We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
The iPhone 6 has barely been out for couple months, but we’re already starting to hear whispers of Apple’s iPhone plans for 2015. Will the iPhone 6S launch in Spring? Is the iPhone 5c destined to die soon? Will Apple go back to 4-inch screens? Come closer to our crystal ball and find out.
The Verdict: The schematics look legit, and we've seen some leaked schematics of the iPhone in the past, so it's very possible that these are real. Apple's giant iPad will supposedly sport an A9 chip instead of the A8X chip on the iPad Air 2. The announcement is slated between April and June, but we really hope the name 'iPad Air Pro' is just an internal joke.
The Verdict: We're 99,99% convinced this 'report' is absolutely bogus. Supposedly, Apple will release another 4-inch iPhone to appeal to female users, but Apple still has two 4-inch iPhones in its lineup. The iPhone 5s will still be available in 2015. Apple won't even need to make an updated 4-inch iPhone until 2016, and by then we'll probably all be happier with the bigger than big displays.
The Verdict: Not going to happen. Foxconn is rumored to be building a $2.6 billion factory just to make sapphire glass for the iPhone and other Apple products, but with so many disasters arising the first time Apple tried to get a partner to make sapphire, I doubt it will be ready in time for the iPhone 6s.
The Verdict: No way. Apple has always kept the iPhone on a 12-month update cycles. There's no reason to start producing an iPhone 6S already, especially considering the massive sales its getting while its closest competitor - the Galaxy S5 - just got some of Samsung's top execs fired because no one's buying it.
“If you are looking to capture something candid, people are so used to seeing mobile devices that their reaction time is slower,” said photographer Brooks Kraft in an interview with TIME magazine. “You have a better chance of getting the shot, and that was the case at the White House.”
Because the pre-Christmas event is less formal than many occasions at the White House (the President isn’t there for one thing), Kraft said he seized the opportunity to “try out new gear that I might use later in more news-oriented environments.”
And what better gear to try out than an iPhone 6 Plus?
An outrageously large price tag on Samsung’s 105-inch TV brings out the best in reviewers. Photo: Amazon
If size does matter, being too big can get you laughed at, too.
Such is the case with Samsung’s 105-inch curved UHD TV. With a price tag approaching $120,000 — the cost of a few cars or a small house in most ZIP codes — the reviews on Amazon are pure comedy gold.
A visit to Amazon’s listing for the gigantic TV, which includes FREE Prime shipping, by the way — might leave you disappointed at first because the item is not in stock. But scroll through the reviews and you will find the many hilarious ways shoppers express sticker shock.
If any of the 7,500 riders at Levi’s Gran Fondo are on your gift list, we have some suggestions for you. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
We here at Cult of Mac love bicycles almost as much as we love our iPhone 6 Pluses and iMac Retina 5Ks.
Maybe it’s the feeling of almost flying. Or the passionate design coming out of the bicycle industry. Or maybe it is just the idea of being a part of something else that drives intense passions in people. Whatever it is, we love it.
So we scoured high and low to bring you a list of crazy gift ideas for yourself or for your two-wheeled companions. Take a look, but remember to take a deep breath before firing up your Apple Pay.
The name of the next James Bond movie was announced earlier today and it is Spectre. Marking the return of Daniel Craig as Bond and Sam Mendes as director, the movie is set to land in theaters 6 November, 2015.
Taking a note from Steve Jobs's playbook, the reveal of this info and more was carried in Apple-like fashion by way of a live event, avidly watched via livestream by fanboys, the most vocal and passionate conveyors of film news on the Internet.
So with the name, cast, shooting locations and a few scant plot details now released, what are we hoping for from Bond's 24th (canon) spy thriller? Scroll through our gallery to find out. And remember: it's for your eyes only.
Skyfall's Javier Bardem set the bar high for villainous performances in Bond movies. What could be better than one great actor? How about two! By hiring both Sherlock's Andrew Scott (a.k.a. Jim Moriarty) and Django's Christoph Waltz, fans are already salivating at the prospect of two of the most memorable villains in Bond history.
The idea of Waltz as Ernst Stravro Blofeld, making his first appearance since 1981's For Your Eyes Only, is just perfect casting. As for Scott? There's no guarantee he'll play a baddie, but it would be a shame not to let him show off his villainous chops. Perhaps he could be Blofeld's No. 2, complete with eyepatch?
It’s been years since we had a great henchman in a James Bond film. By my reckoning you’d be looking at Xenia Onatopp in 1995’s GoldenEye, which will be 20 years ago once the new Bond movie comes out. (Xenia was also a henchwoman, but it still counts!)
