Apple introduces the new HomePod with breakthrough sound and intelligence





Apple once prototyped HomePod with battery power




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Apple allegedly thought about creating a portable version of the HomePod with a battery, with a report claiming a prototype was produced but not turned into a final product.

Both the HomePod and the HomePod mini are designed for use indoors, with each equipped with power cables and to be plugged into an outlet. While Apple doesn’t currently sell a portable version, it did once consider the possibility.

According to Mark Gurman’s “Power On” newsletter, Apple is said to have worked on the idea internally, to the point that a prototype was developed an unmentioned number of years ago. While a battery-operated speaker was produced by Apple, Gurman doubts that such a device would be launched under Apple’s brand.

While designed to be connected to an outlet, the HomePod mini does use a USB-C connection to connect to a charger. With a sufficiently capable USB-C battery pack, it is possible to use the HomePod mini remotely, albeit impractical.

The question surfaced in the newsletter days after Apple discontinued the Beats Pill+, a portable Bluetooth speaker. The Pill+ was the last such device sold by Beats, with the firm now seemingly focusing on other personal audio products.

Apple has produced a portable speaker in the past, with the iPod Hi-Fi boombox designed to amplify an iPod’s audio. However, it was discontinued by Apple after just 18 months.



Swedish Siri tests point to upcoming HomePod mini release in Sweden




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Apple has been trialling Siri on the HomePod mini in Swedish, a test that may indicate an expansion of availability into Sweden and other countries could occur within months.

Months after its original launch, Apple expanded the HomePod mini’s availability into more countries in June 2021. Half a year later, it appears that Apple could be preparing another expansion in early 2022.

So far, the HomePod mini hasn’t officially launched in Sweden, and so Siri doesn’t truly support Swedish on the compact speaker. According to multiple sources of Macradion, Swedish is being tested on the HomePod mini.

According to the report, a third party sent the HomePod mini out to selected testers, who then test out Siri’s Swedish capabilities by saying various phrases. So far, the testing has gone on for eight weeks, but it seems that much more work is needed.

Testers told of how Siri couldn’t answer relatively simple queries in Swedish. It is reckoned that it could take a few more months of work before it becomes usable by the public.

The testing of Siri in Swedish on the HomePod mini certainly points to an eventual release in Sweden, and increases the chance of an expansion announced during an early Apple Event.

Sweden probably isn’t going to be the only country to enjoy a HomePod mini release, if it occurs. The June launch brought the HomePod mini to Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand at roughly the same time.

In HomePod software 15.2 released in December, Apple added support for a number of languages covering Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, and Switzerland, despite the HomePod mini not actively being sold in those countries. It is probable that the four, as well as Sweden, will make up part of the next wave of countries that can buy the speaker.



HomePod mini is available in bold new colors starting today





HomePod mini now comes in five colors




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During its Unleashed event, Apple took the wraps off three new colors for its diminutive HomePod mini speaker, joining Space Gray and white at the $99 price point.

HomePod mini will be available this November in yellow, orange, and blue. Apple has brought these colors to the entire device, indulging the fabric and tinted touch surface.

Other than the new color options, the models will work fairly similarly to the original HomePod mini models, complete with the same speaker system and functionality.

Apple says these will start shipping in November for $99.



Best Deals Sept. 5 – $149 HomePod mini 2-pack, $50 Pico Projector, more!


Sunday’s best deals include $149.99 for two HomePod minis, a Pico Projector for under $50, $30 off a Canon Wireless AIO Printer, early Labor Day sales, and more!

Shopping online for the best discounts and deals can be an annoying and challenging task. So rather than sifting through miles of advertisements, check out this list of sales we’ve hand-picked just for the AppleInsider audience.

You’ll find more than just Apple products here. Each section is organized by product type or brand and can contain anything from furniture to iPhone cases.

If an item is out of stock, it may still be able to be ordered for delivery at a later date. These deals won’t last long, so act fast for anything that might be of interest to you.

Deals are added every day, throughout the day.

Labor Day Sales!

Labor Day Deal: Monoprice Better than Black Friday Sales

  • Monoprice Commercial Audio 70V 4-inch Weatherproof 2-Way Speakers with Wall Mount Bracket, was $92.99 now $55.79
  • Monoprice 4K SlimRun AV High Speed HDMI Cable 10ft, was $74.99 now $44.99
  • Pure Outdoor Bamboo Folding Table with Aluminum Legs, was $129.99 now $90.99
  • Workstream by Monoprice Gas-Lift Height Adjustable Sit-Stand Rolling Laptop Desk, Black, was $219.99 now $131.99
  • Blackbird Quad Multiview HDMI Seamless KVM Switch with USB 3.0, was $370.99 now $259.99
  • Monoprice Tilt/Swivel DUAL Monitor Desk Mount Bracket, was $69.99 now $48.99
  • Or browse the rest of their Labor Day sales

OWC MacSales Labor Day Event

  • Apple TV 4K (2017), was $199 now $139
  • Yamaha Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speakers NX-B55 – Black, was $239.95 now $174.99
  • Apple Magic Keyboard 2, was $99 now $88.75
  • Rain Design mTower Macbook Stand – Space Gray, was $49.90 now $39.96
  • and various other products

eBay Labor Day 15% off

  • Apple 13-inch MacBook Air, i7, was $1,449 refurbished $492.15 with promo code SAVE15LABORDAY
  • Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, was $379 refurbished $237.15 with promo code SAVE15LABORDAY
  • and save 15% off several other eBay products with promo code SAVE15LABORDAY

Best Buy Labor Day Appliance Sale

Best Buy has its Labor Day appliance sale going on now. Customers can score up to 25% off appliances, small appliances and more.

The company also is offering 24 month financing on appliance and Geek Squad purchases $999 and up with the My Best Buy Credit Card. Offer ends 9/15/21. For more info visit Best Buy’s website.

Computers, monitors, and accessories

Computer parts

New today:

  • Arctic P12 120mm Case Fan 5-pack, was $50 now $30.99

Deals still going on:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600x, was $302.99 now $279.99
  • Corsair 4000D Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX PC Case White, was $94.99 now $59.99
  • Newegg bundle: Intel Core i5-10600KA Comet Lake 6-Core 4.1 GHz LGA 1200 125W Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630 and ASRock B560 Pro4 LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Moth, was $334.98 now $259.98 with promo code GMEDAYS34
  • Pyle 19 Outlet 1U 19-inch Rackmount PDU was $94.99 now $78.55
  • Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower Case with 2 fans, was $40 now $27.95
  • Thermaltake ToughFan 12 2,000 PWM 120mm, was $35 now $27.99
  • XFX Speedster MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6900XT 16GB GDDR6, was $1,799.99 now $1,701.32

Computer Storage

Deals still going on:

  • PNY 1TB Technologies CS3040 XLR8 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4 Solid State Drive, was $179.99 now $139.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and Newegg
  • Samsung 2TB 870 QVO Internal SSD, was $229.99 now $169.99 on Amazon and Newegg
  • Samsung 1TB 970 EVO Plus M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive, was $169.99 now $144.99
  • Samsung EVO Plus SDXC SD Card 256GB, was $39.99 now $29.99
  • Samsung EVO Select microsSDXC UHS-1 U3 512GB Card with adapter, was $99.99 now $69.99
  • Samsung EVO Select microsSDXC UHS-1 U3 256GB Card with adapter, was $49.99 now $34.99
  • SanDisk 128GB Ultra Dual Drive Go USB Type-C / USB Flash Drive, was $74.99 now $19.99
  • Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services, was $134.99 now $104.99
  • Team Group 1TB T-Force Vulcan G 2.5-inch SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive, was $95.99 now $81.99
  • Team Group 2280 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive, was $104.99 now $89.99
  • WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, was $99.99 now $89
  • WD 4TB Purple Surveillance Hard Disk Drive, was $110.99 now $104.99
  • WD 6TB My Book USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, was $249.99 now $129.99
  • WD 12TB Elements USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive Black, was $309.99 now $276.47
  • WD 500GB Black SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe Solid State Drive, was $119.99 now $59.99
  • WD 5TB Easystore External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive – Black, was $179.99 now $107.99 at Best Buy and Ebay
  • WD Elements 14TB USB 3.0 Micro-B Desktop Hard Drive, was $349.99 now $279.99

Laptops, desktops, computers, and tablets

Deals still going on:

  • CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme Gaming Desktop Computer with Intel Core i5-11600KF 3.9GHz 16GB RAM 1TB SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB, was $1,469.99 now $1,289.99
  • Gigabyte Aero 15.6-inch 4K OLED Laptop with Intel Core i9 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3080 32GB RAM 1.5TB SSD, was $3,449 now $2,949
  • Gigabyte 15.6-inch Aero OLED 4K UHD Gaming Notebook Computer with Intel Core i7-11800H 2.3GHz 16GB RAM 512GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB – Black, was $1,799 now $1,599
  • Gigabyte Aero 15.6-inch Laptop with i7-11800H 4K OLED RTX 3060 16GB RAM 512GB SSD, was $1,799 now $1,249 with rebate and get an Intel Gamer Days Bundle free with purchase
  • HP ProDesk 600 G3 Micro Tower Desktop Computer with Intel Core i5-7500 3.40GHz 8GB RAM 1TB HDD, was $799 now $539.99
  • Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 Laptop: Ryzen 7 5700U, 15.6″ FHD Touch, 16GB DDR4, 512GB SSD was $859.99 now $729.99
  • Lenovo Legion 17.3-inch 5 Laptop: Ryzen 7 5800H 512GB PCIe SSD RTX 3070 (Build your own computer), was $1,799.99 now $1,549.99
  • MSI 15.6-inch GF65 144hz Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i5 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 512GB SSD 8GB Memory Black, was $1,099.99 now $919.99
  • MSI Sword 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050ti 512GB SSD 8GB RAM, was $1,199.99 now $899.99
  • Razer 17.3-inch Blade Pro 17 240Hz Gaming Notebook Computer with Intel Core i7-9750H 2.6GHz 16GB RAM 512GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 8GB, was $3,199.99 now $2,299.99

Computer RAM and Computer Memory

Deals still going on:

  • Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3600, was $229.99 now $187.99
  • Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Laptop Memory, was $89.99 now $79.99 with promo code CRUCD4444
  • Crucial 32GB (16GBx2) Ballistix RGB 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit, was $196.47 with promo code CRUCD4445
  • Crucial 32GB (2×16) Ballistix DDR4 3600 CL16 Desktop RAM kit, was $187.95 now $154.95 with promo code EMC2AZ9Z233
  • G.Skill 32GB (2x16GB) Ripjaws V Series DDR4 3200, was $139.99 now $129.99
  • Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan TUF 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3200, was $134.99 now $123.99
  • Team T-Create 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200 SO-DIMM Laptop RAM kit, was $69.99 now $59.99

Monitors and monitor accessories

Deals still going on:

  • Acer 27-inch Nitro VG270U Pbmiipx was $369.99 now $289.99
  • Acer Predator 14-inch Triton 300 SE 144Hz Laptop with Intel 11th Gen i7 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti – 16GB DDR4 – 512GB SSD, was $1,349.99 now $1,049.99
  • AOC 15.6-inch USB-C portable monitor, was $179.99 now $131.81
  • AOC 32-inch FHD 75Hz Adaptive Sync Curved Gaming Monitor C32V3H, was $224.99 now $199.99
  • Arzopa 15.6-inch Portable Monitor FHD HDR FreeSync 1080P, was $199.99 now $139.99
  • Asus 27-inch VG278Q 1080p 144Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor, was $249.99 now $219.99
  • BenQ 27-inch Mobiuz 1080p 144Hz IPS LED Gaming Monitor with Eye-Care (EX2710), was $299.99 now $179.99
  • Deco Gear 34-inch 144Hz Curved Ultrawide Monitor, was $599.99 now $409.99
  • Dell 32-inch Curved 4K UHD Monitor, was $599.99 now $359.99
  • Gigabyte 27-inch M27Q, was $359.99 now $299.99
  • LG QHD Ultragear Nano IPS 144hz 1ms Gaming Monitor w/ Ergo Stand + Xbox Wireless Controller , was $514.98 now $369 – Must add both to cart!
  • LG 32-inch UHD VA Display 32UL500-W, was $349.99 now $286.99
  • LG 25-inch UltraWide FHD IPS LED Monitor, was $199.99 now $129.99
  • LG 27-inch 4K Ultra HD FreeSync IPS Monitor, was $449 now $379.99
  • LG 27-inch 4K UHD 5ms 60Hz IPS monitor, was $449.99 now $326.99
  • LG 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide Full HD 34WN650-W, was $399.99 now $296.99
  • MSI 34-inch Optix Ultra Wide QHD Monitor, was $429.99 now $359.99
  • Philips 27-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 75Hz IPS AMD FreeSync, was $219.99 now $169.99
  • Pixio 27-inch Prime 1440p 165Hz HDR 1ms IPS Gaming Monitor, was $379.99 now $324.99
  • Sceptre 27-inch IPS QHD 165Hz monitor, was $249.97 now $219.98
  • Sceptre 43.8-inch IPS Ultra Wide 32:9 monitor, was $699.97 now $599.07

Computer accessories

65% off Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Computer Headset

New today:

  • Canon TS6420 All-in-One Wireless Printer, was $129.99 now $99
  • Neewer Broadcast Studio Microphone Suspension Scissor Arm, was $13.99 now $5.88 with coupon code 58NMA821
  • Aothia Desk Pad, 23.6 inches by 13.7 inches, was $12.99 now $5.88 with coupon code 40S8Y997. Other sizes also available with same code.

Deals still going on:

  • EVGA Z15 RGB Gaming Keyboard – Linear, was $129.99 now $79
  • EVGA Z20 RGB Gaming Keyboard – Linear, was $174.99 now $94.95
  • EVGA Z15 RGB Gaming Keyboard – Clicky, was $129.99 now $49.99
  • EVGA Z20 RGB Gaming Keyboard – Clicky, was $174.99 now $108
  • HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Wired Gaming Keyboard, was $109.99 now $54.99
  • iMicro 2.4GHz Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse, was $19.99 now $14.99
  • Logitech Brio 4K Ultra HD Webcam, was $199.99 now $165
  • Logitech C920s Pro HD Webcam, was $69.99 now $59.99
  • Logitech C505 HD Webcam 720P, was $54.99 now $49.99
  • Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse, was $129.99 now $84.99
  • Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse with Hero 25K Sensor, was $149.99 now $119.99
  • Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Computer Headset, was $30.49 now $10.49
  • Razer DeathAdder v2 Mini Gaming Mouse, was $49.99 now $19.99
  • Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam + Ring Light 12-inch, was $179.98 now $151.43
  • Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam, was $99.99 now $71.44
  • Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam + Ring Light 12-inch, was $279.98 now $231.98
  • Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam, was $199.99 now $151.99
  • Razer Kraken X Ultralight Gaming Headset – Mercury White, was $49.99 now $35.99
  • Rosewill Fusion C40 Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo, was $49.99 now $35.99
  • SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with OLED Smart Display, was $179.99 now $157.99
  • Wavlink USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station, was $199.99 now $77.99

Computer Programs and Computer Applications

Deals still going on:

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 & Premiere Elements 2021 for PC/Mac as disc or code, was $149.99 now $89.99
  • Bitdefender Total Security 2021 – 2 Year / 5PCs, was $149.99 now $24.99 with promo code EMCEATH34

Networking

eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system deals on Amazon

eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system deals on Amazon

New today:

  • Asus AX3000 Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band PCIe Wireless Adapter with Bluetooth 5.0, was $69.99 now $62.61

Deals still going on:

  • Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 (3 routers), was $394 now $244
  • Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 (1 router + 2 extenders), was $279 now $195
  • Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 (1 router + 1 extender), was $199 now $139
  • Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 (1 router), was $129 now $90
  • D-Link Wi-Fi 6 Router AX1800, was $119.99 now $71.99
  • Google AC1200 Mesh WiFi System 4500 Sq Ft Coverage – 3 pack, was $199.99 now $195.99
  • Netgear Wi-Fi Extender AC750, was $46.99 now $23.99
  • Netgear 4-Stream AX1800 WiFi 6 Router (RAX20-100NAS), was $149.99 now $89.99
  • Netgear Nighthawk R6700 Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1750, was $99.99 now $76.49
  • TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Extender, was $49.99 now $29.99 with on page coupon
  • TP-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Extender, was $34.99 now $22.99
  • TP-Link Deco Mesh Wi-Fi System, was $189.99 now $149.99 with promo code on page
  • 8-port Gigabit Unmanaged Ethernet Switch, was $19.99 now $17.99

TV, TV accessories, and TV speakers

Televisions and Projectors

New today:

