SA MacBook pricing announced

2012-06-15 10:10
This photo shows the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, in New York. (Kathy Willens, AP)

This photo shows the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, in New York. (Kathy Willens, AP)

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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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