Also, to those of you out there who are complaining about the high price... why do you think so? Are there comparable laptops out there for much cheaper?
I don't think asking if there are comparable laptops out there is the right question to ask. I don't see a single Windows user finally coming to Mac just because of this model.
The question is how does it compare to the other 15" Mac Book Pro? Why is this screen option limited to this thinner model. They are asking their customers to choose amongst trade-offs. Want the new screen and slightly decreased weight but willing to give up an optical drive, ethernet etc... buy this new model. It shouldn't be that choice. Both the standard 15" MBP and the new thinner one should have all three screen options (1440x900, 1680x1050, 2880x1800).
You make a valid point. However, let's take the 15" MBP and add to it just the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD options, since those are standard in the 15" MBP Retina. What you see is that it costs $200 MORE
than the Retina model. So basically, you are getting the Retina display for $200 less
, but giving up the optical drive, ethernet port, etc. However, you are gaining additional ports. Additionally, buying the external optical drive, ethernet port adaptor, etc will cost you much less than the $200 difference.
So, assuming you are willing to part with those options being built-in to the laptop, the Retina models are cheaper than the comparable non-Retina models.
The only thing that bothers me with this current lineup is the lack of the 13" MBP with Retina display. It could've easily been done at a nicer price-point than the 15".