Anyone with even a passing interest in Apple’s laptop range is likely to know that an announcement about the new 2012 MacBook Pro range is (supposedly) imminent.
Mac forums are brimming with rumours, predictions and heated debates – a lot of which are due to the potential removal of the optical drive, something that I am personally rather indifferent about.
Rather than joining in the debates, I thought I would lay down here what I personally want to see in the 2012 MacBook Pro – if Apple ticks the majority of these boxes I may take my fanboyism to a new level and go and queue outside the Apple store.
1. RETINA DISPLAY. I’ll be honest – there ARE some days when the limited resolution on my 13″ MacBook Pro is restrictive. On the bright side, the low resolution has trained me to make effective use of Spaces, but before this I had a laptop with a 1680×1050 display. I want my pixels back.
2. USB 3. Make my backups quicker and I’ll be inclined to get round to doing them more often. Shameful but true.
3. CONTINUED SEPARATION FROM THE MACBOOK AIR RANGE. I don’t want a MacBook Air. My MBP is portable enough for me, thank you very much. Give us more “Pro” features instead, such as….
4. DEDICATED GRAPHICS. The 2012 MacBook Pro range needs dedicated graphics across the board. Integrated just ain’t “pro.” Although the integrated graphics in my current MBP hasn’t been a problem, it is getting frustrating seeing more and more games I can’t play, so the time has come….and if not, what’s going to drive all those lovely pixels on my new Retina display?!
5. HYBRID SSD/HDD DRIVES. A 256GB SSD just isn’t big enough for me I’m afraid, and I suspect a bigger one is out of the question for standard issue due to cost. So, let’s comprimise and have a hybrid drive so my OS and apps still have a speed boost and I still have enough storage space for a “Pro” laptop.
6. SOME FORM OF OPTICAL DRIVE INCLUDED. As I said above, I am indifferent as to whether Apple remove the optical drive from the 2012 MacBook Pro…..BUT…..if they take it away, I would like an external one IN THE BOX – take it away by all means, but give us a way to watch DVDs and import CDs if we need to without scamming us for an expensive part.
7. SOMETHING NEW AND UNEXPECTED. Surprise us please Apple. Let’s have a “one other thing” that makes buying the 2012 MacBook Pro ESSENTIAL.
What do you want to see in the 2012 MacBook Pro range? Share your ideas in the comments section!