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Resource id #62How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X
Even though most developers work their hardest to ensure that the programs you download onto your Mac run smoothly, sometimes, things go wrong. One issue that may arise is an app using an exorbitant amount of energy or memory, causing your Mac to overheat or suffer severe battery drain.

Sometimes, simply closing an app doesn't do the trick. For example, if a program includes a helper tool, that tool may be the culprit. Closing the program may not solve the problem.

We've got a troubleshooting guide for finding out which apps are using the most percentage of processes on your computer.

Check Energy Consuming Apps


If you experience a fast drain on your MacBook's battery, it may be caused by certain programs running in the background. While you may have intended to run something like Spotify, it is possible that you have a program open that you didn't know about.

Apps using significant energy
You can quickly check to see which apps are using a significant amount of energy by left clicking on the battery icon in the upper right corner of your laptop's tool bar. From the dropdown list, wait a few seconds until your Mac finishes collecting power usage information. Any apps that are using a lot of energy will be listed.

You can then find the app by searching in Finder and quit the program. Or, you can right click on the app to open Activity Monitor.

Using Activity Monitor


Sometimes, issues causing overheating come from programs that are overusing memory and CPU. The Activity Monitor provides information on how activities are affecting your Mac based on CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, and Network.

CPU
The CPU pane can help you identify processes that affect your Mac's performance, battery, temperature, and fan. Click the "%CPU" column to sort percentages and see which apps are using the highest percentage.

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Individual CPU usage should not be very high. Processes should use less than one percent when not actively in use. Most apps that are in use should not be using more than 10 percent, and that is for such programs as content streaming (like Spotify or Plex). If a program is using a large percentage of your CPU (above 50 or 60 percent) it is probably the culprit.

Memory
The memory pane shows how memory is being used on your Mac. Apps using a lot of memory will affect your startup drive. Click the "Memory" column to sort memory usage. If a process is using an excessive amount of memory, it might affect the performance of your Mac.

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Energy
The energy pane shows how much energy is being used altogether, and by individual processes. Click the "Energy Impact" column to sort energy consumption. Processes at the top of the list are using the most energy. If a process seems to be gobbling up more energy than you think they should, even when it is closed, there may be a problem with the program.

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Disk
The disk pan shows the amount of data being written to and read by your disk. It also provides information on the amount of times your Mac accesses the disk to read and write data.

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Network
The network pane shows how much data your Mac is sending or receiving over your network. You can check which processes are sending or receiving the most data from this view.

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Quitting a Process


If you've discovered the process that is overworking your Mac, you can quit it from Activity Monitor. Highlight the item by selecting it. Then, click on the X in the upper left corner of the screen.

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You will be provided with the option to quit the process, force quit, or cancel the action. If you quit a process that that could cause data loss or is being used by another process, it won't quit. Nothing will happen.

Switch Views in Activity Monitor
If you force quit a process that is being used by another application, it may cause a problem with its performance. You can check to see if a process is being used by another program by changing the window view. Select View from the tool bar. Then select "All Processes, Hierarchically" from the dropdown menu. This will repopulate the processes by their main program.

If there's a process that's overusing your Mac's CPU, memory, or energy and you can't quit it without possibly affecting the performance of the main program it is being used with, the best option is to contact the app's developer.

If you experience an unusual amount of overheating and your Mac's fan starts running continuously, or if your battery is suffering an unusual amount of drainage, troubleshoot the problem by checking the Activity Monitor and shutting down processes that are not in use.


Waterfield 'Dash MacBook Sleeve' Review: Slim With Adequate Protection for 12-Inch MacBook
Since its debut in April, the new 12-inch Retina MacBook hasn't seen that much in the way of functional, protective travel cases showing up either online or in brick-and-mortar stores. Fortunately, San Francisco-based accessory manufacturer Waterfield has released not just a single travel sleeve for Apple's newest MacBook, but an entire line of bags and cases for early adopters of the device.

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Waterfield sent me the "Dash MacBook Sleeve" to review, and the case is covered in a black ballistic nylon outer shell but houses a plush, smooth inner liner to ensure your brand-new MacBook won't scratch or scuff while resting inside the case. The Dash's backside comes packed with a mesh netting that will hold accessories like cables and headphones, and to ensure your MacBook doesn't tumble out, there's a single elastic band attached on top.

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After a few days taking my MacBook around with the Dash sleeve, I barely have any big quibbles with the case. While certainly a downside for some, I found Waterfield's decision to stick to stark, bare-bones color options -- all-black or with a copper trim -- refreshing over some of the more out-there case options on the market. Notable as well, the case barely gains any thickness while housing the Retina device, retaining the 12-inch MacBook's sense of lightness even in a protected environment.

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The added mesh compartment on the back will add weight, though, especially once you begin adding content like the MacBook's USB-C charging cable. It'll also make the well-proportioned case slightly less seamless if placing the Dash within another bag or compartment while traveling. But, otherwise, the Dash's outer nylon shell is as protective and reassuring as Waterfield promises, and even feels like it can shirk any sort of moisture or accidental spill pretty easily. The material is also satisfying to grip, and won't easily leave your hands when walking for extended periods with the case.

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Moving away from aesthetics, the Dash's one big hindrance may be the single elastic band that determines whether your MacBook is secure or not. The band is simple to move back and forth, meaning it won't be a hassle in speedy moments when you need to get to your MacBook quickly. But that's also a downfall, because I'm not sure I'd feel entirely positive about placing the Dash on its own within another bag -- which is what most do with sleeves like this -- for fear of the band popping open and releasing the computer to the bag's other contents.

The bigger, more likely concern is other contents getting into the Dash, since the case's top opening has no definitive closing mechanism, leaving your MacBook exposed on one side at all times. Waterfield angles that into a positive, in that you can charge your computer while it rests in the case, but users searching for absolute protection may not find what they're looking for here. The opening may hinder drop protection as well, with the elastic strap not fully keeping the MacBook behind the protective barrier of the inner foam when tilted upside down for a period of time.

