Black Friday 2017: Some of the Best Apps, Games, and iTunes Movies on Sale

Today is Black Friday, meaning many people are out shopping at physical stores to take advantage of the best deals, but there are also discounts hitting apps and movies that you can buy at home on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. Because of this, we've taken a look at the best games, productivity apps, and movies you can buy at a discount today. Of course, this is just a glimpse into the extensive sales you can find by checking out the App Store and iTunes Movies Store.

We've listed some of the best deals on the most popular apps below, but to find tons more apps and games that are on sale, make sure to visit our sister sister site AppShopper.


Games
- Strike Team Hydra - $0.99, down from $7.99
- Mini Metro - $1.99, down from $4.99
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Classic - Free, down from $2.99
- Demon's Rise 2 - $0.99, down from $7.99
- Arkanoid vs Space Invaders - $0.99, down from $4.99
- Lara Croft GO - $0.99, down from $4.99
- Thomas Was Alone - $0.99, down from $4.99
- Bastion - $1.99, down from $4.99
- Alto's Adventure - $0.99, down from $4.99
- Forbidden Desert - $1.99, down from $6.99
- Another Lost Phone - $1.99, down from $2.99

Apps
- Fantastical 2 for iPhone - $2.99 (40% off)
- Fantastical 2 for iPad - $4.99 (50% off)
- Calendars 5 - $2.99, down from $6.99
- PDF Expert - $4.99, down from $9.99
- Printer Pro - $2.99, down from $6.99
- Scythe - Free, down from $3.99
- Be Focused Pro - $0.99, down from $1.99

Mac Apps
- iStat Menus 6 for Mac - $9.99, down from $18
- iStat Menus 6 Family Pack - $14.99, down from $25
- Git Tower for Mac - $39.50, $50 off regular $79 price
- Audible - Hundreds of audiobook titles discounted to $4.95
- SmartMockups - $32, 35% off regular $49 price
- CleanMyMac 3 - 30% off
- MacPaw App Bundles - 30% off
- Fantastical 2 for Mac - $39.99 (20% off)
- Cardhop for Mac - $14.99 (25% off)
- Chatology for Mac - $14.99 (25% off)
- RapidWeaver 7 - $44.50
- Squash 2 - $7.50
- Little Snitch - 50% off
- Unclutter - $4.99, down from $9.99
- Civilization V - $9.99, down from $29.99
- Civilization VI - $29.99, down from $59.99
- Sim City Complete Edition - $9.99, down from $29.99
- Sim City 4 Deluxe - $4.99, down from $19.99
- Sims 2 Super Collection - $14.99, down from $29.99
- Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum - $4.99, down from $19.99
- Call of Duty Black Ops - $19.99, down from $39.99

If you want to build up your iTunes Movies library, this week is the time to do it because Apple is discounting a long list of films on iTunes for Black Friday. Prices have dropped on everything from holiday favorites to new releases, all encompassing multiple genres. We've rounded up some notable deals below, with additional sales available through iTunes on Mac and iOS devices, as well as the Apple TV.

Under $10 Holiday Movies
- Elf
- Jingle All The Way
- Home Alone
- Die Hard
- A Christmas Story
- The Holiday
- The Family Stone

Under $12.99 4K iTunes movies to buy
- Labyrinth
- How to Be Single
- The Maze Runner
- Assassin's Creed
- Alien: Covenant
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Baby Driver
- Wonder Woman

$4.99 HD iTunes movies to buy
- Fruitvale Station
- Big Eyes
- The Evil Dead
- Southpaw
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Ender's Game
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- 27 Dresses

$9.99 HD iTunes movies to buy
- Kidnap
- A Ghost Story
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
- Snatched
- The Big Sick

Catch up with all of the latest deals in our Black Friday Roundup.

