Apple's flagship laptops combine the power of Yosemite, OS 10.10, with Apple's hallmark reliability and ease of use to make the MacBook Pro the perfect combination for college students today. They feature:
- Next-generation quad-core and dual-core Intel processors. The 13-inch MacBook Pro now features a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor or the fastest dual-core processor available - the 2.9GHz Intel Core i7.
- The graphics performance you need, when you need it. The integrated Intel Iris or Iris Pro graphics handles the things you do every day.
- The Force Touch trackpad is the Multi-touch trackpad pushed even further, with new capabilities
- A long-lasting battery. Charge less. Do more. The new MacBook Pro delivers amazing battery life - up to 10 or 12 hours
- Yosemite includes: Pages, Keynote, and Numbers
Note: It doesn't matter if you buy it from an Apple Store or online through our links. Our links simply go directly to the normal Apple online store, and Bucknell receives a small commission if you order from there. But the models and specs and pricing are identical.
Retina Display and MacBook Details - The Retina Display MacBook Pros offer a Retina display and all flash architecture in a thin and light package. The new MacBook has just come out. What does this mean?
- The pictures on the screen will be brighter and clearer
- Instead of normal hard drives, only solid state flash drives are used, which make everything load and run faster
- They weigh a pound less than a standard 13" MacBookPro and they're thinner
But . . .
- They have no CD/DVD drive
- They have no ethernet jack (for a network cable)
- They have no Firewire ports (standard on Macs forever)
- They have a different MagSafe2 power adapter than all other Macs
- They cost more than a regular 13" MacBookPro
- Flash solid state drives are considerably smaller (128gb or 256gb) than normal hard drives (500gb standard, or 750gb optional)
- Most importantly, Apple has designed them in a way that does not allow upgrades or standard repair work. Any repairs will require the computer to be shipped back to Apple.
We can offer some support for students who buy a Retina display Macbook Pro or the new Macbook, but many repairs can only be repaired by Apple. It is the student's responsibility to contact Apple and arrange for these repairs. This includes all spills or drops, failed hard drives, and failing batteries, as well as any other hardware issues.
Which Mac do we recommend?
It is entirely up to you. Here are some considerations:
- The smallest, lightest Macs are the new MacBook and the MacBook Airs - the tradeoff is that they both have slower processors
- You can't upgrade any of the Retina models, the MacBook, or the MacBook Airs after you buy them
- We can only do very limited repairs on Retina models, the MacBook, or the Airs - they are sealed and glued shut like an iPhone
- We highly recommend that you buy an external hard drive and use the built-in Time Machine software to back up your laptop!
Apple's Back to School Promotions:
For details, check out Apple's Back to School Promotion page!