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Best Black Friday MacBook Pro Deals


If you are looking to buy a new MacBook Pro you don’t have to pay full price – especially not at this time of year. Our team of Apple experts have scoured the web all year round for the top deals, offers and discounts for the MacBook Pro – picking out the best money-off offers to save you time. Right now we are using this expertise to bring you the best Black Friday MacBook Pro deal, but there are savings that aren’t listed as Black Friday in this article too. 

There are also lots of money off deals below that aren’t marked as Black Friday, but are good nonetheless. In this article we will also run through some tips and explain Apple’s pricing structure, so that you can be sure you are getting the best discount available.

This article focuses on the MacBook Pro, but there are some great deals for the MacBook Air too. The MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro have a lot in common, so you might also be interested in reading our MacBook Air deals article as well. And make sure you check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals we’ve seen.

Black Friday 2021 deals

As we approach the last few months of the year and head into the pre-Christmas buying frenzy we expect to see more and more deals, starting with Black Friday on Friday 26 November.

If you are wondering whether Apple will discount anything for Black Friday, we have some bad news: Apple is, as usual, offering vouchers with qualifying sales for Black Friday, rather than discounting products. So you won’t get money off from Apple, but might be able to get money off something else.

We tend to find that most resellers that do offer Black Friday deals on Apple products only do so for discontinued Apple products, rather than the ones Apple currently sells. But we see deals on even new products all year round though – so don’t assume you can’t get money off a new Apple product.

So far the best MacBook Pro deals we are seeing for Black Friday are from UK dealer KRCS who has discounts on the 13in, 14in and 16in MacBook Pro (as well as other Macs). In the US we are seeing discounts on the 13in MacBook Pro, but not the 14in or 16in models.

In the UK:

  • Apple is offering a £80/$100/A$140 voucher with sales of the MacBook Air, 13in MacBook Pro or Mac mini. Visit Apple’s Shopping Event here. Note this doesn’t apply to the 14in or 16in MacBook Pro, but you could use the voucher to buy one!
  • £329.90 off 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Max, 10-core CPU/32-core GPU, 32GB RAM/1TB storage, RRP: £3,299, now £2,969.10 Get the KRCS deal here. (Out of stock, but you can order now at this price)
  • £259.90 off 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, 10-core CPU/16-core GPU, 16GB RAM/1TB storage, RRP: £2,599, now £2,339.10 Get the KRCS deal here.
  • £240 off 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, 10-core CPU/16-core GPU, 16GB RAM/512GB storage, RRP: £2,399, now: £2,159 Get the KRCS deal here. (KRCS predicts stock shortages, but you can order now at this price)
  • £239.90 off 14in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, 10-core CPU/16-core GPU, 16GB RAM/1TB storage, RRP: £2,399, now £2,159.10. Get the KRCS deal here.
  • £189.90 off entry-level model 14in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, 8-coreCPU/14-core GPU, 16GB RAM/512GB storage, RRP £1,899, now £1,709.10. Get the KRCS deal here.

In the US:

  • Apple is offering a £80/$100/A$140 voucher with sales of the MacBook Air, 13in MacBook Pro or Mac mini. Visit Apple’s Shopping Event here. Note this doesn’t apply to the 14in or 16in MacBook Pro, but you could use the voucher to buy one!
  • B&H has a good saving on the 256GB M1 13in MacBook Pro. Get it for $1,199.99 ($100 off) from B&H. Amazon also has $100 off the same 13in MacBook Pro.
  • Amazon has a great deal on the 512GB M1 13in MacBook Pro. You can get it for $1,299 ($200 off) from Amazon. Costco also has $200 off – get it for $1,099 at Costco.

We have a separate article about Black Friday 2021 where you’ll be able to find the best Apple Black Friday deals. We also have this round up of Black Friday Mac deals and What to expect from Apple this Black Friday.

For more US deals read: Black Friday 2021: The best MacBook deals.

What you need to know

Before you buy the first thing you need to be aware of is that in October 2021 Apple updated the most powerful MacBook Pro models. There are now two new 14in MacBook Pro models, which replace the 13in models that were previously using Intel’s 2.0GHz processors, and three new 16in MacBook Pro models. These new MacBook Pro models offer incredibly powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. We are seeing discounts on these models, although they do seem to be selling out quickly. Read all you need to know about the new 14in MacBook Pro and 2021 16in MacBook Pro in our separate articles. We also have a review of the 2021 16in MacBook Pro and a review of the 14in MacBook Pro.

