Deals Spotlight: Here Are The Best Places to Get a Discount on Apple’s New 16-Inch MacBook Pro

Discounts are continuing to hit the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, with Adorama now offering $120 off select models. In total, you can find discounts on the 16-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon, Adorama, Expercom Best Buy, and B&H Photo, with Expercom remaining the best in terms of sales among these retailers.

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To help sort through all these sales, we've compiled a list of each retailer's offers in this article, representing the current best places to get a discount on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Your best bet is still at Expercom, which has the entry level 512GB Silver model at $2,227 ($172 off), but Adorama and Amazon's new price point of $2,279 for this model ($120 off) is also solid.

Shoppers should note that in many instances these notebooks will ship later than Apple's estimated dates, by as much as three weeks, particularly for those ordered from Amazon. For Best Buy's sales, you'll also need to be a part of the My Best Buy program to notice the discounts on each MacBook Pro. Take a look at each price markdown in the lists below and be sure to shop before the sales expire.

Expercom's Sale (Up to $436 off)


Adorama and Amazon's Sales (Up to $120 off)


  • 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Silver - $2,279.00, down from $2,399.00 [Adorama, Amazon]
  • 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Silver - $2,679.00, down from $2,799.00 [Adorama, Amazon, and Matched at B&H]
  • 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Space Gray - $2,693.45, down from $2,799.00 [Amazon]

B&H and Best Buy's Sales ($100 off)


  • 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Silver - $2,299.00, down from $2,399.00 [B&H, Best Buy]
  • 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray - $2,299.00, down from $2,399.00 [B&H, Best Buy, matched at Amazon]
  • 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Silver - $2,699.00, down from $2,799.00 [Best Buy]
  • 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Space Gray - $2,699.00, down from $2,799.00 [B&H, Best Buy]
Head to our full Deals Roundup for more Apple-related bargains, and then visit our Black Friday Roundup to prepare for the upcoming shopping event, which is now just nine days away.

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Apple Tells Congress It Hasn’t Been Profiting From Repairs in Response to Antitrust Probe

As part of an antitrust probe, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Apple in September with questions about its policies for the App Store, product repairs, and more. Apple has since responded, and while many of the responses are predictable, the letter reveals a few noteworthy details.


For example, when asked to identify the total revenue that it has derived from repair services since 2009, Apple said "the costs of providing repair services has exceeded the revenue generated by repairs" in each year over that period.

Apple also said it has invested "billions of dollars" in Apple Maps since the app was released in 2012. Apple is currently in the process of revamping its Maps app with much more detailed mapping data, with the improvements now available in 27 states fully and another six states partially.

Apple defends many of its policies throughout the letter. For example, Apple says third-party web browsers on iOS devices must use its WebKit framework due to user privacy and security considerations. Apple gives a similar explanation for why third-party apps cannot be set as default on iOS devices.

The full letter can be read here.


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Apple Begins Production of New Mac Pro in Texas, But U.S. Assembly Possibly Limited to Americas

In addition to breaking ground on a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, Apple today announced that its new Mac Pro is now in production at a nearby facility in the city. The computer is set to launch in December.

Notably, Apple says the Mac Pro units in production in Austin will soon ship to customers "across the Americas," suggesting that the Mac Pro units assembled in Texas will only be shipped to customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other countries across North and South America.


It is possible that Apple plans to assemble the Mac Pro in China for orders placed outside of the Americas, but the company has not commented.

Apple and its manufacturing partners have invested over $200 million in the Mac Pro facility in Austin. The manufacturing plant is UL Zero Waste to Landfill Gold certified, and has been recognized by Austin Water for Excellence in Water Conservation and Excellence in Environmental Stewardship.

The new Mac Pro contains hundreds of components from suppliers in 19 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.

In a press release, Apple CEO Tim Cook said "building the Mac Pro, Apple's most powerful device ever, in Austin is both a point of pride and a testament to the enduring power of American ingenuity."

The new Mac Pro will be the fastest Mac ever, with up to 28-core Intel Xeon processors, up to 1.5TB of ECC RAM, up to 8TB of SSD storage, and up to AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics with 64GB of HBM2 memory. The computer also has eight PCIe expansion slots for maximum performance, expansion, and configurability.

Apple has yet to announce a specific release date for the new Mac Pro in December. Pricing will start at $5,999.

