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Best MacBook deals in October 2021

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MacBook deals can be found everywhere this month. In fact, we're currently seeing some of the best MacBook deals of the year with never-before-seen discounts on all of Apple's M1-based MacBooks. So if you're in the market for a new MacBook, now is an excellent time to make a purchase. 

Best MacBook deals right now

MacBook deals and Black Friday

Chances are you aren't thinking of Black Friday deals right now. However, the retail holiday is just weeks away and it's bound to offer the best MacBook deals of the year. To date, the MacBook Air has dropped to an all-time low of $749 this year. (It was a Best Buy student-only deal). Unfortunately, we don't expect to see that price point again. However, we do expect to see the MacBook Air selling for $799 at multiple retailers. Likewise, you can expect to see the MacBook Pro get from a $200 to $300 discount in November. As for the new 2021 MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch, expect to see MacBook deals that take from $100 to $200 off those new models. 

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Air

MacBook Air M1

MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $929 @ Amazon
The new MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its new Apple Silicon. The new M1 CPU also helped it reach over 14 hours on our battery test. For a limited time, Amazon has it on sale for $929. It features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Apple M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The 512GB model is also on sale for $1,099 ($149 off). 

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro (M1/256GB)

MacBook Pro (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,169 @ Amazon
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The new 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 and beefier 8-core graphics. Even better, the system lasted over 16 hours in our battery test. Need more storage? The 512GB model is $150 off at Amazon.

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MacBook Pro 13 (Intel/2020/512GB): was $1,999 now $1,699 @ Amazon
This 13-inch MacBook Pro features an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645. It's $299 off its normal price and one of the best MacBook deals on
the previous-gen systems. 

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Pro 2021

MacBook Pro 2021

MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro/512GB): from $1,999 @ Amazon
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. You can purchase it now for an October 26 release. 

How to find the best 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 $200 off discounts. However, we've noticed that Amazon offers slightly better MacBook sales that its competitors. For instance, the new M1 MacBook Air has dropped to $899 a few times at Amazon. 

If you're looking for deals on previous-gen MacBooks, B&H Photo is a good place to start, particularly because they usually have stock of the older MacBooks. However, keep in mind that the new MacBook Air M1 is the better bargain (especially if it's on sale). That said, B&H Photo usually has the 2020 Intel MacBook Air on sale from $949 to $869

Louis Ramirez

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.