Christina Warren on the Retina MacBook Pro

by jscariati

Christina Warren on the Retina MacBook Pro’s inability to be upgraded by the user:

No, what’s happening to PCs is very similar to what has happened to cars over the last 20 years. In order to be more powerful, more efficient and more streamlined, the products not only require less user interaction – they inhibit that interaction.

Exactly. By not worrying about making parts like the battery or RAM user-serviceable, Apple is free to custom-design the internals, optimizing them in ways that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. And that’s how a machine like this can even exist.

Design is about tradeoffs. With today’s technology, you can’t build a laptop that’s as thin, light, sturdy, powerful, and full-featured as a Retina MacBook Pro while also retaining everything that was eschewed to get there in the first place.

I’m very curious to see how the rest of the PC industry responds to this.

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