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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, June 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific

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Macworld’s July Digital Magazine: 20 Years of the iMac

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the July issue

This month we look back at 20 Years of the iMac, from the reaction to such a radical new mac, to its lasting legacy and how its influence reaches far beyond the desktop, or even the PC. We also look forward to a new kind of Mac, one that runs iOS apps.

Also in this month’s issue:

MacUser: How Apple’s big picture ventures get small for the consumer. Plus, give your old Mac software eternal life.

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What you need to do when you inherit a Mac

The loss of a loved one is devastating. When this gets tied up with a technical support issue? Even worse. Mac 911 recently received several emails from Macworld readers who inherited, purchased, or were given computers or iOS devices by people who have passed away. They have enough password information to use the Macs successfully, sometimes for years. But then an event occurs that requires resetting the machine.

Macworld reader Andrew has a Mac given to him a few years ago by a now-deceased acquaintance. He attempted to disable FileVault after upgrading to High Sierra. After restarting, the Mac presented a lock screen and asked for a code to enter. It that didn’t resemble anything he’d previously used. (It’s unclear from his email whether it was a Find My Mac style lock (which seems unlikely as it would seemingly require someone with that account to mark it as lost) or the firmware password.)

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Get a 10.5-inch iPad Pro for just $550 today at Best Buy

We’ve seen a lot of deals for the 9.7-inch iPad (both this year’s or last year’s) over the past several weeks, but we’ve seen very little discount love for the iPad Pro. Happily, that changes today over at Best Buy, where the retailer is offering anywhere from $100 to $150 on various iPad Pro models. While this offer lasts, you can get the 10.5-inch tablet in a host of colors for as little as $550.

To get that awesome of a price, you’ll have to pick up the 64GB model, which is available in space gray, silver, gold, and rose gold. The discount isn’t as steep with this model, though, as Best Buy is only taking off $100.

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Apple adds secure emergency location features to get ahead of smartphones’ 911 problems

Apple made a big deal about our digital well-being when it unveiled iOS 12 at WWDC, but there’s one feature it didn’t discuss that could have even greater life-saving benefits.

In a press release Monday, the company outlined how iPhones running iOS 12 will be able to share location data automatically and securely with first responders when you dial 911. Apple says this will help reduce emergency response times by providing faster and more accurate information that circumvents “outdated, landline-era infrastructure.”

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Save big on Pad & Quill’s leather and wood iPhone X cases

Plenty of companies make leather or wood cases and accessories for the iPhone and other Apple products, but few if any approach that mission with the same zeal of Pad & Quill.

If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on one of their fantastic products but have shied away from the price, today’s your lucky day as the company is selling all of its iPhone X cases for 10 percent off. Even better, you can take an additional $10 off your order if you enter the code X10 at checkout. Alternatively, you can enter P16 at checkout for an extra 10 percent off, but X10 is more likely to get you a better deal.

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A thousand noes: Checking out the Android hotness

Apple famously said there are a thousand noes for every yes. Let’s look at one of those noes which is helpfully brought to us today by Vivo.

To be clear, they’re not a sponsor. We’re just going to look at one of their dumb phones.

Writing for the very nice people and the sound of an out-of-tune piano coming from the attic of an abandoned Victorian house over at Business Insider, Antonio Villas-Boas tells us about the new Android hotness.

“This smartphone has a hidden pop-out selfie camera.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Pacific

There’s another rumor that the new iPhone will have USB-C. Sonos has a new HomePod competitor. Some thoughts about last week’s WWDC. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 609.

Watch us live

This week we are live on Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Pacific. Our usual time for the live broadcast of the Macworld Podcast is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Would Apple ever make a convertible MacBook?

We’ve heard it straight from Apple: macOS and iOS aren’t merging together. Instead, Apple is going to bring the iOS app platform to the Mac in 2019. The result will likely be a macOS platform that’s still the Mac, but with a much heavier influence from iOS.

Last week I suggested that this makes me question the long-term viability of the Mac, but it’s also possible that Apple’s moves will lead to a world where I stop dreaming about a laptop that runs iOS because it just won’t be necessary. It all depends on how much all that iOS-originated software will change the Mac in the next few years.

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