MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 61W GaN USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Cable From Choetech

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Choetech to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a 61W USB-C power adapter and accompanying USB-C cable for charging a Mac or an iPad Pro.

Choetech's new 61W Wall Charger uses gallium nitride technology, which allows it to be manufactured in a smaller casing than a standard power adapter. It's 50 percent smaller than the original 61W MacBook charger.


Priced at $35, the 61W power adapter is slim, portable, and perfect for use at home or travel thanks to the foldable prongs that tuck into the body of the accessory.


There's a single USB-C port on the charger that can be paired with a USB-C to USB-C cable or a USB-C to Lightning cable for charging up your Apple devices. 61W is ideal for the MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro, but it's also suitable for the more powerful 15 and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models when not doing system intensive tasks.

Choetech says that the charger is equipped with a built-in "smart identification chip" that's able to identify the voltage and current required by a device, providing the right amount of power. It can charge a 13-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ to full in two hours or a ‌MacBook Air‌ to full in 1.6 hours.


The power adapter features a design made from a fire retardant PC material with over-current, over-voltage, and short-circuit protection for safety purposes.

Along with the 61W GaN charger, Choetech also offers a $15 6-foot USB-C to USB-C cable that supports 100W high-speed charging for all USB-C devices.


The cable, which is sold in a set of two, features a braided design along with reinforcing at the ends to make sure it won't fray or degrade with use, and it also cuts down on tangling. Choetech says that the cable supports data transfer speeds of 480MB/s, and that it has been tested through 5,000 bends and 30,000 plugs and unplugs.


We have 61W GaN power adapter and USB-C cable sets for 10 MacRumors readers. To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, 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.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (January 24) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 31. The winners will be chosen randomly on January 31 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

Deals: Best Buy's Latest 3-Day Sale Marks Down MacBook Air, iPhone Cases, Beats Headphones, and More

Best Buy has kicked off a new 3-day sale as we head into the weekend, with discounts on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Beats products, and iPhone cases. This sale lasts through Sunday, January 26 at 11:59 p.m. CT, and for some products you'll need to be a My Best Buy member to see the discounts.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks are seeing discounts that match the current best prices on select models in many cases. You can get the 128GB 2019 MacBook Air for $949.99 (down from $1,099.99), or the 512GB 16-inch MacBook Pro for $2,199.99 (down from $2,399.99).

Also included in the sale is a handful of discounts on iPhone cases, including ongoing solid deals on the iPhone 11 Smart Battery Case line. You can get this accessory for $103.99 in Black (down from $129.99), and there are also numerous discounts on Leather Cases, Silicone Cases, and Clear Cases.

Best Buy 3-Day Sale

Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.

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App Store Experiencing Outage [Update: Fixed]

The App Store is experiencing a temporary outage that started at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time, according to Apple's System Status website. Apple's site says that there's an unspecified ongoing issue that's affecting some users.

Part of the problem appears to be linked to in-app purchases, based on a tweet from a Fortnite Twitter account, which says that in-app ‌App Store‌ purchases are unable to be completed at this time.


Other users have complained about not being able to make purchases from the ‌App Store‌, receiving an unable to connect message.

There's no word on when the ‌App Store‌ problems will be resolved, but we'll update this article when the issues have been addressed.

Update: Apple is no longer listing an outage on the System Status website, suggesting the issue has been fixed.

Deals: Powerbeats Pro Return to Low Price of $199.95 in All Colors

The Powerbeats Pro have returned to their lowest-ever price of $199.95 on Amazon, down from $249.95. This sale is the same one we've been tracking for the Powerbeats Pro since last fall, offering a solid $50 discount off the original price of the wireless headphones, and it usually only lasts for a few days.

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Every color of the Powerbeats Pro are being discounted as well, so you can get the Black, Ivory, Moss, or Navy for $199.95 today. All models include secure-fit ear hooks, are sweat and water resistant, and support up to nine hours of listening time on a single charge.

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

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Samsung's Long-Awaited Answer to AirDrop Expected to Arrive Next Month

Samsung is said to be working on its own answer to AirDrop, Apple's ad-hoc service that lets users transfer files among Macs and iOS devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

According to XDA Developers, "Quick Share" will work similarly to AirDrop, enabling files to be sent "instantly" between two Galaxy phones in close proximity, so long as both devices have the feature turned on.

