Jeff is interested the new 15" MacBook Pro Retina, but wants to know the best place to buy it. Leo says the Apple Store, hands down. The fact is the price isn't really that different from store to store and the Apple store is the best place for him to learn about what he's buying. Unless he's a student, he won't get a price break anywhere. So just go to the Apple Store and enjoy the experience.
On Tuesday, October 23rd, Apple is expected to announce a smaller, 7.85" iPad. They also may announce upgrades for the Mac Mini, iMac, and 13" Macbook Pro with Retina display (these are just rumors, we don't know for sure).
On Thursday, October 25th, Microsoft has their party for the release of Windows 8. They'll start selling Windows 8 Surface Tablets and computers on Friday.
In what has become the best kept secret that everyone knows, Apple has sent invitations for "a little more to show you." The "little" being the operative word that points strongly to the announcement of the iPad mini coming. 7.85" screen. iPad 2 specs. iOS 6 and Siri, more likely. Other than that, we're filling in the blanks. And the new Lightning connector. We're also expecting a new iMac, Mac Mini, and 13" Macbook Pro Retina. No retina for the iMac, though. Too big. Price points will probably be the same.
It could be a hardware issue, or a driver issue. It's much more likely that this is a hardware problem, though. The first thing he could try is clearing the "PRAM". Restart the Mac by holding Command, Option, P, and R.
He can also try booting from his system disc. If that works, then he'll know that his logic board is failing and that's an expensive repair. Hopefully Alex has AppleCare. Otherwise, it may be more worth it to just get a new Macbook.
William has a Macbook, and he's dual booting Windows 7 and Snow Leopard with Boot Camp. He's wondering if upgrading to Mountain Lion would rearrange his partitions.
Leo says it won't, and it's pretty easy to do it. It will create a recovery partition for it, but it's pretty straight forward and won't affect other partitions. Leo recommends that he do the upgrade in place.
Chandler is using Final Cut Pro for editing and he wants to get more mobile with a laptop. Leo says he has an MacBook Pro with Retina display and is very happy with it. It's not cheap, at $2200. But with an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a Thunderbolt or USB3 drive, he'll be good for a long time. Leo says it's the fastest Mac there is.
Leo says intermittent problems are frustrating because they don't happen all the time. Dr. Mom in the chatroom thinks it may be a loose wire at the hinge. Older MacBooks had an issue of running hot and that could be it, or worse case - a cracked motherboard, which would be an expensive fix. Or it could just be a loose connector that can be fixed easily by re-soldering it. Leo advises taking it to an authorized third party who will go the extra mile to save him money and solve the issue.
What it comes down to is whether he wants the maximum speed or maximum flexibility. The benchmarks Leo's seen show that the Macbook Pro with Retina display is faster than the Mac Pro that he bought last year. There's a few reasons for that. It has a faster graphics card, a faster i7 Ivybridge processor, and the SSD (Solid State Drive) makes it much faster. But there's not much internal upgradeability.