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Apple updates MacBook Pro with more power, less cents

By Leigh D. Stark | 10:12 am 14/02/2013

The prices of laptops are falling, and for Apple this week, they’re falling even more sharply, with the high-end range of MacBook Pro machines with Retina screens receiving a price cut across the globe.

Apple’s higher-end range of its high-end laptop are now a little bit cheaper – and a little more tempting for some – as the company looks to try and move people away from machines with optical drives and closer to ones with solid-state storage and high end displays.

In a move that seems to have happened in international markets as well as our own, the 13 inch MacBook Pro with Retina has shed a couple of hundred dollars, dropping from its original recommended retail price of $1899 down to $1649 for a 2.5Ghz Core i5 with 128GB storage, while a slightly faster model with 256GB storage drops from $2199 to $1849.

The 15 inch MacBook Pro Retina is also receiving an update, though not in its price, with the laptop still starting at $2499 – although now with a faster chip – and the top of the line model boasting 512GB storage, 16GB RAM, and a 2.7GHz quad-core i7 processor for $3199.

The new MacBook Pro with a 15-inch Retina display.

Apple has also dropped the price slightly on the top-end MacBook Air, with the 13 inch 1.8GHz Core i5 laptop with 4GB RAM, and 256GB storage for $1549.

The updated laptops – and their respective pricing – are available in store and online from Apple now.

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