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13 Inch 2011 MacBook Pro vs 2012 13 Inch MacBook Pro Retina

After some “fun” with UPS missed deliveries I have my 13” MacBook Pro with a Retina screen in my hands, this is a quick hands-on set of photos for anyone considering an upgrade.

My reasons for the upgrade were as follows;

  • I replace my Mac’s annually – and they hold their 2nd hand value so well it’s cost-effective to do so (compared to HP, Dell etc.)
  • I wanted the higher resolution screen, that is the only thing I didn’t like about my 2011 13” model

The only down-side is that I upgraded my 2011 model to 16Gb RAM (see this link) and the maximum in the 2012 model is 8Gb, upon reflection most of the lab VMs I now run live on my vTARDIS lab so I am less dependent on running large sets of VMs on my laptop, a MacBook Air doesn’t quite cut it for me in the amount of available storage and CPU but the 13” MBP is perfect.

Here are some side-by-side photos incase you were wondering what the difference is..

The 2012 model is slightly smaller in all dimensions..

2012-11-06 19.51.40 2012-11-06 19.53.07

 2012-11-06 19.54.13

Lower-profile case..

2012-11-06 19.54.242012-11-06 19.52.55

Hope that is useful.

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