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Erfon ElijahErfon Elijah is the producer and host of The CultCast. When not editing podcasts or watching Mrs. Doubtfire, you’ll find him on Xbox Live hunting CoD Ghosts foes like the Predator. Here are his tweets...

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Swift schools Apple, Macbook’s missing feature, and more on The CultCast

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This week: the cool features in the new iOS 9 and El Capitan betas; Taylor Swift starts a royalty battle with Apple; the ridiculously low payouts artists get from music streaming; the new Macbook’s big missing feature; and the magic of Apple advertising.

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Swift schools Apple, Macbook’s missing feature, and more on The CultCast

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The best new iOS 9 and El Capitan features revealed at WWDC ’15 on The CultCast

Beats 1 is Apple's new worldwide radio station

Beats 1 is Apple’s new worldwide radio station

This week: our favorite features announced at the WWDC ’15 keynote; why we have high hopes for Beats 1 radio on Apple Music; Phil Schiller discusses some of Apple’s more controversial product decisions in a surprising new interview; and, though it’s all cheers for consumers, we’ll tell you why some developers dread Apple’s yearly WWDC announcements.

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The best new iOS 9 and El Capitan features revealed at WWDC ’15 on The CultCast

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Hardware and software predictions for WWDC 2015, on The CultCast

WWDC '15 inbound at Moscone West.

WWDC ’15 inbound at Moscone West.

This week: We’ll tell you why the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference may be one of the most mundane on record. Plus, Apple pretty much confirms Apple TV will be your home’s digital hub; Facebook’s an impenetrable fortress with too much power; and the tale of a Bay Area woman who unknowingly junked her $200,000 Apple-1 computer … whoopsie!

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Hardware and software predictions for WWDC 2015, on The CultCast

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Jony Ive chooses his successors, this week on The CultCast

There's no place like home.

There’s no place like home.

This week: Jony Ive’s big promotion has him handing over the keys to Apple’s legendary industral design lab, so we have to wonder… is this step one in an Ive succession plan? Plus: the surprising suitability of Ive’s replacement, Richard Howarth; Apple VP Jeff Williams lets some curious Apple car comments slip; why Apple Watch will get a lot faster come fall; Leander reveals his fetish for the weird whispering women of Youtube; and stay tuned till the end for a very romantic Get To Know Ur Cultist!

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Jony Ive chooses his successors, this week on The CultCast

Apple’s Watch gets updated and their television gets scrapped on The CultCast

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This week: ok sure, Apple may have forever shelved plans for a proper television, but reports of a souped-up Apple TV debuting at WWDC will make you forget all that. Plus: the good stuff in Apple’s first Watch update; new Macbook Pros and iMacs get faster specs and bigger price tags; and Steve Jobs teaches bad actors a lesson they shan’t forget.

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Apple’s Watch gets updated and their television gets scrapped on The CultCast

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Why the iPhone 6s may be the best ‘s’ yet, this week on The CultCast

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This week: Why the iPhone 6s could be the best “s” update yet; Nintendo promises five top-notch titles coming to iOS; the paltry earnings of top Mac App Store apps; and just when we thought we’ve seen it all … a new iPhone accessory helps you deal with your major gas issues.

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Why the iPhone 6s may be the best ‘s’ yet, this week on The CultCast

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Apple’s plans for a magical new TV remote, this week on The CultCast

Save us Apple, you're our only hope.

Save us Apple, you’re our only hope.

This week: For years Apple has reportedly been working their magic on the worst device in every home—the remote control. And now, with a rumored new Apple TV on the the horizon, we’ll tell you why an Apple-hewn controller could be its flagship feature. Plus: how to create your own Apple Watch band; how to share your digital heartbeat with other lonely Apple Watch wearers; and we vote on our favorite new gadgets on an all-new Faves ’N Raves.

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Apple’s plans for a magical new TV remote, this week on The CultCast

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7 days with the Apple Watch, this week on the CultCast

Siri's humor circuits are as lively as ever. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Siri’s humor circuits are as lively as ever. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

It’s been a week now that we’ve been living with Apple Watches affixed to our wrists, and in that time, we’ve curated a list of what we love, what we don’t and our overall impressions of Apple’s newest trinket. Is Apple’s timepiece the next must-have gadget? Some of us are smitten, but not all of us are sold.

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7 days with the Apple Watch, this week on the CultCast

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A look at the best (and worst!) Apple Watch apps on our newest CultCast

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Apple Watch, inbound! And now that it is, we’ll take a look at some of the most useful Watch apps available, and just for fun, some of the stinkiest. Plus: the noteworthy differences between the Sport and steel editions; why those “scratch test” videos shouldn’t trouble you; and finally, you’ll never believe what our ol’ pal and ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall is up to now…

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A look at the best (and worst!) Apple Watch apps on our newest CultCast

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Why hands-on with Apple Watch has made us believers, this week on The CultCast

We're seeing the light.

We’re seeing the light.

We cover all the best Apples stories on each week’s CultCast, but this week we take it to the next level. Hit play to hear: why trying on the Apple Watch will make you a believer; our WWDC hardware predictions; why a recent acquisition might mean a revolutionary new iPhone camera; and Leander reviews the new Macbook.

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Why hands-on with Apple Watch has made us believers, this week on The CultCast

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