SeekingAlpha’s Ashraf Eassa says that with Apple having announced a mild refresh and price cuts on some of its Retina display and Air MacBook models, reducing the price of the 13″ Retina MacBook Pro from $1699 to $1499, and dropping the price of the 13″ MacBook Air from $1499 to $1399. Notably, the non-Retina 13″ MacBook Pro was passed over for any changes, causing Eassa to wonder if this represented the death knell for the 13″ MacBook Pro.
He notes that the MacBook Pros are targeted as higher end, fully-featured general purpose notebook, the MacBook Air as a state of the art, ultra-thin notebook that is also a fully-featured general purpose notebook. The Pro comes in 13″ and 15″ versions while the Air comes in 11″ and 13″ sizes, meaning there’s overlap between the 13″ Air and the two 13″ Pro models.
And while the 11″ Air fills the niche for solid performance in an extremely portable form factor, and the 15″ MacBooks can be configured with a lot of storage, come with a quad core Intel Core i7, Nvidia discrete graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 768GB of flash storage, but the 13″ MacBook Air and 13″ MacBook Pro overlap is probably too much redundancy.
[Editor's note: I expect that both the 13-inch and 15-inch non-Retina MacBook Pros will be discontinued when the rest of Apple's notebook lineup gets Intel Haswell processors later this year. CM]
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