Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 14:45 UTC
Apple The only review that matters - as detailed and in-depth as ever. "I'm giving the MacBook Pro with Retina Display our bronze Editor's Choice award. Making it the first Mac to ever receive one. It would have been a silver had the software story been even stronger (iWork, Mountain Lion, Office and Photoshop being ready at launch would have been a feat worth rewarding). And it would have been a gold had Apple been able to deliver all of that but without sacrificing end-user upgradability." The device has performance issues which Mountain Lion will address (to a degree), but for the rest, AnandTech's review details - without being pro or anti-anything - just how good this new MBP really is. As a sidenote, Windows 8 on the retina display further confirms the classic desktop is dead to Microsoft: it still can't handle high-DPI displays properly. With the desktop going the way of the dodo, why would the company make it so?
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I find both arguments to be a bit weak...

1/Without arguing that everyone should know everything about his car, a minimum of technical knowledge is required to drive safely, which is why it is a requirement in order to get a driver's license in many countries. Otherwise, you become like these people who never inflate their tires and have a spectacular car accident one day on the highway. Or, less dramatically, like this high school philosophy teacher who once arrived half an hour late because his bike gear shifter has derailed and he didn't know how to fix it, and so had to wait for someone who knew to pass by on a small forest road.

2/Hundreds of shops is actually not a lot in the grand scheme of thing. I live in one of the richest cities of France, and the nearest Apple store is about two hours away, in the middle of a crowded mall. In contrast, I have nice small computer shops 10 minutes of walk away from home, and know of one who specializes in Macs about 30 minutes of walk and tram away. No company, no matter how big it is, can beat the omnipresence and calm environment of a large network of independent actors. (Although, as you mentioned, they can try to compensate for that with more expensive services)

Edited 2012-06-25 05:16 UTC

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