Apple Drops 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina to $1499, Updates Specs
Today Apple dropped the price of the base 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display from $1699 to $1499 and gave the rest of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display newer processors in addition to dropping the price of a 13-inch MacBook Air model.
The $1499 MacBook Pro with Retina Display comes with 128GB of storage space, a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM. The base models has options for increased storage space and a faster CPU, though the better option is to jump up to the $1699 13-inch model.
The new $1699 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display now comes with a faster 2.6GHz Core i5 CPU and 256GB of storage space. The upgrade to 256GB of storage on the base model costs $200, so this model essentially bumps up the CPU speed for free.
Both models of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display have the option of up to 768GB of SSD storage for users who want to pay the premium for extra storage space. Aside from the price and CPU speeds the two models are virtually identical.
To go along with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display price cuts, Apple cut the price of the 256GB 13-inch MacBook Air to $1399, making it just $100 less than the base Retina Display MacBook Pro.
Apple also updated the specs of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, though it kept the prices the same. The base $2199 models of the MacBook now comes with a quad-core 2.4GHz Intel Core i7, 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Users have to option to increase the CPU up to 2.8GHz. There are also options for up to 768GB of storage and up to 16GB of RAM in the base 15-inch model.
The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display still starts at $2799 and now comes with a faster quad-core 2.7GHz Intel Core i7, 512GB of storage space and 16GB of RAM. Users only have the option to increase the CPU speed to 2.8GHz and the storage space to 768GB on the high-end model.