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This week: Apple is entering the space game with their own fleet of satellites... but why? Plus, we wrap up 2019 with our final picks for Best of the Year!

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This week's stories

Apple exploring satellite network to beam data directly to iPhones

  • Apple is building a larger research group to investigate ways to transmit data directly to iPhones and other devices, Bloomberg reported Friday.
  • According to the report, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly made the project a company priority.
  • Apple is said to be hiring software, hardware, and aerospace engineers to find new methods of data transfer for the iPhone and other products. The goal is to reduce the dependence on traditional wireless carriers.
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This week on The CultCast: From the hottest gift of 2019, to our favorite tech and travel locations, it's more of our picks for Best of the Year!

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This week's stories

AirPods to hit quarterly sales of $4B, surpassing peak iPod sales

  • AirPods is has grown into a massive business. How big?
  • Last year, in Q4 2018, Apple Watch surpassed $4B quarterly in revenue in, overtaking the revenue earned during the best quarter of peak iPod sales, and now it looks like it may be AirPods‘ turn.
  • Asymco published a research note this week estimates that AirPods could overtake the peak iPod revenue of $4 billion next quarter.
  • Asymco also believes Apple will see over 50% growth year over year for Wearables.
  • The research note also predicts a 51% increase y/y for Wearables and 24% growth in Watch. This results in a Watch revenues of about $5.2 billion.

This is your best shot at snagging AirPods Pro today

  • Even though AirPods Pro are basically sold out everywhere, there’s still a chance you could snag a pair today. And with a simple Siri trick, Apple makes it easy for you to snag 2019’s hottest gift.
  • If you absolutely want to get AirPods Pro by Christmas, and don’t want to pay a reseller a premium, here’s your best shot for finding a pair ASAP.

Apple joins rivals to create open standard for smart home devices

  • Apple is teaming up with Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance to create a new open and royalty-free standard for smart home devices.
  • Project “Connected Home over IP” aims to increase compatibility among smart home gadgets and make development easier for device manufacturers. It should also simplify smart technology for consumers
  • This means it shouldn’t matter which smart home platform you’ve chosen to adopt; any and all smart home devices (in the future, at least) should work together seamlessly.

Get ahold of the hot new Cult of Mac book, V2.0!

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This week on The CultCast: The new Mac Pro proves Apple’s still got it! We cover our first impressions, plus discuss some of the insane upgrades available for Apple’s new powerhouse Mac.

Plus, we reveal more of our favorite tech, shows, movies, and more in our Best of the Year, part 2!

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This week's stories

The Cult of Mac book giveaway!

Apple’s powerful Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR arrive at last

It costs $400 to add wheels to your new Mac Pro

  • By default the Mac Pro ships with stainless steel feet. And that’s what you should stick with if your machine is going to be stationary most of the time. They look a lot better.
  • But for a meager sum of just $400, Apple will install four wheels on the bottom of your Mac Pro that make it easier to cart around.

Apple doesn’t want you defiling Pro Display XDR’s special glass with a regular cloth

  • Apple sure likes having its own proprietary version of things it doesn’t deem quite good enough.
  • The same is true of the new Pro Display XDR with nano-texture glass for the Mac Pro. No, we’re not talking about the screen itself; but rather Apple’s insistence that you clean it using a special Apple-approved cleaning cloth. But there’s a good reason for it.

Best of the year, part 2!

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<p>This week: Apple is readying a new display technology that could be huge change for MacBook Pro and iPad; our favorite Black Friday hauls; and it’s time for our favorite Gear of the Year!  Plus our favorite movies, TV shows, and all the other stuff we loved most in 2019.  It’s a party and you’re invited.  </p>
 
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<p><strong>This week's stories</strong></p>
 
<a href="https://www.cultofmac.com/669340/micro-led-2020-2021-macbook-pro-ipad-pro/">New screen tech might make upcoming MacBook and iPad most beautiful yet</a>
 
<li> According the Ming Chi Kuo, Apple’s long interest in Mini LED technology could come to fruition in late 2020. He says both a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro with this new type of screen are in development.</li>
 
 
<p><strong>Best of the year picks!</strong></p>
 
<ul>
<li><a href="https://www.disneyplus.com">Disney</a>+</li>
<li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOC8E8z_ifw">The Mandalorian</a></li>
<li><a href="https://amzn.to/2OSqXX8">AirPods Pros</a></li>
<li><a href="https://amzn.to/2PecO5y">AirPods 2</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9APLXM9Ei8">Chernobyl</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzYxJV_rmE8">Succession</a></li>
</ul>
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This week: on the cusp of its release, authors Leander Kahney and David Pierini regale us with stories from their new book, The Cult of Mac 2.0, and we hear of the strange and often unbelievable lengths fans go through to celebrate their love of all things Apple.

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This week's stories

Steve Jobs, the opera 

Kansas fest, the world's largest gathering of nerds celebrating Apple, and swapping old software, hardware, and copies of Nibble magazine. 

The story of Alex Jason, a teen who used lawn-mowing money to build one of the most rare and impressive collections of Apple devices in existence.

Dmitry Lischina, a man who built a career pimping out the iPhones of the rich and fabulous 

Simon Pierro, a magician who weaved his iPad into his mesmerizering act

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This week: another Apple event is coming December 2! We’ll tell you what to expect. Plus: the benchmarks prove it—the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is the powerful update we’ve all been waiting for. And, finally, it’s hard to admit, but Apple’s new Mac shows there may be some advantages to a post-Ive era. We discuss.

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This week's stories

Apple to host surprise event for apps and games on December 2

  • Members of the press received surprise invitations from Apple this morning to attend a first-of-its-kind event to honor 2019’s top apps and games on December 2 in New York City.

16-inch MacBook Pro beats predecessors by overcoming thermal throttling

  • The higher tier MBP has the same i9-9880H process as previous model.
  • In a 30 minute stress test, Dave 2D measured the CPU average speed at 3.1Ghz where previous model was at 2.7GHz.
  • Other stress tests show a similar result, the same CPU is about 10% faster in the 16-inch MBP.

13-inch MacBook Pro dropping horrible Butterfly keyboard

  • The smaller MacBook Pro will reportedly be upgraded next year with a keyboard that users can trust, just as the new 16-inch version recently was.
  • If true, it means the current 13-inch MacBook Pro will be the last with the infamous Butterfly keyboard.
  • This improved version is supposedly scheduled for the first half of 2020.

How a Magic Keyboard made it into the new 16-inch MacBook Pro

  • In a new interview, Apple marketing SVP Phil Schiller talked about redesigning Apple’s notebook keyboard. And whether or not the non-butterfly keyboard will make it to other Apple laptops anytime soon.

16-inch MacBook Pro shows the advantages of a post-Jony Ive Apple [Opinion]

  • Now that Jonny’s stepping away, will Apple tempter the enthusiasm of the design team make their products more practical?
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This week on The CultCast: everything you need to know about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro!  Plus our first impressions of this hot new machine...

And we discuss Disney+, and why it may beat Netflix and Amazon as the best streaming service available.

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This week's stories

16-inch MacBook Pro: MacBook is finally PRO again!

16-inch MacBook Pro wows writers in first hands-on reviews

  • Apple finally unleashed its long-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro on the world this morning, and according to some lucky people who got to play with it early, it was well worth the wait.

16-inch MacBook Pro surprises: No Wi-Fi 6, 720p webcam, 96W charger

  • There are some interesting surprises with the 16-inch MacBook Pro that you won’t find in Apple’s press release. So we’ve rounded up the big ones here so you don’t miss anything before buying.

Top 40 tips that make you love the Touch Bar

  • Once you get in touch with your Touch Bar, it turns out to have some genuinely useful time-saving features. Especially if you use apps that support it, like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. Here are 40 top Touch Bar tips.

Disney+ races past 10 million sign-ups in first day

  • After launching on November 12, the Mickey Mouse company revealed this morning that it has already surpassed 10 million sign-ups, making the “millions” Apple TV+ pulled in during its first week look pretty weak.
  • Demand for Disney+ exceeded even Disney’s highest expectations. Technical problems plagued the service on launch day as customers flooded servers to watch new shows like The Mandolorian, or old classics from Disney’s huge vault of content. Disney shares are up more than 3% on the news.
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This week on The CultCast: SEE, Morning Show, For all Mankind—here are our reviews of Apple’s new TV shows—spoiler free! Plus: the one part of AppleTV+ that needs a total overhaul; and Apple’s new HomePod update includes a new hidden talent.

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This week's stories

Apple TV+ blesses us with highest-quality 4K streams

  • Apple’s new service streams the highest-quality 4K content yet. Better than all the rest.
  • That’s according to new tests that measure the bitrate of video streams. They reveal See has the highest bitrate so far, closely following by The Elephant Queen.
  • See’s average bitrate of 29 Mbps, which can peak to 41 Mbps, is the highest measured so far. The Elephant Queen averages around 26 Mbps, while Dickinson peaks at around 24 Mbps.

Opinion: The worst part of Apple TV+ is the TV app

  • The idea of the TV app, introduced in 2016, was to combine all the TV shows and movies from all of the apps and unify the viewing experience into a single interface, with a combined Up Next queue.

How to play relaxing, ambient sounds with your HomePod

  • How about a nice, relaxing rainstorm to help you fall asleep? Or some white noise to fill the space left by your grownup children when they left you behind to start their own lives? If you have a HomePod running iOS 13.2 or later, your smart speaker stands ready to help blank out the soul-bleeding silence of your empty life. You just need to ask.

 

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This week on The CultCast: AirPod Pros! You want them, we got them. We’ll tell you what’s new, what’s good, what’s not, and how they compare to the regular AirPods. We've got LOTS to say… Plus: the first AppleTV+ reviews are trickling in, and, well… they’re not great.

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This week's stories

Unboxing the floating DeLorean from Back To the Future 2!

AirPods Pro — EVEN BETTER than I hoped! (unboxing, first impressions, sound test REACTION)

Apple’s new AirPods Pro with noise cancellation are already here

  • Apple has unleashed AirPods Pro with an all-new design and active noise cancellation, but are they worth the premium price tag?

First damning Apple TV+ reviews indicate an alarming lack of vision [Opinion]

  • The first Apple TV+ reviews are out — and, broadly speaking, they’re not great. Critics generally slammed the marquee shows on the Apple TV+ slate. Anyone wanting to pull together a movie poster with positive pull-quotes would need to do some serious wading through bile to emerge with choice excerpts.
  • For example, The Morning Show — Apple’s pricey, A-list newsroom drama — got slammed in one review as a “painful belly flop.”
  • The Telegraph, meanwhile, slams See, Apple’s answer to Game of Thrones, as “likely to collapse under the weight of its own self-importance.” TVLinedescribes a “largely incoherent story” filled with “goofy confidence
  • Variety writer Daniel D’Addario had this to say:
    • “None of the shows, to my eye, are truly successful because each feels in its own way curated to death, overworked with an eye on transmitting quality rather than actually allowing it to spontaneously happen.

 

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This week on The CultCast: The new 16-inch MacBook Pro just leaked, but its "new design" has a lot people disappointed. Plus, we'll tell you why 2020 could deliver Apple's impressive hardware in years. And stick around for our favorite new router, mouse, keyboard, and iPhone 11 case in an all-new Under Review!

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This week's story links

Here’s your first glimpse of that 16-inch MacBook Pro. Or not.

  • Behold, we have appeared to have images of the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro. All pulled form a macOS Catalina beta.
  • A French blog this week published what it called a rendering for a new Mac laptop that was discovered hidden in a macOS Catalina beta.
  • Skeptics, from Twitter to tech news sites, quickly tamped down any excitement by pointing out the icon’s similarities to the current 15-inch model.

2020 will deliver Apple’s ‘most impressive hardware’ in years

  • 2020 will be the year Apple unveils its “most impressive hardware in some time,” according to a new report.
  • Alongside big upgrades for iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac, Cupertino also is expected to deliver its first augmented reality glasses.
  • It’s been two years since Apple introduced a major iPhone redesign. The Apple Watch hasn’t changed significantly since its debut.
  • But 2020 could change all that. Bloomberg expects Apple to blow everyone away next year with huge upgrades and brand-new product lines.

Under Review!

TP-Link M9 Plus mesh routers

Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse

Logitech Keys

Grovemade iPhone cases

 

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This week on The CultCast: iPhone SE 2 is almost here! And its specs and price are SURPRISING... Plus: finally! Long awaited camera upgrades are coming to iOS 13; Apple TV+ is coming to a TV near you, and to Roku, and to other platforms. It’s gonna be everywhere. And AMC's new movie streaming is going to take on Apple Movies with a genius feature Apple can’t possibly match.

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iPhone SE 2 will be Apple’s most affordable smartphone to date

  • iPhone 6 is not supported by Apple’s newest iOS 13 update. That means the iPhone 6 won’t work with services like Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. But Apple has a plan to boost upgrades.
  • The upcoming device, which is expected to look like iPhone 8 and be powered by Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, is expected to cost less than $400 when it goes on sale in early 2020.

iOS 13.2 finally brings frame rate, resolution settings to Camera app

  • An iOS developer exploring iOS 13.2 beta 2 said the Camera app will allow video shooters to adjust frame rates and resolution without going into the Settings app.

Apple TV+ is coming to Roku

  • Apple TV+ will be available on Roku boxes when it launches next month.
  • Roku revealed this morning that the Apple TV app will be available on its platform starting today, allowing users to access their iTunes video library as well as subscribe to Apple TV channels right from their Roku devices.
  • Even though Apple and Roku compete against each other making streaming devices for TVs, Apple has embraced third-party platforms for its own streaming service. In addition to putting the Apple TV app on Roku, you’ll also be able to get it on smart TVs made by Samsung, LG and Vizio.

