Apple has placed a teaser on the UK online store announcing a special one-day shopping event this Friday - 27 November, known in the US as Black Friday, an annual day of discounts.

"Come back to the Apple Online Store this Friday for a special one-day-only shopping event. You’ll find lots of great iPod, iPhone and Mac gift ideas - all with free shipping."

"Put it in your calendar now. Until then, start by browsing the Apple Online Store to find iPod, iPhone and Mac gifts for everyone on your list."

This time last year, shoppers could pick up a new MacBook for £888.01, a saving of £60.99 from the usual £949 retail price. The 20-inch iMac was on sale for £768, a reduction of £31 from the normal SRP. Discounts on iPods, accessories and software ranged from £5 to around £10. No discount was available on the iPhone.

The 27 November is the day after Thanksgiving in the US and a big day for sales shopping – akin to Boxing Day in the UK.