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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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CultCast #260 - Hackintosh Monster Mac!  

This week: why building a Hackintosh can get you the monster Mac you’ve always wanted.  Plus: Apple analyst Ming-Chi Quo reveals iPhone 8’s marquee feature; AirPods ship date is finally revealed; and stick around for our top Apple Airport router replacement picks!

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CultCast #259 - Secret Apple project stalling Mac updates?  

This week: is a secret Apple project stalling Mac updates?  It wouldn’t be the first time… Plus: Apple teases Black Friday deals; Airport routers are dead, and the Mac Pro might be next;  the future of Time Machine; why iPad should be iOS/OS X hybrid; and Jony Ive’s new role designing Apple itself.

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  Apple teases one-day shopping event for Black Friday Apple is teasing a one-day shopping event for Black Friday that could bring tasty discounts on its latest products. Apple chose not to participate in Black Friday sales last year, so fans were forced to look elsewhere for price cuts on Apple products. In 2014, Apple took a different approach to Black Friday, offering free gift cards with certain purchases instead of cutting prices. Customers got up to $150 for buying a Mac, up to $75 with an iPad, and up to $50 with an iPod. It’s also worth remembering that over the holiday period, the company offers free two-day shipping on almost all online purchases, while its retail stores are open longer.   Apple grounds its AirPort router division for good According to Bloomberg, Apple has disbanded the division dedicated to developing its Airport wireless routers.
The product line — which spawned the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time capsule, which Apple continues to sell — hasn’t been updated since 2013.   Jony Ive’s design book is much more than an ego trip He’s killing ports and headphone jacks left and right. The latest MacBooks value form over function. He’s designing gold watches for the 1 percent. And now his glossy new photo book, Designed by Apple in California, looks like a $300, linen-bound ego trip. "I see why some people think Designed by Apple in California could be Ive’s goodbye to Apple. But it feels to me like Ive’s heartfelt goodbye to his best friend and colleague, five years gone. I don’t think Jony Ive is going anywhere."
  Surprise! Jony Ive’s Christmas tree is a plain fir on a white backdrop Having previously been announced as the co-designer (with BFF Marc Newson) of the Christmas tree at London’s famous Claridge’s hotel, Ive’s creation was unveiled over the weekend, and — surprise — it’s a plain tree with no decorations, set on a white background. “There are few things more pure and beautiful than nature, so that was our starting point, layering various iterations of organic forms with technology,” Ive and Newson said. “Our aim was to create an all-enveloping magical experience that celebrates our enormous respect for tradition while recognising our excitement about the future and things to come.”
CultCast #258 - MacBook Pro w/TouchBar: the good, the bad, the ugly  
This week: the reviews are in! We’ll tell you what praises and complaints reviewers have about new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.  Plus: the one Touch Bar feature you’ll absolutely covet; why the new “Designed by Apple in California” book is an artifact Apple fans will love; Apple quietly rebuilds a library of their gadgets long past; how to get the best Black Friday deals; and Buster reviews the hawt new Mavic Pro drone by DJI, then crashes it into a cliff.    This episode supported by
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CultCloth will keep your iPhone 7, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can get 20% off your order with code JETBLACK at CultCloth.co.   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   MacBook Pro reviews roundup: Promising, not groundbreaking https://www.cultofmac.com/453848/macbook-pro-review-roundup-promising-not-groundbreaking/ So what do the early reviews make of Apple’s new pro laptop? In a nutshell, that it’s futuristic, but maybe not an entirely successful device for present-day users. Wired: The new MacBook Pro is a terrific laptop and, like the super-skinny MacBook, a clear indication of where most of the computing world is going. But comes with growing pains Techcrunch: The less celebrated spec bumps are what make the new Pro a worthy upgrade. Better processors, more storage, a brighter display and better speakers are all wrapped up in a sleeker and lighter package than before… The Touch Bar feels like a nice bonus for the time being. ArsTechnica‘s Andrew Cunningham writes, “The more I use the Touch Bar, the more I become convinced of its potential utility” — although a lot of its ability to replace the old function buttons remains hypothetical for now.” Industry-leading storage performance. Touchbar get 1.3Gbps WiFI (like 2015 model) instead of 867Mbps. Walt Mossberg describes the Touch Bar as having “potential, but it’s not magic.” ARS: CPU performance increases by an amount that’s roughly proportionate to the 200MHz maximum clock speed increase, and GPU performance increases by around 10 percent. It’s not nothing... WSJ:  “it’s a dongle nightmare.” The SD card slot is particularly missed. WSJ: A Touch Bar, Touch ID and new design are tempting, but you’ll get the same performance and battery with the older model… So how do you decide? Do you invest in the present—the “old” MacBook Pro with performance, good-enough portability, a keyboard to cherish and lots of ports? Or do you invest in the future—a beautiful, highly portable machine with new tricks? Or maybe you do what I’m doing: Stare down at your three-year-old laptop and wonder if you can tough it out another year or two while this sorts itself out.   MacBook Pro Touch Bar lets users skip through YouTube ads http://www.cultofmac.com/454274/macbook-pro-youtube/ First spotted by users on Reddit, at present the fancy new Touch Bar lets users scrub through otherwise unskippable ads so you can start watching videos straight away. “In Safari, the touchbar [sic] will pop up a scrubbing control whenever a video begins to play,” Redditor RomansFiveEight writes. “Amazingly, you can use that to scrub THROUGH an ad, even a non-skippable 30 second pre-roll ad; and begin your video right away!”   Apple chronicles 20 years of iconic design in pricey new book http://www.cultofmac.com/454027/apple-chronicles-20-years-iconic-design-pricey-new-book/ Apple has announced that it will be debuting a new hardbound book, entitled “Designed by Apple in California,” chronicling 20 years of its groundbreaking designs — boasting 450 photographs of past and present Apple products.
CultCast #257 - Apple augments reality!  

This week: early reviews show new MacBook Pro is a video editing powerhouse; Apple’s massive interest in augmented reality; rumors of a Jet White iPhone; AirPods to finally start shipping; new dongle discounts; and finally—is Apple still developing an electric car?

