Best ways to watch 2024 Super Bowl on Apple TV, iPhone or Mac


Best ways to watch 2024 Super Bowl on Apple TV, iPhone or Mac
The App Store also recommends Paramount+ for watching the 2024 Super Bowl.
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The 2024 Super Bowl is Sunday, and football fans can watch via their favorite Apple device. Maybe it’s on an Apple TV connected to the big screen in your living room, or you might need to watch on your iPhone because you have to be at work tonight.

Whatever your setup is, here are the best ways to stream the big game.

AI tax app that can find every deduction is a lifesaver for freelancers


This $50 AI tax app is a lifesaver for freelancers and can find every tax deduction.
Get FlyFin to let AI do your taxes for you, now only $50.
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The transition to the gig economy has been hard on first-time freelancers for many reasons, but the learning curve is especially steep during tax time. Even in the best-case scenario, taxes are a pain. But when they’re not automatically taken out? You need all the help you can get — and this AI tax app offers plenty!

There’s good news for the self-employed, though. Tax help is possible, no matter what your filing status is, thanks to FlyFin. A three-year subscription to this AI-powered tax app now costs just $49.99 (regularly $252).

Today in Apple history: iPad fails to impress Bill Gates


Bill Gates Fox News
Bill Gates definitely doesn't wish Microsoft invented the iPad.
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February 11: Today in Apple history: iPad fails to impress Bill Gates February 11, 2010: With iPad excitement reaching a fever pitch, Steve Jobs’ old frenemy Bill Gates wades in with his own opinion of Apple’s tablet.

The Microsoft co-founder’s view? The upcoming device is kinda meh.

“There’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it,'” Gates tells one interviewer.

Vision Pro wall-to-wall: Pros, cons, grins and gripes! [The CultCast]


CultCast host Erfon Elijah wearing an Apple Vision Pro headset behind a microphone, recording the podcast. The CultCast episode 633.
Erfon has some thoughts about the Vision Pro.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: After spending a few days with Apple’s headset, Erfon and Griffin are ready to unleash their initial Vision Pro reviews. They’ve got some gushing praise, some mild concerns and some unmitigated gripes.

Also on The CultCast:

  • A sad Vision Pro “demo” shows why you should never try the headset with your glasses on. Book a real Apple demo instead!
  • The technology in Apple’s headset is astonishing. So are the immersive experiences. But is all that enough to justify the price?
  • Griffin talks about doing actual work while wearing Vision Pro.
  • Erfon reveals his grand plan for a new podcast called CultCast Off Topic.

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.

Today in Apple history: Mac Color Classic ditches monochrome


The Macintosh Color Classic is the Mac everybody had been waiting for.
The Macintosh Color Classic was the Mac the world had been waiting for.
Photo: Chung Chu/Flickr CC

February 10: Today in Apple history: Macintosh Color Classic ditches monochrome February 10, 1993: Apple launches the Macintosh Color Classic, the company’s first compact Mac with a color screen.

As the first all-in-one Mac with an integrated color display, and the last U.S. Mac to offer the compact form factor, this model represents a landmark in the evolution of the Macintosh. A Color Classic unit also happens to become the 10 millionth Macintosh that Apple shipped.

Find the best laser printer for your Mac


Best laser printer for Mac
For most cases, laser printers outshine inkjet printers. Here's how to find the best laser printer for Mac.
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What is the best laser printer for Mac users? When choosing between laser or inkjet, we recommend laser. Laser printers used to be prohibitively expensive, but prices have come down, and you’ll have fewer headaches. Inkjet printers are better for photos but are a pain to own. Replacement ink costs a fortune, the heads clog, and they dry out if the printer isn’t in regular use.

Laser printers, on the other hand, can sit idle for weeks without problems. They cost more up front, but are often cheaper to own in the long-run.

In this guide, we’ll explore which brand of printer works best with Mac and top laser printers that are fully compatible with macOS, whether you need a printer for your personal use, a home office or a small business.

Learn multiple languages with Babbel, now just $149.97 for life


Speak a second language with Babbel, now $199.97 for life.
Turn downtime into a language-learning opportunity with Babbel.
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Hola! Hallo! Ciao! Bonjour! Now you know how to greet people in Spanish, German, Italian and French. Interested in learning more?

Babbel is an app that can teach you up to 14 languages through bite-size, interactive lessons. Just pay a one-time fee and get access for life. And, for a limited time, a lifetime subscription — normally $599 — is price-dropped to just $149.97.

