iPad Weekend Sale: Save on the iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro | Digital Trends

iPad Weekend Sale: Save on the iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro | Digital Trends

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If you’re thinking about getting one of the latest models of Apple’s iPad, don’t miss this chance to get one with discounts from a weekend sale by Best Buy. With the popularity of these tablets, we’re not sure how long stocks will last, so take a look at the offers that we’ve rounded up here and make your decision on what to buy quickly because like with most iPad deals, these prices aren’t going to last forever.

Apple iPad Mini 2021 (Wi-Fi, 64GB) — $400, was $500

The Apple Pencil attaches to the iPad mini magnetically.
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The 2021 Apple iPad Mini is the oldest iPad in this list, but it’s still in our roundup of the best iPads as the best small iPad because it’s extremely portable with its 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. Performance is still pretty quick by today’s standards as it’s equipped with Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, which is the same processor inside the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14, and the iPhone 14 Plus. The tablet features the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system for security, a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage technology, and a battery life of up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Apple iPad Air 2022 (Wi-Fi, 256GB) — $600, was $750

The back of the iPad Air 5.
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The 2022 Apple iPad Air is our top choice among the best tablets for several reasons, but it all starts with the amazing performance provided by Apple’s M1 chip. It’s the same processor in the 2021 Apple iPad Pro and the 2020 Apple MacBook Air, and even if you multitask between several apps, the tablet simply won’t slow down. The 2022 Apple iPad Air also features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, Touch ID, a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, and a battery that can last up to 10 hours from a full charge.

Apple 11-inch iPad Pro 2022 (Wi-Fi, 128GB) — $749, was $799

The back of the iPad Pro (2022) in Space Gray.
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If you want the best performance that you can get from an iPad, you should go for the 2022 Apple iPad Pro with the M2 chip that’s also inside the 2022 Apple MacBook Air and 2022 Apple MacBook Pro. The smaller model with an 11-inch Liquid Retina display is still pretty large, which will give you a great view of the streaming shows that you’re watching and the projects that you’re working on. The tablet is protected by Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system, and it comes with a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage.

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2022 (Wi-Fi, 512GB) — $1,349, was $1,399

The iPad Pro (2022) sitting in the Magic Keyboard.
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For the largest display that you can get from an iPad, check out the 12.9-inch model of the 2022 Apple iPad Pro. The tablet’s larger model comes with all of the same features, expect for the 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display that’s downright gorgeous for all purposes.

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One brand took the top 7 spots in 2023 smartphone sales | Digital Trends

One brand took the top 7 spots in 2023 smartphone sales | Digital Trends

Seven of the top 10 bestselling handsets in 2023 were iPhones, according to data from research firm Counterpoint.

This marks the first time in Counterpoint’s tracking of such data that Apple’s handset has dominated the chart to this extent.

The research revealed the iPhone 14 to be the biggest seller, with 3.9% of all smartphone sales last year. The iPhone 14 Pro Max took the second spot, while the iPhone 14 Pro appeared in third place. The older iPhone 13 placed fourth.

The iPhone 15 handsets showed up in fifth, sixth, and seventh spots, lower down the chart mainly because the devices launched in the fall and so had less time to achieve high sales numbers. However, Counterpoint noted that the iPhone 15 Pro Max was the bestselling smartphone of the fourth quarter last year.

Apple’s budget phone, the iPhone SE2, failed to make it into the top 10 after appearing in the ninth spot a year earlier.

The first non-Apple phone to appear on Counterpoint’s top 10 chart is Samsung’s Galaxy A14 5G in eighth place, followed by the Galaxy A04e, and the Galaxy A14 4G. No, these are not flagship devices, but their affordable price tags have evidently helped Samsung to ship huge numbers of them in the global market.

The combined market share of the top 10 handsets in 2023 reached the highest total ever at 20%, up from 19% in the previous year.

Counterpoint

“Apple, for the first time, captured the top seven positions in the global list of bestselling smartphones in 2023,” Counterpoint said, citing data from its Global Monthly Handset Model Sales Tracker. “Samsung secured the remaining three places in the list, marking an increase of one spot from the 2022 list.”

