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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Apple planning charging stations for iCar, Foxconn replaces half its workers with robots, and more

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Check out Apple’s plans for the iCar as it prepares the groundwork for its charging infrastructure.

Learn more of what’s in store for the iCar in this week’s jam-packed Cult of Mac Magazine. Plus, Foxconn manages to replaces half its workers with robots.

All this, and much much more, in Cult of Mac Magazine, free for you right now.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Apple is already working on charging stations for iCar

Apple Car might be coming, but will it be special?
Apple Car might be coming, but will it be special?
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The Apple Car isn’t expected to hit the road until 2020 at the earliest, but Apple’s engineers are already laying the foundation for one of the most challenging aspect of electric vehicles: keeping them charged up.

Apple appears to be preparing the ground work for its charging infrastructure, according to a new report claiming the company is scooping up engineers that specialize in electric charing stations.

Apple revs up R&D spending amid iCar rumors

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Apple Car might be coming, but will it be special?
Apple Car might be coming, but will it be special?
Photo: Aristomenis Tsirbas/Freelancer

Apple may have reached peak iPhone this quarter after posting declining revenues for the first time since 2003, but rest assured the company is working on the next big thing. 

Tim Cook boasted about the amazingly innovative products coming down Apple’s pipeline, and the company’s latest spending figures show its throwing more money than ever at new ideas. 

BMW and Daimler put the brakes on Apple Car deal

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The BMW i3 was a crowd pleaser at CES 2014.
The BMW i3 was a crowd pleaser at CES 2014.
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Talks between Apple and German carmakers Daimler and BMW have fallen apart, after Apple sought to strike a deal with the companies for its electric car project. 

BMW and Apple have been rumored to be talking about a partnership for nearly a year now. Apple supposedly wanted to use BMW’s i3 carbon fiber body as the basis for its car but it appears that the company will have to go solo for now.