In addition Apple is selling the two 13in MacBook Pro models with M1 chips (introduced in November 2020). Read about Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro. Plus our review is here: 13in M1 MacBook Pro review. The entry-level MacBook Pro are still a good buy, they just aren’t quite as ‘Pro’ as their counterparts. 

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You may not be keen on jumping to M1, M1 Pro or M1 Max straight away. If you are wondering whether to buy one of the new Macs with Apple processors, or to stick with Intel, these articles might help: Should I buy an Intel Mac? and Should I buy an M1 Mac?

For more help choosing the best Apple laptop read our buying guide where we cover all the models. We also have a Mac buying guide that covers the whole range. We also explain the differences between the MacBook Air and Pro.

And for another way to save money on a new Apple product read about how you can trade in old products at Apple and other resellers and get money off. Read: How Apple trade in works and saves you money.

All the MacBook Pro

Best MacBook Pro deals right now

We will explain how you can spot a good deal below, but if you can’t wait here are some of the best deals right now. We’re also separately looking at where to buy the MacBook Pro 16 and Pro 14 (2021) in both the UK and US.

If it’s a MacBook Air you are after, check our round up of the best MacBook Air deals out. You can also look below for more MacBook deals.

In each case we’ll explain what the current price is at Apple so you can compare the deal that’s on offer. In the case of the Macs that Apple no longer sells we will share the price Apple used to sell it at.

Note, here we have lots of deals from third-parties, but one benefit of buying from Apple is you could trade in your old Mac and get money off. We have an article explaining How to get money off with Apple’s trade-in program.

Best 14in MacBook Pro M1 Pro/M1 Max deals

We are already seeing deals for the 14in MacBook Pro in the UK: As we mentioned above, KRCS has some great Black Friday deals – which makes the price even better than it usually is.

In the UK:

  • £239.90 off 14in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, 10-core CPU/16-core GPU, 16GB RAM/1TB storage, RRP: £2,399, now £2,159.10. Get the KRCS deal here.
  • £189.90 off entry-level model 14in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, 8-coreCPU/14-core GPU, 16GB RAM/512GB storage, RRP £1,899, now £1,709.10. Get the KRCS deal here.

In the US:

Sadly we aren’t seeing any discounts on the 14in MacBook Pro in US stores. What you could do is buy a qualifying product from Apple and take advantage of the Black Friday vouchers on offer to save money that way.

2021 14in MacBook Pro M1 Pro 8-Core CPU/14-Core GPU (RRP: £1,899/$1,999)

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2021 14in MacBook Pro M1 Pro 10-Core CPU/16-Core GPU (RRP: £2,399/$2,499)

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Best 16in MacBook Pro M1 Pro/M1 Max deals

In the UK KRCS also has money off the 16in MacBook Pro models.

  • Get £329.90 off 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Max, 10-core CPU/32-core GPU, 32GB RAM/1TB storage, RRP: £3,299, now £2,969.10 Get the KRCS deal here. (Out of stock, but you can order now at this price)
  • Get £259.90 off 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, 10-core CPU/16-core GPU, 16GB RAM/1TB storage, RRP: £2,599, now £2,339.10 Get the KRCS deal here.
  • Get £240 off 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, 10-core CPU/16-core GPU, 16GB RAM/512GB storage, RRP: £2,399, now: £2,159 Get the KRCS deal here. (KRCS predicts stock shortages, but you can order now at this price)

In the US:

Sadly we aren’t seeing any discounts on the 16in MacBook Pro in US stores. What you could do is buy a qualifying product from Apple and take advantage of the Black Friday vouchers on offer to save money that way.

2021 16in MacBook Pro M1 Pro 10-Core CPU/16-Core GPU (RRP: £2,399/$2,499)

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Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

2021 16in MacBook Pro M1 Pro 10-Core CPU/16-Core GPU, 1TB SSD (RRP: £2,599/$2,699)

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Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide

2021 16in MacBook Pro M1 Pro 10-Core CPU/32-Core GPU, 1TB SSD (RRP: £3,299/$3,499)

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Best 13in MacBook Pro M1 deals

We are also seeing some great deals on the M1 MacBook Pro models.

In the UK:

  • There’s a good discount on the 256GB M1 MacBook Pro, normally £1,299. It costs £1,167 at ao.com and Amazon right now.
  • You can also find a discount on the 512GB M1 MacBook Pro, normally £1,499, now £1,344.97 at Amazon and Laptops Direct.

In the US:

  • B&H has a good saving on the 256GB M1 MacBook Pro. Get it for $1,199.99 ($100 off) from B&H.
  • Amazon has a great deal on the 512GB M1 MacBook Pro. You can get it for $1,349.99 ($150 off) from Amazon. Costco has an even better discount you can save $200 and get it for $1,099 at Costco.

