To get the fan going full bore, I ran Diablo III—that game always gets the fan on my 17-inch MacBook Pro howling. With the game running at full 2880-by-1800 resolution, the fans are definitely running and noticeable. The laptop was particulary warm in the forward part of the bottom, underneath the keyboard, where the GPU and CPU are located, and it heated up enough for me to move the laptop off my lap. (By the way, Diablo III at 2880-by-1800 is glorious!)
Of course, using Diablo III is sort of going to an extreme. The Retina MacBook Pro was also in our lab undergoing benchmark tests that stress the different components of the laptop. During testing, we didn’t notice any fan noise. Not a peep.
From @sheppy: Does the More Space option in Displays give you itty bitty UI elements? I’m cool with that if it means more stuff on the screen.
The More Space option does makes UI elements smaller. In my opinion, they aren’t too small—as I’ve mentioned, my daily computer is a 17-inch MacBook Pro, running at 1920-by-1200. Apple says the More Space setting in the Displays system preference for the Retina MacBook Pro, “Looks like 1920 x 1200” and it certainly feels like it.
From @jasontho: With the extra resolution does it feel like there more room on the screen than the old 15-inch? Am I going to miss my 17 inch?
With a Retina MacBook Pro at the More Space setting (1920-by-1200) sitting next to a 15-inch 2011 MacBook Pro at 1440-by-900, the extra room on the Retina MacBook Pro is quite noticable. Perhaps the only thing you’ll miss about your 17-inch laptop is the workout you get from carrying it around.
From @leecostic: I keep hearing that’s “less glossy”...but not antiglare?! Can you clarify? Is there an antiglare option?
During the WWDC keynote, Apple’s Phil Schiller said that glare from the display on the Retina MacBook Pro has been reduced “up to 75 percent.” In a video during the keynote, Jony Ive said that the Retina MacBook Pro doesn’t have a separate coverglass, which results in reduced glare.
So the screen is still a glossy screen, it’s not a matte/anti-glare screen. Apple does not offer an anti-glare option.
From @ampressman: The Verge seems to think its pretty glare-y compared other recent Mac laptops. What did you think?