I can't stand what apple is doing to their laptops. They're bridging the gap between laptops and tablets/phones/mobile devices by not allowing them to be repaired/upgraded by the end user. And unfortunately apple has a tendency to "lead the way", albeit the wrong way...
The expansion issue is probably Apple's most controversial decision. That is to say, the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display can't be upgraded. Period. The RAM is soldered down, the CPU is soldered down. The GPU is on-board. The SSD features a proprietary shape and port (though at least it isn't soldered down, too). Even the battery, which lost easy swappability with the advent of the unibody MacBook construction, is glued directly to the chassis. -Notebookreview
What is most regrettable about this new design is the battery. Since Apple glues the battery straight onto the body of the machine, getting the battery replaced means that the entire top portion of the machine will need to be replaced. That brings extra cost, which gets passed directly onto the consumer - in this case, it'll be a $199 fee... -Notebookreview
..purchasing the extra two years of AppleCare is almost a requirement for this machine - and that adds on an additional $349 to the asking price. It's expensive, but speaking with one Apple employee who mentioned how much higher parts and labor costs are going to be with this machine, well, you get the idea. -Notebookreview
And finally, ThinkRob over at NBR (and also on here, I believe) sums up my thoughts best:
For some slick consumer laptop looks, support for (some versions) of OS X, and a nice glossy screen, MacBook Pro.
For build quality, hardware compatibility, upgradeability, vendor support, matte screen, good internal design, durability, keyboard quality, and price, get a ThinkPad.
That's my 0.02 anyways...
nkPad T400: T9400, 8GB, LG WXGA+, Samsung 830 128GB + WD Scorpio Black 500GB, Intel 5300agn, Win7 Pro x64Others: IBM ThinkPad R40, Sony VAIO NR Series, HP TouchPad running CM9, Jailbroken iPod Touch 4G