A source has sent us updated MacBook Pro part numbers that corroborate with the ones we posted a few days ago. Even better is that these part numbers have come with some new prices. The price conversions don’t really work out too well with the American Dollar but in terms of the Australian Dollar, both new 13 inch models will be $100 cheaper ($1399 and $1699 AU). Apple’s pricing points seem to go by $100s no matter where you are on the map, so we’re thinking the U.S. will see price drops by the $100s, too.
On to the 15 inch models, this new information backs up earlier rumors pointing to Apple dropping one of the 15 inch SKUs. The entry level 15 inch model will supposedly stick to the current $2099 AU pricing point but the interesting thing going on here is that Apple’s dropping the current $2399 and $2699 AU priced-models in favor of a single $2499 AU 15 inch MacBook Pro. That makes two MacBook Pro 15-inch configurations.
The situation with the granddaddy of Apple notebooks is even more interesting as it looks like the price is going up. Apple currently sells one 17 inch MacBook Pro standard configuration and it costs $2798 AU. The new model is said to cost $2899 AU. The current 17 inch MacBook Pro comes with an i5 processor, but you can get a built-to-order version with an i7 for $3088 AU. We’re thinking Apple’s dropping the i5 from the 17 inch model and making the 17 inch a standard i7-equipped machine. That would be a $200 price drop, and that’s fantastic.
Update: We have been told by two separate sources that the white 13 inch MacBooks are not on the brink of discontinuation. We’ll have to see how the new Apple notebook lineup works out… seems too cozy at this point.