New MBP 17 or 15 AG...Why did the 17 price go up?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nowstime, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. nowstime macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008

    I'm about to get a MacBook Pro 17 or 15 inch model but having a hard time between them.

    Went to the Apple Store to get a 17 with anti-glare but all they had was the highest model with AG (2.3 Quad CPU). I think the additional CPU upgrade is not worth it (2.2 ->2.3 for $250) and at this point my only option is ordering it from Apple.

    Beside the screen size and resolution difference the high-end models are the same right? But why did Apple increase its price on the 17 model ($2299 -> $2499)?

    Is there a big difference between the 15 and 17 when carrying it around? Is the extra work space worth the upgrade? I did like the look and feel of the 17 AG inch compared to the 15 HS AG. Web content on the 17 AG had great color and feel.

    But just wondering why Apple increase the price gap and is it worth it.

    Price for each set is $2,537.38 (17 AG) & $2,310.06 (High-end 15 AG) including tax (Edu Discount).

    Any input will be appreciated. This will be my main computer and will occasionally carry it around.
  2. Wehrwolf macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2009
    The unit price probably went up because Apple's component and/or manufacturing costs went up. Apple corporate wants to maintain their profit margins.

    As to 15" or 17", if it were me making the decision, I would opt for the 17". I prefer having as much screen real estate as possible - I tend to be more efficient when working. I went with my current hi-res 15" because I have an external monitor that I plug into, but if I didn't, I'd have definitely gone with the 17". YMMV.
  3. Davichi macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    It's like a same question asking, why is gas price going up...

    Why does starbucks coffee price go up?

    Labor is going up and apple wants to pass the cost along to customers.

  4. iMacrumors macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2010
    With the EDU discount, I got a 17" for 2 350 or something. Its $200 off w/ discoutn then like $45 with the AG screen I thought.

  5. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    Probably because the 2010 MBP's used much cheaper processors. I was pleasantly surprised that Apple went with quad cores so I guess we shouldn't be surprised by the increase in prices. The 2.8 GHz Arrendale cost $346. The 2.3 GHz Sandy Bridge cost $568. Price increases just make sense really.
  6. nowstime thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    However, the High-End 15 inch has maintained its price. I guess the production cost of the 17 inch screen went up.
  7. syan48306 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2010
    On the other hand, if you take the 1680x1050 100 dollar upgrade into account, it all adds up.
  8. nowstime thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    But that difference was already there in the pervious version. The previous generation had a $100 gap between the high-end 15 and 17 but now there's $200. Not a big deal if I think it as an increase same as gas prices but when 93 octane goes up so does 87.
  9. thetruth1985 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    The price difference is for the processors and thunderbolt. When competitors start to use the same technology, their prices will also start out higher than their old laptops. As the technology becomes more common, the prices will start to come down. There is no incentive for apple to lower it's prices now since they are the only company offering thunderbolt with these processors right now. Plus, it devalues the brand to bring the price down too low.
  10. coz macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2008
    15 vs 17" screen High Res?

    Is the 17" screen as good as the upgraded one on the 15" model which states high res? I realize it's bigger and more pixels but would the 15" be sharper? thank you
  11. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    what happened is apple delete a 17 model. The base 2010 17 had I5 the top end had the I7 and was priced at $2499
  12. nowstime thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    Thanks...that clarifies a lot....
  13. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Make sure that your work doesn't offer Apple discounts.
    The 17" is $2299 for me, it may be for you too.

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