Apple drops prices, boots speeds on Retina MacBook Pros

Apple dropped prices on 13″ Retina MacBook Pros today along with offering faster Intel Core processors on some 13″ and 15″ configurations. Apple also dropped pricing on the high-end 13″ 256GB MacBook Air by $100:

– 13″ 256GB MacBook Air: $1399 $100 price drop
– 13″ 256GB MacBook Air (Apple refurbished): $1189 was $1249

– 13″ 2.5GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1499 $200 price drop

New configurations:
– 13″ 2.6GHz/256GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1699 $300 less than previous model
– 15″ 2.4GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $2199
– 15″ 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $2799

We’ll be updating and adjusting our MacBook Price Trackers with the latest information as it becomes available from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers:

15″ MacBook Pros
13″ MacBook Pros
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Apple Introduces iPad mini And Fourth Generation New iPad with Retina Display, Faster A6X Chip, FaceTime HD Camera & Ultrafast Wireless

SAN JOSE, California October 23, 2012 – Apple today introduced iPad mini, a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. The new iPad mini features a 7.9-inch (non- Retina) Multi-Touch display with the same resolution and aspect ratio as the iPad 2, FaceTime HD and iSight (5MP) cameras, ultrafast LTE wireless performance and a claimed 10 hours of battery life – every inch an iPad, yet in a revolutionary design you can hold in one hand.

Apple today also announced the fourth generation iPad featuring a 9.7-inch Retina display, a new Apple-designed A6X System-on-Chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast LTE wireless performance. Both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad come with Apple’s iOS 6 mobile operating system.

“iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.

iPad mini comes in a new aluminum and glass design that is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs only 0.68 pounds. The 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display delivers the same iPad experience users have come to expect, in a design that has 35 percent more screen real estate than 7-inch tablets and up to an astonishing 67 percent more usable viewing area when browsing the web. The dual-core A5 chip delivers responsive graphics and a fast, fluid Multi-Touch experience, while still providing all-day battery life.

iPad mini features a front-facing FaceTime HD camera and a 5 megapixel iSight camera on the back with advanced optics for taking sharp still pictures and recording full 1080p HD video. The iSight camera includes video image stabilization and both cameras feature backside illumination to let users capture great pictures in low light. iPad mini also allows easy sharing of photos with friends and family using iCloud s Shared Photo Streams.

iPad mini features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for speeds up to 150 Mbps, which is twice the Wi-Fi performance compared to previous iPad models. iPad mini is available in Wi-Fi + Cellular models which are world-ready with built-in support for ultrafast wireless standards, including LTE and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content fast from wherever you are. iPad mini data plans will be available with no contract so you can simply sign up and activate service directly from your iPad. The Personal Hotspot feature means you can share a fast cellular data connection via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB with up to five other devices such as MacBook Pro, iPod touch or another iPad.

The new fourth generation iPad features the 9.7-inch Retina display and includes a new Apple-designed A6X chip that Apple claims delivers up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip used in the 3rd generation New iPad, all while delivering a claimed 10 hours of battery life in the same thin and light iPad design. Other new features include a FaceTime HD camera, twice the Wi-Fi performance when compared to previous iPad models and support for additional LTE carriers worldwide.v

iPad mini and fourth generation iPad both feature support for Apple’s new Lightning dock connector that is smaller, And Apple claims also smarter and more durable than the familiar 30-pin idevice connector. Lightning connector accessories are available to support cameras, SD cards and VGA or HDMI digital video.w Existing iPad Smart Covers and the iPad Smart Case are compatible with fourth generation iPad, and new polyurethane Smart Covers custom-designed for iPad mini are available in pink, green, blue, light gray, dark gray and (PRODUCT) RED for $39.

iPad runs over 700,000 apps available on the App Store, including more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad, from a wide range of categories including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. iPad also supports the more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand and the more than 1.5 million books available on the iBookstore. The iTunes Store puts the world s most popular online music, TV and movie store at your fingertips with a catalog of over 26 million songs, over 190,000 TV episodes and over 45,000 films. The new iBooks app for iPad lets users read ebooks in over 40 languages. iBooks also lets users experience an entirely new kind of ebook that s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. Ebooks created with Apple s new iBooks Author offer gorgeous, fullscreen ebooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, custom fonts, mathematical expressions and much more.

