is currently selling at B&H Photo for $900 — that’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen — and it’s in stock now. The 2020 version of Apple’s most portable laptop features the Magic Keyboard first introduced on the . There’s also 10th-gen Intel processors, a new Force Touch trackpad and 256GB of storage for the entry-level configuration.
All of that is indisputably great — with the possible exception of the processor. The previous entry-level model featured Intel’s eighth-gen dual-core i5 CPU. The new one comes with Intel’s 10th-gen dual-core i3 chip, and upgrading to the Core i5 will tack on an extra $100. Oh, and the, still stuck at a mere 720p resolution. Still, it’s a mostly solid upgrade for a terrific laptop now selling at a reasonable price.
MacBook discounts, compared
|Model||List price||Best price (current)||Best price (all-time)|
|MacBook Air 2020 (256GB SSD)||$999||$900||$900|
|MacBook Air 2019 (128GB SSD)||$900||$929||$800|
|13-inch MacBook Pro 2019 (128GB SSD)||$1,300||$1,279||$1,050|
|16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 (128GB SSD)||$2,399||$2,190||$2,099|
A word of caution: Third-party retailers are still trying to get rid of older MacBook Air laptops. Amazon is currently selling a Apple Store offers students an educational discount, which can trim hundreds of dollars from the price of a new laptop or tablet.— casually labeling it a “previous model.” The confusing listings will eventually be tidied up, but it’s more important than ever to pay careful attention to specs while shopping. It’s also worth noting that the
Note: Though we may include Amazon links below — it often has the lowest price on Apple products — bear in mind thatby up to a month in the US.
Here are the best deals we’ve found for each MacBook Air and MacBook Pro model, regularly updated.
The classic MacBook Air makes some big improvements and even cuts the starting price, making it a hard-to-beat go-to for students, creatives and almost anyone else. (And speaking of students, the Apple Store educational discount brings the price of the new MacBook Air down to $899 for eligible buyers.)
B&H Photo is offering $70 off the previous-generation MacBook Air that Apple released in mid-2019. That makes it about $20 more expensive than the 2020 model, which is selling with a lesser discount.
Last year’s edition comes with an Intel Core i5 processor that’s older but almost certainly more powerful than the new Core i3 model powering the baseline 2020 model. But the entry-level 2019 model has only 128GB of SSD capacity — versus 256GB in the new model — and the inferior butterfly keyboard. We think the new model is the better deal.
B&H Photo and Best Buy and Amazon all have a $100 discount on the base model 2019 MacBook Pro. This laptop is now the only one in Apple’s current lineup saddled with that pesky butterfly keyboard. We’ve seen it on sale for $1,050 in the no-so-distant past.
A greatest-hits compilation of MacBook features, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro features a bigger screen with a higher resolution; upgrades to processor, GPU, RAM and storage options; and a much-improved keyboard. We’ve recently seen this model on sale for $2,100 — so, if you can, it’s worth holding out for a better deal.