iDB’s Cyber Monday Deals Roundup

By Cody Lee on Dec 1, 2013

Folks who chose to skip all of the Black Friday mayhem this weekend will be happy to hear that a new wave of deals on apps, consumer electronics and other products are on the way. And there’s no crowd-fighting or line-waiting required.

Tomorrow is known as Cyber Monday, a marketing term created for the Monday after Thanksgiving to promote online shopping. And once again, a number of retailers and manufacturers will be offering major discounts on their products.

And again, iDB has you covered, as we’ve collected all the best offers and put them in one, easy-to-read list. Presenting our Cyber Monday Deals Roundup… Read More


Apple’s gift card-only Black Friday deals now live in North America, cash discounts in Europe

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2013

Following Apple’s Black Friday deals that went live yesterday on the Australian web store, the company this morning refreshed its United States and Canadian outlets with 2013 Black Friday promotion.

Just as we suspected, this year the iPhone maker has rather disappointedly opted not to offer actual discounts on products and instead is luring shoppers with Apple Store Gift Cards, redeemable against purchases solely at a later date.

Apple has never offered deep Black Friday discounts and this year’s gift card-only promotion will no doubt disappoint bargain hunters who’ll be better served shopping elsewhere (iDownloadBlog has you covered with a comprehensive roundup of Black Friday deals)… Read More


Apple’s gift card only Black Friday deals launch in Australia

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2013

Just as we suspected yesterday, Apple’s Black Friday promotion may disappoint even the most ardent of fans as this year Tim Cook & Co. have opted to treat shoppers to Apple Store gift cards instead of actual discounts on products. Apple’s deals are now live on its Australian web store and we’re expecting the U.S. Apple Store to come online with the promotion later in the day. The problem with Apple’s gift card-only approach is that these things are redeemable against future purchases only.

As a result, eager shoppers who are on the lookout for real discounts on products, right there and then, will instead need to visit their retail or online Apple Store again in order to actually spend their credit… Read More


MacMall discounts iPads, Macs and more in Black Friday sale

By Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2013

Continuing on with our Black Friday coverage this week, popular online retailer MacMall has kicked off its big holiday sales event today. The deals, which will be good through midnight on November 29, include significant discounts on Macs, iPads and more.

Among the discounted products is the all-new iPad Air. MacMall is offering various deals on Apple’s latest tablet, starting at $41 off for the 16GB Wi-Fi model all the way up to $70 off the 128GB. And it’s taking $102 off all MacBook Airs and 13″ MacBook Pros…

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Apple’s 2013 Black Friday to be based around gift cards, not product discounts?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2013

Black Friday, for our international readers, is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day, which is observed on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. While Thanksgiving is a national holiday and is celebrated as such, Black Friday is not.

What Black Friday does is it kicks off the Christmas shopping frenzy by having major retailers open extremely early and offer huge discounts.

Not Apple, America’s greatest retailer since the turn of the century.

To Apple, Black Friday is a one-day shopping event with only modest discounts. Example: last year, Apple’s Black Friday sale included $101 off MacBook Pros/Airs, a rather modest $41 off the iPad with Retina display and a paltry $31 off iPod touches, Airport Express base stations, the Magic Mouse and other select accessories.

And this time around, Apple’s Black Friday promotion may focus on Gift cards rather than actual discounts on products, reports a well-informed blogger. Duh… Read More


iDB’s Black Friday Deals Roundup

By Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2013

Black Friday is now just a few days away, meaning folks planning to do some bargain shopping this weekend don’t have much longer to put their game plan together. The day is infamously hectic, for both retailers and consumers, thanks to limited-time and supply sales and unruly crowds of shoppers, so planning ahead is crucial.

But never fear, iDB has you covered this year with a complete guide on where to locate the best deals. We’ve sifted through as many Black Friday ads as we could get our hands on in order to find out which stores are going to be worth going to this weekend, so you don’t have to. Presenting our first Black Friday Deals Roundup… Read More


T-Mobile offering iPhone 5s/5c with $0 down for Black Friday weekend only

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2013

Black Friday is just around the corner and TMoNews is reporting that T-Mobile USA will be offering Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c with $0 down on its usual installment plans, for the Black Friday weekend only, November 29. Following the weekend, limited time pricing “for these amazing devices” will be available beginning Cyber Monday, December 2, as per the carrier’s internal memo.

I’m guessing these prices are for entry-level iPhones with sixteen gigabytes of storage. For those wondering, that’s a $149 saving on the iPhone 5s and a $49 saving on the iPhone 5c right off the bat as you’ll be paying about $20 per month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s installment plans. I’ve included the full details right after the break… Read More


Original Infinity Blade goes free for a limited time

By Cody Lee on Nov 25, 2013

Good news gamers, Chair Entertainment is offering Infinity Blade free as a limited time Black Friday special this week. The game, which normally retails for $5.99, supports a wide range of iOS devices dating back to the iPad and iPhone 3GS.

This was the first mobile game powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 technology, giving it gorgeous visuals and a fully 3D castle realm. And for those that haven’t played it yet, this is your chance to see where the Infinity Blade series began… Read More


Apple confirms Black Friday will take place in both online and retail Apple Stores

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2013

This coming Friday marks the official beginning of the lucrative holiday shopping season in the United States. Black Friday, as the day following Thanksgiving is called, typically gives America’s greatest retailer a nice boost. Last year, for example, Apple Stores outsold Microsoft Stores nearly 5 to 1 in Black Friday purchases – and that was with Apple’s traditionally conservative deals and unimpressive discounts.

