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

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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.

The Claridge’s Christmas trees Jony Ive had to follow

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Baubles are only available as an added accessory for the Christmas Tree Pro.
Photo: Claridge's

Jony Ive’s vision for Apple stores includes plenty of live trees, so who can be surprised that the “Christmas tree” he and BFF Marc Newson designed for a swank British hotel turned out to be a minimalist fir with not a bauble in sight?

Unusual as it is, Ive and Newson’s creation is far from the most offbeat reimagining of festive firs in Claridge’s history. Check out previous Claridge’s Christmas trees, which range from truly ostentatious to totally bizarre.

Surprise! Jony Ive’s Christmas tree is a plain fir on a white backdrop

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You were expecting decorations?
Photo: Claridge's

Jony Ive certainly can’t be accused of not applying his minimalist mantra to every aspect of life.

Having previously been announced as the co-designer (with BFF Marc Newson) of the Christmas tree at London’s famous Claridge’s hotel, Ive’s creation was unveiled over the weekend, and — surprise — it’s a plain tree with no decorations, set on a white background.

Really, were we expecting anything different?

Late Show ridicules Apple’s pricey design book

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Apple's pricey book is the subject of a new parody.
Photo: Apple

Earlier this week, Apple debuted its pricey $200-$300 “Designed by Apple in California” coffee table book — and, boy, has it already garnered a ton of publicity. Not all of it favorable.

In a fake ad which debuted on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Apple book is ridiculed for, well, basically being an insanely expensive book.

Check it out below.