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Shocking: Apple's 2.5GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now just $1,349.00

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On the heels of Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display price cuts earlier this week, the company's channel partners continue to shave down the cost of acquiring one of the flagship notebooks, with the entry-level 13-inch model now selling for just $1,349 -- a $350 discount that places it below the cost of some 13-inch MacBook Airs.

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Apple Authorized Reseller MacConnection tipped AppleInsider -- and our price guides reflect -- that it's now selling the 2.5GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 8GB of memory and a 128GB solid state flash drive for just $1,349. That's $50 less than the Apple's MSRP on the 1.8GHz 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of solid state storage, a $350 discount to its original MSRP of $1,699, and the absolute lowest price we've ever seen for Retina-display enabled MacBook Pro.
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Be prepared for the "Apple is Doomed" nonsense.

Apparently, if Apple doesn't cut prices, they're doomed because they're too expensive. If they cut prices, they're doomed because sales must be slow.
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Be prepared for the "Apple is Doomed" nonsense.

Apparently, if Apple doesn't cut prices, they're doomed because they're too expensive. If they cut prices, they're doomed because sales must be slow.

You're the only one I ever hear "Apple is doomed" from, Rag. Repeatedly, like the same bad joke told by an elderly relative every thanksgiving, year after year. Find a new schtick already.
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You're the only one I ever hear "Apple is doomed" from, Rag. Repeatedly, like the same bad joke told by an elderly relative every thanksgiving, year after year. Find a new schtick already.

 

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Sorry, no ability to upgrade the RAM, and I wouldn't touch the laptop.

I wish Apple would rethink making things so thin. I don't know of anyone who said that their old 13" MacBook Pro was too heavy. If the cost of thiner is no longer being able to better your computer, then it's not worth doing.
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Education price for the 2.5/128 Retina 13" is only $1,399 -- i.e., only a $50 difference relative to the lowest price advertised here. And the definition of 'education' is broad: get on your kid's PTO, or get accepted at a community college!

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But a Surface Pro 128GB with a Type cover is only $1130...Apple is doomed!
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Sorry, no ability to upgrade the RAM, and I wouldn't touch the laptop.

I wish Apple would rethink making things so thin. I don't know of anyone who said that their old 13" MacBook Pro was too heavy. If the cost of thiner is no longer being able to better your computer, then it's not worth doing.

It's not that the MBP was heavy, it was just that once you've used the MBA and experienced just how light and pleasant it is to use, everything else seems like dead weight.

A great price for sure, but I'll stick with my MBA for the foreseeable future.
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No better than buying from B&H if you are in California.  Sales tax takes it up to the B&H price.

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Be prepared for the "Apple is Doomed" nonsense.

Apparently, if Apple doesn't cut prices, they're doomed because they're too expensive. If they cut prices, they're doomed because sales must be slow.

Yep the stock will nose dive as analysts will point to their shrinking margins or some such drivel.
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I'd have bought one instead of the regular 13" MacBook Pro if they include a discrete GPU. My old 2008 MacBook Pro was getting a tad slow.

It's such a shame that Apple went Intel only graphics in a "Pro" machine, almost insulting really considering the price tag.
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I hope this more reasonable price trend at Apple trickles down to the new Mac Pro which will hopefully be released soon.

A little off topic but I haven't seen any Mac ads in a long while. I mostly see iPhone ads (with a carrier logo) and occasionally see an iPad ad or two. Really not seeing many Apple ads at all and no Mac ads whatsoever. True, I use a DVR so usually fast forward through ads but still haven't noticed any. Wonder if they are planning a new ad campaign anytime soon?

The Microsoft surface sucks as a product but I have to admit their ads are clever and make an impression.

Have they come up with new ads for the Surface? The only ones I have seen were those goofy dance-and-click ones that remind me of those awful Kit-Kat commercials.
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RAM is so cheap these days. Why not just max out the RAM and alleviate people's concerns about upgrading the RAM?

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Shocked? Why not delighted about lower prices for a fantastic computer.
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I'd have bought one instead of the regular 13" MacBook Pro if they include a discrete GPU. My old 2008 MacBook Pro was getting a tad slow.

It's such a shame that Apple went Intel only graphics in a "Pro" machine, almost insulting really considering the price tag.

There are many different types of professionals. This may be a professional grade machine to many users. Not all professionals require a discrete GPU. Nor do they all require the ability to upgrade the memory and such after purchase. It all depends on the individual use case.
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To each his own. I liked them. The expression of that catholic schoolgirl makes me laugh every time I see it since she looks so angry and serious. All an ad is supposed to do is make you think about and remember the product which it does very well. I don't like the surface, but their selling point is that click on keyboard, so for people that like that feature it is a good ad. 

I have no problem with that, I was just curious if they have come out with some new ads that I have not seen.
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No better than buying from B&H if you are in California.  Sales tax takes it up to the B&H price.

