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.

Last chance! Save 20% on all Twelve South accessories

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Get all these and more at a sweet discount!
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Save 20% on the Cult of Mac Store’s entire lineup of awesome accessories from Twelve South. AirPods cases, iPhone chargers, iPad stands and more are all available at a discounted rate for a limited time only.

The sale includes some of Twelve South’s most popular products, including HiRise Wireless, AirSnap, and BookArc. The discounts disappear tonight, so enjoy them while you can!

Elago 3-in-1 charging hub is virtually unbreakable, a steal at just $30 [Review]

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Strong, practical, and nicely priced.
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A decent all-in-one charging hub that can top-up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously doesn’t have to break the bank. Elago’s is insanely practical, virtually unbreakable, and a steal at just $30.

It’s ideal not only for desks and bedside tables, but also those who frequently travel. It supports all iPhone and Apple Watch models, and it’s available in a number of smart and subtle color options.

Apple slashes HomePod price in half for employees

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Apple debuted HomePod in India at its cheapest price ever.
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Apple is hooking up its employees with some huge discounts on a few of its audio products this week.

It’s unclear whether it’s being done to help employees be entertained while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic or an effort to move surplus units during a sales lull.

Add wireless charging to your AirPods with this $25 Elkson case [Review]

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Elkson's Bumper Case adds wireless charging to your 1st and 2nd generation AirPods.
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One of the nicest features of the latest AirPods is the ability to charge them wirelessly. Just plunk them on top of a Qi-compatible charger and you’re good to go. But what about the original AirPods, which didn’t come with a wireless charging case?

Well, now you can add Qi charging for just $25, thanks to Elkson’s Wireless Charging and Bumper Case.

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.

Awesome AirPods essentials bundle is a steal at just $12.99

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Everything you need at a stellar price.
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Every AirPods owners should have a few essential accessories to keep their precious buds protected and prevent them from getting lost. This awesome bundle from Speidel includes everything you need — and it’s a steal.

You get a shock-absorbent case, silicone ear tips for a more secure fit, a strap that keeps both AirPods together at all times, and a second hardcover case that lets you carry everything together.

Bag your bundle today for just $12.99!

All major Chinese plants stand ready to crank out 2020 iPhones, Foxconn says

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Chinese factories are just starting to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
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China’s production pipelines are finally getting back into full swing just in time to start building the 2020 iPhone.

Foxconn, Apple’s top iPhone assembler, says it has hired enough workers at all major Chinese plants to meet seasonal demand for iPhone production, in what could be a strong signal that the labor shortages in China caused by COVID-19 are starting to get back to normal.

iPhone and AirPods shipping times improve as China restarts manufacturing

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AirPods Pro supplies are starting to catch up with demand.
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Apple’s supply issues for two crucial products appear to finally be getting better, based on tracking data by Loop Ventures.

Both the iPhone and AirPods are starting to ship out to customers sooner than in previous weeks as suppliers in China finally get back up to full speed. The only thing that’s unclear is whether the improved shipping times are due to China getting back to work, or because customers in the U.S. are hunkering down.

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.