The holiday shopping season is now upon us, with this week's news being dominated by Black Friday deals that started popping up early in the week and will carry on into next week, so make sure to check out our coverage to find the best prices on gear for Apple fans.

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Black Friday wasn't the only topic of discussion this week, however, as other popular stories including Apple revealing that it's pushed back the launch of digital IDs in the Wallet app to early 2022, Android users getting an update to improve the handling of iMessage reactions, and Tim Cook discussing Apple's recently announced self-service repair program. Read on for details on these stories and more!

Best Black Friday Deals on Apple Watch, AirPods Pro, MacBook Pro, and More

Black Friday has unofficially kicked off the holiday shopping season with many discounts on Apple products available from resellers like Amazon and Target. We've rounded up noteworthy sales on the AirPods, AirPods Pro, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, Macs, Apple gift cards, accessories, and more. For additional deals, make sure to check out our Black Friday deals roundup.

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Apple is also running its annual four-day shopping event on Black Friday through Cyber Monday in the United States and several other countries, with customers able to receive a free Apple gift card with the purchase of select products through November 29.

Apple Delays iOS 15 Feature for Adding Your Driver's License to Your iPhone Until Early 2022

Apple has revealed that an upcoming iOS 15 and watchOS 8 feature that will let you add your driver's license or state ID to your iPhone and Apple Watch has been delayed until early 2022.

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The feature will be available in the U.S. only at launch, with Apple having previously announced the first states that plan to support the feature. Our story covers everything we know about Apple's digital ID feature so far.

iMessage Reactions Will No Longer Annoy Android Users Thanks to Emoji Change

Android users will finally be able to see iMessage reactions like a heart or thumbs up properly thanks to a recent change to Google's Messages app that displays the reactions as emoji.

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Prior to the change, iMessage reactions would appear as a subsequent text message on Android devices, such as [Contact Name] "Loved" [Text of the Original Message], which was both confusing and repetitive.

Tim Cook Discusses Apple's New Do-It-Yourself Repair Program and More

Apple recently announced a new self-service repair program that will provide customers with access to Apple genuine parts, tools, and manuals for completing their own repairs of select devices, starting with iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models early next year.

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Apple's self-service repair program will include repair manuals on the Apple Support website and an online parts and tools store for customers that will be operated by a third party.

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his thoughts on the self-service repair program in an interview with KTLA's Rich DeMuro.

Spotify Users Growing Impatient and Canceling Subscriptions Over Lack of Native HomePod Support

Spotify users are growing impatient with the streaming music service over its lack of native HomePod support, pushing several customers to the brink of canceling their subscriptions entirely and moving to alternative platforms, such as Apple Music.

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Apple has allowed third-party streaming music services to natively support the HomePod since 2020, but Spotify has yet to enable the feature, which would allow users to use Siri to play Spotify content from their ‌HomePod‌ without opening the app.

Apple Sues NSO Group Over State-Sponsored Spyware Targeting iOS Users

Apple this week filed a lawsuit against NSO Group to "hold it accountable" for state-sponsored spyware targeting Apple users. Apple said it is also contributing $10 million to organizations pursuing cybersurveillance research and advocacy.

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Apple said it is notifying the "small number of users" worldwide that it discovered may have been targeted. Apple has shared a support document outlining how it will notify those users "in accordance with industry best practices."

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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Astropad to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Luna Display adapter that can turn an extra Mac or iPad into a secondary display for a primary Mac or even a Windows PC.

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Priced at $130, the Luna Display adapter is designed to plug into a Mac or a PC using a USB-C port on newer machines, a Mini DisplayPort (older Macs), or an HDMI port (PCs), and when paired with the Luna Display software, a main Mac or PC can be connected to an ‌iPad‌ or another Mac using WiFi.

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With this setup, you can take advantage of older hardware or add an extra display to your workflow without having to spend money on another device. It's especially useful for those who have makeshift work-from-home setups that could make use of an extra device.

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The Luna Display extends a Mac or PC's display to a secondary Mac or ‌iPad‌. There's an ‌iPad‌ to Mac mode, an ‌iPad‌ to PC mode, a Mac to Mac mode, and a PC to Mac mode. For the USB-C version of the Luna Display, it can be used interchangeably between Macs and PCs thanks to a software update that came out earlier this year.

