Cult of Mac Magazine: Our wish list for iOS 12, Memorial Day Sale in Watch Store, and more!

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In this week's Cult of Mac Magazine: WWDC is right around the corner, which means we’re about to get our very first look at Apple’s next major update to iOS.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: We’re expecting big things from iOS 12, including a whole host of improvements that will make our devices more stable, and plenty of welcome bug fixes. Apple will surely surprise us with some nice new features, too at WWDC 2018.

Here’s our lengthy wish list for this update, which includes a Home screen overhaul, a more powerful FaceTime, better multitasking, and more!

You’ll find that story and more in this issue. Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with three days of great savings on Apple Watch bands and accessories in Cult of Mac’s 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 246

ios 12We absolutely need these iOS 12 features
WWDC is right around the corner, which means we’re about to get our very first look at Apple’s next major update to iOS. We’re expecting big things from iOS 12, including a whole host of improvements that will make our devices more stable, and plenty of welcome bug fixes. Apple will surely surprise us with some nice new features, too.

troCelebrate Memorial Day with our huge Watch Store sale!
Cult of Mac Watch Store’s Memorial Day Weekend Sale will offer up to 25 percent off the majority of our vendors. You’ll find great discounts on some of our most popular brands for Apple Watch straps, chargers and stands. Sale ends Monday, so check out these stellar discounts while they last, and see stock up on Father’s Day and graduation gifts!

ios-12-hero. iOS 12 concept dreams of grouped notifications
iOS 11’s notification screen is a mess when you get multiple notifications from the same app, but developer Matt Birchler has created a simple concept that shows how Apple could make the lock screen notifications so much better.

streamSilly App Store bans have gone too far
Apple has decided that it won’t allow iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV owners to play PC games through Steam Link. Valve’s new app, which is now available in beta on Android, has been banned from the App Store because of “business conflicts.”

HomePod-Close-Up-780x5365 ways HomePod could catch up with rivals
What is Apple doing wrong with its smart speaker? And what could it do to turn things around in the battle against Amazon Echo and Google Home? We’d love to see these HomePod improvements.

emojiHow to use the Mac’s secret emoji panel
Emoji are fully supported on the Mac, but where do you find them? If you don’t know, this trick is going to blow your mind. It’s just as easy to get to the emoji panel on the Mac as it is on the iPhone.

hijackedHow to stop websites from hijacking Safari
Ever visit a website and find that it blocked your browser’s usual behavior? You can wrest control back from these malicious, control-freak sites. In fact, it’s easy with the StopTheMadness browser extension.

UltraloqReplace the house key with your fingerprint
Why are physical keys still a thing? Using your iPhone to get into your house is much more convenient. Upgrade your home with an Ultraloq UL3 smart lever lock for $149.99. That’s over 50 percent off the usual price.

Rosetta StoneIt’s time to finally learn that new language
Ready to master Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, German, Italian or French? Rosetta Stone is one of the most trusted language courses in existence, and now you can save 38 percent on a subscription.

carterSilicone Apple Watch bands thrill adventures
Our Watch Store is proud to feature a growing and evolving collection of the best Apple Watch bands and accessories on the market. And, we’re excited to announce the latest addition to our curated collection of Apple Watch bands: Las Vegas-based Carterjett.

The result of this creative collaboration is Carterjett’s collection of well-made, great looking Apple Watch bands well-suited for sweat and outdoor activity. Best yet, these Apple Watch bands are easy on the wallet.

TweetbotMake Twitter great again with Tweetbot
The Twitter app is a jumbled mess, but Tweetbot can fix it for you. It offers a clear design, simple gestures and a far better Twitter experience. That’s why it’s one of our 50 Essential iOS Apps.

midiRoli’s creative MIDI keyboard goes portable
Imagine a piano keyboard that is also a multitouch silicone surface, with bumps and dips so you can feel the keys. That’s the Roli Seaboard Block, a small MIDI keyboard that will change the way you play music.