Why everyone loves the HomePod, this week on The CultCast

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Even audiophiles are surprised by HomePod.
Even audiophiles are surprised by HomePod.
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This week on The CultCast: Early reviews for the new iPad Pro and HomePod show Apple’s done it again. Plus: Someone in the Apple supply chain just accidentally leaked some of iPhone 8’s marquee features; speed tests show a big CPU boost in the new MacBook Pro; Apple finally offers us iCloud Storage sharing; our favorite unannounced iOS 11 features; and we’ll tell you what we like (and don’t) about the apps and gadgets we’re currently testing in an all-new Under Review.

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Microsoft exec claims iPad Pro is a Surface copycat

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You can thank Microsoft for this... apparently.
You can thank Microsoft for this... apparently.
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In love with your new iPad Pro? You can thank Microsoft for that.

Microsoft executive Ryan Gavin claims Apple’s latest take on tablets wouldn’t have happened without the Surface Pro. It is a “clear example” that the company is following Microsoft’s move into ultraportable 2-in-1 machines.

iPad Pro unboxing video: Our hands-on with Apple’s 10.5-inch beast

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Get a first look at the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro!
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We finally got our hands on Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which just landed in Apple stores today. Our unboxing video will show you all the ins and outs of the new tablet. Take a look at the packaging, what’s in the box and the device itself before you rush out and pick one up.

Get your (virtual) hands on this sexy new iOS device by watching our 10.5-inch iPad Pro unboxing video below.

Apple’s latest iPad Pros go on sale in stores

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The new iPads are available to buy now.
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Want to buy Apple’s new 10.5-inch and/or 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet? A week after making their debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference, they’re now available to pick up and purchase at a brick-and-mortar Apple store near you.

The new iPads were made available for preorder immediately following Apple’s jam-packed WWDC 2017 keynote, and started shipping to customers this week. Still, if you hurry you can still be among the first to own one!

iOS 11 code hints Drag and Drop may come to iPhone

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Would Drag and Drop work well on iPhone's smaller screen?
Would Drag and Drop work well on iPhone's smaller screen?
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One of the best new iOS 11 features for iPad could soon make its way to the iPhone.

iOS 11 was unveiled one week ago at Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote where the iPad got some much-needed productivity features like Drag and Drop. It appears that Apple may be testing bringing the feature to the iPhone as well. One clever developers dug into the first iOS 11 beta and discovered that Drag and Drop can be turned on for the iPhone too.

10.5-inch iPad Pro review roundup: Apple’s most impressive tablet yet

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Here's what early reviews are saying about the iPad Pro.
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The first reviews for Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro are out, and they’re good! From its blazing fast speed to its new variable refresh rate ProMotion feature, the first reviews make it sound like Apple’s latest model could be its most perfect tablet yet.

We’ll be getting our own order delivered this tomorrow, but for now, here are the first impressions as reported by the lucky folks who got to test pre-release units:

Is Apple back to its best following WWDC 2017? [Friday Night Fights]

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Are you pleased with what you saw at WWDC 2017?
Are you pleased with what you saw at WWDC 2017?
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This year’s WWDC keynote was an early Christmas for Apple fans. It delivered the big updates to iOS, macOS, and watchOS we were eagerly anticipating; a 10.5-inch iPad Pro; updated Macs with Intel Kaby Lake processors, plus nice surprises like the iMac Pro and HomePod.

Friday Night Fights bugBut is this Apple back at its best, or do we need more out of Cupertino? Are fancy software updates enough to breathe new life into boring hardware? Is Apple’s new push into virtual reality and machine learning too little, too late?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we battle it out over a bumper WWDC!

Hands on: iOS 11 brings brilliant new features (especially for iPad)

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New features in iOS 11 make the iPad a multitasking beast.
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iOS 11 brings brilliant new features and enough design tweaks to make everything feel fresh. The first developer beta landed this week, and we’re loving what we see – especially when it comes to the great new options for iPad users.

See for yourself in our iOS 11 hands-on video.