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12.2-inch ‘iPad Air Plus’ May Launch Between June and April 2015 With A9 Processor

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Japanese magazine Mac Fan has published some possible schematics depicting the design of the larger-screened "iPad Pro" or "iPad Air Plus" in its January issue, which have been shared by Mac Otakara [Google Translate] along with some information about the upcoming device.

The schematics suggest the tablet will include a 12.2-inch LCD display, and it points towards dimensions of 305.31mm x 220.8mm x 7mm, or 12 inches x 8.7 inches x 0.28 inches, which is in line with previous rumors about the larger tablet. Many rumors have suggested a size of 12.9-inches for the larger tablet, but this is the second report from Mac Otakara that has suggested the device will have a 12.2-inch display.

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The "iPad Pro" or "iPad Air Plus" as Mac Fan calls it, is said to include a new A9 processor that's an upgrade from the A8X processor in the iPad Air 2, which is a bit of a deviation from previous rumors that have indicated the larger-screened tablet will use the same A8X processor introduced in the iPad Air 2.

Along with an upgraded processor, the tablet is said to have dual top and bottom speakers to allow for improved stereo audio, and design wise, the iPad Pro may look similar to the existing iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini.

Mac Fan also believes that Apple is working on an iPad mini 4, which will be equipped with the same A8X processor found in the iPad Air 2 and a thinner design that more closely resembles Apple's latest iPad Air. With the launch of the iPad mini 4, Mac Fan says both the iPad mini and the iPad mini 3 will be discontinued.

According to the report, both of these tablets may launch between April and June of 2015, which is in line with previous iPad Pro rumors. Earlier this month, reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested the iPad Pro may not enter mass production until the second quarter of 2015, following rumors that Apple had pushed back production to focus its attention on improving iPhone 6 Plus supply.






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Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apps, and Apple Accessories

Friday, November 28th, 2014

While you can see a massive list of all the Black Friday discounts being offered on Apple products and accessories in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, we've gathered up some of the most enticing Black Friday deals below. Many of the deals listed below are available now, with limited supplies.

Apple Online and Retail


Apple kicked off its deals for its one day Black Friday shopping event in the United States, and the company is offering special Product (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

Gift card amounts for products vary and include $100 on select Macs, $50 on iPhones (6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c), $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware, as noted below:

- iPhone ($50): iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c
- iPad ($50): iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini
- Mac ($100): iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Retina iMac, Retina MacBook Pro
- iPod ($25): iPod touch, iPod nano
- Apple TV ($25)
- Beats by Dr. Dre ($25): headphones and speakers

Gift cards available both on Apple's online store and in retail locations

iPhone Deals


Sam's Club is currently offering a $100 discount on the iPhone 6 in all capacities, which is one of the best deals available on the device. Best Buy is also offering a $100 discount on the device, but the deal is limited to the 16GB model.

Frequent Walmart shoppers may want to purchase an iPhone there, as Walmart will be selling the 16GB iPhone 6 for $179 and including a $75 Walmart gift card. The store will also be selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for $79, and that device also comes with a $75 gift card.

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iPhones purchased directly from Apple, including the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c, will come with a $50 iTunes gift card.

iPad Deals


Best Buy is discounting its entire stock of iPad Air 2 tablets by $100, which is the best deal available on Apple's newest iPad. The $100 discount applies to all colors and capacities, and brings the price of the 16GB WiFi-only iPad Air 2 down to $399.

Best Buy is also discounting all of its iPad mini 3 stock by $75, dropping the price of the 16GB entry-level WiFi-only model to $324. Shoppers looking for an especially good deal may want to check out Best Buy's supply of iPad mini 2 tablets, some of which are discounted by $75 to $100.

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For those unable to shop at Best Buy, Target is also offering a solid deal on the iPad Air 2, providing a $140 Target gift card with any iPad Air 2 purchase (prices start at $499). Target is also offering $100 gift cards with the purchase of the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and original iPad Air in all colors and capacities.

