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Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals: what we expect in 2019

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Finding the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals is the dream for many designers. Everybody wants a MacBook; they're by far the best-looking laptops on the market, but there's no escaping the fact that you're paying extra for that Apple cachet. Come Black Friday, however, you're in with a chance of submitting to your Apple lust without breaking the bank. 

In this article, we'll bring you all the best Black Friday MacBook deals as soon as they go live. Across the shopping event itself, we'll be curating the offers on different products to make sure you're actually getting a good deal.

If it's a MacBook Pro you're interested in, you're in luck too – Apple has also just launched a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, which bodes well for bargains on previous Pro models as retailers shift older stock.

Black Friday is nearly upon us (this year's event takes place one 29 November, with Cyber Monday following on 2 December). We're seeing some very strong early Black Friday MacBook deals appearing now, and there will be more and more popping up as the weeks go on as retailers try to get in on the action early. If you keep your eyes peeled you could have a bargain MacBook bought, paid for and even delivered well before 29 November. 

We're constantly scouring the web in search of the best Black Friday MacBook deals, and we'll be updating this article with details of the best prices as soon as we spot them. These are the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals right now...

The best early Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals

Apple MacBook Pro 16" (512GB SSD) (2019): $2,399.99 $2,300 at Best Buy
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This brand new Apple MacBook Pro 16" is days old, but Best Buy are already offering almost $100 off (Best Buy members only). This hot new model has an Intel Core i7, 16GB Memory, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M and 512GB SSD.
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Apple MacBook Pro 16" (1TB SSD) (2019): $2,799.99 $2,700 at Best Buy
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This a top-specced version of Apple's latest 16-inch MacBook Pro, and there's almost $100 off for Best Buy members. This model has an Intel Core i9, 16GB Memory, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M and a whopping 1TB SSD. What more could you want?

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Apple MacBook Pro (2019) with Touch Bar: Was £1,299, now £1,155 at Amazon
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Got your heart set on a MacBook Pro? You're unlikely to find a better deal than this Space Grey model. This 13-inch MacBook has a Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD. The specs are right at the bottom of the Pro range, but you can't argue with the price.View Deal

Apple MacBook Air (2019): Was £1.099, now £985 at Amazon
Save £114.00: This 2019 MacBook Air in Space Grey, is available for the low price of just £985. The Gold version is £1,047, saving you £52, while the Silver version is £50.39 off. Click through to the deal to choose between models. This 13-inch model comes with 128GB SSD.View Deal

Apple MacBook Air (2019): Was £1,299, now £1,049 at Amazon
Save £250: If you're in need of some more storage, you can save a whopping £250 on this 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of SSD, 8GB RAM and an 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, in gold. View Deal

Can't see exactly what you want in the deals above? The widget below will pull in the best prices across a range of MacBook models, in your region. We'll also be updating the section above with any good new offers as soon as they appear, so bookmark this page and check back. 

Alternatively, browse our ultimate guide to the Apple Black Friday sale, or our general Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals page, or check out our product-specific guides for the best Black Friday iPad deals, AirPod deals, Apple Pencil deals and Apple Watch deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals 2019: What we expect to see

Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals 2018: MacBook

Don't expect to see many serious price cuts on the standard MacBook

The standard MacBook is a popular choice, and it's easy to see why. If portability is your thing, it's worth noting that the most up-to-date 12-inch MacBook is both thinner and lighter than the old 13-inch MacBook Air, with better specs and a Retina display.

What this popularity means, though, is that you're unlikely to see much in the way of massive Black Friday or Cyber Monday MacBook deals on the standard models. However the introduction of new 2019 models means there may well be great bargains to be had on last year's still highly capable models. Keep your eyes peeled, and be prepared to act fast, as these deals are likely to get snapped up quickly.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: MacBook Pro deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals 2018: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

The MacBook Pro is available with a Touch Bar, for a price

It usually a safe bet that the biggest bargains will be on slightly older models. The good news is that Apple has just launched a brand new 16" MacBook Pro, which means we're likely to see some price drops on the previous 15" MacBook Pro (2019) as retailers seek to shift stock.

The MacBook Pro's high price – especially on, say, the Touch Bar models – means it's easier for retailers to deliver a huge temporary price cut and still turn a profit, so if you're looking for a powerful creative laptop it's worth bearing in mind. You'll still be paying out quite a bit for it, but it'll be worth the expense.

These were the hottest deals from the 2018 event.

EXPIRED MacBook Pro (15.4-inch, 2017): $2799 $2399 at B&H Save $400: This full-fat 2017-vintage MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, had a whopping $400 knocked off the retail price. You won't be surprised to know they flew off the shelves. 

EXPIRED Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: £2289.97 £1699.97 at Laptops Direct
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: A saving of almost £600 on this MacBook Pro, this was one of the best Black Friday MacBook deals we saw last year. Here's hoping we see lots more like this in 2019.  

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: MacBook Air deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals 2018: MacBook Air

It's getting on a bit, but the older MacBook Air could be a good bargain option

The MacBook Air was refreshed in July 2019, which means we'll likely be seeing some offers on older models. We expect there to be some fantastic Black Friday MacBook Air deals on offer this year as retailers clear out their old stock. 

The downside to choosing an older Air is that it's the least powerful MacBook you can get... it's not even the thinnest and lightest any more. However if you simply have to have a MacBook but you're on a budget, it's a strong choice. These are the best savings we saw last year...

EXPIRED MacBook Air (2017) $1,000 $800 at Best Buy
Save $200: For those who didn't mind an older model MacBook Air in the basic configuration, this deal from Best Buy was a corker. Only available in limited qualities, these didn't hang around long. 

