Tim Cook Talks iPhone Sales, Apple TV, Campus 2, and More at Employee Town Hall Meeting

Following Apple’s first quarter earnings report, Apple executives hosted a Town Hall meeting with Apple employees to answer questions and to divulge a few details about the company’s future plans. 9to5Mac has shared highlights of what was covered at the event. While much of what was said was reiterating information that was shared during the earnings call, there are a few tidbits worth noting.

When it comes to the iPhone and the rumor that Apple has perhaps reached „peak iPhone,“ Cook said the device is the „greatest business of the future“ with growth potential in key emerging markets like India and China. He said Apple does not need to launch a less expensive device with pared-down features to entice buyers in these markets, as research suggests people will spend more for a better experience. These comments relate directly to the upcoming „iPhone 5se,“ which some rumors have suggested will be positioned as a less powerful, lower-end device, though not a cheap one by general smartphone standards.

On the Apple TV and tvOS, Cook said the two products point towards a „bright“ future for Apple, but he didn’t mention how Apple might expand its presence in the living room going forward. tvOS is Apple’s way of giving content providers the tools to offer streaming television solutions to customers after having failed to launch its own streaming service due to difficulties with negotiations. The most recent TV-related rumors suggest Apple is exploring the possibility of original content, following in the footsteps of Netflix and Amazon.

Cook also reportedly expressed excitement over future products coming from the company’s software, services, and hardware divisions. In the next few months, Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, new bands for the Apple Watch, and perhaps new Retina MacBooks and Retina MacBook Pros. Later in the year, Apple is also expected to introduce the highly-anticipated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

He also teased „far off“ hardware products coming beyond 2016, perhaps hinting at the company’s work on the Apple Car or its exploration of virtual and augmented reality. Recent rumors suggest Apple is prototyping virtual reality headsets similar to the Oculus Rift.

The last bit of interesting information was on Apple Campus 2, the company’s second „spaceship“ campus that’s under development in Cupertino. Construction appears to be on track to be finished at the end of 2016, as Cook says the first employees will move into the campus by the end of January 2017. He also said the new underground auditorium will allow Apple to hold events on its grounds instead of at venues in San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area.

The meeting also included more mundane information on upcoming time-off benefits for Apple employees, flagging iPad sales, new solutions for retaining employee talent, and Apple’s supply chain, which can be read at 9to5Mac.

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CES 2016: Satechi Type-C USB Hub Updated With Pass-Through Charging for Retina MacBook

Today at CES accessory manufacturer Satechi announced a newly updated Type-C Hub for Apple’s Retina MacBook lineup, which replaces one of the traditional USB 3.0 ports with a new USB-C alternative to allow users to charge the MacBook while using the dongle. Otherwise, the hub still includes an SD card slot and Micro SD card slot in addition to two USB 3.0 ports.

In terms of new products, the company announced the Type-C Card Reader, which will let users access SD and Micro SD cards at the same time using the USB-C dongle. As a cheaper alternative, the Card Reader is smaller than the hub and lacks the USB 3.0 ports of the bigger accessory.

Both products are available in space grey, silver, and gold colors to complement Apple’s chosen colorways on the 12-inch MacBook line. Satechi hasn’t given the Type-C Card Reader any specific launch date besides „early January,“ but confirmed the accessory will run for $19.99 in its press release, although the site mentions a $24.99 price point. Starting today, those interested can purchase the new Hub for $39.99 from the company’s site.

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Best Buy Sales Event Includes $300 Off Retina MacBook, $125 Off iPad Air 2, and More

Best Buy today introduced a new deal into its Apple-centric „Holiday Event,“ giving customers the chance to get $300 off of the entry-level Retina Macbook, along with free two-day shipping for last minute holiday shoppers.

