $60,000 record player If Apple made a turntable, would it cost $60,000? Almost certainly not, but that’s the lofty price tag on the new 50th anniversary Linn Sondek LP12-50, sketched out by former Apple chief designer Jony Ive and his firm LoveFrom.   Jony Ive’s discontinued Apple design book now goes for big bucks Apple released Designed by Apple in California in 2016 to mixed but largely positive reviews — with a fair amount of snark about the pricing — and discontinued it in 2019.   Under Review Griffin Rode NT USB Plus Rode NTH 100 Erfon Anker Soundcore Motion x600 Lewis Geometric Goods Leather AirTag Travel Wallet
7/14/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 14 seconds
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Apple about to make AirPods A LOT better + Threads vs. Twitter! (CultCast #602)

This week: We're talking BIG changes coming to AirPods, Apple's radical plan for new displays, and Twitter vs. Threads, battle of the the tech titans! Plus: Apple hits 3 TRILLION in market value, so Erfon's got another epic Apple stock update! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Next-gen AirPods Pro could measure your body temperature In the Sunday edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman shared Apple’s future roadmap for the AirPods. The company wants to position AirPods as a hearing aid replacement. It has hired engineers from traditional hearing aid companies to boost its research in this area. Apple plans to launch a monitor that stays on when you shut down your Mac Vision Pro’s complex design forces Apple to make significant production cuts Apple reportedly made hefty cuts to its production goals for the Vision Pro due to the headset’s complex design, which makes mass production a challenge. Lewis: Win a compact charger that juices up 3 devices at once [Cult of Mac giveaway] This is a rare repeat - but this time it's open to contestants worldwide! How to use Threads, the new (new (new)) Twitter replacement Threads is the new social media platform with Twitter-like features, coming from Instagram. Apple TV+ has a lot more subscribers than you might realize The number of Apple TV+ subscribers has more than tripled in the past two years, according to data from a market-analysis firm. Apple passes $3 trillion mark cap … again Apple’s share price us up 53% this year!  
7/7/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 15 seconds
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Apple prepping 30-inch iMac + iPhone 15 leaks! (CultCast #601)

This week: We've got new intel on the next round of Apple's upcoming hardware releases including the long awaited 30-inch iMac (Pro?!), OLED iPads, the next Apple Watch Ultra, and more. Plus, fresh new images leak for iPhone 15 Pro Max! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple is reportedly working on iMac with 30-inch-plus screen Aside from the inevitable iPhone refresh (and the headset everyone’s buzzing about), Apple reportedly has several other major new products lined up for launch in 2023 and the first half of 2024. This includes revamped iPad Pros with OLED displays, new Macs powered by a next-gen M3 processor and an upgrade to the Apple Watch Ultra.   iPhone 15 Pro Max case leaks well ahead of fall announcement Those eager to get their hands on the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro Max should check out a short video showing a case supposedly designed for Apple’s next flagship smartphone. This helps confirm a few details that previously leaked out.   EU countries, lawmakers reach data rule deal targeting Big Tech The European Commission proposed the Data Act last year to cover data generated in smart gadgets, machinery and consumer products, part of a raft of legislation aimed at curbing the power of U.S. tech giants.   Apple Hikes iCloud+ Subscription Prices in Many Countries Around the World Apple has increased the price of iCloud storage in several regions around the world, including the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South America.   Win this brilliant bundle from Function101 to whip your desk into shape [Cult of Mac giveaway] In this week’s giveaway, two lucky winners will bag themselves a magnetic Desk Mat Pro with two Cable Block XL cable managers from Function101. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to tidy up their desk and ensure wires are secure and easily accessible.  
6/30/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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Removable batteries coming to iPhone & iPad + cool features coming to Vision Pro! (CultCast #600)

This week: Imagine being able to easily swap out the battery on your iPhone or iPad - the EU is about to force Apple to do just that. Plus, cool new features coming to Vision Pro and the Photos app! This episode supported by Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories EU forces removable batteries on iPhone and iPad The European Parliament passed sweeping legislation last week intended to make recycling batteries easier. The new rules will require Apple to redesign iPhone and iPad so their batteries can be replaced by users. (Android devices will face the same mandate.)   Devs can now start making apps for Apple Vision Pro AR headset Turning the Apple Vision Pro headset from an announcement into a shipping product took a big step forward Wednesday with the release of the visionOS SDK. This includes the software tools developers will use to write applications for the AR headset that Apple unveiled earlier this month.   Lewis: Win a 65W GaN travel charger you can plug in anywhere [Cult of Mac giveaway] The Ugreen 65W Nexode GaN Charger packs two USB-C ports along with one USB-A port, making it easy to charge multiple devices simultaneously. Plus, its switchable plugs make it effortless for use when traveling in the United States and Europe. It retails for just $55.99, but you could snag one for free in this week’s giveaway.   8 New Photo Features Coming to iPhone in iOS 17 When viewing your photos, Apple has enhanced Visual Look Up in iOS 17 in a few ways, one being the ability to find recipes for similar dishes when meals are recognized in the picture.   iPhone media apps can play music on HomePod using Siri with iOS 17 Apple will finally make playing music from third-party sources on your HomePod easier. Starting with iOS 17, you can ask Siri to play music on your HomePod from music apps installed on your iPhone.   MacBooks make up a whopping 77% of Mac If you own a Mac, it’s almost certainly a MacBook rather than a desktop. New data from a market research firm show that Apple’s notebooks made up the lion’s share of macOS sales over the last year.  
6/23/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 34 seconds
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M2 Mac Studio & the 15" MacBook Air - nothing else comes close! (CultCast #599)

This week: We react to reviews of the M2 Mac Studio, Mac Pro, and 15" MacBook Air - Plus: all this week's best Apple stories!   This episode supported by With top-tier build quality, range up to 42 miles, and speeds up to 28 mph, the Lectric XP 3.0 is one of the best values in e-bikes. Check out the XP 3.0 and Lectric’s other great bikes at lectricebikes.com. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories 2023 Mac Studio review roundup: Eye-watering power The primary difference between the new Mac Studio and its predecessor is the processor, so this was the focus of many of the reviews.   M2 Ultra Mac Pro proves twice as fast as Intel Mac Pro — at half the price In Geekbench 6 stats that surfaced online Saturday, the M2 Ultra scored 2,776 and 21,402 in single-core and multi-core benchmarks, respectively. For comparison, the M1 Ultra scores 2,379 and 17,579 in the same set of tests. This indicates Apple’s M2 Ultra packs a 20% faster CPU.   First Benchmark Result Surfaces for Mac Pro With M2 Ultra Chip The first Geekbench 6 benchmark result for the new Mac Pro surfaced today, providing a closer look at the M2 Ultra chip's CPU performance in the desktop tower.   Win a Ugreen Nexode a fast 65W Charger with universal plugs 15-inch MacBook Air review roundup: Killer for consumers Reviewers have plenty of praise for the first 15-inch MacBook Air, with comments like it “does its job very, very well” (The Verge) and it’s “more than good enough” (CNET).   Cheaper Apple Vision Headset Likely to Launch by End of 2025 Apple still plans to launch a more affordable version of its Vision Pro headset by the end of 2025, with the non-Pro model likely to be called "Apple Vision One," or more  
6/16/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 45 seconds
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Reactions/impressions of Vision Pro! Plus: iOS 17 hidden features! (CultCast #598)

This week: We're talking all the best announcements at WWDC 23, reactions to the Vision Pro and "Spacial Computing", iOS 17 hidden features, and we reveal the winner of last week's WWDC '23 predictions! This episode supported by With top-tier build quality, range up to 42 miles, and speeds up to 28 mph, the Lectric XP 3.0 is one of the best values in e-bikes. Check out the XP 3.0 and Lectric’s other great bikes at lectricebikes.com. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories First looks at Vision Pro: Apple nails the hardware (and the experience) The headset, which Apple says will launch in 2024 and with a $3,499 price tag, represents the company’s first foray into what it calls “spatial computing.”   iOS 17 Tidbits: Enhanced Siri Suggestions, Multiple Timers, Recipe Visual Look Up, and More If you have an Apple Watch paired to your iPhone, Apple has added an optional button in Control Center that enables you to ping your watch if you have misplaced it.   Enter to win a clever AirTag bike reflector mount [Cult of Mac giveaway] For this week’s giveaway, we teamed up with Device Therapy, which makes a clever disguise to keep an eye on your bicycle. Three lucky winners will receive an awesome Bike Reflector Mount that can help foil thieves who want to steal your two-wheeler.   Mac Studio updated with ‘most powerful chip ever made for a personal computer’ The desktop machine now comes with Apple’s new M2 Ultra chip — the “most powerful chip ever created for a personal computer,” according to Apple.   Mac Pro finally gets updated to Apple silicon, is 3X faster The new Mac Pro features the “most powerful chip ever created for a personal computer,” and is up to 3x faster than the previous-generation Intel-based model.   WWDC23 Prediction Results
6/9/20231 hour, 43 minutes, 49 seconds
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WWDC 23 predictions! (CultCast #597)

This week's we're talking: New Macs expected at WWDC 23 Last-minute rumors on what to expect Our most anticipated announcements What will make the Apple headset completely different from everything on the market More! This episode supported by Hello Fresh is America's #1 food kit! Go to HelloFresh.com/cultcast16 and use code cultcast16 for 16 FREE meals plus free shipping!   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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories WWDC 23: What to expect from Apple’s blockbuster keynote New high-end Macs with M2 Max and Ultra chips could debut at WWDC23 Rumored 4K screens could let Apple VR/AR headset offer real world-like clarity The CultCast WWDC23 Predictions
6/2/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 11 seconds
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iOS 17 - everything leaked! (CultCast #596)

This week's we're talking: All the new iOS 17 leaks! New Apple TV+'s shows top the streaming charts The return of MoviePass, the company that won't die!   This episode supported by Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iOS 17 might add smart home display mode to iPhone The always-on display in recent iPhone Pros will get a new use in iOS 17, according to a tipster. The device will reportedly show upcoming appointments, controls for smart home accessories, and more.   iOS 17 to Include Dedicated Journaling App and Mood Tracking The iOS 17 update that Apple plans to announce in June will include a dedicated journaling app, reports Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The Wall Street Journal in April highlighted Apple's work on a Day One-style journaling app, but at the time, it was not clear if it would come in iOS 17 .   More intel on Apple's journaling app iOS 17 Said to Feature Wallet, Find My, SharePlay, and AirPlay Upgrades Enter to win the ultimate protection for your Apple Watch Ultra [Cult of Mac giveaway] Apple Watch Ultra owners, this week’s giveaway is for you. We teamed up with Elkson to give away five Quattro Pro 2.0 cases for Apple Watch Ultra. All winners also will receive an Apple Watch Ultra screen protector for an added layer of protection.   3 Apple TV+ hits are more popular than almost anything else on streaming Silo, Ted Lasso and Ghosted all showed up in this week’s lists of the most-watched streaming movies and TV shows. They offer further proof that Apple TV+ can successfully compete against Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+. In fact, Silo currently ranks as the most popular series on any streaming service.   MoviePass relaunches nationwide with a new pricing model
5/26/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 9 seconds
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5 reasons to get excited about the Apple VR/AR headset + iMessage hidden features! (CultCast #595)

This week: we've got FIVE reasons the Apple VR/AR headset is turning into an incredible product.  Plus: five hidden iMessage tips do you didn't know about, and Erfon's dead HomePod story takes an unexpected turn! This episode supported by Protect your online activity TODAY with the VPN rated #1 by Business Insider. Visit ExpressVPN.com/cultcast to get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. MacBreak Weekly Podcast From Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TV to the ins and outs of Apple shaking things up in tech… you name it, the MacBreak Weekly podcast covers it. Get a new episode of MacBreak Weekly every Tuesday by subscribing on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, or wherever you listen to podcasts.   This week's stories 5 reasons to get excited about the Apple VR/AR headset Apple’s next-gen M3 Pro chip could pack even more CPU and GPU cores  5 hidden features in iMessage 
5/17/202351 minutes, 15 seconds
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Apple sting BUSTS major leaker + Logic & Final Cut on iPad REACTIONS/details (CultCast #594)

This week: Apple's internal sting operation just nabbed them one of Twitter's most prolific leakers — but how'd they do it? Plus: our reactions and details on Final Cut Pro and Logic for iPad, and a new startup staffed with a stable of Apple's top ex-employees showcases a new gadget they say is BETTER than the iPhone. This episode supported by With top-tier build quality, range up to 42 miles, and speeds up to 28 mph, the Lectric XP 3.0 is one of the best values in e-bikes. Check out the XP 3.0 and Lectric’s other great bikes at lectricebikes.com. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple busts major iOS 17 leaker with spycraft ‘canary trap’ The tipster who went by analyst941 leaked a large number of details about iOS 17, but his or her inside source apparently was caught by Apple in a sting operation. The source has reportedly been fired, and both they and the tipster could face legal action by the iPhone-maker. Apple unveils Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro for iPad With Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro becoming available for Apple’s tablets, “music and video creators can now unleash their creativity in new ways that are only possible on iPad,” Apple said. iPhone users want pro camera mode from Final Cut Pro for iPad The iPad version of Final Cut Pro that Apple recently unveiled includes a “pro camera mode” with a number of manual settings not included in the standard camera application. iPhone users saw this and quickly started calling for these features to be brought over to iOS, too. Enter to win a stylish MacBook case from SwitchEasy [Cult of Mac giveaway] Two lucky winners will bag a SwitchEasy Urban MacBook Sleeve. Made of water-resistant threaded polyester material, these laptop cases will protect a MacBook from scuffs and scrapes. And they look good while doing so! Apple brings in robust iPhone revenue but Mac and iPad are down During the first three months of 2023, Apple’s total revenue dropped 3% year over year. iPhone was a bright spot, but revenue from virtually all of the company’s other product segments saw annual declines. CEO Tim Cook blamed the drop on a “challenging macroeconomic environment.” Why Humane’s screenless AI gadget will not replace your iPhone Humane, the hot Silicon Valley startup that’s been drumming up interest in its secretive product recently, finally showed the world what its A-list talent has been working on.  
5/12/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 8 seconds
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Finally! The Mac we’ve been waiting for is INCOMING + new details on watchOS overhaul! (CultCast #593)

This week: iPadOS 17 could make Stage Manager a lot better How to install the first-ever iOS and macOS Rapid Security Response Apple to Announce 15-Inch MacBook Air at WWDC Apple to Upgrade Its Watch Operating System With New Focus on Widgets Report Details Turmoil Behind Apple's AI Efforts   This episode supported by Protect your online activity TODAY with the VPN rated #1 by Business Insider. Visit ExpressVPN.com/cultcast to get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package. Hello Fresh is America's #1 food kit! Go to HelloFresh.com/cultcast16 and use code cultcast16 for 16 free meals, plus free shipping! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iPadOS 17 could make Stage Manager a lot better Apple reportedly will make meaningful improvements to the Stage Manager multitasking feature in iPadOS 17. Leaker @analyst941, who previously shared several tidbits about iOS 17, claims Apple is working on some big Stage Manager changes for iPadOS 17. How to install the first-ever iOS and macOS Rapid Security Response Apple began rolling out a Rapid Security Response to fix urgent security problems in iOS 16.4.1, macOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1. Win a compact charger that juices up 3 devices at once [Cult of Mac giveaway] This week we teamed up with Kuxiu to put an X40 3-in-1 foldable magnetic wireless charger and stand in the hands of one lucky winner. Apple to Announce 15-Inch MacBook Air at WWDC Apple to Upgrade Its Watch Operating System With New Focus on Widgets Report Details Turmoil Behind Apple's AI Efforts, 'Siri X,' and Headset Voice Controls
5/5/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 52 seconds
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MORE iOS 17 leaks & details + not even APPLE knows the point of their headset (CultCast #592)

This week: MORE iOS17 leaks! Not even Apple knows the point of their upcoming headset Side-loading KIND OF coming to iOS Apple planning journaling app How to download the Watch Face Tim Cook uses! This episode supported by Mylio Photos is a smart and powerful cross-platform system for managing a lifetime of memories... Get 30% off your first year of Mylio when you sign up for an annual plan at mylio.com/CULTCAST. Factor is America’s #1 Ready-To-Eat Meal Kit, and can help you fuel up fast with ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. Head to factormeals.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 to get 50% off your first box. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iOS 17 could bring new Lock Screen features, App Library customization As WWDC23 inches closer to its scheduled date, more leaks about iOS 17 are surfacing online. A new rumor details all the Lock Screen changes Apple plans to debut in the next iOS release. The tweaks include changing the Lock Screen font size, sharing custom Lock Screen designs with other iPhone users, and more. This is all we need to say >>> iOS 17 Rumored to Feature Wallet and Find My Improvements, macOS 14 to Be Minor Update Appeals court agrees App Store doesn’t violate US antitrust law A United States appeals court agreed with a lower court’s ruling that Apple’s App Store does not break U.S. antitrust law. This is a victory for Apple’s efforts to keep the government from changing the way the App Store runs. Apple Health app might finally come to iPad Apple is reportedly about to fill a glaring hole in the collection of software that comes bundled on iPads. A version of Apple’s Health app for tablets will, at long last, launch in autumn 2023, according to a reliable source. Also - Apple Watch might sync to iPad and Mac with watchOS 10 “Apple Watch will sync across multiple iOS/iPadOS/Mac devices, and will no longer be tied to one single iPhone,” according to a tipster who calls themselves @analyst941 on Twitter. Apple poised to launch wellness-focused journaling app Apple Inc. is planning an iPhone app to let users compile their daily activities as part of its efforts in the market for mental and physical health technology, according to documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal. The software will compete in a category of so-called journaling apps, such as Day One, which lets users track and record their activities and thoughts. The new Apple product underscores the company’s growing interest in mental health.   Apple Will Take Scattershot Approach to Pitching AR/VR Headset How Apple headset’s external battery pack will work Apple’s upcoming AR/VR headset reportedly will use an external battery pack with a new type of proprietary magnetic connector. The wearer will keep the external battery in their pocket while using the headset.     Download the Apple Watch face Tim Cook uses
4/28/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 51 seconds
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Major leaks – Apple’s new “Reality” Headset + Apple's KILLER new savings account (CultCast #591)

This week: MAJOR leaks on Apple's new "Reality" headset, Apple's killer new savings account, and WWDC hardware predictions! This episode supported by Protect your online activity TODAY with the VPN rated #1 by Business Insider. Visit ExpressVPN.com/cultcast to get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories The scramble to create killer apps for Apple’s AR/VR headset is on There’ll be a lot more to Apple’s VR/AR headset than new hardware: an unconfirmed report leaks details on Apple’s plans for software. There’ll be games and fitness apps, a VR version of FaceTime and more. That’s not surprising. What is eye-opening is the assertion that the headset will be able to run third-party iPad applications right out of the box.   Apple Plans to Launch More Than Just Its New Headset at WWDC Apple’s powerful M3 processor goes into production later in 2023 Enter to win a limited-edition iPhone case from Pitaka For this week’s giveaway, we teamed up with Pitaka to offer four people the chance to win a limited-edition iPhone case worth $89.99.   Stash your cash in a high-yield Apple Card Savings account Apple Card Savings launched Monday, allowing money earned from Apple Card’s cash-back program to go into a high-yield savings account. And it is high-yield — at 4.15%, the annual rate is about 10 times higher than the national average.   Watch Tim Cook's Reaction as Fan Brings Vintage Macintosh to Apple Store Opening in Mumbai
4/21/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 41 seconds
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Big last-minute changes to iPhone 15 Pro, + we finally got some iOS 17 details! (CultCast #590)

This week: we got some big last-minute changes coming to iPhone 15 Pro, plus we finally have some intel on the changes coming to iOS 17! And we pitch our favorite new podcast, food, and shows in an all-new Under Review! This episode supported by With top-tier build quality, range up to 42 miles, and speeds up to 28 mph, the Lectric XP 3.0 is one of the best values in e-bikes. Check out the XP 3.0 and Lectric’s other great bikes at lectricebikes.com. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories 6 ways to avoid ‘juice jacking’ at public iPhone charging stations Cybersecurity experts warn that bad actors can load malware onto public USB charging stations to maliciously access electronic devices while they are being charged. Malware installed through a corrupted USB port can lock a device or export personal data and passwords directly to the perpetrator. Criminals can then use that information to access online accounts or sell it to other bad actors. iOS 17 Rumored to Improve Search, Dynamic Island, Control Center, and More iPhone 15 Pro’s rumored solid-state buttons reportedly shelved
4/14/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 29 seconds
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M2 Pro Mac mini the editing MONSTER (our review), plus BIG watchOS changes! (CultCast #589)

This week: M2 Mac mini, the mini monster! We've got our full review for you. Plus: Apple's praying their headset will replace your iPhone, and BIG watchOS changes are incoming! This episode supported by Mylio Photos is a smart and powerful cross-platform system for managing a lifetime of memories... Get 30% off your first year of Mylio when you sign up for an annual plan at mylio.com/CULTCAST. Hello Fresh is America's #1 food kit! Go to HelloFresh.com/cultcast50 and use code cultcast50 for 50% off, plus your first box ships free!” 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories kuo: Apple's AR/VR Headset Announcement is 'Last Hope' for Persuading Investors It Will Be the Next 'Star Product' Apple's announcement event is likely the last hope for convincing investors that the AR/MR headset device could have a chance to be the next star product in consumer electronics," Kuo wrote in a Medium article estimating upcoming virtual reality headset sales from Sony and Meta. Justin ‘I’m a Mac’ Long now advertises Intel PCs Best value computer for sale today, the M2 Pro Mac mini review Enter to win a magnetic iPad stand with built-in wireless charger [Cult of Mac giveaway] “The new watchOS should be a fairly extensive upgrade” Steve Jobs’ Make Something Wonderful comes out April 11 (for free) The Steve Jobs Archive’s first major release — a digital book titled Make Something Wonderful: Steve Jobs in his own words — will arrive April 11.  
4/7/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 41 seconds
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WWDC 23 predictions + Apple headset is FINALLY incoming! (CultCast #588)

This week: our WWDC23 predictions, Apple’s headset is finally incoming, and even more dizzying examples of the unreal power of AI. This episode supported by Kolide ensures only secure devices can access your cloud apps. It’s Zero Trust tailor-made for Okta. Book a demo today at Kolide.com/cultcast With top-tier build quality, range up to 42 miles, and speeds up to 28 mph, the Lectric XP 3.0 is one of the best values in e-bikes. Check out the XP 3.0 and Lectric’s other great bikes at lectricebikes.com. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories WWDC23 kicks off June 5 with online event The official invitation to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2023 went out Wednesday, confirming we’ll get our first look at what’s on the company’s near-term agenda on June 5. Apple promises WWDC23 will bring an opportunity “to learn the latest about Apple platforms, technologies, and tools.”   WWDC23 invite might hint at Apple VR headset The colorful image Apple used Wednesday to invite developers to WWDC23 set off speculation that it’s a hint that the company’s long-awaited VR/AR headset will be unveiled at the June event.   Apple VR headset production reportedly pushed back again   15 new features in iOS 16.4 you should try right away Once you install iOS 16.4, the biggest point release of iOS 16 so far, check out these 15 features to try right away — including the new “high five emoji” combo.   How to enable Voice Isolation for iPhone calls in iOS 16.4   First ChatGPT-generated app hits the App Store 5 Movies, likely the first iPhone app generated almost entirely by ChatGPT, was approved by Apple and published on the App Store late Thursday night.   Wozniak, Musk and leading researchers urge pause on ‘out of control’ AI dev A new open letter signed by tech leaders urges a six-month pause on development of advanced artificial intelligence applications that may pose “profound risks to society and humanity.”   This viral ‘photo’ of the pope in a puffer jacket fooled the internet. How can we spot AI deepfakes?
3/31/202359 minutes, 1 second
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iPhone 15 leaks, Apple movies head to theaters, + Mid Journey 5 AI images are BONKERS (CultCast #587)

This week: more details on the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro leak, Apple's about to make a big push into movie theaters, and we review the astounding accuracy of the newest generation of AI image creation. This episode supported by Protect your online activity TODAY with the VPN rated #1 by Business Insider. Visit ExpressVPN.com/cultcast to get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package. Mylio Photos is a smart and powerful cross-platform system for managing a lifetime of memories... Get 30% off your first year of Mylio Phtoos when you sign up for an annual plan at mylio.com/CULTCAST. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Voice Isolation for phone calls finally coming to iPhone The Voice Isolation feature iPhone users have become accustomed to in video chats will soon expand to regular phone calls. It will make participants in these voice calls easier to understand.   iPhone 15 Pro Max to 'Break Record' for Thinnest Bezels on a Smartphone - erfon The largest version of the iPhone 15 reportedly will come with the smallest screen bezels. Like, record-breaking thin.   Let’s hope the latest iPhone 15 leak is wrong The traditional mute switch on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max supposedly will be replaced with a static, touch-sensitive button. If true, it’s possible this will be too easy to activate so users don’t get the notifications they expect.   Enter to win a versatile selfie stick that does it all [Cult of Mac giveaway] - Lewis, aka the Giveaway King Two lucky winners have a chance to win an EasySelfie Stick, a not-so-ordinary selfie stick from SwitchEasy, in this week’s giveaway.   Incredibly clever selfie stick does triple duty as tripod and remote [Reviews] Apple might pour $1 billion into movies for theatrical release Apple reportedly hopes to make a big splash at your local movie theater in the very near future. The company supposedly will spend $1 billion to make films for the big screen.   The astounding power of Midjourney 5
3/24/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 56 seconds
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Touch screen HomePod INCOMING, Apple considering AI, + Tim Cook vs designers headset battle! (CultCast #587)

This week: Apple's prepping a new HomePod with a 7" touchscreen, plus: Apple might enter the AI game, and TC order headset release as designers warn it's not ready! This episode supported by Kolide ensures only secure devices can access your cloud apps. It’s Zero Trust tailor-made for Okta. Book a demo today at Kolide.com/cultcast 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple working on a HomePod with 7-inch display for 2024 Apple could launch its first smart display as soon as next year. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is preparing a HomePod with a 7-inch display for H1 2024.   Tim Cook approves AR headset’s 2023 launch despite opposition from Apple design team Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly sided with COO Jeff Williams to launch the company’s AR/VR headset this year, despite the fact that Cupertino’s design team wanted to wait a few more years to launch a sleeker pair of AR glasses.   Enter to win a versatile selfie stick that does it all [Cult of Mac giveaway] Report: Apple to 'Re-Examine' AI Development Apple is planning to "re-examine" its development of artificial intelligence, according to Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes.   The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse wins Oscar for Apple TV+ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave Apple TV+ its latest Oscar win, this time for The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. It is hand-drawn animation, and it therefore took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.   Apple Music Classical finally makes its debut performance A preview of Apple Music Classical appeared Thursday on the App Store. When available, the app will offer access to the world’s largest classical music catalog, with more than  
3/17/20231 hour, 41 seconds
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New Macs, incoming! + iPhone 14 goes yellow, M3 MacBook Airs, & Outlook goes FREE! (CultCast #585)

This week: a new iMac and (M3!) MacBook Airs are incoming! Plus: new yellow iPhone 14s, new details on iPhone 15 Pro, and we compare Apple Mail vs the newly FREE Microsoft Outlook! This episode supported by Kolide ensures only secure devices can access your cloud apps. It’s Zero Trust tailor-made for Okta. Book a demo today at Kolide.com/cultcast 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple launches yellow iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, plus new case colors Apple rolled out yellow versions of its iPhone 14 and 14 Plus handsets Tuesday as part of a typical midcycle refresh. The new color joins midnight, starlight, Product(Red), blue and purple in the lineup. Apple made four new silicone case colors available, too. Brighten up your iPhone with new wallpaper coming with yellow iPhone 14 New multicolored Hermès Apple Watch band is $599 of unicorn vomit Apple Readies Its Next Range of Macs, Including — Finally — a New iMac 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air reportedly will use the M3 chip Apple plans to use the entry-level variant of the M3 system-on-a-chip with an eight-core CPU in both models, according to 9to5Mac. Cupertino apparently does not plan on offering the 15-inch MacBook Air with a more powerful Pro variant of its 3nm chip. Microsoft makes Outlook for Mac free for everyone Microsoft no longer charges for Outlook for Mac. It’s free to use, no subscription fee required.  
3/10/202355 minutes, 1 second
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New HomePod vs Original, What’s new in iOS 16.4 betas + iMessage comes to Windows! (CultCast #584)

This week: All the best new features in the iOS 16.4 betas, plus: the new HomePod Vs the Original! Papa Erf has some surprising sound tests to discuss… This episode supported by Kolide ensures only secure devices can access your cloud apps. It’s Zero Trust tailor-made for Okta. Book a demo today at Kolide.com/cultcast 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iOS 16.4 beta 1 & 2: All the new features and changes Simple security hack keeps your iCloud account safe from iPhone thieves A Basic iPhone Feature Helps Criminals Steal Your Entire Digital Life (The Wall Street Journal) How Apple’s secret Exploratory Design Group makes magic happen Few outside of Apple have ever heard of the company’s secretive Exploratory Design Group. However, the team includes many of Apple’s brightest minds — and is developing some of its most innovative products.   HomePod 2: Does it sound better or worse than the original? The CultCast host Erfon Elijah finally got our hands on the coveted HomePod 2 speakers. He put the 2023 model head-to-head with the 2018 model the way it’s meant to be enjoyed: in a stereo pair.   Enter to win a high-end backpack from Harber London [Cult of Mac giveaway] We’re giving one lucky person the chance to win a lavish Commuter Backpack from Harber London in this week’s giveaway. This spacious, 17-liter backpack retails for $234. iMessage is coming to Windows … kind of People never thought it would happen. People didn’t think it was possible. But in an update to Windows 11, you will be able to send and receive iMessages and manage your notifications through a PC.  
3/3/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 1 second
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First look at iPhone 15 Pro's new color + Apple prepping HUGE update to Apple Watch (CultCast #583)

This week: We've got our first look at iPhone 15 and the secret new color coming to iPhone 15 Pro. Plus: Apple's prepping a world changing feature for Apple Watch. This episode supported by Save 50% on a Dashlane subscription with code cultofmac50! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. The Lectric XP 3.0 is a compact but powerful folding eBike you can take anywhere! At just $999, with its 45 mile range and speeds up to 28 MPH, the XP 3.0 is one of the best eBike values on the market. Visit lectricebikes.com to learn more! This week's stories Leaked iPhone 15 CAD renders reveal bigger 6.2-inch display with Dynamic Island 3D CAD renders of the 2023 iPhone 15 have leaked online, revealing all the design changes Apple is planning. This includes bringing the iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island to the non-Pro iPhones this year. TSMC’s entire 3nm chip output goes to Apple Apple designs its own processors but they’re made by TSMC. And the foundry has been able to shrink the components of Apple’s chips every year or two, allowing them to work faster while generating less waste heat. Enter to win a sturdy, folding iPad stand that rotates 360 degrees [Cult of Mac giveaway] - Lewis This week’s giveaway will let five lucky winners get their hands on a convenient 360 Rotating Universal Tablet Stand from Lululook. Available in two sleek colors, space gray and silver, this rock-solid iPad stand will definitely complement your device. Inside the secret mission to add glucose monitor to Apple Watch Apple Watch is well-known as a health tracker, but a new report said a secret project dating back to Steve Jobs’ era — to use the wearable to monitor glucose without pricking the skin to get blood — has made headway recently. And that has major implications. Why the Apple Watch might be banned from US import A decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Apple Watch imports reportedly received a go-ahead from the Biden administration.  
2/24/20231 hour, 36 seconds
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Here we go! Apple’s about to drop the PERFECT Mac... (CultCast #582)