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The Dash MacBook Sleeve sells for $59 on Waterfield's official website in Black and Copper, and is even available for the traditional 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook options. Although its lack of full-bodied security for your MacBook hurts the case's overall protection selling point, I'd say that in normal day-to-day usage the Dash will be more than enough armor between your MacBook and the world.

At $59, the Dash is also a bit on the higher side of the average MacBook sleeve price point, but Retina MacBook early adopters aren't exactly being inundated by sleeve options this early in the product's life cycle. Still, even if they were, Waterfield's handsomely crafted, no-frills case would easily be one of the top contenders.

Note: MacRumors received no compensation for this review.


Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iPhone, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, Apple Accessories, and More
Happy almost Fourth of July! With the holiday approaching, retailers are offering celebratory holiday sales, discounting a wide range of products. Sales are available at big box stores like Best Buy and at smaller websites, so if you've been waiting to pull the trigger on an Apple product or accessory, make sure to see if it's on sale this week.

There's a new feature in the Buyer's Guide, which will let you know when a product is available at the lowest price we've seen. Look for the products that are tagged with "Lowest Price Ever" to see some of the best discounts available. There are several this week, on an older 2014 Retina MacBook Pro that's available for $600 off and on several older MacBook Air models.

We've rounded up the best deals we could find, on Apple products like the iPhone and on Apple accessories. As always, we've also got a list of great apps and games that are on sale this week.

iPhone


Best Buy is offering a free $50 Best Buy gift card with the purchase and activation of any iPhone on a Verizon Edge, AT&T Next, Sprint Easy Pay, or Sprint Leasing plan. It's also available for two-year agreements through Verizon and Sprint.

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Prices for the iPhone 6 start at $199 with a two-year contract, or $21.67/month on a plan like AT&T Next.

iPad Air 2


Staples is discounting several of its iPad Air 2 models by $100, dropping the price of the 16GB Wi-Fi only model to $399. iPads on sale include all 16GB Wi-Fi only models and 64GB Wi-Fi only models in Gold and Space Gray, which are priced at $499 instead of $599 with the discount.

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The deal is available in-store only and will last through July 4th.

B&H Photo is offering a small discount on most of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, 64GB model Wi-Fi only model in Gold is priced at $559 and the 128GB model is priced at $659. Prices vary somewhat by model, but there are slight discounts to be had on all of the site's iPads.

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Both Best Buy and B&H Photo have deep discounts on some remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air Wi-Fi Silver 128GB - $575
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $523.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $663.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $679

iPad mini 3


Staples is discounting several models of the iPad mini 3 by $100, dropping the price on the entry-level Wi-Fi only tablet to $299. The sale is in-store only and applies to the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 3 models in Gold and Space Gray and will last through July 4th.

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Amazon has a couple iPad mini 3 models available at a low price. The 16GB Silver Wi-Fi only model is available for $345.97, while the 16GB Space Gray Wi-Fi only model is available for $334.88.

B&H Photo is offering some modest discounts on various iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $50. The 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad mini 3 in silver is available for $479 and the 128GB version is available for $669.

Discounts for each model and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you'll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won't have to pay sales tax unless you're in New York.

iPad mini 2


Amazon has some discounts on current iPad mini 2 models, offering the 16GB Silver Verizon iPad mini 2 for $329 and the 16GB Space Gray Verizon iPad mini 2 for $329. Amazon also has the 32GB Verizon iPad mini 2 in Space Gray for $375, the lowest price we've seen.

Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $449.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $498.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $379.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $495
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $429.99

iMac


- 2013 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1,199.99, $100 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (B&H Photo) - $1,359, $250 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $1,679.99, $120 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $1,794.99, $204 off
-2014 27-inch 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $2,119.99, $179 off
- 2015 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,899.99, $150 off

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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (B&H Photo) - $464, $35 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $664, $35 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $938, $60 off

MacBook Air


- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $824.99, $75 off
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1044.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $939, $60 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H PHoto) (MacMall) - $1,139, $60 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Adorama) - $798, $200 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) - $829.99, $170 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $899, $300 off (Lowest Price Ever)

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Retina MacBook Pro


- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,229.99, $70 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Adorama) (MacMall) - $1,424.99, $74 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,699.99 $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $1,819, $180 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2015 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $2,374.99, $125 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $1,149, $150 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (Adorama) - $1,229, $259 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (Adorama) - $1,499 $300 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Best Buy) - $1,799.99, $200 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,899 $600 off (Lowest Price Ever)

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Apps


There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Infinity Blade is available for free, down from $5.99. Fearless Fantasy is available for $0.99, down from $3.99. Super Hexagon is available for $0.99, down from $2.99. Thomas Was Alone is available for $1.99, down from $4.99. Lifeline... is available for $0.99, down from $2.99.

Apple Watch app Power, which lets you see the battery of your iPhone at a glance on your Apple Watch, will be available for free on July 4th, so make sure to download it on Saturday to get it at no cost.

Star gazing app Star Walk 2 was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.

Apple Accessories


Slickwraps is offering 40 percent off sitewide on all of its skins for Macs and iOS devices using the code FIREWORKS at checkout. The deal lasts through July 6. Apogee is offering $50 percent off select refurbished products, including the Apogee JAM and Apogee ONE. Griffin's offering 30 percent off sitewide using the promo code ID30.

Beats UrBeats Nicki Pink earbuds are available for $64.99 from Groupon, down from $99.95. Groupon is selling the Beats by Dre. Studio headphones for $169.99, down from $299.99.

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Groupon is selling a combo Apple 5-Watt Power Adapter and Lightning Cable for $16.99, down from the regular price of $19 each. The Scosche Retractable Lightning/Micro USB cable is available for $15.99 from Groupon, down from $24.99, and the site is also offering the Griffin iTrip AUX for $27.99, down from $49.99.

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StackSocial is offering a $70 Casetify credit for $50 to put towards a custom Apple Watch band or custom iPhone case. Best Buy is offering the Jawbone Up24 for $70 off the regular price. Speck's StyleFolio for iPad Air or mini is available for $15.99 from LivingSocial, down from $39.95.

