Apple offers gift cards with iPhone, Mac purchases in New Zealand (and Australia) for Black Friday — Apple has commenced its Black Friday shopping deals in New Zealand and Australia, providing customers with gift cards if they purchase Apple products through the online and retail Apple Stores during November 24, with similar deals likely to be offered in a number of other regions when each country reaches midnight.
Described on the Australian and New Zealand Apple websites as a ‘One-day shopping event‘, visitors are advised they can receive a gift card worth up to NZ$210 ($144) or A$210 ($160) with the purchase of “selected Apple gifts” (some iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch series 1, plus five models of Mac). Customers are limited to a maximum of two gift cards under the promotion, making the maximum combined value of gift cards attainable in the offer NZ$420 ($289) or A$420 ($320) for each respective region.
Here are some more deals for you — It’s Friday here already, so … MacPhun’s Aurora photo software is normally NZ$138; it’s on sale for NZ$122, and comes with 40 HDR presets, a Trey Ratcliffe video and an imagery eBook. Apple Insider has a key to getting the best deals, although many will not be relevant to Antipodeans, and there are early Black Friday deals from Smile (30% off on both PDFpen and TextExpander), and from Pad & Quill cases (15% off) plus MacPhun’s Luminar 2018 is just US$69, and this price includes US$130 worth of bonuses for free. There are also some good deals on HomeSpot USB-C hubs, but you’ll have to factor in shipping.
UK government to initiate tax crackdown on tech firms holding earnings offshore — The UK Treasury has said it will begin cracking down on large corporations that shift British earnings overseas in a bid to avoid the country’s high taxes, a move that follows a wider European Union strategy seeking much the same. Along with big-name corporations like McDonalds, the initiative targets tech companies like Apple and Google, which use complex accounting strategies to skirt high taxes.
Apple posts research paper about self-driving cars — Apple has posted research on how self-driving cars can better spot objects while using fewer sensors. It appears to be the company’s first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.
More Black Friday deals — Here are some deals on speakers, headphones, iPhone cases, Mac software, hared drives … not all will ship to New Zealand (OWC does) so be advised. Australia has even added to the Apple Black Friday list, but New Zealand has been getting this for a while now, and sure enough (picture above) we’re getting it again. In this case it’s gift cards up to NZ$215 on big purchases. Macworld has a deals slideshow, and see Eltima’s deal below.
Eltima Software plans to launch a very special offer for all Mac users — 10 Mac apps in a bundle especially for BlackFriday 2016. The page with bundle is not ready yet, it will be launched mid next week:
Flash Decompiler Trillix … All for US$49.95 (86% discount). So check back with them (or look here) next week.
LG’s UltraFine 5K Display gets unboxing treatment in new video — LG’s 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, developed in partnership with Apple to complement the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, received a traditional unboxing on Wednesday ahead of expected public availability in December.
Love it or hate it, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro packs a lot of power into a small package — When the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was announced, Dennis Sellers was intrigued by the prospect of replacing his 27-inch iMac and 12-inch MacBook with one machine. After a lengthy review, he concludes ” you have to admit that Apple has packed an incredible amount of power and performance into a surprisingly small package with the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.”
How to customise the tTouch Bar — If you’re a purchaser of the new MacBook Pro, you’re probably eager to customise the Touch Bar. AppleInsider shows you how.
Donald Trump willing to give Apple a ‘very large tax cut’ to make its products in the US — In an interview with the New York Times, President elect Donald Trump says he told Apple CEO Tim Cook that he wants the company to build iPhones and other products in the US and is willing to offer a large tax cut to make it happen. [Well gee, Apple sure appreciates tax breaks.]
More Black Friday deals — Intego’s Mac security products are all at 50% off ‘for Thanksgiving’ if you put in the right coupon code at checkout. The code is GIVETHANKS to get any Intego X9 software at this big discount. You can try them all free but you’d better quick if you decide you need anything.
There’s a holiday discount available for the Newton work email service (also a 50% discount). This offer is available for both new and existing users who’ve not subscribed yet. To claim your discount, download Newton for iOS or Mac (or Android) and start the 14-day free trial. Go to Settings > Subscribe Now and you’ll see the 50% discount instantly. The offer is valid until midnight (US Pacific), November 29.
Macphun has flipped the switch on its holiday savings, and you can now get fantastic deals on Luminar – the amazing new photo enhancement app for Mac – and Aurora HDR 2017. Luminar is usually priced at US$209, but Macphun’s making it available for only US$59 to new users and for just US$49 for those who already own Macphun products.