This week: We roundup the features coming iPhone 15 Pro and Max! Plus: a new 15.5-inch MacBook is INCOMING, and don’t forget to update the software on your MagSafe cable! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. The Lectric XP 3.0 is a compact but powerful folding eBike you can take anywhere! At just $999, with its 45 mile range and speeds up to 28 MPH, the XP 3.0 is one of the best eBike values on the market. Visit lectricebikes.com to learn more! This week's stories What to expect from the redesigned, faster iPhone 15 in 2023 Apple has used the same basic iPhone chassis design for three years, and the company’s previous practices indicate it’s time for a change. A tipster says we can expect rounded edges in place of the current square ones. But no images or CAD drawings showing the exact changes have emerged yet.   Apple supposedly will use titanium in at least one of the Pro models. 15.5-inch MacBook Air could arrive in April A super-size MacBook Air is supposedly right around the corner. An analyst who’s built a solid reputation for accurately predicting Apple products says the next macOS notebook will be out in six weeks or so.   We're giving away five 360 Rotating Universal Tablet Stand from Lululook. Made of aluminum with a heavy-duty base, this stable tablet stand can hold everything from an iPad Pro to a iPhone (plus Android devices -- boo!).   Don’t forget to update the software on your MagSafe cable Apple issued an important software update recently — and we’re not talking for iPhone, Mac, iPad or Apple Watch. It’s 2023, so it’s for something way more esoteric: a power cable. Yes, the USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable comes with a tiny computer inside of it that needs software updates, for some inscrutable reason.   King Charles coronation logo created by iPhone designer The official logo for King Charles III's coronation, which will show up at street parties and on social media and souvenirs, has been revealed by Buckingham Palace. It has been created by Sir Jony Ive, known for his innovative designs of Apple gadgets, including the iPhone.  
2/17/202351 minutes, 1 second
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Here comes the iPhone ULTRA! + the real reason Apple ditched Intel (CultCast #581)

This week: Details leak about iPhone ULTRA, a higher-end iPhone with a higher price! Plus, Apple execs reveal why they really ditched Intel... This episode supported by The Lectric XP 3.0 is a compact but powerful folding eBike you can take anywhere! At just $999, with its 45 mile range and speeds up to 28 MPH, the XP 3.0 is one of the best eBike values on the market. Visit lectricebikes.com to learn more! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple could launch an ‘Ultra’ high-end iPhone as soon as 2024 Apple’s Tim Cook told investors that consumers are willing to pay up for the best iPhone they can get, signaling that even more ritzy models may be on the way.   ‘iPhone Ultra’ concept envisions what a titanium iPhone might look like Exclusive: iPhone reverse wireless charging development continues after Apple missed target Win a supreme stand that mounts your MagSafe iPhone anywhere [Cult of Mac giveaway] This week’s giveaway will see three lucky winners receiving an Orbit Universal Magnetic Stand by SwitchEasy.The multifunctional stand works with any MagSafe-compatible iPhone. And it lets you mount that iPhone practically anywhere, from your desk to monitor to your car’s dash (thanks to the 3M sticker on the back).   Who will be Apple’s next Jony Ive? Nobody, apparently. Apple reportedly stopped looking for a replacement industrial design chief. This is surprising, as it’s a high-profile position once held by Jony Ive, who led the team that created the iconic look of the iPhone, iMac and more.   Apple execs reveal what went wrong with Intel What pulled Apple away from Intel? In a new interview, Apple executives Tim Millet and Bob Borchers reveal why the company shifted to making its own Mac chips.  
2/10/202355 minutes, 1 second
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Truth about the NEW HomePods, new Apple Watch Ultra, & Apple's FOLDING iPad (CultCast #580)

This week: The HomePods are arriving at people's doorsteps and the reviews are in — let's have an honest chat about HomePod V2. Plus: Apple is planning an even BIGGER Ultra Watch, and a folder iPad is in the works! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories HomePod 2 review roundup: Great sound but no giant leap forward If there’s a bottom line to HomePod 2 reviews published Tuesday by the likes of CNET, The Verge, TechRadar and TechCrunch, it’s that the new full-size HomePod is a fine choice for hardcore Apple users of means — but not so much for anyone else. HomePod 2 wait times stretch out until March Order the recently unveiled HomePod 2 from the online Apple store today and it might not arrive until March. Preorders for the revived version of Apple’s full-size smart speaker have surpassed the launch-day supply. Kuo: Apple to Release Foldable iPad With Carbon Fiber Kickstand in 2024 Apple will launch a foldable iPad with a carbon fiber kickstand sometime next year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple Smart Home Display: Everything We Know Apple is working on a new Home accessory that is designed to serve as a central hub for smart home management. The Apple TV and the HomePod are already home hubs and almost all Apple devices can control a HomeKit setup, but Apple is designing an all-in-one home management product to make control even easier. The giveaway this week is from SwitchEasy it's for the Orbit Universal Magnetic Stand. SwitchEasy’s Orbit Universal Magnetic Stand is fully adjustable and extendable for the perfect view, with strong magnets to mount any MagSafe-compatible iPhone (or compatible case). Apple Watch Ultra With Nearly 10% Larger Display Rumored to Launch Next Year A new Apple Watch Ultra with a larger 2.1-inch display will be released in 2024, according to a report today from Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, citing industry sources. Jony Ive creates ‘perfect’ schnoz for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day Legendary Apple design chief Jony Ive, responsible for the look and feel of iconic products like iPhone, grabbed headlines Wednesday for a new creation — a big, red paper nose. That may sound odd, but it’s for a good cause.
2/3/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 36 seconds
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Why the M2 Mac mini is exciting AND disappointing + M2 MacBook Pro reviews! (CultCast #579)

This week: Yes the new M2 MacBook Pro is a spec bump, but it's a BIG one! Plus: why the new Mac mini is both exciting AND disappointing, and the original HomePods get another big update! This episode supported by Rocket Money shows you all your subscriptions all in one place, and then cancels whatever you don’t want with a single click! Cancel your unnecessary subscriptions right now at rocketmoney.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories 2023 MacBook Pro review roundup: M2 Max brings considerable performance boost Yes, the M2 MacBook Pro is a spec bump, but a really great one. First independent look at the newest macOS notebooks. The reviewers’ consensus is that the only noticeable change is the performance gain coming from the new M2 Max or M2 Pro processors. Review roundup: M2 and M2 Pro chips jack up new Mac mini models The Mac mini first came out in 2005 as a compact and affordable desktop option that could draw new Mac users. Entry-level 2023 Mac mini and MacBook Pros use significantly slower SSDs Enter to win a charming Apple Watch Band from Goldenerre iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3 and macOS Ventura 13.2 arrive After a relatively short beta period, Apple on Monday released iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3 and macOS Ventura 13.2 to the public.
1/27/202358 minutes, 3 seconds
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New HomePods! New MacBook Pros! New Mac mini! Our REACTIONS…. (CultCast #578)

This week: They're finally here, the new M2 MacBook Pros, mew Mac mini and Mac mini "Pro", and the brand new HomePods! This episode we react and discuss all of it.... 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple Announces New MacBook Pros With M2 Pro and M2 Max Chips, Up to 96GB RAM, and More The new M2 Pro chip features a 10-core or 12-core CPU and offers up to 20% faster performance than the M1 Pro chip, according to Apple. The chip also has a 16-core or 19-core GPU that delivers up to 30% faster graphics performance over the M1 Pro, while the 16-core Neural Engine is up to 40% faster compared to the previous generation. 2024 MacBook Pro will feature even-faster 3nm Apple M3-series processors Apple designs the CPUs for its computers but they are produced by TSMC. And while the Taiwanese company has been able to consistently shrink the components of Apple’s chips every couple of years, but serious problems with the 3nm process that rollout was delayed many months. Apple launches powerful new Mac mini at a lower cost Apple launched a new Mac mini Tuesday, an upgraded model that uses the M2 chip seen last summer in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. A higher-end version runs on the brand-new M2 Pro chip, which also powers the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, also introduced today. Apple resurrects full-size HomePod with hot new features, same old price The first-generation HomePod debuted in 2018, and received equal parts praise for its audio quality and criticism for its $349 price. A drop to $299 did little to raise interest in the product, so Apple discontinued the HomePod in 2021. HomePod head-to-head: How Apple’s new smart speaker compares to original Secret sensor in your HomePod mini will activate soon Shortly after HomePod mini launched in 2020, teardowns of the device discovered a sensor to measure both temperature and humidity. No one outside of Apple had been aware of it before because the functionality has been inaccessible to users. But that’s about to change.
1/20/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 7 seconds
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Apple's 'touchscreen Mac' + the mixed-reality headset is INCOMING! (CultCast #577)

This week: They said they'd never do it! But... according to a new report, Apple is now testing a Mac with a touchscreen, and will be supercharging the a cutting edge new display technology (and more!). Plus: Apple's mixed reality headset is almost here, and is now in the hands of a secret cabal of developers who are building apps and preparing for launch. This episode supported by Rocket Money shows you all your subscriptions all in one place, and then cancels whatever you don’t want with a single click! Cancel your unnecessary subscriptions right now at rocketmoney.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple ‘seriously considering’ a touchscreen MacBook Apple now has engineers “actively engaged in the project” of adding touchscreens to Mac computers, starting with the popular MacBook Pro. According to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, a consistent and reliable leaker, the first Mac with a touchscreen display could ship as soon as 2025. Enter to win spectacular iPad Pro accessory bundle from Pitaka [Cult of Mac giveaway] The Cult of Mac giveaway this week is a corker. We teamed up with Pitaka for one lucky winner to get the chance to win an iPad Pro accessory bundle worth $190. Apple’s in-house display could debut on the Apple Watch Ultra in 2024 Apple wants to reduce its reliance on sourcing displays for its products from Samsung and LG. So, the company is working on its own custom displays that it intends to use as early as 2024. Apple's 2023 Roadmap: When to Expect New Product Launches This Year No major AirPods, iPad or Apple Watch upgrades planned for 2023 Every year, Apple has some significant hardware upgrades planned for at least a few devices in its product lineup. 2023 could be an outlier, though.
1/13/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 46 seconds
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BIG Apple headset leaks, Studio Display FINALLY gets competition, and our picks for best-of 2022, part 3! (CultCast #576)

This week: We just got our biggest leaks yet of Apple's Mixed Reality headset! Plus: there will soon be some serious competition for Apple's Studio Display, and we add MORE picks to our best of 2022, part 3! This episode supported by Rocket Money shows you all your subscriptions all in one place, and then cancels whatever you don’t want with a single click! Cancel your unnecessary subscriptions right now at rocketmoney.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple headset uses waist-mounted battery pack — new details emerge After testing a version of Apple’s upcoming AR/VR headset with an internal battery, the company’s engineers have resorted to using a separate battery pack connected by a wire, according to a new report about the secret project. Mac Pro and M2 Mac mini pegged for launch at huge Apple event in March The long-awaited Mac Pro desktop will finally debut at a big March event, according to a new rumor. Dell’s new 32-inch 6K monitor gives Apple’s ProDisplay XDR some competition With Dell’s new 32-inch 6K UltraSharp monitor, the Apple Pro Display XDR is no longer in a category of its own. Dell’s new monitor does things a little differently, though, blending elements from Apple’s $4,999 monitor and the $1,599 Studio Display, providing a possible best of both worlds when it comes to productivity and performance. Samsung ViewFinity S9 first look: a sleek alternative to Apple’s Studio Display Samsung announced its ViewFinity S9 monitor earlier this week. With a 5K (5120 x 2880) resolution and stylish aluminum enclosure, it seems like Samsung is trying to square off with Apple’s Studio Display — likely for a lower price — and LG’s high-resolution monitors Apple uses AI to voice its latest audiobook catalog Apple’s latest catalog of books uses artificial intelligence as a narrator instead of a human voice. This is the first time the Cupertino giant has used AI for audiobook narration. The move could have a wide-reaching effect in the audiobook space and mark the beginning of the end of human narrators.
1/6/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 45 seconds
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What's next for Apple hardware and our best of 2022 picks, part 2! (CultCast #575)

This week: What Apple hardware is coming next in 2023? We got the list! Plus: it's part 2 of our best of 2022 picks, with our favorite tech, shows, and movies! This episode supported by Rocket Money shows you all your subscriptions all in one place, and then cancels whatever you don’t want with a single click! Cancel your unnecessary subscriptions right now at rocketmoney.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories 5 most exciting Apple products coming in 2023 An Apple Watch Ultra for $48? No, but you can get this obvious knockoff Some rugged, outdoorsy types might hesitate over the Apple Watch Ultra’s $800 price tag. But what if they could get a lookalike watch for less than $50? Apple silently downgraded the default resolution of videos when viewed on macOS Photos
12/30/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 1 second
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Our best of 2022 picks, part 1! (CultCast #574)

This week: It's part 1 of our best of 2022 picks, with our favorite tech, shows, and movies! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Don’t give up on the iMac Pro just yet The first iMac Pro launched in 2017, with a powerful Intel Xeon processor, a 27-inch 5K display and a starting price of $5,000. The first iMac designed for professionals, the pricey computer failed to find a market. Apple nixed it in 2021 without ever releasing follow-up versions. But it’s apparently not too late. Apple seemingly cancels ‘M2 Extreme’ Mac Pro At WWDC20, Apple promised to complete its transition to Apple silicon inside Macs in two years. It missed that deadline, and the company is yet to reveal a replacement for its 2019 Intel Mac Pro. Apple store rewards procrastinators with free two-hour deliveries It’s almost Christmas, while Hanukkah is already in full swing, and the Apple store is helping last-minute shoppers with free two-hour delivery of some items. Why AirTags make the ultimate Apple stocking stuffers
12/23/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 31 seconds
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iOS 16.2 best features plus alternate app stores and A LOT more coming to iOS! CultCast (#573)

This week: The best new features in iOS 16.2, plus: this is unreal—alternate app stores, side loading, and A LOT more coming to iOS! This episode supported by Rocket Money shows you all your subscriptions all in one place, and then cancels for you whatever you don’t want with a single click! Cancel your unnecessary subscriptions right now at rocketmoney.com/cultcast. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple gears up for alternative app stores on iPhone and iPad Apple has launched a major project to allow alternative app stores on iPhones and iPads by 2024. The effort is meant to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, coming fully into force then, and other possible national or regional laws that make Apple allow side loading, according to new report Tuesday. Apple Considering Dropping Requirement for iPhone Web Browsers to Use WebKit As part of a larger story about Apple's plans to allow third-party app stores on the iPhone and iPad in EU countries, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claimed that Apple is also considering removing its requirement for iPhone and iPad web browsers to use WebKit, the open source browser engine that powers Safari. 10 new iOS 16.2 features to try right away Get way more done with full external display support in iPadOS 16.2 iPad users can now connect a second display and open up to four application windows on it. This at least doubles the available space to work in. Adding 27-inch screen to an 11-inch iPad is a dramatic change. Winner’s choice! Enter to win any mophie product [Cult of Mac giveaway] The giveaway this week is slightly different, as we teamed up with Zagg to give five lucky winners the opportunity to choose their own prize from the extensive lineup of mophie products. Escape Apple TV+ subscription fees with Emancipation-themed trial offer With Emancipation now streaming on Apple TV+, Apple wants to make sure Will Smith fans can watch it. So the company is offering a free two-month trial of its streaming video service. That’s much longer than the usual 7-day trial.
12/16/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
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Apple's 20-INCH folding MacBook + BIG iCloud changes (CultCast #572)

This week: We're talking Apple's "20-inch folding MacBook", new features in iOS 16.2, + the big changes coming to iCloud! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories 20-inch folding screen could change MacBooks forever Apple could be working on a MacBook far larger than the current 16-inch model – a 20.25-inch one is supposedly in development. But don’t picture a standard laptop, as this will supposedly use a folding display. iOS 16.2 with Freeform, Apple Music Sing and more is just days away Apple seeded the iOS 16.2 release candidate to developers Wednesday, taking a huge step toward giving iPhone users access to the Freeform collaboration app, the recently announced Apple Music Sing and other exciting new features. Apple vastly expands iCloud data encryption with 3 security updates Apple said Wednesday users are gaining three new security features to protect their data in the cloud, with some available now and some to come. The overall program is called Advanced Data Protection. Enter to win a tough, titanium Apple Watch Ultra band from Lululook [Cult of Mac giveaway] - Lewis This week’s giveaway will let five lucky winners get their hands on a sturdy Apple Watch Ultra Titanium Band from Lululook. The band matches the new Apple Watch Ultra perfectly, thanks to its sleek titanium finish. Apple car just got a lot less ambitious Apple’s plan for a completely autonomous vehicle has gone back onto the drawing board, according to a reliable source. The company supposedly is still prepping an electric car but the self-driving capabilities much more limited. Dyson is making the strangest headphones on the planet
12/9/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds
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Elon vs. Apple - Battle of the ages! (CultCast #571)

This week: We're talking leaked M2 Max MBP benchmarks, the problem with iCloud, Elon Vs. Apple, the Tesla Phone, and the poor chum who got mugged while carrying 300 brand new iPhones! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Elon Musk declares war on Apple Elon Musk declared war on Apple on Monday afternoon. A Twitter war, anyway. The new owner of Twitter very publicly objects to the 30% fee the iPhone-maker claims from purchases made through the iPhone software store, and also says Apple has threatened to pull the Twitter app from the App Store. Elon Musk might release a Twitter phone - erfon Elon Musk says he’ll release a phone that competes with iPhone and Android if he has to. The owner of Twitter might be forced to make a handset if Apple and Google ban the social network from their software stores. Elon meeting with TC Elon Musk admits Apple never planned to kick Twitter out of iPhone App Store Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday walked back his claim that Apple was threatening to remove Twitter from the App Store. Leaked 2023 MacBook Pro benchmarks show it’ll support much more RAM Very early benchmark scores for what is apparently the 2023 MacBook Pro show buyers will be able to configure it with much more RAM. And new details on the M2 Max processor were revealed, too. iCloud Storage Over the Years Why walking the streets of NYC with 300 iPhones is a bad idea A man was robbed of 300 iPhones he’d just purchased at the famous Apple store on Fifth Avenue early Monday. He walked out of the store and was soon assaulted by a pair of criminals who drove off with a bag carrying $95,000 worth of handsets.
12/2/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 6 seconds
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iPhone 15 going Thunderbolt + insane Black Friday deals + GOBBLE GOBBLE YAALL! (CultCast #570)

This week: iPhone 15 going Thunderbolt Insane Black Friday deals More! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iPhone 15 Pro could feature significantly faster wired data-transfer speeds 2023 iPhone 15 Pro models could feature faster data-transfer speeds over a wired connection. Rumors indicate Apple will transition to USB Type-C connectors across its entire iPhone lineup next year. But the faster data-transfer speeds could be limited to the Pro models. Rounded corners and edges plus titanium case rumored for iPhone 15 A leaker with a pretty good track record for accuracy said Sunday the upcoming iPhone 15 series will feature rounded corners and edges, plus a titanium case. Rounded corners would harken way back to earlier iPhones and a titanium case would be a first for Apple handsets. See also Leander's piece from Cult of Mac Today newsletter: "Next iPhone might be titanium In the newsletter, he talks all about Apple's alternating "Extrudo" and "Sandwich" design styles. It's been switching between the two from the very beginning! Enter to win a Function101 Button Remote for Apple TV and say, ‘So long, Siri’ [Cult of Mac giveaway] Three lucky winners in this week’s giveaway will be able to cast aside the Siri Remote forever. We’re giving away three Function101 Button Remotes for Apple TV.e But even if you don’t win, you can still free yourself from one of Apple’s most divisive devices. Retailing at just $29.95, the Button Remote is a deal for everyone who doesn’t like the Apple TV’s Siri Remote. The best Black Friday deals on AirPods, MacBooks, iPads and Apple Watch Black Friday is just around the corner, and that means you can get hefty discounts on Apple products. While the shopping event is a few days away, Black Friday deals have already gone live across various retailers. Mondo drops ‘innie’ and ‘outie’ vinyl soundtracks for Severance Collectibles seller Mondo will release a soundtrack Wednesday for Apple TV+’s Severance season 1 in two versions, both on vinyl: Innie Edition and Outie Edition.
11/25/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 40 seconds
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Apple is preparing THEIR OWN version of Metaverse + the iPhone 4K video scam! (CultCast #569)

This week: Apple's free Emergency satellite SOS goes live! Apple is building a rival to the metaverse iPhone 4K video - it’s a scam! The magic of Apple's Find My network Steve Jobs’ stinky old sandals go to auction 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple launches free Emergency SOS via satellite on all iPhone 14 models iPhone 14 models can now use Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite service. It allows users of the latest iOS handsets to exchange texts with emergency services while outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. Apple is building a rival to the metaverse Apple job listings offer a peek into the development of the company’s long-rumored AR headset. Cupertino seemingly wants to create augmented reality and 3D content for its mixed-reality device, which could arrive in early 2023. Steve Jobs’ sandals sell for a lot more than you might imagine anyone paying for used shoes - lewis
11/18/202256 minutes, 24 seconds
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It's about to get a lot harder to buy Apple products + trouble on Apple's Industrial Design team... (CultCast #568)

This week: it's about to get a lot harder to buy Macs, iPhones, AirPods and more. Get'em while you can! Plus: Apple's about to make it even easier to accidentally turn on Siri, and the strange story no one's talking about: Apple's industrial design team is falling apart right before our eyes. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Bad news for Xmas: Apple’s largest factory forced into ‘total lockdown’ Days after reports of Foxconn employees hopping fences and fleeing from their jobs, a report from Taiwan News says Apple’s biggest iPhone factory is now on “total lockdown.” These new restrictions could have a big impact on Apple’s sales during the crucial holiday period. Apple wants to shorten ‘Hey Siri’ trigger phrase to simply ‘Siri’ Apple is working on changing the “Hey Siri” hotword to just plain “Siri,” and the change could roll out as early as next year. Apple News will be shoved into the Weather app In the latest beta of iOS 16.2, certain cities have an additional section for weather news, slotted between the 10-day forecast and the air quality meter. On iPadOS and macOS Ventura, this section occupies an even larger widget in the corner. Apple's Product Design Team Reportedly Focused More on Costs in Recent Years Apple's efforts to replace its former design chief Jony Ive have been hindered by increased turnover within the company's product design team over the past few years, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The report claims that Apple has lost the majority of senior designers who worked under Ive, with many of them jumping ship to his new design firm LoveFrom, which he started after leaving Apple in 2019.
11/11/202249 minutes, 4 seconds
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iPhone 15 goes buttonless! + Backlit Apple logo making a comeback! (CultCast #567)

This week: CultCast is talking iPhone 15 going buttonless, backlit Apple logo making a comeback, and our review of Apple's weird workplace drama Severance! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iPhone 15 Pro could use solid-state volume and power buttons Apple could switch to solid-state volume and power buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro series. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made this claim based on his latest supply chain checks. Don’t expect new MacBook Pro or Mac mini before 2023 Apple is done introducing Macs in 2022, according to a reliable source of insider information. The MacBook Pro models with the M2 Pro and M2 Max allegedly won’t be out until late in Q1 2023. Backlit Apple Logo Could Make a Comeback on Future MacBooks The first Mac laptop with a lit-up Apple logo was the third-generation PowerBook G3 launched in 1999, and the glowing symbol proved a mainstay through consecutive Apple notebooks for the next 16 years. The only change in that period was that the logo got flipped upright, so that it no longer appeared upside down to onlookers when someone was sat in public with the lid open. New EU Law Could Force Apple to Allow Other App Stores, Sideloading, and iMessage Interoperability Under the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the rules will apply to tech giants that meet its "gatekeeper" criteria and force them to open up their various services and platforms to other companies and developers. Filming begins on Severance season 2 with 8 new stars Fans of the hit Apple TV+ series Severance can rejoice that production on season 2 started this week. More of what Stephen Colbert called a “dystopian workplace sci-fi mystery black comedy psychological thriller” is on the way.
11/4/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 44 seconds
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All the best features in iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1 & macOS Ventura! (CultCast #566)

This week: all the best new and hidden features in iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, and macOS Ventura. Plus: Apple releases yet another great update for the original HomePod, and BestBuy beats Apple in providing a way to pay for your new Mac monthly and trade it in when new models come out. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 14, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apples hikes prices of Apple TV+, Apple Music and Apple One Apple plans to raise the prices of some of its subscription services by $1 to $3 each, reports indicated Monday. The services include Apple TV+, Apple Music and the Apple One subscription bundle. 4 great iPadOS 16.1 features that aren’t Stage Manager Apple finally released iPadOS 16.1. The debut of the Stage Manager multitasking system has drawn most of the attention, but plenty of other new features are worth checking out, too. Monday’s launch is extra-significant because iPadOS 16 never launched. Version 16.1 is the first replacement for last year’s iPadOS 15.x. 5 iOS 16.1 features to try right away How to share an iCloud Photo Library iOS 16.1 Features: Everything New in iOS 16.1 Apple Releases New HomePod 16.1 Software With Matter Support According to Apple's release notes, HomePod software version 16.1 includes support for the Matter smart home standard. Best Buy's 'Upgrade+' Program Lets Customers Get a New Mac Laptop Every Three Years With Monthly Financing Best Buy today announced a new financing and upgrade program called "Upgrade+." The program involves a combination of interest-free financing through Citizens Pay and an option to upgrade to a new Mac laptop after three years.
10/28/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 15 seconds
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First impressions of the new iPad Pro, new iPads, new Apple TVs, new DONGLE! (CultCast #565)

This week: new iPad Pros, new iPads, new Apple TVs, and a brand new DONGLE! We're talking ALL the hardware Apple just announced. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories 2022 iPad Pro gets speed boost from M2 chip but no new ports Apple unveiled new iPad Pro models with the M2 processor, which brings a 15% speed boost to the tablets. But Tuesday’s announcement was a disappointment for those hoping for wireless charging or more ports. New entry-level iPad 10 looks more Pro than ever Apple gave the 2022 version of the basic iPad a larger screen, USB-C, a faster processor and other enhancements. And the Home button is gone. But along with the new features comes a huge 36% price increase. Enter to win a rugged Apple Watch accessory bundle [Cult of Mac giveaway] If you want a tactical-looking Apple Watch band that doesn’t skimp on comfort, the Mifa Nylon Sports Leather Band is for you. In this week’s giveaway, you can win one — along with an Elkson Quattro Bumper Case that will protect your Apple Watch from whatever mayhem you might get into. New $249 Magic Keyboard Folio goes with iPad 10 While the iPad 10 costs much more than previous versions, starting at $449 instead of $329, if you want the detachable keyboard and stand Apple now makes for it, you have to add another $249. Absurd Apple Pencil dongle sends fans into spiral of grief The decision to make the all-new iPad compatible with the original Apple Pencil looks likely to go down as one of Apple’s most ridiculous design decisions. Logitech Crayon offers kid-friendly USB-C active stylus for iPad 10 The latest version of the Logitech Crayon iPad stylus charges via USB-C, just like the new iPad 10. That makes it a simpler option than the Apple Pencil 1 that still uses Lightning. And the stylus is designed with children in mind. New Apple TV 4K is faster and cheaper Apple has unveiled the 2022 Apple TV 4K with significantly faster internals and a lower price. It features the same A15 Bionic chip found inside the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 series. macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 are coming on October 24 After months of beta testing, Apple is finally ready to release iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura to the public. Both OSes will release on October 24.
10/21/20221 hour, 8 seconds
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FInally! Super useful new features coming to iCloud and Apple Music (CultCast #564)

This week: some super useful new features are FINALLY coming to Apple Music and iCloud; our first impressions of Meta's $1500 "Pro" VR headset; the problem with Apple's "Find My"; and AI creates a creepy podcast episode with Steve Jobs and Joe Rogan. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Roller coasters set off iPhone 14 Crash Detection People are reportedly getting off roller coasters and discovering that their new iPhone 14 called 911 for them. Turns out the handsets mistook thrilling rides for a car wreck and thought their users needed emergency help. It’s an unintended result of Crash Detection, a feature added to Apple’s latest handsets. Joe Rogan interviews Steve Jobs in eerie, AI-generated podcast - Lewis If you want to hear Steve Jobs talk about the meaning of life, we've got a podcast for you. It's an artificial intelligence-generated conversation between the late Apple co-founder and podcasting superstar Joe Rogan. Meta Quest Pro: A $1,500 Virtual-Reality Headset for Working in the Metaverse - Wall Street Journal (Joanna Stern) Welcome to Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of the future of work, where we all convene in the metaverse to collaborate and be productive. Oh yes, to achieve this, we all have to have the company’s new $1,500 face computer. Apple iCloud photo libraries will soon be viewable in Windows It should soon be much easier to access your iPhone's photo collection on a Windows-based PC. Apple Music finally launches on Xbox Apple Music is now available on the Microsoft Store for the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One, providing subscribers with access to the streaming music service, complete with large album art, full-screen time-synced lyrics, and more. As noted by users on Reddit, music can be played in the background while gaming. No, Lufthansa isn’t banning AirTags from checked bags German airline Lufthansa is not banning Apple’s AirTags and similar tracking tags from checked luggage, the company said Wednesday.
10/14/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 49 seconds
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It's FINAL... EU forces big iPhone change, remembering Steve, & Dynamic Island tips! (#CultCast 563)

This week: lawmakers in the EU are forcing iPhone and other devices to go USB-C, remembering Steve Jobs on the 11th anniversary of his passing, and things you didn't know you could do with dynamic island! This episode supported by Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs dies at 56 October 5, 2011 Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at the age of 56 in his home in Palo Alto, California. EU passes law forcing Apple to switch to USB-C by 2024 The European Parliament voted in an overwhelming majority Tuesday to enforce USB-C as the standard charging port across a wide range of consumer electronics. The law will come into effect by the end of 2024. How to control the Dynamic Island with swipes Take high-resolution 48MP photos with your iPhone 14 Pro Best Apple Watch Ultra bands: Rugged and ready for adventure 9 things you probably didn’t know about Apple Watch Ultra
10/7/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 31 seconds
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All the best iOS 16 features + Apple’s incoming October event! (CultCast #562)

This week: iOS 16's best features + our hardware predictions for Apple's definitely-gonna-happen October event! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories 16 Hidden iOS 16 Features You Didn't Know About Other than the headlining features, there are a number of quality-of-life changes, improvements, and new capabilities baked into iOS 16 that help improve the iPhone experience. Enter to win a shiny new elago iPhone 14 case of your choice [Cult of Mac giveaway] This week’s giveaway is to ensure your glossy new iPhone 14 is protected the best way possible. elago, one of our favorite Apple accessory-makers, just launched its new iPhone 14 cases, and we are giving three lucky readers a chance get their hands on one of them. The best bit is, if you win, the case choice is yours. Apple Releases New HomePod 16 Software Alongside iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16, Apple today released new software that's designed for the HomePod and the HomePod mini. iPhone 14 Pro wait times already stretch into October If you procrastinated on ordering one of the new iPhone 14 Pro models, there’s a good chance you’re looking at a lengthy wait for it to be delivered. Kuo: iPhone 14 Plus Pre-Orders Worse Than iPhone 13 Mini, Product Strategy 'Fails' The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have seen "bad" pre-order results, indicating that Apple's positioning of the two new standard models may have failed, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Steve Jobs' Daughter Shares Then Deletes Meme Mocking iPhone 14's Modest Upgrades After Apple's iPhone 14 launch event, Steve Jobs' daughter Eve Jobs shared a meme on Instagram that mocked the new iPhones as basically unchanged compared to last year's iPhone 13. Elon says Apple's in talks with StarLink... His tweet: We’ve had some promising conversations with Apple about Starlink connectivity. iPhone team is obv super smart.
9/16/20221 hour, 34 minutes, 28 seconds
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Reactions! iPhone 14 Pro, Apple Watch Ultra, AirPods Pro 2! (CultCast #561)

