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313: All the best gadgets of 2017!

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo:  Apple

On The Cult Cast:

  • Everything you need to know about Apple Pay Cash.
  • One of the best, most anticipated Apple TV apps fo 2017 is FINALLY available. We’ll talk about that.
  • Why are we so hard on Apple? We recently received some harsh email from a critic asking that very question.
  • We wrap up with our huge list of the best gadgets of 2017!!


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Come say helloooooo!

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iPhone X delivery times fall to within one week in US

http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/11/30/iphone-x-delivery-times-fall-to-within-one-week-in-us

  • All iPhone X models up for sale on Apple's online store are showing delivery in a week, down from 2-3 weeks two weeks ago.
  • KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said supply chain improvements were to thank for Apple's improved iPhone X ship times, specifically a diversification of LCP LTE antenna orders and higher yields of iPhone's TrueDepth dot projector.

Everything you need to know about Apple Pay Cash

  • Used to pay people via the Messages app, though you can also use your Apple Pay Cash card to make Apple Pay payments if you have money on the card (card lives in your Apple Wallet)
  • You can add cash to your card by receiving payments, or adding cash in the wallet app (minimum $10). This is one in the Wallet app. Just select the card then press the little “i” at the bottom right of the screen
  • Money paid to you will live on your Apple Pay Cash card until you use it or transfer it to your bank.
  • Debit cards let you send money for free, while credit cards cost 3%
  • You can send money via Siri to people in your contacts
  • You can send/receive a minimum of $1-$3,000 in a transaction, and can send/receive up to $10,000 in any 7 day period.

Amazon Prime Video is finally available for your Apple TV

https://www.cultofmac.com/517355/amazon-prime-video-debut-appletv/

  • Apple has finally delivered on its WWDC promise to bring Amazon Prime Video to Apple TV, with just a few weeks to spare before Apple hit its own end-of-the-year deadline.
  • The tvOS version of the app is available to download on Apple TV 3rd generation devices or above by searching “Amazon Prime Video” on your set-top box. It brings an end to the days of having to use AirPlay to play Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV, via another device.

Ditch your old router, Eero is the new king of Wi-Fi routers [Review] https://www.cultofmac.com/425433/ditch-your-old-router-eero-is-the-new-king-of-wifi-routers-review/

AmpliFi HD’s blazing-fast Wi-Fi will spoil you rotten [Reviews] https://www.cultofmac.com/462193/amplifi-hd-review-mesh-network-wifi/

I made my own smart HomePod speaker, and it’s awesome https://www.cultofmac.com/514861/i-made-my-own-smart-homepod-speaker-and-its-awesome/

Listener email: Why are we “so hard” on Apple?

Best gadgets of 2017!

Leander

Apple Wifi connected to a Amazon Echo dot https://www.cultofmac.com/514861/i-made-my-own-smart-homepod-speaker-and-its-awesome/

Sonos Playbase tv speaker http://amzn.to/2nE5MfG

Amazon Echo Show http://amzn.to/2j9BHTU

See sense bicycle lights http://amzn.to/2j97XGJ

Wahoo Element GPS bicycle computer http://amzn.to/2ADx20J

Nokia Body Plus smart scale http://amzn.to/2kzqkVR

Erfon

Hunter Symphony Homkit Fan http://amzn.to/2iFjXMt

Fender GT 200 iOS controlled smart guitar amp http://amzn.to/2iHtHWB

Fender GT 100 http://amzn.to/2AGeUn7

Fender GT 40 http://amzn.to/2iEGetS

Rhinoshield Crashguard bumper case for iPhone X http://amzn.to/2kBApRX For iPhone 8 http://amzn.to/2kyykGn

Arlo Pro 2 smart security cameras http://amzn.to/2AEKBgs

Arlo Q indoor camera http://amzn.to/2yNU1H8

My 2013 MacBook Pro! https://support.apple.com/kb/sp690?locale=en_US

Lewis

Amplify HD mesh router http://amzn.to/2nJMHZO

Koogeek Homekit smart bulb https://www.koogeek.com/p-sk1eu.html

Koogeek Homekit smart plug https://www.koogeek.com/p-p2.html

Omna 180 smart homekit camera http://amzn.to/2yO84wk

Litter Robot 3 executive cat bathroom http://amzn.to/2iDwIqL

Buster

DJI Mavic Pro Drone http://amzn.to/2iDLnCn

One Wheel plus scooter board for clowns https://onewheel.com/products/onewheel-plus

312: Our favorite movies of 2017! (also, the Apple news)

Chris C.

Photo:  @YSR50

Photo:  @YSR50

On The Cult Cast:

  • The bigs ones. The bangers. It’s our favorite movies of 2017!
  • The useful iPhone X gestures you haven’t heard about.
  • Apple’s new Youtube channel and it’s actually pretty cool.
  • The data for the LTE Apple watch is way more than we originally were told.
  • It’s the end of an era. Jailbreaking is dead.


This episode supported by:



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  • CultCloth will keep your iPhone 8/X, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can use code CULTCAST to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.


  • The Cult of Mac Watch Store has the best straps in the biz! Save 20% off any order with code CultCast at checkout.


