Apple teases international Black Friday sale, free shipping for US

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Apple Black Friday sale

Updated: As of Tuesday morning, the U.S. Apple home page is displaying a Black Friday teaser page, replacing the Holiday Gift Guide page.

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Apple is getting into the holiday spirit, which for the company means hinting at a big sale for this Black Friday.

Visiting the Apple online store in Australia and the U.K. opens a teaser page promoting a one-day sale.

"The one-day Apple shopping event is Friday 23 November," the teaser read.

"Get ready to give. Shop online or at your favourite Apple Retail Store. We'll help you make the most of the day, no matter how you shop."

Black Friday goes international

Attempting to go to the same page in the U.S. takes users to a Holiday Gift Guide page.

The gift guide advertises a variety of accessories for iPads, iMacs, iPhones and iPod Touches, though none of which show discounted prices. Instead, Apple is offering free shipping on all items featured in the gift guide.

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in the U.S., and it's considered one of the biggest shopping days of the year as retailers offer one-day discounts throughout their stores.

In the past, Apple has joined in with its own Black Friday sales, though usually only offering minimal discounts on its products.

Oddly, while deals for the U.S. shopping day are confirmed for U.K. and Australian Apple Stores, there is no indication yet from the company that the U.S. will follow suit this year.

In the meantime, U.S. shoppers in particular should keep an eye out for third-party retailers advertising Black Friday sales, which are likely to offer deeper discounts on Apple hardware than the company's own stores.