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- Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means a lot of upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are already underway.
- Apple products like the AirPods, Apple Watch, and iPhone are already on sale ahead of the shopping holiday at retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.
- Read Insider Reviews' Black Friday 2020 deals and Cyber Monday 2020 deals coverage for more savings.
Black Friday may get most the attention when it comes to holiday shopping, but Cyber Monday has grown to be just as important. In fact, it even eclipsed Black Friday last year in terms of online sales. Cyber Monday online spending in the United States reached $9.4 billion in 2019, compared to the $7.4 billion spent online on Black Friday.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are usually both filled with tech deals, and this year we're seeing bargains appear even earlier in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. That holds true for Apple products, too; deals on the Apple Watch, AirPods, and other devices are already live. But, we're expecting discounts to continue through the weekend on Cyber Monday as well.
Here are the best deals on Apple tech right now. We'll be updating this post as more deals appear throughout the Black Friday and Cyber Monday events.
The best early Cyber Monday deals on Apple Watches
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple's most advanced new smartwatch is on sale ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Series 6 is the first watch to come with the ability to read blood oxygen levels, although that feature alone isn't what makes it a worthwhile smartwatch. Its brighter always-on display, faster charging, and wellness features such as the ability to take an ECG from the wrist make it a great choice for those looking for robust health tracking in a smartwatch.
Apple Watch SE
If you're looking to spend a little less, consider the Apple Watch SE. Apple's lower-priced watch comes with all of the basic functionality of the Series 6, but without blood oxygen monitoring, an always-on display, and ECG monitoring. But, it still has other more modern features like a compass and the ability to detect hard falls.
Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch Series 3 came out in 2017, but it's still a solid smartwatch for those who just want the basic Apple Watch experience. It lacks an always-on display, has a slightly smaller screen compared to the SE and Series 6, and doesn't come with a built-in compass or fall detection like its pricier siblings. But, it still works great for those who just want an Apple Watch for monitoring activity and delivering smartphone notifications to the wrist.
The best early Cyber Monday deals on AirPods
Apple AirPods Pro
Apple's top-of-the-line AirPods are available at a discount this holiday season. Compared to Apple's standard AirPods, the Pro model offers active noise cancellation, improved audio, and customizable ear tips. They may not be our top pick overall when it comes to wireless earbuds, but the AirPods Pro are the best choice for Apple fans, especially now that they're been updated with new features like spatial audio. They're a bargain at $199.99, but they'll get even cheaper on November 25 when they drop to $169 at Walmart.
Apple AirPods (second generation)
Looking to spend a little less? Apple's standard AirPods are on sale leading up to Cyber Monday, too. These AirPods still offer convenient features like quick pairing, hands-free Siri access, and automatic playing and pausing, but without the Pro's more advanced features and higher price tag.
The best early Cyber Monday deals on iPads
Apple's least expensive iPad, which just launched in September, is already on sale ahead of the holiday season. The latest iPad is much faster than its predecessor since it runs on Apple's newer A12 Bionic processor, and it also supports the first-generation Apple Pencil. It's an ideal choice for those who just want a basic iPad for browsing the web, online shopping, watching Netflix, and checking social media.
Apple iPad Air
Apple's new iPad Air comes with the same powerful processor as the latest iPhones, a sleek and colorful new design, and a larger screen compared to its predecessor. If you want an iPad with speedy performance for doing light work in addition to watching movies and web browsing, the Air is an ideal choice. Apple's starting price is $599, but you can get it for $559 at Walmart.
Apple iPad Pro
If you want an iPad that packs powerful performance, the iPad Pro is available at a discount. The iPad Pro's slim design, long battery life, and excellent screen make it a stronger choice for those who plan to get serious work done on their iPad — like photographers, video editors, and interior designers. The latter may also benefit from the Pro's LiDAR sensor, which makes it much better at detecting depth and measuring nearby surfaces.