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16-Inch MacBook Pro Features New ‘Lid Angle Sensor’

Earlier this week, do-it-yourself repair website iFixit shared its full teardown of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, providing a closer look at its scissor switch keyboard, new thermal architecture, and other design tweaks.

As it turns out, there is one more change. In an internal document to Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors, Apple indicates the 16-inch MacBook Pro includes a new "lid angle sensor" that presumably monitors the opening and closing of the notebook and the precise position of the lid.

MacRumors reached out to iFixit to investigate, leading them to uncover a small sensor facing the left-side hinge of the notebook. There is also a magnet embedded in the hinge itself, with an arrow indicating polarity. iFixit has updated its teardown with photos of the sensor, which we've shared below.

Photo: iFixit

While previous-generation MacBook Pro models have a Hall effect sensor that determines when the lid is closed for sleep/wake purposes, the lid angle sensor in the 16-inch MacBook Pro appears to be more sophisticated.

Apple's service document does not provide any clues as to why the sensor was redesigned, but iFixit speculates that it could provide a clever way for Apple to track how often the lid was opened, closed, or adjusted in cases where the display or frayed flex cables need to be repaired — think "Flexgate."

Photo: iFixit

The lid angle sensor could also be for an unannounced macOS feature, although again, this is merely speculation.

Of note, in the event of a display repair, Apple's service document indicates that technicians must calibrate both the display and the lid angle sensor in order for the repair to be considered complete. If we learn any additional information about the sensor, we will be sure to provide an update.

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Review: Mophie’s Juice Pack Access Case Gives Your iPhone 11’s Already Great Battery Life a Modest Boost

Mophie is known for its smartphone battery cases, which provide you with a way to keep an iPhone battery topped off while not having to worry about carrying around a large portable USB battery. Continuing this trend, Mophie recently launched Juice Pack Access cases for the the latest iPhones: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.


I've had a chance to check out the Juice Pack Access case for my iPhone 11 Pro Max for the past few weeks, and if you've ever used an iPhone battery case you'll know what to expect. The Juice Pack Access cases use wireless charging to fuel up your iPhone in lieu of the traditional Lightning connector.

The Juice Pack Access case snaps apart in two pieces like previous Mophie cases, allowing you to slide your iPhone 11 Pro Max into the bottom of the case and then slide the top portion of the case over your iPhone. Assembly is as easy as ever, but the seam between the two pieces of the case is still visible.

Apple's Smart Battery Case for iPhone X (left), Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone XS (middle), and Mophie Juice Pack Access for iPhone 11 Pro Max (right)

On the bottom rear of the case you'll find a button that activates the case and tells you how much charge is left in it with Mophie's traditional 4-LED system. While sufficient, this remains one of my least favorite aspect of Mophie's cases, mainly due to how little actual information you're given about the case's charge level. You can go from 4 LEDs to 2 with no indication of how fast the battery dropped between the two or how much is left until it's dead, making it hard to really tell how much battery is left in the case, and to an extent, how much is left for your iPhone.

Instead of direct Lightning charging through a built-in Lightning connector inside of a "chin" on the case's bottom (seen on the Juice Pack Air line), Juice Pack Access cases are entirely open at the bottom and lack a chin. Mophie is able to do this by using wireless charging, so you can not only charge the case and your iPhone by placing them on a Qi-compatible mat, but when out and about the Juice Pack Access itself is wirelessly charging your iPhone.


The Juice Pack Access case for the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 2,200 mAh battery, which is slightly over half the size of the battery of the iPhone 11 Pro Max at 3,900 mAh. As a note, the Juice Pack Access cases for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro both have 2,000 mAh batteries, compared to 3,100 mAh and 3,046 mAh batteries in each respective iPhone. This means that the Mophie cases for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro might prove to be slightly more beneficial than the iPhone 11 Pro Max thanks to the smaller iPhone batteries.

In testing, when I would activate the Mophie case and my iPhone had about 10 percent of battery remaining, I would get my iPhone back up to between 30 and 50 percent (very much depending on how heavy my iPhone usage was during that time). Meanwhile, if I activated the Mophie case first thing in the morning, it kept my iPhone topped off at 100 percent for about five hours.

This aligns with the intended purpose of the case, which is only meant to provide you with a small amount of battery to get you to the end of the day, not fully refill your iPhone 11. As Mophie says on its website, "The juice pack access battery is not designed to charge the phone up to 100% when empty. Rather, it is meant to provide a quick top off to help you get you through your day until you can reach a wireless charging pad or charging outlet."


