Apple Stories June 24, 2016

During the lead up to WWDC there was some optimism Apple would finally release a new external Display, but that hope quickly disappeared. Apple quelled all rumors last night when it announced plans to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display and recommended prospective buyers check out 3rd party options. There’s a chance Apple could release an all-new monitor at some point down the road, but given Apple’s recent shift away from professional products, it wouldn’t be surprising if we never see another display come out of Cupertino.

To that end, we’ve rounded up the best monitors available right now across all budgets for Mac users…

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Apple Stories June 23, 2016

expiredTake home this 64GB Apple TV (open-box) at its lowest price yet: $129 shipped (Orig. $199)

Quick Ship Electronics (99.7% positive feedback from over 248,000) via eBay is offering the open-box current-generation Apple TV 64GB (MLNC2LL/A) for $129 shipped. That’s $70 off the original list price, the lowest we’ve seen for it and $46 under what we could find for one in new condition. This item may contain cosmetic blemishes. A 1-year Quick Ship warranty applies.

This Apple TV has a 64-bit A8 chip, 802.11ac wireless, 1080p streaming, AirPlay and iCloud integration, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet, and HDMI. It runs on an all-new tvOS, has a touchpad remote with Siri integration, games and other apps, universal search across video services, live sports scores, and weather on demand.

Not too keen on open-box items? Well, you can still save on a brand new Apple TV at Best Buy. They have both the 32GB and 64GB models for $25 off MSRP right now.

Apple Stories June 22, 2016

When I reviewed SanDisk’s new Lightning to USB flash drive for iPhone back in April, I noted it was one of the best yet. Today the company is launching a new product that essentially offers the same functionality— extra storage for files that you can access from a companion iOS app— but in the form factor of a sleek iPhone 6/6s case.

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LeBron James has been endorsing Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones for years and he just brought Cleveland its first major sports championship in more than 50 years. Coincidence? Most likely! But that doesn’t change the fact that they are still great looking and sounding headphones. Right now you can get them from Amazon in Red, Flash Blue (Active Collection), Shock Yellow (Active Collection) and Siren Red (Active Collection) on sale for $119.99 with free shipping. Alternatively, Best Buy also offers the same discounted price on a few additional colors like Black and White. As a price comparison, they carry a list price of $200 and usually sell for around $150.

I’m partial to the Shock Yellow model since it matches perfectly with most of the latest athletic fashion trends. These headphones feature wireless Bluetooth connectivity (up to 30-ft), 6-hour rechargeable battery, RemoteTalk, and are IPX4 sweat resistant. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars from more than 4,000 Amazon reviewers.

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Apple Stories June 21, 2016

expiredApple Watch Stainless 38mm (PRODUCT) RED: $299 shipped ($250 off, tax only in NY)

If you are quick, you can snag an Apple watch Stainless Steel Product RED edition for $299 shipped Tax only in New York from B&H Photo. That’s $250 off and the lowest price by far we’ve seen for a stainless Steel Apple Watch.

While the Red color may go with some styles, you’ll probably want to pick up a few bands. Amazon has tons starting under $10

A startup called Pearl Automations is today launching preorders for a new accessory that adds a rearview backup camera to just about any car using an iPhone or other smartphone as a monitor. The company is notably made up of a large group of ex-Apple engineers and the accessory is just the first in a line of products it plans that will add various smartphone connectivity features to vehicles.

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Apple Stories June 17, 2016

Best Buy is offering the Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Apple Watch 42mm Sport Smartwatch in Space Gray (MJ3T2LL/A) for $225.99 shipped. That’s $123 off the regular price at Best Buy for this watch in new condition and the lowest we’ve seen for a 42mm model.

It comes with an aluminum case and features: Ion-X glass display, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, microphone, speaker, 802.11n wireless, and Bluetooth 4.0. A 90-day warranty also applies. Geek Squad Certified Refurbished products are “thoroughly, painstakingly and lovingly tested, so you can be sure that your device will work right, right away.”

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expiredApple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB drops to $830 shipped (Reg. $999)

Electronics Valley (99.6% positive feedback, Top-Rated Plus Seller) via eBay Daily Deals offers the latest Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB (model MMGF2LL/A) for $829.99 shipped. That’s good for $169.01 off the regular going rate, $20 less than our previous mention and the best available. We did see it for $30 less in a one-day Best Buy sale but that required a .edu email address to lock in the savings.

