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Apple announced its Black Friday deals, and the company stepped back from its past practice of offering cash discounts. Instead, Apple is offering Apple Store gift cards with the purchase of iPads, Macs, iPods, and an assortment of high quality accessories. We have the details inside.
Our own Nancy Carroll Gravley spent some with Chuck Joiner, Michael T. Rose (TUAW), and Steve Sande (TUAW) on the MacJury video podcast, and the topic of discussion was gift suggestions for the holidays. They talk about a wide variety of products, including chargers, cases, a campstove, fitness gear, and more. You can watch MacVoices #13202: The MacJury’s Holiday Gift Guide #2 below, or head over to the MacJury website.
It's the fourth Thursday in November, and in the States, that means it's the Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday we'll post details of Apple's Black Friday sale, and we'll back on Monday with our regular coverage. Until then, we hope that you and yours have a great weekend.
Jeff and Bryan put together their shopping guide for 2013, and it turns out they've been looking at some fairly expensive gifts. They have awesome desktop speakers, cool stands, leather iPad Air cases, quality iPad styluses (or stylii, as Bryan insisted on calling them), fitness stuff, stuff for the house, and an expensive game for your iPad. Giddy-up, pretend that you're thinking about shopping for someone else, and enjoy.
As retailers gird their corporate loins for Black Friday, Apple's iPad product line is shaping up to be the headliner product to attract shoppers at many chains. Target, Best Buy, and Walmart are all pricing the devices aggressively, including some deals that include a free gift card. Bryan Chaffin rounds up deals and prices.
G3 Studios is looking to fund development of a role playing game (RPG) called Deathfire: Ruins of Nethermore for Mac, Windows, and Linux through Kickstarter. The company is $121,000 towards its funding goal of $390,000, and that means Mac gaming fans have a great opportunity to put their money to work. The project is being headed by gaming veteran Guido Henkel, and the company's goal is to make a single player, party-based RPG with turn-by-turn combat. In the promo video below, Mr. Henkel shows off the great graphics, very interesting game play features, and his approach in designing the game. There are a ton of funding options ranging from $25 for a digital download to $1,000 that lets you design an NPC that will be used in the game, and higher.
Check out this cool looking dock/stand from Just Mobile. It's called the AluBolt, and it's built for iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s, as well as iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. It has a lightning charger, meaning that it will charge your device while also acting as a stand. What I think is really cool is the styling of the curved aluminum support that holds your device. It looks great. It's currently available for pre-order, and the company said it was shipping in early December. It's priced at US$49.95, and Jeff Gamet and I will be talking about it and some other products during Wednesday's Apple Context Machine podcast.
Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic is now available on iTunes. Titled Jobs, the movie was released earlier this year to mixed reviews—especially from those steeped in Apple lore—though Mr. Kutcher's performance as Steve Jobs was viewed in a more positive light. Apple is offering the movie for sales at US$19.99 as an HD movie, or to rent for $.4.99. The standard definition versions are $14.99 and $3.99, respectively.
Apple won yet another patent battle on Monday after a jury found that Apple didn't violate a patent I like to characterize as the "computer plus a phone is pretty much the same thing as a smartphone" patent. The suit was brought by NetAirus Technologies LLC, a firm owned by the patent's inventor, Richard L. Ditzik.
2014 could be a good year for Quanta Computer—according to a report from Taiwan's DigiTimes, Quanta has landed the/a deal with Apple to produce that company's rumored large-sized iPad. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Quanta is also vying with heavyweight Foxconn and Inventec to produce another rumored Apple product, the iWatch. Bryan Chaffin puts these rumors through the wringer and finds them wanting.