Apple's new MacBook Pro is the first significant upgrade to the creative professional's go-to laptop in years. It adds the first touchscreen that any Mac has had, updates to new(er) Intel processors and AMD graphics, and makes a swathe of behind-the-scenes usability changes. It's the sum total of those small changes, though — not the new processing power or the not-exactly-amazing battery life — that make the new MacBook Pro a worthwhile purchase if you're considering one.
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One of the biggest professional gripes about the new MacBook Pro — dongle issues aside — is its lack of upgradability. Apple made the decision to solder the storage onto the logic board (just as it does the RAM), making it impossible for users to upgrade past the capacity they choose at time of purchase.
For years, the MacBook Pro was the weapon of choice for people willing to plunk down good money for a powerful laptop with slick design. That it's a staple of both hip coffee shops and design studios reflects just how elegantly it balances the needs of the aesthete and the power user. But when it comes to sleek, well-designed, powerful laptops, it's no longer the obvious choice. Nearly every laptop maker has a striking machine that will bring tears to your eyes when your credit card bill arrives.
The MacBook Air was Apple's everyman computer, but as it slowly sunsets that notebook, we're looking to Apple for a new vision of the do-everything laptop. The MacBook Air was the computer that businesses issued to their employees, the notebook college students bought, and the laptop you saw littered across coffee shops throughout America. The MacBook, because of its price-to-performance ratio, hasn't quite hit that sweet spot. But the new MacBook Pro without Touch Bar could. This is your MacBook Air replacement, and it's going to cost you.
A lot of people, including some of the world's best known commentators on Apple, are saying that the company is facing serious challenges in its Mac business — unsurprisingly, Apple is clapping back at those reports and says everything is just fine.
Video: We've seen a lot of unorthodox uses for the MacBook Pro's fancy new Touch Bar, including using it as a piano, or turning the whole machine into Kitt from Knight Rider. But playing a simple version of the classic puzzle game Lemmings might be the most brilliant use of the hardware upgrade yet.
Ever since Apple dropped its latest MacBook Pro with a cool but mostly unnecessary Touch Bar, programmers have been jumping at the chance to make cool but mostly unnecessary apps to run on it. This new one does not break from that tradition but it does turn your MacBook Pro into Kitt from Knight Rider.
Apple has embraced the mono-port. With the new MacBook Pro, the Cupertino company has scrapped the myriad of ports on the previous generation of Pros and fully embraced USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 (the two use the same port type). Combined, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are an extraordinary interface that's super fast.
Logging into your computer with your fingerprint isn't new, but it still makes me a little giddy when the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, glowing brighter than the backlit keyboard appear, encouraging me to use my Touch ID to log in. I follow the Touch Bar's direction, and then I'm into my laptop. It's instantaneous. The fingerprint reader is one of the smallest improvements to Apple's all new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but it might just be my favourite. There, hidden beneath the MacBook Pro's flashiest gimmick, is something incredibly functional and natural to use.
Hey did you see those new MacBook Pros? One of their big new features is the Touch Bar, an OLED strip that morphs into pretty much whatever button or slider you need it to be. Well, you don't have to shell out thousands of dollars to get the Touch Bar experience anymore: here's how to test it out today.
Late last month, Microsoft fired a shot across Apple's bow. With the Surface Studio and Dial and an updated Surface Book, Microsoft made clear its plans to woo Apple's old core audience of creative professionals — a group Apple has seemingly forgotten in favour of a more mainstream target. Apple fired back with the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, but unfortunately, the OLED touchscreen that replaces the function keys feels more like a gimmick than a game changer. Has Apple lost its old base? Though both laptops go for over $2000, a peek under the hood of both Apple and Microsoft's laptops tells the real story: When it comes to a mobile workhorse, at least, Apple still reigns supreme.
Damn this new MacBook Pro. As of this very moment I've had the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for just a few hours. It's small, sturdy and typing my password in was pleasant enough. That Touch Bar looks really neat too, and when I set up Touch ID to login from the Touch Bar, I felt like I was in the future.
But $US2500 ($3361) worth of overpriced, hyper-engineered Apple laptop has now crashed 23 times — a full dozen in the first hour I had this thing.
The new MacBook Pro is far from perfect. It's expensive, the Touch Bar feels like a gimmick, it's not upgradable and the USB-C ports means you'll be stuck using dongles, at least in the short-term. These are all valid reasons for Mac fans to be unhappy with the new MacBook Pro.
If you own a MacBook, you're likely well aware of how scrolling and right-clicking work on the trackpad, but you may not know how to invoke Quick Look, Notification Center, or Exposè. Whether you're new to macOS or you just never bothered to learn them, these gestures can make your life a little simpler.
Apple packed its latest event with countless examples of why the new TouchBar feature on its updated MacBook Pro will make your life inconceivably better. But the company should have just started and finished with this Nyan Cat animation that flies across the new touch-sensitive display strip.
"A gray so gray you won't want other colours pro. Built without HDMI or DisplayPort for VR pro. No SD card storage for photos and videos pro. Adapt seamlessly between all your Apple adapters pro."
Now that the new MacBook Pro is out (the one without the Touch Bar, anyway), a lot of Mac nerds are about to enter the realm of dongle hell. That's because the only connectors the new MacBook Pros have are Thunderbolt 3-backed USB-C ports.