Finding Apple TV+ trailers and show details just got way simpler

  • Apple just launched a website with details about all its upcoming Apple TV+ shows. The site is supposed to be for journalists, but serves as a one-stop shop for everyone to learn more about all the original programs available soon — many are scheduled for next month.
  • Th site is dubbed “Apple TV+ Press,” and it includes details of 15 shows that will launch soon from this streaming video service. For the initial offerings that will debut November 1, there are also trailers and images, as well a lists of cast and crew.

AMC Theaters will launch its own service for renting and buying digital films

  • AMC Theaters, the largest movie theater chain in the US, is launching an on-demand video service, according to The New York Times. The service will let customers rent or buy movies, much in the same way Apple’s iTunes Store and Amazon’s Prime Video have operated for years.

 

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

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This week: Apple’s AR glasses are about to be announced! At least according to one very reliable analyst…. we discuss. Plus: Mac OS Catalina is out, but you probably shouldn’t install it—we'll tell you why. And Final Cut Pro just got a massively faster in a new update, and a long awaited iOS 13 feature FINALLY goes live.

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macOS Catalina is out with new apps, Apple Arcade, Sidecar and more

  • Apple’s big update for Macs, macOS Catalina, is finally out today bringing with it a host of new features, apps, privacy improvements, and much more.
  • But if you have lots of Adobe plugins, or older apps that aren't 64-bit, you should hold off.

Apple’s first AR glasses could arrive in second quarter of 2020

  • Kuo reports in a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, that Apple’s first AR glasses will enter mass-production as soon as the fourth quarter of this year. They could arrive in early 2020.
  • The device will be marketed as an iPhone accessory, and will rely on an Apple handset for computing, networking, and the sensors required for augmented reality.

Apple Prime? Giant bundle of entertainment services under consideration

  • Currently, its biggest fans have to sign up separately for Apple Music ($9.99 a month), Apple TV+ ($4.99 a month), Apple News+ ($9.99 a month) and Apple Arcade ($4.99 a month). A bundle would allow people to get all of these as a single subscription — presumably at a lower cost.
  • Apple is reportedly mulling offering all its entertainment services in one giant bundle as a sort of “Apple Prime.” If true, then a single subscription would include the company’s music, video, and gaming services
  • It’s that last part that’s supposedly the sticking point with people in the music industry, according to Financial Times. These executives are concerned that reducing the amount subscribers pay would mean less money going to music producers.

Final Cut Pro X gets new Metal engine for big performance boost

  • The latest version of Final Cut Pro X is out now with a new Metal engine that promises a big performance boost. It also make optimizations for the all-new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.
  • Apple also brought the same Metal engine to Motion and Compressor, too.
  • The new Metal engine in Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks like rendering, real-time effects, and exporting on compatible machines.
  • Apple says you will enjoy performance that is up to 20% faster on the newest 15-inch MacBook Pro, and 35% faster on the iMac Pro. And that’s not all you get in this update.
  • Sidecar support lets you extend Final Cut Pro X onto an iPad in macOS Catalina. You can then use the second screen, connected wired or wirelessly, as the browser or viewer, Apple says.
  • You can now also select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing.

Spotify update brings Siri support in iOS 13, new Apple TV app

  • One of the many changes and new features in iOS 13 is a SiriKit API that lets third-party music streaming services take advantage of Apple’s virtual assistant for the first time.
  • Well this week the Spotify update we’ve been waiting for since the launch of iOS 13 has landed. The latest version of the app finally adds Siri support, so you can ask the virtual assistant to play artists, tracks, and more.
  • You can ask Siri to play artists, albums, tracks, and playlists after updating to the latest version of the app. Simply remember to add “with Spotify” to the end of your Siri requests.

 

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This week: Mac Pro, AirPods 3, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro—let’s talk about all the hardware we expect Apple to unveil at their unannounced October event. Plus Microsoft unveiled their newest gadgets and they’re actually pretty cool! We discuss...

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What to expect at an Apple October event

Revamped AirPods with noise cancellation spilled by iOS 13.2

Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds are unbelievably fugly

Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Neo is a vision of the future

Microsoft’s sleek Surface Pro X hits iPad Pro where it hurts [Updated]

 

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This week: Mac Pro, AirPods 3, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro—let’s talk about all the hardware we expect Apple to unveil at their unannounced October event. Plus Microsoft unveiled their newest gadgets and they’re actually pretty cool! We discuss...

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This week's story links

What to expect at an Apple October event

Revamped AirPods with noise cancellation spilled by iOS 13.2

Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds are unbelievably fugly

Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Neo is a vision of the future

Microsoft’s sleek Surface Pro X hits iPad Pro where it hurts [Updated]

 

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This week: we just completed our first week with iPhone 11 Pro, and it's even better than we hoped. We'll dive into all the features we love most. Plus: details are emerging about iPhone 12, and we like what we're seeing! And is Apple Watch series 5 worth the upgrade? We discuss...

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The iPhone 11 Pro unboxing you MUST SEE before buying (Space Grey First Impressions)

Here’s why the iPhone 11 Pro camera is UNBEATABLE

iPhone 11 Pro Max review: the best gets better

  • This thing is a beauty. The first thing you notice is the glass back. The frosted matte finish makes it semi-translucent, giving it a weirdly illusory depth. It looks great. Not even the controversial, compound-eye camera bump can spoil its good looks. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best-looking iPhone to date, and I love it.

2020 iPhone design could take notes from the classic iPhone 4 look

  • Apple could go back to one of its most beloved iPhone designs with next year’s iPhone refresh. According to a new report from seasoned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s 2020 iPhone redesign will resemble the iPhone 4.

Apple Watch Series 5 teardown confirms it’s a tweaked Series 4

 

  • Disassembling the latest Apple Watch doesn’t find very much that’s different from last year’s model. That doesn’t mean there aren’t improvements in the new Series 5; they’re just not visible in a teardown, even one done by the experts at iFixit.

 

 

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This week: iPhone 11 Pro’s cameras are the largest leap forward yet. We’ll tell why the cameras alone make iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro worth the upgrade. Plus: iPhone 11 Pro may have dual wireless charging built in after all; and it looks like Apple Watch Series 5 is just an upgraded series 4. We’ll tell you what you need to know.

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First iPhone 11 Pro Max teardown shows off gigantic new battery

  • One of the specs Apple refuses to reveal about the iPhone 11 Pro Max has been revealed by a teardown of this new model: it includes a 3,969 mAh battery, significantly larger than the one in the XS Max.
  • That's hugely larger than the 3,174 mAh power cell in last year’s iPhone XS Max.
  • And of course Apple is reporting the 11 Pro features 4 hours of extra battery life, while the iPhone 5 clock 5 extra hours.

iPhone 11 Pro review roundup: Big battery, camera, display upgrades

  • There’s no question about it: the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are two of the best iPhones Apple has ever built — and arguably the best handsets in the world right now.
  • Verge says it has the best camera in a phone.
    • “[T]he iPhone 11 Pro cameras are an enormous improvement over the XS, and they beat the Pixel and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus in most of our side-by-side comparisons. In fact, I think the iPhone 11 Pro is the best smartphone camera on the market right now.”
  • Tom’s Guide loved the screen
    • "iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display vastly outshined the Galaxy Note 10 Plus”
  • What about speed you ask. Hold on to your butts. Wired had this to say:
    • “The phones are fast. Downloading apps is fast. Switching between apps is fast. Processing and editing photos is fast. Apple Pay is faster on this phone; Face ID feels slightly faster. FaceID supports more face angles too “

iPhone 11 supposedly capable of two-way wireless charging

  • One feature we expected but didn’t get from the iPhone 11 lineup is two-way wireless charging. But Apple could surprise us with it later.
  • Two-way or bilateral wireless charging would allow you to charge certain devices — including other smartphones — by placing them down on the back of your iPhone.
  • Tipster Sonny Dickson, citing “reliable sources,” reports that iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max do feature the hardware required for two-way wireless charging. It’s just that Apple hasn’t enabled it yet.
  • "Reliable sources are saying iPhone 11 and 11 Pro do include the hardware for bilateral charging, but that it is software disabled. Uncertain whether this was removed prior to final production run.”
  • It’s not clear why or when two-way wireless charging may have been deactivated. Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently suggested the “efficiency may not meet Apple’s requirements.”
  • Bizarre that Apple would not have at least MENTIONED this feature and announced an anticipated release date.

Apple Watch Series 5 has same CPU as Series 4

  • The insides of the Apple Watch Series 5 aren’t all that different from last year’s Series 4 upgrade.
  • Other than the new always-on display, the only other internal changes Apple promoted were the new compass and increased storage. The latest build of Xcode reveals that those are basically the only changes, as the Series 5 uses the same CPU and GPU found in Apple Watch Series 4.

 

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This week: everything you need to know about iPhone 11 and 11 Pro! We dive deep into the coolest features buried in Apple's newest iPhones.

Plus: our reactions to everything announced at the iPhone 11 event...

And it's all but confirmed: we'll tell you why there's almost definitely a October hardware event coming our way, and what gadgets Apple will be unveiling in their next big keynote.

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This week's story links

Erfon's YouTube channel!

If this is iPhone 11 camera’s Night mode, we can’t wait

iPhone 11 vs. Pro vs. Pro Max: Which one should you buy?

Why Apple Watch Series 5 is a welcome surprise

Lower iPhone 11 price shows Apple got the message [Opinion]

Ex-Netflix exec thinks Apple TV+ will have no problem competing

Leaked iPhone 11 specs show upgraded RAM and battery

Apple Watch Series 5 vs. Series 3: Which one should you buy?

3D Touch disappears, and that’s great for people who love it [Opinion]

 

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This week: a noted leaker says the September 10th Apple event will include a mythical One More Thing... But what could it be??

Plus: more leaks shine a light on next week's iPhone announcements; a new turbocharged Apple TV is on the way; and Apple Watch will finally get a long-awaited feature.

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Phone 11 Lineup Tipped to Have Familiar Rollout: September 13 Pre-Orders, September 20 Launch

  • A tipster who claims to work at a major carrier has since provided MacRumors with internal communication that suggests the rumored iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models will be available to pre-order Friday, September 13 ahead of deliveries to customers and in-store availability starting Friday, September 20.
  • iPhone XR will become iPhone 11, iPhone XS will be the iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone XS Max will be the iPhone 11 Pro.

Faster Apple TV hardware might turbocharge Apple Arcade

  • The first Apple TV update in two years is reportedly coming soon. The update Apple TV will supposedly be powered by the same chip that’s in the iPhone XS series, potentially making it a better way to play Apple Arcade games than its predecessors.
  • The current Apple TV runs the A10X Fusion CPU from several years ago, and while it's perfectly capable of handling a streaming video service, Apple Arcade games that will undoubtedly benefit from the extra horsepower in the A12X chip.

Respected leaker CoinX tweets “One more thing…”

Apple’s first AR headset spilled by iOS 13

  • Apple is still developing its own augmented reality headset, according to code discovered in iOS 13. The mythical headset is apparently codenamed “garta"

Sleep-tracking could come to Apple Watch this year

  • Apple will introduce sleep tracking to Apple Watch, a new report claims.
  • The new feature will reportedly not require any additional hardware, but rather be software-based. It’s not clear whether it will be limited only to the upcoming Apple Watch Series 5, however.

 

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This week: Confirmed! Apple’s September 10th has just been announced—don’t miss our hardware and software predictions! Plus: comparing Disney’s new streaming service to Apple TV Plus; Steve Jobs is spotted in Egypt; and one of Earth’s greatest Steve Jobs artifacts hits the auction block.

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This week's stories

Apple’s Sept. 10 event invitation might hint at iPhone 11 colors

  • Apple just sent out invitations to a press event to be held on Sept. 10, 10am, at Steve Jobs Theater. This is widely expected to be launch of three new iOS handsets, among them the first “iPhone Pro” models.
  • The invite has an Apple logo divided up into green, blue, yellow, red and purple sections. While clearly an homage to the multi-colored logo the company used for many years, there are differences.

A first look at Disney+

  • This week, Disney again showcased its upcoming streaming service at the D23 Expo in California, offering new details on what exactly the $6.99 per month price tag will get you.
  • As detailed by Engadget, that $7 per month Disney+ tier will include up to four simultaneous streams, as well as 4K quality at no extra cost. You’ll also be able to create up to seven different user profiles with a single Disney+ subscription.

Steve Jobs look-alike blows internet’s mind

Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far

  • A total of 31 shows and movies are in production.
  • Apple is also planning to make six small-budget, award-worthy films every year, with an eye on generating buzz for the service and nabbing some Academy Award nominations along the way.
  • Rumored 9.99 price tag

Steve Jobs autograph takes Toy Story poster to $25,000 … and beyond!

  • A movie poster for Toy Story featuring Steve Jobs’ signature will hit the auction block in Los Angeles on Thursday.
  • Jobs, the legendary founder of Apple, ran Pixar Animations Studios when its first blockbuster, Toy Story, hit silver screens in 1995. Considered one of the all-time best animated movies, Tory Story earned $373.6 million at the box office and garnered three Oscar nominations.
  • Starting bid: $25,000.
  • The starting bid might seem high. But experts don’t consider the price exorbitant when it comes Jobs. The late Apple co-founder signed his name in all lowercase letters — but rarely gave out his signature.
  • The auction house says fewer than 10 Jobs-autographed items exist.

