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February 17, 2021

New customers can sign-up for 6-months of Apple News+ for FREE ($60 value)

Best Buy is offering a 6-month trial to Apple News+ for FREE for new subscribers. Normally $10 per month, the last time that we saw Apple News+ on trial like this was back in July, though that was for either 3- or 4-months of the service, not six like we’re seeing today. After being updated with an audio subset last year, you’ll now get access to hundreds of digital magazines, newspapers, and more with Apple News+. Dive deeper into what Apple News+ has to offer in our coverage.

January 6, 2021

Sonnet launches new eGPU docks with support for Pro Display XDR, more

Sonnet, a leader in external Thunderbolt 3 devices, just announced the launch of its new eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 5500XT and eGPU Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 5700. Both of these devices are replacing the previous-generation RX 560 and RX 570 eGPUs, though this still isn’t the latest-and-greatest AMD has to offer. However, one new feature that these models tout is compatibility with Apple’s Pro Display XDR and other 6K monitors.

October 23, 2020

ESR launches the “world’s first” MagSafe compatible wireless car charging mount

Well, it’s iPhone day today. That’s right, Apple’s latest-and-greatest iPhone 12 lineup began delivering to customers today, and with it, MagSafe is a thing once again. Well, ESR, a well-known accessory manufacturer, just announced the “world’s first” MagSafe compatible wireless car charger mount. As part of the company’s HaloLock system, this accessory “works seamlessly” with MagSafe, making charging your iPhone 12 while on-the-go “as easy as tapping it to the mount.”

September 28, 2020

Here’s how to use Apple Pay with Amex to get a $10 statement credit

American Express via Amex Offers is currently giving customers a promo that gives $10 back after using Apple Pay three times. Redeeming this promo is quite simple, first, you’ll have to have an American Express. We love these cards and have featured them a few times in our credit card guide, specifically the Blue Cash and Blue Cash Preferred. After you get an Amex (or if you already have one), head on over to Amex Offers and check for the Apple Pay promotion. It’ll look like this on the Amex Offers page. Note: You may or may not see the offer available on your account. One of my Amex cards had it in the normal 100 offers, the other I went through 50+ offers to pull in fresh ones and still never saw it, so do keep that in mind. Once activated, just use Apple Pay three times with your Amex, either in-store or online, and you’ll receive a $10 credit on your billing statement within 90-days.

April 27, 2020

Wyze Scale Review: Classy looks and Apple Health support for $20 [Video]

No stranger to affordable technology for the home, Wyze has recently expanded its offerings beyond cameras, locks, and bulbs, now dipping its toes into fitness items. Today we’re taking a look at one of those – the Wyze Scale. Priced at an astonishingly low $19.99, the Scale does more than just report your weight. It can also track a ton of other metrics like muscle weight and metabolic rate. Head down to the video below to check it out.

February 13, 2020

Apple now offers its 16-inch MacBook Pro officially refurbished from $2,039

Apple is now offering the 16-inch MacBook Pro in official refurbished condition with prices from $2,039 shipped for the 2.6GHz/16GB/512GB model. As usual, Apple ships its officially refurbished gear with a 1-year warranty and all original accessories. The 16-inch MacBook Pro brings an all-new keyboard into the mix, along with a larger and higher-resolution display for an upgraded experience. Apple is offering models ranging from the base specs all the way to higher-end i9 variants with upgraded RAM, storage, and graphics. You’ll also score four Thunderbolt 3 ports here and a 100Wh battery designed to last you all day. Learn more in our hands-on review.

January 20, 2020

Apple now sells the iPhone XS/Max officially refurbished from $699

Apple is now offering certified refurbished iPhone XS/Max models in various capacities from $699 shipped. Originally starting at $999 when released in September of 2018, this is the first time that Apple has offered them officially refurbished. If buying the latest-and-greatest iPhone doesn’t tickle your fancy, then why not grab last year’s model at a discount? The iPhone XS sports a 5.8-inch display while the XS Max offers a 6.7-inch behemoth. Both are Super Retina displays with OLED HDR panels. Plus, you’ll net FaceID, wireless charging capabilities, a waterproof design, dual cameras, and more. Apple refurbished products come with a full one-year warranty and all original accessories.

