Macbook air cheapest: Best MacBook deals for July 2023

Best MacBook deals for July 2023

Apple now sells MacBooks equipped with its own M-series chips in a wide range of sizes and price points. The offerings start with the 13-inch MacBook Air from 2020 at $999 and go all the way up to last year’s 16-inch MacBook Pro at $2,499 (not counting anything you can spec out to the stratosphere). And while it’s great to have options, it’s even better to find the right one for you on sale. The good news is that finding a deal on a Mac with an M1 or M2 chip — or a higher-end Pro or Max version — is usually not too difficult.

At this point, we don’t recommend buying any older Intel-based Macs. They’re just completely outclassed by all the newer models unless you have some super-niche Windows Boot Camp needs.

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 offers discounts of up to 15 to 20 percent off the price of a new unit. If you’re looking for a new model, however, here are the best MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini deals available.

The best MacBook Air deals

M1 MacBook Air

The MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop. It’s best suited for typical productivity work, with a comfortable keyboard, an excellent trackpad, and all-day battery life. The redesigned M2 version of the MacBook Air has been with us for a bit — there’s now even a 15-inch M2 Air — but the 2020 version with an M1 processor and fanless design remains in the lineup as the budget option. For many people, the M1 Air still ticks the right boxes when it comes to performance and price, even if it’s long enough in the tooth to have been finally dethroned in our guide to the best laptops.

The base MacBook Air with the M1 chip comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It typically sells for $999, but Amazon is currently discounting the silver model to $869 ($130 off). That’s not nearly as good as it recently was during Amazon Prime Day when it dropped to an all-time low of $749. 99, but it’s not terrible. Even more than two years after its release, it’s hard to beat the M1 Air’s value when it comes to performance and battery life, given its affordable price tag (even at full price).

MacBook Air with M1 (late 2020)

$869$99913% off

$

869

$869$99913% off

The MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop, which comes outfitted with the company’s M1 chip in one of three different colors (silver, space gray, and gold).

$869 at Amazon (256GB, silver)$899 at Amazon (256GB, space gray / gold)Best Buy (256GB)

M2 MacBook Air

As for the newer, fancier 13-inch MacBook Air with M2, the base model with 256GB of storage and an eight-core GPU got a price drop last month. Along with introducing a 15-inch M2 Air, Apple announced during WWDC that the 13-inch model now starts at $1,099 instead of $1,199. As for deals, the 13-incher is currently selling for $999 ($100 off) at B&H Photo and Best Buy. There’s also a slightly better deal available at B&H Photo on an upgraded configuration with a 512GB SSD and 10-core GPU for $1,249 ($150 off), assuming you’re okay with the sleek yet fingerprint-prone midnight color.

The new MacBook Air is a super slim and light laptop with a 1080p webcam that’s actually usable, as well as a handy magnetic charger that frees up one of its precious two USB-C ports. Its M2 processor didn’t kick-start a revolution like the M1 generation, but it’s a great performer for any user outside of more demanding creatives.

It does have some slight downsides, like slower storage in the base configuration and a notch cutout in its otherwise excellent screen. But even so, there hasn’t been a more travel-friendly laptop offered by Apple since the days of the polarizing 12-inch MacBook, and this one’s good enough to be the No. 1 laptop we now recommend in our buying guide.

MacBook Air with M2 (2022)

$999$10999% off

$

999

$999$10999% off

The redesigned MacBook Air is a thin, lightweight device powered by Apple’s latest chip. The M2 model also touts a 1080p webcam and a better display than its predecessor while retaining features like long battery life and MagSafe charging.

$999 at B&H Photo (256GB)$999 at Best Buy (256GB)$1249 at B&H Photo (512GB)

The newly announced 15-inch MacBook Air with M2 is a lot like a blown-up 13-inch Air, and judging from our glowing review, there’s nothing wrong with that. Like its smaller counterpart, it has an M2 chip, two Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C ports, and MagSafe charging, and its base model comes with a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. But it differs by having a larger 15.3-inch notched screen with 2880 x 1864 resolution, six speakers instead of four, a 10-core GPU that costs extra on the 13-inch, and a higher starting price of $1,299. Bumping up to a larger, faster 512GB of storage will run you $1,499.