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm PDT

This week: the stage is set… NEW iPhones. NEW Macs… Apple Watches galore. New leaks paint a picture of a MASSIVE hoard of Apple hardware heading our way, and we even have a date. Plus: a new report shares more details than ever on iPhone 11.

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This week's stories

iOS 13 beta asset suggests iPhone 11 Apple event on September 10th

  • Apple has released the latest beta of iOS 13 to developers, and in it is a piece of evidence that may have accidentally outed the date of the upcoming hardware event./li>
  • Buried deep in the code, is an asset called “holdforrelease”. The image is an iOS screenshot, and show shows the date of Tuesday, the 10. Aka, september 10.

Database exposes loads of incoming Apple products

  • Multiple new MacBook, Apple Watch, iPod touch and iPhone models are coming this fall, according to a database that’s so far been very accurate about upcoming products. It belongs to the Eurasian Economic Commission, which become a gold mine for information on Apple computers that are right around the corner.
  • The database lists 11 products that are described as “portable personal computers,” that run macOS Catalina.
  • Four of these models are new, and the rest are updated versions of computers already registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission.
  • The Eurasian Economic Commission lists twelve model numbers of wearables running watchOS 6. These are clearly the Apple Watch Series 5 devices that could launch next month.
  • The EEC database also indicates we’ll receiving two new “media players” which run iOS 13, most likely meaning new iPod Touches.
  • Two dozen smartphone models!
  • In the past, devices have generally debuted a few months after appearing on this agency’s website, so all these newly-listed Apple computer models should be out well before the end of the year

2019 iPhone to bring tougher glass, even better Face ID

  • We weren’t expecting much from the 2019 iPhone lineup. The rumors led us to believe they would be very similar to existing models, but with faster chips and improved cameras.
  • But Reliable Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman today reveals that we can also look forward to a more robust design for high-end models that uses unspecified “shatter-resistance technology.”

<New ‘iPhone 11 Pro’ cases make way for … Apple Pencil? ul>

  • Accessory makers are already preparing cases for Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup, including an “iPhone 11 Pro” that will support a brand new Apple Pencil.
  • We’ve heard whispers of Apple Pencil support for the iPhone 11. One analyst promised the upgrade back in July. But this is the first time we’ve seen what might be considered real evidence.
  • A new case from case maker Olixar features a spot in the back to hold an Apple Pencil, but not the version we currently have...
  • “This goes someway to confirming recent rumours that suggest the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be compatible with a new version of the Apple Pencil,” says MobileFun, which obtained these images.
  • Sure, it’s only a case from a third-party accessory maker. But Olixar’s predictions have been right on the money in the past.

 

Apple Arcade’s cheap price will attract even non-gamers

  • Buried in an API used by the iOS app store is a promotional message that says an Arcade subscription will cost $4.99 a month. A one-month free trial service will also be offered.
  • That’s much lower that predictions. HSBC analysts estimated it will be $12.99. Google’s Stadia Pro service will cost $9.99 a month when it debuts in November.
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This week: a Foxconn insider spills BIG iPhone 11 secrets. Plus: the Pros and Con of Apple Card, Apple’s new maps start rolling out across the country, and a strange twist in the MoviePass story unveils the unbelievable shenanigans they pulled to stayed in business, and they are far worse than we ever imagined!

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This week's stories

Apparent Foxconn insider spills big iPhone 11 secrets

  • Some huge new details about this year’s iPhone 11 refresh have been spilled by an apparent Foxconn insider.

Apple Card Unboxing & Impressions!

  • It's a digital card that lives in the wallet app, and it is also a physical card (that you use when the vendor doesn't.
  • 2% cash-back on all purchases when you pay with Apple Pay, 1% cash-back when you pay using the physical card, and 3% cash-back on purchases made directly from AppleApp is the most beautiful financial app out there. Digital card changes colors as you use it.
  • App also categorizes all your purchases, shows you maps of where they were made, and helps you understand how much interest you'll pay when you don't pay off your balance.
  • Cash back daily.
  • No fees, not even late fees.
  • High approval rates. Even subprime borrowers are being approved.

Cons

  • Offers pretty much the same spending insights as other apps, like Mint.
  • 2% cash back only available for Apple Pay. 1% for card and non-apple pay purchases isn’t great.
  • 3% cash back for Apple purchases is only 1-2% more than other cashback cards.
  • Card number is not on the card, so if you need it you have to go get your phone, open the app, and find it.
  • You can’t add authorized users, meaning you can’t share a card with your spouse. Only one card per person per Apple ID.
  • No price protection.
  • No extended warranty.

Revamped Apple Maps Now Available in Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi

  • Last year, Apple announced plans to rebuild its Maps app with its own first-party data. The overall look and feel of Apple Maps is similar, but zooming and panning reveals more details like grass, trees, sports fields, and parking lots. Apple is also focused on making search results more relevant.

The definitive story of how a controversial Florida businessman blew up MoviePass and burned hundreds of millions

  • The MoviePass shenanigans are way worse than we ever thought....

 

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This week: Apple enters the ASMR business! Plus: first impressions of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10, and the features iPhone should steal; how to mute and decline calls on your iPhone; and finally, when the internet is following you… strange stories of your digital life showing up in your real life.

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This week's stories

Apple’s soothing ASMR iPhone videos will put you to sleep

  • Apple is jumping on the ASMR trend for its latest series of shot on iPhone ads that were created to help you relax no matter where you are.
  • ASMR — short for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response” — it's a psycho-physiological response to quiet sounds, and it spawned a popular community on YouTube that makes videos designed to make the back of your neck tingle. In its first ASMR effort, Apple has unleashed 30 minutes worth of soothing sounds accompanied by gorgeous videos all recorded on the iPhone. The four videos take you threw hiking trails, a woodshop, ghost forest and more.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10/10+ Impressions: A Great Duo!

  • Note 10 = $949
  • Note 10 Plus $1099
  • Both come with a base of 256GB RAM
  • Edge to edge OLED screens with virtually zero bezel
  • No notch, just a tiny camera hole
  • Interesting iridescent rainbow color
  • They REMOVED the headphone jack...

Apple is shipping $1000 phones with 64gb base storage while Samsung base storage starts at 256GB

  • So I decided to tune in on Samsungs new Note 10 launch. I won't lie I was super salty when I saw Samsung base storage is 256GB with the note 10 at $950. Kinda feels bad considering I paid $999 for my XS with 64GB. I am hoping Apple bumps their base storages across all their products.
  • Edit: Idid not expect this to make it to the front page. But I'm glad the general consensus is 64GB on a $1000 phone and 128GB (non-upgradable) on a $1200 laptop is not enough. Overtime everything is starting to take more storage so it'd be nice for Apple to step it up and give us a little more for our money.

How to decline and mute calls with iPhone

  • Muting a call is easy, just click the sleep/wake button once, or depending on the iPhone you have, you can probably just hit the volume button once too. Muting a call silences the ringer or vibration, but lets the caller hear 4 rings before sending them to voicemail.

 

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This week: Apple’s working on something BIG, and their massive increase in R&D spending proves it. Plus: we discuss all the surprises Apple unveiled in their recent earnings report, and it was another record breaker. And if you think your conversations with Siri are private, think again! Apple’s been caught reviewing your most personal sound bytes. We’ll give you the details. And finally, a new Moviepass competitor has emerged with a very interesting offer, but is it worth the price?

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This week's stories

The key surprises from Apple’s upbeat earnings report

  • iPhone is no longer king
  • Mac Pro could make an American comeback
  • Apple Card is coming in August
  • R&D is at an all-time high

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings Workers hear drug deals, medical details and people having sex, says whistleblower

  • Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Regal offers a new unlimited movie viewing plan, but there are plenty of catches

  • The plan comes in three tiers: Regal Unlimited for $18 a month for unlimited movies at more than 200 theaters; Regal Unlimited Plus for $21 a month for unlimited movies at more than 400 theaters; and Regal Unlimited All Access for $23.50 a month for unlimited movies at any Regal theater.

 

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This week: the all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro—a new report gives us a price tag and release date. Then: a new hire signals that the Apple Car is far from dead; and there’s finally a way to get podcasts recommendations tailored just for you. Plus stayed tuned for our favorite shows and comic con trailer in an all-new What We’re Into!

 

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This week's stories

Rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro might start at $3,000

  • Anyone eager to get their hands on the much-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro better be saving their pennies. It could cost as much as $3000, if an unconfirmed report coming out of Asia is correct.
  • The Chinese-language Economic Daily News predicts this will be Apple’s most expensive laptop ever. The starting price could be over $2,975, or even as much as $3,300
  • The EDN report goes on to say that the 16-inch macOS laptop will have a 3072 by 1920 LCD screen, in line with earlier rumors.
  • The largest MacBook in years will supposedly debut in October. New 13.3-inch versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will allegedly launch at the same time.

BMW will charge outrageous annual fee for CarPlay

  • BMW has decided that it will charge customers an annual fee if they want to enjoy CarPlay in its newest vehicles.
  • It is the first car-maker to turn Apple’s platform into a subscription service. Most now include CarPlay as standard, or as an optional feature that lasts as long as the vehicle.
  • It took BMW longer than most automakers to support CarPlay, and it doesn’t come cheap. The company charges $300 to add the platform to existing vehicles with a built-in navigation system.
  • If you want CarPlay in a 2019 BMW, you can forget that one-time fee. In fact, you’ll get to enjoy the first year for free. But every year of CarPlay access after that will cost you $80.

Overcast adds fantastic new podcast recommendations feature

  • Overcast, the podcast app of choice for lovers of good design, just added a brand-new recommendations feature.
  • Previously, Overcast used a Twitter-based recommendation engine. But developer Marco Arment says almost nobody used it. Now, he’s replaced it with recommendations based on users’ personal listening habits, and the result is amazing.
  • Other notable features include Smart Speed (which cuts out silences) and Voice Boost (which pumps up spoken audio). Overcast also works great with the Apple Watch.

Apple hires the engineer who led the design of Tesla's car interiors

 

What we’re into!

Jablinski Games

2019 Tour de France

Peaky Blinders

Star Trek: Picard

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am PDT

This week: FaceApp, the mega viral app that ages your face, might also be stealing your data! Plus: why your next iPhone or Mac may feature Apple’s rainbow logo; Apple might soon make a big move into original podcasts; and we’ll tell you about the wild lengths some Apple factory works go through to smuggle out top secret tech.

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This week's stories

Apple’s retro rainbow logo might make a comeback

  • There have been some clues earlier this year that Apple might be ready to embrace its old logo again. Apple renewed its trademark on the logo last year. Jony Ive also meticulously created a rainbow stage at Apple Park that used the rainbow Apple logo’s design. Although Ive was a fan of minimalist design, even he seemed to want to bring the rainbow Apple logo back.
  • “There is the resonance with the rainbow logo that’s been part of our identity for many years,” Jony Ive recently explained.

Is viral FaceApp stealing your photos? Not all of them

  • FaceApp has become incredibly popular in recent weeks. It’s gone viral. You’ve probably see the pictures everywhere. But there’s concern over what happens to your photos when you use the app, particularly since the devs are… THE RUSSIANS!

Apple might soon feature original and exclusive podcasts

  • Apple’s growing services business will soon feature original podcasts, according to a report that, if true, amps up the tech giant’s battle with rival Spotify.
  • Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, reported Apple executives are in preliminary discussions with media companies to buy the rights to podcasts.
  • Spotify has spent millions of dollars positioning itself to be the go-to podcast app. It has acquired three podcast companies, including Gimlet Media, in the last two years to build up premium content.
  • The Apple Podcasts app comes with iPhones and is considered the go-to platform for listening to podcasts. However, Apple Podcasts is merely a directory of links for users to download podcasts from other platforms.

Apple Once Caught Factory Workers 'Digging a Small Tunnel in a Corner' in Attempt to Smuggle iPhone Parts

  • After photos of the colorful iPhone 5c leaked in 2013, the report claims Apple created a "New Product Security" team to monitor security at its most sensitive suppliers in China. At one point, the team reportedly topped more than 30.
  • The security team is said to have uncovered workers going to extreme lengths to smuggle valuable components out of factories over the years, with some attempting to hide parts in crawl spaces, tissue boxes, shoes, belt buckles, bras, used mop water, under discarded metal shavings, and beyond.

 

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This week: Big Mac updates! But not like a Big Mac. We're talking computers. Never mind, look—Apple just updated the MacBook Air, dropped the price, and supercharged the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Plus: a new report says Apple will finally update the butterfly with the design we were all hoping for. And we wrap with a true story that could save you thousands: how neglecting the batteries in your tech could cost you BIG.

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This week's stories

Apple may be gearing up to replace controversial MacBook keyboard

  • According to a new research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is set to replace them with a whole new keyboard switch mechanism. According to big Ming, this will debut with the 2019 MacBook Air (more on that in a second)
  • This would be a return to the previous keyboard design, but with an Apple twist.
  • Kuo says the switches in the new scissor keyboards will be made from glass-filled nylon, and material that is stronger than plastic, so it allows Apple to make the internal components stronger and thinner.
  • This is the same material used in the switches of the 2015 butterfly keyboard mechanisms.

Latest MacBooks still use Apple’s flawed butterfly keyboard

  • Big Ming got it wrong: Apple's newest MacBooks use the same 3rd-gen keybaord as the 2019 MacBook Pro, and are already included in the extended keyboard repair warranty.
  • The new keyboard will likely debut in the 16" MacBook Pro.

