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Best holidays deals on Apple Watches

CBS News 12/8/2022 Kaylyn McKenna
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Forget the Apple Store. The best holiday deals on Apple tech are at Walmart and Amazon. Plus, with the retailers' ultra-fast shipping options, you can be confident that your purchase will arrive in time for the holidays.

That's especially true for Apple Watches: We spotted the new Apple Watch 8 and Apple Watch Ultra on sale now at unbeatable prices. And that's not all -- you can get a Apple Watch SE GPS (1st generation) for as low as $149.

Here are all the best holiday deals on Apple Watches and more Apple tech.

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The most powerful Apple Watch ever at its best-ever price: Apple Watch Ultra, $749 (reduced from $799)

Save on the new Apple Watch 8: Apple Watch 8 GPS (41mm), $379 (reduced from $399)

Budget Apple Watch option: Apple Watch SE GPS (1st generation), $199 (reduced from $279) 

Christmas is just two weeks away, which means it's time to make your final gift purchases now. Thankfully, there are plenty of Apple deals on Apple Watch to shop at Amazon and Walmart.

Best holiday Apple Watch deals

From the new luxury Apple Watch Ultra to the more affordable Apple Watch SE, these smartwatches make excellent holiday gifts. They're all on sale now at Amazon and Walmart.

Apple Watch Ultra: $749 (save $50)

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The Apple Watch Ultra is designed to be a more rugged and durable option for athletes and adventurers. It provides up to 36 hours of life on a single charge with standard use, or 60 hours of battery life with the soon-to-be-released battery optimization setting. It is made with a stronger titanium alloy material for improved impact resistance. It also offers a larger (49mm), brighter display and a second speaker for better sound and display visibility during outdoor use. Apple says it's also optimized for diving and water sports.

The Apple Watch Ultra provides enhanced GPS functionality to trace your steps and improve navigation for outdoor expeditions. There is also an action button that can be used to more accurately track your workouts by marking segments of your workout.

Apple Watch Ultra, $749 (reduced from $799)

Apple Watch Series 8: $349 and up

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Apple Watch Series 8, the latest addition to the Apple Watch lineup, features the new S8 chip for improved performance. It also includes an always-on display and new watch face options. The Apple Watch 8 will has a larger battery than previous models: Battery life can be extended to 36 hours when in low-power mode. The Apple Watch 8 features a durable design and is swim-proof, dust-proof and crack-resistant. 

The Apple Watch 8 has a number of health-tracking features, including an optical heart sensor, electrical heart sensor for ECG, blood oxygen sensor and a new body temperature sensor.

The Apple Watch 8 is available in 41mm and 45mm sizing options. Shoppers can choose between stainless steel or aluminum casing and several different colors. 

Apple Watch 8 GPS (41mm), $379 (reduced from $399)

Apple Watch Series 8 GPS (45mm), $409 (regularly $429)

Apple Watch SE 2nd generation: $229 and up 

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Apple Watch SE 2nd generation, the most affordable Apple Watch option, includes core Apple Watch features such as car crash detection, heart rate monitoring, fall detection and activity tracking. The updated watch can be paired with a parent's iPhone, but still operate independently for calling and texting. It's a smart choice for families that want to stay connected.

The new Apple Watch SE is 20 percent faster than the last generation. The display is 30 percent larger than the prior model as well. The back case design now features 100 percent recycled aluminum.

The Apple Watch SE starts at $229 for GPS and $279 for cellular (additional fees from your wireless carrier will apply). It's available for purchase on Amazon now.

Apple Watch SE 2nd generation (40mm), $229 (reduced from $249)

Apple Watch SE 2nd generation (44mm), $259 (reduced from $279)

Apple Watch SE 2nd generation, GPS + Cellular (40mm), $279 (reduced from $299)

Apple Watch SE 2nd generation, GPS + Cellular (44mm), $309 (regularly $329)

Apple Watch SE (1st generation): $199

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The Apple Watch SE, the most affordable model in the Apple Watch lineup, is even more affordable now with this deal at Walmart. The smartwatch offers a 40mm screen and boasts a wide range of health and fitness features. It can also be used to play music, check your tests and make calls when paired with your iPhone.

