New MacBook prices for South Africa

Core Group, official distributor of Apple products in South Africa, has announced new recommended retail prices for the recently updated MacBook models, and reduced pricing for some of the notebook PCs in the current Mac range.

This comes after Apple announced a refreshed hardware line-up for its range of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina computers on 9 March 2015.

In addition to a number improvements to the internals, all of the new models will come with Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad which uses the same “taptic” technology found in the Apple Watch.

Core said the confirmed retail partners for the new MacBooks include Apple Premium Resellers (iStore and Digicape), and selected Apple Authorised Retailers and Resellers such as Incredible Connection and DionWired.

It said resellers are responsible for determining their own prices.

New MacBook Pro, MacBook Air

The table below summarises the specifications and recommended retail prices of the new MacBook Pro.

Specifications 13″ MacBook Pro
Screen 13″ Retina (2560×1600) 13″ Retina (2560×1600) 13″ Retina (2560×1600)
Processor 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 2.9GHz Intel Core i5
Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 6100 Intel Iris Graphics 6100 Intel Iris Graphics 6100
RAM 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
Storage 128GB 256GB 512GB
Dimensions 314 x 219 x 18mm 314 x 219 x 18mm 314 x 219 x 18mm
Weight 1.58kg 1.58kg 1.58kg
Price (US) $1,299 $1,499 $1,799
Price (ZA) R18,999 R22,499 R26,999

The specifications and recommended retail prices of the new MacBook Air are summarised in the table below.

Specifications 11″ MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Air
Screen 11.6″ 1366×768 11.6″ 1366×768 13.3″ 1440×900 13.3″ 1440×900
Processor 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 Intel HD Graphics 6000 Intel HD Graphics 6000 Intel HD Graphics 6000
RAM 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3
Storage 128GB 256GB 128GB 256GB
Dimensions 300 x 192 x 17mm 300 x 192 x 17mm 325 x 227 x 17mm 325 x 227 x 17mm
Weight 1.08kg 1.08kg 1.35kg 1.35kg
Price (US) $899 $1,099 $999 $1,199
Price (ZA) R13,599 R16,499 R14,999 R18,499

Previous MacBook Pro, MacBook Air prices

The recommended retail pricing for the existing MacBook range is listed below:

MacBook Air RRP Previous RRP
MacBook Air 11-inch dual-core i5 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB flash R10,899 R12,699
MacBook Air 11-inch dual-core i5 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB flash R13,499 R15,699
MacBook Air 13-inch dual-core i5 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB flash R11,999 R13,999
MacBook Air 13-inch dual-core i5 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB flash R14,899 R17,599
MacBook Pro with Retina RRP Previous RRP
MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina dual-core i5 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB/Iris Graphics R15,799 R17,499
MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina dual-core i5 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB/Iris Graphics R17,999 R20,999
MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina dual-core i5 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB/Iris Graphics R21,999 R24,999

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