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For those who have a Mac mini or Mac Pro, Luna Display has a "headless" mode that allows another Mac or ‌iPad‌ to be used as the main display for one of these display-less machines.

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The Luna Display apps are designed to support both PCs and Macs, and the recent update also made the software faster on Apple's M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max machines. Macs and PCs have the same features when used with Luna Display, such as Teleprompter mode for an ‌iPad‌ connected to a main machine. Astropad is also working on 5K display support, a feature that is coming by the end of 2021.

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Apple has designed a Sidecar function for using an ‌iPad‌ as a secondary device for a Mac, but it's much more limited than what Luna Display can do because it only works with a Mac and an ‌iPad‌. Luna Display supports Mac-to-Mac, PC-to-Mac, and PC-to-iPad connectivity in addition to Mac-to-iPad functionality.

It's also worth noting that ‌Sidecar‌ is limited to newer devices, while Luna Display is compatible with older iPads and Macs that don't support the ‌Sidecar‌ feature. Luna Display also offers full native resolution, which is not available with the Mac to Mac AirPlay feature that Apple added in macOS Monterey, plus it connects over Ethernet or Thunderbolt in addition to WiFi for faster speeds.

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Luna Display provides full keyboard, trackpad, and mouse support on both connected machines in Mac-to-Mac mode or PC-to-Mac mode, plus it has full native support for Apple silicon Macs. On the ‌iPad‌, there's full support for touch gestures, Apple Pencil, and keyboards.

The dongle works with 2013 and newer Macs running macOS 10.11 El Capitan or later, as well as iPads running iOS 9.1 or later.

We have five of the USB-C Luna Display adapters to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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Luna Display Giveaway

The contest will run from today (November 26) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 3. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 3 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

While the Luna Display is normally priced at $130, there is a Black Friday discount that's available. Astropad is discounting the Luna Display by 30 percent, dropping the price to $91, plus free worldwide shipping is available, making it an ideal time to pick one up.

Synaptics today released a new beta version of DisplayLink Manager for macOS with long-awaited support for external display rotation on M1 Macs. A company representative said a final release is planned by late December provided that beta testing is successful.

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DisplayLink adapters have proven popular with M1 models of the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, as they allow for multiple external displays to be connected, despite Apple's tech specs indicating that the notebooks only support one external display. DisplayLink Manager helps with setting up external displays via DisplayLink.

As seen in the above screenshot shared on Reddit, the new version of DisplayLink Manager allows for external displays connected to an M1 Mac with DisplayLink adapters or docks to be used in both landscape and portrait orientations.

DisplayLink Manager 1.6 beta is compatible with all macOS Monterey and macOS Big Sur versions and is free to download on the Synaptics website.

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models officially support up to two external displays with the M1 Pro chip, or up to four external displays with the M1 Max chip, without the use of DisplayLink adapters or other workarounds.

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Black Friday is in full swing today, and in this article we're highlighting some of the best deals that you can find online among popular third-party accessory makers like Twelve South, Nomad, Satechi, and many more. Visit our Black Friday Roundup for a deeper dive into the best sales going on today.

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Many Black Friday deals are known to sell out fast, so keep that in mind when browsing our posts and shopping online today. If you see something you're interested in, be sure to snag it quickly.

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Cellular carriers have always offered big savings on the newest iPhone models in holidays past, and Black Friday 2021 is no different. Right now we're tracking notable offers on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro devices from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. For even more savings, keep an eye on older models like iPhone SE.

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If you're looking for something other than iPhones, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2021 Roundup for all of the best deals and discounts happening today.

Need Help Deciding?

Read our buyer's guides comparing your various options.

For full details on each iPhone, explore our roundups.

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AT&T

AT&T began offering its Black Friday sales last week, and with them you can get an iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, or iPhone 13 mini at no cost with a trade in and installment plan. You can also get $1,000 off the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the same requirements.

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For Apple Watch, if you purchase two Apple Watch models you can save up to $330 when each are also purchased on an installment plan. These offers will run through the end of November and more information can be found in AT&T's press release.

