The MacBook Pro Retina is ten years old: a look back at an iconic product
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The MacBook Pro Retina is ten years old: a look back at an iconic product

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The newly released MacBook Pro M2 revamps a decade-old design.

On June 11, 2012 was held the opening keynote of a major WWDC , since unlike many other editions, several products will be announced there. Two key ranges are renewed: the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, the latter acquiring a brand new model equipped with the proprietary solution stamped “ Retina ”.

With its unique diagonal of 15.4 inches to start, the first MacBook Pro Retina will be followed by a more compact model (13 inches) in October of the same year. The device therefore features a latest generation LED-backlit screen with IPS technology of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels, for a density of 220 ppi, which was then a record for the time. For comparison, the 14.2″ MacBook Pro arriving at the end of 2021 offers a resolution of 3,024 by 1,964 pixels at 254 ppi, compared to 3,456 by 2,234 pixels at 254 ppi also for the MacBook Pro 16.2. ″.

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Since then, the 2012 MacBook Pro Retina has unsurprisingly been added to Apple ‘s list of ‘ obsolete ‘ products. This means that they have not been produced for more than seven years or more, but above all that the manufacturer no longer offers hardware repairs in French-speaking countries. In addition, the computer can no longer install the latest major macOS updates, including Ventura, which arrived at the Worldwide Developer Conference a week ago .

This practice is far from new, and seems to concern all items of the apple brand. Recently, we learned that the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or even the first generation iPad Pro could experience a similar fate . with a classification in the “old” category.

Buying a used Mac, a good deal?

When it was released, the 2012 MacBook Pro Retina was priced at $2,279. Taking into account inflation (11.4%) until today, this price therefore amounts in theory to 2,538 euros . To compare, the current 16.2-inch MacBook Pro is worth at least 2,749 euros, while the 14.2-inch version is billed from 2,249 euros.

Leaning towards a device marketed earlier and refurbished is therefore a good choice to save, especially since the amount to be paid to afford this type of item decreases with the depreciation over several quarters. An asset also for those who wish to have fun with an iPhone.

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