So after the (not so captivating) WWDC I think it's time to go ahead with the new MacBook for Aperture. Prior to the new refresh I was planning to go with the 15" MBP but not the top one of the two. After the refresh I'm not so sure. The new retina models are nice but what a price!! I'm reluctant to drop that kind of money on a laptop TBH. The big problem for me is also that they have no FW or Ethernet connectors. It'll be my only laptop and at times there is a need for ethernet, if only to access a troublesome router or get faster speed. While I'm planning on a Thunderbolt external HDD for back up at soame stage I also have FW drives that I'd still like to access, so the sparkly retina machines (thankfully - esp when looking at the $3,000 + 750 GB SSD version) are out of the equation. Any upgrade will also bring me Mountain Lion and Aperture 3.3 of course.
I'm not that heavy a processor of pics to be honest but at times I do do a lot. I also use the full range of Nik Software. My Aperture library is only about 50GB at the moment so either the 500 or 750 HDDs on the 15" would suffice. I'd move my masters off to external referenced if it ever became an issue.
The question now though is which 15"? I'm sure the 2.3 GHz would be MUCH faster than my ageing MB (white) 2.16 GHz ICD2 with its 2 GB of RAM, esp if upgraded to 8GB RAM. The 2.6 is around $400 more here in Malaysia and I'm wondering if it is worth the cost given that the extra 250 GB of HDD I probably don't need. The only issue I suppose maybe the 1GB video instead of the 512 MB, given that Aperture is quite graphics intensive and, I believe, will prefer to use the discreet video card if it can, thereby also putting less strain on the rest of the system. Whichever I go for I'll likely upgrade to the anti-glare screen. Surprisingly it seems the 15" cannot be upgraded to 16GB RAM, the only other thing I'd consider.
Of course the 2.6 is probably the best option, it's just how much of a compromise the 2.3 would be.