Price Cuts, Speed-Bumps, For Retina MacBook Pro And 13″ MacBook Air

On Wednesday Apple made its MacBook Pro with Retina display both faster and more affordable with processor speed bumps and lower starting prices. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of flash, and $1,699 for the higher-end model with a Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz processor and a 256GB SSD. The base 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now features a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor, while Apple’s top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook comes with a new 2.7 GHz Core i quad-core processor and standard 16GB of (non-upgradable) RAM. Apple also reduced the price of the 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB SSD to $1,399.

Apple emphasizes that the MacBook Pro with Retina display features the world’s highest resolution notebook display, but still offers no touchscreen notebook models. Intel Intel will make touchscreen support a mandatory Windows PC Ultrabook spec. requirement with release of its next-generation “Haswell” CPU powered models later this year, and touchscreen Ultrabooks are already available. Apple’s MacBooks are expected to get Haswell processors as well later this year.

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