Apple Announces New, Cheaper MacBook Pros; OS X Mavericks is Free to Download
October 22, 2013 1:36 PM
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Apple refreshes its MacBook Pro range
Apple announced that it is revamping its MacBook Pro lineup. The new 13” MacBook Pro is now thinner, and lighter, and of course is powered by fourth generation Intel Core (Haswell) processors. It also gets up to 9 hours battery life. Like the MacBook Air ultraportables that were updated earlier this year, the new 13” MacBook Pro gets 802.11ac, PCIe SSDs and Thunderbolt 2.
Apple is also dropping the price of entry for the 13” MacBook Pro from $1,499 to $1,299. That base configuration will get you a 2.4GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel Iris integrated graphics, and a 128GB SSD.
The 15” MacBook Pro also features fourth generation Intel Core processors along with the hardware updates seen on its smaller brother. The 15” MacBook Pro is also available with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics card.
The base price has also dropped from $2,199 to $1,999. The base configuration comes with a 2GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, Iris Pro graphics, and a 256GB SSD.
Apple’s Phil Schiller also announced that the all-new Mac Pro will ship this December with a price tag of $2,999. That configuration will get you a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor, 12GB of RAM, dual FirePro D300 GPUs and a 256GB SSD.
On a related note, Apple has announced that OS X 10.9, Mavericks, will be a free download for all Mac hardware that supports the operating system.
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RE: Only 4GB of RAM
10/22/2013 5:08:08 PM
Is it fair to call it 'downgraded' when the OS compresses RAM? Also, the 8GB option is still $100 cheaper than last year's base price of $1,499, isn't it?
I mean, the new iPads have smaller batteries compared to last year too, but still claim the same 10 hour battery life due to improvements in the OS and SoC; is that a downgrade?
They claim 50% compression, I believe, so that a 4GB system acts like a 6GB system. Assuming that is true, which would you rather have, 6GB and shave $200, or 12GB for $200?
I can see the value in offering that choice so people can make that decision.
RE: Only 4GB of RAM
10/22/2013 6:03:58 PM
I think aliasfox's point was that to get the same spec'ed RAM you need to cut the $200 discount in half and if you get a non-customized model you have to spend the same price.
As far as I can understand from the ArsTechnica review, compressed RAM is great if you are working on several apps at a time and only one in the foreground but if you are working on large photo or video editing work, RAM is RAM. If you needed 8GB before, you'll need 8GB now.
If you only need 4GB then you'll get $200 off, but if you need 8GB then you get $100 off. Am I happy with $100 off? Of course? Yet claiming $200 off when you really only get $100 off is not being honest.
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