Apple’s zany Smart Battery Case and 2015’s best iOS apps and games on The CultCast

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That hump!
That hump!

This week on The CultCast: We take a look at Apple’s zany new Smart Battery Case; cover the new and notable in the watchOS, tvOS and iOS updates; and discuss our favorite strategies for managing overloaded inboxes.

Stick around till the end for our favorite iOS apps and games of 2015!

How Apple out-innovates the competition, this week on The CultCast

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Just how did those Apple whiz kids get so darn creative?
Just how did those Apple whiz kids get so darn creative?
Photo: Library of Congress

Though Apple spends far less on research and development than the competition, they out-innovate them all. How? Catch the discussion on this episode of The CultCast. Plus: iPhone 7 may ditch the beloved headphone jack; Amazon Video is coming to Apple TV; the holiday accessory that could be eroding your WiFi signal; and with the year drawing to a close, we choose we our favorite Apple device of 2015!

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Can iPad Pro really replace your Mac? We discuss (and argue), on The CultCast

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It may look like a Macbook, but can it replace one?
It may look like a Macbook, but can it replace one?
Photo: Apple

This week: can the new iPad Pro really replace your Mac? Apple seems to think so, but we’ve got a Pro in-hand and we’re not so sure. Plus: Apple may soon offer us all a simple way to pay each other; and stick around for another classic El Kahney rant—zombie edition—on an all new Stuff We’re Into.

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iPhone 7 rumors and shattering Apple TV remotes on The CultCast

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Careful with that new Apple TV remote, mister!
Careful with that new Apple TV remote, mister!
Photo: Drstover

This week: the new Apple TV remote is unnervingly easy to break; home-buttonless iPhone 7s; the UK wants your Apple devices to be less secure; and we pitch our favorite new Apple TV apps!

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Catch our hands-on first impressions of the new Apple TV on The CultCast

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Pre-orders start Monday—  which one are you getting?
Pre-orders start Monday— which one are you getting?
Photo: Business Insider

This week on The CultCast: our hands-on first impressions of the new Apple TV! Plus: the new and notable in OS X 10.11.1 and iOS 9.1. And if you want to hear why a half-cyborg Woz might one day lead the AI armies of Armageddon, stick around till the end for an all new (and totally ridiculous) Get To Know Your Cultist, #FutureDay edition. Because quite frankly, your life might. Just. DEPEND on it…

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