Black Friday 2017: Save $800 on Base Model 2016 15-Inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo Video is offering an impressive $800 discount on the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.


The flash Black Friday sale drops the price of last year's base model MacBook Pro in silver to $1,599, down from Apple's original price of $2,399 last year. That is by far the lowest price we've ever seen for this particular model.

The base model 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and both dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 450 and integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 graphics.

While newer 2017 MacBook Pro models with Kaby Lake processors were released in May, the performance improvements driven by the small bump in base and turbo frequencies are relatively minor and shouldn't be a big deal for most customers.

B&H Photo Video and Adorama have a few other notable discounts on select 2016 MacBook Pro configurations:

- 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys: 2.0GHz Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 540 - now $1,149, originally $1,499 ($350 off)
- 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: 2.9GHz Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, AMD Radeon Pro 460 - now $1,899, originally $2,899 ($1,000 off)
- 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: 2.7GHz Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, AMD Radeon Pro 455 - now $2,099, originally $2,799 ($700 off)

The headline $800 off deal is available through November 25 while supplies last. The other discounts end as early as 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today.

For additional deals on Apple products and accessories, including other Macs, be sure to check out our Best of Black Friday article and Black Friday roundup, which both continue to be updated throughout the day.

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Black Friday 2017: Some of the Best Apps, Games, and iTunes Movies on Sale

Today is Black Friday, meaning many people are out shopping at physical stores to take advantage of the best deals, but there are also discounts hitting apps and movies that you can buy at home on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. Because of this, we've taken a look at the best games, productivity apps, and movies you can buy at a discount today. Of course, this is just a glimpse into the extensive sales you can find by checking out the App Store and iTunes Movies Store.

We've listed some of the best deals on the most popular apps below, but to find tons more apps and games that are on sale, make sure to visit our sister sister site AppShopper.


Games
- Strike Team Hydra - $0.99, down from $7.99
- Mini Metro - $1.99, down from $4.99
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Classic - Free, down from $2.99
- Demon's Rise 2 - $0.99, down from $7.99
- Arkanoid vs Space Invaders - $0.99, down from $4.99
- Lara Croft GO - $0.99, down from $4.99
- Thomas Was Alone - $0.99, down from $4.99
- Bastion - $1.99, down from $4.99
- Alto's Adventure - $0.99, down from $4.99
- Forbidden Desert - $1.99, down from $6.99
- Another Lost Phone - $1.99, down from $2.99

Apps
- Fantastical 2 for iPhone - $2.99 (40% off)
- Fantastical 2 for iPad - $4.99 (50% off)
- Calendars 5 - $2.99, down from $6.99
- PDF Expert - $4.99, down from $9.99
- Printer Pro - $2.99, down from $6.99
- Scythe - Free, down from $3.99
- Be Focused Pro - $0.99, down from $1.99

Mac Apps
- iStat Menus 6 for Mac - $9.99, down from $18
- iStat Menus 6 Family Pack - $14.99, down from $25
- Git Tower for Mac - $39.50, $50 off regular $79 price
- Audible - Hundreds of audiobook titles discounted to $4.95
- SmartMockups - $32, 35% off regular $49 price
- CleanMyMac 3 - 30% off
- MacPaw App Bundles - 30% off
- Fantastical 2 for Mac - $39.99 (20% off)
- Cardhop for Mac - $14.99 (25% off)
- Chatology for Mac - $14.99 (25% off)
- RapidWeaver 7 - $44.50
- Squash 2 - $7.50
- Little Snitch - 50% off
- Unclutter - $4.99, down from $9.99
- Civilization V - $9.99, down from $29.99
- Civilization VI - $29.99, down from $59.99
- Sim City Complete Edition - $9.99, down from $29.99
- Sim City 4 Deluxe - $4.99, down from $19.99
- Sims 2 Super Collection - $14.99, down from $29.99
- Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum - $4.99, down from $19.99
- Call of Duty Black Ops - $19.99, down from $39.99

If you want to build up your iTunes Movies library, this week is the time to do it because Apple is discounting a long list of films on iTunes for Black Friday. Prices have dropped on everything from holiday favorites to new releases, all encompassing multiple genres. We've rounded up some notable deals below, with additional sales available through iTunes on Mac and iOS devices, as well as the Apple TV.

