updated 04:27 am EST, Fri November 29, 2013
Apple offers Apple Store gift cards for Black Friday deals
Apple's Black Friday deals are now live in the US with customers offered Apple Store gift cards instead of up-front discounts as Apple has offered customers in the past. This differs from the Black Friday deals in the UK, which continue to offer customers discounts on Apple products, although it is in line with the deals offered to Apple customers in Australia and New Zealand. Anyone buying an iPad Air today can expect a $75 Apple Store gift card, while buyers of the non-Retina iPad mini or iPad 2 will receive a $50 gift card. Gift cards are also being offered to buyers of MacBooks ($150), iMacs ($150), iPod touches ($50), iPod nanos ($25), the Apple TV ($25) as well as Apple peripherals and other accessories.
A wide range of third-party products are also accompanied by gift card offers including the GoPro Hero3+ ($50), the Wahoo Fitness RFLKT Bike Computer ($25), the Nike+ Fuelband SE ($25), the Apogee JAM Guitar Input ($25), the Nest Learning Thermostat 2 ($50), the Dropcam Pro Camera ($25) Beats Studio Headphones ($50), and the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad mini ($25). Deals can also be found on Bowers & Wilkins AirPort-compatible speakers and Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speakers.
The Apple Black Friday deals are the only time each year that Apple offers store-wide specials. From time-to-time, Apple also offers special educational deals and iTunes gift cards for other promotions based on seasonal inventory adjustments.