Some 16-inch MacBook Pro owners appear to have identified a shared issue suggesting the MagSafe 3 connector sometimes fails to deliver the expected charge when their Mac is turned off and the lid is closed.

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As outlined on Reddit, some 16-inch MacBook Pro Models, when powered off, are failing to charge if the ‌MagSafe‌ connector is plugged in. Instead of turning green, the ‌MagSafe‌ light flashes amber and fails to deliver power to the Mac battery. Some customers have contacted Apple Support to find a solution, with varying degrees of success. One user, in particular, said that after a lengthy back and forth, Apple Support decided to send them a replacement laptop.

So it's not just me then! I have the EXACT same issue. Went to the genius bar and they tested with a cable and charger that they have and it still had the same problem. They said they would order a new 140 watt charger for me to see it would fix it but said most likely it's a firmware issue but didn't really provide any evidence for such a thing. I went home and the next day I get a call from Apple. Someone was calling me to follow up and they asked me a bunch of questions and provided instructions to run a special diagnostics program. After I did all that they said they want to take my MacBook and its charger back and that they would give me a completely brand new MacBook as soon as they get one. I'm still waiting for that but that's where I'm currently at.

A video shared on Reddit shows that when the MacBook Pro is closed, the light on the ‌MagSafe‌ charger repeatedly flashes amber and is accompanied by the typical macOS charging sound effect. A consistent orange light means the MacBook is being charged, while green shows it's fully charged.

If a MacBook Pro is connected to ‌MagSafe‌ while turned on and it is then turned off, ‌MagSafe‌ 3 continues to charge the Mac as expected. The issue only occurs for some users when attempting to plug in the ‌MagSafe‌ connector when the Mac is already turned off. The flashing amber ‌MagSafe‌ light is an indication that something is not functioning as normal, and an Apple Support page includes steps for users to take to return ‌MagSafe‌ to normal operation. However, the steps don't seem to work in the reported cases where the MacBook Pro is turned off with the lid closed.

Not all 16-inch MacBook Pro owners face the problem, and MacRumors has been unable to reproduce the bug. Regardless, there are enough users facing the problem that Apple may address it in the near future.

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Apple has announced the winners of the third annual Apple Music Awards, which recognize "the best artists of 2021 and their influence on global culture."

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The awards honor achievements in music across five categories, with winners chosen through a process that reflects both ‌‌Apple Music‌‌'s editorial perspective and what customers around the world have been listening to most.

Apple has named The Weeknd as Global Artist of the Year, while Olivia Rodrigo is Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Rodrigo also bagged the Album of the Year award for her debut album, "SOUR," and Single of the Year for "drivers license." The Songwriter of the Year award went to multi-instrumentalist H.E.R. especially in recognition of her 21-track R&B album "Back of My Mind."

This year, the ‌Apple Music‌ Awards also introduces a new category of awards for Regional Artist of the Year, recognizing artists from five countries and regions: Africa, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia. The Regional Artist of the Year awards recognize artists who made the greatest impact culturally and on the charts in their respective countries and regions, according to Apple.

"The past 12 months have proved to be a remarkable year for music, and we're thrilled to honor the artists who are shaping culture and connecting with fans around the world on Apple Music," said Oliver Schusser, Apple's vice president of Apple Music and Beats. "This year we're also recognizing more regional artists, showing the world the impact of extraordinary talented musicians who are making waves globally."

The ‌Apple Music‌ Awards celebration kicks off Tuesday, December 7, 2021, with interviews, original content, and more all streaming worldwide on ‌Apple Music‌ and the Apple TV app. Apple's full article has a more complete list of details on all of the artists that are to be honored with a special Apple-designed award.

Apple is working on an updated version of its Swift Playgrounds app, which is an educational tool designed to teach children and adults alike how to use the Swift programming language that first launched in 2016.

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The new version of Swift Playgrounds was first announced at the June Worldwide Developers Conference, and now Apple is allowing some developers to test it out in a beta capacity ahead of launch.

Developers who have been invited have been required to sign a non-disclosure agreement to get access, but one developer shared screenshots and details with 9to5Mac, giving us a quick inside look at the app.

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With Swift Playgrounds 4, developers will be able to submit their projects designed with the software directly to the App Store, allowing for app creation on the iPad. There will be a simple, easy to use interface for submitting an app to ‌App Store‌ Connect without the need for Xcode on Mac.

The app will allow those learning code to preview and see changes in real time as they type, as described by 9to5Mac:

Swift Playgrounds 4 also lets users preview and see changes in real time as they type. Live editing also works when the developer shares the project with someone else via iCloud Drive, so multiple people can work on the same project at the same time. Users can even test the app in full screen, explore SwiftUI controls, search across all files in a project, use quick inline code suggestions, and easily switch between Swift Playgrounds and Xcode (or vice versa).

