Happy New Year! Welcome to the first of this year's fantastic Deals columns. We've got some refurb hits for you, plus some great pricing on fresh-out-of-the-box new Macs. And as always, the grooviest gear for your iOS devices at killer prices. So, dive in and see what kind of dough we're gonna save you this week.
Typically we feature mostly refurbs in our deals, but to start your new year off right, we'll throw in a few brand new Macs. Plus, we've got your post-holiday break down of the very best accessories and a few other things to get your iOS presents protected and tucked away safe.
It's easy to write off 2013 as a year without any real design innovations. The first great smartwatch is going to have to wait till next year — sorry, Samsung and Pebble — and we didn't get a new Apple product that wasn't a riff on a previous one. And Google didn't make any headway with Glass.
But it wasn't a lost year by any stretch. We might not look back on 2013 as the watershed year that 2007 was, but even without a big bang, there were a number of advancements that made us look, touch and think just a little different.
Sure, the new Mac Pros are finally dropping but you'll have to wait a bit before those end up on the refurb list. But rest assured we'll let you know when they do. Meanwhile, here's some great deals on things that ARE available for your last minute shopping binges.
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...