2020 M1 MacBook Pro Deals (RRP: £1,299)

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2020 M1 MacBook Pro (RRP: £1,499/$1,499)

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Best deals on older models

Some of the best deals are to be had on MacBook Pro are on the older models that Apple no longer sells.

Old 13in MacBook Pro deals

The 2.0GHz 13in MacBook Pro were launched in May 2020 but Apple removed them from sale in October 2021 when it introduced the new 14in MacBook Pro.

2020 13in 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Deals (was: £1,799/$1,799)

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1.4GHz MacBook Pro (previously starting at £1,299/$1,299)

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Old 16in MacBook Pro deals

The older 16in MacBook Pro (which launched in November 2019 and is no longer sold by Apple) may also have some decent deals. When Apple sold it the price started at £2,399/$2,399. Read our 16in MacBook Pro review.

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Best MacBook Deals UK

If you aren’t sure which kind of Apple laptop you want to buy check these great MacBook deals available across the web – including the MacBook Air. Here are the best we’ve found. If you’re looking for a desktop Mac, see our iMac and Mac mini deals roundup and make sure you check out our round up of the best Apple deals.

1. Apple MacBook Air, 1.1GHz quad-core, 512GB (2020)


From: LaptopsDirect

Was: £1,299

Now: £919.97  (£379.03 off)

LaptopsDirect has a decent saving on the 2020 quad-core MacBook Air with 512GB storage and 4-cores – which used to cost £1,299. It’s a great deal if you want an Intel-powered model.

2. Apple 14in MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 8-Core CPU/14-Core GPU, 2021


Now: £1,709.10  (£189.90 off)

The new 14in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chips has nearly £200 off at KRCS, after the site doubled its usual discount for Black Friday.

You can save even more on the models with more cores.

3. Apple 16in MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 10-Core CPU/16-Core GPU, 2021


Now: £2,159.10  (£239.90 off)

KRCS has doubled its already appealing discount on the new 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chip, jumping from 5% to a 10% saving.

Similar discounts are available on the other configurations on KRCS’s website.

4. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB (2020)


Now: £899  (£100 off)

5. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)


Now: £1,269  (£230 off)

Apple’s offering the M1 MacBook Pro on its Refurbished Store – a great way to get a new M1 Mac for less than Apple sells it for.

The refurbished M1 MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD is £1,269 – a saving of £230. This price also puts it below the usual starting price of the 256GB model so you can get twice as much storage for less!

Buy the Space Grey 512GB MacBook Pro from Apple’s refurbished store for £1,269 (£230 off) here. The Silver 512GB version is £1,269 (£230 off) here.

 

6. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, 2.0GHz quad-core, 512GB (2020)


From: John Lewis

Was: £1,799

Now: £1,559  (£240 off)

This is the 2.0GHz quad-core 13in MacBook Pro with 512GB storage – normally £1,799. Apple discontinued this MacBook in October 2021 when it introduced the M1 Pro and M1 Max 14in MacBook Pro.

 

 

 

7. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)


From: Amazon

Was: £1,249

Now: £1,117  (£132 off)

An excellent deal, this. Save money on the MacBook Air with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU from Amazon. The discount applies to the Space Grey version, but the gold and silver models are only slightly more expensive.

8. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2020)


From: Amazon

Was: £1,299

Now: £1,169.97  (£129.03 off)

Amazon’s price is good – and for now the same as Laptops Direct.

So take your pick!

9. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2020)


From: Apple Refurbished Store

Was: £1,299

Now: £1,099  (£200 off)

Save £200 on a refurbished M1 MacBook Pro with 256GB storage. As an Apple Certified Refurbished MacBook you can be certain that it will indistinguishable from new! See our full guide on where to buy a refurbished MacBook or Mac.

10. Apple Refurbished Mac Store (Discounted iMacs, MacBooks and more)


Now: Up to £300 off

You can get a Mac from Apple at much lower prices if you buy from the Refurbished Store. Apple will have thoroughly tested the model and will offer you a full warranty so it can be a great way to get a good deal. Find out more about Refurbished Macs here.

Best Refurbished deals

From time to time there are some excellent Apple Refurbished Store deals on the M1 Macs, they tend to quickly sell out. Check the links at Apple’s selling M1 MacBook Pros with £230 off. Some of these were out of stock when we checked but we recommend you click through to check because Apple gets stock back in regularly.

MacBook Pro 2021

Although from time to time Apple drops the price of its MacBooks this is quite a rare occurrence: Apple never really offers discounts on its Mac laptops – other than through its official refurbished store.

