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401: iPhone 11: the biggest leaks yet!

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

A Foxconn insider spills BIG iPhone 11 secrets. Plus: the Pros and Con of Apple Card, Apple’s new maps start rolling out across the country, and a strange twist in the MoviePass story unveils the unbelievable shenanigans they pulled to stayed in business, and they are far worse than we ever imagined!


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.
  • Cult of Mac's watch store is full of beautiful straps that cost way less than Apple's. See the full curated collection at Store.Cultofmac.com.
  • 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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This Week's Stories:

Apparent Foxconn insider spills big iPhone 11 secrets

  • Some huge new details about this year’s iPhone 11 refresh have been spilled by an apparent Foxconn insider.

Apple Card Unboxing & Impressions!

  • It's a digital card that lives in the wallet app, and it is also a physical card (that you use when the vendor doesn't.
  • 2% cash-back on all purchases when you pay with Apple Pay, 1% cash-back when you pay using the physical card, and 3% cash-back on purchases made directly from AppleApp is the most beautiful financial app out there. Digital card changes colors as you use it.
  • App also categorizes all your purchases, shows you maps of where they were made, and helps you understand how much interest you'll pay when you don't pay off your balance.
  • Cash back daily.
  • No fees, not even late fees.
  • High approval rates. Even subprime borrowers are being approved.

Cons

  • Offers pretty much the same spending insights as other apps, like Mint.
  • 2% cash back only available for Apple Pay. 1% for card and non-apple pay purchases isn’t great.
  • 3% cash back for Apple purchases is only 1-2% more than other cashback cards.
  • Card number is not on the card, so if you need it you have to go get your phone, open the app, and find it.
  • You can’t add authorized users, meaning you can’t share a card with your spouse. Only one card per person per Apple ID.
  • No price protection.
  • No extended warranty.

Revamped Apple Maps Now Available in Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi

  • Last year, Apple announced plans to rebuild its Maps app with its own first-party data. The overall look and feel of Apple Maps is similar, but zooming and panning reveals more details like grass, trees, sports fields, and parking lots. Apple is also focused on making search results more relevant.

The definitive story of how a controversial Florida businessman blew up MoviePass and burned hundreds of millions

  • The MoviePass shenanigans are way worse than we ever thought....

400: Apple ASRM, and iPhone vs. Galaxy 10

Chris C.

Photo:  Cult of Mac

Photo: Cult of Mac

This Week!

Apple enters the ASMR business! Plus: first impressions of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10, and the features iPhone should steal; how to mute and decline calls on your iPhone; and finally, when the internet is following you… strange stories of your digital life showing up in your real life.


This episode supported by:

  • 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.
  • Cult of Mac's watch store is full of beautiful straps that cost way less than Apple's. See the full curated collection at Store.Cultofmac.com.
  • 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


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



This Week's Stories:

Apple’s soothing ASMR iPhone videos will put you to sleep

  • Apple is jumping on the ASMR trend for its latest series of shot on iPhone ads that were created to help you relax no matter where you are.
  • ASMR — short for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response” — it's a psycho-physiological response to quiet sounds, and it spawned a popular community on YouTube that makes videos designed to make the back of your neck tingle. In its first ASMR effort, Apple has unleashed 30 minutes worth of soothing sounds accompanied by gorgeous videos all recorded on the iPhone. The four videos take you threw hiking trails, a woodshop, ghost forest and more.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10/10+ Impressions: A Great Duo!

  • Note 10 = $949
  • Note 10 Plus $1099
  • Both come with a base of 256GB RAM
  • Edge to edge OLED screens with virtually zero bezel
  • No notch, just a tiny camera hole
  • Interesting iridescent rainbow color
  • They REMOVED the headphone jack...

Apple is shipping $1000 phones with 64gb base storage while Samsung base storage starts at 256GB

  • So I decided to tune in on Samsungs new Note 10 launch. I won't lie I was super salty when I saw Samsung base storage is 256GB with the note 10 at $950. Kinda feels bad considering I paid $999 for my XS with 64GB. I am hoping Apple bumps their base storages across all their products.
  • Edit: I did not expect this to make it to the front page. But I'm glad the general consensus is 64GB on a $1000 phone and 128GB (non-upgradable) on a $1200 laptop is not enough. Overtime everything is starting to take more storage so it'd be nice for Apple to step it up and give us a little more for our money.

