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Best Prime Day deals on Apple gear and accessories [Updated]


Best Prime Day deals 2023 on Apple gear, day two.
Amazon's Prime Day event is a great time to find Apple deals. Here are the best we've tracked down so far.
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Looking for the absolute best Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple gear and accessories? Us too. In fact, the only thing we like more than Apple gear is a great deal on Apple gear.

So far we’ve found cheap MacBooks, AirTag competitors that cost less than $15 a pop, rock-bottom pricing on must-have software like Microsoft Office for Mac, and sweet deals that will save you hundreds on power banks and solar generators to keep your gear powered up. We even put together an inexpensive bundle that can add Apple CarPlay to your ride.

We’ll update this post as we continue to search for the best Prime Day deals — on Amazon and beyond.

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Best Prime Day deals on Apple gear and accessories

These days, tons of retailers jump on Prime Day in a gigantic cost-cutting orgy. Yes, Amazon slashes its prices for its annual sales event (which happens July 11 and 12 this year). But Best Buy’s suspiciously timed Black Friday in July event also offers hot deals on Apple gear and other tech.

In this continuous roundup, we’ll mostly serve up links to Prime Day deals we find on Amazon. However, we won’t shy away from mixing in amazing deals we find from competitors. (If you want to see the latest finds, be sure to refresh this page in your browser.)

Lowest price ever on AirPods Max headphones

AirPods Max
AirPods Max are on sale for the lowest price yet.
Photo: Apple

If you’ve been lusting after a pair of Apple’s fabulous AirPods Max headphones, but are put off by the $549 retail price, have we got a deal for you! Apple’s high-end cans just reached their lowest price ever — if you’re OK with a refurbished pair. Woot is offering Apple’s flagship headphones for $369.99. Four colors are available: Green, Pink, Silver and Sky Blue (which I think is the best color). I have a pair of AirPods Max and can confidently say they’re fantastic: They sound great, the ANC is top-notch, and they look the business. If you’re worried about buying refurbished, I often buy refurbished products and have yet to be disappointed. They often carry the same warranties as brand new, and the only thing lost is the fancy retail packaging, which you throw away anyway. In this case, Woot is offering a 90-day warranty and says the AirPods Max are “pristine” with no scratches or other blemishes. Sounds good to me. — Leander Kahney

Buy from: Woot

Near all-time low price on great Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Headphones

Sony's much-loved wireless noise cancelling XM5 cans are an especially good deal right now.
Sony’s much-loved wireless noise cancelling XM5 cans are an especially good deal right now.
Photo: Sony

The one set of wireless noise-cancelling headphones we see labeled “best” and “industry-leading” most often — other than AirPods Max, of course — is Sony’s WH-1000XM5 cans. They’re lauded across the board, but especially for fantastic noise-cancellation.

And right now you can get a set in silver or black with add-ons for 18% below the regular price of $398. That’s $328, at or near an all-time low, and you can pick the bundle (e.g., with a stand and small USB port, or with a wireless charger). — David Snow

Buy from: Amazon

Momax’s transparent power bank: Special skills, tiny price tag

Pretty cool-looking, eh?
Pretty cool-looking, eh?
Photo: Momax

Most portable power banks look gray, black or some underwhelming combination of gray and black. Not this spiffy see-through one from Momax. And it’s not all about good looks, either. This 10,000mAh battery pack magnetically snaps to your MagSafe iPhone, delivering the maximum 15W of wireless charging. Or you can plug in a USB-C cable for 20W max power output. Or you can charge two devices at once! (The built-in foldable stand is gravy.) You get all this for just $36.79 during today’s Lightning Deal (until 5:40 p.m. Pacific). And you can slash that price down to $32.19 with code CULTOFMAC10. (Note: This is just one of the many Apple accessories from Momax on sale today.) — Lewis Wallace

Buy from: Amazon

Save on an adjustable iPad stand also includes a USB-C hub

Plugable USB-C Stand Dock left edge
Plugable’s stand/hub is fully compatible with almost every type of iPad.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Plugable USB-C Stand Dock doesn’t stop at simply holding up your iPad so you can see the display, it’s also an 8-port hub that allows you to connect an external screen and other accessories to your tablet. Check out our review for all the details. The stand/dock is a good deal at its usual $69, and an even better one at 30% off.

