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If you are looking to buy a new MacBook Pro you don't have to pay full price. Our team of Apple experts have been scouring the web for the top deals, offers and discounts for the MacBook Pro - picking out the best money-off offers to save you time. There are lots of money off deals below, but first we will run through some tips and explain Apple's pricing structure, so that you can be sure you are getting the best discount available.
This article focuses on the MacBook Pro, but there are some great deals for the MacBook Air too. The MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro have a lot in common, so you might also be interested in reading our MacBook Air deals article as well. And make sure you check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals we've seen.
What you need to know
The very first thing you need to be aware of is that Apple updated the 13in MacBook Pro twice in 2020. There are four 13in MacBook Pro models: two were updated in May 2020, and the other two in November 2020.
The other thing you need to know is that the MacBook Pro models that were updated in November now feature Apple's very own processors, known as the M1 chips. Read about Apple's M1 MacBook Pro. Plus our review is here: 13in M1 MacBook Pro review.
When they arrived earlier in 2020 the 2.0GHz Intel-powered 13in MacBook Pro models looked like a good buy - but following the arrival of the M1 models they have lost some of their shine. The new entry-level MacBook Pro are now more powerful and more Pro than ever, but the Intel models do offer more RAM and some other benefits. Read our comparison of the 13in MacBook Pro M1 vs Intel to find out how the models compare.
But now as we near the autumn of 2021 it is looking more and more likely that a replacement for the 2.0GHz MacBook Pro model will launch soon. This new model could be a new mid-range MacBook Pro with a new M1X chip from Apple. It may even gain a redesign and a larger 14in display. Read more here: 14in MacBook Pro rumours.
We also think Apple will also release the successor to the 16in MacBook Pro at the same time as the 14in model. So expect a new 16in MacBook Pro this autumn - October is the most likely month. Wondering whether to buy a MacBook Pro now? Read: 16in MacBook Pro: buy now or wait for the new model?
You may not be keen on jumping to M1, M1X or M2 straight away. If you are wondering whether to buy one of the new Macs with Apple processors these articles might help: Should I buy an Intel Mac? and Should I buy an M1 Mac?
For more help choosing the best Apple laptop read our buying guide where we cover all the models. We also have a Mac buying guide that covers the whole range. We also explain the differences between the MacBook Air and Pro.
And for another way to save money on a new Apple product read about how you can trade in old products at Apple and other resellers and get money off. Read: How Apple trade in works and saves you money.
When is Black Friday 2021? - Should you wait for a better deal?
Another thing to keep in mind right now is that as we approach the last few months of the year and head into the pre-Christmas buying frenzy we expect to see more and more deals, starting with Black Friday on Friday 26 November. However, the deals start earlier and earlier every year, so you can expect them to start coming in thick and fast over the next few weeks.
If you are wondering whether to wait until Black Friday, or take advantage of a deal right now that's marked as being 'early Black Friday' or similar, our advice is to just go for it! Some retailers that hold pre-Black Fridays sales promise that prices won't go any lower on Black Friday itself. We have a separate article about Black Friday 2021 where you'll be able to find the best Apple Black Friday deals once they start.
Best MacBook Pro deals right now
We will explain how you can spot a good deal below, but if you can't wait here are some of the best deals right now.
M1 MacBook Pro deals
We are seeing some great deals on the new M1 MacBook Pro models.
In the UK:
- There's a discount on the 256GB M1 MacBook Pro, normally £1,299! It costs £1,149.97 at LaptopsDirect right now, you can also get the same deal at Amazon.
- You can also find a discount on the new 512GB M1 MacBook Pro, normally £1,499, now £1,299.99 at Amazon.
In the US:
- Best Buy has a good saving on the 256GB M1 MacBook Pro. Get it for $1,149.99 from Best Buy.
- Best Buy also has a great deal on the 512GB M1 MacBook pro. You can get it for $1,349.99 from Best Buy here. Note that these prices were much better last month.
From time to time there are some excellent Apple Refurbished Store deals on the M1 Macs, they tend to quickly sell out. Check the links at Apple's selling M1 MacBook Pros with £230 off. Some of these were out of stock when we checked but we recommend you click through to check because Apple gets stock back in regularly.
- If you want to buy Space Grey 512GB version you may be able to buy it from Apple's refurbished store for £1,269 (£230 off) here. The Silver 512GB version is also £1,269 (£230 off) here (but was out of stock when we checked).
- The Space Grey, 256GB, 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU model is often available for £1,099 (£200 off) from Apple's refurbished store here (also out of stock when we checked). The Silver version of the 256GB model is sometimes £200 off here.
