AP reviews Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display: An epiphany, makes all other screens look dull and fuzzy

“When I was 13, I was sent to the optician for the first time, and came home with glasses. Suddenly, the world w as sharp all around me. I was surprised by the crisp lines of the tree branches against the sky. It was news to me that I was near-sighted, because I had been used to seeing the world in a blur,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press. “Apple Inc. sells a similar epiphany, starting this week, in the shape of a notebook computer. One of its new MacBook Pro models has a “Retina” display, a screen that packs four times as many pixels as a standard display.”

“Why is this a big deal? It’s not easy to describe in print, but a look at the screen tells the whole story. It’s like putting on glasses and realizing you’re nearsighted. Much like the screen on the latest iPad, the new display makes all other screens look dull and fuzzy,” Svensson reports. “With a resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels, the Retina screen can show every pixel in a five-megapixel shot, all at once. It has more pixels than a high-definition TV set—2.5 times as many.”

“I suspect the Retina screen is coming first to a relatively big MacBook because its chassis provided Apple with the space to expand the battery. In a MacBook Air, there’s no space for a bigger battery, so a Retina screen would have meant shorter battery life. That would have been a tough sell,” Svensson reports. “I hope Apple or another manufacturer figures out a way around the battery issue, because I want to see this type of display in every device.”

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      1. Funny??? I thought he had just given super kudos to Asian chicks. ???

        Ps. If we have to be politically correct, does that mean that we cannot bash Microsoft any more???

        1. There are women of every race who are wonderful wives. The assumption that just because they are Asian and women means that they are available for a man’s selfish gratification. The world will be a better place when men respect women for being people first and foremost. This issue has nothing to do with political correctness but everything to do with respect for women and the diversity of ethnicity and races.

          1. … the depth of his puerile bull. He didn’t say anything about “wives”. That would have been nicer. He was talking about using women – Asian women, specifically – for mere sexual gratification. Talk about pathetic. AND off-topic.
            Maybe he got locked out of his on-line video p0rn site in his Mom’s basement.

            1. How about: Kinda like the epiphany you have the first time you bang an Asian female person?

              Or, How about: Kinda like the epiphany you have the first time you bang an Asian wife?

            2. Very curious: at one time white women were considered as the ultimate prize, lusted by many virile Asian men; but as white women’s sexuality became more like a commodity and can be gotten dirt cheap or free, now white men are lusting for Asian women.

        2. lol @ 3l3c7ro trying to impress the chicks

          Y’know, Cubert only implied that sex with Asian girls is awesome. Puerile? Sure. But he didn’t mention anything about wives or say Asian women are available for a man’s selfish gratification just because they’re Asian and woman(or say anything about using women for mere sexual gratification. Yeah, ‘I think you just missed’, I’m looking at you). His comment is also not at all what misogyny is.

          I don’t have a problem with feminism. Can’t, infact, since I’m a feminist myself. But what I do have a problem with is chuckleheads like you who make big, dramatic, overblown displays of gallant white knight-ness just so you can make yourselves look good, typically to members of the opposite sex.

          And before you argue you’re being sincere(hah!), let me just point out that you run a fake WordPress blog that’s actually an advertisement for Reevans Electro Design. Sincerity clearly ain’t your strong suit.

          1. OG OG,
            Very well stated. While I believe in being a gentleman in texted conversation, I do believe many have trouble with where the line is between civility and satire.

            Just a late night thought.

          2. agreed OG OG. I think @Cubert’s statement was anti-racism if anything.

            Sure it was puerile, only focussing on one aspect of what makes up a person, but the underlying message was not to judge someone based on your prejudices.

            It would have been nicer if he said “Kinda like the epiphany you have when you realise women of other races are just as wonderful as those of your own”. But it is a mouthful and would have been passed over by most readers.

      2. There is only the human race!
        Using the term racist is in fact a form of prejudice as it implies someones country of origin or skin colour define them as another race.

