How Apple Arcade could make Apple a major player in gaming


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Apple’s new gaming service is called Apple Arcade, which you, O loyal Macworld reader, may recognize as the name I use for my column on Mac and iOS gaming. I suppose we can effectively declare the column dead.

It’s a cool name, though, and what Apple showed us on stage at its “Show time” event looks like a cool service. Beginning sometime in the fall, you’ll be able to pay Apple an unspecified subscription fee that grants access to around 100 “new and exclusive” games. None of the games will have in-app purchases, and they will only be playable on iOS devices and Macs. All of the games will be accessible offline.

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7 reasons why we can’t wait to try Apple News+


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The focus of Apple’s “It’s show time” event may have been TV entertainment services, but the company made a big splash right out of the gate with the announcement of Apple News+. As the name implies, it’s a premium version of Apple News that offers more content than you’ll get with the free app—all with a focus on magazines.

Specifically, for $9.99 a month, you and your family get access to more than 300 magazines and other publications ranging from National Geographic to Wired to The Wall Street Journal. We’ll dig deeper once we’ve spent time with Apple News+, but for now, here’s what intrigues us the most.

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It’s showtime for big deals on the iPad Pro and MacBook Air at Amazon


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Apple is holding one of its big events today, and we’ll get to see some of the flashiest new ideas from the folks in Cupertino. But today’s also a good time to pay attention to some not-so-new stuff, as you’ll find good deals for both the new iPad Pros and MacBook Air over at Amazon.

First off, Amazon is offering big discounts on several configurations of the new iPad Pros with Wi-Fi. I admire Apple’s new tablet for its transition from Touch ID to Face ID (which I find well-suited for tablets) and its ability to wirelessly charge the second-generation Apple Pencil (which you’ll have to buy separately). You can read more about it in my review from November. Here’s what’s on offer:

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Apple’s iPad, iMac, and AirPod launches weren’t just a surprise, they were a smart strategy shift


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I expected “one more thing” yesterday, and I was bummed when I didn’t get it. Sure, I was disappointed, but my anticipation for another hardware refresh only proved that Apple’s experiment with dribbling out modest product releases is working.

On each of the first three days of this work week, Apple dropped updated versions of existing products with little of its typical fanfare or event theatrics. It began with the iPad mini and iPad Air on Monday and then progressed to the iMac on Tuesday and the AirPods on Wednesday. Nobody would call these earthshaking updates. Certainly none would have made the crowds ooh and ahh during a keynote. You could even argue they were disappointing on some level.

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Rotor Riot Game Controller for iOS review: The herald of a new age of iOS gaming


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Game controllers have been a part of the extended iPhone experience for years, but Apple’s older certification requirements kept them from fully mimicking the same experience you get from an Xbox One controller or Sony DualShock 4. Even with the best ones, there’s usually a catch. Sometimes you need to mash the buttons before they register. In other cases the latency is awful (particularly when the controllers run on Bluetooth). Worst of all, you usually can’t press down on either of the controller’s thumbsticks, which effectively makes some games all but unplayable.

That’s why I’m so happy to see the Rotor Riot Game Controller. It’s the first MFi (Made for iPhone) controller that takes advantage of Apple’s looser restrictions that dropped with iOS 12. It has a handful of its own drawbacks, but it doesn’t fall into any of the traps mentioned above, and its new support for the thumbstick Continue reading "Rotor Riot Game Controller for iOS review: The herald of a new age of iOS gaming"

Get a 128GB 9.7-inch iPad for the retail price of the 32GB model


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Apple may have just released flashy new versions of the iPad mini and iPad Air, but there’s still nothing wrong with the regular ol’ 9.7-inch iPad. It’s the lowest-priced tablet in Apple’s current lineup, especially with a big $100 discount that Amazon is currently offering on the 128GB version with Wi-Fi. That discount drops the price down from $429 to $329, which is essentially the retail price of the entry-level 32GB model. That means you’re getting a lot more space for a reasonable price.