Buy Plugable USB-C Stand Dock for $47.96 from: Amazon

Turn iPad into high-performance external monitor for Mac or Windows PC with Luna Display … for less!

Luna Display for Windows is on Kickstarter today.
Luna Display for Windows lets an iPad be a PC’s second screen. It works with Macs too, of course.
Photo: Astropad

Plug Astropad’s Luna Display into your macOS or Windows computer and an iPad can become your computers second screen. Or another Mac can be the second screen — even for PCs. The useful wireless dongle ordinarily goes for $119.99 but Astropad knocked 20% off the cost.

Buy Astropad Luna Display for $95.99 from: Amazon

Get your game on with 30% off BackBone One controller for iPhone

Backbone One for iPhone review: Clever clip-on game controller
The Backbone One for iPhone takes your gaming to the next level.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Playing high-end games on a touchscreen can be a struggle. Clip the Backbone One to your iPhone to get the physical buttons and sticks you’ve been missing. Our review says, “The controller makes your iPhone into a far better gaming platform.” Ordinarily it sells for $99.99 but is 30% off today only. — Ed Hardy

Buy Backbone One for iPhone for $69.99 from: Amazon

The best, cheapest, easiest way to add CarPlay to any car with an Amazon Fire HD tablet

CarPlay with Fire tablet and adapter
The easiest and cheapest way to add CarPlay to almost any car is with an Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus tablet and a CarPlay adapter. I’ve been playing around with a couple of Fire tablets and an adapter, and found that the 8-inch Fire HD Plus tablet is best because it offers wireless charging. The Fire tablets have only one USB-C port, which the CarPlay adapter plugs into. That means the port can’t be used for simultaneously charging the tablet.

I tried a bunch of USB-C hubs that supposedly offer passthrough charging, but couldn’t get any to work. But this cheap wireless charger works, and so does this wireless CarPlay adapter from Ushilife. You’ll also need a USB-C to USB-A adapter. This is the setup I use and can vouch that it all works. It’s great for streaming music to my old pre-Bluetooth car and navigating with a nice big screen. I love it. Everything but the CarPlay adapter is on sale for Prime Day. — Leander Kahney

Buy Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus tablet for $69.99 (regularly $199.99): Amazon
Buy Ushilife CarPlay Wireless Adapter $69.99 with $10 coupon (regularly $79.99): Amazon
Buy Tozo W1 Wireless Charger for $10.99 (regularly $19.99): Amazon

Epomaker TH80 Pro Compact Mechanical Keyboard

This compact mechanical keyboard comes from a top-rated brand and features a programmable dial wheel that’s great for adjusting the volume, stopping/starting media and other functions. It’s 75% the size of standard keyboards and uses Gateron Pro switches for the keys. It’s also wireless, has RGB backlighting, and is programmable. It comes with keycaps for Windows and Mac. — Leander Kahney

Buy Epomaker TH80 Pro Compact Mechanical Keyboard from: Amazon

Save big on Synology NAS

Synology 5-Bay DS1522+ NAS
The Synology 5-Bay DS1522+ NAS can be configured with a massive 80TB of storage.
Photo: Synology