It added that no other brands have appeared in its top 10 chart since 2021.

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Apple may announce new iPads next month. Here’s everything we expect | Digital Trends

Apple may announce new iPads next month. Here’s everything we expect | Digital Trends

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When it comes to Apple, we expect a new product refresh annually at this point, including for the iPad. However, that didn’t happen in 2023. In fact, 2023 was the first year that Apple didn’t release a new iPad model at all, which means we haven’t had new iPad releases since 2022.

It’s unclear why we didn’t see any new iPads last year. However, that should also be an indicator that we can expect some big changes for the next generation of iPad models, which are rumored to come out this year. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has even said that we could see new iPads as early as March.

With that in mind, here are the biggest things that we could be seeing with Apple’s 2024 iPad lineup.

iPad Pro

Someone holding the 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro (2022).
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Since the iPad Pro is Apple’s top-tier tablet, this will have the biggest and most significant upgrades out of the entire lineup. This next iPad Pro could set the course for what we should expect from iPads in the years to come.

When Apple launched the 10th-generation iPad in 2022, it was the first iPad to relocate the front-facing camera to landscape orientation. This repositioned camera placement is much more natural when it comes to making video calls on the iPad, and it’s been rumored that this change will also make its way to the iPad Pro. However, since the Apple Pencil wirelessly charges along that edge, we might see a new docking position for it.

The next generation of iPad Pro is also expected to be upgraded to an OLED display. Currently, the 11-inch iPad Pro has an LCD display, while the 12.9-inch model uses mini-LED. With an OLED display, the iPad Pro will have much better color accuracy and contrast, and since OLED panels are actually more power efficient, it may have an effect on battery life too.

The next iPad Pro models might also be getting a slight increase in display size thanks to slimmer bezels around the screen. The 11-inch model could be bumped up to 11.1 inches, and the 12.9-inch version could go up to 13 inches. This would also help further differentiate the Pro models from the midrange iPad Air.

The iPad Pro (2022) sitting in the Magic Keyboard.
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Right now, the iPad Pro is powered by Apple’s in-house silicon in the form of the M2 chip. For the next-generation iPad Pros, we can definitely expect to see the M3 inside, and the storage could also be bumped up to 4TB. If that’s the case, then Apple might make the starting storage option 256GB rather than 128GB to retain the five-tier system (128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB currently).

So far, those are the biggest changes we are certain Apple will make to the iPad Pro. Other possibilities include a new four-pin connector on the top and bottom side edges that is different from the Smart Connector, MagSafe wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, a redesigned Magic Keyboard, and a new third-generation Apple Pencil.

Of course, if all of these upgrades for the iPad Pro are true, it would also mean a more expensive starting price.

iPad Air

The back of the iPad Air 5.
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The iPad Air has been a great value for a lot of people, as it offers most of the “pro” features of Apple’s higher-end iPad Pros, but at a more affordable price. This year, Apple could be bringing another “pro” feature to the iPad Air: a second, larger size.

Reports have circulated that Apple is planning to launch a 12.9-inch iPad Air in addition to the 10.9-inch size that it currently offers. This would make sense if Apple is planning to equip the iPad Pros with OLED displays, as the iPad Air could offer a larger size, but still be affordable by utilizing an LCD display.

Other than a second larger model, there aren’t other design changes rumored for the next-generation iPad Air. It would likely still have the Touch ID sensor in the top button, keeping Face ID as an iPad Pro-exclusive feature.

The price for a 12.9-inch iPad Air would likely sit somewhere between that of the 10.9-inch iPad Air and the 11-inch iPad Pro.

iPad mini

The Apple Pencil attaches to the iPad mini magnetically.
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The iPad mini has long been overdue for a refresh, as the iPad mini 6 came out in 2021. However, compared to what the iPad Pro and iPad Air may be getting, the iPad mini’s potential upgrades are a little less exciting.

Gurman, as well as popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, both believe we will see a new iPad mini this year, but not until the latter half of 2024. This would make sense since it has been three years since the last iPad mini.

Reports suggest the iPad mini 7 will have a faster chip, possibly the A16 Bionic, though it might even get the A17 or even an M-series chip. The front and rear 12MP cameras could see some improvements, and there should be support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, both of which are standards that Apple has already added to other recent products.

