Back to school MacBook deals offer free AirPods this week - plus big savings across the range

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Back to school MacBook deals are throwing in free AirPods in the US and UK this week, and that's before you've even taken a look at the savings on offer right now. All of that together makes this the perfect time to be shopping for a new Apple laptop, with price drops on older models coming in particularly cheap alongside reductions on the 2020 line as well. 

The latest MacBook Air has dropped down to $899 this week at a number of retailers (£949 in the UK). We'd really point you towards Apple for those free AirPods if you're looking at the latest Air release, however. You can save cash and bag some extra value by shopping Apple direct, especially considering this configuration has been listed for $999 in the past. 

If you're looking for MacBook Pro deals, you'll be shopping at B&H Photo for a 13-inch model or Amazon for the massive 16-inch powerhouse. The former is still holding well at $1,199 for the 2019 model, a great sales price that's stuck around for a few weeks now. Of course, if you're after Dolby Atmos speakers, the Magic keyboard and double the storage you can also save $100 on the 2020 version, with £100 in savings available at Amazon in the UK. 

We're rounding up all these MacBook deals just below, but you'll find plenty more prices further down the page as well. Or, check out all the best back to school sales going on right now. Keep your eyes peeled for more MacBook sales in this year's Black Friday deals as well.

MacBook deals: US

Today's best MacBook deals in the US

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2020 MacBook Air | AirPods | <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=92X363&xcust=hawk-custom-tracking&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fus-hed%2Fshop%2Fbuy-mac%2Fmacbook-air&sref" data-link-merchant="SkimLinks - apple.com"">$899 at Apple
Grab the 2020 MacBook Air with a free set of AirPods for just $899 at Apple right now. That's a fantastic offer considering this laptop was previously listed for $999. There's also some considerable power in this entry model - a 10th generation i3 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage.

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2019 13-inch MacBook Pro | <a href="https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1492879-REG/apple_muhp2ll_a_13_3_macbook_pro_with.html?BI=20811&KBID=16572&SID=hawk-custom-tracking" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"">$1,499 $1,199 at B&H Photo
If you'd like a little more power you can pick up this 2019 MacBook Pro, offering up a 1.4GHz i5 processor, with the same 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD configuration as above. You're saving $300 here, and you can even save on a range of Adobe and Microsoft Office 365 software when you build up a bundle as well.

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2020 13-inch MacBook Pro | <a href="https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1560527-REG/apple_mxk52ll_a_13_3_macbook_pro_with.html?BI=20811&KBID=16572&SID=hawk-custom-tracking" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"">$1,499 $1,399 at B&H Photo
If you're only here for the latest MacBook Pro deals, you'll find the 2020 model available for $100 off at B&H Photo as well. You're picking up the same 1.4GHz i5 processor as the 2019 model above, but doubling your storage space up to 512GB and picking up the Magic Keyboard and Dolby Atmos speakers.

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2020 16-inch MacBook Pro | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FApple-MacBook-16-Inch-512GB-Storage%2Fdp%2FB081FZV45H%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">$2,399 $2,099 at Amazon
Amazon has cut $300 off the price of this premium 16-inch MacBook Pro. That means you can grab big specs for less right now, with the particular model sporting a 9th generation hexacore i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.

MacBook deals: UK

Today's best MacBook deals in the UK

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MacBook Pro / Air 2020 | AirPods | <a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/221109/435298/7615?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fuk%2F" data-link-merchant="apple.com"">Save at the Apple Education Store
UK shoppers will have to have their student cards ready, because Apple is only offering its free AirPods to verified students in the UK. If you have a UNiDAYS account, you stand to save some considerable cash on your laptop as well as discounted AppleCare+ and other accessories as well.

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2020 MacBook Air | <a href="https://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?awinmid=22479&awinaffid=103504&clickref=hawk-custom-tracking&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.currys.co.uk%2Fgbuk%2Fcomputing%2Flaptops%2Flaptops%2Fapple-13-3-macbook-air-with-retina-display-2020-intel-core-i3-256-gb-ssd-space-grey-10206416-pdt.html" data-link-merchant="currys.co.uk"">£999 £949 at Currys
Currys has cut £50 off the price of its range of MacBook Air laptops this week, returning the line to a previous sales price that proved very popular earlier in the month. With some serious power packed into this entry-level model you're not skimping on the specs either.

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2020 13-inch MacBook Pro | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.co.uk%2Fdp%2FB0882L1LN4%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-21%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-21" data-link-merchant="Amazon UK"">£1,299 £1,192 at Amazon
Amazon's own MacBook deals are also offering £100 off the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro. If you're after speedier performance, more ports, and that all-important touchbar, this is worth the extra cash over the Air.

More MacBook deals

We're rounding up plenty more MacBook Pro deals and MacBook Air sales right here on TechRadar, but if you're after something a little more flexible you can take a look at the best iPad Pro deals going as well. 

Tabitha Baker
Deals Editor

Tabs is a Deals Editor at TechRadar, bringing you all the latest savings on the tech everyone's talking about and covering deals on gaming, laptops, tablets and more in the US and UK. Happiest with a DualSense controller in her hand, she's also contributed to GamesRadar, Tom's Guide and T3 and specializes in gaming hardware and computing.