Newest Powerbeats headphones hit lowest price yet — now $99.99

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Bag yours before they all sell out!
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Apple’s newest Powerbeats headphones can now be yours at their lowest price to date. Order them in black on Amazon today for just $99.99 — a generous $50.01 off the usual price.

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Leaked image suggests this year’s iPhone will shrink the notch

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This concept image shows how the iPhone 13 notch might shrink.
The notch was introduced in 2017 with the iPhone X.
Artists concept: Cult of Mac

This year’s iPhone notch looks set to get a bit smaller, with the latest evidence for this being an image posted to Twitter by user DuanRui, who frequently posts material shared on Chinese social media.

While not guaranteed to be genuine, the image does depict an iPhone display with slimmer — in width, not height — notch. Apple introduced the distinctive iPhone notch in 2017 with the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge display. It contains the Face ID sensing tech, front camera, and speaker.

Get 3 apps and subscriptions, including a year of PlayStation Plus, for $69

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This heavily discounted bundle gives you entertainment, learning and security.
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Sony fans know that one year of Playstation Plus costs $59.99. But what if you could get that and a lifetime of e-learning and VPN protection for an additional $9?

That’s right: For just $69, you can score a year of Playstation Plus, a lifetime subscription to StackSkills Unlimited, and a lifetime subscription to KeepSolid VPN for up to five devices. With these three subscriptions, you can play, learn and safely surf the web for an unbelievable 96% discount.

Apple still the biggest tech giant, but it’s Big Tech’s worst performer of 2021 so far

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The stock market is kinda weird.
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Apple’s market cap has climbed more than $13 billion this year alone, equal to the company’s entire net worth in mid-2004. But that’s still enough to make it an underperformer next to its tech titan peers.

In a Wednesday report, the Wall Street Journal notes that Apple has risen 1.3% in 2021 so far. That’s compared to an average of 16% for Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Google parent company Alphabet. It’s also way less than the 81% Apple soared in 2020.

Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512Ke further enhances the Mac

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The Macintosh 512Ke muddies the Mac waters just a smidge.
The 512Ke muddies the Mac waters just a smidge.
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April 14: Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512Ke launches April 14, 1986: The “low-cost” Macintosh 512Ke brings hardware upgrades — and a bit of confusion — to the low end of the Mac lineup.

The Mac 512Ke is an “enhanced” (hence the “e”) model of the Mac 512K. The upgrade addresses complaints that the original Mac lacked enough memory. The 512Ke adds a double-density 800k floppy drive and a 128k ROM to the Mac 512K formula.

Under-display Face ID could eliminate iPhone’s notch in 2023

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Ready for the next iteration of Face ID?
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Apple will debut an under-display Face ID setup to debut in 2023, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a Wednesday report to clients, seen by Cult of Mac.

Kuo doesn’t elaborate on the feature but, provided he’s accurate, this could potentially mean the end of the “notch” which has been a part of the iPhone design dating back to 2017’s iPhone X.

2021’s iPhones could be end of the road for the iPhone mini

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iPhone 12 mini was a great phone. Trouble is that it didn't sell.
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The iPhone mini line looks unlikely to last longer than one more generation, based on a Wednesday report from reliable Apple tipster, TFI International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as seen by Cult of Mac.

Looking forward to the 2022 iPhone, Kuo suggests Apple will continue its recent pattern of four models — although these will include a higher-end 6.7- and 6.1-inch iPhone, and a lower-end 6.7- and 6.1-inch iPhone.

The 5.4-inch iPhone sounds like it’ll be nowhere to be found.

This silicone case ‘fixes’ Apple TV’s accursed Siri Remote [Review]

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With the Elago R4 Retro silicone case, you can say goodbye to losing your Apple TV Siri Remote.
Say goodbye to losing your Apple TV Siri Remote.
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In pictures, the Apple TV’s sleek Siri Remote looks like a total winner. In practice, it’s a bit of a disaster. Luckily, the fix is in: Elago’s inexpensive R4 Retro case makes the Siri Remote easier to use and harder to lose.

Plus, the silicone sleeve looks sporty and provides some protection to the surprisingly fragile Apple TV remote.