I'm not sure I understand your comment. I thought all online retailers are now required to charge sales tax in California regardless of where the store is actually located. California sales tax is really complicated because every county and some cities have different rates and they cannot simply be determined by zip codes either.

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...like the same bad joke told by an elderly relative every thanksgiving, year after year.

 

Pull my finger.

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Originally Posted by GadgetCanada View Post

If Apple takes the MBA retina with the upcoming Haswell chip, that would be a very VERY nice laptop

Seems like the new MBP is almost the same form factor as an Air. I wouldn't be surprised if they merge the product lines eventually.

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Have they come up with new ads for the Surface? The only ones I have seen were those goofy dance-and-click ones that remind me of those awful Kit-Kat commercials.

There is a new one - it emphasizes the use as a tablet rather than the irritating 'click' nonsense. I've only seen it once, though, so they're not playing it much.
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LOL. MacConnection "tipped" AppleInsider. As in, paid them a tip for advertising this as an article.

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There are many different types of professionals. This may be a professional grade machine to many users. Not all professionals require a discrete GPU. Nor do they all require the ability to upgrade the memory and such after purchase. It all depends on the individual use case.

Well, as you said all pros not need GPU & upgrade RAM but it better to have GPU and able to upgrade RAM then you don't have or you can't upgrade.

I think price of RMBP, it should have. Or at least RAM should be max as 16GB.

 

By the way, 15" RMBP has $200 for 16GB RAM upgrade is outrageous. Are they kidding me? Pay $200 for 8GB RAM bump?

Is that RAM made from gold?

 

Since they soldered RAM on motherboard, they have 2 different motherboard in stock.(8GB & 16GB version for 15" RMBP) instead just swap RAM module.

Apple should stop at just removed ODD & FW port. And should give us 2 2.5" HDD(or SSD+HDD or 2 SSD) options.

Still old MBP has enough space to bump up battery size.

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Originally Posted by TailsToo View Post

Sorry, no ability to upgrade the RAM, and I wouldn't touch the laptop.

I wish Apple would rethink making things so thin. I don't know of anyone who said that their old 13" MacBook Pro was too heavy. If the cost of thiner is no longer being able to better your computer, then it's not worth doing.

 

Welcome to 2013: Noone gives a shit about upgrading their laptop anymore. The same shrieking was done with non-removable batteries. At the end of the day the overall benefits far outweigh the inability to upgrade for the extremely niche amount of people who would like to do so. It's not like RAM requirements are changing as fast as they once were. 4GB more than enough for most, and 8GB should be fine for a long time if you have heavier uses. I use my 2012 Air for ALL my work (4GB RAM) with CS6, and it handles everything I throw at it.. which is quite a bit.

 

Oh, and speak for yourself. I use a Macbok Air and the old 13" is a complete beast compare to this. So yes, I do think its too heavy, as would most people who get used to the Air or any ultrabook. 

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I've got the rMBP 15" and the display and speed has ruined me for all other computers. It's very thin for what it is but a rMBA would be great for my kids to haul around when they soon go to college.

Yeah, I have the same rMBP 15". I got the maximum configuration so I hope it lasts a long time. My old 2007 15" MBP was still perfect but it could not be upgraded to ML so I decided to buy the new one.

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Originally Posted by mstone View Post
Seems like the new MBP is almost the same form factor as an Air. I wouldn't be surprised if they merge the product lines eventually.

 

I'm already of the belief that they should just drop the second half of each name and simply have a true "MacBook" family.

 

That would also absolve them of any requirement, real or drummed up, for the MacBook Pro models to be arbitrarily "professional" machines.

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Sorry, no ability to upgrade the RAM, and I wouldn't touch the laptop.

I wish Apple would rethink making things so thin. I don't know of anyone who said that their old 13" MacBook Pro was too heavy. If the cost of thiner is no longer being able to better your computer, then it's not worth doing.

 

I'm guessing you've never used a MacBook Air. The 13" cMBP is too heavy and I wouldn't consider it. Even my non-Ultrabook HP Elitebook weighs in at 4lbs with the DVD drive. I didn't consider the MBP until it went Retina.

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Damn.  I was pushing off a MBA purchase until June or so, but this...this might push me over the edge a bit early.

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I'd have bought one instead of the regular 13" MacBook Pro if they include a discrete GPU. My old 2008 MacBook Pro was getting a tad slow.

It's such a shame that Apple went Intel only graphics in a "Pro" machine, almost insulting really considering the price tag.

 

I hear this complaint over and over, but the 13" Pro has never had a discrete GPU and it is consistently Apple's best selling notebook. Evidently not many people are concerned about it. 

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Sorry, no ability to upgrade the RAM, and I wouldn't touch the laptop.

I wish Apple would rethink making things so thin. I don't know of anyone who said that their old 13" MacBook Pro was too heavy. If the cost of thiner is no longer being able to better your computer, then it's not worth doing.
You mean all those clicking tablets and people dancing on the tables turn you on.
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Because we've torn it from the hands of the trolls and spit on it. We tried to hand it back to them, but only a few of them accepted. But we're fine with our own spit, and it keeps the less creative ones away.

True but you're out-trolling the trolls. Jrag and yourself are more than capable of writing something constructive
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Welcome to 2013: Noone gives a shit about upgrading their laptop anymore.

Pretty much everyone I know who buys an iMac or standard MBP goes out and purchases 3rd party RAM straight away, saving themselves hundreds over Apple's RAM upgrade prices.
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4GB more than enough for most, and 8GB should be fine for a long time if you have heavier uses.

I take it that you've never run Xcode and the iPhone simulator at the same time? 1smile.gif Xcode is only getting more resource hungry.
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I take it that you've never run Xcode and the iPhone simulator at the same time? 1smile.gif Xcode is only getting more resource hungry.

Absolutely.

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I'm not sure I understand your comment. I thought all online retailers are now required to charge sales tax in California regardless of where the store is actually located. California sales tax is really complicated because every county and some cities have different rates and they cannot simply be determined by zip codes either.


Actually, I believe all California residents are required to claim their out of sales purchase on their tax forms so sales tax can be collected.  I'm guessing not many people do this, but it is the law.  Interestingly,  many of the same people who laugh at claiming their out of state purchases are the same folks who rail about big businesses not paying THEIR fair share of taxes, but I digress...  ;-)

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Actually, I believe all California residents are required to claim their out of sales purchase on their tax forms so sales tax can be collected.  I'm guessing not many people do this, but it is the law.  Interestingly,  many of the same people who laugh at claiming their out of state purchases are the same folks who rail about big businesses not paying THEIR fair share of taxes, but I digress...  ;-)

You are correct about declaring purchases on tax return.

 

I found this article: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/state&id=8812364

 

Quote from article:

Internet shopping had always been tax free in California, but last year the state legislature passed a bill forcing approximately 200 e-retailers, including Amazon and Overstock, to tax customers. Sales tax rates in California reach 9.75 percent and are among the highest in the country.

 

State Officials estimate the tax will generate $200 million a year, which is sure to fill budget holes. Annually, the Golden State loses about $1 billion in state tax revenue because most Californians don't know they're suppose to pay the equivalent of a sales tax on their state income tax, filling under a use tax.

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Be prepared for the "Apple is Doomed" nonsense.
 

 

 

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Originally Posted by TailsToo View Post

Sorry, no ability to upgrade the RAM, and I wouldn't touch the laptop.

I wish Apple would rethink making things so thin. I don't know of anyone who said that their old 13" MacBook Pro was too heavy. If the cost of thiner is no longer being able to better your computer, then it's not worth doing.

Hm almost everyone I know thinks the macbook pro was too heavy. And it's the trend now for manufacturers to make non upgradable laptops. Let's see how long you can hold off. 

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Man everything is super cheaper in the US. So not fair -.-

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Sorry, no ability to upgrade the RAM, and I wouldn't touch the laptop.

I wish Apple would rethink making things so thin. I don't know of anyone who said that their old 13" MacBook Pro was too heavy. If the cost of thiner is no longer being able to better your computer, then it's not worth doing.

Also acceptable:
"no built in DVD drive..."
"no removable battery..."
"no built in floppy drive..."
"no built in FireWire..."

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I'm already of the belief that they should just drop the second half of each name and simply have a true "MacBook" family.

That would also absolve them of any requirement, real or drummed up, for the MacBook Pro models to be arbitrarily "professional" machines.

Well they could also drop the "I" in iMac and just call it Mac. But they haven't.
I think the "Air" part of the name reminds people of how incredibly thin and light it is. If anything should be called just "MacBook," it's the classic DVD-drive non-Retina Pro models. Those should become MacBook, so the Pro name is reserved for the more expensive Retina display models. Of course, the non-Retina Pros are every bit a Pro machine, even more so since the drives are upgradeable, so I'm kind of torn on that one.

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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
Well they could also drop the "I" in iMac and just call it Mac. But they haven't.
I think the "Air" part of the name reminds people of how incredibly thin and light it is. If anything should be called just "MacBook," it's the classic DVD-drive non-Retina Pro models. Those should become MacBook, so the Pro name is reserved for the more expensive Retina display models. Of course, the non-Retina Pros are every bit a Pro machine, even more so since the drives are upgradeable, so I'm kind of torn on that one.

 

MacBook 11"

MacBook 13" (right now the Air)

MacBook 13" with retina display

MacBook 15"

MacBook 15" with retina display

 

Eventually the 15" would be discontinued, too.

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There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already f*ed.

 

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