MacBook Pro 13in Retina Display http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-pro-13in-retina-display/features en-GB The Mac at 30: Apple's 10 most memorable Macs http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-30-top-10-most-memorable-macs/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Mac turns 30 today; we chart its evolution from the original Macintosh through to the gorgeous and otherworldly new Mac Pro (Updated with Apple&#039;s 30th anniversary celebration video) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Mac at 30" alt="The Mac at 30" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-macintosh-128k.jpg?1390896265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Apple Mac turns 30 today &ndash; and over its lifespan it&#39;s regenerated more times than Doctor Who.</p> <p>From beige boxes to multi-coloured iMacs to the sleek black dustbin that is the new Mac Pro, it&#39;s evolved to suit the tenor of the times &ndash; and served as the testbed for many a computing innovation. We&#39;ve rounded up the ten most important, memorable and, yes, prettiest from Apple&#39;s storied history.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. The Macintosh 128k (1984) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This diminutive computer looks quaint today, but was revolutionary at the time. The Mac humanised computing, aiming to understand people, rather than forcing them to understand arcane command lines. The Mac ushered in the age of the mouse, windows, and menus, a desktop revolution that remained entrenched in computing until Apple disrupted the industry with the iPad.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Macintosh 128K" alt="Apple Macintosh 128K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macintosh-128k.jpg?1390896265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Macintosh LC (1990) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LC was all about introducing colour and affordability to the Mac line. It was Apple&rsquo;s attempt to bring its products to the masses, and was a strong seller, cementing Apple&rsquo;s place in US education, and broadening its appeal in the consumer market.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Macintosh LC" alt="Apple Macintosh LC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macintosh-lc.jpg?1390896265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. PowerBook 100 (1991) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 1989, Apple released the Macintosh Portable, yet the 7kg device was more appropriately described as luggable. But mobile technology was evolving fast; by 1991, then-CEO John Sculley&rsquo;s PowerBook project bore fruit, in the shape of the PowerBook 100. Although it packed in similar specs to its predecessor, the newcomer was only a third as heavy, and was therefore the first Mac you could truly take anywhere, like a book.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple PowerBook 100" alt="Apple PowerBook 100" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-powerbook-100.jpg?1390896265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. 20th anniversary Mac (1997) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You could argue that this expensive (US$7500!) and relatively low-powered machine summed up everything that was wrong with Apple at the time. Yet listen to Jony Ive&rsquo;s reasoning for its existence &mdash; convergence, fitting into personal environments, an emphasis on design &mdash; and he could be talking about a modern iMac. An expensive failure, then, but one that informed much of Apple&rsquo;s future thinking.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple 20th anniversary Mac" alt="Apple 20th anniversary Mac" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-20th-anniversary-mac.jpg?1390896265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. iMac G3 (1998) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iMac was a radical departure from &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; computer design (even Apple&rsquo;s), with its friendly, colourful translucent shell that allowed anyone to peer inside. Apple had reinvented the computer for the rest of us, providing a machine you&rsquo;d happily display in a living room rather than consign to a dusty study. Sales were strong, possibly even saving Apple; the iMac was also the point that an entire industry began using Apple for R&amp;D, initially sparking a depressingly vapid trend for slapping coloured plastic on even the beigest of computer hardware.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iMac G3" alt="Apple iMac G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-g3.jpg?1390896265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Power Mac G4 Cube (2000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An audacious failure, the G4 Cube appeared to float above your desk, optical discs playfully ejecting from the top, toaster-style. The high price tag and relatively low power saw the machine put on ice after just one year, but Apple learned lessons regarding packing plenty of hardware into tiny, unconventional cases; the Cube&rsquo;s spirit therefore lives on in much of Apple&rsquo;s range.