Apple Watch SE GPS (1st generation), $199 (reduced from $279)

Best holiday deals on Apple iPads 

Find these iPads on sale at Amazon and Walmart right now.

Apple iPad 9: $299 

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The 10.2-inch iPad 9, released in 2021, is the most affordable of Apple's iPad offerings. It offers a 8 MP wide-angle back camera, and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. It boasts stereo speakers, too. This iPad is powered by a A13 Bionic chip. It boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, and is compatible with the Apple Pencil ($99) for drawing or note-taking.

Available in two colors; prices vary.    

Apple iPad 9 (64 GB) (silver), $299 (reduced from $329)

10.9" Apple iPad 10th generation: $399 and up

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The latest edition in Apple's classic iPad lineup is the iPad 10th generation. This 10.9-inch tablet features a Liquid Retina display with Apple's True Tone technology. It has Apple's A14 Bionic chip, an upgrade from the iPad 9's A13 chip. The iPad 10 is compatible with Wi-Fi 6 and 5G internet for fast performance. It also offers all-day battery life, so that you can easily take it to school, work or on your holiday travels without having to worry about plugging it in mid-day.

The new iPad 10 comes in four vibrant colors: yellow, pink, blue and silver. You can also choose between 5G cellular and WiFi-only models. Pricing varies by color, and some colors are back ordered and may not arrive by Christmas. Be sure to check the expected delivery date when ordering.

Apple iPad 10th generation (Wi-Fi, 64GB), $399 (reduced from $449) 

11" Apple iPad Pro 4 (2022): $749 and up

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The latest iPad Pro comes with several major upgrades. One of the most notable changes is that the 2022 iPad Pros are equipped with the M2 chip, the same fast and powerful chip included in the latest MacBooks. The M2 chip makes this the fastest iPad yet -- and an excellent choice for video editing, streaming or gaming.

Apple made some improvements to the writing and drawing experience on the new iPad Pros as well. When used with the Apple Pencil 2, the iPad Pro provides a more effortless experience. The Apple Pencil can now be detected up to 12 mm above the iPad Pro display, which allows users to draw with more precision and preview marks before they make them. It also makes it more efficient for the iPad to register handwriting and convert it to text with the Scribble app.

The new 11-inch iPad Pro comes in silver and space gray. It starts at $749. Pricing increases based on storage and connectivity selections.

11" Apple iPad Pro 4th generation (WiFi, 64 GB), $749 (reduced from $799)

11" Apple iPad Pro 4th generation (Wi-Fi, 512 GB), $1,039 (reduced from $1,099) 

12.9" Apple iPad Pro 6 (2022): $1,039

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Want a bigger screen? No problem. Apple also released a 12.9-inch model of the new iPad Pro. The larger model includes all of the same updates as the 11-inch iPad Pro, including the M2 chip.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes in silver and space gray. You can choose from four storage options and can select either the cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity options.

12.9" Apple iPad Pro 6th generation (Wi-Fi, 128 GB), $1,039 (reduced from $1,099)

Apple iPad Air 5: $559

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Walmart is rolling back the price of the 4.8-star-rated Apple iPad Air 5.

Introduced in 2022, the 10.9-inch Apple iPad Air 5 is the latest in the lightweight iPad Air line. The iPad Air 5 offers performance up to 60% faster than the prior model, thanks to Apple's turbo-charged M1 chip. The device boasts a 12 MP wide-angle back camera that supports 4K video. It also offers touch ID, and Apple's Liquid Retina display.

Choose from five colors. 

Apple iPad Air 5 (64 GB), $559 (regularly $599)

Apple iPad Mini 6: $469 and up

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The iPad Mini 6 is a compact tablet with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display screen. Released in 2021, the Apple tablet is powered by an A15 Bionic chip. It features a 12 MP wide-angle back camera, and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. It boasts landscape stereo speakers. Available in four colors. 

