Going into this keynote I readily confess I had already half made up my mind to buy the 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display. You see I’ve been due for a hardware upgrade for a while now. My 2007 black MacBook has been a trusty companion but is beginning to show its age. It’s not compatible with Mountain Lion and heats up pretty quickly. Till now I’ve been holding out for a true laptop line revamp (away from the black keys against silver aluminum) but I can’t hold my breath any longer.
Before the rumours started about this imminent launch, I had been eyeing a MacBook Air. Luckily I controlled myself for just a while longer and it was worth the wait.
Apple has now brought Retina Display goodness to its “no#1 selling laptop/Mac”. The new 13” Retina MacBook Pro is 0.75 thin (20% thinner than the previous generation) weighing 3.5 pounds (1 pound lighter than previous generation). On the left side it has Magsafe 2, 2 Thunderbolt ports, and a USB 3 port. On the right: no optical drive, a SD card reader, and another USB 3 port. The display is of course its main selling point – it has 2560 x 1600 = over 4 mio pixels.
Pricing is a bit steeper than I had hoped but its still worth it. The lowest end model has 2.5GHZ dual-core i5, 8GB RAM and 128GB flash storage, available 1699$ (top end 1999$). I’ve chosen the middle of the road model – with 250GB flash storage, selling extra for exactly what the drive costs $300.
Given this great offer for me my choice was a no brainer. For a few hundred Euros in my case (EUR 1900) more I can get a Retina Display, compared to my preferred configuration for an Air which would have set me back EUR 1700.
Looking forward to getting my new little beast!
Consult Apple’s site on the new 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display here