Ready, set, relax! Go deep with Apple Watch Breathe app [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 274]

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Cult of Mac Magazine No. 274
The serenely subtle Breath app has a surprisingly deep history.
Cover: Graham Bower/Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Take a deep breath and learn how to get the most out of your Apple Watch with a pair of handy how-tos. Every Apple Watch owner can take advantage of Apple’s stress-busting Breathe app. However, you’ll need a Series 4 (and this week’s watchOS update) to get in on the ECG action.

Get those how-tos and the week’s best Apple news and reviews — including an expose on Apple’s biologically bogus squid emoji — in your free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Download it now on iTunes. Or keep reading for the week’s best Apple news, reviews and how-tos. (Plus, enter to win a set of rugged iPhone XS Max cases.)

iPad Pro spawns jealousy and regret [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 273]

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iPad Pro jealousy and regret in Cult of Mac Magazine No. 273.
You know you want it.
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

The new iPad Pro packs enough power to challenge the Mac. It also costs enough to cause some serious contemplation for anybody worried about pocketbook pain.

We tackle the subject from several sides in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Get your free issue on iTunes now. Or keep reading for the week’s best Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

Start swimming with Apple Watch [Cult of Mac Magazine]

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What are you waiting for? Time to jump in and start swimming with Apple Watch!
What are you waiting for? Time to jump in!
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

A trip to the pool — with your Apple Watch on your wrist — is the perfect way to burn off those Thanksgiving carbs. Our quick guide to swimming with Apple Watch will give you key pointers to maximize your watery workout.

If you’re not into that, you’ll still find plenty of Apple news, how-tos and reviews in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Grab your free subscription on iTunes now. Or, if you like, read on for the week’s best posts — plus your last chance to win an iPhone XR!

And our iPhone XS Max/Casetify giveaway winner is …

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iPhone XS Max giveaway winner: Congratulations to Isamar Mejia (and thanks to Casetify)!
Congratulations to Isamar Mejia (and thanks to Casetify)!
Images courtesy Isamar Mejia, Casetify

Isamar Mejia says she was shocked when she found out she won an iPhone XS Max and a massive Casetify case bundle in Cult of Mac’s latest giveaway.

“At first I thought I was dreaming,” she said in an email. “I had to refresh my email at least a hundred times! It sounds silly but I waited until the next day to see if it’s still there because I thought it was a scam but soon found out it was real! I am super-excited to get the phone!”

Read on for your chance to be a winner, too. We’re giving away an iPhone XR — but you better hurry and enter, because the giveaway ends soon!

One wonderful week with the new iPad Pro [Cult of Mac Magazine]

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What did we do before this wonderful thing arrived? One week with the 2018 iPad Pro.
What did we do before this wonderful thing arrived?
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Seven sinfully satisfying days. That’s what the Cult of Mac staffers who ponied up for the new iPad Pro describe as they recount their first wonderful week with the stunning Apple tablet. (Even the ones who still think it’s not really a legit laptop replacement are swooning.)

You’ll find those sober assessments, plus new how-tos and reviews, in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Pick up your free subscription on iTunes now. Or, if you like, read on for the week’s best stories.

Spoiler alert: Our free iOS mag is going to look better than ever if you’re one of the lucky ones reading it on a new iPad Pro.

Is the new iPad Pro too ‘pro’ for you? [Cult of Mac Magazine]

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Cult of Mac Magazine: It's not *all* about the new iPad Pro this week. (Mostly, though.)
It's not all about the new iPad Pro this week. (Mostly, though.)
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

It looks stunning. Its A12X Bionic chip packs a wallop. And the addition of a USB-C port brings strange new powers. However, the new iPad Pro also costs a pretty penny. Do you really need all that gorgeous horsepower?

We pick apart the 2018 iPad Pro from several angles in the latest issue of our free weekly e-magazine. And then we show you how to set up this stunning new tablet and use it properly. Grab your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes now, and get ready to soak it up on your iOS device.

Or read on for this week’s top Apple news, reviews and how-tos — and a chance to win an iPhone XS Max!

Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer adds HomeKit compatibility

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The Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer just got a little smarter thanks to HomeKit compatibility.
The Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer just got a little smarter.
Photo: Belkin

A software update adds native HomeKit compatibility to the Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer today.

The in-wall dimmer switch brings smart lighting capabilities via Apple’s Home app and/or the updated Wemo iOS app. As with other HomeKit devices, you can control the dimmer with your voice via Siri from an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, Apple TV or Mac.

Apple’s 2018 hardware blitz! [Cult of Mac Magazine]

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What a week! New Apple hardware and an earnings surprise.
What a week!
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

This week was one heckuva wild ride for Apple fans. First we got new MacBook Airs, iPad Pros, Mac minis and Apple Pencils. Then Apple threw Wall Street a curveball during yet another surprising (and surprisingly positive) earnings call.

Get the scoop on the latest Apple hardware, plus reviews and how-tos, in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Then get ready to spend your weekend drooling over it on your iPad or iPhone. Grab your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes now.

Bonus: Don’t miss your chance to win an iPhone XR!

With a 14-hour battery, these new sports earbuds go the distance [Review]

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Tarah Pro sports earbuds are up to almost any adventure.
Tarah Pro sports earbuds are up to almost any adventure.
Photo: Jaybird

Tarah Pro earbuds, the latest wireless sports headphones from Jaybird, take adventure audio to new extremes. With smart new features and an astonishing 14 hours of battery life, these sweat-proof earbuds can go the distance — even if you’re a marathoner.

If you’re a fitness fanatic who constantly crushes your Activity goals during epic outdoor adventures, these might be the perfect Bluetooth earbuds for you.

We’ve got serious iPhone XR envy! [Cult of Mac Magazine]

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Just how good is the iPhone XR? We're head over heels! Read all about it in Cult of Mac Magazine Issue No. 268.
Just how good is the iPhone XR? We're head over heels!
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

The world can’t stop raving about the iPhone XR, Apple’s reasonably priced underdog. Sure, it’s not exactly cheap. And it doesn’t pack all the features of the iPhone XS and XS Max. However, it does check most of the boxes. And in some ways, it’s actually better than Cupertino’s current high-end offerings.

Find out why everybody’s going completely nuts for the iPhone XR in this week’s issue of our magazine. It’s free and it’s fun to read on an iPad or iPhone. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes now.

Bonus: Read on for a chance to win the iPhone XR we showcased in our unboxing video!