With the best MacBook Pro deals, you have everything you need to get one of the best laptops ever made at a discount price. While Apple's products are well-regarded for their quality and usability – for good reason – they do tend to come with pretty daunting price tags. Discounts on MacBook Pros aren't exactly common, that's why it's worth learning to keep an eye out for the best deals, especially with Black Friday 2021 fast approaching.
While Black Friday is a fantastic time to get a deal on hardware like a MacBook Pro, it can be tough to navigate the deals and offers out there to be sure you're getting a good deal. Our guide to the best MacBook Black Friday deals is continually updated, and includes all the latest offers from big retailers.
The MacBook Pro range consists of some of the fastest high-performance laptops around, designed for creatives and professionals who need to the latest tech. In October 2021, Apple released new 14in and 16in MacBook Pros with new versions of Apple's own super-fast M1 chip, the M1 Pro and M1 Max, as part of an ongoing move away from third-party processing chips. These newest laptops are incredibly powerful, and the previous versions were pretty darn speedy already. So whether you need the newest tech or fancy trying to snag a discount on a slightly older model, it's worth being up to date with the latest deals and offers.
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The M1 versions of the laptop are blisteringly fast, so if you don't need the absolute top end of computing power, then an older MacBook Pro may well fit the bill. We've also compiled the best deals for the older 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. If you have plenty of desk space and want to luxuriate in an enormous Retina display, then these are well worth considering.
We've also included different versions of the 13-inch MacBook pro, including the latest M1 model with its blisteringly fast chip, or the 2020 version that offers more memory and four Thunderbolt Ports rather than two. If you're really hankering for a bargain then you may also want to consider the 2019 version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which isn't officially sold by Apple any more, but is still widely available.
There's plenty of choice out there on MacBook Pro deals, and our price-checking tool has all the latest offers and discounts. Scroll on to get started, or click the headings on the left to jump straight to the model of your choice. Don't miss our comprehensive guide to the best laptops for graphic design and the best laptops for video editing. And for more Apple savings across more than MacBooks, check out our guide to the best Apple deals.
The best 13-inch MacBook Pro deals
The best 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro deals (2020)
The Apple M1 chip has been making its debut in more and more products since the technology giant announced it would be moving away from third-party CPUs and GPUs in favour of its own in-house processing chip. The M1 has shown up in the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, and as we saw in our MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) review demonstrates, it makes for a very impressive upgrade.
The result of the chip is that the new M1 Model gets a performance boost, close to matching the premium 16-inch MacBook Pro in terms of what it can handle. Fast, responsive and able to handle pretty much any task you throw at it, the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 is great for resource-intensive tasks like editing 8K video in Final Cut Pro or working with ultra-high-resolution files in Photoshop. Lots of the top apps have been updated with M1-compatible versions to take advantage of the new chip speeds, though Apple's Rosetta 2 tool means that a laptop with Apple silicon can still run software designed for an Intel processor.
Battery life is top-notch too, giving you enough juice to comfortably work out and about for an entire day. Some of the overheating issues that plagued previous MacBooks have been addressed too; it takes a lot more strain on the M1 MacBook Pro before those noisy fans start kicking in.
It's not perfect, and some users will bemoan the fact that you only get two Thunderbolt ports. Then there's also the fact that once you upgrade from the basic 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, the price really does jump. Still, that's why we keep an eye out for discounts and deals.
Cheap MacBook Pro deals: 13-inch (2020)
The M1 MacBook Pro is a blazing-fast piece of kit, for sure. But if you have heavyweight design needs it may not quite fit the bill thanks to its maximum 16GB memory and miserly pair of Thunderbolt ports. In which case, you may have to make do with the 2020 model, released about six months before the M1.
It looks the same as the M1 and offers mostly the same features, the big difference being that it has an Intel CPU and graphics. However what'll endear it to power users is its increase capacity; the basic model comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, but if you're prepared to pay, you can go all the way up to 32GB memory with 4TB of storage. Not only that, all the 2020 models come with four Thunderbolt ports rather than the two on the M1.
