Yesterday, Engadget observed that Apple (s aapl) didn’t just release a new MacBook Air but also added a nice built to order option for their 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. Now, for an additional $400, you can upgrade to a 2.8GHz Core i7 (s intc) processor.
Previously, there was an option for a Core i7 processor running at 2.66GHz over the standard Core i5, clocked at 2.53 GHz, for an additional $200. That options remains, but for true power users, this may be a nice way to eliminate the need for that Core i7 iMac and simply add a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display to your home office if you’re often working from the road. My preferred configuration is to get a new MacBook Air and go with the Core i7 iMac, but the new Air may not meet your processing needs.
The $400 price is pretty steep for the upgrade, but that’s just a reminder that despite lower prices among its other offerings, Apple still caters very much to the high end of computing market.
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