Layton’s Mystery Journey, Clips, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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Cult of Mac Magazine: Best Apple Watch Running App, Everything new with Siri, and more!

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All this week on Cult of Mac, Graham Bower's been reviewing the best running apps for Apple Watch. And, now we bring them to you!
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We’ve got a jam-packed issue this week including a rundown of six running apps for Apple Watch. See which one comes out on top!

In this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine, you’ll find that story and more. Get the latest on iPhone 8’s Touch ID. Find out everything new with Siri in iOS 11 update. And discover five apps that keep you safe while traveling. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Why Apple’s making an iPhone Pro, this week on The CultCast

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It's time to make the iPhone exciting again.
It's time to make the iPhone exciting again.
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This week on The CultCast: Why Apple’s making an iPhone Pro, a tech-packed cutting-edge phone that will showcase what Cupertino is capable of. Plus: Genius Bar jackpot! (Or, why Apple sometimes replaces your old, broken gear for a brand new model.) And stick around for a super-powerful electric long board, a HomeKit-enabled ceiling fan, and a pro-level keyboard case for your iPad Pro in an all-new Under Review.

Our thanks to Squarespace for supporting this episode. It’s simple to accept Apple Pay and sell your wares with your very own Squarespace.com website. Enter offer code “CultCast” at checkout to get 10 percent off any hosting plan.

Can facial recognition replace Touch ID? [Friday Night Fights]

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Unlocking your iPhone could be as easy as looking at it.
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Recent iPhone 8 rumors have left the future of Touch ID unclear. Some indicate it will remain, but in a new position, while others warn that Apple plans to replace it with iris scanning and facial recognition.

Friday Night Fights bugThese aren’t entirely new technologies; other manufacturers have been offering them for years with mixed results. But can Apple deliver a solution that’s simple, fast, and secure enough to replace the fingerprint scanner?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we battle it out over whether the iPhone can bid farewell to Touch ID.

Apple onboard with India for high-speed trains

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India's government hopes Apple can help make the country's trains run faster.
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Apple is eager to get business in India on a fast track – plans that include partnering with the government on high-speed rail.

Apple reportedly is among a group of technology firms that will help India’s railways increase train speeds up to as much as 600 kilometers per hour.

iOS 11 automatically ignores flaky Wi-Fi connections

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You should already have this switched off.
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With iOS 11, your iPhone gets smart enough to realize when a Wi-Fi connection is flaky, and gives up trying to join it. This might be most useful if you’re one of those people who keeps your Ask Join Networks setting activated, but it should help anyone who uses their iPhone in multiple places — i.e. everyone ever.

iPhone 4s sparked house fire, lawsuit claims

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A lawsuit claims the battery of an iPhone 4s is responsible for a house fire.
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The insurance company for a Wisconsin man is suing Apple claiming his iPhone 4s caused a house fire last year that left significant property damage.

The lawsuit, filed recently by Xai Thao and State Farm insurance company, blamed a faulty lithium ion battery in the handset for causing the fire. Thao says the iPhone 4s contained the original factory battery.

How ARKit will deliver the future of maps

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This is one way not to get lost.
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From crowdsourced traffic data on Waze to Apple’s innovative “Flyover” feature for Apple Maps, our smartphones have introduced a number of clever map-related technologies that make it easier to get from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible.

A new demo of Apple’s ARKit augmented reality reality by independent iOS developer Andrew Hart showcases how augmented reality could help take our navigation to the next level. Check it out below.

A faulty first-gen Apple Watch could get you a free upgrade

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Your new Apple Watch Series 1 could be free.
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If you have a first-generation Apple Watch that’s faulty, you could bag a free upgrade when you take it to the Apple store.

Employees and Authorized Service Providers in some countries have been given authorization to replace original models with Apple Watch Series 1 units, but only certain variants are eligible.

Today in Apple history: Apple unseats Nokia as top smartphone vendor

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Remember when Nokia was on top of the world?
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July 21 Today in Apple history July 21, 2011: Apple officially passes Nokia to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

It’s a major milestone for Apple, which launched its first iPhone just four years earlier. For Nokia, which dominated the cellphone market during the 1990s and early 2000s, it’s the end of an era.