Whispers of a full MacBook refresh at Apple’s WWDC 2013 this June look increasingly possible, with stocks of the 13-inch MacBook Air already tightening ahead of what’s believed to be an Intel Haswell-based upgrade. Apple was tipped to be updating its notebook line-up to Intel’s 4th-gen Core processors by analysts back in April, and now
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This week we’ve gotten our hands on the Microsoft Surface Pro for an extended review, and one of the first things to strike us was the idea that this device might be another competitor for the MacBook Air. With the Surface Pro running Windows 8 and the MacBook Air (the newest model, that is), running
We can’t say we’re exactly surprised to see Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro show up on the company’s “Certified Refurbished” online store — still, it’s good news for folks looking to save a little cash while getting a taste of Retina MBP straight from the source. Currently, Apple is only offering the 15-inch model (with a 2.3GHz, quad-core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD) for $ 1,869, making it about $ 330 less than its non-refurbished counterpart — of course, that premium price tag also includes the accustomed one-year manufacturer’s warranty, which is a good security blanket to have when shelling out this much capital. As is usually the case with Cupertino’s rejuvenated goods, though, supplies may be somewhat limited, so now could be a great time to jump on the MacBook Pro with Retina display bandwagon.
Many will bristle at the implication, but as the MacBook Air inspired the Ultrabook, mainstream laptops will likely seek to ape the Retina Display MacBook Pro, sorry, MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The clunky name aside, it seems that the next generation of devices will ditch disc drives and Ethernet ports in favor of pixel-dense displays and reduced weight. But did Jonathan Ive’s trash can get too full? If you’ve been using one, do you still ache for those phantom limbs, or is it peaceful on that side of the river? Folks, for the last time this year, we’re inviting you to share your thoughts and feelings on how you’d change the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and from all of us, have a Happy New Year.
You waited this long, you might as well go big: Apple’s smaller 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is a very worthy sequel to the 15-inch variety released this past summer, and while it will still strain the average buyer’s budget, it definitely won’t inspire any buyer’s remorse.
For the past six months, I’ve heard the same thing over and over again: “The MacBook Pro with the retina screen looks amazing. I want that screen on a MacBook Air. That would be the perfect computer.” Well, we’re almost there. Not quite. But for some of you, we’re now close enough.
What I’m describing, of course, is the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the retina display.
Two years ago, I ditched the MacBook Pro as my main machine to switch over to a MacBook Air. I loved my Pro (which was only six months old at the time) but the new Airs were simply that good. Fast forward to six months ago, when Apple finally made the Pro compelling again with the release of a retina display for the 15-inch model. That machine has since become my iMac replacement on my desk at home.
Other World Computing has announced the first SSD drive for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which Apple recently unveiled. The Aura Pro is a 480GB high-performance solid state drive for those brave enough to crack open their MacBook and do a bit of tinkering. Additional capacities will be announced next month. The Retina MacBook Pro
Apple finally gave ambitious road-warriors with excellent vision the Retina MacBook Pro they’d been demanding, a 13-inch model to join the existing 15-inch Pro at the pinnacle of the company’s mobile range. Promising the same eye-watering visuals with the sort of processing power the Pro line-up is known for, the 13-inch version also makes some
Apple announced the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina at its event on Tuesday, and now its released the first TV commercial. Aired during “Modern Family,” the 31 second advertisement features a slowly rotating Retina MacBook Pro and the tagline “For the pro in us all.” The commercial is titled “Colors.” “Introducing the new 13-inch
Apple CEO Tim Cook and vice president of marketing Phil Schiller took to the stage in California at a media event to finally unveil the company’s long-awaited iPad mini, a sleek new all-in-one iMac, and more.
I already shared first impressions of a lot of Apple’s new products, but we’ve also got video from the time we spent with the iPad mini and the Retina MacBook Pro. Watching these things in action provides an entirely different perspective compared to reading about them or looking at static pictures, and seeing the iPad mini do its thing really does a better job of conveying the value of the device.
It’s the ultraportable road warriors have been begging for, and Apple has finally delivered: after the barnstorming 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, now there’s a 13-inch counterpart. Freshly announced today, and falling under our eager fingers straight after Apple’s San Jose launch event, the new notebook follows the successful route of its bigger brother. Gone
13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display reportedly seen with 2,560 x 1,600 LCD, dual Thunderbolt ports
We hope you didn’t want Apple’s little event next week to be a complete surprise. After promises of extra details for a prior leak, a WeiPhone forum goer has returned with photos of what’s supposed to be the active screen and ports of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display that might be on stage come October 23rd. If this is what we get alongside the similarly unofficial miniature iPad, we’ll take it. The possible leak shows a 2,560 x 1,600 LCD (four times higher in resolution than the existing MacBook Pro) and, importantly, no sacrifices in expansion versus the 15-inch Retina model — there’s still the dual Thunderbolt ports and HDMI video that shipped with this system’s bigger brother. Vital details like the performance and price are left out, so there’s a few cards left off Apple’s table, but the images hint at what could be a tempting balance between the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s grunt and the MacBook Air’s grace.
Images surfaced on the Chinese website Weiphone showing internal components and ports on what is claimed to be the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The (mostly very tiny) images show off connection ports along the right and left sides of the laptop, as well as a snapshot of its display, which shows the machine running Windows
Welcome back! This week in real-life adventures with gadgetry, Sharif recommends an $ 80 gaming mouse and Dan pleads with you all not to buy a certain keyboard case for the iPad. As for Philip, he just purchased his first Apple product after years of buying Windows laptops and Zune players, which means he’s got a little explaining to do.