  • Artlii Pico Projector, was $53.99 now $49.99
  • Artlii Portable Native 1080p Wi-Fi Bluetooth Projector, was $199.99 now $179.99 with on page coupon

Deals still going on:

  • Anker Nebula Apollo mini projector and speaker, was $349.99 now $299.99 with on page coupon
  • Anker Nebula Astro mini projector and speaker, was $279.99 now $199.99 with on page coupon
  • Hisense 100-inch L5 Series 4K Android Smart HDR Projector Laser TV, was $4,999 now $3,499
  • Hisense 65-inch U7G Series Quantum ULED 4K UHD Android TV, was $1,099.99 now $999.99
  • Samsung LSP9T The Premiere Smart Triple Laser Projector, was $6,500 now $3,999
  • Vizio 58-inch M-Series 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Apple AirPlay 2 and Dolby Vision, was $769.99 now $699.99

LG OLED TV Deals

  • LG 48-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1196.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 55-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1296.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 55-inch 4K Smart OLED TV, was $1796.99 now $1496.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 65-inch Gallery 4K UHD HDR Smart OLED TV, was $3,499.99 now $2,096.99 plus get a $200 Gift Card and 3 Year Protection Plan
  • LG 65-inch 4K Smart OLED TV, was $2499.99 now $2096.99 and get a $100 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 65-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1596.99 and get a $100 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 77-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $3199.99 now $2,796.99 and get a $200 Visa Gift Card

Sony 4K TV Deals

  • Sony 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV XR65X90J, was $1,599.99 now $1,348
  • Sony 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV XR75X90J, was $2,399.99 now $1,898
  • Sony X90J 65-inch TV BRAVIA XR Full Array LED 4K Ultra HD, was $1,599.99 now $1,348

TV accessories and TV speakers

Deals still going on:

  • Jamo S 809 5.0 Home Cinema Pack – Black, was $1,297 now $817 previous sale was $987
  • Klipsch Reference Premiere 5.1 Channel Home Theater System, was $4,424 now $2,199
  • Roku Express 4K+ 2021, was $39.99 now $29

Smart Products

Deals still going on:

  • Coway Airmega 400 Smart Air Purifier (1,560 Sq Ft Coverage), was $749 now $473.39
  • eufy Security Solo IndoorCam, was $51.99 now $46.99 with on-page coupon
  • Kasa Smart 2K Security Indoor Camera with 2-Way Audio and Night Vision works with Alexa & Google Home, was $44.99 now $35.99
  • Kasa Smart Plug 4-Pack – White, was $29.99 now $24.99
  • Kasa Smart Light Switch HS200 2.4GHz Wi-Fi works with Alexa and Google Home, was $19.99 now $11.96
  • Kasa Smart Light Switch HS200 2.4GHz Wi-Fi works with Alexa and Google Home three-pack, was $44.99 now $34.99
  • Lenovo Smart Clock Essential + Smart Color A19 Bulb (800 Lumen), was $59.99 now $29.98
  • Reolink Lumus Outdoor WiFi Security Camera with Spotlight, was $49.99 now $39.99
  • Reolink 4MP Dual-Band WiFi Security Camera, was $59.99 now $47.99
  • Reolink 5MP Dual-Band WiFi Security Camera, was $99.99 now $84.99
  • SwitchBot Curatin Smart Electric Motor, was $99 now $74.99 with the on-page coupon
  • Ukoke Smart WiFi Portable Air Conditioner, was $630 now $360 on Walmart and Amazon
  • Wemo Smart Plug (HomeKit compatible) – 1 Pack, was $24.99 now $19.99

Deals still going on:

  • Body Champ 2-Piece Olympic Weight Bench with Rack Combo, was $252.03 now $136.82
  • Clobot Robotic Vacuum, was $199.99 now $149.99 using the on-page coupon
  • Coredy R750 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $320.99 now $199.99 with on page coupon
  • Coredy L900 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $519.99 now $349.99 with on page coupon
  • Ecovacs Deebot 711 Robot Vacuum Cleaner with 110 Minute Battery Life, was $549.99 now $165
  • Energizer AAA Batteries (48 Count), was $28.97 now $17.98
  • FlexiSpot Kana Bamboo Standing Desk with a 48-inch x 24-inch top board, was $449.99 now $399.99 with on-page coupon
  • Lefant Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $146.99 now $94.75 using the on-page coupon
  • Cricut Joy Machine, was $179.99 now $149
  • Cricut Maker, was $399.99 now $299
  • Echelon Connect Sport Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike with 30 Day Free United Membership, was $599 now $497
  • Endust Electronics Surface Cleaning Wipes 70 Count (6-Pack), was $47.99 now $19.99
  • iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) with Automatic Dirt Disposal, was $799 now $649
  • LG CordZero Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum, was $699.99 now $449.99
  • Peaktop Concrete Round Charcoal and Wood Burning Fire Pit, was $249.99 now $88.30
  • Roborock S6 Robot Vacuum, was $649.99 now $379.99 with on-page coupon
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers Ultimate Collection – 72 Count, was $49.99 now $44.15
  • Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, was $19.99 now $14.42
  • Skonyon Portable Evaporative Air Cooler Fan, was $199 now $99.98
  • Starbucks Dark Roast Coffee K-Cups 60-Count (Sumatra or French Roast), was $30.82 now $24.98

Headphones, Ear Buds, and Speakers

Deals still going on:

  • Anker Soundcore Life Note True Wireless Earbuds, was $23.99 refurbished $19.99
  • Beats Powerbeats, was $149.99 now $79.97
  • Beyerdynamic DT 990 250 Ohm Pro Studio Mixing and Mastering Open-Back Headphones, was $179 now $129 with promo code 93XRV74
  • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, was $228.85 refurbished $199
  • Edifier R1280Ts 42W Powered Bookshelf Studio Monitor Speaker, was $119.99 now $89.99
  • HiFiMan HE6 SE V2 Planar Magnetic Headphones, was $1,799 now $649
  • Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbud Headphones – Copper Black, was $79.99 now $49.99
  • Jabra Move Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset, was $80 now $29
  • Lenovo True Wireless Earbuds, was $49.99 now $14.99
  • HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset, was $99.99 now $69.99
  • Massdrop x Sennheister HD 6XX, was $220 now $195
  • Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Gaming Earbuds, was $99.99 now $48.86
  • Jamo S 803 Dolby Atmos Bookshelf Speakers – Black, was $299.00 now $199
  • Jabra Elite 25h Wireless Bluetooth Music Headphones Black, was $99.99 now $23.99
  • JBL Link Music, was $119.95 refurbished $89.99
  • Infinity Reference R12 Subwoofer, was $499.95 now $169.99
  • Sony Truly Wireless Sports In-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones – WFSP800N/B, was $199.99 refurbished $49.99
  • Westone W60 Gen 2 Six-Driver True-Fit Earphones with MMCX Audio and Bluetooth Cables, was $999.99 now $379

Tech and gadgets

Deals still going on:

  • DJI Mavic Mini Combo Drone, was $499 now $349
  • GoPro Hero9 Black Waterproof Action Camera, was $399.99 now $349.99
  • Monoprice Cadet 3D Printer, was $199.99 now $169.99 with promo code CADET15 ends 09/12
  • Monoprice Maker Ultimate 2 3D Printer, was $499.99 now $399.99 with promo code ULTIMATE20 ends 09/12
  • Monoprice MP Select Mini V2 3D Printer, was $199.99 now $159.99 with promo code MSELECT20 ends 09/12
  • Pimax Vision 8K X Virtual Reality Headset, was $1,449 now $1,399
  • Pimax Vision 5K Super Virtual Reality Headset, was $749 now $729
  • Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator, was $116 now $90.99

Video games, toys, and games

Deals still going on:

