Today in Apple history: Unauthorized Apple II clone sparks big legal battle

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The Franklin Ace 1200 was, in some ways, a literal copy of the Apple II.
The Franklin Ace 1200 was, in some ways, a literal copy of the Apple II.
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January 18: Today in Apple history: Franklin's unauthorized Apple II clone, the Franklin Ace 1200, sparks legal battle January 18, 1983: Computer manufacturer Franklin Electronic Publishers takes the wraps off its Franklin Ace 1200 computer, an unauthorized Apple II clone that triggers an important legal battle.

Cupertino will soon target Franklin’s line of unlicensed Apple clones with a lawsuit. In the resulting trial, a U.S. court will decide whether a company can protect its operating system by copyright.

Become a web developer for less than $30 with this complete coding boot camp

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This complete web development bootcamp is on sale.
Become a superstar web developer for 25 bucks and change.
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Whether you want to make an exciting career change or start a lucrative side hustle, web development is one of the most valuable skills you can have right now. So, this deal on the 2022 Web Development for Beginners Bundle — a top-rated series of courses — is definitely worth a look.

With eight different courses included in this bundle, the deeply discounted price works out to less than $4 a course for a limited time.

Eurasian filings reveal new iPhone and iPad coming soon

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Eurasian filings reveal new iPhone and iPad coming soon
Not a rumor. Proof that a new iPhone and iPad will launch within a few months.
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The Eurasian Economic Commission confirmed that Apple plans to release a new iPhone and iPad in the near future. The devices appear in the online database of the regulatory agency.

These are almost certainly the next-generation iPhone SE and iPad Air 5.

Why Belkin’s new MagSafe charging puck costs more than Apple’s

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Belkin bets you'll pay more for the pop-up stand and the longer cable.
Belkin bets you'll pay more for the pop-up stand and the longer cable.
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Belkin rolled out an official, Apple-certified MagSafe iPhone charger this week — the Belkin Boost Charge Pro Portable Wireless Charger Pad with MagSafe. And it bets you’ll pay more for it than you would for Apple’s own MagSafe charging puck.

Why would you pay more? For two reasons. And no, the extra-long product name is not one of them.

Brilliant Elkson Quattro Pro gives Apple Watch Series 7 ample protection — save 15%

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Quattro Pro for Apple Watch
Keep Apple Watch looking brand-new.
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Worried about wearing your new Apple Watch Series 7 in case it picks up scuffs and scratches? Protect it with the excellent Quattro Pro bumper case with band from Elkson.

Made from an ultra-durable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), the Quattro Pro puts a protective layer around your device that keeps its sides and screen safe at all times. And it’s now available in new colors.

Get yours from the Cult of Mac Store today for just $16.14 after a 15% discount.

How to share your Focus status with select contacts in iOS and iPadOS 15

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How to share Focus status
Let others know when your notifications are disabled.
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It’s possible to share your Focus status with select contacts in iOS and iPadOS 15, so that friends and family members don’t think you’re just ignoring their calls and texts.

Here’s how you pick and choose who sees that your notifications are disabled while you’re busy.

Save $150 on this pro photography software bundle for Mac

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This photographer software is 74% off.
These pro photography apps make editing pictures a snap.
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It’s not just the equipment that makes photography such an expensive career and hobby. Software that can help photographers produce the best pictures often proves incredibly pricey

However, for a limited time, the Everimaging 3-in-1 Photographer’s Bundle for Mac gives you three indispensable programs for only $42.49 (regularly $199) with the code JAN15. And you get the software for life.

Apple could scrap 13-inch MacBook Pro, bring 5G to 10.2-inch iPad in 2022

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Save on 13.3-inch MacBook Pro from 2020
We're nearing the end of the 13-inch MacBook Pro era.
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Apple will scrap the 13-inch MacBook Pro this year after introducing a new 14-inch model with a next-generation “M2” chip, one tipster claims.

The company is also said to be planning a new entry-level iPad with a 10.2-inch display — the last iteration before a big redesign is rolled out in 2023 — that will offer super-speedy 5G connectivity for the first time.