While it is true that Apple is sometimes a warranty nightmare (it has a somewhat ‘buggy’ after sales support and replacement parts that isn’t worth the headache to wait for) but this is so because it is a reflection of their faith in the quality of their products. The performance of Apple devices in the market is indeed phenomenal and the company is rarely praising their products (more of a ‘market performance speaks louder than ads’ kind of thing) but when they are claiming an Apple product to be the best they’ve ever made, it certainly is worth the consumer’s attention.
They are talking about the new Macbook Pro and claiming it to be the best is a gutsy move since the competition is no other than one of the best laptops out there, its very own predecessor: the old Macbook Pro. Weighing just 4.46 pounds and has a thickness of only .71 inches, you won’t expect it to conceal a powerhouse engine underneath. You can opt to put in a Quad core 2.7 ghz Core i7 procie, 16 Gig RAM, NVIDIA Kepler GT 650M GPU, up to 768 GB of storage, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, 2 Thunderbolt, a thinner MagSafe 2 connector, an ultra silent fan and a battery that can give you 7 hours of continuous usage and 30 days of standby time.
Conspicuously absent is an optical drive, the usual Firewire and Ethernet connections (which can be solved by buying a thunderbolt adaptor) but the real story here is the new Retina Display. It boasts of a 2880 x 1800 resolution. This roughly translates to a 220 pixels per inch (or if we want to exaggerate things, enough to see angels dancing at the top of a pin). In other words, it gives new meaning to the words High Definition. Complementing it are the usual apps like Aperture and Final Cut Pro (which are optimized to take advantage of the new display). On top of that, it promises better contrast, viewing angles and reduced glare.
The next gen Macbook Pro starts shipping now with price starting at $2,199. Although it is a better version (unarguably) of the still breathing, fighting and still very much available last-gen Macbook Pro 15 inch, time will only tell if or when it completely replaces the old one.
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