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375: March Apple Event, incoming!

Chris C.

Photo:  Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

This Week!

It's all but confirmed--Apple's holding a March media event to make some special announcements. We'll tell you what we know. Plus: Apple's all-time best-selling products may surprise you; and is it worth buying a 2018 MacBook Pro, or should you wait? We'll tell you what we think.


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7 Painful Truths about the 2018 MacBook Pro

Hollywood stars tapped to attend Apple’s March event

  • Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are coming to Silicon Valley for Apple’s first big event of 2019.
  • Apple is rumored to be planning a late March keynote where a slew of new services will be unveiled. To help with its pitch to customers, Apple has asked some of the stars from its original TV shows to join the festivities.
  • Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and director JJ Abrams have reportedly been invited by Apple to attend its March 25 event. All four of them have at least one project in development at Apple. Witherspoon’s production company actually had two shows picked up by the company.
  • Apple’s TV streaming service will reportedly offer original content for free. There are dozens of shows in various stages of development right now. The service will also sell subscriptions to other channels like Starz, Showtime and maybe even HBO.
  • Initially all of Apple’s content will be free, but they plan to launch a paid tier of content by this summer.
  • The March event will also see Apple unveil its news subscription service too. Publishers are reportedly still negotiating revenue split deals for that service. Apple was allegedly asking for a 50/50 split on revenues. Customers would pay $10 per month for unlimited access to articles from some of the biggest names in news.
  • With the event more than a month away there are still tons of details that could change.

AirPods are Apple’s second-fastest selling new product of all time

  • Apple’s AirPods are the company’s second best-selling new product of all time, a new report by Above Avalon analyst Neil Cybart suggests.
  • Cybart estimates that Apple is on track to sell 40 million pairs of AirPods in 2019. That represents almost 90 percent year-over-year growth.
  • “There are already at least 25 million people wearing AirPods. This total will likely exceed 50 million people later this year. These are massive sales and adoption figures for a two-year old product that has never received an update and rarely goes on sale for less than its $159 selling price.”
  • The most popular Apple product out of the gate?

374: Painful truths about MacBook Pro

Chris C.

Photo:  YouTube/Erfon Elijah

Photo: YouTube/Erfon Elijah

This Week!

The 2018 MacBook Pro is a beautiful machine, but it has some odd and painful flaws! Then: Quit or canned? Why is Angela Ahrendts leaving Apple? Plus: The saga of Gil Amelio, the CEO that saved Apple.


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7 Painful Truths about the 2018 MacBook Pro

Quit or canned? Why is Angela Ahrendts leaving Apple? [Opinion]

  • When Apple fires an executive, the company is rarely straightforward about the situation. Apple never puts out a press release stating plainly that the executive was canned. So Tuesday’s unexpected announcement that Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s head of retail, is leaving in April led many to suspect she was fired.
  • Most of the news stories about Ahrendts’ departure point out that it’s happening during the first-ever iPhone sales slump; The subtext is that she’s underperforming and has to go.
  • Ryan Jones, an app developer with a popular Apple-centric Twitter feed, argues that Apple fired Ahrendts. His reasons: the timing of the announcement, coded language in the press release, and a claim that she was just four months from vesting stock.
  • “Angela turned Apple Stores into a frustrating mess,” he wrote. “Service and buying are both slow and maddening.”
  • No ‘gardening leave’ for Angela Ahrendts
  • As noted by John Gruber, Vogue Business reporter Suzy Menke, who profiled Ahrendts just last week in a positive piece, quoted Ahrendts on Instagram saying the departing Apple leader misses her grown-up kids, who live in London. Ahrendts was based in the U.K. capital while CEO of Burberry and clearly misses the city

The saga of Gil Amelio: the CEO that saved Apple

  • Gil Amelio was Apple’s CEO for only 500 days, and in that time he rescued Apple from the brink of destruction.
  • February 2, 1996: With disappointing Mac sales, the disastrous “clone Mac” strategy, and a failed Sun Microsystems merger to his name, Apple CEO Michael Spindler is asked to resign by the Apple board.
  • Apple needs needs a miracle. In the last 4 years, they’ve lost over $230 million dollars.
  • They turn to resurrection artist Gil Amelio, without whose leadership, Apple would probably not exist today.

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS

  • Microsoft is gearing up to release a software development kit (SDK) that will allow Android and iOS developers to integrate Xbox Live features into their games.
  • The SDK will be officially confirmed by Microsoft next month, will also be available to Nintendo Switch developers.
  • Microsoft’s SDK comes after Epic Games broke boundaries with cross-platform play inside Fortnite.
  • The battle royale behemoth is the first title that allows players on all systems — including Xbox, Switch, mobile, and now even PlayStation — to play together. It also allows users to log in to a single account and sync progress between different devices.

373: What’s next for iPhone 🔥 Plus: our favorite gadgets!

Chris C.

Photo:  twitter/@alexeheath

Photo: twitter/@alexeheath

This Week!

A new report details what next for Apple’s 2019 AND 2020 iPhones… Plus: Apple plans Netflix-for-games subscription service (with Alex E Heath!); it’s not just you, everyone got way more spam calls in 2018; and we talk a new wireless charging brick for iPhone, a smart outlet with HomeKit support, and the super smart HomeKit thermostat you’ve never heard of, in all-new Under Review.


