Buying a new MacBook Pro? Apple offers up to $1,000 in trade-in credit for M1 machines

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An M1 Mac like the new MacBook Pro has some drawbacks.
Send in your M1 MacBook Air or MacBook Pro for a juicy discount.
Photo: Apple

Apple Unleashed event bug Apple is offering a rather generous trade-in deal on the exciting new MacBook Pro, with up to $1,000 in credit available for those who send in an M1 MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. The credit could reduce the price of your new notebook to as little as $999 — or $1,499 if you opt for the larger 16-inch model.

The value of your existing machine depends on its condition and specifications, however, it seems RAM capacity doesn’t make a difference.

Save up to $1,000 on a 2021 MacBook Pro

Apple’s newest notebooks, unveiled during Monday’s “Unleashed” event, certainly aren’t cheap. Prices start at $1,999 for a 14-inch model with an eight-core M1 Pro processor, while upgrading to a 16-inch unit with a 10-core M1 Pro raises that figure to $2,499. Max out the larger device with the best specs and prices reach an eye-watering $6,099.

But if you already own a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro powered by the earlier M1 chip, you can knock a fair chunk of cash off those prices by trading in your existing notebook with Apple. Cupertino is offering up to $1,000 for units released last November, depending on their specifications.

Although RAM capacity doesn’t appear to make a difference, you will earn more for your machine if you chose to upgrade its storage when you purchased it. Its condition also makes a big difference; devices that exhibit cosmetic damage — such as scratches and dents — are greatly reduced in value.

2021 MacBook Pro on sale now

This is one of Apple’s most generous trade-in deals to date, which suggests the company is keen to encourage as many customers as possible to upgrade to its fastest, most impressive notebooks ever. And if you can afford to do that, you’re going to be in for a treat — no matter which model you choose.

The 2021 MacBook Pro ships with larger Liquid Retina XDR displays with ProMotion technology, faster M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, up to 64GB of RAM and a new Magic Keyboard that finally does away with the Touch Bar. They also bring back the HDMI port, MagSafe charging and the SD card slot.

The new MacBook Pro is on sale now through the Apple Store. However, shipping estimates quickly slipped for all models after Monday’s event, with a minimum delay of two to three weeks, depending on which configuration you want. If you’re interested in trading in, look for the trade-in link when selecting your new machine.