It's hard to believe that Black Friday 2018 is only six months away already. Here, we bring you everything you need to know about the world's biggest shopping event, including top tips for getting the best Black Friday deals on Apple products this year.

When is Black Friday this year?

Black Friday always falls on the day after Thanksgiving, which means that this year's Black Friday is 23 November. It's followed by a weekend of deals and then Cyber Monday on 26 November. Here's everything you need to know about Cyber Monday 2018.

However, many retailers kick off their Black Friday sales event before the day itself. Last year Amazon began its sales a week early, and others had weekend sales events throughout November. Many even continue their deals into December.

Will Apple join in with Black Friday 2018?

Apple has been known to join in with the Black Friday fun, but in recent years it has chosen to offer gift cards instead of discounts.

In 2017, Apple's one-day event gave customers a free gift card worth up to £120/US$150 with certain purchases, so we expect something similar to take place this year.

Apple's one-day-only bundle deal offered free gift card when you buy a Mac, iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch. The amount on the gift card depended on the product you purchased (a pricey Mac resulted in a more valuable gift card, for example), and the gift card can be spent on products from the Apple Store.

The biggest gift cards were £120/US$150 for purchases of a MacBook or iMac, right down to £20/$25 back for buying an Apple Watch Series 1 or iPhone SE. It's worth noting though that the deal didn't apply to the company's most recent products, like the iPhone 8 and X, Apple Watch 3, or Apple TV 4K.

You'll be pleased to hear that you'll often find Apple products available with big discounts from third-party retailers in the UK and US on Black Friday.

Best Apple deals right now

Our team of Apple experts is always scouring the web for the top deals, offers and discounts on Apple products, even outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We use our knowledge of Apple, its products and the retailers who sell them to pick out only the best money-off offers.

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.

It follows Black Friday, so called because it’s the day when stores traditionally go from the red (debit) to the black (credit).

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.

Here is where we bring you the very best deals on gifts and gadgets from across the web to make sure you don’t miss out on Black Friday bargains. 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.

We’d strongly recommend making a list of what you’re looking for in the sales. Try not to buy things on a whim because they sound like a good deal, because you could soon find you have lots of things you didn’t need and have actually spent far more money than you would have otherwise (we discovered this the hard way).

If you're looking for deals on more than just Apple products, you can check out our sister title Tech Advisor's complete guide to Black Friday deals.

Where to find Black Friday Apple deals

Third-party reseller KRCS are likely to have some great deals on Macs and other Apple products. Discounted Macs include built-to-order configurations, too.

Amazon, Currys, Argos, John Lewis and other retailers will offer Apple discounts too.

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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We also expect to see Apple deals from the following retailers:

If you're looking for a particular Apple product, visit our individual articles:

We've also got the best deals for designers and artists here.

Best Apple deals

1. Fitbit Charge 2

From: Amazon

Was: £139.99

Now: £104.99  (£35 off)

The Charge 2 has £35 off at Amazon. Find out more in about it in our Fitbit Charge 2 review.

2. TP-Link Smart Plug

From: Amazon

Was: £29.99

Now: £19.99  (£10 off)

This is one of the best prices we've seen for this great smart plug, compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

3. Amazon Echo Show

From: Amazon

Was: £199.99

Now: £99.99  (£100 off)

You can get a whopping £100 off the Amazon Echo Show, so grab it before it's gone! Read our review here.

4. Apple MacBook Pro

From: KRCS

Now: Up to £200 off  (with code MBP73)

We're offering an exclusive discount code that will get you 7.3% off any Mac computers at KRCS, including the MacBook pro Touch Bar models. Use MBP73 at checkout and get up to £200 off. Ends August 5th, 2018.

5. Apple Free Beats Solo3 Wireless with Mac or iPad Pro (Back to School)

From: Apple

Now: Free Beats headphones worth £249  (Plus up to £270 off Mac with Education Store discount)

Get a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones worth £249 when you buy a Mac or iPad Pro for university. You will need to verify your student status through UNiDAYS to get this deal.

6. Fitbit Blaze

From: Amazon

Was: £159.99

Now: £138.99  (£21 off)

The Blaze is no loner available from Fitbit, but it is a bargain at Amazon at £138.99.

7. Hive Light Dimmable E27 Screw Smart Bulb

From: Hive

Was: £19.99

Now: £12.99  (35% off)

Great discounts on Hive's range of dimmable and colour-changing smart lights are available from Amazon for Prime Day.