  • Amazon Prime Gaming Free Games including Knockout City/Puzzle Agent/and more, on Amazon Prime Gaming
  • Battlefield 4 Premium Edition, was $39.99 now $35.99
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger, was $24.99 now $14.99
  • Eldritch Horror Strategy Board Game, was $59.99 now $30.11
  • Funko Godzilla Tokyo Clash Board Game – Multicolor, was $34.99 now $26.07
  • Halo Infinite Collector’s Steelbook Edition + Mega Construx Assorted Color Halo Helmet (Xbox), was $69.99 now $59.99
  • Hard Place, now FREE
  • Lego Creator Expert: Fiat 500 Baby Blue, Limited Edition (77942), was $103.99 now $89.99
  • Lego Architecture London Skyline Collection (468 Pieces), was $39.99 now $32
  • Lego Architecture Empire State Building 21046 (1,767 Pieces), was $129.99 now $103.94
  • Lego BrickHeadz Star Wars: The Mandalorian & The Child Building Set – 295-Piece, was $19.99 now $14.99
  • Lego DC Batman: Batman Cowl (76182), was $59.99 now $49.79
  • Lego Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire Hogwarts Castle Clock Tower, was $89.99 now $72 on Walmart and Target
  • Lego Ideas Central Perk Building Kit 21319 (1,070 Pieces), was $59.99 now $48.00
  • Lego Star Wars: at-ST Raider 75254 (540 Pieces), was $49.99 now $39.99
  • Lego Super Mario Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set 71365 (217 pieces), was $29.99 now $20.99
  • The Lego Movie 2 Videogame – Xbox One, was $19.99 now $5.49
  • Leisure Suit Larry 5 – Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, was $4.49 now FREE
  • Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller (Carbon Black), was $59.99 now $49.99
  • Monopoly Game: Disney Frozen 2 Edition Board Game, was $19.99 now $7.44
  • The Office TV Show Downsizing Board Game, was $14.99 now $4.04
  • Paper Mario The Origami King – Nintendo Switch, was $38.80 now $35.45
  • Quake II RTX is free on GOG.
  • Risk of Rain 2 – Nintendo Switch, was $29.99 now $17.59
  • Resident Evil Village/Resident Evil 8 Steam Key, was $79.99 now $34.29
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo Switch, was $59.99 now $49.94

Movies

Deals still going on:

  • American Made (4K Ultra HD) [UHD], was $49.99 now $14.96
  • Black Panther (2018) (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99
  • Captain Marvel (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99
  • Doctor Strange (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99
  • Iron Man (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99
  • Iron Man 2 (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99
  • Robocop 1-3 Trilogy (RPKG/DVD), was $14.97 now $9.60
  • Sharknado: The Complete Saga, was $71.94 now $19.99
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital), was $25.99 now $10 on Amazon and Target
  • Thor (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99
  • Thor: The Dark World (4K UHD), was $20 now $7.99

Apple products and Accessories

iPhone Cases

Deals still going on:

iPhone 12 Pro Max

  • Apple Leather Sleeve with MagSafe – Saddle Brown, was $129 now $52
  • Sidekick Hybrid Case, was $11.99 now $3.36 with on page coupon and promo code 56UQ7KRT
  • Hybrid Sidekick Case + 2pcs Screen Protector, was $9.99 now $3.36 with promo code 56UQ7KRT
  • Alliance Tough Case (Blue) + 2pcs Screen Protector, was $14.99 now $5.99 with on page coupon and promo code 56UQ7KRT

iPhone 12 Pro

  • Apple Leather Case with MagSafe – (Product) RED, was $59 now $49.99
  • Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe – (Product) RED, was $49 now $34.99
  • Hybrid Sidekick Case + 2pcs Screen Protector, was $11.99 now $4.80 with on page coupon and promo code 56UQ7KRT
  • Rugged Case with Kickstand, was $16.99 now $7.13 with on page coupon and promo code 5PEM3YII
  • Sidekick Hybrid Case with MagSafe (Frosted Black), was $17.99 now $9.59 with on page coupon and promo code 5PEM3YII

iPhone 12 mini

  • Crystal-Clear Rugged Case, was $9.99 now $1.99 with on page coupon and promo code 56UQ7KRT
  • Hybrid Sidekick Case + 2pcs Screen Protector, was $13.99 now $3.92 with on page coupon and promo code 56UQ7KRT

iPhone 11 cases

  • Mophie Juice Pack Access 2200mAh Battery Case – Blush Pink, was $69.99 now $15 with promo code MOPHIE50

iPhone 11 Pro cases

  • MophieJuice Pack Access 2000mAh Battery Case, was $99.95 now $15 in Black and Blush Pink with promo code MOPHIE50

iPhone 11 Pro Max cases

  • Mophie Juice Pack Access 2200mAh Battery Case, was $99.95 now $15 in Black and Blush Pink with promo code MOPHIE50

iPhone XS or iPhone X cases

  • Mophie 2000mAh Juice Pack Access Battery Case, was 99.95 now $8 in Stone and Deep Red with promo code MOPHIE50

iPhone XS Max cases

  • Mophie 2000mAh Juice Pack Access Battery Case, was 99.95 now $8 in Stone and Deep Red with promo code MOPHIE50

iPhone XR cases

  • Mophie Juice Pack Access 2000mAh Battery Case – Red, was $49.99 now $12.48 with promo code MOPHIE50

MagSafe Products

Deals still going on:

  • Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe, was $59 now $49.55
  • Apple MagSafe Charger at Daily Steals, was $39.99 now $31.99
  • Apple MagSafe Charger at Amazon, was $39.99 now $29.98
  • Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter, was $19.00 now $16.45
  • OtterBox Style Folio Wallet for MagSafe – iPhone 12 mini – Black, was $49.95 now $24.95

Other Apple products and Apple accessory products

50% off Anker PowerWave Pad

50% off Anker PowerWave Pad

New today:

  • CostCo members only: HomePod mini, 2-pack, was $189.99 now $149.99

Deals still going on:

  • 3-Pack 3-foot 6-foot & 10-foot Braided Heavy Duty Lightning Cables, was $25 now $12plus members get an extra 10% off and non-members get free shipping with promo code AIFS
  • AirPods Pro, was $249 refurbished $129
  • Anker PowerWave Pad 7.5/10W Wireless Charger (No AC Adapter), was $14.99 now $7.49 with promo code ANKER015
  • Apple Gift Card, buy $100 gift card get a $10 Best Buy giftcard
  • Sam’s Club members only: HomePod mini, was $99.98 now $74.98
  • Apple Pencil (2nd Generation), was $129 now $99
  • Belkin Studio 10W Wireless Rapid Charging Stand, was $40 now $10
  • Magic Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd Generation) (4th Generation), was $349 now $199
  • M1 Mac mini 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM, was $699 open box $549
  • Neewer 12-inch RGB Ring Light Selfie Light Ring with Tripod Stand & Phone Holder, was $60.99 now $41.99 with on page coupon

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless is offering the ad-supported tier of HBO Max for free, included with the subscription. Customers also get a year of Sam’s Club and Acorns savings with their purchase.

The single line plan with all these perks starts at $60 per month. Purchase three months of this plan as a new customer to get an iPhone SE for $0 once rebates and discounts are included. Visit Cricket Wireless for terms and conditions.



Best Deals Sept. 3 – $25 off HomePod mini, early Labor Day sales, more!


Friday’s best deals include early Labor Day sales, $270 off Roborock robot vacuum, 50% off Anker wireless charger, $25 off HomePod mini, and more!

Shopping online for the best discounts and deals can be an annoying and challenging task. So rather than sifting through miles of advertisements, check out this list of sales we’ve hand-picked just for the AppleInsider audience.

You’ll find more than just Apple products here. Each section is organized by product type or brand and can contain anything from furniture to iPhone cases.

If an item is out of stock, it may still be able to be ordered for delivery at a later date. These deals won’t last long, so act fast for anything that might be of interest to you.

Deals are added every day, throughout the day.

Labor Day Sales!

Labor Day Deal: Monoprice Better than Black Friday Sales

  • Monoprice Commercial Audio 70V 4-inch Weatherproof 2-Way Speakers with Wall Mount Bracket, was $92.99 now $55.79
  • Monoprice 4K SlimRun AV High Speed HDMI Cable 10ft, was $74.99 now $44.99
  • Pure Outdoor Bamboo Folding Table with Aluminum Legs, was $129.99 now $90.99
  • Workstream by Monoprice Gas-Lift Height Adjustable Sit-Stand Rolling Laptop Desk, Black, was $219.99 now $131.99
  • Blackbird Quad Multiview HDMI Seamless KVM Switch with USB 3.0, was $370.99 now $259.99
  • Monoprice Tilt/Swivel DUAL Monitor Desk Mount Bracket, was $69.99 now $48.99
  • Or browse the rest of their Labor Day sales

OWC MacSales Labor Day Event

  • Apple TV 4K (2017), was $199 now $139
  • Yamaha Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speakers NX-B55 – Black, was $239.95 now $174.99
  • Apple Magic Keyboard 2, was $99 now $88.75
  • Rain Design mTower Macbook Stand – Space Gray, was $49.90 now $39.96
  • and various other products

eBay Labor Day 15% off

  • Apple 13-inch MacBook Air, i7, was $1,449 refurbished $492.15 with promo code SAVE15LABORDAY
  • Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, was $379 refurbished $237.15 with promo code SAVE15LABORDAY
  • and save 15% off several other eBay products with promo code SAVE15LABORDAY

Best Buy Labor Day Appliance Sale

Best Buy has its Labor Day appliance sale going on now. Customers can score up to 25% off appliances, small appliances and more.

