Apple introduced the first MacBooks that use itslast fall, and to be on the horizon. New 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros could appear later this year, along with a revamped MacBook Air. The new machines could introduce an , and the next MacBook Pro models are rumored to announce the return of the , the HDMI port and the SD card slot — while jettisoning the Touch Bar in favor of physical keys.
If you’re ready to buy a first-generation M1 MacBook, you’ll find big price breaks right now — some of the biggest to date, in fact. You can save between $150 and $200 on aor . Amazon is selling the MacBook Air for as low as $850 and the MacBook Pro for as low as $1,150. For some MacBook deals on Amazon, you’ll see an initial discount with additional savings added at checkout.
The MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro lines received the M1 update, but the big 16-inch MacBook Pro still uses an Intel Core i7 or i9 chip. And Apple still sells two higher-end configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel parts; the company has stated that it willfor years to come.
While you might be tempted by a discount on an Intel-based MacBook, it had better be significant to convince you to get that instead of a new M1 MacBook.show a significant performance increase over their predecessors. Plus, the M1 MacBook Air boasts a fanless design for silent operation.
Pricing for new M1 MacBooks
The new MacBooks maintain the pricing of the models they replaced: The new MacBook Air starts at $999; the new MacBook Pro starts at $1,299. There are a couple of ways to grab either at a discount.
Want to buy new? The new M1 MacBook Air and Pro models are discounted by $149 right now on Amazon. One benefit of paying full price and buying from Apple, however, is you can customize the machine and add more RAM or a higher capacity solid-state drive, whereas the models sold on Amazon and other retailers are fixed configurations.
Want to go the refurb route? You can now find refurbished M1 MacBooks on. Refurb inventory changes rapidly so you may not always see an M1 MacBook Air or Pro listed. It’s worth keeping an eye out, however, because you can lock in substantial savings, up to $200. Rick Broida, CNET’s Cheapskate emeritus, is , particularly Apple’s — which are often as good as new.
It’s also worth noting that the, which can trim hundreds of dollars from the price of a new laptop or tablet.
Keep reading to see the best MacBook laptop deals currently available for Apple’s current and previous-generation MacBooks. We update this list periodically.
MacBook discounts, compared
|Model w/ CPU (and storage capacity)||List price||Best price (current)||Best price (all-time)|
|New MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (256GB)||$999||$850||$750|
|New MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (512GB)||$1,249||$1,100||$1,000|
|New MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (256GB)||$1,299||$1,150||$1,050|
|New MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (512GB)||$1,499||$1,349||$1,250|
|16-inch MacBook Pro w/ 9th-gen Core i7 (512GB)||$2,399||$2,285||$2,000|
*Note that “all-time” means the best price that we’ve seen at an Apple-authorized retailer in the product’s lifetime.
The new, fanless MacBook Air starts at $999 and features Apple’s M1 processor, which has an eight‑core CPU, a seven‑core GPU and a 16‑core Neural Engine. The system also supplies 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It lacks the Touch Bar (which could be viewed as a net positive) but features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Touch ID and the Magic keyboard. It’s currently selling at a $149 discount at Amazon — $49 off initially plus an additional $100 at checkout.
Read our MacBook Air (M1) review.
The step-up MacBook Air model has a list price of $1,249 and delivers the M1 processor with a slight difference from the baseline model — it has an eight-core GPU versus the seven cores you get in the model above. More significantly, it doubles the storage capacity with a 512GB SSD. Like the baseline model, the 512GB model is $149 off at Amazon — $100 off up front and another $49 at checkout. Most people will benefit from the added storage space; a 256GB drive fills up fast.
Read our MacBook Air (M1) review.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro uses Apple’s new M1 processor, which is an eight-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores, an eight-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine. The baseline model also features 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a Retina display, the Magic keyboard and the Touch Bar with Touch ID. The baseline config is currently $149 off at Amazon.
The step-up MacBook Pro model doubles the storage capacity with a 512GB SSD and costs $1,499 from Apple, but you can get it for $1,349 at Amazon. Nearly every MacBook Pro user will appreciate the larger SSD. 256GB of storage is criminally small on a Pro-level laptop designed for creative work.
The current 16-inch MacBook Pro was the lone MacBook line not to receive an M1 upgrade. It features a ninth-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics and a 512GB SSD. It boasts a bigger screen with a higher resolution than its smaller, 13-inch sibling and is currently $114 off at Amazon. (The step-up model, which bumps up the CPU to an eight-core Core i9 chip, the GPU to the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M and the storage capacity to 1TB, is currently $170 off at Amazon.) Unless you have an urgent need for a giant MacBook Pro, it would be prudent to wait until Apple delivers an M1 update to this line.
Read our 16-inch MacBook Pro review.