Read Cult of Mac’s latest posts on 2012:

2012 Apple Year In Review [Video]


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2012 was a great year for Apple, and one of the most exciting for them in years. This year brought not only a myriad of new products, like the iPad mini and iPhone 5, but innovative software and services as well such as OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6.

As 2012 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at Apple’s accomplishments for the year. If you’d like, you can also take a look back at 2011’s year in review here.

With The Opening Ceremony About To Kick Off, Here’s A Few Ways To Keep Up With The Games



The 2012 Olympic Games are set to kick off in less than 2 hours, so we wanted to make sure you had some apps and links to ensure you don’t miss a single lap, dive, punch, or round-off. You’ll find a list of the top apps and a few websites to keep you on track and in the game. Feel free to check them out, or if you have any other suggestions, throw them up in the comments. Now let the games begin!

Catch Up On Everything You Missed At Apple’s WWDC 2012 On The CultCast



Macbook Pros with Retina displays; Mountain Lion’s best new features; the secrets of iOS 6; Apple announced a glut of new software and hardware at last week’s World Wide Developers Conference, and if you’d like to relive the glory, or need help making sense of it all, don’ miss the second part of our special-edition WWDC CultCast.

Subscribe now on iTunes to catch both of our special WWDC episodes, and peep the full show notes after the jump!

New Macs, iOS 6, And Other WWDC Expectations On Our All-New CultCast



A hardware bomb! That’s what CultCast special guest and Ars Technica writer Chris Foresman thinks is about to go down at next week’s WWDC. I think he’s right, and on our brand new CultCast we’ll tell you why Apple might be about to refresh every Mac they make. Plus, there’s iOS 6. We’ll tell you what to expect from Apple’s new mobile OS too.

And don’t miss our winner of Faves and Raves, the game where we pitch our favorite hardware/apps and then vote on which is best.

All that and too many LULZ on our brand new CultCast. Subscribe now in iTunes and read on through for our show notes.

Find Out All You Need To Know About New iMacs And Macbook Pros On The CultCast



Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference is right around the corner, and on our latest CultCast, we’ll tell you why you need to hold off on your Macbook or iMac purchase for just a little longer — it’s going to be worth the wait!

And then, we answer all our your queries on our brand new listener questions segment.

All that and more on The CultCast! Subscribe now on iTunes and read on for our show notes.

Secrets Of The Rumored “Air-Like” Macbook Pro And More On This Week’s CultCast



Episode 8 of The CultCast just hit iTunes, and this one is more action-packed than an Aw-nuld Schwarzenegger flick from the 1990s.

Join us and our pal, Ars Technica Writer Chris Foresman, as we divulge the secrets of the rumored new Air-like Macbook Pro; explain why Facebook just ate Instagram and what it means for you; and the scary new Flashback virus — is your Mac infected?

All that and lots more on this week’s CultCast — subscribe now on iTunes!

Jetpack Joyride Is The Best App Ever At This Year’s MacWorld / iWorld



Counterintuitively, for the fourth year running, the winners of 148Apps annual “Best App Ever” contest have just been announced at Macworld / iWorld 12012. And my girlfriend’s going to be positively giddy, because the app that she’s spent most of the last year grinding her fingers down to the bone playing has won: Halfbrick Studio’s Jetpack Joyride!

Nearly Every Major Apple Product Will Have A Major Redesign In 2012 [Report]


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Are you ready for 2012? Tighten your seat belts, here comes the start of chatter about an iPad update and iPhone 5 Part Deux. The 2011 iPhone 5 that morphed into the iPhone 4S, plus a wider range of iPads could set Apple up for either just a good 2013 or a spectacular 2013. Either way, don’t expect a repeat of the monster revenues predicted to end 2011.

Slimmer, Faster MacBook Pro ‘Airs’ Are In Development For 2012 Release [Rumor]



It’s been three years since the last major design refresh of the MacBook Pro, and we’ve been hearing whispers for almost a year that the next major update would see Apple’s professional line of laptops take on some of the characteristics of the MacBook Air line: slimmer profiles, ubiquitous SSDs, no optical drives.

If those updates sound swell to you, good news. Inside sources say Apple’s already working on the skinnier MacBook Pro, and the new LCD displays have already been developed.