Save 20% on Rilee & Lo Apple Watch bands through December [Watch Store]

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Rilee & Lo's gender-neutral Apple Watch bands fit like a glove. Add a few stacking bracelets to complete the look.
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Fusing tech and fashion is the cornerstone of Rilee & Lo — makers of highly stylish stainless steel Apple Watch bands. Patent-pending for a reason, these bands fit perfectly and come in a range of beautiful finishes.

For December only, in time for the holidays, Rilee & Lo is offering 20 percent off its precision-made bands for men and women. Enter the code: SNOWFLAKE at checkout for the discount. The bands contain a stretching mechanism allowing them to expand and contract for a super-comfy, close fit.

Order by December 12 for domestic holiday delivery. International orders are expected to take longer and may not make it in time for the holidays. Grab a band for yourself or a give as a gift — for both sexes. feature Rilee & Lo’s stunning bands in our Watch Store.

Enter the code: SNOWFLAKE at checkout for 20 percent off through December.

Clean Text, Ashworld, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend!
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Jony Ive is once again leading Apple’s design team

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Ive is back manning Apple's day to day design.
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Jony Ive is reportedly returning to hands-on design duties at Apple, two years after being promoted to the role of Chief Design Officer.

According to an Apple spokesperson, “With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design.”

Today in Apple history: Apple fixes ‘life-threatening’ Maps glitch

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This probably isn't the spot people wanted to reach!
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December 10: Today in Apple history: Apple fixes Australian Apple Maps glitch December 10, 2012: Apple fixes an Apple Maps error that caused several motorists in Victoria, Australia, to become stranded in the remote Murray-Sunset National Park.

The glitch showed the town of Mildura about 45 miles from its actual location. In the aftermath, Victoria police describe the app as “potentially life-threatening.” That’s pretty much the opposite of “it just works.”

5 ways to liven up your iPhone game [Deals]

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These five add-ons will make any iPhone better.
These five add-ons will make any iPhone better.
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Picking up an iPhone means putting an amazing device in your pocket. But there are plenty of ways to make it even better. We’ve rounded up five deals on peripherals and lessons that can enhance anyone’s iPhone experience. That includes wireless charging batteries, a robust car mount, truly wireless earbuds, lessons in iOS coding, and more. Each is discounted massively, some by more than 90 percent. Read on for more details:

10 gifts iPhone owners can actually use every day (at crazy holiday prices)

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These gifts for iPhone owners will be a definite hit. Cult of Mac Gift Guide 2017
These gifts for iPhone owners will be a definite hit.
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2017 Gift Guide bug If you’ve been through a Christmas or two, you’ve undoubtedly got one of those drawers. You know the one. It’s a graveyard for all the holiday gifts you use every once in awhile (at best).

Stop the madness! If you’re shopping for gifts for iPhone owners this year (and basically, that means almost everyone), check out our 10 items they can absolutely use every day. Make sure your gift doesn’t get exiled to … the drawer!

Buy two sleek Apple Watch accessories, get free Lightning cable [Watch Store]

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Throughout the month of December, you'll receive a free $20 lightning cable with the purchase of two Just Mobile charging solutions for Apple Watch.
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Now’s the time for an excellent deal on Just Mobile’s design-award-winning accessories for Apple Watch. For the month of December, you’ll receive a $20 AluCable Flat lightning cable for free with the purchase of two ($50 worth of) Just Mobile accessories.

Cult of Mac has reviewed and recommends Just Mobile’s offerings, whether you choose the HoverDock, TimeStand or Lounge Dock. Check them out below, pick a few up for the holidays and receive your free Just Mobile AluCable Flat lightning cable this month only.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Bugs could tarnish Apple’s sterling reputation, and more!

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It seems that with every software update, Apple fans face new problems. A recent doozy of a security flaw left Macs wide open to attacks.
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Apple built its trillion-dollar reputation delivering beautiful hardware that turned tedious tasks into magical experiences. But, a recent string of ridiculous bugs put Cupertino in a precarious position: If Apple doesn’t stop the screw-ups, it could permanently sully its good name.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. Learn how to track package deliveries on iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch. Check out our Gift Giving Guides and get your holiday shopping out of the way now! Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

5 upgrades that make any Mac more productive [Deals]

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We've rounded up 5 great productivity upgrades for your Mac.
We've rounded up 5 great productivity upgrades for your Mac.
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Getting a Mac is just the first step. To get the most out of your new machine, you’ll want the right apps and peripherals. So we’ve gathered five of the best extras for any Mac. That includes a port expander, portable powerstrip, Apple Mail and iTunes replacements, and a WiFi ‘heat mapper’. Everything is discounted by 25 percent or more, read on for more details:

Today in Apple history: Apple storms New York’s Grand Central Terminal

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Apple Grand Central is one of the company's most stunning retail outlets.
Apple Grand Central is one of the company's most stunning retail outlets.
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December 9: Today in Apple history: Apple opens store in New York's Grand Central Terminal December 9, 2011: Apple opens a store in New York’s fabled Grand Central Terminal, the company’s fifth Manhattan retail outlet.

Overlooking the terminal’s Main Concourse, the enormous Apple Store makes a stunning addition to the 140-year-old train station, which is one of New York’s busiest transportation hubs.

Phil Schiller says all of Face ID’s competitors ‘stink’

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Phil Schiller says iPhone X will dictate the direction of smartphones for the next decade.
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Apple marketing guru Phil Schiller has heard the haters saying the iPhone X wasn’t the first smartphone to get facial recognition. But according to Schiller, that doesn’t matter at all.

“They all stink,” says Schiller in a new interview discussing Apple’s new facial recognition feature. The wide-ranging interview touches on everything from AirPods to virtual reality, but what sets Face ID apart is what got Schiller the most excited.