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We Fail Harder – the Macbook Pro Retina.

FUCK the Macbook Pro Retina. Fuck it.

I’ll come out and say it – I use a regular Macbook Pro and I own two iPhones (an older unlocked one for travel, and a 4S). I convinced my parents to switch from PC to Mac, and I think OS X is the best operating system ever made for normal people (normal people do not use Linux).  Until Monday I thought Apple was awesome – far from perfect, but generally pretty sweet.

I’ve delayed writing this, but Ars Technica hammered the final nail in the coffin.  The MBPR SUCKS.  Sure, it’s sleek and pretty and has a sick display, but a) it’s more expensive than an Apple laptop has been in years (the baseline 15″ MBP has been $1800 for at least 4 years, possibly longer), and b) it is almost ENTIRELY un-upgradeable short of configuring it in the Apple Store for multiple hundreds of extra dollars off the bat.  If you change your computer every year, great, but that means you’re not a hard baller but a superficial punk with money to burn.  If you want a 15″, expensive-ass Macbook Air, great.  Pose away.  If you want something a lot more useful and practical, you got left with only a minor upgrade a couple days ago – to a computer with a 4 year old design.

Well done, Apple assholes.

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One response

  1. Magnus

    I second that! We will probably see the same “evolution” for the non-Retina Macbooks too. Remember, Apple does this for its own good (that’s making $$$), not the consumer. Who cares if it’s a couple of mm thinner of it makes it non-upgradeable? For Apple, Form > Function.

    I’m considering switching back to PC after a couple of years with a Macbook. I now have a 2011 15″ Macbook and it feels sluggish. And now the battery is almost dead despite its 185 charging cycles. Now that’s “premium”.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:09 am

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