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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How to watch Apple’s ‘It’s show time’ event on Monday, March 25


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Apple calls its next event “It’s show time”—a name that strongly hints it’ll highlight the rumored streaming TV service we’ve heard about for a while now. It’s fitting, then, that Apple will also stream the announcement on a wide variety of devices ranging from the iPhone to a Windows PC. We can only hope the service itself will be so device-inclusive.

The event itself begins at 10 a.m. Pacific time on March 25.

No matter how you want to watch it, you’ll find links and requirements for each method below.

Watch on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can watch the event on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Safari. According to Apple, your device needs to run iOS 10 or later. You’ll need to navigate to Apple’s events website.

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Help your iPhone stay safe and last all day with Amazon’s big one-day accessory sale


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Phone accessories can add functionality or fun personalized flair to your device, and it’s even better when you get them on a deal. If you’re looking for a cheap case or battery pack for your iPhone, Amazon is running a today-only sale on many of little-known mobile company Altigo’s accessories. The sale features portable chargers, cases, earbuds, and over-the-ear headphones, for discounted prices ranging from $7 to $35.

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Get a Two-Pack of Tactical Military Flashlights for $15


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Emergencies like power outages or a broken-down car happen anytime, and if you’re unlucky enough to experience this at night, you’ll need a reliable flashlight to light your way. You might think that your phone’s flashlight is adequate enough, but how will you reach for help once your battery is drained? A flashlight will shine brighter and last longer than your phone, which is why you should always keep one handy. Luckily, you can buy two for just $14.99.

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Upgrade your gaming setup with killer deals on peripherals we adore—and a free game


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Friday is always a good day for a gaming deal, and we’ve put together a juicy combo deal today. Amazon’s got great deals on one of our favorite gaming mice, and a highly regarded mechanical keyboard that earned our Editors’ Choice award. On top of that we’ve found a great free game. Let’s get started.

First up is the Roccat Tyon multi-button gaming mouse for $50, down from $60. This is the all-time low for this mouse on Amazon, though we have seen it hit this price several times in recent weeks. This is truly a multi-button mouse. In fact, we named it  “the best gaming mouse with lots of buttons” in our roundup of the top gaming mice. It offers a ridiculous 14 programmable buttons, along with an 8,200 DPI sensor and an RGB light channel around the bottom of the mouse.

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With Apple, everything old is new again


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Whoever said “out with the old, in with the new” clearly wasn’t talking about Apple’s playbook.

The company may have its fair share of new and updated devices, but it’s also made a habit of building off of its existing devices—and not just in terms of spec bumps and speed boosts, but in actively finding ways to use old products as launching points for brand new devices. It’s a move that most companies probably couldn’t pull off, but one with which Apple has had great success—and which it will probably continue to use in the future.

Something in the Air

When Apple launched the redesigned 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros late last year, it discontinued the 10.5-inch iPad Pro after only a little over a year of service. Apple’s certainly no stranger to quick turnarounds on products—remember the seven-month reign of the third-generation iPad?—but it seemed extra Continue reading "With Apple, everything old is new again"

Bent iPad Pros may develop logic board issues, but good luck getting the Apple Store to fix it


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Editor's note: A reader contacted Macworld with this tale of a bent iPad Pro and his struggle to get it repaired, but requested that we only use his first name in the article.

When reports started surfacing late last year of bent iPad Pro devices and Apple’s unwillingness to repair or replace affected units, they didn’t register on Marcus's radar. Having just bought a tablet in July, he wasn’t in the market for a new one. Even though his 10.5-inch iPad Pro was part of the previous Touch ID generation, Marcus was perfectly happy with it, having safely secured it with an Otterbox Defender case from the moment he unboxed it.

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3 things cord-cutters should look for at Apple’s ‘show time’ event


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Monday’s Apple event won’t be the first that’s been dubbed “Showtime.” The landscape was very different for the first Showtime event back then. There was no iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. Streaming was a thing that relied heavily on buffering. Netflix was shipping out DVDs in red envelopes.

