Apple launched its “next generation MacBook Pro” and refreshed its existing line of MacBooks on Monday (11 June 2012) at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event in San Francisco.
A 2012 MacBook in its default configuration would cost more-or-less the same in the US as its predecessor did, Apple announced. Only the 13-inch MacBook Air got a different price – a $100 cut from $1,299 to $1,199.
The MacBook Pro with Retina display was set to cost as much as a high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro in its default configuration.
In South Africa, however, both the entry-level 11-inch MacBook Air and 15-inch MacBook Pro will be more expensive than before, according to DigiCape.
The 13-inch MacBook Air did get a bit of a price cut and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is set to cost as much as the higher-end 15-inch MacBook Pro from the previous generation.
|Product||Old starting price||New starting price|
|MacBook Air 11-inch||R9,999||R10,499|
|MacBook Air 13-inch||R13,699||R12,999|
|MacBook Pro 13-inch||R12,999||R12,999|
|MacBook Pro 15-inch||R18,999||R19,999|
This change in local pricing will likely be attributed to the weakened Rand.
As shown in the graph above, the Rand-Dollar exchange rate took a dive in September 2011, strengthened briefly from mid-January, and then dropped again in May 2012.
Core Group, official distributors of Apple products in South Africa, was contacted for comment but didn’t immediately respond.