Best MacBook Pro and Air Black Friday 2021 deals

MacBook deals during Black Friday are undoubtedly some of the most sought-after offers every year. It’s unsurprising, considering the fact that MacBooks are among the best quality laptops that were ever developed – be it the older Intel-powered devices or the modern ones with the state-of-the-art Apple M1, M1 Pro, or M1 Max chips.

Although Black Friday is edging closer every day, you don’t need to wait until the 26th of November (or the 29th, speaking of Cyber Monday) to find excellent deals on the best MacBooks presently available in the market. I’m expecting to see both the MacBook Air (M1) and the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1) receive some spectacular deals along with older Intel MacBooks.

In recent times, early deals on these laptops have started coming up ahead of Black Friday. These even include prices that are quite similar to some of the best Black Friday MacBook deals I saw last year. In fact, I’ve seen up to $200/£170 savings on certain entry-level MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1) configurations. Simultaneously, Amazon has been offering prices as low as $1,099/£929 in the past two weeks.

Since the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) and the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) are both going to be released soon, I expect to see even better pricing as we move closer towards the big day itself. Nevertheless, if you’re feeling too impatient, there are still some excellent deals available right now to help you get your hands on your desired MacBook right away.

When will Black Friday MacBook deals begin in 2021?

Obviously, we usually get to see the choicest Black Friday MacBook deals on the big day itself. Since these are some of the most coveted products in an overwhelmingly competitive category, retailers prefer to make the best of the opportunity by offering additional incentives and larger discounts on Black Friday itself.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get yourself a good deal before the 26th of November. I’ve listed some of the best current deals on MacBooks in the table given below. Last year’s Prime Day was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulted in a surge in online retail offering up over a month of savings.

I expect the same to happen this year, with retailers bringing in their holiday discounts forward to take advantage of the continued surge in online shopping. Early Black Friday MacBook deals will probably be showing discounts similar to those we’re seeing right now. However, the best will definitely start turning up towards the beginning of Thanksgiving week.

In 2020, according to Adobe, retailers launched quite a few of their official discounts from the Monday before Black Friday. However, there weren’t any noticeable Black Friday MacBook deals until the official Friday itself. We might see a similar situation this year as well.

Best MacBook Black Friday deals

As we wait for Black Friday, let’s take a look at the best current deals on MacBook Pro and Air available ahead of the actual sale.

ModelOriginal PriceBlack Friday Price
MacBook Pro 14-inch (M1 Pro, 512 GB)$1,999$1,949
MacBook Pro (2020, 13-inch, M1, 8/256)$1,299$1,199
MacBook Pro (2020, 13-inch, M1, 8/512)$1,799$1,399
Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)$999$899
16-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2019)$2,799$2,749

Predictions for Black Friday MacBook deals 2021

Last year’s trend of putting up earlier deals and sales ahead of Black Friday is being seen once again. It’s likely because of the supply chain issues that manufacturers and retailers are presently dealing with. Since warehouse space is extremely important in the present time, any older product models lying around need to be moved as fast as possible.

Thus, I’m expecting to see remarkable discounts on older, Intel-based MacBook models in order to make room for the brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro. You can already see quite a few appreciable discounts across the entire line of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, including the latest models powered by the robust Apple M1 chips.

MacBook Pro with M1 Chips (2021)

2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 8‑core CPU and 14‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Silver
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 8‑core CPU and 14‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Silver
$1,999.00
$2,399.00
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2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 8‑core CPU and 14‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 8‑core CPU and 14‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Space Gray
$1,999.00
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2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Silver
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) - Silver
$2,399.00
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MacBook Air with M1 Chips

2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Gold
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z125000DL
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z124000FK
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Gold
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z125000DL
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z124000FK
Price not available
$1,449.00
$1,189.94
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Gold
2020 Apple MacBook Air Laptop: Apple M1 Chip, 13” Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Gold
Price not available
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z125000DL
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z125000DL
$1,449.00
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z124000FK
Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Space Gray (Latest Model) Z124000FK
$1,189.94

Where can I find the best Black Friday MacBook deals?

I’ve noticed over the years that some retailers tend to have better Black Friday MacBook deals than others. Contrary to what most people may expect, larger stores usually lead the way when it comes to discounts. In this regard, Amazon has been the undisputed champion during the last few months, with stunningly low prices on both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air.

However, other notable retailers in the US, such as B&H Photo and Best Buy, have been stepping up their game as well. They’ve been introducing their own unique incentives to the party, with some additional bonuses or a great stock of older and cheaper models. At times, retailers also offer different configurations as well, with certain stores offering more professional-grade components that you won’t find elsewhere.

As a result, we may have to go through a lot of products this year. For your convenience, I’ve listed some of the best retailers down below:

Best retailers in the USA

–          Adorama

–          Amazon

–          Best Buy

–          B&H Photo

–          Newegg

–          Walmart

Best retailers in the UK

–          Amazon

–          Argos

–          Currys

–          Ebuyer

–          Laptops Direct

–          Very

What should we expect from Black Friday MacBook deals in 2021?

