Apple Upgrades 15" MacBook Pro and iMac, Skips Australia Tax

Apple has upgraded its MacBook Pro and iMac lines overnight with faster storage — but no sign of Intel's Broadwell lines. The good news here is that there's no real price premium for buying them in Australia.

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There are two new models of 15" MacBook Pro on offer. Both now feature the Force Touch trackpad found on the 13" Pro and straight MacBooks, Intel Iris Graphics, a slight boost in claimed battery life to nine hours and Intel Core i7 "Haswell" processors. The 2.2GHz model costs $US1999, while the 2.5GHz configuration is $US2499.

Putting that through a rough currency conversion and adding the necessary ten per cent for GST, bearing in mind US prices always omit sales tax, and you get around $2776 for the entry level model and around $3470 for the higher end MacBook Pro.

That compares pretty well with the listed Australian prices for the new MacBook Pro, which come in at $2799 and $3499 respectively.

The only new overnight entrant to the iMac family is a reconfiguration of the 27" Retina 5K model, which in the US sells for $1999. Local pricing is, like the MacBook Pro, set at $2799.


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