You’d assume the answer to my question would be “of course.” And in this case, you’d be right. But I had to ask, because a funny thing happened on the way to the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro released in June: Apple was actually charging less for its new super-resolutionary darling than a similarly configured 15-inch MacBook Pro without the new Retina screen. I’m not exaggerating or making that up.
And the company’s still doing so. The entry-level 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage runs $2,199. A 15-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro built to the same specs (the display notwithstanding) runs $2,399 — $2,499 if you bump the resolution up to 1680 x 1050. That’s a $200-$300 markup, all for a laptop with a boring old non-Retina screen. What madness is this?
Maybe it’s because rolling-your-own MacBook Pro requires Apple…
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