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Where to buy the iPhone XR

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:41

Gone are the days when the iPhone was only available directly from Apple or AT&T. Today, it’s carried by all major carriers and big retailers, and many of them want to entice you to buy with them by offering special deals. Of course, you can always buy from Apple directly, either in-store or online.

If you haven’t yet put in your order for an iPhone XR, here’s a summary of some of the deals and promotions offered by different retailers to help you make up your mind. For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

Note that, unlike the iPhone XS or XS Max, you can’t preorder an unlocked SIM-free iPhone XR from Apple (or anyone else) as of October 19. If this model follows the typical pattern, SIM-free unlocked phones will be available a month or two after the initial sale date.

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Apple is selling select 4K movies on iTunes for just $5

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 13:05

The weekend is finally here, and now that temperatures are dropping, it’s a good time to consider staying inside and watching good movies. And just in time, Apple is selling an assortment of Digital 4K UHD movies on iTunes for just $4.99.

It’s a small sale, though, and you won’t find any true blockbuster movies in the mix. Even so, the movies run the gamut from heavy action to heavy drama so you have a good chance of finding something you like. Here’s what’s on the table:

If you don’t mind doing without the glory of 4K, Apple is also including several regular digital HD in the same sale. These are:

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Nearly every iPhone XR is still in stock but don't be fooled: It'll still sell like crazy

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:21

If you're like me, you set your alarm for an ungodly hour this morning to make sure you got the iPhone XR model, capacity, and color you wanted. (In my case it was Verizon, 128GB, and blue.) Five hours later, nearly every possible combination is still in stock. While several colors are unavailable for store pickup, the only model I could find that wouldn't arrive on time are a couple T-Mobile models in yellow, coral, and red.

That might come as a surprise to iPhone watchers who expect every single model to sell out within minutes of its availability. After all, that's been the case with pretty much every iPhone that came before. By the morning of September 14, for instance, nearly every available iPhone XS Max had been claimed, with many iPhone XS models seeing waits of one to two weeks as well. The same was true with last year's iPhone X. Even some iPhone 8 models showed longer ship times within minutes of their online availability.

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Amazon is selling these tiny 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11 each

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:03

It’s always a good idea to keep a spare flash drive on hand to help you move and store data in a pinch. Today, you can choose one of two 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11, making that preparedness and convenience cheap.

The SanDisk Cruzer Fit is $7.48 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $16 and its lowest price. This tiny USB 2.0 drive features a built-in LED light so you can tell when your drive is working. It also provides an extra layer of security through its compatibility with SanDisk’s Secure Access software. This drive is a hit on Amazon, with 4.5 stars out of 5 across more than 12,000 user reviews.

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Hey Apple, where’s our regular space gray Magic Keyboard?

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 08:00

I’m excited about the new iPads and MacBook that we’ll likely see at the upcoming October event. As you know, I’m also excited about a possible update to the Apple Pencil. But I’m going to go ahead and say this, as it’s sometimes best to remind a company to get the little things out of the way: On top of everything else, I’d really, really like to see a space gray version of the regular Magic Keyboard.

Apple originally designed the space gray keyboard, trackpad, and Magic Mouse solely for the $5,000 iMac Pro, lending a premium look for Apple’s most powerful desktop to date. That exclusivity didn’t last long, though, perhaps because iMac Pro owners quickly took to eBay to sell their space gray peripherals for exorbitant prices that probably made Apple itself cringe (or, more cynically, realize that they were missing out on some massive cash).

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Apple iPhone silicone case: How well does it hold up after four months?

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:00

If you’d asked me a little over a year ago, I might have told you that Apple’s silicone iPhone cases were among the worst products on its shelves. Friends who’d bought them for the iPhone 6 and before told me horror stories of the silicone peeling as though it had a tragic skin condition, or how it retained grease as enthusiastically as a Waffle House napkin. Occasionally I even saw the evidence myself.

In June, though, I picked one one of the newer versions in a bar on a friend’s iPhone X. I immediately wanted to take it home. So grippy! So slim! My own popular third-party case felt like a brick by comparison.

As the iPhone refresh that culminated in the XS was still a few months away, I resolved to make it my primary case for my iPhone 8 Plus. I’d subject it to the little hells of my everyday life and report back with the results. It’s a branded Apple product, after all, and as such it deserves Macworld’s full attention.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:00
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

What to look for at Apple’s Oct. 30 event, besides iPads and Macs

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 06:00

Well, it’s just another quiet week here in the Apple worl—JUST KIDDING! Thursday brought news that Apple has another event in the works, this one coming just before the end of October in a slightly unusual location: Brooklyn, New York.

As with any Apple event, there’s plenty of speculation about what the October 30 show could bring. So far, those whispers have largely been about new iPads with Face ID and edge-to-edge displays, and possibly a new Mac mini and/or consumer-level MacBook. Plus, of course, there’s always the expectation of there being a few surprises up the company’s sleeves.