Features include a 1440 by 900 LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 720p FaceTime HD Camera, two USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt 2, SDXC card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and dual microphones.

Need more storage? We still have the larger 256GB model on discount for $970 shipped (Reg. $1,199).

Apple Stories June 13, 2016

expiredYou can save up to $200 on Apple’s latest 12-inch MacBook, entry-level model from $1,100 w/ .edu (Reg. $1,300)

Best Buy is back at it again with a new promotion on Apple’s latest 12-inch MacBook. Today, you’ll be able to save up to $100 off plus an additional $100 if you have access to a .edu email address. To cash in on the extra savings, simply visit the student deals hub and follow the on-page instructions. Free shipping is available on the entire lot of deals.

The entry-level model (1.2GHz/8GB/256GB) is available from $1,099.99 shipped (Reg. $1,299) when the aforementioned .edu discount is applied. Pricing goes up from there with the larger 512GB hard drive available from $1,399.99 (Reg. $1,599). Apple upgraded its 12-inch MacBook in April with a focus on new processors and longer battery life, plus the addition of a Rose Gold colorway. This is just the second discount that we’ve seen and the first across every color.

As you likely know, the 12-inch MacBook uses a single USB-C port to connect to your devices. The bad news is, the entire situation is kind of a mess at the moment as manufacturers attempt to bridge the gap from previous generations. A good way to get started is to invest in a simple dock that adds a handful of ports, like this highly-rated option from Anker. For under $40 (easily covered in today’s sale), you’ll bring three USB 3.0 ports and a passthrough USB-C power input. Head over to Jeff’s recent review on LG’s latest monitor that’s designed for the 12-inch MacBook as another option. Be sure to check out our full MacBook accessory roundup for more ideas.

Apple Stories June 10, 2016

expiredBest Buy is knocking up to $350 off select Apple 27-inch Retina 5K iMacs, prices start at $1,450 w/ .edu

Best Buy has launched another one of its two-day sales with price drops across a variety of categories including Apple products, HDTVs, home appliances and more. We’ve already covered the latest iPhone 6/s/Plus promotion here and now we’re breaking down the rest of the sale this morning.

The highlight of Best Buy’s latest sale is a pair of Apple’s 27-inch Retina 5K iMacs discounted by $250. Even better, in both instances anyone with access to a .edu email address can knock an additional $100 off. Simply visit the Student Discount hub and follow the on-page instructions to lock in your savings. Today’s deals are up to $250 off our previous mentions on these models. Free shipping is available in both instances or you can opt for in-store pick up if you’d like to dig into your new Mac this weekend.

Here are the two 27-inch models available today:

Apple’s newest 5K iMac features a gorgeous 27-inch Retina display that is capable of pumping out resolutions up to 5120 x 2880. It has a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 Skylake processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion hard drive. Additional features include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and Apple’s new Magic Mouse 2 and Keyboard.

ICYMI: You can still save up to $200 off Apple Watch or $100 on iPad mini 4/Air 2.

Apple Stories June 8, 2016

B&H is offering the Pebble Steel Smartwatch for iOS and Android devices for only $79.95 shipped. That’s $45 off the original list price, $20 less than Amazon’s listing and the lowest we’ve seen.

This smartwatch lets you get email, texts, incoming calls, calendars and access your favorite apps on your wrist. You can also control your music with iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and more. “Discover thousands of apps and watch faces to customize Pebble Steel to fit your life.” Rated 3.9/5 stars from over 800 Amazon customers. apple-watch-sale-discount1B&H also offers $60 – $200 off select Apple Watches with potential tax benefits. The 42mm watch in a Space Black Stainless Steel Case and Black Sport Band can be had for only $399 shipped. As a bonus it also includes a free Mophie dock with your purchase. That’s $200 off and the lowest we’ve seen. For some more Apple Watch deals check out our previous roundup for more options.

Also be sure to check out our Spigen Apple Watch Dock on sale for $7 today only.

