In honor of next week's big iPhone 5S reveal (which leaks have pretty much guaranteed with be fairly anticlimactic unless Tim's got another Mac Pro style surprise under wraps), this week's deals are all about the iOS. We've got iPod touches, iPads, and more inside. We'll keep it short this week, as we know if you're reading this blog, you're holding your breath and your wallet as you wait to see what next Tuesday will bring.
Get your fill of hot ticket items this week as we've got refurb deals that are pretty amazing and we've got cases and we've got just the ticket if your Labor Day weekend involves any kind of amusement park water rides. And if you need some tunes for your party, yeah, we gotcha covered.
We've got a bevy of refurb Macs for you back-to-schoolers who want a great laptop at a great price, but we've also got a handful or three of accessories to protect the rest of your Apple gear. Or to turn a decent attempt at drawing on your iPad into an awesome one. That and more after the jump.
It's that time again — time for our post-PC world to kick in and for all our refurb deals to not be laptops or desktops, but handhelds and pocket-sized devices. So if you came looking for a sweet MacBook Air, check last week's column or next week, because this week we're all about the iOS.
This week feels like a Back to the Mac kind of week as our deals are super hopping for those of you bound by desks and laps. Never fear, we still have great iOS price cuts, but if you're in the model for upgrading your main machine, this week we're playing your song. Meanwhile, there's this --->
It's that time again, time when we roll away the refurbs and bring you sweet deals on all brand new Macs, with that delicious new computer smell. No one but the assembly team's touched these babies before you get your paws on them so they're all yours. Plus a goodly assortment of iOS accessories to give you more boom for your buck.
Size-wise, iPad mini is the middle child of the iOS family, but hand-me-down clothes aren't really an option here. Luckily, casemakers have been quick to produce cases made especially for Apple's midsized tablet. We've reviewed every one we've been able to get our hands on, from sleeves to anti-shock cases to widgetlike stands, and as we review more, we'll update this gallery.
STM's Grip is a jack-of-all-trades. Adding a hardshell case to a cover that can sleep & wake your iPad, the Grip also features a textured surface to help you hang on, and a flip-out kickstand that can hold your iPad at two different angles.