Apple’s 2018 hardware blitz! [Cult of Mac Magazine]

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What a week!
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This week was one heckuva wild ride for Apple fans. First we got new MacBook Airs, iPad Pros, Mac minis and Apple Pencils. Then Apple threw Wall Street a curveball during yet another surprising (and surprisingly positive) earnings call.

Get the scoop on the latest Apple hardware, plus reviews and how-tos, in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Then get ready to spend your weekend drooling over it on your iPad or iPhone. Grab your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes now.

Bonus: Don’t miss your chance to win an iPhone XR!

What we loved and what we didn’t — catch our ‘More in the Making’ hardware reax on The CultCast

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New Macs, new iPads, new specs, new prices. We break it all down.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple’s “There’s More in the Making” keynote was an action-packed ride stuffed with one hardware update after another! We’ll tell you what we like (and what we don’t) about Apple’s newest product updates. Plus: Apple quietly offers a big “screw you” to 2018 MacBook Pro owners. Prepare for a rant!

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You can now watch Apple’s iPad and Mac event on YouTube

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Tim Cook getting ready to open a can of Mac and iPad whoop-ass at the "There's More in the Making" event in Brooklyn, New York.
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Apple has been killing it this year, and this week’s “There’s More in the Making” event was no exception. People tuning in were treated to the unveiling of a new Mac mini, a stunner of an iPad Pro refresh, a gorgeous new MacBook Air, and more. Heck, there was even a super-hot New York crowd thrown in for good measure!

If you missed the event live, there’s now an easier way to see it than ever. That’s because Apple just uploaded the whole 90-minute event to YouTube.

MacBook smackdown: Which laptop is right for you?

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If you need a new laptop, you won't want to miss this deal.
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Apple finally dusted off the MacBook Air. The 2018 model sports a brand new design, a gorgeous Retina display, and powerful upgraded internals. All of sudden, Apple’s most affordable notebook is up there with its best.

In fact, the new ultraportable is so good, you would be crazy to buy a 12-inch MacBook right now. So, how does the new MacBook Air stack up against the rest of Apple’s laptop lineup? Which model best suits your needs, and which delivers the best bang for the buck?

Find out right here in our comprehensive MacBook comparison.

New line of free Apple seminars will make your brain bulge

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Apples Stores will sell you the iPads and Apple Pencils. "Today at Apple" will show how to use them.
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More than 60 new sessions to teach Apple users how to get the most creatively from their apps and devices will be added to the “Today at Apple” program, the company announced in New York today.

Held at Apple Stores around the world, the sessions offer primers on essential hardware and software in the Apple ecosystem. Each workshop is headed by local creative professionals teaching coding, digital drawing, photography, video and making music.

Burn your credit card before watching these new Mac and iPad Pro vids

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Apple dives into its recycled aluminum process in a new video.
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Didn’t have time this morning to watch the full keynote video from Apple’s ‘There’s More in the Making’ keynote this morning in New York? Well, you can now catch all the highlights by watching the new videos Apple produced to go with the products.

Apple just uploaded six new videos to its YouTube channel showing off all the new features on the MacBook Air, Mac mini and iPad Pro. We’ve gathered them together here so you can catch up on all the new goodies.

Check it out:

The biggest takeaways from Apple’s ‘More in the Making’ event

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Tim Cook wants TV shows to be family-friendly.
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Apple finally gave its Mac and iPad Pro lineups some much-needed love today during its big ‘There’s More in the Making’ event in New York.

Tim Cook and company brought out some new faces to introduce some gorgeous new products for the company’s last event of the year. Even though we already had a solid idea of what to expect, the company still managed to throw in some surprises and blow away our expectations.

These are the biggest takeaways from the More in the Making keynote:

iPad Pro bids farewell to the 3.5mm headphone jack

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Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack for the iPhone a few years back.
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The amazing new iPad Pro comes with a redesigned form factor and USB-C. But it’s lacking one feature that’ll surely upset a few fans: the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple first dropped the legacy port on the iPhone back in 2016 with the iPhone 7. With Apple now no longer making the iPhone 6s and SE, you can’t get a new iPhone with the headphone jack any more. And now it’s gone from the new iPad as well.

New iPad Pro says goodbye to bezels, hello to USB-C

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Apple's old 12.9-inch tablet next to the 2018 iPad Pro.
Apple's old 12.9-inch tablet next to the 2018 iPad Pro.
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Apple just unveiled the biggest change to its iPad line since Steve Jobs showed off the first iOS tablet in 2010. The display bezels have been stripped away, essentially giving the iPad Pro an all-screen design.

Equally as important, this is the first iOS device ever with a USB-C port in place of the Lightning port. This will allow the iPad Pro to connect to external monitors and other hardware.