Apple products are at the top of millions of holiday wish lists year after year. AirPods, Apple Watches, iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks are among the most coveted gifts out there. But you're an Apple user yourself, you'll know that those gadgets don't come cheap and sales are few and far between, even around Black Friday.
That being said, we just got some awesome news from the Amazon front. Amazon just announced a new members-only sale, akin to Amazon Prime Day, which will include huge discounts on Apple products. The timing couldn't be any better for two reasons: 1.) Apple announced a new slate of products at the Apple Event on September 7, so prices on pre-existing models are already lower, and 2.) these discounts are coming just in time for early holiday shopping, whether you have an Apple gadget on your own wish list or are gift shopping for your friends and family.
The new Amazon Prime Day, formerly known as the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale, will take place on October 11 and October 12, 2022. Much like Prime Day, it is a two-day event, with the best deals occurring during a 48-hour window and additional deals happening in the days leading up to and following the official sale. This is Amazon's first Prime member-exclusive sale outside of Amazon Prime Day, which until this year has only happened once annually.
This sale is going to be a great one as the current deals are any indication. We are already seeing prices on Apple products comparable to the last Amazon Prime Day in July. Right now, the Apple Watch Series 7 is $100 off for $329, the lowest price ever for this model of Apple Watch. The 10.2-inch iPad is also the lowest price ever on Amazon, discounted 9% off for a total of $299. AirPods Pro are 28% off right now, which is only a slightly smaller discount than the 30% Prime Day AirPods deal we saw in July. If any of these items are on your list, we strongly recommend snagging these deals now before they inevitably sell out.
Ahead, check out the best Apple deals on Amazon that you can shop now. And below, we answer the internet's burning questions about the new Amazon Prime Early Access Sale, including: dates and logistical details, the best deals to look out for and how to get a free Amazon Prime membership.
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Thanks to a new slate of Apple Watches being introduced earlier this month, the Apple Watch Series 7 with GPS + Cellular is the lowest price it's ever been right now. It's discounted 23% (or $100), and comes complete with navigation, health-tracking features, and cellular internet connection. If you're looking for an entry-level Apple Watch without all the bells and whistles, the Apple Watch SE is also on sale for 29% (or $80) off.
The Apple iPad is a great price on Amazon right now. While a discount around 10% off may not seem like a big deal, Apple enthusiasts will know that sales on iPads, Mac laptops and Mac desktops are few and far between. While this iPad doesn't have the processing power of the iPad Pro with the Apple M1 chip, it is great for everyday use like gaming, travel and video calls.
New second generation AirPods Pro were just announced too, so the pre-existing AirPods Pro are cheaper than usual. Apple AirPods Pro marry the convenience of wireless earbuds with the sound quality of over-ear headphones. They are discounted 28% off right now, which is consistent with last year's AirPods Pro Prime Day deal.
The second generation AirPods are the most popular AirPods on Amazon by a long shot, with more than 500,000 reviews and counting. They are also the most affordable AirPods, and right now, made even more affordable by a 25% off discount bringing the total to $119.
AirPods Max is Apple's take on over-ear headphones. They provide the most premium audio experience and most comfortable fit of the AirPods product lineup, perfect for those who spend multiple hours per day wearing headphones. In addition to spatial audio and active noise cancellation, AirPods Max also features a custom-built driver that delivers virtually undistorted sound directly into your ears.
If you need a replacement AirPods case, Amazon sells those too! This wireless charging AirPods case works with Apple MagSafe, a wireless charging mats (the standard wireless charging technology in most consumer-grade wireless chargers), or a lightning cable for wired charging.
What is the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale?
Amazon Prime Early Access Sale is a brand new Amazon Prime member-exclusive sale that is modeled after the company's flagship sale event, Amazon Prime Day. According to an Amazon press release, the Prime Early Access Sale is a chance to get started on 2022 holiday shopping ahead of schedule. The sale promises to offer deep discounts on items and brands that are best-sellers during the holiday shopping season.
When is the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale?
Amazon's Prime Early Access Sale is happening on October 11 and October 12, 2022, according to an Amazon press release from September 26. This is six weeks ahead of Black Friday, which is when Amazon and other retailers typically start to offer discounts for the holiday season. (Amazon's official 2022 Prime Day happened this summer on July 12 and July 13.)
Is Prime Day a good time to buy Apple products?
Yes! In fact, “Prime Day is one of the best times to buy Apple products, including AirPods, Apple Watches and even MacBooks and iPads," said Jessica Teich, deputy editor at the Good Housekeeping Institute.
What are the best Prime Early Access Sale deals?
The newly announced event will be Amazon's first-ever Prime Early Access Sale, so we don't know exactly what to expect quite yet. However, the company is promising Black Friday-worthy savings across all product categories, including electronics, fashion, home, kitchen, pets, toys and Amazon devices, as well as the "lowest prices of the year" on select products from national brands.
If all of that is true, it's looking a lot like a second Amazon Prime Day, which featured over two million deals back in July. Teich says that she's looking for discounts similar to the best Prime Day deals on Apple products, including around 30% off AirPods and $100 off Apple Watches; kitchen appliances, including Instant Pots and over 30% off air fryers; and cleaning appliances, including 20% off select Bissell products and 40% off select robot vacuums.
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What does Amazon Prime cost in 2022?
Only Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to shop the Prime Early Access Sale. An Amazon Prime membership costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year (there are some discounts for students, seniors and other qualifying individuals). If you have never had an Amazon Prime membership, the company offers a 30-day free trial for first-time subscribers. If you sign up now for a free trial, that would make you eligible to shop the Prime Early Access Sale come October 11.
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Heath Owens is a Senior Commerce Editor at Hearst Magazines, where he covers home, fashion, tech and gifts for Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Esquire, Delish, Men’s Health, and more.