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This week: iOS 16's best features + our hardware predictions for Apple's definitely-gonna-happen October event!

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16 Hidden iOS 16 Features You Didn't Know About

  • Other than the headlining features, there are a number of quality-of-life changes, improvements, and new capabilities baked into iOS 16 that help improve the iPhone experience.

Enter to win a shiny new elago iPhone 14 case of your choice [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • This week’s giveaway is to ensure your glossy new iPhone 14 is protected the best way possible. elago, one of our favorite Apple accessory-makers, just launched its new iPhone 14 cases, and we are giving three lucky readers a chance get their hands on one of them.
  • The best bit is, if you win, the case choice is yours.

Apple Releases New HomePod 16 Software

  • Alongside iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16, Apple today released new software that's designed for the HomePod and the HomePod mini.

iPhone 14 Pro wait times already stretch into October

  • If you procrastinated on ordering one of the new iPhone 14 Pro models, there’s a good chance you’re looking at a lengthy wait for it to be delivered.

Kuo: iPhone 14 Plus Pre-Orders Worse Than iPhone 13 Mini, Product Strategy 'Fails'

  • The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have seen "bad" pre-order results, indicating that Apple's positioning of the two new standard models may have failed, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Steve Jobs' Daughter Shares Then Deletes Meme Mocking iPhone 14's Modest Upgrades

  • After Apple's iPhone 14 launch event, Steve Jobs' daughter Eve Jobs shared a meme on Instagram that mocked the new iPhones as basically unchanged compared to last year's iPhone 13.

Elon says Apple's in talks with StarLink...

  • His tweet: We’ve had some promising conversations with Apple about Starlink connectivity. iPhone team is obv super smart.
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Category:general -- posted at: 7:55pm PDT

This week: Apple Watch Ultra, iPhone 14 Pro, AirPods Pro 2 — our reactions to everything!

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iPhone 14 Pro models get major camera upgrades and always-on displays

  • Apple revealed its new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max handsets Wednesday with numerous updates, including massive camera upgrades, always-on displays, an improved A16 chip and the notorious “notch” replaced with a pill-shaped cutout with new “Dynamic Island” interactive functionality.

iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island looks … shockingly original?

  • On iPhone 14 Pro models, the notch is gone! It's replaced by what Apple calls the Dynamic Island -- This transforms the pill-shaped cutout into a wild new way to . Always active, it shows information from native and third-party apps, including alerts, so you can keep track of things at a glance, no matter what app you’re in.

iPhone 14 Plus ushers in big changes

  • The two Pro models usually get all the attention, but it’s the “standard” iPhone that’s the top seller. That makes the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 the most important model introduced at the event.

Apple Watch Ultra is a big, bulky, beautiful beast

  • Measuring 49mm in height, the Ultra is a whopping 4mm taller than the largest Series 7. It boasts the largest watch screen Apple has ever made.

New AirPods Pro support personalized Spatial Audio and precision finding

  • With a new low-distortion audio driver and custom amplifier, Apple says the new H2 chip in AirPods Pro 2 provides an "exceptional acoustic experience", including richer bass and clearer sound across a wider range of frequencies.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm PDT

This week: ahead of next week's Apple event, we've got last-minute details on iPhone 14 and the super secret Apple Watch Pro!

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Expect Apple Watch Pro to sport 47mm display

  • A critical detail has leaked about about Apple’s upcoming wearable designed for serious athletes. The new top-tier Apple Watch will have a 47mm screen, according to a new report coming out of Asia.

iPhone 14 Pro ultra-wide camera might surprise with its low-light performance

  • Shocker! It seems Apple has significant camera upgrades planned for this year’s iPhones.
  • Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the iPhone 14 Pro will use a new ultra-wide sensor with larger 1.4µm pixels. That’s up from the current 12MP sensor featuring a 1.0µm pixel size. It is unclear if the ultra-wide camera will also see a resolution bump from 12MP.

iPhone 14 Pro screen cutouts might not look as expected [Updated]

  • Leaks about the “pill and hole” design of the iPhone 14 Pro models started months ago, but Apple still might have a surprise up its sleeve. A new report indicates that software will merge the two display cutouts into one.

Apple and Globalstar Rumored to Announce Satellite Connectivity Feature for iPhone 14 at September 7 Event

  • Apple may announce its long-rumored satellite connectivity feature for the iPhone 14 next month, according to Tim Farrar, a satellite communications consultant at California-based research firm Telecom, Media and Finance Associates.

iPhone 13 might offer emergency satellite communication, too

  • While large swaths of the world have cellular coverage, there are still huge areas without it. That’s a problem for hikers, boaters and anyone traveling through the remote areas without cell service.
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T-Mobile and SpaceX want to connect your iPhone to satellites to end network dead zones

  • You won’t need an iPhone 14 or iPhone 15 for satellite connectivity. SpaceX and T-Mobile have announced their plan to bring cell connectivity everywhere in the US using satellites.

An AI-Generated Artwork Won First Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition, and Artists Are Pissed

  • A man came in first at the Colorado State Fair’s fine art competition using an AI generated artwork on Monday. “I won first place,” a user going by Sincarnate said in a Discord post above photos of the AI-generated canvases hanging at the fair.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm PDT

This week: let's talk Apple's "Far Out" event predictions!

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Apple’s ‘far out’ event invite hints at iPhone 14 features

  • The starry invitation to the September 7 Far Out event that went out this week might drop a clue to one or more long-rumored features finally coming to the iPhone 14.

M2 MacBook Air runs Windows 11 faster than pricier Dell laptop

  • Real-world experiments with the new MacBook Air show Apple’s latest can use Parallels 18 to run Windows 11 faster than a Dell XPS Plus.

Enter to win Bucardo’s unique Apple Watch accessories [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • Two lucky winners will receive one Bucardo Apple Pocket Watch and one Bucardo Sports Band. Together, the items in this unique bundle retail for $189. Enter below for your shot at taking home the big prize.

After 20 years, what’s the most ‘Shazamed’ song of all time?

  • Apple bought the popular music-recognition app Shazam, which can name any song you hear, in 2018. Friday marks the app’s 20th birthday. And this week it officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions, Cupertino said.

MoviePass to relaunch on Labor Day in beta form with pricing ranging from $10-$30 a month

  • MoviePass will relaunch in beta form on Labor Day.

How to get 3 months of Apple TV+ for free (new or returning subscribers)

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

This week: September 7th Apple event, here we go! Let's talk hardware expectations.

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September 7 might bring iPhone 14 unveiling

Some iPhone 14 models jumping in price, but not all

Enter to win Bucardo’s unique Apple Watch accessories [Cult of Mac giveaway]

Beats Fit Pro gets a Kim Kardashian makeover — and sells out fast [Updated]

Berkshire Hathaway added 3.9M more Apple shares in Q2 2022

Does Mark Zuckerberg Not Understand How Bad His Metaverse Looks?

