Prepare to be disappointed by Apple’s Black Friday event

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It's another gift card giveaway.
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Apple is taking part in Black Friday this year, but it looks like it won’t be slashing any prices.

The company’s promotion has already gone live in Australia and New Zealand and it brings free gift cards with eligible purchases rather than tasty discounts. But don’t expect to get those gift cards with the latest Apple products.

Apple now sells refurbished 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Save up to $140 on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro by buying refurbished.
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Apple has started selling refurbished models of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, eight months after the device made its official debut.

Prices start at $509 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model — $90 less than the price of a brand new device — while more expensive options can save you up to $140.

Apple store goes down ahead of today’s Mac event

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Get ready! Apple Store is down in preparation for today's keynote.
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The Apple Online Store has temporarily gone down in advance of today’s Apple keynote.

When it returns, we’re expecting to see a new MacBook Pro with Magic Toolbar, MacBook, and potentially more — and there’s a chance you may even be able to order them today.

You can no longer buy 3rd-gen Apple TV on Apple’s online store

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Alas, poor Apple TV! We knew thee well.
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Apple has quietly discontinued selling the old third-gen Apple TV on its online store, although it has committed to fulfilling all existing orders for the device.

As products go, the third-gen Apple TV had a reasonable lifespan, having first been introduced in 2012. Its software was last updated with minor security fixes back in February.