Best cheap Apple deals and sales for May 2021

If you count yourself among the many millions of people around the world who loves (or at least uses) one or more Apple products, then we don’t have to explain why gadgets sporting that iconic Apple logo remain so popular. Sleek modern designs, no-nonsense reliability, intuitive software, and industry-leading build quality are just a few reasons why so many flock to Apple again and again, and the fact that Apple products remain status symbols doesn’t hurt, either. This stuff isn’t usually inexpensive, but this roundup of this week’s best cheap Apple deals and sales is your chance to score some shiny new Apple kit on the cheap.

Looking for something in particular? Check out our other roundups of AirPods deals, Apple Watch deals, iPad deals, iPhone deals, and MacBook deals for even more savings.

Today’s Best Apple Deals

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Apple iPad 10.2 (128GB, Wi-Fi, 2020)

395 429
You can already score the new 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.
LATEST MODEL
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Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case

197 249
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.
512GB ALSO ON SALE
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Apple Mac Mini with M1 Chip (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

670 700
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.
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Apple MacBook Pro (Latest M1 Model, 2020)

1199 1299
Released just last year, this is Apple's latest MacBook Pro. It comes with the new M1 chip, giving this laptop superb performance and unrivalled battery life.
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Apple iPad Air (Wi-Fi, 64GB, Latest Model)

559 599
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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Apple MacBook Air (M1 Model, 2020)

950 999
Just released late last year, the new Apple M1 MacBook Air has better battery life, performance, and is more secure than the older and other MacBook Air models with Intel processors.
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Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm)

426 499
The Apple Watch Series 6 is undoubtedly one of the best smartwatches Apple has come up with to date, so if you want to upgrade your lifestyle the best way possible, this watch can do it all and more.
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Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 40mm)

350 400
Experience the world on your wrist with the Apple Watch Series 6, with GPS for on- and off-road excursions. Boasting incredible health monitoring features, this is a must-have.
APPLE REFURBISHED
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Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch (M1 CPU, Apple Refurbished)

849 999
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.
With trade in
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Apple iPhone 11 64GB (Verizon)

Save $440 when you trade in your old or damaged phone. Online only.

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.
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Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case

150 199
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.
APPLE REFURBISHED
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Apple MacBook Pro (M1 CPU 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Apple Refurbished)

1099 1299
This deal on a like new, Apple-refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro is too good to pass up. With a beautiful screen and incredible new M1 CPU, this is the best high-end Mac in years.
DISCOUNT AT CHECKOUT
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Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 512GB Storage)

1350 1499
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.
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Apple TV 4K (32GB, Latest Model) + One Free Year of Apple TV+

165 179
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.
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Apple TV (4th generation) 32GB

135
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.
AMAZON RENEWED
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Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case (Renewed)

165 197
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.
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB

Trade in and save up to $700

The iPhone XR a two year old sub-flagship option, but it still performs great and touts a range of colorful designs, not to mention a solid camera.
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Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 42mm)

199 229
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.
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Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular, 42mm)

299 329
Our reviewer called it a "joy to use" the Apple Watch Series 3. Featuring superb fitness tracking ability, it has both GPS and cellular connectivity, so you don't have to sync to a phone.
DISCOUNT AT CHECKOUT
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Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi) - Latest Model

898 999
If you can forego having a cellular connection, you can take home this iPad Pro with a gorgeous 12.9-inch Retina display for less than a grand -- one of the better prices we've seen for this model.
WIRELESS MOUSE FOR MAC
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Apple Magic Mouse 2

74 79
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.
DISCOUNT AT CHECKOUT
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Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th Generation)

250 349
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.
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Apple Watch SE (GPS, 40mm)

314 329
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.
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Apple Magic Keyboard 2

90 99
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.
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Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) - Latest Model

850 949
If storage isn't a priority but connectivity is, you can rely on this 11-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and cellular connections to complement your work and lighten the load.
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Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

