Since the old 13” and 15” MacBook Pros are still for sale and getting CPU updates, Apple now has an unwieldy laptop lineup: 11” MacBook Air, 13” MacBook Air, 13” MacBook Pro, 13” Retina MacBook Pro, 15” MacBook Pro, 15” Retina MacBook Pro. Six very different models for only three sizes.
I agree, this is unwieldy and strange. I’m not sure why Apple doesn’t simply kill off the non-retina MBPs. Maybe it’s that they can’t quite hit the price targets they want to hit yet. Or maybe it’s because a large part of the web still looks like complete ass on a retina display.
But still, they could push those would-be buyers towards MacBook Airs now, no? A retina display could and should be the defining feature of the Pro (until they inevitably move it down to the Air as well).
It’s still not as strange to me as why the iPad 2 continues to exist.