Teen gang steals $13,000 worth of iPhones from the Apple store


iPhones are easy to sell, which makes them a big target for thieves.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s latest iPhones sell like hot cakes, which makes them a big target for thieves looking to make a quick buck. One teenage gang stole 19 display units worth over $13,000 from the Apple store in Natick Mall this week — and the “flash mob” robbery took less than a minute.

Today in Apple history: PowerBook 100 series is a smash hit


The mid-level PowerBook 100 series laptop.
Photo: Dana Sibera/Wikipedia CC

 21October 21, 1991: Apple launches its PowerBook 100 series, the most important laptops in Apple history — and one of the most important tech gadgets of all time.

Making notebooks into a mainstream technology, Apple’s subsequent success in this category — whether it’s the current MacBooks or even the rise of mobile devices like the iPhone — owes a debt of gratitude to the PowerBook 100 series.

Massive Mac updates, incoming! Catch all our Mac event predictions on The CultCast


A major Mac refresh is on the way!
A major Mac refresh is on the way!
Photo: Apple

This week on The CultCast: Is Apple about to make massive updates across the entire Mac line? Don’t miss our Oct. 27 Mac event predictions! Plus: Decoding the Apple event invitation, and everything we know about Nintendo Switch.

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iPhone 7 models with Intel inside suffer from slower LTE speeds 


The Jet Black iPhone will be a scratch-magnet.
The iPhone 7 is the first iPhone with Intel inside.
Photo: Apple

When it comes to LTE speeds, not all iPhone 7 devices are created equal.

A new study found performance differences between the Intel and Qualcomm modems used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that can result in a serious dip in data speeds when owners encounter a weak signal.