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rjch
23rd September 2013, 06:39 PM
Does anyone have any knowledge / informed reckoning of when these may be issued to the masses. I am so agitated waiting to get one. Do you think it will all depends on Mavericks (horrid name) being done?

kerr
23rd September 2013, 11:32 PM
I've seen rumours of an October 15 event. Maybe iPad, iPad mini and rMBP. I'm waiting on the release so I can choose between a Haswell MBA and a Haswell rMBP.

I agree Mavericks is not a great name but you know it's a town in California? Supposedly the next few releases will be named after towns.

kerr
23rd October 2013, 04:30 AM
Available today :)

kerr
23rd October 2013, 11:29 PM
Choices, choices. I don't do any photo or video processing, or play games. I do VPN back to work on occasion, I'd like to start coding (X-Code) and I'd possibly install virtualBox and Win 7. Smaller form factor would be nice, non-retina is not a deal-breaker, and I'm not really cost-conscious. I tend to hang on to hardware longer than most. eg. upgrade iPhone every 3 years, update computer every 5 years.

Given that my options are all BTO/CTO, they usually don't apply to 10% discounts from DSE etc, so I plan to wait for the Black Friday discount.

MBA = non-retina (1440x990px), 0xHDMI, 12hrs battery, 1.35kg
MBP = retina (2560x1600px), 1xHDMI, 9hrs battery, 1.57kg



13" MBA
1.7GHz Dual Core i7
8GB RAM
256GB SSD
$1749


13" MBA
1.7GHz Dual Core i7
8GB RAM
512GB SSD
$2099


13" rMBP
2.6GHz Dual Core i5
16GB RAM
256GB SSD
$2209


13" rMBP
2.6GHz Dual Core i5
16GB RAM
512GB SSD
$2439


13" rMBP
2.8GHz Dual Core i7
16GB RAM
256GB SSD
$2459


13" rMBP
2.8GHz Dual Core i7
16GB RAM
512GB SSD
$2689

rjch
24th October 2013, 06:02 PM
Bliss!

I ordered the expensive 15 inch retina yesterday. It should be delivered tomorrow. Its going to replace a white MacBook2,1 that i already busted the cover when putting in a new harddrive. I am sure it will be a fabulous machine. Hopefully I can spend all Saturday setting it up just right.

simonm
24th October 2013, 06:54 PM
Choices, choices. I don't do any photo or video processing, or play games. I do VPN back to work on occasion, I'd like to start coding (X-Code) and I'd possibly install virtualBox and Win 7. Smaller form factor would be nice, non-retina is not a deal-breaker, and I'm not really cost-conscious. I tend to hang on to hardware longer than most. eg. upgrade iPhone every 3 years, update computer every 5 years.

Given that my options are all BTO/CTO, they usually don't apply to 10% discounts from DSE etc, so I plan to wait for the Black Friday discount.

MBA = non-retina (1440x990px), 0xHDMI, 12hrs battery, 1.35kg
MBP = retina (2560x1600px), 1xHDMI, 9hrs battery, 1.57kg



13" MBA
1.7GHz Dual Core i7
8GB RAM
256GB SSD
$1749


13" MBA
1.7GHz Dual Core i7
8GB RAM
512GB SSD
$2099


13" rMBP
2.6GHz Dual Core i5
16GB RAM
256GB SSD
$2209


13" rMBP
2.6GHz Dual Core i5
16GB RAM
512GB SSD
$2439


13" rMBP
2.8GHz Dual Core i7
16GB RAM
256GB SSD
$2459


13" rMBP
2.8GHz Dual Core i7
16GB RAM
512GB SSD
$2689



Based on those intended uses you won't need 16 Gb RAM. 8 Gb will be plenty, especially with the memory improvements in Mavericks. Definitely get a minimum of 8 though and not 4.

Both 13" Air and Pro are very light. Will you notice or care about the extra 200 grams? Considering what the Pro offers I think it's worth it.

Even if you're just coding, don't underestimate how good retina is for text. Everything looks much better and easier on the eye. If you plan to code or write a lot then I'd say that's more reason to go with retina and not less.

If you want to install Windows and keep the laptop for a while consider going to 512 Gb storage. It adds a bit to the cost but you said you weren't overly price sensitive.

The 2.6 GHz/512 Gb 13" rMBP looks to a be a great choice for $2,199 and since this is a base model you might be able to get 10% off pretty quickly.

kerr
25th October 2013, 12:02 AM
Many thanks. Yeah the 13" 2.6GHz i5 rMBP / 8GB / 512GB for $2199 ($1979 if 10% off) would be a pretty good choice. Be interested to see some Geekbench scores over the next 2-3 weeks. I think given my needs and wants, in order of importance is CPU, HD, RAM. I'll have to think about 256 or 512. And I wouldn't say no to i7.

DSE have a 10% sale now (http://www.macpricesaustralia.com.au/2013/10/24/mega-sale-dse/), but probably no new stock. New models numbers are ME86[456]X.

simonm
25th October 2013, 01:48 AM
Many thanks. Yeah the 13" 2.6GHz i5 rMBP / 8GB / 512GB for $2199 ($1979 if 10% off) would be a pretty good choice. Be interested to see some Geekbench scores over the next 2-3 weeks. I think given my needs and wants, in order of importance is CPU, HD, RAM. I'll have to think about 256 or 512. And I wouldn't say no to i7.

DSE have a 10% sale now (http://www.macpricesaustralia.com.au/2013/10/24/mega-sale-dse/), but probably no new stock. New models numbers are ME86[456]X.

If CPU speed matters to you then you'll want the Pro. The Air is great for light tasks like browsing and writing but it has a weaker low-power processor so the Pro is much quicker at more demanding tasks like compiling.

I don't think the screen on the Air is IPS either. The IPS screen means you get really consistent brightness and colour across the screen and from almost any angle.

mitty
25th October 2013, 12:35 PM
DSE in Melbourne at least do have some new stock. Get in quick if you want one.

kerr
25th October 2013, 06:01 PM
Picked up the last top-end 13" rMBP at DSE Melb CBD for $1979, and I'll salary package that over the next few pays. No mid 13" left here, and I think 1 low-end 13" left.

I was supposed to buy a 13" MBP four years ago and ended up buying an iMac instead. Well, I finally have a MBP now :)

To anyone looking, because good chance staff have no idea, look for product number ME86[456]X. Previous model is MD*. I wouldn't be surprised that there will be ppl buying old stock and assume that it's the new model.


EDIT: Obviously and knowingly wishful thinking, but it would have been a nice surprise if the new MBPs had Touch ID on the TrackPad. I'll get the iPhone 6 or 6S, and hopefully my next MBP has Touch ID.