How Android smartphones are set for these big changes in India

After being slapped with an antitrust order from the Competition Commission of India (CCI), Google was forced to make some changes to the Android platform, which could significantly change Android smartphones in India. While the changes were notified earlier, a tipster has now come across an internal document that shows exactly how the Android smartphones in India may differ from the rest of the world.
As per the document seen by the informant Kuba Wojciechowski, India shall obtain a variant of Google Mobile Services (GMS) with non-mandatory Google Apps.
To begin with, smartphone manufacturers will be granted the option to select the Indian Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (IMADA) or the conventional MADA, which is utilised in other markets.
Opting for IMADA (Indian Mobile Application Distribution Agreement) entails a restriction on the sale of such smartphones solely within the confines of India. The selection of IMADA appears to be discretionary, unlike the obligatory regulations observed in other MADA agreements for different nations, such as EMADA for Europe or TMADA for Turkey, amongst others.
The conventional agreement necessitates the inclusion of 11 critical Google applications, whereas IMADA solely mandates the installation of the Google Play Store. Interestingly, the document notes that Google will offer “per-app bounty” to OEMs if they choose to install these 11 apps. Also, OEMs can choose to pre-load any third-party apps whatsoever.
Furthermore, IMADA does not compel OEMs to include a Google search bar, Google folder, or the Play Store icon on the home screen. And Indian users shall be free to elect their preferred default search engine.
What else is changing for Android smartphones in India
Apart from all the changes coming to Android in India, Google will allow its partners to build forked versions of Android. Also, developers can choose an alternative billing system. Furthermore, some changes are being made to sideloading in Android, and Google plans to inform users about the risks of sideloading.

YouTube Premium Family Plan gets a big price hike

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Apple users who are paying for the YouTube Premium Family Plan via in-app purchase will see a substantial price hike on top of an already steep increase for the service.

YouTube has begun informing customers that they will see a price hike on YouTube Premium family subscriptions starting November 21. The subscription will jump from $17.99 to $22.99.

However, it seems that those who subscribe through the App Store will be hit even harder. Instead of paying $22.99 per month, they’ll pay $29.99 per month.

For many years, YouTube has been charging Apple customers paying with in-app purchases extra for YouTube Premium. The company is now explicitly saying that that it charges more to offset the 30% or 15% cut Apple takes from in-app purchases.

This may be the first time that the company is clear in the subscription dialog that the service is cheaper on the website itself, though.

YouTube was testing a program where it limited 4K video to Premium subscribers. That test has been stopped without any clarity from the service what its future intentions are regarding 4K video.

24 years after original iMac, there’s still big demand for floppies

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The iMac was the first mass-produced computer to ditch the 3.5-inch floppy disk, and the rest of the industry followed soon after — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for them.

While the floppy disk reigned supreme for nearly 40 years, Apple chose to abandon the format in 1998, when it introduced the iMac G3. The company believed that user-writeable CDs, high-speed networking, and the internet would render the disks obsolete.

And, to a degree, that’s true. By 2006, the 3.5-inch floppy disk was decidedly legacy. By 2015, it was nearly extinct.

But, even though no modern devices offer a floppy disk drive, there’s still a healthy market for them.

Eye On Design spoke to Tom Persky, owner of He’s the self-proclaimed “last man standing in the floppy disk business.”

Persky didn’t intend on being the last bastion for those looking to get their hands on blank floppy disks. It just happened as he survived — and bought from — competitors.

He initially got his start duplicating floppy disks. He notes that copying disks in the ’80s and ’90s was “as good as printing money.”

However, as the floppy disk fell out of use, he found a new market — selling blank disks. After big-box retailers quit carrying them, Persky quickly became the go-to for those who wanted to get their hands on the disks.

“So here I am, a small company with a floppy disk inventory, and I find myself to be a worldwide supplier of this product,” Persky says in an interview. “My business, which used to be 90% CD and DVD duplication, is now 90% selling blank floppy disks. It’s shocking to me.”

AppleInsider is aware that until recently, the US Department of Defense was a heavy user of 3.5-inch floppy disks. A smattering of systems requiring 5.25-inch disks were taken off service in about 2015.

