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Think great deals on Apple products ended with Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Think again. The pre-Christmas sales rush is in full flow with many products now at record lows. Here are my top picks of the best deals on AirPods, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and the Apple Watch you can buy right now.&nbsp;

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Best Apple AirPods / Beats Live Deals

AirPods Pro Live Deals

  • 12/23 – STOCK CHANGES – AirPods Pro (typically $249.99) – Amazon –&nbsp;$249.00 (12/19 still out of stock!) / B&amp;H&nbsp;$249.99 (availability 6-10 weeks) / Best Buy &nbsp;$249.99 ( “getting more soon”) / Target &nbsp;$249.99 (12/23 – now "available to pick from some stores") / Walmart – $249.00 (out of stock)

AirPods With Charging Case Live Deals

AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Live Deals

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Beats&nbsp;

  • 12/24 CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE – Powerbeats Pro – Totally Wireless Earphones (typically $249) – Amazon: $199.95 (12/24 – currently unavailable) / Kohls: $199.99 (12/24 – out of stock) / Best Buy: £249.99 (12/24 – $50 price increase) / Target: $249.99&nbsp; (12/24 – $50 PRICE INCREASE) / Walmart: $249.95&nbsp; (12/24 – $50 price increase)
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Studio³ Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones – Gray – (typically $349.95)&nbsp; Amazon: $279.95 / Best Buy – $179.99 / Target: $279.99 / Walmart: from $269.93
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats³ Wireless (typically $199) – Walmart: $89.00 / Best Buy: $94.99
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats³ Wireless (typically $199) – Amazon: $89.99 / Best Buy: $89.99 / Target: $199.99 / Walmart: $89.00
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones – (typically $199) – Amazon: $199.98 / Best Buy: $134.99 (refurbished) / Target: $179.99 (12/24&nbsp; now "available to pick from some stores") / Walmart: $126.19 (out of stock)&nbsp;
  • urBeats3 Earphones with Lightning Connector – typically $59.95 – Amazon: $34.47 / Best Buy: $39.99 / Target: $39.99 / Walmart: $39.00 (12/24 – out of stock)

Apple’s Best Live iPad Deals

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  • Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Silver (Latest Model) – $649.99 (save $150) – Walmart: $735.00 / Target: $799.99 / Best Buy: $799.99 (12/19 – $150 PRICE INCREASE) / B&amp;H: $759.00 (12/19 $60 PRICE INCREASE)
  • Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 64GB) for $529 (typically $779) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • STAR DEAL – Apple iPad Air 10.5-inch Wi-Fi Only (2019 Model) – 64GB $399.99 / 256GB: $549.99 – (save $100) Amazon: shop deal now / Target: shop deal now / Walmart: shop deal now&nbsp;
  • 12/19 NEW – Apple iPad Air 10.5-inch Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (2019 Model) 64GB and 256GB – 64GB from&nbsp; $479.00 / 256GB from $579.00 (save $100) – B&amp;H: Shop deal now / Best Buy: shop deal now

Best Apple iPhone Live Deals

iPhone 11 Series

  • STAR DEAL – iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro – save up to $800 with AT&amp;T / $700 when you buy two iPhones on Verizon (prices valid through 12/24/19) – Membership Wireless – shop deals now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – save up to $700 with second purchase PLUS switch &amp; get $200 (12/20 – Reduced from $400) – Verizon (prices valid through 12/24/19) – shop deal now
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  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – Save up to $450 with qualified activation of an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro for Verizon, AT&amp;T or Sprint – Best Buy – shop deal now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – $300 gift card with qualified activation – Walmart – shop deal now&nbsp;
  • FREE iPhone 11 when you lease an iPhone 11 series, iPhone XS series, iPhone XR or iPhone X – Sprint – shop deal now
  • BUDGET DEAL – iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus – Unlocked – 32GB – Total Wireless or Straight Talk – $99 / $149.99 (old models but stunning prices) – Walmartshop deals now

