1.8GHz SSD MacBook Air Drops $500

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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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  2. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    Woo hoo.


    I can't wait to see what they have in 1.5 to 2 years from now...
     
  3. jciapara macrumors regular

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    Nice!!, Although I'm not in the Market for Macbook Air, but definitely many people will be glad.
     
  4. 4God macrumors 68020

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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. ;)
     
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  6. roland.g macrumors 603

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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.
     
  7. stovetop6872 macrumors regular

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    FinallY!!!
     
  8. Marx55 macrumors 68000

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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!
     
  9. HiRez macrumors 603

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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+.
     
  10. Cyburnclassic macrumors member

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    Wonder if the UK will get a price drop as well soon.

    Probably if so will be around £1800 as it is £2028 for the SSD model at the moment.
     
  11. Zwhaler macrumors 604

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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.
     
  12. zombitronic macrumors 65816

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    Awesome! Still too much for me, though. I wonder what caused the price drop. SSD price reductions?
     
  13. bacaramac macrumors 65816

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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.
     
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  15. bobertoq macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  16. avigalante macrumors 6502

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    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).
     
  17. badcrumble macrumors regular

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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.
     
  18. crees! macrumors 68000

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    Each product is geared toward a certain audience. As you well know, you're not part of it.
     
  19. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  20. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

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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
     
  21. JustinEvil macrumors newbie

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    That's not entirely true. It does have a micro DVI port and headphone slot next to the USB.
     
  22. bobertoq macrumors 6502a

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    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?
     
  23. clevin macrumors G3

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    is this related to the news that

    SSD actually consume more power than normal HDD?

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  24. bobertoq macrumors 6502a

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    normal is the keyword here.
     
  25. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    wow, about time. That price always seemed a little bit extreeme
     

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