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260: Hackintosh Monster Mac!

Chris C.

Photo:  Nvidia

Photo:  Nvidia

This week's CultCast...

Why building a Hackintosh can get you the monster Mac you’ve always wanted.  Plus: Apple analyst Ming-Chi Quo reveals iPhone 8’s marquee feature; AirPods ship date is finally revealed; and stick around for our top Apple Airport router replacement picks!

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On the show this week:

Apple’s long-awaited AirPods will ship in ‘next few weeks’

  • Apple revealed the earbuds alongside the iPhone 7, promising an October delivery date, but anxious customers have not been able to buy a set.

  • In  email obtained by MacRumors, a customer asks Tim Cook where his AirPods are.

  • Customer’s comment: “Give us a release date. I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted….Let us know if it’s a month or 6 months, because then I’ll just buy some other wireless headphones.”

  • Tim Cook’s response: “Thanks for your note. Sorry for the delay—we are finalizing them and I anticipate we will begin to ship over the next few weeks.”

Innovative iPhone 8 could shatter sales records

  • Apple has big plans for the iPhone 8, claims KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

  • According to Kuo, Apple will be scaling up iPhone production 120-150 million units in the second half of 2017. If true, this would would be well above the 110-120 million units Apple ordered of its bestselling iPhone 6 generation handsets.

  • Kuo claims this “unprecedented” demand will be centered around the myriad big improvements Apple has planned for its next-gen iPhone series.

iPhone 8’s glass design will finally bring wireless charging

  • The rumored decision to adopt a glass chassis for the next-generation iPhone is reportedly fueled by a desire to improve wireless charging, another key feature supposedly coming to Apple’s 2017 phone.

  • The report comes from notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that all 2017-era iPhones will boast the long-awaited wireless charging tech.

  • Earlier this year, a report from Bloomberg said Apple was working with partners to overcome current technical barriers with wireless technology, including loss of power over distance. If successful, innovation could make Apple’s version of wireless charging considerably more advanced than Samsung’s.

How to watch Netflix offline

  • An update to the official Netflix app lets you download TV shows and movies so you can view them without munching through your data allowance.

  • Not all titles are available for download,” according to Netflix. “If you have a particular title in mind, you can search for that title and look for the download icon.

People love Apple’s doomed AirPort more than any other router

  • According to the more than 3,000 customers polled in J.D. Power’s 2016 Wireless Router Satisfaction Report released today, please love Apple’s routers more than any other.

  • The top gripes were how often users had to reset their routers, general data speeds, and the difficulty of getting them set up.

  • Apple was the only company to receive a 5-star Power Circle consumer rating, which places it “among the best” according to J.D. Power.

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259: Secret Apple project stalling Mac updates?

Chris C.

Photo:  Betanews.com

Photo:  Betanews.com

This week's CultCast...

A secret Apple project stalling Mac updates?  It wouldn’t be the first time… Plus: Apple teases Black Friday deals; Airport routers are dead, and the Mac Pro might be next;  the future of Time Machine; why iPad should be iOS/OS X hybrid; and Jony Ive’s new role designing Apple itself.

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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:

Apple teases one-day shopping event for Black Friday

  • Apple is teasing a one-day shopping event for Black Friday that could bring tasty discounts on its latest products.

  • Apple chose not to participate in Black Friday sales last year, so fans were forced to look elsewhere for price cuts on Apple products.

  • In 2014, Apple took a different approach to Black Friday, offering free gift cards with certain purchases instead of cutting prices. Customers got up to $150 for buying a Mac, up to $75 with an iPad, and up to $50 with an iPod.

  • It’s also worth remembering that over the holiday period, the company offers free two-day shipping on almost all online purchases, while its retail stores are open longer.

Apple grounds its AirPort router division for good

  • According to Bloomberg, Apple has disbanded the division dedicated to developing its Airport wireless routers.

  • The product line — which spawned the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time capsule, which Apple continues to sell — hasn’t been updated since 2013.

Jony Ive’s design book is much more than an ego trip

  • He’s killing ports and headphone jacks left and right. The latest MacBooks value form over function. He’s designing gold watches for the 1 percent.

  • And now his glossy new photo book, Designed by Apple in California, looks like a $300, linen-bound ego trip.

