Apple News+ Offering Three-Month Free Trial in U.S. and Canada This Weekend Only

Apple today started offering an extended three-month free trial period for Apple News+ to first-time subscribers in the United States and Canada, up from a one-month trial previously. According to the App Store, this is a temporary promotion available for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend only.


"This weekend only, get a 3 month free trial of Apple News+ and enjoy full access to hundreds of magazines and leading newspapers," says Apple.

The three-month trial can be initiated on the Apple News website in the United States or Canada. After the trial period, Apple News+ automatically renews for $9.99 per month in the United States or $12.99 per month in Canada until cancelled.

Apple News+ is a subscription-based service in the Apple News app that lets you access hundreds of magazines and paywalled content from some news sites. The service launched in March following Apple's acquisition of Texture.

Apple News+ continues to offer a one-month trial in Australia and the United Kingdom.


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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a USB-C Stand and Hub for Mac Mini From Satechi

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's brand new Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hubs, designed for the latest Mac mini models.

Priced at $80, the ‌Mac mini‌ Stand and Hub is designed to be used under the ‌Mac mini‌, adding valuable additional ports that are normally not available on the ‌Mac mini‌.


The hub features a USB-C data port, three USB-A ports, a micro SD card reader, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The ‌Mac mini‌ is already equipped with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an Ethernet port, and an HDMI port, so Satechi's hub basically adds support for using USB-A accessories and SD cards.


As with all of Satechi's Mac accessories, the Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hub is made from an aluminum that's designed to match the finish of Apple products, in this case, the ‌Mac mini‌. The ports are designed to be at the front of the ‌Mac mini‌, making them easily accessible.


There are built-in air vents that are designed to help regulate temperature and encourage airflow, as the Stand and Hub sits right under the ‌Mac mini‌. The stand is thin and it fits in well with the ‌Mac mini‌'s design, looking more like an additional component than an accessory.


We have five of Satechi's Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hubs to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win our ‌‌giveaway‌‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (November 29) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 6. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 6 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.


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Apple Reminds Developers That New or Updated Apps Won’t Be Accepted Between December 23-27

Apple today reminded developers that new apps and app updates will not be accepted through App Store Connect from Monday, December 23 through Friday, December 27.

Any app releases should be scheduled, submitted, and approved in advance.

This brief closure of App Store Connect occurs every holiday season. Other features of App Store Connect will remain available.


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DigiTimes: Apple Considering Bundling AirPods With 2020 iPhones

Apple is considering bundling AirPods with new iPhone models in 2020, according to hit-or-miss Taiwanese publication DigiTimes.


The report claims "smartphone vendors including Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi are looking to bundle their new models with TWS earbuds next year," citing unnamed industry sources. "TWS" or "truly wireless stereo" earphones include the likes of AirPods and Samsung's Galaxy Buds.

We're pretty skeptical about this report due to the price of AirPods, which start at $159. It's hard to imagine Apple including such a costly accessory in the box with new iPhones next year without raising the price of the iPhones overall… not to mention that DigiTimes doesn't have a stellar track record with Apple rumors either.

AirPods are also tremendously popular by all indications, so it is hard to see why Apple would give them away for free when millions of customers are clearly happy to fork over a few hundred dollars for them already. In fact, the new AirPods Pro are in such high demand that Apple is reportedly doubling production.

Apple has included basic, wired EarPods with a Lightning connector in the box with iPhones for several years. Those earphones likely cost Apple very little to manufacture, retailing for just $29 on its website.

While this rumor seems questionable for now, it is certainly possible that Apple simply feels it is time to include something more modern than EarPods with its iPhones. AirPods are already said to be the world's best selling truly wireless earphones, and bundling them with iPhones would only extend that lead.

If it were to happen, we would imagine AirPods would only be bundled with higher-end iPhone 12 Pro models. We're still a little under ten months away from those devices, so we'll see if this rumor gains any traction as time goes on.

Related Roundups: AirPods 2, iPhone 12
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Black Friday 2019: Best Deals for Online Shoppers from Anker, Mophie, Sonos, and More

Black Friday retail shopping is well underway across the country today, but those who prefer online shopping already know that many of the best deals can be bought without leaving your home, and some notable offers are available only online.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

For that purpose we've created this post to round up all of the best online-only bargains this Black Friday, offered by well-known brands like Anker, Aukey, Incipio, Griffin, and many more.