There are also quick access options for setting app parameters and getting an app up on the store with little hassle. App creators can, for example, use a ready-made icon by choosing a color and an icon, or uploading a custom icon that gets automatically sized.

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Right now, some of the Swift Playgrounds 4 features require iPadOS 15.2, so there's a possibility that we could see Swift Playgrounds 4 released as soon as iPadOS 15.2 launches. There's no word yet on when we can expect iPadOS 15.2, but Apple will likely debut it prior to the end of the year.

We've been tracking Apple product and accessory deals for Cyber Monday 2021 today, and now Woot is offering a solid discount on the previous generation 32GB Apple TV 4K. You can get this device in new condition for just $99.99 if you're an Amazon Prime member. Note that this sale will last for one day only.

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The sale price is listed as $109.99, but Amazon Prime members who log into their account on Woot can take an additional $10 off, knocking the price down to $99.99. Although this is for the older 2017 model of the Apple TV 4K with the original Siri Remote, it's a great entry level price point for Apple's set-top box. This model was priced at $179 when it was the latest generation.

The biggest differences between the 2017 and 2021 Apple TV 4K lie in their internals, with the 2021 model getting an update with Apple's A12 Bionic chip vs the 2017's A10X Fusion chip. Still, the 2017's performance will be enough for most people, making Woot's offer today a great idea for holiday shoppers. If you want a deeper comparison between the two models, read our Buyer's Guide.

Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.

Related Roundup: Apple Deals

In association with CIT as the financing partner, Apple has launched a new Mac Upgrade Program for small businesses and Apple business partners that allow companies to easily distribute and upgrade their fleets of MacBooks at an affordable price to all of their workers.

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As outlined on CIT's website, shared by Max Weinbach, Apple Business Partners can distribute the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, 14-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro to their staff for only 3% of their retail list prices as monthly installments.

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros are offered at $60 and $75 per month, respectively, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro and ‌MacBook Air‌ are offered at $30 and $39 monthly payments. No Mac desktop is provided as part of the program.

While details are scarce, CIT's website says that small businesses can apply for the program through the website, and if approved, Apple will process and ship the Mac orders.

A similar program exists for regular customers with the iPhone Upgrade Program, where customers can get the latest ‌iPhone‌ for one monthly price. The program has been a popular financing option for customers. A Mac Upgrade Program is not offered publicly to regular customers, and it's important to note that customers less often upgrade their Mac computers, so a program in that regard may make less sense.

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We started sharing deals on Apple products for Cyber Monday 2021 earlier today, and now we're tracking deals and bargains available from all of the best Apple accessory companies. Similar to Black Friday, you can expect Cyber Monday savings from Twelve South, Nomad, Belkin, Casetify, and many more.

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Nomad

Nomad is offering 30 percent off sitewide today, allowing shoppers to save on iPhone cases, charging accessories, Apple Watch bands, MagSafe-compatible accessories, and more.

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Twelve South

Twelve South's massive Black Friday sale has extended into Cyber Monday this year, and you'll find steep discounts on nearly every products on Twelve South's website. We've highlighted a few devices below, and be sure to shop the sale before it ends tonight at midnight.

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Anker

Anker is offering up to 40 percent off select products this Cyber Monday. This includes chargers, power banks, docks, cables, and more. We've listed a few highlights below, but be sure to browse the full sale before it ends on December 5.

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Belkin

There is a large collection of Belkin accessories on sale this Cyber Monday, ranging from wireless chargers to USB-C portable chargers, wireless earbuds, and smart plugs. Check out all the deals below, available from Amazon, Target, and Best Buy.

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At Belkin's own website, you'll find 30 percent off sitewide.

Charging Accessories

  • BOOSTCHARGE TrueFreedom PRO - $49.99 (regular $99.99) on Amazon
  • BOOSTCHARGE UV Sanitizer + Wireless Charger - $51.99 (regular $79.99) on Amazon
  • BOOSTCHARGE Dual Wireless Charging Pads 10W - $32.99 (regular $49.99) on Amazon + Target
  • BOOSTCHARGE 15W Wireless Charging Pad - $29.99 (regular $44.99) on Amazon + Target
  • BOOSTCHARGE 15W Wireless Charging Stand - $22.99 (regular $44.99) on Amazon

Audio

  • SOUNDFORM Freedom True Wireless Earbuds - $59.99 (regular $119.99) on Amazon
  • SOUNDFORM Rise True Wireless Earbuds - $49.99 (regular $79.99) on Amazon + Best Buy
  • SOUNDFORM Move True Wireless Earbuds w/ Qi case - $39.99 (regular $69.99) on Amazon
  • BOOSTCHARGE Wireless Charging Stand + Speaker - $29.99 (regular $49.99) on Amazon

Nanoleaf

Nanoleaf is offering up to 25 percent off its lighting kits this Cyber Monday, and you can get a $25 gift card when you spend $350 or more on the Nanoleaf storefront.

