Texas boy's 31 cheeseburger order demonstrates why you should secure your iPhone


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A Texas mother ended up with 31 McDonald’s cheeseburgers after her two-year-old son got a hold of her iPhone and ordered the food via DoorDash.

Kelsey Burkhalter Golden recounted the incident on Facebook Monday, posting an image of her son next to the small mountain of burgers. She joked that she has “31 free cheeseburgers from McDonald’s if anyone is interested”

“Apparently my 2 yr old knows how to order DoorDash,” the woman added.

Other Facebook users in the comments also shared their own stories about random purchases made by their young children. One commenter said their child ordered three iPhones, while another said they know a kid who once ordered the entire NBA league pass.

But, all these sagas could have been avoided had the users configured the parental controls on their devices. For years, Apple has provided a host of mechanisms to prevent an unauthorized user from ordering 31 cheeseburgers, racking up thousands of dollars in in-app purchases, and more.

For instance, Apple users who want to avoid their kids making random purchases can set parent controls on their iPhone and iPad devices. Users can also set the default payment method on DoorDash to Apple Pay, which requires a Face ID scan before purchases can be made.

Best iPad accessories for college students


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Give yourself the best chance at success to wind down the school year or start the next one with our top picks for iPad accessories for students.

iPads are an everyday staple on college campuses, with many students preferring to use them on a daily basis over laptops.

By adding a few essential accessories, the iPad can help streamline your study setup, help you glide through group projects, and give you a great way to relax in your downtime.

Apple’s Magic Keyboard

The Magic Keyboard

While you may be able to type on the iPad’s screen directly, there’s something to be said about the ease and practicality of an actual keyboard. That’s why we picked Apple’s own Magic Keyboard.

It’s comfortable to type on, it features a USB-C connector to keep your iPad charged, and its built-in trackpad is the best in the game.

You can grab your own Magic Keyboard for $299 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air, or $349 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

In the event that you don’t have an iPad Pro or iPad Air, we suggest checking out the Brydge 10.2 MAX+, which fits the 10.2-inch iPad (7th, 8th, and 9th Gen,) or the Brydge 7.9 which fits the iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 5.

Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil 2 on glass tabletop

The Apple Pencil 2 helps with note-taking on compatible iPad models

The Apple Pencil is a must-have for students. It makes it easier to quickly jot down notes. It’s also helpful in outlining projects, marking up first drafts of papers, and working in many art and design apps.

Of course, which Apple Pencil you get depends on which iPad you have. The second-generation Apple Pencil ($129) is compatible with the iPad lines that feature USB-C charging.

The first-generation Apple Pencil ($99) is available for select models of the iPad that feature a Lightning port. Of Apple’s current lineup, that’s exclusively the 10.2-inch iPad.

A good bag or backpack

Incase Commuter Backpack in blue opened with iPad and controller

The commuter backpack offers plenty of storage for all the items you use on a daily basis

Carting your iPad around should also be convenient. After all, if you’re spending any amount of time on campus, you’ll probably want to make sure that you have your charger and your charging cables with you. And a good bag should also have a place for your keys, pens and pencils, and whatever else you need for the day.

Whether or not you need a full-size backpack is another thing entirely. If you have a lot of books you’ll need to carry from class to class, we suggest going with a heavy-duty backpack that offers a padded compartment for your iPad.

We like the Commuter Backpack by Incase, which costs $109.95. It features plenty of internal organization pockets to help keep your cords, pens, notebooks, chargers, keys, and wallet easily organized. The padded compartment can fit up to a 16-inch MacBook, which means it’ll easily keep even the largest iPad Pro safe.

Solo New York Ludlow Tablet Bag for iPad

Solo New York’s Ludlow Bag is an affordable way to tote around your iPad

Of course, if most of your books are digital, there’s no reason you can’t downsize, either. A smaller bag, like SoloNY’s Ludlow Universal Tablet Sling, which comes in at a mere $19.99 in select colors, can hold up to a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a notebook, pens and pencils, keys, sunglasses, and your phone easily.

