Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, with sales and deals across thousands of retailers globally. Apple products and accompanying accessories are often among those deals. But when is Black Friday 2019? And where can you expect to find the best deals? Find out here.
When is Black Friday 2019?
Black Friday always falls on the day after Thanksgiving, which means that this year's Black Friday is 29 November. It's followed by a weekend of deals and then Cyber Monday on 2 December. Here's everything you need to know about Cyber Monday.
However, many retailers kick off their Black Friday sales event before the day itself. Amazon, which is one of the biggest players on Black Friday, started its Black Friday deals on 16 November last year, while others including Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse started theirs earlier in November. Many even continued their deals into December.
What is Black Friday?
On Black Friday, retailers offer huge discounts to shoppers ahead of the holiday season. It all began in the US, falling on the day after Thanksgiving, but over the past three or four years it has really taken off around the world, including here in the UK.
A more recent trend is Cyber Monday. It came about because it tended to be the busiest day of the year for online shopping. It always falls on the Monday after Black Friday.
Will Apple join in with Black Friday 2019?
If history repeats itself, Apple won't offer discounts on its products over Black Friday. However, we do expect the company to host a Black Friday shopping event.
For 2018, the event was four days long to cover Cyber Monday too. On offer was a free Apple Store Gift Card worth up to £160/US$200 when you purchased a qualifying product from the Apple Store.
With iPhones, Apple TV, HomePod, Apple Watch and Beats you could get a £40/$50 voucher, with iPads up to £80/$100, Macs up to £160/$200.
The catch was that Apple did not include purchases of its new MacBook Air, the latest iPhone and iPad models or the Apple Watch Series 4 in this promotion.
You'll be pleased to hear that you'll find Apple products available with big discounts from third-party retailers in the UK and US on Black Friday, so Apple's free gift cards won't be the only option.
How to find the best deals
Our team of Apple experts is always scouring the web for the top deals, offers and discounts on Apple products and accessories on sale, whether it's Black Friday or not.
We use our knowledge of Apple, its products and the retailers that sell them to highlight only the best money-off offers and weed out the deals that aren't as good as they appear to be.
In the UK, Apple Premium Reseller KRCS tends to offer the best deals if you're looking for new Macs, while Currys PC World, John Lewis and Laptops Direct also often have deals on older models plus iPads and accessories. For iPhone deals try Mobiles.co.uk and Carphone Warehouse for the cheapest contract.
There will be thousands of retailers across the globe taking part in Black Friday, though, including:
- Carphone Warehouse
- Currys PC World
- John Lewis
- Mobile Phones Direct
- Smyths Toys
We're focusing on UK deals here, but if you're based in the US you can take a look at the best deals for you on our sister site Macworld.com.
We have picked out the current best Apple deals we've found across all retailers in the UK below.
Best Apple Deals
1. Apple iPhone XS (64GB)
Now: £949 (£50 off)
Get a brilliant £50 off the iPhone XS 64GB at Amazon.
2. Apple iPad mini (WiFi + Cellular, 64GB)
Now: £500 (£19 off)
You can get £19 off the latest iPad mini model with WiFi plus cellular and 64GB storage from Amazon.
3. Apple iPhone XS Max (64GB)
Now: £1,049 (£50 off)
This is a great price on Apple's iPhone XS Max, SIM-free which has carried on from Prime Day 2019. Plus, apply the voucher to get another £10 shaved off.
4. Apple iPad Pro 12.9in (WiFi + Cellular, 64GB)
Now: £1,095 (£23.22 off)
Get a small saving on the 64GB iPad Pro 12.9in with cellular from Amazon.
5. Apple iPhone X (SIM-free)
Now: £799 (£100 off)
The iPhone X from 2017 is no longer sold by Apple, but remains an excellent phone.
6. Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
Now: £64.99 (£10.01 off)
A handy adapter that'll give your MacBook HDMI and USB in addition to the USB-C it already has.
7. Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter
Now: £40.68 (17% off)
Amazon is offering 17% off this Lightning adapter as part of its Prime Day promotions.
8. Free Beats wireless headphones with Mac or iPad
Now: Free Beats headphones worth up to £300
Get a free pair of Beats wireless headphones worth up to £299.95 when you buy a Mac or iPad for university. You will need to verify your student status through UNiDAYS to get this deal.
9. Apple iPhone 7 (128GB)
Now: £509 (£40 off)
This is a large saving, but read our iPhone 7 review for advice on whether this older (2016) handset is right for you.
10. Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm)
Now: £389 (£10 off)
11. Apple iPad Pro 11in (64GB)
Now: £719 (£50 off)
Amazon has a good deal on the 11in iPad Pro 64GB storage. Other models in this range also have similar discounts, but this is the cheapest.
12. Apple 15in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz eight-core i9, 16GB RAM, 512GB (2019) [Amazon]
Now: £2,548.98 (£250 off)
Save money on the top-of-the-range 2019 15in MacBook Pro with this Amazon deal. That's an 8-core 2.3GHz i9 9th generation Intel processor! Note that Apple has put the price up by £100 now, so this is actually a deal, although we have seen better discount on this model in the past.
13. Apple 21.5in iMac, 2.3GHz dual-core, 1TB HD (2017) [Amazon]
Now: £919.98 (£129.02 off)
Get the entry-level iMac for less than £1,000 with this Amazon deal (which is about £20 better than it was at the start of May 2019). But remember, this model lacks a Retina display and hasn't been updated since 2017 - and if you look for a discount on a different model from the 2017 iMac range you will be getting a much better deal.
14. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.0GHz six-core, 4K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion Drive (2019) [Amazon]
Now: £1,280 (£169 off)
You can get money off the newest (2019) 3.0GHz 6-core iMac with this Amazon deal. There's also £150 off the 3.6Ghz Core i3 model.
15. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, Touch Bar, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB, Silver (2019) [Amazon]
Now: £1,674.96 (£124.04 off)
This is 2019's 2.4GHz MacBook Pro, it might only be a small boost to the processor speed, compared to the 2018 model, but this is still money off the newest version (and the deal is better than ever now that Apple's put up prices by £50 in the UK).
16. Apple 27in iMac, 3.7GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 2TB Fusion Drive (2019) [Laptops Direct]
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £1,999,97 (£187.10 off)
You can get a new 3.7GHz, 6-core (9th gen) iMac - that's the top of the range iMac model for 2019 - from Laptops Direct with over £180 off right now.
17. Apple iPhone XR with 5GB data
Now: £49.99 upfront, £39.99 per month
This is a superb deal for the iPhone XR from Carphone Warehouse's in-house network. Grab it now.
18. Apple iPhone 8 with 30GB data
Now: £36 per month (plus £20 cashback)
Another week, another change to EE's iPhone 8 deal. The upfront fee has been dropped and the cashback offer has returned, making the monthly fee effectively £35.17.
19. Apple AirPods with Charging Case (2019)
Now: £14 a month for 11 months
By bundling the new AirPods with your EE contract, you make a small saving on the £159 RRP and spread the cost out.
20. Apple iPhone XR with 30GB data
Now: £49.99 upfront, £44 per month
This is our pick of the big-data XR contracts, with a 30GB allowance and low monthly fee. You also get free subscriptions to BT Sport, Apple Music and Amazon Prime.
EE's £9.99 upfront/£49 per month offers 60GB with the same free subscriptions, but on the basis of total cost of ownership, we narrowly prefer the 30GB deal.
If you’ve found that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we’d recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you’ll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.
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