As memorable as Francisco Scaramanga and Auric Goldfinger undoubtedly were, when it comes to the villainous characters who really stick in our minds it is Jaws, Baron Samedi, Oddjob, Rosa Klebb and Red Grant all the way. By hiring former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista fresh off his role in Guardians of the Galaxy, we're excited at the possibilities. According to casting notes, he'll play a character named Hinx -- not to be confused with Halle Berry's Jinx in Die Another Day.
The Bond movies have always been known for their superb practical stunts. From the corkscrew car stunt in The Man With The Golden Gun to the GoldenEye's dam jump, these real world feats impress more than ever in a world inundated with CGI. In fact, with the right scientific measuring tools you could probably establish the exact correlation between the clunky CGI tidal wave surfing in the awful Die Another Day and the point at which I stopped caring about seeing Pierce Brosnan as Bond.
With the exception of the awful CGI komodo dragons and unnecessary Raoul Silva deformation in Skyfall, director Sam Mendes seems to steer clear of computer trickery. Hopefully that continues into the next movie, too. Even a bad Bond movie can be made good with an impressive stunt — as For Your Eyes Only proved, with stuntman Rick Sylvester’s 100 foot leap off a mountain.
Both Casino Royale and Skyfall took us back to points earlier in James Bond’s career: helping flesh out a character that, even after 50 years on screen, is often unknowable. According to its producers, Spectre will tell the story of, "A cryptic message from Bond’s past [which] sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation."
What could fit more perfectly than some more flashbacks of Bond's past: showing us how he first entered the world of MI6 and, perhaps, just how far back SPECTRE's roots go? We’ve heard dribs and drabs of Bond’s origin over the years, but fans would love to know more. And I can’t be alone in thinking that.
Like sinister henchmen with zany gimmicks, secret lairs have been gradually phased out in recent years. Perhaps not coincidentally, just as GoldenEye gave us the last great henchman (or henchwoman) so too did it feature the last true evil hideaway, hidden beneath a lake.
The Austin Powers movies lampooned the cliché of the sinister secret base, which probably helped scare future Bond directors away from trying any such thing. But whether it’s a volcano lair (You Only Live Twice) or an undersea bunker The Spy Who Loved Me), deep down all of us love a high-concept hideaway filled with death traps. And with Blofeld and SPECTRE --
the fictional terror group Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion -- both returning, now's the perfect opportunity. We wouldn't expect anything less from an evil genius.
While M’s relationship with Bond provided the heart of the last James Bond movie, for years the series' emotional center (and comedic highlights) came from 007’s interactions with Q, played by Desmond Llewelyn. After a brief misstep with John Cleese as R in The World Is Not Enough, Skyfall introduced MI6’s latest quartermaster, played by whippersnapper Ben Whishaw. He and Bond only got one real scene together, but it hinted at what could be a fantastic comedy pairing going forward: only this time with Q as the the younger man and Bond the aged veteran. Which is probably how it should be.
Casino Royale got us back into Ian Fleming territory, by adapting the last book that hadn’t previously been turned into a (canon) James Bond movie. While there are no more Fleming Bond novels to bring to the screen, there are still plenty of story elements that have yet to be incorporated — such as the deadly garden owned by Dr. Shatterhand (a.k.a. Blofeld) in the novel You Only Live Twice, or the way Drax is outed as a villain because he cheats at cards.
No chairs exist in the office of the future, as re-imagined by artist Barbara Visser and architects Erik and Ronald Rietveld. Photo: Jan Kempenaers
The research reads like a Surgeon General’s warning: Prolonged periods of sitting can lead to obesity, heart disease, blood clots and spinal compression, according to the latest medical studies.
To combat this modern office horror, an artist and an architecture firm from the Netherlands have re-imagined the office with all the chairs pulled out from under us. The exhibit, called The End of Sitting, is a geometric landscape of surfaces of varying heights on which to lean.
“The chair and desk are no longer unquestionable starting points,” Erik and Ronald Rietveld, partners at Dutch firm Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances, told Cult of Mac. “In our society, almost the entirety of our surroundings have been for sitting while evidence from medical research suggests that too much sitting has adverse health effects.”
Apple co-founder Ron Wayne’s archive will go up for auction this month. Photo: Christie’s
In a universe where things worked out a bit differently, Ronald Wayne would be a billionaire.
When Apple was incorporated on April 2, 1976, Wayne was named alongside Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as one of three founders, with a 10 percent stake in the company. However, just 12 days after Apple started up — feeling out of his depth because he “was standing in the shadow of intellectual giants” — Wayne threw in the towel and sold his shares for just $800.
“I was 40 and these kids were in their 20s,” Wayne tells Cult of Mac. “They were whirlwinds — it was like having a tiger by the tail. If I had stayed with Apple I probably would have wound up the richest man in the cemetery.”