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Best Buy and T-Mobile are each offering interesting iPhone promotions today, netting a few different freebies with the purchase of select devices. There is a little leg-work required in each instance but it’s likely worth it if you’re after a new device.

Starting at Best Buy, you can pick up a LifeProof FRĒ case when you purchase or lease and activate an iPhone 6/s/Plus for $1 on Verizon Wireless or Sprint. Simply visit this page and add a case to your cart, then head over to the iPhone landing page and choose a device. A two-year commitment is required, full terms and conditions can be found below.

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Switching to T-Mobile, customers that purchase an iPhone via the Equipment Installment Plan will receive a free iPhone SE 16GB. After completing the sign-up, you’ll need to head over to this page and enter coupon code JUNE16IPHONEBOGO while filling out the rebate form. Your credit will come in the form of a prepaid Mastercard within eight months. There are a few details here, including that one phone must be activated on a new line. Yes, there are a lot of details here, but if you’re looking to make the switch, it’s a nice deal.

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Apple Stories June 7, 2016

expiredUpgrade to Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB for $1,600 shipped (Reg. $1,999)

ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.5% feedback rating from 27,018 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (model MJLQ2LL/A) for $1,599.99 with free shipping. Today’s deal is $399.01 less than retail, $99.01 under Apple’s refurbished listing and a match for the best price we’ve seen this year. This Mac pairs a ton of power with a beautiful 2880 by 1800 display plus two Thunderbolt 2 and two USB 3.0 ports.

With your savings, grab an AppleCare Plan on sale at Amazon for $299 (Reg. $349) or grab this popular aluminum adjustable stand for just $23 Prime shipped.

Apple Stories June 5, 2016

expiredBest Buy is taking up to $200 off Apple Watch Stainless Steel: 38mm from $349, 42mm starts at $399

Best Buy is once again taking up to $200 off Apple Watch Stainless Steel paired with a variety of bands. Prices start at $349 (Reg. $549) on the 38mm model and $399 (Reg. $599) for the larger 42mm. Free shipping is available on all of these deals.

Unlike the recent Memorial Day sale, there are a number of band combinations on discount, such as Milanese Loop and the Modern Buckle. Today’s price drops are a match of our previous mention and the best available. For further comparison, these prices are only $50 more than Apple charges for the Sport model direct.

There are some substantial savings here, no doubt. Use the extra cash from today’s deal to buy a budget-priced third party band. Although these are manufactured by off-brand companies, we’ve found them to be a solid replacement for Apple’s pricier alternatives. For example, this black Milanese Loop option adds some style for under $17. Opt for a colorful Sport Band at an even lower price.

Be sure to swing by our roundup of Best Buy’s iPad mini 4 and Air 2 deals for a $100 savings on Apple tablets.

expiredStart your week with a $100 discount on iPad mini 4 & Air 2, priced from $300 shipped

Best Buy is kicking Sunday off by offering a $100 discount on Apple iPad mini 4 and Air 2 with prices starting at $299.99. If you’ve been holding out on buying the smaller tablet, today is an excellent opportunity. Both models are available Wi-Fi or Cellular configurations. Each item in his promotion is eligible for free shipping.

The iPad mini 4 features a 7.9-inch 2048-by-1536 Retina display, A8 chip, M8 motion compressor, 8MP iSight camera, dual microphones and Touch ID. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPad Air 2 has a 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048×1536 resolution, 10 hours of battery life, 802.11ac wireless and Touch ID. Despite the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, this is still a solid option for everyday gaming and surfing the web.

Use your savings to buy one of Anker’s wildly popular Powerline Lightning Cables that are reinforced with kevlar. Add some protection with this highly-rated iPad mini 4 Smart-Shell Case with auto sleep/wake for just $10.95 Prime shipped.

Apple Stories June 3, 2016

expiredSave $200 on Apple’s 27-inch iMac w/ 5K Retina Display 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB: $1,599 (Reg. $1,799, Tax in NY only), more

B&H offers Apple’s 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (model MK462LL/A) for $1,599 shipped. That’s good for $200 off the regular going rate, $50 less than our Black Friday mention and the best available.