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


Come say helloooooo!

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


The BEST subreddit you are going to read, ALL week long! thecultcast.reddit.com




Heads up: Apple Watch data is significantly more expensive than carriers will tell you

https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/7gg373/heads_up_apple_watch_data_is_significantly_more/

  • Just a heads up: Got my first AT&T bill with my Apple Watch LTE added on. Taxes on the $10 data plan add-on come to $7.69 meaning the cellular plan for the watch is actually $17.69/month or $212.28 for a year of service. That's insane and totally not worth it. Just wanted to make people aware of the fact that AT&T conveniently neglects to mention how expensive the plan will actually be.

Big Cydia sources shut down as jailbreaking dies out

https://www.cultofmac.com/515907/big-cydia-sources-shut-jailbreaking-dies/

  • Jailbreaking was once a necessity to millions of iPhone owners, is just about dead, at least according to Cydia store creator Jay Freeman
  • Many of the features that made jailbreaking so popular — like video recording, useful settings toggles, custom ringtones, and enhanced multitasking — are now baked into iOS. So jailbreaking is no longer required for many iPhone and iPad users.
  • It was the only way to obtain native apps during the handset’s first year on the market. But even after the launch of the App Store, users turned to jailbreaking to get their hands on software Apple wouldn’t allow.
  • Two of Cydia’s largest repositories have been shutdown as jailbreaking dies out. ModMy and ZodTTD are no longer available, leaving BigBoss as the only major source still available to those who want apps and tweaks you can’t find in the App Store.

Apple’s new YouTube channel teaches iOS tips

https://www.cultofmac.com/516289/apples-new-youtube-channel-teaches-iphone-ipad/

  • Apple wants to help you make the most of your iPhone and iPad with a brand new YouTube channel. It offers a collection of how-to videos that teach you how to take screenshots, send attachments in Mail, print on the go, and more.
  • The channel, which launched on Monday evening, currently hosts ten how-to videos. They’ll teach you how to do things like change your wallpaper, mute or leave a group conversation in iMessage, delete call logs and photos, and more.
  • Each video is under two minutes in length. It provides step-by-step instructions for each how-to, with useful bullet points that make the directions easier to follow. English captions are also available if required.

The iPhone X gestures you didn’t know about

  • Swipe up and over to the right for app switching, or swipe up and to the right
  • Swipe up the down for reachability.
  • You can then access control center from the top of the lowered screen
  • Close apps by swiping them up (instead of using the lame minus icon)
  • Volume up. Volume Down. Power button hold to restart/shutdown

You think your photos are safe in the cloud, but something that happened to me this week has me questioning that.

Our favorite movies of 2017!

Buster

Baby Driver https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2z857RSfhk

Logan Lucky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPzvKH8AVf0


Leander

The Lure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgWe9QVqrl0

It Follows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymoh5SIqgtw

Devil in a Blue Dress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymoh5SIqgtw

Lady Bird https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymoh5SIqgtw

Get Out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM1YpntE840


Erfon

Blade Runner 2049 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue80QwXMRHg

Thor Ragnarok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue80QwXMRHg

The Doors: when you’re strange https://www.netflix.com/title/70112752

Andy and Me: The Great Beyond https://www.netflix.com/title/80209608

311: The rocky history of HomePod

Chris C.

Photo:  voicebot.ai

Photo:  voicebot.ai

On The Cult Cast:

  • HomePod’s been delayed, we’ll talk about that, but Bloomberg put out an interesting piece on the history of the HomePod, and it gives previously undisclosed details of the device you may find very interesting.
  • We gotta talk about net neutrality
  • How Tesla just out Apple’d, Apple
  • Is there still a point to Apple TV?
  • Tactics to get the best prices on all the Black Friday stuff you want
  • Oh yeah, and 🦃 Gobble gobble yaaa’aaall! 🦃


This episode supported by:



  • If you just want great WiFi everywhere, check out an award winning Orbi WiFi System from Netgear, at netgear.com/orbi.


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


  • The Cult of Mac Watch Store has the best straps in the biz! Save 20% off any order with code CultCast at checkout. Check out the huge Black Friday sale with savings up to 50%!


  • 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:

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


The BEST subreddit you are going to read, ALL week long! thecultcast.reddit.com




Net neutrality is almost dead, but we can still save it

  • FCC is about to kill Net Neutrality, and they’re calling it the Restoring internet freedom order
  • They’re currently taking our feedback into account, but the official vote for the order will be on Dec. 14th
  • Details of the new plan will were released today. The plan completely removes restrictions on throttling or prioritizing content, and explicitly allows paid prioritization of content
  • Go to Battleforthenet.com. It will help you take action. If will connect you to your congress person via phone and even provide you a script of what to say.

