https://www.wired.com/2007/10/fastest-windows/ Excerpt: "The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year is a Mac. Try that again: The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year–or for that matter, ever–is a Mac." I think part of the reason so many people are unhappy with the new MBP's and Apple's current direction with the MBP lineup in general is because the idea of this headline being true nowadays is laughable. Apple, at one time was able to deliver incredible power with a great form factor and in a timely fashion to boot. It seems like perhaps the Mac division isn't firing on all cylinders the way it used to. In addition to the above article, in 2011, Apple was the first to market with Intel's Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt. That's also when they made the semi-unexpected jump to quad-cores from dual core. Apple actually used to occasionally surprise their customers in a good way with respect to their hardware. In retrospect, it turns out that the new 15" MBP's got processors that could've been in them a year ago. On top of that, a lot of people were expecting more and better RAM options (32 GB and DDR4). Some people plan on using these things for 4 or 5 years (especially at these prices!) and what is good enough now, may not be in 2 or 3 years time. Some complaints people have I'm not bothered by too much, but are understandable. Mainly, the loss of legacy ports and the SD card slot. Some people don't like the GPU choice though I think the Radeon 460 model will likely perform fairly decently. Obviously it's not going to be a powerhouse, but Apple's never put top-end GPU's in the MBP's that I know of. Usually it's upper-midrange chips on the high-end MBP's. Then there's the whole pricing issue, which I agree with, but in the past first-gen models of a revision got a price hike, followed by a modest decrease for the following revision. The pricing issue wouldn't be as bad if Apple didn't price most BTO options sky high as well. Hell, we in the US are somewhat lucky, overseas customers really got the shaft on pricing. In summary, it seems Apple's Macs have gone from often exceeding most people's expectations, to not even meeting them for many people. It's not exactly unprecedented for Apple to do the former.