The best Mac Black Friday deals that we’ve seen so far this week

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Black Friday always offers a wide variety of discounts on a number of products, but so far this year its been slim for consumers looking for a new Mac. We have confirmed some deals from Best Buy, but they are not offering a wide variety of configurations, and have tax implications depending on your state.

Adorama and B&H Photo are both offering discounts on most Mac models this week, we’ve already spotted a nice price drop on an iMac with Retina 5K display + AppleCare from Adorama.

In some cases Adorama is bundling AppleCare with a purchase for a discounted price. B&H currently only charges for taxes for New York residents at the time of purchase, while it varies for Adorama. Additionally, you’ll need a free Adorama VIP membership to take advantage of these prices.

Below you’ll find our top picks for deals on current generation MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and Mac Mini from these two retailers so far:

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Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (late 2013) 2.4GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,149 shipped (orig. $1,399)

macbook-pro-retina-13-inch-2013B&H offers the late 2013 Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (model ME865LL/A) for $1,149 with free shipping, which is $250 below the original list price of $1,399 and even less than a refurbished unit directly from Apple. It features 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core Haswell processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage.

Best Buy also has a couple Retina MacBook Pros on sale.

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Certified refurbished Apple AirPorts: Extreme 802.11ac $120 (Reg. $199 new), Express 802.11n $60 (Reg. $99 new)

apple-airport-extremeBest Buy offers a Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11ac Wireless Base Station for $119.99 with free shipping. That’s $79 below the new retail price, $49 better than Apple’s refurbished price, and a match for lowest we have ever seen. It serves up ultrafast 802.11ac WiFi, offers USB connectivity to easily share printers and hard drives, and can be configured with the Apple AirPort mobile app.

The Geek Squad Refurbished AirPort Express is also available for $59.99, which is $15 below Apple’s refurb price, and also a match for the lowest we have ever seen. It features dual-band 802.11n connectivity for optimal performance and reduced interruptions. It also features a rear USB port for wireless printing from network-connected devices.

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Best Buy MacBook sale: Pro w/ Retina Display 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB: $1,800 or less (Reg. $2,000)

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Best Buy is discounting a selection of MacBook Air, Retina, and Pro laptop computers.

But the standout of the bunch is the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (MGXA2LL/A) for $1,799.99, which is a drop of $200. All other retailers are charging at least $100 more. Usually we only see significant discounts on entry-level Air/13-inch Retina Macs, so if you’re looking for more power then this is the deal you’ll want to grab.

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Additionally, you can shave another $50 off your final price if you have access to a .edu email address. Read more

Meijer Black Friday ad leak: $100 credit w/ iPad purchases, Xbox One bundle w/ $50 credit $330, iTunes GC 20% off, more

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The stream of leaked Black Friday ads are starting to pick up steam now with Sears, Dell, Walmart and others already starting to show their hands. And today we’ve got an early look at Meijer’s Thanksgiving and Black Friday ads. You’ll find everything from discounted Apple products and streaming devices to kitchenware, HDTVs, gaming consoles and more…

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Sam’s Club’s Black Friday deal has iPhone 6 for $99 on-contract starting Nov. 15

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A leaked sales flyer for Sam’s Club reveals that the wholesale retailer will begin selling the iPhone 6 for as low as $99 with a new two-year service agreement starting November 15th. The upcoming Black Friday promotion will see each iPhone 6 model on sale for $100 off their standard on-contract prices: 16GB ($99), 64GB ($199) and 128GB ($299). Read more

Apple Macbook Air 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/2GB/64GB (refurbished) $500 shipped

macbook-air-MC505LL-ADaily Steals via eBay Daily Deals offers refurbished Apple Macbook Air 11.6-inch MC505LL/A for $499.99 with free shipping. That’s a match of the sold out deal we featured earlier this month.

Originally released in late 2010 for $999, this MacBook Air features a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB flash storage. It’s obviously not the latest technology, but keep in mind it’s a full-featured Mac for the same price as a 16GB iPad Air 2. Great as a secondary computer for travel or as a child’s first laptop. Eligible for a 14-day return policy.

