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We have a deal of a different nature for you today. It's called the CompTIA-IT Certification Career Advancement Bundle, a collection of courses designed to earn your a variety of IT-related certifications from CompTIA, an industry trade group. The courses prep you for CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud Essentials, and Cloud+ exams. Retail for these courses is more than $4,000, but our friends at Stack Social got it for us for $59—and Monday only, you can get an extra 25 percent off all e-learning deals using coupon code CYBERMONDAY25 at checkout. For this deal, that drops the price down to $44.25.
The holidays are being good to Apple, according to Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdhry. In a research note to clients, Mr. Chowdhry wrote, "Apple probably had the strongest Black Friday sales in its entire history." Of course, that's the same Trip Chowdry who said in 2014 that Apple would disappear if it didn't release the iWatch in 60 days. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Another killer deal on iPad on Black Friday is $100 off the iPad mini 4 at Best Buy—that retailer's deals have been among the best today. That puts the starting price for Apple's newest iPad mini model at $399, a 20 percent discount off retail. This offer is available in stores, but you can also shop online.
Walmart is offering Apple's iPad mini 2 for $199, a $70 discount off the retail price of $269. That's a significant 26 percent off, one of the biggest percentage discounts we've seen on an Apple product. This is a Black Friday deal only, but it's available online so you don't have to endure the insanity of a Walmart Black Friday store.
Best Buy is offering $100 or $125 off of iPad Air 2. 16GB and 64GB models, both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular, are discounted by $100. That means you can get one starting at $399. 128GB models are discounted $125, meaning they start at $574.99. These deals are being offered in-store, but you can also get them online.
Best Buy's 20 percent off iTunes cards offer is back on today. This deal was first offered on Wednesday, but quickly expired. It works like this: buy the first card at full price and get the second for 40 percent off, a 20 percent discount on the two of them when combined. These are for physical cards that are shipped to you (we also posted a deal on same-day email codes from PayPal on Friday). You can also choose to pick it up at a store. To get the deal, simply add two cards to your cart and the price will automatically be discounted. No coupon code required. Best Buy's instructions don't make that clear, but I tested the process.
Ebay and PayPal are offering $100 iTunes gift cards for $80, a 20 percent discount. These are for codes that are emailed to you, usually within an hour or two. I've purchased several during the last year without a hitch. They always sell out fast—if you're wanting one, don't dawdle.
Our friends at Stack Social have pulled out the stops for Black Friday by offering 15 percent off all our deals. Just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout and you will get the additional discount. Tutorials, portable batteries, drones, gadgets, toys, storage, styluses, speakers, headphones, app bundles, and a whole lot more. Check out the Black Friday landing page on our deal site for details—there are some exclusions, but these are some killer prices.
We have a bundle for you today called the Learn to Code Bundle, and you can pay what you want for it. Here's how it works: pay whatever you want, even a penny, and get two courses. Beat the average price—$12.87 as of this writing—and get nine training courses covering topics from HTML5 to Ruby to Python, and more. Make the Top 10 at any point in this deal and you get five entries into our MonoRover R2 'Hoverboard' Giveaway. Plus, 10 percent of the profits from this deal go to Project Hope. Check out the deal listing for more information.
John Kheit, the infamous Devil's Advocate, joins Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on this episode of the Apple Context Machine. Together they dig deep into Apple's Mac Pro and question its suitability for professional use.