Backing up our computers at home was a giant headache until I bought a Synology NAS (Network Attached Storage) a few years ago. Compatible with Apple’s Time Machine backup software, all our machines are now happily backed up. Plus the NAS is great for Plex, running BitTorrent without a computer, sharing files remotely and a ton more. It’s been working hassle-free for years now. Synology’s new 5-Bay DS1522+ NAS, which launched late last year for $700, is on sale for the first time at $559.99 shipped ($140 off). This beast can be configured with a massive 80TB of storage, and offers up to 796MB/s transfer speeds. If the 5-Bay model is too much for your needs, Synology’s 2-Bay DS723+ is also on sale for $359.99 (Regularly $450). This is an updated version of the NAS I bought myself, and it’s been more than adeqaute for an average home user like me. Note, hard drives are NOT included and must be bought seperately. Luckily, drives are on sale too for Prime Day, such as this Western Digital 4TB WD Black Performance Internal Hard Drive for $104 (Reg. $190). — Leander Kahney

Buy 5-Bay DS1522+ NAS from: Amazon
Buy 2-Bay DS723+ NAS from: Amazon

Wyze Cam Pan v3 down to to $32 (30% off)

Wyze Cam Pan v3
This cute pan-and-tilt camera from Wyze is down to just $32.16 from $46. The Wyze Cam Pan v3 was just released in February, and features 1080p streaming, Alexa integration, automatic motion tracking, color night vision, two-way audio, and a clever privacy mode. But the best thing is pan and tilt functionality, which lets it scan the entire room. — Leander Kahney

Buy Wyze Cam Pan v3 from: Amazon

Half off Beats headphones? Yes, please.

Save on Beats Studio3
Bag your Studio3 headphones before they’re all gone! Or if not those, then Solo3 on-ear cans.
Photo: Apple

Right now you can get a set of top-shelf Beats Studio3 ANC wireless headphones for $160 instead of $350 — that’s 54% off. Bear in mind, though, the replacement Beats Studio Pro set with serious upgrades is expected to come out July 19 at about $350.

Alternatively, you can grab Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones for $115 instead of $200 (42% off). They’re not new, either, but they’re award-winning and well-liked, featuring Apple’s W1 chip and good battery life. — David Snow

Buy Studio3 from: Amazon

Buy Solo3 from: Amazon

Get a colorful AirTag clone for just $14.39

The affordable Momax Tracker Tag uses the Find My network to help keep track of your belongings.
The affordable Momax Tracker Tag uses the Find My network to help keep track of your belongings.
Photo: Momax


If you know AirTag, you know the Momax Tracker Tag. It works just like Apple’s tracking tag, but costs a lot less — especially during Momax’s big Prime Day sales event. Just like AirTag, Momax’s tracker taps into Apple’s Find My network to help you locate lost items. The only real differences are the alert sound that the Momax Tracker Tag makes and the color options. Momax actually has some! (The tracker comes in black, white and brilliant yellow.)

Oh, yeah, and there’s the price: Momax’s tracker retails for just $20 (as opposed to $29 for an AirTag). And during Prime Day you can get it for just $15.99. Apply promo code CULTOFMAC10 to cut the price to just $14.39 (although you might find that buying multiple Momax items and stacking coupons on Amazon can save you even more). — Lewis Wallace

Buy from: Amazon

Score Soundcore’s stellar noise-canceling earbuds at 45% off

The new Soundcore Space A40 earbuds have stellar ANC and epic battery life. And you'll probably like how they sound, too.
The new Soundcore Space A40 earbuds have stellar ANC and epic battery life. And you’ll probably like how they sound, too.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

Amazon offers a stellar deal on top-notch affordable Soundcore A40 active noise-canceling earbuds that came out in late summer 2022. Cult of Mac‘s reviewer loved Soundcore’s Space A40 buds for their great sound, major battery life, solid comfort and outstanding noise cancellation.

Regularly $99.99 — which is already a good price for this level of quality — now you can get them in blue or white for $54.99 or black for $54. — David Snow

Buy from: Amazon

Over 100 apps discounted on the App Store

Indie App Sales, July 11–12
With this many apps on sale, there’s probably something in there for you.
Photo: Matt Corey

At the time of writing, 113 apps are discounted anywhere from 20–90% off, with a majority in the 40–60% range off lifetime unlock prices. All of these apps are made by single-person developers or small teams. Because of that, a vast majority of them have completely clean app privacy reports.

