15 Deals on Apple Products and Must-Have Accessories

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Apple users are a dedicated bunch—once they have one Apple device, many of them buy into the company's tech ecosystem for life. But it's a pricey trend to keep up with, especially if you're into bells and whistles: the $5999 base price for Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro, for example, can skyrocket up to $53,000 when you dress it with every upgrade. Rest assured, you don't have to spend quite that much. Here are 15 Apple products you can buy today without the high price tag.

1. Apple Ipad Air 2 64gb - Space Gray (Refurbished: Wi-Fi Only); $345 (13 Percent Off)

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You can score all the perks of high-end tech without the high-end cost when you shop refurbished. This Apple iPad Air 2 (which has a near-mint refurbished rating) delivers all the apps, games, and content you love on a 9.7-inch Retina display with 10 hours of battery life.

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2. Wireless Charger for Apple Airpods and Phones; $17 (66 Percent Off)

Musubo

Bring your iPhone and AirPods back to life by simply setting them down on the wireless 5W Qi charging surface. You'll never have to untangle cords again.

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3. Iklips C Apple Lightning/Usb-C Flash Drive (256gb); $219 (26 Percent Off)

iKlips

As the world’s first Apple MFi-Certified USB-C and Lightning Flash Drive, this Kickstarter-funded flash drive can manage, transfer, and even encrypt your files. It conducts automatic data and photo backups while your phone is charging and even includes an app for managing files, recording videos, and taking photos.

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4. Triple Dock: 3-In-1 Apple Device Charging Station; $68 (13 Percent Off)

Oakywood

This charging dock has two major perks. First, the obvious: its absolutely beautiful, natural oak wood finish. Second, it can charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously with convenient features like a magnetic hold, nightstand mode, micro-suction tape for one-handed operation, and more.

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5. Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain; $20 (59 Percent Off)

Go Gadgets

This pocket-sized magnetic ring will wirelessly charge your Apple Watch while you’re on the move. After all, isn’t access to your digital life anywhere, without interruption, what the Apple Watch is all about?

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6. Apple Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad - Silver (Certified Refurbished); $100 (23 Percent Off)

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This A-rated certified refurbished Magic Keyboard has an extended layout featuring a numeric keypad, document navigation controls, and full-size arrow keys. It comes with a built-in rechargeable battery so you can go up to one month between charges.

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7. Apple Magic Mouse 2 Bluetooth Rechargeable - Silver (Certified Refurbished); $55 (31 Percent Off)

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Track easily and encounter less resistance with this certified refurbished Magic Mouse 2. It has a handy Multi-Touch surface for easy swiping and scrolling.

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8. Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 64gb - Space Gray (Certified Refurbished); $480 (12 Percent Off)

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This deal will score you a fully laminated, anti-reflective, LED-backlit, and touch-sensitive Retina display, powered by an Apple A10X processor with 64GB of memory storage. All of that fancy tech will allow you to watch videos and browse the web on the go.

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9. Apple Macbook Air 11-inch Core I5, 4gb Ram 128gb Ssd - Silver (Refurbished); $559 (6 Percent Off)

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If you’re working remotely these days, you need a laptop with tons of battery life, speed, and a quality display. This refurbished 11-inch MacBook Air will take you nine hours before needing a charge and functions smoothly through all of your multitasking with an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM.

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10. Apple iPad 4 9.7-inch 32gb - White (Certified Refurbished) Bundle; $220 (55 Percent Off)

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The 9.7-inch Retina display on this iPad 4 is simply a joy to look at. When you’re done shooting off emails, you can quickly transition into binging your favorite shows and movies, thanks to the Wi-Fi connectivity and 32GB of storage.

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11. Apple iPhone 8 Plus 5.5-inch 64gb (Refurbished); $556 (25 Percent Off)

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Upgrade your older phone to the iPhone 8. This refurbished device delivers the perks of the recent model at a fraction of the price, and it's packed with 64GB of storage, so you'll have plenty of space for your photos, videos, and games.

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12. Apple iPad 4 9.7-inch 16gb - Black (Certified Refurbished) Bundle; $135 (32 Percent Off)

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This certified refurbished iPad 4 bundle also comes with every accessory you'll need, including a cable, screen protector, power adaptor, case, and stylus.

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13. Apple Mac Mini 1.4ghz Intel Core I5 Dual Core 500gb Hdd (Certified Refurbished); $400 (49 Percent Off)

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With more than enough storage and top-of-the-line graphics, the Mac mini is the ideal starting block for your desktop computer setup. Once you've got your hands on one of these, you're free to pick your own monitor, keyboard, mouse, and any other accessories you may need.

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14. Apple iPhone X 5.8-inch 64gb (Refurbished); $700 (12 Percent Off)

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Get the Super Retina HD display and dual 12 MP cameras that Apple’s iPhone X is known for, but at a steep discount.

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15. Magicgrips For Apple Magic Mouse 1 And 2; $11 (26 Percent Off)

Elevation Labs

The MagicGrips for Apple Magic Mouse 1 and 2 help give you a more relaxed grip while at the computer, so you'll avoid the discomfort that normally comes with browsing for hours on end.

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10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

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2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

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3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

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4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

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5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

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6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

Amazon

This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

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7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

Amazon

Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

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8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

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9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

Amazon

Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

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10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

Amazon

Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

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Filtration Software Censored the Word Bone at a Paleontology Conference

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Lisa Yount, Unsplash

Paleontology is the study of natural history through fossils, so the word bone comes up a lot in the field. That didn't stop the term from being censored by software at this year's Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference, The New York Times reports.

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference has been held for 80 years, and this year it was conducted virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new format was largely successful, except when it came to navigating the chat software's filtration system. A built-in algorithm was programmed to censor any words that may have been inappropriate for the professional event. The software blocked out anything offensive, as well as many benign words paleontologists use every day.

T. rex expert Thomas R. Holtz Jr. first noticed the problem when he tried typing "Hell Creek Formation," the name of a fossil hotspot in Montana, while responding to a question. The program replaced the word hell with four asterisks, inspiring some paleontologists to jokingly refer to the site as "Heck Creek."

Hell was one of the less surprising terms that was flagged by the software. In addition to bone, the system also blocked the words pubis, crack, penetrate, stroke, stream, and enlargement. Holtz shared a spreadsheet of the censored words on Twitter.

Convey Services, the company contracted by the conference to provide the chat software, has responded to the complaints by taking a closer look at the list of words that trigger the filter. So if the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology uses the same software again, they will be able to talk about the enlarged crack in a pubis bone they dug up near Hell Creek without fear of censorship.

[h/t The New York Times]