Everything you need to know about the new Retina MacBook Pro

My 15” Retina MacBook Pro is one of the most amazing machines I’ve ever owned. However it is very expensive, and hardly a mass market computer. The new 13” Retina MacBook Pro may be a step in the direction of a more broad adoption of Retina capable computers.

Thin like the MacBook Air

The new 13” Retina MacBook Pro is much thinner than the previous generation with an optical drive. The device is super light as well: it weighs in under 4 pounds.

The device is finely manufactured. Older cars had engines that were open, and tweak-able. As luxury cars have advanced, the engines are more detailed, and finely tuned. The new Retina MacBook Pros feel like one of these luxury cars:

Apple designers and engineers worked closely together to craft every single piece that went into making it — the fans, the vents, the speakers, the noise-reducing microphones, the screws, even the machining of the thumbscoop. Everything was considered, and nothing overlooked. Because when a notebook becomes this advanced, every nanometer counts.

Fast like the MacBook Pro

Thanks to the ‘Pro’ name, the device comes with much higher powered processors. The slight gain in weight and thickness over the MacBook Air gives it more battery and more power.

My 15” comes with a 2.6GHz quad-core i7 processor. I am sure, however, that the most common Retina MacBook Pro that Apple sells will have the 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor. Even the lowest process is powerful, and can Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz.

The speed of the device isn’t just in the processor. The system is built with the flash storage built directly on the board. That means there are no bottle necks. When you use USB 3, or Thunderbolt, the read and write speeds of your device, or SATA ports won’t hold you back.

Retina Display you can’t forget

The Retina screens on our larger devices won’t jump out at you. When you first use them, the effect is subtle. However, when you go back to a non-Retina screen, that’s when it will smack you in the face. Of course, apps and websites that don’t use Retina graphics look awful – I’m just saying.

The Retina display really does look fake, in a good way. Like a magazine print, or a mockup device. With a lower cost machine entering the market, hopefully more websites and app developers will take Retina graphics more seriously.

More Pros Everywhere

I’ve heard, anecdotally, that the 13” MacBook Air is the best selling Mac. I don’t think this will change. The Air is less expensive and will appeal to a broader audience. But the new 13” Retina MacBook Pro is probably the best laptop to recommend. For an extra $400, new Mac owners are getting a significantly better device.

It won’t be long before the 13” Retina MacBook Pro fills college campuses instead of the current trend of MacBook Airs.

Joshua Howland

Joshua is a mobile application developer, entrepreneur, and technology enthusiast. He is currently building a company that focuses on educational mobile applications: LearnStack. His favorite posts to write compare companies and products. He loves sports and start ups and talks about them (along with tech) on Twitter (@jkhowland) and his blog (jkhowland.me).

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