Portable SSD

CalDigit Tuff Nano Plus Portable SSD in blue next to a penny

CalDigit Tuff Nano Plus SSD is a compact way for students to gain extra storage

Even just a little extra storage can go a long way, especially if you’re recording and editing video, storing pictures, or making backups of important projects.

We like the CalDigit Tuff Nano Plus for students, as its small size lends itself to fitting in your bag or back pocket, and its silicone bumper makes it easy to identify from others you might purchase in the future.

These guys have an IPX8 water-resistant USB-C port protected from dust with a silicone dust cover. It sports a 1088 megabytes per second max transfer speed. CalDigit Tuff Nano Plus comes in a 2TB storage capacity.

New HomePod model coming as soon as late 2022, according to Ming-Chi Kuo


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A new tweet from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple may release a new version of the HomePod, but perhaps without a radical redesign.

After Apple discontinued the full-sized HomePod, speculation has been rampant about Apple reviving the overpriced product. Now, Ming-Chi Kuo has offered new information suggesting Apple could release a new version of HomePod in late 2022 or early 2023.

Kuo doesn’t specify what kind of HomePod it would be or how it would differ from the existing HomePod mini. He only shares that Apple is still figuring out how to succeed in the smart speaker market.

The HomePod mini hasn’t been updated since it debuted in November 2020 except to add new colors. The new rumor suggests that whatever Apple releases, it will at least be a new variation on the product and not a new color way.

Ming-Chi Kuo has been active on Twitter and it isn’t always clear where data analysis ends and speculation begins. His information as an analyst has proven accurate in the past, but he tends to miss on specific details surrounding a device’s feature set.

For example, Kuo’s recent tweets claim Apple could move the “iPhone 15” to USB-C in 2023 and other Apple products will follow suit. This is in direct opposition to his previous rumors of Apple avoiding USB-C in favor of a portless device.

Rumors surrounding Apple’s smart speaker include a cheaper large HomePod, a HomePod sound bar that doubles as an Apple TV, and a HomePod with a screen. Judging by Kuo’s innovation comment, the rumored device may be a simple large HomePod rerelease.

EU law will force Apple to blow open its entire hardware and software stack


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A European Parliament committee has advanced an agreement between member states on the Digital Markets Act, which if passed as it presently stands, will force Apple and others to open up otherwise restricted app stores, hardware features, and more.

On Monday, The EU Parliament’s Internal Market Committee approved the provisionally reached agreement with 43 votes in favor, one vote against, and one abstention, the legislative body has announced. The approval marks another crucial step toward the DMA becoming law in Europe.

“Today’s overwhelming majority shows that the Parliament stands united against the unfair practices of gatekeepers,” said Andreas Schwab, who led negotiations. “This is the penultimate step for the DMA to enter into force – for me, it has always been important to fast-track this law while making it better.”

The Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act will place a bevy of restrictions on so-called “gatekeeper” companies like Apple and Google.

For example, the rules could force Apple to allow third-party app stores on its platforms, make iMessage interoperable with other communication apps, and end self-preferencing of first-party apps within marketplaces.

Futhermore, it requires the companies to open up NFC communications, features like ultrawide broadband implementations, and other specific hardware features tied to an integrated ecosystem. Both software and hardware are under the gun for opening to others to use.

The rules will come with strict penalties for noncompliance. The European Commission can levy fines of up to 10% of a company’s global revenue from the proceeding financial year. Those fines can reach up to 20% in cases of repeated violations.

Both the DMA and the DSA are slated to go before Parliament for a final vote in July. Once that happens, they will be formally adopted by the Council and published into the EU Official Journal.

DMA regulations could go into effect 20 days after the publication, and its provisions will begin to apply to businesses six months afterward.

Apple 'Studio Display Pro' delayed until October, according to display analyst


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A rumored 27-inch Apple display sporting mini LED technology and ProMotion has reportedly been internally delayed because of production lockdowns in Shanghai.

According to Display Supply Chain Consultants analyst Ross Young, the 27-inch monitor was originally meant to be produced at a Quanta Computer facility in Shanghai. However, Covid-19 lockdowns in the city earlier in 2021 have derailed those plans.

Currently, Apple is working to move production of the display to another location, Young said, attributing his information to an “Apple leak.”