Pricing & Availability

iPad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available in black & slate or white & silver on Friday, November 2, for a suggested retail price of $329 (US) for the 16GB model, $429 (US) for the 32GB model and $529 (US) for the 64GB model. The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi models will also be available on Friday, November 2, in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular and fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular will start shipping a couple of weeks after the Wi-Fi models, beginning in the US on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be offered for a suggested retail price of $459 (US) for the 16GB model, $559 (US) for the 32GB model and $659 (US) for the 64GB model. Fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon will be offered for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. Additionally, iPad 2 is available at $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model where they are sold now.

Customers can begin pre-ordering all models of iPad mini and all models of the fourth generation iPad on Friday, October 26 through the Apple Online Store in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Apple Introduces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

SAN JOSE, California – October 23, 2012 – Apple today introduced an all-new version of its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring a Retina display and all flash storage in a new compact design. Measuring 0.75 inches thick and weighing 3.57 pounds, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is 20 percent thinner and almost a pound lighter than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.

“The 13-inch MacBook Pro is our most popular Mac, and today it gets completely reinvented with a new thin and light design, fast flash storage and a gorgeous Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With vivid colors, razor sharp text and more pixels than anyone else’s 15 or 17-inch notebooks, the Retina display completely changes what you expect from a notebook.”

The new MacBook Pro packs more than 4 million pixels into its 13-inch Retina display, nearly twice the number of pixels in an HD television. At 227 pixels per inch, the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels at a normal viewing distance, so images look sharp and text looks like it does on the printed page. With four times the pixels of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, you can view and edit video in pixel-accurate 1080p and see a new level of detail in high resolution images. The 13-inch Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 percent less reflection and 28 percent higher contrast than the current generation.

Featuring flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives, the all-new MacBook Pro is extremely responsive, whether it’s waking from sleep or launching your favorite apps.* Fast flash storage combined with the latest Intel dual-core processors gives the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display plenty of power to run your most demanding apps with ease.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processors with the option to choose faster 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, and up to 768GB of flash storage. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow users to connect to multiple displays and high-performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to an HDTV. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also features a FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, improved speakers, three-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a MagSafe 2 power port.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro battery delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity and Apple claims it can remain in standby for up to 30 days.With the all new Power Nap feature in OS X Mountain Lion, your MacBook Pro with Retina display stays up to date while it sleeps. Power Nap automatically refreshes Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and Photo Stream, and when the notebook is plugged in, downloads software updates and backs up your Mac using Time Machine.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display meets stringent Energy Star 5.2 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating.Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Apple notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed of highly recyclable materials.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display ships with OS X Mountain Lion, bringing Messages, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Dictation, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper to your Mac. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Pricing & Availability

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,699 (US); and with 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,999 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors and flash storage up to 768GB. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at http://apple.com/macbook-pro. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

MacPrices mobile app, prices at a glance and on the go

MacPrices.net offers readers a Mobile Web App which allows you to glance at today’s lowest Mac and iPad prices on the go. Click on the link above, or just visit MacPrices on your iPhone, iPod, or other mobile device. The web app will allow you to look up the latest prices while you’re shopping this upcoming Holiday season and potentially save a bundle.

The app displays today’s lowest prices from Apple’s Authorized Resellers, as well as standard Apple configurations and Apple refurbished units. You can also click-through to a reseller, including Apple, and make your purchase on the spot. We’ll be adding iPod and accessory price trackers to the app in the near future.

Apple introduces next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple today introduced their next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro with a retina display, as well as updated existing 13″ and 15″ models.

The 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as it’s called, features a brilliant 2,880 by 1,880 pixel display and is redesigned to look more like the MacBook Air, at only 0.71″ thick. The new model features a 2.3 gigahertz quad-core i7 Intel Ivy Bridge processor, up to 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 1GB GeForge GT 650M graphics card. It features a pair of USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt, HDMI, and a SD card slot. The optical drive is gone, as well as the ethernet port. Battery life is said to be 7 hours.

The 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display ships today at configurations starting at $2199 at The Apple Store.

Existing 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros are updated with Ivy Bridge processors ranging up to 2.9GHz, as well as minor upgrades to RAM, hard drives, and graphics. All new models ship today at the The Apple Store.

We’ll be updating our MacBook Pro Price Tracker continuously as information comes in from Apple’s resellers.

