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Killer deal: 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display falls to $1299

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Portable Mac prices continue their downward trend, as one authorized reseller has dropped the price on Apple's entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to just $1,299, a savings of $200.

The steep price cut was initiated by MacConnection, which is currently offering the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 128-gigabyte solid-state drive for under $1,300 ? the lowest price seen yet on Apple's high-resolution notebook. The same machine, which sports a 2.5-gigahertz Intel Core i5 processor, sells for $1,499 new when purchased direct from Apple.

Retina MacBook Pro


Inventory of the thin-but-powerful professional-grade machine is available, with MacConnection advertising that new orders will ship today.

Continued price cuts from third-party resellers come after Apple itself was prompted to slash the suggested retail price of its high-end notebooks when new models were launched in February. At Thursday's sale price, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is considerably cheaper than when the notebook first went on sale for $1699 just last October.

In fact, Thursday's discount represents a $400 drop from the notebook's original price from just six months ago. But prices still haven't reached the level of Apple's legacy 13-inch MacBook Pro, which includes an integrated disc drive and thicker frame while lacking a high-resolution Retina display. The 2.5-gigahertz legacy MacBook Pro is available direct from Apple for $1,199, while the lowest reseller price is offered by B&H for $1,075.

Increasingly aggressive discounts on Apple's MacBooks come after the company failed to outgrow the overall PC market for the first time in years during its holiday quarter. Apple's 4.1 million Macs sold in the December frame was down from 5.2 million in the same period a year prior.

Apple's executives attributed shrinking sales to severe constraints of the new all-in-one iMac that debuted in December. The company began to catch up with demand earlier this year, and domestic sales data tracked by independent firm the NPD Group has shown that overall Mac sales have rebounded accordingly.

Still, the steep curve on which Retina MacBook Pro sales have dropped suggests that consumers may not have embraced the premium pricing with which Apple originally began to sell the notebooks. Even before Apple slashed the official prices by $200, resellers were offering their own discounts in an apparent effort to spur sales.

The full range of discounts offered by Apple's authorized resellers on MacBook Pros can be seen in AppleInsider's Mac Price Guide, a snippet of which is included below.
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One has to be very retarded to buy the regular MBP. They will for sure be discontinued this year.

 

However, i would love a 17" 2011 and an iPad mini. Where to find one?

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BS!
They are just clearing out the crap screen models. Apple will update the MBP w/ retina displays shortly with , pray, better screens.
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I wonder how much AI gets for constantly plugging these "Amazing, never seen before offers!!!". Really getting annoying.

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One has to be very retarded to buy the regular MBP. They will for sure be discontinued this year.

 

However, i would love a 17" 2011 and an iPad mini. Where to find one?

Not everyone feels that they need the retina display, any MacBook is a costly investment and many can simply not afford the price tag of the current Retina MacBooks. Over time their pricing will come down and they will become the regular MacBook, but I would not look down on anyone for buying the non retina model at the moment.

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Not everyone feels that they need the retina display, any MacBook is a costly investment and many can simply not afford the price tag of the current Retina MacBooks. Over time their pricing will come down and they will become the regular MacBook, but I would not look down on anyone for buying the non retina model at the moment.

So you would be willing to pay full price for a machine that will not be in production anymore?

 

You lose a lot on the regular MBP. (screen, design, overall quality, speed, SSD)

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Apple better reduce prices in order to increase demand and sales.

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Apple better reduce prices in order to increase demand and sales.

What? They are cleaning things and upping production so they can stop selling the regular models.

 

They are the only ones left with a healthy PC business. In fact it's better than all others combined. Stop the BS and go read a book.

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Originally Posted by peter236 View Post
Apple better reduce prices in order to increase demand and sales.

 

Absolute nonsense. But what should I expect from someone who does nothing but lie?

 

Originally Posted by MJ Web View Post
And as retailers slash Apple's mainstays Wall Street discounts AAPL's value. Exploring a change at the top is long past due. Tim Cook hasn't cut it!

 

Shut up.

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And as retailers slash Apple's mainstays Wall Street discounts AAPL's value. Exploring a change at the top is long past due. Tim Cook hasn't cut it!
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So you would be willing to pay full price for a machine that will not be in production anymore?

 

You lose a lot on the regular MBP. (screen, design, overall quality, speed, SSD)

 

As a 15 inch retina user, I am more than happy with my MacBook. However, I have friends with the regular MacBook pros. I wouldn't say there is any difference except the display and SSD. The quality of both are top of the line. But many people prefer the CD drive. I haven't missed mine much but still do time to time. 

I think it will be 2 more cycles or so before the retinas take over. 