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm PDT

This week: we review iOS 16's best new features, and Apple is hard at work on some very interesting new HomePods, including the original HomePod V2!

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iOS 16 beta 5: All the new features and changes

  • The biggest highlight of iOS 16 beta 5 is the ability to show the battery percentage in the status bar of notched iPhones. Currently, the feature is available on the iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone X and XS series. For some strange reason, the iPhone 11 lineup and both the iPhone mini models are missing from this list, but this could change in a future beta release.

Every new email trick in iOS 16 that you need to know

Enter to win a versatile Laut backpack [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • We teamed up with Laut to give Cult of Mac readers a chance to win a roomy City Daypack 12ltr Backpack, retailing at $69.99.

'High-Accuracy' Apple Watch Temperature Sensor Revealed by Patent Filing Just Weeks Before Series 8 Unveiling

Gurman: Apple Considering Updated HomePod Mini Alongside New High-End HomePod

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm PDT

This week:

  • M2 MacBook Air blows away other Macs in speed test
  • iPhone 14 Pro always-on screen behavior previewed in new iOS 16 wallpaper details
  • Apple earnings beat pessimistic predictions
  • Apple Maps extends cycling directions to all 50 states
  • NYC man learns the hard way to not track down thieves with an AirTag

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M2 MacBook Air blows away other Macs in speed test

  • The new M2 MacBook Air got an amazing score on the Speedometer 2.0 benchmarking app. Apple’s latest notebook solidly beat other Macs in this test of web browser speed.

iPhone 14 Pro always-on screen behavior previewed in new iOS 16 wallpaper details

  • 9to5Mac found multiple references to always-on display support in iOS 16, which corroborates all the iPhone 14 Pro rumors.

Apple earnings beat pessimistic predictions

  • Back in April, Apple warned that global supply constraints and COVID-19 lockdowns in China could sap between $4 billion and $8 billion in revenue from the June quarter. The company struggled to assemble enough Macs and iPads to meet demand, though it seems to have kept up with iPhone orders.

Apple Maps extends cycling directions to all 50 states

  • If you ride a bike, now you can now get turn-by-turn navigation from Apple Maps in all 50 states. That’s because cycling directions recently arrived in Hawaii.

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NYC man learns the hard way to not track down thieves with an AirTag

  • A New York City man had his scooter stolen. But he’d put one of Apple’s AirTag item trackers on the bike, so he was able to track down the thieves … who beat the $%#@ out of him.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm PDT

This week:

  • Former Lamborghini exec will help steer Apple car design team
  • Apple's patent history reveals a major push into autos
  • Why Apple never shipped M1 Mac Pro when it was ready
  • BIG - EU adopts final approval of new rules for app stores
  • This is what Saudi Arabia's 100-mile long emission-free smart city could look like.

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Former Lamborghini exec will help steer Apple car design team

  • A former Lamborghini executive recently joined Apple to lead design of the company's long-rumored self-driving car, according to a new report Wednesday.

Apple's patent history reveals a major push into autos

  • Nikkei and Intellectual Property Landscape found that as of June 1, Apple applied for and published 248 automobile-related patents after 2000.

Why Apple never shipped M1 Mac Pro when it was ready

  • Apple reportedly had an M1-powered Mac Pro ready to ship months ago but decided against launching it. Instead, the company decided to unveil an M2 Extreme-powered version later this year.

Anker pushes GaN envelope with 6 new fast chargers

DMA: Council gives final approval to new rules for fair competition online

  • With the final adoption of the Digital Markets Act, we will finally make large online platforms responsible for their actions. Hereby, the EU will change the online space worldwide.

Enter to win a 3-in-1 MagSafe charging station and 200W GaN charger bundle [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • This week we are teaming up with Ugreen to give two lucky winners a shot at winning a sleek 3-in-1 MagSafe Wireless Charging Station, retailing at $159.99, plus a six-port Nexode 200W USB-C Desktop Charger priced at $199.99.

This is what Saudi Arabia's 100-mile long emission-free smart city could look like

  • In 2021, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman revealed the country's plans to build The Line, a smart linear city that will be constructed vertically, have no roads or cars and run purely on renewable energy. Now, the Saudi government has released image renders of what The Line
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Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm PDT

This week: the new M2 MacBook Pros are INCOMING!

PLUS

  • iOS 16 Introduces New Capabilities for Accessories With U1 Chip Integration
  • Amazon's Prime Air drones will soon be making deliveries
  • The legendary DeLorean is about to be REBORN!

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MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips could launch this fall

  • Apple reportedly has a very aggressive timeline for adding to its M2 chip lineup.

iOS 16 Introduces New Capabilities for Accessories With U1 Chip Integration

  • As part of WWDC last month, Apple announced that iOS 16 will allow third-party accessories with U1 chip integration to interact with iPhone apps even when the app is running in the background, enabling new "hands-free user experiences."

Amazon's Prime Air drones will soon make deliveries in Texas

  • Amazon, after 9 years of development and research, and more than two done prototypes, will start offering Prime Air service deliveries with drones.

Amazon’s self-driving robotaxi is ‘really close’ to human transport as vehicle passes key safety tests

  • AMAZON’s robotaxi startup, Zoox, is the first self-driving tech company to achieve a five-star federal crash rating from the NHTSA [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.]

The DeLorean lives!

  • Alpha 5 - all electric 4 seat sports coupe with limited production
  • Should debut in August at Pebble Beach
  • Production slated for 2024.
  • Only 88 initial units are planned.
  • Designed by the original designer of the original DeLorean
  • Cars will be built in Italy.
  • Several other models are also planned, including an 8-cylinder sports car.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:41pm PDT

This week: we discuss M2 MacBook Pro performance, first impressions, and reviews. Plus: the end of an era, Jony Ive leaves Apple for good.

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M2 MacBook Air review roundup: The fast and the beauteous

  • The M2 MacBook Air is easily the most important notebook Apple will release in 2022, and it’s a winner.

Jony Ive slips Apple’s golden handcuffs

  • Jony Ive’s 30-year partnership with Apple is over.

Proposed new emoji list shows we already have all the emoji we need

  • The collection of emoji will grow in the coming months, with the 31 proposed new entries including a shaking face, hearts in range of colors, a donkey and a jellyfish. There’s also left- and right-facing hands that will likely be used for high fives.

Win an iPad mini 6 magnetic stand from Lululook [Cult of Mac Giveaway]

  • If you own an iPad mini 6, Lululook’s magnetic stand can turn your tiny tablet into a miniature iMac. And this week, we’re teaming up with Lululook to give away five of these great stands, which retail for $80, to five lucky winners.

Hasbro will 3D-print your face onto its iconic action figures

  • Have you ever wanted to see your own face on the body of a Power Ranger or a Ghostbuster? Thanks to an ingenious partnership between Hasbro and 3D-printing specialists Formlabs, now you can.

