Big surprises at iPhone 11 event get us buzzing [Cult of Mac Magazine 314]

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Find out why the iPhone 11 event got us buzzing.
The iPhone 11 event shocked us for several wonderful reasons.
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For the iPhone 11 event, that crafty Tim Cook slipped some genuine surprises around the back of the rumor mill. Apple left our heads spinning in a variety of ways.

We totally expected the gorgeous new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. And we figured the fat new camera array would prove a total killer feature. However, we didn’t really plan on boosted iPhone battery life and a refreshingly low price tag. And then there’s that sweet new Apple Watch Series 5 with its always-on display.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, really. Like the “By Innovation Only” event itself, this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine is crammed with good stuff. Download it now for iOS, or hit the links below for all the week’s top Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

How to watch Apple’s 2019 iPhone event

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Here are all the ways you can watch Apple's 2019 iPhone 11 event on Tuesday.
Here are all the ways you can watch the iPhone 11 event on Tuesday.
Photo illustration: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

During today’s big iPhone 11 event, Apple will show us its latest hardware and more. And, as always, you can watch the show live. We’re expecting to learn all about the new iPhone 11, or iPhone Pro, or whatever it’ll be called. Also expected is an update on the incredible new iOS 13, and perhaps another peek at — or evan a launch date for — the new Mac Pro.

Whether you’re watching on your Mac, your iPhone or iPad, or your Apple TV, we’ll show you how to tune in. You can even show up at an Apple store and watch it on the big screen!

Note: Cult of Mac will not be live-blogging the action — instead, you can follow along on Twitter, or join us in our IRC chat room for a watch party.

Apple’s Sept. 10 event invitation might hint at iPhone 11 colors

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Apple 2019 Fall press event invitation
Apple is promising tons of innovation.
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As anticipated, Apple just sent out invitations to a press event to be held on Sept. 10. This is widely expected to be launch of three new iOS handsets, among them the first “iPhone Pro” models.

The design of the invite has touched off speculation about whether it indicates casing colors for the iPhone XR replacement.

With Apple TV+, Tim Cook peddles an antidote to toxic TV [Opinion]

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Morgan Stanley thinks Apple TV+ could have 136 million subs by 2025
Morgan Stanley thinks Apple TV+ could have 136 million subs by 2025
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At a time when critically acclaimed TV shows serve up a steady stream of sex and violence, the upcoming Apple TV+ service proffers an unusual prescription for success: optimism, inclusion, creativity and inspiration.

Touting its upcoming streaming video service as “the new home for the world’s most creative storytellers,” Apple is carefully framing its upcoming Apple TV+ day as a healthy antidote to Hollywood’s toxic hellstew of nudity and mindless gore. The company even suggested its original shows could act as a tonic to heal a nation divided by the bitter partisan politics of the Trump era.

Apple teases big stars ahead of today’s ‘show time’ event

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Nothing to see here: just a call from Chris Evans.
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Apple is having some fun with frenzied fanboys and gals ahead of today’s “It’s show time” media event. Although the live broadcast won’t officially start until 10 a.m. Pacific, Apple “accidentally” showed a few images of the empty auditorium.

What makes that particularly exciting? Only the fact that the screen is showing images such as an incoming call from “Captain America” star Chris Evans.

How to watch Apple’s ‘It’s show time’ event

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It’s Show Time! Follow the action with us today.
It’s Show Time! Follow the action with us today.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Later today, Apple will pull back the curtain on its upcoming news and video subscription services. Cult of Mac will, as ever, be live-blogging the action, but you can also watch the media event live, and presumably enjoy a roster of TV type people pitching their shows through their permanent hangovers.

Whether you’re watching on your Mac, your iPhone, your iPad or your Apple TV, we’ll show you how to tune in.

You can even show up at an Apple Store and watch it on the big screen!

An Apple March event is all but confirmed! Catch our expectations, on The CultCast

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Just what does Apple have up their sleeve for their rumored March event?

This week on The CultCast: It’s all but confirmed — Apple’s holding a March media event to make some special announcements. We’ll tell you what we know. Plus: Apple’s all-time best-selling products may surprise you. And is it worth buying a 2018 MacBook Pro, or should you wait? We’ll tell you what we think.

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Apple sets ‘More in the Making’ event for Oct. 30

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The new iPads and Macs that have been in so many rumors will apparently be unveiled in less than two weeks.
The new iPads and Macs that have been in so many rumors will apparently be unveiled in less than two weeks.
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The next big Apple event everyone has been expecting just became official. Looks like new tablets, laptops and desktops could be unveiled October 30.

What makes this unusual is it won’t be at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, but at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Here’s what we can expect from next month’s Apple event (maybe)

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What will Tim Cook announce next month?
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Apple could introduce three new iPhones, two new iPads and an entry-level MacBook at its September event, according to a new report based on supply chain info.

In addition to new details about the fall product lineup, the report also offers up a surprising prediction about Apple’s long-awaited AirPower wireless charger,