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For those who missed out on last week's Black Friday deals, or remain on the lookout for a few more gift ideas, Cyber Monday offers a number of 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 28. Best Buy Best Buy has a collection of Apple products on sale for Cyber Monday, with free shipping on all orders and free in-store pickup options available for customers. iPhone - iPhone 7 (32 GB) for $1 with activation and a two-year contract on Verizon: Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold - Buy any iPhone on installment or lease agreement and select Beats Solo 3 or Powerbeats 3 headphones, save $100. - iPhone SE (16 GB) for $9.99/month ($160 total savings) when you buy and activate with Verizon: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold 12.9-inch iPad Pro - 32 GB Wi-Fi for $699.99 ($100 off): Silver, Space Gray, Gold - 128 GB Wi-Fi for $799.99 ($100 off): Silver, Space Gray, Gold Apple TV - Up to $30 off: 64 GB $169.99 and 32 GB $127.49 MacBook - 1.1 GHz/256 GB $1,149.99 ($150 off): Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold - 1.2 GHz/512 GB $1,449.99 ($150 off): Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold MacBook Air - $200 off discontinued 11.6-inch MacBook Air with 128 GB or 256 GB of flash storage iTunes - Buy one iTunes gift card, get one of equal or lesser value 20% off: $15, $25, $50, $100, 3 x $10 Target Target's 15% off site-wide sale is still going on through the end of the day. There are a few restrictions, but other than iTunes gift cards, Apple products are included in the offer. MacMall MacMall is offering Cyber Monday deals on a range of Apple products, including iPads, Macs, and accessories. The discounts are similar to what it offered on Black Friday. iPads - iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray) for $359 ($40 off, regular $399) - iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi/128GB/Silver) for $474 ($25 off, regular $499) - iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray) for $589 ($40 off, regular $629) - iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray) for $347 ($52 off, regular $399) - iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray) for $435 ($64 off, regular $499) - iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi/128GB/Silver) for $459 ($40 off, regular $499) - 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray) for $491 ($108 off, regular $599) - 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi/32GB/Gold) for $491 ($108 off, regular $599) - 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi/32GB/Silver) for $491 ($108 off, regular $599) - 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular/32GB/Space Gray) for $611 ($118 off, regular $729) - 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular/32GB/Silver) for $611 ($118 off, regular $729) - 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Gold) for $887 ($142 off, regular $1,029) Macs - Early 2015 13.3" MacBook Air (1.6GHz Core i5/8GB RAM/256GB SSD) for $1,115 ($84 off, regular $1,199) - Early 2016 12" MacBook (1.1GHz Core m3/8GB RAM/256GB SSD) for $1,172 ($127 off, regular $1,299) - Mid 2015 15" MacBook Pro (2.2GHz Core i7/16GB RAM/256GB SSD) for $1,819 ($180 off, regular $1,999) - Mid 2015 15" MacBook Pro (2.5GHz Core i7/16GB RAM/256GB SSD) for $1,959 ($140 off, regular $2,099) - Mid 2015 15" MacBook Pro (2.2GHz Core i7/16GB RAM/512GB SSD) for $2,160 ($139 off, regular $2,299) - Early 2015 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz Core i5/8GB RAM/128GB SSD) for $1,195 ($104 off, regular $1,299) - 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (3.2GHz Core i5/8GB RAM/1TB HDD) for $1,673 ($126 off, regular $1,799) - Late 2013 Mac Pro (3.5GHz Intel Xeon E5/16GB RAM/256GB SSD/Dual AMD FirePro D500) for $3,639 ($360 off, regular $3,999) Other - 64GB Apple TV 4 for $159 ($40 off, regular $199) - AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook/MacBook Air/13" MacBook Pro for $215 ($34 off, regular $249) - Apple Pencil for $89 ($10 off, regular $99) - Smart Keyboard for 9.7-inch iPad Pro for $139 ($10 off, regular $149) T-Mobile T-Mobile is offering a "free memory upgrade" on the iPhone 7, with 128 GB models selling for $650 and 256 GB models selling for $750, which is a savings of $100 on both phones. Offers are only available online and through T-Mobile telesales (1-877-413-5903). Twelve South Twelve South is offering up to 50% off on a collection of its MacBook accessories, as well as some headphone stands. Those who place an order on Twelve South today will also receive free shipping in the United States. Like most offers, it ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time tonight, while supplies last. - Fermata - $69.99 (regular $79.99) - BookBook for MacBook - $39.99-$69.99 (regular $79.99-$99.99) - BaseLift for MacBook - $19.99 (regular $39.99) - BookArc möd for MacBook - $29.99 (regular $59.99) - HoverBar for iPad - $29.99 (regular $59.99) - MagicWand - $14.99 (regular $29.99) - BassJump 2 for MacBook - $34.99 (regular $49.99) Pad & Quill Pad & Quill is giving its customers a site-wide discount of 15% off on Cyber Monday, including accessories for the MacBook, iPad Pro, and even Apple Pencil. Take an additional 5% off with coupon code "PQ5" entered at checkout. Incase Incase is offering a 50% discount site-wide on Cyber Monday, including a collection of its MacBook bags, cases, battery packs, and more, with the code CYBER50. Additionally, anyone who spends over $50 before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 28, when the sale ends, will receive a free gift in their order. Belkin Belkin is giving its customers a 30% discount on all of its products today with the code HAPPYDAY. The two exclusions to the offer include the $99.99 PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone and the $39.99 Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar, which lets users listen to music and charge their iPhone 7 simultaneously. The company is also offering free ground shipping on all orders placed within the U.S., currently running through January 2, 2017. Speck Speck's deal running today is 30–40% off almost everything site-wide. ZAGG Like last year, ZAGG is offering a 50% discount site-wide on Cyber Monday, with three exclusions: Slim Book Pro, Rugged Book Pro, Glass+, and Sapphire Defense. ZAGG's offer runs later than most sites', closing on Tuesday, November 29 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, with an additional limit of only three discounted items allowed per customer. Other Deals - Griffin has extended its Black Friday sale so customers can continue to save 30% site-wide with the code BLACKFRIDAY. - OtterBox is automatically taking 25% off of all orders placed on its website today. - Staples is offering 15% off of $50 and $100 iTunes gift cards only. - OWC has a collection of deals on Thunderbolt dock solutions, EarPods, Beats by Dre accessories, and more. - Incipio is offering 50% off site-wide, with orders of $100+ gaining a promo code for 20% off a future purchase. - DODOcase is offering 30% off site-wide with promo code CM30. - Native Union has a selection of docks, cables, cases, and watch bands for up to 80% off. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple has a nearly bezel-free 10.9-inch iPad Pro under development without a Home button, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara. The report, citing sources within Apple's supply chain, said the bezel-free design will allow for the 10.9-inch model to have the same overall footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro. A top bezel will remain in order to provide space for the front-facing FaceTime camera, according to supply chain sources cited. The much-rumored 10.9-inch model will also be marginally thicker at 7.5mm, the same depth as the original iPad Air. The current 9.7-inch iPad Pro measures 6.1mm thick. The next 12.9-inch model will also be 0.3mm thicker at 7.2mm, while a rumored 7.9-inch iPad Pro will allegedly likely have the same dimensions as the iPad mini 4. Earlier this month, a group of Barclays analysts said Apple will launch a trio of new iPad Pro models in March, including the aforementioned bezel-free 10.9-inch model and refreshed 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions. The note likewise said the 10.9-inch model will have a 9.7-inch footprint without a Home button. Multiple rumors have pointed towards a new iPad in the 10-inch range, but the exact screen size has varied in each report. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said 10.5 inches, echoed by DigiTimes, while an earlier Mac Otakara report said 10.1 inches. Mac Otakara and Barclays now appear to agree on 10.9 inches. Mac Otakara previously said the 10.9-inch iPad Pro will feature quad microphones, compared to the dual-microphone setup on existing iPad Pro models, and retain a 3.5mm headphone jack. More "revolutionary" changes, including a switch to OLED displays, are expected in 2018, according to Kuo.Related Roundup: iPad Pro Tag: macotakara.jp Buyer's Guide: 12.9" iPad Pro (Caution) Discuss this article in our forums

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Multiple sources have claimed Apple will launch its first iPhone with a curved OLED display next year, and now The Wall Street Journal has thrown its weight behind those rumors. The report claims an OLED version could be introduced as one of several new iPhone models unveiled next year, but it would have a higher price tag than current iPhone models. OLED displays are thinner, lighter, and allow for flexible designs, but they are also up to $50 more expensive to produce than traditional LCD displays, according to analysts cited. OLED displays can also be more energy efficient, as unlike LCD displays, they do not require a backlight to illuminate the screen. When displaying black pixels, OLED displays are completely off, which could preserve battery life. Apple is said to have more than 10 different iPhone prototypes under development, so it may decide not to launch a version with an OLED display next year, according to the report. Previous reports said Apple will also launch new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models with traditional LCD displays next year. Apple will likely tap Samsung as its primary OLED display supplier, but it wants LG Display, Japan Display, and Sharp to ramp up production for 2018, the report added, corroborating information heard previously. Sharp President and CEO Tai Jeng-wu confirmed Apple's plans to switch to OLED technology last month.Related Roundup: iPhone 8 (2017) Tags: The Wall Street Journal, OLED Discuss this article in our forums

