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Resource id #61Apple, Google, and Microsoft Among Companies Signing New White House Climate Pledge
Apple will join twelve other companies from across the country today at the White House in support of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which aims to tackle climate change head-on thanks to the backing of partners like Apple.

The new pledge will cut nearly 6 billion tons of carbon pollution through the year 2030, "an amount equivalent to taking all the cars in the United States off the road for more than 4 years." Apple's addition to the pledge doesn't appear to include any projects debuting exclusively for the new initiative, but the company will seemingly continue to heavily support a positiveenvironmentalmessage, now in partnership with the White House.

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Apple, already running all of its U.S. operations on 100% renewable energy, will bring an estimated 280 megawatts of clean power generation online by the end of 2016 through investments in Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon and Sichuan Province, China. Since 2011, Apple has reduced carbon emissions from its global corporate facilities, data centers and retail stores by 48%.
The other companies signing the pledge include: Alcoa, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, and Walmart. By signing on as a partner, the companies are voicing support for a "strong" outcome for the climate negotiations in Paris this December, and promising an "ongoing commitment" to positive environmental action.

In total, the American Business Act on Climate Pledge amounts to about $140 billion in environmental investments, with all of the participating companies estimated to generate more than 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy. As the White House points out, the partnerships announced today "are only the beginning," with a second round of pledges expected to be announced sometime this fall.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.


Apple Releases Flash Storage Firmware Update for 2015 MacBook Pros
Apple today released MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 for the 2015 MacBook Pro, which fixes a storage firmware issue that could cause data corruption in rare cases.

Apple recommends that all customers who have a mid-2015 MacBook Pro download and install the update. It can be acquired from the Mac App Store on affected machines or directly from Apple's support site.

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The mid-2015 MacBook Pro includes all 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models that were released in May of this year. As MacRumors readers have pointed out, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro released in March is an "early-2015" model.


App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth
newitunes122logoDuring today's third quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted App Store sales, noting that the iOS and Mac App Stores saw their best quarter ever, with a 24 percent growth in revenue. The number of transacting customers also grew by 19 percent.

The services category, which includes the App Store, iTunes, Apple Pay, AppleCare, and other licensing/service fees, generated a record $5 billion revenue during the quarter, up from $4.5 billion during the year-ago quarter.

Apple's iTunes Store has become an increasingly important revenue source for Apple in recent years, largely due to the ever-growing popularity of the App Store. China has been an important factor in the App Store's recent growth, with App Store revenue more than doubling in the country during 3Q15. Chinese developers have created more than 250,000 apps, according to Apple CFO Luca Maestri.

Overall, Apple saw revenue of $49.6 billion during the quarter, with a net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. The company sold 47.5 million iPhones, 4.8 million Macs, and 10.9 million iPads.


Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25
Apple is planning to open a new retail location in New South Wales, Australia on Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. local time, according to the company's list of retail stores. The store is located at the Westfield Miranda shopping centre in Miranda, a suburb of Sydney.

It is not clear where the Apple Store will be located within the mall, but the development spans four stories and has more than 400 retail stores.

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The Miranda Apple Store will be the ninth store located in New South Wales, joining the existing Bondi, Broadway, Castle Towers, Charlestown, Chatswood Chase, Hornsby, Penrith, and Sydney retail stores. Counting the new Miranda store, Apple now has 22 stores located in Australia.

At its retail store openings, Apple often celebrates by offering t-shirts to the first 1,000 customers who visit each location. Apple is already accepting Genius Bar reservations at the new Miranda location.

Update:MacRumors reader Adam has shared a photo of the new Apple Store opening at Westfield Miranda.

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Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying
For our latest video review, we went hands-on with the Juiceboxx, a MacBook accessory that originated on Kickstarter. Many of us MacBook owners have suffered from a frayed MacBook charger cord, which is a condition that the Juiceboxx aims to prevent.

The Juiceboxx is a small plastic cover that wraps around the bottom of a MacBook charger, with a portion that extends out over the spot where the cord attaches to the power adapter. This keeps that spot from being bent or damaged in a way that could lead to fraying.


