Let me count the way my latest MacBook Pro is not suitable for professional use, but before I do that, you should know that I’ve been buying and recommending Macs since 2001. I’ve spent a fortune on them. I love them, but I only like my latest MacBook Pro (a 2016 model with the Radeon Pro 460). I write this with a heavy heart and a malfunctioning keyboard. This is a story about unrequited hardware love.
You know that a design has failed when you’re forced into using it. The Touch Bar is Apple’s Clippy. An embarrassment.
I currently use a Mid-2011 iMac as my desktop computer and a Mid-2013 MacBook Air as my notebook. Both these Macs are now old, slow and I’m looking to replace them with better & faster Macs. The iMac will probably be replaced by a 27-inch 5K iMac, largely because I cannot afford the iMac Pro at ₹4,15,000 here in India. The MacBook Air on the other hand, or just in general for that matter, won’t be replaced with another notebook — at least in the near future, for one very simple reason.
Apple does not currently make a better & faster notebook computer.
The current MacBook Pro lineup raises more questions than it solves, and Shahid outlines many of them perfectly. I’d have loved to replace both my Macs with a single MacBook Pro machine, but today’s lineup is anything but a “Pro”.
There are so many incredible things that Apple brought to the table in the past years, but decided to throw them away for no good reason.
- I want a MacBook Pro that’s actually powerful.
- I want a MacBook Pro with a keyboard keys that doesn’t stop working in a few months.
- I want a MacBook Pro with a decent number of ports
- I want a MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar — or at least one where the Touch Bar doesn’t take away functionality. Move it to the bottom of the screen if you want to.
- I want a MacBook Pro where I can upgrade the default RAM. Apple doesn’t offer BTO options in India.
- I want a charger with an indicator light at the end to tell me the charging status.
- Heck, I want a charger that ships with a goddamn cable.
Apple power adapter doesn’t come with the the USB-C cable. This same company used to ship MacBooks at half charge so that users wouldn’t have to wait before using it. pic.twitter.com/DkNbhyMtUs
— Anand Jain (@helloanand) January 9, 2018
I absolutely loved my 2008-era 15-inch MacBook Pro and I’d love to use a MacBook Pro as my primary machine, but as it stands today, I just can’t.