Week’s best Apple deals: Big discounts on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and more


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Refurbs, open-box items and a great Groupon sale mean hot deals on Apple gear.
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This week’s best Apple deals include some amazing offers on hardware, from refurbs to open-box devices to brand-new MacBook Airs. Read on to see these savings and more.

Apple deals as of June 29, 2016

Groupon’s Apple Event: Up to 70 percent off

Need a bundle of Lightning cables? Or the famously tough OtterBox Defender case for iPhone 6 Plus? Check out Groupon as it cuts up to 70 percent off a selection of Apple iPhones, iPads and accessories during its Apple Event Sale. Shipping adds $3.99, or get free shipping on orders of $34.99 or more. Discounted items include cases, screen protectors, MacBooks and keyboards.

13-inch MacBook Air for $800

Electronics Valley via eBay offers the 3-pound Apple MacBook Air Broadwell Core i5 1.6GHz 13.3-inch laptop for $799.99 with free shipping. That’s $30 below our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we’ve seen. (It’s the best deal today by $112.)

This MacBook Air model features an Intel Core i5 1.6GHz Broadwell dual-core processor, 13.3-inch 1,440-by-900 LED-backlit LCD, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, SDXC card slot, 720p FaceTime camera, backlit keyboard and Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

Open-box iPad Air 2 128GB Wi-Fi tablet for $450

We retain a healthy skepticism for third-party refurbs, but a third-party open-box device might be less risky — especially when it’s covered by a generous year-long seller warranty, as this one is. Quick Ship Electronics via eBay offers the open-box Apple iPad Air 2 128GB Wi-Fi Tablet in gray for $449.99 with free shipping. That’s $49 under our mention of a new unit from a month ago (which included a case), $149 less than a new unit today, and the lowest total price we’ve seen for this 128GB model.

Refurbished Apple MacBook Pro laptops from $829

Refurbs directly from Apple are another story. Not only are they returned to like-new condition, but they’re covered by a full one-year Apple warranty. And right now, Apple is discounting a selection of its factory-refurbished Apple MacBook Pro laptops, with prices starting at $829. Plus, all orders receive free shipping. Each system is covered by a one-year Apple warranty (the same as new units).

A couple of best bets, compared to the best available prices for new units, include the refurb MacBook Pro i5 Dual 2.9GHz 13.3-inch Laptop with 8GB RAM for $1,529 (lowest price by $71); and the refurb MacBook Pro i7 Quad 2.2GHz 15.4-inch Retina Laptop with 256GB SSD for $1,609 ($290 off).


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