There seems to be a huge focus on the Mac lineup and from what we have learned Apple will soon have to start overcoming the challenges ahead, although the release of these may not be as soon as you think. We have to remember that last year the iMac was released in early 2011, the MacBook Air in July and the Pro in October, although we have seen these releases change over the years.
It’s still not certain that Apple will introduce the Retina screen to their Mac range but they will have to overcome some of the issues the iPad had too, having said that there is more room to play in the Mac range. While it’s a nice thought to think that your new MacBook and iMac will be sporting an improved display, it’s no guarantee though that you will get double the pixels and also the fact that a Retina iMac would have much better quality than a MacBook.
Another issue is with the cost of implementing Retina to the Mac range because it will be much harder to offset the price on products that don’t sell as much as an iPad. Now Apple could do three things, swallow the cost, pass the increase on to the customer or cut corners in other areas.
There’s an interesting article that suggest that these improved displays require far more power, which could have an affect on the battery performance of the new 2012 MacBook range – if they go for the Retina display that is. This will mean that the MacBook range will require a beefier battery and there have been suggestions that this will need to be increased by 70 percent at least – not certain if they will be able to increase it by this much?
That’s not the only issue because once you add in a Retina, then a bigger battery this in turn means that the weight will have to increase, there’s another downside though because both the MacBook Air and Pro would run much hotter, which will not be welcomed by users. One final area where the MacBook range needs to improve on is RAM because we know that they only offer 2GB to 4GB, a perfect number would be 8GB to 16GB at least in this day and age.
We can clearly see that Apple has their work cutout because if they implement one design change it has a huge knock on effect down the line, so this is why we say they need to overcome these challenges.
Looking into the unknowns – it’s almost certain that the new MacBook Pro will have a completely new design and go down the MacBook Air root by having a much slimmer unibody, but we are not so certain on the rumor that it will come with a touchscreen because of issues with its practicality. Do you feel the Mac lineup needs a Retina display?