Note that the Apple iPad Mini is not compatible with Apple's external Magic Keyboard. It can, however, be used with other Bluetooth-enabled external keyboards.

Apple iPad Mini (64 GB), $469 (reduced from $499) 

Amazon also has a good deal on the Wi-Fi and cellular model with 64 GB of storage. Choose from four colors. 

Apple iPad Mini 6 with cellular connectivity (64 GB), $599 (reduced from $649)

Best holiday deals on Apple AirPods

These beloved Apple AirPods are great holiday gifts -- they're one of the best stocking stuffers to give this Christmas. Check out the brand new AirPods Pro 2, now on discount at Amazon, or save big on the other top-rated models.

Apple AirPods Pro 2: $229

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The latest Apple AirPods Pro 2 earbuds offer 30 hours of listening time with the included charging case. They have an upgraded wireless chip for improved audio functionality, a new low distortion driver for clearer audio and improved active noise cancellation. The Apple AirPods Pro 2 provide truly custom sound: You can use your iPhone's camera to analyze your unique ear anatomy and find the perfect audio settings for you.

The design of the AirPods Pro 2 is fairly similar to the previous generation, but Apple has introduced touch control to the AirPods Pro 2 to help users more seamlessly control their AirPods. Users will also get a new extra-small tip with their AirPods. The case did get a notable design upgrade with a new lanyard loop and a built-in speaker to help track the location of your AirPods case.

Apple AirPods Pro 2, $229 (reduced from $249)

Apple AirPods Max: $450

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Apple AirPods Max use active noise-cancellation technology to block out unwanted noise and feature a transparency mode so you can hear what you need to. These headphones feature 20 hours of listening. They come in a variety of colors including blue, green, red and silver. They're also compatible with Siri.

Apple AirPods Max, $450 (regularly $549)

Best holiday deals on Apple MacBooks

A new laptop makes quite an impressive holiday gift. If you want to splurge on a new MacBook, consider these highly-rated options.

Apple MacBook Air (2020): $800

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This is one of the best deals you're going to be able to find on a MacBook this week. As part of the Amazon Cyber Monday sale, the 2020 MacBook Air with the M1 chip is only $800. This lightweight MacBook features Retina display, an impressive 18-hour battery life and fast performance. There is a 2022 edition out, so this is a slightly older model -- however, it is unbeatable deal for a new MacBook. 

13" MacBook Air (2020, space gray), $800 (reduced from $999) 

13" MacBook Air (2020, gold), $800 (reduced from $999)

14" MacBook Pro: $2,180

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A step up from the MacBook Air, the slightly weightier (three pounds) 14-inch MacBook Pro boasts a powerful active cooling system, which helps keep the 8-core CPU running fast. It delivers up to 21 hours of battery life on a single charge, and features a Retina display that's brighter than the MacBook Air. 

14" Apple MacBook Pro (Apple M1 chip, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD), $2,180 (regularly $2,499)

16" MacBook Pro: $2,200

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Is the 14-inch MacBook Pro not powerful, or big enough for you? Then try its sibling, the 16-inch MacBook Pro. On Amazon, you can get a deal on the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a 10-core CPU, as well as 16GB of unified memory, and 512GB of storage. All of that is more than enough for you to be able to edit 8K videos on the machine. You also get four Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port and a SDXC card slot.

With its size and more powerful guts, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is aimed at professionals who need a seriously powerful laptop for graphics-intensive applications, such as video-rendering and design. Just keep in mind, this is a machine that comes with a professional-level price tag.

16" Apple MacBook Pro (Apple M1 Pro, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), $2,200 (regularly $2,499)

13.6" MacBook Air (2022): $1,049

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Save on the new-for-2022 Apple MacBook Air at Amazon. The laptop features a 13.6-inch Retina display, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a backlit keyboard. Designed for portability, it weighs just 2.7 pounds and lasts for up to 18 hours on a single charge thanks to the Apple M2 chip.

13.6" MacBook Air (2022 model, 8GB), $1,049 (reduced from $1,199)

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