Learn how to take and edit stunning photos with this $40 master class bundle

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Whether you use the 10 photography courses in this bundle to spread your creative wings or start a side hustle, it’s an affordable option that covers a wide range of topics. The Photography Master Class Bundle offers comprehensive training and invaluable insights to elevate your photography skills.

For a limited time, you can get lifetime access to this turbocharged suite of photography courses for just $39.99.

WWDC24 predictions: Match wits with us! [The CultCast]

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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: With Apple’s big Worldwide Developers Conference hurtling at us like an AI-powered hype train, we once again put our professional reputations on the line. That’s right, it’s time to make our WWDC24 predictions.

We’ve got a special wild-card question this time around. And you can play along, if you’ve got the nerve!

Also on The CultCast:

  • iPhone 16 Pro could bring some crazy new display tech.
  • Marvel Studios’ new Vision Pro app is the kind of content Apple’s headset needs. The “I’m a Mac” guy’s latest PC ad is the kind of marketing the world can do without.
  • Invidia’s stock price overtakes $AAPL as Wall Street goes gaga for AI.
  • We discuss the latest iPhone 16 rumors as well as some last-minute iOS 18 leaks.

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video live stream, embedded below.

Price drop: Learn up to 25 languages with this lifetime Rosetta Stone sub

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Whether your travels take you to a variety of destinations or you plan on relocating internationally, communication skills are crucial. You can learn to speak like a native with this lifetime subscription to all 25 Rosetta Stone languages.

Get this innovative language-learning app for only $151.99 (regularly $399) when you use coupon code ROSETTA. That’s a huge discount on a proven service that has helped users understand foreign languages faster and more effectively for three decades.

Maximize your streaming with a lifetime sub to this all-in-one platform

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The Apple TV app keeps trying to simplify streaming, but it’s not an easy nut to crack. If you’re tired of wrestling with all the available streaming options, consider BitMar. This next-gen streaming app brings together a vast array of content into one easy-to-use platform.

Say goodbye to switching between apps and searching through endless menus. With BitMar, everything is organized and accessible in one place (on the devices you already own). The centralized streaming platform allows you to effortlessly find and enjoy your favorite music, TV shows and movies. And you can get a lifetime subscription to BitMar for just $29.99.

Here’s what I hope to see at WWDC24 [Wish list]

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Here’s what I want to see from WWDC.
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Apple reportedly will focus heavily on AI when it announces the next major versions of all its operating systems Monday at WWDC24. Everyone expects an upgraded Siri, summaries that’ll catch you up on a flurry of notifications, image editing that can cut out parts of a picture and the like. But none of that is on my WWDC wish list.

Personally, I’m not convinced that Apple needs to go all-in on AI (or “Apple Intelligence,” as it reportedly will be called). I’d rather see fundamental fixes and long-missing features finally added. Plus, I find Apple’s rumored partnership with OpenAI, of all companies, pretty troubling.

Here’s my WWDC24 wish list of everything I hope Cupertino has been cooking up. Read the full list below or sit back and watch the video.

Dark Matter keeps its huge audience for a fourth week

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"Dark Matter," an Apple TV+ adaptation of a sci-fi bestseller, has stayed popular ever since its launch.
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Dark Matter, one of the best sci-fi novels of the decade, has been adapted into an Apple TV+ series that spent its fourth week as one of the most popular offerings on any streaming service, according to analysts.

It’s a thriller about a man lost in the multiverse trying to find his original universe.

Today in Apple history: OS X Snow Leopard roars for the first time

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June 8: Today in Apple history: Apple introduces OS X Snow Leopard June 8, 2009: Apple introduces OS X Snow Leopard, a version of its Mac operating system that ranks among the company’s finest desktop updates.

Showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Snow Leopard doesn’t seem as flashy as some other Mac operating system upgrades. In fact, Apple famously includes a slide in its WWDC presentation touting “0 new features.” However, OS X Snow Leopard more than delivers on Apple’s core values, paving a path to a bright future for the Mac.

Make PDF editing easier on Mac with PDF Expert

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PDFs are arguably one of the most-used document formats by professionals, students and casual users alike. However, while they might be the best way to transmit documents, they’re not entirely easy to work with unless you own a capable PDF editor for Mac like PDF Expert.

Fortunately, this app makes handling, organizing, annotating, merging and editing PDFs effortless. And you can get a lifetime license to this award-winning Mac app for just $79.99 (regularly $139).