The company also is offering 24 month financing on appliance and Geek Squad purchases $999 and up with the My Best Buy Credit Card. Offer ends 9/15/21. For more info visit Best Buy’s website.

Computers, monitors, and accessories

Computer parts

New today:

  • Corsair 4000D Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX PC Case White, was $94.99 now $59.99

Deals still going on:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600x, was $302.99 now $279.99
  • Newegg bundle: Intel Core i5-10600KA Comet Lake 6-Core 4.1 GHz LGA 1200 125W Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630 and ASRock B560 Pro4 LGA 1200 Intel B560 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Moth, was $334.98 now $259.98 with promo code GMEDAYS34
  • Razer Core X Chroma Aluminum External GPU Enclosure, was $499.99 now $399.99
  • Razer Core X Aluminum External GPU Enclosure, was $399.99 now $279.99
  • Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower Case with 2 fans, was $40 now $27.95
  • XFX Speedster MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6900XT 16GB GDDR6, was $1,799.99 now $1,999.99

Computer Storage

Deals still going on:

  • PNY 1TB Technologies CS3040 XLR8 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 4 Solid State Drive, was $179.99 now $139.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and Newegg
  • Samsung 2TB 870 QVO Internal SSD, was $229.99 now $169.99 on Amazon and Newegg
  • Samsung 1TB 970 EVO Plus M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive, was $169.99 now $144.99
  • Samsung EVO Plus SDXC SD Card 256GB, was $39.99 now $29.99
  • Samsung EVO Select microsSDXC UHS-1 U3 512GB Card with adapter, was $99.99 now $69.99
  • Samsung EVO Select microsSDXC UHS-1 U3 256GB Card with adapter, was $49.99 now $34.99
  • SanDisk 128GB Ultra Dual Drive Go USB Type-C / USB Flash Drive, was $74.99 now $19.99
  • Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services, was $134.99 now $104.99
  • Team Group 1TB T-Force Vulcan G 2.5-inch SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive, was $95.99 now $79.99
  • Team Group 2280 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive, was $104.99 now $89.99
  • WD 4TB My Book USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, was $99.99 now $89
  • WD 4TB Purple Surveillance Hard Disk Drive, was $110.99 now $104.99
  • WD 6TB My Book USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, was $249.99 now $129.99
  • WD 12TB Elements USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive Black, was $309.99 now $276.47
  • WD 500GB Black SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe Solid State Drive, was $119.99 now $59.99
  • WD 5TB Easystore External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive – Black, was $179.99 now $107.99 at Best Buy and Ebay
  • WD Elements 14TB USB 3.0 Micro-B Desktop Hard Drive, was $349.99 now $271.19

Laptops, desktops, computers, and tablets

Deals still going on:

  • CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme Gaming Desktop Computer with Intel Core i5-11600KF 3.9GHz 16GB RAM 1TB SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB, was $1,469.99 now $1,289.99
  • Gigabyte Aero 15.6-inch 4K OLED Laptop with Intel Core i9 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3080 32GB RAM 1.5TB SSD, was $3,449 now $2,949
  • Gigabyte 15.6-inch Aero OLED 4K UHD Gaming Notebook Computer with Intel Core i7-11800H 2.3GHz 16GB RAM 512GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB – Black, was $1,799 now $1,599
  • Gigabyte Aero 15.6-inch Laptop with i7-11800H 4K OLED RTX 3060 16GB RAM 512GB SSD, was $1,799 now $1,249 with rebate and get an Intel Gamer Days Bundle free with purchase
  • HP ProDesk 600 G3 Micro Tower Desktop Computer with Intel Core i5-7500 3.40GHz 8GB RAM 1TB HDD, was $799 now $539.99
  • Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 Laptop: Ryzen 7 5700U, 15.6″ FHD Touch, 16GB DDR4, 512GB SSD was $859.99 now $729.99
  • Lenovo Legion 17.3-inch 5 Laptop: Ryzen 7 5800H 512GB PCIe SSD RTX 3070 (Build your own computer), was $1,799.99 now $1,549.99
  • MSI 15.6-inch GF65 144hz Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i5 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 512GB SSD 8GB Memory Black, was $1,099.99 now $919.99
  • Razer 17.3-inch Blade Pro 17 240Hz Gaming Notebook Computer with Intel Core i7-9750H 2.6GHz 16GB RAM 512GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 8GB, was $3,199.99 now $2,299.99

Computer RAM and Computer Memory

New today:

  • Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Laptop Memory, was $89.99 now $79.99 with promo code CRUCD4444
  • Crucial 32GB (16GBx2) Ballistix RGB 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit, was $196.47 with promo code CRUCD4445
  • Crucial 32GB (2×16) Ballistix DDR4 3600 CL16 Desktop RAM kit, was $187.95 now $154.95 with promo code EMC2AZ9Z233
  • G.Skill 32GB (2x16GB) Ripjaws V Series DDR4 3200, was $139.99 now $121.99

Deals still going on:

  • Team T-Create 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200 SO-DIMM Laptop RAM kit, was $69.99 now $59.99

Monitors and monitor accessories

New today:

  • Acer Predator 14-inch Triton 300 SE 144Hz Laptop with Intel 11th Gen i7 – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti – 16GB DDR4 – 512GB SSD, was $1,349.99 now $1,049.99
  • MSI Sword 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050ti 512GB SSD 8GB RAM, was $1,199.99 now $899.99

Deals still going on:

  • Acer 27-inch Nitro VG270U Pbmiipx was $369.99 now $289.99
  • AOC 15.6-inch USB-C portable monitor, was $179.99 now $129
  • AOC 32-inch FHD 75Hz Adaptive Sync Curved Gaming Monitor C32V3H, was $224.99 now $199.99
  • Arzopa 15.6-inch Portable Monitor FHD HDR FreeSync 1080P, was $199.99 now $139.99
  • Asus 27-inch VG278Q 1080p 144Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor, was $249.99 now $219.99
  • BenQ 27-inch Mobiuz 1080p 144Hz IPS LED Gaming Monitor with Eye-Care (EX2710), was $299.99 now $179.99
  • Deco Gear 34-inch 144Hz Curved Ultrawide Monitor, was $599.99 now $409.99
  • Dell 32-inch Curved 4K UHD Monitor, was $599.99 now $359.99
  • Gigabyte 27-inch M27Q, was $359.99 now $299.99
  • LG 25-inch UltraWide FHD IPS LED Monitor, was $199.99 now $129.99
  • LG 27-inch 4K Ultra HD FreeSync IPS Monitor, was $449 now $379.99
  • LG 27-inch 4K UHD 5ms 60Hz IPS monitor, was $449.99 now $326.99
  • LG 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide Full HD 34WN650-W, was $399.99 now $296.99
  • MSI 34-inch Optix Ultra Wide QHD Monitor, was $429.99 now $359.99
  • Philips 27-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 75Hz IPS AMD FreeSync, was $219.99 now $169.99
  • Pixio 27-inch Prime 1440p 165Hz HDR 1ms IPS Gaming Monitor, was $379.99 now $324.99
  • Sceptre 43.8-inch IPS Ultra Wide 32:9 monitor, was $699.97 now $599.07

Computer accessories

65% off Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Computer Headset

65% off Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Computer Headset

New today:

  • Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Computer Headset, was $30.49 now $10.49

Deals still going on:

