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macOS Mojave

Finally, macOS Mojave has come out of beta and will be available for Apple users to download today. This update is mostly about front-end tweaks, including new visual elements, apps, and the much talked about "Dark Mode". Found in System Preferences, under General, the mode offers classy evening look, with a smoked glass menu bar and dock. A revamped App Store is more accessible and puts apps on display more prominently. You also get new native apps, such as Apple News, Stocks, Apple Home, as well as Voice Memos. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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iPhone Xs Line

Photo credit: Isaiah Photo

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will both hit Apple Stores on Friday, September 21st, but at least one person has already started lining up to get one on launch day. Meet Isaiah Stofferahn from Houston, Texas who is currently camping out in front of the Highland Village Apple Store. "Brought a lawn chair, you need to have it. Brought an umbrella because of the heat and that sun. I also have a jetboil with me, got some water. But the people here at the Apple Store are pretty cool. They provided some water for me when I needed it, too. I have some Mac and Cheese," said Stofferahn. Continue reading to see day two of his adventures.

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iPhone Xs Photos

Photo credit: Austin Mann via Peta Pixel

Travel photographer Austin Mann managed to get his hands on the iPhone Xs a few days before the units arrive at the Apple Store, and decided to take it on a trip to Zanzibar to see just how good the new camera system is. Just to recap, both the iPhone Xs and Xs Max sport 12MP dual rear cameras and a 7MP TrueDepth front camera capable of shooting 4K video as well as Smart HDR photos. Continue reading for more photo samples.

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Google Maps Apple CarPlay

Photo credit: 9to5 Mac

Finally, Google Maps and Waze are coming to Apple CarPlay with the iOS 12 update. Both apps are currently in beta testing Continue reading for a video showing how to install Google Maps now on Apple CarPlay. Since they're already live on Android Auto, the developers should have no problems optimizing the navigation software for an in-car display. Google Maps uses Google's own mapping data, while Waze adds warnings about accidents or nearby police. Continue reading for a video showing how to install Google Maps now on Apple CarPlay, another picture and additional information.

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iPhone XS XR Wart

Photo credit: Phone Designer

The functionality of Apple's iPhone notch is truly only good for displaying tiny bits of information, or at least for now, since few apps are truly making use of that space. Most developers are great at blending the notch display into the app, but the notifications are still displayed. Industrial designer "Phone Designer" has came up with a solution for this, and it's a "wart" to replace the notch. As you can see, all of the equipment from the notch has been moved up slightly. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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iPhone XR

Say goodbye to the iPhone 8 / SE, and hello to the iPhone XR, Apple's new entry-level smartphone. Priced at $749 and offered in black, silver, blue, yellow, as well as Product (RED) colors, it sports a 6.1" Liquid Retina LCD display, an A12 Bionic chipset, a 12MP rear camera, and a 7MP TrueDepth front camera, which is also used for Face ID. Continue reading for another hands-on video, pictures and more information.

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iPhone XS iPhone XS Max

Apple officially announced its new iPhone line-up at a press event in Cupertino, Calif. Wednesday, replacing last year's iPhone X with the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. Featuring 5.8" and 6.5" edge-to-edge OLED screens respectively, both models will be offered in silver, gold as well as space gray colors, with 64GB / 256GB / 512GB for storage. What sets these handsets apart from its predecessor is the company's new A12 Bionic, which sports a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU and a dedicated neural engine that is optimized for artificial intelligence, machine learning applications, as well as augmented reality (AR). Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information.

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McDonalds Chicago Headquarters

Photo credit: Garrett Rowland

This isn't an Apple Store, just the new McDonalds headquarters in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood that houses 2,000 employees and the company's Hamburger University for training employees. Inside, you'll also find 'work neighborhoods', a McCafe, lots of outdoor terrace spaces, and museum-like displays showcasing Happy Meal toys as well as vintage memorabilia. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Apple Watch Series 4

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Available for pre-order this Friday (Sep. 14), the Apple Watch Series 4 will be offered in 40mm and 44mm models with larger displays (35 percent and 32 percent). Other new features include: a haptic feedback-equipped Digital Crown, a 50 percent louder speaker with a microphone position optimized for call clarity and a 64-bit, dual-core S4 chip that is twice as fast. The two models will ship on September 21st, priced at $399 (GPS) and $499 (LTE). Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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New iMac Concept

Photo credit: Lorenzo Mariotti / Behance

What if future Apple laptops and desktops use Apple-designed ARM processors that are capable of running iOS apps, while retaining the features and support for older Mac-only apps that most Mac users require? If that happens, this new iMac Concept could be one of the first models. Featuring a 5K display with ultra-thin bezels, FaceID, an integrated AirPower charging pad and a Magic Keyboard with a built-in Touch Bar. Continue reading for more pictures.

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