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Best Black Friday deals on Apple products

UPDATE: Nov. 23, 2021, 10:00 p.m. EST This post has been updated with the latest Apple savings, including the best finds from Walmart’s Deals for Days sale.

  • BEST IPHONE DEAL: iPhone 12 Mini (64GB) at AT&T, a great iPhone pick that requires no trade-in for some stellar savings — $314.99 $629.99 (save $314.99)

  • BEST AIRPODS DEAL: AirPods Pro one of the best pairs of noise cancelling earbuds on the market for their lowest price ever — $159.00 $249.99 (save $90)

  • BEST APPLE WATCH DEAL: Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm, GPS) at Best Buy, a smart watch and a sixth month fitness subscription for less than $200 — $199.00 $229.00 (save $30 and get six months of Apple Fitness+ free)

  • BEST IPAD DEAL: 2021 12.9″ iPad Pro (WiFi, 128GB), a tablet with the right power and screen size for creatives — $999.00 $1,099.00 (save $100)

  • BEST MACBOOK AIR DEAL: MacBook Air (M1, 512GB), M1 power, no loud fan, and plenty of portability — $1,099.00 $1,249.00 (save $149.01)

  • BEST MACBOOK PRO DEAL: MacBook Pro (Intel Core i5, 512GB), a somewhat oldie that’s still quite a goody, especially at this price point — $1,299.99 $1,799 (save $500)

  • BEST ACCESSORIES DEAL: Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones, an excellent AirPods alternative — $149.95 $249.95 (save $100)

  • BEST REFURBISHED DEAL: iPhone 11 (64GB), no matter your carrier or plan, you can score a good deal on this iPhone — $479.00 $569.00 (save $90)


Apple is not famous for its sales — at least not through its own website and stores. Even with the fanfare of Black Friday, you probably won’t get the same major price cuts you’d expect from other brands.

So what does this mean for the person on the hunt for a new iPad or MacBook? Are you destined to pay full price forever? Dear reader, absolutely not. Apple deals are out there across the internet year-round, but especially once we enter Black Friday season.

Though you likely need no reminder, we continue to live in unprecedented times, meaning Black Friday arrived earlier than ever this year, which means competition is higher than ever for scoring savings on hot Apple items. In addition to this being a prime opportunity to knock some early shopping out of the way, supply chain shortages are definitely going to be a thing this holiday season, so early shopping on popular items (like that MacBook you’ve been eying) is the best way to make sure there is a gift to give come December.

So whether you’ve got your eye on the iPhone 13 or are hoping these new releases mean discounted older models, we’ll keep updating you on all the best Black Friday Apple finds from Amazon to Walmart to Best Buy and wherever else is offering savings worth hearing about.

Black Friday deals on iPhones

Credit: Apple

Why we like it

  • A14 Bionic chip

  • 5G connectivity

  • Super Retina OLED display

Click here to read Mashable’s official review of the iPhone 12 Mini.

No trade-ins means you’re scoring decent savings, even if you don’t have a phone from the last couple of years to hand over. With this no-trade in deal from AT&T, you can still shave off half the price of the iPhone 12 mini — a phone that’s easy to hold, packs plenty of power with an A14 Bionic chip, and has a pretty nice camera to boot.

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Black Friday deals on AirPods


airpods pro

Credit: Apple

Why we like it

  • Active noise cancellation

  • Interchangeable silicone ear tips

  • Wireless charging

Check out the official Mashable review of the AirPods Pro.

The final round of Walmart’s Black Friday savings are officially here, and they do not disappoint, bringing us AirPods Pros back at their lowest price ever. Of course, Amazon’s price on the Pros also dropped following the start of Walmart’s sale, so if they sell out at one retailer, you can grab at the other.

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Black Friday deals on Apple Watch


space gray apple watch series 3

Credit: Apple

Why we like it

  • Optical heart sensor

  • Runs watchOS 8

  • Water resistant

Check out Mashable’s official review of the Apple Watch Series 3.

If you’re looking for a smart watch that can also meet some basic fitness tracking needs, the Series 3 can do just that, without breaking the bank. This Best Buy deal also offers six months free of Apple Fitness+, so you can really up your exercise game without paying a ton.

