Apple inks movie deal with Oscar-winning indie studio


mid90s cast
The cast of A24's latest movie, mid90s
Photo: A24

One of the hottest indie movie studios in Hollywood is joining forces with Apple to make a series of movies.

A24, the studio behind the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, has inked a multi-year deal to produce a slate of films, in what is the first major movie deal for Apple.

How to import photos into 2018 iPad Pro


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Importing is dead easy.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

You’ve been able to import photos into an iPad ever since the first iPad launched. You had to buy a Camera Connection Kit to do it, which at the time consisted of two 30-pin Dock connectors, one with a USB-A port for hooking up cameras and CF readers, the other with an SD card slot. Since then, imports have gotten faster, and better. And the biggest difference with the 2018 iPad Pro is that now you can use any old USB-C card reader or hub to do the importing. Let’s see how it works.

10 reasons I chose iPhone XR over iPhone XS Max


The CultCast host Erfon Elijah loves the iPhone XR.
The CultCast host Erfon Elijah loves the iPhone XR.
Photo: Erfon Elijah/Cult of Mac

The iPhone XS and XS Max are undeniably the most gorgeous phones ever created. But when it comes time to actually shell out your own hard-earned cash for an iPhone in the year 2018, there’s one clear winner: the iPhone XR.

Even though it doesn’t have the same amazing OLED display as the iPhone XS Max, there’s a lot to love the iPhone XR. And we’re not just talking about the price tag. The CultCast host Erfon Elijah breaks down why you should consider going all-in on the colorful iPhone XR.

Big savings on iPhone, iPad and more [Deals & Steals]


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The iPhone X is now more affordable than ever!
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The iPhone X may not be Apple’s latest handset, but it’s still one of its best, with the latest design, cutting-edge features like Face ID, and a super-speedy A11 Bionic processor. It’s also more affordable than ever right now, with Amazon offering refurbished models for $725!

That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. We also have refurbished iPad Air 2 units with a free rugged case for under $200, a terrific 4K monitor from Dell with $100 off, and more!

Plus, many retailers are already offering early Black Friday deals on great technology, and we’ve picked out the best of those, too!

Here’s a labeling system for all those white Apple cords. You’re welcome. [Review]


Make no mistake. This cord has been tagged with a Buoy Tag.
Make no mistake. This cord has been tagged.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

Buoy Tags, in a nutshell, are labels for cables. Apparently, some of us could use them.

I didn’t know this until my little box of Buoy Tags arrived. But once I saw the little clip-on tags, I could see how they might solve a common problem in households with multiple devices, or in communal offices where everyone plugs into power strips.

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.

Apple is poaching engineers in Qualcomm’s backyard


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The Qualcomm vs Apple battle is heating up.
Photo: Qualcomm

One of Apple’s oldest wireless chip suppliers is now facing a huge threat of having employees poached by the iPhone-maker.

For the first time ever, Apple has started advertising engineering jobs in Qualcomm’s backyard, San Diego, California. The move comes as the two companies have been feuding for two years regarding royalty payments and Apple’s hiring spree could deepen the riff.

Why this is the perfect time to buy Apple stock


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When a company had good long-term prospects, the time to buy shares is when others are getting out.
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It hasn’t been a great month to own shares of Apple. But if you’ve been considering getting in, one analyst says now is the time to buy.

Shares of the iPhone maker have lost 17 percent of the value in less than than two weeks. But this an overreaction to bad news from parts suppliers.

Who needs Apple Pencil when any old stylus will do? [Opinion]


Apple Pencil vs dumb stylus: This old Wacom Bamboo is more than enough
This old Wacom Bamboo stylus is more than enough "pencil" for many people.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

I’ve owned an Apple Pencil since I bought the first iPad Pro a few years ago. There’s nothing to touch it when it comes to drawing and painting on the iPad, but I found I didn’t ever use it for that. I mark up PDFs, make selections when editing photos, and sketch the odd diagram.

This time around, I’m saving my $130 by not buying the Apple Pencil mkII. Why? I don’t need it. Instead, I’m using the cheap, dumb stylus I found in my jam jar of pens and pencils. Let me tell you why.

Level up your Apple Watch game with these striking saffiano leather bands


Casetify's saffiano leather printed bands pack a punch in style and durability.
Casetify's saffiano leather printed bands pack a punch in design and durability.
Photo: Casetify

If you love Apple Watch Series 4’s streamlined body but crave some color and vibrancy to up the fashion ante, look no further than these saffiano leather Apple Watch bands from Casetify.

The Cult of Mac Watch Store partnered with Casetify — big believers in self-expression through tech accessories — for a while now. But this season the company smashed the refresh button and completely revamped its brand and its Apple Watch band designs. Now, dreamers, playmakers and game-changers can fulfill their style needs with Casetify’s artful Apple Watch bands.