Originally Posted by Spiffy1
Now for a real question... why the **** should I get a retina display if as Apple says the pixels are so small I can't even see them with my eye? Seems I should save myself a few bucks and upgrade on memory, disk space or other useful things, and if I want better video I can hook up an external display. Ya? No?
A fine question, but the purpose of the retina display is not to see the pixels. The purpose of the retina display is to not see the pixels.
Look around you. At anything you choose. What do you see? You see the material out of which the object is made. Get closer. You see more detail, yes? How far could you go before you stop seeing new details? Grab a desktop microscope and break off a piece of whatever the thing is (don't… don't actually do this… ). Take another look. More detail, yeah? You can see details down to the six quark types, and that's only as far as we know.
But look at your computer screen. You can see the pixels. That breaks your vision. There's a fundamental difference there. The retina display's purpose is to lessen that difference. Eventually displays where subdivisions that truly cannot be perceived by the human eye will be released, and that's when the virtual… can stop being virtual.
Originally Posted by sc_markt
What and how do they "bottleneck" the computer?
The ODD's throughput is pathetic. It's slow to write and it's painfully slow to read. It's noisy, it's power-hungry, and there aren't going to ever be any more improvements to it. It's time to die.
So, what happens if you want to erase your HD and do a clean install? And what happens if you buy a brand new HD and pop it into your computer? How would you start up your system and load OS X on it?
The newest computers come with a restore partition built into the computer. If you get a new, blank hard drive, you can still boot to that partition and download Lion and have it install. If you don't want to use the Internet, you can make a backup installable version of Lion from a USB stick.
Originally Posted by BahHumbug
The real question is -- are there are 17" a MBP available.
Nope. Well, sure, in the refurb store.