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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10/24/2013 8:24:52 PM
The FirePro W7000 you quoted at $650 is a 4GB part. The Trashcan comes with 2x 2GB D300's. The chip seems to be the same with 1280 stream processors, but the memory is halved. At an estimate of $550 each retail (between 2GB 5000 and 4GB 7000), that's $1200 for GPUs. That's a lot, but less than half the price of the system.
The major complaint is that the system costs that much and the accessories you'll likely buy for it are going to cost FAR more than what you would be buying for a workstation at HP or Dell. Like I said $1k for 27" a monitor, which is outrageous, and the fact you cannot expand the internal storage means you have to buy Thunderbolt drives, which, if you check Apple's site, are quite expensive per GB.
The HP Z230 for $2600 comes with a 4-core Haswell Xeon, 16GB ECC memory, NVIDIA Quadro K2000, 256GB SSD, and a 1TB 10,000 RPM SATA drive. It's got space to work out of the box, and it's internally expandable, so you're not relying on expensive Thunderbolt drives for storage. If you choose to go for a 27" IPS monitor, HP's is $700, but you certainly have other smaller and/or lower-priced screen options which Apple does not sell anymore. True, you're only getting 1 GPU instead of 2, which seems to be a unique feature of Apple. You get an extra 4GB of mem with the HP. But the point is, buying all Apple, you're not going to have a workable machine for less than $4500. HP you can squeeze in for under $3000 if you go for a smaller monitor, or $3300 for the luxury choice.
10/24/2013 8:25:30 PM
Typo. $550 x 2 = $1100
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