I’ve now had a new MacBook Pro with Retina display for a few days, and I can safely say that the new display is the future of computing. Not only is the clarity astounding, but the viewing angle is also impressive. With 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD, this computer could be a perfect computer for anyone who needs to work in an office and on the road. Just connect an external monitor – Apple’s 27″ Cinema Display – and you’re all set to work at home. If you need more storage, an external hard disk will do the trick.
(I had initially been planning to buy the laptop from Apple, but the delay was listed as 3-4 weeks. I happened to spot on Amazon.fr that it was available last week, so grabbed one right away. They seemed to have a small number of them in their first delivery. It’s possible that Amazon.com may also get some before they’re in stock from Apple.)
I have a laptop for three reasons. I work at home and don’t travel much, so it rarely leaves the house, except on vacations. But in my work writing for Macworld, I often need a second computer to test software. The second reason is to write away from my desk. If the text I’m working on allows it, I like to sit in my living room in front of my stereo and listen to music while I work. Finally, I must have a second computer in case my main Mac – currently a Mac mini – breaks down. I had a number of issues with a previous iMac, and it was out for service for several weeks. I can’t afford to stop working.
I’ve said all of the above to point out that, for me, the MacBook Pro is not a computer I use all the time. For some people, the limit of 256 GB might be problematic, though for me, it’s mostly empty (most of my files are on my Mac mini). I don’t think that most users will have problems with RAM; the default 8 GB is sufficient for most types of work. The price, however, will scare away a lot of users. With the cost of a 13″ MacBook Air about half that of the MacBook Pro, you’re paying a premium for the display, though you’re also getting speed, storage and RAM.