ReadWriteWeb’s Antone Gonsalves contends that only Apple could get away with charging a $400 premium for a feature that no one needs, few people will notice, doesn’t work with most apps, and was not on anyone’s wish list until the company announced it last month.
He’s talking about the 2880 x 1800 resolution Retina display in Apple’s newest MacBook Pro model, noting that while Retina-grade ultra high-resolution may be a valuable innovation on the iPhone and iPad – it’s a solution in search of a problem on the MacBook Pro, and that until Apple unveiled the new machine at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, no one thought the resolution on current MacBook Pros was insufficient.
Gonsalves acknowledges that Apple has shown the ability to turn new features into virtual must-haves, even if theyre not really needed, and suggests that strategically Apple’s ploy is to use the new MacBook Pro to set a standard for quality that people will demand from other PC makers, which would have Apple would be sitting pretty with tis long-term contracts with manufacturers of high-resolution screens, but observed that while that’s a good plan for Apple, most consumers would be better off waiting until the Retina technology becomes less expensive and better able to actually deliver a higher-quality experience in real-world applications.
Upcoming Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry Optimized For MacBook Pro Retina Display
For example, the ever-busy Pixelmator Team is about to release a new major version of Pixelmator: Pixelmator 2.1, codenamed Cherry, revealing that its “least secret feature” will be complete support for the new Retina display on the MacBook Pro.
Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry is already fully Retina-ready, including all of the user interface elements as well as the image editing engine itself.
Pixelmator developer Saulius Dailide says the new MacBook Pro with Retina display (they’ve got a few around the office) looks totally incredible, and is a brilliant fit for image editing using Pixelmator. Dailide says they’re also impressed by the MacBook Pro’s speed and power, HD graphics and video support, beautiful looks, and many other great features, declaring that Apple did a phenomenal job on the new MacBook Pro, which he contends is very likely the best Mac that has ever been made, and surely the best laptop on the planet.
You can check out a preview video of Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry on the Retina MacBook Pro here:
Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac and Parallels Mobile Are Retina-Ready, Now Support Apple’s Retina Display on New MacBook Pro and iPad
Parallels have announced that both Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac and Parallels Mobile have been updated to support Apple’s Retina display on the newly released MacBook Pro and latest iPad. With this improvement to the No. 1-selling software for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting, Parallels brings high-resolution Windows apps and files to life on Apples stunning, crystal clear displays. Whether reading text, viewing web pages or checking email, Mac users can now experience razor-sharp text and richer colors across all their devices in both Windows and Mac environments.
“Apple makes amazing devices and, just as weve come to expect, they raised the bar again with the Retina display,” says Kim Johnston, vice president of marketing for Desktop Virtualization and Mac at Parallels. “With this latest update to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, we empower our customers to take advantage of the visually stunning displays and amazing pixel density, even when using Windows apps on their Macs and accessing them on iPads with Parallels Mobile.”
Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac along with Parallels Mobile deliver one of the most immersive and integrated Windows-on-Mac experiences ever so customers can enjoy the full benefits of the Mac across their devices. Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac lets you run multiple operating systems including Windows 7, Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 7, Chrome OS and Ubuntu. Parallels Desktop for Mac will be updated to provide support for final versions of Mountain Lion and Windows 8 after they become available.
With the Parallels Mobile app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, you can remotely access and control your entire Mac, including Windows applications and files, from anywhere. Its features include audio support for Flash and the ability to copy and paste text between Windows programs on Mac and your Apple mobile devices. Parallels Mobile is available in the iTunes App Store.
Free trials of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac are available for download at http://www.parallels.com/desktop so Mac users can experience the power and convenience of the software and MacBook Pro with Retina display users can enjoy Retina’s vivid high-resolution with their Windows apps. Additionally, the latest iPad users with Parallels Mobile can remotely experience Retina display depth and details of their Windows 7 apps, even if their older Mac doesnt have a Retina display.
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Packaged software is available at Apple retail stores, Apple.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Frys Electronics, MicroCenter and hundreds of other retail locations nationwide. The standard retail price (SRP) of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is $79.99 and a student edition is available for $39.99.
The Parallels Mobile app is available in the iTunes App Store and can be purchased at a special price of $4.99 for a limited time only; the standard retail price is $19.99.
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