Apple’s own Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers have been teased already, and they’re now live everywhere.
Apple activates the offer as Friday begins in each territory, so the U.K. went live before the U.S. – which has just started, at 00.01 Pacific. Australia was one of the first places where Friday dawns.
Here are all the deal in the U.S., the U.K. and down under Please check back for more details and, who knows, there may even be a surprise or two. Note that the Apple site teases us with the words “And more offers now until Monday”.
Update: As promised, this post now has all the prices for the U.S., U.K. and Australia – live now.
Apple’s iPhone XR is in the four-day shopping event
What Apple does for Black Friday
It’s the same each year: buy something at the Apple Store and receive a gift card to spend in store. That’s what is happening this year, it seems.
When the offers are live
From the first seconds of Black Friday to the end of Cyber Monday is the schedule this year. Technically, it ends at 11.59PM on Monday night, so don’t log in to the site in the last minute of the day, okay. For the States, that’s 11.59PM PST.
What’s on offer
Apple is all about the gift cards rather than slashing money off its prices. For those discounts, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Gift card values
Last year, the value of the gift cards went up sharply and it looks like this year the values will be just as high on some of the products, anyway. Note that these cards work in any Apple Store, but these are not iTunes gift cards, which are the ones you can spend on apps, music and video titles.
Several of the offers here include a year of Apple TV+ subscription. This offer isn’t just limited to when you buy from the Apple Store and some other products not in the four-day event, such as an iPhone 11, also have this offer, wherever you buy it from.
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
The latest iPhones are not in the shopping event, at least not yet. For now, you’re restricted to three phones from last year: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XR. In Australia, each of these phones comes with a AS$80 gift card plus a year’s subscription to Apple TV+. This is a $50 gift card in the U.S., and a £40 gift card in the U.K.
Here are links to each deal (all updated now).
Apple Watch Series 3
There’s no Apple Watch Series 5 in the four-day event, so it’s Apple Watch Series 3 which features. A gift card for AS$40 is available, $25 in the U.S. and £20 in the U.K. That’s lower than the offer last year but remember that the Apple Watch Series 3 was more expensive then.
You’ll be spotting a pattern here: the latest AirPods Pro are not featured in the event, but there is a gift card for both the AirPods with Charging Case and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case. It’s AS$40, now live as $25 in the U.S. and £20 in the U.K. Note that last year, there was no gift card for any AirPods at all.
Incidentally, for more details of Black Friday AirPods bargains outside the Apple Store – including on AirPods Pro! – check out my AirPods post here.
iPad mini is in the event.
iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro
The most recent iPad, the latest entry-level version, is not in the four-day event, though at $329 it’s extremely good value already. For both the iPad Air and iPad mini, a gift card is available with value AS$80, now live with $50 value in the U.S., £40 in the U.K. You also get a free year’s subscription to Apple TV+. If you splash out on the pricier iPad Pro, the gift card jumps to AS$160, $100 in the U.S., £80 in the U.K. Same Apple TV+ comes with it.
Choose from the 13in MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and even iMac Pro and you’ll get a gift card plus a year’s free subscription to Apple TV+. On the MacBook Pro, there’s a gift card valued at AS$160, expected $100 in the U.S. and confirmed £80 in the U.K. The other Mac computers, the 13in MacBook Pro, the iMac and iMac Pro, attract a higher-value gift card. It’s AS$320, $200 in the U.S. and confirmed £160 in the U.K.
Apple TV 4K
Guess what? There’s that year’s subscription to Apple TV+. Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K also each have a gift card attached. Worth AS$40, $25 in the U.S., £20 in the U.K.
A gift card comes with the HomePod, too. That’s AS$80, $50 in the U.S. and £40 in the U.K.
Apple PowerBeats Pro
Beats By Dr. Dre
Beats headphones, well some of them, attract a gift card. For the Powerbeats Pro, Solo3 Wireless and Powerbeats 3, that’s AS$80, $50 in the U.S. and £40 in the U.K. For the pricier Beats Studio 3 Wireless, it’s double that. That’s AS$160, $100 in the U.S. and £80 in the U.K.
Apple says there will be more offers – check back to see what they are. I’ll be updating this post.
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