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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.

    M2 MacBook Air DESTROYS other Macs, + why you SHOULDN’T hunt down AirTag thieves (CultCast #556)

    M2 MacBook Air DESTROYS other Macs, + why you SHOULDN’T hunt down AirTag thieves (CultCast #556)

    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 This episode supported by
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    This week's stories
    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. I built a time machine. A time machine that sends you back to the era of iPods and boxed
    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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Apple Car is BACK in business + Apple SCRAPS M1 Mac Pro! (CultCast #555)

    Apple Car is BACK in business + Apple SCRAPS M1 Mac Pro! (CultCast #555)

    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. This episode supported by
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    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
    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

    • 58 min
    M2 MacBook Pros INCOMING, iOS 16 hidden feature, & the DeLorean is REBORN! (#CultCast 554)

    M2 MacBook Pros INCOMING, iOS 16 hidden feature, & the DeLorean is REBORN! (#CultCast 554)

    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! This episode supported by
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    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
    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.

    • 59 min
    M2 MacBook Air impressions + Jony Ive is DONE with Apple (CultCast #553)

    M2 MacBook Air impressions + Jony Ive is DONE with Apple (CultCast #553)

    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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    This week's stories
    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.

    • 58 min
    NEW “extra rugged” Apple Watch is INCOMING! (#CultCast 552)

    NEW “extra rugged” Apple Watch is INCOMING! (#CultCast 552)

    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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    This week's stories
    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.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    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

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