Save $500 on the 2018 MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

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Been waiting to pull the trigger on a 2018 MacBook Pro? Now's the time!
You won’t want to miss this deal on Apple’s fastest notebook!
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Pick up Apple’s latest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for a lot less at B&H Photo. This high-end model packs an Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD for $500 off its usual price.

That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. We also have a big reduction on the latest Amazon Echo Dot, a jaw-dropping deal on a stellar 4K display from Samsung, $60 off urBeats3 earphones, and more!

Amazon stocks its Apple store with new products ahead of Black Friday

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Why go to the Apple store when you can just order it on Amazon with Prime shipping?
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The biggest shopping day of 2018 is nearly upon us and Apple and Amazon are teaming up to take advantage of the spending bonanza.

As part of its new online sales deal with Apple, Amazon has recently added a bunch of Apple’s latest products to its authorized reseller page, some of which are a bit cheaper than on Apple’s website.

Unlock the dual audio outputs in new Macs

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A totally legit audio-routing setup.
A totally legit audio-routing setup.
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Up until last year, if you plugged a pair of headphones into your Mac, the speakers were effectively disconnected. There was no way to send simultaneous audio stream to both headphones and speakers. Now, with modern T2-equipped Macs, you can double up on audio. For instance, you could have alerts sound through the built-in speakers, with music routed through the headphone jack, so you don’t get notifications interrupting your banging tunes.

The best part is that its really easy to set up. And, if you prefer the old behavior, you don’t have to do anything.

MacBooks become modern art on gorgeous walnut stand [Review]

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The Yohann Wood MacBook Stand is artful and sturdy.
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In German, the boy’s name “Yohann” means “gift of god.” The same could be said about the Yohann MacBook stand, a sculptural walnut base divine in both look and function.

You may want to say a little prayer when you place your MacBook Pro on this elevating perch for the first time, though. You will wonder how this thing can support your rather expensive machine.

Black Friday steals, MacBook Pro’s new Vega GPUs and strange Steve Jobs stories, on The CultCast

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The 2018 MacBook Pro has two new GPUs, and we're pissed.

This week on The CultCast: You need to be prepared if you want to lock down the best prices on the best gadgets this Black Friday. We’ll tell you the strategies to use to grab all the good deals most shoppers miss. Plus: The new MacBook Pro GPUs are a huge upgrade, but we’re pissed. (We’ll explain.) Also: Why Apple’s stock has fallen off a cliff. And we’ll wrap up with a Steve Jobs story so mundane, the internet has become fascinated with it.

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Apple adds beefy Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro

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The new graphics will be great for video producers.
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Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro got a big performance boost this morning with the new option to add Radeon Pro Vega graphics to the top-of-the-line model.

Apple quietly mentioned the update after its October 30 event, at which it revealed the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. The option to add the Radeon Pro Vega graphics just went live on Apple’s site this morning — and the powerful upgrades do not come cheap.

Apple made 2018 MacBook Air battery replacements easier

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Battery replacements will be faster, more affordable, and environmentally-friendly.
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Buyers of the new MacBook Air will be pleased to know that it’s much easier to perform a battery replacement.

Apple has glued its battery in place again, but according to a leaked internal document, it will provide authorized repairers with the tools required to remove it so that it can be easily swapped out when necessary.

MacBook smackdown: Which laptop is right for you?

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Apple's new MacBook Air delivers everything we wanted.
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Apple finally dusted off the MacBook Air. The 2018 model sports a brand new design, a gorgeous Retina display, and powerful upgraded internals. All of sudden, Apple’s most affordable notebook is up there with its best.

In fact, the new ultraportable is so good, you would be crazy to buy a 12-inch MacBook right now. So, how does the new MacBook Air stack up against the rest of Apple’s laptop lineup? Which model best suits your needs, and which delivers the best bang for the buck?

Find out right here in our comprehensive MacBook comparison.

New MacBook Pros with updated graphics are coming next month

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The new graphics will be a big boost the video editors.
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Apple didn’t totally leave out the MacBook Pro from receiving some new features today, even though the company didn’t give its most powerful notebook any stage time at today’s event.

While the MacBook Air, Mac mini and iPad Pro were the stars of today’s keynote in New York, Apple quietly revealed on its website that the MacBook Pro is getting a spec bump too.