The Best Black Friday Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watch, and More

With the Thanksgiving holiday well underway in the United States, Black Friday deals at both online and brick and mortar stores are starting to go live. Many major retail stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will be opening up in the early evening, and most online-only deals are already live. We've rounded up a few of the absolute best deals that can be had on products like the iPad, iPhone, MacBook, iMac, and Apple Watch below, and even more deals can be found in our full Black Friday roundup, which has a long list of retailers that are offering discounts. Apple Watch Both Target and Best Buy are offering Apple Watch deals. At Best Buy, the Apple Watch is up to $100 off, with a $50 discount for Apple Watch Sport models and a $100 discount for stainless steel Apple Watch models. Target is offering a $100 Target gift card with the full price purchase of any Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport. iPhone With the purchase of an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on a device installment payment plan from Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, Target is offering customers a $250 Target gift card. With the purchase of an iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, or 6s Plus using AT&T Next or a Verizon device payment plan, Walmart is offering $200 off in the form of a $100 bill credit and a $100 Walmart gift card. iPad Air 2 There are a lot of deals available on the iPad Air 2, with discounts as high as $150 off. Sam's Club is discounting its entire stock of iPad Air 2 models by $150, dropping the price of the entry-level Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 to $349. Staples is selling the 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 at a $150 discount, dropping the price to $449. The 16GB Wi-Fi only model is available at a $125 discount, dropping the price to $374. Best Buy is selling the 16 and 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 at a $100 discount, dropping the price to $399 and $499, respectively. The 128GB Wi-Fi only model is available at a $125 discount, dropping the price to $574. For those who would prefer a gift card to a straight cash deal, Target is offering a $150 Target gift card with the purchase of any iPad Air 2 model. iPad mini 4 Best Buy is selling the 64 and 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 at a discount of $100, dropping the price to $399 and $499, respectively. Staples is selling the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 for $299, a $100 discount off the regular price of $399. For those who would prefer a gift card to a straight cash deal, Target is offering a $100 Target gift card with the purchase of any iPad mini 4 model. 12-inch MacBook While Adorama and MacMall are offering $100 discounts on the 12-inch Retina MacBook, Best Buy and B&H Photos deals are the best, dropping prices by as much as $200. - 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB Gold - $1,179, $120 off - 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB Silver - $1,149, $150 off - 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB Space Gray - $1,179, $120 off - 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB Gold - $1,429, $170 off - 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB Silver - $1,429, $170 off - 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB Space Gray - $1,399, $200 off MacBook Air Best Buy and B&H Photo have the best prices on stock MacBook Air models. For non-stock models, MacMall is offering $81 off to $100 off. - 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB - $774, $125 off - 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB - $979, $120 off - 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB - $879, $120 off - 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB256GB - $1,079, $120 off MacBook Pro B&H Photo, MacMall, and Best Buy all have deals on Macs, with the lowest prices on stock configurations listed below. MacMall has discounts on a wide range of non-stock models, with $150 to $250 off. - 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB - $1,179, $150 off - 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,349.99, $150 off - 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,599, $200 off - 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,699, $300 off - 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB - $2,149, $350 off iMac On stock iMac models, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and MacMall have some of the best deals available. For non-stock configurations, MacMall is offering discounts between $101 and $201. - 21.5-inch 1.6GHz/8GB/1TB - $899, $200 off - 21.5-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,179, $120 off - 21.5-inch 4K 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB - $1,299, $200 off - 27-inch 5K 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB - $1,599, $200 off - 27-inch 5K 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,799, $200 off - 27-inch 5K/3.3GHz/2TB Fusion - $2,029, $250 off Apple TV As a doorbuster deal, Target is offering 25 percent off all Apple TVs. Supplies for this deal are likely to be limited. Accessories - iPods - $50 off - Beats by Dre Powerbeats - $99.99, $100 off - Pebble Time - $129.99, $70 off - Fitbit Charge HR - $119 $30 off - Beats Solo 2 headphones - $97, $103 off Software - Fantastical for iPhone - $2.99, 40 percent off - Fantastical for iPad - $4.99, 50 percent off - VMware Fusion Pro - $119 to purchase/$71.99 to upgrade, 40 percent off - VMware Fusion 8 - $55.99 to buy/$34.99 to upgrade, 30 percent off - VMware upgrades from Parallels - 55 percent off - VMware Fusion Pro and Workstation Pro bundle - $224.98, 50 percent off - Adobe Premiere Elements 14 - $59.99, 39 percent off - Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 - $59.99, 39 percent off - Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac - $99, $34 off - Pixelmator for Mac - $14.99, 50 percent off - Pixelmator for iPhone - $1.99, 50 percent off - Parallels - $79. Comes with 7 free apps, including 1Password and Evernote Premium Make sure to check out the Black Friday roundup for specific times on when retail stores will open and more information on each of the deals listed above. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.Related Roundup: Black Friday Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 26 November 2015 | 9:40 pm