There are also a few prepaid deals, where you can get the iPhone SE for $99.99 for new customers who transfer their number and sign up for an unlimited plan. Additionally, new Cricket Wireless customers can get a 64GB iPhone XR for $49.99.

T-Mobile/Sprint

Similar to AT&T, T-Mobile began its Black Friday discounts last week, and they'll be available through the end of the month. The highlight of the sale is a free iPhone 13 Pro, a free pair of AirPods 2, and a free year of Apple TV+ when you trade in an eligible device and place the iPhone 13 Pro on a Magenta MAX plan.

You can also switch out the iPhone 13 Pro for up to $1,000 off the iPhone 12 or another model of the iPhone 13. This deal will be received via 30 monthly bill credits on T-Mobile's zero interest Equipment Installment Plan. The AirPods 2 offer will be received via rebate.

You can also get half off a new iPhone 13 Pro and half off the AirPods 2 if you opt for any postpaid consumer plan, and trade in an eligible device. At half off, you can also opt for up to $500 off iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. For iPhones, you can also BOGO for free on any two iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 models.

The 40mm Apple Watch SE is available for $99 and the 44mm model is $149 via 24 monthly bill credits on an Equipment Installment Plan. More information about all of these deals can be found in T-Mobile's press release and on the company's website.

Verizon

Verizon is routinely a solid place to find great deals on Apple-related accessories, and this remains true for Black Friday. The retailer has up to 50 percent off select accessories, and in this sale you'll find MagSafe-compatible products, headphones, wireless chargers, iPhone cases, and more.

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For cellular plans, deals are somewhat similar to other carriers. You can get up to $1,000 when you trade in your old smartphone and purchase an iPhone 13 model. There are also some solid iPhone 12 deals, like a BOGO free offer and a free iPhone 12 mini with any Unlimited plan.

For iPads, Verizon is offering up to $300 off eligible tablets when purchased at the same time as an iPhone. Similarly, you can get up to $150 off an Apple Watch when purchased at the same time as an iPhone. All of these deals can be found on Verizon's website and will last through the end of the month.

Visible

The Verizon-owned Visible brand has a solid deal of its own this season, offering a virtual gift card worth up to $200 and a free pair of AirPods Pro or Beats Studio Buds when you join Visible.

You'll need to sign up for Visible by bringing your current phone or purchasing a new one on Visible's website, transfer your number, set up your SIM card, and make service payments for three months.

Afterwards, Visible will e-mail you instructions for choosing a virtual gift card and redeeming your option of earbuds. Gift card options include Best Buy, Target, Mastercard, Lowe's, Uber Eats, and much more.

Earbuds options include AirPods Pro, Beats Studio Buds, or Google Pixel Buds. Visible offers monthly plans for as low as $25/month, and you can see more information about all of these deals on the company's website.

Retailers

  • Target - Get up to $250 off iPhone 12 and 13 when adding new line; get up to $140 Target gift card with in-store activation of an iPhone SE
  • Walmart - Get up to $750 in eGift cards with activation and purchase of iPhone 12 and iPhone 13
  • Best Buy - Save up to $1,000 on iPhone 13 when trading in and activating on Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

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The Apple Watch always makes a great gift around the holiday season, and for Black Friday 2021 we're tracking a few solid offers on numerous models of the Apple Watch. In this article, you'll find the best Black Friday sales on the new Apple Watch 7, but the best money-saving discounts will be found on older models like the Apple Watch Series 3 and SE.

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If you're looking for something other than Apple Watch, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2021 Roundup for all of the best deals and discounts happening today.

Need Help Deciding?

Read our buyer's guides comparing your various options.

For full details on each Apple Watch, explore our roundups.

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Apple Watch Series 7

Straight cash discounts on the Apple Watch Series 7 can be found on Amazon this year. We've listed the best ones below, and the most you'll currently find reach up to $19 off the GPS models.

If you want a Cellular device, there are some solid offers at various carriers. AT&T has $330 off Apple Watch models when purchasing two at once. These will need to be added on a qualifying installment plan and you'll need to add at least one new line.

At Verizon you can get up to $200 off Series 7 models when trading in a previous smartwatch and purchasing the new wearable on a new plan. You can get this same offer on the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE.

