Save big on iPad Pros and smart home gear [Deals & Steals]

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No matter what kind of iPad Pro you want, you can probably get a decent deal today.
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If you’re in the market for an iPad Pro, today’s a good day to get serious. Whether you want the latest models, or could get by with an original 12.9-inch iPad Pro at a great price, it’s deal time on Apple’s high-end tablets.

Elsewhere in today’s Deals & Steals roundup, you’ll find Earth Day discounts on a HomeKit-compatible power strip and a potentially home-saving smart water montior and leak detector. Or grab decent deals on a bulletproof wireless charger and other useful gear.

macOS 10.15 will bring better integration with Apple Watch

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Some of Touch ID’s operations on Mac could get replaced by Apple Watch.
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Apple Watch might get some new Mac-related powered when macOS 10.15 is unveiled at WWDC 2019.

Mac users can currently use the Apple Watch to unlock their Mac, but a new report claims Apple is planning to expand authentication beyond that to give Macs without Touch ID some of the same features.

How to turn your old Apple devices into quick cash

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Your aging Apple tech could be worth a small fortune.
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If you recently picked up one of Apple’s newest devices, it’s time to turn your old ones into cash.

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

Major macOS upgrade will bring new Music, Podcasts and TV apps

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You may need iTunes a lot less in the next version of macOS.
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Evidence of Apple’s plan to break up iTunes has been uncovered ahead of the next major macOS update.

Icons for new Podcasts and TV apps have leaked out early. They’re expected to be accompanied by a new Music app and a redesigned Books app — all based on their counterparts for iOS.

Apple will soon require all macOS apps to be notarized

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Apple wants to make macOS as safe as possible.
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Apple has confirmed that all macOS apps will need to be notarized to be accepted by Gatekeeper after its Mojave 10.14.5 update.

The requirement applies to new and updated apps and all software from developers who are new to distributing with Developer ID. In a future version of macOS, notarization will be required by default.

Apple could adopt mini LED backlighting for a giant iMac

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Apple’s biggest and best iMac yet could come in 2019.
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Apple is expected to adopt mini LED backlighting technology this year to further improve color gamut, contrast ratio, and high dynamic range in its displays.

A brand new 31.6-inch iMac will be the first machine to offer the new display technology, sources claim. It will then make its way to the iPad and other Apple computers in 2020.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is ready to murder your Mac’s hard drive

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You can just buy the multiplayer starter pack if you don’t want the full game.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops III has finally made its way to the Mac after being available on Windows PC since its launch over three years ago.

The Mac version of Call of Duty: Black Ops III was revealed by Aspyr today. It comes all the same content in the Windows version, plus 64-bit and Metal support. If you’re ready to rack up some kills though you better be ready to say goodbye to all the free space on your hard drive.

How to ditch your Mac for an all-iPad lifestyle

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Your new iPad pro has some neat tricks up its sleeves.
Your new iPad pro has some neat tricks up its sleeves.
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Are you thinking of switching from the Mac to the iPad? Maybe you’re sick of your MacBook’s glitchy keyboard, or you would prefer to be able to remove the keyboard altogether when you don’t want it, and use touch instead?

Or perhaps you’re tempted by the cheaper pro apps on iOS, or the portability, or you just can’t see the point of a 27-inch iMac on your desk when all you do is read and write.

Whatever your excuse, switching from macOS to iOS is easier than ever. Thanks to iCloud, and a host of great apps and accessories, switching can be almost seamless. Let’s see what you need.

Win a copy of iMazing and take control of your iOS devices [Giveaway]

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The latest version of iMazing, an iOS device manager for Mac and PC, adds iOS 10.3 compatibility and great new features
The easiest way to create local backups.
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Backing up your devices can save you a world of pain when things go wrong. And yet, so many people still don’t back up on a regular basis. If you’re one of them, you should change that for World Backup Day 2019 on March 31.

World Backup Day encourages everyone to back up their most important data. To make it as simple and as cheap as possible for you, we’re giving away ten copies of the excellent iMazing app for Mac and PC. It’s the best way to create local backups that prevent your precious memories from getting lost.

How to record digital audio from your iPhone to your Mac with iDAM

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Audio and USB, together again.
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Did you know that you can send the audio from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via the Lightning cable? That audio stays in pristine digital ones and zeros, and can be recorded (or otherwise used) anywhere you can edit audio on your Mac.

For musicians, this turns your iPad and all its music apps into a plugin for your Mac. And for anyone else, it could just be a neat way to route audio into your Mac’s speakers. The feature is called iDAM, and it’s built into your Apple devices. Oh, and it works with MIDI too.