Apple's range of premium laptops are generally some of the most expensive on the market, but if you buy at the right time or from the right retailer you can often find a saving. With that in mind, we've gathered up all the best MacBook deals available today so you can pay the lowest price today.
And while MacBook may never be cheap, that extra investment gets you a powerful ultrabook that can offer excellent value for money in the long run over other laptops that you may need to replace every couple of years. Those initial prices may be off-putting, but there are MacBook deals fairly regularly. The best of these offers are usually saved for major sales events, such as the upcoming Amazon Prime Day, but you can still find a decent reduction throughout the year.
It's an interesting time looking for offers on the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) right now as a brand new version with Apple's most powerful M2 chip is due for release in July. Once the MacBook Air M2 is released, we may see some bigger price cuts on the previous generation model that we still think is one of the best laptops you can buy today. We'd suggest holding off for a while before making a decision on whether to buy right now as it won't be long until MacBook Air M2 pre-orders go live next month.
If you're more interested in the latest MacBook Pro (14-inch) and MacBook Pro (16-inch) then reductions on these are available. They do seem to vary all the time but the smaller laptop does get the most deals with savings up to $200 / £150. It'll be interesting to see if the new 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 (2022) has any affect on these other models when it launches this month. Currently, we don't see this new version as a worthwhile investment (and would still recommend the Air).
If you decide you need something more flexible, you can always take a look at the best iPad deals too. Or, if your budget doesn't stretch to one of these premium machines, our hub dedicated to all the laptop deals on offer this week is worth a look for a wider variety of cheaper options. We've also got a look at more discounted Apple tech including the best Apple Watch deals, all the cheapest AirPods deals and top Apple Pencil deals.
MacBook Air deals
If you're after a performance boost, but still need a lightweight form factor, the new MacBook Air M1 might be your best bet. While there's a serious performance boost in this model, you're not paying as much for it as you may think. In fact, we've seen some great MacBook deals over recent months that suggest Apple certainly isn't afraid to discount this model every now and then.
The new M1 chip gives Intel a serious run for its money and battery life doesn't even suffer for it. Plus, you get it all for the same price as the previous model, which makes this the go-to MacBook right now.
MacBook Pro deals
Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) featuring the powerful new M2 chip launches on June 24 but a number of retailers are already taking pre-orders. Prices start at $1,299 / £1,349 for the standard model with a 256GB SSD, so it's clear this is positioned as the manufacturer's most premium ultrabook.
With that in mind, we'd consider the existing MacBook Air M1 (2020) as a better value for money option. Sure, the performance increase with the latest device is nice, but it's generally overkill for most. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air will more than comfortably handle your everyday use and more involving tasks, all while saving you at least $300 / £400 at the same time.
Creative professionals will find a lot to like with the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021). It's a compact and powerful laptop that comes with a considerable number of ports so you can finally leave all those dongles and hubs in the drawer. With the latest M1 Pro chip at its core, it offers some incredibly fine-tuned performance that takes it leaps and bounds above the competition. The battery life impresses, too, while the screen is one of Apple's best yet - a crisp Liquid Retina XDR display featuring mini-LED technology.
For the general user, this device is probably a touch overkill, both in terms of power and price. Those still looking to jump onto the Apple ecosystem but don't need quite as much performance and features would be better to consider the MacBook Air or even an iPa .
When it comes to top tier laptops the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) simply can't be beat right now. Apple's massive redesign of the 2019 MacBook Pro comes with a substantial boost in power with the M1 Pro or M1 Max chip, a stunning mini-LED display and a host of other most-wanted new features.
Those who want a more static workstation will appreciate the jump up to a 16-inch screen, though the 14-inch is a lot better for portability. It's also substantially cheaper, too, so those who don't need all the excessive power and are on a smaller budget will do just as well going for the smaller version.
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are now available, which means you'll want to decide whether you go for a potentially cheaper price point with this previous generation device or pay extra for the stark performance upgrade with Apple's latest M1 Pro and Max chips. We've already seen some decent price cuts on this 13-inch MacBook Pro over recent months, so it's definitely one to consider if you're on a tighter budget.
You won't compromise too much, either, as it's still powered by the standard M1 chip. That's a considerable boost over older models that used Intel processors. So, you still get a seriously powerful machine here, with a design that's very similar from the outside, at a price point that even manages to undercut other high-end ultrabooks in terms of value.
MacBook deals: FAQs
Got any questions about all these MacBook deals before you go ahead with a purchase? We've answered all the most common ones below and will continue to add to this section over time.
How to find the best MacBook deals
MacBook deals are hard to come by for a reason - these machines last. That means Apple rarely discounts its older laptop lines with new generations, so it's harder to find that standout price if you're willing to swallow a few years on the market.
That doesn't mean you're stuck with launch prices, however. In fact, MacBook sales are fairly common around certain times of the year, and do generally fall in line with new releases. While you might not find major discounts on cheaper entry level models, those shopping for the more specced out lines can enjoy some significant price drops around the holidays and major Apple launch windows.
Is it worth buying a pre-2020 MacBook?
We'll say it again, MacBooks last. Many 2019 MacBook Pros are still running healthy to this day, though you might struggle to cram the latest MacOS releases onto them. But we'll say something else again, cheap MacBooks don't tend to lose their value. That means you can easily spend $1,000 on a MacBook from before 2020 and miss out on the latest processors, RAM upgrades, hardware features, and SSD storage sizes of the newer models that sit at similar prices.
That means if you do spot a particularly good MacBook deal on an older or refurbished model, it may well be worth your time. If you find yourself shopping between the $1,300 and $2,000 mark, however, double-check you can't pick up something newer for the same price.
What to look for in MacBook sales
MacBook sales tend to offer creepingly reduced prices on the entry level Air and Pro models while reserving the big drops for the more expensive configurations. While these deals tend to stick around the same sale prices every time they are reduced, keen shoppers will notice that traditional discount does grow a little every now and then. That will knock an extra $50 off the price sporadically in order to make headlines, but it also means that if you spot a particularly good MacBook deal it's not worth sticking around and waiting for a better sale in the future.
It's worth shopping older models if you're looking to score a more impressive price drop, as retailers are keen to shift these units before any big release. Shop these MacBook deals if you're after a bigger spec in particular, as you'll often find the older mid-range models offering bigger power than entry level fresh releases for either the same price or slightly less.
However, it's always worth keeping one eye on the prices of those latest versions. As we've learned with the 2020 MacBook Air, Apple is looking to make the MacBook more cost effective moving forwards. That means you might be able to find MacBook deals offering entry level new releases for less than their ancestors.