The tech world is still buzzing about Apple's WWDC keynote presentation. There was the glamour of a new HD Retina Display MacBook Pro (plus updates to the full MBP lineup) and the excitement of two new operating systems: iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion. Here, we break down the pros and cons of the new notebook for those stuck with purchasing indecision, plus we discuss how iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion are poised to make your gadget life much smarter.
Apple unveiled the latest addition to the MacBook lineup at WWDC with the Retina Display MacBook Pro. Available now from a starting price of $2,199, the newest Mac is a tempting investment, but is it worth the hype? We lay out four reasons Apple's new notebook is worth a purchase.
- You crave HD. The Retina display notebook boasts over 5 million pixels, making the 2880x1800 resolution more high-def than, well, an HDTV. Software and apps like iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, Aperture, and Final Cut Pro X were updated to take advantage of the Retina technology. With Apple's claim that the typeface resolution is better than a printed page, your eyes can't wait for this pixel explosion.
- You're a media junkie. As the first Apple notebook to include an HDMI cable, it removes the HDMI adapter to HDMI cable that routine Mac users are used to when wanting to view media on a TV. That's one less $40 accessory you'll need.
- Size does matter. Find yourself taking your notebook everywhere? At 0.71 inches thick, the Retina MacBook Pro is nearly as thin as the MacBook Air and weighs just under 4.5 pounds, making it that much less of a burden when toting it around in a shoulder bag all day. Plus, it still has that plush 15.4-inch screen size.
- You multitask all day. If you're constantly cursing the motherboard gods when your system slows down on a busy computing day, then the MacBook's improved memory might just be the answer to your hardware prayers. With up to 768GB flash storage, the notebook should handle your multiple tabs, documents, open email inbox, and streaming music like a, ahem, Pro.
Are you planning to buy the Retina Display MacBook Pro? If you're on the fence, read our reasons to skip Apple's new product.
Whenever a new Apple product is announced, you can bet we're eager to get the latest and greatest the tech innovator has to offer. But is the new Retina Display MacBook Pro worth shelling out over $2,000 when your current laptop works just fine (or well enough)? We looked at the reasoning for purchasing the notebook, but let's look at the reasoning for passing on Apple's "most beautiful computer ever." Keep reading for four reasons to skip the Retina MacBook Pro.
- You're just fine with 1280 resolution, thank you very much. Not buying the hype over the Retina display? It sure does look pretty, but the 1280x800 and 1440x900 resolution of the non-Retina MacBook Pros will still have you watching TV shows in astounding clarity and editing photos worthy of their place on the wall of your home's art gallery.
- You live outside the cloud. Seems like Apple didn't mention anything about optical drive writing speeds and rewritable DVD capabilities, that's because this notebook bids adieu to the standard optical drive. Following suit with the MacBook Air specs, the top-of-the-line Pro is all about the Flash storage and cloud. If you still love watching DVDs at home or sharing files via disc, then the Pro is not for you, as Apple continues the push toward app-based entertainment.
- You updated your computer within the last two years. It's hard to know when is the right time to make a big tech update like a computer purchase. However, if you bought any recent generation MacBook Pro, then you'll be just fine biding your time and saving some dough. After all, the software updates of OS X Mountain Lion will be available in July for a scant $20.
- You're on a budget. An Apple computer has always been a bigger purchase money-wise than its PC competitors, and the $2,199 and $2,799 pricing of the MacBook Pro isn't the most budget-friendly option. If HD and megamemory powers aren't high on your list of needs, then this is one unveil you can skip.
Still on the fence? Check out our reasons to purchase the Retina MacBook Pro.
Modestly described by Apple as the "most beautiful computer we've ever made," the reveal of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro kicked off WWDC in San Francisco today.
The computer has a 15.4-inch screen measuring 0.71 inches thin, weighs less than 4.5 pounds, and features the same Retina display as the newest iPad. Touted as the highest-resolution notebook on the market, the display has over five million pixels. Intel's quad-core i7 processor, flash storage up to 768 GB, Facetime HD camera, seven hours of battery life, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port round out some of the notebook's biggest features. One thing missing from the new MacBook Pro? An optical drive. Looks like Apple's pushing consumers towards the cloud for storage and entertainment.
The MacBook Pro with 256GB flash storage with 2.3 GHz processor starts at $2,199, and the 512GB model with 2.6 GHz processor starts at $2,799. The updated design is available today online and in stores; though it will ship with OS X Lion, customers will get a free upgrade to Mountain Lion when the software comes out in July.
The annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today in San Francisco, and with it comes the tradition of a company keynote where new products are hotly anticipated. Naturally with all things Apple, rumors are flying as to what consumers can expect to see hit store shelves soon.
While this isn't the introduction of a new game-changing iPhone or iPad, a new line of MacBook Pros using the Retina Display of the newest iPad is expected along with operating system software updates. The keynote starts at 10 a.m. PST, so check back with us throughout the morning for updates on the latest Apple gear, and tell us in the comments what you're hoping to see!
One of the perks of being a geek girl at CES is getting to hang out with the boys. A lot of them! As such, techy events may be some of the few places that the lines for the men's room outlast those for the women's. Here, a list of five awesome bathroom line experiences we've seen in the recent past.
- CES After running around the corner for a quick bathroom break at this year's CES, I was greeted with a huge line. . . for the men's room. The ladies' was smooth sailing the whole way through.
- WWDC Apple's developer conference, held in San Francisco each year; again, it's a welcome sight to see lines out the door for the gents and manageable or even empty for the ladies.
- Apple's campus On an average non-event day, there are plenty of women on Apple's Cupertino, CA campus. . . but there are more guys. During one visit around lunchtime, I noticed some wait time for the guys but hardly any for the women.
- MacWorld Since it's sort of like a mini-CES, MacWorld experiences a similar bathroom situation. Except once, I saw some women's restrooms being changed to accommodate men — talk about a funny role reversal!
- E3 There are very few girls at this gaming conference in Los Angeles. . . that means easier access to all of the bathrooms, mirrors, sinks, and hand dryers.
Unless you live on another planet, you've probably been bombarded with iPhone 3G news after last week's big announcement. I enjoyed following along with
Gizmodo's live coverage of Steve Jobs' keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but if you happened to miss it, and don't want to watch the full version online, I have a solution: the 60 second version. Thanks to Maholo, who whipped up this condensed keynote speech video, you get the juice of the speech — fast with all the facts!