Older iPhones

  • STAR DEAL – iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus – Unlocked – 32GB – Total Wireless or Straight Talk – $99 / $149.99 (old models but stunning prices) – Walmartshop deals now
  • iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max – save up to $300 with qualified activation – Walmart shop deal now&nbsp;
  • 12/20 $50 PRICE REDUCTION – Apple iPhone XS, 256GB, Space Gray – Fully Unlocked (Renewed) – $570.00 (save $730.00 on original price) – shop deal now
  • Apple iPhone 6S, GSM Unlocked, 64GB – Rose Gold (Renewed) – $186.99 (old model, but a stunning price) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • NEW – Apple iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus (128GB) – $449.99 – Buy one, save $450 on a 2nd (new line required) – get up to $400 when you switch – Verizon – shop deal now.
  • 12/23 – $28 PRICE REDUCTION – Apple iPhone 8, 64GB, Space Gray – Fully Unlocked (Renewed) – $296.75 (save $150 on original price) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • NEW – Apple iPhone 7 32GB – typically $349.99 – Get this device free with Verizon activation (no trade-in required) – shop deal now
  • STAR DEAL – iPhone SE, 32GB – Simple Mobile – Silver – $59.99 – the cheapest iPhone deal you will find this year – Best Buy shop deal new

Best Apple TV Live Deals

  • Apple TV 4K (64GB) – $194.99 (save $5) – B&amp;H – shop deal now

Apple’s Best Mac / MacBook Live Deals

MacBook Pro

  • 12/18 STAR DEAL – Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Space Gray) – $1,349.00 (save $450) – shop deal now
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  • 16-inch MacBook Pro (brand new model) – save up to $200 on all models – Expercom - shop deal now / B&amp;H – shop deals now
  • 12/19 $200 PRICE INCREASE – MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Silver) – $1,699.00 (save $300) B&amp;H – shop deal now
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Intel Core i7 2.6GHz, Pro 555X, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray (Mid 2019) – $2,399.00 (save $200) – Adorama – shop deal now
  • 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Intel Core i9 2.4GHz, Pro Vega 20, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, Space Gray (Mid 2019) – $3,899.00 (save $450) – Adorama – shop deal now
  • 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2019, Space Gray) – $2,299.00 (save $600) – B&amp;H – shop deal now (12/19 – $100 FURTHER REDUCTION)
  • MacBook Air 13.3-inch with Touch ID – Intel Core i5 – 8GB RAM – 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – $999.99 (Save $100) – Best Buy – shop deal now
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD Storage) – $699.95 (save $300) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) – Gold – $999.99 (save $100) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • 12-inch MacBook, Intel Core i5 Dual-Core, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Late 2018), Gold – $1,199.00 (save $400) – Adorama – shop deal now

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iMacs

  • iMac (21.5-inch Retina 4k display, 3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 1TB) – $1,099.99 (save $200) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • Mac Mini 3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD (Late 2018) – $1,599.00 (save $100) – Adorama – shop deal now

Best Apple Watch Live Deals

  • 12/18 STAR BUY – Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) – $599.00 (save $250) – Amazon – shop deal now / Best Buy – shop deal now
  • 12/19 NEW STORE – Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm) – Amazon –$479.00 / Target: $499.99

I will be extensively tracking Apple deals and publishing the best offers daily, so be sure to bookmark my page.

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Think great deals on Apple products ended with Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Think again. The pre-Christmas sales rush is in full flow with many products now at record lows. Here are my top picks of the best deals on AirPods, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and the Apple Watch you can buy right now. 

Tip: bookmark this article, it is updated throughout the day.

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Best Apple AirPods / Beats Live Deals

AirPods Pro Live Deals

  • 12/23 – STOCK CHANGES – AirPods Pro (typically $249.99) – Amazon – $249.00 (12/19 still out of stock!) / B&H $249.99 (availability 6-10 weeks) / Best Buy  $249.99 ( “getting more soon”) / Target  $249.99 (12/23 – now “available to pick from some stores”) / Walmart – $249.00 (out of stock)

