Black Friday Macbook deals 2018
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Owning a MacBook is, for many designers, the impossible dream. They're so thin and pretty and swish, but lord, they're expensive. The great news is that Cyber Monday 2018 has already begun, which means it's the perfect time to snap up a MacBook without getting stung for the full whack.
We started to see strong deals appearing in the past few weeks, but now the big weekend is here. Feeling overwhelmed by all the Cyber Monday MacBook deals around? We're here to help. In this post, we've gathered together all the very best offers in the US and UK, so you don't have to do the hunting.
A word of advice: Decide just how much you want to spend on a Cyber Monday MacBook deal, and when you see one within that budget, go for it. The very best deals haven't been hanging around for long. And as the week of discounts comes to and end, you'll be hard-pressed to find better deals in the weeks to come.
US: MacBook deals
The best Cyber Monday MacBook deals in the US
Get $200 Apple gift card on select MacBook models
Get a $200 Apple gift card: Buy selected models of MacBook Pro, MacBook or iMac direct from the Apple Store and you get a $200 gift card to spend in the Apple Store. Offer ends 26 November
MacBook Pro (Mid 2018):
Save $200: If you're on the hunt for a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro, you'll be hard pushed to find a better deal that this one from B&H. You best be quick though, this offer is only valid until 11:59 ET on the 26 November (or while stocks last).
MacBook Pro (15.4-inch, 2017):
$2799 $2399 at B&H
Save $400: This full-fat 2017-vintage MacBook Pro features a Touch Bar, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, and you're not likely to see many MacBooks with this much knocked off the price.
Apple MacBook Air (13", core i5, 128GB):
$999 $749 at Jet
Save 25%: Jet is offering a load of awesome MacBook deals this Cyber Monday, but the top percentage saving is on this 13" MacBook Air. It has a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD. Usually it's just under $1000, but this Cyber Monday Jet has knocked off $250.
MacBook Air (2017)
$1,000 $800 at Best Buy
Save $200: If you don't mind an older MacBook Air in the basic configuration, this Doorbuster deal from Best Buy is worth staking out; it's going to be available in limited quantities from 5PM on 22 November. Sold out.
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15", core i7, 512GB):
$2599 $2297 at Jet
Save $302: The biggest saving in dollars in Jet's mega MacBook mega-sale is on this 15" MacBook Pro in Space Gray. With 16GB memory, a 2.9 GHz quad-core i7 processor and 512GB storage, this model is usually around $2300, but the price has been cut by over $300.
MacBook Pro (13", core i5, 128GB):
$1299 $1049 at Jet
Save $250: The 128GB, 13-inch 2017 MacBook Pro with core i5 processor and 8GB RAM has dropped in price to $1049 at Jet. This Cyber Monday deal will save you $250.
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2017)
$2,599 $2,149 at Adorama
Save $450: Another MacBook Pro offer, this time from Adorama, gets you a sweet deal on this nicely specced 2017 model complete with a Touch Bar. Sold out.
Apple iMac (21.5", 8GB RAM, 1TB):
$1099 $899 at Jet
Save $200: If you're on the hunt from an iMac, this model features a 21.5-inch widescreen display, 7th-gen Intel Core processor, and super-fast graphics. Apple has also slimmed it down so much it's now only 5mm at the edge. Woah.
Apple MacBook Pro 13" 8GB, 1TB
$699 $549 at eBay
Save $150: If you don't mind an older model, you can get this upgraded second-hand 2011 Apple MacBook for a very affordable price. It also has a three-year warranty and free shipping.
UK MacBook deals
The best Cyber Monday MacBook deals in the UK
Get £160 Apple gift card on select MacBook models
Get a £160 Apple gift card: Buy selected models of MacBook Pro, MacBook or iMac direct from the Apple Store and you get a £160 gift card to spend in the Apple Store. Offer ends 26 November
Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar:
£2289.97 £1699.97 at Laptops Direct
Save £590: You'll be hard pushed to find a better MacBook Pro deal than this; Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and a Touch Bar all add up to a delectable piece of kit, and it comes in Space Grey.
