This week's stories are about resurrection of old names, how one company pivoted in the face of the iPhone's awesome-sauce, the unveiling of some new amazingness we've all been waiting for plus the newest games of the week and a few apps that might just keep you sane these last few weeks of the year. That and more as always, just step right inside.
One of the prevailing themes of 2013 was the invasion of privacy, and as AppleInsider reports, new research from Johns Hopkins University shows that some Mac users have more to worry about besides the NSA. Based on their findings, the iSight camera on Macs made in 2008 and before can be activated without triggering the green light signaling that it's on. The flaw in question doesn't work on later models, but that doesn't mean that updated versions haven't been written.
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.