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370: Finally! Apple's bringing HomeKit to your favorite TVs and gadgets

Chris C.

Photo:  Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

This Week!

Smart curtains, smart plugs, smart lights, smart locks, and now... the best televisions on the market— Apple just revealed big moves to bring HomeKit to all your favorite gadgets, and they're just getting started. In 2019, the smart HomeKit devices we've always wanted finallay arrive. Plus: Tim Cook just let it slip--Apple's got new services lined up for release this year, but what could they be? We think we might just know...

And stick around for a CultCast United updated, and the saga of FartGate, the most insidious sports scandal you never heard about.


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Help team CultCast reunite in San Fransisco for a Mecca to Cupertino, and a special CultCast United episode. And we might just bring you with us….


2019 - The year of HomeKit

  • Until the release of iOS 11.3 in March, anyone who wanted to make HomeKit devices had to plan and pay to build in Apple’s authentication co-processor.
  • With iOS 11.3, Apple changed the game, and allowed devices makers to add HomeKit with simple software integration.

Apple promotes HomeKit at CES with press event to highlight new smart home accessories coming in 2019

  • Apple is pushing HomeKit hard at CES this year. It coordinated with manufacturers to demo key new HomeKit smart home announcements to the tech press
  • TechCrunch says Apple spotlighted announcements from Belkin Wemo, Eve, ConnectSense, Kwikset locks, Nanoleaf lights, and a Netatmo HomeKit connected doorbell.
  • We also got an announcement that Netgear is bringing HomeKit support to their Arlo Pro 2 cameras and their new 4K camera.
  • And… a bunch of TVs

Here are all of the TVs getting AirPlay 2 in 2019

  • Apple announced that it will bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit compatibility to a bunch of TVs in 2019, spanning models from manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio.
  • A small list of 2018 models will also receive Airplay 2 support.
  • Samsung TVs will be getting the iTunes Movies and TV apps.
  • Sony will be adding HomeKit and AirPlay 2 to it beautiful TVs powered by the horrendous and slow Android TV.

Tim Cook: New services coming to Apple in 2019

  • Tim Cook teased new services that will be coming to Apple users this year. Responding to questions about falling iPhone sales during a CNBC interview, Cook stressed the way that Apple’s Services division has grown significantly in the past several years.
  • “The services are on a tear,” Cook said. “On services, you will see us announce new services this year. There will more things coming.”
  • First and foremost is Apple’s original TV content, which the company has supposedly spent more than $1 billion on, but not yet formally announced.
  • Second is Apple’s rumored magazine subscription service. Based on Texture, the $9.99 a month magazine service Apple purchased back in March last year, this would be a paid magazine and newspaper subscription service, which will serve as a premium part of the existing Apple News app
  • On iPhone XR not selling well: I call bologna on that. Let me tell you how I view this. Here’s the truth, what the facts are. Since we began shipping the iPhone XR, it has been the most-popular iPhone every day.
  • On Wearables,: it’s mainly the Apple Watch and AirPods. If you look at this on a trailing basis – I’m not projecting – revenue for wearables is already more than 50% more than iPod was at its peak.

369: Our must-have Mac & iOS app mega-list! (with guest Adam Christianson)

Chris C.

Photo:  Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET

Photo: Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET

This Week!

Our huge mega-list of must-have favorite iOS and Mac apps! Special guest Adam Christianson from the Maccast! Plus, a very special announcement…


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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.


Come say hellooooo!

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Help team CultCast reunite in San Fransisco for a Mecca to Cupertino, and a special CultCast United episode. And we might just bring you with us….


Apple warns investors that iPhone sales are weak

  • Tim Cook warned investors today that weak iPhone sales could translate into revenue shortfalls in the billions of dollars.
  • He went on blames the expected revenue drop on fewer-than-expected iPhone upgrades and weakened demand in China.
  • “While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China,” Cook wrote in a letter published on Business Wire. “In fact, most of our revenue shortfall to our guidance, and over 100 percent of our year-over-year worldwide revenue decline occurred in Greater China across iPhone, Mac, and iPad.”
  • “As we exit a challenging quarter, we are as confident as ever in the fundamental strength of our business,” he said. “We manage Apple for the long term, and Apple has always used periods of adversity to re-examine our approach, to take advantage of our culture of flexibility, adaptability, and creativity, and to emerge better as a result.

Apple shares plummet following Tim Cook letter

  • AAPL shares fell steeply in after-hours trading on Wednesday, after Tim Cook acknowledged that Apple’s earnings would underperform
  • Shares fell by more than 7.4 percent, declining as low as $146.22. That’s the lowest that Apple has hit since July 12, 2017. It means that Apple has lost a massive 35.5 percent of its value in just three months.

Tim Cook will host meeting for all Apple employees to talk iPhone

  • Tim Cook is reportedly hosting an all-hands meeting with every Apple employee today about the revelations regarding stalling iPhone sales.