Remarkable Deal: Colette Offering 50% Off Many Apple Watch Models

French boutique retailer Colette has launched an online sale offering many stainless steel Apple Watch and 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition models for around 50% off, by far the lowest prices available for those Apple Watch models this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Due to the significant savings, stock will likely be depleted very quickly. A total of thirteen Apple Watch and six Apple Watch Edition models have been listed for half price, although some models appear to have already sold out. Colette is also selling individual stainless steel Link Bracelets and Milanese Loops for half price during the limited time promotion. The list below compares Apple's regular price to Colette's sale price for each Apple Watch model. All prices are listed in U.S. dollars. Apple Watch — SOLD OUT - 38mm Stainless Steel Case with White Sport Band - $549 → $286.78 - 42mm Stainless Steel Case with White Sport Band - $599 → $308.87 - 38mm Stainless Steel Case with (PRODUCT)RED Sport Band - $549 → $286.78 - 42mm Stainless Steel Case with (PRODUCT)RED Sport Band - $599 → $308.87 - 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Sport Band - $599 → $308.87 - 38mm Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Black Sport Band - $549 → $286.78 - 38mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle - $649 → $330.96 - 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle - $699 → $353.06 - 38mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop - $649 → $330.96 - 38mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet - $949 → $485.62 - 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet - $999 → $507.71 - 38mm Space Black w/ Space Black Stainless Steel Link Bracelet - $1,049 → $529.80 - 42mm Space Black w/ Space Black Stainless Steel Link Bracelet - $1,099 → $551.91 Apple Watch Edition - 38mm 18-Carat Rose Gold Case with White Sport Band - $10,000 → $4,860.62 - 38mm 18-Carat Yellow Gold Case w/ Bright Red Modern Buckle - $17,000 → $7,953.75 - 42mm 18-Carat Yellow Gold Case with Black Classic Buckle - $15,000 → $7,070 - 38mm 18-Carat Yellow Gold Case with Black Sport Band - $10,000 → $4,860.62 - 42mm 18-Carat Yellow Gold Case with Black Sport Band - $12,000 → $5,744.38 - 42mm 18-Carat Rose Gold Case with White Sport Band - $12,000 → $5,744.38 Colette offers online checkout for in-stock Apple Watch models and accessories, with American Express, MasterCard, Visa and PayPal listed as accepted payment methods. Each Apple Watch may only be purchased once. Best Buy and Target are also offering Apple Watch deals for select models on Black Friday, including the Apple Watch Sport, which is not on sale through Colette. Deals may vary depending on time, location and product availability. Update: As expected, Colette has sold out of stainless steel Apple Watch models, while Apple Watch Edition models remain available for purchase.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 2, Black Friday Tags: Apple Watch Edition, Colette Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral) Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 26 November 2015 | 9:17 pm

Black Friday Deals: Apple Accessories, Cases, Docks, Home Automation and More

In addition to Black Friday deals from Best Buy, MacMall and other major retailers, many smaller companies are offering discounts on Apple products, accessories and apps for U.S. Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A number of those deals are highlighted below, with most beginning to go live, and more can be found in our Black Friday roundup. Please note that product availability may be limited, and prices are subject to change. Intrepid Bag Co. The Intrepid Bag Co., a site that makes high-quality leather bags, has an exclusive discount code for MacRumors readers. Between now and December 2nd, use the code WeLoveMacRumors10 to get a discount on any of the site's products. Casetify Casetify, a site that specializes in customizable iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands, is offering 20% off site wide. MacRumors readers can get an extra 10% discount for a total of 30% off all products with the promo code MACRUMORS30. The deal will last from Friday, November 27 to Tuesday, December 1. Sewell Direct Sewell Direct is discounting several of its most popular products for Black Friday. - MOS Magnetic Cord Organizer - $6.95, 65% off - Monk Wallet cases for iPhone 4s/5s - $4.95 to $9.95, 50% off - MOS Spring 6-ft Lightning Cable - $25.85, 30% off - MOS Spring 1-ft Lightning Cable - $13.95, 30% off - MOS Kick iPhone stand - $14.95, 40% off - MOS Reach extension cord - $11.95, 40% off SensoGlove The SensoGlove Digital Golf Glove is available for 20% off from