Intel Core Duo Price Drops in May?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Inquirer claims that Intel's Core Duo chips are set to see a price drop as of May 28th.

    The price of the high end 2.16GHz Core Duo that is a build to order option for the MacBook Pro is set to drop as much as $214 per unit. The slower clocked chips will see more modest price drops ($129 drop for the 1.83GHz chip and $54 drop for the 1.66GHz chip). Also expected is a 2.33GHz T2700 Core Duo processor later this year.

    This does not necessarily mean a price drop on corresponding Macs, however. Apple historically has been relatively consistent in their Mac pricing for the duration of a product's lifespan.
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
  3. matthewHUB macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2005
    Why would anyone rate this negative?

    Cheaper chips means more $$ for dedicated graphics and other more expensive stuff left out due to cost.

    First post?
  4. mashinhead macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    yay, more profits to apple. Can someone tell me when the macbooks will be available for order, not delivery, just order.
  5. rxse7en macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    It's gonna make it tougher for me to keep waiting out a Merom-powered 'book! I just yoinked the "G" key off of my G4 'book this morning--just another reason to upgrade sooner :D

  6. mashinhead macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003

    well if you knock of the 4 key take it as a sign
  7. Lukasha macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2005
    Los Angeles
    As soon as that 1.8 comes below $200 I'll be buying one and upgrading my mini Core Solo. Then I'll have a faster mini than what's available at less than the cost of the fastest one.

  8. iHeartTheApple macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2006
    Boston, MA
    That would be just great! It would be nice to be able to pick up a MBP 2.16 for the price of a current 2.0 or a 2.0 for the price of a 1.83. That would also probably bring the 15" and 17" MBP prices in line with the 12/15/17" PB line. If there is a 17" MBP coming, that is...I'd love the 17" to replace my 17" PB, but given the current 15" MBP price, I'd need to shell out $3000+ for one and that's a great big negative, good buddy! :( Go Intel! :D
  9. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    The logical thing might then be to speedbump the Intel Macs at that time while retaining the prices.
  10. boncellis macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2006
    Salt Lake City
    Let The Debate Begin

    I realize that there's a difference in 32 and 64 bit processing, but I still get the feeling that Apple will hold onto the Yonah in its "consumer" (if that separation still exists in the future) line, and put the 64 bit Merom and Conroe processors into the "professional" line.

    What that translates into, I'm not sure--the only thing that I can foresee is that the iBook replacement will probably not have a Core Solo processor for long, if it ever does.
  11. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    So this is why the Macbooks will be released in May...

    This better mean that Apple won't up the prices.
  12. ipacmm macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    It would be nice to see a speed upgrade in the MBP and maybe a price drop.
  13. YoNeX macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2005
    I'm sorry, but i'll just say it. DUH! Of course prices for things will eventually go down in price. You know the old saying, once you bought the computer from the computer store, its already outdated. Then the very second, something like Moore's Law applies (uh you know what I mean). So give anything time, it will eventually go down in price. Just common sense. The only informative about this is predicting the time when the prices will go down and how much, but I have a feeling that these figures and dates won't be so accurate.
  14. Mitch1984 macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2005
    I bet the MacBooks and iMac's will get a speed bump then.
    opening up the possibility of a faster than planned MacBook (iBook).
  15. zenvision macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2006
    so the price of chips from intel may be going down, and theoretically this should affect macbook prices, but when would the consumer get to see the actual price changes?

    it seems everytime im about to walk out the door and pick up a macbook pro, something else comes up saying 'WAIT!'

    bah ;)
  16. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I think the Solo needs a drop more than the Duo does (and I expect it will get a drop too).
  17. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I can't wait for Apple to pass the savings onto themselves.

  18. boncellis macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2006
    Salt Lake City
    I hope it does get a drop...dropped from the Apple lineup entirely. ;)
  19. Shaker macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2004
    if apple is really serious about trying to lure PC users, they will have to drop the prices. Someone in the market for a laptop will look at Dell, Sony, Toshiba and will have even less incentive to now pay a double premium for a Mac.
  20. MacSA macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2003

    LOL........probably true.

    I wonder what this will mean for the Mac Mini... any speculation?
  21. bill4588 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2006
    Kennesaw, GA
    i hope this means lower Macbook prices. maybe it will make the 1k limit!
  22. j_maddison macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2003
    Nelson, Wales
    I would assume people are giving it a negative rating because they don't belive the savings will be passed onto the consumer. I doubt this will happen because Apple can't differentiate on hardware and keep the prices artificially high anymore, well one would hope not but with Apple who knows!

  23. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    Yay for Apple, hopefully they will do us a good thing and increase performance while keeping the price the same. I mean the MBP has been out for 4 months wouldn't this be in the PC world about time for an update?
  24. D*I*S_Frontman macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2002
    Lombard, IL
    Moore's Law has nothing to do with economics.

    Supply and demand control pricing.

    Apple has positioned itself as a premier computer brand, and they set system prices based on what they think a consumer will pay. If they think high-end laptop buyers will pay $3-4k for a great portable system (fully loaded), that's what they'll sell it for. In the past, Apple seems to find the top end sweet spot pricing-wise, then continue minor speed bumps and upgrades to systems to keep people buying at that price point.

    If you establish a marquee brand, keeping the price high actually ADDS to the perception of exclusivity and quality. It also means not playing the "whore-'em-out-at-razor-thin-margins" game all the other PC makers play.

    Cheaper components will NOT mean cheaper systems. It will mean room for other peripheral improvements within a system, or just more net profit for Apple, or, more likely, a combination of the two.

    Apple will sell cheap laptops at right around $999, high end laptops around $2,000-3,500, iMacs in the $1000-1700 range, and high end towers for around $2,000-4,000 or so (properly loaded w/RAM, HDD, etc.). The prices have not really dropped much for these types of systems since Steve Jobs return, not will they in the foreseeable future.

    Systems will, however, continue to improve in raw computational power within those price points in order to remain competitive. But don't be looking for $999 MacBook Pros anytime soon. Or ever.
  25. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

    Electro Funk

    Dec 8, 2005
    The Opium Garden
    doubt it... i agree with what swingerofbirch said...

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