Week’s best Apple deals: Big discounts on Apple TV, MacBook Air and more


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If you don't need the absolute latest models, you can get some great deals on Apple gear this week.
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Staples is offering the chance to stream high-def content at an unbeatable price, while Groupon cuts huge discounts off a wide range of Apple gear and accessories. You’ll find all these and more in this roundup of the week’s best Apple deals.

Groupon Apple Event: Up to 70 percent off

Groupon cuts up to 70 percent off a selection of Apple iPhones, iPads, electronics and accessories during its big Apple Event sale. Shipping adds $3.99, but orders of $34.99 or more qualify for free shipping. Discounted accessories include cases, screen protectors and keyboards.

Third-gen Apple TV media receiver for $54

Staples offers the third-generation Apple TV for $54 with free shipping. That’s $5 under the last time we spied a good deal on this device, and the lowest price we could find right now by $15.

This model lacks some features of the latest Apple TV, but it’s still a capable media streamer. The third-gen device displays 1080p video and comes with AirPlay support, 802.11n wireless, Ethernet, HDMI and USB in addition to Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr integration.

Refurb MacBook Air i5 Dual 128GB 12-inch laptop for $450

AltaTac via eBay offers the refurbished 2.4-pound MacBook Air Intel Core i5 1.7GHz 11.6-inch laptop for $449.95 with free shipping. That’s $119 less than our last best refurb deal for this device, and the lowest total price we’ve seen. (It’s also the lowest total price we could find for a refurb right now by $110.)

The MacBook features an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 11.6-inch 1,366-by-768 LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB flash storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime camera, Thunderbolt and Mac OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion.

A 90-day warranty applies, although it’s unclear who provides it. Note that the laptop may also have cosmetic blemishes and scratches.

iPhone 5s 16GB prepaid Straight Talk phone for $149

Walmart continues to offer the iPhone 5s 16GB prepaid smartphone for Straight Talk in Silver or Space Gray for $149 with free shipping. That’s tied with our mention from last week as the lowest total price we’ve seen for the Straight Talk version of this phone. (It’s also the best deal now by $62.)