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Why the New Apple MacBook Pro is the Worst Computer for Argentina

The new Apple MacBook Pro may be the most beautiful laptop ever created, but is probably the worst one to own in Argentina.

I’ve needed to replace my old MacBook Pro for awhile now and was waiting patiently for last week’s announcement from Apple of their newest models.

The announcement turned out to be worth the wait as they announced their beautiful, new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The retina display, solid state drive and thin size make this new MacBook a technophile’s dream. Unfortunately, all this tech comes at a price – the base model starts at $2199 and goes up to $3749 fully configured. Ouch! Luckily, that’s what credit cards are for. ūüôā

I have the added benefit of being in the States at the moment, which means that I can actually get this laptop (it is not available in Argentina due to import restrictions).

Unfortunately, despite all my excitement, I’ve come to realize that this is the worst possible laptop to own in Argentina.

iFixit published a report that due to Apple’s design decisions, this is the least repairable laptop ever made. The display is fused to the glass, the RAM is soldered to the logic board and the battery is glued to the case. Pretty much any repair, including a simple battery replacement, will require that the whole laptop is sent to Apple. And, as anyone who has been in Argentina knows, this is pretty much impossible from here.

Yep, any repair will require that you take a trip to the US, send the laptop to Apple, wait to get it back, and then come back to Argentina. You’ll pretty much need a backup laptop to use while your main laptop is gone too, so be sure you don’t resell that old laptop either…

Looks like the new MacBook Pros without the retina display and the standard hard drive and memory slots would make a more logical choice, but That’s such a disappointment. I know what the practical choice is, but practical is not sexy.¬†And who said anything about being practical anyhow, right? For that I could just buy a PC laptop for under a thousand bucks.

I’m going to have to make a trip to the Apple Store and compare these two side-by-side…

UPDATE: So of course, the first problem is reported regarding some of these new MacBook Pro’s with retina display. It appears that some of these displays have a ghosting problem and Apple is replacing them as needed. Not an option if you had it in Buenos Aires.


iPhone 4 Released in Argentina

The iPhone 4 on Movistar was just released in Buenos Aires today!

Currently, it is only available from certain¬†Carrefour locations and Falabella at Unicenter.¬†In fact, both stores took out full page ads in today’s paper to publicize it’s release. It’s so new, even Movistar’s web site does not yet make any mention of its availability.

The cost at both stores is AR $2399 for the 16GB version and AR $3299 for the 32GB version, which also requires a new 12 month Movistar contract. The lowest iPhone plan from Movistar is AR $189 per month and includes 300 free minutes to Movistar and fixed lines, 300 minutes to other mobile numbers, 4 free Movistar numbers with up to 3000 minutes of calling, 200 SMS and unlimited Internet.

The Carrefour ad listed that they only had ten units total, while the Falabella ad listed that they had twenty 32GB iPhone 4s and seventy 16GB iPhone 4s.  Fearing I would already be too late to get one, we rushed over to the Carrefour on Libertador and General Paz around 2pm and were, surprisingly, the first people to buy one (this location had two 16GB and one 32GB model in stock). Laura thought I was a bit crazy and reminded me that this was not New York, but still I had expected some lines. (The release of the iPad in Argentina a couple of weeks ago generated a lot of attention and lines.)

Unfortunately, the iPhone 4 is only sold with a 12 month contract, so getting one is out for most expats as a DNI and permanent residency are required for these contracts. ¬†As I only have temporary residency, I had to have Laura sign up for a plan in her name. It’s nice to finally be done with the costly pre-pago Movistar service and be on a regular monthly plan.

The other good news is that since older electronics tend to hold their value well here, we can now sell our jailbroken and unlocked iPhone 3GS. We should be able to get almost the same price as we paid for the new iPhone 4.

UPDATE (26.9.10) – It appears that Claro and Personal also have the iPhone 4 now and are advertising it on the home page of their web sites. Movistar has this page for the iPhone 4 which is not linked from their site yet.

UPDATE (27.9.10) FaceTime is not currently working with Movistar in Argentina either. This is really disappointing as this was one of the main reasons for getting the iPhone 4. If you go to Settings -> Phone and turn FaceTime on, you’ll get the message “Waiting for activation…” ¬†This appears to be a problem with Movistar needing to issue a carrier update which apparently has not been done yet.

I sent a tweet to @movistararg and am waiting for a response. Send one too if you have this problem.