Apple has just added a teaser ad to its online retail store regarding a “shopping event” this Friday, November 23. For the past few years, Apple has participated in Black Friday sales with store-wide discounts on many of its most popular gadgets, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
This year, Apple has included links to shop online, visit a store, or buy from your iPhone using the Apple Store app.
If you want to shop online, set your alarm to 12:01 a.m. PST on Thursday night and get all your gadgets without having to leave the house. Apple normally offers free shipping on purchases over $50, but based on the advertisement’s phrasing, everything you buy will include free shipping.
If you plan to visit an Apple retail store in-person, you can take advantage of extended holiday hours. You’ll have to check your local Apple store for holiday hours. In Sacramento, the store opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m.
Apple also has a convenient way for you to shop in-store with an iPhone app that lets you shop on the go. With the Apple Store app, you can browse through products and even buy them within the app. When you get to the store, just tell an Apple employee about your purchase. You can also buy things yourself using EasyPay. Just walk into an Apple retail store, pick up the accessory you want and scan the bar code. It will act like a register and let you pay for your purchase without you ever having to speak to anyone. EasyPay only works on accessories. I tried it with an Apple TV and wasn’t able to purchase it from my iPhone.
Apple normally offers discounts like 10 percent off of its computers and mobile devices during the Black Friday sale. This year, Apple is stocking a lot more third-party accessories than ever before, so there may be some fantastic deals on Bluetooth-enabled speakers, high quality headphones and other gadgets for your iPad.
Get your holiday shopping list ready because this Friday will be a major shopping day. You can browse Apple’s online Gift Guide if you are looking for some ideas.