New Macbook Air, Pro/Mac Pro pricing details leaked? “Bag of hurt” with new pricing? [Update]

by Mike
Posted March 17th, 2010 at 7:18 am

Is your drool cup full after weeks of waiting for any new news regarding Core i5/i7 updated Macbook Air/Pros and Mac Pros? I just as much as anyone love a well put together computer with beastly internals to match. But a $400 premium for Intel’s “latest” Core i5/i7 chips? Ya, no thank you. The image above was captured from Austrailian site, PC Authority. Whether the prices listed are USD or not I’m not sure, which could explain the price discrepancy. If these are an early look at the new pricing however, it’s pretty disappointing.

The current Macbook Pro for instance jumped from a starting price of $1,499 to $1,899. If the only real changes are the Core i5/i7 chips, “rip-off” would be a good place to start with the descriptions. I mean, it’s not like a Core i7 980x is going in this thing. The Mac Pro could see the 980x and is of course an option with a heavy pricetag, but that shouldn’t effect the starting price much if any.

I’m still eager for the official new systems none the less. I’m just hoping (along with millions of other people) that Apple didn’t jack up the prices by $400 or more just for the new processors. If they do, will it change your purchasing decision one way or the other?

Update: After taking a quick job through the inter webs, it’s not Australia alone that’s displaying weird pricing. New Zealand is also getting in on the pricing inconstancies. At this point, I’m going to say it’s nothing more than a few people (myself included) forgetting about the whole price difference from land mass to land mass for a few seconds, getting all riled up. Though we should know the truth soon enough.

Engadget > PC Authority

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15 ResponsesLeave a comment
  • Schuyler Campbell
    March 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    A$1,899 means 1899 Australian Dollars! Those are about the same as Canadian dollars, or 1.25-1.5 of them for every US Dollar, so it’s the current prices you’re looking at.

  • SAJ
    March 18, 2010 at 1:48 am

    New Macbook Air, Pro/Mac Pro pricing details leaked? “Bag of hurt” with new …: by Mike Is your drool cup full af…

  • apple
    March 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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  • Kenneth S. Mcmahan
    March 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    New Macbook Air, Pro/Mac Pro pricing details leaked? “Bag of hurt …

  • ESM
    March 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Ok, sorry - Apple fervor induced confusion. The entry level macbook pro currently sells for A$1,599. If this, as the ad implies, goes up to A$1,899 one might expect a similar relative rise for the U.S. from $1,199 to ~$1,425. This might all be moot however, since there are now claims that this this ad simply used outdated prices accidentally. Only time will tell I suppose.

  • ESM
    March 17, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Obviously the A$1,899 means Australian dollars, and that’s actually a pretty good sign. The 13-inch: 2.53GHz macbook pro currently sells for A$1,999 (US $1,845), and sells in the U.S. for US $1,499.

    For these advertisements to put the new macbook pro at only A$1,899 means it’s possible that Apple is actually going to drop the price slightly, if not for the U.S. than perhaps at least for other parts of the world.

    Either way, given this evidence it seems unlikely that they would raise prices here while lowering them slightly elsewhere - so I’d predict similar if not lower starting prices to what we have now. Fingers crossed.

    Now they just have to release the damn things before I flipping *implode*.

  • josh
    March 17, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Yeah we have are own currency and the macbook pro at the present exchange rate would be $1753 USD, mac air $2215.11 USD, and the mac pro $4154.13 USD

  • Brad
    March 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Hint: The ‘A’ in front of the ‘$’ sign means that the price is in Australian Dollars

    We have our own currency.

    • Mike
      March 17, 2010 at 8:34 am

      *face palm*

  • Les Ribs
    March 17, 2010 at 8:24 am

    A$ means Australian currency

    • Mike
      March 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

      aaand, somehow I missed that the first time through. Still, I’m looking to see if the $400 difference was really a A$400 difference or if jumping across the pond is messing everything up. Stand by…

    • Mike
      March 17, 2010 at 8:30 am

      After a quick peek ’round the web, other countries’ Apple Stores are displaying some goofy pricing that’s not the norm. As far as raised prices — don’t count on it. Looks like it’s a simple case of missing the preceding monetary symbol beforehand.

  • josh
    March 17, 2010 at 8:02 am

    YES I have been waiting since January for the new release to buy a MacBook Pro if they jack the prices up this much with out some sort of new amazing technological breakthrough I will either go with the previous generation or none at all.

  • tutu
    March 17, 2010 at 7:56 am

    i dont believe that price is for american buyers. it just can’t be….i will get a macbook though..not a pro

    • Mike
      March 17, 2010 at 8:16 am

      Ya, I don’t think so either. (Well, at least *hope* so…)

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