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$50 Apple iTunes gift cards are available for $40 from PayPal Digital Gifts on eBay. Woot's selling an Apple EarPods and Lightning cable bundle for $21.99, a decent deal since the combo normally costs $48. Woot's also offering up to 77 percent offZagg iPad keyboard cases.

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The OVA Wood Apple Watch Charging Dock is available for $69.99 from StackSocial, down from $100. Dragon Dictate 4 for Mac is available from StackSocial for $99, down from its regular price of $154.99. Target is selling Beats by Dre Solo HD Drenched headphones for up to $100 off.

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Groupon is selling the Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Earbuds for $169.99, down from $199.95. Otterbox's Defender Series Case for the iPhone 6 Plus is available for $34.99, down from $69.90.

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Kate Winslet Calls 'Steve Jobs' Shoot 'Extraordinary', Compares Lengthy Takes to Stage Productions
During a recent press tour for the period drama A Little Chaos, actress Kate Winslet commented on the shooting process for the upcoming Steve Jobs movie (via Entertainment Weekly). While the movie's structure was already known, Winslet solidifies the idea of the Aaron Sorkin-penned screenplay as three separate 45-minute scenes that are each continuous, in-real-time scenes that begin with him arriving at the event and end with his entrance onto the stage.

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“The way in which that film was shot was extraordinary… extraordinary,” said Winslet, whose excitement for the project bubbled to the surface during her recent press tour for A Little Chaos. “Each act is continuous 45 minutes backstage of real time at each launch that Steve Jobs made during those time periods — ‘84 was the launch of the Macintosh, ‘88 was the NeXT computer, ‘98 was the iMac. Each act takes place backstage and literally ends with him walking from the wings on to the stage to rapturous applause."
Winslet continued to comment on the way director Danny Boyle actually shot the movie, describing takes that would last as long as nine minutes, "sometimes even longer." She ends with comparing star Michael Fassbender's dedication to memorizing 182 pages of dialogue to the work of actors and actresses on a Shakespearean stage production, except twice as hard.
“We have nine-minute takes, sometimes even longer,” Winslet continued. “I think there’s a scene that Michael and Jeff had that was about 14 pages, so it really went for 11 minutes of continuous dialogue. It’s not unusual for an actor to learn huge passages of dialogue when you do a play. But it is unusual for an actor like Michael Fassbender to learn 182 pages of dialogue of which he’s on every page. It’s like Hamlet, times two.”
Conversations surrounding the movie have been circulating thanks to yesterday's release of the first full-length trailer, which gave fans their first in-depth look at Fassbender, Winslet, Jeff Daniels, and Seth Rogen in the new movie. Universal will most likely release another look at the movie before its debut, which is still three months away on October 9.


Apple Updates GarageBand for Mac With New Electronic/Hip Hop Synths and Drummers
Following the launch of Apple Music, Apple today updated GarageBand for Mac to version 10.1, adding new features and a huge amount of new content for musicians and sound makers to work with. The update to GarageBand was first announced in mid-June.

The update brings 10 new Drummers with beats appropriate for electronic music and Hip Hop styles like House, Trap, Techno, and Dubstep, plus it adds more than 100 EDM and Hip Hop-inspired synth sounds, each of which includes Transform Pad Smart Control for tweaking sounds to each user's personal taste. There are also 1,000 new Apple Loops made from a wide variety of instruments.

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Today's update brings support for the Force Touch trackpad when GarageBand is used with the MacBook or new MacBook Pros, and it includes a new feature that lets music be shared directly to Apple Music Connect, Apple's new social networking platform aimed at artists.
-10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic music and Hip Hop styles including House, Trap, Techno, Dubstep and more
- Over 100 EDM and Hip Hop-inspired synthesizer Patches featuring the new Transform Pad Smart Control for sound morphing
- Record the movements of software instrument Smart Controls to capture performances of effect and tone adjustments
- 1,000 new Apple Loops from a variety of popular instruments and genres including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Disco, Funk, and Blues
- Share directly from GarageBand to Apple Music Connect
- Adds support for Force Touch trackpad
- Resolves an issue which prevented the export of long recordings
- Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility
Apple has also released a minor update for its GarageBand app for iOS, introducing bug fixes and the ability to share music directly from the app to Apple Music Connect.

GarageBand for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

GarageBand for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]


Apple Releases OS X 10.10.4 With 'Discoveryd' Process Removal
os_x_yosemite_round_iconApple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, an under-the-hood update that introduces several bug fixes and performance improvements. Most notably, 10.10.4 includes the removal of the problematic Discoveryd process, which has caused multiple networking issues for some users in OS X Yosemite.

The OS X 10.10.4 update can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. There are also accompanying security updates available for OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion users.

Unlike 10.10.3, which brought Yosemite's first outward-facing changes including the Photos for OS X app and new emoji features, OS X 10.10.4 is a behind-the-scenes update that focuses primarily on fixing bugs and introducing better performance through stability improvements.
The OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

This update:

- Improves networking reliability
- Improves Migration Assistant reliability
- Addresses an issue that prevented some external displays from functioning properly
- Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos
- Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to iCloud Photo Library
- Addresses an issue that could cause Photos to unexpectedly quit after importing some Lecia DNG files
- Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail
- Fixes an issue where a website could prevent the user from navigating away by presenting repeated JavaScript alerts in Safari
The biggest change in OS X 10.10.4 is the elimination of the discoveryd process that's been accused of being responsible for some significant networking and WiFi bugs within Yosemite. Discoveryd is a networking process that was introduced in Yosemite to replace mDNSresponder, but it caused problems like slow wake from sleep, failures to resolve DNS names, duplicate machine names, WiFi disconnects, excessive CPU usage, battery drain, and more. In 10.10.4, discoveryd has been replaced with the older mDNSresponder process.

OS X 10.10.4 was in testing for approximately two months before seeing a public release, having been seeded to developers in mid-April. It's likely we'll see at least one more update to OS X Yosemite in the months preceding the public launch of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple's next-generation Mac operating system that's also in the works.