  • “I see why some people think Designed by Apple in California could be Ive’s goodbye to Apple. But it feels to me like Ive’s heartfelt goodbye to his best friend and colleague, five years gone. I don’t think Jony Ive is going anywhere.”

Surprise! Jony Ive’s Christmas tree is a plain fir on a white backdrop

  • Having previously been announced as the co-designer (with BFF Marc Newson) of the Christmas tree at London’s famous Claridge’s hotel, Ive’s creation was unveiled over the weekend, and — surprise — it’s a plain tree with no decorations, set on a white background.

  • “There are few things more pure and beautiful than nature, so that was our starting point, layering various iterations of organic forms with technology,” Ive and Newson said. “Our aim was to create an all-enveloping magical experience that celebrates our enormous respect for tradition while recognising our excitement about the future and things to come.”

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258: MacBook Pro w/TouchBar: the good, the bad, the ugly

Chris C.

Photo:  @YSR50

Photo:  @YSR50

This week's CultCast...

The reviews are in! We’ll tell you what praises and complaints reviewers have about new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.  Plus: the one Touch Bar feature you’ll absolutely covet; why the new “Designed by Apple in California” book is an artifact Apple fans will love; Apple quietly rebuilds a library of their gadgets long past; how to get the best Black Friday deals; and Buster reviews the hawt new Mavic Pro drone by DJI, then crashes it into a cliff.

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On the show this week:

MacBook Pro reviews roundup: Promising, not groundbreaking

So what do the early reviews make of Apple’s new pro laptop? In a nutshell, that it’s futuristic, but maybe not an entirely successful device for present-day users.

  • Wired: The new MacBook Pro is a terrific laptop and, like the super-skinny MacBook, a clear indication of where most of the computing world is going. But comes with growing pains

  • Techcrunch: The less celebrated spec bumps are what make the new Pro a worthy upgrade. Better processors, more storage, a brighter display and better speakers are all wrapped up in a sleeker and lighter package than before… The Touch Bar feels like a nice bonus for the time being

  • ArsTechnica‘s Andrew Cunningham writes, “The more I use the Touch Bar, the more I become convinced of its potential utility” — although a lot of its ability to replace the old function buttons remains hypothetical for now.”

  • Industry-leading storage performance.

  • Touchbar get 1.3Gbps WiFI (like 2015 model) instead of 867Mbps.

  •  Walt Mossberg describes the Touch Bar as having “potential, but it’s not magic.”

  • ARS: CPU performance increases by an amount that’s roughly proportionate to the 200MHz maximum clock speed increase, and GPU performance increases by around 10 percent. It’s not nothing…

  • WSJ:  “it’s a dongle nightmare.” The SD card slot is particularly missed.

  • WSJ: A Touch Bar, Touch ID and new design are tempting, but you’ll get the same performance and battery with the older model… So how do you decide? Do you invest in the present—the “old” MacBook Pro with performance, good-enough portability, a keyboard to cherish and lots of ports? Or do you invest in the future—a beautiful, highly portable machine with new tricks? Or maybe you do what I’m doing: Stare down at your three-year-old laptop and wonder if you can tough it out another year or two while this sorts itself out.

MacBook Pro Touch Bar lets users skip through YouTube ads

  • First spotted by users on Reddit, at present the fancy new Touch Bar lets users scrub through otherwise unskippable ads so you can start watching videos straight away.

  • “In Safari, the touchbar [sic] will pop up a scrubbing control whenever a video begins to play,” Redditor RomansFiveEight writes. “Amazingly, you can use that to scrub THROUGH an ad, even a non-skippable 30 second pre-roll ad; and begin your video right away!”

Apple chronicles 20 years of iconic design in pricey new book

  • Apple has announced that it will be debuting a new hardbound book, entitled “Designed by Apple in California,” chronicling 20 years of its groundbreaking designs — boasting 450 photographs of past and present Apple products.

  • The book, which is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs, will also include exclusive details on the design processes used by Apple’s design team under the leadership of Jony Ive.

  • The photos contained are all shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman, a filmmaker and photographer who has previously shot portraits of Judi Dench, Clint Eastwood, Ted Kennedy, and others.

  • “Designed by Apple in California”

  • it is available in two sizes — including a small 10.20” x 12.75” edition for $199 and a large version sized at 13” x 16.25” — costing $299.

