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Next-Gen MacBook Pro Anguish and Accolades From Around the Web


It's not every day that a new Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) product receives universal praise around the Benzinga office. But when the iPhone maker unveiled the next-gen MacBook Pro (AKA the "MacBook Pro with Retina Display"), the company produced a laptop that's hard not to love.

Around the Web, you'll find a few skeptics. "It's highly unlikely that this computer was designed for you (and even me)," ZDNet wrote later afternoon Monday. "Unless you were the corner office-inhabiting type who bought the first-generation MacBook Air -- or a video editor."

Even some analysts are questioning the success of Apple's event. "Nice refresh, but no breakthroughs," Trip Chowdhry, the Managing Director of Equity Research at Global Equities Research, wrote an e-mail update after the new MacBook's unveiling. "Commonsensical integration of Facebook and Twitter, but no breakthrough."

Chowdhry concluded his update with a question, asking, "Is this the best we can get from Apple, post Steve Jobs??"

It seems that, no matter how successful Apple is, there will always be someone who thinks the company didn't try hard enough. Whereas previous unveilings included minor hardware upgrades (which was the case with the third-generation iPad and the iPhone 4S), or focused primarily on new software (also the case with the iPhone 4S), the next-gen MacBook Pro is a unique piece of hardware. It combines the best of the Air and Pro to produce a MacBook that should (in theory) be faster and more durable than any of the previous models. It's the kind of MacBook that pros have been wanting.

And what about the new display? Those who have seen it are very impressed. "We'll need more time to do a thorough analysis but we can say with confidence this display doesn't disappoint," Engadget wrote in its initial review of the device.

Meanwhile, Piper Jaffray believes that the next-gen MacBook Pro (in conjunction with the standard MacBook Pro refresh) could boost Apple's sales.

"Street consensus calls for worldwide Mac units to be up ~15% y/y in the June quarter, or 4.5m units," Piper Jaffray wrote in a report. "While there is greater risk of downside to our Mac estimates, we are maintaining our in-line Mac expectation as we expect the Mac refresh in June will help to reinvigorate unit sales."

Apple closed yesterday at $571.17. This morning, the Mac maker is up 0.32% in pre-market trading.

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