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Want the fastest version of Apple’s new Retina MacBook? Get ready to fork over at least $250 more

1.3GHz Retina Macbook Release Date Price

Much has been said about the 12-inch Retina MacBook’s performance. The new laptop that isn’t on par with what the Air and Pro have to offer in terms of raw power, but it will still offer a more-than-capable computing experience packed into a shockingly slim case. Even so, buyers looking to get their hands on Apple’s slimmest and best-looking MacBook to date this Friday should know there’s also a slightly faster MacBook in Apple’s lineup. Of course, the device is unsurprisingly even more expensive than the models Apple initially announced.

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The most basic MacBook model costs $1,299, featuring a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The more expensive model has a 1.2GHz Core M chip, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, and it’s priced at $1,599.

MacRumors reports that on top of that, Apple will also be able to offer buyers a MacBook model that features a faster 1.3GHz Intel Core M chip. The configure-to-order option is available for both model above, but it’ll come at a significant price bump. For some reason, the upgrade is cheaper for the 512GB MacBook model ($150) than for the 256GB model ($250).

The update pricing details for the new MacBook line follow below, as featured by MacRumors:

  • 1.1 GHz with 256 GB storage: $1299
  • 1.3 GHz with 256 GB storage: $1549
  • 1.2 GHz with 512 GB storage: $1599
  • 1.3 GHz with 512 GB storage: $1749

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.