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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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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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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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This week's story links

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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On the show this week

@erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace

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: 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...

This episode supported by

Easily create a beautiful website all by yourself, at Squarespace.com/cultcast. Use offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

The MNML super thin unbranded iPhone 11 case is barely visible and offers just the right amount of protection. Save 35% off your new case at mnmlcase.com/discount/CultofMac.

CultCloth will keep your iPhone XS, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.

On the show this week

@erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace

This week's story links

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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