  • EVGA Z15 RGB Gaming Keyboard – Linear, was $129.99 now $49.99
  • EVGA Z20 RGB Gaming Keyboard – Linear, was $174.99 now $94.95
  • EVGA Z15 RGB Gaming Keyboard – Clicky, was $129.99 now $49.99
  • EVGA Z20 RGB Gaming Keyboard – Clicky, was $174.99 now $108
  • HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Wired Gaming Keyboard, was $109.99 now $54.99
  • iMicro 2.4GHz Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse, was $19.99 now $14.99
  • Logitech Brio 4K Ultra HD Webcam, was $199.99 now $165
  • Logitech C920s Pro HD Webcam, was $69.99 now $59.99
  • Logitech C505 HD Webcam 720P, was $54.99 now $49.99
  • Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse, was $129.99 now $84.99
  • Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse with Hero 25K Sensor, was $149.99 now $119.99
  • Logitech MX Ergo, was $86.45 now $79.99
  • Razer DeathAdder v2 Mini Gaming Mouse, was $49.99 now $19.99
  • Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam + Ring Light 12-inch, was $179.98 now $143.98
  • Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam, was $99.99 now $63.99
  • Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam + Ring Light 12-inch, was $279.98 now $229.98
  • Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam, was $199.99 now $149.99
  • Razer Kraken X Ultralight Gaming Headset – Mercury White, was $49.99 now $34.99
  • Rosewill Fusion C40 Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo, was $49.99 now $35.99
  • Wavlink USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station, was $199.99 now $77.99

Computer Programs and Computer Applications

Deals still going on:

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 & Premiere Elements 2021 for PC/Mac as disc or code, was $149.99 now $89.99
  • Bitdefender Total Security 2021 – 2 Year / 5PCs, was $149.99 now $24.99 with promo code EMCEATH34

Networking

eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system deals on Amazon

eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system deals on Amazon

New today:

  • Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 (3 routers), was $394 now $244
  • Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 (1 router + 2 extenders), was $279 now $195
  • Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 (1 router + 1 extender), was $199 now $139
  • Amazon eero 6 dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 (1 router), was $129 now $90

Deals still going on:

  • Google AC1200 Mesh WiFi System 4500 Sq Ft Coverage – 3 pack, was $199.99 now $174.98
  • Netgear 4-Stream AX1800 WiFi 6 Router (RAX20-100NAS), was $149.99 now $80.64
  • Netgear Nighthawk R6700 Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1750, was $99.99 now $76.49
  • Netgear Wireless Access Point WiFi 6 (WAX630PA), was $349.99 now $259.99
  • TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Extender, was $49.99 now $29.99 with on page coupon
  • TP-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Extender, was $34.99 now $22.99
  • TP-Link Deco Mesh Wi-Fi System, was $189.99 now $149.99 with promo code on page
  • 8-port Gigabit Unmanaged Ethernet Switch, was $19.99 now $17.99

TV, TV accessories, and TV speakers

Televisions and Projectors

Deals still going on:

  • Anker Nebula Apollo mini projector and speaker, was $349.99 now $299.99 with on page coupon
  • Anker Nebula Astro mini projector and speaker, was $279.99 now $199.99 with on page coupon
  • Hisense 100-inch L5 Series 4K Android Smart HDR Projector Laser TV, was $4,999 now $3,499
  • Hisense 65-inch U7G Series Quantum ULED 4K UHD Android TV, was $1,099.99 now $999.99
  • Samsung LSP9T The Premiere Smart Triple Laser Projector, was $6,500 now $3,999
  • Vizio 58-inch M-Series 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Apple AirPlay 2 and Dolby Vision, was $769.99 now $699.99

LG OLED TV Deals

  • LG 48-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1196.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 55-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1296.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 55-inch 4K Smart OLED TV, was $1796.99 now $1496.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 65-inch Gallery 4K UHD HDR Smart OLED TV, was $3,499.99 now $2,096.99 plus get a $200 Gift Card and 3 Year Protection Plan
  • LG 65-inch 4K Smart OLED TV, was $2499.99 now $2096.99 and get a $100 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 65-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1596.99 and get a $100 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 77-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $3199.99 now $2,796.99 and get a $200 Visa Gift Card

Sony 4K TV Deals

  • Sony 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV XR65X90J, was $1,599.99 now $1,348
  • Sony 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV XR75X90J, was $2,399.99 now $1,898
  • Sony X90J 65-inch TV BRAVIA XR Full Array LED 4K Ultra HD, was $1,599.99 now $1,348

TV accessories and TV speakers

Deals still going on:

  • Jamo S 809 5.0 Home Cinema Pack – Black, was $1,297 now $817 previous sale was $987
  • Klipsch Reference Premiere 5.1 Channel Home Theater System, was $4,424 now $2,199
  • Roku Express 4K+ 2021, was $39.99 now $29

Smart Products

Deals still going on:

  • Coway Airmega 400 Smart Air Purifier (1,560 Sq Ft Coverage), was $749 now $440.84
  • eufy Security Solo IndoorCam, was $51.99 now $46.99 with on-page coupon
  • Kasa Smart 2K Security Indoor Camera with 2-Way Audio and Night Vision works with Alexa & Google Home, was $44.99 now $35.99
  • Kasa Smart Plug 4-Pack – White, was $29.99 now $24.99
  • Kasa Smart Light Switch HS200 2.4GHz Wi-Fi works with Alexa and Google Home, was $19.99 now $11.96
  • Kasa Smart Light Switch HS200 2.4GHz Wi-Fi works with Alexa and Google Home three-pack, was $44.99 now $34.99
  • Lenovo Smart Clock Essential + Smart Color A19 Bulb (800 Lumen), was $59.99 now $29.98
  • Reolink Lumus Outdoor WiFi Security Camera with Spotlight, was $49.99 now $39.99
  • Reolink 4MP Dual-Band WiFi Security Camera, was $59.99 now $47.99
  • Reolink 5MP Dual-Band WiFi Security Camera, was $99.99 now $84.99
  • Ukoke Smart WiFi Portable Air Conditioner, was $630 now $360 on Walmart and Amazon
  • Wemo Smart Plug (HomeKit compatible) – 1 Pack, was $24.99 now $18.47

New today:

  • Roborock S6 Robot Vacuum, was $649.99 now $379.99 with on-page coupon

Deals still going on:

  • Body Champ 2-Piece Olympic Weight Bench with Rack Combo, was $252.03 now $136.82
  • Clobot Robotic Vacuum, was $199.99 now $149.99 using the on-page coupon
  • Coredy R750 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $320.99 now $199.99 with on page coupon
  • Coredy L900 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $519.99 now $349.99 with on page coupon
  • Ecovacs Deebot 711 Robot Vacuum Cleaner with 110 Minute Battery Life, was $549.99 now $165
  • Energizer AAA Batteries (48 Count), was $28.97 now $17.98
  • FlexiSpot Kana Bamboo Standing Desk with a 48-inch x 24-inch top board, was $449.99 now $399.99 with on-page coupon
  • Lefant Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $146.99 now $94.75 using the on-page coupon
  • Cricut Joy Machine, was $179.99 now $149
  • Cricut Maker, was $399.99 now $299
  • Echelon Connect Sport Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike with 30 Day Free United Membership, was $599 now $497
  • Endust Electronics Surface Cleaning Wipes 70 Count (6-Pack), was $47.99 now $19.99
  • iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) with Automatic Dirt Disposal, was $799 now $649
  • LG CordZero Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum, was $699.99 now $449.99
  • Peaktop Concrete Round Charcoal and Wood Burning Fire Pit, was $249.99 now $88.30
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers Ultimate Collection – 72 Count, was $49.99 now $44.15
  • Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, was $19.99 now $14.42
  • Skonyon Portable Evaporative Air Cooler Fan, was $199 now $99.98
  • Starbucks Dark Roast Coffee K-Cups 60-Count (Sumatra or French Roast), was $30.82 now $24.98

Headphones, Ear Buds, and Speakers

Deals still going on:

  • Anker Soundcore Life Note True Wireless Earbuds, was $23.99 refurbished $19.99
  • Beats Powerbeats, was $149.99 now $79.97
  • Beyerdynamic DT 990 250 Ohm Pro Studio Mixing and Mastering Open-Back Headphones, was $179 now $129 with promo code 93XRV74
  • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, was $228.85 refurbished $199
  • Edifier R1280Ts 42W Powered Bookshelf Studio Monitor Speaker, was $119.99 now $89.99
  • HiFiMan HE6 SE V2 Planar Magnetic Headphones, was $1,799 now $649
  • Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbud Headphones – Copper Black, was $79.99 now $49.99
  • Jabra Move Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset, was $80 now $29
  • Lenovo True Wireless Earbuds, was $49.99 now $14.99
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HomePod mini will now work with 18W power supplies after version 14.3 update


Thanks to the HomePod version 14.3 update, Apple’s new HomePod mini now supports 18W power adapters or battery packs

The HomePod mini ships with a 20W power adapter and originally required at least 20W to function. An update reduces this limit to 18W, which enables a wider range of adapters and battery packs to work.

