Best Black Friday 2020 deals: Oculus Quest 2, iPhone 12, AirPods Pro, Xbox gift card and more

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Black Friday 2020 is upon us, with countless Black Friday deals available now from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and pretty much every store that sells things. One exciting today-only, while-supplies-last addition to the lineup: The super-hot Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. It’s not discounted, but there’s a gift card in it for you. See below.

As you might expect, many of the best deals are selling out quickly, while others won’t ship for a week or two. In the case of Best Buy’s iPad sale (including the iPad 10.2 for $280), you’ll need to find a local store that has them in stock. In better news, while the famed $169 AirPods Pro are sold out at Walmart, Amazon has the AirPods Pro for $170. They’re currently listed as “temporarily out of stock,” but you can purchase them at that price and get delivery once stock is replenished.

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We’ve been sifting through these and other sales to find the cream of the crop, which we’ve gathered below. Note that a few of the previously “expired” deals we kept at the bottom have resurfaced, which is why we recommend keeping this post bookmarked and checking it often for updates.

Best Black Friday deals available now

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Visible, which runs on Verizon’s network, is sweetening its iPhone 12 deals: When you buy an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, you’ll get a free pair of AirPods Pro. Those are worth $249 (though as you’ll see below, they’re currently on sale for $170).

What’s more, although the phones themselves are priced a few dollars higher than what Apple charges, you get a fairly substantial rebate (in the form of a prepaid Mastercard): $100 for the Mini, $150 for the iPhone 12 and Pro, $200 for the Pro Max.

Meanwhile, Visible charges a flat rate of $40 a month for unlimited service, or you can take advantage of their Party Pay option for rates as low as $25.

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The new Oculus VR headset is among my favorite products of 2020. Deals are all but impossible to come by; just finding it in stock is a challenge. So if you’re thinking of getting one, don’t miss this Newegg offer, which includes a $15 gift card (delivered electronically after your purchase).

How great is the Quest 2? CNET’s Scott Stein thinks you should skip buying a new Xbox or PlayStation and get this instead. To learn more, read his Oculus Quest 2 review.

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Pretty straightforward: Add this $100 gift card to your cart, apply promo code 23BKFCYMB63, check out for $88. (Note that you need a Newegg account in order to use this or any other code.) The card is delivered electronically.

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Deals: OnePlus 8T $629, AirPods Pro are $190, Anker accessories, more

Today’s best deals include the OnePlus 8T at $629, AirPods Pro $190, Anker accessories, and more. Head below for all of that in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

OnePlus 8T with four cameras is down to $629

Today only, B&H offers the OnePlus 8T 256GB Unlocked Android Smartphone for $629. As a comparison, it typically fetches $749 at retailers like Amazon, and this is just the second discount we’ve tracked. The OnePlus 8T delivers a 6.55-inch AMOLED display that’s backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset. Other notable features here include the quad-camera backside array, which includes 48, 12, 5, and 16MP lenses. This model is Dual-SIM compatible and is made for GSM + CDMA/4G LTE networks here in the United States.

AirPods Pro offer ‘Hey Siri,’ stellar ANC, more

Woot offers Apple’s AirPods Pro for $190. As a comparison, these wireless in-ears typically sell for $249. Today’s deal is $5 less than our previous mention. We are expecting to see these earbuds fall to around $170 during Black Friday.

Apple’s AirPods Pro arrives with Active Noise Cancellation, Hey Siri support, and up to 24 hours of battery life on a single charge. Not to mention, they are sweat- and water-resistant, so you can enjoy them during workouts and more. 

Anker sale offers accessories for Android

A fresh batch of Anker deals has cropped up at Amazon today highlighted by the 2-in-1 PowerWave+ Pad for smartphones and Apple Watch at $35. This is the model that includes a power block and charging cable with purchase. Regularly $50, today’s deal is the second-best offer we’ve tracked on this bundle. The built-in Qi pad offers 7.5W of power, but you will need to provide an Apple Watch charging puck. Ships with a wall power block and microUSB cable. 

Samsung’s 11-inch Chromebook 4 is $199

Walmart is currently offering the Samsung 11-inch Chromebook 4 1.1GHz/4GB/32GB for $199. Typically fetching $230, like you’ll find at B&H right now, today’s offer is matching our previous mention for the all-time low. With an all-metal body, Samsung’s 11-inch Chromebook 4 delivers a more durable package compared to other Chrome OS machines alongside a robust “military-grade” design. Notable features like 12.5-hour battery life, built-in Google Assistant, and USB-C charging are complemented by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of solid-state storage.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A at $199

B&H currently offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch 128GB Android Tablet for $199. Usually selling for $300, today’s offer saves you 33% and matches our previous mention for the all-time low. For comparison, this is also $32 less than what the 64GB model goes for. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A delivers a 10.1-inch full HD display alongside built-in Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, up to 10-hours of battery life per charge, and more. While this model comes equipped with 128GB of storage, a microSD card slot allows for up to 512GB of expansion.