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CultCloth will keep your iPhone 7, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can get 20% off your order with code JETBLACK at CultCloth.co.   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   AirPods supposedly land in Apple stores next week According to one Apple fan, who spoke to an employee at Conrad, an Apple authorized reseller in Germany, AirPods will be delivered to stores next Friday, November 17. “I have just talked with an employee of the Conrad Online Store, since I am there on 14.10 the AirPods ordered and I wanted to cancel today,” he explained to Apfelpage.de. “According to information from the employee, they have stockpiles from 17.11, I will then have them between November 18-19.   MacBook Pro with Touch Bar moves one step closer to shipping http://www.cultofmac.com/452996/macbook-pro-touch-bar-one-step-closer-shipping/ “Multiple reports collated by AppleInsider and other sources show that Apple is gearing up for the first wave of shipments of the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, in every configuration,” The first wave of shipments is expected to reach customers as early as November 11. Those who ordered before the shipping estimate slipped should expect to receive them by November 17, though some could be waiting until November 25.   New MacBook Pro has already outsold every other notebook in 2016 http://www.cultofmac.com/453266/macbook-pro-has-already-outsold-every-other-notebook-in-2016/ latest model generated over seven times the revenue that the MacBook 12-inch did during its April 2015 launch. The new model’s sales already equal 78 percent of all the revenue generated by the MacBook 12-inch since it became available, and has accumulated more revenue than any other laptop this year. Slice Intelligence found 40 percent of Apple laptop owners who purchased a MacBook in 2014 bought their next laptop with another brand. Dell and Asus computers were the most popular laptops for people who previously purchased a MacBook.   The truth about the 2016 MacBook Pro 13” (@JonnyLewisFilms) https://youtu.be/NWp9k2lydtk Jonathan Morris pits a specs’d out HP Specter to a 13” MacBook Pro Premier takes 9+ minutes to export, Final Cut 1:20   Dongle Discount!  Apple Drops Prices on USB-C Adapters http://www.macrumors.com/2016/11/04/apple-drops-prices-on-usb-c-adapters/ In response to Mac outrage, Apple has temporarily dropped the prices on their adapters. USB-C to USB Adapter - Was $19, now $9 Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter - Was $49, now $29 USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter - Was $69, now $49 USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter - Was $69, now $49 USB-C to Lightning Cable (1m) - Was $25, now $19 USB-C to Lightning Cable (2m) - Was $35, now $29 - Apple has also introduced some significant price cuts to the 4K and 5K LG UltraFine displays that were announced at its October 27 Mac event. - The LG UltraFine 5K Display is now priced at $974, a $325 price cut from its original price of $1,299.95. - The LG UltraFine 4K Display is now priced at $524, a $175 price cut from its original price of $699.95.
CultCast #256 - Why we’re canceling our MacBook Pro order  

This week:  we’ve canceled our MacBook Pro order! It’s true, and we’ll you why...  Plus: we compare new MacBook Pro’s performance to older models and similarly priced machines;  Apple call it quits on external displays;  and, the end of an era—one of Mac’s most iconic features gets retired.   This episode supported by   Casper’s American-made mattresses have just the right amount of memory foam and latex, and people everywhere love them.  Learn why and get $50 towards any mattress at Casper.com/cultcast.   CultCloth will keep your iPhone 7, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can get 20% off your order with code JETBLACK at CultCloth.co.
  We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   Professional Mac Users' Complaints List Grows After 'Disappointing' Apple Event http://www.macrumors.com/2016/11/02/professional-mac-users-complaints-grow-apple-event/ It seems like everyone’s pissed!     This week’s notes and links Hiked prices really make you think about what you’re getting, especially compared to how much better it is to what you already have (or what’s available on the market). Raw Power differences/Speed increases in new MBP (compared to 2012 model) We specs aren’t everything as Apple optimizes everything. Felix Schwarz on twitter CPU Only ~30% increase in Geekbench Single and MultiCore increases if buying the same speed processor you have no. Skylake processors are already a year old, but Kaby lake isn't due out until January and Cannonlake due in 2017 as well. GPU You get 100-180% increase in GPU performance over 2012 dedicated GPUs AMD Pro 400 series is used for low power consumption.  4 year old architecture. it’s a mobile version of a budget graphics card AMD claims "the thinnest graphics processor possible” ideal for artists, designers, photographers, filmmakers, visualizers Not on par with Nvidia GPUs Nvidia’s budget card, GTX 1060, performs at 4.2 teraflops a second vs AMD Pro 460’s 1.8 Teraflops.  455’s 1.2 Tflops 450’s 1 Tflop. Nickel and dimed New cables or dongles for all your USB devices, your iPhone, your peripherals and Thunderbolt 2 devices, maybe your existing monitor. No power brick extension cable. Funny enough, Phil Schiller noted the new MacBook Pro still has a 3.5mm headphone jack because it is a "pro machine," but lacks an SD card reader because it's a "cumbersome" slot best left to adapters or wireless transfers. 
Take into account the $400-$500 price increases, it’s hard to get on board. Next year’s upgrade will address a number of my concerns Much newer Intel CPUs. More availability of USB C and Thunderbolt 3 tech. Lower prices. Touch Bar bugs worked out (if any). Cheaper SSD upgrades. Again, specs aren’t everything.  Apple says the new MacBook Pro has: 130% better 3D graphics performance. 60% better gaming performance 57% better video editing performance   Performance comparison of the 2012 and 2016 15” Retina MacBook Pro https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cv-JmoDWYAAlMp7.jpg:large   MacBook Pro’s two biggest problems may get fixed in 2017 http://www.cultofmac.com/452087/macbook-pros-two-biggest-problems-may-get-fixed-2017/ The KGI Securities analyst told investors in a recent note that he expects Apple will bring big price-cuts to the MacBook Pro along with some internal upgrades. Kuo also claims the 2017 update will finally give the MacBook Pro up to 32GB of RAM. KabyLake CPUs will be used if Intel’s Cannonlake chips aren’t ready. That will keep max RAM support at 16GB for another year. Price cuts on the next MacBook Pro won’t arrive until the second half of 2017 though.     Apple is officially done making displays http://www.cultofmac.com/451644/apple-officially-done-making-standalone-displays/ Buster The days of Apple making its own stand-alone displays for the Mac Mini and Mac Pro are dead. Apple revealed a new 5K 27-inch Thunderbolt 3

CultCast #255 - Our Hello Again Mac Event Reactions!  

This week: Happy?  Disappointed?  Downright pissed off?  Don’t miss our Hello Again Mac event reactions!  Plus: everything we know about Apple’s new MacBook Pro, and the two big omissions in Apple TV’s new TV app.   This episode supported by   Build a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   What do YOU think of the new MacBook Pros?  Tell us your thoughts on The CultCast sub Reddit.     Pros   The new MacBook Pro won’t ship for another 2-3 weeks, but members of the media who got their fingers on the new Touch Bar came away from Apple’s event with rave reviews. Techcrunch: The Touch Bar is, in a word, neat…The strip itself is glossy. Not quite slick, but frictionless enough so as to run a finger across with little effort. It’s quick and responsive, reacting to multi-touch and the amount of pressure the user applies. It also adapts quite quickly as you toggle between different apps.” Versatile - You know get Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, Display Port, and charging abilities on every port. Brighter screen with better color Engadget was particularly impressed by the screen on the new MacBook Pro models, calling it "stunning" when in person and "a noticeable upgrade" from the previous generation of MacBook Pros. Massive new trackpad. Headphone jack! Upgraded GPU and processor. 60hz refresh rates on 4K and 5K displays Second-generation “fine tuned” butterfly mechanism keyboard. Now available in Space Gray and Silver   Nos Previous MacBook Pros started at $1299 (13”) and $1999 (15”).  New MBPs start at a whopping $1799 (13”) and $2399 (15”). USB C only ports mean dongles for everything, including regular USB peripherals. No SD card slot. No HDMI out. Your current iPhone cable won’t work. Your Thunderbolt cables and peripherals won’t work without Apple’s new $50 adapter. No Magsafe

CultCast #254 Hello, indeed!  