Our favorite must-have apps, with Adam Christianson, aka Maccast!

Mac

Audio Hijack Pro let's you record and reroute sound on your Mac

Setapp is a Mac app subscription packed full of great software

TryCa.st, let's you record high-fidelity audio, alone or with guests

Bartender clears up your menu bar icons

Trip Mode, your Mac's mobile data saver

Ulysseys, the ultimate writing app for Mac

iStat Menus, advanced Mac system monitor for your menubar

iThoughtX is a mindmapping tool for the Mac

Marked, a previewer for Markdown files

PDF Pen, powerful PDF editing for your Mac

Busy Cal, one of the best calendar apps for Mac

iMazing, transfer anything fomr any iPhone, iPad, or iPod to a computer

Loopback, cable-free audio routing for Mac

Farrago, robust, rapid-fire soundboards

Reeder, RSS reader for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Text Expander, instantly insert snippets of text from a repository of emails, boilerplate and other content


iOS

Ferrite, award-winning audio editing app for iOS

Gif Keyboard, the perfect gifs, right at your finger tips.

Hearthstone, Blizzard’s award-winning card battle game.

Slickdeals, the largest deal-sharing community on the Web

Strong, workout tracker and gym log.

Deliveries, package tracker

Libby, Library ebooks and audiobooks

Calcbot, one of iOS' best calculators

Carrot Fit, snarky 7-minute workouts

Carrot Weather, crazy powerful weather app

368: The best (and most disappointing!) Apple tech of 2018!

Chris C.

Photo:  macobserver

Photo: macobserver

This Week!

It’s our list of the best—and most disappointing—Apple tech of 2018! And stay tuned for all our most favorite news, movies, food, gear, video games, and drug paraphernalia of the year. This one gets real weird...


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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.


Come say hellooooo!

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Ranking all the major hardware Apple released in 2018 [Year in Review]

Our favorite What We’re Intos of 2018!

MoviePass

Annihilation

Super Mario Odyssey

Captain Jean-luc Picard will helm a new Star Trek series

Boosted Board Mini X

Finger Bang

Pizza Dillas

Pack Rafts

367: How Mac clones almost destroyed Apple, and our favorite movies of 2018!

Chris C.

Photo:  imagazin.cz

Photo: imagazin.cz

This Week!

In December of 1994, Apple began allowing PC manufacturs to license their OS, building their own versions of the “Mac”, and it almost destroyed them. Leander Kahney was a young reporter on the scene in those days, and regales us with the tale.

Plus, we have a very special announcement we'd like to make, about a very special annoumcement we're going ot be making next week. And if you stay tuned, and you definitely should, we're going to wrap up with our favorite movies of 2018, and it’s a long list.


This episode supported by:

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



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


Come say hellooooo!

@erfon / Erfon's YouTube Channel / @bst3r / Buster on Instagram / @lewiswallace / @lkahney


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Apple Music Connect is shutting down, suffering Same Fate as iTunes Ping

  • Apple today announced that its Apple Music Connect social platform for artists is in the process of shutting down, suffering the same fate as Ping, the company's previous social network for music removed from iTunes in October 2012.
  • The only band that ever posted anything was ColdPlay.

Apple Sending Unsolicited Notifications for New Carpool Karaoke Episodes and Apple Music Echo Support

  • Apple has recently been sending out unsolicited notifications to iOS users, promoting Carpool Karaoke episodes and the availability of Apple Music on Amazon Echo devices.
  • Apple doesn't appear to be sending these push notifications to all users, so it's not clear what criteria the company is using to determine who to send content to
  • Why did Apple just send me a notification about an all new carpool karaoke, something I've never watched and have absolutely no interest in?

Today in Apple history: Apple signs ‘clone Mac’ deal

  • This week, in 1994: Apple Computer inks a licensing deal with Power Computing, allowing the company to produce Macintosh-compatible computers.
  • With falling market share, and longtime rival Microsoft steaming ahead thanks to its software-licensing strategy, Apple executives think the only way to compete is for Apple to hand over its operating system for third-party Macs.
  • The “clone Mac” era turned out to be a disaster for Apple. Rather than spurring Mac sales, it just meant cheaper “Macs.”
  • As a result, Apple took a massive hit in the amount it earned per unit. Apple CFO Fred Anderson later worked out that the strategy actually cost the company money. The $50 fee Apple got for every clone Mac sold didn’t come close to recouping the money lost from people choosing to buy third-party Macs instead of more-expensive official ones.
  • In order to get out of the deal and top the licensing, Apple ended up buying Power Computing’s entire Mac business for $100 million in 1997.

Best movies of 2018!

Incredibles 2

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

BlacKkKlansman

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Annihilation

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

A Quiet Place

Hereditary

The Ballad of Buster Scuggs

Missions: Impossible - Fallout

Red Sparrow