New hardware at Apple’s surprise education event? Catch our expectations on The CultCast

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Are we getting new Macs next week?
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This week on The CultCast: Apple’s surprise education event could showcase new, cheaper hardware — we’ll fill you in. Plus: A huge upgrade may be coming to the screens of Apple products; why 2018’s iPhone X refresh could cost less than last year’s model; the Fortnite iOS version will totally blow your mind; and you won’t believe how much some Fortnite streamers are earning.

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Enhance your Mac with these 10 top-shelf apps [Deals]

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Get the most out of your Mac with this diverse bundle of 10 top-shelf apps.
Get the most out of your Mac with this diverse bundle of 10 top-shelf apps.
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Your Mac is a mighty machine, but it’s only as useful as the apps you install. With all the software out there to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start, and even harder to look at the price tag. So this bundle of 10 top notch apps is well worth checking out.

This awesome iPhone case doubles as a retro gaming console [Deals]

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Turn your iPhone into a game machine.
Turn your iPhone into a game machine.
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There was a time when the little glowing bricks we carried around were called Game Boys. In those simpler days, passing time meant burning through Tetris, not swiping through Tinder. The graphics weren’t great, but the gameplay sure was.

With the Wanle Gamers Console, you can reclaim the nostalgia of portable gaming, and protect your iPhone at the same time.

This custom-made band for Apple Watch will fit any wrist size [Watch Store]

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The adjustable length Button-Stud Apple Watch band fits virtually all wrist sizes — from the fleshiest to thinnest!
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Best List: Button-Stud Apple Watch Band by Form Function Form

Making Apple’s “most personal device ever” personal to you is super-serious business for one Florida purveyor of handmade leather goods.

Echoing the individuality of Apple Watch, Form Function Form takes customization to new levels in the design of its one-of-a-kind Button-Stud Apple Watch Band. This ingenious leather strap has 21 different size options, one of which is sure to fit even the thinnest or fleshiest of wrists. If it doesn’t, the company provides free size adjustments for the entirety of your life.

We’ve added seven new leather colors to the Watch Store lineup! Read on for my review:

Stock up on stretchy, Apple-certified Lightning cables [Deals]

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This pair of Apple-certified Lightning cables cost a fraction the usual price, and keep clutter to a minimum.
This pair of Apple-certified Lightning cables cost a fraction the usual price, and keep clutter to a minimum.
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Owning an iPhone means owning the fact that you’ll have to constantly replace flimsy Lightning cables. Their soft white coating is prone to fraying and tearing, and of course they’re easy to lose. So it’s nice when high quality backup cables don’t cost high quality prices.

What you should know about HomePod, before you buy, on The CultCast

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Is HomePod nearing its end, or just getting started?
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The HomePod reviews have been coming out hot and heavy, and they’re surprising. This week on The CultCast, we’ll tell you what people like, love and hate about Apple’s new speaker. If you’re planning on buying one, don’t miss our discussion. Plus: Something strange is happening at Apple HQ … we elaborate; 150 new kickass emojis are coming to your iPhone; and we pitch you the movies, gadgets and food we can’t get enough of in all-new What We’re Into!

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Juice up your iPhone in style with these accessories [Deals]

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Take your iOS charging to the next level with these awesome accessories.
Take your iOS charging to the next level with these awesome accessories.
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iOS devices are sleek and stylish and exciting to use. But none of those terms usually apply to charging them up. So we’ve rounded up some of the slickest charging accessories for iPhone. From a walnut-lined Qi charger, to an understated wireless charging pad, and a pair of eye-catching Lightning chargers. There’s something here that can juice up anyone’s charging game.

Audiophiles compare HomePod to $85,000 speakers — we’ll tell you why on The CultCast

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The HomePod presales have begun, but we’ll tell you why Apple’s new smart speaker may be a huge flop, this week on The CultCast. Plus: Audiophiles are comparing HomePod’s tech to speakers that cost $85,000; Apple adds some long-awaited features to iOS 11; how to back up your iCloud photo library to your PC (and why you should). And we wrap with another episode of Drone Chat! This time, we’ll tell you why DJI’s Mavic Air is the perfect drone for almost everyone.

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