September 13, 2019

Best iPhone 11 pre-order deals: Free device with new line, up to $300 gift card, more

Following Apple’s Keynote event on Tuesday, it’s now time to lock-in your pre-orders for the latest devices. So you’re probably wondering where the best iPhone 11 deals are? This year, there is a host of carriers and retailers offering discounts in the form of cashback, gift cards, and monthly discounts. So no matter which iPhone 11, Pro, or Max you’re choosing this time around, there’s likely an incentive out there somewhere. Head below for all of the best iPhone 11 deals.

June 14, 2019

Hot Wheels id brings iconic toy into 21st century, exclusive to Apple Stores

Update 8/21 @ 1:16 PM: Hot Wheels id is now available at Amazon!

Hot Wheels is likely a toy that you either played with as a kid or still have many of now. I still have quite the collection hidden somewhere in the attic, but enough about me. For the longest time, Hot Wheels have stayed just cars on a track (or in the air). Pieces of metal on wheels, nothing more, nothing less. Now, with Hot Wheels id, the iconic toy is entering the 21st century. Hot Wheels id is a new system that brings together both physical and digital play and is available exclusively from Apple.

November 13, 2018

U: Expired – Beat the lines and get Apple’s HomePod at Black Friday prices now: $249 (Reg. $349)

This offer has now expired.

B&H Photo is offering the Apple HomePod at $249 shipped in both colors. There are limited quantities at this price, so act fast to lock in your savings. Normally $349, this is a $100 discount and beats Apple’s certified refurbished pricing (and is in new condition). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve ever tracked on the HomePod. We’re expecting to see it go for $250 during Black Friday sales at Best Buy, so shop now and beat the lines. Apple’s HomePod is perfect for the HomeKit enthusiast and someone fully enveloped into the Apple ecosystem.

November 8, 2018

Top 5 third-party USB-C Power Delivery chargers for your new 36W iPad Pro from $15

It’s 2018, and Apple has finally joined the USB-C train. The latest iPad Pro (our review) started to hit store shelves and customer hands yesterday, and I picked my iPad up today. Apple does include an 18W USB-C fast charger in the box, thankfully. Now you now have a large range of options thanks to Apple moving to a new standard. For most people, 18W is plenty for charging. If you have the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro and are using power-intensive applications, you might want some extra juice. These are our top 5 USB-C fast chargers for iPad Pro.

August 31, 2018

Hands-on: Logitech’s MX Vertical changed the way I look at mice

When I first saw the announcement for the MX Vertical from Logitech, I was intrigued. I had seen vertical mice like this from other companies on Amazon before but was never quite sure if they “really” worked.

I came from the MX Master 2S (and MX Master before that, with a few MX Anywhere mice thrown in as well.) In my mind, nothing could be as good ergonomically as the MX Master. It felt better than other mice and had tons of features. My views were completely changed after using the MX Vertical for just over a week.

August 2, 2018

The Vinpok Taptek might finally be a worthy wireless mechanical keyboard for Mac users

When one thinks of a mechanical keyboard, you might remember the old bulky off-white models that you had in the classroom years ago. Or, if you’re a bit more up-to-date, you might think of the flashy RGB-style gamer-designed versions that are flooding the market as of late.

One thing that generally doesn’t come to mind is a Mac-style keyboard, especially with the way Apple has treated the keys of its latest flagship MacBook Pro with barely any travel at all. In comes the Vinpok Taptek, though an odd name, the keyboard itself looks fantastic with Cherry-style switches and the ability to be used both wired or wirelessly.

July 31, 2018

This week’s best iTunes movie deals: Disney from $10, action titles starting at $5, more

It’s a new week on the iTunes movie store with new deals highlighted by Disney films from $10 and action titles starting at $5. Each of these movies will become a permanent part of your collection. Head below for all of our top picks.

January 7, 2018

iMac Pro sees first discount, drops to $4,750 shipped from $5,000

From 9to5Toys:

Best Buy has the iMac Pro 3.2GHz/32GB/1TB on sale for $4,749.99 shipped. Normally $5,000, this is the first discount we’re seeing on the iMac Pro. With an 8 core CPU, 8GB dedicated GPU, and insane amounts of both RAM and SSD storage, the iMac Pro is a killer machine.

December 28, 2017

Hands-on: Bento Stack is a great organization tool for Apple accessories

From 9to5Toys:

Apple accessories, there are tons of them. You have Apple Watch bands, Apple Pencil, iPad chargers, iPhone and MacBook chargers, and more. Anytime you leave the house or go on vacation, if you’re anything like me, there’s a mad rush to make sure you don’t forget any cables to keep everything charged.

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