Buy Retina Macbook Pro now or wait for Mountain Lion?

blueicedj

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I'm currently in the market for a new Macbook Pro. Now that the retina Macbook has been shown and looks awesome I was wondering if I should go ahead and get it now or wait for Mountain Lion to come out so it is installed fresh. I know I can get a free update if I buy it now but I would it run better with a fresh install of Mountain Lion rather than Lion updated to Mountain Lion? Thanks for the help.
 

mohsy90

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Feb 4, 2011
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I'm currently in the market for a new Macbook Pro. Now that the retina Macbook has been shown and looks awesome I was wondering if I should go ahead and get it now or wait for Mountain Lion to come out so it is installed fresh. I know I can get a free update if I buy it now but I would it run better with a fresh install of Mountain Lion rather than Lion updated to Mountain Lion? Thanks for the help.
Seems like a pointless thing to wait for, just because you want a "fresh install," honestly won't make a difference.
 
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bigalow

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Feb 16, 2012
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won't you be able to do a clean install? worse case, it's a extra $19.99. That covers all of your compatible macs.
 
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RSully

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It will ship with Lion. The back up partition will have Lion and the free upgrade to ML will be just an upgrade. So, how do you do a fresh install?
The same way you do a fresh install of Lion when you installed on Snow Leopard from MAS. You install it, then boot into the updated recovery partition and format the disk, then install it again.
 
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ubercool

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It will ship with Lion. The back up partition will have Lion and the free upgrade to ML will be just an upgrade. So, how do you do a fresh install?
Same trick as with Lion, create a bootable installer on your USB stick -- buy a 3.0 version, it will go much faster! :D
 
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MacRumoren

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Jul 20, 2010
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Would I be bad if I copy my current Lion onto the new MBP when it arrives?

I remember using the "Move my Mac" function a while ago, and it seriously sucked, missing all kinds of files and apps and certain settings not transferred properly.

I hope there is a way to clone my existing disk/OS onto the SSD in the new MBP?
 
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pragmatous

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You get mountain lion for free.

The OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date upgrade will be available at no additional charge from the Mac App Store to all customers who purchase a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 11, 2012.

I'm currently in the market for a new Macbook Pro. Now that the retina Macbook has been shown and looks awesome I was wondering if I should go ahead and get it now or wait for Mountain Lion to come out so it is installed fresh. I know I can get a free update if I buy it now but I would it run better with a fresh install of Mountain Lion rather than Lion updated to Mountain Lion? Thanks for the help.
 
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LaidBack

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Does anyone know of any disadvantages in performance or space requirements from the OS after doing an upgrade vs. a clean install?
 
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