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Cult of Mac Magazine: Why HomePod is actually a steal at $349, and more!

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The technology packed into HomePod is what makes it so special — and unlike anything else in its price range. This story and lots more in this week's Cult of Mac Magazine.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: Don’t make the mistake of comparing HomePod to rival smart speakers and lamenting its $349 price tag. There are good reasons why the device costs more than three times as much as an Amazon Echo — and yet is still an absolute steal.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. Learn awesome Apple Watch tricks and tips to get the most out of your wearable. Discover how to add sketches to emails in iOS 11. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Apple surprises devs with fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta

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Apple just released a new iOS beta.
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It took Apple nearly no time to go from beta 4 to beta 5 on the latest update for iOS 11 that’s currently in development.

Developers were surprised to receive iOS 11.2.5 beta 5 this morning, just two days after Apple released the last beta build full of bug fixes and performance improvements for the iPhone and iPad.

Apple drops first batch of betas for 2018

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New beta software is out for iPhone and iPad.
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The first batch of beta software updates for 2018 has already arrived from Apple.

Developers received four new beta updates this morning, including the third build of iOS 11.2.5 which includes a host of bug fixes and performance improvements for the iPhone and iPad.