I’ve already declared my love for the new MacBook Pro, so I won’t bore you by gushing all over it again. However, there was one thing that did put me off a little, and that is its hefty price tag. Starting at $2,199, it’s one of Apple’s most expensive notebooks to date, and it’s $400 more than the last-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro.
But here’s one thing that may surprise you: If you take the specifications you get with the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro (the new one) and add them to the older MacBook Pro — obviously not including the Retina display, because it’s not available on the old one — it will cost you $300 more.
That makes the new MacBook Pro seem cheap, doesn’t it?
So technically, you’re paying an extra $300 to have an optical drive and a FireWire port over a that stunning Retina display. And what’s more, you’ll have more than an extra pound to lug around. Who would choose the older model?
I think it’s pretty clear, then, that Apple wants you to purchase the new MacBook Pro over the old one, even if it means the older one has to hit the clearance bin sooner than other machines.
[via Cult of Mac]