It’s hard to believe the latest 13in MacBook Pro was launched back in November 2020. Alongside the MacBook Air and Mac mini, it was one of the first ever device to be powered by Apple Silicon.
The M1 (and subsequent M1 Pro & Max and most recently, M2) have undoubtedly been a hit with customers, delivering excellent performance and a notable boost to battery life. That original chip still holds up extremely well in 2022, making the 13in MacBook Pro an easy recommendation.
Fortunately, there are also plenty of great deals around now that the M1 models are a couple of years old, whether you’re shopping in the UK or US. Here’s everything you need to know about buying the 13in M1 MacBook Pro.
Best MacBook Pro M1 (13in) deals
Best 13in MacBook Pro M1 (256GB) prices right now
Our price comparison tool below will help you find the best price right now on the MacBook Pro M1. The laptop launched at US$1,299/£1,299.
Best 13in MacBook Pro M1 (512GB) prices right now
The 512GB option launched at $1,499/£1,499, but prices today are much lower.
Where to find discounts in the US
If you’re based in the US, check out the following retailers for deals:
Where to find discounts in the UK
UK readers can check out the following retailers for discounts on the M1 MacBook Pro:
How much did the 13in M1 MacBook Pro cost at launch?
Despite moving to the M1 chip, pricing for the new MacBook Pro remains the same as the older Intel version. There are two configurations on offer, with the following RRPs at launch:
- MacBook Pro M1 (8‑Core CPU, 8‑Core GPU, 256GB SSD) – £1299/$1299/AUD$1999
- MacBook Pro M1 (8‑Core CPU, 8‑Core GPU, 512GB SSD) – £1499/$1499/AUD$2299
Should I buy refurbished?
While new M1 MacBook Pro prices are starting to see some discounts, the only place you’ll see bigger discounts is on refurbished models. Some might see this as another word for ‘second hand’, but in reality many of these devices may 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.
In other cases, if the device has been used, any faults will have been identified and fixed. Most refurbished retailers will also indicate the quality of the device, ranging from ‘Fair to ‘Excellent’ and in some cases ‘Like New’.
Refurbished retailers also often offer a 12-month warranty, and some will even allow a full refund within 30 days if you’re not happy. As always, be sure to read the description.
A few key refurbished retailers include:
See more in
our guide to refurbished tech.
What is the Apple M1 chip?
The M1 chip is Apple’s first ARM-based processor from its new Silicon range. It’s the first to be built in-house, which marks a historic departure from the company’s use of Intel processors.
The M1 packs an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU on a single system on a chip (SoC). This translates to a massive improvement in speed, graphics, and machine learning performance, as well as improvements in power efficiency.
Apple promises up to 2.8 times faster CPU performance and up to 5 times faster GPU performance in the new MacBook Pro, along with 11 times faster machine learning performance.
In practice, this means fast and effortless high-resolution video and photo editing, gaming, and software development, with up to 20-hour battery life.
Here’s everything you need to know about the M1 chip.
Of course, Apple’s now also released the M2 chip – here’s everything you need to know about the upgrade. You can also see a full review of the M2 13in MacBook Pro over at our sister site Macworld – where you can also find excellent MacBook Pro deals.
Also see where to buy the MacBook Air with M1 and 14in & 16in MacBook Pro laptops.