Under $10 Holiday Movies
- Elf
- Jingle All The Way
- Home Alone
- Die Hard
- A Christmas Story
- The Holiday
- The Family Stone

Under $12.99 4K iTunes movies to buy
- Labyrinth
- How to Be Single
- The Maze Runner
- Assassin's Creed
- Alien: Covenant
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Baby Driver
- Wonder Woman

$4.99 HD iTunes movies to buy
- Fruitvale Station
- Big Eyes
- The Evil Dead
- Southpaw
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Ender's Game
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- 27 Dresses

$9.99 HD iTunes movies to buy
- Kidnap
- A Ghost Story
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
- Snatched
- The Big Sick

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Black Friday 2017: Save $200 on Apple’s Latest 9.7-Inch iPad With Cellular on Two-Year Contract

Best Buy has discounted all fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad models with Wi-Fi + Cellular by $200 on a two-year contract with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.


This limited time Black Friday deal drops the price of Apple's budget tablet to an all-time low of $259 for 32GB of storage or $359 for 128GB of storage, compared to regular prices of $459 and $559 respectively, in the United States.

The deal is available for select Gold and Space Gray models on Best Buy's website, with the deal for other models available at Best Buy stores only.

- 9.7-inch iPad/32GB/Space Gray — now $259, regular $459
- 9.7-inch iPad/128GB/Space Gray — now $359, regular $559
- 9.7-inch iPad/128GB/Gold — now $359, regular $559

Apple's fifth-generation iPad is its latest 9.7-inch tablet, released in March 2017 as a lower cost alternative to the iPad Pro.

The tablet, simply named iPad, is similar in many ways to the iPad Air 2, but it has a faster A9 chip, a brighter Retina display, and it is slightly thicker and heavier. It also lacks a fully laminated display and anti-reflective coating.

Other tech specs include an 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime camera, two speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID with Apple Pay, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.2.

Given its price point, the tablet lacks most iPad Pro features, including a True Tone display, Smart Connector, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, 4K video recording, LTE Advanced, and four-speaker audio.

For deals on other Apple products and accessories, including non-cellular iPad and iPad Pro models, make sure to check out our Best of Black Friday article and our Black Friday roundup, which continue to be updated throughout the day.

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Black Friday 2017: Here Are the Best App Store and iTunes Gift Card Deals Going on Today

Similar to years past, one of the best deals going on this Black Friday revolves around discounts on the App Store and iTunes gift card, allowing you to snag some expensive cards at a slight discount and apply it to your Apple Music subscription, movie and book purchases, and much more. For this reason, we've decided to round up some of the places that are offering nice discounts on App Store and iTunes gift cards today.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

We've noted the retailer, discount amount, and whether the card is physical or delivered via email in the list below, all of which are in stock as of writing:

As an example, the BOGO 30 percent off deals (when purchasing two cards of the same amount) will break down like this:
  • Buying two $15 iTunes Gift Cards = $25.50

  • Buying two $25 iTunes Gift Card = $42.50

  • Buying two $50 iTunes Gift Card = $85

  • Buying two $100 iTunes Gift Card = $170

Sam's Club is one of the major retailers that had an iTunes gift card deal, but it's out of stock online now. The deal was $84.47 for an iTunes card multipack that totaled $100. Also of potential note for frequent Walgreens shoppers: the retailer has a deal where you can get a $10 Walgreens gift card when you buy a $30 or $50 iTunes gift card.

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Black Friday 2017: The Best Deals on iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, Macs, and More

Thanksgiving is well underway in the United States, and Black Friday deals online and at brick and mortar stores are starting to go live across the country. Major retail stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will be opening their doors this evening, while many online-only deals are already live.


