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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.





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Compared: Amazon Fire 7 2022 vs iPad mini & 10.2-inch iPad




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Amazon has updated its Fire 7 tablet for 2022 to make it faster and boost battery life, but it’s unlikely to draw many potential buyers away from Apple’s standard 10.2-inch iPad or the iPad mini, except for the highly cost-conscious.

Amazon’s Fire tablet lineup is best known for being an effective way to get a tablet at a very low cost, at the expense of more premium features. The Kindle Fire 7 has also been Amazon’s signature tablet, the cheapest in the catalog that offers all of the basics that a tablet needs.

It’s undoubtedly an entry-level tablet and the polar opposite of Apple’s iPad range. Unlike the Fire, the iPad and iPad mini are seen as the value end of the iPad spectrum, being cheaper than the iPad Air and the iPad Pro lineup.

There’s always been a significant gap in what each tablet lineup offers to consumers, but with the May 18 launch of the next-generation Fire 7, Amazon aims to close the gap a little bit.

The difference between the Fire 7 and entry-level iPads is considerable but not insurmountable.

Specifications

Specifications iPad mini 6 10.2-inch iPad 9 Amazon Fire 7 (2022)
Price (starting) $499 $329 $59.99 with ads,
$74.99 ad-free
Dimensions (inches) 7.69 x 5.3 x 0.25 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.29 7.11 x 4.63 x 0.38
Weight (pounds) 0.65 (Wi-Fi),
0.66 (WiFi + Cellular)
1.07 (Wi-Fi),
1.09 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
0.62
Storage 64GB,
256GB
64GB,
256GB
16GB,
32GB,
microSD expansion
Display Type 8.3-inch Liquid Retina,
True Tone,
Wide Color (P3),
500 nits brightness
10.2-inch Retina,
True Tone,
500 nits brightness
7-inch IPS
Resolution 2266 x 1488 at 326ppi 2160×1620 at 264 ppi 1024 x 600 at 171dpi
Processing A15 Bionic with Neural Engine A13 Bionic with Neural Engine MediaTek MT8168V/B
Quad-core 2GHz,
2GB RAM
Connectivity 5G (sub-6 GHz),
Gigabit LTE,
Wi-Fi 6,
Bluetooth 5
LTE,
Wi-Fi 5,
Bluetooth 4.2
Wi-Fi 4,
Bluetooth 5.0 LE
Battery Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours
Rear camera 12MP Wide,
f/1.8 aperture,
5x digital zoom,
4k 60fps video,
1080p 240fps Slo-mo
8MP Wide,
f/2.4 aperture,
5x digital zoom,
1080p 30fps video,
720p 120fps Slo-mo
2MP
Front camera 12MP Ultra Wide,
f/2.4 aperture
1080p 60fps video
12MP Ultra Wide,
f/2.4 aperture,
1080p 60fps video
2MP
Connector USB-C Lightning
Smart Connector
USB-C
Stylus Support Apple Pencil (Gen 2) Apple Pencil (Gen 1) No
Audio Two speaker audio landscape mode Stereo speakers,
Headphone jack
Integrated speaker,
Headphone jack
Microphones 2 2 1
Biometric Security Touch ID Touch ID No
Colors Space Gray,
Pink,
Purple,
Starlight
Silver,
Space Gray
Black,
Denim,
Rose

Amazon Fire 7 2022 vs iPad mini vs 10.2-inch iPad: Design and Dimensions

Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad and the sixth-generation iPad mini are made from premium materials, with an aluminum enclosure and a glass-fronted screen.

The iPad mini takes its design cues from the iPad Air and iPad Pro lineup, with a flat edge and rounded corners and a display that fills the front of the device. It also packs an 8.3-inch display into a very compact body, measuring 7.69 inches long, 5.3 inches wide, and 0.25 inches thick.

The iPad sticks to the well-worn design, with larger bezels and the physical home button on the front. Packing the 10.2-inch screen from its name, it is bigger than the mini at 9.8 inches by 6.8 inches and 0.29 inches thick.

Since Amazon’s constructing the 12th-generation Fire 7 down to a far lower build cost, the first thing that goes is using expensive materials for its enclosure. You’re not getting aluminum for the enclosure here, as instead, it’s the continued use of low-cost plastic for the chassis.

