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Amazon has introduced a few discounts on Apple's 2020 MacBook Air in both 256GB and 512GB storage options. To start, you can get the 256GB MacBook Air for $849.99, down from $999.00. You'll see this price after a $100 coupon is applied automatically at the checkout screen.

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Likewise, the 512GB MacBook Air has an automatic coupon on Amazon this week. It's priced at $1,149.99, down from $1,299.00, following a $99.01 coupon at checkout (or $49.01, depending on the color you choose). Both models are available in all three colors, and these sales represent the best discounts that we've ever tracked for the new 2020 MacBook Air.



These models were updated in March of this year with a new Magic Keyboard with scissor switches, faster processors, more storage space, and a reduced starting price tag of $999.00 for the 256GB model. Both models feature a 13-inch Retina display, slim black bezels, and a Force Touch trackpad. Apple offers the MacBook Air in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.



You can find even more discounts on other MacBooks by visiting our Best Deals guide for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. In this guide we track the steepest discounts for the newest MacBook models every week, so be sure to bookmark it and check back often if you're shopping for a new Apple notebook.

Article Link: Deals: Amazon Discounting Both Models of 2020 MacBook Air, Starting at $849.99 for 256GB
 

Mr. Dee

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Because Amazon knows it will be first in Apples lineup to move to Apple Silicon. Getting rid of the excess stock before the value of the Intel models go down further.
 
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adamw

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Likely getting rid of these machines with hotter running CPUs to make way for Apple Silicon models.
 
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DanTheMan827

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Is it worth it tho? 🤔
That's a loaded question... if you're talking about raw specs for the price, they're most certainly not worth the price compared to some other Windows PCs that aren't as slim, especially if you need more than base specs.

The 1.1GHz Core i5 in the MacBook Air is still beat by a used Core i7 MacBook Pro from 2013, and you can still upgrade the SSD in that model.

The only thing is Apple will likely drop support for macOS after big sur to make people buy a new mac.
 
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duanepatrick

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Thanks for your insight. I still have my mac up and running. I might wait for newer model.

The only thing is Apple will likely drop support for macOS after big sur to make people buy a new mac.
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You mean lower versions of macOS right? Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave

But this will be sad if this happens.
 
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Mainsail

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I don’t know about all of this speculation that this portends the release of an AS MBA. For months, BB has been running sales on the 2020 MBA at $899. I have seen sales for $150 off of prior MBA models, which is historically their best selling laptop. Not sure we should read too much into this discount.
 
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iphonehype

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So is my MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports), pretty much redundant in November if new MBP with Silicon are released? I wonder what the release price would be.........if there is no design change, I'll keep it and run to the ground until Silicon
 
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So is my MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports), pretty much redundant in November if new MBP with Silicon are released? I wonder what the release price would be.........if there is no design change, I'll keep it and run to the ground until Silicon

redundant /rəˈdəndənt/ adjective

"not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous."

Yep, seems like it to me the moment apple releases the ARM MBP your top of the line 512 16 quad core i5 MBP is done for. I'll take it off your hands if you want.
 
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mannyvel

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Almost bought one of these last week, but figured I'd wait for ARM. If you're worried about throttling just add a thermal pad to your MBA, which is completely reversible. See the forums for more info. It's ridiculous that you have to do this, but if you do it the i3 is as fast as the i5?
 
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Neepman

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I'm not seeing no stinkin' coupon... Having said that, anyone that buys one of the first gen.
ARM machines needs their head examined.
 
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Neepman

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Its a good secondary device for my needs but then Im not designing bridges on it.
 
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jazz1

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I’m waiting for ARM. My 2018 iPad Pro is, I hope, is giving me a preview of “cool CPU“ speed. I’m running it with a Dell USB-C monitor. I am also using a Logitech MX keyboard, and MX3 mouse. Just a taste I think of what an ARM Mac will eventually be able to do speed.

The one big question remains about the actual performance of the first ARM Macs. I hope they aren’t just a placeholder for the transition to ARM. I was in the “game” for the first CPU transition years ago. I just don’t remember if it was impressive or not.
 
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Fomalhaut

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The only thing is Apple will likely drop support for macOS after big sur to make people buy a new mac.

That is very unlikely to happen, even after the processor transition. PowerPC was supported for 5 years after the transition to Intel in 2006 (Mac transition to Intel processors - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org › wiki › Mac_transition_to_Intel_proces...)

I would estimate the next 3 releases of MacOS will support Intel & Apple Silicon with fat-binaries (as will other applications). After this, we should get another couple of years of Rosetta 2 support, as happened last time.

We may also get security updates for older Intel-MacOS versions for a few years after that. I had a security update this year for my 2011 Mac Mini.
 
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- rob -

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The first Apple Silicon will be a MacBook.

Airs will end of life as intel machines. Then it will be just MacBook and MacBook Pro all on Apple Silicon.

Anyhow, even with this discount, unless you need an intel chip this will look like a bad value come spring.
 
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