Apple Watch defies rivals’ smartwatch downturn in 2020

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Apple Watch shipments grew 19% last year.
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Apple Watch shipments increased by 19% last year, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research. Those are respectable numbers. However, they look even better compared to the performance of other smartwatch makers like Samsung and Fitbit, whose shipments declined in 2020.

This trend runs counter to the trajectory seen with most other Apple products. Even smash hits like the iPhone and AirPods, which grew over time, gradually made up a smaller piece of the pie as rivals gobbled up market share. In the case of the Apple Watch, however, not only is Apple remaining No. 1 — with 33.9 million units reportedly shipped in 2020 — but it’s retaining its lead.

How to turn your old Apple devices into quick cash today

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Cult of Mac can help you get the best price.
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Ready to upgrade some of your old Apple devices? Don’t just let them sit in a drawer collecting dust. Turn your old iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more into quick cash that you can put toward a shiny new model.

Your aging Apple gadgets could be worth a small fortune — and Cult of Mac wants to buy them! We typically pay more than other trade-in services, and we won’t leave you waiting forever for your money.

We’ll tell you how it works.

Get set for spring with colorful Apple Watch bands from Nyloon

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Stylish and comfortable — perfect for summer.
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Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about switching up your wardrobe. Don’t leave your Apple Watch behind — give it a colorful refresh with a brilliant band from Nyloon.

They’re all made from nylon so they’re incredibly durable and ideal for spring activities. They’re also comfortable even on the warmest days — and nicely priced at just $40 or less.

‘Apple for Kids’ makes it easier for parents, guardians to manage devices

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A one-stop shop for support.
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The new “Apple for Kids” online portal, rolled out on Thursday, makes it easier for parents and guardians to manage iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices used by children. The hub includes useful links that will help with everything from initial setup to reversing accidental purchases.

Apple Watch ECG on its way to Australia after government approval

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One of Apple Watch's best features is expanding its reach.
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Apple Watch’s terrific ECG feature is one step closer to going live in Australia after receiving government approval. It comes just a month after Australia approved the device’s irregular heart rhythm notifications.

It’s not yet clear when Apple will make the feature available to Apple Watch owners.

Juuk’s swanky leather bands are a great Apple Watch upgrade

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Leather is always a winner.
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Juuk, maker of some of the best metal bracelets money can buy for Apple Watch, is gracing the Cult of Mac Store with its wonderful lineup of leather bands.

They’re all spectacularly made from high-end materials like fine Italian leather, making them the perfect Apple Watch upgrade. Get yours today for just $79.

Elago’s new Clear band makes Apple Watch even cooler

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Bag yours for just $12.99.
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Remember when transparent watch bands were some of the coolest things you could slap on your wrist? Elago does, which is why it is bringing them back with its new Clear band for Apple Watch.

Made from a sturdy TPU that’s almost indestructible, the Clear band is ideal in any situation. It’s also a steal at just $12.99. Bag yours today from the Cult of Mac Store.

Active 2.0 band makes Apple Watch the perfect workout partner

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Active 2.0 band for Apple Watch
Comfortable, durable, good-looking.
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Apple Watch can be the perfect workout partner, but only if it’s comfortable to wear during even the most strenuous activities. That’s why Laut designed the ultra-comfortable Active 2.0 sports band.

Made from a bespoke rubber compound developed specifically for active lifestyles, the Active 2.0 is lightweight, incredibly durable, and feels great no matter what you get up to. It’s also sweat-resistant.

Get yours in one of a number of vibrant color options for under $30.