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 9:34:11 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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