Below, we've rounded up some of the best deals we've come across on Apple products like iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Macs, and accessories, and many, many more deals can be found in our dedicated Black Friday roundup.

iPhone


Walmart is offering a $300 Walmart Gift Card with the purchase of an iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus on an AT&T Next or Verizon Device Payment plan. This deal is limited to stores, with activation appointments available starting at 6:00 p.m. Actual activations will begin at 8:00 p.m.


Sam's Club is offering a $100 Sam's Club gift card with the purchase of "any Apple iPhone," which may include the iPhone X, but it isn't clear if the retailer will have any in stock. This deal does apply to the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

Target is offering a $250 Target gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 8 or an iPhone 8 Plus on an installment plan from Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T.

If you prefer a straight cash discount, Best Buy is offering up to $200 off the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus on an installment plan from Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T.

iPad Pro


There are several deals to be had on the latest 2017 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, with multiple retailers offering discounts.

Best Buy is discounting the 10.5-inch iPad Pro by up to $150, while Target will be offering a $120 discount, dropping the price on the entry-level 64GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro model to $530, down from the regular price of $650.


B&H Photo is also offering several iPad Pro models at $50 to $100 off.

- 10.5-inch iPad Pro: 64GB, Wi-Fi - $599.00, down from $649.00
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro: 256GB, Wi-Fi - $699.00, down from $799.00
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro : 64GB, Wi-Fi - $739.00, down from $799.00
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro: 256GB, Wi-Fi - $849.00, down from $949.00

5th-Generation iPad (2017)


Both Target and Best Buy are offering the 2017 32GB iPad for $249.99, which is a discount of $80 off of the regular price of $329.99. Walmart is offering the same deal.


If you're looking for a deal on a Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad, Sam's Club has the sole deal on the cellular model, offering $130 off.

Apple Watch


There are essentially no deals on the new Apple Watch Series 3 models, with the exception of Kohl's. Kohl's is offering $90 in Kohl's cash with the purchase of select Apple Watch Series 3 models.


Target is discounting Apple Watch Series 1 models by $70, dropping entry-level pricing down to $179.99. That's the best Series 1 deal, and Macy's is matching it by discounting Series 1 models by $70 as well, while Best Buy is offering a $50 discount if the previous deals are unavailable for some reason.

MacBook Pro


When taking into account B&H Photo's free shipping and no taxes on orders outside of New York, the company is offering the best deals on most MacBook Pro models. Adorama, which doesn't charge taxes outside of New York and New Jersey, is also offering the same discounts. MacMall and Best Buy's prices are similar on most Macs, but they can't beat no taxes for the most part.


Best Buy does actually have the best discounts on 15-inch MacBook Pro models and some higher-end 13-inch models, offering $50 off over Adorama and B&H, but in states where sales tax is a factor, B&H or Adorama deals are still likely to be better overall. In some cases, Amazon also has comparable deals.

Best Buy is discounting all 15-inch MacBook Pro models by $250, while 13-inch models are between $150 and $200 off.

13-inch MacBook Pro models


- 2.3 GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD in Silver (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,149, down from $1,299
- 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD in Space Gray (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,149, down from $1,299
- 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Silver (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,349, down from $1,499
- 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Space Gray (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,349, down from $1,499
- 3.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Silver (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,649, down from $1,799
- 3.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Space Gray (Adorama) - $1,629, down from $1,799
- 3.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Silver (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,849, down from $1,999
- 3.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Space Gray - (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,849, down from $1,999
- 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Space Gray (Adorama) - $2,049, down from $2,199
- 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Space Gray (Adorama) - $2,249, down from $2,499

15-inch MacBook Pro models


- 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Silver (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $2,199, down from $2,399
- 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Space Gray (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $2,199, down from $2,399
- 2.9GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Silver (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $2,599, down from $2,799
- 2.9GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Space Gray (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $2,599, down from $2,799
- 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD in Space Gray (Adorama) - $3,199, down from $3,399

MacMall is offering discounts on a wide range of MacBook Pro models with non-standard configurations, allowing customers to purchase machines with upgraded components like RAM and graphics cards.

- 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,909, down from $2,099
- 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,029, down from $2,199
- 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,299, down from $2,499
- 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $2,379, down from $2,599
- 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - $2,449, down from $2,699
- 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017): 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,699, down from $2,999

B&H Photo and Adorama also have deals on several older MacBook Pro models.

