MacRumors Roundups

MacRumors Roundups are an overview summary of the all the rumors and expectations about a particular product. With the fast paced nature of the Apple news cycle, it can be difficult for even the most dedicated reader to follow every new development.

The goal of each roundup is to simply answer the question of "What are you expecting" for any given product. That opinion is certain to change over time as new rumors are revealed, and the roundups will be updated regularly to reflect that.

Over time, we hope to ramp up to have more roundups on more topics.

Apple Deals

Our Apple Deals roundup is designed to be a one-stop destination for finding a great deal on Apple products like Macs, iPads, and iPhones, or must-have accessories related to Apple products. In the first section of the roundup, you'll find deals on accessories that range from iPhone cases and cables to docks, bags, software, and more.


Our weekly deals section is updated regularly, with new deals added on a day-by-day basis as we discover them. We'll be adding and removing deals as they expire, so make sure to bookmark this page and check back often to find some of the best discounts available on Apple accessories. This section will also highlight significant Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch deals.


Below our deals section, you will find price comparison charts for all of Apple's Macs and iPads. This is a great tool to use when shopping for a new product because it will allow you to compare the prices from five of the biggest apple resellers: Best Buy, Amazon, MacMall, Adorama, and B&H Photo. It's a useful way to find the lowest price at a glance and keep an eye out for sales. Prices highlighted in green denote significant discounts.


Come across an awesome deal you'd like to see added to the Buyer's Guide Deals Roundup? Send us an email so we can share the best discounts with all of our MacRumors readers.


Apple Pay

Apple Pay is Apple's mobile payments service. As with the Apple Watch, Apple has adopted the Apple symbol "" followed by "Pay" for the service's name, though the company also refers to it as "Apple Pay."


Available since October 20, 2014, Apple Pay is designed to allow iPhone 6, 6s, 6, 7, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7 Plus, and SE users in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, Russia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and Spain to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones in retail stores using an NFC chip built into their iPhones.


With the Apple Watch, Apple Pay is also extended to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s. To use Apple Pay with one of these devices, a paired Apple Watch is required to make the payment. This is made possible through the NFC chip included in the Apple Watch.


Apple Pay also lets users make one-tap purchases within apps that have adopted the Apple Pay API, and it is available on the web with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Devices capable of using Apple Pay within iOS apps or on the web include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro models. All of these devices contain an NFC controller where the "Secure Element" of Apple Pay is located, keeping customer information private.


iPhone 6s

Apple announced its ninth-generation iPhones, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, at a media event in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2015. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus can be summed up beautifully with a single quote from Apple CEO Tim Cook: "While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones."


Available with the same 4.7 and 5.5-inch Retina displays, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have the same exterior design as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but much of the hardware inside, from the camera to the processor, is new and improved. Core technologies like the touchscreen and the vibration engine have been updated, and the devices are even constructed from a new material.


The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are made from a 7000 Series aluminum alloy, which is stronger and more durable than the 6000 series used in the previous-generation iPhones. Apple's also updated the devices with stronger glass, made using a dual ion exchange process. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of a new aluminum finish in Rose Gold, which accompanies the traditional Silver, Space Gray, and Gold color options.


A second-generation Touch ID module makes fingerprint detection twice as fast, and the 64-bit A9 processor in the two devices is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at GPU tasks than the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A built-in M9 motion coprocessor enables new features, such as always-on "Hey Siri" functionality.


iPhone 7

Apple says the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, announced on September 7, 2016, are the best iPhones the company has ever created. On the surface, the two devices don't look significantly different from the previous-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, continuing to feature the same 4.7 and 5.5-inch screen sizes and the same dimensions, but there are a few visual differences and many internal changes.


Redesigned antenna bands no longer span across the back of the devices, for a cleaner, sleeker look, and there are two new colors being sold alongside the standard Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold shades: a matte color Apple is just calling "Black" and a new "Jet Black" with a high-gloss finish. Most importantly, the body of the iPhones has been reengineered to be IP67 dust and water resistant, so it can hold up to splashes and brief submersion in water.



There is no physical Home button on the iPhone 7, as it has been replaced by a "solid-state" pressure sensitive button that's connected to a redesigned Taptic Engine to deliver haptic feedback mimicking traditional button presses. A new display is 25 percent brighter and supports wide color gamut for richer, true-to-life colors.


MacBook Pro

On October 27, 2016, Apple introduced a long-awaited update to the MacBook Pro. Described by Apple executives as both the "thinnest and lightest" and "most powerful" MacBook Pro, the new machine has been redesigned from the ground up with a new look, new hardware, and compelling new features.


Available in 13 and 15-inch sizes, the new MacBook Pro is thinner, smaller, and lighter than previous-generation models, design changes that were made possible through a new thermal architecture.


Aside from being smaller in volume and thinner, the new MacBook Pro models continue to look similar to previous generation models, with an all-aluminum body and the same general design language, but they do come in Silver and Space Gray now.



iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is one of Apple's newest product lines, and it doesn't yet have a regular update schedule, but it appears Apple may be aiming for upgrades on an every-other-year basis. We won't see another iPad Pro update in 2016, but Apple is rumored to be planning upgrades across its entire iPad lineup in 2017, perhaps in March or April.


According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may be planning to introduce three new iPad models in 2017 in the following sizes: 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch. The 10.5-inch model would be a new addition while the 9.7-inch iPad model would feature a lower price and would serve as a "low-cost" option.


Kuo says both the 12.9-inch iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad will be positioned as "Pro" models with A10X processors. It is not clear if the 9.7-inch iPad will continue to be called an iPad Pro, but Kuo believes it will have a lower-end A9X processor. Rumors from the Taiwanese supply chain have also pointed towards a 10.5-inch iPad Pro for 2017.