Thursday, November 26 to Friday, December 4 with the coupon code BlackFriday2015. OWC OWC has a large selection of used Macs on sale for customers who are looking to get a deal on an older machine. OWC is also offering discounts on a range of Apple-related products from Wednesday November 25 to Friday, December 4. - Apple Lightning Cables - $7, 63% off - Apple Earpods - $8.75, down from $29 - SSDs - Several SSDs discounted, including 100GB for $29 and 240GB for $109.80 - MagSafe Cables - New from $57.50, used from $35 - Mac Memory Kits with 8GB RAM - Starting at $58 - Mac DIY Drive Upgrade Kits - From $47 - Griffin Loop Tablet Stand - $2.90, down from $29.99 - Ten One Design Mountie Clip - $15, down from $24.95 - Edimax AC 450 Wi-Fi Wireless Adapter - $15, down from $39 - Edimax SP-2101W Smart Plug Switch - $25, down from $49 Situ Scale Situ Scale, which we reviewed in July, is an iPad-connected scale that aims to offer a more precise picture of the calorie and nutrient content in food. The scale has gotten a lot of recent updates and is available at a 25% discount for Black Friday using the code BLACKFRIDAY when checking out. With the discount, the scale is available for $89.99 instead of $119.99. The deal is available from now until November 28. Nodus iPhone and iPad cases from Nodus are available at a 25% discount from Friday, November 27 to Monday, November 30. Speck On Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Speck will be offering 25% off all products site wide, with the exception of sale items. On MacBook items, Speck will be offering 40% off. Zagg On Black Friday, Zagg will offer a buy one get one free deal on its lineup of InvisibleShield screen protectors for the iPhone, iPad, and other electronic devices. Brydge Keyboards Brydge is offering discounts on a selection of its iPad keyboards. The BrydgeMini for iPad mini is available for $30 off, dropping the price to $99.99, while the BrydgeAir is available for $20 off, dropping the price to $129.99. The Brydge+ for older iPads is also $20 off, dropping the price to $79.99. More deals ahead… Incipio From Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29 Incipio is offering 30% off site wide and 70% off a selection of mobile accessories. Clamcase From Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29 Clamcase is offering 30% off site wide and 20% off select iPad Air 2 and iPad mini keyboard cases. Braven From Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29 Braven is offering $50 off any of its speakers or 50% off the Braven Mira, 710, and 770 speakers. Kanex Products Kanex is offering up to 60% off its selection of Apple accessories, including a $100 discount on its Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock, dropping the price to $149.95. The Sydnee tablet and smartphone charging station is available for 40% off, dropping the price to $49.95, and the 6,000 mAh GoPower battery pack is available for 60% off, dropping the price to $19.95. Kanex's deals are available from November 25 to November 30. Apogee Between Wednesday, November 25 and Tuesday, December 1 Apogee Electronics is offering up to 55% off its selection of refurbished products for musicians and audiophiles. This includes significant deals on the Duet, the Quartet, the JAM, and more. Withings Starting at midnight on 11/27, Withings will offer up to 60% off its selection of smart products, including the Smart Body Analyzer and the Activite Pop. Canary A two device Canary home security camera multi-pack is available for $349, down from $379.99. The deal will be available until Cyber Monday. Ecobee From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, Ecobee is offering two additional room sensors with the purchase of the Ecobee 3 HomeKit-enabled thermostat. Leviton In partnership with Wink, Leviton is offering a 40% discount on any Wink-compatible Leviton Decora lighting product with the promo code WINKSALE. The discount goes up to 45% with the purchase of three products and 50% with the purchase of five. The sale will last until 12:00 a.m. ET on December 4. OtterBox OtterBox is discounting its Defender Series products for tablets by 40% and offering 15% off all other tablet cases. The deals will be available from Thanksgiving Day until Cyber Monday. Bluelounge Bluelounge is offering 20% off orders over $40 (promo code 20OFF), 25% off orders over $80 (promo code 25OFF), and 30% off orders over $120 (promo code 30OFF). All bags are also available for 50% off with the promo code 50BAGS. The sale is valid from Friday, November 27 to Monday, November 30. Juli Clover contributed to this report. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.Related Roundup: Black Friday Tag: Cyber Monday Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 26 November 2015 | 8:01 am