EXPIRED MacBook Air 2017 (256GB SSD): £949 £779 from Very
Save £170: Another cracking MacBook Air deal, Very shaved £170 off the retail price, putting the powerful device down to less than £800. Bargain. 

How to get the best MacBook deals on Black Friday

The best advice we have for you is this: be sure to decide just how much you want to spend on a Black Friday MacBook deal (or a MacBook on Cyber Monday, of course), and if you see one within that budget, go for it. The best deals can be gone in minutes, so don't waste time if you know you're looking at a solid gold bargain. Bookmark this page and check back to make sure you know what to expect and you can jump on the best Black Friday MacBook deals before they sell out.

Preparation is key when it comes to getting good Black Friday MacBook deals, or picking up a MacBook Cyber Monday bargain, especially when you bear in mind that a lot of retailers can't wait for Black Friday, and so start shipping their bargains well in advance of the big day. In the run-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday we'll be keeping tabs on new deals as they appear, so keep checking back for offers that you won't want to miss.

You'll need to decide whether it's a standard MacBook you want, an Air or a full-fat MacBook Pro. If you're planning to use your new MacBook as an all-round work machine then it's worth holding out for a good deal on a Pro as it'll be able to cope with just about everything you throw at it. If you're less of a power user then the ordinary MacBook should suit your needs, and while the older Air's more limited it should be the one to go for if you want a MacBook at rock-bottom prices. The latest Air may also be for you if you prioritise a portable and thin machine over screen size.

Beware of older models – they're likely to see the biggest discounts but they'll be packing less power than more up-to-date machines. Although you could consider getting an SSD to speed things up. And of course, use a bit of common sense while shopping; look out for cashback offers, always check the guarantee and make sure you keep your receipt in case of faults or buyer's remorse.

MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air features and specs that creatives should look out for

Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals 2018: features and specs

Many MacBooks are severely lacking in ports; bear that in mind when make your choice

There might only be three main models of MacBook to choose from, but there are plenty of variations in the line that are well worth noting when you're looking for Black Friday MacBook deals. 

Firstly, the CPU: the MacBook Air's is the least powerful of the lot, although the most recent 2019 version improves things with an 8th-generation Core i5 processor, with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz. Older models feature an old Intel Broadwell chipset running at 1.6GHz, or 1.8GHz for more recent models. 

Both the MacBook and MacBook Pro boast beefier 8th and 9th generation chipsets; with the latest Pro really turning up the heat: up to 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7 in the 13-inch Touch Bar model,  while the 15-inch Touch Bar version goes up to a 2.9GHz six-core Core i9.

Lower end MacBooks – the older Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro – only give you 128GB SSD, which is likely to mean that you'll need to invest in some external storage; the new MacBook Air starts with 128GB but can be specced up to a whopping 1.5TB SSD if you have the budget. All other MacBook models feature 256GB SSD; bear in mind that if you work with large files then you'll probably burn through that pretty quickly.

If you're going to need to plug peripherals into your new MacBook, check the number of available ports; the standard MacBook only has one USB-C port, while most MacBook Pros have four. The latest MacBook Air features a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, while the older model has three ports: they're USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2, and while they shouldn't give you any problems, bear in mind you might need an adapter for more recent peripherals.

Display-wise, all the MacBooks apart from the original Air feature crisp Retina displays. And they'll all serve you well in terms of battery, but watch out for MacBook Pros with a Touch Bar; Apple claims that this makes no difference but our friends at TechRadar have found that the Touch Bar can take a fair toll on battery life.

3 MacBooks and MacBook Pros to look out for on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals 2018: 15-inch MacBook Pro

01. MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid-2018)

The best MacBook money can buy

CPU: 6-core Intel Core i7 - i9 | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 540X - 560X, Intel UHD Graphics 630 | RAM: 16 - 32GB | Screen: 15.4-inch, 2,880 x 1,800 Retina display | Storage: 512GB - 4TB SSD | Dimensions: (H x W x D): 34.93 x 24.07 x 1.55cm

Extremely powerful
Loads of RAM
Really expensive

If you need all the power you can handle and don't mind paying for it, the 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro is the only way to go. Powered by a six-core Intel Coffee Lake processor and with the option of AMD Radeon Pro graphics, there's little this machine can't cope with. Storage options go from 512GB up to 4TB of SSD, and you can have 16 or 32GB RAM. In short it's a mighty creative powerhouse that won't let you down, assuming you have the means to afford it.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals 2018: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

02. MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, mid-2018)

Entry-level MacBook Pro with plenty of power

CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Storage: 256GB – 2TB PCIe 3.0 SSD | Dimensions: (H x W x D): 30.41 x 21.24 x 1.49cm

Plenty powerful
Lots of storage
Troublesome keyboard 

You may have read complaints about the temperamental Butterfly keyboard on recent MacBooks; the latest MacBook Pro still features it, but it's an improved version with less noise and more reliability. This model also features a Touch Bar that'll give you time-saving, context-sensitive commands for various apps, as well as an up-to-date CPU and plenty of storage and memory options. If you want an entry-level MacBook Pro, this is the one to go for.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals 2018: 2017 MacBook

03. MacBook (2017)

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core m3 – Core m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 12-inch Retina (2,304 x 1,440) IPS | Storage: 256GB – 512GB PCIe SSD | Dimensions: (W x D x H): 11.04 x 7.74 x 0.14~0.52in

Thoroughly portable
Long battery life
Too expensive

Don't need the power of a Pro? This vanilla MacBook should suit you nicely; it's super-portable and lightweight, with a 12-inch Retina screen, and as long as you don't mind paying the extra it's a much more attractive prospect than the ageing MacBook Air. It's low on ports, but that's the price you pay for such a slimline machine, and if you need a reliable MacBook that you can take anywhere then this is really the only choice in town.

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