A similar rumor from Japanese site Mac Otakara also suggests the next-generation mid-size iPad Pro will be available in a size larger than 9.7 inches. Unlike Kuo, who has said the tablet will measure in at 10.5 inches, Mac Otakara has released two separate reports stating the tablet will be 10.9 inches and 10.1 inches, making the sizing unclear. It is possible Apple is testing multiple tablets at this time and has not settled on a final size.


iPad mini 4 (2015)

In 2014, the iPad mini received only a minor update that added Touch ID to the iPad mini 2, while in 2015, the iPad Air 2 received no update at all. It is not clear when Apple will release another update to the iPad mini, but it's possible the company is now planning to do iPad refreshes on an every-other-year basis going forward.


One rumor suggests Apple is planning to introduce a new 7.9-inch iPad mini in 2017 that will be branded as a "Pro" model alongside larger iPad Pro tablets, but other rumors involving future iPad models have not mentioned the iPad mini.


If rumors of a new iPad mini are true, Apple is said to be adding features to bring the smaller iPad in line with its bigger siblings, including a Smart Connector for connecting to accessories, a True Tone display able to adjust to ambient lighting conditions, four speakers for stereo sound, a 12-megapixel rear camera with True Tone flash, quad microphones, and a much improved processor.


After the 2014 iPad mini 3 was received with disappointment because it only included a minor Touch ID update, Apple totally overhauled the iPad mini in late 2015, introducing the iPad mini 4. The iPad mini 4 is essentially an iPad Air 2 in a smaller, iPad mini-sized package.


Apple Watch Series 2

The Apple Watch Series 2 is the second-generation Apple Watch, introduced on September 7, 2016 and released on September 16, 2016. Design wise, the Apple Watch Series 2 looks identical to the first Apple Watch, which has been renamed "Apple Watch Series 1" with a few upgrades of its own, but it features several internal upgrades.


Available in 38 and 42mm varieties, the Apple Watch Series 2 is the same size and shape as the original Apple Watch (albeit slightly thicker), but it has been constructed with superior 50m water resistance and better seals, making it suitable for swimmers.


It continues to measure metrics like steps taken, calories burned, and pulse rate, and it can track many activities using the Workout app. Positioned as a fitness device and designed to encourage users to be more active, the Apple Watch and watchOS 3 include health-focused features and built-in activity reminders, much like the original Apple Watch.


Inside, there's a new dual-core S2 chip that's 50 percent faster than the processor in the original device, and a new GPU offers 2x better graphics performance for apps that open much faster and do more.


Mac mini

The Mac mini was last updated in 2014, introducing Haswell processors and features like 802.11ac WiFi and Thunderbolt 2. Given that it's been two years since the update, new Mac mini models could come at any time, provided Apple doesn't have plans to retire the Mac mini product.


Apple held an event in October of 2016 where it refreshed the MacBook Pro, but no updates to the Mac mini were announced. Because the Mac event has come and gone, it's unlikely the Mac mini will see a refresh in 2016, but an update could still come in 2017.


In the past, the Mac mini saw upgrades in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 before going sans upgrade for two years after a late 2012 update.


A new Mac mini would likely include Intel's Kaby Lake processors, which would bring significant performance improvements to Apple's most affordable desktop. Apple's Mac mini line uses the same U-Series chips that are found in the MacBook Air and the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, and Kaby Lake chips appropriate for an updated Mac mini will be available in early 2017.


iPhone 8 (2017)

2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Apple has something major planned to celebrate the occasion. We're more than a year away from the launch of the iPhone 8, but because of Apple's ambitious plans for the device, there are already an abundance of rumors hinting at the impressive features coming in the 2017 iPhone.


Apple is rumored to be testing more than 10 prototype iPhone models, so it's not entirely clear what we're going to see, and because there are so many test devices in play, rumors are also conflicting and murky at this time.


Rumors suggest it's going to be a radical redesign, with an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are housed. Instead, Touch ID and the camera may be built directly into the display, meaning there will be no Home button. Jony Ive has wanted to introduce an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass for several years, and glass is also necessary if Apple wants to introduce wireless charging.


With an edge-to-edge design, the display would take up the entire front of the iPhone, but it isn't clear if the display will grow to fit the iPhone or the iPhone will be shrunken down to fit the display (rumors suggest Apple will use a 5.5-inch or larger display). The display itself is said to be flexible OLED rather than an LCD, allowing Apple to introduce a thinner device that consumes less power and offers a better display with higher contrast ratio and more true to life colors. It may also feature edges that are somewhat curved on both sides, but rumors are unclear on this point.


Displays

On June 23, 2016, Apple discontinued the Thunderbolt Display. Existing stock was sold in stores and online, but Apple is no longer manufacturing new displays.


Initial rumors said Apple was still working on a new display product with an integrated GPU, but on October 27, Apple introduced new 4K and 5K displays created in partnership with LG, suggesting its own display business has come to an end.


Apple's plans to bow out of the display market have been confirmed by The Verge's Nilay Patel, who was told by Apple that the company is indeed out of the standalone display business.


Going forward, Apple will offer customers third-party displays, including the displays that LG developed under Apple's guidance. The 4K and 5K LG UltraFine Displays have been designed specifically for the MacBook and MacBook Pro, offering deeper levels of integration with the Macs than would be possible with a standard display.


macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra, the next-generation Mac operating system, was unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13, 2016 and launched to the public on September 20, 2016. Apple chose to do away with the OS X name in favor of the new "macOS" name to bring the Mac operating system in line with iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.


The main new feature in macOS Sierra is Siri integration, bringing Apple's personal assistant to the Mac for the first time. Siri offers many of the same capabilities available on iOS, along with Mac-specific functionality like the ability to search through documents to quickly find files.


There's also an option to pin Siri search results to the Today section of the Notification Center or to add them to documents to provide up to date information at a glance. Siri can also do things like search through Photos, set reminders, initiate FaceTime calls, and more.