MacMall's 60-Hour 2015 Black Friday Sale Kicks Off With Solid Deals on Macs

MacMall's annual 60-hour Black Friday sale [PDF] on a variety of Apple products starts today, November 25, at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time and lasts through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28. As it does every year, MacMall is offering significant discounts on a huge selection of Apple Macs and iPads. The Retina MacBook Pro is available at up to $250 off, while the MacBook Air is available for up to $101 off. The 27-inch iMac is available at up to $201 off, and the Mac mini is available at $100 off. MacMall sells a range of stock Apple Macs and custom build-to-order models. We've listed a selection of the more popular discounted models below, but the full range of discounts are available on the MacMall website. 2015 Retina MacBook - 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB Gold, Silver, Space Gray - $1,197, $102 off - 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB Gold, Silver, Space Gray - $1,497, $102 off - 1.3GHz/8GB/256GB Gold, Silver, Space Gray - $1,447, $102 off - 1.3GHz/8GB/512GB Gold, Silver, Space Gray - $1,647, $102 off 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro - 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB - $1,197, $102 off - 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,397, $102 off - 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,697, $102 off - 2.7GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,597, $102 off - 2.9GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,697, $102 off - 2.9GHz/16GB/512GB - $1,897, $102 off - 3.1GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,897, $102 off - 3.1GHz/16GB/512GB - $2,097, $102 off - 3.1GHz/16GB/1TB - $2,597, $102 off 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 15-inch 2015 Retina MacBook Pro models are available for up to $250 off. Models marked Iris AMD include a separate AMD graphics card while models marked Iris Pro do not. - 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB/Iris Pro - $1,799, $200 off - 2.2GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris Pro - $2,148, $151 off - 2.5GHz/16GB/256GB/Iris Pro - $1,948, $151 off - 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris Pro - $2,248, $151 off - 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris AMD - $2,249, $250 off - 2.5GHz/16GB/1TB/Iris AMD - $2,839, $160 off - 2.8GHz/16GB/256GB/Iris Pro - $2,148, $151 off - 2.8GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris Pro - $2,448, $151 off - 2.8GHz/16GB/512GB/Iris AMD - $2,548, $151 off - 2.8GHz/16GB/1TB/Iris AMD - $2,949, $250 off 2015 MacBook Air MacMall's selection of MacBook Air models are available at an $80 to $101 discount. - 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB - $799, $99 off - 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB - $1,018, $81 off - 11-inch 1.6GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,118, $81 off - 11-inch 2.2GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,268, $81 off - 11-inch 2.2GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,568, $81 off - 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB - $899, $99 off - 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB - $1,098, $100 off - 13-inch 1.6GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,218, $81 off - 13-inch 1.6GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,518, $81 off - 13-inch 2.2GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,368, $81 off - 13-inch 2.2GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,668, $81 off 2015 21.5-inch iMac - 1.4GHz/8GB/1TB - $998, $101 off - 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB - $1,198, $101 off - 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion - $1,318, $81 off - 2.8GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion - $1,518, $81 off - 4K 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB - $1,389, $110 off - 4K 3.1GHz/16GB/1TB - $1,589, $101 off - 4K 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion - $1,698, $101 off 2015 27-inch iMac - 5K 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB/M380 - $1,669, $130 off - 5K 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion/M390 - $1,848, $151 off - 5K 3.2GHz/8GB/2TB Fusion/M380 - $1,998, $101 off - 5K 3.2GHz/16GB/1TB Fusion/M390 - $2,098, $101 off - 5K 3.3GHz/8GB/2TB Fusion/M395 - $2,148, $151 off - 5K 3.3GHz/16GB/2TB Fusion/M395 - $2,398, $101 off - 5K 4.0GHz/8GB/2TB Fusion/M395 - $2,448, $101 off - 5K 4.0GHz/16GB/2TB Fusion/M395 - $2,648, $101 off - 5K 4.0GHz/16GB/3TB Fusion/M395 - $2,748, $101 off - 5K 4.0/32GB/2TB Fusion/M395X - $3,248, $151 off - 5K 4.0/32GB/3TB Fusion/M395X - $3,348, $151 off - 5K 4.0/32GB/1TB Flash/M395X - $3898, $201 off 2013 Mac Pro - 4-Core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB - $2,699, $300 off - 6-Core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB - $3,649, $350 off - 8-Core 3.0GHz/12GB/1TB - $6,349, $450 off - 12-Core 2.7GHz/64GB/1TB - $8,799, $800 off 2014 Mac mini - 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB - $464.99, $34 off - 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB Sata - $658, $41 off - 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion - $938, $61 off MacMall is offering iPad Air 2 models at $40 to $50 off 16, 64, and 128GB Wi-Fi only models and up to $75 off the more expensive high-capacity cellular models. The original iPad Air is also available for up to $40 off, and the iPad mini 4 is available for up to $30 off. The site is also selling a wide range of Apple-related accessories, cases, and other products at small discounts, including the BlueLounge Design Sanctuary 4 Charging Station, which is available for $65 (down from $135) and the Otterbox Defender for iPhone 6s, available for $45 (down from $72). As one of the only sites that sells Apple's build-to-order Mac models at a discount, MacMall is a popular choice for customers looking for a non-standard Mac at a lower price. Because MacMall operates in a limited number of states, most orders can will not require sale tax to be paid. For more upcoming Black Friday deals, make sure to check out our dedicated Black Friday roundup. There are some excellent discounts this year on a range of products from iPads and Macs to iPhones and Apple Watches, not to mention hundreds of Apple-related accessories. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with MacMall.Related Roundup: Black Friday Tag: MacMall Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 2:24 pm

iPhones Expected to Have OLED Displays Starting in 2018

Apple plans to switch to OLED displays for iPhones starting in 2018, according to Japanese website Nikkei. The report claims Apple has notified its suppliers about its future plans, with LG Display already planning capacity upgrades for high-volume OLED display production. LG Display and Samsung Electronics will likely share a large portion of the OLED panel production for future iPhones, according to the report. Apple's shift to OLED displays could have "major implications" for Apple's current LCD display suppliers Sharp and Japan Display, the latter of which relies on Apple for 30% of its business.Samsung Electronics is currently the only company that can reliably mass-produce OLED smartphone screens. LG Display has a track record for producing OLEDs for television screens. Given this, the two companies will likely supply a large portion of Apple's displays. […] Apple's shift to OLED displays will have major implications for two Japanese suppliers -- Sharp, which is scrambling to rebuild its faltering operations, and Japan Display, which relies on the computing giant for 30% of its business.Due to the high volume of iPhones that Apple ships, and the technical challenges of producing OLED displays, the report claims the company will likely continue to sell iPhones with LCD screens alongside models with new OLED displays. Samsung's popular Galaxy-branded smartphones are equipped with AMOLED displays, as is the Apple Watch, but iPhones have always had LCD displays since the original model launched over eight years ago. OLED displays can provide sharper images and brighter colors compared to LCD displays, but generally have a shorter lifespan and higher manufacturing costs. Apple has reportedly been "consulting with display makers" about OLED technology to eliminate potential drawbacks.OLEDs are known for offering sharper images and colors than the conventional liquid crystal displays used in cellphones since the 1990s, as well as for their power-saving capacity. The screens can also be bent and rounded to a certain degree, giving companies greater flexibility when designing devices.KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently noted that Apple is unlikely to adopt AMOLED displays for iPhones for at least three years, claiming that its main supplier Foxconn is preparing to invest in advanced TFT-LCD production lines in China for mass production in 2018.Related Roundup: iPhone 6s Tags: Samsung, OLED, LG Display Buyer's Guide: iPhone (Buy Now) Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 2:12 pm

Target's Black Friday Early Access Sale Now Live With Discounts on Apple Watch, iPad