  • GPS 45mm Starlight Aluminum/Starlight Sport Band - $419.99 at Amazon ($9 off)
  • GPS 45mm (Product)Red Aluminum/(Product)Red Sport Band - $409 at Amazon ($20 off)
  • GPS 41mm Starlight Aluminum/Starlight Sport Band - $379.99 at Amazon ($19 off)
  • GPS 41mm Green Aluminum/Clover Sport Band - $379.99 at Amazon ($19 off)
  • GPS 41mm Blue Aluminum/Abyss Sport Band - $379.99 at Amazon ($9 off)
  • GPS 41mm (Product)Red Aluminum/(Product)Red Sport Band - $379.99 at Amazon ($19 off)

Apple Watch Series 3

The best all-around Apple Watch Series 3 deal this Black Friday can be found at Walmart, which discounted the 38mm GPS Series 3 model to just $109.00, down from $199.00. The retailer also had the 42mm GPS Series 3 model on sale for $139.00, down from $229.00.

Unfortunately, this deal has been fluctuating all week and we haven't seen it return for a few days now. There may be a restock sometime today, however, so be sure to keep checking Walmart if you're interested.

Apple Watch SE

Similar to the Series 3, if you're willing to opt for an older model of the Apple Watch, you can find great deals this Black Friday. Target is offering the 40mm GPS Apple Watch SE for $219.99, down from $279.00. The 44mm GPS model is on sale for $249.99, down from $309.00.

These deals are both all-time low prices on the Apple Watch SE, and you can find similar sales at Best Buy this Black Friday. Target shoppers should remember that you can get an additional 5 percent off your order with the Target RedCard.

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

Although Black Friday sales began as early as October in 2021, the shopping holiday is now officially underway and we're highlighting the best sales for each of Apple's product lines. In this article, you'll find the best Black Friday sales on iPad Pro and iPad mini.

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These sales include numerous all-time low prices and some steep discounts, but this year iPad Black Friday discounts aren't as numerous. The biggest discounts come from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and in total you can get up to $250 off iPad Pro this week. Typically, most sales can be found on Amazon below, but a few other retailers are matching, or offering their own discounts.

If you're looking for something other than iPads, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2021 Roundup for all of the best deals and discounts happening today.

Need Help Deciding?

Read our buyer's guides comparing your various options.

For full details on each iPad, explore our roundups.

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11-Inch iPad Pro (2021)

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  • 128GB Wi-Fi - $749.99 at Amazon ($49 off)
  • 1TB Wi-Fi - $1,399.99 at Amazon ($99 off)
  • 2TB Wi-Fi - $1,648.99 at Amazon ($250 off, lowest ever)
  • 2TB Cellular - $1,999.99 at Amazon ($99 off)

12.9-Inch iPad Pro (2021)

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  • 128GB Wi-Fi - $999.00 at Amazon ($100 off, lowest ever)
  • 256GB Wi-Fi - $1,099.00 at Amazon ($100 off)
  • 512GB Wi-Fi - $1,249.00 at Amazon ($150 off, lowest ever)
  • 1TB Wi-Fi - $1,649.00 at Amazon ($150 off, lowest ever)
  • 2TB Wi-Fi - $2,049.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)
  • 128GB Cellular - $1,199.99 at Amazon ($99 off)
  • 256GB Cellular - $1,299.99 at Amazon ($99 off, lowest ever)
  • 1TB Cellular - $1,849.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)

iPad mini 6 (2021)

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  • Cellular 64GB - $629.98 at Amazon ($19 off)
  • Cellular 256GB - $779.98 at Amazon ($19 off)

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

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Black Friday 2021 kicked off earlier this morning, and solid deals across Apple's product lineup are available online right now. Although you won't find particularly steep deals on the HomePod mini this year, if you have your sights on one as a holiday gift, you can at least save a little bit of money at Staples.

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If you're looking for something other than HomePod mini, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2021 Roundup for all of the best deals and discounts happening today.

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HomePod mini

Black Friday deals have hit Apple's miniature smart speaker, and you can get the HomePod mini for $89.00 at Staples, down from $99.00.