Originally priced at $1,299, the deal reduces the new Gold, Silver, and Space Gray MacBook to $999, rivaling that of the entry model 13-inch MacBook Air. College students also have the opportunity to get the MacBook as low as $949, thanks to a $50 student discount offered when ordering either a MacBook or an iMac. The $1,599 version of the 12-inch MacBook, with increased flash storage, isn’t available in Best Buy’s current sale.

The Apple Holiday Event began earlier in December at Best Buy, and all of its deals are still running in the lead-up to Christmas. When activating on a two-year contract, the retailer is offering the 16GB versions of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus for $1 and $99.99, respectively. The iPad Air 2 has been cut by $125 for both cellular and Wi-Fi only options. A similar deal is running for the iPad mini 4, which has been reduced by $100 on each of its versions. The Apple Watch is also still available at a $100 discount.

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How to maximize your MacBook trade-in

Because there are fewer MacBooks than iPhones on the market, and the laptops are more difficult to repair, buyback programs typically shortchange you when it comes to Apple computers. But there are three easy tricks that will help you maximize your profit when you trade your old MacBook for cash. (You’ll also want to choose […]

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Logitech Create Review: Excellent Keyboard, but Makes iPad Pro Bulky and Heavy

Logitech’s Create Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro was one of the first third-party keyboards available for the device, because Logitech created it with help from Apple. Because Logitech partnered with Apple for the accessory, it’s also the only third-party keyboard that’s currently able to take advantage of the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro, meaning it doesn’t need to connect to the iPad over Bluetooth or use its own power source.

We went hands-on with Logitech’s Create Keyboard case to see how it measures up to Apple’s own hard-to-find Smart Keyboard and the few other iPad Pro third-party keyboards on the market.

Design

Logitech designed the Create to transform the iPad Pro into a laptop clone, producing a keyboard that is close in design and feel to a traditional laptop keyboard. The case itself is made from a rigid material covered with a ballistic nylon fabric, while the keyboard is constructed from aluminum with plastic keys. Design wise, the Create is available in three colors – black, navy, and red – to match the Space Gray, Silver, and Gold iPads.

You can mix and match colors, but based on marketing materials, the black model is meant to match the Space Gray iPad, the navy model is meant for the Silver iPad, and the red version is designed to match the Gold iPad. Each model’s outer cover is designed to be resistant to liquid, keeping the iPad Pro safe from small spills, drips, and light rain.

The Create Keyboard has two main parts: the keyboard portion of the case and a rigid backplate that fits over the iPad Pro. The shell of the case fits over the top half of the iPad Pro in landscape mode, aligning with the camera. There’s a crease in the middle of the backplate that allows it to flex to fit the iPad Pro into the Smart Connector built into the case.

Only half of the iPad Pro is fitted securely in the case because of the need for that connection, and on multiple occasions, my iPad Pro popped out of the shell. This never happened in an area where I could potentially drop the iPad Pro, but it was a definite concern of mine. Having the iPad Pro pop out of the case at the wrong time could be a potential disaster, but at the same time, the bottom of the iPad Pro has to be free to fit properly.

Even though the iPad Pro is only in the case halfway and can pop out if not seated properly, it is difficult to get it out of the case. When snapped in all the way, it takes some grip and twisting to get it out, which is a downside if you want to use the iPad Pro sans keyboard. I know it sounds odd to say the iPad Pro is difficult to get out of the case just after complaining that it has the potential to snap out, but that’s how it works – it needs to be seated in the exact right way or you’re going to have trouble with the alignment of the cutouts and the volume buttons.

The Create Keyboard case leaves all ports accessible, with cutouts for the Lightning port and the rear camera. There are protruding buttons over the volume and sleep/wake controls, both of which are easy to press to control volume or turn the tablet on or off. The case also has sleep/wake functionality built in, so the iPad will go to sleep or wake up as the case is closed or opened.