The Juiceboxx is available in six colors, including blue, black, white, red, magenta, and teal. There are versions available for all MacBook models, including the 12-inch Retina MacBook, the MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air. It can be purchased from the Juiceboxx website for $19.99.

Note: MacRumors received no compensation for this review.


Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More
It's the middle of summer and we're in between holidays, so deals this week are not super impressive, unless you're looking for an older MacBook Air or Retina MacBook Pro. There are some acceptable discounts on the iPad Air 2, but not as good as we've seen in the past, and there are also a few models of the iMac available at reasonable prices.

This week, we've teamed up with GameAgent to offer MacRumors readers a complete BioShock Infinite bundle at a 75 percent discount, dropping the price to $10. We've also rounded up deals on quite a few Apple accessories, including iTunes gift cards and a discount on AppleCare with an iPad purchased from MacMall. As always, we've also rounded up a lengthy list of apps and games that are on sale.

iPad Air 2


Best Buy is selling several models of the 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 for $70 off, dropping the price to $629.99. The Silver, Gold, and Space Gray models are all on sale.

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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 Space Gray is priced at $564 and the 128GB model in Gold is priced at $659. Prices vary somewhat by model, but there are slight discounts to be had on quite a few of the site's iPads.

MacMall also has some slight discounts on various iPad Air 2 models, discounting them by up to $40. The 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 in Silver is available for $568, while the 64GB Gold version is available for $559 and the Space Gray 64GB model is $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 Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $524.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $663.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $549

iPad mini 3


Best Buy has discounted some its 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 3 models by $50, dropping the price to $549. The discount is available for the Silver and Space Gray models.

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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 $342, while the 16GB Space Gray Wi-Fi only model is available for $372.

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.

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Amazon has some discounts on current iPad mini 2 models, offering The 16GB Space Gray Verizon iPad mini 2 for $335. 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) - $549.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $499.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $485.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $528.98
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99 (Lowest Price Ever)
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $439.99

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iMac


- 2013 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,199.99, $100 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (B&H Photo) - $1,349, $250 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (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) - $2,099.99, $200 off
- 2015 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,899.99, $150 off

Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $464.99, $34 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $664, $35 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $938, $60 off

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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) (Adorama) - $1044.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $949, $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 (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $799, $200 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) - $819, $180 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) (Adorama) - $1,819, $180 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2015 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Adorama) - $2,349, $150 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 (B&H Photo) - $1,449 $350 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) (Amazon) - $1,999 $500 off

Apps


We've teamed up with GameAgent to offer MacRumors readers an awesome deal on a complete BioShock Infinite set for Mac that includes all the BioShock Infinite content in one bundle. From today until Sunday, the bundle is available at 75 percent off, dropping the price from $39.99 to $9.99.


There are also quite a few iOS 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.

In celebration of its latest update, text editor Coda for iOS is available for $9.99, down from $19.99. Finance app Stacks 2 is available for $0.99, down from $2.99. Photo editing app Pixelmator is on sale for $0.99, down from $4.99.

Puzzle game The Room Two is available for $0.99, down from $2.99. Flight combat game Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders is available for $0.99, down from $4.99. Sky Gamblers: Cold War is also on sale for $0.99. WWII tank game Battle Supremacy is available for $0.99, down from $4.99.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is availabe for $0.99, down from $6.99. Puzzle game BADLAND is available for $0.99, down from $3.99. Survival horror game Lost Within is on sale for $3.99, down from $6.99. Survival adventure game Radiation Island is on sale for $0.99, down from $2.99. Simulation game Goat Simulator is available for $0.99, down from $4.99.

Bird-tossing game Angry Birds Space was named Apple's App of the Week, so it will be free to download until next Thursday when a new app is picked. Several other Angry Birds games are also on sale for $0.99, including Angry Birds HD and Angry Birds Star Wars HD.

Apple Accessories


MacMall is still offering MacRumors readers 20 percent off AppleCare for iPad with the purchase of any iPad or iPad Air 2, using the coupon code MWBCJMACRUMORS.

The Beats by Dre RemoteTalk Cable is available from Groupon for $14.99, down from $29.95. LivingSocial has an Apple Watch protection bundle with charging stand, case, and screen protector for $13.99, down from $40.

