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These things aren’t really things: Essential and bending iPads

MacWorld - 3 hours 58 min ago

People will often try to tell you that something matters but sometimes you really don’t have to listen to them.

Writing for The Verge, Nick Statt is helpless but to report this tidbit because having “Essential” and “headphone jack” in the same story is basically a form of weaponized catnip for The Verge.

“Essential shows signs of life with launch of $149 headphone dongle.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

“With this dead cat bounce, Mr. Whiskers has shown that he is alive and ready to take on whatever challenges may come his way in 2019. … Except, uh, he’s not moving.”

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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

MacWorld - 4 hours 58 min ago
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tells everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

MacBook Air vs MacBook vs 13-inch MacBook Pro: Which of Apple’s small laptops is right for you?

MacWorld - 4 hours 58 min ago

If you’re in the market for a Mac notebook, there are basically two options: the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which offers a range of options to satisfy the most demanding of users, and everything else. Apple offers no less than four MacBooks with 12- or 13.3-inch screens, and deciding between them can be enough to give up and buy a Dell XPS 13.

We’re here to help. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, we’ve considered every angle, color, spec, and port to help you cut through the confusion and make sure you make the right choice.

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Black Friday 2018: The best early deals

MacWorld - 7 hours 12 min ago

Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Deals now roll out in a chaotic mass all throughout November.

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

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