Originally Posted by hmm
This is quite typical. I realize people on these boards are somewhat mesmerized by the resolution, but it doesn't totally make up for real estate. I'm in the habit of minimizing ui elements in favor of hotkeys whenever possible regardless of software.
The intention of retina isn't to give you more real estate though in some cases it does accomplishe that. Rather the ideas to dramatically improve the quality of whatis drawn on the screen. It isn't that we are mesmerized, well most of us, it is thatthe. Viewing experience is dramatically improved.
I'm an old guy but even with aging eyes my transition to iPad 3 from version one was very enlightening. Honestly I don't think I ever swathe pixels in iPad 1 but iPad 3 is just a dramatically better experience.
Oh nice. I may get an ipad for doodling at some point.
I've dramatically reduced my use of my laptop as a portable and as such I'm strongly leaning towards getting a desktop in 2013 or so. The problem is right now Apple doesn't have a desktop that reaches out and grabs me. I could end up going with another MBP.
While I'm not an imac fan, I hate the ergonomics of notebooks.
Ergonomics is a big issue and frankly I've struggled with the MBP at the desk. Things like the Thunderbolt port though could make the use of a MBP as a desktop replacement a little bit easier to deal with.
In that regard it's a very nice alternative.
The jump from iPad 1 (barely usable as a tablet) to iPad 3 dramatically changed my thoughts on the viability of laptops for most of my travel needs. IPad 3 still has issues, for one it still needs more RAM, but it is a major step forwards.
The rMBP saw some interesting improvements. I'm wondering if any of them will make their way into the next imac.
This is the other thing that burns my ass! If Apple would put half the effort they put into laptop engineering, into desktop engineering, they would have the hottest desktop line up in the world. Nothing in the desktop line up is impressive at all. In reality the designs are stale and un inspired. The whole line up on the desktop seems to be the result of decisions made probably a decade ago when Steve came back and never updated for current market realities.