The first official Apple Black Friday 2014 details trickled out this morning as Apple prepares for Black Friday 2014 with an early opening and plans to buck the trend of starting Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day.
It’s still early for an Apple Black Friday 2014 ad, but if you had any doubts that Apple is doing something special you can put them to rest.
The Apple Black Friday deals will start early as Apple Store Black Friday 2014 hours start at 8 AM local time. This is two hours ahead of the typical Apple Store hours, and well after other retailers open on Black Friday. For example, Walmart Black Friday deals start in store at 6 AM on Friday, after starting at 6 PM Thursday.
While Best Buy and Walmart both offer Thanksgiving Day deals at 5 PM and 6 PM respectively, Apple confirmed that Apple Stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day.
We’re still waiting to hear exactly what the Apple Black Friday deals are for 2014. Last year Apple took a page from retailers like Walmart and Target, offering gift cards instead of straight up discounts on popular Apple products. Many of the best Apple Black Friday deals are from third-party retailers that offer discounts on the iPhone 6 and already offer up to $140 off the new iPad Air 2.
Although the Apple Store Black Friday hours are just two hours earlier than normal and well after other Black Friday deals start this isn’t the whole story. You can also count on Apple Black Friday deals online at the Apple Store. These deals may start late at night like we typically see for new Apple products, or at a more reasonable time like when Apple Stores open.
Here’s a look at the 2014 Apple Black Friday deals you can expect. This assumes Apple sticks to the same plan as last year, similar to what we see through third-party retailers.
- iPad Air 2 – $75 gift card from Apple.
- iPad Air & Older iPads – $50 to $100 discounts possible.
- iPad mini 3 – $50 gift card from Apple.
- iPad mini 2 – $50 discount or gift card possible.
- iPad mini – Real chance for sub $200 iPad mini Black Friday deals.
- MacBook Air – $150 off in cash or gift cards
- MacBook Pro Retina – $150 to $200 off in cash or gift cards
- iMac – $50 to $200 off in cash or gift cards
- iPod touch – $50+ in savings with gift card or cash
- iPod nano – $45 to $50 in savings with gift card or cash
You can also expect to see a lot of deals on accessories and the Apple TV. This year we may see Apple join in with a lot of Beats headphone Black Friday deals. The company purchased Beats headphones earlier this year and continues to sell them in Apple Stores and feature them prominently online.
If you want an iPhone 6 Black Friday deal you’ll need to go to Walmart or Target, or to Best Buy with a trade-in. Apple typically doesn’t feature iPhone deals on Black Friday. You can see a collection of iPhone deals below.
|iPhone Model||Price||Store||Catches||Trade In Bonus|
|iPhone 6||$179 + $75 Gift Card||Walmart||16GB Only||Up to $200 for old Smartphones|
|iPhone 5s||$79 + $75 Gift Card||Walmart||16GB Only||Up to $200 for old Smartphones|
|iPhone 6||$179 + $30 Gift Card||Target||16GB Only|
|iPhone 5s||$79 + $30 Gift Card||Target||16GB Only|
|iPhone 6||$99.99 with Trade||Target||16GB Only||$100 Minimum Trade for iPhone|
|iPhone 5s||$1 with Trade||Target||16GB Only||$100 Minimum Trade for iPhone|
|iPhone 6||$99||Sam's Club||$99 for 16GB, $199 for 64Gb, $299 for 128GB|
|iPhone 4||$99 off contract||GameStop||Used|
|iPhone 6||$99.99 with Trade||Best Buy||Deal only with trade.||$100 minimum trade value for old iPhone|
|iPhone 5s||$1 with Trade||Best Buy||Deal only with trade.||$100 minimum trade value for old iPhone|
|iPhone 6||$199 + $50 Gift Card||Apple||All storage sizes. No $0 down offers|
|iPhone 6 Plus||$299 + $50 Gift Card||Apple||All storage sizes. No $0 down offers|
|iPhone 5s||$99 + $50 Gift Card||Apple||All storage sizes. No $0 down offers|
|iPhone 5c||$0 + $50 Gift Card||Apple||All storage sizes. No $0 down offers without contract.|
Many of the best Apple Black Friday deals for 2014 will come from retailers like Walmart who offers the iPad mini for $249 before an $80 gift card and promises it available for purchase to shoppers who are in the right line between 6-7PM on Thanksgiving Day Target chops $140 off the new iPad Air 2 and $100 off many other models with a gift card offer.
Check out the latest Black Friday 2014 ads below to see what you can expect this year from Apple and from other retailers selling Apple on Black Friday 2014.
Walmart Black Friday 2014 Ad
Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals start at 6PM on Thanksgiving and roll all the way through Cyber Monday. There are three specific events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2014, including nine 1 Hour Guarantee items that are in stock or you can get it by Christmas at the Black Friday price.
This includes a 65-inch Vizio HDTV for $648, the Xbox One with Halo for $299 after gift card rebate and an iPad mini for $169 after gift card.
You can check out more details on how the Walmart Black Friday 2014 1 Hour Guarantee will work. Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer at Walmart states, “We’ve taken significant steps to improve the 1-Hour Guarantee process from beginning to end. It’s simple and seamless.”
Walmart beat our Xbox One and PS4 Black Friday 2014 predictions with big savings on the Xbox One and the PS4 GTA 5 and The Last of US Remastered bundle for $399. Here's a look at the nine guaranteed in stock items for 2014.
You can see the full Walmart Black Friday 2014 ad and deals online now. Wlaamrt will post store maps on November 18th and share more detials as the event approaches.