Apple wildly underestimates demand for cheap iPhone batteries

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Apple replaced 10 times as many batteries as expected.
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Apple reportedly replaced a whopping 11 million iPhone batteries last year — 10 times as many as anticipated.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has already cited this as one of the reasons why new iPhone sales are slowing. It is believed the company expected to perform between 1 and 2 million replacements under its heavily-discounted $29 program.

Sell your iPad now in time for a big upgrade

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The 2017 iPad Pro lineup keeps getting cheaper.
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Almost half of all iPhone and iPad users are already running iOS 12

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Almost half of all iPhone and iPad users have already upgraded to iOS 12, according to new data.

It’s an impressive adoption rate for a major upgrade that’s only been officially available for just over two weeks. Its speedy uptake can likely be attributed to its new features and significant performance improvements — especially for older devices.

Sell your old iPhone, Apple Watch now in time to upgrade

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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available to preorder from the Apple Online Store tomorrow, alongside Apple Watch Series 4. They might be pricey, but there’s one way you can earn some quick cash you help you pay for them.

Sell your old Apple devices to Cult of Mac!

Our buyback program makes it incredibly easy to turn your old iPhone or Apple Watch into real cash, and we typically pay more than any other service. What’s more, you can get a quote now and hold onto your device until your upgrade arrives.

Find out how much you could save on your next upgrade today.

Apple Music is getting a massive upgrade on Android

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Many small business owners are unaware they need a license to stream music in their shops.
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Apple Music is about to get a big upgrade on Android.

A beta version of its next major update reveals Android Auto support is on the way. A number of other new features will also be added to bring the Android version of the app in line with its counterpart on iOS.

iPhone Upgrade Program welcomes T-Mobile customers online

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iPhone X finally hits Apple's refurbished section.
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T-Mobile customers can now sign up to the iPhone Upgrade Program online — just in time for Apple’s big 2018 upgrades.

Online enrollment was previously available to those on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, while T-Mobile subscribers were forced to visit their local Apple Store. The process will be a little easier for those looking to buy a new iPhone this fall.

12-inch MacBook shortage hints at impending refresh

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Bag a 12-inch MacBook for less today.
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A refresh is overdue for Apple’s 12-inch MacBook lineup, and it looks like it could be arriving soon.

Availability of the machine has dwindled at one major retailer, which suggests new models — complete with upgraded internals — will arrive this fall. It could be one of a number of Apple machines that will see improvements before the end of the year.

Apple won’t give your older MacBook an improved keyboard

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How’s the sound on your 2018 MacBook Pro?
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Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup last week, and faster Intel processors weren’t the only thing to be excited about. The update also brought a quieter keyboard that’s less prone to being ruined by dust.

Unfortunately for existing MacBook and MacBook Pro owners, Apple won’t fit its newer keyboard into older machines — not even if yours is in need of repair.