The iPad mini 7 should also be getting new colors, but it’s unclear what those colors may be.

iPad

Someone holding the yellow iPad (2022) in front of trees with orange, yellow leaves.
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Like the iPad mini, Apple isn’t expected to release an updated base-model iPad until the second half of 2024. While the 10th-generation iPad got some big changes in 2022 with a new design, larger display, USB-C, and other improvements, it appears this year’s update will be more iterative.

Since it just got a redesign, the 11th-generation iPad will still have the same design as its predecessor. Apple will, of course, add a faster processor and may improve the cameras just a bit, but otherwise, there aren’t any major new features to expect.

Big changes are coming

The Apple Pencil attached to the iPad Pro (2022).
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This year will be a big one for Apple’s iPad lineup, no doubt about it. But it does look like the iPad Pro will be getting the biggest upgrades out of all of them, with a possible size increase, an M3 chip, OLED displays, and more.

Upgrades for the rest of the lineup are a bit more minor. The iPad Air is likely getting a bigger size option to choose from, and the iPad mini and iPad will get much needed spec bumps.

based on the timeline, it looks like we will see the iPad Pro and iPad Air next month, whereas the iPad mini and iPad will show up later this year.

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Best Apple Watch Presidents’ Day Deals: Series 9 and More | Digital Trends

Best Apple Watch Presidents’ Day Deals: Series 9 and More | Digital Trends

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If you’ve always wanted to own an Apple Watch, or you’ve been thinking about making an upgrade from an older model, now’s a great time to do so by taking advantage of this year’s Apple Watch Presidents’ Day deals from various retailers. Whether you want to stick to a tight budget with the Apple Watch SE, or you have an eye on the latest models — the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 — there’s something for you here, but you have to hurry because we’re not sure how long stocks will last for these popular smartwatches.

Best Apple Watch SE Presidents’ Day deals

The Apple Watch SE 2 with Nike Bounce watch face.
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The first-generation Apple Watch SE and the second-generation Apple Watch SE are our recommendations if you want a budget-friendly Apple Watch that still offers most of the features that have made the wearable devices so popular. You’re going to have to be quick with your transaction though, as we expect Apple Watch SE Presidents’ Day deals to attract a lot of attention from shoppers, so stocks may get sold out sooner than you think.

  • Apple Watch SE (1st Gen, 44mm, GPS, refurbished) —

  • Apple Watch SE (1st Gen, 40mm, GPS + Cellular, refurbished) —

  • Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen, 40mm, GPS) —

  • Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen, 44mm, GPS) —

  • Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen, 40mm, GPS + Cellular) —

  • Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen, 44mm, GPS + Cellular) —

Best Apple Watch Ultra Presidents’ Day deals

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 next to the original Apple Watch Ultra.
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If you want the premium Apple Watch experience, you should set your sights on the Apple Watch Ultra or the Apple Watch Ultra 2, whichever model your budget permits. In addition to their large and bright displays and powerful performance, these wearable devices are designed to withstand the elements, which make them perfect for those who love going on outdoor adventures. They’re also the most expensive among Apple’s smartwatches, which is why you shouldn’t miss these Apple Watch Ultra Presidents’ Day deals.

  • Apple Watch Ultra (1st Gen, 49mm, GPS + Cellular, refurbished) —

  • Apple Watch Ultra (2nd Gen, 49mm, GPS + Cellular) —

Best Apple Watch Series 9 Presidents’ Day deals

The Nike Globe watch face on the Apple Watch Series 9.
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The Apple Watch Series 9 is the best smartwatch available, according to our roundup of the best smartwatches, so it’s our top recommendation if you’re an iPhone owner. It’s packed with health-monitoring features and offers smooth performance, which makes it an easy upgrade from previous models, as well as a great choice if it will be your first wearable device. We expect stocks of Apple Watch Series 9 Presidents’ Day deals to sell out quickly, so hurry if you want to pocket the savings from the offers below.

