Nostalgia fuels these wacky Apple Car concepts

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The color iMac G3 is classic, but could it be a classic car?
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Part of you wishes you still had a blueberry iMac G3 sitting on your desk. But would you buy a car that looked just like it?

A marketing company, joining in on the excitement surrounding longtime rumors of an Apple car, came up with five concepts that are inspired by landmark Apple products.

Teen sells beloved Apple collection to keep museum dream alive

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Vintage tech collectors Lonnie Mimms, left, and Alex Jason pose with an Apple e-Mate prototype, part of a collection Alex sold to Mimms.
Vintage tech collectors Lonnie Mimms, left, and Alex Jason pose with an Apple e-Mate prototype, part of a collection Alex sold to Mimms.
Photo courtesy of Bill Jason

Alex Jason, the Maine teenager who used lawn-mowing money to build one of the most impressive collections of rare and historical Apple devices, recently packed it all in a 26-foot truck and made a heartbreaking trip to deliver it to a new owner.

The dream of creating a museum with the collection had hit a snag. Alex had the building and even an impressive board of directors that included Mac designer Jerry Manock. But raising capital to renovate the site proved near impossible in sparsely populated Maine.

Moment’s new iPhone case will supercharge your photography

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The Moment battery case and redesigned wide lens for the iPhone 7.
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The iPhone camera is good right out of the pocket. Mobile lens company Moment Inc. launched three years ago believing it could make it even better.

It’s lens attachments have become favorites for many serious iPhone photographers trying to expand the range of the device’s fixed lens. Now, Moment is mounting an ambitious Kickstarter campaign with three new products to bolster the performance of iPhone cameras, from 6 through the 7 Plus.

Apple sees growth in China even if bottom line shows otherwise

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China seems to love Apple, but growing the brand there hasn't been easy.
China seems to love Apple, but growing the brand there hasn't been easy.
Illustration: Cult of Mac

Apple is encouraged with its growth in China even if it registered a double-digit decline in revenue there.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri used other numbers to paint a rosy picture of the complicated China market when they met with investors during a first quarter earnings conference call Tuesday.

The Mac is still very much in play for Apple

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The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
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Apple may be more of a smartphone company these days, but its legacy product, the personal computer, continues to be popular.

In an upbeat Q1 earnings report with investors Tuesday, Apple said it sold 5.4 million Macs en route to an all-time quarterly revenue record of $78.4 billion dollars.

iPhone 7 snaps Apple’s losing streak

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus helped Apple reverse a three-quarter sales decline.
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The number 7 was lucky for Apple, as worldwide sales of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus hit a quarterly record and put the breaks on a three-quarter revenue skid, the company said in today’s first quarter earnings report.

Apple saw a 5 percent revenue increase ($54.3 million) with more than 78 million iPhones sold. It was the first full quarter of the iPhone 7, delivered during a time of year that typically generates the best sales figures for Apple because of the holiday shopping season.

New USB-C hub makes MacBook Pro backward-compatible

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The hub to end all the hubbub about the MacBook Pro's USB-C ports.
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Apple has made accessories companies busy working furiously to create the perfect dongle or hub for users furious over a new MacBook Pro will only USB-C ports.

We crave change and innovation from Apple, then moan when we are not ready for it. SCOSCHE Industries hopes to ease your transition with a new USB-C AV multiport adaptor with three ports for your peripheral devices.

Drop the marker! This company will paint your AirPods black

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Don't like the color of your AirPods? This company paints them black.
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I have a co-worker who bought a pair of Apple’s shiny white AirPods, turned a black Sharpie marker on them and has been cleaning ink out of his ears ever since.

A company called BlackPods, which says it has a proprietary coating system for Apple’s wireless earbuds, just announced its service this week in an email blast to tech journalists — though too late for my colleague, who now reports model paint worked no better than the Sharpie.

infltr is short for infinite filters for your iPhone photos

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infltr might be the only photo editing app with more than 7 million filters.
infltr might be the only photo editing app with more than 7 million filters.
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Don’t expect to find preset filters with clever names when you download the photo editing app infltr. In fact, there is little to guide you in the styling of your photos with this app.

Just let go of what you’ve come to expect from an editing app and touch the picture. A circle appears, changing colors as it transforms the hue in your picture while you move your finger across the image. You may not know where you’re going, but eventually, the picture takes on a look to behold.

New Panols app lets you share panoramic shots on Instagram

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Panols makes Instagram a place where panoramic pictures can stretch.
Panols makes Instagram a place where panoramic pictures can stretch.
Photo: Panols

Instagram got the hint from users that they had grown tired of just squares and now allows mobile photographers to present horizontal or vertical pictures. But it’s still not a platform for sharing panoramic images.

A developer and frequent traveler, who grew tired of crops to his majestic captures, has created an app to bring sweeping panos to Instagram.