Surprisingly, the 15-inch M2 Air started receiving some slight discounts before it even shipped, which let early adopters save between $50 and $100. As of right now, you can get it for $50 off by ordering it from Amazon or B&H Photo, where it currently starts at $1,249.

15-inch MacBook Air (eight-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB RAM)

$1249$12994% off

$

1249

$1249$12994% off

Apple’s largest MacBook Air sports a 15-inch display, six-speaker array, and an M2 chip. The base model starts with 8GB of RAM and 256B of storage, though you can configure it with up to 24GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.

$1249 at Amazon (256GB)$1249 at B&H Photo (256GB)$1449 at Amazon (512GB)

The best MacBook Pro deals

M2 and M2 Pro MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro line has been split into two different segments — for the time being. The M2-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2022 remains the lone Touch Bar holdout. It’s sort of a sibling to the 2020 MacBook Air, with a similar design save mostly for a fan that allows it to run at peak performance for longer. And while it’s still plagued by the Touch Bar and has its shortcomings when it comes to speed (at least on the base model), it features terrific battery life, and we occasionally see discounts up to $150 to $200 that help make it more worthwhile.

Right now, the best deals on the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro are at Amazon and B&H Photo, where the 256GB model with 8GB of RAM is receiving its best discount of $200 off. That drops the price from $1,299 to $1,099. The 512GB model is also discounted by $200 at B&H Photo and Amazon, making it $1,299. These are excellent deals if the Touch Bar-equipped Mac still floats your boat, but those of you who do intensive creative work may still be better served spending a bit more on the more capable 14-inch MacBook Pro (if you can stretch your budget, of course).

13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 (2022)

$1099$129915% off

$

1099

$1099$129915% off

The latest iteration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the last Touch Bar holdout. It has two USB-C ports, like the M1 MacBook Air, and now comes equipped with the M2 CPU and is configurable with up to 24GB of unified memory.

$1099 at Amazon (256GB)$1099 at B&H Photo (256GB)$1299 at Amazon (512GB)

As for the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, the latest models are mostly a spec-bumped refresh from the M1 Pro / M1 Max generation, but they now feature faster M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, with the 16-inch M2 Max MacBook Pro also showcasing some excellent battery life gains thanks to the efficiency of the new chips. And now, we’re finally starting to see some good discounts on the M2-based models.

Right now, you can get the base 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 Pro chip, a 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM for $1,799 ($200 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. There’s also good news if you need additional storage, as the 14-inch model with 1TB of storage, a 12-core M2 Pro CPU, and 19 GPU cores is down to $2,299 ($200 off) at B&H Photo and Amazon.

14-inch MacBook Pro (M2 Pro, 2023)

$1799$199910% off

$

1799

$1799$199910% off

The 2023 version of the 14-inch MacBook Pro comes with the new M2 Pro 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD storage. It can also be configured with a higher-end M2 Max processor.

$1799 at B&H Photo (512GB)$1799 at Amazon (512GB)$1799 at Best Buy (512BB)

I’m also happy to report that it’s an even better situation with the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro, which is on sale for $2,249.99 (about $250 off) at Amazon in the space gray base configuration with 512GB of storage, 16GB of RAM, a 12-core CPU, and 19-core GPU. However, you can also get that discount on a higher-spec model with 1TB of storage from B&H Photo and Amazon for around $2,449 (also $250 off). It’s still a pricey laptop, but having that larger screen is handy when editing through Adobe Premiere timelines or having more real estate in Photoshop.

MacBook Pro 16-inch (M2 Pro, 2023)

$2250$249910% off

$

2250

$2250$249910% off

The 16-inch MacBook Pro for 2023 remains the largest at the top end of the Mac laptop lineup. Its base model comes with the new M2 Pro 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD storage. It can also be configured with a higher-end M2 Max processor. Read our review.

$2250 at Amazon (512GB)$2449 at B&H Photo (1TB)$2450 at Amazon (1TB)

M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro

For now, the older 2021 MacBook Pros remain fine machines, especially if you can get one at a steep discount. However, they’re getting increasingly harder to find in any of their cheaper base and midrange configurations. Currently, you can get a tricked-out 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Max chip that has 10 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores, a 2TB SSD, and 64GB of RAM for $2,699 at B&H Photo. I know that’s a lot of money for a 14-inch laptop, but it’s a whopping $1,400 discount (though, for transparency, you should know B&H had this same laptop for $200 cheaper last month).

