Apple’s iPhone, iPad, MacBook and other devices are usually less expensive if you buy them from third-party retailers. This article presents the best deals on Apple Products, updated monthly.
Apple Products Are Not Overpriced
Apple products used to be expensive, but they’ve really come down in price. Critics have a lot less to complain about. The higher price of Apple devices used to fuel the flames of online discussions. Angry Apple-haters’ primary complaint was that “iSheep” would buy any overpriced gadget from Apple. Like much of what we read on the Internet, it was never really true.
Apple actually provides great value for a reasonable price. While other smartphones, tablets and computers are obsolete or broken after a few years, Apple devices have longevity and relevance. I’m writing this article on a 2011 iPad 2, which after years of service, still works, runs a fairly recent OS and still gives me 10 hours of battery life per charge. My Mac is 8 years old and I have no immediate plans to replace it. I even have a 12-year-old iPod that still “just works”.
I’m no iSheep. My brand loyalty comes from the fact that Apple has never sold me junk. Before I started using Apple products, every computer I owned or was given in the workplace was complete garbage. I tried a few different mp3 players that were either deeply flawed or poorly made. I owned a few popular WiFi routers that were frustrating to use and chintzy. While Apple isn’t the only company that makes high quality products, it’s just too much of a risk to look elsewhere. Between the marketing hype and dishonest, payola-funded online reviews, I can’t really trust any other company.
Anyone who has explored Appledystopia knows that I am no iSheep, fan boy or shill. I am very critical of Apple products. I recoil at the notion that an iPad is a “real computer”. I firmly believe that iTunes, Safari, Maps, News, Apple Music and virtually every Apple first-party app is mediocre at best. I subscribe to Google Play Music. I rent movies from Google Play and watch them on my Apple TV. I use Chrome and Photon browsers on my Mac and iOS devices. That said, Apple makes the best devices. Period.
It’s also a myth that Apple products are overpriced. The term “overpriced” means that a product isn’t worth what it costs. No one should equate a $200 notebook computer with a MacBook. It’s like saying a Toyota Corolla is as the same as an “overpriced” BMW. You can’t honestly compare a cheap smartphone to an iPhone.
Beyond value, Apple’s limited product line and massive manufacturing efforts results in reasonably priced products, due to economies of scale effects. The first iPad I owned cost $699. I will soon be replacing it with an iPad that is far more powerful, has twice as much storage, but costs almost half the price. Apple products aren’t expensive anymore. The most expensive habit is buying more cheap junk to replace other chintzy garbage that broke or became obsolete. I learned, the hard way, that if I buy something good, it will usually last a long time.
Best Deals on Apple Products Methodology
This article is compiled using a fairly simple process. I find the best price on each item using Google Shopping. The prices are for new products sold by online retailers. The total price (tax, shipping to San Francisco) is used to determine the best deal.
Club stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club are omitted from this article. Not everyone has a membership to these clubs. They often offer the best price on Apple products, so members should inquire further. I also don’t list any deals found on eBay or individual Amazon sellers. These are moving targets and there are too many disreputable, fly-by-night vendors.
iPhone and iPad prices are for unlocked devices. There are simply too many factors to present the various deals from carriers. For example, I am grandfathered into device replacement deals from Verizon and purchase my iPhones at Costco. I’ve never bought an unlocked iPhone. But if you want to stick it to the man by paying full price for an iPhone, Appledystopia has you covered!
Macs come in many different configurations. For the purposes of this article, only featured models are listed. You can probably find the exact Mac you want from the least expensive retailer. It’s simply not practical to list hundreds of possible configurations.
This article should simply be used as a guide. If you are planning to buy an item, please take the time to do more research, because these prices change often. Make sure that the seller has a favorable reputation before buying.
This article is updated frequently, however, it’s a good idea to research the price again on Google Shopping or your preferred search engine before committing to a purchase. Also, your location will better determine tax and shipping charges. If you can find a better price on any item, please leave a comment below.
The iPhone and iPad may offer different support for CDMA and GSM cellular networks. Make sure to buy the appropriate model for your purposes.
