Editorials & Apple Commentary

By MacPrices.net Editor Steve Hildreth

Steve Hildreth founded MacPrices in 1998 and has been its editor. Before that, he was Founder & Editor of PowerBook Central from 1996 until that site was closed in 2015. Steve has been an Apple Developer and Apple Affiliate Partner for over 20 years.

Steve first started using Macs in the mid-1980s. His first personal Mac was a PowerBook 165c.

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13" M2 MacBook Air Midnight

M2 MacBook Air vs M2 MacBook Pro, what is new?

With the introduction of their new M2 processor, Apple released a completely redesigned 2022 13" MacBook Air. At the same time, Apple released a 13" MacBook Pro with an M2 CPU, but kept much of the existing design. Both models take advantage of Apple's M2 processor and offer a performance ...
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Apple 2022 13.6-inch M2 MacBook Air

Apple introduces the 2022 MacBook Air and 13″ MacBook Pro with M2 second-generation Apple CPUs

Apple today introduced the 2022 13.6" MacBook Air with an M2 Apple processor. Apple's second-generation Apple Silicon processor, the M2 CPU, is a 5nm CPU with 20 billion transistors, 100GB/S unified bandwidth memory, and 8-core CPU with 18% greater performance than M1. Up to 24GB unified memory is supported. The ...
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Apple 14-inch MacBook Pro

MacPrices.net launches new Apple 14″ MacBook Pro Price Tracker

Apple introduced the new 14" M1 MacBook Pros yesterday (and 16" models) with an updated design, new 10- to 32-Core M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, magic keyboards, edge-to-edge displays, and more. Apple and its resellers are starting to accept preorders on these new MacBook Pros today, and as a ...
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M1 MacBooks and Mac mini

Apple to introduce new Macs today, perhaps more

Apple is widely anticipated to introduce several new Macs at their special fall event today. Watch their presentation here, at 10am PT. We're expecting new MacBooks and maybe some new desktops. It's also possible that Apple releases updated accessories, such as AirPods. After the presentation, come back here and check ...
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Apple iPhone 13

Apple introduces the iPhone 13

Apple today introduced their next generation iPhone, the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro/Max, and iPhone 13 mini. While featuring a designs, and sizes, as iPhone 12 models, the iPhone 13 models have several new updated features. For the iPhone 13 and 13 mini: - Durable ceramic front display shield - ...
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Apple Watch Series 7

Apple introduces the next-generation Watch: Apple Watch Series 7

Apple today introduced their next-generation Watch: The Apple Watch Series 7. The new 7 Series features an improved larger display with 20% more area than the Series 6 Watches, 1.7mm borders, and a case & display softer more rounder corners giving the Watch display a wrap around effect. The display ...
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2021 iPad mini

Apple introduces updated iPad and all-new iPad mini

Apple today released an updated 10" iPad featuring an A13 Bionic processor capable of 20% faster performance. Apple also updated the new iPad with a 12MP ultra wide camera with Center Stage and True Tone display. The new 2021 10.2" iPad features the same basic design as before, will run ...
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Apple iPad Magic Keyboard

Apple introduces new iPad Pro with M1 Apple CPU

Apple today introduced a new iPad Pro with Apple's M1 Apple CPU. Main features include: - M1 CPU - 8-Core CPU - 50% faster performance, 75X faster than original iPad Pro - 8-Core GPU with 40% faster performance, 1500% faster than original iPad Pro - All day battery life - ...
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AirPods Max

Apple introduces AirPods Max with over-ear design, H1 chips, spatial audio, and noise cancellation

Apple today introduced AirPods Max, an over-ear headphone, to complement their existing line of AirPods and AirPods Pro. The new headphones feature high-fidelity audio, Adaptive EQ, spatial audio, H1 chips, active noise cancellation, and transparency mode. The new AirPods will have up to 20 hours of battery life and ship ...
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Apple Silicon M1 Processor

Apple introduces new 13″ MacBook Pro, 13″ MacBook Air, and Mac mini with Apple Silicon M1 processors

Apple today introduced the first Macs running on Apple's in-house Silicon processors, using an Apple Silicon M1 System on Chip (SoC) 5nm, 8-core processor. With Apple Silicon, Apple claims the best CPU performance per watt of any chip currently on the market with up to three times the performance per ...
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iPad Air Family

Apple introduces the 8th generation iPad and new 10.9″ iPad Air

Apple updated the iPad today with the new 8th generation 2020 10.2" iPad with an A12 bionic chip, 40% faster CPU and 2X jump in graphics. Support continues for the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. Prices start at the same $329 as the 7th generation model. Apple also released a ...
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Apple Watch Series 6 Blue

Apple introduces Apple Watch Series 6 with blood oxygen capabilities, new Watch faces, new bands, and more

Apple today introduced the Apple Watch Series 6 with blood oxygen measuring capabilities, new Watch faces, colored cases, new bands, an S6 chip, and more. Prices start at $399. Apple also introduced the Apple Watch SE. A more affordable Watch, the SE includes the same design and most of the ...
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21-inch iMac

Apple releases refreshed 2020 27″ iMacs with 10th generation Intel CPUs, SSDs, and better displays

Apple today released updated versions of their 27" iMacs featuring 10th generation Intel processors, SSDs across the board, a better 5K display, and improvements to the camera, speakers, and mic. According to Apple, "By far the most powerful and capable iMac ever, it features faster Intel processors up to 10 ...
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Apple releases updated 13″ MacBook Pros with Magic Keyboards, more storage, 10th-gen Intel processors