The 27-inch monitor is now on track for a potential October release, Young added. In a response to another Twitter user, the analyst added that he didn’t know how much the device will cost beyond “expensive.”

Back in March, Young said that panel production on the 27-inch display had started and the device was slated for a June launch. He didn’t provide any additional details, but said DSCC assumes it’ll be called the Studio Display Pro..

Apple already has a first-party 27-inch monitor, but the upcoming device is set to an upgrade on the Studio Display. In addition to mini LED backlighting, Young believes that the display will also come with Apple’s ProMotion variable refresh rate.

The Apple Studio Display in its current form is a $1,599 device with its own A13 processor, support for Center Stage and Spatial Audio, and a 12MP Ultra Wide camera and 3-mic array.

Apple a 'compelling name' for riding out current market conditions, analyst says


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Apple is a solid choice for a stock to ride out the current market storm because of its resiliency, installed user base, and services outlook, according to a Wedbush analyst.

In a note to investors seen by AppleInsider, lead Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives says that Apple should be a “compelling name” for investors in the current market conditions. Those conditions include multiple compression and fears of a growth slowdown among tech giants.

Although Apple is under pressure like all Silicon Valley giants, Ives says that demand for the company’s iPhone is holding up. Additionally, Apple’s supply chain is looking “surprisingly resilient” despite woes in China over lockdowns and more broad component shortages.

Those supply issues could peak in the June quarter before subsiding in the September and December quarters, which are historically more important to Apple’s annual revenue.

The analyst estimates that Apple has gained nearly 300 basis points in market share in China. That’s important since Apple’s installed base is looking to be the key to its ability to ride out the market storm.

“The stickiness of the iPhone upgrade cycle is being underestimated by investors in our opinion as we estimate that roughly 240 million of Apple’s 1 billion iPhones have not been upgraded to a new smartphone in roughly 3.5 years,” Ives writes.

Additionally, Services is looking strong and will likely continue its growth throughout 2022 and 2023. Ives believes the product segment remains at the center of Apple’s multiple and growth story. He believes that the company’s services business is worth more than $1 trillion on its own.

Ives says Apple remains his favorite tech giant. He maintains his outperform rating for the company and $200 price target, which is based on a sum-of-the-parts valuation that includes an 18x multiple on Services at $1.5 trillion and a 7x multiple on Apple’s hardware at $2.1 trillion.

Apple Music celebrates great albums in new 'Essential Anniversaries' feature


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It’s been 25 years since Radiohead released “OK Computer,” and now that album is showcased along with many other classics in a special Apple Music collection called “Essential Anniversaries.”

Apple Music has long had collections of music that it calls Essentials playlists. Think of an artist or a band and it’s like that there is an Essentials playlist for them.

It’s not necessarily a playlist of hits, either. It’s a human-curated selection of music representing the very best of an artist, as if chosen by a fan.

“Essential albums are the ones you come home to, the ones you swear by,” says Apple in the Apple Music selection. “They’re classics and game-changers-records that’ve defined eras, careers, movements and moments in time”

“This is the place on Apple Music where we celebrate Essentials as they approach

milestone anniversaries,” it continues, “with exclusive artist interviews, live events and extended Editors’ Notes.”

Radiohead's

In the case of “OK Computer,” these extras come in the form of a single streaming program. Called “Essential Album: OK Computer,” it features selections from the album, plus the story of its making.

The “Essential Albums” show sounds as if it’s been culled from an Apple One radio streaming session. It’s also seemingly only available for the currently promoted album, not the whole range of Essentials.

Apple's headset faced numerous snags early, Jony Ive still involved with project


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A new report details more of the hurdles that Apple has faced in developing its mixed-reality headset, including one stemming from a decision by former Apple design chief Jony Ive.

According to The Information, Apple made a decision in 2019 to continue work on a standalone headset with its own processing power instead of one paired with a base station. That’s despite the fact that the base station unit had superior graphics and photorealistic avatars.

Mike Rockwell, the executive in charge of Apple’s VR team, believed the base station model would win out among Apple brass because he thought they wouldn’t accept the cartoony graphics of the standalone model. However, he was wrong.

