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

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Is that what 802.11ay Wi-Fi is really all about?
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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

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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

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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

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Touch ID isn't dead yet.
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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.

Keep your PopGrip on with this wireless charger

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PopPower Home Charger in Cosmic Cloud
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CES 2020PopSockets was a wildly successful brand that was in danger of losing its grip.

Wireless charging is becoming a standard feature in smartphones and the stick-on PopGrip it created for reducing drops suddenly looked like an unintended battery barrier.

But the company finally figured out a way forward in the emerging wireless world with a round wireless charging pad with a hole in the middle.

Set up your new iPhone from scratch the right way

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Get your new iPhone set up the right way.
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For many people, the iPhone 11 will be radically different from previous iPhones. Despite this, the iPhone setup process hasn’t changed much. However, while you might find yourself on familiar ground, there are still plenty of little things you really ought to do before you fire up your new phone for the first time (or pretty soon thereafter). Let’s take a look at how to set up your new iPhone 11 the right way.