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Today is Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the United States. Between now and Cyber Monday, a number of developers are offering deals on their iPhone and iPad apps. MacRumors has been keeping an eye on AppShopper, and we have more App Store sales to share today. Name: Alto's Adventure Developer: Snowman Sale Price: 99 cents Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV) TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins. Along the way you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain. Name: Fantastical 2 for iPhone Developer: Flexibits Sale Price: $2.99 Previous Price: $4.99 Compatibility: iPhone Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Fantastical 2 is the award-winning calendar app with features such as natural language parsing, reminders, a beautiful week view, and much more! Name: Deliveries Developer: Junecloud LLC Sale Price: $2.99 Previous Price: $4.99 Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Deliveries helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know when they’re going to arrive. Whether it's the latest gadget you've preordered online, or a new graphic novel you can't wait to dive into, Deliveries will keep tabs on it so you don't miss the doorbell. Name: Gears Developer: Crescent Moon Games Sale Price: Free Previous Price: $1.99 Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad) TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:Explore the fanciful world of Gears! A gorgeous 3D physics-based ball rolling platformer that redefines the genre, Gears immerses you into adventure with 3 beautifully detailed worlds of 27 unique and challenging levels. Gears will have you on the edge of your seat for hours of gameplay... this is like no game you’ve ever played before. Name: Out There: Ω Edition Developer: Mi-Clos Studio Sale Price: 99 cents Previous Price: $4.99 Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad) TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:You are an astronaut awaking from cryonics not in the solar system, but... out there... in a far and unknown place of the galaxy. In Out There, you will have to survive, tinkering your ship with what you can gather drifting in the void, and spot garden planets to refill your oxygen supply. Space is an hostile place; dangerous and mysterious adventures will mark each step of your travel. You will not only meet intelligent species that won’t care about you, but also deal with ancient powers linked to your destiny and the fate of mankind itself. Name: Heads Up! Developer: Warner Bros. Sale Price: Free Previous Price: 99 cents Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:It's the game The New York Times called a "Sensation," and Cosmopolitan said "will be the best dollar you've spent." Heads Up! is the fun and hilarious game from Ellen DeGeneres that she plays on her show, and you can play with your friends! From naming celebrities, to singing, to silly accents -- guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends' clues before the timer runs out! Name: Pixelmator for iOS Developer: Pixelmator Team Sale Price: $1.99 Previous Price: $4.99 Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Pixelmator is a powerful, full-featured, layer-based image editor that lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch and paint, as well as create advanced image compositions on iPad and iPhone alike. Name: Riptide GP: Renegade Developer: Vector Unit Sale Price: 99 cents Previous Price: $2.99 Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad) TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:You are a hydrojet rider, framed and cast out from the Riptide GP league, forced to race illegally through city waterways, flooded ruins, and churning factory machinery in an effort to reclaim your reputation and your title. Play through the single player career to unlock new vehicles, playable characters, and customization features as you take down bosses and build your crew. Name: Forbidden Desert Developer: Button Mash Games Inc. Sale Price: $1.99 Previous Price: $6.99 Compatibility: iPad TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:Your mission to recover a legendary flying machine has just been thrown into chaos. An unexpected sand storm has forced your helicopter to make a crash landing. Now, stranded in the vast desert and exposed to an unrelenting storm, your only hope for survival is to quickly excavate the ancient city, find the parts to the flying machine, and rebuild it to escape. Name: The Orchestra Developer: Amphio Limited Sale Price: $2.99 Previous Price: $13.99 Compatibility: iPad Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:A new way to experience classical music. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, performing extracts from eight works representing three centuries of symphonic music. Name: Pandemic: The Board Game Developer: Asmodee Digital SAS Sale Price: $2.99 Previous Price: $6.99 Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad) TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:As skilled members of a disease-fighting team, you must keep four deadly diseases at bay while discovering their cures. Travel the world, treat infections, and find cures. You must work as a team to succeed. The clock is ticking as outbreaks and epidemics fuel the spreading plagues. Can you find all four cures in time? The fate of humanity is in your hands! Name: Don't Starve: Pocket Edition Developer: Klei Entertainment Sale Price: $1.99 Previous Price: $4.99 Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad) TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition, brings the hit PC game enjoyed by over 4 million players to the iPhone and iPad. Now you can experience the uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic on the go! Name: Infinite Blade III Developer: Epic Games Sale Price: 99 cents Previous Price: $6.99 Compatibility: iOS Universal (iPhone and iPad) TouchArcade Review: 5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:Siris and Isa have joined with the God-King Raidriar in a desperate attempt to destroy the Worker of Secrets and his army of Deathless titans. Uncover new mysteries to wield the power of the Infinity Blade in this timeless adventure of champions and villains. Previously Highlighted Deals Name: Talisman Developer: Nomad Games Sale Price: $1.99 Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:Talisman: Digital Edition is a classic fantasy adventure board game, where you embark on a dangerous quest, fighting dragons, battling serpents, and avoiding the deadly curse of the Hag. These are some of the many obstacles you will face. So choose your character wisely, Warrior, Assassin, Thief or Wizard? There are 14 available, unique in their strengths, weaknesses and special powers. To win the game race your opponents through a perilous realm, journeying to the heart of the land to find the crown of Command. Name: Heroes of Loot 2 Developer: OrangePixel Sale Price: 99 cents Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) TouchArcade Review: 4/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:After their job, of keeping the dungeons in balance, was done, our heroes needed a new job. Roaming the lands they found a call for heroes, a castle in need, possible even a damsel in distress? Pick two heroes to take into the adventure, controlling both heroes and using their special skills to navigate the dangerous castle hallways, rooms and floors. Switching between the two characters to solve quests, puzzles, and of course clear the dungeons of all evil. Name: Space Grunts Developer: OrangePixel Sale Price: 99 cents Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) TouchArcade Review: 4/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:Space Grunts combines fast paced arcade action with turn-based gameplay. The year 2476, Earth's space-federation has been building moon-bases across the galaxy. One of those moon-bases has been sending a distress signal. Space Grunts are a group of intergalactic "problem" solvers, sent to investigate.. You play one, out of a team, of Space Grunts, and your mission is simple: find your way into the moon-base, and figure out what has happened. You'll have to fight your way through aliens, robots, security drones and base-systems. Find the lower levels of the moon-base, and get to the core of the problems. Name: Screens for iOS Developer: Edovia Sale Price: $9.99 (Late Thursday to Early Tuesday) Previous Price: $19.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Leave your computer behind and travel light! Screens lets you connect back to your Mac, Windows or Linux PC and control it from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world. Name: Scanner Pro Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $1.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Scanner Pro is the best app for quickly scanning and saving a digital version of a paper document. Scan any papers, ranging from a receipt to multi-page documents. Scanner Pro will automatically detect borders, correcting distortion and geometry. Share, email and upload your perfect scans. Use OCR to convert any scan into a text. Name: PDF Expert Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $4.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $9.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. It allows you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs. Moreover, PDF Expert 5 is the best choice for filling out PDF forms right on your iPad and iPhone. Name: Printer Pro Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $3.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $6.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Printer Pro lets you wirelessly print from the iPhone or iPad. It can print directly to many Wi-Fi printers or any printer attached to your Mac or PC via helper application installed on your computer. Name: Calendars 5 Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $3.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $6.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Calendars 5 is complete re-imagining of what the best mobile calendar experience should be. Calendars 5 is smart, excels in both tasks and events and runs on any iOS device you might have. It's the calendar app you have been looking for. Name: PDF Converter Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $1.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Make PDFs from any file that you have on your iPad or iPhone. Save Word, Excel, Powerpoint or iWork documents, web pages, photos and even clipboard content as professional quality PDFs. Everything from a multi-million contract to a web page you want to read later can be saved as a PDF in just a few taps.Keep an eye on AppShopper and our Black Friday roundup for additional app and software deals through Cyber Monday. The roundup also tracks good deals on Apple products such as iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, Beats headphones and accessories, and more from retailers such as Best Buy, Kohl's, Target, and Walmart. Related Roundup: Black Friday Tag: App Store Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple premium reseller Expercom is offering some notable discounts on new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, including up to $53 off 13-inch models and up to $167 off 15-inch models depending upon the configuration selected. The discounts are even steeper when an AppleCare Protection Plan is added. 