To mix up our refurb presentations this week, we're going to show you the range from base model to the priciest option on the market. Depending on the week, Apple has just about every stop between the two points, so if you want more than the base but less than the biggest ticket, there's probably something for you.
If you're willing to brave the crowds on Black Friday this year (particularly when retailers are referring to the sales as "doorbusters"), you'll find some good deals at Best Buy that you'll never find in an Apple retail store. Other sales sheets from Target and Sam's Club leaked over the last couple of days, but Best Buy took a different direction and published their deals for their Doorbusters sale outright.
Apple kicked off the week by at last allowing former iPhone users to deregister themselves from iMessage (and thereby let iPhone friends text with them again), but according to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, it's too little, too late. Reuters reported earlier today that Koh plans to let Adrienne Moore's lawsuit against the Cupertino company continue, meaning that Apple could end up facing punitive damages for letting the issue go unresolved for so long.
Last week, the Home Depot suffered a devastating security breach in which 56 million credit card numbers and 53 million e-mail addresses were stolen. By the time a massive story hit The Wall Street Journal regarding the issue, investigators revealed that someone had managed to get access to the files through a Windows security breach. And what do you do when that happens? If you're in charge at Home Depot, apparently, you buy your executives a bunch of MacBooks and iPhones to replace their old Windows devices.
WireLurker was only the beginning; there's now a new iOS vulnerability in town for hackers seeking access to your iOS files. It's called the "Masque Attack," according to the FireEye security team, and as with WireLurker, it focuses on getting users away from Apple's carefully curated App Store in the hopes that they'll download the latest malicious dish of the day. And just like WireLurker, it works with both secure iPhones and jailbroken devices.
Apple's Photo Library for iCloud has so far relied on syncing with photos and videos taken with iDevices, but that may change soon. The beta for iCloud.com now allows users to upload photos they've taken with devices other than their Apple products to the cloud, which immediately makes the service a more attractive method of storing photos.
Barely a day after The New York Times published a piece on Palo Alto Networks' discovery of "WireLurker," a new malware threat in China that infects both Macs and iOS devices through USB transmission, Apple has already taken steps to neutralize the damage. In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, the Cupertino company noted that the harmful software was "available from a download site aimed at users in China," and now it's preventing affected users from even opening the harmful apps on their Macs.
They went quickly as usual, the refurb Mac minis. Gone after appearing briefly last week, despite Apple's refresh of the pint-sized desktop. So this week, in their honor, we'll feature other small devices, meaning if you're looking to save money on some iOS products and don't need the very latest model Air, this is the place to save some serious cash and pick up some great products.
Taiwan's Economic Daily News has been on a roll with sketchy news lately. Just this Monday the site claimed that Apple is ditching the iPad mini forever in favor of the still-rumored "iPad Pro," and now it's claiming that Apple is on the verge of designing an iPhone with a glasses-free 3D display. It's a tough sell, especially since the recent resurgence of enthusiasm for 3D technology already appears to be on the wane.
It's a shame that some retailers such as CVS and Rite-Aid aren't so keen on adopting Apple Pay, but do they really deserve to have a class action lawsuit aimed at them? Apparently, if you work at the firm of Schubert, Jonckheer & Kolbe, that answer may be yes. The firm is currently looking into the matter to see if they have enough of a foundation for a case, and they're polling customers to see how they feel about the chains' decision to hold off on Apple Pay for now.