You can also find this deal at Walmart, where the space gray, silver, and gold models are all available for the same price.

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Google’s Stadia service could shatter the barriers of Mac gaming


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Did Google just save Mac gaming? The Mountain View company never mentioned Apple during the reveal of its Stadia game streaming service at the Game Developers Conference yesterday, but Stadia sounds all but tailor-made for Mac users. A service that let you stream games from a remote server straight to your browser! The ability to play the latest games without needing to invest in fancy eGPUs, graphics cards, and yes—even PCs! Even in 2019, so much of this still sounds like science fiction.

I love my Mac, but necessity compels me to keep a massive PC running at home so I can play graphically intensive games like The Division 2 or Devil May Cry 5 when they release. As we all know, many of these games never come to the Mac at all. If Stadia works as well as Google implies it will, I’ll never have to feel too guilty Continue reading "Google’s Stadia service could shatter the barriers of Mac gaming"

7 ways Apple could improve the iPhone’s Shortcuts app


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Remember Shortcuts? A mere seven months ago it seemed transformational and game-changing; an app boasting the power to strengthen Siri so it could hold its own against Alexa and Google Assistant. Nay, it would be better. Shortcuts would allow us to mold Siri to our needs; we could create automated actions that Apple itself may never dream of.

It hasn’t quite worked out that way, even though the potential is still there. These days I struggle to find ordinary iPhone users who’ve even heard of Shortcuts. As for finding someone outside the Apple enthusiast press who uses a Shortcut on a daily basis? I might as well be looking for Amelia Earhart. The activity on forums focused on Shortcuts seems to dwindle by the day.

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Our favorite gaming mouse is on sale on Amazon for 41% off


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If you’ve never been particularly enamored with the Apple Magic Mouse, may I suggest (deep breath) the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse? It’s my personal favorite mouse for everyday use, and it’s currently on sale at Amazon for 41 percent off. That’s enough to bring the price down from $84.99 to a far more agreeable $49.93.

And it’s worth it. When our sister publication PCWorld reviewed it in 2014, it rated it 4.5 out of five stars. PCWorld also listed its modern “Hero” incarnation as the “Best general-purpose gaming mouse,” and I can attest that this little powerhorse works perfectly for most tasks on the Mac as well.

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Amazon is selling the latest iPad Pros for $100 off today


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Apple’s new iPad Pros are good—so good that they cost as much as some MacBooks. Today, though, Amazon makes it a little easier to get in on the action with a couple of stellar $100 discounts on both the 11-inch and 12-inch models.

In terms of sheer price, the best deal is the $100 discount Amazon is offering for the silver 64GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi. That’s enough to bring the price down from $999 to $899.

But if you want to get the most out of your money, I recommend picking up the space gray 11-inch 512GB model. It’s also being offered for $100 off, which brings the price down from $1,149 to $1,049.

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The new iPhone XS battery case works with the iPhone X, but don’t expect perfection


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The iPhone XS looks almost exactly like the iPhone X, and that similarity is leading many people to wonder if they can use Apple’s spiffy new battery cases with the older handset. The answer appears to be a shaky yes, although enough doubt remains that I’m hesitant to recommend taking the $129 plunge.

Apple’s official landing page doesn’t explicitly say that the new case doesn’t work with the older phone. It only lists the iPhone XS under Compatibility.

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Apple now selling $129 battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR


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Rumors suggested late last year that Apple was working on a battery case for the iPhone XS and XR, but the products sort of fell off the radar after weeks went by without no information. All of a sudden, though, Apple is selling battery cases for all three of the iPhones on its website.

The cases come in either black or white and cost $129, and remarkably, that price applies regardless of whether you get one for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR. They’re made of the same grippy silicone I love from Apple’s regular cases, and taking a cue from its previous battery cases, Apple designed it so the battery sits snugly against the back of the device.

