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

Apple Upgrades 15″ MacBook Pro and iMac, Skips Australia Tax
To sign up for our daily newsletter covering the latest news, hacks and reviews, head HERE. For a running feed of all our stories, follow us on Twitter HERE. Or you can bookmark the Lifehacker Australia homepage to visit whenever you need a fix.

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.

Picture: Getty Images

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.