BMW starts selling heated seat subscriptions for $18 a month

  • BMW is now selling subscriptions for heated seats in a number of countries — the latest example of the company’s adoption of microtransactions for high-end car features.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm PDT

This week: Extra-rugged Apple Watch for athletes will pack biggest screen yet! Plus: the Mac Studio is now available with heavy discounts, Apple adding a new "hyper secure" lockdown mode to iOS 16, and US awards Steve Jobs the country's highest honor.

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Extra-rugged Apple Watch for athletes will pack biggest screen yet

  • The rugged Apple Watch designed for hardcore athletes will come with the smartwatch’s biggest screen yet, according to a new report.

These iOS 16 features won’t be available at launch

  • Not all new iOS 16 features will arrive on day one when the operating system launches this fall. A handful of them will come later, after Apple has had a chance to polish them and get them ready for prime time.

Win a 4-in-1 MagSafe charging stand with built-in nightlight [Cult of Mac giveaways]

  • This week’s giveaway is a sturdy, MagSafe-compatible, multi-device wireless charger that includes a convenient nightlight.

Buy refurbished Mac Studio from Apple with hefty discounts [Updated]

  • Apple has started selling refurbished Mac Studio in the United States, Canada, and select other European countries. You can save up to 15% by picking up a refurbished Mac Studio instead of purchasing a brand new unit.

New Lockdown Mode makes iPhone secure from sophisticated digital attacks

  • A new hyper-secure Lockdown Mode should help protect the iPhones, iPads and Macs of journalists, politicians and activists who face “highly targeted cyberattacks from private companies developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware,” Apple said Wednesday.

President Biden Announces Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors.
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am PDT

This week: Apple's prepping to drop an "ambitious deluge" of new hardware, including the return of one of the greatest Apple products of all time...

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Apple Readies iPhone 14 and HomePod Upgrade in Flood of New Products

  • Gurman: From what I’ve been told, the company is about to embark on one of the most ambitious periods of new products in its history—with the deluge coming between the fall of 2022 and first half of 2023.

Don’t expect a speed boost in Apple Watch Series 8

  • The Apple Watch Series 8 expected this fall won’t have better performance than its recent predecessors, according to a reliable tipster.

Win a 4-in-1 MagSafe charging stand with built-in nightlight [Cult of Mac giveaways]

  • This week’s giveaway is a sturdy, MagSafe-compatible, multi-device wireless charger that includes a convenient nightlight.

Apple’s next HomePod could be less mini and more powerful

  • Apple is working on a new HomePod that could launch next year with a new S8 chip. The smart speaker reportedly will be similar in size to the original HomePod rather than the HomePod mini.

Entry-level M2 MacBook Pro’s SSD is slower than M1 MacBook Pro

  • Apple’s new M2 MacBook Pro ships with a notably slower SSD than its predecessor. Tests show the speed difference is as big as 50% in some scenarios.

M1 MacBook Pro beats the newer M2 model in real-life stress tests

  • The slower SSD on the entry-level M2 MacBook Pro has a noticeable impact on its performance in daily use. Tests show the M1 MacBook Pro beating its successor in stress tests that rely heavily on swap memory usage.

‘Severe’ thermal throttling in Apple M2 chip raises questions about MacBook Air performance

  • The just-released MacBook Pro running Apple’s new M2 processor offers generally good performance, but its single fan can’t stop it from experiencing ‘severe’ thermal throttling under certain conditions, according to tests done on the device.

AirPods Pro 2 could act as heart monitor and hearing aid

  • AirPods Pro 2 will look much like AirPods 3 from 2021, but with the soft tips necessary for ANC, according to information leaked to 52audio. That means the stems aren’t going away, and the buttons will stay, too.

Commercials are coming to Netflix (and other streamers!)

  • It’s official: Netflix is adding a cheaper ad-supported tier to its streaming service. The change is apparently intended to reverse a recent drop in subscribers.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm PDT

This week: The first reviews of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 are in and they are not kind!

Plus: new details elude to a new MacBook that may be a hybrid between an MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, iOS 16 is adding a MUST-HAVE SMS feature, and an odd Apple show becomes one of most popular shows streamed on any streaming service.

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M2 MacBook Pro review roundup: Powerful chip, archaic design

  • The first reviews of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an Apple M2 processor are not kind. It gets called a “Pro in name only” and “literally a processor update and nothing more.”

15-inch MacBook with M2 Pro might launch in spring 2023

  • A 15-inch MacBook will debut in less than a year that offers either an M2 or an M2 Pro processor, according to a reliable Apple analyst. That could make it one of the first with the upgraded version of the M2.

Apple M2 is fast, but not faster than M1 Pro or M1 Max

  • The first real-world benchmark tests of the Apple M2 processor show that the just-launched processor is about 20% to 25% faster than the original M1, which is welcome news for anyone in the market for a MacBook or iPad in the next few years.

Win a 65W GaN mini charger that packs a punch [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • The Cult of Mac giveaway prize this week is a perfect fit for anyone who needs a powerful yet compact charger. We teamed up with Lululook to give five lucky winners a chance to get their hands on a three-port, 65W gallium nitride charger.

Apple’s New CarPlay Is the Foreshock to Releasing Its Own Vehicle

iOS 16 beta 2 improves SMS filtering on Messages to iPhone users

  • Apple had already teased in a WWDC 2022 session that iOS 16 would add 12 new subcategories to the SMS filtering API. With beta 2, they’re now available to developers to use.

Apple TV+ sci-fi drama For All Mankind rockets to popularity

  • For All Mankind is one of the most popular shows available on streaming, according to a ratings tracker. Season three of the alternate-history sci-fi series premiered on Apple TV+ in early June, and it’s been a Top 10 show both weeks since then.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:56pm PDT

This week: The M2 benchmarks have leaked and this new chip is even better than we hoped. Plus: new details on iPhone 14, a 12 and 15-inch MacBook Air, and new 14-inch iPad Pro MAX.

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First MacBook Pro with speedy M2 chip goes up for preorder June 17 - Lewis, and then Erfon takes the benchmarks?!?

  • Preorders for the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro packing the powerful new Apple M2 processor will begin Friday, June 17, two weeks after it was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

iPhone 14’s front camera could get some much-needed upgrades

  • The iPhone’s front camera was last upgraded in September 2019 with the iPhone 11’s release. Apple bumped the camera resolution to 12MP and paired it with an f/2.2 lens. Since then, Android smartphones have added 40MP selfie cameras with autofocus, but iPhones have stuck with the same setup.

Win a multi-device charger with built-in MagSafe battery pack [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • Worth $130, the MagEZ Slider from Pitaka is great way to charge your iPhone and AirPods on your desk or nightstand. But better yet, the charger has an integrated battery pack that attaches magnetically to your iPhone to continue charging away from home.

Apple pushes ahead with 15-inch M2 MacBook Air and 12-inch M2 MacBook

  • Apple is developing new form factors and planning upgrades for its MacBook lineup, Bloomberg reported Thursday. That should result in a 15-inch M2 MacBook Air and a new version of a 12-inch M2 MacBook arriving by late 2023 or early 2024.

