Good Read: Disappointing MacBook Pro

Few days back, Apple announced the new MacBook Pro and it looks amazing with all the new features especially the Touch Bar, but the changes and things they ditched are just too radicals. Removing 3.5mm port (sound jack) and USB, and replacing it with Thunderbolt.

According to Jacqui “The MacBookPro has 1 headphone jack and 4 thunderbolt 3/USB type-c ports or 2 depending on the model…”

Is Apple trying to do what they did when they opt flash from their iOS platforms? I can’t see this is the same. Ditching very common and universal connections such as USBs and Sound Jacks distance Apple from reality.

After Apple’s Disappointing MacBook Pro Refresh, What’s an Engineer to do?

Apple recently announced the most magical, insanely great, life-changing computers in their history — or did they? The Internet is displeased, and so am I.

The new machines are thinner and lighter — and more expensive, and less expandable than ever.  While this may be fine for someone handed a MacBook Pro by an employer (thanks, LinkedIn), it does make me wonder who would spend so much of their own money on such a machine, and it made me reflect even more on the optimal environment for engineering.

First, let’s talk about the machine.

Thinner, Lighter… and More Expensive

As part of the group that views their computers more like pickup trucks than as sports cars, I literally rolled my eyes throughout the keynote at the continued emphasis on how the new MacBook Pros are thinner and lighter than their predecessors. That’s great, but the last thing I care about is how thin my laptop is (within reason), and, by the way, this is only 3 millimeters (or a tenth of an inch) thinner than the old one.

Lighter? Sure, maybe that matters. But if you tote all the dongles you’ll need to replicate an old MacBook Pro experience, the weight savings probably evaporates. And, of course, you’ll be jamming a giant, fragile spaghetti ball of cables into your bag (if Apple’s Lightning and MagSafe cables are any indication) — which, again, takes away all the gains Apple ostensibly giveth.

Finally, can we talk about these prices? All of the machines got at least a $200 price bump, even though Apple is using cheaper components everywhere. The top of the line configuration (and you’d better buy that one if you want this computer for the long haul, as there is literally zero user upgradability in the ones with the Touch Bar) costs a blistering $4,300 — and still only has 16GB of RAM. Let’s hope you don’t need to run any virtual machines. ~ Read More!


Also you can check reviews on youtube.


One Response to “Good Read: Disappointing MacBook Pro”

  1. Jacqui says:

    You are mistaken about the lack of headphone jack… the MacBookPro has 1 headphone jack and 4 thunderbolt 3/USB type-c ports or 2 depending on the model…

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