See Ullu’s colorful, leather cases for iPhone XS and XS Max


Ullu's SnapOn iPhone Case in Blue Steel.
Photo: Ullu

We know and love Ullu’s leather straps for Apple Watch, so much so that they are best-sellers in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store. The company’s bread and butter, however, is its popular iPhone cases.

Check out any of Ullu’s social media and you’ll witness tons of A-listers toting around their various iPhones in Ullu’s luxurious cases. From wallet and strappy to Ullu’s famous SnapOn and dual-iPhone cases, there’s a chic option for everyone.

Face ID fails to recognize difference between twins


Face ID
Face ID isn't unbeatable.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s foolproof Face ID system looks like it has met its match.

Even though Face ID is supposed to faster on the iPhone XS and XS Max, it appears that the security system can be completely fooled by identical twins. If you’ve got a sibling doppelganger, you might want to just use a passcode.

Watch how ineffective Face ID is at distinguishing between these two:

Waze’s next-gen navigation cruises onto CarPlay


Waze CarPlay
The long wait for Waze on Apple's CarPlay in-dash system is over.
Photo: Waze

For too many years, the only navigation application for CarPlay users was Apple Maps. But iOS 12 changed that. Last week, CarPlay users got access to Google Maps. And now the rival Waze is an option.

This means that all three of the most popular turn-by-turn smartphone navigation titles can be used with Apple’s in-dash system.

These Bluetooth earbuds can groove for days [Deals]


These Bluetooth earbuds come with a charging case that boosts it to 60 hours of continued use.
Nova earbuds come with a universal charging case that provides up to 60 hours of audio bliss.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Bluetooth audio is popular because it’s portable, wireless and generally convenient. Unfortunately, it’s also energy-intensive, so commutes or trips to the gym often need to be coordinated with battery life. Not so with this set of long-lasting Bluetooth earbuds.

iPhone XS Max whips Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in speed tests


Apple wins benchmark and real-world comparisons of the performance of the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9.
Apple wins benchmark and real-world comparisons of the performance of the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9.
Screenshot: SuperSaf TV

Both Samsung and Apple offer really large smartphones fo those who want to carry a miniature tablet around with them everywhere. Anyone trying to decide between the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9 should consider which one offers better performance.

In several head-to-head tests, the iPhone solidly beats its Android-based rival. That’s in both benchmarks and real-world use.

Bag a brand new iPhone for under $140 [Deals & Steals]


5 tips to fix an unresponsive iPhone screen
A new iPhone doesn't have to break the bank.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Buying an iPhone doesn’t have to break the bank. Best Buy has some stellar deals on slightly older models, like an iPhone SE for under $140, or an iPhone 6 for under $180. These are just some of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

We also have great discounts on accessories for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac — as well as up to 20 percent off Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple Park gets bricked in amazing Lego replica


LEGO Apple Park
It took the LEGO brick master Spencer R two years to build his replica Apple Park.
Flickr screenshot: Fabrizio Constantini/Spencer R

As architecture to behold, the Apple Park “spaceship” campus has received the ultimate validation — as a Lego model.

The iconic ring, the circular Steve Jobs Theater, the fitness center, and even the plant life have been faithfully re-created at approximately 1/650th scale by a brick master who goes by Spencer R.