Some of Apple’s retail outlets in the United States and Canada will be opening early on Black Friday. Although the company has yet to announce actual Black Friday deals, it confirmed Monday that the one-day shopping event will take place at both its brick-and-mortar retail outlets and online, with free shipping on online orders… Read More


Some US, Canada Apple Stores opening early on Black Friday

By Cody Lee on Nov 22, 2013

Black Friday is next week, and for those unfamiliar with the term, it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving that kicks off the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Retailers open their stores early and offer significant discounts on their products in hope of luring in holiday shoppers.

And it looks like Apple will be participating in the festivities this year. While we haven’t yet received word on the company’s Black Friday deals, it does appear that many of its retail stores in both the United States and Canada will be opening early to accomodate the crowds… Read More


Good deal: get Parallels + 7 awesome Mac apps for one super low price

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2013

Black Friday is nine days away, but that’s not stopping companies from advertising huge holiday discounts like there’s no tomorrow. Notable deals Cody told you about in the past week or so include 28% off the iPhone-controlled Cobra iHelicopter46% off id America’s iPhone 5/5s accessory bundle55% off Jony Ive and Inside Steve’s Brain book combo and more.

You can put Parallels on your shopping list as the virtualization company is now offering eight great Mac apps for the price of Parallels Desktop 9 alone – that’s 82 percent off or a cool $356 in savings right off the bat… Read More


Best Buy knocking $100 off iPad 2 and up to $200 off Macs for Black Friday

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2013

Following Black Friday sale previews from Target and Walmart, major electronics retailer Best Buy has published a number of deals it will be offering up on the popular after-Thanksgiving-day shopping weekend.

Folks looking to get an iPad for a friend or family member for the holidays will be interested to hear that Best Buy will be selling the iPad 2 for $299—$100 off. And it will also be discounting Macs, iPods and more… Read More


Walmart’s Black Friday sale: $100 gift card with iPad mini purchase, $75 with iPhone

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2013

And they’re off! With Black Friday now just a few weeks away, retailers have begun teasing their after-Thanksgiving-day sales in hopes of convincing hordes of customers to visit their stores on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

We’ve already seen a preview of Target’s sale, which offers the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for $479 with a free $100 gift card, and other discounts. And now, Walmart has published a snippet of its Black Friday specials showing a similar offer… Read More


Target’s Black Friday sale will include $479 iPad Air with free $100 gift card

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2013

Folks looking to score a good deal on Apple products this Black Friday may want to check out their local Target. In a preview of the retailer’s after-Thanksgiving-day sale, several Apple discounts are mentioned.

Easily the most attractive deal is the new 16GB iPad Air with Wi-Fi for $479. While that’s only $20 off what Apple is charging for the tablet, that price includes (as long as supplies last) a free $100 gift card… Read More


Apple Stores outsold Microsoft Stores nearly 5 to 1 in Black Friday purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2012

A quick side-by-side video shot early morning on Black Friday at Lone Tree’s Park Meadow Mall where both Apple and Microsoft have their respective retail stores shows one is packed and the other is not. Apple’s place is much smaller versus Microsoft’s so it feels busier, of course. And over at the Apple Store in the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his crew counted heads at both Apple’s store and the Microsoft Store directly across the hall.

Although non-scientific, their comparison survey tells us that shoppers picked up nearly five times as many items per hour at the Apple store. We already knew the iPad dominated mobile shopping on Black Friday. And if you ask kids, Apple’s tablet is the #1 item on their holiday wish list. Looks like Apple’s gonna own Christmas this year… Read More


Analyst: no Black Friday iPad mini discounts means huge demand exists

By Ed Sutherland on Nov 23, 2012

While Black Friday discounts abound at Apple and around the web, one product where deals are absent is Apple’s iPad mini. The reason: people want to buy the smaller iPad deal or no deal, one analyst opines. According to Wells Fargo’s Maynard Um, “early checks suggest demand continues to be robust with strong store traffic through the week and early Friday”. That ship times remain two weeks for both the Wi-Fi and Cellular models points to the iPad mini becoming a must-have holiday item (kids agree)… Read More


ThinkGeek discounts iCade, iCade 8-Bitty and more for Black Friday

By Cody Lee on Nov 23, 2012

Here at iDB, we’re big fans of the iCade controller line. Both the iCade arcade cabinet and the 8-Bitty gamepad have a fun, retro look to them, and they support more iOS titles than any other controller.

So as you can imagine, we were pretty excited when we found out that ThinkGeek was going to be discounting the two accessories, along with several other items, as part of its major Black Friday sale…. Read More


Apple’s Black Friday sale now live in the US

By Cody Lee on Nov 23, 2012

Ok folks, Apple’s Black Friday sale has now officially begun here in the US. After being down for several hours, the company’s Stateside online store has returned with discounts on several popular products.

As usual, the price cuts are modest. But for a company that rarely puts its products — particularly current gen models — on sale, it’s a fairly big deal. We’ve got all of the best deals and details after the fold… Read More


Apple’s Black Friday deals go live in Australia and New Zealand

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2012

Apple’s online stores in New Zealand and Australia went offline earlier this morning in preparation of the previously teased Black Friday deals. The one-day shopping event offers a $100 discount on select MacBook Pro and Air models and various savings on the newest iOS devices and accessories like EarBuds and Smart Covers. The Black Friday deals page is now live on Apple’s online stores in New Zealand and Australia. We’re expecting the deals to go live on the US Apple Store soon and will updated this article accordingly… Read More


Apple teases one-day Black Friday shopping event in Australia

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2012

Black Friday, a one-day shopping stampede, is the day after Thanksgiving which is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States (on the second Monday of October in Canada). As Black Friday officially marks the start of the Christmas shopping season, retailers fall over each other in offering not-to-be-missed discounts. Apple just announced on its Australian online store the one-day Apple shopping event on Friday, 23 November… Read More