When using the keyboard, the iPad Pro is angled forward in the case and snaps magnetically to a slot above the keyboard where the Smart Connector is housed. It has a single angle that’s usable while typing and it only works in landscape mode. A lot of third-party keyboards for other iPads like the iPad Air 2 have multiple viewing angles and support both orientations, but „Smart“ accessories for the iPad Pro are going to be more limited because of that physical connection between the keyboard and the tablet.

When the keyboard is not in use, it can be folded underneath the iPad Pro for watching videos or using the web, and it serves as complete protection for the tablet during travel. It closes up clamshell style, with the rear shell protecting the back of the iPad Pro and the keyboard protecting its screen.

Compared to Apple’s Smart Cover, which is thin and light, the Logitech Create Keyboard is undeniably bulky. It weighs in at 1.5 pounds, doubling the weight of the iPad Pro, which also weighs 1.5 pounds. At more than three pounds in total, that’s heavier than the 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air and the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

It’s also adding quite a bit of thickness to the iPad Pro, so while the keyboard does turn the iPad Pro into a much more capable MacBook-style machine, it’s adding some serious weight and bulk, which will be a turnoff for some potential buyers.

Smart Connector

The Logitech Create is the only third-party keyboard that’s currently able to take advantage of the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro. By connecting to the iPad Pro through the Smart Connector, the keyboard draws its power from the iPad. It never needs to be charged and because it’s connecting directly to the iPad Pro, there’s no need for Bluetooth.

This means there’s zero setup involved – simply stick the iPad Pro in the case and it works right away. There’s never any loss of connection unless the iPad Pro becomes unseated from the case, and there’s zero lag. Overall, the Smart Connector is a slight improvement over Bluetooth solutions, both in its simplicity and its convenience. Bluetooth is generally lag free with few connection problems and it’s rare to need to charge a third-party keyboard more than once a month, but the Smart Connector eliminates these small pain points.

The only downside to the Smart Connector is that it’s a little finicky at times. If you’ve got the Logitech Create on a lap and shift the wrong way, it can momentarily disconnect and interrupt what you’re doing.

Keys

Logitech’s Create keyboard case is inferior to Apple’s own Smart Keyboard when it comes to size and bulk, but for many users, its keyboard is a clear winner over the Smart Keyboard. The Logitech Create has full-spaced keys that feel fantastic under the fingers due to their high travel, especially in comparison to the Smart Keyboard.

Apple’s kept the Smart Keyboard thin by cutting down on the travel of the keys, so it’s not going to feel as familiar as the Logitech Create to people who are coming from a MacBook Air or a Retina MacBook Pro. If you have a MacBook, the Smart Keyboard keys and the MacBook keys feel similar.

Transitioning from a Retina MacBook Pro to the Logitech Create was seamless for me. I was able to start typing on the Create right away with zero typos and no reduction in my typing speed. The same isn’t true of the Smart Keyboard – it’s a definite adjustment for me. As someone who prefers the feel of a keyboard with a good amount of travel, I thought the Logitech Create was a far superior typing experience.

As with most third-party keyboards, the Logitech Create has a row of keys dedicated to iOS shortcuts on the iPad Pro. There’s a button for bringing up the home screen, accessing search, locking the iPad, switching keyboards (aka accessing emoji or special characters), controlling volume, adjusting screen brightness, controlling media playback, and adjusting the backlighting of the keys.

A major benefit of the Logitech Create over the Smart Keyboard is the backlighting. The Logitech Create has an auto backlighting feature built in that works really well. The keys will light up as soon as the keyboard is plugged in and they’ll brighten whenever they’re pressed. To save power, if you go a few seconds without touching a key, the backlighting automatically turns off. It’s done well and useful if you’re typing in a room without a lot of light, and it’s also adjustable to three levels on the keyboard itself.

Bottom Line

Both the Logitech Create keyboard and Apple’s own Smart Keyboard have appealing features and drawbacks. The Logitech Create keyboard is much heavier and bulkier than the Apple Smart Keyboard, but it’s also cheaper and has traditional MacBook Pro-style keys with a good amount of travel and a fantastic backlighting feature.

