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Why the M2 MacBook Air is easily worth the $200 upgrade

The new M2 MacBook Air isn’t yet available to purchase, but you’ve probably already heard the chorus of opinions about why the older M1 MacBook Air is a better purchase.

“It’s fast enough for most people,” they will say. “Why would you need anything more?”

And as fair as those statements are, the reality of just how good this new M2 MacBook Air appears to be has been drowned out. There is certainly a demographic for the older model, but people are getting hung up on the branding more than the laptop itself.

The MacBook ‘Air’

Price is often quoted as the M2 MacBook Air’s biggest problem. At $1,199, it’s $200 more expensive than the M1 MacBook Air — and probably even more considering how often the M1 is on sale. That knee-jerk reaction is understandable, especially since we’re used to products in the same line replacing the previous models at no extra charge.

But the M2 MacBook Air is far from just a yearly upgrade over the previous model. It’s a complete reboot of the MacBook Air, especially in how it looks and feels. The chnages may not be as drastic as some of the leaks were saying before the announcement — but even as is, it shares very little in common with the M1 MacBook Air. You might even say that it doesn’t make much sense to even call it a “MacBook Air.”

I’m not about to say Apple hasn’t made a bit of a disaster of its MacBook line. Having three distinct products within $300 of each other is very strange, especially when all three seem to be targeting a similar demographic. It’s the main reason so many people are writing off the M2 MacBook Air.

But get beyond the name for a moment, and you’ll see there’s a lot more on offer here than just a standard update.

It’s beyond time for an upgrade

The gold MacBook Air M1's logo and keyboard.
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As I said, the M1 MacBook Air is beloved for its value proposition. But when you consider the physical laptop itself, it’s not exactly looker. It comes from a different era of Mac design. The chassis itself hails from 2018, known then as the Retina MacBook Air. At the time, it was an enormous leap ahead from the iconic MacBook Airs that it succeeded. The thinness of the chassis was staggering, as were the shrunken bezels and move to USB-C.

In 2022, it’s quite the opposite. It looks downright old school compared to the new M2 MacBook Air. The new Air drops the thickness to just 0.44 inches thick, which is among the thinnest laptops you can buy. And though I haven’t handled the device myself just yet, I won’t be surprised to find that it has excellent build quality despite its size.

The MacBook Air also fixes the thick bezels, which gives you a sleeker look but also a slightly larger screen. It measures 13.6 inches diagonally, giving you more usable screen space for whatever you’re doing. That comes with a notch, yes, but it’s a fair trade-off in my book.

Of course, the M2 MacBook Air also ditches the wedge shape of the old Air. Given how many laptops have copied the wedge look over the years, it’s become a bit stale. The flat, ultrathin design of the M2 MacBook Air trades that for something simpler and more modern.

It’s more than just the industrial design though. The new model also upgrades the screen, the speakers, and the webcam — bringing them up to par with what we expect out of modern Apple products. Those things alone are worth the $200 in my view, especially if you spend a lot of time on video calls.

A new era for Mac design

The M2 MacBook Air sitting on a desk.

But most importantly, this design is actually built around the efficiency benefits of the M1 and M2 chips. In that sense, it really is the first MacBook Air to take advantage of the extreme efficiency of Apple Silicon. That’s what allows it to be this thin, remain fanless, and not give up any of the performance.

A similar thing happened with the 24-inch iMac when it was redesigned in 2021. By using a more efficient, mobile-style chip (and a far smaller logic board), Apple was able to completely reimagine the design and internal structure of that product. With the iMac, Apple went as far as nestling the entirety of the “computer” into the bottom chin of the display. Like the design or not, it’s the M1 that allowed Apple to try something new with the design and make the device considerably slimmer.

The M2 MacBook Air is no different, and it’ll likely become the basis for the MacBook Airs of the next few years. The M2 might not end up being that big of a performance upgrade over the M1, but it doesn’t really need to be. As many people have stated (including myself), the M1 was more than enough performance for the target audience of this laptop.

But having a design that actually makes use of that chip? That’s what the new MacBook Air is all about — and it’s what makes it an intriguing alternative to the M1 MacBook Air. I’ll know for sure once I review it myself, but for now, I know which of the MacBooks in this price range I’d pick.

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This simple app makes brilliant use of the MacBook notch

Few people love the placement of the MacBook’s notch, but what if it had a more practical use? A new app that’s being developed does exactly that, making a simple drag and drop gesture to the MacBook notch start an AirDrop, sharing those files with another Apple device.

