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These are the best early Apple Black Friday deals going on right now

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Shoppers looking to save money on Apple products don’t have to wait until Black Friday to pick up the lowest prices of the year on many devices. Get a head start on holiday shopping with these early Apple Black Friday deals going on now, with markdowns on AirPods 2, MacBook Pros, iMacs, new iPads for $299, the Apple Pencil and much more.

Best early Apple Black Friday deals

Best early Apple Black Friday deals

From AirPods Pro to ultraportable MacBook Air laptops, there are a variety of Apple products that will be hot ticket items this holiday shopping season. We’ve rounded up the best early Apple Black Friday deals, savings you hundreds without having to watch the clock or wait in line during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Find cash discounts on nearly every Apple product, with special coupon deals on CTO models available in our Apple Price Guide.

As always, stay tuned to AppleInsider for the best deals and lowest prices on your favorite Macs, iPads, AirPods, Apple Watches, and accessories leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019.

Early iPad Black Friday deals

Early iPad Black Friday deals


Save up to $250 with these early Black Friday iPad deals

Shoppers can take advantage of price cuts on current iPad and iPad Pro models this November, with some of the lowest prices seen this year. From $30 off the new 10.2-inch iPad to $250 off a spacious 11-inch iPad Pro, Apple’s line of tablets are on sale now leading up to Black Friday.

10.2-inch iPads

2018 9.7-inch iPad clearance deals

11-inch iPad Pro savings

12.9-inch iPad Pro deals

Apple Pencil savings

Early Apple AirPods Black Friday deals

Early AirPods Black Friday deals


Early AirPods Black Friday deals are ramping up

AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro earphones are likely to be a hot item heading into Black Friday —but instead of risking lengthy backordered ship dates, shoppers can purchase the popular earphones with these early Apple AirPods Black Friday discounts.

2019 AirPods on sale

Early Apple Watch Black Friday deals

Early Black Friday Apple Watch deals


Find early Apple Watch Black Friday deals on Series 3, 4 and 5 devices

With the release of the Apple Watch 5 in September, the newest iteration of Apple’s popular fitness tracker + timepiece is going to be a popular gift during the 2019 holiday season. Featuring an Always-On Retina display and built-in compass, the Apple Watch Series 5 is equipped with a variety of features to keep people active and alert. Retailers are already issuing markdowns on the new gadget ahead of Black Friday, with current discounts of up to $50 off.

Meanwhile, those willing to opt for the previous-generation model can save even more on Apple Watch Series 4 devices, with cash markdowns of up to $150 off. And for the lowest price period, shoppers can grab an Apple Watch Series 3 for just $189 on Amazon right now.

Check out even more savings in our Apple Watch Price Guide.

Apple Watch Series 5 deals (GPS Only)

Apple Watch Series 5 deals (GPS + Cellular)

Apple Watch Series 3 $189

Apple Watch Series 4 markdowns

Early Apple TV Black Friday deals


Save with these pre- Black Friday Apple TV deals

Now that Apple TV Plus is here, there’s a variety of new content to enjoy on the Apple TV. Both Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K models are on sale right now, with new hardware qualifying for a free 1-year trial of the streaming service on top of instant discounts. This puts an Apple TV in your hands before Black Friday, so family and friends can enjoy Thanksgiving football games or binge watch Apple’s new shows over the holiday weekend.

Apple TV deals

Early iMac, MacBook Black Friday deals

Early MacBook Black Friday deals


Find markdowns of up to $700 off during Pre- Apple Black Friday sales

Closeout bargains on iMac and MacBook Pro hardware are also in effect as the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend approaches. Holiday shoppers can save up to $700 on desktop Mac hardware, with MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops also drastically reduced. Remaining 12-inch MacBooks are $400 off as well.

12-inch MacBook deals

MacBook Air deals

13-inch MacBook Pro deals

15-inch MacBook Pros

iMac deals

iPhone savings

Apple iPhones are also discounted as Black Friday nears, with markdowns on current and closeout models.

Refurbished iPhone deals

iPhone 11 deals

  • eBay: iPhone 11 devices starting at $669.
  • AT&T Wireless: Get up to $700 in bill credits with trade-in on a qualifying smartphone. Port-in and new line required. $500 in bill credits when you add a line without a port-in. Unlimited plan required.
  • Verizon Wireless: Switch to Verizon Wireless and get up to $700 with trade on Unlimited plan, plus free Echo Dot and Amazon Smart Plug.
  • Sprint: Lease the new iPhone 11 for just $11 per month. Or Lease an iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max and get a second iPhone 11 on Sprint via bill credits. See site for T&C.
  • T-Mobile: Get $580 off Apple’s iPhone 11 when you switch and trade in an eligible iPhone.
  • Walmart: Save up to $100 on the iPhone 11. Offer valid only on purchase with installment plan.
  • Visible: Get up to a $200 Prepaid Mastercard Virtual Account when you buy an iPhone 11 and bring your phone number to Visible. Plus get 0% financing, no money down, no upgrade fees, and free overnight shipping for well-qualified customers.

