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While the Apple Black Friday sale is now live, we've unearthed numerous Editors' Choice deals from Apple resellers that undercut the manufacturer. Below are some of the best, and since these are always hot items, they're bound to sell quickly. Bookmark this page and check back later, as we'll be updating it throughout the weekend with the latest Apple deals!
Is It Worth It?: Are you ready for an upgrade, but don't want to be bothered with mapplegate of iOS 6? Sign a new 2-year contract with AT&T and opt for the Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Worldphone for AT&T Wireless in White (pictured) or Black for just 99 cents. Not only is it $99 under the lowest total price we could find for a respective new model elsewhere, it's the cheapest refurbished iPhone 4S we've ever seen.
Is It Worth It?: While this is the current generation 13" Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (model no. MD101LL/A), it doesn't the Retina Display. It still boast's a vivid 13.3" 1280x800 LED-backlit widescreen LCD and is $59 under our mention of a refurb from four days ago. Features also include 4GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive, Bluetooth 4.0, SDXC card slot, the new Thunderbolt port, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and more.
Is It Worth It?: Although we predicted that we wouldn't see a refurbished iPhone 5 deal until January 2013, Black Friday has brought with it the first refurb for Apple's latest and greatest smartphone. With a new 2-year contract, you can get the reconditioned 16GB iPhone 5 in Black only for $99 less than the cost of a new one. The quad-band GSM 4G iPhone 5 features a Retina Display, 8-megapixel iSight camera, FaceTime HD 1.2-megapixel camera, and more.
Is It Worth It?: Assuming you use the gift credit, this deal on the 4th-generation iPod touch is $33 under what Apple is currently charging in its Black Friday sale. Why not snatch up this very-capable previous-gen device for a loved one this holiday season, and pocket the gift card for yourself? It features a high-definition Retina Display and front- and rear-facing cameras (the latter capable of HD recording).
Alternatively, Best Buy continues to offer the larger-capacity, 5th-generation Apple iPod touch 32GB MP3 Player in Blue, Pink, Yellow, Silver, or Slate bundled with a $50 Best Buy Gift Card for $294.99 with free shipping. Factoring in the gift card, that's $23 lower than what Apple is charging. Unlike the previous generation, the current-gen touch is bigger, thinner, and, according to Engadget, "far faster and has hugely improved cameras on both the front and rear." The speed is largely attributed to the A5 dual-core processor, which features 7x faster graphics than the previous version. The touch includes a Retina Display, wrist loop, up to 40 hours of music playback, and up to 8 hours of video playback.
Is It Worth It?: If you regularly buy music on iTunes, then this deal is a no-brainer. Considering the card is essentially 20% off, this is the largest percent-off discount we've seen for iTunes gift cards this year. While we will purportedly see deals that take a higher percentage off at some point this weekend, there's no guarantee that those deals will be available online.
Is It Worth It?: The 4.5-lb. MacBook Pro with Retina display made a splash when it debuted this year, because of its unheard of 2880x1800 screen resolution and slimmer profile. The price tag however left some staggering. This deal offers one of the lowest prices we've seen, dropping an additional $12 since last month. Hardware-wise, it's packed with an Intel Ivy Bridge quad-core Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card with 1GB of RAM, and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. On the connectivity front, it's the first MacBook Pro to feature the trifecta of USB 3.0, HDMI, and Thunderbolt. CNET says this system "covers a lot of our wish-list bullet points for a dream Air-Pro hybrid."
Update: The 3.6-lb. new Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 2.5GHz 13.3" Widescreen Notebook with Retina Display is also available from Fry's Electronics for $1,499 with about $11 shipping, though free in-store pickup is also available. It's currently $50 under our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find today by $83.
Is It Worth It?: Although we saw this Apple's latest MacBook Air available for pickup in September (and this $11 less), this is the lowest total price we could find for the 3.3-lb Retina Display machine by $84. It also features an Intel Core i5 1.8GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 13.3" 1440x900 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, AirPort Extreme (802.11n wireless), Bluetooth 4.0, Facetime camera, Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Of note, Amazon is offering this same setup for $25 more: $1,024.99 with free shipping.
Update: Alternatively, this deal highlights the benefits to buying a previous-generation product. Just 16 months old, the Sandy Bridge-equipped Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 1.6GHz 11.6" LED-Backlit Laptop will cost you $699 with $13 shipping from PC Connection. And the only thing you have to relinquish for that price cut is the newer CPU, which some tech outlets have suggested is an omission that few consumers will even notice in terms of average performance. Additionally it features 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.