5k imac Stories October 13, 2015

Apple fulfilled three of my “minor-level” Mac dreams today, announcing (very) long-awaited updates to its 2007-vintage Wireless Keyboard and 2010 Magic Trackpad — accessories I’ve used and mostly loved for years — and a non-trivial update to the Retina 5K iMac it released last year. It also unveiled a sequel to its 2009 Magic Mouse, and a Retina 4K version of the 21.5″ iMac. Yes, it’s easy to call these releases “inevitable” in the sense that we’ve known all of them were coming for a while now, but some of the details were surprising.

Who would have thought that the Magic Trackpad 2, for instance, would be Apple’s first Bluetooth 4-only Mac accessory? That the iOS Lightning connector would make its way into Mac accessories? Or that the Retina 5K iMac would receive a significant screen quality upgrade after only one year?

Each of these products reaffirms Apple’s commitment to a premium experience, and demonstrates that Steve Jobs’ theories about the inevitable march of progress remain part of the company’s DNA. Read on for my product-specific thoughts….

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Apple has today announced updates to the entire iMac family. Most notably, the company has brought Retina to the 21.5 inch iMac range, with 4K resolution displays. Apple has also dropped the non-Retina 27 inch iMacs, so they feature 5K displays across the board. The new iMac displays include faster processors, upgraded graphics, improved wider color gamut and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. The new iMacs have launched alongside updates to the Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and keyboard.

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5k imac Stories July 24, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Black Friday in July, 5K iMac $1,800, Powerbeats2 Wireless $130, iPhone car mount $17, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

This Lightning cable cleverly solves an annoyance every iPhone user deals with

Best Buy Black Friday in July Apple deals: iPad Air 2 $125 off, 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro $1,750, 27-inch 5K iMac $1,800, more

Best Buy Black Friday in July more deals: Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless in-ears $130, Seagate 1TB Portable HDD $50, more

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 iPhone car mount: $17 Prime shipped (Reg. $25)

Apple launches massive iOS sale w/ 100 apps for $0.99 ea: Rayman, Angry Birds, Pixelmator, Spider-Man, many more

App Store Free App of the Week: SpongeBob Moves In ($4 value)

Disney’s award-winning Animated iPad app hits a new all-time low price of $3 (Reg. $10)

iPhone 6/Plus $100 off w/ VZW or Sprint 2-yr contract: 16GB $100, 64GB $200, 128GB $300

iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 128GB in Silver or Space Gray for $450 shipped (Reg. $599)

Giveaway: Grain Audio OEHP.01 Over-Ear Headphones are an ideal daily set of cans, $199 value – LAST CHANCE!

More new gear from today:

Games/Apps: Sleeping Dogs DE from $22, Wii U bundle w/ Pro Controller & Power A kit $300, iOS freebies, more

More deals still alive:

Anker Bluetooth iPad Keyboards from $20: Folio Case for iPad Air/2 $30 Prime Shipped (Reg. $40), more

New products & more:

Converse upgrades its Chuck Taylors with new technology for the first time in 98 years

Review: Bang & Olufsen Beolit 15 Bluetooth speaker

Review: DODOcase Apple Watch Charging Stand

Review: SanDisk Connect Wireless Stic

5k imac Stories May 22, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: high-end 5K iMac $2,100 or $2,050 w/ .edu, iPhone car mount $7, $1 app deals, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Apple’s high-end 5K iMac w/ 1TB Fusion Drive drops to $2,100 or $2,050 for anyone w/ .edu email (Reg. $2,299)

Anker Car Mounts for iPhone and Android starting at $7 Prime shipped

App Store Amazing Apps & Games for $1 ea: Living Earth, Cut the Rope 2, Alto’s Adventure, TMNT Rooftop Run, more

1Password secure password manager app for Mac drops down even further to $28 (Reg. $50)

App Store Free App of the Week: Magnetized abstract puzzle game ($3 value)

$100 iTunes gift card for $80 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: ViewSonic HD home theater projector $500, magnetic iPhone air vent mounts from $6, more

Memorial Day Fashion: Save an extra 30% at Ralph Lauren, up to 50% off at Banana Republic, J.Crew, Lucky, many more

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale up to 40% off Burberry, Lacoste, Under Armour, more

More deals still alive:

Refurbished 5K iMac pricing down to lowest ever

Apple is now selling various refurbished iPad Air 2 models on its online store

Apple has reduced pricing on many of its refurbished 15” MacBook Pro w/ Retina display models

New products & more:

Retro Freak plays original game cartridges from 11 throwback consoles

Phree stylus works on nearly any surface & doubles as a headset for phone calls

5k imac Stories May 20, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Spigen iPhone 6 cases from $4, Apple refurb iPad Air 2, LifeProof iPad Case $40, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Spigen iPhone 6/Plus cases from $4 Prime shipped: Clear, Aluminum, Wallet style, more

Apple is now selling various refurbished iPad Air 2 models on its online store

Daily Deals: LifeProof Nüüd iPad 2/3/4 Case in White/Grey $40, Toshiba 1TB Portable HDD $50, more

Apple drops refurbished 5K iMac pricing down to lowest ever in light of today’s announcement

$100 iTunes gift card for $80 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

More new gear from today:

Roku discounts each of its streaming media players by $10, new Roku 3 w/ voice search down to $90 shipped

Now any Xbox One can receive over-the-air HD channels with this new bundle from Microsoft

  • New! Games/Apps: Living Earth, Ninja Turtles Rooftop Run & Duet Game $1 ea, more
  • New! 4-Port 48W/9.6A Smart USB Car Charger $9 (Reg. $13), more
  • New! NETGEAR Essentials Edition 500 Mbps Powerline Starter Kit $30 (Orig. $45)

More deals still alive:

DODOcase handcrafted iPad and iPhone cases 50% off: iPad mini slim case $20, iPhone 6 wallet sleeve $25, more

New products & more:

LINKA will keep your bike secure and unlock it when you walk up with your iPhone

 Apogee’s new aluminum USB headphone amp and portable DAC is now available

5k imac Stories May 19, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: DODOcase 50% off, 5K iMac refurb lowest price, iPhone 6 Plus (unlocked) $660, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

DODOcase handcrafted iPad and iPhone cases 50% off: iPad mini slim case $20, iPhone 6 wallet sleeve $25, more

Apple drops refurbished 5K iMac pricing down to lowest ever in light of today’s announcement

eBay 10% off tech orders of $200+: Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB $660 (Reg. $749), more

$100 iTunes gift card for $80 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

More new gear from today:

OtterBox iPhone 6/Plus Defender Series case in black from $25 shipped (Orig. up to $60), more

OtterBox iPhone 6 Symmetry Series Case $25 Prime shipped (Orig. $40), more

  • New! Daily Deals: Dell 28-inch Ultra HD 4K Monitor $299, more
  • New! M-Audio 61-key Oxygen Series bus-powered MIDI keyboard $123 shipped (Reg. $200)
  • New! Games/Apps: Far Cry 4 Kyrat Edition $71, Watch Dogs, Evolve, Destiny (pre-owned) from $10, more

More deals still alive:

The best-selling GoPro HERO4 Silver Action Camera is on sale for $329 shipped (Reg. $400)

Two SONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Powered Speakers: $349 ($398 value)

New products & more:

A one man Swedish design studio made a retro style arcade cabinet that looks like it belongs in an art museum

Narrative’s Clip 2 wearable camera for iOS and Android is available for pre-order today

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