Target is hosting a one-day Early Access sale ahead of the Black Friday shopping holiday, making some of its most appealing Black Friday deals available early. Deals are available in Target retail stores and online on Wednesday, November 25. Like Best Buy, Target is one of the retailers offering deals on the Apple Watch. As of today, when purchasing one of the 20 Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport models Target offers, customers can get a free $100 Target gift card. Pricing on the Apple Watch at Target starts at $349 for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport. With the purchase of an original iPad Air, Target is offering customers a $100 Target gift card. Target carries several original iPad Air models, with prices that start at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version. The iPad mini 2, priced starting at $269 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only version, is also available with a free $80 Target gift card with purchase. On Thursday and Friday, Target will have similar deals on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 4, Apple's more recent tablets. Beats Solo2 headphones (wired version) are available for $96.99, which is a discount of $103 and one of the best deals that will be available this holiday season. Starting later this afternoon and tomorrow, dozens of other retailers will be offering Black Friday deals with discounts on a wide range of Apple products. Make sure to check out our dedicated Black Friday roundup to find the best deals that will be available this week.Related Roundup: Black Friday Tag: Target Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 11:30 am

Black Friday App Deals Include Pixelmator, Linky, Lost Within and More

Just ahead of Thanksgiving and the busy Black Friday shopping holiday in the U.S., some app developers have discounted their iOS and Mac apps for a limited time. We have been tracking App Store price drops on our sister website AppShopper and found early deals on popular apps Pixelmator, Linky, Lost Within and more. Pixelmator for iOS [Direct Link] has been discounted from $4.99 to $1.99, which is 60% off and the image editing app's lowest price since it went on sale for 99 cents in July 2015.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.Pixelmator for Mac [Direct Link] is also on sale for $14.99, which is 50% off its regular price of $29.99. The OS X image editing app last went on sale for $14.99 in April 2015.Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions amazingly simple. Once your images are ready, access them anywhere with iCloud, send them to iPhoto or Aperture, email, print, share, or save them to popular image formats–all right from Pixelmator. Linky for iOS [Direct Link] is on sale for 50% off during Black Friday week, lowering the app's price to $1.99 from $3.99. The popular link, text and sharing app was last discounted to $1.99 in November 2014.Linky lets you easily share webpage links, images and text extracts to Twitter, Facebook and from your iPhone and iPad. Write your post, choose which preferred social networks and Linky will do the rest! You can connect Linky to Twitter, Facebook (Profiles and Pages) and Game Studios has discounted Lost Within for iOS [Direct Link] to $1.99, which is over 70% off its regular $6.99 price and the app's lowest price ever. The high-rated iPhone and iPad survival game, an Editors' Choice on the App Store, last went on sale for $2.99 in October 2015. Read our Lost Within review on TouchArcade.From the developer of Prey -- Survive a haunted asylum and its monstrous Inhabitants. Confront a legendary killer who prowls the abandoned wards. Scavenge and create makeshift weapons or conserve your resources and employ stealth tactics to sneak past the lurking horrors. When all else fails, run for your life or find a place to hide. To escape, you must uncover the asylum's dark mystery: the shattering secret that led to its condemnation. There are many doors, but there is only one way out. Todo for iOS [Direct Link] is on sale for 99 cents, down from $4.99. The popular to-do list and task management app was last discounted to $1.99 in October 2015, but 99 cents is the app's lowest price ever.Todo - The ORIGINAL To-Do and Task List is the world's first, and one of the most popular, powerful, and award-winning to-do list and task manager iOS apps ever—now on Apple Watch! Todo is used by millions of individuals, families and teams for GETTING THINGS DONE. Also on Sale - Door Kickers: $4.99 → $1.99 - AG Drive: $3.99 → $1.99 - The Cursed Ship, Collector’s Edition (iPhone): $4.99 → Free - The Cursed Ship, Collector’s Edition (iPad): $6.99 → Free Though not an App Store deal, four developers have teamed up to offer a bundle of movie-related apps, which is available at a discount for Black Friday. The Blockbuster Kit includes Boom 2, Beamer 3, Waltr, and Elmedia Player Pro for $24.95. A description of the included apps is below. - Boom 2 - World’s most advanced app for sound boosting. - Beamer 3 - The first and the easiest way to stream any movie to Apple TV. - WALTR - World’s fastest way to get any movie into your iPhone & iPad. - Elmedia Player PRO - One of the best ways to watch movies on your Mac. Follow our Black Friday roundup to keep track of the best deals on Apple products and accessories.Related Roundup: Black Friday Tags: App Store, Pixelmator, Lost Within, Linky Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 10:26 am

Apple Shares 'Someday At Christmas' Ad With Stevie Wonder and Andra Day

A day before Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States, Apple this morning shared a new Christmas-themed ad for 2015, starring artists Stevie Wonder and Andra Day. The 90-second ad centers on Wonder performing his 1967 holiday classic "Someday At Christmas" with family members. The iconic artist uses a handful of Apple products and apps -- like a MacBook and GarageBand -- to perform his heartfelt song "Someday at Christmas" alongside Day and presumably some younger members of his family. Day can be seen wearing an Apple Watch about one minute into the advertisement.Tag: Apple ads Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 10:11 am