Apple brings True Tone to MacBook Air, faster chips to MacBook Pro

  • Apple has updated the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro for the back-to-school season. And they’re now more affordable.
  • The revised MacBook Air, now starts at $1,099 (down from $1,199) or $999 for college students, and has been updated with True Tone.
  • The biggest improvements, however, are to the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple officially ditches the 12-inch MacBook

  • Apple has dropped the 12-inch MacBook after introducing an improved MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.
  • The previous MacBook Air without a Retina display, which was Apple’s most affordable notebook, has also been ditched.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:17am PDT

This week: A new report details why Jony Ive is departing Apple, and it paints a troubling picture. Plus, Leander tells us about the “fiddle factor,” the unique quality that made Jony Ive our time’s greatest designer.

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This week's stories

Jony Ive’s absence from Apple caused iPhone X headaches

  • A new report from the WSJ paints a bleak picture of Jony’s Ive’s departure, saying he’s been drifting away from the company for years, and it’s because they increasingly are not taking design seriously.

Tim Cook slams alleged rift with Jony Ive as ‘absurd’

Why Apple will miss Jony Ive’s fabulous ‘fiddle factor’

  • The fiddle factor cuts to the heart of Jony Ive’s design genius. In a career spanning 30 years, no designer has been more successful at making computers friendly and approachable, largely by adding tactile elements to his designs.
  • As a design student back in the 1980s, a teenage Jony Ive spent a semester with a design agency in London, the Roberts Weaver Group. One of his first projects was designing a new pen for Japan’s Zebra Co. Ltd., a pen-maker based in Tokyo.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm PDT

This week: we knew it was coming, but now it’s official, Jony Ive is leaving Apple. Plus: 16-inch MacBook Pro could arrive sooner than you think; Apple just poached one of the world’s premiere ARM CPU architects; and we’ll tell you about the huge Apple scam going around that you need to watch out for!

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This week's stories

Jony Ive is leaving Apple

  • Apple long-time design boss Jony Ive revealed today in an interview that he is leaving the company. After helping create some of the most iconic consumer products of all-time for Apple, Ive says he is going to strike out on his to create a new creative business called LoveFrom.
  • “After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,”
  • Instead of naming a new head of design that reports to Cook, Apple’s two design leaders — Evans Hankey and Alan Dye — will report to COO Jeff Williams.

16-inch MacBook Pro could arrive sooner than you think

  • A new 16-inch MacBook Pro is coming this fall, according to analysts at IHS Markit.
  • They claim that Apple will unleash the new laptop at the company’s September media event, alongside the new iPhone.
  • The new laptop will supposedly include a 3072 × 1920 resolution, up from the 2880 × 1800 display in Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • It will continue using an LCD display, rather than switching to OLED.

Apple just poached one of the world’s premiere ARM CPU architects

  • One of the top CPU architects in the world has joined Apple’s chip team.
  • Mike Filippo, who created some of ARMs most impressive CPUs over the last few years, was hired last month by Apple, signifying the company could be gearing up to switch to ARM CPUs on the Mac.
  • Filippo spent 5 years at Intel. 8 Years at AMD. Then 10 years at ARM as the lead architect creating the chips that have been competing with Apple’s.

Apple warning customers that App Store gift cards can't pay income taxes

  • Apple is now warning customers up front that iTunes gift cards, in fact, cannot be used to pay taxes as number of fraud calls ramp up.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:07am PDT

This week: new iPhone rumors point to some BIG changes… Plus: Leander gives his take on the new betas; two long-awaited features are finally coming to tvOS; and scientists say iPhone is making teenagers too... horny

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This week's stories

2020 iPhone XS Max will get bigger display

  • Ming Chi-Kuo sent a note to investors claiming Apple will put out three different iPhone models in 2020. The 2020 iPhone XR equivalent will be upgraded to a 6.1-inch OLED display but it won’t get 5G. The 2020 iPhone XS Max successor will be upgraded from a 6.5-inch display to a slightly larger 6.7-inch screen.
  • The 2020 iPhone XS successor will have a 5.45-inch screen, a slight downgrade from the current 5.8-inch display currently in use. Like the larger model, it will also have 5G.

iOS 13 uses iPhone to perfectly sync wireless audio on Apple TV

  • Nothing ruins a good movie like sound that’s completely out of sync. But thanks to iOS 13 and tvOS 13, you will no longer have to suffer that when watching video on your Apple TV.
  • When iOS 13 and tvOS 13 roll out to everyone this fall, you’ll be able to use your iPhone or iPad to fix unsynchronized audio on Apple TV.
  • It works by using your iOS device to listen to tones played through your speakers. The feature calculates the time it takes for the audio to be heard after your Apple TV plays it, then adjusts your settings accordingly.

Apple TV finally gains picture-in-picture support

  • One of the best media features for iPad is finally coming to Apple TV.
  • With the new tvOS 13 beta released this morning, Apple added picture-in-picture support to Apple TV, allowing users to watch a show while searching for the next thing to watch.
  • Apple never mentioned the new picture-in-picture feature during the Apple TV segment of the WWDC 2019 keynote.
  • Works just like it does on the iPad. You can minimize the picture to a corner of the screen then keep browsing content while it plays.

Phone overuse makes millennials grow spikes on their skulls

  • Doctors have noted a change in the shape of many millennials’ skulls: spikes are growing just above the neck, and researchers into the phenomenon blame it on too much cell phone use.
  • However, this apparently isn’t some bizarre radiation-induced mutation, but is instead the skeleton adapting to the bent-over posture phone users typically adopt.
  • The scientists were examining the growing prevalence on young adults skulls of enthesophytes — growths where tendons or ligaments attach. These typically become more common with age, but not a specific example at the base of the skull, a condition they call enlarged external occipital protuberance (EEOP). These are more likely to show up in 18- to 30-year-olds than in people decades older. By examining X-rays, the pair found 41 percent of patients aged 18 to 30 had these skull horns.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm PDT

Two friends discuss fatherhood, and meeting their kids for the first time

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

This week: the super useful iOS 13 features you haven’t heard about! Plus: we discuss the best new features in iPadOS. And we’ll tell you about our favorite new gadgets in an all-new Under Review.

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This week's stories

iOS 13 now shows a map of where apps have been tracking you when requesting permission

  • iOS 13 now presents a popup notification when an app is using your location in the background, and the notification shows a map of the location data a specific app has tracked.

iOS 13 Apple Maps: Share your live route ETA with a friend

  • In iOS 13, integrated right into Apple Maps, you can share your journey status with your contacts in a feature called Share ETA.

NFC gets a lot more powerful in iOS 13

  • NFC — the technology that helps power Apple Pay as well other clever features for iOS apps like Launch Center Pro’s tappable stickers — is getting a big upgrade with the launch of iOS 13

iOS 13’s NFC triggers bring Shortcuts to the real world

  • The iOS 13 Shortcuts app has been updated to support automatic scheduled and location-based shortcuts
  • But it also includes NFC triggers. So if you have a compatible iPhone, you can combine NFC tags with Shortcuts.
  • That is, you can run any shortcut just by tapping your iPhone onto an NFC sticker.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:06am PDT

Two life-long playas talk about their favorite games, and which future titles they're most excited for.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am PDT

This week: Our WWDC reactions! Apple keynotes don’t get more legendary than this one. Plus: the crazy cryptographic tech powering Apple’s new Find My app, and our favorite features of iOS 13, macOS Catalina, tvOS and watchOS.

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This week's stories

How new Mac Pro borrows from Apple’s best designs

  • Aside from looks, there are many similarities to the G5, plus a couple of ideas from other older Apple machines. Here are some of the clearest design influences on the new Mac Pro

Apple prods devs to give ‘Sign in with Apple’ top billing

  • Not only will Apple require all apps that use third-party login services like Facebook to also support Apple’s privacy-focused login service, but it is also asking that the button be placed above competitors’ options.

THE CLEVER CRYPTOGRAPHY BEHIND APPLE'S 'FIND MY’ FEATURE

How to use a PS4 or Xbox One controller with iOS 13 and iPadOS

  • iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 will allow you to play games with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller.

Everything Apple showed off at WWDC 2019 in under 8 minutes [Video]

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

Is the power of a Hackintosh worth the hassle of building and maintaining one?  Big daddy Erf gets the answers with YouTube creator and Hacktintosh expert Peter Paul Chato.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am PDT

Apple may be prepping the Mac Pro for its big reveal...don’t miss our WWDC 2019 hardware expectations.

This week: Apple may be prepping the Mac Pro for its big reveal... don’t miss our WWDC 2019 hardware expectations! Plus: the pros and cons of the 2019 MacBook Pro... we discuss. And did you know all the best Get a Mac ads never actually aired? We’ll tell you the odd reason why... All that and SO MUCH MORE.

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This week's stories

Latest MacBook Pro blows away its predecessors

  • The top-tier new MacBook Pro employs a Intel 9th-generation Core i9 processor, which just debuted. It’s clocked at 2.4GHz with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz. This is Apple’s first 8-core laptop, and the promotional materials promises “40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro.”
  • Geekbench benchmark scores are now confirming that this macOS laptop is around 30 percent speedier depending the the tests look at.
  • The multi-core score for this device is around 29180. Last year’s speediest 6-core version of the MacBook Pro topped out at 22620, indicating that its predecessor is 29 percent faster.
  • The single-core score for the new model is around 5900, up from about 5350 in the 2018 version. That’s almost a 10% improvement.
  • One YouTuber reported the new MacBook Pro is beating his base iMac Pro in some tests!

2019 MacBook Pro teardown reveals minimal keyboard changes

  • Keyboard seems largely the same, though iFixit has confirmed Apple has changed some of the material used in the dome switch mechanism and keyboard condom.

Steve Jobs didn’t want the ‘Get a Mac’ ads to be too funny

  • Justin Long was recently on a episode of People Magazine’s TV show called Couch Surfing reciting why all the best Get a Mac ads never aired.
  • Though 66 ads aired, apparently they filmed over 300!
  • According to Long, it was Steve Jobs who kept the best ads off the air because they were just too funny.
  • “One, in particular, I remember Zach Galifianakis played a drunken Santa Claus and I was dying to see this one,” Long said on the episode, which aired on Sunday. “Basically, Steve Jobs preferred when they weren’t super funny. It’s because he thought that would detract from the point of the commercial. He thought if people were too focused on humor, they would lose sight of the product.”
  • But the commercials worked!
  • Apple experienced a sales increase of 200,000 Macs after the first month of the campaign in May 2006. By July, Apple sold 1.3 million and at the end of the fiscal year, there was a 39 percent increase from the previous year’s Mac sales
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:37am PDT

This week: Apple releases the MacBook Pro we never thought possible, packed with Intel’s newest 8-core chip! But can a machine this slim handle the heat? Plus: WWDC 2019 is officially on! We talk our keynote predictions. And even more good news, Apple announces two new warranty repair programs to fix MacBook’s most troubling issues… for FREE.

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This week's stories

Apple’s wacky unicorn invites press to June 3 WWDC keynote

  • Invitations to the keynote address for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference just went out. The design features a unicorn whose brain is exploding with ideas.
  • You can catch Episode #387 for our rundown of all features expected to be announced for iOS 13, macOS 10.5, watchOS, all the OSs

iOS 13

  • But Apple is expected to unveil a whole bunch of new and upgraded apps for iOS, a Dark Mode, possibly a new swipe keyboard. They’re adding new features to the Health, Books, Maps, and Messages
  • Apple is also planning to let the HomePod respond to different users’ voices, creating a multiuser mode.
  • iPad is getting some loving', including an updated home screen, updates to multi-tasking, and the ability to use two instances of the same apps.

watchOS

  • New apps for the Apple watch that will make it more independent from the iPhone, health tracking enhancements, and an Apple Watch store so you can download apps on the go.
  • Marzipan is set to be unveiled for the Mac, meaning developers can bring their iPad apps to the Mac. This should be interesting.
  • Apple will be bringing the Podcast app to the Mac, along with Find my Friends, Find my iPhone, and Screen Time.
  • New voice memos app so you can record notes from your wrist.
  • New watch faces (from Bloomberg:
  • A “Gradient” face that makes a gradient look out of a color the user chooses, at least two new “X-Large” faces that show jumbo numbers in different fonts and colors, a “California” dial that looks like a classic watch face and mixes Roman numerals with Arabic numerals, a redesigned “Solar Analog” watch face that looks like a sundial, and a new “Infograph Subdial” one that includes larger complication views like a stock market chart or the weather.
  • Apple is also adding more complications

Hardware

  • There’s a chance we could see new hardware, like the new Mac Pro, or Bloomberg says there’s a possibility we’ll see a new Apple Display featuring HDR.

Apple unleashes its fastest ever MacBook Pro

  • Apple just brought Intel’s latest eighth- and ninth-generation chips to the MacBook Pro, making it the company’s fastest ever laptop.
  • The newest 8-core models deliver up to twice the performance of a quad-core MacBook Pro, and up to 40% more than a 6-core model. They also promise powerful graphics, a T2 Security Chip, super-fast SSDs, and “all-day” battery life.
  • Apple also addressed problems with the Butterly keyboard, noting that these new models use different materials in the keyboards which will supposedly reduce the well-publicized issues with keys sticking.
  • According to Apple:
    • You’ll get to enjoy up to twice as many Alchemy plugins in Logic Pro X. You’ll render 3D scenes up to twice as fast in Maya Arnold. You’ll get to apply complex edits and filters up to 75% faster in Photoshop. And you’ll compile code up to 65% faster in Xcode.
    • What’s more, video editors now have the ability to edit up to 11 simultaneous multicam steams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X. And you don’t just get new chips.