In Photos, computer vision and new deep learning algorithms allow the app to recognize people, places, and things in images using facial, object, and scene recognition, using the information to group images into intelligent collections and enable powerful search capabilities. A new "Memories" tab creates curated collections of past photos to resurface old memories, and there's a new "Places" album for displaying all photos on a world map.


watchOS 3

The newest version of the watchOS operating system, watchOS 3, was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13, 2016 and launched to the public on September 13. watchOS 3 is a significant update to the operating system, introducing new apps, new watch faces, and impressive performance improvements. According to Apple, "it's going to feel like a whole new watch."


watchOS 3 introduces a new Dock that houses a user's favorite and recently used apps so they're easier to access. Favorite Apple Watch apps saved to the Dock are kept up to date and are able to launch instantly, cutting down on app loading times.


Navigation has been improved, with left and right swipes now used to change the watch face. A new Control Center with more information is available when swiping upwards on the Apple Watch screen.


Activity sharing is new in watchOS 3, allowing Apple Watch owners to share their workout and activity information with friends to compete and stay motivated. New activity-based Smart Replies in the app are available to communicate with friends and family over activity achievements.


iOS 10

Apple unveiled iOS 10, the next-generation operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, on June 13, 2016, releasing it to the public exactly three months later on September 13. At the introduction, Apple CEO Tim Cook described iOS 10 as the "biggest release ever" for iOS users, and the operating system includes major updates for a wide variety of apps, services, and features, including Messages, Siri, Photos, Maps, Apple Music, News, Apple Pay, Control Center, and more.


iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that offer up more information, a more easily accessible camera, and a new widgets screen that houses widgets formerly located in the Today section of the Notification Center. There's a redesigned Control Center, also with support for 3D Touch, and a new Raise to Wake feature wakes up the screen without bypassing notifications.


Siri can do a lot more in iOS 10, thanks to a Siri SDK that allows developers to build Siri support into their apps. You can now ask Siri to do things like summon an Uber or send a message in WhatsApp.


Messages has been overhauled with new features like background animations, bubble effects, rich links, and Digital Touch, the sketching feature first introduced on the Apple Watch, allowing users to create drawings and annotate photos and videos. Handwritten notes, hidden "invisible ink" messages, quick "Tapback" replies, and bigger emoji are new in Messages, and there's even a predictive emoji feature that suggests words that can be replaced with emoji.


iMac

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on new iMacs, but it is not known when the machines will debut. An October 27, 2016 event came and went with no new iMacs, suggesting we won't see a refresh until early 2017.


Apple's chip plans for the iMac are difficult to decipher. Intel has not released desktop class socketed Skylake chips with integrated Iris or Iris Pro graphics that would be appropriate for the lower-end iMacs that currently use integrated graphics and with no prospective chips available for the lower-end iMacs, it is not clear what Apple is going to do in terms of processor upgrades. Intel plans to release Kaby Lake processors in late 2016, but details on Kaby Lake chips appropriate for the iMac are not available, and it's possible Kaby Lake could see delays.


AMD has won a contract with Apple to supply the discrete graphics chips for future high-end 27-inch iMac and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. Performance of the new graphics chips is expected to be double that of their predecessors, measured on a per-watt basis, and rumors suggest future iMacs will use graphics cards from AMD.


Discrete graphics cards are only available in the 27-inch iMac, so this information applies only to those models. 21.5-inch iMacs use integrated graphics from Intel.


Black Friday

Black Friday, which takes place on November 25th in 2016, is a major shopping holiday in the United States. During the event, retailers around the country drop their prices on thousands of items, hoping to lure shoppers to their stores.


Apple products on the cheap are highly desired, and in recent years, retailers have offered some fantastic deals. We're gathering up a list of all the retailers, both online and in-store, offering discounts on iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks, Beats headphones, Apple accessories, software, and more.


This roundup will be updated on a daily basis as Black Friday approaches. We'll highlight the very best deals that are being offered this year so MacRumors readers know where to go for the best discounts. If you spot a good deal or have a site offering a Black Friday discount, make sure to send us an email at tips@macrumors.com.


It's important to note that many of the deals listed below will be limited, especially those that are "doorbusters," or specific sales designed to draw people into a store. Deals like $125 off all iPad Pro models at Best Buy will go quickly, as supplies tend to be limited, and some of these deals are limited to in-store purchases only.


Apple TV

Apple introduced the long-awaited fourth-generation Apple TV set-top box at its "Hey Siri" media event on September 9, 2015, giving the world an updated look at Apple's vision of the ideal television experience. The new box became available for purchase online on October 26, 2015, with the first deliveries occurring on October 30, 2015.


The Apple TV, which connects via HDMI to compatible television sets, focuses on what Apple says is the foundation of a great set-top box: powerful hardware, a modern operating system, a fun and easy user experience, powerful tools for developers to create apps, and a dedicated App Store.


Combined, these factors are aimed at expanding the available content on the Apple TV and making it easy for users to sort through that content to find new movies to watch, new TV shows to follow, and new games to play.



tvOS 10

tvOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple TV, taking iOS-style design elements and translating them to an Apple TV interface. tvOS is designed to put content front and center, with a familiar app-based design that's easy to navigate through the touch-based remote and Siri voice commands.


tvOS, like iOS, features a full App Store that allows users to choose apps to install on the device. The App Store features content-based apps like Netflix and Hulu, but it also features games, weather, educational options, photo viewing apps, music apps, and tons more.


Since the Apple TV launched in October, Apple has been steadily updating tvOS with new features like Bluetooth keyboard support, dictation support, and more, and on June 13, 2016, Apple unveiled the latest version of the tvOS operating system -- tvOS 10.


tvOS 10 builds on the initial tvOS features, introducing improved search, expanded Siri capabilities, Single Sign-On authentication, and a dedicated Apple TV Remote app for iOS devices.


Apple Car

Starting in 2014, Apple began working on "Project Titan," with upwards of 1,000 employees working on developing an electric vehicle at a secret location near its Cupertino headquarters. Internal strife, leadership issues, and other problems impacted the car project, leading Apple to shelve it for the foreseeable future.


Apple has laid off hundreds of employees who were working on the project, and under the leadership of Bob Mansfield, Apple has transitioned to building an autonomous driving system rather than a full car. By creating an autonomous driving system, Apple will be able to partner with existing car makers or return to its own car development project in the future, and it will be able to produce a product able to deeply integrate with iOS devices.


