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Apple will defend App Store pricing in court next week

Apple rakes in billions of dollars from the App Store. However, its future ability to do so could be challenged if a federal court rules against the company. On Monday, Apple will defend its app

MacBook Pro gets smokin’ fast Vega GPUs, and Apple’s super-secret return and exchange program, on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: Did you know about Apple’s super-secret special return and exchange policy? We’ll tell you what it is, and how to use it if you’re unhappy with your Apple purchase but

Score great Black Friday deals without leaving your couch

Black Friday is finally upon us, and if you’re having trouble getting off the couch to face the throngs, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up top Black Friday deals on apps, courses and

Steve Jobs Theater wins award for ‘structural artistry’

The Steve Jobs Theater has earned an award for Structural Artistry from The Institute of Structural Engineers. Located on the Apple Park campus and opened last September, the theater received

Google reached peak iPhone in 2012, but Apple won’t be losing sleep

Both global and U.S. search interest in the iPhone peaked in September 2012, around the time of the iPhone 5 launch, Google Trends reveals. The stat is pointed out in a new Bloomberg report, titled,

CSR Racing 2 lets you restore and race top classic cars

CSR Racing 2, one of the best and most popular racing games on iOS, just received a great update. The new “Legends” refresh adds 15 new cars from the 1960s through the modern today, including the

Light up Black Friday Cyber Monday with big deals on Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

Once the friends and family have polished off the leftover turkey, it’s time for the fun part of Thanksgiving weekend — shopping and saving money. The Cult of Mac Watch Store has you covered through

Cult of Mac’s gift guides make holiday shopping simple

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that buying for other people is a pain. If they haven’t told you exactly what they want for the holidays, where do you even start? What if you end up

Make sure you get copies of all your family’s photos this holiday season

Here are three great ways to grab the photos of your family’s iDevices this holiday season, wired and wireless, slow, fast, and faster. Let’s check them out. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Chill and escape Thanksgiving with Chillscape

Chillax. Take a chill pill. It’s all good. Why worry, man? Chillscape will calm you right on down. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Is this just fantasy? Queen’s Brian May hates Apple’s USB-C cables

It may sound like a crazy Mad Lib, but it’s not: Queen guitarist Brian May really has taken to Instagram to pen a lengthy rant about Apple’s UBC-C connector. May dramatically declares that “This is

Apple makes retailers cough up for iPhone display models

A group of Korean smartphone retailers are upset at Apple for forcing them to purchase in-store tester iPhones. This differs from the usual practice of manufacturers, who will provide free display

Get your Black Friday shopping done early [Deals]

Black Friday is just around the corner, meaning the stress of holiday shopping is just starting. So we’ve rounded up some of the best early Black Friday deals on apps, courses, and physical gear. Read

Epic promises big shotgun changes in Fortnite 6.31

Epic Games has promised to make big tweaks to shotguns in its next Fortnite update. Players can look forward to increased damage in close quarters gunfights, while the pump shotgun will be rebalanced

iPhone X to live on as Apple restarts production

The iPhone X had one of the shortest lifespans of any iPhone Apple has ever made, being cancelled when Apple introduced its next-gen handsets back in September. However, according to a new report,

Kids in the U.K. get field trips to… the Apple Store?

Apple is offering students in the U.K. the chance to learn more about coding, engineering and design — courtesy of Field Trip events as part of the UK’s government’s “Year of Engineering.” The events

Apple could take on Fire TV Stick with its own streaming dongle

Apple has spent upwards of $1 billion creating original TV shows, but as of yet it hasn’t revealed exactly how it plans to get these in front of users. One idea? That it could release a streaming

‘Research’ labels iPhone users in China as the ‘invisible poor’

The iPhone is a coveted totem of status in most parts of the world. In the United Arab Emirates, the wealthy elite buys them two at a time. But to carry an iPhone in China means you’re less educated

Force Apple’s iOS apps to use Dropbox or any other storage

Apple’s iOS apps can store their files anywhere. You just have to know how to tell them. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Amazon stocks its Apple store with new products ahead of Black Friday

The biggest shopping day of 2018 is nearly upon us and Apple and Amazon are teaming up to take advantage of the spending bonanza. As part of its new online sales deal with Apple, Amazon has recently