15-inch models with AppleCare are up to $225 off, while 13-inch models with AppleCare are up to $117 off, depending upon the configuration selected. A limited number of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models remain in stock, with the majority estimated to ship in 2-4 weeks. Prices are valid until November 26. For reference, here is Expercom's sales tax policy. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar - Build to order options for between $1,766.63 and $2,846.88 (up to $53.12 off) - Build to order options with AppleCare for between $1,950.37 and $3,030.62 (up to $117.38 off) 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar - 2.6GHz Core i7 with 256GB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon Pro 450 in Space Gray for $2,305.17 ($93.83 off, regular $2,399) - 2.6GHz Core i7 with 256GB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon Pro 450 in Silver for $2,305.17 ($93.83 off, regular $2,399) - 2.7GHz Core i7 with 512GB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon Pro 455 in Space Gray for $2,689.55 ($109.45 off, regular $2,799) - 2.7GHz Core i7 with 512GB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon Pro 455 in Silver for $2,689.55 ($109.45 off, regular $2,799) - 2.9GHz Core i7 with 1TB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon 460 in Space Gray for $3,362.20 ($135.80 off, regular $3,498) - 2.9GHz Core i7 with 2TB SSD/16GB RAM/Radeon 460 in Space Gray for $4,130.94 ($167.06 off, regular $4,298) - Build to order options for between $2,305.17 and $4,130.94 (up to $168.06 off) - Build to order options with AppleCare for between $2,548.04 and $4,373.81 (up to $224.17 off)Related Roundups: MacBook Pro, Black Friday Tags: AppleCare, Expercom Buyer's Guide: MacBook Pro (Buy Now) Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple's special Black Friday shopping event is now live in the United States and Canada, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to $150 or CA$200 with the purchase of selected Apple products today only. The offers are available through Apple's website and retail stores in both countries. Each customer is limited to two gift cards per product category. Refurbished products and educational store purchases do not qualify. U.S. rebate amounts include: - Macs $150: iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro (excluding late 2016 models) - iPad Pro $100 - iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 $50 - iPhone 6s and 6s Plus $50 - iPhone SE $25 - Apple Watch Series 1 $25 - Apple TV $25 The one-day promotion is also ongoing in the United Kingdom (up to £120) and elsewhere in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The event runs for a little longer in Australia and New Zealand, where Apple is offering gift cards worth up to AU$200 or NZ$215. Apple's offers are rather lackluster considering better Black Friday deals are available on select iPhones, iPads, and Macs from authorized resellers such as B&H Photo Video and MacMall. Moreover, many of Apple's newest products such as the iPhone 7 and MacBook Pro with Touch Bar are not eligible for the gift card promotion.Related Roundup: Black Friday Tag: Apple retail Discuss this article in our forums

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Thanksgiving is well underway in the United States, and Black Friday deals at online and brick and mortar stores are starting to go live. Many major retail stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will be opening their doors in the evening, and many online-only deals are already live. We've rounded up some of the best deals we've come across on Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac below, and many, many more deals can be found in our full Black Friday roundup. iPad Pro For the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Target is offering the best deals, dropping the price by $150.99. With the discount, the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad Pro model is available for $449. For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, MacMall has the best deals, dropping prices by as much as $149. - Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Silver for $887, down from $,1029 ($142 off) - Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray for $887, down from $1,029 ($142 off) - Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $675, down from $799 ($124 off) - Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray for $767, down from $899 ($132 off) - Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray bundled + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $988, down from $1,266 ($278 off) - Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $1,128, down from $1,297 ($169 off) iPad mini and iPad Air 2 If you're looking for a less expensive iPad during Black Friday, Target and Best buy are offering solid deals on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 4. The entry-level Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is available from Target for $274 or Best Buy for $275, a significant discount off of the regular $399 price tag. Other capacities are also available at a discounted price. The entry-level Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 is available for $225 from Best Buy, which is $125 off the regular $400 price tag. Higher capacity models are also available at a $125 discount. iPhone Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are all offering up to $250 in gift cards to their respective stores with the purchase of an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus on an eligible device payment plan. Deals at Best Buy and Target apply are available for Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T customers, while Walmart's deal is available for AT&T and Verizon customers. Walmart's gift card is also available to customers who purchase an earlier iPhone model. For T-Mobile customers or those who wish to become T-Mobile customers, T-Mobile is offering a Black Friday trade-in deal that drops the cost of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to $0 with the trade-in of an eligible device, making it a good option for switchers. Customers can trade in an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or Note 5 for a free iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus that's free or discounted to $100 based on the device traded in. Verizon has a similar deal that will allow Verizon customers to get an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus for $0 with a device payment plan and the trade-in of an eligible device. The deal will be delivered in the form of a monthly device payment plan credit. Eligible devices include the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge +, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung Note5, LG V20, LG G5 and Moto Droid Turbo 2. Apple Watch Kohl's will be offering one of the best deals on an Apple Watch Series 2 model. There's no discount, but the store is planning on offering $105 in Kohl's cash to customers who make a purchase on Black Friday. Kohl's doesn't yet carry the Apple Watch 2, so stock may be limited, making it a good idea to call your local retail store before heading out. Most Kohl's stores will open at 6:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, November 24, but opening times do vary by location. Series 1 Apple Watches can be purchased from $198 from Target, a discount of $71.99 off of the regular $270 price tag. B&H Photo is discounting many now-discontinued first-generation 2015 Apple Watch models by a significant margin, offering savings as high as $550 on some models like the 42mm Space Black Apple Watch with Link Bracelet. Apple TV Target has the best prices on the fourth-generation Apple TV, offering a 25 percent discount. - 32GB Apple TV is available for $112.50, down from $149.99 ($37.50 off). - 64GB Apple TV is available for $150, down from $199.99 ($50 off). MacBook Pro Amazon is discounting Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar by $100, dropping the price from $1,499 to $1,399. Because the MacBook Pro is so new, Amazon's deal is one of the only MacBook Pro deals that's available. The discount is available on both the Space Gray and Silver models. B&H Photo is discounting the MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar by $100, dropping the price from $1,499 to $1,399. The discount is available on both the Silver and Space Gray models. The 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.7GHz processor, 128GB SSD, and 8GB RAM is available for $1,149, a discount of $100. The 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHz processor, 256GB SSD, and 16GB RAM is available for $1,699, down from $1,999, a discount of $300. Other 2015 configurations are also available from both B&H Photo and MacMall: - 15-inch 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $2,699, down from $2,899 ($200 off) - 13-inch 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $2,499, down from $2,599 ($100 off) - 13-inch 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,249, down from $1,499 ($250 off) - 15-inch 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,399, down from $2,499 ($100 off) - 15-inch 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,199, down from $2,499 ($300 off) - 13-inch 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $1,195, down from $1,299 ($104 off) - 15-inch 2.2GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,819, down from $1,999 ($180 off) MacBook B&H Photo and MacMall are offering 2015 and 2016 Retina MacBook models at a $100 to $400 discount, with specific configurations and pricing listed below. 2016: - 1.1GHz, 8GB RAM 256GB SSD (Rose Gold) - $1,199.99, down from $1,299 ($100 off) - 1.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (Silver) - $1,199.99, down from $1,299 ($100 off) - 1.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (Space Gray) - $1,199.99, down from $1,299 ($100 off) - 1.2GHz/8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Gold) - $1,499, down from $1,599 ($100 off) - 1.2GHz/8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Rose Gold) - $1,509, down from $1,599 ($90 off) - 1.2GHz/8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Silver) - $1,499, down from $1,599 ($100 off) - 1.2GHz/8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Space Gray) - $1,499, down from $1,599 ($100 off) - 1.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (Gold) for $1,208, down from $1,299 ($91 off) - 1.