I am running myself early 2008 Macbook Pro. Upgraded to Sandisk Extreme SSD 128GB and replacing my DVD space (DVD slim external drives are dirt cheap) with Seagate Momentus 750GB and upgraded all the way to 6GB ram. Although I am not getting the 6Gbps speed as this Macbook Pro only run at 1.5Gbps but as far as I know, everything has speed up. My start up was 2mins 49 seconds on the 5400rpm original HDD to now 27 seconds. Running on Lion.
We all know Apple marketing shit and it's good but they can't fool me in getting the new one so fast. I am still editing my photoshop with CS5 and video editing on FCP 10. Of course it isn't as fast as the new i7 Quad Processor but so far my kinda of work do not need me to rush for anything. So even if the video editing takes 2 hours to process, I will just wait for it.
The only set back everyone knows is battery life which last less than 3 hours (my 2nd battery) but I am alright with it as most of the time, I can plug to my car ignition converter or any places where there are electrical outlet. Anyway, for important works, usually Iwill want to find a more comfortable place to work which is either the office or at home.
I have seen the new Macbook Retina Display. Everything about it is nice but do I really need it......? No, not now.
I would guess most people are buying the latest gadget basically is to show what they have. Seen it most of the time that a Macbook Pro being mostly use for school projects, surfing internet, writing emails, go on Facetime, watching videos and listening to music or Music DJs hosting an event which all can be done on my Macbook Pro 2008.
Shelling out less than $300 to make my Macbook go to the distance at turbo speed at the moment is still better than buying a new one at the moment which cost $2,799.
If my Macbook actually dies right at this moment, I would not get the Retina Display version simply because it's non upgradable. I would get the non Retina because it's still upgradable in terms of HDD space, RAMs and others components. Price is not a factor but I think some of us love to upgrade at home.
BTO any Apple Macs have hideous pricing but any of you have deep pockets, GO FOR IT!