Teen uses lawn-mowing money to fund incredible Apple collection

For now, Alex's Apple Orchard, a collection of vintage Apple devices purchased with lawn-mowing money, is in the basement of the Jason family home.
For now, Alex's Apple Orchard, a collection of vintage Apple devices purchased with lawn-mowing money, is in the basement of the Jason family home.
Photo courtesy of Alex Jason

Cult of Mac 2.0 bugA 10-year-old kid in Maine finds an iMac G5 on Craigslist and arranges to trade a minibike and a snowblower for it.

The computer was supposed to be for games and homework. It instead proved to be the first piece in what is becoming one of the most significant private collections of Apple devices in the United States.

iPhone 7 might get battery boost, new leak suggests

The next iPhone will have a bigger battery.
The next iPhone will have a bigger battery.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Leaked images from Apple’s supply chain in Asia have allegedly revealed the upcoming iPhone 7’s battery, and it looks like it will be slightly bigger than the one found in the iPhone 6s.

Photos of the batteries where published this morning on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo showing that the iPhone 7 will be upgraded to a 7.04Wh battery — a bump up from the iPhone 6s’ 6.61Wh battery — that will hopefully bring a few more hours a usage time to the new device.

iPhone takes a bullet to save Turkish soldier’s life

iPhone isn't bulletproof, but it's close.
iPhone isn't bulletproof, but it's close.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The iPhone 6 may have earned a rep as the bendiest device Apple’s ever made, but it turns out the iPhone also doubles as a decent bullet shield.

A Turkish soldier discovered that fact the hard way while battling the terrorist organization PKK. In the middle of a fire fight, a young soldier was hit by a bullet, but thanks to the iPhone tucked in his pants pocket he walked away with his life.

Take a look at the damage:

Apple’s touching Mother’s Day ad was shot on iPhone

Apple's new ad is all about moms.
Apple's new ad is all about moms.
Photo: Truman P/Youtube

Mother’s Day is less than a week away and to celebrate, Apple has published a new video ad that spotlights mothers across the globe.

The new ad was shot entirely on iPhone, only instead of hiring a high-profile filmmaker to shoot the touching commercial, Apple compiled a collection of photos and short videos of moms shot by amateur photographers and iPhone users.

Watch it below:

CareKit, Word Flow Keyboard, and other awesome apps of the week

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all of the hot new apps you might have missed throughout the week.Twitter sets the live video world ablaze with Periscope, a couple great iPhone photography apps, the best way to calendar on the Mac, and some others made it into this week’s roundup.Without further ado, here are this week’s awesome apps!
What are this week's hottest apps?
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Looking to get up to speed on the week’s hottest apps? We’ve got your back!

Since my colleague Evan Killham has already covered the latest hot iOS games, I’m focusing on non-gaming apps this week: whether that’s an all-new custom keyboard, relaunched Q&A platform, or an update to an existing live-streaming favorite. Check out our picks below.