Apple Loses Appeal in E-Books Price Fixing Lawsuit, Ordered to Pay $450 Million Fine
ibooks-iconThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today upheld a 2013 decision that found Apple guilty of conspiring with publishers to raise the prices of e-books, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple is now expected to pay a $450 million fine originally set in July 2014 to settle the case, with a majority of that settlement earmarked for consumers as part of a class action lawsuit.

Apple filed the appeal in the antitrust case in December 2014, and the outcome was originally expected to favor the iPhone maker, although federal judge Debra Ann Livingston ultimately determined that the company colluded with publishers to fix the prices of e-books. The decision was finalized by a 2-1 ruling in the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Tuesday.
"We conclude that the district court correctly decided that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices,” wrote Second Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston. The conspiracy “unreasonably restrained trade” in violation of the Sherman Act, the federal antitrust law, the judge wrote.
The Wall Street Journal has shared the full-length court document for the decision.


Apple to Announce Q3 2015 Earnings on July 21
Apple updated its investor relations page today to mention that it will announce its earnings for the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2015 on Tuesday, July 21. The quarterly earnings statement will be released around 1:30 PM Pacific / 4:30 PM Eastern while a conference call to discuss the earnings report will take place at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern.

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The earnings report will provide another look at iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales during a period following another record-breaking quarter for the devices. It will also provide a look at both Mac sales, which were up last quarter from a year earlier, and iPad sales, which were down last quarter from a year earlier. Apple could also provide a look at Apple Watch sales. In the second quarter of 2015, Apple announced revenue of $58 billion and a net quarterly profit of $13.6 billion on 61.2 million iPhone sales, 4.56 million Mac sales and 21.4 million iPad sales.

During its second quarter earnings report, Apple provided guidance for the third quarter of $46 - 48 billion in revenue and gross margin between 38.5 and 39.5 percent.

MacRumors will provide coverage of both the earnings report and conference call on July 21.


MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Twist Plus+ World Charging Station for Mac and iOS Devices
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with OneAdaptr to offer 12 MacRumors readers a chance to win a Twist Plus+ World Charging Station. Priced at $45, the Twist Plus is a very handy charging solution that lets you charge your Mac and multiple iOS devices at the same time.

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Because it attaches to any MacBook Power Adapter by replacing the attached plug, it works with many different Mac models. Its included four USB ports can charge iOS devices at the same time, and it even works with Apple's newest devices, the Retina MacBook and the Apple Watch.

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In addition to charging multiple Apple products at once, the Twist Plus comes with a selection of adapters for use around the world, making it a useful product for those who travel often. The adapters are all built-in so there's no need to carry extra accessories, and changing the adapter is done with a twist of the base. The Twist Plus' selection of adapters work in more than 150 countries.

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Twist Plus World Charging Station not only allows for worldwide charging of MacBook, but also provides 4 ports, 4.0 Amp USB charging station for iPad/iPhone/Smartphone/Tablet. Once attached, simply twist to select the local plug, to power up to 5 devices simultaneously from a single outlet.
To enter to win one of the 12 Twist Plus+ World Charging Stations, use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter your email address. Your email address will not be given to any third party and is used solely for contact purposes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumorsFacebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

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This contest will run from today (June 26) at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time through 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time on July 3. The winner will be chosen randomly on July 3 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address or a new winner will be chosen.


Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More
With the Fourth of July approaching, Best Buy is offering some holiday discounts on Macs, dropping its prices on iMacs and on the 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB Retina MacBook Pro. There are a few minor deals on iPads as usual, but if you can hold out on purchasing, you might be able to get a better deal later this month.

We've rounded up some deals on Apple accessories, including several Apple Watch stands, and we've got list of apps and games that are on sale this week.

iPad Air 2


B&H Photo is offering a small discount on most of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB WiFi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $469 and the 64GB model is priced at $559. Prices vary somewhat by model, but there are slight discounts to be had.

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MacMall is also offering some discounts on iPad Air 2 models, dropping the prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB entry-level Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $469, while the Wi-Fi-only 64GB iPad Air 2 is available for $564.

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Both Best Buy and B&H Photo have deep discounts on some remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air WiFi Silver 128GB - $499
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) - $429
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $524.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $529
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $549

iPad mini 3


Amazon has a couple iPad mini 3 models available at a low price. The 16GB Silver Wi-Fi only model is available for $349, while the 16GB Space Gray Wi-Fi only model is available for $335.

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B&H Photo is offering some modest discounts on various iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $100. The 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad mini 3 in gold is available for $469 and the 128GB version is available for $649. The 16GB Wi-Fi only version in Silver is available for $379 and the 64GB Wi-Fi model in Silver is available for $479.

Discounts for each model and and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you'll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won't have to pay sales tax unless you're in New York.

iPad mini 2


Amazon has some discounts on current iPad mini 2 models, offering the 16GB Silver Verizon iPad mini 2 for $329 and the 16GB Space Gray Verizon iPad mini 2 for $329. Amazon also has the 32GB Verizon iPad mini 2 in Space Gray for $375, the lowest price we've seen.

Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $449.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $498.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $379.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $495
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $429.99

iMac


- 2014 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB (Best Buy) - $979.99, $20 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1,199.99, $100 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,399, $200 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $1,679.99, $120 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $1,794.99, $204 off
- 2014 27-inch 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $2,119.99, $179 off
- 2015 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,849.99, $150 off

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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (B&H Photo) - $464, $35 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $664, $35 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $938, $60 off

MacBook Air


- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $824.99, $75 off
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1044.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $949.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H PHoto) (MacMall) - $1,139, $60 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $799, $200 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $829.99, $170 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $999, $200 off

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Retina MacBook Pro


- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB (Best Buy) - $1,149.99, $149 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) (MacMall) - $1,424.99, $74 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Adorama) (MacMall) - $1,699.99 $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,899, $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $2,374.99, $125 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $1,149, $150 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1,229, $259 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1,499 $300 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Adorama) - $1,749.99, $250 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,999.95, $500 off

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Apps


There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Shoot 'em up game Star Drift is available for free, down from $2.99. Puzzle game Dwelp is available for free, down from $1.99. Fantasy Gamebook Adventures apps are all on sale for $0.99, down from $5.99: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Note taking app Sketch Rolls is available for free, down from $1.99. Icewind Dale is available for $4.99, down from $9.99. Both Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II are also on sale for $4.99, down from $9.99.

