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40+ Best Apple Cyber Monday Deals 2022: iPads, Apple Watches, AirPod Alternatives

By Wirecutter Staff
Updated November 28, 2022, 4:01 p.m. ET
40+ Best Apple Cyber Monday Deals 2022: iPads, Apple Watches, AirPod Alternatives
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UpdatedNov 2022

If you missed out on Black Friday’s discounted Apple gear, fret not: Cyber Monday is here, and with it comes price drops on plenty of Wirecutter’s recommended Apple picks. Apple superfans know how rare it is to see a good deal on the company’s sleek, shiny tech—which makes these discounts that much more exciting. Here are the best deals we’ve found so far today. You can also check out the Wirecutter Deals page, which always has the latest list of discounts on Wirecutter picks that meet our rigorous testing and pricing standards

Apple Watch SE
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Apple Watches are nearly always on sale, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales tend to offer the best pricing for them. We still like the Series 7, and it should be deeply discounted this shopping season, but we also recommend the new (and newly discounted) Series 8 and SE models for anyone seeking the most recent tech. We are even seeing small price drops on the sought-after Ultra.

Apple Watch Series 8 (45 mm, GPS) — Upcoming Pick
Amazon deal price: $380; street price: $430

What we like: Same great features as Series 7. New features include crash detection, faster processor, watchOS 9, and temperature sensor.

Other things to know: Still in testing, but likely to be our new top pick. Not a huge jump in specs, so best if upgrading from older watch (Series 4 and earlier) or first time Apple Watch user. 45 mm screen, with Sport Band in the S/M or M/L size.

Read our review of the best smartwatch for iPhone owners.

Apple Watch SE (44 mm, GPS, 2nd Gen) — Budget Pick
Amazon deal price: $260; street price: $280

What we like: Budget pick with great screen and good battery life. Good option for a first smartwatch. Fast S8 chip. Small size.

Other things to know: Minimal upgrades from 1st generation. Lacks always-on display and some health functions of the Series 8.

Read our review of the best smartwatch for iPhone owners.

What we like: More affordable than our top pick, the Apple Watch Series 7. Great screen and god battery life. Attractive option for a first smartwatch or if you want it only for certain tasks.

Other things to know: Lacks the Series 7's always-on display and certain health functions. Available in three colors and an aluminum case.

Read our review of the best smartwatch for iPhone owners.

Apple Watch Ultra (GPS + Cellular) — Upgrade Pick
Amazon deal price: $740; street price: $800

What we like: Titanium case should prevent cracks. Lengthy battery life. Biggest display of any Apple Watch. Action button launches apps fast.

Other things to know: Flat-edged screen. Siren feature for search and rescue. Size may be overkill. Hefty price tag.

Read our review of the best smartwatch for iPhone owners.

Casetify Saffiano Leather Apple Watch Band — Our Pick
Casetify deal price: $44; street price: $52

What we like: Our favorite faux-leather Apple Watch band. Cruelty-free vegan leather construction. Wax-coated and cross-hatched for optimal scratch- and water-resistance.

Other things to know: Rare deal. Available in thousands (!) of designs. Use code BLACKFRI22. Price includes shipping.

Read our review of the best Apple Watch bands.

An iPad next to a US Passport.
Photo: Sarah Kobos

We are seeing discounts on several iPad models, including an iPad Mini, an iPad Air, and iPad Pros.

Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, M2, 6th Generation, 128 GB, Space Gray) — Pick Variant
Amazon deal price: $1000; street price: $1100
B&H deal price: $1000; street price: $1100

What we like: A variant of our top-pick pro tablet. Large vivid display great for digital art and video editing. Faster processor, more capable camera than previous models.

Other things to know: Not a meaningful upgrade to a M1 iPad Pro or an iPad Air from the last two years. Available in Space Gray.

Read our review of the best professional tablets.

What we like: Great option for those seeking a tablet with more screen space for creative work, like digital illustration or audio editing. Larger screen is useful for multitasking and produces deeper blacks and brighter highlights than the smaller size.

Other things to know: Last generation, but nearly identical to the M2 model (besides the slightly faster processor and Hover pencil feature).

Read our review of the best professional tablets.

What we like: Newest generation of the iPad Pro. Latest M2 processor. Faster connectivity with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, and some new camera features.