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Black Friday 2017: Here Are the Best App Store and iTunes Gift Card Deals Going on Today

Similar to years past, one of the best deals going on this Black Friday revolves around discounts on the App Store and iTunes gift card, allowing you to snag some expensive cards at a slight discount and apply it to your Apple Music subscription, movie and book purchases, and much more. For this reason, we've decided to round up some of the places that are offering nice discounts on App Store and iTunes gift cards today.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

We've noted the retailer, discount amount, and whether the card is physical or delivered via email in the list below, all of which are in stock as of writing:

As an example, the BOGO 30 percent off deals (when purchasing two cards of the same amount) will break down like this:
  • Buying two $15 iTunes Gift Cards = $25.50

  • Buying two $25 iTunes Gift Card = $42.50

  • Buying two $50 iTunes Gift Card = $85

  • Buying two $100 iTunes Gift Card = $170

Sam's Club is one of the major retailers that had an iTunes gift card deal, but it's out of stock online now. The deal was $84.47 for an iTunes card multipack that totaled $100. Also of potential note for frequent Walgreens shoppers: the retailer has a deal where you can get a $10 Walgreens gift card when you buy a $30 or $50 iTunes gift card.

For a look at all of the best Black Friday sales, make sure to check out our main post and visit our Black Friday Roundup.

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Expercom Debuts Black Friday Sale on High-End Configurations of MacBook Pro and iMac

Apple premium reseller Expercom this week launched a few discounts on high-end build-to-order configurations of the iMac and MacBook Pro. All of these selections include models that have the best sale prices in comparison to the other Apple resellers, and many configurations aren't on sale anywhere else this week, allowing those planning on making a big purchase to save a bit of money on a new Apple computer this holiday.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

Below we've listed the Macs on sale, along with their price at Expercom and any relevant comparison to the same or similar configurations sold at B&H Photo, Adorama, MacMall, and Apple's own refurbished online store.

13-inch MacBook Pro

  • Late 2016, 2.4GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD - $1,499.00 at Expercom

15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar


27-inch Retina 5K iMac


Expercom's sale includes many more Macs and ends on November 25. For more of the latest savings heading into the holidays, be sure to check out our Black Friday Roundup.

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Macy’s Launches Apple Watch Series 1 Black Friday Discount: 38mm for $180 and 42mm for $210

The latest Black Friday deal has gone live today, and this time it's for the Apple Watch Series 1, which debuted alongside the Series 2 in September 2016. The Series 1 models lack the advancements of 2017's Series 3 -- like LTE and a faster processor -- but the older Apple Watch is still a reliable device, and now with a cheaper entry price over at Macy's, it makes for a great holiday gift.

The retailer has the Apple Watch Series 1 discounted by $70 beginning today, with 38mm models running for $179.00 and 42mm models priced at $209.00. In terms of overall Black Friday deals, we know that Target will match this $70 off Series 1 deal beginning tomorrow when sales there go live. So if you're looking to get some shopping done a little early, Macy's offer is the first notable Apple Watch Series 1 deal happening this holiday season.

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Here's every Apple Watch Series 1 device available in Macy's sale:

As a point of comparison, the new non-LTE Apple Watch Series 3 models are priced at $329 (38mm) and $359 (42mm). Sales on Series 2 models have been appearing frequently throughout the fall, with the most recent dropping 38mm cases to $229 and 42mmm cases to $259. Until Black Friday sales, no notable deals had yet to arrive for the Series 1 devices following the launch of Series 3 in September.

If you purchase the Series 1, be aware that in comparison to higher-cost versions it has a slower S1P processor, lower water resistance (so it is not suitable for swimming), a display that doesn't get as bright, slightly lower battery life, and no LTE or GPS support. Otherwise, you'll be able to access all of the expected Apple Watch features like activity tracking, notification and phone call support with a connected iPhone, and more.

Also of note is an Apple Music deal going on at LivingSocial, where you can get a four month subscription to Apple's streaming music service for free. This deal essentially adds one extra month (priced at $9.99/month) onto Apple Music's existing three month free trial, and is only available to new subscribers signing up for an individual membership plan.

