Rajesh Pandey, author at Cult of Mac

M2 MacBook Pro hits Apple’s refurbished store with big discounts

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13-inch MacBook Pro with an Apple M2 processor
All refurbished products from Apple are eligible for AppleCare+.
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Apple has started selling refurbished M2 MacBook Pros in the United States and Canada through its online store. You can save up to $200 off the MSRP of the computer by buying the refurbished model directly from Apple.

The M2 MacBook Pro looks the same as the 2020 model, with the switch to a newer chip being the only upgrade.

Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2 go on sale

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Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2 are now on sale.
The wait is over for Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2.
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The Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2 are now on sale in more than 30 markets globally. The Ultra is the largest Apple Watch yet, while the new AirPods offer better sound and stronger noise cancellation than the originals.

Apple announced these products at its Far Out event on September 7, and started accepting preorders for the second-gen AirPods Pro immediately afterward. The Apple Watch Ultra went up for preorder alongside the new iPhones later that week. Now customers are receiving them, and the products are in stores.

16-inch MacBook Pro is cheaper than ever after $400 discount

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If you've been wanting an M1 Pro MacBook, don't miss this opportunity.
This is the time to buy the 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro.
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You can get Apple’s 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro with a staggering $399.01 discount. The deal brings the price of the machine down to $2,099.99.

This is among the lowest prices ever for the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Note that the listing only shows a discount of $300, with the additional $99.01 off automatically applied at checkout.

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Apple could soon make a lot more iPhones in India

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Apple really wants to diversify its production line outside China.
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J.P. Morgan analysts believe Apple could move 25% of iPhone production to India by 2025. The Cupertino giant has already moved a part of iPhone, iPad, and MacBook production outside China in recent years.

Apple is diversifying its supply chain and wants to reduce its reliance on China as a production hub.

AirPods Max’s big $120 discount is music to our ears

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Max Stand holds and charges AirPods Pro.
While pricey, you can't go wrong with the AirPods Max in the sound quality department.
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Fancy buying AirPods Max but finding them too expensive? Amazon’s latest deal knocks $120 off Apple’s premium noise-canceling headphones.

After the discount, you can get AirPods Max for just $429 instead of paying the list price of $549.

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iPhone 14 Pro is not as repair-friendly as regular iPhone 14

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iPhone 14 Pro Max teardown from iFixit
Internally, the iPhone 14 Pro Max looks the same as its predecessor.
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The Phone 14 is “the most repairable iPhone in years,” thanks to its redesigned internals. Sadly, you will not find these repairability improvements on the iPhone 14 Pro series.

iPhone 14 Pro Max’s teardown reveals that internally it is identical to the iPhone 13 Pro Max from last year.

M1 MacBook Air is more affordable than ever after massive discount

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MacBook Air M1 2020
M1 MacBook Air for $849.99 is a deal you should not miss.
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Apple’s old but powerful M1 MacBook Air is discounted by $149.01 on Amazon. Thanks to the deal, you can get the 2020 MacBook Air for $849.99.

The listing page shows a $49.01 discount, with the additional $100 off automatically applied at checkout. You don’t need to use any coupon code to get the reduced pricing.

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How to turn off iPhone 14 Pro’s Always-On display

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iPhone 14 Pro includes an always-on display.
Find the iPhone 14 Pro's Always-On display annoying? Time to turn it off!
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Always-On display is a key new feature of the iPhone 14 Pro series. To ensure the feature does not consume a lot of battery power, Apple even added a dedicated co-processor to the A16 Bionic chip that powers the smartphone.

The Always-On display comes enabled by default on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which many users might find annoying. It apparently looks a bit too bright for some folks. It makes your iPhone battery drain more quickly. And some folks just don’t like the new functionality because it makes them think they’ve got a new notification, even when they don’t.

If you find yourself in the same boat, here’s how you can disable Always-On display on your new iPhone 14 Pro.

iPhone 14 Pro provides up to 38% faster 5G speeds

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The iPhone 14 Pro is in the wild on launch day. Just be sure you update to iOS 16.01 before activating with your cellular carrier to avoid problems.
You will get faster 5G data speeds on the iPhone 14 Pro.
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Apple is using a faster and more power-efficient Snapdragon X65 modem on the iPhone 14 Pro series. This allows the new iPhones to pull faster download speeds on 5G networks.

The new modem also reduces the latency time. Combined, these improvements will provide a better network connectivity experience on the iPhone 14 Pro.

Apple will jack up App Store prices in Europe and other countries

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You will have to pay more for apps and games on the App Store from October.
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Apple has announced that it will increase the prices of apps and in-app purchases on the App Store in Europe and some other countries. The changes come into effect starting October 5, 2022.

The weakening Euro has forced the Cupertino giant to make this move.