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 13in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz quad-core, 256GB, Touch Bar (2018)
Now: £1,548 (£201 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 version is currently £1,749 at Apple.
2. Apple AirPods
Now: £14 per month (for 11 months)
EE is offering to add a pair of AirPods to an existing plan for £14 a month, for 11 months, with no upfront cost - a small saving on the RRP (the total outlay will be £154), and spread out to make it easier to manage.
3. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.4GHz quad-core, 4K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion Drive (2017) [Amazon]
Now: £1,279.97 (£169.03 off)
You can save on the usual price of the current generation 21.5in iMac at Amazon. This model has a 4K display and a 1TB Fusion Drive which combines an SSD with a hard drive for the best of both worlds.
4. Bitdefender Antivirus For Mac
Now: £25.99 (35% off)
One of our top antivirus picks for Mac is Bitdefender, which has 35% off right now for up to three devices.
5. Apple iMac Pro, 3.2GHz, 8-core Xeon, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 5K Retina display (late 2016)
Now: £4,605.06 (£293.94 off)
This is the most powerful iMac ever, but it's also the most expensive. KRCS is offering almost £300 off the iMac Pro. You can also spread the cost with 10 months interest-free credit on Mac's over £1,000. Check out our iMac Pro review.
6. Greenwich Leather Cases Sale
Now: From £35 (Up to £40 off)
English brand Greenwich handcrafts premium leather phone cases and accessories, and right now you can pick one up with up to £40 off.
7. Apple Refurbished iPhone
Now: Up to £150 off
Certified refurbished devices are thoroughly tested and guaranteed to work like new – and now you can get certified refurbished iPhone X, 8/8 Plus and 7/7 Plus straight from Apple. Also check out our guide to buying refurbished iPhones.
8. Apple iPhone XS SIM-free - 256GB
From: Carphone Warehouse
Now: £999 (£150 off)
Right now you can get the 256GB model of the iPhone XS at the price of the 64GB model.
9. Apple Magic Keyboard
From: Currys PC World
Now: £79 (£20 off)
10. Mac mini 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 8GB/256GB
Now: £1033.06 (£66 off)
Apple Premium Reseller KRCS is offering discounts on all Mac mini models. This one isn't the base model, but it's one of the best all-rounders available with a 6-core processor and a storage bump (see our Mac mini review for more info). You can also spread the cost with 10 months interest free credit on Macs over £1,000.
11. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2018)
Now: £1,127.06 (£71.94 off)
Save money on the brand new MacBook Air with Apple reseller KRCS. Wondering whether to buy one? Read our MacBook Air 2018 review to find out more.
12. Apple 12in MacBook, 1.2GHz dual-core, 256GB (2017)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,125 (£124 off)
You can get £130 off the 2017 MacBook at Currys – that's the current MacBook selling for £1,249 at Apple.
13. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones
Now: £199 (£51 off)
Amazon is offering a solid saving on the Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones, which our reviewer gave four stars out of five.
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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