Keep track of all the best Apple deals
Black Friday is the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season, falling on the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. Many retailers offer steep discounts on popular items in order to attract customers, with Apple products frequently being included in these sales.
- Black Friday falls on November 28 this year
- Deals may be limited, so customers advised to shop early
Black Friday 2014
Black Friday, which takes place on November 28th this year, is a major shopping holiday in the United States. During the event, retailers around the country drop their prices on thousands of items, hoping to lure shoppers to their stores.
Apple products on the cheap are highly desired, and in recent years, retailers have offered some fantastic deals. We're gathering up a list of all the retailers, both online and in-store, offering discounts on iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks, Beats headphones, Apple accessories, software, and more.
This roundup will be updated on a daily basis as Black Friday approaches, and closer to the end of the week, we'll highlight the very best deals that are being offered this year so MacRumors readers know where to go for the best deals. If you spot a good deal or have a site offering a Black Friday discount, make sure to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's important to note that many of the deals listed below will be limited, especially those that are "doorbusters," or specific sales designed to draw people into a store. Deals like $100 off the iPad Air 2 at Best Buy will likely go quickly, as supplies tend to be limited, and some of these deals are limited to in-store purchases only.
For 2014, Apple is combining the Black Friday shopping holiday with its World AIDS day promotion, offering Product (RED) iTunes gift cards to customers who purchase a qualifying product on Black Friday either in store or online.
The gift cards, which vary in amount from $25 to $100, can be used in the U.S. iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, and iBooks Store. Apple's deals, listed below, are not as good as the deals the company offered last year and don't quite measure up to the deals being offered by other retailers, like Best Buy. Apple's deals, however, will be available in large quantities and good both in-store and online.iPhone
All iMac, Retina iMac, MacBook Pro, Retina MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air purchases will come with a $100 gift card. Mac deals, especially on custom machines, are harder to come by than deals on iPads and iPhones, making this gift with purchase a solid deal.
MacMall will be offering deals on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores beginning at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, November 26. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.
MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off.
Unlike many resellers, MacMall offers Apple machines with a variety of custom configurations, much like the online Apple Store. We've listed a sampling of popular machines below, but MacMall's full range of discounts can be found on its website.
2014 Retina MacBook Pro
- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB128GB - $1,197, $102 off
- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,397, $102 off
- 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB - $1,697, $102 off
- 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB - $1,829, $170 off
- 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB - $2,298, $201 off
2014 MacBook Air
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB - $798, $101 off
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $998, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB - $898, $101 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB - $1,098, $101 off
- 13---3-inch 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB - $1,368, $81 off
- 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB - $998, $101 off
- 21.5-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,198, $101 off
- 21.5-inch 2.9Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,398, $101 off
- 27-inch 3.2Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,698, $101 off
- 27-inch 3.4Ghz/8GB/1TB - $1,878, $121 off
- 27-Inch Retina 3.5 GHz/8 GB RAM/1 TB - $2,348, $151 off
The site is also offering discounts on several different Mac and iPad/iPhone accessories, such as the LaCie 20TB Thunderbolt External Hard Drive, which is available for $1,119.99, a discount of $779, and the ASUS 31.5-inch 4K monitor, available for $1,469.99, a discount of $530. A full list of MacMall's accessory deals can be found in the Black Friday section of its website.
Sam's Club will begin offering deals before Black Friday even begins, with some of its iPhone discounts available as early as November 15. The retailer will begin offering online deals on Thursday, November 27, with in-store deals beginning on Friday, November 28 at 7am.iPhone
That brings the cost of those models to $99 (16GB), $199 (64GB), $299 (128GB).iPad
Sam's Club will be offering the original 16GB WiFi-only iPad Air for $299, which is a $100 discount off the regular price. The deal, though limited in supply, will be available online and in stores on Thursday, November 27.
Sam's Club will also be selling the original 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Air for $429, a discount of $100.
Most Target locations will be opening on Thursday, November 27 at 6 p.m., well ahead of when Black Friday traditionally begins, but customers are encouraged to call their local stores to confirm hours. Target will offer an additional 5% off all purchases with the Target REDcard.
