This week on The CultCast: It’s been five years of CultCasts! We’ll regale you with some of our favorite stories from past shows. Plus: Our hardware expectations from Apple’s rumored March event; why iPhone 8’s wireless charging will probably be lame; Apple has five teams working on next-generation charging tech; why iPhone 8’s camera could pump out industrial-grade slow motion; and Steve Jobs gets a beautiful new home on Apple’s new spaceship campus.
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- If you were hoping Apple had developed a spectacular new wireless charging system for iPhone 8, you’re going to be disappointed come September.
- A new rumor claims Apple won’t be using range-charging technology developed by Energous as previously expected, but instead one of the existing solutions already found in rival smartphones like those made by Samsung.
- Adding fuel to that fire, the Federal Communications Commission only recently approved a version of Energous technology that delivers very low power over just a few inches.
- The iPhone would require higher levels of power and a wider range. A solution that meets these requirements is yet to be approved by the FCC.
- According to a new report, Apple currently has not one or two, but five different groups inside the company currently working to develop wireless charging technology for future iPhones.
- Apple has used Sony’s camera sensors in a number of iPhones, including the new dual-lens cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus.
- Sony unveiled the new sensor during a lecture at the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference capable of shooting 19.3-megapixel still images at a frame rate of 120 frames per second. It can shoot 960fps video in 1080p. The iPhone 7 only shoots 120fps video in 720p.
- Apple will host a March event to introduce a new iPad Pro lineup and other products, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara.
- In terms of the iPad Pro lineup, the report claims Apple will announce new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models. The 10.5-inch model may not ship until May, while the other sizes are said to ship in March.
- If the report is accurate, it could mean Apple plans to refresh the iPad mini 4 with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro version, update its existing 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, and introduce an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which has been rumored to feature an edge-to-edge display without a Home button.
- Apple’s enormous new spaceship campus finally gets an official name: Apple Park.
- Conceived in 2011 by Steve Jobs, Apple Park has been under construction since 2013 and is rumored to have cost Apple upward of $5 billion.
- The 175-acre plot will open for business in April, although work won’t be completed until late summer.
- The campus’ 1,000-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater as a tribute to the company’s co-founder.
- “Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof,” Apple said in a press release.
- “The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building,” the company said, observing that Jobs would have turned 62 this month.
- The campus will house around 12,000 Apple employees and includes a new $75 million gym.