Unless you’re heavily into aesthetics, it’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s an everyday reminder that this is far from the premium iPad feel. However, Amazon claims that it is “twice as durable as the latest iPad mini in tumble tests.”

The Fire 7 is a basic Android-based tablet, sold for a very low cost.

The Fire 7 is a basic Android-based tablet, sold for a very low cost.

The use of a 7-inch display does mean it takes up less of a footprint than the iPad mini, but at 7.11 inches long by 4.63 inches wide, it’s not by as much as you would think. It’s also the thickest at 0.38 inches, approximately one and a half times as thick as the iPad mini.

There are two saving graces, though. First, the Fire 7 is the lightest tablet at 0.62 pounds, against 0.65 or 0.66 for the iPad mini, depending on if you have cellular access, and 1.07 or 1.09 pounds for the iPad.

The other saving grace is the camera bump, as while there is one in the very-thin iPad mini, there isn’t one on the iPad nor the Fire 7. That’s not much of a benefit considering the relative thickness, but it’s one element that isn’t needed in Amazon’s tablet.

Amazon Fire 7 2022 vs iPad mini vs 10.2-inch iPad: Display

Apple prides itself on offering a nice and bright display that is also high resolution enough to be referred to as “Retina.” Amazon, not so much.

The 10.2-inch iPad has a 10.2-inch Retina screen, which supports True Tone and offers up to 500 nits of brightness. Its 2,160 by 1,620-resolution screen is substantial enough to give it a pixel density of 264ppi.

The iPad mini boasts an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display, with Wide Color (P3) support, True Tone, and 500 nits of brightness. The resolution of 2,266 by 1,488 packed into a smaller space gives it a fantastic pixel density of 328ppi.

The Fire 7 screen's resolution is too low to play 720p video recorded with its cameras.

The Fire 7 screen’s resolution is too low to play 720p video recorded with its cameras.

Amazon describes the display of the Fire 7 as being a “7-inch touchscreen” that is capable of “SD video playback.”. At 1,024 by 600, the resolution is extremely low and manages a meager 171ppi.

The resolution is pitiful, but we’re talking about a very cheap tablet.

Amazon Fire 7 2022 vs iPad mini vs 10.2-inch iPad: Performance

Apple’s tablets all use Apple’s self-designed chips, which initially surface in Apple’s iPhone lineup.

In the iPad, Apple uses the A13 Bionic, a 2.65GHz six-core chip with two performance cores, four energy-efficient cores, a four-core GPU, and the Neural Engine. This chip first appeared in 2019 but is still deemed powerful enough to be used in Apple’s entry-level tablet.

The iPad mini switches to the A15, Apple’s current-fastest chip as used in the iPhone 13 range. It contains a similar six-core layout of two performance, four efficiency cores, a max clock speed of 2.93GHz, a five-core GPU, and a new 16-core Neural Engine.

Amazon doesn’t design the chips it uses in its Fire lineup, and for 2022 the chip in question is a MediaTek MT8168V/B, a quad-core SoC with Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 2GHz and a Mali-G52 GPU.

Just on core counts and clock speeds alone, it’s fair to expect that the Fire 7 won’t set records while running Amazon’s Fire OS 8, but it’s not meant to.

The iPad mini has 4GB of RAM, the iPad has 3GB, and the Fire 7 has 2GB, up from the previous release’s 1GB.

Generally, at this point, we would refer to Geekbench benchmarks to see how much of a difference there is, but Amazon has yet to ship the new Fire 7 to the public. What’s more, finding results for that particular MediaTek chip doesn’t come up with much usable data.

Amazon claims the new model is 30% faster than the previous model, which would be the Fire 7 released in 2017. Given that searches for Geekbench results for that tablet put its single-core score at around 640 points and multi-core at about 1,800, it’s not looking good for the Fire 7 even if you account for it using an older version of the benchmark software.

If the results are comparable to the latest Geekbench release and indeed 30% better in the new Fire 7, we’re theoretically looking at around 830 for the single-core and 2,340 for the multi-core score.

For the iPad mini, it manages 1,536 under single-core and 4,454 for multi-core. The iPad is slower, at 1,326 and 3,314, respectively, but still faster than the improved Amazon tablet.

