We start today’s deals with several Apple products getting amazing discounts. Apple’s latest M1-powered lineup has been constantly on sale, but now we get even better savings. First, the M1 Mac mini is getting a $99 discount, which leaves it up for grabs at just $800 on its 512GB option with 8GB RAM. You can also score $35 savings when you go for the 256GB storage option, as it currently sells for $664.
The MacBook Air is getting better discounts than the ones we saw yesterday, as the 256GB version with 8GB RAM is getting $49 savings across the board, and the 512GB option is getting a $100 discount, leaving them at $950 and $1,149, respectively. And for those looking for an Intel-powered MacBook Pro, you can grab one for $1,550 with $449 savings. However, this is a renewed model, which features an Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage.
We have also found the Apple iPad mini selling for just $345, which means you get to save $54 off its regular price tag. This tablet comes with a 7.9-inch Retina Display, Apple’s A12 chip, and the M12 coprocessor, 64GB of storage space, and WiFi-only connectivity. You will also get Touch ID and Apple Pencil Support.
And if you’re looking for a new pair of headphones, you can get the latest Apple AirPods Pro for $200 with $49 savings. The first $30 discount will be reflected on the product’s landing page, while the other $19 will be added at checkout. You also get Transparency Mode, Adaptive EQ that will tune music to the shape of your ear, and more than 24 hours of battery life with its Wireless Charging Case. And if you end up getting a new MacBook, you should also consider getting a Sabrent 5-Port USB-C hub with 4K HDMI and 60W Power Delivery, which is selling for $12 after a $7 discount or get the 6-Port version for $13 with the same $7 savings.
The official news today begin with deals, starting with Amazon. Gotta hand it to them for some crazy discounts most of the time. They currently have the OnePlus 8 for 210 dollars off, leaving it at 490 bucks. The Galaxy S20 FE is also available for 100 dollars off, leaving it at 600 dollars shipped. The regular Galaxy Note 20 which is uhh… not the greatest is also 200 dollars off, leaving it at 799. They also have the Google Pixel 4 for 320 dollars off its original price tag, leaving that at 479 bucks. Moving on to the Samsung store, if you’re looking for other good deals, the company still has the Galaxy S21 for 99 bucks, the S21+ for 300 and the S21 Ultra for 500 bucks as part of their Spring Deals but, you need to have an eligible device to trade-in. Finally, if you’re looking for an iPhone 11 Pro, Woot has the unlocked variant starting at 879 bucks which is a pretty solid discount, but it’s still a 4G Phone. We have more deals on other OnePlus phones, TCL phones and more in the links below.
Let’s stick to official news but moving on to Lenovo as the company just released the successor to their Legion Gaming Phone. This one brings a 6.92-inch AMOLED Display by Samsung running at 144Hz and it features a crazy 720Hz touch sampling rate. As expected, it is powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G, with up to 18 Gigs of RAM, up to 512 Gigs of storage and a 5500 mAh battery that supports 90W fast charging. When it comes to the cameras, it brings a dual camera module with a 64MP main sensor and a 16MP ultra wide. Probably the most interesting feature on this phone is that the Pro variant comes with a built in “twin-turbo fan active” cooling system that it borrows from gaming laptops. Both fans promise to last at up to 6 years and the phone also brings a vapor chamber for passive cooling. The Legion Phone Duel 2 is available in Ultimate Black and Titanium White and it starts at around 565 with the topped out model setting you back 916 dollars. It’s currently available in Europe and Asia but, stay tuned as it might reach the US still, though about that cooling system.. Seems that Zack already broke it.. Oh well..
Let’s move the spotlight on to Apple but this time, we’ll be talking iPads. Earlier this morning we got some new images from Sonny Dickson, showing off some dummy versions of the upcoming 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros along with the iPad mini 6. Of course, these dummies are usually based on the CAD schematics used for case makers before the official release but, these are pretty good. Both of the Pros show off the typical squared design with the dual camera at the back and slim bezels at the front. As for the iPad mini, this one sadly isn’t getting a redesign yet as it still brings the home button and the big bezels but, this is reportedly a larger display at around 8.5 to 9-inches. Probably the biggest update to these iPads is the mini-LED displays we’ll finally be getting for the Pros. We’ll see what other official changes Apple announces, that is if they ever decide to announce these, cause we’re still waiting for that.
