In a surprise move and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Apple has sweetened the appeal of the MacBook Pro with Retina display by updating the processors with a little more horsepower and lowering prices on some of the configurations making them a little more affordable.
Apple’s October event was more than spooktacular! It included the unveiling of a new iPad mini as well as a new MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display as the rumour mills had predicted and a whole lot more. Apple took the opportunity to offer some interesting upgrades to some of their software as well as unexpected update of the new iPad as well as a refresh to the iMac and Mac mini lines.
An Apple event is always an event and you never really know for sure what’s in store and the opening keynote for WWDC 2012, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2012 was no exception. With Apple’s online store temporarily unavailable we knew something new was afoot.
The crowd was welcomed by Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant with her utter charm, wit and an attempted sense of humour.
“I’m waiting for the new Samsung,” she said. “No, not the phone, the refrigerator. Hubba hubba.”
Solid State Drive (SSD) technology is taking the mobile computing world by storm. The performance advantages of SSD technology over traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD) are substantial. To demonstrate just how much a Solid State Drive can improve a laptop’s performance, we put a 2010 MacBook Air (with a Solid State Drive) against a much more powerful 2011 MacBook Pro (with a Hard Disk Drive).
The advantages of the Solid State Drives are not just faster boot times, applications loading faster and less waiting around, they are also more durable. Solid State Drives are basically flash-drives and they have airtight construction and no moving parts which makes them ideal for mobile computing.
You will pay a premium for SSD technology, but prices are dropping and in the near future most laptops will have Solid State Drives.
Take a trip to Apple Canada’s on-line store. If you look very carefully, no it’s nothing spooky, but you’ll notice changes in the MacBook Pro line. No, it’s not the prices that have changed but rather the specs. And it’s good news. It looks like you’ll now get more bang for the same buck.