This week: Apple Watch Ultra, iPhone 14 Pro, AirPods Pro 2 — our reactions to everything! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iPhone 14 Pro models get major camera upgrades and always-on displays Apple revealed its new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max handsets Wednesday with numerous updates, including massive camera upgrades, always-on displays, an improved A16 chip and the notorious “notch” replaced with a pill-shaped cutout with new “Dynamic Island” interactive functionality. iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island looks … shockingly original? On iPhone 14 Pro models, the notch is gone! It's replaced by what Apple calls the Dynamic Island -- This transforms the pill-shaped cutout into a wild new way to . Always active, it shows information from native and third-party apps, including alerts, so you can keep track of things at a glance, no matter what app you’re in. iPhone 14 Plus ushers in big changes The two Pro models usually get all the attention, but it’s the “standard” iPhone that’s the top seller. That makes the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 the most important model introduced at the event. Apple Watch Ultra is a big, bulky, beautiful beast Measuring 49mm in height, the Ultra is a whopping 4mm taller than the largest Series 7. It boasts the largest watch screen Apple has ever made. New AirPods Pro support personalized Spatial Audio and precision finding With a new low-distortion audio driver and custom amplifier, Apple says the new H2 chip in AirPods Pro 2 provides an "exceptional acoustic experience", including richer bass and clearer sound across a wider range of frequencies.
9/9/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 21 seconds
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iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Pro - New last-minute leaks! (CultCast #560)

This week: ahead of next week's Apple event, we've got last-minute details on iPhone 14 and the super secret Apple Watch Pro! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Expect Apple Watch Pro to sport 47mm display A critical detail has leaked about about Apple’s upcoming wearable designed for serious athletes. The new top-tier Apple Watch will have a 47mm screen, according to a new report coming out of Asia. iPhone 14 Pro ultra-wide camera might surprise with its low-light performance Shocker! It seems Apple has significant camera upgrades planned for this year’s iPhones. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the iPhone 14 Pro will use a new ultra-wide sensor with larger 1.4µm pixels. That’s up from the current 12MP sensor featuring a 1.0µm pixel size. It is unclear if the ultra-wide camera will also see a resolution bump from 12MP. iPhone 14 Pro screen cutouts might not look as expected [Updated] Leaks about the “pill and hole” design of the iPhone 14 Pro models started months ago, but Apple still might have a surprise up its sleeve. A new report indicates that software will merge the two display cutouts into one. Apple and Globalstar Rumored to Announce Satellite Connectivity Feature for iPhone 14 at September 7 Event Apple may announce its long-rumored satellite connectivity feature for the iPhone 14 next month, according to Tim Farrar, a satellite communications consultant at California-based research firm Telecom, Media and Finance Associates. iPhone 13 might offer emergency satellite communication, too While large swaths of the world have cellular coverage, there are still huge areas without it. That’s a problem for hikers, boaters and anyone traveling through the remote areas without cell service.   T-Mobile and SpaceX want to connect your iPhone to satellites to end network dead zones You won’t need an iPhone 14 or iPhone 15 for satellite connectivity. SpaceX and T-Mobile have announced their plan to bring cell connectivity everywhere in the US using satellites. An AI-Generated Artwork Won First Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition, and Artists Are Pissed A man came in first at the Colorado State Fair’s fine art competition using an AI generated artwork on Monday. “I won first place,” a user going by Sincarnate said in a Discord post above photos of the AI-generated canvases hanging at the fair.
9/2/20221 hour, 55 seconds
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It's official! Let’s talk Apple’s September 7th “Far Out” event! (CultCast #559)

This week: let's talk Apple's "Far Out" event predictions! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple’s ‘far out’ event invite hints at iPhone 14 features The starry invitation to the September 7 Far Out event that went out this week might drop a clue to one or more long-rumored features finally coming to the iPhone 14. M2 MacBook Air runs Windows 11 faster than pricier Dell laptop Real-world experiments with the new MacBook Air show Apple’s latest can use Parallels 18 to run Windows 11 faster than a Dell XPS Plus. Enter to win Bucardo’s unique Apple Watch accessories [Cult of Mac giveaway] Two lucky winners will receive one Bucardo Apple Pocket Watch and one Bucardo Sports Band. Together, the items in this unique bundle retail for $189. Enter below for your shot at taking home the big prize. After 20 years, what’s the most ‘Shazamed’ song of all time? Apple bought the popular music-recognition app Shazam, which can name any song you hear, in 2018. Friday marks the app’s 20th birthday. And this week it officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions, Cupertino said. MoviePass to relaunch on Labor Day in beta form with pricing ranging from $10-$30 a month MoviePass will relaunch in beta form on Labor Day. How to get 3 months of Apple TV+ for free (new or returning subscribers)
8/26/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 21 seconds
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September 7th Apple event – here we go! (CultCast #558)

This week: September 7th Apple event, here we go! Let's talk hardware expectations. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories September 7 might bring iPhone 14 unveiling Some iPhone 14 models jumping in price, but not all Enter to win Bucardo’s unique Apple Watch accessories [Cult of Mac giveaway] Beats Fit Pro gets a Kim Kardashian makeover — and sells out fast [Updated] Berkshire Hathaway added 3.9M more Apple shares in Q2 2022 Does Mark Zuckerberg Not Understand How Bad His Metaverse Looks?
8/19/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 26 seconds
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iOS 16 best new features + new HomePods incoming! (CultCast #557)

This week: we review iOS 16's best new features, and Apple is hard at work on some very interesting new HomePods, including the original HomePod V2! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iOS 16 beta 5: All the new features and changes The biggest highlight of iOS 16 beta 5 is the ability to show the battery percentage in the status bar of notched iPhones. Currently, the feature is available on the iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone X and XS series. For some strange reason, the iPhone 11 lineup and both the iPhone mini models are missing from this list, but this could change in a future beta release. Every new email trick in iOS 16 that you need to know Enter to win a versatile Laut backpack [Cult of Mac giveaway] We teamed up with Laut to give Cult of Mac readers a chance to win a roomy City Daypack 12ltr Backpack, retailing at $69.99. 'High-Accuracy' Apple Watch Temperature Sensor Revealed by Patent Filing Just Weeks Before Series 8 Unveiling Gurman: Apple Considering Updated HomePod Mini Alongside New High-End HomePod
8/12/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 54 seconds
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M2 MacBook Air DESTROYS other Macs, + why you SHOULDN’T hunt down AirTag thieves (CultCast #556)

This week: M2 MacBook Air blows away other Macs in speed test iPhone 14 Pro always-on screen behavior previewed in new iOS 16 wallpaper details Apple earnings beat pessimistic predictions Apple Maps extends cycling directions to all 50 states NYC man learns the hard way to not track down thieves with an AirTag 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories M2 MacBook Air blows away other Macs in speed test The new M2 MacBook Air got an amazing score on the Speedometer 2.0 benchmarking app. Apple’s latest notebook solidly beat other Macs in this test of web browser speed. iPhone 14 Pro always-on screen behavior previewed in new iOS 16 wallpaper details 9to5Mac found multiple references to always-on display support in iOS 16, which corroborates all the iPhone 14 Pro rumors. Apple earnings beat pessimistic predictions Back in April, Apple warned that global supply constraints and COVID-19 lockdowns in China could sap between $4 billion and $8 billion in revenue from the June quarter. The company struggled to assemble enough Macs and iPads to meet demand, though it seems to have kept up with iPhone orders. Apple Maps extends cycling directions to all 50 states If you ride a bike, now you can now get turn-by-turn navigation from Apple Maps in all 50 states. That’s because cycling directions recently arrived in Hawaii. I built a time machine. A time machine that sends you back to the era of iPods and boxed NYC man learns the hard way to not track down thieves with an AirTag A New York City man had his scooter stolen. But he’d put one of Apple’s AirTag item trackers on the bike, so he was able to track down the thieves … who beat the $%#@ out of him.
8/5/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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Apple Car is BACK in business + Apple SCRAPS M1 Mac Pro! (CultCast #555)

This week: Former Lamborghini exec will help steer Apple car design team Apple's patent history reveals a major push into autos Why Apple never shipped M1 Mac Pro when it was ready BIG - EU adopts final approval of new rules for app stores This is what Saudi Arabia's 100-mile long emission-free smart city could look like. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Former Lamborghini exec will help steer Apple car design team A former Lamborghini executive recently joined Apple to lead design of the company's long-rumored self-driving car, according to a new report Wednesday. Apple's patent history reveals a major push into autos Nikkei and Intellectual Property Landscape found that as of June 1, Apple applied for and published 248 automobile-related patents after 2000. Why Apple never shipped M1 Mac Pro when it was ready Apple reportedly had an M1-powered Mac Pro ready to ship months ago but decided against launching it. Instead, the company decided to unveil an M2 Extreme-powered version later this year. Anker pushes GaN envelope with 6 new fast chargers DMA: Council gives final approval to new rules for fair competition online With the final adoption of the Digital Markets Act, we will finally make large online platforms responsible for their actions. Hereby, the EU will change the online space worldwide. Enter to win a 3-in-1 MagSafe charging station and 200W GaN charger bundle [Cult of Mac giveaway] This week we are teaming up with Ugreen to give two lucky winners a shot at winning a sleek 3-in-1 MagSafe Wireless Charging Station, retailing at $159.99, plus a six-port Nexode 200W USB-C Desktop Charger priced at $199.99. This is what Saudi Arabia's 100-mile long emission-free smart city could look like In 2021, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman revealed the country's plans to build The Line, a smart linear city that will be constructed vertically, have no roads or cars and run purely on renewable energy. Now, the Saudi government has released image renders of what The Line
7/29/202258 minutes, 47 seconds
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M2 MacBook Pros INCOMING, iOS 16 hidden feature, & the DeLorean is REBORN! (#CultCast 554)

This week: the new M2 MacBook Pros are INCOMING! PLUS iOS 16 Introduces New Capabilities for Accessories With U1 Chip Integration Amazon's Prime Air drones will soon be making deliveries The legendary DeLorean is about to be REBORN! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips could launch this fall Apple reportedly has a very aggressive timeline for adding to its M2 chip lineup. iOS 16 Introduces New Capabilities for Accessories With U1 Chip Integration As part of WWDC last month, Apple announced that iOS 16 will allow third-party accessories with U1 chip integration to interact with iPhone apps even when the app is running in the background, enabling new "hands-free user experiences." Amazon's Prime Air drones will soon make deliveries in Texas Amazon, after 9 years of development and research, and more than two done prototypes, will start offering Prime Air service deliveries with drones. Amazon’s self-driving robotaxi is ‘really close’ to human transport as vehicle passes key safety tests AMAZON’s robotaxi startup, Zoox, is the first self-driving tech company to achieve a five-star federal crash rating from the NHTSA [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.] The DeLorean lives! Alpha 5 - all electric 4 seat sports coupe with limited production Should debut in August at Pebble Beach Production slated for 2024. Only 88 initial units are planned. Designed by the original designer of the original DeLorean Cars will be built in Italy. Several other models are also planned, including an 8-cylinder sports car.
7/22/202259 minutes, 36 seconds
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M2 MacBook Air impressions + Jony Ive is DONE with Apple (CultCast #553)

This week: we discuss M2 MacBook Pro performance, first impressions, and reviews. Plus: the end of an era, Jony Ive leaves Apple for good. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories M2 MacBook Air review roundup: The fast and the beauteous The M2 MacBook Air is easily the most important notebook Apple will release in 2022, and it’s a winner. Jony Ive slips Apple’s golden handcuffs Jony Ive’s 30-year partnership with Apple is over. Proposed new emoji list shows we already have all the emoji we need The collection of emoji will grow in the coming months, with the 31 proposed new entries including a shaking face, hearts in range of colors, a donkey and a jellyfish. There’s also left- and right-facing hands that will likely be used for high fives. Win an iPad mini 6 magnetic stand from Lululook [Cult of Mac Giveaway] If you own an iPad mini 6, Lululook’s magnetic stand can turn your tiny tablet into a miniature iMac. And this week, we’re teaming up with Lululook to give away five of these great stands, which retail for $80, to five lucky winners. Hasbro will 3D-print your face onto its iconic action figures Have you ever wanted to see your own face on the body of a Power Ranger or a Ghostbuster? Thanks to an ingenious partnership between Hasbro and 3D-printing specialists Formlabs, now you can. BMW starts selling heated seat subscriptions for $18 a month BMW is now selling subscriptions for heated seats in a number of countries — the latest example of the company’s adoption of microtransactions for high-end car features.
7/15/202258 minutes, 14 seconds
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NEW “extra rugged” Apple Watch is INCOMING! (#CultCast 552)

This week: Extra-rugged Apple Watch for athletes will pack biggest screen yet! Plus: the Mac Studio is now available with heavy discounts, Apple adding a new "hyper secure" lockdown mode to iOS 16, and US awards Steve Jobs the country's highest honor. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Extra-rugged Apple Watch for athletes will pack biggest screen yet The rugged Apple Watch designed for hardcore athletes will come with the smartwatch’s biggest screen yet, according to a new report. These iOS 16 features won’t be available at launch Not all new iOS 16 features will arrive on day one when the operating system launches this fall. A handful of them will come later, after Apple has had a chance to polish them and get them ready for prime time. Win a 4-in-1 MagSafe charging stand with built-in nightlight [Cult of Mac giveaways] This week’s giveaway is a sturdy, MagSafe-compatible, multi-device wireless charger that includes a convenient nightlight. Buy refurbished Mac Studio from Apple with hefty discounts [Updated] Apple has started selling refurbished Mac Studio in the United States, Canada, and select other European countries. You can save up to 15% by picking up a refurbished Mac Studio instead of purchasing a brand new unit. New Lockdown Mode makes iPhone secure from sophisticated digital attacks A new hyper-secure Lockdown Mode should help protect the iPhones, iPads and Macs of journalists, politicians and activists who face “highly targeted cyberattacks from private companies developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware,” Apple said Wednesday. President Biden Announces Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors.
7/8/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 58 seconds
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A "DELUGE" of new Apple hardware is incoming! (CultCast #551)

This week: Apple's prepping to drop an "ambitious deluge" of new hardware, including the return of one of the greatest Apple products of all time... 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple Readies iPhone 14 and HomePod Upgrade in Flood of New Products Gurman: From what I’ve been told, the company is about to embark on one of the most ambitious periods of new products in its history—with the deluge coming between the fall of 2022 and first half of 2023. Don’t expect a speed boost in Apple Watch Series 8 The Apple Watch Series 8 expected this fall won’t have better performance than its recent predecessors, according to a reliable tipster. Win a 4-in-1 MagSafe charging stand with built-in nightlight [Cult of Mac giveaways] This week’s giveaway is a sturdy, MagSafe-compatible, multi-device wireless charger that includes a convenient nightlight. Apple’s next HomePod could be less mini and more powerful Apple is working on a new HomePod that could launch next year with a new S8 chip. The smart speaker reportedly will be similar in size to the original HomePod rather than the HomePod mini. Entry-level M2 MacBook Pro’s SSD is slower than M1 MacBook Pro Apple’s new M2 MacBook Pro ships with a notably slower SSD than its predecessor. Tests show the speed difference is as big as 50% in some scenarios. M1 MacBook Pro beats the newer M2 model in real-life stress tests The slower SSD on the entry-level M2 MacBook Pro has a noticeable impact on its performance in daily use. Tests show the M1 MacBook Pro beating its successor in stress tests that rely heavily on swap memory usage. ‘Severe’ thermal throttling in Apple M2 chip raises questions about MacBook Air performance The just-released MacBook Pro running Apple’s new M2 processor offers generally good performance, but its single fan can’t stop it from experiencing ‘severe’ thermal throttling under certain conditions, according to tests done on the device. AirPods Pro 2 could act as heart monitor and hearing aid AirPods Pro 2 will look much like AirPods 3 from 2021, but with the soft tips necessary for ANC, according to information leaked to 52audio. That means the stems aren’t going away, and the buttons will stay, too. Commercials are coming to Netflix (and other streamers!) It’s official: Netflix is adding a cheaper ad-supported tier to its streaming service. The change is apparently intended to reverse a recent drop in subscribers.
7/1/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 25 seconds
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M2 MacBook Pro reviews, M2 vs M1, + return of the MacBook! (CultCast #550)

This week: The first reviews of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 are in and they are not kind! Plus: new details elude to a new MacBook that may be a hybrid between an MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, iOS 16 is adding a MUST-HAVE SMS feature, and an odd Apple show becomes one of most popular shows streamed on any streaming service. This episode supported by CleanMyMac X is a decluttering app for Mac that can keep it in tip-top shape. It includes 49 tools to find and delete invisible computer junk, and helps keep your Mac running at maximum speed. Get CleanMyMac X today with 5% off at https://macpaw.app/cultcast ... The discount is valid until June 30. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories M2 MacBook Pro review roundup: Powerful chip, archaic design The first reviews of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an Apple M2 processor are not kind. It gets called a “Pro in name only” and “literally a processor update and nothing more.” 15-inch MacBook with M2 Pro might launch in spring 2023 A 15-inch MacBook will debut in less than a year that offers either an M2 or an M2 Pro processor, according to a reliable Apple analyst. That could make it one of the first with the upgraded version of the M2. Apple M2 is fast, but not faster than M1 Pro or M1 Max The first real-world benchmark tests of the Apple M2 processor show that the just-launched processor is about 20% to 25% faster than the original M1, which is welcome news for anyone in the market for a MacBook or iPad in the next few years. Win a 65W GaN mini charger that packs a punch [Cult of Mac giveaway] The Cult of Mac giveaway prize this week is a perfect fit for anyone who needs a powerful yet compact charger. We teamed up with Lululook to give five lucky winners a chance to get their hands on a three-port, 65W gallium nitride charger. Apple’s New CarPlay Is the Foreshock to Releasing Its Own Vehicle iOS 16 beta 2 improves SMS filtering on Messages to iPhone users Apple had already teased in a WWDC 2022 session that iOS 16 would add 12 new subcategories to the SMS filtering API. With beta 2, they’re now available to developers to use. Apple TV+ sci-fi drama For All Mankind rockets to popularity For All Mankind is one of the most popular shows available on streaming, according to a ratings tracker. Season three of the alternate-history sci-fi series premiered on Apple TV+ in early June, and it’s been a Top 10 show both weeks since then.
6/24/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 1 second
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Apple M2 is insane! Plus LEAKS on iPhone 14 & *15-inch* MacBook Air! (CultCast #549)

This week: The M2 benchmarks have leaked and this new chip is even better than we hoped. Plus: new details on iPhone 14, a 12 and 15-inch MacBook Air, and new 14-inch iPad Pro MAX. This episode supported by Remotely manage your Mac, iPhone, or iPad with Jamf. Manage 3 devices for FREE at jamf.com/beyond 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories First MacBook Pro with speedy M2 chip goes up for preorder June 17 - Lewis, and then Erfon takes the benchmarks?!? Preorders for the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro packing the powerful new Apple M2 processor will begin Friday, June 17, two weeks after it was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. iPhone 14’s front camera could get some much-needed upgrades The iPhone’s front camera was last upgraded in September 2019 with the iPhone 11’s release. Apple bumped the camera resolution to 12MP and paired it with an f/2.2 lens. Since then, Android smartphones have added 40MP selfie cameras with autofocus, but iPhones have stuck with the same setup. Win a multi-device charger with built-in MagSafe battery pack [Cult of Mac giveaway] Worth $130, the MagEZ Slider from Pitaka is great way to charge your iPhone and AirPods on your desk or nightstand. But better yet, the charger has an integrated battery pack that attaches magnetically to your iPhone to continue charging away from home. Apple pushes ahead with 15-inch M2 MacBook Air and 12-inch M2 MacBook Apple is developing new form factors and planning upgrades for its MacBook lineup, Bloomberg reported Thursday. That should result in a 15-inch M2 MacBook Air and a new version of a 12-inch M2 MacBook arriving by late 2023 or early 2024. Apple may launch 14.1-inch mini-LED iPad Pro with M2 chip Apple is working on an iPad Pro with a 14.1-inch mini-LED display, ProMotion and Face ID, sources suggested on Thursday. Unfortunately for folks who are already salivating at the idea of such a big Apple tablet, it probably won’t arrive until early 2023. Apple TV will stream all Major League Soccer games for 10 years Cupertino unveiled a major new sports deal Tuesday, saying Apple TV will be the exclusive streaming destination for all Major League Soccer (MLS) games for 10 years, starting with the 2023 season.
6/17/20221 hour, 7 minutes
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All the WWDC22 surprises that blew us away! (CultCast #548)

This week: iO16, macOS Ventura, Stage Manager, M2 MacBook Air — our reactions to all WWDC22's best announcements! This episode supported by Remotely manage your Mac, iPhone, or iPad with Jamf. Manage 3 devices for FREE at jamf.com/beyond 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories These big surprises blew our minds at WWDC22 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro sneaks into WWDC22 with new MacBook Air Meet the svelte new M2 MacBook Air Continuity Camera admits MacBook cameras need help Continuity Camera, a new feature coming in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, will upgrade video calls by bringing the iPhone’s pristine camera to the Mac. CarPlay kicks into high gear The next-generation system is able to display metrics like speed, distance, engine RPM, gas levels, oil temperature and engine temperature. Massive Home app makeover brings Matter support and more - erfon Among the many new products and features Apple showcased at WWDC22 came news of a revamped Home app for the HomeKit smart-home platform. iPad finally gets floating windows in Stage Manager on iPadOS 16 The new multitasking system is called Stage Manager. “With Stage Manager activated, I can now resize windows exposing a powerful new way to work with apps on iPad,” said Craig Federighi. “And the dock is visible so I can easily get to all my apps.” Ming Chi Kuo says Apple's mixed reality headset will be announced at a special event in January. watchOS 9 brings massive upgrade to Workout app and other health improvements
6/10/20221 hour, 52 minutes, 1 second
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WWDC22 - here’s what’s coming! (CultCast #547)

This week: With WWDC22 RIGHT around the corner, we're talking hardware and software predictions and expectations. This episode supported by Remotely manage your Mac, iPhone, or iPad with Jamf. Manage 3 devices for FREE at jamf.com/beyond 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Analyst says Apple’s AR headset and realityOS will be a no-show at WWDC22 Apple is unlikely to showcase its long-rumored AR/MR headset — or even demo the realityOS that powers it — at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Maybe new MacBook Air - range of colors, possibly with M2 (but that probably doesn't make sense, does it? Maybe a new version of M1?) Win a mophie 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger [Cult of Mac Giveaway] This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is a 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger from mophie. The compact charger is perfect for anyone with a busy schedule who’s on the go. You can charge multiple devices simultaneously with this great fold-up Apple accessory. iOS 16 could make your iPhone’s lock screen more useful In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says Apple will overhaul the iPhone lock screen with new wallpapers that offer widget-like features. The report is light on details about this, but it looks like Apple intends to improve the lock screen’s usability with the upcoming iOS release. Under Review! Juuk Vitero Watch Band
6/3/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 12 seconds
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HERE IT IS: iPhone 14 (CultCast #546)

This week: we got them! New renders show us exactly what the iPhone 14 will look like. Plus: A new "Studio Display Pro" with mini-LED screen is incoming, and Apple preps a new LARGER HomePod! This episode supported by Remotely manage your Mac, iPhone, or iPad with Jamf. Manage 3 devices for FREE at jamf.com/beyond 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories New renders show iPhone 14 in all its purported purple glory New renders based on the most reliable leaks give us the best look yet at the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro. They show off the "pill and hole" replacement for the notch at the top of the screen and the even-more-bulbous camera hump we've heard of before. iPhone 14 Pro models could feature an always-on display Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models could feature always-on displays because of the handsets’ ProMotion technology, which allows for variable refresh rates, a well-known analyst said Tuesday. Win a mophie 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger [Cult of Mac Giveaway] This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is a 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger from mophie. The compact charger is perfect for anyone with a busy schedule who’s on the go. You can charge multiple devices simultaneously with this great fold-up Apple accessory. Studio Display Pro with gorgeous mini-LED screen could launch this fall An enhanced version of the Apple Studio Display will reach customers this fall, according to a very reliable source of insider into. This version of the monitor will feature a mini-LED screen, making it look better than the current model that has a standard LCD. What could be in store for the return of the big HomePod? Apple plans to produce an updated version of the HomePod as soon as the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Friday. This week's Under Review Anker SoundCore Frames https://www.amazon.com/Soundcore-Landmark-Bluetooth-Interchangeable-Polarized/dp/B09DSCDRLT
5/27/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 56 seconds
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REDESIGNED Apple Watch incoming, + new *cheaper* Apple TV (CultCast #544!)

This week: Apple Watch Series 8 getting the redesign we’ve ALL been waiting for, a cheaper smaller Apple TV is in the works, Apple’s mixed reality headset is ALMOST ready, and working from home vs the office — how much would YOU need to get paid to go back to the office full time? We reveal our numbers! This episode supported by Remotely manage your Mac, iPhone, or iPad with Jamf. Manage 3 devices for FREE at jamf.com/beyond 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Sound familiar? Apple Watch 8 display might be flat Remember last year when rumors were flying that Apple Watch Series 7 would feature a flat display and squared-off edges? DIDN'T HAPPEN. But a new rumor suggests those traits might define this year's Apple Watch Series 8. More affordable Apple TV might launch soon A new Apple TV streamer will launch in the second half of 2022, according to a trusted analyst. And there’s a hint in the prediction that the device will cost less than its predecessors. Apple shows off AR/VR headset to board of directors Although Apple's VR/AR headset is still supposed to be a secret project, the company's board of directors reportedly got a look at the device recently. This could be a sign the product is moving close to a release. COVID-19 throws off Apple’s return-to-office plan yet again Apple reportedly slowed the pace at which it will require its corporate employees to return to the office. They were scheduled to be back at their desks three days a week starting later this month, but rising numbers of COVID-19 cases supposedly pushed that back. Apple's Director of Machine Learning Resigns Due to Return to Office Work Apple's director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, has resigned from his role a little over four years after he joined the company after previously being one of Google's top AI employees, according to The Verge's Zoë Schiffer.
5/20/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 47 seconds
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iPhone goes USB-C, remembering the legendary iPod, + this week's best Apple news! (CultCast #544!)

This week: finally! According to a new report, Apple is ditching Lightning for USB-C, and that's going to bring some long-needed new features to iPhone. Plus, the legendary iPod is finally retired. We remember how the device changed Apple and the world. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iPhone 15 could finally ditch Lightning in favor of USB-C It looks like Apple is finally preparing to make the switch to USB-C on its iPhone lineup next year. This prediction is based on the latest supply-chain survey by TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Win an Aer Fit Pack 3 backpack and go from work to gym in style [Cult of Mac giveaway] This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is for the Fit Pack 3 backpack from Aer. The Fit Pack 3 is more than just a backpack, though. It’s a hybrid duffle/backpack that will carry you from work to the gym without hassle because it has special compartments for everything. R.I.P. iPod: Apple discontinues its tiny music player It’s the end of an era — Apple has stopped making the once-iconic iPod. The little music player helped save Apple, and made the company a powerhouse in the music industry, but its day is over. Why the iPod was the signature music device of its era Fire, the wheel, and the iPod. In the history of invention, gadgets don’t come more iconic than Apple’s digital music player. The iPod is to the 21st century what the big band was to the ’20s, the radio to the ’40s, or the juke-box to the ’50s — the signature technology that defines the musical culture of the era. And what a marvelous technology the iPod is. An illustrated history of the iPod and its massive impact Tony Fadell on the iPod wheel Throwboy Launches New Mac-Themed Woven Throw Blankets
5/13/202253 minutes, 39 seconds
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iPhone 14 prices/sizes leak! + what makes Studio Display is TRULY special (CultCast #543!)

This week: new leaks give us our best look yet at the FOUR upcoming iPhone 14 models, including sizes, features, and BIG price increases. Plus: Mac Studio orders are now getting BIG delays, the $80 "smart water bottle", and our first impressions of Paramount+ streaming service! 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple Studio Displays & Mac Studio - A Digital Artist's Perspective Wait times for Mac Studio stretch into July There’s no version of the Mac Studio available from Apple’s online store in less than a week. And the only configurations that ship so quickly are the ones with the base model M1 Max processor, 512GB of storage, and either 32GB or 64GB of RAM. Leaked iPhone 14 front panels offer best size comparison yet An image supposedly showing the front screen panels of all four iPhone 14 models has leaked out. It gives a side-by-side comparison of some of the most significant changes coming this fall to Apple’s 2022 handsets. Win an Aer Fit Pack 3 backpack and go from work to gym in style [Cult of Mac giveaway] This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is for the Fit Pack 3 backpack from Aer. The Fit Pack 3 is more than just a backpack, though. It’s a hybrid duffle/backpack that will carry you from work to the gym without hassle because it has special compartments for everything. Apple integrates two new smart water bottles with Health app Are you drinking enough water? Probably not. But if you want to know for sure, Apple’s online and retail stores have started selling two new smart water bottles from HidrateSpark. They automatically track your water intake and sync it to the Apple Health app. Paramount+ has nearly 40 million subscribers A lot of people are paying for Paramount+ to watch Halo and Star Trek: Picard, even if neither series has been particularly outstanding. On Tuesday, Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS) announced that it added 6.8 million new Paramount+ Plus: Shining Girls thriller could be another hit for Apple TV+ - Lewis basically a quick plug for our reviews! The metaphysical-horror-thriller Shining Girls only premiered on Apple TV+ a few days ago, but the Elisabeth Moss series is already in the top 10 most streamed shows. And it’s drawing positive reviews, too.
5/6/20221 hour, 37 minutes, 45 seconds
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Apple “fixes” Studio Display, big changes coming to iOS, & Elon buys Twitter… (CultCast #542!)

