The new 2020 Mac­Book Air.

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Last week Apple intro­duced a new Mac­Book Air and — no sur­prise in these fast-mov­ing times — it’s already on sale. Now sell­ing via Ama­zon for $950, the 2020 ver­sion of Apple’s most portable lap­top fea­tures the Mag­ic Key­board first intro­duced on the 16-inch Mac­Book Pro, 10th-gen Intel proces­sors, a new Force Touch track­pad and 256GB of stor­age for the entry-lev­el con­fig­u­ra­tion. All of that is indis­putably great — with the pos­si­ble excep­tion of the proces­sor. The pre­vi­ous entry-lev­el mod­el fea­tured Intel’s eighth-gen dual-core i5 CPU. The new one comes with Intel’s 10th-gen dual-core i3 chip, and upgrad­ing to the Core i5 will tack on an extra $100. Oh, and the web­cam specs remain inex­plic­a­bly ancient, still stuck at a mere 720p res­o­lu­tion.

Mac­Book dis­counts, com­pared Mod­el List price Best price (cur­rent) Best price (all-time) Mac­Book Air 2020 (256GB SSD) $999 $950 $950 Mac­Book Air 2019 (128GB SSD) $900 $899 $800 13-inch Mac­Book Pro 2019 (128GB SSD) $1,300 $1,100 $1,050 16-inch Mac­Book Pro 2019 (128GB SSD) $2,399 $2,099 $2,099

A word of cau­tion: Third-par­ty retail­ers are still try­ing to get rid of old­er Mac­Book Air lap­tops. Ama­zon is cur­rent­ly sell­ing a 2017-era Air for $750 — casu­al­ly label­ing it a “pre­vi­ous mod­el.” The con­fus­ing list­ings will even­tu­al­ly be tidied up, but it’s more impor­tant than ever to pay care­ful atten­tion to specs while shop­ping. It’s also worth not­ing that the Apple Store offers stu­dents an edu­ca­tion­al dis­count, which can trim hun­dreds of dol­lars from the price of a new lap­top or tablet.

Note: Though we may include Ama­zon links below — it often has the low­est price on Apple prod­ucts — bear in mind that the retail­er is delay­ing some ship­ments of nonessen­tial items by up to a month in the US. 

Here are the best deals we’ve found for each Mac­Book Air and Mac­Book Pro mod­el.

2020 Mac­Book Air (256GB SSD): $950 You save $49 Dan Ackerman/CNET

The clas­sic Mac­Book Air makes some big improve­ments and even cuts the start­ing price, mak­ing it a hard-to-beat go-to for stu­dents, cre­atives and almost any­one else. (And speak­ing of stu­dents, the Apple Store edu­ca­tion­al dis­count brings the price of the new Mac­Book Air down to $899 for eli­gi­ble buy­ers.) Read our 2020 Mac­Book Air review.

$950 at Ama­zon 2019 13-inch Mac­Book Air (128GB): $899 You save $200 Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET

B&H Pho­to is offer­ing $200 off the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion Mac­Book Air that Apple released in mid-2019. At the moment, that makes it about $50 cheap­er than the 2020 mod­el sell­ing at Ama­zon. Last year’s edi­tion comes with an Intel Core i5 proces­sor that’s old­er but almost cer­tain­ly more pow­er­ful than the new Core i3 mod­el pow­er­ing the base­line 2020 mod­el. Oth­er com­pro­mis­es: This 2019 mod­el is equipped with only 128GB of SSD capac­i­ty (ver­sus 256 in the new mod­el), and — the big one — you’re stuck with the infe­ri­or but­ter­fly key­board. Read our 2019 Mac­Book Air pre­view.

$899 at B&H Pho­to 2019 13-inch Mac­Book Pro (128GB): $1,100 You save $200 Sarah Tew/CNET

Ama­zon has the best price on the entry-lev­el 2019 Mac­Book Pro. It’s not a bad deal but we’ve seen this mod­el — again, it’s now the only one in Apple’s cur­rent line­up sad­dled with that pesky but­ter­fly key­board — on sale for $1,050 in recent weeks.  Read our 13-inch Mac­Book Pro pre­view.

$1,100 at Ama­zon 2019 16-inch Mac­Book Pro (512GB SSD): $2,099 You save $300 Sarah Tew/CNET

A great­est-hits com­pi­la­tion of Mac­Book fea­tures, the new 16-inch Mac­Book Pro fea­tures a big­ger screen, with a high­er res­o­lu­tion; upgrades to proces­sor, GPU, RAM and stor­age options; and a much-improved key­board. This match­es the largest dis­count we’ve ever seen on this entry-lev­el con­fig­u­ra­tion. Read our 16-inch Mac­Book Pro review.

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