  • Apple Watch Series 9 (41mm, GPS) —

  • Apple Watch Series 9 (45mm, GPS + Cellular) —

  • Apple Watch Series 9 (41mm, GPS) —

  • Apple Watch Series 9 (45mm, GPS + Cellular) —

Other Apple Watch Presidents’ Day deals worth talking about

App menu on the Apple Watch Series 7.
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Going for older models of the Apple Watch for bigger savings isn’t a bad idea, especially with the huge discounts that you can get from Apple Watch Presidents’ Day deals. You’re going to miss out on certain features, but as long as you’ll be able to upgrade the wearable device to the latest watchOS, it will still work well by today’s standards.

  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm, GPS, refurbished) —

  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm, GPS, refurbished) —

  • Apple Watch Series 8 (45mm, GPS, refurbished) —

  • Apple Watch Series 8 (45mm, GPS) —

  • Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm, GPS + Cellular) —

  • Apple Watch Series 8 (45mm, GPS + Cellular) —

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How to Download Movies and Shows from Apple TV+ | Digital Trends

How to Download Movies and Shows from Apple TV+ | Digital Trends

Suppose you’ve settled into the backseat of a car to watch some Apple TV+ on your iPhone or iPad during a long road trip or during your commute to and from work. Don’t let things like poor wireless signal reception or a limited data plan spoil your binge session and download your favorite television and movie content before you hit the road. Whether you’re catching up on episodes of the latest dramas or keeping the kids occupied on the backseat with premium kid’s content, we’ll show you how to download them in a few easy steps.

Are you looking for the best content to watch with your Apple+ subscription? Be sure to check out our updated guides that highlight the best shows on Apple TV+ as well as everything that’s new on Apple TV+.

How to download movies and TV shows

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Whether you are on a device running iOS, iPadOS, or MacOS, the download process is the same. Take note that at this time, you cannot download content for offline viewing on Apple TV devices, smart TVs, and other streaming devices.

Step 1: Open the Apple TV app on your device.

Step 2: Search for the movie or TV show you wish to download.

Step 3: Tap or click the download button (a cloud with a downward-facing arrow) next to the TV show or movie. Note, on a computer the cloud icon will appear for TV episodes when you hover your mouse arrow over the individual episode.

Once your video has been downloaded, you can access it by navigating to the Library tab and then the Downloaded section from within the Apple TV app. To remove any downloaded content from an iOS or iPadOS device, tap any title that has an iPhone with a checkmark icon next to it and tap Remove Download. You can also just delete with a swipe or bulk delete via the Edit button right from your Downloaded folder. On a Mac, right-click the content and choose Remove Download.

What content can I download?

Dickinson on Apple TV+
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If you’re subscribed to either Apple TV+ or an Apple TV channel, you can choose to download any TV show or movie for later viewing. The Apple TV+ later viewing ability is available for select Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. Any content you download is available for up to 30 days, but Apple notes that some content may expire sooner. Some Apple TV channels may limit how many titles can be downloaded at a time; if you hit that limit, a message will give you a heads-up to delete some previous content.

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Nomad’s new iPhone accessory is unlike anything you’ve seen before | Digital Trends

Nomad’s new iPhone accessory is unlike anything you’ve seen before | Digital Trends

Nomad

Well-known leather case maker Nomad has a pair of sleek and elegant iPhone cases ready to adorn your iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max in time for Valentine’s Day.

Known for its quality leather cases, Nomad has long been a favorite of those who want to dress up their iPhone with a bit of style, and its two latest accessories mark the return of a fan favorite — plus something entirely different and unquestionably cool. They’re definitely the most stylish among the roster of the best iPhone 15 Pro cases. 

The Magnetic Leather Back is something else

Personal holding iPhone 15 Pro with black Nomad Magnetic Leather Back attached.
Nomad

The headliner is a leather back for your iPhone 15 Pro that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. While adhesive skins in leather and other materials have been around for years, they lean heavily toward the awkward side. They’re as tricky to install as a screen protector, typically offer little to no protection for the cameras, and they’re semi-permanent — once you put one on, you can’t take it off and expect to use it again.