Target is offering gift cards with purchase for its line of iPads, providing up to $140 in store credit depending on the model purchased. Deals are available online and in stores, but supplies are limited.
- Original iPad Air, any capacity (pricing starting at $399) - $100 gift card
- iPad mini, any capacity (pricing starting at $249) - $100 gift card
- iPad mini 3, any capacity (pricing starting at $399) - $100 gift card
- iPad Air 2, any capacity (pricing starting at $499) - $140 gift card
- Apple TV - $89, $10 off
- iTunes gift cards - Buy One Get One 30% off
- Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones - $97, $73 off
- Beats by Dre Studio headphones - $250, $50 off
- 32GB fifth-generation iPod touch - $249 + $50 gift card
Best Buy stores across the country will open up at 5 p.m. on November 28, which is Thanksgiving Day. The stores will stay open until 1 a.m., before closing again until 8 a.m. on Friday, November 28, aka Black Friday. Most deals will be available both online and in stores, but supplies are limited.
Best Buy is discounting all iPad Air 2 models by $100, which drops the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 to $399, the best deal we've seen so far. The $100 off discount extends to all cellular and Wi-Fi models in all colors and capacities.
Best Buy is also offering discounts on select MacBook Pro, Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and non-Retina iMac models as listed below.
- 13.3-inch Non-Retina MacBook Pro - $899.99, $200 off
- 21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB iMac - $899.99, $200 off
- 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air - $779.99, $120 off
- 13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB MacBook Air - $1,049.99, $150 off
- 13.3-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB Retina MacBook Pro - $1,349.99, $150 off
- 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB iMac - $1,649.99, $150 off
Best Buy is offering the 16GB iPhone 6 for $100 with a two-year contract.
B&H Photo has already begun discounting some items online, offering the new Retina iMac and the Mac Pro at the lowest prices we've seen yet. According to the site, it has a limited supply of machines available at a discounted price. The B&H SuperStore retail location in New York will be open on Thanksgiving day beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.Retina iMac
The 6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB Mac Pro is available from B&H Photo for $3,499, a discount of $500.Retina MacBook Pro
The 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB Retina MacBook Pro is available for $1,699.99, a discount of $300.
- 16GB 5th generation iPod touch - $149, $50 off
- 16GB iPod nano - $119.99, $30 off
- Apple TV - $89, $10 off + $10 gift card
- $100 iTunes gift card - $85, $15 off
- Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones - $79.99, $90 off
- Beats by Dre Studio headphones - $199.99, $100 off
- Beats by Dre urBeats - $59.99, $40 off
Walmart will be extending Black Friday beyond a single day, offering Black Friday deals for a five day period that begins on Thursday, November 27. Walmart will kick off its Black Friday deals at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, with certain products being discounted at different times. Most of Walmart's deals are available both in store and online.iPad
Starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, Walmart will sell the original 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini for $199, a $50 discount off of Apple's pricing. The tablet will also come with a $30 Walmart gift card.
Starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, Walmart will sell the first-generation 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air for $397 ($2 off Apple's pricing), offering a $100 gift card with the purchase.iPhone
On Friday, beginning at 6 a.m., Walmart is offering the 16GB iPhone 6 for $179 ($20 off Apple's price), with a $75 gift card. Walmart is also selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for $79 ($20 off Apple's price), with a $75 gift card.
Qualified buyers who purchase an iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 using AT&T Next or Verizon Edge can get the device with $0 down. Walmart's iPhone deals are in-store only.
- 16GB iPod touch - $195, $5 off + $30 gift card
- $30 Tunes gift card multipack (in store) - $25, $5 off
- Beats by Dre UrBeats Earbuds - $89.95, $10 off
- Beats by Dre Solo headphones - $99.95, $70 off
- Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker - $99.95, $100 off
- Fitbit Flex - $69, $30 off
- Otterbox Defender iPhone Case - $29, $17.88 off
Staples is planning to offer its Black Friday deals for an entire week, beginning on Sunday, November 23 and lasting until Friday, November 28. Staples' deals will be available both in its retail stores and online.iPad
Staples will be selling the original 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for $319, a savings of $80. Staples will also have the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 for $239, a $60 savings, and the fourth-generation Wi-Fi only iPad with Retina display for $279, a $70 savings.
