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Carry MacBook or iPad plus accessories in style with these new sleeves

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This soft and stylish sleeve works for any 15- to 16-inch MacBook.
This soft and stylish sleeve works for any 15- to 16-inch MacBook.
Photo: Elago

If you like a touch of “soft and comfy” with your style, Elago’s fiber-fill sleeves for MacBook and iPad could be for you. They’re a soft cases for your devices that are also environmentally friendly because the material in them is recycled.

And these sleeves won’t break the bank, either. You can choose from different sizes and colors and pay less than $30 in some cases. Check out the collection in the Cult of Mac Store.

M1 iPad Air looks irresistible after a $99 discount

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Don't miss this amazing deal on the M1 iPad Air.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s excellent M1 iPad Air is down to its lowest price of $499.99 on Amazon after a $99 discount. This is the same price the tablet was available for during last year’s Black Friday.

You can get a similar $99 off on the 256GB and cellular variants of the M1 iPad Air.

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The unicorn of iPad cases? That’s Zugu.

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Maybe unicorns really are real -- at least when it comes to Zugu iPad cases, which are so good they're almost magical.
Maybe unicorns really are real -- at least when it comes to Zugu iPad cases, which are so good they're almost magical.
Photo: Zugu Case

Since ancient times, the legendary unicorn has been described as a horse-like creature with a single horn projecting from its forehead. Considered magical and unique, the mythical beast has come to signify a one-of-a-kind treasure.

The only iPad case we’ve found that comes close to fitting that description is Zugu Case. It’s just right in so many ways, no matter which iPad you have. That’s what makes Zugu the unicorn of iPad cases.

How to choose the right iPad for you

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How to choose the right iPad for you
iPad options range from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro to the 8.3-inch iPad mini.
Image: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Shopping for an iPad can be overwhelming. Apple sells six iPad models in a wide range of sizes, prices and capabilities. Each tablet has its strengths and weaknesses. You don’t want to get one that doesn’t have all the features you want, but you also don’t want to pay too much for features you won’t use.

Here’s some straightforward advice on picking the right iPad for you.

Get a refurbished iPad Air for just $150

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Get an iPad for just $149 for Cyber Monday.
Grab an iPad for less than $150.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Whether you want a tablet to multitask on a second screen, to stream videos or to give to a younger family member, shopping refurbished is a great way to get one without shelling out for the notorious Apple tax. For instance, right now, you can purchase a refurbished 2013 iPad Air in space gray for just $149.99.

We extended our Cyber Monday Sale, so it’s not too late to claim this markdown. No coupon is necessary, but the event ends November 30.

Stick this stylish sleeve for Apple Pencil anywhere

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Strong adhesive lets you stick the sleeve anywhere.
Strong adhesive lets you stick the sleeve anywhere.
Photo: Elago

Even if you have an Apple Pencil 2 that sticks magnetically to the edge of your iPad, that’s not a super-secure storage option for the stylus because it could get knocked off. And it’s not an option at all for the original Apple Pencil. So it’s a good idea to have another, much more secure way to carry your stylus.

That’s where the Elago Apple Pencil Holder comes in. Strong adhesive lets you stick it anywhere.

And right now you can pick it up for just $10.99 in the Cult of Mac Store.

When a ‘dual-display’ setup needs no external monitors [Setups]

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Sometimes "dual display" just means two highly portable displays.
Photo: schwano@Reddit.com

In the world of computer setups, sometimes it seems like some sort of display arms race is going on. Even five or six screens isn’t uncommon anymore, with a few external displays added to the devices with built-in screens, and all in play in the workstation.

But how about no external displays? Does that work for you? It does for today’s featured MacBook Pro and iPad Air setup. See why below. And don’t overlook that unassuming but very special desk lamp, either.

Are you ready to try Amazon’s highest-rated iPad cases?

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Zugu's iPad cases are top-rated on Amazon for good reasons.
Zugu's iPad cases are top-rated on Amazon for good reasons.
Photos: Zugu

You don’t find many brands on Amazon with an average rating of 5 stars, but Zugu is one of them. The company focuses intently on making the best iPad cases it can, and if rave reviews are anything to go by — and they certainly are — Zugu is wildly successful at its endeavors.

After all, seeing all 5 stars filled in for thousands of ratings of each iPad case has got to be reassuring for shoppers looking to protect their tablet. And that includes cases for iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro, in all sizes.

We’ll take a closer look at Zugu’s iPad cases and how the company got to where it is today below.

iPad 10 vs. M1 iPad Air comparison: Which iPad is worth your money?

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iPad 10 vs 2022 iPad Air comparison
Should you buy the iPad 10 or pay more and get the M1 iPad Air?
Photo: Rajesh

Apple’s newest iPad features a redesigned chassis, a bigger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and faster internals. Thanks to these changes, the iPad 10 carries a significantly higher starting price tag of $449.

Meanwhile, Apple sells the M1 iPad Air, with more powerful internals, for $599. So, should you spring for the Air and pay that additional $150, or save your money and buy the new 10th-gen iPad?