This week: is Apple is about to make massive updates across the entire Mac line?  Don’t miss our Oct. 27 Mac event predictions!  Plus: everything we know about Nintendo Switch, and why we already love it.   This episode supported by   Build a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.   Harry’s super-sharp, German-made razors ship free right to your door and for way less than the drugstore razors. Get a free trial set at Harrys.com and score free post shave balm with code CultCast at checkout   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   Event predications   Macbook Pro It’s been 528 days since its last update (average is 268), and 4 years since its last major overhaul. We expect an: OLED display bar. Touch ID power button and 4 USB-C ports (with Thunderbolt 3 compatibility) The MagSafe port reportedly will be scrapped. Upgrade to 4K 4096 x 2160 resolution from current 2880x1800 res.   Macbook Air, Apple’s cheapest computer It’s been 591 days since its last update (average is 350). Overall design of the MacBook Air will likely remain the same. The machines are expected to be updated with USB-C support, according to a new Bloomberg report. Updated internals for sure. Retina display is possible but may not happen since this is now Apple’s budget machine. According to Macotakara, no more 11 inch.   Macbook Nuthin - The MacBook was updated with Intel Skylake processors and a new Rose Gold color option in April of 2016.   iMac 374 days since its last update, with an average of 317. We haven’t heard a peep about updates. Likely just updated internals, but possibility of larger screen with curved display.   Mac Pro 1037 days since since the Mac Pro released.  No updates since. Average update is 449 days. Major internal updates expected with possibly design overhaul.   Mac Mini No rumors. 735 days since last update, average is 438. We’re expecting internal updates, but that’s probably it.   New Cinema Display In June of 2016 the Cinema display was officially discontinued. There have been rumors of a new ‘Thunderbolt Display’ that will feature a 5K display and an external GPU in the display itself so under-powered Macs can still run it.   A Magic Trackpad 2 with multi-touch and Force Touch was announced on October 13, 2015 along with the Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard, so probably no updates.  It’s possible we get an updated Magic Keyboard with OLED display bar.   First Look at the Nintendo Switch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5uik5fgIaI    

CultCast #253 - Eatercising  

This week: tips, tricks, and techniques to take beautiful iPhone photos and build a following on Instagram. Plus: the crazy exploding Samsung Galaxy Note saga ends in a strange twist; rumors point to Macs with radically new e-ink keyboards;  and an honest look at Siri vs. the AI competition.   This episode supported by   CultCloth will keep your iPhone 7, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can get 20% off your order with code JETBLACK at CultCloth.co.   And check out Cult of Mac’s new, free fitness eBook! This ebook is your practical how-to guide, covering step by step everything you need to know about getting fit with Apple’s devices.   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   Intro - Freedom of choice! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pJWMs5claM   Earin wireless earbuds https://www.earin.com   Apple may be working on keyboard with e-ink display keys http://www.cultofmac.com/449008/apple-e-ink-keyboard-demo/ Buster A Redditor namede Foxconninsider recently posted about a new Smart Keyboard claimed to be a working e-ink keyboard prototype potentially coming to both iMac and MacBook devices sometime in 2018.   The Guardian is now corroborating the keyboard with a claim that Apple CEO, Tim Cook has met with Sonder founder Serra-Martins in while in China.   Samsung mercifully puts Galaxy Note 7 out of its misery http://www.cultofmac.com/448826/samsung-mercifully-puts-galaxy-note-7-misery/ Samsung has permanently stopped production of its once-acclaimed new smartphone flagship. Owners will be able to return their phones for a refund or to swap it out for another Samsung device. The handset was allegedly rushed to market due to Samsung’s confidence that the iPhone 7 would turn out to be a box office dud.   LOL: Galaxy Note 7 return kit includes fire-proof box and gloves http://www.cultofmac.com/448863/lol-galaxy-note-7-return-kit-includes-fire-proof-box-gloves/ If you bought your Note online from Samsung,returning it could be tricky. In the United Kingdom, the Post Office won’t even accept packages that contain the device. Fortunately, Samsung has a solution. Its special Note 7 return kit was designed with explosions in mind, and it includes thermally-insulated packaging with a ceramic fiber paper lining, and gloves that ensure you won’t suffer burns while handling the device.   Mossberg: Why does Siri seem so dumb? http://www.recode.net/2016/10/12/13251618/mossberg-apple-siri-digital-assistant-dumbS When was the last time Siri delighted you with a satisfying and surprising answer or action? Siri started as an iOS app in 2009, then was purchased by Apple and introduced again in the iPhone 4S It seems to me that Apple has wasted its lead with Siri. And now Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and others are on the march If you try and treat Siri like a truly intelligent assistant, aware of the wider world, it often fails (Weather on Crete, Presidential Nominees) Google Now, on the same Apple devices, using the same voice input, answered every one of these questions clearly and correctly Siri is too limited and unreliable to be an effective weapon for Apple in the coming AI wars. It seems stagnant