As the accessory maker most likely to create a high-quality leather skin for your iPhone, Nomad gave this problem careful thought, going through more than 20 iterations over two years to develop the Magnetic Leather Back for iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Personal removing Rustic Brown Nomad Magnetic Leather Back from iPhone 15 Pro.
Nomad

Thanks to Apple’s MagSafe technology, the Magnetic Leather Back can be easily popped on and off your iPhone as needed. Micro-suction patches help keep it securely in place so that it doesn’t spin around the MagSafe ring, and in addition to offering the luxurious Horween leather feel that Nomad is known for, there’s also a TPU edge around the camera bump to protect your lenses.

Nomad Magnetic Leather Back front and back view.
Nomad

The beauty of the Magnetic Leather Back is that it lets you add some elegant flair to your iPhone 15 Pro (or iPhone 15 Pro Max) while leaving the slick titanium edges exposed, but it can be easily removed when you need to slap on a more rugged case for your outdoor adventures. However, like most MagSafe cases, it’s also fully compatible with wireless charging and other MagSafe accessories, so you can keep it on for everyday use.

The Magnetic Leather Back is available now for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max directly from Nomad in Rustic Brown or Black for $40.

The Super Slim makes a comeback

Person holding iPhone 15 Pro with Nomad Super Slim Case in Carbide black.
Nomad

If you’re an iPhone 15 Pro owner who wants to enjoy Nomad’s unique look with more protection, you’ll be happy to know that the company’s Super Slim Case is returning for Apple’s latest iPhone Pro lineup.

Rather than Nomad’s hallmark Horween leather, the Super Slim case is made from synthetic materials, at least 50% of which are recycled. This gives it a grippier matte feel that still has a premium finish in your hand with a minimalist design that’s available in the same classy and translucent Frost and Carbide colors as last year’s iPhone 14 Pro version, which means the unique look of your titanium iPhone 15 Pro will still show through.

Nomad Super Slim Case for iPhone 15 Pro in Frost white and Carbide black.
Nomad

As the name implies, the Super Slim is an ultra-thin case ideal for folks who would prefer not to add a case to their iPhone 15 Pro but aren’t comfortable living without at least some protection. There’s all-around coverage here, with a raised edge around the cameras and chamfered cutouts for the buttons and ports.

The Super Slim Case for iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max is now available directly from Nomad for $30 and should appear at the other usual retailers soon.

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Best Apple Watch Ultra Deals: Save on the Ultra and Ultra 2 | Digital Trends

Best Apple Watch Ultra Deals: Save on the Ultra and Ultra 2 | Digital Trends

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If you want a premium Apple Watch experience for cheaper than usual, you should check out the Apple Watch Ultra deals that we’ve gathered here. Whether you go for Apple Watch deals involving the Apple Watch Ultra or the Apple Watch Ultra 2, you can be sure that you’re getting a top-of-the-line wearable device with powerful specifications and helpful features. However, because of their expensive price, there’s always a lot of demand for discounts on these smartwatches. If you want to enjoy the savings from the offers below, you need to hurry with your purchase.

Today’s best Apple Watch Ultra deals

  • Apple Watch Ultra (GPS + Cellular, 49mm) —

  • Apple Watch Ultra 2 (GPS + Cellular, 49mm) —

Should you buy the Apple Watch Ultra?

Someone wearing an Apple Watch Ultra 2, showing the Modular Ultra watch face.
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The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is featured in our list of the best smartwatches as the best premium smartwatch for the iPhone — a spot that was previously occupied by the original Apple Watch Ultra. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is a rugged wearable device that’s perfect for outdoor adventures, as its lightweight titanium case provides protection against corrosion and other effects of the elements. Its large Digital Crown and customizable Action Button gives you complete control over how you use the smartwatch, and with built-in cellular capabilities, you can make calls and send text messages even when you’re away from your iPhone.

In our Apple Watch Ultra 2 versus Apple Watch Ultra comparison, the upgrades in the newer version of the wearable device include a 50% brighter display at up to 3,000 nits, the faster S9 chip that enables using Siri on the smartwatch itself, the second-generation Ultra Wideband chip that lets you locate lost iPhones through the Precision Finding feature, double the onboard storage at 64GB, a longer battery life of up to 72 hours when low power mode is activated,

However, this doesn’t mean the Apple Watch Ultra is no longer a worthwhile purchase. In terms of design, the two generations of the wearable device look almost identical, and the new bands and watch faces that come with the Apple Watch Ultra 2 are compatible with the Apple Watch Ultra. It can be updated to the latest watchOS 10, so you’ll be ale to use new fitness features on the Apple Watch Ultra.

