Best iMac deals: early Black Friday offers
An iMac is no small investment, which is why it is wise to spend some time making sure you’re getting the iMac that’s right for you at the best price. In this article we bring you the best iMac deals available – yes, you can get money off a new iMac.
The team here at Macworld UK is constantly on the look out for the best iMac deals from around the web. We spot the biggest and best deals from UK retailers, and list them all right here in this article.
Before we tell you about the deals that are available we need to mention that Apple updated some of its iMac range in August 2020. The company introduced new 27in models with faster processors and improved graphics. At the same time Apple updated the 21.5in iMacs, but this was a minor update – the processors remain the same but the storage is now SSDs across the range (no more slow hard drives). Here’s our review of the new 2020 27in iMac, plus how the new iMacs compare to the 2019 models.
You might be thinking that the new iMacs are unlikely to see any discounts in the near future, but we are already seeing some good discounts.
For example, KRCS and ao.com have some good deals for the new 27in iMac deals right now:
3.1GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 iMac
RRP from £1,799
Buy it from AO.com
3.3GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 iMac
RRP from £1,999
Buy it from KRCS
3.8GHz 8-core 10th-gen, 2020 iMac
RRP from £2,299
Buy it from KRCS
KRCS, Currys PC World and John Lewis all has the mid-range 21.5in iMac with 3.6GHz quad-core and SSD (now standard in 2020):
If you want even better discounts look for the older iMac models – we tend to find that as resellers clear out old stock they offer big discounts. So now could be a great time to buy the previous year’s models – sometimes powerful models are priced far below lower-specced, but newer, models. In the past we have seen some excellent deals on the 2017 and 2018 iMacs, for example.
There is another thing to keep in mind: Apple has announced that it will be transitioning from Intel processors in its Macs to its own Apple Silicon chips within the next couple of years. The first Apple Silicon-powered Macs are scheduled to arrive before the end of 2020, and we anticipate these being consumer Macs such as the MacBook Air, 13in MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The smaller iMac could see a big update in 2021 though. This means you need to consider whether to wait for the iMac to gain a Silicon chip, or go ahead and update your iMac now. This article might help: Should I buy an Intel Mac.
We have also included some discounts for Mac mini models below, but we also have a dedicated Mac mini deals article. If you’re looking for MacBooks, see our round-up of the best MacBook Pro deals and MacBook Air deals. If you want help deciding which Mac is best for you read our Mac buying guide.
Best iMac deals right now
We’ll explain how you can spot a good deal below, but in case you can’t wait here’s an overview of some of the best iMac deals you can get right now.
Make sure you check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals we’ve seen.
How much does an iMac cost?
It’s important to know the actual price that the iMac should sell for (or did sell for) before you can evaluate whether a deal is good or not, so we will start with the current pricing structure.
To find out the official price of the iMac visit Apple’s website here. There are various models in the line up: three 21.5in models and three 27in models.
Apple’s pricing for the current iMac line up is included below. Keep these prices in mind as you evaluate how good each deal is. Note that when Apple updated the range in August 2020 it increased prices in the UK by £50 per iMac. We’d been anticipating this change for some time, but it’s still disappointing.
2017 21.5in iMac model (gained SSD in 2020)
|2.3GHz dual-core 7th-gen i5, 256GB SSD (was a 1TB HD), Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Non Retina||£1,099 / $1,099 / AU$1,699 (was £1,049)|
2019 21.5in iMac models (gained SSD in 2020)
|3.6GHz quad-core 8th-gen i3, 256GB SSD (was a 1TB HD), Radeon Pro 555X, 4K Retina||£1,299 / $1,299/ AU$1,999 (was £1,249)|
|3.0GHz six-core 8th-gen i5, 256GB SSD (was 1TB Fusion Drive), Radeon Pro 560X, 4K Retina||£1,499 / $1,499 / AU$2,299 (was £1,449)|
2020 27in iMac models
|3.1GHz six-core 10th-gen i5, 256GB SSD, Radeon Pro 5300, 5K Retina||£1,799 / $1,799/ AU$2,799|
|3.3GHz six-core 10th-gen i5, 512GB SSD, Radeon Pro 5300, 5K Retina||£1,999 / $1,999/ AU$3,099|
|3.8GHz eight-core 10th-gen i7, 512GB SSD, Radeon Pro 5500 XT, 5K Retina||£2,299 / $2,299/ AU$3,549|
For the sake of comparison, and because good discounts are likely, we’ll include the 2019 27in iMac here too:
2019 27in iMac models
|3.0GHz six-core 8th-gen i5, 1TB Fusion Drive, Radeon Pro 570X, 5K Retina||£1,749 / $1,799/ AU$2,799|
|3.1GHz six-core 8th-gen i5, 1TB Fusion Drive, Radeon Pro 575X, 5K Retina||£1,949 / $1,999/ AU$3,099|
|3.7GHz six-core 9th-gen i5, 2TB Fusion Drive, Radeon Pro 580X, 5K Retina||£2,249 / $2,299/ AU$3,549|
These are the prices Apple quotes, but you can get some great deals if you shop around… Or you could just keep reading as we’ve done the hard work for you!
