9to5 Guide: The best iPad stands, docks, and cases with built-in stands

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iPads need stands. Whether you’re watching videos, long-form typing, or making FaceTime calls, it’s a chore to hold the iPad upright for extended blocks of time. To address that need, Apple launched the first iPad with regular and keyboard docks, but quickly gave up on them in favor of simpler folding lids called Smart Covers.

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If you’re looking for an iPad stand or dock, you can do better than that. We know because we’ve tested lots of options for Apple’s tablets. Following up on our guide to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus docks, we’re looking today at the very best of what’s out there for every iPad, covering four broad categories: simple portable stands, simple desktop stands, cases with integrated stands, and charging docks. Read more

Mac Desktops: iMac 5K $200 off, Mac Pro up to $800 off, Mac mini up to $150 off

B&H Photo is offering some nice discounts on Mac desktops today with the potential to save up to $800 on some models. B&H only charges sales tax in New York state at the time of purchase. While we have seen $300 off the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (multiple models) recently, the desktop deals haven’t been flowing since Black Friday week. Free expedited shipping is available with 1-2 day delivery in the Northeast and portions of the Midwest, with 3 days elsewhere in the contingous 48 states.

Discounts are as follows:

*** denotes top pick

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Trade-in any working smartphone to get an iPhone 6 for $90 w/ a free $50 Target Gift Card

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Target is sweetening its iPhone deals 10 days ahead of Christmas, this go around cutting the price of a 16GB iPhone 6 down to $89.99 with an eligible trade-in plus a $50 Target gift card bringing the effective price down to $39.99. Those after an iPhone 6 Plus are also in luck as the 16GB model will drop to $199.99 as well when trading in a phone. The official ad states “any working smartphone” gets $100 guaranteed or up to $300 off the standard purchase price. This leads us to believe that any iPhone in working condition will be eligible for this trade-in credit.

Additionally, customers for AT&T Next or Verizon EDGE will be able to score another $50 gift card with their purchase. This promotion is available in-store only.

This is a pretty good deal considering that Gazelle currently offers just $15 for a 16GB iPhone 4 in flawless condition. If you don’t have a device to trade-in, Walmart is offering $70 off the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

See the ad plus full terms and conditions below.

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Walmart readies the best iPhone 6/Plus discounts since Black Friday

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Walmart is making a push to bolster iPhone sales and get more shoppers in its store during the final lead up to Christmas. Starting this Saturday and running for an entire month, Walmart will knock $70 off the 16GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus contract prices, and $50 off the 16GB 5s, according to BGR. Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse store, will have the same deal as Walmart but $2 less.

These are the best price we’ve seen on Apple’s flagship iPhones since Black Friday when Sam’s Club dropped its price below $100.

Today’s report doesn’t make note of discounts for any other models. However, Target is currently including a free $50 gift card with all iPhone 6 capacities.

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest version) 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB: $1,699 (Reg. $1,999)

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Update (12/17 10am): B&H also has the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display 2.8GHz/16GB/512GB for $2,399 shipped, which is a savings of $300 off the regular price.

B&H offers the newest version Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (model MGXA2LL/A) for $1,699 with free shipping. That’s $300 below Apple’s asking price and to top it off, B&H only charges sales tax at the time of purchase for a few states.

This laptop is a powerhouse. It features a 2880 by 1800 Retina display, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a quad-core 4th generation Crystalwell 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor.

Use your savings to cover the cost of AppleCare.

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Get three months of Spotify Premium for $0.99 ($30 value)

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Spotify is offering three months of its Premium service for $.99, which will last you well through the holiday season and most of winter! This is deal is specifically for United States users that have not subscribed to the Premium service in the past, at any point. Premium service would usually run $30 for three months, to redeem simply visit Spotify’s homepage and follow the instructions to pick up this deal.

Despite its recent struggles with some artists, Spotify is still at the top when it comes to streaming the largest library of music across multiple devices and platforms. Students can still pick up a pretty nice deal on Spotify, as well.