Anker


Wireless Charging Mats
Portable Batteries
Charging Cables and Hubs
Audio
Miscellaneous

Pad & Quill


Pad & Quill kicked off its Black Friday event earlier in the week, offering 35 percent off an assortment of accessories. You can stack this with the MacRumors exclusive promo code MACR10 to get an additional 10 percent off, totaling 45 percent off for these items.


This sale includes leather bands for Apple Watch, iPad Pro cases, iPhone 11 cases, MacBook Pro cases, and the TechFolio Travel Cord Organizers.

Mujjo


On Mujjo, you can save 25 percent sitewide from Thanksgiving on November 28 through Tuesday, December 3. With this sale, you can get 25 percent off all products on Mujjo's website by using the coupon code #25off during the checkout process. Mujjo offers a variety of leather accessories and cases for Apple products including iPhone and iPad.

CalDigit


CalDigit has 15 percent off store-wide this Black Friday, when using the code BFRIDAY. This sale will run through December 3, and the coupon code is applicable to most products store wide, with some exceptions.


Some ideas of savings include the Tuff nano USB-C Portable SSD (512GB) for $127.46, down from $149.95, and the Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus for $238.99, down from $279.99. These sales and more can be found on CalDigit's website.

Lifx


Smart lighting company LIFX has a collection of Black Friday deals, with up to 43 percent off various lighting bundles. You can also save on individual LIFX bulbs and the LIFX Z light strip.

Nomad


Nomad has a quite a few discounts going on this year, with sales that offer between 10 and 70 percent off select accessories.

Notable discounts include 20 percent off the Base Station ($79.95), 20 percent off iPhone 11 cases, 30 percent off Nomad's Steel Band for Apple Watch ($83.95), 50 percent off the Stand for Apple Watch ($19.95), and 70 percent off Nomad's rugged Lightning Cable.

You can head to Nomad's website and click to its various Black Friday sales by following the link at the top of the home page.

Twelve South


Twelve South has accessories like the Journal for MacBook, PowerPic, HiRise Duet, and more on sale for Black Friday.

  • Journal for MacBook - $79.99 (Save $90)

  • AirFly Classic - $34.99 (20% Off)

  • PowerPic - $44.99 (Was $79.99)

  • HiRise Duet - $44.99 (55% Off)

Nimble


Environmentally friendly accessory company Nimble is offering 30 percent off sitewide.

This includes the company's 10,000 mAh ($79.95); 13,000 mAh ($89.95); 20,000 mAh ($99.95); and 26,800 mAh ($129.95) portable chargers.


For wireless chargers, there is the Wireless Pad ($49.95), Wireless Convertible Stand ($59.95), Wireless Dual Pad ($69.95), and Wireless Travel Kit ($79.95).

Nimble also has various sales on bundled-together accessories, all of which you can find on its website.

Speck


Today Speck has 40 percent off sitewide, which includes Speck's cases for the iPhone and MacBook, and many more accessories.

Newegg


Any PC gamers or PC desktop users should check out Newegg today, which has Black Friday discounts on laptops, monitors, memory, graphics cards, motherboards, video game consoles, wireless headphones, and much more.

Olloclip


At Olloclip you can save up to 60 percent on camera lens attachments and cases for your iPhone.

Other World Computing


OWC has up to 50 percent off Apple's Beats headphones, as well as the HomePod in White for $228.88.


Of course, you can also purchase memory upgrade at OWC at a discount today, perfect for Apple's iMac line. The retailer also has a few discounts on previous generation MacBook and MacBook Pro models.

For the full list of OWC Black Friday deals, visit the company's website.

Lenovo


Lenovo will have a handful of PC and laptop discounts, as well as travel accessories. You can get the Lenovo 13-inch Ultra Slim Laptop Sleeve for $13.99 (regular $21.99), 15.6-inch Laptop Backpack for $16.99 (regular $34.99), and LeGrand USB-C Power Bank for $59.99 (regular $74.99).

Other sales include smart home accessories, like the Lenovo Smart Plug for $7.99 (regular $29.99), Smart Bulb for $7.99 (regular $29.99), and Smart Tab M10 for $169.99 (regular $249.99). Lenovo's sales include a Sneak Peek weekend from October 21 through November 4, and then its online Black Friday event will kick off on Thanksgiving day, and extend through Saturday, November 30. Cyber Monday deals should be detailed soon as well.

Luna Display and Astropad


Luna Display will be offering 30 percent off and free shipping on Black Friday through Cyber Monday on December 2. There will not be any code required to access the sale, so just head to Luna Display's website on Black Friday to take advantage of the discounts.


Similarly, you can save $30 on your first year of Astropad Studio (plus a 30-day free trial) on Black Friday through Cyber Monday. This offer is only valid for subscriptions purchased through the Astropad site.