Stock is in limited supply, and you may only be able to pick up the HomePod mini locally if delivery is unavailable. For alternate sales, Costco members can get a HomePod mini for $79.99 and B&H Photo has the HomePod mini at $94.99.

As of this year, the HomePod mini is the only smart speaker that Apple sells after it discontinued the original HomePod earlier in the year. Because of that, don't expect to see major retailers still offering discounts on that 2018 model this season.

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

Buyer's Guide: HomePod Mini (Neutral)

Our Black Friday 2021 coverage continues with the best deals you can find on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac mini today. As with all Black Friday deals, we aren't sure how long any of these will last, and prices are always fluctuating, so if you see something you want, be sure to buy it soon.

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If you're looking for something other than Macs, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2021 Roundup for all of the best deals and discounts happening today.

Need Help Deciding?

Read our buyer's guides comparing your various options.

For full details on each Mac, explore our roundups.

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MacBook

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13-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2020)

  • M1 256GB - $1,199.00 at Amazon ($100 off)
  • M1 512GB - $1,299.00 at Amazon ($200 off, lowest ever)

14-inch MacBook Pro (2021)

  • 8-Core M1 Pro 512GB - $1,949.00 at Amazon ($50 off)
  • 10-Core M1 Pro 1TB - $2,449.00 at Amazon ($50 off)

13-inch MacBook Air (2020)

  • M1 256GB - $849.99 at Amazon ($149 off)
  • M1 512GB - $1,099.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)

iMac

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21.5-inch iMac (Mid 2020)

  • 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $949.00 at Amazon ($150 off)

27-inch Retina iMac (Mid 2020)

  • 3.1GHz 6-Core, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,699.00 at Amazon ($100 off)

24-inch Retina iMac (2021)

  • M1 Chip w/ 7-Core GPU, 256GB - $1,249.00 at Amazon ($50 off)
  • M1 Chip w/ 8-Core GPU, 256GB - $1,449.99 at Amazon ($49 off)
  • M1 Chip w/ 8-Core GPU, 512GB - $1,649.99 at Amazon ($49 off)

Mac mini

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M1 Mac mini (Late 2020)

  • M1 512GB - $749.99 at Amazon ($149 off, lowest ever)

We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

Black Friday 2021 deals are still going strong, and we're tracking the best deals across Apple's AirPods lineup. Throughout the week we've been sharing the best sales for Apple devices like iPhone, Mac, and iPad, so be sure to follow us on Twitter for all of the latest Black Friday sales

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AirPods are always a sure bet for great holiday discounts, and 2021 is no exception. Below you'll find numerous all-time low prices on various AirPods models, with the highlight of the sales being Amazon's $90 discount on the 2021 AirPods Pro with MagSafe, although availability is starting to prove spotty.

If you're looking for something other than AirPods, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2021 Roundup for all of the best deals and discounts happening today.

Need Help Deciding?

Read our buyer's guides comparing your various options.

For full details on each AirPods model, explore our roundups.

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AirPods 2 (2019)

Major sales have appeared for the older AirPods 2 models, starting at $109 for the AirPods 2 with Wired Charging Case, down from $129.00 at Amazon.

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AirPods Pro (2021)

Apple refreshed the AirPods Pro this fall with a new model that comes with a MagSafe Charging Case, and no other changes to the headphones. Although this is the newest version of the AirPods Pro, they're already seeing rock-bottom discounts and routinely beat the price on the 2019 non-MagSafe version.

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Right now, Amazon has one of the all-around best Black Friday discounts, offering the AirPods Pro with MagSafe for $169.99, down from $249.00. Amazon is currently saying the AirPods Pro will be "in stock soon" and is accepting orders for mid-December delivery. The price has been as low as $159.00 this week, but supplies seem to be tightening, so you may not want to wait too much longer.

This version of the AirPods Pro comes with the MagSafe Charging Case, which is compatible with Apple's MagSafe Charger and other accessories that support MagSafe. Previously, the 2019 version included a Wireless Charging Case that supported Qi wireless charging but not MagSafe.

AirPods 3 (2021)

If you're looking to purchase the newest version of the AirPods, you'll want to head to Amazon for its discount on the AirPods 3. There, you can get the new model for $169.99, down from $179.00.

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Final price includes $20 taken off at checkout.

