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|
|Dimensions||314 x 219 x 18mm||314 x 219 x 18mm||314 x 219 x 18mm|
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|
|Dimensions||300 x 192 x 17mm||300 x 192 x 17mm||325 x 227 x 17mm||325 x 227 x 17mm|
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|