Like AirDrop, Galaxy users will be able to restrict who can send them files (Everyone or Contacts Only). When users set Quick Share to Everyone, it's not clear if the service will present unsolicited file shares in the same way as AirDrop.
Unlike AirDrop, Quick Share is expected to have a temporary cloud-storage component that will allow users to transfer data to SmartThings connected home devices. The maximum size of these files will be up to 1GB with a total of 2GBs being sent per day.

AirDrop was introduced with iOS 7, so it might surprise some Apple users that Samsung is only getting round to finalizing its own alternative. Android used to have an NFC-based equivalent called Android Beam, but it was discontinued with Android 10. Users have had to resort to third-party alternatives like Google's Files Go app since.

China's big three mobile vendors Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are also working collectively on an AirDrop-style peer-to-peer transfer protocol that is expected to launch next month.

Samsung's Quick Share service is expected to arrive with the launch of Galaxy S20+, which is slated for February 11, with the sharing service likely to come to older Samsung devices later on.

(Via The Verge.)

New Figures Suggest Apple's Location Privacy Controls in iOS 13 Are Working

location iconSince the launch of iOS 13 last fall, third-party access to users' background location data has reportedly declined by 68 percent, according to Location Sciences, a firm that analyzes location data for marketers (via Fast Company).

The firm also found that foreground data sharing, which occurs only while an app is open, has fallen by 24 percent.

According to a separate report by Digiday, third-party apps are now seeing opt-in rates under 50 percent for collecting location data when they're not in use.

The shortage of GPS data has been put down to Apple's recently introduction of pop-up options that let users selectively control background location tracking on the fly.

In ‌iOS 13‌, iPhone and iPad users are periodically reminded about apps that are continuously tracking their location, complete with a map of those locations and options to "Change to Only While Using," "Always Allow," and "Just Once."

"As those particular options were made available to users, we do attribute that to the decrease in sharing," Jason Smith, Location Sciences' chief business officer, told Fast Company.

While the report indicates that Apple's new background location tracking options are having their intended effect, a recent report by The Wall Street Journal suggests that some developers are concerned that frequent location tracking reminders will hurt adoption of their apps.

Apple responded to the report by insisting that the changes were made to further safeguard user privacy.

"Apple has not built a business model around knowing a customer's location or the location of their device," an Apple spokesperson told WSJ, adding that Apple builds its hardware and software with privacy in mind.

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Apple Pay Promo Offers 10% Off StubHub Purchase

Apple this afternoon sent out emails advertising its latest Apple Pay promotion, which offers 10 percent off of a purchase from the StubHub app.

StubHub is an online ticketing company that lets users purchase tickets for concerts, sporting events, and more.


To get the 10 percent discount, customers can enter the code APPLEPAY2020 when checking out in the StubHub app and using ‌Apple Pay‌ as the payment method.

Apple's promotion allows customers in the United States to get a maximum discount of $100, and the promotion will be available until January 29, 2020

Broadcom Inks Multi-Year Supply Deals With Apple to Provide Wireless Components and Modules

Longtime Apple supplier Broadcom today announced that it has signed two multi-year deals with Apple that cover a "range of specified high-performance wireless components and modules" that Apple will use in its products.

According to Broadcom, these new agreements are in addition to a prior agreement it established with Apple in June 2019 for RF components and modules. The new agreements will last for three and a half years beginning in January 2020.


Broadcom says that the two new deals combined with its existing 2019 deal could generate aggregate total future revenue of approximately $15 billion.

As pointed out by Bloomberg, Broadcom's announcement allows potential purchasers to know that they're getting an established business relationship with Apple. Broadcom has been exploring a sale of its radio frequency chip unit since last year.

Apple TV+ Show 'Little America' Getting Accompanying Podcast

Apple is developing a podcast for Apple TV+ show "Little America," show creator Lee Eisenberg revealed today in an interview with Forbes.

In the interview, Eisenberg says that the podcast will "delve more info the stories and music on the show." Apple also plans to promote the series with a playlist for every episode, and there will be a book.


