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$100 off iPad mini 4 for Black Friday

Fri, 2015-11-27 17:26

Another killer deal on iPad on Black Friday is $100 off the iPad mini 4 at Best Buy-that retailer's deals have been among the best today. That puts the starting price for Apple's newest iPad mini model at $399, a 20 percent discount off retail. This offer is available in stores, but you can also shop online.

iPad mini 2 for $199 at Walmart for Black Friday

Fri, 2015-11-27 17:11

Walmart is offering Apple's iPad mini 2 for $199, a $70 discount off the retail price of $269. That's a significant 26 percent off, one of the biggest percentage discounts we've seen on an Apple product. This is a Black Friday deal only, but it's available online so you don't have to endure the insanity of a Walmart Black Friday store.

$100 and $125 off iPad Air 2 for Black Friday from Best Buy

Fri, 2015-11-27 16:18

Best Buy is offering $100 or $125 off of iPad Air 2. 16GB and 64GB models, both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular, are discounted by $100. That means you can get one starting at $399. 128GB models are discounted $125, meaning they start at $574.99. These deals are being offered in-store, but you can also get them online.

20% iTunes Cards from Best Buy Back on for Black Friday

Fri, 2015-11-27 15:23

Best Buy's 20 percent off iTunes cards offer is back on today. This deal was first offered on Wednesday, but quickly expired. It works like this: buy the first card at full price and get the second for 40 percent off, a 20 percent discount on the two of them when combined. These are for physical cards that are shipped to you (we also posted a deal on same-day email codes from PayPal on Friday). You can also choose to pick it up at a store. To get the deal, simply add two cards to your cart and the price will automatically be discounted. No coupon code required. Best Buy's instructions don't make that clear, but I tested the process.

20% Off iTunes Cards from Ebay/PayPal

Fri, 2015-11-27 15:15

Ebay and PayPal are offering $100 iTunes gift cards for $80, a 20 percent discount. These are for codes that are emailed to you, usually within an hour or two. I've purchased several during the last year without a hitch. They always sell out fast-if you're wanting one, don't dawdle.

Black Friday Blowout 15% Discount on TMO Deals

Fri, 2015-11-27 06:03

Our friends at Stack Social have pulled out the stops for Black Friday by offering 15 percent off all our deals. Just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout and you will get the additional discount. Tutorials, portable batteries, drones, gadgets, toys, storage, styluses, speakers, headphones, app bundles, and a whole lot more. Check out the Black Friday landing page on our deal site for details-there are some exclusions, but these are some killer prices.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

Thu, 2015-11-26 08:32

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll be back with our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, November 30. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your annual holiday schedule.

Awaken the Force with these Free Star Wars Apps

Wed, 2015-11-25 17:53

We all know about the Star Wars games for iOS, are there any other Star Wars apps? Kelly found a few to help you pass the time between now and when The Movie is out.

How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones with Your Apple TV

Wed, 2015-11-25 15:28

Let's say you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on your Apple TV, but don't want to disturb anyone with the audio. No problem: just use headphones. Now how about making that happen without getting tangled in wires running from your TV to your head? The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet shows how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Apple TV in this video tip.

Pay What You Want for the Learn to Code Bundle

Wed, 2015-11-25 14:40

We have a bundle for you today called the Learn to Code Bundle, and you can pay what you want for it. Here's how it works: pay whatever you want, even a penny, and get two courses. Beat the average price-$12.87 as of this writing-and get nine training courses covering topics from HTML5 to Ruby to Python, and more. Make the Top 10 at any point in this deal and you get five entries into our MonoRover R2 'Hoverboard' Giveaway. Plus, 10 percent of the profits from this deal go to Project Hope. Check out the deal listing for more information.

ACM 334: Apple’s Mac Pro vs. The Devil’s Advocate

Wed, 2015-11-25 14:27

John Kheit, the infamous Devil's Advocate, joins Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on this episode of the Apple Context Machine. Together they dig deep into Apple's Mac Pro and question its suitability for professional use.

Apple is Doing Something That Could Accidentally Torpedo the iPad Pro

Wed, 2015-11-25 14:20

Apple is a company that can get set in its ways. That often stems from a set of values that dictate how things should forever be. However, while products and technologies change fast, sometimes Apple is its own worst enemy when it comes to updating practices. The iPad Pro might be one of those new products held back by old thinking.

Sponsor: New MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway

Wed, 2015-11-25 12:08

I'm pleased to welcome this week's sponsor, Digiarty, makers of MacX DVD Ripper Pro back here to TMO. Having a simple, DVD-ripping solution is vital as we all move to consuming our content on iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. MacX DVD Ripper Pro makes this easy with a single app solution that you can download for free right now.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-25: Apple’s Plans for Faceshift

Wed, 2015-11-25 11:40

Apple bought Faceshift, a company that specializes in facial recognition and tracking technology. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the purchase and speculate on what Apple may have in store, and how Faceshift could fit in with autonomous cars and robots.

Apple Commercial: Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day (Video)

Wed, 2015-11-25 11:32

Apple has launched a new Christmas commercial called Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day. It features both of those artists, but only features a brief look at a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X at the beginning, and another quick glimpse later in the spot. It also features two brief looks at an Apple Watch on Andra Day's wrist. It closes with the message "Love, ." It has the kind of heartwarming feel Apple has used in other holiday spots in recent years. What do you think?

Apple Buys Star Wars-related Facial Recognition Company Faceshift

Wed, 2015-11-25 07:58

Apple has reportedly purchased Faceshift, a facial recognition technology company that did some special effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Word on the street says Apple has confirmed the purchase, but so far all we really have is the usual noncommittal and vague statement from the company.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's augmented reality-related purchases: PrimeSense, Metaio, and now Faceshift. Something interesting is coming.

iOS 9: Using Mail Markup with Photos

Wed, 2015-11-25 07:01

iOS 9's Mail app has a feature that'll let you annotate images before you send them, so if you've gotta add in your signature, circle part of an image for clarity, or put in a text box, you can do so. In today's Quick Tip, we'll tell you how!

20% Off iTunes Cards

Tue, 2015-11-24 20:16

Best Buy is running a deal on iTunes cards today-buy one, get 40 percent off a second. That's 20 percent off for both of them for those following along at home. This is another online deal, and it includes free shipping. You need to use ITUNESDEAL at checkout to get the discount, and the deal is valid on cards from $10-$100. That would be two cards for $160. This offer is part of Best Buy's run up to Black Friday. There's no expiration date listed as of this writing, but it could be a one-day-only deal.

PSA: If You’re Having Network Troubles, Turn Off Wi-Fi Calling

Tue, 2015-11-24 18:45

Funny thing happened today: our own Adam Christianson was having trouble with his Internet connection. So, he called up his provider, but his phone call kept dropping. Holy 2007, Batman! Turns out he had Wi-Fi Calling turned on, and the very Internet connection he was calling about was dropping his calls to his cable company.

$100 Off Apple Watch, $125 Off 128GB iPad Air 2, Today Only

Tue, 2015-11-24 16:20

The early Black Friday deals are stacking up fast, and Best Buy is running a doozy for Apple Watch and iPad. Today only-and online only-you can get $50 off Apple Watch Sport, $100 off Apple Watch, $100 off a 64GB iPad Air 2, and $125 off a 128GB iPad Air 2. In each case you have to enter a coupon code at checkout to get the discount, and the offers only extend to what they have in stock. The coupon codes are listed below the product they are good for, as shown in the image below, and the deal ends at 11:59 PM CST (that's CENTRAL time zone) Tuesday, November 24th (that's tonight). [Via MacRumors]