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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch M1/8GB/256GB $1699 C&C /+ Delivery @ Harvey Norman

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Usually $1897 for the 256gb model.

Bonus One Year Apple TV+ Subscription, via redemption

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  • +43 votes

    Bonus One Year Apple TV+ Subscription, via redemption

    This isn't a bonus, no matter how much HN wants you to think that. This is standard for Apple devices - not sure about the watch.

    • +58 votes

      You watch yourself. Keep speaking the truth like that and Gerry will see you in court.

    • +1 vote

      Recently got Apple TV via device purchase, there doesn’t seem to be much of interest to watch - any recommendations are welcome

      • +7 votes

        I loved Ted Lasso. That was about it…

      • +2 votes

        That Tom Hanks Warship Movie

      • +1 vote

        Ted Lasso, Mosquito Coast, Trying, Defending Jacob, The day the earth changed, Greyhound

      • +1 vote

        See is good.

      • +7 votes

        For All Mankind

      • +1 vote

        Ted Lasso, Mythic Quest and Tiny World have been standouts for me.

        • +2 votes

          The Servant, Tehran, Calls

      • +2 votes

        Tehran is absolutely bingeworthy

      • +1 vote

        "Home before dark" is great as well

      • +1 vote

        Little America 👍

  • +3 votes

    I wish the 16gb ram version would go on sale. I don't think I've ever seen it below RRP.

    • +10 votes

      512gb would be better.
      I read the m1 performs great at 8gb, and there wasn't much advantage of 16gb?

      • +2 votes

        I've got an i7 Macbook Pro with 16gb ram and 512 hdd. I'm prepared to go to a smaller screen, but I'm not going to lose ram, even if overall performance is better. This is a 7 year old laptop now, I shouldn't be reverting specs.

        • +3 votes

          Yes, especially when you upgrade them now :(
          I run catalina on a ryzen 7 3700x , 32gb + 2x 512gb ssd, rx580 31.3" curved unit. Logic pro runs great.

        • +15 votes

          The M1 uses unified RAM so it can more efficiently store data. This cannot be directly compared to a traditional x86 CPU and DRAM configuration.

          • -2 votes

            @marchi: Sorry, but this is absurd. I understand about CPU, they have different architecture. But what about memory? Can it store more data? Or
            is there some sort of compression?

            32 GB of RAM is 32 GB of RAM, doesn't matter what platform is.

            • +1 vote

              @Astaltar: I may be wrong but I’m guessing the different architecture of the CPU probably reduces the amount of RAM required due to optimisation. I’m also just winging that, it’s what make sense in my head after 12 beers. I’ll let the voting gods decide my fate.

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              @Astaltar: disagree, keep learning more.

            • -1 vote

              @Astaltar: You’re wrong. The m1 macs use swap memory so it’s able to read and write to the soldered SSD.

              Explained: https://youtu.be/ma8KjSH7Hok

              You’re actually better off getting the 512/1tb models due to this than necessarily upgrading the ram.

              • +2 votes

                @blergmonkeys: Just a nit pick, all modern operating systems use swap memory

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                  @killingtime: Ok fair enough, but most modern computers don’t have soc integration between the ssd, memory and cpu. That’s how Apple is able to get away with only 8gb base memory.

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              @Astaltar: It's absurdly efficient! There's a few things going on here,

              • The M1 system-on-chip (SoC) is using High-bandwidth-memory (HBM) where the RAM is packaged directly next to the CPU/GPU/neural engine etc. and connected via an interposer layer. This is different to the traditional CPU socket-memory and soldered on designs and allows much faster access to memory as the distance between the CPU and RAM is only a few microns.

              • Apple has also tweaked how memory is used within the system. RAM operations and synced to the SoC clock speed allowing apps to share data efficiently between CPU, GPU and neural engine without having to copy data across. They've called this design Unified Memory Architecture (UMA).

      • +1 vote

        I own a 16GB M1 Pro and I guess I can open more apps with 16GB??? (I’m just future proofing)

        But normal users won’t really take advantage of the 16GB model anyways.

        • +3 votes

          Normal user is very abstract entity :)

          • +2 votes

            @Astaltar: This needs to be said more often. :)

      • +6 votes

        I use an M1 Macbook Air for day-to-day tasks, and light software development. It has 8GB of RAM. I've never felt like it needed more.