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (Rose Gold) for $1,172, down from $1,299 ($127 off) 2015: - 1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB SSD (Rose Gold - Early 2015) - $1,199, down from $1,599 ($400 off) - 1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB SSD (Space Gray - Early 2015) - $1,149, down from $1,599 ($450 off) MacBook Air Mac deals are few and far between this year, but Best Buy is offering some solid discounts on the MacBook Air. Best Buy is discounting both 13-inch MacBook Air models by $200, both of which feature an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128 or 256GB of storage. With the discount, the 128GB 13-inch MacBook Air is available for $799.99 (down from $999.99) and the 256GB 13-inch MacBook Air is available for $999.99 (down from $1,199.99). B&H Photo and MacMall have some discounts on the 2015 MacBook Air, dropping prices by up to $160. Configurations are listed below: - 13-inch 1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $849, down from $999 ($150 off) - 13-inch 1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,039, down from $1,199 ($160 off) - 13-inch 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $1,049, down from $1,149 ($100 off) - 13-inch 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,449, down from $1,649 ($200 off) - 13-inch 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,229, down from $1,349 ($120 off) - 13-inch 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,115, down from $1,199 ($84 off) iMac Best Buy is discounting the 27-inch 5K Retina iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 1TB hard drive by $200, dropping the price from $1,799.99 to $1,599.99. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB hard drive is available for $899, a $200 discount from the standard $1,099 price tag. B&H Photo and MacMall also have discounts on several iMac models, with prices and configurations listed below: - 21.5-inch 1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $999.99, down from $1,099 ($100 off) - 21.5-inch 3.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $1,349, down from $1,499 ($150 off) - 21.5-inch 2.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $1,179, down from $1,299 ($120 off) - 27-inch 3.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $1,599, down from $1,799 ($200 off) - 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB Ram/1TB Fusion - $1,829, down from $1,999 ($170 off) - 27-inch 3.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion - $2,049, down from $2,299 ($250 off) - 27-inch 4.0GHz/16GB RAM, 1TB Fusion - $2,349, down from $2,499 ($150 off) - 27-inch 4.0GHz, 32GB RAM, 3TB Fusion - $3,399, down from $3,499 ($100 off) - 27-inch 3.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion - $2,049, down from $2,299 ($250 off) - 21.5-inch 2.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD for $1,208, down from $1,299 ($91 off) - 27-inch 3.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD for $1,673, down from $1,799 ($126 off) Mac mini B&H Photo and MacMall are offering some modest discounts on 2014 Mac mini machines. - 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD for $645, down from $699 ($54 off) Best Accessory Deals - iTunes gift cards - Buy one, get one 30 percent off - Mophie Powerstation Pro battery pack - $9.99, down from $60 ($50 off) - Fitbit Charge 2 - $130, down from $150 ($20 off) - Beats by Dre Solo2 Wireless Headphones - $120, down from $300 ($180 off) - Beats Tour In-Ear Headphones - $65, down from $130 ($65 off) - Beats by Dre PowerBeats2 Wireless Earbuds - $90, down from $200 ($110 off) - Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones - $199.99, down from $250 ($50 off) - iPods - 20 percent off - UE Boom 2 Wireless Speaker - $130, down from $200 ($70 off) - 9.7-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard - $129.99, down from $149.99 ($20 off) - 12.9-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard - $149.99, down from $169.99 ($20 off) - Apple Pencil - $89.99, down from $99.99 ($10 off) Make sure to check out our Black Friday roundup for specific times on when retail stores will open and for more information on the deals listed above. Our roundup also has hundreds of additional deals on Apple products and Apple-related accessories, so it's well worth a look if you want to score a new MacBook, iPhone, or iPad on the cheap. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.Related Roundup: Black Friday Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo Video has started its annual holiday sale with a number of discounts on Apple products, ranging from the new MacBook Pro to iPad. Some of the deals include a free download of Parallels 12 for Mac. B&H does not charge sales tax on online orders in all states except New York. MacBook Pro B&H Photo Video is discounting the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar by $100, dropping the price from $1,499 to $1,399. The discount is available on both the Silver and Space Gray models. The 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.7GHz processor, 128GB SSD, and 8GB RAM is available for $1,149, a discount of $100. The 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHz processor, 256GB SSD, and 16GB RAM is available for $1,699, down from $1,999. Other configurations are also available: - 15-inch 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $2,699, down from $2,899 - 13-inch 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $2,499, down from $2,599 - 13-inch 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,249, down from $1,499 - 15-inch 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,399, down from $2,499 - 15-inch 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,199, down from $2,499 12-inch MacBook B&H Photo is offering most 12-inch MacBook models at a $100 discount, with specific configurations and pricing listed below. - 1.1GHz, 8GB RAM 256GB SSD (Rose Gold) - $1,199.99, down from $1,299 - 1.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (Silver) - $1,199.99, down from $1,299 - 1.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (Space Gray) - $1,199.99, down from $1,299 - 1.2GHz/8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Gold) - $1,499, down from $1,599 - 1.2GHz/8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Rose Gold) - $1,509, down from $1,599 - 1.2GHz/8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Silver) - $1,499, down from $1,599 - 1.2GHz/8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Space Gray) - $1,499, down from $1,599 - 1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB SSD (Rose Gold - Early 2015) - $1,199, down from $1,599 - 1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB SSD (Space Gray - Early 2015) - $1,149, down from $1,599 iMac B&H has discounts on several iMac models, with prices and configurations listed below. - 21.5-inch 1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $999.99, down from $1,099 - 21.5-inch 3.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $1,349, down from $1,499 - 21.5-inch 2.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $1,179, down from $1,299 - 27-inch 3.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD - $1,599, down from $1,799 - 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB Ram/1TB Fusion - $1,829, down from $1,999 - 27-inch 3.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion - $2,049, down from $2,299 - 27-inch 4.0GHz/16GB RAM, 1TB Fusion - $2,349, down from $2,499 - 27-inch 4.0GHz, 32GB RAM, 3TB Fusion - $3,399, down from $3,499 - 27-inch 3.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion - $2,049, down from $2,299 MacBook Air All MacBook Air models are discounted by $100, dropping the price as low as $899. - 13-inch 1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $849, down from $999 - 13-inch 1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,039, down from $1,199 - 13-inch 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $1,049, down from $1,149 - 13-inch 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,449, down from $1,649 - 13-inch 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,229, down from $1,349 iPad Pro B&H Photo is discounting many WiFi only 12.9-inch iPad Pro models by $50, dropping the price on the entry-level 32GB model to $749, down from $799. Many 9.7-inch iPad Pro models are also discounted by $50, dropping the price on the entry-level 32GB WiFi only model to $549 instead of $599. Some models, such as the 256GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro with LTE, are available for up to $100 off. A full iPad Pro price list for B&H Photo Video can be found in our Apple Deals roundup, with links and specific pricing on each and every model. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with B&H Photo Video and may sometimes get paid if you click one of the above links and purchase a product or service.Related Roundup: Black Friday Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple authorized reseller MacMall has started its annual Black Friday sale and is offering some of the best discounts we've seen on 12.9-inch iPad Pro models this week. MacMall is also offering some decent savings on other iPads, and select 12-inch MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, and Apple TV models. iPad 12.9-inch iPad Pro - Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Silver for $887 ($142 off, regular $1,029) - Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray for $887 ($142 off, regular $1,029) - Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $675 ($124 off, regular $799) - Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray for $767 ($132 off, regular $899) - Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray bundled with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for $988 ($278 off, regular $1,266) - Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray bundled with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for $1,008 ($159 off, regular $1,167) - Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray w/ Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for $1,128 ($169 off, regular $1,297) 9.7-inch iPad Pro - Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $491 ($108 off, regular $599) - Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray for $583 ($116 off, regular $699) Other iPads - iPad Air 2 in Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $347 ($52 off, regular $399) - iPad mini 4 in Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $359 ($40 off, regular $399) Mac 12-inch MacBook - Early 2016 1.1GHz/256GB/8GB RAM/Gold for $1,208 ($91 off, regular $1,299) - Early 2016 1.1GHz/256GB/8GB RAM/Rose Gold for $1,172 ($127 off, regular $1,299) MacBook Pro - Early 2015 13" 2.7GHz/128GB/8GB RAM for $1,195 ($104 off, regular $1,299) - Mid 2015 15" 2.2GHz/256GB/16GB RAM for $1,819 ($180 off, regular $1,999) MacBook Air - Early 2015 13" 2.7GHz/256GB/8GB RAM for $1,115 ($84 off, regular $1,199) iMac - Late 2015 21.5" 2.8GHz/1TB/8GB RAM for $1,208 ($91 off, regular $1,299) - Late 2015 27" 3.2GHz/1TB/8GB RAM for $1,673 ($126 off, regular $1,799) Mac mini - Late 2014 2.6GHz/1TB/8GB RAM for $645 (save $54, regular $699) Apple TV - 4th generation/64GB for $159 ($40 off, regular $199) Accessories - Apple Pencil for $89 ($10 off, regular $99) - Smart Keyboard for 9.7-inch iPad Pro for $139 ($10 off, regular $149) - Smart Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro for $152 ($16 off, regular $169) Keep track of other Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on Apple products and accessories by reading our Black Friday roundup.Related Roundup: Black Friday Tag: MacMall Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple's one-day shopping event is now live in Australia and New Zealand, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to A$200 or NZ$215 with the purchase of selected Apple products today only. In Australia, the offers are available through Apple's website and retail store locations, or by calling 133-622. In New Zealand, the offers are available through Apple's website or by calling 0800-692-7753. Refurbished products do not qualify, and each customer is limited to two gift cards per Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, or Apple TV product category. Apple is offering up to a A$70 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, or iPhone 6s Plus at full retail price. