We’ve begun tracking early Black Friday deals in our dedicated Black Friday Roundup, and in an effort to prepare our readers for the big shopping event we’re highlighting sales store-by-store in the lead-up to November 27.
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This year we’re starting with Best Buy, which announced its Black Friday sales earlier in the week while simultaneously kicking off a notable early sale on a huge variety of products, including Apple devices.
Every Best Buy location in the United States will be closed on Thanksgiving in 2020, so the focus on November 26 will be online deals. Best Buy’s full schedule for the week of Black Friday can be seen below, and you can check out the Best Buy Black Friday newspaper ad right here.
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) – Closed
Black Friday (Nov. 27) – 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time
Saturday, Nov. 28 – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time
Sunday, Nov. 29 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time
Of course, these dates won’t be the only times to snag deals at Best Buy in November, with a total of four extra discount events planned by the retailer next month. We don’t know specifics of the early November sales yet, but the important sale here is on November 16, when My Best Buy Members will be able to shop thousands of deals from the Black Friday ad one week early.
Nov. 5 to 8 – The Wish List Sale
Nov. 11 – The Treat Yourself Sale
Nov. 12 to 15 – Our Coolest Deals Sale
Nov. 16 to 17 – My Best Buy Member Early Access Sale
Nov. 22 – Black Friday Starts Now! Sale
Covid-19 Safety Efforts: Best Buy is requiring all employees and customers to wear face coverings if they plan to shop in stores on Black Friday (and in general). There will be a limit to the number of people within each location, and social distancing efforts will be in effect.
For anyone who doesn’t want to shop inside a Best Buy store during the holidays, contactless curbside pickup is available at all Best Buy stores. Orders are ready within an hour, and an employee can safely bring it out and place it inside your car. Next-day and same-day delivery options are also expanding to include more items on Best Buy’s website.
Of course, there’s also the Early Black Friday event running right now, which you can read about in more detail in the next section.
Early Black Friday – Oct. 28 through Nov. 1
There are quite a few categories covered in the early Black Friday sale, including video games, TVs, Apple products, headphones, small kitchen appliances, printers, vacuums, and much more. Head to Best Buy’s landing page for the sale to shop the entire sale.
Below we’ve gathered some of the more notable items being marked down in Best Buy’s early Black Friday sale. In regards to Apple, this mainly includes deals on Apple Watch SE and Series 6.
Best Buy Black Friday – Weeklong Savings Begin Nov. 22
Like most retailers, Best Buy’s Black Friday is really a week-long event that starts the Sunday before Thanksgiving: November 22. This will stretch through to Thanksgiving day with an online-only set of deals, and then end on Black Friday, November 27, with the expected selection of doorbusters.
Similar to years past, you’ll find a lot of markdowns on quality TV sets, Blu-Rays, smartphones, Dyson vacuums, smart speakers, video games, and much more. Many of the sales listed below are available thanks to Best Buy’s early Black Friday event that runs through November 1, but after that ends you won’t be able to get the discounts again until November 22 (or November 16 if you’re a My Best Buy member).
Video Games This year will see the launch of a new generation of video game consoles. While the PS5 and Xbox Series X won’t have any deals, you’ll definitely be able to save with solid markdowns on previous generation consoles and a wide assortment of video game software.
Starting on November 27th, Apple Canada will start giving out free gift cards of varying amounts with iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and several other Apple store purchases.
Depending on what device you get, the Apple Store gift card amount varies. Apple has a ton of products that include gift cards, but it’s not sharing how much each gift card is worth until the 27th. If you’re curious about how the deals will likely shake out, you can check out our Apple Black Friday post from last year.
Therefore, if Apple doesn’t share how much the gift card that comes with AirPods is worth, we can assume the card is likely going to be between $20-$30. Last year MacBook Pro models and other Macs came with a $280 gift card, so this year these items will likely come with the $210 gift card.
Items included in the deal are listed below:
Apple Watch Series 3
AirPods with Wireless Charging
Apple TV HD
Apple TV 4K
Beats Studio Wireless
Beats Solo Pro
Beats Solo 3
All of the above items will come with an Apple Store gift card between November 27th and November 30th.
It’s also worth mentioning that this offer can’t be stacked with the company’s Education discounts.
Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 21:34Modified: 23/11/2020 – 21:33
San Francisco (AFP)
Apple said Monday it would extend through June 30 a waiver on app fees for paid events such as tutoring and fitness classes, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
The move is aimed at helping pandemic-hit instructors and performers to continue using iPhone applications for virtual classes and events at no cost.
Apple had initially agreed to a waiver until December, amid concerns raised by Facebook and others seeking to help people whose in-person classes and events have been canceled due to the global health emergency.
“As the world fights Covid-19, we recognize that adapting experiences from in-person to digital continues to be a top priority,” Apple said on its developer website.
Apple said the move affects the “in-app purchase” requirement for these services, and that it chose to give those affected more time to adapt in light of the pandemic.
Facebook earlier this year asked Apple to skip its usual 30 percent cut of transactions in mobile apps prior to enabling the social platform’s streaming application to be used to create, promote and host paid events from concerts and theatrical performances to yoga classes and cooking lessons.
The move comes amid increasing scrutiny of App Store fees, which are set at 30 percent in most cases, by developers and antitrust enforcers who argue Apple is abusing its dominance of the marketplace.
The iPhone manufacturer said last week that developers who make less than $1 million from selling apps on its store will see Apple’s revenue bite cut to 15 percent.
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