AirPods With Charging Case Live Deals

AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Live Deals

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Beats 

  • 12/24 CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE – Powerbeats Pro – Totally Wireless Earphones (typically $249) – Amazon: $199.95 (12/24 – currently unavailable) / Kohls: $199.99 (12/24 – out of stock) / Best Buy: £249.99 (12/24 – $50 price increase) / Target: $249.99  (12/24 – $50 PRICE INCREASE) / Walmart: $249.95  (12/24 – $50 price increase)
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Studio³ Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones – Gray – (typically $349.95)  Amazon: $279.95 / Best Buy – $179.99 / Target: $279.99 / Walmart: from $269.93
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats³ Wireless (typically $199) – Walmart: $89.00 / Best Buy: $94.99
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats³ Wireless (typically $199) – Amazon: $89.99 / Best Buy: $89.99 / Target: $199.99 / Walmart: $89.00
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones – (typically $199) – Amazon: $199.98 / Best Buy: $134.99 (refurbished) / Target: $179.99 (12/24  now “available to pick from some stores”) / Walmart: $126.19 (out of stock
  • urBeats3 Earphones with Lightning Connector – typically $59.95 – Amazon: $34.47 / Best Buy: $39.99 / Target: $39.99 / Walmart: $39.00 (12/24 – out of stock)

Apple’s Best Live iPad Deals

  • Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Silver (Latest Model) – $649.99 (save $150) – Walmart: $735.00 / Target: $799.99 / Best Buy: $799.99 (12/19 – $150 PRICE INCREASE) / B&H: $759.00 (12/19 $60 PRICE INCREASE)
  • Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 64GB) for $529 (typically $779) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • STAR DEAL – Apple iPad Air 10.5-inch Wi-Fi Only (2019 Model) – 64GB $399.99 / 256GB: $549.99 – (save $100) Amazon: shop deal now / Target: shop deal now / Walmart: shop deal now 
  • 12/19 NEW – Apple iPad Air 10.5-inch Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (2019 Model) 64GB and 256GB – 64GB from  $479.00 / 256GB from $579.00 (save $100) – B&H: Shop deal now / Best Buy: shop deal now

Best Apple iPhone Live Deals

iPhone 11 Series

  • STAR DEAL – iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro – save up to $800 with AT&T / $700 when you buy two iPhones on Verizon (prices valid through 12/24/19) – Membership Wireless – shop deals now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – save up to $700 with second purchase PLUS switch & get $200 (12/20 – Reduced from $400) – Verizon (prices valid through 12/24/19) – shop deal now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – Save up to $450 with qualified activation of an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro for Verizon, AT&T or Sprint – Best Buy – shop deal now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – $300 gift card with qualified activation – Walmart – shop deal now 
  • FREE iPhone 11 when you lease an iPhone 11 series, iPhone XS series, iPhone XR or iPhone X – Sprint – shop deal now
  • BUDGET DEAL – iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus – Unlocked – 32GB – Total Wireless or Straight Talk – $99 / $149.99 (old models but stunning prices) – Walmartshop deals now

Older iPhones

  • STAR DEAL – iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus – Unlocked – 32GB – Total Wireless or Straight Talk – $99 / $149.99 (old models but stunning prices) – Walmartshop deals now
  • iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max – save up to $300 with qualified activation – Walmart shop deal now 
  • 12/20 $50 PRICE REDUCTION – Apple iPhone XS, 256GB, Space Gray – Fully Unlocked (Renewed) – $570.00 (save $730.00 on original price) – shop deal now
  • Apple iPhone 6S, GSM Unlocked, 64GB – Rose Gold (Renewed) – $186.99 (old model, but a stunning price) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • NEW – Apple iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus (128GB) – $449.99 – Buy one, save $450 on a 2nd (new line required) – get up to $400 when you switch – Verizon – shop deal now.
  • 12/23 – $28 PRICE REDUCTION – Apple iPhone 8, 64GB, Space Gray – Fully Unlocked (Renewed) – $296.75 (save $150 on original price) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • NEW – Apple iPhone 7 32GB – typically $349.99 – Get this device free with Verizon activation (no trade-in required) – shop deal now
  • STAR DEAL – iPhone SE, 32GB – Simple Mobile – Silver – $59.99 – the cheapest iPhone deal you will find this year – Best Buy shop deal new