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Black Friday deals on iPad


2020 space gray ipad pro

Credit: Apple

Why we like it

  • 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display

  • Powered by M1 chip

  • Good battery life

Check out Mashable’s official review of the 2021 iPad Pro.

This iPad comes loaded with an M1 chip, meaning it’s up to more intense tasks like editing high quality video footage or rendering 3D models. While it might not be the best option for the casual user, for creatives that need their tablet to handle a little heft, the 2021 Pro has you covered.

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Black Friday deals on Mac


2020 mac mini

Credit: Apple

Why we like it

  • M1 chip

  • Compact design

  • Doesn’t get hot

Check out Mashable’s official review of the Mac Mini.

This mini-computer is a decent way to enter the M1 Mac ecosystem without breaking $1,000, and this deal only makes that more true. With 8GB of RAM and a decent amount of internal storage, the Mac Mini is great as a multi-use computer, whether it’s just for you or the entire family.

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Black Friday deals on Apple accessories


ivory powerbeats pro

Credit: Beats by Dr. Dre

Why we like it

  • Snug fit with ear hook design

  • Impressive sound quality

  • Nine hours of listening time from one charge

Check out Mashable’s official review of the Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones.

It’s entirely possible that AirPods aren’t really your jam. Usually, the Powerbeats Pro are a much pricier alternative, but thanks to this deal, this point made by our reviewer rings even truer: “Beats’ Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds are terrific if AirPods don’t cut it for you.” If you’re looking for a pair of earbuds that’ll stay in place, provide terrific sound, and last a nice long time before you need a recharge, you’re definitely going to want to take a closer look at the Powerbeats Pro.

More deals on Apple accessories:

Refurbished Apple product deals


purple iphone 11

Credit: Apple

Why we like it

  • 6.1″ Liquid Retina display

  • Dual 12MP wide and ultra wide cameras

  • A13 Bionic chip

Check out Mashable’s official review of the iPhone 11.

Good phone deals that aren’t tied to carriers or pricey unlimited plans are hard to come by. But with this refurbished iPhone 11, you can score some serious savings on a phone that still has decent storage space, a nice camera, and is powered by an A13 Bionic chip.

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How to score the best Black Friday Apple deals:

First and foremost, you should keep an eye on this list. Self-promo aside, we’ll be making sure it stays updated with all the best deals. If you are interested in doing some deal hunting of your own, we do have a few tips to share.

As we mentioned earlier, Apple is notoriously stingy when it comes to offering sales. Usually, their Black Friday offering is a gift card. That means checking their website daily probably will not be the most fruitful course of action. Retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy are much more likely to offer discounts on your favorite products.

Next, it will be helpful to have some idea of what products you’re interested in buying. A glance at this very post can show you that the Apple catalog is vast and ever-expanding. Within the past two months alone we’ve gotten a slew of new releases, and then there’s still all your old favorites. Apple deals also have a tendency to fluctuate, so trying to keep a close eye on all their selections can get overwhelming quick (besides, that’s what you have us for — no need to put yourself through that). What’s more, Apple is — as you may know — a popular brand, meaning you only have so long to hop on good sales.

So our advice? Decide what you’re really interested in. Want a new iPad but don’t need the latest and greatest? You can definitely find older generations on sale. Maybe you’re even cool with going refurbished, which is good for your wallet and the planet. Having a clear sense of what you’re looking for can help you make sure you don’t miss any deals.

What Apple sales should be expected this year?

We’re not anticipating any drastic departures from the kinds of deals offered in years past, so you probably won’t be able to grab one of the new iPads or MacBooks for half off. Unlike years past, some of the newest Apple releases are also going to be especially tricky to find, on sale or otherwise, thanks to supply chain shortages.

As per usual, Apple isn’t offering any insane discounts, instead sticking with their standard gift card perk with a purchase of select products from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29.

Of course, it’s always nice to find some savings on more popular items, and you certainly can. For instance, the AirPods Pro dipped all the way down to a low price of $159. We’ve also seen decent Mac savings, like the $150 discount on the M1 MacBook Air as early as October. Likely the best deals will be on slightly-dated 2020 releases, though we’re keeping our eyes peeled for you for any dips on the new releases.

This post will be updated throughout the holiday shopping season.

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