Best MacBook deals: Save up to $150 on MacBook Pro, $20 off MacBook Air

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The holidays are officially winding down, and holiday sales along with them. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday brought some deep discounts on on both the MacBook Air and Pro, unfortunately prices on most models have climbed back up since then. However, there are still a few deals floating around out there, particularly on the slightly older 13-inch model of the MacBook Pro. Both the 256GB and the 512GB model are on sale right now at B&H, for up to $150 off. 

And while the best deals on the MacBook Air have dissipated, you can still grab it for up to $50 off at Amazon compared to the price from Apple directly. Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly) there are no price breaks available on Apple’s newest MacBooks, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros as of yet, but we will keep updating this page with any notable drops and deals throughout the year, so be sure to check back often.

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. If you don’t need the power of these high-end MacBooks nor the budget, you can spend less on the M1-powered MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air starts at $999, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 when buying from apple directly.

To recap, you can save up to $50 on the MacBook Air and $150 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro. 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 Apple’s Certified Refurbished Mac page. 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 a big fan of refurbs, particularly Apple’s — which are often as good as new.

It’s also worth noting that the Apple Store offers students an educational discount, 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.

Testing out the new Apple Mac M1 lineup

MacBook discounts, compared

Model w/ CPU (and storage capacity) List price Best price (current) Best price (all-time)
13.3-inch MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (256GB) $999 $979 $750
13.3-inch MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,249 $1,199 $1,000
13-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (256GB) $1,299 $1,199 $1,050
13-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,499 $1,349 $1,250
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $1,999 $1,999 $1,799
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,499 $2,499 $2,450
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $2,499 $2,499 $2,450
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,699 $2,699 $2,650
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Max chip (1TB) $3,499 $3,499 $3,499

*Note that “all-time” means the best price that we’ve seen at an Apple-authorized retailer in the product’s lifetime.

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The new, fanless MacBook Air starts at $999 from Apple 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 pretty slim pickings on deals at the momebt, but your best bet will be Amazon, where you can save $20 on the 256GB model, and $50 on the more useful 512GB model. Most laptop buyers will benefit from the added storage; a 256GB SSD can fill up fast.

Read our MacBook Air (M1) review.

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Originally released in 2020, this is the latest model of the 13-inch Pro. It comes equipped with 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. Right now at B&H, you can save $100 on the base 256GB model, and $150 on the step-up 512GB model.

Apple

The baseline model of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro costs $1,999 and features an eight-core M1 Pro chip, a 14-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The $2,499 step-up model features a 10-core M1 Pro chip, a 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display features a 3,024×1,964-pixel resolution. Discounts for Apple’s latest MacBook Pro have been rare to this point. Amazon occasionally drops the price of the $1,999 baseline model by $50, but that price break is not on offer at the moment.

Read our 14-inch MacBook Pro review.

Apple

The baseline model of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $2,499 and features a 10-core M1 Pro chip, a 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512B SSD. There are two step-up models. The $2,699 model upgrades the storage to a 1TB SSD, and the $3,499 model features the M1 Max chip, a 32-core GPU, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display features a 3,456×2,234-pixel resolution. We’ve seen a slight $49 discount on Amazon for the 16-inch MacBook Pro off and on and off in the past, but that offer is currently turned off. 

Read our 16-inch MacBook Pro review.