This week on The CultCast: Waiting for new AirPods? Need that AirPower charging mat? Don’t you dare miss our “More in the Making” hardware event predictions, cause we bring out the crystal ball, and all is revealed.
Then: Seventeen reasons the iPhone XR should be your next phone; the world’s largest Mac collection could be yours for free; and we pitch our favorite games, shows and scooters in an all-new “What We’re Into”!
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CultCast #358 – Our “More in the Making” hardware event predictions
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- The second Apple event everyone has been expecting just became official. Looks like new tablets, laptops and desktops could be unveiled October 30.
- What makes this unusual is it won’t be at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, but at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
- Keynote is at 10 a.m. EASTERN
- Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the iPhone XR is going to be such a huge hit, he’s increased his estimate for XR shipments in the fourth quarter by 10 percent.
- Preorders start Friday the 19th at 12:01 a.m. Pacific — so, tonight! iPhone XR will begin shipping on Oct. 26.
- XR features all the same powerful internals as the XS series.
- The same faster Face ID and Truth Depth camera system.
- The same A12 Bionic chip.
- Same eight-core Neural Engine.
- It features True Tone and a wide color gamut.
- It has dual SIM capabilities.
- Same 25 percent louder speakers.
- Same wide-angle rear camera with Smart HDR capabilities!
- Computational Portrait Mode using wide-angle lens
- Battery life up to 25 percent longer than the iPhone XS. It even bests or matches the XS Max in battery performance. 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 8 plus.
- Starts at just $749
- 64GB ($749), 128GB ($799), 256GB ($899)
- Roland Borsky has one of the largest and most comprehensive Mac collections in the world, but the costs of storing the collection is forcing him to sell it.
- Borsky began repairing Apple computers back in the 1980s, and collecting them at the same time, to the point where his collection has grown to over a thousand items. (There are also printers, monitors, and more in his hoard.)
- Most of the Macs are in a warehouse where Borsky owes $23,000 to $35,000 in back rent. He’s hoping someone will take the collection in exchange for paying off what he owes.
- He warns that if he can’t find a buyer, all the computers are going to be “shredded.”
What We’re Into
- Super Nintendo Classic: Even better when you can project your game onto the side of a big, white van.
- Barry: An HBO dark comedy about a hitman who’s a wannabe actor. Starring Bill Hader and Henry Winkler.
- Super Mario Odyssey: So awesomely fun that it proves Nintendo is the Disney of videogames.
- Electric scooters: Rent them from services like Skip and Scoot in San Francisco and other cities.