Save $200 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro, $30 on AirPods [Deals & Steals]

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And save 68% on Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
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If you need ample power in a portable form, look no further than the brilliant 13-inch MacBook Pro. Get yours today from Amazon and save up to $200.

That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. Others include:

Find all these and more in our live blog below!

5G might spark turnaround in smartphone sales

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Good job, Tim! The iPhone 11 event got our heads spinning.
The iPhone 11 Pro could get upstaged by a 5G version.
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That sluggish smartphone market we often write about may recover lost ground this year with 5G the engine driving upgrades.

This prediction, if true, maybe the tea leaves Apple is banking on as it prepares a new lineup of iPhones featuring the much-anticipated oomph in wireless tech.

Apple ditched plans for secure iCloud backups after FBI concern

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Apple ditched plans for secure iCloud backups after FBI concern
Apple planned new feature two years ago.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple ditched plans to let users fully encrypt backups of their devices using iCloud, a new report by Reuters claims. Apple reportedly made the decision after the FBI complained that this would make it harder to carry out future investigations.

The report mentions no names. But the news outlet reportedly spoke with “six sources familiar with the matter.”

Apple now sells official iPhone XS, XS Max refurbs from $699

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Bag yours before they're all gone.
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Apple is finally selling refurbished iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max units more than a year after the devices made their official debut.

You can pick yours up from the Apple Online Store, where prices start at $699 and rise all the way to $1,099. All handsets look and work as good as new and are backed by a one-year Apple warranty.

Today in Apple history: Letterpad gives us a preview of Apple Watch gaming

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Letterpad was one of the first games we got to see on Apple Watch.
Letterpad was one of the first games we got to see on Apple Watch.
Photo: NimbleBit

January 21: Today in Apple history: Letterpad gives us a preview of Apple Watch gaming January 21, 2015: Months before the first Apple Watch goes on sale, users get a glimpse at what playing games might look like on the wearable.

Thanks to Apple making the WatchKit API available to third parties, game developer NimbleBit releases a mockup of its simple work-in-progess word game, Letterpad. Suddenly, we get a desire to play games on our wrist that we haven’t had since the days of the Nintendo Game & Watch three decades earlier.

Thinner 2020 iPhone may look disappointingly familiar

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2020 iPhone may not get a major design change after all
Will 2020 be the year of the big iPhone design change? Maybe not.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The iPhone is due for a design change in 2020, having last received an overhaul with the iPhone X in 2017. However, you may be waiting a bit longer, if a new report from Mac Otakara is to be believed.

The online publication claims that the iPhone 12 could boast the same housing design as the iPhone 11. The only big changes would be the camera technology and overall size and thickness of the devices.