Cult of Mac Magazine: Our Apple Watch Series 4 wish list, and more!

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In this week's Cult of Mac Magazine: Apple looks set to unveil the biggest upgrade yet to its popular wearable.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: With an update likely coming soon, Cult of Mac lays out our best guesses (and most fanciful dreams) for all the features that could be coming to Apple’s fantastic wearable.

You’ll find that top story and much more. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Today in Apple history: ‘Misunderstood’ iPhone ad wins Emmy

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"Misunderstood" earns Apple its second Emmy.
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Aug 18 Today in Apple history: Apple's 'Misunderstood' iPhone ad wins Emmy August 18, 2014: A Christmas-themed iPhone ad lands Apple an Emmy for “Most Outstanding Commercial of the Year.”

The prize-winning spot is Apple’s “Misunderstood” iPhone 5s ad. It depicts a silent teenager who won’t spend time with his family at Christmas because he’s too busy with his iPhone. At the end of the ad, he reveals that he’s not actually being a misanthrope. He used his iPhone and iMovie to shoot and edit a heartwarming family montage!

Rack up and charge up to 7 mobile devices at once [Deals]

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With slots for 7 devices, this charging hub makes sure the tabletops are clear and everyone's devices juiced up.
With slots for 7 devices, this charging hub makes sure the tabletops are clear and everyone's devices juiced up.
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At home or at work, tabletops can get cluttered with mobile devices, and keeping them all charged can be a challenge. But with this high capacity organizer and charger, everybody’s device gets charged, and the desktop stays clear.

Save 20% on all Carterjett Apple Watch bands through August

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Save 20 percent on Cartjett's lineup of Apple Watch bands through August. Choose from Leather NATO, Nylon NATO and Silicone Tire Tread bands.
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Apple’s Sport band is the basic bro of Apple Watch bands. If you want something a little more rugged — and a lot less forgettable — strap on a Tire Tread Sport band from Carterjett.

These sturdy silicone bands come in brilliant colors, with extra-large sizes and surprisingly small price tags as do the rest of Carterjett’s collection which includes Nylon NATO and Leather NATO bands as well.

Pop in the code SAVE20! at checkout and you’ll save 20 percent on all Cartejett Apple Watch bands through August.

Amazon’s next big thing could be a TiVo knockoff

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Amazon wants Fire TV to be embedded in more TVs.
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The biggest name in online retail is aiming its sights on putting TiVo out of business next.

Amazon is reportedly developing a new set top box that will allow users to record live TV, providing a way to side-step cable providers when it comes to watching content on-demand.

Simply drag and drop music, videos and photos onto your iPhone with Waltr 2 [Deals]

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Easily transfer all your media between all your Apple devices without wires, converters, and other headaches.
Easily move files among all your Apple devices without wires, converters or other headaches.
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When you want to move files among your Mac and iOS devices, you probably use iTunes. But Apple’s software isn’t always cooperative, especially if your files need converting. Luckily, there’s another option that skips all the fuss.

Apple taps child star for murder mystery show

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A show about girl reporter Hilde Lysiak is coming to Apple TV.
Girl reporter Hilde Lysiak solved a murder when she was 9 years old. What have you done today?
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Apple has already nailed down the lead role for its upcoming TV show about a young girl who solves a local murder mystery.

8-year-old Brooklynn Prince from The Florida Project has been cast to play Hilde Lysiak after Apple just recently secured the rights to turn her life story into a TV show.

Science proves women’s pockets are too small for iPhones

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If your iPhone X fits in your front trousers pocket, you're probably not a woman.
If your iPhone X fits in your front trousers pocket, you're probably not a woman.
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Ever tried to slip an iPhone into a pants pocket and run out of room with the device halfway in? Men are probably scratching their heads, but most women know the experience well.

A new study finds that the front pocket in women’s jeans average less than half the size of men’s. And that means less than half the brands studied can hold an iPhone X.

Everything you need to know about your iPhone camera’s aperture

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Here I could have blurred the netting by using a wider aperture.
Here I could have blurred the netting by using a wider aperture.
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A few days ago, we learned about the iPhone’s shutter, the part of the camera that “opens and closes” to let light onto the sensor. Today, we’re taking an in-depth look at the aperture, aka hole. The aperture is an opening in the lens that can be made bigger or smaller. Like shutter speed, its primary purpose is to control how much light reacts with camera the sensor (or film).

Also like shutter speed, aperture has some extra effects on how the image looks. Specifically, it can control how much of the image, front to back, looks sharp.

iOS 12 runs much faster, especially on older iPhones

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Side-by-side tests on an iPhone 5s show noticeable iOS 12 performance improvements.
Side-by-side tests on an iPhone 5s show noticeable iOS 12 performance improvements.
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Apple’s next operating system is still in beta, but it already boasts much better performance than iOS 11. Speed improvements are high on Apple’s list of promises for iOS 12, and there’s little room for doubt that Cupertino will deliver.

Speed tests performed on older models, including an iPhone 5s, show iOS 12 makes the devices significantly faster.

OLED iPhones to give Apple Pencil production big boost

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Apple Pencil won't be exclusive to iPad Pro for long.
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Apple has reportedly signed on with a Taiwanese stylus supplier, adding credence to speculation that new OLED iPhones will support Apple Pencil.

The Economic Daily News out of China said Apple is contracting with Elan for “touch-and-pen related” chips for two next-gen handsets in the iPhone X line.