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A new television commercial for Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina Display began airing on Tuesday, even as shipping estimates for the new laptop have risen to three to four weeks.

MacStories reported on Tuesday that the commercial first aired during the NBA Finals. The ad appears to be geared toward professionals, as it shows a MacBook Pro being used to edit photos and video as the camera pans around it to highlight its slimmer profile.

"The radical new MacBook Pro with Retina Display," the narrator says. "Innovation in every dimension."

The new laptop looks to be off to a strong start so far, as shipping estimates have risen to three to four weeks, up from two to three weeks earlier in the day.

Alongside the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple also announced new traditional MacBook Pro models and new MacBook Airs. Those portables are still listed as in stock on Apple's Website.


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Apple outfitted its high-end MacBook Pro with a 2,880-by-1,800-pixel Retina Display that contains 220 pixels per inch. The laptop exists as a hybrid of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and has been described by Apple as "the most beautiful computer" it has ever made. Like the MacBook Air, the new MacBook Pro lacks an optical disk drive and comes with Solid State flash storage, but it also carries on many of the design elements of the MacBook Pro line.

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So... I've been waiting until now to upgrade from my 4,1 MacBook because I thought a bunch of thin MacBooks were being announced yesterday. Is it impractical to spend $2,000+ on the Retina MacBook if I don't plan on editing movies or working a lot with photos? I'm trying to justify spending the extra money but I don't know if I can!

 

If I don't go Retina, I'm thinking about going with the 13" Air. 

 

Thoughts?

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That's a long wait. Does anyone know if the Apple Stores have the retina MBPs?
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So... I've been waiting until now to upgrade from my 4,1 MacBook because I thought a bunch of thin MacBooks were being announced yesterday. Is it impractical to spend $2,000+ on the Retina MacBook if I don't plan on editing movies or working a lot with photos? I'm trying to justify spending the extra money but I don't know if I can!

If I don't go Retina, I'm thinking about going with the 13" Air. 

Thoughts?

Only one question; do you want it? Then buy it. It's unlikely any maker will match the display and none will touch the quality of this computer.
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That's a long wait. Does anyone know if the Apple Stores have the retina MBPs?

Nope. Not yet.

As much as I like the new MBPR, spec wise, it's an SSD version of my 2010 MBP that I bought for $1100. I'll wait to see what they have next year. But IMHO if u bought a Pro in the last 3 years, $2K+ isn't gonna make much difference.

Am I alone in saying I'd like a black MBP vice silver aluminum? Maybe a matte display?
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That's a long wait. Does anyone know if the Apple Stores have the retina MBPs?

Unlikely if shipping is 3-4 weeks. Should have ordered early.
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Only one question; do you want it? Then buy it. It's unlikely any maker will match the display and none will touch the quality of this computer.

 

Haha of course I do. I'm just trying to avoid buyer's remorse later on!

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As much as I like the new MBPR, spec wise, it's an SSD version of my 2010 MBP that I bought for $1100. 

 

How is a 2012 i7 chip the same as a 2010 one? Or all the other internals that have been upgraded or re-designed?

 

This is one of the biggest updates the mbp line has ever seen in terms of design and internals.

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Haha of course I do. I'm just trying to avoid buyer's remorse later on!

It's not going to run you into financial trouble, is it? MacBook Pros are fairly expensive computers anyway. If I were to buy one, I would expect it to serve me well for many years.

At any rate, I'd say wait until you can see one in person before buying. Its main draw, I think, is the screen, so that may be the deciding factor.
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So... I've been waiting until now to upgrade from my 4,1 MacBook because I thought a bunch of thin MacBooks were being announced yesterday. Is it impractical to spend $2,000+ on the Retina MacBook if I don't plan on editing movies or working a lot with photos? I'm trying to justify spending the extra money but I don't know if I can!

 

If I don't go Retina, I'm thinking about going with the 13" Air. 

 

Thoughts?

 

The Air is awesome, and with the 512GB SSD and Core i7, it's actually practical for use as a primary laptop.

Buy it.

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Unlikely if shipping is 3-4 weeks. Should have ordered early.

 

It's not a limited edition or something. They will make more.

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Unlikely if shipping is 3-4 weeks. Should have ordered early.

It's common for the online store to be out of stock but still possible to find product, limited as it might be, in stores. Apple balances out their supply and there is the obvious draw to get people who come into stores to leave with product and to encourage those to go to the stores to get product.

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Nope. Not yet.
As much as I like the new MBPR, spec wise, it's an SSD version of my 2010 MBP that I bought for $1100. I'll wait to see what they have next year. But IMHO if u bought a Pro in the last 3 years, $2K+ isn't gonna make much difference.
Am I alone in saying I'd like a black MBP vice silver aluminum? Maybe a matte display?

Have you seen the display?  I'm betting not.  I saw it today and its drop dead, and this from a guy who only uses matte screens like on my 2010 macbook pro.  If you see the screen, thats it.  They got that right.

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So... I've been waiting until now to upgrade from my 4,1 MacBook because I thought a bunch of thin MacBooks were being announced yesterday. Is it impractical to spend $2,000+ on the Retina MacBook if I don't plan on editing movies or working a lot with photos? I'm trying to justify spending the extra money but I don't know if I can!

