Three ways to upgrade your mobile audio, and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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This week's best deals include three top shelf audio upgrades and lessons in one of the office's most-used applications.
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Here’s hoping everybody’s summer is rolling along nicely. This week at the Cult of Mac Store, we’ve got three personal audio upgrades that can help dial in the summer vibes. Because some people are still thinking about their work, we’ve also got a pair of courses in Excel. That’s a skill that looks good on any resume. Everything is available at a major discount – read on for more details:

Apple suppliers confirm two of iPhone 8’s biggest features

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We could be waiting a long time for iPhone 8.
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Apple supplier Largan says it will ship its new 3D sensors in time for iPhone 8, while another supply chain vendor confirms waterproof wireless charging technology.

Largan’s sensors are capable of carrying out facial and iris recognition and provide an alternative to fingerprint scanning. They could be the solution Apple turns to if it is unable to embed a Touch ID scanner beneath the iPhone 8’s display.

iPhone 8 may get True Tone display and two 3D sensors

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We hope the iPhone 8 is this beautiful.
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One of the best iPad Pro features may soon be heading to the iPhone.

All three new iPhones in 2017 will get True Tone displays, according to the latest research note from analysts at Barclays that predict Apple will add a “full spectral sensing” ambient light sensor on each device.

iPhone 8’s ‘revolutionary’ FaceTime camera to bring facial recognition

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You'll be able to unlock your iPhone simply by looking at it.
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This year’s iPhone 8 will offer a “revolutionary” FaceTime camera that will be capable of facial recognition and iris scanning, according to one reliable analyst.

Apple is expected to do away with the handset’s physical Home button and Touch ID in favor of a larger display and a mini Touch Bar. Facial recognition could well become the new method of unlocking your iPhone and securing your apps.

Sennheiser’s new earbuds let you record 3D audio on your iPhone

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These headphones record audio in 3D.
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CES2017 At a time when most headphone manufacturers are embracing the wireless earbuds, Sennheiser has decided to unveil one of the smartest pairs of wired earbuds ever created.

Yes, you can listen to your tunes on the new AMBEO Smart Surround earphones and the music will sound great. But what sets the new buds apart from every other pair debuting at CES is these ones come with the ability to record 3D audio using only your iPhone.

3DS Max Tutorial: Animation And Modeling Has Never Been So Easy [Deals]

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Animation and modeling are very tough to learn on your own, so this Cult of Mac Deals offer aims to make the process that much easier.

With The 3DS Max Tutorial, animation and modeling have neever been easier. Designed for the beginner, you do not have to have any prior experience using 3DS Max to get the most out of these video animation or modeling tutorials. You will learn about materials and mapping, lighting, and how to operate cameras within 3DS Max. Finally, you will learn to animate, render and add special F/X to your models. And you’ll get the whole course for just $39 – a savings of 60%!

Poser Debut: An Easy And Fun Way To Bring Out Your Creativity [Deals]

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If you’ve ever thought about creating 3D animation, but thought you’d need formal education to learn how, Poser Debut is here to prove you wrong.

Poser Debut comes with everything you need to get started, including an easy to follow, step-by-step project guide, library of ready-to-pose 3D characters, props to build scenes, cameras, lights and pre-built poses that can be dropped right onto your characters. With Poser Debut you will be able to render 3D scenes into gorgeous art in no time – and Cult of Deals has it for just $12.99 for a limited time!

Apple Wins Patent For 3-D Goggles That Turn Your Brain Into An Imax Theater

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The Oculus Rift has quickly grabbed the hearts of gamers with it’s amazing 3D tech, but it looks like Apple has been thinking along similar lines as the company has dreamed up a variant of a wearable 3D display that would be perfect for gaming.

Apple was awarded a knockout patent today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a head mounted display that would allow users to view media and play games on a bigger screen than their mobile device’s built-in display. The Apple goggles are much more sophisticated than just a display strapped to your face, as each screen can be lined up with your eye and adjusted for corrected vision if you wear glasses.