As sure as the sun will rise, we will all be consumed by the juggernaut that is Black Friday 2016 on 25 November. Black Friday deals will be bigger than ever, so here we explain what is Black Friday, when is Black Friday and offer tips on how and where to find the best Black Friday deals, offers and sales. We'll also bring you the best iPhone deals, iPad deals, Mac deals, Apple deals and more.
We're always looking out for deals, offers and discounts on gifts for our friends and family, and maybe the odd treat for ourselves. The best time to find such deals is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when retailers offer huge discounts to shoppers ahead of the holiday season.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday were huge last year. Both are shaping up to be big in 2016 too, as the deals and offers have been continuing across most retailers and will ramp up at the beginning of November. Here, we'll bring you all of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for Apple-lovers, complete with a live blog so you'll know about all of the latest deals as they emerge.
Until then, you should check out our round-ups of the best Apple deals by following the links below, and bookmark this page ready to check every day in November so that you don't miss a thing.
We've already seen our first major shopping event of the year: Amazon Prime Day. Amazon held its second Prime Day and we expect it'll be the second of many for years to come, in what could become a second event that reaches the same scale as Black Friday itself.
Black Friday 2016: What is Black Friday?
So-called because of its US origins, the day after Thanksgiving is referred to as Black Friday and it is the biggest day for shopping as extravagant discounts are applied to thousands of products across various retailers.
It's named Black Friday because it's the day when stores go from the red (debit) into the black (credit). While Thanksgiving and therefore Black Friday are primarily a US-based holiday, thanks to the internet and online shopping, UK companies have joined in the fun in a bid to make more sales.
Black Friday 2016: When is Black Friday?
This year, Black Friday falls on 25 November, but expect deals to begin at the very beginning of November and ramp up before the big day.
Black Friday 2016: What is Cyber Monday?
A new trend that has appeared in recent years is Cyber Monday, which is usually the first Monday in December (it'll actually be 28 November this year!) and is also the Monday after Black Friday. It's believed to be the busiest day of the year for online shopping, presumably because everyone's recently been paid and realises that they've only got a few weeks left to do their Christmas shopping.
Some retailers launch new promotions on Cyber Monday, so we'll bring you those deals here.
Black Friday deals: What to expect from Black Friday deals
As November approaches, here's where we'll bring you all of the latest deals on gifts and gadgets from across the web to help you make sure you don't miss out. Many of the deals offered will run for a limited time or offer limited stock, so you'll want to keep on top of things in order to get everything you want.
You'll be able to use the links below to skip ahead to deals in the category you're interested in, and we'll also have a live blog with every great deal in one place updated as and when we find them.
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Here's what to expect come November - check out the highlights from our deals of 2015 below.
Black Friday deals: Mac deals
Last year, Currys offered £50 off MacBook Pro models, MacBook Air models, iMacs models, Mac minis, MacBooks and Mac Pros. Fingers crossed for more of the same this year. We'll hopefully see new MacBooks by that point too.
We'll keep you updated on any Mac deals but don't forget to check Apple's own Refurbished Store for loads of brilliant Mac discounts.
Black Friday deals: iPad deals
The iPad mini 2 went for an excellent £189.99 down from £219 on eBay's official store in 2015.
Black Friday deals: iPhone deals
Many peopled saved £100 on the upfront cost of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S on contracts at Carphone Warehouse last year.
Black Friday deals: Apple Watch deals
The Apple Watch Sport was down to just £269.99 on eBay.
Black Friday deals: Headphones deals and speaker deals
The Bose SoundTrue AE Headphones were just £64.95 down from £149.95 at Currys.
Black Friday deals: Apple gadget deals
At Currys, the Jawbone UP2 activity tracker was £49, down from £89.99.
Black Friday deals: Printer deals
The Canon Pixma MG5650 all-in-one wireless inkjet printer was half price at Currys, now £49.99.
Black Friday deals: Camera deals
The Nikon Coolpix L340 20Mp was better than half price at £89.99 down from £199.99.
Did Apple do a Black Friday sale in 2015?
In 2014, we expected Apple to sell its products at a reduced price on Black Friday as it had in the past. However, Apple decided that it didn't need to offer any incentives to get people to shop on the 28 November 2014 so the UK missed out on savings direct from the company. This continued into 2015, unfortunately, with the company itself not discounting its products, even if other retailers did.
In 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the UK on Black Friday, Apple offered savings of up to £80 on Macs, £50 on iPads and £25 on iPods, so it did come as a surprise that it didn't offer any sort of Black Friday incentive for UK customers last year.
Apple did offer a Black Friday event for its US customers on 28 November 2014. Apple ditched discounts in favour of reduced gift cards or the offer of a free gift card (worth up to $75) when you purchase an Apple product.