Other things to know: No major design changes.

Read our review of the best professional tablets.

What we like: Bigger, higher resolution screen and faster processor than the 9th-gen. Adds Wi-Fi 6 and a USB-C charging port. Upgraded FaceTime camera that's moved from portrait to landscape. Faster, more reliable connectivity.

Other things to know: No headphone jack or home button. Swaps out Lightning port for USB-C. Available in blue.

Read our review of the best tablet.

Apple iPad (9th Generation, Wi-Fi, 64 GB) — Top Pick
Amazon deal price: $270; street price: $310
Costco deal price: $270; street price: $310
Target deal price: $270; street price: $310

What we like: Great balance of price and performance. Supports Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard pairing. Solid build quality. Long battery life. Powerful enough to be a laptop replacement.

Other things to know: Previous gen model, but still fast enough for all but the most demanding tasks. Lacks 120 Hz refresh rate screen. Lightning cable charging. Thicker and heavier than the Pro and Air.

Read our review of the best iPad is the best tablet.

What we like: Diminutive version of our 4th-gen iPad Air pick. Excellent device if you want a small tablet with a faster processor and a more modern design.

Other things to know: Good for those with smaller hands who want to watch videos, play games, doodle, or chat. Wi-Fi enabled with 64 GB memory.

Read our review of the best tablet.

A close-up of a pair of Beats Fit Pro earbuds inside of their charging case.
Photo: Michael Hession

We don't recommend Apple Airpods, so here are our other earbud picks that are on sale now.

Beats Fit Pro Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds — Top Pick
Walmart deal price: $160; street price: $190
Amazon deal price: $160; street price: $190

What we like: The best true wireless earbuds. Fit securely. Sound great. Easy pairing and connection to swapping iCloud-connected Apple devices. A variety of convenient features.

Other things to know: People sensitive to pressure in the ear may not like the fit. Inability to pair them with two devices simultaneously.

Read our review of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds — Former Pick
Amazon deal price: $150; street price: $185
Walmart deal price: $150; street price: $185

What we like: A former runner-up pick. Pair quickly and easily with Apple devices. Offer Siri voice activation. Sound great. Long battery life.

Other things to know: No hear-through mode (but earpieces can be worn individually for situational awareness). Water resistant but no official IP rating.

Read our review of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Skullcandy Sesh Evo Wireless Earbuds — Former Pick
Amazon deal price: $30; street price: $40

What we like: Provides fun, bass-forward sound. Comfortable fit. Water resistance (with an IP55 rating). Easy-to-use controls.

Other things to know: Former budget pick. Only five hours battery life per charge, but 19 hours total from the included charging case. Mediocre microphone.

Read our review of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Jabra Elite 4 Active Earbuds — Another Good Option
Amazon deal price: $72; street price: $110

What we like: Great fit. High water and dust resistance. Intuitive controls.

Other things to know: Fussy device connectivity. Microphone sounds muffled on calls. Middling active noise cancellation. Available in black, navy, and mint.

Read our review of the best workout headphones.

What we like: Google- and Alexa-based wake-word functionality. IPX4 water resistance. Clear microphone voice calls with very effective wind-noise reduction.

Other things to know: Middling noise cancellation. Troublesome app. Limited controls. Cumbersome size and no XL size tips. Available in black or silver.

Read our review of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Anker Soundcore Space A40 Earbuds — Top Pick
Amazon deal price: $80; street price: $100

What we like: Top pick for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds. Small and lightweight. Case comes with wireless charging. Decent active noise cancellation. 10-hour battery life. Dual device connectivity.

Other things to know: Surprisingly good for the price. Don’t support a voice-activated assistant like Alexa or Siri.

Read our review of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II — Upcoming Pick
Amazon deal price: $250; street price: $300

What we like: Upcoming pick for best in-ear noise-cancelling headphones. Best noise cancellation of any earbuds we tested. Bluetooth 5.3 capability. Effectively reduces a wide range of frequencies. ANC and hear-through mode customizable in app. Comfortable stabilizing wings. Solid touch-based controls.

Other things to know: Only 6 hours of battery life. Buds themselves are a bit large. Some may find in-ear wings uncomfortable over long periods of use.

