Apple news, analysis and opinion, plus general tech news | Cult of Mac

Today in Apple history: Apple admits Antennagate is a thing

By

Antennagate
"Antennagate" was a major controversy in Apple history.
Photo: Apple

July 2: Today in Apple history: Apple addresses Antennagate and iPhone 4 reception problems July 2, 2010: Apple opens up about “Antennagate,” addressing iPhone 4 reception problems for the first time publicly.

In a letter to customers, Apple admits to being “surprised when we read reports of reception problems, and … immediately began investigating them.” However, the company’s findings do little to dispel the growing Antennagate controversy.

M1 Max MacBook pairs nicely with 40-inch ultra-wide display [Setups]

By

No scaling issues seen here.
No scaling issues seen here.
Photo: AeGertjan@Reddit.com

Curved ultra-wide displays are all the rage lately, and it’s no wonder why. What a fantastic amount of real estate. But it can be worrisome buying one if you’re not sure how it will look with your Mac’s resolution and scaling options.

Today’s featured computer setup pairs a beast of a 16-inch M1 Max MacBook with a brilliant 40-inch LG 5K UltraWide curved display. Let’s look at how well it’s working and what some of the issues can be.

Top TweetDeck for Mac alternatives to ease power users’ pain

By

TweetDeck for Mac alternatives worth trying out
These TweetDeck for Mac alternatives are worth checking out.
Photo: Rajesh

With Twitter killing off TweetDeck for Mac today, users who didn’t plan ahead might be scrambling for options to manage their feeds.

While TweetDeck will continue to function on the web, many power users prefer a native Mac app. Luckily, you can find several worthy TweetDeck alternatives for Mac users that will help you get a handle on your Twitter obsession.

Today in Apple history: MobileMe gets to R.I.P.

By

MobileMe
So long, MobileMe.
Photo: Apple

July 1: Today in Apple history: Apple shuts down MobileMe web service, pushes iCloud July 1, 2012: Apple shuts down its MobileMe web service, pushing users to switch to iCloud.

Launched in 2008, MobileMe was a subscription-based suite of online services and software created by Apple. It included features like Find my iPhone, a MobileMe photo gallery, chat facilities, online calendar, storage and other cloud-based services.

After letting it limp along for four years, Cupertino finally decided to pull the plug, giving MobileMe users until the end of July to remove their data from the service.

Apple really wants you to buy an Apple TV

By

The current Siri Remote was an improvement on its predecessor.
Get a $50 gift card when you buy an Apple TV.
Photo: Apple

Apple is bundling a $50 gift card if you purchase an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD in the United States. The offer is exclusively available through its online store.

Before making this promotion live, Apple took down its online store for a few hours earlier in the day.

Catch the light with Laut Holo Apple accessory cases

By

The cases' hard plastic materials catch iridescent light.
The cases' hard plastic materials catch iridescent light.
Photo: Laut

An Apple accessory case is a case is a case is a case — except when it’s both protective and catches all the colors of the rainbow. That’s what Laut’s Holo cases for AirPods Pro, AirPods 3 and iPhone 13 do as they reflect iridescent light.

Check out the Laut Holo Collection in the Cult of Mac Store and get a great deal on a stylish and protective case.

Xfinity Stream app for Apple TV makes cable box (mostly) superfluous

By

Xfinity Stream app for Apple TV makes cable box (mostly) superfluous
Your Apple TV can be your cable box with the new Xfinity Stream app.
Photo: Comcast/Apple

An Apple TV can now be used to watch all of Comcast’s live, on demand and DVR programming. The cable behemoth’s subscribers just need to install the newly-released Xfinity Stream app on Apple’s streaming box.

Thursday’s release makes it simple for Apple TV users to add Xfinity access to additional rooms. No traditional cable box necessary.

Startup’s bankruptcy may put an end to Apple Store ‘Delivery with Setup’ option

By

At first Enjoy withdrew to assess its business priorities, but now it has filed for bankruptcy.
At first Enjoy withdrew to assess its business priorities, but now it has filed for bankruptcy.
Photo: Apple/Enjoy

Apple Store’s “Delivery with Setup” option appears to be done for. Its key partner, startup Enjoy, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday. That’s according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing.

This comes less than a year after the startup raised more than $250 million in growth capital and became a publicly traded company.