The MacBook Air is Apple’s most affordable laptop and is an excellent choice for students starting their shopping trip to school early next year. Slim and lightweight, it features the powerful Apple M1 processor for powerful performance and long battery life. It also works in a happy quiet environment as there is no fan. You can save $99 right now and get it for $900 on Amazon or Best Buy.
It’s hard to get a MacBook Pro discount from Apple right now. Based on Apple’s M1 Pro chip, the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch Pro siblings are both Apple’s largest and most powerful MacBooks. These models sometimes go down to $249, but both the 14-inch and 16-inch models are currently on sale at full price. Meanwhile, the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro is now $50 off Amazon. Although it lacks the M1 Pro processor of its larger Pro sibling, the M1 chip is a significant step up from the previous Intel-based MacBook Pro.
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Pricing for Apple’s MacBooks
The new 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999 and the new 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499. For a smaller budget, purchases directly from Apple start at $999 for the MacBook Air and $1,299 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Amazon has the best prices right now, but one of the advantages of paying full price and buying from Apple is that you can customize the device and add RAM or high-capacity SSDs. Models sold by Amazon and other retailers are fixed configuration.
Would you like to choose the modified route? You can now find the Refurbished M1 MacBook on Apple’s Refurbished and Certified Apple page. Quickly refresh stock changes so your M1 MacBook Air or Pro doesn’t always show up. However, it is worth paying attention as it can save you significant savings of up to $200. CNET Honorary Emeritus Rick Broida is a huge fan of renovations, especially Apple.
The Apple Store also offers educational discounts to students, so you can save hundreds of dollars off the price of a new laptop or tablet.
Read on to see the best MacBook laptop deals available today for current and past Apple MacBooks. This list is updated periodically.
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* “always” means the best price seen from an Apple Authorized Reseller during the life of the product. Prices change frequently and may vary by color variant.
MacBook Air M1 (256GB SSD): $900
The MacBook Air starts at $999 from Apple and features an 8-core CPU, a 7-core GPU, and an Apple M1 processor with a 16-core Neural Engine. The system also has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. There is no Touch Bar (which can be considered positive), there is a 13.3-inch Retina display, Touch ID and Magic Keyboard. The Surge model costs $1,249 from Apple and doubles the solid-state storage capacity to 512GB.
The base 256GB model in all three colors is on sale at Best Buy for $99 less than you’d pay at Apple. You can find the same $99 discount in silver on Amazon. You can also save $99 on the 512GB model at Best Buy and Amazon.
13-inch MacBook Pro (256GB SSD): $1,249
This is the latest model of the 13-inch Pro, first released in 2020. It comes with Apple’s new M1 processor, an octa-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, an octa-core GPU and 16 neural engine cores. It also features 8GB of RAM, a Retina display, a Magic Keyboard, and a Touch Bar with Touch ID.
Currently, the discount is minimal. You can save $50 on the 256GB model and $50 on the 512GB model on Amazon. A minimum 512GB SSD hard drive is recommended for most laptop buyers. A 256GB SSD can fill up quickly.
14-inch MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD: $199
The base model of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro costs $1,999 and features an 8-core M1 Pro chip, a 14-core GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. The $2,499 Boost model features a 10-core M1 Pro chip, a 16-core GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB SSD. 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with 3024 x 1964 pixel resolution.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro appears to be out of stock and no discount is offered for the 512GB or 1TB models.
16-inch MacBook Pro (512 GB SSD): $2,499
The base model of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $2,499 and features a 10-core M1 Pro chip, a 16-core GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. The $2699 model upgrades storage to a 1TB SSD, while the $3,499 model features an M1 Max chip, a 32-core GPU, 32GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD. The 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display has 3,456 x 2,234 pixels.
As with the smaller models, the 16-inch MacBook Pro does not currently have a price discount.