Choosing between the Logitech Create and the Smart Keyboard is going to come down to whether you prefer a more functional keyboard that feels like a MacBook Pro/Air keyboard or if you want portability and light weight. It’s not hard to adjust to the Smart Keyboard, but for a lot of users, it’s not going to provide the pleasant typing experience as the Logitech Create offers.

Along with better keys, you’re also getting more protection with the Logitech Create. The iPad Pro seems fragile because it’s so large – there’s a lot of surface there to break if its dropped or banged against something. The Logitech Create offers full front and back protection while the Smart Keyboard is only going to protect the screen.

In the future, there may be additional keyboard options on the market, but at the current time, there are few iPad Pro-specific products and only two that use the Smart Connector: the Logitech Create or the Smart Keyboard. Right now, it’s a matter of deciding between a lot of bulk or keys that don’t quite measure up if you want something that takes advantage of the newest technology.

As someone who owns and uses an iPad Pro on a daily basis, I would not choose the Logitech Create over the Smart Keyboard. It is too bulky and heavy and I am not a fan of the awkward and hard to use rear shell design. When it comes down to it, my fingers can adjust to keys with less travel better than my back can adjust to an additional 1.5 pounds of weight.

Of course, if you’re on a budget, there’s no need to go with either of these options. The iPad Pro still works with Bluetooth, so a standalone Bluetooth keyboard with an iPad Pro Smart Cover is going to be a perfectly useable option.

Pros:

Excellent keys

Smart Connector

Backlighting

Shortcut keys

Cons:

iPad Pro fit can be unstable

Rear shell design makes proper alignment difficult

Bulky

Heavy

Limited viewing angles

How to Buy

The Logitech Create iPad Pro Keyboard Case can be purchased from Apple.com or Apple retail stores for $149.99. It’s also available directly from the Logitech website and from Amazon.com.

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Cyber Monday Sales Now Live for Macs, iPads, Accessories and More

For those that missed out on Black Friday deals, or remain on the lookout for a few more gift ideas, Cyber Monday offers several online and in-store discounts on a wide range of Apple-related products and accessories. Most deals will remain available through the end of day on Monday, November 30.

Best Buy

Best Buy is offering deals on select Apple products and other electronics online and in stores on Cyber Monday, with free shipping on all orders.

iPhone 6 (16GB) for $1 with activation and Verizon two-year contract

– Up to $150 off select MacBook Air and Retina MacBook models

– Up to $249 off various original iPad Air models

– $70 off Beats Pill 2.0 Bluetooth speakers in various colors

$40 off urBeats earphones and $100 off Beats Studio over-ear headphones

– $100 off iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models with activation and two-year contract

Target

Target is offering 15% off site-wide, with some limitations, using promo code CYBER15 at checkout. The offer is valid on most Apple products, including the Apple Watch, iPad, iPod, Beats headphones, Apple TV and more.

Staples

Staples is offering 20% off iTunes gift cards in the U.S. for $25, $50 and $100 amounts.

$25 iTunes gift card – $20

$50 iTunes gift card – $40

$100 iTunes gift card – $80

The deal expires Saturday, December 5 and includes free shipping to U.S. addresses.

MacMall

For those that missed MacMall’s 60-hour Black Friday sale, the authorized reseller continues to offer Cyber Monday discounts on a huge selection of Macs and iPads.

– Retina MacBook is available for up to $100 off

– Retina MacBook Pro is available for up to $259 off

– MacBook Air is available for up to $100 off

– 21.5-inch iMac is available for up to $100 off

– 27-inch iMac is available for up to $200 off

– Mac mini is available for up to $70 off

– iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi only models are between $21 and $40 off

Twelve South

Twelve South is offering 50% off multiple Mac and iPad accessories with promo code MACMONDAY2015 at checkout, plus a $5 discount on its HiRise for iPhone/Apple Watch Bundle. The offers are valid until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 30 while supplies last.