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3 Best AirPods Pro Alternatives Under $200

KEY POINTS

  • Apple’s AirPods Pro are great audio accessories, but they are expensive
  • There are many great alternatives, with some selling for prices well below the $200 mark
  • These include the Mpow X3, Bose Sport Earbuds and Amazon Echo Buds

Apple’s AirPods Pro are great audio accessories for those who are invested in the Cupertino tech giant’s ecosystem. They offer good sound quality, have great active noise canceling and transparency features and are perfect for those who use multiple iDevices such as iPhones, iPads and MacBooks.

That said, the highly-rated AirPods Pro costs a lot. They normally sell for $250 per pair, which means not everyone can afford them. And while some outlets sell them with discounts from time to time, it’s still a fact that they are expensive and beyond the reach of the average person.

Thankfully, Apple is not the only company making great-sounding wireless earbuds. Some AirPods pro alternatives offer great audio quality, provide excellent noise cancellation, or at least noise reduction features, and come in different colors.

Here are some of the best wireless earbuds that sell for less than $200 a pair.

Amazon Echo Buds

Amazon jumped into the wireless earbuds market with the Echo Buds, a cheap pair of in-ear headphones equipped with Alexa. These are currently being sold for $130 via Amazon.

These buds do not offer noise cancellation, but they do feature Bose’s noise reduction technologies. This means users will get to enjoy the same level of quiet and focus on music without having to pay the amount Bose’s headphones normally cost.

Bose Sport Earbuds

Speaking of Bose, the famed audio company also has an affordable but formidable pair of wireless earbuds under $200 – the new Sport Earbuds. This device does not have active noise cancellation, but it offers Bose’s signature audio, which means users will still be able to listen to great-sounding music anyway.

Bose designed the Sport Earbuds to stay in place so that wearers won’t have to worry about them falling off while running or jogging. They are available via Bose’s website for $179.95.

Mpow X3

Those looking for noise cancellation but can’t afford the AirPods Pro or even the Echo Buds can get these earbuds instead, CNet noted. They look like the AirPods Pro (but in black), offer good sound output, have active noise cancellation and retail for only $60 via Amazon.

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Apple AirPods Pro are the ideal luxe tech Christmas gift

Apple’s AirPods Pro are one of those gadgets that people may be hesitant to splash the cash on themselves, but would love to receive, making them the perfect Christmas present. The in-ear earphones are Apple’s latest and are designed to make music, podcasts and phone calls clearer thanks to noise-cancelling tech, (which you don’t get with the basic AirPods).



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The gadgets include the company’s H1 chip, enabling low audio processing latency and real-noise cancellation, which basically means music sounds better. They have a new shape too, designed for comfort, fit and stability. 

Just like the standard AirPods, they can be charged wirelessly and offer 4.5-hours of listening time on a single charge, or 1-hour on just 5 mins of charging, making them brilliant for the super busy people we all know. If that’s not enough, you can also have them engraved free of charge, for a personal and thoughtful gift.

Who’s it for?

Busy workers: Workers who commute on public transport (in normal times) and those who work from home would love a pair of AirPods Pro. The noise-cancelling feature would be handy in a busy office, or when trying to block out family sounds when they are trying to focus on a task for work. The gadget’s voice controls would be useful too. 

Runners: The ability to switch between the noise-cancelling mode and transparency mode is really useful for anyone who runs or exercises outside, as they will be able to choose to hear traffic when crossing a busy road, for example, while the customisable fit of the AirPods will keep them happy too by not falling out every five minutes!

Music lovers: Anyone who is into their music in a big way is always on the hunt for the beat speakers or headphones to do their favourite tunes justice. The AirPod Pro’s active noise cancelling tech promises to give music more depth and block out annoying noises from the outside world.

Age range:

There’s no official age range for the Apple AirPods Pro, but at almost £250 they are probably a gift for grownups who will look after them well!

What makes it the perfect gift?

Clearer sound: The big difference between Apple’s popular AirPods and the AirPods Pro is noise cancellation technology for clearer sound. These are in fact the only in-ear headphones with active noise cancellation that adapts to the geometry of the ear 200 times a second. They work by using an outward-facing microphone to detect external sound, which they counter with equal anti-noise, cancelling annoying disruptions for clearer music, a more relaxing workout or a more focused workday.

Customisable fit: For any fitness fanatic, the fit of wireless headphones is upper important, because there’s nothing more annoying than them continually falling out during a workout. The Airpods Pro model comes with three sizes of soft silicone tips so users can pick the best one for their ears. The tips form a seal on the ear, keeping

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9 accessories for your AirPods on sale ahead of Black Friday

You probably haven’t even nailed down your Thanksgiving menu yet, but the Black Friday deals are already rolling in.

