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Get last year's 9.7-inch iPad from Best Buy for just $250 for today only

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:50

Apple turned a lot of heads yesterday when it announced an affordable 9.7-inch iPad aimed at students that manages to make even the iPad Pro seem less impressive. Fortunately for consumers, it also means it’s a fantastic time for deals on the old models. One of the best comes from Best Buy, which is knocking $80 off the price of last year’s 9.7-inch 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi, which means you can pick it up today for just $250. The deal ends at the end of the day.

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Apple Watch Series 4 rumored to have 15% larger display and longer battery life

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 18:18

Apple has released a new version of the Apple Watch every year since its debut in 2015, and the company seems to show no signs of slowing down.

Reliable industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has released a note to investors that claims the Apple Watch Series 4 will launch in the third quarter of the year. The Series 4, he claims, will have a 15 percent larger display, longer battery life, and better health tracking.

The report doesn’t really go into specific details on how any of these things will be achieved. For example, the 15 percent larger display may mean a larger Apple Watch case (for the first time since its debut), or it may simply mean less bezel area between the display and the edges of the case.

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You can now buy the coolest part of the iMac Pro without spending $5,000

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:23

Along with an updated 9.7-inch iPad with Pencil support and new classroom-based tools for students and teachers, Apple had one more surprise up its sleeve for its Chicago event. A space gray-colored surprise.

Apple is now selling its too-cool-for-school space gray iMac Pro accessories as an option along with the standard silver color. As you might have expected, they cost more than the ones Apple gives out with regular iMac purchases, but still less than the astronomical prices people are selling them for on eBay.

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Apple strengthens its classroom presence with Everyone Can Create curriculum, Schoolwork app

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 13:37

Along with the new iPad with Apple Pencil support that’s getting all of the attention, Apple used its education event in Chicago on Tuesday to unveil a host of new tools to allow teachers and students to make the most of their Apple devices, including the Everyone Can Create curriculum and Schoolwork app, as well as an expansion of the Classroom app.

Here’s what they do and how schools can use them.

Everyone Can Create curriculum

Developed by Apple with input from educators and creative pros, Everyone Can Create is a free resource available to teachers and students that allows for the integration of videos, photos, illustrations, and music into lessons or assignments. Teachers can create interactive lessons, while students can make active projects. It’s part of the Everyone Can Code project.

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Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad brings Pencil support for the same low price

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:41

Apple unveiled its latest iPad on Tuesday: A $329, 9.7-inch model that will only cost educators $299. Apple believes that the new tablet, introduced during an education-focused event at Chicago’s Lane Tech College Prep High School, will be able to fend off Google’s Chromebooks, which have gained significant ground in the classroom.

The marquee feature of the new iPad is support for Apple Pencil, the company’s stylus previously reserved for the iPad Pro. With the $99 Pencil, users can input text, write notes, or draw directly on the iPad’s screen. The new tablet doesn't include a connector to support Apple's Smart Keyboard, however.

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Amazon's Echo Show is $70 off today—and you don't need to buy two

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:18

When it comes to smart speakers, Amazon’s Echo Show is one of the best on the market, and right now you can get one for $159.99, $70 off its retail price and about $44 off its average price. Powered by Amazon’s Alexa AI assistant, this speaker gives you access to everything from weather forecasts to audiobooks all in one central voice-activated location. There’s also another added benefit: the Echo Show includes a 7-inch screen, so you can see what’s it’s telling you.

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Save up to $35 on App Store and iTunes gift cards from Costco

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 14:05

If you’re a Costco member who’s fond of using the Apple Store, you’ll be happy to know that the big box megastore is once again offering substantial discounts on gift cards for iTunes and the App Store—this time until March 31. The catch is that Costco limits each member to buying only two cards.

The savings get more impressive with bigger gift cards, and at the top of the tier, you can pick up a $200 gift card for just $164.99. You can also buy a $100 card for just $84.49. You’ll even save a bit of money if you pick up the $25 card, as you can get it for just $21.49. That’s not much, but it’s good for a couple of $1.00 apps, right?

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iPhone 2018 rumors: This year's iPhone X model could cost $899, $999 for the Plus size

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:22

Updated 03/26/18: An analyst has proposed price points for Apple's iPhone lineup this fall, with the second-generation iPhone X starting at $899 and a larger plus model at $999.

Now that we're well into 2018, rumors about the next iPhone have started to pile up. We’ll keep track of everything that's being said and analyze what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

What's the latest?

RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani has issued a research note to investors that predicts the price of Apple's iPhone lineup this year. Specifically, it says that the second-generation iPhone X (whatever Apple will call it) will cost $100 less than the current model, starting at $899. A larger 6.5-inch "Plus" model will debut this year at a $999 starting price. 

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Our favorite external drive, the Western Digital 4TB My Passport, is on sale

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:18

An external drive helps combat one of the most frustrating parts of computing—running out of storage space. Right now, you can get PCWorld’s favorite portable external hard drive, the Western Digital 4TB My Passport, for $104.83 at Amazon. That’s about $55 under MSRP and $15 less than we’ve seen it going for recently. If you don’t need quite as much space, the 2TB My Passport is also on sale for $69

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Apple's building a massive TV studio, but shows reportedly won’t debut before 2019

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:59

Over the past year, Apple has been stockpiling talent and content for what seemed to be the imminent launch of a new video services packed with choice programming from Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, Kristen Wiig, and M. Night Shyamalan. But a new report suggests they might not be coming as soon as you think.

In a sprawling article on Apple’s streaming video ambitions, The New York Times reports that Apple is targeting “somewhere between March 2019 and the summer of that year to roll out its slate of new programming.” It’s unclear from the report whether multiple shows would be airing at once, or if episodes would be see a staggered release like Apple has previously done with Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps.

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