Apple updates MacBook range and makes them cheaper to buy

macbook air discountApple has just cut the price of some of its MacBook range as well as tweaking the specs. If you’ve been saving up your hard-earned for an Apple laptop – the time to buy may well be now.

The MacBook Pro with Retina and 13-inch MacBook Air got some mid-cycle improvements under the hood today, with a new 2.6GHz processor for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, new 2.4 and 2.7GHz processors for the 15-inch version, and 16GB of memory as a top-end spec on the larger Retina model.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display can now be picked up for £1,249 — £200 less than the original starting price of £1,449.

That means that the basic 13-inch Retina Pro, with 128GB of storage, can now be yours for £1,249 – or upgrade the Flash storage to 256GB and  add the new, faster 2.9GHz processor for £1,569 all in.

The 15-inch now has a faster 2.4GHz processor at the entry-level configuration for £1,799 and gets a new 2.7GHz quad-core processor at the top end, with 16GB of memory instead of 8GB for £2,299.

The 13-inch MacBook Air keeps the same specs, including a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and a 256GB SSD, but gets a discount price of £1,199.

Fanboys and girls will no doubt appreciate the mid-cycle spec increases, but the more cynical of us will also note that this is well-timed to take some of the steam out of Microsoft’s Surface launch 😉

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