Additional Apple Deals

AppleInsider and Apple authorized resellers are also running additional exclusive savings this month on Apple hardware that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in discounts on AppleCare, software and more. These deals are as follows:

Interested in additional Apple hardware? See if there is a Mac, iPad or Apple Watch deal that will save you $100s by checking out prices.appleinsider.com.

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These ten enterprise M&A deals totaled over $40B in 2019

It would be hard to top the 2018 enterprise M&A total of a whopping $87 billion, and predictably this year didn’t come close. In fact, the top 10 enterprise M&A deals in 2019 were less than half last year’s, totaling $40.6 billion. This year’s biggest purchase was Salesforce buying Tableau for $15.7 billion, which would…

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These ten enterprise M&A deals totaled over $40B in 2019

It would be hard to top the 2018 enterprise M&A total of a whopping $87 billion, and predictably this year didn’t come close. In fact, the top 10 enterprise M&A deals in 2019 were less than half last year’s, totaling $40.6 billion.

This year’s biggest purchase was Salesforce buying Tableau for $15.7 billion, which would have been good for third place last year behind IBM’s mega deal plucking Red Hat for $34 billion and Broadcom grabbing CA Technologies for $18.8 billion.

Contributing to this year’s quieter activity was the fact that several typically acquisitive companies — Adobe, Oracle and IBM — stayed mostly on the sidelines after big investments last year. It’s not unusual for companies to take a go-slow approach after a big expenditure year. Adobe and Oracle bought just two companies each with neither revealing the prices. IBM didn’t buy any.

Microsoft didn’t show up on this year’s list either, but still managed to pick up eight new companies. It was just that none was large enough to make the list (or even for them to publicly reveal the prices). When a publicly traded company doesn’t reveal the price, it usually means that it didn’t reach the threshold of being material to the company’s results.

As always, just because you buy it doesn’t mean it’s always going to integrate smoothly or well, and we won’t know about the success or failure of these transactions for some years to come. For now, we can only look at the deals themselves.

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Jumia, DHL, and Alibaba will face off in African ecommerce 2.0

The business of selling consumer goods and services online is a relatively young endeavor across Africa, but ecommerce is set to boom. Over the last eight years, the sector has seen its first phase of big VC fundings, startup duels and attrition. To date, scaling e-commerce in Africa has straddled the line of challenge and…

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Jumia, DHL, and Alibaba will face off in African ecommerce 2.0

The business of selling consumer goods and services online is a relatively young endeavor across Africa, but ecommerce is set to boom.

Over the last eight years, the sector has seen its first phase of big VC fundings, startup duels and attrition.

To date, scaling e-commerce in Africa has straddled the line of challenge and opportunity, perhaps more than any other market in the world. Across major African economies, many of the requisites for online retail — internet access, digital payment adoption, and 3PL delivery options — have been severely lacking.

Still, startups jumped into this market for the chance to digitize a share of Africa’s fast growing consumer spending, expected to top $2 billion by 2025.

African e-commerce 2.0 will include some old and new players, play out across more countries, place more priority on internet services, and see the entry of China.

But before highlighting several things to look out for in the future of digital-retail on the continent, a look back is beneficial.

Jumia vs. Konga

The early years for development of African online shopping largely played out in Nigeria (and to some extent South Africa). Anyone who visited Nigeria from 2012 to 2016 likely saw evidence of one of the continent’s early e-commerce showdowns. Nigeria had its own Coke vs. Pepsi-like duel — a race between ventures Konga and Jumia to out-advertise and out-discount each other in a quest to scale online shopping in Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation.

Traveling in Lagos traffic, large billboards for each startup faced off across the skyline, as their delivery motorcycles buzzed between stopped cars.

Covering each company early on, it appeared a battle of VC attrition. The challenge: who could continue to raise enough capital to absorb the losses of simultaneously capturing and creating an e-commerce market in notoriously difficult conditions.

In addition to the aforementioned challenges, Nigeria also had (and continues to have) shoddy electricity.

Both Konga — founded by Nigerian Sim Shagaya — and Jumia — originally founded by two Nigerians and two Frenchman — were forced to burn capital building fulfillment operations most e-commerce startups source to third parties.

That included their own delivery and payment services (KongaPay and JumiaPay). In addition to sales of goods from mobile-phones to diapers, both startups also began experimenting with verticals for internet based services, such as food-delivery and classifieds.

