Master Adobe Illustrator with over 30 hours of training [Deals]

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Master the industry-standard vector graphics program with 34.5 hours of training on Adobe Illustrator CC.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for vector graphics. So if you’re doing work in the visual realm, it’s a platform worth mastering. With this progressive set of Illustrator courses, you can do just that.

Today in Apple history: iPhone sales hit first speed bump

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We officially hit "peak iPhone" in 2016.
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January 26: Today in Apple history: iPhone sales hit first speed bump January 26, 2016: After nine years of spectacular growth, iPhone sales flatline for the first time.

Numbers posted by Apple show that during the final three months of 2015, iPhone sales grew by only 0.4%. The crucial holiday season sales compare quite unfavorably with the 46% jump recorded during the same period a year earlier.

Music tips from guy who made Steve Jobs dance [Cult of Mac Magazine 333]

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After writing tons of Apple tunes, Jonathan Mann launches a podcast.
After writing tons of Apple tunes, Jonathan Mann launches a podcast.
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After finding fame for getting Steve Jobs to dance to his Antennagate song, Jonathan Mann went on to write tons more tunes (many about Apple). Now Mann, aka the Song a Day Guy, has a new podcast that delves into his creative process. He gave Cult of Mac some insight into the gear he uses to power his musical empire.

Read all about it in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. We’ve also got hot tips for Mac, iPod and AirPods owners, plus a couple of juicy product reviews and recommendations. It’s all yours for free in our weekly iOS mag (or you can get the links below).

Save more than half off a new iPad mini 3 [Deals]

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Score a solid Apple tablet at a 52% discount.
Score a solid Apple tablet at a 52% discount.
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The iPad mini 3 is one of those older-generation Apple devices that holds up well. For an e-reader, web browser or just all-around mobile media player, the tiny tablets offer all the features you want. But they come with one real advantage over the newest model: They’re a lot less expensive.

Apple dreams up curvy iMac concept

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Patent reveals Apple iMac concept
This could be a sneak peek at the 2020 iMac.
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The design of the iMac hasn’t changed much in over a decade, but Apple is considering a radical facelift. A proposed future model would consist of a pane of glass that surrounds the display, then curves forward to hold a keyboard and a pair of trackpads.

Add rad text captions to your Instagram photos without an app

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I couldn’t find any good cat pictures in my photo library.
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Do you want to overlay captions onto your Instagram photos? Of course you do. How else can express your inner poet, while simultaneously re-creating the worst of history’s inspirational posters? Where would humanity be without the “Hang in there, baby” cat poster? Doomed, that’s where.

Today we’re going to see how to add captions to any photo, without using an app. I won’t even force you to use a Siri Shortcut (although that’s a good option). And, of course, you don’t ever have to post the result to Instagram.

Bag a 2018 MacBook Air for $730, iPhone 7 for $140 [Deals & Steals]

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And save $50 on Powerbeats Pro.
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Woot is blowing out refurbished 2018 MacBook Air units for today only. There are big discounts to be had, with prices starting at just $729.99. And it’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

Others include:

Find all these and more in our live blog below!

Take a look at the secret app Apple uses to test iPhone hardware

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The iQT app is for Apple Technicians only.
Photo: Holt's iPhone Help

Ever visit the Apple store for an iPhone repair and notice the Genius Bar uses special diagnostic apps you’ve never seen before?

Apple keeps its internal-use apps on tight lockdown, but thanks to a forgetful iPhone technician, Apple nerds just got an in-depth look at a secret app called iQT that’s used to make sure every single feature on your iPhone is working properly.