Apple is set to kick off its second product event of the season, a month after introducing its new iPhone 13 lineup.
At a virtual event on Monday at 1 pm ET, the company is expected to unveil two high-end MacBook Pro laptops powered by its next-generation silicon chip. It may also introduce an update to its entry-level AirPods that’s more in line with the features of the AirPods Pro line.
Apple’s event kicksoff what promises to be a busy week in tech product launches, with several companies pushing outnew gadgets ahead of the all-importantholiday season.Later this week, Google will unveil its Pixel 6 smartphone and Samsung is hosting a mysterious press event that the rumor mill didn’t even see coming.
But these products are launching amid ongoing concerns about global component shortages and logistics issues. Apple, in particular, confronted supply constraints earlier this year mainly impacting the iPad and Mac. It’s now reportedly considering cutting its iPhone production goals for the year because of the chip shortage. Apple declined to comment on the report.
There continues to be growing demand for PCs despite the shortages, however. PC shipments, including desktops and notebooks, reached 83.6 million units in the second quarter, up 13.2 per cent from the same period last year, according to market research firm IDC.
Dan Ives, an analyst with Wedbush, said Apple’s decision to push forward with new product launches speaks to “the company’s confidence” in getting its devices “into customer hands by holiday season despite the doomsday supply chain skeptics.”
The centerpiece of Monday’s event is widely expected to be the MacBook. According to a Bloomberg report, the MacBook Pro is set to get its first major update in five years.
If the event’s “Unleashed” tagline and the invitation’s artwork — which features a hyperspace version of Apple’s logo — are any indication, Apple will spend a good bit of time touting the MacBook Pro’s speed and performance upgrades. In 2020, the company switched to a powerful in-house M1 silicon chip for its computer lineup. Now, its MacBook Pro line is expected to get the so-called M1X processor that’ll likely be even faster and more efficient than its M1 chip.
The new laptops,which arerumored to come in two sizes (14 inches and 16 inches), are said to have thinner bezels, improved displays, longer-lasting batteries and more memory options. According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, who has a strong track record for predicting Apple specs, the company is also expected to ditch one of theMacBook’smost divisive features: the touch bar. That small rectangular OLED touchscreen, which was introduced in 2016, replaced the row of function keys at the top of the keyboard with text prediction and shortcuts.
Other MacBook Pro rumors include bringing back the HDMI port, SD card slot, and a MagSafe charger, the last of which was removed when Apple introduced USB-C ports to the line.
Apple may also show off its first update to AirPods in two years. Since their2016 debut, the wireless earbuds have emerged as a surprise status symbol and a runaway hit for the company.
The third-generationAirPods will likely borrow some features from the more premium AirPods Pro line, including shorter stems and a case with longer-lasting battery life. (The entry-level version currently costs US$159 and the Pro is US$259.)
Apple has long leaned on offering multiple tiers for products like its iPhones and Apple Watches, often referred to as the good, better, best model. For that reason, it’s possible thelatest AirPods willcome without active noise cancellation or spatial audio support so the Pro line can still differentiate itself. (Apple’s over-the-ear headset, the AirPods Max, is its priciest option at US$550).
A few October surprises
Apple could also unveil a Mac mini Pro desktop computer with the M1X chip. But some rumors indicate a slimmer, redesigned model could be delayed until next year.
While the company teased new macOS Monterrey features for its Mac computers at its annualWorldwide Developer Conference in June, it has yet to announce a launch date. Apple will likelyreveal Monday when users will be able to download the next-generation software, which includes updates to FaceTime, support for AirPlay, a low-power mode and a tab-grouping feature in Safari.
If wearing headphones while you cycle is your thing, be that indoors or out, then there is a whole host of Black Friday headphone deals out there for you.
While there’s rarely a bad time to buy headphones, with the arrival of the Black Friday bike deals, the competitive nature of retailers’ pricing means there’s currently a richness of choice of discounted options. With that, this weekend represents a great time to treat yourself to a new pair, or perhaps get someone else their dream in-ear or over-ear headphones for Christmas.
Although Black Friday has technically been and gone, this weekend there are still plenty of bargains to be had, especially as we look towards Cyber Monday as well. There are plenty of Black Friday headphone deals to satisfy all different users; whether you’re someone who likes to wear a pair while you’re out and about, or want to listen to some pounding music while making the most of your recent Black Friday turbo trainer purchase.
Below you will find some of the best deals on headphones in the UK and the US, from Apple AirPods to the Sony WF-1000XM3 earphones.
The best Black Friday headphone deals in the US
The best Black Friday headphone deals in the UK
Whether you are more comfortable with over-ear or in-ear headphones, they can be great for helping you push through the pain barrier on those turbo sessions. While we don’t advise wearing them while cycling on the road, some people do find they really help with getting through the training kilometres.
AirPods are always top of the list thanks to their connectivity with iPhones, and the standout technology inside them. This is especially true of the AirPods Pro which have some great Black Friday offers this weekend. Do not discount offerings from Sony, JBL and other headphone brands too, if you aren’t an Apple loyalist.
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Whether you want one for yourself or for the bookworm in your life, now is the perfect time to buy a Kindle e-reader. They’re one of the most popular items for shoppers to buy on Black Friday, often seeing the best prices available all year — Prime Day aside.
The versatile devices make it easy to carry a library of reading around in the form of a small tablet. From the budget-friendly original Kindle to the full-featured Kindle Oasis, you’re sure to find the right model for you, at a sweet price. Find the best deals below, or check out our guide to the best e-readers to learn more about which is right for you.