The app also includes nice visual feedback, placing a flashing yellow glow around the MacBook notch when dragging begins to indicate the drop target and turning green when the mouse reaches the notch. Letting go and dropping the files initiates the AirDrop. The app was recently demonstrated on Twitter by developer Ian Keen.

Got inspired to build a little airdrop helper app tonight. pic.twitter.com/ywzJzKR0O8

— Ian Keen (@IanKay) June 16, 2022

While it’s not available for download yet, a TestFlight beta version is planned and should become available in a few days according to Keen.

A version is also being developed for Mac computers that do not have a notch and it looks quite similar. Keen notes that there will be some options to control the appearance which is a good idea since the flash and glow might become tiresome after a few days of use.

What do ya'll think about this 'notchless' variant? pic.twitter.com/rW3zsy01ub

— Ian Keen (@IanKay) June 17, 2022

Full details of the app are not available. It’s unclear how the user can specify which device will receive an AirDrop if there is more than one Apple device in range. The developer seems responsive to ideas so anyone interested in a specific feature should comment on the Twitter feed and share their ideas.

It’s an intriguing and fun app that has garnered a fair amount of interest, racking up over a thousand likes in less than a day. At the moment, it’s a work in progress that might be ready for beta testing soon.

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These are the only laptops thinner than the M2 MacBook Air

The new M2 MacBook Air is incredibly thin — 0.44 inches (11.2mm), to be specific. But numbers don’t quite do it justice. Unless you were to hold this thing in your hands yourself, you might not realize just how thin this really is. But Apple didn’t claim this to be the thinnest laptop ever made — because it’s not.

And while there are a couple that exist, you’ll see quickly that they aren’t exactly one-to-one comparisons.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

The thinnest laptop ever made, as far as I’ve been able to determine, is the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. This fiery red, premium Chromebook came out in 2020, and it has a thickness of just 0.39 inches. As you can see in the photo, that’s just large enough to squeeze in a headphone jack and USB-C port. It was an astounding device to see in 2020, and it remains among the thinnest laptops you can still buy.

This 13-inch laptop is downright tiny, and it’s well-built too. But it’s a Chromebook. And strangely, Samsung hasn’t updated the laptop in the past two years. The company chose to release a sequel in 2021 called the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, but it was a thicker and more budget-friendly laptop. I’m not sure whether or not we’ll ever see a true update to the original Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, but I seriously hope we see Samsung reuse this style of chassis, because in many ways, it felt ahead of its time.

Acer Swift 7

Acer Swift 7 review
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The Acer Swift 7 was the laptop that was the champion of thinness for many years, even before the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook came around. This one also measures in at the same 0.39 inches thick, matching that Chromebook. It’s also incredibly light at 1.96 pounds — one of the lightest laptops you can buy. That’s considerably lighter than the 2.7-pound M2 MacBook Air.

Both of those measurements blow the M2 MacBook Air out of the water — but there’s a catch. First off, the Acer Swift 7 had a number of frustrating compromises, including an awkward touchpad and keyboard, and a strangely positioned webcam.

But the bigger problem? Acer hasn’t updated this model since 2019. That makes it even less of a viable laptop to buy in 2022, especially since it still uses an old 8th-gen Intel processor. A lot of the sacrifices made to ensure that the Acer Swift 7 was the thinnest and lightest of all clearly didn’t convince many buyers it was worth the trade-off.

Like the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, I don’t know that Acer has plans to update the Swift 7, but clearly it’s taken a break from the design.

Some that are really close

The back of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.

So, while there aren’t many laptops that are quite as thin as the M2 MacBook Air, there are a lot that come close. The half-inch mark is right around where many of the other thin-and-light laptops fall. On the Windows side of things, you have options like the new Dell XPS 13, which comes in at 0.58 inches thick.

There’s also the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4, which is slightly thinner than the XPS 13 at 0.57 inches. The Asus ExpertBook B9 falls into a similar size, as does the Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED at 0.59 inches.

Of course, 2-in-1 tablets like the Surface Pro are technically thinner. The Surface Pro 8 is only 0.37 inches thick, but add on the Type Cover keyboard, and you’re back up another 0.2 inches.

It’s entirely possible that I’ve overlooked some laptop here or there, but suffice it to say, the M2 MacBook Air is likely in its own league. Unless you count experimental concept devices like the Craob X, Windows laptops definitely have some catching up to do.

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M2 MacBook Air vs. M1 MacBook Air: Should you wait to buy?

While Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is normally used to announce updates for software products, Apple also announced a new MacBook Air and the M2 chip inside of it at its 2022 event.

