2/14/13

MacBook Updated, Shareholder Lawsuits

Apple has quietly updated the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and also dropped its price. The low-end MacBook Pro with a 13-inch Retina display and 128GB of storage is now $1,499, $200 less than before. The 256GB model is $300 cheaper at $1,699. These now come with a slightly faster 2.6GHz processor. The 15-inch models also received a processor boost to a 2.4GHz or 2.7GHz quad-core processor. The high-end model now also ships with 16GB of memory. The MacBook Air is also less expensive now, with a price tag of $1,399 for the high-end 13-inch 256GB model.
Apple is busy with legal matters as usual, but this time in disputes with its own shareholders. At issue is Apple’s large cash holdings. At least two groups of shareholders are arguing that Apple should find a way to return some of that money to the shareholders. Apple currently issues a $2.65/share dividend each quarter, including one this week.