2012 13" MBP @ 1280x800... are you kidding me?!?!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KohPhiPhi, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    I cannot believe they've left the 2012 13" MBP at the very outdated 1280x800 resolution AGAIN !!!! I mean, not even a pesky upgrade to MBA-standard 1400x900.

    For the love of God... 1280x800 was the standard in 2006, and we're in 2012 !!!

    That was the only reason as of why I didnt buy the 2011 MBP 13", and it will be AGAIN the only reason as of why I wont buy the 2012 MBP 13".

    Am I the only one who thinks that Apple has made a huge mistake here?

    Man, I so wish the Asus Zenbook was OSX-enabled... They'd get my money right away.
  2. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    I would have expected at least it to match the MBA ?!! :confused:
  3. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Probably in hopes more get the retina version
  4. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    That's because it's pretty obvious that the 13" and 15" 'classic' Macbook Pros are just a temporary holdover. I expect a 13" retina Macbook Pro within a year, along with the quiet discontinuation of the old 13" and 15" models in one to two years.
  5. spongerabbit macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2012
    Agreed. Ditched the plan to wait anymore for the 13 incher after the specs leaked and got myself the hp dv6 with 1920x1080 resolution. Saved a few hundred bucks as a results.

    The best thing that it comes with a discrete gpu lol
  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    This is a better answer to what I was trying to say
  7. KohPhiPhi thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    There's not even a retina upgrade available in the 13" at all.

    What a disappointing upgrade, for Pete's sake!


    Well, they could have at least offer in the meantime a 1440x900 resolution like the Air offers. I mean, what is the point of offering the Air at a higher resolution than the Pro?!?! what is the logic behind that?!?! :eek:
  8. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Okay, I know I'm going to be alone on this but ... What's wrong with 1280 by 800 exactly?

    It keeps the machine cheap, text and images are crisp enough for me. When using the laptop, I cannot tell where one pixel ends and another begins. Honestly, what is the issue?

    Do people just want it updated for the sake of updating? I guess I don't just understand.

    If it matters, all my serious work is done on an external monitor.
  9. samac92 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    If you'd believed the rumours you wouldn't be disappointed. I expect Apple to release a 2560x1600 later in the year, hence why they would leave the current model at half that resolution.
  10. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Trying to keep the price down I guess.
  11. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011

    Just because it's called a Pro doesn't mean it's supposed to be the better machine.

    The 13" Macbook is perhaps Apple's best selling computer (and cheapest to manufacture after the Mini). It's good business sense to keep it as accessible as possible.

    There's a reason they're still in business you know.
  12. KohPhiPhi thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    This is a $1,XXX machine. It's not a cheap laptop. There's absolutely no excuse to offer only a 2006-standard resolution on $1000+ laptop.

    I swear to God I don't understand Apple's decision on this one.
  13. boomboom2 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2012
    Keeps the machine cheap? I don't consider $1200 base price cheap. Im confused why they didn't at least upgrade to the Air's resolution?
  14. Apple4Ever&Ever macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2012
    It is all about APPLE EXPERIENCE!
    Spec is pointless!
    Apple have enough cash already, they don't care what you think.
    This machine is still 100 times better than any Windows laptop in the world!
  15. Suno macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2011
    That sounds logical, but what would they replace the 'classic' MBP's with if they quietly discontinue it over the years?

    Right now, a base 'classic' 15" costs $1,799. If they remove that option, then the next cheapest 15" ends up costing $2,200.

    People would end up being stuck with one of two choices: Buy an unsatisfactory screen size 13" or go premium and pay several hundred dollars more for a retina 15" (when they might not even need retina).

    I guess I'm basically just defending my own position here because that's the position that I'm in. I don't quite need the 15" retina (certainly not willing to pay the premium for it), but I need something more then a 13" (even if it was retina).
  16. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Base retina will be 1799 by then
  17. slapple macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2008
    Since when do body parts advance like technology does? Human eyesight hasn't improved to 20/5 vision in the last 6 years.
  18. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    What standard? The most common resolution/size combo in PC laptops sold right now is 1366x768/15". The PPI is worse than the 13" MBP and color accuracy is generally worse as well.

    If you really want a computer from 2012, grab a MBA or Retina MBP. The current 13" MBP will surely be discontinued before Apple updates its screen.
  19. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Well then, you could always buy another laptop that offers you more resolution for less money.

    You have a choice as a customer you know, no one is making you buy Apple.

    Fact of the matter is the 13" Pro is the cheapest Apple laptop today ... Until they can source a higher resolution panel for the same price as they currently source the 1280 by 800 ... Chances are they won't be risking their profit margin.


    I won't pretend to know, but I know they have their reasons. Would you prefer an upgrade to the panel at the expense of the cost increasing?
  20. grrrz macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2012
    retina is still too expensive to be standard, they didn't release 13" retina (yet?), so they spend all their energy on the new deluxe macbook air, and just switch the processor to refresh the old models. so outdated resolution meets expansive deluxe macbook air with retina (or deluxe Ipad with keyboard)
  21. Mizzou02RS macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2005
    You're not alone. I have no problems with the resolution of the 13" MBP. It's the same as my current MacBook and I have zero issues with it at all.

    Retina is nice, but I can live without it. Matter of fact, I just bought a high-end 13" MBP this afternoon and I couldn't be happier.
  22. iMusings macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009

    Is this a troll post?

    A 1280 x 800 screen *may* help to keep the Macbook Pro cheap, but bigger and stronger forces are working against us to push Mac prices higher and higher.

    Cheaper PC laptops with higher resolution displays are cheaper than our said 13" MBP. Component prices aren't the only thing that affects final pricing you know, greed on the part of the supplier also does that.
  23. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    Then you don't understand business. The 13" Pro is their best-selling notebook. And I'll wager every penny I own that the vast majority of its buyers don't care about screen resolution, or even know what that means.

    So, as a profit-maximizing corporation, why would Apple produce a higher-resolution version that earns them a smaller margin, when they can sell just as many at the current resolution with a better margin?

    Look - I'm with you. I want a higher-res 13" as much as anyone else. It would be awesome.

    But I fully understand Apple's decision. It makes perfect business sense.
  24. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Hey man, I don't have all the answers.

    All I know is that screen resolution isn't one of my problems with the 13" Macbook Pro. I honestly, don't see the problem with the screen. Not trolling, maybe I just have lower standards than you do.
  25. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Not sure what the problem is...
    1280X800 resolution is still HD resolution.

    1199 dollars is not a terrible price for aluminum construction with Ivy bridge processor + Backlit keyboard.

    If you want higher resolution, there is 13 inch MBA and 15 inch retina display MBP...

    If you don't like any of them, then wait for next update or choose something else.

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