Apple introduces new Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro — more powerful, capable, and versatile than ever





2024 Mac mini will keep same design, says Ming-Chi Kuo







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The same day that Apple launched the 2023 Mac mini, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says he expects no form factor redesign in a 2024 model.

Apple has only now launched its revamped Mac mini, but Kuo wants to point out that he predicted 10 months ago that it would keep its existing design.

Without making any specific predictions about the processors to be used in the next Mac mini, Ming-Chi Kuo now says that the 2024 model will look the same, too.

Kuo is a little more specific about future editions of the MacBook Pro, though again he wants to stress that he predicted the current design back in August 2022. He was right about the design and the MacBook Pro using 5nm processors, but he expected the launch in Q4 2022.

Alongside showcasing his 2022 tweet, Kuo goes further with an obvious prediction of 3nm chips in the 2024 MacBook Pro. He expects a release of that model, which would replace today’s release, in the first half of 2024.





Apple Mac mini 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD $999, $20 off AppleCare


Apple’s Mac mini is $100 off.



Now in stock and ready to ship, bargain hunters can save $100 on the upgraded M1 Mac mini, plus $20 off AppleCare.

This upgraded Mac mini model features Apple’s M1 chip, along with 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD (double that of the standard model). It’s also $100 off with promo code APINSIDER at Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama. Units are in stock and ready to ship at press time, making it a great year-end deal for business owners, students and home users alike.

To activate the deal, simply shop through the button above and enter coupon code APINSIDER in the Payments section during checkout. You can find it by clicking on the “Do you have a gift card or promo code?” link near the top of the Payments box to bring up the coupon code field. Instructions can be found below.

You can also save on AppleCare, which is $20 off, when you tack on the extended protection plan to the system in your Adorama cart and enter the APINSIDER coupon code during checkout.



Best Buy extends Upgrade+ program to iMac and Mac Studio


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Best Buy is expanding its Upgrade+ program to include more Apple products, with customers now able to get select iMac and Mac Studio models under the program.

Best Buy launched its Mac equivalent of Apple’s iPhone upgrade program in October, in collaboration with Apple and with Citizens Pay handling financing. In a December update, Best Buy is now adding more models to the roster.

Under the expansion that starts from Tuesday, customers can use Upgrade+ to apply for financing to acquire select models of the iMac and Mac Studio. Under the program, customers have affordable payments spread across 36 months, with a final payment due in the 37th month.

Instead of the final payment after the three years, customers could instead choose to return the Mac and upgrade to a newer model. Alternatively, customers could return the Mac to avoid the final payment entirely. In such cases, Best Buy handles the final payment on the customer’s behalf.

In an example offered by Best Buy, a customer wanting an iMac priced at $1,299 could pay $28.17 per month for 36 months, with a final month 37 payment of $286.

The amount per month varies based on the original un-discounted cost of the product and the creditworthiness of the customer.

“We’re excited about the amount of customer interest we’ve seen in the Upgrade+ program over the past couple months,” said Best Buy chief merchandising officer Jason Bonfig. “It’s been great to partner with Apple to now bring this program to iMac and Mac Studio, especially during a time when customers are looking for value more than ever.”

As well as the product itself, AppleCare+ is also available for the devices. Best Buy Totaltech members will also get AppleCare+ for 24 months at no additional charge while their membership is active.

When Best Buy launched the program, it was billed as a limited-time promotion without an end date. With the expansion, it seems the program will be around for a lot longer.

More details about the program are available on Best Buy’s Upgrade page.



How to watch Hulu on Mac







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Hulu is one of many options when picking a streaming service and the primary way to access content owned by networks like Fox and Disney — here’s how you can stream Hulu on your Mac.

Launched in 2007, Hulu is a major player when it comes to streaming platforms. It offers a wide range of content and can be bundled with other services, like Disney+ and ESPN+, making it an attractive option for streaming.

Hulu boasts several major content libraries, including those of 20th Century Studios, Searchline Pictures, ABC, Freeform, A&E, and FX Network. It also features its own Hulu original programming.

Streaming Hulu is also easy to do and only requires a few minutes to set up.

How much is Hulu?

Like most streaming services, Hulu has multiple tiers that users can choose from. Hulu’s current subscription plans include the following:

  • Hulu (Ad Supported): $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year
  • Hulu (No Ads): $14.99 per month
  • Hulu (With Ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (With Ads) and ESPN+ (With Ads): $69.99 per month
  • Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (No Ads) and ESPN+ (With Ads): $75.99 per month

Additionally, if eligible, students can subscribe to the basic ad-supported Hulu plan for $1.99 per month.

How to watch Hulu on macOS

To watch Hulu on your Mac, you have a couple options. You can easily do it via your browser of choice. Hulu supports all major browsers, but we recommend using Safari.

  1. Open your browser
  2. Visit Hulu’s site
  3. In the upper right corner, click Log In
  4. Once logged in, browse for the show you’d like to watch

At this time, Hulu does not have a dedicated macOS app. However, if you wish to use an app, there’s a third party app available called Clicker that can be downloaded and used to watch Hulu.