Usually, it’s easy to recommend the new model over the old one. But in this case, the M2 MacBook Air feels more like a completely new model rather than a replacement of the old one. And since Apple continues to sell the original M1 MacBook Air, the answer to the question of which you should buy isn’t so simple.

Design

Right off the bat, the M2 MacBook Air drops the iconic wedge shape that made the Air famous. Instead, the M2 version adopts the same squared-off sides and rounded edges as its bigger brothers, the MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch. While it does lose a bit of flair (and extreme thinness), it does make the MacBook line more consistent.

The new M2 MacBook Air chassis also continues to live up to its namesake by being only 2.7 pounds and 0.44 inches thin. It’s perfect for those who prize portability over raw power (though it has plenty of that as we’ll see later). It should be noted: The M2 MacBook Air is just 0.1 pounds lighter than the M1 MacBook Air.

The keyboard on the M2 MacBook Air isn’t that different from the M1 version, but does look more in line with the larger MacBook Pro models. This includes the Touch ID button being slightly different than the M1’s, as well as the full-size function keys along the top.

While the stereo speakers on the M1 MacBook Air flank either side of the keyboard, the M2 MacBook Air places its four-speaker setup in-between the keyboard and the hinge. This new speaker setup also includes support for Spatial Audio, both through Dolby Atmos in the built-in speakers and through dynamic head tracking using the high-end Apple AirPods products.

Display

The M2 MacBook Air sitting on a desk.

The display has been widened ever so slightly from 13.3-inches on the M1 Air to 13.6-inches on the M2 Air. That change is because of the reduced bezel size, both along the side edges and the top. That means, yes, the new MacBook Air includes a notch, which the old one does not. The screen also has rounded edges along the top corners.

Tucked into the notch is an improved 1080p webcam, bumped up from the 720p option on the M1 MacBook Air. You might be enticed to use Apple’s new Continuity Camera with the M1 MacBook Air, which converts your iPhone into a webcam. On the M2 MacBook Air, that probably won’t be necessary.

The panel itself has also been upgraded to a 2560 x 1660 Liquid Retina display, which Apple says is the biggest and brightest ever on a MacBook Air. Liquid Retina is certainly a bump up from the M1 MacBook Air, but don’t expect the same eye-popping look of the Super Retina XDR, which is the mini-LED panel saved for the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro (14-inch and 16-inch).

This display does support up to a billion colors and has an increased brightness to 500 nits. That’s compared to the 400 nits possible with the M1 MacBook Air. Both displays have True Tone technology.

Ports

The M2 MacBook Air sitting on a desk.

When it comes to ports, both the the M1 and M2 MacBook Air have the same arrangement: Two Thunderbolt 3 ports that support USB 4 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds. Both devices are capable of supporting just one external display, however.

There’s also a combo headphone mic jack on the M2 MacBook Air that Apple says supports high-impedance headphones, which the M1 MacBook Air does not.

The one major difference is the inclusion of the MagSafe 3 magnetic charging port on the M2 version. For some, that itself is enough to justify buying a new MacBook Air. The main benefit is that it frees up one of the two USB-C ports for other purposes rather than charging. Don’t worry, though, you can still charge the laptop using the Thunderbolt ports.

Both laptops also support the same Wi-Fi 6 wireless standard, as well as Bluetooth 5.0.

Performance and battery life

Other than the display and overall design, the M2 chip inside of the newest MacBook Air is what separates it from its predecessor.

Like the M1 version, the M2 MacBook Air is fanless, owing to the power efficiency of the M2 chip. Apple says the M2 chip is up to 1.4 times faster than the previous M1 model while still getting up to 18 hours of battery life.

Apple M2 features overview.

While a 1.4x increase in power is measurable, it’s not that much. In fact, the M2 seems to be more of a refinement of the M1 rather than a true generational leap. Still, the M2 MacBook Air benefits from being manufactured on a “second-generation 5nm” process node.

This means an overall 18% faster CPU, 35% faster GPU, and 50% more memory bandwidth as compared to the M1, now up to 100GB per second.

Importantly, the M2 MacBook Air has the same media engine used in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which the M1 MacBook Air lacks. The media engine supports hardware-accelerated ProRes encoding and decoding.

We’ll have to test all of this ourselves before we can make a judgment call on just how much more performant the M2 is, but suffice it to say, you’ll get improved performance out of the M2.

The M2 MacBook Air allows you to configure your laptop with an extra 8GB of RAM for a total of 24GB, whereas the M1 MacBook Air is stuck at a maximum of 16GB. Storage options, though, are the same — both starting at 8GB and maxing out at 2TB.

