Enjoy the biggest discount yet on AirPods Pro [Deals & Steals]

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Also save on 16-inch MacBook Pro and official Apple iPhone cases.
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Amazon is again offering AirPods Pro at their lowest price yet. You can bag yours for $234.98 — $14.02 off the usual price — as long as you act fast!

That’s just one 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.

Want a 2020 MacBook Air? Sell your old Mac for upgrade cash today

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Your old MacBook Air might be worth a pretty penny.
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Apple’s newest MacBook Air is its finest ultraportable yet — thanks in large part to a brilliant new Magic Keyboard. And bagging an upgrade for yourself might not be as expensive as it seems at first glance.

Sell your old machine to Cult of Mac today and you’ll get a nice stack of cash to put toward a new model. We typically pay more than anyone else, and we’re fast!

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.

Apple suppliers ramp up for Magic Keyboard’s fast expansion

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13-inch MacBook Pro next in line for a Magic Keyboard upgrade.
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Apple suppliers are ramping up Magic Keyboard production as its new scissor switches quickly replace butterfly keys in the company’s most popular products, reveals a new report published Wednesday.

Sources say that manufacturers have seen “no cutbacks” in orders, despite concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic could impact sales. A 13-inch MacBook Pro refresh is said to be next in line for an upgrade.

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

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Expect to pay around 10% more for each component.
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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.

Why the 2020 iPad Pro is better than any Mac [Opinion]

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The 2020 iPad Pro intensifies the battle for computing supremacy.
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Ten years ago, the iPad was a barely capable, outsize version of the iPhone. The idea that it could outdo the Mac was laughable. And yet here we are, a decade later with the 2020 iPad Pro, and that’s exactly what has happened.

The Mac has stood still (or even gone backward, if you count that keyboard), while the iPad has turned into the computer from the future. Here’s what Apple’s two platforms look like in a head-to-head battle in 2020.

MacBook Air and Pro lineup could finally soon be free of hated butterfly keyboard

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Taking it out on your problematic MacBook butterfly keyboard will only make things worse.
Apple will introduce new MacBook Air and Pro laptops with scissor switch keyboard, analyst claims.
Photo illustration: Graham Bower/Cult of Mac

The world might finally wave goodbye to Apple’s controversial and much-hated MacBook butterfly keyboards by summer, according to a new report, published Thursday, by respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In his latest research note, Kuo writes that Apple will launch new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models featuring the scissor switch keyboard design. Apple laid the groundwork for the return of the scissor switch Magic Keyboard when it ditched the butterfly keyboard for its 16-inch MacBook Pro upgrade late last year.

Apple preps 14.1-inch MacBook Pro with mini-LED display

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The smallest MacBook Pro is about to get a big upgrade.
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Apple plans to make an aggressive push adding mini-LED displays to its products in 2020, according to one of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo updated his forecast for Apple’s mini-LED product roadmap Tuesday, saying that the company is working on four more mini-LED products than we originally knew about — including a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro.

Bag HomePod for under $200, MacBook Air for $749 [Deals & Steals]

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And get Apple's official Clear Case for iPhone 11 at 18% less.
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Apple’s brilliant HomePod speaker is back to its lowest price yet. Best Buy is matching its big Black Friday discount by slashing $100 off the usual price 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 and more in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

Leak reveals new 13-inch MacBook Pro could pack Intel Ice Lake chips

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It's about time!
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Leaked benchmarks believed to be from the next-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro reveal the machine could be powered by Intel’s latest Ice Lake processors.

The chips, which haven’t been used in a Mac before, will provide Apple’s newest notebook with a sizable boost in speed and graphics performance. They won’t be the only reason to buy a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, though.