Editorials & Apple Commentary

By MacPrices.net Editor Steve Hildreth


Details of Apple’s sales tax holiday for 2018. Save in certain US states on specific days

Apple is participating in the 2018 sales tax holiday again this year. In certain states on certain days customers are eligible to save on the sales tax for items purchased on Apple's online store. For 2018, the following states are participating in the tax holiday: Alabama: July 20 – 22 ...
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Apple discontinues $1999 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro

Apple has officially discontinued 2015 15" 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro which it has used as their $1999 15" MacBook Pro price leader for the past couple of years. That leaves the new 2018 15" 2.2GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro as Apple's least expensive 15" MacBook Pro for $2399. The 15" ...
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Apple launches new 2018 15″ & 13″ MacBook Pros with 6-core and 4-core Intel 8th generation processors

Apple updated their line of 15" and 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros for 2018 today with new 8th generation Intel "Coffee Lake" processors, updated DDR4 memory, True Tone displays, 3rd generation butterfly keyboards, availability of 32GB RAM in some configurations, and updated graphics. Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs come in quad-core ...
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Will Apple dump Intel and use its own CPU in future MacBooks?

An report by Christopher Mims at the Wall Street Journal postulates that Apple could be considering moving from Intel as their source of chips for MacBooks to home-grown CPUs, similar to those used in iPhones and iPads. Apple's A11 Bionic chip used in the iPhone X is already fast enough ...
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Apple makes Schoolwork app for iPad free for teachers

Apple's Schoolwork app is now available and free for all teachers on the Apple app store. According to Apple, "The all-new Schoolwork app empowers teachers to take full advantage of the power and creativity of iPad to create new learning experiences for their students. Schoolwork makes it easy to create ...
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Apple potentially working on higher-end audio gear for 2019

According to a report published today by Bloomberg, Apple is working on beefing up its audio gear for 2019 and doubling down on the HomePod. Next-generation AirPods are reportedly gaining much-needed noise cancellation plus limited water resistance. Other features are thought to include increased range and an AirPower-compatble case. Details ...
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Waiting for Apple’s rumored 2018 10″ iPad Pro

Late last year, Bloomberg and an analyst at KGI Securities postulated, based on sources, that Apple would be releasing their next-generation 2018 10" iPad Pro sometime this summer. The new 10" iPad Pro is expected to include several new features based off the iPhone X. While the internal CPU & ...
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Details of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program

If you own a 2016 or 2013 13" MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) and your battery has expanded, Apple will replace the battery free of charge as part of their 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program, launched this past April. Eligible MacBook Pros can be determined ...
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Apple details keyboard service program for 12″ MacBooks and 13″/15″ MacBook Pros

Some owners of 2015-2017 12" MacBooks and 2016-2017 MacBook Pros have experienced issues with their butterfly keyboards in which keys get stuck, or letters repeat or don't appear at all. To address the problem, Apple has announced a Keyboard Service Program for certain models. The following MacBook models are eligible ...
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iPhones to automatically share emergency location with 911 calls in iOS 12

Starting later this year with iOS 12, iPhone users making emergency 911 calls will be able to automatically share their location with first responders. By using Apple's Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO) system and RapidSOS's Internet Protocol system, iPhones will integrate with existing 911 center software to share the iPhone's location ...
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Trade in your old Apple stuff at Adorama and get cash, store credit, or trade up value

Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama is now offering a Trade in program for all Apple products, as well as any kind of photography product. Use their online form to get a simple & free quote, no commitment required. They also offer options to get a quote via email or telephone. According ...
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Welcome to the new MacPrices.net!

Welcome to the newly redesigned MacPrices.net! MacPrices has been comprehensively redesigned from the ground up over the past couple of weeks. The new design is cleaner, with less clutter, minimal ads, and more open space. It's a far more modern design with mobile users in mind. Fully half of MacPrices ...
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Check Apple prices on any device with the iTracx app

MacPrices is proud to offer readers a free iOS app (iPhones, iPads, & iPod touch) and Android app (Google Play and Amazon App Store) called iTracx, which allows you to glance at today's lowest Mac and iDevice prices on the go and on a wide range of mobile devices. Click ...
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Apple introduces updated 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads

Apple introduced updated 15" Retina MacBook Pros today with new Force Touch trackpads. Other than updated graphics on the higher-end 2.5GHz model, the new 15" Retina MacBook Pros are identical to the previous models: - 15" 2.2GHz Intel quad-core i7 Retina MacBook Pro: $1999 (16GB RAM/256GB SSD/Intel Iris Pro Graphics) ...
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Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pros with Force Touch Trackpads, 10 hour battery

Apple updated 13" Retina MacBook Pros today with slightly faster 5th generation Core i5 and i7 processors. 13" models now ship with 10 hour battery life, faster graphics, and Apple's new Force Touch Trackpad. The new configurations are as follows: - 13" Retina MacBook Pro, 2.7GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8GB ...
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Apple updates MacBook Airs with Intel Broadwell CPUs, longer battery life

