Save a fortune on iPhone X, MacBook Air refurbs [Deals & Steals]

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And save $200 on an 11-inch iPad Pro!
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Apple’s excellent iPhone X is now more affordable than ever. You can grab a refurbished model with 256GB of storage for under $600 today only.

And that’s just one of the awesome offers on refurbished Apple devices in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

You will also find super-cheap MacBook Air units and $200 off the 11-inch iPad Pro. Plus, you can bag a Netgear Orbi setup for under $176, and save $61 on the brilliant Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini dock for MacBook.

How to fix a stuck iOS software update

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iOS updates usually prove pretty reliable. Even during the buggy beta phase of a new iOS version, the updates themselves usually run without a hitch. But sometimes they do get stuck. Or they seem like they got stuck.

Here’s how to tell the difference between those two scenarios. And, if your iOS update really did hang, what to do about it.

Contemporary leather cuff makes Apple Watch ultra-comfortable

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And it's surprisingly affordable.
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Look no further than this contemporary leather cuff if you want an Apple Watch band that’s super-stylish and insanely comfortable.

It’s Monowear’s most comfortable band yet, and it’s available now from the Cult of Mac Store in two terrific color options. The cuff is compatible with all versions of Apple Watch in all sizes. Order yours today!

See what happens when a hacker tries to add USB-C to iPhone 11 Pro

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Scotty Allen begins his quest to hack an iPhone 11 Pro.
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Can you add USB-C to an iPhone 11 Pro?

The short answer is a “definitive yes,” according to YouTube host Scotty Allen, who quickly gained a following by documenting his attempts to build an iPhone from scratch and add a headphone jack to an iPhone 7 (both successes by the way).

How to master the Apple Watch Dock

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There are two buttons on the Apple Watch. You can press the Digital Crown, and you can press the side button. If you press the side button when your watch is displaying its watch face, then you’ll pop up the Dock. But what, exactly, is the Apple Watch Dock?

Just like the docks on macOS and iOS, it provides quick access to your most-used apps. But the Apple Watch Dock doesn’t work like the docks on Apple’s other devices. Here’s how to use it — and how to customize it.

Apple premieres For All Mankind ahead of TV+ debut

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You'll be able to watch it on November 1.
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Apple this week premiered For All Mankind at the Regency Village theater in Westwood, California, ahead of its Apple TV+ debut.

The new space drama, from Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore, will be available on November 1. It imagines a world in which the global space race never ended.

Utilize AI to create eye-popping photos with Luminar [Deals]

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This simple tool contains some powerful but intuitive tools for making any digital photo pop.
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In the age of Instagram filters, just taking the photo isn’t enough. These days photos don’t stand out unless they’re properly cropped, color-adjusted, de-noised and generally polished. But if you’re not photo-savvy, this app for Mac and Windows will do all the heavy lifting for you.

Today in Apple history: Apple offers ice water to Windows users in hell

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On this day in 2003, Steve Jobs revealed his plan to bring iTunes to Windows.
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October 16: Today in Apple history: iTunes Music Store comes to Windows October 16, 2003: Six months after opening the iTunes Music Store for Mac owners, Apple expands the service to cover Windows PCs as well.

Steve Jobs later quips that making iTunes available to Windows owners is akin to “giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell.”