Walmart pre-Black Friday deals: iPad Air and Apple Watch SE fall to record-low prices

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Walmart previously announced that its first set of Black Friday deals would arrive on November 7, but it's already jumped the gun with a number of eye-catching pre-event offers. There are some excellent Black Friday Apple deals here, including the cheapest prices yet for an iPad Air and Apple Watch SE.

Let's start with the iPad Air that's now down to $499 (was $599) at Walmart. This offer is for the previous 4th generation model that was originally released in 2020, but it's still a powerful tablet by today's standards. And today's offer is particularly strong as it's the lowest price we've ever seen.

The iPad Air (4th Gen) comes with a crisp 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, 256GB of storage and Apple's powerful A14 Bionic chip that offers excellent performance across general everyday tasks, gaming, and more advanced creative work such as photo and video editing.

And then there's the Apple Watch SE for $199 (was $309). Again, this offer is on a last-generation model, but that means you can bag a considerable $110 discount on the usual price. This matches the lowest price we've seen for the smartwatch.

Still, the Apple Watch SE is a bargain when you consider it still comes with all the important health and fitness features you'd need on a smartwatch as a general user. These include heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, GPS and cellular connectivity. It also looks very similar to the more premium Apple Watch models, albeit with a smaller 40mm display.

The best Walmart pre-Black Friday deals

Apple iPad Air (4th Gen, 256GB): $599

Apple iPad Air (4th Gen, 256GB): $599 $499 at Walmart
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– Now that the new 2022 model has been released, the previous version of the iPad Air has been given a considerable price cut at Walmart. This is the cheapest it's ever been, making it a fantastic value-for-money alternative to the iPad Pro. It sports a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, 256GB of storage and an A14 Bionic chip that can handle video editing, music creation and gaming with ease. It's a powerful tablet at a terrific price.

Apple Watch SE (1st Gen, GPS + Cellular): $309

Apple Watch SE (1st Gen, GPS + Cellular): $309 $199 at Walmart
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– The budget-friendly Apple Watch SE is reduced to its lowest price at Walmart. The design is very similar to the more premium Apple smartwatches, but it has a smaller screen and doesn't feature the same always-on function. This is also the older first-generation model, but it still comes with all key health and fitness tracking features, such as heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking and GPS. At this price, it's a solid affordable option for most users.

Alongside these two highlights from Apple, there are over a dozen other early Walmart Black Friday deals available right now. You can jump through the link below to check them out for yourself, including big savings on QLED TVs, cheap laptops and discounted Nintendo Switch games.

The retailer has also given us a preview of the deals set to go live on November 7 for its first official Black Friday sale. Highlights here include the Apple AirPods Pro for a record-equalling low price of $159, a HP Chromebook for only $79 and a Gourmia Air Fryer for only $38.

If there's anything you see that really grabs you and you don't want to miss out, remember that Walmart Plus members get seven hours of early access to all of the retailer's Black Friday deals. Not a member yet? Well, until November 3, you can sign up for a year-long Walmart Plus subscription for 50% off, saving you $49 off the usual price.

James Pickard
Senior Deals Editor

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.