We start small today and build bit by bit to the biggest Macs around, so begin with us at the tiniest of refurbs and grow. And this week is heavy on the devices, since there are so many great deals out there. There's a little something for everyone in this week's refurb round up, and with all the money you save on these slashed prices, don't forget to check out our gear deals too.
In the past, Apple has at least allowed customers to chat about out-of-warranty products via its online support sections, but in the future, 9to5Mac reports, it's (usually) going to cost you. The push for paid chat support is part of a larger effort by Apple to bring other features to its online services, such as the ability to pay for product repairs and replacements over the Internet.
Apple sometimes gets a hefty dose of criticism for its closed-system approach to iOS, but it's important to remember that closed systems have their benefits as well. That much was apparent in a recent statement Android chief Sundar Pichai made to an audience at the Mobile World Congress (via FrAndroid).
Security and privacy are big concerns these days, and few things emphasize that so well as Chitika's data (via AppleInsider) demonstrating how quickly Apple's iOS 7.0.6 patch was adopted by iPhone and iPad users. Within 48 hours of its release, the security-focused patch was installed on more than 13.3 percent of iDevices throughout North America. As of yesterday, that number stood at 25.9 percent.
One of the more interesting iOS controversies over the past couple of months was developer King's strange attempt to get the word "candy" trademarked in an attempt to fend off imitators of its popular Candy Crush Saga game. It succeeded in Europe, but in the wake of the resulting widespread protest, King has officially withdrawn its trademark application for the word in the United States.
Considering that Oral-B exhibited an iOS-compatible toothbrush today at Mobile World Congress in Spain today, it seems as though we're approaching a world in which almost every appliance will work hand-in-hand with Apple's spunky mobile operating system. Proctor and Gamble revealed the Oral-B SmartSeries 7000 last month (as Engadget reports), but today marks one of the first times that other people have managed to get their hands -- and teeth -- on the unit.
Well, we hope you all were pleased with yourselves and your Black Friday madnesses. Since the great deals were everywhere last week, this week's foray into refurbs will find a few different corners, but some old faves too. Plus the usual assortment of gear for your gear at a price that's not dear.
Have you ever found yourself thinking an item wasn't available on the App Store simply because you misspelled it in the search or left a typo in the name? Those little accidents shouldn't cause as much of a problem in the future, as TechCrunch reports that Apple has at last implemented a system for compensating for typos, spacing problems, and misspellings.
The releases of Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City a while back were impressive enough at the time, but today Rockstar announced that the beloved Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas would be making its way to iOS as early as next month. And it gets even better. According to the press release, it'll even support the Made for iPhone game controllers that just hit shelves in the previous weeks.
With every new Apple event, fans of the click wheel-based iPod classic begin wringing their hands in anticipation of the fate of their favorite large-capacity music player -- could this be the year Cupertino finally puts it out to pasture?