Additionally, six customers who make a purchase today on Nanoleaf's website will get their entire order for free. There are also special Nanoleaf lighting bundles sold at Amazon and Best Buy.

Satechi

Satechi's Black Friday sale has carried over into Cyber Monday, allowing shoppers to get up to 30 percent off their orders on the Satechi website. Just use the codes listed below corresponding to the amount of money you spend.

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  • 20% off orders up to $75 with code: BFCM20
  • 25% off orders $75 - $150 with code: BFCM25
  • 30% off orders over $150 with code: BFCM30

1Password

You can get 50 percent off of your first year of 1Password Families today. This makes the password management app cost $2.50 per month, down from $4.99 per month (billed annually). Following your first year, you'll be charged the regular price until canceled.

ZAGG

ZAGG began offering 40 percent off sitewide last week, and this sale will last through December 6.

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This sale allows you to get 40 percent off up to ten products on ZAGG's website, and it excludes already-discounted items. This offer also can't be combined with any other coupon code or discount.

ZAGG's website includes Mophie and its full lineup of charging accessories. With the new sale, you can get 40 percent off the new MagSafe-compatible Snap+ system of products, like the Snap+ Wireless Stand or the Snap+ Juice Pack Mini.

Casetify

Casetify has up to 25 percent off this Cyber Monday, and its sale will last through tomorrow, November 30. You can find the specific sales below, and no coupon code is required.

  • Buy 1, Get 10% off
  • Buy 2, Get 20% off
  • Buy 3, Get 25% off

Brydge

Brydge is taking 20 percent off all tablet keyboards and MacBook vertical docks today, and offering free shipping at the same time to residents in the United States. There are numerous iPad keyboards on sale, but we've listed a few below to kick off your shopping.

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Hyper

Hyper has 30 percent off sitewide today, offering solid deals on its collection of USB-C hubs, power banks, chargers, cables, hubs, and much more.

JBL

JBL has up to 65 percent off wireless headphones, home speakers, and other audio accessories for today only.

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Other Sales

  • Adorama - Save on photography equipment and computer accessories
  • B&H Photo - Save on external hard drives, monitors, and more
  • Best Buy - Save on TVs, Laptops, video games, and more
  • Casely - $5 and $10 smartphone cases + 50% off everything else
  • Incase - Get up to 50% off sitewide
  • Incipio - Get up to 50% off sitewide
  • Moment - Get up to 65 percent off
  • Nimble - Get 25 percent off
  • Otterbox - Get 25% off sitewide
  • OWC - Save on computer memory and more
  • Pad & Quill - Save on iPad cases and more
  • Speck - Get 50% off sitewide

Head to our full Deals Roundup to get caught up with all of the latest deals and discounts that we've been tracking over the past week.

Related Roundup: Apple Deals

With Black Friday over, Cyber Monday 2021 is now in full swing and you can find many of the same sales as last week on Apple products like AirPods, Apple Pencil, and iPad Pro. In this article we're focusing on the best Cyber Monday discounts on Apple products like these and more.

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AirPods

AirPods continue to be the best Apple product to shop for this holiday season, with Black Friday pricing on numerous models sticking around this Cyber Monday. Unfortunately, Amazon's and Walmart's $90 discount on the AirPods Pro with MagSafe hasn't returned today, but Amazon has a decent $70 discount for anyone who missed the Black Friday sale.

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Otherwise, you'll find notable discounts on the AirPods 2 and AirPods 3, all available on Amazon this year. Some sales do require an automatic coupon, and so you won't see the deal price until you reach the cart screen.

Apple Pencil 2

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Another leftover deal from Black Friday is on the Apple Pencil 2, which is on sale for $99.00, down from $129.00. Amazon's offer on this accessory remains one of the best and most consistent discounts we've tracked this year.