Buy now or wait?

That leads into pricing and whether it’s a good time to buy one.

The base M2 model starts at $1,200 and sports an 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, and 8GB of unified RAM. That’s $200 more than the base M1 model with a 7-core GPU.

The M1 MacBook Air was already a capable machine for everyday computing, productivity, and even video editing. Those who already have an M1 Air probably don’t need to upgrade unless you really want the MagSafe connector.

However, those still holding on to an Intel-based MacBook Air may want to consider upgrading as Apple touts a 15x increase in power over the older Intel models.

Those who don’t already own a MacBook and are interested in buying one should probably just get the M2 model over the M1 if you can swing the extra $200. You’ll have more options when it comes to CPU/GPU/memory and benefit from performance increases.

That said, the M1 MacBook Air is still plenty fast for most people and that says a lot about Apple’s engineering prowess.

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How to Clean a MacBook Keyboard

Dust, crumbs, and gunky build-up are all bound to find their way onto your MacBook keyboard at some point. If you’re having trouble with a specific key or simply feel it’s time to give your keyboard a good cleaning, there are some dos and don’ts for the process.

Here, we’ll walk you through how to clean a MacBook keyboard using compressed air. We’ll also include what Apple recommends for getting build-up off your keys and which types of products to avoid.

How to clean a MacBook keyboard

Step 1: Before you clean your MacBook keyboard, you should turn off, unplug the computer, and detach any accessories.

If you’re using an external keyboard that you want to clean, turn it off and remove the batteries.

Step 2: Be sure to insert the straw that comes with the can of compressed air. Remember to keep the straw approximately one half of an inch from the keyboard when you spray.

Also, be sure to keep the can of compressed air at its normal angle. Do not turn it upside-down. You can review the instructions on the can as well.

Step 3: Make sure you have a good grip on your MacBook as you’ll be turning it at different angles to clean the keyboard.

First, open the MacBook and turn it about 75 degrees facing the screen downward. Then, spray the compressed air in a zig-zag motion from left to right across the keyboard and back again.

Step 4: Turn your MacBook to one side and use the same swiping motion to spray the compressed air on the keyboard. Then, turn your computer on its other side and do the same thing.

If you have an external keyboard, you can follow the same process for turning it as you spray the air.

Additional tools for cleaning your keyboard

If you have a particular key or two on your keyboard that has a grimy build-up, you may want to clean those keys specifically. You can use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to wipe the keyboard, but if you need something stronger, Apple suggests you can use a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe, a 75% ethyl alcohol wipe, or a Clorox disinfecting wipe on the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple devices, like the display and keyboard. Just make sure not to use anything with bleach of hydrogen peroxide in it.

What to avoid when cleaning your keyboard

Here are a few things to stay away from if you plan to clean your keyboard a further.

If after cleaning your MacBook keyboard, you’re still experiencing problems with certain keys, you may need to contact Apple for keyboard repair information.

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GeForce Now Works at Native Resolution on the MacBook Pro

You can finally use GeForce Now on a MacBook Pro at its native aspect ratio. When Nvidia announced the RTX 3080 tier for its GeForce Now cloud gaming service, the company said streams would run at the native resolution of 1600p. Now, that’s available as part of the latest GeForce Now update.

The M1 Max and M1 Pro MacBook Pros feature beefy GPUs, but they’re not tuned for gaming. The list of the best Mac games isn’t too large, either. That’s where GeForce Now comes in, allowing you to play any supported PC game on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, or iOS device without worrying about performance or compatibility.

In the case of GeForce Now, MacBooks actually have a slight edge over PCs. The RTX 3080 tier tops out at 2,560 x 1,440 at 120 frames per second (fps) on PC. The MacBook Pro uses a 16:10 aspect ratio for a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, which the RTX 3080 tier can now fully take advantage of.

The RTX 3080 tier is the closest we’ve seen cloud gaming get to native gaming. It’s not perfect, as the “magic of PC gaming” is still washed in a layer of video compression, but it’s much closer than any other cloud gaming service has gotten. It’s the most expensive GeForce Now subscription Nvidia offers, offering 1440p on PC, 1600p on Macs, 120 fps streaming, and eight-hour session lengths.

There should be a big asterisk next to the frame rate. Although the RTX 3080 tier is capable of 120 fps streaming in most titles, Nvidia caps the frame rate on a number of popular games. Cyberpunk 2077, for example, is capped at 45 fps. Valheim, a game that’s not demanding whatsoever, is also capped at 50 fps.

