With Black Friday now on the horizon, consumers all over the United States will be gearing up to find bargains on this day devoted to a shopping bonanza. And there is no doubt where a lot of consumers will squarely direct their attention; on the ever seductive Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) product range.
With relatively new iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 both available, the big box stores across the United States are currently in the process of contemplating precisely what discounts they will offer consumers. And already several of the big players in the electronics marketplace have indicated some of the Apple deals that will be available.
iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 Black Friday deals: Target leads the way
For example, Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has already revealed its Black Friday promotions, and fans of Apple products should be pretty excited by what is on offer. The store is intending to open its doors to consumers on November 27, and will remain open right through to 12 AM on November 28. As if the promise of bargains was not enough to entice people, Target will also offer Christmas crackers containing either coupons or a gift card to further incentivize shoppers.
While the iPhone range will always be a particular focus for Apple fans, and indeed the corporation itself, the more recent Apple releases have come in its iPad series of tablets. The iPad Air 2 was released just a month ago, and Target is clearly intending to shift a large number of units of this device considering the discounts that they are offering the public.
The iPad Air 2 will retail for $59 at Target, thanks to a gift card worth $140 that the store is offering Apple consumers. The corporation is also reducing the price tag of the iPad Mini 3, which was released by Apple in conjunction with its larger iPad Air 2 cousin. This effectively reduces the price tag of the smaller Apple tablet to $399.
Although the newest Apple devices will unquestionably be a focus for consumers, Black Friday also offers shoppers the opportunity to pick up bargains on older Apple tablets. Thus, Target is offering deals on the iPad Mini 2 and the original iPad Air tablets. These will retail at $199 and $299 respectively, and the original iPad Mini will also be on sale at the store at the extremely competitive price of $169, thanks to an $80 gift card.
Aside from the deals on Apple tablets, Target is also offering the flagship iPhone smartphone at competitive rates as well. The iPhone 6 can be purchased through the store for $149 on this coming Black Friday, although this is dependent on certain contractual terms. You must sign up for a two-year contract with either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless in order to qualify for this price point.
Target has also slashed the price of the older iPhone 5S, which is an absolute bargain at just $49 for a two-year contract.
Other stores are also offering bargain prices for Apple products. Best Buy has also strongly discounted the iPad range, with the 16 GB 2013 iteration of the tablet available at the store for $319.99, which represents a saving of $80 over the recommended retail price. The 32 GB version of the iPad will retail for $30 less than this, while the 64 GB model is available at $414.99. The maximum capacity version of the iPad Air is also discounted at Best Buy to $612.99.
iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 Black Friday deals: Best Buy bargains
Additionally, Best Buy is also offering discounts on cellular-capable iPad models, which will be on sale with a whopping $100 under its usual price. The 16 GB LTE model will retail at $429.99, while the 32 GB version can be purchased for $479.99. Meanwhile, the retailer will also be selling the 16-gigabyte iPhone 6 for an extremely affordable $99.99
If you’re in the mood for some retro Apple products, then Best Buy are also discounting fifth-generation iPod Touch music players along with the recently acquired Apple’s Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD On-Ear Headphones, which are slashed in price by $70 to $99.99.
The biggest retailer in the world is also joining in on the Apple discounts. Walmart enables consumers to acquire early-bird sales or pre-Black Friday deals, which can be particularly attractive to shoppers. And Walmart is really attempting to dominate the competition this year, by offering Apple discounts one week earlier than anyone else.
iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 Black Friday deals: Extended Wal-Mart sale
The sales at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) will begin at 8 AM on Friday, November 21. This means that keen Apple shoppers can beat the Black Friday queues and get their hands on a bargain well before the usual date.
With regard to Apple products, the first deal that Wal-Mart is offering is the iPad Mini 3 with 16 GB for only $389. The iPad Air 2 with the same amount of storage will cost $100 more.
There are a range of other offers available on Apple devices at Wal-Mart as the retailer proclaims that it will match Amazon prices across its huge raft of US stores. Thus, the flagship iPhone 6 can be purchased for just $179 from Wal-Mart this Black Friday season. This does involve committing to a two-year contract, and the three carriers involved in this particular bargain price are AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). These offers are available via a $75 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) gift card.
By the same token, the iPhone 5s will plummet in price at Wal-Mart over the Black Friday event. A two-year contract on the previous iteration of the flagship Apple smartphone will set consumers back $79, with shoppers required to sign up to AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.
All in all, there are some outstanding bargains available for shoppers over the Black Friday season, and any fan of Apple wanting to get their hands on a top of the range phablet or smartphone should have no particular problem in doing so at a very affordable price.