Just how cool will Apple’s VR headset be? [The CultCast]

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The CultCast: Are you ready for Apple VR headset?
Are you really ready for VR?
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Let’s talk about the virtual reality headset Apple supposedly will unleash next year. Will it happen? What will it do? And do we even want it to happen?

Also on The CultCast:

  • Maybe AirPower isn’t dead — and maybe something even more amazing is on the horizon.
  • Tesla Cyberwhistle FTW.
  • Our first round of Gear of the Year picks.

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.

Get an extra $20 when you trade in your old Apple gear

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Apple gear buyback: How's a $20 sweetener sound?
How's a $20 sweetener sound?
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We interrupt your Black Friday weekend shopping spree for this important bulletin: Cult of Mac’s buyback program is offering an extra $20 on every piece of Apple gear you sell to us. That’s on top of the already generous cash-back opportuni ties we offer every day of the year.

Head to our buyback page now and enter code BFCM to get that sweet extra cash — but do it fast. This special offer ends Monday night.

Next year’s iMac Pro sounds like a screamer! [The CultCast]

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An iMac Pro with 2x the processing power of the M1 Max? Is Apple crazy?!?
An iMac Pro with 2x the processing power of the M1 Max? Is Apple crazy?!?
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: If you thought the M1 Max MacBook Pros were powerhouses, wait till you hear about the iMac Pro that might be coming down the pike. Apple reportedly wants to double up the world-beating chip to amp up the performance even more. Prepare to be amazed!

Also on The CultCast:

  • Black Friday deals on Apple gear and The Cult of Mac, 2nd Edition coffee table book.
  • AirPods are not for late-night snacking!
  • And new products we love in “Under Review.”

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.

Belkin’s elusive 3-in-1 MagSafe charger is back in stock — and on sale!

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Belkin's elusive 3-in-1 MagSafe charger is back in stock -- and on sale!
This is a great deal on a hard-to-find charging station. Act fast if you want one!
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The only thing I don’t like about Belkin’s 3-in-1 MagSafe wireless charger is its name. And, until now, its availability and price.

Those last two problems just disappeared, however briefly, as the hard-to-find 15-watt MagSafe charger is back in stock on Belkin’s website — and with a sweet 25% Black Friday discount to boot! Just be sure to use the promo code when you check out.

Smackdown: M1 MacBook Pro vs. $15,000 Mac Pro [The CultCast]

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The CultCast: M1 MacBook Pro vs. Mac Pro: The results will shock you!
The results will shock you!
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Just how well does a new $3,500 M1 Max MacBook Pro perform against a $15,000 Mac Pro that’s only two years old? The results from the latest tests and benchmarks are simply insane.

Also on The CultCast:

  • Apple plans to make a totally autonomous car — with no steering wheel or pedals! And it might show up by 2025.
  • Leander’s Cult of Mac, 2nd Edition coffee table book is on sale for just $9.99.
  • And our favorite TV shows in an all-new “What We’re Into” segment.

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.

Are MacBook Pro’s MagSafe chargers really too strong? [The CultCast]

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The CultCast Apple podcast: The new MacBook Pro's MagSafe might just be too strong!
The new MacBook Pro's MagSafe might just be too strong!
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Reports of MagSafe connectors being too strong on the new MacBook Pros leave us scratching our heads. Is MagSafe-gate for real? It’s always something when Apple releases a killer new product….

Also on The CultCast:

  • Tech companies seem in a frenzy to get new MacBook Pros in their employees’ hands.
  • Apple storms into the MDM game.
  • And an all new Under Review!

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.

M1 Max MacBook Pro slays a monster PC, and iMac Pro will be even better! [The CultCast]

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If the M1 Max MacBook Pro slays monster PCs, what will the next iMac Pro be capable of? [The CultCast]
If an M1 Max in a laptop can destroy a specced-out PC, what will the next iMac Pro be capable of?
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Just how well does an M1 Max-powered MacBook Pro perform against a monster PC built out of top-tier components? The results might blow your mind. Again. And what does that say about the rumored iMac Pro we’ll see next year?

Also on The CultCast:

  • Possible specs for next year’s iMac “Pro.”
  • Crash detection coming for drivers with iPhones/Apple Watches?
  • Our latest favorite TV shows and movies in an all-new What We’re Into!

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.

AirPods Pro with MagSafe Case is a total steal at just $189.99

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AirPods Pro with MagSafe case: There's no telling how long these deals will last.
There's no telling how long these deals on AirPods Pro and other Apple gear will last.
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A pre-Black Friday price cut from Amazon makes the new AirPods Pro with MagSafe Charging Case surprisingly affordable at just $189.99. With active noise cancellation, excellent audio quality and three sizes of silicone ear tips for a comfortable fit, Apple’s high-end earbuds hit all the right notes.

If you want a pair — or want to knock out some early holiday gift shopping — you might want to jump on this deal. Or one of Amazon’s other surprising discounts on the Apple gear you crave, like an Apple Pencil 2 for just $99.

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Those MacBook Pro benchmarks blow our minds [The CultCast]

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The CultCast: M1 Pro and M1 Max benchmarks show what nasty beasts the MacBook Pros really are.
M1 Pro and M1 Max chips make the new MacBook Pros truly nasty beasts.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: The first MacBook Pro benchmarks and reviews reveal just how beefy these astonishing beasts really are. Powered by Apple’s outrageous new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, these laptops blow away their predecessors — and basically blow our minds. Erfon is in awe!

Also on The CultCast:

  • MacBook Pros look very good for gaming, too.
  • Intel chief takes on an impossible mission.
  • Leander gives third-gen AirPods a listen (and he likes what he hears).

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in Apple’s 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.

Apple Fitness+ adds SharePlay for motivation and ‘smack talk’

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SharePlay makes Apple Fitness+ workouts more personal by letting you communicate with friends in real time.
SharePlay makes Apple Fitness+ workouts more personal by letting you communicate with friends in real time.
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Apple Fitness+ added group workouts and meditation sessions Monday, letting users communicate in real time with up to 32 other people. The new capability taps FaceTime’s new SharePlay feature, which works on iOS devices now and comes to macOS Monterey later this fall.

“It’s a really fun way to connect with friends and family, even trade some words of encouragement or friendly smack talk, while also making progress toward closing their rings,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s vice president of fitness technologies, in a press release.