Apple is hosting its first ever Black Friday deal which it calls as a ‘one-day shopping event’ as is Microsoft. The Apple Store for US is down in preparation for the upcoming sale, but the sales have gone live in the Australia and New Zealand stores. Microsoft is also hosting its Black Friday sales on the company’s US website till November 28, and the discounts and offers are already live.
Apple is offering gifts cards to customers who purchase select products. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2 and new MacBook Pros are out of this deal offer, which is not surprising. On the Australia store, users are offered an Apple Gift Card worth up to A$70 on iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6 Models. There are gift cards worth up to A$140 on select iPad models. Apple Watch series 1 gets an A$35 gift card, while there’s an A$200 Apple Gift Card on selected Mac computers today.
Microsoft is offering discounts on its products like Surface Book, Surface Pro along with discounts on some Xbox games. For instance, the Surface Pro 4 variant is available at $799 from the original $999 price for the 4GB RAM+128GB storage with Intel core i5 processor. The Surface Book with 256GB storage, Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM is available at $1,499 down from the original $1,899 price tag.
Microsoft’s has also listed laptops from Dell, HP for sale and the list includes Dell Inspiron 13 5378 Signature Edition 2-in-1 PC with Intel Core i5, 8GB memory and 1TB HDD at $499 from the $749 price. The PC has a 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen.
There’s also the Dell Inspiron 15 i5559-3333SLV Signature Edition Laptop at $549 from the original $849 price and comes with a 15.6 Full HD touchscreen and Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB memory and 1TB HDD along with the Intel RealSense 3D camera. There’s also a $1020 discount on the Alienware 15 Touch Signature edition priced at $1497 from the original $2,499 price.
In terms of Xbox hardware, there’s an Xbox One S (500 GB ) Battlefield 1 special edition bundle priced at $249 from the $299 price. Extra Xbox Wireless controllers are available at $20 discounts for $39.99 from the original price of $59.99. The HTC Vive Reality headset is also listed on discount on the Microsoft Store at $699 which is down $100 from the original $799 price.