          1. There is only one Homo Sapien species if you want to get pendantic about it. But, “ethnicity”, “nationality”, “species” and “race” are human constructs used as a means of categorization and a short way of talking about a particular kind. They have NO meaning in nature. The incorrect use of these terms is a form of racism which based on the actual powered conferred by being a member of the “best” race.

            Plus Asian women are fun.

      1. Women in general are fun. No need to generalize on a race without taking into account the wide diversity of character types in each race. This is just racism to say that one group is superior to another.

        1. There are very few women who AREN’T fun. I was including Asian women in that category. I was generalizing that fun women appear everywhere. It may not be true, but I’ve found fun ones everywhere I’ve been so far.

          My personal favorite is a South African woman of Dutch and English descent. (If I don’t say that she feeds me to the lions.) Individuals are fun, interesting, attractive, funny, and almost all are a source of puzzlement.

    1. What exactly is the epiphany you have the first time you bang an Asian chick? I wonder because I’ve banged several ethnicities and have never had an epiphany that did not involve remembering where I put my car keys.

    2. RIGHT ON! Perfect response. I had that there epiphany when I banged my first slim, svelte Singapore chick who was a receptionist at the hotel I stayed out. Hot dog……

    3. Wow! Didn’t expect that. Off-color humor seems to really strike a nerve. I guess people like George Carlin and Richard Pryor have been dead for too long. Take a chill pill, drink a beer, smoke a joint, or whatever it is you have to do just have a laugh for once.

      And, for the record, I was talking about “tightness”. The stereotype IS true.

  1. “I hope Apple or another manufacturer figures out a way around the battery issue, because I want to see this type of display in every device.”

    Another manufacturer! LOL!

  2. The most interesting thing about this Retina Display is that you can use a “higher” resolution than the optimal Retina double resolution (effectively 1440×900), scaling UP to 1680×1050 and 1920×1200. Previously (on “normal” displays), it was possible to scale the resolution DOWN from the optimal native resolution, if you wanted things on the screen to appear larger.

    NOW, you can scale it UP if you want to make things appear smaller (and therefore have more screen real estate). The amazing part is, because the pixels are now too small to be seen individually, the scaled resolution looks BETTER on the Retina Display compared to a display that is natively 1680×1050 or 1920×1200.

    I want to try this at an Apple Store, to see how this scaling works in person.

    1. Ya, I tried this out yesterday. It’s weird, but good…very good. It’s very confusing though because Apple has simplified/dumbed down, the Preference panel for the display making it actually more difficult to understand what’s going on.

      It’s an absolutely gorgeous display…not just in resolution, but in other qualities as well, especially in terms of reducing glare.

      Unfortunately, I’m going to pass this go around because I need more storage, and the reduced size/weight means nothing to me. The increase power consumption is also a very big deal to me (the larger battery gives the same life, but overall power consumption is way up, which affects my use while on my boat or other traveling).

      However, this is an amazing machine for anyone who’s needs it meets, and the future of what’s coming to all of us soon.

  3. I believe Apple has a solution to the battery issue- IGZO. The MacBook Pro with IGZO should be good up to 10 hours. Guessing here, but I would think Apple to introduce the IGZO Air’s first since the panels would be easier to make in mass and little room to expand the battery. Of course, minus an new battery chemistry.

  4. Since camera vendors count every subpixel (red, green, blue) separately, the retina display can actually display every pixel of a 15 megapixel camera (2880*1800*3 subpixels).

  5. ANYTHING that kicks battery technology forward is great with me. There have been some nice improvements in Lithium battery tech and Apple has been key. But battery efficiency still remains remarkably primitive IMHO. Forward HO!

  6. A new low for the comments on this site.

    Take your Asian fetish and the long drawn-out rehashing of it to the proper site. This is supposed to be Apple-related.

    I’m no longer going to even read the comments, talk about a waste of time.

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