That event was over 12 years ago. It brought a slew of new products, including an updated iPod, a brand new iPod nano, an even smaller iPod shuffle, and a sneak peek at “iTV,” which would eventually become Apple TV. But the star of that show was the addition of movies to the iTunes Store. Previously limited to music, the store’s new section had a grand total of 75 movies from Disney, Pixar, Touchstone, and Miramax in “near-DVD” 640x480 quality.

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7 things you need to know about Apple’s new AirPods


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This week, Apple finally announced the sequel to the AirPods, its true wireless earbuds that have proven to be way more popular than anyone ever expected. After more than two years, Apple’s follow-on to the AirPods is...AirPods?

Okay, so the new second-generation AirPods aren’t exactly the true sequel we’ve all been hoping for. They still look and act like the AirPods we love. But they are substantially different than the first-generation model. Here are the most important things you should know.

They’re not AirPods 2

The new AirPods are just that: new AirPods. They are not named AirPods 2, not billed as such on Apple’s site, and not sold separately from original AirPods. Apple still has only one AirPods page on its site, and it only sells the new model. If you buy AirPods from Apple, you will only get this Continue reading "7 things you need to know about Apple’s new AirPods"

Apple issues updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie


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They aren’t as glamourous as this week’s AirPods, iPad, and iMac announcements, but you could say that Apple’s updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie on Thursday allows the company to maintain its release streak this week.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.6 and iMovie 10.1.11 both feature the ability to detect media files that could be incompatible with future versions of macOS, and converts those files to a compatible format. The update also “improves reliability when sharing video to YouTube.” Apple also issued updates for Motion and Compressor that address the same issues.

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You can add 2 TP-Link smart outlets to your home for just $25 today


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It’s cheaper and easier than ever to add some smarts to your home, and today you can make two of your dumb devices smarter for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. B&H Photo Video is selling the TP-Link HS107 Wi-Fi dual-outlet smart plug for $25 with the on-page coupon today, down from a list price of $35. The coupon applies $10 off for each plug that you buy, so you can get multiple at this price.

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iPad mini review roundup: Apple’s new tiny tablet is exactly what you think it is


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The new iPad mini was only announced three days ago, but the first round of reviews has already arrived. And guess what? It’s an iPad mini 4 with a better processor. The new model is pretty much identical to the old one, and as such, its “throwback bezels” and “outdated” design are definite drawbacks to the $399 device. But if you can overlook it, you’ll be getting a solid device that gives Apple’s “Pro” laptops a run for their money.

The new iPad mini is available for pre-order today in silver, space gray, and gold for a starting price of $399. Estimated ship date is currently April 9-12.

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Get a Lifetime Of Mondly’s AI Powered Language Training For $59


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If you travel to foreign countries often, understanding the local language is an invaluable asset. However, foreign language textbooks won't adequately prepare you for a real conversation; you need hands-on practice with a native speaker to understand verbal and conversational cues. Luckily, Mondly provides a conversation-focused method that you can practice straight from your phone for $59.

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New iPads, iMacs, and AirPods, WWDC19, Spotify vs. Apple Music, and your hot takes


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In the latest episode of the Macworld Podcast, we cover the news about WWDC19 and Apple’s new AirPods, iPads, and iMacs. Our feature discussion will cover the Spotify and Apple Music fracas. In our two-minute tip, learn how to add other people’s fingerprints to Touch ID, and we also go over audience hot takes. This is episode 644 of the Macworld Podcast with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Before we go any further, we want to let you know that we have set up an email address for you to send comments and questions about the Macworld Podcast. Drop us a line at podcast@macworld.com and let us know what you think of the podcast.

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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"

It’s time for a new iMac, and here are 9 improvements we’d like to see


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The current iMac design is positively ancient, by computer design standards. The 27-inch Retina iMac, with its slim design and 5K resolution, was launched in the fall of 2014. It was really only a small tweak on the existing “slim unibody” iMac that dates back to 2012, itself only a thinner version of the unibody iMac design that goes back to 2009.

The basic look and physical features of the iMac have barely changed in a decade.

It’s a testament to the elegance of the design that it’s still desirable after all that time, but it’s well past time for a change. This week, Apple updated the iMac line with new internal hardware, but it the design and features remain fundamentally unchanged.

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