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Best Apple MacBook Black Friday deals: Save $149 on a MacBook Air, $100 on a MacBook Pro

You can get a MacBook Air with a 512GB SSD for $1,100 at Amazon right now.

Apple's cheapest MacBook is even more affordable right now as Amazon rolls out Black Friday deals in the run-up to the holidays. The baseline model of the M1-based MacBook Air isn't on sale, but you can save $149 on the more useful step-up model with a 512GB SSD. And you can save $49 on the new 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro. That's not a huge discount but the best we've seen for Apple's latest MacBook Pro models.

Check out these MacBook deals and be sure to check back; we'll keep this page updated throughout the holiday shopping season sales expire and new deals emerge.

Pricing for Apple's MacBooks

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999, and the new 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499. If you don't need the power of these high-end MacBooks nor the budget, you can spend less on the M1-powered MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air starts at $999, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299.

To recap, you can save $149 on a MacBook Air, $100 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro and $49 on a 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro. One benefit of paying full price and buying from Apple, however, is you can customize the machine and add more RAM or a higher-capacity solid-state drive, whereas the models sold on Amazon and other retailers are fixed configurations.

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Want to go the refurb 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.

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MacBook discounts, compared

Model w/ CPU (and storage capacity) List price Best price (current) Best price (all-time)
13.3-inch MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (256GB) $999 $999 $750
13.3-inch MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,249 $1,100 $1,000
13-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (256GB) $1,299 $1,199 $1,050
13-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,499 $1,349 $1,250
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $1,999 $1,950 $1,950
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,499 $2,450 $2,450
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $2,499 $2,450 $2,450
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,699 $2,699 $2,650
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.

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The new, fanless MacBook Air starts at $999 and features Apple's M1 processor, which has an eight‑core CPU, a seven‑core GPU and a 16‑core Neural Engine. The system also supplies 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It lacks the Touch Bar (which could be viewed as a net positive) but features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Touch ID and the Magic keyboard. No discounts are currently available for the baseline 256GB model, but you can save $149 on the 512GB step-up model in silver or gold at Amazon. Most laptop buyers will benefit from the added storage; a 256GB SSD can fill up fast. For the discount, there is an initial $100 discount plus another $49 at checkout.

Read our MacBook Air (M1) review.

 

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The latest 13-inch MacBook Pro introduced last year uses Apple's new 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. The baseline model also features 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a Retina display, the Magic Keyboard and the Touch Bar with Touch ID. The step-up model doubles the SSD to 512GB. You can save $100 on the baseline model and $150 on the more useful 512GB model.

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The baseline model of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro costs $1,999 and features an 8-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 features a 3,024x1,964-pixel resolution. You can save $49 on the baseline 512GB model in silver right now. That's not a huge price break but the best we've seen yet for it. Need more storage? The step-up 1TB model is also $49 off right now.

Read our 14-inch MacBook Pro review.

 

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The baseline model of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $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 features a 3,456x2,234-pixel resolution. The baseline 512GB model in silver is $49 off. No discount is available for the 1TB model; it was $49 off last week.

Read our 16-inch MacBook Pro review.