Cult of Mac Magazine: Everything you need to know about HEIF, iOS 11 brings 5 different types of tap, and more!

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HEIF is the still-image version of the HVEC video format. Its main advantage for you and me is that photos saved in HEIF are roughly half the size of JPEGs, and of better quality.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format), Apple’s new photo format to replace JPEGs. Discover the many advantages HEIF has over JPEG.

Discover all the great ways to watch streaming soccer this summer on Apple TV with our handy list. Learn how to easily save lots of iMessage pictures and movies all at once toCult of Macthe iPhone Photos app.

And, save 20 percent off Dubai-based Ullu’s luxury Apple Watch bands only for the month of June! Check out lots of new arrivals in our Watch Store!

Click iTunes for a free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine. Here are this week’s top stories.

Week’s best Apple deals: Save tons by buying third-party!

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Looking for Apple deals? Sometimes it doesn't pay to go straight to the source.
Looking for Apple deals? Sometimes it doesn't pay to go straight to the source.
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It’s no secret that Apple is expensive, which is why sometimes it’s a great idea to buy Apple items and Apple-compatible accessories elsewhere. See such deals on Apple Watch bands, cables and hardware in this week’s roundup of the best Apple deals.

Cult of Mac Magazine: 10.5-inch iPad Pro feels like the future, ‘Leaked’ iPhone 8 parts reveal big changes, and more!

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The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro puts monstrous power at your fingertips.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, we review the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which was unveiled at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Also, get a first look at the new iPad in our featured unboxing video.

Check out leaked photos of alleged big changes coming to iPhone 8. Rumors say it will feature an all-glass design in the front and back in order to support wireless charging.

Discover five new ways to extend your MacBook battery life, and get a hands-on look at the new features coming to watchOS 4.

And, save 20 percent off select, name-brand leather bands for Apple Watch through this Sunday at our Watch Store! Featured brands include: Jack FosterArrow & BoardE3 Supply Co.BurkleyForm Function Form and OleksynPrannyk. Use code FATHERSDAY2017 at checkout.

Click iTunes for a free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine. Here are this week’s top stories.

Apple Watch gets new Pride band and more

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In time for Pride Month.
In time for Pride Month.
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June is Pride Month and Apple has issued a rainbow woven nylon watch band for Apple Watch wearers to express pride or show support for the LGBT community.

The band, which comes in both 38 and 42 mm, is part of a new line of summer bands Apple quietly released on a day the bands were overshadowed by the opening day of WWDC 2017.

Cuff strap for Apple Watch puts the heat on Hermès at 20% off [Watch Store]

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The Cuff Strap in Horween English Tan Leather by Jack Foster is a rugged high-style take on an Apple Watch strap.
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Feeling rugged and maybe a little bit Roman? Go ahead and swap out the standard strap that comes with your new Apple Watch for something a little more, er, Ben Hur-ish.

The Cuff Strap by Jack Foster fits the bill, and the juxtaposition with the sleek Apple Watch somehow quite high-style. Better yet, it costs just a fraction of what you’ll spend for Hermès’ similar double-buckle leather strap.

And, Jack Foster’s beautiful collection of leather cuffs and bands for Apple Watch are currently 20 percent off at Cult of Mac Watch Store.

Juuk’s aircraft-grade aluminum Apple Watch band is ready for takeoff [Watch Store]

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The Ligero is built from robust 6061 series aluminum — the same aluminum used in the aircraft, automotive, boating and diving industries.
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When Eugene Ho first saw the Apple Watch, it made him think of a jukebox. If the watch piece is the player then the wristband is like a song that can be changed according to taste and mood.

Ho is building a band brand, Juuk Design, that acknowledges the watch wearer who likes to change bands on a whim. The latest Apple Watch band from Juuk is the Ligero — an aircraft-grade aluminum link band designed in eight vibrant finishes that will complement the aluminum Apple Watch model in both Series 1 and 2.

The entire colorful Ligero collection is now available in our Watch Store. Enter the code Juuk2017! at checkout for a 10 percent discount.

Strapple’s mock-croc Apple Watch band gives you a taste of the exotic [Review]

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Strapple Crocodilus Apple Watch strap

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Lust List: Crocodilus Apple Watch band by Strapple

This crocodile Apple Watch strap is a total crock. But in a good way! Made of Italian calfskin leather but stamped to look like crocodile skin, this beefy Apple Watch band looks exotic but costs a fraction of what a real reptile hide would set you back.

Wrap your wrist in Italian leather with Meridio for Apple Watch [Watch Store]

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The Old Brown Leather Watch Band by Meridio is very modern and refined, and suede-like to the touch.
Photo: Courtesy of Meridio

For the ultimate in refined, high-quality leather accessories, look to Italy’s centuries-old leather-making tradition. Now Apple Watch lovers can wear a little bit of this fine leather on their wrists in the form of Italian company Meridio’s Old Brown Leather Band for Apple Watch.

Go totally ballistic with these nylon Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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The colors pop in Nyloon’s vibrant selection of Apple Watch bands crafted from ballistic nylon.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

Breathe new life into your Apple Watch with a cool, contemporary nylon band inspired by the original NATO watch strap. Best yet, this one won’t leave you cash-dry.

Spanish company Nyloon started with the goal of making high-quality versions of the NATO straps created by the British Ministry of Defence in 1973. The result is a line of fun, versatile and easily interchangeable nylon bands that are now flying off the shelves.

Apple Watch goes retro with Bucardo lockets [Watch Store]

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Bucardo’s Pendulum Collection aims to resurrect vintage classics like lockets and pocket watches, and transform them into wearable tech.
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The Apple Watch doesn’t need to live on one’s wrist alone. Ladies, take notice! The Silver Constellation Locket by Bucardo is a new way to wear Apple Watch, bucking current trends by melding vintage style and tech.

And, sometimes fashion precedes functionality — in wearing this beautiful locket, the sensors on the rear of the Apple Watch obviously won’t be in contact with the skin, yet it’s such a unique and beautiful accessory that, for me at least, I’ll make an exception. It’s a watch hidden in a necklace. Let’s take a look.