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 15in MacBook Pro, 2.6GHz six-core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB (2018)
Now: £2,099 (£600 off 2018 price)
Amazon is discounting the top-of-the-range 2018 MacBook Pro (since replaced by a 8-core 9th-generation processor). This 15in MacBook Pro has 6 cores and previously cost £2,699 (although the 2019 top of the range model is £2,799). With £600 off this is an amazing deal!
2. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz quad-core, 256GB, Touch Bar (2018)
Now: £1,449 (£300 off 2018 price)
This deal cuts the price of the 2018 top-of-the-range 13in MacBook Pro (there's now a new 2019 model with a higher price or £1,799). This version was previously £1,749 at Apple but the 2019-model only saw a minor processor bump (not a generational change) so we'd recommend this deal.
3. Apple 27in iMac, 3.7GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 2TB Fusion Drive (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,979 (£270 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.
If stock runs low, a near-identical deal is offered by Amazon.
4. Apple 27in iMac, 3.4GHz quad-core, 5K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion drive (2017)
Now: £1,198.80 (£550.20 off, 2017 model)
Jigsaw is offering money off 2017's entry-level 27in iMac. This model had a 3.4GHz quad-core processor and the Radeon Pro 570 graphics. The entry-level 27in iMac now costs £1,749 and has a much faster 6-core processor, but this is a good way to get a 27in iMac for less.
5. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2018)
Now: £1,010.99 (£88.01 off new Apple price - 2018 model)
You can save money on the 2018 MacBook Air with eBuyer. This is a great price even after Apple's own price-cut is applied, although we've seen a bigger discount here for this model.
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 iPhone XR with 5GB data
Now: £49.99 upfront, £37.99 per month
We've long championed this attractive deal from iD (Carphone Warehouse's in-house network) for the iPhone XR. But with Apple giving the XR a price cut to celebrate the launch of the iPhone 11 handsets, it might be worth waiting to see if iD does likewise.
8. Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm)
Now: £379 (£20 off)
9. Three Unlimited Data (SIM-only)
From: Three Mobile
Was: £20 per month
Now: £10 per month first 6 months
Get unlimited data, texts, and minutes for just £10 per month for six months, then £20 per month with this 12-month SIM deal from Three.
10. Apple iPhone XS with unlimited data
Now: £64 per month (plus £204 cashback)
If you need a lot of data, this is a decent deal to consider: click Vodafone's logo under 'Our Best Selling Deals' to see the details. It effectively works out at £55.50 per month once you take the cashback offer into account.
Note that the iPhone XS is no longer sold by Apple, having been effectively replaced by the iPhone 11 Pro.
11. Apple iPad Pro 11in (64GB)
Now: £744 (£25 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 iPhone XS Max with 5GB data
Now: £99.99 upfront, £60 per month
13. Apple iPad mini (WiFi + Cellular, 64GB)
Now: £490.36 (£28.64 off)
You can get more than £28 off the latest iPad mini model with WiFi plus cellular and 64GB storage from Amazon.
14. Apple iPhone XS Max (SIM-free)
Now: £1,049 (£50 off)
This is a great price on Apple's iPhone XS Max, SIM-free, which carried over from Prime Day 2019. Apply EE's promotional voucher to get another £10 shaved off.
15. 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.
16. Apple iPhone 7 (SIM-free, 128GB)
Now: £509 (£40 off)
This is a decent saving, but read our iPhone 7 review for advice on whether this older (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 £409.
17. Apple 21.5in iMac, 2.3GHz dual-core, 1TB HD (2017) [Amazon]
Now: £959.97 (£89.03 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.
18. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.0GHz six-core, 4K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion Drive (2019) [Amazon]
Now: £1,348.99 (£100.01 off)
You can get money off the newest (2019) 3.0GHz 6-core iMac with this Amazon deal. There's also money off the 3.6Ghz Core i3 model.
19. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB, Silver (2019)
Now: £1,668 (£131 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 in the UK).
20. Apple iPhone 8 with 20GB data
Now: £31 per month
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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