Best iMac deals – current models
You should be able to find some great deals from the likes of KRCS, Currys PC World, John Lewis and Laptops Direct, who usually sell iMac models at a lower price than Apple advertises. Here are some of the best iMac deals around.
If you are wondering whether to buy the new iMac we have this article that might help: Should I buy the new iMac?
27in iMacs (2020 models)
3.1GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 – RRP from £1,799 / $1,799/ AU$2,799
3.3GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 – RRP from £1,999 / $1,999/ AU$3,099
3.8GHz 8-core 10th-gen, 2020 – RRP from £2,299 / $2,299/ AU$3,549
27in iMacs (2019 models)
3.0GHz 6-core, 8th-gen, 2019 – RRP from £1,749 / $1,799/ AU$2,799
3.1GHz 6-core, 8th-gen, 2019 – RRP from £1,949 / $1,999/ AU$3,099
3.7GHz 6-core 9th-gen, 2019 – RRP from £2,249 / $2,299/ AU$3,549
21.5in iMacs (now with SSDs)
2.3GHz dual-core iMac, 2017 – RRP £1,099 / $1,099 / AU$1,699 – now with SSD
3.6GHz quad-core iMac, 2019 – RRP from £1,299 / $1,299/ AU$1,999 – now with SSD
3.0GHz 6-core iMac, 2019 – RRP from £1,499 / $1,499/ AU$2,299 – now with SSD
21.5in iMacs (2019 models)
2.3GHz dual-core iMac, 2017 – RRP £1,049 / $1,099 / AU$1,699
3.6GHz quad-core iMac, 2019 – RRP from £1,249 / $1,299/ AU$1,999
3.0GHz 6-core iMac, 2019 – RRP from £1,449 / $1,499/ AU$2,299
Starts at £4,999 / $4,999 / AU$7,299
Prior to August 2020 the iMac Pro started at £4,899/$4,999 for a 8-core model – this model has now been discontinued but expect to see some good deals for it. For example, eBuyer has £796.02 off that model here!
Top Mac desktop discounts available now
In this section you will find some of the best deals we’ve seen for iMacs as well as the Mac mini and other Mac desktops. We update this list frequently, so it should be spot on in terms of how much you can save, give or take a few pounds. (Retailers often make small tweaks to the price, so if it’s gone up it might be worth waiting a week or so to see if it comes down again.)
1. Apple 27in iMac, 3.7GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 2TB Fusion Drive (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,599 (£650 off)
Save money on the 2019 iMac with this deal from Currys PC World. This was the top-of-the-range six-core 27in model that used to cost £2,249 (the equivalent now costs £2,299).
This model features a 9th generation Intel i5 processor and AMD Radeon Pro 580X graphics. Note that this includes a 2TB Fusion Drive – Apple is now shipping all iMacs with SSDs as standard.
2. Apple 27in iMac, 3.1GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion Drive (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,399 (£550 off)
Currys has a decent deal on the 2019 27in iMac with 3.0GHz 6-core processor. This was 2019’s mid-range 27in model.
3. Apple 27in iMac, 3.0GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion Drive (2019)
Now: £1,299 (£450 off)
You can save money on a 27in iMac with 3.0GHz 6-core processor. This is 2019’s entry-level 27in model, so it’s still got a mechanical hard drive and a slower 8th gen processor, but it’s still a good deal.(Note that inexclicably Amazon mentions the ancient Mac OS X Mountain Lion, but that is an error, it will not ship with that relic installed).
4. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.0GHz six-core, 4K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion Drive (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,099 (£350 off)
You can get money off this 2019 top-of-the-range 21.5in iMac with Currys PC World. It’s almost identical spec to the 2019 entry-level 27in iMac, but way less money!