This week: How to get a M1 MacBook Pro fast and cheap! Apple "fixes" the Studio Display... New EU regulations could be HUGE changes for iOS! Our reactions to Elon's Twitter buy 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple pushes February MacBook Pro orders back to June People who ordered a top-tier MacBook Pro in February are being notified that it won’t be delivered until June. The delay results from COVID-19 lockdowns in China hampering notebook assembly. Win an Aer Fit Pack 3 backpack and go from work to gym in style [Cult of Mac giveaway] - lewis This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is for the Fit Pack 3 backpack from Aer. The Fit Pack 3 is more than just a backpack, though. It’s a hybrid duffle/backpack that will carry you from work to the gym without hassle because it has special compartments for everything. Apple now offers parts and tools needed to fix your own iPhone Apple has long faced criticism from “right to repair” advocates for being strictly against DIY fixes. But government regulators around the world are starting to force companies to loosen up on allowing users to fix their own devices. Apple is bowing to the pressure. Leaked ‘final’ EU antitrust bill looks bad for Apple The European Union may force Apple to make big changes to its App Store as well as services like FaceTime and Messages, if a leaked version of an EU antitrust proposal becomes law. Elon Musk buys Twitter for a cool $44 billion Twitter said Monday it accepted Elon Musk’s offer to purchase the company for $44 billion. That gives the billionaire — who is the world’s wealthiest person — absolute control of the social media platform after the deal is approved.
4/29/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 51 seconds
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New leaks on iPhone 14, NINE new M2 Macs incoming, and the return of HomePod! (CultCast #541)

This week: we've got new leaks on iPhone 14's cameras, plus new intel on NINE new upcoming M2 Macs!   And and the HomePod ain't dead yet, baby! Apple's prepping a whole new HomePod with all-new superpowers. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple preps 9 Macs with new M2 processor iPhone 14 might be Apple’s first with an autofocus selfie camera iPhone 14 molds show massive camera hump on all four versions Discontinued HomePod keeps going up in value Don’t give up hope for combination Apple TV, HomePod, FaceTime camera
4/22/202258 minutes, 14 seconds
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MaxTech joins us to talk Mac Studio, M1 Ultra performance, 2022 Macbook Air, & more! (CultCast #539)

This week: MaxTech joins us to talk Mac Studio, M1 Ultra Performance, and Apple REUSING the M1 in the 2022 MacBook Air! This episode supported by Remotely manage your Mac, iPhone, or iPad with Jamf. Manage 3 devices for FREE at jamf.com/beyond 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Ming Chi Kuo with some Twitter Bangers Apple’s got way too many AirPods models and it’s confusing as hell! Under the screen face ID is coming to iPhone, but not for a while (marketing issue) Next MacBook Air will reuse the M1 chip! New Apple Watch health features: What’s in, what’s out - Lewis Cupertino is likely to add body temperature readings and other new health features to Apple Watch and the Health app in 2022, but it looks like blood pressure and blood glucose monitoring will have to wait, according to a new report. Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects updated for latest M1 processors Apple and Adobe added better support for Apple silicon to a couple of their marquee applications for video professionals. This is what Apple’s upcoming dual USB-C charger looks like Photos of Apple’s unreleased dual USB-C charger with a total output of 35W have surfaced online.
4/15/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 34 seconds
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Apple’s WWDC 2022 - Here’s what’s coming next (CultCast #539)

This week: WWDC 2022 has just been announced, and it looks like Apple’s still got some surprises left for us… Plus: M1 Ultra, an “Ultra Disappointment”, and Apple is actively testing a 9-inch foldable iPhone! This episode supported by Remotely manage your Mac, iPhone, or iPad with Jamf. Manage 3 devices for FREE at jamf.com/beyond 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories WWDC22 starts June 6, will be ‘online-only’ (with a twist) The 2022 iteration of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will start June 6. Apple promised Tuesday the event will showcase the latest innovations in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — which is code for unveiling the next major upgrades for these operating systems. M1 Ultra - An ULTRA Disappointment... Mac Studio (M1 Ultra 64-core) vs 16 inch MacBook Pro (M1 Max 32-core) - Speed Test using our custom benchmarking tool. Apple teams up with LG to build foldable iPad and MacBook devices Apple is reportedly collaborating with LG on new foldable iPad and MacBook models with flexible OLED displays and Ultra-Thin Cover Glass. LG is already gearing up to supply similar displays to HP for a foldable laptop scheduled to launch this year. - 10,000 units of the panel. Apple ‘actively testing’ 9-inch foldable, but don’t expect foldable iPhone before 2025 The company’s “priority order” for foldables is said to be medium, large and then small devices, according to ol' reliable, Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities. However, he noted that Apple's current prototype is being used to test new technologies and may not be indicative of an upcoming product. Ukrainians use ‘Find My’ to track Russian troops who stole devices Ukrainians are using Apple’s Find My network to watch the progress of their stolen hardware – in the hands of Russian troops who took it – in real time.
4/8/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 21 seconds
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New iPhone 14 leaks + Apple working on a NEW Mac… (CultCast #538)

This week: we've got new iPhone 14 leaks, Apple is working on another new Mac, and big changes are coming to iMessage and iOS. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple preps subscription service for iPhone, Mac and more According to Bloomberg: "Apple Inc. is working on a subscription service for the iPhone and other hardware products, a move that could make device ownership similar to paying a monthly app fee, according to people with knowledge of the matter." iPhone 14 Pro’s camera upgrade could mean an even fatter hump Lewis Apple is expected to give iPhone 14 Pro a rather significant camera upgrade that could include a 48-megapixel wide angle sensor. It will mean sharper iPhone photos than ever before — but a much bigger camera bump. iPhone might never get in-screen Touch ID Touch ID died with the move to Face ID with the launch of the iPhone X in 2017. Though people love Face ID, there’s a lot of us who would love to see Touch ID return in some form in addition to Face ID. Win a chic crossbody iPhone case from Noémie [Cult of Mac giveaway] This Cult of Mac giveaway is for the ladies! Five lucky winners will each receive a stylish Napa crossbody iPhone case from Noémie. These cases looks chic and are great for running errands or going out on the town when a bigger bag is not needed. On the inside, Apple Studio Display looks more sophisticated than expected iFixit showed people the interior of the new Apple Studio Display next to a partially disassembled iMac and asked them to pick which is which. You can play along at home by looking at the image above. Apple’s upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air may come with a different name In the interests of portability, MacBook Air has only ever been available in smaller 11- and 13-inch sizes. But it seems Apple is finally preparing a larger display option for those who have long been calling for it. EU plans to force iMessage to work with WhatsApp, other messaging apps The European Union plans to break down the barriers between mobile messaging services. With its Digital Markets Act, it plans to force services like iMessage, WhatsApp, and smaller messaging platforms to play nicely together. ‘The Slap’ shows why Apple should shake up its events Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony shows why Apple should go back to doing live events.
4/1/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 51 seconds
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M1 Ultra Mac Studio benchmarks — OUCH… we got a problem! (CultCast #537)

Benchmarks have been pouring in for the Mac Studio with M1 Max and M1 Ultra, and while in some tests the benefits of Ultra is clear, in many it’s not performing better than the Max, and in some tests it does worse! What’s going on here? This episode supported by Remotely manage your Mac, iPhone, or iPad with Jamf. Manage 3 devices for FREE at jamf.com/cultcast 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories M1 Ultra Mac Studio - Benchmarks & Thermals (The TRUTH!) Mac Studio storage is removable but Apple blocks user upgrades Breaking open the new Mac Studio reveals that its solid-state storage modules are easily removable, but forget trying to upgrade them yourself. Apple has taken several steps to prevent DIY upgrades. Win a chic crossbody iPhone case from Noémie [Cult of Mac giveaway] This Cult of Mac giveaway is for the ladies! Five lucky winners will each receive a stylish Napa crossbody iPhone case from Noémie. These cases looks chic and are great for running errands or going out on the town when a bigger bag is not needed. "The Apple Studio Display is a Bad Deal" Apple vows to fix Studio Display’s disappointing webcam Studio Display has divided early reviewers. While many praise its impressive 5K screen and built-in speakers, others find its missing features (like HDR and ProMotion) to be unfortunate. Apple can change Studio Display stands after purchase Studio Display stands and mounts can be swapped and upgraded by taking the monitor to an Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider. It’s not necessary to replace the whole monitor. 15-inch MacBook Air could be in development, at long last A 15-inch MacBook Air is on Apple’s agenda for 2023, according to a reliable source. And the current 13-inch version could be replaced by a one with somewhat larger screen.
3/25/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 51 seconds
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Mac Studio | Studio Display reviews + BIG changes coming to iPhone 14 (CultCast #536)

This week: the Mac Studio and Studio Display reviews are in — let’s talk. Plus: a reliable source says a strange change is coming to iPhone 14. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Some iPhone 14 models might miss out on Apple’s new A16 processor The basic iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will launch this fall with the same A15 processor as the 2021 models, according to a reliable tipster. Supposedly, only the pricier iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will sport a new A16 chip. iPad Air 5 is every bit as fast as iPad Pro Early benchmark scores for the soon-to-be-released iPad Air 5 show the tablet has approximately the same performance as the iPad Pro models that cost much more. Floating app windows could be coming to iPad. Finally. iPad users will soon be able to work with applications in floating windows, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This is a highly requested feature from those who want Apple’s tablet to function more like a Mac. With Apple Debuting Its Last M1 Chip, Here’s What’s Next During and after the keynote, the company dropped a couple of pieces information regarding the rest of its Apple Silicon lineup... How Apple Studio Display stacks up against Pro Display XDR and others Apple’s massive Mac mini upgrade may not be ready until 2023 Apple’s next major refresh for Mac mini may not come until 2023, according to the latest claims from one analyst, who has proven reliable in the past. Apple’s next Mac mini could be powered by new ‘M2’ and ‘M2 Pro’ chips Most of us expected Apple’s first M2 chipset to debut on Tuesday in a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, which was to be more powerful than its predecessor but still more affordable than the latest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro options.
3/18/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 37 seconds
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Mac Studio | Studio Display - the good, the great, the UGLY (CultCast #535)

This week: our reactions to Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPad Air 5, and iPhone SE, plus we dive in deep on the Mac Studio and Studio display, and we found ain't all great. 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 Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple goes green with new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro colors Apple added two new green finishes to its iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro lineups Tuesday to generate a colorful midseason jolt of excitement. Apple needs to shake up its boring iPhone Pro color options Apple’s new Mac Studio is a blazing-fast desktop with an M1 Ultra chip Apple on Tuesday gave us our first glimpse at its brand-new Mac Studio — its first desktop featuring the M1 Ultra chip. It’s bigger than a Mac mini but smaller than a Mac Pro, and it’s the most powerful machine Apple has built to date. The Mac is back, with its best lineup in years (Graham's opinion piece) Apple Studio Display brings high-end monitor down to affordable price Ever since Apple introduced the iMac with 4K and 5K displays, and the later iMac Pro, people have been asking, “Why can’t Apple just sell the iMac without the computer and call it a display?” Enter to win American-made Apple accessories from Raptic [Cult of Mac giveaway] This week we're giving away a pair of protective accessories from Raptic (formerly Defense by X-Doria). Apple TV+ scores Friday night Major League Baseball games iPad Air 5 goes super-fast with M1 processor The iPad Air 5 starts at $599. This version comes with 64GB of storage. Pricing for a 256GB version has not yet been announced. Plus: Why iPad Air 5 is a better choice than 11-inch iPad Pro New iPhone SE brings serious upgrades at slightly higher price
3/11/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 51 seconds
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Apple’s “Peek Performance” event predictions! (CultCast #534)

This week: confirmed! Apple's "Peek Performance" event is March 8th. Let's talk hardware! 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Experience ‘peek performance’ at Apple spring 2022 event set for March 8 What to expect at Apple spring 2022 event: New iPhone, iPad and Mac Apple Watch Series 8 could bring ‘major’ activity tracking upgrades The gory online campaign Ukraine hopes will sow anti-Putin dissent probably violates the Geneva Conventions - Washington Post Win a 100W GaN fast charger from Ugreen
3/4/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 12 seconds
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Apple’s March 8th Event - Let’s talk! (CultCast #533)

This week: Apple's March 8th event! Let's talk hardware expectations... 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple Readies New MacBooks and iMacs for Part Three of Overhaul Before the calendar flipped to 2022, I wrote that Apple Inc. is planning a massive slew of upgrades this year. The new products will include the Apple Watch Series 8 line, iPhone 14 and a new iPad Pro, but a lot of the attention will be on the Mac. Win a 100W GaN fast charger from Ugreen This week, Cult of Mac is giving away 10 — count ’em, 10! — powerful GaN fast chargers from award-winning company Ugreen. With three USB-C ports, a USB-A port and 100 watts of power, they let you charge multiple devices at once. They’re perfect for travel, too, because they’re so small and pack such a punch. iOS 15.4 beta 4 adds new anti-stalking features for AirTag Apple’s newest iOS 15.4 beta adds new anti-stalking features for AirTag that were first announced earlier this month. The fourth beta release, which rolled out to registered developers on Tuesday, includes a new AirTag setup warning that states it is illegal to use the device to track people without their consent in many regions. Apple Stores remove face mask requirements as omicron variant recedes Apple has stopped requiring face masks at many U.S. retail locations as states ease mandates. Plus, in-person Today at Apple classes will resume soon. The moves come as the omicron COVID-19 surge comes to an end. Apple Ring is the health accessory we need We keep hearing about Apple's AR/VR headset, but who really wants it? Cult of Mac writer Ed Hardy has a better idea - and let's hope Tim Cook is listening!
2/25/202257 minutes
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THREE new Macs, incoming! (CultCast #532)

This week: it's all but confirmed! Three new Macs are incoming, but WHICH will they be.... 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple registers 3 new Mac models ahead of rumored spring event It looks like several new Macs are on the way, likely to be unveiled at an Apple event in March. Apple recently registered three machines — with the model numbers A2615, A2686 and A2681 — with the Eurasian Economic Commission. iMac Pro with mini-LED display might launch in early summer The iMac Pro might start reaching customers in early summer, according to a very reliable tipster. While some are hoping for a debut as soon as March, that’s apparently overly optimistic. Chrome OS Flex turns 2009 MacBook into a useful computer again If you have an elderly Mac that’s not up to the demands of the latest macOS version, you can turn it into a Chromebook. All you need is Chrome OS Flex, an operating system Google created for older Macs and PCs. Would you pay $178 for Sony’s strange new earbuds? Usually when headlines end in question marks, the answer is "no." With this one it's a ... maybe. These days, you've got tons of options for earbuds with active noise cancellation, wireless charging, long battery life, solid waterproofing and other features for about $75 to $150. Forensics finally prove who wrote those mysterious Apple 1 serial numbers From time to time you hear about Apple’s first computer, the Apple 1, selling to collectors at auction for big bucks. But did you know some of those surviving antiques carry an enduring mystery? For decades, no one could figure out who wrote the serial numbers on their circuit boards. Until now.
2/18/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 43 seconds
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Leaked! Forget YOUR reality, here comes Apple’s “realityOS” (CultCast #531!)

This week: Apple spills ‘realityOS’ again as new AR/VR headset inches closer! Don't expect FaceID in your Mac ANYTIME soon... Apple’s new Tap to Pay feature lets your iPhone accept contactless payments with ZERO additional hardware Absolutely vile: Devs react to Apple’s 27% cut of third-party payments 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple spills ‘realityOS’ again as new AR/VR headset inches closer Another reference to Apple’s unreleased “realityOS” operating system leaked Wednesday in new open source code. It suggests the company’s highly anticipated mixed-reality headset is inching closer to its public debut. Apple considered Face ID for M1 iMac, but it’s not ready for MacBook yet Apple considered bringing Face ID to the M1 iMac, which would have been an ideal candidate for the facial recognition technology, according to a new report. Apple’s new Tap to Pay feature lets iPhone accept contactless payments iPhones are about to become cash registers! Absolutely vile: Devs react to Apple’s 27% cut of third-party payments Dutch regulators — and those in other countries - have been pushing for third-party payments. They have ruled it must accept third-party payments, but they have not stated how much Apple can charge for apps and subscriptions it does not process. Add ports to your M1 Mac with a Satechi USB-C Multiport MX Adapter [Cult of Mac giveaway] Cal Digit's new Thunderbolt 4 Dock is a beast
2/11/202255 minutes, 54 seconds
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Apple’s March event hardware, iOS 15.4 new features, & Apple Car get patented! (CultCast #530)

This week: iOS 15.4 beta lets you use Face ID while wearing a mask iOS 15.4 allows third-party apps to use 120Hz ProMotion on iPhone 13 Pro Fun new emoji coming in iOS 15.4 will let you salute, melt and tear up Mini-LED iMac Pro launch might slip to summer Hey Siri, darken the sunroof glass in my Apple Car 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iOS 15.4 beta lets you use Face ID while wearing a mask Face ID in iOS 15.4 will let users unlock their iPhones while wearing a mask. The system will simply scan "unique features around the eye area to authenticate," Apple says. iOS 15.4 allows third-party apps to use 120Hz ProMotion on iPhone 13 Pro Apple’s new iOS 15.4 beta eliminates a bug that prevents third-party apps from using iPhone 13 Pro’s super-smooth ProMotion feature. Mini-LED iMac Pro launch might slip to summer The new iMac Pro with a mini-LED display rumored to launch this-coming spring might not come along so soon. It now looks more likely to show up sometime during the summer, display analyst Ross Young said Monday. Add ports to your M1 Mac with a Satechi USB-C Multiport MX Adapter - Giveaway Cult of Mac is giving away two USB-C Multiport MX Adapters from Satechi. This adapter allows you to experience the full potential of your M1 Mac with multitudes of data ports using just a single USB-C port. How to download Wordle to your device so it stays free forever When word went out that The New York Times bought Wordle, panic struck for lots of people who play the popular game. Will the Times ruin Wordle by placing it behind a paywall? (The Times charges for other games.)
2/4/202249 minutes, 54 seconds
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HUGE Apple hardware drops coming in spring and fall! (CultCast #529)

This week: Apple readies its ‘widest array’ of new products ever for this fall Better, faster iMac Pro and Mac mini could reach shelves this spring iPad Pro with speedy Apple M2 processor on course for fall 2022 Apple Maps erects gigantic digital wall to hide Tim Cook’s house 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple readies its ‘widest array’ of new products ever for this fall Apple is preparing to launch the “widest array” of new products in its history, according to a new report. This fall is expected to bring new iPhone models, a more affordable MacBook Pro, and big refreshes for iMac and Mac Pro. Better, faster iMac Pro and Mac mini could reach shelves this spring Add faster versions of the Mac mini to the list of products predicted for an spring 2022 Apple event. The tiny desktop will supposedly be upgraded with the latest Apple processors. Win an Invoxia Cellular GPS Tracker and stop losing things [Cult of Mac giveaway] iPad Pro with speedy Apple M2 processor on course for fall 2022 The next generation of iPad Pro will fittingly have Apple’s next-generation processor, the M2. At least according to a generally reliable tipster. Apple Maps erects gigantic digital wall to hide Tim Cook’s house If you find yourself taking a virtual stroll through Palo Alto inside Apple Maps and Google Maps, you're no longer going to see Tim Cook’s house. The modern, four-bedroom condo has had a giant digital wall erected right in front of it. Turns out it's not that hard to get Apple or Google to erase your house from their maps - we've got a how-to!
1/28/202259 minutes, 35 seconds
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MORE Apple hardware, incoming! (CultCast #528)

This week: Apple could scrap 13-inch MacBook Pro, bring 5G to 10.2-inch iPad in 2022 13-MacBook Pro’s days are numbered 10.2-inch iPad to get 5G, new MacBook Air this year Mac Pro with faster M1 chip to complete Apple silicon transition in 2022 Eurasian filings reveal new iPhone and iPad coming soon Apple education store now requires Unidays and only 1 device per year 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Apple could scrap 13-inch MacBook Pro, bring 5G to 10.2-inch iPad in 2022 Apple will scrap the 13-inch MacBook Pro this year after introducing a new 14-inch model with a next-generation “M2” chip, one tipster claims. Mac Pro with faster M1 chip to complete Apple silicon transition in 2022 Apple will introduce a new Mac Pro with an upgraded M1 chipset by the end of the year to complete its Apple silicon transition, according to a tipster. Win an Invoxia Cellular GPS Tracker and stop losing things [Cult of Mac giveaway] If you live in a big city, you likely suffered the misfortune of having something stolen. Maybe thieves swiped your bike, motorcycle, car or backpack. Eurasian filings reveal new iPhone and iPad coming soon The Eurasian Economic Commission confirmed that Apple plans to release a new iPhone and iPad in the near future. The devices appear in the online database of the regulatory agency. Apple education store now requires Unidays and only 1 device per year The legendary Apple education discount loophole, now closed!
1/21/202249 minutes, 33 seconds
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We’ve got more intel on iPhone 14 + Apple’s secret FOLDING iPhones (CultCast #527)

This week: iPhone 14 Pro could pack strange ‘hole + pill’ screen cutout to replace notch Apple continues testing multiple folding iPhone prototypes Apple’s first headset could be 3 years ahead of rivals in computing power Apple VR headset won’t create a full metaverse Apple’s fancy Polishing Cloth is finally back in stock Apple loses head of Mac chip design to Intel 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories iPhone 14 Pro could pack strange ‘hole + pill’ screen cutout to replace notch It was previously believed that Apple would use a hole punch cutout, like a lot of rival smartphone makers. Then that changed to a pill-shaped camera cutout. Now, one analyst, who has proven reliable in the past, says we should expect both. “We now believe Apple will have a hole + pill design on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models,” tweeted Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, on Wednesday. “The smaller hole will not be invisible.” Apple continues testing multiple folding iPhone prototypes Word that the iPhone-maker continues working on folding handset comes from Dylandkt in a thread on Twitter: "For those who are curious about a foldable iPhone, Apple is definitely working and testing multiple prototypes that contain foldable displays. Too many compromises still exist with foldable display technology though. Apple’s first headset could be 3 years ahead of rivals in computing power Apple’s first mixed-reality headset will ship with the same 96W power adapter that you get with some 14-inch MacBook Pro models, according to an analyst, who says that’s proof the device will pack plenty of computing power. Apple VR headset won’t create a full metaverse While Apple is creating a VR headset, it’s reportedly not developing a complete virtual world for users. It plans on virtual reality games, video and other experiences. But these supposedly won‘t be connected into a single VR metaverse. Apple’s fancy Polishing Cloth is finally back in stock Sick of sticky smudges all over your Apple devices? The company’s pricey Polishing Cloth is now back in stock for those who didn’t get a chance to buy one before it quickly sold out last fall. GIVEAWAY Win a Journey 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station for all your Apple gear [Cult of Mac giveaway] Apple loses head of Mac chip design to Intel – erfon The person responsible for overseeing the transition from Intel to Apple silicon left the company. Jeff Wilcox was Director, Mac System Architecture before his departure.
1/14/20221 hour, 1 minute, 28 seconds
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We've got NEW leaks on Apple's 2022 hardware (CultCast #526)

This week: Gurman's back at it laying out what we can expect Apple to release in 2022, plus new intel on AirPods Pro V2, a new cheaper Pro XDR Display, and we'll show you our favorite tech from CES 2022! 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories Gurman: iPhone 14 Models Without Notch, Redesigned MacBook Air With M2 Chip, and More to Launch in 2022 In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reiterated his expectations for new Apple products in 2022, including the iPhone 14 series, a redesigned MacBook Air with an M2 chip, an iPad Pro with wireless charging, and more. Redesigned AirPods Pro 2 will support high-quality lossless audio Apple will launch a second generation of AirPods Pro in the fall, according to an analyst who’s also a reliable tipster. The upgraded earbuds allegedly will offer better sound than the current version, via support for lossless audio. And there reportedly will be other changes, too, including a new design. Apple’s next desktop monitor could cost half the price of Pro Display XDR Apple’s next desktop monitor won’t be cheap, but it could be significantly less expensive than the high-end Pro Display XDR, according to a new report. Apple wins race to $3 trillion market cap Apple just became the first publicly traded U.S. company to be valued at a whopping $3 trillion. AAPL stock topped out at $182.88 a share Monday before dropping slightly, bringing the market cap back below the $3 trillion milestone. Win a Journey 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station for all your Apple gear [Cult of Mac giveaway] The holidays are finally over, and if you were lucky enough to receive an Apple Watch, iPhone or AirPods as gifts, this latest giveaway is for you. Journey, a maker of innovative consumer electronics, is giving three lucky winners its 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station. Comes in black or white, retails for $99.99 -- they are also having a 30% off sale right now. CES products This smart collar wants to be your dog’s Apple Watch Most canine trackers use accelerometers and GPS sensors, but Invoxia has gone further with its new collar. The company, which makes a variety of location trackers, said it worked with board-certified veterinary cardiologists to develop deep-learning artificial intelligence (AI) that relies on miniaturized radar sensors for health readings. Targus backpack uses Apple Find My without AirTag You won‘t have to attach an AirTag tracker to the upcoming Targus Cypress Hero Backpack to locate it because it’ll have Apple’s Find My tracking technology built in. Schlage rolls out first smart lock in US to support Apple Home Key Schlage introduced the first smart lock in North America to support Apple Home Key — the Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt — on Tuesday at CES 2022. Samsung beats Apple to truly wireless charging over Wi-Fi waves Despite Apple’s lengthy and ongoing efforts to deliver much-improved charging technologies, archrival Samsung has beaten Cupertino in the race for truly wireless charging. Except you won’t find it in a smartphone … yet.
1/7/202258 minutes, 17 seconds
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Get ready for Apple’s 2022 Hardware EXPLOSION (CultCast #525)

This week: Apple is about to COMPLETE their move to Apple silicon, which means we're in for an EXPLOSION of new hardware in 2022, including an iMac "Pro", redesigned MacBook Air, new iPads, new Mac Pro, and new Mac Mini "Pro"! 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. This week's stories What to expect from iMac in 2022 2022 could be the year Apple takes iMac to the next level. Various leaks point to an iMac Pro with a blazing-fast processor and a beautiful screen. What to expect from MacBook Air and the M2 processor in 2022 The 2022 MacBook Air will reportedly look different even at first glance, with the classic tapered design being replaced with a squarer casing reminiscent of the 2021 MacBook Pro, but even slimmer. The more svelte design will supposedly still have room for a pair of USB-C ports as well as MagSafe charging, though. And it’ll allegedly be available in the same range of colors as the 2021 iMac. What to expect from iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini and basic iPad in 2022 Apple won‘t let the iPad languish in 2022. Most notably, some big improvements are reportedly coming to the display and charging capabilities of the iPad Pro line. Win a Koala 2.0 iPhone harness from Hangtime [Cult of Mac giveaway] If you like epic adventures, you are going to want to enter our latest giveaway. Cult of Mac is giving away six Koala 2.0 iPhone harnesses from Hangtime to three lucky winners. This super-grip harness is the smartphone leash for life on the go. Apple hires Meta AR comms chief for its rumored headset launch Apple reportedly hired Meta’s AR communications chief recently, a move that fits with Cupertino’s long-rumored plan to launch an augmented reality/virtual reality headset.
12/31/20211 hour, 17 minutes, 45 seconds
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MORE details on Apple's AR goggles and MORE picks for our Gear of the Year! (CultCast #523)

This week: we've got our bet look yet at Apple's upcoming mixed reality AR headset, but do Apple fans care!? Plus: we reveal even more picks from our list of Gear of the Year! 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK Apple’s first AR/VR headset might look like ski goggles Concept artist Ian Zelbo took the rumors about an upcoming Apple augmented reality and virtual reality headset and turned them into a possible design for a product that could be unveiled in 2022. TSA will accept Apple Wallet’s digital IDs from February 2022 When Apple unveiled digital IDs for the Wallet app at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the plan was to launch it sometime this year, with the TSA being its first supporter. Unfortunately, like a number of new additions to iOS 15, Apple later delayed the rollout. Crime-busting mom tracks down Christmas decoration thief with AirTags A Texas woman put Apple AirTags on her outdoor Christmas inflatables in case they were stolen. And when they were, she was able to use the item trackers to easily find them.
12/24/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 34 seconds
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iPhone 14 Pro with 8K Video and our Gear of the Year (CultCast #523)

This week: we're talking iPhone 14 Pro with 48 Megapixels and 8K video! Plus: we reveal more of our picks for Gear of the Year! 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK iPhone 14 Pro could pack 48-megapixel camera and 8GB of RAM Camera updates could again be a big reason to upgrade to the newest iPhone lineup next year, with Apple expected to pack new 48-megapixel sensors — by far its biggest to date — into iPhone 14 Pro. Apple building smaller, more affordable alternatives to Pro Display XDR Apple is currently building two smaller, more affordable alternatives to its 32-inch Pro Display XDR, according to one leaker. The company is also said to be working on a new high-end display with a built-in A13 chipset. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss on making The Matrix Awakens with Epic Games Win a Wacom Intuos Pro creative pen tablet [Cult of Mac giveaway] We're giving away one of these $300 tablets. If you fancy yourself an artist, this giveaway is for you. Cult of Mac is giving one lucky winner an Intuos Pro tablet with pen from Wacom, the global leader in the pen display and tablet market. You can connect it via Bluetooth or USB to your Mac (or PC), and use it to draw, paint or retouch photos. Gear of the year, part 3! RadWagon 4 cargo bike AirTags! LG C1 OLED TV
12/17/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 8 seconds
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Apple’s BIG plans for 2022! (CultCast #522)

This week: get your wallet ready, cause Apple has some BIG releases planned for 2022! Plus: we reveal our Gear of the Year, part 2! 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK SNAP’S FIRST AR SPECTACLES ARE AN AMBITIOUS, IMPRACTICAL START Apple has big plans for 2022, including iPad Pro and MacBook Air overhauls Apple reportedly plans ambitious upgrades for a number of its hottest products in 2022, including major revamps for iPad Pro and MacBook Air — as well as an Apple silicon boost for the Mac Pro. Mac mini is also expected to see a refresh. Samsung could make iPhone 14’s first ‘hole punch’ displays Apple made iPhone’s notch slightly smaller this year with iPhone 13. However, it remains a rather unsightly cutout that continues to be noticeable when watching fullscreen videos, playing games, and more. That could change in 2022. Win a Wacom Intuos Pro creative pen tablet [Cult of Mac giveaway] If you fancy yourself an artist, this giveaway is for you. Cult of Mac is giving one lucky winner an Intuos Pro tablet with pen from Wacom, the global leader in the pen display and tablet market. You can connect it via Bluetooth or USB to your Mac (or PC), and use it to draw, paint or retouch photos. Gear of the Year, Part 2 iPhone 13 Pro! Winmau Dart Dock! Synology DS1520+ NAS
12/10/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 16 seconds
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Apple’s secret mixed reality headset incoming, + our 2021 Gear of the Year! (CultCast #521)

This week: Apple’s much-anticipated augmented reality headset could finally drop in 2022, a new 5G iPhone SE is RIGHT around the corner, and we reveal our picks for 2021's Gear of the Year, part 1! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK Apple’s first AR headset could arrive late next year with super-speedy chip Apple’s much-anticipated augmented reality headset could finally drop late next year, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. iPhone SE 3 with 5G could be right around the corner Apple is on course to introduce its third-generation iPhone SE early in 2022, according to a market-analysis firm. It’s expected to be the first in this budget line with 5G cellular-wireless networking. Apple hasn’t given up on making a do-it-all charger for multiple devices Apple continues to work on a wireless charger, similar to the abandoned AirPower mat, that will allow users to charge multiple devices simultaneously, according to a new report. The company also hopes to develop truly wireless charging in the future. GIVEAWAY Choetech is giving away MagSafe charging stands and a 40% discount code [Cult of Mac Giveaway] Elon Musk: Don’t waste money on ‘silly’ Apple Polishing Cloth, buy our $50 Tesla whistle Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks you should avoid wasting your money on a “silly” Apple Polishing Cloth and instead spend it on his company’s $50 Cyberwhistle. Gear of the Year, Part 1 AirPods 3 Burley D'Lite bike trailer M1 MacBook Air! Framed tech from GridStudio.cc
12/3/202154 minutes, 21 seconds
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iMac Pro, resurrected! Plus our favorite new gadgets! (CultCast #520)

This week: Apple’s next-generation iMac Pro could feature an “M1 Max Duo” chip with 20 cores for processing and up to 64 graphics cores! Plus: we reveal our favorite new gadgets, movies, and shows in an all-new What We're Into. 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK 16" M1 Max MacBook Pro vs $15,000 Mac Pro: Embarrassing Apple aims to build self-driving car with no steering wheel. New iMac Pro could pack insane ‘M1 Max Duo’ chip with up to 20 CPU cores Apple’s next-generation iMac Pro could feature an “M1 Max Duo” chip with 20 cores for processing and up to 64 for graphics, according to a new report. For those who think the M1 Pro and M1 Max in the MacBook Pro are impressive, the new Mac Pro desktop is expected to come in at least two variations For those who think the M1 Pro and M1 Max in the MacBook Pro are impressive, the new Mac Pro desktop is expected to come in at least two variations: 2X and 4X the number of CPU and GPU cores as the M1 Max. That’s up to 40 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores on the high-end. Choetech is giving away MagSafe charging stands and a 40% discount code [Cult of Mac Giveaway] Is it a Black Friday sale or a giveaway? This week it’s both! Choetech is giving away three MagSafe wireless 2 in 1 charging stands. These minimalist magnetic chargers are perfect for anybody who pairs a MagSafe-compatible iPhone with wirelessly charging AirPods. The best Black Friday deals on Apple’s hottest devices It’s that time of the year again. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the Black Friday discounts are coming in thick and fast. It’s the perfect time to do some holiday shopping — especially if you’re on the lookout for Apple devices.
11/26/202157 minutes, 23 seconds
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M1 Max MacBook Pro VS $15,000 Mac Pro - This can't be right! (CultCast #519)

This week: just how well does a $3500 M1 Max MacBook Pro perform against a $15,000 Mac Pro? These results are INSANE. Plus: Apple is prepping an Apple Car for 2025, and it will be fully autonomous! And we wrap up with our favorite shows in an all-new Under Review! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK 16" M1 Max MacBook Pro vs $15,000 Mac Pro: Embarrassing Apple aims to build self-driving car with no steering wheel. Project Titan - aka the secret Apple car project -- is the on again/off again mother of all Apple rumors. The latest twist, based on info from anonymous insiders, is that Apple is reportedly committed to making a car capable of driving completely autonomously. Apple will sell parts and tools so customers can repair their own devices Apple on Wednesday revealed its new Self Service Program, which will provide customers with the parts and tools they need to repair their own devices. It marks a major shift in the company’s approach to hardware fixes. Get the fantastic Cult of Mac, 2nd Edition book at more than 70% off If you’re looking for a holiday gift for an Apple fan, consider The Cult of Mac, 2nd Edition. This great-looking coffee table book about the Apple community is on sale right now for just $9.99 — a whopping 71% off. Co-written by David Pierini and yours truly, the gorgeously designed, full-color book details many aspects of the Apple fan universe. Win a BluShark gift card to buy Apple Watch bands Our latest giveaway is from BluShark, maker of high-quality watch straps -- just look at them! Totally colorful, and they are made from a variety of materials, including leather, canvas, silicone, knit weave and Cordura.
11/19/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 57 seconds
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M1 Pro/M1 Max MacBook Pros #MagSafeGate - The fatal flaw! (CultCast #518)

This week: you just KNEW there was gonna be a "Gate" for the new M1 MacBook Pros, and now we've got it! The internet has decided that the brand new MagSafe connector the M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pro includes a fatal flaw that can't be ignored. We'll tell you what you need to know, and you can decided for yourself. And we talk or favorite gadgets and Apple+ movies in an all-new Under Review! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK Apple spoils the one thing that made MacBook’s MagSafe charger so great Apple brought back the MagSafe charger for its newest MacBook Pro models — much to the delight of long-time fans who have appreciated the proprietary charging port in the past. And although it might be faster now, Cupertino has spoiled one of the biggest things that made MagSafe charging so great. The next Mac revolution: Companies rush to buy new M1 machines The likes of Reddit, Twitter and others are rolling out 2021 MacBook Pro units to employees so that they can take advantage of the massive performance gains. “Engineering hours are much more expensive than laptops,” one said. Win a BluShark gift card to buy Apple Watch bands [Cult of Mac giveaway] Our latest giveaway is from BluShark, maker of high-quality watch straps. Three lucky winners will each win a $100 BluShark gift card to buy Apple Watch bands. Jony Ive confirms LoveFrom works for Apple Jony Ive is continuing his long-term collaboration with Apple via his design agency LoveFrom, the former Chief Design Officer has revealed, confirming his departure hasn't completely ended the relationship between the designer and the iPhone maker. Apple Business Essentials gives companies tools to manage employee devices Apple launched a new service aimed at small businesses Wednesday. Now in beta, Apple Business Essentials bundles device management, Apple support and iCloud storage into flexible subscription plans for companies with up to 500 employees. iCloud for Windows now supports ProRes videos and ProRaw photos Apple threw a bone to iPhone owners who are also PC users on Wednesday. iCloud for Windows version 13 adds support for Apple ProRes videos and Apple ProRaw photos. Under Review! Liberty 3 Pro Finch Roborock S6 robot vacuum
11/12/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 7 seconds
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M1 Max MacBook Pro Vs MONSTER PC — it's not even close! (CultCast #517!)

