A Mac lover’s ideal setup [Setups]

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A Mac lovers ideal setup
This setup is pure eye candy.
Photo: Zach Hicks

Busy medical student Zach Hicks spent years developing this mouth-watering, Mac mini-powered setup. His main screen is actually a 43-inch smart TV, which gives him a bunch of screen real estate so he can open up a lot of PowerPoint presentations at once.

To accompany these big screens, he uses an Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse. A HomePod pumps out the audio, while two Philips Hue Bloom lamps illuminate everything. And, if you are wondering about the Apple boxes above his desk, they serve as a visual reminder of his journey to build this dream setup.

Save $49 on 2020 MacBook Air, $200 on 16-inch MacBook Pro

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Claim yours before the discounts disappear.
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What better way to upgrade your home office than with a brand-new Mac? Amazon is currently offering big discounts on the latest models, like $49 off the 2020 MacBook Air and $200 off the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

You can also pick up the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and more at reduced rates. Order yours today before the prices return to normal.

Save $100 on 2020 MacBook Air, $170 on Mac mini [Deals & Steals]

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And save $50 on the 10.2-inch iPad.
Photos: Apple, Twelve South

B&H Photo just dropped the biggest discount we’ve seen so far on Apple’s new 2020 MacBook Air. You can save $100 on yours for a limited time only.

That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. Other highlights include:

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

Mac Pro and Mac mini land in Apple refurb store with huge savings

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You can finally buy a certified pre-owned Mac Pro.
Photo: Apple

Looking for a new Mac but don’t want to put a dent in your bank account during the COVID-19-induced economic meltdown?

Apple added a bunch of 2018 Mac mini and 2019 Mac Pro units to its online refurbished store late Thursday, offering customers huge savings with the same warranty as a brand-new machine. In the case of the Mac Pro, you can save up to $4,000!

Gorgeous iMac concept packs slim bezels and Pro Display XDR chassis

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We hope the 2020 iMac looks a lot like this.
Photo: Viktor Kádár and Patrik Borgatai

The iMac might finally get a big design change in 2020 after going untouched for seven years and one team of concept designers is hoping it borrows heavily from the new Mac Pro.

Viktor Kádár and Patrik Borgatai imagined what the 2020 iMac lineup will look like if Apple added a new Pro Display XDR and a base that looks like a Pro Stand that doesn’t cost $999. The end result is a more industrial looking iMac with slimmer bezels and louder sound.

This thing is absolutely gorgeous:

Apple hikes prices on build-to-order Macs outside US

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Expect to pay around 10% more for each component.
Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Apple in recent days has ramped up its prices on build-to-order Mac configurations in many countries outside the United States.

Pricing for standard machine configurations remains the same. But if you want to upgrade your Mac’s processor or increase its RAM or storage, you can expect to pay around 10% more for each component.

Dare we say it? New iPad Pro beats any Mac [Cult of Mac Magazine 341]

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Why 2020 iPad Pro is better than any Mac
We can't wait to get our hands on this tablet.
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

From a hardware perspective, the new iPad Pro seems unassailable. The new Magic Keyboard with trackpad looks amazing. And iPadOS 13.4 feels like a game-changing upgrade.

It’s true: The iPad Pro is really having a moment right now. One could even argue that Apple’s tablet is better than a Mac at this point.

Find out what makes that practically blasphemous statement true in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Download it now and read it on your iPad or iPhone. Or get the links below for our blowout coverage of the new iPad Pro. You’ll also find the rest of the week’s top Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

Apple doubles SSD storage capacity for Mac mini

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Prices stay the same, but storage goes up. That's a win-win!
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Apple updated its entire Mac mini line Wednesday, offering double the SSD storage capacity at the regular price.

A $799 Mac mini is available with 256GB of PCIe-based SSD storage. Meanwhile, the $1,099 Mac mini now comes with 512GB of SSD storage as standard.