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358: Our "More In The Making” hardware event predictions 👳🏻‍♂️🔮

Chris C.

  Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

New AirPods? AirPower Mat? Don’t you dare miss our “More in the Making” hardware event predictions. Then: 17 reasons the iPhone XR should be your next phone; the world’s largest Mac collection could be yours for free; and we pitch your our favorite games, shows, and scooters in an all-new What We’re Into!


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Apple sets ‘More in the Making’ event for Oct. 30

  • The second Apple event everyone has been expecting just became official. Looks like new tablets, laptops, and desktops could be unveiled October 30.
  • What makes this unusual is it won’t be at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, but at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
  • Keynote is at 10am EASTERN 😩

YouTubers get early access to iPhone XR, and it looks positively delicious

Time to pre-order your iPhone XR

  • Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo thinks the iPhone XR is going to be such a huge hit, he’s increased his esimtate for XR shipments in the fourth quarter by 10 perfect.
  • Pre-orders start Friday the 19th at 12:01am, so tonight! Will begin shipping on the 26th
  • XR features all the same powerful internals as the XS series.
  • The same faster FaceID and Truth depth camera system
  • The same A12 Bionic chip
  • Same 8-core neural engine
  • It features True Tone and a wide color gamut
  • It has dual sim
  • Same 25% louder speakers
  • Same wide angle rear camera with Smart HDR capabilities!
  • Computational portrait mode with wide angle lens
  • Battery life that is up to 25% longer than the XS. It even bests or matches the XS Max in battery performance. 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 plus.
  • Starts at just $749
  • 64GB ($749), 128GB ($799), 256GB ($899)

World’s largest Mac collection goes up for sale

  • Roland Borsky has one of the largest and most comprehensive Mac collections in the world, but the costs of storing the collection is forcing him to sell it.
  • Borsky began repairing Apple computers back in the 1980s, and collecting them at the same time, to the point where his collection has grown to over thousand items. And there’s also printers, monitors, and more.
  • Most of the Macs are in a warehouse where Borsky owes €20,000 to €30,000 ($23,000-35,000) in back rent. He’s hoping someone will take the collection in exchange for paying off what he owes.
  • He warns that if he can’t find a buyer all the computers are going to be “shredded".

What we’re INTO

Super Nintendo Classic

Barry HBO Show / Bill Hader / Henry Winkler

Super Mario Odyssey

San Francisco electric scooter rentals (No links cause it’s a scooter rental)

357: Major Mac updates in October?

Chris C.

  Photo:  Apple

Photo: Apple

This Week!

  • Why Apple’s October event could be totally insane!
  • Something very strange is going on with the Mac… we’ll talk about it.
  • MacBook Pro Touch Bar: our brutally honest opinions
  • Surprise! Apple’s planning to give away its $1 billion TV shows
  • And stay tuned for an all-new CultCast 2nd Hour: Siri Shortcuts, explained!


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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.


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Mac sales declined in Q3, despite new MacBook Pros

  • The third quarter of this year wasn’t a particularly good one for Apple, with Mac sales dropping a significant amount, even though the new MacBook Pros debuted this summer.
  • Apple shipped 4.9 million laptops and desktops in the July-to-September period, according to preliminary figures from market-research firm Gartner. That’s an 8.5 percent decline from the same quarter of last year.
  • But Q3 is supposed to bring fairly strong sales, as it includes the back-to-school shopping season. Not so much this year. At least not for Apple. Its three biggest rivals all saw increases in laptop/desktop shipments.

Apple plans to give away its $1 billion TV shows

  • Apple’s new TV streaming service will allegedly debut in early 2019.
  • Some have suggested the company would bundle it in with Apple Music for an extra fee or that it would create it as a separate subscription option like Netflix.
  • But according to a recent report, Despite planning to spend more than $1 billion on original content this year, Apple will supposedly give away its original content to customers that already own an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.
  • Because Apple is giving the shows away for free it’s aiming to create “PG” quality content that has wide audience appeal. Apple is currently making TV shows that are free from gratuitous sex, profanity or violence, although some shows may break this standard.

How to create your first Siri Shortcut

This Siri shortcut keeps an eye on police during a traffic stop

Siri Shortcuts can now control your HomeKit devices

Use Siri Shortcuts to quickly send photos to your family

Use Shortcuts to download YouTube Videos

How to run Siri Shortcuts from Reminder alerts

356: What you need to know about #ChargeGate!

Chris C.

  Photo:  UnboxTherapy

Photo: UnboxTherapy

This Week!

  • How Chinese spy chips may be stealing secret data from Apple’s own servers!
  • Another week, another gate-we’ll you about #ChargeGate, the huge iPhone XS problem that ended before it even began.
  • Tim Cook reveals why Apple really banned Alex Jones, but can't explain why Siri still sucks
  • We’ve got another epic MoviePass update for you, and this is the weirdest one yet!
  • And we’ll pitch you a hot new electric skateboard, an uber premium keyboard for your Mac, a super portable keyboard for your iPad, and a an AI-powered bicycle light in an all-new Under Review!
  • And, in honor and remembrance of Steve Jobs, we conclude with one of his greatest keynotes.


This episode supported by:


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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.


Come say hellooooo!