 

"So you would be willing to pay pull price for a machine that will not be in production anymore"

 

Does that effect the product? Why does it matter? You still got the laptop you paid for?  There's a big difference between 1600 and 2200.  I got my retina with education pricing so I saved about 300-400 on a 2.6 16gb 256. But I was about to start my jr year in engineering, the extra speed is great for heavy calculations necessary for my 3D modeling. However, I can't imagine as a student in liberal arts  needing that kind of speed. A flow simulation takes my MacBook retina several minutes to run even on medium accuracy (more than usually necessary). But to do image editing, typing, why pay the 600 dollar premium on something that will never be used? Basically, a truck with 500hp that is used to drive around town. 

Its a smart decision for someone in college to buy a laptop according to their needs. (Maybe sometimes wants, but usually if you are in college, it's needs that matter)

Plus my liberal arts friends really need the CD drive. So the retina just isn't suited for them. (Don't even say buy an external cd drive, that defeats the purpose of a laptop: portable)

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Sorry, but this is bad news.

I think that i will reduce some of my aapl stock.
Perhaps 20%
I still believe in Apple but I'm getting more and more nervous ...

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Originally Posted by Teamracer View Post
Sorry, but this is bad news.

I think that i will reduce some of my aapl stock.
Perhaps 20%
I still believe in Apple but I'm getting more and more nervous ...

 

It's called a discount at the end of a product cycle. This happens at EVERY PRODUCT CYCLE. You want to waste your money and sell now, be Apple's guest. They don't care about people who don't know what they're doing.

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Does that effect the product? Why does it matter?

Of course it does.

 

What if something goes wrong and you need new parts?

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Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post

Of course it does.

 

What if something goes wrong and you need new parts?

Just because a product is "discontinued" does not mean the parts are out of production. Most companies that care about their customers will continue to offer support for the life of the product. I am pretty sure Apple does this, otherwise, I will be switching back to PC in 7 years. 

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... and WSJ runs this article from AI but with its own header:
 

Apple Killer: 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display fails

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Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

... and WSJ runs this article from AI but with its own header:
 

Apple Killer: 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display fails

LOL, it wouldn't surprise me.

 

This price is tempting, but I'm still holding out for the hopefully soon to be released Haswell-based 13" rMBP. C'mon baby!

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Originally Posted by extremeskater View Post
The 13" MBP retina display is mid cycle not at the end of its cycle.

 

Still, Haswell chips will be out in a little over three months.

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Just a note, MacConnection will tax most buyers.  Some of the other vendors do not.  

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Still, Haswell chips will be out in a little over three months.

This should be a nice boost to battery life. I'd like to see some kind of stand alone GPU in the 13inch (not that I will ever buy one, I like the 15) but I think for a high end laptop, we should see some low end Nvidia in it, even if it was sharing the system memory still.

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Still, Haswell chips will be out in a little over three months.

yes because Apple always does a product upgrade as soon as a new chip is out.
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This "article" is misleading/moronic. Why are prices being compared to the original launch price and not the newly reduced Apple price of $1499? Why is the old price still showing up in the price guide, which is included in the story?
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The 2.5 GHz Core i5 128GB MBP with Retina Display is selling for $1499 at Apple. Please see: http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs-retina/

The headline says it's a $400 savings from $1699. This is false. Please correct and update your post.
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Am I missing something? For me too it seems like $1499, not 1699, on Apple's website?
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Originally Posted by Just_Me View Post
yes because Apple always does a product upgrade as soon as a new chip is out.

 

The last time they didn't was the last iMac. Before that, they did it within a month of launch with just about every product.

 

The first two models of Mac Pro had processors months in advance.

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Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post

So you would be willing to pay full price for a machine that will not be in production anymore?

You lose a lot on the regular MBP. (screen, design, overall quality, speed, SSD)

I don't know, you get a bigger HDD & an optical drive. The machines are hardly slow. SSD is still expensive, especially at Apples rates
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

 

The last time they didn't was the last iMac. Before that, they did it within half a year of launch with just about every product.

 

Fixed for you.

 

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iMac Nov 2012

Delta 7 months

 

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iMac May 2011

Delta 5 months

 

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iMac July 2010

Delta 7 months

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I don't know, you get a bigger HDD & an optical drive. The machines are hardly slow. SSD is still expensive, especially at Apples rates

 

You dont need apple SSD.  You can upgrade yourself easily. MBA are trickier but can be done

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Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post

One has to be very retarded to buy the regular MBP. They will for sure be discontinued this year.

 

 

Except of course people who want an internal optical drive; or standard form factor, user replaceable main storage; or upgradeable RAM.

 

Best be careful about who you call "retarded", lest your face show up in the picture frame.

