why are specs on retina macbook pro less than regular macbook pro?!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by eroxx, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. eroxx macrumors 6502a

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    13-inch: 2.5GHz
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    4GB 1600MHz memory
    500GB 5400-rpm hard drive1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2
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    13-inch: 2.9GHz
    2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
    Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    750GB 5400-rpm hard drive1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2
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    Select your MacBook Pro with Retina display

    13-inch: 2.5GHz
    with Retina display
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    128GB flash storage1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
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    13-inch: 2.5GHz
    with Retina display
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    256GB flash storage1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2
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  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You can upgrade both 13" MacBook Pros with Retina Display to an i7 and more flash storage. Also know, that flash storage, also known as SSD, is more expensive than platter based storage (HDDs).

    As for now, the Retina display is that expensive part.
     
  3. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I'm not sure I understand the logic ...

    The 13" retina display (default configuration) is a LESS powerful computer than the 13" regular display (default configuration) ... That doesn't make sense to me. .. ?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    What do you mean with power? The default configuration of the 13" MBP has an i5 CPU running at 2.5 GHz and also has 4 GB RAM.
    The default configuration of the 13" rMBP has the same CPU, 4 GB more RAM and a faster, albeit less capacious, storage medium.

    Am I missing something?

    I agree though, that the second option of the 13" rMBP with the same basic CPU is not worth the 300 USD more for just 128 GB more storage capacity, as 128 GB can be had for less than 100 USD nowadays, though I guess the form factor Apple uses adds another 75 USD to that, and as Apple is in the business of making money, the rest is markup for them.
     
  5. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Look at this screenshot:

    http://o7.no/AjqIii

    Look at the difference between the default of #1 (a non-retina 13") and #2 (retina 13")

    The first is 2.9i7 and the second is 2.5 i5 ...?!
     
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    It's probably to offset the cost of the SSD and Retina Display. Although we'll probably see value to money improve with the second generation of rMBPs.
     
  7. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would think that retina would demand a FASTER processor ... even with the flash memory. oh well
     
  8. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    It's actually more limited by the iGPU that is the HD4000. Also, Apple cheaped out and wants to charge you 2010 SSD prices. Furthermore, for the measly $37 more than the i7 CPU upgrade price, they could've easily put in a low power quad core i7 that uses the same amount of power as the i7 upgrade.
     

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