I was pleased that Apple’s Phil Schiller affirmed that the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro won’t replace the traditional 13-inch MacBook Pro, at least yet.
There’s good reason why Apple chose not to discontinue the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Schiller acknowledged on Tuesday that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is not only Apple’s beat selling laptop model, but the best selling Mac system overall. The reason for that? In a word ‘value’. I’ve long contended that the 13-inch Pro is the best value for the money that Apple has ever offered in a laptop computer, and it appears that many agree with that assessment.
The $500 price differential should objectify the decision of which 13-inch Pro to buy considerably for most customers. It also should be noted that you’ll need a separate optical drive and a bunch of cable adapters — all priced significantly extra, if you want/need to match the old MacBook Pro’s DVD-access and connectivity with the new machine, so the price spread is actually greater in practical terms for most of us.