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Retina MacBook Pro gets upgrades, cheaper prices

updated 09:40 am EST, Wed February 13, 2013

13-inch, 256GB MacBook Air meanwhile drops to $1,399

Apple today introduced modest upgrades to the Retina MacBook Pro, while simultaneously lowering prices at its online store. The cheapest 13-inch model is now $200 less at $1,499; paying $1,699 gets buyers a new 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5 CPU, plus a 256GB SSD. 15-inch systems now start with a new 2.4GHz quad-core Core i7; the top-end model has been upgraded to a 2.7GHz quad-core chip, and 16GB of RAM. In a related shift, meanwhile, a 13-inch MacBook Air with a 256GB SSD has been reduced to $1,399.

The adjustments are presumably meant to keep pace with new Intel processors, and keep costs competitive with typically less expensive Windows notebooks. They may also be reflective of improvements in component costs, especially if one of the most expensive parts of the Pro -- the Retina display -- has become less expensive to manufacture. Third-party retailers have also been offering dramatic discounts on the computer, which if not made possible by Apple may have forced the company's hand.



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  1. bjojade

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-07-07

    How?

    "Third-party retailers have also been offering dramatic discounts on the computer, which if not made possible by Apple may have forced the company's hand."

    Third party retailers buy from Apple, at the prices Apple sets. If they choose to sell them at a lower price than Apple, why would that force Apple to lower the retail price?

  1. blahblahbber

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    Joined: 02-01-05

    crApple is toast...

    Stock down, supply is up and demand is down.... crApple is the stale ol' fruit.... everything about it is played out. good luck stock holders.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by blahblahbberView Post

    Stock down, supply is up and demand is down.... crApple is the stale ol' fruit.... everything about it is played out. good luck stock holders.



    Of course, since people like you are so busy talking it down.

    In fact, yield is up, manufacturing costs are down, as is to be expected with any newly introduced tech.

    Do you troll the Samsung and OCZ forums with the same awesome logic? SSD prices are dropping like crazy. Must be because supply is up and demand is down.

    Better sell your Samsung stock fast.

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