At retailers, Apple's 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro has found a happy medium between a fire sale and Apple's official pricing.
That price gets you a 256GB solid-state drive -- a step up from the $1,499 model that Apple offers with a 128GB drive.
And that 128GB model is even cheaper at MacConnection, which now appears to have settled on a less drastic discount of $1,399 after practically fire-selling it .
Why all the discounting? Despite boasting an LED-backlit IPS display with stunning 2,560x1,600 resolution, the 13.3-inch MBP hasn't been selling very well.
That was affirmed by Apple when itin February after widespread discounting from retailers.
And there have been reports from Asia that component suppliers for the Retina MBP have not seen a significant increase in orders, forcing Apple to sit on unsold inventory.
But that's not stopping Windows 8 PC vendors from pricing high-resolution laptops in the stratosphere. On Wednesday, Toshiba announced the Retina-like Kirabook that it apparently intends to sell for between $1,599 and $1,999.
"The high-res screen looked amazing when playing native resolution video content -- as it would on a Retina MacBook Pro or Google Pixel Chromebook," CNET Reviews said.
Is it amazing enough to wow buyers at those prices? Apple's experience might give Toshiba some clues.
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