Vintage Apple rig says ‘Hello, 1994’ from Romania [Setups]

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A souped-up Apple SE/30 and a Portrait Display are core to Ciprian's vintage setup.
A souped-up Apple SE/30 and a Portrait Display are core to Ciprian's vintage setup.
Photo: Bacioiu Ciprian

Bacioiu Constantin Ciprian, known online as “Zapa,” was born in Buzau, Romania, in 1991, not long after a revolution toppled communist rule there. He loved technology as a kid, but it was expensive and hard to get. And soon enough he realized how much he loved Apple products — especially those around in his youth.

Now a longtime resident of Bucharest, he designs and develops games to run on vintage equipment. And get a load of that retro setup!

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Journey's iPhone 13 Leather Case is a great Black Friday gift idea.
Gorgeous leather. Great protection. MagSafe compatibility. These iPhone 13 cases have it all!
Photo: Journey

Apple delays iOS 15 feature letting you add a driver’s license to Wallet

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Apple said the iOS 15 feature allowing you to add a driver's license or state ID to Wallet is delayed until early 2022.
Apple said the iOS 15 feature allowing you to add a driver's license or state ID to Wallet is delayed until early 2022.
Photo: Apple

Apple noted on its website that a planned iOS 15 and watchOS 8 feature letting users add a driver’s license or state ID to an iPhone and Apple Watch in participating U.S. states is delayed until early 2022. Previously, the Cupertino tech giant pegged late 2021 for the launch.

These earbuds check all the boxes for less than $100 [Review]

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EarFun's Free Pro 2 wireless ANC earbuds offer a comfortable fit and good sound at an affordable price point.
EarFun's Free Pro 2 wireless ANC earbuds offer a comfortable fit and good sound at an affordable price point.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

In my recent review of Earfun’s Air Pro 2 wireless active noise cancellation (ANC) earbuds, I said they packed good enough features — sound quality, active noise cancellation, comfortable fit —  to be worth their affordable price tag. With the new EarFun Free Pro 2 wireless ANC earbuds, that’s even more the case. Especially because the same high quality comes in an even smaller package.

Seiko WristMac, aka the ‘first Apple Watch,’ will look weird as hell on your wrist

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Here's your chance to have your very own Seiko WristMac, a piece of wearable tech history.
Here's your chance to have your very own Seiko WristMac, a piece of wearable tech history.
Photo: ComicConnect

An exceedingly rare wearable from 1988 called a “WristMac” is currently on auction at ComicConnect. Seiko and partner company Ex Machina made this ancestor of the smart watch, not Apple, but it could connect to a Macintosh and perform certain functions — and a version of it even did so on a Space Shuttle mission. It’s expected to fetch anywhere between $25,000 and $100,000.

We’ll have to see it if goes that high. Bidding started on Monday at $1. It stood Tuesday at $950 with 30 bids in. The auction runs through December 18.

New Aqara G3 HomeKit smart cam doubles as Zigbee controller

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The new Aqara G3 is a 2K smart security camera and Zigbee controller.
The new Aqara G3 is a 2K smart security camera and Zigbee controller.
Photo: Aqara

Smart home equipment provider Aqara rolled out a new security camera that works as a Zigbee 3.0 home-automation hub while supporting HomeKit and HomeKit Secure Video. The new G3 camera features 2K resolution, the ability to pan and tilt, and facial and gesture recognition.

The new camera serves as an upgrade to Aquara Camera Hub G2H, adding 2K video recording and more.

Going from a 27-inch iMac to an M1 Pro MacBook with a 4K external display [Setups]

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This M1 Pro MacBook setup uses a 27-inch Dell monitor and a pumped-up audio rig.
This M1 Pro MacBook setup uses a 27-inch Dell monitor and a pumped-up audio rig.
Photo: Andrew Michletz

Andrew, a customer service experience manager for an internet service provider in Minneapolis, shared his computer setup with Cult of Mac after a big revamp. He replaced a 27-inch 2017 iMac with a 14-inch 2021 M1 Pro MacBook, which he runs alongside his work laptop, a Lenovo ThinkPad T480S. He uses his Apple gear mostly for photo editing and music production.

“With work from home, I needed the ability to use the screen with both my personal computer and my work device,” Andrew told Cult of Mac (he requested we use only his first name). “I had been running Windows on the iMac via Boot Camp and using Miracast to wirelessly extend to the iMac screen from my ThinkPad. When it worked it was great, but it became unreliable over time, and I decided that a monitor with multiple inputs are the way to go.”

Andrew said the Miracast connection with the iMac became unreliable when he got a mesh network. It would sometimes work great, but often fail to connect, despite rigorous troubleshooting. So it was time to do a little shopping.

‘Safari feels snappier with two Mac Pros’ [Setups]

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Cool wash: Note the two Mac Pro machines at lower left.
Cool wash: Note the two Mac Pro machines at lower left.
Photo: typealias@Reddit.com

You see a lot of people busting on each other for “flexing,” or bragging, about their computer setups shown in social media posts. We came across a doozy today with a dual-display setup bathed in a cool wash of color. But it’s not really about the double luxe displays; lots of people have that. It’s about the two expensive Mac Pros tucked under the desk.

Sleek new Satechi 3-in-1 magnetic charger powers up iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch

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The new Satechi 3-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger features a black finish and steel-and-aluminum construction.
The new Satechi 3-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger features a black finish and steel-and-aluminum construction.
Photo: Satechi

Satechi rolled out a new 3-in-1 MagSafe-compatible charger on Thursday to help users power up their iPhones, AirPods and Apple Watches. The sleek black Satechi 3-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger features a hands-free, adjustable, MagSafe-compatible mount for your phone, plus solid steel-and-aluminum construction.