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The 3 best Mac deals right now: Get a new MacBook for school

With back-to-school season quickly approaching, you may need a MacBook or a Mac Mini, and we've found the best deals on Apple's latest computers.
Written by Michael Gariffo, Staff Writer and  Josh Slate on
Reviewed by Elyse Betters Picaro

Apple's introduction of the M2 chip has reinforced interest in its MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro lines. Thankfully, that renewed demand has brought with it a bevy of sales and promotions that bring many already cost-effective M1-based systems down to prices that couldn't get you even half as much computing power from another vendor—and just in time for back-to-school season. 

While the recently-released M2 MacBook Air may not yet be seeing major price drops, you can still save some cash on Apple's mobile powerhouses. From base model MacBook Airs to tricked out MacBook Pros to the ultra-popular Mac Mini, these are the best ongoing deals for Apple's MacOS ecosystem at whichever hardware level you choose.

  • Current Price: $1,000
  • Original Price: $1,299

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro was the only other laptop model to be updated to the M1 chip alongside the MacBook Air back in the day, and it's still considered one of the best laptops on the market. Despite looking the same as its intel-based predecessor on the outside, reviewer Jason Cipriani found the updated notebook's performance to be a massive improvement, with enhanced battery life and almost no impact on app support caused by the switch from an x86 to an ARM-based core.

More: MacBook Pro M1 13-inch laptop review

MacBook Air 13.3-inch laptop
  • Current Price: $1,049
  • Original Price: $1,249

The M1 chip in Apple's most popular laptop promises a powerhouse to get all of your work done with its 8-core CPU. Featuring a 13.3-inch Retina display and 512GB of storage, the Air boasts 8GB of memory for speedy responses and up to 18 hours of battery life.

Finding MacBook Air deals can be tricky, and this one is a rare deal.

  • Current Price: $659
  • Original Price: $699

Apple's M1 Mac Mini arrived at just the right time, since 2020 kicked off the supply chain shortages and scarcity we are still experiencing today. Apple's little powerhouse PC provides a relatively inexpensive, all-in-one unit that can serve as everything from a homework machine to a media consumption hub to a surprisingly capable photo editing device. And this is all without the price gouging or endless out-of-stock notices that plague so many aspects of the PC market. Reviewer Cliff Joseph praised its versatility, calling it a "compact and affordable machine for working from home."

More: Mac Mini (Late 2020) review

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