The 8-Bit reports that Reddit users discovered the change when testing different power adapters. Apple did not disclose the change in the update notes, but if you use a certified 18W USB-C PD power supply or one offering a greater wattage, you’ll be able to run your HomePod mini without issue.

As AppleInsider previously covered, you can even connect your HomePod mini to a battery pack to create a portable AirPlay 2 speaker. As long as you have a proper WiFi signal for the HomePod mini to connect through, all functions should work as normal, even under battery power.

The update doesn’t affect the power of the original HomePod, as that model requires a direct connection to a power outlet via a plug, rather than a power adapter.



Review: Apple’s HomePod mini is the speaker for the rest of us


The HomePod mini is perhaps the Siri smart speaker that Apple should have done sooner, but it’s certainly the one you should buy now, even with some limitations.

HomePod mini – design and size

Where the original HomePod was quite small, and unexpectedly heavy, the HomePod mini is the opposite. Its 3.3 inches in height make it only slightly half the HomePod’s 6.8 inches, and the width is similarly less.

The original HomePod comes in at 5.6 inches wide, while the HomePod mini is 3.9 inches. Knowing those figures does not prepare you, though, for how much smaller the HomePod mini appears in real life.

It feels more like a tennis ball in your hand, and the almost spherical nature of the design helps with this. But then, so does the weight — HomePod mini is around a seventh of the weight of a HomePod at 0.76 pounds.

There’s no mistaking it as anything other than a HomePod, though. HomePod mini comes with the same kind of acoustic mesh covering as its older, bigger sibling, and is similarly available in white and space grey.

Both models have a screen at the top, which provides some basic controls, plus status indicators. Where the HomePod’s screen is slightly convex and looks like it sits atop the speaker, the HomePod mini’s one is a little recessed into the speaker’s mesh.

That will protect it from accidental touches as you move or carry the HomePod mini. So far in testing the HomePod mini screen does also seem to be more resistant to fingerprint smudges.

The HomePod mini offers the same five touch controls via the screen — tap to play, hold to activate Siri, and so on — as the regular HomePod. Just as with the regular HomePod, though, you are more likely to use the screen solely as a way of seeing if Siri is reacting to you.

That all works the same way on both models. To find another design difference between them, you have to look to almost the opposite end of the HomePod mini where the power cord is.

On the regular HomePod, the cable is a permanent fixture, and ends with a power adapter. The cord is also permanent on the HomePod mini, but it instead of terminating in a power adaptor, this cable ends with a USB-C plug.

For the majority of users this may not be a significant difference in the slightest. Apple includes a 20W power adapter with a USB-C socket in the box, so once you’ve plugged it into the wall, you can entirely forget about it.

However, for the first time with a HomePod, this does raise the possibility of portability.

HomePod mini — portability, and specifications

In theory, you can take a HomePod mini anywhere, and power it from a USB-C battery pack. In practice, you can take it some places, and you can power it from some such external batteries.

It makes for quite an ungainly portable speaker, with its long power cord permanently connected. However, what really limits its portability is that the HomePod mini needs a 20W power supply — even if it doesn’t actually use it all the time — and also a strong WiFi signal.

Apple’s supplied power adapter will of course work, but you can’t plug HomePod mini into, say, a MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports and expect to hear anything. Portable battery chargers have to have USB-C and to supply enough power.

There are plenty of such chargers, though, so it’s going to be Wi-Fi that is more often what stops you using the HomePod mini as a portable smart speaker. The HomePod mini supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, as compared to 802.11n WiFi for the original HomePod.

HomePod mini on our desk is great for music, podcasts, and phone calls

HomePod mini on our desk is great for music, podcasts, and phone calls

During setup, alongside such helpful messages as “Setup Failed (-71160),” Apple also warned that not all Wi-Fi networks are created equal. It cautioned us that one network we were connecting to did not support peer-to-peer connections, and that this will affect AirPlay.

HomePod mini relies on Wi-Fi to stream Apple Music — or other audio sources — but it also uses it heavily during the initial setup. If your Wi-Fi signal is weak where you want to place the HomePod mini, you may not even be able to complete the setup.

What you can do, though, is take the HomePod mini and set it up somewhere in your house or office where the network signal is stronger. Set it up there, then you can move it back to a weaker Wi-Fi area and it will work.

HomePod mini — sound quality

The sole point where Apple regularly beats other smart speakers has been when comparing the sound quality. And the HomePod mini is not as good as the HomePod.

Where the HomePod has what Apple describes as a high-excursion woofer with custom amplifier, the HomePod mini does not. It has a “full-range driver and dual passive radiators for deep bass and crisp high frequencies,” instead.

The HomePod also has automatic bass correction via an internal low-frequency microphone that’s used for calibration. The HomePod mini doesn’t have that, nor does it have the regular HomePod’s seven tweeters with separate custom amplifiers each.

Both models do utilize Apple’s computational audio, which means both constantly monitor and adjust the music they’re playing for maximum effect. Both can be used in a stereo pair for better overall sound, too, but you can’t pair a HomePod with a HomePod mini.

HomePods don’t just play audio, though, they also listen for users speaking to them. The original HomePod has six microphones for listening out for “Hey, Siri,” but the HomePod mini only has four.

Playing music on HomePod mini

Playing music on HomePod mini

It’s hard to truly compare “like for like” sound features, though, as the hardware in the original HomePod hasn’t been updated since its launch in 2018. The software has, adding features such as multiple users, but the hardware still runs on an Apple A8 processor.

The HomePod mini uses Apple’s S5 processor, which is newer, but then it also lacks certain features. Specifically, the HomePod mini cannot automatically recalibrate itself to match the acoustics of a room.

On specifications, then, the HomePod mini is in every way a cutdown HomePod. The new device can’t match the old for features, it is physically incapable of matching the HomePod for audio quality.

Many of the disadvantages of the smaller size of the HomePod mini go away when you get two of them. In our trials, in a small office, a pair of full-size HomePods in a small room only required about 15% volume. We’ve gotten roughly equivalent sound from a pair of HomePod minis at 45%.

It’s not a precise scale, though. For instance, with a single HomePod at 20%, a single HomePod mini needed to be at 35% to sound the same.

Even though you have to turn up the volume on a HomePod mini compared to a regular HomePod, though, it will still fill the room. That sound won’t have as much bass as the original HomePod would, but you can have a single one in a room without it feeling confined to a corner.

That’s most clearly the case when you’re playing music. However, it’s also loud and full-sounding enough for podcasts — and for the HomePod mini’s range of white noise and ambient sounds.

In that larger living room example above, though, having a pair of them is more than the sum of their parts. The flatter bass and highs that you get with a single HomePod mini were gone, with no real distortion noticed until we were, literally, at maximum volume.

That said, where the original HomePod has a silicone base, the new HomePod mini has a hard plastic one. If you get a harmonic vibration from the furniture that you set the device on, consider cutting a rubber mat or neoprene pad into a pair of one-inch diameter circles to put between that hard plastic and the surface you’re setting the HomePod mini on — you won’t be sorry.

You’d be right to expect all of this because the device is $200 cheaper than the HomePod. However, you’d be wrong to presume that the differences are as noticeable as they appear from the spec list.

If you never move your HomePod between rooms, you won’t have spotted how it recalibrates, for instance, and you won’t have heard how different it can sound. And most significantly of all, what you read on the specifications list does not match what you hear when you play music over the HomePod mini.

This new device is a very, very good speaker. Maybe it’s the combination of the price, and definitely the size, but even though we know it isn’t as good as full HomePod, it sounds great to us.

For one quite ridiculous yet also deeply satisfying way to find how good it is, try out handoff.

HomePod mini — Handoff

If you’re playing music on your iPhone, hold that next to the HomePod mini — or the original HomePod — and the smart speaker takes over. Instead of playing on your iPhone, the music is now playing on the HomePod mini.

It’s not an instantaneous transfer, and it fact it seems to vary quite a lot. However, it is fast, and it is a delight.

Apple will be upgrading the Handoff experience in a future update

Apple will be upgrading the Handoff experience in a future update

If you can’t properly compare a HomePod mini to a HomePod for audio quality, you obviously can’t compare the new device to an iPhone. Yet the first time you use handoff, you feel the music going from perfectly fine on the phone, to filling the room with the HomePod mini.

Handoff works in reverse too. So you can pick up whatever you’re listening to on the HomePod mini and walk out with it on your iPhone. Again, it isn’t instant, and the speed does vary, but handoff is a treat.