MacBook Air 2017 (256GB SSD):
£949 £779 from Very
Save £170: The MacBook Air is sleek and ultra-thin. It's also powerful enough to cater for all your creative needs. Very has knocked £150 off the price for Cyber Monday, and you get an extra 10% off after purchase at Very.co.uk, too. View Deal
MacBook Pro 2017 (128GB SSD):
£1249 £1199 at Very
Save £100: Very has knocked £100 off the 128GB SSD version of its 2017 MacBook Pro, taking the price down to just under £1200. You can also bundle in Microsoft Office 365 for an extra £60, if you need it. View Deal
MacBook Pro 2017 (256GB SSD): £1299 at John Lewis
This is the best price we've seen on the 13-inch 2017 MacBook Pro in silver grey: John Lewis has it on sale this Black Friday week for just £1299. This model comes with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, and you'll get a 2-year guarantee and three months of Apple Music thrown into the deal, too.View Deal
MacBook Pro 2017 (512GB SSD):
£1899 £1799 at Very
Save £100: The 512GB SSD version of the 2017 MacBook Pro is not cheap. But if you've got your heart set on one, Very has dropped the price by £100 in this MacBook Cyber Monday deal. It'll still set you back just under £1800, but it's better than nothing. View Deal
MacBook Pro 15.4" (256GB Flash storage): £1699 at John Lewis
Save £100 on this 15.4-inch MacBook Pro in this Apple Cyber Monday deal at John Lewis. As well as a Retina Display and 16GB RAM, you'll get a two-year guarantee.View Deal
MacBook Pro 2018 13" with Touch Bar (512GB SSD): £1849 at John Lewis
Save £100: This brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar comes with 8GB RAM, a 512GB SSD and Intel Core i5 processor. John Lewis has knocked £100 off for Cyber Monday – but it's still not especially easy on the wallet. If you don't need that much power, the 256GB SSD model is also £100 off right now.View Deal
MacBook Pro 2018 15" with Touch Bar (256GB SSD): £2249 at John Lewis
Save £100: Pick up the 15-inch, 256GB SSD model of the new MacBook Pro with £100 off in this Black Friday deal. Again, it doesn't make much of a dent in the mega price tag – but if you have your heart set on this model, it's the best deal we've found so far. If a 256GB SSD isn't enough for you, the 512GB SSD version has also had £100 knocked off its hefty price tag.View Deal
Apple MacBook 12" (2017)
£1249 £1099 at John Lewis
Save £150: For a smaller screen and a decent price, opt for this sleek MacBook, which has 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. It comes in Space Grey, Silver, Gold or Rose Gold.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals: What we expect to see
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 recent 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 MacBook deals on the standard models. Keep your eyes peeled and chances are there will be some discounts to be had – but don't expect much more than 10 per cent off, and be prepared to act fast, as these deals are likely to get snapped up quickly.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook Pro deals: What we expect to see
If last year's Black Friday MacBook Pro deals are anything to go by, you could make some major savings on the top-end models in Apple's MacBook range this year, especially if you're prepared to make do with an older model. On lesser laptops this might be an issue, but even an old MacBook Pro is ludicrously powerful compared to the average laptop, making it well worth taking a punt.
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.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook Air deals: What we expect to see
The new, even lighter MacBook Air has recently been announced, and it comes with a brilliant Retina display, Touch ID, the latest-generation keyboard and a Force Touch trackpad. It's gorgeous, though still perhaps a tad too small for many creatives, but it's also unlikely to be on offer this year as it's so new.
This revamped model is a good sign for those looking for the older MacBook Air, however, as we expect there to be some fantastic Black Friday MacBook Air deals on offer this year as retailers clear out their old stock. And the first deals coming in suggest this is already the case.
The downside to plumping for an older Air is that it's the least powerful MacBook you can get, and it's not even the thinnest and lightest any more. However if you simply have to have that MacBook cachet but you're on a budget, it's the obvious choice.
How to get the best MacBook deals on Cyber Monday
Preparation is key when it comes to getting good Black Friday MacBook deals, 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
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 brand new 2018 version improves things with an 8th-generation Core i5 processor. 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 chipsets; Kaby Lake for 2017 models and Skylake before that, while the just-launched Pro really turns 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 (the Air has a 1440 x 900 screen). 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
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.
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.
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.
Today's best pre-Black Friday MacBook deals
So, you've got all excited about MacBooks and you really can't wait for Black Friday? Don't worry, aside from the deals above, there are plenty of deals available right now; take a look through these offerings.