 

If I don't go Retina, I'm thinking about going with the 13" Air. 

 

Thoughts?

Determine where you will be using the unit. I gave up on the 15" MBP's because I travel a lot and the 13" MBA was fast enough for me. I'll never go back--the Air is so portable it's a joy. 

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Are they on display at the stores (yes, I know you can't purchase one on the floor yet)?

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Unlikely if shipping is 3-4 weeks. Should have ordered early.

 

 

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That's a long wait. Does anyone know if the Apple Stores have the retina MBPs?

Not yet that I know of.

 

The lead time was 2-3 weeks early this morning.  My guess is these are going to be HOT sellers.  REAL HOT sellers.

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Unlikely if shipping is 3-4 weeks. Should have ordered early.

I probably should have but I'm a see it and try it first before buying kind of person..
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I probably should have but I'm a see it and try it first before buying kind of person..

 

The stores likely got them today, pulled out what they need to put on display etc. The rest likely went real fast as those that really really wanted this new model would be hitting the site every 30-60 minutes with the laptop in their cart waiting for a local store to have some available to pick up. 

 

so if you have a store in your area you can probably see one tomorrow at least even if you can't buy it. course if you were lucky enough to have the cash and a store in the area with some in you could always buy it to pick up at the store and cancel the order if you don't like what you see

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That ad was hot. Serious without being stuffy. It could have easily been for a BMW. 

 

White backgrounds, Feist, and cuteness for the consumer lines.

Black backgrounds, action movie music, and getting-shit-done for the pro lines.

 

Well played, gents. 

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spec wise, it's an SSD version of my 2010 MBP that I bought for $1100

 

Yeah, the clock speed is misleading... a 2.3ghz i7 is way faster than a 2.3ghz core2duo. Probably twice the speed. 

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Apple saying 3-4 weeks most likely you  will receive it earlier.  I'm surprised that Apple has such short supply on these items. Seems that interest is more than they anticipated.

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I'm surprised that Apple has such short supply on these items. Seems that interest is more than they anticipated.


Well, it's a $3,000 laptop. They didn't expect to be selling so many $3,000 laptops right away. Who would ever pay $3,000 for a laptop?

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It's not going to run you into financial trouble, is it? MacBook Pros are fairly expensive computers anyway. If I were to buy one, I would expect it to serve me well for many years.
At any rate, I'd say wait until you can see one in person before buying. Its main draw, I think, is the screen, so that may be the deciding factor.

 

No, I wouldn't be asking if that were the case. I've been "saving my pennies" for a new MacBook for a while now so now its just a matter of deciding on how much I actually want to spend. I've been using my 4,1 since 2008 and just finally updated to Lion about a month or two ago so... you can see I don't hop on new technology right away.

 

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The Air is awesome, and with the 512GB SSD and Core i7, it's actually practical for use as a primary laptop.

Buy it.

 

The more I look at the Air, the more appealing it is. I just graduated from college and I'll be pretty transient for some time so portability is definitely a big plus. I've been using a 13" MacBook for a while and always felt I would benefit from a larger screen and that's why I was crossing my fingers for something between a 15" Air and the 15" MacBook Pro. But, the more I think about it, I don't know if I need a bigger screen and the Retina display pushes the price to the extreme. The 13" got me through college and I don't see myself writing research papers or working on complex problems nearly as much!

 

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Determine where you will be using the unit. I gave up on the 15" MBP's because I travel a lot and the 13" MBA was fast enough for me. I'll never go back--the Air is so portable it's a joy. 

 

So you gave up on the 15" solely for travel convenience? And downsizing hasn't bugged you at all?

 

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My plan is to maximize my value by using my education discount and the 5% ShopDiscover discount. Has anyone [recently] been able to combine both discounts? I found forum threads from several years ago but nothing too recent.

 

Thanks for all the replies, guys! I've been following this website for several months now but this was my first post so it's nice to see how helpful everyone is. 

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It's not going to run you into financial trouble, is it? MacBook Pros are fairly expensive computers anyway. If I were to buy one, I would expect it to serve me well for many years.
At any rate, I'd say wait until you can see one in person before buying. Its main draw, I think, is the screen, so that may be the deciding factor.


The ad makes me want one, but this is sound advice.

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So you gave up on the 15" solely for travel convenience? And downsizing hasn't bugged you at all?

 

 

I'll let the poster you responded to answer this question for himself (or herself), but speaking for myself, I can say that the 13" Air is an absolute pleasure to travel with, mainly due to the weight and astonishing battery life. And the 13" screen has the same resolution as the 15" screen, so technically, it displays exactly the same information, but at a mildly higher density. The downsizing hasn't bugged me; it's delighted me.

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You spent only 1100 for a 15" Pro in 2010? Really? The non-Retina 15" pRO is 1800. And Apple prices typically don't go up for same products.

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>I probably should have but I'm a see it and try it first before buying kind of person..

