Am I understanding this pricing correctly?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by boylerman, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. boylerman macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2010
    Ok, I have an early 2011 13" MacBook i7 2.7GHz with 8gb of RAM and a 512GB hard drive.

    If I want to upgrade to the retina MacBook Pro and not downgrade my processor or hard disk storage space, I'm looking at spending $2700?

    Granted, the new computer would have a 512 SSD, but I can't fathom the premium that Apple is hoping to get for a 13" laptop with integrated graphics!

    This pricing scheme really hurts Buyers of the prior high end 13" models. This pricing structure doesn't begin to tempt me to upgrade.
  2. Dekard macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    You are paying a premium for the SSD and another premium for retina.
  3. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    Base 15" is $2200, pricing on the 13" is simply nuts, even a simple upgrade to the i7 CPU brings the 13" MBP to the same price as the base 15" Retina. There is absolutely nothing compelling about the 13" Retina, other than the pricing for those that want to burn $$$$

    FWIW i have a 15" Retina, i can live with the pricing for the performance, the 13" is a joke, $1200 would be a reasonable entry price, as the 13" offers nothing like the performance of the 15" Retina...
  4. shellbryson macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2006
    Except, that's not true. They are not the same price.

    The base 15" retina is £1,799.00
    The base 13" retina (with i7 bto) is £1609
  5. BeeJee macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2011
    Long Island/North Jersey
  6. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    You're forgetting the ssd. The rMBP 13 comes with the ridiculously small 128gb.
  7. nobackup, Oct 25, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012

    nobackup macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2008

    Here a very wild one for you

    On Order

    13" Retina
    2.5GHz/8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    512GB Flash Storage


    Available at Amazon !!

    Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display MC976D/A 39,1 cm (15,4 inch) Notebook (Intel Core i7, 2,6GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GT 650M, Mac OS)

    €2,579 (Apple offering €2.899 ... 2.3 i7 = €2,779)

    so for €30 you get a GT650 with 1GB and the 15inch screen .. :eek:

    guess what I just cancelled :)
  8. shellbryson macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2006
    It's big enough for my work, so why would I waste money on a larger drive that I don't need?
  9. Loompy macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2011
    I just got a 13" 2.5GHz MBP and Im very glad I did.

    I know Apple is more expensive than others for pricing, but the 13" rMBP prices are crazy high. And they dont even have much of a performance difference than the regular Pro's.

    $1699 for the MBP but with a retina display and a paultry 128GB SSD is stupid. Apple is still charging SSD prices of five years ago.

    I'll keep the cMBP thanks, why? Cause I can upgrade the RAM and storage whenever I want.

    Maybe for my next Macbook in around 4 yeas when 512GB SSD is standard I will get one.
  10. Purant macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2012
    You're missing the point.

    A 13" with 256GB and dual core i7 costs $2,199.00

    The base 15" costs $2,199.00.

    For the same amount of money you get:

    Dual Core instead of Quad Core.
    No discreet GPU.
    A smaller panel.

    Apple is telling us that nvidia GPUs have no cost! And panel sizes all cost the same! And dual core cpus cost just as much as quad cores!
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I'm pretty sure it's more expensive to make the 13" than the 15" panel.

    And yes those GPUs are pretty inexpensive.
  12. Purant macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2012

    Ram is inexpensive too but apple needs 100$ for upgrades.

    Flash media has gotten cheaper, but apple wants 100$. For a small spec bump on the cpu, Apple wants 200$.

    But GPUs? Free! They cost nothing!

    And everyone knows that smaller panels are more expensive! Less pixels, less materials, more money! Makes so much sense. That's why everyone buys 24" monitors lately, those 19" inch monitors that people *really* want, are that much more expensive.
  13. SchuettS macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Why would you say the 13" display is more expensive? Every display I ever seen is more expensive for a bigger model.
  14. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    Not to mention a QUAD core processor. The 15" rMBP is far better value for money.
  15. boylerman thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2010
    I've been a faithful Apple customer for many years, and am on my 5th 13" Apple laptop, and I feel burned on this one. What good is 128GB???? And why is the i7 such an $$$ upgrade??

    I can think of absolutely no compelling reason to purchase the 13" rMBP. Apple is literally competing against themselves with the way they've priced it in comparison to the 15" rMBP.
  16. DVD9 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    It's a RIPOFF.

    It's priced for the weirdos who have Apple "shrines " in their house and upload videos of the shrine to YouTube.

    Apple could manufacture a keychain iPad and they would buy that for $149 and make new video of their updated shrine.
  17. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    Exactly, to me the 13" Retina should have an entry price of around $1200 - $1300. Apple set the hype with Retina, they set the bar for performance with the 15" rMBP and they plan to cash in with the 13" rMBP I absolutely applaud Apples`s ingenuity and success, all the same i am appalled by the greed....

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