AppleCare+ for HomePod priced at $39, covers two accidental damage incidents

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 03:31
Category: AppleCare+, Hardware, HomePod, iOS, MacBook Pro, News, retail

If you’re looking to snag AppleCare+ for your new HomePod, it’ll run you $39.

The extended warranty and accidental damage repair program offers two out-of-warranty repairs like accidental damage from a drop.

Without AppleCare+, the repair will run $279.

The checkout process for a HomePod has said since the pre-order process that AppleCare+ coverage extending the warranty to two years, granting a longer customer support window, and providing for reduced-cost out-of-warranty repairs would cost $39. However, a new support document published on Friday breaks down the HomePod repair process, as well as costs associated with the repair.

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Rumor: FoxConn to take on additional MacBook Pro orders in 2018, no plans for a major update this year

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, 03:48
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, security

It looks like Apple could be using assembly partner FoxConn for an increased production of its MacBook Pro notebooks.

A current rumor from the upstream supply chain states that while Apple may not be planning a major update to its MacBook Pro notebook line this year, Apple will be shifting a major portion of its MacBook orders to Foxconn in 2018, instead of providing the majority of its orders to Quanta Computer. Foxconn is apparently expected to start fulfilling the new orders with mass MacBook Pro shipments in the second quarter.

While it’s believed Foxconn will see more MacBook orders this year, it’s also believed that Quanta will continue to be Apple’s biggest supplier throughout 2018. DigiTimes’ research indicates that Quanta has shipped four times as many MacBooks as Foxconn over the last five years, with Quanta taking 79.5 percent of orders in 2017 compared to Foxconn’s 20.5 percent.

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Cyber Monday, guides begin to go online, predictions made

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2017, 03:08
Category: Apple Watch, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Uncategorized, Wearables

Cyber Monday is upon us and the deals are out there.

Per Forbes and BestBlackFriday.com, the following Cyber Monday deals have been noted:

eBay – Apple 13.3″ MacBook Air (2017) for $744.99 (save $255) – product link

eBay – Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ 256GB 4G+WiFi for $749.99 (save $110) – product link

eBay – Apple iPhone 8 64GB CDMA Unlocked for $674 (save $25) – product link

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The following links have also been predicted from other merchants:

Prediction – $250 free Walmart gift card when activating an iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus at Walmart – product link

Prediction – Apple iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi for $174.99 (save $125) at Best Buy – product link

Prediction – Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi (5th Generation) for $249 (save $80) at Walmart – product link

Prediction – Save up to $250 off MacBook Pros at Best Buy – product link

Prediction – Apple Watch Series 3 for $329 + $90 in Kohl’s Cash at Kohl’s – product link

Via Forbes and BestBlackFriday.com

Black Friday 2017 roundups begin to go live, savings on Apple products abound

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Date: Friday, November 24th, 2017, 03:45
Category: 4K, Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Wearables

It’s that time again.

With Black Friday underway, the savings abound and the cool cats at AppleInsider have published a pretty huge roundup of deals from assorted Apple authorized resellers. The lineup includes Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watched, Apple TV 4K units, headphones, drones and other accessories and notes no sales tax within the lower 48 states (excluding New York and New Jersey).

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Forbes posts initial Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on Apple products

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Date: Friday, November 10th, 2017, 03:43
Category: Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Wearables

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us.

That being said, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly has put together a list of shopping tips to help you save this year.

The guide veers away from the Apple Store, which typically doesn’t offer enormous savings, and focuses heavily on Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Sam’s Club. In the case of Kohl’s, Kelly points out that Kohl’s Cash helps provide additional savings, especially after you’ve spent a given amount of money within the store.

Kelly also points out that there are savings to be had through B&H Photo Video, MacMall, and Newegg.

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Microsoft teases ARM-based notebook battery life, operating functionality

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2017, 05:49
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, Microsoft, News, Samsung

microsoft has chosen to tease Apple with the prospect of running its notebooks for literally days at a time on a single battery charge thanks to ARM processors.

Over at the Qualcomm 5G Summit in Hong Kong, Pete Bernard, Principal Group Program Manager for Connectivity Partners at Microsoft, stated that the battery life while using an ARM processor is “beyond our expectations.”

“We set a high bar for [our developers], and we’re now beyond that. It’s the kind of battery life where I use it on a daily basis. I don’t take my charger with me. I may charge it every couple of days or so. It’s that kind of battery life,” claims Bernard. “I would consider it a game-changer in terms of the way people have experienced PCs in the past.”

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Apple adds 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to refurbished products list

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 05:00
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail, Touch Bar

Because refurbished products are a good thing.

Apple on Tuesday added the June 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks equipped with a Touch Bar to its refurbished products list.

At present, Apple’s refurbished store has six different 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro models available for purchase at a discount of approximately 15 percent.

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Google Chrome 60 offers Touch Bar support, other features

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 05:58
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar

Google Chrome is up to version 60, is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac and for you MacBook Pro fans, now sports full Touch Bar support for the most recent MacBooks. Chrome 60 now allows Touch Bar users to customize Chrome shortcuts by adding, removing, or rearranging buttons as they please.

Users can update this setting in Chrome 60 by heading to View > Customize Touch Bar from the Menu bar. You can then combine laptop controls, such as brightness and volume settings, with the Chrome shortcuts and stack them as you feel comfortable.

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Apple offering newer MacBook Pro models as replacements for some 2012, 2013 MacBook Pro models requiring battery replacement

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

This could be pretty nifty.

In the wake of what appears to be a severe constraint of top case assemblies with integrated batteries, Apple has informed its Genius Bar employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers it is currently unable to service the batteries of 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display models released in Mid 2012 and Early 2013.

The battery replacement is typically free of charge with an AppleCare+ plan, but can retail for $199 in the United States, £199 in the UK, or $259 in Canada for out-of-warranty replacements.

According to Apple’s internal directive, top case assemblies with batteries for the aforementioned MacBook Pro models will remain severely constrained until September 15, 2017. The directive does not identify a reason for the shortage, which has been ongoing since at least March.

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iFixit announces DIY MacBook Pro Retina Battery Fix Kits

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Date: Friday, July 7th, 2017, 05:02
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

This will come in handy.

The cool cats at iFixit have come up with a fix to the issue pertaining to Retina display MacBook Pros that have plagued the notebook since their release in 2012: Inordinate amounts of glue holding the battery in place that make it next to impossible to replace.

As such, iFixit has released a DIY battery replacement kit.

In their own words:

“We’re fixers; it’s in our blood—so when manufacturers present us with a device that’s practically impossible to repair, like the MacBook Pro Retina, we take it as a challenge.

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