MacBook Pro

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14-inch MacBook Pro (2021)

  • 10-Core M1 Pro 1TB - $2,449.99 at Amazon ($49 off, lowest ever)

16-inch MacBook Pro (2021)

  • 10-Core M1 Pro 512GB - $2,399.00 at Amazon ($100 off, lowest ever)

13-inch MacBook Air (2020)

  • M1 256GB - $899.00 at Amazon ($100 off)
  • M1 512GB - $1,049.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)

iMac

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21.5-inch iMac (Mid 2020)

  • 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $799.00 at Amazon ($300 off, lowest ever)

24-inch Retina iMac (2021)

  • M1 Chip w/ 7-Core GPU, 256GB - $1,249.00 at Amazon ($50 off)

Mac mini

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M1 Mac mini (Late 2020)

  • M1 512GB - $749.99 at Amazon ($150 off, lowest ever)

iPad Pro (2021)

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12.9-Inch iPad Pro (2021)

  • 128GB Wi-Fi - $999.00 at Amazon ($100 off, lowest ever)
  • 256GB Wi-Fi - $1,099.00 at Amazon ($100 off)
  • 512GB Wi-Fi - $1,299.99 at Amazon ($99 off)
  • 1TB Wi-Fi - $1,699.99 at Amazon ($99 off)
  • 2TB Wi-Fi - $2,049.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)
  • 128GB Cellular - $1,199.99 at Amazon ($99 off)
  • 256GB Cellular - $1,299.99 at Amazon ($99 off, lowest ever)
  • 1TB Cellular - $1,849.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)

Apple Gift Card

Following in the wake of similar sales from Target and Best Buy last week, Amazon today is offering $15 in Amazon credit when purchasing a $100 Apple Gift Card.

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To get the deal, you'll need to select the $100 (or more) Apple Gift Card option, then enter the code APPLENOV at the checkout screen.

Apple TV 4K

Woot has the original Apple TV 4K (32GB) for $99.99 for Amazon Prime members in its Cyber Monday flash sale. You'll see a $109.99 price tag when heading to Woot, but if you sign into your Amazon Prime account you'll get a $10 markdown on your order, making this a solid deal for the original Apple TV 4K (which was priced at $179 when it was the latest generation).

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Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

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Apple is still working on a future wireless charger that would function similarly to the now-abandoned AirPower, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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In the latest edition of the journalist's Power On newsletter, Gurman reiterates earlier reports that Apple still intends to create a wireless charging accessory that would charge multiple devices like an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once.

Apple first announced the ‌AirPower‌ in September 2017 alongside the ‌iPhone‌ 8 and ‌iPhone‌ X. At the time, Apple said the charging product would launch sometime in 2018, but that didn't happen. Following months of rumors about development issues, Apple canceled the project in March 2019.

Since then, Apple has rolled out MagSafe charging for its iPhones, including the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo accessory, which can wirelessly charge an Apple Watch and ‌iPhone‌ in tandem, although the Duo is just two separate wireless chargers joined together. If Gurman is correct, Apple still plans to release a charging device that can charge up all three products at the same time.

Continuing the theme, Gurman says he believes Apple is still investigating charging solutions that don't rely on contact-based inductive charging technology. Specifically, he mentions Apple is working on "short and long distance wireless charging devices" and that the company "imagines" a future where all of its major devices can charge each other. "Imagine an iPad charging an ‌iPhone‌ and then that ‌iPhone‌ charging AirPods or an Apple Watch," adds Gurman.

We've long heard rumors of so-called reverse wireless charging capabilities for recent ‌‌iPhone‌ series‌‌. The closest it has come is with its MagSafe battery pack, which can receive power from an ‌iPhone‌ when the latter device is plugged in and charging.

Given the ‌MagSafe Battery Pack‌'s reverse wireless charging feature, it seems technically possible that an ‌iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 could deliver power to AirPods or AirPods Pro, but Apple has not yet implemented this feature.

The holiday shopping season is now upon us, with this week's news being dominated by Black Friday deals that started popping up early in the week and will carry on into next week, so make sure to check out our coverage to find the best prices on gear for Apple fans.

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Black Friday wasn't the only topic of discussion this week, however, as other popular stories including Apple revealing that it's pushed back the launch of digital IDs in the Wallet app to early 2022, Android users getting an update to improve the handling of iMessage reactions, and Tim Cook discussing Apple's recently announced self-service repair program. Read on for details on these stories and more!

Best Black Friday Deals on Apple Watch, AirPods Pro, MacBook Pro, and More

Black Friday has unofficially kicked off the holiday shopping season with many discounts on Apple products available from resellers like Amazon and Target. We've rounded up noteworthy sales on the AirPods, AirPods Pro, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, Macs, Apple gift cards, accessories, and more. For additional deals, make sure to check out our Black Friday deals roundup.

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Apple is also running its annual four-day shopping event on Black Friday through Cyber Monday in the United States and several other countries, with customers able to receive a free Apple gift card with the purchase of select products through November 29.

Apple Delays iOS 15 Feature for Adding Your Driver's License to Your iPhone Until Early 2022

Apple has revealed that an upcoming iOS 15 and watchOS 8 feature that will let you add your driver's license or state ID to your iPhone and Apple Watch has been delayed until early 2022.