14-inch MacBook Pro (2021)

$2699$409934% off

$

2699

$2699$409934% off

The 14-inch MacBook Pro is a stellar laptop in many ways, with a brilliant display, a great keyboard, fast specs, and several useful ports.

$2699 at B&H Photo (M1 Max, 2TB)

As for the 16-inch MacBook Pro from 2021, the best deal on the outgoing model is B&H Photo’s discount of $800 on an expanded configuration with 1TB of storage. That drops the price down to $1,899, which is an excellent deal. The only caveat is that this specific model has extra storage but just the base 16GB of RAM. However, it’s the best value you can get on a 16-inch M1 Pro right now.

16-inch MacBook Pro (2021)

$1899$269930% off

$

1899

$1899$269930% off

The 16-inch MacBook Pro from 2021 is a creative powerhouse equipped with Apple’s last-gen silicon. Configurable with either the M1 Pro or M1 Max, the 16-inch screen can be lent out to up to three external displays and a 4K TV simultaneously thanks to its vast array of ports.

$1899 at B&H Photo (1TB, M1 Pro)

Our reviews of Apple’s M1 Pro and Max MacBook Pro lineup 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 still recommend — at least until the newer M2 generation starts seeing bigger discounts. It’s great to see the return of more ports, an SD card reader, and MagSafe charging to some Mac laptops we can once again say are well poised for actual pros. Just mind the notch — or better yet, make it more useful with software.

The best Mac Mini deals

The new Mac Mini comes in a base configuration with Apple’s M2 processor or in a more powerful configuration with the M2 Pro. It’s an excellent upgrade to one of the most affordable yet performant desktop computers you can get (as long as gaming isn’t your priority). The M2 model Mac Mini starts with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for $599, while the M2 Pro model features a superior processor plus 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for $1,299.

The latter model also features an expanded port selection, from two USB-C ports to four. It’s almost like getting an M2 Pro-powered MacBook Pro 14 but in desktop form. Though keep in mind that buying any Mac Mini means you have to provide your own mouse, keyboard, and monitor.

The base configuration of the M2 Mac Mini is currently on sale for $529 ($70 off) at B&H Photo, which is the second-best price we’ve seen on Apple’s latest desktop machine so far. The M2 Pro model is receiving a bigger discount of $150 at B&H Photo, knocking it down to $1,149, but we’ve seen it dip as low as $1,099. Even if you’re not getting the lowest price ever, the M2 Pro Mac Mini is like a baby Mac Studio and a great value in terms of performance.

Mac Mini (2023)

$529$59912% off

$

529

$529$59912% off

The revised Mac Mini for 2023 starts at $599 for an M2-powered model with an eight-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. The Mini can also be had with the M2 Pro chip, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and more robust port selection for $1,299.

$529 at B&H Photo (M2)$1149 at B&H Photo (M2 Pro)

Best MacBook Air deals: July 2023

Updated

Want a cut-price MacBook Air? Save money with our round up of the best MacBook Air deals in the U.S. and U.K.

By Karen Haslam

Editor, Macworld JUL 1, 2023 9:09 am PDT

Image: Apple

If you’re hoping to get a discount on the MacBook Air, you’ve come to the right place. We follow all the Apple resellers all year round so we know the best prices resellers have sold Apple products for – and we know when they have a really good deal and not just an ok deal. Check out the best deals we are seeing right now below.

The news right now is that Apple has introduced a new M2-powered 15-inch MacBook Air model, which arrived a year after the M2 13-inch MacBook Air with M2 chip. Apple has also dropped the price of the 13-inch MacBook Air to $1,099/£1,149 (was $1,199/£1,249) and continues to sell the $999/£999 M1 MacBook Air from 2020.

The new 15-inch model only went on sale on June 13 but we are already seeing discounts!

This month the deals could be better than ever for the other MacBook Air models though. During Amazon Prime Day (from July 11 to 12) when we expect to see some great discounts for Prime members. Find out more here: Best Prime Day MacBook deals 2023.

Best MacBook Air deals right now

Here are some of the best deals for the MacBook Air we are seeing right now in the U.S. (they appear to have gone out of stock since the 15-inch models launched!)