Of course, the actual results of the Fire 7 could significantly differ from what’s worked out here, but it’s doubtful that Amazon will have put together something that can outpace the top A-series chips.

Amazon Fire 7 2022 vs iPad mini vs 10.2-inch iPad: Connectivity

Wi-Fi is available across the board but in different flavors. The fastest is the iPad mini, which has Wi-Fi 6 support, followed by Wi-Fi 802.11ac support (Wi-Fi 5) in the iPad.

The Fire 7 supports Wi-Fi 802.11n, which is Wi-Fi 4. If you have a router that supports up to Wi-Fi 6, you’ll see a maximum throughput of over 9Gbps on the iPad mini, almost 7Gbps on the iPad, and a mere 700Mbps on the Fire 7.

The Fire 7 fares better for Bluetooth, as it offers Bluetooth 5.0 LE support. While on a par with the iPad mini, it’s better than Bluetooth 4.2 as provided on the iPad.

Bear in mind that this only matters if you have hardware capable of using the relevant standards for each connection to enjoy the benefits.

Amazon sells the Fire 7 in three color options.

Amazon sells the Fire 7 in three color options.

As for cellular, you have 5G connectivity as an option for the iPad mini, LTE for the iPad, but none for the Fire 7.

On to physical connections, Amazon has embraced the future with the Fire 7 in using USB-C. This is good for recharging but less so for physical data connections, as it still runs at USB 2.0 speeds.

The iPad mini has USB-C for charging and data, acting as USB 3.1 Gen 1. The iPad uses Lightning, but it also has a Smart Connector that works with accessories like the Smart Keyboard.

Amazon Fire 7 2022 vs iPad mini vs 10.2-inch iPad: Cameras

While Apple is known for putting effort into its cameras, Amazon’s tablets certainly don’t have that same reputation.

The iPad mini is equipped with a 12-megapixel wide camera on the rear, with an f/1.8 aperture, a 5x digital zoom, and a flash. Supporting Smart HDR 3, it has benefits including auto image stabilization and all of the benefits you would expect from computational photography.

The iPad has an 8-megapixel wide camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a 5x digital zoom. Likewise, there’s HDR for Photos, auto image stabilization, and Apple’s software-based assistance.

The iPad mini can handle better video at the back, with it capable of 4K 60fps footage and a 240fps 1080p slo-mo function. The iPad can do 1080p 30fps video and 720p 120fps slo-mo.

Around the front, both benefit from a 12-megapixel ultra wide camera with an f/2.4 aperture, each capable of 1080p 60fps video.

The 2MP cameras in the Fire 7 aren't great, but good enough for video calls.

The 2MP cameras in the Fire 7 aren’t great, but good enough for video calls.

So far, Amazon has described its Fire 7 front and rear cameras as being 2-megapixel shooters capable of 720p video recording. This won’t compete with the iPad or iPad mini but is probably enough for video calls.

It’s also worth pointing out that you can record 720p video with the Fire 7, but the low screen resolution means you won’t be able to view that clip on the tablet’s display itself at full resolution.

Amazon Fire 7 2022 vs iPad mini vs 10.2-inch iPad: Battery Life

Typically, there’s a difference in agreement in how much battery life a manufacturer says a device offers. For once, there’s a bit of an agreement.

All three tablets are said by Amazon and Apple to offer a battery life of up to 10 hours.

What that battery life is used for does differ by vendor. According to Apple, that’s 10 hours of web surfing on Wi-Fi or watching video, though both iPad models dip to 9 hours for the same tasks.

Amazon says its battery life of up to 10 hours is based on “reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music.” This is also claimed to be an improvement in battery life of 40% from the previous model.

Amazon Fire 7 2022 vs iPad mini vs 10.2-inch iPad: Other Features

Both the iPad models boast stereo speakers, with the iPad mini including “landscape mode” audio. The Fire 7 has an “integrated speaker,” indicating it isn’t stereo.

The Fire 7 has a headphone jack, like the iPad, but the iPad mini does not.

The two iPads include dual microphones, whereas the Fire 7 has one microphone.

Touch ID is included with the iPads as a biometric security option. There is no biometric element in the Fire 7.

The iPad and iPad mini include stylus support for the first-gen Apple Pencil and second-gen Apple Pencil. Unless you buy an aftermarket capacitive stylus, there’s no dedicated stylus support in the Fire 7.

Amazon Fire 7 2022 vs iPad mini vs 10.2-inch iPad: Storage and Pricing

Apple sells the iPad mini 6 in two capacities, at $499 for 64GB and $649 for 256GB. If you want cellular on top, that’s $649 for the 64GB and $799 for the 256GB.

The Wi-Fi iPad costs $329 for the 64GB model, $479 for the 256GB version. Adding cellular brings the 64GB model up to $459, $609 for the 256GB.

The Fire 7 is available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, though each can be expanded by microSD.

Each is sold with lock screen ads shown on the cheapest variants, pricing the 16GB capacity at $59.99 and 32GB at $79.99. If you want to remove the ads, the 16GB model costs $74.99, and the 32GB is $94.99.

Amazon's Kids edition includes a chunky case and an improved warranty.

Amazon’s Kids edition includes a chunky case and an improved warranty.

As usual for Amazon, there’s a Fire 7 Kids tablet option, which bundles the same tablet specification in a chunky “kid-proof case.” The option costs $109.99 for the 16GB model and $129.99 for the 32GB, but the extra expense includes some bonus items.

For a start, a two-year worry-free guarantee promises a free replacement if the tablet breaks. There’s also one year of Amazon Kids+ content that’s usually $2.99 per month, a parent dashboard to filter content, and no ads.

Turning to color options, the iPad mini 6 is available in Space Gray, Pink, Purple, and Starlight. The iPad is offered in Silver and Space Gray.

The Fire 7 is available in Black, Denim, and Rose. The Kids edition is available in Blue, Purple, and Red.

Very basic, but very cheap

It’s fair to say that there’s little competition for the iPad or iPad mini here if you’re looking at the Fire 7 as your next tablet. Given the low-resolution display, the low-res cameras, the performance, the lack of cellular, and the build, it’s challenging to tell anyone to buy the Fire 7 over an iPad mini on specifications alone.

If you have the money on hand for an iPad or iPad mini, Amazon’s got no real chance of convincing you to go its way if you want a good-quality tablet that you’ll use for years. No one wants to be hamstrung by specifications years down the line, and you will get that feeling with the Fire 7.

So, if people wanting to buy an iPad are out of the question, who would want to buy a Fire 7 instead?

Those who have to stretch their funds as far as possible could find it an attractive option for a start. Even with lock screen ads showing from time to time, paying $60 for a basic tablet is a pretty good deal.

You could acquire 8 16GB Fire 7 tablets for the same cost as one 64GB Wi-Fi iPad mini, or five Fire 7 tablets for the price of one 64GB Wi-Fi 10.2-inch iPad. This could be a reasonably helpful way to get everyone in a household a tablet without breaking the bank.

Parents with younger children may also seek solace in the Kids edition’s chunky case, kids services, and that two-year worry-free guarantee, especially if they’re not keen on letting little Agatha play around with an iPad mini.

Amazon cannot use the Fire 7 to compete against the iPad directly, and it isn’t. Instead, it’s fighting on a playing field of customers looking for value and that are happy to go for something better described as functional than bleeding edge.

Where to buy

The 2022 Fire 7 is available to preorder from Amazon now, with a release date of June 29, starting from $59.99. The Kids edition is also available to preorder for June 29 release, priced from $109.99.



Should you buy an iPhone 13 mini now or wait for the 2022 iPhone SE?




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With an updated iPhone SE possibly arriving at Apple’s ‘Peek performance’ March 8 event, should you wait for Apple’s new entry-level smartphone or buy the iPhone 13 mini today?

The new iPhone SE is expected to be announced by Apple on March 8 during their ‘Peek performance’ online event, if indications are correct. But as with all Apple product releases, only Apple knows when it’ll hit the shelves, what it’ll be capable of, and how much it’ll cost.

If you’re in the market for a budget iPhone and have your sights set on the new iPhone SE, there might be another option.

Launched in September 2021, the iPhone 13 mini is reportedly a last hurrah for Apple’s smallest take on a smartphone. At $699, the iPhone 13 mini is $300 more expensive than the current iPhone SE model, but it offers some compelling benefits.

