Today, Apple put up a teaser-ad for this year’s Black Friday. Just like previous years, we expect Apple to reduce prices on iDevices for the one-day only shopping frenzy.
Last year, the steepest discount was $101 for the top-of-the-line Mac, with the lowest discounts going to the iPod nano, which had a staggering $21 price drop for the 16GB model. The iPad and iPod touch featured a mid-range price drop of up-to $41. Though these discounts may seem small, it is the only day to buy a brand-new Mac from Apple cheaper than the normal price.
The iPhone 4S will more than likely not feature any reductions in price and will remain at the base price of $199. Same goes for the iPhone 4, which will probably remain at $99. If you want a good phone that’s cheap, you can’t go wrong with the subsidized iPhone 3GS, which will set you back $0 ($0.99 at AT&T). The iPhone 4S is a sure-fire way to make anyone’s holiday a good one (If you want to go all out, you could even get them a gift card for iTunes, so they can buy Infinity Blade II)
Best Investment: iPhone 4S
The iPad only has one model, but has multiple options, such as 3G connectivity, color, and capacity. The prices range from $499 – $829, with $499 being the base model and the $829 version being the 64GB Wi-Fi+3G model. Black or white, the iPad is a beautiful device for just about anybody. If you really want 3G, you’ll have to fork over an extra $129 when you purchase the iPad, however the devices have no contracts and you can cancel your service at anytime.
Best Investment: Â iPad 32GB
The iPods are great for stocking-stuffers, or sitting under your tree. The base prices for iPods range from $49-$249, making them the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Discounts should range from $21 – $41. The iPod line just got a refresh when Apple announced the iPhone 4S, meaning that most of these devices are still relatively new in their release cycle. The top-end of the iPod line is the $249 monster, known as the iPod Classic. This device hasn’t been updated in a while, but is still the largest capacity iPod at 160 GB (40,000 songs), it also doesn’t run iOS, which means it doesn’t have access to the App Store. Next down the list is the iPod touch, which got a sexy new color at the October Apple event. Though most of the internals were not upgraded, the iPod did drop $30 from its price and now sits comfortably at $199. It also got many of iOS 5′s great new features. The iPod nano also got a nice software update, with bigger icons and more clock faces but can still be pretty difficult to use, especially if you have big fingers. The iPod shuffle is still great for people who don’t care about screens, and it has awesome features like VoiceOver AND buttons for just $49.
Best Investment:Â The iPod touch is our personal favorite, but for someone who needs a lot of room, the iPod Classic is the way to go.Â
If you’re looking to buy a brand new Mac, you can expect to pay $100 dollars less on Black Friday. The iMac and Mac Mini are in mid-cycle, which means that an upgrade will happen in the near future. If you want, you can buy, but don’t be upset when Apple comes out with a new model 3 months later. The Mac Pro is a definitely not recommended, mainly because its last update was in mid-2010. On the other hand, if you’re looking to buy a new MacBook Pro in any size, you’re in luck. The notebooks are still early in their release cycle and have a bright future ahead of them. The Air is a hit or miss, similar to iMac and Mac Mini. It’s during its mid-cycle and might be upgraded soon.
Best Investment:Â MacBook Pro (notebook), iMac (desktop)
Even though most of the discounts are less than 10%, there are still some benefits to buying with Apple. Some of the main ones being free gift wrapping and engravings on nearly every product. Additionally, if your purchase is over $50, shipping is free. If you want toÂ avoid the crowds, the best place to shop is at the Apple Online Store, and you’ll usually get your order in less than two weeks.
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The discounts mentioned in this article are from previous years of Apple’s Black Friday sale. Not all discounts are guaranteed, but are predictions and estimates based on last year’s prices.