Mac Deals


Mac deals are a bit more limited than iPhone and iPad deals, but both Best Buy and MacMall are offering solid deals on Apple's range of MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac minis, and Mac Pros.

Best Buy, for example, is selling the low-end 21.5-inch 1.4Ghz/8GB/500GB iMac for $899, a $200 discount and the lowest price we've seen on the machine. The retailer also has select MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers for $150 off.

Best Buy:

- 13.3-inch Non-Retina MacBook Pro - $899.99, $200 off
- 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB iMac - $899.99, $200 off
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air - $779.99, $120 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB MacBook Air - $1,049.99, $150 off
- 13.3-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB Retina MacBook Pro - $1,349.99, $150 off
- 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB iMac - $1,649.99, $150 off

B&H Photo

- 13.3" MacBook Air 4GB/128GB - $889 ($110 off)
- 3.5GHz Mac Pro - $3,499 ($500 off)
- 15" Retina MacBook Pro 2.2/16GB/256GB - $1699 ($300 off)

MacMall is discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off.

Unlike many resellers, MacMall offers Apple machines with a variety of custom configurations, much like the online Apple Store, so the site's Black Friday section has a huge range of Macs at low prices.

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Notable deals from MacMall include the 15-inch 2.5Ghz/16GB/512GB Retina MacBook Pro for $2,298, a discount of $201, and the entry-level 13.3-inch 1.4Ghz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air for $898, a discount of $101.

MacMall:

2014 Retina MacBook Pro
- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB128GB - $1,197, $102 off
- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,397, $102 off
- 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,697, $102 off
- 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,829, $170 off
- 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB - $2,298, $201 off

2014 MacBook Air
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB - $798, $101 off
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $998, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GBGB/128GB - $898, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $1,098, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,368, $81 off

iPad Air 2
- 16GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $459, $40 off
- 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $589, $40 off
- 64GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $559, $40 off
- 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $679, $50 off
- 128GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $649, $50 off
- 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $754, $75 off

2013/2014 iMac
- 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB - $998, $101 off
- 21.5-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,198, $101 off
- 21.5-inch 2.9Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,398, $101 off
- 27-inch 3.2Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,698, $101 off
- 27-inch 3.4Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,878, $121 off
- 27-Inch Retina 3.5 GHz/8 GB RAM/1 TB - $2,348, $151 off

2013 Mac Pro
- 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB - $3,698, $301 off
- 4-core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB - $2,798, $201 off

2014 Mac mini
- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB - $468, $31 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB - $658, $41 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB - $948, $51 off

B&H Photo has a $200 discount on the new 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB 5K Retina iMac, dropping the cost down to $2,299, the lowest price we've seen yet. The site also has the 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB Mac Pro for $3,499, a discount of $500, and the 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB Retina MacBook Pro for $1,699.99, a discount of $300.

Other Deals


Many retailers are also offering deals on an array of Apple products, with Beats headphones being a popular discount item. Many stores are also offering iPod touches, Apple TVs, fitness accessories, and more at low prices, and a list of deals is located in the roundup.

Online Retailers

- Twelve South - 50 percent off BookArc Mod for Mac, GhostStand for Mac, and HoverBar 3 for iPad
- Speck - 25 percent off many of its iPhone cases
- Casetify - exclusive 25 percent off discount site wide with the discount code MACRUMORS.
- Ten One Design - 50 percent off site wide plus free shipping

iTunes Gift Cards

- $100 iTunes Gift Card for $75 - $25 off
- $100 iTunes Gift Card Multipack - $79.47, $20.53 off
- $50 iTunes Gift Card - $39.98, $10 off

Software

- Fantastical for the iPad, iPhone, and iPad are available at the lowest prices of the year,
- Adobe Elements 13 discounted by 40 percent.
- WALTR - exclusive 49 percent off discount for MacRumors readers
- Pixelmator - 50 percent off ($14.99)

- AppShopper - running of discounts on iOS and Mac apps

Our Black Friday roundup will be updated throughout Thursday and Friday, so make sure to keep an eye on it for the best Apple deals this holiday season.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these retailers.






