About 18 months ago I bought a “fully-loaded” MacBook Pro from the Apple Refurb store. It’s a 15″ retina mid-2012 model with 16GB RAM, 768GB SSD, and a 2.7 GHz quad-core i7 chip. It kicks ass!
I was wandering around Fry’s Electronics the other day, which I don’t do as much as I used to, and I noticed there are lots of these “4k” monitors starting to appear. Their prices aren’t very good, typically over $500 still. But I was curious how many 4k monitors my “fully-loaded” MacBook Pro can handle.
Someone posted a rant on FB about why companies like Apple insist on focusing their might on such trivial and non-essential products like the Watch that they just announced yesterday (9/9). There are two contexts this person is missing, IMHO.
First of all, when the economy takes a nose-dive and average disposable income drops significantly, you might as well be asking why cosmetics and gadgets targeting people’s egos takes less of a hit than things you might consider more significant to peoples’ basic survival instincts? Apple seems to thrive in such an environment. So what? Ego-driven marketing is a huge business.