Honestly can't decide which MBP to get. I am stuck between the Mid 2012 cMBP and the base late 2013 13" rMBP. I have already gone through two 13" rMBP both which suffered from image retention. The first one was real bad that images would display long after being displayed that I didn't even have to look for it, we are talking within 2 minutes of being displayed. Returned it and contemplated on going with the 2012 cMBP. Instead couple days later purchased another 13" rMBP from another authorized dealer. While IR wasn't as bad, it was still there and my concerns with it later done the future out of warranty or without Apple worries me. Exchanged it for a Mid 2012 cMBP and thought I'd give it a run to compare with the retina. Honestly I wouldn't mind the 13" rMBP, sure the display is nice, but I am not buying it for the retina display. I believe the majority of people will not utilize the retina display, plenty of these people simply use their systems for Facebook and emails. Don't get me wrong I've got a 22" IPS display I use with my desktop and all my other devices (tablet,phone) do have wonderful resolutions, so I can appreciate the display of the retina. My main gripe with not fully committing to the rMBP is upgradability and the ability to service it. This will be my FIRST Apple product and while I understand the build quality is there to last, lets be honest, technology/hardware fails and theres nothing we can do about it. I don't intend to purchase apple care so I am a little conceded with the repairs down the road that could end up being a fortune. Simply put I don't want a luxury laptop that in a couple years I have to thrash out because I am not willing to throw a few more hundreds to Apple for them to repair it. Do you guys see this as an issue? Battery looks like a 200 dollar repair not bad and something not done constantly. PCIe SSD reliability? Prices are probably insane right now.. Display issues? and other internal failures? On the other hand the cMBP is a great machine, but I feel for the price $999 (student discount) I am just not getting the most out of my money. I am definitely going to throw a Samsung 840 Evo or Crucial m500 into here and thinking that will satisfy me a bit until later down the road. Ram is easily upgradeable and the battery/trackpad are both accessible. Screen isn't "terrible" in all means, if anything I can always connect it to my external display. In the end I'd like to hear comments from both owners. I've only built desktops the past 5 years and been a windows, so my desktop will LIKELY always be my main system.. With my situation the cMBP is $999 and the rMBP is $1199, and on top I can get a 5% discount on either one. Do you guys think down the road the repairs that could be needed for the retina will be too much $$$? Me throwing a SSD/Ram into the 2012 cMBP will eventually end up being more than the $999 price tag, but is it still worth it? Please no, once you get retina you can't go back nonsense. I want to hear from other tech people who appreciate technology and understand it is constantly improving so it's always not the best to have the "latest and greatest"