Apple Watch Ultra now a better value at $700, first FineWoven MagSafe Wallet deals at $56, more – 9to5Mac

Apple Watch Ultra now a better value at $700, first FineWoven MagSafe Wallet deals at $56, more – 9to5Mac

Don’t need the new Ultra 2? A discount on last year’s Apple Watch Ultra at $700 makes for a far better value to headline all of today’s best deals. It’s joined by the first discounts on Apple’s all-new FineWoven MagSafe Wallet at $56, as well as a chance to save on HomePod 2 at $285. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Apple Watch Ultra down to $700

Amazon is now offering the Apple Watch Ultra for $700 with an Alpine Loop band. Down from the usual $799 price tag, today’s offer arrives with $99 in savings attached. It’s the first price cut since the new Ultra 2 wearable was revealed and offers much of the same rugged form-factor at a more affordable price tag. Apple Watch Ultra is the original version of Apple’s most capable wearable with an even more rugged design than its flagship Series 8 counterpart; everything about that improved feature set is packed into a titanium case that encircles the larger 49mm screen that’s the brightest Always-On Retina display yet. We break everything down below the fold, including how it compares to the new Ultra 2.

Apple Watch Ultra also sports a more distinct side module that encompasses the usual Digital Crown, as well as a secondary, customizable action button to round out the form-factor adjustments. There’s also a 100-meter water-resistance rating, as well as 36-hour battery life, dual-frequency GPS, and everything else you can read about over in our hands-on piece.

As for how it compares to the new Apple Watch Ultra 2, you’re not missing all too much. There is the new S9 chip at the center of the fitness tracking experience, as well as the new pinch gesture recognition, but you’re largely looking at the same wearable as the discounted model above.

Apple’s all-new FineWoven MagSafe Wallet see first discounts

After seeing the first discounts go live on Apple’s new iPhone 15 series cases, the savings also carry over to the new FineWoven MagSafe Wallet. Landing in four different colors on Amazon at $56, today’s offer lets you score your new handset one of the matching accessories for less than its $59 retail price.

If you’re going to be picking one of these up anyway, you might as well save some extra cash along the way. Apple’s new FineWoven MagSafe Wallet replaces the original leather offering as the company looks to transition away from using the less sustainable material. In its place is the new woven textile that is made from 68 percent post-consumer recycled material. Otherwise, it’s still a MagSafe wallet with room for two cards in its pouch.

HomePod 2 first impressions

Apple’s new HomePod 2 sees rare discount to $285

Apple’s new HomePod 2 is now dropping down to $285 at B&H. We’ve hardly seen any price cuts on the brand’s latest Siri smart speaker, and now it’s dropping from the usual $299 price tag. This is one of the first new condition offers so far, arriving at the second-best price. It’s within $6 of the low from back in May, too. The Midnight black model sells for $289, as well. We’ve seen refurbished models and member-only sales for less, but these are some of the best offers available to all. 

Apple’s new HomePod 2 delivers much of the same hi-fi listening as before, just with a refreshed build to go alongside the second-generation status. There’s still Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos support to complement the beamforming sound and room sensing tech that automatically tunes drivers to your surroundings. New this time around is onboard Thread and Matter support to complement all of Siri’s smart home prowess, as well as a U1 chip for quick music handoff. Apple has built a temperature and humidity sensor into the speaker, all of which is powered by a new S7 chip that results in better sounding audio than the original model.

Apple’s latest 10.9-inch iPad returns to all-time low

B&H is now offering the best price to date on Apple’s latest 10.9-inch 10th Generation iPad. Now dropping the Wi-Fi 64GB model down to $379 shipped in silver and blue styles, today’s offer lands with $70 in savings from the usual $449 going rate. This is only the second time it has dropped this low, matching the discount we saw back on Prime Day. You’re also looking at an extra $20 in savings from our previous mention. 

Apple’s latest 10.9-inch iPad was just refreshed right before winter with a more colorful design and more mid-range specs that make this quite the compelling alternative to the more Pro side of the lineup. Powered by the A14 Bionic chip, the whole experience is centered around a 10-inch Liquid Retina display backed by True Tone. Then packed within that new form-factor are many of the staples we’ve come to expect like Touch ID in the power button, a 12MP UltraWide camera with Center Stage that now arrives in a design that’s dedicated more towards landscape usage, as well as Wi-Fi and 5G for more flexible connectivity.

Apple’s standard Magic Keyboard hits $70

Woot is now offering the Apple Magic Keyboard for $70. Delivery will run you $6 otherwise. Normally fetching $99 – like you’ll pay at Amazon right now – today’s offer amounts to $29 in savings. This is the first discount since back in March, and a new 2023 low at $10 under that mention. Apple’s standard Magic Keyboard is a notable way to bring that first-party polish to your desktop workstation. The perfect companion to your Mac mini or to convert a MacBook into more of a home office machine, this keyboard has Apple’s latest scissor key switches and a Lightning port on the front for recharging the internal battery.

Best trade-in deals

9to5Mac also keeps tabs on all the best trade-in deals on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch, and more every month. Be sure to check out this month’s best trade-in deals when you decide it’s time to upgrade your device, or simply head over to our trade-in partner directly if you want to recycle, trade, or sell your used devices for cash and support 9to5Mac along the way!

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