Apple today released updated 2020 13" MacBook Pros featuring Magic Keyboards, double the SSD storage, and new 10th generation Intel Core processors: "Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook and doubled the storage across all ...
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iPhone SE Family

Apple announces new $399 iPhone SE with preorders starting at April 17th

Apple today announced their new 2020 iPhone SE. The new low-cost SE starts at only $399 making it the most affordable iPhone in Apple's lineup. The iPhone SE comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB configurations in Black, White, and (PRODUCT)RED colors. The iPhone SE features a 4.7" LCD display (1334x750, ...
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2020 iPad Pro

Apple’s new 2020 iPad Pros feature LiDAR scanner, A12Z Bionic chip, Pro Camera, & Magic Keyboard with trackpad support

Apple updated their 12" and 11" iPad Pros today with a 3D LiDAR scanner, A12Z Bionic chip, Pro Camera system, and available Magic Keyboard with trackpad support. According to their press release: "Apple today announced its most advanced iPad Pro. Now with the A12Z Bionic chip, iPad Pro is faster ...
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Mac mini

Apple’s 4 and 6-Core Mac minis now come standard with twice the SSD storage

Apple today updated their Mac mini with twice the standard SSD storage for 2020. According to Apple, "Whether they are using it as a desktop computer, a music and movie storage hub for the family, or as a code compile server for Xcode, customers love Mac mini. The standard configurations ...
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13-inch MacBook Air

Apple updates 13″ MacBook Air with 4-Core processors, Magic Keyboard, and $999 starting price

Apple today released an updated 13" MacBook Air with faster processors, and updated Magic Keyboard, twice the storage, and a lower $999 price point (down from $1099). According to Apple's press release, "Apple today updated MacBook Air, the world’s most loved notebook, with faster performance, the new Magic Keyboard, twice ...
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16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro offers bigger display and improved keyboard

Apple today introduced the 16" MacBook Pro with an improved keyboard, larger and brighter display, 100Wh battery, AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics, and support for up to 64GB RAM and 8TB SSD storage. The improved keyboard, dubbed Magic Keyboard by Apple, improved the feel of keyboard presses with ...
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Apple’s 7th generation iPad features 10.2″ Retina display, A10 chip

Apple updated their iPad today with a new 7th generation model. The new 2019 iPad features an improved 10.2" Retina display, up from the 9.7", an Apple A10 chip, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboards. According to Apple: "The new iPad combines the power and capability of a ...
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15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple updates 13″ MacBook Pros, 13″ MacBook Airs, discontinues 12″ MacBook

Apple updated their line of laptops today with changes to the 13" MacBook Pros and 13" MacBook Airs, and they also discontinued the 12" Retina MacBook. The 13" MacBook Air for 2019 has received a True Tone display plus a $100 price cut. The base 13" 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air now ...
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Apple updates iPod touch with A10 processors, adds 256GB model for $399

Apple today updated their line of iPod touch models. Each iPod touch now features an Apple A10 Fusion chip for a big leap forward in performance, and Apple also added a new 256GB model for $399. No other changes were made. The lineup is available in 6 different colors and ...
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15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro

Apple adds new 15″ 8-Core MacBook Pro to lineup, drops prices on 2.6GHz 6-Core models

Apple has added a new 15" MacBook Pro to its lineup featuring a 9th generation 2.3GHz 8-Core Intel i9 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory for $2799. This is Apple's first MacBook featuring an 8-Core CPU. At the same ...
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Apple announces new 2019 10.5″ iPad Air and 7.9″ iPad mini

Apple today announced an all-new 10.5" iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini. With the A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine, the iPad Air delivers a claimed 70% boost in performance and twice the graphics capability, and the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is nearly 20 percent larger ...
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Apple introduces new 2018 13″ MacBook Air with Retina display

Apple today introduced a new redesigned 13" MacBook Air for 2018 with smaller and slimmer profile and new Retina display. The new model features a narrow black glass bezel, wedge shape similar to the 12" MacBook, force touch trackpad, and third-generation Butterfly keyboard. A Touch ID sensor is included for ...
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iPad Pro

Apple introduces new 2018 iPad Pros with edge to edge 11″ and 12.9″ display and A12X CPUs

Apple today introduced the new 2018 iPad Pro family. The new models feature edge-to-edge Liquid Retina displays, similar to those found in the iPhone Xr, in 11" and 12.9" sizes with rounded corners. The new iPad Pros are thinner than the older models by as much as 15%, and the ...
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Mac mini

Apple’s new 2018 Mac mini is the most powerful mini yet with up to 64GB RAM and 6-Core CPUs

Apple today introduced a new 2018 Mac mini with a similar form factor but significantly upgraded internals. The new mini comes in a darker Space Gray color and features Intel 8th generation Quad-Core i3 CPUs standard with optional 6-Core CPUs available. Available memory ranges up to 64GB, and internal SSD ...
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Apple Introduces new iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr

Apple today introduced their 2018 iPhone models. The new 2018 iPhone Xs features new stainless steel construction with edge to edge displays, rounded at the corners, with a 5.8" Super OLED HDR super-durable screen along with a 6.5" display in a version of the phone dubbed iPhone Xs Max. The ...
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Apple Introduces new Apple Watch Series 4

Apple today introduced their next-generation Apple Watch Series 4 in 40mm and 44mm sizes. The new watches feature 30% larger displays and a slimmer design along with new features such as heart ECG monitoring, louder speakers, new complications & watch face, a new Apple S4 CPU, and improved accelerometers. Battery ...
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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 AirPods

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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