Mitchel Broussard

Mitchel is a Contributing Editor at MacRumors. Southern Louisiana-born, he lives off of bad TV, good books, and great video games. Despite a few close calls, he has yet to forget the face of his father.



Deals Spotlight: Get the 2019 AirPods With Charging Case for $140 ($19 Off) and Wireless Charging Case for $70 ($9 Off)

Amazon is discounting the 2019 AirPods with Charging Case to $139.99, down from $159.00. Apple just refreshed the AirPods last month with an updated H1 chip and "Hey Siri" support, and also launched the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case at $199. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Amazon is also offering just the Wireless Charging Case by itself at a discount. You can get the accessory for $69.99, down from $79.00 ($9 off). The Wireless Charging Case is aimed at users who have a pair of the original AirPods and don't want to upgrade to AirPods 2. By just purchasing the case, they can gain wireless charging features for the older model. These are some of the first major discounts for the 2019 AirPods since they launched in March. Shoppers should note that the AirPods with Charging Case won't ship until May 7, 2019, and that the Wireless Charging Case will take 2-4 weeks to ship. It's unclear how long the sale will last, so visit Amazon soon to place an order if you're interested. 2019 AirPods SaleAirPods with Charging Case - $139.99, down from $159.00 ($19 off) Wireless Charging Case - $69.99, down from $79.00 ($9 off) More sales and bargains can be discovered in our Deals Roundup.

The Apple Watch Launched Four Years Ago Today

On April 24, 2015, the original Apple Watch launched in nine countries around the world. Four years later and we are now on the fourth iteration of the wearable device, the Apple Watch Series 4. Over the years Apple has worked on improving Apple Watch with a better and bigger display, water resistance, additional health and fitness features, and more. Apple Watch (first generation) As usual for Apple products, rumors about an Apple wearable device began ramping up in the years before the official Apple Watch launch. In 2013, Apple filed a trademark for an "iWatch," despite the fact that the device would eventually be known as the Apple Watch. Apple did the same thing for the iPad, seeking to secure rights for the "iSlate" trademark while also secretly filing trademarks for the official "iPad" name. As the launch neared, multiple reports suggested that Apple was facing battery life, screen, and manufacturing issues while developing the Apple Watch. Battery life was an ongoing issue for Apple when it was creating Apple Watch, since the company's goal was reportedly to create a device that would last for at least four to five days. This never came to pass, and even the brand new Apple Watch Series 4 requires daily charging, although many people do get around two days of life at times. Apple Watch Edition At an event in September 2014 Apple finally unveiled the Apple Watch, and then waited until a March 2015 event to set an April 24 launch date for the wearable device. On that day, the Apple Watch launched in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada,

Deals Spotlight: Get the 512GB 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar for $1,499 ($500 Off, Lowest Ever) [Updated]

Amazon is currently discounting the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to a new all-time-low price. Specifically, this is the 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 model with 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, now priced at $1,499.99, down from its current price of $1,999.00 on Apple's website. This is the lowest price ever seen for the model, and the discount is only available in Silver. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. The latest MacBook Pros have Retina Displays with True Tone, a Touch Bar with Touch ID, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. At 512GB, this is also the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the largest capacity SSD. Shoppers should note that Amazon says the notebook won't be in stock until May 3, 2019, but those who order will get updates about shipping via email. 13-Inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Sale 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Silver - $1,499.99, down from $1,999.00 ($500 off) Best Buy has a few MacBook Pro models on sale today as well. Amazon's price on the 13-inch 512GB model does beat Best Buy's, but otherwise there are many good discounts to be found in Best Buy's 4-day sale on the larger 15-inch configurations. You can also check out our full Deals Roundup for more information on recent sales. Update: The sale appears to have ended and the 13-inch MacBook Pro is now priced at

Best Buy's New 4-Day Sale: Save on MacBook Pro With Touch Bar (Up to $400 Off), iPhone X, and More