Or it is so long as you position your iPhone just so. Now that we’re used to it, it’s as if we can’t force it to fail. But it takes time to find the right position to hold your iPhone next to your HomePod mini.

Handoff has been on the original HomePod for a while, but the HomePod mini includes Apple’s U1 Ultra Wideband processor — and it’s going to use that for handoff. Apple says that, “later this year” HomePod mini will be updated with an improved handoff experience that feels almost as if your devices are “physically connected.”

That leveraging of the U1 chip will make handoff more seamless. It will presumably track your equally U1-enabled iPhone with great precision, so it will be much more accurate when you try to use handoff.

HomePod mini — Setup

If it takes practice to get used to handoff, the main setup of your HomePod mini is extremely straightforward. However, we do quite specifically say it’s easy for your HomePod mini, the one you got for yourself.

It isn’t necessarily so for other people. If you give someone in your household a HomePod mini, you have to be prepared to have to set it up for them yourself.

That’s because Apple’s HomeKit insists on HomePod mini being setup by the “owner” of the house. That’s the owner as in whoever bothered to set up the Home app first.

HomePod mini is great in the kitchen

HomePod mini is great in the kitchen

They have to set it up, and so it is their HomePod mini, which responds to their voice, and has their favorite music on it. Once it’s set up, the person you’re giving it to has to then schlep through settings to get control.

Apple is probably right that there’s usually one geek in the house who does all of this. But HomeKit needs to play nicer, easier with multiple people than it does now.

The HomePod mini could be what drives that, though. It is such a good present to give someone that the HomePod mini is doubtlessly going to mean Apple gets a better inroad into peoples’ smart homes.

HomePod mini — HomeKit

Speaking of the home, HomePod mini can act as a full-featured Home Hub for Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform. A Home Hub is an essential part of any HomeKit home that adds several important abilities.

When you add a Home Hub, you can access your accessories remotely, so even when you are away from your home. You can also use Adaptive Lighting, plus you have another connection point for Bluetooth accessories for when your phone isn’t close enough, and you have full support for HomeKit Secure Video.

Along with HomeKit Secure Video, Home Hub enables zones and facial recognition on HomeKit cameras. Aside from HomePod mini, the original HomePod, select Apple TVs, and an always-on iPad can act as Home Hubs.

With the lower price tag and the likelihood that users will put multiple HomePod minis throughout their homes, it will make your HomeKit home more reliable as there will always be a Home Hub within reach of your accessories and another available should one go offline for whatever reason.

As we saw during setup, HomePod mini is set up and managed directly from the Home app with your other HomeKit accessories. You can adjust settings from here, change its assigned room in the home, and perform software updates.

HomePod mini is also huge from an accessibility point of view. Previously, vision-impaired users who sought a Home Hub, were forced to choose an Apple TV or a much more expensive full-size HomePod. HomePod mini is now the most affordable HomeKit Home Hub while offering additional value as a smart speaker.

What makes HomePod mini most exciting from a smart home point of view though, is support for Thread. Thread is a new smart home connectivity standard that creates a self-healing mesh network between all supported Thread devices. We laid out its myriad benefits in our standalone piece on the standard.

Controlling our Nanoleaf Essentials bulb with Thread

Controlling our Nanoleaf Essentials bulb with Thread

At the moment, the only Thread devices to launch are the Essentials line from Nanoleaf but Eve Systems as announced Thread is coming to parts of its lineup as well. Now that Apple is actively backing Thread by including it in the HomePod mini, it is all but guaranteed that other HomeKit accessory makers will support the standard as well, whether through firmware updates or new hardware.

For Thread, HomePod mini acts as a border router, bridging those smart home devices with your network.

We have the new Nanoleaf Essentials devices in our office and were able to test Thread functionality. When Thread isn’t available — because you don’t have a HomePod mini acting as a Thread “border router” — these Nanoleaf Essentials communicate via Bluetooth. Once the HomePod mini is added, they make the switch to Thread.

To test how Thread improved performance, we toggled the lights on and off repeatedly as well as changed the color. Then we set up our HomePod mini and gave it time to be discovered by our Home. There is no obvious designator that a device is actively using Thread, but we did see a notable difference in response times.

With the HomePod mini and Thread, our HomeKit smart lights responded much faster than they did over Bluetooth. Since they were perpetually connected over Thread, we also saw better reliability. Our lights were always online and reachable.

When you set up your HomePod mini, you may not have any Thread devices straight away. But as you expand your smart home and Thread support grows, it will only improve the HomeKit experience. We’re sure Apple will be including Thread support in future home products such as updated full-size HomePods and Apple TVs.

HomePod mini — connectivity

Face it, you’re going to use your HomePod mini to listen to Apple Music. It was built for that and it works very well with that.

Apple Music is far from your only option, though. At launch, HomePod mini also works with iTunes music purchases, iTunes Match, podcasts, plus radio stations via TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Radio.com. It also provides a news briefing from various sources depending on your country.

AirPlay 2 with HomePod mini

AirPlay 2 with HomePod mini

In “the coming months,” according to Apple, HomePod mini will add support for Pandora and Amazon Music. Spotify remains noticeably absent from Apple’s comments on the HomePod mini, but that may not be Apple’s decision.

Even if HomePod mini never gets direct Spotify support, for any reason, you can already AirPlay the service from your iPhone to the device. It’s already possible to AirPlay from any music source — or even the audio from any video source — to HomePod mini.

HomePod mini — what’s missing and what’s wrong

You can as easily criticize the HomePod mini as you can praise it. The difference is down to your expectations and prior experience.

If this had come out in 2018 instead of the original HomePod, it might have done better solely because of its price. At $100, it’s still not a casual purchase, but it’s much more of one than the HomePod’s original $350 was.

Coming out now, in 2020, you can make the case that it’s too late. Apple tried the smart speaker market with the HomePod, and the market said no.

The market did more than say no to Apple, though, it said yes to Amazon and to a lesser extent Google. Alexa is the Hoover or Biro of smart speakers and Apple will not change that.

So if you’re an Alexa user, the odds are that you’d be more likely to buy another Echo than a HomePod mini. Alexa does have its frustrations, though, such as never shutting up when you’ve asked it one simple question and don’t want the history of the East India Tea Company.

Alexa’s success still surely locks out any other new entrant to the market, but Apple isn’t new and it does come with the whole weight of the Apple ecosystem behind it. Even if you are an Alexa user, you are pretty likely to have an iPhone so you do already like Apple, and you are already familiar with Siri.

That could be how HomePod mini really expands Apple’s reach, by just being tried out by enough Apple users. If they try it, they will still find Alexa more roundly useful than Siri, but they will prefer the HomePod mini’s audio quality.

There is an argument that even at $99, Apple has priced this too high. There’s also an argument that it’s cut away too much of the regular HomePod’s audio quality.

HomePod mini

HomePod mini

Neither argument is wrong, but they don’t help your buying decision. The fact is, the HomePod mini sounds far better than we expected, and at $99 it has reached a tipping point.

Apple must have hoped that the HomePod would be a massive success, that it would have become as ubiquitous as AirPods. If the HomePod mini lacks some of the audio quality that could have made that success happen, it’s also gained something the HomePod never quite managed.

The HomePod mini is a tribble. You want one, far more than you wanted a HomePod, and when you’ve got that one, you want more.

Where to buy Apple’s HomePod mini

Apple’s HomePod mini is available to purchase from Apple resellers, with the latest deals and up-to-date pricing at your fingertips in the AppleInsider HomePod Price Guide.



iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, and HomePod mini available to order Friday



Featuring the best camera system ever shipped in an iPhone, the all-new iPhone 12 Pro Max boasts an Ultra Wide camera with a 120-degree field of view and a 65 mm focal length Telephoto camera that increases the total optical zoom range from 4x to 5x. The new Wide camera introduces sensor-shift OIS, a first for smartphones, for even better image stabilization, and with a faster ƒ/1.6 aperture, 47 percent larger sensor, and bigger 1.7μm pixels, enables an 87 percent increase in low-light performance for photos and videos, the biggest gain ever for iPhone. When combined with A14 Bionic, iPhone 12 Pro Max brings to life impressive computational photography features like Night mode, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3, HDR video capture with Dolby Vision,5 and the all-new Apple ProRAW6 for creative control over color, detail, and dynamic range. And a new LiDAR Scanner delivers 6x faster autofocus in low light, unlocks Night mode portraits, and brings more realistic augmented reality (AR) experiences.

iPhone 12 mini

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