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Increasing iPhone addiction is ruining our free time

There’s a good chance you’re looking at your iPhone more than ever before. A new study shows that it’s dozens of times every day. Which really isn’t a good thing. Especially as another study has found

Apple is now selling refurbished HomePods

Getting your hands on Apple’s HomePod smart speaker just got a little bit more affordable. Apple’s online store is now selling refurbished HomePod units for $299. This is the first time the HomePod

Pro Tip: How to reveal the Files sidebar in portrait view

Files app is fantastic, and sometimes frustrating. Find out how to reveal the hidden sidebar in portrait view. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

12.9-inch iPad Pro teardown video reveals smaller battery

Apple’s latest tablet isn’t easy to take apart, even for experts. A video teardown by iFixit documents the difficulties that come from 12.9-inch iPad Pro components held in with tiny screws and glue.

One week working on the iPad Pro: Not just for professionals

After a week using the new iPad Pro, it’s obvious that it’s the best portable computer Apple has ever made. And it’s not just for professionals either. The design changes alone make the 2018 iPad Pro

Russian man buys iPhone XS with bathtub of coins

It sometimes feels like it takes a bathtub full of money to afford the latest iPhone. In Russia, one man apparently did just that in order to purchase an iPhone XS. The website,,

Spotify’s Apple Watch app arrives with minimal features

The world’s largest paid music streaming service is finally landing on Apple Watch. Spotify finally revealed its first app for the Apple Watch today that will give wearers the ability to play, pause

Why creative pros can’t rely on iPad Pro [Opinion]

Since the new iPad Pro’s launch, debate about the powerful devices has become increasingly polarized into two opposing camps: futurists and realists. The futurists argue that the iPad is the future

Screen Time flaw lets kids use Safari without limitations

iOS 12’s Screen Time feature is a great way of making sure that people, particularly children, don’t spend too long using their iOS devices. That’s an important goal, whether you’re worried about the

Pick up a new language with this interactive iPhone app [Deals]

The benefits of learning a second language are endless. Get fluent, and you can cruise around like a local during trips abroad, expand your business to overseas markets or simply keep your brain

Goldman Sachs worries that iPhone demand is ‘deteriorating’

Goldman Sachs has added its name to the list of financial institutions worried about stagnating iPhone sales. “We are concerned that end demand for new iPhone models is deteriorating,” Goldman Sachs

Some users mysteriously locked out of Apple accounts

Multiple users have reported being locked out of their Apple devices, receiving messages stating that: “Your Apple ID has been locked for security reasons. To unlock it, you must verify your

Netflix update adds support for 2018 iPad Pro lineup

The Netflix app is now fully compatible with the new iPad Pro. It takes full advantage of the space offered by the latest Liquid Retina displays, which are the first iPad screens with rounded corners

Apple lost $190 billion in value over the past 5 weeks

Some Apple stats are pretty mind-boggling to get your head around, such as the fact that a modern midrange iMac Pro boasts 11x as many bytes of memory as every combined unit of the Apple II ever sold.

Apple confirms T2 chip will block certain third-party repairs

Apple has confirmed that certain repairs for its new Macs, sporting the T2 chip, can only be carried out by officially sanctioned Apple repair shops. That’s because it contains software locks which

5G iPhone probably can’t launch before 2020

The estimated release date for Intel’s first 5G modem makes it very unlikely a 5G iPhone will be released before 2020. Android devices with this speedy new cellular-wireless technology are expected a

Enable this great Shoot Mode with Siri Shortcuts to take pictures in peace

This Shoot Mode shortcut suppresses notifications and launches the Camera app, ready for some uninterrupted photo-shooting. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Optimistic analyst gets gloomy about iPhone XR

Ming-Chi Kuo just lowered his estimates for the number of iPhone XR units that will sell over the next year. That’s a real turnaround, as this analyst had previously been bullish on Apple’s latest

Is the 2018 iPad Pro Smart Folio Cover really worth $99? [Review]

The new iPad Pro 2018 Smart Folio Cover is outrageously priced, but it is also an excellent companion for your iPad. It's better than the old Smart Cover in most ways. But should you buy one? (via

Free app boosts iPhone internet speed and privacy

A new application has the potential to speed up internet access on your iPhone. And Cloudflare’s app certainly makes everything you do online more private. What it’s doing is a bit technical,