Athletes will love the the fitness-tracking features of both models of the Apple Watch Ultra, with the Workout app able to detect what type of physical activity you’re engaged in and automatically starts recording data. Meanwhile, dual-frequency GPS precisely tracks your location, for accurate measurements of distance and pace. There’s also a Compass app that shows your latitude, longitude, elevation and incline, and fall detection and crash detection that connects you to emergency services when you get caught in an accident.

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Best Apple Watch Series 9 Deals: Get the Smartwatch for $309 | Digital Trends

Best Apple Watch Series 9 Deals: Get the Smartwatch for $309 | Digital Trends

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If you’ve had your eyes on the Apple Watch Series 9, here’s your chance to get one of the latest models of Apple’s wearable device for a much cheaper price than usual. We’ve rounded up Apple Watch deals that focus on the different versions of this particular smartwatch so that you can enjoy a discount with your purchase, but with its popularity, we’re not sure how long these bargains will last. If you want to take advantage of any of the Apple Watch Series 9 deals below, we highly recommend pushing through with your transaction as soon as you can.

Today’s best Apple Watch Series 9 deals

  • Apple Watch Series 9 (GPS, 41mm) —

  • Apple Watch Series 9 (GPS, 45mm) —

  • Apple Watch Series 9 (GPS + Cellular, 41mm) —

  • Apple Watch Series 9 (GPS + Cellular, 45mm) —

Should you buy the Apple Watch Series 9?

The Nike Globe watch face on the Apple Watch Series 9.
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The Apple Watch Series 9 is highlighted in our list of the best smartwatches as the best smartwatch for the iPhone. It’s an excellent choice if this will be your introduction to the Apple Watch, and it’s also great for those who will be upgrading from older models of the wearable device. First and foremost, it’s extremely comfortable to wear, which is an important characteristic because if you want to maximize the capabilities of the smartwatch, you’re going to have to wear it as often as possible. With an IP6X dust resistance rating and up to 50 meters of water resistance, you’ll rarely be forced to take it off your wrist.

By always wearing it, you’ll be able to take advantage of the health-tracking features of the Apple Watch Series 9, which includes heart rate and blood oxygen measurements, an electrocardiogram, irregular rhythm notifications, and sleep monitoring. The wearable device’s Workout app captures data from your physical activities, while fall detection and crash detection will instantly connect you to emergency services when there’s an accident. You’ll also be able to call for help with the emergency SOS feature, which you can activate with the press of a button.

Our Apple Watch Series 9 versus Apple Watch Series 8 comparison reveals all the differences between the two models of the smartwatch. While they look the same with the classic square design and curved edges, and their size options remain at 41mm and 45mm, that’s where their similarities end. The Apple Watch Series 9 has a brighter always-on display at up to 2,000 nits from its predecessor’s 1,000 nits, faster performance with Apple’s new S9 chip that also allows the processing of all Siri requests on the device itself, and the ability to locate a misplaced iPhone 15 with its second-generation UWB chip.

One of the most interesting features of the Apple Watch Series 9 is Double Tap, which will let you carry out certain actions by double tapping your index finger and thumb. Double Tap can be used to answer phone calls and turn off alarms, for example, which is extremely helpful if your other hand is busy.

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Deal: Get One of the Latest Apple Watches for Under $200 | Digital Trends

Deal: Get One of the Latest Apple Watches for Under $200 | Digital Trends

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If you’re looking for Apple Watch deals that will fit a tight budget, don’t miss this chance to get one of the wearable device’s latest models for less than $200. Walmart is selling the GPS, 40mm version of the second-generation Apple Watch SE for only $189, following a $60 discount on its original price of $249. There’s no telling how much time is remaining for this offer though, so if you want to get the smartwatch for much cheaper than usual, the only way to make sure of it is to push through with your purchase right now.

