I'm uneasy with the path that Apple is taking. The MacBook pro and air were awesome. Then the new Retina series Pro's came around with no optical drive, and pretty much the exact same size as the air. Sooner or later the difference will be gone, for better or worse.
The fact that you can only get a dedicated GPU with a MB pro 15 inch is a) making the whole Mac store in Steam thing pretty worthless and b) keeping me from buying a Mac for my next laptop. I love OSX and am not overly fond of Windows 8 (and I feel silly just sticking with 7), but I'm not going through another generation of having an underpowered computer for anything requiring a modicum of horsepower.
At this point I might consider getting a Macbook pro for the high resolution and install Windows on it. I mean if Windows ultrabooks like the ATIV Book 9 Plus, Zenbook Infinity and Lifebook UH90 are going to be even more expensive than the Macbook pro, I might as well get the cheapest one. 1080p resolution just won't cut it for me anymore.
Ha, getting a Mac for the price, never though I'd say that.
What distinguishes Iris Pro 5200 isn't the core count (HD5000 and Iris 5100 both have 40 EUs), but the 128MB of on-package eDRAM that serves as shared L4 cache for both the CPU and GPU. Anand did a review of the i7-4950HQ and Irs Pro 5200:
The performance is impressive, especially considering the 47W TDP of the total package. However Iris Pro isn't quite good enough to challenge the GT650M in current gen Retina Mac Book Pros. It's close, but I wonder if Apple is willing to sacrifice a little GPU performance in its top-end notebook, even if it means greatly improved battery life.
I purchase laptops to get stuff done not play games.
Gaming probably accounts for less than 1% of the total time I have used my laptops and most of those times were little more than logging in to check raid schedules on my WoW characters and market while away from home.
The 650M's are overrated.
Not to mention, they all use Nvidia's Optimus tech to switch between power.
Less cost in the device, less complexity, and Tom's (and other sites) have done enough news spots on the new 4th Gen Core chips that it sounds like you'd have to get a tower to really justify wanting to exceed the 5000 series graphics core in the new Haswells.
Nothing wrong with this. You won't be rendering on a normal card like a 650M anyway; the 650M is weaker than its desktop equivalent. the HD4000 from the 3rd Gen Core chips crunch through a few games more than adequately for Mainstream gaming and video display.
Tom's results have shown that the 4600s are better, and the 5xxx are even better.
Apple makes it really hard to buy their products. No where on the site can I find what processors are in what computers. They just say 2.4ghz 4th gen i5 ect ect. Im not gonna spend 1.5-2k on a computer if I don't know whats in it. Fucking stupid. Anyone know where to find out which processors are used in the 13" models? thanks!