How to use Apple Pay Cash to send money to friends

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Learn how to use Apple Pay Cash in just one minute.
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Apple Pay Cash lets people send money to each other using iMessage. You can send up to $3,000 — certainly enough to cover your share of lunch — and the transaction is free if you use a debit card registered in your Apple Wallet.

All you need is to have a card in Apple Pay, and be running iOS 11.2 or newer, and you’re good to go. Here’s how to use it.

10 gifts iPhone owners can actually use every day (at crazy holiday prices)

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These gifts for iPhone owners will be a definite hit. Cult of Mac Gift Guide 2017
These gifts for iPhone owners will be a definite hit.
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2017 Gift Guide bug If you’ve been through a Christmas or two, you’ve undoubtedly got one of those drawers. You know the one. It’s a graveyard for all the holiday gifts you use every once in awhile (at best).

Stop the madness! If you’re shopping for gifts for iPhone owners this year (and basically, that means almost everyone), check out our 10 items they can absolutely use every day. Make sure your gift doesn’t get exiled to … the drawer!

How to speed up Face ID by switching off attention awareness

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Face ID is the future.
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Face ID is, by most accounts, an amazing technology. You pretty much set it and forget it, and the iPhone X just unlocks itself whenever you look at it.

But what if you’re too lazy to point your eyes and your face at your iPhone whenever you want to look at it? What if you prefer to give it a sidelong glance, to show it who’s boss? Then you can disable attention awareness, which speeds up the Face ID process and unlocks your iPhone X faster.

Master your iPhone X with these tips, tricks and how-tos

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Fresh out of the box.
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The iPhone X is Apple’s most exciting iPhone in years. It packs an incredible portrait camera, ditches the home button so it can squeeze and iPhone Plus-sized screen into a regular-sized body, and adds Face ID.

If you want to read all about your new iPhone X, or to see what the fuss is before you purchase one, check out this roundup of all Cult of Mac’s iPhone X coverage.

Leather MacBook Pro sleeve wraps your laptop in luxury [Review]

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The Woolnut sleeve is pure leather luxury for your MacBook.
The Woolnut sleeve is pure leather luxury for MacBook Pro.
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You know that completely satisfied feeling you get when you first lay your hands on a truly luxurious product? Maybe you remember that special moment when you peeled off the plastic covering from a pristine Apple product. Or when you first slid behind the wheel of an outrageous European sports car (with the requisite leather interior).

Nobody necessarily needs that level of luxury. But sometimes you want to treat yourself (or a friend) to the very best. I totally got that lavish feeling when I first saw a Woolnut leather sleeve for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

These leather Apple Watch bands are handmade in America

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If you are looking for a distinctive, handmade (and made in America) Apple Watch band, check out the E3 Supply Co. line in the Cult of Mac Watch Store.
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Whether they are rebuilding vintage motorcycles or crafting Apple Watch straps, the folks at E3 Supply Co. do everything by hand. It’s not that they can’t afford fancy robots to get the job done — the small team of three prefers to do things this way.

Whether working from their shop in Brooklyn, New York, or from the mini leather workshop in the back of their customized 1977 Toyota Chinook, they do things the old-fashioned way. And now Cult of Mac is thrilled to offer E3 Supply’s handcrafted leather Apple Watch bands in our Watch Store.

Name your price for 5 performance-enhancing Mac apps, feat. TechTool Pro [Deals]

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These five apps can up your Mac's performance and productivity, for whatever you're willing to pay.
These five apps can up your Mac's performance and productivity, for whatever you're willing to pay.
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Your Mac comes out of the box as a lean, mean computing machine. But any Mac is only as useful as the apps you put on it. That makes this bundle of Mac apps worth checking out. In addition to including various ways of improving the performance and productivity possibilities of your Mac, the Fab 5 Mac App Bundle is available for whatever you’re willing to pay. Read on for details.

How to use iMessage apps in iOS 11

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Delicious, juicy stickers. Mmmm.
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iMessage apps aren’t all about stickers. They’re also a neat and handy way to share information from your favorite regular apps. And in iOS 11, they’ve become a lot easier to use. In iOS 10, iMessage apps required several taps just to get to a list to choose what you wanted. In iOS 11, there’s a brand-new dock at the bottom of the app which lets you quickly swipe and tap to the exact app you want, even if you have a lot of them active.

How to upgrade to macOS High Sierra the right way

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The new 4K iMac is Apple's most repairable machine in years.
Elevate your Mac to High Sierra.
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Apple’s latest update for the Mac finally arrived today in the form of macOS High Sierra, bringing a host of improvements to Mac users. While the update doesn’t contain a ton of outward-facing changes, it’s definitely worth taking the time to upgrade if you want your Mac to be faster and more secure than ever.

Here’s how to do it.