A roundup of this week’s new Apple product announcements

A roundup of this week’s new Apple product announcements

During yesterday morning’s special press event, Apple introduced a host of new products, along with some restructuring and repricing in their product lines (you can now get a new iPad for a little as $250, and a new Mac mini starts at just $500). Here are the highlights, along with availability information (as best we can determine—we will update this post as details emerge):

  • Apple iPad Air 2 familyiPad Air 2: The big splash was made by the debut of the iPad Air 2, a crazy-thin (just 6mm) iteration of its flagship full-sized tablet. It’s not only thinner, but faster, too. And you can now add a third color choice to the current Space Gray and Silver: Gold. The new color choice, along with the addition of TouchID, brings the iPad Air 2 in line with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Prices start at $499.99. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly two weeks. Find out more.
  • iPad Air: Yep, it’s sticking around—but it’ll cost you substantially less. Prices now start at $399.99. Available almost immediately. Find out more.
  • iPad mini 3: Similar specs to the original iPad mini 2, but now adds TouchID and the new Gold color choice. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly two weeks. Find out more.
  • iPad mini 2 and iPad mini: Now cost much less than before. The Wi-Fi 16GB iPad mini, for example, now sells for $249.99—the lowest price ever offered for a new iPad. Available almost immediately. Find out more.

If you’re interested in a specific model iPad, contact us and we’ll get you the very latest availability and pricing.

Other announcements…

  • Apple iMac 27-inch running YosemiteiMac 27-inch with Retina 5K Display: The “5K” stands for “5000”—as in 5000+ pixels. The new flagship iMac boasts more than four times the pixels of its 27-inch brethren. That’s impressive enough, but the fact that it will sell for $2499.99—that’s just nuts. Most 4K standalone monitors sell for more than that. Basically, Apple’s throwing in a quad-core Mac with all the bells and whistles for free. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly one week. Find out more.
  • Mac mini: The littlest Mac got a well-deserved, long-delayed makeover. The entry price point dropped a hundred bucks to $499.99—the lowest price ever for a new Mac. It now comes with two Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Available for pre-order immediately; we expect to begin filling orders in roughly one week. Find out more.
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The long-awaited major update to the Mac’s operating system looks to be an impressive one, with hundreds of new features and enhancements—and is available for free download immediately.

Deal of the Week | Oct. 17th, 2014: Multi-Tip Portable USB Charger for $5.99

Concept Green Multi-Tip Portable USB Charger for $5.99 at Connecting PointThis charger puts you in charge—of when and where you recharge your devices. Fill it up with juice at the nearest convenient USB port, and you’re ready to replenish on the fly.

Tips are included for the three major types of USB connectors: 30-pin dock connector, Mini-USB, and Micro-USB.* The integrated charging gauge lets you know when it is ready to go. And it even has a handy little LED flashlight built in, with its own flashing mode, for all those desert island emergency-type situations.

Learn all about this week’s cool Deal right here.

*Sorry, does not work with the Lightning connector found on the most recent iPhones.

Apple Special Event | October 16, 2014, 10 am PDT: “It’s been way too long.”

 

Apple’s highly anticipated special event, taking place later this morning, will be streamed live. Live streaming video requires Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Live streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

UPDATE – SUMMARY OF EVENT: New iPads (including the impossibly slim iPad Air 2), new iMacs (including the impossibly pixeled iMac with Retina 5K Display), and new and cheaper Mac minis. Oh yeah—and the official release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. It’s a free upgrade, and you can download it here.

Deal of the Week | Oct. 10th, 2014: ZipKord Multi-Tip Car Charger for $2.99

ZipKord 500CMIX4 Retractable Multi-Tip Car Charger for $2.99Here’s another handy little gadget to add to your ever-ready bag of travel tools: A multi-tip, multi-purpose car charger with a space-saving retractable cord.

Now if you need to juice up your Bluetooth earpiece, or GPS, or cell phone, you’ve got ;a single solution for many, many devices.

The ZipKord usually sells for 10 bucks, but while supplies last, we’re letting it go for a low $2.99. Find out all about our latest and greatest Deal of the Week.

Deal of the Week | Oct. 3rd, 2014: Two-Port USB Car Charger for $1.99

2-Port-USB-Car-Charger-3-colors-640x600Sleek. Fast. Beautiful glossy finish. And available in your choice of vibrant colors.

We talking sports cars? Nope. We’re talking this week’s Deal: a two-port USB car charger, in your choice of red, black, or white, at a laughably low price ($1.99).

So while these chargers would look right at home in the toniest of luxury vehicles, they’re priced somewhere south of Yugo territory. And not only does it come with two USB ports, but each of them serves a specific need. There’s a one-amp port, for smaller devices requiring more delicately administered juice. And there’s a port pumping out 2.1 amps, for larger devices and/or faster charge times.

These normally sell for five bucks, which is already pretty reasonable. But $1.99? That’s bound to drive the competition…crazy. Find out all about our latest and greatest Deal of the Week.

 

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