Former employee hit with hefty fine for stealing Apple car secrets


This one is definitely not just a driving simulator.
Criminals can't yet steal an Apple car, but they can steal secrets of its technology.
Photo: Basic Apple Guy

An Apple employee who tried to head for China with stolen secrets about Apple’s self-driving car was sentenced to four months in prison and a $147,000 fine.

He’s one of two people caught attempting industrial espionage on technical details of the upcoming autonomous vehicle.

What’s it like working out wearing a Vision Pro?


Me wearing workout clothes on a treadmill. Oh, and a Vision Pro on my face.
Is this the future of working out? Probably not.
Photo: D. Griffin Jones/Cult of Mac

People have been spotted wearing Apple’s Vision Pro headset at gyms. I was curious whether they had unlocked a secret killer feature or whether they were bearing through aches and pains just to show off. What’s it really like working out wearing a Vision Pro?

To find out, I hopped on a treadmill, lifted some weights and did some crunches while wearing the headset to discover the pros and cons of wearing a Vision Pro while working out. Check out our latest YouTube video to see what it’s like first-person.

The overall experience proved unsurprisingly mixed — with one very surprising drawback.

Boost mobile charging with new 2-in-1 power bank and wall adapter


Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid Wall Charger 25W + Power Bank 5K
Belkin's new combo power bank and wall charger can cover plenty of your charging needs.
Photo: Belkin

Belkin rolled out a new portable 2-in-1 charger Thursday that should suit people who travel a lot or work in different places, like hybrid employees, because it’s both a wall charger and a power bank. It’s the Belkin BoostCharge Hybrid Wall Charger 25W + Power Bank 5K, great for keeping devices like iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch going.

It’s set to start shipping on Valentine’s Day, February 14. And no, we’re not saying it’s a romantic gift idea.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs’ NeXT quits making computers


NeXT Cube
The NeXT Computer was great but it didn't sell.
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February 9: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs' NeXT quits making computers February 9, 1993: NeXT Inc., the company Steve Jobs founded after being pushed out of Apple, quits making computers. The company changes its name to NeXT Software and focuses its efforts entirely on producing code for other platforms.

In a mass layoff, 330 of NeXT’s 500 employees are made redundant in an event known internally as “Black Tuesday.” Cruelly, many people hear of their fate on the radio.

What Loupedeck can do for your photo and video editing [Setups]


Today's user relies on Loupedeck Live for photo and video editing tasks.
Photo: Loupedeck

The other day we featured an M1 Ultra Mac Studio setup. We wanted to loop back to call out a couple of cool components in it — namely, a Loupedeck streaming media console and a Keychron Q1 Pro Mechanical Keyboard. It turns out Loupedeck Live is great for video editing (photos, too!).

Valentine’s Day deals: Get Windows 10 for as low as $14 at CdkeySales!


CdkeySales MIcrosoft Windows logo
Use promo code CULT at to score hearty savings on Microsoft software.

Love is a many-splendored thing, the old song says. And mid-February means many sweet deals on Microsoft products you’ll love in’s Valentine’s Day Sale. Bargains galore await on Microsoft productivity software like Windows and Office. You’ll be smitten.

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You can find attractively low prices at software activation keys provider now and throughout the year. To get the most savings in the Valentine’s Day Sale, enter promo code CULT. That cuts an additional 30% off the site’s low prices on software keys. And what’s more, when you buy Windows 10, you get a free upgrade to Windows 11.

Foundation season 3 filming paused as producers try to lower costs


An outer space shot from “Foundation,” now streaming on Apple TV+.
"Foundation" is known for epic visuals but not a huge budget.
Photo: Apple TV+

Despite the sci-fi epic Foundation being a huge hit for Apple TV+, the restart of filming for season three has reportedly been postponed as producers look for ways to trim the budget.

The news is somewhat surprising, as leaks indicated that the series was costing less than many might expect.

How to FaceTime with Vision Pro


FaceTime call on Vision Pro showing three people floating in windows in a hotel room
FaceTime on Vision Pro puts people around the room in your space.
Photo: Apple

Making a FaceTime call in Vision Pro is a bit more involved than on iPhone or Mac. After all, you have a computer strapped onto your face, which is not typical with other devices.

Step 0, of course, is setting up your Persona — the dynamic, digital version of yourself that Vision Pro uses for FaceTime calls. If you didn’t create a Persona during the Vision Pro setup process, or your Persona looks less fantastic than you’d like, we wrote a separate explainer for you:  How to create your Persona in Vision Pro (or make it better).

Once your Persona is set, here’s how to FaceTime in Vision Pro.

