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The CultCast covers each week’s best Apple stories, news, and accessories for your iDevices and Mac—but more importantly—we do it with pizzaz. Why listen to another dreary tech program? Tune in to the CultCast each week for a healthy dose of Apple, jokes gone sour, and plenty of tangents.

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The CultCast covers each week’s best Apple stories, news, and accessories for your iDevices and Mac—but more importantly—we do it with pizzaz. Why listen to another dreary tech program? Tune in to the CultCast each week for a healthy dose of Apple, jokes gone sour, and plenty of tangents.

    A "DELUGE" of new Apple hardware is incoming! (CultCast #551)

    A "DELUGE" of new Apple hardware is incoming! (CultCast #551)

    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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    This week's stories
    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.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    M2 MacBook Pro reviews, M2 vs M1, + return of the MacBook! (CultCast #550)

    M2 MacBook Pro reviews, M2 vs M1, + return of the MacBook! (CultCast #550)

    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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    This week's stories
    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.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Apple M2 is insane! Plus LEAKS on iPhone 14 & *15-inch* MacBook Air! (CultCast #549)

    Apple M2 is insane! Plus LEAKS on iPhone 14 & *15-inch* MacBook Air! (CultCast #549)

    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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    This week's stories
    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.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    All the WWDC22 surprises that blew us away! (CultCast #548)

    All the WWDC22 surprises that blew us away! (CultCast #548)

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

    • 1 hr 52 min
    WWDC22 - here’s what’s coming! (CultCast #547)

    WWDC22 - here’s what’s coming! (CultCast #547)

    This week: With WWDC22 RIGHT around the corner, we're talking hardware and software predictions and expectations. This episode supported by
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    Cult of Mac's watch store is full of beautiful straps that cost way less than Apple's. See the full curated collection at Store.Cultofmac.com
    CultCloth will keep your Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPhone 13, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CarryCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.
    This week's stories
    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

    • 1 hr 7 min
    HERE IT IS: iPhone 14 (CultCast #546)

    HERE IT IS: iPhone 14 (CultCast #546)

    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! This episode supported by
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    Cult of Mac's watch store is full of beautiful straps that cost way less than Apple's. See the full curated collection at Store.Cultofmac.com
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    This week's stories
    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

    • 1 hr 10 min

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