Best Apple Deals of January 2021

With the New Year comes January and Winter Sales – music to the ears of any Apple deal hunters. While you won’t find many deals directly from Apple (unless you’re a student or buying refurbished) there are excellent offers on Apple hardware from a number of other retailers – if you know where to look. 

Scratching around for Apple deals can be a fool’s game, and a sure-fire way to lose time you probably can’t afford to spare. The good news is we’ve taken that hit for you, and you can put your trust in our team of Apple experts to bring you only the Apple deals worth knowing about. We’re already seeing sizeable discounts on 2020’s iPad and iPad Air, the M1 Macs and Apple Watch. 

Check out all the best Apple offers of January 2021 along with all the Winter Sales that currently have offers on Apple devices.

January and Winter Sales on now with Apple deals – Quick links

Apple Back to School Sale

Apple hasn’t offered any special deals for 2021, however it did kick off its Back to School Sale in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South Korea. Staff and students in higher education can now get a free pair of AirPods with Mac and iPad purchases, along with 20% off AppleCare+

We’re expecting a similar offer to land in the UK and US this summer. We’re tracking all news related to Apple’s Back to School sales in this article.

Top Apple Deals right now

1. Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm, cellular) – Stainless Steel

From: Currys PC World

Was: £749

Now: £319  (£430 off)

Currys PC World is selling the aluminium Apple Watch Series 5 44mm with cellular connectivity with a whopping £430 off the RRP. If you can live without the Spo2 monitoring of the newer Series 6, it’s an incredible deal.

See our Apple Watch Series 5 vs Series 6 comparison to find out more. 

2. Apple iPhone 12 mini

From: Currys PC World

Was: From £699

Now: From £679  (£20 off)

Currys PC World is offering £20 off of the iPhone 12 mini. The same offer is also available from Amazon. See the best iPhone 12 deals for more bargains.

3. Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm) Cellular

From: Currys PC World

Was: £409

Now: £399  (£10 off)

Save £10 on the latest Apple Watch Series 6 over at Currys PC World. The price beats Amazon’s.

4. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2020)

From: Amazon

Was: £1,299

Now: £1192.24  (£107 off)

5. Apple iPad Pro 12.9in (2020, Wi-Fi, 128GB)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £969

Now: £912  (£57 off + 50% off Microsoft 365)

You can still grab this excellent Black Friday price on the iPad Pro 12.9in from Currys.

6. Apple 2020 M1 Mac mini (256GB)

From: BT Shop

Was: £699

Now: £660.72  (£38.28 off)

Surprisingly, the BT Shop has a better deal on the entry-level M1 Mac mini than Amazon right now, with £38 off!

7. Apple 2020 M1 Mac mini (512GB)

From: KRCS

Was: £899

Now: £854.05  (£44.95 off)

KRCS has already discounted the M1 Mac mini with 512GB storage – that’s the £899 model.

They also have money off the entry-level 256GB M1 Mac mini – get that deal from KRCS here.

8. Apple iPhone 12 (with 10GB data)

From: iD Mobile

Now: £99.99 upfront, £36.99 per month (£987.75 TCO)

We’ve been scouring the comparison sites for iPhone 12 deals and this is the best out there right now, combining a manageable upfront payment with a low monthly fee.

It’s the deal we’d go for, but there are two ways you could get the total cost of ownership (TCO) slightly lower to £984: go for Three’s £192 cashback offer (scroll down to the additional deals, limit upfront cost to £200 and sort by Total Cost of Contract), or pay iD a huge upfront fee.

9. Apple iPhone 11 Pro (256GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £1199

Now: £1049  (£150 off)

The outstanding Apple iPhone 11 Pro is one of the finest iPhones to date. £1,049 for this 256GB model isn’t quite as low as its Black Friday/Cyber Monday asking price, but it’s still a sizeable discount.

10. Apple AirPods Pro

From: Appliances Direct

Was: £249

Now: £195  (£54 off)

The AirPods Pro are Apple’s ultimate in-ear headphones. They offer active noise cancellation and three sizes of soft flexible silicon tips for a customisable, comfortable fit. Right now you can get £54 off the usual price with Appliances Direct.

11. Apple iPhone 12 Pro

From: Virgin

Now: From £43 per month  (with free AirPods)

12. Beats Solo Pro Wireless Headphones

From: Amazon

Was: £269.95

Now: £179  (£90.95 off)

Pick up the Beats Solo Pro with over £90 off right now. It’s not the cheapest we’ve seen but it’s a good price nonetheless.

13. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz quad-core 512GB (2019)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £1,999

Now: £1,349.97  (£649 off)

This is a great discount off 2019’s top-of-the-range 13in MacBook Pro. It’s got a 2.4GHz 8th-generation quad-core processor and a generous 512GB SSD.

14. Apple 12.9in iPad Pro (WiFi, 256GB, 4th-Gen)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £1069

Now: £990.20  (£78.80 off)

Get nearly £80 off the iPad Pro 12.9, which released in 2020. Here you’re getting the 256GB model, which means it’s pricier than the 128GB model, but extra storage means you’re less likely to find you’ve run out of space in future. See our full review.

15. Apple 27in iMac, 3.7GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 2TB Fusion Drive (2019)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £2,249

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).

You also get £40 Microsoft 365 Family with code OFFICESAVE40 and £30 off Microsoft 365 Personal with code OFFICESAVE30. There’s also one year of free Apple TV+ included when you buy this iMac.

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.

16. Apple iMac Pro, 3.2GHz, 8-core Xeon, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 5K Retina display (late 2017)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £4,899

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.

17. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB, Silver (2019)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £1,699

Now: £1,199.97  (£499.03 off)

Here’s a saving on the 2019 13in MacBook Pro with 2.4GHz Quad-core processor – it’s the 256GB version that would have cost £1,699 at launch, while the newer equivalent retails at £1,799.

18. Parallels Desktop for Mac Student Edition

From: Parallels

Was: £69.99

Now: £34.99  (up to 50% off for students)

If you want to run Windows on your Mac, then Parallels Desktop 16 is one to consider. Students get a discounted plan, with 50% off the standard price.

19. Apple 27in iMac, 3.1GHz six-core, 10th-gen, 256GB SSD (2020)

From: KRCS

Was: £1,829

Now: £1,646.10  (£183 off)

KRCS has already discounted the new 2020 27in iMac. You can get the 3.1GHz 6-core, 10th-gen, 2020 iMac for £1,646.10 – a really decent discount for such a new model.

20. Apple iPhone XS (SIM-free)

From: John Lewis

Was: £999

Now: £629  (£370 off)

A fantastic deal. The XS remains an excellent phone, despite having been effectively replaced by the iPhone 11 Pro.

That’s just the top 20 – there’s a load more of where that came from right here.

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:

You may also find these articles helpful for deals on non-Apple products:

If you want to compare the different Apple products and their prices, 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.

Where to find the best Apple deals

Beyond Apple, you can expect to find great Christmas deals from authorised Apple resellers such as KRCS. KRCS covers the full range of Apple products, including AppleCare coverage and Beats headphones.

Of course, Amazon is the ultimate juggernaut to watch. We would recommend signing up for the 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime so you can take advantage of the Lightning Deals.

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.

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the competing retailers that offer Apple products, some of which include:

If you’re in the US, see these major retailers:

Where to find refurbished Apple deals

When to expect major Apple deals – Key dates

Don’t forget, there are several key points in the year when you’re more likely to save on Apple devices – especially given Apple hardly holds sales of its own.

First up: When Apple has its next event. We expect this might be 16 March, 2021. As with past events, Apple is likely to announce new devices and upgrades, which means 2020’s devices will start seeing a price decline. 

Apple Back to School Sale US/UK – Apple may have started its Back to School sale in Australia, South America and Asia, but we’re still expecting the UK/US sales to begin – which will likely be around June or July. Student and staff in higher education can expect to get a free pair of AirPods with Mac or iPad purchases if Apple repeats the offer in the UK and US markets.

Prime Day 2021 – Amazon’s Prime Day is the retailer’s largest sales, promising discounts across thousands of devices – including Apple hardware. You’ll need to be a Prime member though to get access to exclusive discounts. Last year, Amazon made a departure from past years and held Prime Day in October instead of July. Amazon hasn’t confirmed what Prime Day 2021 will look like but we expect big savings!

Black Friday 2021/Cyber Monday 2021 – Of course, the grand-daddy of all sales is the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period with discounts from every major retailer. Last year we saw hundreds of pounds off the Apple Watch 5 smartwatches, refurbished Apple devices, discounts on iPads, the new M1 MacBooks and more. Apple also has its own Black Friday event. Last year it offered customers giftcards worth up to £120/US$150 with select purchases.

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