Hands On with Apple's New 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro

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    Following the introduction of the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro at its media event, Apple invited attendees to spend some time with the machine. Overall, the early hands-on impressions are favorable, with the reduction in thickness and weight making a significant difference for professionals on the go, but the high price tag associated with the Retina display and solid-state storage mean that it likely won't quite be able to inherit the non-Retina model's popularity just yet.

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    It's growing on me! Now if my bank account could catch up..
     
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    With no discrete graphics card, what differentiates this from a MacBook Air [if they were to drop a Retina display in it?] :confused:
     
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    oh man what a keynote !
     
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    I will never buy a 13" macbook.
    For portablility, I like the 11" air, and for real work, I can't deal with a screen smaller than 15". Even that is too small sometimes. I miss the 17".
     
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    Love my 15" rMBP.

    What's up with AAPL?
     
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    double the processing speed, far more I/O, bigger HD options
     
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    My wallet is in ICU critical at the moment. I don't know how much more it can take.
     
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    macrumors regular

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    Hopefully it will scroll smoothly.
     
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    There are 329 reasons for the AAPL drop...
     
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    I'm a little bummed not to see quad core CPU (or even a BTO option) for the 13" rMBP. That was the one thing that makes me pause when I think about buying one (though I'm perfectly happy with my 2011 13"MBA and quad core iMac).
     
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    Apple Inc.'s shares are down 1.8 percent to $622.34 in afternoon trading. The stock is down 12 percent from the all-time high of $705.07 touched on Sept. 21.
    :(
     
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    Well, I'm sure I'll be attacked for this, but I'm gonna say it anyway:

    Tiny harddrive, barely enough RAM (and not upgradable to the "enough" level), no dedicated graphics, only dual-core processors. It certainly isn't bad, but Apple just took the "pro" out of the 13" line. And come on - it's freaking expensive. If you upgrade the SSD to 512gb and get an i7 (still dual-core - WTF?) processor, it's only 99$ cheaper than the mid-level 15" rMBP, which packs a heck of a lot more power. What gives???

    the 13" is NOT a pro device in my opinion. It's more like a beefed-up and slightly heavier Macbook Air. For that, it just costs way too much.
     
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    They should add this sticker next to the keyboard:

    WARNING!

    Intel HD Graphics Inside. Avoid scrolling, zooming, dragging windows and other graphically intensive activities.
     
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    In my opinion, the price isn't justified, especially considering the HD4000 graphics.
     
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    If I was a shareholder then I'd be worried after seeing that keynote.
     
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    I'd say 30 reasons, the first 299 would have been fine, the extra 30 are just greedy
     
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    I can't wait for the time when I can afford a notebook with retina display ;)
    And... No 16GB RAM option, really??

    It's a very nice device. But with small RAM, slow graphic and that price some happy customers have to pay a hefty early adopters fee. Enjoy!
     
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    I like the iPad Mini (a lot - just sold my normal iPad 3rd gen because it was way too heavy for my taste) - but the price is a no-go for now. Plus I already pre-ordered a Surface anyway.
     
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    Tell me, have you ever used a 30" ACD connected to a MacBook since the switch to MiniDisplay Port in 2008 ? Because I've not had any issues with running 2560x1600 pixels on integrated graphics before...
     
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    I thought the same thing till I bought a 13" and fell in love, it was a best of both worlds for me. but to each their own.
     
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    This. Intel HD integrated graphics = PASS.

    For this price, I refuse to invest in another Intel chip as they try to figure out how to get their act together and make a GPU worth a damn. Oh yeah, and it is now driving a higher resolution screen which means it is taxed even more than regular leaving even LESS performance left on the table.

    I will wait until official benchmarks are out but it isn't looking like too good of a deal as of right now.
     
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    All of my shares sold a few months ago because I had a stop loss order for 550. I'm hoping it drops back down around there so I can scoop it back up!
     
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    Just ordered a maxed out one.

    woo hoo
    just ordered one of these toys to play with for 14 days !!!
     
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    To pricey for me.
     

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