Apple doesn’t offer many product discounts, and it occurred to me on Friday evening that—being in the hunt for a new Mac system to replace my faithful late-2008 aluminum unibody MacBook—it would make good sense to take advantage of Apple’s Black Friday promotion. If I went with a new machine I could apply the $150 gift card deal to a new iPad, and would also get Apple’s iWork productivity suite bundled for just $50 more than a refurb unit.
There are very few bags out there that let you carry a massive amount of stuff without sacrificing style. C6 has managed to create a rugged, stylish and handy backpack that is very easy to carry around. The C6 backpack comes in two different sizes—a large and small—and in multiple colors, including black and forest green. The small backpack and the large backpack are both excellent choices, though the larger one may be the way to go.
Black Friday deals have officially kicked off, and multiple retailers are offering attractive discounts on various Apple products. We’ve listed a few here, including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Apple, along with a round up of, iPhone apps and accessory Black Friday specials. For those of you who are more interested in getting hold of a new Macbook, here’s a list of some of the best deals on Macbook Pro and Macbook Air.
New York-based RESCUECOM’s 2013 Q3 Computer Reliability Report (which includes tablets) was released November 20, in which Apple finished second behind Samsung. What’s different with this survey is the margin between the top two’s respective reliability scores; Samsung’s metric of 694 is nearly three times that of Apple, which finished barely ahead of the runner-up pack, scoring 259 to Lenovo’s 250, Asus’ 212, Toshiba’s 69, HP’s 66, Dell’s 50 and Acer rounding out the top eight with a dismal 16 reliability score.
MacBook or iPad? Laptop or Windows Surface 2? It’s a question that’s getting harder to answer these days. Our own Charles Moore has been wrestling with it, and Joanna Cabot over at TeleRead is faced with a similar dilemma. Her current MacBook is aging quickly, and with the amount of work she’s offloaded to her iPad, she was wondering if a Microsoft tablet isn’t the way to go.
Earlier today, we shared Target’s Black Friday deals on Apple products. If you don’t think they were good enough, take a look at the Black Friday deals being offered by Best Buy and Walmart. Both retailers are using attractive discounts on various Apple products—including iPads, Macs, iPhones, etc.—to make sure you hit their stores on (or before) November 29th.
I’m wondering if I might not find it a compromise less appealing than sticking with a laptop + tablet strategy. And if I ended up using the MacBook Air with external input devices, which I inevitably would, I’d might as well go with a larger laptop and a new iPad Air, using both machines for the things they do best. Maybe sometime the iPad really will become a viable laptop surrogate, but it’s not there yet.
When I offered to review Citizen Berlin messenger bag from Chrome Industries, I have to admit it was based entirely on looks. I absolutely love the design of this bag, and will cover that in a bit. But truth be told, when I received the Citizen Berlin, I didn’t even know how to use it. That won’t be an issue for fans of messenger bags, who will instead be able to focus on all the features the Citizen Berlin offers, and rightly so.
WaterField Designs has introduced yet another successful line of premium products for Apple’s premium devices. The Staad backpack is a one-of-a-kind bag, made with extremely high quality materials and assembled with fine craftsmanship. It comes in tan waxed-canvas or black ballistic nylon color options, and offers customers the choice of black, chocolate or grizzly premium leather for the flap of the bag. Whichever color you choose, the Staad goes with almost any kind of office clothing, but also works great for when you dress casually as well.
With the holiday season approaching fast, retailers are beginning to offer attractive deals on various devices. If you’re in the market for a new Macbook Air, look no further than the nearest Best Buy store this Friday and Saturday. Best Buy is offering all Macbook Airs with a $100 discount, starting at $899.99 for the 11.6-inch base model. The promotion will begin on November 1st and will end on November 2nd, and is available at the retailer’s online store as well as its physical locations.
The Canadian dollar exchange rate has been slipping for about a month now, although it’s still within five percent of par, and with its October 18 new product announcements, Apple has also quietly raised Canadian prices on the newly announced models.
Apple’s new 13″ Macbook Pro has been out for about a week now, and as with many of the company’s products, some early adopters are already experiencing issues. This latest issue is one that affects the trackpad and the keyboard in the Macbook Pro, causing it to become unresponsive and not work properly. Apple addressed the 13″ Retina Macbook Pro trackpad issue at its knowledge base site.