Jeremy’s holiday gift guide: Mac, iPhone & iPad gear you can trust

Holiday Gift Guide 5My first post for 9to5Mac is on a topic near and dear to my heart: best-of-breed Apple products and accessories. Why should you trust me? I’ve been a professional product reviewer for 23 years and an Apple user for 28 years. Last week, I finished an 11-year stint running the editorial side of iLounge, the leading Apple product review site, where I tested literally thousands of Apple accessories from every major company on the planet. Readers have praised my reviews as accurate and insightful, and I always put my readers’ needs first when testing new products.

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Hyper’s Black Friday: $50 off the world’s only external MacBook battery, $10 battery packs (Reg. $50), $2 iPad cases (Reg. $30), much more

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Hyper, the brand behind a number of popular Mac and iOS products we’ve reviewed in the past, is today offering its best deals ever for Black Friday. The sale includes big deals on external battery packs and other iOS accessories including the world’s only external MacBook battery.

Some of the notables: A $10 3600 mAh battery pack (Reg. $49), a $20 7200mAh battery pack (Reg. $70), and up to $50 off the company’s external battery for MacBooks. Head below for the full list of deals.  Read more

Last chance to get a Retina iMac for the holiday nears as ship times hit 2-3 weeks

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When Apple announced the first 27-inch Retina 5K iMac at its special event last month, its new super high resolution desktop computer became available for purchase online that same day. Ship times for the Retina 5K iMac have since steadily slipped from 3-5 days to 7-10 days. With Black Friday and the holidays quickly approaching, though, the shipment promise for the Retina 4K iMac has stretched out to 2-3 weeks when ordering directly from Apple… Read more

KGI: iPad Pro pushed back again to Q2 2015, Q1 to see under 10M iPads shipped

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The latest report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will delay its expected launch of a 12.9 (or 12.2)-inch iPad ‘Pro’ as it predicts a 50% decline for iPad shipments heading into next year. Specifically, KGI thinks Apple will sell just under 10 million units in Q1 2015 following a busy holiday season in the last quarter of this year. That would be a 54.5% drop from quarter to quarter with KGI predicting 21 million iPad units sold during the Q4 2014 Holiday quarter: Read more

The tl;dr version of early iMac with Retina 5K display reviews is TAKE MY MONEY [Review roundup]

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The early reviews are out for the iMac with Retina 5K display, and the tl;dr version is: if you can afford it, buy it.

Everyone of course agrees that the key market for the machine is video professionals (beating even the base-model Mac Pro in benchmarks), the 5K resolution offering the ability to display full-size 4K video while still leaving enough room for editing tools.

But while the new iMac may be overkill for more mundane tasks, reviewers also agreed that the display is so good that even if you don’t need one, you’ll still want one …  Read more

Mac mini teardowns are underway, with good news and bad news

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iFixit and MacminiVault have both completed their teardowns of the new Mac mini, with Macminicolo planning theirs soon.

We already knew the main bad news: soldered RAM means you can’t upgrade the memory later, so you have to decide how much you want and pay Apple’s pricing for it. Both iFixit and MacminiVault described replacing the RAM as “impossible.”

Getting access to the inside of the new Mac mini is more difficult than it used to be …  Read more

2011 MacBook Pro GPU complaints not going away as petition reaches 18k signatures

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Long-standing complaints that the 2011 MacBook Pro suffered from a manufacturing fault resulting in GPU glitches and failures don’t appear to be going away, as an online petition calling for Apple to fix or replace affected machines reaches more than 18,000 signatures.

To:
Timothy D. Cook, Apple Inc
Craig Federighi (Apple Inc) (Apple Inc), Apple Inc

Replace or Fix All 2011 Macbook Pro with Graphics Failure

The petition notes the premium spent to buy Apple laptops, and says that Apple’s only response to date has been to ask owners to pay for an extremely expensive logic board replacement …  Read more

Analysts remain positive about AAPL following event, focused on iPhone and Apple Pay

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While the relatively modest iPad updates might have led to a flurry of ‘Apple is doomed’ reports from analysts, an early roundup by Fortune suggests that the consensus view so far remains positive. Most are rating it a buy or overweight – meaning they expect it to outperform typical stocks – with the majority setting a target price in the $112-120 range …

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Recap: Everything you need to know about iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and iMac with Retina 5K display (Video)

