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by Tom Nelson

October is typically an important month in Mac history. It marked the first release of the Mac PowerBook models in 1991 and this October it marked a fundamental change in the portable Mac lineup: the introduction of the new MacBook Pro in 13-inch and 15-inch models, sporting the new Touch Bar and Touch ID.

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The new MacBook Pros have some amazing new features, but they’re also shaking up the entire MacBook product line.

Gone is the 11-inch MacBook Air, leaving the 12-inch MacBook as the smallest of the MacBooks when measured by screen size. The MacBook Air 13-inch remains in the lineup, but only as a low-cost entry point into the portable Mac family.

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by Tom Nelson

The Mac refurb store is nicely stocked this week, with every Mac model well represented. Even so, you may want to wait a bit before committing to a refurb purchase because Apple will be making Mac-related announcements on October 27th. I’m expecting 15-inch MacBook Pro updates; there could also be changes in store for the MacBook and MacBook Air lineup.

Less likely are any changes to the desktop Macs, even though on the whole, it’s the Mac Pro, Mac mini, and even the iMac that have the longest times between updates. If you’re thinking, “is that true?” just look at the Mac Pro, which was updated in 2013, then left to languish. The Mac mini isn’t much better, seeing its last update in 2014. The iMacs are faring slightly better, but they’re at risk of falling into the “we’ll get around to them someday” status at Apple.

Thankfully, I do think Apple will get around to the desktop Macs soon, with rumored updates for them sometime in early 2017. That means October will be for the portable Macs.

If you’re considering buying a refurb portable Mac, you should think about waiting until early November; chances are we’ll see some price drops in the current MacBook models in the refurb store.

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Deals of the Week

The deals this week are for Mac peripherals. First up, a 512 GB SSD in a small portable external enclosure that connects to a Mac via USB 3. This fast SSD is powered via the USB 3 port on a Mac, making this an easy tote-and-go storage solution.

The second deal is for a CalDigit Thunderbolt docking station. This docking station is a great way to provide additional connectivity to a Mac. With USB 3, eSATA, audio, Ethernet, and 4K HDMI you’ll be able to connect your Mac to just about anything, all through a single Thunderbolt 2 port.

Don’t forget that for any Mac you buy, you should consider an external drive for backup and additional storage, if you need it.

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by Tom Nelson

The base model of the MacBook is out of stock again. I’m not sure which Mac model is out of stock most often: the MacBook or the Mac mini.

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Deals of the Week

This week’s deals include a cautionary note. Apple is expected to introduce one or more Mac updates before the end of the year, with late October or early November being the likely time. If you’re looking for a MacBook Pro, Mac mini, or even an iMac, you may want to hold out to see if the Mac models you’re interested in are going to receive an update.

Our first deal is for a 2015 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a Dual-Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of flash storage. This middle-of-the-pack MacBook Air has a lot of versatility, with a value price that may be just what you need for working on the run.

Our second deal is a holdover from last week. Yes, it’s true; the refurb store still has a 2014 Mac mini in stock. This mini comes with a 2.8 GHz Dual-Core i5, 8 GB RAM, and a 1 TB Fusion drive. That’s a nice configuration for a Mac mini.

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by Tom Nelson

Mac minis are back; they’re even one of our deal-of-the-week picks. But with the refurb store, it always seems that when one Mac model comes back in stock, another goes away. This week is no different, with the larger 13-inch MacBook Airs being out of stock.

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Deals of the Week

Our first deal is for a 2016 12-inch MacBook with a 1.1 GHz Dual-Core M processor and 256 GB of PCIe flash-based storage. This base model of the MacBook line has been out of stock for a month or two. Hopefully, it will remain in stock for a while as it represents a low-cost entry point into portable Macs.

The second deal is for the ever-popular 2014 Mac mini, with 2.8 GHz Dual-Core i5, 8 GB RAM, and a 1 TB Fusion drive.

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by Tom Nelson

New or old, all of the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air portables use a battery that has an internal processor designed to maximize battery performance. One of the functions of the battery’s internal processor is to estimate remaining battery life by analyzing the current state of the battery charge, as well as the rate at which power is being consumed.

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In order to make accurate predictions about remaining battery charge, the battery and its processor need to undergo a calibration routine. The calibration routine helps the processor gauge the battery’s current performance and make accurate predictions about the remaining battery charge.

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by Tom Nelson

Once again, Mac minis are out of stock. Just goes to show how popular the little Mac mini is.

The rest of the refurb store is in good shape, offering great deals on almost-new Macs.

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Image courtesy of Apple.

Deals of the Week

This week, our deals are for nicely outfitted Macs with plenty of performance, no matter where you use your Mac; when travelling, in the office, or at home.