- Apple TV - $79 ($20 off)
- Jawbone UP - $79.99 plus $25 Visa gift card
- Jawbone UP24 - $99.99 plus $25 Visa gift card ($30 off)
- Fitbit Zip - $59.99 plus $25 Visa gift card
- Fitbit One - $99.99 plus $25 Visa gift card
- Fitbit Flex - $99.99 plus $25 Visa gift card
- Beats Solo HD Drenched headphones - $99.99 ($70 off)
- $50 or more in iTunes gift cards - 15% off
- Speck cases for iPad Air and iPad mini - 50% off
- Zagg screen protectors for iPad and iPhone - 40% off
RadioShack doesn't have deals on Apple products like iPads, but it is discounting several Apple-related accessories. RadioShack will open its doors at 8 a.m. on Thursday, November 27, and its deals will be available in stores and online.
- Apple TV - $85 ($15 off)
- 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch - $149 ($50 off)
- Beats Solo HD Drenched headphones - $69.99 with mail-in rebate ($100 off)
- iTunes gift cards (In-store only) - 15% off
Toys R Us will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 27, and will offer a limited number of Apple-related deals in its stores and online.
- 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch - $149.99 ($50 off)
hhgregg is offering a store-wide gift card with purchase based on spending amount. Customers that spend $499 to $999 can get a $50 card, and card value goes up to $500 with a $5000 purchase. hhgregg is also offering deals on some Apple products and while the store will kick off Black Friday sales at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 27, Apple deals won't be available until 7 a.m. on Friday, November 28. Deals will be available in store and online.iPad
Twelve South's deals are still under wraps, but the retailer is planning to offer some major discounts on its products. According to Twelve South, it'll be offering some of the biggest deals in company history on some of its best-selling products.
We'll update this post as soon as more information becomes available and Twelve South fans can also find out more about the discounts in an email newsletter that will be going out right at 12 a.m. on Friday, November 28. The deals will last until 3 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday.
Speck will be offering 25 percent off many of its products site wide during the Black Friday weekend and through Cyber Monday. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases are excluded.
Mac mini and Mac Pro owners can send their machines in to be used for hosting, and with the Mac mini, there's also a rent to own option.
ProClip is offering 20 percent off all of its phone/tablet holders and mounts through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 12/1 with the promo code 20THANKS.
CableJive is offering 20 percent off all of its products like CableClips, stands, and Lightning cables with the promo code 2014BF.
Sonos, a manufacturer of high-quality audio systems designed to work with Apple Products, is offering discounts on purchases made on its website.
Customers who purchase a Play:1 ($199), Play:3 ($299), Play:5 ($399), or Playbar ($699) will receive an Sonos gift card ranging in value from $20 to $50, based on purchase price. The gift card can be put towards a future Sonos purchase.
Sonos is also partnering with select retailers to offer discounts. At Best Buy, Playbar purchases will come with a free Playbar mount. At Target, the Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, and Playbar will come with a $25 to $50 iTunes gift card. At Amazon, a purchase of the four products will come with an Amazon gift card ranging in value from $20 to $50.
Sonos's deals will last through the holiday season, ending on Sunday, December 27.
- Duet: $475 (20% off)
- JAM: $69 (30% off)
- ONE: $249 (28% off)
- MiC: $129 (35% off)
- ONE for Mac: $174 (30% off)
- GiO: $197 (50% off)
- Ensemble: $798 (60% off)
- Symphony I/O 2x6: $1799 (10% off)
All of Apogee's Black Friday refurbished deals with the exception of the Symphony also come with a free 2-year extended warranty upgrade.
Karma, a pocket-sized Wi-Fi hotspot that provides internet anywhere in the U.S., will be $50 off, dropping the price on the device to $99. Karma offers a pay-as-you-go connection that's powered by Sprint.
