Mac minis are back in the game after a hiatus around these parts. These little hockey puck-sized powerhouses were some of the first signs of Apple's commitment to shrinkage — but in a good way. And now we see that the cold weather has also gotten the prices of gear down to smaller sizes. So what are you waiting for?
Even more than its trademark lowercase "i," Apple's surnames come with certain expectations. Air implies tremendous lightness and thinness. Mini means small, but not less. And Pro is the absolute cream of the crop, the finest mix of power and performance money can buy.
And so the holiday season is upon full force. Well good. We've got good news for Apple, as usual, good news for those of you waiting for your iPhone 5S, some sweet games and some sweeter deals, and free music -- who doesn't love free music? Plus, let's all enjoy a good laugh at Android OS adoption rates as shown above. They're hilarious. All that and more, just step inside.
One of the biggest bits of Apple-related news was how well the iPad Air sold over Black Friday weekend, and now new data from Localytics (via Macgasm) supports the reports coming in from retailers. Based on the firm's findings, the iPad Air saw a 51 percent increase in the activation of iPad Airs over the weekend compared to the previous week.
Retailers make mistakes from time to time, but they can usually be worked out with customer service. That definitely wasn't the case with a Canadian woman who purchased a new iPad from Target on Black Friday, only to find out it was already full of someone else's data -- and rather than return to the store, she tipped off the local news instead. That story and a handful of new product info kicks off our Wednesday morning news coverage!
Microsoft finds itself in something of a pickle when it comes to its tablet-centric Windows RT. Even as Nokia's latest TV commercial knocks the iPad (read on to find out more about that), Redmond weighs the notion of killing Windows RT altogether after discovering that consumers and OEMs alike instead favor having the full Windows 8 experience. Could RT wind up rolled into Windows Phone 8 instead? Time will tell...
On the off chance that you were doubting that Apple would have a Black Friday event this year, it looks as though your doubts were for naught. As reported by MacRumors, a teaser page popped up on the online Apple Store for Australia, promising a one-day shopping event on November Friday, 29. With that in place, it seems as though it's only a matter of hours before we see a similar announcement for the United States.
Are you doing anything really cool with your iPad, such as using it as a new set of eyes for hands-on surgery or finding that extra edge for speed skating? If so, you could be featured in a new section of Apple's website dedicated to real-life tales of iPad.
When next we meet to discuss the deals of the week, we’ll be in the thick of Thanksgiving and the Black Friday deals will be all around us. The question is, is it worth going into the stores that early on the chance of scoring a Mac deal or could you just go the refurb route and save bigger bucks? We’ll go with the latter.
Even if you've already bought all the new Apple devices you plan to give or get for the holidays, 9to5 Mac notes that you should drop by your local Apple Store anyway. According to employees who work at the stores, the new windows for the holiday season are nothing short of "spectacular."