MacBook Pro gets smokin’ fast Vega GPUs, and Apple’s super-secret return and exchange program, on The CultCast

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If you're mad Apple released new GPUs after your 2018 MacBook Pro purchase, you may have an option you haven't considered.
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This week on The CultCast: Did you know about Apple’s super-secret special return and exchange policy? We’ll tell you what it is, and how to use it if you’re unhappy with your Apple purchase but outside your 14-day return window. Plus: A quest to trade up — the stories of three MacBook Pro owners trying to get Apple to trade in their newly purchased 2018 MacBook Pros for models with the brand new, smoking-fast Vega 20 GPUs. And finally, and most importantly: Happy Thanksgiving!

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CultCast #363 – Black Friday steals, MacBook Pro’s new GPU, and Steve Jobs stories

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Apple reportedly cuts both iPhone XR and XS orders

  • According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has reduced its orders for both the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.
  • Apple’s stock is not at $177 as of this writing, down from an October high of $232! That’s a drop of almost 25%
  • But it’s not just Apple stock that’s dropping, the DOW is also way down.
  • Amazon is down 25% too. $1500 down from $2000.

Is Vega 20 Worth it for 15″ MacBook Pro? Benchmarks & Thermals

  • In Max Yuryev’s tests, the new Vega 20 GPU was 25-35% faster than the 560X GPU in various benchmarks.
  • We’re waiting for Final Cut Pro tests, but I get they’ll be even faster there.
  • In Dave 2D’s premier render tests, the Vega 20 is almost twice as fast as the 560X