Although this is a very slight discount, it remains the steepest markdown that we've tracked on the AirPods 3. For anyone looking to save more money, we recommend looking at any other model, particularly the new AirPods Pro.

AirPods Max (2020)

Amazon has AirPods Max for $479.99, down from $549.00.

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We're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup. You can also find more of our daily deals and other offers in our Deals Roundup.

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Apple has resumed the sales of its products in Turkey just days after shuttering its sales operation following the Turkish lira collapsing against the U.S. dollar and rising economic concerns. With the resumption of product sales, Apple has also significantly increased the price of all of its products in the country as a result of inflation.

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Over the past week, the Turkish lira has collapsed in value against the U.S. dollar, causing Apple to suspend product sales in the country. Now, Apple has reopened sales operations in Turkey for its online store, and presumably, in retail stores. This week, customers were also reportedly being turned down at Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul.

  • iPhone 13 mini now starts at 13.999 TL, up from 10.999 TL
  • iPhone 13 now starts at 14.999 TL, up from 11.999 TL
  • iPhone 13 Pro now starts at 19.999 TL, up from 14.999 TL
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max now starts at 22.999 TL, up from 17.999 TL
  • Apple Watch Series 7 now starts at 5.399 TL, up from 4.399 TL
  • Apple Watch SE now starts at 3.799 TL, up from 3.099 TL
  • Apple Watch Series 3 now starts at 2.699 TL, up from 2.199 TL
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro now starts at 17.499 TL, up from 14.999 TL
  • 13-inch MacBook Air now starts at 13.499 TL, up from 10.999 TL
  • 14-inch MacBook Pro now starts at 28.999 TL, up from 23.499 TL
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro now starts at 35.499 TL, up from 28.999 TL
  • 24-inch iMac now starts at 17.999 TL, up from 14.999 TL
  • 27-inch iMac now starts at 23.999 TL, up from 19.979 TL
  • Mac Pro now starts at 79.999 TL, up from 67.449 TL
  • Mac mini now starts at 9.499 TL, up from 7.899 TL
  • AirPods Pro now starts at 3.599 TL, up from 2.899 TL
  • Third-generation AirPods now starts at 2.499 TL, up from 1.999 TL
  • AirPods Max now starts at 7.099 TL, up from 5.699 TL
  • iPad Pro now starts at 10.799 TL, up from 8.599 TL
  • iPad Air now starts at 7.999 TL, up from 6.399 TL
  • iPad now starts at 4.799 TL, up from 3.899 TL
  • iPad mini now starts at 7.199 TL, up from 5.799 TL

For updated information on new pricing, be sure to check out Apple's Turkish store front.

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Apple News+ is offering new subscribers an extended three-month free trial of its service through Cyber Monday, an increase from the normal one-month trial offered to new subscribers, the service announced on Apple's website and on Twitter.

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The new offer will only be offered to new subscribers in locations where ‌Apple News‌+ is available and will run until Cyber Monday, November 29. Apple ran a similar promotion last year. Once the trial ends, the subscription will automatically renew at $9.99 per month.

Apple and Google were today fined 10 million euros ($11 million) by Italy's Competition Authority for allegedly using user data for commercial purposes without their explicit consent, an apparent violation of Italy's Consumer Code.

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The authority claims that both Apple and Google utilize user data they collect through their services for promotional and economic activity without the user's consent. Apple "directly exploits the economic value" of user data it collects to "increase the sale of its products and/or those of third parties through its commercial platforms (App Store, iTunes Store, and Apple Books)," according to a machine-translated copy of the press release.

The watchdog claims that neither Apple nor Google provides users with sufficient and immediate information that their data will be used for commercial purposes. Specifically, the readout of the fine claims that Apple does not provide users with a way to opt out of the use of their data for commercial purposes. As per the press release (machine translation):

In the case of Apple, however, the promotional activity is based on a method of acquiring consent to the use of user data for commercial purposes without providing the consumer with the possibility of a prior and express choice on sharing their data. This acquisition architecture, prepared by Apple, does not make it possible to exercise one's will on the use of one's data for commercial purposes. Therefore, the consumer is conditioned in the choice of consumption and undergoes the transfer of personal information, which Apple can dispose of for its own promotional purposes carried out in different ways.