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Power Mac G4 Cube" alt="Apple Power Mac G4 Cube" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-power-mac-g4-cube.jpg?1390896265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. iMac G4 (2002) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iMac had repositioned computers as truly consumer fare, but the G4 model infused them with personality. &ndash; with an arm-mounted flatscreen that made the iMac look like it had escaped from a Pixar animation. The iMac G4 was also the first great example of how Apple would radically rework even hugely popular hardware to remain relevant &ndash; and this playful design was itself eventually superseded by the &lsquo;screen only&rsquo; iMac G5.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iMac G4" alt="Apple iMac G4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-g4.jpg?1390896265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. MacBook Air (2008) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At Macworld 2008, Steve Jobs noted how lightweight notebooks from rivals were full of compromises, and he then pulled the surprisingly powerful and absurdly thin MacBook Air from an envelope. The industry scoffed, but then fell over itself trying to ape Apple&rsquo;s design &ndash; the age of the super-thin laptop had arrived.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QIg7gxHrgCU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. MacBook Pro with Retina display (2012) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>High-resolution displays have a habit of making screens you once thought were fine look like garbage. This had happened on mobile, and in 2012 Apple brought such displays to its notebooks. Sooner or later, all Mac screens will be similarly impressive, further immersing users in their content.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Neff9scaCCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Mac Pro (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Mac Pro is unlike any other workstation. Some have dismissed it as Darth Vader&rsquo;s dustbin, but not those who&rsquo;ve seen one up close &mdash; they&rsquo;re too mesmerised by the form and otherworldly mirror-like finish. But this new Mac isn&rsquo;t about aesthetics; instead it strives to rethink the desktop for the modern age: it&rsquo;s tiny, but hugely powerful, runs cool, and relies on external &mdash; not internal &mdash; expansion. Surprisingly, it&rsquo;s also good value &mdash; the entry price of &pound;2500 might seem wallet-busting, but more powerful Mac Pro configurations compare very favourably to DIY Windows-based solutions.</p> <p><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hands-apples-mac-pro/news">Hands-on with the new Mac Pro: the future of desktops has arrived</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IbWOQWw1wkM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s official video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s created its own video to mark 30 years of the Mac. In true Cupertino style, it&#39;s polished, slick and features a host host of names from 3D-printed clothes designer Iris van Herpen to musicians Hans Zimmer and Moby showering its computer with plaudits. Check it out above.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Xp697DqsbUU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s 10 most memorable Macs </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-30-top-10-most-memorable-macs/feature#comments Apple Desktops iMac Laptops MacBook Air 2013 MacBook Pro 13in Retina Display Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:19:10 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431603 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13in (2013) http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple makes some teeny-weeny changes to its high-end laptop and makes it a little bit better than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCF9732.JPG?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/henrywinchester" title="View user profile.">henrywinchester</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s all about the pixels at the moment.</p> <p>We were suitably wowed by the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display/review" target="_blank">13-inch MacBook Pro</a> when we saw it last year - primarily because it had over four million tiny pixels packed into its screen. But that sheer number of pixels resulted in the odd performance blemish, such as battery life and performance. Can the product refresh fix those wee issues?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,499.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13.3in 2.6GHz model tested </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Retina screen is still top of its class </div> <div class="field-item even"> Well-integrated hardware improvements </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Starting to look a little dated </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: Business as usual </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s business as usual for Apple in the build department, not that there&rsquo;s anything wrong with that. The chassis is identical to last year&rsquo;s model, although Apple has shaved a millimetre off the depth and 50 grams off the weight. At this rate, we can expect 2031&rsquo;s MacBook Pro to be both invisible and weightless.