Apple's Black Friday Event Begins in U.S. With Free Gift Card on Select Purchases

Apple's annual four-day Black Friday through Cyber Monday shopping event has started in the United States and Canada, with customers able to receive a free Apple gift card with the purchase of select products through November 28.

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The offer is available for select iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, AirPods, Beats, and accessories. As usual, many of Apple's latest products are excluded, such as the iPhone 14 series, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, and Mac Studio.

In the U.S., gift card values are as follows:

  • $50 for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12, and iPhone SE
  • $50 for the iPad mini and iPad Air
  • $30 for the ninth-generation iPad
  • $250 for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 chip
  • $200 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chip
  • $150 for the MacBook Air with M1 or M2 chip and the 24-inch iMac
  • $100 for the Mac mini
  • $50 for the second-generation Apple Watch SE
  • $25 for the second-generation AirPods and third-generation AirPods with Lightning case
  • $50 for the second-generation AirPods Pro
  • $75 for the AirPods Max
  • $50 for the Beats Studio3 Wireless, Solo3 Wireless, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Fit Pro, and Beats Studio Buds
  • $25 for the Beats Flex
  • $25 for the MagSafe Duo Charger, second-generation Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard Folio
  • $25 for the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

The promotion is available on Apple's online store, in the Apple Store app, and at Apple's retail 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, Apple TV, accessories, and more.

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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GiannaColo Avatar
21 months ago

I bought the iPhone SE 3 yesterday, but I was also charged for the $50 gift card. Both the phone and the gift card are showing as installment plans on my Apple Card even though it's listed as a "promotion". Anyone else have this happen?
Yesterday I explored purchasing the MacBookPro 13 inch with M2 chip - a $200 Apple Gift Card was the promo for that item. However, the fine print says - and the purchase process showed - that they took $200 off the base price and then added it back in as a separate installment plan - as you describe happened to you. That makes no sense and I talked with an Apple Card tech who confirmed that is exactly what happens - you are saving nothing when you purchase the item using an Apple Card. Very deceptive promotion by Apple! I'd rather just make the purchase outside of any sketchy promotion.
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sw1tcher Avatar
21 months ago
If you happen to have a Fred Meyer nearby, AirPods 3rd gen will be $99.99. Best price I've seen so far.

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AppleTO Avatar
21 months ago
Or (for the most part) just purchase the devices elsewhere on sale.
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WiiDSmoker Avatar
21 months ago
MUCH better deals are elsewhere
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storybylindsay Avatar
21 months ago
I bought the iPhone SE 3 yesterday, but I was also charged for the $50 gift card. Both the phone and the gift card are showing as installment plans on my Apple Card even though it's listed as a "promotion". Anyone else have this happen?
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CharlesShaw Avatar
21 months ago

That's such a weird way to do it. In that case I would rather just get $50 off the purchase and call it a day. Leave the whole gift card part out of it.
Hehe, I’m thinking there have been senior accountants who also believed a simple sale price would be less work, but Apple doesn’t do sales; they leave that to authorized resellers. Apple either permanently lowers prices or raises them.

And from my armchair, I can imagine a few reasons why keeping the gift card promotion as a separate line item helps keep accounting transparency and [S]assists[/S] prevents customer service confusion when a customer keeps calling back to get the rest of their refund, forgetting that they’ve already spent or given away the gift card.

When I bought the 13 mini last week, I traded in an older iPhone during the online transaction and that was itemized on the invoice, but I paid full price up front, per the fine print. Once their “trade-in partner” received and tested the device, the value of my old device was refunded to my credit card.

And also in the fine print, when I returned the 13 mini, I received a gift card for the value of my trade in and did not get that part refunded to my credit card. For traded in devices, Apple only issues gift cards or credits toward non-returned purchases, they do not let us trade in devices for money we can spend elsewhere. And I read that and accepted it as the way it is.
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