17 comments

  • Dmitry SholkovDmitry Sholkov, almost 5 years ago

    I have a feeling like I'm the only person on the internet who will actually get a new MacBook Pro with a Touchbar. :)

    Don't see an issue of USB-C only ports, and replacing Function keys, but only see a huge potential of the Touchbar improving my workflow.

    12 points
  • Vince P.Vince P., almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

    I really don't understand why they ditched the magsafe. It was a really clever, applesque solution. I understand to go USB-C, but why not include 1 traditional USB port? I won't be able to plug in a pendrive to a $2000 laptop without a dongle.

    Seems excessive to me.

    When they ditched the 3,5mm headphone jack from the iPhone, they offered an wireless alternative. I was kinda hoping they'll also introduce some kind of clever wireless dock for legacy ports ;(

    6 points
  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, almost 5 years ago

    I guess I'm not a "pro" anymore, because I work on a four-year-old MBP and to me it seems like the new one is better in almost every respect. Guess it's time to stop charging clients and shut down my company. It's been nice while it lasted!

    5 points
    • Connor Tomas O'BrienConnor Tomas O'Brien, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

      I don't think the issue is that it's impossible to get professional work done on the new MBP. I'm still rocking a 2012 MBP, too!

      Even so, one of the reasons a MBP from 2012 still holds up so well is that so much digital design/dev work has recently centered around mobile platforms, which have been underpowered when compared to laptops. It's an open question as to whether this might change over the next 4-5 years, though, especially if there's another breakthrough in mobile computing, or VR/AR takes off.

      I'm really wary of buying a new MBP under the assumption that it's enough for my current workflow. I want my next laptop to last me until 2021, and it's a real struggle to see the current MBP being sufficient for the more demanding creative work I'd like to be doing then.

      3 points
  • Norm Sheeran, almost 5 years ago

    Sick of these articles now. I'm a pro (software dev / designer) and I ordered a MBP on launch day. I will miss some stuff (MagSafe) but I transfer manage everything wirelessly now ( using GitHub/ Dropbox etc) so I don't need ports as much as I did 5 years ago. My USB sticks went MIA a while back.

    I don't understand why this is such a big deal, this is what Apple do. Even the Apple 2 was criticized for port limitations.

    5 points
    • John PJohn P, almost 5 years ago

      It's not just about the ports.

      This thing is literally the lightweight MacBook with very slight bumps and a gimmickbar.

      It's not a professional product. The ONLY reason it specs higher than last gen is because that was several year old tech still being sold way past it's sell by date.

      The GPU is trash, the processor is nothing special, the ram is weak, the touchbar is mind bogglingly strange.

      Only nice thing you can say about this machine is the display is good.... yet it's the same res as the last model (high DPI, pitiful resolution)

      2 points
      • Account deleted almost 5 years ago

        I currently use a less powerful machine than the new "Pro". Does this make my current machine a non professional machine?

        Why is everyone so obsessed with having to have a "professional" machine. Chances are you are using a less powerful / less spec'd machine than the new ones as we speak.

        I understand people being annoyed about certain specs not being there, but it doesn't make it a non professional machine.

        The professionals work makes them a professional, not the tool.

        1 point
        • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, almost 5 years ago

          Why is everyone so obsessed with having to have a "professional" machine. Chances are you are using a less powerful / less spec'd machine than the new ones as we speak.

          For the price, it is reasonable to assume the most important components for being productive — CPU, GPU and RAM — are up to date with what’s available.

          Slower, more portable and cheaper MacBooks exist. That market is pretty well served. The issue is that the high end Macs, including the new MacBook Pro, are not close to being best in class, performance wise. For many people, that’s fine. For others, it’s not.

          The second you’re working on 3D or building large Xcode projects or even working on large design documents, this stuff can matter.

          3 points
    • Joseph PeartJoseph Peart, almost 5 years ago

      Your needs have been met, that's what matters for you. No one is making you read the articles (I hope!). It's what Apple isn't doing which is irritating for its most loyal group of customers. An external display, a mouse, an iPhone, and external drives don't work with the new Macbook Pro—until you spend more money to make it compatible again.

      0 points
  • Joseph PeartJoseph Peart, almost 5 years ago

    The issues most people have with this is that Apple had the nerve increase the price, limit expansion of memory, use older cpus (some of this on intel), and exclude any sort of transitional adapter (e.g., usbc-to-usb, usbc-to-displayport). Apple usually keeps its arrogance on adapters and charges too much (but you should never buy directly from them anyway), seeing the price drops last week pretty much tells the story. They went a bit too far without getting a sense of what creative professionals would actually want to upgrade to.

    I don't need a new machine, but I really hope to see some sort of care for the creative sector in the near-future, when it is time to buy a new machine. It's not just for its looks, but ecosystem and stability that keeps me locked in.

    1 point
  • Michael Dorian Bach, almost 5 years ago

    Our studio just picked up a 13 MBP without the Touch Bar. After using it extensively for a week, this machine is better then the old one in every way. It's just so much more refined. From the keyboard to the screen. The base model is plenty fast for most design tasks. Yes, I do miss the Magsafe, but usually not a big deal when the machine is docked on the desk. And battery is good enough for when I'm not at the desk. Colleague came by with the older model and it felt old. From the wobbly keys and tolerances to the weight and size.

    We have a few 15 Pros with Touch Bar coming in soon and after using this 13, I'm genuinely excited.

    1 point
  • Corin EdwardsCorin Edwards, almost 5 years ago

    Pro is an increasingly redundant term.

    1 point
  • Charlie McCullochCharlie McCulloch, almost 5 years ago

    I'm absolutely amazed people feel so strongly about this. 10 years ago using Photoshop or rendering 3D on a brand new MacBook Pro was an exercise in extreme patience.

    0 points