Black Friday is nearly here and some retailers are joining in early, keeping with recent trends that spread deals out through the month of November. It is, after all, 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.
While discounts and deals directly from Apple are far and few between, you can expect Apple deals from other retailers. Amazon, is one of the biggest players on Black Friday, which 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 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.
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 took place over four days 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.
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 won't be the only option.
How to find the best Black Friday Apple deals
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. You can already register for Curry PC World's Black Friday notifications (though the retailer is calling it the Black Tag event).
Don't forget to look for Apple discounts on Amazon, which is an official re-seller. Though the retailer hasn't yet confirmed Black Friday sales, based on past years we expect there should be discounts within the period.
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
Don't forget Mac software deals either, especially on cleaning tools like MacPaw's CleanMyMac, antivirus, and VPNs. See our separate round-ups of the best Antivirus deals for Mac and best VPN deals for Mac.
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'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 XR with 90GB data
Now: £29.99 upfront, £39 per month
This was already our pick of the big-data XR contracts, but O2 has now doubled the allowance to 90GB and knocked £20 off the upfront fee. Strongly recommended.
2. Apple 27in iMac, 3.7GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 2TB Fusion Drive (2019)
Now: £1,749.97 (£499.03 off)
This is a great discount on the top-of-the-range 2019 27in iMac with 9th-gen Intel processors, trumping the £270 discount that was available in October.
3. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 1.4GHz, quad-core, 128GB (2019)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £1,169.97 (£129.03 off)
Here's a decent saving on the 128GB version of the 2019 1.4GHz MacBook Pro. This is marked as a Black Friday deal at Laptops Direct. Amazon has a slightly better deal (above), but if that runs out...
4. Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse
Now: £41 (£28.99 off)
This mouse is ideal for desktops, or laptop and tablet users who want a portable mouse to travel with.
5. Western Digital My Passport for Mac 2TB
Now: £61.71 (33% off)
Looking for a lot of storage that won't cost an arm and a leg? You can currently get 2TB for not much more than £60 thanks to this Western Digital deal.
6. Apple iPhone 11 Pro (64GB) with 160GB data
Now: £128 upfront, £59 per month
Pick up the new iPhone 11 Pro on contract with O2 (click the O2 logo under 'Buy Now') with a huge amount of data. If you can manage with less, click the Three logo instead: it's offering the Pro with 4GB for £61 per month but no upfront cost.
7. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £985 (£114 off)
You can get the 2019 MacBook Air for less than £1,000 with this Currys PC World deal.
8. Apple Watch Series 4 (44mm, cellular, refurbished)
From: Apple Refurbished Store
Now: £409 (£70 off)
If you want to pick up the recently discontinued Apple Watch Series 4, you'll get £70 off the cellular 44mm variant via Apple's own Refurbished Store.
9. Apple iPhone 11
From: Three Mobile
Now: £49 upfront, £48 per month (With free Beats Solo 3 headphones or AirPods)
Pick up the latest iPhone from Three and get a free pair of Beats Solo 3 headphones or AirPods.
10. WD My Book 8TB Hard Drive
Now: £158.21 (£80.79 off)
This external 8TB hard drive is compatible with iOS and Windows, and now has just over £80 off - although it has dropped by as much as £112 in the past.
11. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2019) [John Lewis]
From: John Lewis
Now: £985 (£114 off)
John Lewis is offering money off the 2019 MacBook Air with this deal. You can get money off the Gold, Silver or the Space Grey edition.
12. Best iPhone 11 deals
From: Macworld UK
Now: Contract & SIM-free
Don't pay any more than you need to for Apple's new iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max handsets.
13. Apple 27in iMac, 3.7GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 2TB Fusion Drive (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £2,049 (£200 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, an identical deal is offered by Amazon.
14. Apple 27in iMac, 3.4GHz quad-core, 5K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion drive (2017)
Now: £1,429.78 (£319.22 off)
Amazon is offering money off 2017's entry-level 27in iMac. This model has a 3.4GHz 6-core processor and the Radeon Pro 570 graphics. It's a great saving for this powerful machine.
15. Apple iPhone XS with unlimited data
Now: £65 per month (plus £204 cashback)
Click Vodafone's logo to see this deal. The return of the cashback offer makes this effectively £56.50 a month, and ideal for those who need a lot of data. Note, however, that the iPhone XS is no longer sold by Apple, having been replaced by the iPhone 11 Pro.
16. Apple iPad Pro 11in (64GB)
Now: £730 (£39 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.
17. Apple iPhone XS Max with unlimited data
Now: £99.99 upfront, £64 per month
EE's unlimited-data XS Max deal is still a good option, but the upfront cost has jumped by £40 since the start of October.
18. Apple iPhone XS Max (SIM-free)
Now: £982.63 (£116 off)
A sudden £66 drop on the silver version of the XS Max: not bad, and the cheapest we've seen it. (On 14 November Amazon was asking £1,049.)
19. Apple iPhone 7 (SIM-free, 128GB)
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.
20. Apple 21.5in iMac, 2.3GHz dual-core, 1TB HD (2017) [Amazon]
Now: £950 (£99 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.
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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If you're looking for a particular Apple product, visit our individual articles:
- Best iPhone deals
- Best iPhone 11 deals
- Best iPhone X deals
- Best 10.2 in iPad deals
- Best iPad deals
- Best Apple TV deals