Following a flash sale on Easter, Best Buy has returned this week with a new 4-day sale that offers discounts on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, iPhone X, Beats products, iPhone cases, and more. The sale will end this Saturday, April 27 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. For the MacBook Pro deals, Best Buy has the best prices currently available for these mid 2018 models, including both 13-inch and 15-inch options. These are the latest MacBook Pros with new 8th-generation Core processors, True Tone displays, the T2 chip for "Hey Siri" support and enhanced security, and a quieter third-generation butterfly keyboard. Best Buy 4-Day Sale MacBook Pro with Touch Bar13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,599.99, down from $1,799.99 ($200 off) 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,749.99, down from $1,999.99 ($250 off) 15-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $2,099.99, down from $2,399.99 ($300 off) 15-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,399.99, down from $2,799.99 ($400 off) iPhone X and Smartphone AccessoriesSave up to $200 with qualified activation (savings reflected in reduced monthly payments over the life of the device) Get $200 off an unlocked 64GB iPhone X, priced at $699.99 Save up to 70 percent on select Modal smartphone cases Save up to 50 percent on select Insignia and Dynex smartphone cases Save 30 percent on select Belkin charging cables and portable chargers Other DiscountsWestern Digital My Passport 1TB hard drive -

Samsung Retrieving Defective Galaxy Fold Review Units as it Works to Fix Display Issues Before Launch

One day after Samsung said it was delaying the public launch of the Galaxy Fold smartphone, the company has now announced that it will be retrieving all Galaxy Fold devices that were distributed to reviewers (via Reuters). For many reviewers, the Galaxy Fold proved to be an unreliable smartphone as the display experienced multiple issues while being tested. These issues included a random bulge appearing on the display, as well as flickering and failing screens. In many cases, the issues were enough to make the Galaxy Fold devices completely unusable. Now, Samsung will retrieve these units and prepare for the re-launch of the smartphone at an unspecified date in the future. The Galaxy Fold was originally set to launch on April 26. “On the bright side, we have an opportunity to nail down this issue and fix it before selling the phones to a massive audience, so they won’t have same complaints,” said a Samsung employee, speaking on condition of anonymity. In a few cases, reviewers removed a protective layer on the smartphone's screen that looked similar to plastic films that are meant to be peeled off of displays after you open a device. For the Galaxy Fold, this layer is not meant to be removed, leading to some of the display issues. Still, not every reviewer with a broken Galaxy Fold removed the plastic film, suggesting that there are multiple issues with the device that Samsung will have to address before a wide launch to the public. In an email to pre-order customers about the delayed launch, Samsung said that it will update customers with more specific shipping

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Now Streaming on Apple Music After Three Years of Tidal Exclusivity

In April 2016, Beyoncé launched her sixth studio album "Lemonade" worldwide. While the album was available for Apple users to buy for $17.99 on iTunes at launch, it was never put on Apple Music or Spotify and remained a streaming exclusive on Tidal for three years, until today. Now, both Apple Music and Spotify subscribers can listen to the 13 track album (with an original demo version of "Sorry") for the first time. Apple is highlighting the launch on the main carousel in the Browse tab on Apple Music, along with the live album of "Homecoming," the documentary about Beyoncé's 2018 Coachella performance. More recently, Beyoncé and Jay-Z launched a collaborative album under the name "The Carters," which only remained a Tidal exclusive for two days and then launched across streaming services in June 2018. Before that time, Jay-Z quietly removed many of his albums from Apple Music in April 2017, but most eventually came back. His own album "4:44" had one week of Tidal exclusivity before appearing on Apple Music in July 2017. Although it's three years old at this point, "Lemonade" was a huge bonus for Tidal and a way for the company to encourage fans to sign up for the service. The end of its exclusivity follows a rough year for Tidal, with numerous reports about late royalty payments to artists, inflated streaming numbers, and potential data breaches emerging in 2018. The news of late royalty payments and inflated numbers came from Norwegian site Dagens Næringsliv, which specified that Tidal had inflated streaming numbers for "Lemonade".

Beats President Luke Wood: Powerbeats Pro is 'Culmination of the Full Integration' of Apple and Beats

In a recent interview with TechRadar, Beats president Luke Wood discussed how the company has changed under Apple's leadership, and the upcoming Powerbeats Pro headphones. The new Powerbeats Pro According to Wood, the Powerbeats Pro is "the culmination of the full integration of [Beats and Apple] working together from a technological standpoint." The company even took into consideration its reputation for creating bass-heavy products when building the Powerbeats Pro. Wood said the company has "learned the tools of [its] trade" over the years and improved its products, particularly after being acquired by Apple. “We thought we were pretty good until we got to Apple, and then we started learning what ‘good’ really was”, he admits between sips of green tea. What was Apple doing that Beats wasn’t? “Apple had so much incredible discipline and rigor around product quality” Wood says. When asked if a Beats product would ever add in biometric sensors for heart rate monitoring, Wood said he doesn't think that will happen: "We never want to labor customers with a bunch of useless, borderline avant-garde tech." He pointed out that many users already have smart watches with this ability, and having it in a headphone would be unnecessary. Apple announced Powerbeats Pro earlier in the month, with a launch planned for May 2019. The $250 headphones are completely wireless and are sweat and water resistant, with earhooks and tips in four sizes that ensure they will stay put during workouts. Apple said the headphones feature up to nine hours of listening time, and they also