Apple has several teams working on different aspects of the software. In Canada, a team made up of two dozen former BlackBerry QNX customers are helping to develop the base operating system, while another team works on developing the software that will run on it, such as a heads-up display and self-driving capabilities.


A self-driving simulation group, which includes VR expert Doug Bowman, has created simulators that use virtual reality to test Apple's self-driving software.


AirPort

Apple's AirPort Express is its entry-level AirPort base station, designed to be easy to use and affordable. Priced at $99, it offers dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi along with AirPlay for wireless music playback and wireless printing.


At $199, the AirPort Extreme is Apple's mid-level base station, offering dual-band higher-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi, printer and hard drive sharing, and a stronger signal due to its high-rise design and six antennas.


Apple's AirPort Time Capsule, priced at $299 to $399, is essentially an AirPort Extreme with a built-in hard drive that facilitates automatic wireless backups using Apple's Time Machine software. It offers 802.11ac and all of the features of the AirPort Extreme, with the addition of a 2 or 3 TB hard drive.


All of Apple's AirPorts include a built-in Network Address Translation (NAT) firewall to create a barrier between a network and the Internet, along with password encryption and closed network options.


CarPlay

CarPlay, at its core, is Apple's way of bringing iOS to in-car infotainment systems and dashboards. It's designed to display information from the iPhone on a car's built-in display, giving drivers a safe way to make phone calls, send text messages, listen to music, and access Maps -- all of the things a driver might want to do with an iPhone in a car.


When connected to an in-dash system via the iPhone's Lightning port, CarPlay gives the user in-car access to information stored on the iPhone, like contacts for phone calls and messages, music playlists in apps, previous Maps searches, calendar events, and more. Because CarPlay draws its information from the iPhone, there's virtually no setup involved.


Many automobile manufacturers are building CarPlay support into cars that are set to be released in late 2015 and 2016, but there's also a way to get CarPlay in existing vehicles -- some aftermarket in-dash systems from companies like Pioneer, Kenwood, and Alpine are compatible with CarPlay and are readily available.


CarPlay is designed to be hands-free, introducing as little driver distraction as possible, and for that reason, it is voice-based and heavily reliant on Siri. Siri, for example, is used to perform a range of actions in the car, such as placing phone calls, getting directions, sending text messages, and more.


Apple VR Project

Apple has been exploring virtual reality and augmented reality technologies for more than 10 years based on patent filings, but with virtual and augmented reality exploding in popularity, Apple's dabbling may be growing more serious and could lead to an actual product or feature in the not-too-distant future.


Apple is rumored to have a secret research unit comprising hundreds of employees working on AR and VR, exploring ways the emerging technologies could be used in future Apple products. In recent months, VR/AR hiring has ramped up and Apple has acquired multiple AR/VR companies, suggesting something is afoot in Cupertino.



There are dozens of possibilities for VR/AR technology in Apple products, ranging from augmented reality features within Maps, Snapchat-style camera filters, and other apps to virtual 3D interfaces for the iPhone to full-on virtual reality headsets. With products like the Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens garnering significant interest, Apple has been inspired to test its own headset.


Apple Stores

Apple has grown to become the most valuable company in the world. It now has millions of customers around the world visiting its retail stores every day, and many of its earliest locations, particularly those in shopping malls, are too small and narrow to accommodate the increased foot traffic.


Moreover, since opening its first retail store in 2001, Apple's product lineup has expanded well beyond the Mac and iPod to include the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and other devices and accessories. In most stores, for example, Apple has at least one table dedicated to Apple Watch try-ons and demos.


For those reasons combined, and to play a bigger role in the community, Apple is in the process of renovating dozens of its retail stores in the United States and around the world. Many of the locations have expanded by adding a floor or taking over adjacent storefronts, while some stores have relocated entirely. Apple sometimes sets up a smaller temporary pop-up shop near affected locations until renovations are completed.


Apple's next-generation store design, spearheaded by design chief Jony Ive and retail head Angela Ahrendts, can also be seen in all new stores opened since around mid 2015. The new look often includes wide, open spaces with some combination of indoor trees, touch-sensitive sequoia wood tables and shelves for displaying products, large 6K resolution video screens for product marketing and community events, and light boxes extending the length of the ceiling.


iPhone SE

Apple introduced the 4-inch iPhone SE, its first 4-inch iPhone since 2013, at a media event on March 21, 2016, with the official launch following on March 31. Described as the "most powerful 4-inch iPhone ever," the iPhone SE marries the design of the iPhone 5s with many internal components from the iPhone 6s, resulting in an affordable, highly capable device that's available in a small package.


Design wise, the iPhone SE uses the same body as the iPhone 5s, but it includes a color-matched inset stainless steel Apple logo and matte chamfered edges, contrasting the shiny chamfered edges and standard logo of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone SE is available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold.



An A9 chip with integrated M9 motion coprocessor, also used in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, powers the iPhone SE, enabling always-on "Hey Siri" functionality. Its efficiency results in longer battery life with up to 14 hours of talk time and 13 hours of Internet use.


Mac Pro

Grantley Xeon E5 V3 Haswell-EP processors appropriate for a high-end Mac Pro upgrade were introduced in 2014, but Apple may be waiting on E5 V4 Broadwell-EP chips for the top-of-the-line Mac Pro that are set to launch in the first half of 2016. E3 V4 chips appropriate for lower-end machines are already available, as are Skylake E3 V5 chips, so the update hold up is potentially related to the higher-core Mac Pro machines.


Updated AMD FirePro graphics cards were introduced in 2015, as were cards built on AMD's Fury platform, both of which could potentially be used in a next-generation Mac Pro.


AMD and NVIDIA are also introduced new GPU products in 2016, which could perhaps make their way into future Apple Mac Pro models. AMD is planning to unveil GPUs based on Global Foundries' 14 nm FinFET processor node, while NVIDIA will introduce GPUs based on TSMC's 16 nm FinFET Plus processor node, both bringing significant improvements in graphics performance.


