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Black Friday deals: The best discounts on Apple gear (so far)

MacWorld - 1 hour 48 min ago

Apple products on the cheap are hard to come by, even on mega shopping holidays like Black Friday. But in years past, we’ve been able to score some major deals on lots of different Apple goodies—2016’s deals included the iPhone 7, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and MacBook Pro. (Yes, seriously.) If you’re ok with slightly older stuff, the savings are even better.

We’re not sure what 2017 will have in store just yet, but we’ll keep this page updated as deals are announced—Apple typically doesn’t announce their in-store deals until the week of Thanksgiving.

However, some third-party retailers like Best Buy and Amazon are giving us a peak at what they have in store for later this week. Take a look at what we’ve found so far, and keep scrolling to look at 2016’s deals to give you an idea of what might still be in the deal pipeline based on year’s past. 

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Looking for an iPhone X case? Here’s what’s available at the online Apple store

MacWorld - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:50

The iPhone X is a marvelous device—a device with a glass shell. And as strong as that glass is, you probably want to do what you can to protect it, especially since you paid a lot of money for it.

iPhone X cases by third-party companies are starting to trickle out. As of this writing, the selection in the online Apple store is pretty limited. Here’s what you’ll find. We’ll update this list as new products appear.

iPhone X Silicone Case

What’s nice about this case is that it’s a thin covering that adds some grip to the slick iPhone X. It costs $39 and is available in black, blue cobalt, dark olive, midnight blue, pink sand, (Product) Red, rose red, ultra violet, and white.

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

MacWorld - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:50

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

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iPad Buying Guide: How to choose the iPad that's right for you

MacWorld - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:45

Update 11-21-2017: We’ve added some advice for those looking for iPad accessories.

So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—we couldn’t live without ours. It’s a great companion when catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane.

But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1279. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.

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Black Friday 2017: The best early deals

MacWorld - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:37

Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Now deals spill out willy-nilly from retailers at almost any given time in November.

Just a year or two ago, most discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.

While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now. 

We’ve begun rounding those up here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by and we add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: Holiday return windows have just expanded (most will run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure—assuming you can float the cash.

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