How to use iOS 11’s powerful new screenshot markup tool


screenshot markup
Screenshots have moved from a semi-secret, mostly-hidden feature to a proper tool.
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iOS 11 has added some great new features to the humble screenshot tool. You can quickly view a new screenshot without a trip to the Photos app first, and you can edit and mark it up before saving it. By adding some powerful pro-level features to screenshot markup, Apple has –somewhat ironically — made them way more useful and accessible for everyone.

iOS 11 turns the iPad into a legit Mac replacement


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iOS 11 for iPad might be Apple's biggest new product this year.
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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote this week was so packed that even two-and-a-half hours didn’t seem like enough time. And yet the biggest announcement wasn’t new hardware, or a new app. It was an update.

Specifically, the iOS 11 update for the iPad, which turns Apple’s tablet from little more than a big iPhone into a full-featured touchscreen PC. In one go, Apple showed that it is still full-steam behind the iPad, and that a desktop-class touchscreen computer doesn’t have to actually run a desktop OS, like Microsoft’s Surface.

Halide makes manual photography easier than auto


halide for iPhone
Halide is packed with neat features that are intuitive to use.
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Halide is yet another iPhone camera-replacement app, only this is one you’re going to want to use. Why? because it not only adds extra control to the stock camera app, it is also easier to use than Apple’s built-in app. In addition to being one-handed simple, Halide adds power features like manual focus and RAW capture. It’s quite a feat.

Use AudioShare to slice, dice, zip, and share audio files on iOS


If there was a music app that was like a kind of military tool from a neutral European country, then AudioShare would be it.
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There’s no iTunes for iOS. Thank God, some may say — after all, iTunes on the desktop is Apple’s Office, a bloated, do-it-all app that does nothing well, and is impossible to kill. But this also means that there’s no good way to save and wrangle music files on iOS — not from Apple at least. Which is where Kymatica’s AudioShare comes in. AudioShare is really a tool for musicians and other folks who work with sound, but it is so useful, and so easy to use, that everyone should have it on their iPhone and iPad to deal with audio files of all kinds.

Pictar One gives you a grip on your iPhone photography [Review]


The Pictar One takes your camera controls off the iPhone touch screen and puts them at your true fingertip.
The Pictar One takes your camera controls off the iPhone touch screen and puts them at your true fingertip.
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Because all accessories needed to be categorized, the Pictar One is an iPhone camera grip.

But the word grip kind of sells it short when you learn just how the Pictar One works to make the iPhone camera feel and shoot more like a DSLR.

Cult of Mac will repair your broken iPhones, iPads and MacBooks!


The high-quality, personalized service your device will receive with our new repair program!

Starting today, we are offering high-quality repair services for Apple products to all our U.S. readers. Following the great feedback we’ve received on our trade-in program — to date we’ve paid our readers almost $200,000 for their old devices — we are extending our partnership with MyPhones Unlimited to include repair services with unbeatable prices.

Shipping is always free, and there’s no need to worry about hidden fees. Plus, every repair comes with a 180-day warranty. Find out just how cheap iPhone, iPad and MacBook repairs can be!

Drastic new changes coming to an Apple store near you, this week on The CultCast


Cupertino has a new vision for the Apple Store.
Cupertino has a new vision for the Apple Store.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple stores are about to get a massive 2.0 overhaul, and we’ve got all the details. Plus: Why the iPhone 8 may launch super-late and with no OLED screen; Final Cut Pro X hits a massive milestone; Google co-founder makes a flying car, and you’re gonna want one; and we reveal our favorite new gadgets in an all-new Under Review!

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These armored Lightning cables are made to stay, not fray [Deals]


CoM - Toughlink MFi-Certified Metal Braided Lightning Cable
This super tough Lightning cable will outlive your iPhone.
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The cables we use to keep our iOS devices charged and synced are prone to fraying and breaking. Pleasing as the soft white standard Apple cables are, they’re fragile – you want a tougher cable. That’s why this pair of cables from Toughlink is worth checking out. They’re something like Iron Man would carry around to charge his iPhone, super tough, MFi-certified, and built to last. And right now you can get a pair of Toughlink MFi-Certified Metal Braided Lightning Cables for just $29.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

With looming iPad Pro update, now is the time to sell your old iPad


iPad Air
The easiest way to get quick cash for your old iPad.
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With one new iPad model already released and a refresh to the iPad Pro line likely coming soon, now is the perfect time to sell your old iPad.

With every upgraded iPad that hits the market, the value of older iPads plummets. So, if you have an old tablet, the best time to trade up and sell your iPad for the most cash is right now. Use our fast and easy online buyback program today — before current iPads depreciate.

Today in Apple history: Microsoft gets sued for ripping off Mac OS


Windows used a number of elements of the Mac UI.
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March17March 17, 1988: Apple sues Microsoft for allegedly stealing 189 different elements of its Macintosh operating system to create Windows 2.0.

The incident, which causes a deep rift between Apple and one of its former top developers, paves the way for an epic battle between the two companies that will rage for years.