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

MacWorld - 5 hours 3 min ago

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

MacWorld - 8 hours 48 min ago

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

MacWorld - 10 hours 47 min ago

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 accessoriesRemove non-product link. 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

MacWorld - 11 hours 43 min ago

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

MacWorld - 11 hours 54 min ago

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

MacWorld - 12 hours 48 min ago

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 strange to build out an entire new screen size of device only to summarily replace it.

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

MacWorld - 13 hours 48 min ago

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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