The Italian authority said when users create an Apple ID, which is essential for accessing any of Apple's services, Apple does not "immediately and explicitly provide the user with any indication on the collection and use of (their) data for commercial purposes." The watchdog added that Apple only tells users that their data will be used to improve and personalize their experience, not that it will be used for commercial purposes.

When using the ‌App Store‌, for example, Apple does show users a splash screen that informs them that Apple may use some of their data to "enable features, secure our services, or personalize your experience." While the authority correctly outlines Apple's lack of acknowledgment that data would be used for commercial purposes, it fails to provide examples or evidence that Apple has partaken in such activities.

Apple's privacy policy, accessible to all users on its websites, states the company will only use personal data to power its services, comply with local laws, prevent fraud, and for communication objectives. Apple's privacy policy also adds that personal data may be used for other purposes only with user consent, covering any possible ambiguity.

Italy's competition watchdog fined Apple over $150 million earlier this week for alleged anti-competitive practices with Beats and Amazon. The fine was a result of an investigation that found Apple and Amazon were limiting the sales of Beats products through third-party resellers in an attempt to stifle competition.

Update: Apple in a statement to MacRumors said that the authority's viewpoint is "wrong' and that it plans on appealing the decision. Apple also said that it only sends marketing emails to customers after receiving their explicit consent and that it uses its "Data & Privacy" screen to inform users of ways their personal data is being used. Apple also said it does not personalize any of its services, including its digital Stores, for children and allows users to disable personalization at any time.

We believe the Authority's view is wrong and will be appealing the decision. Apple has a long-standing commitment to the privacy of our users and we work incredibly hard to design products and features that protect customer data. We provide industry-leading transparency and control to all users so they can choose what information to share or not, and how it is used.

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Apple's annual four-day Black Friday through Cyber Monday shopping event is now underway in the United States and select other countries, with customers able to receive a free Apple gift card with the purchase of select products through November 29.

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Participating countries include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, and select other regions.

The promotion is available on Apple's online store, in the Apple Store app, and/or at Apple Store locations. As usual, refurbished products are not eligible for a gift card, and the offer cannot be combined with educational pricing.

Black Friday is one of the few occasions per year that Apple offers deals on its products, but better deals are often available through resellers like Amazon, so make sure to check out our Black Friday roundup for the latest discounts on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, accessories, and more.

Apple's gift card values in the United States are as follows:

  • $50 for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone SE
  • $25 for second-generation or third-generation AirPods
  • $50 for AirPods Pro
  • $75 for AirPods Max
  • $50 for Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 3
  • $100 for 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • $100 for MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini
  • $200 for 27-inch iMac
  • $50 for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD
  • $50 for Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro and iPad Air
  • $25 for second-generation Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, MagSafe Duo Charger, and four pack of AirTags
  • $25 for Beats Flex and Beats Studio Buds
  • $50 for Powerbeats Pro, Solo3 Wireless, and Studio3 Wireless

As usual, many of Apple's latest products are excluded from the offer, such as iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 models.

Apple gift cards are now all-in-one and can be used towards the purchase of products, subscription-based services like Apple Music and Apple TV+, App Store apps, iTunes Store content like TV shows and movies, iCloud+ storage, and more.

The full terms and conditions for Apple's shopping event are available here.

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Apple's long-rumored augmented reality (AR) headset project is set to bear its first fruit late next year with the launch of the first device carrying a pair of processors to support its high-end capabilities, according to a new research report from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seen by MacRumors.

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According to Kuo, the higher-end main processor is said to be similar to the M1 chip Apple introduced for its first set of Apple silicon Macs last year, while a lower-end processor will manage the sensor-related aspects of the device.

Kuo says the initial AR headset will be able to operate independently without needing to be tethered to a Mac or iPhone, and Apple is intending it to support a "comprehensive range of applications" with an eye toward replacing the ‌iPhone‌ within ten years.

We predict that Apple's AR headset to be launched in 4Q22 will be equipped with two processors. The higher-end processor will have similar computing power as the M1 for Mac, whereas the lower-end processor will be in charge of sensor-related computing.

