Originally Posted by landilevente
"word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations, email" aren't more demanding than browsing the web you can do it on a really old notebook too.
Using anything what requires more performance would be a problem with integrated gpu on 2560x1600 resolution.
I agree completely with this sentiment, and that of other posters who have pointed out that Ivy Bridge + HD4000 + Retina Display will not cut ice.
Now looking at what might be happening next week, it would seem Apple wishes to have its cake and eat it as far as the Macbook range goes - be this Pro or Air -and I can quite understand this.
As it stands, many users, myself included - are opposed to losing the optical drive, ability to upgrade RAM and I/O ports, specifically FW800 for a slimmer, lighter form factor with longer battery life - however, Apple is making its intent known that the full blown MBA's best days are behind it, and like it or not, Apple wishes to transition users to the cloud and drop I/O ports apart from TB by the seems of it.
FWIW, within 18 months Apple will make the transition to its smaller, thinner form factor and drop much of the kit I personally like - they will concentrate on the mobility and battery life side of the equation, particularly in relation to Retina displays.
To summarise, its my opinion Apple is in a transitionary mode and trying to move its users towards the cloud and wifi reliant forms of transferring data, if it made this leap in one go, it would alienate a fair number of its user-base, so we have a softly softly approach in line with the CEO's and Schillers thinking - Perhaps more importantly though, this year is a test bed and early adopters of the Retina displays will be Guinea Pig's testing out a new platform that with the delivery of Intel's Haswell technology next year will come into its own.
My advice, get the end of the line Pro models when you can and purchase AppleCare, they will not be available by the end of 2013, by which time Haswell will have been adopted and as many have stated, don't go near a Air with IB and HD4000, wait until Haswell which really can drive a Retina display.
I hope they adopt a conservative approach to revising the iMac as well.