Ive pushed for the standalone version since the earliest days of development, and Apple’s top executives sided with him. That choice has reportedly had lasting repercussions.

In the years since that decision was made in 2019, Apple’s team working on the project would struggle to overcome technical hurdles related to chips, cameras, and avatars. Those hurdles have had real effects. A repot from January indicated that Apple cancelled plans to debut the device at WWDC 2022.

People familiar with the matter say that Rockwell has failed to deliver the premium MR experience he promised Apple executives. Apple executives are expecting an AR experience beyond rivals like Meta, with virtually no latency and advanced graphics and body tracking.

Some executives blame Ive, who The Information says fundamentally changed the product’s main goal. Originally, it was meant to be a device creatives and professionals would use at a desk. Ive envisioned it to be a portable product.

Advocates for the desk bound version said that Apple should have released a device that creatives could use to create mixed-reality experiences before moving onto something for consumers, such as “Apple Glass.”

Other details in the report include the fact that Apple tapped Kim Vorrath to help discipline the team, which had previously acted more like a “freewheeling” startup within Apple. The report also claims that Apple’s team took MR units disguised as surveying equipment into the field to test digital map creation.

One app that Rockwell and his team wanted to wow executives with was a FaceTime-like system with photorealistic avatars that could make participants feel like they were in the same location. Apparently, one attempt at the app backfired, since the photorealistic avatars had crossed into “uncanny valley” territory.

Ive’s influence still lingers over the project. Although the Apple design chief left the company in 2019, he still reportedly consults with the iPhone maker on the headset. He reportedly continues to tweak the design of the device.

Apple is continuing to work toward reducing component costs for the device, and is also working with other companies like Unity Technologies to allow third-party developers to create software for the headset.

GameSir T4 Mini review: An amazing miniature controller at an unbeatable price


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The GameSir T4 Mini looks like a Nintendo Switch Pro controller with no grips, though it remains comfortable to use with a wide range of functionality while costing nearly half as much.

GameSir produces a wide variety of game controllers, but the T4 Mini is the most unique among them. Rather than go for a gimmicky mount system, a large horizontal clamp, or a straight copy of Sony’s or Xbox’s popular controllers, the T4 Mini takes a new approach.

The design was pulled straight from the Nintendo Switch Pro, which is understandable considering this doubles as a Switch controller. However, the T4 Mini packs in interesting technologies, a wide range of compatibility, and simple controls in a tiny package.

GameSir T4 Mini design

Don’t let the name fool you — the GameSir T4 Mini doesn’t feel like a tiny child-sized controller. The smaller size comes from shaving off unnecessary weight and eliminating the grips while keeping the face buttons large and well-distanced.

The body is slightly thinner in both width and depth than Nintendo’s controller, so the effective volume of the controller is about half. Despite this size reduction, the button placement and analog sticks are about the same distance as the larger controller it mimics.

The GameSir T4 Mini has similar button placement to the Switch Pro controller despite its smaller size

The GameSir T4 Mini has similar button placement to the Switch Pro controller despite its smaller size

The GameSir T4 Mini is made from a transparent black or white plastic similar to the Switch Pro controller, but it serves a better purpose here thanks to the LEDs. When the controller is powered on, bright LEDs shine through the transparent plastic, which can be configured with a few button presses.

Each of the X, Y, A, and B buttons are set in transparent plastic buttons, but the labels are deep inset in the controller for an interesting parallax effect. Each of these buttons has an LED that doesn’t change with the controller settings for consistency.

The two joysticks have four LEDs around them that can be shifted between eight colors and a rainbow option. There are four levels of brightness, a pulsing option, and an option to turn off the LEDs completely. This is all configured using the “T” button in the controller’s center.

The LEDs around the joysticks are easily configured with a button press

The LEDs around the joysticks are easily configured with a button press

Otherwise, the design is nearly identical to a Nintendo Switch controller with its “+” or “-” buttons, face buttons, D-Pad, and four shoulder buttons.

