Looks like a manual upgrade then. One SSD and one ribbon cable with a different hdd for storage and the ram kit
Last edited by flyinghaggis; 13th April 2014 at 11:45 PM.
The retina display is of course capable of much higher resolutions while still maintaining high pixel density. These are intended for large external monitors where the windows, icons, and fonts won't end up requiring eyes like a hawk to see them.
MacBook Pro: Frequently asked questions about using a Retina display | Ernies Flores Blog
I'm not touching that one, I'll upset the fanboys.
Either that or he's running Windows in desktop mode.
If we are getting into a resolution agreement here a retina display is NOT a 4K Display, and better colour accuracy requires more than just more pixels on your screen.
Having said that it looks like Apple will be building "Retina Mode" into the latest build of Mac OS X 10.9.3 to drive a 4K at Retina pixel doubled res..
Apple building support for driving 4K displays at ‘Retina’ resolution, 60Hz output from 2013 MacBook Pros | 9to5Mac
The main gripe many of us especially my self have is when miss-leading information is fed to the likes of home users/SLT to get them. As I mentioned in other posts staff I work with have been told to get a Mac without asking the one important question "What do you intend to use it for" when both came back to me and asked the same question I gave them that response. They came back with Internet/word. YET they were recommended to spend £1000 on a Mac. In regards to SLT I recently had to put up a fight to avoid getting additional Macs, luckily they actually listened to my facts of information. I then found out the miss-leading information that was given to them. The problems occurring in the room are all down to Windows (wrong down to CS4 Adobe Premiere) the problems wouldn't exist on Macs (wrong they will because Premiere works the same way on the Mac - the video editing teacher confirmed this). The Macs last longer and you will always be able to upgrade the OS free (wrong, our 7 year old Macs are not able to upgrade to the latest OS and are struggling to keep up - we are also not able to add them to the Mac server we have) - Confirmed by the Mac guy we had visit us. Our 5 year old Macs are also starting to struggle a little bit even after being fully rebuilt. The guy who fed this information to SLT because he has a Mac at home (and we don't) immediately made a pro at Macs although he hasn't been able to help us at all. He hasn't been able to build the Macs, maintain them, build the Mac server, maintain the imaging/profile manager yet he claimed he "knew Macs better then us because WE don't understand them". Also when problems occur its always the Windows PC's to blame, from Printing, projectors and software not working correctly. And then there is the 8/9 year old PCs that some Schools have (like mine) which of course according to Mr Mac above would be fixed by a brand new Mac. Without mentioning that actually a nice new spec Windows PC would make the difference too at 1/3 the cost!.
Sorry for the going on/rant part but other people on EduGeek have suffered the exact same thing as I mentioned above. This is also only a small example of what I have personally experienced, I could go on to my other previous encounters including my last job. I have yet to have a single person come up to me or SLT and give REAL facts as to why they need to purchase Macs but the great thing about my boss is she has said "They need to PROVE to me why they need them". I also have the backing of the Business Manager who is SLT as well (he isn't a teacher but see's things from a financial/business view).
Its very typical that people give real facts against buying an expensive device and the response is usually "Your Typical Anti Apple". I think the correct term would be Anti spending that kind of money for something that wouldn't ever get used to its full potential.
when you can produce the same for a fraction of the cost. You have to ask your self is there a real point in buying a £1000 device for internet/office usage? Do you buy a device which will not be compatible with around 50 packages of Department software which teachers heavily rely on? (some of it is even 7+ years old). If all of us worked in a place which had extremely large budgets I am sure we would be fine for going more Macs instead of PCs, using Windows servers to run all the software we needed but we don't live in that world and many of our Schools are still being squeezed (even though the Gov claimed they are not). We currently have a lot (cant stress a lot enough) of desktops/laptops/projectors and IWBs which are around 8/9 Years old that are struggling with the day to day life that really should be replaced before going down the route of expensive devices. And I am sure a lot of my colleagues on here in the same situation would feel the same.
Last edited by mthomas08; 14th April 2014 at 09:07 PM.
I agree that nothing should be purchased for the wrong reasons or based on misinformation. However, I think your frustrations with a single person at your school have resulted in some over the top conclusions.
For one, there is no way a $400 PC is going to be equivalent in specs and quality to a $1,200 iMac. Or, a $220 PC is going to be equivalent to a $660 Mac Mini. That would be feeding your management as much misinformation as you're complaining of. Now, a $400 PC might in fact solve the problem at hand and a $660 Mac Mini or $1,200 iMac isn't needed in any way, but that's a different argument.
As for Premiere Pro, it does in fact have its own problems even on Macs, and I consider it to be absolute rubbish compared to FCPX. We stopped using Premier Pro two years ago in favour of FCPX in fact and our media teacher and students have never been happier. If the argument were to get Macs so they could use iMovie, FCPX, Motion, and Logic Pro - I would be right there fighting in that corner. But, not just because they thought Premier Pro would magically work better on a Mac.
Guys I think the whole Apple vs Microsoft debate could go on forever. Every OS has it's benefits and each user has their preferences. Me personally I prefer Windows always have and I find it easier to integrate into a network and manage these devices than I do with Macs, there is no debating that Macs are overpriced for the hardware you get but it's the reason I bought my Alienware it's a luxury you think with your heart sometimes and not with your head! The debate could go on forever like most other debates we have seen on here and there's no point you won't change anyone's personal opinions. It's like the whole Xbox vs PS4 argument.
I don't know about others but I'm getting bored of these threads and will now stop commenting. I have done what I needed to do which is put my point across and people can choose which they prefer there is no need for this anymore.
Totally agree with the last comments / posts that both @seawolf and @abillybob have made. They both have pro's and cons and each have there place for certain things. You need to find out the requirements and what the tool will be used for before suggesting what tool to use / what route to take ....
If you don't then it's like suggesting to use and or buy a grand prix race car or buggati veyron sports edition to someone who only needs to walk a mile to work and back each day and doesn't need a car that is fast or expensive or may not even require a car at all and may just be after a bike as you haven't taken the most important first step of finding out what they need, what there budget is, what it will be used for etc
use a machine that runs windows and costs £1500 (X1 Carbon, T440s etc) then compare the two.
(For the record, at the time it was actually very good value compared to a desktop PC with a 27" screen as at the time 27" IPS screens were the better part of £900 and if you bought PC with similar hardware it would have cost about £600)
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