The best Apple deals we expect on Prime Day 2020

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  • Apple devices don't go on sale very often, but there are a few iPads, Apple Watches, and AirPods that will almost certainly be discounted for Prime Day 2020.
  • It's important to note that sale prices vary by color and model, so if one model isn't quite as discounted as you would like, maybe try to see whether another is.
  • Since Prime Day 2020 deals have been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here are some other ways you can save: shop online sales going on today, find coupons for your favorite stores, and browse all the latest deals here.
  • Check out all of our Prime Day 2020 coverage here.

Apple devices are among the very best in the tech industry, but they often come at a premium price. It's not every day you see discounts on Apple devices, either, but Prime Day this year will serve as an exception to the rule.

During Prime Day of last year, you could get a few Apple Watch models and iPads on sale. The discounts may not have been as steep as other products', but for Apple devices, those sale prices were comparatively excellent.

Below, we break down the best Apple deals of Prime Day last year, whether they're on sale right now and whether you should wait to dive on that coveted Apple gadget until Prime Day 2020.

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Apple Airpods

Apple AirPods — $130.00 (originally $159.00) [Was $169.99 on Prime Day last year]

AirPods almost never go on sale, and this deal is for the new ones that come in a charging case. This was the cheapest price we had seen so far on these AirPods. However, since then we've seen the AirPods Pro release, so AirPods prices on Amazon at the time of writing are even better than Prime Day last year, so have at them.

You can read the AirPods review here


airpods pro wireless charging

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging — $155 (originally 199)

The AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are identical to the 2nd-gen AirPods with Charging Case, except the charging case can be charged wirelessly as well as via a Lightning cable. That means you can charge the wireless charging case on a wireless charging pad that uses the Qi wireless charging standard. Thankfully, that means you can charge the AirPods' wireless charging case on pretty much any wireless charging pad, including the pad you already use for your iPhone, if you already use one.

The current deal with $45 off is a good one if you value wireless charging. It's not the lowest we've seen for the wireless charging version, so you might get them for a better deal on Prime Day. If you don't value wireless charging, you're better off spending even less with the standard AirPods above.

You can read the full AirPods with Wireless Charging Case review here


airpods pro

Apple AirPods Pro — $220 (originally $249.00) 

The AirPods Pro with active noise-cancellation, water and sweat resistance, wireless charging, and a more customizable in-ear fit haven't been through a Prime Day yet, so it's hard to tell whether these incredible popular wireless earbuds will go any lower than their current price, which is already $30 off full retail pricing. Get them now if you're looking for a high-end pair of wireless earbuds for your iPhone. With such a good deal now, it's unclear whether waiting for Prime Day 2020 will yield something better.

You can read the full Apple AirPods Pro review here


Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5, 40mm, GPS — $300 (originally $399) 

Apple Watch Series 5, 40mm, GPS + Cellular — $500 (originally $499) 

The Apple Watch Series 5 is the latest model and therefore comes with the latest and best performance. The Series 5 also comes with a few extra features that are well worth considering if you're deciding between the Series 3 and Series 5, including an always-on display, more advanced heart-rate monitoring tech, and fall detection.

Prime Day may bring a better deal, but there's truly no guarantee. It's hard to beat it at its current price, which is $100 off the price that Apple sells it online and in its stores. It wouldn't be a mistake to pick up the Series 5 now if you're interested in it. 

For the GPS + Cellular, you're better off waiting for a better deal on Prime Day 2020, seeing as it's at retail pricing now. Just note that a separate data plan would be required for this Apple Watch should you want to use the cellular data connectivity. 

If you're wondering whether to get the Series 5 or spend a little less on the Series 3, check out our comparison here

Read the Apple Watch Series 5 review here.  

Note: Apple is rumored to release new Apple Watches during an event on September 15. You may want to see what Apple has in store before buying a new iPad. Prices are likely to change when the announcement is made, or when new products are released. 


apple watch series 5

Apple Watch Series 5, 44mm, GPS — $429 (originally $429) 

Apple Watch Series 5, 44mm, GPS + Cellular — $514 (originally $499) 

The 44mm GPS-only Series 5 is identical to the above 40mm Series 5, except it's a little bit bigger. It's at full price at the moment, and we've seen much better deals for this model. That makes us think there's some wiggle room that Amazon can fill in during Prime Day 2020 for a better deal. If you can, wait and see what Prime Day 2020 brings for the 44mm Apple Watch Series 5. 

For the GPS + Cellular Apple Watch Series 5, it's not a good time to buy from Amazon right now, as it costs more than retail.  Absolutely wait for Prime Day 2020, where we expect a significantly better deal. Just note that a separate data plan would be required for this Apple Watch should you want to use the cellular data connectivity. 

If you're wondering whether to get the Series 5 or spend a little less on the Series 3, check out our comparison here.

Read the Apple Watch Series 5 review here.  

Note: Apple is rumored to release new Apple Watches during an event on September 15. You may want to see what Apple has in store before buying a new iPad. Prices are likely to change when the announcement is made, or when new products are released. 


Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3, 38mm, GPS — $170 (originally $199) [Was $169 on Prime Day last year]

Apple Watch Series 3, 38mm, GPS + Cellular — $279 (originally $299) [Was $299 on Prime Day last year]

This may be an Apple Watch that's two generations old, but it is still a fantastic smartwatch that's worth buying — especially at recent prices. It can easily be argued that it's a smarter buy than the Series 5. Any significant discount on an Apple Watch is rare, so this is the ideal version if you're not dead set on spending over $200 on a smartwatch. 

The GPS+Cellular model of the Series 3 Apple Watch gives you cellular data and connectivity. That's to say you don't need your iPhone nearby to get the full functionality out of the Apple Watch Series 3. With that said, just note that you'd need a separate data plan from your carrier for this Apple Watch model for the data connectivity. 

The GPS-only Series 3 is already $30 off its full price at the time of writing, and it's a great deal now as a result. You could wait until Prime Day 2020 where you might get an extra $10 off, but no one will raise an eyebrow if you get it today. 

Note that different colors may be discounted at different rates. 

Check out the differences between the Series 3 and the Series 5 here

Read the Apple Watch Series 3 review here.

Note: Apple is rumored to release new Apple Watches during an event on September 15. You may want to see what Apple has in store before buying a new iPad. Prices are likely to change when the announcement is made, or when new products are released. 


Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3, 42mm, GPS — $199 (originally $199) [Was $199 on Prime Day last year]

Apple Watch 3, 42mm, GPS + Cellular — $309 (originally $329) [Was $329 on Prime Day last year]

The 42mm Series 3 is exactly what is sounds like — a bigger model than the aforementioned 38mm Series 3. The only difference is size, and all the functionality and features is identical. Like its smaller sibling, the 42mm Apple Watch series 3 can easily be argued that it's a smarter buy than the Series 5.

It's currently at the same price you'd find from the Apple Store, so it's not much of a deal. Seeing as its an older model and new Apple Watches are said to be looming, it's well worth waiting for Prime Day 2020 for this one. 

For the GPS + Cellular model, it's out of stock now, and it's unclear if it'll ever come back in stock seeing as it's an older model. 

Check out the differences between the Series 3 and the Series 5 here

Read the Apple Watch Series 3 review here.

Note: Apple is rumored to release new Apple Watches during an event on September 15. You may want to see what Apple has in store before buying a new iPad. Prices are likely to change when the announcement is made, or when new products are released. 


The iPad

Apple iPad, 10.2-inch, WiFi, latest model) — starting at $416 (originally $329) 

Apple iPad, 10.2-inch, WiFi + Cellular, latest model — starting at $523 (originally $459) 

Let's say you don't need a super powerful iPad Pro and you really want to spend under $400 — this would have been your deal, except Amazon is selling it more than Apple is, bafflingly. The standard iPad is no slouch, even though it's a bit older now and its processor is not the newest or fastest around. It has a sharp 10.2 inch screen, and it can do any normal task from streaming Netflix to browsing the web and social media without any issues. 

Unfortunately, the price isn't right for the WiFi+ Cellular model, either. Absolutely wait for Prime Day for this one. 

You can read the Apple iPad review here

Note: Apple is rumored to release new iPads during an event on September 15. You may want to see what Apple has in store before buying a new iPad. Prices are likely to change when the announcement is made, or when new products are released. 

 


ipad air (2020)

Apple iPad Air, 10.5-inch, WiFi, latest model — starting at $470 (originally $499)

Apple iPad Air, 10.5-inch, WiFi + Cellular, latest model — starting at $615 (originally $629)

The latest iPad Air runs on the A12 series chip that powered the iPhone XS series, and it's for those who want extra power for both casual and power-hungry apps like games or photo and video editing apps. The extra power also grants you some extra longevity before you'll start thinking about getting a new iPad. The iPad Air is even ever-so-slightly thinner and lighter than the standard iPad, and you get a slightly larger and better screen, too. 

These current prices are underwhelming for the iPad Air, and we've seen previous iPad models get the Prime Day treatment. If you can, you may as well wait for Prime Day to make sure you're getting the best deal. 

You can read the Apple iPad Air review here

Note: Apple is rumored to release new iPads during an event on September 15. You may want to see what Apple has in store before buying a new iPad. Prices are likely to change when the announcement is made, or when new products are released. 


ipad pro 2020

Apple iPad Pro, 11-inch, WiFi, latest model — starting at $800 (originally $799)

Apple iPad Pro, 12.9-inch, WiFi, latest model — starting at $1,049 (originally $999)

Apple iPad Pro, 12.9-inch, WiFi + Cellular, latest model — starting at $1,449 (originally $1149)

The iPad Pros are the no-compromise Apple tablets. It contains all the power, all the features, all the cameras, all the screen, and all the tech that Apple have to throw at you. It's also compatible with Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio that essentially turns the iPad Pro into a computer when you combine it with a mouse. We have to be honest, however — with all that power and its price tag in mind, the iPad Pro is overkill for a lot of people. It's really a mobile solution designed for professionals who would use the iPad Pro for their jobs. 

Still, pros look for deals, too! We've previously seen deals for the iPad Pro, but now is not a good time to pick one up from Amazon. I'd absolutely wait until deals come up, if Prime Day doesn't come first. 

You can read the Apple iPad Pro review here.

Note: Apple is rumored to release new iPads during an event on September 15. You may want to see what Apple has in store before buying a new iPad. Prices are likely to change when the announcement is made, or when new products are released. 

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