Old MacBook Pro Cost More Than Retina MacBook Pro With Same Specs

Old MacBook Pro Cost More Than Retina MacBook Pro With Same Specs

Apple really wants you to buy into their beautiful Retina display future. So much so, that if customers want to buy an old style MacBook Pro with the same specs as the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, they’re going to have to pay an extra $300 to get it. That extra $300 comes with an optical drive, one extra pound of aluminum, and a lower resolution screen, just so the fatty MacBook Pro can keep up with its slimmer sister everyone’s drooling over, but hey, at least you’ll still have an Ethernet port.

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  • SimsDaniel

    If they “really” wanted people to get their hands on it than they would make the price the same as the fat MBP 15″. (Low end Model not this $3K one)

  • Shameer Mulji

    If they “really” wanted people to get their hands on it than they would make the price the same as the fat MBP 15″. (Low end Model not this $3K one)

    In case you haven’t noticed this is a MB Pro (with the emphasis on Pro).  This is a not a machine that sells in high volumes like the mainstream / consumer level MB Air. So the price justifies the market it’s targeting and the performance & components you’re getting.  If all you care about is email, Facebook, document creation, listening to music and managing photos, this is not the computer for you.

  • Tom Ryan

    If they “really” wanted people to get their hands on it than they would make the price the same as the fat MBP 15″. (Low end Model not this $3K one)

    The low end fat MBP 15″ with 2.3GHz Quad-core, 8GB RAM and
    256 SSD costs $2,399, which is $200 more than the retina model with same
    specs.

  • Kyle_Powers

    You could buy the Superdrive and TB-to-Ethernet adapter and still be $200 cheaper. So really, $200 for an extra pound of aluminum and a FireWire port =P

  • Tallest_Skil

    An SSD and the retina’s stick are NOT the same specs, thanks.

  • Jaime Santana Ruelas

    Yeah! I noticed that.
    I really want a Retina display, but I do not really need it. So with that in mind I also this this exercise yesterday..and it puts me in an even greater dilemma, same specs and the one with Retina is less expensive (yeah, I am not saying cheaper) than the old MBP and  not sure if you put there for the Old MBP the upgraded screen (hi res), if not, add up $100 more to the old MBP price.

    So for that difference, you are right, you get the Retina Display, but also you LOOSE the flexibility of:

    1. replacing the battery later on, 
    2. being able to upgrade the RAM
    3. being able to upgrade the SSD (this last one may change though)

    Yeah, you can get Apple Care to cover you for three years if something fails in the first three years, but I know that a lot of people use them for much longer than that, heck! this is not a $100 device.. But if you just want to ugprade your RAM, no possible, replace your battery (because it is degraded, but still working)..I wonder how much APPLE is charging for that.

  • kootenayredneck

    Don’t know why your comparing the two. The differences are huge and the difference of two inches is signifiagant between the 17″ and the 15″ regardless of Retina display. 

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