The mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display isn’t a huge leap forward — primarily a processor speed bump and a price drop. But this model, the entry-level release, also benefits from a memory increase. The previous entry-level Retina MacBook Pro had just 4GB of RAM, but this new one has 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory. The result is one of the most value-packed laptops on the market.
In the spirit of the season, we're taking on one of our own columns here on Mac|Life and going toe-to-toe, price tag to price tag. There's a great round up of Black Friday deals on our front page today, but let's see if we can beat a few of those deals with some refurb selections. Keep in mind, the Black Friday prices highlighted elsewhere are on new items, whereas refurbs are used products, but Apple-certified and good to go. So if you don't mind used Apples, let the games begin!
This week, all our refurb Mac deals are from this year. With the approaching Black Friday deals coming up, there will be some pretty sweet pricing coming down the pike on Cupertino's line of products, so rather than offer you the lowest price models from 2012, it's the newest refurbs out there. So start your holiday shopping earlier than the mobs and hook up with some deals right now.
To mix up our refurb presentations this week, we're going to show you the range from base model to the priciest option on the market. Depending on the week, Apple has just about every stop between the two points, so if you want more than the base but less than the biggest ticket, there's probably something for you.
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.
They went quickly as usual, the refurb Mac minis. Gone after appearing briefly last week, despite Apple's refresh of the pint-sized desktop. So this week, in their honor, we'll feature other small devices, meaning if you're looking to save money on some iOS products and don't need the very latest model Air, this is the place to save some serious cash and pick up some great products.
Could it be Apple's refresh of the Mac mini that has these beloved little boxes back in refurb-land, ready for you to snatch up at deal prices? Hmm, could be. All we know for sure is that we're not complaining and you shouldn't either, just hop on board these awesome deals.
We've got to say that there's a product in this week's deals that blows our minds. We won't say which one here, but it's a definite problem solver that hooks you up with some serious coolness and the price is a knockout. So enjoy this week's offerings of tasty Mac deals and when you see it, we hope you recognize a piece of genius when it's right there in front of you.
We're gonna be straight with you here: we've got some snazzy deals this week, but when we saw those gorgeous 27" Retina Display iMacs today they really knocked us out. It's always like that when the newest Macs are up there on the big screen. Which is not to say these aren't pretty amazing machines at astounding prices this week, but we suspect that, like us, you may still have new iMac stars in your eyes. Still, there are some incredible deals so let's get to the good stuff for this week.
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.