As always, you can visit our Black Friday Roundup to keep track of the latest deals going on heading into Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Some sales will begin going online a bit early today, but the bulk will see activation when retailers first open their doors tomorrow night between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. local time.

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MacMall Begins Black Friday Savings on MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, iPad, and More

Following B&H Photo and Adorama, MacMall today has started its Black Friday savings a few days ahead of the shopping holiday. While there are exceptions, many of MacMall's deals are matching the discounts for the same products over at B&H Photo and Adorama. We've listed some of the best sales below, so be sure to look them over, and you can also check out MacMall for the full array of Apple products and accessories that are being marked down for Black Friday.


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MacBook

iMac

Mac mini
  • Mac mini (Late 2014): 1.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz), 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive - $399.00, down from $499.00

  • Mac mini (Late 2014): 2.6GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz), 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive - $599.00, down from $699.00

  • Mac mini (Late 2014): 2.6GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz), 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash Storage - $799.00, down from $899.00

  • Mac mini (Late 2014): 2.6GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz), 16GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $999.00, down from $1,099.00

iPad


If you're a member of My Best Buy, it's also worth heading over to the retailer's Early Access Black Friday sale event, which is marking down select MacBook and iMac models by as much as $250, leading to some of the best Mac-related savings so far this week. The Early Access part of the sale ends later today, after which it will open up for everyone.

Keep track of all the best sales hitting Apple products this week by reading our Black Friday Roundup.

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‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ Begins Early Worldwide Rollout on the iOS App Store [Update: Online Errors]

One month after its announcement during a Nintendo Direct in late October, Nintendo today has begun rolling out Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp onto iOS [Direct Link] and Android devices worldwide, following a limited soft launch in Australia. The game was announced to be coming out tomorrow, November 22, but it has begun appearing on the iOS App Store for some users in the United States, United Kingdom, Austria, and France, and potentially other markets where it is launching.

The new game is Nintendo's fourth mobile app created in partnership with developer DeNA and follows Miitomo (launched March 2016), Super Mario Run (December 2016), and Fire Emblem Heroes (February 2017).

Similar to the latter two games, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a mobile-optimized version of its franchise's larger console games, and introduces a few new features into the traditional Animal Crossing gameplay to streamline certain actions for one-handed smartphone sessions. For example, both fishing and bug hunting are as simple as tapping on the screen, and the world that the player occupies -- centered around a campsite -- is scaled down from the villages of games like New Leaf and Wild World.

The main mechanic of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp centers on convincing animal villagers to stick around at your campsite by foraging for materials and crafting their favorite furniture. Outside of the camp, there is also a beach, river, island, and other areas that are accessible through your camper, which you can also customize and decorate to your liking. Additionally, you can visit your real friends to check out their camps to give them "kudos" on their decorations and see what items they're selling in their Market Box.

Any time you visit Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the game will reflect the time of day and current season of the real world, and Nintendo has said it will be launching seasonal events over the holidays with exclusive furniture, outfits, and item decorations for players to collect.

Images via Touch Arcade

Nintendo's latest smartphone game is free-to-play and uses optional "Leaf Tickets" as in-game currency, but our sister site Touch Arcade got hands-on time with the game in October and found very little reason to spend real money, thanks to gameplay systems that eventually reward players with the items they want if they put in the time to get them.
You can also spend Leaf Tickets to craft any furniture you might not have the materials for, but again, the first session of the game sprays so many of these different things at you that you're really going to need to play the game for a while before you're running low on anything.

There's other "cheater" items (and I'm saying "cheater" with the absolute most exaggerated air quotes imaginable) that you can buy with Leaf Tickets too like fishing nets and honey, which are used to catch loads of fish or bugs in one go- But, it seemed like if I wanted to invest the time I could just fish and catch bugs all day, so this seems like a real weird way to spend premium currency.
Players should note that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp requires a "persistent internet" connection -- mentioned in the game's "digest" trailer -- which seems to be similar to the always online requirement of Super Mario Run. At the time of Super Mario Run's launch, Shigeru Miyamoto said that Nintendo's reasoning behind this move is to "support security" and prevent piracy.