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iPhone XR vs iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: Which one should you buy?

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:00

Just like last year, Apple announced three new iPhone models, but it’s not so easy to tell them apart anymore. Gone is the old-school design with the home button and the giant bezels, and in its place are three new models with iPhone X styling. (But don’t worry, if you really like the old look, you can still buy an iPhone 8 or 8 PlusRemove non-product link.)

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Apple's event calendar: When is the next Apple event?

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:24

Updated 10/18/18: Apple's October event has been scheduled for October 30 in New York.

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds it own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

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Apple sends out colorful, creative invites to presumed Mac, iPad event

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:23

As expected for weeks, Apple has finally sent out invitations to its next event, which will be held at the Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30. But this time around, Apple had a little more fun with the invitations.

Apple event invites always consist of a main image and a clever phrase, but this one is different. While all of the invitations feature the same "There's more in the making" tagline, everyone who received an invite seems to have gotten a different image. As you can see above, they all feature a unique spin on the Apple logo, each with a clear eye toward creativity. Our invite is one of the creepier ones, with slime dripping off the Apple logo. But hey, it is Halloween.

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Charge your MacBook, iPad, and three phones with this $30 Anker USB-C charger

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:01

If you never seem to have enough power to quickly charge all of your devices, today’s deal is the one you've been waiting for. Amazon is selling a five-port Anker PowerPort+ USB Type-C charger for just $30, discounted from a list price of $48 and the lowest we’ve seen it.

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Return of the Obra Dinn review: A phenomenal detective story invoking old Macintosh adventures

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:00
A unique art style and a fantastic puzzle hook make Return of the Obra Dinn a detective story worth experiencing, especially if you can do it all in one go.

A new MacBook may be on the way, but I'm not buying one until Apple dumps Intel for its own chip

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:55

Apple has finally sent out invitations for its semi-annual fall event that expects to be loaded with new products: an all-new iPad Pro with USB-C, slim bezels, and Face ID. We may also see a new Mac mini allegedly geared at pro users, refreshed iMacs, and a new low-priced MacBook.

While an updated Mac mini will be the kind of pigs-flying release that I'll believe when I see, I'm most intrigued by the MacBook. Not since the days of the polycarbonate iBook G4 and original MacBook has Apple sold a true budget notebook. Sure, the current MacBook Air retails for $999, but there are a lot of compromises there: a non-retina screen, outdated processor, and aging ports. And above that is the plain MacBook, which is hardly a bargain with its $1,300 starting price.

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A bit different: You can be successful and not be Apple

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 08:00

You’ve heard that Microsoft is the new Apple and that Google is the new Apple and probably some other companies are the new Apple. Well, now the site that noticed you just bought a 65-inch HDTV and thinks maybe you’d like to buy some other 65-inch HDTVs is the new Apple.

Writing for The Motley Fool, Harsh Chauhan says “Here’s How Amazon Is the New Apple.. (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

The Macalope is so old he remembers when saying you were “so old” that you remember something that actually happened quite recently was a hilarious way to point out society’s collective short-term memory. Unrelated to that, though, let’s remember that it was just four years ago that Amazon introduced the Fire Phone.

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WaterField Air Porter laptop bag review: A carry-on you’ll want to carry forever

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 07:00

Is there such a thing as a bag with too many pockets? You’ll never catch me uttering such blasphemy, but I can easily imagine someone pointing to the WaterField Air Porter as proof of decadence most dire. It has 10 interior pockets, 4 exterior pockets, and even more pockets in an optional removable sleeve. Depending on how you interpret the term, it even has pockets in some of the pockets.

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Apple TV to PlayStation Vue: You complete me

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:00
PlayStation Vue is the first live TV streaming service with deep Apple TV integration, and it's pretty neat.

Thirteen modern classics to stream for Halloween

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:00
A selection of chillers—and suggestions for double-features—from recent years to help you celebrate the spookiest of holidays.

Where the Apple Watch could go from here

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 06:00

Apple seems to have finally figured out exactly what the Apple Watch is for, and built just the right hardware to do it. Apple Watch isn't a little smartphone-lite on your wrist, but is now more narrowly focused on being a heath and fitness accessory that provides lots of quick, glanceable information.

The Series 4 hardware is the first true “generational” update since the original Apple Watch, and it’s a great expression of that new focus. The much faster processor makes interactions instantaneous, smooth, and precise. The upgraded sensors have the kind of fidelity and range to enable all kinds of new health and fitness tracking. The larger, higher-res display can show more complications and makes text and icons easier to read. And the upgraded mic and speakers make voice interaction truly useful.

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Adobe’s iPad software announcements, audience hot takes, and your comments and questions

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:52
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Adobe announced that Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad. Podcast listeners send us their hot takes and we respond. We also take your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 626.

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