Read our review of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

the Apple MacBook Air M2, 2022
Photo: Dave Gershgorn

Two models of the MacBook Air are seeing discounts, and both are picks in our MacBook guide. Our upgrade pick is the 2022 model with a faster M2 processor. If you don’t need the latest and greatest and would rather save a couple hundred bucks, the 2020 M1 model is available for only $800. We are also seeing a $300 price drop on an Apple MacBook Pro.

Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021, M1 Pro Processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Space Gray) — Pick Variant
Best Buy deal price: $1600; street price: $1850
Amazon deal price: $1600; street price: $1850

What we like: All the power of the 16-inch MacBook Pro (our upgrade pick) but smaller. 14-inch screen is just as good, but more portable. Faster than any other laptop we’ve tested for photo or video editing. Impressive battery life. New scissor-switch keyboard.

Other things to know: M1 Pro processor, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB storage. Available in space gray and silver.

Read our review of the best laptops for video and photo editing.

What we like: Our top pick for laptops for photo and video editing. Faster than any other we’ve tested. Impressive battery life. Larger 16-inch screen. New scissor-switch keyboard.

Other things to know: Pricey. Has the fastest and most powerful components Apple laptops offer. M1 processor. 16 GB RAM. 512 GB storage.

Read our review of the best laptops for video and photo editing.

What we like: Our upgrade pick MacBook. Updated design with a brighter screen and better webcam. Brings back the MagSafe port. A good all-around option for Mac users.

Other things to know: Matches the lowest price drop we've seen for this model. Isn’t ideal for people who edit photos or videos, or who otherwise process large media files. Available for $1050 in Space Gray.

Read our review of the best MacBooks.

What we like: Our top pick MacBook. Enough speed, memory, and storage for most day-to-day computer tasks. Battery life a little over 14 hours. Lightweight. Solid construction. Comfortable keyboard. Industry-leading support.

Other things to know: Specs include Apple M1 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, 13.3" Retina display, one 3.5mm jack, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Read our review of the best MacBooks.

An Apple 4k TV.
Photo: Apple

What we like: Good media-streaming option for cord-cutters in the Apple ecosystem. Simple interface. Supports almost every streaming service. Powerful enough for Apple Arcade.

Other things to know: Still pricy if you’re using it only for streaming, not gaming. Costco membership required.

Read our review of the best media streaming devices.

An assortment of iPhone 14 cases in several colors, including: orange, navy blue, red, transparent, tropical floral, and more.
Photo: Michael Hession

Apple accessories can make the products you own a little (or a lot) more useful. From protective leather cases to iPad keyboards to an extra charger, now is a good time to purchase any add-ons you've been looking for.

Smartish Gripmunk with MagSafe for iPhone 13 — Top Pick
Amazon deal price: $15; street price: $20
Walmart deal price: $15; street price: $20

What we like: A reliable choice for anyone seeking a simple, durable, and protective case without breaking the bank. Our favorite case for every iPhone model since the iPhone 7.

Other things to know: Isn't particularly flashy, but it's dependable. Most colors for all versions of this case are on sale whether you have the standard iPhone 13 or the mini, Pro, or Pro Max.

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) — Upgrade Pick
Amazon deal price: $89; street price: $120

What we like: Our upgrade pick stylus for iPads. Wireless charging. Has a tap system for toggling settings and pressure sensitivity for artists. Best iOS stylus money can buy.

Other things to know: Only compatible with USB-C–based iPads; doesn't work with older iPads. Typically pricey.

Read our review of the best stylus for your iPad.

Apple Magic Keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro — Upgrade Pick
Amazon deal price: $300; street price: $350
Walmart deal price: $300; street price: $350

What we like: Our upgrade pick keyboard case for the iPad Pro. Fantastic keys with excellent glass trackpad. Necessary for extended typing on the iPad. Draws power via Smart Connector.

Other things to know: Expensive and heavy. Not everyone needs the trackpad. USB-C port only provides pass-through charging to the iPad.

Read our review of the best iPad Pro keyboard cases.

Apple MagSafe Duo Charger — Also Great
Amazon deal price: $98; street price: $120

What we like: Compact. Best if you only need to charge two devices. Ideal for traveling or limited nightstand space. Charges at full 15W with MagSafe.

Other things to know: Only two charging spots (one for iPhone or AirPods case and one for Apple Watch). Doesn't come with a 20-watt power adapter. Still quite pricey and doesn't match the lowest price we've seen.