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models do not appear to qualify. Australian customers can also get an Apple gift card worth up to $140 with the purchase of an iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 4, and a $35 gift card with the purchase of an Apple Watch Series 1 model or fourth-generation Apple TV. Apple's latest 12-inch MacBook, previous-generation 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac Pro models come with a A$200 Apple Gift Card. Apple's one-day shopping event is also live in New Zealand, where customers will get up to a NZ$215 Apple gift card with the purchase of select iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch models. Apple will be hosting similar one-day shopping events in the United States, Canada, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom on Friday. It is likely free Apple gift cards with select purchases will be offered in these countries as well, but offers have yet to be announced.Tags: Australia, Apple retail Discuss this article in our forums

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A report from the Taiwanese supply chain emerged overnight claiming Apple will release a 10.5-inch "education and enterprise" tablet as part of its iPad line-up next year (via DigiTimes). The 10.5-inch iPad is said to be equipped with Apple's A10X processor, also expected in next year's refreshed line-up, with production slated to begin next month. Apple is launching the 10.5-inch iPad mainly because 10-inch and larger tablets have been popular among enterprises and the education sector in the US, the sources said. Its existing 9.7-inch iPad may be too small and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro too expensive for such procurement, the sources indicated.A number of claims have emerged recently suggesting Apple plans to extend its iPad line-up with a new tablet dimension in the 10-inch range. Earlier this month, Barclays analysts claimed Apple will release a bezel-free 10.9-inch model alongside refreshed 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPads, citing its own supply chain sources, while in October Japanese website Mac Otakara said a new 10.1-inch iPad Pro would launch in early 2017. However, today's report marks the second independent source to suggest Apple plans to introduce a 10.5-inch mid-tier iPad. In August, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the same thing and earmarked the same A10X processor for the tablet, suggesting there may be more substance to this particular rumor. In addition, Kuo claimed Apple will also launch lower-price versions of the 9.7-inch iPad. Today's sources corroborate that claim also, citing Apple's apparent intention "to compete with Android models". Shipments of the rumored 10.5-inch iPad are expected to reach two million units in the first quarter of 2017 and may reach 5 to 6 million units in the year, DigiTimes sources said. More "revolutionary" changes to iPads, including a switch to OLED displays, are expected in 2018, according to Kuo's earlier report.Related Roundups: iPad Air 2, iPad Pro Buyer's Guide: 9.7" iPad Pro (Caution), 12.9" iPad Pro (Caution) Discuss this article in our forums

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed new federal guidelines [PDF] intended to reduce distracted driving caused by smartphone use behind the wheel. The voluntary guidelines recommend smartphone makers like Apple develop a Driver Mode, a simplified interface that would prevent access to non-driving-related tasks such as manual text messaging, social media content, automatically scrolling text, and viewing images and video not related to driving. Driver Mode would not be initiated if the smartphone is already paired to a vehicle's infotainment system, while certain features such as maps and access to emergency services and alerts would not be locked out. The NHTSA said technologies exist that could detect whether a driver is using a smartphone behind the wheel, and presumably enable Driver Mode, but refinements are still being made to ensure reliability. In the meantime, Driver Mode would have to be manually enabled by drivers who choose to use it. Smartphone use while driving continues to be a major problem, despite the safety risks to drivers, passengers, and other drivers sharing the road. The NHTSA said driver distraction was responsible for 10% of fatal crashes, 18% of crashes causing injuries, and 16% of all traffic crashes in the United States in 2014, the most recent year in which detailed distracted driving crash data is available. In total, the year had 385 fatal crashes that involved the use of a cell phone."Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic that has devastating consequences on our nation's roadways," said Secretary LaHood. "These guidelines recognize that today's drivers appreciate technology, while providing automakers with a way to balance the innovation consumers want with the safety we all need. Combined with good laws, good enforcement and good education, these guidelines can save lives."Given the guidelines are voluntary, Apple and other smartphone makers are under no obligation to adhere to them. The NHTSA is accepting public feedback about the distracted driving guidelines on the Regulations.gov website.Tag: distracted driving Discuss this article in our forums

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In a recent interview with The New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said he received phone calls from Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates after winning the presidential election earlier this month. Donald Trump at The New York Times offices in Manhattan Trump told Cook it will be a "real achievement" for him when he gets Apple to make its products in the United States, as opposed to countries like China and Vietnam where many of its current manufacturing partners operate.I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product right here.’Cook acknowledged the proposition by nondescriptly saying "I understand that," according to Trump. Trump said he is confident Apple will turn to U.S. manufacturing based on the incentives he plans to offer the iPhone maker, including a "very large tax cut" and "substantial regulation cuts" for corporations.I said: ‘I think we’ll create the incentives for you, and I think you’re going to do it. We’re going for a very large tax cut for corporations, which you’ll be happy about.’ But we’re going for big tax cuts, we have to get rid of regulations, regulations are making it impossible. Whether you’re liberal or conservative, I mean I could sit down and show you regulations that anybody would agree are ridiculous. It’s gotten to be a free-for-all. And companies can’t, they can’t even start up, they can’t expand, they’re choking.A recent report said Apple asked its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Foxconn to study the possibility of moving iPhone production to the United States, although Foxconn chairman Terry Gou is said to be less enthusiastic about the idea due to inevitably higher production costs compared to China. While campaigning at Liberty University in Virginia earlier this year, Trump said "we're going to get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries," while he has also threatened to introduce a 45% tax on products imported from China. Cook previously said Apple manufactures iPhones in China because the country has put an "enormous focus on manufacturing," while noting the U.S. workforce has a smaller number of individuals with the "vocational kind of skills" needed.China put an enormous focus on manufacturing. In what we would call, you and I would call vocational kind of skills. The U.S., over time, began to stop having as many vocational kind of skills. I mean, you can take every tool and die maker in the United States and probably put them in a room that we're currently sitting in. In China, you would have to have multiple football fields.Apple also benefits from lower wages in China, where many of its suppliers are located within close proximity of each other. In Asia, Taiwan's TSMC makes A-series chips for iPhones, Japan's Sharp and Japan Display supply iPhone displays, and South Korea's SK Hynix and Japan's Toshiba produce memory chips for the device. Apple does have a Mac Pro manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas, operated by Flextronics, but it is a limited effort given the relatively low production volume of its high-end desktop computer. Cook was personally a Hillary Clinton supporter, hosting a fundraiser for the Democratic presidential nominee in August on behalf of himself. In a company-wide memo issued following Trump's victory, Cook urged Apple employees to "move forward together" despite "uncertainties ahead." Apple as a company showed support for both the Democratic and Republican parties during their respective campaigns, but it reportedly withheld support for the 2016 Republican National Convention due to Trump's controversial comments about minorities, women, and immigrants, among other subjects. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.Tags: Tim Cook, Donald Trump Discuss this article in our forums