Apple Celebrates Earth Day 2019

Today is Earth Day, an annual event celebrated around the world that brings attention to various environmental causes. Apple is taking part in the event in a variety of ways, from green Apple logos in retail locations to providing an update on its mission to conserve mangrove trees in Colombia. Image via @SetteBIT As it does every year in its retail stores, Apple has turned the leaves of the Apple logo green in honor of Earth Day. Select locations have also provided workers with green t-shirts to mark the event, and all Apple stores today will promote environment-themed Today at Apple sessions. The company is also hosting an Apple Watch challenge today, asking users to get a 30 minute workout done before the day ends. Apple usually hosts Activity Challenges for major holidays and well-known events, and for the past several years there's been an Earth Day Challenge with the same goal as 2019 -- complete a 30 minute workout. Apple today also shared a press release that provides an update on its efforts to preserve the mangrove trees in Cispatá Bay in Córdoba, Colombia. Last year on Earth Day, Apple partnered with Conservation International to protect and restore Cispatá Bay, due to the area's importance in the battle against climate change. "Globally, we've lost half of the world's mangrove forests since the 1940s," said Apple VP of Environment Lisa Jackson. "So it's high time we start preserving and protecting them." Happy #EarthDay everyone! What a beautiful world we live in. Let’s all embrace our shared responsibility to each other to take care of our one

Deals Spotlight: PayPal on eBay Has $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $85 [Updated: Working]

PayPal has returned with the latest 15 percent discount on App Store and iTunes gift cards this week, offering customers the chance to get the $100 gift card for $85 on eBay. This matches previous iTunes gift card sales on PayPal's Digital Gifts eBay storefront, which we haven't seen for a few months. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with eBay. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. To get the discount, head to eBay and click "Buy it Now" on the iTunes gift card's page. The 15 percent discount is automatically applied, and once you complete your order it will be delivered to you via email within a few hours. The sale is only available to customers in the United States. App Store and iTunes gift cards can be used to pay for iCloud storage, to rent films on iTunes Movies, and even on subscriptions to Apple Music, Netflix, Hulu, and more. Thanks to sales on the gift cards, you're able to save a little bit of money on these purchases, so be sure to visit PayPal on eBay this week if you've been looking to stock up on iTunes credit. If you're shopping around on iTunes Movies after purchasing the gift card, Apple has debuted a new Marvel-themed sale this week in preparation for Avengers: Endgame. The sale has a collection of Marvel Cinematic Universe films for $9.99 and under, including the first two Avengers movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor: Ragnarok, and more. Under $10: The Avengers Captain America: Civil War Avengers: Age of Ultron The Avengers Thor Avengers: Infinity War Ir

Best Buy Launches Easter Flash Sale With Savings on iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, iMac, and More

Best Buy today kicked off a new 1-day sale for Easter, discounting MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, iPhone X, and iMac. Many of these discounts are lasting for one day only and will expire Easter evening at 11:59 p.m. CT, so if you're interested, be sure to browse the sale today before it ends. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Best Buy Easter Flash Sale 13-inch MacBook Pro Without Touch Bar - Save up to $400 on select models / as low as $999.99 iMac - Save up to $350 on select 2017 models / as low as $1049.99 iMac Pro - $4199.99 (save $800) iPad Pro - Save up to $200 / as low as $649.99 iPhone X - Save $150 / plus get an extra $50 with qualified activationThe iPad Pro prices in particular are the best we've ever seen from a major vendor. Other Sales (Expiring 4/27) MacBook Air - Save up to $200 on select models with Best Buy's Student Deals program Head over to Best Buy's shopping event page for even more deals like Beats headphones, iTunes/App Store gift cards and more from Apple and lots of other brands. Then check out our full Deals Roundup for more information on sales and bargains happening right

Weekend Deals Spotlight: Anker's Flash Sale Has Portable Batteries, Chargers, Cables, and More

