It's a rare sight to see when brand-new Apple devices go on sale just months after their launch. Which is why we had to do a double take when we saw that Amazon is currently selling the new 15.3-inch MacBook Air for 15 percent off—aka a hefty $200 discount.
Whether it's an early Labor Day deal, a push to highlight the recently released laptop, or simply a gift from the Amazon powers that be, we'll take it. The MacBook Air was a groundbreaking release back when Steve Jobs pulled it out of a manilla envelope back in 2008, and it's come a long way since then. The larger 15.3-inch screen only arrived this summer, and now you can get your hands on one for just $1,099.
For years, the MacBook Air has been getting updates of higher-power computing, but it has never been offered with a screen larger than 13 inches. Meaning with this model you can get the same portability you know and love from the lightweight MacBook Air, but with a 15.3-inch screen worthy of streaming, gaming, editing, and multi-tasking. Don't worry, it still weighs in at just 3.3 pounds and is less than half an inch thick. Comparatively, the 16-inch 2023 MacBook Pro is 4.7 pounds, so if you've been lugging that around, you'll appreciate taking the load off.
As for the technical specs, it comes with Apple's M2 chip, Apple's signature Liquid Retina display, and up to 18 hours of battery life. The computer also has two Thunderbolt ports, a headphone jack (!) and a MagSafe charging port.
Given the hype around this release and the rarity of Apple deals, a 15 percent price drop is pretty significant. If you've been waiting to upgrade your laptop, now's the time. It's a seriously great laptop choice for commuters or frequent travelers, and now with a screen more comparable to a MacBook Pro. Don't miss out—there's no telling how long this deal will last.
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Ellen McAlpine is a commerce editor and writer at Hearst Magazines, covering tech, fitness, lifestyle, and beyond. In her time as a writer, she’s covered everything from top tech items like running watches and ring lights to phone cases and beauty tools.