Friday’s best deals: AirPods Max fall to Amazon low, Apple Pencil 2 $104, more

All of today’s best deals are headlined by a new Amazon all-time low on AirPods Max. That’s alongside Apple Pencil 2 at $104 and this BOGO free iPhone 12 offer at Verizon. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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AirPods Max sees very first Amazon deals

Amazon is currently offering Apple’s AirPods Max for $532 in several styles. Normally fetching $549, today’s offer marks the very first discount we’ve seen at Amazon and only the second notable price cut of any kind to date.

Apple’s new AirPods Max bring many of the features that have been staples in its true wireless earbuds to an over-ear design that’s backed by the H1 chip. Alongside stellar active noise cancellation and support for spatial audio, you’re also looking at 20-hour playback, Hey Siri support, and a premium design comprised of aluminum, a knit-mesh canopy, and memory foam ear cushions. We found them to be a compelling, yet pricey offering in our hands-on review

Apple Pencil 2 returns to 2021 low at $104

Verizon Wireless is currently offering the second-generation Apple Pencil for $104. Down from the usual $129 going rate, today’s offer beats our previous mention by $11 and matches the 2021 all-time low.

With Apple’s new iPad Pros going up for pre-order this morning, today’s sale on the Apple Pencil couldn’t be timed better. With a magnetic design that snaps right onto the side of your tablet to charge, the refreshed form-factor will work with all of Apple’s latest Pro models. So whether you’re looking to step up your note-taking game or want to take Apple Pencil for a spin crafting some digital art, it’s a must-have accessory for iPadOS. You can get a closer look at making the most out of Apple Pencil in our coverage right here.

Verizon offers BOGO free iPhone 12 devices for Mother’s Day

Verizon is getting in the Mother’s Day spirit today by launching a new buy one get one free promotion that’s discounting a selection of the latest iPhones and Android devices. Headlining is two iPhone 12 for $33 per month, with the discounts being applied over the course of a 24-month plan. That saves you $800 over the course of the plan and marks one of the best promotions to date on Apple’s latest handset. 

The latest iPhones from Apple sport a refreshed design with a classic squared-off form-factor of years past. Alongside upgraded dual cameras, Apple is also including 5G support for the first time alongside MagSafe charging and up to 65 hours of battery life. 

Parallels Desktop 16.5 with full M1 support now 10% off

We are now tracking some notable deals on the latest version of Parallels Desktop 16.5. Just recently updated to version 16.5 with full Apple M1 support, you can now score 10% off subscriptions and the perpetual license of its most popular virtual desktop suite, along with the professional and business-grade options. One standout option, and easily the most popular route to take here for most users, is the 1-year subscription to Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac. It drops from $7.48 per month down to $6.50 after you apply the coupon.

Boost your creativity with a MacBook USB-C hub at $40

UGREEN (100% positive feedback last 12-months) via Amazon is offering its 9-in-1 USB-C Hub for $40. Usually selling for upwards of $50, today’s is the first major discount we’ve tracked for a new 2021 low. Including 4K HDMI at up to 30Hz, 1080p VGA at 60Hz, plus a host of connectivity from USB 3.0 to micro/SD, you can easily declutter your desktop and maximize connectivity from your MacBook. Add a mouse, wireless printer, or enjoy dual-monitor display for your games, movies, or artistic endeavors. Plus, you can stabilize your internet connection with Gigabit Ethernet speeds up to 1000Mb/s. It even works as a sturdy USB-C charger.

Best trade-in deals

9to5Mac also keeps tabs on all the best trade-in deals on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch, and more every month. Be sure to check out this month’s best trade-in deals when you decide it’s time to upgrade your device. Or simply head over to our trade-in partner directly if you want to recycle, trade, or sell your used devices for cash and support 9to5Mac along the way!

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