Best Black Friday 2015 Apple MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini deals (Updated) – ZDNet
[Update: Now that Black Friday is here, we’ve found a few more Mac deals to share, though not from Apple itself, which apparently has opted out of any sales this year. Note that MacMall has discounts on any configuration of current Mac computers, though they may be modest depending on the model.]
Apple’s computers are never going to compare with Windows PCs when it comes to affordability. No one is ever predicting a Black Friday deal for a $100 Mac, but just because Apple systems cost $500 and up doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for a sale. Unfortunately, Apples doesn’t really do sales in general; fortunately, Black Friday is the one time where retailers get a chance to offer some discounts on MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Minis. Here are the best we’ve so far, with updates coming when and if new deals are announced between now and the weekend.
[Update: If you’re unable to snare one of the deals below, Amazon currently has the base 11-inch Air for $777 and the base 13-inch version for $849. B&H Photo has cut $100 off the base 11-inch Air price and $120 off the base 13-inch edition. It also has discounts ranging between $100 and $150 on many other Air configurations.]
Apple’s cheapest laptop — starting at $899 for an 11-inch version and $999 for the 13-inch model — frequently receives a price cut for Black Friday, and this year is no exception. Traditionally, Best Buy has a deal on the base 11-inch, and this year the discount is $120 off ($720) starting at 8 a.m. on Black Friday morning. However, eBay actually has a better price — $729 — starting at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. If you’d prefer the 13-inch Air, regional electronics retailer Micro Center will be taking $100 off the price of the base configuration.
[Update: Amazon and B&H are matching the $1,149.99 price Best Buy and Rakuten are offering for the base model, and B&H is taking $170 off the pricier versions, dropping the price to $1,429.]
Apple redesigned the MacBook earlier this year, and new Mac models are even less likely to receive discounts than normally. Best Buy is the place to go for a deal, however, as it’s offering the cheaper model (8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,149.99, or $150 off. Another online option is Rakuten, formerly known as Buy.com, which is matching Best Buy’s price on the base version, though it appears to be limited to the gold color option.
[Update: Amazon and B&H currently have the 128GB SSD version of the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display for $1,149, $150 off the regular price. B&H has select other versions on sale, and both B&H and MacMall have deals on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. B&H slices $200 from the base model’s price and $250 from the step-up configuration, whereas MacMall has discounts of at least $151 on all editions.]
The flagship laptop in Apple’s lineup, the MacBook Pro comes in a version with Retina display and one without, both of which are again available at a special price at Best Buy. The base non-Retina Pro (Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive) regularly starts at $1,099, but the electronics retailer will be selling it for $899.99 as a 5 p.m. Thanksgiving doorbuster. If you prefer a Retina display, Best Buy is selling the middle configuration — with a 256GB SSD — for $1,349.99, or $150 less than the regular price. However, if you are in a region where there are Fry’s Electronics locations, it will be selling the same config for $1,299 (though $45 of that discount comes from a promo code that you need to sign up for with Fry’s over email.) At the moment, there don’t appear to be any sales on the 15-inch Pro with Retina display.
[Update: B&H has the base 21.5-inch iMac for $979, $120 below Apple’s regular price, and both Amazon and B&H are cutting the price of the step-up model (with faster Core i5 CPU) by $120 to $1,179. B&H also has the base 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display with a $150 discount (down to $1,349), while slicing the price of the two cheapest 5K Retina display iMacs by $170 and $200, respectively. Amazon is discounting the priciest ($2,229) iMac with 5k Retina display configuration (3.3GHz Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 2TB Fusion drive) by $150, but B&H Photo does better by an additional $100, or a sale price of $2,049.]
Once again, Best Buy leads the way with $200 off the base Apple all-in-one (1.6GHz Core i5, 8GB of RAM, terabyte hard drive), which normally retails at $1,099, though it’s also a 5 p.m. Turkey Day doorbuster. Otherwise, Rakuten will be slicing $150 off on the same iMac online. Surprisingly, there are as many deals on the pricier 5K Retina display version than the non-retina iMac. Best Buy is knocking $150 off the base configuration (3.2GHz Core i5, 8 gigs of RAM, 1TB hard drive), but for those near a Fry’s, it goes $100 lower still to $1,549, again with the savings including a $50 off code from an email sign-up promotion.
[Update: Both Amazon and B&H are taking $50 off the price of the base Mac mini (to $449), with B&H also slicing $70 off the middle configuration.]
Last, and possibly least, given the scant attention Apple seems to give it, is the most affordable Mac, the humble mini. We could only locate one deal on a new model thus far: Micro Center is offering $100 off the middle configuration (2.6GHz Core i5, 8GB of memory, terabyte hard drive), lowering the price to $599.99.
[Update: If you need maximum computing power, both B&H and MacMall have significant savings on the Mac Pro, including $300 off the base $2,999 model and $800 off the priciest ($9,599) configuration.]