MagicWand – $14.99 (regular $29.99)

BookArc möd for MacBook – $29.99 (regular $59.99)

HoverBar for iPad – $29.99 (regular $59.99)

HiRise for iMac – $39.99 (regular $79.99)

HiRise for iPhone / Apple Watch Bundle – $79.99 (regular $84.99)

Lots more Cyber Monday deals ahead…

ZAGG

ZAGG is offering a 50% discount site-wide on Cyber Monday, with some exclusions: InvisibleShield Glass, InvisibleShield Glass Luxe, all Power Amp portable chargers, ZAGG DropGuard, JoltGuard, and ShockGuard cases, and select keyboards.

The offer is valid until Tuesday, December 1 at 11:59pm Mountain Standard Time, with a limit of three discounted products per order. Free shipping is available for orders sent to U.S. addresses.

Griffin

Griffin Technology is offering 30% off nearly site-wide with code CYBERMONDAY, including iPhone and iPad cases, power chargers, cables, stands and other accessories for Apple devices.

The offer is valid until 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Monday, November 30, and excludes the Survivor Summit, Survivor Journey and bundles including NHT Speakers.

Casetify

Casetify, a site that specializes in customizable iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands, is offering up to 30% off site-wide. MacRumors readers can get an extra 10% discount off all products with the promo code MACRUMORS30.

The offer is valid until Tuesday, December 1, and free shipping is available for orders sent to U.S. addresses with promo code ILOVECM at checkout.

Brydge Keyboards

Brydge is offering discounts on a selection of its iPad keyboards. The BrydgeMini for iPad mini is available for $30 off, dropping the price to $99.99, while the BrydgeAir is available for $20 off, dropping the price to $129.99. The Brydge+ for older iPads is also $20 off, dropping the price to $79.99.

Kanex

Kanex is offering up to 60% off its selection of Apple accessories, including a $100 discount on its Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock, dropping the price to $149.95. The Sydnee tablet and smartphone charging station is available for 40% off, dropping the price to $49.95, and the 6,000 mAh GoPower battery pack is available for 60% off, dropping the price to $19.95.

Kanex’s 7-day sale runs through Cyber Monday and includes free ground shipping on U.S. orders.

Nodus

iPhone and iPad cases from Nodus are available at a 25% discount on Cyber Monday with promo code CYBER25 at checkout.

Sonnet

Sonnet is offering up to 96% off select products online for U.S., Canada and Mexico customers, including deals on Thunderbolt adapters and cables.

Speck

Speck is offering 25% off all products site-wide on Cyber Monday, with the exception of sale items. MacBook cases are also 40% off. Free shipping.

Apogee

Apogee Electronics is offering up to 55% off its selection of refurbished products for musicians and audiophiles. This includes significant deals on the Duet, the Quartet, the JAM and more until Tuesday, December 1.

OtterBox

OtterBox is offering up to 40% off on Cyber Monday with free shipping for U.S. orders.

Bluelounge

Bluelounge continues to offer 20% off orders over $40 (promo code 20OFF), 25% off orders over $80 (promo code 25OFF), and 30% off orders over $120 (promo code 30OFF). All bags are also available for 50% off with the promo code 50BAGS. Free shipping on U.S. orders over $40.

Urban Armor Gear

Urban Armor Gear, a site that makes rugged iPad and iPhone cases, is discounting all of its iPhone cases by 25% and all of its tablet cases by 15%. To get the discount on iPhone cases, use the promo code RUGGED25. To get the deal on the iPad cases, use the promo code TOUGH15.

Other Deals

– Walmart is selling the iPad mini 2 (16GB/Wi-Fi) for $199 ($70 off)

Incipio is offering up to 70% off site-wide and has Cyber Monday clearance deals

OWC continues to offer EarPods for $8.75 and deals on Thunderbolt docks

ClamCase Pro keyboard case for iPad Air 2 is $119.99 (regular $149.99)

DODOcase is offering 30% off site-wide with promo code CYBER30

Braven is offering 50% off all speakers for Cyber Monday

Belkin is offering 30% off site-wide using code MONDAYLOVE.

