Well since my laptop is under replacement from apple and will take around 4 weeks to ship from another country(no apple stores) I have decided to take the plunge and buy a new macbook this week which was anyways due in a couple of months. The replacement would be used by my dad. I intend on going in for the top of the line 15inch cMBP or the 2.7ghz retina with 16gb ram and 512gb ssd. My usage includes final cut, logic pro, motion, after effects, aperture. I do make use of the optical drive often. What would be better suited to my usage? A bit better battery life? Storage is my concern as my current macs 750 gb hdd had about 30 gb free. But then again i do have a coupe of thunderbolt hdd. Also i have been reading about the image retention issues on the retina should that bother me or has apple taken care of it?