The best early Cyber Monday deals on iPhone 12
Carriers have been offering deals since the iPhone 12 launched, but more discounts are surfacing now that we're getting closer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The iPhone 12 lineup are Apple's first smartphones to come with 5G, but that's not the main characteristic that makes them worthwhile. The phones also offer a boost in camera quality that makes them better at taking photos in dark circumstances, and come with a refreshed design with a more durable screen.
If you are interested in what carriers have to offer, take a look at these discounts below. Just be sure to note that these bargains come with stipulations, like opening a new line or trading in an old device.
- T-Mobile is offering a free iPhone 12 or 12 Mini when you join and trade in an eligible device.
- Verizon is offering a buy one get one for $800 off deal on the whole iPhone 12 lineup when you buy one on a 24 month payment plan and add another line.
- AT&T is offering a $700 discount on iPhones when you add a new line, upgrade an existing line, and trade-in a smartphone valued at $95 or more.
The best early Cyber Monday deals on MacBooks
Apple's thin-and-light MacBook Pro is available at a discount this holiday season. It's not the newest version that runs on Apple's new M1 chip, but it's still powerful enough for students and those looking for a laptop for casual work. Like Apple's other recent laptops, it comes with the company's improved Magic Keyboard, which is much more comfortable and durable than the keyboards on older models released from 2015 onward.
Looking for something more powerful? Discounts on Apple's 16-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pros are already popping up ahead of Cyber Monday. With its larger screen and booming speakers, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is ideal for those looking for a more desktop-like experience in a laptop. The 13-inch model may lack the 16-inch version's impressive speakers, but it still offers more powerful performance than the Air in a more compact design than the 16-inch variant.
The best early Cyber Monday deals on Beats headphones
If you want the ease-of-use of AirPods but in an over-the-ear format, check out the Beats Studio3. They offer long battery life and noise cancellation at a more affordable price of $174.99, making them an ideal choice if blocking out distractions is a priority for you.
Beats Solo Pro
At $179.99, the Beats Solo Pro are a compelling choice for those looking for a solid pair of on-ear headphones. They come with Apple's newer H1 chip unlike the Studio3, which means they should be able to connect to Apple devices more quickly than headphones powered by Apple's older chip. They also offer long battery life and useful noise cancelling technology.
If you're interested in AirPods but aren't wild about their fit, consider the PowerBeats Pro. These truly wireless earbuds have a lot of the same technology as AirPods — like quick pairing and auto play and pause — but come with a different design that wraps around the ear for a more secure fit. They also offer impressively long battery life and are sweat resistant, making them worth checking out if you're after a pair of workout headphones.
Apple Cyber Monday deals FAQs
Does Apple offer deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Apple rarely offers its own deals for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. But, in years past, it's offered gift cards when purchasing select products. Last year, for example, Apple's promotion included gift cards of up to $200 on select purchases. Apple has not yet said whether it plans to offer a similar deal in 2020. But, last year it made the announcement on November 25, so we may hear more about upcoming gift card promotions in the coming days.
Should I buy from Amazon, Target, Best Buy, or Walmart?
Many of these retailers offer very similar deals on products like the AirPods and the Apple Watch, which means you'll have a couple of options should one retailer go out of stock. In instances where multiple retailers offer the same product at the same price, consider which retailer is most convenient for you in terms of shipping options. If you have an Amazon Prime membership and want to get the product as fast as possible, it might make more sense to purchase through Amazon. But, if you'd rather pick up the item at your nearby Target or Best Buy, you should consider ordering from your preferred brick-and-mortar retailer.
Do these stores offer curbside pickup?
Yes, Target, Best Buy, and Walmart all offer curbside pickup. But, you should check with your local retailer since the rules may vary by location and items purchased. Walmart, for example, says that not all stores offer curbside pickup for Black Friday deals.
How do we choose the best Apple deals?
We select products that meet our high standard of coverage based on testing and research. This includes testing Apple's products as well similar devices from its main competitors.
We also research prices across retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy and compare them against Apple's prices to find the deals that are worth paying attention to.