In Apple lore, Ron Wayne is the man who won the lottery but lost the ticket. He’s Cupertino’s version of Stuart Sutcliffe or Pete Best, the musicians who played with The Beatles but left before the band made it big. Unlike Wozniak and Jobs, who became multimillionaires at a young age, Wayne’s finances have been “in a hole for the last 40 years.”
Now he’s selling his Apple archive — which includes original proofs of the Apple-1 manual he created and unused designs for a proposed Apple II case, among other documents — in a Christie’s auction later this month. Expected to go for between $30,000 and $50,000, the archive will give its new owner a tangible piece of Apple’s early existence.
And the sale will help Wayne, who claims he does not regret his decision to leave Apple, pay his bills.
Does this look like the iPhone 6 to you? Photo: 100+
Apple is no stranger to filing lawsuits against iPhone cloners, but in a twisted turn of events, an Chinese Android manufacturer with a handset that looks suspiciously similar to the iPhone 6 is claiming that Apple ripped off its designs.
Little known Chinese smartphone maker DigiOne published a letter today that the company’s lawyers sent to Apple in September. The letter contests that “the design of Apple’s mobile device with the brand name “iPhone 6”, may infringe on one of Baili’s Chinese patents” filed in January of 2014.
Digione’s cheap handset, which is being sold by subsidiary brand 100+, was granted the patent in July. The patent in question does look similar to an iPhone, in that it features a device that is thin and rectangular shaped, with a flat back, rounded edges, and glass screen.
With the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hitting everywhere this weekend, anticipation for the new movie — and thirst for all the details and rumors we can handle — is at an all time high. What are the story details? Who are the characters in the trailer? What about all the original cast members?
Set 30 years after The Battle of Endor (seen in 1983's The Return of the Jedi), The Force Awakens is directed by hotshot and super Star Wars fan J.J. Abrams, fresh off his success with the Star Trek franchise. If the trailer is anything to go by, the new films are in fantastic hands. What the final product will be is any fan’s guess, so here are seven crazy rumors about the details coming to the films next December.
Andy Serkis narrates the trailer and will play two different roles in the film
According to Jedi News, Andy Serkis is the narrator of the new trailer. He'll also play more than one role in the film. One role may be motion-captured as Serkis has been in many movies like King Kong and as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, as one of a group of super acrobatic creatures. The other role has Serkis's character involved in some way with the young lady in the trailer, Daisy Ridley. This character will have a pivotal role that could have more to it than it seems. Like Obi Wan and Luke Skywalker, perhaps?
The rumor here is that Attack the Block star Boyega will be the audience viewpoint character, much like Luke Skywalker was in the original films and Anakin was (less successfully, perhaps) in the prequel trilogy. Latino Review goes even a step farther saying that Boyega may not initially be a Jedi, but might become one under the tutelage of none other than Skywalker himself.
In a somewhat conflicting rumor, Collider says that the twin children of Han Solo and Leia Organa may in fact be the lead characters in the upcoming film. Named Jacen and Jaina, the two might be powerful Force-sensitives who receive training from Uncle Luke, but go their own ways when Jacen takes to the Dark Side. File this one under "not likely, but fun."
Daisey Ridley may be playing Han and Leia's daughter
The determined-looking young lady on the improbably designed speeder vehicle in the trailer is none other than Daisey Ridley, a relatively unknown British actress. Speculation is that her character will be the daughter of Han and Leia, Kira, who will meet up with Boyega's character and help him find Luke. CBS News puts her between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in a publicity shot to lend some weight to this rumor.
According to TheForce.net, everyone's favorite smuggler with a heart of gold will put on the Stormtrooper armor again in The Force Awakens in a nice nod to the original trilogy. In A New Hope, Han and Luke both don Stormtrooper outfits to gain access to the Death Star prison hold and free Princess Leia, fresh from her viewing of her home planet being vaporized by the moon-sized super weapon. Here’s hoping Solo wearing the armor again won’t turn into a fourth-wall breaking corn-fest, but it’ll be fun to see him wearing the whites one last time.
Ralph McQuarrie's designs live on, especially in the little soccer-ball droid we get to see partway through the trailer, bloop-bleeping like R2-D2. It's rumored that this new comic relief is, in fact, another R-series droid, as fan site Jalopnik thinks, placing this cute little fellow as an astromech droid, as opposed to the humanoid droids and the non-barrel bodied mechanical creatures.
In a bit of wild speculation, Making Star Wars thinks some leaked concept art of the scary cyborg character staring at an old Vader helmet is actually Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original three movies, who ended up defeating Darth Vader while using the light side of the Force. Who knows, it might be true - the cloak is similar to the one Mark Hamill wore in The Return of the Jedi, and the mouth could be Hamill's, and that robotic hand is also the correct one for the Luke character.