Apple has unveiled a new 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring the Apple M1 chip, replacing the previous Intel x86 models. Apple retained the same price point for the notebook at $1299. Expected price in South Africa is about R25 999

The 8-core CPU offers up to 2.8x faster performance compared with the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro. Thanks to the efficiency of the M1 chip, the new MacBook Pro offers up to 20 hours of video playback on a single charge, twice the previous quoted figure.

Apple says the 13-inch MacBook Pro compares favourably to Windows laptops in its class, offering up to 3x better performance.

The M1 chip also brings the Neural Engine for high-speed machine learning compute. Apple called it the world’s fastest compact pro notebook for ML tasks.

Apple also added its ‘studio quality’ mic array to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and upgraded the webcam through improvements to the image signal processor.

The new machine also features two USB-C ports that support USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4, allowing the computer to drive the 6K Pro Display XDR at full resolution.

However, one possible downside: it appears this new MacBook Pro will only be available with 16 GB of RAM.

The new MacBook Pro is expected in arrive in South Africa within the next few weeks.

Click here for: MacBook Pro price in South Africa.


Moses · November 12, 2020 at 8:51 am

The markup is shocking. What is the extra R7000 supposed to imply?

    Michael · November 12, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Hi Moses

    Thanks for the comment.

    This is a question I get asked often. I don’t work for Apple or Core Group, who sell Apple products in South Africa but I can provide some insight.

    Apple’s listed price in the US doesn’t include VAT, so even in the US you wouldn’t be paying that price. Secondly there are a number of factors that get added for importing into South Africa including Shipping cost, Import Duties and Cost of Sale in South Africa.

    There is also the big factor of the exchange rate which has a large impact on the pricing.

    I hope this provides a little insight into why the costs in South Africa are so much higher.

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