Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories

Friday April 17, 2015 1:47 PM PDT by Juli Clover

As we head further into April, deals have begun to dry up a bit. There are still discounts on a few select iPad models, and low prices on the iMac, older MacBook Air, and older MacBook Pro models. Deals on current products like the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 are unavailable this week, so if you're looking to buy a tablet, you might want to hold off for a bit.

We have several exclusive offers just for MacRumors readers this week, on games from GameAgent and products from Casetify, a site that offers custom iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch accessories. We've also rounded up some great apps you can get on the cheap this week.

iPad Air 2

Best Buy continues to offer the lowest prices we've seen on a single iPad Air 2: the 16GB Cellular iPad Air 2 in silver is available for $499.99, $130 off its regular price.

B&H Photo is offering a small discount on all of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB WiFi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $469 and the 64GB model is priced at $569.

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iPad Air

Best Buy has a couple of original iPad Air cellular models available at low prices. The 16GB Verizon iPad Air is available for $379.99, and the 32GB Verizon iPad Air is available for $429.99.

Both Best Buy and B&H Photo have deep discounts on some remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

- iPad Air Wi-Fi 128GB Space Gray - $549
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $549
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $549
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $449
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (Verizon) - $566.99
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $566.99
- iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $579
- iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $559

iPad mini 2

Amazon has a few iPad mini 2 models available at discounted prices. The 16GB Cellular Verizon iPad mini 2 in Silver is available for $329. The 16GB Cellular Verizon iPad mini 2 in Space Gray is available for $335.

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Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon also have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you're looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) - $445
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) - $429
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) - $399.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) - $399.99
- iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) - $434.97
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) - $534.99
- iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) - $429.99

iMac

- 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,189, $110 off
- 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,389, $120 off
- 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,689, $110 off
- 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,794, $205 off
- 27-inch 3.5Ghz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (B&H Photo) - $2,299, $200 off

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Mac mini

- 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $464.99, $34 off
- 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $649.99, $49 off
- 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (MacMall) - $934.99, $64 off

MacBook Air

- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB - (B&H Photo) (Adorama) $824.99, $70 off
- 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB - (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) $1044.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $949.99, $50 off
- 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) - $1,139.99 $60 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $729, $170 off
- 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $899, $200 off
- 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) - $819, $180 off

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Retina MacBook Pro

- 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1,424.99, $74 off
- 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) - $1709.99, $90 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (B&H Photo) (MacMall) - $1,799, $200 off
- 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Adorama) -$2,249, $250 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) - $1,129, $170 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (B&H Photo) - $1,249, $239 off
- 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) - $1,558.99, $240 off

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Apps

There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We'll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Pandemic: The Board Game is available for $4.99, down from $6.99. Beyond Gravity is available for free, down from $1.99. QUEST: Level up your life is available for free, down from $1.99. Hitman GO is available for $0.99, down from $4.99. My Om Nom is available for $0.99, down from $4.99.

Action adventure game Pursuit of Light was named Apple's app of the week this week, and it will be available to download for free for the next six days.

Apple Accessories

GameAgent is offering MacRumors readers a big discount on Civilization: Beyond Earth, which is available for 50% off for the next 48 hours. Click this link to get the deal. GameAgent is also offering exclusive discounts on games to those who sign up for a GameAgent account in celebration of reaching 200,000 members.

Casetify is offering MacRumors readers 10% off site wide on all orders with the promo code MR10. Discount's valid from 4/17 to 4/23. Make sure you check out our Casetify giveaway, too!

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Woot is offering the Lifeproof Fre case for the iPhone 6 for $54.99, down from $79.99. Woot's also got an Apple Lightning cable 2-pack available for $15.99. StackSocial is selling TuneUp for Mac for $14.99, down from $49.95.

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Woot has the Jawbone BIG Jambox for $179.99, down from $299.99. the MyCharge Hub 9000 Power Bank is available for $64.99 from Amazon, down from $139.99.

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Groupon is selling the Griffin Survivor Case for iPhone 5/5s for $11.99, down from $49.99. DailySteals has the iPad mini Smart Case in beige for $20, down from $69.

