Prime Day is over, but there are still a handful of great deals to be had on MacBooks. Whether you're hunting down a discount MacBook Air, a sleek new MacBook Pro 13-inch model with M2, or even a top of the line Mac Studio, we're scouring Amazon's deal pages to surface the greatest offers currently out on the web. We'll also be keeping an eye on Amazon's rival retailers too, just in case anyone comes in and undercuts Bezos's empire on its big day. Here's a roundup of the best Macbook Prime Day deals we've found so far.
Best Prime Day MacBook deals
- MacBook Air 2020 256GB | $899 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
- MacBook Air 2020 512GB | SOLD OUT at Amazon (opens in new tab)
- 2021 MacBook Pro 14-inch 512GB | $1799 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Prime Day at a glance
- Get $40 free with Prime Day (opens in new tab)
- Amazon Prime free trial (opens in new tab)
- Prime Day Lightning deals timed deals that disappear as quickly as they appear. (opens in new tab)
Looking out for an iPad? We've a page for that - it's our iPad Prime Day deals roundup! While you're at it, don't forget to check our other Prime Day hubs, there's one for every Apple product! Take a look at our Prime Day Apple Watch deals for wrist-based savings, or for deals that sound really good we have a Prime Day AirPods Deals page too.
In the meantime, there are some great deals to be had right now - so if your old MacBook just went to the great tech heap in the sky and needs replacing right now, we've got some of the best deals on MacBooks available today.
Best Prime Day MacBook Air deals
The MacBook Air 2020 is the outgoing model of the slimmest MacBook, but still packs a punch for such a portable machine. The M1 chip will keep your laptop buzzing along through most tasks, and the battery will last all day. It is on it's way out, with the upcoming release of the MacBook Air M2, but it's still a machine that you should consider. It has seen good deals leading up to Prime Day, so there should be a range of discounts over the course of the sale.
MacBook Air 2020 512GB | Was $1249 now $1049 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
There's no performance gain with this option, but you do get some extra storage for your documents, pictures and music. It is the best MacBook Air for those looking to install lots of apps - they run better off internal storage.
Best Prime Day MacBook 2022 Deals
The MacBook Pro M2 has only just been released, but that doesn't mean it won't see any discounts on Prime Day. The M2 chip is extremely powerful, making this a great laptop for professionals on the go. It's 13-inch screen is bright and attractive, and the cooling fans quiet. There's even still a touch bar that replaces the function row on the keyboard, and it may be the last chance you have to get a new machine with one. Keep an eye out for deals on different colors and configurations - you might get a better deal if you get one you may not have initially considered.
MacBook Pro M2 256GB | $1299 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The base model is still lots of laptop for the money, and 256GB of SSD storage is nothing to sniff at. There's two colors available, and it may be worth watching each to see if one is reduced more than the other.
Best Prime Day MacBook Pro 14-inch deals
The 14-inch MacBook Pro is the smaller of the two 2021 models, and features some incredible specs. There's the M1 Pro chip under the hood, with more power than you'll need for most normal computing, and the base model available on Amazon comes equipped with 16GB of RAM. There's been a pretty good $200 discount on these machines for a little while now, so Prime Day should bring some bigger discounts.
2021 MacBook Pro 14-inch 512GB | Was $1999 now $1799 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
512GB sotrage is a great option that'll hold a good deal of the apps and programs you'll need day to day. There are often discounts on this model that are echoed in both colors, but when they run out of stock, it can take a while for them to return.
2021 MacBook Pro 14-inch 1TB | Was $2499 now $2299 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
With a more robust storage option you'll be able to store more apps and programs, as well as more RAW files and videos ready for editing.
Best Prime Day MacBook Pro 16-inch deals
The larger 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 isn't anymore powerful than the 14-inch version, but its screen size makes certain things about this generation of MacBook Pro more livable. While on the smaller model the camera notch in the top of the screen is more evident, and can block bits of the top bar, it doesn't get in the way of anything on the larger screen. There's more room in the chassis for the speakers to resonate, so this model sounds better too. There is usually some form of reduction on Amazon, so there should be some extra discounts on Prime Day.
2021 MacBook Pro 16-inch 512GB | Was $2499 now $2299 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This model is, for all intents and purposes, the same as the 14-inch 512GB MacBook Pro - although the screen is much bigger, so Photo and video editors might prefer the extended real estate.
