Love the new thin design, airflow ports and retina of course. Hate the all onboard flash because it means Apple is finally capable of locking its entire ecosystem and charge you 4x the price of usual RAM/SSD
EDIT: also buying separate RAM/SSD and generally all HW from 3rd party companies means at least longer warranty and not just 1year Apples standard
Mac pros have been updated. With a speed bump. Not even sandy bridge xeons by the look of it.
New Mbp is an interesting beast.
Hdmi out is good - and video guys will love it.
Non user upgradable ram is horrid.
Ssd type has at least OWC upgrades...
Display is interesting.
Yeah - 17" has silently been discontinued, and I don't see it coming back. The sales numbers were very very low (compared to the other models.)
Interesting that it was the 15" that they turned into this new model first. The 13" outsells the 15" by a huge margain. I guess that the 13" has the 13" mac book air in a similar kind of space, albeit with very different CPU's.
Now. I expect to see more thunderbolt to multiple port boxes start to appear. Like the belkin and the matrox. I was wondering just this last week why the new belkin has the hdmi removed... seems they might have had some prior knowledge of this new macbook pro model. Adding esata though was a great move in my opinion.
Not having firewire or network does not surprise me - especially with 2 thunderbolt ports. The HDMi surprises me - as does ports on both sides of the computer (I personally love ports all on one side, but I'm sure there's very good engineering reasons for choosing what they've done. Look forward to seeing the internals.)
All in all, interesting. Not earth shattering. The new display intrigues me. I use the 17" macbook pro mainly for the display (1920x1200) - and non-retina apps will only run at 1400(1440?)x900 on the new monitors...
Indeed, I run the dell 27" off the MBP to give me even more screen real-estate when in a studio.
I want to know more about the workings of the retina display. Does it open up OSX to the ability to "zoom" - ie zoom out in a DAW so I can see more of the screen open at once, and then zoom back in only if needed. Or something? I'm still lost on this one a bit.
this is what i call a pro lappy : one that integrates what i need , not one that forces me to find work around ...( 6 usb , firewire , expresscard , hdmi +vga + docking solution ...welcome to Pro world......)
Also keep in mind that the non-retina display models were also updated with USB 3.0, and more powerful processors. All your ports are still there. Super-drive, FW800 and Ethernet. Very glad they offered the retina as a "model up" kind of upgrade instead of replacing the entire line. The graphic designers and video guys will love the new display. Audio guys, not so much ... don't need the extra graphics horsepower.
I'll move over when they kill the non-retina models, but for now my quad 2.3 will do the job nicely =)