CultCast #252 - Galaxy Grenades  

This week: revamped iPads coming this spring; Apple lays the groundwork for the next era of personal technology; how smart homes get hacked; Google’s Pixel phone vs. iPhone 7; and we reveal our favorite new iOS and Mac apps!   This episode supported by   Build a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful. Easiest   Casper’s American-made mattresses have just the right amount of memory foam and latex, and people everywhere love them.  Learn why at Casper.com/cultcast and get $50 towards any mattress with code "CultCast".   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   Intro - Do you even scan, bro? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRRHHqY7RwE   We’re glad to see they’re putting them to good use https://www.instagram.com/p/BLOEKS7j9gw/   Replacement Galaxy Note 7 catches fire on a plane http://www.cultofmac.com/448043/replacement-galaxy-note-7-catches-fire-plane/ Southwest Airlines was forced to evacuate a flight from Louisville to Baltimore this morning before it hit the runway, thanks to a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone that caught fire. The owner of the Galaxy Note 7 said he got the new phone on September 21st at an AT&T store. Before the flight left the gate, the owner says he powered it down and put it in his pocket when it started smoking. Thick grey-green smoke poured out of the device after the owner dropped it on the floor. In a matter of moments it had burned through the plane’s carpet. “All passengers and crew exited the plane via the main cabin door and no injuries were reported,”     With new hardware trio, Google makes major play for your home http://www.cultofmac.com/447847/new-hardware-trio-google-makes-major-play-home/ During an event in San Francisco today, Google unveiled a new Wi-Fi router, an improved Chromecast with 4K support, and a new Google Home device that’s a lot like Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, only it’s powered by Google Assistant. Google Home allows owners to use voice commands to do stuff like play music on YouTube, Google Play Music or Spotify. You can also ask Google Home to play podcasts or news feeds.   AirPods point to Apple’s domination of ‘ambient paradigm’ http://www.cultofmac.com/448065/airpods-point-apples-domination-ambient-paradigm/   Three new iPads Pro are coming early next year http://www.cultofmac.com/447676/apple-said-planning-trio-new-ipad-pros-early-2017/ Apple is set to debut a trifecta of new iPad Pro models in Q1 2017, according to a new report Mac Okatara suggests that the 12.9-inch and 7.9-inch iPad Pros will get the same 12MP iSight camera and True Tone technology that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro currently has. All three models will also supposedly receive quad microphones and, in something of a pleasant surprise, 3.5mm headphone jacks. If Apple’s yearly product cycle wasn’t enough of a hint that a new iPad was on the way, Apple’s iPad Pro tablets both received discounts of up to $100 after Apple’s iPhone 7 media event last month. This announcement coincided with a storage upgrade for other iPad models.   Let’s talk about apps, man   Leander Mezi smart shopping assistant (iOS, Free) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mezi-personal-shopping-assistant/id988314457?mt=8 Rejoinders iMessage stickers https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rejoinders/id1155853742?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4   Buster Lightroom for iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-photoshop-lightroom/id804177739?mt=8   Erfon OmniDiskSweeper https://www.omnigroup.com/more PasteBot http://tapbots.com/pastebot/beta/

CultCast #251 - Big October Mac event?  

This week: reports point to a big Mac event coming in October!  We’ll tell you why we expect more than just overhauled MacBook Pros...  Plus: we remember Steve Jobs, and what made him so damned good; why the jet black iPhone 7 is impossible to find; and stay tuned for drone chat, where we discuss the super cool new drones hitting the market.   This episode supported by   Dollar Shave Club delivers amazing razors right to your door for a third of the price of what the greedy razor corporations charge.  Try it yourself with your first month free at DollarShaveClub.com/CultCast.   Withings Body Cardio scale helps you assess overall cardiovascular health with Heart Rate and Pulse Wave Velocity, a medically-accepted measurement that tracks the speed at which heartbeat-generated waves move along the arteries.  Learn more at Withings.com.   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lewiswallace   Intro - The Extraordinary Powerbook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqcZttJJtIE   Long-awaited MacBook Pro update might land in October http://www.cultofmac.com/447146/apples-new-macbook-pro-may-launch-october/ MacRumors has reported that Apple is moving rapidly toward a launch of the new MacBook Pro models, with current development work on macOS 10.12.1 focused largely on preparing the operating system to support the updated hardware's new features Apple hasn’t made a significant update to the MacBook Pro lineup since May 2015 According to MacRumors‘ report, Apple is just waiting for development of macOS 10.12.1 to finish so it can support the updated hardware’s new features. Apple is supposedly planning to seed one more beta version of macOS 10.12.1 early next week. That version will then be polished and loaded onto hardware currently being produced. rumored by several sources to include Touch ID support and an OLED "touch bar" replacing the current row of function keys across the top of keyboard. Apple is also said to be shifting to "Polaris" graphics chips from AMD on the higher-end 15-inch models.  iMac 352/317 (days since update/average) MBP 500/268 MBA 570/350 Mac Mini 714/438 Mac Pro 1015/449   Here’s why jet black iPhone 7 is impossible to find http://www.cultofmac.com/446735/heres-jet-black-iphone-7-impossible-find/ Apple’s new jet black iPhone 7 is nearly impossible to find at stores, and the shortage isn’t going to get better anytime soon, according to one of the most accurate Apple analysts in the game. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in a research note today that Apple is having trouble with production of the jet black cases. A substantial number of cases don’t meet quality standards for the jet black finish, which is already susceptible to scratches. Apple had to create an entirely new process to produce the high-gloss black finish, which is why it’s so hard for manufacturers to get their yield rates up.   iPhone 7 Plus haptic engine no longer works after being exposed to water. https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/5500bd/iphone_7_plus_haptic_engine_no_longer_works_after/   DJI’s tiny Mavic Pro drone will land at Apple Stores http://www.cultofmac.com/446916/djis-tiny-mavic-pro-drone-will-land-apple-stores/ The battle for droning supremacy is heating up today after DJI revealed its tiny new Mavic Pro drone that will take on GoPro’s new Karma drone system. DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone features a folding design that can compress the device down to the size of a water bottle. DJI strapped a 4K video camera on a 3-axis gimbal. It can also take 12MP RAW stills in either portrait or landscape mode thanks to the gimbal that can be controlled via an iPhone. $750 - drone only $999 drone with remote $1300 with extra batteries, quick charger, propellers, bag, etc Ships Oct. 15, in Apple Stores in November   Casey Neistat loves the DJi Mavic Pro drone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqcZttJJtIE

