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Apple’s online store goes down ahead of today’s event

As expected, the Apple Online Store has gone down (purposely) hours ahead of today’s special event. When it returns following Apple’s keynote event, we expect to see redesigned versions of the iPad

Apple is having to rethink its Apple Store strategy in China

Over the past several years, new Apple Stores have been opening all over China — but the bloom might be off the rose. According to a new report, Apple’s Chinese retail stores have been struggling with

Possible China tariffs could drive up the price of all Apple products

It’s just the news you probably didn’t want to hear before a new Apple keynote event: Your Apple products could be about to get even pricier. The reason? The Trump administration is reportedly

Leaked Apple Pencil 2.0 details reveal exciting new features

Apple is planning to unveil a second-generation Apple Pencil during its ‘More in the Making’ keynote tomorrow but full details of the new stylus may have already leaked online. Notorious Apple leaker

iOS 12.1 brings Group FaceTime and 70 new emoji tomorrow

The long wait for Group FaceTime calls is nearly over. Apple revealed today that the big iOS 12.1 update will finally be released to the public tomorrow, bringing a host of new features and fixes to

iPhone XR is a bit more rugged than iPhone XS

Drop tests show that the new iPhone XR breaks as readily as the more expensive iPhone XS if you drop them 6 feet onto concrete. Note: don’t try this at home. But Apple’s latest is slightly more

Crazy iPhone case stows and charges earbuds

Wireless earbuds are great but with this statement comes a couple of asterisks. Careful stowage is critical or risk losing one. Remembering to charge Bluetooth buds is not quite second nature. Ascape

Use iOS 12’s smart albums to clean up your photo library

iOS 12's smart albums let you browse your selfies, screenshots, and a lot more. Let's see how to use them. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Hilarious bug gives Pixel 3 XL a second notch

The monstrous notch on Google’s new Pixel 3 XL phone is getting even worse thanks to a hilarious software bug that is plaguing users. A small number of users have reported on Twitter and Instagram

A password manager so easy, my mom uses it

My mom, who is 75, loves her Apple technology. She’s a full-fledged member of the Cult, with an iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac and Apple TV. She uses them all, all the time, to do everything, just like

‘Leaked’ iPad Pro case shows off that surprising USB-C port

Olixar is best known for two things: one, regularly showing its cases wrapped around unreleased Apple products, and two, having its predictions turn out to be correct. That’s why it’s a big deal that

Gorgeous concept dreams up big changes for Mac mini

After 1473 days of waiting for an update, new Mac minis might finally be on the horizon. Apple’s ‘More in the Making’ keynote is less than 24 hours away and one of the most anticipated new devices is

Why USB-C on the iPad would be a terrible idea [Opinion]

There’s no way the iPad will get a USB-C port in place of Lightning. It brings no practical advantages, and the USB-C connector is a piece of junk compared to Lightning. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and

How to watch Apple’s ‘More in the Making’ keynote

Apple’s ‘More in the Making’ keynote is less than 24 hours away where the company is expected to unveil a slew of new iPads and Macs. Unlike last month’s iPhone keynote at Apple Park, this week’s

Creative hack gives you stunning iPhone macro shots

Commercial photographer Paul Adshead could have spent a few bucks for a macro lens attachment for his iPhone. Instead, a MacGyver-type of a hack gave him a lens and ethereal macro photos that seem

Services could make up nearly half of Apple’s profits by 2020

Apple’s burgeoning Services division could make up 40 percent of the company’s gross profits by fiscal 2020, predicts Jefferies analyst Timothy O’Shea. O’Shea says that Apple’s growing Services are

New Apple Pencil could support gesture recognition

Apple Pencil is the best iPad stylus money can buy — and it could be about to get even better. iOS code reveals an updated model, which is likely to make its debut during tomorrow’s “More in the

Apple investigates reports of underage workers at Apple Watch factory

Apple has said that it will investigate allegations that one of its manufacturers used high school students to build Apple Watches in China. The news came to light late last week, when the Hong

iBeacon use slows to ‘a trickle’

iBeacons haven’t exactly caught on as Apple hoped, and neither have the similar smartphone-communicating beacons launched by other companies like Google. But why has beacon adoption slowed to “a

Access your desktop apps and files from your iPhone with Parallels [Deals]

If you’ve tried a desktop client for your mobile device, it was probably not the most streamlined affair. Many remote desktop apps don’t emphasize mobile interactions, after all. So they require lots