That is nuts.I am. How many of you guys that used 13" prior to getting your 15" due to it being the only size out are selling and getting the 13" rMBP?
That's quite far from the truth.Nothing you can do on the 13 you can't do on the iPad.
What proper work can't you personally do on the iPad that you can do on this machine? I'm curious.That's quite far from the truth.
The iPad is definitely a nice device, but it ain't a notebook.
Try doing some proper work on your iPad and tell us how that goes...
@OP: I haven't ordered a 15" rMBP cause I was waiting this one ( Cook clearly stated it would come later this year while presenting the 15" rMBP back in summer ). Of course some people were hoping for quad and all that jazz... but we all knew it's not likely to happen. I do agree that the 13" rMBP is quite on the pricey side for what it offers, but well, you can't please everyone.
Same logic here. 15" rMBP is the way to go.So.. give up:
a dedicated GPU for integrated
16gb of ram for 8gb
256gb minimum ssd
quad core for dual core
for what benefit?
Couple hundred dollars
Maybe slightly better battery life (since it can't switch gpu)?
15" rMBP was and still is a better buy.
It frustrates me how people suggest that their opinion and the way that they use their computer is the only way! Some people require a smaller lighter computer but still a full voltage processor.Same logic here. 15" rMBP is the way to go.
Stop sounding so smug.I can't do "proper programming".
Your "you can code" affirmation is quite silly ( especially since you don't work in the field )... As a software engineer, realistically speaking, an iPad is not something you can really work on. I need Tomcat to be running, I need Java installed, Maven, need to be able to work with Flash ( since I do both front-end development using the Flash technology and server-side development using mainly Java ), have as much control over the system as possible, and so on and so forth.
I am aware of the "fancy" tools available for the iPad that allow you to "type in some code" and run it and see the "magic happen"... but in reality, those tools are just toys. You won't see companies buying iPads for their developer teams so that they can program on them ( what are the advantages again? cause I can only see disadvantages )... sure: "who needs crappy desktops / notebooks that are NNNN times faster and who needs control over the system when you can just use a text editor in iPad that can run some really basic scripts"... also, "who needs to actually test stuff on Windows / Linux / OSX... iOS is all that you need!!!"
As for the VNC client approach: yeah, you're just making me laugh and you're killing your credibility in the process... if you say VNC is such a wonderful way to work, then why are you stating: "My work is film/video, and editing with Avid so I can't really work on the iPad but then again I can't work on the 13 either." a few phrases after??? Enlighten us please: Why can't you put your own wonderful advice into practice and connect to your desktop via VNC from the iPad and work? Or from a 13" notebook for that matter? Caught you there, didn't I?
Connecting via VNC and checking a few things from time to time, or even doing some "light work" ( just editing a file fast or running something, etc. ) is totally acceptable... but do you really expect people to work multiple hours a day in that manner? Seriously now...
The iPad is definitely a wonderful little device and it is surely a great companion for people who mainly "consume" or view content... and to some extent even "create content", but it's not suitable for every discipline / field. Saying otherwise is just silly...
If I were a 3D artist or professional video editor, most likely the 13" wouldn't have cut it... I mean, I'm confident it would still get the job done, but it would get it done significantly slower than a more powerful device and of course the screen real estate is something everyone has to deal with on a personal level ( though one can always connect it to a monitor ). IMO, the 13" doesn't make much sense when one really needs a dedicated GPU because he / she is doing have rendering ( again, 3D artists, video editors and similar ) or is planning to play games quite heavily ( it's clearly not a notebook aimed for gamers ), but other than that... i'm quite confident that it gets the majority of other tasks done quite decently. Sure... if you start comparing numbers, then don't expect to be blown away by it...
Fact: People have been doing "professional" work on a lot more crappy notebooks / systems for years ( "crappy" in the sense that CPUs and GPUs that were "the bomb" 3-4 years ago, aren't even remotely close to a "wow" nowadays )... the only thing one can really complain about is the price tag. There are obviously cheaper alternatives with similar or even better specs.
So, the real question is: Do you WANT to buy it or NOT? ( assuming you CAN afford it without a problem... I'm quite sure you can ) WILL the purchase make you happy or NOT? Because for sure no one really "NEEDS" it... just like no one really "NEEDS" an iPhone or iPad or iWhatever...
Wow. Lol you might want to go decaffeinatedJust because a few people use it for programming at home ( I'd risk guessing: not even 1% of all the programmers in the world ), it doesn't mean it's a good tool for programming. I could start writing code on my phone too, but does that make it good for programming? Definitely not...
Your comment had nothing to do with rMBP 15", it was a clear statement that an "Nothing you can do on the 13 you can't do on the iPad", which is COMPLETELY FALSE and I stand by my affirmations. Also, do please stop referring to things you have never mentioned before... like "field work" and similar jazz. If you have something to say, try stating your case correctly from the beginning... don't start adding details later on.
Are you really expecting us to read minds?