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The thinnest iPhone 6/Plus cases we’ve found so far and some that are just thick enough to prevent ‘camera wobble’

spigen-iphone-6-plus-air-skin-caseSize is easily the most talked about attribute of the all-new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Obviously, the pumped up screens are getting much of the spotlight but their shaved down profiles and perfectly rounded edges are also turning heads.

We spend hundreds of dollars on these sexy new devices just to cover them up with bulky cases. The only other option is to rock your iPhone naked as the day it left Foxconn but then it’s more susceptible to breakage. Wraps and skins protect our devices from abrasions but not drops and quite frankly, are a pain in the neck to install.

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However, ultra-thin cases maintain the iPhone’s slender design, while keeping it safe from scratches and everyday drops. Although, it’s important to keep in mind that cases less than 0.70mm thick are so slim that they won’t protect the protruding iSight camera.

If you can’t deal with the stress of going without a case but also don’t want to cover up Jony’s newest creation, then these ultra-thin cases may be the best choice for you… Read more

PSA: original iPad Air Smart Covers will fit iPad Air 2, save up to 50% now

ipad-air-2-smart-coverNews of updated Apple iPad Air Smart Covers and Cases most certainly went unnoticed by many due to the excitement of a 5K iMac and gold iPads. Redesigned Smart Cases shouldn’t be a suprise since iPad Air 2 is 18% thinner, but it was baffling that Smart Covers were also updated since the iPad Air footprint remained untouched.

Well, original iPad owners can rest easy (and save $39), because earlier this evening the folks at iFixit were able to verify that the original iPad Air Smart Cover will indeed work with iPad Air 2.

This is also great news to anyone getting their first iPad Air, because the original Smart Cover can be had at extremely discounted rates since it has been discontinued by Apple. Here are the best places to score a legit one for as much as 50% off: Read more

Best Buy trade offer is the best way to jump from iPad 2 to iPad Air 2

ipad-air-2-heroiPad Air 2’s thinner design, improved specs, and Touch ID may not be enough of an upgrade to entice iPad Air owners, but there’s little doubt that it’s a gigantic leap forward for iPad 2 users.

If you’re planning to jump into a new iPad Air 2 then you’ll have a few options with what to do with your old iPad: sell it privately, pass it down to a friend or family member, keep it as a backup, or trade it. If you opt to go the trade route, then you’re going to want to check out this special promotion Best Buy is currently running… Read more

iPhone 5 factory unlocked manufacturer refurbished w/ 1-yr Apple warranty

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Update (10/21 11:30am): Prices are fluctuating. Check eBay for latest rates.

Update (10/20 1:15pm): Prices across the board have dropped: 16GB $329.99, 32GB $359.99, 64GB $389.99

Update (10/20 7:45am): coupon code has expired, but $399 for an unlocked iPhone 5 is still a great price.

Apple’s “unofficial” eBay Store is still going strong and the release of iPhone 6 has sparked new price drops on previous generation iPhones.

A factory unlocked manufacturer refurbished iPhone 5 now starts at just $399 and includes a full one year Apple warranty, is repackaged with manual and charger, and has been returned to like-new condition. Furthermore, the “final quality inspection [is performed] by Apple.” Enter redemption code CELL20SAVE during checkout and you’ll save an additional $20 on each model. That drops the price of a 16GB model down to $379 shipped.

As a pricing comparison, Apple is currently charging $450 for an unlocked iPhone 5c (essentially the same phone) with half as much storage. After surveying completed listings on eBay, most pre-owned iPhone 5 units sell for anywhere between $300-$400, but keep in mind those aren’t refurbished by Apple and generally do not include a warranty or any accessories.

Today’s coupon code also drops the 32GB iPhone 5 to $389 and the 64GB iPhone 5 to $399. All of these variations are Apple refurbished, include a one year warranty, and are eligible to be shipped to dozens of different countries: Read more