Dual asymmetric motors offer a well-rounded rumble function, and their intensity can also be adjusted using the “T” button and D-pad. There is also a six-axis gyroscope for certain motion-controlled games. However, the rumble function and six-axis gyroscope only work with Nintendo Switch.

Using the GameSir T4 Mini

We’ve loved using the T4 Mini in our day-to-day gaming routine. It’s the perfect size to slip under our iPad mini on its stand when not in use, and a single button press has it powered on and paired every time.

There isn’t any noticeable lag or signal drops during extended play. It also pairs well with devices across the room, like a Nintendo Switch in the dock, keeping things simple.

Recharge using the USB-C port or connect direct to your iPad or PC

Recharge using the USB-C port or connect direct to your iPad or PC

The battery life is exceptional even with the LEDs on full brightness. The GameSir website quotes the T4 Mini at about 10 hours of playing time, which can be fully charged in just 3 hours. We’ve yet to have the controller die on us, and USB-C charging means taking the iPad mini charger and plugging it into the controller without thought.

It also has a built-in sleep mode that activates after five minutes of inactivity or if the connected device disconnects. Also, you can manually shut off the controller by holding down the “Home” button.

The T4 Mini is smaller and will be a favorite of anyone with small hands or children. However, that doesn’t mean this controller won’t work just as well for people with bigger hands, thanks to the wide joystick arrangement.

Pairing and Turbo

Paring, lighting, and more are controlled by the 'T' button

Paring, lighting, and more are controlled by the ‘T’ button

The controller can be paired with devices like an iPhone by holding the “B” and “Home” buttons simultaneously. It shows up as an Xbox controller in the pairing menu.

It can also be paired with a Nintendo Switch using the dedicated pairing button on the rear of the controller. If the T4 Mini is paired with a different device, it must always be re-paired with the Switch after.

There is also a hard-wired pairing option using a USB-C cable connected to your Mac or PC. It even supports two types of connection using either XInput or DirectInput and these are switched by holding the “+” and “-” buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds.

The T4 Mini also has a programmable turbo mode. While most people will never bother, it is still nice for those who may use it, like fighting game enthusiasts.

The wide variety of connection options in a single controller makes this the perfect travel companion. You’ll be able to pack this tiny controller for use with anything you’d have on a trip, like your gaming PC, iPad mini, Nintendo Switch, or even Apple TV.

Should you buy the GameSir T4 Mini?

The GameSir T4 Mini is a great gaming controller built for portability

The GameSir T4 Mini is a great gaming controller built for portability

As a long-time avid gamer, I’ve used various controllers and have a particular taste when choosing the right one. The GameSir T4 Mini fits perfectly within a niche that hadn’t been considered previously — the perfect all-around portable gaming controller.

At just under $40, you can’t beat the range of connectivity and functionality found in the T4 Mini. And even though it’s a smaller package, it doesn’t take a hit to battery life or features.

We highly recommend this for anyone looking for a suitable controller for their children to use with their iPad or any adult who still spends time playing Minecraft on their iPad mini. Our only complaint is the lack of ability to turn off all LEDs in the controller if needed.

  • Wide compatibility
  • Comfortable to use
  • Long battery life
  • Customizable functions and LEDs
  • Competitive price
  • May be too small for some
  • All LEDs cannot be shut off during use

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Where to buy

The GameSir T4 Mini is available at the following locations:

Daily deals May 20: 10% off iPad, 10% off Apple Watch SE, 40% off Wireless CarPlay adapter, more


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Friday’s best deals include 10% off a 10.2-inch iPad, $45 for Amazon 4K Fire TV stick, $10 off a Philips rechargeable toothbrush, the Solo Stove is on big sale, and much more.

Every day, AppleInsider checks online stores for discounts and deals on a variety of items, including Apple products, smart TVs, cameras, and accessories. The best items are put together in our daily deals list.

Out-of-stock items may still be orderable for later delivery, so you might not miss out on discounts in such cases. Amazon discounts typically don’t last for a lengthy period of time, so it may be in your interest to get an item sooner rather than later.

Make sure to check back daily to see new deals we find.

  • Yukon Fire Pit: Was $749.99, now $399.99 on the Solo Stove website.
  • Bonfire Fire Pit: Was $399.99, now $219.99 on the Solo Stove website.