Here’s why the iPhone 13 mini might be a better purchase for you — and, alternatively, why you may indeed want to wait for the next version of the iPhone SE.

The end of the road for the iPhone mini?

Although never confirmed by Apple, reports suggest that the iPhone 12 mini was never the hit people thought it might be.

Rumors suggest iPhone 13 mini is the last

Rumors suggest iPhone 13 mini is the last

Leading up to its release in October 2020, reports of battery performance commensurate with a small battery, and a seeming lack of desire for buyers to opt for the diminutive new form factor may have sealed its fate. Whether Apple had already sated the demand for a smaller, lower-cost iPhone with the launch of the second-generation iPhone SE six months earlier is open to debate.

Despite this, the iPhone 13 mini has been largely praised for significant battery life improvements. And it has specs and performance that are remarkably close to that of its larger and more expensive siblings. Buying one now could therefore ensure you get to experience the iPhone mini before the form factor is retired, again.

Smaller package, bigger screen

The iPhone 13 mini packs a huge amount of tech into its tiny frame. At just 64.2mm wide and 131.5mm tall, Apple’s smallest iPhone still manages to house a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display.

The iPhone 13 mini is smaller than the iPhone SE

The iPhone 13 mini is smaller than the iPhone SE

The current iPhone SE is 3.1mm wider and 6.9mm taller, yet only offers a 4.7-inch screen due to the larger bezels and presence of Touch ID — which aren’t expected to change when the next generation arrives. It isn’t OLED, either, and delivers a lower pixel density of 326ppi versus the mini’s 476ppi. This is also unlikely to change.

The iPhone 13 mini has a much brighter display, too, with its 1,200 nits of peak brightness crushing the 2020 iPhone SE’s 625 nits. And with rumors pointing to the next version retaining the same form factor, it’s unlikely we’ll see a huge upgrade in screen technology for the iPhone SE this year.

Unless you’re particularly opposed to the notch, the iPhone 13 mini delivers far better screen tech and screen estate for the additional outlay. The rumored absence of any external changes to this year’s iPhone SE will therefore be enough to convince certain buyers to opt for the mini.

Don’t forget MagSafe

When the iPhone 12 line launched in October 2020, it included a new way of attaching accessories to Apple’s latest smartphones. Borrowing the MagSafe moniker from the previous – and now current – MacBook Pro charging method, the surprise new feature relied on a ring of magnets buried within the rear of the device for fast connection of accessories.

MagSafe is likely to remain a flagship iPhone feature

MagSafe is likely to remain a flagship iPhone feature

Those accessories include chargers, wallets, and even portable headphone DACs. It’s a real differentiator for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineup, but it’s a feature that’s absent from the current iPhone SE.

While there’s a chance the next iPhone SE will include MagSafe, Apple needs to retain as much differentiation between its low-end iPhone and the iPhone 13 line. It should therefore come as no surprise if MagSafe is missing from the spec sheet of the 2022 iPhone SE.

While some might view MagSafe as a gimmick, those who have come to rely on it will confirm just how convenient it is for the most useful of iPhone accessories. Therefore, if MagSafe matters to you, the iPhone 13 mini might be a far better option, rather than waiting for the prospect of it being added to this year’s iPhone SE.

Better cameras

The current iPhone SE now is no slouch when it comes to photography, and we’re not expecting big changes for a 2022 model if it’s announced at the March 8 event. It can’t quite match the iPhone 13 mini in terms of lens choice and low light performance.

The iPhone 13 mini cameras will likely remain superior to the new iPhone SE

The iPhone 13 mini cameras will likely remain superior to the new iPhone SE

The 2020 iPhone SE and iPhone 13 mini both feature a 12MP camera system, but that’s where the similarities end. While the current iPhone SE features a single lens with an f1.8 aperture, the iPhone 13 mini increases the aperture of its main lens to f1.6 and throws in a 120-degree field of view ultra-wide for good measure.

The iPhone 13 mini can consequently pull more light into its sensor and rely on advanced sensor-shift optical image stabilization to beat the current iPhone SE in low-light situations. Throw in night mode, Deep Fusion, and Smart HDR 4, and the iPhone 13 mini provides some serious upgrades over today’s budget iPhone when it comes to photography.

