Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, Original iPad Air, iOS Apps, and More

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As we head into Thanksgiving and its accompanying Black Friday shopping holiday, retailers are beginning to offer significant discounts on products in an attempt to lure shoppers ahead of the Black Friday event. Walmart and Best Buy, for example, are offering pre-Black Friday deals, and several retailers are also offering some decent discounts on Macs and older iPads.

iPhone

Walmart is selling the 16GB iPhone 6 for $179 with a two-year contract, which is $20 off Apple's standard price, but it will also include a $75 Walmart gift card. A similar $75 gift card deal is available for the iPhone 5s, priced at $79 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s purchases made with AT&T Next or Verizon Edge will require $0 down from qualified customers and will include the gift card.

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iPad Air 2

Walmart is selling the new 16GB WiFi-only iPad Air 2 for $489, with a $100 Walmart gift card included in the purchase, essentially dropping the price to $389 for frequent Walmart shoppers.

Original iPad Air

Best Buy is discounting all of its original iPad Air stock by $80 to $100 its standard pricing, dropping the price of the entry-level 16GB WiFi-only iPad Air to $319.99. Higher-capacity WiFi-only models are discounted by up to $85, while some cellular models are discounted by as much as $100. For example the 32GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Air from AT&T is available for $479.99. Best Buy's sale on iPads will last through the weekend.

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- iPad Air WiFi-only Silver 16GB - $319.99
- iPad Air WiFi-only Space Gray 16GB - $319.99
- iPad Air WiFi-only Silver 32GB - $369.99
- iPad Air WiFi-only Space Gray 32GB - $369.99
- iPad Air WiFi-only Silver 64GB - $414.99
- iPad Air WiFi-only Space Gray 64GB - $414.99
- iPad Air WiFi-only Silver 128GB - $612.99
- iPad Air WiFi-only Silver 128GB - $612.99

- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) - $529.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $529.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (Verizon) - $529.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $529.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $729.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $729.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $729.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $729.99

iPad mini 2

Best Buy is also offering up to $100 off its remaining stock of higher-capacity WiFi and Cellular iPad mini 2 stock.

- iPad mini 2 WiFi-only Silver 64GB - $395.99
- iPad mini 2 WiFi-only Space Gray 64GB - $395.99
- iPad mini 2 WiFi-only Silver 128GB - $494.99
- iPad mini 2 WiFi-only Space Gray 128GB - $494.99

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- iPad mini 2 Cellular AT&T Silver 64GB - $476.99
- iPad mini 2 Cellular ATT Space Gray 64GB - $502.99
- iPad mini 2 Cellular Verizon Silver 64GB - $476.99
- iPad mini 2 Cellular Verizon Space Gray 64GB - $502.99
- iPad mini 2 Cellular AT&T Space Gray 128GB - $629.99
- iPad mini 2 Cellular Verizon Silver 128GB - $629.99
- iPad mini 2 Cellular Verizon Space Gray 128GB - $597.99

2014 Retina iMac

The 27-inch 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB iMac with 5K Retina display is available from Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, and MacMall for $2,449, which is a discount of $50 off Apple's regular price.

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These sites also have the Retina iMac in stock, while Apple's site lists shipping estimates of two to three weeks for the machine.

2014 Mac mini

The 2014 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB Mac mini is available for $449 from Amazon and B&H Photo, a $50 discount off of Apple's price.

2014 Retina MacBook Pro

We're seeing the lowest prices we've seen so far on a few models of the 2014 Retina MacBook Pro, including a couple of 13-inch models and one 15-inch model.

- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,199.99 ($100 off)
- 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1,349.99 ($150 off)
- 15-inch 2.2GHz16GB RAM/256GB storage (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1,799.99 ($200 off)

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2013 Retina MacBook Pro

- 13-inch 2.4GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $1,069 ($230 off)
- 13-inch 2.4GHz/8GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $1,149 ($350 off)
- 15-inch 2.0GHz/8GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $1,499 ($500 off)
- 15-inch 2.3GHz/16GB/512GB (B&H Photo) - $1,999.99 ($599 off)

iOS Apps and Games

Many app developers have begun discounting their iOS apps and games ahead of Thanksgiving. Popular apps available at a discount include GoodReader ($4.99 --> $0.99), iA Writer ($4.99 --> $0.99), and Living Earth Clock & Weather ($2.99 --> $1.99).

A full list of discounted apps can be found over at our sister site AppShopper, and our other sister site TouchArcade has created a list of games that are on sale. Titles discounted include Blek, Badland, Osmos, Real Racing 2, 9mm, and more.

Things for iPad and iPhone can be downloaded for free this week as Things was named Apple's App of the Week.

Apple Accessories

Skype prepaid cards can be purchased for 30% off at Best Buy, and Best Buy is also selling the older Solo HD Drenched Beats by Dr. Dre headphones for $99.99 for a limited time, a discount of $70.

Best Buy has the iHome AirPlay Speaker System for $49.99, a discount of $250, and it's also selling the Marshall Stanmore Active Bluetooth Stereo Speaker for $339, down from $399. The Stanmore speaker is Wirecutter's top pick for home Bluetooth speakers.

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The Belkin Stylus + Pen can be purchased for $7.99 from Groupon, a discount of $22. Staples is selling the Apple TV for $79, a discount of $20. The Sony RDP-XF300 Portable Bluetooth Dock can be purchased for $139.99 from Woot, $110 off its original price and $10 off Amazon's price.

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Groupon has previous-generation Beats by Dre Mixr DJ-style headphones for $199, down from $249, and it's also selling Beats by Dre Tour in-ear headphones for $114.99, down from $149.95.

A free copy of Wreck It Ralph can be downloaded from Disney Movies Anywhere when you join the Disney Movies Anywhere Service and connect an account to iTunes.

For the next few weeks, Target will be offering 10 percent off all of the items on a child's wish list. Parents need to download the Target Wish List app and have kids create a wish list of products that will then be available at a 10 percent discount. Apple products are excluded, but Apple accessories such as cases are included.

Make sure to check out our deals posts each week for the latest products that are available at low prices, and keep an eye on our Black Friday roundup, which we are updating on a regular basis with all of the Black Friday discounts we find on popular Apple products.

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78 months ago
I'd certainly rather pay full price than suffer the miserable experience of setting foot inside a Walmart...
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77 months ago

2014 Retina iMac

The 27-inch 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB iMac with 5K Retina display is available from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00746WZHE/?tag=macrumors-20), Adorama (http://www.adorama.com/ACMF886LLA.html?refby=cj_462641&cj_sid=&cj_aid=10785534), B&H Photo (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1086734-REG/apple_mf886ll_a_27_imac_with_retina.html/kw/APIMMF886L/BI/2696/KBID/3612), and MacMall (http://www.macmall.com/p.pdp?dpno=13312160&source=MWBCJHOTDEALFEED) for $2,449, which is a discount of $50 off Apple's regular price.


Now I can finally afford one! :D
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78 months ago
it's great if you can settle for 16GB. i don't know why they won't discount the higher capacity models.
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