Anker today kicked off a new Amazon Gold Box flash sale, discounting numerous charging accessories to notable low prices. Items on sale include wireless charging mats, portable battery packs, car chargers, USB-C cables, and more. We've listed every Anker item on sale today below, and since this is a one-day-only event be sure to head to Amazon to browse and place your order before the low prices expire later tonight. Also note that each discount price has been automatically applied so you don't need discount codes. Anker's Flash Sale Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. PowerCore 10,000 mAh - $34.49, down from $45.99 PowerCore Speed 20,000 mAh Portable Battery - $59.98, down from $99.99 PowerCore+ 26,800 mAh Portable Battery - $88.98, down from $129.99 PowerDrive 2 Elite Car Charger with Lightning Cable - $15.98, down from $19.99 PowerWave Wireless Vent Phone Holder - $42.99, down from $59.99 PowerPort Speed 2 Wall Charger - $17.98, down from $25.99 PowerWave 7.5 Pad with Wall Charger - $32.99, down from $49.99 Powerline II USB-C to USB-C Cable (6ft) - $8.99, down from $12.99 Powerline Micro USB Cable (5-Pack) - $11.99, down from $15.99 Powerline+ USB-C to USB-A Cable (3-Pack) - $14.19, down from $18.99 Powerline Lightning Cable (3-Pack) - $19.99, down from $27.99 Our readers should also note that the MacRumors exclusive Anker sale that began on Monday is now entering its last few days, with all of the codes expiring tomorrow,

Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and iMessage Screen Effects Coming to macOS This Year

iOS apps and features including Shortcuts, Screen Time, and iMessage effects will be coming to macOS later this year, after they're first unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. The information was shared today by 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo, who spoke with people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15. The major update to macOS, which is expected to launch in the fall, will include support for Siri Shortcuts. Apple updated the previous Workflow app for iOS to become Siri Shortcuts in September 2018, alongside the release of iOS 12. It allows you to create multi-step automations that you can initiate with a simple Siri command. Today, Shortcuts has expanded to numerous third-party apps like American Airlines and Caviar. Later this year, Mac computers will get "system-wide" support for Siri Shortcuts, according to today's report. Secondly, macOS 10.15 will see the addition of Screen Time, which tracks your device usage and reports back to you at the end of each week with statistics on what apps you use the most. Parents can use the feature to limit the time their kids spend in certain apps, and people trying to take a break from social media can set time limits on apps like Instagram and Twitter. On macOS, this feature will work essentially the same as it does on iOS. It'll be housed in a new panel in System Preferences to customize its settings, and an overlay will appear when time limits are exceeded, where you can close the app or bypass the Screen Time lock with a passcode. Lastly, macOS will be getting iMessage screen effects

Foxconn 'Remains Committed' to Wisconsin Plant and Promise of Eventually Employing 13,000 Workers

Apple supplier Foxconn today said that it remains committed to its contract to build a display plant and research facility in Wisconsin (via Reuters). The company's comment comes a few days after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said that the state wanted to renegotiate the Foxconn deal, partly due to the belief that the Taiwanese company was not expected to reach its goal of creating 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin. Foxconn's original goal for the project was to eventually employ 13,000 workers on the site, and today the company has confirmed that it "remains committed" to this plan. Foxconn initially announced the project in 2017 at a White House event alongside President Donald Trump. Governor Evers recently took office in January 2019, inheriting the deal to Give Foxconn $4 billion in tax breaks and other incentives. “Foxconn’s commitment to job creation in Wisconsin remains long term and will span over the length of the WEDC (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation) contract and beyond.” Over the years, Foxconn's Wisconsin plant has gone through many iterations as the supplier faced new roadblocks and cost-cutting measures. The plant was designated as a TV display factory in its early stages, then pivoted to small to medium-size displays for smartphones, infotainment systems, and other "niche products". In early 2019, Reuters reported that Foxconn would greatly scale back its plans to produce displays of any kind in Wisconsin and instead focus on research and development. The news came from Louis Woo, assistant to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, who said Foxconn is "not

Netflix Testing 'Random Episode' Button for the Times When You Can't Decide What to Watch