CultCast #250 - Seven days with iPhone 7  

This week: seven days with iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2—we’ll tell you what we love (and don’t) about Apple’s newest iPhone and Watch.  Plus: Hissgate, explained; auto-unlocking your Mac with an Apple Watch; and if you’re wondering how to use picture-in-picture mode on Youtube videos in macOS Sierra, we’ll reveal just how to get it working.   This episode supported by   Dollar Shave Club delivers amazing razors right to your door for a third of the price of what the greedy razor corporations charge.  Try it yourself with your first month free at DollarShaveClub.com/CultCast.   TunnelBear, the simple privacy app that makes it easy to browse privately and enjoy a more open internet. Visit GetTunnelBear.com to get your free TunnelBear today.   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   Let the lovely lady Lisa enchant you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNDi4UYwrTs   iPhone 7 display is the best LCD ever tested http://www.cultofmac.com/445998/iphone-7-display-best-lcd-ever-tested/ Apple’s new LCD display was rated as “visually indistinguishable from perfect” when it comes to image contrast and intensity. The tiniest amount of color variation, seen when viewing the screen from an angle, also yielded top marks. The DisplayMate report calls the touchscreen display the “crown jewel of the smartphone” One thing that gives the iPhone 7 display a competitive advantage is its adoption of two standard color gamuts: The new DCI-P3 wide color gamut used in 4K UHD TVs, and the smaller sRGB/Rec.709 gamut traditionally used in digital cameras, TVs, computers and most other consumer devices. The test also found that the iPhone 7’s peak brightness can only be achieved when Automatic Brightness is turned on. This prevents users from draining their battery in a flash by accidentally keeping the slider all the way up.   Hissgate: iPhone 7 Plus emits strange noise when under heavy load http://www.cultofmac.com/445972/hissgate-iphone-7-plus-emit-strange-noise-heavy-load/ Some iPhone 7 Plus owners are reporting that Apple’s new devices emit a strange hissing noise when performing processor-intensive tasks. And no one is sure what’s causing it. It appears that Hissgate only effects a small number of devices. Cult of Mac has not been able to replicate the hissing problem on any of our new iPhones. Engadget theorized that it could be a “coil whine” and is likely a small manufacturing defect instead of an overall design flaw. Apple looks to be replacing phones which present the issue   Apple Watch Series 2 review: A tick closer to perfection http://www.cultofmac.com/445874/apple-watch-series-2-review/ Buster For the past 16 months, Apple’s wearable and I have had an on-again, off-again relationship. Apple Watch Series 2 is supposed to be wicked fast at this, but there’s just one problem. The device’s screen never shows “GPS” or another indicator to prove it’s connected. You just have to take it on faith that there’s a connection behind the scenes. It still can’t track your elevation. There’s a huge difference in difficulty between running 5 miles on flat roads verses 5 miles with a 2,000-foot elevation gain. The only way to get your elevation data is to pack your iPhone along for the ride. This watch is screaming fast. I didn’t notice any major gains in battery life, so it’s likely that all the extra juice is being used to power the new GPS chip and display.

CultCast #249 - #JazzHands  

This week: should you buy Airpods?  The reviews are in, and we’re excited.  Plus: the iPhone 7 carrier deals you need to know about; iPhone 7 smashes pre-order expectations; Series 1 vs. Series 2 Apple Watch; and, Apple, the new NASA?   This episode supported by   Build a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer codeCultCastat checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.   Audible, the home of over 150,000 audio books from practically every genre in existence.  Grab Leander's book, Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products, for FREE with a 30-day Audible trial.  The book is yours to keep even if you decide not to keep your Audible subscription.  Get started at audible.com/cultcast.   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   Intro - Whole Earth Access has the Macintosh you’ve been looking for! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHGDpYXtqow   T-Mobile CEO: iPhone 7 is shaping up to be a smash hit http://www.cultofmac.com/445389/t-mobile-ceo-iphone-7-shaping-smash-hit/ According to charismatic T-Mobile CEO John Legere, reports about a supposed lack of interest in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are way overblown. “So I don’t know what everyone is doing, but it’s like four times bigger than the iPhone 6 for us at this order stage,” he said, calling orders thus far a “phenomenon.”    Apple won’t have any iPhone 7 Plus models for sale in stores on Friday   http://www.recode.net/2016/9/15/12925820/apple-iphone-7-sold-out It’s completely sold out, as is the smaller iPhone in Jet Black   Our pre-order experiences (discussion)   AT&T/T-Mobile/Verizon iPhone 7 deals are bonkers (discussion)   Thoughts on watchOS 3 and the Apple Watch Series 1 vs. Series 2  (discussion)   AirPods review roundup: A nice idea with room for improvement http://www.cultofmac.com/445557/airpods-review-roundup-nice-idea-room-improvement/ We’ll have to wait until October to get our hands on Apple’s new wireless AirPods, but select reviewers have been granted early access to help us decide whether they’re worth their $159 price tag.   Impressions “There’s nothing to break or tangle, nothing to plug in, nothing to get caught on a stranger’s backpack on the train every freaking day. Just sweet aural freedom.”   “sit in my ears, actually better than EarPods, and remained in place even while running” David Pierce at Wired Chris Velazco of Engadget writes that he’s “stunned Apple squeezed as much tech into the AirPods as they did.”     Sound Most reviewers concluded that AirPods sound almost exactly like EarPods. Engadget review. “In general, the AirPods gave mids a little more meat than EarPods did, and drum fills felt crisper and more precise. My test tracks… came across warmer than I would have expected.” Another review wrote “I’m no audiophile, but to me, the AirPods sound nearly identical to Apple’s wired EarPods.”    Siri “Having Siri two taps away isn’t just the best thing about the AirPods. It’s the reason they exist,” writes David Pierce. “It’s easy to imagine Apple making the AirPods the centerpiece of how you interact with all your devices, particularly as Siri becomes more important.” “Consider this the first step towards a future where we no longer have to stare at a screen to get things done,” adds Business Insider. “Siri… can always be there, responding to your queries by buzzing in your ear, almost like in the movie “Her.”   Why Apple is the new NASA http://www.cultofmac.com/444551/why-apple-is-the-new-nasa/  

CultCast #248 - iPhone 7 event reactions!  

