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Price breaks get steeper on MacBook Air, Pro

The prices on select MacBook Air models have been cut at MacMall, Mac Connection, and Best Buy. This is happening ahead of an expected product refresh of the MacBook Air.

Apple's MacBook Air is getting cheaper at retailers, following earlier discounts on the MacBook Pro. This would almost lead you to think that resellers are making room for new models. Well, actually that does appear to be the case for the MacBook Air.

Best Buy now lists the low-end 11.6-inch MacBook Air "on sale" for $938.99, while Mac Connection has it for $948.49. That model comes with the Intel 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo Processor, 2GB Memory, and a 64GB flash drive. Apple sells this configuration for $999.

Best Buy has listed some MacBook Air models 'on sale.' MacBook Pros are also seeing low prices at retailers.
Best Buy has listed some MacBook Air models 'on sale.' MacBook Pros are also seeing lower prices at retailers. Best Buy

Meanwhile, MacMall now lists the same model for $938.94. (Note as of Tuesday night there had been an "instant discount" of $28.17, dropping it to $910.77 at MacMall, but that extra discount had been discontinued as of this morning.)

And the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz processor, 2GB of memory, and a 128GB flash drive is $1,234.99 at MacMall and $1,247.65 at Mac Connection. Apple's price is $1,299.

Apple's 17-inch MacBook Pro has seen even deeper price cuts this month. The model with the 2.2GHz Intel "Sandy Bridge" Core i7 processor, 4GB Memory, and 750GB hard disk drive is selling for $2,320 at MacMall. The same MacBook Pro is $2,279.95 at Mac Connection. Best Buy has it on sale for $2,359.99. That model is being sold by Apple for $2,499.99.

A 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHz Core i7 Processor, 4GB Memory, and a 750GB hard drive is $2,059.99 at MacMall. Apple sells the model for $2,199.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is also being sold at a slight discount. A model with a Core i7 processor is selling for $1,415.94 at MacMall and $1,424.99 at Best Buy. Apple lists the model for $1,499.

The 13.3-inch white MacBook is on sale for $939, down from $999 at Best Buy.

All of this comes against the backdrop of an imminent refresh of Apple's MacBook Air lineup. On Monday, part numbers for the upcoming Airs leaked. Part of that report also referred to new Mac Pros, but 9to5Mac now says that they "have determined" that part numbers cited previously are not new Mac Pros but instead are numbers for an upgraded white MacBook and new Mac mini line.