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s absolutely nothing wrong with the form factor at all when you consider the Pros pro credentials, and the unibody construction feels as solid and rugged as ever. It feels positively chunky next to some Ultrabooks, such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/acer-aspire-s7/review" target="_blank">Acer&rsquo;s Aspire S7</a>, which is a full six millimetres thinner, but the quest for ultra-slimness almost always comes at the cost of power, and that&#39;s not Apple&#39;s aim here. The only thing we&rsquo;re tiring of slightly is the brushed-aluminium finish - we&rsquo;d love to see a splash of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5C-esque</a> colour applied. It&rsquo;s still one of the most comfortable and tactile laptops we&rsquo;ve ever used, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1_1.jpg?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9716.JPG?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: Millions of pixels put to great use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen-wise the new MacBook Pro is much the same, too. It&rsquo;s an unchanged 2,560 &times; 1,600 resolution and 13.3-inch size, so you&rsquo;re looking at something with a greater definition than 1080p Full HD. What&rsquo;s interesting here is how <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review" target="_blank">OS X</a> works with the screen: rather than treating it as a huge monitor and making everything really tiny, it uses it like a standard 13.3-inch screen and puts the extra pixels to good use in smoothing out fonts and anti-aliasing menus and curves.</p> <p>Why does this matter? Because our experiences with Windows on ultra-HD displays have been rather upsetting, with the operating system not quite understanding why there are so many pixels ganging up on it, and becoming almost-unusable in the process. Chrome, for instance, works brilliantly on the MacBook, whereas on the PC it&rsquo;s a hideously jagged and aliased affair. Apple&rsquo;s approach is far better, but admittedly Microsoft is taking steps towards solving its problems with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2.jpg?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9710.JPG?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: Haswell for the win </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a>, Apple has made the biggest changes under the hood of the MacBook Pro. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/how-intel-haswell-making-cpus-exciting/feature" target="_blank">Intel&rsquo;s latest Haswell chips</a> take centre stage, and while they don&rsquo;t offer a huge leap in performance their efficiency and multi-tasking skills make them perfectly suited to laptops. An Iris graphics chip pumps out the pixels, but despite the fancy name it&rsquo;s essentially the next chip up from the Intel HD 5000 graphics in the MacBook Air.</p> <p>The results are what you&rsquo;d reasonably expect: a slight boost up from the MacBook Air, and better than the current crop of Windows-based laptops doing the rounds. Cinebench, which tests GPU performance, gave us a score of 20 frames per second, while most current Intel HD 4000 laptops muster about 15.</p> <p>In real-world terms, both <em>Batman: Arkham City</em> ran and <em>Portal 2</em> run at playable framerates in the MacBook Pro&rsquo;s native resolution, although we did have to turn off fancy effects such as anti-aliasing and ambient occlusion. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/pc-specialist-nvidia-battlebox/review" target="_blank">Having tested a few ultra-HD computers</a>, we&rsquo;ve realised that you don&rsquo;t really need largely superfluous effects to make games look good when they&rsquo;re running at such extreme resolutions, and that&#39;s also the case here (albeit to a slightly lesser extent than with 4K).</p> <p>Mac games are still a bit thin on the ground, though, and despite the success of gaming on iOS devices Apple&rsquo;s computers never seem to have shaken their &lsquo;this is for serious work things&rsquo; image. It&rsquo;s going to get more interesting when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steam-box/valve-reveals-steamos-first-three-announcements/news" target="_blank">Valve&rsquo;s Linux-based SteamOS</a> gets going, because you&rsquo;ll potentially be able to dual-boot a Mac into OS X for Mac things and SteamOS for gaming.</p> <p>As an aside from gaming, Photoshop also runs rather well. We imported a 12mb JPG and it handled it quite happily, although we did see the hypnotic rainbow wheel for a little too long when we applied a complex HDR filter. It&rsquo;s a perfectly capable little machine, but you&rsquo;ll probably want to invest in its bigger, more powerful brother if you&rsquo;re going to be indulging in hardcore gaming or art.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_0.jpg?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9703.JPG?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hardware: a smattering of tech tweaks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The MacBook Pro nabs wireless 802.11ac networking from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a>, which we&rsquo;ve found to be more reliable and faster than bog-standard 802.11n. The dual Thunderbolt ports are upgraded to Thunderbolt 2, which cleverly makes transfers faster and means that you can theoretically send a 4K file and watch it on an external display at the same time. There&rsquo;s still no ethernet port, but <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MD463ZM/A/thunderbolt-to-gigabit-ethernet-adapter?fnode=51" target="_blank">you can pick up a Thunderbolt-to-gigabit-ethernet adapter (&pound;26!)