Oct. 5 marks the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs' death. During that time, Apple has had some amazing successes and some spectacular failures.
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Hit: Mac users over the years have shown they're willing to pay extra for eye-grabbing style, high-end components, and a relatively simple computing experience. Apple hasn't disappointed, albeit it with the occasional exception, and continues to unveil high-end Macs designed to dazzle the senses.
The MacBook Pro with Retina display, which debuted in June 2012, is the latest example of this profitable strategy. A super-slim laptop with a 15.4-inch, 2880- by 1800-pixel display, two Thunderbolt ports, and no optical drive, the Retina-enabled MacBook Pro has garnered cheers for its style and performance--as well as jeers from environmentalists for its glued-in battery, which isn't easy to disassemble and recycle. Price? If you have to ask, you probably can't afford one: $2,200 to $2,800 (or more with extras).
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