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Don't Miss Apple's One-Day Shopping Event - This Friday, November 29

Posted by Arron Hirst on November 26th, 2013

Those out there who are familiar with Apple's movements around this time of year will know that we're just a few days out from Apple's annual one-day only Black Friday shopping event. Set to kick-off this Friday, November 29, the day will mark one of the only times in the year that Apple offers significant discounts on its many hardware products - both online and through its physical retail stores.

While specifics on what hardware we might expect to be discounted come this Friday are still a little sketchy, we can take a quick look at the company's Black Friday events held in previous years for clues as to what type of discounts shoppers should expect to see emerge towards the end of this week.

Last year for example, we saw the firm drop its iPad with Retina Display by a cool $41. Meanwhile, the iPod touch 4th Generation was slashed by $21, the iPad 2 saw an average drop of $31, and the MacBook Pro with Retina Display was available for $101 less than its usual retail price.

[image credit: MacRumors]

As significant as some of the above discounts may sound though, Apple is almost always beaten in its online holiday discounts by third-party vendors. One of those third-party vendors is Target, who will be offering shoppers a free $75 gift card with any purchase of Apple's iPad mini ($279), and the chance to bag themselves a free $100 gift card with the purchase of any iPad, (including the iPad 2 - which starts at $399), when doors finally open this Thursday. The retailer will also be offering $30 gift cards for those who purchase the iPhone 5S (staring at $180) with a 2 year contract.

Retailer Walmart will be running a similar promotion, seeing all shoppers receive a free $75 gift card with the purchase of either an iPhone 5C ($45, with a 2 year contract) or iPhone 5S ($189, with a 2 year contract). Meanwhile, if you opt to buy Apple's original iPad mini (without “Retina” display), you could even grab yourself a free $100 gift card.

The last of the biggest retailers - Best Buy - will be offering Apple's iPhone 5C for the lowest upfront cost we've been able to find at just $48 (a $51.99 savings). The firm will also be slashing the cost of Apple's just-launched 16 GB iPad Air to $450, providing a super-neat saving of $50.

Other smaller retailers, such as RadioShack, will open their doors at 8AM. The purchase of Apple's iPhone 5S, (starting at $200 with a 2 year contract), will see you receive a free $50 gift card, while opting for the iPhone 5C - (starting at $50 with a 2 year contract) - will also see you receive a free $50 gift card. Pick up an Apple TV for $100 on your way and you'll get a free $20 gift card. Plus, those looking for some extra in-store credit to spend on even more Black Friday deals will probably appreciate the chance to bag a $10 RadioShack gift card with the purchase of any $50 iTunes Card. Those looking for some added protection to add to their iOS devices might also be pleased to hear that RadioShack will be offering 30% off all Zagg Screen Protectors, and a further 10% off all Otterbox cases.

Sam's Club will be opening its doors for black Friday super-early, this year. 7 AM to be exact. If you get down there quick though, you might just be able to bag yourself a few $100 iTunes Cards for $79.88 each.

The lowest prices for iOS devices available for Black Friday 2013 are listed below.

10 Apps in the ZombieBox For Only 99¢

Posted by Chantelle Joy Duxbury on October 6th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Appy Entertainment has bundled together ten bone-chilling, flesh-rotting, scream-inducing Zombie Apps together to celebrate Spooktacular October! For a limited time you can get these Apps for the one price of $0.99. That's a 90% discount on each! Here's an overview of what you're going to get:

Zombie Invasion
Conniption Entertainment
Defend your town from the undead plague with guns, guns, and more guns! How long can you stem the relentless horde?

Defcon Z
Monkey Armada
Blast through blood-soaked streets in this retro zombie arcade game!
(Sounds Old-School!)

Draw Slasher: Dark Ninja vs Pirate Monkey Zombies
Mass Creation
Hack off the heads, hands and legs of Pirate Monkey Zombies invading your peaceful island! Plus ... you're a NINJA!

Zombie Saw
Carve up attacking zombies -- or remove your own infected limbs -- with this handy pocket saw. (Not so much a game, as this is a utility, don't you think?)

Zombie Pizza
Appy Entertainment
Serve up gruesome pizzas topped with eyeballs and brains while ravenous zombies crash through your kitchen door!


Zombie Nombie
Smudgy Games
Torment a pocket-sized animated zombie head!
(Like having your own Zombie-Head Virtual Pet, just what always wanted as a youngster!)

Apocalypse Zombie Fish
The Binary Mill
Destroy mindless hordes of Zombie fish with a fist-full of pipe bombs!
(I imagine exploding Zombie Fish would make quite a stink!)

Zombie Karts
Cascadia Games
Put the pedal to the metal for wacky throwback zombie kart racing thrills!
(Zombies + Go Karts = Win!)

Zombie Apocalypse Manual
Hundreds of survival tips for surviving the inevitable zombie outbreak!
(Don't forget a Solar Charger so you'll be able to read this from your iOS device!)

Zombie Whale Hole
Cervo e.U.
The most epic, cute, mean, and downright bizarre app in the All-In-1 ZombieBox ... it's like a moron test for zombies!

