Mac minis are back in the game after a hiatus around these parts. These little hockey puck-sized powerhouses were some of the first signs of Apple's commitment to shrinkage — but in a good way. And now we see that the cold weather has also gotten the prices of gear down to smaller sizes. So what are you waiting for?
When next we meet to discuss the deals of the week, we’ll be in the thick of Thanksgiving and the Black Friday deals will be all around us. The question is, is it worth going into the stores that early on the chance of scoring a Mac deal or could you just go the refurb route and save bigger bucks? We’ll go with the latter.
Well, the MacBook Air didn't get much love during Apple’s recent events, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of deals to go around to get you the lightest, best laptop around. Maybe people aren’t throwing over their Airs for the newest, freshest model like they are for iPads, but that doesn’t mean you’re not ready to rock these bargains.
With MacBook Pros getting a refresh, now’s a good chance to get some sweet deals on refurb models, as Apple will be pricing that stock to MOVE. So if you’re in the market for the best full-powered laptop out there, you’ve come to the right place. What about iPad and iPad mini accessories going on sale, you ask? Well, just step inside, friends, step inside.
Apple's been playing up the power-saving capabilities of Mac OS X Mavericks ever since it was announced, but until now we haven't had any real idea of what that might mean. Was it a few minutes? Maybe as much as an hour? On the contrary, John Siracusa of Ars Technica reports (via MacRumors) that a 13.3-inch MacBook Air can attain as much as 15 hours of battery life with Mavericks.
After Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, made the stunning announcement that Mac OS X Mavericks is free, Phil Schiller took to the stage to provide some news about the MacBook updates. Schiller called the MacBook line the best line of notebooks they'd ever made, and added that "It is safe to say the MacBook Air is the best reviewed Mac we've ever made."
So apparently there's yet another Apple event next week and most people suspect it's iPad-related, with the possibility of a few surprises thrown in. We wondered ourselves, based on this week's refurb pricing, if there might not be an Apple TV update thrown into the mix (it's the lowest we've seen the price in memory). Meanwhile, we've got some big screen laptop action and more in this week's slice-a-rama.
The 2013 MacBook Air refresh brings us two 11-inch and two 13-inch models, with the Airs of matching screen size differentiated solely by their solid-state storage capacity. The cheaper options come with 128GB, while the more expensive ones boast 256GB, with a custom option of 512GB for an extra $300. For the 11-inch Airs reviewed here, this is double the size of the previous generation, which offered 64GB and 128GB respectively.
We've got cases for your new iPhone, cases for your old iPhone, and everything in between. You like color? We've got color. You want protection, we've got protection. You want a refurb Mac Air, heck yeah, we got that. Suffice to say, we gotta little something for everyone.