Apple Updates MacBook Pro/Air Line with Price Cuts, Specs Boost
February 13, 2013 12:21 PM
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All price changes and spec updates are available now
Apple is looking to
lure customers to its MacBook line
by reducing prices and increasing specs on some of its higher-end models.
Apple announced today that it is cutting prices on its MacBook Pros with Retina display and even a MacBook Air model.
13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
and 128GB of flash will now start at $1,499 (previously $1,699) while the model with 256GB of flash and a 2.6 GHz processor will start at $1,699 (previously $1,999).
The 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of flash also saw a price drop to $1,399.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display didn't see a price cut this round, but it did get a bump in specs. This model now offers a 2.4 GHz quad-core processor (previously 2.3 GHz) while the top-of-the-line version has a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor (previously 2.6 GHz) and 16GB of memory. The price remains the same at $2,799.
Apple is likely reducing prices ahead of a refreshed line of MacBook devices. All price changes and spec updates are available now.
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2/18/2013 9:16:54 PM
Level headed Apple supporter reporting in. I think valid points were made about premium tax concerning Apple. I am excited to see competition on the retina and ultra book front from PC manufacturers. My one gripe with the current state of PC is software, however. What takes my experience from Ford Focus to Bugatti is not the aluminum, but the Unix. I think OS X is the best OS out there. If I could buy a thinkpad and run an optimized object-oriented unix/entry-level GUI then I probably would not pay Apple tax. I can't, however. This is why I return to Apples laptops.
Cygwin won't do, linux is a fulltime job (ideally for sysadmins), and Apple repeatedly sets the standard. I don't mind the tax.
PS. I have ran HPC linux clusters (running GAMESS and NAMD/CUDA) and have published >10 papers on mathematical modeling. The work was done on windows, mac, and linux workstations, but, by far, Mac OS X ran circles around all the other machines as far as Terminal/SSH/X11 integration and MS Office/Photoshop/Mathematica integration.
I guess my point is that the argument that Apple users don't know anything is not valid. Its insulting, especially for someone who has spent time on all platforms and started on a cheap DOS machine...
2/18/2013 9:34:11 PM
To elaborate for those that want more performance out of their Apple's and for anyone wondering why someone with the tech know-how would ever buy into the apple ecosystem.
I use my laptop with 16 GB or RAM to simply control a linux machine running dual xeons with 36 GB or RAM. I need lots of RAM for the analysis. Controlling a linux server from a Mac is cake. It's BSD with all the perks including the ports tree for those that are familiar with BSD distros.
Check out MacPorts or Fink or HomeBrew. I use Homebrew.
Apple provides its own X11.app for [ssh -X] Xorg tunneling. I run crazy number crunching on the CPU/GPU of the linux box, effectively maxing it out 24/7 with different simulations or what have you.
I saved tons building the workstation linux machine. It runs software RAID5, sports mostly free software, and cost around 2k USD.
On my macbook pro I run terminal.app, i ssh -X into my server. i can run whatever in bash or i can go into X11. I can access it from my train, I can access it from home, wherever. I don't have to mess with putty, or DOS. I set it up just as i would any other *nix box. Put my id_rsa.pub's [generated natively on OS X] into the linux servers .ssh files. I set up ~/.ssh/config like i would on any other linux machine. I run high performance shit side by side with photoshop and excel /matlab/mathematica for figures.
It fulfills the slogan: it just works. No cygwin, no 10 pound laptop, no putty/pscp or whatever, no VMWares, no wine.
i do play starcraft2...but i keep it on low settings. I always take out the DVDROM from my apple laptops and max out the RAM. In place of the DVDROM i put an OCZ SSD.
Thats my setup! Hope it sheds some light for those who don't take part in the apple world
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