Below, you will find awesome, affordable accessories for your Apple AirPods. Not only are they up to 66% off. But when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout, you will score an additional 15 percent off, for a limited time.

Apple AirPods Pro, on sale for $249—no coupon code needed

Apple AirPods Pro, on sale for $249—no coupon code needed

Don’t have your own pair of AirPods? Then add these discounted ‘buds to your cart before you keep scrolling for those extra-15-percent-off accessories.

Earhoox 2.0 for Apple EarPods & AirPods: 2-Pack, on sale for $13.59 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Earhoox 2.0 for Apple EarPods & AirPods: 2-Pack, on sale for $13.59 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

If your AirPods tend to become loose and fall out during your high-intensity sweat sessions, then you need this set of silicone ear hooks that will keep them in place.

AirPods Pro Accessory Bundle, on sale for $12.74 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

AirPods Pro Accessory Bundle, on sale for $12.74 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

This super cool bundle, which is available in three colors, includes a protective sleeve, a carabiner, an anti-loss rope, and an earbud holder to keep your AirPods safe and secure.

Aduro AirPods 8-Piece Accessory Bundle, on sale for $8.49 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Aduro AirPods 8-Piece Accessory Bundle, on sale for $8.49 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

This 8-piece accessory set features a silicone AirPods case, a zippered travel pouch, a magnetic neck strap, sport-style ear hooks, wing covers, a carabiner, and an innovative watch strap holder.

Wireless Charger for Apple Airpods + Phones, on sale for $14.44 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Wireless Charger for Apple Airpods + Phones, on sale for $14.44 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

This sleek wireless charger can be used to power up your Apple AirPods as well as your iPhone.

CarryOn: Genuine Leather Case for AirPods Pro, on sale for $20.39 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

CarryOn: Genuine Leather Case for AirPods Pro, on sale for $20.39 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Protect your AirPods in style with this genuine leather case that is available in black and camel—it’s even compatible with most wireless chargers.

AirPod Charger, on sale for $27.19 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

AirPod Charger, on sale for $27.19 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Power up your AirPods while on the go with this charging dock that lets you keep your ear hooks attached.

Earhoox: AirPod Survival Kit, on sale for $33.99 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Earhoox: AirPod Survival Kit, on sale for $33.99 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

When you buy this AirPods survival kit, you will receive two pairs of Earhoox, one case, a magnetic strap, and an AirPods charger with a stand and a car mount.

Ballistic AirPods Pro Case, on sale for $10.19 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Ballistic AirPods Pro Case, on sale for $10.19 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Protect your AirPods with this shock-proof case that is built with premium ballistic nylon.

Wireless Charging Pad for AirPods & AirPods Pro, on sale for $24.64 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Wireless Charging Pad for AirPods & AirPods Pro, on sale for $24.64 when you use coupon code SAVE15NOV at checkout

Clear your workspace of tangled cords with this sleek charging pad that is compatible with both AirPods and the AirPod Pro model.

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Apple Envisions Future Concepts for MagSafe Accessories to include an Application for AirPods & an iPad Smart Cover

 

On October 01, twelve days prior to the iPhone 12 event, Patently Apple posted a patent report on future accessories. One of the future accessories touched on iPhone folios with magnets. Our reported noted that “patent FIG. 1, the target #126 is a magnet that emits an external magnetic field that is detectable by a magnetic field sensor. The accessory device may include an inductive charging coil designed to supply power to the internal power supply 128, or other devices of the accessory device that require power.”

 

2 iPhone accessories supporting MagSafe

 

Yesterday, just days after the iPhone 12 event, a far more descriptive accessories patent was published by the US Patent & Trademark Office that reflects MagSafe in a clearer fashion, though it’s an extension of the October 01 Apple patent filing.

 

Future MagSafe Accessory Concepts  

 

Apple’s Patent FIG. 4 below illustrates a MagSafe accessory attached to the back of an iPhone that provides a power supply (#186) with an inductive charging module (#192); Patent FIGS. 2 and 5 illustrate a power supply covering the total back of an iPhone and within a folio on the flap opposite the iPhone.

 

3 Apple MagSafe Accessory concepts

 

In Apple’s patent FIG. 7 below we see the power supply on the outside of folio and FIG. 11 include both a power supply and an inductive charging module.

 

4 Magsafe accessory concepts

 

Apple’s patent FIGS. 13 and 14 below Apple illustrates two ways that a MagSafe accessory could accommodate AirPods.

 

5 MagSafe Accessories

 

And lastly, Apple’s patent FIGS. 15 and 16 below illustrate triple MagSafe Power Supply strips added to the inside of a future Smart iPad cover.