  • Amazon, M2 15-inch MacBook Air, 256GB: $1,199 ($100 off)
  • Amazon, M2 15-inch MacBook Air 512GB: $1,399 ($100 off)
  • Amazon: M2 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB: $1,049 (Out of Stock)
  • Amazon: M2 13-inch MacBook Air 512GB: $1,299 (Out of Stock)
  • Amazon: M1 MacBook Air 256GB: $869 ($130 off)

In the U. K.:

  • Amazon, M2 15-inch MacBook Air, 256GB: £1,269 (£129.03 off)
  • Amazon, M2 15-inch MacBook Air 512GB: £1,449.97 (£149.03 off)
  • AO.com, M2 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB: £1,079 (£170 off)
  • AO: M1 MacBook Air 256GB: £849 (£150 off)

You’ll find even more deals below.

MacBook Air: What you need to know

There are five standard MacBook Air models on sale at Apple right now: the M1 MacBook Air that arrived in November 2020; two configurations of the 13.6-inch 2022 M2 MacBook Air that went on sale in July 2022, and the two new 15-inch MacBook Air models from June 2023.

Pricing is as follows:

  • 15-inch MacBook Air, M2 Chip, 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 256GB SSD costs $1,299/£1,399.
  • 15-inch MacBook Air, M2 Chip, 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 512GB SSD costs $1,499/£1,599.
  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M2 Chip, 8-core CPU, 8-Core GPU, 256GB, MSRP: $1,099/£1,149. (Was $1,199/£1,249)
  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M2 Chip, 8-core CPU, 10-Core GPU, 512GB, MSRP: $1,399/£1,449. (Was $1,499/£1,549)
  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M1 Chip, 8-core CPU, 7-Core GPU, 256GB, MSRP: $999/£999

There was an M1 MacBook Air that has been discontinued, but you may still find it on sale:

  • MacBook Air, M1 Chip, 8-core CPU, 8-Core GPU, 512GB, WAS: $1,249/£1,249

If you aren’t sure whether to buy the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro we recommend that you read about the differences between the MacBook Air and Pro. Curious about the M3 MacBook Air? Read: M3 MacBook Air: Everything you need to know

Best Apple MacBook Air deals right now

In the tables below you will see the best price right now for the various MacBook Air models Apple makes. Note Apple’s recommended retail price and you will be able to see just how good the deals on the MacBook Air are.

M2 15-inch MacBook Air, 8-core CPU/10-core GPU, 256GB, MSRP $1,299/£1,399.

€1397.68

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€1404.93

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€1405.00

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€1419. 00

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€1479.00

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€1499.00

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€1499.00

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€1507.73

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€1549.00

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€1599.00

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M2 15-inch MacBook Air, 8-core CPU/10-core GPU, 512GB, MSRP $1,499/£1,599.

€1599.00

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€1603.98

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€1606.92

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€1608.65

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€1619.00

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€1699.40

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€1772.00

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€1782.00

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€1829.00

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€1829.00

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M2 13.6-inch MacBook Air, 8-core CPU/8-core GPU, 256GB, MSRP $1,099/£1,149 (WAS $1,199/£1,249)

€1399.00

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€1639.00

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M2 13.6-inch MacBook Air, 8-core CPU/10-core GPU, 512GB, MSRP $1,399/£1,449 (WAS $1,499/£1,549)

M1 13.3-inch MacBook Air, 8-core CPU/7-core GPU, MSRP $999/£999

M1 13.3-inch MacBook Air, 8-core CPU/8-core GPU, MSRP $1,249/£1,249 (Discontinued)

Make sure you also check out our complete round-up of the best Apple deals we’ve seen.

Where to buy the M2 MacBook Air

You can buy a MacBook Air directly from Apple in the US or at Apple UK, but the stocks may be low and Apple very rarely drops prices – see Where is the MacBook Air in stock. You may however find a MacBook Air in stock and discounted at one of these resellers. There are plenty of stores and Apple Premium Resellers around the world that offer discounts on new and old Macs, so it’s worth shopping around (read our Where to buy a Mac article for more advice).

One benefit of buying from Apple is you could trade in your old Mac and get money off. We have an article explaining How to get money off with Apple’s trade-in program.

