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iPad Pro gets a surprisingly big price cut


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Apple's price cut may sell a lot more iPads.
Photo: Apple

The price of a brand-new iPad Pro just got a lot cheaper today after Apple slashed prices on both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch models by up to $100.

Apple’s price drop coincides with a storage upgrade for other iPad models, including the iPad Air 2 which is available in 32GB and 128GB configurations on the WiFi-only models.

Check out the new prices:

Week’s best Apple deals: Cheap Lightning cables, free apps and $100 off iPad mini 4


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This week brings hot deals on the iPad mini 4 and more.
Photo: Photos: Apple, Aspyr Media, Lumsing

Get some third-party charging cables for cheap, or some in-demand apps for big discounts (or free). We’ll give you the lowdown on those unbeatable bargains — plus a mouthwatering $100 off the iPad mini 4 — in this week’s roundup of the best Apple deals.

Turn your iPad mini 4 into a perfect pint-size netbook [Reviews]


Zagg Slim Book turns the iPad mini into a tiny netbook.
Zagg Slim Book turns the iPad mini into a tiny netbook.
Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Best List: Zagg Slim Book case

Long before the original iPad debuted, I dreamed of the day that Apple made the ultimate portable netbook that wouldn’t destroy my bank account and could be carried around everywhere.

Apple wisely never got into the short-lived netbook trend, but you can get pretty much the next best thing by combining the iPad mini 4 with Zagg’s new Slim Book case that adds a great detachable keyboard to the world’s best tiny tablet.

Speed test puts every iPad ever made under the gun


Ready, set, unlock!
Ready, set, unlock!
Photo: EverythingApplePro/YouTube

The iPad lineup has seen a ton of changes since Apple introduced its first tablet in 2010. Not only have the form factors evolved ever so slightly, but the internal components have pushed the product line from a cool reading/gaming device into a powerhouse machine that can replace your laptop.

To see just how much iPad has progressed, EverythingApplePro created a speed test using every iPad ever made. It’s no surprise that the iPad Pro comes out on top, but the original iPad off a shocker by beating some of its successors.

Check it out:

How Apple out-innovates the competition, this week on The CultCast


Just how did those Apple whiz kids get so darn creative?
Just how did those Apple whiz kids get so darn creative?
Photo: Library of Congress

Though Apple spends far less on research and development than the competition, they out-innovate them all. How? Catch the discussion on this episode of The CultCast. Plus: iPhone 7 may ditch the beloved headphone jack; Amazon Video is coming to Apple TV; the holiday accessory that could be eroding your WiFi signal; and with the year drawing to a close, we choose we our favorite Apple device of 2015!

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