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 Yeah, if anyone figures out how to get the retail box versions (which cost more than the MAS versions) registered on the Mac App Store for free upgrades to the new version, please let us know! Annoying that iWork on DVD cost $79 and is not eligible for the same updates that the Mac App Store purchased versions (which cost $60) are...! Still wondering if the next version of Aperture (if it ever comes out) will be eligible for a free upgrade over the MAS. I paid $200 for v2...
 Good to know. Sounds like that's one thing about the new rMBP that I won't hate :) Sounds like you all are implying the new glossy screen is better than the old matte screen? Best of both worlds, so-to-speak? I still wish it used proper memory and laptop form-factor drives. a couple mm of thickness means nothing in comparison to being user serviceable!
 Okay, I'll make that claim. I'm looking into my matte screen right now and all I see are the illuminated bits on the screen. I see no reflection of myself, the light in the living room behind me, the cat sitting on the sofa behind me, nothing. The new glossy screen appears to be an improvement on the old, but it's still a step back from the matte.
 No. Just no. I paid extra to upgrade my 2011 MBP to matte, while the fiancee did not. I can't stand looking at her screen and it's useless in bright light situations. I'm sorry you're annoyed by someone who states a preference, but I for one am very disappointed to see the old machines go. I like the retina display, it looks nice, but I also like that I can open up my machine and upgrade the RAM if I want and upgrade the hard drive and, in my case, remove the optical...
 Your point is fair, extended warrantees are never designed to save the consumer money, they make a lot of money for the folks that sell them. There are very few devices on which I would purchase them, but a laptop is one of them. 15 years ago I had the screen go out on a $2500 Sony laptop and I was quoted some ludicrous price of about $1000 to replace it, but the extended warrantee I purchased covered it. In my case, I didn't pay $350 for AppleCare: I get a corporate...
 Was a good deal for me. I purchased it for my first-generation MBP and had A battery replaced A power supply replaced Both cooling fans replaced I think there was one other thing that went wrong with it, but I can't remember now. It's generally recommended for laptops because of the harsh environment (limited cooling, getting knocked about). I purchased it for my (yep) Early 2011 MBP and so far haven't needed it for anything, but I'm still glad I have it. Even more-so now...
 Point taken - there are some great shows. I haven't seen Boardwalk Empire or Luther, but I love the other three. I also just finished up Broadchurch (another great British drama) and loved it. There are definitely a handful of great shows, but I have preferred to ala carte them via AppleTV/iTunes. It's cheaper than paying for cable, there are no commercials, and I basically own the rights to re-watch them when I want. Unfortunately, some of the great shows (like GoT) are...
 I think what makes me more frustrated (and all the major carriers do this) is that that subsidy is allegedly built-in to the monthly service charge. Over the two-year contract, you pay off that subsidy (and as you noted, and then some...). I kept my iPhone 4 for a year extra after the contract was over, yet I still paid that same monthly charge. The carriers should lower the monthly service charge after the contract is up in an attempt to retain their customers!
 Part of the reason I'm not switching to a mobile share is because I still have a feature phone on the account under contract. My Mom uses is about three times a year when she drives from California to Seattle. The rest of the time it sits in a drawer. Moving from a family plan to a shared data plan would up that phone from $10/month to $30/month. Just dumb. In November that phone is off contract. It looks like I can sign her up for a pre-paid account on T-Mobile for $10...
 Unless my math is off, it's $1440 for the account, $480 per line. I think that's still more than the difference (or close to it) in cost between a contract and off-contract phone. And you're right - it comes with unlimited data. Not as huge a savings as the original message (or yours) implied, but still it's a savings and true unlimited data. And I guess it has the additional benefit of not requiring a contract. Sounds like a win-win :)
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