Best Buy trade offer is the best way to jump from iPad 2 to iPad Air 2

ipad-air-2-heroiPad Air 2’s thinner design, improved specs, and Touch ID may not be enough of an upgrade to entice iPad Air owners, but there’s little doubt that it’s a gigantic leap forward for iPad 2 users.

If you’re planning to jump into a new iPad Air 2 then you’ll have a few options with what to do with your old iPad: sell it privately, pass it down to a friend or family member, keep it as a backup, or trade it. If you opt to go the trade route, then you’re going to want to check out this special promotion Best Buy is currently running… Read more

iPhone 5 factory unlocked manufacturer refurbished w/ 1-yr Apple warranty

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Update (10/21 11:30am): Prices are fluctuating. Check eBay for latest rates.

Update (10/20 1:15pm): Prices across the board have dropped: 16GB $329.99, 32GB $359.99, 64GB $389.99

Update (10/20 7:45am): coupon code has expired, but $399 for an unlocked iPhone 5 is still a great price.

Apple’s “unofficial” eBay Store is still going strong and the release of iPhone 6 has sparked new price drops on previous generation iPhones.

A factory unlocked manufacturer refurbished iPhone 5 now starts at just $399 and includes a full one year Apple warranty, is repackaged with manual and charger, and has been returned to like-new condition. Furthermore, the “final quality inspection [is performed] by Apple.” Enter redemption code CELL20SAVE during checkout and you’ll save an additional $20 on each model. That drops the price of a 16GB model down to $379 shipped.

As a pricing comparison, Apple is currently charging $450 for an unlocked iPhone 5c (essentially the same phone) with half as much storage. After surveying completed listings on eBay, most pre-owned iPhone 5 units sell for anywhere between $300-$400, but keep in mind those aren’t refurbished by Apple and generally do not include a warranty or any accessories.

Today’s coupon code also drops the 32GB iPhone 5 to $389 and the 64GB iPhone 5 to $399. All of these variations are Apple refurbished, include a one year warranty, and are eligible to be shipped to dozens of different countries: Read more

Apple drops refurbished iPad pricing: iPad mini from $209, Retina iPad mini from $249, iPad Air from $339, more

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Apple’s “It’s been too Long” event just wrapped up and the Apple online store is now back up and has revealed new lower price points for refurbished iPads. As you’d expect, the original iPad mini (2013 model) is the most aggressively priced at $209 (down from $219). iPad mini 2 (w/ Retina display) starts at $249 (down from $339) and iPad Air now starts at $339 (down from $419).

Every product refurbished by Apple carries a one year warranty and is eligible for AppleCare.

iPad mini:

  • WiFi: 16GB $209 (was $219), 32GB $259 (was $299), 64GB $309 (was $379)
  • WiFI + Cellular: 16GB $309 (was $319), 32GB $359 (was $399), 64GB $409 (was $479)

Retina iPad mini:

  • WiFi: 16GB $249 (was $339), 32GB $299 (was $419), 64GB $349 (was $509), 128GB $439 (was $589)
  • WiFi + Cellular: 16GB $349 (was $449), 32GB $399 (was $529), 64GB $449 (was $619), 128GB $539 (was $699)

iPad Air:

  • WiFi: 16GB $339 (was $419), 32GB $389 (was $509), 64GB $439 (was $589), 128GB $529 (was $679)
  • WiFI + Cellular: 16GB $439 (was $529), 32GB $489 (was $619), 64GB $539 (was $699), 128GB $629 (was $789)

Browse the entire Apple refurbished store for other deals including older iPads, Macs, and more.

PSA: you may be overpaying for bundled iOS apps/games

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Apple began allowing developers to sell discounted bundles of their apps/games alongside the release of iOS 8. At face value, these bundles are a great way to save on a bunch of apps, but the numbers get a bit hazy (and less favorable) when you already have one or more of the bundled titles and are offered ‘Complete My Bundle’ pricing… Read more

Beats by Dre Headphone Recert Blowout – up to 75% off: Solos: $79, Mixr Pro DJ/Studio $109, Wireless $129 and Pros $159, Pill Speakers $140

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Daily Steals offers best ever prices on a wide variety of Beats headphones recertified by Beats and with 90-day warranty. Sale ends on October 17th but act quick because these go out of stock very quickly with most having countdown timers in the single digits.