In 2022, a significant portion of Persky’s customers are hobbyists, often wanting to purchase a couple dozen disks at a time. His largest current customer base, however, is industrial users.

“These are people who use floppy disks as a way to get information in and out of a machine. Imagine it’s 1990, and you’re building a big industrial machine of one kind or another,” he explains. “You design it to last 50 years and you’d want to use the best technology available. At the time this was a 3.5-inch floppy disk.”

Persky notes that many industrial users are in aviation and the medical industry. He suspects that the most significant industrial user is the embroidery business.

He doesn’t think the demand for floppy disks will ever entirely die out, though he doesn’t expect them to see the same fervor as vinyl.

“Floppy disks are going to be a little bit more like buggy whips or typewriters. They’re going to be a collectible marvel of their time. Imagine how hard it would be to manufacture a new typewriter today.”

“There are a number of American authors who talk about the fact that they can only write on a typewriter. It’s something very important to them that is tied into their artistic genius,” he muses. “I think that floppy disks are going to be a little bit like that. You’re not going to be able to replace them.”

Present pricing for floppy disks are About $15 for an unused 10-pack, and $50 and up for a 50-pack. Recycled floppy disks can be had for as little as $20 for 50 disks.

Save big on Peacock, Paramount Plus, and HBO Max subscriptions

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As we enter a new fall television season, many streaming services are offering some deep discounts that should save you a lot of money and let you watch lots of great movies and TV shows. We’re spotlighting three of the best offers today.

Get Peacock Premium for just $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year

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Peacock is NBCUniversal’s recently launched streaming service, and right now, it has an offer that many folks might not want to refuse. From now until September 30, new Peacock Premium users can sign up for the service for just $1.99 a month, compared to the normal $4.99 price, when you type in the promo code SEPTEMBER. If you want to save even more money, you can also sign up for Peacock Premium for a full year at $19,99, compared to its normal $49.99 price, when you type in the promo code ONEYEAR.

For that price, you get access to all of Peacock’s content (with ads), including new Universal theatrical movies like Jurassic Park: Dominion and much more. You also get access to tons of classic TV shows and movies, plus Peacock originals like Bel-Air, The Resort, and the upcoming Vampire Academy. Your subscription even includes lots of live sports, including soccer and NFL Sunday Night Football, plus WWE fans can watch tons of shows and content, including all upcoming future pay-per-view events. Starting September 19, all of NBC’s current shows, including the Law and Order and Chicago shows, will drop their latest episodes on Peacock the day after they are broadcast.

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service offers a lot of great movies and TV shows to stream on demand, along with live news and sports. Best of all, you can watch lots of its content for free, or watch all of it with a paid subscription starting at just $4.99 a month.

Get Paramount Plus and Showtime together for just $7.99 a month

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Paramount Plus has had a bundle deal with Showtime for a while now, but this month the deal just got much better. From now until October 2, you can sign up for both services at once for just $7.99 a month with ads or $12.99 a month without ads. You can also sign up for a year’s worth of service for $79.99 with ads or $129.99 a month without ads. After that date, the bundle deal goes back to its normal price of $11.99 a month with ads or $14.99 a month without ads. Best of all, this deal allows subscribers to get both Paramount Plus and Showtime content within just the Paramount Plus app, eliminating the need to sign up and use two apps.

Paramount Plus has a ton of new Paramount theatrical movies to watch, including recent releases like Scream, Sonic The Headhog 2, and more. It also has acclaimed original series like Evil, The Good Fight, and the upcoming Yellowstone prequel 1923. Plus Showtime has a ton of great movies and shows to watch, including originals like Yellowjackets, The Chi, City on a Hill, and the upcoming American Gigolo.

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Paramount Plus includes thousands of movies and TV shows from CBS, Showtime, and Paramount Pictures. It also includes new and original movies like The Good Fight, Infinite, and more.

