There's plenty of deals on Amazon Prime Day with M1 Macs and iPad Pro devices that may tempt you to upgrade now, and ignore the rumors of the upcoming M1X or M2 chips and the performance improvements they may bring.
As of today, you can reap the benefits of the powerful performance that the M1 chip brings, such as the MacBook Air and the Mac mini, ready for the upcoming update of macOS Monterey.
We've also included the Magic Keyboard attachment for the M1 iPad Pro models here, just in case you want the experience of using it as a laptop, but within an iPad.
If your Intel Mac is wearing a bit thin and you're not interested in what might happen in the next few months, the performance gains you can reap now can make a big difference for a big saving thanks to Prime Day.
(Not in the US or UK? Scroll down for deals in your region).
Best M1 Apple US deals
MacBook Pro M1 (2020, 256GB):
$1,299 $1099 at Amazon
Save $200 - The first MacBook Pro to go M1, here you get an 8-core CPU with up to 17 hours of battery life, with a 13-inch screen to boot and macOS Big Sur ready to go. The main difference between this and the MacBook Air M1, is the presence of a fan for any crucial 4K video editing, alongside the TouchBar, which replaced the function key row for a strip of OLED functions.
MacBook Air M1 (2020, Gold, 256GB):
$999 $949 at Amazon
Save $50 - To pardon a pun, the gold standard of Apple's M1 MacBook line here, you get the much improved keyboard, a 13-inch Retina Display and a 17-hour battery that can handle most tasks. It's a surprisingly powerful workhorse that will constantly surprise you in how it will manage tasks and gaming all at once.
Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd Generation) and iPad Air (4th Generation):
$299.99 $266.69 on Amazon
Save $33.30 - A fantastic all-rounder, with backlit keys and a multi-touch trackpad so you can pinch-in and pinch-out on photos, web pages and much more. This connects to the iPad through the smart connector on the back of the tablet, so you only need to snap it on, and you're ready to work.
Best Apple M1 UK deals
MacBook Pro M1 (2020, 256GB):
£1,299 £1152 at Amazon
Save £147 - Here you get an 8-core CPU with up to 17 hours of battery life, alongside a 13-inch retina display and macOS Big Sur pre-installed, ready to go. The main difference between this and the MacBook Air M1, is the presence of a fan for any crucial 4K video editing, alongside the Touch Bar, which replaced the function key row for a strip of OLED functions.
M1 MacBook Air (256GB):
£999 £893 at Amazon
Save £100 - Amazon is offering the M1 MacBook Air for just £893 for now. You're getting the entry-level 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD configuration here, with Apple's monster M1 chip at the helm, with a fantastic long-lasting battery and the acclaimed redesigned keyboard.
2021 iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2TB):
£1,999 £1899.06 at Amazon
This is one expensive iPad, but that's a saving of £100 if you want the absolute top-tier iPad Pro for 2021. That's a huge 2TB of space, which we think you'll struggle to fill even if you're using this tablet on a daily basis.
iPad Pro Magic Keyboard (12.9-inch):
£349.00 £199.00 at Amazon
Save £150 - If you find yourself doing a lot of work on your iPad Pro, this Magic Keyboard attachment will do the job. With backlit keys, a trackpad and even an extra USB-C port for accessories, it's a great companion for your iPad, especially at almost half off the original price.
More Amazon Prime Day deals in the US
- Amazon devices: early Prime offers from $14.99
- Amazon Echo Dot: 2 for $49.98 with code PDDOT2PACK
- Amazon Echo: 2 for $119.98 with code ECHOPRIME
- Audible Premium Plus: save 53% on your first 4 months
- Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS): $399 $279 at Amazon
- Deals under $25: save on games, smart home, fashion and more
- Fashion: men's and women's fashion from $14
- Headphones: save on Sony, Beats, Bose and more
- iPad (8th generation): was $329 now $299
- Kitchen: save up to 42% on Cusimax, Cosori, Instant Pot and more
- Laptops: Chromebooks, MacBooks and gaming laptops discounted
- Nike: save on NBA jerseys, sneakers, and more
- Nintendo Switch: big titles now $10 off
- PS5: now starting at $29.88
- Smartwatches: save up to 35% on Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
- Subscription boxes: 50% off for Prime members
- TVs: Fire-enabled smart TVs starting at just $99.99
More Amazon Prime Day deals in the UK
- Amazon Echo devices: now starting from £9.99
- Amazon Echo Dot:
£49.99£24.99 at Amazon
- Amazon Echo Show 5 (2019):
£79.99£39.99 at Amazon
- Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet:
£89.99£39.99 at Amazon
- Audible Premium Plus: Prime members get 3 months for 99p
- Blink Mini security camera: now just £21.99 for Prime members
- Deals under £15: save on games, smart home, fashion and more
- Fashion: big savings on Amazon brands starting at under £5
- Headphones: Jabra headphones from £69
- Kitchen: Dolce Gusto coffee machines from £59 and more
- Laptops: cheap PCs starting at just £199
- MacBook Air M1: £100 off at Amazon - now £899
- PC games: EA titles including The Sims 4 from £7.49
- Prime Video: channel add-ons 99p for three months
- PS5: Demon's Souls, Immortals and more discounted now
- Smart home: Ring Video Doorbell from £35
- Smartwatches: Fitbit Charge 4 now £99
- TVs: 4K smart TVs from £298
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