1. williamsbh76's Avatar
    I am upgrading this year to get retina and SSD. I currently have a late 2011 Macbook Pro with a 2.4GHz i7 processor, 16GB ram, 1TB hard drive, and a AMD Radeon HD 6770M 1024 MB graphics card. I am considering portability issues of the 13" vs the 15". I work in the court system and have been using my iPad in court but I will be loosing that option when the state switches us to VPN at the end of the year. In shopping I noticed that the 13" Macbook Pro maxes out with a 2.8 GHz i7 processor whereas the 15" is offered with either 2.3 GHz or 2.6GHz. I definitely want an i7. In my experience it just works better for me because I usually have Parallels with Windows 7, Word, Excel, Safari with multiple tabs, mail, and calendar open all at once, bare minimum. I do very little photo editing but I do like to play some higher memory games every now and then. Portability aside, will the 2.8GHz processor in the 13" make a big difference over the 2.3GHz or 2.6GHz in the 15"? In anyone's opinion, will it help make up the difference for the lower quality graphics card in the 13" Macbook Pro? For reference I play WoW occasionally, STO, and various console ports. Thanks for any advice.
    11-04-2013 11:48 AM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    A "big difference"? Not in my opinion. A noticeable difference? Probably, but not to the point of wow!
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    11-04-2013 12:02 PM
  3. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    One thing is that I believe the 2.8 in the 13" is a dual core and the processors in the 15" is a quad core.

    Playing a game like WoW on either should be fine. Integrated graphics are much, much better on the new rMBPs.

    One thing about the VPN, you've probably already looked into this, but you can probably connect your iPad to the VPN. At least I know that I can connect my iPad and iPhone to my office"s IPSec VPN.
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    11-04-2013 12:08 PM
  4. williamsbh76's Avatar
    Thank you, I will check into it. I am a contractor for my state and the IT department has gone into computer apocalypse mode. We have to provide our own computers and independent ISPs, but we use a net based program they provide. I have been given the installation disk to run the program on my computer which will prevent us from viewing any other websites while logged in. I have a way around that because the program is windows based so it only affects my parallels virtual machine. Safari and other browsers on the Mac side are unaffected. I haven't really looked into what I can do for my iPad but will definitely do so. Any advice on where to start is appreciated.
    11-04-2013 11:47 PM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Find out what type of VPN it is. What software did you need to load on Windows?
    If it's using IPSec which is most common you can do that directly on the iPad. You just need to find out the "shared secret" which is usually in a configuration file that goes along with the VPN software. The shared secret is probably encrypted but a Google search will reveal numerous websites that decrypt it for you. Then on the iPad, you enter the IP address of the VPN, the shared secret and your personal username and password.
    11-05-2013 06:51 AM
  6. williamsbh76's Avatar
    I will do that once I install it and may follow up with you. Thank you again. I know just enough to be dangerous lol. And by the way, you were right about the 13" MacBook Pro processor maxing out at a dual core. I wish Apple gave the same processor and graphic card options between the two models but oh well.
    11-05-2013 10:42 AM
  7. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I will do that once I install it and may follow up with you. Thank you again. I know just enough to be dangerous lol. And by the way, you were right about the 13" MacBook Pro processor maxing out at a dual core. I wish Apple gave the same processor and graphic card options between the two models but oh well.
    Just let me know.
    11-05-2013 10:54 AM
  8. James Vang's Avatar
    Agreed
    03-27-2015 02:52 AM

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