Best Cyber Monday Deals on Apple Devices

This is the best time of year to get a discount on Apple products

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If you have an Apple lover on your holiday shopping list, you may be able to find them a great gift at a discount during Cyber Monday.

As recently as a few years ago, it was next to impossible to find Apple devices on sale outside of major holidays. These days, it’s not quite as rare to find a discount during the year. But there tends to be more sales on Apple products around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, whether you’re in the market for headphones, a laptop or tablet, smartwatch, or smart speaker.

Because of the chip shortage and supply-chain and shipping issues, sales are coming and going rather rapidly. So we recommend acting fast if and when you see the item you want on sale. It can also be good to be flexible on specific models, because some may sell out faster than others.

To help you find what you’re looking for, Consumer Reports is tracking all the top Apple devices at all the major retailers. We will be updating this list through Cyber Monday and into Cyber Week.

Unlike the AirPods Pro (see below), these second-generation AirPods don’t get high marks for sound in Consumer Reports’ testing. But there’s no denying the appeal of true wireless earphones for many Apple fans. If you buy the earbuds with the standard charging case directly from Apple, you’ll pay $160, but a number of retailers are selling them for much less.

CR’s test results: Apple AirPods (second-generation) true wireless earbuds

Apple Airpods (3rd-gen)A

Apple’s third-generation AirPods are the latest in the company’s ever-popular line of headphones, and it’s a major upgrade over the previous model. The third-generation are similar to the second-generation AirPods (which are also on sale, below). They feature a number of tweaks and improvements though, chief among them being a significant bump in sound quality. Just don’t get them mixed up with the noise-canceling AirPods Pro—like the classic AirPods, these let in sound from your environment on purpose. That can make it hard to hear your music in noisy surroundings, but they won’t leave you totally cut off from the outside world.

We’re seeing some handsome discounts, which is a little unexpected for a product that only launched in October. Amazon will give you an extra $20 it’s already lowered price at check out. Or, buy them at full price directly from Apple and you’ll get a $75 gift card.

CR’s test results: Apple AirPods (3rd-gen.)

The Apple AirPods Max usually sell with a sticker price north of $500. Are they worth that money? Probably not. These headphones do great in our ratings, but you could spend hundreds less on several models that get better scores, including the Sennheiser PXC 550-II and Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II.

Still, they deliver high-quality sound, their noise cancellation is as good as it gets, and they come with a variety of appealing features. They’re available at a discount in certain colors during Cyber Monday, but they’re still far more expensive than their competitors. If you’re dying to show off Apple’s latest tech, though, this is a great time to snag a pair.

CR’s test results: Apple AirPods Max over-ear headphones

The AirPods Pro aren’t the best-scoring noise-canceling headphones in our ratings, but they might be the most popular. And unlike the earlier generations of AirPods (such as the second-generation ones listed above), the Pros deliver when it comes to performance, with solid sound quality and fantastic noise cancellation. If you’ve been thinking about picking up a pair, we’ve been seeing some great discounts during the Cyber Monday sales season.

CR’s test results: Apple AirPods Pro true wireless earbuds

If you’re an Apple fan, the HomePod Mini integrates well with Apple HomeKit smart home products, Apple Music, and Apple CarPlay. But when it comes to sound quality, it rates significantly lower than the similarly priced Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio. In other words, it’s fine for podcasts and background music but falls short for anything involving serious music consumption. This deal doesn’t represent a big savings, but this speaker is rarely discounted.

CR’s test results: Apple HomePod Mini

In terms of sheer functionality, the SE probably sits at the sweet spot of Apple’s smartwatch lineup. It’s got the look and feel of Apple’s top-of-the-line watches, the outgoing Series 6 and the new Series 7, and most of the important functionality. The major differences? No blood oxygen and EKG functions, a slightly slower processor, and a smaller display than that on the 7. In our labs, the SE performs on a par with its more-expensive siblings, too.

CR’s test results: Apple Watch SE

Yes, the Apple Watch Series 6 has been replaced by the newer Series 7, but it’s still a great option, especially at a nice price. With the Series 6, you get most of the Series 7’s top features, including a blood oxygen sensor that lets you see how effectively your body circulates oxygen during workouts and slumber, and an EKG function designed to detect unusual heart rhythms. The Series 6’s display is smaller, however.

CR’s test results: Apple Watch Series 6

If you want to brag to friends that you got a deal on the latest Apple Watch, Amazon and Sam’s Club are offering token discounts of $10 to $15 on the Series 7. The model has a slightly larger display and faster battery charging than its predecessor, but there’s no big reason to upgrade beyond that, so you may be better off just taking the Series 6 deal above.

CR’s test results: Apple Watch Series 7