Apple beats Aston Martin to be named ‘Coolest Brand’

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Sorry James Bond: the iPhone’s cooler than your Aston Martin. Photo: Apple

Following on from a great weekend for its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets, Apple has been named the coolest brand in Britain for the third year running.

The CoolBrands list is voted for by 2,000 consumers, alongside a panel of 37 people described as “key influencers” — including models Sophie Dahl and Jodie Kidd, and the fashion designer Julien Macdonald.

Voters are asked to consider a brand’s style, innovation, originality, authenticity, desirability and uniqueness when making their choices.

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Watch every iPhone ever race each other in a speed-test showdown

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We just saw how incredibly far the iPhone’s display has come in seven short years. But if you think that’s impressive, check out how far the actual speed of the iPhone has come from the iPhone 2G to iPhone 6 Plus.

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How far has the iPhone’s display come? This screenshot says it all

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The iPhone has come a long way since its original 3.5-inch, 480 x 320 display. Now the iPhone 6 Plus ships with a massive 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 “Retina HD” display with individual pixels that are basically indiscernible to the human eye.

The above screenshot shows an original iPhone screenshot inside a 6 Plus screenshot. It doesn’t even fill a fourth of the new resolution.

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Best deals of the week: Bluetooth headphones, game dev training and more [Deals]

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It’s the end of the week and, as always, we are highlighting a few of the deals that were featured in the past seven days to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything.

If these deals don’t strike your fancy, be sure to check out the dozens of other gadgets, software, and services available every day at Cult of Mac Deals.

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iCloud Drive comes to Windows before the Mac

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Steve Jobs once said that iTunes on Windows was like giving someone ice water in hell. Now Windows users are getting the latest version of iCloud before the Mac faithful.

Apple has already rolled out iCloud Drive, its new cloud filesystem for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, on Windows. Mac users won’t get iCloud Drive until Yosemite’s rumored launch in October.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally allow for simultaneous voice and data on Verizon

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Remember this guy?

One of the cons of owning an iPhone on Verizon has been the inability to make a call and use data at the same time. The old restriction is finally going away with the introduction of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the Verizon iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Apple raises repair costs for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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With every new iPhone purchase, it’s important to weigh the cost of repairs against the value of Apple’s extended warranty. This year, Apple has raised repair costs for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Here’s the complete cost breakdown for out-of-warranty repairs:

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Deals ending soon on Mac apps, gear, and more! [Deals]

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Cult of Mac Deals is dedicated to bringing you the best in new tech gadgets, software, and services at rock bottom prices. As we continually introduce new products, we also have to say goodbye to the ones that have been around a while.

Today we feature three deals that are ending soon on amazing products. We don’t want to see you miss out. Jump on these offers before they’re gone forever.

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How to use iOS 8 like a boss

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Make the most of iOS 8 with these tips and tricks. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

You don’t need a new iPhone to enjoy the awesome power of iOS 8. Loaded with new features and built-in apps, Apple’s latest mobile OS is its most powerful yet.

As intuitive as it is, there are plenty of tips and tricks that will help you truly get the most out of iOS 8 — even starting before you pull the trigger on the free upgrade. Just in case you don’t feel like reading all 182 pages of Apple’s official iOS 8 user guide, here’s a roundup of Cult of Mac’s most helpful iOS 8 tips and tricks. (We will update this post as we dive deeper into iOS 8 in coming weeks.)

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$5,000 Apple Watches and the good and bad of iPhone 6 on The CultCast

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The reviews are in! We’ll tell you what people love and don’t about the iPhone 6… Then, RIP, iPod Classic. We remember the humble beginnings of the device that built the new Apple. And finally, Apple announced a base price of $349 for the Apple Watch, sure, but the prices for the other editions might make even Rolex envious. All that plus the lesser known features of iOS 8; how to get U2 out of your iTunes; and a new social video app has us taking more selfies than ever.

Titter your way through each week’s best Apple stories! Stream or download new and past episodes of The CultCast now on your Mac or iDevice by subscribing on iTunes, or hit play below and let the chuckles begin.

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