Hyper, a site that sells a range of battery packs and other accessories for Apple devices, will be offering a selection of discounts on its products. The Micro 3,200 mAh battery pack is discounted to $9.99, down from $49.99, and the 7,200 mAh version is available for $19.99, down from $69.99. The discounts will kick in at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday and last through cyber Monday.
iPhone and iPad skin site Slickwraps will be offering 50 percent off site wide beginning on Friday, November 28 at 12:00 a.m. Central Time with the code BLACK2014. The deal will last for four hours.
Softorino, the company behind the WALTR app that makes it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iOS device, is offering an exclusive discount for MacRumors readers. While the company will be offering WALTR to everyone for 30 percent off, MacRumors readers can get an extra 19 percent off, dropping the price of the software down to $15.27. The discount will be available using this link from November 27 until November 29.
MotionVFX.com, a site that offers plugins and Apple Motion Templates for Final Cut Pro, will be discounting all of its products by 40 percent with the code BLACKFRIDAY. MotionVFX's deals will be good until Tuesday, December 2.
MacPhun is offering a bundle that includes all of its image editing apps for the Mac at a discount plus a $25 iTunes gift card. Snapheal, Tonality, Focus, Intensify, and FX Photo Studio are included, and the whole bundle is priced at $129.99, which MacPhun says is a discount of $80. The apps are also available individually from the Mac App Store at discounted prices.
Garmin is discounting its navigation apps for iOS by 50 percent across the board, dropping the price of Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA to $24.99 and the North America version to $29.99. NAVIGON USA is also discounted to $24.99, and NAVIGON North America is available for $29.99.
Flexibits is discounting its line of popular calendar apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac by up to 65 percent. Fantastical 2 for the iPad is available for $4.99, Fantastical 2 for iPhone is available for $1.99, and Fantastical for Mac is available for $9.99.
Benchmarking app GeekBench 3 for the Mac will be available for 40 percent off its regular price of $9.99 from the Mac App Store [Direct Link] and Geekbench 3 for iOS, normally priced at $0.99, will be available for free. [Direct Link]
More App Deals
Black Friday is often thought of as a U.S. holiday due to its proximity to Thanksgiving, but in recent years, other countries have also begun offering Black Friday shopping deals. Several sites in the U.K. will be offering product discounts, which we've gathered up below.
AyeGear will be offering 20 percent off of its range of garments designed to hold the iPhone and the iPad, included the Travel Vest V23, the AyeGear Hoodie H13, and the AyeGear Tshirt T5. Prices begin at £29.99.
Many of the Apple items listed are what stores like to call "Doorbusters" as they are products that are designed to get people in the store. These are often the store's best deals and tend to be very popular. People have been known to line up for several hours to be first in line to take advantage of one of the better deals, which means stock on a lot of Black Friday items could be limited. For example, Best Buy is offering a very appealing $100 off deal on the iPad Air 2, which could cause supplies to run out quickly, so shoppers are advised to get to stores early.
National retailers like Apple and Best Buy charge local sales tax on all orders, so when making an online order, it is best to consider all sales tax options. Ordering from smaller online retailers can be a benefit, as not all stores charge sales tax in all states. Customers in states where retailers do not collect sales tax may, however, be required to pay a calculated or estimated "use tax" on out-of-state purchases as part of their income tax filings.
Local sales taxes are automatically charged for online orders from the following retailers in the following states:
- MacMall: California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin
- Amazon: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
- H.H. Gregg: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
States with no sales tax: Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, Delaware, Oregon
If you're looking for a specific deal on a product, many sites that aggregate all available Black Friday deals offer useful search deals to find the absolute best price available. BFAds.net, for example, lets users easily search through a wide selection of available discounts.
Cyber Monday 2014
Cyber Monday follows Black Friday, and sees many retailers offering significant deals and discounts online. We're gathering up the best Cyber Monday deals, which can be found below.
PowerSkin will be offering its 2,000mAh Pop'n Battery Pack for the iPhone 5 for one cent, plus $7.99 in shipping with the code PENNY. The chargers are normally priced at $59.99, and customers can order one unit per email address. While the battery pack is listed for the iPhone 5, it does work for the iPhone 6, but it charges slower than the company's 4,000 mAh iPhone 6 version.
Speck will be offering 25 percent off many of its products site wide during the Black Friday weekend and through Cyber Monday. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases are excluded.
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