I've spotted the first deals on the new M3 MacBook Air

Macbook Air Black Friday early deal
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The new M3 MacBook Airs were released less than a month ago, so we weren't too hopeful that they would enter into the Easter sales. However, Amazon has some small but very welcome discounts on what are the powerful Airs yet. There's $95 off the base model of the 15-inch M3 MacBook Air, reduced from $1,299 to $1,204. Meanwhile, the base configuration of the 13-inch model is reduced by $75 from $1,099 to $1,024.

These are relatively small discounts, and we expect to see bigger price drops in the coming months. Also, if you're not bothered about having the latest device, there are now bigger discounts on the M2 MacBook Air, which has pretty much the same design as these newer laptops, albeit with an older chip.

MacBook Air 15 (M3, 2024)
Was: $1,299
Now: Save:

<a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8429&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FApple-2024-MacBook-15-inch-Laptop%2Fdp%2FB0CX251F4X%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MacBook Air 15 (M3, 2024)
Was:
$1,299
Now:
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Save: $95 

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Was:
$1,099
Now: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8429&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FApple-2024-MacBook-13-inch-Laptop%2Fdp%2FB0CX22ZW1T%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">$1,024 at Amazon
Save: $75 

Overview: The newest MacBook Airs were released at the start of March. They're a largely iterative upgrade on the M2 devices from 2022 and 2023, with the more efficient M3 chip. As with all MacBook Airs, we think their slim and light fanless design makes them a great option for creatives looking for a portable device for working on the go. 

Key features: Display: 15.3-inch or 13-inch | Processor: Apple M3 | RAM: 8GB or 16GB|SSD: 256GB or 512GB |Weight: 1.24kg / 1.51kg | Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3 charging port. 

Release date: March 2024. 

Price history: These are the first discounts that we've seen on Apple's newest laptops, and they are relatively small so we expect the price will drop further in future sales events, particularly Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday later in the year. It's also worth noting that the <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8429&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FApple-2022-MacBook-512GB-Storage%2Fdp%2FB0BB8SK52N%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">M2 MacBook Airs are quite similar and have significantly bigger discounts. That said, if you want Apple's newest laptop, this is the best price you can get right now aside from <a href="https://www.creativebloq.com/news/macbook-air-m3-deal" data-link-merchant="creativebloq.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">trade-in deals.

Current price: <a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/221109/435031/7613?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fshop%2Fbuy-mac%2Fmacbook-air" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="creativebloq.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Apple: $1,299 / $1,099 

Review consensus: Our sister site Tom's Guide gave the new MacBook Air a 4.5-star review, saying that "the best MacBook for most people just got better." gave this MacBook Air a 4.5-star review when we tested it, and found it had excellent performance and battery life.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.