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Best cheap Apple deals and sales for August 2021

Apple’s humble beginnings date back to the early computer era, but today, this iconic company makes just about any gadget a techie could want. Headphones, laptops, tablets, phones, desktop PCs, smartwatches — Apple has them all. No matter what sort of device you’re after, chances are good that Apple has one that’s a good fit, but this premium tech comes with a premium price tag, and there’s tons of it to sort through. Worry not: We’ve already sniffed out all the best cheap Apple deals and sales and rounded them up right here in one place.

If you’re looking for something in particular, check out our other roundups of iMac deals, Mac Mini deals, AirPods deals, Apple Watch deals, iPad deals, iPhone deals, and MacBook deals for even more savings.

Today’s Best Apple Deals

Plus additional $100 off for students
Released in late 2020, the new Apple M1 MacBook Air has better battery life and performance and is more secure than the older MacBook Air models with Intel processors.
Score the 2020 8th-gen iPad at a nice discount. Even at its regular price, however, this tablet is a superb value and the one we recommend for most users.
With noise cancellation, water resistance, and interchangeable eartips for a more comfortable fit, the AirPods Pro are the most advanced AirPods in Apple's stable -- a must-have for fitness fanatics.
Effortlessly juice up your iPhone and AirPods (with a wireless charging case) with the official MagSafe charging pad from Apple. Compatible with the iPhone 8 and later models.
With their exquisite build quality and super sound, the new AirPods Max over-ear wireless headphones are made for true audiophiles (and true Apple fans).
The new iMac is here, sporting a super-sleek slimmed-down design along with Apple's amazing new M1 CPU.
With a physical keyboard and built-in touchpad, the Logitech Slim Folio lets your 7th- or 8th-gen 10.2-inch iPad do almost everything a laptop can.
Featuring a wide array of convenient features, the Apple Watch SE is an excellent budget-friendly option for power users looking for an upgraded way of life and access to the world on their wrist.
Apple's new M1 chip is a powerhouse that gives the top chips from AMD and Intel a run for their money, and it's now available on the pint-sized Mac Mini desktop computer.
The new iPad Air is the iPad to buy, with all the power and good looks of its more powerful cousins but without the high price tag. It's even cheaper thanks to this discount from Amazon.
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The Apple Watch Series 6 is arguably the most advanced smartwatch to date, capable of making anyone's life loaded to the brim with the most convenient features that rival phones thrice its price.
APPLE REFURBISHED
The MacBook Air wrote the book on featherweight laptops, and this is the best price we've seen on the late 2020 model with an M1 CPU if you're willing to buy refurbished. Looks and works like new.
The Mac Mini is a great workstation with a small footprint, boasting Apple's incredibly efficient new M1 CPU along with boosted storage for all your projects.
Brand new isn't the only way to buy iPads, and if you're willing to buy refurbished, you can score a hefty discount. Apple is offering up to $80 off a range of refurbished iPads on its online store.
If you want the best and beefiest iPad around, the Pro is the one. You can score this third-gen model professionally refurbished in like new condition from the Apple Store for a very nice discount.
Plus $150 off Apple Watch

Apple iPhone 11 64GB (Verizon)

