This hybrid Apple Watch band makes leather fit for everything

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Get yours for just $25!
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Mifa’s brilliant Hybrid Sport band for Apple Watch lets you enjoy the look and feel of vintage leather without the drawbacks.

A silicone backing means it’s ideal for both formal functions and the toughest workouts. It’s sweat-resistant, incredibly comfortable, and amazingly affordable. It also comes in great green and camouflage color options, which go great with the green Apple Watch Series 7.

It’s time for Cupertino to sell Apple Watch without a band

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It’s time to sell Apple Watch without a band
Wouldn’t this be great? Too bad it’s only a dream.
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People around the world are receiving their new Apple Watch Series 7, and every single one of them includes a band whether the buyer wants it or not. Over successive versions, many Watch wearers have built a collection of bands and don’t need another. But Apple doesn’t give them a choice when it comes to buying a new Watch.

At a time when Apple says it’s trying to fight waste, it really should offer the Apple Watch without requiring a new band.

Add Florida to states adopting digital driver’s licenses in Apple Wallet

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Florida could be the ninth state to offer digital driver’s licenses in Apple Wallet.
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Many Floridians will soon be able to leave home with just their iPhone… no wallet necessary. Florida is working with Apple to display its residents’ digital driver’s licenses in the Wallet app.

When the feature becomes available, residents of the Sunshine State plus eight other states will be able to store and display digital versions of their driver’s licenses on their iPhone and Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Series 7 review roundup: Bigger is a bit better

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Apple Watch Series 7 review roundup: Bigger is a bit better
The first round of Apple Watch Series 7 reviews are in.
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The larger screen in the Apple Watch Series 7 is the highlight of the upcoming wearable, according to the first reviews out today. And reviewers praise faster charging, too.

Even so, the consensus is that the new model will be a welcome upgrade for those with an older Watch but not a significant jump for those with Series 6.

15 amazing Apple Watch accessories at insanely low prices

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Each will cost you $40 or less.
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Preparing for your Apple Watch Series 7 upgrade? Treating yourself to a new collection of amazing bands and accessories doesn’t have to break the bank.

We’ve rounded up some of the best Apple Watch accessories that are currently priced at $40 or less to help you out. Check out all 15 right here!

Remembering Steve Jobs, plus M1X MacBook Pro and Apple Watch Series 7 [The CultCast]

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A decade after Steve Jobs' death, we take stock of his legacy.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: We reminisce about Steve Jobs and his lasting impact on Apple, a decade after his death. Plus, M1X MacBook Pros might be coming soon. And the Apple Watch Series 7 launch looks quite weird indeed.

Also on The CultCast:

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video livestream, embedded below.

Apple stays strangely silent on most Apple Watch Series 7 prices

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Apple stays strangely silent on most Apple Watch Series 7 prices
How much does the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 cost? No one but Apple knows for sure.
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Apple Watch Series 7 launches Friday but pricing information for most configurations remains a mystery less than a day from the debut. All Apple has revealed so far is that the base model is $399.

If buyers don’t have this information until preorders begin, those who spend extra time deciding on a configuration might have to wait additional weeks to get their device.

How to get ready to preorder Apple Watch Series 7

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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.
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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.