Is the MacBook Pro with Retina Going to Replace the MacBook Pro?

Mervyn writes:

Is it possible that Apple might take the current MacBook Pro off the market as sales drop due to customers choosing between the MacBook Pro with Retina and MacBook Air? Personally, I find it doubtful that the MBP can be taken off the market because they are more upgradable than the rMBP or MacBook Air.

MacBook ProI think, eventually, they’ll disappear. When the Retina line of MacBook Pros were announced, they were referred to as the next generation of MacBooks. It stands to reason that Retina displays are where Apple sees the future, and the MacBook Pro as we know it today will almost certainly be phased out as the price for Retina displays starts dropping.

For the time being, if only because of supply chains, we’ll have Retina and non-Retina products living side-by-side. Whether this changes in one year or five years is anyone’s guess. Older technology always goes this route — whether it’s made by Apple or not.

The iPod Classic is sticking around despite not being updated for quite a while. Why is this?

The existing line of touch-capable iPods haven’t really replaced the iPod Classic in terms of storage capacity. The iPod Classic remains the best choice for users who need a lot of storage and feel that capacity is more important than any other features the newer iPod models bring to the table. As soon as the newer iPods catch up in capacity, the iPod Classic will probably get the axe (if not sooner).

This also depends greatly on sales. Apple would be foolish to axe a product that’s selling well. The iPod Classic might be selling very well despite not having all the modern bells and whistles. I don’t have the actual numbers in front of me, but Apple is very good at knowing when it’s time to kill a product.

The existing MacBook Pro is more serviceable, and that’s an advantage for tinkerers and enthusiasts who appreciate this component. Unfortunately, serviceability has never been a big plus in Apple’s eyes. It benefits from having control over which repair services can safely work on its products, and making it easier for the customer to do things isn’t on the top of its priority list.

What the MacBook Pro has that the Retina version doesn’t is an optical drive. As much as Apple’s PR department is pushing the phasing out of the optical drive, there are still some dedicated customers who appreciate this feature. This won’t last forever, but for now it’s probably helping the current MacBook Pro live a little longer.

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