Netflix has begun testing a new feature on mobile that allows select users to "Play a Popular Episode" of certain TV shows, without having to scroll through and pick which one they want to watch. As spotted by Android Police, the test only appears to be on the Android app as of now. Images via Android Police Additionally, users have noticed that in the playback controls of a TV show, there is a new "Random Episode" button. With this feature you would be able to shuffle around within the TV show you're already watching, which would be useful for people who watch their favorite shows repeatedly and don't necessarily need to see everything in order. As with all tests, it's unclear if Netflix will ever launch these features to a wide audience on both Android and iOS devices, or other platforms. If you're on Android, the random episode test is on v7.6.0 build 19 34157 of the Netflix Android app. Netflix will be gaining competition in the streaming market later this year when Apple TV+ and Disney+ launch, but the company has said that it isn't worried about these launches because of the "differing nature" of the content on offer. The company is also ramping up original content production, which means a price hike to $12.99/month for the popular HD streaming plan for all users beginning in

Apple Opens Material Recovery Lab in Austin to Improve Recycling Efforts

Apple has opened a new lab that will study how it can expand upon its current recycling processes through machine learning and robotics. The company announced the news today, along with other environmentally-focused updates, including that it will quadruple the number of locations where United States customers can send their iPhone to be disassembled by its recycling robot Daisy in a major expansion of its recycling programs. In regards to its new lab, Apple is calling it the "Material Recovery Lab" and says that it will be dedicated to looking for innovative solutions that will improve on traditional methods of recycling. The lab will work with Apple engineering teams and members of academia to address and propose solutions to current recycling challenges. The 9,000 square foot lab is located in Austin, Texas. The recycling expansion also includes select iPhones returned to Best Buy stores throughout the United States and KPN retailers in the Netherlands. With the Apple Trade In program, those interested can also turn in their eligible devices to be recycled at any Apple Store or on Apple.com. Apple says that Daisy can now disassemble 15 different iPhone models at the rate of 200 per hour, and after materials are recovered from the robot they are recycled back into the manufacturing process. Apple has received nearly 1 million devices through its recycling programs and each Daisy robot can disassemble 1.2 million devices each year. In 2018, the company refurbished more than 7.8 million Apple devices and helped divert more than 48,000 metric tons of electronic

Review: Withings Sleep Provides a Simple Way to Track Your Nights for $50 Cheaper than Apple's Beddit

Sleep tracking has become a popular activity for many people, since the practice can result in major benefits to your daily wellbeing, restfulness, stress levels, and mental health. There are many ways you can go about tracking your sleep, and Apple itself sells a few products that can help, including the Apple Watch (paired with a third-party app like Pillow) and the Beddit Sleep Monitor. Withings' solution to sleep tracking is similar to Beddit's, coming in the shape of a slim mat that you place beneath you as you sleep to automatically track and assess your sleep quality, heart rate, snoring, duration, and more. With the latest update, Withings Sleep can even detect breathing disturbances, and later this year the device will add an ability to detect the symptoms of sleep apnea. Design and Setup Withings Sleep is a 25" x 7.5" mat that has a straightforward design with a very nice and premium fabric finish, which matches well with the braided power cord. In reality, you don't ever really see Withings Sleep once it's placed where it needs to go, but it's easy to see that the company strived to make a nice-looking product despite the fact that it's not something everyone coming over to your house will see. Withings Sleep is also super easy to install: you simply unroll the mat from the box, plug in the included USB power adapter into an outlet near your bed, and place Withings Sleep underneath your mattress at chest level. This is a crucial difference between Withings and Beddit's sleep trackers, since the Beddit Sleep Monitor sits right below your fitted

Deals Spotlight: Get the Latest 12-Inch MacBook Starting at $799 ($500 Off)

B&H Photo is offering new discounts on the most recent models of Apple's 12-inch MacBook, with instant savings of as much as $600 off for a limited time. Each discount represents the lowest price available on these MacBook models, which were last updated in June 2017 with Kaby Lake processors, USB-C, faster SSDs, and more. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with B&H Photo. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. B&H Photo's new sale includes the Rose Gold color option on the MacBook, which Apple has stopped selling as of October 2018. Check out each MacBook on sale in the list below and be sure to head to B&H Photo soon before the discounts expire. 2017 12-Inch MacBook Sale Rose Gold, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $799.00, down from $1,299.00 ($500 off) Rose Gold, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $999.00, down from $1,599.00 ($600 off) Gold, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $999.00, down from $1,599.00 ($600 off) For more information on the latest discounts, visit our full Deals Roundup.

