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251: Big October Mac event?

Chris C.

Photo:  Macworld

Photo:  Macworld

This week's CultCast...

Reports point to a big Mac event coming in October!  We’ll tell you why we expect more than just overhauled MacBook Pros…  Plus: we remember Steve Jobs, and what made him so damned good; why the jet black iPhone 7 is impossible to find; and stay tuned for drone chat, where we discuss the super cool new drones hitting the market.

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On the show this week:

Intro - The Extraordinary Powerbook

Long-awaited MacBook Pro update might land in October

  • MacRumors has reported that Apple is moving rapidly toward a launch of the new MacBook Pro models, with current development work on macOS 10.12.1 focused largely on preparing the operating system to support the updated hardware’s new features

  • Apple hasn’t made a significant update to the MacBook Pro lineup since May 2015

  • According to MacRumors‘ report, Apple is just waiting for development of macOS 10.12.1 to finish so it can support the updated hardware’s new features. Apple is supposedly planning to seed one more beta version of macOS 10.12.1 early next week. That version will then be polished and loaded onto hardware currently being produced.

  • rumored by several sources to include Touch ID support and an OLED “touch bar” replacing the current row of function keys across the top of keyboard. Apple is also said to be shifting to “Polaris” graphics chips from AMD on the higher-end 15-inch models. 

  • iMac 352/317 (days since update/average)

  • MBP 500/268

  • MBA 570/350

  • Mac Mini 714/438

  • Mac Pro 1015/449

Here’s why jet black iPhone 7 is impossible to find

  • Apple’s new jet black iPhone 7 is nearly impossible to find at stores, and the shortage isn’t going to get better anytime soon, according to one of the most accurate Apple analysts in the game.

  • KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in a research note today that Apple is having trouble with production of the jet black cases.

  • A substantial number of cases don’t meet quality standards for the jet black finish, which is already susceptible to scratches.

  • Apple had to create an entirely new process to produce the high-gloss black finish, which is why it’s so hard for manufacturers to get their yield rates up.

iPhone 7 Plus haptic engine no longer works after being exposed to water.

DJI’s tiny Mavic Pro drone will land at Apple Stores

  • The battle for droning supremacy is heating up today after DJI revealed its tiny new Mavic Pro drone that will take on GoPro’s new Karma drone system.

  • DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone features a folding design that can compress the device down to the size of a water bottle.

  • DJI strapped a 4K video camera on a 3-axis gimbal. It can also take 12MP RAW stills in either portrait or landscape mode thanks to the gimbal that can be controlled via an iPhone.

  • $750 - drone only

  • $999 drone with remote

  • $1300 with extra batteries, quick charger, propellers, bag, etc

  • Ships Oct. 15, in Apple Stores in November

Casey Neistat loves the DJi Mavic Pro drone

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250: Seven Days with iPhone 7

Chris C.

Photo:  Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photo:  Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

This week's CultCast...

Seven days with iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2—we’ll tell you what we love (and don’t) about Apple’s newest iPhone and Watch.  Plus: Hissgate, explained; auto-unlocking your Mac with an Apple Watch; and if you’re wondering how to use picture-in-picture mode on Youtube videos in macOS Sierra, we’ll reveal just how to get it working.

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  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.

On the show this week:

Let the lovely lady Lisa enchant you

iPhone 7 display is the best LCD ever tested

  • Apple’s new LCD display was rated as “visually indistinguishable from perfect” when it comes to image contrast and intensity. The tiniest amount of color variation, seen when viewing the screen from an angle, also yielded top marks.

  • The DisplayMate report calls the touchscreen display the “crown jewel of the smartphone”

  • One thing that gives the iPhone 7 display a competitive advantage is its adoption of two standard color gamuts: The new DCI-P3 wide color gamut used in 4K UHD TVs, and the smaller sRGB/Rec.709 gamut traditionally used in digital cameras, TVs, computers and most other consumer devices.

  • The test also found that the iPhone 7’s peak brightness can only be achieved when Automatic Brightness is turned on. This prevents users from draining their battery in a flash by accidentally keeping the slider all the way up.

Hissgate: iPhone 7 Plus emits strange noise when under heavy load

  • Some iPhone 7 Plus owners are reporting that Apple’s new devices emit a strange hissing noise when performing processor-intensive tasks. And no one is sure what’s causing it.

