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Should You Buy an Intel Mac or Wait?

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Apple launched what very well may be the last Intel iMac this week, and while we haven’t had nearly enough time with it for a full review yet, early benchmark results reveal an absolute beast of a machine (even if our review unit is loaded with enough stuff to bring the price up to a whopping $4,500). If your old iMac has been showing its age or you’re just itching to have something new and nice in that hastily organized home office, you’re probably asking yourself if you should buy that new Intel iMac or if you should wait for an iMac with Apple’s own custom processor rumored to be just around the corner.

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While Apple has promised to start shipping Macs loaded with its own silicon later this year, it hasn’t said what those devices actually are, which makes deciding whether to wait or buy even more challenging.

There were early rumors that the iMac would be one of the first devices to get an Apple Silicon makeover. However, recent evidence points to the recently updated MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air, which was last updated in March, as being the first devices with Apple’s ARM-based CPU inside.

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But here’s the thing: For the first time in half a decade, Apple is actually in lockstep with Intel, releasing products that have the latest Intel processors inside. Traditionally, Apple products carried Intel CPUs a year or more out of date—in one truly egregious period, the company was trying to sell laptops with 5-year-old processors at full price.

But that’s not the case right now! If you buy an Apple device it’s going to have a (custom) Intel processor coming from the same generation as its competitors. Despite ARM being just around the river bend, there’s never really been a better time to buy an Apple laptop or desktop.

And no, you probably shouldn’t wait for those first few ARM Apple devices. Will a lot of us probably buy one just to play with them and use an excuse like, “I needed a second laptop anyways”? Undoubtedly. Should you buy the first generation of ARM-powered computers from Apple? Heavens, no!

As with cars, the first major redesign of a laptop tends to have…issues. My original Retina MacBook Pro died a slow death after a spate of display issues. I went through three replacements of a first-generation MacBook Pro with touch bar, and the biggest lemon device I’ve ever owned was a first-generation unibody iMac back in 2009. I keep buying these things because I really like new things, and also one time I touched a hot iron three times in a row before I realized it was hot, so you know I’m not always quick on the uptake.

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These devices often have a lot of kinks to work out, and early adopters are like unofficial beta testers. Even the most diligent in-house testing of laptops isn’t going to catch all the issues that will crop up when they go into wide release. There will be issues. Maybe they’ll be thermal issues. Maybe the new laptops will use some never-before-seen display connector, or a radically redesigned hinge. Who can say what the problem will be! But it will almost certainly exist and that means risking a lot of hours at the Apple Genius Bar.

So why, unless you’re my dumb ass, would you go and buy a brand new, (hopefully) totally redesigned iMac with a never-before-used-for-that-purpose processor, when you can instead get the best iMac Apple has made with Intel inside and wait until all the dust settles? You should never buy the first generation of a device unless you absolutely have to—but if you have thousands to blow, then by all means go off.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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