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Over the last few days, speculation has begun brewing over the potential winding down of Jony Ive's career at Apple, where he works as the company's chief design officer. During an episode of "The Talk Show" podcast posted last Friday, John Gruber mentioned that he had recently heard Ive has been "checked out or not as directly involved with product design" at Apple, and instead focused on architecture projects for its campuses and retail locations. Earlier this week, a couple of websites began sharing Gruber's words in stories angled with Ive's lessening involvement at Apple, backed up by the recent release of "Designed by Apple in California," which many look at as the designer's swan song within the company. Rumors of Ive being "on his way out" of Apple have existed for a while, however, going back to his promotion to chief design officer last year. The position was described as allowing Ive to focus less on management and more on design, or as Gruber said, "the skeptic’s take is that this new arrangement allows Ive to be less involved, period." Following all of this, Gruber yesterday posted a new blog to clear up his original statement. He reiterated on the second and third-hand sources speaking of Ive's status in the company, stating that no one has directly mentioned Ive has stopped overseeing Apple's day-to-day product design, but what he's heard is from sources who "think" he has. After addressing the nuance he meant to convey during his podcast, Gruber admitted that he's in fact heard from "well-placed sources within Apple" that Ive is as devoted and involved as ever. Importantly, I’ve also heard from well-placed sources within Apple that there is nothing to this — that while Ive is devoting much of his time and attention to architecture recently (both for the new campus and Apple retail), every aspect of every new product remains as much under his watchful eye as ever. That his chief design officer title isn’t the least bit ceremonial, and instead is an accurate representation of his increased authority. When I first started seeing these “Gruber thinks Jony Ive is on his way out” stories, I was appalled. It felt like a punch to the gut, because it wasn’t what I meant to convey, and I realize how influential my word is in such regards. But perhaps it was worth it. It shook a few well-placed little birdies out of the tree, all of whom emphasized that Jony Ive is as connected to product design as ever. Gruber ultimately bet that Ive is "not going anywhere," because the arguments that state the designer is leaving Apple must also argue that he is giving up being a designer altogether, and "that doesn't sound right" to him. Addressing the recently released design book -- which covers all of Ive's history with Apple -- Gruber also mentioned that while it could be construed as a goodbye to Apple, "it feels to me like Ive's heartfelt goodbye to his best friend and colleague, five years gone. I don't think Jony Ive is going anywhere." Check out the full blog post on Daring Fireball.Tag: Jony Ive Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple will switch to an all-glass casing for next year's entire iPhone line-up in order to support wireless charging, with Pegatron being the exclusive supplier of the wireless charger. That's according to the latest research note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors. According to Kuo, the transition from metal to glass casing is key if Apple is to introduce a wireless charging feature in the 2017 iPhone. While patented engineering solutions do exist for wirelessly charging devices with metal cases, issues with wireless frequency tolerances for metal alloys can limit the speed at which charging takes place. On top of that, it is widely believed that Jony Ive has wanted to introduce an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass for several years. iPhone concept image via ConceptsiPhone We believe one of the reasons why new iPhones will switch from metal casing to glass casing is to support wireless charging. In order to ensure a superior performance, we believe it is most appropriate for EMS suppliers to develop and make the wireless charger because then a comprehensive test can be conducted. As Hon Hai needs to deploy most resources to develop and produce OLED iPhone, we expect Pegatron will be the exclusive supplier of the wireless charger.Kuo remains uncertain whether a wireless charger will be bundled with all new iPhones, but expects a certain bundling rate is likely next year, with increases to come in 2018. Kuo last week claimed that Apple will release 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model iPhones with LCD screens as well as an all-new OLED model with a dual-lens camera. Although Kuo did not specify the size of the OLED model, he has previously suggested Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with a curved OLED display and glass casing next year. Barclays analysts also recently said Apple will release a 5-inch LCD iPhone and 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, both with curved, bezel-free designs, next year. Multiple rumors have suggested Apple is set to introduce wireless charging into the "iPhone 8", despite the company downplaying the usefulness of the technology back in 2012. Last month it was reported that Foxconn is testing wireless charging modules for use in the 2017 iPhone, although inclusion of the technology in the iPhone 8 was thought to be dependent on whether Foxconn can boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level. Reports that Apple was exploring extended range wireless charging for the 2017 iPhone also appeared back in January. Extended wireless charging is considered superior to existing wireless solutions because it does not require the device to be as close to a charging mat or source. Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone, which is expected to feature a major redesign with a glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display that integrates a Touch ID sensor and front-facing camera, is expected to arrive in September 2017. Related Roundup: iPhone 8 (2017) Tags: wireless charging, KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo Discuss this article in our forums

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iPhone sales may have declined for three consecutive quarters, but the latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics suggests Apple is unsurprisingly still doing exceptionally well in the smartphone market. Apple captured a record 91% of profits in the worldwide smartphone market in the third quarter, or $8.5 billion of the overall $9 billion in profits recorded by all vendors combined, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple's biggest competitor Samsung was nowhere to be found on the list, as Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Vivo, and OPPO took the second, third, and fourth spots respectively with between 2.2% and 2.4% of profits."Apple’s ability to maximize pricing and minimize production cost is hugely impressive and the iPhone continues to generate monster profits," said Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics. "Huawei, Vivo and OPPO are the next three most profitable smartphone vendors globally this quarter, but they are still a long way behind Apple."Apple's profit margin is impressive given no other smartphone maker generated more than $200 million in profits during the quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple's share of profits was some 40× larger than its closest competitor. iPhone sales declined on a year-over-year basis in the second, third, and fourth quarters of the 2016 fiscal year, after rising only marginally during the first quarter, which makes Apple's record-breaking smartphone profits even more impressive. BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long previously estimated Apple captured 103.6% of smartphone industry profits in the third quarter. The reason for the discrepancy between the datasets remains unclear.Tag: Strategy Analytics Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple has partnered with Indian ride-sharing company Ola to make Apple Music available to customers who order a ride, reports The Los Angeles Times. Apple Music, along with services from Sony, Fynd, and Audio Compass, will be incorporated into a platform called Ola Play, allowing customers to control music, watch videos, read ebooks, and adjust in-car temperature, all from a tablet inside the car. Apple Music will be one of the audio choices, letting customers choose which music to listen to on the car's audio system while on their journey. Ola, which holds 75 percent of the ride-sharing market in India, believes the platform will "completely transform" the ride experience. Image via YourStory According to a Brulte and Co. analyst that spoke to The Los Angeles Times, Apple's Ola deal, combined with Apple's stake in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing, points towards deeper connected car ambitions."Apple invested $1 billion in [Chinese ride-hailing giant] Didi, so it has access to all their data. Now Apple will have access to Ola's Apple Music data," said Grayson Brulte, president of technology consulting firm Brulte and Co. "So you start to put the pieces together. I wouldn't be surprised to see Apple try to gather all the data in the food chain." [...] Brulte said it wouldn't be surprising to see Apple shift from working on self-driving cars to working on the services and interfaces with which drivers and passengers interact. Think: The sleek and simple design of iOS, for cars.With its own car development ambitions on hold, Apple is said to be working to develop autonomous driving software that could be incorporated into vehicles made by third-party companies. Such a system would undoubtedly be able to be deeply integrated with iOS devices, offering a heads-up display and other functionality. Apple has been dabbling in the car market for several years with its CarPlay offering, which is built into many new 2016 and 2017 car models available today, and an autonomous driving system could be a natural evolution. Speculation has suggested that Apple could use Didi Chuxing to test such software in the future, as it provides Apple with a huge fleet of cars to work with. Apple first invested $1 billion in Didi Chuxing in May of 2016 and now holds a seat on the company's board. Ola Play will be available in Bangalore, Mumbai, and Delhi for Ola Select customers starting next week. It will expand to all Prime rides in three months time.Tags: Apple Music, India, Ola Discuss this article in our forums