- 13-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2016): 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,199, down from $1,499
- 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016): 2.6GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,799, down from $2,399
- 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016): 2.9GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,899, down from $2,899
- 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016): 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $2,099, down from $2,799

MacBook


Adorama and B&H are offering the best deals on the current 2017 12-inch MacBook Pro models, with discounts of $150.


- 1.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Gold (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,149, down from $1,299
- 1.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Rose Gold (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,149, down from $1,299
- 1.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Silver (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,149, down from $1,299
- 1.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD in Space Gray (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,149, down from $1,299
- 1.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Gold (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,449, down from $1,599
- 1.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Rose Gold (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,449, down from $1,599
- 1.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Silver (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,449, down from $1,599
- 1.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD in Space Gray (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,449, down from $1,599

MacMall has a decent discount on an older high-end 2016 MacBook model if you don't need the latest version, offering it for $1,379, down from its regular price of $1600.

- 12-inch MacBook (Early 2016): 1.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB flash storage - $1,379.00, down from $1,599.00

MacBook Air


Best Buy has the best deals on the MacBook Air at $200 off each model. These are the 2017 MacBook Air models that received refreshed processors back in June.


- 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - $799.99, down from $999.99
- 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $999.99, down from $1,099.99

iMac


Best Buy, Adorama, B&H Photo, and MacMall all have deals on various iMac models, some of which are discounted by $200 or more.


21.5-inch


- 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD (Best Buy) - $899.99, down from $1,099.99
- 3.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,179, down from $1,299
- 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion (Best Buy) - $1,599.99, down from $1,799.99

27-inch


- 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,649, down from $1,799
- 3.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,849, down from $1,999
- 3.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $2,099, down from $2,299
- 4.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD (Adorama) - $2,849, down from $3,099

Amazon and eBay Deals


Both Amazon and eBay are offering a huge number of rotating deals that will change on a regular basis throughout Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Deals go so quickly and are so numerous that it's impossible to list them, but make sure to check out both sites to see what's on sale. eBay and Amazon are both offering discounts on iPhones, iPads, and tons of Apple accessories.

Best Accessory Deals


- $100 iTunes Gift Cards - $85 from Amazon with Promo Code ITUNES15
- BeatsX wireless headphones - $99, down from $149
- DJI Spark drone - $399, down from $499
- Beats Studio 2 Wireless Headphones - $160, down from $380
- Powerbeats wireless headphones - $160, down from $200, Plus $20 Target gift card
- Apple-branded iPhone cases - 15 percent off regular price
- Apple Watch bands - Up to $30 off
- Philips Hue bulbs - 20% off
- Philips Hue Lightstrip - $40 off
- Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard - $10 off
- August HomeKit Smart Lock - $80 off
- $100 iTunes Gift Card Multipack - $84.47, down from $100
- Sonos speakers - Up to $100 off
- BlackPods AirPods - $40 off any BlackPods order, including mail-in
- UE Boom 2 speaker - $80, down from $200

Make sure to check out our Black Friday roundup for specific times on when retail stores will open and for more information on the deals listed above. Our roundup also features hundreds of additional deals on Apple products and Apple-related accessories, so it's worth taking a look if you want to get a good deal on a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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iPhone X Low Light Photography Test Demonstrates Improved Telephoto Lens

The 2016 iPhone 7 Plus was the first Apple smartphone to feature a dual lens camera, and this year's iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X followed suit, improving upon last year's design with larger sensors and better signal image processing. The iPhone X also benefits from added optical image stabilization and larger aperture on the telephoto lens.

In what may come a surprise to most casual snappers, the telephoto lens in Apple's dual camera isn't always activated when the 2x zoom is selected in the native Camera app. In some low light scenes, iOS opts to crop a wide angle image instead in an effort to obtain a better image with less noise and a lower likelihood of blurring.

