Official Apple Watch bands, Anker gear, and more on sale

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Heading into the weekend, all of today’s best deals are now up for grabs. On top of a collection of official Apple Watch bands from $42, there’s a new Anker iPhone accessory sale from $16. Not to mention the first Apple Pencil 2 sale of the year. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Official Apple Watch bands on sale from $42

Amazon is currently discounting a selection of official Apple Watch bands, headlined by the Leather Loop 44mm in Diver Blue at $88. Marking about as rare of a discount as they come, this style was last on sale in August at $2 more, with today’s offer marking a new Amazon all-time low from the usual $99 price tag.

Apple’s Leather Loop band brings a premium Venezia leather to your wearable with a hand-crafted design. Alongside being compatible with every Apple Watch model to date, it sports a soft quilted design that hides magnets inside for getting the perfect fit on just about any wrist. If you’ve been looking to refresh the look of your Apple Watch with a band that’s as high-end as the wearable itself this Leather Loop offering is certainly worth a look with today’s rare price cut. Head below for more.

Anker heads into the weekend with new iPhone accessory sale

Heading into the weekend, Anker is now discounting a selection of gear via its official Amazon storefront headlined by its PowerCore Magnetic 5K MagSafe Battery Pack at $50. Marking quite the rare offer in the first place from the usual $55 price tag, this is only the second notable chance to save, not to mention the lowest since a one-day Black Friday discount.

Delivering MagSafe compatibility with the latest iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, you’re looking at a portable 7.5W power bank that can magnetically snap onto the back of your device. It packs an internal 5,000mAh battery and can be refueled via USB-C. Dive into our hands-on review for a closer look.

Apple Pencil 2 complements iPadOS with the first discount this year

Lately, we’ve been highlighting quite a few iPad deals with no complementing Apple Pencil savings to be found. Now Amazon is carrying over those savings to the Apple Pencil 2, which drops to $111. Normally fetching $129, this is the first discount of the year, the third-best price overall, and a great addition to your iPadOS experience.

Whether you’re planning to put it to work with a new iPad mini 6 or one of the flagship iPad Pros, bringing Apple Pencil 2 into the mix helps get the most out of what iPadOS has to offer. Alongside a refreshed design that magnetically snaps onto the side of your iPad for charging and storage, it’ll also upgrade your digital art game alongside note-taking and more. 

ecobee SmartThermostats see well-timed winter price cuts 

Amazon is currently offering its SmartThermostat for $199. Normally selling for $249, today’s offer amounts to a match of our previous mention from the end of 2021 at $50 off, and comes within $1 of the Black Friday mention. 

If you’ve been keeping tabs on the weather as of late and noticing freezing temperatures in the morning and spring-like conditions come the afternoon, ecobee’s SmartThermostat is a notable way to more intelligently warm your home. Arriving with Assistant support out of the box, ecobee SmartThermostat packs a touchscreen display to pair with all of the voice control and scheduling features. There’s also the bundled temperature sensor to help keep your home comfortable this winter with hyperlocal readings. Dive into our hands-on review.

Powerbeats Pro on sale from $169

Amazon now offers the Apple Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds starting at $169 in a variety of styles. Originally fetching $249, several colorways are now marked down for the first time in months from the more recent $200 price tag in order to mark the best discounts since Black Friday.

Sure the new Beats Fit Pro have taken the spotlight as of late, but today’s deal makes the Powerbeats Pro even more enticing for those who aren’t interested in the brand’s latest. Centered around an entirely wireless design, these sport Beats earbuds rock up to 24-hours of playback and a workout-ready form-factor. Thanks to Apple’s H1 chip, you’ll be able to enjoy features like Hey Siri, quick pairing, longer range, and more. Get all of the details in our hands-on review.

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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