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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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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.

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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.
2021-10-08
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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.

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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

2021-10-01
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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!

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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.
2021-09-24
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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!

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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

2021-09-17
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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.

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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

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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.
2021-09-10
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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!

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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.
2021-09-03
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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!

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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.
2021-08-27
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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+.

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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.
2021-08-20
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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.

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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.
2021-08-13
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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!

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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.?
2021-08-06
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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!

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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.?
2021-08-06
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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.

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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.
2021-07-30
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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.

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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.
2021-07-23
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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?.

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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.
2021-07-16
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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!

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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.?
2021-07-09
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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.

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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.
2021-07-02
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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!

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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.
2021-06-25
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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.

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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.
2021-06-18
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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!

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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.
2021-06-11
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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!

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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.
2021-06-04
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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.

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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

2021-05-28
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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.

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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.
2021-05-21
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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!

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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.
2021-05-14
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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.

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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.
2021-05-07
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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.

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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.
2021-04-30
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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!

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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.
2021-04-23
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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.

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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

2021-04-16
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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!

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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.
2021-04-09
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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!

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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

2021-04-02
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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!

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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.
2021-03-26
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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!

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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.
2021-03-19
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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!

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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.
2021-03-12
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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!

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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.
2021-03-05
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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.

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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.
2021-02-26
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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!

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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.
2021-02-19
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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!

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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."
2021-02-12
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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.

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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]

2021-02-05
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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!

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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.
2021-01-29
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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!).

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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.
2021-01-22
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2021-01-16
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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!

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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!

2021-01-15
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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!

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Here's the 100w Gallium Nitride charger we talked about

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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.
2021-01-08
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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!

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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.
2021-01-01
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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!

 

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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.
2020-12-24
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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!

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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!

2020-12-18
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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.

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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.
2020-12-11
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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...

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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.
2020-12-04
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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.

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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

2020-11-26
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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!

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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).
2020-11-20
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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!

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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!
2020-11-13
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