Apple Lowers Cost of MacBooks

C/Net notes that Apple today dropped the prices in its line of MacBook Pro laptops with Retina display while boosting processor speeds, and cut the price of its high-end MacBook Air.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina now starts $1,499, or $200 less than before. The higher-capacity 256GB version costs $1,699, or $300 cheaper than the original price. The processor clock speed also gets boosted to 2.6 gigahertz from 2.5GHz.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina gets a speed boost, with the lower-end version getting its clock speed bumped up to 2.4GHz from 2.3GHz, and the higher-end version getting bumped up to 2.7GHz quad-core processor from 2.6GHz, as well as double the RAM at 16 gigabytes. The starting 13-inch MacBook Pro is significantly less at $1,199.

Apple also cut the price of its high-end MacBook Air. The 256GB version now costs $1,399, or $100 less than the previous price.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has committed to more 128 GB Surface Pros in stores by Saturday. Microsoft made the Intel-based Surface Pros commercially available on February 9, but the 128 GB Surface Pros ($999) were sold out almost immediately. The Microsoft Surface Pro features a dual-core 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 with 64 GB (23 GB available) or 128 GB (83 GB available) and a microSDXC slot. It features a 10.6 inch 1920 x 1080 HD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio and Intel HD Graphics 4000.

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