There may be spec bumps and price drops on the MacBook Pros just out at the Apple Store, but it's never a bad time to look into Apple-certified refurbs. Clean, reliable, and cheaper than what you'd pay for the very latest processor upgrade, it's a great way to save a ton of cash. And if you're looking for the cheapest Mac around, we think we have you covered in our Really Darn Cheap segment.
We've got some sweet deals for you on refurb Macs, which is a great way to go when you want to save a bundle but still get great hardware. And if you need headphones, earbuds, or cases, we've got a bit of that action for you as well. So let's start spending money to save money, shall we?
Although the latest developer betas for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite have been released in tandem thus far, 9to5Mac reported Tuesday the rollout of these mobile and desktop operating system updates may be staggered when they finally arrive this fall...
If you love Facebook, you now have extra incentive to stay within those gated walls: On Tuesday, the social network announced the launch of Save on Facebook, a new option that delivers a built-in "read later" style service for saving links, places, and even movie, TV, or music pages for quick, easy access from mobile or web. Save on Facebook is rolling out to iOS, Android, and web "over the next few days," so keep an eye out for it as you're perusing this edition of the Mac|Life Morning Report!
Summer's in full swing now, and we've got deals on everything from portables to good old-fashioned desktop units. Act quickly, and you'll even save a few bucks of some peripherals to enhance your enjoyment of each. Pick up a few and save the rest of your cash for a few days in the sun.
In honor of the vacation schedules of our readers coming up with holidays and the summer vacation season, we've got some portable deals here. No desktops tying you down and inside, but everything light and ready to roll outside. So let's see what you can grab and go.
So Apple cut prices on their iMacs and put a little bit of spec bump into things, but what are you paying for and what are you getting for that money? We've got some of the standout items like Mac minis (get 'em while they're hot) and the usual assortment of slashed price laptops. But what can you get in a refurb iMac for the same price as the new iMac? Let's take a look.
Microsoft has tried a number of tactics to get the Apple faithful to switch over from iPads and MacBooks to their Surface tablets (which were partly meant to kill both markets with one stone), and so far it's failed rather dismally. But now the company is attempting to one of the most direct routes to winning your hearts — bring in your MacBook Air, and they'll give you a wad of store credit to put toward a Surface Pro 3.
The Mac minis are back. These little pint-sized wonders do magical things despite their tiny size, so if you're looking for the very lowest Mac buy-in point, this is the way to go. Granted, you gotta come up with the peripherals, but if you want a Mac and it's time to ditch your old machine, this is a nice way to go. But get 'em while they're hot. Meanwhile, with the iMacs seeing a good price drop on new models, there's not much in the refurb line that can compete in pricing, so hit up the store and grab a new one of those beauties.
We hear rumors that Apple's got some refreshes in mind for the iMac and code in Yosemite certainly is suggestive. But if you can't wait, we have some great deals on some iMacs and on a jumbo display that'll give you that iMac feeling if you picked up one of our highlighted refurb Mac minis in previous weeks, but there aren't any of those cute little refurbs in the deals of this week, as they're gone for now. Never fear, we've got other options, plenty of those.