Originally Posted by cmChimera
It's the only laptop with a resolution that high, it's almost as thin as the Macbook Air, It has all the power of a regular Macbook Pro, it has asymmetrical fans that are pretty quiet, it has better speakers than the normal Macbook Pro despite it's thinner status, it manages to not blow up despite the smaller enclosure and specs, oh and it runs on SSD flash storage. It's really hard NOT to see the innovation.
I think most of the things you mentioned are really just evolutionary changes to existing technologies that don't really change how the laptop operates or is used. I do agree the Retina display is beautiful, and I forgot about the fans. I remember when that was discussed at a Keynote, and I thought that was pretty damn cool. When running processor-intensive apps, the fan really does make a lot of noise on my current 15" cMBP. I wonder how a rMBP compares.
One thing is for sure, I like the specs on the rMBP, and I certainly will be getting one within the year.
Originally Posted by Dreamer2go
The display matters. No one has done something like this before to a laptop screen. Once I went for retina display, I couldn't go back... I certainly think it's an innovation, albeit a small one.
What do you want in your "innovative" laptop? Fold-able screens? Infinite battery life?
I certainly love my cMBP, and I will eventually get a rMBP for my next laptop. I don't disagree that the current Retina display is beautiful. I just think it is a similar improvement to what has been happening to laptop displays on Apple's laptops throughout the years: increased resolution with each new model. Maybe I shouldn't have made the comment that it is not innovative. Perhaps I should have made the point that it is not a game-changing innovation.