Apple has updated its lineup of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Most noticeably is a completely re-engineered 15” MacBook Pro which now ships with high-resolution ‘Retina’ display. In fact, 2880×1800 pixel 15.4” screen is the highest-resolution display currently used in a laptop on the market. In addition to the screen Apple made the new laptop thinner and faster in every respect. But as always, all of it comes at a high cost.
The new 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a true powerhouse. Available with 2.3Ghz or 2.6Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB memory (upgradable to 16GB), 256GB solid state storage (upgradable to 768GB) and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M video card with 1GB memory. This laptop is a dream machine for any photographer or videographer out there. With the new ‘Retina’ display you images will look crisper and more lifelike. A full 1080p video will fit on the screen during post-processing. With the solid state drive this laptop and any program, such as Adobe Photoshop, will start in no time. And with so much memory and such a powerful video card editing images and video on the fly will be a breeze. And if you consider portability of such a slim laptop and 7 hours of battery life you can easily use this machine during a shoot at any location.
In addition, the new redesigned lightweight body features an HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 and 2 Thunderbolt ports, as well as SDXC card reader. Although, the new built does not have Ethernet jack or an optical drive.
However, like everything in life, this dream comes with a heavy anchor that brings me back to reality. This bad boy starts at $2,199 with the cheapest configuration and can go as high as $3,749 with all the upgrades. In addition, considering that Apple has glued all the components together rendering this dream machine virtually non-repairable, you are pretty much forced to buy an additional warranty for $350, since if something happens to it; a complete unit replacement is the only option.
So if you want to have the sexiest computer on the market, have your images and videos look gorgeous on the ‘Retina’ screen and be able to do heavy processing on location – this is the laptop for you – if you can afford it.