AMD and NVIDIA both introduced GPUs during the summer months, so the chips are available should Apple opt to update the Mac Pro in 2017.


Retina MacBook

Apple announced the first update to its ultra-thin 12-inch Retina MacBook on April 19, 2016, introducing machines with faster processors, better graphics, improved battery life, and a new Rose Gold color option.


First introduced in March of 2015, the MacBook is Apple's newest product line, distinct from the existing MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro lineups. The MacBook is Apple's thinnest, lightest Mac product to date with terraced battery technology and a fanless design enabled by a low-power Core M processor.



Measuring in at 13.1mm thick, the MacBook is 24 percent thinner than the MacBook Air, and it weighs just two pounds, lighter than both the 2.38 pound 11-inch MacBook Air and the 2.96 pound 13-inch MacBook Air. It has a 12-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2304 x 1440.


iPad Air 2

Apple's original iPad Air was impressively thin, measuring in at just 7.5mm thick, similar to the pencil that it was compared to in an array of advertisements. On October 16, 2014, Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, which is significantly thinner, at just 6.1mm thick. According to Apple execs, it's the thinnest tablet in the world, and it's even thinner than both the iPhone 6 (6.9mm) and the iPhone 6 Plus (7.1mm).


Aside from a thinner body, the iPad Air 2 retains the same general design elements of the original iPad Air, but it has gained some impressive under-the-hood improvements. For one, the tablet now comes with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor first introduced in the iPhone 5s, and it also includes an upgraded A8X processor that's even faster than the A8 in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and 2GB of RAM. There's an M8 motion coprocessor as well, which pulls in data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and a new barometer.


Using a laminated gapless display let Apple shed bulk from the iPad Air 2 while also improving its screen, offering enhanced contrast and more vibrant colors. Apple also added an anti-reflective screen coating that cuts down on up to 56 percent of glare.


The iPad Air 2 has gained an 8-megapixel rear camera that includes an Apple-designed image signal processor, an f/2.4 aperture, and support for 1080p HD video. For the first time, the iPad can capture large panoramas of up to 43 megapixels, it can capture 720p 120FPS Slo-mo video, it has time-lapse video capabilities, and it can take burst mode photos.


MacBook Air

The MacBook Air, first introduced in 2010, was once Apple's thinnest and lightest notebook, a title that it lost to the MacBook in 2015 and the MacBook Pro in 2016. As it's no longer Apple's most portable machine, the only title the MacBook Air can claim now is most affordable at prices starting at $999.


Apple's MacBook Air is at the end of its lifespan, kept in the Mac lineup as a low-cost option until the MacBook and the MacBook Pro come down in price. The 11-inch MacBook Air has now been discontinued entirely, and while Apple is still keeping two 13-inch models available for purchase, we do not expect to see further updates to the machines.


At its recent October 27 event that saw the debut of the new MacBook Pro, Apple positioned the 13-inch MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar as a viable MacBook Air alternative. The new machine is 12 percent thinner than the MacBook Air and takes up 13 percent less volume, while offering more powerful internals and the same 3 pound weight.


The new MacBook Pro is priced at $1,499, however, a full $500 more than the entry-level MacBook Air. Until prices on new machines come down, Apple will keep the MacBook Air around for customers who want to get into the Mac ecosystem on a smaller budget.


iPod touch

Apple updated its iPod touch lineup on July 15, 2015, introducing new colors and significant internal upgrades to the same A8 chip used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as an improved 8-megapixel rear camera. The iPod touch is available in 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB sizes and is priced at $199/$249/$299/$399, with all three models available in six different colors.



The imminent update to the iPod lineup was revealed several weeks early by images discovered within iTunes 12.2 depicting the iPod touch in several shades that did not exist at the time.


The current sixth-generation iPod touch maintains the same form factor introduced in September 2012 with the fifth generation of the family but includes significantly improved internals led by a jump from the A5 chip used in the previous chip to the A8 chip also used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.


iPod nano

On July 15, 2015, Apple introduced a new color lineup for its entire family of iPods, including the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. The new color options include space gray, gold, silver, pink, blue, and red.


No other changes were made to the iPod nano, which continues to offer 16 GB of storage and sell for $149.


The imminent update to the iPod lineup was revealed several weeks early by images discovered within iTunes 12.2 depicting iPods in several shades that did not exist at the time.


Perhaps more than any other iPod product, the iPod nano has been the subject of significant experimentation by Apple, with the company trying out a number of different form factors based on a click wheel interface before moving to an iPod shuffle-shaped design centered around a multi-touch screen and eventually settling on a design more like a miniature iPod touch with the current seventh-generation models released in October 2012.


iPod shuffle

On July 15, 2015, Apple introduced a new color lineup for its entire family of iPods, including the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. The new color options include space gray, gold, silver, pink, blue, and red.


No other changes were made to the iPod shuffle, which continues to offer 2 GB of storage and sell for $49.


The imminent update to the iPod lineup was revealed several weeks early by images discovered within iTunes 12.2 depicting iPods in several shades that did not exist at the time.


Apple's iPod shuffle has gone through several design changes since its introduction in January 2005, with the current form factor having been introduced in September 2010. Priced at $49 and offering 2 GB of storage, the only changes made to the device over the past five years have been in color options.



Archived Roundups

OS X El Capitan

OS X 10.11 El Capitan, released on September 30, 2015, is the next iteration of OS X, building on the features and design changes introduced with OS X Yosemite. OS X El Capitan might seem like a strange name, but it's meant to highlight the OS's position as an update that brings under-the-hood improvements and refinements to OS X Yosemite.


In real life, El Capitan is one of the most popular rock formations and landmarks located within Yosemite National Park. The "El Capitan" name for OS X 10.11 reflects a long-running OS X naming scheme that's used to denote updates that are refinements to previous updates, following in the footsteps of Leopard/Snow Leopard and Lion/Mountain Lion.