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Apple Kicks Off Black Friday Sale With iTunes Gift Card Deals

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Apple has just kicked off its deals for its one day Black Friday shopping event in the United States, and as previously announced, the company is offering special Product (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

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Gift card amounts for products vary and include $100 on select Macs, $50 on iPhones (6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c), $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware, as noted below:

- iPhone ($50): iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c
- iPad ($50): iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini
- Mac ($100): iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Retina iMac, Retina MacBook Pro
- iPod ($25): iPod touch, iPod nano
- Apple TV ($25)
- Beats by Dr. Dre ($25): headphones and speakers

Apple's (RED) Black Friday shopping promotion will last for a single day and the deals are available both in-store and online. Along with (RED) gift cards, Apple also plans to donate a portion of retail sales on Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1 to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

Alongside Apple, many other retailers are offering significant discounts on Apple products and accessories. While some of the deals began yesterday ahead of Black Friday, many of the discounts are still available and will be valid through the end of the day.

Best Buy and MacMall are offering significant discounts on a range of different Macs, with prices up to $200 off, and Best Buy is also discounting its entire iPad stock by up to $100.

Target is offering gift cards up to $140 on the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3, while Sam's Club has the best deal on the iPhone 6, offering it for $100 off. Online only stores are also offering deals, with Twelve South, for example, discounting several products and Speck offering 25 percent off many of its iPhone cases.

Following in the footsteps of retailers, app developers are discounting their apps in the iOS and Mac App Stores, and a list of popular discounted apps can be found at our sister site AppShopper.

A full list of all the Black Friday deals on Apple products and accessories is located in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, which is being updated throughout the day with new deals.






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Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apps, and Apple Accessories

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Though it's not quite Friday, and many of you are still waiting to dig in to Thanksgiving dinners with family, many retailers are kicking off their Black Friday sales early this year. Stores like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, where some of the best deals are to be had, will be opening their doors to shoppers as early as 5 p.m. local time.

While you can see a massive list of all the Black Friday discounts being offered on Apple products and accessories in our comprehensive Black Friday roundup, we've gathered up some of the most enticing Black Friday deals below. Many of the deals listed below are available now, with limited supplies. Some of the deals won't be available until Black Friday actually rolls around, and details on exact sale times can be found in the roundup.

iPhone


Sam's Club is currently offering a $100 discount on the iPhone 6 in all capacities, which is one of the best deals available on the device. Best Buy is also offering a $100 discount on the device, but the deal is limited to the 16GB model.

Frequent Walmart shoppers may want to purchase an iPhone there, as Walmart will be selling the 16GB iPhone 6 for $179 and including a $75 Walmart gift card. The store will also be selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for $79, and that device also comes with a $75 gift card.

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iPhones purchased directly from Apple, including the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c, will come with a $50 iTunes gift card.

iPad


Best Buy is discounting its entire stock of iPad Air 2 tablets by $100, which is the best deal available on Apple's newest iPad. The $100 discount applies to all colors and capacities, and brings the price of the 16GB WiFi-only iPad Air 2 down to $399.

Best Buy is also discounting all of its iPad mini 3 stock by $75, dropping the price of the 16GB entry-level WiFi-only model to $324. Shoppers looking for an especially good deal may want to check out Best Buy's supply of iPad mini 2 tablets, which are discounted by $75 to $100. At $75 off, the 16GB entry-level WiFi-only iPad mini 2 is just $224.99, the lowest price we've seen on it yet.

For those unable to shop at Best Buy, Target is also offering a solid deal on the iPad Air 2, providing a $140 Target gift card with any iPad Air 2 purchase (prices start at $499). Target is also offering $100 gift cards with the purchase of the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and original iPad Air in all colors and capacities.

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Macs


Mac deals are a bit more limited than iPhone and iPad deals, but both Best Buy and MacMall are offering solid deals on Apple's range of MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac minis, and Mac Pros.

