The Black Friday weekend is here, and retailers are slashing prices on Apple products to celebrate. It is, after all, the busiest shopping day of the year, with sales and deals across thousands of retailers globally.
In this article we guide you through the discount carnage and help you find the best deals on iPhone, iPad, Macs and other Apple products.
When is Black Friday 2019?
This year it landed on 29 November 2019: Black Friday always falls on the day after Thanksgiving. But the deals didn't end there. They continue across the weekend up to and including 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 loads of Apple deals from other retailers. Amazon has a mighty array of Black Friday deals, while others worth checking out include Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse.
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.
Best Apple deals for Cyber Monday
Before we help you find the Apple deal for you, here's an overview of some of the best Apple deals right now.
Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB (2019) [JL]
From: John Lewis
Now: £1,299 (£500 off)
Is Apple joining in with Black Friday 2019?
Apple isn't offering discounts on its products over the Black Friday weekend, but the company is running a shopping event for four days, covering Cyber Monday too. On offer is a free Apple Store Gift Card worth up to £160/US$200 when you purchase a qualifying product from the Apple Store.
Selected iPhones, Apple TVs, HomePods and Apple Watches come with a £40/$50 voucher, while iPads and Beats headphones come with up to £80/$100 and Macs go up to £160/$200. Read all the details in our Apple Black Friday shopping event guide.
The catch, unfortunately, is that very recent products are not included - so the 16in MacBook Pro and the iPhone 11, for example do not come with gift cards.
That's not all Apple is doing though. The company hasteamed up with Shazam (which Apple now owns) to give away six months of Apple Music for free to new users (and three months free music to lapsed subscribers). Here's how to get your six months free subscription to Apple Music.
Official Black Friday shopping event aside, 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 aren't the only option.
How to get the best Black Friday deals
Spotting a good Black Friday deal takes a bit of work but luckily we have pulled together all the best Apple deals by product in the following deal roundups. We include the prices that you would pay if you bought the product (or equivalent product) from Apple.
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 have picked out the current best Apple deals we've found across all retailers in the UK below.
- Best iMac deals
- Best Mac mini deals
- Best MacBook Pro deals
- Best MacBook Air deals
- Best iPad deals
- Best Apple Watch deals
- Best Apple Watch 5 deals
- Best HomePod deals
- Best Apple TV deals
- Best AirPods deals
- Best iPhone deals
- Best iPhone 11 deals
- Best iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
- Best iPhone XS deals
- Best iPhone XS Max deals
- Best iPhone XR deals
- Best iPhone X deals
Where to find Black Friday Apple deals
Thousands of retailers across the globe are taking part in Black Friday, 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 roundups of the best Antivirus deals for Mac and best VPN deals for Mac.
Best Apple Deals
1. Apple iPhone 11 Pro
From: John Lewis
Now: £924 (£125 off)
John Lewis has cut £125 off the price of the iPhone 11 Pro, which means that it now costs less than £1,000.
That's the 64GB model that usually costs £1,049.
One of the benefits of buying from John Lewis is that you get two years guarantee.
Other resellers are also discounting the iPhone 11 Pro:
Amazon has the iPhone 11 Pro discounted by the same amount. You can buy the various iPhone 11 Pro models with a discount from Amazon here. That includes the 256GB model for £1,074 and the 512GB model for £1,200 - saving £199.
You will also find the same discount over on Very.co.uk here.
2. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Now: £1,024 (£125 off)
You can save £125 if you buy a iPhone 11 Pro Max right now.
The 64GB model that usually costs £1,149 is currently £1,024 at Amazon.
Other resellers are also discounting the iPhone 11 Pro Max:
- You will also find the same discount over on Very.co.uk here.
- John Lewis has discounted the iPhone 11 Pro Max here.
3. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB (2019) [JL]
From: John Lewis
Now: £1,299 (£500 off)
This is 2019's 2.4GHz 13in MacBook Pro and it's an amazing deal! The equivalent 2020 model has 10th generation 2.0GHz Quad-Core chips and costs £1,799.
Just keep in mind that the new version of this MacBook Pro has an improved keyboard.