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Best Buy is slashing as much as $100 off the price of the Apple Watch Series 3


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Best Buy is offering the steepest discounts we’ve seen on the 2018 iPad Pro to date


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The new iPad Pros models are pretty awesome, but they’re also pretty expensive. Fortunately, for two days Best Buy is offering discounts ranging from $100 to $150 for both new and old iPad Pro models, which makes these prices a heck of a lot more palatable for the pocketbook. In some cases, they’re the best prices we’ve ever seen.

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The 6 best iPhone apps for weight loss


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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you told yourself that you’re going to lose weight as a New Year’s resolution. Congratulations! The bad news is that there’s a good chance you’re going to fail, at least if thousands of personal anecdotes and studies have any weight.

But these days it’s easier to avoid falling into that trap. The iOS App Store is as stuffed with helpful apps for losing weight as I was stuffed with turkey and bread in the aftermath of Christmas dinner.

These are the best of the bunch. Almost all of them track activity and calories, but a couple go so far as to pester you throughout the day to stay on focus (and some of us need that). I recommend parking them on your home screen, as they’ll be there to glare at you every time you’re tempted to open Uber Eats or check Continue reading "The 6 best iPhone apps for weight loss"

Get a 42mm leather Apple Watch band for less than $9


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It’s been an excellent couple of weeks for deals on Apple Watches and Apple Watch accessories, and today’s deal shows that trend apparently isn’t slowing down. Head over to Amazon, and you can get a snazzy 42mm black leather Apple Watch band from Top4cus for a mere $8.37 when you enter the code 6LAIYVEZ at checkout. Without the deal, the strap sells for $13.98.

Alas, if you want it in any other color or size, you’ll have to pay the full price as the promo code applies only to this model. It’s a decent band, though, as it has a rating of 4.0 out of 5 starts after 85 customer reviews.

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Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard with Numeric Keypad review: Good form, unreliable function


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Products like the Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard grant us a peek at the Apple that could be—in this case, an Apple that remains enamored with space gray aluminum but also committed to keyboards with generous key travel. And the Satechi keyboard is a decent effort, weighty and pleasant for typing, and it lets you pair it with up to three different Bluetooth devices. Viewed from across the room, it readily looks like it spawned in the mind of Jony Ive.

Yet I never felt a strong connection to the Satechi keyboard, mainly because it always struggled to connect with my Mac.

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B&H is selling 2017’s iPad Pros for the lowest prices we’ve ever seen


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Amazon is selling stylish Milanese Loop Apple Watch bands for as little as $4


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Few styles of Apple Watch bands are as practical and as elegant as the Milanese Loop, and few are so expensive. At least, that is, if you buy one from Apple, which sells them for a whopping $149. Today on Amazon, though, you can get a Milanese Loop band from Penom in any style in stock for as little as $3.99 when you enter the code 50NBM4JV for a 50 percent discount at checkout.

I’m especially a fan of the way the sale applies to every model available, as these kinds of impressive sales tend to apply to clearly unpopular variations. As for me, I’ve already used this promotion to buy a space gray band for my 42mm Apple Watch Series 3.

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Get a new Apple Watch Series 4 for one of the lowest prices we’ve seen


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It’s almost a new year, so why not treat yourself to a new Apple Watch? It’s a good time for it. Currently Amazon is selling the 40mm GPS Apple Watch Series 4 with silver coloring and a white Sport Band for a discount of 5 percent, which is enough to knock over $19 off the price. That means you can buy it for just $365.74, which is one of the best prices we’ve seen to date for this device.

Keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to check the coupon box below the price to qualify for the discount.

The same discount applies to the larger space gray 44mm Apple Watch Series 4 with an aluminum body and black Sport Loop. Apply the coupon, and you’ll get it for just $407.55, down from the normal price of $429.00. Again, don’t forget about the coupon code.

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