If you're looking for a discount on the MacBook Air, you've come to the right place. We'll talk you though some of the best deals around, and explain whether they are really good deals, or just OK deals. We know exactly what the MacBook Air costs at Apple right now, so we know just how much of a discount you are getting - beware that because Apple recently discounted its MacBook Air, some deals aren't as good as resellers are making them out to be!
We also know how to tell which MacBook Air is being sold - and whether it is a current model, or an old model. So don't fall in to the trap of spending more than you need to. Read on...
The first thing you need to know is that at the end of 2018, Apple gave the MacBook Air a power boost, and, for first time since it launched 10 years previously, gave the much-loved Mac laptop a redesign. Then in July 2019 Apple made a slight change to the screen - adding True Tone, a technology that means that the colours and brightness can adjust depending on your surrounding light. Other than this change the 2018 and 2019 models are identical, the specs did not change when Apple updated the machines in July 2019. The price did change, however.
The other change in July 2019 was that Apple stopped selling the older MacBook Air - which used to cost £949 in the UK, or $999 in the US. We think that the older model was overpriced and didn't recommend buying one at Apple's price. However, there may still be a few good deals on that older model - we really wouldn't recommend spending more than £700 on it, though.
You can find out everything you need to know about the 2019 laptop in our MacBook Air review.
You can buy a MacBook Air directly from Apple here, but there are plenty of stores offering a discount on the new models so it's worth shopping around. In this article we'll tell you the best deals you can get on a new MacBook Air, as well as some great deals you can get on the older model. You'll also find some MacBook Pro and MacBook deals listed below as with a discount these might be a better offering than the MacBook Air is.
When it launched in 2018 the MacBook Air was more expensive than the previous model was, starting at £1,199/$1,199. At the time Apple continued to sell the old 1.8GHz MacBook Air for £949. However, in 2019 Apple discontinued the £949 model and reduced the price of the new-style MacBook Air by £100.
This is the current line up:
- 1.6GHz, Dual-Core, 8th gen (3.6GHz Turbo Boost), 128GB: £1,099/$1,099
- 1.6GHz, Dual-Core, 8th gen (3.6GHz Turbo Boost), 256GB: £1,299/$1,299
These specs are exactly the same as the 2018 model, apart from the addition of True Tone in the display. Prices are down £100 per machine compared to the 2018 model.
It's not only the price of the standard model that has decreased. Apple also cut the price of some build-to-order options. For example, there is now the option of a 1TB SSD for £400/$400, rather than a 1.5TB SSD for £2,399/$2,399.
- 16GB memory: +£180/$180 (£1,579/$1,579)
- 512GB SSD storage: +£200/$200 (£1,599/$1,599)
- 1.5TB SSD storage: WAS +£1,000/$1,000 (£2,399/$2,399) NOW 1TB SSD +£400/$400
If you were to choose all the build-to-order options the top-spec model would cost £1,879, rather than £2,579 as it did previously.
You're here because you want to save even more money though, so read on to find the best deals!
Best MacBook Air Deals
You can browse through the best MacBook Air deals below. We also have deals for more MacBook Air as well as some other MacBook models further down in this article (in case you're not completely decided.)
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MacBook Air 2019 model
Apple has a 'new' MacBook Air for 2019, but the only new thing about it is the introduction of True Tone to the screen (which means the screen can adjust to different lighting conditions) and a price drop from Apple. All the other specs are the same as the 2018 model. The MacBook Air price is now £100 less than it was, starting at £1,099.
Price-cuts on the new MacBook Air are already starting to arrive, check them out below.
MacBook Air 2018 model
If you see a MacBook Air on sale it can be tricky to tell if it's the 2018 or 2019 model because the only difference is the addition of True Tone. Some deals may also look better than they are as the reseller isn't taking into account Apple's own price drop on the Air, which now starts at £1,099 rather than £1,199. However, if you find a good deal on the 2018 MacBook Air we recommend it, purely because it's practically identical to the 2019 model.
MacBook Air 2017 model
The 2017 MacBook Air was still on sale from Apple until July 2019. You may still be able to find a deal on the old-style MacBook Air, although we emphasise that the model may officially be from 2017, but the processor is from 2015, so it's not a modern Mac - that processor will soon be five years old!
Best MacBook deals
With the price of a MacBook Air as sold by Apple in mind, take a look at the deals below to see just how much you could save on the MacBook Air and other MacBook models.
We'd also recommend taking a look at Apple's Refurbished Store for great MacBook Air deals. They're forever changing, but you can get a huge discount on products that you'd never be able to tell are refurbished.
We can help you decide which MacBook is best for you in our MacBook buying guide.
1. Apple 15in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz eight-core i9, 16GB RAM, 512GB (2019) [Amazon]
Now: £2,275 (£524 off mid-2019 price - Discontinued)
Save money on the top-of-the-range 2019 15in MacBook Pro with this Amazon deal (which actually comes from KRCS). That's an 8-core 2.3GHz i9 9th generation Intel processor!
Apple has discontinued this Mac but its spec is actually quite similar to the new 16in model. This is the best price we have seen this for on Amazon thanks to its Black Friday deal!
2. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB, Silver (2019)
Now: £1,475 (£324 off)
This is 2019's 2.4GHz 13in MacBook Pro, it might only be a small boost to the processor speed, compared to the 2018 model, but this is still money off the newest version (and the deal is better than ever now that Apple's put up prices in the UK). This is the best price we have seen for this deal thanks to Amazon's Black Friday promotion.
3. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 1.4GHz, quad-core, 128GB (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,155 (£144 off)
Currys is offering money off the entry-level 2019 13in MacBook Pro, which, thanks to Apple's 2019 update is now a decent Mac.
4. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz dual-core, 256GB (2017)
Now: £1,034 (£415 off price of 2017 model - Discontinued)
Save on the price of the 2017 MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) - this was the 256GB model Apple was previoulsy selling for £1,449. This Black Friday deak brings the price down to a similar level to the entry-level MacBook Air and this is definately a great alternative to that, even though it is older.
5. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £985 (£114 off)
You can get the 2019 MacBook Air for less than £1,000 with this Currys PC World deal.
6. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, 2.6GHz, 6-core, 512GB (2019)
Now: £2,386.60 (£12.40 off)
So it's not a huge discount, but it is a discount on the 2019 16in MacBook Pro!
7. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 1.4GHz, quad-core, 128GB (2019)
Now: £1,146 (£153 off)
You can save money on the entry-level 2019 13in MacBook Pro, bringing the price into line with the MacBook Air (which starts at £1,099).
8. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB, Space Grey (2019)
Now: £1,691.06 (£108.94 off)
This is the entry-level configuration for the 2019 13in MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (that now costs £1,799 from Apple, up £100 prior to July 2019). KRCS has a discount on the model. This is the Space Grey configuration, but you can also get the Silver model here.
9. Apple 15in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz six-core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB (2019) [Laptops Direct]
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £2,682.97 (£437 off 2018 price - Discontinued)
Laptops Direct has money off the 2019 15in MacBook Pro with Intel's 6-core 2.6GHz i7 processor for Black Friday.
10. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz dual-core, 128GB (2017)
Now: £989 (£260 off 2017 price - discontinued)
Apple has stopped selling this 2017 MacBook Pro entry-level model, but it used to cost £1,249, you can get it for less at Amazon right now (as a Black Friday deal). Note that this model dates back to 2017 though, and we'd recommend the similarly priced 2018/2019 MacBook Air over it, or even paying £1,249 for the new entry-level MacBook Pro. However, while it's available for under £1,000 this is worth considering.
11. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 1.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB (2019)
Now: £1,345 (£154 off)
This is the 2019 1.4GHz MacBook Pro with 256GB storage. Normally Apple sells it for £1,499 but Amazon has money off.
12. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 256GB (2019)
Now: £1,099 (£200 off)
Save money on the top-of-the-range 2019 MacBook Air. Amazon is discounting it as part of the Black Friday sale.
13. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, 2.3GHz, 8-core, 1TB (2019)
Now: £2,794.80 (£4.20 off)
Jigsaw is already selling the 2019 16in MacBook Pro and they are already offering a tiny discount.
14. Apple 12in Macbook (2017 model)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £799.97 (£300 off - Discontinued)
It's currently the cheapest price around for the now discontinued 12in MacBook thanks to Laptops Direct's Black Friday discount.
15. Apple 15in Macbook Pro, 2.2GHz six-core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB (2018)
Now: £1,899 (£450 off 2018 price - Discontinued)
Amazon is offering almost £500 off the price of the 2018 entry-level 15in 2.2GHz MacBook Pro for Black Friday. Apple sells this model for £1,799 in the refurbished store - but this Amazon deal is for a brand new version.
16. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 1.4GHz, quad-core, 128GB (2019)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £1,169.97 (£129.03 off)
Here's a decent saving on the 128GB version of the 2019 1.4GHz MacBook Pro. This is marked as a Black Friday deal at Laptops Direct. Amazon has a slightly better deal (above), but if that runs out...
17. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2019) [John Lewis]
From: John Lewis
Now: £985 (£114 off)
John Lewis is offering money off the 2019 MacBook Air with this deal. You can get money off the Gold, Silver or the Space Grey edition.
18. Apple 13in MacBook Air, 1.6GHz dual-core, 128GB (2018) [VERY]
Now: £1,079 (£20 off new Apple price - 2018 model)
Very has a slight discount on the 2018 MacBook Air (same spec as the 2019 model aside from True Tone). But as with the other Air deals, now that Apple's reduced pricing itself this deal's not as good as it was.
19. 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.
Where to buy the new MacBook Air
You can, of course, buy the new MacBook Air from Apple itself on its website here. But that’s not the only place it’s available. You'll also find the MacBook Air at these, and other, UK and US stores:
- You can be sure that you are buying a Mac at the correct price at Apple. View the MacBook Air in the Apple Store.
- Or, 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.
- Apple has a number of Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers who stock Macs, for example view the MacBook Air at Apple Premium Reseller KRCS.
- Get a Mac from Amazon where we often see discounts. View the MacBook Air at Amazon.
- View the MacBook Air at AO.com
- View the MacBook Air at Ebuyer
- View the MacBook Air at John Lewis, where we often see discounts.
- View the MacBook Air at Currys PC World, who also frequently offer discounts.
- Want to buy a MacBook Air from Apple? View the MacBook Air in the Apple Store.
- Save money on a refurbished MacBook Air. View the MacBook Air in the Apple Refurbished Store.
- Get your education discount: View the MacBook Air in the Apple Education Store.
- View the MacBook Air at Amazon where we often see discounts.
- 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 here.