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Here’s how crazy spam calls went in 2018

  • A new report from call identification and blocking company HIYA shows just how bad these spam calls have gotten.
  • Released today, the “State of the Phone Call” report is based on data from 11 billion calls analyzed monthly. The report includes breakdowns of the types of calls made or received, how often phone calls were answered, and the average duration.
  • The biggest takeaway from the report: an out of control trend in robocalls, citing a 46% increase in 2018 for a total of 26.3 billion in the year.

Apple Is Planning 3-D Cameras for New iPhones in AR Push

  • 2020
    • Apple plans to launch iPhones with a more-powerful 3D camera. These will give a significant boost in augmented reality capability
    • Other features will include a third, more advanced camera, and a more powerful chip
  • 2019
    • Gurman confirms Apple is working on updates to the XR and XS, but only the XS Max will include 3 cameras…
    • All models will include an upgraded Apple processor and use an updated Face ID sensor
  • Other tidbits
    • Apple is testing USB C on iPhone, indicating they may eventually lose lightning "Apple’s next operating system update, iOS 13, will include a dark mode option for easier nighttime viewing and improvements to CarPlay, the company’s in-vehicle software. There will also be iPad-specific upgrades like a new home screen, the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app like pages in a web browser, and improvements to file management. The company will also integrate two new services, including a magazine subscription service and its original video content efforts, via iOS updates this year."

Apple plans Netflix-for-games subscription service

  • Accordingly execrable Alex E Heath, Apple allegedly wants to tap into the booming gaming industry to boost its growing Services business. The company is reportedly planning to create a new subscription service for games
  • This is Alex E Heath’s first big Apple scoop, and he he’s claiming he’s got five sources confirming this story.
  • We have the exclusive interview.

Erfon goes hands-on with the Mysa smart thermostat

iPhone XS Max vs Hollywood Movie Cameras Red & Arri

Under Review!

Mysa smart thermostat for electric heaters

Mophie Charge Stream Power Station

Connect Sense Smart Outlet 2

372: Health-tracking AirPods, Death of 3D Touch, and Moviepass LIVES!

Chris C.

Photo:  Techpp

Photo: Techpp

This Week!

Why iPhone’s 3D touch is probably dead; new reports say AirPods packed with health sensors are coming in 2019; the MacBook Pro “stage light” flaw affects all models built after 2016, and could cost you $600 to fix; and the wild saga of Moviepass… continues!


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Erfon goes hands-on with the Rodecaster Pro, a unique new jack-of-all trades podcast mixer unlike any other

3D Touch is probably dead

  • iPhone’s ability to tell how hard someone is pressing on the display won‘t be a part of the 2019 models, according to multiple sources.
  • It will apparently be a victim of Apple’s attempts to lower the price tag of future models.
  • A recent Wall Street Journal article compiled several rumors about the next iPhone said Apple is considering trimming functions from its 2019 iPhones to cut costs That includes the force-touch module.
  • And last year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that no iPhone coming in 2019 will have this feature.
  • His assertion was then echoed months later by an analyst from Barclays.

Health-tracking AirPods rumored for first half of 2019

  • Updated AirPods are supposedly on their way in the first half of 2019, according to a new report from Digitimes. They may have some impressive new features, too — including new health-monitoring functions that are “expected to receive enthusiastic market responses.”
  • If Apple does include health-tracking features in its near AirPods, it will be interesting to see what they are capable of. A previous patent filed by Apple with the United States Patent and Trademark Office covers wireless earbuds with build-in sensors for performing heart rate monitoring and taking body temperature measurements. AirPods have been a huge hit for Apple.
  • Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks Apple sold 16 million AirPods units in 2017, the first full year they were available. He also predicts sales will grow to more than 100 million by 2021, and suggested suggested a full-on redesign could take place in 2020.

MacBook Pro ‘stage light’ flaw could hit you with a $600 repair

  • According to iFixit, every MacBook Pro since 2016 has a design flaw that will inevitably require an expensive repair
  • The problem supposedly lies in “delicate” ribbon cables that connect the screen with the display controller inside the main body of the laptop. Opening and closing the clamshell causes these to wear out and begin to tear.
  • Taylor Dixon from iFixit explains it this way:
    • “The current generation of MacBook Pro laptops (2016–present) uses flexible ribbon cables to connect the display to a display controller board beneath the Touch Bar. These cables wrap over the board, where they’re secured by a pair of spring-loaded covers — and they’re subjected to the stress of bending with every opening and closure of the laptop. Within a seemingly short time, those cables are starting to fatigue and tear.”
  • The first to fail is usually the backlight cable causing the “stage light” effect at the bottom of the screen
  • Apparently the new MacBook Air has the same design and may be prone to the same problem
  • These thin ribbon cables are part of the screen. When they wear out the only way to fix the issue is to replace the entire display, “effectively turning a $6 problem into a $600 disaster,” according to Dixon.
  • A petition on Change.org by Louis Rossmann asks Apple “to launch an extended warranty program addressed to this issue as soon as possible.” For a lot of folks the problem seems to appear just when the year warranty runs out...

Sign the petition! Ask Apple to extend the warranty for the Macbook Pro "stage light" flaw

MoviePass Explores Reintroducing Unlimited Plan as It Tries a Relaunch

  • Moviepass believes it has finally found a business model that will allow it to improve its service and continue to operate.
  • This month, they've introduced a new series of plans, which vary in price depending on location.
  • Next week, Itum said MoviePass plans to reintroduce some sort of unlimited program that would enable users to see as many movies as they wanted each month. He did not reveal pricing for that plan.