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16 rugged cases to protect your iPhone X

Speck Presidio UltraImage by SpeckSpeck has many variations on its Presidio case, and the most rugged is the $49.95 Presidio Ultra, a two-layered rubbery case sandwiched inside a two-layered hard polycarbonate bumper for four layers of protection. It even covers the buttons and ports to keep out dirt. Speck says it can survive drops of 15 feet.To … [Read more...]

How to sell or trade in your old iPhone

Even if you’re in the iPhone Upgrade Program, you might have an old iPhone languishing in a drawer somewhere unused. And if you buy your iPhone outright each year, you can usually recoup a good amount of that cost by selling the old model every time you upgrade. Here’s what you need to know about selling or trading in your old iPhone for top … [Read more...]

AppleCare+: Everything you need to know about Apple’s extended warranty program

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Your Apple gear wasn’t cheap. And if you drop your iPhone, your iPad stops turning on one day, or your Mac’s hard drive just ups and dies on you, getting it repaired probably won’t be cheap either.Apple includes a one-year limited warranty with all hardware so if there’s a manufacturing defect, you’ll be covered. To also protect against accidental … [Read more...]

Lego Boost review: Yup, tablet-connected Lego robots are as cool as they sound

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Build really cool Lego robots, and then control them with your tablet? Yes, please. Lego Boost ($160 on Amazon) is aimed at kids ages 7 to 12, so I was a little worried that it would be too hard to enjoy with my son—he’s 5 (and a half!) and just started kindergarten. But while I had to direct the complicated builds, controlling the finished robots … [Read more...]

How HEIF and HEVC will keep you from running out of space on your iPhone

The Photos and Camera apps in iOS 11 will be able to do more than ever, while using less of your precious storage space. Camera and Photos: Not a day goes by when you don't use them. And no matter how often Apple iterates them, there's always a little more that can be done. In iOS 11, plenty of changes are coming. You'll have more control over … [Read more...]

WWDC wish list: What we’d like to see from watchOS 4

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When AppleInsider noticed that Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay had quietly pulled Apple Watch versions of their iOS apps, the news made me scratch my head and think, “Wait, Google Maps had an Apple Watch app?” (Don’t worry, it’s coming back.)The truth is, I don’t really use Apple Watch apps. Looking at my list right now, I have exactly 50 third-party … [Read more...]

These super-high-res aerial photos of Apple Park are stunning

Apple’s new headquarters, Apple Park, is finally set to open to employees next month. We say “finally” because its construction has been a pretty epic process—its first mention on Macworld was way back in 2011, when Steve Jobs himself presented the initial plans to the Cupertino City Council. Now you can get a glimpse at that process in these … [Read more...]

Delayed BeatsX wireless earbuds will ship February 10 for $150

Apple and its subsidiary Beats announced the BeatsX earphones last September, alongside Apple’s own AirPods, since they have the same W1 chip that helps the AirPods pair so seamlessly to iPhones and iPads. But then they never shipped, completely missing their late-fall estimate. It’s understandable if you forgot they existed.To read this article in … [Read more...]

MacPaw’s Setapp service offers a suite of Mac software for a monthly fee

Every time a piece of big-name Mac software goes to a subscription-based model, reactions are mixed. TextExpander even reversed its decision, bringing back a stand-alone version of TextExpander 4 to sell alongside the subscription-only TextExpander 5.Now MacPaw wants to make subscription-based Mac software popular by offering a bundled suite of … [Read more...]

Apple removes the battery-remaining estimate from macOS 10.12.2

MacOS 10.12.2, out today, contains a fix for the graphical issues experienced by some owners of new (late 2016) MacBook Pros. That’s a good thing. But Apple also investigated reports of poor battery life, and found no evidence the batteries themselves were behaving unexpectedly. That doesn’t mean this issue isn’t getting a fix of sorts, however. In … [Read more...]

Apple removes the battery-remaining estimate from macOS 10.12.2

MacOS 10.12.2, out today, contains a fix for the graphical issues experienced by some owners of new (late 2016) MacBook Pros. That’s a good thing. But Apple also investigated reports of poor battery life, and found no evidence the batteries themselves were behaving unexpectedly. That doesn’t mean this issue isn’t getting a fix of sorts, however. In … [Read more...]

Apple removes the battery-remaining estimate from macOS 10.12.2

MacOS 10.12.2, out today, contains a fix for the graphical issues experienced by some owners of new (late 2016) MacBook Pros. That’s a good thing. But Apple also investigated reports of poor battery life, and found no evidence the batteries themselves were behaving unexpectedly. That doesn’t mean this issue isn’t getting a fix of sorts, however. In … [Read more...]

Apple announces a one-day sale for Black Friday

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Apple doesn’t always get in on Black Friday, the unofficial shopping holiday the day after Thanksgiving. In some previous years, the company has offered modest discounts on some products, or a free gift card with purchase, but last year the company sat Black Friday out all together. This year, Apple’s in. The company announced a “one-day shopping … [Read more...]

13-inch MacBook Pro review: Too many tradeoffs

The wait for overhauled MacBook Pros is over, so let the shakeup begin. This entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2GHz Core i5 and function keys is a great replacement for my 13-inch MacBook Air. Whether it’s powerful enough for MacBook Pro power users is another story, and depends on your exact needs. It does have some significant trade-offs … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Series 2 hands-on: Ceramic is stunning, but Hermès overpriced

It’s really hard to tell the difference between the new Apple Watch Series 2 models and the originals—the aluminum and steel versions anyway—until you place them side by side. Turns out, the Series 2 models are ever so slightly thicker than their predecessors. Just a hair, not enough to even complain about, really, and it’s certainly not a … [Read more...]

iPhone 7 hands-on: Perfectly adequate, still underwhelming

The iPhone we’ve been hearing rumors about for months is finally real, so let the anguish over its confirmed lack of a headphone jack begin. (Since this might have been the worst-kept secret in Apple history, hopefully you’ve worked through a few stages of grief already.) It’s true. Apple used the space freed up by removing the headphone port to … [Read more...]

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