104 130
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.
WITH PORT-IN
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Apple iPhone XR 64GB (Cricket Wireless)

250 400
Apple launched a new category with the iPhone XR, offering most of the same features as its flagships, but for less. There are compromises in the screen and design, but this is still a great phone.
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iPhone XR

Up to $515 off with trade-in

The iPhone XR has seen a price drop to $499 with the iPhone 12 announcement. Save up to an extra $210 when you trade-in another smartphone.
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Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) 38mm

169 199
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.
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Apple iPad Pro (11-Inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB) - Latest Model

780 899
With blazing performance, a gorgeous display, and a superb camera module, the 2020 11-inch iPad Pro is all the tablet you'll ever need. Pair it with a Smart Keyboard and you've got a compact laptop.
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Apple iPad (10.2-inch, Wi-Fi, 128GB, 2020)

399 429
With a 10.2-inch Retina display, 128GB storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, an 8MP back camera, and FaceTime HD front camera, this 2020 iPad has everything you need.
WITH PLAN PURCHASE
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Apple iPhone SE 256GB (2020, Total Wireless)

200 350
The new iPhone SE has the heart of an iPhone 11, the body of an iPhone 8, and the price tag of an iPhone 6.
BUILT-IN NUMERIC KEYPAD
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Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

118 129
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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Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Latest Model) and HomePod Mini

250 260
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.
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Apple Pencil Stylus for iPad

94 99
The Apple Pencil stylus is a great addition to your iPad and a must-have accessory for artists and graphic designers.
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Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 512GB, 2020)

1349 1449
It's not a mind-blowing deal, but if you want the best and beefiest iPad around, this Pro is the one. You can score this 2020 model with 4G LTE connectivity for a nice little discount right now.
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Apple HomePod

$299 or $49.83/month for 6 months

This reliable home speaker provides high-quality sounds for music and podcasts. It's Siri-integrated as well, so you can ask it to AirPlay content from other Apple devices.
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Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, 512GB, Wi-Fi) - Latest Model

1000 1100
The latest 2020 iPad Pro is definitely a tablet worth every cent, capable of doing anything you need a tablet to do and more. Pair it with a keyboard cover and you've even got a 2-in-1 laptop.
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Apple Leather Case for iPhone SE - (Product) RED

30 45
If a stylish, high-quality leather case is what your iPhone SE needs, this is the one. Its minimalist but feels great in the hand and offers adequate protection against daily life's bumps and scrapes.
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Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Verizon)

350 400
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 new 2020 iPhone SE for no charge.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro (Verizon)

870 1000
The iPhone 11 Pro sits at the pinnacle of Apple's 2019 smartphone crop, and its very, very good if you want a premium phone that's not huge.
LATEST MODEL
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Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 512GB) - Latest Model

1179 1299
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.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone 11 - 64GB (AT&T)

300 600
Get the iPhone 11 for a huge discount when you sign up for an eligible unlimited plan, or even less than that with a trade-in.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone XS 64GB (AT&T)

150 900
The Apple iPhone XS is a perfectly sized smartphone that delivers stellar performance. Get it for cheap with a new unlimited line.
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Apple iPhone 8, 64GB, Space Gray - for AT&T/T-Mobile (Renewed)

183 550
The iPhone 8 may be two years old already but it's still a super solid smartphone. Score a renewed 64GB version with the Amazon Renewed Guarantee that promises good-as-new looks and functionality.
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Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular, 40mm)

319 329
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.
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Apple AirPods with Charging Case

129 159
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.
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Magic Keyboard for iPad Air (4th Generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch

199 299
Turn your iPad Air or 11-inch iPad Pro into a 2-in-1 laptop with this new 4th-gen Magic Keyboard for iPad, complete with touchpad and USB-C port
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Apple iPhones - Various Models (Apple Store Refurbished)

Up to $330 off

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.

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 standard 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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