This week: just how well does a M1 Max MacBook Pro perform against a MONSTER PC build with top-tier components? These results might blow your mind lol. Plus: we got new details on the upcoming iMac “Pro”, and we wrap up with our favorite shows and movies in an all-new Under Review! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK iMac Pro could make a comeback in 2022 with Apple’s newest M1 chips The high-end iMac Pro is expected to return next year with Apple’s newest M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets. One tipster also claims the powerful all-in-one will feature a 27-inch mini-LED display — and possibly even Face ID. New leaks on the upcoming iMac (Pro)! MacBook Pro M1 Max vs Windows Desktop (RTX3090, Ryzen9 5950x) M1Max Outperforms more expensive PC! MacBook Pro with M1 Max VS PC MONSTER Build! iPhone and Apple Watch could get car crash detection next year Apple Watch already offers fall detection, which, as its name suggests, uses built-in sensors to detect hard falls and then gives users the option to call emergency services. It can also send a message to select contacts. Win a sleek Satechi Trio Wireless Charging Pad [Cult of Mac giveaway] This beautiful-looking charging pad from Satechi juices up an iPhone, an Apple Watch and AirPods all at once. It retails for $119.99, and we're giving away FOUR of them. Apple's Craig Federighi Says Sideloading on iPhone Would Open the Floodgates to Malware Speaking at the Web Summit conference in Portugal, Federighi said sideloading would result in the "floodgates" opening to malware.
11/5/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 1 second
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M1 Pro Vs. Intel MacBook Pro Benchmarks - WHOA! (CultCast #516)

This week: Pro MacBook Pro Vs. the Intel MacBook Pro—battle of the benchmarks! And the performance differences are absolutely INSANE. Plus: our hands-on review of AirPods 3, and Apple is perfectly poised to release and actual Apple Television. Get 2 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace 2021 MacBook Pro review roundup: Just what we hoped for The first reviews of the 2021 MacBook Pro just dropped, and they’re generally quite positive. There’s praise for the mini-LED display, the return of useful ports, and the sheer power of Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. New MacBook Pros prove surprisingly good at gaming Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max processors in the new MacBook Pro offer powerful graphic performance. That’s intended for artists rendering video and other professional tasks, but tests show that it translates to excellent gaming performance. Intel CEO: My job is to win Apple back Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger says the ball is in the chip giant's court to win back lost business from the Mac making Apple. Win a sleek Satechi Trio Wireless Charging Pad [Cult of Mac giveaway] Hands-on: AirPods 3 sound great thanks to lots of trickle-down tech [Review] The new AirPods 3 are marvelous little earbuds. They sound fantastic, are dead easy to set up and use, and the wireless charging case is a godsend. Amazon TVs to Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Amazon's Omni and 4-Series Omni TVs launch today, featuring 4K HDR, voice controls with Amazon Alexa, and close integration with the Fire TV user experience. Upon the launch of the new TVs, Amazon today announced that it plans to add support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit "soon." The Iconic Pillow Collection 2 by Throwboy  
10/29/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 26 seconds
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M1 Pro/Max Macbook Pros - NEW details + our reactions to everything "Unleashed" ! (CultCast #515!)

This week: everything you need to know about the new M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pros, including new details! Plus: our reactions to everything Apple “Unleashed”, and Tim Cook Sherlocks the CultCloth! Get 2 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace MacBook Pro gets insane M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, gorgeous new design “We set out to create the world’s best pro notebook, and today we’re excited to introduce the all-new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max — a game-changing combination of phenomenal performance, unrivaled battery life, and groundbreaking features,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a press release after the event. “The all-new MacBook Pro adds a breathtaking XDR display, more ports like MagSafe 3, an advanced 1080p camera, and a sensational six-speaker sound system, all in a stunning new design. The new MacBook Pro simply has no equal and is by far the best pro notebook we’ve ever built.” M1 Max chip could deliver even greater graphics than PlayStation 5 MacBook Pro’s mind-blowing M1 Max chip could deliver even greater graphics than Sony’s newest PlayStation 5 console, according to early estimates. It has even more raw GPU power, at least on paper, with up to 32 graphics cores. Early benchmarks show crazy performance gains for Apple M1 Max The M1 Max blows all the MacBook chips that came before it — not just those made by Intel, but even Apple’s own M1 — right out of the water, with up to 181% faster graphics than the previous 16-inch MacBook Pro. New MacBook Pros Include Improved Thermal System That Apple Says You'll Rarely Need Thanks to Apple Silicon The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros include entirely new designs and a new chassis, and one improvement of the newer chassis compared to its predecessor is improved thermals. Some MacBook Pro wait times stretch nearly to Christmas Order the base model 14-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage from Apple.com on Monday and it’ll arrive sometime between October 26 and November 2. That’s as quick as anyone can get the new notebook — the launch date is Oct. 26. Apple Music gets a ‘Voice Plan’ that costs just $4.99 a month Win an iPhone 13 case bundle from Smartish [Cult of Mac giveaway] Upgraded AirPods gain spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and more Apple used part of its “Unleashed” event on Monday to announce a major refresh of it signature earbuds. The new third-generation AirPods feature spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and dynamic head tracking and come with a redesign that makes them look more like AirPods Pro (although without the silicone ear tips). I got Sherlocked at Apple’s ‘Unleashed’ event!
10/22/20211 hour, 31 minutes, 2 seconds
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Apple Unleashed Event — here come the M1X Macs! (CultCast #514)

This week: Finally! Here come the M1X Macs! We talk our predictions for Monday’s Apple “Unleashed” event! Plus: a rumor says Apple is prepping a Nintendo Switch-like gaming console, and we reveal our favorite new shows on an all-new What We’re Into! Get 2 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace New MacBook Pros Likely to Launch at Apple Event This Month, Says Gurman In his latest newsletter, Gurman says Apple y is poised to announce the M1X powered MacBook Pros within the next month, noting that "Apple typically does its major new Mac introductions in October. So stay tuned." Apple invites the world to Oct. 18 ‘Unleashed’ event; new M1X Macs expected Apple sent out invites Tuesday to its much-anticipated October product launch event. The tagline is “Unleashed,” and the streaming event almost certainly will bring the debut of redesigned MacBooks and perhaps an iMac running an updated Apple processor. M1X MacBook Pros might start at 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, 120Hz screen A tipster who goes by Dylandkt reported Tuesday via Twitter that the base models for both sizes of the 2021 MacBook Pro will have 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Those are double the amounts in the 13-inch M1 MacBook released in 2020. But they are the same as the current base model 16-inch MacBook Pro, which uses an Intel processor. Win an iPhone 13 case bundle from Smartish [Cult of Mac giveaway] If you just got an iPhone 13, this week’s giveaway is for you. Popular case-maker Smartish is giving one lucky winner a bundle that will keep their new iPhone protected, organized and charged. Laughable report claims Apple will take on Nintendo Switch with powerful hybrid console Apple is developing its own “Nintendo Switch style gaming console” with a hybrid design that “will outperform anything that Microsoft or Sony offers in 2021,” according to one very sketchy report citing unnamed sources. Apple Arcade goes big with NBA 2K22 and Transformers: Tactical Arena Apple’s gaming service will soon launch a pair of big-name titles. Basketball season starts soon, and that means it’s time for NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition. Meanwhile, Transformers: Tactical Arena will let players choose their favorite characters and battle it out in PvP action. Apple signals entertainment ambitions with major Los Angeles expansion With plans underway to build two adjoining facilities on the border of Los Angeles and Culver City, Apple has signaled it means business in the entertainment industry. The new development will serve as its regional headquarters, the Cupertino tech giant said. Classic iPhone Game 'Tiny Wings' Launches on Apple Arcade This Friday Over a decade after being released on the App Store, the classic hit iPhone game Tiny Wings is coming to Apple Arcade this Friday. What We’re Into! The Boys (Amazon Prime) Loki (Disney +) ROBIN Test Footage Scene Foundation (Apple TV+)
10/15/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 12 seconds
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M1X MacBook Pro, incoming! And remembering Steve... (CultCast #513)

This week: M1X MacBook Pro is coming soon! We discuss. And remembering Steve Jobs, we miss him. Plus: it's back—an all new Under Review! We're revealing our favorite new gadgets. Get 2 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace New MacBook Pros Likely to Launch at Apple Event This Month, Says Gurman In his latest newsletter, Gurman says Apple y is poised to announce the M1X powered MacBook Pros within the next month, noting that "Apple typically does its major new Mac introductions in October. So stay tuned." How to get ready to pre-order Apple Watch Series 7 The time when you can preorder the next generation of Apple Watch is drawing close. Apple will start taking people’s money at exactly 5 a.m. PDT this Friday, Oct. 8. Apple stays strangely silent on most Apple Watch Series 7 prices Apple Watch Series 7 launches Friday but pricing information for most configurations remains a mystery less than a day from the debut. All Apple has revealed so far is that the base model is $399. Win a bundle of iPhone 13 cases from Case-Mate [Cult of Mac giveaway] If you just bought the latest iPhone 13 and need some new cases, this week’s giveaway is for you. Case-Mate is giving away five of its most popular cases that are both pretty and protective. Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs dies at 56 October 5, 2011: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at the age of 56 in his home in Palo Alto, California. Jobs’ official cause of death is respiratory arrest arising from complications related to a rare type of pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed with the cancer eight years earlier, and officially stepped down from his role as Apple CEO in August 2011. Tim Cook reflects on Steve Jobs’ legacy on 10th anniversary of his passing This week, Tim Cook sent a memo to all employees about his former boss and friend. In it, he says that Jobs’ passion to change the world for the better lives on in the company. Apple pays touching tribute to Steve Jobs a decade after his passing Apple today commemorates its co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs ten years after he passed away from pancreatic cancer. The company’s homepage has been adorned with images of Jobs throughout his years at Apple, as well as an official film and a statement from the Jobs family. Jony Ive on What He Misses Most About Steve Jobs My memories of that brutal, heartbreaking day 10 years ago are scattered and random. I cannot remember driving down to his house. I do remember a hazy October sky and shoes that were too tight. I remember afterwards Tim and I sat quietly in the garden together for a long time.
10/8/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 26 seconds
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Our one week review of iPhone 13/Pro - REAL TALK... (CultCast #512)

This week: we've been using our iPhone 13/Pros for one week now—here are our honest reviews! Plus: iOS 15, bugs galore! We'll cover all the major iOS 15 and iPhone 13 bugs you need to know about. Get 2 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 13, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace iPhone 13 Pro truly is the Goldilocks phone [Review] Is there such a thing as the fabled Goldilocks phone? You know, a phone that is just right? Not too big. Not too small. Great camera and screen. Amazing battery life. iPhone 13 component shortage lengthens wait times Production of the new iPhone 13 series isn’t catching up to demand. A shortage of a critical component is keeping wait times long for many versions of the handset. Can’t wait for an iPhone 13? Win one!!! New iPhone 13 cases and accessories in the Cult of Mac Store Apple vows to fix iPhone 13 bug that breaks Unlock with Apple Watch Apple has promised to fix an iPhone 13 bug that prevents owners from using Unlock with Apple Watch. In the meantime, users can disable the feature to prevent an “Unable to Communicate with Apple Watch” error from appearing. iPhone owners suffer intermittent touch input issues under iOS 15 Some iPhone models are being plagued by touchscreen issues under Apple’s newest iOS 15 firmware. The problem, which seems to affect iPhone 13 owners most, causes devices to not respond to touch inputs. iOS 15 problems continue as iPhone 13 owners report CarPlay crashes The long list of problems that have surfaced in iOS 15 continues to grow as iPhone 13 owners report new issues with CarPlay. Some say they are unable to play tracks in Apple Music or third-party apps like Spotify without the system crashing completely. There are some fixes you can try, like disabling the equalizer if it’s active, that may solve the problem. iPhone 14 Coming With “Complete Redesign” Next Year, Says Mark Gurman
10/1/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 26 seconds
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#510 - iPhone 13 and iPad mini - The good, the bad, the ugly!

This week: the early reviews are in—let’s talk about the best and worst parts of iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and the iPad mini. Plus: Apple is prepping yet another great feature coming soon to your HomePod—it ain’t dead yet, baby! Get 2 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace iPhone 13 review roundup: Stellar displays, cracking cameras, outstanding battery life BRO WTF. The iPhone 13 Pro Might Not Work With MagSafe Duo Because of Its Fat Ass. LMFAO. - FrontPageTech.com iPhone 13 Pro photos by Austin Mann Win iPhone 13 and a bundle of MagSafe-compatible cases from Speck [Cult of Mac giveaway] For this week’s giveaway, we teamed up with Speck to offer Cult of Mac readers the chance to win an iPhone 13 and a bundle of three of Speck's nifty MagSafe-compatible cases. 2021 iPad mini review roundup: Splendidly small yet super-powerful Spoiler alert: Yes, the 2021 iPad mini is worth every penny of its $499 price tag. Critics love its form factor, which, despite being small enough to go with you everywhere, still leaves enough room for productivity, games and media. Lossless audio and Dolby Atmos return to HomePod in 15.1 beta Apple’s newest HomePod beta, issued alongside the iOS and iPadOS 15.1 betas on Tuesday, brings back lossless audio and Dolby Atmos support. Both features can be enabled from inside the Home app, but only if you have an invite.
9/24/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 52 seconds
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California Streaming reactions + iPhone 13 Vs. 13 Pro! (CultCast #510)

This week: reacting to iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, iPad mini, and and what the h-e-double hockey sticks happened to Apple Watch Series 7?! Plus: iPhone 13 Vs. iPhone 13 Pro - what you need to know before you buy! Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace iPhone 13’s Cinematic mode marks new era in computational photography Of all the things Apple revealed Tuesday, to me the most impressive was the iPhone 13’s new Cinematic mode. The depth-of-field effect creates amazing focus transitions between subjects. Win one year of unlimited cloud backup from Backblaze [Cult of Mac giveaway] Apple Watch Series 7 looks like a late substitution for the upgrade Apple wanted to deliver Apple Watch Series 7 is not the upgrade most of us expected to see from Tuesday’s Apple event. The new model doesn’t sport the big design refresh multiple sources said was coming. It doesn’t even pack a new chip. Apple Watch Series 7 Tidbits: S7 Chip, Storage Remains 32GB, USB-C Fast Charging Cable in the Box, and More MacRumors can confirm several details about the Series 7 not currently shared by Apple. First, the Apple Watch Series 7 is indeed powered with an S7 branded chip, which Apple indicates will offer the same 20% advantage in performance compared to the S5 chip found in the Apple Watch SE and Series 5 as the Apple Watch Series 6 did. New budget iPad 9 gets better video chat, doubles storage On the inside is an Apple A13 processor, an improvement over the A12 in its predecessor. Apple promises that brings 20% faster CPU and GPU performance. iPad mini gets its biggest, most amazing upgrade yet Apple today surprised us with a brand-new 2021 iPad mini — its best compact tablet to date. It sports a gorgeous new design inspired by iPad Pro, an Liquid Retina display, and a blazing-fast A15 Bionic chip with 5G connectivity. What's Still Coming in 2021 at Apple's Second Fall Event
9/17/20211 hour, 38 minutes, 3 seconds
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iPhone 13/Apple Watch 7/New Macs - Our California Streaming event predictions! (CultCast #509)

This week: iPhone 13, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max, AirPods 3, Apple Watch Series 7, and... more? We're talking hardware predictions for next week's "California Streaming" Apple event. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace It’s official: Apple confirms iPhone 13 event for September 14 Apple today confirmed it will host its next big keynote on Tuesday, September 14. The “California streaming” event will likely be focused on iPhone 13, as well as Apple Watch Series 7 and a possible third-generation AirPods upgrade. Leaker Max Weinbach releases new details on next week’s hardware drop GIVEAWAY! This week, Cult of Mac is giving away four Origami Protective Cases for iPad from SwitchEasy. This versatile iPad case folds in four different ways to make it easy to type, read or browse your iPad. Spoiler alert: Here’s a sneak peek at next year’s ‘iPhone 14 Yes, you heard that right: iPhone 14 will be the first to pack an edge-to-edge display with no notch, according to Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech. Renders produced by wunderkind Ian Zelbo, based on leaks from Prosser’s sources, suggest next year’s iPhone will instead feature one small “hole punch” cutout for its front-facing camera — like many modern Android devices. iPhone 14 leak could trigger full wrath of Cupertino Jon Prosser’s iPhone 14 leak is every Apple fan’s dream — and Tim Cook’s biggest nightmare. The audacious revelation, dropped Wednesday morning via Prosser’s YouTube channel, Front Page Tech, showcased what next year’s iPhone 14 Pro Max might look like.
9/10/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 14 seconds
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iPhone 13's secret satellite trick! (CultCast #508!)

This week: iPhone 13 has a secret satellite trick that will give you signal anywhere on earth! Plus: sorry, Apple Watch Series 7 might be a much smaller update than we’ve been told… And a radical new South Korean law is forcing Apple to open up their app store, and other countries are now sure to follow. And, sadly, it couldn’t last forever.... It sounds like our beloved Tim Cook is eyeing his retirement from Apple. So who at Apple will take the reins next? We got it all figured out! Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Rumored iPhone satellite communications could be for serious emergencies only News that the iPhone 13 will be able to exchange texts and phone calls with low Earth orbit satellites first came from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo over the weekend. And on Monday Mark Gurman from Bloomberg seconded the report. But he said it’ll be strictly for serious emergencies only. ’No chance’ Apple Watch Series 7 will pack blood pressure monitoring There is “no chance” Apple Watch Series 7 will be able to monitor your blood pressure, despite recent claims that the next-generation device has been delayed to accommodate this feature, according to one reliable reporter. Get organized with a PadFolio from tomtoc [Cult of Mac giveaway] This week, Cult of Mac is giving away six practical and protective PadFolio Cases for your iPad Pro from tomtoc. Designed to carry your 12.9-inch iPad Pro, keyboard, chargers, dongles and all your necessary accessories, this case will protect your iPad Pro while keeping everything in place. South Korea is first to say App Store must allow third-party payments South Korea has become the first country to tell Apple that it must open up the App Store to third-party payment platforms. The same law also applies to Google, and other countries likely will implement similar rules. Apple agrees to relax App Store rules for ‘reader’ apps like Netflix, Spotify Apple will relax App Store rules for “reader” apps that let users access previously purchased content and subscriptions for books, magazines, music and more, the company said Wednesday. Submissions fall to all-time low as devs lose interest in Mac App Store Developers are seemingly losing interest in bringing their titles to the Mac App Store, with new submissions steadily declining since the beginning of 2021. There were fewer than 300 new releases for the first time ever in July. Apple AR glasses launch could mark end of Tim Cook era Tim Cook took over as CEO from Steve Jobs almost exactly 10 years ago. He’s 60 years old, and has been at Apple for 23 years, and it sounds like he’s considering his exit strategy.
9/3/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 54 seconds
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The new 14" MacBook Pro—you want the good or bad news first? (CultCast #507)

This week: If you're excited about the new 14" Macbook Pro, well, we got good news and bad news for you.... Plus: sweet heat! iPhone 13 may be packing Apple's next-GEN FaceID, and it has a special trick. Plus plus: hold on to your cheeks, cause now we got the launch date for you. And stay tuned for our roundup of iOS 15's best new HomeKit and iCloud+ features! Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace 14-inch MacBook Pro could be just as fast, almost as pricey as 16-inch model The next-generation 14-inch MacBook Pro will be nearly identical to the 16-inch model that launches alongside it in terms of performance, according to one tipster. Both machines are expected to feature the same M1X chip. iPhone 13 could land September 17, AirPods 3 soon after The wait for Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup could be over in less than a month. A new report, citing information from a Chinese retailer, claims iPhone 13 will make its big debut on September 17, followed by AirPods 3. Yep! iPhone 13 Pre-Orders Starting September 17th, Launch on September 24th That being said, I would usually insert my usual “take it with a grain of many butt hairs” and you still should, BUTT 🍑, since this date is not only lining up with what our own sources said and with Apple’s traditional pre-pandemic schedule of a September launch date timeframe, take it with a smol speck of butt hair, because these dates are looking right. EXCLUSIVE: Apple Testing New iPhone 13 Face ID Apple has developed new Face ID hardware that they are currently testing with a COVID-like landscape in mind, according to sources. Faster ‘M1X’ Mac mini with more ports coming ‘in the next several months’ Apple’s “high-end, M1X Mac mini” will launch “in the next several months,” according to the latest Power On newsletter from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman. “It will have an updated design and more ports.” Apple could host multiple events in September for a bunch of new products Last year, Apple staggered its fall events over September, October and November. But according to some sources, it will unleash a barrage of hardware within just a few weeks this time around. What's New With HomeKit in iOS 15 iCloud+ subscribers can now create custom email domains iCloud+ subscribers can now start using custom domain names with iCloud Mail. The new feature, announced at WWDC 2021 alongside iOS and iPadOS 15, just rolled out in beta with support for up to five custom domains.
8/27/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 13 seconds
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HomePods getting BIG upgrades + our Foundation trailer reactions! (CultCast #506)

This week: Apple’s about to bring two powerful new features to your beloved HomePods—they just keep making them better! Plus: the big problem with AirPods Max; a proposed law would force profound changes on Apple App Store; Applecare+ get some big changes; and we react to the new Foundation trailers, the Apple’s epic new sci-fi coming to AppleTV+. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Netflix gets more immersive with Spatial Audio support Netflix has begun rolling out Spatial Audio support. This lets the streaming service offer a surround sound-like experience but without all the speakers. Currently, it requires AirPods Pro or AirPods Max but that’ll change soon. ​​HomePod beta brings Dolby Atmos and lossless music support Dolby Atmos (spatial audio) and lossless music are on their way to HomePod and HomePod mini. Both features are available for testing in Apple’s latest HomePod 15 beta, rolled out to registered developers on Thursday. Proposed law would force profound changes on Apple App Store Apple currently puts up significant roadblocks to sideloading — installing applications onto an iPhone or iPad from a Mac. The Open App Markets Act would require Apple to allow sideloading. Apple now offers annual AppleCare+ subscriptions for new Mac owners Apple recently updated its AppleCare+ for Mac price structure, allowing new owners to purchase the extended coverage as an annual subscription instead of a three-year up front commitment. Apple now allows AppleCare+ for Mac to continue beyond three years In certain major territories, including the U.S., Apple will now let users keep AppleCare+ for Mac active beyond its original three-year limit. ‘Wool’: Tim Robbins Joins Rebecca Ferguson In Apple TV+ Series Wool is a set in a ruined and toxic future where a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Apple TV+ presents trailer for eagerly anticipated series “Foundation,” set to premiere around the world on Friday, September 24, 2021 Apple TV+ today released the trailer for “Foundation,” the highly anticipated epic saga based on Isaac Asimov’s timeless trilogy of the same name. Revealing a deeper look than ever before at the unprecedented adaptation, the trailer invites audiences across the galaxy to embark on a thrilling and emotional journey following a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.
8/20/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 52 seconds
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Here it is, ALL the iPhone 13 details. Plus: Is Apple snooping through your photos? (CultCast #505)

This week: We got it, ALL the iPhone 13 details. We’ll tell you what to expect. Plus, the Apple Privacy debacle—is Apple scanning all your photos and the pictures you send in iMessages? The answer is yes... and no. We got the cold hard facts for you, and you may not like them. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Mini-LED MacBook Pros launching before the end of September The long wait for redesigned 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models is probably nearing its end. A reliable source for Apple info says these Macs will be out in September at the latest, and will have mini-LED screens. iPhone 13 could bring ProMotion display, camera upgrades, smaller notch This year’s iPhone refresh could be a lot more exciting than the incremental upgrades we’ve seen in previous years. A new report claims Apple’s next-generation smartphone lineup — which could be called iPhone 13 — will bring faster ProMotion displays, pro camera upgrades, and a smaller notch. Apple plans to scan iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery [Updated] Apple plans to scan photos stored on peoples’ iPhones and in their iCloud accounts for imagery suggesting child abuse, according to news reports Thursday. The effort might aid in law-enforcement investigations, but also could invite controversial access to user data by government agencies. Apple looks to ease CSAM photo scanning concerns with new FAQ Apple has published a new FAQ on its plan to scan user photos for child abuse imagery (CSAM) in an effort to combat the growing concerns. iPhone Messages app will warn parents if kids send, receive nude photos Apple will soon offer a new tool to protect children from sexual predators. The Messages application will be able to detect if an iPhone or iPad user gets or sends sexually explicit photos. Apple TV, HomePod combo on the way to combat weak living room strategy Apple TV engineers say “there isn’t much optimism” over the company’s weak living room hardware strategy, but there plans to change it with new devices, according to a new report from one reliable reporter.
8/13/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 37 seconds
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Here they come — ALL the “Pro” Macs! (CultCast #504)

This week: now that the M1 Macs are out, Apple is prepping to release a barrage of “Pro” Macs, including MacBook Pros, a Mac Mini Pro, a Mac Pro mini, and a powerhouse new Mac Pro with up to 40 cores. Hold on to your buns! Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Apple Watch 7, new Mac upgrades appear in regulatory filings ahead of launch A number of new Apple devices including Apple Watch Series 7 and two new MacBook Pro models have appeared in regulatory filings ahead of an official unveiling. The listings suggest we could see a launch in the near future. Think Apple Silicon is exciting now? Just wait and see what’s to come Apple just reported a hugely successful quarter for the Mac — one of its best ever — and it looks like it’s only going to get better. A new report detailing the company’s Apple Silicon roadmap says the best is yet to come. HomePod smart speaker had a great quarter in the US HomePod shipments in the United States increased 180% year-on-year in the last quarter, eclipsing the growth of smart speaker makers Amazon and Google during the period, market intelligence firm Omdia reports. Apple Working on Combined TV Box, Speaker to Revive Home Efforts The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. Brendan Fraser Boards Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ & Legendary Comedy ‘Brothers’ EXCLUSIVE: Brendan Fraser (No Sudden Move) has joined the casts of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and Max Barbakow’s Brothers. Apple.com gets a redesigned Store section with its very own tab Apple on Tuesday rolled out a fresh new look for its online store, with a dedicated “Store” tab that makes everything easier to find. The company calls it “the best way to buy the products you love.”
8/6/20210
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Here they come — ALL the “Pro” Macs! (CultCast #504)

This week: now that the M1 Macs are out, Apple is prepping to release a barrage of “Pro” Macs, including MacBook Pros, a Mac Mini Pro, a Mac Pro mini, and a powerhouse new Mac Pro with up to 40 cores. Hold on to your buns! Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Apple Watch 7, new Mac upgrades appear in regulatory filings ahead of launch A number of new Apple devices including Apple Watch Series 7 and two new MacBook Pro models have appeared in regulatory filings ahead of an official unveiling. The listings suggest we could see a launch in the near future. Think Apple Silicon is exciting now? Just wait and see what’s to come Apple just reported a hugely successful quarter for the Mac — one of its best ever — and it looks like it’s only going to get better. A new report detailing the company’s Apple Silicon roadmap says the best is yet to come. HomePod smart speaker had a great quarter in the US HomePod shipments in the United States increased 180% year-on-year in the last quarter, eclipsing the growth of smart speaker makers Amazon and Google during the period, market intelligence firm Omdia reports. Apple Working on Combined TV Box, Speaker to Revive Home Efforts The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. Brendan Fraser Boards Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ & Legendary Comedy ‘Brothers’ EXCLUSIVE: Brendan Fraser (No Sudden Move) has joined the casts of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and Max Barbakow’s Brothers. Apple.com gets a redesigned Store section with its very own tab Apple on Tuesday rolled out a fresh new look for its online store, with a dedicated “Store” tab that makes everything easier to find. The company calls it “the best way to buy the products you love.”
8/6/202146 minutes, 4 seconds
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New AirPods, New iMacs, new MacBook Airs! (CultCast #503)

This week: we got hot new intel on AirPods 3, new ‘Pro” iMacs, and MacBook Air. Plus: Apple’s planning to bring FaceID to EVERYTHING, and we discuss the most insane parts of Apple’s latest financial call. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, dedicated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Twitter leaker @dylandkt reports bad news for iMac, good news for Airpods 3 https://twitter.com/dylandkt AirPods 3 https://twitter.com/dylandkt/status/1419103317683212290 https://twitter.com/dylandkt/status/1414645969216495619 iMac M1X https://twitter.com/dylandkt/status/1418602808010584066 Smile! Face ID may come to Mac in the next couple of years Apple aims to bring Face ID to Mac within the next couple of years, reports Mark Gurman in his weekend “Power On” newsletter for Bloomberg. Markus Gurman: Face ID Coming to the Mac, All iPhones and iPads Within ‘Couple of Years' In his latest edition of “Power On,” Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple plans to bring Face ID to the Mac in another super vague, strange timeframe. Okay, in all seriousness, he says the next ‘couple of years.’ Let’s just be happy that’s not the ‘next few decades.’ Mini-LED MacBook Air likely to arrive in mid-2022 Apple’s new MacBook Air with 13.3-inch Mini-LED display will debut in mid-2022, says respected TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a new note to clients, seen by Cult of Mac. Smashed records, short supplies and other takeaways from Apple’s record Q3 Apple just revealed that its made heaps of money last quarter. It broke all kinds of revenue records, and Mac, iPhone and iPad contributed strongly to the total.
7/30/202155 minutes, 18 seconds
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iPhone 13 & MacBook Pro—we got more details! (CultCast #502)

This week: we got new intel on iPhone 13, MacBook Pro, and the next iPad mini, and you’re gonna like what you hear. Plus an Apple partner demos tech reportedly coming to Apple Watch, and it’s totally insane. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace iPhone 13 event rumored for September 14, Apple expectations sky high In a Wednesday note to clients, seen by Cult of Mac, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives suggests Apple is gearing up to produce between 90 million and 100 million iPhone 13 units. That’s a 15% increase year-on-year over the iPhone 12, whose initial orders were for 80 million units. iPhone 13 could be Apple’s first with an ‘always on’ display “Apple has tasked suppliers with building up to 90 million new iPhones for this fall,” Gurman wrote. “That’s a 20% increase over the 75 million units Apple planned for the iPhone 12 in 2020 — despite only readying mostly minor changes. Expect a faster A15 chip, smaller notch, a new display for better battery life and the potential of an Apple Watch-like always on mode and a 120Hz refresh rate and upgrades to video recording.” 'iPhone 13 Pro' to come in new colors, including bronze-like 'Sunset Gold' An apparent supply chain leak is corroborating rumors that Apple's higher-end "iPhone 13" models could be offered in new colors like "sunset gold," matte black and a pale rose gold. Next iPad mini may get oversized speed boost from Apple A15 processor The much-anticipated iPad mini 6 will boast the Apple A15 processor, according to an unconfirmed report. That should bring a significant performance increase. And the tablet will allegedly have a USB-C port and a Smart Connector. Gurman: MacBook Pro with miniLED display coming between September-November Apple supplier launches non-invasive glucose monitor & health sensor tech A new "clinic-on-the-wrist" digital health system from Apple supplier Rockley Photonics backs up expectations that the Apple Watch will ultimately gain non-invasive glucose monitoring.
7/23/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 47 seconds
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Magsafe Battery reveals iPhone 12’s hidden feature + iPhone 13 loses in-screen touch ID! (CultCast #501)

This week: Apple’s new Magsafe Battery Pack CONFIRMS iPhone 12 has a very cool hidden feature, and we discuss if the Magsafe Battery is worth its steep $100 price. Plus: Gurman confirms iPhone 13’s feature set, and, BAD NEWS, in-screen Touch ID didn't make the cut… And stay for one of our weirdest stories ever: why Apple’s iOS weather app won’t show 69 degrees. Lol. Yeah…. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Apple launches MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12 series On its website Tuesday, Apple offered a new MagSafe Battery Pack, designed to work with the iPhone 12 series from mini to Pro Max. That is, it’s designed to work as of the release of iOS 14.7, due imminently. Apple Seeks Up to 20% Increase in New iPhone Production for 2021 Apple Inc. has asked suppliers to build as many as 90 million next-generation iPhones this year, a sharp increase from its 2020 iPhone shipments, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The shares jumped to a record. Larger iMac ‘en route’ and could bring even faster ‘M2X’ chip A larger iMac powered by Apple Silicon is “en route” and could feature an even faster “M2X” chip, according to reporter Mark Gurman. Apple could bring 1080p FaceTime cameras to all next-gen Mac models Apple is planning to bring high-definition FaceTime cameras to all next-generation Mac models, one tipster claims. The move will start with the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh, expected later this year. Apple’s iPhone Weather app is hilariously prudish You can be certain it’s never 69 degrees in Cupertino. Never. In what might be a somewhat amazing level of prudishness, Apple’s default iPhone Weather app reportedly will not indicate that the temperature is one degree warmer than 68.
7/16/202149 minutes, 29 seconds
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M2 AND M1X Macs incoming + Woz pushes Apple for right to repair! (CultCast #500!)

