All the best gadgets of 2017, this week on The CultCast


We've spent all year reviewing gadgets and we're ready to reveal our favorites.
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This week on The CultCast, we reveal not five, not 10, but 18 of the best gadgets of the year! Plus: The Amazon Prime Video is finally available for your Apple TV, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about iOS 11’s new Apple Pay Cash feature.

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CultCast #313 – All the best gadgets of 2017!
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iPhone X delivery times fall to within one week in US

  • All iPhone X models up for sale on Apple’s online store are showing delivery in a week, down from 2-3 weeks two weeks ago.
  • KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said supply chain improvements were to thank for Apple’s improved iPhone X ship times, specifically a diversification of LCP LTE antenna orders and higher yields of iPhone’s TrueDepth dot projector.

Everything you need to know about Apple Pay Cash

  • Used to pay people via the Messages app, though you can also use your Apple Pay Cash card to make Apple Pay payments if you have money on the card (card lives in your Apple Wallet)
  • You can add cash to your card by receiving payments, or adding cash in the wallet app (minimum $10). This is one in the Wallet app. Just select the card then press the little “i” at the bottom right of the screen
  • Money paid to you will live on your Apple Pay Cash card until you use it or transfer it to your bank.
  • Debit cards let you send money for free, while credit cards cost 3%
  • You can send money via Siri to people in your contacts
  • You can send/receive a minimum of $1-$3,000 in a transaction, and can send/receive up to $10,000 in any 7 day period.

Amazon Prime Video is finally available for your Apple TV

  • Apple has finally delivered on its WWDC promise to bring Amazon Prime Video to Apple TV, with just a few weeks to spare before Apple hit its own end-of-the-year deadline.
  • The tvOS version of the app is available to download on Apple TV 3rd generation devices or above by searching “Amazon Prime Video” on your set-top box. It brings an end to the days of having to use AirPlay to play Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV, via another device.

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Listener email: Why are we “so hard” on Apple? (discussion)

Best gadgets of 2017!