Apple, known for its continuous commitment to innovation, just unveiled the new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models featuring the new Touch Bar feature and Touch ID technology.
Unfortunately, Apple is also known for the premium prices that it places on its products. The 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399 while the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,799. There is also the option of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro but with no Touch Bar, carrying a price tag that starts at $1,499. These prices are still very much on the high end, and do not yet include sales tax.
For users very much interested in Apple's newest laptops but are looking for a way to save on costs, Apple Insider noted that they can do so through one of Apple's biggest authorized resellers.
B&H Photo, which is known to promptly receive new products released by Apple, offers free shipping for preorders. In addition, B&H will not be collecting sales tax on orders that will be shipped outside New York, which alone will lead to significant savings for customers.
Taking advantage of the lack of a sales tax collection by B&H, customers will be able to save $120 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar and all the way up to more than $250 on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. These figures are calculated based on the average sales tax of 8 percent.
In addition to the savings that customers can enjoy from not having to pay sales tax, B&H is also offering AppleCare extended protection plans for the new MacBook Pros. Customers will be able to enjoy a $20 discount for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and a $50 discount for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, reducing the price of the plan for the laptops to $229 and $299, respectively.
Combining the discounts offered by the lack of sales tax and the lower-priced AppleCare extended protection plan, customers will be able to enjoy between $140 to over $300 in savings in purchasing the new MacBook Pros from B&H.
The Touch Bar is found at the top of the keyboard of the MacBook Pro, replacing the traditional function keys. The touch display strip offers shortcuts and controls that are either the most used ones by the user or are relevant to what the user is doing.
The new MacBook Pro models are also the first Mac computers to come with Apple's Touch ID technology, allowing users to unlock the laptop or authorize Apple Pay purchases through a tap of their finger.