Apple has gone dark, literally. The famous light-up apple on the back of the new MacBook Pro has now gone dark, no longer emitting a light when the computer is turned on, perhaps a foreshadowing for all of Apple in years to come.
The MacBook Pro was heavily anticipated by previous Mac owners of the Mac Air. That is to be expected when a company leaves its consumers high and dry without a chance to update in three years. Yes, three years. By the time a computer is released, the software is already six months out of date. Three years in computer years is like flying from the Stone Age all the way to the new millennia. This being said, all Apple fans have patiently anticipated what new offerings this new notebook has in store after taking three years to release. The result? Highly debatable.
The New MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro has many bells and whistles to be sure, as the $1,500 price tag should warrant. The display on the machine is unmatched at 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. The touch bar feature is one that many have praised, but in order to get it you must put out another $300. Ten hours of battery life is definitely something to get excited about as well. And of course, the computer is built like the Air version, small, light, and portable.
There are three options for purchase: The base 13-inch version, the 13-inch version with touch bar that also has twice the number of Thunderbolt-C ports ($1,799), and the 15-inch with touch bar for a whopping $2,399. Despite this price, it has had the most release sales of any Apple yet. While each one has slightly different specs, I will not bother listing them all here. They can be found almost anywhere on the internet, but you should definitely do some research before deciding to purchase one.
The Bad and the Ugly
Updates are great things that the consumers of today really want. We all want newer, better software that can accomplish more than what we had prior. But what happens when those wants are overshadowed by someone taking something away that we all desperately need? This is what Apple did. They created a dilemma by giving Apple lovers things that they all want, but in the process, taking away parts that users still valued as necessary.
The MacBook Pro, you will find, no longer has USB ports, HDMI output, MagSafe charger, or, even more shockingly, an SD reader. Apple has justified this all with logical reasoning. They are trying to push us forward in technology and more to all wireless. This is a great idea! No more wires! However, the truth is that ,right now, all of our devices use wires and now require even more wires that we have to specially buy in order to make them compatible with the MacBook Pro’s new Thunderbolt-C ports.
Perhaps the worst part of this decision is that Apple alienated its large client base of photographers, who can no longer put their pictures onto the new MacBook unless they have or buy a new expensive camera that has wireless capabilities. The real question is: Would photographers be dedicated enough to the Apple brand that they would be willing to put out over a thousand dollars on a new computer and then also put out hundreds of dollars for a new camera in order to use that computer for work? It sounds like a huge barrier to entry to me, and one Apple should have considered ahead of time.
The Future is Not Now
Many people are familiar with the outrage when the new iPhone was released this year without a headphones jack. Apple provided a solution to this by providing wireless headphones that many have come to love and appreciate. However, this was one change in comparison to several changes all at once, and there is not simply one size fits all for the different devices we regularly plug into our computer. Nor is it cheap to buy all of the cords needed for different devices.
While Apple has always been great at pushing technology ahead to a reluctant consumer base, this time it might be a little ahead of its time. While wireless is the way of the future, it is definitely not the way of today as most of our everyday devices still require tedious cords to communicate with other technology.
The lack of needed ports in the new machines might create enough of a barrier that current Apple users will be willing to switch to Windows machines. For those who value their ability to use ports over the Apple technology this may be the way to go. Not to mention it is the way to go to save on price. For the price of the MacBook Pro, I could buy a top-tier, VR-ready gaming PC with the fastest processor and best graphics available on the market right now.
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