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Apple drops M1 MacBook Air price

Apple drops M1 MacBook Air price

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Apple has partnered with Walmart to drop the price of the M1 MacBook Air to a surprising new low of $649. This comes just in time for the back-to-school season and ahead of Prime Day next week. These are brand-new units, not refurbished or preowned, according to the listing.

The model, featuring the first Apple Silicon MacBook, comes in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. It includes 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. However, potential buyers should note that this model is from 2020, making it nearly four years old.

Although Apple no longer sells the M1 MacBook Air directly, having removed it from its store earlier this year, this older model still holds up in performance and battery life by today’s standards. The new M2 MacBook Air, priced at $999 as the entry-level option, offers slightly better value considering its updated hardware and features. Despite this, the reduction in price to $649 makes the M1 MacBook Air an attractive option for those looking for an affordable entry into the MacBook lineup.

Apple discounts old MacBook Air

It’s particularly appealing for students or users who don’t require extensive computing power or storage. Premium laptops at this price point are rare.

For comparison, one of the highly recommended alternatives, the Asus Zenbook 14, is priced around $800 and includes 512GB of storage. Walmart’s $649 offer for the M1 MacBook Air doesn’t include options for larger storage or memory, but as a starter laptop, this is one of the best deals available. This price cut comes amid a busy time for Apple, with the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) around the corner.

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Industry insiders are expecting significant announcements regarding AI and updates to macOS, particularly the System Settings app. Additionally, rumors of Apple’s first all-screen foldable MacBook have been circulating, with potential release dates now projected as early as 2026. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Apple could be working on foldable MacBooks with 20.25-inch and 18.8-inch panels.

In tech news beyond Apple, Microsoft has updated Notepad in Windows 11 with autocorrect and spellcheck features after 41 years. This update began rolling out earlier this year and has now reached the wider Windows 11 user base.

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