All MacBooks with butterfly keyboards are now eligible for free repairs

  • Apple updated its Keyboard Service Program today to also include support for the 2018 MacBook Pro and 2018 MacBook Air.
  • The news comes on the heels of Apple’s unveiling of new MacBook Pros this morning with 8-core processors and butterfly keyboards with new materials. With the updated program, any MacBook with a butterfly keyboard is now eligible for service free of charge.
  • Theory: It seems like Apple has no plans to ditch the butterfly keyboards…

Apple Launches New Backlight Service Program for 2016 13-Inch MacBook Pro Display to Address 'Flexgate’ Issues

  • Alongside the launch of new MacBook Pro models, Apple today introduced a new Backlight Service Program for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
  • Strangely, this is the only model Apple will fix even though there have been reports of the 15” also having the stagelight issue

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am PDT

This week: new leaks give us our best look yet at iPhone XI and XIR. Plus: new US tariffs could skyrocket the prices of your next iPhone and iPad. And a new US Supreme Court ruling could break Apple’s iron control of the app store, making even alternate app stores a real possibility.

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This week's stories

New 2019 iPhone leak hints at extra camera lenses (again)

  • Mark Gurman has posted molds of the iPhone XI, XI Max, and XR2, and not everyone is happy with how they look.

Apple's Tariff Tradeoff: Raise Phone Prices or Suffer Margin Hit

  • A new round of tariffs proposed by the U.S. on Monday includes mobile phones, meaning the iPhone.
  • If these tariffs take effect, iPhone could be hit with a with a 25% import levy.

Supreme Court sides against Apple in big antitrust case

  • A lawsuit targeting Apple and the App Store will be allowed to proceed, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided.
  • The case involves whether or customers technically buy apps from Apple, or whether Apple is a middleman connecting app developers with consumers. The Supreme Court ruled against Apple on Monday by 5 votes to 4.
  • The Apple Inc. v. Robert Pepper case dates back to 2011. The broad argument is that Apple has artificially driven up the price of apps by virtue of its monopolistic control over the App Store. By passing the cost of Apple’s 30% cut onto consumers, iPhone users argue that it is an unfair use of monopoly power. Apple, meanwhile, argued that only app developers — and not users — should be able to bring this lawsuit against Apple.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am PDT

This week: WWDC 2019 is right around the corner, and a new report sheds light on everything Apple's prepping to reveal. We discuss! Plus: the magic of Corning glass, and how making your iPhone just slightly thicker would make it indestructible. And we reveal how and why Jony Ive and team created the massive mystery rainbow structure now present at the heart of Apple Park.

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This week's stories

Order Leander's new book, signed!

Apple to Reveal New Home-Grown Apps, Software Features at WWDC

  • Apple Inc. is planning to unleash a slew of new apps, features and development tools at its annual software conference next month.

How (and why) Jony Ive built the mysterious rainbow Apple Stage

  • It’s the latest creation by Jony Ive’s team — and it’s just as thoughtfully and intricately designed as you might imagine.

Apple Park: The Inner Spaceship Stage - May 2019

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:54am PDT

This week: will it be a car, glasses, or a full frame camera? iPhones aren’t selling like they used to, and Apple’s looking for their next huge hit! We discuss... Plus: even with iPhone sales way down, Apple managed to have another MASSIVE quarter, and you won’t believe how they pulled it off. And stay tuned for our favorite shows and games in an all-new What We’re Into 🔥

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This week's stories

Order Leander's new book, signed!

Apple’s wearables is now the size of a Fortune 200 company

  • Sales of the Apple Watch grew 50% compared to the same quarter last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Apple’s Q2 2019 quarterly analyst call on Tuesday.
  • If Apple’s wearables business — which includes the Apple Watch and the popular AirPod earbuds — were a stand-alone company, it would be in the Fortune 200, Cook said.
  • Apple’s wearables business also includes its home and accessories category. Together, sales in the March quarter hit a record $5.1 billion in revenue, up from $3.94 billion in the year-ago quarter.
  • Wearables now almost as big as the Mac business (5.5B last quarter).
  • Services business is now more than twice as big as the Mac business!

Apple Shipped an Estimated 36.4 Million iPhones Worldwide in Q1 2019, a 30% Year-Over-Year Decline

  • Apple shipped an estimated 36.4 million iPhones worldwide during the first calendar quarter of 2019, which corresponds to Apple's second fiscal quarter, according to new estimates shared today by IDC.
  • Apple's worldwide smartphone shipments were down 30.2 percent from 52.2 million iPhones shipped in the first quarter of 2018. The decline in sales led to Apple losing the number two worldwide smartphone vendor spot to Huawei. In Q1 2019, Huawei shipped an estimated 59.1 million smartphones.

Our Under Review picks!

The Man in the High Castle

Borderlands 3 official gameplay trailer

 

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This week: some major changes are in store for Apple’s legendary industrial design team… we discuss. Plus: Apple commits to fixing all MacBook keyboard issues in just ONE day. This is huge. And it looks like not one but TWO new versions of the AirPods are in development, with one being released this year. We’ll fill you in. And the new Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones are almost here, and they look like the higher quality AirPods we’ve always wanted.

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This week's stories

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Apple sets 24-hour turnaround time for MacBook keyboard repairs

  • Apple has ordered that sticky MacBook keys be repaired fast enough that, whenever possible, the owner can get their computer back the next day.
  • An internal Apple memo said this:
    • “Most keyboard-related repairs will be required to be completed in store until further notice. Additional service parts have been shipped to stores to support the increased volume. These repairs should be prioritized to provide next-day turnaround time.”
  • Keyboard issues were previously being sent out for repairs, which could take a full week.
  • Apple is now prioritizing repairs and they will be done in store whenever possible. The goal is to get your laptop back to you in 24 hours.
  • My source says they see rarely see issues with the 3rd get butterfly keyboard He works at one of the busiest stores on the the west coast.
  • They see 2017 and 2016 MBP keyboard issues all the time...
  • When they do see issues, it’s usually with someone who does a lot of typing
  • For 2016 2017 models, he said most issues are from debris under the keys.
  • They use a special tool to remove the key, blow it out with canned air, and wipe it out with alcohol, then it’s “good as new”

Renowned Apple analyst thinks 2 new AirPod models are on the way

  • Ming-Chi Kuo says Cupertino plans to release two new models of AirPods, either at the end of this year or the start of 2020.
  • The two models Kuo mentions will include a more expensive and a cheaper option. This would make the AirPods product lineup similar to how Apple has been dividing the iPhone since 2013’s iPhone 5c and 5s. Kuo says the pricier AirPods option will include a redesigned form factor. The cheaper models, meanwhile, will retain the same design and pricing as the current model.

Third-gen AirPods may be on the way before end of 2019

  • We may only just be getting used to our second-gen AirPods, but Apple is reportedly gearing up to release its third generation AirPods.
  • According to a new Digitimes report, the AirPods 3 headphones will go on sale by the end of 2019. The main selling point of the new AirPods will be their smart noise-cancelling tech.
  • AirPods are reportedly Apple’s second-best-selling new product of all time.

Powerbeats Pro will only be available in black at launch

  • Apple revealed the Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds earlier this month with black, ivory, moss and navy color options. The ivory ones look especially sleek, but it appears that only the black ones will be available at launch.
  • Black launch mid May, others available this summer.
  • The new Powerbeats Pro are the first truly wireless earbuds to come out of the Beats by Dre labratory. They’re pretty much the same as the new AirPods, only they have better sweat and water resistance. Longer battery life is one of the other standout features and they have the same H1 wireless chip you’ll find in the updated AirPods that came out last month.

Samsung delays Galaxy Fold launch

  • Samsung is hitting the brakes on the launch of its folding smartphone, the Galaxy Fold and have recalled all the review units.
  • Galaxy Fold units were supposed to start shipping to customers on April 26th with units costing $1980 a piece.
  • Samsung is now saying they’ll be reinforcing the screen, and announcing another new release date "in the coming weeks."
  • If you don’t know the screens were having all sorts of issues.
  • Rewiewers were unknowably removing the plastic screen protector which was causing failures.
  • One reviewer found that something got behind the bend of the display and caused a bulge.
  • There’s was a weirdly visible crease in on the screen where it folds. The Verge highlighted that.
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This week: is the CultCast crew too critical of Apple? Some say yes. We discuss! Plus, we talk about the pros and cons of Apple’s reported modular Mac Pro. And we’ll look at why Samsung’s new folding phone is already breaking! And this fatal flaw might mean its demise...

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Modular Mac Pro - Apple’s next flop?

Samsung Galaxy Fold vs Flagship Smartphones

Samsung’s folding smartphones break on Day 1

  • Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold smartphone has a serious problem with its folding display.
  • Multiple early reviewers are reporting that the display has broken after just one or two days of use. It appears that the hinge on some units is defective, causing the screen to be unusable.
  • The Verge, Bloomberg, and other high profile reviewers have had the screens on their units break

 

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This week: Apple’s readying a totally redesigned MacBook Pro with next gen display! We discuss. Plus: Apple’s working on the next generation of Magsafe! And we take a fascinating look at the unbelievable scale and size of Apple’s megafactories from a bonus chapter of Leander’s new book, Tim Cook: The genius who took Apple to the next level.

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This week's stories

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9 months with stereo HomePods! The good, bad, & the UGLY!

Apple cuts price of HomePod in U.S. and other countries

  • Apple permanently slashed the price of HomePod in the United States and a number of other countries. The company’s first smart speaker now lists for $299 — a full $50 less than its original price.
  • Some might assume the HomePod discount is a result of lackluster sales. But Apple says it is simply passing on savings achieved by manufacturing at scale, according to AppleInsider. (It’s a shame the company doesn’t do that with all its products.)

Biggest MacBook in years could debut in 2021

  • Ming Chi Kuo says Apple is working on a MacBook Pro that’s bigger than any released in years. The downside is this model won’t be out until 2021.
  • This device, as well as a new iPad and an external display, will all supposedly use a new type of display: microLED.microLED is the next generation of screen technology. It’s brings the strength the strengths of OLED, perfect black levels, incredible color saturation and accuracy, without the negatives, E.G. degrading performance and brightness over time, and burn in.
  • Multiple companies are currently working to figure out how to manufacture the technology, but it’s hard, because the LEDS have to be perfectly placed or the screen brightness looks wonky.
  • The MacBook that will be between 15 and 17 inched. but he’s now saying this will be out in the first half of 2021.
  • This is the same machine Kuo implied would be a major redesign...

Apple’s beloved MagSafe connector could make a comeback

  • Apple is exploring charging cables that attach to its devices with magnets.
  • Apple just received a patent for “Smart Charging Systems for Portable Electronic Devices.” This describes using magnets in cables to prevent damage if they get yanked on.
  • Apple envisions the system taking an active part in disconnecting itself if an accident occurs. “The connector can be disconnected from the portable electronic device by the charging component before the jolting event occurs.”
  • MagSafe was only for MacBooks, but the new version might have a much wider reach. The patent says this magnetized charging system could be used with “a smart phone, wearable device, smart watch, tablet, personal computer, and the like.”
  • That said, this is only a patent application, not a product announcement. It’s possible this research might not ever become a product.

Inside Apple’s factories [Cook book outtakes]

  • Apple’s capital expenditure, or CapEx, is mindboggling. To get an idea of how big it is, take Apple’s new spaceship campus in Cupertino – which is the fourth most expensive building in the world. It cost the company an estimated $5 billion to construct.
  • Apple spends a similar amount every six months on manufacturing equipment

 

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This week: AirPower—the real problem no one else is talking about… Plus: 2019 iPhone rumors point to some wildly useful new features; more evidence the 2018 MacBook, Air and Pro keyboards are STILL having issues. And we wrap up with a review of Leander’s favorite wireless charging mat, Lewis’ take on the new AirPods 2, and Erfon’s got a favorite new podcasting gadget on an all-new Under Review

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What went wrong with Apple’s doomed AirPower charging mat?

  • AirPower is officially dead. It’s the first time in Apple’s history that they canceled an announced, but unreleased product.
  • It’s been about 1.5 years since Apple titillated fans by revealing a wireless charging mat that supposedly would charge not one, not two, but three Apple devices at the same time.
  • Overheating problems reportedly posed the biggest hurdle for bringing AirPower to market. We heard rumors and rumblings for more than a year that Apple faced serious technical hurdles as it tried to make AirPower a reality.
  • Most wireless charging mats have only one power-generating coil. Some specialized chargers offer two coils, placed far apart. Apple tried to put three or more charging coils into one pad so you could place your device anywhere and it would start charging.
  • One of John Gruber’s sources said the design would never work; it violated the laws of physics.
  • But here’s the real AirPower problem no one’s talking about…

Two-way charging and bigger batteries rumored for 2019 iPhones

  • According to a new report from Mind Chi Kuo, Apple is reportedly planning to add two-way charging that will allow it to recharge your Apple Watch, AirPods and even other iPhones.
  • Now if this feature sounds familiar, it may be because Samsung included on the Galaxy S10+...
  • Kuo also claims battery capacity will increase between 10 percent and 25 percent on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors. The iPhone XS successor will get the biggest gains, while the iPhone XR successor is expected to get minimal battery gains
  • Other rumored features for the 2019 iPhone lineup includes a three-lens camera on the back, improved Face ID sensors, a more powerful A13 processor and possibly support for Apple Pencil

The MacBook keyboard fiasco is way worse than Apple thinks

  • David Heinemeier Hansson. Founder of Basecamp. Creator of Ruby on Rails.
  • Apple keep insisting that only a “small number of customers have problems” with the MacBook keyboards. That’s bollocks. This is a huge issue, it’s getting worse not better, and Apple is missing the forest for the trees.
  • So here’s some anecdata for Apple. I sampled the people at Basecamp. Out of the 47 people using MacBooks at the company, a staggering 30% are dealing with keyboard issues right now!! And that’s just the people dealing with current keyboard issues. If you include all the people who used to have issues, but went through a repair or replacement process, the number would be even higher.
  • Worth noting here is that the 3rd generation membrane keyboard did nothing to fix the issues. Six out of thirteen – nearly half!! – of the 2018+ MacBooks we have at the company have a failed keyboard.
  • He did a Twitter poll that currently has over 7300 responses.
    • 37% have no keyboard issues.
    • 11% had issues that were fixed by Apple
    • 52% have issues now that they’re just living with.
    • He’s calling for Apple to do a Total Recall….

