Preordered a new iPhone? It’s time to sell your old one

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Make back some of the money you just spent by selling your old iPhone.
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You can now preorder the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you’ve already claimed yours, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to make back the fat stack of cash you just dropped. It might be easier than you think.

Start by selling your old iPhone to Cult of Mac. It’s quick and easy, and we pay real cash. What’s more, we typically pay more than other buyback services. Get a quote now and you can hold onto your device until your upgrade arrives on September 21.

You don’t need an app to read NFC tags with iPhone XS or XR

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Another neat feature to (help) justify your spend!
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One feature that didn’t get mentioned during this week’s iPhone event is the fact that the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR models let users scan NFC tags without requiring an app running in the background.

This means that places such as museums, retail stores, and other locations which make use of NFC tags can utilize them more readily — or, at least, that iPhone users can access them more easily. Instead of having to launch an app that puts your iPhone in NFC Reader mode, just walk up and scan any compatible tag. Easy, right?

iPhone Max, and the practical processes behind Apple’s creative genius, on The CultCast

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Are you ready to take your next iPhone to the max?
Photo: Apple

This week on The CultCast: Get ready for the iPhone Max! Plus: Rumors indicate Apple’s new iPhones will receive a serious price cut; Apple is working on the one feature the  Watch desperately needs; and Leander reveals Apple’s secret sauce — the design and creative processes Cupertino developed over the years that help it create some of the world’s most iconic products.

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Apple might drop ‘Plus’ iPhone naming scheme

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Apple might kill its "Plus" models.
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The 2018 iPhone lineup might be missing a “Plus” model when all three new iPhones are unveiled at the Steve Jobs Theater early next month.

Apple’s marketing team has reportedly been considering whether or not to ditch the Plus suffix that has been used on larger display iPhones ever since the iPhone 6 Plus came out in 2014.