Podcast 2143 – Best Deals for iPhone 13 or 12, Chip Shortage and Starlink, and Black Friday ALREADY!

Lively conversation on Black Friday Sales starting right after Halloween. How to figure if the iPhone 12 or the iPhone 13 is your best buy. Chip shortage is affecting not just cars but “stars” as well  and Tales of the IT Guy with Mike Brennan with MI Tech News. Well worth the listen.



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Reported by CNet

Buy an iPhone 13 or iPhone 12? How to decide what’s best for you

Apple’s new and improved iPhone is here. The iPhone 13, which debuted at the company’s September event, runs on iOS 15 and features a bunch of camera upgrades, longer battery life, upped storage and a new A15 Bionic processor. But now that the iPhone 13 is available for purchase, does it still make sense to buy an iPhone 12?

The iPhone 13 mirrors last year’s iPhone 12 lineup with standard, MiniPro and Pro Maxversions. (Here are all the differences between the iPhone 13 models, and here are CNET’s reviews of the iPhone 13, 13 Mini13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.)

If you’re on the fence as to which path to take, that’s understandable. But don’t stress. This guide spells out if you should consider buying an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13depending on your needs. You can also consider the older iPhone 11 or iPhone SE. This way you can feel confident you’ve made the right call.

Here are the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 prices compared:


64GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
iPhone 12 $699 $749 $849 NA
iPhone 13 NA $799 $899 $1,099




Reported By PC Magazine.

Starlink Website Nixes ‘Beta’ Wording, Warns Chip Shortage Is Delaying Orders

SpaceX has updated the official Starlink website to note that the chip shortage is delaying orders for the satellite internet service.

A new Support/FAQ section added to the Starlink website on Thursday night includes a question on when customers will receive the Starlink satellite dish, which is necessary to connect to the broadband system.

“Silicon shortages have delayed production which has impacted our ability to fulfill orders,” the FAQ says. “Please visit your Account page for the most recent estimate on when you can expect your order to be fulfilled.”



Reported By Toms Guide.

Best Black Friday deals 2021 — biggest early sales and what to expect



Get ready. New Black Friday deals are rolling out every day. Although Thanksgiving is still a few days off, major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are unveiling previews of their Black Friday deals for 2021.

Early sales include smart TVs from $99 at Amazon, Chromebooks from $99 at Best Buy, and up to 50% off toys at Walmart. One of our favorite early deals comes via Amazon, which has a wide range of smart TVs on sale from $99. We’re also starting to see an uptick in Black Friday mattress deals from the likes of Purple, Saatva, and Casper.

Plus, with stock shortages, labor shortages, and shipping delays occurring worldwide, we’re recommending consumers make their holiday purchases as early as possible. That way shoppers can avoid delays or bottlenecks that may arise in mid-November.


Early Black Friday deals: Quick links




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