#macbook pro

Anonymous asked:

Did you change your tune on the 13-inch Retina Macbook? Just Read your "15 things" post and you listed the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Thought you had dropped the 15 in favor of the 13 in. Comments????

So I actually did mean to write “13-inch” instead of “15-inch” there. Unfortunately, 15 Things isn’t editable.

But, thinking about it, if I were to pack all that stuff, having the 15-inch may be nice as my only computer given the extra screen real estate and how much bigger it would be than the other devices on me. But yes, generally speaking, I like and use the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro more than the 15-inch simply because it’s more portable. 

Anonymous asked:

Some say that the 13" Retina MBP graphics chip struggles to drive the retina screen. Sutters with scrolling, lags with multitasking, etc... Have you had the same issues?

Been using it for several weeks now, haven’t noticed any issues. I have not played any graphic-intensive games on it but the wide range of other apps (including photo editors) seemed to perform just fine.

John Gruber in his iPad mini review:

Both the 11-inch Air and full-size iPad 3/4 make more sense to me as devices for people who only want to carry one portable computer. But if I’m going to carry both, I think it makes more sense to get a bigger MacBook and the smaller iPad Mini.

I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit the past week. I have been carrying around an iPad (3) and 13-inch MacBook Air for most of the past year. (The Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro is my desktop machine for now.) But I think I’m going to change things up. I think I’m going to go with a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (review forthcoming) and the iPad mini in my bag. Power + Portability.

For trips, I think I’ll still just take the regular-size iPad, when all I basically want to do is check the web, do some email, and write. Still thinking all this through though.

Marco Arment:

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.

Brooke Crothers:

Production has begun of a 2,560-by-1,600 pixel density display that will land on a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim told CNET.

As always, I’m skeptical of anything analysts say with regard to Apple, but this *sounds* right. I know a lot of people are waiting for a retina MacBook Air, but my guess is that will have to wait until next year. For now, the retina screen makes perfect sense as a “Pro” feature.

Seeing as the (baseline) 15-inch Retina MBP is $400 more than then non-Retina variety, let’s guess that a 13-inch Retina would be $300 more than the non-Retina variety (slightly less for the smaller screen). That would put it at a nice $1,499 price. Right in between the $1,199 non-Retina 13-inch MBP and the $1,799 non-Retina 15-inch MBP. 

A subtle, but potentially important detail from Mark Gurman’s report on the Retina MacBook Pro:

Unlike Mac display settings of today, these Retina Display settings will not be marked with numbers/resolution sizes, but with descriptions such as big, small, or optimal, according to these software-based findings. The long-awaited “resolution independence” is upon us.

The death of the spec continues.

Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac first reported this morning that a forthcoming 15-inch MacBook Pro refresh would feature a new, thinner design (though not quite MacBook Air-thin), USB 3.0, and, most importantly, a “Retina” display. Bloomberg has since corroborated the news.

I’ve got nothing specifically on this, but it sounds about right to me. As I wrote back in November of last year:

Maybe it’s time to separate the Pro line by doing something like a super high resolution screen and maybe insane battery life (10+ hours). 

Or maybe the 15-inch thin MacBook is meant to be a hybrid of a Pro and an Air. Maybe it has more ports, better battery life, and a higher price — but loses the optical drive. It’s dead anyway

No word on the battery life, but that would be icing on the cake at this point. It’s all about that screen. 

The 13-inch MacBook Air is the best computer I’ve ever owned. But a, say, 2880x1800 resolution MacBook Pro would probably be impossible to pass up. Especially if they got it under 5 pounds (the current 15-inch MacBook Pro is 5.6 pounds).