As an added bonus, while these are the only configurations that Apple's selling, you can still shop elsewhere to get the 2020 models with lower memory and storage specs that the M1 replaced. We wouldn't advise it a the moment, though; with the M1 model already available at a discount, the saving you'd make doesn't really justify the drop in performance.
Cheap MacBook Pro deals: 13-inch (2019)
Apple previously updated its 13-inch laptop in 2019, and these updates made the 13-inch model feel like more of a decent option for creatives, rather than just the laptop you go for when you can't afford to get the 15 or 16-inch versions.
The base model comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, so better than the most basic MacBook Air model. Like the new MacBook Air, it has Intel Iris Plus Graphics, 8GB memory. There's 128GB SSD storage, and all models come with a Retina display and a Touch Bar and Touch ID – useful for if you keep forgetting your password.
Of course, you can upgrade all of this and end up with a speedier 2.4GHz processor and up to 2TB of storage at the top end.
This model's now discontinued by Apple, but there's still old stock to be found (not necessarily at the sort of discount you might be hoping for, though). If you want 13 inches of Apple laptop at a lower price, however, you could do a lot worse than the M1 MacBook Air.
Cheap MacBook Pro deals: 13-inch (2018)
Apple’s cunning marketing team cleverly priced the 2018's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to make it much better relative value than an upgraded entry-level 2018 model. Crucially, it upgrades the seventh-generation Intel dual-core processor to a 2.3 GHz eighth-generation quad-core chip, which will make a massive difference in all media editing and design software, cutting rendering times by a whopping 50 per cent.
It has a few other neat extras too, with 256GB of SSD storage as standard, a True Tone display and more powerful Intel Iris Plus graphics, which will make a small improvement in some tasks. That makes its rather high asking price a tad easier to swallow.
The best 14-inch MacBook Pro deals
The best 14-inch M1 MacBook Pro deals (2021)
Apple may have released its best creative laptop yet with the MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 (2021). Equipped with the latest in-house processing chip, this is a confidently powerful laptop crafted by a company at the top of its game. As we found in our Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 (2021) review, this laptop was capable of handling pretty much any task we threw at it, even such intensive tasks as working on complex 3D scenes in Cinema 4D.
What's more, Apple listened to the creative community's feedback on previous versions of the laptop and bumped up a few features, notably drastically improving the port situation. This 14-inch M1 MacBook Pro offers three Thunderbolt ports, one HDMI port, an SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port for charging, which is a vast improvement on the meagre port situation of the 13-inch version.
This is an expensive laptop, no question. But its revitalised display is one of the best we've ever seen: a Liquid Retina XDR display with mini-LED technology, providing a stunning contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and a peak brightness of 1,600. Video editors will also be pleased to note that it supports the P3 colour gamut. Whatever media you're viewing or working on, it really does look incredible.
A new frontier for creative professional laptop, the MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 (2021) and its 16-inch cousin are truly exceptional tools for professionals of all stripes.
The best 16-inch MacBook Pro deals
Cheap MacBook Pro deals: 16-inch (2019)
Apple debuted the 16-inch MacBook Pro in November 2019 (read our MacBook Pro 16-inch review), just a few months after refreshing the 15-inch MacBook Pro model (July 2019). It's currently the largest and most powerful notebook that Apple sells. It boasts a larger 16-inch Retina display surrounded by slimmer bezels, so it's basically the same dimensions than the 15-inch model, but with extra screen real estate.
Otherwise, the 16-inch MacBook Pro models are equipped with Intel's 9th-generation 14-nanometer Coffee Lake Refresh chips, which are the same chips that were used in the 15-inch models released earlier the same year.
The entry-level 16-inch MacBook Pro is powered by Intel's 6-core 2.6GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz, while the higher-end model features Intel's 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Core i9 processor with 4.8GHz Turbo Boost.