 

Me too, mostly.  But not with Apple.  With Apple, I dive into the pool blindfolded without checking to see if there's water below lol.gif

 

Ordered it this morning fully expecting the usual v1.0 issues, but have lived through plenty of them before.  If it doesn't work well with Lion, well, there's always Mountain Lion right around the corner :-)

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Haha.  Well played!  Apple will beat M$ in the enterprise by hook or by crook :-)

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3-4 weeks huh? I'm glad I got my order in when it had just started showing 2-3 weeks, up from 5-7 business days. My local Apple store - well, one of the many in L.A. - still hasn't gotten any Retina MBPs. I called a few others yesterday and same result. It feels as though I'm standing in line for a MacBook Pro.

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Sometimes you can luck out and just walk in to the Apple Store and pick something up, that thousands of people before you still have on preorder. I have done it before, just go in the morning when the new stock comes in.

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Have you seen the display?  I'm betting not.  I saw it today and its drop dead, and this from a guy who only uses matte screens like on my 2010 macbook pro.  If you see the screen, thats it.  They got that right.

That's what I want to hear! I love my matte display on my old MacBook Pro. Does the new display, even as glossy, still reflect as little light as a matte finish, as I've read? That would be fantastic. I love my new iPad, but I don't like the way I can use it as a mirror.
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So... I've been waiting until now to upgrade from my 4,1 MacBook because I thought a bunch of thin MacBooks were being announced yesterday. Is it impractical to spend $2,000+ on the Retina MacBook if I don't plan on editing movies or working a lot with photos? I'm trying to justify spending the extra money but I don't know if I can!

If I don't go Retina, I'm thinking about going with the 13" Air. 

Thoughts?

Have you seen the retina display on the new iPad? I find that it is even more noticeable for reading text than for video and pictures. And I presume you do read:-)
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So... I've been waiting until now to upgrade from my 4,1 MacBook because I thought a bunch of thin MacBooks were being announced yesterday. Is it impractical to spend $2,000+ on the Retina MacBook if I don't plan on editing movies or working a lot with photos? I'm trying to justify spending the extra money but I don't know if I can!

If I don't go Retina, I'm thinking about going with the 13" Air. 

Thoughts?

Get an Air.
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Get an Air.

The guy says he's editing a lot of videos and photos. The MBP will be roughly twice as fast for those applications. In addition, the 16 GB RAM maximum would be helpful. I'd definitely go with the Pro.
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"Shipping today" ... Translation, "we made ten in secret, the production starts tomorrow for the rest ... How else can we keep this stuff secret?"/wink
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Today I read on my order status: preparing for shipment. It means tomorrow the are going to ship. I ordered monday evening (my evening as I live in Italy) so it looks faster that the scheduled 5-7 days :-)

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So... I've been waiting until now to upgrade from my 4,1 MacBook because I thought a bunch of thin MacBooks were being announced yesterday. Is it impractical to spend $2,000+ on the Retina MacBook if I don't plan on editing movies or working a lot with photos? I'm trying to justify spending the extra money but I don't know if I can!

 

If I don't go Retina, I'm thinking about going with the 13" Air. 

 

Thoughts?

 

I'm in a similar quandry because I wanted a retina MBA and though the update is nice I can just see myself being disappointed in the screen after having seen the "amazing" retina display in the 15" Pro.  I have a Mac Pro so I don't need the power of quad-cores and powerful graphics in a laptop, just something for writing and surfing on the couch and out in cafes.

 

Since I'm in no particular rush, I've resolved to wait until Apple completes its next-generation portable lineup by adding 13" and 17" models and then I'll get a 13" retina MBP.  This is bound to happen, it's just that Apple has a history of releasing the 15" first and following with other models as it did with the original PowerBook G4s and MacBook Pros.  They do this for clever (albeit frustrating) marketing reasons.


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The guy says he's editing a lot of videos and photos. The MBP will be roughly twice as fast for those applications. In addition, the 16 GB RAM maximum would be helpful. I'd definitely go with the Pro.

 

Except BrianCPA actually said he doesn't plan on editing movies or working a lot with photos.

 

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Except BrianCPA actually said he doesn't plan on editing movies or working a lot with photos.

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You're right - I misread it.

He needs to say exactly what he WILL do with it before it's possible to offer advice. If he is doing nothing more than email and the web, an Air will be fine. If he's doing things that require more than that, the Pro might be better. So what, exactly, will be done with the computer?
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I'm in a similar quandry because I wanted a retina MBA and though the update is nice I can just see myself being disappointed in the screen after having seen the "amazing" retina display in the 15" Pro.  I have a Mac Pro so I don't need the power of quad-cores and powerful graphics in a laptop, just something for writing and surfing on the couch and out in cafes.

Since I'm in no particular rush, I've resolved to wait until Apple completes its next-generation portable lineup by adding 13" and 17" models and then I'll get a 13" retina MBP.  This is bound to happen, it's just that Apple has a history of releasing the 15" first and following with other models as it did with the original PowerBook G4s and MacBook Pros.  They do this for clever (albeit frustrating) marketing reasons.

If this is the case, how has the past played out as far as length of time until the 13" MBP is redone? I've already been waiting since last years slight "refresh" for new models!
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