T-Mobile Offers Sprint Customers $200 Credit Per Line to Switch

T-Mobile has announced a second "Un-carrier Unwrapped" promotion that offers Sprint customers a $200 bill credit for each line switched to a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan starting Thursday, November 26. The offer is valid for Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile postpaid and prepaid customers, with no device trade-in required for the bill credit. Sprint customers can still take advantage of T-Mobile's Carrier Freedom offer, which provides up to $650 towards a balance owing or to pay off early termination fees (ETFs) with an eligible device trade-in.Just switch any Sprint number – including postpaid, prepaid, Boost and Virgin Mobile – over to a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan starting this Thursday, November 26 and you’ll automatically get a $200 credit on your bill. That’s $200 multiplied by as many lines as you switch. For a family of four, that could mean $800 extra, and for a business with 10 employees, we’re talking about a $2,000 credit!This limited time offer is part of T-Mobile's monthlong "Un-carrier Unwrapped" holiday promotion that began with three months of free unlimited LTE data for all Simple Choice postpaid customers earlier this week. T-Mobile plans to unveil additional "gifts" over the next month, with a new gift coming at least once per week. T-Mobile CEO John Legere confirmed on Twitter that gifts are coming soon for AT&T and Verizon customers.Tags: Sprint, T-Mobile Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 8:21 am

Confirmed: Apple Acquired Real-Time Motion Capture Firm Faceshift

Earlier this year, MacRumors uncovered some evidence suggesting Zurich-based real-time motion capture firm Faceshift was acquired by Apple, and as of today, that acquisition has been confirmed by Apple in a statement given to TechCrunch. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Prior to being acquired by Apple, Faceshift worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including Faceshift Studio software with plugins for Maya and Unity. The company was also working toward consumer-facing software like a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for video chat. Based on Swiss company registry filings discovered by MacRumors, Faceshift was acquired by Apple in mid-August. Several Faceshift employees have now joined Apple and are working out of the company's European offices. Apple is also hiring additional employees to work on related technology in Switzerland, including a senior software engineer that would focus on "cutting-edge imaging algorithms for both mobile and desktop photographic applications." Faceshift launched in 2011 out of the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and in mid-2013, the company expanded and brought on industry veteran Doug Griffin, formerly of Industrial Light & Magic and Electronic Arts, to head up a San Francisco office. Faceshift has demonstrated its motion capture technology multiple times in the past few years, most recently demoing it at GDC 2015. It is not clear what Apple will use Faceshift's Technology for, but there are a wide range of possible use cases. Faceshift's real-time motion capture work in the gaming and chat arena could be used for things like real-time avatars for FaceTime video chats, but there are also more serious applications such as biometrics for unlocking devices or authorizing payments through facial recognition techniques.Tag: Faceshift Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 24 November 2015 | 8:21 pm

Best Buy Offering Up to $100 Off Apple Watch Today Only in Pre-Black Friday Sale

Best Buy is hosting an early access online-only sale today that includes significant discounts on the Apple Watch and the iPad Air 2 ahead of the traditional Black Friday shopping holiday. Customers can get $50 off the Apple Watch Sport and $100 off the stainless steel Apple Watch, dropping entry-level prices to $299 and $449, respectively. The discount applies to all Apple Watch models that Best Buy sells and is available online only. To get the discount, enter the code AWSPORTDEAL when checking out with an Apple Watch Sport or AWDEAL when checking out with the stainless steel Apple Watch. Best Buy is also offering up to $125 off iPad Air 2 models. The 16 and 64GB iPad Air 2 models can be purchased at a $100 discount when using the promo code IPADAIR2DEAL at checkout, while 128GB models can be purchased at a $125 discount with the promocode IPADSAVE125DEAL. Best Buy's Early Access sale will end on 11/24/15 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. That translates to 9:59 p.m. Pacific Time and 12:59 a.m. Eastern Time. When Black Friday rolls around, Best Buy will be offering additional discounts on the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and a selection of MacBooks. Several other retailers are also offering similar deals, all of which can be found in our dedicated Black Friday roundup.Related Roundup: Black Friday Tag: Best Buy Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 24 November 2015 | 11:38 am

Teardown Shows Off the Guts of the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard

Following teardowns of the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro itself, iFixit today completed a disassembly of Apple's new first party Smart Keyboard accessory. The teardown of the keyboard doesn't provide much in the way of surprising internal revelations, but does give those interested a closer look at the accessory's conductive fabric, dome switches underneath the keys, and underlying circuit board powering the device. iFixit first noted the "high tech fabric" lining the outside of the Smart Keyboard, guessing that the fabric could be nylon due to its tactile similarities to a windbreaker. Once peeled back, the stripped away fabric reveals a row of dome switches beneath, along with a stiffening weight placed in the spacebar for a more reliable return each time a user hits the rectangular key. Once the Smart Keyboard is cracked open, iFixit discovered the circuit board at the center of the device, but with no added flourishes like LEDs, batteries, or cooling fans due to the accessory's slim size. Once the keyboard frame was pulled away, the site noticed "intestinal squiggles" lining the plastic casing that direct toward small vents on the topside of the keyboard, most likely used to release air pressure each time a key is pressed, according to iFixit. Lastly the teardown revealed the "brains of the operation" in the form of an ARM-based microcontroller from STMicroelectronics, along with a final layer of three fabric strips at the base of the keyboard. Made of Apple's "conductive fabric" that connects the accessory's smart connector (where the iPad Pro is placed) with the actual keyboard, the fabric allows for a "two-way flow of power and data" that should be able to withstand a lifetime of unfolding the Smart Keyboard. Overall, iFixit gave the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard a repairability score of 0 out of 10, meaning once it was torn down the accessory is impossible to repair. The site noted that while the Apple-made accessory is quite durable, it must be damaged to gain entry and none of its internal components can be removed and replaced without causing fatal harm to the device.Related Roundup: iPad Pro Tags: iFixit, teardown Buyer's Guide: iPad Pro (Buy Now) Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 24 November 2015 | 10:04 am