Apple may launch 14.1-inch mini-LED iPad Pro with M2 chip

  • Apple is working on an iPad Pro with a 14.1-inch mini-LED display, ProMotion and Face ID, sources suggested on Thursday. Unfortunately for folks who are already salivating at the idea of such a big Apple tablet, it probably won’t arrive until early 2023.

Apple TV will stream all Major League Soccer games for 10 years

  • Cupertino unveiled a major new sports deal Tuesday, saying Apple TV will be the exclusive streaming destination for all Major League Soccer (MLS) games for 10 years, starting with the 2023 season.
Direct download: cultcast_549.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49pm PDT

This week: iO16, macOS Ventura, Stage Manager, M2 MacBook Air — our reactions to all WWDC22's best announcements!

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These big surprises blew our minds at WWDC22

13-inch M2 MacBook Pro sneaks into WWDC22 with new MacBook Air

Meet the svelte new M2 MacBook Air

Continuity Camera admits MacBook cameras need help

  • Continuity Camera, a new feature coming in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, will upgrade video calls by bringing the iPhone’s pristine camera to the Mac.

CarPlay kicks into high gear

  • The next-generation system is able to display metrics like speed, distance, engine RPM, gas levels, oil temperature and engine temperature.

Massive Home app makeover brings Matter support and more - erfon

  • Among the many new products and features Apple showcased at WWDC22 came news of a revamped Home app for the HomeKit smart-home platform.

iPad finally gets floating windows in Stage Manager on iPadOS 16

  • The new multitasking system is called Stage Manager. “With Stage Manager activated, I can now resize windows exposing a powerful new way to work with apps on iPad,” said Craig Federighi. “And the dock is visible so I can easily get to all my apps.”

Ming Chi Kuo says Apple's mixed reality headset will be announced at a special event in January.

watchOS 9 brings massive upgrade to Workout app and other health improvements

Direct download: cultcast_548.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm PDT

This week: With WWDC22 RIGHT around the corner, we're talking hardware and software predictions and expectations.

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Analyst says Apple’s AR headset and realityOS will be a no-show at WWDC22

  • Apple is unlikely to showcase its long-rumored AR/MR headset — or even demo the realityOS that powers it — at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Maybe new MacBook Air - range of colors, possibly with M2 (but that probably doesn't make sense, does it? Maybe a new version of M1?)

Win a mophie 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger [Cult of Mac Giveaway]

  • This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is a 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger from mophie. The compact charger is perfect for anyone with a busy schedule who’s on the go. You can charge multiple devices simultaneously with this great fold-up Apple accessory.

iOS 16 could make your iPhone’s lock screen more useful

  • In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says Apple will overhaul the iPhone lock screen with new wallpapers that offer widget-like features. The report is light on details about this, but it looks like Apple intends to improve the lock screen’s usability with the upcoming iOS release.

Under Review!

Juuk Vitero Watch Band

Direct download: cultcast_547.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm PDT

This week: we got them! New renders show us exactly what the iPhone 14 will look like. Plus: A new "Studio Display Pro" with mini-LED screen is incoming, and Apple preps a new LARGER HomePod!

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New renders show iPhone 14 in all its purported purple glory

  • New renders based on the most reliable leaks give us the best look yet at the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro. They show off the "pill and hole" replacement for the notch at the top of the screen and the even-more-bulbous camera hump we've heard of before.

iPhone 14 Pro models could feature an always-on display

  • Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models could feature always-on displays because of the handsets’ ProMotion technology, which allows for variable refresh rates, a well-known analyst said Tuesday.

Win a mophie 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger [Cult of Mac Giveaway]

  • This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is a 3-in-1 MagSafe travel charger from mophie. The compact charger is perfect for anyone with a busy schedule who’s on the go. You can charge multiple devices simultaneously with this great fold-up Apple accessory.

Studio Display Pro with gorgeous mini-LED screen could launch this fall

  • An enhanced version of the Apple Studio Display will reach customers this fall, according to a very reliable source of insider into. This version of the monitor will feature a mini-LED screen, making it look better than the current model that has a standard LCD.

What could be in store for the return of the big HomePod?

  • Apple plans to produce an updated version of the HomePod as soon as the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Friday.

This week's Under Review

Anker SoundCore Frames

https://www.amazon.com/Soundcore-Landmark-Bluetooth-Interchangeable-Polarized/dp/B09DSCDRLT

Direct download: cultcast_546.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44am PDT

This week: Apple Watch Series 8 getting the redesign we’ve ALL been waiting for, a cheaper smaller Apple TV is in the works, Apple’s mixed reality headset is ALMOST ready, and working from home vs the office — how much would YOU need to get paid to go back to the office full time? We reveal our numbers!

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Sound familiar? Apple Watch 8 display might be flat

  • Remember last year when rumors were flying that Apple Watch Series 7 would feature a flat display and squared-off edges? DIDN'T HAPPEN. But a new rumor suggests those traits might define this year's Apple Watch Series 8.

More affordable Apple TV might launch soon

  • A new Apple TV streamer will launch in the second half of 2022, according to a trusted analyst. And there’s a hint in the prediction that the device will cost less than its predecessors.

Apple shows off AR/VR headset to board of directors

  • Although Apple's VR/AR headset is still supposed to be a secret project, the company's board of directors reportedly got a look at the device recently. This could be a sign the product is moving close to a release.

COVID-19 throws off Apple’s return-to-office plan yet again

  • Apple reportedly slowed the pace at which it will require its corporate employees to return to the office. They were scheduled to be back at their desks three days a week starting later this month, but rising numbers of COVID-19 cases supposedly pushed that back.

Apple's Director of Machine Learning Resigns Due to Return to Office Work

  • Apple's director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, has resigned from his role a little over four years after he joined the company after previously being one of Google's top AI employees, according to The Verge's Zoë Schiffer.
Direct download: cultcast_545.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm PDT

This week: finally! According to a new report, Apple is ditching Lightning for USB-C, and that's going to bring some long-needed new features to iPhone. Plus, the legendary iPod is finally retired. We remember how the device changed Apple and the world.

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iPhone 15 could finally ditch Lightning in favor of USB-C

  • It looks like Apple is finally preparing to make the switch to USB-C on its iPhone lineup next year. This prediction is based on the latest supply-chain survey by TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Win an Aer Fit Pack 3 backpack and go from work to gym in style [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is for the Fit Pack 3 backpack from Aer. The Fit Pack 3 is more than just a backpack, though. It’s a hybrid duffle/backpack that will carry you from work to the gym without hassle because it has special compartments for everything.

R.I.P. iPod: Apple discontinues its tiny music player

  • It’s the end of an era — Apple has stopped making the once-iconic iPod. The little music player helped save Apple, and made the company a powerhouse in the music industry, but its day is over.