News of the upcoming "Little America" podcast confirms a recent rumor from Bloomberg that suggested Apple was exploring the idea of creating original podcasts to accompany ‌Apple TV‌+ shows.

Apple in the summer of 2019 began asking podcast producers to pitch ideas for ‌Apple TV‌+ podcasts, and has since discussed making podcasts with some of the producers of its shows.

It appears that "Little America" could be one of the first ‌Apple TV‌+ Shows to get a podcast, though there's no word on when the podcast might come out. The full first season of "Little America" was released last Friday and is available to watch now on ‌Apple TV‌+.

Behind the Scenes Look at Apple TV+ Show 'Servant' Explores How Food is Used to Convey Emotion

"Servant," an Apple TV+ thriller produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, uses food to evoke a visceral reaction from viewers.

In a new video shared on Apple's ‌Apple TV‌ YouTube channel, Shyamalan and show creator Tony Basgallop talk about the importance of food in the show and how food conveys emotion.


"Servant" uses a professional chef on the set to prepare food for each scene where food is employed. Toby Kebbell, who plays Sean in the series, is also involved in the cooking.

"Servant" just wrapped up its first season, which consisted of 10 episodes. The show has been renewed for a second season, and the second season will presumably premiere late in 2020.

Deals: Amazon Discounts iPhone 11 Smart Battery Case Line to $103.99 ($26 Off), Along With Notable AirPods Sales

In addition to the latest price drop on the AirPods Pro from earlier this morning, Amazon has solid discounts across the full AirPods line, along with new sales on Apple's Smart Battery Case accessories. For the latter accessories, Best Buy is also discounting a few of the cases, and you'll find all of these sales organized below.

Smart Battery Cases


For the Smart Battery Case, Amazon has the Black colorway for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max priced at $103.99, down from $129.99 ($26 off). This is a discount you'll only see once you reach the checkout screen, but it is applied automatically, and only for the Black option. While other colors like White and Pink Sand are seeing some $10-$13 discounts, none are as solid as the $26 off at checkout for Black.

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If you prefer shopping at Best Buy, you can also get the Smart Battery Case in Black for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max at $103.99, down from $129.99. You'll need to be a My Best Buy member, which is free to join and awards you with free shipping, early access to sales, and reward points every time you shop.

AirPods


Starting with the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, you can get this model for $159.99, down from $199.00 ($39 off). While not quite the lowest-ever price, it is currently the best sale among the major Apple resellers online.


However, the AirPods with Charging Case is seeing a lowest-ever price of $128.99, down from $159.00 ($30 off). Both versions of the 2019 AirPods are currently in stock on Amazon and available to ship today, with shipping estimates placing arrival dates between January 27 and January 29.

Lastly, the standalone Wireless Charging Case for AirPods is $62.99 at Amazon today as well. With this accessory, you can place the AirPods 1 or AirPods 2 earbuds into the case and gain the ability to wirelessly charge them on a compatible Qi charging mat.

Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.

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Deals: Pad & Quill's Early Valentine's Day Sale Offers Up to 40 Percent Off Apple Accessories

Pad & Quill has opened up a new Valentine's Day sale a few weeks early, discounting essentially all of its products sitewide, including iPhone cases, MacBook cases, iPad cases, Apple Watch bands, and travel organizers. The sale provides discounts of up to 25 percent off, which you can stack with the coupon code Valentine to get an additional 15 percent off, totaling up to 40 percent off during the event.

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In the sale you can save on Pad & Quill's Oxford, Cambridge, Contega, and Bella Fino leather cases for devices like the iPhone and iPad. There's also a chance for saving on Pad & Quill's high-quality MacBook Pro cases, with a few options for the new 16-inch model. Even the company's new Woodline iPhone cases are being marked down during the Valentine's Day event.

All of the company's accessories are made from high-quality leather, specifically designed to fit Apple's products. Because the sale includes all of Pad & Quill's website, we've narrowed down some ideas for you to shop below (note that prices listed will appear after using the code Valentine):

Pad & Quill's Valentine's Day Sale


iPad Cases

iPhone Cases

MacBook Pro Cases

Miscellaneous

Head to our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more discounts on Apple products and related accessories.

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