Here’s the dongle you’ll need to make old headphones iPhone 7 ready

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Who needs a headphone jack?
Photo: Tama

There’s no room for a 3.5mm headphone jack in Apple’s next-generation iPhones, according to recent leaks — but that doesn’t mean all your existing headphones are no good.

Accessory makers are already building all kinds of dongles that will make your favorite cans iPhone 7 ready.

You better get used to waiting 3 years for big iPhone upgrades

That 'S' lets you know this is the latest iPhone.
We may see a lot more 'S' upgrades in the future.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Many iPhone fans don’t like waiting two years for major refreshes, but it could be about to get a lot worse. According to one report, Apple is switching its big upgrades to a three-year cycle, which is why this year’s iPhone 7 will look just like its predecessors.

In China, the Alipay app is as good as cash

Everyone accepts Zhifubao, China's answer to Paypal, even street vendors.
Everyone accepts Zhifubao, China's answer to Paypal, even street vendors.
Photo: Virginia Werner/Cult of Mac

China is Apple’s second biggest market, and will one day be its first. The company is making a big push on the mainland, opening new stores and investing in home-grown companies. Why the interest? Because China is the new Japan — it’s where the future is happening. All this week we take a look at the cutting-edge apps that define mobile life on the mainland.

China’s PayPal: Alipay (Zhifubao)


App name: Alipay (Zhifubao)
What it is: Almost-universal Paypal
Owned by: Alibaba Group and its founder Jack Ma
What it does: Allows you to pay for anything, anywhere.
Special sauce: No transaction fees and an escrow service to verify goods before you pay

SHANGHAI CITY, China — The common question when conducting any kind of financial transaction in China is: “Cash or Zhifubao?” I have used Alipay in a wide variety of settings — paying for products online or meals at restaurants, sending rent money to my landlord, or squaring up with a taxi driver. It was easy to set up, after I spent all of 15 minutes creating a Chinese bank account at my local branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

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Rumors point to a major Macbook Pro overhaul, this week on The CultCast

The last major Macbook Pro update was 2012...  It's time for something new.
The last major Macbook Pro update was 2012... It's time for something new.

This week, on The CultCast: Macbook Pro’s about to get its biggest refresh ever; Apple’s plans to rival Amazon’s Echo; more great stories from the Cult of Mac; the state of gaming in OS X, iOS, and tvOS; Apple gets serious about iCar charging stations; and we set aside our agendas to discuss YOUR topics in an all-new As You Wish.

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