iPhone X is a huge hit, the death of 3D Touch, and inflatable paddle boards on The CultCast

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Everyone was wrong—iPhone X is Apple's best selling phone.
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This week on a very volatile episode of The CultCast: the analysts were all wrong—iPhone X is a massive hit. Plus: the death of 3D Touch starts with 2018 iPhone; the world’s most famous Apple analyst may no longer be reporting on Apple; Apple’s AirPort router lineup is officially dead; and we pitch you our favorite show, movie, and vodka in an all-new Under Review. It’s a juicy one. Hit play and catch the discussion.

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World’s most famous Apple analyst may no longer be reporting on Apple

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Ming-Chi Kuo has been breaking news about Apple for years.
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When it comes to analysts and Apple-watchers, Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the most accurate sources out there; having covered the Cupertino company in his job at KGI since early 2012.

However, it seems that Kuo is moving on to greener pastures for a job with another firm. Unfortunately for Apple fans, this may mean focusing on non-Apple companies instead.

Cheaper HomePod might be in the works

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Apple might be planning cheaper HomePod to boost sales
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HomePod sales have fallen well below expectations, according to one of the best Apple analysts in the game.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors today that Apple is considering making a low-cost version of the HomePod in order to give disappointing sales a boost.

Next Apple Watch might be plus-size

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The 2018 Apple Watch could be noticeably larger than this one.
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Apple Watch isn’t just growing in sales — it’s about to grow in size, too. At least, that’s the prediction of an analyst with long track record for accuracy.

A larger display would make room for a bigger battery. Apple likely will build new health features into its updated wearable as well.

Blush Gold iPhone X looks fabulous in leaked pics

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The iPhone X looks great in gold.
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Gold lovers might be able to get their iPhone X gold fix much sooner than expected.

Images of an alleged ‘Blush Gold’ iPhone X have leaked online this week. The images supposedly come straight from the production line, which could mean an official launch isn’t far away.

MacBook sales might blow up in 2018

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An analyst predicts increasing demand for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
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The number of MacBooks shipping in 2018 will grow by double digits, if a reliable analyst’s prediction proves correct. That would give Apple’s laptops stronger annual growth than iPhone or iPad.

Apple’s new 6.1-inch iPhone is expected to sell like crazy

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iPhone X isn’t the flop many analysts predicted it would be.
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Apple’s upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone will be a smash hit, according to one reliable analyst.

It is expected to become the most popular model in the 2018 lineup, thanks mostly to its more affordable price tag. Sales could total a whopping 100 million units over its lifetime.

New details tell us more about 2018’s iPhone X Plus

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A reliable Apple analyst squashes rumors that Apple has ditched one of its 2018 OLED iPhones.
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In a weekend report to investors, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities reiterates that Apple is planning two OLED iPhones and one LCD model for this year. The two OLED models, he says, be 5.8- and 6.5-inches in size, while the LCD model will be 6.1-inches.

This differs from a report last week suggesting that Apple is leaning toward two LCD iPhones and a single larger OLED model for its 2018-era iPhones.