iPhone 11 makes powerful first impression [Cult of Mac Magazine 315]


The iPhone 11 looks simply stunning in red. And that's just for starters ... read all about it in Cult of Mac Magazine 315.
The iPhone 11 looks simply stunning in red. And that's just for starters ...
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

The new iPhones and Apple Watch are out, and they’re racking up rave reviews. Our hands-on iPhone 11 first impressions show it to be a pretty, powerful photographic phenom. Meanwhile, other reviewers can’t stop complimenting the entry-level iPhone (or its beefed-up siblings, the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max). Same goes for Apple Watch Series 5.

So, basically, accolades all around. Well done, Apple.

If you picked up a new device, you’ll need to know the right way to set it up. Here are tips and tricks for setting up your new iPhone or Apple Watch the right way. And even if you don’t have a brand-new shiny device, you’ll want all our tips and tricks for Apple’s latest mobile software. Here’s everything you need to know about iOS 13.

Get all that info and more in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine.

Sail off to light hack-and-slash fun with Oceanhorn 2 [Review]


Oceanhorn 2 from Apple Arcade
In Oceanhorn 2 it’s you and your robot buddy against the world. Actually, mostly it’s just you.
Screenshot: Cornfox & Brothers

One of the highlights of the just-launched Apple Arcade is Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm from Cornfox & Bros. It’s a familiar dungeon crawl through a bright world to solve a noble quest, and it provides hours of fun.

Buckle on your sword and run through this game with us.

What to do when your iOS backup is newer than your iPhone’s OS


The wait for iOS 12.1 public beta 5 was so short you could have napped through it.
Running an iOS beta can cause problems when you get a new device.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Everyone in Apple’s beta program is running a pre-release version of the next iOS version. Which is great, until you get a new iPhone or iPad. Then you can’t restore the new device from the backup made on your previous one because the old device is running a newer OS.

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic — there are a couple of possible solutions. We’ll walk you through both.

Today in Apple history: Google comes out of beta


Google Apple
Google and Apple were friends at first. It didn't last.
Photo: Google/Apple

September 21: Today in Apple history: Google comes out of beta September 21, 1999: A little startup called Google comes out of beta, with the launch of a website that will let the general public easily search the internet for information.

To Apple, which is embracing the internet with its twin iMac G3 and iBook products, Google seems like the perfect ally. Sadly, the relationship doesn’t remain rosy for long.

Score a refurbished Magic Mouse, keyboard and more [Week’s Best Deals]


Deals of the Week
We've rounded up some of the very best deals in the Cult of Mac Store this week.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

This has been a banner week at the Cult of Mac Store, so we’ve rounded up some of the best deals we saw. Below you’ll find massive discounts on refurbished Magic Mouse and Keyboards, 12-minute book summaries, access to vast stock photo libraries, and a powerful personal finance tool. You’ve gotta see these deals …

Mysterious hardware in iPhone 11 hints at reverse wireless charging


iPhone 11 Max Pro battery
iFixit’s teardown of the iPhone 11 Max Pro finds that the battery has a mysterious second connector.
Photo: iFixit

Buried in the iPhone 11 Pro Max are hardware quirks that iFixit suggests might be for reverse wireless charging, a feature reportedly planned and then dropped from this model.

Watch a video of techs from this repair company carefully disassembling Apple’s new flagship smartphone:

Wonderful wooden stands go great with Apple Watch 5


Man, these stands look good.
Photo: Anden

If you’re very important. If you own many leather-bound books and an apartment that smells of rich mahogany. Then, boy, do we have the perfect Apple Watch charging stand for you.

Made in London from sustainably sourced walnut, cherry, and maple wood, these Anden stands add a touch of sophistication to any living room or home office. And they’re available now!

Got a new iPhone? Now get the best price for your old one


iPhone 6 Plus
Your old iPhone might be worth a small fortune.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Picked up a shiny new iPhone 11 today? Now it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to make back the fat stack of cash you just dropped on an upgrade. It might be easier than you think!

Start by selling your old iPhone to Cult of Mac. It’s quick and easy, we pay real cash, and we typically offer more than other buyback services. Get a quote today and find out how much your old handset is really worth!

Save on must-have accessories for iPhone 11 [Deals & Steals]


Got a new iPhone? Now it's time to bag some sweet accessories.
Photos: Case-Mate, Anker, Apple

Today’s Deals & Steals roundup is all about saving your money on must-have accessories for your brand-new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max.

You’ll find sweet savings on cases, screen protectors, AirPods, and more. These are limited-time discounts that won’t last long, so take advantage while you can!