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Where to save the most for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and more on Black Friday [Black Friday Deals]

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Black Friday is coming up in a few days and it’s time to decide which stores to shop at and which ones to skip.  We have compiled all of the ads we have seen for Apple and Beats by Dr. Dre products to determine which retailers will have the best deals. Apple has not announced their sales yet, but they typically have modest price decreases. In this post, we look at the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPod touch (5th gen.), Apple TV and iTunes gift cards. We display the top three deals with the lowest starting price.

16GB iPhone 6: $99 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $99
  2. Best Buy: $99.99 with trade-in of any working iPhone
  3. Walmart: $179 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $104)

16GB iPhone 5s: $1 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $1 with trade-in of any working iPhone
  2. Walmart: $79 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $4)
  3. Target: $79.99 with $30 Target gift card (total price: $49.99)

iPad Air: $295 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $295 for 16GB
  2. Staples: $319 for 16GB, $359 for 32GB
  3. Walmart: $397 for 16GB with $100 Walmart gift card (total price: $297)

iPad Air 2: $399 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $399.99 for 16GB, $499.99 for 64GB, $599.99 for 128GB
  2. Target: $499 for 16GB with $140 Target gift card (total price: $359)

16GB iPad mini (1st gen., non-Retina display): $199 at Walmart

  1. Walmart: $199 with $30 Walmart gift card (total price: $169)
  2. Target: $249 with $80 Target gift card (total price: $169)

16GB iPad mini 2: $239 at Staples

  1. Staples: $239
  2. Target: $299 with $100 Target gift card

16GB iPad mini 3: $324 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $324.99
  2. Target: $399 with $100 Target gift card (total price: $299)

Apple TV: $79 at Staples

  1. Staples: $79
  2. RadioShack: $85
  3. Target: $89

16GB iPod touch (5th gen.): $149 at RadioShack

  1. RadioShack: $149
  2. Best Buy: $149.99, 16GB iPod nano for $119.99
  3. Toys R Us: $149.99

2 x $100 iTunes gift card multipacks: $158.94 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $158.94 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $79.47 or $50 iTunes gift card for $39.98)
  2. Walmart: ~$167 ($30 iTunes gift card multipack for $25)
  3. Target: $170 (Buy one iTunes gift card and get one for 30% off)
  4. RadioShack: $170 (15% off all iTunes gift cards)
  5. Staples: $170 (15% off $50 or more in iTunes gift cards)
  6. Best Buy: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card for $85)
  7. Cosco: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $85)

For the iTunes gift cards, many retailers advertised buy one and get one for less, so we calculated the price of two $100 gift card multi-packs (or $200 in gift cards) to find the best deal.  We included the other retailers on this list since it was difficult to compare them and everyone else tied for 3rd place.

Check out full Black Friday 2014 Guide for store hours, sales flyers, deals on other Apple products (like iPad 4) and more. 

Apple's 2014 iPhone Product Lineup

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Apple held three special events over this past year: the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June and two special events in the Fall.  They announced a plethora of new products in terms of hardware and software. We don’t expect Apple to hold another event this year, but the next one should be in early 2015. Apple is currently selling two generations of iPhone with four different models. Here’s the 2014 iPhone lineup:

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iPhone 6 Plus: released September 2014

  • a larger iPhone 6 with some upgrades
  • 5.5″ Retina HD display
  • A8 processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $299 (on contract)

 

iPhone 6: released September 2014

  • successor to the iPhone 5s
  • 4.7″ Retina HD display
  • A8 processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $199 (on contract)

 

iPhone 5s: released September 2013

  • successor to the iPhone 5
  • 4.0″ Retina display
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB and 32GB
  • starting at $99 (on contract)

 

iPhone 5c: released September 2013

  • an inexpensive, colorful and simpler version of the iPhone 5s
  • 4.0″ Retina display
  • A6 processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • yellow, blue, pink, green and white
  • 8GB
  • free (on contract)

Throughout the week, we will explore the 2014 lineup. There’s iPods, iPads, the Apple TV and the Apple Watch.

