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Amazon Prime Early Access sale Apple deals: what to expect

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Apple Prime Day deals are gone, but here come Amazon Prime Early Access Apple deals – we hope. Apple's announced that for the time it will run two Prime sale events this year, with a new sale coming up in just weeks' time. And we're hoping that means more Amazon Prime Apple deals.

Normally the next big sale event would be Black Friday, but the Apple Prime Early Access deals could offer an extra chance for savings on Apple tech. Apple itself hardly ever runs sales itself, so it can pay to keep an eye on retailers' own events like this. 

During Prime Day in July, we were tracking all of the best Apple Prime Day deals on this page, and we'll be doing the same thing during the Amazon Prime Early Access sale in October – in fact, below we've highlighted some good Amazon Apple deals that are live right now, including up to $300 off MacBooks and $200 off iPad Pros.

A lot of the best Amazon Apple deals we saw during Prime Day were actually open to all, but remember that the official Prime deals are only available to Prime members, so you might want to sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial (opens in new tab). Read on for everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Early Access Apple deals and the best current deals too. And make sure you're also following our main Amazon Prime Early Access sale 2022  page deals on other brands.

All you need to know about Apple Prime Early Access sale deals

What is the Amazon Prime Early Access sale?

Amazon is launching a new members-only sale this year with the catchy title of Amazon Prime Early Access sale. The 'early access' appears to be a reference to its timing not long before Black Friday. Since it's a new event, we can't be sure exactly what to expect, but the suggestion is that it will offer Black Friday-style deals exclusively for Prime members.

When is the Amazon Prime Early Access sale 2022?

We can expect to see any Amazon Prime Early access Apple deals appear from Tuesday 11 October at midnight Pacific Time in the US (8am in the UK) until 11.59pm (PT) / 7:59am (BST) on Thursday 13 October. Like Prime Day, the event will run for 48 hours, but we recommend keeping an eye on the deals below in the runup to the event and even afterwards too.

Will Apple products be included in Amazon Prime Early Access sale?

This will be the first Amazon Prime Early Access sale, so we're not entirely sure what to expect. If turns out to cover the same range of products as Prime Day, then we can expect discounts on a wide range of tech items, probably including some Apple products.

Don't expect massive Apple Prime Early Access deals across the tech giant's whole range. After all, Apple products tend to hold their value and don't often get big discounts. But, based on previous years, we expect to see some decent savings.

During Prime Day in July we saw savings of up to $200 / £200 off the price of some iPads and MacBooks. We also saw a record low price on the Apple Watch Series 7 and some great prices on AirPods. By and large, you'll need to turn to slightly older Apple products for the biggest potential savings, and there may be many savings that are not officially part of the Prime Early Access sale, making them available for everyone.

Do I need to be a Prime member to get Prime Early Access Apple deals?

In the main, yes; at least to get the official deals during Prime Day or the Prime Early Access sale, you need to be a member of Amazon's subscription service, Amazon Prime. Luckily you can sign up for a no-strings-attached 30-day free trial (opens in new tab).

The free trial means you can take advantage of any Amazon Prime Day Early Access deals before you start to be charged for a subscription. And you can always even cancel your subscription with no penalty as soon as Prime Day is over if you really don't think you'll continue to use the benefits of the service. But also, as well as any Prime Early Access Apple deals, we expect we'll also see Apple deals that are open to everyone (see the best current deals below).

What Amazon Prime Early Access Apple deals should I look out for?

In July, we saw Prime Day Apple deals on a wide range of products, from iPads to AirPods and MacBooks. In most cases, they weren't actually official Prime Day Apple deals, but were Amazon Apple deals that were open to everyone, not just Prime members. The one Apple product that did see members-only Prime Day deals was Apple Watch – specifically Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE, the first of which saw discounts of over $100 / £100. 

We'd expect to see something similar during the Amazon Prime Early Access sale, especially now that Apple was released the Apple Watch Series 8 and the Apple Watch Ultra. The release of new models makes us think that we'll see even bigger savings on the Series 7, or perhaps even some deals on the Series 8 and the Apple Watch Ultra. Based on previous savings, we'd say that AirPods are also a good bet for Apple Prime Day Early Access deals. Savings on other Apple products might not be in the Prime Day Early Access sale proper, but we still expect to see more savings than usual across Amazon.

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The best Pre Amazon Prime Early Access Apple deals: US

The best Apple Prime Day deals: UK

The best Pre Amazon Prime Early Access Apple deals in full

Pre Prime Early Access iPad deals

Apple's tablets remain among the most practical, powerful and good-looking options there are. The only official iPad Prime Day deal in July was on iPad Air 4 in the UK, but Amazon had plenty of iPad deals outside of its exclusive members-only sale – and it still does today. The deals below are available for everyone, but we'll be updating this list with any members-only iPad Prime Early access deals too once the sale begins.

Apple Pre Prime Early Access iPad deals: US

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iPad Air (2022): from $749 $679 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save up to $70:
This deal was running during Prime Day in July, and you can still grab it now, saving you $70 on the latest iPad Air, which was only released in March.

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iPad Pro 11 (M1, 2021) 512GB: from $1,099 $945.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $153:
For more power, turn to the iPad Pro. This is a good saving on the 11in tablet with 512GB of storage space.

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iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2021) WiFi: from $1,099.99 $899,99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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This is the lowest price we've seen yet on the stunning 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro – Apple's best tablet. The $199 saving is available across the first three storage configurations (128GB, 256GB or 512GB), so just click through to choose the size you want. Hurry; we don't expect this will last long.

