13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and Air prices cut, specs beefed

Apple's chopped £200 off the price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Apple has knocked £200 off the price of its super-skinny 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, while also lowering the price of the 13-inch MacBook Air and introducing some beefier components.

The 13-inch Pro with Retina display now starts at £1,249 -- a significant reduction from £1,449, which was its wholly unpalatable original price. That gets you 128GB of flash storage a 2.5GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, plus 8GB of RAM.

The eye-bleeding retina display Macs have been given new processors in places, too. A brand new skew of the 13-inch model sees a 2.6GHz chip thrown into the mix, with a starting price of £1,449.

The basic 15-inch retina MacBook Pro meanwhile gets a 2.4GHz quad-core processor, while the top-of-the-line 15-inch laptop now boasts a 2.7GHz quad-core chip, and a hearty 16GB of RAM. Those heavy-lifting machines start at £1,799 and £2,299 respectively.

Budget Air-line

Apple's also tweaked the price of its priciest MacBook Air model. The 13-inch Air with 256GB of flash storage now costs £1,199, down £50 from £1,249.

Apple's retina-display MacBook Pro computers offer amazingly high-resolution displays and a gorgeous slender design, but cost an astonishing amount. Tim Cook said yesterday that when the company tried to make a cheaper Mac, it ended up making the iPad . That's great, Tim, but how about an actual cheaper Mac, eh?

Will you buy a 13-inch retina MacBook Pro at the cheaper price? Or is it still way too costly to consider? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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