Black Friday is no longer just the biggest shopping day of the year—it’s the biggest shopping event of the season. It starts on November 26 this year, and to make sure you get the best deals, you need to do a little bit of research. Here’s what you can do to make sure you don’t miss out on a good deal on Apple products.
Current Mac deals
The deals on Macs don’t just start on Black Friday. You can find discounts offered in the $50 to $100 range. You usually won’t see any cuts that are deeper than that. Here are the best deals we’ve found.
MacBook Air (M1, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD; $999 regular price)
Apple usually has a four-day holiday shopping event during Black Friday weekend, with gift cards offered instead of actual discounts. Last year, Apple offered $150 gift cards on the iMac and 16-inch MacBook Pro—both of which Macs featured Intel processors. Apple now has a series of Macs running its own processors, and while you probably won’t see any deals on the newer MacBooks, the older M1 machines could possibly be included.
Chances are we won’t see any deals on the just-launched 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops. We could see deals on the M1 Macs (MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and 24-inch iMac). The M1 made its debut a year ago, so it seems like the timing is right for deals. If you’re willing to get a Mac with an Intel CPU, you could see bigger markdowns from the regular price.
Best Buy currently sells the M1 MacBook Air and 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro. We could see the prices come down a bit more for Black Friday, but if you can’t wait, you can take advantage of Best Buy’s “Black Friday Prices Guaranteed” plan, where the retailer will refund the difference if the price goes lower. Best Buy also does offers such as six months of free Apple Music or other free trials into Apple services.