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doesn’t but we’re already seeing compelling deals on a range of Apple products. Apple will also hold its own virtual event Tuesday, at which it’s expected to unveil the and possibly other new products. We’ll be covering both events in detail here at CNET, of course.
But the Apple deals are already underway at Amazon. These are the best of them at the moment:
- With a $150 discount, the excellent is currently selling for $850 — the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this model
- The iPad Mini is selling for $336 (save $63)
- The AirPods Pro are selling for $190 at Woot (save $59)
- The standard AirPods, with the wired, not wireless charging case, are selling for $125 (save $35)
If last year’s event provides any guidance for what to expect in 2020, we could seedip to $250 (and sell for even less), new all-time low prices for the and the now-discontinued — and perhaps the first significant discounts on the and Apple Watch SE, too. This is all speculation, however. Amazon hasn’t officially announced any specific Apple-related Prime Day deals yet.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on every Apple product during the run up to Prime Day as well as throughout the event (and after the dust settles). You’ll have other options beyond Amazon, too., Target, and Newegg are all having competing sales, and they often out-discount Amazon when it comes to Apple products. So long as it’s an authorized Apple retailer (as those stores are), we’ll be sure to feature them here, too. For us, the best price always wins.
To that end, in the space below, we’ll be keeping track of current prices and how they square up with discounts we’ve seen in the past. For each product, we’ve also included a “strike price” for the entry-level model in that category, which represents our best guess for the price at which you should buy and no longer hold out for a better deal. Note that there will often be a good deal on one particular model, size or color and not another. For example, at any given moment, a 44mm GPS Apple Watch may be a better deal than the 40mm model. We’ll be sure to note the specifics below.
Savings are shown versus the Apple Store, which effectively always charges the list price for Apple gear. But, to be clear, some of the more modest discounts shown are really just the “everyday low prices” at other retailers. We’d recommend holding out until sales start next week to see if better price drops are on the way.
In 2020, Apple upgraded the MacBook Air with an improved keyboard and twice the storage, and restored it to the sacred $1,000 price point. Amazon is currently selling it for $150 off — the all-time low price for this model, and probably the lowest price we’ll see during the Prime Day period. (You’ll see the full sale price at checkout.) Note that we expect new Macs with iPad-style “Apple silicon” chips, possibly before the end of the year.
Strike price: $850
Introduced in 2019, the Mini has an A12 processor and Pencil support — just like the 2020 10.2-inch iPad, which is currently on sale for $299 — but twice as much storage.
Though it was announced less than a month ago, Amazon and other retailers have already discounted the space gray entry-level 10.2-inch iPad, with the sale price swinging between $299 and $319. For a fleeting moment during last year’s holiday season, the now discontinued 2019 version was available for $229, but the Prime Day low was $250. That’s a great price on the best iPad for most people, and the price we’ll be looking for this year, too. Read our Apple iPad 2020 review.
Strike price: $250 for 32GB, $330 for 128GB
Currently discounted to match its 2019 Black Friday low price of $169, the GPS-only Series 3, which came out in 2017, remains the least expensive model in Apple’s watch portfolio — and, in light of its age and humble feature set, also the most dubious value. With the Apple Watch Series SE currently selling for $279, it’d be hard to recommend buying the Series 3 even at its current sale price. If Amazon drops the price significantly lower — maybe. Read our Apple Watch Series 3 review.
Strike price: $129 for 38mm, $169 for 42mm
The priciest, fastest and most feature-packed of the bunch, the Series 6 can measure your blood oxygen level and runs on the new S6 processor. Both 44mm models are currently on sale for $15 off — which is Amazon’s “standard” though intermittent discount on the newest Apple Watch models. Given that the Series 6 is the current top-tier model, and that it came out only last month, it’s quite possible that a $15 discount is the best deal we’ll see in the near term. That noted, the Black Friday period could bring even lower prices. Read our Apple Watch Series 6 review.
Strike price: Any discount of $30 or more
The Apple Watch Series 5, now officially discontinued, has the potential to be one of the stars of Prime Day. As recently as September, Amazon had discounted the 44mm GPS model to $299 — that’s $130 cheaper than the 44mm GPS Series 6. Given the scant differences between them — they both have the always-on display and heart monitor, after all — any Series 5 model that’s $100 less than its Series 6 equivalent is a no-brainer. Read our Apple Watch Series 5 review.
Strike price: $299 for 40mm, $329 for 44mm