Now let’s talk Samsung smartphones and Camera partnerships. This is something I never thought we’d need to see, but oh well. If you heard the podcast we did a couple of weeks ago with Josh, we discussed a ton on how that OnePlus and Hasselblad partnership… isn’t really working out so far unlike other partnerships like Huawei and Leica. Well, according to a tipster named Yogesh, Samsung could be the next company to partner with a camera maker. With a report from Tom’s Guide claiming that tipsters like IceUniverse have confirmed that Samsung and Olympus will be partnering. According to the report, Olympus approached Samsung to offer their branding as well as expertise in the key areas of photography and videography. Of course, we don’t really know what that means until we get the phones. I know Josh loves his Olympus, but I’m not sure Samsung needs help in their image or video quality. Speaking of which, we could reportedly see this partnership on a special edition of the Z Fold, or with the Galaxy S22 Ultra which is still around 8 months away. Of course this is just a report at the moment but, with all the partnerships that have been going on lately
And finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk about Google and Events.. And yeah sadly still no Pixel 6 hands on, but just give it some time. Anyways, yesterday the company announced that Google I/O is back and it will be happening online once again. The event will be happening from May 18th through May 20 and they disclosed that it is free for everyone so you can pretty much register now. If you’re wondering what we could expect, Google will most likely talk about Android 12 aside from, their workshops, developer keynotes, and live Q&As that they do. However, some leaks claim that we could be getting the Google Pixel 5a at this event which was leaked back in February, pretty much rocking the 4a 5Gs design. Some even newer leaks claim that we could also be getting some “Pixel Buds A” which are a more affordable variants of the Pixel Buds, hence the A. We also have a new image of the Pixel Watch from Jon Prosser where we can see a part of the Watch’s display along with a Digital Crown. He didn’t provide much information but, he claims he will have images and videos on his show, hopefully with a date. We’re still a little over a month away so we should be getting more information soon, let’s just hope we get some hardware.
Apple is rumored to hold an event later this month, and if rumors are to believed, it will be all about iPads, and likely the AirTags too. So far, Apple is yet to officially confirm any upcoming event this month, but multiple sources with a fairly solid track record insist that it is indeed happening. Now, we are expecting a new iPad Pro to make its debut alongside an updated iPad Mini. Until a few weeks ago, an iPad Mini seemed out of the picture, but a refresh is now heavily rumored to make its debut this month. Here’s everything we know about the sixth-gen iPad Mini:
Back in June last year, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that an iPad Mini is in the pipeline and will be launched in the first half of 2021. Specifically, he mentioned that the new iPad Mini will come equipped with a larger 8.5-inch display, compared to the 7.9-inch panel on its predecessor. However, if you’re hoping for a high-refresh display similar to the iPad Pro, it would simply amount to day-dreaming considering the price bracket and target audience of the device.
We don’t know if the size of the device will also go up, but if Apple manages to keep the chassis size unchanged, we might see thinner bezels and a modern design. Finally! Apple has already updated iPad Air’s design too, so we can hope for some aesthetic refinements being done on the iPad Mini too.
As per an alleged CAD-based render of iPad Mini (Gen 6), the bezels will be significantly thinner, while the Touch ID button at the bottom will be surrounded by screen real estate. Additionally, the front camera will be housed inside a circular hole-punch at the top. Needless to say, this would be a radical design change for many reasons, and therefore, a tad unlikely too.
Then in November, we came across another leak supporting the 8.5-inch display theory for the upcoming iPad Mini. It even added that the device will feature a Liquid Retina display and will have a boxy design. More importantly, it will come equipped with a USB Type-C port instead of the Lightning connector. Camera hardware will reportedly be identical to that of the iPad Air 4, complete with Apple Pencil support.
Inside, the A14 Bionic will handle things inside, the same chip Apple has fitted inside the iPhone 12 family. However, some rumors claim that the sixth-gen iPad Mini will draw power from the A13 chip – with the decision to go with an older chip coming as a cost-cutting measure to keep the price low. However, we certainly hope the cameras get an upgrade, especially the poor 1.2MP selfie camera on the 2019 model.
Another report from Macotakara claims that the iPad Mini’s screen size is going from 7.9-inch, all the way to 8.4-inch this year, but without an increase in its dimensions. However, Apple is still sticking with Touch ID embedded in the home button, instead of going for a side-mounted design like the latest iPad Air. What we can say with certainty is that Face ID is out of the picture here.
The sixth-gen iPad Mini is not going to bring any new innovation or groundbreaking features, as that part is usually reserved for the iPad Pro line. Apple is heavily rumored to employ mini-LED panels for its upcoming products, with some reports claiming that an OLED iPad might arrive next year. But for the upcoming iPad Mini, Apple will most likely stick with an LCD panel to keep the cost in check.
No information has surfaced online regarding the iPad Mini 6’s asking price. But given the target audience, Apple will likely price it below the $500 mark to keep the charm of a ‘smaller and more accessible’ iPad intact. We’ll know more in the upcoming weeks!