Black Friday 2017: The Best Deals on iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, Macs, and More

Thanksgiving is well underway in the United States, and Black Friday deals online and at brick and mortar stores are starting to go live across the country. Major retail stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will be opening their doors this evening, while many online-only deals are already live.



Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best deals we’ve come across on Apple products like iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Macs, and accessories, and many, many more deals can be found in our dedicated Black Friday roundup.

iPhone

Walmart is offering a $300 Walmart Gift Card with the purchase of an iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus on an AT&T Next or Verizon Device Payment plan. This deal is limited to stores, with activation appointments available starting at 6:00 p.m. Actual activations will begin at 8:00 p.m.



Sam’s Club is offering

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon Echo deals from $30, SanDisk Memory Sale, DJI Spark Drone $341, more

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Apple’s South Korean offices raided by authorities ahead of regional iPhone X launch

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South Korean authorities have reportedly conducted a raid of Apple’s offices in the country earlier this week, with investigators said to have questioned the company about its business affairs just days before the launch of the iPhone X in the country, which could raise questions concerning the government’s animosity for competitors of local manufacturers, such as main rival Samsung.

Logic Pros: Grab Apple’s Logic Pro X audio suite at 15% off for Black Friday

As we have mentioned in the past, Apple’s Logic Pro X flagship music production software basically never goes on sale. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get it for less than the already rock-bottom price (considering what you get here). more…

Judge who once ruled against NSA metadata program tosses lawsuit

Enlarge / Larry Klayman, seen here in 2014. (credit: The Washington Post / Contributor)

A federal judge in Washington, DC has dismissed two long-running lawsuits that aimed to shed light on the often secretive surveillance state. As the National Security Agency’s metadata program no longer exists, the cases are now moot.

“This Court, in the final analysis, has no choice but to dismiss these cases for plaintiffs’ failure to demonstrate the necessary jurisdiction to proceed,” US District Judge Richard Leon wrote on November 21. “I do so today, however, well aware that I will not be the last District Judge who will be required to determine the appropriate balance between our national security and privacy interests during this never-ending war on terror.”

The original version of this case, known as Klayman v. Obama, was filed by well-known conservative activist attorney Larry Klayman on June 7, 2013—the

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Wirecutter’s best early deals for Black Friday

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Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared

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Amazon debuted the original Echo a few years ago, and it raised eyebrows in the tech industry. The Echo is a smart home speaker that houses Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, an AI helper that helps you complete daily tasks using only your voice. Since its debut, users of all levels of tech prowess have embraced Echo and Alexa, finding practicality in a voice-controlled assistant and all the things it can do.

Both Alexa and the Echo have evolved since then to meet the needs of an ever-growing market. After the Echo and Alexa came Google Home with the Google Assistant, the Harman Kardon Invoke with Microsoft’s Cortana, and the forthcoming Homepod with Apple’s Siri. Amazon has an advantage over all these competitors because it has had the time to develop many different Echo devices and expand Alexa to be a multifaceted assistant, thanks to third-party integrations

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Apple offices raided in South Korea ahead of iPhone X launch in Samsung’s home market

South Korean authorities have reportedly raided Apple’s offices in Seoul, South Korea, just ahead of the iPhone X launch in the country.

The iPhone X goes on sale in South Korea and a dozen more countries tomorrow …

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Here’s how to emotionally manipulate your family with alcohol this holiday

Keeping things chill (or slightly below room temperature). (credit: korafotomorgana)

When it comes to engineering the fickle emotions of humans, alcohol can do it all. It’s raised for successes and downed in sorrow. It can energize and relax us. It temporarily erases regrets while creating new ones. It’s liquid courage and a downer. It can smooth a first date or conjure tears alone. And this holiday—as with every holiday—it’s likely to both smother and ignite family blow-ups.

But not every drink offers the same mood maneuvering powers, according to a new study in BMJ Open. Sifting through drinking survey responses of nearly 30,000 people from 21 countries, researchers found that drinkers turn to different types of alcohol for different moods and purposes.

For instance, about 53 percent of respondents thought that red wine relaxed them, and 60 percent reported it made them sleepy. So, if you’re looking for a

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Apple offers gift cards with iPhone, Mac purchases in Australia and New Zealand for Black Friday

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Apple has commenced its Black Friday shopping deals in Australia and New Zealand, providing customers with gift cards if they purchase Apple products through the online and retail Apple Stores during November 24, with similar deals likely to be offered in a number of other regions when each country reaches midnight.