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

CultCast #247 - Kahney’s Shady Banana Tree Holdings INC  

This week: what new hardware will Apple bestow upon us at the iPhone 7 event next week?  Don’t miss our predictions!  Plus: new video shows iPhone 7 Plus in the wild;  and we explain Apple’s Irish tax woes, then argue about it.   This episode supported by   Build a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful. Easiest   Casper’s American-made mattresses have just the right amount of memory foam and latex, and people everywhere love them.  Learn why and get $50 towards any mattress at Casper.com/cultcast.   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   What do you think we’ll see at Apple’s iPhone 7 event?  Join us on Reddit! https://www.reddit.com/r/TheCultCast/comments/505z3f/the_apple_event_is_on_september_7_what_are_we_all/   Intro, who needs a desk? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVUGFUhFj94   Decoding Apple’s blurry iPhone 7 invite http://www.cultofmac.com/443579/decoding-apples-blurry-iphone-7-invite/   Apple sends out invites for iPhone 7 event on September 7 http://www.cultofmac.com/443570/apple-sends-out-invite-for-september-7th-iphone-event/ Apple just sent out press invitation to a special event to be held September 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be unveiled at the event. A dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus could be the most groundbreaking new feature added this year. Other additions are likely to include a new pressure-sensitive Touch ID button, a faster A10 processor, an improved camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, and a new casing with fewer antenna lines. The iPhone 7 will also boast faster LTE, a bigger battery and more.   Apple will package Lightning EarPods and adapter with iPhone 7 http://www.cultofmac.com/443774/apple-will-package-lightning-earpods-and-adapter-with-iphone-7/ A new image circulating online, purporting to be insert documentation for the upcoming iPhone 7, appears to confirm that Apple will be bundling Lightning EarPods as part of its next-gen handsets.   New video shows working iPhone 7 Plus in the wild http://www.cultofmac.com/443859/new-video-shows-working-iphone-7-plus-in-the-wild/#more-443859 Notorious Apple leaker Sonny Dickson posted a short video of the three plus-size iPhones this morning, confirming many of the rumors that have claimed this year’s update won’t contain any huge design changes. The back of the iPhone 7 Plus in Dickson’s video reveals that the device will indeed come with a highly anticipated dual-lens camera, though it won’t pick up a Smart Connector   Tim Cook: Apple’s tax bill will have a ‘harmful’ effect on investment in EU http://www.cultofmac.com/443656/tim-cook-apples-tax-bill-will-have-a-harmful-effect-on-investment-in-eu/ http://www.businessinsider.com/what-just-happened-to-apple-explained-2016-8 Tim Cook has written an open letter addressing Apple’s enormous tax bill The European Union recently ruled that Apple owes  €13 billion ($14.52 billion) in back taxes Cook also states that suggestions Apple has an illegal sweetheart deal in Ireland, “has no basis in fact or in law,” confirms Apple will appeal the European Commission’s ruling The Irish government has said it is happy with its tax arrangement with Apple and doesn’t want the money. Ireland’s finance ministry has sided with Apple, and said it “disagrees profoundly” with the decision. The European Commission's issue is really not with Apple but with Ireland. The commission is not a tax authority; instead, its job is to maintain fairness between the EU member states. Countries are able to set their own tax rates, but country can’t offer something special that's seen as benefiting an individual company. In 1991,  Ireland (who’s economy was struggling) signed off on a plan in which Apple would move money to a stateless "head office”. "Apple entered into a deal with Ireland to not pay tax on all those profits,” and Apple paid "an arbitrarily small amount to Ireland in return for a promise to keep jobs in Ireland.” (The kept 6000 there.) Low corporate tax was one way Ireland improved its economy and attracted big companies, and Apple was one of the early companies to benefit.

CultCast #246 - iPhone 8 Plus… Edge?  

This week:  You’ve heard of Samsung’s Galaxy Edge… but is an iPhone 8 Plus Edge on the way?  Some respected analysts say yes.  Plus: iPhone 7 Plus with dual lens was just spotted on the streets; iOS 9.3.5 fixes one of the most invasive iOS exploits to date; Tim Cook just made FAT STACKS of cash; and if the rumors prove true, Apple is working on a new social network… to take on Snap Chat.  No, seriously.   This episode supported by   TunnelBear, the simple privacy app that makes it easy to browse privately and enjoy a more open internet. Visit GetTunnelBear.com to get your free TunnelBear today.   And our thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   Drink it in, my friends https://instagram.com/p/BJdFw8OBr2A/   Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6S Speed Test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-61FFoJFy0&feature=youtu.be   Taiwanese superstar posts picture of himself using iPhone 7 Plus http://www.cultofmac.com/443000/taiwanese-actor-and-singer-posts-picture-of-himself-using-iphone-7-plus/ Taiwanese actor and singer Jimmy Lin has been photographed using what appears to be a new iPhone 7 Plus, complete with its rumored dual-lens camera and LED flash. Lin previously managed to get his hands on advance units of the iPhone 5 in 2012 and iPhone 6 in 2014 — both of which turned out to be the real deal.   Apple's 2017 Curved OLED iPhone to Be a New Premium Model http://www.macrumors.com/2016/08/22/2017-iphone-dual-curve-premium-model/ Apple is planning to release at least three new iPhones next year, including a high-end model with a 5.5-inch-or-larger OLED display that is curved on both sides like Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge, according to Nikkei Ming Chi Kuo's research note this week outlined three new iPhone models are coming, including LCD-based 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models and a high-end OLED-based 5.8-inch model, as one possibility providing supply of AMOLED displays is sufficient.    Apple rolls out iOS 9.3.5 to beef up security [Update] http://www.cultofmac.com/443342/apple-rolls-out-ios-9-3-5-to-beef-up-security/ iOS 9.3.5 fixes a serious vulnerability that allows our devices to be snooped on. Software created by Israeli company NSO Group took advantage of the hole to read text messages and emails, to record calls, and to steal contacts. Tim Cook just unlocked a monstrous bonus http://www.cultofmac.com/443228/tim-cook-just-got-a-monstrous-bonus/ Buster Today marks Tim Cook’s five-year anniversary as the CEO of Apple, and as a reward for making it this long in the top spot he just unlocked a monster bonus. $100 million! Apple awarded Cook 980,000 Apple shares for his performance as part of the larger compensation package he signed in 2011. Based on Apple stock’s Tuesday closing price of $108.85, the shares are currently worth around 106.7 million. Despite the big pay day, Cook’s estimated wealth of $650 million is relatively modest by Silicon Valley standards, but he’s planning to donate most of it to charity anyway.   Apple could go head to head with Snapchat in 2017 http://www.cultofmac.com/443315/apple-could-go-head-to-head-with-snapchat-in-2017/ A new report from Bloomberg is claiming that Apple is in the process of developing its own Snapchat rival. The company, "seeking to capitalize on the popularity of social networks," will focus on video in the new app, letting users record a video, edit it, apply a filter, add doodles, and then send it out to friends. The app is being developed in the same Apple department that developed Final Cut Pro and iMovie software