Read our review of the best Apple wireless charging stations.

What we like: The best leather phone case for the iPhone 14. Sleek. High-quality materials. Clicky buttons. All-around protection. MagSafe compatibility.

Other things to know: Not a forever case. Plastic inner liner may show wear within a year. Available in Ink, Orange, or Midnight.

What we like: The best leather phone case for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Sleek. High-quality materials. Clicky buttons. All-around protection. MagSafe compatibility.

Other things to know: Not a forever case. Plastic inner liner may show wear within a year.

Fibaro Motion Sensor for HomeKit — Our Pick
Amazon deal price: $39; street price: $47

What we like: Can detect light, temperature, and vibrations. Innovative design. Excellent mounting options.

Other things to know: Fibaro’s app required for more advanced settings. Easy to discreetly tuck into corners.

Read our review of the best HomeKit devices.

What we like: Our top pick USB-C to Lightning cable. Supports the fastest possible charging speeds. MFi-certified. Sturdy. Charges an iPhone three times faster than USB-A–to–Lightning.

Other things to know: Lifetime warranty. Clip the on-page coupon for deal price.

Read our review of the best Lightning cable for iPhone and iPad.

What we like: Runner-up pick. Comparable to top pick in glass quality and coverage area. Meets our expectations for clarity and scratch resistance. Compatible with iPhone 14 and 14 Pro. Use code 2ZZAIUH6.

Other things to know: Not compatible with iPhone 14 Plus or 14 Pro Max. Currently on sale for much less than top pick. Applicator tool isn’t as easy to use as top pick's.

Read our review of the best iPhone screen protectors.

Aqara Motion Sensor (Homekit) — Our Pick
Amazon deal price: $16; street price: $21

What we like: Our pick for home motion detector. Simple, unobtrusive design. Super affordable. Quickly, reliably triggers scenes and automations. Can be placed further from HomeKit hub than any other sensor we tested.

Other things to know: Aqara hub (sold separately) required. Compatible with IFTTT. Bulky when used with its mount.

From Black Friday, Nov 25 to Cyber Monday, Nov 28, shoppers get an Apple Gift Card when they purchase eligible Apple products from the Apple Store. This can be a good option for anyone who plans to purchase multiple Apple products. In most other cases, the Wirecutter Deals team finds that deals from other retailers usual edge out Apple’s prices during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Apple AirPods shown next to their charging case.
Photo: Michael Hession

According to Wirecutter senior staff writer and resident headphone expert Lauren Dragan, there’s not much that a pair of AirPods can do that other, often cheaper earbuds can’t do better. The only thing that separates the original AirPods from the competition is their unsealed design, which some folks prefer over earbuds with rubberized silicone tips that fill the ear canal and sometimes cause the occlusion effect—the sudden awareness of sounds from bone conduction that happens when you plug your ears. “Otherwise, there’s no good reason to buy them,” Lauren says. “They don’t sound that great, and they lack a lot of controls because Apple kind of assumed you would use the voice functionality to do most things, which many people don’t love doing.”

Similarly, the AirPods Pro earbuds offer little in the way of beneficial unique features, and Lauren says they have issues of their own. She calls the controls (which you activate by squeezing) wonky and finicky; our testers found themselves pausing or restarting a song when they meant to skip to the next. Spatial audio and head tracking have not proven to be more than a gimmick yet. And other true wireless earbuds have long surpassed the Pro pair’s four and a half hours of battery life per charge. The sealed-design Pro set does offer noise cancellation, but it’s not great. Since some people forgo sealed earbuds to avoid the occlusion effect, the Pro earbuds are made with a vented design meant to combat the phenomenon—but that only filters out some outside noise and leads to other issues, such as eardrum suck.

That’s not to say you can’t enjoy a pair of AirPods if you aren’t able to resist acting on these new low prices. “If you’re already in the Apple ecosystem, love Apple products, and all you want is something that immediately connects to your laptop, AirPods will do that—and if you don’t care about the sound and the controls, then they may be the best earbuds for you,” Lauren says. But if you want more functionality out of your earbuds, she adds, you can find cheaper options or Apple-friendly pairs like the Beats Fit Pro that can give you an overall easier and more pleasant listening experience.

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