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If you don't know this already, there's some new MacBooks released and Apple is making some bold moves with these versions.
I won't go into the specifics too much because you can read about them at your regional Apple website.
I will state that some of the changes occurring are major stand-out features for the future and no one should overlook them. I'm not talking about new processors, I'm talking a completely new MacBook Pro that has features which should indicate to you that they are truly "Professional" in the Pro models.
For one, only two USB 3.0 ports are available (USB 2.0 devices will work but will find themselves behind the times if in the future 2.0 isn't supported).
The 17" models are out due to falling demand so there's not going to be an Express card slot in the top models anymore. If you've used a UAD-2 Solo, might have to keep that old 17". There's still a firewire 800 port but now there's up to two Thunderbolt ports and a HDMI output. Oh, and the Super Drive is external now.
What will this mean for those of you that rely upon the connections on your existing laptops? Times have changed.
Actually, not much at all because chances are that all laptops manufacturers won't adopt some or most of these changes for atleast another 2-3 years. However, at some point in the near future some or most of our favorite DJ devices will evolve and they manufacturers will have to look at these changes and consider their future.
If you use professional soundcard and run programs like ProTools, you'll be glad to get these soon. ProTools|HDX via a chasis running on Thunderbolt, Apogee 64 channel Symphony IO via Thunderbolt.....UAD-2 via Thunderbolt....You can already see guys like Ritchie Hawtin using RME firewire based soundcards instead of the popular USB 2.0 ones so when laptops start showing up with two Thunderbolt ports and two USB 3.0 ports but no disc drive, you have to wonder how you'll connect all that DJ gear you have now.
If you can, don't dive in just yet. There's still some unanswered questions at this point:
They've got a new Flash storage hardrive which is great and configurable up to 768GB but is it actually better than having two Solid State Drives?
New Retina displays but how does it work towards reducing glare?
Configurable up to 16GB or RAM
**Finally, dual monitor capabilities with direct connection (add two screens for the mixer/track window and automation window while keeping the laptop screen for the plug-in pop-up windows or whatever you want to see).
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to
2560x1600 pixels on up to two external displays, at millions of colours
Thunderbolt digital video output
Native Mini DisplayPort output
DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)
MagSafe 2 power port
**Two Thunderbolt ports (up to 10 Gbps)
**Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
(USB 2.0 devices will work on these but if you use too many - might need 2 HUBs!)
***SDXC card slot
Accessories: Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (sold separately)
Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter (sold separately, available in July)