with some significant updates. For $999, the 2020 version of Apple’s most portable laptop features the Magic Keyboard first introduced on the , 10th-gen Intel processors, a new Force Touch trackpad and 256GB of storage for the entry-level configuration. All of that is indisputably great — with the possible exception of the processor. The previous entry-level model featured Intel’s eighth-gen dual-core i5 CPU; the new one comes with Intel’s 10th-gen dual-core i3 chip, and upgrading to the Core i5 will tack on an extra $100. Oh, and the , still stuck at a mere 720p resolution.
Still, the new price point and feature set is likely to have a dramatic impact on the price of all those 2019-era MacBook Air laptops currently on store shelves — eventually. At the moment, B&H Photo has the lowest price, $899, for the entry-level 2019 model that comes equipped with an older but more powerful eighth-gen dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.
Apple doesn’t change the name of its laptops from generation to generation, which can lead to confusion — especially when you’re buying from third party retailers. For example, Amazon is currently selling a 2019-era model that’s still called “New MacBook Air.” These confusing listings will likely be cleaned up over the next few days. Bottom line: I’d hold off buying an older MacBook until retailers recalibrate their pricing. But if you do need to buy one right now, pay careful attention to the specs. (B&H Photo is very good at labeling the vintage of their Apple products.)— casually labeling it as a “previous model” — while its catalog also contains
Otherwise, we’re still seeing the same kind of deals we’ve been seeing for weeks. The. (It’s dipped as low as $1,050 in recent weeks.) And the , which was on sale for $300 off last week, .
MacBook discounts, compared
|Model||List price||Best price (current)||Best price (all-time)|
|MacBook Air 2020 (256GB SSD)||$999||$999||$999|
|MacBook Air 2019 (128GB SSD)||$900||$900||$800|
|13-inch MacBook Pro 2019 (128GB SSD)||$1,300||$1,100||$1,050|
|16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 (128GB SSD)||$2,399||$2,199||$2,100|
Best Buy has trimmed $200 from the entry-level 2019 MacBook Pro. (You need to be logged into a My Best Buy account — they’re free — to see the sale price.) This is a solid deal, though we’ve seen this model on sale for $1,050 recently.
A greatest-hits compilation of MacBook features, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro features a bigger screen, with a higher resolution; upgrades to processor, GPU, RAM and storage options; and a much-improved keyboard. This isn’t the largest discount we’ve even seen — that would be the $300 discount from a weeks back — but it’s a solid deal on the entry-level configuration.