With El Capitan, Apple focused on two major areas: user experience and performance. Improvements to window management, apps, and Spotlight search enhance the way we use our Macs, while under-the-hood additions like Metal graphics technology make everyday activities like launching apps faster.



iPhone 6

Apple launched two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, in September of 2014. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two new phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and NFC for Apple's Apple Pay payment system.


The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus originally came in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities. The iPhone 6 pricing started at $199 on contract or $649 without contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus pricing started at $299 on contract or $749 without contract. With the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in September 2015, Apple reduced prices on the older iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models by $100 and eliminated Gold as a color option. Only Silver and Space Gray remain available.


While both models include the same 64-bit A8 chip and the same general design, there are several differences between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 measures in at 6.9mm, while the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly thicker at 7.1mm. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus also has three major differentiating factors: optical image stabilization for the camera, and a longer battery life, and an iPad-style landscape mode that displays more content on the screen.


Though the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization, both phones got some major camera improvements in form of sensor upgrades, improved tone mapping, better noise reduction, and new "Focus Pixel" technology, which improves the phone's ability to select autofocus points. For videos, there's a new 240fps slo-mo option, along with support for shooting in 1080p at 60fps. The front-facing camera was also upgraded, with an f/2.2 aperture that lets in more light and new burst mode capabilities.


iOS 9

iOS 9 is Apple's newest operating system for iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad, released to the public on September 16, 2015. iOS 9 builds on the content introduced with iOS 7 and iOS 8, bringing subtle design changes, refined features, improved functionality, and performance enhancements.


iOS 9's biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we're where we need to be at the right time.


Siri is at the heart of the changes, and the personal assistant is now able to create contextual reminders and search through photos and videos in new ways. Swiping right from the home screen also brings up a new screen that houses "Siri Suggestions," putting favorite contacts and apps right at your fingertips, along with nearby restaurant and location information and important news.


Deeper search capabilities can bring up results like sports scores, videos, and content from third-party apps, and you can even do simple conversions and calculations using the search tools on your iPhone or iPad.


watchOS 2

watchOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch, much like iOS runs on iPhones and iPads and OS X runs on Macs. While watchOS has taken design cues from iOS 8 and iOS 9, it's been built from the ground up for the Apple Watch, with features and apps that take advantage of the hardware in the wrist-worn device.


Apps like Activity and Workout read data from the accelerometer and the heart rate sensor, while communication features let users send sketches, heartbeats, and animated emoji. Notifications are sent from the iPhone and delivered with small haptic taps on the wrist, while Glances offer up quick tidbits of information that can be digested in just a few seconds.


Introduced at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, watchOS 2 brings a lot of important functionality to the Apple Watch. Most of what's included is aimed at developers, but the new tools developers have to work with offer better third-party apps and Apple Watch interactions for all of us.


watchOS 2 introduces support for native apps, which means apps are able to run entirely on the Apple Watch without relying on the iPhone. It also allows developers to access the device's built-in heart rate sensor, Taptic Engine, accelerometer, and microphone, and build third-party complications to display information on the watch face. As of June 2016, all new Apple Watch apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built using the watchOS 2 SDK.


WWDC 2016

At WWDC 2016, the focus was on software. While no new hardware was unveiled, Apple announced major new updates to iOS, the newly renamed macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.



iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that offer up more information, a more easily accessible camera, and a new widgets screen that houses widgets formerly located in the Today section of the Notification Center. There's a redesigned Control Center, also with support for 3D Touch, and a new Raise to Wake feature wakes up the screen without bypassing notifications.


Siri can do a lot more in iOS 10, thanks to a Siri SDK that allows developers to build Siri support into their apps. You can now ask Siri to do things like summon an Uber or send a message in WhatsApp.


iWatch Rumors

Apple Watch Announced!: See details in our Live Coverage on MacRumors.com.




Apple has been rumored to be working on its "iWatch" smart watch since late 2012, but the company has begun accelerating work on the project as it tries to expand its family of mobile devices to the wrist. Apple has already started work on trademarking the name in a number of countries in preparation for an introduction reportedly taking place September 9 alongside the iPhone 6. Apple has confirmed the event date, but not whether the iWatch will be introduced at that time.


Because we don't yet know what an Apple iWatch will look like, the photos we've included in the roundup are either mockups or existing non-Apple products. For example, the red watch at the top of the page is the Lunatik iPod nano watch.


iPhone 6 Rumors

iPhone 6 Announced!: See details in our Live Coverage on MacRumors.com.


Apple's new iPhone 6 devices will be introduced at a September 9 media event at the Flint Center, the same location where Apple debuted the original Mac 30 years ago. An overwhelming number of iPhone 6 rumors and part leaks have given us a near-complete look at the two devices ahead of their launch.


With the iPhone 5, Apple increased the screen size of the device from 3.5 inches to 4 inches, and with the iPhone 6, the phone's display is going to grow even larger. Though Apple experimented with a range of screen sizes, the company settled on 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches for its two devices, which will bring the next iPhone in line with competing Android and Windows phones that have adopted larger displays.


Over the course of the last several years, consumer preference has shifted towards bigger screens, and Apple is now prepared to meet consumer demand for larger devices.


iPod classic

The iPod classic was the direct descendent of Apple's original iPod released in 2001 and offers the traditional click wheel interface introduced nearly a decade ago on the iPod mini before making its way into the fourth-generation iPod. With the iPod classic lacking iOS and touchscreen support, the device's main function over its last few years was to provide customers with an iPod product option offering significant amounts of storage for their music collections. The final version of the iPod classic contained a 160 GB traditional hard drive, offering significantly more capacity than the 64 GB of flash memory found in the high-end iPod touch. With the iPhone starting to offer a maximum of 128 GB of storage with the iPhone 5 and 6 Plus, however, Apple discontinued the iPod classic on September 9, 2014, five years to the day after its final update.


The final generation of the iPod classic was introduced in September 2009, and while the product's demise was rumored a number of times over the years, the product lasted a full five years with silver and black color options at a $249 price point before being discontinued.



