why not?. If its a macbook pro the HD is replaceable. HD + RAM. Thats about it. cant yank out the cpu or anything else. and any other model you are pretty much sol. as apple makes the memory non upgradeable. UNLESS apple changed and you cannot upgrade the hard drive or memory in the macbook pro model(s)
Too bad it's not a MacBook Pro. It's a MacBook Pro Retina
The only thing holding me back is the integrated graphics. I am more than certain this will be a problem for any thing other than casual on this lappy.
I have a 2009 MBP 13" with 9500M GPU with passmark score of 125 which handles many games on low settings.
The integrated graphics (intel hd 4000) in this retina model has a score of 478. YouTube vids shows it can the same games on medium settings.
Stupid apple left out the 13" models which no dedicated GPU but the 15" models have the HD 4000 and the much better GT 650M, which has a score of 1304.
Like you, I am also holding out due to the integrated graphics. If the 13" had the 650M I'd be all over it.
that resolution at 13" makes me laugh. Everyone is going to be scaling it up, making that resolution pointless
Not sure I understand what you mean. Maybe you are not familiar with how OS X works with Retina displays? Almost everything looks sharper regardless of what resolution you choose thanks to the way the scaling works, except maybe with apps that don't support the Retina display, but even those look ok in the higher resolution mode.
I am basing this off my experience with the 15" rMBP I use at work, but the 13" works the same way. One of my favorite things is that I can choose resolution arbitrarily without any noticeable differences in image quality for whatever resolution I choose (whether it's best-for-retina, or the highest resolution).
For the technical explanation: Basically for the non-best-for-retina resolutions, it renders those at double that resolution and then downscales that to the native retina resolution. So you get the benefit of the native retina resolution in the rendering of fonts, widgets, etc.
At this point, I would not buy a laptop that didn't have a Retina display -- it makes that much of a difference that I just couldn't go backwards. If I had to buy one right now, I'd get a 13" rMBP w/ 256GB SSD. Though if you could wait, I would wait for Haswell. Personally, I'm playing a long waiting game to see if an 11" Retina MacBook appears in the next few years. And also waiting for 16GB RAM to be an option.
Not as much Apple hate here as I expected to find.
Just came here to say that, though I don't have the 13, I do have an employer-furnished 15" Retina macbook, and the thing has been totally awesome from a hardware perspective. The screen res and crispness is just awesome. I know the 15 has a discrete gpu and the 13 does not, but I have a coworker with a 13 who also loves it. Her only gripe was the the 13 could not be bought with 16GB ram (we pretty much max our machines to get as much future-proofness as possible). If I had the extra scratch laying around I would definitely pick up a 13 rMBP, and will likely try to get one after the 2nd edition is released.
i think the ipad mini thread got so blown out of proportion the trolls may need a few days to rest before resuming ridiculing us. but yea, noticed the same thing haha.
on another note, is there a legit reason why apple solders the memory and processor and whatever else or is it purely a dick move to prevent upgrading? i love my macbook air but when it starts slowing down, i may start hating apple
In the regular MBP, HD and RAM are upgradable. Here, in the rMBP, neither are. (actually, the SSD can be changed, but its a non-standard form factor and is extremely expensive to change).
ah... its one of those bastard ssd's Geez that so reminds me of the silly dell mini 9. damn ssd was sooo expensive because it was just a memory chip. but had to be a specific type otherwise it wouldnt fit
Next 13 inch rMBP will have Haswell processor with much improved integrated graphics, which should remove occasional lag and frame drops. Hopefully other improvements too. I was on the fence about getting gen 1 but now waiting for true generation 2 rMBP.
+1, I'ma be the first adopters of gen 2, but then I'll have to pay the premium for it ($2xxx).......
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