Apple hires new events director from Eddy Cue’s favorite NBA team


Eddy Cue
Eddy Cue is a big fan of the Golden State Warriors.
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WWDC will have an extra set of helping hands this year, thanks to Apple’s hiring of a brand new events director. New recruit Gail Hunter previously served as president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors, a.k.a. Eddy Cue’s favorite NBA basketball team.

She will officially leave her current job this Friday, and join Apple on Monday, March 19. Just in time to help Apple’s preparations for its annual developer showcase event in June!

Nixing the Home button could bring 11-inch iPad


11-inch iPad Rumored
An 11-inch iPad would fit between the company’s current 12.9- and 10.5-inch models.
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Apple continues to improve the iPad Pro design, with a nearly bezel-less version reportedly in development. This could mean an 11-inch iPad the same overall size as the company’s current 10.5-inch tablet.

This will supposedly be the first iPad with Apple’s Face ID as the technology expands beyond the iPhone X.

WWDC 2018 returns to San Jose, runs June 4 to 8


WWDC 2018 is coming to San Jose, California. Here's how to take your shot at getting tickets to the exclusive event.
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Apple will kick off its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4.

The week-long event, which will offer the first previews of Apple’s next big software updates, will again be held in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Developers can register for tickets starting today until 10 a.m. on March 22.

New improved MacBook Air and 9.7-inch iPad could debut at WWDC


A plain manila envelope became a key stage prop for selling the MacBook Air.
The MacBook Air could get a sequel this year.
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Apple is prepping a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook that will debut in the second quarter of 2018. It will reportedly set users back around the same price as the MacBook Air, which would peg it at about $999.

While the report leaves a bit of flexibility by saying that it could be this price “or slightly higher,” this suggests that users could get a price cut versus the $1,299 12-inch MacBook.

Paul Otellini, who helped bring Intel chips to Mac, dies at 66


Paul Otellini
Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini.
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Paul Otellini, the former CEO of Intel, who had a huge influence on helping Apple make the transition away from AMD processors on its Mac lineup, died earlier this week.

Otellini passed away in his sleep on Monday, Oct. 2 at the age of 66. He was the fifth CEO of Intel and helped the company make some huge strategic adjustments that helped it maintain its lead as the world’s premier manufacturer of computer CPUs.

Why everyone loves the HomePod, this week on The CultCast


Phil Schiller said Apple won't release the HomePod till it's satisfied with the quality.
Phil Schiller said Apple won't release the HomePod till it's satisfied with the quality.
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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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Cult of Mac Magazine: WWDC 2017 wrap-up, Hands-on with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, and more!


What did you think of this year's announcements at WWDC?
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, we cover all of Apple’s biggest updates and announcements unveiled at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. Apple is back in a big way!

Check out hands-on videos featuring all the brilliant new features of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Plus, everything you need to know about iOS 11’s new Files app and so much more.

Click iTunes for a free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine. Here are this week’s top stories.