CultCast #245 - Tuck tails  

This week: leaks point to some excellent upgrades coming to the smaller iPhone 7—we’ll give you the scoop.  Plus: get ready for iPhone 7, we have a launch date; Apple Watch 2 leaks points to the arrival of a sorely-needed feature; new models and “revolutionary” upgrades are coming to the iPad line; and stick around for CultCast Choices, the game that pits one bad choice against another.   This episode supported by   Build a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.   If you’re obsessive about keeping your iPhone, iPad, Mac, DSLR, glasses, and other gadgets in sparkling clean condition, you’ll love CultCloth.  Check them out now at CultCloth.co, and use code “CultCast” at checkout to score a free 8x8 CleanCloth!   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney    Intro - Things to do! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTv26OA3txg   The Apple Store is dead http://www.cultofmac.com/442815/the-apple-store-is-dead-long-live-apple/ The Apple Store is no longer called the Apple Store. Apple has begun dropping “Store” from the name of its 479 retail locations worldwide, so they are now referred to simply as “Apple.” The store pages on Apple’s website now refer to its locations using names like “Apple Union Square,” “Apple Fifth Avenue,” and “Apple The Grove,” as opposed to the former “Apple Store, Union Square,” “Apple Store, Fifth Avenue,” and “Apple Store, The Grove.”   iPhone 7 may launch on September 23 http://www.cultofmac.com/442549/iphone-7-may-launch-on-september-23/ Apple’s next iPhone could be available to the public as soon as September 23rd, based on a new leak that reveals AT&T plans to do a big “Merchandising Reset” at all stores that day. The unveiling of the iPhone 7 is rumored to take place on September 7th with pre-orders to follow two days later The leaked AT&T scheduling information shows that stores will need to spend up to three hours on a merchandising reset September 9th, indicating advertisements for iPhone 7 pre-orders will go on display that morning.   iPhone 7 and 7 Plus won’t be joined by an iPhone 7 Pro this fall http://www.cultofmac.com/442673/iphone-7-and-7-plus-wont-be-joined-by-an-iphone-7-pro-this-fall/\ Killian Japanese blog Macotakara, whose sources have been reliable in the past, confirms that this year’s iPhone’s will be labeled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — just as expected. They also promise that the devices will bring “greatly improved” cameras, Apple’s A10 chip, and a capacitive home button that’s expected to be pressure-sensitive.    iPhone 7’s second speaker grille may be just for show http://www.cultofmac.com/441992/iphone-7s-second-speaker-grille-may-be-just-for-show/ Killian iPhone 7 housing schematics acquired by NowhereElse suggest the speaker grilles on one side of Apple’s upcoming handsets is purely cosmetic to make the bottom edge look more symmetrical, though it won’t be totally useless. It appears Apple will place the iPhone’s microphone behind this grille, so some of the holes will serve a purpose.   Leaked iPhone 7 camera hints at big improvements http://www.cultofmac.com/442818/leaked-iphone-7-camera-hints-at-big-improvements/ Buster   While most of this years iPhone camera rumors have focused on the dual-lens module coming to the iPhone 7 Plus, a leaked iPhone 7 rear camera part hints at some big improvements coming to the smaller device. The image below leaked by NowhereElse claims to show the iPhone 7’s iSight camera which appears to include the addition of optical image stabilization to make photos sharper than ever. Other leaks have revealed that the lens on the iPhone 7 iSight camera will be larger than previous models which should have a big impact on how much light it can capture and the quality of pictures.   Apple Watch 2 will get GPS but no LTE http://www.cultofmac.com/442827/apple-watch-2-will-get-gps-but-no-lte/ Buster Although Apple plans to add a number of much needed features to the Apple Watch 2, a new report claims the company hit roadblocks when trying to make a major change that would have added LTE or other cellular data connection capabilities to the device. “The company still plans to announce new watch models this fall boasting improvements to health tracking,” reports Bloomberg. “The updated versions will also be able to integrate GPS-based location tracking.”   10.5-inch iPad Pro coming in 2017, OLED upgrade in 2018 http://www.cultofmac.com/442331/10-5-inch

CultCast #244 - The new Pros, Cometh  

This week: new Macbook Pros, incoming!  We have even more details to share on the “significant” updates coming soon to Apple’s Macbook Pro line.  Plus: iPhone 7 may get a Quad HD display and pressure-sensitive home button; Apple’s plans for a “killer” new health device; and we review our favorite new hover boards and smart scales on an all new Under Review.   This episode supported by   Casper’s American-made mattresses have just the right amount of memory foam and latex, and people everywhere love them.  Learn why and get $50 towards any mattress at Casper.com/cultcast.   TunnelBear, the simple privacy app that makes it easy to browse privately and enjoy a more open internet. Visit GetTunnelBear.com to get your free TunnelBear today.   And our thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @alexeheath   Apple said to be developing ‘killer’ health device for 2017 http://www.cultofmac.com/441455/apple-said-to-be-developing-killer-health-device-for-2017/   Apple ditched plan to make three iPhone 7 models http://www.cultofmac.com/441425/apple-ditched-plan-to-make-three-iphone-7-models/   iPhone 7 to feature pressure-sensitive home button http://www.cultofmac.com/441218/iphone-7-to-feature-pressure-sensitive-home-button/   iPhone 7 Plus may be in line for Quad HD display http://www.cultofmac.com/441345/iphone-7-plus-may-be-in-line-for-quad-hd-display/   New MacBook Pro may pack Touch ID power button http://www.cultofmac.com/441256/new-macbook-pro-may-pack-touch-id-power-button/   New iPhone to Have Dual Camera but No Headphone Jack https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-08/new-iphone-said-to-have-dual-camera-pressure-sensitive-button   Segway miniPro http://amzn.to/2aLyEHB   Swagtron T3 http://amzn.to/2aLyv7f   Tithings Body Cardio scale http://www.withings.com/us/en/products/body-cardio

CultCast #243 - Bustin' a squirt  

This week: the controversy around iOS 10’s new gun emoji;  we compare Instagram’s new stories feature to Snapchat's; Gwyneth Paltrow brings her coding skills to ‘Planet of the Apps’; we attended a 5-day Apple II festival, we’ll tell you the cool parts; and stick around for the best ways to find specific Pokémon in 'Pokémon GO’.   This episode supported by   Build a beautiful, responsive website quick at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.   If you’re obsessive about keeping your iPhone, iPad, Mac, DSLR, glasses, and other gadgets in sparkling clean condition, you’ll love CultCloth.  Check them out now at CultCloth.co, and use code “CultCast” at checkout to score a free 8x8 CleanCloth!   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @alexeheath   Gwyneth Paltrow is bringing her coding skills to ‘Planet of the Apps’ http://www.cultofmac.com/441089/gwyneth-paltrow-is-bringing-her-coding-skills-to-planet-of-the-apps/#more-441089 Paltrow will be joined by will.i.am and serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk on the show where all three will serve as mentors and advisors to app developers in the series that will reportedly act as a launch pad to exceptional developers.   iOS 10 adds 100+ emoji to promote gender equality http://www.cultofmac.com/440607/ios-10-adds-100-emoji-to-promote-gender-equality/ The latest beta build of iOS 10 seeded to developers this morning brings more gender options to existing characters like the surfer, runner, weightlifter, detective, construction worker and much more. The pistol emoji has been changed to a water gun, too   Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-pistol-squirt-gun-emoji-apple-20160802-snap-story.html Emojis are not made by Apple. They are selected, designed and coded by a nonprofit organization called the Unicode Consortium. Platforms like Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Facebook decide exactly how those characters will appear on the device you're using. Apple is reinterpreting how it will "read" the pistol emoji. Instead of depicting it as a metal revolver, it will show the green toy water pistol. In June, Apple asked the Unicode Consortium to exclude a scoped shooting rifle from the upcoming set of emojis. Unicode complied, and the rifle was scrapped. Emoji are funny, but they’re also a powerful way to communicate. This move by Apple communicates that tools of violence and death shouldn’t be part of our light-hearted, ubiquitous lexicon. (the Guardian)   Instagram’s new feature is a ripoff of Snapchat Stories http://www.cultofmac.com/440801/instagrams-new-feature-is-a-ripoff-of-snapchat-stories/ company introduced Instagram Stories, which lets you share multiple photos and videos in a single slideshow. It can be shared with select followers without showing up on your more public profile. It then disappears 24 hours later. It functions in the same way as the Stories feature on Snapchat   There's a new way to find specific Pokémon in 'Pokémon GO,' and it works http://www.techinsider.io/skiplagged-pokevision-alternative-shows-pokemon-locations-in-pokemon-go-2016-8

