So I've been thinking this is the year to upgrade. Last year I stretched my 2009 MBP with added RAM and a 256 SSD from OWC, which made it unbelievably faster. I played with the new Retina MBP at the Apple store, using Photoshop & InDesign (the programs I use all day). Honestly, I couldn't feel much of a difference, and I'm a professional graphic designer. The only thing that was REALLY nice was all the screen real estate in expanded view. I honestly still love mine, which is usually connected to a 27" display anyway. Not sure if the hype is warranted.