Looking ahead, Nintendo's next mobile game is rumored to be set within The Legend of Zelda universe, although it's still unclear exactly what the gameplay would be for that app.

For more information on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, head to Nintendo's website, and you can download the game on the iOS App Store for free beginning today [Direct Link]. For those playing on iPhone X, the game has been optimized to support the 5.8-inch display of Apple's new smartphone.

Read More at Touch Arcade: 'Animal Crossing Pocket Camp' Beginner's Guide: Free Leaf Tickets, Getting K.K. Slider, Choosing a Personal Style and More

Update 5:27 a.m. PST: Some users attempting to play the game have been met with multiple communication errors, and it's unclear at this time what might be the issue, although it could be related to a large amount of people trying to start the game following launch.


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B&H Photo and Adorama Kick Off Black Friday Savings for Wide Range of Macs, iPads, and Beats Headphones

We're just a few days away from Black Friday in the United States, and today a few authorized Apple resellers -- B&H Photo and Adorama -- have kicked off holiday savings with discounts on a variety of Apple products and related accessories. These include deals on the latest iMacs, MacBook Pros, iPad Pros, Beats headphones, and even a few older models from previous generation devices.

B&H Photo


For B&H Photo, the retailer has launched its Black Friday Apple sale with discounts that hit brand-new 2017 MacBook Pro and iMac models, and even include the Mac Pro and Mac mini from 2013 and 2014 respectively. A few discounts on Beats By Dre headphones are also matching similar sales at Apple, although Amazon and Best Buy still have the best prices on some of these accessories.


Below we've compiled a list of some of the products in the B&H Photo sale. You can also visit our Black Friday Roundup for additional listed sales, as well as B&H Photo's Rebates & Promotions page for the full list.

iPad Pro


MacBook


iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac mini


Beats


Adorama


Over at Adorama, the retailer is rolling out instant rebates of $120, $150, and $200 off certain Apple products, centering on the iMac and MacBook Pro. Below we've listed each rebate category and the products within each. Note that with Adorama's instant rebate discounts, no mail-in rebate form is required to get the discount on each device. All of Adorama's devices are the latest mid 2017 refreshes of each respective model.


$120 Instant Rebate

$150 Instant Rebate
  • 27-inch 5K iMac: 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,649.00, down from $1,799.00

  • 27-inch 5K iMac: 3.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,849.00, down from $1,899.00

  • 27-inch 5K iMac: 3.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drive - $2,149.00, down from $2,299.00

$200 Instant Rebate

Of the three big Apple resellers, MacMall is now the only site that hasn't yet posted its Black Friday savings, so you can expect those deals to show up sometime later in the week as Thanksgiving and Black Friday grow nearer. For now, you can visit our Black Friday Roundup to see the full lists of deals currently going on at B&H Photo and Adorama, as well as prepare your shopping lists with sale previews from Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and more.

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TIME Ranks iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 Among Top 10 Best Gadgets of 2017

After previously earning the designation of one of the overall best inventions of 2017, the iPhone X has today been placed at the #2 spot on TIME's "Top 10 Gadgets of 2017" list. According to the magazine, Apple's new smartphone placed so highly because many of its features -- including Face ID and edge-to-edge display -- "will undoubtedly set a new standard for phones to come."


Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, you’ll probably have a hard time getting your hands on one. And yes, Android did it first. But the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge screen and facial recognition system will undoubtedly set a new standard for phones to come. For one, Apple’s Face ID system, even despite the security concerns, is already being used in more creative ways than Samsung’s facial identification tech. Third-party apps like Snapchat and Warby Parker are taking advantage of the iPhone X’s face-mapping technology to project realistic masks over your eyes or select glasses that suit your face’s shape. That, combined with a sharp camera, long battery life, and large screen packed into a more palatable size, make Apple’s iPhone X a top pick.
Below the iPhone X, the following gadgets round out the top five spots: Microsoft Surface Laptop (#3), DJI Spark (#4), and Samsung Galaxy S8 (#5). TIME's #1 gadget of 2017 is the Nintendo Switch, which it says is a "true knockout" thanks to its games library and ability to transform from portable gaming to playing on a TV at home. There is some overlap with the devices mentioned on TIME's new list with the Top 25 Best Inventions of 2017 article from last week, including the iPhone X, DJI Spark, and Nintendo Switch.

Sitting further down the list is another Apple product, the Apple Watch Series 3, which earned the #9 spot. TIME said that the advantages introduced in the new version of the Apple Watch, like a faster processor and barometric altimeter, were great additions. But the magazine said the truly notable addition was LTE: "the freedom to leave your phone at home when you step out to walk the dog or go on a run may be just enough to persuade smartwatch skeptics that the Apple Watch is worth considering, especially for athletic types."

To see more of the items listed by TIME, check out the Top 10 Gadgets of 2017 ranking right here.

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Spotify Launches Holiday Sale: New Users Can Get Three Months of Premium for $0.99

Spotify today launched its holiday discounts, giving new users three months of Spotify Premium for $0.99, after which they'll need to pay the traditional $9.99/month subscription cost or cancel their account beforehand. The sale is similar to discounts launched in years past, with Spotify encouraging new users to sign up to the music streaming service over the holidays.

This year, there's an additional deal for those who have signed up for Spotify Premium, but then left the service at one point in the past. Specifically, if you didn't have an active Spotify Premium account as of October 21, 2017 -- meaning you canceled your account before that date -- you can return to Spotify and get three months of the service for $9.99. Unfortunately, there isn't a deal for paid subscribers who have stayed with Spotify.

Three months of Spotify Premium that gives you access to millions of songs on demand, ad free, and high quality audio, for less than a dollar? That is what music fans can expect this season as Spotify announces two of its biggest deals of the year. Whether you are curating a list of your favorite holiday-themed tracks or compiling a playlist of the hottest songs of the year for an upcoming Holiday party, these offers will undoubtedly warm up your mood this season.

- First-time Spotify Premium users can receive three months for just $0.99 if they have not previously provided credit card information or used a 30-day trial.
- Spotify Premium users that did not have an active account as of October 21, 2017 can receive three months for the price of one: $9.99.
If you're interested you can sign up for Spotify Premium on the company's website, and you have until December 31, 2017 to take advantage of the offers. For new users, Spotify said it will check to see that you have not previously provided credit card information or used a 30-day trial of Spotify Premium in order to grant the three month price at $0.99.

For more of the latest sales going on this week, be sure to check out our Deals Roundup and Black Friday Roundup.

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Nintendo Sets ‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ Release Date for November 22

Nintendo on Twitter today confirmed that the company's upcoming iOS game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, will launch worldwide on November 22. The confirmation of a release date comes nearly one month after the game was first unveiled in late October, after which it soft launched on the Australian iOS App Store and climbed to the top of the charts there faster than either Super Mario Run or Fire Emblem Heroes.

When it launches later this week, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be a miniaturized version of the main games in the series, allowing players to visit and manage a campsite in lieu of a full village. At the camp, players can decorate the location with furniture to attract certain animal characters, as well as go fishing, hunt for bugs, shop, and more to complete quests and craft items to further deck out the camp.



Just like the other games in the series, time passes in real time so when you open the app the game will reflect the time of day in the real world, subsequently affecting certain bug and fish spawns and allowing for upcoming seasonal events. There's also a social aspect that allows players to visit the camps of their friends to get inspired by their designs, and sell or exchange items with them.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be free-to-play, and uses optional "Leaf Tickets" so players can bypass long wait times when they build structures, purchase the materials needed to craft furniture, and more. If you're interested in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, visit our sister site Touch Arcade to read some first impressions on the game ahead of its release on November 22.


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