CultCast #242 - Big Bob’s Back  

This week:  iPhone 7 gets a new 3D Touch home button and a September 9th launch date!  Plus: why we may be only weeks away from Apple’s Macbook Pro and Apple Watch 2 launch event; the big gun is back—Apple puts Big Bob Mansfield at the helm of their top secret Apple Car project; one of the internet’s best web series is now an Apple Music exclusive; and stick around for apps, man—we’ve got some sweet picks for you.   This episode supported by TunnelBear, the simple privacy app that makes it easy to browse privately and enjoy a more open internet. Visit GetTunnelBear.com to get your free TunnelBear today.   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney   James Cordon carpools with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and it’s magical https://youtu.be/cfudXO_vzWk   Apple just sold its billionth iPhone! http://www.cultofmac.com/439969/apple-just-sold-its-billionth-iphone/ One billion iPhone devices have officially been sold now since Steve Jobs unveiled the magical smartphone back in 2007, the company revealed today.   iPhone 7 pre-orders will reportedly open on September 9 http://www.cultofmac.com/440053/iphone-say-pre-orders-will-reportedly-open-on-september-9/ The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will reportedly be made available for pre-order on September 9, according to well-connected tipster Evan Blass. Keynote on Monday the 5th or Tuesday the 6th   iPhone 7 might not go by the name you’re expecting http://www.cultofmac.com/439600/iphone-7-might-not-go-by-the-name-youre-expecting/ A new rumor coming out of China suggests that September’s next-gen iPhone won’t be called the iPhone 7 as expected, but rather the iPhone 6SE — continuing the naming scheme Apple introduced for its 4-inch iPhone SE earlier this year. so far it’s just a rumor citing Chinese supply chain sources.  A separate report, meanwhile, suggests that it’s likely to debut on Friday, September 16. That’s just two months’ away… The slightly-earlier-than-usual launch date was “revealed” by tipster Evan Blass, who has a strong track record when it comes to this type of information.   iPhone 7 may get 3D Touch home button http://www.cultofmac.com/439831/iphone-7-may-get-3d-touch-home-button/#more-439831 Apple allegedly plans to replace its physical home button on the iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6 SE) with a new 3D Touch button that won’t move when you press it, but well instead give users a haptic feedback to replicate the feeling of pressing a button, like on the Magic Trackpad 2. Macotakara claims to have heard from supply chain sources that the company will indeed include the feature on this year’s model, making it a bit more interesting than anticipated. The new home button design will supposedly be flush with the rest of the body, making the iPhone more waterproof than ever now that there are fewer paths for water to enter the device and destroy the internal components.   Surprise! Apple Watch 2 set to arrive this fall http://www.cultofmac.com/439787/surprise-apple-watch-2-set-to-arrive-this-fall-as-expected/ The long-awaited next version of the Apple Watch will supposedly be unveiled this fall Apple Watch 2’s big unveiling will happen in either September or October, claims DigiTimes Future Apple Watch updates are expected to add LTE data, GPS, longer battery life and faster performance.   Apple puts Bob Mansfield in driving seat for secret car project http://www.cultofmac.com/439612/apple-puts-bob-mansfield-in-driving-seat-for-secret-car-project/ Bob Mansfield has been chosen to head up Apple’s “secret” electric car project three years after stepping down from his executive role, according to a new report. Mansfield first joined Apple in 1999 and retired in June 2012, but just two months later, it was confirmed that he was staying on to work on “future projects.” Mansfield was then named senior vice president of technologies in October 2012. Mansfield was previously in charge of Mac hardware at Apple and led development of products like the MacBook Air, iMac and iPad. Mansfield was previously making only occasional visits to Apple; however, employees recently noticed in the company directory that all senior managers working on the car project are now reporting directly to him. “Apple now has Mr. Mansfield running the company’s secret autonomous, electric-vehicle initiative, code-named Project Titan,” reports The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter.   ‘Carpool Karaoke’ TV show will be an Apple Music exclusive http://www.cultofmac.com/439811/carpool-karaoke-tv-show-will-be-an-apple-music-exclusive/ James Corden’s popular ‘Carpool Karaeoke’ seg

CultCast #241 - Hands off our Pokéballs  

This week: leaked codenames might mean no iPhone 7 Pro; a new trademark alludes to a new wireless version of your white-wired EarPods; forget the debit card, Apple Pay is coming to an ATM near you; and, have you outgrown Apple’s Calendar, Mail, Notes, or other native apps?  We’ll tell you our favorite replacements!   This episode supported by   If you’re obsessive about keeping your iPhone, iPad, Mac, DSLR, glasses, and other gadgets in sparkling clean condition, you’ll love CultCloth.  Check them out now at CultCloth.co, and use code “CultCast” at checkout to score a free 8x8 CleanCloth!   We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a  thanks for the great music you hear on today's show.   On the show this week @erfon / @bst3r / @lkahney    The end of plastic cards nears: Over 70,000 ATMs will soon support Touch ID withdrawals http://9to5mac.com/2016/07/15/atm-withdrawals-with-iphone-fis-partnership/   AirPods trademark appears to confirm Apple’s wireless future http://www.cultofmac.com/438282/airpods-trademark-appears-to-confirm-apples-wireless-future/ Buster it appears that Apple is definitely planning to make some wireless earbuds of its own, based on some recently discovered trademark filings.' MacRumors have found evidence that appears to confirm Apple will be releasing wireless EarPods, dubbed, Airpods An amendment filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office review process shows that Apple used a shell company called Entertainment in Flight to trademark the term “AirPods.” Apple used similar tactics to register the “iPad” and “CarPlay” trademarks. It did the same for “iWatch” too but discarded the name.   iPhone 7 code names leave no room for ‘Pro’ model http://www.cultofmac.com/438689/iphone-7-codenames-leave-no-room-for-pro-model/ Apple leaker Evan Blass has taken to twitter to alert the world that there will be only two iPhone 7 models coming up, Sonora and Dos Palos. This would imply there will be no iPhone 7 Pro, just your regular iPhone 7 and 7 Plus He’s got a great track record.   Our favorite replacements to the native apps  

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