New 15" MBP: retina display

Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Damn its a nice computer. Its light. Its thin. Its going to have an incredibly sharp display. Its going to be absolutely PERFECT for photographers.
A Retina display with 5.1 million pixels. An all-flash architecture. Quad-core Intel Core i7 processors. In a design that’s just 1.8 centimetres thin and 2.02 kilograms. It’s not just the most advanced notebook we’ve ever made, it’s the most advanced Mac we’ve ever made....2880-by-1800 resolution...
Apparently Adobe are already working on getting Photoshop up to "retina" speed.

Its going to be able to run dual Thunderbolt displays. It will have USB3, and an HDMI port.

It wont have a DVD drive, but really, those are almost passe now anyway. Storage will be SSD. 256G on the base model, and either 512 or 768 on the top model.

Battery life: 7 hours as per now, with a more powerful battery... and 30 days standby...

Gallery and Video here
 
Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Drool. Oops not lady like. Wipe. Grin.
Likewise. I am so jealous of one of my friends who has a salary I could only ever dream of. He's bought multiple mac products in the last 12 months and I am betting that one of these will be on his desk by the end of the week. He's having a look at one this afternoon.

In the meantime I am trying to work out how long I can survive with just a netbook and a minimum of cameras if I sell off all my Mac stuff (but NOT the iPad), and my K-5 and lenses. Because its going to take that, and more, for me to get it. I want the max specced top model... of course. LOL.

*DREAMIN'*
 

wt21

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Aug 15, 2010
123
I'm OK with my 2009 MBP. I'm actually more interested in mountain lion. I'm still on snow leopard, and mt lion looks worth moving for. Also iOS 6 seems cool. :)
 
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stratokaster

Top Veteran
Dec 27, 2010
103
Kiev, Ukraine
Pavel
It's amazing how they managed to stuff all this hot (literally) hardware in a package just 18mm thick which weighs less than the 13-inch MBP.

I surely hope Apple knows what they're doing, but I still think we're going to hear a lot about thermal issues.

Still, this is my next laptop. I'm quite OK with my current 13-inch MBP, but its low-resolution screen is annoying for photo and video editing on the go.
 
Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
I'm OK with my 2009 MBP. I'm actually more interested in mountain lion. I'm still on snow leopard, and mt lion looks worth moving for. Also iOS 6 seems cool. :)
I'm using the DP4 ML... I really like it. If I keep this MBP rather than buy a new one (I'm already readying the iMac for sale) I'll definitely be upgrading. Theres so much that just make life easier.

Still, this is my next laptop. I'm quite OK with my current 13-inch MBP, but its low-resolution screen is annoying for photo and video editing on the go.
Exactly... I find the screen not quite good enough (and its better than the iMac I have) so the new MBP looks to me like a perfect solution.

The only other alternative for me would be a 27" Apple screen, and a hengedock, to go with the current MBP. But not having masses of gear appeals greatly.
 

lenshoarder

Veteran
Mar 7, 2012
43
Damn its a nice computer. Its light. Its thin. Its going to have an incredibly sharp display. Its going to be absolutely PERFECT for photographers.
That remains to be seen. There's a lot more to having a good screen for photographers than resolution. The range of the color gamut is one of those things. Historically, Apple hasn't done really well in that area. Until their new improved displays came out, Macbooks only displayed about 60% of the color gamut. Even the new improved displays only do 80%. I can't find a number for what this new display does. Sony, on the otherhand, has been shipping laptops with 13" displays with 1920x1200 resolution that can display the entire 100% of the color gamut for years now. Combine that with the quad RAID SSDs their little laptops can be equipped with and that's been the portable Photoshop dream machine for years now.
 

Andrewteee

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Jul 8, 2010
123
The retina MBP does not have the matte screen option, which is a deal breaker for me. I'm actually more interested in the high capacity SSD drives (up to 768 GBs). Nonetheless, my current MBP is already great and I use an external monitor for more serious image processing.
 
Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
The retina MBP does not have the matte screen option, which is a deal breaker for me. I'm actually more interested in the high capacity SSD drives (up to 768 GBs). Nonetheless, my current MBP is already great and I use an external monitor for more serious image processing.
I don't much like glossy either, but these days if you want OSX (and I do), its the only choice. My current MBP has glossy and although I would have preferred matte (whcih wasn't an option), its not as bad as I expected it to be. I also am considering doing the external screen thing instead of getting the new MBP, much as I want that beast, financially its going to be impossible, whereas a screen is not. I'll probably use the funds I would have used for the MBP to get a 27" Thunderbolt screen.
 