Deals Spotlight: Amazon Discounts 2018 iPad Pros to New Low Prices (Up to $200 Off)

Amazon is discounting the 2018 iPad Pros this week to notable new low prices, including both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models. These are the iPad Pros that Apple updated last fall, with a new edge-to-edge display, slimmer bezels, Face ID, and support for Apple Pencil 2. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. There are quite a few models on sale, with discounts reaching as much as $200 off. We've listed all of the models on sale below, and note that these discounts represent the lowest prices available for the iPad Pros among the major Apple resellers online. 2018 iPad Pro Sale 11-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi, 64 GB, Silver - $674.99, down from $799.00 ($124 off) Wi-Fi, 256 GB, Silver - $799.99, down from $949.00 ($150 off) Wi-Fi, 512 GB, Silver - $949.99, down from $1,149.00 ($200 off) Wi-Fi, 1 TB, Space Gray - $1,349.99, down from $1,549.00 ($200 off) Cellular, 256 GB, Silver - $949.99, down from $1,099.99 ($150 off) Cellular, 512 GB, Silver - $1,099.99, down from $1,299.99 ($200 off) Cellular, 1 TB, Silver - $1,499.99, down from $1,699.00 ($200 off) 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi, 64 GB, Silver - $849.99, down from $999.00 ($150 off) Wi-Fi, 256 GB, Silver - $999.99, down from $1,149.00 ($150 off) Wi-Fi, 512 GB, Space Gray - $1,149.99, down from $1,349.00 ($200 off) Cellular, 64 GB, Space Gray - $999.99, down from $1,149.99 ($150 off) Cellular, 256 GB, Space Gray - $1,149.99, down from $1,299.99 ($150 off) Check out our full Deals Roundup

Microsoft Working on Wireless In-Ear 'Surface Buds' to Rival AirPods

Microsoft is planning to launch a pair of wireless earbuds under the Surface brand that will be a direct competitor to Apple's AirPods, according to sources familiar with the company's plans who spoke to Thurrott. The earbuds are currently in development under the code name "Morrison." These are described to be in-ear wireless headphones, just like the AirPods. This isn't the first time Microsoft has created and sold its own headphones, as it currently sells the $349.99 Surface Headphones on its website. The Surface Headphones are large, over-ear headphones with advanced features like noise cancellation. The new device would likely carry over a few features seen in the Surface Headphones, however, like Cortana integration and "a way to improve interactions between a phone and the earbuds to make reading content easier on the phone." At this time, the name of the earbuds is not yet confirmed, but the simple moniker of "Surface Buds" is said to have been tossed around within the company. Apple just updated the AirPods to version 2, which includes "Hey Siri" functionality and wireless charging. The full lineup now includes the AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case ($199), AirPods 2 with standard Charging Case ($159), and the standalone Wireless Charging Case ($79) that adds wireless charging capabilities to your existing AirPods.

MacRumors Exclusive: Save 20% on Anker's Lightning Cables, USB-C Cables, and More

MacRumors has partnered with popular accessory maker Anker this week, offering our readers the chance to save on a collection of Apple accessories with some exclusive discount codes. Items in the sale include multiple Lightning cables, a USB-C cable, a USB-C hub, and a USB-C wall charger perfect for fast-charging an iPhone. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Anker is well known for building high-quality accessories that are far cheaper than many other companies, particularly those sold by Apple. With our exclusive promo codes, you'll have the chance to save an extra 20 percent on the products listed below. Note that the codes will expire on Sunday, April 21, so be sure to head to Amazon to take part in the sale this week. Exclusive Anker Sale (20 Percent Off) Powerline+ Lightning Cable 6ft (Red) - $14.39 with code MACRA822, down from $17.99 Powerline+ Lightning Cable 6ft(White) - $14.39 with code MACRA822, down from $17.99 Powerline+ Lightning Cable 6ft (Gray) - $14.39 with code MACRA822, down from $17.99 Powerline+ Lightning Cable 6ft (Golden) - $14.39 with code MACRA822, down from $17.99 Powerline+ USB-C to USB-C Cable 3ft (Red) - $11.19 with code MACR8187, down from $13.99 3-in-1 USB-C Hub, with 4K HDMI, Power Delivery, USB 3.0 - $23.99 with code MACR8335 + on-page coupon, down from $29.99 30W 2 Port USB-C Wall Charger PowerPort - $18.39 with code MACPDW26, down from $22.99 For more discounts on Anker products and other