The Best Black Friday deals of 2017


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Check out these killer Black Friday deals.
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The holiday season is finally upon us and you know what that means? Killer deals on all the tech gadgets you’ve been lusting after all year.

Black Friday deals for 2017 are already setting the internet into a tizzy of anticipation with big discounts on 4K TVs, smart speakers, drones, iPads, smartphones and much more. Cult of Mac will be rounding up the best deals right here so you can spend less time Black Friday shopping and get on with life.

Here are the best deals worth checking out:

Save big on Apple Watch bands with our Black Friday weekend blowout!


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Save on gorgeous bands in a range of cool materials: metal, aluminum, stainless steel, leather, nylon, wood and more!
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Black Friday is here! Now’s the time to get that dreaded seasonal shopping out of the way from the comfort and safety of your Mac, at Watch Store’s biggest sale of the year.

In a few clicks, you’ll find incredible savings on Apple Watch bands and accessories during Cult of Mac Watch Store’s big Black Friday Weekend Sale — four days of massive savings.

We’ve rounded up some amazing brands for this huge sale including: OleksynPrannyk, Casetify, Nyloon, Ottm, E3 Supply Co., Rilee & Lo, Jack Foster, Strapple, Wood Mark, Nomad, Form Function Form, Clessant, Juuk and more. These brands are offering from 17% to 50% off regular sale prices!

Rest-assured that bands sold in our Watch Store are high-quality and recommended by Cult of Mac — we’ve touched, worn, reviewed and recommend everything we sell. So, get ahead of the holiday shopping curve and check out these screaming deals before quantities sell out. (Most brands won’t be restocking until January.) Happy shopping!

GRID is bringing high-performance racing to iOS


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The GRID franchise is going mobile!
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iPhone X now available in a total of 70 countries


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The iPhone X is now on sale in 13 new countries.
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The iPhone X went on sale in 13 more countries today, bringing the total worldwide availability to more than 70 different markets.

Countries added today include Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey.

Today in Apple history: Toy Story 2 arrives in theaters


Toy Story 2 coincided with the start of Jobs' own career second act.
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Nov24November 24, 1999: Steve Jobs gets another feather in his cap when Toy Story 2, the sequel to the original 1995 Pixar hit, debuts in theaters — becoming the first animated sequel in history to gross more than the original.

While more a piece of Steve Jobs history than Apple history, the release of Toy Story 2 caps off a spectacular year for Apple’s CEO.

Apple’s Black Friday deals offer up to $150 gift cards with purchases


Apple's bringing out the gift cards!
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As a premium brand, Apple’s not exactly known for its discounts or plethora of special offers. This year’s Black Friday is no different if you’ve been holding out for 50 percent reductions on the cost of a new iMac, or a buy-1-get-1-free deal on new Apple Watches.

That doesn’t mean Apple skipping out on a spending holiday altogether, though. In a “one day” shopping deal, Apple is handing out gift cards to anyone who buys certain products.

Check out the details below.

Crazy realistic Steve Jobs action figure lets you stage your own Stevenotes


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Less Silicon Valley, more Uncanny Valley.
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What better gift for the Apple geek in your life (or, heck, yourself) than a ridiculously realistic Steve Jobs action figure?

The 1/6 scale replica of the iconic Apple co-founder and CEO is coming soon from DAM Toys. In addition to boasting some highly detailed head sculpting, it sports Jobs’ iconic mock turtleneck, glasses, jeans, and a slew of other nifty accessories to create your own tiny One Infinite Loop tableaux in the comfort of your own home.

Apple’s offices in South Korea raided on eve of iPhone X launch


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Raid comes one day before the iPhone X goes on sale in the country.
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Authorities in South Korea raided Apple’s offices in Seoul today, one day ahead of the launch of the iPhone X.

The exact reason for the raid isn’t apparent, although it reportedly concerns Apple’s business practices in the country. Nonetheless, it raises questions about whether the South Korean government may be trying to hurt Apple prior to the release of one of its most sought-after products in years.