In this week’s top stories: Apple boosts iPhone trade-in credits, Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo speakers, new iPhone XS case and Apple Watch band colors, running a half marathon with Apple Watch Series 4, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top Apple stories.

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Apple this week announced that it is boosting iPhone trade-in value for a limited time. The company says that you can earn up to $100 in extra credit when you trade in an old iPhone towards the purchase of an iPhone XS or iPhone XR. The actual amount you’ll receive varies based on the model you’re trading in, ranging from $25 to $100.

Amazon announced on Friday that Apple Music support is coming to Echo speakers in time for the holidays. Amazon says Echo users will be able ask Alexa to play any music found on Apple Music, included editor-made playlists. The feature will launch on December 17th.

Apple this week unveiled a trio of new Apple Watch sport band colors and iPhone XS Max silicon case colors. The new colors include Hibiscus, Mellow Yellow, and Pacific Green. Additionally, Apple has started selling new Apple Watch sport loop colors, which originally launched as Nike exclusives earlier this month.

Apple VP Greg Joswiak went on defense this week regarding reports of slow iPhone XR sales. The Apple executive said the device has been the “most popular iPhone” and “best-selling iPhone” everyday since its release.

Last but not least, a report suggested this week that the Apple Watch ECG app will be released with watchOS 5.1.2 before the end of this year. Currently, watchOS 5.1.2 is in its second beta, and it’s unclear when we might see a full public release.

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9to5Mac Daily |

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Happy Hour Podcast #201 |

This week Benjamin and Zac talk 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro differences, using the iPad as a teleprompter, Apple Pencil versus Logitech Crayon, Apple’s Supreme Court case over monopolies and the App Store, running long distances with Apple Watch, and more.

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Making The Grade |

Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.

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