The 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro has plunged to $1,299 at one retailer, a whopping $400 off its original price.
The model debuted at $1,699 in October. But it didn't take long for Apple toin February after widespread discounting from retailers such as Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, and MacMall.
Today we have new low, courtesy of MacConnection: $1,299.
It's obvious now that the original pricing on the Retina MBP was a miscalculation by Apple. And the additional $200 discount at MacConnection may indicate that $1,499 may still be too high.
What gives? While the higher-cost 13.3-inch Retina display is stunning, there isn't much more about the model that's mind blowing enough to warrant such a high price.
For instance, it's not particularly lightweight at about 3.6 pounds. And while its mainstream Core i5 processor is faster than the MacBook Air's power-efficient variety, the silicon doesn't scream like the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro (which combines a quad-core Core i7 with Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics). At 128GB, the 13.3 MBP's solid-state drive storage is average too.
Then there's the matter of Google's Chromebook Pixel, which bests the MBP in a few key areas: it has higher pixel density (239 pixels per inch versus the MBP's 227), has a touch screen, and can be configured with internal 4G.
And the base Pixel model is priced at $1,299.
But that doesn't mean the Pixel is jumping off the shelf either. The 64GB model with 4G/LTE is priced at $1,449, only a little less than the base 128GB 13 Retina MBP as sold by Apple.
[Via AppleInsider ]