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

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 from Twelve South, Belkin, and more (updated)

 

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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Walmart to offer $20 or greater discount on 16GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus + $15 gift card on launch day

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Walmart, the giant US retailer, often negotiates exclusive price cuts on products that smaller retailers can’t match. Just like last year, it has set its sights on the all new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

According to a report published tonight by CNET, Walmart is set to trim $20 off both of Apple’s new super sized iPhones. That drops the iPhone 6 down to $179 and the iPhone 6 Plus down to $279. Both prices require a two-year commitment with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. Also, beginning on Friday, September 12th, Walmart will begin accepting preorders for the iPhone 6. Anyone who preorders through Walmart will also get a free $15 e-gift card. Sam’s Club members will be able to save an additional $2 on both models, which brings their total discount down to $22.

Based on all the information we’ve seen thus far, these price drops only apply to the 16GB iPhone 6 models and only the 4.7-inch variant will be available for preorder. As of right now, the only other noteworthy iPhone 6 deal that we’ve seen is from Radio Shack who is offering a free $50 iTunes gift card with purchases through September 27th.

 

Radio Shack looks to attract iPhone 6 buyers with free $50 iTunes gift cards

radio-shack-iphone-6-free-itunes-gift-cardApple itself and authorized resellers are competiting for your iPhone 6 purchase next week. This battle has spurred some retailers to sweeten the pot with trade-in offers. We’ve already seen Verizon Wireless up the ante with its offer that allows iPhone 4 owners to trade up to an iPhone 6 for free.

Now, Radio Shack is the first retailer to offer a non-trade special on Apple’s all-new line of flagship smartphones… Read more

Upgrade your iPhone 4 (or newer) to a Verizon iPhone 6 for free w/ 2-yr contract (updated)

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Update (9/12 2:45pm): The trade-in promo is outlined in this press release by Verizon.

Update (9/11 11:15am): The promo is still not back up on Verizon’s site, but the details can be found in this post made by a Verizon Wireless Customer Support rep.

Update (9/10 5:45pm): Looks like the promo has been removed Verizon’s website. We’re reaching out to Verizon to find out what is going on.

In light of Apple’s iPhone 6 announcements, we’re expecting a flurry of trade-in promos from carriers and trade-in services. We’ve already covered your best iPhone 6 trade-in options, but this Verizon promo stood out to us.

Verizon is promising a $200 gift card for any working iPhone 4/4s/5/5c/5s. Now, you can probably get a higher rate for all of the iPhone 5 models, but $200 for a 5-year old iPhone 4 is way above market value.

For example, Gazelle is currently offering $15 for a working Verizon 8GB iPhone 4 and $50 for a working AT&T 8GB iPhone 4. Amazon prices are better at ~$57 for similar configurations, but that’s still not close to the $200 Verizon is offering as part of this promo.

It’s not clear if it works on preorders or not, and other details remain scarce, so check back for the latest updates.