      • -2 votes

        No that's the iPad Pro. iOS apps don't make use of the 16GB, while MacOS apps do.

      • +2 votes

        I read the m1 performs great at 8gb, and there wasn't much advantage of 16gb?

        Depends what you're doing, but my hunch is that if you're keeping it for a long time, the 16GB is probably a good investment. I have a 8GB M1 and 16GB M1 and I can tell the difference. Not in controlled tests, but in actual heavy use when you have multiple apps doing, trying to do other things when it's running computational stuff in the background…etc. I do feel the difference in responsiveness.

        FWIW, most people only ever use their computer for web browsing and Word/Excel type tasks, for which 8GB is fine.

        For my money, I'd get the 16GB. You probably won't get the full $300 back when you go to sell it, but you'll get a big chunk of it back given how hard it'll be to snag the 16GB variants used.

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        Still out of my budget atm, but at least I'll be able to use native instruments sounds on stage. My mid 2013 mbair won't handle it. It struggles with my organ sound as it is.

    • +2 votes

      apple certified refurbished is the way to go for BTO, as good as new, covered by the same 14 days return policy.

      • +6 votes

        I'd rather new. I don't want some other dude's jizz DNA all over my keyboard.

      • +1 vote

        $1359 for mbair

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        "Certified refurb" means someone has returned it and Apple has tested it as having no faults, repackaged it to look perfect and sold it again. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have an intermittent, difficult-to-prove fault. It has happened to me with a refurb Apple TV.

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          For faults like that, it helps to document all the events & faults. Years ago, I had a MacBook Pro (bought new from the regular online store) that kept beachballing and reboot itself randomly, went to the Genius Bar three times, no fault could be detected by their diagnostic software, but because I had a video and a log of when and what happened and all the troubleshooting steps and fixes attempted. They were able to replace the logic board, graphic card and ram out of warranty at no cost to me.

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      Can you send me a link to it? I thought only way to get 16GB RAM was to customise via Apple’s website.

  • +4 votes

    Canned apple tv sub first month in

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    Hoping for base model M1 Air <$1200 before EOFY

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      I think last year they went to 1299?

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        The more recent one was this year’s Afterpay sale on eBay. With the gift card hack you didn’t need to pay with AP at all, and considering all the cash back stuff the cost ended up with <1299.

        I got my base model M1 Air there. Tried with over 15 tabs on Safari, running JASP/SPSS while writing essays/reports on Word, butter-smooth. There was a bit of bug regarding internet drop-off issues but now on macOS 11.4 this is fixed (at least for me).

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      Could that even happen? That low?

  • +2 votes

    *****Sorry, it's Mac Air (Not Pro)*****

    Purchased it from JB HiFi on Monday for $1294.70 (Apple student account) - $25 (Latitude discount when Spend $100) - $20 (CBA deal) = $1249.70.

    I also asked them to give a bonus of One Year Apple TV+ Subscription - Failed!

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      I thought wow!

    • +1 vote

      So you missed out on 10% off the TCN cards by 2 days?
      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/628610

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      Its standard from jb atm, btw.
      As per above comment.
      ;)

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        Great, thanks!

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      Student price is $1349? Even Officeworks everyday pricing is $2 cheaper. How did you get that price?? If I could get that price + 10% off gift cards + $30 Afterpay discount + 1 year Apple TV+ i'd bite.

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        JB does edu price on apple if you have a student ID, can stack with discounted GC etc.

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          Right, but according to Apple the student price is $1349

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            @nubzy: Oh right, I see what you mean now. Some unis have official purchase scheme for students set up with Apple to bring the price down to 14% off but didn't realise JB would match below the standard edu price…

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          They didn't ask for a student ID. They just said if I can successfully add into cart + available in Sydney store for pick up. No delivery charges.

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            @Chillhouse: Wow, I didn't even know that's possible. Even apple retail store won't match their own uni-specific offering other than the standard edu price in store. The discount I had was 12% which is less than what you had.

      • +1 vote

        Try this link. Let me know how would you go

        https://www.apple.com/au_edu_5000447/shop/

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          Thanks, it works. So if I sent that to JB, they would price match? And do you know if you can use gift cards + Afterpay as payment with the link that they send?

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            @nubzy: @nubzy I don't see any issue paying by gift cards and after pay. For price matching, I prefer to go personally to the store.

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          Is there one for usyd? Tried googling but nothing came up.