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Apple Watch iPM replacement bands are available for $24.99 from Woot, down from the regular price of $99. Belkin iPhone cases and other accessories are up to 83 percent off at Woot. StackSocial has the ChargeIt USB Wall Charger for $27.95, down from $50.

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eBay has a $75 iTunes gift card for $65 with free shipping. The Griffin SportCuff case for the new iPod nano is available for $7.99 from Groupon, down from $19.99. The Speck SeeThru and SmartShell cases for MacBook Pro or MacBook Air are available from Groupon for $19.99, down from $49.95.

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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. Groupon's offering the Griffin iTrip AUX for $27.99, down from $49.99.

Groupon's also hosting an Apple Event, discounting a huge range of additional Apple accessories ranging from the Apple TV, iPads, and iPhones to cases and keyboards.

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Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong on Canton Road Opens July 30
Apple's fourth retail store in Hong Kong, located on Canton Road in the upscale shopping area of Tsim Sha Tsui, will have its grand opening on Thursday, July 30 at 9:00 AM local time, according to a new store listing on Apple's website. The store, at 100 Canton Road in southern Kowloon, will be open Monday through Sunday between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

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The new Canton Road location will be one of the biggest Apple Stores in Asia and marks the fourth store in Hong Kong alongside Causeway Bay, Festival Walk and IFC Mall locations. Apple has been completing the final stages of construction on the store this month, with photos of the store's beautiful white facade with an Apple logo and wavy design surfacing last week.


Apple Releases EFI Firmware Update 1.8 for Late-2012 Mac Mini
macmini1Apple today released a new firmware update for late-2012 Mac mini models to fix a problem that could prevent a USB keyboard from being recognized after the Mac wakes from sleep.
This update is recommended for Mac mini (late 2012) models. This update addresses an issue that may prevent a USB keyboard from being recognized after the system wakes from sleep.
Apple recommends all late-2012 Mac mini owners download the firmware update, which measures in at 4.8MB. It's available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or directly through Apple's support website.

Today's update is the third firmware update the 2012 Mac mini has received since it launched in 2012. The first update in December of 2012 addressed an HDMI video flickering issue, and a second update released last month was a security fix that fixed an issue where EFI could potentially be overwritten without authorization.

The 2012 Mac mini is a previous-generation model that Apple replaced with the current Mac mini in 2014.


iTunes Hasn't Offered Free Songs Since Apple Music Launched on June 30
Outside of a one-month hiatus in January 2015, Apple has offered a wide range of songs through its weekly "Free on iTunes" program since April 2004, but for the last two weeks, the company has released no free tracks. The last free iTunes release was on June 30, 2015, as tracked by MacRumors forum volunteers, coinciding with the launch of Apple Music in over 100 countries.

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Apple has since removed the "Free on iTunes" graphic from the iTunes Store homepage, and set prices on songs that were kept free even after their weekly promotions ended, leading to speculation that free songs may no longer be offered now that unlimited streaming is available through Apple Music for a fixed monthly price. Apple Music costs $9.99 per month after a free three-month trial period.

It would not be entirely surprising if Apple shuttered the program, whether temporarily or permanently, but no official announcement has been made. A link to the "Free on iTunes" section remains accessible on the righthand side of the iTunes Store, where Apple continues to offer other free content, including movies, TV shows, apps, books and podcasts, in the United States.

Thanks to MacRumors forum members Doctor Q and JamesMike!


MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Think Tank Photo Backpack That'll Hold Your MacBook and Camera Gear
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Think Tank Photo to give away an Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack that's designed to hold an iPad, a laptop, camera gear, and tons more. Think Tank Photo is actually a site that specializes in photography gear, so this is a giveaway oriented at those of you who need to lug around a camera, a MacBook, and all the relevant accessories.

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Think Tank Photo sells a whole range of backpacks and messenger bags that can accommodate cameras and equipment of different sizes. The Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack is specifically designed for mirrorless cameras like the Sony a7r or the Olympus OM-D line.