This week: a reliable source says M2 Macs are right around the corner, and M1X will be the pro variant chip we’ve been hoping for! We got all the details. Plus: Woz says it’s time for Apple to embrace Right To Repair, and the Biden admin’s new rules may force Apple to support it. And big ERF’s back with an Apple stock update—this is a big one! Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Win an AirTag dog collar for worry-free adventure [Cult of Mac giveaway] If you have a dog that runs away or just doesn’t listen, this week’s giveaway is for you. The CollarTrek dog collar securely holds an AirTag in place, making sure Fido’s location is easily trackable at all times. Apple’s next-gen M2 chips could roll out in early 2022 The tipster, known as Dylandkt, has an 81.3% accuracy rating according to Apple Track based on 16 previous rumors. Dylandkt said the M2 chip will be released alongside “the upcoming colorful MacBook Air.” U.S. President Joe Biden to Direct FTC to Draft Right to Repair Rules President Joe Biden plans to direct the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to create new right to repair rules that would affect tech companies like Apple, reports Bloomberg. Steve Wozniak speaks on Right to Repair Original HomePods reportedly ‘bricked’ by 14.6 software update Recent reports suggest owners of the original HomePod should steer clear of the device’s software version 14.6 and the newer version 15 update for beta users. Warren Buffett’s premature Apple selloff cost his firm $20 billion Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway firm has long invested in Apple, with Buffett once saying that, “I don’t think of Apple as a stock. I think of it as our third business. It’s probably the best business I know in the world. And that is a bigger commitment than we have in any business except insurance and the railroad.”
7/9/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 8 seconds
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Yes, Mini-LED MacBook Pros ARE Incoming! (CultCast #499)

This week: a new report provides even more proof that new 14” and 16” mini-LED MacBook Pros are right around the corner—we discuss! Plus: Apple’s planning new iPads with HUGE screens, iPhone 13 is getting a big camera upgrade, and Apple’s whacky new scheme to keep employees from leaking! This one is hilarious. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace MacBook Pro with mini-LED display could land this year in 2 sizes Apple is teaming up with two new suppliers to bring mini-LED displays to MacBook Pro later this year, according to a new report. The next-generation machines are expected to come in 14- and 16-inch sizes. Going beyond 13 inches, Apple reportedly ‘exploring larger iPads’ Someday, Apple could make tablets as large as the biggest MacBooks. The company is reportedly investigating making super-size iPad models with displays larger than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, according to a reliable source for insider info. iPhone 13 Pro may pack improved Ultra Wide camera with autofocus Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup will pack an improved Ultra Wide camera with autofocus, according to a reliable analyst. The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max models are expected to get the upgrade first. Apple allegedly requires employees to wear body cameras to stop leaks Apple is reportedly forcing some of its employees to wear “police-grade” body cameras in an effort to stop them from leaking proprietary information. How to download Apple Watch’s new international Stripes faces Apple introduced new International Collection bands for Apple Watch on Tuesday, priced at $49 each. There are 22 available and each comes with an accompanying Stripes face you can download from Apple’s website.
7/2/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 23 seconds
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Here it is—iPhone 13! (CultCast #498)

This week—new leaks give us our best look yet at iPhone 13! We got details and pics to share. Plus: Apple has a stunningly new retail location, and we review their most beautiful retail stores, and we review the dizzying number of new original shows and movies coming to Apple TV+—it might finally be worth the price! Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace New iPhone 13 dummies and renders show incremental changes Leaker Sonny Dickson showed off iPhone 13 dummies Wednesday of four possible models that could be released this fall, in addition to case renders and video of a case, included below. They all suggest a handful of tweaks to iPhone 12 that may be forthcoming in the new models. iPhone 13 will come with new, improved batteries and faster 5G for many users The next-gen iPhone will boast “more flexible SiP battery modules and LCP antenna modules,” backing up previous rumors that it will come with a new, improved battery and bring new ultra-speedy mmWave 5G to new countries. 1 in 5 customers say they’d skip iPhone 13 due to superstition A massive 74% of people surveyed think Apple’s next iPhone should be called something other than “iPhone 13.” And triskaidekaphobia — aka fear of the number 13 — could stop one in five Apple users from buying the next-gen smartphone if it bears that name. Apple’s new Tower Theatre store in LA looks preposterously beautiful Apple previewed its newest retail location at the historic Tower Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday. The company announced the store’s Thursday opening in conjunction with the launch of the Today at Apple Creative Studios global mentorship initiative for young creatives. Here’s when Foundation and other big shows hit Apple TV+ The free Apple TV+ trial offered when the service debuted runs out at the end of June, and the iPhone-maker is trying to build excitement for upcoming series by announcing their debut dates. Apple TV+ prepares a visit to Nathan Pyle’s whimsical Strange Planet Dan Harmon will reportedly turn Nathan Pyle’s humorous Strange Planet webcomic into an Apple TV+ animated series. This will combine a comic that’s already become a series of best-selling graphic novels with the creator/writer of Rick and Morty.
6/25/20211 hour, 39 seconds
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Leaked! Here's Apple Watch Series 7.... (CultCast #497)

This week: leaked! A new report outlines everything we can expect from Apple Watch Series 7, and it’s kind of a surprising.... Plus: Apple’s Beats Studio Buds are like cheaper AirPods Pro, M1 iMacs are shipping with crooked screens, and some big Apple TV+ changes you need to know about. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Win not one but two Quattro Pro Apple Watch bumper cases [Cult of Mac Giveaway] You might make your Apple Watch look like a retro Casio with our giveaway this week. Four lucky winners will receive not one but two Quattro Pro Apple Watch bumper cases from Elkson. That’s one to keep and one to give to a friend. Apple Watch Series 7 will feature updated display, Explorer Edition will ship in 2022 The Apple Watch Series 7 will boast a faster processor, better wireless connectivity, and a new, improved screen, says a new report from Bloomberg. The screen will have thinner bezels and a “new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover.” This would be the first Apple Watch form factor redesign since 2018. iOS 15: How to Get Notified If You Leave an AirTag or Apple Device Behind In iOS 15, Apple has added separation alerts to the Find My app, which let you know when you leave an AirTag or other Apple device behind. Separation alerts also support Find My-enabled third-party accessories. 9 great but easily overlooked features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey Apple made an enormous number of changes in its 2021 operating system updates. Many of these drew plenty of attention — like the FaceTime upgrade — but some useful improvements might have been overlooked in all the hoopla. Here are nine new features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey you might have overlooked. Some M1 iMac Models Shipping With Crooked Mountings Some M1 iMacs appear to have a manufacturing defect that causes the display to be mounted on the stand in a way that's not perfectly aligned, leading to a crooked display. EU regulation would ‘destroy the security of the iPhone,’ Tim Cook warns Apple’s CEO told the audience at France’s VivaTech conference that a critical part of the European Union’s proposed Digital Markets Act isn’t in the best interests of iPhone users. The proposal would require Apple to allow users to sideload applications, something CEO Tim Cook and the company are adamantly opposed to. Cupertino quietly cuts full-year Apple TV+ trial to just 3 months Apple quietly reduced the one-year Apple TV+ free trial for customers who buy new Apple devices to three months. The company made the change in a note on its Apple TV+ website. While customers who buy and activate an eligible device (that’s an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac) before July 1 will get the one-year trial, those who do so from July 1 onward will qualify only for three months. How to cancel the Apple TV+ free trial before you have to pay up When Apple TV+ made its big debut in 2019, Apple offered a one-year trial to those who bought a new iPhone, iPad or Mac. It then extended the free trial twice, first to January 2021 and then to the end of June.
6/18/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 59 seconds
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WWDC '21 re cap and reactions! + MacBook Pros, what happened!? (CultCast #496)

This week: we recap and react to all the best WWDC '21 keynote announcements! Plus: what the heck happened to the rumored MacBook Pros?? We discuss! Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace 9 things that blew us away at WWDC 2021 iCloud+ makes your online activities more secure on Apple devices iCloud+ is a new service that promises to make your online activities more private and more secure. It’s included at no extra cost with a premium iCloud subscription, and it works across all your Apple devices. Here’s what Private Relay, Hide My Email, and HomeKit Secure Video in iCloud+ can do for you. tvOS 15 lets you sign into apps using Face ID or Touch ID on iPhone tvOS 15 will offer a “Sign in with Apple Device option.” Selecting it will deliver a notification to your iPhone and iPad (if they’ve been updated), where you’ll be able to sign in quickly using Face ID or Touch ID.tfv iOS 15 brings back word magnifier for easier text selection The iPhone text magnifier makes a comeback in iOS 15. It disappeared two years ago, but returns in the next version of iOS and iPadOS. The magnifier makes it easier to place the cursor exactly where the user wants, without it being hidden behind their fingertip. Live Text in iOS 15 is completely amazing Like so many people, I’ve gotten in the habit of taking a picture of anything I want to remember later. Live Text makes this even more useful. Rather than saving a whole image, I can turn the text in it into a note or a reminder. You may be waiting a few more months for Apple’s new MacBook Pro Apple’s forthcoming MacBook Pros were erroneously expected by some to show up at this year’s WWDC. But according to a report from Digitimes, the next-gen Apple notebooks will not launch until the third quarter of 2021. This could be due to a lower-than-expected production yield for the mini LED screens for the computer. Live Text and other macOS Monterey features not coming to Intel Macs Many of macOS Monterey’s most exciting new features will not be available on Mac models powered by Intel processors. Live Text, Portrait mode for FaceTime video calls and more all require Apple’s own M1 chip.
6/11/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 56 seconds
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New Macs coming to WWDC + iOS 15 features! (CultCast #495)

This week: it’s all but confirmed… ANOTHER source is saying we’re getting new Macs at WWDC’s keynote on Monday. They're incoming!   Plus we’ll review all iOS 15’s rumored features, and there’s something going on with HomePod that Apple’s not telling us… there’s hope for us HomePod fans! Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Expect to see updated MacBook Pros at WWDC Wedbush analyst Dan Ives expects new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros to be among Apple’s announcements for the usually software-focused WWDC. The company’s 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off with a keynote address next Monday. Why interactive widgets might be the best improvement in iOS 15 Widgets actually debuted in iPadOS 13, then made the jump to iOS in 2020. But Apple has yet to make them interactive. The current version gives fast access to useful information. A widget is convenient for seeing what’s coming up on your calendar, or checking the weather. But they can’t do anything. Apple has a pair of intriguing HomePod devices in the works A proposed HomePod speaker with a built-in screen, and another device combining HomePod, FaceTime camera, and Apple TV, remain in “early development” at Apple, a Bloomberg report Friday states. Mysterious ‘homeOS’ platform leaks in Apple job listing [Updated] There’s macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS. How about homeOS, signaling a ramping up of Apple’s smart home ambitions? That is one take-home from a new Apple Music job posting spotted online. It references a hitherto-unannounced mobile operating system called “homeOS.” While Apple rolled out its HomeKit smart home platform in 2014, it has — to date — been a part of iOS/iPadOS, rather than its own fully fledged operating system. That could change soon.
6/4/20211 hour, 9 seconds
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“M1X” MacBook Pros - here they come! (CultCast #494)

This week: Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set for June 7, and the “M1X” MacBook Pro will almost certainly be making its debut. We’ll tell you all we know. Plus: Prosser says a Pro version of the Mac Mini with M1X is incoming, Apple may be making moves into crypto, and a BIG update on Apple Music lossless and your HomePod. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Apple details plans for WWDC 2021 Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled for June 7, and on Monday the iPhone-maker revealed that the all-important keynote address for WWDC 2021 will be held at 10 a.m. PDT on that day. This is almost certainly when they wraps will come off the next major upgrades for iOS, macOS and the company’s other operating systems. WWDC Invite all but confirms new MacBook Pros! The evidence: https://twitter.com/SamiFathi_/status/1396861652012785669 Prosser now confirming new MacBook Pros coming to WWDC: https://twitter.com/jon_prosser/status/1396915038154334214 Next Mac mini refresh could bring slimmer design, faster ‘M1X’ chip Apple’s next Mac mini refresh could prove even more exciting than the last, thanks to a slimmer chassis design and a faster “M1X” chipset, according to a reliable leaker. Apple could be cashing into cryptocurrency It’s no rumor that Apple is looking for an expert in alternative payment providers. The job description is for someone with at least five years experience with “digital wallets, BNPL, Fast Payments, cryptocurrency and etc.” Apple Music lossless WILL be coming to your HomePods, but AirPods Max still uncertain https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212183 HomePod Mini specs AirPods Max specs
5/28/20211 hour, 1 minute, 29 seconds
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“M2” MacBook Pros are incoming, and we got details! (Cultcast #493)

This week: the new M2 MacBook Pros are right around the corner, along with a new and larger “Pro” iMac. We’ll share the details! Plus: everything you need to know about Apple’s new Lossless audio format coming soon to Apple Music. This is going to be a huge leap in sound quality, and it’s totally free! And Lewis fills us in on Apple’s wild new accessibility features coming to Apple Watch. Get 2-3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Redesigned MacBook Pro could arrive this summer, larger iMac in the works A redesigned MacBook Pro could hit Apple Store shelves as early as this summer, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Apple Watch Series 7 might feature flat-edged design, green color option [Updated] The next-gen Apple Watch could get a huge makeover, with a new, flat-edged design and a green option reminiscent of the AirPods Max. Apple Music will add lossless audio, Spatial Audio for no extra cost Apple Music is going lossless — at no extra cost to subscribers. Apple revealed the free upgrade Monday, a day ahead of its rumored launch. The company said Apple Music will bring lossless audio to more than 75 million tracks starting in June so listeners can hear songs “the way the artists created them in the studio.” Spotify HiFi: quality, price, release date, free trial and latest news Spotify HiFi is the popular music streaming service's long-anticipated entry into CD-quality streaming. Set to launch in 2021, it will allow Spotify Premium subscribers to 'upgrade' their membership so they can listen to higher-quality, lossless audio streams. AirPods, HomePod lose out on Apple Music lossless audio streaming [Updated] Apple Music fans who are super-excited about the just-announced lossless audio option should be aware that it won’t work with AirPods or HomePod. Not even the $549 AirPods Max. What you need to enjoy amazing lossless audio on Apple Music You’ll be able to enjoy some of that magic with Apple headphones. Spatial Audio with support for immersive Dolby Atmos will be available on all AirPods and Beats with an H1 or W1 chip. You will also be able to listen to it through the built-in speakers on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. AirPods might offer lossless Apple Music after software update On the new episode of his Front Page Tech YouTube show, Prosser said the limitation was because of Bluetooth. And that that restriction is about to be removed. AssistiveTouch lets users control Apple Watch by clenching a fist Apple plans to release software updates this year that will make its devices far easier to use for people with mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive disabilities.
5/21/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 58 seconds
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Apple’s making a GAMING console + M1 iMac, a monster! (CultCast #492)

This week: a dubious rumor says Apple is making a portable gaming console, but... the puzzle pieces seem to add up. Apple's up to something. We discuss. Plus: the new M1 iMac is insanely powerful, and Prosser leaks more MacBooks! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Enter to win a high-end Qrono Apple Watch band from Juuk [Cult of Mac giveaway] This week, Cult of Mac is giving away two fantastic metal Apple Watch bands from Juuk, a high-end watch strap company. We’re giving away two aluminum Qruno straps in cosmic grey. New MacBook Air renders look thin, flat and colorful Apple plans to release a surprisingly thin MacBook Air in the same colors as the current iMacs, according to leaker Jon Prosser. High school student makes impressive 3D renders of big-time Mac leaks [Setups] It’s not every day you come across a high school student running a successful tech-based business – never mind one whose 3D renderings are routinely seen by thousands of people. But that’s the case with 17-year-old New Yorker Ian Zelbo and his RendersbyIan. M1 iMac can’t match fastest Intel iMacs in early benchmarks People were hoping the M1 would supercharge the iMac, but the first benchmark scores for the upcoming 24-inch machine are out, and the all-in-one desktop is the same speed as the other M1 Macs released in 2020, but not faster. The previous-generation high-end 21.5-inch iMac earned a single-core Geekbench score of 1109, and a multi-core score of 6014. 2021 iPad Pro beats every Intel MacBook in early benchmark tests The first iPad Pro with an M-series processor is apparently going to be as fast as many had hoped. Benchmark tests for the upcoming tablet show that it’s almost as speedy as the Macs released in late 2020. And faster than any Intel-based MacBook ever. Sketchy Rumor Claims Apple Developing Nintendo Switch-Style Gaming Console Apple is working on a Nintendo Switch-style handheld games console, according to a sketchy new rumor coming from Asia. According to a post on a Korean forum, shared by Twitter user @FrontTron, Apple is developing a portable hybrid games console, comparable to the Nintendo Switch. While the sourcing of the rumor is suspect, it has gained some visibility in larger news outlets over the past day or two, so we figured it was at least worth acknowledging. Apple TV Is Missing the Moment “For next year, Apple is planning an upgraded box with a stronger gaming focus, an updated remote and a new processor.” Apple said to be spending more than $500M on Arcade gaming subscription effort Apple’s new gaming subscription service Apple Arcade may have been a bit of a footnote at its Services event earlier this month compared to the stage time given to more prime time-ready efforts like Apple TV+ and Apple News+, but the company is throwing some major funding behind its effort to get people paying a monthly fee for exclusive titles.
5/14/202145 minutes, 28 seconds
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Here comes the folding iPhone! (CultCast #491)

This week: Apple’s working on a folding iPhone, and it’ll be here sooner than you think! We’ll fill you in. Plus: A new sensor could turn 2022 Apple Watch into a doctor on your wrist, the honest truth about AirTags, and an EPIC update on Apple Vs. Fortnite. Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace 8-inch folding iPhone might launch in 2023 A folding iPhone is two years away, according to a trusted industry analyst. When open, the device will have an 8-inch screen, significantly bigger than the current largest iOS model, which has a 6.7-inch display. New sensor could turn 2022 Apple Watch into a doctor on your wrist A deal between Apple and Rockley Photonics could add new medical sensors to the Apple Watch in 2022. That might include non-invasive monitoring of blood sugar levels, body temperature and blood pressure. It might even add the ability to measure blood-alcohol levels. Creeps could use AirTags to stalk people with ‘frightening’ ease While Apple says that it’s been careful to incorporate anti-stalking measures to stop the AirTags being used in this way, a Washington Post report argues that Apple’s countermeasures are not effective. AirTag Owners Bemoan Inability to Let Others Track Their Items Via Family Sharing On the face of it, sharing the location of an AirTag via Apple's Family Sharing feature should be a no-brainer, since individual members in a Family Sharing group can use the Find My app to see the location of other family members' Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Macs, AirPods, and Apple Watches. rint a variety of useful AirTag holders with these free 3D models It’s not necessary to buy an accessory to attach an Apple AirTag to your keys, bike or dog’s collar if you own a 3D printer. Read Epic Games’ reasonable idea for opening up the App Store Epic Games suggested a change to the iPhone App Store that, if Apple had followed it, might have prevented the lawsuit that put the two tech giants in court this week.
5/7/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 6 seconds
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Here come the M2 MacBook Pros! (CultCast #490)

This week: redesigned M2 MacBook Pros are incoming! And they’re gonna be awesome… we’ll tell you everything we know. Plus: we’ll bring you the highlights from Apple’s blockbuster quarter, and discuss the two insanely great features introduced in iOS 14.5. Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Apple tipster claims M1 iMac, new iPad Pro, updated Apple TV 4K will go on sale May 21 [Updated] According to (generally) reliable Apple tipster Jon Prosser, Apple will release its new 2021 iMac, iPad Pro with M1 chip, and faster Apple TV 4K with redesigned Siri Remote on May 21. 5 takeaways from Apple’s latest Mac-tastic quarter Apple pulled in more revenue from selling Macs last quarter than it ever has before. Not just the most revenue it’s ever made in a January-through-March quarter. The most revenue ever. There’s been no back-to-school rush or holiday shopping season that resulted in $9.1 billion in Mac sales. And that’s an amazing increase of 70% compared to the same quarter last year. iOS 14.5 brings App Tracking Transparency, mask-friendly Face ID Apple on Monday gave all iPhone users access to iOS 14.5. And iPad users can install iPadOS 14.5 Today’s updates bring a ton of new features, including unlocking an iPhone with an Apple Watch while wearing a mask.
4/30/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 6 seconds
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Reactions! AirTags! New iMacs! Apple TV! iPad Pro! (CultCast #489)

This week: our reactions and first impressions to all the hardware announced at Apple's Spring Loaded keynote event! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Apple AirTag tracking tags will help you find all the things AirTags appear in a new Items tag in the Find My app. This allows users to order a tracking tag to play a sound, making the device easier to find. But that’s just the start. The software uses an onscreen pointer to guide the user to the exact location of a misplaced item. The accuracy of UWB should really come in handy here. M1 iMac is faster, thinner and more incredible than ever The world’s most popular all-in-one now runs on Apple Silicon. The all-new and beautifully colorful iMac, unveiled today at Apple’s Spring Loaded event, packs a blazing-fast M1 chip into an aluminum form factor that’s just 11.5mm thick. 2021 iPad Pro boasts M1 processor, beautiful mini-LED display The 2021 iPad Pro is built around an Apple M1 processor that brings a tremendous speed boost. Apple is saying 50% faster CPU and 40% faster GPU. Apple TV 4K gets speedy A12 chip and sweet new Siri Remote Apple took the wraps off the new sixth-generation Apple TV 4K on Tuesday. The upgraded set-top box boasts Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, which should bring a welcome performance boost. But perhaps more importantly, Apple redesigned the controversial Siri Remote.
4/23/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 34 seconds
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Let's talk Apple April event hardware predictions! (CultCast #488)

This week: This week: what hardware will be announced at next week’s Apple event? We got it all figured out!. Plus: Apple’s got a zany new HomePod under development, and Apple TV+ is about to get some big upgrades. Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lewiswallace Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event happens April 20: Here’s what to expect The next Apple product-release event will happen April 20. Invites went out Tuesday morning for the virtual “Spring Loaded” event, just hours after Siri leaked the date. Mini-LED iPad Pro is on the way this month, but good luck getting it right away The new iPad Pro likely will be Apple’s first hardware release of 2021. Despite the comparatively paltry upgrades this year. The next-gen iPad Pro will be Apple’s first to boast Mini-LED display technology, offering superior screens visuals to the current LCD displays. However, this new screen tech will only be available on the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, not the 11-inch model. Apple Plans First iMac Desktop Redesign in Nearly a Decade Apple Inc. is planning the first redesign of its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since 2012, part of a shift away from Intel Corp. processors to its own silicon, according to people familiar with the plans. Apple could combine HomePod speaker, Apple TV and smart camera for ultimate smart home device Apple is working on a new smart home product that would combine Apple TV, a HomePod speaker and a camera for FaceTime or Zoom-style video conferencing, Bloomberg reported Monday. Apple TV+ will get at least 10-12 original movies per year Apple TV+ is looking to ramp up its investment in original movies, and has hired a former WarnerMedia executive to help it, claims The Information. The Matrix 4: Cast, release date, plot and everything you need to know
4/16/202150 minutes, 1 second
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Find My and Apple Arcade get BIG updates plus Will.i.am… HE’S BAAAACK…. (CC #487)

This week: Apple preps “Find My” to locate ALL your gadgets; a big update to Apple Arcade may finally make it worth the price; Will.i.am is back a ridiculous new tech product you might actually want; and we try to figure out Falcon and Winter Soldier is actually good in an all-new Under Review! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Apple opens Find My network to third-party gadgets The Find My application built into iOS and macOS finally opened up to device trackers made by other companies, not just Apple. Wednesday’s move allows iPhones, Macs and iPads to locate lost items produced by third-party accessory makers without needing to install additional software. New Star Trek and NBA games lead major Apple Arcade expansion Apple made a huge push for its gaming service on Friday, launching 11 original games. These cover a range of genres, from NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition to Star Trek: Legends. And Fantasian from the creator of the Final Fantasy series also launched in Apple Arcade. Plus many, many more. Fantasian from the creator of Final Fantasy launches on Apple Arcade Apple Arcade subscribers are in for a treat. Hironobu Sakaguchi, who also made the classic Final Fantasy series, also created Fantasian for Apple’s gaming service. It mixes computer-generated characters with handmade sets for a truly unique look. Will.i.am's i is a $299 HEPA face mask with ANC earphones built in With face coverings becoming a necessity during the pandemic, we've seen countless variations on masks from the worlds of fashion, merchandise and tech. Enter Willi.i.am, a pop star who has tried with varying levels of success to straddle all of those industries. The Black Eyed Peas frontman has teamed up with Honeywell on a $299 tech-imbued face mask that wouldn't look out of place in a cyberpunk movie or game.
4/9/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 20 seconds
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WWDC 21 - This could be BIG! (CC #486)

This week: Apple just announced WWDC 2021 kicks off June 7th, so we're talking hardware predictions! Plus: Apple is prepping a new remote for next-gen Apple TV, a leaker reveals the price of Apple's AirTags, and we celebrate 45 years of Apple with their 45 best creations! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace All-virtual WWDC 2021 will kick off June 7 Apple will kick off this year’s Developers Conference on June 7. And, for the second year running, this will be an all-virtual event, the company said Tuesday. Surprise! Apple might unveil mixed-reality headset in 2021 Apple is aiming to announce a mixed-reality headset at an in-person event sometime in the "next several months," according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Apple works on a new remote for next-gen Apple TV Apple is working on a new remote for its next-gen Apple TV. While the story doesn’t share specific details about the rejigged remote, it suggests Apple might move away from the controversial Siri Remote that debuted with the fourth-gen Apple TV. Leaker Reveals Size of Apple's AirTags and Says They'll Cost Around $39 Apple's rumored AirTags item trackers will be slightly larger than a 50 cent coin and around three times the thickness, based on dimensions offered by leaker Max Weinbach (via YouTube channel EverythingApplePro). 45 ways Apple put a ding in the universe
4/2/202154 minutes, 51 seconds
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iPhone 13 - we got DETAILS! (CC #485)

This week: we now have our best look yet at iPhone 13, and Apple is packing in tons of great features—we’ll give you all the juicy details. Plus: Apple packed two hidden features into HomePod mini, Jon Prosser says so long to his eyebrows, and we’ll tell you how to get your old AirPods back to working like new! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace iPhone 13 may boast 1TB storage, LiDAR on all model The iPhone 13 will boast a maximum storage capacity that’s double that of the iPhone 12, according to Wedbush analysts Strecker Backe and Daniel Ives in a new note to clients, seen by Cult of Mac. Leaked iPhone 13 screen panel photo shows shrinking notch The notch in this autumn’s iPhone 13 will slim down noticeably, according to pictures that supposedly show the front glass panels of the upcoming handset. None of the components will be removed, just rearranged. Apple leaker Jon Prosser shaves eyebrows after missing key prediction Prosser was so sure we’d get a March 23rd Apple event, he promised to shave his eyebrows off if he was wrong. Unfortunately for Jon, his prediction was as wrong as his face without eyebrows. HomePod Mini Features Dormant Temperature and Humidity Sensor That Could Be Activated in a Future Software Update Apple's HomePod mini includes a dormant hidden sensor that can measure temperature and humidity, potentially providing the means to power upcoming features that could arrive in a future software update, according to Bloomberg. Two College Roommates and Some Robots: How Podswap Replaces AirPod Batteries Like most AirPod owners, Emily Alpert found that, after 18 months, her wireless buds didn’t last, not even for one full run. Unlike most AirPod owners, Alpert, along with her best friend, got a robot to fix her problem.
3/26/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 39 seconds
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Apple’s incoming APRIL Hardware event + RIP beloved HomePod! (CC #484)

