The Black Friday weekend is here, and retailers are slashing prices on Apple products to celebrate. It is, after all, the busiest shopping day of the year, with sales and deals across thousands of retailers globally.

In this article we guide you through the discount carnage and help you find the best deals on iPhone, iPad, Macs and other Apple products.

When is Black Friday 2019?

This year it landed on 29 November 2019: Black Friday always falls on the day after Thanksgiving. But the deals didn't end there. They continue across the weekend up to and including Cyber Monday on 2 December. Here's everything you need to know about Cyber Monday.

While discounts and deals directly from Apple are far and few between, you can expect loads of Apple deals from other retailers. Amazon has a mighty array of Black Friday deals, while others worth checking out include Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse.

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 few 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 tends to be the busiest day of the year for online shopping and always falls on the Monday after Black Friday.

Best Apple deals for Cyber Monday

Before we help you find the Apple deal for you, here's an overview of some of the best Apple deals right now.

Is Apple joining in with Black Friday 2019?

Apple isn't offering discounts on its products over the Black Friday weekend, but the company is running a shopping event for four days, covering Cyber Monday too. On offer is a free Apple Store Gift Card worth up to £160/US$200 when you purchase a qualifying product from the Apple Store.

Selected iPhones, Apple TVs, HomePods and Apple Watches come with a £40/$50 voucher, while iPads and Beats headphones come with up to £80/$100 and Macs go up to £160/$200. Read all the details in our Apple Black Friday shopping event guide.

The catch, unfortunately, is that very recent products are not included - so the 16in MacBook Pro and the iPhone 11, for example do not come with gift cards.

That's not all Apple is doing though. The company hasteamed up with Shazam (which Apple now owns) to give away six months of Apple Music for free to new users (and three months free music to lapsed subscribers). Here's how to get your six months free subscription to Apple Music.

Official Black Friday shopping event aside, we'd also keep an eye out on the Apple Refurbished Store for any discounts on iPhone handsets, iPads, Watches, MacBooks and other devices.

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 gift cards aren't the only option.

How to get the best Black Friday deals

Spotting a good Black Friday deal takes a bit of work but luckily we have pulled together all the best Apple deals by product in the following deal roundups. We include the prices that you would pay if you bought the product (or equivalent product) from Apple.

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.

We have picked out the current best Apple deals we've found across all retailers in the UK below.

Where to find Black Friday Apple deals

In the UK, Apple Premium Reseller KRCS is offering some tasty deals on new Macs, while Currys PC World, John Lewis and Laptops Direct also have deals on older models plus iPads and accessories.

Don't forget to look for Apple discounts on Amazon, which is an official reseller, and for iPhone deals try Mobiles.co.uk or Carphone Warehouse for the cheapest contracts.

Thousands of retailers across the globe are taking part in Black Friday, including:

Don't forget Mac software deals either, especially on cleaning tools like MacPaw's CleanMyMac, antivirus, and VPNs. See our separate roundups of the best Antivirus deals for Mac and best VPN deals for Mac.

Best Apple Deals

1. Apple iPhone XS (SIM-free)

From: John Lewis

Was: £999

Now: £629  (£370 off)

A fantastic deal. The XS remains an excellent phone, despite having been effectively replaced by the iPhone 11 Pro.

2. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz quad-core, 256GB, Touch Bar (2018)

From: ebuyer

Was: £1,749

Now: £1,696.97  (£52.03 off)

This is the 2018 Touch Bar version of the 13in MacBook Pro which boasts four cores, making it considerably faster and more powerful than previous 13in versions. This model isn't all that different from the newer 2.4GHz model.

3. Apple 27in iMac, 3.0GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion Drive (2019)

From: Laptops Direct

Was: £1,749

Now: £1,579.79  (£169 off)

Get money off the new 2019 27in iMac with Laptops Direct. This is 2019's 3.0GHz six-core model with 1TB Fusion drive that normally costs £1,749.

It's also worth tracking Amazon's offering as they often match Laptop Directs's prices.

4. Apple Watch Series 4 (44mm, refurbished)

From: Apple Refurbished Store

Was: £379

Now: £319  (£60 off)

If you can live without cellular connectivity, you can save even more money on the discontinued Apple Watch Series 4 (44mm) at Apple's Refurb Store.

5. Apple iPhone XS with 100GB data

From: Three

Now: £40 per month

Three's excellent deal has dropped even lower. The monthly cost beats the competition, there's no upfront fee, and you get masses of data. Superb.

6. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2019) [JL]

From: John Lewis

Was: £1,099

Now: £985  (£114 off)

John Lewis is offering money off the 2019 MacBook Air with this deal. You can get money off the Gold or the Space Grey edition.

7. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz dual-core, 256GB (2017)

From: Argos

Was: £1,449

Now: £1,149  (£300 off)

This MacBook Pro comes with a 2.3GHz dual-core Kaby Lake processor and 256GB storage. It's the 2017 version and lacks the Touch Bar, but it's not a bad saving.

8. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.0GHz six-core, 4K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion Drive (2019) [Laptops Direct]

From: Laptops Direct

Was: £1,449

Now: £1,319.97  (£129.03 off)

This is the top of the range 21.5in iMac for 2019 - and you can save a decent amount. Given that the specs of this machine are identical to the entry-level 27in model (which costs £1,749 normally, and sure, has a bigger screen), this is a pretty good deal.

Amazon and Currys also have deals on this model, but right now they are a few pounds more - but we recommend checking as the three companies tend to price match each other.

9. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 1.4GHz, quad-core, 128GB (2019)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £1,299

Now: £1,146  (£153 off)

Currys is offering money off the entry-level 2019 13in MacBook Pro, which, thanks to Apple's 2019 update is now a decent Mac.

John Lewis has a similar deal. You can also get the 2019 13in MacBook Pro from John Lewis for £1,146 here.

10. Apple Mac mini, 3.0GHz 6-core, 256GB (2018)

From: Laptops Direct

Was: £1,099

Now: £999.97  (£99.03 off)

Laptops Direct is offering the newest 2018 Mac mini (with a 256GB SSD and i5 processor, so not the entry-level model) for under £1,000 - a nice deal. It normally costs £1,099.

11. Apple Mac mini, 3.6GHz quad-core, 128GB (2018) [Amazon]

From: Amazon

Was: £799

Now: £713  (£86 off)

This is a small but decent saving on the price of the 2018 quad-core 3.6GHz Mac mini. (FYI, we've seen this particular model discounted more on Amazon, so it might be worth waiting a week or two for bigger discounts - Amazon and Laptops Direct chase each other's prices on this one.)

12. Apple iPad Pro 10.5in (2017, renewed)

From: Amazon

Was: £529

Now: £384.99  (£144 off)

This is a great price on the Wi-Fi 10.5in iPad Pro. Note that it's part of the generation before the current one, having launched in 2017 - the iPad Pro 10.5in is still a powerful device, though - and 'renewed' devices are Amazon's equivalent of Apple's refurbished line, which means it's second-hand but fixed up and backed by a new guarantee.

13. Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)

From: Argos

Was: £199

Now: £189  (£10 off)

With £10 off the relatively affordable RRP, this is a good saving on the smaller 38mm version of the Series 3. In fact, this is the cheapest you can buy it online right now. 

14. Apple iPhone XR with 30GB data

From: O2

Now: £90 upfront, £30 per month

O2's XR deal has gone up a little since December (the upfront cost by £9, the monthly fee by £3), but it remains the best big-data choice on this handset. Scroll down to see the contracts.

If you can manage with less data, however, consider ID's 1GB and 2GB contracts, which can get total cost of ownership as low as £793.75.

15. Apple iPhone 7 (SIM-free, 128GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £549

Now: £429  (£120 off)

This is a decent saving (although the price has gone up by a tenner since 14 November, and may drop again); read our iPhone 7 review for advice on whether this 2016 handset is right for you.

We recommend that you go for the 128GB model linked above, but if you think you can manage with 32GB that's available for £379.

16. Apple 27in iMac, 3.7GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 2TB Fusion Drive (2019)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £2,249

Now: £2,129  (£120 off)

Save money on the 2019 iMac with this deal from Currys PC World. It's better than the firm's advertised discount because this is the top-of-the-range £2,249 model.

17. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (early 2019)

From: Laptops Direct

Was: £199

Now: £158.97  (£40.03 off)

Laptops Direct has the best AirPods deal at the moment and you can get the non-wireless charging case model for just £128. This is a solid deal (Apple is still asking the full £199 for this model, but be aware that AirPods Pro have since been launched.)

18. Apple iPhone 11 with 120GB data

From: Carphone Warehouse

Now: £29 upfront, £47 per month

Pick up the latest iPhone from Carphone Warehouse and get 120GB data from O2 in this online-only deal.

19. Apple iPhone 8 with 30GB data

From: O2

Now: £30 per month

This is an excellent iPhone 8 deal. Alternatively, click on EE's logo and pay £31 per month (plus £24 cashback), which is essentially the same thing.

20. Apple iPhone 11 Pro (64GB) with 75GB data

From: EE

Now: £125 upfront, £58 per month

Pick up the new iPhone 11 Pro on contract with EE with a large amount of data. It's pretty much a toss-up between this and O2's even more generous 160GB contract, which is a pound a month more expensive (and very slightly more upfront, too), but we'd have thought 75GB should be enough for most. Click O2's logo if you disagree.

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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