2017 Mirage Will Be First Mitsubishi Vehicle in U.S. to Support CarPlay

Mitsubishi has announced that the 2017 Mirage will feature both CarPlay and Android Auto, becoming the first Mitsubishi vehicle in the U.S. to support Apple's in-dash system. The new subcompact hatchback, introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, is positioned as Mitsubishi's entry-level vehicle in its current lineup. Mitsubishi's 2017 Mirage GT Mitsubishi also unveiled its 2016 Outlander Sport with a 6.1" in-dash touchscreen, but the crossover still uses the Japanese carmaker's proprietary audio system. Mitsubishi plans to expand CarPlay to future vehicles in multiple markets, but the carmaker's popular Lancer and Outlander models remain without CarPlay in the U.S. Mitsubishi joins several other CarPlay partners, including Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Honda, Porsche and Volkswagen. Apple says several other automakers are committed to the platform, including BMW, Dodge, Ford, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota, but few have disclosed their plans. CarPlay in Mitsubishi's 2017 Mirage GT Mitsubishi's 2016 Pajero also features CarPlay in Australia and select European markets.Related Roundup: CarPlay Tag: Android Auto Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 24 November 2015 | 9:22 am

Apple Pay Expected to Launch in China by February 2016

Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in mainland China before the weeklong Spring Festival starting February 8, 2016, also known as the Chinese New Year, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report claims Apple recently reached deals with China's big four state-run banks to launch Apple Pay, but the iPhone maker could still face regulatory hurdles in the country. China's big four state-run commercial banks include the Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China. Alipay and Tenpay are currently the two largest electronic payment platforms in China, with nearly 64% combined market share, according to the report, citing research firm Analysys. China's only interbank network UnionPay holds a monopoly on the country's credit and debit card processing, effectively blocking MasterCard and Visa. The state-run organization does offer some credit cards affiliated with American Express, MasterCard or Visa for use abroad.One Chinese developer who has seen the latest beta version of Apple’s mobile-operating system said logos for China’s UnionPay can be found within the package. China UnionPay Co. press officials didn’t respond to requests for comment.Apple is committed to an international expansion of Apple Pay, having launched the mobile payments service in Australia and Canada last week in partnership with American Express. Apple Pay is also coming to Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain in 2016. China has also been an oft-rumored candidate for Apple Pay. Apple CEO Tim Cook told Chinese news agency Xinhua in May that Apple "very much want to get Apple Pay in China," adding that he is "very bullish on Apple Pay in China." Apple has registered an entity in the Shanghai free-trade zone to prepare for the launch of Apple Pay in China, the WSJ previously reported. Apple Technology Service (Shanghai) Ltd. was registered on June 10, per the Shanghai government's company registry.Related Roundup: Apple Pay Tag: China Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 24 November 2015 | 7:12 am

New Apple TV Billboards Start Popping Up in U.S. Cities

Apple has launched (via AppleInsider) a brand new outdoor ad campaign for the Apple TV a week after debuting its first TV commercials for the new set-top box. The new ads feature a variation of the SMPTE color bars, a television test pattern, as a backdrop to the simple Apple TV logo. Image via SMPTE Connect The color bars are also featured in the TV ads, dispersing in different ways as the ad showcases its apps or games. Thus far, the billboards have been spotted in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. The ads appear to have gone up in the last 24 hours, with Instagram user Courtney Cerruti noting that she saw workers tugging the image into place and that they went up "in unison." Additionally, every current picture of the new billboards have appeared within the last 11 hours or so. The ads also come in different formats, with some ads in a vertical orientation on buildings and others in a more traditional horizontal format.Related Roundup: Apple TV Tags: Ads, advertising Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Buy Now) Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 23 November 2015 | 10:35 pm

T-Mobile Announces 'Un-carrier Unwrapped' Promotion Offering Free LTE Data for All Customers for Three Months

T-Mobile today announced a new holiday promotion it's calling "Un-carrier Unwrapped," offering free unlimited LTE data for all of its Simple Choice customers for the next three months. All existing Simple Choice postpaid customers as of the end of the day on November 23 will get the unlimited data. T-Mobile also plans to unveil additional "gifts" for the next month, with a new gift coming each week. The company is teasing a "special holiday gift" for Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon customers, with one gift per carrier per week. "We've had a fantastic year, and we're going to spread that T-Mobile cheer by starting with the most important people first... our existing customers! Now you get Unlimited LTE data on our blazing fast network for three full months as a gift from the Un-carrier to you," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "But that's not all....we know that Verizon, AT&T and Sprint customers need some holiday cheer, too - so we've got presents coming for them. Just wait!"The unlimited data offering for Simple Choice customers will begin on December 1, 2015 and will last through March 1, 2016. Unlimited data will kick in once all existing data and Data Stash data has been used up. T-Mobile does require its Binge On video streaming service to be activated. Unveiled earlier this month, Binge On provides T-Mobile customers with video streaming that does not eat into data plans, but it uses a data compression algorithm that streams video at a reduced 480p quality. T-Mobile is also offering Black Friday deals on Samsung smartphones and discounting the UE Boom Bluetooth speaker by $100, dropping the price to $99.Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 23 November 2015 | 3:45 pm

