The Retina MacBook Pro has been with us for almost a full year now. The 15-inch version came to us by way of WWDC 2012, and frankly was unlike any laptop computer ever seen. The incredible 2880x1800 resolution Retina Display had to be seen to be believed, and just like that Apple had the best laptop display ever produced.
The Retina MacBook Pro now also comes in a 13-inch form factor too, and the display is equally stunning to look at. Combined with a slimmer profile compared to the non-Retina MacBook Pro's, it's a remarkable piece of hardware.
Refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pros with Retina display are now being offered via Apple's Online. They're not brand new, but they're from the manufacturer, come with a warranty, and have AppleCare as an option. They're also 15% cheaper than new models.
If you've been holding out for Apple's smallest, densest laptop ever, go grab one while supplies last.
Roughly 6 months after Apple released the first Retina Mac, Adobe has updated Photoshop to make use of every one of those double-density pixels (aka HiDPI). Adobe was expected to go Retina by the end of the year, and they made it with weeks to spare.
On October 23, 2012, Apple held a special event to introduce their new Mac and iPad lineups. Unlike the previous month's iPhone 5 and iPod event, it wasn't bifurcated into effectively two different keynotes, nor was almost any time at all spent on software. Instead, one after another, product after product, spec updates, redesigns, and entirely new hardware was shown off on the California Theater stage. It was an unprecedented display of force projection. It was Apple firing everything. It was Tim Cook clearing his skies.
If you missed watching Apple's live stream of their iPad and Mac event today, Apple has posted a streaming version of the recording so you can see the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, Mac mini, ultra-thin iMac, updated iPad 4, and new Mac mini in all their Tim Cook and Phil Schiller introduced glory.
EPEAT recently announced that Apple's retina MacBook Pro meets their gold standard when it comes to environmental standards. This begs the question of how Apple managed this considering the retina MacBook Pro is the least repairable device many have seen in decades? EPEAT surrendered to Apple and actually changed their standards in order for Apple to qualify.
Adobe has finally elaborated and expanded upon their previous pledge of bringing Photoshop to the Retina MacBook Pro "this year", bringing the target date down to a more proximate "this fall". And what's more, it won't just be Photoshop CS6 that's getting the Retina -- or more generically, HiDPI -- support.
I jumped on MacBreak Weekly today, as the show was already in progress, to talk about the Apple versus Samsung verdict, iPhone 5 and iPad mini rumors galore, the latest Java security hole, and Retina Macs with hosts Leo Laporte and Andy Ihnatko, and fellow guest Rich Siegel of Bare Bones software, makers of BBEdit, which I use all day, every day, and my main Mac text editor.
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Apple has responded to concerns surrounding their request to remove the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) certification from 39 of their product lines. A statement issued to The Loop reads, in part:
Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards backed by the US government, Energy Star 5.2.