Amazon revolutionized the e-reader with the Kindle Oasis’ daring design, great page-turn buttons, sharp screen, and giant ebook library. After extensive testing, it’s our pick for the best overall e-reader.
The Kindle Kids Edition was designed for kids to have access to thousands of books to read without distractions like games. It comes with a two-year warranty and a one year free subscription to Amazon Kids+. For $60, you can save 45% on the Kindle Kids Edition from Amazon.
Kindle is Amazon’s collection of tablet-like ebook readers. It’s also an app that lets you read ebooks from your phone or any other type of tablet. Supplementing the devices and app is Kindle Unlimited, a monthly membership that gives you unlimited access to more books than you can count.
As of right now, there are three different Kindle models to choose from. The high-end and full-featured Kindle Oasis, the mid-range Kindle Paperwhite, and the budget-friendly Kindle.
The Oasis is our pick for the best overall e-reader; it’s bright, waterproof, designed with page-turning buttons, and it has the biggest screen. The Kindle Paperwhite is a bit cheaper but still offers a sharp screen, long battery life, and lightweight design. If you want the cheapest Kindle available, the basic model is a solid choice with its long battery life and front light — but it’s not waterproof.
What is Kindle Unlimited?
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service grants you access to over a million ebooks for a low monthly fee. It’s a solid investment for avid and adventurous readers. You can even try 30 days free before buying.
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Listen up! Walmart has slashed prices on high-quality headphones and earbuds from brands like Beats, Samsung and Sony this Black Friday, with savings of up to $175! Pair those with the tablets that are also on sale, and you could afford to give someone’s tech setup a serious upgrade this holiday season.
Of course, you can save even more if you’re a Walmart+ member. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 15-day trial here, and a quick three-question survey will tack on an additional two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. (And by the way, those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)
Bold design and comfortable fit: Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones are now just $125, down (waaay down) from $300. Fast Fuel technology gives you three hours of play time with just a five-minute charge and a total of 40 hours of battery life on a complete charge. Simply power on and hold them near your iPhone to simultaneously connect them to your Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac for a seamless listening experience throughout your digital space.
Beats Solo3 feature comfort-cushioned ear cups made for everyday use and fold up for easy portability. Rock these wireless headphones and save $175 while you’re at it.
Sleek and powerful, the Galaxy Tab A 8″ Tablet lets you browse the web, watch your favorite shows and movies, play games and more on a machine that’s lightweight and comfortable in your hands. With a long-lasting battery and expandable memory, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0″ is built to keep up with you.
It’s got a binge-ready battery, so you can watch your favorite shows for up to 13 hours on a full charge. One fan raved: “It’s a tablet that definitely hits way above its weight class. As soon as I took it out of the box, I fell in love with the device.” And at $99, you will too.
Enjoy high quality sound for up to 18 hours at a time (thanks to the wireless charging case) with Sony Truly Wireless Headphones. Ergonomic for a secure fit, you can keep moving to the music through rain, sleet or sweat.
These buds are also voice-assistant–compatible: A simple press of the button will allow you to get directions, play music or chat with friends. Low audio latency makes for enjoyable video viewing, too. Score these bud-dies for just $130 now.
PC power with tablet mobility: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 will allow you to get work — or goofing off — done from anywhere. A fast-charging USB-C port will keep you powered up while on the move. This tablet comes complete with a redesigned, minimal-lag S Pen that lets you control a presentation or mark up documents and an expanded edge-to-edge screen for a better streaming, gaming and video-chatting experience.
Five star reviewers love its light weight, rave about the size, and say it has surprisingly great sound quality. At $150 off, this tablet may just be the upgrade you need for your work-from-anywhere setup.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ deliver rich sound from a small package. Selectively tune in or out environmental noise, so you can stay in the zone on a phone call or get lost in your favorite playlist. Switch on Ambient Aware to hear flight announcements, oncoming traffic or your takeout-order number while still enjoying your tunes or podcast.
Get up to 11 hours of nonstop music on a single charge, then pop your Galaxy Buds+ into the wireless charging case. Forgot to charge them the night before? Not to worry: Three minutes of charging gives you one hour of runtime, so you’ll have enough juice for your commute or a workout. Customization and comfort for $79? That’s what we like to hear.
Make learning fun and keep kids occupied on rainy days or long car rides with the Contixo 7″ Kids Bluetooth Tablet for Kids. This tablet comes with more than 20 educator-approved academic apps covering math, reading, writing, coding, music, problem-solving and creativity skills. And with 32GB of onboard storage and up to 128GB of added storage, it has plenty of room for cartoons, videos and e-books as well. Get up to 10 hours of battery power on a single charge.
The parental-control feature allows you to customize profiles for kids’ accounts, hand-pick content for them, control screen time and monitor browsing. These security settings can be adjusted as little ones grow to ensure the content is tailored to their age. Score a savings of over 40 percent now.
Seamlessly shift between Zoom meetings to streaming your favorite shows with the nimble HP Stream Laptop. At less than four pounds, this notebook contains a 14-inch diagonal HD BrightView display, a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB SD RAM and a 64 GB Embedded Multi-Media Card.
Powerful Intel UHD graphics let you stream 4K content and play your favorite games in 720p, while the HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone makes video chats clear and smooth. Plus, you’ll enjoy full access to Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and 60 Skype minutes each month for a year. At $219, this laptop makes a perfect tech companion for work or school.
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