A price comparison between the old-model MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Pro with Retina display reveals that it is actually more profitable to buy the brand new model with SSD storage, crisp visuals, a thinner silhouette and non-upgradable RAM.
The all-new MacBook Pro is a killer, no doubt about it. At $2,199, it’s also going to dry you up faster than a professional pickpocket. Whether or not Apple is intentionally trying to entice high-end users to go with the newer model (and who would blame them), the same CPU-RAM-storage configuration will actually cost you more if you go for the older design with a bulky chassis and a low-res display.
The old MacBook Pro does come with the added advantage of reading compact discs, a technology that Apple is actively trying to ditch across its entire lineup. It’s also equipped with an Ethernet port, something which the new Pro doesn’t offer.