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The feature will be available in the U.S. only at launch, with Apple having previously announced the first states that plan to support the feature. Our story covers everything we know about Apple's digital ID feature so far.

iMessage Reactions Will No Longer Annoy Android Users Thanks to Emoji Change

Android users will finally be able to see iMessage reactions like a heart or thumbs up properly thanks to a recent change to Google's Messages app that displays the reactions as emoji.

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Prior to the change, iMessage reactions would appear as a subsequent text message on Android devices, such as [Contact Name] "Loved" [Text of the Original Message], which was both confusing and repetitive.

Tim Cook Discusses Apple's New Do-It-Yourself Repair Program and More

Apple recently announced a new self-service repair program that will provide customers with access to Apple genuine parts, tools, and manuals for completing their own repairs of select devices, starting with iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models early next year.

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Apple's self-service repair program will include repair manuals on the Apple Support website and an online parts and tools store for customers that will be operated by a third party.

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his thoughts on the self-service repair program in an interview with KTLA's Rich DeMuro.

Spotify Users Growing Impatient and Canceling Subscriptions Over Lack of Native HomePod Support

Spotify users are growing impatient with the streaming music service over its lack of native HomePod support, pushing several customers to the brink of canceling their subscriptions entirely and moving to alternative platforms, such as Apple Music.

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Apple has allowed third-party streaming music services to natively support the HomePod since 2020, but Spotify has yet to enable the feature, which would allow users to use Siri to play Spotify content from their ‌HomePod‌ without opening the app.

Apple Sues NSO Group Over State-Sponsored Spyware Targeting iOS Users

Apple this week filed a lawsuit against NSO Group to "hold it accountable" for state-sponsored spyware targeting Apple users. Apple said it is also contributing $10 million to organizations pursuing cybersurveillance research and advocacy.

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Apple said it is notifying the "small number of users" worldwide that it discovered may have been targeted. Apple has shared a support document outlining how it will notify those users "in accordance with industry best practices."

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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Astropad to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Luna Display adapter that can turn an extra Mac or iPad into a secondary display for a primary Mac or even a Windows PC.

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Priced at $130, the Luna Display adapter is designed to plug into a Mac or a PC using a USB-C port on newer machines, a Mini DisplayPort (older Macs), or an HDMI port (PCs), and when paired with the Luna Display software, a main Mac or PC can be connected to an ‌iPad‌ or another Mac using WiFi.

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With this setup, you can take advantage of older hardware or add an extra display to your workflow without having to spend money on another device. It's especially useful for those who have makeshift work-from-home setups that could make use of an extra device.

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The Luna Display extends a Mac or PC's display to a secondary Mac or ‌iPad‌. There's an ‌iPad‌ to Mac mode, an ‌iPad‌ to PC mode, a Mac to Mac mode, and a PC to Mac mode. For the USB-C version of the Luna Display, it can be used interchangeably between Macs and PCs thanks to a software update that came out earlier this year.

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For those who have a Mac mini or Mac Pro, Luna Display has a "headless" mode that allows another Mac or ‌iPad‌ to be used as the main display for one of these display-less machines.

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The Luna Display apps are designed to support both PCs and Macs, and the recent update also made the software faster on Apple's M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max machines. Macs and PCs have the same features when used with Luna Display, such as Teleprompter mode for an ‌iPad‌ connected to a main machine. Astropad is also working on 5K display support, a feature that is coming by the end of 2021.

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Apple has designed a Sidecar function for using an ‌iPad‌ as a secondary device for a Mac, but it's much more limited than what Luna Display can do because it only works with a Mac and an ‌iPad‌. Luna Display supports Mac-to-Mac, PC-to-Mac, and PC-to-iPad connectivity in addition to Mac-to-iPad functionality.

It's also worth noting that ‌Sidecar‌ is limited to newer devices, while Luna Display is compatible with older iPads and Macs that don't support the ‌Sidecar‌ feature. Luna Display also offers full native resolution, which is not available with the Mac to Mac AirPlay feature that Apple added in macOS Monterey, plus it connects over Ethernet or Thunderbolt in addition to WiFi for faster speeds.

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Luna Display provides full keyboard, trackpad, and mouse support on both connected machines in Mac-to-Mac mode or PC-to-Mac mode, plus it has full native support for Apple silicon Macs. On the ‌iPad‌, there's full support for touch gestures, Apple Pencil, and keyboards.

The dongle works with 2013 and newer Macs running macOS 10.11 El Capitan or later, as well as iPads running iOS 9.1 or later.

We have five of the USB-C Luna Display adapters to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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Luna Display Giveaway

The contest will run from today (November 26) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 3. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 3 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

While the Luna Display is normally priced at $130, there is a Black Friday discount that's available. Astropad is discounting the Luna Display by 30 percent, dropping the price to $91, plus free worldwide shipping is available, making it an ideal time to pick one up.

