Apple laptops have always been expensive, but there are ways to cut the cost.

New deals from Currys PC World and John Lewis offer the closest thing to an affordable MacBook in some time.

The retailers are currently offering the 2017 12-inch MacBook in Space Grey, Gold, or Silver for £999 – a saving of £340 off the original price.

The MacBook is portable at just 13.1 mm thin and weighing less than a kilogram, with 12-hour battery life too, so it’s perfect for those wanting to work on the move.

8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD mean it’s blazingly fast, too, while the Intel Core i5 processor means it’ll last you a while. The Force Touch Trackpad makes it hard to go back to regular laptop trackpads too since you can use gestures to flick between apps with ease, zoom in on photos, and more.

While the machine ships with macOS Sierra, it’ll support the latest release of High Sierra, and this month’s upcoming release of Catalina as well. Find out more at the links below:

MacBook 12-inch – Space Grey (2017) – Currys PC World

MacBook 12-inch – Silver (2017) – Currys PC World

MacBook 12-inch – Silver (2017) – John Lewis

MacBook 12-inch – Gold (2017) – John Lewis

Of course, the other side of this price drop is what it means for an upcoming release – especially with Apple confirming an event next week where the company is expected to show new iPhones and Apple Watches at the very least. 

The event is scheduled to start at 6 pm UK time on 10th September 2019.

With rumours persisting about a high-spec 16-inch MacBook Pro, could other models get a price drop?

According to IHS Markit’s Jeff Lin, the new model would offer a 3,072-by-1920 resolution LCD – giving the same number of pixels per inch as the 13-inch Macbook Pro – an impressive feat indeed. Other manufacturers have been moving to AMOLED, but it looks like Apple is sticking to it’s “Retina” displays. 

Reliable Apple source Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will introduce a new keyboard mechanism, too. It’ll offer scissor switches instead of the butterfly versions found on recent MacBooks – although Kuo suspects this won’t come into effect until 2020.

Production is expected to begin in September, meaning the 16 inch MacBook Pro could be here surprisingly soon. 

We’ll have plenty of coverage of the event, so be sure to check back in.