Finest Apple MacBook offers: Save $74 on M1 MacBook Air, $100 on M1 MacBook Professional

Finest Apple MacBook offers: Save $74 on M1 MacBook Air, $100 on M1 MacBook Professional

Apple made a major transfer final fall away from Intel chips towards its personal Apple silicon M1 design, and we’re already seeing vital value breaks on the brand new M1-powered machines. You will discover reductions on Apple’s new M1 MacBook Air and M1 MacBook Professional, each the baseline and step-up fashions. And there are deeper reductions accessible from retailers on Apple’s older Intel-based MacBooks — as much as $300 on the step-up mannequin of the 16-inch MacBook Professional.

The MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Professional strains acquired the M1 replace, however the massive 16-inch MacBook Professional nonetheless makes use of an Intel Core i7 or i9 chip. And Apple nonetheless sells two higher-end configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Professional with Intel elements and has acknowledged that it’ll assist all of the Intel-powered Macs for years to return. 

Whilst you could be tempted by a reduction on an older, Intel-based MacBook, it had higher be vital to be able to cross on a brand new M1 MacBook. The early exams of the M1 machines present a major efficiency improve over their predecessors. Plus, the M1 MacBook Air boasts a fanless design for silent operation.

Learn extraTesting out the complete new Apple Mac M1 lineup

Pricing for brand new M1 MacBooks

The brand new MacBooks preserve the pricing of the fashions they substitute. The brand new MacBook Air begins at $999, and the brand new MacBook Professional begins at $1,299.

Presently, you will discover a $49 low cost on the baseline $999 M1 MacBook Air and a $74 low cost on the step-up $1,249 mannequin of the M1 MacBook Air. Each M1 MacBook Professional fashions are discounted by $100. All 4 M1 MacBook fashions have by no means been priced decrease.

One good thing about paying full value and shopping for from Apple, nonetheless, is you possibly can customise the machine and add extra RAM or a higher-capacity solid-state drive, whereas the fashions offered on Amazon and different retailers are mounted, baseline configurations.

It is also value noting that the Apple Retailer presents college students an academic low cost, which may trim a whole bunch of {dollars} from the worth of a brand new laptop computer or pill.

Preserve studying to see one of the best costs presently accessible for Apple’s present and previous-generation MacBooks.

MacBook reductions, in contrast

Mannequin w/ CPU (and storage capability) Listing value Finest value (present) Finest value (all-time)
New MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (256GB) $999 $950 $950
New MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,249 $1,175 $1,175
New MacBook Professional w/ M1 chip (256GB) $1,299 $1,199 $1,199
New MacBook Professional w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,499 $1,399 $1,399
MacBook Air w/ 10th-gen Core i3 (256GB) $999 $899 $850
13-inch MacBook Professional w/ Eighth-gen Core i5 (256GB) $1,299 $1,129 $1,049
16-inch MacBook Professional w/ Ninth-gen Core i7 (512GB) $2,399 $2,149 $2,079

*”all-time” = The perfect value that we have seen at an Apple-authorized retailer within the product’s lifetime

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The brand new, fanless MacBook Air begins at $999 and options Apple’s M1 processor that has an eight‑core CPU, seven‑core GPU and 16‑core Neural Engine. The system additionally provides 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It lacks the Contact Bar (which could possibly be considered as a internet optimistic) however includes a 13.3-inch Retina show, Contact ID and the Magic keyboard. The silver and grey grey fashions are discounted by $49 proper now, whereas the gold colour has solely a minor low cost at lower than $10.

Learn our MacBook Air (M1) evaluation.


The step-up MacBook Air mannequin delivers the M1 processor with a slight distinction from the baseline mannequin — it has an eight-core GPU versus the seven cores you get within the mannequin above. Extra considerably, it doubles the storage capability with a 512GB SSD. Amazon’s costs are presently leaping round, and — unusually — listing reductions that do not line up with the Apple Retailer value. Proper now, we’re solely seeing a reduction of $74 for the gold mannequin, whereas silver has a $60 low cost. There’s presently no low cost for the area grey possibility.

Learn our MacBook Air (M1) evaluation.

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The brand new 13-inch MacBook Professional makes use of Apple’s new M1 processor, which is an eight-core CPU with 4 efficiency cores and 4 effectivity cores, an eight-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine. The baseline mannequin additionally options 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a Retina show, the Magic keyboard and the Contact Bar with Contact ID. The baseline config is presently $100 off at Amazon, which matches the most important low cost but for this mannequin. If you wish to improve the RAM on a brand new MacBook Professional, nonetheless, you will want to purchase from Apple.


The step-up MacBook Professional mannequin doubles the storage capability with a 512GB SSD and prices $1,499 from Apple. Amazon has it proper now for $1,399, which is the bottom value we have seen for this mannequin.

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The baseline Intel-based MacBook Air mannequin includes a 10th-gen Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD in addition to the up to date Magic Keyboard. It is presently promoting for $100 lower than its $999 listing value at B&H in gold. This low cost should not be sufficient to tempt you over the brand new M1-based Air, particularly since college students could also be eligible for a reduction on the brand new M1-based mannequin with the Apple Retailer’s academic low cost.

Learn our 2020 MacBook Air evaluation.

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The baseline Intel-based 13-inch MacBook Professional has a listing value of $1,299 and is presently promoting for $170 lower than that at B&H. It options an eighth-gen 1.4GHz Core i5 processor together with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. (The step-up mannequin with a 512GB SSD can also be $200 off at B&H.) Both method, I might nonetheless spend a bit extra for the newer M1 MacBook Professional in case your finances permits. Or go for the brand new M1 MacBook Air for even much less.

Learn our 2020 MacBook Professional hands-on.

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The present 16-inch MacBook Professional was the lone MacBook line to not obtain an M1 improve. It includes a ninth-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, AMD Radeon Professional 5300M graphics and a 512GB SSD. It boasts an even bigger display screen with the next decision than its smaller, 13-inch sibling. In silver solely, this mannequin is promoting at a $250 low cost at Amazon. (The step-up mannequin in area grey, which bumps up the CPU to an eight-core Core i9 chip, the GPU to the AMD Radeon Professional 5500M and the storage capability to 1TB, is presently $300 off at Amazon.) Until you will have an pressing want for an enormous MacBook Professional, it might be prudent to attend till Apple delivers an M1 replace to this line.

Learn our 16-inch MacBook Professional evaluation.

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