 

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This week:  News+,  TV+,  Arcade,  Card, we react to it ALL. Plus we'll fill in all the details on Apple’s new services. And just when you thought it was safe to type, Apple apologizes for MORE ongoing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro keyboard issues.

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Apple apologizes for continuing problems with MacBook keyboard

  • MacBooks made after 2015 have had keyboard issues. Apple tweaked the design of this critical component last year, and there was great optimism that the problem had been fixed in the latest macOS computers.
  • Nope.
  • After months of use, owners of the 2018 MacBook Pro or MacBook Air are reporting keys that stick, either so they become unresponsive or repeat letters.
  • This was highlighted today by Joanna Stern in a Wall Street Journal editorial written on a MacBook Pro with the E and R keys failing. “To sha th pain of using an Appl laptop kyboad that’s faild aft fou months, I could only think of on ida: tak all th bokn ltts out of my column,” wrote Stern. The WSJ article has toggles to make the missing letters reappear.
  • Apple responded to Stern’s article by saying “We are aware that a small number of users are having issues with their third-generation butterfly keyboard and for that we are sorry. The vast majority of Mac notebook customers are having a positive experience with the new keyboard.”
  • But they still have not offered the same extended keyboard warranty they have given to 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro owners...

These are the ‘low rates’ currently available for Apple Card

With Apple TV+, Tim Cook peddles an antidote to toxic TV [Opinion]

  • At a time when critically acclaimed TV shows serve up a steady stream of sex and violence, the upcoming Apple TV+ service proffers an unusual prescription for success: optimism, inclusion, creativity and inspiration.

These are all the games coming to Apple Arcade

  • Apple showed off a smattering of games for its upcoming Apple Arcade subscription service at yesterday’s event. But, presumably because reeling off a list of 100 titles would’ve slowed the event to a crawl, it didn’t reveal exactly which games would be available.

 

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This week: Apple just released so much new hardware, they had to do it over 3 full days. We break it all down, and react to all the new gear. Plus, the saga of MoviePass continues with yet another new wild announcement… but is their new unlimited plan too good to be true?

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Why this week’s Apple PR blitz is brilliant [Opinion]

  • Apple is reaching Hannukah levels of gifting this week with significant new hardware releases on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

 

MONDAY

On Monday Apple released a new iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 5

iPad Air 3

  • The new iPad Air has a 10.5-inch Retain display, A12 Bionic chip, and first-generation Apple Pencil support.
  • Performance-wise, it’s just as fast as the iPhone XS.
  • This iPad replaces the older 10.5-inch iPad Pro that Apple’s been selling for $650 up until now
  • $500 for the 64GB model

iPad Mini 5

  • iPad mini now delivers three times the performance and nine times faster graphics.
  • Improved Retina display with True Tone, wide color support, is 25 percent brighter than before.
  • A12 Bionic processor
  • first-generation Apple Pencil support
  • Headphone jack!
  • the same $399 price tag as the previous model.

 

TUESDAY

On Tuesday Apple gave some much needed spec bumps to the iMac, added better RAM and GPU options to the iMac Pro, and even dropped the prices on some of their high-end MacBook Pros! iMac

  • iMac lineup has been updated with Intel's latest 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core processors, including a six-core 8th-gen Core i7 with Turbo Boost, and a monster eight-core 9th-gen Core i9 with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz (for the 27-inch 5K iMac).
  • Apple says the new i7 brings a 60% performance increase for the 21.5-inch iMac, and up to a 240% for the for new i9 iMac.
  • Radeon Pro Vega graphics options are now available across the new iMac lineup, including Vega 20 for 21.5-inch models and Vega 48 for 27-inch models. Apple advertises up to 80 percent faster graphics performance compared to the previous iMac lineup.
  • New RAM and storage options are also available.
  • Base iMac STILL include a 5400RPM mechanical hard drive…

Mac Pro now available with Vega 64X graphics and 256GB RAM

  • Those with a need for speed can now equip the iMac Pro with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics card and up to 256GB of RAM for the first time. But be prepared to break the bank

Apple drops prices on some high-end MacBook Pros

  • There’s good news for MacBook Pro buyers looking for a lot of storage: Apple has lowered the costs of its most-expensive SSD options.
  • When upgrading your SSD, you can save $200 for the 2TB option, and $400 for the 4TB option.
  • The bad news is that Apple didn’t change prices on any MacBook Pro SSDs that are 1TB or smaller. Putting a 1TB drive in a high-end 15-inch MacBook is still an extra $400 over the cost of a 512GB one, for example.
  • The total package, with 256GB of RAM and everything else as standard, is $10,199. If you add every possible upgrade to the iMac Pro, not including software or a VESA Mount Adapter, it costs $15,699.

 

WEDNESDAY

New AirPods deliver hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and better battery life

  • Apple’s newest wireless buds are here with a brand new H1 chip that allows for hands-free “Hey Siri.” They also promise better battery life in between charges, and even faster connectivity.
  • An optional Wireless Charging Case is also available, but it’s not cheap.
  • AirPods 2 have the same $159 price tag, or $200 with the wireless charging case. The wireless case a la cart is $79.

 

With New Unlimited Plan, MoviePass Swears It's Got Its Shit Together

  • Thanks to MacDonald Ted for this glorious story.
  • On Monday, MoviePass announced the new plan, which it is calling “Uncapped.” Under the Uncapped plan, subscribers can watch one 2D film a day, for $19.95 per month. A “limited time” offer gets you that same deal for just $9.95 per month with a one-year commitment.
  • But can we trust MoviePass?
  • Of course they’re playing games in their terms of service. A line in their user agreement gives MoviePass the right to throttle a user’s filmgoing options in the event that an individual’s use of the service has an adverse impact on “MoviePass’s system-wide capacity or the availability of the Service for other subscribers.”

 

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This week: Apple’s Showtime event is just around the corner, and this is the first event ever that focuses purely on services. Is Apple’s streaming TV service going to suck? We’ll tell you what we expect! Plus: Leander unveils the details on his new Tim Cook book, out April 16th!

 

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Apple reveals WWDC 2019 set for June 3 – 7

  • This morning, Apple revealed that it will host WWDC 2019 in San Jose, California, from June 3 to 7.
  • Registered developers can apply for tickets now through March 20 at 5 p.m. Pacific on the WWDC website. Tickets cost $1,599 per person and are issued through a random selection process.
  • iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6 and tvOS 13 are all expected to be previewed during the WWDC 2019 keynote

 

It’s show time! Apple confirms March 25 event at Steve Jobs Theater

  • Apple will hold its next special event on Monday, March 25, in the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino.

 

What to expect from Apple’s ‘show time’ event on March 25

  • The first Apple event of 2019 is nearly here. Tim Cook and friends are set to take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater on March 25 to unveil the company’s newest goodies, only instead of unveiling some shiny new gadgets you can buy, Apple is supposedly going to bust out some services you can subscribe to.
  • Apple’s “It’s show time” event is expected to be the first one ever where services and software play the starring roles.

TV streaming service

  • Instead of trying to be just like Netflix, Apple’s new TV service is expected to pull in content from other sources like Hulu, Showtime and HBO.
  • As for Apple’s own TV shows, don’t expect them to be available at launch. The company allegedly will show a few previews at the event, giving us our first glimpse of the TV series it’s been working on. Some of the shows likely will come out later in the year, but Apple has so many projects in the works that most won’t come out until later.

Apple News service

  • Details about what, exactly, the new news service will look like remai murky. Rumors indicate it will cost about $9.99 per month, giving readers access to unlimited articles from sites that usually put their content behind a paywall. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other publishers have all been approached to join the service. Some of those companies reportedly chafed at Apple’s proposed 50/50 revenue split

Magazine Service

  • Apple bought texture last year, a service that let users browse hundreds of magazine in digital format for $10 a month.
  • Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has uncovered evidence of the new magazine service built in to the Apple News app. So we know that’s coming too.

 

Apple rushes to add HBO and Showtime to streaming service

  • According to Bloombooger, Apple is hammering out the final details of agreements to add movies and TV shows from HBO, Showtime, Starz and others
  • The negotiations allegedly would result in these shows appearing side-by-side with Apple’s own content, with the Showtime etc. getting a share of watchers’ subscription fees.
  • Apparently 3rd party content is badly needed for the streaming app as Apple’s content is still in development and won’t be ready till the end of the year.

 

Apple News magazine service details revealed by latest macOS beta

  • After digging into the latest macOS 10.14.4 beta, developer Steve Troughton-Smith found some new references that confirm the magazine subscription service is on the way. Even better, Apple’s code provides some new details about it that we didn’t know. Leander’s gotta talk about The Tim Cook Boo

 

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This week: Samsung has been sending Apple foldable screens… is a folding iPhone on the horizon? Plus: Apple may have quietly fixed MacBook Pro’s ‘stage light’ flaw; Apple prepping products that will “blow you away”; and Tim Cook receives a brand new nick name from none other than Donald J. Trump, and his reaction is legendary.

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Samsung sends foldable screen samples to Apple

  • Samsung was one of the first out of the gate with a folding smartphone. Now it is trying to entice its competitors, including Apple, to join the foldable future.
  • Samsung, which debuted the Galaxy Fold at its “Unpacked” event on Feb. 20, has reportedly sent some foldable display panel samples to Cupertino in hopes of attracting Apple as a client.
  • Plastic screens the the ones Samsung is producing won’t the only option forever. Corning is working on flexible glass panels that could be used in future phones.
  • There are currently two folding phones on the market, and the prices of both are reeediculous
  • The Galaxy Fold is currently the cheapest at $1,980. Huawei’s Mate X $2,600

Apple may have quietly fixed MacBook Pro’s ‘stage light’ flaw

  • Apple’s latest MacBook Pro lineup may be immune to the “stage light” flaw that iFixit claims all MacBook Pros made after 2016 are susceptible.
  • The “stage light” flaw, which others have dubbed “Flexgate,” is caused by the MacBook Pro’s delicate display cables wearing out over time. The cables wrap around the machine’s logic board and bend every time the lid is opened and closed.
  • When the cable starts to have issues, it creates a weird stage light effect on your MacBook’s screen, and the repair is $600 dollars.
  • Well it seems like the problem may have been quietly addressed in 2018 MBPs.
  • On 2018 models, iFixit is reporting that Apple has increased the length of the display cable so it doesn’t come into contact with the logic board.
  • HOPEFULLY, this resolves the issue. But we’ll know in the next 9 months as it seems the display cables start having issues right at the year mark. Right when your warranty expires.

Apple ‘rolling the dice’ on its upcoming products

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook is very upbeat about where his company is going. He told investors today that upcoming products will “blow you away.”
  • Cook also indicated that these aren’t going to be just more of the same. Apple is branching out.
  • Cook said he’d “never been more optimistic” about Apple’s future.
  • Ol’ TC also says they’ve made lowering the cost of the latest MacBook Air a goal.

Apple publishes its 13th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report

  • The report shows encouraging progress in making supply chain better for workers and the environment.
  • Apple has almost completely eradicated child labor bonded labor. Only one incidence of child labor was found. A 15-year old faked some ID to get a job. And there were only two cases of bonded labor affecting 287 employees. Bonded labor is where workers pay factories or recruiters to secure a job. Just six years ago Apple found tens of thousands of cases of bonded labor.
  • Apple really stated to crack down on bonded and child labor in 2013, when it axed a supplier for 74 underage labor violations. That year, Apple found about 170 cases of child labor at 11 facilities. Bonded labor was also a big problem: that year Apple made suppliers pay back more than $6.4 million to affected workers — which is equivalent to about 22,000 entry-level Foxconn employees.
  • The majority labor violations were related to working hours and paying of wages and benefits. But overtime is a tricky situation, because a lot of workers report that they want to work maximum overtime.
  • Improving labor practices has been a priority for Cook, and he seems to be delivering. Apple has got a lot of criticism for its offshore supply chain, which was rife with abuse, but this latest report shows that Apple is really making progress in reform — although, of course, this is all self-reported, so we have to take Apple's word for it. Plus, really big reforms like unionizing workers seem a long way away.
  • On the environmental front, Apple’s making big progress too. It announced that all of its final assembly plants for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod are now certified Zero Waste to Landfill, which is pretty cool.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by more than 466,000 annualized metric tons — the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off the road for one year.
  • 30 suppliers have made commitments to 100 percent renewable energy for Apple production — up from a handful earlier last year. This is a big deal. Apple’s already 100 percent green energy worldwide, but the supply chain, which accounts for 3/4 of its cartoon footprint is lagging. Apple’s committees to helping the supply chain also move to 100 percent green energy, and getting 30 more suppliers onboard is another big step.