The RTX 3080 tier runs $99.99 for six months, and Nvidia is currently offering it alongside a copy of Crysis Remastered. Below that is the Priority tier, which is $49.99 for six months. It tops out at 1080p at 60 fps with six-hour session lengths, and it also comes with a copy of Crysis Remastered. Nvidia offers a free tier, though free users are limited to hour-long sessions without RTX features.

In addition to native MacBook Pro resolution, the new GeForce Now update includes integration with Ubisoft Connect. Similar to the Epic Games Store, you can now save your sign-in info for your Ubisoft Connect account in the app. That will skip the log in process whenever you boot up a Ubisoft game.

As usual, Nvidia also announced several new games joining GeForce Now as part of its weekly GFN Thursday. Here are the new games for this week:

  • A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism (Steam, December 7)
  • White Shadows (Steam, December 7)
  • Monopoly Madness (Ubisoft Connect, December 9)
  • Anno 1404 History Edition (free on Ubisoft Connect, December 6 to 14)
  • Prison Architect (free on Epic Games Store, December 9 to 16)
  • Super Magbot (Steam)
  • Untitled Goose Game (Epic Games Store)

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Best Cyber Monday MacBook Deals 2021: What’s Still Available

Cyber Monday is over for another whole year, but there are still some sparse Cyber Monday MacBook deals available. That means that shoppers who are still looking to save on a 2020 MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with the superb M1 CPU should act fast. The good news is that we’ve already rounded up the best Cyber Monday deals going on with these Apple laptops at the moment to spare you some time, but if you’re not set on a MacOS machine, we’ve cast a wider net to round up all the top Cyber Monday laptop deals you can shop today as well. If it’s a Mac you want, read on to see the best Cyber Monday MacBook deals you can buy right now.

Best Cyber Monday MacBook deals

  • 2020 MacBook Air (M1 CPU, 256GB) — $900, was $999
  • 2020 MacBook Pro (M1 CPU, 256GB) — $1,199, was $1,299

2020 MacBook Air (M1 CPU, 256GB) — $900, was $999

Why buy:

  • Lightweight design
  • Great battery life
  • Powerful processor
  • Plenty of storage

The 2020 MacBook Air is effectively the Mac starter kit, and we mean that in a good way. Well-priced and with plenty to love, it’s ideal if you’re new to Macs or simply looking to upgrade from an existing Mac system. With a great keyboard, excellent build quality, and far superior performance than past models, it’s a great choice even if it’s not quite the latest MacBook Air anymore. Our MacBook Air buying guide lays out everything you need to know about picking out a MacBook Air, but we also have a breakdown of other things you need to know before buying one of the best MacBooks.

In the case of this MacBook Air, you get the Apple M1 processor, which provides superior performance compared to Intel-based MacBooks. This also means you get to reap the benefit of better battery management, as this laptop will last you up to 18 hours. That means there’s no need to find a power source throughout the working day and beyond for most users. You’d think that would mean inferior speed, but the M1 chip delivers up to 3.5x faster performance than the previous generation of MacBook Airs. Somehow, it does all that with a fanless design that lets it run super quietly while still remaining very cool.

The benefits of the 2020 MacBook Air don’t stop there, either. You also get a stunning 13.3-inch Retina display that looks fantastic. Text is sharp and clear, while colors look incredibly vibrant. It’s the kind of experience that will make you question how you put up with regular HD screens till now. You also get a convenient FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID support — so you can log in easily with a touch of your finger — and a backlit keyboard. Everything about the MacBook Air is attractively designed, so it’s a really stylish system that’s ideal for working, studying, or simply relaxing at home.

2020 MacBook Pro (M1 CPU, 256GB) — $1,199, was $1,299

The M1-powered MacBook Pro on a coffee table.

Why buy:

  • Fast performance
  • Sleek design
  • Great screen
  • Extensive battery life

The 2020 MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 is a delightful MacBook to use. It offers fantastic performance, equally exceptional battery life, a gorgeous display, great speakers, and a comfortable keyboard. It’s the kind of device that you’ll wonder how you lived without, but make sure to look through our MacBook Pro 13 buying guide, so you know what to expect. Best of all, it should last you a number of years, as is often the case with most MacBook systems.

