Apple recently introduced a MacBook Pro with a Retina Display. The new screen gives users a much sharper view than what was previously possible on computers. It’s much like the display found on the current-generation iPad, iPhones and iPod touch.
What does this mean for users?
What are we looking at?
Here are some of Apple’s specs on the display:
Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
220ppi means that at the normal viewing distance of a laptop, you will not see individual pixels on the screen, unless you have some sort of crazy, super hero-like vision—then maybe.
Easier on the eyes
One thing we’ve noticed with our new iPad and iPhone 4 and 4S when compared previous models is how much of a difference it makes when reading. The previous iOS devices seem a bit fuzzy after using the third-gen iPad. The sharper edges on the letters and images make it much easier on the eyes. From the distance we will be seeing the MacBook Pro, it should look sharp and beautiful for video and text.
Of course, there is cost
The downside is that there is a cost associated with the extra-nice display. That’s a given, but you have to pay a little more if you want something a bit fancier. The MacBook Pro with a Retina Display starts at $2200. It’s loaded with a few things that the other pros aren’t equipped with, but we’re sure the sharper screen plays a role in the price. Even if the screen itself doesn’t contribute much to the price (for instance, the iPad with a Retina display costs just as much as the iPad always has) there are additions like the solid state drive and extra horsepower that make this little guy a bit more expensive than the other MacBooks.
Is it for me?
I myself won’t be buying one. It’s a bit out of my range. However, there are some folks out there who may benefit from it. However, it’s worth noting that the Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt adapter is not yet available. Apple should be carrying it by September. That’s a long wait, but some people need that right now, not three months from now. This may cause some to wait it out, or just go with the non-Retina Pro if their upgrade can’t wait.