Best Black Friday 2015 Apple MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini deals – ZDNet

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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.

MacBook Air

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.

MacBook

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.

MacBook Pro

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.

iMac

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.

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Mac mini

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.

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