Walmart set to become a bigger online retailer than Apple


But that's not because Apple's not making major bank!
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Walmart will overtake Apple to become the third largest e-commerce retailer in the United States over the holiday season, analysts at eMarketer predict.

According to the firm, Amazon will remain in dominant position as the number one retailer, accounting for a massive 48 percent of online retail spending. Amazon is followed by eBay, with a projected 7.2 percent of the market, followed by Walmart, and then Apple.

Deck out your MacBook ahead of Black Friday [Deals]


We've rounded up some of the best deals on the best accessories for MacBook.
We've rounded up some of the best deals on the best accessories for MacBook.
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Pretty much every MacBook user can benefit from a good accessory. So we’ve rounded up some of the best deals on the best peripherals for MacBooks, just in time for Black Friday. Below you’ll find great deals on USB adapters, docking stands, breakaway cables and more!

Ditch the Apple Watch Sport band, get Shift instead


Shift lets you maintain form, spend less time looking at your wrist and more on the trail and traffic.
Shift lets you maintain form, spend less time looking at your wrist and more on the trail and traffic.
Photo: EdgeGear

A pair of avid runners turned engineers have reinvented the watch band into something kind of genius, and we’ve got it in the Cult of Mac Watch Store.

Your Apple Watch provides a torrent of information – so why wear it in the same spot as the watch your great-grandfather wore? Putting key stats and info in your natural line of sight is not only easier to read, it’s easier to use and it’s safer.

Black Friday steals, MacBook Pro’s new Vega GPUs, and strange Steve Jobs stories, on The CultCast


CultCast 362 MacBook Pro
The 2018 MacBook Pro has two new GPUs, and we're pissed.

This week on The CultCast: you have to be prepared if you want lock down the best prices on the best gadgets this Black Friday. We’ll tell you the strategies to use to grab all the good deals most shoppers miss. Plus: the new MacBook Pro GPUs are a huge upgrade, but we’re pissed. We’ll explain. Also: why Apple’s stock has fallen off a cliff, and we’ll wrap up with a Steve Jobs story so mundane, the internet has become fascinated with it.

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Apple’s Certified Refurbished Online Store gets a design upgrade


Apple refurbished
A glimpse at Apple's refreshed online store.
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Apple has debuted a new look for its Certified Refurbished Online Store, giving it bigger pictures and easier navigation options.

Previously, Apple’s Certified Refurbished was nothing special, potentially since Apple was hoping that you would skip over it and buy the new, full-priced items. Now it’s changed it mind — with a new design that places a bigger focus on this part of Apple’s retail business.

Score top-rated VPN protection for 1/3 the usual price [Deals]


Nord VPN offers top=notch online protection at a bargain price, just in time for your holiday travels.
This is top-notch online protection for bargain price, just in time for your holiday travels.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

If you’re traveling this holiday season, you’ll encounter more bugs than the cold or flu. Using public WiFi is a prime way to face malware, identity theft, and other online threats. So you’ll want to travel with solid VPN protection.

Swiss banks accused of colluding to hurt Apple Pay


Apple Pay
Apple Pay arrived in Switzerland in 2016.
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Switzerland is opening up an investigation into whether major banks colluded to fight off the threat of mobile payments services such as Apple Pay.

The banks, which include Credit Suisse and Switzerland’s top bank UBS, supposedly wanted to boost the Swiss mobile payment service TWINT. As a result, they are alleged to have blocked their credit cards from working with Apple Pay and the rival Samsung Pay service.

iPhone XR suppliers say they expect a slowdown next year


Nearly every configuration of the Apple's latest handset is still available hours into launch day. What does this say about iPhone XR sales?
Does this story feed into the idea that iPhone XR sales are weak?
Photo: Apple

Sources with knowledge of two of the touch module suppliers for the iPhone XR say the companies expect to see a slowdown in shipments in the first quarter of 2019.

The two companies are TPK Holding and General Interface Solution (GIS), both of whom have worked with Apple for several years. It feeds into concerns that the iPhone XR is experiencing weaker-than-expected sales. Things might not be quite what they seem, however.

2018 iPad Pro – A week with Apple’s computer for everywhere [Review]


IPad Pro and Mac Pro
Apple’s on their hardware “A” game with the new iPad Pro
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The new iPad Pro is arguably the most powerful, most familiar, most versatile, and most fun computer you can get today. Yes, you read that correctly. I said computer.

For the past week, I’ve been testing out Apple’s latest 12.9” iPad Pro. I’ve used it around the house, and at work, in the kitchen, and in bed, at the coffee shop and on the couch – and it’s been great. I actually look forward to using it, and it has replaced both my MacBook and my iPhone for a lot of my most common situations.

Grab the new iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS ‘bug fix’ betas


The third beta of iOS 12.1.1 is available to anyone who wants it.
iOS 12.1.1 beta 3 is available to anyone who wants to download it.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The public just got their hands on the third beta of iOS 12.1.1, which developers were able to access to this morning. This doesn’t bring new features, but makes some tweaks.

Developers can also download macOS 10.12.2 beta 3, tvOS 12.1.1 beta 3, and watchOS 5.2.1 beta 2.