Why the iPod was the signature music device of its era

  • Fire, the wheel, and the iPod. In the history of invention, gadgets don’t come more iconic than Apple’s digital music player. The iPod is to the 21st century what the big band was to the ’20s, the radio to the ’40s, or the juke-box to the ’50s — the signature technology that defines the musical culture of the era. And what a marvelous technology the iPod is.

An illustrated history of the iPod and its massive impact

Tony Fadell on the iPod wheel

Throwboy Launches New Mac-Themed Woven Throw Blankets

Direct download: cultcast_544.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm PDT

This week: new leaks give us our best look yet at the FOUR upcoming iPhone 14 models, including sizes, features, and BIG price increases. Plus: Mac Studio orders are now getting BIG delays, the $80 "smart water bottle", and our first impressions of Paramount+ streaming service!

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Apple Studio Displays & Mac Studio - A Digital Artist's Perspective

Wait times for Mac Studio stretch into July

  • There’s no version of the Mac Studio available from Apple’s online store in less than a week. And the only configurations that ship so quickly are the ones with the base model M1 Max processor, 512GB of storage, and either 32GB or 64GB of RAM.

Leaked iPhone 14 front panels offer best size comparison yet

  • An image supposedly showing the front screen panels of all four iPhone 14 models has leaked out. It gives a side-by-side comparison of some of the most significant changes coming this fall to Apple’s 2022 handsets.

Win an Aer Fit Pack 3 backpack and go from work to gym in style [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is for the Fit Pack 3 backpack from Aer. The Fit Pack 3 is more than just a backpack, though. It’s a hybrid duffle/backpack that will carry you from work to the gym without hassle because it has special compartments for everything.

Apple integrates two new smart water bottles with Health app

  • Are you drinking enough water? Probably not. But if you want to know for sure, Apple’s online and retail stores have started selling two new smart water bottles from HidrateSpark. They automatically track your water intake and sync it to the Apple Health app.

Paramount+ has nearly 40 million subscribers

  • A lot of people are paying for Paramount+ to watch Halo and Star Trek: Picard, even if neither series has been particularly outstanding. On Tuesday, Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS) announced that it added 6.8 million new Paramount+

Plus: Shining Girls thriller could be another hit for Apple TV+ - Lewis basically a quick plug for our reviews!

  • The metaphysical-horror-thriller Shining Girls only premiered on Apple TV+ a few days ago, but the Elisabeth Moss series is already in the top 10 most streamed shows. And it’s drawing positive reviews, too.
Direct download: cultcast_543.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am PDT

This week:

  • How to get a M1 MacBook Pro fast and cheap!
  • Apple "fixes" the Studio Display...
  • New EU regulations could be HUGE changes for iOS!
  • Our reactions to Elon's Twitter buy

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This week's stories

Apple pushes February MacBook Pro orders back to June

  • People who ordered a top-tier MacBook Pro in February are being notified that it won’t be delivered until June. The delay results from COVID-19 lockdowns in China hampering notebook assembly.

Win an Aer Fit Pack 3 backpack and go from work to gym in style [Cult of Mac giveaway] - lewis

  • This week’s Cult of Mac giveaway is for the Fit Pack 3 backpack from Aer. The Fit Pack 3 is more than just a backpack, though. It’s a hybrid duffle/backpack that will carry you from work to the gym without hassle because it has special compartments for everything.

Apple now offers parts and tools needed to fix your own iPhone

  • Apple has long faced criticism from “right to repair” advocates for being strictly against DIY fixes. But government regulators around the world are starting to force companies to loosen up on allowing users to fix their own devices. Apple is bowing to the pressure.

Leaked ‘final’ EU antitrust bill looks bad for Apple

  • The European Union may force Apple to make big changes to its App Store as well as services like FaceTime and Messages, if a leaked version of an EU antitrust proposal becomes law.

Elon Musk buys Twitter for a cool $44 billion

  • Twitter said Monday it accepted Elon Musk’s offer to purchase the company for $44 billion. That gives the billionaire — who is the world’s wealthiest person — absolute control of the social media platform after the deal is approved.
Direct download: cultcast_542.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am PDT

This week: we've got new leaks on iPhone 14's cameras, plus new intel on NINE new upcoming M2 Macs!

 
And and the HomePod ain't dead yet, baby! Apple's prepping a whole new HomePod with all-new superpowers.

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Apple preps 9 Macs with new M2 processor

iPhone 14 might be Apple’s first with an autofocus selfie camera

iPhone 14 molds show massive camera hump on all four versions

Discontinued HomePod keeps going up in value

Don’t give up hope for combination Apple TV, HomePod, FaceTime camera

Direct download: cultcast_541.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm PDT

This week: MaxTech joins us to talk Mac Studio, M1 Ultra Performance, and Apple REUSING the M1 in the 2022 MacBook Air!

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This week's stories

Ming Chi Kuo with some Twitter Bangers

Apple’s got way too many AirPods models and it’s confusing as hell!

Under the screen face ID is coming to iPhone, but not for a while (marketing issue)

Next MacBook Air will reuse the M1 chip!

New Apple Watch health features: What’s in, what’s out - Lewis

  • Cupertino is likely to add body temperature readings and other new health features to Apple Watch and the Health app in 2022, but it looks like blood pressure and blood glucose monitoring will have to wait, according to a new report.

Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects updated for latest M1 processors

  • Apple and Adobe added better support for Apple silicon to a couple of their marquee applications for video professionals.

This is what Apple’s upcoming dual USB-C charger looks like

  • Photos of Apple’s unreleased dual USB-C charger with a total output of 35W have surfaced online.
Direct download: CultCast_540.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am PDT

This week: WWDC 2022 has just been announced, and it looks like Apple’s still got some surprises left for us…
Plus: M1 Ultra, an “Ultra Disappointment”, and Apple is actively testing a 9-inch foldable iPhone!

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This week's stories

WWDC22 starts June 6, will be ‘online-only’ (with a twist)

  • The 2022 iteration of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will start June 6. Apple promised Tuesday the event will showcase the latest innovations in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — which is code for unveiling the next major upgrades for these operating systems.

M1 Ultra - An ULTRA Disappointment...

  • Mac Studio (M1 Ultra 64-core) vs 16 inch MacBook Pro (M1 Max 32-core) - Speed Test using our custom benchmarking tool.

Apple teams up with LG to build foldable iPad and MacBook devices

  • Apple is reportedly collaborating with LG on new foldable iPad and MacBook models with flexible OLED displays and Ultra-Thin Cover Glass. LG is already gearing up to supply similar displays to HP for a foldable laptop scheduled to launch this year. - 10,000 units of the panel.

Apple ‘actively testing’ 9-inch foldable, but don’t expect foldable iPhone before 2025

  • The company’s “priority order” for foldables is said to be medium, large and then small devices, according to ol' reliable, Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities. However, he noted that Apple's current prototype is being used to test new technologies and may not be indicative of an upcoming product.