  • It appears that Hissgate only effects a small number of devices. Cult of Mac has not been able to replicate the hissing problem on any of our new iPhones.

  • Engadget theorized that it could be a “coil whine” and is likely a small manufacturing defect instead of an overall design flaw.

  • Apple looks to be replacing phones which present the issue

Apple Watch Series 2 review: A tick closer to perfection

  • For the past 16 months, Apple’s wearable and I have had an on-again, off-again relationship.

  • Apple Watch Series 2 is supposed to be wicked fast at this, but there’s just one problem. The device’s screen never shows “GPS” or another indicator to prove it’s connected. You just have to take it on faith that there’s a connection behind the scenes.

  • It still can’t track your elevation. There’s a huge difference in difficulty between running 5 miles on flat roads verses 5 miles with a 2,000-foot elevation gain.

  • The only way to get your elevation data is to pack your iPhone along for the ride.

  • This watch is screaming fast.

  • I didn’t notice any major gains in battery life, so it’s likely that all the extra juice is being used to power the new GPS chip and display.

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249: #JazzHands

Chris C.

Photo:  Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photo:  Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

This week's CultCast...

Should you buy Airpods?  The reviews are in, and we’re excited.  Plus: the iPhone 7 carrier deals you need to know about; iPhone 7 smashes pre-order expectations; Series 1 vs. Series 2 Apple Watch; and, Apple, the new NASA?

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  • We also want to give Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com a thanks for the great music you hear on today’s show.

On the show this week:

Intro - Whole Earth Access has the Macintosh you’ve been looking for!

T-Mobile CEO: iPhone 7 is shaping up to be a smash hit

  • According to charismatic T-Mobile CEO John Legere, reports about a supposed lack of interest in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are way overblown.

  • “So I don’t know what everyone is doing, but it’s like four times bigger than the iPhone 6 for us at this order stage,” he said, calling orders thus far a “phenomenon.” 

Apple won’t have any iPhone 7 Plus models for sale in stores on Friday  

  • It’s completely sold out, as is the smaller iPhone in Jet Black

  • Our pre-order experiences (discussion)

  • AT&T/T-Mobile/Verizon iPhone 7 deals are bonkers (discussion)

  • Thoughts on watchOS 3 and the Apple Watch Series 1 vs. Series 2(discussion)

AirPods review roundup: A nice idea with room for improvement

  • We’ll have to wait until October to get our hands on Apple’s new wireless AirPods, but select reviewers have been granted early access to help us decide whether they’re worth their $159 price tag.

Impressions

  • “There’s nothing to break or tangle, nothing to plug in, nothing to get caught on a stranger’s backpack on the train every freaking day. Just sweet aural freedom.”   “sit in my ears, actually better than EarPods, and remained in place even while running” David Pierce at Wired

  • Chris Velazco of Engadget writes that he’s “stunned Apple squeezed as much tech into the AirPods as they did.”

Sound

  • Most reviewers concluded that AirPods sound almost exactly like EarPods.

  • Engadget review. “In general, the AirPods gave mids a little more meat than EarPods did, and drum fills felt crisper and more precise. My test tracks… came across warmer than I would have expected.”

  • Another review wrote “I’m no audiophile, but to me, the AirPods sound nearly identical to Apple’s wired EarPods.” 

Siri

  • “Having Siri two taps away isn’t just the best thing about the AirPods. It’s the reason they exist,” writes David Pierce. “It’s easy to imagine Apple making the AirPods the centerpiece of how you interact with all your devices, particularly as Siri becomes more important.”

  • “Consider this the first step towards a future where we no longer have to stare at a screen to get things done,” adds Business Insider. “Siri… can always be there, responding to your queries by buzzing in your ear, almost like in the movie “Her.”

Why Apple is the new NASA

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248: iPhone 7 event reactions!

Chris C.

Photo:  Cult of Mac

Photo:  Cult of Mac

This week's CultCast...

Our iPhone 7 event reactions! iPhone 7, AirPods, the new Apple Watch—we’ll cover everything Apple announced this week, and tell you what we like, what we don’t, and what we’ll be spending our own hard-earned monies on.  Plus: Nintendo’s big move into iOS, and how to lock down the exact iPhone you want when the pre-orders go live..

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Shot on iPhone - Tim Cook’s exquisite football photo

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