Mid 2012 15.4" Retina model

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  1. Beachguy macrumors 6502a

    Beachguy

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    Is there any reason to avoid buying one of these as opposed to the "high resolution" model I already have? I couldn't remember if there were some issues with that first series of MBPs with retina or not.

    Thanks!
     
  2. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Staingate. Apple fixes it for free.
     
  3. nnicot macrumors member

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    There was also an issue of LG vs Samsung panels in the mid 2012 retinas. The LG's have a bit more image retention than the Samsung that may or may not bother you.
     
  4. andreyush macrumors 6502

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    rMBP Mid 2012 here. No staingate, no GPU failures no signs of weakness. Just a few dust marks into the screen because of the keyboard but they are almost invisible.

    I hope this machine will keep me a long time from now.
     
  5. robvas macrumors 68020

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    No, but why not skip the first model and get a late 2013?

    Won't cost you that much more. Worth upgrading from a non-Retina, much thinner and much nicer screen!
     
  6. Daniel L macrumors 6502

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    Mid 2012:
    Display 1: LG had image retention
    Display 2: Samsung white balance was off and developed massive staingate issue
    Display 3: LG that has been perfect for 3 years

    Late 2013
    No issues except random graphics errors
     
  7. Beachguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Beachguy

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    The 2013 is in the mix, Robvas. I just wanted to see if there was a major reason to avoid 2012. Since this is an unplanned replacement for one which was damaged by someone intentionally, it's kind of a sore spot for me since I was going to get a new one in about a year (that plan is out the window now...)
     
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

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  9. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    My Early 2013 was repaired because of the dGPU issue.
     
  10. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Thanks.
     
  11. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    I've owned both (I'm now using a 2012 high res model). My 2012 rMBP had image retention issues, but the screen was replaced under Applecare and it was good after that.

    To figure out if there is image retention (it only takes about 30 seconds). Turn the desktop image to a grey colour and then open a web page with a white background and leave it for about 30 seconds. Minimize the browser and see if you can see the image on the grey background.

    I never had the stain issue because I applied an anti-glare film to the display and I never took it off. I sold it like that and they buyer loved that it was anti-glare.

    I much prefer the cMBP with the high res screen. IMHO, there's not much difference in image quality. Plus I can put a larger SSD (or two) in it.
     
  12. Badrottie Suspended

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    my 15 inches 2012 rMBP has only one issue is staingate thats about it.
     

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