I opted in for the Apple MacBook Air because I wanted something with super long battery life and super lightweight. Now the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display has these features along with a powerhouse of specs under the chassis. The new retina display, performance, and long battery life in this little form factor just kills every other portable laptop system on the market. I'm sold.
I just called in to a local store, they don't have it in stock yet. They are available to purchase on the Apple.com website, but if you're like most people who ummm want to 'defer' a hundred dollars of sales tax (and file it at the end of the year), you can also find a few options for pre-order on websites like B&H.
Most of the editors I know work off the MacBook pro laptops, so I thought some people might find this information useful. Apple has patented and has been very protective about their MagSafe connector and has even sued a company for using it with an external battery back. Even though the company was purchasing the cables directly from Apple and then modifying it. Instead the company now offers a 'magic box' that splices into your existing MagSafe cable to work with their HyperJuice batteries (found here).
We recently took a trip out to NAB2012 and wanted to make sure we had enough mobile juice for our editor, and found that there was a cable available to work with our Tekkeon MP3450i battery packs that we have so many of. With all the Tekkeon batteries we have, this cable has been working perfectly and would provide us with many, many, many hours of run time for our MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and of course USB power to all of our iPhones, iPads, and other camera accessories. I'm not sure if Apple is going to try and step in again and shut the operation down, but Tekkeon uses a 'recycled' modified cable to connect with select Tekkeon batteries. Hope some of you find this tip useful if you're looking to get some additional run time on your MagSafe powered MacBook Laptops.
The new MacBook Air was a great announcement for the traveling telecommuter, but nothing to glance about for Video editors. Now the announcement of this new MacBook Pro with super fast ThunderBolt port might be an eye opener. A new port that's 12 times faster than Firewire 800 and 20 times faster than USB 2.0? A battery said to run 7 hours on a Quad Core system? Lots of crazy new specs if you're a Mac-a-holic. You can read more about the new MacBook pro over at the Insights blog: https://computers.bhinsights.com/content/ride-thunderbolt-new-macbook-pro.html/