Why a secret Apple project may be delaying new Macs, this week on The CultCast


We got new MacBook Pros, but what's the holdup on other new Macs?
We got new MacBook Pros, but what's the holdup on other new Macs?

This week on The CultCast: Is a secret Apple project stalling Mac updates? It wouldn’t be the first time. Plus: Apple teases Black Friday deals; AirPort routers are walking dead, and the Mac Pro might be next; the future of Time Machine; why iPad should be an iOS/OS X hybrid; and Jony Ive’s new role designing Apple itself.

Prepare to be disappointed by Apple’s Black Friday event


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It's another gift card giveaway.
Photo: Apple

Apple is taking part in Black Friday this year, but it looks like it won’t be slashing any prices.

The company’s promotion has already gone live in Australia and New Zealand and it brings free gift cards with eligible purchases rather than tasty discounts. But don’t expect to get those gift cards with the latest Apple products.

Apple’s supply chain corroborates 10.5-inch iPad Pro claims


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Yet another iPad option is coming in 2017.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Sources in Apple’s supply chain have corroborated claims that the company will launch a 10.5-inch iPad in 2017.

The device is thought to be aimed at the enterprise and education sectors, where the 9.7-inch iPad is considered too small and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is too expensive.