Apple’s prepping new AirPods, iPhones, and a HomePod—we’ll tell you what we know on The CultCast

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Apple's got some new hardware cookin' for us.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple plans new, improved AirPods, HomePod and over-ear headphones; Apple finally acknowledges its new MacBook keyboards suck, and they’re going to make it right; a top Apple analyst drops a bunch of details on Apple’s 2018 product pipeline; and how Apple is trying to solve a fascinating issue their autonomous car.

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Get cutting-edge gear at great prices [Deals]

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We've rounded up next generation personal audio, touch-free smart controllers, and more ultra-modern gear.
We've rounded up next generation personal audio, touch-free smart controllers, and more ultra-modern gear.
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With all the technological wonders we take for granted today, it’s easy to lose track of the cutting edge in consumer tech. So to keep that sense of wonder alive, we’ve rounded up some of the most innovative new personal gear and gadgets you can find.

Below you’ll find a solar-powered, antitheft backpack, a Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a wireless charger, a touch-free controller for IoT devices, and more. Even better, each item is massively discounted, some by more than half. Read on for more details.

Pricey earbuds made from melted guns pack serious firepower

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These earbuds are made from melted-down illegal firearms.
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CES 2018 bug In a possible bid for the most unusual CES innovation so far, Swedish-based innovation lab YEVO Labs today announced the launch of YEVO x Humanium headphones: the world’s first wireless headphones made out of melted-down illegal firearms.

The concept may sound strange, but the intention is good — to provide new sources of funding to help people in conflict-torn parts of the world affected by illegal weapon violence.

AirPods are shipping faster than ever before

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Credit cards at the ready!
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Shipping times for AirPods have finally fallen below one month. In most countries, the wait has been reduced to just two to three weeks when ordering from the Apple online store, which is the lowest it has been since the earphones made their debut last December.

BeatsX ears on: AirPods rivals bring the bass [Reviews]

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The BeatsX Wireless earbuds charge via Lightning.
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The long wait for Apple’s new BeatsX wireless earbuds is finally over and based on our first impressions, it was totally worth it.

We got our hands on a pair of the precious new BeatsX buds today and are mighty impressed by the big sound Apple managed to pack in such a small package. Like the AirPods, the BeatsX earbuds pack a custom W1 Bluetooth chip to pump out better performance and connectivity. Unboxing the tethered buds has been love at first sight.

Let’s dive in!

Samsung plans to rip off AirPods next

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Samsung's ready to take on AirPods.
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Samsung is planning to take on Apple’s fancy new AirPods with its own wireless earbuds that will launch alongside the Galaxy S8, according to a new report.

It’s thought Samsung is unlikely to follow Apple’s decision to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack, but it will still push wireless alternatives as they become increasingly popular.

With AirPods, Apple gets back to ‘it just works’ [Review]

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Apple's wireless earphones are easily one of the company's best products of 2016.
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Apple’s EarPods have always been a go-to favorite for me. They’re included with every iPhone, always sound good enough for what I need, and I’ve always found them comfortable. Even going back to the good old iPod days, I’ve always kept a pair close to hand.

But now Apple’s moving on into the “wireless future” with its new AirPods. These completely wireless earphones let you listen to music and podcasts, make phone calls and talk to Siri. But just how do they measure up?

Save big on top notch audio as part of the site-wide Black Friday sale [Deals]

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It’s here: the biggest, stress-inducing flood of sales at stores around the country. Save yourself the headache and time of waiting in line with the Black Friday sales going on across all of Cult of Mac, including this premium pair of Beats earbuds and portable speaker by Logitech. Enter the coupon code ‘BLACKFRIDAY’ at checkout to save an extra 15%.