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SA MacBook pricing announced

2012-06-15 10:10

Cape Town - Local distributers Core Group announced the South African pricing of the new range of Apple laptop computers on Thursday.

The computers were launched by the Cupertino-based company recently and include the Retina display of the latest generation iPad.

Recommended retail prices in SA start at R10 499 for the MacBook Air with a 28cm screen size. The device sports a powerful 1.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 processor and 64GB of flash memory.

At the top of the range is the MacBook Pro with a 40cm screen size at R29 999. A 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor powers this device and it has 8GB of RAM with 512GB flash memory.

All the other Apple computers in the range have one Thunderbolt port versus two in the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro. Apple has included USB 3.0 ports to transfer data at high speeds. The company claims battery life of between five to seven hours, depending on model.

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But not everyone is happy about the new range. US bloggers have argued that the new Apple range is not environmentally friendly and hurts consumers because it is difficult to repair.

"The Retina MacBook is the least repairable laptop we've ever taken apart: Unlike the previous model, the display is fused to the glass, which means replacing the LCD requires buying an expensive display assembly," wrote Kyle Wiens co-founder of iFixit, an online repair community known for their repair manuals and product teardowns.

He said that aspects of the hardware made it difficult to upgrade the device.

"The RAM is now soldered to the logic board - making future memory upgrades impossible. And the battery is glued to the case, requiring customers to mail their laptop to Apple every so often for a $200 replacement."

As companies race to offer consumers thinner and lighter products, it is likely that the compromise will be a deteriorating capability to upgrade the hardware.


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Comments
  • jman.man.71 - 2012-06-15 10:31

    11k is a bit much for an "non-up-gradable" laptop for me...even if its an Mac. And the i5 isn't *that* great either.

      lydonmcg - 2012-06-15 11:07

      The thing is that if you have R11k to spend on a low-end Mac, chances are you're going to have that amount of money to spend on a newer model by the time you would need an upgrade. It's a non-issue for me, considering I'll be upgrading to newer models every 2 years or so.

      jman.man.71 - 2012-06-15 11:46

      Still...I would at least want the *choice* to upgrade or not. Typical Apple.

      Glyn - 2012-06-15 12:21

      How many people upgrade a computer now? Almost none!

      TSR01 - 2012-06-15 13:33

      @Glyn, computer tech advances in leaps and bounds, and is showing little sign of slowing; the exponential increases in performance (in CPU's, quad core, hexa core and octa core, for example), and SSD hard drives (still increasing in storage capacity), LCD / LED screen improvements (LED screens are up to 80% more energy efficient than their LCD counterparts, with an average life expectancy of up to 20 years longer), and that's just the tip of the iceberg. PCI-E USB 3.0 cards with 5Gb/s hard drive speeds on docked server stations, for comparison's sake, beats SATA 3.0 conventional transfer thresholds of 3Gb/s -> that is already a massive improvement, especially in terms of SSD harddrives, where data transfer rates are almost instantaneous! Back when the 56k dial-up modem was released, it was deemed perfect and ideal, that we would never need anything more. With entry-level internet packages now touching on 512kbps (384kbps is falling away) and 1024kbps (1mbps), I'm sure you'll understand that over 9x faster internet speeds accommodated by new technology within 20 years of development, means that computer and tech are STILL DEVELOPING at a blazing speed. If you can't upgrade something, it WILL become redundant over time. Perhaps not instantly, perhaps not even in the next 3 years, but give it enough time, and it will be forgotten, like the Atari gaming console, or the Pentium 386.

  • clivelang1 - 2012-06-15 10:55

    Not nice machines. No buitlt in Optical drive and you have to use the thunderbolt port to network the thing....no way not at the price. Other machines are just as good, if not better and they have evrything built in and are customisable.

      doug.gass1 - 2012-06-15 11:09

      I've used macs for work since about 2004, used other machines for personal use. 2 things I've noticed: Mac laptops last about twice as long as customizable PC equivalents. Most mac users buy them for the operating system.

      Mphahlele Tpz Thapza Thapelo - 2012-06-15 16:57

      Mac is a product u can buy being sure it will last u.....the operating system is worth it too

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-06-15 11:09

    1.5-2x more expensive than a Windows machine - not upgradeable - can't even replace the battery. Apple wants even MORE money.

      JNaMolefe - 2012-06-15 11:27

      Agree with you, Apple wants money for their dream home, their expenses, and much more... Very clever of them, i found out that Apple VS PC are the same, same processor, same speed, Apple = R10 000 and PC = R6000 or less, how can they be sure of selling expensive computers to the people, what if the motherboard is blown, what if it fails? Such as wasting money is not right... I built a PC myself, and loaded MAC into my PC, much faster but cheaper, thanks to God!

      jman.man.71 - 2012-06-15 11:47

      Exactly.

      Mphahlele Tpz Thapza Thapelo - 2012-06-15 16:59

      @ jnamolefe hw dd u load Mac os?

      phil.losopher.3 - 2012-06-15 18:26

      I'll pay 5 times the price for a mac if I have to. I have a mac and a windows laptop. I dread the times when I have to start up windows because of some software that's not available for mac. If you spend all day working on a laptop..best you get a mac..there's a million little reasons why it's better.

  • ruan.crane - 2012-06-15 12:43

    I'll wait for the new range of windows laptops (the i5 and i3) coming out later the year. My laptop blew it's motherboard this year after 3years of hard work. What did I learn... whatever you buy extend the warranty. Luckily I did 3 years ago and HP ficed my laptop within a week. Shipping your mac pro to apple...I expect a longer waiting list for it to be repaired.... Can anyone please tell me if they actually use the thunderbolt ports? I haven't met one person yet.

  • Will - 2012-06-15 18:21

    Ag please: 'the device sports a powerful 1.7GHz Dual-Core ...' My HP laptop , bought 2 yrs ago has a faster processor... Not that great if you ask me , not for that price anyway.

  • badballie - 2012-06-17 10:56

    The main stream user of computers now days, has very little knowledge of how computers work or whats is inside them, so a unit that serves specific functions and needs to be replaced rather than upgraded will sell well with this sector of the market. the techie and the poorer users will stick to up-gradable versions due to the ease of upgrading and the relative cheapness of individual parts. One also of course needs to understand that we are a throw away generation, who have been well trained in the practice of "if it stops working throw away and replace" mentalities, which has over the years allowed major corporations to build cheaper and cheaper merchandise that has lower life spans and increases sale revenues while guaranteeing return business. It is such a pity that in a recyclable age we allow big business to take the easy and cheap way out.

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