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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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MacBook and MacBook Pro Part Numbers and Prices? $899 MacBook?



Two sets of part numbers are circulating around the web tonight.

The first set is from Best Buy which show placeholders for new Apple notebooks at current prices. While some people are using this as a reason to doubt price drops on the new laptops, we should point out that a BestBuy employee has said that they have no prior knowledge from Apple and Best Buy employees insert these placeholders based on circulating rumors. Therefore, Best Buy part numbers have no predictive value whatsoever.

The second set of part numbers is more interesting and perhaps more plausible. These numbers were posted (via Zollotech) to an anonymous Blogspot account and claim to represent shipping part numbers to Apple's retail stores.



While Apple does send out these last minute shipping notices to their retail stores, we have not yet been able to confirm or deny their existence.

Here are the part numbers and prices into what we believe is the most likely breakdown, though we are adding our own speculation into the raw numbers:

- K29, MB382LL/A $899.00 - MacBook?
- M97, MB466LL/A $1,299.00 - MacBook
- M97, MB467LL/A $1,599.00 - MacBook
- M96, MB543LL/A $1,799.00 - MacBook Air
- M96, MB940LL/A $2,499.00 - MacBook Air
- M98, MB470LL/A $1,999.00 - 15" MacBook Pro
- M98, MB471LL/A $2,499.00 - 15" MacBook Pro
- M88, MB766LL/A $2,799.00 - 17" MacBook Pro

The $899 price corresponds to analyst predictions that Apple could be dropping the entry-level price of the MacBook. However, if these numbers are true, it contradicts previous claims of an $800 Apple laptop.

If Apple does introduce a $899 low end MacBook, analyst research suggests that it will increase the addressable notebook market by nearly 50% in revenue.

We expect more information should trickle in as we approach the launch event.

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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:07 PM   #2
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That's a big gap between 899 and 1299... I wonder how bad it'll be compared to the higher priced ones.
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:07 PM   #3
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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That's a big gap between 899 and 1299... I wonder how bad it'll be compared to the higher priced ones.
yeah, huge gap. Could suggest the low end MacBook is an entirely different beast. netbook-like low end. (if these part numbers are even true)

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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:09 PM   #5
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hmmmm...899, good price drop!

But not sure if I'll go for it or not.


Gotta see 'em tomorrow(and this is assume those number are true)

While 899 is nice, it feels very far away from 799. I know its only 100USD, but something about 799 feels so good!
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:10 PM   #6
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Nice to see the lower entry price,

Now I may end up buying my wife one too!
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:10 PM   #7
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yeah, huge gap. Could suggest the low end MacBook is an entirely different beast. netbook-like low end. (if these part numbers are even true)

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that'd make sense. I was hoping for a price drop in the MBP, I shall keep hoping until we know for sure tomorrow.
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:10 PM   #8
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The model # starts with a 'K'. Touchscreen device!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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yeah, huge gap. Could suggest the low end MacBook is an entirely different beast. netbook-like low end. (if these part numbers are even true)

arn

Might I also add that it's a different model letter/number, it's K while the others are M. It might be extremely low end model entirely on it's own.
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:11 PM   #10
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Whyat if the 899$ model isn't a macbook at all, but sweet uber tablet. Created by Aliens, and approved by Steve
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how come the other prices didnt change
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Hmmm... really interesting.
I'll be on a plane when they are released for real.
That'l definitely make the flight go faster...
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What are the current bets/odds of Apple retail store having the new macbooks right after the event?

Guesses? Opinions?
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Holy ***** the model # starts with a 'K'. Touchscreen device!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHY DO YOU KEEP POSTING???
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:12 PM   #15
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I would prefer an Apple netbook, but if that's the price, I think I'll aim for the PC ones from Acer and Dell.
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:12 PM   #16
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hopefully i can grab a 1299 macbook with a bluray drive. Hopefully...
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:13 PM   #17
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I too am having a hard time making sense of the $400 price gap between the $899 and $1299 models without adding an entirely new type of notebook.
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Old Oct 13, 2008, 08:13 PM   #18
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Sorry i Dont see the MacBook Pros Priced that high. I Think the MacBook Pros will start at $1700 And the MacBooks $900 And the MacBook Airs $1500. All MacBooks Pros Will come with Blu Ray. You have the option for Blu Ray on the MacBook But will Cost $200 more. Unless You Buy the $1300 macbook that comes with a bigger hardrive etc. MacBook airs Wont be changed that much. (No Bluray)
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its a shame how i bought my 1000 dollar macbook in august and 2 months later they come out with a new one
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i really dont want the 899 macbook to be a netbook or a really low end macbook, i was thinking of upgrading the hell outta the 899 one + my student discount to get something comparable to the 1299 model.. thats a big price gap
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$1299 starting for the non stripper model...looks like the same $$ I'd be spending on the current model then
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Hmm... If there is just a drop in one Macbook but not the others, I think that would be disappointing..
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I don't see any "Good" products in the list!

Perhaps $899 is good, and "Better" is actually missing, thereby closing the price gap?

Oh, *gasp*, what if "Good" ships later, and lower than $899?
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That would be an increase in the top MacBook right?
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I wonder why the cheapest one is the only one with a "K" at the start? Not a MacBook? Is it the MacBook mini?
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