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 to cut the price to $1,499 in 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 ]