We talk Apple’s incoming hardware drop plus insane M1 Mac mini performance on The CultCast

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There's nothing small about Mac mini's performance!

This week on The CultCast: Get your wallets ready, Apple reportedly has a mysterious hardware release planned for December 8! We discuss. Plus: The M1 Mac mini is an unstoppable monster, and we’ve got more insane benchmarks to drool over. Seriously, do not waste your money on anything but an M1 Mac.

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Surf’s up! Apple TV+ dives into World Surf League docuseries

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Apple TV+ goes behind-the-scenes at the 2021 World Surf League championship.
Seven-time World Surf League champion Stephanie Gilmore at Honolua Bay.
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Apple’s video streaming service is hitting the waves. It ordered a documentary series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the aspirations, failures and accomplishments of the world’s best surfers as they compete in the World Surf League championship.

10 amazing Apple Watch accessories for under $30

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Spend your holiday cash on sweet Apple Watch upgrades.
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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start shopping for awesome gifts for your loved ones. They don’t have to be expensive! We’ve rounded up a bunch of brilliant Apple Watch accessories that you can pick up right now for $30 or less.

You’ll find beautiful bands, brilliant bumpers, and the coolest charging docks — all reviewed or approved by a member of the Cult of Mac team.

Satechi’s wireless iPhone 12 charger is like MagSafe Lite

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Satechi’s newest iPhone 12 wireless charger does most of what MagSafe does. But not everything.
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The Satechi USB-C Magnetic Wireless Charging Cable uses the magnets built into the iPhone 12 series to cling to the back of the handset, providing more reliable wireless charging.

That makes it similar to Apple’s MagSafe Charger. But Satechi’s cheaper alternative doesn’t offer faster powerups as Apple’s does.

Powerbeats Pro see biggest ever discount — save up to $100

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2020 Powerbeats Pro comes in four new colors
Bag yours before the price returns to normal!
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Amazon is now offering the biggest discount we’ve seen so far on Powerbeats Pro. Pick up brand-new units for as little as $149.95 — a full $100 off the normal selling price — for a limited time only.

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Ex-Apple mapping cars reportedly up for sale in the UK

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Some of Apple's former mapping cars are up for sale.
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Apple has long been rumored to be working on an Apple Car. But if you live in the United Kingdom, you can buy one. Right now. Today. Kind of.

According to Car Dealer Magazine, Apple is selling off some of its fleet of white Subaru Imprezas which have spent the past year driving around the U.K., collecting mapping data for Apple Maps’ “Look Around” feature.

PSA: Apple TV+ gets festive with Mariah Carey and A Charlie Brown Christmas

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
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Apple TV+ is getting into the holiday spirit with a number of family friendly new shows (and one beloved classic) arriving on the streaming service to kickstart the festive season.

The big two festive-themed debuts are the one-off Mariah Carey’s Magic Christmas Special (reviewed here) and the Apple TV+ debut of the 1965 animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. (The latter will also air on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, December 13.)

Today in Apple history: Secret project ports Mac OS to PCs

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Should Apple have licensed Mac OS back in the early 1990s?
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December 4: Today in Apple history: Secret Apple project nicknamed 'Star Trek' ports Mac OS to PCs under the code-name 'Macrosoft' December 4, 1992: Apple engineers demonstrate a “proof of concept” of the Mac operating system running on an Intel computer.

More than a decade before Macs will switch to Intel processors, the astonishing feat is part of an aborted plan to make Apple’s software available on other manufacturer’s hardware. Apple ultimately chickens out, fearing (probably correctly) that this will hurt Macintosh sales.

FTC warns about scammers calling people pretending to be Apple

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Apple ditched plans for secure iCloud backups after FBI concern
Scammers could claim your iCloud account has been breached.
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The Federal Trade Commission is warning people that scammers are posing as Apple customer support workers in an attempt to defraud them. The agency shared a couple of recorded messages (which you can listen to here) that sound quasi-legitimate but are, in fact, trying to steal personal information.

In one message, the caller says they have detected suspicious activity in the recipient’s iCloud account. They suggest that the account has been breached and, to secure it, the person should speak to an Apple customer service representative. They then give the option to connect to such a person on the phone.

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Apple’s Family Sharing now includes in-app purchases and subscriptions
Siblings can share an iPad, as well as in-app purchases and subscriptions.
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