The power management unit (PMU) design of the high-end processor is similar to that of M1 because it has the same level of computing power as M1.

In addition to AR, Kuo says the headset will also be able to support virtual reality (VR) experiences thanks to a pair of 4K Micro OLED displays from Sony, which require the computing horsepower of an M1-like chip.

Apple’s AR headset requires a separate processor as the computing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone. For example, the AR headset requires at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide continuous video see-through AR services to users. In comparison, an iPhone requires up to 3 optical modules running simultaneously and does not require continuous computing.

Last week, Kuo said that both the upcoming headset and the iPhone 14 coming next year will support Wi-Fi 6E technology, which offers the increased bandwidth and lower interference needed for AR and VR experiences.

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AirPods deals continue to be some of the best offers we're tracking this Black Friday, and today Amazon kicked off a notable new deal on the AirPods 2. You can get the model with the Wired Charging Case for just $99.99 right now, down from $129.00.

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This is another deal that you'll see reflected on the checkout screen after an automatic coupon worth $15 is applied to your order. The AirPods are shipped and sold directly from Amazon.

We're seeing a lot of AirPods deals this week, including the AirPods Pro with MagSafe for $159.00 ($90 off), the AirPods 3 for $149.99 ($29 off), and the AirPods Max for $429.00 ($120 off). Across the board, these are all lowest-ever prices and if you're interested in purchasing an AirPods model for the holidays, this week is the time to do it.

If you want to find all of the best Black Friday discounts you can already buy, be sure to visit our Best Early Black Friday Deals article, which has numerous AirPods offers. Additionally, we're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup.

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Apple's annual four-day Black Friday through Cyber Monday shopping event has begun in Australia and New Zealand, with customers able to receive a free Apple gift card with the purchase of select products through November 29.

apple black friday shopping event 2021
The promotion is available on Apple's online store, in the Apple Store app, and at Apple Store locations in Australia. As usual, refurbished products are not eligible for a gift card, and the offer cannot be combined with educational pricing.

Apple's four-day shopping event will also be available in the United States, Canada, UK, and select other countries starting on Black Friday.

Black Friday is one of the few occasions per year that Apple offers deals on its products, but better deals are often available through resellers like Amazon, so make sure to check out our Black Friday roundup and best Thanksgiving Day deals for the latest discounts on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, accessories, and more.

Apple's gift card values in Australia are as follows:

  • A$70 for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone SE
  • A$35 for second-generation or third-generation AirPods
  • A$70 for AirPods Pro
  • A$105 for AirPods Max
  • A$70 for Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 3
  • A$140 for 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • A$140 for MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini
  • A$280 for 27-inch iMac
  • A$70 for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD
  • A$70 for Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro and iPad Air
  • A$35 for second-generation Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, MagSafe Duo Charger, and four pack of AirTags
  • A$35 for Beats Flex and Beats Studio Buds
  • A$70 for Powerbeats Pro, Solo3 Wireless, and Studio3 Wireless

As usual, many of Apple's latest products are excluded from the offer, such as iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 models.

Apple gift cards are now all-in-one and can be used towards the purchase of products, subscription-based services like Apple Music and Apple TV+, App Store apps, iTunes Store content like TV shows and movies, iCloud+ storage, and more.

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Amazon has introduced a new record low price on the AirPods 3, available for $149.99, down from $179.00. At $29 off, this sale price beats the one that we were tracking earlier this week by about $5 and it's only available on Amazon as of writing.

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You'll see this sale once you add the AirPods 3 priced at $169.99 to your shopping cart and Amazon automatically applies a $20 coupon code to your order. The AirPods 3 are shipped and sold directly from Amazon, and they're in stock now.

AirPods 3 adopt an AirPods-Pro style look with shorter stems and a more contoured design that's designed to better fit most ears. Apple says the AirPods have been created to sit at "just the right angle for comfort." To provide improved sound, Apple is using the H1 chip to provide an Adaptive EQ feature powered by computational audio.

If you want to find all of the best Black Friday discounts you can already buy, be sure to visit our Best Early Black Friday Deals article, which has numerous AirPods offers. Additionally, we're keeping track of all this season's best deals in our Black Friday 2021 Roundup.

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Related Forums: AirPods, Community Discussion