Intel MacBook Pro deals
The 2.0GHz 13in MacBook Pro were launched in May 2020 and are still sold by Apple. Here are some of the best deals on that model (which is still on sale at Apple for £1,799):
In the UK:
- You can get the Intel 13in 2.0GHz MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD for £1,549 at Currys/PCWorld.
In the US:
- You can get the 2.0GHz MacBook Pro (normally $1,799) for $1,499 from Best Buy here.
16in MacBook Pro deals
The 16in MacBook Pro (which launched in November 2019) also has some decent discounts:
In the UK:
- In the past we've seen the entry-level 16in MacBook Pro on offer for £2,099 (it's normally £2,399 from Apple!). Unfortunately not right now, currently the best prices are £2,279.05 from KRCS.
In the US:
- Amazon has the 16in MacBook Pro, usually $2,399, for $2,285 - get the deal here.
Best MacBook Pro deals
Below we'll round up some of the best deals on the current crop of MacBook Pro models, but we will also list deals on some of the older models since in our experience these are often the best MacBook Pro discounts.
We'll start off with the 13in MacBook Pro models, but you can skip to the 16in MacBook Pro section, or check out the older 15in and 13in MacBook Pro models here if that's what you are after. We'll explain what the price is for the current configurations, as well as share prices for older models.
Note, 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.
13in MacBook Pro deals
So, now you know the specs and the price if you buy from Apple how much can you save if you buy from elsewhere?
Here are the latest 2020 M1 MacBook Pro Deals (RRP: £1,299)
Here are the deals for 2020 M1 MacBook Pro (RRP: £1,499/$1,499)
And here are the latest 2020 13in 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Deals (RRP: £1,799)
Apple no longer sells it, but you might find a deal on the 1.4GHz MacBook Pro (previously starting at £1,299)
If you want that gorgeous 16in display, this is where to find the best deals (RRP: £2,399). Read our 16in MacBook Pro review.
If you aren't sure which kind of Apple laptop you want to buy check these great MacBook deals available across the web. Here are the best we've found. If you're looking for a desktop Mac, see our iMac and Mac mini deals roundup.
1. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,269 (£230 off)
Apple's offering the M1 MacBook Pro on its Refurbished Store - a great way to get a new M1 Mac for less than Apple sells it for.
The refurbished M1 MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD is £1,269 - a saving of £230. This price also puts it below the usual starting price of the 256GB model so you can get twice as much storage for less!
2. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.0GHz quad-core, 512GB (2020)
From: John Lewis
Now: £1,559 (£240 off)
This is the 2.0GHz quad-core 13in MacBook Pro with 512GB storage - normally £1,799. It's the cheapest Intel MacBook Pro that Apple still sells.
3. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB (2020)
From: BT Shop
Now: £899 (£100 off)
4. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,099.97 (£149.03 off)
An excellent deal, this. Save money on the MacBook Air with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU from Amazon. The discount applies to the Space Grey version, but the gold and silver models are only slightly more expensive.
5. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, 2.6GHz, 6-core, 512GB (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £2,129 (£270 off)
Currys is offering a great discount on the new 2019 16in MacBook Pro.
6. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,352.99 (£146.01 off)
Here's a discount on the best M1 MacBook Pro, it's a good saving, but you do need to factor in a delivery cost with eBuyer.
7. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2020)
Now: £1,149.97 (£149 off)
Amazon's price is good - and for now the same as Laptops Direct.
So take your pick!
8. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,299.99 (£199.01 off)
This is a great deal from Amazon for the top-of-the-range M1 MacBook Pro (512GB).
9. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2020)
From: Apple Refurbished Store
Now: £1,099 (£200 off)
Save £200 on a refurbished M1 MacBook Pro with 256GB storage. As an Apple Certified Refurbished MacBook you can be certain that it will indistinguishable from new! See our full guide on where to buy a refurbished MacBook or Mac.
10. Apple Refurbished Mac Store (Discounted iMacs, MacBooks and more)
Now: Up to £300 off
You can get a Mac from Apple at much lower prices if you buy from the Refurbished Store. Apple will have thoroughly tested the model and will offer you a full warranty so it can be a great way to get a good deal. Find out more about Refurbished Macs here.
Best refurbished MacBook Pro deals
Although from time to time Apple drops the price of its MacBooks this is quite a rare occurrence: Apple never really offers discounts on its Mac laptops - other than through its official refurbished store.
Speaking of which, you should pay a visit to the Apple Refurbished Store where you can find cut-price MacBook Pro models. These refurbished models are MacBook Pro laptops that were returned to Apple, perhaps due to a fault, but they are fully reconditioned now and come with a year's warranty.
