Right after the new MacBook Pro lineup has been officially announced, Apple’s Malaysian online store has been updated with the new laptops. The good news: the local pricing of these laptops are almost equivalent to their retail prices in the US. The bad news? It retails from a whopping RM6,299.
For the sake of comparison, the 2015 MacBook Pro is currently going for RM5,499: that’s a difference of RM800. However, if we look closer, the new MacBook Pro now ships with at least 256GB of SSD storage; that’s double the storage of last year’s base model, not to mention the many new hardware under the hood.
In any case, if you’re looking to get the new MacBook Pro, the most affordable 13-inch model – without the new Touch Bar and only two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports – retails at RM6,299. It features a 2.0GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe SSD, as well as Intel Iris Graphics 540.
One tier up is the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Touch Bar and four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. It also has a faster 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe SSD, and Intel Iris Graphics 550. This particular model retails at RM7,599 – the price goes up to RM8,399 for double the SSD storage at 512GB.
Finally, there’s the beefier 15-inch MacBook Pro. It’s equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor paired with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe SSD storage, a Radeon Pro 450 GPU with 2GB of memory, and of course, the new Touch Bar and Touch ID. This base model goes for a whopping RM10,199, and those who want more storage and power can go for the higher-end RM11,999 model with a 512GB PCIe SSD as well as a Radeon Pro 455 GPU.
According to the listing of these products, the new MacBook Pro laptops will only start shipping to consumers in Malaysia in the next six to eight weeks. In any case, the entry point for MacBook Pro laptops has gotten much higher now, especially for the model equipped with the new Touch Bar.