With this in mind, Studio Neat designer Dan Provost recently conducted an experiment to see how much the telephoto lens in the iPhone X improves upon the one in the iPhone 7 Plus. To do this, he looked at how much light is required before an iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X switches to the telephoto lens when the 2x zoom mode is selected. This would show Provost if the frequency of cropping an image is at all reduced in Apple's latest smartphone.
I placed an object (in this case, an old Rolleiflex camera) on a white backdrop, and flanked it on both sides with two LED studio lights. I set up the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X on tripods (using the Glif, natch) and positioned them to keep the framing as similar as possible. Then, starting from a completely dark room, I slowly raised the light levels and observed when the lens switched on each camera. The results are in the video below.

As the embedded video demonstrates, Provost discovered that the iPhone X switched to the telephoto lens much more quickly in his artificial low light scenes, requiring approximately 2 fewer stops of light before switching to the telephoto lens, compared to the iPhone 7 Plus.

"This is obviously great news, and speaks to how improved the second lens is after just one year," says Provost. "In my own use of the phone for the past couple weeks, it does indeed seem to be the case that I am very rarely presented with a 2X cropped image."

You can learn more about how Provost conducted his photography experiment over on the Studio Neat website.

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iPhone X Launches in 13 More Countries

The iPhone X officially landed in 13 more countries on Friday, with launches in Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey.

In the countries and territories listed, Apple's latest smartphone is being sold exclusively by authorized third-party resellers and carriers, with the exception of Turkey – where Apple has a retail presence in Zorlu Center and Akasya Acıbadem – and Macau, where an Apple store is based at Galaxy Macau. Apple's flagship device also became available to customers in Israel on Thursday for the first time.


The iPhone X is also available to buy through regional online Apple stores in Malaysia (from RM 5,149), South Korea (from ₩1,420,000), Thailand (from ฿40,500), and Turkey (from 6.099 TL), with prices varying depending on local currencies. Apple appears to have made provisions for launch day availability in the above countries, with online shipping estimates at 1 to 3 business days at the time of writing.

Over the last couple of days, iPhone X shipping estimates have improved to around 1-2 weeks in the U.S. and Canada, and across Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, where the iPhone X has been available since November 3. Early iPhone X rumors had suggested the device would be available in severely limited numbers until well into next year, but the balance between supply and demand appears to be leveling worldwide.

In related news, according to a report on Thursday in the London Metro, Apple's offices in South Korea were "raided" earlier this week by state regulators. The article reports that authorities visited Apple's Seoul offices and questioned the company's business practices.

The raid is said to be part of an ongoing probe that was launched after Apple took action to address local authorities' concerns about unfair contracts that the company had with South Korean firms commissioned to repair its devices. However, the incident has led some to question whether South Korean authorities are trying to hamper the success of iPhone X in the region, which is home to rival Samsung.

Lee Jae-yong, acting chairman of Samsung, was jailed for five years for corruption in August 2017. He was charged with bribery, perjury and other crimes following an investigation which led to the impeachment of South Korea's then-president, Park Geun-hye. Also known as Jay Y Lee, the 49-year-old business magnate was accused of making payments in exchange for political favors.

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iPhone X Launches in 13 More Countries

The iPhone X officially landed in 13 more countries on Friday, with launches in Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey.

In the countries and territories listed, Apple's latest smartphone is being sold exclusively by authorized third-party resellers and carriers, with the exception of Turkey – where Apple has a retail presence in Zorlu Center and Akasya Acıbadem – and Macau, where an Apple store is based at Galaxy Macau. Apple's flagship device also became available to customers in Israel on Thursday for the first time.


The iPhone X is also available to buy through regional online Apple stores in Malaysia (from RM 5,149), South Korea (from ₩1,420,000), Thailand (from ฿40,500), and Turkey (from 6.099 TL), with prices varying depending on local currencies. Apple appears to have made provisions for launch day availability in the above countries, with online shipping estimates at 1 to 3 business days at the time of writing.

Over the last couple of days, iPhone X shipping estimates have improved to around 1-2 weeks in the U.S. and Canada, and across Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, where the iPhone X has been available since November 3. Early iPhone X rumors had suggested the device would be available in severely limited numbers until well into next year, but the balance between supply and demand appears to be leveling worldwide.

