We're gonna leave behind the MacBook Air line and the lower powered 1.4GHz processors and focus on just the more powerful models in the world of refurbed Macs. This week, we're all about speed and power and just crushing it. So let's get right into these big beautiful Macs — and we'll see what kind of a hook up we can give you in the accessory category too.
One of each is our promise this week. Some weeks we hook you up with six deals on MacBook Airs alone, but this week, we wanted to look a little closer and deliver up the very best deal we could find on one of each awesome Apple product, so let's see what's the best of the bunch. And with all your savings, let's see what kind of accessories you can snag up on the cheap as well.
The desktop computer market as a whole has been on a precipitous downward spiral for a few years now, but all that jazz means very little to Apple. In fact, it's a cause for celebration as Macs are popular like they've never been before. New research from IDC (via TechCrunch) shows the Cupertino company's market share reached record levels during Q3 2014, netting Apple a 13.4 percent market share.
Well, since we're a week away from a new Apple event, I think we can all speculate pretty easily that new iPads are in the mix very soon. So with that in mind, we return you to our regularly scheduled diet of great deals on MacBooks, iMacs, and more.
Today Apple's already strong reputation for good design received a further boost with Vanity Fair's revelation that famed designer Marc Newson is joining the Cupertino company's design team. Newson has reportedly been close friends with Apple's lead designer Jony Ive for years, and duo should produce great things in the future. And considering current rumors, it doesn't hurt that he's spent much of the last couple of decades designing luxury watches.
It's pretty clear to most folks that Google has no less than world domination on their minds, but for now they may have to settle with invading smaller battlegrounds, such as web domains. The search giant quietly announced Google Domains this week, but there's a weird catch: You'll need an invite to actually purchase a domain name while the service is in beta. What is this, the Gmail beta days or something?
Amazon Prime subscribers may still be stinging from the recent $20 per year price increase, but it looks like it's being put to good use. As rumored recently, Amazon launched a new Prime Music service, offering unlimited, ad-free streaming for more than a million songs and hundreds of playlists, all free for Prime subscribers.
One of each, that's what we have for you this refurb Thursday. One of nearly each model Apple makes of everything that's refurbed for your budget conscious decisions. And since we're eyeing your wallets for you, we'll keep it to the base models. If you ever wanted to get in on the Apple ground floor, this week's got you covered. We're light on accessories, but heavy on the goods.
While the old Mac Pro limped along, receiving half-hearted updates (and wasn’t even available for sale in some countries), Tim Cook promised that Apple was “working on something really great” for pros. We expected to see something new and unusual, but the extent to which Apple has reinvented its high-end desktop is astonishing.
With a tweet today, Product Red revealed that Apple has raised even more money to fund the ongoing battle against AIDS, bringing the iPad maker's total contributions up to $70 million. That's a $5 million improvement on the $65 million U2 frontman Bono announced in September of last year.