Originally Posted by v5v
Thanks for the explanation. I wish TS would say what he means instead of just posting vague contradictions.
For the record, I wasn't trying to be disingenuous or misleading. The impression I get from articles and comments on this forum are that the rMBP was not nearly as well received as Apple expected, and that there was more to it than just a shrinking of the PC market overall. It is my understanding that the Air has managed to weather the slowdown quite respectably, whereas the rMBP has not done as well. Apple doesn't typically respond to global slowdowns with price reductions, do they? Was the price of any other product reduced?
Does anyone know how many they've sold? How do we know it's super-popular?
Anyway, I have no basis for a qualified opinion either way so I'll stop speculating. I'm sure it's a great computer.
Thanks for articulating your view!
You're very welcome!
The Retina MBP is definitely positioned in the "elite" range.. price and feature-wise. It certainly is pricey. I think that people measure if they really need that higher res display, and if they don't they opt for a perfectly good "standard" MBP. I'm guessing the rMBP doesn't sell nearly as well as the rest of their laptops due to price.
The Air is a great device all around. I've kept an eye on that line for some time, but never felt compelled to seriously consider it. The previous generation got more of my attention (the overall specs and feature set finally started to gel for me, and my uses for a laptop), and with this release they've finally got me. I'm planning to buy one (13" MBA) near the end of this month.
I wouldn't be surprised if this model is having that effect on a lot of people. This also means I'm not buying a full MBP anytime soon though. I'll replace my iMac with a newer model, as well as my iPad, but I don't need the interim device the MBP represents...
(Caveat: If I was still doing a lot of mobile production (audio+video) though, I'd still opt for the MBP. At today's prices, probably not the Retina though. I still haven't yet had need for that.)
I've had my current crop of Apple devices (iMac, iPad, iPhone - I already sold my MBP early last year) since early 2010. I'm planning to upgrade all three this year, and add a MacBook Air.
It could be that my own behavior reflects a general trend, that more people are waiting longer to upgrade (and seeing less relevance for a laptop due to the iPad). I used to cycle out every two to three years, now it's every three to four. Apple products are just made that well.