Top deals for May 20

  • Sabrent 512GB Rocket Nano external SSD: Was $119, now $109.99 on Amazon.
  • Apple 10.2-inch iPad with 64GB memory: Was $329, now $309 on Amazon.
  • Belkin MagSafe car cent mount was $39.99, now $34.99 on Amazon with on-page coupon.
  • Anker PowerCore 26,800mAh 5-port battery pack: Was $65.98, now $52.69 on Amazon.
  • Amazon 4K Fire TV stick: Was $54.99, now $44.99 on Amazon.
  • Apple Watch SE 40mm space gray aluminum with midnight Sport Band: Was $279, now $249 on Amazon.
  • Philips One rechargeable toothbrush: Was $39.96, now $29.96 on Amazon.
  • Oontz Angle 3 portable Bluetooth speaker: Was $34.99, now $20.97 on Amazon with on-page coupon.
  • SanDisk 128GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card for Nintendo Switch: was $54.98, now $39.07 on Amazon.
  • CarlinKit Wireless CarPlay Adapter for Audi/Volkswagen/Volvo cars: Was $149.99, now $89.99 on Amazon.

Other top offers, still going strong

Best deals May 19

Best deals May 19

  • AirTag 4-pack: was $99, now $89 on Amazon.
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage: Was $1,499, now $1,249.99 on Amazon with on-page coupon.
  • 2020 MacBook Air M1 (8GB, 256GB, Renewed): Was $999, now $789 on Amazon.
  • Apple TV HD with new Siri Remote: Was $144, now $63 on eBay with code SHOPTECH15.
  • Apple iPad Air 5 with 64GB storage: Was $599.99, now $559 on Amazon.
  • Apple 11-inch iPad Pro with 128GB storage: Was $799, now $749 on Amazon.
  • Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 128GB storage: Was $1,099, now $999 on Amazon.
  • TP-Link AX6600 Deco WiFi 6 mesh router 2-pack: Was $449.99, now $379.99 on Amazon.
  • Hisense 58-inch 4K Roku TV: Was $338, now $298 at Walmart.
  • Baseus 65W 20,000mAh 4-port power bank: Was $59.99, now $42.49 on Amazon.
  • Anycubic 3D Photon Mono X 3D Printer with a 7.55 inch x 4.72 inch x 9.84 inch printing area: Was $799.99, now $382.49 on Amazon.
  • Runow Water Rowing Machine with 350lb capacity: Was $799, now $466.65 on Amazon.
  • iRobot Roomba E6 robot vacuum (renewed): Was $249.99, now $149.99 on Amazon.
  • Sabrent 5-port USB-C hub: Was $14.99, now $12.74 on Amazon.
  • Sonnet AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Graphics Card with 16GB of GDDR6 memory: Was $899.99, now $799.99 on Amazon.
  • Thunderbolt 3/USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter: Was $33.99, now $16.99 on Amazon.
  • Zotac GeForce RTX 3060 Twin Edge graphics card with 12GB GDDR6 memory: Was $549.99, now $495.32 on Amazon.
  • MSI GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card with 24GB GDRR6X memory: Was $2,059.99, now $1,785 on Amazon.
  • Canon EOS R RF24-105mm Full Frame Mirrorless Camera: Was $2,199, now $1,899 on Amazon.
  • Toshiba 65-inch Class M550 Series LED 4K Smart Fire TV: Was $999.99, now $499.99 on Amazon.
  • Synology DiskStation DS220j 2 bay NAS: Was $219.99, now $169.99 on Amazon.
  • WD Easystore 12TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive: Was $319.99, now $219.99 on BestBuy.
  • Beats Fit Pro True Wireless Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones (Certified Refurbished): Was $199.99, now $99.99 on Best Buy.
  • Toshiba 75-inch M550 Series LED 4K Smart TV: Was $1,399.99, now $749.99 on Amazon.

Additional bargains

Best Apple prices

AppleInsider and Apple Authorized Resellers are also running specials on Mac and iPad hardware that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in bonus savings on accessories, software and more. Here are just a few of the deals running this week: