Best MacBook Pro deals: top Christmas offers
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 you can.
The very first thing you need to be aware of is that Apple has 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 Silicon processors, known as the M1 chips. Read about Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro.
The 2.0GHz 13in MacBook Pro models that were updated earlier in 2020 are arguably more powerful than the newer models. Apple’s update in November will nonetheless mean that what were the entry-level MacBook Pro are now more Pro than ever. Read our comparison of the 13in MacBook Pro M1 vs Intel.
You may not be keen on jumping to M1 straight away. If you are wondering whether to buy one of the new Macs this article might help: Should I buy an Intel Mac.
Even with Black Friday behind us we are still seeing some excellent deals and we expect to see even more in the Boxing Day sales! Read our round up of the Best Christmas Apple Deals 2020.
This article focuses on the MacBook Pro, but you will find 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. If you’d like some help to choose the best Apple laptop for you 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.
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.
They may only just have launched, but we have already see deals on the new M1 MacBook Pro models from KRCS:
- Amazon has money off the 256GB M1 MacBook Pro, normally £1,299! It costs £1,192.24 Get the deal here.
- Amazon also has discounted the new 512GB M1 MacBook Pro, normally £1,499, now £1,419.97 Get the deal here.
The 2.0GHz 13in MacBook Pro were launched in May 2020. Here are some of the best deals on that model (which is still on sale at Apple for £1,799):
- KRCS has the Intel 13in 2.0GHz MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD for £1,619.10: Get the deal here.
The 16in MacBook Pro (which launched in November 2019) also has some decent discounts:
- Various resellers have the entry-level 16in MacBook Pro on offer for £2,148 (it’s normally £2,399 from Apple!) get the deal from: Currys/PCWorld | Amazon | John Lewis.
The arrival of the new MacBook Pro models also means we are seeing some great discounts on the older 13in MacBook Pro:
- The 1.4GHz MacBook Pro, which was £1,299 is now £1,180 at John Lewis.
- You can get the 2019 2.4GHz 13in MacBook Pro, with 256GB SSD, for £1,199.97 at Currys/PC World – that would previously have retailed for £1,799.
- There’s also a 13in 2.4GHz MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD from 2019 for £1,349 at Currys/PC World. That used to be £1,999.
Here’s an overview of some of the best deals right now – we have even more deals and more advice that will help you judge whether a deal is good or not below:
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.
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.
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.
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?
The new Apple M1 MacBook Pro has only just gone on sale. However, some resellers are still selling the older model.
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)
16in MacBook Pro deals
If you want that gorgeous 16in display, this is where to find the best deals (RRP: £2,399). Read our 16in MacBook Pro review.
Discontinued MacBook Pro models
Some of the best deals to be had are on the now discontinued models, so we’ll include these below:
Old 13in MacBook Pro deals
Apple has only just removed the 13in 1.4GHz MacBook Pro from sale.
Here are the latest deals on the 2020 1.4GHz MacBook Pro (was £1,299):
When Apple updated the entry-level 13in MacBook Pro in early 2020 it changed the keyboard and increased the storage, but nothing else changed. You might therefore be able to find a decent deal on the old 2019 model – but note that it will have half the storage and that the keyboard may become problematic. Read about the keyboard issues here.
If there are any you will see the latest 2019 13in 1.4GHz MacBook Pro Deals (was £1,299) below:
And if there are any you will see the latest 2019 13in 2.4GHz MacBook Pro Deals (was £1,799) here:
Old 15in MacBook Pro deals
When Apple discontinued the 15in MacBook Pro models in 2019 the 16in models that replaced them actually shared the same generation processors with the 8-core option at the top-of-the-range. While there were some tweeks internally that should mean performance from the 16in models is better, if you aren’t too bothered about the bigger screen a deal on the older 15in model might interest you. You should note that Apple has increased the storage available inside the 16in models as of May 2020 though.
Another thing to note is that the price of these models went up by £50-£100 in 2019, which might mean that the discount doesn’t look as good as it might otherwise do.
- 2.6GHz 6-core, 256GB: (WAS £2,349/$2,399) NOW £2,399/$2,399
- 2.3GHz 8-core, 512GB: (WAS £2,699/$2,799) NOW £2,799/$2,799
Here are the latest 15in MacBook Pro Deals:
Best MacBook Deals UK
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, 256GB (2020)
Now: £1192.24 (£1192.24 off)
2. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz quad-core 512GB (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,349.97 (£649 off)
This is a great discount off 2019’s top-of-the-range 13in MacBook Pro. It’s got a 2.4GHz 8th-generation quad-core processor and a generous 512GB SSD.
3. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz, quad-core, 256GB, Silver (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,199.97 (£499.03 off)
Here’s a saving on the 2019 13in MacBook Pro with 2.4GHz Quad-core processor – it’s the 256GB version that would have cost £1,699 at launch, while the newer equivalent retails at £1,799.
4. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.0GHz quad-core, 1TB (2020)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,800 (£199)
This is a discount on Apple’s top-of-the-range 13in MacBook Pro with an Intel processor. It’s got a 2.0GHz quad-core, 1TB storage, and 16GB RAM.
5. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB (2020)
Now: £949.06 (£49.94 off)
KRCS has money off the entry-level M1 MacBook Air. You can buy it from them for £949.06 – which is almost £50 off.
KRCS is also selling the 512GB 2020 M1 MacBook Air with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU at a discount, you can find that deal here.
6. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.0GHz quad-core, 512GB (2020)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,630 (£169 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, and Currys has a decent deal on it.
7. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, 2.6GHz, 6-core, 512GB (2019)
Now: £2,148 (£251 off)
Amazon is offering a great discount on the new 2019 16in MacBook Pro.
Amazon isn’t the only one offering this discount – Currys has the same deal right now!
8. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 1.4GHz, quad-core, 512GB (early 2020)
From: Currys/PC World
Now: £1,369 (£130 off)
This is the 13in MacBook Pro with 1.4GHz quad-core GPU. It’s the 2020 model – which gained double the storage – now 512GB – and the improved keyboard, but still has an 8th generation Intel processor from the 2019 model.
Currys has money off, so it’s a great opportunity to get the older Intel model that has now been discontinued since Apple introduced it’s new M1 MacBook Pro.
9. Apple MacBook Air, 1.1GHz quad-core, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,139 (£160 off)
There’s money to be saved on the 2020 quad-core MacBook Air over at Amazon.
We’ve seen this model for sale for even less in the past though.
10. Apple MacBook Air, 1.1GHz dual-core, 256GB (2020)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £879 (£120 off)
This is the early-2020 entry-level MacBook Air, which cost £999 at Apple before being replaced by the M1 model.
11. 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.
12. Xiaomi Summer Sale
Now: Up to £100 off on Xiaomi Mi 10
Save on Xiaomi phones and gadgets until 19th with up to £100 off the new Xiaomi Mi 10.
Where to get MacBook deals, UK & US
Although from time to tim 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.
For example, in October 2019 we found a refurbished 2017 13in MacBook Pro, which would have cost £1,799 new, for £1,529, a saving of £270. Find the latest refurbished deals here. We also have this advice about buying a refurbished Mac.
Other resellers are offering discounts on the different MacBook models that are being sold brand new. You may find deals on the following sites:
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.