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MacBook Black Friday 2020: Get prepared and bag the best deals

MacBook Black Friday deals
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We're take the Scout approach when it comes to MacBook Black Friday 2020 deals, and suggest that you Be Prepared. It may be a little while before the big retail discount event happens, but there are already some deals trickling through, and we'll be here once the sluice gates open.

Below is everything you need to know about the MacBook Black Friday sale 2020, whether you're after a deal on a classic MacBook, a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro. We kick things off with a guide to the retailers to look out for, then there are tips for snapping up the best offers, and a look at the discounts we saw in 2019. 

Over the event itself we'll be curating the best MacBook Black Friday offers here for you, in an easily scannable format, so we strongly suggest that you bookmark this page, and pop by now and again for updates. And be sure to keep a look out for wider Apple Black Friday 2020 deals too. 

Where are the best MacBook Black Friday deals?

There were a few standout retailers in the US and UK that offered the best MacBook Black Friday deals in 2019. It's worth having look on their sites as your first port of call, as they may be running offers already. These are also the places we'd expect to see discounts in the 2020 Black Friday event. 

  • Amazon: Discounts on a range of products, in the US and UK
  • Best Buy: $300 off MacBook Pro right now!
  • Adorama: Hundreds of dollars off a range of MacBook models
  • John Lewis: £399 off the 2019 MacBook Pro 15-inch model
  • Currys: Save massive £649 on 13-inch MacBook Pro – now £1,349
  • B&H: $100 off 13.3-inch MacBook Air (early 2020 model)

MacBook Pro Black Friday deals

MacBook Pro

Over Black Friday, it's usually a safe bet that the biggest bargains will be on slightly older models. Apple launched a 16-inch MacBook Pro in late 2019, and this resulted in some price drops on the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro (2019) in the 2019 Black Friday MacBook sale. However, most of the best deals were on the (also pretty new) 13-inch MacBook Pro. 2020 may be similar. 

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.

Here's a couple of deals that we've found, and then the widgets below will pull in the best prices in your region right now for various models.

MacBook Pro 13.3-inch | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | £2,499 | $1,999 at B&H
Save $500: 
Need a Pro with plenty of room? This spacious 512GB model is currently reduced by a whopping $300. This i7-powered device is a steal at this price.
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MacBook Pro | 13-inch | 256GB SSD | £1,699 | £1,199 at Currys
Save £499: This 2019 version is having a massive discount at the moment. It comes with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM, and there are discounts on other models too at Currys. Click through to see more.
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MacBook Air Black Friday deals

MacBook Air

There were some big discounts on MacBook Airs over Black Friday in 2019 – although they were heavily concentrated in the US. The MacBook Air is the least powerful MacBook you can get, but it's still plenty powerful!

Read on for a couple of deals that we like, and below are the best prices in your region right now.

MacBook Air 13.3-inch | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD: $999 | $949 at Best Buy
Save $50:
The latest MacBook Air is currently on sale with a nice $50 off. The iconic design includes Retina display with True Tome technology, the updated Apple-designed keyboard, Touch ID, and a Force Touch trackpad.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch | 256GB | £999 | £948 at Amazon
Save £50: 
This 2019 MacBook Air in Space Grey, is available for the low price of just £948. It comes with a 1.1GHz dual-core 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor.
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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 MacBook Black Friday deal (and that's the same if you look around the time of Cyber Monday). 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 MacBook Black Friday 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.

Also, you'll need to decide whether it's a standard MacBook you want, a slimline 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 MacBook 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 MacBook Air should suit your needs.

Think about getting an older model – they're likely to see the biggest discounts but, of course, they'll have different specs to the more up-to-date machines. Although you could consider getting one of the best external hard drives and SSDs 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.

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