4. Apple iPhone 11 with 1GB data
From: iD Mobile
Now: £49 upfront, £39.99 per month (£1,008.76 TCO)
Vodafone's nice 18GB deal has come to an end, so iD is once again the best option for an iPhone 11. The cheapest of all is this 1GB contract, but scroll down for a wide variety of options: 10GB for a total £1080.76 is very tempting.
5. Apple iPhone SE (2020, with 2GB data)
Now: £100 upfront, £20 per month (£580 TCO)
An excellent deal on Apple's new 4.7in handset (even if the company has bumped the upfront fee by one measly pound since mid-May). Scroll down to see the details.
6. Apple Mac mini, 3.6GHz quad-core, 256GB (2020)
Now: £749 (£50 off)
This is a small but decent saving on the price of the 2020 quad-core 3.6GHz Mac mini. This model has double the amount of storage of the 2018 but is identical in every other way.
KRCS also has a deal on this Mac mini but it costs slightly more here.
7. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max with 24GB data
Now: £79 upfront, £67 per month (£1,687 TCO)
This 24GB deal from Vodafone - which has dropped by £20 since June - should be enough data for most. If not, you can get 100GB for an extra £68 over the course of the contract.
8. Apple iPhone XS Max with 72GB data
Now: £49.99 upfront, £51 per month
Pick up Vodafone's high-data XS Max deal for £49.99 upfront.
9. Apple iPhone 11 Pro with 24GB data
Now: £99 upfront, £55 per month (£1,419 TCO)
Vodafone's ditched the 72GB offer but this more modest (and £77 cheaper) 24GB deal should be enough for most.
If it's not... well, there are unlimited-data contracts out there, but they're obviously more expensive. EE has the cheapest of these.
10. Apple iPhone XS with 100GB data
Now: £39.99 upfront, £36 per month
Three is offering the best XS deal right now - click the Three logo to see the details. We prefer this to EE's offering (nothing upfront, but £38 per month) because it works out slightly cheaper over the course of the contract (£903.99 rather than £912), and comes with twice as much data.
11. Apple MacBook Air, 1.1GHz dual-core, 256GB (2020) [KRCS]
Now: £899.10 (£99.9 off)
You can get money off the 2020 MacBook Air from KRCS. This is a great saving on a machine that only launched on 16 March 2020.
Stock is out at time of writing, but you can place an order now to secure your machine when new stock is available.
Amazon also has a deal on this model, but right now it's not as good. You can check it out here.
12. Apple iPhone 11 with 72GB data
Now: £49 upfront, £43 per month
Pick up the latest iPhone from Carphone Warehouse and get 72GB data from Vodafone.
If you can afford £99 upfront, the total cost of ownership comes down by £16 - this alternative deal is available from the same link.
13. Apple iPhone XS (SIM-free)
From: John Lewis
Now: £629 (£370 off)
A fantastic deal. The XS remains an excellent phone, despite having been effectively replaced by the iPhone 11 Pro.
14. Apple Watch Series 4 Nike+ (44mm, cellular, refurbished)
From: Apple Refurbished Store
Now: £409 (£70 off)
You can grab yourself a sweet deal on a refurb of the larger 44mm variant of Apple Watch Series 4 right now. It's the Nike+ edition too, with a cool matching sports band and Nike+ watchfaces available too.
15. Apple AirPods with Charging Case (2019)
From: BT Shop
Now: £129 (£30 off)
BT is offering the AirPods with Charging Case for £30 less.
16. Apple iPad Pro 10.5in (2017, renewed)
Now: £384.99 (£144 off)
This is a great price on the Wi-Fi 10.5in iPad Pro. Note that it's part of the generation before the current one, having launched in 2017 - the iPad Pro 10.5in is still a powerful device, though - and 'renewed' devices are Amazon's equivalent of Apple's refurbished line, which means it's second-hand but fixed up and backed by a new guarantee.
17. Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)
Now: £189 (£10 off)
With £10 off the relatively affordable RRP, this is a good saving on the smaller 38mm version of the Series 3. In fact, this is the cheapest you can buy it online right now.
18. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (early 2019)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £149 (£51 off)
Laptops Direct has the best AirPods deal at the moment and you can get the non-wireless charging case model for just £149. This is a solid deal as Apple is still asking the full £199 for this model, but be aware that AirPods Pro have since been launched, which the retialer also has £50 off.
19. 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.
20. Apple iPad Pro 11in (2018, 64GB, cellular)
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.
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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