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Apple has quietly dropped the price of the high end MacBook Air by $500.

The high end MacBook Air comes equipped with a 1.8GHz upgrade (from 1.6GHz) and a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD). The total price for the high end laptop is $2598. Compare this to the original price of the 1.8GHz/SSD MacBook Air at $3098 just last week (Google Cache).

The base price for the 1.6GHz 80GB Hard Drive MacBook Air remains at $1799. The difference in price appears to be a combination of price drops in both the processor upgrade ($200 vs $300) and SSD ($599 vs $999).

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jciapara

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Jan 25, 2008
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Nice!!, Although I'm not in the Market for Macbook Air, but definitely many people will be glad.
 

4God

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Apr 5, 2005
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Nice to see price drops for the SSD drives. That's a pretty significant drop with good implications for the near future. ;)
 

roland.g

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Apr 11, 2005
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Not sure I would get the SSD with less space, but it is nice to see. It would have been nice to see the base model hit $1,699.
 

stovetop6872

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Apple has quietly dropped the price of the high end MacBook Air by $500.

The high end MacBook Air comes equipped with a 1.8GHz upgrade (from 1.6GHz) and a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD). The total price for the high end laptop is $2598. Compare this to the original price of the 1.8GHz/SSD MacBook Air at $3098 just last week (Google Cache).

The base price for the 1.6GHz 80GB Hard Drive MacBook Air remains at $1799. The difference in price appears to be a combination of price drops in both the processor upgrade ($200 vs $300) and SSD ($599 vs $999).

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FinallY!!!
 

Marx55

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No Firewire, no purchase.
No true ethernet port, no purchase.
No video out, no purchase.
Just a single USB port, no purchase.

That easy to make it right!
 

HiRez

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Jan 6, 2004
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It would be nice if they eventually got the Air down to MacBook prices in the $1000-$1300 range. Then it would be like a simple choice for a mainstream laptop. Instead of standard vs. exotic. it would be faster and more expandable or thinner and lighter but less expandable, without price being a factor. I know someone who would love an Air but she just can't afford $1800+.
 

Zwhaler

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Jun 10, 2006
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Very cool, but I won't be getting one for about 2 years anyway, so hopefully by then it will be more along the lines of 2.4 ghz 128GB SSD or for less than 2k :)

Edit: Yup, now the option for a SSD on the 1.6 is down to $599.
 

zombitronic

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Feb 9, 2007
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Awesome! Still too much for me, though. I wonder what caused the price drop. SSD price reductions?
 

bacaramac

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Dec 29, 2007
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I don't see why anyone would pay 1k for a smaller 64Gb SSD drive. Just don't see the need, but good news to see Apple passing on the savings to their consumers. I feel sorry for the ones that bought this model over 14 days ago, that has to burn like salt on a wound.
 

bobertoq

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Feb 29, 2008
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Let the complaining begin... "I just bought one! ---- you Apple!" *sigh*

Quite an impressive drop! I may buy one, now. Well not now, but I may buy one.
 

avigalante

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Feb 18, 2007
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Not sure I would get the SSD with less space, but it is nice to see. It would have been nice to see the base model hit $1,699.

Very true.

Looking at the number - that's an approximate 16% discount; perhaps it's possible that SSD-based MacBook Air sales have been sluggish as compared to the HDD-based MacBook Air. In my view, that fact coupled with falling SSD prices could be the reason for such a tremendous drop (of course this is nothing compared to the ~33% discount given to the 8GB iPhone after 60 days from its initial launch).
 

badcrumble

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Feb 7, 2007
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Good to see that Apple is continuing to help subsidize the development of solid state storage with their massive purchases. If the 64GB flash has dropped to $599 (and it's actually 32x2), hopefully the lower component cost will deliver us a 32GB iPhone by Christmastime.


Oh, and update the buyer's guide - if LCD price drops constitute an update, then this probably does too.
 

crees!

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Jun 14, 2003
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No Firewire, no purchase.
No true ethernet port, no purchase.
No video out, no purchase.
Just a single USB port, no purchase.

That easy to make it right!

Each product is geared toward a certain audience. As you well know, you're not part of it.
 

AliensAreFuzzy

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May 30, 2004
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hmmm This happens the day after the report that says SSDs don't improve battery life.
Coincidence? I think not!
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On second thought, probably.
 

macworkerbee

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Jun 14, 2008
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For those who bought one and then received an email from Apple letting them know the price was automatically adjusted it must feel like Christmas. They just got $500 back that they thought they spent.:D
 

JustinEvil

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Jul 15, 2004
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No Firewire, no purchase.
No true ethernet port, no purchase.
No video out, no purchase.
Just a single USB port, no purchase.

That easy to make it right!

That's not entirely true. It does have a micro DVI port and headphone slot next to the USB.
 

bobertoq

macrumors 6502a
Feb 29, 2008
599
0
No Firewire, no purchase.
No true ethernet port, no purchase.
No video out, no purchase.
Just a single USB port, no purchase.

That easy to make it right!

Each product is geared toward a certain audience. As you well know, you're not part of it.
Indeed. I would think he would have known that by now.

Edit:
and there is a micro DVI port.... and why does anyone need Ethernet anymore? what happened to wi-fi?
 

clevin

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Aug 6, 2006
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is this related to the news that

SSD actually consume more power than normal HDD?

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