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65 months ago
Microcenter has beat those prices countless times yet never mentioned. So much for advertising discounted prices to potential buyers.
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65 months ago

Oh boy... now you are just grasping at straws when nitpicking about the definition of word. Ok... Microcenter is not "regional" by definition of the word. But they are most definitely NOT a significant retailer with only 25 stores sprinkled around the country. I live in Phoenix, the 6th largest US city by population... and there is no Microcenter in the state of Arizona at all. Best Buy is a nationwide retailer with close to 2000 locations, with stores in every state in the country.

Let me address a few of your comments:
"It would take all of 10 minutes..." - Good. Why don't you take 10 minutes and look up the sales at Microcenter?

"It's not that big of a deal to suggest to the article's author to include another retailer in the listing." - It isn't a big deal to suggest that. However, my original post was a response to a post that was taking a tone of criticism to MacRumors' deals article. My response was an explanation as to why Microcenter could be left out.

"And yes, you indeed erupted in your post with your attitude, caps lock, and exclamation point." - My oh my! I wasn't aware such use of punctuation & capitalization could offend someone so deeply.

"It's just a suggestion, and I fail to see how it would adversely affect you if they added Microcenter." It wouldn't adversely affect me or any reader of this website. But it could adversely affect MacRumors... to have take extra time to look up deals at an obscure retail chain to appease a handful of posters on these forums.

Another thing... MacRumors first and foremost is a business. They are an Apple news and rumors site that writes articles, gives us free content in exchange for page views... in order to make money from advertisers on the site and referral links in articles that point to retail partners. In the case of this deals article, the Amazon and B&H Photo links are affiliate links. If readers see the article, clicks through to the site selling the item, MacRumors will make a little money. I doubt very seriously Microcenter has any sort of affiliate program.


This is how I see it -

OP makes a suggestion: Please consider including deals from this store that I like which is in most major cities around the country.

You: Shut up. It doesn't help me so it shouldn't be included at all. Also it sucks.

OP: No, it doesn't suck and, while it would not cover everyone, it would be helpful to a significant percent of the population.

You: You're wrong wrong wrong. It doesn't help me so get outta here. Also here's a bunch of other bogus reasons why it sucks that I'm going to bold.


Who's the immature negative nancy here?
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65 months ago
I agree. Micro center always has fantastic non-sale prices. Even a quick search on Amazon reveals I can buy an iPad 2 (from Amazon) for $450.

The notice of the sale prices are helpful, but hardly the cheapest.
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65 months ago

Uh... common sense...

Micro Center is a computer & electronics store with 25 locations in 16 states. MacRumors is a USA based website with readers all over the world. At least they are posting deals from USA national chains. People in Canada and other parts of the world are left out of these deal listings. That would be like me complaining that they didn't include sales from Fry's Electronics... another REGIONAL electronics retailer. If you are a customer of these REGIONAL stores , then I am sure you already pay attention to their advertisements. It is not necessary to include every mom & pop electronic store in MacRumor deal lists!


1) Microcenter is not a mom and pop shop. It actually does millions each year in sales.

2) It has retail and online shopping. You can buy anywhere online last time I checked. Clearly you heard of the Internet since you posted using it.

3) B&H has 1 location. That location is in NYC.

4) MacMall is online only as far as I know, they may have a few retail stores in their home location area.

So again, not sure what world you live in but maybe you should research before you post.
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65 months ago

Uh... common sense...

Micro Center is a computer & electronics store with 25 locations in 16 states. MacRumors is a USA based website with readers all over the world. At least they are posting deals from USA national chains. People in Canada and other parts of the world are left out of these deal listings. That would be like me complaining that they didn't include sales from Fry's Electronics... another REGIONAL electronics retailer. If you are a customer of these REGIONAL stores , then I am sure you already pay attention to their advertisements. It is not necessary to include every mom & pop electronic store in MacRumor deal lists!

Before you erupt at people in the comments for mentioning a suggestion, you should probably get your facts straight. Microcenter isn't regional or "mom and pop". Their locations are spread throughout the country in large population centers. It would be nice if they were included in these articles -- I had no idea the kind of deals Microcenter offered until this past week when I wandered into their store for the first time. They have 2014 MacBook Air 13"s for sale at $799 if anyone is interested.
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