I have used a MacBook Pro for over 4 years now, and because I’m just 18 years old, I’ll call myself a seasoned Mac user. My first (and previous) MacBook was a 13” baseline MacBook Pro from 2012, and it did not have a Retina Display, nor did it have a dedicated graphics unit. In fact, it sported only 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB HDD until I recently upgraded it to 8 GB of RAM and an SSD. The new MacBook Pro is the biggest piece of tech I’ve owned, and now that I’m using it, it feels unbelievable.
First impressions: It is powerful, extremely sleek and has by-far one of the best laptop displays I’ve seen in such a slim form factor. I am getting used to the keyboard and Touch Bar and I have started liking it.
Anyways, here’s my take:
That said, I personally enjoy the Touch Bar. Trimming videos in Final Cut Pro X is a breeze, editing text and fonts on Evernote right at your fingertips is a boon, and typing emoji into iMessages on a Mac provides a feeling of unparalleled satisfaction. I’m all in for the Touch Bar, and the hopes are high.
(scroll down to the slideshow below for more pictures of the Touch Bar)
I did notice that macOS is not yet fully optimized of the MacBook Pro. There are bugs here and there (especially with Touch Bar), and while none of them are obtrusive, there is some work pending. I’m not worried about it though - the next update should patch a lot of those performance bugs.
In his article on The Verge, Mossberg did complain about an inconsistency in battery life of the 13” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. One of his test gave him 11 hours and 38 minutes of battery life, while another gave him just 8 hours and 22 minutes. Advice? If you need all day battery, the Pro is not for you - and nothing beats the 12 hour battery of the MacBook Air.
Ports (or lack thereof)
In an interview with The Independent, Phill Schiller explained why they removed the SD card slot:
"Because of a couple of things. One, it’s a bit of a cumbersome slot. You've got this thing sticking halfway out. Then there are very fine and fast USB card readers, and then you can use CompactFlash as well as SD. So we could never really resolve this – we picked SD because more consumer cameras have SD but you can only pick one. So, that was a bit of a trade-off. And then more and more cameras are starting to build wireless transfer into the camera. That’s proving very useful. So we think there’s a path forward where you can use a physical adaptor if you want, or do wireless transfer."
… and this about the 3.5 mm headphone jack that is present:
"These are pro machines. If it was just about headphones then it doesn’t need to be there, we believe that wireless is a great solution for headphones. But many users have setups with studio monitors, amps, and other pro audio gear that do not have wireless solutions and need the 3.5mm jack."
The MacBook Pro is the ultimate Mac available, and if you can afford it (actually, save up for it), this is a brilliant upgrade.