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This is how the price of the MacBook Pro has evolved from its original model

One of the most talked-about features of the new MacBook Pro (and frankly many new Mac models) is its price . We are talking about a computer oriented to the most demanding users, and therefore it has always been seen as something expensive for the vast majority of the general market.

Has it always been like that? We can always take a look at the official launch prices for all generations of MacBook Pro that have been around since the computer was named. Or what is the same: since you have Intel processors in your CPU instead of PowerPCs.

We will look at the launch price in dollars , as this is Apple’s original price and so we avoid the influence of the change in value that the euro has had over ten years. We will also focus on the 13 and 15-inch models and leave the 17-inch model out of the picture, as it has disappeared and we are interested in seeing an evolution to this day.

Here is the data table and its corresponding graph. The prices are, as we said, in dollars:

Generation

Base price 13″

Top of the range price 13″

Base price 15″

Top of the range price 15″

January 2006

1999

2499

May 2006

1999

2499

October 2006

1999

2499

June 2007

1999

2499

February 2008

1999

2499

October 2008

1999

2499

June 2009

1199

1499

1699

2299

April 2010

1199

1499

1799

2199

February 2011

1199

1499

1799

2199

October 2011

1199

1499

1799

2199

June 2012

1199

1499

1799

2199

October 2012

1699

1999

2199

2799

February 2013

1699

1999

2199

2799

October 2013

1299

1799

1999

3299

July 2014

1299

1799

1999

3199

March 2015

1299

1799

1999

3199

October 2016

1499

1999

2399

2799

What conclusions can we draw from this? Quite a few:

  • MacBook Pro prices started out very stable and fixed during the early years of the product’s life, when its specifications were renewed every few months. It was always less than a year.
  • The arrival of the 13-inch MacBook Pro in June 2009 brought the price of the 15-inch model down.
  • The arrival of the retinal display on the MacBook Pro raised all models with that screen from $400 to $600 (although those without a cheaper retinal display continued to sell).
  • As time goes by, a new generation of MacBook Pro is becoming cheaper (no engineering effort as it is not redesigned from the outside).
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    The most expensive MacBook Pro ever was the top-of-the-line 15-inch model in October 2013: $3,299, not counting additional upgrades you could configure.

  • The new MacBook Pro has brought the second highest price increase in this computer, but the top-of-the-line 15-inch model is cheaper.
  • MacBook Pro is getting less and less updated. It used to take months. Now we’ve waited a year and a half. Think of the iPhone and iPad revolution as occurring precisely at this time represented in the chart.
  • The base model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro has never been so expensive.

So, yes, the new MacBook Pro is more expensive. But in the past it’s been even more expensive, and we can tell that whenever a global redesign of the computer appears, the price goes up and in future revisions it goes down slightly . When will that next generation be? I do not dare to predict anything, seeing that for this current one we have had to wait since March 2015.

This is how the price of the MacBook Pro has evolved from its original model
This is how the price of the MacBook Pro has evolved from its original model

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