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The greatest prices on MacBooks in December 2023

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Apple makes some of the best laptops available today but they can make a serious dent in your bank balance. Fortunately, MacBook deals are fairly regular so you can save a good chunk of money off the price of these premium devices – and we've gathered all the best ones available today right here.

We've seen a lot of strong offers over the last few months as new models have driven down the prices of last-generation devices. The current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro have received good discounts, too, including a few drops to their lowest-ever prices thanks to the Apple student discount and the exclusive additional discounts for My Best Buy members.

If your budget doesn't stretch to one of Apple's premium machines, our hubs dedicated to the latest laptop deals and Chromebook deals are worth a look for a wider variety of cheaper and mid-range options. Or, if you decide you need something more flexible that's still within the Apple ecosystem, you can always take a look at the latest iPad deals.

MacBook deals of the week

MacBook Air deals

It's a fantastic time to shop for a MacBook Air right now. A year on from the launch of the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) and the price of the latest model with the M2 chip continues to fall - often to new record lows. 

Meanwhile, the previous MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is regularly available for its lowest price ever after a permanent price cut following the launch of the M2 model.

Even though the up-to-date version does come with a new design and performance upgrades, the last-generation device is still a powerful laptop and can actually be better value for money for most. It is, however, worth the upgrade if the price difference isn't too substantial - say, anything around $200 or less and you should strongly consider the M2 version.

And then there's the new MacBook Air 15-inch to complicated things. Honestly, though, based on our review and hands-on time, it's essentially just a bigger version of the existing model. That definitely harms the device's portability but if you want a more dedicated workstation for home or prefer a larger screen then it's a decent buy - just expect to pay a premium.

Check out today's offers right here or head over to our dedicated MacBook Air deals page for even more info.

MacBook Air M2

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MacBook Air 13-inch (M2, 2022)

An impressive but expensive new model

CPU: Apple M2 | Graphics: 8 or 10-core GPU | Screen: 13.6-inch, 2,560 x 1,664 Liquid Retina display (backlit LED, IPS, 500 nits brightness, wide color P3 gamut) | Memory: 8 to 24GB | Storage: 256GB to 2TB | Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches (30.41 x 21.5 x 1.13cm; W x D x H)

Excellent performance

Long battery life

Stylish new design

Poor value for money

As the new MacBook Air has only been available for a short time it comes as no surprise that the laptop has only received small discounts so far. You will probably need to wait until later in the year for events such as Black Friday for a significant price cut. And even then the chances are it will only be a maximum of around $10 / £100.

If you still want to buy one now then you can find today's best prices above. Based on our Apple Macbook Air (M2 2022) review, though, and the current price of the M1 version, you may find a better deal on that older model. You won't compromise too much on performance, too, as it's still capable of handling demanding work.

If you're choosing between the Air and Pro from 2022, though, this MacBook Air M2 could be a smarter buy as it offers better value for money for a similar level of performance.

The 2020 MackBook Air with M1 chip

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MacBook Air 13-inch (M1, 2020)

An older but better value for money option for most

CPU: Apple M1 8-core CPU | Graphics: 7-core GPU | Screen: 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 Retina True Tone display (backlit LED, IPS) | Storage: 256GB to 2TB | Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.61cm; W x D x H)

Powerful processor

More affordable

Excellent all-round option

No design changes

If you're after a performance boost, but still need a lightweight form factor, the MacBook Air M1 will be your best bet. While there's a serious performance boost in this model, you're not paying as much for it as you may think. In fact, we've seen some great MacBook deals over recent months that suggest Apple certainly isn't afraid to discount this model every now and then.

As the new MacBook Air with the latest M2 chip is now available, too, we're on the hunt for any bigger discounts on this model in the months ahead. If you see it available for $799 / £799 or less then know that's a record low price for the laptop and definitely worth buying. In fact, it's a better value-for-money pick for most with almost any discount of $100/£100 or more.

MacBook Air 15-inch

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MacBook Air 15-inch (M2, 2023)

Bigger doesn't always mean better

CPU: Apple M2 | Graphics: 8 or 10-core GPU | Screen: 15.3-inch, 2,880 x 1,864 Liquid Retina display (backlit LED, IPS, 500 nits brightness, wide color P3 gamut) | Memory: 8 to 24GB | Storage: 256GB to 2TB | Dimensions: 13.40 x 9.35 x 0.45 inches (34.04 x 23.76 x 1.15cm; W x D x H)

Large screen

Slim design

Reasonable price

No performance upgrades

Given it only launched very recently, there have been very few deals on the new MacBook Air 15-inch. All we've seen so far are small discounts of around $50 / £50 off the recommended price, so nothing to get truly excited about.