Synaptics today released a new beta version of DisplayLink Manager for macOS with long-awaited support for external display rotation on M1 Macs. A company representative said a final release is planned by late December provided that beta testing is successful.

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DisplayLink adapters have proven popular with M1 models of the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, as they allow for multiple external displays to be connected, despite Apple's tech specs indicating that the notebooks only support one external display. DisplayLink Manager helps with setting up external displays via DisplayLink.

As seen in the above screenshot shared on Reddit, the new version of DisplayLink Manager allows for external displays connected to an M1 Mac with DisplayLink adapters or docks to be used in both landscape and portrait orientations.

DisplayLink Manager 1.6 beta is compatible with all macOS Monterey and macOS Big Sur versions and is free to download on the Synaptics website.

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models officially support up to two external displays with the M1 Pro chip, or up to four external displays with the M1 Max chip, without the use of DisplayLink adapters or other workarounds.

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Black Friday is in full swing today, and in this article we're highlighting some of the best deals that you can find online among popular third-party accessory makers like Twelve South, Nomad, Satechi, and many more. Visit our Black Friday Roundup for a deeper dive into the best sales going on today.

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Many Black Friday deals are known to sell out fast, so keep that in mind when browsing our posts and shopping online today. If you see something you're interested in, be sure to snag it quickly.

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Cellular carriers have always offered big savings on the newest iPhone models during the holidays, and Black Friday 2021 sales have now carried over into Cyber Monday as well. Right now we're tracking notable offers on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro devices from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. For even more savings, keep an eye on older models like iPhone SE.

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If you're looking for something other than iPhones, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2021 Roundup for all of the best deals and discounts happening today.

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Read our buyer's guides comparing your various options.

For full details on each iPhone, explore our roundups.

More Black Friday Deals

AT&T

AT&T began offering its Black Friday sales last week, and with them you can get an iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, or iPhone 13 mini at no cost with a trade in and installment plan. You can also get $1,000 off the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the same requirements.

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For Apple Watch, if you purchase two Apple Watch models you can save up to $330 when each are also purchased on an installment plan. These offers will run through the end of November and more information can be found in AT&T's press release.

There are also a few prepaid deals, where you can get the iPhone SE for $99.99 for new customers who transfer their number and sign up for an unlimited plan. Additionally, new Cricket Wireless customers can get a 64GB iPhone XR for $49.99.

T-Mobile/Sprint

Similar to AT&T, T-Mobile began its Black Friday discounts last week, and they'll be available through the end of the month. The highlight of the sale is a free iPhone 13 Pro, a free pair of AirPods 2, and a free year of Apple TV+ when you trade in an eligible device and place the iPhone 13 Pro on a Magenta MAX plan.

You can also switch out the iPhone 13 Pro for up to $1,000 off the iPhone 12 or another model of the iPhone 13. This deal will be received via 30 monthly bill credits on T-Mobile's zero interest Equipment Installment Plan. The AirPods 2 offer will be received via rebate.

You can also get half off a new iPhone 13 Pro and half off the AirPods 2 if you opt for any postpaid consumer plan, and trade in an eligible device. At half off, you can also opt for up to $500 off iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. For iPhones, you can also BOGO for free on any two iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 models.

The 40mm Apple Watch SE is available for $99 and the 44mm model is $149 via 24 monthly bill credits on an Equipment Installment Plan. More information about all of these deals can be found in T-Mobile's press release and on the company's website.

Verizon

Verizon is routinely a solid place to find great deals on Apple-related accessories, and this remains true for Black Friday. The retailer has up to 50 percent off select accessories, and in this sale you'll find MagSafe-compatible products, headphones, wireless chargers, iPhone cases, and more.

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For cellular plans, deals are somewhat similar to other carriers. You can get up to $1,000 when you trade in your old smartphone and purchase an iPhone 13 model. There are also some solid iPhone 12 deals, like a BOGO free offer and a free iPhone 12 mini with any Unlimited plan.

For iPads, Verizon is offering up to $300 off eligible tablets when purchased at the same time as an iPhone. Similarly, you can get up to $150 off an Apple Watch when purchased at the same time as an iPhone. All of these deals can be found on Verizon's website and will last through the end of the month.

Visible

The Verizon-owned Visible brand has a solid deal of its own this season, offering a virtual gift card worth up to $200 and a free pair of AirPods Pro or Beats Studio Buds when you join Visible.

You'll need to sign up for Visible by bringing your current phone or purchasing a new one on Visible's website, transfer your number, set up your SIM card, and make service payments for three months.

Afterwards, Visible will e-mail you instructions for choosing a virtual gift card and redeeming your option of earbuds. Gift card options include Best Buy, Target, Mastercard, Lowe's, Uber Eats, and much more.

