Apple Black Friday deals start on Thanksgiving and roll through Black Friday, offering some of the best prices on Apple notebooks, iPads and iPods of the year.
Black Friday is consistently the best time to buy an iPod touch or iPod Nano, and one of the few times shoppers will find iPad deals and discounts.
Apple Store Black Friday deals include savings online at 12:01 AM Pacific and at 7:00 AM local time in Apple stores, but the best deals are available from big name retailers like MacMall, Best Buy, Target and others.
There are some Apple Black Friday deals already available to shoppers online, but the biggest savings will start online late Thanksgiving night and continue through Black Friday both in-store and online.
Through Black Friday 2012 we will keep updating the list of Apple Black Friday deals with links and prices as stores like Best Buy and Amazon offer up flash deals on the iPad, iPod touch and other gadgets.
The video below wraps up the best Apple Black Friday deals for 2012 in two minutes, summing up the best places to look for Black Friday savings.
Keep in mind that these deals sell out fast, especially in stores, so don’t plan on scoring an iPad Black Friday deal at Walmart and then running over to Target for an iPod touch.
MacBook Air Black Friday Deals
Black Friday is a good time to buy a MacBook Air, but there are already several amazing deals on refurbished MacBook Air models direct from Apple. These include the latest MacBook Air models announced in June 2012 and come with a full one-year Apple Warranty and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.
|MacBook Air||Retail||Apple BF||Refurb
|11-inch MBA 1.7GHz 4GB/64GB||$999||$898||$849||–||$959||–|
|11-inch MBA 1.7GHz 4GB/128GB||$1,099||$998||$929||–||$1,051||–|
|13-inch MBA 1.8GHz 4GB/128GB||$1,199||$1,098||$1,019||$1,097||$1,151||$1,024|
|13-inch MBA 1.8GHz 4GB/128GB||$1,499||$1,398||$1,269||–||$1,439||–|
MacBook Pro Black Friday Deals
When it comes to the MacBook Pro Black Friday deals for 2012, the biggest savings are again already available as refurbished models direct from Apple. These beat the Black Friday deals from Apple and from MacMall. The MacMall Black Friday deals are not live until Black Friday. We may see Apple lower prices in the Refurbished Apple Store on Black Friday.
|MacBook Pro||Retail||Apple BF||Refurb
|13-inch MBP 2.5GHz 4GB/500GB||$1,199||$1,098||$1,019||$1,097||$1,151||$1,034|
|13-inch MBP 2.9GHz 8GB/750GB||$1,499||$1,398||$1,269||$1,397||$1,455||–|
|15-inch MBP 2.3GHz 4GB/500GB/GT650||$1,799||$1,698||$1,529||$1,697||$1,727||–|
|15-inch MBP 2.6GHz 8GB/500GB/GT650||$2,199||$2,098||$1,869||–||$2,111||–|
MacBook Pro Retina Black Friday Deals
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a popular new model, so there aren’t many deals to be found, and no refurbished models. MacMall and Apple both plan to offer discounts of around $100 on Black Friday, but savvy shoppers can order now through Amazon for only $30 more.
|MacBook Pro with Retina Display||Retail||Apple BF||Refurb
|13-inch MBP 2.5GHz 8GB/128GB||$1,699||$1,598||–||$1,597||$1,631|
|13-inch MBP 2.9GHz 8GB/256GB||$1,999||$1,898||–||–||$1,919|
|15-inch MBP 2.3GHz 8GB/256GB/GT650||$2,199||$2,098||–||$2,047||$2,198|
|15-inch MBP 2.6GHz 8GB/512GB/GT650||$2,799||$2,698||–||–||$2,687|
Mac Mini & iMac Black Friday Deals
The Mac Mini and iMac Black Friday deals will likely be in short supply this year. Apple announced a new iMac in October, but it is still not available to order. If the iMac goes on sale by Black Friday, we don’t expect to see any Black Friday discounts.
The Mac Mini is also new, but MacMall plans to sell the Mac Mini for $573 on Black Friday, but that’s the best deal we could find. It’s only $27 off the retail price, but we don’t expect the deals to go any lower.
iPod Black Friday Deals
The Black Friday iPod touch deals are available online and in-store. Most of these deals will be available as doorbusters in-store, but it is highly likely that Best Buy will offer an iPod touch deal online on Black Friday. Apple may offer the lowest up-front price, but the gift card deals are where the real savings are.
|iPod touch and iPod Nano||Retail||Apple BF||Refurb Apple||MacMall|
|iPod touch 5th gen 32GB||$299||$278||–||$279|
|iPod touch 4th gen 16GB||$199||$178||–||–|
|iPod touch 4th gen 8GB||–||–||$129||–|
Check back for updated deals as Black Friday iPod touch and iPod nano deals arrive online during Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
|iPod Black Friday
Gift Card Deals
|Best Buy||Target||Meijer||Toys R Us||Radio Shack|
|iPod Touch 5th Gen||$294 + $50 GC||–||$295 + $50 GC||–||–|
|iPod touch 4th gen 16GB||$199 + $50 GC||$199 + $40 GC||$194 + $50 GC||$199 + $30 GC||–|
|iPod Nano||$144 + $20 GC||$149 + $20 GC||$149 + $50 GC||–||$149 + $20 GC|
iPad Black Friday Deals
The iPad is rarely discounted, so Black Friday is a good time to get a deal on the iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation or iPad 4th generation. Like many of these deals, the iPad 2 is available refurbished as low as $319 from Apple. This deal comes and then goes fast, so be sure to snap the deal up quickly.
|iPad Deals||Retail||Apple BF||Refurb Apple|
|iPad 3rd Gen 16GB||–||–||$379|
|iPad 4th Gen 16GB||$499||$458||–|
|iPad 4th Gen 32GB||$599||$558||–|
|iPad 4th Gen 64GB||$699||$658||–|
Black Friday iPad deals in-store offer good deals in the form of gift cards and in store coupons for future purchases. These deals offer up to $100 in gift cards with the purchase of an iPad on Black Friday.
|iPad Black Friday Gift Card Deals||Best Buy||Target||Meijer||Walmart|
|iPad 2||$399 + $40 GC||$399 + $60 GC||$399 + $100 GC||$399 + $75 GC|
|iPad 4th Gen 16GB||$499 + $60 GC||$499 + $60 GC||$499 + 100 GC Thursday|
Stay tuned for more Black Friday 2012 deals, buying guides and items to avoid.