New iPhone 5s Ad: Parenthood

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On Sunday night, Apple released a new television commercial for the iPhone 5s as part of their “you’re more powerful than you think” theme.  The ad focuses on how the iPhone 5s can improve the lives of parents and their children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fmTpgSMJ96c

Apps featured:

New iPhone 5s Ad: Fitness

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The latest operating system for the iPhone 5s (iOS 8) includes a new Health app that will allow all your fitness apps to connect to each other.  Since Health, the name of the app, was just announced on Monday, it has limited capabilities until developers can incorporate it into their apps.  The iPhone 5s, though, is a great fitness tool now even without the app and Apple shows us a few fitness trackers to use with it in their new advertisement.  The Adidas miCoach Smart Ball, which is shown in the ad, helps users kick balls better by providing feedback on power, spin, trajectory and strike accuracy of the kick.  The ad is embedded below:

http://youtu.be/xTjejvnBJfU

The song in the video, “Chicken Fat”, was part of President John F. Kennedy’s physical fitness program in the 1960s.  To purchase this song for use in your workouts, click this link.

 

New Upgrade Event Rumored for May 8

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If you have the iPhone 4S or earlier, but you aren’t interested in purchasing the 4.7″ iPhone 6, then Apple’s rumored upgrade event is for you.  The iPhone 5s and 5c are both excellent phones and the iPhone 5s even tied the Samsung Galaxy S5 in a recent showdown (don’t forget, the iPhone is 8 months old).  New York Times also called the iPhone 5s the better smartphone when compared to the Galaxy S5.  Starting May 8, any iPhone upgrade eligible customers can go to the Apple Retail Store and upgrade their device to either the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c and get a discount when they exchange in their current iPhone.

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New iPhone 5s Ad "Powerful"

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The video below shows Apple’s new advertisement for the iPhone 5s.  It features people using the iPhone in common and not very common ways with the message that “you are more powerful then you think”.  One of the apps featured, Instant Heart Rate, might be a dig at the Galaxy S5’s heart rate monitor.  Yes you can see your heart rate on the S5, but we have been able to do that since iPhone 4.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODmfmUWqlSA

iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S5 (New York Times)

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In a battle for the world’s best smartphone, New York Times took the two best smartphones and compared them side-by-side.  In one hand we have the iPhone 5s, which was released in September 2013, has a 8MP camera, fingerprint sensor (Touch ID), A7 64-bit processor with M7 co-processor and runs iOS 7.  

 

iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s

In the other hand we have the Samsung Galaxy S5, which was released this past month, has a 16MP camera, fingerprint scanner, quad-core processor and runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat).

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

 

Keep in mind that the iPhone 5s is six months old and is going against Samsung’s brand new smartphone (because I doubt we will see a Galaxy S6 this year).  The New York Times‘ columnist Farhad Manjoo had this to say about the phones:

“Although it offers no spectacular advances over the previous version, Samsung seems to have done just enough with the S5 to stay ahead of every other Android phone maker.  The only plausible competition comes in the form of the HTC One, which, as my colleague Molly Wood wrote, is prettier than the S5 but not as functional. The upshot of all these reviews is that if you’re looking for the best Android phone, Samsung’s is the one to buy.

But that’s not the whole story. While there are probably some people who go out to shop for the best Android phone, I suspect that most people want to know which phone is best of all, whatever operating system it runs. In other words, how does the Galaxy S5 compare to the iPhone 5S, Apple’s six-month-old flagship device and the champion to beat?”

The Galaxy S5 is loaded with features as compared to the HTC One: ultra power saving mode, dust and water resistance, heart rate sensor, integration with Galaxy gear and a fingerprint scanner.  NYT has determined that this smartphone is the best Android, but in their opinion, it’s not the best overall smartphone. Farhad Manjoo continues:

“By just about every major measure you’ll care about, from speed to design to ease of use to the quality of its apps, Samsung’s phone ranks behind the iPhone, sometimes far behind.  [. . .] If you’re looking for the best phone on the market right now, I’d recommend going with the iPhone 5S.”