For that reason you should pay a visit to the Apple Refurbished Store to see if you can find cut-price MacBook Pro models. These refurbished models are MacBook Pro laptops that were returned to Apple, perhaps due to a fault, but they are fully reconditioned now and come with a year’s warranty.

We have seen Apple offering a refurbished 13in 1.4GHz MacBook Pro for £1,059, for example. This was the May 2020 model, which cost £1,299 before Apple replaced it with the M1 model. Buy it from Apple

Alternatively a refurbished 2.4GHz MacBook Pro, which was originally released in May 2019 and has 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, cost £1,359 on the Refurbished store. When Apple introduced that model it cost £1,799. Buy it from Apple.

Amazon also has a certified refurbished store for Apple products but we would advise against buying any products that are older than five years – most of the products we see on the Amazon refurbished store are unfortunately very old.

Find the latest Apple refurbished deals here. We also have this advice about buying a refurbished Mac.

How to find a good MacBook Pro deal

If you want to be sure that you are finding the best deal we recommend that you read through all our advice below. 

1. Beware of misleading retailers

Some retailers have been known to be misleading about RRP to make a deal look better than it is. Always compare to the current price on the Apple Store or, if it’s an older model take a look at the Apple refurbished store (where Apple sells reconditioned, discontinued stock with a full year’s warranty) to make sure you’re getting good value.

2. Check how old it is

Speaking of which, you also want to be careful of the age of any given MacBook as models from different years might have similar looking specs on paper. For example, the processor speed can be misleading if you aren’t sure what generation of processor is being used – so take care to double-check processor speeds and generation, and even model numbers to make sure you’re not paying over the odds for a laptop from a few years ago.

3. Make sure that a newer model wouldn’t be better

Another thing to consider if you find a deal on a old MacBook Pro that has been discontinued by Apple: it is important to know what changed when the model was eventually updated. You should note, for example, that when Apple updated the entry-level 13in MacBook Pro in early 2020, and the 16in in 2019, it made changes to the keyboard following a number of issues with the previous keyboard design. At the same time Apple also doubled storage. So beware that a deal on an older model may not be as good as it looks.

4. Find out how much if should cost

There are now three sizes of MacBook Pro: 13in, 14in and 16in. Before the end of 2019 there was also an 15in MacBook Pro, but Apple replaced that with the 16in model. You may still find the 15in model, and any of the discontinued models, available.

13in MacBook Pro (2020)

Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU/8‑Core GPU
256GB Storage, 8GB RAM
£1,299/$1,299
Apple M1 Chip with 8‑Core CPU/8‑Core GPU
512GB Storage, 8GB RAM
£1,499/$1,499

14in MacBook Pro (2021)

Apple M1 Pro Chip with 8‑Core CPU/14‑Core GPU
512GB Storage, 16GB RAM
£1,899/$1,999
Apple M1 Pro Chip with 10‑Core CPU/16‑Core GPU
1TB Storage, 16GB RAM
£2,399/$2,499

16in MacBook Pro (2021)

Apple M1 Pro Chip with 10‑Core CPU/16‑Core GPU
512GB Storage, 16GB RAM
£2,399/$2,499
Apple M1 Pro Chip with 10‑Core CPU/16‑Core GPU
1TB Storage, 16GB RAM
£2,599/$2,699
Apple M1 Max Chip with 10‑Core CPU/32‑Core GPU
1TB Storage, 16GB RAM
£3,299/$3,499

Older models…

13in MacBook Pro (2020)

2.0GHz Quad-Core i5,  10th-gen, Turbo Boost 3.8GHz, 512GB, 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics, (was 2.4GHz Quad-Core, Turbo Boost 4.1GHz, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3, 256GB) £1,799/$1,799
2.0GHz Quad-Core i5, 10th-gen, Turbo Boost 3.8GHz, 1TB, 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics, (was 2.4GHz Quad-Core, Turbo Boost 4.1GHz, 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, 512GB) £1,999/$1,999

16in MacBook Pro (2021)

2.6GHz 6-core i7, 9th-gen, Turbo Boost 4.5GHz, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD £2,399/$2,399
2.3GHz 8-core i9, 9th-gen, Turbo Boost 4.8GHz, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory, 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD. £2,799/$2,799

MacBook Pro deals

Where to get MacBook deals, UK & US

Other resellers are offering discounts on the different MacBook models that are being sold brand new. You may find deals on the following sites:

UK

US

Sometimes Amazon offers Lightning deals on laptops. If you’ve found that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we’d recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you’ll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more. Sign up for Prime now to take advantage.





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