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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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Apple 27-inch Retina 5K iMac 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB Fusion (newest) $1,899 shipped (Reg. $1,999), MacBook deals, more

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Amazon’s taking up to 40% off everything you need for rock solid Wi-Fi at home & on the road

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LifeProof FRĒ Waterproof Case for iPhone 6 (Various Colors) $30 shipped (Reg. $60)

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Best Buy hands Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro its first significant discount, 128GB model now $650

Apple 12-inch MacBook 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB (2015): $899.99 shipped (Orig. $1,299)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB (newest model): $850 shipped (Reg. $999)

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iTunes $50 Gift Card for $42.50 shipped – save 15% on games, apps, subscriptions, more

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App Store Free App of the Week: King Rabbit goes free for the first time (Reg. $1)

Adventure/platformer Swordigo goes free on iOS for the first time in over a year (Reg. $3)

Call of Duty iOS titles matching all-time lows: Strike Team $2 (Reg. $7), Zombies $1 (Reg. $5), more

Grand Theft Auto iOS Sale: Liberty City Stories $3, China Town Wars $3, San Andreas $4, more

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Roundup: The best power strips w/ USB ports to quickly (and safely!) charge all of your devices

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Keep the Wi-Fi running during power outages w/ this APC UPS System + USB Power Supply: $80 shipped (Reg. $110+)

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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Get Nomad’s premium Italian leather Apple Watch Strap for just $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

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The 2016 Roku Streaming Stick receives its first discount: $40 Prime shipped (Reg. $50)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

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Garmin’s new vívosmart HR+ opts for GPS-tracking and heart rate monitoring over battery life

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Source: 9to5 Mac

Opinion: Apple’s MacBook lineup has a storage problem

Yesterday, we showed you how to upgrade late model MacBooks with a 480GB or 1TB SSD. In some cases these upgrades might yield eight times the original capacity of the machine’s internal storage.

While it’s certainly nice to have the option of upgrading, such enhancements do come with downsides. First, there’s the price: it’s $600 to upgrade to a 1TB drive. Second, the upgrade breaks Boot Camp support.

But $600 is relatively cheap when you compare what it costs to score a MacBook with a 1TB SSD. MacBooks feature faster PCIe storage, but it’s still a high price to pay for something so vital — and so cheap by today’s standards.

Apple’s MacBook line has an issue with internal flash storage prices. It’s a problem that continues to worsen, especially as Apple has made it increasingly difficult for users to upgrade. more…

Filed under: iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: 11-inch macbook air, 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch macbook air, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Flash storage, MacBook, Opinion, Storage
Source: 9to5 Mac

This week’s top stories: WWDC, iPhone rumors, 12-inch MacBook updates, Apple Car & more

In this week’s top stories, the iPhone rumor mill was in full effect as reports surfaced claiming Apple could introduce an new all glass design for a next-generation device. That news was accompanied by Apple’s 12-inch MacBook refresh, an official announcement for WWDC, and the latest Apple Car news. Head below for the quick links to all of this week’s top stories and much more:

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Car, iOS Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, AAPL, Apple, Apple Car, iPhone 7, Snapchat, top stories, WWDC
Source: 9to5 Mac

Opinion: Here’s what I’d do to rationalize Apple’s MacBook lineup

Apple has long been about simplicity and minimalism. Steve Job’s philosophy was effectively that usability trumps choice. Sure, you lose the ability to customize your iPhone or iPad in the way you can an Android device without jailbreaking it, but what you gain in return is a device that is both more reliable and a lot more secure.

Jobs applied that same philosophy to Apple’s product range. When he returned to Apple in 1997, one of the first things he did was to rationalize the company’s product lineup, paring it back to the essentials. In 2008, he proudly told Fortune that “Apple is a $30 billion company, yet we’ve got less than 30 major products.”

Apple has, for the most part, maintained that approach ever since, famously saying ‘no’ to a thousand product ideas for every time it says ‘yes.’ But I still think there’s a little more work to be done in terms of rationalizing the company’s MacBook lineup …

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Filed under: Mac, Opinion Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch macbook air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 15-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Mac, MacBook, MacBook line-up, MacBook range, Opinion
Source: 9to5 Mac

Here’s what the new MacBook Pro could look like if Apple scaled up the 12-inch design [Poll]

With Apple rumored to working on sleeker versions of its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models in time for a possible reveal at WWDC, designer Martin Hajek has provided one possible take on how the new machines might look. His mockups essentially scale up the 12-inch MacBook design, the above image contrasting with the existing design.

The renders also incorporate a rather lovely OS X concept created by Andrew Ambrosino, the UX designer behind the standalone Apple Music app concept we showed you last year. The same duo also teamed up for a beautiful Apple TV concept.

You can see more renders below …

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro, 2016 MacBook Pro, Apple Inc, MacBook, MacBook Pro
Source: 9to5 Mac