Hitman GO is available for $1.99, down from $4.99. Arcade game Impossible Road is available for $0.99, down from $1.99. Photography app Manual is available for $0.99, down from $1.99. Endless runner Alto's Adventure is available for $0.99, down from $1.99.

Photo editing app Halftone 2 was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.

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iPhone accessory maker Speck is offering 30 percent off site wide, cutting the prices on all of its products. The discount is applied at checkout.

Groupon is selling the Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Earbuds for $169.99, down from $199.95. Otterbox's Defender Series Case for the iPhone 6 Plus is available for $34.99, down from $69.90.

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The OVA Wood Apple Watch Charging Dock is available for $69.99 from StackSocial, down from $100. Dragon Dictate 4 for Mac is available from StackSocial for $99, down from its regular price of $154.99.

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The Dual Wooden Charging Dock for iPhone and Apple Watch is available for $24.99 from LivingSocial, down from the regular price of $59.95. Target is selling Beats by Dre Solo HD Drenched headphones for $40 off.

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The Griffin PowerJolt Car Charger is available from Groupon for $24.97, down from $34.99. iHome's Car Charger is available for $14.99 from Groupon, down from $29.99.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors.


SanDisk Dual USB Drive Type-C Review: No-Hassle File Transfers for Apple's New MacBook
Known for providing a variety of storage solutions for desktop and mobile devices, SanDisk continues its trend of easy-to-use storage devices supporting multiple connector standards with its new Dual USB Drive Type-C. Taking aim at the growing use of USB-C in the tech industry, the Dual USB Drive includes connectors for both USB-A 3.0 and USB-C that allow users to transfer files between a traditional USB-supporting computer and a machine like Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBook that uses the new USB-C standard.

While similar to the company's iXpand Flash Drive line -- which pairs a USB connector with a Lightning connector for a more mobile-friendly storage solution -- the Dual USB Drive is definitely lighter and slimmer than the iXpand line. The new drive is actually part of the line of SanDisk's "Dual" USB Drives, the othertwo of which focus on a more Android compatible transfer process. Only coming in a 32GB option, the Dual USB Drive Type-C has plenty of storage for all kinds of files, from music and photos to documents and slideshows.

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I've spent the past week or so testing the Dual drive, but as with any other basic flash drive, it either works hassle-free or it doesn't. Thankfully, SanDisk's new USB-C supported solution is a breeze when it comes to data storage and transfer. The drive took essentially the entire contents of my new 12-inch MacBook and in a few seconds had successfully pasted copies of the files into its 32GB storage.

Admittedly, I don't have a ton of music (about 6GB), and even less space taking up documents and photos, but with many of us having had frustrating experiences with shoddy flash drives, it's nice to know this one works. The USB 3.0 end of the flash drive probably doesn't need much mention, but works sufficiently as well. The 3.0 connector allows for fast transfer speeds, even for large files, and is of course backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports, as well.

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SanDisk has also created a Google Play mobile app, called "SanDisk Memory Zone," for the new Type-C drive, allowing customers with USB-C smartphones to monitor storage and organize files when plugging the drive directly into their mobile device. The big downside here, of course, is that not many people have a USB-C smartphone, because they're quite rare this early in the game. As such, I can't speak to the app's UI and efficiency claims, but screenshots on the app's Google Play storefront promise dense information statistics with individual storage percentages and back-up statuses.

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The svelte drive comes designed with a rotating cover that hides whichever connector is not currently in use, which will constantly leave one end of the drive open and vulnerable. It may not be a deal-breaker, but it's worth noting for those liking to keep their USB drives dust-free. The top end of the drive also includes a small opening for adding the device to a key chain for better ease-of-use, although the previously mentioned lack of full-device protection may cause some to rethink that option.

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Perhaps the Type-C drive's biggest negative is its price: $64.99 on SanDisk's official online store and more like $49.99 through other outlets like Amazon. It's unquestionably steep for 32GB of memory given many name-brand drives can be had for $10-$20 and even SanDisk's regular USB 3.0 flash drives retail in the $35 range, but options are still fairly limited for users who need USB-C compatibility. SanDisk's somewhat premium pricing coupled with the dual USB/USB-C abilities available on the new drive no doubt contribute to the higher price tag.

There's not much else that can be said about the Dual USB Drive Type-C by SanDisk, beyond the confirmation that it does its job, and does it well with flexibility to connect to both the widely-used USB-A standard and the upcoming USB-C standard. The lack of smaller or larger storage options that some of SanDisk's other drives provide is unfortunate, but those looking for a basic file transferring system may not need more than the standard 32GB.

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The Dual USB Drive Type-C can be purchased from the SanDisk online store, and from various retailers, for $64.99. A number of retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg are currently selling it for $49.99, so be sure to shop around for the best pricing.


Apple Named Promoter Member of Bluetooth SIG
Apple has become a promoting member of the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) alongside existing promoters Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia, and Toshiba, giving the company the ability to vote on Bluetooth SIG corporate matters and allowing the iPhone maker to hold a continual seat on the SIG Board of Directors.

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“Apple has long been a key participant in the Bluetooth ecosystem,” said Toby Nixon, chairman of the Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors. “Since 2011, the company has provided guidance and knowledge to the Bluetooth SIG through its participation as an Associate Board Member. We’re excited to welcome Apple to its new role in the organization and on the SIG board.”
Bluetooth SIG provides companies with the opportunity to influence the direction of Bluetooth technology, with promoter members having greater input towards the strategic and technological directions of Bluetooth. Apple uses Bluetooth in a number of products and services ranging from Mac, iPhone and iPad to AirDrop, Continuity and Handoff.


