Black Friday is here! Though the sales have been ramping up all week, most retailers save the very best ones for the day itself – and they often run right through the weekend until Cyber Monday.
We’ve scoured the web to find the very best deals an iPhone or iPad user could want, from a variety of sources. This is the best day of the year to pick up a bargain – let’s see what’s available!
Apple typically doesn’t discount its products for Black Friday – or ever – but it’s still taking part in the fun with a four-day shopping event. Instead of offering money off, Apple is giving away gift cards of up to $200 that can be spent on other products in the Apple Store. It’s a sneaky way to encourage you to spend more money on Apple stuff, but if you’re planning to buy something soon anyway it’s a no-brainer to do it this weekend!
You can get a $50 gift card when buying an iPhone, $100 for an iPad, and $200 for a Mac. Many other purchases like Apple Watch and AirPods come with gift cards, too. The catch? These offers mostly apply to last-generation devices – sadly there are no offers on the very latest models. But if you’re happy with last-gen technology, it’s a great way to stretch your money a little farther. Check out the available deals here on the Apple Store website.
Amazon is the undisputed king of Black Friday. It has thousands of deals and tends to price-match the best prices from around the web, so you can be sure you’re not missing out. The only thing it can be guilty of is promoting barely-discounted products alongside genuine bargains – it can be hard to know which is which!
That’s why we recommend you cross-reference the deals using trusted price-tracker camelcamelcamel.com to see how the Black Friday discounts hold up to historical sales. If a product is at an all-time low, you know it’s a good deal!
Amazon’s offerings change by the hour and differ by region, so your best bet is to get online and do some browsing yourself. You can find a full roundup of every Black Friday deal right here on Amazon’s website (or here if you’re in the UK). In particular, look out for blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Lightning deals which offer big discounts for limited periods.
Around the web
There’s no need to go fighting through crowds to get a good deal today. Pretty much all your favorite retailers are taking part in Black Friday to some degree. Some of the best deals we’ve found include Best Buy’s $500 discount on the iPhone 11 range when you trade in an old device, and $200 off the new MacBook Pro at B&H – but search around and you’re bound to find plenty more.
We mentioned earlier this week, but in case you missed it: this is perhaps the best time of year to improve your skills with the iPhone Photography School, or protect your privacy with a NordVPN subscription. We recommend both even at their regular price, but they’re extremely heavily discounted right now!
And of course, you’ll find a load of apps discounted on the App Store this weekend. Apple has compiled a list of its favorite app sales, and we’ll be posting our own finds later today.