What was once the biggest shopping day of the year now spreads over weeks, but Black Friday is still a day to circle on your calendar. This year it falls on November 26, leaving less than a month before Christmas. So if you’re looking to snatch some great deals on Apple products, you’ll need to be ready. Here’s what you can expect.
Current iPad deals
Ahead of Black Friday, you can regularly find deals on the iPad Air and iPad Pro. Amazon regularly slashes prices of the 11-inch iPad Pro by $50 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro by $100, with some higher capacities getting larger discounts. The iPad Air is also often discounted by $50 or more. Here are the best deals we’ve found:
Apple will likely hold its annual holiday shopping event from November 26-29. In previous years, it has given away gift cards instead of offering actual discounts, and most newer products aren’t included. That likely means the iPad mini and ninth-gen iPad will be excluded from the sale but the newest iPad Pro and iPad Air will likely be part of it. We expect $100 gift cards on the iPad Pro and $50 gift cards for the Air.
Black Friday iPad deals from Amazon
In 2020, Amazon rolled out the first deals on the iPad Air, which had launched only a couple of months prior, taking $30 off the MSRP. Normally, we’d expect a similar discount on the mini, but a spot check of Amazon’s stock shows stock is extremely low for the 64GB Wi-Fi model. However, there will likely will continue to be excellent deals on the iPad Pro, with $100 or greater discounts on the higher configurations.
Best Buy had some excellent iPad deals for Black Friday 2020, including $70 off the then-just-released eighth-gen iPad as well as $100 savings on all models of the iPad Pro. We expect similar deals on the iPad Pro and Air in 2020. Best Buy also offers six months of Apple Music with every Apple device purchase, double the usual offer, as well as six months of Apple News+. For early shopping, Best Buy is running a “Black Friday Prices Guaranteed,” which promises to refund the difference if the price goes lower than your purchase price prior to Black Friday (Nov. 26).
2021 Apple 11-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi, 128GB) – Space Gray
Costco is currently running a sale that takes $50 off all variations of the iPad Pro until November 14, and will likely offer further discounts over the Black Friday weekend. Target and B&H Photo will likely offer sales as well that are similar to the Amazon discounts.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC—the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard for swapping out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.