Ukrainians use ‘Find My’ to track Russian troops who stole devices

  • Ukrainians are using Apple’s Find My network to watch the progress of their stolen hardware – in the hands of Russian troops who took it – in real time.
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:44am PDT

This week: we've got new iPhone 14 leaks, Apple is working on another new Mac, and big changes are coming to iMessage and iOS.

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This week's stories

Apple preps subscription service for iPhone, Mac and more

  • According to Bloomberg: "Apple Inc. is working on a subscription service for the iPhone and other hardware products, a move that could make device ownership similar to paying a monthly app fee, according to people with knowledge of the matter."

iPhone 14 Pro’s camera upgrade could mean an even fatter hump Lewis

  • Apple is expected to give iPhone 14 Pro a rather significant camera upgrade that could include a 48-megapixel wide angle sensor. It will mean sharper iPhone photos than ever before — but a much bigger camera bump.

iPhone might never get in-screen Touch ID

  • Touch ID died with the move to Face ID with the launch of the iPhone X in 2017. Though people love Face ID, there’s a lot of us who would love to see Touch ID return in some form in addition to Face ID.

Win a chic crossbody iPhone case from Noémie [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • This Cult of Mac giveaway is for the ladies! Five lucky winners will each receive a stylish Napa crossbody iPhone case from Noémie. These cases looks chic and are great for running errands or going out on the town when a bigger bag is not needed.

On the inside, Apple Studio Display looks more sophisticated than expected

  • iFixit showed people the interior of the new Apple Studio Display next to a partially disassembled iMac and asked them to pick which is which. You can play along at home by looking at the image above.

Apple’s upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air may come with a different name

  • In the interests of portability, MacBook Air has only ever been available in smaller 11- and 13-inch sizes. But it seems Apple is finally preparing a larger display option for those who have long been calling for it.

EU plans to force iMessage to work with WhatsApp, other messaging apps

  • The European Union plans to break down the barriers between mobile messaging services. With its Digital Markets Act, it plans to force services like iMessage, WhatsApp, and smaller messaging platforms to play nicely together.

‘The Slap’ shows why Apple should shake up its events

  • Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony shows why Apple should go back to doing live events.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm PDT

Benchmarks have been pouring in for the Mac Studio with M1 Max and M1 Ultra, and while in some tests the benefits of Ultra is clear, in many it’s not performing better than the Max, and in some tests it does worse! What’s going on here?

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M1 Ultra Mac Studio - Benchmarks & Thermals (The TRUTH!)

Mac Studio storage is removable but Apple blocks user upgrades

  • Breaking open the new Mac Studio reveals that its solid-state storage modules are easily removable, but forget trying to upgrade them yourself. Apple has taken several steps to prevent DIY upgrades.

Win a chic crossbody iPhone case from Noémie [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • This Cult of Mac giveaway is for the ladies! Five lucky winners will each receive a stylish Napa crossbody iPhone case from Noémie. These cases looks chic and are great for running errands or going out on the town when a bigger bag is not needed.

"The Apple Studio Display is a Bad Deal"

Apple vows to fix Studio Display’s disappointing webcam

  • Studio Display has divided early reviewers. While many praise its impressive 5K screen and built-in speakers, others find its missing features (like HDR and ProMotion) to be unfortunate.

Apple can change Studio Display stands after purchase

  • Studio Display stands and mounts can be swapped and upgraded by taking the monitor to an Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider. It’s not necessary to replace the whole monitor.

15-inch MacBook Air could be in development, at long last

  • A 15-inch MacBook Air is on Apple’s agenda for 2023, according to a reliable source. And the current 13-inch version could be replaced by a one with somewhat larger screen.
Direct download: cultcast_537.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

This week: the Mac Studio and Studio Display reviews are in — let’s talk. Plus: a reliable source says a strange change is coming to iPhone 14.

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Some iPhone 14 models might miss out on Apple’s new A16 processor

  • The basic iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will launch this fall with the same A15 processor as the 2021 models, according to a reliable tipster. Supposedly, only the pricier iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will sport a new A16 chip.

iPad Air 5 is every bit as fast as iPad Pro

  • Early benchmark scores for the soon-to-be-released iPad Air 5 show the tablet has approximately the same performance as the iPad Pro models that cost much more.

Floating app windows could be coming to iPad. Finally.

  • iPad users will soon be able to work with applications in floating windows, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This is a highly requested feature from those who want Apple’s tablet to function more like a Mac.

With Apple Debuting Its Last M1 Chip, Here’s What’s Next

  • During and after the keynote, the company dropped a couple of pieces information regarding the rest of its Apple Silicon lineup...

How Apple Studio Display stacks up against Pro Display XDR and others

Apple’s massive Mac mini upgrade may not be ready until 2023

  • Apple’s next major refresh for Mac mini may not come until 2023, according to the latest claims from one analyst, who has proven reliable in the past.

Apple’s next Mac mini could be powered by new ‘M2’ and ‘M2 Pro’ chips

  • Most of us expected Apple’s first M2 chipset to debut on Tuesday in a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, which was to be more powerful than its predecessor but still more affordable than the latest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro options.
Direct download: cultcast_536.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50pm PDT

This week: our reactions to Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPad Air 5, and iPhone SE, plus we dive in deep on the Mac Studio and Studio display, and we found ain't all great.

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Apple goes green with new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro colors

  • Apple added two new green finishes to its iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro lineups Tuesday to generate a colorful midseason jolt of excitement.

Apple needs to shake up its boring iPhone Pro color options

Apple’s new Mac Studio is a blazing-fast desktop with an M1 Ultra chip

  • Apple on Tuesday gave us our first glimpse at its brand-new Mac Studio — its first desktop featuring the M1 Ultra chip. It’s bigger than a Mac mini but smaller than a Mac Pro, and it’s the most powerful machine Apple has built to date.

The Mac is back, with its best lineup in years (Graham's opinion piece)

Apple Studio Display brings high-end monitor down to affordable price

  • Ever since Apple introduced the iMac with 4K and 5K displays, and the later iMac Pro, people have been asking, “Why can’t Apple just sell the iMac without the computer and call it a display?”

Enter to win American-made Apple accessories from Raptic [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • This week we're giving away a pair of protective accessories from Raptic (formerly Defense by X-Doria).

Apple TV+ scores Friday night Major League Baseball games

iPad Air 5 goes super-fast with M1 processor

  • The iPad Air 5 starts at $599. This version comes with 64GB of storage. Pricing for a 256GB version has not yet been announced.

Plus: Why iPad Air 5 is a better choice than 11-inch iPad Pro

New iPhone SE brings serious upgrades at slightly higher price

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

This week: confirmed! Apple's "Peek Performance" event is March 8th. Let's talk hardware!

