From the first time we saw the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, we've been thinking: "Well, that's great, but can it be a little smaller?" Done. You can now buy a beautiful, bright, pixel-perfect display attached to a souped-up ultrabook.
But the new models might not be everything you dreamed of. Here's a guide to figuring out which version you want (if you actually want one).
For Almost Everybody:
It's the Core i5 2.5GHz (Turbo Boost to 3.1GHz) processor, with 256GB storage.
- Why the 2.5 GHz processor? You will use this thing like a MacBook Air with a Greek god of a screen. And this processor clocks faster than the processor the current Airs max out at, the top-end Core i7 2.0GHz processor. It'll run your programs more than adequately, even if things like encoding time won't blow your shoes off.
- Why 256GB? You don't want to be paying for too much onboard SSD storage, given how expensive it is. Only 128GB is a pretty tight squeeze—especially given how massive some professional software installs can be. Having 256GB is a nice medium, and you can add high-speed external storage with Thunderbolt.
But, There Are Exceptions:
Take a second before deciding you're definitely getting a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Yeah, super high resolution screens are great. We're excited about them all, especially that pie-in-the-sky super HD Samsung Series 9. But you need to take a good look at what you're actually getting in this machine. Traditionally, despite their popularity, 13-inch MacBook Pros have been one of the worst buys in tech.