It comes with a bunch of customizable compartments to hold your camera and lenses, with removable foam dividers so it can also be used to store other gear. There's a dedicated zipper pocket in the back that can hold an iPad and a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro or smaller. As you can see in the photos, it's able to hold multiple cameras with lenses attached plus extra lenses.

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The fabric is water-resistant thanks to a water repellant coating, and it's made of ballistic nylon with leather accents for maximum durability. There's a holder for a tripod and a pass-through handle so it can be attached to luggage when traveling. It includes several internal organizer pockets for cables, memory cards, and batteries, there's a lockable zipper to prevent theft, and a rain cover.

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To enter to win the Urban Approach 15 Mirrorless Backpack from Think Tank Photo, 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 (July 10) at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time through 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time on July 17. The winner will be chosen randomly on July 17 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 Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More
Heading towards the middle of the month and following the Fourth of July, deals are mediocre, so if you're in search of an iPad or a Mac, you might want to hold off for better sales. That said, there are a few select deals that are worth checking out this week, including a sale on the new 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air and some discounts on older MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro models.

As we first mentioned last 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.

We've rounded up deals on quite a few Apple accessories, including an exclusive discount on AppleCare with an iPad purchased from MacMall. As always, we've also included a great list of apps and games that are on sale this week.

iPad Air 2


Target is offering the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 in Silver for $399, which is $100 off the original price. The deal is available for both the Silver and Gold models, but the two tablets are sold out online so will need to be purchased at a retail location.

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 Space Gray is priced at $564 and the 128GB model in Gold 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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iPad Air


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

- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $525
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $663.99
- 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 $344, 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 $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) - $549.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $499.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $449
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $495
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99 (Lowest Price Ever)
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $419.99

iMac


- 2013 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $1,199.99, $100 off
- 2013 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $1,399, $200 off
- 2013 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Amazon) - $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 (Adorama) (MacMall) - $2,199.99, $100 off
- 2015 3.3GHz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (Adorama) (MacMall) - $1,899.99, $150 off

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Mac mini


- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Adorama) - $464.99, $34 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) - $664, $35 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (MacMall) - $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) (Adorama) - $1044.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (Best Buy) - $849, $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 (Adorama) - $798, $200 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Adorama) - $819, $180 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) (Adorama) - $1,819, $180 off (Lowest Price Ever)
- 2015 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Adorama) - $2,349, $150 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 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) (Amazon) - $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.

Simulation games Game Dev Story and Pocket Academy from Kairosoft are on sale for $0.99 and $1.99, respectively, down from $3.99. World Cruise Story and Pocket Harvest are also on sale for $1.99, down from $4.99.

LP organizing app MilkCrate is available for free, down from $2.99. Infinity Blade is available for free, down from $5.99.

Card game Card Wars - Adventure Time 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


MacMall is offering MacRumors readers 20 percent off AppleCare for iPad with the purchase of any iPad or iPad Air 2, using the coupon code MWBCJMACRUMORS.

Target is offering 10 percent off select Apple products and accessories like iPads, iPods, iTunes gift cards, iPhone 6/6 Plus and Beats Solo 2 headphones through the Target Cartwheel app. The discounts will be available through 7/11.

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LivingSocial is selling Sanrio Hello Kitty iPhone cases for the iPhone 5/5s/6/6 Plus for $12.99, down from $39.99. The Otterbox 2,000 mAh Resurgence Power Case for the iPhone 5/5s is available from Groupon for $39.99, down from $99.95.

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Groupon has several third-party unofficial Apple Watch bands from iPM available for $24.99, down from their regular price of $99. Bands available include the Stainless Steel Metal Link Band, the Stainless Steel Mesh Strap, and the Stainless Steel Mesh Milanese Loop Band.

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StackSocial is selling the Bobine Apple Watch Charging Dock for $18.75, down from $25. DailySteals has an Apple Earpods and Lightning cable bundle for $12, down from the regular combined price of $48.

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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.

Groupon is selling a combo Apple 5-Watt Power Adapter and Lightning Cable for $16.99, down from the regular price of $19 each. Groupon offering the Griffin iTrip AUX for $27.99, down from $49.99.

Groupon's also hosting an Apple Event, discounting a huge range of additional Apple accessories ranging from the Apple TV, iPads, and iPhones to cases and keyboards.

