Apple may eschew its Black Friday sales, but thanks to deep discounts from big-box retailers, the deals on iDevices will be some of the deepest discounts this 2018. So what Black Friday iPhone, iPad Watch, iMac, MacBook and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones deals shoppers could expect for 2018? The past holiday shopping timeline give us a bright ideal on what to expect on Apple Black Friday deals this year.
Last year, Apple did not released an official Black Friday advertisement, but the advertisements from Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Amazon are packed with a bunch of Apple’s most sought-after hardware products. Because of the previous Black Friday sales, Apple products follow an unsurprising pattern every holiday season. Here are some of the most notable Apple deals to expect this year, per Forbes.
- Apple iPhone XR — $200 direct discounts
- Apple iPhone XS, Max, XR — Up to $300 Gift Card
- Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch for $674 ($325 savings)
- Apple MacBook 12-inch for $1,049 ($250 savings)
- Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch for $1,049 ($250 savings)
- Apple iPad 9.7-inch for $229 ($100 savings)
- Apple iPad Mini 4 for $239 ($160 savings)
- Apple Watch Series 4 with $30 Gift Card – $399.99
- Apple Watch Series 4 for $379.99 ($20 savings)
With the lesser expensive iPhone XR officially going on sale just a month before the Black Friday, we expect demand for both the cheaper smartphone to be selling like hot cakes. With the reference to the past Black Friday events, Walmart has offered the best iPhone deals. While Best Buy will likely offer $200-$250 direct price cuts on iPhones, Walmart will offer $300 gift card. While Walmart isn’t offering direct cash discounts on iPhones, you can use the $300 for future purchases. That said, a $50-$100 is far better as you can use it on Cyber Monday. Target may also offer one of the few retailers to offer discounts on Watch Series 4.
Apple’s Black Friday 2018 Ad Release
The official Apple Store has not had an official advertisement in decades, and it’s implausible to release Black Friday ad for 2018. However, there is a big number of other stores highlighting Apple devices deals in their Black Friday ads, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s, B&H Photo Video, Sam’s Club, Costo Staples and eBay. Almost all of those advertisements will be rolled out during the first couple of weeks in November. Expect the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR to be featured in a lot of the major Black Friday ads.
Apple’s Black Friday Sale Hours and Start Times
The Apple Store will likely commence its big sale on Thanksgiving, but it will be a store to avoid. If the past decade is the case for this year, the Apple Store will only offer humble gift cards when getting an expensive products at full price. For actual Apple Black Friday deals, Walmart, Best Buy and Target will have sales starting on Monday of Thanksgiving Week. Sam’s Club’s will be running its annual “One-Day Sale” pre-Black Friday event that features the latest models of iPhones. While the early sales usually comes with fewer discounts, it is strongly advised to wait until the Thanksgiving Week for the best discounts starting on Turkey Day. Some of the tech deals will be extended into Cyber Week. The non-chain retailer B&H Photo Video has always been one of the best store to score Black Friday deals on Apple products.
While the Apple Store is waiving shipping fees on all orders, but most other major retailers will also have free shipping on Apple deals. If it is anything like past holiday sales, Target and Best Buy will likely offer free deliveries on without minimum purchase prerequisite throughout the Cyber Week. Meanwhile, Amazon and Walmart are unlikely to offer free shipping below $25 and $35 orders, respectively. But the good news is that every Apple device — iPhone, iPad, Watch, MacBook and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones — is expensive enough to qualify on free shipping minimums.
Apple Cyber Monday and Cyber Week 2018
While Apple Store participate in Black Friday by offering free gift cards, it is not holding a Cyber Monday sale in the previous years. Bu many other retailers carried Apple devices. So expect Apple products on Cyber Monday 2018 from retailers like Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and B&H Photo featuring iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and Apple Watches. Most of the Cyber Monday and Cyber Week advertisements and sale details will not come out Sunday of Thanksgiving Week, but many of the Apple deals and discounts should be identical to Black Friday.