While Jumia and Konga were competing in Nigeria, there was another VC driven race for e-commerce playing out in South Africa — the continent’s second largest and most advanced economy.

E-tailers Takealot and Kalahari had been jockeying for market share since 2011 after raising capital in the hundreds of millions of dollars from investors Naspers and U.S. fund Tiger Global Management.

So how did things turn out in West and Southern Africa? In 2014, the lead investor of a flailing Kalahari — Naspers — facilitated a merger with Takealot (that was more of an acquisition). They nixed the Kalahari brand in 2016 and bought out Takelot’s largest investor, Tiger Global, in 2018. Takealot is now South Africa’s leading e-commerce site by market share, but only operates in one country.

In Nigeria, by 2016 Jumia had outpaced its rival Konga in Alexa ratings (6 vs 14), while out-raising Konga (with backing of Goldman Sachs) to become Africa’s first VC backed, startup unicorn. By early 2018, Konga was purchased in a distressed acquisition and faded away as a competitor to Jumia.

Jumia went on to expand online goods and services verticals into 14 Africa countries (though it recently exited a few) and in April 2019 raised over $200 million in an NYSE IPO — the first on a major exchange for a VC-backed startup operating in Africa.

Jumia’s had bumpy road since going public — losing significant share-value after a short-sell attack earlier in 2019 — but the continent’s leading e-commerce company still has heap of capital and generates $100 million in revenues (even with losses).

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Airbnb’s New Year’s Eve guest volume shows its falling growth rate

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. It’s finally 2020, the year that should bring us a direct listing from home-sharing giant Airbnb, a technology company valued at tens of billions of dollars. The company’s flotation will be a key event in…

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Airbnb’s New Year’s Eve guest volume shows its falling growth rate

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between.

It’s finally 2020, the year that should bring us a direct listing from home-sharing giant Airbnb, a technology company valued at tens of billions of dollars. The company’s flotation will be a key event in this coming year’s technology exit market. Expect the NYSE and Nasdaq to compete for the listing, bankers to queue to take part, and endless media coverage.

Given that that’s ahead, we’re going to take periodic looks at Airbnb as we tick closer to its eventual public market debut. And that means that this morning we’re looking back through time to see how fast the company has grown by using a quirky data point.

Airbnb releases a regular tally of its expected “guest stays” for New Year’s Eve each year, including 2019. We can therefore look back in time, tracking how quickly (or not) Airbnb’s New Year Eve guest tally has risen. This exercise will provide a loose, but fun proxy for the company’s growth as a whole.

The numbers

Before we look into the figures themselves, keep in mind that we are looking at a guest figure which is at best a proxy for revenue. We don’t know the revenue mix of the guest stays, for example, meaning that Airbnb could have seen a 10% drop in per-guest revenue this New Year’s Eve — even with more guest stays — and we’d have no idea.

So, the cliche about grains of salt and taking, please.

But as more guests tends to mean more rentals which points towards more revenue, the New Year’s Eve figures are useful as we work to understand how quickly Airbnb is growing now compared to how fast it grew in the past. The faster the company is expanding today, the more it’s worth. And given recent news that the company has ditched profitability in favor of boosting its sales and marketing spend (leading to sharp, regular deficits in its quarterly results), how fast Airbnb can grow through higher spend is a key question for the highly-backed, San Francisco-based private company.

Here’s the tally of guest stays in Airbnb’s during New Years Eve (data via CNBC, Jon Erlichman, Airbnb), and their resulting year-over-year growth rates:

  • 2009: 1,400
  • 2010: 6,000 (+329%)
  • 2011: 3,1000 (+417%)
  • 2012: 108,000 (248%)
  • 2013: 250,000 (+131%)
  • 2014: 540,000 (+116%)
  • 2015: 1,100,000 (+104%)
  • 2016: 2,000,000 (+82%)
  • 2017: 3,000,000 (+50%)
  • 2018: 3,700,000 (+23%)
  • 2019: 4,500,000 (+22%)

In chart form, that looks like this:

Let’s talk about a few things that stand out. First is that the company’s growth rate managed to stay over 100% for as long as it did. In case you’re a SaaS fan, what Airbnb pulled off in its early years (again, using this fun proxy for revenue growth) was far better than a triple-triple-double-double-double.

Next, the company’s growth rate in percentage terms has slowed dramatically, including in 2019. At the same time the firm managed to re-accelerate its gross guest growth in 2019. In numerical terms, Airbnb added 1,000,000 New Year’s Eve guest stays in 2017, 700,000 in 2018, and 800,000 in 2019. So 2019’s gross adds was not a record, but it was a better result than its year-ago tally.

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