With the release of updated 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models, multiple retailers have begun dropping the price on older versions of the MacBook Air. Because the only upgrade to the 2014 MacBook Air is a slightly improved processor, the lower prices on 2013 MacBook Air models are appealing to consumers looking for a deal.
We've gathered up some of the best price cuts ($200 off) on Apple's 2013 MacBook Air lineup, which can be seen below. Note that the $200 off represents the discount from the 2013 prices. Apple discounted the new 2014 MacBook Airs by $100, which gives you a $100 savings for a new 2013 MacBook Air that performs nearly on par with the new 2014 models.
11-inch 1.3GHz i5 MacBook Air, 4GB RAM & 128 GB flash storage (MD711LL/A):
- $799, B&H Photo
- $799, Best Buy
- $844, MacMall
11-inch 1.3GHz i5 MacBook Air, 4GB RAM & 256 GB flash storage (MD712LL/A):
- $999, B&H Photo
- $999, Best Buy
- $1,044, MacMall
13-inch 1.3GHz i5 MacBook Air, 4GB RAM & 128 GB flash storage (MD760LL/A):
- $899, B&H Photo
- $899, Best Buy
13-inch 1.3GHz i5 MacBook Air, 4GB RAM & 256 GB flash storage (MD761LL/A):
- $1,099, B&H Photo
- $1,099, Best Buy
- $1,144, MacMall
Some of the lowest prices on Apple's older products come from Apple itself – in the online refurbished store. Currently, the store lists an entry-level 2013 11-inch MacBook Air for $719, and an entry-level 2013 13-inch MacBook Air for $799, but stock is always limited and these deals often go quickly.
Apple has been selling a 2012 11-inch MacBook Air for as low as $599, but all models are currently sold out. The best way to get a deal from the refurbished store is to check stock on a regular basis.
For those looking for one of the newly updated MacBook Air models, those start at $899 for the 11-inch version and $999 for the 13-inch version, with stock available directly from the Apple Online Store. Sales tax will vary depending on which vendor you order from. B&H Photo, for example only charges sales tax in New York.
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Top Rated Comments
That grammar though.
EDIT: I just realised how condescending and snobbish that sounded. If it meets your needs, I'm happy you've got the discount. I'll leave the original post so that it can mark my shame.
If all one does is open a handful of tabs in Safari and run iTunes, he may be able to get away with 4GB of RAM. But if one starts running even a moderately demand apps such as iPhoto and iWork simultaneously, 4GB would quickly trigger page outs.
Even with memory compression, Mavericks still can't do wonders with 4GB RAM. And once OS X starts to page out, the only way to recover is reboot.
With MBA not being user upgradable, it would be most unwise to not spend $100 more for 8GB RAM.
I agree, I also don't see anything wrong with your comment. I think you are just printing out some of the obvious issues. The Macbook Air is great, but what people might want to keep in mind, is that unless you have money to throw around (e.g., buy a new one in 1-2 years because the computer feel sluggish), you should be careful about the initial investment. Giving that you can't update the MBA at all (unlike the Macbook Pro), you are basically stuck with what you buy. So that's very important to keep in mind, especially what you need in your machine to start with.
I think the pricing is great, but I'd recommend getting the 8GB RAM. I would also recommend getting the one with 250+GB, but if money is tight get the 128GB ones, you can always use microSD in the future, or make good use of external storage, or cloud.
Then I immediately reconsidered because I caught the 128gb version for only $80 more at $679.
I couldn't resist. My aging 2008 Alu. Uni. MacBook is probably out of luck when the next OS comes around, and I figured the other half would love this if I decide to keep the iPad over the MacBook Air.
That would be an even better replacement for her 2007 MacBook - happy wife, happy life!
Either way, long story short, some of those refurbished MacBook Airs were way too good to pass up!
Just saw a basic 11" MBA at $719 in the refurb store, which is $180 below that newer model, as well as a maxed-out 13" MBA for $1439, which is $310 off the 'equivalent' new model's price.