Lewis Wallace, author at Cult of Mac

Tributes to the late, great iPod flood Twitter

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The iPod is officially dead. Music lovers just lost a best friend.
Many music lovers just lost a best friend.
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Soon after Apple officially killed the iPod on Tuesday, users flooded Twitter with remembrances of the little music player that changed the world when it barged onto the scene in 2001.

From tech influencers to industry analysts to garden-variety music lovers — you know, the folks whose ears lit up when Apple gave them a device that put 1,000 songs in their pockets — it was a genuine iPod lovefest.

Here are some of the finest tributes to the iPod.

Soundcore’s new Bluetooth boombox belts out 80 watts of audio

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Soundcore Motion Boom Plus
The Motion Boom Plus is built to stand up to water so you can take your tunes anywhere.
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Soundcore’s new Motion Boom Plus boombox is built to blast out the tunes wherever you go this summer. The 80-watt Bluetooth speaker packs an array of new features designed to deliver “punchy bass and detailed high end,” the company said.

“Combining an IP67 rating with its upgraded woofers, newly added tweeters, more power,
and portable carry handle, the Motion Boom Plus is the ideal Bluetooth speaker for the park
or at an outdoor pool or beach party,” said Frank Zhu, general manager of Soundcore’s
speaker division, in a press release Monday. “We’ve also made it two times louder than its predecessor to help keep the party going, all day and all night long.”

Plus, you don’t need to worry about losing it in the pool or the lake. It floats!

What makes Apple’s Studio Display truly special? [The CultCast]

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Artist Adam Duff explains why Apple's Studio Display makes perfect sense.
Artist Adam Duff explains why Apple's Studio Display makes perfect sense.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Haters gonna hate, but digital artist Adam Duff explains why Apple’s new Studio Display is the perfect monitor — for some users.

Also on The CultCast:

  • iPhone 14 leak reveals sizing, pricing and more.
  • Who needs a smart water bottle?
  • Apple TV+ has some hits on its hands.

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video livestream, embedded below.

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Next Macs and iPhones: Whose bump will be bigger? [The CultCast]

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CultCast 541: M2 Macs and iPhone 14: Which gets a bigger bump? The CultCast episode 541
Looks like 2022 is gonna be bumpin'!
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: It sounds like Apple is planning nearly a dozen new Macs with a next-gen M2 processor. The question is, just how big of a speed bump will that new chip bring? And then there’s iPhone 14, which sounds like it might come with a very big bump indeed — and not the kind you might be hoping for.

Also on The CultCast:

  • The original HomePod never ceases to surprise.
  • iPhone 14 could be the ultimate smartphone for narcissists.
  • Apple might be prepping an ingenious hybrid device to take over your living room.
  • When you’re tired of wearing earbuds, you’ve got options. Very strange options.

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WWDC22 predictions and those disappointing M1 Ultra speed tests [The CultCast]

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The CultCast Apple podcast: We have a date for WWDC22! Our WWDC22 predictions, M1 Ultra speed tests and more.
Our big peek into Apple's future plans is just two months away!
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: We’ve got a date for WWDC22! Now, the only question is, what tricks will Apple pull out of its virtual hat this year?

Also on The CultCast:

  • Is Apple’s M1 Ultra chip ultra-disappointing? The first speed tests look underwhelming.
  • The latest on Apple’s quest to develop a folding iPhone.
  • Ukrainians use Find My to locate thieving Russian troops.

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We’ve got good news and bad news about iPhone 14 [The CultCast]

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iPhone 14 rumors: Just how big will the iPhone 14 Pro camera bump be? We discuss in our weekly Apple podcast,
Just how big will the iPhone 14 Pro camera bump be?
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: So, what’ll it be first? Good news or bad news about iPhone 14? We’re talking about Touch ID, a possible Apple hardware subscription service and an even bigger camera bump on the Pro model. Hoo boy!

Also on The CultCast:

  • A peek inside Apple’s new Studio Display proves surprising.
  • Would a 15-inch MacBook Air by any other name smell as sweet?
  • The EU might wreck iMessage.
  • We’re giving away five leather crossbody iPhone cases from Noémie.
  • What “The Slap” heard ’round the world says about Apple events.

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‘The Slap’ shows why Apple should shake up its events

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Will Smith slaps Chris Rock:
"The Slap" won the Oscars.
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Will Smith slapping Chris Rock during Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony shows why Apple should go back to doing live events.

No, not because we need to see deranged audience members assaulting Apple execs onstage. However, the mere possibility that something can go seriously sideways gives live events an undeniable advantage over the type of canned productions Apple began cranking out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I’m sure this goes against Cupertino’s deeply ingrained cultural bias toward controlling absolutely everything within its power. But if Apple doesn’t get back to putting on live events, its product launches will drift deeper into the uncanny territory of the overproduced infomercial. That’s boring — and it’s bad for both Apple and Apple fans.

M1 Ultra Mac Studio benchmarks look surprisingly anemic [The CultCast]

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The CultCast Apple podcast: The disappointingM1 Ultra Mac Studio benchmarks leave us scratching our heads.
Disappointing M1 Ultra Mac Studio benchmarks leave us scratching our heads.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: The first Mac Studio benchmarks make Apple’s much-ballyhooed M1 Ultra chip sound less amazing than we hoped. Maybe it’s not the unhinged beast we expected! But then, what do benchmarks really mean, anyway?

Also on The CultCast:

  • The new Studio Display suffers due to some odd choices on Apple’s part.
  • A software update might fix Studio Display’s tragic webcam.
  • A 15-inch MacBook Air would tick a lot of the right boxes.
  • And finally, a giveaway for the ladies!

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Apple goes green with new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro colors

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Peek Performance event: Green is the iPhone color of the day.
Green is the iPhone color of the day.
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Apple added two new green finishes to its iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro lineups Tuesday to generate a colorful midseason jolt of excitement.

“Today we’re introducing two gorgeous new finishes,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook during the streamed “Peek Performance” event. “iPhone 13 looks stunning in this bold new green with its precision-milled back glass and color-matched aluminum edges. And iPhone 13 Pro in a sophisticated new alpine green joins the most Pro lineup we’ve ever created.”

Apple needs to shake up its boring iPhone Pro color options

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In some lighting, the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro looks OK. In others, not so much.
In some lighting, the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro looks OK. In others, not so much.
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Confession time: I’ve got the Sierra Blue blues.

Like so many others, I absolutely love my iPhone 13 Pro. It’s the perfect size, and the amped-up camera works beautifully. (Love those macro shots!) Six months on, the performance, the reliability, that gorgeous ProMotion screen — it’s all fantastic.

But the one thing that fails to surprise and delight me after half a year is the Sierra Blue color I picked. It’s just … meh.