The best Apple deals we expect on Prime Day 2021 — save on AirPods, MacBooks, and iPad Mini
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Amazon Prime Day 2021 will be held on June 21 and 22. Over the two-day period, the sales event will offer tons of deals on a variety of tech products.
Apple deals are no exception and we look forward to seeing what savings are in store for this year’s event. A few new Apple devices, like the AirTags and AirPods Max, weren’t available during last year’s sale, so Prime Day 2021 could be the first time we see notable discounts on these products.
You don’t need to be a Prime member to shop current deals, but many deals will be exclusive to subscribers when Prime Day 2021 begins. If you’re looking to give membership a shot, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial now. Prime memberships start at $13 a month after the trial ends.
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Frequently asked questions
Prime Day 2021 will begin on June 21 and run through June 22. Prime members will be able to take advantage of non-stop deals on a variety of products and services over the two-day sale.
Before buying new Apple products on Prime Day, you should keep in mind that discounts tend to appear more often on previous-generation Apple devices. For example, a product like the Apple TV 4K (first-generation) is more likely to go on sale since the new second-generation model was just released in May 2021.
When comparing prices, you should also keep in mind that Apple offers discounted refurbished products on its own website, including previous generations of the MacBook Pro, iPhone, and more. Apple’s trade-in program can also give you additional money toward a refurbished product, as well, when you send Apple your old device.
For detailed buying advice on how to choose the right Apple product for your needs, check out our various Apple device guides and deal roundups:
Starting in early 2020 Apple launched a number of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.
The key difference compared to older models, is that the latest MacBooks include Apple’s M1 processor, a chip that offers faster performance. We recommend the more affordable Air for most people, but the Pro is still a great buy for shoppers who crave a bit more power, slightly longer battery life, and superior speakers and microphones. You can read our full comparison of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro here.
The best price we’ve seen the new MacBook Air (256GB) sell for so far is $899, so we expect a similar or better deal on Prime Day. The last time the previous version of the MacBook Air dropped to its lowest price — $799 — was February 2021. If stock is still available, we could see it sell for even less during Prime Day.
You’ll also want to keep your eye on the price of the MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 Chip. Earlier this year, the price went down to $1,099, which is $200 less than its full price. It’s on sale right now for $100 off, so a better deal could be available on Prime Day.
The latest MacBook Air released in late 2020 gains Apple’s new M1 processor, which brings impressively fast performance and long battery life, for prices starting at under $1,000, making it the best Apple laptop overall.
The best Amazon deals on AirPods and Beats headphones right now
Prime Day 2021 will be the first Prime Day since the launch of the AirPods Max, Apple’s premium over-ear headphones. The headphones haven’t seen many deals since their debut, so Prime Day could be the first time we see a discount larger than $30.
The Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, the gym, or zoning out during family road trips. They’ve got good sound, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback.
We consider the Powerbeats Pro to be the best alternative to AirPods for iPhone users. They’re frequently on sale for $170 so we recommend snagging them when they drop to that price or lower.
There are a number of Apple Watch models to choose from but we recommend the 40mm, Series 6 (GPS) model thanks to its health features. We didn’t see the Series 6 fall in price during Prime Day 2020, but it fell by nearly $50 the following month. We recommend any deal that brings the Series 6 below $350.
Other Apple Watch models include the Series 3, the lower-cost alternative to the Series 6 with a wide range of bells and whistles, as well as the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE hasn’t dropped below $230 on Amazon while the Series 3 hasn’t fallen below its May 2021 price of $198.
Apple’s latest iPad Pro models, starting at $799, launched in May. The 11-inch iPad Pro did get a $50 discount in May, but it’s not clear if we’ll see any major discounts over Prime Day since the 2021 models are so new.
There are older iPad models that have seen more frequent sales on Amazon, including the 2020 iPad Air, the 2020 iPad, and the 2019 iPad Mini. These older iPad models lack Apple’s new M1 processor but they still make good buys for most people. The 2021 Pro models, on the other hand, are really only necessary for creative professionals that need top-notch performance.
Apple’s iPhone line has supported MagSafe chargers since the iPhone 8. While we typically see the charger for $5 off on Amazon, it dropped to $10 off in May 2021. We recommend any deal on Prime Day if it’s $10 off or more.
The EarPods with a lightning connector — Apple’s wired headphones option — have been anywhere between $14 to $20 since May 2020. Any deal price lower than that would be worth jumping on during Prime Day.
This device lets you juice up to two compatible Apple devices at a time for convenient wireless charging.
Lost your AirPods or even your first set of Apple headphones? Apple has discounted its wired EarPods with the Lightning Connector to get you by.
This includes the Apple TV 4K (first- gen) and the Apple TV HD (fourth-gen) featuring the original Siri Remote (first-gen). While these models are still quality options for streamers, the newer versions include an improved Siri remote (also sold separately).
When sold for the same price, the newer Apple TV models are a better buy, but if the old versions get big discounts on Prime Day, they could present a better value.
The Apple TV 4K is a good fit for buyers who want easy integration with the rest of Apple’s products, and the latest model features an improved remote and processor.
The Apple TV 4K (2017) is an effective streaming player, and it works as a HomeKit hub, so you can control your HomeKit devices from outside the home. Buyers should be aware there is a newer model with an upgraded remote and advanced features for the same price. We only recommend buying this older model if it’s on sale for at least $30 less than the new model.
The Apple TV HD is one of the better streaming boxes you can add to your TV. A new model is available with an updated Siri remote so you should only buy this older version if it’s on sale for a solid discount.
Apple’s iPhones rarely get discounts on Prime Day. The new iPhones were just announced in October 2020, and carriers and retailers will likely discount older models to make way for the new ones.
It’s unlikely that the deals will be on Amazon, though, as the online retailer only sells models that are locked to Cricket Wireless.
Some older models to keep an eye on include the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. You can check out our guide to some of the best iPhones for every budget in 2021 ahead of your next iPhone purchase, as well.