Cult of Mac Magazine: Preordered iPhone X? Here’s what to do next, and more!

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When your iPhone X arrives, you’re going to want to start using it as quickly as possible. But there are some things you’ll need to do first — like transferring all your data from your old phone.
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You have one week to wait for your new iPhone X preorder to arrive (if you’re one of the lucky ones). There are some things you should be doing during that time to ensure you’re all set for delivery day. We’ll give you some great tips on how to prepare for the arrival of your new Precious.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. Figure out whether to go for the iPhone X or the iPhone 8. Learn how to add audio files to iPhone’s Music app. Discover a beautiful and luxurious MacBook sleeve by Woolnut, and check out reviews of Zens Powerbank and Just Mobile’s Lounge Dock for Apple Watch, which are now in our Watch Store. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Cult of Mac Magazine, Issue 216

iphone xPreordered iPhone X? Here’s what to do next.
You have one week to wait for your new iPhone X preorder to arrive (if you’re one of the lucky ones). There are some things you should be doing during that time to ensure you’re all set for delivery day. Here are a few tips.

iphone xiPhone X vs. iPhone 8: Which should you buy?
Is it really worth the hassle of trying to snag a phone that’s more expensive (and likely harder to land on launch day, due to limited supply)? In today’s video, I’m here to answer the question, “Which is better? iPhone 8 or iPhone X?”

iPhone XiPhone X preorders list for big bucks on eBay
Within minutes of iPhone X going on sale, initial stock of preorder units sold out. Lucky early birds are already listing their iPhone X preorders on eBay, with some asking for crazy money — as much as $12,000!

twitterTwitter reacts to iPhone X preorder nightmare
Apple made iPhone X available to preorder at 12:01 a.m. Pacific today. Like many iPhone launches, it turned out a complete nightmare — and it left lot of fans feeling disappointed. Here’s how Twitter reacted to Apple’s biggest, most frustrating iPhone launch in years.

iphoneAny iPhone camera app could be secretly spying on you
A Google engineer has discovered an alarming flaw in iOS that allows any iPhone camera app to secretly take photos and record videos. These can then be quietly uploaded without your permission, and you’ll have no idea it’s happening.

iphone music appHow to add audio files to iPhone’s Music app
It’s 2017, and yet you still can’t add music to the Music app on your iPhone. If you have an MP3 file that somebody sent you, that you downloaded, or that you created with one of the zillions of powerful apps on iOS, you can’t just add it to your library.

woolnutLeather MacBook Pro sleeve wraps your laptop in luxury
You know that completely satisfied feeling you get when you first lay your hands on a truly luxurious product? Maybe you remember that special moment when you peeled off the plastic covering from a pristine Apple product. I totally got that lavish feeling when I first saw a Woolnut leather sleeve for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

iOS 11 keyboardHow to use the iPhone’s one-handed keyboard in iOS 11
If you have small hands, or a big-screen iPhone, or both, then you may love the new one-handed keyboard in iOS 11. It’s a simple software tweak that squishes the on-screen keyboard horizontally, and slides it to the left or right, so you can more easily reach all the keys with a thumb.

ZensThis compact 2-in-1 battery pack recharges your Apple Watch and iPhone
When traveling, if you forget your charger, you’re often hosed. Especially for the Apple Watch. That’s why I keep a Zens Powerbank battery pack in my bag. Best yet, the Zens Powerbank battery pack is available now in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store.

Lounge DockLounge Dock charging stand for Apple Watch adjusts to you
Just Mobile continues to impress us with its great Apple-centric accessories, and is well-known as a company who’s ethos is great design. We’re excited to feature the Lounge Dock in our Watch Store alongside Just Mobile’s TimeStand and HoverDock.

dealsThe Fall Tech Bundle Giveaway
‘Tis the season to take advantage of free gear and gadgets. By entering this giveaway, you’re eligible for the awesome haul of seven best-selling goodies. Get a top-shelf, drop-proof iPhone case; a lens kit for your iPhone; an Alexa-integrated smartwatch; waterproof and wireless headphones, and more!

deals Check out these sweet iPhone X accessories
iPhone X is still hot off the factory presses, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get some awesome peripherals. We’ve rounded up some of the best accessories for Apple’s best ever phone. We’ve got wireless charging pads, charging cases and more. Most are discounted by more than half off.

Face IDEverything we know about iPhone X’s Face ID
With the iPhone X’s all-new Face ID feature, Apple is ditching fingerprints for facial scanning when it comes to unlocking your device. Not all Apple fans are excited about the incredible new feature, but if Face ID works as well as Apple says it does, it could be the most innovative iPhone addition we’ve seen in years.

iPhone X casesThe best iPhone X cases you can buy right now
The iPhone X is almost here. Pre-orders have been taken, so now it’s time to spend the rest of the week until delivery choosing accessories for your new iPhone. Unlike the iPhone 8, which fits perfectly into existing iPhone 7 cases, the new X needs new clothes. Here are the best and/or most interesting iPhone 8 cases so far.

cultcastCatch the best iPhone X deals plus our favorite gadgets on The CultCast
We’ll tell you how to get the best deal on your iPhone X, saving yourself some serious cash money. Plus: Why Woz says the iPhone X will be the first iPhone he won’t buy on Day 1. And we discuss Amazon Key, the new service that lets your delivery man into your home when you’re not there.