Add a folding CarPlay display to your ride for just $96


Equip any car with a voice-activated touchscreen for under $100.
Don't suffer without CarPlay. This affordable touchscreen is easy to install.
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Got a car that needs an Apple CarPlay screen? The easiest (and cheapest) way to add CarPlay (or Android Auto) to an older car is to add an aftermarket touchscreen display.

CarPlay puts Apple Maps, Apple Music, podcasts and much more right on your dashboard. This 6.8-inch folding touchscreen is your cheap ticket to the CarPlay party — it’s on sale for just $95.99 (regularly $159).

Apple updates iOS, iPadOS, macOS and watchOS with single bug fix


iPad software update
The update across Apple device OS software fixes a problem with overlapping text.
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Apple made an unexpected software update available Thursday with a bug fix across devices, releasing macOS Sonoma 14.3.1, iOS 17.3.1, iPadOS 17.3.1 and watchOS 10.3.1 for users to install.

The fix relates to text that automatically duplicates or overlaps in various apps, like Safari, Mail and Messages.

Cool new Vision Pro case is half the size of Apple’s


Apple Vision Pro Travel Case and WaterField Designs Vision Pro Shield Case
WaterField's new Vision Pro carrying case is more compact than Apple's Travel Case, and it comes in more design choices.
Photo: WaterField Designs

Apple offers a $199 Travel Case as an accessory for its new Vision Pro spatial computing headset, but Waterfield Designs just came out with a much smaller and more portable one — the Vision Pro Shield Case.

The first production run of WaterField’s cool new case is already sold out, but you can order it now and it will ship on February 29, the company said.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs flips out over iPad tweet


The first-gen iPad in all its glory.
Steve Jobs did not like losing control of the iPad narrative.
Photo: Apple

February 8: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs flips out over iPad tweet February 8, 2010: Steve Jobs reportedly flips out over a tweet sent from an iPad by an editor at The Wall Street Journal.

The reason? Apple showed the iPad to top staffers at the news outlet months ahead of its official release. While Jobs already had unveiled the device to the public a couple of weeks before, the suggestion that people outside Apple gained early access to the tablet was apparently enough to upset the CEO.

The tweet quickly disappeared.

Vision Pro gestures: How to master Apple headset’s UI


Man wearing Vision Pro tapping his fingers together
Tap your fingers to select in Vision Pro.
Photo: Apple

 Apple Vision Pro is controlled by just five simple gestures you do with your hands. The Vision Pro gestures even work in the dark!

If you’re going to try on someone’s Vision Pro, or you’re lucky enough to buy one yourself, here’s how to use what Apple calls “the most advanced personal electronics device ever.”

While Vision Pro takes a physical form resembling ski goggles, the whole idea is that, unlike with a MacBook or iPhone, you don’t have a screen, keyboard, mouse or trackpad to interact with. It’s an invisible computer. Apple has a bunch of breakthrough gestures to make it work — here’s how to use them.

Whipsmart: Apple buys 32 AI startups in 2023


artificial intelligence startups
It's another sign Cupertino is very serious about competing in artificial intelligence.
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When it comes to deploying artificial intelligence in products, companies like Google might seem quicker on the draw than Apple. But no major tech company bought more AI startups than the iPhone-maker in 2023, according to a new report.

That suggests Apple might soon become a leader in generative AI rather than playing catch-up.

Can you get real work done inside Vision Pro?


Safari and Slack in Vision Pro
After a few days of testing, here’s what I noticed after trying to work on a Vision Pro.
Photo: D. Griffin Jones/Cult of Mac

Can you get real work done inside a Vision Pro? Yes — although it comes with many asterisks.

It’s closely correlated to how much work you can do entirely on the web without specialized apps, although the virtual Mac display can smooth that down a bit. Surprisingly, typing in Vision Pro is great.

Working on Vision Pro has its annoyances, quirks and limitations, but I think Apple has built a very solid foundation here for a version-one product.

Check out our video or keep reading below.

Make marvelous diagrams with Microsoft Visio Pro (save $210)


Create more cohesive data diagrams on Windows with Microsoft Visio Pro for only $29.99.
Take advantage of premade templates, starter diagrams and stencils with Microsoft Visio Professional, on sale now for $29.99.
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Whether for flowcharts, floor plans or org charts, diagrams prove incredibly useful for illustrating how data fits together. Microsoft Visio Professional 2021 helps you build polished visualizations faster.

An incredible limited-time deal means you can grab lifetime access to this Windows app for only $29.99 (regularly $249.99).