I was going to be strong. I was not going to cave. I wasn’t even going to go into an Apple store.
I didn’t want the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. I’m all sorted with a MacBookAir 13 and have a 27″ Monitor set up at home that works well. The new MacBookPro annoyingly has a different MagSafe power connector and it’s actually higher resolution than my 27″ display at 2800×1800 pixels – the rest of the Apple product line hasn’t caught up. The new MacBookPro would muck up my set up. I’ll wait.
I’m currently on holiday and the hotel I’m staying at is is only a few hundred metres from a Mac store. Not that I needed anything but thought I may as well go in and see the new machine.
Your first impression is that it is slim. Not Air slim but surprisingly slim for such a powerful computer. The screen looked ok, nice and clear but it didn’t look big. So I went hunting in the settings …
Wow! It wasn’t that the screen was clear. It is that it has massive resolution. Small but still very readable. There is so much space. My MacBookAir felt like a postage stamp.
I caved. I wanted one.
In the US they are $700 cheaper than New Zealand. So I asked for one. They didn’t have any. I could have one shipped to the store but that was a 3-4 week wait.
So for three days I’ve been popping in to the store twice a day asking if any have come in. And this afternoon the lovely sales guy (called Rodney) checked and replied, “why yes sir we’ve just had a few arrive”.
Credit card out!
I also got a $US49 Thunderbolt cable so I could migrate immediately and 3 MagSafe2 adapters (@ $9.99ea).
When I tried to migrate using Thunderbolt the computers didn’t see each other, but I found this tip: OS X Lion: How to use Migration Assistant to transfer files from another Mac You need to boot the old computer holding down the ‘T’ key to make it a Thunderbolt disk.
And to clean up the old Mac, hold ‘option’ down as you boot. In Lion each Mac has a hidden partition which contains disk tools where you can erase your old disk and start fresh.
The apple apps like Safari look as you’d expect. Clear and clean. But flick to Twitter, who don’t seem to actually write software anymore, and it looks fuzzy. So apps do need to catch up.
The MacBookPro is an amazing machine. They say the ultimate luxury is space. To have this much screen wherever you are just makes you more productive. The text on screen is unbelievable. Better than paper. So if you were wavering, like me, don’t even think about going into an Apple store.