2021 MacBook Pro 16-inch 1TB | Was $2699 now $2449 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This option comes with double the storage, and another nice $200 off. You won't find any extra power for your dollar here, only more space for files, apps and programs.
When can I get the MacBook Prime Day deals?
It's not long now - Amazon has confirmed that Prime Day 2022 will take place between July 12 and July 13. It's closing in fast, so make sure you've got an idea of what you're looking for when the deals start rolling in! If you're not sure what deals there may be, keep it locked to iMore, and we'll keep you up to date with all the best deals as and when they appear.
Will I need Amazon Prime for the MacBook Prime Day Deals?
Yes, you will. The very best deals over the two days are reserved for Amazon's Prime subscribers - but that doesn't mean there aren't other deals to be snagged if you don't have one. It's always worth double-checking a product's deal price, and if there's nothing about Prime Day, then you're all good to go. Prime Day has also become something of a retail staple, with a whole host of other online retailers hopping on board to offer discounts to customers who aren't Prime members - so look out for the likes of Walmart, BestBuy, and Target who often try to better Amazon's prices.
As said up top though, for the best deals that Prime Day has to offer on MacBooks you're going to want a Prime Subscription - thankfully, it's really easy to get signed up, and you can get a nice 30-day free trial to have a go and see what you think.
Should I look for refurbished MacBooks this Prime Day?
Refurbished MacBooks are a great option, particularly if you're looking for a deal on a Macbook. At the moment, Amazon has some great deals on refurbished MacBooks. They might be an older generation machine, but you might pay up to $300 less than if you where to buy a brand new MacBook.
2020 MacBook Pro M1 256GB renewed | Was $1299 now $994 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A refurbished MacBook will get you all the quality at a fraction of the price. This one will save you $300 off a full price MacBook, and it's M1 chip will still net you some brilliant performance.
2020 MacBook Air 256GB renewed | Was $1100 now $814 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is identical to the MacBook Air that you can get brand new, only its preowned. Amazon have renwed the laptop so that its as good as new, and released it so that you can save a little bit of money off your MacBook.
But which MacBook is right for me?
"So you've told me all about what's in them" you say, staring blankly into your computer screen. "But I don't really know what any of it means? Which MacBook is best for me?". Let's start with a question - what do you do with your laptop?
If you're a casual user who likes to browse the internet, stream video and do some light photo editing, then the Macbook Air is perfect. It's small and portable, but still powerful enough to do all your computing needs - especially if you're watching something on Apple TV+, the speakers in its small chassis are surprisingly excellent.
If you're a professional looking for something to edit photos and do a little light video editing, the MacBook Pro 2020 is the machine for you. It's more powerful than the Air, so photo-editing software will run without a hitch, and it's even capable of some surprisingly solid video editing should you dabble. The screen is big and bright, and its keyboard is leagues better than previous models. A solid choice for the professional on the move who doesn't want to spend $2000 on a laptop. Another option could be the Macbook Air 2022 - it's as powerful (if not more) than the Macbook Pro 2020, and more portable - but we still haven't had a chance to play with one properly to tell how it performs. We'll let you know as soon as we do!
For Power users and video editors, it's the MacBook Pro 2021. It's as powerful as a desktop, while still being eminently portable, with a new bigger, and brighter screen and incredibly proficient M1 Pro or Max SoC. It'll handle almost anything you throw at it (yes, even some games - gaming on a Mac is becoming a thing!), and do it without breaking too much of a sweat. All that power does come with a price tag to match, however. It starts at $2000 for the base model, and rises from there, depending on what you want to put in it, to over $6000. Is it worth it? Yes. But only if you can afford it - So let's hope for a MacBook Pro Prime Day deal! If you want a more detailed rundown of which MacBook is for you, take a quick look at our Best MacBooks of 2022 list - it's way more detailed, and super useful when you're trying to find a new MacBook.
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As the Buying Guides and Deals writer for iMore, Tammy puts over a decade of experience in finding the best prices of Apple products to work, helping you save money on the equipment that you want. An audiophile at heart, she loves all things audio and visual, but you’ll also find her drooling over the latest Macs and MacBooks. With a Masters in screenwriting, Tammy likes to spend her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays or driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.
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