MacBook Pros get a CPU upgrade for free

By Justin Mann on February 14, 2006, 5:30 PM
Purchasers of the $1999 and $2499 models of the MacBook Pro are in for a pleasant surprise. A free upgrade. No special offer, no rebate, just the fact that machines will have faster processors than initially advertised. The lower priced model originally was spec'ed for a 1.67GHz Intel Core Duo and the more pricey one a 1.83GHz. Now, it will be 1.83GHz for the lower priced and 2.0GHz for the higher priced. Best of all, no changes in retail pricing now and none are planned. As the article states, this definitely could be a way for Apple to help make up for sales lower than predicted, buying both publicity and getting more interest from end users, which can perhaps convince people who might buy a lower priced Windows machine to try the MacBook Pro.

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DragonMaster said:
That's like high-speed Internet, they raise the speed instead of lowering the prices!
sngx1275 said:
This is pretty cool, glad Apple did it, its not costing them all that much to do it really (what it costs is in the article) and they are getting lots of positive word of mouth advertising out of this no doubt.I had a very similar thing happen to me when I ordered my 1.5Ghz G4 Powerbook. I didn't order it from Apple, I ordered from MacMall (I called MacMall and told them that apple will give me an educational discount since I'm faculty and asked them if they could do better). They sold it to me with a bunch of free crap (after rebate). But a week later it still hadn't shipped, so I called them to ask wtf? and they said sorry, what you ordered was out of stock, you can cancel your order and get your money back, or wait a couple days and we'll send you the 1.67 with the DL dvd burner and the bigger hd for the same price as that 1.5 you bought with the cd burner and small hd.
sngx1275 said:
Wow DragonMaster. 11 seconds. (check the time posted if you are confused).Maybe if you would have written another one of your Prize Winning posts I would have won :)
exscind said:
This is a nice gesture by Apple, and certainly a good move to keep the users to pay attention to Apple's line of products. The boost is no small change either; a change of 1.67 to 1.83GHz and 1.83 to 2.0GHz are very good upgrades, especially considering that it is free of charge.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]Maybe if you would have written another one of your Prize Winning posts I would have won[/quote]I do that only when people talk about it... Like right now!
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