There’s no denying Apple products are very expensive. It doesn’t help that they hardly ever go on sale. Thanks to Amazon’s new Prime Early Access Sale, a number of Apple devices are currently discounted, including MacBooks, Apple Watches, MagSafe accessories, and more. We’ve rounded up all the best deals below.
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Apple Deals on Devices
Apple’s 14-inch MacBook Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) comes with upgrades on the inside and out. The MacBook Pro has an industrial appearance with its boxier chassis and tons of ports, including a MagSafe charging port. It also features a stunning 14.2-inch screen with ProMotion, which increases the frame rate up to 120 Hz, as well as a 1080p Webcam. It is capable of handling almost all tasks and has excellent performance. Apple may announce next-generation MacBook Pros in the month ahead, but this option is great for those who want to cut costs.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro (512GB) has the exact same features as its 14-inch counterpart. But since it’s ginormous, it’s not the easiest MacBook to travel with and barely fits in most of my backpacks. The additional screen area is worth it, particularly for those who spend most of their time looking at computers while working on the road. Although the price of this model fluctuates, it is still an excellent deal.
Our favorite MacBook Air budget is the M1-powered MacBook Air (9/10 WIRED Recommends). This laptop is still powerful for the price. It was launched in 2020. The laptop has great battery life and performance, so it will keep you going for at least a day. It also comes with an enhanced keyboard. The laptop’s slimness and lightweight make it perfect for traveling.
The iPad Air is the best iPad among all of Apple’s iPads, according to WIRED Recommends (8/10). It can do the most work out of any iPad. It has the same M1 processor you’ll find in the aforementioned MacBook Air and iPad Pro—making it a powerful machine for anyone running intensive tasks like editing batches of RAW images or working with 3D objects. The upgraded 12-megapixel selfie camera and sub-6 5G connectivity are also included. To pair your iPad with a keyboard case, check out our Best iPad Accessories Guide.
My go-to travel device is still the iPad Mini (8/10 WIRED Recommends). Because of its compact dimensions, it is easy to fit into a bag or backpack. The 8.3-inch screen makes it ideal for streaming Netflix or reading ebooks. The A15 Bionic processor is the same one that powered last year’s iPhone 13 and it can handle even more demanding apps. The second-generation Apple Pencil supports it, which allows you to use the device as a notebook or sketchpad. This is a decent deal, although it does drop to the same price quite often.
Apple expects to unveil a new 10th-generation iPad in the same month as it did with its iPad Pro. But if you don’t want to wait, the ninth-generation iPad (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is still a great and affordable choice—especially if you prefer the physical Touch ID-enabled Home Button. You will also find a True Tone screen that adapts your screen’s color temperature to the environment and 64 GB storage. The iPad Pro is the ideal tablet for almost everyone.
The second-gen AirPods Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) offer great sound, improved noise canceling, and better battery life—with six hours in the buds and 24 hours in the case, it’ll easily get you through a full workday. You can charge the case on your Apple Watch puck, and it will sync to Apple’s Find My application (the case will beep to assist you in finding them).
They might not come in Cupertino White, but these Beats Fit Pro are associate editor Parker Hall’s favorite Apple-made headphones for most people. These headphones are available in many colours, sound amazing, have great comfort, and instantly pair with any of your Apple devices. The Beats Fit Prox Kim Kardashian earbuds can also be purchased for $180 (or $20).
Apple Watch Series 8 8/10, WIRED Recommendeds) is the winner of our Best Apple Watch award. In addition to a heart rate monitor, blood oxygen level sensor, and ECG reader, the Series 8 also has a wrist-based temperature sensing feature that tracks your skin temperature—which can be useful to track your period and fertility. Crash Detection is also available. It uses two motion sensors, an upgraded gyroscope and a high-G-force accelerometer, to determine if there has been a serious car accident and to connect you with emergency services even if your response is not immediate.
Apple TV 4K (Wired Recommends 8/10) is a fantastic streaming device that will appeal to loyal Apple users. It packs an A12 Bionic chip for faster performance (and support for HDR up to 60 frames per second), with easy-to-navigate menus and a redesigned remote that’s Much more It is easier to use. You can also get the 64GB version for $129 (a saving of $61)
Apple 3-in-1 Wireless Chargers
MagSafe-compatible iPhones can make it difficult to charge them all every day. To make life simpler, we recommend a 3-in-1 wireless charging device. Here are a few WIRED-approved deals.
In our Best Apple 3-in-1 wireless chargers guide, this Satechi wireless charging station is second. While it may not offer fast charging, the stand is ideal for overnight juicers. It is a beautiful addition to any nightstand, thanks to its aluminum appearance. You’ll have to use your own 20-watt power adapter though—we recommend Anker’s if you don’t already have one.
Ugreen’s wireless charger, certified by Apple Watch and AirPods, can charge up to 15 watts. It is important to know that the charger does not come with an adapter.
Anker’s 623 MagGo is a compact cylinder-shaped charger—there’s a phone platform that flips up, allowing you to snap your phone in place with room to charge your AirPods too. You will receive a box with an adapter and cable.
HaloLock wireless charger has a built in fan that cools your phone and keeps it charged. It can also have a status lamp, which you can turn off while the phone is sleeping. Although it charges at just 7.5W, the power adapter as well as cable are included. But, it will not charge at 7.5 watts.
Apple iPhone Cases
Select your iPhone model from this page to browse the dozens of Sonix case designs. We like Sonix cases—they support MagSafe, are made of biodegradable materials, and the packaging is 100 percent recyclable.
Although these cases don’t offer much protection, they are some of the most thin available. The case will not provide much drop protection but won’t be bulky and protect your device from scratches. A variety of models are available.