Apple has posted a teaser page for its annual Black Friday sale on its Australian online store. “The one-day Apple shopping event is Friday, 23 November,” reads the graphic. “We’ll help you make the most of the day, no matter how you shop.”
If you’re a longtime Apple customer, you know that the company’s Black Friday deals are infamously weak. The biggest kind of discount you’ll typically see is $40-$60 off an iPad or $100 off a Mac. Still, it’s the only time of the year that Apple discounts anything, so the deals are worth noting. Nothing specific has leaked out yet about the deals that will be happening this Friday, but expect some modest price cuts on all of the new products Apple introduced over the past few months.
Apple’s online and actual retail store deals should be the same. Don’t expect to stop by your local Apple store in the wee hours of the morning this Friday though, because the majority of stores won’t be opening at abnormally early hours.
ifoAppleStore has heard that “management for several malls where Apple stores are located attempted to convince Apple executives to join early-morning retailers for the year’s busiest shopping day.” But Apple didn’t want to participate in the fanfare largely due to the supply constraints that are affecting new products like the 2012 iMac and even iPhone 5. “As a result, most stores will open just two to four hours earlier than the usual 10 a.m. opening time,” reports ifoAppleStore. “Several stores will open just one hour earlier for shoppers.”
Retail hours are available for all of Apple’s stores on the company’s website.
There are some abnormal hours to note for a couple of Apple’s flagship U.S. locations. The 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City will be open from midnight to 10 P.M. on Thanksgiving, while the Forum Shops location in Las Vegas will be open from 10 A.M. to 11 P.M. during the holiday.
We put together a buying guide for the Black Friday deals you can expect from Apple this year.