In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: In iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, Safari gets solid improvements that will win you back from Chrome — especially if you value your privacy. But while safeguarding your privacy and security on the web fuels many of Safari’s great new features, there’s much more Safari goodness to anticipate.
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Cult of Mac Magazine, Issue 249
6 reasons you should switch to Safari
In iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, Safari gets solid improvements that will win you back from Chrome — especially if you value your privacy. But while safeguarding your privacy and security on the web fuels many of Safari’s great new features, there’s much more Safari goodness to anticipate.
Clues hint at better Apple Watch Series 4 GPS
Apple took the wraps off watchOS 5 last week at WWDC, revealing loads of new features that we can look forward to this fall. Among them were some big improvements for runners: Cadence, Rolling Mile Pace and Custom Pace Alerts.
What I find most exciting about these new features is that I think they hint at a much-needed hardware upgrade coming in Apple Watch Series 4, which is expected to debut this fall.
Next-gen Apple Watch could use solid-state haptic buttons
Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim that the Apple Watch Series 4 will replace the current physical buttons on the device for solid state buttons with haptic feedback. While the device will retain the same button configuration as existing Apple Watches, these buttons won’t physically click as before.
New iPhone really needs a feature you’ve never heard of
The 2018 iPhone models are rumored to have larger screens, better processors, and other enhancements. But there’s one feature that, even though we’ve heard nothing about it, we should strongly hope is in Apple’s next smartphones: 4×4 MIMO.
iPhone charging speed could jump this year
The 2018 iPhone lineup will pack improved charging technologies to make topping up faster than ever, according to a new report. Apple might team up with new suppliers who can provide higher-powered charging components.
Use iOS 12’s Live Listen with AirPods
Back in 1979, the original Sony Walkman had an odd feature. If you pressed an orange button on the end, a built-in mic would connect to the user’s headphones, letting them hear what was going on in the outside world. This may be the first case of technology being used to mitigate the bad manners surrounding personal audio.
How to add your own Siri Shortcuts
Siri Shortcuts are the iOS way to automate actions you do over and over. The WWDC 2018 keynote gave an examples of chaining together a bunch of these actions into one shortcut — order your favorite “coffee,” and give you directions to work, or switch on the lights at home one whole hour before you get there in order to, I don’t know, waste electricity?
How to use iOS 12’s new Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb gets a few great additions in iOS 12. These new features are very simple. However, they will make a big difference in how we use our phones — and how we interact with other people. Let’s take a look.
How to use the new iPad gestures in iOS 12
iOS 12 is clearly preparing the iPad for a future where Face ID replaces the Home button. Apple revamped the tablet’s gestures for the first version of the iOS 12 beta, bringing us an easy way to return to the Home screen and an iPhone X-style gesture to access the Control Center.
GoodNotes 4 is the paper notebook of future
The iPad has become a workhorse in the last few years. Since the introduction of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, the transition from pen and paper to digital note-taking is more feasible than ever. GoodNotes 4 is one of the best digital note-taking and document-annotation apps available on iOS.
Leather case gives iPhone X a racing stripe
Even someone who doesn’t suffer from a Jony Ive-style obsession with slimness wants an iPhone case with style. The Sena Racer — a leather iPhone X case with a rad racing stripe running up its back — adds bulk for sure. But its pleasantly puffy profile throws off a vintage ’70s vibe that looks killer and feels good in your hand.
Go glam with a glitter Apple Watch band
Bezel’s & Bytes transforms Apple Watch into jewelry with its decidedly-female collection of stainless steel-accented bands. The company’s latest release — the Glitter Leather Apple Watch band — will add a little sparkle to your wrist and then some.
Nyloon shows LGBT Pride with rainbow band
June is Pride Month and Nyloon has issued a rainbow woven nylon Apple Watch band for its wearers to express pride or show support for the LGBT community. Plus, who doesn’t love rainbows? The band, which comes in both 38 and 42 mm, is part of a Nyloon’s growing collection of popular nylon bands for Apple Watch. The Love is Love Pride band is a limited-release, so grab yours today!
Name your price for 10 top-shelf Mac apps
Every Mac comes with massive potential for creativity, productivity, and fun. But all of that requires getting the right apps. There are tons to choose from, and most of us only have so much money to spend on software. So we’re excited to share a bundle of 10 top notch apps.
Give your iDevice a major camera upgrade
This isn’t just another lens attachment. It’s an entire camera module that brings your iPhone or iPad’s photo capabilities up to professional grade. Right now you can get it for $341.99 when you use the coupon code ‘CAMERA10’ at checkout, a 32 percent discount.