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The best MacBook deals in September 2022

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The current strong run of MacBook deals continues this week as we've seen the return of some of the year's lowest prices for Apple's premium laptops. If you've had an eye on any model then you can currently find at least a good saving on both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Move fast and pick up one of today's best prices we've highlighted just below.

Sure, MacBooks are still generally expensive even after a price cut, but it all helps. These premium devices can be well worth the extra investment, too, as they regularly sit atop our list of the best laptops available today. Apple's laptops are built with longevity in mind, so they can be excellent value for money in the long run over other devices that you may need to replace every couple of years.

MacBook deals are now more regular than ever, too. There's usually at least one model that's got a huge discount at any one time - and we only expect that to increase as we head into the busy end-of-year sales period and the upcoming Black Friday deals. Stick with us for all the latest news.

If your budget doesn't stretch to one of these premium machines, our hubs dedicated to this week's laptop deals and Chromebook deals are worth a look for a wider variety of cheaper and mid-range options. Or, if you decide you need something more flexible that's still within the Apple ecosystem, you can always take a look at the latest iPad deals.

MacBook Air deals

It's an interesting time looking for offers on the MacBook Air right now as the brand new MacBook Air (M2, 2022) has just launched. Of course, Apple's latest laptop with the M2 chip hasn't been discounted this early, but we do have our eyes peeled for any reductions on the previous MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

Even though the newer version does come with a new design and performance upgrades, the last-generation device is still a powerful laptop and is actually better value for money for most - even more so if it's reduced in the months ahead. Check out today's offers right here our head over to our dedicated MacBook Air deals page has even more info.

MacBook Air M2

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The best MacBook Air (M2, 2022) deals

An impressive but expensive new model

CPU: Apple M2 | Graphics: 8 or 10-core GPU | Screen: 13.6-inch, 2,560 x 1,664 Liquid Retina display (backlit LED, IPS, 500 nits brightness, wide color P3 gamut) | Memory: 8 to 24GB | Storage: 256GB to 2TB | Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches (30.41 x 21.5 x 1.13cm; W x D x H)

Excellent performance
Long battery life
Stylish new design
Poor value for money

As the new MacBook Air has only been available for a short time it comes as no surprise that the laptop hasn't received a discount yet. You will probably need to wait until at least Black Friday for a price cut - and even then the chances are it will only be a maximum of $50 / £50.

If you still want to buy one now then you can find today's best prices above. Based on our review, though, and the current price of the M1 version, you may find a better deal on that older version. You won't compromise too much on performance, too, as it's still capable of handling involving work. 

If you're choosing between the Air and the Pro, though, this MacBook Air M2 could be a smarter buy as it offers better value for money for a similar level of performance.

The 2020 MackBook Air with M1 chip

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The best MacBook Air (M1, 2020) deals

An older but better value for money option for most

CPU: Apple M1 8-core CPU | Graphics: 7-core GPU | Screen: 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 Retina True Tone display (backlit LED, IPS) | Storage: 256GB to 2TB | Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.61cm; W x D x H)

Powerful processor
More affordable
Excellent all-round option
No design changes

If you're after a performance boost, but still need a lightweight form factor, the MacBook Air M1 will 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.

As the new MacBook Air with the latest M2 chip is now available, too, we're on the hunt for any bigger discounts on this model in the months ahead. If you see it available for $799 / £799 or less then know that's a record low price for the laptop and definitely worth buying. In fact, it's a better value-for-money pick for most with almost any discount of $100/£100 or more.

MacBook Pro deals

If you're more interested in the latest MacBook Pro (14-inch) and MacBook Pro (16-inch) then reductions on these devices are available. They do seem to vary all the time but the smaller laptop gets the most deals with savings up to $200 / £150.  

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro (M2, 2022) hasn't had a considerable effect on any other models since it launched, but deals have been more frequent on the 14-inch and 16-inch versions in recent weeks.

Nevertheless, we don't see the new 13-inch version as a worthwhile investment. It may have a significant performance boost and excellent battery life, but it's likely overkill for most and doesn't feature a new design. In fact, for most, the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) is actually better value for money for a similar level of performance if you've got an eye out for any MacBook Pro deals.

13 inch MacBook Pro M2

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The best 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 (2022) deals

A premium price for the power of the M2 chip

Brand new M2 chip
Impressive 20-hour battery life
M1 Air is better value for money

Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) featuring the powerful new M2 chip is now available to buy. 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 and discounts are currently nonexistent.

With that in mind, we'd consider the recent MacBook Air with the M2 chip as a better value-for-money option. Sure, the performance increase with the latest device is nice, but it's generally more power than necessary for most. 

Meanwhile, the new MacBook Air doesn't fall too far behind in terms of performance and will more than comfortably handle your everyday use as well as more involving tasks. Best of all? It has a fresh design, better battery life and starts at $100 / £100 less.

MacBook Pro 14-inch

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The best 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) deals

The number one pick for creative professionals

CPU: Apple M1 Pro 8 or 10-core CPU | Graphics: 14 or 16-core GPU | Screen: 14.2-inch, 3,024 x 1,964 Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED, 1,000 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, ProMotion technology) | Storage: 512GB or 1TB | Dimensions: 12.31 x 8.71 x 0.61 inches (31.26 x 22.12 x 1.55cm; W x D x H)

Excellent performance
Stunning screen
Impressive battery life
Overkill for general users

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 .

MacBook Pro 16-inch

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The best 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) deals

Unbeatable levels of performance but at a high price

CPU: Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max 10-core CPU | Graphics: 16 or 32-core GPU | Screen: 16.2-inch, 3,456 x 2,234 Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED, 1,000 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, ProMotion technology) | Storage: 512GB or 1TB | Dimensions: 14.01 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches (35.57 x 24.81 x 1.68cm); W x D x H)

Exceptional performance
Gorgeous mini-LED display
Long battery life
Large, expensive and heavy

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.

13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 chip

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The best 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 (2020) deals

An older but still powerful device

CPU: Apple M1 chip - 8 cores | Graphics: 8 core GPU | RAM: 8GB - 16GB | Screen: 13-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 Retina display | Dimensions (H x W x D): 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61-inches

Powerful new M1 chip 
Fan cooling will make for better performance
17 hours battery life
Slightly older now

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.

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.

James Pickard
Deals Editor

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.