iPhone 8 and Apple Watch 3 reviews are in, this week on The CultCast


iPhone 8 atop AirPower
Reviewers are raving about iPhone 8.

This week on The CultCast: iPhone 8 reviews are in! We’ll tell you what everyone loves about the 8, and why you should get one over the X (but probably won’t). Plus: We round up reviews for Apple Watch series 3, and argue over which model is best. And stick around for what we don’t like about iPhone X; Apple’s A11 chip hits a surprising benchmark; tests show iPhone 8 wireless charging is abysmally slow; Apple quietly hikes their iDevice prices; and we’ll tell you all the best AR apps you need to try.


CultCast #302 – Why you should get the iPhone 8 (but probably won’t)
Subscribe on iTunes

Our Twitters, if you please
@bst3r / @erfon / @lkahney

Join us on Reddit to discuss episodes and vote on story topics for future episodes! TheCultCast.reddit.com

This week’s links

Historical first? New iPhones fail to sell out

  • For the first time since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, the company’s latest models failed to immediately sell out.
  • More than 12 hours after pre-orders opened this morning, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus remain generally available for pickup at Apple stores next Friday
  • Shipping time is currently 3 business days

iPhone X’s Face ID will only recognize one person

  • When the new biometric security features makes its debut this November, it will support just one user, Apple has confirmed. If anyone else uses your device, they’ll have to enter the passcode.

Apple silently raises iPad Pro prices

  • Changes made to the online Apple store show that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro models with WiFi only are now $50 more expensive each. Before yesterday’s keynote, the 256GB and 512GB units cost $749 and $949. Now they’re priced at $799 and $999.
  • iPhone prices have also been hiked up.
  • The cellular models for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro also got a price increase
  • Nothing has changed about the products.
  • iPhone prices have also been hiked

Adding wireless charging to your AirPods will cost $69

  • Apple’s new Wireless Charging Case for AirPods will go on sale this December, according to a report out of Europe, which sites Apple Switzerland. The device is expected to cost $69, which is the same amount you’ll pay to replace a standard case if you lose it.
  • Apple reportedly has no plans to sell AirPods with the Wireless Charging Case, so it will be available as an optional accessory.
  • The best ARKit apps to try on iPhone and iPad