  • Pick up Beats Solos in White Red or Black with a carrying case and Mic Cable for $79 (orig. $299)
  • Beats by Dre MixR Professional DJ Headphones with Inline Control Module, 40mm Neodymium Drivers, 270-Degree Swiveling Earcups, Dual Input 3.5mm Jacks and Adjustable Headband (Choice of 4 Colors) Black, White Red or Yellow: $109 shipped (Orig. $250)
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones with Built-In Earcup Controls, In-line Control Module and Ergonomic Collapsible Design (Black): $129 (orig. $299)
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Pro Over-Ear High-Performance Studio Headphones with Padded Swiveling Earcups Aluminum Alloy Frame, Dual In/Out Port and Ergonomic Collapsible Design (Black) $159 (orig. $399) 

Didn’t find what you wanted? Beats’ Ebay Store has some pretty notable discounts itself  including its popular Pill Bluetooth speakers starting at  $139.95 shipped ($60 off)  and different configurations and colors of headphones. Read more

iTunes Gift Cards up to 15% off from Staples and Best Buy

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Save up to 15% on iTunes gift cards with two new weeklong promotions from Staples and Best Buy:

Staples offers greater savings, but the Best Buy promotion is more flexible allowing you to buy iTunes cards of multiple denominations, which is more helpful if you plan to give these as gifts.

Each card can be redeemed for music, movies, apps, books and more from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBook Store and all other Apple digital distribution stores.

Follow these directions to cash in on the Best Buy deal: Read more

Apple iPod touch 32GB in space gray or silver $224 shipped (Reg. $299)

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Today’s top Daily Deal at Staples is the Apple iPod touch 32GB in space gray or silver for only $224 shipped. That’s $75 off the list price and the lowest we could find.

This iPod touch features a 4-inch Retina display, the Apple A5 chip, and a 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording. You can discover music, movies, and more from the iTunes Store, or browse apps and games from the App Store. Nearly 3,000 Amazon customers gave it 4.4/5 stars and great reviews

More info from Apple:

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Free Target gift cards w/ the purchase of select Apple products: iPad Air, Apple TV, iPhone 5s, more

The cover of Target’s weekly ad puts the spotlight squarely on Apple. This week only, you can get a free Target gift card worth $20-$100 with the purchase of select Apple products. We’ve featured better deals for all of these products in the past, but if you need one of these products now then Target’s deals are certainly better than paying full retail.

Target’s offer of a free $100 gift card with the purchase of an iPad Air is the best deal of the bunch. However, there’s a really good chance we could see an updated model released at Apple’s rumored October 16th event. If Apple does release a new iPad Air model, it will most likely be priced at $500 and it most certainly won’t include a free gift card. Reports from 9to5Mac have so far pointed towards the new iPad Air only being a slight upgrade over the current model:

…the iPad update is expected to be minor — likely adding a gold option, Touch ID and an anti-reflective coating on the screen.

That said, here are the deals: Read more

Refurbished 2013 Mac Pro models now available on Apple online store at 15% discount

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After first showing off the latest Mac Pro at WWDC 2013 and launching the professional-class desktop computer last December, Apple’s certified refurbished online store is now carrying discounted models for the first time.

The 2013 Mac Pro, which is the only Mac computer manufactured in the United States, ordinarily starts at $2,999 for the base model configuration, but customers looking to save on that cost can now get the same configuration for $450 less at $2,549. A variety of other configurations are available in refurbished models with discounted price tags ranging up to $7,479… Read more

New iOS 8 app bundles offer popular apps/games at discounted prices

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Apple unleashed iOS 8 yesterday, which it calls “the biggest iOS release ever.” Perhaps lost in the craziness of its release was the fact that App Store developers can now offer app bundles. You’ll find a new “Bundles” section on the App Store with a number of discounted bundles from popular developers.

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The bundles are separated into three sections: App Bundles, Game Bundles and Kids Bundles. With anywhere from 2 to 9 apps per bundle, users have the option to only pay for the apps in a given bundle they don’t already own by paying the difference.

There are some discounts to be had here from a number of highly rated developers, here are a few of our top picks:  Read more

Apple isn’t making an iPhone 6/6 Plus dock, here are your best options

 

gravitas-henge-dock-iphone-6-plusIf you were one of over 4 million people who preordered an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus this weekend, then you may have noticed that one of Apple’s most popular accessories for previous gen iPhones is curiously absent from its online store. As of right now, Apple seems to be sitting on the sideline and will not be releasing a dock designed for its newest smartphones.

Docks position your iPhone in a way that makes it easier to keep tabs on incoming notifications, all while helping create a clean workspace by wrangling messy cables.

There are already several iPhone 6 and 6 Plus dock solutions. Here are our favorite docks, stands, mounts, and more:

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Should you protect your new iPhone 6/6 Plus with AppleCare+ or SquareTrade?

Preorders for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kicked off late last night and if early sales are any indication, these new models are going to be the best selling iPhones in Apple’s history. This year’s iPhone lineup is also the most expensive ever, with the iPhone 6 Plus topping out at $949 without carrier subsidies.

At minimum you should keep your iPhone in a durable case to protect it from everyday bumps and drops, but you should also consider a protection plan for more catastrophic accidents.

Keep reading to get all the facts you’ll need to choose between the two most popular iPhone protection plans…

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