David Snow, author at Cult of Mac

Tesla sneaks Apple Music integration into museum exhibit

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Tesla's interface in the museum exhibit showed Apple Music integration.
Tesla's interface in the museum exhibit showed Apple Music integration.
Photo: aaronjcash@twitter.com

It looks like a software update might soon bring Apple Music to Tesla vehicles’ built-in systems at long last. And this modern possibility comes to us from, of all places, a museum exhibit.

Folks spotted Apple Music integrated with Tesla prototype vehicles on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and the tweets followed.

iPhone 14 Pro tops 5G speed tests in US, UK and Germany

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iPhone 14 Pro models topped or placed highly for 5G speeds in many countries.
iPhone 14 Pro models topped or placed highly for 5G speeds in many countries.
Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

A new analysis of smartphone speeds in 10 countries shows iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are the fastest 5G mobile devices in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.

Ookla’s study, released Monday, listed the top five fastest “popular” 5G devices by market share in each country. iPhone 14 and 13 series models appeared in many of the lists, but failed to place in some Asian markets.

Noting the performance variations by network and country, Ookla said the analysis “provides a snapshot of what you might typically expect.”

Keep the iPad front and center or ditch it? [Setups]

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Would you keep the iPad Pro in the middle of the setup like that?
Would you keep the iPad Pro in the middle of the setup like that?
Photo: pincoded@Reddit.com

Some people like a lot screens in their computer setup, others like to be glued to one and one only. In today’s featured computer setup, the user wrestles with the question of whether to keep his iPad Pro front and center, right in front of the external display, or just leave it out. Meanwhile, a MacBook Pro sits off to the side in clamshell mode.

Because the user asked for opinions on social media, he got them. Lots of them. But it proved to be a tricky question to answer definitively.

Rounded corners and edges plus titanium case rumored for iPhone 15

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iPhone 15's corners and edges might be rounded, not squared off.
iPhone 15's corners and edges might be rounded, not squared off.
Photo: ShrimpApplePro@Twitter.com

A leaker with a pretty good track record for accuracy said Sunday the upcoming iPhone 15 series will feature rounded corners and edges, plus a titanium case. Rounded corners would harken way back to earlier iPhones and a titanium case would be a first for Apple handsets.

The rumors came from ShrimpApplePro, who gets it right a fair amount of the time when predicting what Apple will do.

Vancouver’s reimagined Apple Pacific Centre doubles in size

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The reimagined Asia Pacific Centre is double the size of the original store.
The reimagined Asia Pacific Centre is double the size of the original store.
Photo: Apple

A reimagined Apple Pacific Centre doubles the store’s original size and adds some new features, like 32-foot floor-to-ceiling glass panels, a “living wall” with 144 native plant species and one of the tallest staircases among Apple Stores worldwide.

The store, in Vancouver, British Columbia, reopened Friday after its massive makeover. Take a peek inside!

Black Friday deal: Get 40% off this fast, efficient and easy-to-use PDF editor

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Black Friday sale: UPDF makes it easy to work with PDFs on any device: macOS, iOS, Windows and Android.
Get a great Black Friday BOGO deal on UPDF, an app that makes it easy to work with PDFs on any device: macOS, iOS, Windows and Android.
Image: UPDF

PDF files are a fact of life online. All sorts of information, forms, contracts, applications and more come in the format, which is fixed to preserve formatting and resist having just anyone make changes. So you need special software to fill in, edit and sign a PDF, which can be a hassle.

That’s where UPDF comes in. It’s a versatile and easy-to-use PDF editor that’ll have you filling in and signing PDF files in no time, or even making more substantial changes, like reordering pages and converting files to other formats.

Even better, you can use UPDF on any platform for no additional cost. Cult of Mac readers can get an exclusive 40% discount for a limited time. Plus, you can take advantage of a special Black Friday “Buy One Gift One” deal through November 30, 2022. Get the deal at the end of this article.

Deck out your MacBook in Mujjo’s new vegan leather sleeve

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The sleeve is for your MacBook Pro, but you can carry a lot more in it.
The sleeve is for your MacBook Pro, but you can carry a lot more in it.
Photo: Mujjo

Mujjo is known for leather iPhone cases and wallets. It also makes sleeves and cases, and now it offers a new pair of vegan leather sleeves — one for a 14-inch MacBook Pro and one for a 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The elegant Envoy Laptop Sleeves, which look like they’d be equally at home in a lecture hall or a board room, are waterproof and offer room for the other stuff you need to carry around, too.

Totallee slashes prices on iPhone cases and chargers for Black Friday

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The thin and lightweight iPhone case may be the next best thing to having no case.
The thin and lightweight iPhone case may be the next best thing to having no case.
Photo: Totallee

Totallee, known for its ultra-slim, lightweight and branding-free iPhone cases as well as charging accessories, is about to launch a big-time Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale.

Between November 21 and 28, products will go for half off their regular prices on Totallee’s website as well as Amazon and Walmart.

Ends today! Save a bundle on these iPhone screen and lens protectors.

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Save your handset's screen from damage with a high-quality screen protector.
Save your handset's screen from damage with a high-quality screen protector.
Photo: SwitchEasy

If you have an iPhone 11, 12 or 13, now’s your chance to get a little extra protection for its beautiful screen and advanced camera lenses. This week all SwitchEasy screen protectors and lens protectors are on sale in the Cult of Mac Store.

So go ahead and check out the 20% off deals on SwitchEasy iPhone screen and lens protectors in the SwitchEasy Flash Sale and give your favorite gadget the protection it deserves. Sales ends November 18.

Coder suffers crippling doubts over just-upgraded display [Setups]

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It's not always clear right away if you chose the best display for you.
It's not always clear right away if you chose the best display for you.
Photo: schmob@Reddit.com

A new external display for your computer setup is usually a joy to behold. It is, after all, what you look at most. And you probably just replaced your old one with a bigger, brighter and more beautiful new one. But sometimes buyer’s remorse creeps in. Is it actually the best screen for your needs that you can afford?

Today’s featured setup comes from a software coder who has started to have doubts about a substantial recent monitor purchase. Will he succumb to them? He’s keeping his eye on the return deadline and asking for advice.