Best Buy, for example, is selling the low-end 21.5-inch 1.4Ghz/8GB/500GB iMac for $899, a $200 discount and the lowest price we've seen on the machine. The retailer also has select MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers for $150 off.

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MacMall is discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off.

Unlike many resellers, MacMall offers Apple machines with a variety of custom configurations, much like the online Apple Store, so the site's Black Friday section has a huge range of Macs at low prices.

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Notable deals from MacMall include the 15-inch 2.5Ghz/16GB/512GB Retina MacBook Pro for $2,298, a discount of $201, and the entry-level 13.3-inch 1.4Ghz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air for $898, a discount of $101.

B&H Photo has a $200 discount on the new 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB 5K Retina iMac, dropping the cost down to $2,299, the lowest price we've seen yet. The site also has the 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB Mac Pro for $3,499, a discount of $500, and the 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB Retina MacBook Pro for $1,699.99, a discount of $300.

Other Deals


Many retailers are also offering deals on an array of Apple products, with Beats headphones being a popular discount item. Many stores are also offering iPod touches, Apple TVs, fitness accessories, and more at low prices, and a list of deals is located in the roundup.

Alongside brick and mortar retailers, many online only shops are offering site-wide deals. Twelve South, for example, is planning to offer deep discounts on its products, Speck is offering 25 percent off many of its iPhone cases, and Casetify is offering an exclusive 25 percent off discount site wide for MacRumors readers with the discount code MACRUMORS.

App developers are also discounting their products, and highly popular apps like Fantastical for the iPad, iPhone, and iPad are available at the lowest prices of the year, and Adobe's cutting the price of Elements 13 by 40 percent.

Softorino, the company behind the WALTR app that makes it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iOS device, is offering an exclusive 49 percent off discount for MacRumors readers, and Pixelmator is offering its popular image editing app for 50 percent off, dropping the price to $14.99 for a limited time.

A full list of discounts in the iOS and Mac App Stores can be found through our sister site AppShopper, which lists all apps that have seen recent price drops.

Our Black Friday roundup will be updated throughout Thursday and Friday, so make sure to keep an eye on it for the best Apple deals this holiday season.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these retailers.






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Apple Releases New iPhone 6 Ad: ‘Voice Text’

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Just a couple days after releasing the fifth and sixth iPhone 6 ads starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, Apple has released a seventh called "Voice Text". The new ad focuses on one of the new features introduced to iMessage in iOS 8, the ability to instantly send audio messages quickly and easily.


The ad humorously highlights how voice messages can be used to better communication with friends, with examples pointing out how voice messages are good for sarcastic comments, singing and saying hard-to-spell words instead of typing them.

Apple, so far, has released two new iPhone 6 ads at a time, releasing "Duo" and "Health" during the iPhone 6 event in September, "Huge" and "Cameras" in late September and "Reservations" and "Gamers" a couple days ago. "Voice Text" marks the first time Apple has released an iPhone 6 ad by itself.






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Apple Watch Marketing Page Updated With ‘Timekeeping’, ‘New Ways to Connect’, ‘Health and Fitness’ Pages

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The marketing website for the Apple Watch has been updated (via 9to5Mac) with additional details about how it functions as a watch, new ways that wearers will communicate, as well as more about the watch's health and fitness features.

Apple's marketing team has also added new animations to the site, showing how the Apple Watch will move between screens and how some of the apps will work. Much of the basic information was already located on the Apple Watch site, but lots of it has been broken out with more information and detail.