Apple offers two stock configurations cost $2,399 (£2,399) and $2,799 (£2,999). Both model tiers include Intel's built-in UHD Graphics 630, alongside either one of two dedicated graphics cards: an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of memory, or an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB memory. Both can also be upgraded to an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M GPU with 8GB of memory.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro supports up to 64GB of RAM, which is double the maximum amount of RAM that can be had in the previous 15-inch models. Apple also introduced a new fan design in this model, which allows the laptop to run at a higher power for sustained periods of time.
Altogether, whichever tier you go for, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is an absolute beast of a portable machine that will make short work of all but the most demanding video rendering tasks.
Wondering whether to go for this or the smaller model? Explore our MacBook Pro 13" vs MacBook Pro 16" comparison.
The best 15-inch MacBook Pro deals
Cheap MacBook Pro deals: 15-inch (2019)
Apple updated its 15-inch MacBook Pro in 2019 with faster 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. This MacBook Pro offers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro.
This model also comes with another update to Apple's Butterfly keyboard, which have gone through a few generations of tweaks now in response to reliability issues.
Otherwise, the base specifications for the other aspects of the 15-inch MacBook Pro didn't change from the 2018 models. You get the same display accompanied by AMD’s Radeon Pro 555X/560X-series or Radeon Pro Vega GPUs, with the top-of-the-range model configurable with the Radeon Pro Vega 16 or 20 chip.
The RAM and SSD options include 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD on the base model, with 32GB of RAM and SSDs ranging from 512GB to 4TB available as upgrades.
Now superseded by the 16-inch MacBook Pro (not to mention the 14-inch M1 model that should be arriving in the next few months), the 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro is no longer available through Apple. Shop around, though, and you might find some worthwhile discounts.
Cheap MacBook Pro deals: 15-inch (2018)
The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro is showing its age now, but it's still a good machine for heavy lifting in media editing and design software. The two available 15-inch models have 16GB of memory as standard, with six-core processors, starting with a 2.2GHz (4.1 GHz Turbo) Intel Core i7, with either 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage.
This offers seriously fast performance that will go absolutely unused in day-to-day tasks like email, but will be brilliant for media work, with super fast exporting of video and plugins that just go like the clappers.
Unlike the 13-inch model, the 15-inch MacBook Pro also comes with discrete AMD Radeon Pro graphics, with 4GB of dedicated video memory, while the highest tier comes with even more powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics.
With this kind of performance in a laptop, the 15-inch MacBook Pro can replace your desktop completely, notably outperforming any of Apple’s pre-2019 iMacs.
If you’re considering upgrading the storage you can get up to 4TB, but this comes at such a high price that it’s much better value to stick to a more modest capacity and make use of a Thunderbolt external storage device. On the other hand, the memory upgrade to 32GB is definitely worth every penny if you’re looking at using the MacBook Pro for high-end media work.
Apple updated the 15-inch MacBook in mid-2019 (above), but the 2018 model is still a fantastic machine with enough power for most creatives and video editors.
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Where can I find the best MacBook Pro deals?
It's worth considering Apple's official refurb store, where Apple sells its older models at a discount of up to 15%. They have new batteries and screens, so you won’t see any scratches and they look as good as new, plus you get a year’s warranty. Stock availability varies, but it’s a great way to find some brilliant deals on Apple's laptops, including the 12-inch MacBook that Apple no longer lists on its front-facing store.
There's also some great savings to be had on the latest hardware as well, with some excellent recent Apple laptop deals. To make things easier, we've scoured the internet to find the best cheap MacBook Pro deals – so if you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop then you’re in the right place.
Our system checks the prices of every MacBook model at all major, reputable online retailers, so you can be sure that the deals you see here are the very best you’ll find. But if you’re not fully sold on a MacBook Pro, take a look at our best MacBook Pro alternatives for some great prices on other machines.