Quick Note: Apple Announces 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display
October 23, 2012 1:22 PM
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Apple brings a retina display to the 13" MacBook Pro
Apple announced its
15" MacBook Pro with Retina display back in June
. Now, it’s brought “Retina Fever” to the 13” MacBook Pro.
The new 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display is only .75" thin and weighs only 3.57 pounds, one pound lighter than the previous version. As expected, the display now has a resolution of 2560x1600, features 29% higher contrast ratio, a 75% reduction in glare, 178 degree viewing angle, and brightness of 300 nits.
The new 13' MacBook Pro with Retina Display keeps the same design aesthetic as the previous version, and includes USB 3.0 ports, FaceTime HD, backlit keyboard, and of course, Thunderbolt. In order to achieve the weight targets and thin frame, Apple ditched the internal optical drive.
The new 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display comes with dual-core Intel i5 or i7 processors, 8GB standard RAM, and up to a 768GB SSD. Battery life is rated at “up to” 7 hours.
The 2.5GHz Core i5 version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage starts at $1,699 and is available today.
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RE: I don't know man...
10/23/2012 3:25:58 PM
I have a Dell laptop, two custom assembled machines (office and home), and a Macbook Air (travel). You could take the optical drives out of any of these machines (MBA doesn't have one) and it would take me months to notice.
This isn't a rare use case. Everything you can do with an optical drive can be accomplished with a flash drive or cloud storage. For those rare instances where you need an optical drive, get an external. Seriously. An optical drive adds bulk and weight and the primary function of a laptop is to be portable. On a desktop an optical drive doesn't have any negative consequences and it's cheap. No reason NOT to have an optical drive on a desktop. On a laptop not so much. External when you need it, save the space/weight when you don't.
RE: I don't know man...
10/23/2012 4:18:49 PM
Yup, nailed it perfectly.
The fact that something that doesn't have negative consequences on a desktop is still superfluous says everything you need to know about how unnecessary they are on a portable device like a laptop.
“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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