Tesla out-Apples Apple with the new Roadster “one more thing"

https://youtu.be/lAQGBxtLSWU?t=1m15s

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker won’t be home for Christmas

https://www.cultofmac.com/514723/apples-homepod-smart-speaker-wont-home-christmas/

  • Apple’s new Siri-powered smart speaker won’t be one of the hottest gifts of the 2017 holiday season after all.
  • The HomePod was set to launch in December 2017, but the company released a statement today saying it needs more time to make the smart speaker ready for customers.
  • “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK, and Australia in early 2018
  • When it does launch, HomePod will cost $349, making it a lot more pricey than rival smart speakers from Amazon and Google

Apple's HomePod project actually predates the Amazon Echo, but has been canceled and restarted numerous times, and has undergone radical design changes

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/why-apple-s-homepod-is-three-years-behind-amazon-s-echo

  • HomePod has been in development since 2012, and it’s not like the Echo.
  • The engineers and designers wanted to build a really great speaker that "sounded better than the ones sold by the likes of Bose, JBL and Harman Kardon”
  • Prototypes ranged from a flat panel with a mesh screen to one measuring some three feet tall with dozens of speakers
  • In 2014, the project went from prototyping into an official endeavor
  • In that same year, Amazon released their Echo, and it reportedly blind-sided Apple’s engineers. They joked with each other that there must be mole working amongst them.

Is there still a point for Apple TV? Smart TVs now have pretty great navigation and menu systems built in. Many have Google cast built in.

The Best Black Friday deals of 2017

https://www.cultofmac.com/512741/best-black-friday-deals/

Moviepass now has a deal for 6.95 a month

https://www.moviepass.com

310: Two weeks with the X 🔥

Chris C.

Photo:  Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Photo:  Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

On The Cult Cast:

  • Two weeks with the X. We’ll tell you what we like and what still sucks.
  • Some very exciting new rumors about the next international of iPhone X
  • Two big features coming you to in iOS 11.2 which is now in its 3rd beta
  • What we tell you what we like and don’t about our favorite gadgets in a all-new under review 🤜🏼💥🤛🏼


This episode supported by:


  • Casper’s American-made mattresses have just the right amount of memory foam and latex, and people everywhere love them. Learn why and get $50 towards any mattress at Casper.com/cultcast.



  • CultCloth will keep your iPhone 8/X, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad sparkling clean, and for a limited time you can use code CULTCAST to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co.


  • The Cult of Mac Watch Store has the best straps in the biz! Save 20% off any order with code CultCast at checkout.


  • 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:

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


The BEST subreddit you are going to read, ALL week long! thecultcast.reddit.com




Apple may launch 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus in 2018

https://www.cultofmac.com/513809/apple-may-launch-6-5-inch-iphone-x-plus-2018/

  • One of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game is predicting big things for the iPhone X design in 2018.
  • According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release an iPhone X Plus next year with the biggest smartphone screen the company has ever made.
  • Kuo says Apple will release three iPhones in 2018 with a notch design. There will supposedly be a 5.8-inch (updated X) and a 6.5-inch model, both with OLED displays.
  • The third iPhone will supposedly have a 6.1-inch LCD display but come with the same bezel-free design as the iPhone X.
  • The 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will have a display with 480 to 500 pixels per inch, possibly making it more pixel dense than the iPhone X. The 6.1-inch LCD version will only have a display with 320 to 330 PPI.

iPhone will get rear-facing 3D sensors in 2019

https://www.cultofmac.com/513959/iphone-rear-3d-sensor/

  • According to a Bloomberg, Apple is working on a new rear-mounted “3D sensor” for its 2019 iPhone, which will help further the company’s augmented reality ambitions.
  • The new system will work using lasers and measuring the amount of time it takes for them to bounce back to create a depth map. This is reportedly different to the TrueDepth sensor system used on the front of the iPhone X, which uses a pattern of 30,000 laser dots to measure depth information for features like Face ID.

Two big features coming to your iPhone 8 and X with the release of iOS 11.2

https://www.cultofmac.com/513967/iphones-get-faster-7-5w-wireless-charging-with-ios-11-2/

  • Apple Pay cash, which will work on the iPad.
  • Apple has added support for faster 7.5W wireless charging in its latest iOS 11.2 beta. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all support the increased charging speed. You’ll need a compatible wireless charging mat to take advantage of it, however.

2018 iPad Pro could get 8-core A11X Bionic chip

https://www.cultofmac.com/514291/2018-ipad-pro-get-8-core-a11x-bionic-chip/

  • Apple supposedly plans to slap an octa-core processor in next year’s iPad Pro, making them the most powerful tablets Apple’s ever made.
  • For the iPhone X and iPhone 8, Apple created the A11 Bionic chip that comes with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores.
  • This is the same chip that is currently faster than the chips in 2012 iMacs and my 2013 MacBook Pro.
  • My machine is 33% in multicore tests, but image if they add another 2 high performance cores to the iPad.

Under Review

Eve Degree

http://amzn.to/2zMDlRf

Eve Room

http://amzn.to/2yQhViQ

Eve Weather

http://amzn.to/2zLwQ1e

Chocolate Hub

https://igg.me/at/chocolatehub/x

Ecobee 4

http://amzn.to/2j0RuAv

Juuk  Watch Bands

https://store.cultofmac.com

Patagonia Micropuff Jacket

http://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-micro-puff-hoody/84030.html