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Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post

What? They are cleaning things and upping production so they can stop selling the regular models.

 

They are the only ones left with a healthy PC business. In fact it's better than all others combined. Stop the BS and go read a book.


Apple iPhone is becoming the Macbook which has a shrinking market share. Apple has already reduced prices across all the iMac and MacBook, but still need to reduce it further.

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Originally Posted by peter236 View Post
Apple iPhone is becoming the Macbook which has a shrinking market share.

 

Except it's growing.


…still need to reduce it further.

 

They "need" to do absolutely nothing. Stop.

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Portable Mac prices continue their downward trend, as one authorized reseller has dropped the price on Apple's entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to just $1,299, a savings of $400.

That looks like a pretty good price - until you realize that it's about the same price as the vastly less capable Chromebook or fully equipped WIndows Surface Pro. Then it's a GREAT price.
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That looks like a pretty good price - until you realize that it's about the same price as the vastly less capable Chromebook or fully equipped WIndows Surface Pro. Then it's a GREAT price.

 

LOL. Trying to compare different products is a failure.  1TB of free online storage with Pixel chromebook compared to 50 GB at $100 for icloud ($2000 for 1TB).  Pixel Chromebook is a great price.

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Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post

So you would be willing to pay full price for a machine that will not be in production anymore?

 

You lose a lot on the regular MBP. (screen, design, overall quality, speed, SSD)

What about design? They're almost identical.

Overall Quality - they're both of equal quality.

Speed - Retina is slower at many graphics tasks

SSD - you can get an SSD in a regular MBP.

 

Me, I'd buy the Retina, but other people have different needs.

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What about design? They're almost identical.

Overall Quality - they're both of equal quality.

Speed - Retina is slower at many graphics tasks

SSD - you can get an SSD in a regular MBP.

 

Me, I'd buy the Retina, but other people have different needs.

I really liked the scaled res of 1680 x 1050 on the 13" rMBP when I looked at them at the Apple Store. This is a big selling point for me vs the 1280 x 800 res on the standard MBP. The other nice part is nearly a pound less weight. Just have to be a bit more patient for the Haswell upgrade for better graphics performance.

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Originally Posted by Gustav View Post

What about design? They're almost identical.

Overall Quality - they're both of equal quality.

Speed - Retina is slower at many graphics tasks

SSD - you can get an SSD in a regular MBP.

 

Me, I'd buy the Retina, but other people have different needs.

rMBP are also thinner, lighter but uses more glue compared to ogMBP

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Originally Posted by NeilM View Post

 

Except of course people who want an internal optical drive; or standard form factor, user replaceable main storage; or upgradeable RAM.

 

Best be careful about who you call "retarded", lest your face show up in the picture frame.


You are EXACTLY right.    I WON'T buy a $2300-$2800 15" Retina Laptop that will require me to replace a $1500 logic board if $30 memory fails in a year or two.   Apple should provide 3YR warranty standard on these and offer 5YR Applecare if they are going to make all their stuff proprietary like this.  It like the Apple of old.

 

 

A word of wisdom to Apple.    Just because something is "thinner" doesn't make it better.   How hard would it be to make the Retina MBP with minimally servicable memory and a standard SSDs.   Make the laptop 1/8 thicker?  Or is the problem that no one will order the systems with a $200-$400 upgrade and have you put in $70 of RAM.   Good grief!!

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Originally Posted by Macboy Pro View Post
A word of wisdom to Apple.

 

I'm sure they care¡


Just because something is "thinner" doesn't make it better.   How hard would it be to make the Retina MBP with minimally servicable memory and a standard SSDs.

 

Replaceable RAM is more prone to failure than soldered, and the latter can be much faster than the former. Same goes for SSD components.


Good grief!

 

Size (and by extension, weight and portability) is but one argument for the creation of the retina MacBook Pro. System-on-a-board is the future.

 

やれやれ, indeed. 

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Shameless lie by Apple Insider to get people to buy this, "The same machine, which sports a 2.5-gigahertz Intel Core i5 processor, sells for $1,699 new when purchased direct from Apple."

This is not true, as of February 13 the entry level Macbook Pro with Retina Display was reduced to $1,499 at Apple.com and $1,399 at the Apple Educational Store. You are saving $100-$200, not $400 like this article claims.

Link: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro
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Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post

One has to be very retarded to buy the regular MBP.

 

I just bought one and am not retarded. The main factor was that it was $1000+ less, which makes a difference if you're not making a ton or spending your parents' money. But the other reasons I like it are the built-in optical drive (I still use it sometimes), the Firewire port, and the ethernet port. But sure, if I had the extra grand or so it would have cost, I would have sprung for the retina.

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