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Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X El Capitan Beta to Address App Crashes
Apple today released an OS X El Capitan Beta Supplemental Update, with the release notes indicating it "fixes an issue that may cause some 32-bit apps to quit unexpectedly."

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The update is appearing for users on both the third developer beta, which was seeded on Wednesday, and the public beta released yesterday.

With the start of public beta testing, a wider audience now has access to OS X El Capitan, which is planned for a full public release in the fall, presumably around the October timeframe Apple has used for OS X updates the past several years.


'Trackbuster' Service Aims to Strip Tracking Information From Incoming Emails
Trackbuster is a new service that's designed to remove invisible tracking codes from incoming emails, preventing companies and marketers from tracking information like the time an email was opened, IP address of the recipient, which links were clicked, and more.

Many of the popular email marketing tools on the market include tools for tracking various metrics of emails that are sent out, embedding cookies and web beacons, which are tiny tracking images that let the sender know when an email has been opened. Links or attachments that are clicked within an email are also often tracked using tracking codes.

There are often few options for blocking trackers embedded in emails and these involve feature-limiting functions like removing all images, but Trackbuster plans to change that by working in the background to analyze and remove hidden tracking codes from emails to prevent users from unwittingly sharing information.

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Trackbuster is currently in beta and limited to Gmail and email accounts managed via Google Apps. The Trackbuster service can be connected to a Gmail account, where it scans for specific tracking strings. According to the team behind Trackbuster, the service only scans for codes within email addresses and it does not store, host, or read the content of emails. No data is shared and no data associated with the email is kept by Trackbuster.

After an email account is connected to Trackbuster, the service will analyze the last 100 emails received and all new emails going forward. Incoming emails with tracking codes are filtered into a [Bustedbox] folder, the code is removed, an [Untracked] label is added to the email and it goes into a dedicated [Untracked] folder.

Because it works by connecting directly to a Gmail or Google Apps account, Trackbuster works in web browsers and with any mail software on any device, from Macs to iOS devices.

Trackbuster will be available today in a closed beta for a limited number of beta testers, who can sign up on the Trackbuster website. The company plans to continue adding additional beta testers throughout the summer.


Apple's Fourth Retail Store in Hong Kong Nearing Completion
As construction continues on what will be Apple's fourth retail store in Hong Kong, located in the upscale shopping area of Canton Road, new pictures of the store's facade with an Apple logo shared by iMag on Facebook officially confirm that the Cupertino-based company will soon be opening up shop in the area. The store has been planned since at least August 2013 and under renovation for the past several months.

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The new Canton Road location is expected to be one of the biggest Apple Stores in Asia and will mark the fourth store in Hong Kong alongside Causeway Bay, Festival Walk and IFC Mall locations. It remains unknown when the new store will open to customers, but Apple appears to be in the final stages of construction and should announce grand opening details on its website in the coming weeks or months.


Serif's Image Editing App 'Affinity Photo' Launches for Mac
Professional image editing app Affinity Photo, created by the same team that's behind the award-winning Affinity Designer app, is today launching in the Mac App Store. Affinity Photo is designed to allow photographers to enhance, edit, and retouch images and is the culmination of five years of work.

The app includes a huge range of photo editing tools for everything from minor manipulations to drastic edits that alter shapes and remove objects from images. It's been in beta testing since February and has been updated with features and improvements that beta testers have requested.

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As an app oriented at professionals, Affinity Photo includes features like lens and exposure corrections, live filter layers, controls for channels and masks, advanced layer handling, RAW support, 16-bit channel editing, ICC color management, detailed EXIF info, Photoshop PSD import and export, and frequency separation editing that separates color from texture for retouching skin. According to Affinity Photo's developers, the speed at which it completes tasks and the app's ability to show edits in real time are the most notable features to be aware of.
"The performance of the product is what we are most proud of," said Tony Brightman, head of Affinity development. "We take full advantage of all the latest Apple technologies like OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch and Core Graphics. What this means to the user is whether it's a 100 megapixel image or a complex composition with 1000s of layers, you can still pan and zoom at 60fps and see live views of all adjustments, brushes, blend modes and filters with no compromise. It's this speed and depth of features which really makes Affinity Photo a joy to use, and sets it apart from anything else out there."