In related news, according to a report on Thursday in the London Metro, Apple's offices in South Korea were "raided" earlier this week by state regulators. The article reports that authorities visited Apple's Seoul offices and questioned the company's business practices.

The raid is said to be part of an ongoing probe that was launched after Apple took action to address local authorities' concerns about unfair contracts that the company had with South Korean firms commissioned to repair its devices. However, the incident has led some to question whether South Korean authorities are trying to hamper the success of iPhone X in the region, which is home to rival Samsung.

Lee Jae-yong, acting chairman of Samsung, was jailed for five years for corruption in August 2017. He was charged with bribery, perjury and other crimes following an investigation which led to the impeachment of South Korea's then-president, Park Geun-hye. Also known as Jay Y Lee, the 49-year-old business magnate was accused of making payments in exchange for political favors.

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iPhone X Low Light Photography Test Demonstrates Improved Telephoto Lens

The 2016 iPhone 7 Plus was the first Apple smartphone to feature a dual lens camera, and this year's iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X followed suit, improving upon last year's design with larger sensors and better signal image processing. The iPhone X also benefits from added optical image stabilization and larger aperture on the telephoto lens.

In what may come as a surprise to most casual snappers, the telephoto lens in Apple's dual camera isn't always activated when the 2x zoom is selected in the native Camera app. In some low light scenes, iOS opts to crop a wide angle image instead in an effort to obtain a better image with less noise and a lower likelihood of blurring.

With this in mind, Studio Neat designer Dan Provost recently conducted an experiment to see how much the telephoto lens in the iPhone X improves upon the one in the iPhone 7 Plus. To do this, he looked at how much light is required before an iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X switches to the telephoto lens when the 2x zoom mode is selected. This would show Provost if the frequency of cropping an image is at all reduced in Apple's latest smartphone.
I placed an object (in this case, an old Rolleiflex camera) on a white backdrop, and flanked it on both sides with two LED studio lights. I set up the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X on tripods (using the Glif, natch) and positioned them to keep the framing as similar as possible. Then, starting from a completely dark room, I slowly raised the light levels and observed when the lens switched on each camera. The results are in the video below.

As the embedded video demonstrates, Provost discovered that the iPhone X switched to the telephoto lens much more quickly in his artificial low light scenes, requiring approximately 2 fewer stops of light before switching to the telephoto lens, compared to the iPhone 7 Plus.

"This is obviously great news, and speaks to how improved the second lens is after just one year," says Provost. "In my own use of the phone for the past couple weeks, it does indeed seem to be the case that I am very rarely presented with a 2X cropped image."

You can learn more about Provost's iPhone X low light photography experiment over on the Studio Neat website.

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Apple’s Black Friday Event Launches in the US With Free Gift Cards Up to $150

Apple's annual Black Friday shopping event has kicked off in the United States, with Apple offering customers Apple Store gift cards worth up to $150 with the purchase of select devices including Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.


Apple is offering gift cards for a range of products, but many newer devices, including the iPhone X and the Apple Watch Series 3, are not included in the promotion. Gift card amounts by product:

- iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air - $150 gift card
- iPhone 6s and 6s Plus - $50 gift card
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus - $50 gift card
- Apple Watch Series 1 - $25 gift card
- 5th-generation iPad - $50 gift card
- iPad mini 4 - $50 gift card
- iPad Pro - $100 gift card
- iPhone SE - $25 gift card

The gift card with purchase deal is available both online and in Apple's retail stores. Customers are limited to two gift cards per product category, and as usual, refurbished products and educational store purchases do not quality for a free gift card.

Apple's US Black Friday sale follows the launch of its Black Friday discounts in Australia and New Zealand, which started on Friday morning local time in those countries. Similar one-day deals are also being offered in several other countries in Europe and North America, including Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and more.

Many third-party retailers in the United Stated are offering better discounts than Apple on various iPhone, iPad, and Mac models, so it may be best to shop around before making a purchase. Make sure to check out our Black Friday roundup for all of the best deals we've found on Apple products and accessories.

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