Retina Display Stories August 26, 2015

AAPL: 109.69

5.95

9to5Toys Last Call: 15″ Retina MacBook Pro (2014) 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB $1,749, Canon WiFi printer/scanner $68, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals

Last Call Updates:

VIZIO 49-inch 120Hz 4K LED Smart HDTV $600 (Reg. $720), 43-inch $548 or $528 w/ Prime (Reg. $599)

15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (mid 2014) 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB: $1,749 shipped (Orig. $2,499)

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB: $1,100 shipped (Reg. $1,299)

Amazon Gold Box – Canon PIXMA Wireless Color Photo Printer w/ Scanner & AirPrint $68 shipped (Reg. $95)

Daily Deals: TDK Life on Record TREK 360 Wireless Speaker $50, M-Audio Studiophile Active Studio Monitors $99, more

Back to school gift guide: essential tech gear every student should be using

Get a free download of the AirPano Travel Book iOS app courtesy of Apple ($3 value)

Giveaway: Jaybird’s new X2 Bluetooth earbuds are the ultimate workout counterpart ($180 value)

More new gear from today:

Bluetooth Headphones: SoundPEATS In-Ear $17 Prime shipped (Reg. $30), MEElectronics Over-Ear $38 shipped (Reg. $62), more

More deals still alive:

Free Xbox Live Gold Games for September: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Battlestations Pacific, more

Free PS Plus Games for September: Grow Home, Super Time Force Ultra, Twisted Metal, more

New products & more:

Sensel’s Morph is an ultra sensitive Force Touch Trackpad look-alike

The new limited edition BIT.TRIP vinyl LP comes with free game download codes

Retina Display Stories August 18, 2015

AAPL: 116.50

-0.66

9to5Toys Last Call: 12-inch 512GB MacBook $1,500, 9-ft. MFi Lightning cable $11, Samsung Portable SSD $180, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Mpow 3-in-1 Lens Photography Kit for iPhone and Android devices: $12 shipped (Orig. $29)

 Apple 12-inch MacBook w/ Retina display 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB in all colors: $1,500 shipped (Reg. $1,599)

Anker 9-foot Apple Certified MFi Lightning to USB cable (black or white): $11 shipped (Orig. $16), more

Samsung T1 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Solid-State Drive: $180 shipped (Reg. $200+)

iTunes gift cards 20% off: $100 for $80, $50 for $40, $25 for $20 shipped

Giveaway: Blackbox Case gives your iPad or MacBook a cozy bamboo home, multiple winners

More new gear from today:

Mackie CR3 powered speakers + Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Pro Headphones: $130 shipped ($199 value)

More deals still alive:

Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB in Gold or Silver: $380 shipped (Reg. $499)

iPad Air 2 w/ Retina display 64GB in Silver (open-box) $440 shipped (Reg. $600)

Apple iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi 32GB in Silver (open-box): $270 shipped (Reg. $349)

App Store Free App of the Week: Time Surfer – Endless Arcade Magic ($1 value)

Apple’s Handpicked iOS app sale from 50% off: Day One, Terraria, djay 2, Notability, many more

New products & more:

The “world’s first flexible display product” is set to wrap a screen all the way around your wrist

Review: The Turtle Beach 800X Elite headset brings Xbox One games to life but lacks in one key area

The coolest Apple-certified MFI Lightning cables you can buy for your iPhone, iPad and iPod

Retina Display Stories August 6, 2015

AAPL: 115.13

0.25

Although early beta releases of iOS 9 featured relatively little new eye candy for potential upgraders, today’s release of iOS 9 beta 5 includes a welcome surprise: a large collection of colorful new wallpapers. The images range from colorful desert dunes to several different colors of feathers, plants, planets, and multi-colored explosions. They’re all packed with detail, showing off the photorealistic rendering abilities and vivid color palettes of Retina displays. Many (but not all) of iOS 8’s wallpaper images have been removed from the collection, and the blue/green tidal wave image originally included with iOS 9 betas has disappeared.

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Retina Display 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

Retina Display Stories May 15, 2015

For the last month, I’ve been using Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook almost exclusively. There’s no denying that’s it’s underpowered when compared to other models on the market, but is its portability worth the performance sacrifice? Can you really get anything done with a relatively small display, an Intel Core M processor, and more importantly, zero traditional USB ports?

This won’t be an in-depth review of features and performance (check out Zac’s take on the MacBook for an in-depth look), but instead, I’ve mainly focused on my personal experiences over the month I’ve been using it. Does the Retina MacBook live up to the hype? Let’s go ahead and find out…

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Retina Display Stories April 22, 2015

Apple has started to charge the credit cards of customers who ordered the highest-end 1.3GHz version of the 12-inch MacBook, according to emails from 9to5Mac readers. The customized, built-to-order MacBook went on sale earlier this month with 3-4 week shipping times for even the earliest orders, and Apple originally promised a delivery timeframe of May 8th to May 15th. As we saw with Apple Watch credit card charges earlier this week, it seems plausible that Apple already charging customers for the 1.3 GHz MacBook could indicate that shipments of the new laptop will begin occurring sooner than originally expected. However, readers have yet to report any signs of UPS or FedEx tracking numbers, or their Apple Online Store status pages moving from “Processing” to “Preparing for Shipment.”

Update: Several readers reporting that their MacBooks are now preparing to ship, several weeks early:

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