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245: Tuck Tails

Chris C.

Photo:  PConline

Photo:  PConline

This week's CultCast...

Leaks point to some excellent upgrades coming to the smaller iPhone 7—we’ll give you the scoop.  Plus: get ready for iPhone 7, we have a launch date; Apple Watch 2 leaks points to the arrival of a sorely-needed feature; new models and “revolutionary” upgrades are coming to the iPad line; and stick around for CultCast Choices, the game that pits one bad choice against another.

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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 - Things to do!

The Apple Store is dead

  • The Apple Store is no longer called the Apple Store.

  • Apple has begun dropping “Store” from the name of its 479 retail locations worldwide, so they are now referred to simply as “Apple.”

  • The store pages on Apple’s website now refer to its locations using names like “Apple Union Square,” “Apple Fifth Avenue,” and “Apple The Grove,” as opposed to the former “Apple Store, Union Square,” “Apple Store, Fifth Avenue,” and “Apple Store, The Grove.”

iPhone 7 may launch on September 23

  • Apple’s next iPhone could be available to the public as soon as September 23rd, based on a new leak that reveals AT&T plans to do a big “Merchandising Reset” at all stores that day.

  • The unveiling of the iPhone 7 is rumored to take place on September 7th with pre-orders to follow two days later

  • The leaked AT&T scheduling information shows that stores will need to spend up to three hours on a merchandising reset September 9th, indicating advertisements for iPhone 7 pre-orders will go on display that morning.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus won’t be joined by an iPhone 7 Pro this fall

  • Japanese blog Macotakara, whose sources have been reliable in the past, confirms that this year’s iPhone’s will be labeled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — just as expected.

  • They also promise that the devices will bring “greatly improved” cameras, Apple’s A10 chip, and a capacitive home button that’s expected to be pressure-sensitive

iPhone 7’s second speaker grille may be just for show

  • iPhone 7 housing schematics acquired by NowhereElse suggest the speaker grilles on one side of Apple’s upcoming handsets is purely cosmetic to make the bottom edge look more symmetrical, though it won’t be totally useless.

  • It appears Apple will place the iPhone’s microphone behind this grille, so some of the holes will serve a purpose.

Leaked iPhone 7 camera hints at big improvements

  • While most of this years iPhone camera rumors have focused on the dual-lens module coming to the iPhone 7 Plus, a leaked iPhone 7 rear camera part hints at some big improvements coming to the smaller device.

  • The image below leaked by NowhereElse claims to show the iPhone 7’s iSight camera which appears to include the addition of optical image stabilization to make photos sharper than ever.

  • Other leaks have revealed that the lens on the iPhone 7 iSight camera will be larger than previous models which should have a big impact on how much light it can capture and the quality of pictures.

Apple Watch 2 will get GPS but no LTE

  • Although Apple plans to add a number of much needed features to the Apple Watch 2, a new report claims the company hit roadblocks when trying to make a major change that would have added LTE or other cellular data connection capabilities to the device.

  • “The company still plans to announce new watch models this fall boasting improvements to health tracking,” reports Bloomberg. “The updated versions will also be able to integrate GPS-based location tracking.”

10.5-inch iPad Pro coming in 2017, OLED upgrade in 2018

  • Apple will ship three new iPads next year, according to well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — including a low-cost 9.7-inch iPad, upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro variant as well.

  • But 2018, that’s the year in which Kuo promises “revolutionary” upgrades, which will include a “radical” change in form factor as well as an AMOLED display.

  • Interestingly, there’s no mention made of the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which could conceivably be phased out in order avoid direct competition with Apple’s larger plus-sized iPhone models.

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244: The New Pros, Cometh

Chris C.

Image:  Cult of Mac

Image:  Cult of Mac

This week's CultCast...

New Macbook Pros, incoming!  We have even more details to share on the “significant” updates coming soon to Apple’s Macbook Pro line.  Plus: iPhone 7 may get a Quad HD display and pressure-sensitive home button; Apple’s plans for a “killer” new health device; and we review our favorite new hover boards and smart scales on an all new Under Review.

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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:

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243: Bustin’ a squirt

Chris C.

This week's CultCast...

The controversy around iOS 10’s new gun emoji;  we compare Instagram’s new stories feature to Snapchat’s; Gwyneth Paltrow brings her coding skills to ‘Planet of the Apps’; we attended a 5-day Apple II festival, we’ll tell you the cool parts; and stick around for the best ways to find specific Pokémon in ‘Pokémon GO’.

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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:

Gwyneth Paltrow is bringing her coding skills to ‘Planet of the Apps’

  • Paltrow will be joined by will.i.am and serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk on the show where all three will serve as mentors and advisors to app developers in the series that will reportedly act as a launch pad to exceptional developers.

iOS 10 adds 100+ emoji to promote gender equality

  • The latest beta build of iOS 10 seeded to developers this morning brings more gender options to existing characters like the surfer, runner, weightlifter, detective, construction worker and much more.