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iOS 12.1 beta fixes reported iPhone charging problems

  • What is charge gate?
    • Well, some, but not all, iOS 12 users have complained that their iPhone or iPad won’t begin charging if it’s in sleep mode when a Lightning cable is plugged in.
    • The charging issue doesn’t occur if the device is awake when the cable is plugged in. It only crops up when a phone or tablet’s screen is off.
  • Well this blew up this week when Tim Cook’s arch nemesis Lewis Hilsenteger, aka Unbox Therapy popularized the issue with a new video on his Youtube channel, titled: “iPhone XS has a serious problem”
  • But it turns out, the problem seems to be not so serious, as Apple has already introduced a new beta of iOS 12.1 that appears to fix the issue.
  • So if you’re experiencing the issue and want to solve it right now, install iOS 12.1 beta 2. Otherwise you could be waiting weeks until this 12.1 gets a final release.
  • “Gates’ should be limited to hardware issues!

Tim Cook talks privacy, Alex Jones and China in new interview

  • Appearing on VICE News Tonight on HBO, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked if Apple’s stance on privacy is hurting Siri from becoming more competitive with Alexa. Cook pushed back saying any company that says they need all of your data to make their service better is telling you a “bunch of bunk.”
  • About booting Alex Jones
    • “We think that what the user wants is someone that does review these apps, someone that does review the podcasts, someone that on like Apple news, where a human is selecting the top stories. And that’s what we do,” Cook told VICE. “We don’t take a political stand."

MoviePass is forcing some former customers to re-enroll unless they opt out (MiMeQu)

  • In an email sent to a select group of previous customers, MoviePass said: "Because we really hope you begin enjoying your MoviePass subscription again, we have chosen you to be a part of a select test group, who beginning Friday, October 5th will be restored to unlimited movies.”
  • "To be clear, unless you opt out, your unlimited subscription will be restored and you will begin enjoying unlimited movies again ... at $9.95 per month, and your credit card on file will be charged on a monthly basis beginning Friday, October 5th, 2018,”
  • When Business Insider reached out to MoviePass about the bizarre move, MoviePass doubled down! Saying it was a "a terrific one-time promotional offer.” "If [previous users] are interested in returning to their original unlimited subscription, they can. If they are not, they simply click the link below and opt out," the statement read.
  • Now I thought MoviePass would be out of business by now, the vultures are circling. But they just announced about 65 million in new funding! Someone believe’s they’ve got a future.

Under Review!

Ace bike light by see,sense

Logictech Craft Keyboard

Logitech Keys-to-go

Doto iPad Case

Boosted Mini X Battery-powered keyboard

355: #BeautyGate—the very serious iPhone XS FLAW you need to know about…

Chris C.

  Photo:  blazepress.com

Photo: blazepress.com

This Week!

BeautyGate—what it is, and why it’s undoubtedly the dumbest “gate” in the history of iPhone. Plus: how have we liked our one week with Apple Watch 4 and iPhone XS? WE’LL TELL YOU. And the shockingly low production price of the XS Max proves the deadbeats at Apple owe us more storage space!


This episode supported by:


  • A business is only as strong as its people, and every hire matters… go to LinkedIn.com/cultcast and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.


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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.


Come say hellooooo!

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Imagine a place where you can slip into your silk robe, fez, and enjoy the company and fellowship of other CultCast listeners and tech enthusiasts.

A club, if you will. A Cult Club.

iPhone XS Max: A condensed review

iPhone XS Max is fast, fast, fast

  • Everything is very fast and responsive. Apps spring right open. Photos scroll without delay. Maps render without a hiccup. Everything is basically instantaneous, and it’s a joy.
  • It’s all thanks to the A12 Bionic chip. Apple is so far ahead in mobile chips, it’s head-spinning. One benchmark shows the iPhone XS is faster than the new iMac Pro, a $5,000-plus pro workstation!

It’s definitely not too big

  • For such big phone, it doesn’t feel too big. Having used an X all last year, and liking it, I thought the Max would be too big. But it doesn’t feel as big as the old Plus iPhones used to
  • iPhone XS Max camera

The camera is excellent

  • Especially the new Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control. The Max is less a phone, and more an advanced, near-DSLR camera with a cellular connection.

The big screen is amazing

  • The screen is so big and clear, there’s no need to take your laptop or iPad on flights any more. The Max will do nicely.

It deserves to be caseless

  • Despite dropping my old iPhone X numerous times, it has just a few scuffs and no cracked screen (it was, however, often in a case). But this time, because the Max is so thin, I’m going to try it caseless for a while. I’d like to enjoy Apple’s design for a change, without a bulky wrapping. (I know; I may regret this later.)

iPhone XS selfie cam is so beautiful it spawned an ugly conspiracy theory

  • The iPhone XS and its front-facing camera are supposed to help its owners make better self-portraits. However, some think their iPhone selfies look better than they should
  • Lewis Helsenteger, aka Unboxing Therapy, is calling it beautygate
  • Users are taking to internet forums like Reddit to question whether Apple added an undisclosed beauty filter to the front-facing camera on the iPhone XS and XS Max. Some are even posting side-by-side selfies taken with an XS and older handset to make a case that the newest iPhone has more than deeper pixels and an improved portrait mode going for it.

iPhone XS Max production cost is shockingly low

  • Analysis firm TechInsights did a teardown of the an iPhone XS Max with 256GB of storage. That’s reportedly the most popular version of Apple’s best selling handset.
  • As part of its teardown, TechInsights estimated the cost for each component. The total? $443
  • Compared to the $1249 price tag for the product. So just 35 percent of the purchase price goes to pay for the actual hardware.
  • Of course, the remaining $806 isn’t pure profit. The bill of materials (BoM) doesn’t cover Apple’s employee salaries, advertising, and other costs. Also, the BoM doesn’t include software, and iPhone and iPad sales have to cover the cost of developing iOS and its bundled software.