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Best Prime Day MacBook deals 2022: What to expect in July

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Prime Day 2021 MacBook Deals.

Amazon’s Prime Day sales event is coming up fast. In hardly any time at all, we’ll be rounding up all the best Prime Day deals going on and helping you get the best bargain to enhance your life. For now, though, when it comes to Prime Day MacBook deals, we’re checking out when the deals are going to begin, where we’re anticipating the best Prime Day MacBook deals, and whether you should even be considering buying a MacBook during Prime Day 2022. Getting you set up nicely for one of the biggest sales events of the year will mean you’ll be delighted with whatever you decide to purchase. Planning is everything! Read on while we guide you through what you need to know.

When do the Prime Day MacBook deals start?

Recently, Amazon confirmed the Prime Day 2022 date to be July 12 and July 13. That’s a return to Amazon’s traditional birthday celebration slot of July. The company was founded on July 5, 1994, and since 2015, Amazon has placed its Prime Day event in July because of that. There have only been two notable exceptions. Back in 2020, Prime Day was moved to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, in 2021, it happened June 21-22 instead of its usual July slot.

Back in its regular time of mid-July, Prime Day 2022 is likely to be a huge deal for anyone looking for a great bargain. Also, Amazon has stated it will offer early Prime Day deals too to build up the excitement.

Where are the best Prime Day MacBook deals?

The star of the show for Prime Day deals is Amazon. After all, it’s the company’s big sales event. It frequently rivals Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is easily one to watch. Throughout the year, Amazon often discounts Apple products like MacBooks, as they are such highly sought-after items. It makes perfect sense to see even bigger discounts during Prime Day. However, Prime Day is exclusive to Amazon Prime members. If you don’t have a membership (or don’t want one), you’re going to miss out on Prime Day MacBook deals.

Fortunately, many other retailers get involved with Prime Day to take advantage of the sentiment that encourages customers to buy more during the sales period. Two major retailers to be aware of are Best Buy and Walmart. Both are known for offering reasonable MacBook discounts throughout the year, but expect them to potentially be better than before during Prime Day. They also both have the advantage of sometimes allowing you to pick up your new MacBook in-store after buying online.

Alternatively, some other retailers can be worth considering. Apple rarely has any kind of sale or discounts on its products, but it’s worth looking at retailers like Newegg, Adorama, and B&H Photo Video to see what they may offer. We’re not counting on their deals to be as strong as the likes of Amazon or Best Buy, but if you have a specific MacBook in mind, you may find it by looking further afield.

Ultimately, Amazon will be the standout place for Prime Day MacBook deals, but there’s never any harm in shopping around to spot a better deal. In particular, older models can sometimes be cheaper elsewhere, providing you know what you’re looking for.

Should you buy a MacBook on Prime Day 2022?

As with any purchase, only you really know if you need a MacBook. If you’ve been checking out the best MacBooks out there and you know it’s for you, then Prime Day 2022 is a great time to buy one. If you’ve owned a MacBook before, you know how long-lasting they are as well as how easy they are to use. Alternatively, if this is your first time diving into macOS, Prime Day sales mean you’ll spend a lot less to reap the benefits.

It’s a good idea to do your research. Check out our MacBook Air review and MacBook Pro review to consider what will work best for you. All the latest MacBooks have Apple’s new M1 chip, so whatever you choose, you’ll get fast performance and great battery life. Decisions mostly come down to what screen size you want as well as how lightweight you need it to be.

Once you know you definitely want a MacBook, Prime Day deals are one of the best times to buy one. That’s because Amazon tends to heavily discount the most sought-after devices, and that definitely includes MacBooks. Because of that, you’re likely to get the best deal this side of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Typically, Prime Day deals are on a par with the classic sales event around Thanksgiving, with the added benefit of getting to enjoy your new MacBook straight away without having to wait for the holidays to enjoy it.

Buying now also means you won’t have to worry about finding more cash for an expensive purchase right around the ever-expensive holiday season. The only downside really is that new models may be announced later in the year, but if you follow that logic, you’ll always be waiting and never actually buying a new MacBook.

A MacBook is a fairly expensive purchase to make, so be sure that you’re buying the right one for you. Far from an impulse purchase, you need to do your research before you dive into the sales. Check that the MacBook you’re buying is the latest model (or heavily discounted to reflect it isn’t) so you’re guaranteed of a future-proofed device that will last you many years to come.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

Spare your feelings

A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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