Save big on AirPods, Beats and Mac mini [Deals & Steals]

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Don't miss these sweet discounts!
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Who needs AirPods Pro when you can get Powerbeats Pro for $50 less, or regular second-generation AirPods for up to $30 less?

And, if you’re worried about how much exercise you’re getting during self-isolation, an Apple Watch is a great idea — and today we’re seeing the lowest prices ever on certain Apple Watch Series 5 models. You can get $50 off both 40 mm and 44 mm Apple Watches in gold or silver aluminum cases.

There are just some of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup that will help you tackle self-isolation and working from home during the COVID-19 crisis. Other highlights include:

Find all these discounts and more in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

Save on 2020 Mac mini, MacBook Pro, Sims 4 and more [Deals & Steals]

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And save $140 on Beats Solo3 wireless headphones.
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Need a new MacBook Pro? You won’t want to miss Woot’s brilliant deal on 13-inch models, refurbished by Apple, which are now available for as little as $679.99. Or pick up the brand-new 2020 Mac mini from $699 — $100 off its usual price tag.

That’s just some of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup that will help you tackle self-isolation and working from home during the COVID-19 crisis. Other highlights include:

Find all these discounts and more in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

Apple dominates surging wearables market

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More consumers are making the leap to wearable technology.
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Apple doesn’t just hold a lead over its competitors in the wearables market. It captured a 36.5 percent share of the market in the final quarter of 2019.

Second-place Xiaomi’s slice of the pie was under 11 percent.

Protect your beloved AirPods Pro with this affordable silicone case

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Sturdy silicone keeps AirPods Pro looking fresh.
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AirPods Pro might be the best accessory Apple has ever made. So you would be mad to let yours get beaten up in the bottom of your bag. Protect them with this wonderfully affordable silicone case.

Made from military-grade materials, the Elkson bumper keeps AirPods Pro free from scuffs and scratches. It also has a handy carabiner that lets you attach your beloved buds to almost anything.

New entry-level AirPods could hit store shelves this summer

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AirPods Pro Lite might look like Apple’s high-end wireless earbuds, or the basic AirPods.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Apple’s next AirPods go into production very soon, according to an unconfirmed report coming out of Asia. These are the wireless headphones that are typically referred to as AirPods Pro Lite, though they are unlikely to have that name when released.

Apple Research app taps AirPods Pro for hearing study

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AirPods Pro can be used for science. SCIENCE!
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Apple Research, an application that lets users take part in groundbreaking medical studies, scored an update today to let participants share data from their AirPods Pro with the Apple Hearing Study. A new version of the associated Apple Watch app also promises battery life improvements.

Low-end AirPods rumor gains traction yet remains ‘lite’ on credible details

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They AirPods Pro fit in their case like nothing ever happened.
These AirPods Pro are full-strength.
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Tossed into the swirl of rumors and reports about coronavirus and its impact on Apple production is an alleged new entry to the AirPods lineup called “AirPods Pro Lite.”

The quotes bookending the product name are because no one is sure what to make of what is essentially a rumor first reported by a Chinese website with a mixed record for accuracy.

In the last few days, reports have surfaced in DigiTimes of a second “lite” version supplier, giving further credence to the various reports.