macbooks, pricing and being apple.

I currently own a 2008 Unibody Macbook. The one they later called Pro. I am in the market for a new Macbook and was hoping there would be a Space Grey Macbook today. "Unfortunately" they didn't release one. In any case I was checking out some of the configuration on a 13" Macbook and I noticed that the price varies with some processor bumps.

So I picked the lowest configuration and checked out the processor configurations and noticed a $100 or a $300 upgrades.

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Since Anandtech reviews are not up I cannot judge if I would really see any difference by upgrading to any of these (apart from adding another 4 GB of RAM) and decided to do some high level analysis.

Turns out Intel sells 2.4 and 2.6 listed above at the same price and there is close to a $100 difference only if you go for 2.8GHz(i7).

Apple on the other hand has a $100 difference between 2.4GHz (i5) and 2.6GHz(i5) and a $300 (or $200 from 2.6 i5) difference between 2.6 and 2.8 (i7).

You can check the Intel Spec sheet and there is only a 100-200MHz difference across different factors between 2.4 and 2.6.,75990,75991

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Ref: Mobile processor section and look for IRIS GPU

I understand Apple takes (a lot of?) effort to configure these with their designs to make sure they work well giving standard results and this is probably cost of that.

What value did apple see in offering 2.4 i5 and 2.6 i5 separately? Could they not have just offered the 2.6 i5 for 1299 and 2.8 i7 for 1499? Or is this the cost of providing Free iLife, iWork and Mavericks to everyone?

Now my mind tells me 2.4(i5) – 2.6(i5) is not much of a gain whatever may be the use. I am not an expert. What do you think?