“I’m doing something I’ve never done before in an Apple review,” Anand Lal Shimpi writes for AnandTech. “We rarely give out Editor’s Choice awards at AnandTech, and I’m quite possibly the stingiest purveyor of them. I feel that being overly generous with awards diminishes their value. In this case, all of the effort Apple has put into bringing a Retina Display to the MacBook Pro is deserving of one.”
“I’m giving the MacBook Pro with Retina Display our bronze Editor’s Choice award. Making it the first Mac to ever receive one. It would have been a silver had the software story been even stronger (iWork, Mountain Lion, Office and Photoshop being ready at launch would have been a feat worth rewarding),” Lal Shimpi writes.
MacDailyNews Take: You can blame Apple for iWork and Mountain Lion beat, if you want, but please don’t blame Apple for Microsoft and Adobe, Mr. and Mrs. Perpetually Late to the Party.
“And it would have been a gold had Apple been able to deliver all of that but without sacrificing end-user upgradability. Which brings me to my final point,” Lal Shimpi writes. “I accept the fact that current mobile memory and storage form factors preclude the creation of the thinnest and lightest form factors. But I would like to see Apple push for the creation of industry standard storage and memory form factors that wouldn’t hinder the design of notebooks like the Retina Display equipped Macbook Pro. Apple has already demonstrated that it has significant pull with component vendors, this should be possible. The motivation behind doing so is no different from the motivation driving the use of Retina Displays: for the betterment of the end user experience.”
Read more in the full, very comprehensive review – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: How many end users – not you, you’re reading MacDailyNews – ever crack the case of their Mac notebook? 1%, 2%, 5% at most? (For further reading, please see: Why Apple’s sealed, non-user-serviceable MacBook Pro with Retina display is a very good thing)
And, why the hell would Apple want to push for “industry standard storage and memory form factors?” That would only serve a tiny niche of users while immensely aiding Windows PC assemblers to better approximate Apple’s industrial design. Why should Apple give away any of their advantages? They’ve already given the world so much, from the Mac GUI and mouse to iPod + iTunes to iOS Multi-Touch™ and Thunderbolt, Apple should keep some competitive advantages for themselves for a change.
This is a business, not a commune.
Why Apple’s sealed, non-user-serviceable MacBook Pro with Retina display is a very good thing – June 22, 2012
Teardown of MacBook Pro’s Retina display shows off ‘engineering marvel’ – June 19, 2012
Teardown of MacBook Pro with Retina Display reveals soldered RAM, glued-in battery – June 13, 2012
AP reviews Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display: An epiphany, makes all other screens look dull and fuzzy – June 16, 2012
Reg Hardware reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display: Drool-worthy – June 15, 2012
USA Today reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display: Powerfully robust, an object of desire – June 14, 2012
ABC News reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display: If you have the money, this is the one to buy – June 14, 2012
Engadget reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display: Redefines the professional notebook – June 13, 2012
PC Magazine reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display: Editor’s choice – June 13, 2012
Apple debuts new TV ad for MacBook Pro with Retina display: ‘Every Dimension’ (with video) – June 13, 2012
AnandTech analyzes Apple’s new MacBook Pro Retina display: ‘Everything is ridiculously crisp’ – June 12, 2012
Hands-on with Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina display (with video) – June 12, 2012
Apple unveils all new MacBook Pro with stunning Retina display – June 11, 2012