Apple’s Black Friday occasion has kicked off with offers on iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and extra

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Apple has launched its Black Friday event – but don’t get too excited. While the Californian company is attending the blockbuster sales event, it is not cutting the price of its iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, Mac, or any other device in the Apple Store. Instead, everything is sold at the usual price, however Apple is bundling a gift card worth up to £ 160 for new accessories from the Apple Store, other Apple branded devices, or some new apps from the Mac or iPhone App Store to use with your new purchase.

Just like in previous years, Apple is not directly referring to its promotion as part of “Black Friday”. Instead, the Californian company calls its time-limited campaign “Apple Shopping Event”. As in previous years, the event lasts four days – Black Friday itself, the weekend and the traditional Cyber ​​Monday.

OK, what gift cards are there?

First of all, you can secure a gift card worth up to € 40 when you buy an iPhone in the Apple Store. As in previous years, however, Apple is not including its latest phones in its offerings. So, if you’re looking to buy a brand new iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro that launched back in September, you won’t be eligible for the free gift card. However, if you want to buy an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini or iPhone SE, you will receive a £ 40 free gift card with your purchase. As mentioned above, this gift card can be used for hardware purchases in the Apple Store (for example, for a significant discount on a new pair of AirPods or a case) or redeemed for software in the App Store.

Plus, when you buy Apple TV HD, Apple TV 4K, Apple Watch SE, and Apple Watch Series 3, you’ll receive a £ 40 gift card worth £ 40 of popular accessories during the four-day event, including the second-generation Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, the MagSafe Duo charger, a four-pack AirTag tracker or the Apple Magic Keyboard for an iPad.

Unlike in previous years, AirPods are also entitled to a free gift card. Get £ 60 to spend on the Apple Store when you buy the AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or the second generation AirPods (£ 119) or third generation (£ 169).

While a number of other retailers have cut the price of these wireless headphones, there are still reasons to buy direct from the Apple Store than from Amazon and John Lewis. Apple offers free engraving so you can add a custom message (or emoji) for a loved one when you purchase from the Apple Store. Combined with the generous £ 60 gift card – that’s half the cost of the second generation gift card that you can spend on another Apple gadget! – this is by far the best offer.

When you buy an 11- or 12.9-inch iPad Pro, receive a £ 80 gift card to spend an additional day with your MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, or Mac mini that unlocks the same gift. Meanwhile, the 27-inch iMac comes with a £ 160 gift card for the Apple Store. Beats headphones complete the promotion with a £ 40 gift card available with select models including Studio3 Wireless and Solo3 Wireless.

If you’re looking to spend a lot of money on cases, charging cables, Apple Watch bands, Apple Pencils, or AirPods in the Apple Store anyway, it might be worth buying one of the devices above to get the gift card. If you’re only looking to buy a single Apple device this Black Friday, it might be better to check out the high street retailers that offer discounts on the products themselves.

While the Apple Store is currently the only place you can get a free engraving on your AirPods, Apple Pencil, iPad, or a host of other branded gadgets, there are perks of shopping elsewhere too. For example, John Lewis offers an additional 12 month warranty than you get from Apple. While we don’t expect anything to go wrong in the first two years after owning your shiny new Apple gadget, it is comforting to know that John Lewis will replace your new earbuds, iPad, Mac or iPhone if something goes wrong Long after Apple did it, refer to the out of warranty repair price list.

If you’ve been thinking about these handy wireless headphones for a while, this is definitely the time to get started. If you’re a Prime member, it makes sense to choose Amazon as you get next day delivery for free. However, buyers with an Argos on their main street may be able to pick up these popular buds the same day – so it’s worth checking supplies nearby. And finally, John Lewis doubles the warranty period compared to Amazon, Argos and even Apple itself! If you are lucky, these earbuds will last a lot longer than two years, but John Lewis means you can have another 12 months without worries.

For those who have to commute loudly, the AirPods Pro, which have active noise cancellation to drown out any outside noise, have also dropped in price. Usually priced at £ 239, Amazon cut the price to £ 185. John Lewis will charge a little more (albeit still way below the original MSRP), but make sure your new flowers are protected from bugs for an extra year. In other words, the exact same positives apply to each of these retailers from above, so choose carefully.

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