Cyber Monday may have originated from the US, but that doesn't mean UK shoppers can't indulge in frenzied online savings on popular brands and products. And although the day itself is a long way off, there are deals to be had right now if you want them.
We outline how to make the most of the current Apple deals, but also share everything we know so far about Cyber Monday 2019.
When is Cyber Monday 2019?
Cyber Monday will take place on 2 December. It falls on the Monday after US Thanksgiving, and of course, Black Friday.
That said, in recent years deals have begun much earlier in the month of November, and have continued throughout the week after Cyber Monday (often referred to as Cyber Week). So while it's worth marking 2 December in your diary now, we'd recommend keeping your eyes peeled for deals on the products you're most interested in as soon as November arrives.
You might also want to keep an eye out for Apple deals on Amazon Prime Day 2019.
What is Cyber Monday?
On Cyber Monday, retailers across the globe offer huge discounts to shoppers both online and in stores. Cyber Monday is so called because it tended to be the busiest day of the year for online shopping.
It's unusual to find a retailer or brand that doesn't take part in Cyber Monday, and as the event gets more popular the deals become even more aggressive. Expect to see plenty of incredible bargains.
Will Apple join in with Cyber Monday 2019?
In 2018, Apple surprised us by extending its Black Friday event to cover the Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday, making it a four day deals bonanza.
Apple doesn't actually offer discounts on its products, but it does give out free gift cards when you purchase qualifying products from the Apple Store.
Last year, the company offered a £40/$50 Apple Store Gift Card when customers purchased qualifying iPhones, Apple TVs, HomePods, Apple Watches and Beats. With iPads it was an £80/$100 Gift Card and for Macs it was up to £160/$200.
A huge downside was that Apple did not include purchases of the then brand-new MacBook Air, or its latest iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch models.
Thankfully, Apple isn't the only place you'll find deals on its products. Third-party retailers across the US, UK and beyond will offer deals on iPhones, iPads, Macs and more on Cyber Monday and we'll be sharing the best bargains right here.
How to get best Cyber Monday deals
Spotting a good Cyber Monday deal takes a bit of work – in the least, it's a good idea to know the usual RRPs on the Apple device you're interested in.
Of course, the RRPs depend on the configuration of the device too. Apple conveniently charts configurations and starting prices on its products:
- MacBook and iMacs - see pricing differences across MacBook and iMac models based on screen size, processors, storage and more. You can choose up to two devices to compare side by side.
- iPads - compare capacities and prices across all iPads, including Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi and Cellular models
- iPhones - use the drop down on Apple's site to compare configurations on up to three different iPhone models. Clicking through to an individual model will take you to the RRP.
- Apple Watch - see prices across all Series, both GPS and Cellular models.
- Apple TV - compare capacity and price across Apple TV against Apple TV 4K
Once you know what you're looking for, check out our dedicated deals pages. We spend hours scouring the web for the best promotions every month so you have them at your fingertips:
- Best iMac deals
- Best MacBook deals
- Best MacBook Air deals
- Best iPad deals
- Best Apple Watch deals
- Best iPhone deals
- Best iPhone X deals
- Best iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
- Best iPhone XS deals
- Best iPhone XS Max deals
- Best iPhone XR deals
Where to find Cyber Monday Apple deals
Beyond Apple, you can expect to find great Cyber Monday deals from authorized Apple resellers such as KRCS. KRCS covers the full range of Apple products, including AppleCare coverage and Beats headphones.
Lightning Deals slash prices off limited stock items, which is why the deals only last a few hours. The benefit of a Prime membership is that you would be able to access the Lightning Deals 30 minutes in advance of non-members, which can come particularly handy in the madness of Cyber Monday.
Amazon has a dedicated Cyber Monday deals page – which at the moment is simply its Deals of the Day page. Keep tabs on it as Cyber Monday draws near.
It's a good idea to keep an eye on the competing retailers that offer Apple products, some of which include:
- John Lewis
- Currys PC World
- Carphone Warehouse
- Mobile Phones Direct
If you're in the US, see these major retailers:
How to prepare for Cyber Monday deals
Remember, don’t jump into a deal before understanding whether the device will be right for you. If you know you’re looking for a new Apple device, but not sure where to start check out our range of buying guides for Apple:
- iPhone buying guide
- MacBook buying guide
- Mac buying guide
- iPad buying guide
- Apple Watch buying guide
- Apple TV buying guide
We also have more specific buying guides for those interested in Macs:
- Best Mac for students
- Best Mac for designers
- MacBook Pro buying guide: 13in vs 15in MacBook Pro
- MacBook laptop vs. Mac desktop: Buying guide
Cyber Monday deals for students
Cyber Monday is also a good opportunity for students in need of a discount. Macworld UK has a dedicated Student Deals page where you can save up to 10% on Apple products already. This includes up to 10% off Mac, 5% off the iPad, 50% off AppleCare and up to 8% off accessories.
To get the student discount, you will first need to create an account and verify your student status. Sign up for Macworld student deals here.
Best Apple deals
Here are the best Apple deals you can take advantage of right now while we wait for Cyber Monday to arrive.
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: £144 (with NWEAR on Buy Now Pay Later)
Very's Bank Holiday Sale slashes £90 off the Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones (which our reviewer gave four stars out of five) – and with the Buy Now Pay Later option, you can slash another £15, bringing the price to £144.
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.