Well, we’re here: Black Friday, the home of big Black Friday ads, even bigger Black Friday discounts, an the age-old question of “why’s it called Black Friday anyway?” (Answer: it’s the day retailer’s go “in the black” and make money for the year.) One such retailer has surprised just about everyone with its Black Friday sale, though. Apple.
Apple today joined the likes of Walmart’s Black Friday ad, Best Buy’s Black Friday sales and Target’s day-after-Thanksgiving specials by offering a rare sale today only. And for a company whose prices are often too high for Joe Q Public to afford a Mac, Apple’s Black Friday sale is just what the doctor ordered.
Among Apple’s discounts are $101 off the iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and $41 off the iPad. For today only, both the iMac and MacBook Pro will start at $1,098, down from $1,199. The 13-inch MacBook Air will sell for $1,198 — down from $1,299.
No, the prices aren’t exactly “cheap,” but any discount on an Apple product is great news. And they don’t just affect the iMac and MacBook lineup. The more consumer-y products are also at a discount.
For example, the iPad has been discounted by $41 on all models, with prices now starting at $458 (16GB Wi-Fi version) and $788 (64GB Wi-Fi plus 3G). The iPod Touch is also getting a Black Friday discount, with the 8GB version being $21 cheaper this weekend ($208 total), the 32GB getting a $31 discount (to $268) and the 64GB iPod Touch costing $41 less for a final cost of $358.
The 8GB iPod nano, meanwhile, is selling for $138 ($11 less), and the 16GB iPod nano will set you back $158 (a $21 discount).
So, head over to Apple’s Web site or into your local Apple brick-and-mortar store if you’re looking for a rare sale on Apple products. These things don’t come around all that often, and a rare Apple Black Friday sale is the perfect chance to get discounts, even if they don’t make the products super inexpensive.