Intel Iris (aka HD5xxx) is no gaming GPU - but it does now offer a genuine option to want casual gaming on the go. Something like 50% more powerful than the previous generation integrated graphics. You won't be doing any (much) native resolution gaming though, that resolution's a killer.
So, anyone satisfied with the announced spec? Anyone got an opinion on Iris Pro graphics? I'll likely upgrade my 2008 Core2Duo for a 15", not sure about how decent integrated graphics are though. Still, 16MB in the top of the line one
I'm probably going to take my first plunge into the world of Macs with a Macbook pro 13 Retina shortly. Partly as I'd like to get to grips with OSX, mostly becuuase they still offer the best designed and constructed portables on the market.
Also - purchase with a student discount online, there seem to be no checked and a cool 14% off.
Just a word of warning regarding the new 13" Pro retina. I had one and it had the hanging issue that seems to have effected a fair number of them. Basically the machine would just lock up and not respond...if you closed the lid for a minute 50% of the time it would respond when opened but if it didn't it was a hard boot and therefore you would lose whatever work you where doing. It was getting very frustrating.
Weirdly, the fault is only with the 13" and the others all seem fine. By all accounts Apple indicated they are working on a fix but a lot of bods seemed to think it is actually a hardware issue rather than a firmware problem. In the end I returned it and went for the 13" Air instead. I have a retina 5s and the new retina Mini so it is a jar with the screen but i've had this for about 2 weeks without a problem.