Equally, as we said in our MacBook Air 15-inch review, it's not a must-buy laptop, either. Sure, it has a larger display, but apart from that it's completely identical to the 13-inch version with similar levels of performance thanks to the inclusion of the M2 chip.

MacBook Pro deals

Two brand new models have recently launched: the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2023) and MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023). Given we are so early into their life cycle following a January release, it's extremely unlikely that there will be any deals at this stage. Still, you can find the latest prices below if there is a surprise price cut.

Elsewhere, if you're more interested in the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) and MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) then reductions on these devices are available. They do seem to vary all the time but the smaller laptop gets the most deals with savings of up to $200 / £150.  

The new MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022) still hasn't had a considerable effect on any other models since it launched last year, but deals have been more frequent on the 14-inch and 16-inch versions in recent months.

Nevertheless, we don't see the new 13-inch version as a worthwhile investment. It may have a significant performance boost and excellent battery life, but it's likely overkill for most and doesn't feature a new design. In fact, for most, the MacBook Air M2 (2022) is actually better value for money for a similar level of performance if you've got an eye out for any MacBook Pro deals.

MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023

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MacBook Pro 14-inch (2023)

A professional-grade powerhouse

CPU: Apple M2 Pro / Max | Graphics: Integrated 16 – 38-core GPU | RAM: 16GB – 96GB | Screen: 14.2-inch 3024 x 1964 display | Storage: 512GB – 8TB SSD | Dimensions (H x W x D): 31.26 x 22.12 x 1.55 cm

New M2 Pro and M2 Max chips

Impressive battery life

Gorgeous display

No deals this early

The MacBook Pro 14-inch (2023) is one of two new laptops that were surprisingly announced by Apple in January. The standout feature is the inclusion of the latest M2 Pro and M2 Max chips that power the device, offering some extremely high levels of performance.

Of course, given this MacBook is so new, it's highly unlikely that we'll see any deals at this early stage. There is the outside chance of a very small discount at retailers such as Amazon or Walmart as we've seen this before for previous models. However, the odds are very low, so expect to pay full price for the next few months if you're interested in one of Apple's newest premium laptops.

Now we've had some proper hands-on time and published our MacBook Pro 14-inch (2023) review, we can safely say that this is a solid upgrade over the last generation model. The specification boost is worth the price bump, so creative professionals after a compact and portable workstation will definitely want this on your shopping list.

MacBook Pro 16 inch 2023

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MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023)

A pricey productivity beast

CPU: Apple M2 Pro / Max | Graphics: Integrated 19 – 38-core GPU | RAM: 16GB – 96GB | Screen: 16-inch 3456 x 2234 display | Storage: 512GB – 8TB SSD | Dimensions (H x W x D): 35.6 x 24.8 x 1.7 cm

Apple's most powerful laptop

Fanatastic screen

Huge 20-hour battery life

No deals this early

The MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023) is the second of two new laptops that were announced by Apple in January. As with the smaller version, the headline inclusion is the latest M2 Pro and M2 Max chips that power the laptop to give it incredible performance for even the most intensive creative and productivity tasks.

Naturally, given this MacBook has only just been released, there are no deals available so far. We might see some discounts at select retailers in the weeks ahead, but if so, they will likely be very small - perhaps $100 / £100 max. Keep an eye on places such as Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy as these are the place most likely to offer a discount based on previous sales.

It could still be worth the investment at full price, though, if you need a powerful workstation with one of the best displays on a laptop. Those are the features we praised most in our MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023) review. It's also a significant improvement over an Intel-based MacBook, so those looking to upgrade from one of those older devices should find it to be a worthwhile investment.

13 inch MacBook Pro M2

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MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022)

A premium price for the power of the M2 chip

CPU: Apple M2 with 8-core CPU | Graphics: Integrated 10-core GPU | RAM: 8GB – 24GB | Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 display | Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD | Dimensions (H x W x D): 30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56 cm

Brand new M2 chip

Impressive 20-hour battery life

M1 Air is better value for money

Apple's latest MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022) featuring the powerful new M2 chip is now available to buy. Prices start at $1,299 / £1,349 for the standard model with a 256GB SSD, so it's clear this is positioned as the manufacturer's most premium ultrabook and discounts are currently nonexistent.