Carved is offering 20% off site-wide using CYBERMONDAY2015. Free U.S. shipping.

– Many apps are on sale or free. Track them at AppShopper.

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MacMall’s 60-Hour 2015 Black Friday Sale Kicks Off With Solid Deals on Macs

MacMall’s annual 60-hour Black Friday sale [PDF] on a variety of Apple products starts today, November 25, at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time and lasts through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.

As it does every year, MacMall is offering significant discounts on a huge selection of Apple Macs and iPads. The Retina MacBook Pro is available at up to $250 off, while the MacBook Air is available for up to $101 off. The 27-inch iMac is available at up to $201 off, and the Mac mini is available at $100 off.

MacMall sells a range of stock Apple Macs and custom build-to-order models. We’ve listed a selection of the more popular discounted models below, but the full range of discounts are available on the MacMall website.

2015 Retina MacBook

– 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB Gold, Silver, Space Gray – $1,197, $102 off

– 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB Gold, Silver, Space Gray – $1,497, $102 off

– 1.3GHz/8GB/256GB Gold, Silver, Space Gray – $1,447, $102 off

– 1.3GHz/8GB/512GB Gold, Silver, Space Gray – $1,647, $102 off

2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

2.7GHz/8GB/128GB – $1,197, $102 off

2.7GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,397, $102 off

2.9GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,697, $102 off

2.7GHz/16GB/256GB – $1,597, $102 off

2.9GHz/16GB/256GB – $1,697, $102 off

2.9GHz/16GB/512GB – $1,897, $102 off

3.1GHz/16GB/256GB – $1,897, $102 off

3.1GHz/16GB/512GB – $2,097, $102 off

3.1GHz/16GB/1TB – $2,597, $102 off

2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro

15-inch 2015 Retina MacBook Pro models are available for up to $250 off. Models marked Iris AMD include a separate AMD graphics card while models marked Iris Pro do not.

2.2GHz/16GB/256GB/Iris Pro – $1,799, $200 off

2.2GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris Pro – $2,148, $151 off

2.5GHz/16GB/256GB/Iris Pro – $1,948, $151 off

2.5GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris Pro – $2,248, $151 off

2.5GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris AMD – $2,249, $250 off

2.5GHz/16GB/1TB/Iris AMD – $2,839, $160 off

2.8GHz/16GB/256GB/Iris Pro – $2,148, $151 off

2.8GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris Pro – $2,448, $151 off

2.8GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris AMD – $2,548, $151 off

2.8GHz/16GB/1TB/Iris AMD – $2,949, $250 off

2015 MacBook Air

MacMall’s selection of MacBook Air models are available at an $80 to $101 discount.

11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB – $799, $99 off

11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB – $1,018, $81 off

11-inch 1.6GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,118, $81 off

11-inch 2.2GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,268, $81 off

11-inch 2.2GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,568, $81 off

13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB – $899, $99 off

13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB – $1,098, $100 off

13-inch 1.6GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,218, $81 off

13-inch 1.6GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,518, $81 off

13-inch 2.2GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,368, $81 off

13-inch 2.2GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,668, $81 off

2015 21.5-inch iMac

1.4GHz/8GB/1TB – $998, $101 off

2.8GHz/8GB/1TB – $1,198, $101 off

2.8GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion – $1,318, $81 off

2.8GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion – $1,518, $81 off

4K 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB – $1,389, $110 off

4K 3.1GHz/16GB/1TB – $1,589, $101 off

4K 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion – $1,698, $101 off

2015 27-inch iMac

5K 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB/M380 – $1,669, $130 off

5K 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion/M390 – $1,848, $151 off

