Originally Posted by dagamer34
If the display is less than $200, then it kind of confirms why we haven't seen these screens earlier or on Windows PCs, OS support.
Windows has a different way of handling it, but it doesn't necessarily scale well at all levels under Windows 7. You do have 1920x1080 options. I don't think those are bad, but I haven't seen them side by side.
Originally Posted by jragosta
Really? Which Windows 7 machine do you have which supports the same DPI as the MBP Retina? (Hint - there isn't one). Or are you talking about running Windows 7 in Boot Camp? If so, you just negated your argument below.
Physical ethernet? A cheap adapter - which you leave connected to the Ethernet cable. When you come into the office, it doesn't matter whether you plug a cable into the Ethernet port or into the TB port - it's still one connection.
Removable storage? I think you're confused as to how modern business works. Very few businesses require this and many even forbid removable storage devices for security reasons. Even if you need it, it's a simple external connector.
Windows? Piece of cake. For $60 extra (plus the Windows site license which you probably already have), you can run it in Fusion or Parallels (or for free with other VMs or Boot Camp. The cost of being able to run both Windows and Mac apps is pretty small compared to the cost of the computer - and more importantly, compared to the cost of the people who are running the computer. If you add even incrementally to their capabilities or efficiencies, it pays for that difference many times over.
I'm not going to debate the dpi. Here's a 1080 IPS ultrabook Previously only a couple notebook oems used IPS displays. It is increasing, and 1920x1080 is quite common. Beyond that it's easy on the eyes. We can debate over which is better, but it looks good. I'm sure some of them will be a flop because high res + IPS doesn't guarantee a great implementation. It's just that sometimes this forum assumes the other brands are running in place every year. Your concerns over removable storage are misplaced. Businesses do not like usb thumb drives. If a drive fails, their IT people would have a method of disposal in place. In the case of these, it would need to return to Apple for a replacement given the soldered nature. Which is more secure? The DoD physically demagnetizes old hard drives.
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
But desktops will
completely replace laptops. Thanks to tablets.
Originally Posted by wizard69
I'm not surprised at all and would suggest that the actual cost is closer to $200. Combine that with a state of the art GPU and you have a good portion of this laptops price explained. I still believe this laptop to be one of the best bargains Apple has ever offered for sale.
It is interesting that lead times have already passed a month. It sounds like Apple underestimated the appeal of the machine, they could be back logged all year. This will be another home run in the same way iPad is.
The technical side of me can't wait for a teardown of this machine. I want to see all the design trade offs Then I want to see benchmarks and testing of the units under load to see how they do thermally. My only real concern is that the units will thermally throttle too Agressively.
Te only thing that really bothers me about WWDC and this debut is the lack of love for the desktop. Hopefully that is corrected before Mountain Lion debuts.
I'm not surprised that the displays are expensive. The problem on wait times could be an issue of display yields.
Originally Posted by Flaneur
Has it never occurred to you that this small, focused, careful company has limitations on the engineering and design that can be carried on at any given time? It may not be "lack of love" but lack of qualified people and other resources, for all we know. They have been busy developing mobile computing as a new industrial category, and you are noisily kvetching as if you know that they're sitting on their hands in the desktop department.
Sorry, but it's getting tiresome, this sense of entitlement.
While it's likely that they're experiencing growing pains given the rate of growth, this is no longer a small company. The mac pro update was the really silly thing. Put in hardware from 2009-2010 and give it the "new" tag.