Back in early 2011, Toshiba introduced a 220 GB 1.8-inch hard drive that could have allowed Apple to increase the capacity of the iPod classic, and tightening supplies very soon after led to speculation that the device could see an update or discontinuation. By September 2011, Apple had removed its click wheel iPod games from the iTunes Store. No such games had been added to the store since February 2009, but the complete removal of the games section from the iTunes Store fueled rumors that the iPod classic would soon be discontinued. Ultimately, however, it was not until 2014 that the iPod classic was finally retired from Apple's lineup.


iOS 8

iOS 8 was unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June of 2014 and launched to the public on September 17, 2014. The release for existing devices came two days ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.


Improved integration between Apple devices, both mobile and desktop, is a major focal point of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Apple introduced several new "Continuity" features that are designed to connect the iPhone, iPad, and Mac "like never before."


AirDrop, Apple's peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, now works between iOS and Mac devices. Handoff, a newly introduced feature, works on the same sharing principles and lets users start a task on one device and instantly pick it up on another.


Along with sharing tasks with Handoff, iPads and Macs can both place and answer phone calls using the iPhone as a relay. Using this same functionality, Macs and iPads are able to receive SMS messages via the Messages app, which was previous limited to iMessages on those platforms.


OS X Yosemite

Apple released OS X Yosemite to the public on October 16, 2014, following a media event that saw the unveiling of new iPads, a new Retina iMac, and a new Mac mini. It was succeeded by OS X El Capitan on September 30, 2015.


OS X Yosemite was made available through the Mac App Store at no cost. Prospective users needed 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, along with Snow Leopard at a minimum as Mac App Store access was required.


Originally unveiled during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, 2014, Yosemite went through several months of beta testing before it saw its public release. Apple also launched a public beta for OS X Yosemite for the first time, allowing more than a million users to test the software before its release.


OS X Yosemite introduced a number of visual changes, including a flatter, more modern look that emphasizes translucency, streamlined toolbars, and smarter controls.


OS X 10.12

OS X 10.12 was expected to be the name of the 2016 Mac operating system update, following OS X 10.11, but Apple opted to change the name of its Mac operating system to "macOS" to bring it in line with tvOS, iOS, and watchOS.



What was once OS X 10.12 is now known as "macOS Sierra," set to be released to the public in the fall of 2016. Full details on macOS Sierra, which includes new features like Siri integration and automatic Mac unlocking, can be found in our dedicated macOS Sierra Roundup.


iPhone 5se

The "iPhone 5se" was the name rumored for Apple's 4-inch iPhone before it launched on March 21, 2016 as the "iPhone SE." The iPhone SE combines the body of the iPhone 5s with many of the internals of the iPhone 6s, such as the A9 processor and 12-megapixel camera, resulting in a powerful but compact device. For details on the iPhone SE, make sure to check out our full iPhone SE roundup.



The information remaining in the iPhone 5se roundup reflects the rumors that circulated about the 4-inch iPhone before its debut.


Since the launch of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September of 2014, there have been rumors suggesting Apple plans to introduce a new 4-inch device aimed at those who want something both more affordable and smaller in size. Despite rumors, no new device materialized in 2015, but as of 2016, rumors have ramped up and it appears a new 4-inch iPhone will launch in March of 2016 at an event to be held on the 21st.


iPhone 6c

The "iPhone 6c" was one of the early names rumored for Apple's 4-inch iPhone before it launched on March 21, 2016 as the "iPhone SE." The iPhone SE combines the body of the iPhone 5s with many of the internals of the iPhone 6s, such as the A9 processor and 12-megapixel camera, resulting in a powerful but compact device.



For details on the iPhone SE, make sure to check out our full iPhone SE roundup.


WWDC 2015

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote for 2015 was held on Monday, June 8, with the company introducing the next versions of its iOS, OS X, and watchOS operating systems, as well as an all-new Apple Music streaming service. A full transcript of our live blog coverage of the event remains available, and Apple has shared a video stream for on-demand viewing.


The next version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 9, was introduced at the keynote event with developer access starting immediately, to be followed by a public beta in July and public availability in the fall, mostly likely in the September timeframe when Apple typically introduces its new iPhone hardware.



iOS 9's biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we're where we need to be at the right time. Siri and search improvements drive those new capabilities, with other improvements including transit directions for Maps in select cities, a much more robust Notes app, a new News app, and Apple Pay enhancements such as support for store-brand cards and rewards programs.


'Steve Jobs' Movie

On October 24, 2011, just weeks after former Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer, Walter Isaacson released his best-selling biography, "Steve Jobs." The book was crafted from more than forty interviews Isaacson had with Jobs over the course of two years, and it provided a deep, introspective look into the life of the man responsible for turning Apple into the world's most valuable company.


It also provided an honest look at Jobs -- Isaacson conducted over a hundred interviews with Jobs' family members, friends, colleagues, competitors, and enemies -- giving the clearest picture yet of the kind of man that Steve Jobs was.


Before Isaacson even published the book, Sony, knowing that it would be an undeniable hit, acquired the rights to produce a movie based on the biography, and that's the basis for the "Steve Jobs" film.


A lot of big names are attached to the movie, which is said to be a serious drama that covers three of Jobs' product launch events. Aaron Sorkin, famous for writing "The West Wing," "Newsroom," "Moneyball," and "The Social Network," wrote the screenplay, and Danny Boyle, known for films like "127 Hours" and "Slumdog Millionaire," will direct.


iOS 8 Features

While our main iOS 8 roundup focused on the major changes announced by Apple, this iOS 8 roundup highlights some of the more interesting but smaller additions and refinements made to Apple's mobile operating system throughout its lifespan between September 2014 and September 2015.


Apple released iOS 8 to the public on September 17, 2014, two days ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Prior to the public launch, the software went through five developer betas before a golden master was released on September 9.


