Need a New Laptop? Apple Just Cut Prices and Increased Specs on Retina Macbook Pros
If you've been waiting on a Retina Macbook Pro, now might be a better time than ever to take the plunge. Apple recently cut prices on their 13" Retina Macbook Pro, and also updated its capabilities at the same time. They've also brought some spec upgrades to the 15" Retina Macbook Pro for the same base price, and the Macbook Air saw a price slash of its own. Check out all of the new deals below.
Here is a little bit about what has changed and what you'll be paying (from Mashable):
The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of solid-state flash storage, and $1,699 for 256GB of storage. The higher-end model also includes a more robust 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor.
The 15-inch model still starts at $2,199, but now that gets you a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7 processor. If you want the best of the best, you can now get a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a quad-core 2.7GHz Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM for $2,799.
In addition to the adjustments to the Retina MacBook Pro line, Apple also took the price of its 13-inch MacBook Air down a notch: The 13-inch model with 256GB of flash storage now costs $1,399.
Originally starting out at $1,700, you're now getting a $200 savings with the 13" Retina Macbook Pro -- but the same performance as before. Many reviews thought the screen was fantastic, but that the machine was a bit underpowered for all of that extra resolution, so the new model at $1,700 should see a nice improvement in performance.
If you really need something on the go that can readily edit just about anything you throw at it, the newest upgrades for the 15" Retina Macbook Pro really make it a workhorse -- but you're definitely going to pay for the ability. For $2,200, you're now getting a 2.4GHz processor instead of a 2.3GHz processor, but the real monster is now starting at $2,800 for the quad 2.7GHz processor, upgradeable to 2.8GHz for another $250 more.
While the 13" looks like a great deal for a lot of applications, if you need serious hardware acceleration from your video card, the 15" model will probably better serve your needs, as it contains the NVIDIA 1GB GeForce GT 650M, instead of just on-board Intel graphics.
What do you guys think? Do the price cuts make you want to pull the trigger on a fancy new Retina display?
Link: Apple Online Store