Although the Galaxy S5 is packed with features, it only has some minor advantages: slightly longer battery life, water resistance and larger screen size.  If the rumors are true, the next iPhone should have a 4.7″ and 5.5″ screen size and hopefully a better battery life. Throw in a Lifeproof case and the Galaxy S5 will be running on features alone.  

iPhone 6 Concept Based on Leaked Pictures

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MacFan, a Japanese magazine, posted the sketches below of the iPhone 6.  These pictures show two different-sized smartphones, which aligns with the rumor that Apple is working on releasing two models.  The first one is expected to have a 4.7-inch display and the second one, a 5.5-inch display.  According to the images, the devices will be slimmer, flat and bezel-free with a single LED flash and protruding camera (like found on the iPod touch).

 

 

iPhone 6 Sketches

iPhone 6 Sketches

 

These pictures inspired Nowhereelse.fr, a French Apple blog, and Martin Hajek, a graphic designer, to work together and design a very realistic concept for the iPhone 6.  If the leaked image above is actually for the iPhone 6, the concept below is likely to be what the iPhone 6 will look like.  These designs show an iPhone with rounded corners, a sapphire glass back and a rocker-style volume button.

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

 

To stay up to date with the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out the iPhone 6 page and follow us on Twitter. The iPhone is expected to be announced in September alongside iOS 8.

Case Mold for iPhone 6 Leaked

Potential mold for iPhone 6
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A Japanese case maker’s blog recently uploaded the image below, saying that it is the case mold for the iPhone 6.  There is no way to say whether it is really a mold for cases or not, but it does give us perspective on what the next generation iPhone will look like (and it fits in with the rumors).  The display is larger compared to the iPhone 5s, the bezels are thinner and should still be comfortable enough to hold in one hand.  The iPhone 6 is rumored to have a higher resolution display, a much faster A8 processor, an 8MP camera and a thickness of .22 inches.

Potential mold for iPhone 6

Front of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing

Backside of case mold for iPhone 6

Back of case mold for iPhone 6, credit: Bling My Thing

Rumor/News Round-up for the Week: iPad Pro, iOS 8, iPhone 5c

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Here is your guide to the news and rumors that came out this past week:

iPad Pro Put on Hold

A report from DigiTimes suggests that the larger iPad, code-named ‘iPad Pro‘, will be on hold for now because of the lack of support from developers and ecosystems.  The iPad Pro was rumored to be released later this year, but if we see it, it will likely be in 2015.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air, credit: MacRumors.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air, credit: MacRumors.

iOS 8 to Fix Apps and Add HealthBook

9to5Mac reported that Apple may be working on fixing their stock apps in addition to making iOS 8 fitness-focused.

  • Notification Center is said to be simplified with only two tabs: “Today” and “Notifications”
  • Better inter-app communication (upload a picture from Photos with the actual Facebook app)
  • Simpler Voice Memo application, less confusing and with better readability
  • Optional auto-deletion of old text messages and iMessages
  • Game Center deleted (although these leaked screenshots say otherwise)
  • CarPlay over WiFi
Leaked photos of iOS 8 Home Screen

Leaked photos of iOS 8 Home Screen

iPhone 5c Ads Spotted on Yahoo!, NYT.com, Rolling Stones

Tim Cook announced earlier this year that the response for the iPhone 5c was less than anticipated so these new advertisements seem like Apple is trying to promote their underwhelming phone. The ads online are interactive, which is something Apple has stayed away from in the past.

iPhone 5c advertisements, credit: AppleInsider

iPhone 5c advertisements, credit: AppleInsider

Check out the new Selfies Section in the App Store

Selfies have become very popular and Apple has started a new featured section called “Sharing Selfies” on the App Store.  Some of the apps include Snapchat, SnapDash and Close-up.

Share your selfies.

Share your selfies.