Apple products don't often go on sale, especially newer ones, but sometimes you can find a great deal if you know where to look for it. And with Black Friday just around the corner, we expect there will be many more Apple Watch Black Friday deals to choose from in just a few weeks.

Apple Watch Black Friday DealsSource: iMore

We've just got a peek at the Target ad, and it looks like Black Friday is set to bring some serious discounts to the entire lineup for Apple Watches. The first thing you'll need to know, though, is which one to get. Let's help break that down.

Apple Watch Series 3 vs. Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Apple Watch Series 5: Which Apple Watch model is right for me?

There are a lot of things to factor in when it comes to picking the right Apple Watch, balancing features with price, as well as ensuring you're investing your money in a product that will stand the test of time.

As it stands, Apple sells the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch Series 5 after discontinuing the Apple Watch Series 4. The Series 3 stuck around as the lower-end option with the price falling, and the Series 5 adding the newest features for those wanting to be on the cutting-edge. The Series 4, however, is still available via third-party retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy, and represents a solid option for many.

If you're using Black Friday to snag yourself or a loved one their first Apple Watch, the Series 3 may be the best entry point. It's the most affordable, for a start, supports the latest watchOS software, and still packs in a bunch of advanced health and fitness monitoring sensors and keeps you connected to your friends and family without being glued to your iPhone.

The Series 4 was the first model to take the screen edge-to-edge, bumping the sizes up to 40mm and 44mm. Internally, it got a new processor with the S4 chip which is twice as fast as the one in the Series 3. It also added an optical heart rate sensor for the first time with the ability to perform an ECG and upgraded the Bluetooth to version 5.0 for a more reliable and battery-efficient connection. While you certainly wouldn't be disappointed with the performance of the Series 3, if you can stretch to the Series 4 you would make noticeable gains in performance.

Those wanting to have the latest and greatest should, of course, go for the Apple Watch Series 5. It's the newest model, having only been released in September, and therefore the most advanced (and most expensive). The key differentiator between the Series 5 and its predecessor is its always-on display. That means you no longer have to turn your wrist to glance at the watch's face. Design-wise, they are almost indistinguishable, though internally there have been bumps to the processor, storage capacity, and a couple of other sensors.

What's the difference between Apple Watch case materials?

Apple Watch is available with an aluminum case or a stainless steel case, with each material being available in a few colors to suit your personal tastes. Both of these configurations work exactly the same in a functional sense with the same features and internal components, so it is really a personal preference when it comes to case materials.

That being said, there is a subtle difference with the display glass of the aluminum and stainless steel Apple Watch models with the former making use of an Ion-X glass and the latter using sapphire crystal to cover the display. Ion-X glass is lighter and more resistant to impact than sapphire crystal, though it will scratch easier. The activity you intend to use your Apple Watch for may dictate your choice here.

The Apple Watch Edition has a ceramic case with a white finish and has the sapphire crystal display.

Do I need an Apple Watch with Cellular connectivity?

All of the Apple Watch models currently sold offer a GPS-only model or a GPS + Cellular version. Both the GPS-only and the GPS + Cellular iterations of the Apple Watch can make and receive calls, send and receive texts, get notifications, listen to music directly, and perform actions for various supported third-party apps. Where the big difference lies is that the Cellular model allows you to use your Apple Watch, even if your iPhone is nowhere near you. If that sounds like something you need, then go for Cellular. Bear in mind, though, that the Cellular models are generally a tad more expensive and require you to have a data plan with your carrier or service which may cost more per month. Using your Apple Watch's cellular capabilities will also have an impact on battery life.

The Apple Watch Series 5 with GPS + Cellular supports international emergency calling, even if you don't have an active cellular plan.

Will my Apple Watch bands still fit if I upgrade to a new model?

The great news about upgrading your Apple Watch is that you can keep your existing band collection. If you have a 38mm Apple Watch, your bands will work with 38mm or 40mm Apple Watch devices or any series. Similarly, if you're currently using a 42mm Apple Watch, your bands are compatible with the 44mm Apple Watch Series 4 and 5.

Why should I buy an Apple Watch over a Fitbit or other smartwatch?

There are tons of fitness trackers on the market from Fitbit, Garmin, Xiaomi, and more, and many of them cost less than an Apple Watch. While the features of your run-of-the-mill tracker vary by model, the majority do not offer the same level of health and fitness tracking accuracy as Apple's newest smartwatches and none of them come close when it comes to the broad array of apps and the tight integration with your other Apple devices and services. You can also use your Apple Watch to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, use Siri, and much more.

What iPhone do you need to use an Apple Watch?

Your new Apple Watch is likely to arrive running Apple's latest watchOS software — watchOS 6 — which requires your phone to run iOS 13. That means you need a phone that is as recent as the iPhone 6s or newer in order to upgrade your Apple Watch.

