Preordering an iPhone XR? It’s time to sell your old phone

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Turn your old iPhone into real cash today!
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You’ll be able to preorder your shiny new iPhone XR in just a few days, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to pay for it. It might just 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 new iPhone XR arrives.

Jony Ive isn’t leaving Apple any time soon

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Apple design boss Jony Ive says he’s got plenty left to do at Apple that will keep him there for the foreseeable future.

Making an appearance at Wired’s 25th-anniversary party at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco, Jony Ive was interviewed on stage by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. Ive was asked if he plans to move onto something else, like sailing the sea his yacht, to which Ive emphatically replied that he still has work to do.

Is Apple prepping big Mac updates for an October event? Catch our discussion on The CultCast

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Almost the entire Mac line is due for an update.

This week on The CultCast: Is Apple preparing to dump a bunch of much-needed Mac updates on us? We discuss. Plus: Something very strange is going on with the Mac — we fill you in. And is MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar actually useful? We give you our brutally honest opinions. And stay tuned for another episode of CultCast 2nd Hour. This time: Siri Shortcuts, explained!

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Over 50% of iPhones and iPads now run iOS 12

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iOS 12 runs on any device that supported iOS 11.
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iOS 12 is now officially the most popular version of iOS in existence, according to the latest adoption numbers from Apple.

After being released to the public less than a month ago, Apple is reporting that iOS 12 is now being run on 50% of all iPhones and iPads, making it one of the fastest adopted upgrades yet.

Apple plans to give away its $1 billion TV shows

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Apple is loading up with original content.
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Apple’s new TV streaming service will allegedly debut in early 2019 — and all those original Apple TV shows won’t cost customers anything, according to a recent report.

Despite planning to spend more than $1 billion on original content this year, Apple will supposedly give away its original content to customers that already own an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

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Stardew Valley is finally going mobile.
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Almost half of all iPhone and iPad users are already running iOS 12

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The official iOS 12 release date is next week, but you can download it now.
Are you enjoying iOS 12 yet?
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Almost half of all iPhone and iPad users have already upgraded to iOS 12, according to new data.

It’s an impressive adoption rate for a major upgrade that’s only been officially available for just over two weeks. Its speedy uptake can likely be attributed to its new features and significant performance improvements — especially for older devices.

Spotted: This gravestone looks just like an iPhone

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The iPhone gravestone stands tall in a Russian cemetery.
The iPhone gravestone stands tall in a Russian cemetery.
Screenshot: The Straits Times

An iPhone gravestone spotted in Russia marks the final resting place of a young woman who reportedly worked in an Apple retail position.

A video posted online shows the iPhone-inspired grave marker. The unique monument boasts an Apple logo, side buttons and an image of the deceased 25-year-old on the screen. It’s the ultimate tribute to an Apple fan!