Get HBO Max for a year for over 40% off

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HBO Max is currently going through a transition as it will merge with Discovery Plus sometime in mid-2023. However, it’s still one of the best streaming services, and for a limited time, you can get a year’s worth of HBO Max for a lot less money. From now until October 30, you can sign up for the service for one year for just $69.99 with ads or $104.99 without ads. That is savings of over 40% compared to the service’s normal monthly rates.

HBO Max is getting lots of attention because it’s the streaming home for the hit Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon. However, it’s also the home of many great older movies and TV shows, including Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and HBO originals like The Sopranos, The Wire, and of course, the original Game of Thrones series. It’s also home to many HBO Max originals like Hacks, Peacemaker, and more.

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HBO Max is your home for Warner Bros-made movies and TV shows like The Lord of the Rings, the DC Comics superheroes, and more. It’s also the home for new and original movies and shows available nowhere else.

How the EU’s new big tech antitrust laws will hit Apple

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The Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act focused on Big Tech are coming to the European Union soon. Here’s how they will affect Apple and other Silicon Valley tech giants.

Earlier in July, the European Parliament agreed on two new sweeping legislative packages — the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act — that would introduce a slew of antitrust regulations in the EU. The regulations are tailor-made to rein in the power of tech giants like Apple, Google, Meta, and Amazon.

Although it isn’t exactly clear how tech companies will comply with the regulations, they do outline some strict behaviors and punishments for noncompliance.

Digital Markets Act

The Digital Markets Act (DMA) is a proposal intended to place additional restrictions and mandate new frameworks for digital service “gatekeepers.”

Although the DMA doesn’t explicitly name Apple or any other tech giant, they will fall into the category of “gatekeepers” because of their ownership and operation of platforms with many users, their annual revenue in the European Union, and their “entrenched and durable position.” The DMA will outline new obligations for “gatekeepers,” as well as punishments if they don’t adhere to the new regulations.

Some of the provisions of the DMA, for example, will force Apple to:

  • Allow third-party app stores and side-loading on iPhone
  • Allow developers to use third-party payment platforms
  • Allow developers to integrate their apps directly with gatekeeper services, such iMessage
  • Allow users to set a voice assistant other than Siri as their default
  • Share performance and marketing data with developers and competitors
  • Allow developers to access hardware features like “near-field communication technology, secure elements and processors, [and] authentication mechanisms

Additionally, the DMA will prohibit developers from giving their own apps or products preferential treatment. In Apple’s case, this could translate to forbidding the company from highlighting its own services like Apple Music and Apple Arcade on the App Store.

The DMA is likely to force change in a range of Apple services.

The DMA is likely to force change in a range of Apple services.

The DMA will also place restrictions on big tech giants mandating default services on its devices and requiring app developers to use certain browser engines, services, and frameworks. Again, in Apple’s case, this could translate to iOS browsers that aren’t based on WebKit or third-party phone apps with deep hardware and software integrations.

Companies that violate the rules of the DMA could face a fine of up to 10% of their annual global turnover.

Digital Services Act

The Digital Services Act (DSA) is another legislative package that will place restrictions on how tech giants operate. In this case, the DSA focuses much more on online content and moderation.

In a nutshell, the DSA puts additional responbiltiy on online platforms and tech companies to police content — including both reporting and taking down illegal content.

According to the provisions of the DSA, regulations will be applied on companies in tiers. The largest firms — including those with more than 45 million active users across Europe — will see the biggest effects. Apple falls into that category.

The DSA will require large platforms to carry out an annual analysis on reducing risk associated with “dissemination of illegal content, adverse effects on fundamental rights, manipulation of services having an impact on democratic processes and public security and adverse effects on gender-based violence, and on minors and serious consequences for the physical or mental health of users.”

Online marketplaces will also be subject to new transparency rules, and platforms will be required to allow users to opt out of algorithm recommendations that are based on their history and information.

The DSA could potentially have implications for illegal content in iCloud.

The DSA could potentially have implications for illegal content in iCloud.

Additionally, the DSA will ban “dark patterns,” or misleading user interfaces such as those that coerce users into subscribing to a platform or making an in-app purchase.