Because of the already stellar battery of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Mophie's Juice Pack Access case ended up feeling somewhat unnecessary most days. When I let my iPhone 11 Pro Max die before I activated the case, it took two full days to kill the smartphone with regular, light usage. It was a nice benefit to squeeze out a few more hours from my iPhone, but far from necessary for my personal use.

Due to the small benefit provided by the case, I'm not sure that I'm willing to live with its downsides. This Mophie case adds a noticeable heft to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, resulting in a device that's more unruly to handle when texting or checking email, and more cumbersome to carry around in a pocket. When it's charging it also gets quite warm, which Mophie says is normal (and is typical of wireless charging).


Wireless charging in the Juice Pack Access line also comes with pros and cons. While the overall design of the Juice Pack Access is sleeker thanks to the lack of a chin (and direct access to the Lightning port is nice), wireless charging is aimed more at trickle charging your iPhone over long periods of time. This makes it perfect for placing your iPhone on a Qi mat at night, but less than ideal when you're looking to get a big burst of battery on your iPhone in the middle of a workday.

Bottom Line


Mophie's Juice Pack Access case is as sturdy and well-designed as any of the company's previous accessories, and for someone looking to own an iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max that can truly become a 3 day-long battery powerhouse, it gets the job done.


But, for anyone happy with the battery life of their fresh iPhone 11, an $80 battery case is entirely unnecessary.

How to Buy


Mophie's Juice Pack Access Case for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max can be purchased on Zagg.com for $79.95. With the MacRumors exclusive promo code RUMORS20, you can get the cases at a 20 percent discount for $63.96. They're available in Black, Blush Pink, and (Product)Red.

Note: Mophie provided MacRumors with one Juice Pack Access Case in Black for the purposes of this review, and no other compensation was received. 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.

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Apple Maps Revamp Rolls Out Widely in Western and Midwestern United States

In June 2018, Apple announced that its Maps app would be rebuilt "from the ground up" with more accurate details like grass and trees, pools, parking lots, exact building shapes, sports areas like baseball diamonds and basketball courts, and pedestrian pathways that are commonly walked but previously unmapped.

Apple Maps with revamped data in Western and Midwestern U.S. via Justin O'Beirne

The revamped Apple Maps experience first rolled out to Northern California during iOS 12 beta testing last year and has since extended to Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, parts of the Gulf Coast, and several Northeast states such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

The expansion continued this week, as Apple has finished its rollout of the improved maps in parts of the West and Midwest regions of the United States. This includes Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, and parts of Illinois and Indiana.

Justin O'Beirne has fantastic coverage of the Apple Maps revamp, noting that the improved maps now cover 27 states fully and another six states partially. In June, Apple said the improved maps would cover the entire United States by the end of 2019, followed by additional countries in 2020.

As usual, some users will see the revamped maps in their region sooner than others, so we wait until the rollout has extended more widely to report the news. If you do not see the improved data yet, give it some time.

(Thanks to Matt, Frank, Noah, Alan, and all others who tipped us!)


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Former Apple Employee Shares Incredible Story of Accidentally Stealing Steve Jobs’ MacBook From His Office

On a recent episode of The Eavesdrop podcast with Hector Rodriguez, shared on Reddit, Apple's former vice president of mobile advertising Andy Miller shared an incredible story about accidentally stealing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' laptop, mouse, and mouse pad during a heated meeting in Jobs' office.


The story truly speaks for itself and begins at the 44 minute mark. Miller uses a few explicit words, so a fair warning that the video may be NSFW:


Miller joined Apple upon selling his mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless to the iPhone maker for $275 million in late 2009, reporting directly to Jobs. Miller remained at Apple until late 2011 and later served as an executive at motion-controller startup Leap Motion between 2012 and 2014.


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Apple Pay Now Available in Belarus, Citymapper Pass Adds Support in London

Apple Pay launched in Belarus today as the mobile payment service continues to expand across Eastern Europe. BPS Sberbank is the first bank in Belarus to roll out Apple Pay support for its Visa and Mastercard cards.


To set up a card with ‌Apple Pay‌, open the Wallet app on a compatible iPhone and tap the plus button in the top-right corner. Once activated, Apple Pay can be used with an iPhone or Apple Watch to make purchases at stores that accept contactless payments, while many apps and websites also accept the service.