EFF provides tool to allow you to instantly lobby Congress to protect net neutrality

Although the Trump administration is pressing ahead with plans to remove net neutrality, there’s still time for you to play your part in preventing it.

The proposal still needs to pass a vote in Congress, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has provided a webpage allowing you to instantly lobby your representative …

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Apple’s Black Friday shopping deal hits Australia, offers gift card worth up to $160

It’s already Friday in Australia, and Apple’s Black Friday deals – aka ‘one day shopping event’ – have just gone live in the country.

Apple is offering a Apple Store gift card worth up to A$210 (US$160) with the purchase of selected iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches …

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Mug shots: How Ars Technica editors prefer to stay caffeinated

Enlarge / Everyone’s cabinets/cupboards basically look like this, right?

It’s Thanksgiving in the US, and much of our staff is at work in a kitchen instead of an office space. As is becoming Ars tradition, we use such holiday times to provide a rare glimpse into life around the Orbital HQ: see prior peeks via deskspetschairs, or cars for example. Perhaps you can think of this as our way of bringing a classic green bean casserole to readers today.

No matter whether an office exists as brick-and-mortar or Orbital, focuses on manufacturing, development, or journalist’ing, they all share one thing in common. It’s not too many sweets for holiday parties or too many devices still relying on Windows Server 2003. It’s that physical companion likely sitting directly to your side right now.

The humble mug can carry everything from Soylent to the best cup of

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Apple’s Black Friday Event Begins in Australia and New Zealand With Free Gift Cards Up to $210

Apple’s one-day Black Friday shopping event is now live in Australia and New Zealand, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to A$210 or NZ$210 with the purchase of selected new Apple products today.



The deals are available through Apple’s online store and at Apple retail stores in Australia. Apple hasn’t outlined full terms and conditions yet, but last year, each customer was limited to two gift cards per product category.

Australia

• 9.7-inch iPad: $70 gift card

• iPad mini 4: $70 gift card

• iPad Pro: $140 gift card

• iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: $70 gift card

• iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus: $70 gift card

• iPhone SE: $35 gift card

• Apple Watch Series 1: $35 gift card with select models

• Any new Mac excluding Mac mini: $210 gift card

New Zealand

• 9.7-inch iPad: $70 gift

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Happy Thanksgiving!

MacNN and MacNews will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, as our staff celebrates Thanksgiving with our families. We hope all our readers and sponsors have a wonderful “Turkey Day” and a great weekend. We’ll be back on our regular schedule Monday, Nov. 27.

iPhone X Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks Across Europe and Asia

Shipping estimates for the iPhone X have improved across Europe and Asia today, with many regional online Apple stores now quoting delivery within the first eight days of December.

France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom now all show shipping dates between December 1 and December 8, suggesting Apple’s production ramp-up efforts are paying dividends well beyond U.S. shores.



Slight variations in shipping dates can be found in other European countries such as Italy and Spain, which show estimates between December 1 and 11. Meanwhile, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland currently give a 1 to 2 week estimate.

Elsewhere, regional online stores in Asia, including China, Japan, and Singapore, quote delivery dates of between 1 and 2 weeks. The same also goes for New Zealand,

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Apple applies for patent on foldable display following rumors of foldable iPhone

The US Patent & Trademark Office has today published an Apple patent application for a foldable display. This follows earlier rumors that the company was working with LG on a future foldable iPhone.

An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded.

The patent describes a display that can be ‘opened and closed like a book’ …

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iPhone maintains lead in UK market share, but just 0.4% ahead of Samsung – Counterpoint

Counterpoint research says that the iPhone maintained its lead in UK smartphone market share in Q3, but is just 0.4% ahead of second-placed Samsung. The firm puts Apple’s share at 34.4% against Samsung at 34.0% …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

MacNN and MacNews will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, as our staff celebrates Thanksgiving with our families. We hope all our readers and sponsors have a wonderful “Turkey Day” and a great weekend. We’ll be back on our regular schedule Monday, Nov. 27.

Foxconn says it ‘immediately’ ended illegal overtime by students on iPhone X production line

Foxconn said it took ‘immediate action’ to end the illegal hours being worked by high school students on the iPhone X production line.

The statement follows confirmation by Apple that students aged 17-19 were allowed to work more than 40 hours per week despite this being in breach of both the law and the company’s own policies …

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