How to decline and mute calls with iPhone

  • Muting a call is easy, just click the sleep/wake button once, or depending on the iPhone you have, you can probably just hit the volume button once too. Muting a call silences the ringer or vibration, but lets the caller hear 4 rings before sending them to voicemail.

399: Apple’s working on something BIG...

Chris C.

Photo:  Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

This Week!

Apple’s working on something BIG, and their massive increase in R&D spending proves it. Plus: we discuss all the surprises Apple unveiled in their recent earnings report, and it was another record breaker. And if you think your conversations with Siri are private, think again! Apple’s been caught reviewing your most personal sound bytes. We’ll give you the details. And finally, a new Moviepass competitor has emerged with a very interesting offer, but is it worth the price?


This episode supported by:

  • Easily create a beautiful website all by yourself, at Squarespace.com/cultcast. Use offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
  • 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.
  • Cult of Mac's watch store is full of beautiful straps that cost way less than Apple's. See the full curated collection at Store.Cultofmac.com.
  • 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


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



This Week's Stories:

The key surprises from Apple’s upbeat earnings report

  • iPhone is no longer king
  • Mac Pro could make an American comeback
  • Apple Card is coming in August
  • R&D is at an all-time high

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings Workers hear drug deals, medical details and people having sex, says whistleblower

  • Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Regal offers a new unlimited movie viewing plan, but there are plenty of catches

  • The plan comes in three tiers: Regal Unlimited for $18 a month for unlimited movies at more than 200 theaters; Regal Unlimited Plus for $21 a month for unlimited movies at more than 400 theaters; and Regal Unlimited All Access for $23.50 a month for unlimited movies at any Regal theater.

398: 16-inch MacBook Pro details and the Apple Car LIVES!

Chris C.

Photo:  Cult of Mac

Photo: Cult of Mac

This Week!

The all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro—a new report gives us a price tag and release date. Then: a new hire signals that the Apple Car is far from dead; and there’s finally a way to get podcasts recommendations tailored just for you. Plus stayed tuned for our favorite shows and comic con trailer in an all-new What We’re Into!


This episode supported by:

  • 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.
  • Cult of Mac's watch store is full of beautiful straps that cost way less than Apple's. See the full curated collection at Store.Cultofmac.com.
  • 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


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



This Week's Stories:

Rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro might start at $3,000

  • Anyone eager to get their hands on the much-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro better be saving their pennies. It could cost as much as $3000, if an unconfirmed report coming out of Asia is correct.
  • The Chinese-language Economic Daily News predicts this will be Apple’s most expensive laptop ever. The starting price could be over $2,975, or even as much as $3,300
  • The EDN report goes on to say that the 16-inch macOS laptop will have a 3072 by 1920 LCD screen, in line with earlier rumors.
  • The largest MacBook in years will supposedly debut in October. New 13.3-inch versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will allegedly launch at the same time.

BMW will charge outrageous annual fee for CarPlay

  • BMW has decided that it will charge customers an annual fee if they want to enjoy CarPlay in its newest vehicles.
  • It is the first car-maker to turn Apple’s platform into a subscription service. Most now include CarPlay as standard, or as an optional feature that lasts as long as the vehicle.
  • It took BMW longer than most automakers to support CarPlay, and it doesn’t come cheap. The company charges $300 to add the platform to existing vehicles with a built-in navigation system.
  • If you want CarPlay in a 2019 BMW, you can forget that one-time fee. In fact, you’ll get to enjoy the first year for free. But every year of CarPlay access after that will cost you $80.

Overcast adds fantastic new podcast recommendations feature

  • Overcast, the podcast app of choice for lovers of good design, just added a brand-new recommendations feature.
  • Previously, Overcast used a Twitter-based recommendation engine. But developer Marco Arment says almost nobody used it. Now, he’s replaced it with recommendations based on users’ personal listening habits, and the result is amazing.
  • Other notable features include Smart Speed (which cuts out silences) and Voice Boost (which pumps up spoken audio). Overcast also works great with the Apple Watch.

Apple hires the engineer who led the design of Tesla's car interiors

What we’re into!

Jablinski Games

2019 Tour de France

Peaky Blinders

Star Trek: Picard