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Launched in September 2019, the iPhone 11 was already priced just right compared to the 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max. Sign on with Verizon and grab it at a nice discount with an unlimited plan.
Released in March 2019, the Apple AirPods 2 come with improved battery life, the ability to launch Siri using your voice, and a Wireless Charging Case. A minor but worthwhile refinement nonetheless.
Packing the latest M1 CPU, this 13-inch MacBook Pro is an incredibly capable machine that will handle your work and daily needs for years to come.
AMAZON RENEWED
Get the AirPods Pro you want but save some money with these renewed earbuds. These pre-owned earbuds have been tested and cleaned by Amazon suppliers.
Other colors on sale
If a stylish, high-quality leather case is what your iPhone 11 Pro needs, this is the one. It feels great in the hand and offers adequate protection against daily life's bumps and scrapes.
LATEST MODEL
If you want the bigger, more laptop-sized iPad Pro, then this is a modest (but still welcome) discount on the 12.9-inch 4th gen model.
Launched in 2016, the AirPods aren’t old hat by any means, offering near enough all the same features as the AirPods 2 -- with the main difference being they last for half the time on a single charge.
Stream all your favorite content from your Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, and other libraries in crisp 4K Ultra HD. The included remote even features hands-free Siri voice controls.
A must-have for artists and other creatives, this new 2nd-gen Apple Pencil is the perfect way to turn your iPad into a notebook, journal, or drawing pad.
Other colors on sale
Don't leave your pricey tech unprotected. If your iPhone 11 Pro Max needs a case, this great-looking leather minimalist number from Apple is hard to beat -- especially at this price.
With a 10.2-inch Retina display, 128GB storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, an 8MP back camera, and FaceTime HD front camera, the 2020 iPad has everything you need.
BUILT-IN NUMERIC KEYPAD
Work from a MacBook or iMac? Get Apple's trademark typing experience with a dedicated Numeric Keypad thrown in. Perfect for anyone who lives and breathes Microsoft Excel.
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If you want a tablet with some boosted storage space for your digital goodies, you can do a lot worse than this 2020 iPad Air.
Move over, Alexa: The Apple HomePod brings the power of Siri voice commands into your home. It sounds fantastic, too. Grab it with a new pair of AirPods and save some cash.
Plus $150 off Apple Watch
You can't beat a classic -- especially when it's free. New or current Verizon customers who sign up for an unlimited plan can score the 2020 iPhone SE for no charge.
This is the most affordable Apple Watch you can buy, and yet it still offers all the essentials you need, including a heart rate sensor, swim-proof design, and a high-res Retina touchscreen.
The gorgeous new MacBook Pro boasts Apple's new M1 CPU, a brilliant retina display, Touch ID for added security, and the productivity-boosting Touch Bar.
The Apple Pencil stylus is a great addition to your iPad and a must-have accessory for artists and graphic designers.
For students and teachers
New and current students who will be heading back to class this fall can score a free pair of Apple AirPods with the purchase of select Mac computers or iPad tablets at student discount pricing.
This Apple Watch comes with a Space Gray aluminum case and black sport band. Built-in GPS helps you track your run or swim, you can listen to your favorite tracks, and it's water-resistant too.
Buying refurbished is a great way to save money if you're doing it from a trusted retailer, and it doesn't get much better than the Apple Store. These Apple-refurbished iPhones look and work like new.
Apple Refurbished
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017 model) is the larger, more powerful sibling of the 9.7-inch iPad, featuring more powerful hardware and a larger display similar to a small laptop.
With 32 GB storage, this 4th generation version of the Apple TV supports Dolby Digital and includes a Siri Remote, which you can use to control your Apple TV using voice commands.
It's locked to Total Wireless, but the discount more than makes up for it. The iPhone XR is still an exceptional phone, and at a price that's cheaper than last year's iPhone SE, it's hard to pass up.
WIRELESS MOUSE FOR MAC
Using a Mac? You need the Magic Mouse 2. Built with Mac in mind (duh!), it's overflowing with useful shortcuts. Need to zoom? Tap twice. Access another desktop? Swipe left or right. The list goes on.
Offering the functionalities of a standard Apple Watch at a more affordable price, this Apple Watch SE with a built-in GPS is a great buy for anyone who wants it at a commercially accessible price.
If you're looking for an Apple Watch, 2020's SE with GPS and cellular connectivity is a great option, complete with everything you know and love about Apple and the convenience that comes with it.
The Magic Keyboard is the ultimate keyboard for the top-spec iPad Pro 12.9, and it transforms your tablet into a full-fledged laptop, ready for all your work and play needs.
Work from a MacBook? Get the same typing experience without having to have the lid open with the Magic Keyboard -- eliminating the need to crouch over a small screen while working with a monitor.

Our Favorite Apple Products

Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6

Apple Watch Series 5

Smartwatches never became the next smartphones, but the Apple Watch is the one smartwatch that has managed to enjoy widespread popularity. Apple updated its WatchOS-powered smart wearable last year, releasing the excellent — and pricey — new Apple Watch Series 6. The Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 6 refined everything we loved about previous models. The fifth-gen version brought design to near perfection with great software, a vibrant always-on display, and an excellent set of health and fitness-tracking features.

We’ve also seen some fantastic discounts in the wake of the Series 6 release that bring the Series 5 closer in price (or even cheaper than) the now-discontinued Series 4, making now a particularly perfect time to buy the Apple Watch Series 5 if you’ve been on the fence and waiting for a deal.

Apple 10.2-Inch iPad (8th Generation)

iPad (2020) 8th generation

Apple released its 8th-gen iPad last year, and aside from incremental hardware changes, the new 2020 model didn’t really re-invent the wheel. Yet given how good these tablets are and the value they provide, that’s just fine with us, and there’s never really a bad time to score the new 10.2-inch iPad at a discount as retailers offer them on sale pretty much year-round.

When it was first on the market, our review team named the 7th-gen 10.2-inch iPad the best tablet for most people thanks to its superb touchscreen, solid performance, and great overall design and build quality. That hasn’t changed with the new 8th-gen refresh, which is now the one we recommend you buy. It’s an even easier sell given how affordable it is relative to other much pricier Apple devices like the iPad Pro line.

Apple iPhone 12

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro cameras
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The iPhone 12 series is Apple’s current flagship smartphone line, and with it, Apple built upon its three-phone release strategy by rolling out four new devices this time around: the iPhone 12, the pocket-friendly iPhone 12 Mini, the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro, and the up-sized iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 and 12 Mini are the more affordable models (the iPhone 12 Mini retails for just $700, in contrast to the $1,000 sticker price for the 12 Pro), and they’re both winners.

All four 12th-gen iPhones look great, feel great, deliver snappy performance thanks to the new A14 Bionic chip, and boast an excellent camera modules. The iPhone 12 is truly the everyman’s mobile, and as the current-gen iPhone, it also has the benefit of being available with some of the best carrier discounts and rebates at the moment.

Apple MacBook Air (Late 2020 Model with M1 CPU)

Macbook Air M1
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With modern laptops getting slimmer and slimmer, the MacBook Air is almost redundant now, but it still does its thing very well. That should come as no shock considering that Apple wrote the book in super-slim laptops with the MacBook Air, and its late 2020 model makes for a fantastic featherweight work machine now that it comes loaded with Apple’s superb new M1 CPU.

On the latest MacBook Air, that M1 chip is paired with 8GB RAM (perfectly respectable hardware for work, browsing, and streaming) along with a 128GB solid state drive. One thing we didn’t like about the Intel Core MacBook Air was its launch price, but the addition of that M1 CPU make it much more attractive and it’s still the cheapest entry point into the MacBook ecosystem — especially if you can find a good deal.

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