Thursday, December 2, 2021

Apple announces Black Friday sale: Up to £160/$200 gift cards

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Apple has announced its special offers for Black Friday 2021, in a four-day event that will last from 26-29 November.

As has become traditional for the company, the event will involve the bundling of gift cards with purchases rather than discounts on the price of Apple products. In other words, you’re making the saving on the next product you buy, not this one.

The value of the gift card varies depending on the product you buy, and can be as little as £40/$50 (with an Apple Watch SE, for example) or as much as £160/$200 (with an iMac 27in).

You can view Apple’s promotion on the company’s website.

Here’s a list of the gift cards you can pick up with purchases direct from Apple between 26 and 29 November 2021.

  • iPhone 12 mini: £40/$50
  • iPhone 12: £40/$50
  • iPhone SE: £40/$50
  • AirPods (2nd gen, 3rd gen, Pro or Max: Up to £60/$75
  • Apple Watch Series 3: £40/$50
  • Apple Watch SE: £40/$50
  • iPad Pro 11in (2021): £80/$100
  • iPad Pro 12.9in (2021): £80/$100
  • Mac mini: £80/$100
  • MacBook Air: £80/$100
  • MacBook Pro 13in: £80/$100
  • iMac 27in: £160/$200
  • Apple TV 4K: £40/$50
  • Apple TV HD: £40/$50
  • Selected Beats products: Up to £40/$50
  • Apple Pencil, AirTags and other selected accessories: Up to £40/$50

You’ll notice that the offers do not apply to Apple’s most recent products. The iPhone 13 range, the Apple Watch Series 7 and the 14in and 16in MacBook Pros, for example, do not come with gift cards. For the biggest discounts on those devices, see our round-ups of the best iPhone 13 deals, best Apple Watch Series 7 deals and best 2021 MacBook Pro deals.

But these are still decent offers, not least because stock shortages mean the actual discounts on products at other retailers may not be as good this year as in previous ones. And the value of the gift cards compares favourably to 2020, when the smallest card was £20/$25 and the biggest was £120/$150. (In 2019 Apple was slightly more generous, with cards ranging from £20/$25 to £160/$200.)

Read our guide to the best Apple Black Friday deals for the latest discounts available on Apple products from a wide variety of retailers. We’ve embedded our current top picks at the bottom of this article.

We’re constantly scouring the web for the latest deals on a range of Apple products. Check them out below:

Best Apple deals right now

1. Adobe Creative Cloud Black Friday Deal – 1 Year

From: Adobe

Was: £596.33 upfront or £49.94 p/m

Now: £362.21 upfront or £30.34 p/m  (Up to £234.12 off)

Adobe has over £230 off a year of Adobe’s Creative Cloud All Apps for Black Friday. The offer ends 26 November!

2. Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Wired)

Now: £99  (£20 off)

Amazon’s offer slashes £20 off Apple’s asking price. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for this model for Black Friday, but be aware that the AirPods Pro also have £40 off.

3. Apple iPad mini (2021, 6th gen)

Now: £459  (£20 off)

A small but worthwhile saving on Apple’s new iPad mini model for 2021. This price applies to all four colour finishes at the 64GB/Wi-Fi tier.

We’ve spotted a few retailers lately raising their prices ahead of Black Friday (very poor form, that) but this is fractionally cheaper than the £459.97 Amazon was charging a week ago.

4. Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

Now: £75  (£74 off)

Amazon’s slashed an incredible £74 off the Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad as a part of its early Black Friday sale.

5. Apple iPad Pro 11in (2021, M1, 2TB) – Wi-Fi + Cellular

Now: £1399  (£500 off)

We’re not sure if Amazon will bring back the £639 discount we saw in October on this iPad Pro M1 variant, but £500 off is still an excellent deal. See our review of the 11in iPad Pro with M1 

6. Apple iPad Pro 11in (2021, M1, 256GB)

Now: £799  (£50 off)

7. Apple Magic Mouse 2

From: Smartfone Store

Was: £79

Now: £59  (£20 off)

Apple may have discontinued the Magic Mouse 2, but you can pick it up from the Smartfone Store with £20 off. Very has the second-best price at £64.99.

8. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 10-Core CPU/16-Core GPU, 2021

Now: £2,159.10  (£239.90 off)

KRCS has doubled its already appealing discount on the new 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chip, jumping from 5% to a 10% saving.

Similar discounts are available on the other configurations on KRCS’s website.

9. Apple iPhone 13 with free AirPods

Now: From £34 per month

Grab the brand new iPhone 13 and bag a free pair of Apple AirPods while you’re at it! We’re separately looking at where to buy the iPhone 13 and the best offers on contract and SIM-free.

10. Apple AirPods Pro with MagSafe charging case

Now: £199  (£40 off)

A solid saving on the AirPods Pro, Apple’s excellent true-wireless earphones with ANC.

Note that these now come with a MagSafe-compatible charging case, something that wasn’t available until the launch of the AirPods 3 in October 2021.

11. Apple 12.9in iPad Pro (2021, M1, 2TB) – Wi-Fi + Cellular

From: Amazon

Was: £2,149

Now: £1,985  (£163.57off)

Amazon has £163 off the M1 iPad Pro 12.9in with 5G. With 2TB of storage, it’s ideal for anyone dealing with lots of 4K video editing. This discount is the biggest we can see at the moment.

12. Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB) – Returned Stock

From: BT Shop

Was: £1,049

Now: £878.88  (£170 off)

BT already has £170 off a refurbished iPhone 13 Pro Max in ‘excellent condition’. It’s a handset that’s been returned, which means it’s practically new (as the handset only released on 24 September!).

To find the deal, scroll down to ‘Buy Used Stock’ on BT’s page. You also get a 6-month warranty.

13. Apple iPhone 13 with new AirPods (3rd gen)

From: Three

Was: £69 per month, £49 upfront

Now: £34.50 per month for 6 months  (includes AirPods 3 + £100 Amazon voucher)

If you’re currently with another network provider and looking to switch, you can get a £100 Amazon voucher from Three with this bundle deal that not only slashes the monthly price in half the first six months, but also includes a pair of the latest AirPods.

14. Apple iPad Air (2020, 64GB)

Now: £529.97  (£49 off)

This is the cheapest we can find the latest iPad Air right now, although both Laptops Direct and eBuyer had it cheaper recently – they simply ran out of stock. Check both in case they’ve got their hands on some more.

15. Apple 14in MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 8-Core CPU/14-Core GPU, 2021

Now: £1,709.10  (£189.90 off)

The new 14in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chips has nearly £200 off at KRCS, after the site doubled its usual discount for Black Friday.

You can save even more on the models with more cores.

16. Apple iPhone 12 (64GB)

Now: £657  (£22 off)

A £22 discount on a year-old phone might not sound like much, but bear in mind that Apple already reduced the RRP – this is an additional saving on top of that.

In fact AO, slightly naughtily, is citing the price it charged before Apple dropped the RRP and claiming this as a discount of £106. That’s pushing it, but this is still a good deal on a phone that remains powerful and reliable.

17. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB (2020)

Now: £899  (£100 off)

18. Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm)

Now: £319  (£60 off)

Following its official discontinuation in September 2021, retailers have continued to sell the Apple Watch Series 6 at a discount. It cost £379 when new, so this is a sensible rather than ultra-generous saving; but bearing in mind that the Series 7 does not represent a huge step forward, this is a decent option at less than £320.

19. Apple Watch Series 7

From: John Lewis

Was: £369

Now: £349  (£20 off with MYJL200)

The Apple Watch Series 7 offers a larger, brighter display, slimmer bezels and more. Over at John Lewis you can save £20 when you sign up for a free My John Lewis account and spend £200 or more. Just use MYJL200 at checkout.

20. Apple MacBook Pro (2020, M1, 8GB/256GB) – Refurbished “Pristine”

From: MusicMagpie

Was: £1299

Now: £889.99  (£409 off)

If you prefer, there’s now over £400 off an M1 MacBook Pro with 256GB storage in “Pristine” condition from MusicMagpie when you consider the additional £90 discount at checkout. Students can also save an extra 10%!

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