Black Friday 2020 is finally here and it’s the biggest sale to date.
The official event will run across the weekend until Cyber Monday, but brands and retailers started their pre-sale deals earlier than ever before.
Amazon has smashed that precedent this year by starting its early bird sale a whole month before Black Friday itself.
While there’s great deals to be had across fashion, beauty, home appliances and kids’ toys, technology offers are usually some of the most competitive on Black Friday, with slashed prices on laptops, TVs, headphones and tablets.
Apple is notoriously reluctant in joining any sales. Typically, it only offers gift cards with qualifying purchases on Black Friday instead of discounts on products.
But you can still snap up great savings on Apple’s devices via third party retailers including Amazon, John Lewis & Partners, Currys PC World, Very and Argos. Read our round-up of the best early Apple Black Friday deals for more.
Amazon has kicked off its Black Friday sale off with a bang, offering a discount on the Apple AirPods that is hard to pass by. Read our expert review of the earbuds below, along with everything you need to know about the deal itself.
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David Phelan, our technology critic, rated these highly in his IndyBest review of the best wireless earbuds, saying: “Apple’s distinctive earbuds have been massively successful since they first launched and they remain even now some of the very lightest in-ears you can find.
“The design is unchanged since day one, but improved electronics inside mean that you can say, ‘Hey, Siri’ to invoke the virtual assistant without even touching the earbuds,” he added.
He also rated the pro version of the AirPods which are on sale too, down from £249 to £199, but still commended the standard AirPods for their sound quality: “The fit is slightly different from the pro – there’s no silicone ear tip – and there’s no noise-cancelling. Even so, audio quality is very good, as is call quality, which works even if you only use one earbud.”
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If you want to upgrade your original AirPods or are just looking to go all out, look to the Pro version, which were awarded the best buy in our review of the best wireless earbuds.
David Phelan, our technology critic, said: “Apple’s deluxe earbuds offer the best noise-cancelling of any in-ear headphones. They fit the ears perfectly, with a near-spherical part nestling in the ear comfortably and securely. Three different sizes of silicone eartips are in the box, so you can choose the right size for a perfect fit.
“To help you out, there’s an eartip fit test screen on the phone which plays a short burst of music and can work out if the fit is good or not. The microphones which help with this test and ensure the noise-cancelling is effective also work well for hands-free phone calls," he added.
For more offers, read our guide to the best Black Friday Amazon deals