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With fewer than three days until Black Friday, a number of developers are beginning to offer deals on their apps and software. Below, we have rounded up some of the notable discounts available for popular iOS and Mac apps and software. More deals will inevitably be announced, so keep an eye on our Black Friday roundup. Final Fantasy Tactics Square Enix has discounted both the iPhone and iPad versions of Final Fantasy Tactics to $3.99 for a limited time, marking the game's lowest price ever. The lowest previous sale was $6.99 for the iPhone version and $7.99 for the iPad version. Regular prices are $13.99 for iPhone and $15.99 for iPad. TouchArcade gave the title a rather mediocre 3.5/5 stars rating back in 2011, but noted Square Enix has significantly updated the game since then. "The graphics got redrawn, iCloud support was added, making it a significantly better port than when it was first released," said editor-in-chief Eli Hodapp. A gameplay overview from the 2011 review:You'll be taking over a squad of characters and battling on grid-based maps in a turn-based system. As you play through, you'll be able to level up your characters, equip weapons and effects and change jobs. Since the iOS port is based on the PSP version, you'll also get an updated story, a better translation than the PS1 version and a few fancy cutscenes.Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is available on the App Store for iPhone [Direct Link] and iPad [Direct Link]. Lumines Puzzle and Music Mobcast's falling-block puzzle game Lumines Puzzle and Music is on sale for just 99 cents for a limited time. The app has normally cost $2.99 since it first launched in September. Lumines universally supports both iPhone and iPad.A mobile rebuild of the classic PSP title, LUMINES PUZZLE & MUSIC is an action packed puzzle game synchronized to a musical beat, featuring newly-produced tracks and classics such as “Shinin’” by Mondo Grosso. Players swipe and tap their screen in portrait mode to properly align their Lumines blocks to clear blocks of four matching colors in rhythm to the beat. TouchArcade gave Lumines Puzzle and Music a favorable 4/5 stars rating, with editor Shaun Musgrave noting the game "nails the core gameplay" and has "exceptional aesthetics." Here's a bit more on gameplay:In Lumines, 2 x 2 blocks composed of two different colors drop in the field and begin falling. You need to move them left or right, rotate them, and drop them at the bottom of the playfield. As opposed to making lines as in Tetris, here you are trying to make 4 x 4 squares of a single color. When you do that, they will be marked for clearing. As you play, a bar is constantly moving across the field in line with the tempo of the current song. That bar will removed any marked squares you've matched up, and the remaining blocks will settle into place.Lumines Puzzle and Music is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad [Direct Link]. Other Apps and Games Name: Talisman Developer: Nomad Games Sale Price: $1.99 Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) TouchArcade Review: 4.5/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:Talisman: Digital Edition is a classic fantasy adventure board game, where you embark on a dangerous quest, fighting dragons, battling serpents, and avoiding the deadly curse of the Hag. These are some of the many obstacles you will face. So choose your character wisely, Warrior, Assassin, Thief or Wizard? There are 14 available, unique in their strengths, weaknesses and special powers. To win the game race your opponents through a perilous realm, journeying to the heart of the land to find the crown of Command. Name: Heroes of Loot 2 Developer: OrangePixel Sale Price: 99 cents Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) TouchArcade Review: 4/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:After their job, of keeping the dungeons in balance, was done, our heroes needed a new job. Roaming the lands they found a call for heroes, a castle in need, possible even a damsel in distress? Pick two heroes to take into the adventure, controlling both heroes and using their special skills to navigate the dangerous castle hallways, rooms and floors. Switching between the two characters to solve quests, puzzles, and of course clear the dungeons of all evil. Name: Space Grunts Developer: OrangePixel Sale Price: 99 cents Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) TouchArcade Review: 4/5 stars Links: AppShopper | iTunes | YouTube Trailer Description:Space Grunts combines fast paced arcade action with turn-based gameplay. The year 2476, Earth's space-federation has been building moon-bases across the galaxy. One of those moon-bases has been sending a distress signal. Space Grunts are a group of intergalactic "problem" solvers, sent to investigate.. You play one, out of a team, of Space Grunts, and your mission is simple: find your way into the moon-base, and figure out what has happened. You'll have to fight your way through aliens, robots, security drones and base-systems. Find the lower levels of the moon-base, and get to the core of the problems. Name: Screens for iOS Developer: Edovia Sale Price: $9.99 (Late Thursday to Early Tuesday) Previous Price: $19.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Leave your computer behind and travel light! Screens lets you connect back to your Mac, Windows or Linux PC and control it from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world.Name: Screens for Mac Developer: Edovia Sale Price: $14.99 (Late Thursday to Early Tuesday) Previous Price: $29.99 Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Access your computers from wherever you are! Screens is a beautiful, yet powerful Screen Sharing and VNC client that lets you connect back to your Mac, Windows or Linux PC from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world. Name: Scanner Pro Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $1.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Scanner Pro is the best app for quickly scanning and saving a digital version of a paper document. Scan any papers, ranging from a receipt to multi-page documents. Scanner Pro will automatically detect borders, correcting distortion and geometry. Share, email and upload your perfect scans. Use OCR to convert any scan into a text.Name: PDF Expert Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $4.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $9.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. It allows you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs. Moreover, PDF Expert 5 is the best choice for filling out PDF forms right on your iPad and iPhone.Name: Printer Pro Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $3.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $6.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Printer Pro lets you wirelessly print from the iPhone or iPad. It can print directly to many Wi-Fi printers or any printer attached to your Mac or PC via helper application installed on your computer.Name: Calendars 5 Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $3.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $6.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Calendars 5 is complete re-imagining of what the best mobile calendar experience should be. Calendars 5 is smart, excels in both tasks and events and runs on any iOS device you might have. It's the calendar app you have been looking for.Name: PDF Converter Developer: Readdle Sale Price: $1.99 (Wednesday to Friday) Previous Price: $3.99 Compatibility: iPhone and iPad (Universal) Links: AppShopper | iTunes Description:Make PDFs from any file that you have on your iPad or iPhone. Save Word, Excel, Powerpoint or iWork documents, web pages, photos and even clipboard content as professional quality PDFs. Everything from a multi-million contract to a web page you want to read later can be saved as a PDF in just a few taps. Name: Luminar Developer: Macphun Sale Price: $59 Previous Price: $209 Compatibility: OS X 10.10.5 or later Links: Macphun Description:Meet the world’s first photo editor that adapts to your style & skill level. Luminar is the supercharged photo software that makes complex editing easy & enjoyable. And it is as responsive and beautiful as your Mac.Name: 2017 Aurora HDR Developer: Macphun Sale Price: $79 Previous Price: $89 Compatibility: OS X 10.10.5 or later Links: Macphun Description:The world's most advanced HDR photo editor for Mac gains powerful new features and a new look which will amaze, inspire and help you to make incredible HDR photos.Parallels Parallels is offering a Black Friday bundle that includes seven free Mac apps with the purchase of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac (available for $79). The bundle has been available since November 21. Software includes: • 1Password for families • PDFpenPro 8 • Pocket Premium (1 year subscription) • Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac (1 year subscription) • TextExpander • Hotspot Shield Elite (2 year subscription) • Acronis Online Backup (500GB, 1 year subscription) VMware VMware will offer up to 55 percent off all of its software products, starting on November 23 and running through December 2. Deals are as follows: Fusion Pro & Workstation Pro Discounts • Nov 23 - 27: Save 40% on new licenses and upgrades • Nov 28 - Dec 2: Save 35% on new licenses and upgrades Fusion & Workstation Player Discounts • Nov 23 - 27: Save 30% on new licenses and upgrades • Nov 28 - Dec 2: Save 25% on new licenses and upgrades Fusion Pro/Workstation Pro Bundle Discount • Nov 23 - Dec 2: Save 50% Fusion vs Parallels Discount • Nov 23 - Dec 2: Save 55% VMware Certification & Training Discount • Nov 23 - Dec 2: Save 25% Keep an eye on our Black Friday roundup for further software deals as they are announced. The roundup also tracks good deals on Apple products such as iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, accessories, and more from retailers such as Best Buy, Kohl's, Target, and Walmart. Related Roundup: Black Friday Tag: App Store Discuss this article in our forums

