| Cult of Mac

How to get ready to preorder Apple Watch Series 7


How to get ready to pre-order Apple Watch Series 7
How to be ready to order an Apple Watch Series 7 early on Friday morning.
Photo: Cult of Mac

The time when you can preorder the next generation of Apple Watch is drawing close. Apple will start taking people’s money at exactly 5 a.m. PDT this Friday, Oct. 8.

If demand is as heavy (and supply is as light) as expected, the company might quickly run short of Apple Watch Series 7 available on launch day. That means that if you delay your order, you might have to wait extra days or even weeks to get your new device.

If you want in on day one, there’s more you should do to get ready than simply setting an alarm. Here’s how to get completely ready to put in an Apple Watch Series 7 preorder.

This is your best shot at snagging AirPods Pro today


Apple reportedly adding another supplier for its ultra-popular AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro aren't easy to come by right now, but don't give up hope!
Photo: Apple

Even though AirPods Pro are basically sold out everywhere, there’s still a chance you could snag a pair today. And with a simple Siri trick, Apple makes it easy for you to snag 2019’s hottest gift.

If you absolutely want to get AirPods Pro by Christmas, and don’t want to pay a reseller a premium, here’s your best shot for finding a pair ASAP.

You can now use Siri to check up on your Apple Store orders


Sorry, Alexa: Siri still the most widespread AI assistant
"OK, Siri, where's my new iPhone?"
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

You can now use Siri to check up on product availability or the whereabouts of your latest orders, courtesy of the official Apple Store app for iOS.

Version 5.2 of the app adds new Siri Shortcuts support, letting you create custom voice commands to carry out these tasks without having to open the app.

How to buy iPhone XR on iPhone Upgrade Program if you own iPhone X


iphone xs upgrade
An iPhone with mmWave 5G could be more than a year away.
Photo: Apple

The iPhone Upgrade Program is Apple’s equivalent of a carrier’s monthly contract. You can upgrade your iPhone every year, and pay a monthly fee instead of buying the handset outright. Usually, the upgrade path is simple — there’s a new iPhone every year, and you can upgrade every year. But the iPhone X came out on November 3, 2017, so iPhone Upgrade Program participants still have at least a couple of weeks left to run on their contracts.

So how do you get the colorful iPhone XR you’re craving on launch day?

Grab excellent photo app Obscura 2 while you can


The Obscura 2 photo app is worth the money. But why not get it for free while you can?
Obscura 2 is worth the money. But why not get it for free while you can?
Screenshots: Obscura

Obscura 2 is one of the best camera apps and a bargain at $4.99 if the iPhone is your primary camera.

Today, Apple and the developer of Obscura announced it is available to download at no charge through Sept. 25 via the Apple Store app.

Local Apple Retail Store Out Of Stock On iPad Mini LTE? Here’s How To Order One Anyway


Screen Shot 2012-11-27 at 6.09.54 PM

So, I sold my iPad mini WiFi today, in hopes I could head to my local Apple retail store and pick one up. My friend was headed down to the store to pick hers up, so I figured there were plenty in stock. Just to be safe, I gave them a call to check on the availability of the 16G model LTE that I wanted to purchase.

The local Apple rep that picked up the phone said that they were out of stock, and did not know when new ones would be available.

I hopped onto the Apple Store app, in hopes I could fool the system, and order one for store pickup, anyway. Sadly, I was unable to get the app to allow me to buy one for in-store pickup; I could only get it to send me one via mail, with a 2 week shipping date.

Then I got crafty.

Apple Store App For iOS Updated, Adds Gift Cards, Passbook, And Siri Features


This is seriously the coolest way to buy Apple stuff.
This is seriously the coolest way to buy Apple stuff.

The App Store app is a fantastic thing, letting you walk into an Apple Store, scan a product on the shelf, pay for it with your iTunes account, and walk out. I ordered my iPad mini from the iPhone app this past week, as well. The app has been updated today, adding the ability to buy new gift cards and email them to anyone right from within the app. The gift cards can then be integrated into the new Passbook app in the US.

According to Cult of Mac staff, however, the Passbook functionality is not working yet, and we speculate it may be a server issue.

Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, is now also able to help you find prices of and shop for Apple products if you have a Siri-enabled device.

How Apple Knows Exactly Who And Where You Are When You Walk Into An Apple Store



Your average Apple Store is stuffed with a pulsing biomass of customers clamoring for attention, so how do Apple employees know that you’re the guy they are tasked to help?

Well, how does Apple solve any problem? They leverage cutting-edge technology at the problem, and their system is totally ingenious, if a little frightening to the privacy obsessed.

Apple Stores Will Soon Let You Self-Checkout Purchases Using Official iOS App



The official Apple Store app is already a useful tool if you have to sally forth into meat space, allowing you to schedule appointment times at your local Genius Bar, reserve items for pickup at your local Apple Store and the like.

Come November 3rd, though, the Apple Store iOS app is set to gain some cool new functionality: the ability to check your own purchases out at Apple’s physical retail locations.