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Apple does not directly discount devices for Black Friday and again gives gift cards worth up to $ 200 with certain purchases – but a smart customer has better options.
Four days from Friday, November 26, 2021, Apple will mark Black Friday by including an Apple gift card with iPhone, AirPods and more. In any case, the gift card is included in the purchase and can be used as a partial payment for the next purchase.
Apple offers gift cards only on very specific items. The complete list of device and gift card values is:
- $ 50 with iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone SE
- $ 50 with Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD
- $ 50 with Beats Studio3 Wireless, Solo3 Wireless, “and more,” says Apple
- $ 50 with Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 3
- $ 50 with Apple Pencil (2nd generation) or Smart Keyboard Folio
- $ 50 with MagSafe Duo charger
- $ 50 with an AirTag package of four
- $ 50 with Magic Keyboard for iPad
- $ 75 with AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation), AirPods Pro, AirPods Max
- $ 100 with the 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- $ 100 with MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro
- $ 100 with Mac mini
- $ 200 with a 27-inch iMac
Better value options
The Apple Watch SE can currently be purchased from Amazon for $ 219, which is a current saving of $ 60 on Apple’s retail price.
Then, the largest gift card, $ 200, is offered exclusively with the 27-inch iMac. This model is one of the last to be available only with an Intel processor, so it will probably soon be replaced by a significantly upgraded version.
Apple offers its $ 100 gift card on any Mac mini configuration, but customers can get $ 100 on the M1 Mac mini with 512GB of storage. That lowers it to $ 999.
All in all, Apple’s best offer is to buy $ 50 gift cards when they spend $ 99 on a pack of four AirTags. However, in addition, there are much better deals for Black Friday than other retailers for each item.
In addition, most other Black Friday offers are in the form of discounted prices, not gift cards for later purchases. Thus, alternative suppliers make the initial purchase more affordable.
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