Best Apple TV Live Deals

Apple’s Best Mac / MacBook Live Deals

MacBook Pro

  • 12/18 STAR DEAL – Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Space Gray) – $1,349.00 (save $450) – shop deal now
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro (brand new model) – save up to $200 on all models – Expercom - shop deal now / B&H – shop deals now
  • 12/19 $200 PRICE INCREASE – MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Silver) – $1,699.00 (save $300) B&H – shop deal now
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Intel Core i7 2.6GHz, Pro 555X, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray (Mid 2019) – $2,399.00 (save $200) – Adorama – shop deal now
  • 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Intel Core i9 2.4GHz, Pro Vega 20, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, Space Gray (Mid 2019) – $3,899.00 (save $450) – Adorama – shop deal now
  • 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2019, Space Gray) – $2,299.00 (save $600) – B&H – shop deal now (12/19 – $100 FURTHER REDUCTION)
  • MacBook Air 13.3-inch with Touch ID – Intel Core i5 – 8GB RAM – 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – $999.99 (Save $100) – Best Buy – shop deal now
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD Storage) – $699.95 (save $300) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) – Gold – $999.99 (save $100) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • 12-inch MacBook, Intel Core i5 Dual-Core, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Late 2018), Gold – $1,199.00 (save $400) – Adorama – shop deal now

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iMacs

  • iMac (21.5-inch Retina 4k display, 3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 1TB) – $1,099.99 (save $200) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • Mac Mini 3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD (Late 2018) – $1,599.00 (save $100) – Adorama – shop deal now

Best Apple Watch Live Deals

  • 12/18 STAR BUY – Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) – $599.00 (save $250) – Amazon – shop deal now / Best Buy – shop deal now
  • 12/19 NEW STORE – Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm) – Amazon –$479.00 / Target: $499.99

I will be extensively tracking Apple deals and publishing the best offers daily, so be sure to bookmark my page.

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New soft, stretchable battery can safely power wearables – TechRepublic

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The battery, developed at Stanford University, uses a special plastic to store power more safely than conventional batteries.

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Researchers David Mackanic, Xuzhou Yan, Yi Cui, and Zhenan Bao from Stanford University’s engineering school have created a soft, stretchable battery prototype for wearables. The new type of battery relies on a unique plastic to store power in a safer manner, compared to the flammable materials used in conventional batteries, according to a Stanford Engineering Magazine article.

SEE: Apple Watch Series 5: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

The use of polymers, or plastics, is not new, according to the magazine article; however, some previous polymers existed as flowable gels that could sometimes leak or burst into flame.  

The new battery is ideal for use in wearables, such as smartwatches, because it’s soft and flexible. 

“Current batteries are stiff and rigid, making them non-conformable to the human body. This means the batteries must be small in order to not cause discomfort,” said David Mackanic, one of the project’s researchers. 

“Additionally, our battery uses a polymer electrolyte, which is safer than the liquid electrolyte currently used for many wearable batteries. Our battery’s electrolyte is safer because it is less combustible and flammable, and won’t leak,” Mackanic said.

Outlined further in the Nature Communications scientific journal, even though it is constructed differently, the battery can still carry an electric charge between battery poles.

In the testing lab, the experimental battery kept consistent power output even when it was folded, squeezed, and stretched to almost twice its original length. 

The battery is thumbnail-sized and is able to store approximately half as much energy as a similar sized traditional battery, according to the Stanford magazine.

What can the battery be used in? 

“We are still experimenting with new ways to incorporate our battery into wearable electronics. This battery could be integrated into things like wristbands for smartwatches, allowing the actual smartwatch to be thinner and more comfortable,” Mackanic said. “These batteries could also be incorporated comfortably into clothing, providing a power source for smart textiles.” 

While this battery is undoubtedly impressive, it only holds half the power of a traditional battery, which is a serious limiting factor, said Ramon Llamas, research director of mobile devices at International Data Corporation. 

While Mackanic said this battery could be used in smartwatches, hearing aids, smart glasses, smart textiles, footwear, on-body health monitoring patches, and more, Llamas noted that most wearables don’t necessarily need a stretchable battery to begin with, especially on systems like fitness trackers or smartwatches. 

The most practical use case currently, based on the battery’s size, would be in disposable heart rate monitors. People typically wear heart rate monitors for approximately 24 hours before disposing of them. Stretchable batteries would be great for this application since they are flexible, Llamas said. 

However, Mackanic indicated that future versions of the stretchable battery could be bigger, allowing for more advanced use cases. 

“Right now, the energy density of our battery is lower than conventional lithium-ion batteries,” Mackanic said. 

