The New Macbook Pro Is Every Photographers Dream

The New Macbook Pro Is Every Photographers Dream

Just a few hours ago Apple announced their all new Macbook Pro line of laptops. The most impressive of the group is the 15inch model which includes a retina display! I'm currently typing this on a massive 24inch ultra sharp monitor that has 1920x1200 pixels. Apple's new 15 inch screen has a shocking 2800x1800 pixels. Apple also finally made the jump to USB 3.0 which makes this the most impressive laptop for creative professionals on the go. Pre-order the new machine here.

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I'm too scared to look and see how much it costs...

 In Europe even more,too much Apple.

I think I saw it for something like $2700 dollars. I'm not sure because I think I fainted just after. Perhaps someone can confirm this?

It's true with the pricing over here in Europe. The official RRP for the 7D (body only) is 1699 in both the UK and the US, despite the exchange rate being in favour of the UK (it's currently around 1.55USD to 1GBP). But thankfully, the "street" price does reflect the exchange rate better, even if it's perhaps not as low as it should be (or we'd hope it to be).

they killed the 17" mac pro and also killed the MAC PRO today. Very sad day for professionals.

Mac Pro was not killed but silent upgraded. The only one who was "killed" was the 17' MacBook Pro or it's maybe in standby because there's not possible yet to get a "retina display" for him since DPI are a factor of "Size/Resolution".

Lee Morris's picture

I'm not a Mac user but I'd take pixel count over screen size any day. I also think they will eventually get rid of the mac pro but they have not yet, they just gave it a new update today.

Michael Kormos's picture

I don't think Mac Pro is going to be killed anytime soon. There will always be a need for a robust, upgradeable workstation.

i work for a university, and our apple rep told us that they are indeed getting rid of the Mac Pro in the near future. it seems the success of thunderbolt has lead them to realize they don't need PCI slots anymore. they'll likely design a high performance iMac for the pro market that will probably disappoint us all...

Michael Kormos's picture

I guess zooming into 100% just won't do.  iForsee an apple magnifier, optional for $499 :-)

Brad Lensman's picture

Really nice resolution, but after using a 17" machine for a while, I could never go back to 15" for editing. I like it for making my images just slightly larger and more immersive; resolution is somewhat less important to me. The Retina display gives more pixels, but not more user interface, on-screen text, etc. I'm also using a machine that's less than 1/3 the price of that new one, so I'm not in Apple's target demographic. Obviously. :-)

"The Retina display gives more pixels, but not more user interface, on-screen text, etc."
Well of course it does: As the ppi increase, elements on your display become smaller.

You might be confused because that's not the case on iDevices with retina, that's because all the graphics on those have been updated with higher resolutions but there probably won't be a Mac OS "HD" ;)

Actually "Mac OS HD" is very much coming. The whole philosophy that Apple has is to crank up the resolution for text and images to be clearer and less pixelated, not to make everything smaller. Also, Steve Jobs started experimenting with vector based GUI's for computer over a decade ago, just to be able to have texts, icons and so on the same size no matter the resolution. And it has already been stated that OS X apps are getting an "HD update".

I wasn't aware of that, thanks. I like this philosophy for iDevices but i wouldn't mind smaller elements on a 15"... Still I think that it will take some time for all of the developers to jump on this train.

15" is not big enough for professional work.. .  And releasing a "new" Mac Pro with no thunderbolt, no USB 3, and a video card from 3 years ago is not an upgrade... its a big F-U to the professional.   As Lee Morris himself just said he doesn't use mac, I will follow. In fact, Lee seems to be pretty damn good at all this so maybe he will post what he uses so all of us that blindly followed Apple all these years have someone with a bit of vision to follow now.

Uh... what? It has Thunderbolt. It has two Thunderbolt connectors. And two USB 3s. And they made it smaller. With a much better screen. And they changed the harddrive to flash. And a slough of other changes. 

He said Mac Pro not MB Pro.

Agreed with the other guy, you might be an idiot.. Comparing a guy that runs a reasonably successful blog with other industry professionals is about as irrational as "FAN posts" get. That notebook's price point and specific feature set are unmatched in the industry as of now. There is absolutely no professional carrying around a 17" notebook however, there seems to be a LARGE following for the 13-15 models to be more powerful. My guess is the 13" screen/processor/battery life weren't full optimized so apple held it back. Cudos to apple, I'll be upgrading VERY soon :)

That is an insane pixel pitch 

jason, where do you see mac pro has thunderbolt and usb 3? wow i take back everything bad i just said.  O wait a second.. you are wrong. The new MAC PRO does not have anything but a new processor...

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2 minute mark in the video confirms what Jaron said.

wow. I am really speechless.  the fact that you guys do not know the difference between a macbook pro and a mac pro tells me everything.. not just one, but 3 of you.  Maybe apple is right in targeting the consumer that have no clue... 

the reason apple did that is the mac pro sales has really fallen off so it makes no sense for them to put the money into the mac pro when there's not a lot of people buying it. With the release of final cut X it really slowed down sales.

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 Mac Pro sales have fallen off because they haven't upgraded the machine in FIVE years.  Every professional forum I am on, whether its photography, video, 3D, Animation, etc. is all pining for an upgrade to the Mac Pro.  Apple is killing it through attrition.  Fair enough.  I bought an iMac when Avid included it on the certified list.

My guess is that Apple will either,

a) Transition the Mac Pro into a beefed up iMac Pro with retina display, or

b) Update the Mac Pro when they release stand-alone retina displays.They're testing the retina display for Pro users with the Macbook Pro, which hits videographers and photographers alike. 

Robert, I just thought I'd leave a comment so you don't think you're going crazy. ;) 

(Typing this on a Mac Pro, not a Macbook Pro)

You're right about that.  Last Apple product I I owned was a Mac in 86.  I don't see anything within any of their product range that would make me buy one.  I look at hardware when determining what I am going to build for a pc or laptop so a "named" product is useless.  More power to you for studying and knowing the specs all Apple products.  I can tell you the transistor count and L2 cache on every Intel and AMD cpu back to P3 and K7's respectively.  

building a laptop lol... who are you chuck norris?

Sorry Robert, I misunderstood you. However, my name is Jaron. 

Looks really great except for the fact that there is no Firewire 800 port. Grrrrrrrrrrrr. 

I guess I will just have to rough it with my current MacBookPro until the adapter ships. Or throw away my AptusII, Hmmm, decisions.Really, do Apple even talk to photographers when they make these decisions. Ever Digital back available today uses FW 800, two, the Phase IQ series and the Leaf Credo series have USB 3 ports, and they don't work yet, they are promised to be enabled at a later date with a firmware upgrade. How long have the IQ's been out?