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Similar to the current confusion regarding the release date of Apple's AirPods, a couple of differing launch days for the new wireless BeatsX earphones have begun sprouting up online, leading to uncertainty over when exactly Apple will begin selling the new Beats-branded earphones. In line with some AirPods rumors, most retailers are placing order dates in December for BeatsX. The new rumors would mean BeatsX will miss the retail rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up this week, but would place the earphones as potentially available for last-minute holiday shopping later in December. Fry's Electronics has the earphones listed as estimated to ship on December 5, 2016. Users can add the BeatsX to their cart, but pre-orders aren't available yet as checkout can't be completed at the time of writing. The date was originally spotted by a user on Reddit. Photo, video, and audio electronics retailer B&H also has a date listed for BeatsX, with expected availability of the earphones on December 16. Users can pre-order BeatsX at B&H, although detailed shipping estimates for them are not yet available. At both Fry's and B&H, the BeatsX earphones are listed at the expected price of $149.95. On Apple's website, the earphones are still simply "coming this fall." As was the case with the AirPods, it's likely that most retailers are using placeholder dates for BeatsX until they receive word on the official launch. Still, since November is nearly over and there's been no word from Apple yet, there is a growing possibility that both AirPods and BeatsX will launch sometime in December, in time for holiday shopping. The BeatsX earphones were announced during Apple's September 7 iPhone event, along with the Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3 devices. The new line of Beats headphones have Apple's W1 chip -- also found in the AirPods -- that lets them pair easily with an iPhone. The Powerbeats3 wireless earphones launched in October.Tag: Beats Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple's upcoming iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 updates will bring a new "TV" app where users will be able to view much of their TV and movie content from across various apps, all centrally located to make it easy to pick up where you left off and receive recommendations on additional content. The new TV app has been gradually going live on both platforms for U.S. users during the beta testing period, and it works hand-in-hand with a "Single Sign-on" feature that will let subscribers to certain pay TV services authenticate their accounts once on a systemwide basis and receive access to content across all supported apps for which they are eligible. When the early beta of Single Sign-on began going live earlier this month, there were four supported TV providers, with Dish Network and its Sling TV subsidiary being the most recognizable while small regional services GVTC Communications and Hotwire rounded out the list. Full support for Single Sign-on will require apps to be updated to recognize the systemwide authentication, but the provider listings have offered a glimpse at which providers are currently on board with the feature. As of this week, another major provider has joined the Single Sign-on program, with AT&T's DirecTV now appearing in the TV Provider list for authentication. The addition of DirectTV's 20 million U.S. subscribers makes it the biggest provider to support the feature so far, displacing Dish Network and Sling TV. The addition of DirecTV isn't necessarily a surprise, as Apple had touted "DirecTV, Dish Network, and more" in its press release announcing the new TV app last month, but it's apparently taken DirecTV a few extra weeks to prepare. Still notably absent are the major U.S. cable companies such as Comcast and Charter/Time Warner, and there's no word on if or when those companies will be coming on board. Apple has announced that the new TV app will become available to the public in December, indicating the company intends to release iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 within that timeframe.Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 10, iOS 10 Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution) Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple tonight updated its website with a brand new page teasing a one-day Black Friday shopping event. Apple didn't offer Black Friday deals last year, opting to allow third-party retailers like Best Buy and Target to offer deals instead. Friday can't come soon enough. Our one-day shopping event will be here before you know it. Come back this Friday to check off everyone on your list.Last year, Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts said the company was backing away from Black Friday promotions because "being good to your employees will always be good for your business." On its Black Friday website, Apple says that its one-day shopping event will include free shipping on in-stock items ordered by 5 PM. You'll also be able to take part in the event with the Apple Store app and in-store. Those interested in visiting an Apple retail store on Black Friday will need to check their local Apple store's extended holiday hours because there will not be uniform opening and closing times. Apple has also provided easy links to four holiday gift collections curated by the company, including "Apple gifts," "Music gifts," "Photography gifts" and "Games & Toys." It's unclear what kind of Black Friday promotion the company will use this year. In the past, Apple has offered gift cards worth variable amounts with the purchase of Apple products. For instance, purchasing a Mac would yield a $100 gift card. However, in its European stores Apple has also opted for more traditional discounts.Related Roundup: Black Friday Discuss this article in our forums

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Samsung plans to launch a glossy black version of its nine-month-old Galaxy S7 smartphone early next month, according to The Korea Herald. The report claims the new color will help Samsung compete with the popular Jet Black and Matte Black variants of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new color could also fuel additional Galaxy S7 sales to help fill the void left by the permanently discontinued Galaxy Note 7 following battery safety concerns. If the report proves accurate, it would not be the first time Samsung has followed in the footsteps of Apple in terms of smartphone colors. Earlier this year, it released a "pink gold" version of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge after Apple launched the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in Rose Gold last year. Samsung's existing Black Onyx variant of the Galaxy S7 already has a somewhat glossy finish, so the new color would presumably be even slicker.Tags: Samsung, Galaxy S7 Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple has shared a new TV ad called "Frankie's Holiday" in time for the holiday season, accompanied with the tagline "open your heart to everyone." In the ad, Frankenstein brings a package with ornaments to a town square and starts singing "Home for the Holidays" by The Carpenters on his iPhone. While he initially shocks the large group of people in the town, a young girl urges Frankenstein to come forward, and everyone joins along in singing with him.Tag: Apple ads Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has allegedly responded to an email from software developer Ben Slaney to further clarify why the new MacBook Pro maxes out at 16GB of RAM, noting that supporting 32GB of RAM would require a different logic board design which might reduce space for batteries.Schiller: The MacBook Pro uses 16GB of very fast LPDDR memory, up to 2133MHz. To support 32GB of memory would require using DDR memory that is not low power and also require a different design of the logic board which might reduce space for batteries. Both factors would reduce battery life.Slaney himself wrote an article explaining how the new MacBook Pro uses a low power, enhanced version of DDR3 RAM called LPDDR3E, which maxes out at 16GB. To achieve up to 32GB RAM would have required using DDR4 RAM, but its low-power variant LPDDR4 is not supported by the Intel processors powering the late 2016 models. Using the iStat Menus tool, Slaney determined that, under normal conditions, the LPDDR3E RAM uses 1.5 watts of power. In comparison, he said the notebooks would use about 3-5 watts if they were using DDR4 memory, although this estimate is rather loosely based on tests of DDR4 RAM on Windows-based notebooks. Slaney said the 2-5 watts saved translate to 10% of overall power usage being dedicated to RAM versus 20-30% that would be required for DDR4 RAM, which, if accurate, helps justify Apple's power versus performance tradeoff. Apple's decision is even more justified when considering background power draw, or the energy a notebook uses to go back into sleep mode after regular usage. Slaney said this figure is estimated to be about 50% of overall power draw on an average system when using DDR4 RAM, but only 20% when using LPDDR3 RAM. Moreover, the new MacBook Pro would get less than 7 days of standby time if it used DDR4 RAM, compared to 30 days with LPDDR3E RAM, he said.Apple have been using LPDDR for several generations of their notebooks, and it’s part of the way that they get very long standby time on them. Switching to DDR4 would drastically decrease it from the 30 days of standby time that they get now to less than one week. With DDR4 they’d have produced a notebook that would have a completely drained battery if it was at 50% charge and you closed the lid and left it for a few days. Not only would that be annoying, but by running the battery flat often it would end up damaging a percentage of their batteries because they’d frequently get 100% discharged, which puts a lot of stress on them, and sometimes even kills them.The rest of the article reflects upon poor battery life in several Windows-based notebooks with 32GB RAM, part of which can be blamed on the FAA's 100-watt-hour limit on notebook batteries brought on airplanes. Full Article: "Why the MacBook Pro is limited to 16GB of RAM" on MacDaddyRelated Roundup: MacBook Pro Tag: Phil Schiller Buyer's Guide: MacBook Pro (Buy Now) Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple has dissolved its division which develops wireless routers and is now sending engineers who worked on the AirPort lineup into other product teams, including one currently working on Apple TV. The news comes from a report by Bloomberg, who said Apple has been slowly shutting down the division over the past year and made the decision "to try to sharpen the company’s focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue." Currently, Apple sells three wireless routers, including the AirPort Express ($99), AirPort Extreme ($199), and AirPort Time Capsule ($299), but none of the devices have seen a refresh since 2013. A temporary stock shortage earlier in the year gave hope that a refresh of the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule was coming during WWDC, but Apple never mentioned the products during its keynote. The trio of wireless routers still remain available for purchase for the time being. Exiting the router business could make Apple’s product ecosystem less sticky. Some features of the AirPort routers, including wireless music playback, require an Apple device like an iPhone or Mac computer. If the company no longer sells wireless routers, some may have a reason to use other phones and PCs. The central reason for abandoning the AirPort line appears to focus mainly on its small revenue gains in comparison to the company's more lucrative products, like the iPhone. Apple includes its routers in the "other products" category of its annual financial results, a section which generated $11.1 billion in fiscal 2016, or about 5 percent of the company's total sales.Related Roundup: AirPort Tags: bloomberg.com, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Time Capsule Discuss this article in our forums

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