Upgrade your setup to a gorgeous 27-inch 5K display at a nice discount. This model features a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 Skylake processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. The built-in monitor is capable of pumping out a 5120 x 2880 native resolution with over 14 million pixels. Additionally, it has four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and Gigabit Ethernet plus a SDXC card slot.

Don’t have enough room for 27-inches? The smaller 21-inch 4K iMac 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB (model MK452LL/A) is on sale for $1,299 shipped (Reg. $1,499).

You’ll find more Apple deals in this morning’s iPad Pro roundup and the Best Buy three-day sale that kicked off yesterday.

expiredBest Buy is taking up to $249 off 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Wi-Fi 32GB from $550 w/ .edu (Reg. $799), more

Today only, as a part of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy is taking $150 off 12.9-inch iPad Pro with prices starting at $649.99 shipped. Even better, those with access to a .edu email address can save an additional $100 by visiting this page and following the instructions. That’s good for up to $250 off the list price on each model and one of the stronger discounts that we’ve seen from a mainstream retailer like Best Buy.

The iPad Pro features a large 12.9-inch 2732 x 2048 Retina display, Smart Connector and Apple Pencil support. Here’s a look at the standout deals in this promotion:

We still have the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model over at eBay for $800 shipped (Reg. $1,079).

Also in today’s Deals of the Day is Logitech’s CREATE Keyboard Case in Purple for $99.99 shipped (Reg. $150).

Quick charge your new iPad Pro by leveraging Apple’s USB-C to Lightning Cable and 29W USB-C Power Adapter.

Apple Stories June 2, 2016

expiredApple’s latest 11-inch MacBook Air is on sale from $600 shipped w/ .edu, 13-inch 128GB as low as $800, more

Update (6/3 11:15am): Electronics Valley (Top-Rated Plus Seller) via eBay offers the Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB (model MMGF2LL/A) for $849.99 shipped (Reg. $999). If you have access to a .edu email address, you’re better off going with the offer below.

Best Buy is discounting a few MacBook Airs this morning as a part of a larger sale on Apple products. Even better, those with access to .edu email addresses can save an additional $100. This promotion also holds true for iMacs and iPads, as well. Simply head over to this landing page to grab your promo code. Free shipping is available on each of today’s deals.

The standout deal is the entry-level 11.6-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (model MJVM2LL/A) for $699.99. Adding the .edu discount takes the final price down to $599.99. That’s good for up to $299.01 off the regular price, $50 less than our previous mention with the education pricing factored in and the best available. Furthermore, Apple charges $759 for this model in refurbished condition

This is Apple’s newest MacBook Air. It ships with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid-state storage. Need more space? Step up to the 256GB model for $899.99 or $799.99 w/ .edu (Reg. $1,099)

Best Buy also has the larger 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB (model MMGF2LL/A) on sale for $899.99 or $799.99 w/ .edu (Reg. $999).

Give your new MacBook some extra protection with Amazon’s felt sleeves. We currently have them on discount for every size in Apple’s lineup.

ICYMI: Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB is currently on sale for $1,200 shipped (Reg. $1,499).

Apple Stories May 31, 2016

Mophie is today launching a new line of wireless Juice Pack products for iPhone that add wireless charging capabilities to the previous lineup of popular battery cases.

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expiredApple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (latest version) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB $1,200 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

ElectronicsValley (Top-Rated Plus Seller, 99.6% positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (model MF840LL/A) for $1,199.99 shipped. Today’s deal is a $299.01 discount off the regular going rate, a match of our previous mention for the lowest price we’ve tracked without a .edu discount and the best available. Furthermore, Apple currently charges $1,269 for a refurbished model.

This MacBook has a 13-inch 2560 by 1600 Retina display, two Thunderbolt 2 and two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, SDXC card slot, 802.11ac wireless plus Bluetooth 4.0. It also features Apple’s Force Touch trackpad that adds another layer of functionality to this powerful device.

With your savings, grab some discounted AppleCare via Amazon: $221 (Reg. $249).

Apple Stories May 27, 2016

expiredBest Buy’s Memorial Day sale takes up to $200 off select Apple Watch models + bands, prices start at $349

Best Buy has launched a 4-day sale in celebration of Memorial Day with some deep discounts on Apple products. Free shipping is available or you can opt for in-store pickup if you’re hoping to enjoy your new purchase over the long weekend.

