We talk iPhone’s 8 big price hike and our favorite HomeKit smart lights on The CultCast

Would you pay $1200 for iPhone 8?
Would you pay $1200 for iPhone 8?
Photo: @YSR50

This week, on
The CultCast
: rumors point to a big iPhone 8 price hike.
What’s the max you would pay? Plus: Intel makes a huge move to
push Thunderbolt into the mainstream; Ikea about to drop tons
of great HomeKit gadgets on us; DJI’s Spark selfie drone is a
compact powerhouse; we’ll tell you about our favorite smart
lights; and we’ll tell you about the weird and whacky gadgets
we’re reviewing in an all-new Under Review!

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More evidence hints at massive iPhone 8 price hike

  • Rumors that the iPhone 8 may come with a $1,000 price tag
    are seemingly backed-up by a new report claiming that
    components for the next-gen handset will be considerably higher
    than those for its predecessor.
  • According to China’s Economic Daily News, the 3D Touch
    module alone for the iPhone 8 will cost 150 percent more than
    the comparable module for the current LCD iPhone.
  • As per a recent report from Goldman Sachs analyst Simona
    Jankowski, the 128GB iPhone 8 will sell for $999, while the
    256GB version will set users back a whopping $1,099. This means
    that the iPhone 8 could represent a significant 25 percent
    price jump from the iPhone 7.
  • Include AirPods?

Intel will eliminate Thunderbolt royalties to boost

  • Every manufacturer that uses it has to pay royalties to
    Intel, which means you typically find it exclusively in
    expensive, high-end machines.
  • Intel has confirmed plans to drop Thunderbolt royalties in
    an effort to boost adoption. The chip-maker also plans to
    integrate Thunderbolt 3 into its own processors starting next
    year, eliminating the need for a dedicated controller.
  • Thunderbolt has become the ultimate standard for connecting
    peripherals to your computer, thanks to its incredibly high
    bandwidth and versatility. Thunderbolt 3’s 40Gbps speeds let
    you transfer a full 4K movie in just 30 seconds.
  • USB 3 is only 10GBPS!

Control IKEA Home Smart products with Amazon Alexa, Google
Assistant and Apple’s Home app

  • During the summer and early fall, IKEA will be adding
    functionality to its smart lighting range by enabling people to
    voice control their lighting with Amazon Alexa and Google
    Assistant and to set up and adjust lighting using Apple’s Home
    app and Siri voice commands. This takes IKEA one step closer to
    making smart home technology accessible for the many.

DJI goes tiny with new easy-to-fly Spark drone

  • DJI unveiled the new Spark drone at an event in NYC this
    morning where the tiny flying camera impressed watchers with
    some innovative new features like the ability to be controlled
    without using a remote.
  • The Spark packs a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor that captures 12
    megapixel photos and shoots stabilized HD 1080p videos so you
    can get super smooth shots. It also comes with new shooting
    modes you won’t find yet on the Mavic or Phantom 4: Pano and
  • Flight time on the Spark is around 16 minutes per battery
    with a range of 1.2 miles. Pricing for the basic kit starts at
    $499, or you can get the Fly More bundle with two batteries,
    extra propellers and prop guards and a carrying case for $699.
  • QuickShot Intelligent Flight Modes for taking cool selfie
  • QuickShot automatically captures a 10-second clip intended
    for social media sharing.

Under Review!

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