The Black Friday 2021 iPhone deals to expect

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The Black Friday 2021 iPhone deals to expect
Black Friday - expected to be the biggest shopping event of the year, as usual – is coming November 26, and with it there will certainly be a few deals on iPhones here and there, and, again as usual, we will cherry-pick them for you in this very Black Friday iPhone deals roundup here.

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Does Apple have Black Friday sales on phones?

Even though Apple doesn't officially discount its phones until the new generation has rolled in, online and offline shops are using iPhone deals as Black Friday doorbusters of sorts to attract shoppers' attention. 

Even the 5G iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, as well as their respective smaller and larger siblings, despite being the latest and best iPhones at the time, saw some impressive offers on these devices for Black Friday. What exactly?

Apple iPhone 12

Apple iPhone 12

The Good

  • New design is pretty and compact
  • OLED screen, finally!
  • MagSafe is cool and has potential
  • Outstanding performance
  • One of the best cameras on a smartphone

The Bad

  • No charger, no headphones in the box
  • 64 GB of storage is fine, but feels a bit stingy in current ecosystem
  • No telephoto lens
  • No ultra high refresh rate

Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart and Target Black Friday iPhone deals preview

For example, last year's iPhone deals on Black Friday included Best Buy's discounts of up to $100 across the entire Apple iPhone 12 series (with a new line or account) and these offers could be coupled with additional carrier promotions, making Apple's latest iPhones at the time harder to resist on Black Friday.

Black Friday at Walmart is always a massive event, too. The retailer gave buyers the opportunity to save up to $900 on the iPhone 12 series, for instance, and, surprise, surprise, it is still running the exact same deal right now. The iPhone deal consists of a $200 discount from Walmart itself and $700 off with a qualified trade-in and line activation.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

128GB, 5G, A14 Bionic, Triple camera system, MagSafe

$99 99
$999 99
Buy at Walmart

The Target Black Friday sale, on the other hand, offered customers $700 off when you trade in to a new line or upgrade on an eligible unlimited plan. Sam's Club was also running a welcome promotion, as members could receive $50 in bill credits by upgrading to an iPhone 12 series model, and an additional $700 when they trade-in an eligible smartphone. 

Will there be Black Friday deals on iPhone 13?

The iPhone 13 release date is likely to be September 24, so a full month before Black Friday 2021 on November 26. This time around, Apple will announce and release all four 2021 iPhones - the iPhone 13, 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, all at once, so they will all be (un)willing participants in the Black Friday 2021 iPhone deals bonanza.

Given that the iPhone 13 series prices are expected to stay largely the same as the iPhone 12 models at launch, you will be able to scoop at least an iPhone 13 for free during Black Friday 2021, and may be even a Pro if you tie the carrier knot with a trade in to contribute.

Do T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T offer iPhone deals on Black Friday?

You bet, as Verizon's Black Friday deals included a BOGO sale on all iPhone 12 models and up to $440 off for existing customers that upgrade with an eligible trade-in.  

AT&T's Black Friday was also offering up to $700 off the iPhone 12, basically giving it away for free with a new line or upgrade and an eligible trade-in. 

In addition, AT&T users at Best Buy were able to benefit from an $800 total discount after activating their phone on an unlimited plan and completing a trade-in valued at $700 in bill credits for even basic phones. 

Expected iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone SE (2020) deals on Black Friday

Last year's iPhone 12 and iPhone SE (2020) may sit on opposite ends of Apple's iPhone spectrum, but both were available with decent discounts over the Black Friday period. With their prices knocked off upon the iPhone 13 unveiling, these can reasonably be expected to be some of the cheapest iPhones you can buy on Black Friday.

Last year, AT&T had a great deal on the iPhone 11 for Black Friday, for instance, that gave you up to $300 in bill credits applied in equal amounts over 30 monthly payments, basically equal to half the price, and the same can be expected for the iPhone 12 during Black Friday 2021. Verizon had the Pro models at $850 off when you trade-in with $250 extra if you switch, too. 

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

The Good

  • Largest, toughest display on an iPhone
  • The best camera set on an iPhone
  • Double the base storage of its predecessor
  • Futureproof 5G support with bands record
  • Best water-resistance on a general purpose phone

The Bad

  • Static 60Hz display refresh on a $1099 phone
  • Blocky and heavy compared to its peers
  • Expensive $599 body repair if you crack the rear
  • No power adapter in the box, slow charging

Amazon had last year's iPhone version for less in renewed condition and Best Buy sold new models with a $100 discount if a new Sprint (T-Mobile) line is activated. However, the best deal of all was arguably at Target's. It includes a $700 discount with an eligible trade-in and a $350 gift card with a qualified activation, so you could score an iPhone 12 Pro Max for free at Target during Black Friday 2021.

As an alternative to the expensive ones, AT&T sold the iPhone SE (2020) for free with an Unlimited plan. Walmart, on the other hand, had a $150 discount on Straight Talk and Total Wireless, while Verizon was also selling the munchkin for free with a new line. Fun times await at the Black Friday 2021 iPhone deals bonanza, we'll keep you posted!

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