</a>, and Thunderbolt ports double up as Displayport outputs, too.</p> <p>The hard drives have been upgraded to PCIe. Without going too far into the boring details, it replaces the SATA interface &nbsp;- which was designed with spinning platters in mind - with an interface that originated in graphics cards. It makes sense for flash drives because they offer constantly high bandwidth rather than the fluctuations of a spinning hard drive. There, we&rsquo;ve bored you with the details. Basically it makes the hard drives faster, and file transfers are nice and snappy.</p> <p>These are fairly minor additions on top of the more immediately gratifying processor and graphics chip updates, but they show that Apple knows how to implement new technology in all the right places.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4_0.jpg?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery: double the juice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple quotes the MacBook Pro&rsquo;s battery life as nine hours, and we got about seven including spates of gaming and mega-downloading, so that sounds about right for standard day-to-day use. It&rsquo;s a vast improvement on last year&rsquo;s model, which gave us a measly four and a half hours, but it&rsquo;s still not up there with the battery black magic of the Air. We&rsquo;d still feel confident enough to take it on a transatlantic flight without having to worry about the battery running out, although we&rsquo;d take the Air if we were flying to Papua New Guinea. For example.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_0.jpg?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price: slap-bang in the middle of the MacBook Pro range </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-mac/macbook-pro" target="_blank">our review sample comes in at &pound;1,499</a>, you can dial back a few of the options and pay a lot less. The cheaper variants both come equipped with 2.4Ghz instead of the 2.6GHz processor here, with the least expensive packing 4GB of RAM and a 128GB flash drive for &pound;1,099, and the in-betweener coming in at &pound;1,249 with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB drive.</p> <p>Apple is definitely keen to keep its prices competitive. The cheapest option here has roughly the same specs as the 2012 version, but it&rsquo;s some &pound;350 cheaper. It&rsquo;s also only &pound;150 more than Apple&rsquo;s (relatively) wallet-friendly <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a>, so it&rsquo;s a toss-up between the astonishing battery life and slimness of the Air and the better graphics performance and Retina display of the Pro.</p> <p>At the other end of the scale sit the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retinas, or MacBook Pro Pros, as we like to call them. While we haven&rsquo;t been able to give them a thorough going-over yet, they look promising, with Core i7 processors, 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of hard drive space. The cheaper&rsquo;s &pound;1,699, while the MacBook Pro Pro Pro is &pound;2,199. The latter also adds Nvidia GeForce 750M graphics for more accomplished gaming.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6.jpg?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MBPRD13_MBPRD15_Aperture_PRINT.jpg?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re getting a bit tired of Apple getting everything so utterly, utterly right, like the annoyingly swatty kid in class who never makes a mistake. As with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">2013 Air</a>, the Pro judiciously shifts everything upwards ever-so-slightly, adding slightly better components that result in a tangible performance boost, while keeping the best bits (the screen, the design) much the same. Even the reduced price tag is perfect.</p> <p>It may be getting a bit boring, but this is another cracking MacBook, and it fully deserves its spot just beneath the MacBook Air in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/laptops/top-ten" target="_blank">our list of the best laptops in the world</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" alt="MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCF9716_0.JPG?1386191948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few tiny adjustments and tweaks here and there make one of the best laptops we&rsquo;ve ever seen even better</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can the 2013 MacBook Pro bring the power along with the pixels? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-retina-2013/review#comments Apple Laptops MacBook Pro 13in Retina Display Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:56:08 +0000 Tom Parsons 1429710 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple slashes price of Retina Display MacBook Pro http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-slashes-price-retina-display-macbook-pro/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200 snipped from the price tag for 13in model, plus processors get a bump </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/macbook-pro-retina-display-2012-angle_1_3.jpg?1364407216" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/macbook-pro-retina-display-2012-angle_4.jpg?1364407216" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5692.jpg?1364407216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has updated the price and processing power of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display range, cutting the former and upping the latter.