With the iPhone 12 getting its own special October event this year, the main focus in September 2020 was the Apple Watch and iPad.
One of the big new products announced was the Watch Series 6, Apple’s new flagship wearable. It offers new health-focused hardware, a faster processor, new colour options and more, although the mid-range Apple Watch SE may tempt the more budget-conscious.
The Series 6 went on sale on 18 September 2020, although we’ve already seen a few useful discounts. We’ll also keep an eye on stock, with the watch likely to remain in demand until a successor is announced.
How much does the Apple Watch Series 6 cost?
At launch, the Apple Watch Series 6 starts at £379 for models with GPS, but it’ll depend largely on the combination of size, connectivity and watch strap that’ll ultimately determine the price you’ll pay:
Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm): £379 / US$399 / AUD$599
Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm): £409 / US$429 / AUD$649
The price jumps up an additional £100 if you’re interested in cellular connectivity. It’s worth noting that you’ll likely also have to pay an additional monthly cost for cellular connectivity, although just how much depends on the network provider you sign up to.
Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, cellular): £479 / US$499 / AUD$749
Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm, cellular): £509 / US$529 / AUD$799
If that’s a little too pricey, why not consider the mid-range Apple Watch SE or the entry-level Apple Watch Series 3? If you’re not heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, there are plenty of great smartwatch deals throughout Black Friday and beyond.
Best Apple Watch Series 6 deals
As Apple’s latest flagship smartwatch, you won’t find many big discounts on the Watch Series 6 yet. The best price you’ll currently find is at KRCS, although only a handful of models are still in stock.
Check out the full range on the KRCS website so see if your favourite configuration is available. Out of stock models are expected to be back within 1-2 weeks.
However, it’s not the cheapest place to buy the 44mm GPS model. Here’s all the other retailers stocking the watch:
Amazon – £378.99 (40mm), £399 (44mm)
Currys PC World – £378.99 (40mm), £399 (44mm), 3 months’ Apple Fitness+ free
John Lewis – 3 months’ Apple Fitness+ free, trade in Watch Series 3, 4 or 5 for up to £120 off
The cellular model is also available on contract via the following networks:
Vodafone – from £27 per month with £19 upfront
O2 – from £15 per month with no upfront costs (up to £20 per month after 6 months)
EE – from £24 per month with no upfront cost, or trade in Watch Series 3, 4 or 5 for up to £100 off
Check out more great deals below:
1. Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm) Cellular
From: Currys PC World
Now: £399 (£10 off)
Save £10 on the latest Apple Watch Series 6 over at Currys PC World. The price beats Amazon’s.
2. Apple Watch 6 (40mm, Cellular) – Refurbished
Now: £424.99 (£54 off)
This refurbished Watch Series 6 40mm, in Pristine condition, saves you £54 off the original price. MusicMagpie offers a 14-day money-back guarantee and a 12-month warranty. Delivery is free. If you trade in your old devices, books, or DVD/CDs, you can get even more money off this Apple Watch.
3. Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm)
Now: £371.41 (£7.59 off)
Get free next day delivery on the Watch 6 40mm with GPS – cheaper than buying directly from Apple.
KRCS has discounts on the rest of the Watch 6 line-up, although some are currently out of stock:
Check out the full range on the KRCS website.
4. Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, cellular)
Now: £27 per month, £19 upfront
You can get the cellular version of the brand new Series 6 Apple Watch from Vodafone for £27 per month, and just £19 upfront payment. This is the smaller 40mm version. The 44mm option is available for £29 per month with no upfront cost. There’s also the Apple Watch SE available for £20 per month.
5. Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, cellular)
Now: £28 a month (or £24 per month with trade-in)
If you don’t want to pay the £19 upfront cost of the Vodafone deal, EE is offering the Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm) with cellular connectivity and unlimited data for £28 a month with nothing required upfront. The catch? You’ve got to have an existing EE contract. If you trade in your old Apple Watch, you can knock £4 off the monthly cost.
6. Apple Watch 6 (40mm, Cellular) with Unlimited Data
Was: £26.75 per month
Now: £21.75 for first 6 months (Free airtime for 6 months)
O2 lets you choose the length of your term up to 36 months. If you opt for a 24-month term, you can get the Watch 6 40mm for £21.75 per month for the first 6 months, with no upfront cost. After the 6-month period, the rate goes to £26.75.
