Not as lightweight as the MacBook Air, but much more horsepower, more ports, and a gorgeous retina screen give it more real estate for any development or creative environment.
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Pro OSX is developer-friendly
OSX is based on XNU (Darwin) kernel, it's certified Unix and arguably a lot more developer friendly than Windows. Development for Unix is native on OS X.
There's a large selection of great development tools available for OSX. The operating system itself comes bundled with a powerful terminal emulator, called Terminal. Additionally, Apple provides tools, like Xcode, an IDE that contains a comprehensive collection of tools for developing OSX and iOS software, for free.
Pro Battery can last a full work day
The battery drains in about 9 hours of typical use.
Pro Fantastic display
13" MBP has a sharp, color accurate 2560 x 1600 IPS display. It's bright at 286 nits, has great viewing angles (viewable at up to 178 degrees) and capable of displaying 87.3% of sRGB color gamut.
Pro Great performance
The combination of a 4th gen i5 and an 5200 integrated GPU makes for a powerful laptop.
Pro Great touchpad
MBP has an excellent button-less muti-touch trackpad that's highly accurate and comfortable to use.
Pro Sturdy construction and elegant design
The MBP has an all-aluminum body that looks great and is sturdy enough that worries of accidentally damaging are mostly alleviated. It has a robust lid, well-spaced back-lit keyboard with speakers on each side of the keyboard and an excellent button-less trackpad.
Pro Very light and thin
The 13" MBP is just 0.71 inches thin and 4.49 pounds light.
Pro Can run up to 3 external monitors and output 4K
With 2 Thunderbolt (DisplayPort) plugs and 1 HDMI, MBP can run up to 3 external monitors and output 4K over HDMI.
Pro New OSX updates run on older models for quite a long time
Con No Ethernet or FireWire ports
An adapter is required to transfer data over FireWire or connect to the Internet using an Ethernet cable.
Con You can't upgrade or repair anything
There's no way you can upgrade RAM or Disk, everything's soldered on.
Con SD Card sticks out
The SD card slot does not allow the SD card to fit in flush, making for an unsightly item sticking out of the beautiful casing.
Con Uses a proprietary OS by default
Apple spies on its users, and helps others spy on them... So the default OS needs to be wiped and have Linux or another acceptable OS installed instead, before it can be used.
Con Weird touchpad settings that can not be changed
There is no way to remove a delay of Drag Lock for two finger tap to right click (drag or highlight), even when setting the Accessibility to have no Drag Lock, there is a delay enabled that still sees Drag Lock happen for a full second after taking ones fingers off the touchpad.
There is also an issue with two finger tap to paste, as there is no way to leave a space after a word when using two finger tap to paste since it auto selects the space after the last word making the paste happen with no space. Keyboard shortcuts for pasting do not have this issue and is only a problem when using the touchpad for this action as the touchpad auto selects the blank space after a word and pastes directly after the last letter.
Con Requires the use of proprietary firmware
The source code of the firmware isn't available for users to audit or modify.