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Apple’s latest keynote was full of announcements for iPad and Mac enthusiasts. Apple has finally unveiled its second generation iPad Air, a slightly revised iPad mini, and the long rumored iMac with Retina display. Apple’s keynote went on for about 90 minutes, but in case you didn’t have time to sit through the entire thing, we’ve put together a recap to get you up to speed…

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Apple announces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starting at $2499, 5120×2880 screen resolution

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Apple has just announced a brand-new Retina 27-inch iMac. Apple is spreading Retina displays across the lineup, with the iMac leading that charge. This is the highest resolution screen in the world, according to Apple, with 14.7 million pixels. This is a 5K display — more than seven times the pixels of a HDTV. The screen builds on the technology Apple built on the iPhone and iPad, but to a whole new scale.

The iMac is just 5mm at its thinnest point, maintaining the same thinness as the previous generation, despite the massive leap in pixel density.

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Apple iPad Air 2, Mini 3 and Mac event liveblog/livestream “It’s been way too long”

Seth Weintraub | 11:19 “Just getting started” Thanks the teams

Seth Weintraub | 11:19 Only Apple could do all of these products and the ecosystem that unites everything

Seth Weintraub | 11:17 Tim Back

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 $499 Mac Mini – nice price

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Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Mac Mini too faster Processors, Graphics, 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.15.55 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 Prices9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.15.17 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:15 Shipping today

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Seth Weintraub | 11:13 THUNDERBOLT 2

Seth Weintraub | 11:13 3.5-4GHz CPU AMD GPUS

Seth Weintraub | 11:11

Seth Weintraub | 11:10 Video – commercial Ran Riccio talking

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Seth Weintraub | 11:09 wow 30% less energy!

Seth Weintraub | 11:07 Retina 5K display

Seth Weintraub | 11:07 5120 2880 14.7 M Pixels

Seth Weintraub | 11:06 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.06.27 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:05 Retina Display coming to iMac

Seth Weintraub | 11:05 9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 2.04.37 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:04 Growth!

Seth Weintraub | 11:04 Mac Time!

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 pre-oorder October 17th. Ships end of next week

Seth Weintraub | 11:03 Last years get dropped $100

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Seth Weintraub | 11:02 Minis get mini update

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Seth Weintraub | 11:01 Same Prices:

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Seth Weintraub | 11:01 Summing up iPad 2

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Seth Weintraub | 11:00 Replay is free on the app store today

Seth Weintraub | 10:59 Volumetric lighting demoed

Seth Weintraub | 10:58 Uses Metal to put together videos at 20X faster than previous

Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Replay video editor now being demoed

Seth Weintraub | 10:56 up to 3X provement over previous ipads in testing for Pixelmator

Seth Weintraub | 10:56 Adobe can’t be happy about this

Seth Weintraub | 10:54 Showing some apps Pixelmator!

Seth Weintraub | 10:53 Touch ID with Apple Pay

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 Touch ID

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 Faster wifi AC MIMO, Faster LTE with more bands

Seth Weintraub | 10:52 Facetime camera 

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Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Dual Mics

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Slo-mo

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 Timelapse too

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 panoramas. Burst Mode

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Seth Weintraub | 10:48 8mp 1080P iSight camera

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 iPad Camera is so good because it has the best viewfinder in the world.

Seth Weintraub | 10:47 M8 coprocessor, Barometer

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Seth Weintraub | 10:47 still 10 hours of battery.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:45 A8X

Seth Weintraub | 10:45 no air between screen. Anti reflective, also coated to 56% less reflective

Seth Weintraub | 10:44 half as thin as original

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 “World’s thinnest”

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 6.1MM thin! 

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 Schiller time!

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Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Thinner than a pencil.  Gold! Touch ID

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 ipad air 2 commercial

Seth Weintraub | 10:41 #1 across all verticals 

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 no source given on 100% sat. btw. 

Seth Weintraub | 10:40 iPad Mini Retina 100% Customer satisfaction

Seth Weintraub | 10:39 “Toaster Refrigerators even got smoked”

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Seth Weintraub | 10:39 Apple has sold more iPads in 1st 4 year 225 Million than any other product (including iPhone)

Seth Weintraub | 10:38 iPad is everywhere. Work, home, play

Seth Weintraub | 10:38 Explaining iPad simple on the outside, complex and powerful on the inside

Seth Weintraub | 10:37 iPad time! with Tim Cook

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 iWork Free 

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 8.1 Monday

Seth Weintraub | 10:36 Yosemite Today. 

