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Holiday Deal Hub: Exclusive discounts on the best iPhone and Mac accessories + more

Holiday Deal Hub

To help bring in the 2020 holiday season, 9to5Mac is offering readers exclusive deals on the latest accessories for iPhone, Mac and more, with help from our Holiday Deal Hub. That includes our featured deals: 25% off sitewide at Hyper with code 9TO5HOLIDAY and 20% off sitewide at Monowear with code 9TO5MAC20.

Head below for some of the best holiday deals on iPhone and Mac accessories, ranging from cases for iPhone 12, to Qi chargers, USB-C hubs and docks, and much more. There’s also a ton of discounts to help upgrade your workspace.

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Preorder Hub: How to order iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, Pro Max and iPhone Mini

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9to5Mac’s iPhone Preorder Hub is brought to you by Raptic. Get 20% off its new iPhone 12 cases w/ code “9to5MACiP12“.

For readers waiting to get their hands on Apple’s latest iPhones, 9to5Mac’s PreOrder Hub is a step by step guide to help you get the newest devices with the least amount of hassle. With a ton of devoted Apple users placing orders tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. PDT (Oct. 16) for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro – a matter of minutes can make a huge difference in terms of when you’ll receive your device (and the blue 9to5Mac edition is bound to be in high demand).

Head below for 9to5’s pre-order checklist and tips for the quickest checkout experience possible.

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How to buy Bitcoin on your iPhone using Coinbase

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The concept of cryptocurrency can be an enigma, but buying cryptocurrency for yourself can be even more confusing. Should you use Coinbase? Or Cash App? Is there another app that’s even better? Is buying Bitcoin on your phone safe at all? Have no fear — here’s how to buy Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Litecoin directly from your iPhone.



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Holiday Deal Hub: Exclusive deals on iPhone & Mac accessories

Holiday Deal Hub

This year we’re bringing back 9to5Mac’s Holiday Hub to offer exclusive deals on Mac and iPhone accessories to help with your holiday shopping.

Head below to get exclusive deals on iPhone and Mac accessories, including iPhone cases and skins, Qi chargers, USB-C hubs and docks, HomeKit lighting, and much more, all from brands we love. And check back for new deals throughout December!



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Preorder Hub: How to order iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max (+ 20% off Defense cases)

9to5Mac’s iPhone PreOrder Hub is brought to you by X-Doria. 9to5 readers can get 20% off X-Doria’s signature Defense lineup to help celebrate the launch of iPhone 11 with code: 9TO5MAC20

If you are hyped about Apple’s latest devices and plan on picking one up tomorrow morning, 9to5Mac’s PreOrder Hub is a step by step guide to help you get your hands on the newest iPhones. After you’ve determined which iPhone 11 model you would like to get, the goal is having the quickest checkout experience possible. With loyal Apple users ordering simultaneously tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. PDT (Sept. 13), a couple of minutes can make a huge difference in terms of when you receive your device especially when you are queuing with millions of others.

Head below for 9to5’s pre-order checklist and tips to prepare:



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HyperCube backs up your iPhone or iPad to microSD or USB storage while you charge

HyperCube is the latest product from Sanho’s Hyper brand, which we’ve long been big fans of from its excellent USB-C hubs, battery packs, and more. The HyperCube is an adapter for iPhone (or other smartphones) that automatically backs up photos, videos and contacts to a microSD card or USB-drive while you charge your device. It’s available on Kickstarter now for a 40% off special preorder price ahead of launch next month.



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Bowers & Wilkins unveils ultra-premium ‘Formation’ home speaker line with AirPlay 2

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Last week, Bowers & Wilkins invited us downtown in New York to show off their latest audio line, Formation. The lineup is predicated on five launch products, all sharing the same Formation namesake at the beginning: Bar, Duo, Wedge, Bass and Audio.

Featuring support for AirPlay 2, the company is touting the innovations presented in the Formation line as top-tier wired audio fidelity achieved wirelessly, all with the same setup simplicity of a $249 everyday-consumer level speaker.



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US Government imposing new restrictions on shipping charged batteries in the name of safety

New regulations proposed to Congress by the U.S Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) are set to take effect soon, which will limit the maximum charge of lithium-ion batteries to 30% or less when shipped as cargo on passenger flights or on cargo only planes.



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Tim Cook on Apple lowering iPhone prices in China: “We’ll see how that works out for us”

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Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for an interview with NPR on Monday and discussed the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, while also addressing lowered iPhone prices across Greater China.

When asked about reducing iPhone prices in China to better reflect US pricing models, Cook replied with a simple “We’ll see how that works out for us”.



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AirPods are the second-best selling Apple product within two years of launch, search rate up 500% YoY

It’s no secret Apple’s AirPods are one of the biggest hits from the company in years, however, an overview of their viral status via Above Avalon shows that they’re the second best selling product from Apple within two years of its primary launch. Further, Google search interest has grown 500% YoY as compared to December 2017.



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Apple patent application outlines vehicle unlock system with biometric authentication

A patent application filing by Apple demonstrates a system where a vehicle can be unlocked via mobile biometric authentication, perhaps opening the door (literally) for Face ID to one day secure our cars. Entitled “System and Method for Vehicle Authorization”, the patent was only published last Friday, however, it was filed over two years ago in February 2017.



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EPIX launches standalone streaming service ‘NOW’, available on iOS and Apple TV with exclusive original content

Have you longed for a television series based on Batman’s butler, Alfred? Perhaps a subscription to the EPIX NOW streaming service might be in order, as the MGM-owned channel announced this weekend the launch of its standalone streaming service. First reported by Deadline, EPIX NOW will join the crowded array of competitors vying for your few bucks per month in exchange for a library of films, four live EPIX channels, and original content.



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Rumor: AirPods 2 coming with specialized grip coating, AirPower launching this spring

A new report this morning — ought to be taken with utmost caution — from MySmartPrice corroborates rumors of a Spring launch for AirPower, and says updated AirPods will feature a “new design” and a grip-inclined coating. The source also calls for improved audio quality from the buds, a black color offering, and an improved design allowing for greater bass response.



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Analyst: Average iPhone upgrade cycle now lasts four years, up from three in 2018

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It seems fair to say that since the release of iPhone 6, A-series processor updates have been more for future-proofing purposes rather than present necessity for the average user. As a result, biennial upgrades, let alone annual iPhone swaps, became increasingly rare — demonstrated by ever shrinking Apple Store lines proceeding a new launch. Now, the anecdotal findings are being corroborated by industry analyst Toni Sacconaghi from Bernstein, who says that the average iPhone upgrade time has increased to four years, up from three years in fiscal 2018.



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