 

6 MagSafe iPad Cover Accessory with added power supply

 

Apple’s patent application number 20200328605 that was published yesterday by the U.S. Patent Office was filed back Q3 2019. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of new MagSafe accessories coming to market is unknown at this time.

 

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The best online shopping deals this weekend: Apple AirPods, Le Creuset’s colorful cookware, early holiday sales

Retailers are starting to shift into holiday mode, and that means we’ll be seeing a ton of online shopping sales throughout the next several weeks.

If you need your weekend shopping fix, we’ve got you covered.

The fall deals are in full force, even after Prime Day 2020, and there are still some big sales out there.

Some of the noteworthy deals include Coach bags for up to 70% off, Amazon holiday deals and Apple AirPods for 21% off.

Here’s a roundup of some of the bigger sales this weekend.

Adidas

Members get 33% off site-wide through Oct. 20 when you use promo code “CREATE” at checkout. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here for free.

Amazon

The online retail giant is already offering “Holiday Dash” deals.

Apple’s AirPods with a charging case are still being offered at a pretty good deal for $125, compared to $160.

If you looking to hold gatherings outdoors in the winter, this best-selling Stainless Steel Patio Heater for 20% off is a good buy.

You can also browse the following Amazon gift guides to get a head start on holiday shopping.

Coach

The designer handbag’s outlet just dropped a “Coach Reserve” collection, which are deals on styles straight from Coach retail stores.

Here are some of the noteworthy handbag deals:

New customers can also snag an extra 10% off orders over $100 with promo code COUPON10 at checkout.

Fanatics

The online sports fan shop is currently offering free shipping when you use promo code “19SHIP” at checkout.

Nike’s popular Air Zoom Pegasus 37 sneakers are $130 on Fanatics. This new batch features logos from 30 of the NFL’s 32 teams, including the Giants, Jets and Eagles.

Tons of NFL, MLB, NHL, NCAA, NBA and Nascar fan gear is also on clearance. You can also find face coverings in packs of three starting at $19.99 for MLB, NFL, NHL, NCAA, NBA, WNBA and MLS teams.

Kohl’s

The department store is holding a home sale through Sunday on kitchen appliances, bedding, furniture, home decor and vacuums.

Kohl’s “hottest toys” for the 2020 holiday season also have been announced. Browse the entire selection here.

Le Creuset

You can save up to 45% on stainless steel cookware, along with specials on popular colorful cookware.

Here are some of the noteworthy cookware deals:

  • Round Wide Dutch Oven for $250, instead of $380
  • Sauteuse for $180, instead of $295
  • Toughened Nonstick Pro Square Grill Pan for $100, instead of $160
  • 16-Piece Dinnerware Set for $210, instead of $252

Lululemon

The popular athletic brand is still discounting leggings to as low as $59. Men’s items can also be found at a discount.

Here are some highlights among the sale:

Nike

You can find sneakers, hoodies, sweatpants and more for up to 40% off.

Under Armour

The clothing company’s outlet store has tons of products discounted, everything from hoodies to fleece pants.

Under Armour’s popular “Sportsmask” face covering is also now available in several new colors, although not

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AirPods Pro on Your Shopping List? Now Is the Time to Buy Them

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Amazon Prime Day is over, and so are a lot of the biggest deals. But there are still a lot of deals to choose from if you’re looking to snag a bargain. One of the biggest bargains we’ve come across are for Apple’s AirPods Pro. We saw them drop to their lowest ever price on Prime Day, and it hasn’t dropped since. As a result, if you act quickly, you can still grab them at this best ever price.

Apple’s iconic earbuds are the true wireless headphones to buy if you want to complement your iPhone with some truly seamless tech. The AirPods Pro differ from the standard AirPods by adding a silicon tip to the buds (removing the old EarPods style the AirPods were saddled with) and the new addition of active noise cancelation (ANC). ANC can be used in two ways — either to shut out all noise outside of your buds, or to let in the surrounding noise, which means you can hear the bicycle bell behind you while you have your buds in.

The sound is exceptional, but the battery does suffer a little when compared to other true wireless buds on the market. You’ll get between 4.5 and 5 hours of listening time per charge, but the wireless charging case comes with an extra 24 hours of charge, which does go some way to removing battery anxiety. Siri is always available, and can be used to pause music or call contacts. Best of all, you don’t need an iPhone to take advantage of the AirPods Pro’s advanced features, and they will work with Android phones as well.

Is this worth picking up now? Absolutely. Apple’s AirPods Pro are a style statement for many, and the chance to pick some up for their lowest ever price is going to be a no brainer. But be quick to jump on this sale now, because stock is flying out fast and shipping dates are being pushed back as a result, so grab them fast if you want them in your hands before the holidays.

After some cheaper true wireless earbuds? There are plenty of other AirPods deals happening now.

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