The final version of iOS 8 was iOS 8.4.1, a minor update that introduced security improvements and bug fixes. Prior to iOS 8.4.1, Apple introduced iOS 8.4, which brought a revamped Music app and support for the new Apple Music service.


Revamped Music app - iOS 8.4 introduces a new look for the Music app with a revamped design that shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and offers personalized playlists. It also offers a new MiniPlayer, a redesigned look for "Now Playing," global search capabilities that make it easier to search from anywhere within the Music app, and access to the new on-demand streaming music service and Beats 1 radio.


WWDC 2014

Apple just completed their 2014 keynote address at WWDC and introduced a number of new features in both OS X and iOS. A full transcript of the event is available, as well as a video stream of the keynote address.



Apple today announced the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. The sequel to last year's OS X Mavericks, Yosemite includes a user interface redesign, as well as major new features focusing on seamless integration between Mac and iOS devices, a new cloud storage system called iCloud Drive, as well as the ability to make phone calls and send text messages through an iPhone.


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Black Friday 2013

Black Friday, which takes place on November 29 this year, is a major shopping holiday in the United States. During the event, retailers around the country drop their prices on thousands of items, hoping to lure shoppers to their stores.


Apple products on the cheap are highly desired, and this year, retailers are offering some fantastic deals. We’ve gathered up a list of all the retailers offering discounts on iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks, and more. Each entry lists the item and the savings off of the price that the store normally sells the product for.


As it is still early, we are expecting additional information on other notable Black Friday sales to surface, from retailers like Apple. We will continue to update this roundup to add deals as they become available.


The best deals thus far are from the major retailers, as seen in the chart below (which includes gift cards). Target is offering the best price on the iPad Air at $379 ($479+$100 gift card) while Walmart has a $199 iPad mini available. Walmart also has the best deals on both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. It remains unclear which stores might offer the Retina iPad mini, but if Target has stock on hand, they will be available for $399 with a $75 gift card. Make sure to check out our detailed guides on where to get the best prices on Apple's lineup of iPads and Macs.


OS X Mavericks

OS X 10.9 Mavericks introduces a number of new features aimed at extending both battery life and responsiveness. Apple has promised 200 changes in Mavericks, including both minor cosmetic updates and major performance enhancements. The new operating system was released just after Apple's October 22, 2013 media event and is a free upgrade from the Mac App Store for all OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard users.



Mavericks has several new features developed for power users, with enhanced multi-monitor support and expanded finder capabilities. All users will experience improved power usage, a new iCloud Keychain function for secure cross-device passwords, and better Safari performance.


A new iBooks app and a new Maps app are both bundled into Mavericks, allowing users to read books and access maps within native apps for the first time. While Mavericks has not gotten the same drastic visual overhaul found in iOS 7, a number of skeuomorphic elements introduced with Mountain Lion have been removed.


iOS 7

Apple revealed iOS 7 during the WWDC keynote on June 10, 2013, featuring a brand new design and a number of new features. iOS 7 launched publicly on September 18, 2013. Users can obtain the update either by connecting their devices to iTunes and clicking the "Check for Update" button or checking for over-the-air updates on their devices via Settings -> General -> Software Update.


iOS 7 is available as a free upgrade for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch (16GB/32GB/64GB) and the iPad 2, iPad with Retina display (third- and fourth-generation), and iPad mini. iOS 7 will come pre-installed on the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices. Owners of the iPhone 5s will also find several new features that are specific to that device. These include: 64-bit support, Touch ID fingerprint sensing, Camera image stablization, Burst Mode and Slow-Mo video.


iOS updates are generally recommended for all users, but in the past, users of older hardware have found that performance of the latest iOS versions on their devices can be sluggish. If you are on older iPhone hardware (iPhone 4), you may want to wait to see how will iOS 7 runs on your device. Our discussion forums are a good resource for specific questions/answers, and we've also gathered some tips to help users discover less well-known features. Over time, we expect new apps and updates will start requiring iOS 7 to take advantage of the new features and interface.


iOS 7 was designed to be compatible with all existing iOS 6 apps, and user testing has found this to generally be true. If you rely on a specific "mission critical" app, it would still be prudent to make sure that that app runs before upgrading.


iPhone 5c

The iPhone 5c is essentially a repackaged iPhone 5 with a new plastic enclosure. The new device is available in five different colors -- green, yellow, blue, white, and pink.


The phone uses the same A6 processor and rear-facing camera as the iPhone 5, but does contain a few upgraded parts -- such as an improved front-facing FaceTime camera and support for more wireless LTE bands.


The new iPhone 5c starts at $99 (with 2 year contract) in the U.S. and is now available for order from Apple, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Retail stores, such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target are also offering the iPhone 5c, and many have been discounting the price of the 16 GB model to $50 or less with a two-year contract.


On Friday, October 25, Apple launched the iPhone 5c in 35 additional countries, including Russia, Spain, and Mexico, and a third wave launch took place on November 1. The iPhone 5c is now available in more than 60 countries, online, via Apple resellers, or through brick and mortar Apple Stores.


iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s is the same size and design as the current iPhone 5 but features improved specifications and is available in three colors: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.


The iPhone 5s uses a 64-bit A7 processor which is as twice as fast as the previous generation. The new device also incorporates a "Touch ID" capacitive fingerprint sensor built into the home button that's capable of scanning sub-epidermal skin layers. Touch ID can be used to unlock an iPhone and authorize iTunes purchases.


The rear camera in the iPhone 5s has a new 5-element lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a sensor that is 15% larger than the current iPhone 5, as well as a dual-LED "True Tone" flash that will adapt to the existing lighting to provide better colors and more accurate skin tones. Other new camera features include Burst Mode, capable of capturing 10 pictures per second and automatically selecting the best shot, and Slo-Mo 720p video capture at 120 frames per second.


Apple launched the iPhone 5s in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the UK on September 20, 2013. In the U.S., the iPhone 5s costs $199, $299, and $399 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models respectively with a 2-year contract. Non-contract, unlocked SIM free devices are available for $649/$749/$849. Pricing for other individual countries is available on Apple's online store.