120+ best Apple Cyber Monday deals for Mac, iPhone, iPad fans


Save up to $2,000 with Cyber Monday deals.





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Cyber Monday is officially underway and hundreds of deals are in effect, often with limited availability. Shop the steepest discounts on MacBooks, desktop Macs, AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch, software & more.

Jump to Cyber Monday sales by store:

Along with the discounts highlighted below, shoppers can utilize retailer store cards like the B&H Payboo card and Adorama Edge. Readers can save 5% with Adorama Edge or take advantage of an instant sales tax refund on qualifying orders with Payboo. When making a high-end purchase like a loaded MacBook Pro or Mac Studio, the savings can often total hundreds of dollars.

AirPods, Beats & HomePod mini

AirPods Pro 2 on wood table with HomePod planter

Apple AirPods Pro 2 are on sale for $199 for Cyber Monday.

AirPods

Beats

HomePod mini

AirTag & MagSafe deals

Apple AirTags at lowest price on Amazon

Apple AirTags have dipped to record low prices.

AirTag deals

MagSafe charger

iPads & Apple Pencil

M2 iPad Pro and 10th Gen iPads are on sale, along with closeout deals.

Fresh markdowns have hit Apple’s new iPad Pro with M2.

Cyber Monday iPad sales

11-inch iPad Pro M2 deals

12.9-inch iPad Pro M2 discounts

Blowout specials

Apple Pencil

  • Apple Pencil (2nd Generation): $89 ($40 off) at Amazon
  • Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.5″ iPad Pro and iPad Air: $64.99 ($105 off) with promo code APINSIDER at Adorama

Apple Watch

Apple Watch Ultra with green band

The new Apple Watch Ultra is already on sale at Amazon.

The newly released Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2 and Apple Watch Ultra are discounted for Cyber Monday, and you can find the lowest prices and Apple Watch deals in our Apple Watch Price Guide.

Apple Watch deals

  • Apple Watch Ultra in various colors: $739 ($60 off) at Amazon
  • Series 8 (41mm, GPS, Aluminum Case, Sport Band) various colors: $349 ($50 off) at Amazon
  • Series 8 (41mm, Cellular, Graphite Stainless, Milanese Loop): $699 ($50 off) at Amazon
  • Series 8 (41mm, Cellular, Gold Stainless, Gold Milanese Loop): $699 ($50 off) at Amazon
  • SE 2 (40mm, Cellular, Midnight Aluminum Case, Sport Band): $279 ($20 off) at Amazon

Apple TV

2022 Apple TV 4K on top of box

Even the 2022 Apple TV 4K is marked down.

The Apple TV 4K received an upgrade for 2022, with the newest models marked down — albeit slightly — at Amazon.

Top Apple TV 4K discounts

MacBook Air

MacBook Air M2 in Midnight and Starlight side by side

Every M2 MacBook Air is discounted.

MacBook Air deals

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro 14-inch on wooden desk stand with pink wallpaper

Many MacBook Pro models are hundreds of dollars off.

If you prefer the more robust MacBook Pro, 14-inch and 16-inch models are heavily discounted with the best MacBook Pro deals knocking up to $900 off the laptops.

14-inch MacBook Pro deals

16-inch MacBook Pro savings

13-inch MacBook Pro with M2

Desktop Macs

Pick up a Mac Studio for just $1,799.

Pick up a Mac Studio for just $1,799.

Mac Studio

Computer Monitors

Apple Studio Display

Monitors are discounted heavily this Cyber Monday.

External displays are also heavily discounted, ranging from the LG UltraFine 5K panel to Apple’s own Studio Display.

Display deals

  • 49″ Samsung Odyssey G9 5120×1440 Curved 240Hz QLED Monitor: $749.99 (50% off) at B&H
  • LG UltraFine 27MD5KL-B 27″ 16:9 5K IPS Monitor: $1,096.99 ($203 off) at B&H
  • Apple Studio Display, Nano Textured Glass, Tilt-Adjustable Stand: $1,689 ($210 off) with promo code APINSIDER at Adorama

iPhones

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro side by side

Wireless carriers are offering aggressive incentives on the iPhone 14 line.

iPhone deals

  • AT&T: Save up to $800* on the iPhone 14 with select trade-ins or get an iPhone 12 mini for $1*
  • Verizon: Buy the new iPhone 14, gift another for free*. Online only with select 5G Unlimited plans. Plus, get $400 when you switch 2 lines. Ends 11.28.
  • Visible: Purchase an iPhone 14, Pro or Pro Max and receive up to a $300 prepaid gift card & Beats Studio Buds*
  • Mint Mobile: Get 6 free months of data* with select iPhones
  • Cricket: Apple iPhones priced as low as $0* when you bring your number and activate a $60/mo plan
  • Xfinity Mobile: Save $500* on an iPhone
  • Red Pocket Mobile: Save up to $429 via monthly credits with the purchase of any unlocked iPhone*

  • *Terms and conditions apply. See merchant’s site for details.

