MacMall Black Friday 2015 ad has plenty of Apple iPad, MacBook, iMac deals

It may not have the best sales on certain iPads and MacBooks, but the Apple-centric store has discounts across a wider variety of configurations than other retailers.


We've covered the best Black Friday deals so far on Apple iPads and its Mac computers, but that was before MacMall just launched its 52-page ad for the shopping event, which in this case kicks off at noon Pacific time on Wednesday. Perhaps the best known Apple-centric retailer aside from Apple itself, MacMall doesn't offer eye-popping discounts but makes up for it with sale prices across a wide range of configurations that other stores often don't offer.


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For instance, its savings on the various 16GB iPad models are more modest than the doorbuster prices elsewhere -- $40 off the base iPad Air 2, $25 off the iPad mini 4 -- but they are available for all possible permutations, including versions with cellular capabilities. The biggest discount in dollar amount is for the cellular-equipped 128GB Air 2, which will be $75 cheaper for Black Friday. MacMall is also the first place we've seen to widely discount the new iPad Pro, though the $12 price drop is merely a token savings.

The deals are a little more aggressive with MacBooks. All MacBook Air laptops receive a price trim of at least $81, with the 11-inch base model receiving a $100 discount (to $799.99) and the 13-inch Air with 4GB of RAM and 256GB SSD earning a $101 savings (to $1,098). The freshly resigned MacBook gets an across-the-board deal of $102 off for all configurations, dropping the base price to $1,197 or about $50 more than Best Buy's Black Friday deal.

Best Buy also beats MacMall's price on the base MacBook Pro without a Retina display, lopping another $100 off the price ($899.99 vs $998), but that's a limited time Thanksgiving doorbuster whereas MacMall's special is available throughout its Black Friday sale period. MacMall also offers discounts ranging from $51 to $71 for other non-Retina MacBook Pro configurations. The 13-inch Retina versions get $102 off no matter the configuration, and the 15-inch edition is on sale as well, the first time we've seen that this Black Friday. The base laptop, which is regularly priced at $1,999, sees its price decreased by $170, while the priciest model is $250 lower, falling to $2,949, though all configurations get at least $151 off.

Mac desktops also receive across-the-board sales, with the 21.5-inch iMac seeing price reductions ranging from $71-$110. That includes the new 4k Retina version, which we haven't seen discounted before now; the base model is $1,389, or $110 off, for Black Friday. The $130 price reduction on the base 27-inch 5k Retina iMac is again not as aggressive as deals at Best Buy or Fry's, but MacMall extends the sale for all versions, taking at least $101 off the normal price.

We were only able to find a single deal on the Mac mini, so the fact that Mac Mall is offering any discount at all is good news, though the $34 off the base model and $31 off the next lowest-priced configuration isn't cause for a ton of excitement. Power users should be more excited that the retailer has the Mac Pro on sale, especially because the $2,999 starting configuration gets a healthy $300 price reduction, with other flavors receiving cuts from $201 to $800, though that's not even 10 percent off the priciest $9,599 Mac Pro. Then again, that savings could be put towards a more traditional Black Friday deal, like a nice HDTV.