  • Specially milled German paper

  • Gilded matte silver edges

  • Low-ghost inks

Jony Ive goes inside Apple’s design lab in new video

  • Going inside Apple’s design lab is a rare privilege some Apple execs don’t even get, but Jony Ive is giving the world a glimpse inside his lab to celebrate the company’s new book.

Apple had to buy back old products featured in its new design book

  • According to a new interview with Jony Ive, Apple had to actually go out and buy copies of its old products in order to photograph them for its new $300 coffee table book

  • “[W]e’ve been so consumed by our current and future work we came to realise we didn’t have a catalogue of the physical products,” Ive told design journal Wallpaper*. ” … Many of the products that you see, we actually had to go out and purchase. It’s a rather shameful admission, but it’s just not an area that we really invested much time or energy in.”

  • Shortly after he returned to the company in the late 1990s, Steve Jobs gave Apple’s historical archive — comprising records that management at Apple had kept since the mid-1980s — to Stanford University Libraries because he didn’t want Apple to be fixated on the past.

  • A few years after that, in 1996, an ex-Apple employee named David Pakman who had worked there from 1991 through 1997 emailed Steve to suggest staging a celebratory event for Apple’s thirtieth birthday. He received a simple answer: Apple is focused on the future, not the past. —Steve

  • Fortunately, things are changing, Ive said. Around eight years ago, the company felt an “obligation” to go out and start building up an archive of every product it had released.

Liveblog: The best Black Friday deals for 2016

Mavic Pro—10 years ago you’d need a helicopter to get footage like this

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257: Apple augments reality!

Chris C.

Photo:  technewstoday.com

Photo:  technewstoday.com

This week's CultCast...

Early reviews show new MacBook Pro is a video editing powerhouse; Apples massive interest in augmented reality; rumors of a Jet White iPhone; AirPods to finally start shipping; new dongle discounts; and finally—is Apple still developing an electric car?

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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:

AirPods supposedly land in Apple stores next week

  • According to one Apple fan, who spoke to an employee at Conrad, an Apple authorized reseller in Germany, AirPods will be delivered to stores next Friday, November 17.

  • “I have just talked with an employee of the Conrad Online Store, since I am there on 14.10 the AirPods ordered and I wanted to cancel today,” he explained to Apfelpage.de. “According to information from the employee, they have stockpiles from 17.11, I will then have them between November 18-19.

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar moves one step closer to shipping

  • “Multiple reports collated by AppleInsider and other sources show that Apple is gearing up for the first wave of shipments of the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, in every configuration,”

  • The first wave of shipments is expected to reach customers as early as November 11. Those who ordered before the shipping estimate slipped should expect to receive them by November 17, though some could be waiting until November 25.

New MacBook Pro has already outsold every other notebook in 2016

  • Latest model generated over seven times the revenue that the MacBook 12-inch did during its April 2015 launch. The new model’s sales already equal 78 percent of all the revenue generated by the MacBook 12-inch since it became available, and has accumulated more revenue than any other laptop this year.

  • Slice Intelligence found 40 percent of Apple laptop owners who purchased a MacBook in 2014 bought their next laptop with another brand. Dell and Asus computers were the most popular laptops for people who previously purchased a MacBook.

The truth about the 2016 MacBook Pro 13” (@JonnyLewisFilms)

  • Jonathan Morris pits a specs’d out HP Specter to a 13” MacBook Pro

  • Premier takes 9+ minutes to export, Final Cut 1:20

Dongle Discount!  Apple Drops Prices on USB-C Adapters

In response to Mac outrage, Apple has temporarily dropped the prices on their adapters.

USB-C to USB Adapter - Was $19, now $9

Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter - Was $49, now $29

USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter - Was $69, now $49

USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter - Was $69, now $49

USB-C to Lightning Cable (1m) - Was $25, now $19

USB-C to Lightning Cable (2m) - Was $35, now $29

  • Apple has also introduced some significant price cuts to the 4K and 5K LG UltraFine displays that were announced at its October 27 Mac event.

  • The LG UltraFine 5K Display is now priced at $974, a $325 price cut from its original price of $1,299.95.

  • The LG UltraFine 4K Display is now priced at $524, a $175 price cut from its original price of $699.95.

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