Here are some of the apps that stood out to me:

  • Reading Time, a book tracker for iPhone and iPad.
  • Kaleidoscope, a powerful Mac app for comparing changes between any two files.
  • Spendy, a cross-platform personal finance tracker.
  • HomeCam and other apps by Aaron Pearce are essential for HomeKit smarthomes — adding powerful features like multi-camera monitoring, better complications, storing setup codes and error logging.
  • Launcher, a great way to add powerful in-app shortcuts to your Home Screen, Lock Screen, Dynamic Island and more.
  • Tasks, a more powerful to-do app when Reminders isn’t enough.
  • MacWhisper, the fastest way to get highly accurate transcriptions of podcasts, videos and more on your Mac. I’ve previously written about it here.

You can find a list of all the apps, with App Store links and discount codes, here on GitHub. Matt Corey, himself the indie developer of Bills to Budget and Signals, coordinated the effort. — D. Griffin Jones

Find at: GitHub

Get up to 30% off Apple Watch 8 models

Apple Watch Series 8
You can knock 30% off this Apple Watch Series 8 in midnight.
Screenshot: Apple

Now’s the time to grab that Apple Watch you always wanted. Variations on Apple Watch Series 8 are available for up to 30% off in different sizes, case materials, and with or without cellular coverage in addition to GPS.

For example, you can snap up the 41mm Apple Watch Series 8 with GPS in midnight aluminum for $399 $279. Now that’s a good time.

Or, if you don’t need every feature and want to spend less, you can get up to 18% off Apple Watch SE. — David Snow

Buy Series 8 from: Amazon

Lowest-ever price on great noise-canceling earbuds

Earfun is offering one of its best deals ever on high-quality noise-canceling earbuds, Earfun Air Pro 3. Normally $79.99, now you can get them for just under $50. That’s a great price for well-equipped active noise canceling (ANC) earbuds like these.

They offer the Qualcomm QCC3071 chip with aptX adaptive audio for high-quality wireless sound. And the buds also offer Bluetooth LE, the latest wireless connectivity standard, which can also mean better call and streaming audio quality. Read more about the earbuds and the deal. — David Snow

Buy from: Amazon

Score a $100 discount on 15-inch MacBook Air

You can get a great price on the new 15-inch MacBook Air.
You can get a great price on the new 15-inch MacBook Air.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s newly launched 15-inch MacBook Air is available with a $100 discount for Prime Day. So, instead of $1,499, you can get the laptop for $1,399. This deal is only available on the 512GB variant in midnight and starlight colors, though. — Rajesh Pandey

Buy from: Amazon

iPad 9 drops to its lowest price again

New budget iPad 9 gets better video chat, doubles storage
iPad 9 is Apple’s most affordable tablet.
Photo: Apple

While first released in 2021, Apple’s 9th gen. iPad is still a great content consumption and note-taking device. And with iPadOS 17 dropping later this year, it will become even better. For Prime Day, you can get the $329 tablet for just $249.99. — Rajesh Pandey

Buy from: Amazon

Save 11% on a 4-pack AirTags

After a bit of confusion, Lufthansa says it won't ban AirTags from checked baggage.
AirTags are a traveler’s best companion.
Photo: Daniel Romero/Unsplash License

If you are the forgetful kind, Apple’s AirTags are among the best investments you can make. Thanks to Find My integration, the tracking tags can help you find your lost or stolen items even when you are not in their range. For Prime Day, you can get the 4-pack AirTags for $88.49, a sweet 11% off their regular price. — Rajesh Pandey

