Apple Arcade adds player-vs-player Pac-man and baseball games, plus three more titles


Apple Arcade adds PvP Pac-man and baseball games
Among the new titles on Apple Arcade are an Escheresque game and one that’s right for Halloween.
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Apple is working hard to meet its goal of offering over 100 games in Apple Arcade. Five more have been added, bringing the total to almost 90.

The latest additions include Ballistic Baseball, Pac-man Party Royal, and several more.

Apple AR is here. Did you notice? [Cult of Mac Magazine 319]


Apple AR is here: Cult of Mac Magazine 319
The era of Apple augmented reality already dawned. Are you ready for what's next?
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Who needs Apple AR glasses? The era of Apple augmented reality is already here. You just might not have noticed it. Here’s a look at where we are — and where we might be headed.

Get that glimpse of the present/future, along with Apple how-tos and product reviews (including our take on one of the best metal Apple Watch bands yet), in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Grab your free download from the iOS App Store. Or hit the links below to read this week’s best Apple news, reviews and how-tos in your browser.

Plus, don’t miss your chance to enter our Apple Watch Series 5 giveaway. It ends soon!

Today in Apple history: The forgotten first Mac with an internal CD-ROM


Why did the Mac IIvx fail to take the world by storm?
Why did the Mac IIvx fail to take the world by storm?
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October 19: Today in Apple history: Mac IIvx, the forgotten first Mac with an internal CD-ROM, launches October 19, 1992: Apple launches the Mac IIvx, the first Macintosh computer to ship with a metal case and, more importantly, an internal CD-ROM drive.

The last of the Macintosh II series, the Mac IIvx experiences one of the more notorious price adjustments in Apple history. Within five months of shipping, Apple slashes the computer’s launch price of $2,949 to $1,899. That’s one way to reward early adopters!

This virtually unbreakable 3-in-1 charging hub does it all


Lightweight, portable, and virtually unbreakable.
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If you need a charging hub that you can take with you everywhere, you want one that’s going to survive every trip. And you want one that charges all your devices simultaneously.

What you really want is the Elago 3-in-1 charging hub. It tops up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods — and it’s virtually unbreakable. It’s also a steal at just $30 with free shipping.

Apple takes heat from all sides after pulling Hong Kong map app


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Tim Cook is feeling heat for Apple's decision to pull Hong Kong map app.
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U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle united to strongly criticize Apple over last week’s decision to pull a live map app used by protestors in Hong Kong.

The bipartisan group, which included Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook voicing “strong concern” over Apple’s decision to remove from the App Store.

Apple signs Fargo writer for multiyear TV+ deal


Apple TV+ may not have left it too late after all.
Monica Beletsky has also worked on Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.
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Apple signed Fargo writer and producer Monica Beletsky to a multiyear Apple TV+ deal. She reportedly will develop a new series exclusively for the upcoming streaming service.

Beletsky is also working on two films for Hello Sunshine, the production company owned by Reese Witherspoon, who stars in Apple’s exclusive news-biz drama The Morning Show.