Preparing for Retina MacBook Pro 2013 refresh ahead of its release
Apple is set to bring new computers to the table this year, the Retina MacBook Pro lineup or the so-called 2013 refresh. Analysts say the release date of the new MacBook Pro models is scheduled by October.
Apart from reported “low yield” of Retina display, both the 13 and 15-inch models, it looks like there’s a list of reasons why Apple has decided not to unveil the new computers at this month’s WWDC. Keep in mind that the MacBook Pro Retina models are considered the “flagship” laptops of Apple, it is their “do-or-die” product, and unlike the MacBook Air, the Pro’s sales indicate how Apple will fare versus its Windows-based laptop rivals this year until mid 2014.
If you’re planning to buy the new laptops that are already in testing stage, here are some of the issues that you need to read:
First, the popular issue plaguing the new MacBook Air 2013 model running Intel’s Haswell processors. Apparently, the new laptop is using the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard which uses a channel with 80MHz of bandwidth, and operating in the 5GHz spectrum. Of course, future-proof homes with updated WiFi router or those running the 2012 Airport Express or Extreme, and new routers with 5GHz optimization will enjoy the benefits of faster connection on their Air, but for some, it’s a pain.
And so what’s the solution? According to Ars Technica’s brief explanation of the MacBook Air Haswell’s problem, the current Mac OS X version is holding back the laptop’s Wi-Fi speeds, and for pundits, updating the system on routers could be the solution, apart from buying a new wireless router specifically Apple’s new Airport Extreme.
It is safe to say that the disconnection issues affecting the new MacBook Air lineup is partly due to OS X and Routers — so how can Apple sell more Retina MacBook Pro 2013 models which will reportedly offer the same Wi-Fi standard, the same processor, and the new Mac OS X Mavericks out of its shiny box?
Bundling a note on the package’s literature is possibly a solution, or maybe, adding a promo bundle with the new Airport Extreme will do the trick?
On a new PC Mag article, solution for MacBook Air’s Wi-Fi issues focused mainly on the router in which the device is connected. The site claims that updating the firmware of the router, disabling some features of the router, or buying the new Airport Base will do the trick. Apple is still not issuing a statement about the system’s issue, so we cannot confirm if PC Mag’s tips will help.
But if you’re planning to purchase the Retina MacBook Pro refresh with Haswell, the best way to prepare your house, and possibly your office, is to buy your own Airport Extreme, ouch — that’s $199.99.
The new Airport Extreme offers simultaneous dual-band which will allow your expensive MacBook Pro to transmit ”at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time.”
Secondly, the next of MacBook Pro laptops with Haswell lineup will likely run Mac OS X 10.9 out of the box, which means, it will run a new system. And with a new system, some apps might not run or some will manifest bugs.
Running the current version of Apple’s Mac OS X, some MacBook Air users reported, according to Mac Rumors, that the Adobe Photoshop is running “weird” on the new laptop, and exhibiting “flickering” particularly while using the large brush tools. In Apple’s defense, the problem could be Adobe’s fault, and again, this problem is common on new laptops.
And lastly, analysts are saying that the Retina MacBook Pro will retain its expensive price, including the base model, so you need to save at least $1,500 for the 13-inch model, or $2,200 for the base 15-inch model.
Article posted by Carlo Raphael Diokno, posted under Apple.
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