Bag a 128GB iPhone 7 for under $230 [Deals & Steals]

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iPhone 7 back
Get yours before they're all gone!
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Treat yourself to an iPhone 7 today without breaking the bank. Woot is currently offering refurbished and unlocked models with 128GB of storage for just $229.99. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

You will also find big discounts on Amazon’s latest Fire TV Sticks, a whopping $80 off Powerbeats3 wireless headphones, and more.

Breakout! Inside an Apple escape room [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 296]

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An unusual Apple-themed escape room is set to inject some fun into this year's AltConf during WWDC.
An unusual Apple-themed escape room is set to inject some fun into this year's AltConf during WWDC.
Cover: Martin Cortinas/Cult of Mac

Imagine yourself in a nightmare scenario. You’re tasked with making an Apple keynote run smoothly, but Murphy’s law is in full effect. Everything that can go wrong does. Tim Cook is not pleased. And you must wield your Apple knowledge to make things right.

That’s what you’ll experience if you dare to go “Backstage at the Keynote” during WWDC 2019. Find out all about this unusual Apple-themed escape room, which should spice things up at AltConf next month, in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine for iOS.

Or read on to get the rest of the week’s best Apple news, reviews and how-tos in your browser, including our scoop on what’s up with that mysterious rainbow stage spotted inside Apple Park.

How (and why) Jony Ive built the mysterious rainbow Apple Stage

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The colorful Apple Stage really pops in the center of Apple Park.
The colorful Apple Stage really pops in the center of Apple Park's massive "spaceship" building.
Photo: Duncan Sinfield

The mysterious, rainbow-colored stage erected inside Apple Park bears all the hallmarks of the company’s meticulous design, according to an Apple document provided to Cult of Mac.

It’s the latest creation by Jony Ive’s team — and it’s just as thoughtfully and intricately designed as you might imagine.

An article explaining the project to Apple employees sheds light on just how much thought, time and intense effort went into building the rainbow Apple Stage. And Jony Ive’s ruminations on the project show he and his collaborators put a lot of thought into it.

What’s brewing for iOS and macOS [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 295]

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Get the latest rumors about what's coming in iOS 13 (and macOS 10.15).
Get the latest rumors about what's coming in iOS (and macOS).
Cover: Marty Cortinas/Cult of Mac

With rumors, leaks and discoveries coming in hot and heavy, we’re getting a pretty good idea of exactly what iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 will look like when they land.

We’ve got three ways to get the latest. You can read our iOS/macOS rumor roundup, watch our YouTube video on the same subject or indulge in that story and more in our free Cult of Mac Magazine for iOS.

4 key reasons Apple’s China problem is going away

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Apple is not about to raise a white flag and give up on China.
Apple is not about to raise a white flag and give up on China.
Photo: Fredrik Rubensson/Flickr CC

Apple’s business in China is finally turning around, according to execs who say Cupertino’s troubles in the country might be a thing of the past.

“We feel positive about our trajectory,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said during Tuesday’s earnings call, noting that the company’s “year-over-year revenue performance in Greater China improved relative to the December quarter.”

Then Cook laid out four reasons why Apple’s “China problem” is going away.

Why iPad + mouse = genius [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 294]

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Actually, using a mouse with an iPad sounds pretty awesome.
Actually, using a mouse with an iPad sounds pretty awesome.
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Coming soon to an iPad near you: a mouse! Don’t puke in your mouth. This is going to be cool.

Plus, get the rest of the week’s best Apple news, reviews, how-tos and opinions in the latest issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. It’s a free iOS app, and it looks great on your iPad (with or without a mouse). Or keep reading to get the week’s top stories in your browser.

10 awesome Activity app secrets [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 293]

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Get ready to get ripped with these hidden Activity app features.
Get ready to get ripped with these hidden Activity app features.
Cover: Graham Bower/Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Dig into Apple’s slick Activity app and you’ll find some advanced metrics that can help take your fitness to the next level.

Get the lowdown on 10 features hidden inside the app — plus the week’s best Apple news, reviews and how-tos — in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. It’s free and it looks the perfect way to enjoy some weekend reading on your iPad. Or use the links below to read the stories on our website.

Inside Apple’s megafactories [Cult of Mac Magazine 292]

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Exclusive outtakes from Leander's new book on Tim Cook take you inside Apple's innovative manufacturing process.
Exclusive outtakes from Leander's new book on Tim Cook take you inside Apple's innovative manufacturing process.
Cover: Marty Cortinas/Cult of Mac

In case you haven’t heard, our fearless leader (Cult of Mac founder and publisher Leander Kahney) has a new book coming soon. It’s called Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level, and it offers an eye-opening look at the Apple CEO.

Unfortunately, Leander couldn’t squeeze all the info he gathered into a single book. So we’re publishing a series of outtakes dealing with Apple’s innovative approach to manufacturing the world’s greatest computers.

Catch up on all the outtakes so far — starting with a peek inside Apple’s megafactories — in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Or use the links below to stay in your browser. Either way, you’ll get all the outtakes from the Cook book, plus the week’s best Apple news, how-tos and reviews.

New Logitech wireless headphones will really get you in the zone

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Logitech Zone Wireless headphones will really put you in the zone.
Zone Wireless headphones' marquee features include active noise cancellation and Qi charging.
Photo: Logitech

Knowledge workers of the world, listen up! Logitech wants to solve your headphone problem. Actually, make that your headphones problem: The upcoming Logitech Wireless Zone headphones could replace the three types of headsets currently cluttering your desk in that oh-so-trendy open office.

Logitech’s pitch is that Zone Wireless will free you from juggling your omnipresent earbuds, the cushy noise-canceling headphones you brought from home, and that ugly headset your company’s IT department burdened you with.

How to cope with your MacBook keyboard [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 291]

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No, pounding your stuck MacBook keyboard in rage is not the answer.
No, pounding your keyboard in rage is not the answer.
Cover: Graham Bower and Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Apple admits that some people experience serious MacBook keyboard problems. So, what are you going to do about it? We’ve got a theory about what might be causing the failures, as well as some tips that could help you deal with stuck MacBook keys (and maybe avoid them altogether).

Even if you don’t have one of the problematic MacBooks, grab this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine for iOS. You’ll get a handful of other helpful how-tos for anybody in the Apple ecosystem. Plus, an AirPower postmortem, the latest iPhone rumors, reviews of various Apple accessories and more.

Download the free app now, or hit the links below to read the week’s best stories in your browser. And don’t miss your last chance to enter to win a free copy of iMazing.