She's leaving for film school in the fall. I knew all along she was going to need to replace her three year-old MBP, but I didn't anticipate the current upgrades and I'm not sure what is most important for filmmaking applications; speed, resolution or screen size. Top of the line, 15" screen, 2.6 (quad core) ghz and Retina Display is out of the question. Bottom of the line, 13" screen, 2.5 (dual core) ghz and conventional resolution is probably out of question too. I'm thinking processing speed is the most important thing since she's going to be working with HD video files in Final Cut. What is the real difference between dual core and quad core? There is no longer a 17" model. It makes sense for video production since those professionals utilize a second monitor most of the time they're working. I don't think the Retina Display is that important for a film student, unless they were becoming a colorist or a some kind of effects specialist. Price range is $1200 to $2800. We already own the latest version of the Final Cut Pro suite.