Things are getting a bit thin on the ground at Apple's refurb store as the holiday season marches on. That favorite, the Mac mini, always the first off the shelves is out of stock, the only iPads are the pricier models with cellular capabilities, iPod touches only start at the 32GB level. Suffice to say, people are buying Apple this season. But let's see what goodies we can still find under the tree, shall we?
The third-quarter numbers for the smartphone market are in from Gartner, and the outlook's especially good for Apple has it continues to ride the wave of strong sales of the iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus. The numbers are a little more dire for Samsung. While it's still the reigning king of the smartphone industry by far, its numbers dropped significantly for the quarter, and smaller competitors apart from Apple continue to eat away at its throne. Sales of smartphones as a whole were up by a full 20 percent from the same quarter last year.
As always, we've got your games covered in the week's best price drops but we also like to help out those who want to be productive or those who want to do a little photo editing. So this week, we hit all three of those and set you up with some great deals on some great apps. We even have a little something to get you in the holiday spirit.
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.
We've got some classics that were ported to iOS for you this week and some novel games that take advantage of iOS as a wholly different platform. And while mostly today is focused on games, there are a couple apps this week for those of you who like cooking or who need to bone up on your math. So let's have a look, shall we, and see what easy calculations we can make on free and discounted apps.
So Black Friday and Cyber Monday came and went, but don't worry — there are still plenty more deals out there, and you won't even have to face the the crowds and clamor of one of the year's busiest shopping days! One thing you can count on is that our weekly deals happen year round and you can always find a great one on any given Thursday, right here. So let's see what this week has to offer.
Well, the big Black Friday sale day is upon us. If you've been out this morning beating back hordes for physical bargains on flat screen TVs and whatnot, this will come as a welcome respite. Cheap prices and no lines, no shortages, no riots. And if you skip the whole retailer madness on principal or for other reasons, you can still grab some sweet deals right here still.
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!
A long-standing classic app goes free as Apple's App of the Week potentially saving you $30, and if that savings isn't enough to get you over to the App Store, we've got a good round up of games and more to save you cash and bring joy to your life. What more could you want?
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.