As Black Friday is fast approaching, get your shopping baskets at the ready as there are thousands of savings to look forward to in the biggest shopping event of the year.
Hailing from America, the mad day of discounts originally began on the day after Thanksgiving, but has since arrived in the UK and now spand the weekend and the following Monday, aka Cyber Monday.
Big-name brands such as John Lewis & Partners, Currys PC World and Argos, along with other major UK retailers are expected to take part with discounts across everything from gaming to kids’ toys.
Tech giant Apple is notorious for its lack of participation in sales and it can often be near impossible to find a discount on it products, especially on Black Friday. Typically, it only offers gift cards with qualifying purchases instead, which we’re predicting for this year too.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t find discounts across some of its most popular products such as iPhones, AirPods, Macbooks and more, you simply need to know where to shop. Amazon has already started its early Black Friday deals, so keep an eye on our guide for any Apple deals there.
Aside from the Amazon, other retailers to watch when it comes to Apple discounts are AO, Very, Currys and John Lewis & Partners, along with phone retailers, including O2 which has already launched its sale.
We’ve hunted down the deals to expect on Apple products this year, and if you ever needed an excuse to treat yourself, 2020 is the year.
Here’s our round-up of the best predicted discounts on everything from headphones to laptops.
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When is Black Friday?
The annual sale will fall on Friday 27 November, and will run over the weekend until 30 November, which is Cyber Monday.
As usual, we’re expecting the sale to last far longer than just the main weekend though, as last year’s event ran for a whopping two weeks. Surpassing last year’s event already, Amazon has already begun its early Black Friday deals a whole month ahead, while Boots and Superdrug have also followed suit. Keep your eyes peeled for other early sales from big name retailers in our Black Friday guides.
Best early Black Friday Apple deals
O2 has launched its “best-ever Black Friday deals” a whole three weeks before the big day. Running from 5 November until 2 December, the retailer has savings on phones, tablets and smartwatches, including on Apple devices. It will also be including a range of refurbished devices in its Black Friday offers for the first time ever.
There’s a £288 saving on O2’s iPhone 11 64GB unlimited data package. With a £60 upfront cost, you’ll get a six month’s subscription to Deliveroo Plus and 20 per cent off AirPods pro with this deal, for just £39.98 a month.
Landing a spot in our review of the best phones of 2020, our technology critic, David Phelan, said: “The iPhone 11 is almost as good as the Pro models. It has spectacular battery life and two of the Pro’s three cameras (it lacks the telephoto). It’s also every bit as powerful as it has the same processor at its heart, so it can do all the standout things from the Pro, such as the fast, effective face recognition.”
Apple iPhone SE 2020: Save £200, O2
O2 is offering a £200 saving on the iPhone SE as part of its unlimited data bundle.
With a £50 upfront cost and a monthly bill of £39.84, you’ll get plenty of added extras, including six months of Deliveroo Plus, 12 months of Disney Plus or six months of Audible, and a one-year subscription to Apple TV+.
There are other plans available too, including 1gb and 5gb packages, where you can still save money.
The handset is available in black, blue and red.
The Apple Black Friday deals to expect
The tech giant is known for its lack of participation in sales, unlike its competitors, but it does have a select few offers across the Black Friday weekend.
Last year, it didn’t have any discounts when shopping directly with Apple, however it did give customers gift cards of up to £160 with qualifying purchases, based on how much you spent.
For example, if you bought an iPad Air or mini, HomePod smart speaker, Power Pro wireless earphones, you would be eligible for a complimentary £40 Apple Store gift card, while purchasing either Beats Studio3 wireless headphones, an iPad Pro, you would get an £80 Apple Store gift card.
It’s expected that the tech retailer will offer the same type of deals this year too, however if you’re hoping to get a new laptop, smartphone or home devices, other retailers that stock Apple products will have bigger discounts.
Last year at Argos, the Apple AirPods with Charging Case (2nd Generation) were reduced from £159 to £139, and the iPad 2019 7th Gen 10.2in 32GB came down from £349 to £299.
Elsewhere at Currys, the iPhone 11 Pro was originally £1,049 but came down to £999.
Amazon also offered deals on the Apple Watch Series 4, reducing it from £429 to £299.
John Lewis & Partners Black Friday sale offered savings on this Apple 2019 MacBook Pro 13.3″, space grey, which was £1,395 but came down to £1,345 and included Apple TV+ free for a year, along with home speaker system Apple HomePod, White, which was reduced from £279 to £229. The now-discontinued iPhone XS also dropped from £1,099 to £849.
How to get the best Apple Black Friday deals
Here at IndyBest, our team will be bringing you all the details you need to know on the offers available, so you can shop smart and tick off your shopping list.
Make sure to check back here for regular updates before the sales kick off and throughout the weekend.
As the best of Apple’s Black Friday offers are often from other tech retailers, so keep checking our other Black Friday guides, as reliable retailers such as John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Amazon and Currys PC World will hav some of the best deals available.
As coronavirus rumbles on and a second lockdown looms, the sales will all move online this year, so get ahead by making your wish lists now to avoid disappointment.
How long will the discounts last?
The sale runs from Black Friday (27 November) through to Cyber Monday (30 November), but as Amazon has set the earliest precedent ever with deals a whole month ahead of the big day, we’re expecting other retailers to follow suit very soon.
Read more on Black Friday 2020
How to get the best Black Friday deals this year – When the sale starts, how to get the best savings, and how to prepare
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Best Currys PC World Black Friday deals – For everything from TVs to laptops, and kettles to coffee machines
Best John Lewis & Partners Black Friday deals – With great deals on fashion, beauty, tech, kids and homewares it will be a go-to for many
Best Argos Black Friday deals – Covering everything from kids to homewares and fitness to DIY
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Best Black Friday laptop deals – There’s hundreds of pounds to be saved on laptops from big-name brands such as Apple, Microsoft and HP
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