Apple teases Black Friday sales, but expect slim savings

Apple BFApple is getting into the spirit of holiday consumerism and just announced its own Black Friday sale, but don’t get in line just yet. Apple’s teaser didn’t include any specific items that would be discounted, instead only hinting that there will be “dozens of great iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.”

If we’ve learned anything about Apple’s Black Friday sale, it’s to not get your hopes up too high. The company has a reputation of being somewhat stingy when it comes to the biggest shopping day of the year. Last year, Black Friday shoppers were treated to a $101 discount on the iMac and MacBook Pro and some modest bargains on iPods. Compare this to the 50 percent discounts you’ll find at most retailers, and you can guess why there won’t be many lines outside Apple Stores on Thursday night.

And Apple doesn’t really need to cut prices to drive consumer interest. With or without Black Friday buzz, the iPad (and its accessories line) will easily be one of the most coveted gifts this year. But given the rumors regarding the iPad 2’s imminent arrival, Apple might want to cleanse its inventory a little by taking down iPad prices. Don’t expect to see any discounts on iPhones, however. Apple hasn’t ever offered them for a sale price and they weren’t mentioned in the brief teaser. We’re willing to bet the brand new MacBook Air is out of the question as well.

Many large national chains, like Target, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Radio Shack will most likely beat any discounts Apple has on its iPod line. And let’s not forget the iPads Marshall’s will have for only $400. But these retailers will also have lines down the street and limited quantities, issues you’re unlikely to face with Apple. So if you don’t care about getting the hands-down best bargain on Apple products out there, instead preferring to save your sanity, then head over to an Apple Store or its online site at 8 a.m. on November 26.

Product Review

Don't bother with any other 2-in-1. The Surface Pro 6 is still the best

The Surface Pro been updated to its sixth generation, now coming dressed in black and packing a quad-core processor. Outside of that, you’ll have to dig a little deeper to see where Microsoft has made some truly noteworthy improvements.

Sams's Club offering $100 gift cards for iPhone XR pre-orders

After months of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally taken the wraps off of the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now that the phones are out, you might be wondering how you can get them for yourself.

The best Apple Watch deals for October 2018

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.

Save up to $1,000 with the best smartphone deals for October 2018

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $1,000.

Hinge's new feature wants to know who you've gone out on dates with

With its new "We Met" feature, Hinge wants to learn how your dates are going with matches in its app. That way, it can inject the information into its algorithm to provide future recommendations that better suit its users' preferences.

Which Verizon plan is best for you? We check out family, individual, and prepaid

Verizon offers lots of plans for individuals, your family, and folks who want prepaid service. Here is everything you need to know about Verizon's plans, from data packages and smartphones to Big Red's prepaid plans.

Adobe Premiere Rush CC is the cloud-based video editing app you've been waiting for

On stage at Adobe MAX 2018, Adobe announced its cloud-centric, social video-editing application, Adobe Premiere Rush CC. We took some time to put it through its paces to see what it offers, how it works, and what's missing.

Safeguard your new Apple smartphone with one of our favorite iPhone XS cases

If the iPhone XS is your next phone, then you’ll want to shop for some proper protection now. That glass sandwich design is all too easy to scratch or crack, so make sure you snag one of the best iPhone XS cases to keep it looking good.

Here are our favorite wireless phone chargers for Android devices and iPhones

We checked out the best wireless phone chargers to make tangles and uncooperative ports a thing of the past. Whether you have an iPhone or Android, find out which wireless charging pads are worth buying, and how their features compare.

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.

Apple’s 2020 MacBooks could ditch Intel processors, arrive with ‘ARM Inside’

If you're buying a MacBook in 2020, be on the lookout for a new "ARM Inside" banner. Apple is reportedly working on transitioning away from Intel processors for its MacOS lineup in favor of new custom A-series ARM-based silicon.

The Verizon GizmoWatch puts a quick-communication device on your kid’s wrist

Verizon is taking another shot at building a smartwatch for youngsters. The company announced the Verizon GizmoWatch, which boasts 4G connectivity and helps parents keep track of their children.

Apple sends out invites for October hardware event, new iPad Pro expected

The new iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch aren't the last devices we'll see from Apple in 2018. There are plenty of rumors about a new iPad coming this year too, and it may share some design similarities with the new phones.

Google Maps brings its real-time journey-tracking feature to iPhone

It's been available on Android for a while now, and now Google Maps has brought its real-time journey-tracking feature to iOS. It lets you choose who to share a journey with, and tracking ends automatically when you arrive.