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apple-news/news-nugget/apple-slashes-price-of-retina-display-macbook-pro </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-slashes-price-retina-display-macbook-pro/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-slashes-price-retina-display-macbook-pro/news#comments Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina Display Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:39:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 424206 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina Display http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Has the eye-watering price put you off the 15in Retina Display MacBook Pro? Well, the new 13in model is cheaper – and just as impressive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Retina Display Apple MacBook Pro 13in" alt="Retina Display Apple MacBook Pro 13in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display-review-press-1_1_4_0.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina Display" alt="Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display-review-press-2_4_0.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The<a href="/review/apple-macbook-pro-2012"> 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display</a>&nbsp;won us over with its awesome power, beautiful body and hi-res screen. The only hitch? Its wallet-shattering price. </p> <p>So say hello to the new 13in MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It’s more affordable, portable... and may just be one our favourite laptops ever.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,450.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crystal clear, accurate display </div> <div class="field-item even"> Even more handsome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No ethernet connection </div> <div class="field-item even"> No optical drive </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen and resolution  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This new 13in Macbook Pro lowers the price of owning a Retina Display laptop, while still squeezing almost as many pixels into a frame that's lighter and easier to carry than its 15in brother.</p> <p>The stunning 2560x1600 display is arguably a more useful size than that of the <a href="/review/apple-macbook-pro-2012">15in model</a>, and although the larger model retains its title of highest-res laptop display (at 2880x1800), the 13-incher steals the pixels-per-inch prize with 227ppi (compared with the <a href="/review/apple-macbook-pro-2012">15in model’s 220ppi</a>).</p> <p>What does this mean when you have your nose pressed up against the screen?&nbsp;Text looks simply incredible - sharper than anything you've seen on a laptop display before. </p> <p>The experience of typing or reading long articles now becomes a wonderful massage for your eyes. Everything from hi-res photos to icons to notifications are mesmerizing, with vibrant colours that put previous MacBooks to shame. Oh, and the screen also has excellent viewing angles (Apple claims a 178-degree viewing angle, and we have no reason to doubt them).&nbsp;</p> <p>That said, a Retina MacBook cannot magically improve the resolution of today's web images. The Internet is still crammed with images that have been produced using PhotoShop's 'Save for the web', so don't expect everything to look 4x more glorious than it does on a 1440x900 display. </p> <p>It will take a while for the web to play catch-up (and if you run your own site, here's <a href="https://developer.apple.com/high-resolution/" target="_blank">Apple's guide</a> to fixing your own images to look great on hi-res displays).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Images are mesmerising on the 227ppi display" alt="Images are mesmerising on the 227ppi display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Macbook%20Pro%20Launchpad.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina Display" alt="Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display-review-hands-on-8_1_0.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Retina: dock icons looks amazing " alt="Retina: dock icons looks amazing " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display-review-hands-on-6_2_0_0.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Even the humble OSX Finder is a treat for the eyes" alt="Even the humble OSX Finder is a treat for the eyes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display-review-hands-on-10_1_0_0.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design and build  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the&nbsp;<a href="/review/apple-macbook-air-13in-2012">MacBook Air</a>, the 13in Retina Macbook Pro has no optical drive. While this may be a pain from time to time, leaving out the drive has enabled Apple to craft a beautiful, sleek design that should be enough compensation the next time you need to insert an installation disc.&nbsp;</p> <p>Otherwise, there’s no radical overhaul to MacBook styling. The sexy aluminium body is still present and correct, albeit slimmer (19mm) and lighter (1.6kg). While other manufacturers go for light and skinny from the off, Apple has always won the build battle by making something desirable first, and then concentrating on making it smaller and lighter. It’s a tactic that seems to be working again.