Ahead of its Black Friday promotion from November 24, 2023, Apple has revealed that it will again be offering gift cards where many other companies will be offering deep discounts.
It’s always the same, and sometimes useful. For this year’s Black Friday, Apple is once again offering great savings on your purchases while it tells sellers to sell elsewhere.
Instead, when someone purchases an Apple device at full price, they receive an Apple gift card toward the cost of their next purchase. If they know you’re going to buy another item, if they know the value of the gift card, they can save.
Only, Apple also always carefully selects which items it will offer gift cards with — and there are some disappointing omissions this year.
With Mac, the only eligible devices are MacBook Air or Mac Mini. However, these are two of the company’s most popular devices, and Apple will include a gift card worth up to $200.
You can bet you won’t get that $200 card on the M2 Mac mini, which is already on sale for $499 almost everywhere.
However, compare that to the three-digit discount deal on every new M3 MacBook Pro from third-party dealer Adorama.
Get all the details on how to get $150 to $250 off M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max models — plus $50 to $80 off AppleCare. AppleInsider Deal Guide.
The iPad range is better than Apple’s offering, which includes up to a $100 gift card for an iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, or the 10th-generation iPad. But there’s nothing for better value than the 9th generation iPad.
It also includes a gift card worth up to $75 if you buy AirPods. However, until Apple reveals final details on November 24, 2023, it’s best to assume that the $75 card comes with the purchase of a $549 pair of AirPods Max, not the $129 AirPods (2nd generation) .
Similarly, sales of an Apple TV 4K or HomePod include a gift card worth up to $50. There don’t appear to be any Black Friday promotions with the HomePod Mini.
Then the same is up to $50 for selected Beats earbuds and the second-generation Apple Pencil. Also for Magic Keyboard, Magic Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard Folio.
Apple is currently only showing what it calls a glimpse of its Black Friday offers. It’s unlikely that it will add or remove any devices from this list when the promotion actually starts on November 24th.
However, it won’t be until then that buyers can find out for sure what value a gift card comes with their device of choice.
This is also true of most other Black Friday deals, which may be being announced now and probably selling out fast. Keep checking back to keep track of what’s available AppleInsiderLive Black Friday Deals.