We recommend the following resellers in the US and UK:

US retailers

  • Want to buy a MacBook Air from Apple? View the MacBook Air in the Apple Store.
  • You may be able to save money on a refurbished MacBook Air. View the MacBook Air in the Apple Refurbished Store.
  • Get an education discount: View the MacBook Air in the Apple Education Store.
  • View the MacBook Air at Amazon.
  • View the MacBook Air at B&H Photo.
  • View the MacBook Air at Best Buy
  • View the MacBook Air at Walmart.
  • You can find the MacBook Air at Adorama.

UK retailers

  • If you want to buy a MacBook Air from Apple: View the MacBook Air in the Apple Store.
  • You may be able to get money off an older model from Apple’s refurb store: View the MacBook Air in the Apple Refurbished Store.
  • Save money if you are a teacher or student: View the MacBook Air in the Apple Education Store.
  • Get a Mac from Amazon where we often see discounts: View the MacBook Air at Amazon.
  • AO.com also offers discounts from time to time: View the MacBook Air at AO.com
  • You may find the MacBook Air at Argos, although we only tend to see deals in conjunction with events like Black Friday.
  • We often see great deals on MacBook Air at BT Shop.
  • View the MacBook Air at Currys.
  • View the MacBook Air at Ebuyer
  • View the MacBook Air at John Lewis.
  • We often see discounts on the MacBook Air at Laptops Direct. .
  • You may also find discounts on the MacBook Air at Very.

UK Apple Authorised Resellers

  • KRCS
  • Insight
  • iStore
  • Select
  • Western Computer
  • Jigsaw

Best refurbished MacBook Air deals

The deals you will see above are from Apple resellers rather than Apple itself – Apple very rarely drops the prices of the Macs it sells. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t save money buying from Apple: if you want to get a discount on a Mac from Apple you can buy a refurbished Mac. It’s not only Apple that sells refurbished Macs, but Apple does offer some great incentives to buy from Apple’s Refurbished Store, so we do recommend taking a look there for great MacBook Air deals.

The Macs in Apple’s refurbished store may be ex-display stock, or they may have been returned to Apple due to a fault, but they are fully reconditioned now and come with a full year’s warranty. It’s not like buying secondhand. Read about buying a refurbished Mac.

In the U.S. you’ll find the following MacBook Air available in the refurbished store:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M1, 7-core GPU
  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M1, 8-core GPU
  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M2, 8-core GPU
  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M2, 10-core GPU

You can save as much as $210 off a MacBook Air with M2, compared to the original price.

Get a refurbished MacBook at Apple’s refurbished store (U.S.)

In the U.K. you’ll find a slightly smaller selection of Mac laptops available from Apple’s refurbished store. Here’s what you can find:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M1, 7-core GPU
  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M1, 8-core GPU
  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M2, 8-core GPU
  • 13-inch MacBook Air, M2, 10-core GPU

There are savings of £220 off a MacBook Air with M2, compared to the original price.

Get a refurbished MacBook at Apple’s refurbished store (U. K.)

You can get refurbished Macs from other suppliers too, including the following refurbished resellers listed below:

In the U.S.:

  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • Back Market
  • Best Buy
  • Decluttr
  • Gainsaver
  • OWC
  • Mac Of All Trades
  • Refurb.me

In the U.K.:

  • Affordable Mac
  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • BackMarket
  • Hoxton Macs
  • Laptops Direct
  • MacFinder
  • Mac 4 Sale
  • Music Magpie

Amazon also has a certified refurbished store for Apple products, but we would advise against buying any products that are older than five years – most of the products we see on the Amazon refurbished store are very old. Another place to look is BackMarket US and BackMarket UK, which sells refurbished Macs and other Apple products. We also recommend Hoxton Macs in the U.K.

Other ways to save money

Students should check the Apple Education Store, where they will be able to pick up a discount (as long as they qualify for one). Read more: How to get a student discount from Apple. There is also Apple holds a “Back To Uni” event which runs in the US from June to September (and in the UK from July to October) and means you will get free AirPods with your purchase!

Author: Karen Haslam, Editor

Macworld editor since 2008, Karen has worked on both sides of the Apple divide, clocking up a number of years at Apple’s PR agency prior to joining Macworld almost two decades ago. 

Karen’s career highlights include interviewing Apple’s Steve Wozniak and discussing Steve Jobs’ legacy on the BBC. Her focus is Mac, but she lives and breathes Apple.

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