First up is a 2015 15.4-inch MacBook Pro outfitted with a 2.5 GHz Quad-Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a whopping 1 TB flash drive. This Mac can keep up with just about any tasks you throw at it.

Our second Mac is meant for the desktop; that is, unless you like to lug around a 2014 27-inch Retina iMac. Equipped with a 4.0 GHz Quad-Core i7 processor, 8 GB of user expandable RAM, and a 1 TB Fusion drive, this Mac is ideal for multimedia endeavors where a huge display is a big plus.

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by Tom Nelson

The Apple refurb store posted a couple of price drops this week, mostly for the various models in the iPad lineup. But there were a few other price drops scattered around the store as well. So, if you’ve been monitoring a favorite product looking for a price drop, this may be the time to check it.

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Deals of the Week

Our deals this week are just a little bit different; instead of two Mac models making the deals list, we have a single Mac along with an SSD as our deals this week.

The first deal is for a 2015 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB flash-based storage; overall, a very nice configuration that should work well for most users.

Our second deal is for a Crucial MX300 SSD with 525 GB of storage. This 2.5-inch SSD would make a nice upgrade for a current Mac that only has a standard hard drive. It could be installed internally for those of you with pretty good DIY skills, or if you added an inexpensive enclosure, you could use the SSD as an external drive, with no need to spend a weekend performing Mac surgery to install the SSD.

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by Tom Nelson

The Apple refurb store posted a couple of price drops this week, mostly for the various models in the iPad lineup. But there were a few other price drops scattered around the store as well. So, if you’ve been monitoring a favorite product looking for a price drop, this may be the time to check it.

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Image courtesy of Apple

Deals of the Week

Our deals this week include two different desktop Macs, and in the Mac Accessories category, USB flash drives.

Our first deal is for a 2014 Mac mini with a 2.8 GHz Dual-Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB Fusion drive. This is a nice configuration for a Mac mini, balancing cost and performance.

Up next is a 27-inch iMac with Retina Display. With a 3.2 GHz Quad-Core i5, 8 GB of user expandable RAM, and a 1 TB flash drive, this iMac is ready to perform for you out of the box, but you can also easily add more RAM to give it an extra performance boost.

Our last deal is for 32 GB USB 3 flash drives. You can never have too many flash drives kicking around, and these USB 3-based models provide a good deal more performance than the older USB 2 variety usually seen at discount prices.

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by Tom Nelson

Some stock in the Mac App store is showing signs of running low. This is particularly true of the 2015 MacBook lineup, which is showing only the base model as available in all colors, and no stock at all of the high-end configuration.

Mac minis, as usual, are having stocking problems, and there are holes in the MacBook Air lineup, particularly the larger 13.3-inch models.

We’re expecting some new Mac models to be announced sometime in the fall, most likely a new MacBook Pro, but that rarely causes turmoil in the Mac refurb store. Perhaps we’re just seeing Mac models being pulled from the store to be provisioned with the brand new macOS Sierra, which will be released on the 20th of September.

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Deals of the Week

Deals this week are for two of the popular portable Mac models, a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro.

Let’s start with the 13.3-inch 2016 MacBook Air. This Mac is equipped with a 1.6 GHz i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB PCIe flash storage. As configurations go, this is pretty run of the mill, but it’s far from shabby and it has a great price associated with it, so scan down to the MacBook Air section for further details.

Up next is a 2015 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. The smaller of the MacBook Pro models still sports a Retina display and a fast 2.7 GHz i5 processor. You will find 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB PCIe-based flash storage system, all at a very nice price. You can find more details in the MacBook Pro section, below.

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by Tom Nelson

This week, I’ve added a new feature to our weekly Steals & Deals; a new Mac Accessories section that will replace the old Mac Accessories section. If you’re scratching your head, wondering how this can be a new feature when it was a category that was included in the past, well, that’s understandable.

What makes the new and improved Mac Accessories section different is that we’re leaving behind the Mac refurb store as the only source for Mac accessories (mainly because Apple hasn’t updated its accessories in several years), and broadening our nets to find Mac peripherals from just about anywhere. At the same time, we’re also going to concentrate on new items and not refurbs for this category.

But don’t worry; the rest of the steals & deals will continue to be stock from Apple’s own refurb store.

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Deals of the Week

This week’s deals feature a pair of Retina iMacs, one in the 21.5-inch size, and the second in the 27-inch variety. Both are configured with Fusion drives, and both share the same $1,669.00 price tag.

So, what do you get for $1,669.00? Quite a bit. The smaller iMac comes equipped with a Quad-Core i7 processor, and the larger iMac uses a Quad-Core i5 processor. Both come with 8 GB of RAM, though the larger iMac allows for RAM upgrades, while the smaller iMac does not.

Both make use of a Retina display, so perhaps the deciding factor will be, which iMac do you have room for on your desk?

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