Since Apple doesn’t make a search engine or social media platform, it’s likely that most core elements of its business model will remain unchanged under the DSA rules. The DSA is much more likely to have a major impact on companies like Meta and Google.

Companies that violate the rules of the DSA could face a fine of up to 6% of their annual global turnover.

When these laws will actually affect Apple

Although approved by the European Parliament, the pair of new laws will now need to be adopted by the Council of the European Union. That’s mostly a formality, however, and is nearly guaranteed to happen by the fall.

Once they’re formally adopted, the two new laws are expected to go into effect in early 2023.

It isn't clear how Apple will change its business to comply, but it's likely that it'll attempt to change as little as possible.

It isn’t clear how Apple will change its business to comply, but it’s likely that it’ll attempt to change as little as possible.

Before that happens, it’s very likely that companies like Apple and others will adopt changes to get ahead of the regulations. However, it’s also likely that the companies will seek to change their core business models as little as possible.

Enforcement is also a concern. While tech giants will be subject to the new laws, enforcement could be hampered by the limited resources of the regulators.

For example, the European Commission has moved to established a task force of about 80 officials — a number critics say is too few.

Another thing to keep in mind is that why the laws will only apply to business practices in the European Union, they will have resounding effects in other markets like North America and Asia. The impact of the European Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), for example, is felt across the web, even in the U.S.

What remains to be seen, of course, are the specifics of how Apple will actually change its business models to adhere to the DMA and DSA.

Challenge: Go big or go home – Discover

What’s better than people loving your app on iPhone? People loving your app on iPad and Mac, too! This challenge invites you to explore the ways you can expand your app’s presence in the Apple ecosystem. Explore prototyping your iPhone app for iPad, adding new desktop-class features to your iPad app, or bringing your app to macOS. Whatever it means to you, think big!

We also welcome you to visit the UI Frameworks Study Hall to collaborate on this challenge! Ask questions, connect with other developers, and share your creations.

Begin the challenge

Before you begin this challenge, check out our sessions on creating desktop-class iPad apps.

Meet desktop-class iPad

Learn how you can bring desktop-class features to your iPad app. Explore updates to UINavigationBar that bring more discoverability and customizability to your app’s features. Find out how the latest updates to UIKit can help make it easier and faster for people to explore content in your app….

Build a desktop-class iPad app

Discover how you can create iPad apps that take advantage of desktop class features. Join Mohammed from the UIKit team as we explore the latest navigation, collection view, menu, and editing APIs and learn best practices for building powerful iPad apps. Code along with this session in real time or…

Adopt desktop-class editing interactions

Discover advanced desktop-class editing features that can help people accelerate their productivity in your app. Learn how you can provide more interactions inline with your UI to help people quickly access editing features and make your iPadOS app feel right at home on macOS with Mac Catalyst….

If you already have an iPad app, this challenge is a great opportunity to refine it. If your iPad app is already at the top of its game, explore bringing it to Mac with Mac Catalyst — and consider the differences in the iPad and Mac idioms.

Don’t have an iPad app? Take this opportunity to start prototyping one! And if you’re only on iPhone, never fear – iPhone apps on the Mac are a quick and easy way to offer your iPhone app to M1 customers, no changes needed.

Tell us about the path you chose — and show us your progress! — in the UI Frameworks Study Hall. And don’t forget to show us what you’ve made on Twitter with the hashtag #WWDC22Challenges.

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Why Solana Is Going Big on Mobile—And Making a Smartphone

In brief

  • Solana Labs revealed a mobile platform called SMS and an Android smartphone device today.
  • Decrypt spoke with Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko after the event.

Solana’s teasers leading up to yesterday’s “SMS” event suggested something to do with mobile, but few could have imagined the twist that was announced in New York City. Yes, Solana Labs has built a mobile software platform… but it’s also releasing a smartphone.

Solana Labs yesterday revealed the Solana Mobile Stack (SMS) software kit, which provides tools for developing native Android mobile apps, walls, and games, and also includes a decentralized app store. The company also revealed the Saga, a powerful Android smartphone that will be released in early 2023.

Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana and CEO of Solana Labs, told Decrypt that his team has been working on the SMS push for about five months, and the hardware itself for a bit longer. But the idea of improving Web3 access and functionality on mobile has been in his head for years, particularly given his past experience as a Qualcomm engineer.

“What does it look like with 1 billion people using [crypto]? What do you imagine? It’s in this device—the device you use everyday,” he said, holding up the Solana Saga prototype. “That has to be your hardware wallet. That’s just something that we always felt.”

Yakovenko said the idea went from concept to reality once he met Jason Keats, founder and “Chief Hooligan” at OSOM Products. Keats was previously the R&D head at Essential, a startup that made its own Android phone, and OSOM will be doing much the same: the previously announced OSOM OV1 will now be rebranded as the Solana Saga.

It’s a powerful device. The sizable Android handset will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, a 6.67” OLED display, 12GB RAM, and 512GB of internal storage. Given the chance to briefly hold the phone, we can say it very much looks and feels like a premium Android phone that you’d find from Google or Samsung, with a dash of iPhone-like minimalism.

“It’s a pretty freakin’ cool device,” Yakovenko said. He added with a laugh, “Don’t drop it.”

Android runs on more than 3 billion devices around the world, so why build a new phone specifically for the Solana ecosystem? Yakovenko said that the device—which is estimated to sell for $1,000—will represent the gold standard for a Web3-centric smartphone, and showcase the full array of capabilities of the Solana Mobile Stack.

“Every developer that I talked to—we talked to them about mobile strategy, and how to grow to most of the rest of the world,” he said. “There’s a lot of friction in the App Store. When devs tell me that, I kind of start pacing around the room trying to figure out how to help them. It just feels like a natural opportunity to build a Web3-facing app store and Web3 device.”

He said that while other Android devices can adopt the full Solana Mobile Stack or even parts of it, the Solana Saga will give users and developers the complete experience with top-tier specs. And the Saga is not just meant as a secondary device: it’s a robust smartphone with the full suite of Google apps and services, like most other popular Androids.

“I think it’s important to have a flagship [phone] that shows that this is a full integration,” Yakovenko added. “This is the best version of it.”

Besides, it’s not a given that other Android devices will adopt Solana Mobile Stack. It’s an open-source platform and the aim is widespread adoption, so Solana Labs hopes to see every major manufacturer integrate it. However, phone makers will need to put in the work to support this crypto software—a relatively niche and oft-controversial thing.

“If we start succeeding, then I think the dominoes will start falling in terms of crypto adoption in both of those companies,” he said, when asked about SMS on Samsung and Google devices.

What about Apple’s iPhone and the iOS ecosystem, though? Unlike Android, which has been forked and adapted for any number of devices, Apple keeps a tight lock on iOS.

Yakovenko noted that Apple’s recent WWDC 2022 conference showcased zero tools related to crypto. The Mobile Wallet Adaptor feature of SMS isn’t limited to Android, and can work with other mobile and PC platforms, but Apple’s restrictive ecosystem may limit how smoothly Solana mobile applications can work on iOS devices.

“Those protocols can definitely be ported to iOS,” he explained, “but without the help of Apple and true integration into the secure element [hardware] that they use, I think it’s gonna be really, really tough to get a true Apple Pay-like experience for crypto.”

Whether Solana Labs can get Apple or even top Android makers onboard with SMS remains to be seen, but Yakovenko described it as mission critical to bringing the world into crypto.

“It’s just a matter of them deciding that crypto is important enough,” he said. “From my point of view, we could be very successful in enabling a billion users to self custody just by changing the minds of those folks.”

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TSMC plans more 3nm chip factories in big Taiwan production push

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TSMC is further increasing its footprint in Taiwan by building four more facilities valued at $10 billion apiece in its production hub in Tainan, intended for the manufacture of 3-nanometer chips.

Apple chip partner TSMC has been working to expand production in a bid to address the global chip shortage. While attempts elsewhere in the world are slowly progressing, work in its native Taiwan is going at a much faster pace.