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The new Timekeeping page reveals more about some of the watch faces that are included with the Apple Watch, including details about Complications -- specialized functions on a watch face like moon phases, sunrise and sunset, or, for the Apple Watch, stock quotes and weather.
Apple Watch is first and foremost an incredibly accurate timepiece. It does everything a watch should, but in ways no other watch ever has. It's also connected to your calendar, your contacts, and your schedule. So in addition to showing you the time, Apple Watch actually understands what time means to you. It helps you be more productive and efficient. So you get more out of every moment.
The New Ways to Connect page talks about the Friends feature that makes it easy to send messages, make a call, or reach out to other Apple Watch users. Wearers can send a tap, draw a picture, or share their heartbeat with other Apple Watch wearers, but they can also send and receive text messages, audio snippets, share a location, make phone calls and email right from the watch. Wearers can also use Handoff to start a call or email message from the Apple Watch and seamlessly transfer it to the iPhone.
You won't just send and receive messages, calls, and mail more easily and efficiently. You'll express yourself in new, fun, and more personal ways. With Apple Watch, every exchange is less about reading words on a screen and more about making a genuine connection.
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Finally, the new Health and Fitness page talks about the different ways Apple Watch measures movement, as well as additional details on the included Workout app. The watch tracks movement, exercise and how often the wearer stands up throughout the day, giving subtle reminders as needed to encourage more movement.

The watch uses its accelerometer, heart rate sensor, as well as Wi-Fi and GPS locations from the iPhone to follow movement as well. The Workout app shows real-time stats including time, distance, calories burned, pace and speed for running, walking and cycling. All data is tracked over time, making it easy for wearers to track their improvement.
Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and there's nothing more personal than your health. Just as Apple Watch is designed to keep you more efficient, organized, and productive, it's also made to keep you moving. Because being active is vital to living a healthy life.
The Apple Watch is scheduled to go on sale early next year, though Apple has not gotten any more specific than that.






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MacMall Kicks Off Black Friday 2014 Sale on Macs, iPads and More

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.

MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off. The new iPad Air 2 will also see discounts of up to $75 off.

We've listed a sampling of the discounts on products of interest below, but MacMall's full range of discounts can be found on its website.

2014 Retina MacBook Pro
- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB128GB - $1,197, $102 off
- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,397, $102 off
- 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,697, $102 off
- 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,829, $170 off
- 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB - $2,298, $201 off

2014 MacBook Air
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB - $798, $101 off
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $998, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GBGB/128GB - $898, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $1,098, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,368, $81 off

iPad Air 2
- 16GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $459, $40 off
- 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $589, $40 off
- 64GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $559, $40 off
- 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $679, $50 off
- 128GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $649, $50 off
- 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $754, $75 off

2013/2014 iMac
- 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB - $998, $101 off
- 21.5-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,198, $101 off
- 21.5-inch 2.9Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,398, $101 off
- 27-inch 3.2Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,698, $101 off
- 27-inch 3.4Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,878, $121 off
- 27-Inch Retina 3.5 GHz/8 GB RAM/1 TB - $2,348, $151 off

2013 Mac Pro
- 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB - $3,698, $301 off
- 4-core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB - $2,798, $201 off

2014 Mac mini
- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB - $468, $31 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB - $658, $41 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB - $948, $51 off

MacMall will also be discounting all original iPad Air models by $30 to $40, all iPad mini 3 models by $25 to $30, all iPad mini 2 models by $20 to $25. and all original iPad mini models by $10 to $20.

In addition to offering a large range of different Mac configurations, MacMall only charges sales tax in states where it has retail stores -- California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin -- making it an attractive choice for shoppers looking to score a solid deal on a Mac or iPad.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with MacMall.






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MacMall Kicks Off Black Friday 2014 Sale on Macs, iPads and More

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.

MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off. The new iPad Air 2 will also see discounts of up to $75 off.

We've listed a sampling of the discounts on products of interest below, but MacMall's full range of discounts can be found on its website.

