Apple improves Retina MacBook Pro shipping times
Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:41 PM
I would say though, that this is really an "early adopter" machine. Users will have to deal with running a mix of "retina" versus "non-retina" applications, Websites, etc. which can be slightly annoying. For example, Office for Mac 2011. Outlook works well, with the text rendering at the higher resolution, but Word and Excel look like fuzzy bitmap text and is barely useable. I'm using Apache OpenOffice 3 instead, which does render text well in documents and spreadsheets.
So until more applications come up to the higher resolution, expect some challenges, but overall the display is so outstanding it is worth the up-front pain.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:10 PM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:30 PM
I've had my MBP with Retina Display for over a week now, and all I can say is that it will be impossible for me to go back to a non-Retina machine again. The text and lines on a Retina Display are so much sharper than even a recent MacBook Air or Pro, going back is like experiencing an impressionist painting in comparison.
If this is an "early adopter" machine, I'm not sure what a "mature" Apple laptop would be like! Everything about this machine evokes powerful performance, elegance, and the highest of build quality. There's really not another computer out there that comes close.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:27 AM
By "early adopter" I mean not to expect everything to be "retinaized". If all of the applications that you use take advantage of the built-in text and vector graphics rendering engines that are a part of the Apple Standard Development kit, then everything will look absolutely phenomenal. No doubt about that. But if you have to work in PowerPoint all day, just be prepared for that fact that Microsoft hasn't updated Office 2011 to retina-graphics as of yet (I checked again this morning) and everything is going to look 'fuzzy'. I purchased Pages from the App Store thinking it would be a retina-supported application, but Apple hasn't even updated this yet to be retina-compatible. OpenOffice? Everything looks great. It's a 'mixed bag' experience for the user at this point until everyone catches up to Apple's latest and greatest desktop creation.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:35 AM
But I have to say it is not only a early adopter machine for software, also for hardware. I mean, the GPU is clearly not fast enough to deal with the hugh resolution. It is just too slow and jerky to work with!
If you plan to buy a rMBP, maybe you should first read this : http://www.anandtech.../show/6023/the- ... y-review/8
The GUI is just too jerky (20-30fps compared to a non-retina 60fps). GUI animations we all love are just awful to watch at.
I am very disappointed and now use my former MBP17 i7 again.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 03:21 PM
I would say though, that this is really an "early adopter" machine...
I thought this from the beginning, as with any new piece of hardware. Because of this, I can't see retina being ready for prime time "later this year" for the rest of the MacBook line, as the article states. How long was the iPhone retina before the iPad saw it? And while the turnaround from iPad to MacBook retina was shorter, it was only in one, early adopter, model, which for the most part has been libeled by the tech press for its retina. I'm thinking the entire line will go retina and minus optical drive at the same time, MAYBE next year.