Apple updates MacBook Air with faster Ivy Bridge Intel processors

Apple today released updated 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs with faster dual-core i5 Intel Ivy Bridge processor running up to 2.0GHz and high-speed USB 3.0 ports. Prices on all but the low-end 11-inch model were also lowered by $100. The new models are available for order today at The Apple Store:

– 11″ 1.7GHz 64GB: $999
– 11″ 1.7GHz 128GB: $1099

– 13″ 1.8GHz 128GB: $1199
– 13″ 1.8GHz 256GB: $1499

We’ll be updating our MacBook Air Price Tracker continuously as prices from in from resellers.

Apple adds free in store pickup and setup to online orders

The Apple Store has added the ability to order items online, then choose between shipping to an address or local Apple Store pickup. If you choose local store pickup, items will be available within and hour of ordering. Free setup is included with Macs, iPads, and iPods.

Apple updates MacBook Pros with faster CPUs

Apple updated MacBook Pros today with slightly faster Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, faster graphics on 15″ and 17″ models, and higher-capacity hard drives.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available today at The Apple Store.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations:
– 2.4GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 500GB: $1199
– 2.8GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 750GB: $1499

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models:
– 2.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 500GB: $1799
– 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6770M, 750GB: $2199

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro:
– 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6770M, 750GB: $2499

Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.5GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 750GB, solid state storage up to 512GB, more memory up to 8GB DDR3, antiglare and high-resolution display options.

We’ll be updating our 17″ MacBook Pro, 15″ MacBook Pro, and 13″ MacBook Pro Price Trackers continuously as pricing information comes in from resellers, so be sure to check back often.

Note that prices for leftover February 2011 models have been moved to our Leftover MacBook Pro Price Tracker.

Apple updates iMacs with Intel Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt I/O

 Apple released updated iMacs today with Intel Quad-Core Sandy Bridge processors, faster graphics, FaceTime HD cameras, and Thunderbolt I/O ports.

The new models are being sold in similar configurations to the previous 2010 models, with 21″ and 27″ displays ranging from $1199 to $1999. Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processors are standard across the range with optional Core i7 processors available. No apparent changes were made to the case designs.

The following iMacs are in stock today at The Apple Store with free shipping:

– 21″ 2.5GHz i5 iMac (4GB/500GB): $1199
– 21″ 2.7GHz i5 iMac (4GB/1TB):
$1499
– 27″ 2.7GHz i5 iMac (4GB/1TB):
$1699
– 27″ 3.1GHz i5 iMac (4GB/1TB):
$1999

Apple introduces iPad 2, coming to stores on March 11th

 Apple released the iPad 2 today alongside iOS 4.3. The iPad 2 sports a number of improvements and will be available starting March 11th.

The iPad 2 is 33% thinner and 0.2 pounds lighter. It features a dual-core Apple A5 CPU that is twice as fast as before and includes improves graphics which are reportedly nine times faster than in the original iPad. The iPad 2 includes front and rear facing video cameras with FaceTime, a gyroscope, a new HDMI out cable, and is available in either black or white.

The iPad 2 will be available in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G configurations – for both AT&T as well as Verizon. Price points and available memory options remain the same.

Apple introduces Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt “Light Peak” technology

 Apple released updated MacBook Pros today with Intel “Sandy Bridge” Core i5 and i7 processors ranging up to 2.3GHz, FaceTime HD cameras, Intel or AMD HD graphics, and a new I/O technology Apple calls Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt features two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to 10Gbps each, allowing for a new generation of external high performance peripherals. The I/O was developed by Intel in collaboration from Apple. According to Apple, “Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.”

The new FaceTime camera has triple the resolution of previous cameras on MacBook Pros and will allow chats with all other Intel-based Macs as well as the iPhone 4 and current-generation iPod touch.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available today at The Apple Store.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations:
– 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 320GB: $1,199
– 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 500GB: $1,499

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models:
– 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M, 500GB: $1,799
– 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 750GB: $2,199

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro:
– 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 750GB: $2,499

Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.3 GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 750GB, solid state storage up to 512GB, more memory up to 8GB DDR3, antiglare and high-resolution display options.

We’ll be updating our 17″ MacBook Pro, 15″ MacBook Pro, and 13″ MacBook Pro Price Trackers continuously as pricing information comes in from resellers, so be sure to check back often.

Update:
MacConnection already has these new models in stock and on sale for up to $150 off MSRP – details here.

MacBook Pros now 3-5 day wait at The Apple Store

MacBook Pros moved from Same Day shipping to a 3-5 day wait today at The Apple Store. Apple is widely expect to introduce new MacBook Pros sometime this week, so be sure to check with MacPrices.net for the latest info on prices and shipping dates after their release.