Is it me or does it seem as if the 15" has become small potatoes and low priority as of late? I just get the feeling that the only apple product to get less love than the 15" MBP is the mac mini.
I was surprised that the refresh took a while (Jun 2012 - Oct 2013) and that there were so few changes. The 13" actually saw a small redesign and the refresh time was shorter. There is still UI lag and I believe that Apple could eliminate totally if it was a high priority for them. Anand still hasn't posted his review. It seems as of late, there are more posts in this forum about the 13" instead of the 15". I'm wondering if the 15" is experiencing the industry switch from power/performance to portability/price.
This is nothing new. Macs don't count for a large part of Apple's business anymore. It really has nothing to do with Apple not caring about the 15". Perhaps you just have high expectations?
Keep in mind that there was just a major redesign last year.
True but the 13" had a major redesign last year and Apple gave it a minor redesign with less time between refreshes than the 15".
I think it is clear Macs are not important to them any more. If it doesn't run iOS they couldn't give a ****, iOS is where the money is, iOS is where they can innovate the largest amounts. There isn't much you can add to a notebook now all the parts are dictated by 3rd parties (Intel, NVIDIA, AMD etc) with their iOS devices they can make their own chips and due to their volumes they can get companies to produce whatever they want at whatever size they want it at like the Retina IGZO displays and the fingerprint reader.
I love all their products I just wish they came as advertised.
I guess I'm lucky, my 15" MBP screen is great.
I was surprised that the refresh took a while (Jun 2012 - Oct 2013) and that there were so few changes.
I think what happened with the 13" is the original 13" Retina was supposed to take a 2.5" Solid State Drive / Hard Disk. That is what that massive void under the trackpad was for (A 2.5" SSD fits in there perfect) but then later on they realised it would be better to use an SSD Stick, the same one that the iMac, MacBook Pro and eventual Mac Pro would use.
Then they realised there is little point redesigning the whole notebook just because we want to change the SSD arrangement so they put in a little plastic holder in where the 2.5" drive was supposed to go and ran a long cable between the SSD Stick and the motherboard.
A very strange design right?
Then 2013 Rolls around, the void is removed, the motherboard and battery arrangement is altered, no longer is the SSD stick attached by a cable it is connected directly to the motherboard like the 15" is.
That is my theory as to why the 13" was redesigned. I actually think they were originally going to go with a 2.5" Hard Drive in the system to keep costs low but later realised if this was going to be a Retina MacBook Pro and "looking towards the future" as Phil put it on stage when the 15" was unveiled that it would need to use an SSD Stick but by the time the economics made sense it was too late to redesign the notebook so they waited until the next year to fix things.
Look at the 2008->2009 15" cMBP bump. What were the big changes? Nothing major, the most notable change is that they removed discrete graphics on the base model to lower the price of entry. Reminds you of something?
Are you sure? I remember looking at the website and I thought it said it was just a dGPU with something like 256MB's of vRAM vs 512MB's...Apple loves cutting vRAM for lower prices...but I could be wrong.