See what the 2020 iPad Pro looks like on your desk with the magic of AR


The 2020 iPad Pro looks good anywhere.
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The first 2020 iPad Pro orders will start reaching customers next Wednesday, March 25. You don’t need to wait that long to see what it will look like on your desk, complete with amazing Magic Keyboard, however.

Using the power of augmented reality, Apple can put a virtual iPad Pro anywhere in your home. But be warned: If you didn’t already want a 2020 iPad Pro, you will after you see one right in front of you.

Apple Mask Pro concept counters coronavirus concerns with laughs


The pinnacle of mask technology.
Photo: Justin Ciappara

The global coronavirus outbreak is wreaking havoc on iPhone sales, but one Apple fan thinks Apple should turn its attention to the booming surgical facemask market with its own solution. Meet the Apple Mask.

Graphic designer Justin Ciappara whipped up this hilarious Apple Mask concept that perfectly hits all the Apple cliches. You’ve probably never seen a surgical mask that looks this good. And of course, it’s got a big price tag to match.

Check out the different options:

How to restore a previous version of that Mac document you messed up


With Time Machine versions, you can recover old versions of Mac documents.
Did you delete an old version of an important Mac document? All is not lost.
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Have you ever ruined an essay by over-editing it? Did you ever mistakenly delete a huge chunk of a report, and not realize it until days later? Maybe you thought you’d saved another copy of that important document, but your Mac seems to have swallowed it. No problem, because your Mac saves versions of your documents as you go, and lets you browse and restore them. And it’s all built in to — yes — Time Machine.

iPhone 12’s big Wi-Fi upgrade could pave the way for Apple Glasses


Apple glasses
Is that what 802.11ay Wi-Fi is really all about?
Photo: Martin Hajek

The next-generation Wi-Fi technology rumored to be coming to this year’s iPhone lineup could be used primarily to connect your Apple Glasses, a new report suggests.

The 802.11ay standard promises lightning-fast speeds and stellar connectivity, but it probably won’t replace the Wi-Fi standards you’re already familiar with in most cases.

How to turn your old Apple devices into quick cash


iPhone 8 iPad Macbook
Cult of Mac can help you get the best price.
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Now that the holidays are out of the way, Apple’s newest devices are readily available everywhere (unless you want AirPods Pro). If you’re planning to upgrade, or you’ve already upgraded your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch for 2020, turn your old devices into quick cash today.

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

Unmount noisy hard drives to stop them driving you crazy


A hard drive, fully
A hard drive, fully "unmounted."
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If the main disk in your Mac is a spinning hard drive, you should probably upgrade to a solid state drive. Swapping in an SSD is the cheapest way to make your old computer feel like a brand-new Mac. But for backups, and for lesser-used internal storage in a Mac Pro or iMac, a hard drive still gives you the best value. You will pay far less per megabyte of storage.

The problem is that hard drives are noisy as well as slow. If you’re used to enjoying the silence of an SSD-based computer environment, then those whirrs, whines clicks and pops will drive you nuts. Which is why you should unmount your noisy hard drives. That way they’re still available to the apps that need them, but otherwise they’re sleeping.

2021’s LCD iPhone might feature capacitive power button with Touch ID


Touch ID isn't dead yet.
Mockup: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Apple is far from done with Touch ID. The latest research note from reliable TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates the technology will return with at least one iPhone coming in 2021 — and it will have a new home.

Apple is expected to integrate a fingerprint scanner into a new capacitive power button on the side of its more affordable LCD device.