7. Apple Watch 6 (40mm, Cellular) – Refurbished
Now: £24 per month Unlimited Data
Pick up a refurbished Apple Watch 6 from EE for just £24 per month for existing EE customers, with no upfront costs.
8. Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, Cellular)
Now: £464.89 (£14 off)
Costco is offering £14 off the 40mm GPS + Cellular variant of the latest Apple Watch – the catch is that you’ll need a Costco account to take advantage of the deal. There’s also £9 off the 44mm GPS + Cellular option.
9. Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS)
From: eGlobal Central
Now: £305.99 (£73 off)
eGlobal Central currently has the lowest price for the Watch Series 6 with GPS (40mm). Delivery is free and should arrive within 6-8 days.
10. Apple Watch Series 6
Now: Included with qualifying health insurance plans (Free if health target reached)
If you’re looking for private health insurance, business health insurance or life insurance, you can now get an Apple Watch 6 with your plan from a £37 deposit. If you hit 160+ Vitality activity points a month, there’s nothing more to pay.
11. Virgin Media Ultimate Apple Bundle
From: Virgin Media
Was: £75 per month
Now: £72 per month
This is a frankly wild deal that gets you a lot of great gadgets without having to fork out the cash right away.
For £73 per month (across 36 months) and no upfront cost, you can get your hands on four of Apple’s newest products – iPhone 12 Pro, iPad Air 4th gen, AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 6 – as part of Virgin Media’s Ultimate Bundle. Plus, that figure includes your 100GB data plan.
Note that, as with all long-term contract deals, you’ll end up paying considerably more than the total RRP of the products – and the data is 4G only.
In the US, head to Best Buy (save $20 on all models), Target or Walmart to buy the GPS model of the Apple Watch Series 6. On contract, your best bets are Verizon (from $20.83pm), AT&T (from $16.67pm) or T-Mobile (from $13.75pm).
Should I buy refurbished?
While Apple Watch Series 6 prices set to remain at or near full price for the foreseeable future, the only place you’ll see bigger discounts is on refurbished models. Some might see this as another word for ‘second hand’, but in reality many of these devices have barely been used at all.
Remember, if a product has been used for demonstration purposes or returned as an unwanted gift, retailers must classify them as ‘refurbished’ despite looking and performing just like new. It’s true that there are situations where a fault has been fixed, so it’s worth checking the description for any device you’re considering buying.
There are two key places to go if you’re looking for a refurbished Apple Watch. The first is the Apple Refurbished Store, with devices refurbished to an excellent standard. MusicMagpie is a great alternative though, and typically offers a greater range to choose from.
See more in our guide to refurbished tech.
Should I wait until closer to Christmas?
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be behind us, but there are plenty of great deals available all year round. That’s especially true at the moment, with Christmas just around the corner.
A few retailers’ Black Friday sales are continuing throughout December, and there may be further discounts later in the month, but our advice remains the same. With so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what we will see, we suggest you don’t wait around. If you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.
What’s new with the Apple Watch Series 6?
When it comes to the Apple Watch Series 6, the headline new feature is the addition of a blood oxygen sensor, utilising LEDs and sensors to measure the colour of your blood to provide an accurate O2 level reading. It goes beyond simply measuring though; Apple aims to help manage asthma and heart complications with the feature, and possibly even alert COVID-19 sufferers to low blood oxygen levels.
Alongside the blood oxygen sensor, you’ll find an upgraded S6 chipset for a 20% boost in performance and a range of new customisable watch faces too. There are also new Blue and Product RED colour options available for those bored of the muted colour options available on Apple’s smartwatch range until now.
On the non-Apple front, you’ve also got the premium Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 to consider.
The Galaxy Watch 3 isn’t necessarily cheaper than the Series 6, starting at £399 for the 41mm model, but it’s a viable alternative if you’ve not got your heart set on Apple’s official smartwatch.
It doesn’t offer the notification integration or Siri support of the Apple Watch, but the sleek circular design, great fitness tracking capabilities, standalone apps and rotating bezel should be enough to tempt some dedicated iPhone fans. We gave it 4.5 stars in our review and used it with an iPhone, which says a lot about what the Galaxy Watch 3 has to offer.