5. Apple 27in iMac, 3.8GHz eight-core, 10th-gen, 512GB SSD (2020)
Now: £2,184.05 (£114.95 off)
KRCS has already knocked £114 off the price of the top-of-the-range 3.8GHz 8-core 10th-gen, 2020 iMac which only launched in August 2020.
6. Apple 27in iMac, 3.3GHz six-core, 10th-gen, 256GB SSD (2020)
Now: £1,899.05 (£99.95 off)
KRCS has knocked almost £100 off the price of the new mid-range 27in iMac for 2020.
7. Apple iMac Pro, 3.2GHz, 8-core Xeon, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 5K Retina display (late 2017)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £3,299 (£1,600 off)
The iMac Pro hasn’t been updated since it was introduced in 2017, but it is still one of the most powerful iMacs. It’s also the most expensive iMac – but Currys is offering money off!
Note that this is the 8-core model that Apple discontinued, which means you can now get 10-core model from Apple for £4,999, but this is still a decent deal.
8. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.6GHz quad-core, 4K Retina Display (2019) with 256GB SSD
Now: £1,234.06 (£64.94 off)
It might only be a small discount – and even smaller if you compare it to the £1,249 that this iMac was selling for before the ‘update’ in August, but the fact that you get a better SSD for less than the old model (which was hampered by the hard drive) makes this a decent deal.
9. Apple Mac mini, 3.0GHz 6-core, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,028.98 (£70.02 off)
Amazon is offering discounts on the 2020 Mac mini models. This option has an 6-core processor and 512GB storage (in comparison the equivalent 2018 model only had 256GB storage for the same RRP).
10. Apple Mac mini, 3.6GHz quad-core, 256GB (2020)
Now: £741.21 (£57.79 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.
11. Apple Refurbished Mac Store (Discounted iMacs, MacBooks and more)
Now: Up to £300 off
You can get a Mac from Apple at much lower prices if you buy from the Refurbished Store. Apple will have thoroughly tested the model and will offer you a full warranty so it can be a great way to get a good deal. Find out more about Refurbished Macs here.
Where to find the best iMac deals
If you want serious savings it’s best to look beyond Apple itself. Some Mac retailers offer great discounts on Apple products and Apple accessories, so you should be able to save a few hundred pounds off some iMac configurations.
Beware, though. The Mac listed by the reseller may be an older model than the one Apple currently sells. We’ve seen resellers advertising Macs with money off based on the price they were previously sold at by Apple, even after Apple has started selling a newer Mac at the same price – so the deal often looks better than it actually is.
To get an idea of what the old model should be worth, take a look at Apple’s refurbished store to see what Apple is selling the older version for (and remember that buying from Apple, even if it’s refurbished, will mean you get a full year’s warranty).
So be careful to check the age and spec of the machine being sold, and don’t automatically assume that it’s current. For this reason we are careful to list the spec and year of the model in our description.
We tend to find some good deals on new Macs at Apple reseller KRCS. Discounted Macs often include built-to-order configurations, too.
For accessories like software, keyboards, or mice, check out all the normal electronics retailers you might consider – see our list below for inspiration – and take a look at our guides to the best keyboards and mice for Macs as well as best Mac printer deals and Mac hard drive deals.
We regularly see Mac-related deals from the following UK and US retailers:
Best refurbished iMac deals
One of the best places to look for iMac deals all year round is the Apple Refurbished Store. There, you’ll find huge iMac discounts, sometimes even on the latest models. These iMacs have been returned to Apple for various reasons, and then completely revamped ready for resale. One of the major benefits in buying a refurbished Mac from Apple is that it will come with a one-year warranty so Apple may fix or replace it for free should anything happen to it in that first year.
You won’t be able to tell the difference between a refurbished iMac and a brand-new iMac, aside from the box it comes in, which is white to prevent people buying them and attempting to sell them as new. Find out more about buying a refurbished iMac here.
From time to time, Amazon runs lightning deals, which could get you a discount if you act quickly. 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. Sign up for Prime here.
Best iMac Student Deals
Another great resource to help you save is the Macworld UK’s Student Deals page, particularly the Tech & Mobile section. Right now, Apple is offering up to 10% off Macs as well as up to 50% off Apple Care. You can also save 8% on accessories and 5% on iPads. See the best iPad deals of this month here.
Simply create an account, log in, and verify your student status, and the discount is yours. See all Macworld UK student tech deals here.
If you’re looking for deals on more than just iMacs, you can check out our wider guide to the best Apple bargains.