The standout deal of this sale is savings up to $200 on Apple Watch Stainless Steel with Sport Bands. Prices start at $349 (Reg. $549) for 38mm model with a choice of a few Sports Bands. You can grab the larger 42mm for $399 (Reg. $599). Today’s discounts are a match of our previous mention and the best available. For further comparison, that’s only $50 more than Apple charges for the Sport model direct.

Another notable piece of today’s sale is that Apple’s official Classic Buckle Leather Watch Band is on discount in two styles. The 38mm in black is available for $449 (Reg. $649) and 42mm is down to $499 (Reg. $699).

This is the first substantial discount that we’ve seen on official Apple Watch bands. That said, these prices still feel astronomical, especially in comparison to the wide selection of third-party options for sale on Amazon. If you’re looking to save a little cash, give this highly-rated leather band option a try at $21 Prime shipped. Prefer Milanese Loop? This band is on sale for just $12 Prime shipped (Reg. $15+). You might think these knock-offs aren’t as high of quality, but I’ve found them to be worth the time.

Be sure to check out the rest of this weekend’s deals in our full Best Buy roundup.

Apple Stories May 26, 2016

On my recent trip to San Francisco, I realized that I had forgotten to bring my iPhone wall charger. It wasn’t the end of the world because I had a selection of other phones with me, but I had some key info — like boarding passes etc. — on my iPhone, and I needed to charge it.

Grabbing a new charger would only take $20 and a trip to the local convenience store, but I realized that I had a portable charger in my backpack — one with a Lightning port and plenty of juice to power up my phone. I ended up going a full four days using nothing but the Olala 13000mAh portable battery charger for my energy needs…

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expiredApple 11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (latest version) from $650 shipped w/ .edu (Reg. $899)

Best Buy offers Apple’s latest 11.6-inch MacBook Air (model MJVM2LL/A) 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB for $699.99 with free shipping. Even better, those with access to a .edu email address can save an additional $50 dropping the final price to $649.99 shipped. That’s up to $249.01 below retail, $50 less than our previous mention and the lowest price currently available. Furthermore, Apple charges $759 for this model in refurbished condition.

This is Apple’s newest MacBook Air. It ships with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid-state storage.

You’ll want some coverage to protect your new MacBook. Grab an AmazonBasic 11-inch Felt Laptop Sleeve in two colors for $9.99 Prime shipped. Have a larger device? Amazon has you covered with 13- and 15-inch varieties as well. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Apple Stories May 20, 2016

Get the iPhone 5c 16GB (Verizon/GSM Unlocked Refurb.) + Free OEM Apple Case for $100 shipped

Daily Steals is offering the refurbished Apple iPhone 5c (16GB Verizon/GSM Unlocked) plus a free OEM Apple Case for $99.99 shipped. That’s $200 off Daily Steal’s original list price and $100 below the lowest we could find for a new one elsewhere.

This GSM smartphone features an Apple A6 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch 1136×640 Retina display, 8-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, 1080p video capture, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and more.

Note: This phone is unlocked for Verizon and GSM networks (such as AT&T and T-mobile). Please check with your carrier to make sure that they can support this device.

Apple Stories May 18, 2016

expiredSave $399 on Apple’s 15-inch 256GB Retina MacBook Pro, now $1,600 w/ free shipping

Update (5/19 12:10pm): ElectronicsValley is back with another incredible Mac discount: Apple 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (newest version, model MJLT2LL/A) $1,939.99 shipped (Reg. $2,499). It carries a list price of $2,499 and currently sells for $2,119 in refurbished condition. This is the most powerful standard configuration MacBook sold by Apple.

ElectronicsValley (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 99.6% feedback rating from 27,018 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (model MJLQ2LL/A) for $1,599.99 with free shipping. Today’s deal is $399.01 less than retail, $99.01 under Apple’s refurbished listing and a match for the best price we’ve seen this year. This Mac pairs a ton of power with a beautiful 2880 by 1800 display. If you’re biggest need is portability, Apple’s previous generation 12-inch 256GB MacBook with USB-C is on sale for $900.

Use your savings to buy my favorite laptop stand of all-time for just $43 Prime shipped.

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