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Best Prime Day MacBook deals 2022

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Day two of Prime Day is almost complete, but it's not too late to find great MacBook deals. Even at this late hour, we continue to see record-breaking price drops on Apple's M1 MacBooks, though it looks like Prime Day deals on Apple's new M2-based MacBook Pro and MacBook Air aren't going to materialize. 

In terms of price lows, the MacBook Air M1 hit $749 last summer. Now that retailers are focusing on MacBook Air M2 preorders, most retailers are dropping the price of the M1 machine down to $899. And of course, deals on other models abound, so you should be able to find a discount on the Mac laptop you want.

Prime Day MacBook deals — MacBook Air

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MacBook Air M1: was $999 now $899 @ B&H Photo (opens in new tab)
There's a lot to love about the MacBook Air M1. This model has a 7-core M1 chip, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 13.3-inch Retina display. Plus, you get extra long battery life. It can be yours for $100 off the normal price — provided you like Space Gray

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MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $899 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
It's no longer Apple's flagship, but the MacBook Air still offers fantastic performance, thanks to its M1 chip. And the battery life just can't be beat; this machine lasted 14 hours on our web surfing battery test. 

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MacBook Air (M1/512GB): was $1,249 now $1,049 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
If you've got larger storage requirements the 2020 MacBook Air M1 with a 512GB SSD is also reduced for Prime Day. It's been slashed $200 in this MacBook deal, and packs the same M1 chip, and almost unbeatable 14-hour battery life. It's not the flagship anymore but it's still a very compelling laptop. 

Prime Day MacBook deals — MacBook Pro

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MacBook Pro 13" (M2/256GB): for $1,299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
While the upgrades are more subtle, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is also getting a hardware upgrade. The new machine sports a 13.3-inch Retina display (2560 x 1600), Apple's new M2 CPU w/ 10 core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It keeps the same starting price as before. 

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MacBook Pro 13" (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,099 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 chip delivers performance that runs circles around Windows laptops, and you get a brighter display than the MacBook Air M1 and beefier 8-core graphics. Even better, the system lasted over 16 hours in our battery test. It's an epic deal at $200 off, but it was on sale for $999 just a few days ago at Best Buy. That said, this is the best right now. By comparison, Amazon has it on sale for $1,228 (opens in new tab) with stock varying by the hour.

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MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $1,999 now $1,799 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The 2021 MacBook Pro sports Apple's new M1 Pro CPU, which delivers 8 more GPU cores, a better Media Engine, and more memory bandwidth than the already incredible M1 chip. It's also Apple's first 14-inch MacBook Pro featuring a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display with 3024 x 1984 resolution. Others specs include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port. If Amazon sells out, Best Buy offers the same price (opens in new tab).

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MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro/1TB): was $2,499 now $2,299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
For those demanding more storage, the 1TB version of the 14" MacBook Pro is currently on sale at Amazon with $200 off. This machine features the high performance M1 Pro chip, as well as up to 17 hours battery life. The cheapest we've seen this go is $2,229, so while this deal is no far off that price, you might want to wait to see if it's reduced more soon.

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MacBook Pro 16" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $2,499 now $2,299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The 16-inch MacBook Pro sports Apple's new M1 Pro CPU. It features 10 cores and a 16-core GPU. It also features a 16-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display with 3456 x 2244 resolution. Others specs include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port. This model can be configured with an even more powerful M1 Max CPU (from $3,499), which features a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU. If Amazon sells out, B&H Photo offers the same price (opens in new tab).

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MacBook Pro 16" (M1 Pro/1TB): was $2,699 now $2,499 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
If only a terabyte is going to cut it, then this deal is for you. Best Buy are currently offering $200 off the 1TB 16" MacBook Pro, which features the same blistering M1 Pro chip, with 10 cores and 16 GPU cores, as well as 16GB of RAM and the Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display. With 1TB of storage, there's plenty of space for storing games and media.

How to find the best Prime Day MacBook deals

Amazon and Best Buy tend to offer the best MacBook deals. The MacBook Air M1 and the MacBook Pro M1 tend to see from $50 to $250 off discounts. However, we've noticed that Amazon offers slightly better MacBook sales that its competitors. For instance, the M1 MacBook Air has dropped to $799 a few times at Amazon. (It's all-time low was $749 via a Best Buy student discount). 

If you're looking for MacBook Pro deals — you'll want to look at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. The 14-inch MacBook Pro hit $1,749 ($250 off) in early February. The 16-inch model has also seen $250 off discounts at Amazon. These short-lived deals are the best prices we've seen for these MacBooks to date. 

It's also worth noting that sometimes pricing varies based on what color MacBook you choose. So when shopping, we recommend clicking on different colors to see if there are hidden discounts. 

If you're looking for deals on the new M2 MacBook Air or M2 MacBook Pro, we'd keep an eye on Amazon. The retailer is usually the first to discount new Apple gear, and we expect deals to debut now that Prime Day is upon us. 

Bear in mind that you won't see massive savings on your favorite MacBook though.  These tend to drop by about $200 at best. 

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As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.