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Experience ‘peek performance’ at Apple spring 2022 event set for March 8

What to expect at Apple spring 2022 event: New iPhone, iPad and Mac

Apple Watch Series 8 could bring ‘major’ activity tracking upgrades

The gory online campaign Ukraine hopes will sow anti-Putin dissent probably violates the Geneva Conventions - Washington Post

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm PDT

This week: Apple's March 8th event! Let's talk hardware expectations...

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Apple Readies New MacBooks and iMacs for Part Three of Overhaul

  • Before the calendar flipped to 2022, I wrote that Apple Inc. is planning a massive slew of upgrades this year. The new products will include the Apple Watch Series 8 line, iPhone 14 and a new iPad Pro, but a lot of the attention will be on the Mac.

Win a 100W GaN fast charger from Ugreen

  • This week, Cult of Mac is giving away 10 — count ’em, 10! — powerful GaN fast chargers from award-winning company Ugreen. With three USB-C ports, a USB-A port and 100 watts of power, they let you charge multiple devices at once. They’re perfect for travel, too, because they’re so small and pack such a punch.

iOS 15.4 beta 4 adds new anti-stalking features for AirTag

  • Apple’s newest iOS 15.4 beta adds new anti-stalking features for AirTag that were first announced earlier this month. The fourth beta release, which rolled out to registered developers on Tuesday, includes a new AirTag setup warning that states it is illegal to use the device to track people without their consent in many regions.

Apple Stores remove face mask requirements as omicron variant recedes

  • Apple has stopped requiring face masks at many U.S. retail locations as states ease mandates. Plus, in-person Today at Apple classes will resume soon. The moves come as the omicron COVID-19 surge comes to an end.

Apple Ring is the health accessory we need

  • We keep hearing about Apple's AR/VR headset, but who really wants it? Cult of Mac writer Ed Hardy has a better idea - and let's hope Tim Cook is listening!
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm PDT

This week: it's all but confirmed! Three new Macs are incoming, but WHICH will they be....

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Apple registers 3 new Mac models ahead of rumored spring event

  • It looks like several new Macs are on the way, likely to be unveiled at an Apple event in March. Apple recently registered three machines — with the model numbers A2615, A2686 and A2681 — with the Eurasian Economic Commission.

iMac Pro with mini-LED display might launch in early summer

  • The iMac Pro might start reaching customers in early summer, according to a very reliable tipster. While some are hoping for a debut as soon as March, that’s apparently overly optimistic.

Chrome OS Flex turns 2009 MacBook into a useful computer again

  • If you have an elderly Mac that’s not up to the demands of the latest macOS version, you can turn it into a Chromebook. All you need is Chrome OS Flex, an operating system Google created for older Macs and PCs.

Would you pay $178 for Sony’s strange new earbuds?

  • Usually when headlines end in question marks, the answer is "no." With this one it's a ... maybe. These days, you've got tons of options for earbuds with active noise cancellation, wireless charging, long battery life, solid waterproofing and other features for about $75 to $150.

Forensics finally prove who wrote those mysterious Apple 1 serial numbers

  • From time to time you hear about Apple’s first computer, the Apple 1, selling to collectors at auction for big bucks. But did you know some of those surviving antiques carry an enduring mystery? For decades, no one could figure out who wrote the serial numbers on their circuit boards. Until now.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm PDT

This week:

  • Apple spills ‘realityOS’ again as new AR/VR headset inches closer!
  • Don't expect FaceID in your Mac ANYTIME soon...
  • Apple’s new Tap to Pay feature lets your iPhone accept contactless payments with ZERO additional hardware
  • Absolutely vile: Devs react to Apple’s 27% cut of third-party payments

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Apple spills ‘realityOS’ again as new AR/VR headset inches closer

  • Another reference to Apple’s unreleased “realityOS” operating system leaked Wednesday in new open source code. It suggests the company’s highly anticipated mixed-reality headset is inching closer to its public debut.

Apple considered Face ID for M1 iMac, but it’s not ready for MacBook yet

  • Apple considered bringing Face ID to the M1 iMac, which would have been an ideal candidate for the facial recognition technology, according to a new report.

Apple’s new Tap to Pay feature lets iPhone accept contactless payments

  • iPhones are about to become cash registers!

Absolutely vile: Devs react to Apple’s 27% cut of third-party payments

  • Dutch regulators — and those in other countries - have been pushing for third-party payments. They have ruled it must accept third-party payments, but they have not stated how much Apple can charge for apps and subscriptions it does not process.

Add ports to your M1 Mac with a Satechi USB-C Multiport MX Adapter [Cult of Mac giveaway]

Cal Digit's new Thunderbolt 4 Dock is a beast

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm PDT

This week:

  • iOS 15.4 beta lets you use Face ID while wearing a mask
  • iOS 15.4 allows third-party apps to use 120Hz ProMotion on iPhone 13 Pro
  • Fun new emoji coming in iOS 15.4 will let you salute, melt and tear up
  • Mini-LED iMac Pro launch might slip to summer
  • Hey Siri, darken the sunroof glass in my Apple Car

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This week's stories

iOS 15.4 beta lets you use Face ID while wearing a mask

  • Face ID in iOS 15.4 will let users unlock their iPhones while wearing a mask. The system will simply scan "unique features around the eye area to authenticate," Apple says.

iOS 15.4 allows third-party apps to use 120Hz ProMotion on iPhone 13 Pro

  • Apple’s new iOS 15.4 beta eliminates a bug that prevents third-party apps from using iPhone 13 Pro’s super-smooth ProMotion feature.

Mini-LED iMac Pro launch might slip to summer

  • The new iMac Pro with a mini-LED display rumored to launch this-coming spring might not come along so soon. It now looks more likely to show up sometime during the summer, display analyst Ross Young said Monday.

Add ports to your M1 Mac with a Satechi USB-C Multiport MX Adapter - Giveaway

  • Cult of Mac is giving away two USB-C Multiport MX Adapters from Satechi. This adapter allows you to experience the full potential of your M1 Mac with multitudes of data ports using just a single USB-C port.

How to download Wordle to your device so it stays free forever

  • When word went out that The New York Times bought Wordle, panic struck for lots of people who play the popular game. Will the Times ruin Wordle by placing it behind a paywall? (The Times charges for other games.)
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am PDT

This week:

  • Apple readies its ‘widest array’ of new products ever for this fall
  • Better, faster iMac Pro and Mac mini could reach shelves this spring
  • iPad Pro with speedy Apple M2 processor on course for fall 2022
  • Apple Maps erects gigantic digital wall to hide Tim Cook’s house

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Apple readies its ‘widest array’ of new products ever for this fall

  • Apple is preparing to launch the “widest array” of new products in its history, according to a new report. This fall is expected to bring new iPhone models, a more affordable MacBook Pro, and big refreshes for iMac and Mac Pro.

Better, faster iMac Pro and Mac mini could reach shelves this spring

  • Add faster versions of the Mac mini to the list of products predicted for an spring 2022 Apple event. The tiny desktop will supposedly be upgraded with the latest Apple processors.

