Apple Macbook (2016): Australian pricing and availability

Alex Kidman 19 April 2016 NEWS


Apple has updated its fancy MacBook line with new processors. Here’s what you’ll pay and what you’ll get in the newly updated MacBook line.

Apple sells three different types of laptops under the "MacBook" branding. At the entry level, the thin and light 11-inch MacBook Air lines start at $1399. At the full fat level, the MacBook Pro lines sell in 13-inch and 15-inch variants starting at $1,999.

In the middle sits Apple’s lines of what it simply calls MacBooks. That used to be the moniker for Apple’s absolute entry level plastic laptops, replaced only last year with a full metal unibody MacBook with a USB C port for both charging and data connections. It’s the MacBook line that Apple has updated today, with Core m3 and Core m5 processors, 8GB of RAM as standard and the choice of standard MacBook Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold finishes.

Apple’s local list price for the new MacBook models starts at $1,999 for the 1.1Ghz Core m3 model and $2,449 for the faster Core m5 variant.

In terms of comparison with US list price, Apple sells the two baseline configurations of the MacBook at US$1,299 and US$1,599 respectively. Those prices are sans sales tax (because it varies state to state) so in order to convert them for comparison, you’ve got to add the relevant local tax (in our case, GST at 10%). Converting plus GST suggests pricing of around $1832 and $2256 respectively, so sadly it looks like we’re being hit rather heavily with the dreaded "Australia Tax" for these specific MacBook models.

Here are the core specifications for the new MacBooks:

Model MacBook 1.1Ghz Core m3 MacBook 1.2Ghz Core m5
Display 12in 12in
Resolution 2304x1440 2304x1440
Pixels per inch 226ppi 226ppi
Weight 920g 920g
Camera 480p FaceTime Camera 480p FaceTime Camera
Processor 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor
Memory 8GB 8GB
Storage 256GB 512GB
Battery 41.4 watt-hour lithium polymer 41.4 watt-hour lithium polymer
Software Mac OS X El Capitan Mac OS X El Capitan
Price $1,999 $2,449

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