Yup, you read that right, and I already have one on order! People think Macs are expensive, but actually, they are quite competitive… a new similarly configured Intel Core Duo Dell 17″ laptop runs around $2900… The new 15.4″ MacBook Pro is $2500… sure, the screen sizes are different, but the MacBook Pro also includes an integrated iSight camera, 1GB of memory on 1 SIMM instead of 2, and software people will actually use (iLife ’06).
These are good times for Apple and their customers. Here is a link to their new advertisement. Enjoy!
UPDATE: Well, I decided to purchase this through Amazon.com instead of the regular Apple Store. I save $200 in tax alone, plus there is a $150.00 Rebate. I also used my Amazon.com associates ID to get an additional 4% off, and my Amex card to save yet another 1%. That’s over $450 in savings, with an estimated delivery of the end of March (instead of the end of February).