Win an Invoxia Cellular GPS Tracker and stop losing things [Cult of Mac giveaway]

iPad Pro with speedy Apple M2 processor on course for fall 2022

  • The next generation of iPad Pro will fittingly have Apple’s next-generation processor, the M2. At least according to a generally reliable tipster.

Apple Maps erects gigantic digital wall to hide Tim Cook’s house

  • If you find yourself taking a virtual stroll through Palo Alto inside Apple Maps and Google Maps, you're no longer going to see Tim Cook’s house. The modern, four-bedroom condo has had a giant digital wall erected right in front of it.

Turns out it's not that hard to get Apple or Google to erase your house from their maps - we've got a how-to!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm PDT

This week:

  • Apple could scrap 13-inch MacBook Pro, bring 5G to 10.2-inch iPad in 2022
  • 13-MacBook Pro’s days are numbered
  • 10.2-inch iPad to get 5G, new MacBook Air this year
  • Mac Pro with faster M1 chip to complete Apple silicon transition in 2022
  • Eurasian filings reveal new iPhone and iPad coming soon
  • Apple education store now requires Unidays and only 1 device per year

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Apple could scrap 13-inch MacBook Pro, bring 5G to 10.2-inch iPad in 2022

  • Apple will scrap the 13-inch MacBook Pro this year after introducing a new 14-inch model with a next-generation “M2” chip, one tipster claims.

Mac Pro with faster M1 chip to complete Apple silicon transition in 2022

  • Apple will introduce a new Mac Pro with an upgraded M1 chipset by the end of the year to complete its Apple silicon transition, according to a tipster.

Win an Invoxia Cellular GPS Tracker and stop losing things [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • If you live in a big city, you likely suffered the misfortune of having something stolen. Maybe thieves swiped your bike, motorcycle, car or backpack.

Eurasian filings reveal new iPhone and iPad coming soon

  • The Eurasian Economic Commission confirmed that Apple plans to release a new iPhone and iPad in the near future. The devices appear in the online database of the regulatory agency.

Apple education store now requires Unidays and only 1 device per year

  • The legendary Apple education discount loophole, now closed!
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:33pm PDT

This week:

  • iPhone 14 Pro could pack strange ‘hole + pill’ screen cutout to replace notch
  • Apple continues testing multiple folding iPhone prototypes
  • Apple’s first headset could be 3 years ahead of rivals in computing power
  • Apple VR headset won’t create a full metaverse
  • Apple’s fancy Polishing Cloth is finally back in stock
  • Apple loses head of Mac chip design to Intel

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This week's stories

iPhone 14 Pro could pack strange ‘hole + pill’ screen cutout to replace notch

  • It was previously believed that Apple would use a hole punch cutout, like a lot of rival smartphone makers. Then that changed to a pill-shaped camera cutout. Now, one analyst, who has proven reliable in the past, says we should expect both. “We now believe Apple will have a hole + pill design on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models,” tweeted Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, on Wednesday. “The smaller hole will not be invisible.”

Apple continues testing multiple folding iPhone prototypes

  • Word that the iPhone-maker continues working on folding handset comes from Dylandkt in a thread on Twitter: "For those who are curious about a foldable iPhone, Apple is definitely working and testing multiple prototypes that contain foldable displays. Too many compromises still exist with foldable display technology though.

Apple’s first headset could be 3 years ahead of rivals in computing power

  • Apple’s first mixed-reality headset will ship with the same 96W power adapter that you get with some 14-inch MacBook Pro models, according to an analyst, who says that’s proof the device will pack plenty of computing power.

Apple VR headset won’t create a full metaverse

  • While Apple is creating a VR headset, it’s reportedly not developing a complete virtual world for users. It plans on virtual reality games, video and other experiences. But these supposedly won‘t be connected into a single VR metaverse.

Apple’s fancy Polishing Cloth is finally back in stock

  • Sick of sticky smudges all over your Apple devices? The company’s pricey Polishing Cloth is now back in stock for those who didn’t get a chance to buy one before it quickly sold out last fall.

GIVEAWAY

Win a Journey 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station for all your Apple gear [Cult of Mac giveaway]

Apple loses head of Mac chip design to Intel – erfon

  • The person responsible for overseeing the transition from Intel to Apple silicon left the company. Jeff Wilcox was Director, Mac System Architecture before his departure.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm PDT

This week: Gurman's back at it laying out what we can expect Apple to release in 2022, plus new intel on AirPods Pro V2, a new cheaper Pro XDR Display, and we'll show you our favorite tech from CES 2022!

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This week's stories

Gurman: iPhone 14 Models Without Notch, Redesigned MacBook Air With M2 Chip, and More to Launch in 2022

  • In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reiterated his expectations for new Apple products in 2022, including the iPhone 14 series, a redesigned MacBook Air with an M2 chip, an iPad Pro with wireless charging, and more.

Redesigned AirPods Pro 2 will support high-quality lossless audio

  • Apple will launch a second generation of AirPods Pro in the fall, according to an analyst who’s also a reliable tipster. The upgraded earbuds allegedly will offer better sound than the current version, via support for lossless audio. And there reportedly will be other changes, too, including a new design.

Apple’s next desktop monitor could cost half the price of Pro Display XDR

  • Apple’s next desktop monitor won’t be cheap, but it could be significantly less expensive than the high-end Pro Display XDR, according to a new report.

Apple wins race to $3 trillion market cap

  • Apple just became the first publicly traded U.S. company to be valued at a whopping $3 trillion. AAPL stock topped out at $182.88 a share Monday before dropping slightly, bringing the market cap back below the $3 trillion milestone.

Win a Journey 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station for all your Apple gear [Cult of Mac giveaway]

  • The holidays are finally over, and if you were lucky enough to receive an Apple Watch, iPhone or AirPods as gifts, this latest giveaway is for you. Journey, a maker of innovative consumer electronics, is giving three lucky winners its 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station. Comes in black or white, retails for $99.99 -- they are also having a 30% off sale right now.

CES products

This smart collar wants to be your dog’s Apple Watch

  • Most canine trackers use accelerometers and GPS sensors, but Invoxia has gone further with its new collar. The company, which makes a variety of location trackers, said it worked with board-certified veterinary cardiologists to develop deep-learning artificial intelligence (AI) that relies on miniaturized radar sensors for health readings.

Targus backpack uses Apple Find My without AirTag

  • You won‘t have to attach an AirTag tracker to the upcoming Targus Cypress Hero Backpack to locate it because it’ll have Apple’s Find My tracking technology built in.

Schlage rolls out first smart lock in US to support Apple Home Key

  • Schlage introduced the first smart lock in North America to support Apple Home Key — the Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt — on Tuesday at CES 2022.

Samsung beats Apple to truly wireless charging over Wi-Fi waves

  • Despite Apple’s lengthy and ongoing efforts to deliver much-improved charging technologies, archrival Samsung has beaten Cupertino in the race for truly wireless charging. Except you won’t find it in a smartphone … yet.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm PDT

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