Awesome but affordable leather bands for Apple Watch Series 5

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All on sale for $50 or less.
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Your Apple Watch Series 5 is on the way, so it’s time to start building up your band collection. A smart leather strap is a must-have for almost everyone — and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

We’ve rounded up some of the finest leather Apple Watch bands you can buy on a tight budget. There’s a bunch of styles and color options to choose from, and they all cost under $50.

Bag yours today before your new Watch arrives later this week.

Magnetic bands could mess with Apple Watch Series 5 compass

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Compasses and magnets don’t mix.
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One of the best new features on Apple Watch Series 5 may not work well at all depending on which band you choose to wear with your watch.

Like all compasses, the compass on the Apple Watch Series 5 is sensitive to magnetic interference. Apple warns customers on its website that some of its bands with magnetic clasps may affect the readings of your compass.

Stay away from these bands if you want your compass to work:

Don’t sell your old Apple Watch to Apple! Cult of Mac pays more

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You might just double your money.
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If you’re planning to upgrade to Apple Watch Series 5, you might have thought about selling old model back to Apple. But that’s a terrible idea.

Apple will offer you just a fraction of what your old Apple Watch is really worth. It pays a maximum of $110 for Series 4 units introduced just a year ago, and only $70 for a Series 3.

Make a lot more cash by selling your Watch to Cult of Mac instead. You’ll find your shiny new upgrade ends up being a lot cheaper than you expected.

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

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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.

The wild tech buried in iPhone 11 Pro, and why an October Apple hardware is likely, on The CultCast

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Another Apple hardware event may be heading our way...

This week on The CultCast: Everything you need to know about iPhone 11 and 11 Pro! We dive deep into the coolest features buried in Apple’s newest iPhones. Plus: Our reactions to everything announced at the iPhone 11 event.

And it’s all but confirmed: We’ll tell you why there’s almost definitely an October hardware event coming our way, and what gadgets Apple will likely unveil during its next big keynote.

Our thanks to Linked In for supporting this episode. A business is only as strong as its people, and every hire matters … head to LinkedIn.com/cultcast and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Apple Watch Series 5 vs. Series 3: Which one should you buy?

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Our comprehensive comparison will help you choose your next Apple Watch.
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The new Apple Watch Series 5 finally arrived this week, and it is by far the best smartwatch money can buy today. But it also costs $200 more than Apple Watch Series 3.

Is the latest model really worth the extra money? And should you consider upgrading if you already have a Series 3 or Series 4 device? Find out right here before parting with your cash.

Our comprehensive Apple Watch comparison will help you choose the right device for you.

Why Apple Watch Series 5 is a welcome surprise

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Apple Watch Series 5 adds an always-on display. Just what I always wanted.
Always-on display. Just what I always wanted
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I wasn’t expecting much from the Apple Watch Series 5 refresh. The rumor mill only predicted new ceramic and titanium finishes, plus maybe sleep tracking. That was all for this year.

But it turns out Apple had three big surprises hidden up its sleeves — new features that look set to make Apple Watch Series 5 the best smartwatch money can buy.

Rumor mill fail: Apple delivers legit surprises at iPhone 11 event

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Tim Cook delivers the goods at Apple's iPhone 11 event.
Tim Cook delivers the goods at Apple's iPhone 11 event.
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In an age when almost every detail of an Apple keynote leaks ahead of time, Tim Cook managed to pull some genuine surprises from the hat Tuesday. Taking the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple HQ, Cook and Co. announced at least three big things we weren’t expecting at all.

This in itself is a surprise. Even though Cook pledged that Apple is “doubling down” on secrecy, most of the big details about new Apple products typically trickle out ahead of time. Most of the main features of the 2019 iPhones already leaked. Every Apple blog and YouTube channel under the sun has been playing with detailed iPhone mockups and models for weeks.

Still, Cook’s surprise trifecta did not consist of insignificant things. All three were fairly big and meaty announcements — and there wasn’t a peep about them ahead of time. Here’s what took us by surprise during the “By Innovation Only” event.