Best Time to Buy Apple Products
As a service to readers, it is important to mention that there are optimal times to buy Apple products. Apple is known to release better and less expensive products on an almost predictable timeline. If you bought an iPad Air 2 a few months before the new, “super cheap” iPad launched, you will probably feel like a sucker. Buyer’s remorse can be avoided. Please read the “Best Time to Buy Apple Products” article before you make any purchase.
Best Deals on Apple Products
All prices reflect total costs, with shipping (to San Francisco) and tax included. Apple part numbers are listed to the right of each item.
Any vendor with an asterisk (*) has not been rated. Although they are listed in Google Shopping, their reputation is unknown. Proceed with caution. The list below only shows a lesser known vendor if there is no other option.
Updated July 9, 2018
- 2017 MacBook 1.2GHz 256GB (MNYF2LL/A) – $1249 – Electronic Express
- 2017 MacBook 1.3GHz 512GB (MNYG2LL/A) – $1479 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 MacBook Air 1.8GHz 128GB (MQD32LL/A) $849.99 – Electronic Express
- 2017 MacBook Air 1.8GHz 256GB (MQD42LL/A) $1091.41 – Apple
- 2017 MacBook Pro 13″ 2.3 GHz 128GB (MPXQ2LL/A) -$1199 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 MacBook Pro 13″ 2.3 GHz 256GB (MPXT2LL/A) – $1399 – Datavision
- 2017 MacBook Pro 13″ Touch Bar 3.1GHz 256GB (MPXV2LL/A) – $1649 – B&H Photo Video Audio
- 2017 MacBook Pro 15.4″ Touch Bar 2.8GHz 256GB (MPTR2LL/A) – $2256.99 – eGlobal Central
- 2017 MacBook Pro 15.4″ Touch Bar 2.9GHz 512GB (MPTT2LL/A) – $2549 – P.C. Richard and Son
- 2017 iMac 21.5″ 2.3GHz 1TB (MMQA2LL/A) – $999 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iMac 21.5″ 3.0GHz 1TB (MNDY2LL/A) – $1199 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iMac 21.5″ 3.4GHz 1TB (MNE02LL/A) – $1349 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iMac 27″ 3.4GHz 1TB (MNE92LL/A) – $1699 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iMac 27″ 3.5GHz 1TB (MNEA2LL/A) – $1859 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iMac 27″ 3.8GHz 2TB (MNED2LL/A) – $2099 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iMac Pro 27″ 8 core 3.2 GHz 1TB (MQ2Y2LL/A) – $4599 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2013 Mac Pro 3.5GHz 6-Core 256GB Dual GPU (MD878LL/A) – $2899 – Adorama Camera
- 2014 Mac Mini 1.4GHz 500GB (MGEM2LL/A) – $449 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Mac Mini 2.6GHz 1TB (MGEN2LL/A) – $638.02 – Bukoos
- Mac Mini 2.8GHz 1TB (MGEQ2LL/A) – $949 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- iPhone SE 32GB (MP7T2LL/A) – $381.28 – Apple Store
- iPhone SE 128GB (MP7X2LL/A) – $490.53 – Apple Store
- iPhone 6s 32GB (MN1E2LL/A) – $490.53 – Apple Store
- iPhone 6s 128GB (MKRL2LL/A) – $599.78 – Apple Store
- iPhone 6s Plus 32GB (MN342LL/A) – $599.78 – Apple Store
- iPhone 6s Plus 128GB (MKWF2LL/A) – $709.03 – Apple Store
- iPhone 7 32GB (MN8H2LL/A) – $599.78 – Apple Store
- iPhone 7 128GB (MN8M2LL/A) – $709.03 – Apple Store
- iPhone 7 Plus 32GB (MNQJ2LL/A) – $730.88 – Apple Store
- iPhone 7 Plus 128GB (MN492LL/A) – $840.13 – Apple Store
- iPhone 8 64GB (MQ6L2LL/A) – $763.66 – Apple Store
- iPhone 8 256GB (MQ7G2LL/A) – $927.53 – Apple Store
- iPhone 8 Plus 64GB (MQ8E2LL/A) – $872.91 – Apple Store
- iPhone 8 Plus 256GB (MQ8H2LL/A) – $881.65 – Bukoos
- iPhone X 64GB (MQA52LL/A) – $927.53 – Bukoos
- iPhone X 256GB (MQA92LL/A) – $1225.28 – Apple Store
- iPad Mini 4 128GB WiFi (MK9N2LL/A) – $359.99 – eGlobal Central
- iPad Mini 4 128GB WiFi + Cellular (MK8D2LL/A) – $519 – Adorama Camera
