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250: Seven days with iPhone 7

Chris C.

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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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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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247: Kahney’s Shady Banana Tree Holdings INC

Chris C.

Photo:  Forbes

Photo:  Forbes

This week's CultCast...

What new hardware will Apple bestow upon us at the iPhone 7 event next week?  Don’t miss our predictions!  Plus: new video shows iPhone 7 Plus in the wild;  and we explain Apple’s Irish tax woes, then argue about it.

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On the show this week:

What do you think we’ll see at Apple’s iPhone 7 event?  Join us on Reddit!

Intro, who needs a desk?

Decoding Apple’s blurry iPhone 7 invite

Apple sends out invites for iPhone 7 event on September 7

  • Apple just sent out press invitation to a special event to be held September 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be unveiled at the event.

  • A dual-lens camera on the iPhone 7 Plus could be the most groundbreaking new feature added this year. Other additions are likely to include a new pressure-sensitive Touch ID button, a faster A10 processor, an improved camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, and a new casing with fewer antenna lines. The iPhone 7 will also boast faster LTE, a bigger battery and more.

Apple will package Lightning EarPods and adapter with iPhone 7

  • A new image circulating online, purporting to be insert documentation for the upcoming iPhone 7, appears to confirm that Apple will be bundling Lightning EarPods as part of its next-gen handsets.

New video shows working iPhone 7 Plus in the wild

  • Notorious Apple leaker Sonny Dickson posted a short video of the three plus-size iPhones this morning, confirming many of the rumors that have claimed this year’s update won’t contain any huge design changes.

  • The back of the iPhone 7 Plus in Dickson’s video reveals that the device will indeed come with a highly anticipated dual-lens camera, though it won’t pick up a Smart Connector

Tim Cook: Apple’s tax bill will have a ‘harmful’ effect on investment in EU

What happened to Apple Explained

  • Tim Cook has written an open letter addressing Apple’s enormous tax bill

  • The European Union recently ruled that Apple owes€13 billion ($14.52 billion) in back taxes

  • Cook also states that suggestions Apple has an illegal sweetheart deal in Ireland, “has no basis in fact or in law,” confirms Apple will appeal the European Commission’s ruling

  • The Irish government has said it is happy with its tax arrangement with Apple and doesn’t want the money.

  • Ireland’s finance ministry has sided with Apple, and said it “disagrees profoundly” with the decision.

  • The European Commission’s issue is really not with Apple but with Ireland.

  • The commission is not a tax authority; instead, its job is to maintain fairness between the EU member states.

  • Countries are able to set their own tax rates, but country can’t offer something special that’s seen as benefiting an individual company.

  • In 1991,  Ireland (who’s economy was struggling) signed off on a plan in which Apple would move money to a stateless “head office”.

  • “Apple entered into a deal with Ireland to not pay tax on all those profits,” and Apple paid “an arbitrarily small amount to Ireland in return for a promise to keep jobs in Ireland.” (The kept 6000 there.)

  • Low corporate tax was one way Ireland improved its economy and attracted big companies, and Apple was one of the early companies to benefit.

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