Jony Ive shakeup! Plus the beauty, the beast, the iMac Pro, on The CultCast

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Jony Ive just took back the reigns of the Apple design team, and no one knows why
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This week on The CultCast: Shakeup at Apple! In a surprising turn of events, Jony Ive takes back the reigns of the Apple design team. We discuss what this means for Apple. Plus: The new iMac Pro is out, and the reviews are coming in. We’ll tell you what’s new about this beastly machine with a monster price tag. And we wrap with what Apple got right 2017, and what the company needs to do better in 2018! It’s been a wild year.

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Cult of Mac Magazine: 10 things we love about iPhone X, and more!

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Cult of Mac breaks down all the things we love (and hate) about the new iPhone X.
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Cult of Mac publisher, Leander Kahney, can’t think of anything to hate about the iPhone X. On the contrary, there are lots of things to love. Kahney breaks down the 10 things he just loves about the iPhone X.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. The first iMac Pro reviews are in — see if the new Pro is worth the $5,000 price tag. Check out our Gift Giving Guides and get your holiday shopping out of the way now! Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Today in Apple history: Apple signs ‘clone Mac’ deal

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This was the start of the clone Mac era.
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December 16: Today in Apple history: Apple signs clone Mac deal December 16, 1994: Apple Computer signs a licensing deal with Power Computing, allowing the company to produce Macintosh-compatible computers.

With falling market share, and longtime rival Microsoft steaming ahead thanks to its software-licensing strategy, Apple executives think the only way to compete is for Apple to hand over its operating system for third-party Macs.

Of course, it doesn’t turn out exactly like that…

iTunes won’t arrive on Windows Store by 2017

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Windows 10 S users still can't get iTunes.
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Apple inks deal for new sci-fi series

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Apple is beefing up its TV arsenal.
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The guy that developed Battlestar Galactica for TV is teaming up with Apple for an all-new sci-fi TV series.

Apple has reportedly inked a deal with Ronald D. Moore that will see the sci-fi TV producer bring his next series exclusively to Apple. The project is being created in partnership with Sony Pictures Television and Moore’s studio-based Tall Ship Productions.

Last chance to grab these Apple Watch accessories in time for the holidays [Watch Store]

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There are two weeks to get your holiday shopping (and timely delivery) on. Browse our picks for Apple Watch bands that are great to give and to receive.
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With Christmas only two weeks away, there’s still a few days to order that perfect Apple Watch band in time for holiday gifting.

We’ve gathered some of our best Apple Watch accessories, and rounded up the cut-off dates for ordering from the Cult of Mac Watch Store in time for U.S. holiday delivery. (International orders placed now will most likely not arrive in time for the holidays.)

The brands listed below will ship in time for Christmas. Check out our collection of gorgeous, high-quality Apple Watch bands and accessories — and get shopping in time for the holidays.

Foxconn could soon use AI to help identify faulty iPhone parts

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New technology was designed by former Google AI expert.
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Apple manufacturer Foxconn is planning to adopt artificial intelligence image recognition systems for quality control in its factories, a new report claims.

The tech could help identify faulty circuit boards or other components, thereby improving Foxconn’s efficiency when it comes to assembling devices. The AI system was developed by Andrew Ng, a machine learning expert who has previously headed up major projects for both Google and Baidu.