5K 3.2GHz/8GB/2TB Fusion/M380 – $1,998, $101 off

5K 3.2GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion/M390 – $2,098, $101 off

5K 3.3GHz/8GB/2TB Fusion/M395 – $2,148, $151 off

5K 3.3GHz/16GB/2TB Fusion/M395 – $2,398, $101 off

5K 4.0GHz/8GB/2TB Fusion/M395 – $2,448, $101 off

5K 4.0GHz/16GB/2TB Fusion/M395 – $2,648, $101 off

5K 4.0GHz/16GB/3TB Fusion/M395 – $2,748, $101 off

5K 4.0/32GB/2TB Fusion/M395X – $3,248, $151 off

5K 4.0/32GB/3TB Fusion/M395X – $3,348, $151 off

5K 4.0/32GB/1TB Flash/M395X – $3898, $201 off

2013 Mac Pro

4-Core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB – $2,699, $300 off

6-Core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB – $3,649, $350 off

8-Core 3.0GHz/12GB/1TB – $6,349, $450 off

12-Core 2.7GHz/64GB/1TB – $8,799, $800 off

2014 Mac mini

1.4GHz/4GB/500GB – $464.99, $34 off

2.6GHz/8GB/1TB Sata – $658, $41 off

2.8GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion – $938, $61 off

MacMall is offering iPad Air 2 models at $40 to $50 off 16, 64, and 128GB Wi-Fi only models and up to $75 off the more expensive high-capacity cellular models. The original iPad Air is also available for up to $40 off, and the iPad mini 4 is available for up to $30 off.

The site is also selling a wide range of Apple-related accessories, cases, and other products at small discounts, including the BlueLounge Design Sanctuary 4 Charging Station, which is available for $65 (down from $135) and the Otterbox Defender for iPhone 6s, available for $45 (down from $72).

As one of the only sites that sells Apple’s build-to-order Mac models at a discount, MacMall is a popular choice for customers looking for a non-standard Mac at a lower price. Because MacMall operates in a limited number of states, most orders can will not require sale tax to be paid.

For more upcoming Black Friday deals, make sure to check out our dedicated Black Friday roundup. There are some excellent discounts this year on a range of products from iPads and Macs to iPhones and Apple Watches, not to mention hundreds of Apple-related accessories.

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Apple Shares 2015 Gift Guide as Free Shipping Begins for Holidays

Apple has posted a holiday gift guide on its website featuring the new Apple TV, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, Apple Watch, Retina MacBook, iTunes gift cards, apps, accessories and more. The buying guide is split into six categories: gaming, photography, music, fitness, learning and travel.

The gaming section is centered upon the new Apple TV, iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2, iPod touch, and related apps and accessories available for each device, including the SteelSeries Nimbus and Gamevice controllers, Guitar Hero Live, Beats Studio wireless headphones and more. Apple also features a trio of drones by Parrot and Sphero.

The photography section features the iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Retina MacBook and accessories like the Olloclip Active Lens, JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Video tripod, MeFOTO Sidekick360 adapter, Shure MOTIV MV5 microphone and HISY Camera Remote. Featured apps include Darkroom, VSCO, Instagram and iMovie.

The music section features the iPhone 6s, Retina MacBook, Apple Music on Apple TV, Apogee MiC microphone, IK Multimedia iRig Pads music controller, Beats Studio wireless headphones, Beats Pill+ speakers, B&O BeoPlay A2 speakers, Apple Music gift cards, GarageBand and more.

The fitness section features the Apple Watch Sport, iPhone 6s and accessories like the Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP cycling trainer, Beats Powerbeats2 earphones, Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor, Apple EarPods, Incase iPhone 6s armband and more. Featured apps include Strava and Nike+ Running.

The learning section highlights the iPad Air 2, Apple TV, Retina MacBook and iPod touch, and educational apps such as the iWork suite, Star Walk Kids and Plants by Tinybop. Featured accessories include the Sphero SPRK, Osmo Genius Kit, Twelve South BookArc stand, LaCie Fuel external hard drive and more.

