10 things I hate about iPhone X


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I love iPhone X, but some things really grind my gears.
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iPhone X is the best smartphone Apple ever made. It could be the best smartphone released in 2017. Like its rivals and every iPhone that came before it, however, it’s imperfect.

As much as I love using mine, certain things drive me crazy almost every day — and no, the “notch” isn’t one of them. Here are 10 things I hate about iPhone X.

Apple seeds first macOS 10.13.3 beta


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New beta software is here for the Mac.
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Registered Apple developers just got a brand new beta build of macOS today after Apple seeded the first beta of macOS 10.13.3.

The new update comes less than a week after Apple released macOS 10.13.2 to the public bringing a host of bug fixes and performance improvements. Like the update before it, macOS 10.13.3 appears to mostly focus on under-the-hood improvements.

Apple confirms it bought Shazam


Shazam has been an essential iPhone app for years.
Shazam has been an essential iPhone app for years.
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Best iPhone accessories [2017 Gift Guide]


iPhone Gift Guide 2017
Need gift ideas? Find them right here!
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2017 Gift Guide bugThe holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start picking out the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Cult of Mac can help! This gift guide offers up a whole bunch of awesome gift suggestions for the iPhone lover in your life.

We handpicked some of the finest cases, wireless chargers, Bluetooth earbuds and more. They’re better than a bookstore voucher, and they’re guaranteed to fetch a smile.

How to edit multiple images the easy way in Photos for Mac


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Don't 'delay' -- edit your photos like a boss.
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Do you have a bunch of photos that you took with your iPhone that all need to be tweaked the same way? Maybe you edited one shot from a session into the perfect B&W portrait, and you want to apply the exact same combination of lighting effects, cold tweaks, and filters, to the rest of the pictures you took in the same photo shoot? Or maybe you just want to get the white balance to match up in a batch of images so that their colors all match? That’s easy to do in Photos for macOS High Sierra, using the Copy Adjustments tool. Here’s how to use it.

New battery speeds up old iPhone (and rekindles Apple conspiracy theory)


Can't afford to upgrade to a faster iPhone? Maybe just buy a new battery!
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Swapping out the battery in a slow old iPhone could drastically improve the device’s performance.

That claim comes from a Reddit user who says he almost doubled the clock rates of his lagging iPhone 6s simply by popping in a new battery. His theory that Apple intentionally slows down old phones sparked a furious debate online.

iPhone manufacturing in India hits another bump in the road


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India won't budge on iPhone component import duties.
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Apple wants to ramp up its iPhone manufacturing in India, but coming to an arrangement with the Indian government over all the necessary details — including Apple’s desired tax breaks — is proving to be hard work.

A new report claims that Apple has asked the government in India to defer a planned increase on import taxes for mobile phone parts, but that the request is unlikely to be successful.

Chocolate Hub 2 should ship with every MacBook


Chocolate Hub
Chocolate Hub 2 gives you back all the ports you need.
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Apple doesn’t think you need traditional USB ports and SD card readers anymore, but for the vast majority of MacBook users, that’s false. That’s why every model should ship with the excellent Chocolate Hub 2.

This pocket-sized device gives you back all the connections you frequently rely on, including USB and HDMI. It also has a built-in Qi charging pad for juicing up your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X on the move.

Get these Apple Watch bands in time for the holidays [Watch Store]


There are two weeks to get your holiday shopping (and timely delivery) on. Browse our picks for Apple Watch bands that are great to give and to receive.
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With Christmas only two weeks ago, there’s still time to give or receive that perfect Apple Watch band in time for holiday gifting.

We’ve gathered our best brands in Apple Watch accessories, and give you the cut-off dates for ordering at Watch Store in time for domestic holiday delivery. (International orders placed now will most likely not arrive in time for the holidays).

The brands listed below will ship in time for Christmas, so check out our collection of gorgeous, high-quality Apple Watch bands and get shopping in time for the holidays.

Apple seeks to silence activist shareholders at its annual general meeting


Apple doesn't want to talk sustainability or human rights at its 2018 AGM.
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Apple may be very happy to talk environmental issues and human rights when it suits it to do so — but not at its shareholder meetings.

According to a new report, Apple is “pushing back” on four activist shareholder proposals to discuss these issues at its annual general meeting (AGM) early in 2018. The reason? Because Apple says they relate to “ordinary business” and are already areas that Apple is dealing with. In other words, don’t worry about it!