Revealed alongside a new MacBook Pro and Mac Mini back in 2020, the new MacBook Air was one of the first devices to be powered by Apple’s new M1 chipset.
our review and many others have proven, shifting to its own silicon has been a big success for Apple – there have been significant strides forward in both performance and battery life.
There are rumours Apple is gearing up to release an
updated version of the MacBook Air soon, potentially with a new M2 processor. But the 2020 continues to be an excellent option, which could see even bigger discounts once its successor arrives.
Even now, there are great deals available via a variety of retailers in the UK and US. Here’s everything you need to know.
Best MacBook Air M1 deals right now
The 2020 MacBook Air was one of the very first Apple Silicon devices, but it remains the latest entry in the series for now. That means it’s still widely available, yet discounted via various retailers.
If you don’t want to pay full price at
Apple, here’s where to buy one in the UK:
Amazon – from £919.97, up to £129.03 off 512GB model, silver versions only available used
AO – from £925, £110 off 512GB model
Very – from £999, up to £130 off 512GB model
Currys – £949, £50 off, 512GB model out of stock
John Lewis – from £887, up to £149.03 off 512GB model
Box – from £949, £101 off 512GB model (shown as £52 off previous price)
Scan – from £951.79, £59.02 off 512GB model
KRCS – from £949.05, £62.45 off 512GB model
Argos – from £999 (256GB), £1249 (512GB) – no discounts
If you’re based in the US, retailers to look out for include the following:
Amazon – from $929, $87 off 512GB
Best Buy – from $999.99 (256GB), $1249.99 (512GB) – no discounts unless you get ‘open box’ versions
B&H Photo Video – from $949, $50 off 512GB model
Walmart – from $949, $87 off 512GB model – bigger discounts available on ‘open box’ versions
Best 13in M1 MacBook Air prices right now
This article is regularly updated with the latest information, but prices often fluctuate. For the most up-to-date information, check out the comparison widget below. However, do be aware that the prices quoted here are usually for the entry-level model:
How much did the 13in M1 MacBook Air cost at launch?
Despite moving to the M1 chip, pricing for the new MacBook Air remains similar the older Intel version. There are two base configurations on offer, with the following RRPs at launch:
- MacBook Pro M1 (8‑Core CPU, 8‑Core GPU, 256GB SSD) – £999/$999/AUD$1,499
- MacBook Pro M1 (8‑Core CPU, 8‑Core GPU, 512GB SSD) – £1,249/$1,249/AUD$1,849
Should I buy refurbished?
The only place you’ll see bigger discounts on the M1 MacBook Air is if you buy refurbished. Some might see this as another word for ‘second hand’, but in reality many of these devices have barely been used at all.
Remember, if a product has been used for demonstration purposes or returned as an unwanted gift, retailers must classify them as ‘refurbished’ despite looking and performing just like new. It’s true that there are situations where a fault has been fixed, so it’s worth checking the description for any device you’re considering buying.
There are two key places to go if you’re looking for a refurbished Apple Watch. The first is the
Apple Refurbished Store, with devices refurbished to an excellent standard. However,
Hoxton Macs are both great alternatives, and typically have a greater range to choose from.
See more in
our guide to refurbished tech.
What’s so exciting about the MacBook Air and its M1 chip?
The M1 is Apple’s first designed and manufactured chipset for its Mac range – and it’s a big deal. Apple has started the transition away from Intel-powered Macs, a move that makes sense considering how well Apple has done with creating the A-series chipsets for its iPhones and iPads.
The key highlight of the new M1 is just how much of a boost in performance it provides compared to the Intel chips it used in MacBooks earlier this year. Apple claims a 3.5x jump in the CPU department and a 5x jump in the GPU department when it comes to the MacBook Air, two incredible improvements considering the relatively minor year-on-year gains on offer from Intel chipsets.
There’s also a dedicated Neural Engine packed onto the SoC, bringing a massive 15x improvement to ML actions like automatic image enhancement or facial recognition.
Despite the impressive performance gains, the 5nm process means that the chipset is incredibly energy efficient, offering 15-18 hours of battery life on the MacBook Air depending on what you’re up to. It’s also a lot cooler in operation, meaning Apple could actually ditch the fan in the MacBook Air for a truly silent machine.
Believe it or not, those are only the highlights of what the M1 brings to the MacBook Air in 2020 – there’s plenty more on offer under the hood. For more on why it’s such an exciting release, take a look at the latest details on the
new MacBook Air with M1, and our full
Apple Silicon explainer might be of interest too.
If you’d rather something a bit more powerful, check out our round-up of the
best MacBook Pro 13in M1 deals. You may also be interested in
deals the new 14in and 16in MacBook Pros.