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Apple’s expected to that are more like an iPhone than a typical PC. That alone is exciting to the techies, but it’s also a sign of what’s possible to come, whether you buy a Mac or not. The iPhone maker’s said over the next couple years. Starting with the computers it’s expected to announce Tuesday, Apple’s going to throw its weight behind its own self-made chips.
“Our vision for the Mac has always been about embracing breakthrough innovation and having the courage to make bold changes,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said when announcing the new initiative earlier this summer. He added that Apple’s own chips will usher in new technologies and “industry-leading performance” from the computers. “Every time we’ve done this, the Mac has come out stronger and more capable,” he said.
Apple declined to comment about its upcoming event.
For Apple, this moment is one that’s been more than a decade in the making. The question that’s nagged Apple since its co-founder Steve Jobs died in 2011 is what comes next. Jobs ushered in the Mac computer, the iMac all-in-one desktop, the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Apple’s biggest product launch since is the Apple Watch, which has turned into an enormous business, last year by a huge margin. Still, it’s not an iPhone-like dent in the universe.
By combining all its devices under the same chips and common code, Apple will be able to offer an experience that truly spans its desktops, laptops, phones and watches. Apple’s already said app developers will be able to create one app and send it to all devices, with adjustments for keyboard and mouse vs finger touch and gestures.
The result may be a further blurring of the lines between what a computer is, and what it’s meant to do.
The changes are already beginning with Apple’s newest computer software,, which brings even more similar looks, icons and sounds from that powers an iPhone to the computer.
“With the current Mac — it’s the Mac vs the PC,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies. “Now, if it behaves like an iPhone, I can manage it like an extension of my iOS devices.”
What may come
Apple says its transition to new chips may be a little bumpy, as app developers change the way their apps are coded to work with this new machinery. In the meantime, Apple promises most of the software we all use, including web browsers, photo and movie editors from all sorts of companies and even Microsoft’s popular Office suite of programs, will work on the new machines on day one.
What’s likely to change more than anything is on the outside of the laptop and desktop. Apple’s iPhones and iPads don’t have fans to keep their chips cool. Analysts are betting that if Apple can pull off that same trick with its computers, the fans that take up space and force the laptop to be thicker might disappear.
But aside from those changes, and what-if speculation about detachable laptop-iPad hybrids, Apple watchers seem hard pressed to come up with design change ideas. (Writer’s note: Apple, please bring backto the laptops. Pretty please.)
Another longer term play may be the integration of cellular service into these types of mobile chips. Computers with built-in cellular radios have been niche products at best, but these kinds of processors are designed to work with cellular radios. People buy connected iPads all the time — a connected MacBook Air isn’t a huge leap.
While that’s not likely to come out any time soon, the carriers will likely be eager to get 5G into future generation of Apple silicon-based MacBooks.
New way to pay
One benefit Apple gets out of switching to its own chips and away from ones made by Intel, is that it’s often cheaper to make your own stuff when you’re Apple’s size.
“When you control your own destiny and control your own parts, you can save money,” said Bob O’Donnell, an analyst at Technalysis Research.
Generally, he said, chip prices make up at least 20% of a laptop’s costs. And if Apple throws turns those savings into lower prices, it could attract new people who just won’t pay or can’t afford the company’s laptops, which starts at $999.
It may also spark consumer interest and spur competition from other PC makers, who havein computers so far.
But the Apple credit card could be the company’s true ace up its sleeve, analysts say. Putting Macs on a two-year interest-free installment plan could get people hooked with the idea of buying a computer for about $42 a month.
“Getting the Mac into a larger population could be huge,” O’Donnell said.
The best Apple deals of Black Friday 2020 – Ars Technica
It’s Black Friday, which means it’s time for larger-than-usual discounts on Apple products. We have a more general roundup of the best Black Friday tech deals on the site, but because we know many people are specifically looking to grab new Apple gear this holiday season, we’re giving special mention the best Apple deals we’re seeing this Black Friday.
Apple tends to be stingier than most this time of year when it comes to deals, typically offering modest price drops and gift card incentives. That’s still the case with many devices this year, particularly when it comes to the latest crop of iPhones, but there are still a few eye-catchers worth noting.
One example is a new low price on Apple’s AirPods Pro, as the wireless noise-cancelling earphones are currently available for $170 at Amazon. That’s $80 off Apple’s MSRP. Amazon lists the device as “temporarily out of stock” as of this writing, but if you don’t mind a wait, you can still lock in a purchase at the discounted price. The standard AirPods, meanwhile, are down to $110, which is $10 off their all-time low. If you prefer something more workout-friendly, select colors of the Beats Powerbeats Pro—another set of true wireless earbuds we’ve recommended—are down to $160. That’s the lowest price we’ve tracked.
Beyond that, B&H and Adorama are offering modest $100 discounts on the latest round of Macs equipped with Apple’s own M1 silicon, though again it looks like you’ll have to wait a bit for actual shipping details, since the devices currently appear to be backordered.
The new Apple Watch Series 6, meanwhile, is down to a new low of $330 in select finishes, while the latest iPad Mini is $5 off its all-time low at $335. We’re also seeing a modest $30 price drop on the most recent iPad Air, which we reviewed favorably earlier this month. You can find our full Apple deals roundup below, and we’ll be sure to update this post if any new worthwhile offers arise over the course of the day.
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Best Apple device deals of Black Friday 2020
- Apple AirPods Pro true wireless noise cancelling headphones for $169.99 at Amazon (in and out of stock—normally $220).
- Apple AirPods true wireless earbuds for $109.99 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $130).
- Beats Powerbeats Pro (select colors) true wireless sports earphones for $159.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $240).
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless Bluetooth on-ear headphones for $119 at Amazon (normally $175).
- Beats Solo Pro (select colors) Bluetooth on-ear noise-cancelling headphones for $169.99 at Amazon (normally $190).
- Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, select colors) smartwatch for $329.98 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $385).
- Apple iPad Mini (64GB) 7.9-inch tablet for $334.99 at Amazon (normally $365).
- Apple iPad Air (64GB) 10.9-inch tablet for $569.99 at Amazon (normally $599).
- Apple iPad Pro (128GB) 12.9-inch tablet for $899 at Best Buy (normally $965).
- Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th gen) for $119.97 at Amazon (normally $189).
- Preorder: Apple Mac Mini (late 2020) mini desktop—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $639 at B&H (normally $699).
- Apple MacBook Air (late 2020) laptop—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $899 at B&H and Adorama (backordered, 512GB model for $1,199—normally $999).
- Apple MacBook Pro (late 2020) laptop—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,199 at B&H and Adorama (backordered, 512GB model for $1,399—normally $1,299).
- $100 Apple gift card (email delivery) + $20 Target e-gift card for $100 at Target (normally $120).
- Apple gift cards up to $150 with purchase of select Apple products.
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Black Friday & Cyber Monday LG TV Deals 2020: LG C8, G6 & More OLED TV Sales Found by Deal Tomato – GlobeNewswire
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