Apple iPad mini Smart Covers as low as $16 w/ free in-store pickup from Best Buy (Reg. $39)

apple-ipad-mini-smart-cover-redDid you pick up an iPad mini during Black Friday? Snap an Apple Smart Cover on it for $15.99 (pink, light/dark gray), $19.99 (green, red) or $24.99 for blue. All of these options will work with iPad mini 2/3.

Each of these Smart Covers carries an original price of $39. You can easily find lower-quality Smart Cover replicas, but I’d recommend spending a couple extra bucks to ensure that you get the real thing. Free shipping on orders of $35+, otherwise just opt for free in-store pickup.
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Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch (current gen) 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB $750 shipped (Reg. $899)

Mac Book Air-128GB-MD711LL:B-sale-01Blutek (99.3% Positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals is offering the 11.6-inch Apple MacBook Air with 128GB of storage (MD711LL/B) for $749.99 shipped. That’s $149 under the regular price and $30 below the best deal we saw in this year’s Black Friday sales. It’s also $19 less than Apple’s current asking price for a refurb.

This is a current gen model with the following specs:

  • 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core (Haswell)
  • 4GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  • 128GB Flash Storage
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual USB 3.0 Ports, One Thunderbolt Port
  • 720p FaceTime HD Camera

If you’re looking to go Retina then check out this current generation 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (MGX72LL/A) for $1,099.99 shipped (Reg. $1,299). That’s $50 above our Black Friday pricing, but only NJ buyers will be charged sales tax at the time of purchase.
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Apple iPhone 6 16GB Unlocked: $640 shipped (Reg. $649)

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Update (11/28 9:00pm): Fogdog has the same deal at $639.99 shipped:

Update (11/28 9:15am): Back in stock via Blutek.

Update (11/28/12:15am): Yapper Wireless also offers the Apple iPhone 6 16GB unlocked in all colors for $639.99 shipped.

Blutek via eBay Daily Deals offers the Apple iPhone 6 16GB unlocked in all colors for $639.99 shipped. That’s $10 off the regular price and the lowest that we could currently find it. There are potential tax savings of roughly $50 at the time of purchase.

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MacMall’s Black Friday sale features savings of up to 86% on the largest selection of Macs, iPads, more

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Update (11/26 2:00pm): MacMall’s Black Friday 60 Hour Sale is now live.

Update (11/26 2:00am): We have added the entire MacMall Black Friday ad.

MacMall is a shopping mecca for Apple fans looking to save some money. With the biggest shopping day of the year coming up, there’s no doubt many of you have been waiting to get a peek at MacMall’s Black Friday plans. Well, we’ve finally got our hands on them and we can’t wait to share them with you.

MacMall offers deals on by far the largest selection of Apple products we’ve seen from any retailer this holiday season. Stores like Best Buy only stock standard configuration Macs, but MacMall carries high-end and custom configuration models. Also, keep in mind that MacMall only charges tax at the time of purchase for buyers in nine states (CA, CO, GA, IL, MN, NC, NY, TN, and WI).

That being said, here are all of the deals that MacMall is planning to kick off tomorrow, Wednesday 26th at 12:01 PM PST: Read more

The best Mac Black Friday deals that we’ve seen so far this week

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Black Friday always offers a wide variety of discounts on a number of products, but so far this year its been slim for consumers looking for a new Mac. We have confirmed some deals from Best Buy, but they are not offering a wide variety of configurations, and have tax implications depending on your state.

Adorama and B&H Photo are both offering discounts on most Mac models this week, we’ve already spotted a nice price drop on an iMac with Retina 5K display + AppleCare from Adorama.

In some cases Adorama is bundling AppleCare with a purchase for a discounted price. B&H currently only charges for taxes for New York residents at the time of purchase, while it varies for Adorama. Additionally, you’ll need a free Adorama VIP membership to take advantage of these prices.

Below you’ll find our top picks for deals on current generation MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and Mac Mini from these two retailers so far:

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