Refurbished iPhone savings

  • Save up to $150 on all phones, tablets & MacBooks
  • Save up to $30 on all consoles & smartwatches

Software

Adobe Creative Cloud logo on black background

Official Cyber Monday pricing is in effect on Adobe Creative Cloud.

Apple hardware isn’t the only thing that’s on sale. Cyber Monday deals have launched at Adobe, where the Creative Cloud All Apps for Individuals plan is over 25% off for first-time subscribers.

Software savings

TVs

Samsung Black Friday TV deals are already live.

Samsung Black Friday TV deals are already live.

Samsung is known for its Cyber Monday TV deals and 2022 is no exception. Whether you’re in the market for a television that hangs flush against the wall or want the latest and greatest 8K resolution, there are numerous deals to choose from knocking up to $2,000 off at Samsung directly, as well as at Samsung Authorized Dealer B&H.

The Frame TV (2022 models)

Samsung OLED TVs

Samsung Neo QLED 4K TVs

Samsung Neo QLED 8K TVs

Samsung TU690T Series

  • Samsung 50-inch Class TU690T Series LED 4K UHD Smart Tizen TV: $297.99 ($82 off) at Best Buy
  • Samsung 75-inch Class TU690T Series LED 4K UHD Smart Tizen TV: $579.99 ($270 off) at Best Buy

LG TVs

Sony TVs

Budget-friendly TVs

Sonos savings

Save up to 20% on Sonos speakers and soundbars.

Save up to 20% on Sonos speakers and soundbars.

Sonos’ Cyber Monday deals knock up to 20% off popular speakers and soundbars, with the sale ending tonight.

Sonos sale



Price drop: Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Business 2021 dips to $35, lowest price ever


Save $214 on Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Business 2021.



A lifetime standalone license to Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Business 2021 is discounted to $35, with AppleInsider readers gaining early access to the deal this weekend.

AppleInsider readers can exclusively save $214 on the standalone Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Business 2021 license, bringing the cost down to $35. This early Black Friday deal, which is hosted by StackCommerce, marks the lowest price on record from the retailer — beating the previous record low price by a buck.



Mac App Store submissions now open for macOS Ventura


macOS Ventura makes the things you do most on Mac even better, with powerful new ways to get more done, share and collaborate in your favorite apps, immerse yourself in next‑level games, and take full advantage of your other devices. Machine learning enhancements make it even easier to provide intelligent experiences. SharePlay enables the sharing of synchronized experiences in your app while connecting via Messages. With Metal 3, you can create next-generation Mac games that run effortlessly from MacBook Air to Mac Studio, thanks to Apple silicon. And Continuity Camera provides access to camera input, features, and effects on iPhone.

Build your app using Xcode 14.1 Release Candidate, then test and submit it for review.

Learn about submitting macOS apps



How to generate AI art with Stable Diffusion on a Mac




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An app called Diffusion Bee lets users run the Stable Diffusion machine learning model locally on their Apple Silicon Mac to create AI-generated art. Here’s how to get started.

Stable Diffusion is a text-to-speech machine learning model that can be used for generating digital artwork. As an example, typing something like “monkey riding a bicycle while wearing a top hat” will generate that image.

Using AI to create art has been popular in recent years as machine learning models are improved. Stable Diffusion is one such model, and others include DALL-E and Midjourney.

Diffusion Bee is billed as the easiest way to run Stable Diffusion locally on an M1 Mac. It’s a one-click installer hosted on GitHub that runs Stable Diffusion locally on the computer.

Diffusion Bee app

Diffusion Bee app

No data is sent to a cloud other than the app’s request to install weights for the model and software updates. No software dependencies are needed. The app is 561MB in size.

System Requirements

  • M1 or M2 Mac
  • 16GB of RAM for optimal performance. It may run slowly with 8GB RAM.
  • macOS Monterey 12.5.1 or later.

To use Diffusion Bee, download and install the app. After installation, the app downloads two machine learning models. The first one is 4GB in size and the second is 341MB.

What you get with Diffusion Bee, and what to expect

Once the app is opened and the models are installed, there is a text field for art prompts. There is also an Image to Image category which the developers say is coming soon. Use that text field, for now.

Generating an image may take some time, depending on the size and the prompt. It took a couple force-quits of the app to finally start generating images.

The first text prompt at a size of 768 pixels from the drop down menu took so long to generate that we quit the app. After two attempts and force quits, images started working.

Under advanced options, there are menus for image height, width, steps, and guidance scale. Without delving deeply into documentation, we’re not sure what the latter two mean, but we left everything at default.

It’s best to be descriptive in the text prompt; the example image that the developer shared used the prompt, “Photo of a xenomorph drogon in Game of Thrones hybrid, High detail, photorealistic, trending on artstation, raytraced.”

We wanted to recreate an epic scene, so our prompt was, “demons chasing a black cat who is holding a scythe and riding a white horse. High detail, oil painting, photorealistic,” and this is what the model spit out.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death Kitten, and Hell followed with him.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death Kitten, and Hell followed with him.

There are more examples at the ArtHub.ai website that hosts generated images along with their prompts, all which can be used for inspiration.