Swift schools Apple, Macbook’s missing feature, and more on The CultCast

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This week: the cool features in the new iOS 9 and El Capitan betas; Taylor Swift starts a royalty battle with Apple; the ridiculously low payouts artists get from music streaming; the new Macbook’s big missing feature; and the magic of Apple advertising.

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The best new iOS 9 and El Capitan features revealed at WWDC ’15 on The CultCast

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Beats 1 is Apple's new worldwide radio station
Beats 1 is Apple's new worldwide radio station
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This week: our favorite features announced at the WWDC ’15 keynote; why we have high hopes for Beats 1 radio on Apple Music; Phil Schiller discusses some of Apple’s more controversial product decisions in a surprising new interview; and, though it’s all cheers for consumers, we’ll tell you why some developers dread Apple’s yearly WWDC announcements.

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Jony Ive chooses his successors, this week on The CultCast

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There's no place like home.
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This week: Jony Ive’s big promotion has him handing over the keys to Apple’s legendary industral design lab, so we have to wonder… is this step one in an Ive succession plan? Plus: the surprising suitability of Ive’s replacement, Richard Howarth; Apple VP Jeff Williams lets some curious Apple car comments slip; why Apple Watch will get a lot faster come fall; Leander reveals his fetish for the weird whispering women of Youtube; and stay tuned till the end for a very romantic Get To Know Ur Cultist!

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Apple’s plans for a magical new TV remote, this week on The CultCast

Save us Apple, you're our only hope.
Save us Apple, you're our only hope.
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This week: For years Apple has reportedly been working their magic on the worst device in every home—the remote control. And now, with a rumored new Apple TV on the the horizon, we’ll tell you why an Apple-hewn controller could be its flagship feature. Plus: how to create your own Apple Watch band; how to share your digital heartbeat with other lonely Apple Watch wearers; and we vote on our favorite new gadgets on an all-new Faves ’N Raves.

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7 days with the Apple Watch, this week on the CultCast

Siri's humor circuits are as lively as ever. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Siri's humor circuits are as lively as ever. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
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It’s been a week now that we’ve been living with Apple Watches affixed to our wrists, and in that time, we’ve curated a list of what we love, what we don’t and our overall impressions of Apple’s newest trinket. Is Apple’s timepiece the next must-have gadget? Some of us are smitten, but not all of us are sold.

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