At its heart, the MacBook Pro has an Apple-designed M1 chip that represents a huge leap in performance for Apple systems. Its 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8 times faster performance than previous generations of the MacBook Pro. Its GPU provides up to five times faster graphics, making it ideal for video editing, photo editing, and even some light gaming. Combined with that is a 16-core Neural Engine that provides advanced machine learning for all-around superior performance. Despite all that power, you somehow still get to enjoy up to 20 hours of battery life — the longest ever seen on a Mac laptop. It’s the kind of battery life that means you’re likely to not need to recharge it for a couple of days at a time, which is sure to be useful.

The MacBook Pro continues to be smart and convenient. It has a good amount of storage — 512GB to be exact — along with 8GB of memory, so it can multitask pretty well. Its 13.3-inch Retina display is predictably gorgeous. With 500 nits of brightness, you’re guaranteed vibrant colors and incredible image detail. It’s a real game-changer, especially if you plan on doing a lot of creative work on the system. There’s also a FaceTime HD camera for taking video calls for work or pleasure. Even the MacBook Pro’s keyboard feels great and is comfortable to tap on for extended periods of time. It also includes a Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard for personalized interactions with specific apps. Simply put, everything about the MacBook Pro is incredibly convenient and simple to use. It’s just what you need for both work and fun.

Also available

  • 2020 MacBook Pro (M1 CPU, 512GB): $1,250 at checkout, was $1,499 — VIEW DEAL
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Best Black Friday MacBook Deals 2021: What to Expect

Black Friday MacBook deals are in full swing now and there are some great bargains out there if you’re keen to save big on the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. We’ve rounded up all the best Black Friday deals going on at the moment as well as cast an eye on the best Black Friday laptop deals in particular. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Read on while we guide you through what you need to know about the Black Friday MacBook deals.

Today’s best Black Friday MacBook deals

  • 2020 MacBook Air — $1,100, was $1,200
  • 2020 MacBook Pro — $1,200, was $1,300

2020 MacBook Air — $1,100, was $1,200

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Why Buy:

  • Lightweight design
  • Great battery life
  • Powerful processor
  • Plenty of storage

The 2020 MacBook Air is effectively the Mac starter kit and we mean that in a good way. Well priced and with plenty to love, it’s ideal if you’re new to Macs or simply looking to upgrade from an existing Mac system. With a great keyboard, excellent build quality and far superior performance than past models, it’s a great choice even if it’s not quite the latest MacBook Air any more. Our MacBook Air buying guide lays out everything you need to know about picking out a MacBook Air but we also have a breakdown of other things you need to know before buying one of the best MacBooks.

In the case of this MacBook Air, you get the Apple M1 processor which provides superior performance than Intel-based MacBooks. In conjunction with that, it also means you get to reap the benefit of better battery management too so this laptop will last you up to 18 hours. That means no need to find a power source throughout the working day and beyond for most users. You’d think that would mean inferior speed but instead, the M1 chip delivers up to 3.5 times faster performance than the previous generation of MacBook Airs. Somehow, it does all that with a fanless design so it runs super quietly while still remaining very cool as well.

The benefits of the 2020 MacBook Air don’t stop there either. You also get a stunning 13.3-inch Retina display which looks fantastic. Text is sharp and clear while colors look incredibly vibrant. It’s the kind of experience that will make you question how you put up with regular HD screens beforehand. Elsewhere, you also get a convenient to use FaceTime HD camera, Touch ID support so you can log in easily with a touch of your finger, plus a backlit keyboard. Everything about the MacBook Air is attractively designed so it’s a really stylish system to own. It’s an ideal system for working, studying or simply relaxing at home with.

2020 MacBook Pro — $1,200, was $1,300

The M1-powered MacBook Pro on a coffee table.

Why Buy:

  • Fast performance
  • Sleek design
  • Great screen
  • Extensive battery life

The 2020 MacBook Pro is a delightful MacBook to use. It offers fantastic performance, equally exceptional battery life, a gorgeous display, great speakers, and even a comfortable keyboard to use. It’s the kind of device that you’ll wonder how you lived without, providing you look through our MacBook Pro 13 buyer’s guide so you know what to expect. Best of all, it should last you a number of years as is often the way with most MacBook systems.

At its heart, the MacBook Pro has an Apple-designed M1 chip which represents a huge leap in performance for Apple systems. Its 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8 times faster performance than previous generations of the MacBook Pro while its GPU provides up to 5 times faster graphics making it ideal for video editing, photo editing, and even some light gaming. Combined with that is a 16-core Neural Engine which provides advanced machine learning for all-round superior performance. Somehow, despite all that power, you still get to enjoy up to 20 hours of battery life — the longest ever seen on a Mac laptop. It’s the kind of battery life that means you’re likely to not need to recharge it for a couple of days at a time which is sure to be useful.