All the AI features headed for iPhone, Mac and iPad [Updated]

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New artificial intelligence features are coming to many of the standard iPhone and Mac applications.
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New artificial intelligence features are likely to make iOS 18, macOS 15 and iPadOS 18 the biggest upgrades to Apple’s platforms in many years. Leaks say AI enhancements are coming to most of Apple’s standard apps, helping users write, summarize information, clean up images and more. At their announcement coming at next week’s WWDC24, these will all come under the heading of “Apple Intelligence.”

Plus, Siri reportedly will get a significant intelligence upgrade.

What to expect at WWDC24: ‘Apple Intelligence,’ major iOS revamp and more [Updated]

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WWDC24 starts Monday, June 10 with Apple’s Keynote at 10 a.m. PST.
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WWDC24 kicks off on June 10 but you don’t need to wait until then to find out what’s in store for iPhone, Mac and other Apple computers. Leaks already revealed much of what to expect at Apple’s annual developers conference, at least in broad terms. Here’s your WWDC24 spoiler alert: “Apple Intelligence” in the form of AI, AI and more AI.

Here’s what will be on the agenda when Apple unveils iOS 18, macOS 15 and iPadOS 18 next week.

What to expect from major iOS 18 overhaul at WWDC24

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Generative AI features will almost certainly be the centerpiece of iOS 18.
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When it’s unveiled at WWDC24’s Keynote on Monday, the new iOS 18 update — codenamed “Crystal” — is expected to be one of Apple’s biggest updates of iPhone software since the handset came out in 2007. Artificial intelligence (AI) should play a big role, along with other new features, redesigned elements and plenty of app updates. See our summary below, with links to Cult of Mac coverage.

Sweet ultra-wide display deserves great dual-monitor stand [Setups]

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Not everybody needs, wants or can afford an Apple display. Luckily, many good options abound for use with a Mac, including the 34-inch BenQ Ultrawide Creator Monitor featured in today’s exceptionally nice M3 Pro MacBook Pro setup. And it’s ideally situated on a handsome Oakywood dual-monitor stand.

Apple App Store spending more than doubles that of Google Play

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iPhone users spent almost $25 billion in the App Store during Q1 2024, according to a market research firm. In contrast, Android uses spent only $11 billion on Google Play in the same time period.

This despite the number of downloads from Google Play more than tripling App Store downloads. Clearly, a great many Android users aren’t willing to pay for apps.

Get genuine lifetime Windows 11 for only $21 in CdkeySales Mid-Year Sale

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The CdkeySales Mid-Year Sale is in full swing, so now’s the time to score excellent deals on all kinds of Microsoft software. It’s your perfect opportunity to find remarkably low prices on productivity software like Windows and Microsoft Office. That includes Windows 10 Pro for just $17.05 — and a free upgrade comes with it! Or you can cut straight to the chase and get Windows 11 Pro for only $22.71.

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You can find surprisingly low prices at software activation keys provider CdkeySales.com now and throughout the year. To get the most savings, enter promo code CULT. That cuts an additional 30% off the site’s low prices on software keys. And don’t forget: When you buy Windows 10, you get a free upgrade to Windows 11!

Today in Apple history: The first great color PowerBook arrives

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Inside its beefy chassis, the PowerBook 180c packed a beautiful color screen.
Inside its beefy chassis, the PowerBook 180c packed a beautiful color screen.
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June 7: Today in Apple history: Apple debuts the PowerBook 180c laptop June 7, 1993: Apple debuts the PowerBook 180c, a solid upgrade that brings a world of dazzling colors to the company’s laptop line.

The 180c’s big improvement over the grayscale PowerBook 180, which launched the previous October, is its active-matrix, 256-color screen. Such a screen is something of a novelty for laptops in the early 1990s.

Pitaka MagEZ car mount elevates iPhone charging on the road [Review] ★★★★

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Pitaka's mount has a strong magnetic grip for your iPhone or other handset.
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Sometimes people take car chargers for granted as merely functional necessities. But Pitaka challenges that with its new MagEZ Car Mount Pro 2 Qi2, a sleek and innovative device that fast-charges your iPhone or other smartphone and streamlines your in-car experience. It takes up little space as it brings your handset’s screen in sight.

As as a Qi2 device, it gives everyone MagSafe-level charging. And the company also makes a MagSafe edition, of course. It’s a great accessory to keep in the car, especially if the car lacks CarPlay on its infotainment screen.