Following the completion of four new facilities in an industrial park in the city of Tainan as part of TSMC’s production hub, the company is starting construction on another four fabs, reports Nikkei Asia. Each of the construction projects will reportedly cost TSMC around $10 billion, and forms part of a $120 billion investment spree.

All four of the new projects are said to house production lines to make 3-nanometer chips. Future products that could be made at these facilities can include Apple’s SoCs, including Apple Silicon and A-series chips.

TSMC declared on Friday that it intends to shift to 2-nanometer chip mass production by 2025.

The four facilities are only part of a larger plan to construct more facilities for the company across the island. At least 20 factories are either under construction or have been recently completed, with the projects creating more than 2 million square meters of floor space.

Taiwan isn’t the only country where TSMC is building factories, as one Arizona plant project valued at $12 billion is expected to complete construction in March 2023. TSMC has also reportedly negotiated with Singapore’s Economic Development Board about a new facility.

Apple makes big dating apps move! Check out the changes

Apple Inc on Friday released an extensive set of rules under which it will allow the developers of dating apps offered in the Netherlands to skip its in-app payment systems.

Apple Inc on Friday laid out how developers of dating apps offered in the Netherlands can skip Apple’s in-app payment systems, a closely watched step by the iPhone maker in the face of global antitrust concerns about its control over the mobile app industry.

Apple has long mandated use of its in-app payment system, which charges commissions of up 30% that some developers like Tinder owner Match Group Inc have argued are too high. The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) last year ruled that Apple’s rules violated Dutch competition laws in the dating app market and required Apple to allow those developers to use third-party payment processors.

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Investors are watching the developments in the Dutch antitrust case for the impact they could have on Apple App Store revenues, the biggest component of its $68.4 billion services business.

Under the rules, Apple said dating app developers will still have to pay it commissions for sales made outside of its in-app payment system, though it will give them a slight discount. Apple had previously said developers who were paying its 30% commission rate would owe it a 27% commission.

But some developers already pay Apple a lower 15% commission rate when they meet certain criteria such as retaining subscription customers for more than a year.

Apple’s previous rules did not make clear whether those developers would also get a discount when using third-party payment services. Apple on Friday said those developers will pay a 12% commission when using outside payment systems.

Apple on Friday also said that Dutch authorities mandated changes to how apps look when using third-party payments.

Apple’s system will show users a warning that says the user will have to contact the developer over payment problems such as asking for a refund. Apple had originally included a button that would allow users to back out of using the third-party payment option after being shown the warning, but the iPhone maker said Friday that Dutch authorities had rejected that button.

“We don’t believe some of these changes are in the best interests of our users’ privacy or data security,” Apple said in a news post. “As we’ve previously said, we disagree with the ACM’s original order and are appealing it.”

Best Buy’s Black Friday sale has big discounts on OLED TVs, soundbars & much more

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The Black Friday sales event has begun and Best Buy is offering up to $500 off OLED 4K TVs, discounted soundbars, and low prices on popular vacuums.

Black Friday may not be for two more days, but Best Buy is already offering steep discounts on high-demand electronics and gadgets. Check out these discounted products and act fast, because sales will end soon.


Soundbars and speakers

  • Samsung 3.1 Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer: $209.99 ($190 off)
  • LG 5.1.2 Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer and Dolby Atmos: $649.99 ($350 off)
  • Vizio 5.1 Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer: $199.99 ($50 off)

  • Plenty more soundbar sales

Video Game Accessories

  • Microsoft Xbox controller with Daystrike Camo Color Scheme: $54.99 ($15 off)
  • SanDisk 128GB Memory Card for Nintendo Switch: $19.99 ($48 off)
  • Mario Kart Live: $59.99 ($40 off)

  • Check out the full list of video game discounts


  • Sony XM4 Headphones: $248 ($101.99 off)
  • Sennheiser Momentum Headphones: $249.98 ($150 off)
  • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds: $199 ($80 off)

  • Many more Black Friday deals on headphones


Even more Black Friday Apple deals

AppleInsider and Apple Authorized Resellers are also running specials on tech products that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the devices, but also throw in bonus savings on accessories, software and more. Here are just a few of the deals leading up to Black Friday: