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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display gets price cut and specs bump

Luke Johnson


Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

The MacBook Pro with Retina display is coming in for an update with Apple confirming that the leading laptop range is to get new processors alongside a more affordable price tag.

Cutting as much as £200 from its MacBook Pro line, Apple has revealed that the newly revamped Retina display toting models, which are available today, will land alongside a refreshed MacBook Air, with the ultra-thin laptop also on the receiving end of a welcome price drop.

Kicking things off with the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple has confirmed that the base model is to make the jump from a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor to a new, faster, 2.6GHz option. What’s more, making the premium laptop more appealing and accessible to many, the Cupertino-based company has confirmed the device, which hosts 128GB of flash storage, will now set wannabe owners back £1,249, down an impressive £200 on its previous £1,449 price tag.

Following suit with its lower specced sibling, the 256GB storage hosting 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has also made the jump to the new 2.6GHz CPU with a similar £200 price cut seeing the device now sporting a still somewhat hefty £1,449 pricing.

Although Apple has given the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display a similar specs improvement, with the base and top-of-the-line models jumping from a 2.3GHz to a 2.4GHz and from a 2.6GHz to a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors respectively, neither appears destined for a much needed price cut.

Landing alongside the newly finished MacBook Pro with Retina Display lines, Apple has announced that the existing 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of flash storage, although not coming in for a specs overhaul, will not be ever so slightly friendlier on the wallet, dropping £50 to £1,199.

Do you latest revisions and price adjustments to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display lines have you chomping at the bit to snap up an Apple branded laptop or are the prices still too high? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Gavin Martin

February 13, 2013, 3:56 pm

Looks like the 15 incher has also had the RAM doubled to 16GB as standard. With the bump to 2.7GHz that's a good few hundred pounds of upgrades (as the previous spec went). Still, tis a shame they can't drop the price of the lower spec models. And they've shaved a bit of the SSD upgrade prices. Glad I chose to build a new gaming PC instead of buying one of these last week with the older specs! Anyone who bought in the last few weeks is probably absolutely fuming - Apple's secrecy isn't so good for consumers.

Still, Haswell is just around the corner....will be interesting to see what they do with that, and see if any Windows laptops can come close to the build quality by then.


February 15, 2013, 3:19 pm

Things like the Samsung series 9 are just as good in terms of build if not better, but it is true that windows OEM's need to really catch up.

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