Everything you need to know about the new Apple File System

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APFS arrives in 2017.
APFS arrives in 2017.
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(Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in June 30, 2016, but has been updated with new info since the release of iOS 10.3)

It’s hard to believe that Apple’s speedy Macs are still using a file system that was developed more than 30 years ago, when floppy disks and spinning hard drives were considered cutting-edge technology.

But that’s going to change in 2017 with the new Apple File System — or APFS — that debuts in iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4. Here’s everything you need to know about APFS and how it’s going to make your life better, no matter what Apple device(s) you use.

Dramatically improve iOS dictation using Google’s Gboard

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Gboard dictation makes iOS even better.
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Google’s Gboard has been a great alternative iOS keyboard since its launch, and the latest update makes it even better. Now you can use it to dictate your messages, which will save you a load of time once you get in the habit.

In my opinion, Google has Siri licked when it comes to voice recognition, so there’s never been a better time to give Gboard a try. Here’s how to get started.

Archivist seeks to preserve every Apple II program ever created

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Software swaps and hardware hacks at the 2016 KansasFest.
Software swaps and hardware hacks at the 2016 KansasFest.
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Jason Scott is an archivist and the enthusiasm for what he curates is the kind ascribed to 15th-century manuscripts or Jamestown colony artifacts – not software on obsolete floppy disks written for a 40-year-old computer system.

Scott is out to collect any original or copied software disks for the Apple II as if a language is in danger of dying with the people who speak it or possess some record of its existence.

Now’s the perfect time to sell your old iPad

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This girl is using her iPad, but you probably aren't
It might be time to say "goodbye" to your iPad (and "hello" to some cold, hard cash).
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Today is the best day to sell your iPad. Why? Because with the new iPads coming this week, prices on older gear will soon drop.

If you’ve got an old iPad lying around, or even if you’re over your giant iPad Pro, sell your Apple tablet now before the bottom drops out — we’ll pay you for it through the Cult of Mac buyback program.

Get a comprehensive crash course in iOS coding [Deals]

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CoM - The 2017 iOS 10 Complete App Builder Bundle
This bundle of nine courses covers the gamut for anybody interested in learning or brushing up on iOS coding skills.
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If you’re want to learn the uber-lucrative skills involved in iOS development, it can be hard to know where to start. That makes something like The 2017 iOS 10 Complete App Builder Bundle a great opportunity. Not only is it a comprehensive and diverse place for beginners and seasoned coders alike to sharpen their skills, it’s a great value.

This bundle totals nine courses clocking in at more than 250 hours of instruction, and right now you can get the 2017 iOS 10 Complete App Builder Bundle for just $39.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

RED or dead? Apple’s best and worst PRODUCT(RED) devices

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Which Apple PRODUCT(RED) product has us seeing red?
Which Apple PRODUCT(RED) products have you seeing red?
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The new PRODUCT(RED) iPhone is the latest limited-edition Apple product to turn a crimson paint job into a pile of green, all for a worthy charity.

Apple got involved 11 years ago with The Global Fund to benefit AIDS programs in Africa. In that time, Apple has raised millions of dollars for the charity — and released some pretty sweet special-edition products to boot.

Here are our picks for the best Apple PRODUCT(RED) products (plus, the absolute worst of all time).

This handmade Apple Watch band is a true triple threat [Watch Store]

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The Triple Tour is handmade from a solid piece of vegetable-tanned leather, and can be worn three ways.
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In a tiny workshop in Austin, Texas, one of my all-time-favorite leather straps for Apple Watch is made carefully by hand. The Triple Tour Band by Arrow & Board is a “split” version of the ubiquitous Double Tour strap — popularized by the beautiful albeit monstrously-priced Hermès version.

Best yet, Cult of Mac Watch Store is giving you 10 percent off any Triple Tour or Arrow & Board strap with this code at checkout: Arrow&Board2017

4 biggest surprises from Apple’s totally unsurprising update

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Will we get more than the iPhone 7 next week?
None of today's announcements were keynote-worthy.
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Apple’s “surprise” announcement of new products and software wasn’t all that surprising if you’ve been keeping up with the latest rumors.

Today’s updates were practically announced yesterday when the company said its store would be down in the morning for “maintenance.” Despite all the rumors of new iPads and RED iPhones that have been out for weeks, Apple still managed to sneak in a few surprises that were both good and bad.

We’re eagerly awaiting Apple’s rumored April keynote, but here’s the biggest, most surprising news from today’s teaser.

Fix all your devices with this loaded DIY toolkit [Deals]

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CoM - iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
Don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't fix. This toolkit gives you everything you'll need to start repairing your own electronics.
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Most of your devices weren’t designed to be fixed. In fact, manufacturers would much prefer that you pay to have all your gadgets repaired or — even better — replaced. That’s why you’ll never find an Apple-produced repair guide for your iPhone.

But you have a right to fix anything you own, no matter how many specialized screws a company decides to use. iFixit’s mission is to empower you to fix your own gadgets, and with the company’s Essential Electronics Toolkit, you can save time and money by keeping your devices running. And right now you can get the iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit for just $19.95 at Cult of Mac Deals.

How to pick the perfect frame on iPhone Live Photos

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Live Photos are magical.
Live Photos are magical.
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The iPhone’s Live Photos feature is one of the funnest innovations Apple’s brought to photography. There’s just one annoying problem with the moving pictures: you can’t choose which frame it uses for the final image.

Thanks to a third-party app there’s finally a way to do just that, making Live Photos more versatile than ever.