The impressive power of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, plus Apple’s December event, this week on The CultCast


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Surprise! Apple's got another event scheduled for December 2nd.

This week on The CultCast: Everything you need to know about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro! Plus our first impressions of this hot new machine. And we discuss Disney+, and why it may beat Netflix and Amazon as the best streaming service available.

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#415 – 16-inch MacBook Pro first impressions!

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This week’s stories

Apple to host surprise event for apps and games on December 2

  • Members of the press received surprise invitations from Apple this week to attend a first-of-its-kind event to honor 2019’s top apps and games on December 2 in New York City.

16-inch MacBook Pro beats predecessors by overcoming thermal throttling

  • The higher-tier MBP has the same i9-9880H processor as previous model.
  • In a 30-minute stress test, Dave 2D measured the CPU average speed at 3.1 GHz, where previous model was at 2.7 GHz.
  • Other stress tests show a similar result. The same CPU runs about 10% faster in the 16-inch MBP.

13-inch MacBook Pro dropping horrible Butterfly keyboard

  • The smaller MacBook Pro will reportedly be upgraded next year with a keyboard that users can trust, just as the new 16-inch version recently was.
  • If true, it means the current 13-inch MacBook Pro will be the last with the infamous Butterfly keyboard.
  • This improved version is supposedly scheduled for the first half of 2020.

How a Magic Keyboard made it into the new 16-inch MacBook Pro

  • In a new interview, Apple marketing SVP Phil Schiller talked about redesigning Apple’s notebook keyboard. And whether or not the non-butterfly keyboard will make it to other Apple laptops anytime soon.

16-inch MacBook Pro shows the advantages of a post-Jony Ive Apple [Opinion]

  • Now that Jony Ive’s stepping away, will Apple temper the enthusiasm of the design team to make their products more practical?