Elsewhere, the MacBook Pro continues to be smart and convenient. It has a decent amount of storage — 256GB to be exact — along with 8GB of memory so it can multitask pretty well. In addition, its 13.3-inch Retina display is predictably gorgeous. With 500 nits of brightness, you’re guaranteed vibrant colors and incredible image detail. It’s a real game changer for many, especially if you plan on doing a lot of creative work on the system. There’s also a FaceTime HD camera for taking video calls for work or pleasure. Even the MacBook Pro’s keyboard feels great, feeling suitably comfortable to tap on for extended periods of time. It also includes a touch bar at the top of the keyboard for personalized interactions with specific apps. Simply put, everything about the MacBook Pro is incredibly convenient and simple to use. Just what you need for both work and fun.

How to get the best Black Friday MacBook deals

It’s important to plan ahead when diving into the Black Friday MacBook deals. We’re not criticising you but it’s easy to get lured into what looks like an amazing deal, right? We all get excited. However, it’s important to know what you’re really looking for. That way, you can avoid buying something that’s wrong for you. You can also avoid discounts that are simply incremental rather than something that’s a genuinely great offer. That goes for all Black Friday deals but when it comes to MacBooks, you’re likely looking for a great investment that will serve you well for many years to come.

That’s why it’s vital that you check out the content listed above. Read up on the best MacBooks so you know everything about the differences between a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Generally, the difference is performance and how lightweight they both are but the gap is closing. For the majority of users, a MacBook Air is the ideal solution. It’s lightweight, offers great battery life, and still packs a punch with performance. The MacBook Pro offers superior processing power but most users won’t need it. It’s only really important if you plan on video editing or editing photos while on the move. Having said that, if you need a form of desktop replacement due to limited space at home, the MacBook Pro is a sweet option here.

Whatever you decide, check up on prices. The MacBook Pro typically costs more but during Black Friday deals, this can change rapidly. This might be the time to invest in the pricier model while not actually spending any extra. Check major retailers to see what they’re offering and don’t be swayed to a system you don’t actually want. Also, check the age of the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. It might actually be an older model than you want. It’s not worth buying up anything Intel-based unless it’s significantly cheaper than the M1 version and you’re ok going with an older type of MacBook. Most users are better sticking to 2020 models and newer.

Black Friday MacBook Deals FAQ

If this is your first time shopping the Black Friday MacBook deals, things can feel pretty overwhelming. Luckily, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Even if you’re used to Black Friday deals, you may learn something new here.

Should You Shop Black Friday MacBook Deals Now?

Yes, in a word. If you see a great deal, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t snap it up immediately. Right now, there are some extensive stock shortages globally due to ongoing chip shortages so MacBooks and pretty much all other technology is tough to find, especially on sale. With such high demand also heightened by more people continuing to work from home, if you see a good deal, you should pounce on it immediately.

Besides the fact the sale may end fast, stock might simply run out meaning you’ll miss out on a great deal. If the deal you see suits your budget and needs, don’t miss out. Buy it. That way, you get to enjoy your new MacBook, skip all the stress of waiting for something that could be better but might not be, plus you’re likely to actually receive it in time for the holidays. Wait any longer and your order might get pushed back substantially.

Will Cyber Monday beat the best Black Friday MacBook deals?

Cyber Monday is often more of a rerun of the best Black Friday MacBook deals. You’ll often see the same deals run into Cyber Monday but on the other hand, that’s far from guaranteed. Wait too long and there’s no guarantee that the discount will still be there on Cyber Monday or that there will even still be stock of what you’re looking for.

Remember, if you do happen to see your purchase cheaper on Cyber Monday (it’s unlikely, honest), you still have options. You can choose to cancel your order or even return the item if it’s already been shipped. Just make sure that anything you do decide to buy on Cyber Monday will actually arrive in time for the holidays, otherwise it might not be worth your while. A good deal is only a good deal if you actually get the item reasonably soon after you order it, otherwise you might feel like you’re missing out.

Who has the best Black Friday MacBook deals?

Apple rarely has great discounts directly so instead, it’s good to consider some of the more commonly mentioned retailers out there. Amazon Black Friday deals are absolutely worth your time. Amazon frequently discounts many Apple products including MacBooks so they’re worth checking out.

In addition, it’s worth checking out the Best Buy Black Friday deals and Walmart Black Friday deals. Both retailers offer brick-and-mortar presences as well as being online. That means that potentially you can buy a MacBook online before going to pick it up in-store. That’s ideal if you simply can’t wait but also don’t want the hassle of solely going into a store around the holiday season. Such flexibility is sure to be worth considering plus both retailers often discount MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros.