  • The pistol emoji has been changed to a water gun, too

Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun

  • Emojis are not made by Apple. They are selected, designed and coded by a nonprofit organization called the Unicode Consortium.

  • Platforms like Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Facebook decide exactly how those characters will appear on the device you’re using.

  • Apple is reinterpreting how it will “read” the pistol emoji. Instead of depicting it as a metal revolver, it will show the green toy water pistol.

  • In June, Apple asked the Unicode Consortium to exclude a scoped shooting rifle from the upcoming set of emojis. Unicode complied, and the rifle was scrapped.

  • Emoji are funny, but they’re also a powerful way to communicate. This move by Apple communicates that tools of violence and death shouldn’t be part of our light-hearted, ubiquitous lexicon. (the Guardian)

Instagram’s new feature is a ripoff of Snapchat Stories

  • company introduced Instagram Stories, which lets you share multiple photos and videos in a single slideshow. It can be shared with select followers without showing up on your more public profile. It then disappears 24 hours later.

  • It functions in the same way as the Stories feature on Snapchat

There’s a new way to find specific Pokémon in ‘Pokémon GO,’ and it works

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242: Big Bob's Back

Chris C.

Photo:  feldvolk.com

Photo:  feldvolk.com

This week's CultCast...

iPhone 7 gets a new 3D Touch home button and a September 9th launch date!  Plus: why we may be only weeks away from Apple’s Macbook Pro and Apple Watch 2 launch event; the big gun is back—Apple puts Big Bob Mansfield at the helm of their top secret Apple Car project; one of the internet’s best web series is now an Apple Music exclusive; and stick around for apps, man—we’ve got some sweet picks for you.

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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:

James Cordon carpools with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and it’s magical

Apple just sold its billionth iPhone!

http://www.cultofmac.com/439969/apple-just-sold-its-billionth-iphone/

  • One billion iPhone devices have officially been sold now since Steve Jobs unveiled the magical smartphone back in 2007, the company revealed today.

iPhone 7 pre-orders will reportedly open on September 9

  • The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will reportedly be made available for pre-order on September 9, according to well-connected tipster Evan Blass.

  • Keynote on Monday the 5th or Tuesday the 6th

iPhone 7 might not go by the name you’re expecting

  • A new rumor coming out of China suggests that September’s next-gen iPhone won’t be called the iPhone 7 as expected, but rather the iPhone 6SE — continuing the naming scheme Apple introduced for its 4-inch iPhone SE earlier this year. 

  • so far it’s just a rumor citing Chinese supply chain sources. 

  • A separate report, meanwhile, suggests that it’s likely to debut on Friday, September 16. That’s just two months’ away…

  • The slightly-earlier-than-usual launch date was “revealed” by tipster Evan Blass, who has a strong track record when it comes to this type of information.

iPhone 7 may get 3D Touch home button

  • Apple allegedly plans to replace its physical home button on the iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6 SE) with a new 3D Touch button that won’t move when you press it, but well instead give users a haptic feedback to replicate the feeling of pressing a button, like on the Magic Trackpad 2.

  • Macotakara claims to have heard from supply chain sources that the company will indeed include the feature on this year’s model, making it a bit more interesting than anticipated.

  • The new home button design will supposedly be flush with the rest of the body, making the iPhone more waterproof than ever now that there are fewer paths for water to enter the device and destroy the internal components.

Surprise! Apple Watch 2 set to arrive this fall

  • The long-awaited next version of the Apple Watch will supposedly be unveiled this fall

  • Apple Watch 2’s big unveiling will happen in either September or October, claims DigiTimes

  • Future Apple Watch updates are expected to add LTE data, GPS, longer battery life and faster performance.

Apple puts Bob Mansfield in driving seat for secret car project

  • Bob Mansfield has been chosen to head up Apple’s “secret” electric car project three years after stepping down from his executive role, according to a new report.

  • Mansfield first joined Apple in 1999 and retired in June 2012, but just two months later, it was confirmed that he was staying on to work on “future projects.” Mansfield was then named senior vice president of technologies in October 2012.

  • Mansfield was previously in charge of Mac hardware at Apple and led development of products like the MacBook Air, iMac and iPad.

  • Mansfield was previously making only occasional visits to Apple; however, employees recently noticed in the company directory that all senior managers working on the car project are now reporting directly to him.

  • “Apple now has Mr. Mansfield running the company’s secret autonomous, electric-vehicle initiative, code-named Project Titan,” reports The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter.

‘Carpool Karaoke’ TV show will be an Apple Music exclusive

  • James Corden’s popular ‘Carpool Karaeoke’ segment from The Late Late Show on CBS is set to become its own show later this year and you’ll only be able to watch in on Apple Music.

  • The viral segment has been a breakout hit of 2016 thanks to appearances from the likes of Adele, Justin Bieber, Michelle Obama, Elton John and dozens of other stars who drive around Los Angeles singing popular songs.

Our Apps, Man picks 

Buster - Photo Pills

Erfon - Tinycards

Leander - Ultimate ears speakers and their companion apps

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