The travel section features the Apple Watch, iPad mini 4, new Apple TV and accessories.

Apple is now offering free shipping in the U.S., Canada, Europe and several other regions during the holidays.

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Best Buy Offering Black Friday Deals on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch and More

Best Buy has shared its Black Friday ad for 2015, revealing several deals on Apple products and accessories. The discounts and promotions include up to $125 off select iPad Air 2 models, up to $200 off select Macs, up to $100 off select Apple Watch models, up to $50 off all iPods and more.

Best Buy stores in the U.S. will open at 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 26, close at 1:00 AM on Friday, November 27, then reopen at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 27 and remain open until 10:00 PM on Friday, November 27. All times are local and may vary at select locations. Most deals are also available online between November 26-28.

Doorbusters

Best Buy will be offering limited doorbuster deals on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday in stores and online. Thanksgiving Day doorbusters will be available at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 26. Black Friday doorbusters will be available at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27. All times are local and may vary.

Tickets are required for in-store Black Friday doorbuster shopping, which grants the customer the ability to buy a discounted item for a limited time. Best Buy stores will determine when to distribute tickets in the two hours prior to opening for select store-opening doorbusters on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

– $100 off iPad Air 2 (16GB/Wi-Fi)

– $100 off iPad Air 2 (64GB/Wi-Fi)

– $125 off iPad Air 2 (128GB/Wi-Fi)

– $200 off MacBook Pro (13-inch/Mid-2012)

– $200 off iMac (21.5-inch/1.6 GHz/Late-2015)

– $120 off MacBook Air (11-inch/Early-2015)

– Up to $50 off all iPods

Black Friday Deals

– $100 off iPad mini 4 (64GB or 128GB/Wi-Fi)

– $150 off MacBook Pro (13-inch/Early-2015)

– $150 off iMac (27-inch/Retina 5K/Late-2015)

– Up to $100 off select Apple Watch models

– Up to 50% off select Apple Watch accessories

– Up to $60 off ZAGGfolio keyboards for iPads

– Buy one, get one 40% off on iTunes gift cards

– $200 Best Buy gift card with purchase or lease and activation of any new iPhone plus trade-in of iPhone 5 or newer

Follow our Black Friday roundup to keep track of all the best Apple deals at Walmart, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target and other retailers as announced. See Best Buy’s Black Friday FAQ for more details about the above deals.

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Apple Raises Mac Prices in Brazil, New Zealand, Norway and Malaysia

Apple has raised its prices for the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro this week in Brazil, New Zealand, Norway and Malaysia as the value of foreign currencies continue to fluctuate against the U.S. dollar.

MacBook Air prices in New Zealand, for example, ranged between NZ$1,399.00 and NZ$1,799.00 for stock configurations prior to the price increase, but the lineup is now priced between NZ$1,599.00 and NZ$2,199.00.

Similarly, the base model Mac mini now starts at NZ$899, up from NZ$749, while the base model Mac Pro rose from NZ$4,499.00 to NZ$5,699.00. The 12-inch MacBook is now priced from NZ$2,399, a $400 increase over the original NZ$1,999 price.

The price increases were consistent on the Apple Online Store in the other affected countries. In Brazil, for instance, the MacBook Air now costs between R$ 8.499,00 and R$ 11.499,00, up from between R$ 5.899,00 and R$ 7.699,00.

Retina MacBook Pro prices now start at kr 14 990,00 in Norway, as another example, an increase over the former kr 12 590,00 price for the entry-level configuration. In Malaysia, the Retina MacBook Pro is also now more expensive, at RM 5,899.00 and up.

Apple reports its quarterly earnings in U.S. dollars, and routinely adjusts its prices in foreign countries due to currency exchange rates that are beyond its control. Australia, Canada and Europe have faced similar price increases this year.



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