JBL


Bluetooth speaker company JBL has up to 50 percent off audio devices today, with sales on headphones, speakers, sound bars, and more.

Mophie


Mophie is offering 40 percent off sitewide this weekend.

Fuse


Cable organization accessory maker Fuse will offer a 30% discount on a few accessories during the entire week of Black Friday.


The sale will begin Monday, November 25 and last through Cyber Monday. Fuse's products include the Side Winder, Side Kick, and a right-angle USB-C cable.

DJI


Drone maker DJI is set to kick off a big Black Friday sale on its online store for United States and Canada starting on November 24 and lasting through December 4. Sales will hit the Osmo Pocket, Mavic 2 Pro drone, and more.


We've listed a few discounts below, but be sure to head to DJI's store to browse the full sale before it kicks off on the 24th.
  • Osmo Pocket - $309, down from $399

  • Osmo Action - $279, down from $379

  • Mavic 2 Pro - $1,379, down from $1,729

  • Mavic 2 Pro+ - $1,779, down from $2,199

  • Tello Iron Man Edition - $89, down from $129

  • Goggles Racing Edition - $449, down from $549

Sonos


Sonos.com will host a Black Friday sale starting midnight on November 28 and running through December 2. This event will see a few products discounted by 20 percent, including the Sonos Playbar, Amp, Beam, and more.

  • Save $140 on Sub, Playbar, and Playbase (Black Friday price: $559, regularly $699)
  • Save $120 on Amp (Black Friday price: $479, regularly $599)
  • Save $80 on Beam (Black Friday price: $319, regularly $399)
Besides Sonos.com, you'll be able to find these discounts at a few select retailers across the United States on Black Friday as well.

Ultimate Ears


Popular Bluetooth speaker company will have a handful of devices on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Check out the sales below (prices will be valid November 24 through December 7):

  • BOOM 3 - $119.99, down from $149.99
  • MyBOOM 3 - $149.99, down from $179.99

  • MEGABOOM 3 - $169.99, down from $199.99

  • MEGABLAST - $199.99, down from $249.99

Pixelmator


Pixelmator's apps will be discounted on Black Friday this year, including Pixelmator Pro for $29.99, down from $39.99. This sale starts on Tuesday, November 26 and ends on Tuesday, December 3.

You'll also be able to get Pixelmator Photo for free for 24 hours, starting Tuesday, November 26 and ending on Wednesday November 27 at 9 a.m. ET.

Flexibits


All Flexibits apps will be on sale for 20 percent off for a limited time, starting Monday, November 25 and ending on December 9.
  • Fantastical 2 for Mac - $39.99, down from $49.99

  • Fantastical 2 for iPhone - $3.99, down from $4.99

  • Fantastical 2 for iPad - $7.99, down from $9.99

  • Cardhop for Mac - $15.99, down from $19.99

  • Chatology for Mac - $15.99, down from $19.99
As you shop around today, be sure to read over our full Black Friday Roundup to keep track of the best deals.

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Black Friday 2019: Save $44 on Apple Watch Series 5 on Amazon, Lowest Prices Ever

Just in time for Black Friday, Amazon is taking $44 off the Apple Watch Series 5 with GPS and Wi-Fi — no cellular. These are the lowest prices we've ever seen for the Series 5 lineup, released in September.

Amazon listings:While the product listings only show a $20 discount, a full $44.01 discount is applied during the checkout process.

It's unclear how long this deal will last, so act fast if interested.

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Black Friday 2019: Best Deals on Macs

Black Friday is upon us and that means many deals on Macs. We've rounded up many of the best offers available below.


16-inch MacBook Pro


B&H Photo Video is offering $200 off standard 16-inch MacBook Pro configurations:Expercom is offering up to $437 off custom 16-inch MacBook Pro configurations with upgraded processor, RAM, storage, and graphics specifications compared to Apple's pricing. Expercom is also offering AppleCare+ for the 16-inch MacBook Pro for $329, which is $50 less than what Apple charges.

15-inch MacBook Pro


B&H is offering up to $450 off the 15-inch MacBook Pro released in May 2019:

13-inch MacBook Pro


Best Buy is taking up to $300 off 13-inch MacBook Pro models released in 2019:

MacBook Air


B&H is offering up to $270 off the latest MacBook Air:
Micro Center has the lowest price ever on the 2019 MacBook Air, offering the base model for just $779 on Black Friday. However, the deal is limited to in-store pickup only, so you will have to live near one of their 25 locations across the United States. Quantities are likely very limited.

iMac


Expercom is offering $541 off the latest 27-inch iMac with a 3.7GHz six-core 9th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 32GB of RAM, 2TB of Fusion Drive storage, and AMD Radeon Pro 580X graphics.