This week: Apple’s March hardware event ain’t happening, and may have been nothin but a trap to catch Prosser and his fellow leakers. But don't worry, it looks like a April Hardware event is incoming! Plus: RIP to the beloved HomePod, one of Apple’s best products--what happened!? We discuss! And Justin “I’m a Mac” Long is now Schilling Intel PCs. Lol! You’re not gonna believe this… And Apple brought a LIFE CHANGING feature to the iOS beta--we’ll fill you in! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lewiswallace Apple’s rumored March event may have been a ploy to catch leakers The misinformation about Apple’s March April special event may have been an attempt by Cupertino to catch out the people leaking information about the company’s plans. Apple’s rumored March event reportedly will take place in April Apple’s next product launch will take place in April, not March, a soon-to-be-eyebrowless Jon Prosser claimed Wednesday. When the music stops: Apple discontinues full-size HomePod The $299 version of Apple’s HomePod smart speaker has been discontinued. The company is already selling out of its remaining supply. Justin ‘I’m a Mac’ Long now advertises Intel PCs Intel has released a bunch of new ads promoting PCs… starring Justin Long. The new ads riff on the classic “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ads by presenting Long in front of a white background, with tinkly music, comparing the finer points of Mac and PC. Except that, this time round, Long comes down firmly on the side of Wintel. Why Apple Watch’s iPhone unlock will change your freakin’ face-mask life iOS 14.5 will be the best update of the pandemic era because it works with your Apple Watch to remove the hassle of unlocking your iPhone while wearing a face mask. You don’t have to type in your passcode every single damn time. The phone just unlocks. Like it’s supposed to.
3/19/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 3 seconds
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Let’s Talk Apple March Event + Hardware Predictions! (#CC 483)

This week: AirTags, AirPods, iPads, new Macs? Prosser says Apple’s next hardware event is March 23rd—we’ll tell you what to expect! Plus: iMac Pro gets discontinued is a great sign of things to come—we discuss! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lewiswallace Apple’s next big keynote could take place on March 23: Here’s what to expect Get your wallets ready, because Apple will supposedly launch an array of new products on March 23. On the docket for the event will supposedly be an updated iPad Pro, AirPods and Apple TV, as well as the debut of AirTags. Check out Apple’s sleek MagSafe power bank that might never launch Two different leakers claim to give the world very early looks at Apple’s MagSafe power bank for on-the-go charging. This will allegedly attach to an iPhone with magnets so it can wireless juice up the handset. But there are questions whether Apple can fix problems with development and actually release the product. iMac Pro discontinued: Get it before it’s gone Apple discontinued the iMac Pro, which is still one of the fastest Macs available despite being more than three years old. Whether the move means an updated version of the all-in-one desktop is on the way is unclear. Good riddance to iMac Pro and the era of underwhelming Macs The iMac Pro is seemingly nearing the end of its natural lifespan — and good riddance to it. In fairness, the iMac Pro was not a bad computer. It was even, technically, a pretty great one. But it epitomized an era of Mac design that may have been the most uninspired and directionless in Apple history.
3/12/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 21 seconds
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March Apple Event + more iPhone 13 leaks! (CC #482)

This week: according to two accurate leakers, an Apple event is coming our way in March, and AirTags will definitely be involved. Plus: in-screen touch ID is coming to iPhone, and the notch is going bye bye… And we’ll tell you about two insanely great features in iOS 14.5 beta! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lewiswallace John Prosser says we're getting a March Apple event Replacing iPhone notch with hole-punch camera makes no damn sense Apple might get rid of the screen notch in the 2022 iPhone. iPhone 13 could boast the bigger battery you desperately desire In a note to investors sent Monday and seen by Cult of Mac. Kuo says the four iOS handsets coming in the second half of the year will have much in common with the iPhone 12, including the same screen sizes and Lightning ports. But there will be a number of improvements, nevertheless. Find My app gets ‘Items’ tab for gadget tracking in iOS 14.5 beta 3 Apple’s newest iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 betas add a new “Items” tab to the built-in Find My app that allows users to tracks Beats headphones, luggage and other third-party gadgets. iOS 14.5 Beta 3 Includes 'Item Safety Feature' for AirTags and Other Tracked Items to Help Prevent Stalking iOS and iPadOS 14.5 beta 3 includes a new "Item Safety Feature" that helps prevent someone from stalking or tracking you with item trackers such as AirTags. Arizona Advances Bill That Will Let Developers Skirt Apple's In-App Purchase Rules The Arizona House of Representatives today passed HB2005, a state bill that would provide developers with an alternative to Google and Apple's in-app purchase options by allowing developers to use their own payment solutions within apps.
3/5/202159 minutes, 56 seconds
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All-new MacBook Pros, iMacs, Mac Pro minis, incoming! (CC #481)

This week: we got new details and leaks on the upcoming MacBook Pros, iMacs, and Mac Pro mini… or will it be the Mac Mini Pro??? Plus: lossless music is coming to Spotify, which means the mythical Apple Music lossless is also coming our way. Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Blast from the past: 2021 iMac could bring back multiple colors Apple leaker Jon Prosser shared renders of the upcoming new iMac design. Visually, it looks a lot like Apple’s Pro Display XDR, with a hint of iPad Pro. However, the big difference is that this year’s iMac supposedly will come in a range of colors. Exciting new render previews Mac Pro mini Apple leaker Jon Prosser shared the first image of what he claims is Apple’s forthcoming "Mac Pro mini" in his latest FrontPageTech video, along with news about the multiple color options for the forthcoming iMac redesign. HDMI port and SD card reader supposedly will return to MacBook Pro this year TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros to launch in the second half of this year. How to tell if Silver Sparrow malware is hiding on your Mac Some of the first malware targeting both M-series and Intel Macs has affected thousands of computers. At this point, the malicious code — called “Silver Sparrow” — is not dangerous, and Apple may have pulled its teeth. But users of the latest macOS computers still might want to know if their device has it. And the same goes for owners of Intel-based Macs. Here’s how to find out if your computer has been hit. Spotify HiFi will bring CD-quality audio to 'select markets' this year The company confirmed today that it plans to launch a Spotify HiFi service in 'select markets' later this year.
2/26/202152 minutes, 2 seconds
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iPhone 13 — we got leaks! (CC #480!)

This week: my fellow Govs, we got leaks. Let’s talk about the new features coming to iPhone 13! Plus, Stoners rejoice!—the new emojii coming to ioS 14.5 are exactly what you’ve been waiting for. And we wrap up with our favorite new shows and vape apparati in an all-new What We’re Into! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace iPhone 13 could be Apple’s first with an always-on display The iPhone 13 series will borrow the always-on screen from the Apple Watch, according to an unconfirmed report. And the upcoming iPhone supposedly will support some new camera tricks, including Portrait Mode for video. It’s shaping up to perhaps be more than a speed-bumped version of Apple’s 2020 models. Apple Wins Patent for iPhone Display With Variable Refresh Rates Up to 240Hz A new Apple patent published this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes an iPhone display that, with high refresh mode enabled, could be capable of updating content at two times, three times or even four times the native refresh rate, as reported by Patently Apple. For example, an iPhone with a 60Hz display would be able to increase its variable refresh rate to 120Hz, 180Hz or 240Hz automatically. New iOS 14.5 emoji will set your heart on fire [Updated] https://blog.emojipedia.org/first-look-217-new-emojis-in-ios-14-5/ The fresh emoji appearing in the second iOS 14.5 beta will set your heart afire. Or at least let you show that in texts. The new collection of pictographs also includes some new faces, and plenty of additional variations to show how we couple up in the 21st century. Apple Music Subscribers Can Share Lyrics and Song Clips in iOS 14.5 Beta 2 Apple on Tuesday released the second betas of iOS and iPadOS 14.5 to developers, and while there were some new additions worth highlighting, most of the more notable features were thought to be already available in the first set of betas. How Apple’s first COO turned ‘chaotic’ company into international powerhouse Long before Tim Cook brought his operations wizardry to Apple, Del Yocam lent his logistical prowess to Cupertino. Apple’s first chief operating officer, he helped transform the company from a chaotic, scrappy startup into a streamlined manufacturing powerhouse.
2/19/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 46 seconds
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Apple’s VR headset will do FAR MORE than we’ve been told… (CC #479)

This week: ☑️ Apple's mysterious mixed reality headset is about way more than just games ☑️ Why there should never be another iPhone mini ☑️ Apple Maps will let drivers report accidents, speed traps and other hazards ☑️ How to set Spotify and others as your default music player in iOS 14.5 ☑️Tim Cook Featured on Outside Magazine Cover, he's a rugged outdoorsman! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week: There should never be another iPhone mini iPhone 12 mini is the worst selling of the new iOS handsets by a wide margin. Apple should be embarrassed because there was plenty of evidence before the launch that sales would be poor. Take note: Another super-small iPhone would just compound the mistake. Top Apple engineer now heads AR/VR glasses development Dan Riccio, one of Apple’s top designers, is reportedly now concentrating all his efforts on the company’s virtual-reality visor and augmented-reality glasses. Apple Mixed Reality Headset Renders Depict Rumored Design Apple Maps will let drivers report accidents, speed traps and other hazards Apple Maps will start collecting crowd-sourced accident reports when iOS 14.5 is released. The beta version already lets users test sharing the locations of accidents, speed traps and other hazards. How to set Spotify and others as your default music player in iOS 14.5 The recently released iOS 14.5 beta gives iPhone and iPad users the ability to change their default music player for the first time. Third-party apps like Spotify and Tidal are supported, and switching is super-simple. Tim Cook Featured on Outside Magazine Cover, Talks Health and Wellness Cook said that Apple Park is "like working in a national park," with a design that "brings the outside in and the inside out."
2/12/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 50 seconds
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Apple Car will be FULLY autonomous! (CC #478)

This week: imagine a car that can drive you around like a taxi, and come pick you up from wherever you are… that’s Apple Car, and it’s coming sooner than you think. Plus: Apple’s VR headset will be a MONSTER. Could boast 8K display, advanced hand-eye-tracking, and a ridiculous $3,000 price tag. Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Apple gears up to sign $3.6 billion deal with Kia to build Apple Car In early January, Hyundai said it engaged in conversations with Apple about a potential partnership to manufacture cars for Cupertino. However, the South Korean company later pulled back on these reports and removed Apple’s name from some of its public statements. Apple Car might never need a driver No one will ever drive an Apple Car, according to leaked information. Apple is reportedly planning a vehicle that’s completely autonomous. It’ll be programmed, not driven. Apple Car could finally hit the road in 2025, but it won’t be cheap Apple Car could ship in 2025, and will be “positioned as a very high-end” model in terms of pricing, claims TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple’s $3,000 VR headset could boast 8K display, advanced hand- and eye-tracking Apple’s mixed-reality headset could cost around $3,000, solidifying its status as a niche luxury item, The Information claims in a new report. How to use iCloud Passwords inside Google Chrome on Windows Apple has rolled out a somewhat surprising Google Chrome extension that allows users to access iCloud Passwords on Windows machines. Apple Pulls Version 12 of iCloud for Windows That Supported iCloud Passwords Chrome Extension [Update: It's Back]
2/5/202142 minutes, 43 seconds
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Wall Street Bets, APPL Stock, & the POWER of the U1 Chip! (CC #477)

This week: ☑️ Wall Street Bets, APPL Stock, and the aftermath ☑️ Strong iPhone 12 sales fuel MASSIVE $111.4 billion quarter... What's next for Apple? ☑️ Apple Watch Series 7 could pack game-changing blood sugar sensor ☑️ Finally! iCloud password supporting coming to Windows! ☑️ iOS 14.4 brings new U1 chip features to HomePod mini, and they're super cool. We do a demo! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Strong iPhone 12 sales fuel record $111.4 billion quarter for Apple As a company, Apple is firing on all cylinders. It pulled in record revenue from iPhone, Wearables and Services during its most-recent financial quarter. And there was healthy growth in Mac and iPad revenue too. Apple Watch Series 7 could pack game-changing blood sugar sensor This year’s Apple Watch upgrade will reportedly add another potentially transformative medical feature: a blood sugar sensor. iCloud for Windows Gaining Support for iCloud Passwords Chrome Extension Apple yesterday released a new version of iCloud for Windows 10, and based on multiple reports and the update's release notes, it appears Apple is introducing an iCloud Passwords extension designed for Chrome, which will allow iCloud Keychain passwords to be used on Windows machines. HomePod mini music handoffs just got better The recently released HomePod mini got a raft of new features in a software update released Tuesday. The process of handing off songs from an iPhone to the smart speaker now comes with some visual, audio and haptic effects. And media controls automatically appear on the iPhone when it nears the diminutive HomePod.
1/29/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 36 seconds
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Leaks! iPhone 13 + Magsafe comes back to the Mac! (CC #476)

This week: we got leaks! So many. We'll tell you every cool new thing coming to iPhone 13, the new iPad mini 6, Apple's VR Goggles, and the exciting new features coming to the next MacBook Pro (Magsafe! Ports! More!). Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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. Go to https://nordvpn.com/cultcast and use the coupon CULTCAST at checkout to get a 2-year plan with a huge discount plus 1 additional month for free. 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Apple’s first VR headset could be an expensive disappointment Apple’s first headset, which could launch as early as next year, will focus mostly on virtual reality experiences, Gurman warns. And despite shipping with a limited feature set, it will still be wildly expensive. New iPhone lineup may bring smaller notch, better sensor-shift cameras Apple will finally shrink iPhone’s notch for its next-generation devices, while all will pack even greater sensor-shift stabilization cameras, according to a new report citing sources in the company’s supply chain. Touch ID could return in 2021 iPhone 13 A fingerprint scanner might once again be part of Apple’s iPhone line, according to a reliable source. Touch ID might appear in 2021 alongside Face ID, not in place of it. iPad mini 6 might get the big redesign it deserves Apple’s smallest tablet is allegedly about to get the redesign so many people have hoped for. The screen bezels in the 2021 iPad mini will shrink significantly, supposedly allowing the display to increase to over 9 inches and become nearly edge-to-edge. MagSafe charger could make triumphant return to MacBook Pro this year The original MagSafe charger was a fixture of MacBooks from the first MacBook Pro in 2006 through 2016. During that time, it was used on every MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. In 2016, Apple started transitioning away from the MagSafe to USB-C.
1/22/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 8 seconds
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Reunited! With Alex E Heath & Buster Heine (CultCast Off Topic!)

CultCast Off Topic is our new weekly variety show dedicated to tech, money, business, movies, games, and anything else we're into. Hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends! Get get Off Topic 3X a week for just $6! support.thecultcast.com
1/15/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 10 seconds
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This one simple trick makes AirPods Max sound 10X better (CC #475)

This week: the one small change will make your AirPods Max sound 10X better! Plus: Apple TV+ packs in even more content, but is it actually worth paying for? And Apple is introducing powerful new features to your Find My app, we’ll fill you in! Get 3 episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, culture, and more. Join Cult Support, good friend! 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. Go to https://nordvpn.com/cultcast and use the coupon CULTCAST at checkout to get a 2-year plan with a huge discount plus 1 additional month for free. 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lewiswallace Ridley Scott taps Joaquin Phoenix to play Napoleon in Apple TV + biopic Ridley Scott will reportedly direct an epic starring Joaquin Phoenix as French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Kitbag will be produced by Apple and shown on Apple TV+. You can see evidence of AirTags on your own iPhone There’s no reason to be skeptical about Apple’s plans for AirTags. Any iPhone, iPad or Mac user can see evidence that Apple is about to add support for item trackers to the Find Me application. Latest Apple Pay offer will score you 4 months of Panera Bread coffee Fancy four months of unlimited coffee at Panera Bread? Of course you do. And, thanks to Apple Pay, that’s exactly what you can get — provided you’re willing to sign up for a MyPanera+ Coffee subscription, that is. Plus, we've got Safari tips!
1/15/202155 minutes, 39 seconds
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Apple's AR glasses are incoming! (CC #474)

This week: a reliable analyst says Apple Glass is landing in 2021, and it could enable some powerful new features on your Mac and iPhone. We'll fill you in! Plus: Elon Musk is now the world’s richest man, which only affirm and Apple Car is on the way (we’ll explain), and we wrap up with a cool new line of iPhone and Mac chargers that are smaller, lighter, cheaper, and more powerful than Apple's! Get three episodes of CultCast Off Topic each and every week for just $6! Off Topic is a new weekly variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, decidated to tech, gaming, gadgets, and more. Join Cult Support, dear friend! 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. Go to https://nordvpn.com/cultcast and use the coupon CULTCAST at checkout to get a 2-year plan with a huge discount plus 1 additional month for free. 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace   Thank you to our Cult Supporters! Jeffrey Dickerson Geoff Druin RattMippetoe Corey Blosser Sean Logue Mark Thiel Connor Zach Hicks Ian MF Medina Rob Butchart Dan Ferris DP Spender Keith Pettit Dan Finan Jordon  Joe Cavicchiolo Lane Gandy Sam Farrar Tesla_420 ayzee chris schmauch Anthony Scouras Matt Craft Jordan Deville Eric Alba Larry Wanger Eric Granata Timothy Savage Bruce Patrick John Powell JR Shultz John Lee Clair Jamie Pullman Gavin Miller Josef  Adrian Raudaschl   Here's the 100w Gallium Nitride charger we talked about https://amzn.to/35Ek6bZ (Amazon) Here's the 20w Gallium Nitride Anker charger we talked about https://amzn.to/3s6clVI (Amazon) Apple Car would only need 2% of mobility market to equal iPhone revenue Apple would only need to capture 2% of the mobility market with a possible Apple Car to equal the revenue that it currently gets from the iPhone, Morgan Stanley researchers note. Elon Musk surpasses Jeff Bezos as wealthiest person on earth Apple Glass might finally make its anticipated debut in 2021 Apple plans to release an augmented-reality device in 2021, according to a trusted analyst. Ming Chi-Kuo. Apple Glass AR glasses reportedly enter second phase of production Prototype “Apple Glass” augmented reality glasses are reportedly set to enter the second phase of production, Digitimes reported Wednesday. Awesome macOS concept imagines the AR iMac of the future A designer’s radical new concept shows what future Macs could look like if augmented reality glasses replaced the computers’ physical screens. Apple ties executive bonuses to progress on environmental initiatives Apple made it clear to executives that it won’t be enough to simply talk about protecting the environment. Starting in 2021, the amount of cash bonuses will be impacted by how well each executive lives up Apple’s values. Rejoice! Smaller MacBook chargers could be coming MacBook users might be getting a charger from Apple that’s less of a brick. At last! The Mac-maker reportedly will start sourcing power adapters made with gallium nitride. GaN semiconductors allow these vital accessories to be significantly smaller than the old silicon ones.
1/8/202153 minutes, 1 second
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Our fave stuff from 2020, and AirPods Max SweatGate explained! (CultCast #473)

This week: all our favorite stuff of 2020! Plus: Ming-Chi provides a big update Apple Car, and we’ll tell you what you need to know about AirPods Max Sweatgate—yes, it’s a problem! Support CultCast content and get CultCast Off Topic, our new variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah and friends, for just $6 a month! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Thank you to our Cult Supporters! Jeffrey Dickerson Geoff Druin RattMippetoe Corey Blosser Sean Logue Mark Thiel Connor Zach Hicks Ian MF Medina Rob Butchart Dan Ferris DP Spender Keith Pettit Dan Finan Jordon  Joe Cavicchiolo Lane Gandy Sam Farrar Tesla_420 ayzee chris schmauch Anthony Scouras ( Tonipepperoni77) Matt Craft Jordan Deville Eric Alba Larry Wanger Eric Granata Timothy Savage Bruce Patrick John Powell JR Shultz John Lee Clair Jamie Pullman Gavin Miller Josef  Adrian Raudaschl This week's stories AirPods Max condensation makes some owners sweat Apple’s AirPods Max headphones are drawing complaints from some users after drops of water formed inside the earpads after extended use. Condensation is not an uncommon problem with over-the-ear headphones, though the metal ear cups and tight fit of the Apple version might increase the amount. https://twitter.com/donaldfilimon/status/1343295141403111426?s=21 Quite a few users in the twitter thread an in my vid covering this have said they’re having the same issue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLZ211I6WSk Max Stand adds wireless charging to AirPods Max German design studio Floating Pixels dreamed up an improvement to AirPods Max. They created the Max Stand -- it holds the over-the-ears headphones upright, making them easy to pick up and use. And it adds wireless charging, rather than requiring users to plug in a cable. Pick up these gold-plated AirPods Max for a mere $108,000 Caviar came up with a pair of AirPods Max that's even more expensive than the original. They are gold-plated, and the headband is covered in crocodile leather. You can get them in black or white -- one-click ordering for your convenience! WaterField makes the AirPods Max case Apple should have WaterField Designs delivered what Apple didn’t - a protective case for AirPods Max. The San Francisco company's new Max Shield Case was designed with input from Apple fans. Kuo: Apple Car Still in Early Stages, Unlikely to Launch Until 2025-2027 at Earliest Earlier this week, Reuters reported that Apple is targeting 2024 for production of its long-rumored electric vehicle with "next level" battery technology, but Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that a launch is unlikely until 2025-2027 at the earliest.
1/1/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 32 seconds
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Apple Car coming in 2021?! LET’S TALK! (CC #472)

This week: a new report says Apple Car is in production and coming... in 2021! Plus a newly revealed Elon Musk story all but confirms Apple’s own car is incoming. And we wrap up with more details on the next Apple TV, and our picks for favorite stuff of the year!   This episode supported by YOU!  CultCast is now listener supported! If you 💖 what we do, & if want to see more content with the same CultCast gusto, please join us. Supporters get CultCast: Off Topic!, a new variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah (and friends), and a lot more! Join CultCast Support! NordVPN has Super Fast servers in 59 countries! And with their double encryption, your data and browsing will be safe and secure. Get 4 free months of NordVPN with a two year subscription at NordVPN.com/CULTCAST, and use code CultCast at checkout. 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace   Thank you to our Cult Supporters! Jeffrey Dickerson Geoff Druin RattMippetoe Corey Blosser Sean Logue Mark Thiel Connor Zach Hicks Ian MF Medina Rob Butchart Dan Ferris DP Spender Keith Pettit Dan Finan Jordon  Joe Cavicchiolo Lane Gandy Sam Farrar Tesla_420 ayzee chris schmauch Anthony Scouras ( Tonipepperoni77) Matt Craft Jordan Deville Eric Alba Larry Wanger Eric Granata Timothy Savage Bruce Patrick John Powell JR Shultz John Lee Clair Jamie Pullman Gavin Miller Josef  Adrian Raudaschl This week's stories Innovative batteries might power Apple Car by 2024 Apple is reportedly prepping a vehicle that’s aimed at the consumer market, according to Reuters. Leaked information indicates Apple is going to make a car and sell it to the public, not just develop self-driving technology to license to other companies. Apple turned down offer to buy Tesla on the cheap Apple could have bought electric automaker Tesla at a bargain price, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. But Apple’s chief executive wasn’t interested. Next-gen Apple TV with gaming focus, updated remote coming in 2021 A new report adds weight to rumors that an Apple TV set-top box supercharged for gaming is coming next year. “Apple is planning an upgraded box with a stronger gaming focus, an updated remote and a new processor,” according to Bloomberg.
12/24/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 17 seconds
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AirPods Max! The Good. The Bad? The CASE... (#471)

This week: the $549 AirPods Max—we got them, here’s what we think! Plus: Jony Ive might’ve just landed a new job, as the CEO of... Ferrari? And we wrap up with more of our favorite stuff of 2020! CultCast is now listener supported! If you 💖 what we do, & if want to see more content with the same CultCast gusto, please join us. Supporters get CultCast: Off Topic!, a new variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah (and friends), and a lot more! Join CultCast Support! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Thank you to our Cult Supporters! Jeffrey Dickerson Geoff Druin RattMippetoe Corey Blosser Sean Logue Mark Thiel Connor Zach Hicks Ian MF Medina Rob Butchart Dan Ferris DP Spender Keith Pettit Dan Finan Jordon  Joe Cavicchiolo Lane Gandy Sam Farrar Tesla_420 ayzee chris schmauch Anthony Scouras ( Tonipepperoni77) Matt Craft Jordan Deville Eric Alba Larry Wanger Eric Granata Timothy Savage Bruce Patrick John Powell JR Shultz John Lee Clair Jamie Pullman Gavin Miller Josef  Adrian Raudaschl This week's stories THIS IS MY FACE HEARING AIRPODS MAX I recorded AirPods Max with a $1,000 mic so YOU can hear what I'm hearing! Apple leaps to the defense of its crazy AirPods Max case A goal was to make a case that’s not too bulky. “We travel a lot, so we know how important it is to fit in a bag. So it’s extremely storage efficient,” said Hankey (in a machine translation). Jony Ive is reportedly in the running to take the driver’s seat at Ferrari Since leaving Apple in the middle of last year, Sir Jony Ive has launched a new design agency, LoveFrom, and taken on clients including Airbnb. Now he could be headed for the figurative driver’s seat at Ferrari — as the Italian luxury carmaker’s next CEO. Possibly. Strong demand for iPhone 12, new Apple TV on the way in 2021 Our favorite stuff of 2020!
12/18/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 16 seconds
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AirPods Max! $550! LET’S TALK…. (CultCast #470)

This week: AirPods Max first impressions! LET’S TALK… Plus, it looks like an Apple Car is back on the menu, boooooys. This is a crazy plot twist in the ongoing saga of Project Titan. And it’s that time again for our picks of the year! This week, we reveal our favorite shows of 2020, and we got some great ones for you. CultCast is now listener supported! If you 💖 what we do, & if want to see more content with the same CultCast gusto, please join us. Supporters get CultCast: Off Topic!, a new variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah (and friends), and a lot more! Join CultCast Support! 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace Thank you to our Cult Supporters! Jeffrey Dickerson Geoff Druin RattMippetoe Corey Blosser Sean Logue Mark Thiel Connor Zach Hicks Ian MF Medina Rob Butchart Dan Ferris DP Spender Keith Pettit Dan Finan Jordon  Joe Cavicchiolo Lane Gandy Sam Farrar Tesla_420 ayzee chris schmauch Anthony Scouras ( Tonipepperoni77) Matt Craft Jordan Deville Eric Alba Larry Wanger Eric Granata Timothy Savage Bruce Patrick John Powell JR Shultz John Lee Clair Jamie Pullman Gavin Miller Josef  Adrian Raudaschl This week's stories AirPods Max first impressions: Impressive build, ridiculous case The “first impressions” reviews of the AirPods Max are out, and, well, they’re pretty darn good. Water-resistance, U1 chip, swappable bands are just a few things MIA from AirPods Max Apple’s U1 chip, which lets devices more accurately connect to others nearby using ultra-wideband technology, didn't make it into Apple’s pricey new $549 AirPods Max headphones. That weird AirPods Max case gives jokesters plenty of ammo After Apple unveiled AirPods Max this morning, the internet jumped quickly into mockery mode. The pricey over-the-ears headphones come with a case that lots of jokesters think looks like a bra. Apple Car could hit the road in 2024 Apple is moving ahead with an autonomous vehicle. It’s reportedly already talking to component makers and might unveil the Apple Car in 2024 or 2025.
12/11/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 8 seconds
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Apple Hardware Drop, incoming! (CultCast #469)

This week: get your wallets ready, Apple has a mysterious hardware release planned for December 8! Plus: the M1 Mac mini is an unstoppable monster, we’ve got more insane benchmarks to share. Seriously, do not waste your money on anything but an M1 Mac. And Apple’s quietly bringing a much-welcomed feature to most older iPhones! You’re gonna like what you see, we guarantee it... CultCast is now listener supported! If you 💖 what we do, & if want to see more content with the same CultCast gusto, please join us. Supporters get CultCast: Off Topic!, a new variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah (and friends), and a lot more! Join CultCast Support! This episode supported by The NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 router gives you ultra-fast speeds and wider coverage throughout your home – it’s the biggest revolution in WiFi ever. Check it out today at your local Best Buy and at Netgear.com/bestwifi6. 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories Apple plans mysterious hardware release on December 8 Apple could have a Christmas surprise up its sleeve. M1 Mac mini runs Windows 10 far faster than Microsoft Surface Pro X New tests show relatively speedy performance for a Mac mini with an ARM-based Apple M1 processor running the ARM version of Windows 10. Even though the OS is running as a virtual machine, benchmarks show the device can handle X86 applications far faster than the Microsoft Surface Pro X, which also uses an ARM chip. Don’t waste your money on anything but an M1 Mac M1 13" MacBook Pro vs 16" MacBook Pro: I'm dumbfounded.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MUTS7xvKhQ M1 Mac Mini vs Intel i7 Mac Mini + eGPU for Pro Apps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59gAjXT7qyw iOS 14.2 Quietly Added FaceTime 1080p Support to iPhone 8 and Later Models Back in early November, Apple released iOS 14.2 and announced with it a slew of new features for iPhones, but one thing it didn't mention was the apparent addition of support for 1080p FaceTime calls on iPhone 8 and later devices. iPhone 12 is Apple’s best-selling handset in years In the first weeks they were available, each of the iPhone 12 models sold far better than any of their predecessors released in the past three years, according to a research firm.
12/4/202051 minutes, 16 seconds
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Our M1 MacBook Air review, plus stereo HomePod minis bring the BOOM! - #468

This week: Here’s our one week review of the M1 MacBook Air! TDLR; it's ridiculous. Then: how do the new M1 Macs perform with 8GB vs 16GB of RAM? The differences are surprising! Plus: Apple’s about to do their best Black Friday sale yet, we discuss. And we’ll wrap up with a hands-on review of Stereo HomePod minis. CultCast is now listener supported! If you 💖 what we do, & if want to see more content with the same CultCast gusto, please join us. Supporters get CultCast: Off Topic!, a new variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah (and friends), and a lot more! Join CultCast Support! This episode supported by The NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 router gives you ultra-fast speeds and wider coverage throughout your home – it’s the biggest revolution in WiFi ever. Check it out today at your local Best Buy and at Netgear.com/bestwifi6. 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories M1 MacBook Air is an instant classic [Review] I just opened more than 650 tabs in Safari on a new M1 MacBook Air. I would have opened more, but I got bored. The MacBook Air is just humming. I’ve never seen anything like it. Video Demos Performance Differences Between 8GB and 16GB Apple M1 MacBook Pro All of the M1 Mac models use the same M1 chip, so the upgrade options are limited to SSD storage space and RAM. We haven't seen many comparisons that demonstrate the difference between a machine with 8GB RAM and the upgraded 16GB RAM option, but Max Tech today shared a video highlighting the performance between an 8GB MacBook Pro and a 16GB MacBook Pro. Apple offers gift cards of up to $150 in new Black Friday promotion Apple today unveiled its four-day shopping event that kicks off on Black Friday. The company is offering gift cards of up to $150 when you buy select products, including iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac. The event runs through Monday, November 30, but it excludes some of Apple’s newest products — such as iPhone 12 and the new iPad Air. Apple Watch, MacBook tipped for big redesigns in late 2021 Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities expects Apple’s next-generation Apple Watch to bring “innovative health management functions.” No details, but could be the long-rumored blood glucose monitor. And while the M1 Macs looks exactly the same as previous models, new form factors are coming, Kuo says. Again, no details. He also told investors iPhone 12 is off to a strong start. 6 reasons an M1 Mac might not be right for you
11/26/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 35 seconds
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The new M1 Macs are totally insane! (+ HomePod mini hands-on!) - #467

This week: Apple’s new M1 Macs are breaking all the benchmarks, and are now officially the fastest Macs ever made. The MacBook Air is outperforming the iMac! These M1 Macs are insane. Plus: iPhone 12 Pro Max Vs. Mini — we’ve got them both! Which one is the keeper? We discuss. And stay tuned for our HomePod mini review, and our favorite tire inflator in an all-new Under Review! CultCast is now listener supported! If you 💖 what we do, & if want to see more content with the same CultCast gusto, please join us. Supporters get CultCast: Off Topic!, a new variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah (and friends), and a lot more! Join CultCast Support! This episode supported by The NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 router gives you ultra-fast speeds and wider coverage throughout your home – it’s the biggest revolution in WiFi ever. Check it out today at your local Best Buy and at Netgear.com/bestwifi6. 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. Erfon Elijah's YouTube channel http://youtube.com/erfonelijah On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories First M1 Macs blow reviewers’ socks off Still on the fence over Apple’s new M1 Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro despite their stellar benchmarks? Find out what tech experts think of them in new reviews and hands-on videos. M1 MacBook Review + Mac Mini (Dave2D) iPhone 12 mini is the ultimate one-handed phone [Review] Buying a compact smartphone used to mean making some big sacrifices. You either had to settle for an older model, or you had to opt for an Android handset (ugh!). That’s no longer the case, thanks to iPhone 12 mini. iPhone 12 Pro Max: Bigger, bolder and undeniably better [Review] iPhone 12 Pro Max is Apple’s biggest smartphone to date, with a Super Retina XDR display that measures at 6.7 inches diagonally. It’s also the fastest handset on the market, thanks to an incredibly speedy A14 Bionic processor that’s coupled with 5G connectivity (where available).
11/20/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 51 seconds
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#466 - Apple’s M1 chip… it’s a MONSTER

This week: early benchmarks are in for Apple’s new M1 silicon, and they show the new chip makes the new MacBook Air FASTER than the 16-inch MacBook Pro.  The M1 performance is HARD TO BELIEVE, and then there's the insane battery life... Plus, HomePod mini reviews are in, and we go hands-on with Dolby Atmos on Apple TV with original HomePod! CultCast is now listener supported! Today we announced that CultCast is going listener supported. If you 💖 what we do, & want to see more content with the same CultCast gusto, please join us! Supporters get CultCast: Off Topic!, a new variety show hosted by Erfon Elijah (and friends). Patreon - patreon.com/thecultcast Subscribe Star - subscribestar.com/cultcast This episode supported by Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK On the show this week @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories Performance trajectory shows why jump to Apple Silicon makes perfect sense Apple improved its processors’ performance by a massive 3x in the past five years, according to analysis carried out by AnandTech. Apple Silicon M1 Chip in MacBook Air Outperforms High-End 16-Inch MacBook Pro In comparison to Macs, the single-core M1performance is better than any other available Mac, and the multi-core performance beats out all of the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro models, including the 10th-generation high-end 2.4GHz Intel Core i9 model. Apple Silicon M1’s biggest surprise? Insane battery life Apple Silicon was widely expected to be fast, but perhaps the biggest surprise of the new M1 chip is the insane battery life it enables. First HomePod mini reviews: Superior audio that’s better late than never What HiFi?: “the HomePod Mini outperforms its size and price like no other smart speaker you can buy.” HomePods + Apple TV + Dolby Atmos - WOW (review, sound test and reactions) Apple has brought Dolby Atmos support to HomePods!
11/13/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 33 seconds
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#465 - INCOMING - Super-charged MacBook Pros w/Apple Silicon (+ new AirPod leaks!)

