Original (mid 2012) Retina Pro vs Current

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  1. G3ck092 macrumors member

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    Would there be much difference in general use? I always noticed general UI stuff being kind of slow (not 60FPS) on the Retina, is that improved on more recent models? Any other major differences?

    The most intensive things I do are streaming to other devices, 10-20 tabs open, 5+ apps, studying IT so web design, coding etc.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    You mean like browsing the web, emails, office docs? I'd say no, probably not.

    I have a 2012 rMBP and a 2015 iMac and there's very little difference in using Excel in both computers.

    I find PS and Lightroom to be faster, but the generic stuff appears to be about the same
     
  3. keviig macrumors 6502

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    Intels iGPU's have improved quite a bit since 2012. Especially with El Capitan the UI is close to perfect 60 fps at all tasks. Also, SSD speeds have improved a lot. What version of OS X are you on?
     
  4. G3ck092 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yosemite. I spilt noodles on my Macbook about 6 months after buying it, so now it is quite slow and the battery life is terrible. It'd be a huge upgrade thanks to that I suppose.

    But damn are the Macbook Pro's expensive! $3300 for the one I want... which is what I paid for this one, but still.
     
  5. keviig macrumors 6502

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    I see. Moving on from Yosemite to El Capitan solved nearly all of the UI frame drops i had. They sure are, try buying one in Norway, roughly 40% more expensive than in the US. Luckily my MBP is my 2nd computer, so i can get by with the base model.
     
  6. G3ck092 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, I'm on El Capitan. Keep forgetting what they're called, they keep releasing them so fast!
     
  7. Count Blah macrumors 68030

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    Don't forget that it's also really old tech at this point.
     
  8. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    Yes, when not using dGPU the interface is much more fluid on the models with intel iris than the hd 4000 in 2012 model.
     
  9. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    My 2012 13" is still holding up just fine; they're still wonderful little machines!
     
  10. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

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    I had a 2012 before Apple replaced it with a 2015. Theres very little difference in terms of day to day processing power.
     

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