- 2017 iPad 32GB WiFi (MP2F2LL/A) – $282.96 – Fry’s Electronics
- 2017 iPad 32GB WiFi + Cellular (MP242LL/A) – $501.46 – Fry’s Electronics
- 2017 iPad 128GB WiFi (MP2H2LL/A) – $359.99 – eGlobal Central
- 2017 iPad 128GB WiFi + Cellular (MP2D2LL/A) – $509 – DataVision
- 2018 iPad 32GB WiFi (MR7G2LL/A) – $319 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2018 iPad 32GB WiFi + Cellular (MR702LL/A) – $459 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2018 iPad 128GB WiFi (MR7K2LL/A) – $419 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2018 iPad 128GB WiFi + Cellular (MR7D2LL/A) – $559 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iPad Pro 10.5″ 64GB WiFi (MQDW2LL/A) – $614.99 – eGlobal Central
- 2017 iPad Pro 10.5″ 64GB WiFi + Cellular (MQF02LL/A) – $749 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iPad Pro 10.5″ 256GB WiFi (MPF02LL/A) – $749 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iPad Pro 10.5″ 256GB WiFi + Cellular (MPHH2LL/A) – $899 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iPad Pro 10.5″ 512GB WiFi (MPGJ2LL/A) – $928.61 – Target
- 2017 iPad Pro 10.5″ 512GB WiFi + Cellular (MPMF2LL/A) – $1129 – Adorama Camera
- 2017 iPad Pro 12.9″ 64GB WiFi (MQDC2LL/A) – $759 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iPad Pro 12.9″ 64GB WiFi + Cellular (MQEE2LL/A) – $879 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iPad Pro 12.9″ 256GB WiFi (MP6H2LL/A) – $899 – Adorama Camera
- 2017 iPad Pro 12.9″ 256GB WiFi + Cellular (MPA52LL/A) – $995 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- 2017 iPad Pro 12.9″ 512GB WiFi (MPL02LL/A) – $1099 – Datavision
- 2017 iPad Pro 12.9″ 512GB WiFi + Cellular (MPLK2LL/A) – $1129 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Apple Watch Series 1 aluminum case 38mm (MNNG2LL/A) – $269.94 – Electronic Express
- Apple Watch Series 1 aluminum case 42mm (MNNL2LL/A) – $214.93 – Jet
- Apple Watch Series 2 aluminum case 38mm (MNNW2LL/A) – new models unavailable
- Apple Watch Series 2 aluminum case 42mm (MP062LL/A) – new models unavailable
- Apple Watch Series 2 stainless steel case 38mm (MP492LL/A) – new models unavailable
- Apple Watch Series 2 stainless steel case 42mm (MP4A2LL/A) – new models unavailable
- Apple Watch Series 2 stainless steel case 38mm Milanese Loop (MNP62LL/A) – $654.41 – Best Buy
- Apple Watch Series 2 stainless steel case 42mm Milanese Loop (MNPU2LL/A) – new models unavailable
- Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+ 38mm (MQ172LL/A) – new models unavailable
- Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+ 42mm (MQ192LL/A) – new models unavailable
- Apple Watch Series 3 GPS aluminum case 38mm (MQKU2LL/A) – $309 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Apple Watch Series 3 GPS aluminum case 42mm (MQL02LL/A) – $349 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular aluminum case 38mm (MQJN2LL/A) – $379 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular aluminum case 42mm (MQK12LL/A) – $409 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular stainless steel case 38mm (MQJV2LL/A) – $549 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular stainless steel case 42mm (MQK82LL/A) – $599 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Apple TV 4 32GB (MGY52LL/A) -$139 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Apple TV 4 64GB (MLNC2LL/A) -$147.51 – Northern Arizona University
- Apple TV 4K 32GB (MQD22LL/A) – $169.99 – B&H Photo-Video-Audio
- Apple TV 4K 64GB (MP7P2LL/A) – $185.82 – Blinq
- AirPods (MMEF2AM/A) – $159 – Adorama Camera
- HomePod (MQHV2LL/A) – $339 – DataVision
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