When do Black Friday MacBook deals end?

Technically, Black Friday MacBook deals end the next day — the Saturday after Black Friday. However, many retailers continue to run deals over the weekend before rebranding them as Cyber Monday deals. In theory, many offers will still be there after the weekend but there’s a catch — stock issues. Right now, retailers and manufactures alike are finding it difficult to meet demand so if you hold on until Cyber Monday, you may find that some of the best Black Friday MacBook deals are long gone. Buy today instead.

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MacBook Air Black Friday Deal 2021: Cheapest price today

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Black Friday shopping season is on full blast again, bringing with it lots of great deals from all of the top retailers in the world, and included among them were some great MacBook Air Black Friday deals. In fact, with the new M1 model MacBook Air closing in on its first birthday, it will continue to make for one of the best Black Friday MacBook deals, and one of the best Black Friday laptop deals as well. But the best Black Friday deals still remain, including a great deal on the M1 MacBook Air at Amazon.

MacBook Air Black Friday Deal: Cheapest price today

With the announcement of the M1 chip, Apple raised the bar for mobile computing. After putting it into the MacBook Air, Apple raised the bar on a great deal. Always a great value even before a discount, the MacBook Air is available today at Amazon for only $950, which is a $100 savings from its regular price of $999. Apple products are a hot commodity any time of the year, and MacBook Air is its most affordable laptop, so grab one quickly while inventory lasts.

In our review of the Apple MacBook Air M1, we called it fast, fanless, and absolutely fantastic. It’s an amazingly efficient device that brings previously unseen specs and results to an everyday laptop. The Apple MacBook Air brings an astonishing combination of power and battery life, with the 8-core M1 chip delivering 3.5x faster performance over previous MacBook Air generations, and the battery bringing up to an amazing 18 hours of life, a perfect combination for professionals, students and content creators alike.

The Apple MacBook Air also brings legendary Apple design and software ecosystem to your computing. Its minimal frame and classy metal body look good wherever you take your computing life, and Apple services like iCloud, Apple Music, and Apple TV+ make your digital experience a joy. Compatibility with apps such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft 365, and Google Drive extends the pleasant user experience so common with Apple devices.

If you aren’t sure if the MacBook Air M1 is right for you, read why the M1 MacBook Air is still an excellent buy today. But if you’ve made up your mind, grab this great deal at Amazon now. The Apple MacBook Air is only $950, marked down from its regular price of $999, for a great Black Friday savings of $100. Snag this deal quickly while it’s still in the air.

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The best Black Friday deals will let you stretch your dollar farther, buying the next tier of products that you couldn’t previously afford. his MacBook Pro Black Friday deal from Amazon is a premiere example. Apple’s MacBooks are powerful but premium-priced devices, so shoppers are always on the lookout for Black Friday laptop deals, more specifically Black Friday MacBook deals, for price cuts that will make them even just a bit more affordable.

MacBook Pro Black Friday deal: Cheapest price today

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For a laptop that’s focused on performance, you won’t be disappointed if you purchase Apple’s MacBook Pro. The 512GB version of the 2020 MacBook Pro is currently available on Amazon for $1,349, after a $150 discount to the laptop’s original price of $1,499. It’s a deal that’s hard to refuse, especially since it’s rare to come across price cuts for Apple products because they often get sold out quickly.

The 2020 MacBook Pro is among the first Apple computers that are powered by the M1 processor, which not only promises and delivers stellar performance, but also keeps the laptop cool to the touch even when you’re multitasking between apps. It’s also equipped with a 13.3-inch Retina display, while promising up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge. The laptop also comes with a FaceTime HD camera and studio-quality mics, so you’re loud and clear during video calls and meetings.

When comparing between the latest models of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, both with the M1 chip, the MacBook Pro stands out because of its higher brightness rating and better color accuracy, which are important for professionals in the creative industry. In fact, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is actually in Digital Trends’ best laptops as the top choice for photo editing.

If you want nothing less than the ultimate laptop experience in your new MacBook, you should go with the 2020 MacBook Pro. Amazon is selling the machine’s 512GB version at $150 off, bringing its price down to $1,349 from its original price of $1,499. It’s unclear how long stocks will last though, so if you’re already looking forward to everything that you can accomplish with the M1-powered 2020 MacBook Pro, you shouldn’t hesitate to click that Buy Now button immediately.

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