Earbuds options include AirPods Pro, Beats Studio Buds, or Google Pixel Buds. Visible offers monthly plans for as low as $25/month, and you can see more information about all of these deals on the company's website.

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

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The Apple Watch always makes a great gift around the holiday season, and for Black Friday 2021 we're tracking a few solid offers on numerous models of the Apple Watch. In this article, you'll find the best Black Friday sales on the new Apple Watch 7, but the best money-saving discounts will be found on older models like the Apple Watch Series 3 and SE.

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Apple Watch Series 7

Straight cash discounts on the Apple Watch Series 7 can be found on Amazon this year. We've listed the best ones below, and the most you'll currently find reach up to $19 off the GPS models.

If you want a Cellular device, there are some solid offers at various carriers. AT&T has $330 off Apple Watch models when purchasing two at once. These will need to be added on a qualifying installment plan and you'll need to add at least one new line.

At Verizon you can get up to $200 off Series 7 models when trading in a previous smartwatch and purchasing the new wearable on a new plan. You can get this same offer on the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE.

  • GPS 45mm Starlight Aluminum/Starlight Sport Band - $419.99 at Amazon ($9 off)
  • GPS 45mm (Product)Red Aluminum/(Product)Red Sport Band - $409 at Amazon ($20 off)
  • GPS 41mm Starlight Aluminum/Starlight Sport Band - $379.99 at Amazon ($19 off)
  • GPS 41mm Green Aluminum/Clover Sport Band - $379.99 at Amazon ($19 off)
  • GPS 41mm Blue Aluminum/Abyss Sport Band - $379.99 at Amazon ($9 off)
  • GPS 41mm (Product)Red Aluminum/(Product)Red Sport Band - $379.99 at Amazon ($19 off)

Apple Watch Series 3

The best all-around Apple Watch Series 3 deal this Black Friday can be found at Walmart, which discounted the 38mm GPS Series 3 model to just $109.00, down from $199.00. The retailer also had the 42mm GPS Series 3 model on sale for $139.00, down from $229.00.

Unfortunately, this deal has been fluctuating all week and we haven't seen it return for a few days now. There may be a restock sometime today, however, so be sure to keep checking Walmart if you're interested.

Apple Watch SE

Similar to the Series 3, if you're willing to opt for an older model of the Apple Watch, you can find great deals this Black Friday. Target is offering the 40mm GPS Apple Watch SE for $219.99, down from $279.00. The 44mm GPS model is on sale for $249.99, down from $309.00.

These deals are both all-time low prices on the Apple Watch SE, and you can find similar sales at Best Buy this Black Friday. Target shoppers should remember that you can get an additional 5 percent off your order with the Target RedCard.

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

Although Black Friday sales began as early as October in 2021, the shopping holiday is now officially underway and we're highlighting the best sales for each of Apple's product lines. In this article, you'll find the best Black Friday sales on iPad Pro and iPad mini.

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These sales include numerous all-time low prices and some steep discounts, but this year iPad Black Friday discounts aren't as numerous. The biggest discounts come from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and in total you can get up to $250 off iPad Pro this week. Typically, most sales can be found on Amazon below, but a few other retailers are matching, or offering their own discounts.

If you're looking for something other than iPads, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2021 Roundup for all of the best deals and discounts happening today.

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11-Inch iPad Pro (2021)

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  • 128GB Wi-Fi - $749.99 at Amazon ($49 off)
  • 1TB Wi-Fi - $1,399.99 at Amazon ($99 off)
  • 2TB Wi-Fi - $1,648.99 at Amazon ($250 off, lowest ever)
  • 2TB Cellular - $1,999.99 at Amazon ($99 off)

12.9-Inch iPad Pro (2021)

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  • 128GB Wi-Fi - $999.00 at Amazon ($100 off, lowest ever)
  • 256GB Wi-Fi - $1,099.00 at Amazon ($100 off)
  • 512GB Wi-Fi - $1,249.00 at Amazon ($150 off, lowest ever)
  • 1TB Wi-Fi - $1,649.00 at Amazon ($150 off, lowest ever)
  • 2TB Wi-Fi - $2,049.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)
  • 128GB Cellular - $1,199.99 at Amazon ($99 off)
  • 256GB Cellular - $1,299.99 at Amazon ($99 off, lowest ever)
  • 1TB Cellular - $1,849.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)

iPad mini 6 (2021)

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  • Cellular 64GB - $629.98 at Amazon ($19 off)
  • Cellular 256GB - $779.98 at Amazon ($19 off)

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

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Black Friday 2021 kicked off earlier this morning, and solid deals across Apple's product lineup are available online right now. Although you won't find particularly steep deals on the HomePod mini this year, if you have your sights on one as a holiday gift, you can at least save a little bit of money at Staples.

