The new MacBook Pro has certainly created a big stir! It's not for everyone, but everyone wants one. If you've been surprised at Apple's own prices for the new laptops, then look no further, we've found the very best MacBook Pro deals for you.
The MacBook Pro, introduced ten years ago, has always been the go-to choice for mobile Mac users with higher demands. Switching to a unibody design in 2008, the MacBook Pro has remained broadly similar in looks for quite a while, essentially just getting thinner but much more powerful.
Apple debuted the new MacBook Pro in October 2016 with an OLED strip of app-specific controls called the Touch Bar. This replaces the line of function keys with a row of context-sensitive shortcuts for use in most apps.
The Force Touch trackpad was made larger to provide more room for gestures, and the keyboard was also updated with a second-generation version of the butterfly keys found in the 12-inch MacBook.
Memory speed in all models except the entry-level 13-inch was upgraded to 2133MHz, and all new models are thinner and lighter. The ports saw substantive changes, too. You’ll now get either two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports (depending on the model), which are also compatible with USB-C devices, and through which you charge the MacBook Pro.
When it comes to making the right choice for you, you’ve got three options. The traditional 13-inch and 15-inch sizes remain, although the entry-level 13-inch (2.0GHz Core i5) lacks the new Touch Bar, hence its ‘modest’ starting price of £1,449.
All the best MacBook Pro deals around
13-inch MacBook Pro deals (no Touch Bar)
The Touch Bar-less version of the new MacBook Pro is the most straightforward replacement for the previous generation, meaning its price is in line with those older machines. The basic 2.0GHz model is £1,449 but you can step up to a 2.4GHz Core i7.
13-inch MacBook Pro deals (with Touch Bar)
The Touch bar will generally cost you an extra £300. It's an OLED strip of app-specific controls called the Touch Bar. This replaces the line of function keys with a row of context-sensitive shortcuts for use in most apps.
15-inch MacBook Pro deals (with Touch Bar)
For the most power, as well as screen real estate, you’ll want the 15-inch model. Starts at £2,349 for the 2.6GHz Core i7 with a blisteringly fast 256GB SSD and Radeon Pro 450 graphics with 2GB memory. Max out everything on offer and you could pay around £4,000.
MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (early 2015) deals
Newer MacBooks may be more portable, but this is still a powerful laptop. The new MacBook Pro for 2015 didn't undergo a dramatic reimagining, but then there wasn't anything particularly wrong with it in the first place. Improvements to its performance mean it's better value than before, and the noticeably improved battery life makes it even more of a mobile workhorse. As ever the cost of adding memory and storage soon sends the price tag into orbit, but even the stock MacBook Pro is an incredibly versatile computer and arguably Apple's best ever laptop.
MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display (2015) deals
Take a look at the seriously impressive specs of the 2015 model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The Intel Core i7 2.5 Ghz processor combined with 16GB of RAM will make light work of anything you can throw at it. 512GB of super fast flash storage, a new Force Touch trackpad and that incredible four million pixel-packing display make this one of the best laptops in the business.
MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (2014) deals
There's plenty to like on the 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display: from the still-impressive display to its excellent build quality, great keyboard and good (but not excellent) battery life. It may not be as portable as the MacBook Air, but it's far from cumbersome and its top notch build quality means you won't be worried about its welfare when carrying it around.