Portability is the name of the game this week. With summer vacations in the planning stages (or nearly started), you're looking to travel light. And who can blame you? Last summer's crushing heat made the idea of lugging around our 15.4" MacBook Pro a no-starter. But with an iOS device in your pocket or bag, you're floating even lighter than the Airs. Let's see what deals will help you stay cool this summer.
This week we have a variety of options on everyone's favorite little desktop, the Mac Mini, with a tough choice at the higher end of the lineup. Plus, we've got a few variations of the MacBook Air, as well as an array of gadget boosters, cases, headphones, and all sorts of whatnots this week.
We've done weekly deals where we've set the price bar at under one grand, but with recent price cuts Apple instituted this year, we think we can go one better. So this week, we're going to drop our high price down to $900. That's right: all the goodness this week is even more affordable than some of our usual deals on Macs and Apple-centric goodness. Let's get going, bargain hunters.
Time for a regular feature of the Deals column: "What can I get for less than a grand?" You've got a budget and you've got to stick to it. Sure, we all dream of rolling into the Apple Store and dropping the plastic on the counter and loading up, but in the real world, you still have to eat the next day — and you can't eat these Apples. So let's see what you can get and not have to sell off your other possessions to pick up.
Since the new MacBook recently dropped, we figure that most Apple buyers are thinking about things that are shiny and fancy and new. Don't get us wrong; we're still touting the best of the best in the refurb market here, because that's where the deals really get awesome. But this time we're only offering up models from 2014. Anything older than that, while still likely a pretty amazing machine, and the tag of "new" (or even "newish") doesn't quite stick. These are some of the freshest re-boxed Macs on the market, and any one of these will save you loads of cash if you're looking for great deals.
In today's Apple Daily, Apple releases a report detailing how much it's done to live up to its stated commitment to the environment and renewable energy. In other news, a photographer from Dubai had the misfortune of watching is iPhone plummet 40 stories down, and the camera was rolling the whole time.
There's just one model Mac Mini out there this week in Refurblandia, and since you have to go all the way up to $1,700 for a current-ish model MacBook Pro, this week is all about the MacBook Air. Perhaps a little something called the new MacBook has some Air owners ready to trade up, because it is seriously a packed market this week. We only selected the best, but there's more deals inside.
It's too bad that Apple TV wasn't revamped and refreshed this week. You'll notice that there are no refurbs on the Apple site anymore. We can only imagine how much they'll be price-cut when that day comes. Meanwhile, this new MacBook is pretty trim and sleek, no? It'll be a while before we see those around these parts, but what can you get for the same money (aside from ports, haha)? Let's have a look.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in San Francisco to talk about the company's latest retail store in China, a price reduction for Apple TV, and the new HBO Now streaming plan before moving on to updates on how the iPhone is selling.
Today's refurb weekly deals features two pairs. That is, we found one lower end model (or older model) and paired it with a newer or higher end so you can weigh your choices. Sometimes the difference in cost is slight but the under the hood upgrades are well worth it, and in some cases what you're buying is just youth. The choice is yours, and as always, an assortment of goodies for your iOS devices rounds out the bill.