Apple announces two-day New Years shopping event in Japan

Apple Japan Shopping Event
Apple Japan Shopping Event (Image credit: Apple Demo)

What you need to know

  • Apple has announced a New Years shopping event in Japan.
  • The event will happen between January 2-3 and offer gift cards for select products.

Reported by MacRumors, Apple has announced that it is holding a two-day shopping event in Japan on January 2-3 in celebration of the New Year. The event will give customers an opportunity to earn gift cards with the purchase of select products.

In a tweet spotted by Mac Otakara, Apple says the gift cards will be worth up to ¥18,000, or roughly $175. (The promotion page has since gone live with a complete list of eligible products and gift card values.)

Just like Apple's Black Friday shopping event in the United States, the event excludes new Apple products like the iPhone 12 lineup, Apple Watch Series 6 and SE, HomePod mini, and the new M1 Macs.

Apple Japan Shopping Event Iphone And Apple Watch

Apple Japan Shopping Event Iphone And Apple Watch (Image credit: Apple)

You will, however, be able to grab some gift cards on products like the iPhone 11, iPad Pro, Apple TV, and AirPods.

As expected, the promotion excludes many of Apple's newer products, including the iPhone 12 lineup, Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, HomePod mini, and Macs with the M1 chip. Apple says gift cards will be available for products like the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR, iPad Pro and iPad mini, 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD, full-size HomePod, AirPods and AirPods Pro, Beats, and Apple Watch Series 3.

In addition to the shopping event, Apple has also posted an ad on its YouTube channel in Japan that highlights the App Store and how apps can help people kick off the New Year the right way.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.