Chinese company could compete with Samsung on OLED iPhone screens

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BOE Technology Group already makes LCDs for Apple, and this Chinese company now wants to produce OLED iPhone screens.
BOE Technology Group already makes LCDs for Apple, and this Chinese company now wants to produce OLED iPhone screens.
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One of the most important components of the 2018 iPhone could be produced by a company with very strong ties to the Chinese government.

BOE Technology Group already makes some LCD screens for Apple, but also wants to manufacture OLED displays used in flagship iPhone models.

Juuk’s Vitero Apple Watch bands will thrill race car fans

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This Juuk Vitero Apple Watch band pays homage to a certain armored Avenger.
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Our friends at Juuk have done it again! The Hong Kong-based company has created a totally unique, aluminum Apple Watch band with an aggressive design inspired by motor racing.

Juuk’s Vitero band looks, feels and performs like no other Apple Watch band on the market — or any watch band for that matter. Available now in our Watch Store

Today in Apple history: Mac OS 8 becomes an instant smash hit

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Mac OS 8 gave Apple a much-needed revenue boost
Mac OS 8 gave Apple a much-needed revenue boost
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July 22: Today in Apple history: Mac OS 8 is an instant smash hit July 22, 1997: Apple introduces its next-gen operating system, Mac OS 8, the first major OS refresh for Macintosh since System 7’s release in 1991.

OS 8 introduces easier surfing of the internet, a new three-dimensional look, and other features. It gets great reviews — but arrives at a very challenging time for the company.

Cult of Mac Magazine: About that new MacBook Pro keyboard … and more!

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A leaked Apple document confirms that the silicone membrane inside the new laptops isn't really all about making the keyboard quieter.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: Apple won’t publicly admit that it tweaked the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard to fix the hardware’s biggest flaw. But in a leaked internal document, the company says it installed a new “membrane” to “prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism.”

You’ll find that story and more in this issue. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Score a lifetime of VPN protection at 96 percent off [Deals]

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This great deal will land you powerful VPN protection for up to 5 devices at once.
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If the news of the last few weeks tells us anything, it’s that online security are no joke. Maybe you don’t have to worry about foreign governments snooping on your emails…or maybe you do. Either way, one great way to guard your online activity is to connect with a VPN.

Today in Apple history: Apple unseats Nokia as top smartphone vendor

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Remember when Nokia was on top of the world?
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July 21: Today in Apple history: Apple unseats Nokia as top smartphone vendor July 21, 2011: Apple officially passes Nokia to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

It’s a major milestone for Apple, which launched the iPhone just four years earlier. For Nokia, which dominated the cellphone market during the 1990s and early 2000s, it marks the end of an era.

Save 98 percent on a 5-course coding education [Deals]

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This bundle of coding courses will give you the basic skills you need to build great things on and for the web.
This bundle of coding courses will give you the basic skills you need to build great things on and for the web.
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Coding is key to so many careers these days. It’s also just a valuable skill, whether for creative projects, building a website, gathering data, the list goes on. But learning to code can be daunting, so this massively discounted bundle of coding lessons is a must-see.

Strapley’s leather bands give Apple Watch a vintage vibe

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The treatment of the fine, vegetable-tanned leather imparts a subtle sheen to these luxe bands.
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Sourcing the best Apple Watch bands and accessories for Cult of Mac readers is the number one priority for our Watch Store. We hit the mark with our latest find — Strapley’s distressed-leather bands for Apple Watch.

These stunning bands are crafted in-house and look like no other Apple Watch band on the market. Equally elegant and rustic, these bands are versatile enough to elevate Apple Watch.

Save on iPhone lenses, Lightning cables and other essentials [Deals & Steals]

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Take your iPhone photography to the next level with this high-end lens kit.
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In today’s edition of Deals & Steals, we’ll show you where you can get a hot deal on a set of one of our favorite iPhone lenses. Plus, you can never have enough inexpensive, MFi-certified Lightning cables, can you? We’ll show you where to pick up a pair of 6-footers for just $10!