Don’t miss this major deal on Beats Fit Pro earbuds [45% off]

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Beats Fit Pro earbuds deliver rich, immersive sound and powerful bass. These noise-canceling earbuds are serious AirPods Pro competitors (see our comparison), and they bring your music, podcasts and calls to life. Grab a pair, and you’ll enjoy every note and beat with clarity and depth, whether you’re using an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy.

Wirecutter recently called Beats Fit Pro “a great choice for Apple fans who want the easy pairing and ‘Hey Siri‘ voice-control convenience of AirPods, but with a more-secure fit and better controls.” And now you can get these high-quality earbuds at a massive discount, thanks to our new, open-box sale.

For a limited time, snag a pair of Beats Fit Pro earbuds for just $109.99 (regularly $199.99).

Unsend and edit iPhone messages after you send them

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Knowing how to unsend an iMessage can help you out of a pickle if you accidentally shoot off a text to the wrong person. You also can edit a message after it’s sent to fix a grave typo you didn’t catch. Like if you accidentally text your mom “Finally got laid today!” when you meant to type “paid.”

Keep reading to see how to unsend or edit an iMessage on your iPhone, or watch our quick video tutorial.

This app can identify more than 33,000 plant species

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This $20 app can identify over 14,000 plant species.
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fLove spending time outdoors or nurturing greenery? Consider Plantum, an AI-powered plant identifier that’s like a flora encyclopedia you can carry around in your pocket. This iOS plant identification app can identify more than 33,000 plant species and offer tips on plant care.

It comes in handy whether you’re walking through the great outdoors or managing your garden. And for a limited time, a lifetime subscription is on sale for just $16.97 (regularly $59.99). That’s the lowest price on the web!

Apple Passwords app will make managing secure logins simple

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A rumored Apple Passwords app surely will sherlock some established competitors.
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Apple plans to release its own Passwords app that will compete with rival password apps like 1Password, LastPass and Dashlane, according to a new report. The new Apple Passwords app will be based on the company’s existing iCloud Keychain technology, but will dress it up and make it more user-friendly.

The standalone Apple Passwords app will sync across devices and add advanced features similar to competitors’ offerings. Apple reportedly plans to showcase it at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, then roll it out in iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS 15. Plus, it will work with Vision Pro and Windows computers!

Boost your Mac’s storage on the cheap during Samsung external SSD sale

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The Samsung T9 SSD is small but holds terabytes of data.
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The Samsung T9 SSD is quick and it’s very portable. Plus, for a short time, it’s up to 31% off, dropping the 1TB version to only $135. Or opt for 2TB or 4TB of additional storage for your Mac or iPad and save even more money.

For an even more affordable option, the older Samsung T7 series is available for as little as $115.

Ubisoft Rabbids: Legends of the Multiverse and 3 more games hop onto Apple Arcade

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Rabbids: Legends of the Multiverse by Ubisoft is one of four additions to Apple Arcade today.
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Rabbids: Legends of the Multiverse from Ubisoft is a deck building game featuring a crazy collection of characters exploring five outlandish universes. It just launched for iPhone, Mac and more.

It is joined by three classic games that are all now playable via Apple Arcade.

Apple Design Awards salute 14 best apps and games

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Winners will get their prizes at WWDC24 on Monday.
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The Apple Design Awards recognized 14 “best-in-class” apps and games, the iPhone giant said Thursday. It will hand out the awards, which celebrate excellence in design and outstanding technical achievement, to winners at WWDC24 on Monday.

“It’s inspiring to see how developers are using our technology to create exceptional apps and games that enhance the lives of users,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “This year’s winners have demonstrated how apps can create powerful and moving experiences — and we’re excited to celebrate their hard work and ingenuity at WWDC this year.”

And this year the awards added a new spatial computing category.

Today in Apple history: Apple chooses Intel over PowerPC

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The transition to Intel was a big achievement for Steve Jobs.
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June 6: Today in Apple history: Apple switches Mac to Intel chips from PowerPC June 6, 2005: Steve Jobs reveals that Apple will switch the Mac from PowerPC processors to Intel.

Speaking at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Jobs’ revelation reminds the tech world that he is a leader who can get things done. Given Intel’s focus on mobile computing, the move also offers a hint at what Apple’s CEO has planned for the second half of his reign.