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HomePod mini

Black Friday deals have hit Apple's miniature smart speaker, and you can get the HomePod mini for $89.00 at Staples, down from $99.00.

Stock is in limited supply, and you may only be able to pick up the HomePod mini locally if delivery is unavailable. For alternate sales, Costco members can get a HomePod mini for $79.99 and B&H Photo has the HomePod mini at $94.99.

As of this year, the HomePod mini is the only smart speaker that Apple sells after it discontinued the original HomePod earlier in the year. Because of that, don't expect to see major retailers still offering discounts on that 2018 model this season.

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

Buyer's Guide: HomePod Mini (Neutral)

Our Black Friday 2021 coverage continues with the best deals you can find on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac mini today. As with all Black Friday deals, we aren't sure how long any of these will last, and prices are always fluctuating, so if you see something you want, be sure to buy it soon.

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MacBook

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13-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2020)

  • M1 256GB - $1,199.00 at Amazon ($100 off)
  • M1 512GB - $1,299.00 at Amazon ($200 off, lowest ever)

14-inch MacBook Pro (2021)

  • 8-Core M1 Pro 512GB - $1,949.00 at Amazon ($50 off)
  • 10-Core M1 Pro 1TB - $2,449.00 at Amazon ($50 off)

13-inch MacBook Air (2020)

  • M1 256GB - $849.99 at Amazon ($149 off)
  • M1 512GB - $1,099.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)

iMac

imac holiday

21.5-inch iMac (Mid 2020)

  • 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $949.00 at Amazon ($150 off)

27-inch Retina iMac (Mid 2020)

  • 3.1GHz 6-Core, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,699.00 at Amazon ($100 off)

24-inch Retina iMac (2021)

  • M1 Chip w/ 7-Core GPU, 256GB - $1,249.00 at Amazon ($50 off)
  • M1 Chip w/ 8-Core GPU, 256GB - $1,449.99 at Amazon ($49 off)
  • M1 Chip w/ 8-Core GPU, 512GB - $1,649.99 at Amazon ($49 off)

Mac mini

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M1 Mac mini (Late 2020)

  • M1 512GB - $749.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

Black Friday 2021 deals are still going strong into Cyber Monday, and in this article we're tracking the best deals across Apple's AirPods lineup. Throughout the week we've been sharing the best sales for Apple devices like iPhone, Mac, and iPad, so be sure to follow us on Twitter for all of the latest Black Friday sales

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AirPods are always a sure bet for great holiday discounts, and 2021 is no exception. Below you'll find numerous all-time low prices on various AirPods models, with the highlight of the sales being Amazon's $90 discount on the 2021 AirPods Pro with MagSafe, although availability is starting to prove spotty.

If you're looking for something other than AirPods, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2021 Roundup for all of the best deals and discounts happening today.

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AirPods 2 (2019)

Major sales have appeared for the older AirPods 2 models, starting at $99.99 for the AirPods 2 with Wired Charging Case, down from $129.00 at Amazon.

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Final price includes $15 taken off at checkout.

AirPods Pro (2021)

Apple refreshed the AirPods Pro this fall with a new model that comes with a MagSafe Charging Case, and no other changes to the headphones. Although this is the newest version of the AirPods Pro, they're already seeing rock-bottom discounts and routinely beat the price on the 2019 non-MagSafe version.

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Right now, Amazon has one of the all-around best Black Friday discounts, offering the AirPods Pro with MagSafe for $179.00, down from $249.00. Amazon is currently saying the AirPods Pro will be "in stock soon" and is accepting orders for mid-December delivery. The price has been as low as $159.00 this week, but supplies seem to be tightening, so you may not want to wait too much longer.

This version of the AirPods Pro comes with the MagSafe Charging Case, which is compatible with Apple's MagSafe Charger and other accessories that support MagSafe. Previously, the 2019 version included a Wireless Charging Case that supported Qi wireless charging but not MagSafe.

AirPods 3 (2021)

If you're looking to purchase the newest version of the AirPods, you'll want to head to Amazon for its discount on the AirPods 3. There, you can get the new model for $149.99, down from $179.00.

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Final price includes $20 taken off at checkout.

Although this is a very slight discount, it remains the steepest markdown that we've tracked on the AirPods 3. For anyone looking to save more money, we recommend looking at any other model, particularly the new AirPods Pro.

AirPods Max (2020)

Amazon has AirPods Max for $429.00, down from $549.00. Only one color is available at this price, and the sale has been fluctuating in and out of availability all week, so if you see it at or around $429.00 be sure to make your purchase fast.

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We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

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