Reposting to give this post its own thread. Discuss. Here's my analysis... From the comparable 15" MBP 2.3 vs RMBP 2.3 $400 more you get - Normal to Retina Display (+???) - 500GB HDD to 256GB SSD (+$500) - 4GB to 8GB (+$100) - No DVD RW (-$50?, superdrive is +$79) - Slimmer and Updated Design ($$$?) *almost like a no brainer to go to Retina Display, the machine upgraded to the same spec is already more than $400 price difference. 15" MBP 2.6 vs RMBP 2.6 for $600 more you get - Normal to Retina Display (+$???) - 750GB HDD to 512GB SSD (+$900, so Apple values 750GB HHD over 500GB HDD at $100) - No DVD RW (-$50?, superdrive is +$79) *once again, if you want SSD, no brainer to get the Retina display machine, it is cheaper yet again. 15" MBP 2.6 vs RMBP 2.3 for SAME price you get - Normal to Retina Display ($???) - 750GB HDD to 256GB SSD ($400 - worked out from Apple's upgrade price) - CPU 2.6Ghz to 2.3Ghz (-$350?) - No DVD RW (-$50?) 15" RMBP 2.3 to RMBP 2.6 for $600 more you get - 256SSD to 512GB SSD ($500 - Appel's price) - 2.3Ghz to 2.6Ghz ($350?) *so some savings here... if you care about 2.6GHz that is. *Appears that there isn't much "Retina Premium" here... Retina display price is built into everything else. Thus... For a Base model MBP 13" assume all else equal: $1,199: + retina: $??? (say -$100 for smaller screen) + SSD 256GB: $500 + 8GB RAM: $100 So probably starting price of $1699. *note... no nVidia 650M... At this point, Retina is the differentiator. Coupled with software, testing, and driver issue, 15" market makes sense as it is historically priced higher, and not as popular as 13" just yet. And if 13" (portability) is built right, Apple can sway people who bought 15" this year but really wanted 13" to purchase the 13" next year. I think Apple is really going to milk the 13" market for at east another year before they phase out the old display. Think about iPad to iPad 2 to the NEW iPad, took an extra year before Retina display is introduced. Talking about operations and supply management... got to use up the old parts first right?