Pelao

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Jul 11, 2010
123
Ontario, Canada
Stephen
I don't much like glossy either, but these days if you want OSX (and I do), its the only choice. My current MBP has glossy and although I would have preferred matte (whcih wasn't an option), its not as bad as I expected it to be. I also am considering doing the external screen thing instead of getting the new MBP, much as I want that beast, financially its going to be impossible, whereas a screen is not. I'll probably use the funds I would have used for the MBP to get a 27" Thunderbolt screen.
A MBPro with an external screen is a great option. You keep a nice, powerful mobile Mac, and have the screen of your choice for editing; and of course with 2 screens lots of viewing and working space.

One thing to consider is that though the Thunderbolt displays are nice, there are other very good options out there for editing. There is choice, and it can be good to shop around.

But you probably knew all that...
 

Andrewteee

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Jul 8, 2010
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A MBPro with an external screen is a great option. You keep a nice, powerful mobile Mac, and have the screen of your choice for editing; and of course with 2 screens lots of viewing and working space.

One thing to consider is that though the Thunderbolt displays are nice, there are other very good options out there for editing. There is choice, and it can be good to shop around.
I have an NEC and they are easily calibrated. A very nice one is about half the price of a new MBP retina.
 
Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
One thing to consider is that though the Thunderbolt displays are nice, there are other very good options out there for editing. There is choice, and it can be good to shop around.

But you probably knew all that...
LOL I did, and I have been looking for a suitable screen for ages, but the ones I want are all just as expensive as the thunderbolt, but lacking the advantage of a single plug for audio and screen etc, whilst also having the magsafe plug. I'd have to have a hengedock as well as a set of external speakers, I think, for the others.

I understand that the thunderbolt/led screens may not be up to scratch for serious photographic editing, but you need to remember that this is just a hobby for me. I'm never going to be selling my stuff, or working as a photographer, its just something for fun. So having a good screen which might not be as great as some of the others is probably fine, for my purposes.

In any case, I'm heading down to Sydney on Saturday to visit my friend and go shopping with him while we both drool over the new retina MBP, and take it from there. They didnt have any stock the other day when he went in to the Hornsby Apple store.
 

Pelao

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Jul 11, 2010
123
Ontario, Canada
Stephen
LOL I did, and I have been looking for a suitable screen for ages, but the ones I want are all just as expensive as the thunderbolt, but lacking the advantage of a single plug for audio and screen etc, whilst also having the magsafe plug. I'd have to have a hengedock as well as a set of external speakers, I think, for the others.

I understand that the thunderbolt/led screens may not be up to scratch for serious photographic editing, but you need to remember that this is just a hobby for me. I'm never going to be selling my stuff, or working as a photographer, its just something for fun. So having a good screen which might not be as great as some of the others is probably fine, for my purposes.

In any case, I'm heading down to Sydney on Saturday to visit my friend and go shopping with him while we both drool over the new retina MBP, and take it from there. They didnt have any stock the other day when he went in to the Hornsby Apple store.
Enjoy the shopping. I just read that demand for the retina MBP is huge and there is now a 2 -3 week wait. But you never know.
 

Amin Sabet

Administrator Emeritus
Jul 3, 2010
124
My brother is getting one, but the following plus the glossy screen make it a nonstarter for me (source):
Apple, in order to fit the massive battery inside the new MBPwRD and shrink the physical size, has gone completely proprietary component wise. The SSD drive isn’t a 2.5-inch drive, and is likely different from the MBA’s. That 8GB of RAM that comes standard is soldered into the logic board (better upgrade to 16GB out of the box). Also, the Display and top part of the case are a single unit and the giant battery inside is glued in. Apple is known for the lengths they’re willing to go to make their products impervious to tinkering (pentalobe screws anyone?), but they’ve reached a new level with the MBPwRD.
 
Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Been to look today, reaaly gorgeous, esp when you scoote between standard mbp and retina. But i also scooted to the led and thunderbolt screens and find those acceptable. the thing about the retina screen is that the highest res is actuallyy v difficult for ppl with visual deficits to see (teenytiny fonts), however it looks gorgeous on every resolution, even 1280x800. i bet the thunderbolt screen does, too. Contemplating a compromise... keep my current 2011 13" mbp, replace the HD with an SSD of tyhe biggest size i can afford, for OS and apps like photoshop and lightroom, remove the optical drive and put a 1or2TB standard HD in that slot for photos, music etc. Get 27" ext screen, and boost RAM to 8, or even 16, which is not recommended by apple but which is doable, according to mactracker. I think the overall cost will still come in under the cost of the new mbp. Sums need to be done, but i can do option 2 in bits, whereas with the mbp, id be getting the very base model...

It was good to see it in the flesh, as it were.
 

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