I’m expecting the best Black Friday deals in 2021 to be featured on the first wave of M1 devices, which were released last year. Over the last few months, the M1 MacBook Air has been coming back to a price point of $899/£889 (once or twice, the prices went down to $849/£869 as well). If we observe bigger discounts in November, it will probably only be by an extra $50/£50. After all, Apple doesn’t usually drop its present generation lineup too far down the scale.

There are greater chances of the 2020 Apple MacBook Air M1 remaining in rotation for some more time, owing to the heavy rumors that only new MacBook Pro models will be released in 2021. As a result, the cheaper Air model will likely receive some smaller additional discounts in 2021’s Black Friday MacBook deals. Nevertheless, I’m sure that the Pro models will be the ones in the spotlight.

However, keep in mind that the new MacBook Pro devices will not actually replace the 2020 M1 model. Since Apple is reportedly launching 14-inch and 16-inch models, all the three models will likely be up on the shelves together at least until September 2022. That said, I do feel that Apple could possibly use the 14-inch laptop to replace the original 13-inch one at a comparable MSRP.

I’m expecting to see larger discounts on 2020’s ultrabook because the new releases are rumored to bring about a significant redesign of the Pro system. That, in turn, will result in the original M1 version getting outdated as well. However, I feel it’s unlikely that they’ll supplant the Air as the “cheaper” MacBook for people with a limited budget.

Thus, it’s possible that we’ll see an additional $100/£100 off the entry-level M1 MacBook Pro in 2021’s sales. That will leave us with a price point of $999/£999 during exceptionally short-lived flash sales. In that case, you should try considering the higher-quality speakers and more efficient cooling systems of the MacBook Pro over the cheaper Air model. Moreover, there will likely be better savings on heavier configurations as well.

Will we see discounts on new MacBooks on Black Friday?

Apple officially announced the release of the new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models on the 18th of October. Thus, the new releases have had over a month to settle onto the market before Black Friday MacBook deals provide a chance for some early discounts.

Although Apple retained its prices at MSRP for quite a lot of time at launch in recent years, I’m still hopeful for some decent savings in this month. In 2020, both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air took a $100 price drop on their first Black Friday, having been released during a launch window that was only a month longer than that in 2021.

Similarly, I’ve noticed unusually early price reductions on the newly launched 2021 iPad Pro in the months since launch. It’s undoubtedly a good omen for similar early savings on this year’s models. Nevertheless, it’s quite challenging to know the actual prices we’ll get to see eventually. If Apple uses the 14-inch Pro to replace the 2020 model, we might get to see an MSRP of $1,249/£1,299. But if these ultrabooks actually compete with each other on the shelves, the price could be raised by around $200/£200.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is certainly going to be the most expensive model of the lot, priced at around $2,000/£2,000. Since the last version of this device was released back in 2019, we can hope for a slightly lower MSRP nonetheless.

Tips for purchasing an Apple MacBook during Black Friday 2021

Now that you know what kinds of Apple MacBook deals you’re likely to see during Black Friday 2021, let’s look at a few tips for making better purchases on this much-awaited occasion.

Ascertain which laptop is the best for your needs – the MacBook Pro or the MacBook Air

Since the specs on a given Apple MacBook can be rather opaque, you might find it difficult to tell whether a particular deal is a good bargain or not. Therefore, you must first know that there are two different types of MacBooks and they’re intended for different kinds of users. Although the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air are very similar when it comes to specs, the Air is much more portable by virtue of its thin build. Also, since it does not come with an internal fan for cooling, it runs very quietly.

Although the MacBook Pro’s internal fans make it noisier, they also make it more powerful by allowing it to push its hardware harder due to its active cooling. Thus, it is a good choice if you want to run intensive apps such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. On the other hand, the MacBook Air is a great choice for users who regularly find themselves on the move.

Don’t have unrealistically high expectations regarding discounts

We may get to see upwards of 15% off on certain MacBook models, but higher-end model configurations start out at very high prices already. Thus, a 15% discount on a MacBook priced at $3,000/£2,400 isn’t going to do much good to your wallet. Thus, it is better to wisely take advantage of these discounts on laptops that fit well within your budget.

Try your best to sign up for AppleCare

Although AppleCare protection for a MacBook is obviously going to be expensive, you won’t regret investing in it if your expensive new MacBook happens to get damaged in any way. It could literally make the difference between affording a configuration with high specs and it being beyond the range of your budget.

Ensure that you make your purchase from reputable online retailers

Be especially wary of Amazon vendors with unfamiliar names selling MacBooks. I’ve heard of some third-party retailers making custom modifications to otherwise new devices and selling them on Amazon as new devices.

Although these modified devices are technically new (since they haven’t been used by anyone), opening up a prebuilt computer almost always voids any warranty that comes with it. Since an Apple MacBook is already so expensive, you must do your best to maintain that warranty.

Conclusion

If you’re a regular Apple customer, you must certainly know how notoriously tight the company is when it comes to major discounts. Therefore, the upcoming Black Friday sale is an excellent opportunity to grab that MacBook you always wanted so much. It is an especially good chance for finding reduced prices on older editions of laptops with processors that are now a generation or two behind.

I hope you make the best of this occasion and snag a great MacBook that serves you well for many years!

Last update on 2021-12-01 using Amazon Product Advertising API

Gaurav Tiwari

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