Apple announces two-day New Years shopping event in Japan

Start off the New Year in Japan with a new Apple product and a gift card.

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.

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.


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