Apple's Black Friday Event



Apple's four-day Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping event is live in many countries. In the United States, customers can get a $200 Apple Store gift card with the purchase of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, iMac, or iMac Pro, or a $100 Apple Store gift card with the purchase of a new MacBook Air.

Make sure to check out our full Black Friday roundup to find great deals on all of the latest Apple products, accessories, and much more.

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Black Friday 2019: Save on App Store and iTunes Gift Cards (Up to 20% Off, Get $100 Cards for $80)

Today is a good day to shop for App Store and iTunes gift cards, thanks to quite a few discounts seen at Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and many more. At multiple retailers you can get the $100 iTunes gift card for just $80 today only.

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  • Amazon has a lightning deal that includes $100 App Store and iTunes gift cards for $80, but only for Amazon Prime members. This one won't last long.

  • Best Buy has 20 percent off iTunes gift cards. This is one of the best all-around deals today, netting you the $100 iTunes gift card for just $80 in both digital and physical versions.

  • Sam's Club has a similar 20 percent sale, netting you a $100 iTunes card multi-pack of four $25 cards for $79.47. The retailer also has $50 iTunes gift cards for $42.98.

  • Costco has $100 iTunes gift cards for $79.49 for a limited time. This sale will last through December 2, only two cards can be purchased per member, and the card will be delivered via email.

  • Target is offering buy one, get one 30 percent off on iTunes gift cards, where the lower-priced gift card will be 30 percent off.

  • BJ's Wholesale has up to 15 percent off App Store and iTunes gift cards, aimed at $40 multipacks, $50 cards, and $100 cards.

Head to our full Black Friday Roundup to shop for all of the best Apple products, accessories, and much more before the shopping event ends.

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Black Friday 2019: Best Deals on Smart Home Products and HomeKit Devices

Black Friday in the United States is well underway, and many retailers are offering discounts on tons of smart home devices, both HomeKit-enabled and those without HomeKit support.

Almost every major store has discounts on products from companies like Google, Nest, Hue, and more, so we've rounded up some of the best smart home deals available this year below.

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HomeKit Products


Hue

Eve

LIFX

General Smart Home Products


Amazon and Ring

Google

Nest

Other


Make sure to check out our full Black Friday Roundup to find great deals on all of the best Apple products, accessories, and much more before the shopping event ends.

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Black Friday 2019: Best Deals on Apple Watch

Apple refreshes the Apple Watch every year, and for the latest Series 5 models that were released in September, not many third-party retailers are offering discounts.

For older Apple Watch models, though, there are some significant deals that can be had if you don't mind missing out on the always-on display and the new compass app. Multiple retailers have deals on the Series 4 (now discontinued) and Apple's super cheap Series 3, which is still being manufactured.

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Apple Watch Series 3


Walmart has the absolute lowest price on the Apple Watch Series 3, offering the 38mm model for $129, a $70 discount off of the standard $200 price tag. The 44mm model will be available for $159, down from the regular price of $229. However, stock already appears to be selling out at most Walmart stores.

Target is selling the Apple Watch Series 3 starting at $170 for the 38mm, a $30 discount off of the regular price. The 42mm model will be priced at $200, also a $30 discount.

Best Buy is offering some small $10 discounts on the Apple Watch Series 3, but these aren't worth picking up if you can get one of the other, better deals.

Apple Watch Series 4


Best Buy is offering the Apple Watch Series 4 for $50 to $300 off depending on the model. 40 and 44mm aluminum models with standard sport bands are discounted by $50, while cellular models are discounted by $100.

Some stainless steel models are discounted by $300, dropping the price to $400 from $700, but these deals are not online and will need to be located in retail stores.

Apple Watch Series 5


Amazon is offering $20 off Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm and 44mm), with an additional $24 saved at checkout, providing the best overall sale on the newest Apple Watch models today.

Sprint does have some discounts on the new Apple Watch Series 5, if you're shopping for a cellular watch that you can add onto an existing smartphone plan. You can get 50 percent off any Apple Watch in this sale, Series 5 included. The discount will be delivered via monthly credits on a 24 month billing agreement, and you'll need one active handset already on the Sprint account.

Make sure to check out our full Black Friday Roundup to find great deals on all of the best Apple products, accessories, and much more before the shopping event ends.

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