However, since the battery is so flexible, future prototypes can be made bigger, allowing for more power and battery life, without losing comfort, Mackanic said.  

The battery is still being refined and going through the manufacturing process, after which the battery will undergo advanced safety testing. For now, the battery remains a prototype. 

Mackanic said it would likely be between 12 and 18 months until they can provide completely certified test batteries to manufacturers. 

For more, check out How wearable devices and sensors could make some of the most dangerous jobs safer on TechRepublic. 

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People flex and bend. Too bad their gadgets can’t. Now an experimental battery described in the Nov. 26 edition of Nature Communications promises to do just that. Shown here powering a tiny light, the soft battery maintained a constant power output even when stretched to nearly two times its original length. In laboratory tests it also provided consistent power when squeezed, folded, and stretched multiple times. A team led by graduate student David Mackanic, in the lab of Stanford chemical engineer Zhenan Bao, is currently refining its design to generate more power and to prove that the technology can work outside the lab. BAO LAB, STANFORD ENGINEERING

Electronics are showing up everywhere: on our laps, in pockets and purses and, increasingly, snuggled up against our skin or sewed into our clothing.

But the adoption of wearable electronics has so far been limited by their need to derive power from bulky, rigid batteries that reduce comfort and may present safety hazards due to chemical leakage or combustion.

Now Stanford University researchers have developed a soft and stretchable battery that relies on a special type of plastic to store power more safely than the flammable formulations used in conventional batteries today.


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“Until now we haven’t had a power source that could stretch and bend the way our bodies do, so that we can design electronics that people can comfortably wear,” said chemical engineer Zhenan Bao, who teamed up with materials scientist Yi Cui to develop the device they describe in the Nov. 26 edition of Nature Communications.

The use of plastics, or polymers, in batteries is not new. For some time, lithium ion batteries have used polymers as electrolytes—the energy source that transports negative ions to the battery’s positive pole. Until now, however, those polymer electrolytes have been flowable gels that could, in some cases, leak or burst into flame.

To avoid such risks, the Stanford researchers developed a polymer that is solid and stretchable rather than gooey and potentially leaky, and yet still carries an electric charge between the battery’s poles. In lab tests the experimental battery maintained a constant power output even when squeezed, folded, and stretched to nearly twice its original length.

The prototype is thumbnail-sized and stores roughly half as much energy, ounce for ounce, as a comparably sized conventional battery. Graduate student David Mackanic said the team is working to increase the stretchable battery’s energy density, build larger versions of the device and run future experiments to demonstrate its performance outside the lab. One potential application for such a device would be to power stretchable sensors designed to stick to the skin to monitor heart rate and other vital signs as part of the BodyNet wearable technology being developed in Bao’s lab.

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In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in China, Plague Inc. developer Ndemic Creations has politely reminded fans that the game isn’t a “scientific model” and isn’t a representation of how the virus will work.

A statement posted to the Ndemic Creations website says that while Plague Inc. is designed to be “realistic and informative,” it’s also designed to not sensationalise “serious real-world issues” and that the coronavirus is a “very real situation.”

You can read the company’s statement in its entirety below.

The Coronavirus outbreak in China is deeply concerning and we’ve received a lot of questions from players and the media.

Plague Inc. has been out for eight years now and whenever there is an outbreak of disease we see an increase in players, as people seek to find out more about how diseases spread and to understand the complexities of viral outbreaks.

We specifically designed the game to be realistic and informative, while not sensationalising serious real-world issues. This has been recognised by the CDC and other leading medical organisations around the world.

However, please remember that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model and that the current coronavirus outbreak is a very real situation which is impacting a huge number of people. We would always recommend that players get their information directly from local and global health authorities.

The company also provided links to fans looking to find out more about the CDC and Plague Inc. and for those looking for more information on the coronavirus outbreak.

While you can always enjoy Plague Inc. as a fun and informative apocalypse simulator, just bear in mind that the coronavirus outbreak is very real and very dangerous and not something to be joked about.

You can help prevent yourself catching some illnesses by using safe hygiene practices. These include things like frequently washing your hands with soap and water, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and immediately sanitising your hands after, avoiding close contact with those who are sick, and by ensuring you cook all your food properly.

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