Prime Day Apple MacBook deals: Save $149 on MacBook Air M1, $199 on MacBook Pro M1

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day 2021, CNET’s guide to everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day has kicked off, so start taking advantage of some incredible deals, especially on MacBooks. That’s right, if you’re in the market for a new MacBook, now is the time to strike. You can save $199 on the new M1 MacBook Pro and up to $149 on the M1 MacBook Air on Amazon. For several of these deals, you’ll see a partial discount offered up front, plus additional savings at checkout.

Apple made a significant move last fall away from Intel chips toward its own Apple Silicon M1 design and we’re seeing some big Prime Day Apple deals on the new M1-powered machines. With their current price breaks, the baseline and step-up MacBook Pro models are at their lowest prices ever. And there are even deeper discounts available for the older Intel-based Mac models.

The MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro lines received the M1 update, but the big 16-inch MacBook Pro still uses an Intel Core i7 or i9 chip. Apple still sells two higher-end configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel parts; the company has stated that it will support all the Intel-powered Macs for years to come. 

While you might be tempted by a discount on an Intel-based MacBook, it had better be significant to convince you to get that instead of a new M1 MacBook. Our tests of the M1 machines show a significant performance increase over their predecessors. Plus, the M1 MacBook Air boasts a fanless design for silent operation.

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