New Video Shows Up-Close Look at Progress on Apple Campus 2
Construction on Apple's spaceship-shaped second campus is progressing, as detailed in a new close-up video shared by Skycore on Vimeo. Shot last Monday, the video offers a look at the current state of construction, depicting a finished foundation, the first walls of the ring-shaped structure, and work on an underground parking facility.


Apple has had some issues with campus construction as of late, and in May, the company hired Silicon Valley company Rudolph & Sletten to take over as general contractor, replacing Skanska USA and DPR Construction as work begins on the interior of the building. It is not clear why Apple parted ways with the original general contractor on the project, but according to Skanska, an agreement could not be reached for "the revised scope of work."

Apple's campus features a massive 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking lot, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot auditorium for hosting major events. The entire campus will be covered with hundreds of trees and there will be a central garden with outdoor dining areas. A second phase of development will add several nearby research and development facilities.

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Campus 2 is costing Apple upwards of $5 billion, and it is unclear if its recent contractor shift has increased initial cost estimates. It's also unknown if the project is still on track for a late 2016 completion, but Apple has not notified the City of Cupertino of any delays, so it may still be finished at the end of next year.


Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Mini 3, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More
Father's Day is this weekend and there are some decent deals on iPads, iMacs, and the MacBook Air. Best Buy's running a promo discounting some iPad mini 3 models by $100, so now is an excellent time to pick up an iPad mini 3 if you've been waiting for a sale. Best Buy's also discounting the 2015 13-inch MacBook Air by $100.

We've also rounded up some deals on Apple accessories including Beats headphones and iTunes gift cards, plus we've highlighted a long list of apps and games that are on sale this week.

iPad Air 2


B&H Photo is offering a small discount on most of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB WiFi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $469 and the 64GB model is priced at $559. Prices vary somewhat by model, but there are slight discounts to be had.

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MacMall is also offering some discounts on iPad Air 2 models, dropping the prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB entry-level Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $459, while the Wi-Fi-only 64GB iPad Air 2 is available for $549.

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Both Best Buy and B&H Photo have deep discounts on some remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air Wi-Fi Silver 128GB - $499
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) - $449
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $499
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $449
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $549
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $549

iPad mini 3


Best Buy is discounting some of its WiFi-only iPad mini 3 modelsby $100, marking some of the lowest prices we've seen on the tablets since their October debut.

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With the discount, the 16GB WiFi-only iPad mini 3 is available for $299 and the 128GB WiFi-only iPad mini 3 is available for $499. All colors are included in the promotion.

Amazon has a few iPad mini 3 models available at a low price. The 16GB Silver Wi-Fi only model is available for $328.97, while the 16GB Space Gray Wi-Fi only model is available for $324.99.

B&H Photo is offering some modest discounts on various iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $100. The 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad mini 3 in gold is available for $479 and the 128GB version is available for $649. The 16GB Wi-Fi only version in Silver is available for $329 and the 64GB Wi-Fi model in Silver is available for $429.

Discounts for each model and and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you'll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won't have to pay sales tax unless you're in New York.

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Amazon has some discounts on current iPad mini 2 models, offering the 16GB Silver Verizon iPad mini 2 for $329 and the 16GB Space Gray Verizon iPad mini 2 for $290, the lowest price we've seen. Amazon also has the 32GB Verizon iPad mini 2 in Space Gray for $419.

Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $449.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $449.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $379.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $485
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $419.99

iPad mini


Apple discontinued its original iPad mini today, so retailers are starting to offer it at rock bottom prices. It's got an older A5 processor and isn't going to perform as well as the newer iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, but it's still suitable for web browsing and light gaming/app use.

The lowest price on the iPad mini is $179, from a sale that Groupon is running. It'll only last through the end of the day, so if you want an iPad mini super cheap, make sure to snap one up right away.

Best Buy has the 16GB AT&T iPad mini in Silver for $199, also an excellent deal.

iMac


- 2013 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1,199.99, $100 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,399, $200 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,689, $110 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $1,794.99, $204 off
- 2014 27-inch 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Best Buy) - $2,149.99, $150 off
- 2015 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (B&H Photo) (Adorama) (MacMall) - $1,899.99, $100 off

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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (B&H Photo) - $464, $35 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $664, $35 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $938, $60 off

MacBook Air


- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $824.99, $75 off
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1044.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $899.99, $100 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H PHoto) (MacMall) - $1,139, $60 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $799, $200 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Amazon) - $808, $90 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) - $819, $180 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $899, $300 off



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Retina MacBook Pro


- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,234.99, $64 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) (MacMall) - $1,424.99, $74 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,699.99 $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,899, $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $2,374.99, $125 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $1,149, $150 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $1,229, $259 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,399 $400 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $1,799, $200 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,999, $500 off



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Apps


There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Note taking app Nebulous Notes is available for $0.99, down from $4.99. Photo editing app Mextures is available for $0.99, down from $1.99. Shoot 'em up game Breakeroids is available for free, down from $1.99.

Apple is running an "Amazing Fantasy Games" promotion in the App Store this week, discounting 16 popular fantasy games by more than 50 percent off. Titles on sale include BADLAND, Terraria, Radiation Island, Goblin Sword, Oceanhorn, and a bunch more.

Physics game Warhammer: Snotling Fling was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.

Apple Accessories


Pad & Quill debuted some brand new MacBook bags and backpacks this week, and in celebration, the site is discounting all of its products by 10 percent with the promo code BPA15.

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Best Buy is offering the Beats Powerbeats 2 wireless earbuds for $30 off. The Griffin PowerJolt Car Charger is available from Groupon for $24.97, down from $34.99.

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The Waloo Desktop Charging Cradle for Apple Watch is available for $14.99 from Groupon, down from $29.99. iHome's Car Charger is available for $14.99 from Groupon, down from $29.99. Target is offering 20 percent off the Fitbit Flex.

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Target's offering a buy one get one 30 percent of deal on email iTunes gift cards. Best Buy's offering 10 percent off all iTunes gift cards, with free shipping included.

