Where to buy the iPhone XR

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 Continue reading "Where to buy the iPhone XR"

Apple strongly denies Bloomberg’s Chinese hacking report, call for retraction

In early October, Bloomberg published a bombshell article uncovering an extraordinary hardware hacking effort by state-sponsored Chinese agents. “The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies” details successful efforts by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to implant tiny chips into the motherboards of servers made by Super Micro, to compromise those systems and give them access. It’s an extensive piece of reporting, too complex to fully summarize here. To really understand all the details, you should read the original article.

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

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:

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

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 Continue reading "Nearly every iPhone XR is still in stock but don’t be fooled: It’ll still sell like crazy"

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

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 today, 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?

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 XS Max Silicone Case review: The four-month evaluation

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 Continue reading "Apple iPhone XS Max Silicone Case review: The four-month evaluation"

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

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

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

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

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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Apple is holding its iPad and Mac event on October 30th

Those rumors of Apple holding a second fall event were true. The company has announced plans for a special event on October 30th, and not at Apple Park -- this time, it's at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. The teaser is cryptic apart from stating that "there's more in the making," but there are a few good ideas as to what to expect. While the stars of the show will likely be new iPad Pros that borrow the near bezel-free design of newer iPhones (the handwriting may be a clue), there are also rumors of a spiritual sequel to the MacBook Air, an overdue Mac mini update, new AirPods and more. One thing's for sure: we'll be there to give you the full scoop.

Apple sends invites to Oct. 30 event, new iPad Pros expected

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More new Apple devices are coming.

As if this month wasn't already jam-packed with new product announcements from every tech company under the sun, Apple just sent out invitations for an event on Oct. 30 where it willl likely announce updated iPad Pros with Face ID support and possibly that rumored 13-inch MacBook we've heard so much about.

SEE ALSO: iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review: Going for the gold

Oddly enough, the event will take place in New York City at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. (Apple's events, especially the ones that debut new hardware, are typically in California.)

Last refreshed in 2017, Apple's iPad Pros are due for an update. Reports suggest the new iPad will sport thinner bezels (mostly reduced top and bottom bezels), support Face ID in both portrait and landscape, and ditch the Lightning port for USB-C (yes, really). Read more...

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

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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Get a Lifetime Of Noiselab’s Music Production Training For Just $19

Electronic music is one of the most popular music genres today. You can hear it every time you tune into a pop station, and even hear EDM-influenced trap beats in modern hip-hop. It’s no wonder so many young people aspire to become EDM producers. However, just like any genre, a producer needs to be well versed in production and music theory in order to succeed. If you’re interested in producing your own EDM tracks, you can subscribe to Noiselab for $29.  

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