Square Launches NFC Reader to Bring Apple Pay to Smaller Businesses

Mobile payments company Square today announced the launch of its new NFC reader within 100 small businesses around the country, letting stores who previously were unable to accept Apple Pay -- due to the lack of a required contactless reader -- begin supporting the service (via USA Today). The small square-shaped reader will act like all other Apple Pay-accepting terminals, letting users wave an iPhone or Apple Watch near the device to complete a purchase. "Until now, technology like our new reader has been out of reach for local businesses," said Jesse Dorogusker, head of hardware at Square, told USA TODAY via email. "Now Square sellers across the country can quickly and easily accept the new forms of payment that are crossing their counter tops." Business owners can buy the Square reader for $49 to begin allowing customers the option to use Apple Pay in their storefronts. With the recent surge in popularity of chip cards, touted as being a safer and more secure physical payment alternative, the reader also has the option to accept chip cards in a small slot located on the side of the device. Square initially announced incoming support for Apple Pay last November, with no real hint as to what the device would be. The company then announced the Square reader during WWDC earlier this summer, confirming its NFC and chip-reading capabilities would bring the success of Apple Pay to businesses and merchants who as of yet hadn't had the chance to support the service. Merchants interested in adopting Apple Pay can visit Square's official website to reserve their own NFC reader.Related Roundup: Apple Pay Tag: Square Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 23 November 2015 | 9:02 am

MasterCard Offers Apple Pay Users Free Public Transit in London Starting Today

In an effort to increase adoption of contactless payments, major credit card issuer MasterCard has launched a limited time "Fare Free Mondays" promotion, offering free public transit to Apple Pay users in London on Mondays between November 23 and December 14, 2015. Starting today, and on the next three Mondays, MasterCard customers using Apple Pay to touch in and out on London's public transit network will have up to £27.90 in daily fares refunded by MasterCard. The promotion is valid for travel on the Tube, buses, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London. Mark Barnett, president of MasterCard UK&I:“The move by TfL last year to accept contactless cards and devices on London Underground has been a phenomenal catalyst to the growth in contactless payments across the UK. Now that Apple Pay has arrived we want to encourage travellers on London’s transport network to try it out and give them another convenient option to pay for their travel. What better way to do this, than to offer MasterCard customers using Apple Pay the chance to travel for free over the next four consecutive Mondays.”MasterCard competitor Visa today also unveiled a new Apple Pay "Ready" campaign in Europe, including two TV ads from agency Saatchi & Saatchi that highlight how fast, easy and reliable using a Visa card in Apple Pay is in everyday situations such as paying to use the Tube or in a cafe. Apple Pay expanded to the U.K. in July and is accepted at more than 250,000 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The iPhone-based mobile payments service recently gained support for Tesco Bank and TSB in the country alongside over 90 new U.S. issuers.Related Roundup: Apple Pay Tags: Visa, MasterCard, Transport for London Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 23 November 2015 | 7:50 am

Apple Shares New Apple Pay for iPhone Guided Tour

Following the launch of Apple Pay in Australia and Canada earlier this week, Apple has shared a new Apple Pay Guided Tour video that walks users through how to use Apple Pay on their iPhones. The video goes through the steps of making a payment at an NFC terminal with a finger on the Touch ID home button of an iPhone and it covers the security behind Apple Pay. Apple Pay shares no credit card numbers or personal information with cashiers during the checkout process. There's also a walkthrough on how to set up Apple Pay through the Wallet app and details on using the payments service within an app. Apple Pay is now available in the United States, the UK, Canada, and Australia, with the latter two countries receiving the service through a partnership with American Express. In 2016, Apple Pay will expand to Spain, Singapore, and Hong Kong through the same AMEX partnership. Apple has previously published a number of Guided Tour videos, most recently sharing a video series that walks users through how to use the various features of Apple Music. In the past, Apple has also done quite a few Apple Watch Guided Tour videos to teach users how to unlock the full capabilities of the wrist-worn device.Related Roundup: Apple Pay Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 20 November 2015 | 5:06 pm

Apple Developing Support iOS App to Streamline Repair and Troubleshooting Process

Apple appears to be working on an iOS app that will provide customers with easy access to Apple support staff, troubleshooting tips, and repair options for their iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices. A series of screenshots of the app were provided by Sonny Dickson to uSwitch Tech, revealing key details about the app and what it's capable of. There are direct options for chatting with an advisor, scheduling an in-store visit (which lists the next available appointment at a local Apple Store), and sending a device in for service, along with a list of support documents and guides to solve common problems like using iTunes to do a restore, maximizing battery life, or upgrading to the latest version of iOS. According to an "insider," the app is tied to an Apple ID and will automatically list all of the devices that each person owns, giving them direct access to pre-defined troubleshooting problems, much like Apple's support site does now. From there, it walks users through all of the available support options. It's said to be "highly interactive and well integrated." Having a centralized spot to access support documents and repair options will be hugely useful for many users who may not know the extent of Apple's online support offerings. The app will also further streamline the repair and support process, taking some of the pressure off of in-store Genius employees who work on repairs and potentially cutting down on the number of people coming in to the store for small issues. It is not clear if the app is a standalone support app that will be added to iOS devices in the future or if this is functionality that will be incorporated into the existing Apple Store app. At this time, the Apple Store app has limited functionality when it comes to support, only allowing users to schedule appointments with Geniuses at their local Apple Stores.Tag: Apple Store Discuss this article in our forums

Posted by on 20 November 2015 | 11:32 am