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Daily Deals: $1,199 MacBook Air, App Store Price Drops, $49 iPhone 3G




We start off with another deal on MacBook Air laptops from the Apple Store. These deals include a 1.8GHz MacBook Air for $1,199. Also on tap is a new round of App Store price drops, including Amateur Surgeon, for you, well, amateur surgeons out there. Finally, we wrap up the top trio with some refurbed iPhone 3Gs from AT&T, including an 8GB 3G for $49.

As always, for details on these deals and many more bargains, check out CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.

Daily Deals: $990 MacBook Pro 2.46GHz, 1.8GHz MacBook Air, 17″ MacBook Pro




We close out the week (and winter in the U.S.) with a trio of MacBook deals. First up is a MacBook Pro with a 2.46GHz Core 2 Duo processor, along witha 15-inch screen for $999. Next is a 1.8GHz MacBook Air with 64GB of SSD memory for $1,199. Finally, is a fully tricked-out 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop running at 2.66GHz with three years of AppleCare for $2,090.

Along the way, we also have more deals on MacBook Pros, some musical hardware for your iPod or iPhone, plus a great laptop buddy. As always, details on these and many other bargains are available on CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.

Success of iPad Could Hike Pricing for Solid State Drives


(Photo: Brandon Shigeta/Flickr)

The potential for Apple’s iPad to be wildly successful is a concern for more than direct rivals of the Cupertino, Calif. company. If the iPad becomes yet another hot product, expect flash memory to be even more expensive and don’t hold your breath for solid state drives to replace traditional hard drives on PCs, warns a Friday report.

“With the iPad likely to grab most memory supplies, prices may increase causing higher prices for SSDs,” writes industry publication Digitimes, citing an unnamed source. Apple currently consumes nearly one-third of the total flash (or NAND) memory supplies, the report says.

Daily Deals: $849 MacBook Pro, $999 iMac, $2,149 Mac Pro Xeon




We close the week with three high-profile hardware deals. First up is a deal on used 15-inch 2GHz MacBook Pro laptops, starting at $849. Next, we check out 22-inch iMacs running a 3.06GHz processor for $999. We round out the top trio with some Mac Pro Xeon desktop workstations, starting at $2,149 for a quad-core 2.66GHz machine.

Along the way, we’ll check out more iMac deals, two offers on 32GB and 8GB iPod touches and a variety of software. As always, details on these and many more items are available on CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.

Apple’s iPad only costs $270 to make, says analyst



Although that $499 entry-level iPad is pretty much affordably by everyone, Apple will still be making a rather sizable profit on each one, if a bill-of-materials (BOM) breakdown conducted by BroadPoint AmTech analyst Marshall is to be trusted.

According to the BOM, the low-end $499 iPad only costs $270 to make, with the 9.7-inch touch-sensitive display being the most expensive element at around $100, with the 16GB SSD and aluminum case each costing only about $25.

As the storage jumps, so do Apple’s profits: the 32GB and 64GB iPads only see their costs rise another $25.50 and $76.50, respectively, but their suggested prices go up $100 and $200.

Apple’s most profitable BOM item? The 3G radio: it only costs them $16, but Apple’s charging over $130 for it. I personally wonder if some of that mark-up might be shared with AT&T to compensate them for assumed profit losses related to the month-by-month, cancel-anytime iPad 3G deal, but either way, Apple’s charging a premium for the functionality.

It’s all an estimate, of course — no one will know the iPad’s true cost until it’s actually vivisected after launch — but Apple knows how to put together a high-quality product that is both extremely profitable and an extremely good value. I wouldn’t be surprised if these numbers were exactly right.

iPad: 1GHz PA Semi ARM, 10 hours battery life, up to 64GB Flash Storage



And now some of the specifics of my particular iPad tablet beef have come out.

The chip is from PA Semi, an ARM-based CPU, as guessed. It’s called the A4, and it “screams” at 1GHz.

The iPad is 0.5 inches thin, weighs 1.5 pounds, with a 9.7-inch IPS, fully capcitive multitouch display.

“All the usual suspects: accelerometer, compass, speaker, mic, dock connector. And it’s got battery,” says Jobs.

And what a battery! Netbook style! 10 hours! A month of standby. Remarkable for a device so thin.

Come in flavors between 16 and 64GB of flash, SSD storage.

Only connectivity that Jobs has mentioned so far is 802.11n WiFi. Let’s see if they unveil the 3G partners shortly.

[image via GDGT]

Daily Deals: $1,099 MacBook Air, Super Talent Solid-State HD, BlueAction Bluetooth Headsets




We start off with several MacBook Air laptops from the Apple Store, including a 1.6GHz 13-inch model for $1,099. Also on the price-chopping block: a $30 saving on a 64GB solid-state drive from Super Talent, plus BlueAction’s BAE Bluetooth headsets.

Along the way, we also look at DVDRemaster Pro 6 for the Mac, the Genius EasyPen tablet and assorted other gadgets. As always, for details on these and many other bargains, check out CoM’s “Daily Deals” page after the jump.

IOSafe Introduces Disaster-Proof Storage



The folks at ioSafe could adopt another oft-quoted tagline when talking about their new Solo SSD external hard drive: ‘When your data absolutely, positively has to still be there.’ The new storage device is said to withstand forces likely better than many humans could.

If the original Solo’s ability to endure a half hour of 1,550-degree fire and a month in 30-feet of fresh or salt water wasn’t enough, the Auburn, Calif. company has upped their game, introducing crush-proof (2.5 tons), fall-proof (20 feet onto a pile of rubble) and shock-proof (1000g) protection for your important data.

Daily Deals: 24″ iMacs for $1,399, MacBook Air for $1,099 and MacBook Pro for $1,989




We close out this week before Christmas with more hardware deals. A 24-inch iMac with 3.06GHz Core Two Duo processor for $1,399 and a 15-inch 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, for $1,989 from ExperCom. The Apple Store is offering MacBook Airs, starting at $1,099 for a 1.60GHz 13-inch model. If you’re still looking for a deal on an iPod touch (and who isn’t?), the Apple Store also is selling an 8GB version for $149.

There are a couple deals on iPod and iPhone cases, including 80 percent off on iPod touch cases. If you haven’t upgraded to 10.6 yet, there is a bargain on a Mac Box Set with 10.6, iLife and iWork for $129.

As always, for links and details to all of these bargains and many others, check out CoM’s “Daily Deals” page after the jump.

Daily Deals: $350 iBook G4, $749 MacBook, $849 iMacs




Today’s top deals highlight Apple hardware. First up, a $350 iBook 1.33 GHz G4 with 12-inch screen and Mac OS 10.5. Next are MacBooks starting at $749 for 2.1 GHz models with 13-inch screens. Finally, there are several iMac desktops starting at $849. The computers include 20-inch screens and a Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.66 GHz. Also on tap is a MacBook Air for $1,399. The unit includes a 1.86 GHz processor and 13-inch screen.

As always, details on these bargains and more (such as 80 percent discounts on iPod touch cases) can be found at CoM’s “Daily Deals” page after the jump.

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