Apple devices are top Black Friday sellers at Target

Target sold one Apple iPad every second during Thanksgiving. That includes sales made online and in brick and mortar Target stores. In fact, Apple products did quite well during Black Friday at the discount retailer. Inside the physical stores, Apple Watch was a strong seller. Both of those products were on Target's Top Ten Best Selling items list for its holiday sales.

Also selling well during the last two days at Target was another product now associated with Apple. The Beats Solo 2 headphone was rung up quite often by Target cashiers. Last year, Apple purchased Beats Audio for $3 billion, making it the company's largest acquisition ever. Apple will shut down streaming music provider Beats Music at the end of this month, leaving the headphones as the only part of the purchase that Apple is keeping alive.

Target offered consumers a $100 gift card with the purchase of an Apple Watch. The store carried Apple Watch Sport models starting from $349, and Apple Watch timepieces priced up to $649. Those purchasing the Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi  during the sale (16GB priced at $499, 64GB priced at $599 and 128GB priced at $699) received a $150 Target gift card. Buyers of the Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi ($399 for 16GB, $449 for 32GB and $599 for 64GB) received a $100 Target gift card, as did those who bought the Apple iPad mini 4 ($499 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model, $599 for the 128GB Wi-Fi version, and $629 for the 64GB Wi-Fi+ Cellular tablet).

The Beats Solo 2 headphones are normally priced at $199.99. Target had them on sale for Black Friday at $96.99.

source: Forbes



29. JMartin22

Posts: 2426; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I tend to agree that iOS has the better tablet experience between iOS and Android platforms. I don't know how Windows compares personally to either of these. There's no reason to dish out extra cash for a Samsung Tab S if you already own a Galaxy S6 or Note 5. It's largely the same experience, inflated.

26. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not really a surprise, what would be a nice surprise would be if non English countries got those kinds of deals as well, but its the same thing with a lot of places, only steam seems to give international people same deals as us people, but otherwise, xbox one, playstation and whatnot other tech stuff always comes with good deals for English countries, non english, not so much.

12. Shocky unregistered

No surprise, a large UK retailer reduced prices for some Samsung and Apple devices in price, they had to open a dedicated counter to deal with the demand for the iPad, large queues with people spending up £700 per item. The Samsung tablet barely get a second look, I spoke to a member of staff and there were NO reductions on items selling, apparently all they did was pile of loads of new iPads and people started buying them at full price, ignoring the older model that was reduced and other items on sale. People are stupid.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

Why are people stupid? Was this sarcasm? Or because they buy things they want? I'm sure you're the smart one - you always plan on at things you want to buy and then buy something else instead, right? You probably like Hondas, and I bought a Porsche - I'm stupid huh?

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Still bad deals. 'Cause it doesn't worth it.

7. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

50% of the original price is worth it. That's what Apple products should price at. Or-else it's a ripoff.

4. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

What of iPad kinda pro?...i mean iPad PROtotype

2. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

In before, blind iSheep. But have to say $150 Target gift card for the Air 2 is a pretty killer deal, easy to understand why people would flock to that, Target did well.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I bought ipad air 2 last year with $140 last year. $150 gift card for year old tablet is not so great deal when another year old tablet (nexus 9) is selling for $200.

5. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yea I agree the android deals are better this black Friday but apple devices usually never get any real discounts, they hold their value really well, since there's no Air 3 I don't think target had a choice. The Nexus 5X at 300 I'd say was a crazy deal St B and H I think.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Try finding quality apps made for android tablets and not stretched phone ones. The ecosystem, value, quality, resale value makes the ipad the best tablet no matter what. I agree PRO is a missed shot but any other ipad is just the best tablet to have for media consumption.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I don't know about the best for simple media consumption, simply because you can consume media on any device, what it will offer is a seemless simple solution, that simply 'works'. I would say my cheaper windows tablets are better at media consumption. Though their 'smoothness' factor is at times not like the ipad.

14. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

The Tab S series is arguably better than the iPad series for media consumption, moreso when you consider how much easier it can be to download media to the Android slates compared to the iPads.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

You probably haven't heard of iCloud Drive...

18. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

I have, but it's an extra step that you don't necessarily need with Android. I use cloud storage too, but iOS can't download directly to the internal storage from, say, a browser.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would argue that in the place of 'media' consumption and price, not a single android slate outdoes a similar priced windows slate. And for the same price points, I would much rather have the option of full pc at my finger tips.

23. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

I was factoring in not only the compatibility of the slates with various media file types, but also the viewing experience. The Tab S series have stereo speakers (which I don't normally care for, using much better earphones or headphones), and gorgeous, extremely pixel dense AMOLED screens with which to consume the media. Windows wins compatibility and versatility hands down, but the Tab S series are arguably better equipped for visual media consumption.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

the advantages of the Android tablet over an iPad for media consumption is simple. Support for more file types, especially open files types. Open file system to store your own stuff and no use cloud storage. 16:9/10 aspect ratio is better for watching movies vs 4:3 or 3:2 like the Surface. Android tablets already had the features the iPad is just getting. I can buy a 3 year old Samsung Tab and have splitscreen view. The IOS apps for IPad are mostly blown up phone apps, no different from Android. All those HD apps are simply phone apps made with larger bitmaps for the iPad's resolution. Apple claim of exclusive apps for iPad is just bull. Its the same iPhone apps, they simply didn't make a version supporting lower resolutions of the iPhone. They are still iPhone OS apps and would work if you sideloaded them. The iPad isn't batter at anything. It is a nice tablet. No ARM tablet is really better than another. No matter the brand, they have similar limitations. St least Samsung offers better quality displays, better efficiency and more. The IPad may be the best for you, it isn't the best tablet over all by a longshot no matter how many they sell.

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Curious, what makes the iPad better for consumption when something like the Surface 3 exists on the market for the same cash? Apps ain't a valid reason anymore, 'cause there are 725,000 iPad optimized apps (goo. gl/24fdw) on the app store after 5 years of existence, that's not much bigger compared to 669,000 Windows Store apps (goo. gl/JTDqto), all of which are tablet optimized, after just 3 years...not to talk of the millions of full-fledged desktop apps, many of which are becoming touch-friendly without dumbing down on features (e.g. Microsoft Office 2013, AutoCAD 2016, Adobe CC suit, etc.), what else is there that makes the iPad the best?

15. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Black Friday and Apple? Doesn't mix together

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be a fandroid hater. Most Android tablets on black Friday aren't worth owning.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy, did you buy anything? I've got my eye on an iPad Pro, but not for at least a year, and maybe two. That things a beast, but 800 for a 32 is up there bro.

21. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Hi dark, my co-worker just bought it. Is has beautiful screen, and.... big. However, personally I will stick with my iPad Air. After playing with it, and carrying it around, I have come to the conclusion that is not portable and discreete enough for my use.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's my concern too. Will it be too big to fit comfortably in my work bag? Will I be s size make it more of a theft target in public. If it's on practical for home use, then it's a no go. My Air 2 is great.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Same here bro. $800 is a little steep, I think I'll stick with the Air 2 as it's pretty much still a beast in its own right. I didn't really get much during black Friday, just a few games and some household items that were on sale.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same here Mxy, a few things and that's it. My Xmas list is mom dad, and the wife this year, son's grown now lol. It'll be cheap for the first time in ages.

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Maybe so, but the iPad is the best slate, hands down. I still have my original iPad & air, working like a charm. My Nexus 7, Moto, and Samsung tablets are in some landfill.

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I guess those are good deals. I personally rarely ever shop at Target, but I guess for those that shop there often the gift cards are of good savings. Either that, or they sell the gift cards. I thought the T-Mobile free storage upgrades, and Costco gift card were good deals too, but I personally shop at Costco often so would've used it.

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

I think it has more to do with the fact that target has nothing to sell other than some clothes and food there electronics department as a joke it's all just DVDs mainly and some cameras

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