Apple may have started out as a computer maker, but today, this iconic brand is probably more well-known for its fantastic lineup of mobile devices (which is not to say that its MacOS machines aren’t still pretty great). Apple gadgets cleaves towards the more expensive end of the price spectrum, but if you’re already a fan, then you know they’re worth it — but just because you appreciate premium design doesn’t mean you can’t also appreciate a good discount, and we’ve got all of this week’s best cheap Apple deals and sales right here.
If you’re looking for something in particular, check out our other roundups of iMac deals, Mac Mini deals, AirPods deals, Apple Watch deals, iPad deals, iPhone deals, and MacBook deals for even more savings.
Apple Watch Series 6
Smartwatches never became the next smartphones, but the Apple Watch is the one smartwatch that has managed to enjoy widespread popularity. Apple updated its WatchOS-powered smart wearable last year, releasing the excellent — and pricey — new Apple Watch Series 6. The Apple Watch Series 6 refined everything we loved about previous models, bringing the design to near perfection with great software, a vibrant always-on display, and an excellent set of health and fitness-tracking features.
We’ve also seen some fantastic discounts in the wake of the Series 6 release that bring it closer in price (or even cheaper than) the now-discontinued Series 5, making now a particularly perfect time to buy one if you’ve been on the fence and waiting for a deal.
Apple 10.2-Inch iPad (8th Generation)
Apple released its 8th-gen iPad last year, and aside from incremental hardware changes, the new 2020 model didn’t really re-invent the wheel. Yet given how good these tablets are and the value they provide, that’s just fine with us, and there’s never really a bad time to score the new 10.2-inch iPad at a discount as retailers offer them on sale pretty much year-round.
When it was first on the market, our review team named the 7th-gen 10.2-inch iPad the best tablet for most people thanks to its superb touchscreen, solid performance, and great overall design and build quality. That hasn’t changed with the new 8th-gen refresh, which is now the one we recommend you buy. It’s an even easier sell given how affordable it is relative to other much pricier Apple devices like the iPad Pro line.
Apple iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 series is Apple’s current flagship smartphone line, and with it, Apple built upon its three-phone release strategy by rolling out four new devices this time around: the iPhone 12, the pocket-friendly iPhone 12 Mini, the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro, and the up-sized iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the more affordable models (the iPhone 12 Mini retails for just $700, in contrast to the $1,000 sticker price for the 12 Pro), and they’re both winners.
All four 12th-gen iPhones look great, feel great, deliver snappy performance thanks to the new A14 Bionic chip, and boast an excellent camera modules. The iPhone 12 is truly the everyman’s mobile, and as the current-gen iPhone, it also has the benefit of being available with some of the best carrier discounts and rebates at the moment.
Apple MacBook Air (Late 2020 Model with M1 CPU)
With modern laptops getting slimmer and slimmer, the MacBook Air is almost redundant now, but it still does its thing very well. That should come as no shock considering that Apple wrote the book in super-slim laptops with the MacBook Air, and its late 2020 model makes for a fantastic featherweight work machine now that it comes loaded with Apple’s superb new M1 CPU.
On the latest MacBook Air, that M1 chip is paired with 8GB RAM (perfectly respectable hardware for work, browsing, and streaming) along with a 128GB solid state drive. One thing we didn’t like about the Intel Core MacBook Air was its launch price, but the addition of that M1 CPU make it much more attractive and it’s still the cheapest entry point into the MacBook ecosystem — especially if you can find a good deal.
Apple iPad Pro (5th Generation with M1 CPU)
The Mac computers aren’t the only devices to get the M1 upgrade: In May of 2021, Apple brought its new chipset to the iPad Pro tablets as well. The Pro has always been the most powerful tablet in the iPad lineup (and one you can easily use as a 2-in-1 laptop when paired with a good keyboard case), but the M1 CPU really takes things up a notch. As with the previous 4th-gen model, the 5th-gen iPad Pro comes with one of two display sizes — 11 inches and 12.9-inches — with the 12.9-inch Liquid Retina display boasting mini-LED technology.
Along with the M1 CPU, the 2021 iPad Pro got 5G connectivity, a memory boost (8GB to 16GB from 6GB), and Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4 connectivity. The 12.9-inch model saw a $100 MSRP increase to $1,100 as well, likely due to the enhanced Liquid Retina display. The 11-inch Pro still carries its retail price tag of $799. As the top tablet in the stable, the 5th-gen iPad Pro is naturally the most expensive, but this is also where you’ll find some of the juiciest Apple deals when they’re available.
Apple made a lot of waves when the company started removing the 3.5mm wired headphone jack from its devices, but more than made up for it by releasing the AirPods — and kicking off the true wireless earbud revolution in the process. The Apple AirPods may not be the absolute “best” wireless earbuds on the market, but they’re still hot for a reason, and if you’re an Apple fan (meaning you probably use an iPhone and/or an iPad), they’re the earbuds for you.
They’ve also been out for a couple years now (they were most recently refreshed with the second-gen AirPods being released in 2019), so Apple deals on these popular earbuds always abound. You can get them with the wired charging case or a wireless charging case for a $40 upgrade, with retail pricing sitting at $160 and $200, respectively. However, regular discounts and sales give shoppers frequent chances to score them for around $30-$50 off, so hold out for a bargain — and you shouldn’t have to wait very long.
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