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Samsung Asks Court to Reconsider Appeal in Infringement Ruling
Samsung today asked the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a central part of a recent ruling that ensured Apple would receive $548 million in damages, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The Korean company wants the court to hear the case with its full 12-judge roster rather than the 3-judge panel it used in the previous ruling.

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"Unlike rugs, spoons, and simple mechanical objects, smartphones incorporate hundreds or thousands of different patented technologies, and it is undisputed here that Apple's design patents claim only partial, minor features of such devices," Samsung's lawyers argued in court papers.
In 2012, a jury ruled that Samsung willfully infringed Apple patents and awarded the Cupertino company $1 billion in damages. However, the award was slightly reduced to around $900 million a short time later after it was determined the original jury erred in its decision. Earlier this year, a U.S. appeals court reversed a significant part of the judgment, bringing the award down to $548 million. Samsung's latest move would target a part of the verdict that accounts for $400 million of the $548 million in damages Samsung owes.

The move is the latest in the ongoing legal battles between Samsung and Apple. In June 2014, it was reported that the two companies were attempting to find "common ground" in their legal battles and that they were both attempting to become "more practical" about finding a solution.


Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iMac, Older MacBooks, Apple Accessories, and More
We're in between Memorial Day and Father's Day, which means deals less than impressive this week. There are a few sales on iMacs and older MacBooks, so now may be a good time to buy one of those, but if you're looking for a solid deal on a new iPad or MacBook, you may want to hold out until later this month as retailers will likely be offering Father's Day discounts.

That said, we've gathered up the few deals that are available this week, and we've found some solid deals on several Apple accessories. As always, also we've rounded up a list of the best apps you can get on the cheap.

iPad Air 2


B&H Photo is offering a small discount on most of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB WiFi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $459 and the 64GB model is priced at $549.99. Prices vary somewhat by model, but there are slight discounts to be had.

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MacMall is also offering some discounts on iPad Air 2 models, dropping the prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB entry-level Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $454, while the Wi-Fi-only 64GB iPad Air 2 is available for $553.

iPad Air


Both Best Buy and B&H Photo have deep discounts on some remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air Wi-Fi Space Gray 128GB - $529
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) - $499
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $529
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $549
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $529

iPad mini 3


Amazon has a few iPad mini 3 models available at a low price. The 16GB Silver Wi-Fi only model is available for $328.97, while the 16GB Space Gray Wi-Fi only model is available for $336.

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B&H Photo is offering some modest discounts on various iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price by up to $100. The 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad mini 3 in gold is available for $479 and the 128GB version is available for $649. The 16GB Wi-Fi only version in Silver is available for $329 and the 64GB Wi-Fi model in Silver is available for $429.

Discounts for each model and and color vary, but most models are being offered at a lower price than you'll find at the Apple Store, and buying from B&H, you won't have to pay sales tax unless you're in New York.

iPad mini 2


Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $449.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $449.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) - $329.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $379.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $495
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $419.99

iMac


- 2014 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) - $999, $150 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1,199.99, $100 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) - $1,299, $200 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) - $1499.99, $300 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $1,794.99, $204 off
- 2014 27-inch 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Best Buy) - $2,099.99, $200 off
- 2015 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Best Buy) - $1,799.99, $200 off


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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Best Buy) - $449.99, $50 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Best Buy) - $629.99, $70 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $938, $60 off

MacBook Air


- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $824.99, $75 off
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1044.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $949.99, $150 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H PHoto) (MacMall) - $1,139, $60 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $799, $200 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) - $819, $180 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $899, $300 off

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Retina MacBook Pro


- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,234.99, $64 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,424.99, $74 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,699.99 $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,899, $100 off
- 2015 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $2,374.99, $125 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1,129, $170 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $1,229, $259 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,399 $400 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,749, $150 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,999, $500 off

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Apps


There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Warhammer Quest is available for free, down from $4.99. Card Crawl, a solitare-style Dungeon Crawler, is available for $0.99, down from $1.99. Puzzle game Cubic! is available for free, down from $0.99.

Photo editing app Enlight is available for $4.99, down from $5.99. Board game Talisman is available for $0.99, down from $6.99. Tower defense game Sentinel 4: Dark Star is available for free, down from $2.99.

Action RPG Slayin was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked.

Apple Accessories


Adorama is offering mail-in rebates on a wide variety of Apple products like Airport Extremes and AppleCare, dropping the price by up to $40. To claim the rebate, you need to purchase an eligible product and then fill out the rebate form. Some eligible products and their rebates:

- Apple TV, $15 off
- 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter, $20 off
- Airport Extreme, $20 off
- 2TB Time Capsule, $30 off
- 3TB Time Capsule, $40 off

The Beats Pill 2.0 Speaker is available for $40 off from Best Buy. Groupon has Apple 5W USB Power Adapters available for $9.99 for one or $17.99 for two.

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CrossOver Mac software from Codeweavers is available for 40 percent off with the code REMEMBERED. JBL is offering up to 40 percent off plus free two day shipping on its products. eBay has $50 iTunes gift cards for $40 this week.

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The Waloo Desktop Charging Cradle for Apple Watch is available for $14.99 from Groupon, down from $29.99. iHome's Car Charger is available for $14.99 from Groupon, down from $29.99. The Touchfire multi-purpose iPad case is available for 20% off with coupon code DG2015.

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urBeats in-ear headphones are available for $45 from DailySteals. DailySteals also has Apple Earpods for $10, down from $29. Target is offering 20 percent off the Fitbit Flex.

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Google Improving Chrome for OS X Performance to Better Rival Safari
Google_Chrome_Material_Icon-450x450Google senior software engineer Peter Kasting this week announced that his team has been working to address Chrome for OS X battery hog complaints by improving the performance of the browser on Mac, especially in areas where Safari appears to do better (via iPhoneHacks).

Chrome for OS X has received multiple under the hood improvements that should result in faster performance and longer battery life while browsing. The browser, for example, now requires significantly less CPU usage when loading the Google search results page and various other websites.

