Currently have a lenovo x220 which I am selling because the screen is too tiny and horrible touchpad. Looking to get rMBP 15" because of the screen and weight. I mostly browse with 15+ tabs open, music playing, word processing, pdf editing. I do HD watch movies, youtube etc. Around like once twice a month, I use lightroom to edit photos and rarely final cut pro for school project or something. I want everything to run smoothly. Multitasking and gestures is my main reason for switching to Mac OS. Thinking of getting this: 2.7 Ghz 8 GB RAM 256 GB SSD Currently have 128 GB and it's completely full because of large size RAW photos. Can I get by with 256 Gb ? 512 is just too much $$$ Total = $2549 (including education discount and applecare) 2.7 ghz 16 GB RAM (necessary for my needs ?) 512 GB SSD Total = $3073 (including education discount and applecare) That's a difference of $524 which is significant. I will be keeping the laptop for 4-5 years. Concerns: Recent article about problems with rMBP and exchanging several times. Also, waiting out for Haswell for kinks such as lag fix and better battery life, stronger GPU maybe ? http://9to5mac.com/2013/03/20/macbook-pro-with-retina-display-problems-in-every-dimension/ I need a laptop for this semester until about May 15th and I might get by with nexus 7 tablet. Would haswell rMBP be out by June ?