In related news, the Citymapper Pass transit card can now be added to the Wallet app for use with Apple Pay. The card provides unlimited public transportation across the subway, bus, and rail in London for a weekly price. Citymapper plans to expand the card to other cities around the world in the future.

Apple has fulfilled its promise of Apple Pay being available in more than 40 countries and regions by the end of 2019.

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Deals: 15-Inch MacBook Pro Hits New Low Price (Up to $450 Off) and Beats Studio3 Headphones Discounted to $200

Amazon today introduced a round of notable discounts on the 15-inch MacBook Pro from Mid 2019, with discounts reaching as much as $450 off these models. In this article we've also included deals on the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones and the Disney+ bundle that includes Hulu and ESPN+ for a low monthly price of $12.99.

15-Inch MacBook Pro


In Amazon's new sale, prices start at $1,999.00 for the 256GB configuration and reach up to $2,349.00 for the 512GB configuration. These discounts have hit after Apple launched the new 16-inch MacBook Pro models last week, which have now replaced the 15-inch models in Apple's lineup.

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Apple updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro in May 2019 with a new 8-core processor option in the high-end configurations and faster performance. This update also saw a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with similar specs.

Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones


During its Daily Doorbuster event, Best Buy is offering the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones for $199.99 today only, down from $349.99 ($150 off). Colors available include Gray, Crystal Blue, and Desert Sand.


This is the lowest price currently available online for the Studio3 Headphones, which offer Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling, up to 22 hours of battery life, and include Apple's W1 chip for simple pairing with iOS devices. Head to Best Buy soon to check out the headphones and place your order before the deal expires later tonight.

Disney+ Bundle


Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, has been out for nearly one week, and it remains one of the cheapest streaming TV platforms to sign up for online. The service's bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ is also now live, and available for just $12.99 per month, which rivals the current cost of Netflix's Standard Plan.


This bundle is for Hulu with Limited Commercials ($5.99 per month), ESPN+ ($4.99 per month), and Disney+ ($6.99 permonth), totaling $17.97 per month, or about $5 in savings with Disney's bundle of all three services.

It's also possible to get Hulu with No Commercials included in this bundle, by following the steps below:
  1. Sign up for Hulu with No Commercials for $11.99 per month on Hulu's website (if you already have one, skip to step 2).
  2. Sign up for the Disney+ bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ on Disney's website using the same email address you used for the Hulu with No Commercials account.
This will get you a bundle with Hulu with No Commercials ($11.99 per month), ESPN+, and Disney+, totaling $23.97 per month. But you'll only be paying $18.99 thanks to a monthly $5.99 credit that Disney will send you, which represents the value of the Hulu with Limited Commercials plan (via Business Insider).

Of course, if you're not sure about Disney+ yet, you can sign up here for your seven day free trial. Those not interested in the Hulu and ESPN+ bundle can also just pay $6.99 per month for Disney+ alone, or $69.99 for a full year.

For more of the latest Apple-related sales, be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup.

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13-Inch MacBook Pro With Scissor Keyboard Expected in First Half of 2020

Following the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple plans to release a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor switch keyboard in the first half of 2020, according to industry sources cited by hit-or-miss Taiwanese publication DigiTimes. A preview of the report was shared with paying subscribers.

16-inch MacBook Pro's new scissor switch keyboard via iFixit

The report claims the display size will remain 13.3 inches, although given the source is DigiTimes, we would not completely rule out hopes of a larger 14-inch display. Wistron and Global Lighting Technologies are said to be among the suppliers of the keyboards for the smaller notebook.

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro features a redesigned scissor switch keyboard, largely based on the standalone Magic Keyboard for the iMac. Given the tried-and-tested design, the keyboard should prove far more reliable than the troublesome butterfly keyboards used across the MacBook lineup in recent years.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro also features a physical Esc key and an inverted-T arrow key layout. It is unclear if the 13-inch MacBook Pro will follow suit.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously predicted that Apple will transition its entire notebook lineup to scissor switch keyboards in 2020, including all MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.

It would be hardly surprising if Apple completely moves past its butterfly keyboards, which have suffered from issues with sticky, repeating, or nonfunctional keys since their inception in 2016. Apple continues to offer free repairs to affected customers as part of its worldwide service program.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro was last updated in July, while higher-end 13-inch models were refreshed in May.

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