Stunning iOS 12 concept adds always-on complications to iPhone

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This iOS 12 concept will get you hyped for WWDC.
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The grand unveiling of iOS 12 is less than two months away and if it’s anything like this concept, the iPhone X might be set to go to an all new level.

In this superb new iOS 12 concept by the folks at iUpdateOS, the iPhone X borrows one of the Apple Watch’s best features for an always-on display. Dark Mode also makes an appearance, along with group Facetime calls and a whole lot more.

Check it out:

Spotify could finally come to Apple Watch at WWDC

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Spotify hired Andrew Chang, creator of a third-party Spotify app for watchOS, last April.
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Spotify will finally deliver its first Apple Watch app this year, according to a new report.

It could get an official reveal at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June alongside “StreamKit,” a new framework for watchOS 5 that will boost the cellular Apple Watch’s standalone capabilities.

Win a WWDC scholarship just by being creative

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WWDC scholarships are available to talented and creative students.
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Attending Apple’s developer conference costs a whopping $1,599 but a fortunate few can win a WWDC scholarship by building a creative Swift playground. Apple began taking submissions today, and 350 winners will be announced in April.

Cult of Mac Magazine: What to expect from Apple’s big ‘field trip’ event, and more!

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In this week's Cult of Mac Magazine: Apple will take a field trip out of Silicon Valley to host its first major event of 2018 next week, and much more.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: Apple will take a field trip out of Silicon Valley to host its first major event of 2018 next week. Instead of focusing on iPhones and Apple Watches, this keynote will be all about education and creativity.

Rumors have been swirling for months that new MacBook Airs and an updated, inexpensive iPad could arrive this spring. We might see those, but Apple probably has a couple other surprises in store that you haven’t heard of. Here’s what to expect from Apple’s education event next Tuesday.

You’ll find that story and more in this issue. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Apple hires new events director from Eddy Cue’s favorite NBA team

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Eddy Cue is a big fan of the Golden State Warriors.
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WWDC will have an extra set of helping hands this year, thanks to Apple’s hiring of a brand new events director. New recruit Gail Hunter previously served as president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors, a.k.a. Eddy Cue’s favorite NBA basketball team.

She will officially leave her current job this Friday, and join Apple on Monday, March 19. Just in time to help Apple’s preparations for its annual developer showcase event in June!

Nixing the Home button could bring 11-inch iPad

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An 11-inch iPad would fit between the company’s current 12.9- and 10.5-inch models.
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Apple continues to improve the iPad Pro design, with a nearly bezel-less version reportedly in development. This could mean an 11-inch iPad the same overall size as the company’s current 10.5-inch tablet.

This will supposedly be the first iPad with Apple’s Face ID as the technology expands beyond the iPhone X.

WWDC 2018 returns to San Jose, runs June 4 to 8

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WWDC 2018 is coming to San Jose, California. Here's how to take your shot at getting tickets to the exclusive event.
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Apple will kick off its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4.

The week-long event, which will offer the first previews of Apple’s next big software updates, will again be held in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Developers can register for tickets starting today until 10 a.m. on March 22.

New improved MacBook Air and 9.7-inch iPad could debut at WWDC

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The MacBook Air could get a sequel this year.
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Apple is prepping a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook that will debut in the second quarter of 2018. It will reportedly set users back around the same price as the MacBook Air, which would peg it at about $999.

While the report leaves a bit of flexibility by saying that it could be this price “or slightly higher,” this suggests that users could get a price cut versus the $1,299 12-inch MacBook.