Buy from: Amazon

AirPods 2 drop to $89

sell your old AirPods
AirPods 2.
Photo: Aaron Yoo CC

Apple’s second-gen AirPods are a great pair of wireless earbuds for anyone on a budget and doesn’t need active noise cancellation. These earbuds usually list for $129, but for Prime Day, you can get them for as low as $89.99 — Rajesh Pandey

Buy from: Amazon

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 for $299 (regularly $379)

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Bose’s highly rated Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are on sale for $299. Normally listed at $379, these headphones are among the most popular premium cans on the market. I have an earlier model and love the sound, the comfort and the great noise cancellation. — Leander Kahney

Buy from: Amazon

One of Wirecutter’s top sound bar picks, $800 off

LG S95QR Soundbar
The LG S95QR Soundbar is Wirecutter’s “Upgrade Pick” for a sound bar, and it’s a whopping $800 off its $1,800 list price. That’s still a lot of money for a sound bar, but the S95QR comes with a beefy subwoofer, surround speakers, and five upward-firing Atmos speakers. It works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, and can stream audio via Apple’s AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth. Plus, it sounds great. — Leander Kahney

Buy from: Amazon

Get Microsoft Office for Mac for $29.97, with thousands of dollars’ worth of training!

The world’s most popular software suite is now on sale at an astonishing price, and it comes with tons of free courses that will teach you how to use it. Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac 2021 itself lists for more than $200. Add in the hundreds of lessons on using Word, Excel and the other Office apps, and you’re looking at a retail price of $2,549. — Lewis Wallace

Buy from: Cult of Mac Deals

Pick up a HomeKit smart lock with perks from August for just $189

August Smart Lock-with Smart Keypad
Why replace your deadbolt when you can make it “smart” with this HomeKit-compatible hardware?
Photo: August

This is a great chance to snag a HomeKit-compatible lock that works with your existing deadbolt. The well-reviewed August Wi-Fi Smart Lock by itself lists for $229. This deal costs less than that, and adds August’s Smart Keypad as well. This is one of the best HomeKit smart locks around, and it also works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings. Available in matte black or silver. — Lewis Wallace

Buy from: Amazon

Save on Bluetti’s power stations, solar generators and more

Even when we go camping to “get away from it all,” we still need to keep our iPhones and Macs charged up. (We’re not opposed to taking a blender for some fancy drinks, either.) To accomplish all that, you need power — and lots of it. Bluetti’s power banks, solar generators and expansion batteries will keep all your gear humming for days, whether you’re communing with Mother Nature or shaking your fists in the air at your local power company during a blackout. — Lewis Wallace

Shop now: Bluetti’s Prime Day Sale

Just $350 for this self-emptying iRobot vacuum cleaner

My home would be a pigsty if not for my robot vacuum cleaner. I have a self-emptying model like this iRobot Roomba i4+ EVO, which is on sale for just $350 (regularly $550). This model also has Smart Mapping, can clean individual rooms, and is good with carpets and pet hair. The iRobot iOS app is pretty good, and this robot responds to Alexa commands. If you don’t have one, get one! I highly recommend them. — Leander Kahney

Buy from: Amazon

Nab a $249 Targus USB-C dock for just $99

The Targus Dock 310 (DOCK310USZ), a universal USB-C docking station, connects your MacBook or other laptop to dual 4K monitors and other peripherals. It features two HDMI ports, DisplayLink connectivity and 65W power delivery via USB-C to a laptop. You can use it with macOS, iOS, Windows and Android devices. A discount went live Monday, but the $99 deal starts Tuesday. — David Snow

Buy from: Amazon

Grab an M1 MacBook Air for just $749

This portable powerhouse straight outta 2020 dropped to what might be its lowest price yet in this pre-Prime Day sale. You can find this screaming deal on both Amazon and Best Buy. It’s a great laptop for everyday computing, and Apple silicon delivers an awesome combo of performance and outstanding battery life. — Lewis Wallace

Buy from: Amazon or Best Buy


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