Reasons to wait for the iPhone SE

As soon as the next iPhone SE is announced — whether that’s during the March 8 event or later — we’ll take a deep dive into how it compares to the current iPhone SE. We’ll also be pitching it directly against the iPhone 13 mini to see which device comes out on top.

For now, the iPhone 13 mini isn’t for everyone. Indeed, if you’re after an ultra-affordable first step into the world of iOS, or simply don’t care about Face ID or a reduction in bezel size, the iPhone SE is a smart choice – be it the current model or the rumored 2022 edition.

New internals at a low entry price may be enough to convince customers

New internals at a low entry price may be enough to convince customers

It’s also important to note that the next iPhone SE is likely to see the biggest upgrade internally. Just like the 2020 model, Apple looks set to considerably beef up the horsepower available in the 2022 iPhone SE by placing their latest chip inside. That would certainly be keeping with the word ‘performance’ featured on the March 8 event invite.

The current iPhone SE features the A13 Bionic, which is a couple of generations behind the iPhone 13 mini’s A15 Bionic chip. In all likelihood, this year’s iPhone SE will receive an upgrade to the A15 Bionic and gain 5G support, bringing it in line with the iPhone 13 mini in terms of performance.

If you’re after the latest iPhone performance in a super affordable package, the next iPhone SE will be unbeatable. For a great many people, that’ll be enough.



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.



$749 Mac Mini 16GB, Up to $300 off MacBook, iMac




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Apple products on sale

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  • 24″ iMac (M1, 8-core GPU, 8GB, 512GB) Pink: $1,499* ($200 off + $30 off AC)
  • 24″ iMac (M1, 8-core GPU, 16GB, 256GB) Green: $1,499* ($200 off + $30 off AC)
  • 24″ iMac (M1, 8-core GPU, 16GB, 512GB) Green: $1,699* ($200 off + $30 off AC)

  • *Price with code APINSIDER using this activation link. Coupon also knocks $30 off AppleCare. Compare M1 24-inch iMac prices.

Intel iMac blowout special

  • 21.5″ iMac (Intel 2.3GHz Dual-Core Core i5, 8GB, 256GB): $979* ($120 off)

  • *Price with code APINSIDER using this activation link.

AirPods Max for $445

iPad deals

  • 10.2″ iPad (256GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) Space Gray: $589* ($20 off)
  • 12.9″ iPad Pro (M1, 128GB, Wi-Fi) Space Gray: $979* ($120 off)
  • 12.9″ iPad Pro (M1, 128GB, Wi-Fi) Silver: $999* ($100 off)

  • *Price with code APINSIDER using this activation link. Compare iPad prices.

Also on sale: Apple’s 2021 MacBook Pro

Apple 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro on display with camera on desk

14-inch MacBook Pro deals

  • 14″ MacBook Pro (M1 Pro, 8-core CPU, 14-core GPU, 16GB, 512GB): $1,899* ($100 off)
  • 14″ MacBook Pro (M1 Pro, 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16GB, 1TB): $2,349* ($150 off)
  • 14″ MacBook Pro (M1 Pro, 10-core CPU, 14-core GPU, 32GB, 1TB): $2,649 ($150 off)
  • 14″ MacBook Pro (M1 Pro, 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 32GB, 1TB): $2,749 ($150 off)
  • 14″ MacBook Pro (M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 24-core GPU, 32GB, 1TB): $2,949 ($150 off)
  • 14″ MacBook Pro (M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 24-core GPU, 64GB, 1TB): $3,299 ($200 off)
  • 14″ MacBook Pro (M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 32GB, 1TB): $3,149 ($150 off)
  • 14″ MacBook Pro (M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 32GB, 1TB): $3,499 ($200 off)

  • *Price with promo code APINSIDER using this activation link. Code also knocks $60 off AppleCare. Compare 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro prices.

16-inch MacBook Pro coupon

Further adding to the savings, Adorama Edge cardholders can save an additional 5% on Apple purchases, bringing prices across the products in this post down to as low as $422.75.

Plenty more deals

Cheap Apple Prices

AppleInsider and Apple Authorized Resellers are also running specials on Mac and iPad hardware that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the products, but also throw in bonus savings on accessories, software and more. Here are just a few of the deals running heading into 2022:



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.