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iPad Pro 11 (M1, 2021) 256GB: from $899 $829 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $70:
There are smaller savings to be had on the smaller iPad Pro 11 too, with up to 8% off. This comes with most of the benefits of the larger 12.9in device, but with a smaller price.

Apple Prime Early Access iPad deals: UK

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iPad Pro 11 (M1, 2021): From £749 £699 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £50:
 In the UK, Amazon still has this £50 saving on the 2021 iPad Pro 11 across most storage configurations. You get the best value out of the saving on the entry-level 128GB configuration, now just £699.

Apple Pre Prime Early Access MacBook deals

Whether you're looking for the light and portable MacBook Air or the super-powerful MacBook Pro, MacBook Prime Day deals could get you a welcome saving if they come around again – and there are actually a few good deals running now.

Apple Pre Prime Early Access MacBook deals: US

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MacBook Pro 16 (M1 Pro, 2021): $2,699 $2,399 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $300: The specs offered by this 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD 2021 MacBook Pro 16 are never going to come cheap, but this $300 discount is the biggest we've seen yet – and bigger than any Apple Prime Day MacBook deal, so don't wait to see if there'll be another Prime Day – get in now!

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MacBook Pro 14 (M1 Pro, 2021): $2,499 $2,199 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $300: Amazon also has $300 off the 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD 2021 MacBook Pro 14, which boasts super performance and practical portability. And it's a bit cheaper than its larger 16in sibling above.

Apple Prime Early Access MacBook deals: UK

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MacBook Pro 14 (M1 Pro, 2021): from £1,899 £1,735 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save up to £244: Get massive power in a sleek portable package with a 16GB RAM MacBook Pro with either a 512GB or 1TB SSD. There's 9% off the former and 10% off the latter.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022, M2): from £1,349 £1,255 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save up to £150: 
The newest MacBook Pro with Apple's new M2 chip already has a £124 discount in this great deal on the 256GB SSD configuration. And there's £150 off the 512GB version.

Apple Pre Prime Early Access iMac deals

Apple's iMac range of computers contains some expensive devices and big discounts are relatively rare. We don't tend to see more than $100 - $200 / £100 – £200 shaved off the prices here at the best of times, and Amazon has some pre-Prime Early Access savings in that range.

Amazon Prime Day iMac deals: US

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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2020): $1,099 $899.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 21%:
The price of this one has been wavering up and down, it was $899 but is now $849. If you don't need a large, high-resolution screen like that offered on iMac above, this 1920x1080 2020 iMac is a great deal.

Apple Prime Early Access iMac deals: UK

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Apple iMac (21.5-inch, 2020): £1,099 £929 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 12%:
Amazon also has a decent price on this 2020 iMac in the UK. This is probably the cheapest you'll find an unused iMac right now.

Apple Prime Early Access AirPods deals

AirPods are the Apple products that tend to see the most regular discounts at Amazon, so they could be a good bet for Apple Prime Early Access deals. These are the best deals that are live at the moment.

Apple Prime Early Access AirPods deals: US

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Apple AirPods Max: $549 $429 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $120:
This is a welcome discount on Apple's over-ear headphones, and given how expensive they are, so it's well worth taking advantage of. The same discount is available for all colour options, too.

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Apple AirPods Pro: $249.99 $179.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $69:
 Apple's best inner ears were reduced further at the peak of the best Apple Prime Day deals in July, but they still have a good saving on them now. The price might be cut further if Apple announces the AirPod Pros 2.

Apple Prime Early Access deals: UK

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Apple AirPods Pro: £239 £189 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £50: 
Again, the price of Apple's noise-cancelling inner ears was lower during Prime Day in July, but you can still grab a decent saving now. They come with Siri voice commands, and a wireless charging case to boost battery life.

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Apple AirPods Max: £549 £449 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £100:
You can save 18% off the brilliant Apple AirPods Max on Amazon right now. Considering how expensive these Apple headphones are, it's well worth grabbing this discount if you've had your eye on them.

Apple Prime Early Access iPhone deals

We're not seeing any Amazon iPhone deals at the moment, and we don't usually see Prime Day iPhone deals, although during Prime Day in July Amazon UK had a £50 saving on iPhone 13. Your best bet for a discount on a new iPhone is usually via trade in direct with Apple (opens in new tab).

Apple Prime Early Access Apple Pencil deals

Apple Pencils don't tend to come in for more than the occasional small discount of up to around $20 / £20. We saw discounts of that size during Amazon Prime Day last year, and we can expect to see similar this year.

Apple Prime Early Access Apple Watch deals

With the new Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra just released, we could see some Amazon Prime Early Access Apple watch deals this October. There are most likely to be savings on the 2021 Apple Watch Series 7 an Apple Watch SE, but Amazon could even surprise us with deals on the new watches.

Amazon Prime Early Access Apple Watch deals: US

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Apple Watch SE (2021): From $279 $199 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $80:
Why wait for the Prime Early Access sale when Amazon already has its lowest price yet for the Apple Watch SE. Just $199 for the 40mm GPS configuration – a saving of 29%. There are discounts on the other configurations too.

The best Prime Day Apple Watch deals: UK

We could find any Amazon Apple Watch deals in the UK on our last scout, but in July we saw Prime Day Apple Watch deals taking the Apple Watch Series 7 to its lowest price yet, so we'll be checking regularly and updating the deals here. See the best current Apple Watch deals where you are below.

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Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.