Daily Deals: $799 MacBook, $929 MacBook Pro, $97 iPhone 3Gs

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We start off with two MacBooks for under $1,000: a 2.26GHz MacBook Core 2 Duo for $799 and a 2.26GHz Unibody MacBook Pro, starting at $929. Also on tap is a price cut on the 16GB iPhone 3Gs from Walmart.

Along the way, we also check out Apple’s back-to-school sale, new software for the iPhone and iPad and other Mac-related items. Details on these and many more bargains are available at CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.


754865-largeDatavision via eBay Daily Deal offers the Apple MacBook Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz 13.3″ Widescreen Notebook, model no. MC207LL/A, for $799. [With free shipping, that’s a buck below our mention from a month ago (which required in-store pickup) and the lowest total price we could currently find by $101.] This unibody MacBook features an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz dual-core processor, 13.3″ LED-backlit glossy display, 2GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, 8x SuperDrive, multi-touch glass trackpad, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GT graphics, AirPort Extreme (802.11n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, iSight webcam, and more. Deal ends May 26 at 10:59 am ET.

775394-largeThe Apple Store now has stock of 27 factory-refurbished unibody MacBook Pro notebooks in its Special Deals section, with prices now starting at $929. (Combined with free shipping, that puts all systems at lowest-we’ve-seen prices. Sales tax is added where applicable.) All come with a 1-year Apple warranty, the same as new Macs. Items are removed from Apple’s site when they sell out. Notable systems:

MacBook Pro MB990LL/A Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz 13.3″ (pictured) for $929
MacBook Pro MB991LL/A Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz 13.3″ for $1,189
MacBook Pro M0GK0LL/A Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz 13.3″ for $1,269
MacBook Pro MC118LL/A Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz 15.4″ for $1,349
MacBook Pro MC026LL/A Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz 15.4″ for $1,599
see all refurbished MacBook Pro notebooks

770988-largeIn-store only with activation of a new 2-year agreement, Walmart has the Apple iPhone 3G 16GB Smartphone for AT&T Wireless in Black or White for $97. (It’s not available for online ordering.) [That’s $102 under what Apple and AT&T charge directly for a new one, $52 less than what we’ve seen for a refurbished unit, and the lowest total price we’ve seen for a new one.] Sales tax is added where applicable. Major features over the iPhone 3G include significantly faster processing, 3MP auto-focus camera with support for 30FPS VGA video, voice control, digital compass, built-in support for Nike+, instant remote wipe, at least five hours of 3G talk time (up to 12 if you switch off 3G) and more.

Note that a $36 activation fee applies.

779927-largeThe iTunes App Store offers downloads of Paracute for iPhone / iPod touch for free. (That’s a $1 drop and the best price we’ve seen for this game.)

683379-largeGoldenGadgets.com offers this 3-in-1 iPod / iPhone Charger Kit for $3.99. Coupon code “ICHARGE15” cuts it to $3.39. (With shipping at $2.07, it’s a buck under our March mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen for such a kit.) It includes both home and travel chargers and a retractable sync cable. These work with all dockable iPod and iPhone models.

747254-largeElectronics Expo via Buy.com offers the Altec Lansing inMotion MAX Portable Audio System for iPod in Black, model no. IMT702, for $84. (With free shipping, that’s $6 under our April mention and the lowest total price we could find by $26.) This portable sound system accommodates iPhones and iPods and features an alarm clock, auxiliary input jack, remote storage, and more.

779932-largeToday only, MacUpdate offers downloads of Proteron’s LiteSwitch X for Mac for $5.95. (That’s $9 off and the lowest price we could find for this keyboard application switcher.)

779898-largeNow at Apple, purchase a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac from the Apple Store for Education and receive an iPod touch 8GB MP3 Player for $0 via a mail-in rebate. (Click on the “Buy a Mac for college, and get a free iPod Touch” banner). This offer is valid only for qualified students, teachers, and staff and expires September 7. Both the system and iPod must appear on the same receipt. Limit one rebate per customer.

Note that you will have to create or sign into an Apple ID to fill out your information to receive your rebate(s).

779917-largeThe iTunes App Store offers downloads of Alpine Crawler HD for iPad for free. (That’s the best price we’ve seen for this recently-released version of this cross country vehicle simulator.)

Also available are downloads of Alpine Crawler for iPhone / iPod touch for free. (That’s a $1 drop and the lowest price we’ve seen.)

779900-largeDell Small Business offers the Olympus E-520 10-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with the Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens, model no. 262086, for $399. Add coupon code “DF5PK3P7HR7PBG” to your cart to drop it to $379. [With free shipping, that’s the lowest total price we could find for this bundle by $92. (We’ve saw the E-520 bundled with two lenses for $459 shipped in February, since expired.)] Features include a 2.7″ LCD, Mechanical Image Stabilization, Live View function, face detection, dust reduction system, 3.5 fps, USB 2.0 connectivity, and both CompactFlash and xD-Picture Card slots. Deal ends May 28.