You can have fun continuing to enjoy notebooks with subpar displays then. I personally do not want to share the same lousy display future that you have. Apple slapped on an amazing display on what I consider to be a great portable. Even if I don't ever buy one, I still look forward to this great display making its way into other markets as well. If you cannot see the visual improvements this will bring once these quality displays become mainstream, then don't bother replying. I foresee this being great for engineers who use CAD, photographers, video editors, and the entire medical field.
You'd need a $500+ FireStream/FirePro/Quadro card to run much any CAD program at 2880x 1800 smoothly (talking actually using CAD in industry, not high school CAD work). 650M sure as heck won't do it. Let me put it this way, AMD's Trinity A10-4600M APU gets roughly the same (+/- 10%) or better framerate than the 650M for several CAD programs. Not that the A10 is good for CAD - the smart option would've been using a Quadro card in the laptop to roughly double the CAD performance. You can get a Lenovo W530 with a quad, Quadro graphics, and 95% color gamut 1080p screen for about $1500, engineers are still going to lean toward that or a Dell Precision for a mobile workstation.
As for 2D stuff, this Macbook Pro should be great for photos. How useful would it really be though? Prints won't be anywhere near 220 PPI... and if you're designing something like a poster, it's nice to see it at full-scale (or as close to full-scale as possible). $2200 for a first draft machine, meh.
Originally Posted by james8
laptop is such an outdated term. nowadays it's called a notebook. maybe do some more readings before picking on terms?
HP and Lenovo are the 2 largest laptop makers in the world, respectively. They both still use the term laptop.. so it's still relevant. You must be a buzzword guy (marketing? lol) if you're so concerned.
I would never want that high of resolution on a laptop with a 650m graphics card. It is pointless to have such a high resolution panel in a laptop unless you are a photographer or graphic designer and even still that's stretching it. I would've been happy with a 1920 by 1080 resolution and probably would've bought it, but now I'd rather spend my money on another laptop that could run circles around the macbook for $500 less.
Spitting fire is only one of it's limited features.
Originally Posted by CBZ323
lol @ price, you can have a monster rig for that price.
LOL! One doesn't buy an apple product with money in mind! It's about being one of the few elite with a laptop that takes a not-like-everyone-else approach by being just like everyone else - a prized possession that makes one feel as though they were capable of anything even though they're operating out of the Guantanamo of operating systems. It's a simple elegance that you, good sir, do not understand; you are of the PC serfs that still cling to having "options" and "freedom".