Apple is currently offering a refurbished 13in 1.4GHz MacBook Pro for £1,059, for example. This is the May 2020 model, which cost £1,299 before Apple replaced it with the M1 model. Buy it from Apple.
Alternatively a refurbished 2.4GHz MacBook Pro, which was originally released in May 2019 and has 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, costs £1,359. When Apple introduced that model it cost £1,799. Buy it from Apple.
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 unfortunately very old.
How to find a good MacBook Pro deal
Our first warning is to be aware that some retailers have been known to be misleading about RRP to make a deal look better than it is. Always compare to the current price on the Apple Store or, if it's an older model take a look at the Apple refurbished store (where Apple sells reconditioned, discontinued stock with a full year's warranty) to make sure you're getting good value.
Speaking of which, you also want to be careful of the age of any given MacBook as models from different years might have similar looking specs on paper. For example, the processor speed can be misleading if you aren't sure what generation of processor is being used - so take care to double-check processor speeds and generation, and even model numbers to make sure you're not paying over the odds for a laptop from a few years ago.
Another thing to consider if you find a deal on a old MacBook Pro that has been discontinued by Apple: it is important to know what changed when the model was eventually updated. You should note, for example, that when Apple updated the entry-level 13in MacBook Pro in early 2020, and the 16in in 2019, it made changes to the keyboard following a number of issues with the previous keyboard design. At the same time Apple also doubled storage. So beware that a deal on an old 2019 model may not be as good as it looks.
Luckily we've checked out the deals here, and we'll tell you exactly what's on offer - so if it's an older model we'll tell you.
Make sure you check out our round up of the best Apple deals.
How much does the MacBook Pro cost?
There are two sizes of MacBook Pro: 13in and 16in. Before the end of 2019 there was a 15in MacBook Pro, but Apple has discontinued that. However you are likely to still find the 15in model available and there are some good bargains to be had given that the spec isn't significantly different.
13in MacBook Pro
Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU
Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU and 8‑Core GPU
2.0GHz Quad-Core i5, 10th-gen, Turbo Boost 3.8GHz, 512GB, 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics, (was 2.4GHz Quad-Core, Turbo Boost 4.1GHz, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3, 256GB)
2.0GHz Quad-Core i5, 10th-gen, Turbo Boost 3.8GHz, 1TB, 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics, (was 2.4GHz Quad-Core, Turbo Boost 4.1GHz, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, 512GB)
16in MacBook Pro
2.6GHz 6-core i7, 9th-gen, Turbo Boost 4.5GHz, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD
2.3GHz 8-core i9, 9th-gen, Turbo Boost 4.8GHz, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD.
You'll find more information about the price and specs for each model below. You can order 13in and 16in MacBook Pros directly from Apple.
Where to get MacBook deals, UK & US
Other resellers are offering discounts on the different MacBook models that are being sold brand new. You may find deals on the following sites:
- If you want to buy your Mac directly from Apple view the MacBook Pro in the Apple Store.
- If you are a student or a teacher you can save money! View the MacBook Pro in the Apple Education Store.
- Apple has a number of Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers who stock Macs, for example you can view the MacBook Pro at KRCS.
- Another option is Amazon, where we often see money off. View the MacBook Pro at Amazon.
- You can also buy a MacBook Pro at AO. View the MacBook Pro at AO.com.
- Ebuyer also sells the MacBook Pro. View the MacBook Pro at Ebuyer.
- John Lewis often has discounts on new models. View the MacBook Pro at John Lewis.
- Currys PC World also regularly offers discounts. View the MacBook Pro at Currys PC World.
- And you can get a MacBook Pro from Laptops Direct here.
- Buy your Mac directly from Apple. View the MacBook Pro in the Apple Store.
- If you are in education you can save money too. View the MacBook Pro in the Apple Education Store.
- Get your new Mac from Amazon. View the MacBook Pro at Amazon.
- Another great place to by a Mac in the US is B&H. View the MacBook Pro at B&H Photo.
- You could buy your Mac at Best Buy. View the MacBook Pro at Best Buy.
- Or, buy your Mac at Walmart. View the MacBook Pro at Walmart
- You can find the MacBook Pro at Adorama here.
Sometimes Amazon offers Lightning deals on laptops. If you've found that you're missing out on Amazon's Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more. Sign up for Prime now to take advantage.
Best MacBook student deals
Another great resource to help you save is the Macworld UK's Student Deals page, particularly the Tech & Mobile section. Right now, Apple is offering up to 10% off Macs as well as a pair of Beats headphones and 20% off Apple Care. Simply create an account, log in, and verify your student status, and the discount is yours. Here's How to use the Apple Education Store.