Originally Posted by mavere
Originally Posted by Domino
In all honesty, all you gain from a slightly sharper image is a battery drainage that is horrific.
This is Apple we're talking about here. They'd move their entire Mac line to single-core ARM processors before they'd let anything touch the battery life.
In any case, the "thin, flash-memory, retina MBPs" story has been corroborated by several sources, including Bloomberg and The Verge, so I'm highly excited about this step forward.
Given the performance of Apple's current SoCs, there is no doubt that any typical Apple user will need the performance behind a i7/hd4000 (or better) anyways. They can easily shift and no one would notice. Those so called musicians, artists, etc., that claim the macbook has a magical force that does editing such topics better can be accomplished by GPU acceleration in a fair amount of time (given if Apple starts supporting openCL/VL well) given what "demanding" work they currently think they do.
So yeah, it is doable and possible. Switching to Apple's current SoCs would be a practical move to a non-practical move.