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Best MacBook Deals: Save $75 on M2 MacBook Pro, $300 on Larger Pro Models

Amazon is offering the first discounts on the M2 MacBook Air and M2 MacBook Pro. And you can save up to $300 on a 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple unveiled new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models based on its new M2 chip at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The new MacBook Air is bigger than the previous Air, with the promise of more power. Along with a bigger 13.6-inch display and new M2 chip, however, comes a higher price. Gone is the $999 starting price; the new M2 MacBook Air line starts at $1,199. The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip starts at the same price of $1,299 as the previous model. 

The new M2 machines have received their first discounts at Amazon. You can save $15 on the M2 MacBook Air and $63 or $75 on the M2 MacBook Pro.

If you are sad to see the Air's $999 starting price disappear (we are; sniff), you can get the previous-generation MacBook Air with the M1 chip and 13.3-inch display for $900 at Best Buy -- a savings of $99. That makes it more than $300 less than the 256GB model of the M2 MacBook Air. The difference between the M1 and M2 models with the 512GB SSD is $349 right now.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro and its larger 16-inch Pro sibling, both based on Apple's M1 Pro chip, are the company's biggest and most powerful MacBooks. They are up to $300 off at Amazon right now and selling at the lowest prices we've seen yet.

We'll update this page with any notable MacBook price drops, so be sure to check back.

US pricing for Apple's MacBooks

The new M2 MacBook Air starts at $1,199, and the previous M1 MacBook Air starts at $999. The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299, the 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999 and the 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499.

While Amazon has the best prices at the moment, one benefit to paying full price and buying from Apple is you can customize the machine and add more RAM or a higher-capacity solid-state drive. The models sold by Amazon and other retailers are fixed configurations.

Want to go the refurbished route? You can now find refurbished M1 MacBooks on Apple's Certified Refurbished Mac page. Refurb inventory changes rapidly so you may not always see an M1 MacBook Air or Pro listed. It's worth keeping an eye out, however, because you can lock in substantial savings, up to $200. Rick Broida, CNET's Cheapskate emeritus, is a big fan of refurbs, particularly Apple's -- which are often as good as new.

It's also worth noting that the Apple Store offers students an educational discount, which can trim hundreds of dollars from the price of a new laptop or tablet.

Keep reading to see the best MacBook laptop deals currently available for Apple's current and previous-generation MacBooks. We update this list periodically.

Read moreMacBook Pro 2021 Review: Apple's M1 Max Chip Meets Retro Ports

MacBook discounts, compared

Model w/ CPU (and storage capacity) List price Best price (current) Best price (all-time)
M1 MacBook Air (256GB) $999 $900 $750
M1 MacBook Air (512GB) $1,199 $1,050 $1,000
M2 MacBook Air (256GB) $1,199 $1,185 $1,177
M2 MacBook Air (512GB) $1,499 $1,499 $1,499
13-inch M1 MacBook Pro (256GB) $1,299 $1,223 $1,050
13-inch M1 MacBook Pro (512GB) $1,499 $1,499 $1,250
13-inch M2 MacBook Pro (256GB) $1,299 $1,236 $1,199
13-inch M2 MacBook Pro (512GB) $1,499 $1,424 $1,399
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $1,999 $1,899 $1,749
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,499 $2,199 $2,199
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $2,499 $2,199 $2,199
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,699 $2,399 $2,399
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Max chip (1TB) $3,499 $3,499 $3,499

*Note that "all-time" means the best price that we've seen at an Apple-authorized retailer in the product's lifetime. Prices change frequently and may differ between color variants.

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The MacBook Air from 2020 features Apple's M1 processor, which has an eight-core CPU, a seven-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine. The M1 MacBook Air starts at $999 from Apple and features 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It lacks the Touch Bar (which could be viewed as a positive), and does have a 13.3-inch Retina display, Touch ID and the Magic keyboard. The step-up model costs $1,199 from Apple and doubles the solid-state storage to 512GB.

Amazon's discounts have all but disappeared for the previous M1 MacBook Air, but you can save $99 on the 256GB model and $149 on the 512GB model at Best Buy. Best Buy lists a savings of $200 for the 512GB model, but Apple has dropped the price of it by $50 to $1,199 so you are only saving $149. Still, that's an appreciated price break, especially when the new M2 MacBook Air models cost considerably more than their M1 counterparts.

Read our Apple MacBook Air M1 (Late 2020) review.

 

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In addition to receiving the second-gen Apple Silicon chip, the M2 MacBook Air boasts a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display and is available in two new colors: starlight and midnight. It also ditches the Air's tapered wedge shape and now looks more like the squared-off, slablike Pro models. The webcam has also been upgraded to a 1080p resolution for better video calls. The M2 Air starts at $1,199, which is $200 more than the previous model. It features an M2 processor with an eight-core CPU and eight-core GPU, 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. The step-up $1,499 model has an M2 chip with an eight-core CPU and 10-core GPU, 8GB of memory and a 512GB SSD. 

Amazon is selling the 256GB model at a slight discount in the starlight color. It's the first price break we've seen for the latest MacBook Air that just started shipping.

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Originally released in 2020, this 13-inch Pro features Apple's M1 processor, which is an eight-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores, an eight-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine. It also features 8GB of RAM, a Retina display, the Magic Keyboard and the Touch Bar with Touch ID. 

You can save $76 on the 256GB model in space gray at Amazon. We don't see any discounts anywhere for the 512GB model. 

Aside from the new M2 chip, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro remains mostly unchanged from the previous iteration. It's now the only laptop in the updated Apple lineup that has the controversial and generally disliked Touch Bar. It also lacks the new MagSafe charger and offers the same two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports for both charging and peripherals. Pricing remains the same as the previous series. The baseline model costs $1,299 and features 8GB of RAM and a 2565GB SSD. The step-up $1,499 model doubles the SSD to 512GB.

You can save $63 on the 256GB model in silver at Amazon and $75 on the 512GB model in silver. While we welcome these price breaks on the new M2 MacBook Pro, both models were discounted by $100 last week.

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The baseline model of the 14-inch MacBook Pro costs $1,999 and features an eight-core M1 Pro chip, a 14-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The $2,499 step-up model features a 10-core M1 Pro chip, a 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display has a 3,024x1,964-pixel resolution. 

The baseline 14-inch Pro can usually be found for $200 off at Amazon, but it's only discounted by $69 right now. The better deal is the 1TB model, which is $300 off right now. The best price for the 512GB model is at B&H where it's $100 off.

Read our 14-inch MacBook Pro review.

 

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The baseline model of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro lists for $2,499 and features a 10-core M1 Pro chip, a 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512B SSD. There are two step-up models: The $2,699 model upgrades the storage to a 1TB SSD, and the $3,499 model features the M1 Max chip, a 32-core GPU, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display packs 3,456x2,234 pixels.

You can save $300 at Amazon on the baseline model or the 1TB model. That's the biggest discount we've seen yet for the 16-inch Pro.

Read our 16-inch MacBook Pro review.