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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.
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.
iPad Air 2
Walmart is selling the new 16GB Wi-Fi 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.
– 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 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
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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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Like Walmart, Best Buy has decided to offer some pre-Black Friday sales, which start today and last through the weekend.
Best Buy is discounting all of its original iPad Air stock by $80 to $100, dropping the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air to $319.99. Higher-capacity Wi-Fi only models are discounted by up to $85, while some cellular models are discounted by as much as $100. For example the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air from AT&T is available for $479.99.
Best Buy is also offering the fifth-generation 64GB iPod touch for $249.99, which is $50 off the standard retail price. The deal is available for all colors Best Buy has in stock, including Space Gray, Blue, Pink, Silver, and Yellow.
As for Apple accessories, Best Buy is selling the older Solo HD Drenched Beats by Dr. Dre headphones for $99.99, a discount of $70. The discount is available for black, white, and red models.
When Black Friday rolls around, Best Buy will offer some of the best deals available on Apple’s newest product, the iPad Air 2. The retailer is planning to discount all iPad Air 2 models by $100, which drops the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 to $399. Best Buy will also be discounting all iPad mini 3 models, dropping the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only model to $324.99.
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Walmart today announced that it is planning to offer discounts on select Apple products a week ahead of Black Friday, with the deals kicking off on Friday, November 21 at 8:00 a.m. at Walmart stores across the United States.
“The retail environment is incredibly competitive and we know that our customers are looking to us for the lowest prices and great deals all season long,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “That’s why we’ve more than doubled the amount of items included in our Pre-Black Friday Event. Combined with our Black Friday weekend, there is absolutely no other place to shop this holiday season.”
Walmart will be selling the new 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 for $489, with a $100 Walmart gift card included in the purchase. That essentially drops the price down to $389 for frequent Walmart shoppers and is nearly on par with Best Buy’s iPad Air 2 deal, which will see the retailer discounting all of its iPad Air 2 stock by $100.
Walmart will be 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.
Walmart’s deals will be available for as long as “supplies last,” but it’s likely that hot ticket items like the new iPad Air 2 and the iPhone 6 will go quickly.
Earlier this month, Walmart began matching prices with Amazon.com and other online retailers, and Walmart will be matching prices on select Black Friday deals from other companies as well. Along with its pre-Black Friday sales, Walmart will be offering deals that are limited to November 27 and November 28 (the traditional Black Friday day), including a 16GB Wi-Fi only original iPad mini for $199 plus a $30 gift card and a $100 gift card with the purchase of an original iPad Air.
For a full list of Walmart’s Black Friday deals and the deals other retailers have shared thus far, make sure to check out our comprehensive Black Friday Roundup.