Turkey Day 2013 is over, and now it’s time for the biggest savings of the year: Black Friday and its close cousin Cyber Monday. And, as usual, there’s more than enough incredible deals to go around. There’s Apple Store gift cards if you buy a new Mac, steep discounts on App Store apps, and much more. Best of all, the majority of them are open to anyone, anywhere — even if you’re not in the US, there’s plenty of Black Friday offers for everyone!
Here’s the very best deals for apps and gadgets we love and recommend — but hurry, most of the deals are only for today or this weekend!
The very best deal today is Apple’s Black Friday sale — which is available today only — which is offering a $150 Apple Store gift card with the purchase of any new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or iMac directly from the Apple Store. That makes a new 11″ Air essentially only cost $849, an especially good deal if you’ve been needing a new laptop with insanely great battery life. There’s also a similar offer for the iPad, with a $75 Apple Store card with any new iPad Air. Do note, though: that’s an Apple Store gift card, not an App Store gift card — you can pick up an iPod, Apple TV, or perhaps a new case with that extra money, but you won’t be able to stock up on apps with it.
And, of course, you may find better deals in local stores — the older iPad Mini and iPad 2 are both seeing quite good deals in many brick-and-mortar stores. Those deals aren’t in every country’s Apple Store, but you’re likely to find a variation of that sale in your local Apple store in most countries.
Then, for some other great hardware deals:
- Doxie, the scanner company, is offering $50 off their Doxie One (which makes it just $109) and a free case with a new Doxie Flip. That’d make a great gift for yourself or anyone else going paperless next year.
- Google Chromecast is just $29.99 on Amazon, and it comes with $6 of free Google Play credit. The Chromecast isn’t perfect, as we found in our review, but it’s a pretty nice — and very cheap — way to make any TV a little smarter.
- The amazing folks at The Wirecutter have rounded up the deals on their favorite hardware products this year, and you’ll find deals there on everything from a Samsung TV to a number of headphones and camera lenses
- The Paddle team is giving away an iPad Mini Retina Display plus $500 of Paddle store credit — it’s not exactly a deal, but sure is worth entering!
- I know, I know: it’s Mac.AppStorm here. But if Windows 8.1 has your interest too, or you just want a super-cheap tablet for web browsing and Office, Microsoft has the original Surface on sale for just $199. That’s rather crazily cheap.
Software is our forté at AppStorm, and there’s even better deals to be found in the world of apps than you could ever hope for in the world of hardware. Honestly, there’s so many deals, if you’ve been eying an app on the App Store you might as well go check and see if it’s on sale today — it really might be. There’s too much to cover every discounted app, so here’s the best apps on sale of the stuff we really recommend. Seriously: every app listed here is apps our team uses and loves, and we’re certain you’ll love them too. (Note: app names are all in bold and link directly to their purchase page, while the links in the descriptions go to our reviews of the respective apps)
- Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom CC are just $9.99/month forever if you signup before December 2nd, 2013. If you’ve held out on Creative Cloud but actually use Photoshop, now’s the time to subscribe. That’s really a good deal, and 50% less than Photoshop CC’s individual app subscription on its own usually costs.
- ReadKit, our favorite new RSS and reading later app, is a steal at just $1.99 — 70% off its normal price.
- TextExpander 4, the best app to speed up your typing, is just $15 — 50% off its normal price
- VMware Fusion 6, my favorite way to run Windows on the Mac, is 35% off for just $38.99 or $32.49 for an upgrade.
- Reflector, the Airplay app for Mac, is 25% off this week with our exclusive coupon code macappstorm25
- TaskPaper, the great plain-text todo list app, is just $9.99 — 60% off its normal price
- DaisyDisk, the incredible app for finding what’s taking up space on your Mac, is just $4.99.
- Unclutter, the app to keep your desktop free of random files and notes is just $0.99
- LilyView, the easiest way to browse your photos, is just $0.99.
- Kaleidoscope, the best app to compare versions of files, is just $34.99 — 50% off its normal price.
- Paprika, a great recipe app for the Mac and iOS, is just $9.99
- Boom, the app that boosts your Mac’s volume to make movie watching without external speakers actually nice, is just $4.99.
- Voila, the professional screenshot tool, is just $9.99 — 66% off its normal price.
- Phlo, the simplest way to search across a ton of sites, is just $1.99
- Money by Jumsoft, the great app for managing your finances, is just $19.99, 50% off its normal price
- iTeleport, a great VNC app for the Mac, is $19.99, 30% off its normal price
- Billings Pro, the invoicing app, and Daylight, the project management app, are both 20% off with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY
- DEVONthink, the most popular bucket app for the Mac, and the other DEVON apps are all 25% off
- Prizmo 2, the incredible scanning and OCR app, is just $24.99 — 50% off its normal price
- Macphun has an incredible Black Friday deal running, with 20% off each of their Pro apps (Snapheal Pro, Intensify Pro, and their Creative Kit) plus a free 8GB SD card with each purchase. Their App Store apps — Snapheal, Intensify, FX Photo Studio Pro, and ColorStrokes — are all 40% off as well.
- You Need a Budget, an incredible budgeting app, is a bit lighter on your budget at just $29.99, 50% off its normal price
- Hype 2, one of the best ways to make animated HTML5 and CSS3 on your Mac, is 30% off if you buy it with Bitcoins
- Dash, a great code documentation manager, is $9.99, 50% off its normal price
- Chronicle, a great app to keep up with your bills, is just $4.99, 67% off its normal price
Hat tip to our own Pedro Lobo for rounding up a number of these deals — be sure to check his site for more iOS app deals
And then, there’s the bundles and extended sales for Mac apps and more:
- The Parallels Bundle is easily the best deal this week: for $69, you can get Parallels Desktop 9, Snagit, CleanMyMac, Boom, mSecure, and more.
- If you’re a gamer, you can’t miss Steam’s Autumn Sale, which is offering a ton of daily deals on games through December 3rd.
- GOG also 65 classic games on sale for 70% off each
- Paddle has three bundles: the Mac Freebie Bundle includes Numi, Deal Alert, MacBlu-ray Player and more for the low price of free, the Paddle Holiday Bundle with Dropzone, Throng, iResizer, Moneybag and more for $39.99, and the Productive Macs Bundle with Dayspring, X-Mirage, The Archive Browser, and more for any price you want!
- Ondesoft is giving away its screen capture app this weekend, and offering 50% off its X-Mirage app
- If you’re building a new WordPress site, WooThemes is offering 35% off all their themes with the coupon code blackfriday2013
- Keynotetopia, the set of Keynote and PowerPoint templates for prototyping apps and more, is 50% off.
- DigitalOcean, the new VPS provider that we’ve recommend for building a new Ghost blog, is offering $50 in credit to new users with the promo code BLACK50
- The complete A Book Apart Library, some of the very best short books on web development, copywriting, freelance, and more, are 35% off through December 2nd.
- Learn Ruby on Rails, a new eBook for learning to program in Ruby on Rails, is free today.
That’s far from all of the Black Friday goodness you’ll find out there. There’s tons more discounted apps and hardware — this is just the best stuff that we really recommend and think you’ll definitely want to buy. So why wait? Head to the App Store, pick up some discounted apps — or go get a new Mac from the Apple Store — and then leave a comment below letting us know if there’s more amazing Black Friday deals we should know about!