With that in mind, we'd consider the recent MacBook Air with the M2 chip as a better value-for-money option. Sure, the performance increase with the latest device is nice, but it's generally more power than necessary for most. 

Meanwhile, the new MacBook Air doesn't fall too far behind in terms of performance and will more than comfortably handle your everyday use as well as more involving tasks. Best of all? It has a fresh design, better battery life and starts at $100 / £100 less.

MacBook Pro 14-inch

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MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)

The number one pick for creative professionals

CPU: Apple M1 Pro 8 or 10-core CPU | Graphics: 14 or 16-core GPU | Screen: 14.2-inch, 3,024 x 1,964 Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED, 1,000 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, ProMotion technology) | Storage: 512GB or 1TB | Dimensions: 12.31 x 8.71 x 0.61 inches (31.26 x 22.12 x 1.55cm; W x D x H)

Excellent performance

Stunning screen

Impressive battery life

Overkill for general users

Creative professionals will find a lot to like with the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021). It's a compact and powerful laptop that comes with a considerable number of ports so you can finally leave all those dongles and hubs in the drawer. With the latest M1 Pro chip at its core, it offers some incredibly fine-tuned performance that takes it leaps and bounds above the competition. The battery life impresses, too, while the screen is one of Apple's best yet - a crisp Liquid Retina XDR display featuring mini-LED technology.

For the general user, this device is probably a touch overkill, both in terms of power and price. Those still looking to jump onto the Apple ecosystem but don't need quite as much performance and features would be better to consider the MacBook Air or even an iPa .

MacBook Pro 16-inch

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MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021)

Unbeatable levels of performance but at a high price

CPU: Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max 10-core CPU | Graphics: 16 or 32-core GPU | Screen: 16.2-inch, 3,456 x 2,234 Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED, 1,000 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, ProMotion technology) | Storage: 512GB or 1TB | Dimensions: 14.01 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches (35.57 x 24.81 x 1.68cm); W x D x H)

Exceptional performance

Gorgeous mini-LED display

Long battery life

Large, expensive and heavy

When it comes to top tier laptops the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) simply can't be beat right now. Apple's massive redesign of the 2019 MacBook Pro comes with a substantial boost in power with the M1 Pro or M1 Max chip, a stunning mini-LED display and a host of other most-wanted new features.

Those who want a more static workstation will appreciate the jump up to a 16-inch screen, though the 14-inch is a lot better for portability. It's also substantially cheaper, too, so those who don't need all the excessive power and are on a smaller budget will do just as well going for the smaller version.

How to find the best MacBook deals

MacBook deals are fairly regular, but Apple doesn't tend to discount these machines by a whole lot as they are premium devices that are built to last. That means Apple usually waits a long time to slash the price of its older MacBook models following the launch of a new generation. Even still, picking up an older but still capable MacBook is often the way to get the best deal.

As for when is the best time to buy, the good news is that MacBook sales are fairly common around certain times of the year. There are small price cuts every so often and after new releases, but the major discounts are held back until the biggest shopping events of the year such as Black Friday and the back-to-school sales. With that in mind, it's best to keep an eye out for superior MacBook deals in July and November.

Is a MacBook worth it?

Sure, it's a hefty initial investment, but buying a MacBook can be worth it in the long run. Apple's laptops are built with longevity in mind, so they offer excellent value over other devices that you may need to replace every couple of years. 

It's also worth checking out the Apple promo codes currently available for other ways to save on your purchase.

Is it worth buying a pre-2020 MacBook?

We'll say it again, MacBooks last. Many 2019 MacBook Pro devices still run incredibly well to this day, though you might struggle to cram the latest MacOS releases onto them. That means it's not worth dismissing these older machines immediately.

However, these older devices don't tend to lose their value, either. That means you can easily spend $1,000 on a MacBook from before 2020 and miss out on the latest processors (including the fantastic M1 and M2 chips), as well as more RAM, faster SSD storage and other useful hardware features.

All things considered, we genuinely think it's best to go for a newer MacBook if you have the option as there has been a considerable jump in power and performance compared to the pre-2020 models. It'll be worth it for the extra cash and you'll future-proof yourself for much longer by taking this approach.

Interested in more Apple tech? We've also got a look at more discounted goodies including the best Apple Watch deals, all the cheapest AirPods deals and top Apple Pencil deals.

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James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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