Today in Apple history: iMac G4 gets super-sized screen


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The iMac G4 brings a "breathtaking" giant screen to desktops everywhere.
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July 17: Today in Apple history: iMac G4 brings super-sized screen July 17, 2002: Apple ships a new super-sized iMac G4, offering a 17-inch widescreen LCD display that becomes the envy of most computer users at the time.

“The best consumer desktop just got even better,” says Steve Jobs of Apple’s new all-in-one computer. “Having this gorgeous 17-inch flat screen floating in mid-air right in front of you is simply breathtaking. There’s nothing like it in the PC world.” He wasn’t wrong!

Fortnite 9.40 brings new tactical shotguns, big gameplay changes


The tactical shotgun is better than ever.
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Fortnite just got its biggest patch in weeks, and there are lot of changes and improvements for players to look forward to in version 9.40.

Highlights include new, more powerful variants of the tactical shotgun, and the reintroduction of the bolt-action sniper rifle. Epic Games has also added support for Bluetooth microphones on iPhone and iPad.

Twitter CEO speaks with employees at Apple Park


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was one of Apple's chosen speakers.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly made a stopover at Apple Park on Tuesday, addressing employees in the marketing department.

It’s not exactly clear what was discussed. However, it does suggest “strong ties” between Apple and the microblogging company.

Video showcases all this year’s new iPhone models


Get ready for the 'bug eye' camera setup.
Screenshot: Marques Brownlee

We’re still a couple months away from Apple unveiling the new iPhones, and YouTuber Marques Brownlee has given us what may be the best glimpse so far at Apple’s next-gen handsets.

In a new video, Bronwnlee gives his thoughts on dummy models of the iPhone 11, 11 Max, and 11R. While these aren’t working units, they are dimensionally-correct mockups created for case-makers. As such, you can put decent stock in these being pretty accurate.

2018 iPad Pro sees its biggest discounts yet [Prime Day Deals & Steals]


Going, going ... but not quite gone!
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Amazon Prime Day 2019 is winding down, but some big discounts can still be found. There are massive savings on more than 1 million products that you won’t want to miss — including some terrific deals on Apple gear and other tech.

We’ve been updating our Deals & Steals liveblog with awesome new offers you have to see — including up to $20 off the newest AirPods, and hundreds off the latest iPad Pro lineup.

Other highlights include up to 53% on Beats Solo3 wireless headphones, up to 38% on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and huge savings on iPhone cases and accessories.

We’ll continue to update our liveblog throughout the day, so be sure to keep an eye on it for other big savings.

These 2019 MacBook Pro models offer best bang for your buck


The MacBook Pro has a Touch Bar, and a better display.
Our simple system for determining which MacBook Pro offers the most bang for the buck can help you choose the right one for you.
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You need a 2019 MacBook Pro, but there are so many of configurations to choose from, with the top model more than twice as expensive as the base one. Naturally, Apple makes you pay extra for a faster processor, but is the additional cost worth it?

We took benchmarking scores for all the variations of the newest Mac laptop and divided them by the cost of each. The results might well surprise you.

Check out all the new emoji coming to iPhones this fall


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New emoji are on the way!
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July 17 is World Emoji Day and to celebrate, Apple offered a preview of some the new emoji characters arriving on iPhone and iPad later this year.

The new additions add more diversity to characters along with new animals, foods, activities and smiley faces. Nearly 60 new emoji are set to be added including a skunk, skydiver and sloth.

Take a look at what’s new:

Ullu Pocket Wallet wraps your iPhone XS in luxurious leather [Review]


It also lets you ditch your old wallet.
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When you spend upwards of $1,000 on a smartphone, you shouldn’t rely on a $3 case to keep it safe. You should protect your investment by lavishing it in luxurious leather that keeps (almost) every inch of it suitably covered up.

That’s what I did with the gorgeous Ullu Pocket Wallet.

Handcrafted from Italian calf leather, this case carries your iPhone and credit cards in a compact, stylish package that won’t weigh you down. It protects your handset from scratches, scuffs, and dirt without getting in your way.

It’s also on sale right now — and you should get your own.

Two stunning Apple ads score Emmy nominations


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A nature video shot with iPhone XS cameras is up for an Emmy.
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A pair of Apple videos were nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial. One celebrates the history of the Mac, while the other beautifully shows off the capabilities of the iPhone XS camera.

Watch both of them now.

How to stop your Photos library from taking over your Mac


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Don't let your photos take over your whole SSD.
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The Photos app on the Mac has two options for storing your photos. You can tell it to keep the full-size originals of everything, or you can have it self-manage, keeping your master library in iCloud and storing a mixture of full-resolution and low-res versions locally to save space.

The trouble is, even when you choose the “Optimize Mac Storage” option, the Photos app’s storage can metastasize and take over your whole drive. Today we’ll see how to cap this storage, giving Photos a hard limit on how much space it can use. For instance, if you have a MacBook with a 128GB SSD, you could choose to only use 30GB for Photos — and it will never, ever use more.