The president just called the CEO of Apple ‘Tim Apple’

  • At an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting today, the President Donald Trump pretty unmistakably called Tim Cook “Tim Apple.”
  • "We’re going to be opening up the labor forces because we have to. We have so many companies coming in,” Trump says. “People like Tim — you’re expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to do right from the beginning. I used to say, ‘Tim, you gotta start doing it here,’ and you really have you’ve really put a big investment in our country. We really appreciate it very much, Tim Apple."

 

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This week: Apple axes another 190 employees from their self-driving car division—is the Apple car dead? Plus: sleep tracking is coming to the Apple Watch; Apple is “rethinking” their high prices; and we wrap with the story of Apple's first legendary CEO, and you won’t believe who it was...

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Apple axes 190 employees from self-driving car division

  • Apple’s self-driving car project may be nearing the end of the road.
  • Project Titan was reportedly greenlit toward the end of 2014. Apple hired hundreds of engineers setting out to design and build its own self-driving car. Numerous roadblocks hit the struggling project and the company reportedly changed the focus toward just making the underlying autonomous driving technology instead of a complete car.
  • After rumors surfaced last month that the company slashed its workforce for Project Titan, Apple confirmed today that 190 employees in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale have been released from the self-driving car project.
  • Details of Apple’s self-driving car project were just posted by the company last week. Apple’s cars needed a driver to take over about once every 1.1 miles. By comparison, Google’s Waymo division only had a disengagement every 11,017 miles.
  • It’s unclear what the future holds for Apple’s automotive ambitions from here. Tim Cook has said self-driving cars is the mother of all AI problems. With iPhone sales dropping though, the company appears to be tightening its focus by jettisoning projects that aren’t as promising.

Apple developing its own sleep-tracking tech for Apple Watch

  • Apple Watch could soon add sleep-tracking tech that makes it an even more capable health monitor.
  • Apple has been testing the new sleep-tracking technology at secret sites around Cupertino, a new report claims. And if it lives up to its promise, it could ship as part of the Apple Watch by 2020.
  • The Health app for iOS has included sleep-tracking since 2014. However, it simply pulls in information from the Clock app’s alarm function, although third-party devices and apps can bolster the data.
  • Apple acquired Finnish company Beddit, which makes a sleep-tracking sensor strip, in May 2017. At the end of last year, a new Beddit sleep monitor launched. This was the first version since Apple acquired the company.

Apple ‘very aware’ of concerns over iPhone’s high prices

  • “It’s something we’re very aware of,” Williams said during a question and answer session at Elon University on February 22. “We do not want to be an elitist company … We want to be an egalitarian company, and we’ve got a lot of work going on in developing markets.”
  • Apple COO Jeff Williams says the company is “very aware” of concerns over the rising cost of the iPhone and Mac computers.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook has already admitted that the company will “rethink” its prices, particularly those for the iPhone
  • Williams goes on to say: “The stories that come out about the cost of our products [have been] the bane of my existence from the beginning of time, including our early days,” he said. “Analysts don’t really understand the cost of what we do and how much care we put into making our products.”
  • Williams described how Apple has built its very own physiology lab, with 40 licensed nurses, and enlisted over 10,000 study participants to develop some of Apple Watch’s most important features.

Today in Apple history: Massive layoffs clear out Apple’s ‘bozo explosion’

  • February 25, 1981: Apple CEO Michael Scott oversees a mass firing of employees, then holds a massive party.
  • At the time, Apple was growing incredibly quickly. With almost 2,000 people on the payroll, Scott thought the company had simply grown too big, too fast. The expansion led to what he called a “bozo explosion,” with Apple employing people he did not consider A-players.
  • The event went on to be know as Black Wedneday.
  • Former Apple programmer Andy Hertzfeld remembers it as bizarre event: “Black Wednesday was one of a number of shakeups which took place at Apple when things were going great. Sales were doubling almost every month, so that was a little unusual I would say.”
  • “I used to say that when being CEO at Apple wasn’t fun anymore, I’d quit,” he tells a crowd of Apple staffers. “But now I’ve changed my mind — when being CEO isn’t fun anymore, I’ll just fire people until it is fun again.” For many people at Apple, the day is the worst in company history — and an early sign that the fun startup culture of the early days are gone forever.

 

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This week: a totally new 16” MacBook Pro; a new 6K cinema display; new Mac Pro; new AirPods; new iPads and iPhones; even a new iPod Touch… according to a new report, Apple’s about to make huge updates to their ENTIRE product line.

 

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Here’s what Apple’s (apparently) got in store for 2019

  • Ming-Chi Kuo’s new research report runs down some of his hardware expectations for the coming year, and my nips have been at 105% of capacity since reading it.
  • We’re talking redesigned MacBook Pro, iPads, a new Apple cinema display, AirPods, even a new iPOD... this could be a year to remember.
  • Kuo predicts 2019 will see the release of Apple’s biggest MacBook since 2012. The new MacBook Pro will boast a screen between 16 inches and 16.5 inches in size. This would be the largest MacBook notebook screen since the end of the 17-inch models seven years ago.
  • It will be a total redesign!
  • Kuo says the 13” will possibly get an option for 32GB of RAM.
  • Dave Lee theory - the new design will have to address thermal issues.
  • Current MBP design is too thin for modern chips. It can’t keep them cool, like with the current i9 throttling. Now intel has a new 9th-gen 8 core chip, and there’s no way the current design could handle it.

Apple Said to Release 31.6-Inch 6K Display With Mini LED-Like Backlight Design in 2019

  • Apple will release a 31.6-inch 6K display with a Mini LED-like backlight design in 2019, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
  • Apple left the display market back in 2016 with the discontinuation of the outdated Thunderbolt Display. Apple did, however, say they were working on a new screen alongside the new Mac Pro

AirPower and New AirPods Said to Ship in First Half of 2019, New iPod Touch With Faster Processor Also Expected

  • Apple's long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat and a new version of AirPods with wireless charging support and upgraded Bluetooth connectivity will start shipping in the first half of 2019,
  • Kuo also expects a new iPod touch with a faster processor to launch in 2019.

Two New iPad Pro Models, 10.2-Inch iPad, and iPad Mini 5 Said to Launch in 2019

  • According to Kuo, Apple plans to release two new iPad Pro models, a 10.2-inch iPad, and a refreshed iPad mini, each equipped with an upgraded processor, later this year.
  • The 9.7-inch iPad is getting upgraded to 10.2 inches. No news on if it’s going full screen with FaceID.

Don’t expect a major redesign for this year’s iPad mini 5

  • The iPad mini hasn’t gotten a sequel since 2015. However, if you’re expecting this year’s rumored refresh to be a massive leap forward, you might want to think again.
  • At least, that’s based on an alleged CAD render shared by noted leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, a.k.a. @OnLeaks. While he hasn’t shared the image, he suggests that there are no external major design changes — and only a spec bump update.

Apple may finally give fans a first look at its revamped Mac Pro at WWDC 2019

  • Apple may finally give fans a first look at its revamped Mac Pro at WWDC 2019.
  • Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has “internally weighed” the possibility of previewing the new Mac Pro alongside updates to macOS and iOS at this year’s WWDC, which is expected to take place between June 3 and June 7 in San Jose.
  • Apple has also put together a "Pro Workflow Team" to tailor the Mac Pro and other Apple products to its professional users.
  • The timing seems right. Speaking about the Mac Pro in 2017, Phil Schiller said this:
    • With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.
    • As part of doing a new Mac Pro — it is, by definition, a modular system — we will be doing a pro display as well. Now you won’t see any of those products this year; we’re in the process of that. We think it’s really important to create something great for our pro customers who want a Mac Pro modular system, and that’ll take longer than this year to do.

Next Mac Pro may use stackable design for ultimate customization

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This week: it's all but confirmed--Apple's holding a March media event to make some special announcements. We'll tell you what we know. Plus: Apple's all-time best-selling products may surprise you; and is it worth buying a 2018 MacBook Pro, or should you wait? We'll tell you what we think.

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Hollywood stars tapped to attend Apple’s March event

  • Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are coming to Silicon Valley for Apple’s first big event of 2019.
  • Apple is rumored to be planning a late March keynote where a slew of new services will be unveiled. To help with its pitch to customers, Apple has asked some of the stars from its original TV shows to join the festivities.
  • Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and director JJ Abrams have reportedly been invited by Apple to attend its March 25 event. All four of them have at least one project in development at Apple. Witherspoon’s production company actually had two shows picked up by the company.
  • Apple’s TV streaming service will reportedly offer original content for free. There are dozens of shows in various stages of development right now. The service will also sell subscriptions to other channels like Starz, Showtime and maybe even HBO.
  • Initially all of Apple’s content will be free, but they plan to launch a paid tier of content by this summer.
  • The March event will also see Apple unveil its news subscription service too. Publishers are reportedly still negotiating revenue split deals for that service. Apple was allegedly asking for a 50/50 split on revenues. Customers would pay $10 per month for unlimited access to articles from some of the biggest names in news.
  • With the event more than a month away there are still tons of details that could change.

AirPods are Apple’s second-fastest selling new product of all time

  • Apple’s AirPods are the company’s second best-selling new product of all time, a new report by Above Avalon analyst Neil Cybart suggests.
  • Cybart estimates that Apple is on track to sell 40 million pairs of AirPods in 2019. That represents almost 90 percent year-over-year growth.
  • “There are already at least 25 million people wearing AirPods. This total will likely exceed 50 million people later this year. These are massive sales and adoption figures for a two-year old product that has never received an update and rarely goes on sale for less than its $159 selling price.”
  • The most popular Apple product out of the gate?

 

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This week: The 2018 MacBook Pro is a beautiful machine, but it has some odd and painful flaws! Then: Quit or canned? Why is Angela Ahrendts leaving Apple? Plus: The saga of Gil Amelio, the CEO that saved Apple.

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Quit or canned? Why is Angela Ahrendts leaving Apple? [Opinion]

  • When Apple fires an executive, the company is rarely straightforward about the situation. Apple never puts out a press release stating plainly that the executive was canned. So Tuesday’s unexpected announcement that Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s head of retail, is leaving in April led many to suspect she was fired.
  • Most of the news stories about Ahrendts’ departure point out that it’s happening during the first-ever iPhone sales slump; The subtext is that she’s underperforming and has to go.
  • Ryan Jones, an app developer with a popular Apple-centric Twitter feed, argues that Apple fired Ahrendts. His reasons: the timing of the announcement, coded language in the press release, and a claim that she was just four months from vesting stock.
  • “Angela turned Apple Stores into a frustrating mess,” he wrote. “Service and buying are both slow and maddening.”
  • No ‘gardening leave’ for Angela Ahrendts
  • As noted by John Gruber, Vogue Business reporter Suzy Menke, who profiled Ahrendts just last week in a positive piece, quoted Ahrendts on Instagram saying the departing Apple leader misses her grown-up kids, who live in London. Ahrendts was based in the U.K. capital while CEO of Burberry and clearly misses the city

The saga of Gil Amelio: the CEO that saved Apple

  • Gil Amelio was Apple’s CEO for only 500 days, and in that time he rescued Apple from the brink of destruction.
  • February 2, 1996: With disappointing Mac sales, the disastrous “clone Mac” strategy, and a failed Sun Microsystems merger to his name, Apple CEO Michael Spindler is asked to resign by the Apple board.
  • Apple needs needs a miracle. In the last 4 years, they’ve lost over $230 million dollars.
  • They turn to resurrection artist Gil Amelio, without whose leadership, Apple would probably not exist today.

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS

  • Microsoft is gearing up to release a software development kit (SDK) that will allow Android and iOS developers to integrate Xbox Live features into their games.
  • The SDK will be officially confirmed by Microsoft next month, will also be available to Nintendo Switch developers.
  • Microsoft’s SDK comes after Epic Games broke boundaries with cross-platform play inside Fortnite.
  • The battle royale behemoth is the first title that allows players on all systems — including Xbox, Switch, mobile, and now even PlayStation — to play together. It also allows users to log in to a single account and sync progress between different devices.

 

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This week: a new report details what next for Apple’s 2019 AND 2020 iPhones… Plus: Apple plans Netflix-for-games subscription service (with Alex E Heath!); it’s not just you, everyone got way more spam calls in 2018; and we talk a new wireless charging brick for iPhone, a smart outlet with HomeKit support, and the super smart HomeKit thermostat you’ve never heard of, in all-new Under Review.

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Here’s how crazy spam calls went in 2018

  • A new report from call identification and blocking company HIYA shows just how bad these spam calls have gotten.
  • Released today, the “State of the Phone Call” report is based on data from 11 billion calls analyzed monthly. The report includes breakdowns of the types of calls made or received, how often phone calls were answered, and the average duration.
  • The biggest takeaway from the report: an out of control trend in robocalls, citing a 46% increase in 2018 for a total of 26.3 billion in the year.

Apple Is Planning 3-D Cameras for New iPhones in AR Push 

  • 2020
    • Apple plans to launch iPhones with a more-powerful 3D camera. These will give a significant boost in augmented reality capability
    • Other features will include a third, more advanced camera, and a more powerful chip
  • 2019
    • Gurman confirms Apple is working on updates to the XR and XS, but only the XS Max will include 3 cameras…<l/i>
    • All models will include an upgraded Apple processor and use an updated Face ID sensor
  • Other tidbits
    • Apple is testing USB C on iPhone, indicating they may eventually lose lightning
    • "Apple’s next operating system update, iOS 13, will include a dark mode option for easier nighttime viewing and improvements to CarPlay, the company’s in-vehicle software. There will also be iPad-specific upgrades like a new home screen, the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app like pages in a web browser, and improve-ments to file management. The company will also integrate two new services, including a magazine subscription service and its original video content efforts, via iOS updates this year."