Why you should buy the Apple Watch SE 2

If the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 are too expensive for you, you should consider going for the second-generation Apple Watch SE. According to our Apple Watch SE 2 versus Apple Watch Series 9 comparison, the budget-friendly model of Apple’s wearable device doesn’t compromise on many of the features of the more expensive versions, as it’s compatible with the latest watchOS 10, it offers a comprehensive health-tracking suite, it can be submerged with 50 meters of water resistance, and it has a battery life of up to 18 hours. You’ll be missing out on an always-on display, and blood oxygen and ECG sensors, but if those aren’t important for you, the Apple Watch SE 2 is a fine choice.

The second-generation Apple Watch SE is highlighted in our roundup of the best smartwatches as the best budget smartwatch for the iPhone, taking the spot from its predecessor. Our Apple Watch SE 2 versus Apple Watch SE comparison showcases the upgrades between the wearable devices, which include 20% faster performance with the S8 SiP chipset, updates to the accelerometer and gyroscope for better fall detection, and a new high-g accelerometer chip that enables crash detection.

The GPS, 40mm version of the second-generation Apple Watch SE is on sale from Walmart at $60 off, which lowers its price to just $189 from $249. Whenever an Apple Watch appears in a retailer’s smartwatch deals, you can be sure that it will sell out quickly, and we don’t expect it to be different with this offer. If you want to get the Apple Watch SE 2 for less than $200, you’re going to have to move faster than a lot of other shoppers — add the wearable device to your cart and proceed with the checkout process as soon as possible.

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This is one of the best iPhone 16 leaks I’ve seen yet | Digital Trends

This is one of the best iPhone 16 leaks I’ve seen yet | Digital Trends

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Though the iPhone 15 series is still relatively new, the rumor mill for the iPhone 16 has already begun. And since we’re in the era of spatial computing with the Apple Vision Pro, some changes need to be made to future iPhones to make compatible content.

So far, we’ve seen a few different design prototypes for the iPhone 16, at least with the base model. And though I always spring for the Pro models instead of the non-Pro versions, the design of the base iPhone 16 models has me excited for what’s to (possibly) come.

A call back to the iPhone X

An Apple iPhone X.
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In 2017, Apple celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone with the iPhone X, which launched alongside the iPhone 8. The iPhone X was the first iPhone to get rid of the Home button and Touch ID in favor of a full-screen design and Face ID for biometric security. It was also the first iPhone to go with a vertical camera layout.

I didn’t get the iPhone X at the time — I went with a regular iPhone 8. But the following year, I got the iPhone XS, which became one of my favorite iPhones. I loved the size of it, and the vertical camera layout also gave it a sleek and elegant aesthetic.

Closeup render of the iPhone 16 slim camera module.
MacRumors

The most recent iPhone 16 design rumor indicates that Apple is returning to the vertical camera layout. MacRumors created a mockup based on the most recent schematics, which reveals a vertical camera layout housed in a pill-shaped bump, with the flash positioned adjacent to the camera module. Previous leaks showed Apple going with the square camera bump like we have had the past few years but with a variety of different vertical camera arrangements.

Prototype renders of the iPhone 16.
MacRumors

Those original three prototype designs did not excite me at all — I thought having a vertical camera layout in a square module looked ugly and unnecessary due to the wasted space.

But this new slim pill-shaped module? It’s definitely giving me iPhone X vibes, and I’m here for it.

Less is more

Purple iPhone 14 (left) and a green iPhone 15 in hand.
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As much as I love my iPhone 15 Pro, I hate that the camera bump has just gotten bigger and bigger every year. With this potential iPhone 16 design, it looks like the camera bump could be going back to a slimmer, more manageable size.

At least, the module itself. I still want to see the day smartphone cameras go back to being smaller and more flush with the body rather than always sticking out and being wobbly on a flat surface. But that’s very unlikely, considering they need to be larger due to the sensors and better capabilities.

The possible design changes for the base model iPhone 16 are shaping up to be quite nice. I wish the iPhone 16 Pro models could get something new besides the rumored Capture button, but we’ll have to find out in the fall. But as far as the regular iPhone 16 is concerned, I can’t get enough of this potential new design. Please, Apple — make it happen.

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