The other technical changes to Chrome for OS X are outlined as follows:
"The team has been working on addressing this; here are some cases that have recently been improved on trunk:

http://crbug.com/460102

Before: Renderers for background tabs had the same priority as for foreground tabs.
Now: Renderers for background tabs get a lower priority, reducing idle wakeups on various perf test, in some cases by significant amounts (e.g. 50% on one test).

http://crbug.com/485371

Before: On a Google search results page, using Safari's user agent to get the same content that Safari would, Chrome incurs ~390 wakes over 30s and 0.3% CPU usage vs. Safari’s 120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU usage.
Now: 66% reduction in both timer firings and CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU use, on par with Safari.

http://crbug.com/489936

Before: On capitalone.com, Chromium incurs ~1010 wakeups over 30s vs. Safari's ~490 wakes.
Now: ~30% reduction in timer firings. Chrome is now incurring ~721 wakeups over 30s.

http://crbug.com/493350

Before: On amazon.com, Chromium incurs 768 wakups over 30s and consumes ~0.7% CPU vs. Safari's 312 wakes over 30s and ~0.1% CPU.
Now: ~59% reduction in timer firings and ~70% reduction in CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~316 wakeups over 30s, and 0.2% CPU use, on par with Safari at 312 wakes, and 0.1% CPU use."
Many of the changes will first appear in Chromium before going live on Chrome for OS X.


New York and Connecticut Officials Investigate Apple Music for Possible Antitrust Violations
applemusiciphoneGovernment officials in New York and Connecticut are investigating the deals Apple and major record companies established for Apple Music to determine whether there were any antitrust violations, reports The New York Times. Eric T. Schneiderman and George Jepsen, attorneys general in the two states, are suspicious Apple tried to convince record labels to abandon free, ad-supported music services like those offered by Spotify and YouTube.
The attorneys general wanted to know whether Apple pressured the music labels -- or whether the labels conspired with Apple and one another -- to withdraw support for popular "freemium" services offered by companies like Spotify in favor of Apple's paid music subscriptions.
Spotify offers a freemium ad-supported music tier that lets listeners access music at no cost, provided they also listen to ads. Apple Music does not include a free tier for on-demand listening like Spotify, instead requiring all users to pay $9.99 per month for an individual plan or $14.99 per month for a family plan. Apple does, however, offer a separate radio service that can be accessed for free.

There have been rumors suggesting Apple asked record labels to discontinue allowing services like Spotify to offer music at no cost, which has led to scrutiny from the European Commission, the United States Department of Justice, and the United States Federal Trade Commission. Apple Music would, of course, be a much more appealing option should other services not be able to offer music for free, but it remains unclear whether Apple executives did indeed push labels to change their deals.

According to The New York Times, Universal Music Group is cooperating with the investigation and has told the attorneys general via letter that it has no agreements with Apple or other record labels that "impede the availability of free or ad-supported music streaming services" and it has no intention to enter any such agreements. UMG has also provided MacRumors with the following statement:
"UMG shares the Attorneys General's commitment to a robust and competitive market for music streaming services in the mutual best interest of consumers, artists, services and content companies alike – and we have a long track record to that effect. We are pleased to have provided the Attorneys General information demonstrating that conduct. It is our understanding that, given these representations, the Attorneys General have no present intention to make further inquiries of UMG in this regard."
In a statement, Connecticut attorney general George Jepsen said he was satisfied with the response he received from UMG. "We will continue to monitor that market to ensure that consumers and competition are protected," he said. Schneiderman's office made a similar statement, saying "It’s important to ensure that the market continues to develop free from collusion and other anticompetitive practices."

Jepsen and Schneiderman have been involved in Apple's affairs several times in the past. Jepsen led a lawsuit against Apple during the e-book price fixing scandal and has questioned Apple about Apple Watch privacy concerns. Schneiderman has been involved with smartphone anti-theft measures and was one of the main proponents of a "kill switch" for smartphones.

Apple Music debuted yesterday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. It will launch to the public on June 30 alongside iOS 8.4.

Update 6:42 PM PT: This article has been updated to include an official statement from Universal Music Group.

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OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite
OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the successor to OS X Yosemite, is capable of running on all Macs that are able to run Yosemite, according to the OS X 10.11 release notes (via Ars Technica). The first developer beta is listed as supporting the following Macs, which are the same that are able to run Yosemite:

- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)

OS X El Capitan is focused heavily on performance improvements to make the Mac "snappier and more efficient." According to Apple, apps launch up to 1.4x faster and app switching is up to 2x faster. Displaying the first Mail messages when opening mail is up to 2x faster, and it's up to 4x faster when opening a PDF in preview.

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El Capitan also brings Metal to OS X for the first time, improving graphics for more fluid performance in games, high performance apps, and key system-level graphics operations.

iOS 9, the upcoming update for iOS devices, has also been designed to work with all devices that run iOS 8. Even older A5 devices like the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s will be able to run the new operating system, and in many cases, performance will improve over iOS 8 thanks to the optimizations being introduced.

Both OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 will be available to the public in the fall, with a public beta becoming available in July.


Apple Merges iOS, WatchOS and Mac Developer Programs
Apple today announced that it is merging all of its developer programs into a single developer program, letting developers pay one fee to access both Mac and iOS developer tools. Before today, Apple offered a Mac developer program and an iOS developer program, accessible with separate $100 fees.

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The new Apple Developer Program combines everything you need to develop, distribute, and manage your apps on all Apple platforms into one single program, making it easier than ever to bring your creativity to over a billion customers around the world. Get your apps ready for the App Store on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, by enrolling in the Apple Developer Program today.
It now costs $99 to access all SDKs and betas of iOS 9, OS X, and the company's newest software platform, watchOS. Apple has created a support document to explain the changes and walk developers through the process of transitioning to the new membership program.

All individual and organization developer accounts have been upgraded to the new program and can access the tools for iOS and OS X. Membership expiration dates and Technical Support Incidents have not been changed. For those who had memberships to both former programs, the new single account has an extended expiration date that includes the sum of days that remained in each program.



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