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            @Icecold5000: Check with the IT department at U Syd. Not every uni has it, but unidays portal is 1-2% cheaper than the standard edu store price.

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      1 year Apple TV+ subscription comes free with your device, just open the Apple TV app on your new MBA.

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      JB does edu prices ?

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        Yeah just call the customer service

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          I assume i can't use the discounted gift card if i call them? Thinking to get the new iPad pro with gift cards.

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            @evatron: Not sure. They’ll just send you a link to make the payment after you confirm the order over the phone. You might be able to add the gift cards at the payment page?

            • +1 vote

              @chankaran: Thanks. I think delirious answered my question above as well.

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      The Macbook Air is advertised on the Higher Education store as $1349, how did you get it reduced to $1294.7?

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      One Year Apple TV+ Subscription

      It should already be included. Why would you need to ask them for it?

  • +3 votes

    Picked up the MacBook Air for $1349 yesterday. I think it offers a fair bit better value than this Pro, while I guess we sit and wait patiently for the M1X/M2 14/16 inch later in the year.

    I've been pushing the Air to its limits and haven't even noticed it getting warm, therefore, am happy it doesn't have a fan.

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      Its a good piece of kit as well. The Macbook Pro does have a better battery, speakers, screen and also features the touch bar. Also one thing to note is the M1 Macbook Pro has a fan but almost never comes on unless the CPU is stressed.

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      Should I wait for M1X/M2 14/16 mbps ?
      Im not in a desperate hurry but is it only a rumour ?

      • +2 votes

        If not a hurry, I'd wait. All the rumours seem very reasonable, and there's no way they're not going to be doing a refresh as we approach the end of the year. The main thing the rumours were bullish about were how early it was going to be.

      • +2 votes

        Should I wait for M1X/M2 14/16 mbps ?

        Do you need more than an M1?

        My personal view is that the 13" MBP doesn't offer enough over the 13" MBA and is likely to get canned after the 14" and 16" models come in.

        If you're fine with an M1, go for the $1349 MBA. Even if you wait for the 14"/16" MBPs, they're not coming in even close to $1349.

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          I doubt the 13" MBA is going to get canned, I think they'll keep it around for a while as the entry-level option. I agree the newer M1X/M2 MacBooks/MBPs will cost a fair bit more when they get released. M1 will be the "budget" option.

          • +1 vote

            @44sunsets: I think they mean this 13” Pro would get canned, not the Air. Makes sense to me.

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              @Vinbie: Ah yes you're right, I misunderstood!

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                @44sunsets: Yes, that is what I meant - it's likely that what the lineup will look like is 13" MBA, 14" MBP and 16" MBP.

                Curious to see whether the 14" and 16" will both be released at the same time, and whether they'll be based on the same SoC - seems like a missed opportunity to put something more powerful into the 16" version.

                That said, I still think the missed opportunity is really the 12" MacBook from 2015-16. That was really what would have benefited from the M1 SoC. If it had the M1 + another USB-C port, it would be killer. As much as I love the MBA, the 12" MacBook was genuinely a real head-turner. Still the only laptop where I've had people at work asking if they could have a look at it just because of how thin it was.

  • +7 votes

    Don’t forget Officeworks price beat guarantee. Further 5% off bringing it down to $1614.05

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      Does this really work?

    • -1 vote

      Try Officeworks price beat guarantee by showing them the below link taking it down to around $1595

      https://www.apple.com/au_edu_5000447/shop/

      • +1 vote

        Btw, that's the teachers' union store portal, you may prompt an audit of all recent orders placed through this portal if one of these retailers figure it out and talk to apple about it. My partner teaches at an uni and one of her colleagues had an audit call from apple.

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          Seems to say on the landing page that uni students or parents or uni students are eligible too, apart from teachers?

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            @squarepants: Look at the very top of the page, it has the name of the portal. The landing page is identical for both general edu store and institution-specific stores, they just didn't customise the content. My partner's colleague was called for an audit two months after she bought from apple and was asked to provided work ID, if she fails to they would charge her card for the diff. BTW, 10% off at GoodGuys + 10% TCN off gift cards is a better deal, probably as low as it gets for Mac.

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    Is this historical low?

    • +12 votes

      Turning off Find my Mac is on you mate, sounds like you were the useless one.

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        I've sent a few units away in the past where the customer said they have deactivated it. They come back rejected by the repairer as they can't/won't repair it.