Save hundreds on a new MacBook [Deals & Steals]

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Snap up a deal on a 2017 MacBook, or save even more on a refurbished MacBook Air.
Snap up a deal on a 2017 MacBook, or save even more on a refurbished MacBook Air.
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In today’s Deals & Steals roundup, you’ll find great discounts on a refurbished iPad Air 2, a gaming PC, and a neck massager to help you get over the stress of a hard week’s work. Plus, we’ve got a link (and a coupon code) for an absolutely fantastic deal for Cult of Mac readers only on refurbished MacBook Airs. With our coupon code, you can pick up one for less than $400!

Look a bit further and you’ll also find deals on MFi-certified Lightning cables, a sweet MacBook stand, a Popular Mechanics subscription, a wireless iPhone charger and lots, lots more. Let’s get saving!

Beware, this apple pop-up shop isn’t selling iPhones

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This is not a real Apple store.
Photo: Ashley Carman/The Verge

Apple fans in NYC eager to visit the company’s first ever pop-up shop in The Big Apple are going to be in for a rude surprise when they show up to the doors tomorrow morning.

A new store has popped up in the Big Apple this week promising to provide a taste of the future. The logo and font on the outside is minimalist and very Apple-esque, but instead of selling limited editions iPhones or Apple Watches, the shops are promoting actual apples.

Custom chips could make Apple Watch even better

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Apple's got a gutsy move to make Apple Watch a better health machine.
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Custom health chips could be the next big piece of silicon to come out of Apple’s labs.

Apple reportedly has a team of engineers exploring the creation of a customized processor is optimized to make sense of health information from sensors at a faster rate than the S series processors found in the Apple Watch.

Shake up your wristgame with a Watchpop Apple Watch band

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The Watchpop Loop for Apple Watch in Orca Black/White pops on and off easily with built-in fasteners.
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If you love Apple’s Sport Loops for Apple Watch, we’ve got a fantastic alternative that costs 10 bucks less and features a new design element to Apple’s version.

Enter the Watchpop Loop for Apple Watch, German-company Bluestein’s stylish answer to those seeking the look and performance of Apple’s Sports Loop. Watchpop’s version has all the same bells and whistles, yet offers a fun line of black bands (and, one white!) flanked by colored edging.

Casetify stainless steel Apple Watch bands get colorful

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Brand-new to Casetify's Stainless Steel Mesh Band lineup are Space Gray, Yellow Gold and Fuchsia Purple.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Stainless steel meticulously weaves its way through the Mesh Band for Apple Watch — Casetify’s answer to the significantly more expensive Milanese Loop by Apple. Casetify’s version is just as stylish and functional as the behemoth brand’s band, and now comes in three brand-new finishes: Space Gray, Yellow Gold and Fuschia Purple.

And, through August, you’ll save 20 percent when you purchase two (2) Casetify Apple Watch bands using this code at checkout: CULTOF20.

Samsung preps rivals for Apple Watch and HomePod

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Samsung Watch and Samsung Home go up against Apple equivalents.
Samsung Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Home go up against Apple equivalents.
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Along with its newest smartphone, Samsung just unveiled two more products designed to take on some of Apple’s. The Galaxy Watch isn’t the Korean company’s first Apple Watch competitor, but this is the first time it’s unveiled a HomePod rival.

Apple dominates smartwatch sales, so Samsung faces an uphill battle. Amazon has the lead in smartspeakers though, and Apple has shown it’s not an easy market to break into.

Apple Watch helps Aussie man discover a hole in his heart

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The heart-rate monitor in an Apple Watch can help diagnose a surprising variety of health problems.
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People sometimes say the loss of a loved one has left a hole in their heart. A young Australian man discovered he had a literal one. And this serious medical condition wouldn’t have been diagnosed without his Apple Watch.

The heart-rate monitor on his smartwatch found that his heart was beating far too fast when he was asleep. This caused him to seek medical attention.

The WiDuo Apple Watch and iPhone charging pad back in stock [Watch Store]

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WiDuo is a 2 in 1 wireless-charging solution for your iPhone and Apple Watch. Beautiful, simple and powerful with up to 20 percent faster charging!
Photo: Wiplabs

For lovers of versatility, and Apple gear, I bring you a two-in-one charging solution for iPhone and Apple Watch. Who doesn’t enjoy a twofer?

The WiDuo by Wiplabs is a beautifully minimalist charging pad that provides up to 20 percent faster charging that many of its wireless competitors. And, it’s cute and sleek to boot. Pop it in a bag or briefcase for on-the-go charging.

Apple Watch Series 3 gets its first jailbreak

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If you've been dreaming of jailbreaking your Apple Watch, today is your lucky day!
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Jailbreaking isn’t nearly as big news as it was in the early days of the iPhone. However, that doesn’t mean we’re not excited to hear about a new Apple device being given the jailbreak treatment.

That’s what happened recently when jailbreaker Tihmstar released the first “almost complete” jailbreak for the Apple Watch Series 3, running watchOS 4.1. However, the jailbreak will also work on older Apple Watches with slight modifications.

Add edge to Apple Watch with these chainlink and leather bands [In Stock]

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We love the high quality of Bezel & Bytes' genuine leather Apple Watch bands with added bling.
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Wearable tech just got way more fashionable with Bezels & Bytes — a San Francisco-based company dedicated to empowering women who love technology with new and fashionable ways to wear it.

These bands are a polished and sophisticated upgrade to the every day Apple Watch band. Made by women for women, these glamorous bands take the wearer seamlessly from work to a night out.