2014 Retina MacBook Pro
- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB128GB - $1,197, $102 off
- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,397, $102 off
- 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,697, $102 off
- 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,829, $170 off
- 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB - $2,298, $201 off

2014 MacBook Air
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB - $798, $101 off
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $998, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GBGB/128GB - $898, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $1,098, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,368, $81 off

iPad Air 2
- 16GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $459, $40 off
- 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $589, $40 off
- 64GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $559, $40 off
- 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $679, $50 off
- 128GB Wi-Fi (Gray) - $649, $50 off
- 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) - $754, $75 off

2013/2014 iMac
- 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB - $998, $101 off
- 21.5-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,198, $101 off
- 21.5-inch 2.9Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,398, $101 off
- 27-inch 3.2Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,698, $101 off
- 27-inch 3.4Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,878, $121 off
- 27-Inch Retina 3.5 GHz/8 GB RAM/1 TB - $2,348, $151 off

2013 Mac Pro
- 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB - $3,698, $301 off
- 4-core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB - $2,798, $201 off

2014 Mac mini
- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB - $468, $31 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB - $658, $41 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB - $948, $51 off

MacMall will also be discounting all original iPad Air models by $30 to $40, all iPad mini 3 models by $25 to $30, all iPad mini 2 models by $20 to $25. and all original iPad mini models by $10 to $20.

In addition to offering a large range of different Mac configurations, MacMall only charges sales tax in states where it has retail stores -- California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin -- making it an attractive choice for shoppers looking to score a solid deal on a Mac or iPad.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with MacMall.






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Natalie Portman May Take on Role in Universal’s Steve Jobs Biopic

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Natalie Portman may take on a role in Universal's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports Deadline. It is not clear what part she may play, but there are said to be several female roles in the movie, including the part of Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan.

Portman is a well known actress that has starred in high profile movies like Black Swan and V for Vendetta. Most recently, Portman has had a leading role in the last two Thor movies, Thor and Thor: The Dark World.

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Earlier this week, the Steve Jobs biopic was picked up by Universal Studios after being dropped by Sony Pictures. The film has had trouble finding a leading man to take on the role of Steve Jobs, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale both turning down the role.

Michael Fassbender, best known for his role as Magneto in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, has reportedly signed on to play Steve Jobs. Seth Rogen is also rumored to be in talks to possibly play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Jessica Chastain has also been in talks for a role in the film, which was written by Aaron Sorkin. Danny Boyle, who directed Slumdog Millionaire, will direct.

The biopic, based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, is said to consist of three continuous 30-minute scenes depicting three of Apple's product launches.






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Foxconn Rumored to Produce Sapphire Displays for Apple’s Next iPhone

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's main iPhone assembly partner, is reportedly gearing up to produce sapphire displays for Apple's next generation of mobile devices, according to a report by China Economic Weekly cited by Focus Taiwan.

Foxconn has reportedly reached an agreement to build a display factory on an over 300-acre plot of land adjacent to an iPhone 6 assembly plant in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, where the company had been reported last month to be looking into such a facility. Just last week, Foxconn was also reported to be planning a new iPhone display plant in Taiwan.
The China Economic Weekly reported Tuesday that Foxconn has signed an agreement with the Zhengzhou city government in Henan Province, central China, to set up a display factory on a 133-hectare plot of land next to an iPhone 6 assembly plant.

The new factory is expected to manufacture sapphire displays for the next generation of the Apple devices, the report said.
Rumors of Apple's continued interest in sapphire displays for the iPhone come less than two months after the company's previous sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy. Apple had been widely expected to use sapphire displays on at least some models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but that turned out to not be the case as production difficulties apparently prevented the move and led to the collapse of the partnership between the two companies.

According to the new reports, Apple "has not given up on a plan to use sapphire displays in its next-generation smartphones." Market observers, however, reiterated that Apple plans to cautiously evaluate the sapphire displays to determine feasibility and avoid shortages.

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Following the reports concerning the adoption of sapphire displays in the next generation of iPhone, shares of Taiwanese sapphire manufacturers rose sharply. Share prices of local sapphire firms had been depressed following Apple's decision to not adopt sapphire displays for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Beyond the iPhone, Apple also plans to use sapphire displays in higher-end models of its upcoming Apple Watch, a plan Asia Securities Investment Consultant analyst Chang Chih-cheng says will boost local Taiwanese sapphire manufacturers in the near-term far more than rumors of the iPhone 6s or 7, as rivals see the possible benefits of the scratch-resistant display and adopt it for their own devices.






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