Earlier today, we reported that Apple‘s rumored iPad Mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display were getting a delay because of low yields of certain materials needed for the devices. However, while we don’t know much about the status of the iPad Mini, it’s said that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will still be
The venerable DODOcase is expanding its stately collection of iThing cases to include sleeves. These cases, DODOcase calls them Durables, are handmade in San Francisco and is a departure from the company’s traditional products. But they seemingly have the same heart and soul.
Each case is hand sewn using army-khaki canvas, leather and then lined with a poppy orange felt interior. Plus, since they’re from DODOcase, you can trust that they’ll last.
Screens for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the much-rumored high resolution upgrade to the company’s entry-level mainstream notebook, are already in production according to analyst whispers. “The supply chain indications are that it’s for a MacBook Pro 13.3″ NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shin told CNET, rather than for the similarly-sized MacBook Air ultraportable. According
If surface protection for your Retina MacBook Pro is what you’re after, Moshi has the accessories for you – this week announcing both a new palm rest and screen protector for the masses. This set of accessories, the iVisor screen protector and the PalmGuard palm rest protector are set to keep your device looking sharp
We have new evidence that Apple is indeed planning a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as MacRumors has discovered a new set of Geekbench 2 results for such a machine. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Geekbench results for a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as benchmarks for a laptop with the
After jumping the hurdles of our review gauntlet, the MacBook Pro with Retina display proved itself as a top-notch machine for the creative professionals it’s geared towards, and anyone willing to pay a premium. Save for a brief bout with Diablo III, our time spent gaming on the hardware was limited. Ever since, we’ve wondered how the Kepler-toting, Ivy Bridge-packing laptop would handle one of our favorite graphics-intensive pastimes. Sure, Apple machines aren’t exactly en vogue when it comes to playing video games, but Cupertino’s ultra-high-resolution Mac simply begs to be put to the test. We loaded up Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro carrying an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of VRAM, the stock 2.3GHz processor and 16GB of RAM (upgraded from the vanilla 8GB configuration) and put it through its paces to see how it performs.
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Supplies of Apple’s flagship MacBook Pro with Retina Display are easing, after huge demand for the high-resolution notebook pushed shipping times to 3-4 weeks post-launch. Online orders for the MacBook Pro are now shipping in 1-2 weeks according to Apple, though the non-Retina Pro is still turning around orders in 24 hours. It’s still unclear whether
The line for a MacBook Pro with Retina Display just got a bit shorter. The US Apple Store now pegs the new MBP’s shipping estimate at 1-2 weeks.
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display launched with much fanfare in early June. Apple called it the “most beautiful computer we have ever made.” The model quickly sold out, pushing shipping times to 3-4 weeks, which later fell to 2-3 weeks. Best Buy lists the model with a shipping estimate of 7-30 days.
Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro is now shipping faster to online customers, according to the company’s e-stores for the U.S., Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and several other countries.
It’s certainly not due to low demand that Best Buy has suddenly cut off bits of the price for several Apple MacBook products here in the summer of 2012. The first of these discounts is from the massively powerful MacBook Pro with Retina display, tricked out with 8GB of memory and a 512GB solid-state drive
Got a Macbook Air from 2010 or 2011 and want to upgrade the storage without dropping its pre-existing SSD module all together? Well, you’re in luck, thanks to OWC’s new Mecury Aura Bundles. After upgrading your Air with one of the company’s Mercury Aura Pro Express SSDs, the included Mercury Aura Envoy lets you re-purpose the factory SSD as a bus-powered, USB 3.0-compatible external drive. Better yet, the Envoy is made of aluminum, matches the Air’s tapered design and weighs just 1.5 ounces. Owners of the 2010 Air can opt for a 180, 240 or 480GB 3Gb/s drive, while those with the 2011 model can bump up to 6Gb/s bus speeds with the same storage allotments and a 120GB option. Pricing for the bundle starts at $ 200 for the 120GB variant, maxing out at a hefty $ 780 and $ 800 if you want to move up to the spacious 480GB offerings. Thankfully, like the SSDs, the Mercury Aura Envoy is available as a stand-alone enclosure, and it’ll cost you just under $ 50 bucks. Hit up the press release after the break for the full details if this dual-drive setup piques your interest
Believe it or not, it's been nearly four and a half years since Apple released the original –MacBook Air. At the time, it was revolutionary in terms of its size and weight, but it also was slow, had little storage, had only a single USB port for expansion, and was very expensive–it started at $ 1799, and if you wanted solid-state storage, the price increased dramatically (by $ 999!). As Jason Snell wrote at the time, "laptop design has always been about compromise," and the original Air required some painful compromises.
When Apple introduced the Retina MacBook Pro, the logic behind the increase in resolution was the same as with the iPhone 4 and 4S. The user interface would remain the same, with graphical elements instead appearing crisper and sharper. While there are a few options to dabble with in the Display settings, Apple doesn’t allow
Apple has increased the cost of replacing the integrated battery in the MacBook Pro with Retina Display by more than 50-percent over its predecessor, increasing the fee to $ 199. The new model – which features the slimmest casing in a unibody Pro chassis to-date, relying on tightly-squeezed batteries to do so, is the most expensive
You couldn’t move this past week for talk on Apple’s new hardware for WWDC, with the main attention centering on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the 2012 MacBook Air. Both citing portability as key to their ethos, and both grabbing Intel’s newest third-generation Core processors to back that up with power, each makes