</p> <p>The keyboard and trackpad are as subtly responsive and easy to use as ever - attributes not to be sniffed at when so many Ultrabooks get it so horribly wrong.</p> <p>Your new Macbook can deal with the world around it via two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI output, an SD card reader and Bluetooth 4.0. However, there's no ethernet socket - another occasional annoyance, particularly when travelling.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Macbook comes with two USB 3.0 ports" alt="Macbook comes with two USB 3.0 ports" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display-review-hands-on-4_2_0.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display-review-hands-on-6_2_0.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display-review-hands-on-10_1_0.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> processing power and gaming  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It may not be as portable as a <a href="/review/apple-macbook-air-13in-2012">MacBook Air,</a> but with a 2.5GHz dual-core Core i5 running the show, the 13in Retina has been built to be the only laptop you’ll ever need.</p> <p>It may not be able to match the sheer horsepower of the&nbsp;<a href="/review/apple-macbook-pro-2012">15in models</a>&nbsp;(thanks to their&nbsp;quad-core Core i7 chips and NVIDIA GeForce 650M graphics), but the 13in Pro is still very impressive. You won't ever see the spinning-wheel-of-death, even when editing 1080p videos or playing Portal 2 at 2560x1660 (don’t panic when the settings menu text becomes very, very small).&nbsp;</p> <p>The new 13in Pro is available with 128GB and 256GB (flash) storage options, the latter will costing an extra £250. Just don't expect to be able to open up the Retina Display MacBook Pro and slot in your own SSD.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you’re serious about playing Mac games in ultra-hi-res at speedy framerates, or spending a good chunk of your life editing massive video files, we’d guide you toward the 15in version. But for the rest of us, the 13in size is more practical for on-the-go computing.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Play Portal 2 at 2560x1660" alt="Play Portal 2 at 2560x1660" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Macbook%20Pro%20Portal%202.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery life  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In common with its&nbsp;<a href="/review/apple-macbook-pro-2012">15in brother</a>, the 13in Retina Display MacBook Pro is not the longest-lasting of laptops away from a wall socket.</p> <p>Battery life is slightly improved over the 15in. Apple claims around seven hours, but we found we could run for up to four-and-a-half hours of constant web surfing, image editing, gaming and watching movies&nbsp;between charges.</p> <p>With all those pixels to push around that amazing display, that kind of battery performance is hardly a big surprise. Just make sure that newly redesigned MagSafe power connector is never too far from reach.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2688" height="1520" title="Apple claims up to seven hours of battery life" alt="Apple claims up to seven hours of battery life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Macbook%20Battery.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until the next crop of Ultrabooks (or <a href="/news/computers-and-consoles/rumour-mill/google-chromebook-going-touchscreen-in-early-2013">Chromebooks?</a>) arrive with better-than-Retina displays, this is the laptop we’d choose if money were no object.</p> <p>Yes, the <a href="/review/apple-macbook-pro-2012">15in Retina Display MacBook Pro</a>&nbsp;offers more processing power. But the 13in model's more compact form factor and lighter weight mean you can take this eye-popping laptop anywhere without a second thought.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although £1450 can hardly be described as cheap, we think the Pro actually represents excellent value for money. Ultrabook rivals such as the <a href="/news/ifa/news-nugget/four-new-ultraportable-notebooks-from-asus">Asus Taichi</a>, <a href="/news/ces/ces/dell-xps-13-hands-on-review">Dell XPS 13</a> and <a href="/news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/new-video-the-hp-envy-14-spectre-is-one-glassy-ultrabook">HP Envy 14 Spectre</a> aren’t shy of crossing the £1000 threshold. And in the case of this Apple, you can spend safe in the knowledge that you’ve got a fairly future-proof resolution on your hands.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 13in Retina MacBook Pro is the way to go if you want a taste of the laptop future today.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/100316166955509219073/posts">Sophie Charara</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Compact, light Macbook Pro" alt="Compact, light Macbook Pro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Macbook%20Pro%20side%20view.jpg?1381528374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What could be the best laptop ever just became truly portable. Expect hi-res-tops galore in 2013.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-pro-13in-retina-display/review#comments Apple Laptops MacBook Pro 13in Retina Display Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:58:52 +0000 Sophie Charara 423595 at http://www.stuff.tv