Affinity Photo also includes specific task-focused workspaces for developing, post-processing, liquify, and export, plus it has customizable toolbars with drag and drop panels. It offers vector drawing and text editing tools, an advanced brush engine with custom brush options, unlimited layers, a snapping system with pixel alignment, and an undo history for undoing changes.

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For retouching and making corrections to photos, there's an Inpainting brush for removing unwanted objects, a selection brush for selecting detailed elements in an image, a tool for removing blemishes and red eye, single-plane and dual-pane perspective correction, and a Liquify tool for manipulating images with warps, pinches, twirls, and more. There are also quite a few effects for adding features like tilt-shift, shadows, glow, blurs, and distortions.

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In addition to taking advantage of features like OpenGL and Core Graphics, Affinity Photo is compatible with Macs that have a Force Touch trackpad, enabling pressure sensitivity. It supports Retina displays, is fully optimized for 64-bit and multi-core processors, and includes iCloud Drive support.

To celebrate its launch, Affinity Photo is available from the Mac App Store for $39.99 until July 23. After that time, the price will increase to $49.99. [Direct Link]


How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use
We've been waiting for the fourth-generation Apple TV for at least two years now, and we've been teased with vague comments, leaks from the supply chain, and analyst predictions for several years running. We thought we’d get a look at it this year at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but Apple was still not ready to show it off.

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Until we get a whole new model with, hopefully, a brand new look to the operating system, we have to stick with what we've got. The number of media channels is not getting any smaller, with Apple adding new content on a regular basis. For example, Apple recently added NatGeo TV. Content options are great, but sifting through dozens of channels can be a pain sometimes.

If you're tired of scrolling through the nearly seven dozen channels looking for the ones you use most, you can hide everything you don’t want to access, making it much easier to get to the content you want. We've got a quick tutorial to show you how.

Customizing Channels on the Main Menu


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  1. On Apple TV, go to your Settings app, which is always in the second row below your iTunes and shared computer channels.

  2. Select Main Menu from the list.

  3. Select "Hide" for every channel that you don't want showing by selecting the channel and clicking the center select button on the Apple TV remote. Channels that will be visible on the Apple TV are listed as "Show," while channels that will no longer show up are listed as "Hide."

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New channels will appear on the Main Menu whenever they are added to Apple TV. If you don't want to see them, follow the steps above for the new channel.

You can also go back and add channels to Main Menu whenever you like by clicking on it until it has "Show" next to it instead.

Troubleshooting


If your Apple TV is running slowly, shuts off randomly, or is otherwise working poorly, one way to fix it is to restart it.

  1. Unplug the connection to your television set.

  2. Unplug the power cable from the box.

  3. Plug the TV cable back in.

  4. Plug the power cable back in.

  5. Wait for Apple TV to finish reloading.

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There may be deeper issues with your set-top box that a simple restart can't fix. If so, you may need to reset it to factory settings.

  1. On Apple TV, go to the Settings app.

  2. Select General.

  3. Scroll down to select Reset.

  4. Select Restore.

This will restore Apple TV to its factory settings, removing all passwords you have entered for all of your channels. The restoration will take a while. Don't unplug your Apple TV during the process.

If you can't restore Apple TV to its factory settings from the Main Menu (like, if your box is frozen and just stops working altogether), you can perform the process via iTunes by connecting your Apple TV to your computer.

You will need a micro-USB cable and the latest version of iTunes running on your Internet-connected computer for this process.

  1. Disconnect the power and television cables from Apple TV.

  2. Open iTunes on your computer. Then connect Apple TV to your computer using the micro-USB cable. If you have the third-generation Apple TV, you will also need to plug the box into a power source.

  3. Once connected, Go to the Apple TV summary page in iTunes and select "Restore Apple TV."

  4. When the restoration process is finished, disconnect Apple TV from your computer and reconnect it to your television set.

Hopefully, we wont be waiting around for too much longer before Apple finally presents us with the next big thing for television. But, until then, at least we can organize our channels the way we want to.


How 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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 $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.



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