I would hazard a guess that this batch of Apps would satisfy even the most ravenous zombie fan. While there are "Lite" versions of some of the Apps listed, what you'll be getting is the full version. Most of these Apps run the $0.99 mark on their own, while a couple (like Zombie Pizza, for example) are $1.99. This is definitely a deal, and obviously great timing too. Pick up the 'All-in-1 ZombieBox' if you wanna have some Zombie fun!

Capcom Announces Comic Con Game Sale

Posted by Ben Harvell on July 21st, 2010

In celebration of Comic Con, the comic book convention which is currently running in San Diego, Capcom has announced a price reduction for five of its most popular iPhone titles.

The apps below are all now available for $0.99 for a "limited time" which, if we were to guess, will run until the end of the Comic Con convention which is this Sunday (25th). There are some big hitters in the list, including 1942: First Strike and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2010 which should keep you entertained for a good while. So if you have a few bucks to spare you could kit out your iPhone with some great games to enjoy this weekend and beyond.

Proporta Offers Discounts Cases In Return For iPhone 4 Bumpers

Posted by Ben Harvell on July 19th, 2010

Now Apple has announced that it will be providing free Bumper cases to iPhone 4 users and refunds to existing Bumper owners, there's never been a better time to get hold of some low cost protection for your device. UK-based case manufacturer Proporta is offering a novel spin on Apple's generous deal by offering a 20% discount on all of its iPhone 4 cases and screen protectors - if you send them your (now free) iPhone 4 Bumper case that is.

Guy Monson co-founder of Proporta says “We at Proporta think it's very generous of Apple and admire their commitment to solving the problem. We believe that it's good for Proporta as it'll help open people's eyes to the need to protect their mobile devices - something we've been saying for the past 14 years... we realise that a free case is a free case and that a lot of customers will still want fully surrounded protection."

Whether you see the deal as a handy way to upgrade your iPhone 4 case to fully surrounded protection or a sneaky marketing ploy, Proporta does offer a wide range of cases and the discount will certainly help out those in the market for a more sturdy cover.

Those interested can simply enter the promotional code "CASEFREE" at proporta.com to take advantage of the discount.

Better Letters Sale Celebrates iPad, Helps Sloppy Scribblers

Posted by Ben Harvell on May 23rd, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Are you one of those people who prefers to type everything rather than write it? Is that because your handwriting looks like you’re writing with a pencil between your toes? Fear not, we’ve all got our problems (this left handed writer is technically ambidextrous given the atrocious output from both hands) and there are people who can help. One such group is Texas-based Deep Pocket Series, creator of Better Letters, a personal handwriting trainer. The app was released at the end of last year and has seen recognition in GQ among others for the unique way it helps users fix their substandard script. Of course, the app isn’t limited to adults, it also serves as a great trainer for kids. The app, available for iPhone and iPod touch, is currently being optimized for the iPad and in celebration of the international launch of Apple’s tablet, the company has announced a sale of Better Letters. Starting on May 30th and ending on May 31st, Better Letters will be available for $0.99, down from its full $2.99, so make sure you leave yourself a note on your calendar… or your iPhone calendar if you hope to read it.

How To Get 20% off Your App Store Purchases (Legally) - Part II

Posted by Jeff Scott on March 29th, 2010

Last year we brought you news that Best Buy had a great, but short sale on iTunes gift cards. These sale cards are a great way to get all of your app purchase on the app store at a discount. As a matter of fact, it's the only way to get a discount on the App Store. These iTunes gift card sales come few and far between. But for those of you in the US, there's a new sale you can take advantage of.

Now through April 2nd, Costco has $60 iTunes Gift Card packages on sale for $48.99, a nearly 20% savings. There is not tax on the cards at Costco -- at least not here in California, your local laws may vary. Also, Apple may or may not charge tax on the purchase, again depending on where you live.

There was an sign on the display at Costco that said limit 2 per member, but I bought 6 and got the full discount on each. Again, your local rules may vary.

With the iPad quickly approaching, this is a great way to add virtual money to your iTunes account to be ready to get all those new iPad apps. This also works for those of you without a credit card -- just use cash at Costco to get the cards.

If you head to Costco to get this deal, what was it like at your local Costco? Were they out of stock? Did they limit you to 2? Let us know in the comments.

Frugal Tip :: How to Buy Apps for 20% Off!

Posted by Jeff Scott on October 16th, 2009

In these tough economic times, finding the spare change in your couch to buy the latest $0.99 game gets tougher and tougher. So I'm going to try to make it a little easier for you. That is if you have $40 in spare change.

iTunes gift cards allow you to add a balance to your iTunes account without using a credit card. You can buy these gift cards at just about any retailer these days. And you can occasionally buy iTunes gift cards for a discount at retail stores.

In the US, Costco has iTunes gift cards for about 5% off their face value. There's no tax on gift cards (at least here in California), so to me that equals a 5% discount on apps. Of course you have to pay a membership for Costco if you don't already have one. If only there were another way...

Oh wait, there is! Occasionally iTunes gift cards go on sale at big box retailers. Right now, Best Buy has $50 iTunes gift cards on sale for $40. That's a 20% discount on apps. Buy 2 and you can get TomTom and $20 worth of games for $80 total!

You can't buy these discounted cards online though. You have to go to a BestBuy to get them. Most still have them in stock check here. Hurry, the BestBuy sale runs out on Saturday.

So now, you can get that $0.99 for $0.80. And if we all buy enough $0.99 games, our economic problems will be over. Right?