This week: New MacBook Pros are right around the corner, and their Apple silicon are looking like powerhouses! Plus: a new leak gives us our first glimpse as the next-gen AirPods, and they look even better than we hoped. And forget everything you’ve heard about AirTags--Apple has BIG plans for this tech that extends far beyond what we’ve been told. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories Is this our first glimpse of the next-gen AirPods? Apple’s third-generation AirPods reportedly will look very similar to the AirPods Pro, and a new photo shared online may give us our first glimpse of the new design. Get ready for Apple Silicon Mac at ‘One More Thing’ event Apple sent out invites on Monday to an unprecedented third product launch event. This will almost certainly be the debut of Macs running Apple Silicon, the company’s own processors, and the long rumored AirTags. Apple to Launch MacBooks With Own Chips Next Week Apple and overseas suppliers are ramping up production of three Mac laptops with Apple processors: new 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros and a new 13-inch MacBook Air, according to people familiar with the matter. A14X Bionic to Be ‘Nearly on Par’ With 8-Core Intel Core i9-9880H, According to Fresh Performance Analysis Two Massive Master Patents covering Apple AirTags has been Published illustrating many styles and Applications
11/6/202043 minutes, 32 seconds
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#464 - Big changes are coming to AirPods! (And a $100,000 APPL stock update!)

This week: next-gen's AirPods are getting massive changes, we’ll tell you what we know! Plus: the original HomePod remains absolutely OUTSTANDING, but the Intercom feature needs work; and we’ve got another update on Erfon’s $100,000 APPL stock investment! Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories Apple Plans Smaller AirPods Pro, Revamped Entry-Level Model Apple is currently working on updates for its entry-level AirPods and AirPods Pro, which could debut in 2021, Bloomberg reported Monday. Original Home REMAINS outstanding, now getting even better I’ve broken apart my stereo pair so one is now in my living room. Breaking apart stereo pair was not a simple process. HomePod blows away Echo in my living room. Just one fills the room beautifully. Apple may have underestimated the popularity of iPhone 12 Pro Apple was seemingly banking on the iPhone 12 being its most popular new handset this year. But it appears the company may have underestimated just how popular the new iPhone 12 Pro is with users. Apple earnings: Can iPad and Mac pick up the iPhone slack again? Weak iPhone sales likely pulled down Apple earnings in its last financial quarter. But the pandemic almost certainly pushed up demand for iPad and Mac. Still, total revenue is expected to be down slightly.
10/30/202051 minutes, 57 seconds
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#463 - iPhone 12/Pro first impressions!

This week: the reviews are in, let's talk about iPhone 12! Plus—the honest truth about of 5G, HomePod gets a game changing new feature, and Jony Ive gets a brand new job. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories iPhone 12 and 12 Pro first impressions: Apple does it again The first reviews of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro landed online Tuesday, and the devices’ marquee feature — 5G wireless connectivity — largely went unnoticed. iPhone 12 sees strong start with twice as many preorders as iPhone 11 iPhone 12 has seen twice as many preorders as last year’s iPhone 11, while iPhone 12 Pro is proving more popular than iPhone 11 Pro, according to new estimates from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Early iPhone 12 and 12 Pro battery tests suggest 5G comes at a cost The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro bring 5G to Apple’s smartphones for the first time. But it comes at a cost to your battery. iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11 Pro Camera Test HomePod will soon have Dolby Atmos support for Apple TV 4K An upcoming home cinema feature will soon enable Apple HomePod to blast Dolby Atmos audio from Apple TV 4K. The feature, which is on the way as part of a future firmware update, will also support 5.1 and 7.1 channel audio (via The Verge). Only the regular HomePod will get the option, however. The new HomePod mini won’t support Atmos.
10/23/202055 minutes, 3 seconds
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#462 - iPhone 12/Pro/Mini and HomePod Mini — our reactions!

This week: it’s our iPhone 12/Pro/Mini and HomePod Mini reactions! We review everything Apple announced at the "Hi, Speed" event, and we dig into all the new features. We’ve got a lot to say…. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories With HomePod mini, Apple goes small, cheap and smart Apple took the wraps of the HomePod mini Tuesday, showcasing a pint-size smart speaker that promises high-end audio at a lower price than its big brother. But the most interesting parts might have nothing to do with music. iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini look anything but standard Apple showcased the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 handsets Tuesday, showing just how powerful an “entry level” smartphone can be. iPhone 12 Pro dazzles with new design, 5G, improved cameras Like its predecessor, iPhone 12 Pro comes in two size options. The smaller model offers a 6.1-inch display, while the larger Max model packs a 6.7-inch display — the largest ever in an iPhone. And yet, both devices are just as portable as iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. They’re also available in new color options: silver, graphite, gold, and Pacific blue.
10/16/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 29 seconds
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#461 - Our "Hi, Speed" Apple event.... PREDICTIONS

This week: iPhone 12! HomePods Mini! AirTags! Next Gen Macs! Air Power Mat? We’re talking our “Hello, Speed” Apple event hardware predictions. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK 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 12, Apple Watch, iPad and other tech sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories Apple October event invite might hide AirTags in plain sight The invite to an Apple October product event might have an upcoming device hidden in plain sight. Part of the graphic included with the invite apparently bears a strong resemblance to AirTags, the item-location tags that are supposedly on the docket for the October 13 event. Apple ‘Hi, Speed’ event on Oct. 13 could bring iPhone 12, new Mac and more Apple just invited the world to an event on October 13. No agenda was announced, but there’s little doubt the star will be the iPhone 12, the first iOS device with 5G wireless networking. Apple hinted at the coming upgrade with the title of the HomePod mini on the way this year, but don’t expect HomePod 2 Apple will introduce a HomePod mini in 2020, but don’t get your hopes up about a sequel to the original HomePod smart speaker, claims a reliable Apple leaker.
10/9/202056 minutes, 43 seconds
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#460 - Apple's own leaks confirms iPhone 12 Mini!

This week: whoopsie! Apple accidentally leaks the new iPhone 12 mini—we talk prices and storage options. Plus: Apple’s beefs up AppleCare+ and slashes the cost; and we wrap up with an EPIC update to the Fortnite Vs. Apple app store antitrust case. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories CONFIRMED! 'iPhone 12 mini' Name Reappears in Leaked Apple iPhone 12 Case Stickers Earlier this week a proven leaker (L0vetodream) claimed that the iPhone 12 lineup would be named "iPhone 12 mini," "iPhone 12," "iPhone 12 Pro," and "iPhone 12 Pro Max," and today the same nomenclature has appeared again in a photo depicting alleged stickers from unreleased Silicone iPhone cases originating from Apple's international distribution center in Ireland. iPhone 12 will come in a 64GB storage option after all Don’t bid farewell to the 64GB storage option for the iPhone just yet! According to Apple leaker Jon Prosser, the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB options. AppleCare+ Updated to Cover 2 Accidental Damage Incidents Every 12 Months, Theft and Loss Deductible Lowered Apple today updated its AppleCare+ protection plan for Apple devices to cover two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months. Prior to now, AppleCare+ covered two incidents of accidental damage every 24 months. Epic’s decision to bypass Apple’s App Store policies were dishonest, says US judge A US judge hearing arguments in Epic’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple has criticized the game developer’s decision to breach its contract with the iPhone maker by pushing a version of Fortnite with a custom payment system onto the App Store. The decision resulted in Apple removing Fortnite from the App Store.
10/2/202059 minutes, 16 seconds
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#459 - Apple Watch Series 6 - our one week review!

This week: don't miss our one week reviews of Apple Watch Series 6!  We’ll tell you if it’s worth upgrading... Plus: multiple sources are now confirming a NEW Apple hardware event coming October 13th, where a new “iPhone 12 Mini” may be announced—we’ll tell you what we know. And stick around for more Apple Stock talk! Erfon’s reveals what his $100K investment is worth now after this month’s depressing APPL stock plummet! Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK This episode supported by 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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. 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. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories Apple Watch Series 6: Color us impressed [Review] Almost all the reviews of the Apple Watch Series 6 say the same thing: Yeah, it’s great, but it’s an incremental upgrade, and if you already have a Series 5, skip the upgrade. Multiple sources point to iPhone 12 event on October 13 The iPhone 12 will debut at a special event on October 13, multiple sources claimed on Wednesday. The release date will reportedly come shortly thereafter. Apple’s smallest iPhone 12 could be called ‘iPhone 12 mini’ For the first time ever, Apple will adopt its “mini” branding for the iPhone, claims Apple leaker L0vetodream. According to the tipster, Apple will use the name “iPhone 12 mini” for the smallest of four models coming this year. iPhone Home screen modders go crazy with iOS 14 Ever wanted to make your brand-new iPhone look like it’s running Windows 95? That’s the outrageously novel idea that sprang into the mind of Ashley, an 18-year-old from Indiana who wants to work as a graphic designer, after she upgraded to iOS 14 last week. Apple has lost more than $500 billion in market cap so far this month Apple has lost more than $500 billion in market cap since the start of this month, CNBC reported over the weekend.
9/25/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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#458 - Series 6 Apple Watch & AirPods Studio - Let’s talk!

This week: we’re talking Apple Watch Series 6, and the freshly leaked AirPods Studio headphones! Plus: we recap all the best announcements from Apple’s Time’s Up event, discuss the power of the U1 chip, and explain Spatial Audio, the crazy good new feature added to AirPods Pro. Join our CultCast Live stream, Friday Sept 18th @11:30am PT! https://youtu.be/HngYh6PXdYk     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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week's stories Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK Apple Watch SE packs essential features, larger screen for just $279 Unveiled alongside Apple Watch Series 6 on Tuesday, the more affordable model packs an egde-to-edge display, a super-speedy S5 processor, fall detection, and more. Compare Apple Watches: https://www.apple.com/watch/compare/ Leaks give us first uninspiring look at AirPods Studio headphones After months of near quiet, a images and even video leaked out supposedly showing Apple’s first over-the-ears headphones, possibly called AirPods Studio. Apple quietly reveals the Watch Series 6 will be the first with U1 locator chip In September 2019, Apple added a new feature to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro without saying a single word onstage — and it did it again today with the Apple Watch Series 6. Apple Updates AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro Firmware to Version 3A283 Apple has released new 3A283 firmware updates for the second-generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro. What in the update? No clue.
9/18/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 41 seconds
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#457 - Our "Time Flies" event predictions!

This week: it’s our “Time Flies” Apple event hardware predictions! Are we really getting just an iPad and the new Apple Watch at the September 15th event? We’re not so sure… Plus: the Jon Prosser vs. Mark Gurman epic battle of the Apple leakers takes a big turn, and Apple reveals their newest invention--the Apple Face Mask. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK   This episode supported by 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace   This week's stories Apple preps virtual event for Sept. 15, but don’t expect iPhone 12 Apple’s next virtual event will take place on September 15 — but don’t expect to see the new iPhone 12 models. Apple sets iPhone 11 videos to private on YouTube ahead of iPhone 12 launch Apple frequently sets videos of its older products to private when a replacement product comes to the market. This is done to avoid product confusion in the event that YouTube’s algorithm unearths older videos. Jon Prosser gets his leaks wrong, kinda…. https://twitter.com/jon_prosser/status/1303150728647671808 https://twitter.com/jon_prosser/status/1303350520548073479 https://twitter.com/jon_prosser/status/1303406324626096128 Design-obsessed Apple designs its own face masks Apple designed its own face masks because of course it did. A company long known for setting itself apart from the competition with superior design couldn’t use over-the-counter masks.
9/11/202055 minutes
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#456 - Apple’s got “something planned”, and it’s coming next week...

This week: popular Apple leaker Jon Prosser says new Apple hardware is coming next week! But what? We'll discuss. Plus: what we know about the next gen iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple TV, and the killer tracking features coming to Apple’s AirTags.   And the next iPhone 12 color, revealed! 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 Sources affirm plans for new iPad Air, 2 Apple Watch models this fall Sources familiar with Apple’s plans have confirmed to Bloomberg that a new iPad Air and Apple Watch refresh are on their way this fall, along with a new Apple TV with a new remote. Faster Apple TV could get ‘upgraded’ remote with Find My feature Apple’s next-generation Apple TV could debut with an “upgraded” remote and a Find My remote feature, according to a new report from Bloomberg. iPhone 12 to Come in 'Dark Blue' Color Option Apple will offer a new "dark blue" model in its upcoming iPhone 12 lineup, according to a new report today. Apple Delays Ad Anti-Tracking Features Planned for iOS 14 [Updated] Apple told some developers that it will delay the enforcement of an anti-tracking feature that's being implemented in iOS 14, reports The Information.
9/4/202049 minutes, 17 seconds
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#455 - New iPhone 12 leaks CONFIRM new features

This week: a new leak confirms some exciting iPhone 12 specs! Plus: a new iPad and Apple Watch Series 6 are right around the corner; the Fortnite Vs. Apple case takes an interesting turn; and Erfon divulges how his $95,000 Apple stock investment is performing! This episode supported by 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 New leak confirms some of the most exciting iPhone 12 specs New images and video of a prototype iPhone 12 Pro Max allegedly fell into the hands of frequent Apple leaker Jon Prosser. New iPad, Apple Watch Series 6 leak via Eurasian database A listing of multiple unknown tablets by the Eurasian Economic Commission confirms that Apple will soon introduce a range of new 2020 iPad models. No Apple device can play the new Fortnite season Epic Games and Apple are fighting over revenue sharing, and players are getting caught in the middle. Earlier this month, Epic Games tried to circumvent Apple’s requirement that the iPhone-maker receive 30% of in-app payments. The result was that Fortnite was booted from the App Store. Judge protects Unreal Engine during Epic Games’ battle with Apple [Updated] In an order issued Monday night, a U.S. district judge blocked Apple from revoking Epic Games’ developer accounts as the legal battle between the two companies moves toward trial. Apple's Share Price Soars Past the $500 Mark After becoming the first U.S. company to reach a market capitalization of $2 trillion last week, Apple's stock has continued to soar as investors pour money into the company. Apple's stock officially opened Monday above the $500 mark, and shot up as high as $515 before coming back down to around $503. Historically, AAPL stock splits have seen stock rise 10% in next 12 months Multi-asset investment platform eToro analysed 60 years of data, and found that on average companies that split their stocks see their share price surge by a third in the 12 months after the split.
8/28/202058 minutes, 10 seconds
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#454 - Why Epic Games is suing Apple (and why they might win)

This week: Battle of the Titans—Fortnite maker Epic Games takes Apple to court over its App Store policies, and they just might get their way. Plus: Apple and its stock hit another astonishing milestone; Prosser was right—Apple has begun rebranding Beats; and Apple TV+ finally makes the move we’ve been waiting for: bundling premium channels for one low price. 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 Apple expels Fortnite from the App Store; Epic Games sues Early last Thursday, Epic Games launched the Fortnite Mega Drop. This offers up to 20% discounts on in-app purchases made on iPhone, iPad or Android, as long as these are direct payments. Making the same purchases though the App Store costs the regular price. Epic Games tries to talk Spotify, Sonos into creating anti-App Store coalition Epic Games, maker of Fortnite, is recruiting a team of like-minded companies to join its fight against Apple and its App Store policies, according to a report from The Information (paywall). Apple hits astonishing $2 trillion market cap [Updated] And early Wednesday, Apple hit a massive $2 trillion valuation, becoming the first publicly traded U.S. company in history to hit this milestone. Beats 1 becomes Apple Music 1 as Cupertino launches two new radio station Apple is rebranding Beats 1 as Apple Music 1, while also launching two new radio stations, the company said Tuesday. Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country will both feature their own exclusive radio shows. Apple TV+ subscribers get 2-for-1 Showtime and CBS All Access bundle A subscription to Showtime costs $10.99 per month, while commercial-free CBS All Access is $9.99 per month, but Apple TV+ subscribers in the US can now also add a bundle of CBS All Access and Showtime for only $9.99 per month more.
8/21/202056 minutes, 57 seconds
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#453 - LEAKED—Here are the release dates for iPhone 12, iPad, and Apple Watch

This week: Thanks to a new leak, we now know the exact release dates for iPhone 12, Apple Watch, and more. We'll tell you what to expect! Plus: Apple stock adventure, part 2! Erfon talks about his massive Apple stock purchase, including how much he spent, why he bought in now, and how much his investment is now worth. We talk real numbers! And if you’ve been thinking about getting a new Mac with the butterfly keyboard, DON’T DO IT until you hear this episode.  COVID keyboard repairs are now a total nightmare. This episode supported by The NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 router gives you ultra-fast speeds and wider coverage throughout your home – it’s the biggest revolution in WiFi ever. Check it out today at your local Best Buy and at Netgear.com/bestwifi6. 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 We might know exactly when iPhone 12 will arrive Apple will hold an iPhone 12 event the week of October 12, with the device shipping a week later, according to up-and-coming leaker Jon Prosser. Mark Gurman doesn't like Jon Prosser's new hardware predictions (again)
8/14/20201 hour, 57 seconds
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#452 - Forget the new iMac, buy Apple’s stock!

This week: the brand new iMac may look the same, but it’s so powerful video editors are gleefully buying 2 to 3 at a time—we’ll tell you everything that’s new 🔥 Then: Phil Schiller, Apple Worldwide Marketing VP, and one of Steve Job’s original generals, is stepping down. We’ll remember some of Phil’s most memorable Apple moments. And forget buying the new iMac, get Apple’s stock instead! Erfon goes all in, and reveals the huge cash stockpile he’s about to dump into Apple stock, why he’s buying it now, and the cash value of his current investment. This episode supported by The NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 router gives you ultra-fast speeds and wider coverage throughout your home – it’s the biggest revolution in WiFi ever. Check it out today at your local Best Buy and at Netgear.com/bestwifi6. 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 / @lewiswallace This week's stories New iMac packs faster internals into all-too-familiar shell The wait for Apple’s newest iMac is over. Cupertino today dropped a faster all-in-one with an even more glorious Retina 5K display. Phil Schiller’s new role as Apple Fellow means big promotion for Joz Schiller continues to report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook in his new position, as an Apple Fellow, and will now lead App Store and Apple Events. Greg “Joz” Joswiak takes up Schiller’s previous role. 10 reasons why I’ll miss Phil Schiller Tuesday marked the end of an era. Phil Schiller has stepped down from his role as VP of worldwide marketing. How Apple made money in the middle of a crushing pandemic People around the world turned to Apple products at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. And the result was an 11% increase in Apple revenue during the June quarter. Apple shares close at new all-time high [Updated] Apple shares hit a new all-time high Friday on the back of the company’s shockingly good Q3 earnings. Apple stock will split 4-to-1 Apple’s board of directors has approved a four-to-one stock split.
8/7/202057 minutes, 51 seconds
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#451 - New iMacs, iPhone 12, new iPads, and Jon Prosser strikes back!

This week: Apple leaker Jon Prosser returns to the internet, and he’s got some tasty new Apple rumors to share... Plus: Tim Cook gets grilled by congress over Apple’s app store, and at least one house member says it’s time to break up Big Tech. And if you love movies, you’ll be happy to hear why new releases will soon be heading to your Apple TV just weeks after release. This episode supported by The NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 router gives you ultra-fast speeds and wider coverage throughout your home – it’s the biggest revolution in WiFi ever. Check it out today at your local Best Buy and at Netgear.com/bestwifi6. 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 Jon Prosser Lives! And he's got some new Apple rumors to share... iPhone 12 and New iPads On the 9to5 New Intel iMac rumor Tim Cook mostly avoids grilling during historic congressional antitrust hearing Apple CEO Tim Cook mostly avoided questioning during Wednesday’s historic congressional antitrust hearing on the business practices of Big Tech. Universal will sell digital movies just weeks after their theatrical debut A new deal means that movie fans won’t be waiting as long to see Universal Pictures movies pop up for sale on iTunes and other digital platforms after their theatrical debut.
7/31/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 39 seconds
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#450 - Apple pushes for change—entire supply chain to go 100% carbon neutral

This week: Apple—and its entire supply chain—will go 100% carbon neutral by 2030, pushing the entire world of tech towards BIG changes… A powerful iOS 14 privacy feature will be great for consumers, buuuut may kill a billion dollar ad industry Some exciting new podcast features are coming to Spotify We talk about CultCast... Video! And we’ll tell you about the gadgets we’re testing in an all-new Under Review! This episode supported by The NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 router gives you ultra-fast speeds and wider coverage throughout your home – it’s the biggest revolution in WiFi ever. Check it out today at your local Best Buy and at Netgear.com/bestwifi6. 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 Apple (and its entire supply chain) will be 100% carbon neutral by 2030 Apple will become carbon neutral across its entire business and manufacturing chain by 2030, the company said Tuesday. Apple Is Killing A Billion-Dollar Ad Industry With One Popup A new iOS 14 privacy feature spells trouble for advertisement agencies and promises to end an era of personalized ads Spotify debuts video podcasts for select shows This week, the streaming service announced the format’s official debut on a handful of shows. Under Review gadget picks Anker PowerCore 10K Wireless Zens Liberty 16-coil wireless charger Mophie UV sanitizer with wireless charging
7/23/20201 hour, 49 seconds
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#449 - Apple gets hacked, & the vanishing of Jon Prosser

This week: a massive global hack has Apple pushing a bitcoin scam to millions! Plus: iOS 13.6 brings some cool new features to Apple News. And we’ll tell you the newest info on Apple Glass, while pondering the fate of Jon Prosser, the prolific Apple insider who vanished right after leaking them. 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. 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. 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 Hackers hit Apple’s Twitter account in widespread bitcoin scam Apple is one of many companies and people who had their Twitter accounts hijacked on Wednesday. A hacker found a way to post on what seems to be any account, indicating that it’s Twitter itself that has been hacked. iOS 13.6 brings expanded Apple News features and other cool stuff Apple released iOS 13.6 Wednesday, boosting its Apple News offering and bringing other new features to iPhone and iPad. Apple’s biggest supplier is already making trial lenses for Apple Glass Foxconn has reportedly started trial production on polarized, semi-transparent AR lenses that could be used for Apple Glass, according to The Information. Mark Gurman is still mad about the Apple Glass Prosser story!
7/17/202052 minutes, 1 second
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#448 - We talk 14-inch MacBook Pro and a BIG Apple Maps update! (FIXED)

This week: we've got more details on the 14-inch MacBook Pro, and Apple Maps gets a new feature that blows us away! Plus: we talk our two week impressions of iOS 14, and a major Hollywood film is coming to Apple TV+.  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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 Start testing exciting new iOS 14 features with first public beta After giving developers start testing iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 at WWDC in June, Apple on Thursday let the general public access pre-release versions too. 14-Inch MacBook Pro With Mini-LED Display Expected to Enter Production in 2021 Apple suppliers will begin competing to win manufacturing orders for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Mini-LED displays in the first quarter of 2021, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce. Tom Hanks thinks having his new movie debut on Apple TV+ is an ‘absolute heartbreak’ Tom Hanks made a few not-so-flattering comments about the “Apple overlords” in an interview about his new World War II movie Greyhound. The film, which was originally supposed to launch in theaters, was pulled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, it will premiere on Apple TV+ this Friday.
7/10/202048 minutes, 43 seconds
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#447 - Why people are ALREADY mad about iPhone 12...

This week: with iPhone 12 right around the corner, a new rumor says it will be missing one key feature, and the internet is not happy. Plus: it’s a CultCast Exclusive! We’ll tell you how Apple’s planning to bring the Apple store right to your home. And we discuss our favorite new shows and "Mary Jane" accessories in an all-new What We’re Into. 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 iPhone 12 might not come with earbuds or a charger in the box The iPhone 12 is rumored to not be shipping with packaged earbuds, but according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo it may also be lacking another standard piece of kit in its box: A charger. Microsoft Stores are closing for good Microsoft is pulling the plug on its chain of retail stores, the company announced Friday. All stores are going to be shuttered for good, although four — in New York City, London, Sydney, and its Redmond campus — will be turned into experience centers that don’t sell products. What we’re Into! Slymer Refined Live Resin Rowan and Martin’s laugh-in Seinfeld on Hulu Reunited Apart Johnny Carson episodes
7/3/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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#446 - iOS 14’s best HIDDEN features!

This week: we bring you a huge list of great iOS 14 features Apple DID NOT mention on-stage at WWDC 20, and there’s a lot to love. Plus: why iOS 14's new Home screen widgets aren't as powerful as you might think, and get ready to log into websites with Face ID or Touch ID. This episode supported by CleanMyMac X is an all in one utility that takes care of your Mac's health: it’s a macOS cleaner, a performance monitor, a malware remover, and occasionally, a lifesaver. And until July 5th, you can go to macpaw.com/cultofmac to get CleanMyMac X with a 30% discount. 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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 iOS 14's new Home screen widgets aren't as powerful as you might think Widgets in iOS 14 currently offer little more than a tiny snippet of useful information. They can display weather conditions, upcoming appointments, items on your to-do list, and what you’re listening to. But Apple doesn’t make them (or allow them to be) interactive like Google does. macOS Big Sur One of the most significant redesigns since Yosemite 6 years ago. Almost everything has changed. macOS now looks a lot like iOS All-new sounds. Trash sound different. Move files sounds different. Translucent menu bar with new icons All-new icons for drives and folders Dock has been redesigned with a note iOS-type feel Icons for Apple’s apps are now square, like their iOS counterparts Message notifications now give much more information The icons used in open folders look those those in iOS Popup menus are translucent and have new buttons New control toggle in the menu bar that brings up icons for Wi-Fi-, Bluetooth, brightness and sound, just like the control panel on your iPhone or iPad Maps and messages now look and feel just like the iPhone versions. iOS 14 hidden features Double or triple tap back to activate shortcut Widget stacks let you use the same space for up to 10 different widgets. You can swipe through them. Smart stack widget uses on device AI to show the right widget based on factors like time, location, and activity. Battery notification lets you know when you need to charge your AirPods, or when your Apple Watch has been charged Hide home screen pages you’re not using Picture in picture will let you watch a video while using another app, but you can also use it for FaceTime, so you can see your caller while doing something else And just like on the iPad, you can move the picture off screen but still hear the audio. You probably remember you can have pinned conversations in messages. But did you know can have up to nine pinned conversations and they will sync across Messages in iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. In group messages conversations, people can now @ your name to speak directly to you, and you can set your notifications to only ping when someone @’s you. Memoji get new hairstyles, new face coverings, new headwear, and accurate facial movements More age options "Six new age options let you customize your look whether you’re baby-faced, in your golden years, or somewhere in between.” FaceTime FaceTime can make video calling more natural by helping you establish eye contact even when you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera. FaceTime delivers improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on supported devices Camera Time to first shot is now 25% quicker You can now lock an exposure compensation value for photos and videos for an entire camera session while separately locking camera focus and exposure for a specific shot. You can now capture QuickTake video in Photo mode on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. Weather Stay informed about severe weather events19 and learn about upcoming shifts in weather, so you know if it will be significantly warmer, colder, or wetter the next day. In the U.S. you can see a chart that shows a minute‑by‑minute forecast of precipitation intensity over the next hour. Health New hearing features help you understand how loud you’re listening to media through headphones and how that could impact your hearing over time. Maps Maps now routes cyclists along bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads. Preview the elevation for your ride, check how busy a street is, and set routes to avoid steep inclines or stairs. Maps lets you know when you’re approaching speed cameras and red-light cameras along your route. In the translate app, you can view your recent history and save phrases that you just translated as favorites. Siri 20x more facts You can now ask Siri for cycling directions. While navigating with Apple Maps, you can ask Siri to share your ETA with a contact. Car Keys Even when your iPhone battery runs low, you’ll be able to access and start your vehicle for up to five hours. Photos You can sort any of your albums, including Shared Albums, by oldest or newest first. Notes Draw lines, arcs, and shapes, including hearts, stars, and arrows. Pause slightly at the end, and your imperfect shape snaps into a perfect one. Collapse or expand your pinned notes list. AirPods Adjust your AirPods audio to account for hearing differences. Headphone Accommodations amplifies soft sounds and can tune for your individual hearing, to help music, phone calls, and more sound crisp and clear. Connect two sets of AirPods to your Apple TV 4K so you can enjoy movies and shows with someone else without disturbing others.11 Privacy Easily switch to Sign in with Apple when logging in to participating apps. You’ll keep the account you already use, but have one less password to keep track of. Share only your approximate location rather than your exact location with apps— perfect for apps like local news or weather. iOS will display an indicator whenever an app is using the mic or camera, both in the app and in Control Center. Get ready to log into websites with Face ID or Touch ID | Cult of Mac Safari users soon will be able to securely log into websites using Face ID and Touch ID. The new feature, which Apple is rolling out in iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur, should take away one of the most irritating things about using the web — remembering, and then typing in, user names and complicated passwords.
6/26/202052 minutes, 5 seconds
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We react to all our favorite WWDC 2020 announcements!

This episode: We react to all our favorite WWDC 2020 announcements! And there's a whole lot to discuss. This episode supported by CleanMyMac X is an all in one utility that takes care of your Mac's health: it’s a macOS cleaner, a performance monitor, a malware remover, and occasionally, a lifesaver. And until July 5th, you can go to macpaw.com/cultofmac to get CleanMyMac X with a 30% discount. 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 11, Apple Watch, Mac Pro 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.