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Seth Weintraub | 10:35 Eddy Cue doesn’t make it past security. Explains a lot.

Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Apple Watch remote for Keynote

Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Stephen Colbert cameo. Not hilarious but amusing

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Seth Weintraub | 10:29 I think some of our sources are in this Keynote presentation! (J/K obv.)

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Seth Weintraub | 10:28 Making fun of doubling down on secrecy

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Seth Weintraub | 10:26

Seth Weintraub | 10:24 iCloud Drive 

Seth Weintraub | 10:23 (rerun of last event going right now)

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 if Apple Pay is Monday, that means 8.1 is between now and then.

Seth Weintraub | 10:20 Yosemite

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 bringing back camera roll., iCloud photo library…other improvements. Woo

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 iOS 8.1

Seth Weintraub | 10:18 IBM has embraced Swift. {Press Blurb}

Seth Weintraub | 10:17

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 here’s the klingon keyboard folks

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/klingon-keyboard/id918615313?mt=8&at=10l3Q2

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Klingon keyboard is in app store

Seth Weintraub | 10:15 Last year it was something like 85% iOs adoption but whatever – it didn’t require as much space

Seth Weintraub | 10:14 ANDROID SUCKS9to5-image 2014-10-16 at 1.13.46 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:13 Nearly half of users on iOS 8….not as good as last time :\

Seth Weintraub | 10:12 Craig Fed. coming on stage

Seth Weintraub | 10:12 now Products. All designed to work together…

Seth Weintraub | 10:11 Watchkit rolling out next month for Developers to build Apple Watch Apps

Seth Weintraub | 10:10 Apple watch is on the cover of Vogue China

Seth Weintraub | 10:09 Apple Pay begins on Monday 

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Seth Weintraub | 10:08 500 more banks signed up

Seth Weintraub | 10:08 Apple Pay is easy secure in private. It will be PROFOUND

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 LOL get it?

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Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Launching in China in a few hours

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Most 1st month record for most orders taken BY A LOT (and that doesn’t include China)

Seth Weintraub | 10:05 fastest selling in history

Seth Weintraub | 10:05 Apple Friend Walt Mossberg says it is the best Smartphone on the market

Seth Weintraub | 10:05 Tim Cook talking about iPhone launch – you guessed it best iPhones ever

Seth Weintraub | 10:04 Woooooooo!!!!!!

Seth Weintraub | 10:03 Apple sold a lot of iPhones judging by this commercial

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Seth Weintraub | 10:02 It begins with a commercial

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 Apple watch is at least 2 minutes off yukyukyuk

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 OK, music stopped….here we go!!!

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Seth Weintraub | 9:53 Here’s the streaming URL for You Windows/other users (sorry!) http://p.events-delivery.apple.com.edgesuite.net/14pounqefvoiubefvpiub10/refs/14pijbnoihjb10_sl_ref.mov

Seth Weintraub | 9:52 Live Stream is up. Only one sang playing at a time this time (cancel the Truck!)

Seth Weintraub | 9:49

Seth Weintraub | 9:48

Seth Weintraub | 9:40 Glad to see the continuity

Seth Weintraub | 9:35

Seth Weintraub | 9:32 The live stream just went…live!

http://www.apple.com/apple-events/2014-oct-event/

Seth Weintraub | 9:26 Breakfast doesn’t suck

Seth Weintraub | 9:24 New iPad Color: Orange?

Seth Weintraub | 9:23 Guess European jornos are meeting in Berlin

Seth Weintraub | 9:20 BREAKING

wearing the white watch (maybe he could accessorize better – call in Angela for advice)

Seth Weintraub | 9:08

Seth Weintraub | 9:03

Seth Weintraub | 8:10 For those at work on Windows machines:

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Seth Weintraub | 7:42

Seth Weintraub | 7:20 Tim Cook is awake and Tweeting. That’s a good sign.

Seth Weintraub | 7:20

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Seth Weintraub | 7:00

Apple

Today’s Apple event is set to be the launchpad for the new iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 and at least one new retina iMac. We believe Apple has some other big surprises for us as well. For our full rundown on our expectations, see Jordan Kahn’s:

What to expect (and not to expect) at Apple’s iPad/Mac event tomorrow

We’ll be running down the event coverage and pre-coverage right here with this auto-updating live blog so stay dialled in while we’ll do separate posts for new products/services/announcements as they happen… Read more