Apple released updated MacBook Airs today with slightly faster 1.6GHz Intel Broadwell processors and longer battery life. Build-to-order options include a new 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 CPU. Other specifications remain the same as previous models. All four new models are in stock today at The Apple Store with free shipping: ...
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Apple updates MacBook Pros with slightly faster processors and more RAM

Apple updated 13" and 15" Retina MacBook Pros today with slightly faster Haswell processors. 13" models now ship with 8GB of RAM standard, while 15" MacBook Pros ship with 16GB across the board. Most other options remain the same. The new configurations are now as follows: - 13" Retina MacBook ...
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Apple updates MacBook Airs with faster Haswell CPUs, lowers prices by $100

Apple released updated MacBook Airs today with slightly faster 1.4GHz Haswell processors and longer battery life. They also lowered prices by $100 across the board, with 11-inch models now available starting at $899. All four new models are in stock today at The Apple Store with free shipping: - 11" ...
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Apple updates MacBook Air with Haswell CPUs and all-day battery life

Apple today released new MacBook Airs with Intel's fourth-generation Haswell i5 CPUs rated at 1.3GHz and all-day battery life. Apple claims 9 hour battery life with the 11-inch MacBook Air and 12 hours with the 13" models. Now with 3x faster 802.11ac WiFi, the new MacBook Airs are in stock ...
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Apple drops prices, boots speeds on Retina MacBook Pros

Apple dropped prices on 13" Retina MacBook Pros today along with offering faster Intel Core processors on some 13" and 15" configurations. Apple also dropped pricing on the high-end 13" 256GB MacBook Air by $100: - 13" 256GB MacBook Air: $1399 $100 price drop - 13" 256GB MacBook Air (Apple ...
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MacPrices mobile app, prices at a glance and on the go

MacPrices.net offers readers a Mobile Web App which allows you to glance at today's lowest Mac and iPad prices on the go. Click on the link above, or just visit MacPrices on your iPhone, iPod, or other mobile device. The web app will allow you to look up the ...
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Apple introduces next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple today introduced their next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro with a retina display, as well as updated existing 13" and 15" models. The 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as it's called, features a brilliant 2,880 by 1,880 pixel display and is redesigned to look more like the MacBook Air, at ...
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Apple updates MacBook Air with faster Ivy Bridge Intel processors

Apple today released updated 11" and 13" MacBook Airs with faster dual-core i5 Intel Ivy Bridge processor running up to 2.0GHz and high-speed USB 3.0 ports. Prices on all but the low-end 11-inch model were also lowered by $100. The new models are available for order today at The Apple ...
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Apple adds free in store pickup and setup to online orders

The Apple Store has added the ability to order items online, then choose between shipping to an address or local Apple Store pickup. If you choose local store pickup, items will be available within and hour of ordering. Free setup is included with Macs, iPads, and iPods ...
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Apple updates MacBook Pros with faster CPUs

Apple updated MacBook Pros today with slightly faster Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, faster graphics on 15" and 17" models, and higher-capacity hard drives. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available today at The Apple Store. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available ...
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Apple updates iMacs with Intel Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt I/O

Apple released updated iMacs today with Intel Quad-Core Sandy Bridge processors, faster graphics, FaceTime HD cameras, and Thunderbolt I/O ports. The new models are being sold in similar configurations to the previous 2010 models, with 21" and 27" displays ranging from $1199 to $1999. Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processors are ...
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MacBook Pros now 3-5 day wait at The Apple Store

MacBook Pros moved from Same Day shipping to a 3-5 day wait today at The Apple Store. Apple is widely expect to introduce new MacBook Pros sometime this week, so be sure to check with MacPrices.net for the latest info on prices and shipping dates after their release ...
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Glimpse of future 13″ MacBook Pros on Best Buy’s website

Best Buy offered a glimpse of the next-generation 13" MacBook Pros on their website today in the form of two sku numbers (click image for larger version): One model will be offered for $1199.99, while the other will be $1499.99. Their prices indicate that the new 13" MacBook Pros ...
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Review: 2010 iPod shuffle

Apple went back in time with the 2010 iPod shuffle and released a model styled similar to the 2008 shuffle with buttons on the front rather than on the earphone cord. Read More... ...
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Recent MacPrices reviews: Macs, iPods, iPad

Peruse our recent reviews of Macs, iPod, and the iPad if you've missed them over the past several months: - 15" 2.66GHz i7 MacBook Pro Review - 13" White MacBook Review - 27" iMac Review - 2010 2.4GHz Mac mini Review - 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Review - 2010 iPod touch ...
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Review: 2010 iPod nano

For 2010, Apple decontented the iPod nano. They took away the clickwheel, took away the video camera, and made the screen smaller. In their place, they added a touch screen with icons, a la the iPod touch, but without access to the apps, and a clip on the back a ...
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Review: 2010 8GB iPod touch

The 2010 iPod touch introduces a number of new features for Apple's popular media player. In addition to a slight slimming of the case, the new iPod touch features Apple's retina display, front and rear facing cameras with FaceTime, and Apple's A4 chip. With the introduction of iOS 4.2, the ...
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