prior to the release of the most recent macbooks, there were 3 macbook models available, $1099, $1299, and $1499. now there are 3 models available, $999, $1299, and $1599. the lower end is cheaper by $100, and the higher end is more expensive by the same amount. if you were planning on buying the $1299 model, there is no change in price (and you get an arguably better computer). if you were planning on buying the lower end, it is cheaper. only if you were planning on buying the highest end macbook would it be more expensive. anyway. was anyone really buying the $1099 model before? i mean, for $200 more you got a vastly improved computer (superdrive, faster cpu, larger HDD, etc). i think most people before were buying the $1299 model, unless they really wanted the black of course.