Is the Apple Watch price worth it?

Apple users have long been used to paying a premium for the Cupertino company's products. The so-called "Apple Tax" also applies to the Apple Watch, though there isn't a smartwatch on the market that really compares to the Apple Watch when it comes to functionality. For iPhone users and those that are deep into the Apple ecosystem of apps and services, the Apple Watch is a no-brainer choice when it comes to wearables, even if you could get a dedicated fitness tracker for less. With the below deals, you could hopefully escape paying more than you need to for one of Apple's latest devices, too.

Best Apple Watch Black Friday deals

As has been the case for the past few years, Apple Watch is going to be a hot ticket this holiday season and we expect Black Friday will usher in a wave of excellent deals with Cyber Monday adding even more. Apple officially sells the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch Series 5, though the Apple Watch Series 4 is still available via authorized resellers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. Apple is unlikely to provide any direct discounts itself, so these third-party retailers are your best bet for finding an Apple Watch steal this month.

Apple Watch Series 3

Apple's most affordable model dropped in price when the Series 5 was announced and is already discounted from that new low. We're likely to see Black Friday and Cyber Monday push prices down even further as more customers look to buy these as holiday gifts.

Entry-level

Apple Watch Series 3

Available in space gray or silver, Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $189 at Amazon in the 38mm size — a $10 savings. The larger 42mm size is going for $229 there.

$189 $199 $10 off

Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4 may have been discontinued by Apple, but third-party retailers still seem to have a steady supply and the discounts are coming in hot already ahead of Black Friday. Our bet is that these will drop lower as retailers try to clear out inventory this holiday season.

Edge-to-edge

Apple Watch Series 4

Right now, Amazon is the best place to buy Apple's Series 4 smartwatch with up to $50 off a variety of configurations. The discount applies to both sizes and a number of different case and band color combinations. Select GPS + Cellular models are discounted by even more with savings as high as $100.

$349 $399 $50 off

Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5 has only been on shelves and wrists for just over a month, so deals have been harder to come by. That being said, a few models have seen some modest, limited-time sales in that time. Black Friday and Cyber Monday should drop prices lower to tempt holiday buyers and convince existing Apple Watch owners to upgrade to the newest model.

Latest and greatest

Apple Watch Series 5

You're unlikely to grab a stellar deal on the Series 5 just yet, but Amazon has some slight discounts right now on the GPS-only Apple Watch models with prices starting at $384. Some GPS + Cellular models also have small saving

$384 $399 $15 off

How to get the Best Black Friday Apple Watch Deals

Major Apple Watch discounts come around occasionally, but not often — especially on the newer models. Black Friday changes things, though, as it kicks off the holiday shopping season. Retailers are likley to offer some tempting discounts for gift givers and to encourage those with older Apple Watch models to upgrade.

We regularly scour the internet for the best Apple Watch deals. We will keep this page updated with the best deals we can find, so if you frequently find yourself looking for it, you'll want to bookmark this page. Need more Apple stuff? We'll have an eye on the Best AirPods deals, the Best iPhone XS Deals, the Best MacBook Deals, and more!

30 Apple Watch Bands for under $20

Finding the perfect band for your Apple Watch can be quite a challenge, especially one that doesn't break the bank. But there is actually quite a nice variety of quality bands priced under $20. Here are 30 great-looking Apple Watch bands fresh from Amazon that are bound to catch your eye and save you a bit of cash.

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Best for most: WFEAGL Apple Watch Band

Staff Favorite

The WFEAGL Apple Watch Band is a top-grain, genuine leather strap that comes in a huge range of colors.

$19 at Amazon

Sleek: RUOQINI Apple Watch Band

The RUOQINI Apple Watch Band is a milanese-style band that fits a variety of different wrist sizes and comes in both watch sizes suitable for any generation Apple Watch. Choose from six different colors.

$13 at Amazon

Comfortable: AdMaster Soft Silicone Strap Replacement

The breathable AdMaster Soft Silicone Strap Replacement is perfect for people who are looking to work up a sweat. It even comes in a three-pack option.

From $7 at Amazon

Jewlery: Tomazon Pearl Stone Bracelet Strap

The Tomazon Pearl Stone Bracelet Strap is a pretty and fashionable strap that looks more like a bracelet than a boring watch band.

From $15 at Amazon

Reliable: YANCH Apple Watch Silicone Rubber Sport Band

The YANCH Apple Watch Silicone Rubber Sport Band is a super soft and durable silicone band that comes in several bright colors.

From $6 at Amazon

Flexible: KOLEK Soft Silicone Strap Replacement

The KOLEK Soft Silicone Strap Replacement comes in some pretty funky patterns and is made from comfortable silicone.

From $10 at Amazon

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