Apple plans Netflix-for-games subscription service

  • Accordingly execrable Alex E Heath, Apple allegedly wants to tap into the booming gaming industry to boost its growing Services business. The company is reportedly planning to create a new subscription service for games
  • This is Alex E Heath’s first big Apple scoop, and he he’s claiming he’s got five sources confirming this story.
  • We have the exclusive interview.

 

Erfon goes hands-on with the Mysa smart thermostat

iPhone XS Max vs Hollywood Movie Cameras Red & Arri

 

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Mysa smart thermostat for electric heaters

Mophie Charge Stream Power Station

Connect Sense Smart Outlet 2

 

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This week: why iPhone’s 3D touch is probably dead; new reports say AirPods packed with health sensors are coming in 2019; the MacBook Pro “stage light” flaw affects all models built after 2016, and could cost you $600 to fix; and the wild saga of Moviepass… continues!

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3D Touch is probably dead

  • iPhone’s ability to tell how hard someone is pressing on the display won‘t be a part of the 2019 models, according to multiple sources.
  • It will apparently be a victim of Apple’s attempts to lower the price tag of future models.
  • A recent Wall Street Journal article compiled several rumors about the next iPhone said Apple is considering trimming functions from its 2019 iPhones to cut costs That includes the force-touch module.
  • And last year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that no iPhone coming in 2019 will have this feature.
  • His assertion was then echoed months later by an analyst from Barclays.

Health-tracking AirPods rumored for first half of 2019

  • Updated AirPods are supposedly on their way in the first half of 2019, according to a new report from Digitimes. They may have some impressive new features, too — including new health-monitoring functions that are “expected to receive enthusiastic market responses.”
  • If Apple does include health-tracking features in its near AirPods, it will be interesting to see what they are capable of. A previous patent filed by Apple with the United States Patent and Trademark Office covers wireless earbuds with build-in sensors for performing heart rate monitoring and taking body temperature measurements. AirPods have been a huge hit for Apple.
  • Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks Apple sold 16 million AirPods units in 2017, the first full year they were available. He also predicts sales will grow to more than 100 million by 2021, and suggested suggested a full-on redesign could take place in 2020.

MacBook Pro ‘stage light’ flaw could hit you with a $600 repair

  • According to iFixit, every MacBook Pro since 2016 has a design flaw that will inevitably require an expensive repair
  • The problem supposedly lies in “delicate” ribbon cables that connect the screen with the display controller inside the main body of the laptop. Opening and closing the clamshell causes these to wear out and begin to tear.
  • Taylor Dixon from iFixit explains it this way:
    • “The current generation of MacBook Pro laptops (2016–present) uses flexible ribbon cables to connect the display to a display controller board beneath the Touch Bar. These cables wrap over the board, where they’re secured by a pair of spring-loaded covers — and they’re subjected to the stress of bending with every opening and closure of the laptop. Within a seemingly short time, those cables are starting to fatigue and tear.”
  • The first to fail is usually the backlight cable causing the “stage light” effect at the bottom of the screen
  • Apparently the new MacBook Air has the same design and may be prone to the same problem
  • These thin ribbon cables are part of the screen. When they wear out the only way to fix the issue is to replace the entire display, “effectively turning a $6 problem into a $600 disaster,” according to Dixon.
  • A petition on Change.org by Louis Rossmann asks Apple “to launch an extended warranty program addressed to this issue as soon as possible.” For a lot of folks the problem seems to appear just when the year warranty runs out...

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MoviePass Explores Reintroducing Unlimited Plan as It Tries a Relaunch

  • Moviepass believes it has finally found a business model that will allow it to improve its service and continue to operate.
  • This month, they've introduced a new series of plans, which vary in price depending on location.
  • Next week, Itum said MoviePass plans to reintroduce some sort of unlimited program that would enable users to see as many movies as they wanted each month. He did not reveal pricing for that plan.

 

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This week: the Wall Street Journal leaks details about iPhone 11; Apple's new Smart Cases come with wireless charging; Nike unveils the self-lacing Back-To-The-Future shoes you’ve always wanted; and we pitch you our favorite apps, movies, cook books, and exotic alcohols in an all-new What We’re Into!

 

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WSJ: High-end ‘iPhone 11’ will feature triple rear camera, XR successor gets dual lenses

  • The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple’s iPhone 2019 lineup will feature three models, including 2 OLED and 1 LCD. They’re basically just upgrading the XS, Tennis Match, and XR.
  • But get this, the high-end iPhone 11, probably called the iPhone 11 Max, will feature a triple rear camera system. Triple!
  • The iPhone 5.8-inch iPhone 11 will stick with a dual lens system.
  • The successor to the iPhone XR will have an LCD screen panel, and will be upgraded to a dual-camera system.
  • The report says that Apple may drop the LCD option in 2020, moving to an OLED only lineup late next year. It also alludes to the removal of the pressure sensitive component that enables 3D Touch, in order to reduce components costs. It doesn’t say that 3D Touch is certainly going away necessarily as the feature may be achieved through other hardware changes.

Apple unleashes new Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR

  • Apple’s new Smart Battery Cases are now available iPhone XS, XS Max and XR
  • Along with adding some extra protection to your device, Apple’s new cases promise to deliver 37 hours more hours of talk time, Internet use up to 20 hours
  • The cases also support wireless charging.
  • Only cost a mere $129!
  • And it seems that the XS case will work with the iPhone X, but it does block some of the mics and speakers since it’s not made to fit the X

Nike kills shoelaces with new iPhone-controlled sneakers

  • The back to the future shoes you’ve always wanted are finally a reality.
  • Nike’s new Adapt BB self-lacing shoes pack wireless connectivity, and a custom motor and gear train, to give athletes a perfect fit without having to fuss with retying their laces.
  • The Adapt BB shoes can be tightened and loosened using the buttons on the side of the shoe or via an app (both iOS and Android). This could be really valuable to basketball players, whose feet can expand half a size during the rigors of a game.
  • Getting a taste of the future won’t come cheap. Nike will charge $350 for a pair of Adapt BBs when they launch next month.

Netflix hikes prices for U.S. subscribers

  • Netflix has confirmed another price hike for subscribers in the United States — its biggest increase since it launched 12 years ago.
  • The most affordable Netflix plan, which was priced at $8 a month, now costs $9 a month. The most popular plan has risen from $11 a month to $13 a month. The premium plan that offers 4K content is has gone from $14 a month to $16 a month.
  • The new prices will be applied to new Netflix subscribers immediately, while existing customers will see the increase during the next three months
  • It costs a lost of money to make that content. Netflix spent a staggering $3 billion last year, and expects to do so again in 2019. In an effort to cut down on its borrowing, it will charge more for its service.

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Tik Tok is the wild west of social media

They’re making a sequel to last year’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle reboot

  • Variety reports that Danny Glover is joining the cast of the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel in a role that is being kept under wraps, much like the still-secret storyline.
  • Charcutería: The Soul of Spain
  • This news is on the heels that Danny Devito is onboard
  • The original cast, director, and script writers are also all on board

They’re making Ghostbusters 3. It will continue the story from Ghostbuster’s 2

  • The movie will be directed by Jason Reitman, who is the filmmaker son of Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the original 1984 comedic hit "Ghostbusters" with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.
  • In an interview with EW.com, Reitman said he would divert from director Paul Feig's 2016 reboot of "Ghostbusters" that featured an all-women cast that included Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones. Reitman will go back to the original universe his father created in the present day story.
  • The movie is expected to release in 2020, and we don’t yet know if any of the original cast will be involved.

Charcutería: The Soul of Spain

Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen

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This week: Smart curtains, smart plugs, smart lights, smart locks, and now... the best televisions on the market— Apple just revealed big moves to bring HomeKit to all your favorite gadgets, and they're just getting started. In 2019, the smart HomeKit devices we've always wanted finallay arrive. Plus: Tim Cook just let it slip--Apple's got new services lined up for release this year, but what could they be? We think we might just know...

 

And stick around for a CultCast United updated, and the saga of FartGate, the most insidious sports scandal you never heard about.

 

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2019 - The year of HomeKit

  • Until the release of iOS 11.3 in March, anyone who wanted to make HomeKit devices had to plan and pay to build in Apple’s authentication co-processor.
  • With iOS 11.3, Apple changed the game, and allowed devices makers to add HomeKit with simple software integration.

Apple promotes HomeKit at CES with press event to highlight new smart home accessories coming in 2019

  • Apple is pushing HomeKit hard at CES this year. It coordinated with manufacturers to demo key new HomeKit smart home announcements to the tech press
  • TechCrunch says Apple spotlighted announcements from Belkin Wemo, Eve, ConnectSense, Kwikset locks, Nanoleaf lights, and a Netatmo HomeKit connected doorbell.
  • We also got an announcement that Netgear is bringing HomeKit support to their Arlo Pro 2 cameras and their new 4K camera.
  • And… a bunch of TVs

Here are all of the TVs getting AirPlay 2 in 2019

  • Apple announced that it will bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit compatibility to a bunch of TVs in 2019, spanning models from manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio.
  • A small list of 2018 models will also receive Airplay 2 support.
  • Samsung TVs will be getting the iTunes Movies and TV apps.
  • Sony will be adding HomeKit and AirPlay 2 to it beautiful TVs powered by the horrendous and slow Android TV.

Tim Cook: New services coming to Apple in 2019

  • Tim Cook teased new services that will be coming to Apple users this year. Responding to questions about falling iPhone sales during a CNBC interview, Cook stressed the way that Apple’s Services division has grown significantly in the past several years.
  • “The services are on a tear,” Cook said. “On services, you will see us announce new services this year. There will more things coming.”
  • First and foremost is Apple’s original TV content, which the company has supposedly spent more than $1 billion on, but not yet formally announced.
  • Second is Apple’s rumored magazine subscription service. Based on Texture, the $9.99 a month magazine service Apple purchased back in March last year, this would be a paid magazine and newspaper subscription service, which will serve as a premium part of the existing Apple News app
  • On iPhone XR not selling well: I call bologna on that. Let me tell you how I view this. Here’s the truth, what the facts are. Since we began shipping the iPhone XR, it has been the most-popular iPhone every day.
  • On Wearables,: it’s mainly the Apple Watch and AirPods. If you look at this on a trailing basis – I’m not projecting – revenue for wearables is already more than 50% more than iPod was at its peak.

 

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This week: Our huge mega-list of must-have favorite iOS and Mac apps! Special guest Adam Christianson from the Maccast!  Plus, a very special announcement

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Apple warns investors that iPhone sales are weak https://www.cultofmac.com/598692/apple-revenues-iphone-sales-tim-cook/

  • Tim Cook warned investors today that weak iPhone sales could translate into revenue shortfalls in the billions of dollars.
  • He went on blames the expected revenue drop on fewer-than-expected iPhone upgrades and weakened demand in China.
  • “While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China,” Cook wrote in a letter published on Business Wire. “In fact, most of our revenue shortfall to our guidance, and over 100 percent of our year-over-year worldwide revenue decline occurred in Greater China across iPhone, Mac, and iPad.”
  • “As we exit a challenging quarter, we are as confident as ever in the fundamental strength of our business,” he said. “We manage Apple for the long term, and Apple has always used periods of adversity to re-examine our approach, to take advantage of our culture of flexibility, adaptability, and creativity, and to emerge better as a result.

 

Apple shares plummet following Tim Cook letter https://www.cultofmac.com/598726/apple-shares-plummet-following-tim-cook-letter/

  • AAPL shares fell steeply in after-hours trading on Wednesday, after Tim Cook acknowledged that Apple’s earnings would underperform
  • Shares fell by more than 7.4 percent, declining as low as $146.22. That’s the lowest that Apple has hit since July 12, 2017. It means that Apple has lost a massive 35.5 percent of its value in just three months.

 

Tim Cook will host meeting for all Apple employees to talk iPhone https://www.cultofmac.com/598744/tim-cook-will-host-meeting-for-all-apple-employees-to-talk-iphone/#more-598744

  • Tim Cook is reportedly hosting an all-hands meeting with every Apple employee today about the revelations regarding stalling iPhone sales.

 

Our favorite must-have apps, with Adam Christianson, aka Maccast!

Mac

  • Audio Hijack Pro let's you record and reroute sound on your Mac
  • Setapp is a Mac app subscription packed full of great software
  • TryCa.st, let's you record high-fidelity audio, alone or with guests
  • Bartender clears up your menu bar icons
  • Trip Mode, your Mac's mobile data saver
  • Ulysseys, the ultimate writing app for Mac
  • iStat Menus, advanced Mac system monitor for your menubar
  • iThoughtX is a mindmapping tool for the Mac  
  • Marked, a previewer for Markdown files
  • PDF Pen, powerful PDF editing for your Mac
  • Busy Cal, one of the best calendar apps for Mac
  • iMazing, transfer anything fomr any iPhone, iPad, or iPod to a computer
  • Loopback, cable-free audio routing for Mac
  • Farrago, robust, rapid-fire soundboards
  • Reeder, RSS reader for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad
  • Text Expander, instantly insert snippets of text from a repository of emails, boilerplate and other content

 

iOS

  • Ferrite, award-winning audio editing app for iOS
  • Gif Keyboard, the perfect gifs, right at your finger tips.
  • Hearthstone, Blizzard’s award-winning card battle game.
  • Slickdeals, the largest deal-sharing community on the Web
  • Strong, workout tracker and gym log.
  • Deliveries, package tracker
  • Libby, Library ebooks and audiobooks
  • Calcbot, one of iOS' best calculators
  • Carrot Fit, snarky 7-minute workouts
  • Carrot Weather, crazy powerful weather app

 

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