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Here’s what we know about iOS 17 so far … [The CultCast]


A new feature coming soon to iOS 17 sounds like it would be even better on an iPad.
A new feature coming soon to iOS 17 sounds like it would be even better on an iPad.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: iOS 17 might turn your iPhone into a dashboard for your smart home. Plus, Apple’s new journaling app seems like it will arrive soon as well. With WWDC23 just weeks away, we don’t have long to wait.

Also on The CultCast:

  • Three Apple TV+ hits conquer the streaming charts.
  • Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie is a moving and surprisingly inspirational documentary about the actor’s life (and his heroic battle with Parkinson’s disease).
  • MoviePass is back from the dead — and one option actually sounds enticing!

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video live stream, embedded below.

3 Apple TV+ hits are more popular than almost anything else on streaming


Explore the deep mystery of the 'Silo'
"Silo" on Apple TV+ gets more viewers than any other series on any streaming service.
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Silo, Ted Lasso and Ghosted all showed up in this week’s lists of the most-watched streaming movies and TV shows. They offer further proof that Apple TV+ can successfully compete against Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+.

In fact, Silo currently ranks as the most popular series on any streaming service.

Ghosted is a huge, action-packed hit for Apple TV+


Chris Evans and Ana de Armas in
Ghosted is off to the strongest start of any Apple TV+ movie.
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Ghosted had the most successful launch of any Apple TV+ film since the debut of the streaming service. Enough viewers tuned in to the action flick starring Chris Evans and Ana de Armas to push it near the top of the charts.

And the third — possibly final — season of the comedy Ted Lasso continues to draw plenty of eyes.

Ignore the critics — Ghosted is a lot of fun


Ignore the critics -- 'Ghosted' is a lot of fun
Ghosted is a popcorn movie. Lean back and enjoy.
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Ghosted is the first straight-out action movie to premiere on Apple TV+. The film, which stars Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, has been savaged by critics, but it really does not deserve all the insults.

True, it’s far from perfect. However, Ghosted delivers some good fight scenes and a laugh or two. And that’s probably all you want from a made-for-streaming action flick.

Ghosted is a lifeless spy flick you should skip [Apple TV+ movie review] ☆☆☆☆


Chris Evans and Ana de Armas in ☆☆☆☆
Movies like Ghosted are basically the hangover after the champagne-chugging party of Marvel's hit movies.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ action movie Ghosted is probably the most fake movie you’ll see this year, if indeed you decide to punish yourself by watching it. Slackly paced, howlingly unfunny, acted in complete boredom and frustration, and deeply uninterested in the handful of genres it touches upon, it’s maddeningly devoid of anything resembling a spark of creativity or charisma.

The flick boast some big-name stars, including Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, but Apple kept this one away from critics until the day before release for a very good reason.