With multiple configurations and various models to choose from, finding a deal on an M1-equipped MacBook or Mac Mini is not all that difficult. It’s a slightly different story for the newer MacBook Pros with the beefier M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, but any bit of savings you can get on the new Pro models is sure to be worthwhile.
Here, we’ll run through the discounts that are currently available for the latest MacBooks, as well as any deals to be had on the Mac Mini. Of course, there are still some lingering discounts available for older, Intel-based configurations — which are compatible with macOS Monterey — but we strongly recommend opting for a newer model now that Apple has introduced its M1 chips across the MacBook Air and Pro lines. There is really no downside to opting for Apple’s own silicon, save for Windows Boot Camp holdouts.
Alternatively, purchasing refurbished is another way to save money on an Apple computer. Apple’s refurbished store provides a one-year warranty on all products and generally has discounts of 15 to 20 percent off the price of a new model. Two other retailers to look at for refurbished MacBooks are Best Buy and Amazon. If you’re looking for a new model, however, here are the best MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini deals available.
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Highlights across the range
|Model||Year||Storage||List Price||Sale Price||Retailers|
|Model||Year||Storage||List Price||Sale Price||Retailers|
|MacBook Air with M1||2020||256GB||$999||$900||Amazon||Best Buy|
|MacBook Air with M1||2020||512GB||$1,249||$1,150||Amazon||Best Buy|
|MacBook Pro with M1 and Touch Bar (13-inch)||2020||256GB||$1,299||$1,199||B&H Photo|
|MacBook Pro with M1 Pro (14-inch)||2021||512GB||$2,000||$1,950||Costco|
|MacBook Pro with M1 Pro (16-inch)||2021||512GB||$2,499||$2,450||Costco|
|Apple Mac Mini with M1||2020||256GB||$899||$669||Amazon||B&H Photo||Costco|
The best MacBook Air deals
The MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop. It’s best suited for typical productivity work, with a comfortable keyboard, excellent trackpad, and all-day battery life. There are rumors of a new model coming at Apple’s WWDC 2022 event on June 6th, but for now, the most recent model includes the Apple-designed M1 processor and lacks a fan for quiet, efficient performance. It ticks all the right boxes when it comes to performance and price, which is why it’s currently our top pick for the best laptop you can buy.
The base MacBook Air with the M1 chip has 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It typically sells for $999, although we’ve seen it dip as low as $799.99. The best deal on the base model at the moment, however, is at Amazon and Best Buy, where you can pick it up for $899.99. If you need additional storage, the 512GB model with an eight-core GPU is also discounted in select colorways at Amazon and Best Buy, dropping to $1,149.99 (about $100 off).
If you have a Micro Center in your local area, you may be able to get an additional $20 off the base M1 MacBook Air. Micro Center has it for just $879.99 for in-store pickup at select locations. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to have Best Buy match that price.
The best MacBook Pro deals
The MacBook Pro line has been split into two different segments — for the time being. The M1-powered MacBook Pro of 2020 remains the final Touch Bar holdout. It is a sibling to the MacBook Air, introduced at the same time, with similar innards, save mostly for a fan that allows it to run at peak performance for longer. The new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros announced in October, however, come with the M1 Pro or optional M1 Max CPUs.
Right now, Costco is offering a lone $50 discount on the 14-inch, M1 Pro-equipped base model, selling it in silver for $1,949.99. As for the 16-inch MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage and the M1 Pro, the only deal out there is the members-only discount at Costco, which drops the price to $2,449.99 ($50 off).
Our reviews of the latest MacBook Pro line were absolutely beaming with praise. Whether it was the beautiful display or the remarkable performance and battery life they exhibited, these premium laptops are investments that we can wholeheartedly recommend. As soon as there’s a steep price break on these impressive laptops, we’d suggest that anyone in the market for a new laptop consider purchasing one, as they’re likely to sell out fast.
The Touch Bar-equipped, 13-inch MacBook Pro is similar to the Air but geared toward slightly more demanding use cases and starts at $1,299. The M1-powered base model includes 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, a brighter screen, longer battery life, and an internal fan designed to maintain performance under increased workloads.
In December, we saw the base model drop to $1,099.99 on Amazon, but right now, the best available price for everyone is at B&H Photo, which is selling the gray model for $1,199. That may not be the steepest discount we’ve seen, but that’s still a savings of $100. Meanwhile, if you’re a Costco member, you can get it for $1049.99 through June 12th. As for the 512GB configuration with 8GB of RAM, it’s on sale for $1,399 instead of $1,499 at Adorama.
The best Mac Mini deals
While it is not an Apple laptop, the Mac Mini is an affordable desktop computer with macOS. It does not include a display, keyboard, or mouse (so you’ll have to supply your own), but this compact machine is an excellent performer if you aren’t concerned about portability. It’s fast, efficient, and comes outfitted with Wi-Fi 6.
Like the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Mini features Apple’s M1 processor. It starts at $699, with the price varying based on your RAM and storage configurations. If you’re looking for a discount, Amazon, B&H Photo, and Costco are all currently selling the base model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for about $669, which is a far cry from its all-time low of $569.99. The new Mac Studio may be getting all the recent praise, but that’s a much pricier machine. The little M1 Mac Mini is still a very capable desktop for everyday users who dabble in some creative work, though the $30 discount at this time is quite modest.