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 many 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:
- Best Buy
- Carphone Warehouse
- Currys PC World
- John Lewis
- Mobile Phones Direct
- New Egg
- 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 10 Apple deals we've found across all retailers in the UK below.
1. 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.
2. Beats Solo3 Headphones (Neighbourhood Collection)
Now: £159.99 (£90 off)
Very's Bank Holiday Sale slashes £90 off the Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones (which our reviewer gave four stars out of five).
3. Apple iPhone XS with 60GB data
Now: £79.99 upfront, £50 per month
This was already the best iPhone XS deal on the market, but now Vodafone has quadrupled the data without changing the price: 60GB is a massive allocation. Highly recommended.
4. Apple iPhone 8 with 30GB data
Now: £33 per month (plus £20 cashback)
EE keeps tweaking its iPhone 8 deal; the cashback offer is back again, making this effectively £32.17 per month. This remains a good handset, and this is an appealing price.
5. Apple iPhone XR plus AirPods (2016)
Now: £49 upfront, £52 per month
These are the first-gen AirPods, but there isn't a huge difference between them and the 2019 models - and if you're in the market for an iPhone XR this deal (with 4GB of data) may appeal. Three also does AirPods bundles with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
6. Apple iPhone XS Max with 15GB data
Now: £129.99 upfront, £54 per month
Vodafone's new XS Max deal for May is the best on the market, offering a (comparatively) low monthly fee and overall cost of ownership.
7. Sophos Home Premium - 1 Year, 10 Devices
Now: £25 (50% off)
Sophos Home Premium makes an appearance in our best antivirus chart, and with 50% off for up to 10 devices it's an appealing choice.
8. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 256GB (2018) [Scan]
Now: £1,289.99 (£109.01 off)
You can get your hands on the 2018 MacBook Air - the one with 256GB of storage - from Scan. The discount is just over £100.
9. 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.
10. Apple iPhone XR with 60GB data
Now: £59.99 upfront, £42 per month
This is the best big-data contract on the XR, with a huge 60GB allowance and a low monthly fee. The nearest rival is probably EE's £9.99 upfront/£49 per month, which also includes free subscriptions to BT Sport, Apple Music and Amazon Prime - but that comes with 'just' 30GB of data.
11. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.6GHz quad-core, 4K Retina Display, 1TB Hard Drive (2019)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £1,149.99 (£99.01 off)
If it's the 2019 3.6GHz quad-core iMac you want, then check out Laptops Direct. The discount has been increased by £20 since the start of May; you're now getting almost £100 off.
12. Otterbox iPhone Cases
Now: 20% off accessories (with case purchase)
We've featured Otterbox in many of our best iPhone cases round ups. Right now, when you buy a phone case from its site, you can also get 20% off accessories like screen protectors and cables.
13. Apple iPad Pro 10.5in (2017, refurbished)
From: Apple Refurbished Store
Now: £559 (£90 off)
This is a great price on the cellular 10.5in iPad Pro; the Wi-Fi version is £449. Apple's Refurbished products get new batteries, a new outer shell, and new manuals and accessories. Note, however, that the iPad Air (2019), which is only slightly more expensive, is identical in many respects and actually equipped with a newer processor - see our comparison for more details.
14. Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm, cellular)
Now: £29 per month
You can get the cellular version of the Series 4 from Vodafone for £29 per month, with no upfront payment. The price has gone up since the start of 2019 (it used to be £25 a month) but remains a fair deal.
15. Apple Mac mini, 3.0GHz 6-core, 256GB (2018)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £989.97 (£109.03 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.
16. Apple iPhone X (SIM-free)
Now: £749 (£250 off)
17. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.0GHz quad-core, 4K Retina Display, 1TB HD (2017)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £1,143.97 (£105.03 off 2017 price)
One step up from the non-Retina iMac is the base model of the 21.5in iMac with 4K Retina display. This is the 2017 model, so a newer version is now available from Apple, but this one is available with a discount on the original price from Laptops Direct.
18. Apple Student Discount
From: Apple (via Student Beans)
Now: Up to 10% off Mac
This student discount offer also gets you up to 5% off the iPad and up to 20% off Apple Care.
19. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz quad-core, 256GB, Touch Bar (2018)
Now: £1,569 (£180 off)
This is an excellent price for 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 version is currently £1,749 at Apple.
20. Apple 15in MacBook Pro, Touch Bar, 2.2GHz, 6-core, 256GB, Space Grey (2018) [KRCS]
Now: £2,208.06 (£140.94 off)
This 2018 MacBook Pro has a 15in screen plus the Touch Bar, and thanks to KRCS's deal you can save over £140 if you buy the Space Grey version now. Spread the cost with 10 months interest free credit on Mac's over £1,000.
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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