N3rd Studios Blog - Macbook Pro Retina DIsplay Every year there is always an expectation that Apple will release a flurry of amazing products to woo and bedazzle us all the same. This is ensured by a constant flow of slick PR and Marketing moves penetrating the every day. A series of rumours with leaked imagery somehow find themselves appearing on multiple cult blogs. Nearer to the time of release these rumours have permeated popular channels of media. By this time people from all different backgrounds and wage brackets are all speculating in a fever of anticipation of how these rumours will materialise.

On 11th of June of this year one of many rumours turned out to be true. The keynote presentation by Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed not the new Apple TV, but a laptop that surpasses the rest: the MacBook Pro with Retina display. The specification of the new MacBook Pro is a cut above the rest and more. Tradition being tradition, the same old formula of: thinner, faster, sexier has been fiercely adhered to and what stunning results they are. Luckily, beauty and functionality runs deep within this new edition. The slender form has much to owe to the all solid-state architecture, paired with new Intel i7 processors; both elements work in harmony with the standard 8gb ram, expandable to 16gb ram as an option. Apart from the lightening quick performance, what really sets this new release apart from the rest is the Retina display.

The resolution of the Retina display is now double that of the now standard 15” MacBook Pro, screen dimensions are now 2800x1800 for the latest version and 1400x900 for the standard 15” variant. To put this into perspective, most screens in our homes are HD Ready or Full HD with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 pixels in various screen sizes going up to 50” and higher. The Retina display, which is a 15” screen, has 5.1 million pixels crammed in a screen that is dwarfed by many Television sets that are on living room walls the world over. As stunning as all the figures are, there are some problems, with all the complexities of the machine.

And therein lies the problem - the screen. This major component houses all other smaller modules that are vital for connectivity, such as: Bluetooth and Airport card. If any of these modules need to be replaced then you will have to replace the entire top case.

Two weeks since the release date, early adopters have faced problems with previous visual items on the screen leaving a burned after effect of where they once were. This is called Ghosting, as a result of this many people have been given replacements or full refunds from Apple. Issues with the screen are not an isolated problem; all internal parts inside the unibody casing are glued on the Logic Board or screwed in with proprietary screws, making the MacBook Pro Retina virtually un-upgradable just like the MacBook Air after purchase.

The price of the product rules itself out as the peoples computer, this high end binary cruncher is for people working on high grade visuals, who demand the best for professional levels of work, or those who covet the best that money can buy. Either way it is still an amazing product, setting the tone for the rest of the industry.

This all depends on where one lies on the consumer spectrum. Apple have made a big statement of intent by releasing such a beast, to some it may seem untouchable, but no need to be disheartened, the Retina screen first appeared on the iPhone 4, then the recent iPad 3. So be prepared to see newer versions of the MacBook Pro being released with Retina screens in the near future. Until then many trips to Apple stores the world over will be made in adoration and spite.